Easter Blessings and Secret Garden

The Easter Blessings stamp is paired with the Secret Garden Bundle and the Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper to make a bright Easter Card.  We made this card at my March Stamp Class.  Several people used different sentiments.  All the cards were beautiful, but I did forget to take pictures.  The Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper is becoming one of my favorites!  It works well with many different stamp sets and for many occasions-serious, fun, and whimsical.
Easter Blessings, Secret Garden, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP

Stamps:  Easter Blessings w#129183
Secret Garden w#129141  c#129144  (Bundle-stamp set & Framelits:  w#131100  c#131099)
Inks:  Pacific Point
Raspberry Ripple
Summer Starfruit
Papers:  Melon Mambo
Marina Mist
Pretty in Pink
Daffodil Delight
Whisper White
Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper #130670
Big Shot:  Oval Collection Framelits #129381
Secret Garden Framelits #129372  (See Stamp and Framelit Bundles with Stamps.)
Other:  Basic Pearls #119247
Large Pearls #125577

1.  Cut your Melon Mambo card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Adhere to card front.
3.  Stamp your Easter Blessings sentiment in Pacific Point ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out using the desired size Oval Framelit and your Big Shot.
4.  Stamp the desired Secret Garden flowers and cut them out with the coordinating Secret Garden Framelits and your Big Shot.  I used Daffodil Delight Delight card stock with Summer Starfruit ink, Marina Mist card stock with Pacific Point ink, and Pretty in Pink card stock with Melon Mambo ink.  (If I remember correctly.)
5.  Lay out your Oval and flowers in the desired positions.  Adhere your Easter Blessings Oval with SNAIL.  Adhere your Secret Garden flowers with Dimensionals around your Easter Blessings Oval.
6.  Add a Jumbo Pearl to the center of your largest flower and a Basic Pearl to the centers of your other flowers.
7.  Admire your Easter Card and mail it today!

Happy Stamping!

Easter Bunny Card

This cute Bunny card was one of the Make & Takes at our March downline meeting.  It uses the new Oval Collection Framelits.  This is a fun little Easter or Spring card.  It was fairly simple to make and all of our Bunnies turned out cute.
Bunny Card

Teeny Tiny Wishes  w#115370  c#127802
Distressed Dots  w#122815
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight
Whisper White
Marina Mist
Basic Black
Ink:  Marina Mist
Daffodil Delight
Basic Black Marker
Big Shot:  Ovals Collection Framelits #129381
Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder  #
  Small Heart #117193
Itty Bitty Shapes (eyes) #118309
Scallop Oval  #119856
Large Oval  #119855
  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

1.  Cut your Daffodil Delight card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.   Stam your card front with the Distressed Dots and the Daffodil Delight Ink.  I have found the easiest way to get a good impression with the larger stamps is to ink it up well, then lay the stamp on the table with the rubber side up.  Place your card stock onto the stamp carefully.  Then hold your card stock with a finger or two and rub a clear mount block or the wood block over the card stock, switching where you are holding the card stock, so all parts of the card get rubbed with the block.
2.  Now get out your Big Shot and Oval Framelits.  Ears.  Cut two of the smallest ovals out of Marina Mist.  Cut two of the next larger size of ovals out of Whisper White.  Skip an oval and use the fourth oval from the center to cut the head.
3.  Glue your Ear Parts together with the Marina Mist on top of the Whisper White.  Run them through your Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.
4.  Angle the Largest Oval for the Bunny Head.  You might also want to lay the ears in position too to make sure that is the angle you want both the head and the ears to be.  Glue down the Head and the ears in the desired positions.
5.  Punch two Basic Black Itty Bitty circles for the eyes.  Punch a Small Heart for the Nose.  Glue the eyes and nose in the desired positions.  Draw whiskers, whisker dots and the Bunny mouth with your Basic Black Marker.  Your Bunny is finished.
6.  Punch a Scallop Oval out of Marina Mist card stock.  Stamp Happy Easter in Marina Mist on Whisper White card stock.  Punch with the Large Oval punch.  Adhere Happy Easter to to the Scallop Oval with Dimensionals.  Adhere this to your card base with Dimensionals.
7.  Admire your cute Bunny Card!

Happy Stamping!

World Treasures Peacock Card

I made this World Treasures Peacock card for the downline meeting swap at the beginning of March.  It is pretty quick to make but requires a little drying time because I used Dazzling Details to add some sparkle.
World Treasures Peacock CardSUPPLIES:
Stamps:  World Treasures w#126765  c#126767
Ink:  Island Indigo
Card Stock:  Pool Party
Island Indigo
Whisper White
Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-bration 2013
Big Shot:  Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003
Other:  SNAIL
Dazzling Details

 Cut your Pool Party card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Adhere to card base with SNAIL.
3.  Stamp your World Treasures Peacock in Island Indigo ink on Whisper White card stock.  Use the largest Apothecary Accents Framelit and your Big Shot to cut your World Treasures Peacock out.  Adhere to your Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper with Dimensionals.
4.  Apply Dazzling Details to the desired parts of the World Treasures Peacock.  I put Dazzling Details in some of the clear white diamond shapes.  Set aside to dry for at least 30 minutes.
5.  Admire your sparkly World Treasures Peacock card.

Happy Stamping!

Pop-Up Posies Card

Here is a fun little card made with the Pop-Up Posies Kit and the stamp included with the Kit.  Although I think I will be adding a couple of the Sale-a-bration Buttons to the card as “flower centers” when I get a chance.  Have fun making this fun little card and the 3D Flower.  You can use the Cajun Craze & Calypso Coral combination or try it Pool Party & Island Indigo or Baja Breeze & Pacific Point.  Or try all three combinations and let me know which you like best.
Pop-Up Posies Card

* = Spring 2013 Catalog
** = Sale-a-bration 2013 Brochure
*Pop-Up Posies Kit #131395
Card Stock:
  Cajun Craze
Calypso Coral
Ink:  Black StazOn
Cajun Craze Ink and Marker
Big Shot: **Vine Street Embossing folder (Sale-a-bration 2013)
Other:  Paper Piercing Tool & Mat
Glue Dots
Bone Folder

When this Kit is no longer available you can use any Framelit or Big Shot Die and Punched Flowers to get the look you want.

1.  Cut your Calypso Coral card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Cajun Craze layer at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through your Big Shot using the Vine Street embossing folder.  Adhere to Calypso Coral card base.
3.  Put together your Pop-Up Posies flower.  I used two of the Calypso Coral Daisies.  Hold a Petal and curl it with your Bone Folder.  Line up curled flowers as desired.  Use a Piercing Tool and Mat to pierce a hole for your brad.  Insert desired brad.  
4.  Lay flower in desired position on your embossed label and decide where to stamp sentiment.  Stamp sentiment in either Cajun Craze or Black StazOn.  Run the edge of your Cajun Craze Marker along the raised embossed lines on your label.
5.  Adhere shaped Pop-Up Posy flower in the desired position with either Glue Dots or Dimensionals.  Adhere two other flowers to desired corners.  (Next time I am adding buttons to the flower centers.)  Adhere decorated embossed label to card front with either Glue Dots or Dimensionals.
6.  Admire your fun little card!  Hand delivery is a must with this 3D Flower Card.

Happy Stamping!

Pop-Up Posies Fancy Favor Gift Bag

I LOVE making Fancy Favor Gift Bags and the Pop-Up Posies Kit is just perfect to embellish it!  You can have a fun little gift bag in less than 10 minutes!  Enjoy making your own version!  You can also use flower punches and Label or Window Framelits to decorate it if you don’t have the Pop-Up Posies Kit.
Pop-Up Posies Fancy Favor Bag

* = Spring 2013 Catalog *Pop-Up Posies Kit #131395
Card Stock:
Your choice of:  Pacific Point, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, or Island Indigo.
When this Kit is no longer available you can use any Framelit or Big Shot Die in place of the embossed labels and Punched Flowers to get the look you want.

1.  Cut your desired color of card stock at 5-1/2″ x 11″ for your Fancy Favor die.  I used Pacific Point.    Run it through your Big Shot with your Fancy Favor XL Bigz Die cutting of part of the side tab.  I used an Extended Cutting Plate on the top and bottom since I didn’t want the side creases well-defined.
2.  Assemble your Fancy Favor Bag.  Fold all creases for the corners and bottom flaps (skip the side pleats).  Lay the outside facing up.  Put Sticky Strip on the side tab along the crease, on the outside edges of both rectangle flaps and one triangle flap.  Flip your Fancy Favor over and put Sticky Strip on the edge of the last triangle flap.
3.  Adhere your side Tab to the edge of your Fancy Favor Bag.  Now stand it upside-down so the bottom flaps are on the top.  Remove the Sticky Strip backing.  Place the two rectangle flaps down to form the bottom of the box.  Next place the triangle flap that has the Sticky Strip facing up onto the two rectangle flaps.  Now place the last triangle flap down.  Turn your Fancy Favor bag over and use your Bone Folder to press against the areas where the Sticky Strip is so it adheres well.
4.  Shape your Posies with long thin handled paint brush by laying the paint brush across the flower so it is in the center of two opposite petals.  Fold the petals around the paint brush, leaving the flower center flat.  Repeat this process with all the petals on each flower you want to use.  I used 3 flowers.  Line them up and pierce a hole through the center and insert brad.  Place Petals in desired positions and use a Glue Dot or two if necessary in the center to hold the petals in place.
5.  Decide where you want your flower to be.  Stamp the sentiment “Just for You” which is included in your Kit with Black StazOn ink in the top of your embossed label.
6.  Adhere your flower to the embossed label with several Glue Dots or Dimensionals.  Tie a bow with the ribbon and attach it with a Glue Dot.
7.  Adhere the decorated embossed label to your Fancy Favor Bag with either Glue Dots or Dimesionals.
8.  Now to put a little surprise in it for a special someone……….

Happy Stamping! Nendy

Pop-Up Posies Banner

The Pop-Up Posies Kit is really fun to use!  I made a Banner, decorated a Fancy Favor Gift Bag, and made a card.  I still have lots of Posy flower pieces left to decorate more things.  The Pop-Up Posies Instructions suggested using a lot more Posy Flower pieces but I didn’t like those as well.  I have used less flower pieces and like the way the flowers look much better.  I hope you enjoy making your own versions.  We will be making these projects at my Classes an March 22nd.
Pop-Up Posies Class-001SUPPLIES:
* = Spring 2013 Catalog
*Pop-Up Posies Kit #131395
Card Stock:
 Pacific Point
Big Shot:  Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies  #127553
Other:  Paper Piercing Tool & Mat
Glue Dots
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
White Baker’s Twine if you want more to hang up your Banner

When this Kit is no longer available you can use any Framelit or Big Shot Die and Punched Flowers to get the look you want.

1.  Decide what word you want on your Banner.  I chose “Create“.  There are 9 of the embossed labels in the kit.  So if you want more than 9 letters and spaces you will need a second kit.
2.  You can choose either Pacific Point, Cajun Craze, or Island Indigo for the letters.  I used Pacific Point since it was brighter.
3.  I used 2″ squares to cut out the letters.  You can cut out multiple letters on the die and several of the same letter can be cut at one time because there are no score lines on the die.
4.  Assemble your flowers using as many layers of the flowers as you want.
Daisy.  I used a thin handled paint brush to shape the flowers.  Lay the handle across the flower down the center of two petals.  Fold the petals around the handle, but don’t fold the center of the flower.  Continue this process on all the Daisy type flowers you want to use.  Layer them together and pierce a hole through the center with your Paper Piercing tool.  Insert the desired brad from the kit.  Align or stagger the petals as desired.
White Flowers.  I just used two each of the large and medium “cupcake liner” flowers and one of the small ones.  For the large and medium ones I laid the two of the same size together and cut every third line to the flat part.  I cut every 2nd line on the smallest one.  Layer the Large ones together, staggering the cut lines.  Now add the medium ones also staggering the cut lines.  Add the small one.  Make sure they are in the position you want and pierce a hole through the center.  Insert the desired brad from the kit.  Fluff up the petals as desired.
5.  Take the desired number of embossed labels and lay them out in a line.  Pierce a hole on the top two corners of each one.
6.  Lay out one letter on each embossed label.  Decide where to put the flowers.  Make more if necessary.  Adhere the letters with Tombow Glue.
7.  Connect the embossed labels with the cut Baker’s Twine included in the Kit.  I tied a bow.
8.  Now adhere the Flowers in the desired positions with Glue Dots.
9.  Add enough extra Baker’s Twine to the outside ends of the Banner so you can hang it up on your wall.
10.  Stand back and admire your lovely Banner.

Happy Stamping!

Moving Forward-Child’s Birthday Card

My grandson turned 2 on Monday and so, of course, I made him a card.  This time I used  the Moving Forward stamp set.  Three Dollars is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for each Moving Forward stamp set purchased.  I know we appreciated staying at the Ronald McDonald House when my son had surgery.  Here are more details about Stampin’ Up’s partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Child's Birthday Card

Stamps:  Moving Forward w#126320  c#126322
Ink:  Pacific Point ink pad & marker
Card Stock:  Pacific Point
Whisper White
Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper #130670
Big Shot:  Ovals Collection #129381
Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies #127553  (OR just write the number with your Marker)
Punch:  Small Oval #130908
Other:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Medium Translucent Clear Envelope #102619

1.  Cut your Pacific Point card base at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Cut your Whisper White and Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Make sure the clouds are going the correct way.  I had to cut another piece.  Embarassed  Adhere the Cloud Designer Series Paper to one side of your card base using the Tombow Glue.  (Note:  I always do a “Post Card” for younger children and seal it in a Translucent Envelope so they can hold it without damaging it.  I also use Tombow Glue to adhere all the parts when making cards for children.)
2.  Stamp the “Blimp” image in Pacific Point ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut it out using the coordinating size Oval Framelit and your Big Shot.  Adhere to the “Clouds” with Tombow Glue leaving enough room to write the child’s name underneath.  You might as well write their name now in the space you left.
3.  Cut the “2” out of Pacific Point card stock using the Typeset Alphabet Die and your Big Shot.  Punch 2 Small Oval “Balloons”  out of Pacific Point card stock.  Adhere in desired positions using Tombow Glue.  Draw Balloon Strings with your Pacific Point marker.  You can also decorate your Balloons with your Marker if desired.
4.  Write your message on the 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White card stock you cut earlier.  Adhere to the back of your card with Tombow Glue.
5.  Seal tightly in the Translucent Envelope.  Your card will still fit in a Medium Stampin’ Up! envelope.
6.  Mail or give to one of your favorite children!

You can buy all the supplies to make this Child’s Birthday Card at My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

Blossom Petals Sunflower Punch Art Card

I have really been in the mood for Spring so I made a Sunflower using the Blossom Petals Punch.  It is a pretty quick card to make and reminds me of hot Summer Days as I sit here feeling chilly in my long-sleeved sweater.  We made this card at my 3D Flower Class on Friday.  I hope you enjoy making it!  I made a similar card for my daughter-in-law’s birthday last year.  As usual, you can change the colors and the sentiment to make you happy!  This is the TRUE advantage of making your own cards!
Blossom Petals Punch Sunflower

 Perfectly Penned w#122890  c#122892
OR the sentiment of your choice
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight
Whisper White
Chocolate Chip
Summer Starfruit
Big Shot:  Argyle Embossing Folder #127750
Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976
OR Embossing folders of your choice
Punches:  Blossom Petals #121808
1-3/8″ Square #119877
1-1/4″ Scallop Circle #127811
Other:  Glue Dots (Lots!!) #103683
Thin handled paint brush OR Bone Folder

1.  Cut your Summer Starfruit card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Chocolate Chip layer at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Adhere to Summer Starfruit card base.
3.  Cut your Whisper White layer at 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Run through your Big Shot using the Argyle embossing folder.  Adhere to Chocolate Chip Layer.
4.  Punch 9 of the long thin Blossom Petals using a 2-1/8″ strip of Daffodil Delight card stock.
5.  Shape your Blossom Petals.  Take one Blossom Petal and your Thin handled paint brush (or Bone Folder) and lay it down the center of the Blossom Petal.  Fold the Petal sides up so it is rounded down the center of the Blossom Petal.  Now take your paint brush handle and curve each side of the Blossom Petal so it is slightly rounded.  Repeat with the other 8 Blossom Petal.
6.  Place a Glue Dot in the center of the bottom edge of your Whisper White layer.  Put a Glue Dot on the top center back of FIVE Blossom Petals.  Set aside with the Glue Dots facing up.  Take your first Blossom Petal and place it with the narrow tip on the Glue Dot and the Blossom Petal facing straight up.  Place the next two along the bottom edge so these three Blossom Petals form an upside-down T.  Place the last two Blossom Petals with Glue Dots on in between the three Blossom Petals that form a T.
7.  Place another Glue Dot in the bottom center on top of the other one that now is covered with Blossom Petal tips.  Place a Glue Dot on the center back of the remaining FOUR Blossom Petals so the Glue Dot will adhere to the bottom layer of Blossom Petals where they touch.  Place each Blossom Petal so the top is in between the lower layer of Blossom Petals as shown.
8.  Punch half a 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle from Chocolate Chip card stock.  Run it through your Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder.  Adhere to your Sunflower with Glue Dots.
9.  Now for your sentiment.  I will give the dimensions I used for the Perfectly Penned Happy Birthday.  Cut a strip of Daffodil Delight at 1-3/8″ x 5-1/2″.  Cut a strip of Chocolate Chip at 1-5/8″ x 5-1/2″.  Stamp your sentiment in the center of your Daffodil Delight strip.  Use your Square punch to make the “Banner” ends.  Adhere to your Chocolate Chip strip using SNAIL making sure to leave enough space at each end so you get a point instead of a flat part when you trim the Chocolate Chip ends slightly larger than your Daffodil Delight ends using scissors.  Adhere this banner using Dimensionals.
10.  Admire your Sunflower card!

You can get all the supplies to make this Sunflower Card at My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

Oh Hello in Cherry Cobbler

Th Oh Hello stamp set is so versatile.  You can get a lot of different looks using it.  This card originally started out trying to use some More Amore Designer Series Paper for the card front.  I tried several different variations and then decided to skip the card front and try everything on the Cherry Cobbler card base.  I really like it!  I hope you have fun when you make it!
Oh Hello in Cherry Cobbler. www.nendyscreativecorner.com

Stamps:  Oh Hello w#130730 c#130733
(Oh Hello Stamps & Oval Framlits Bundle:  Wood  Clear)
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler
Whisper White
Ink:  VersaMark
Cherry Cobbler Marker
Garden Green Marker
Big Shot:  Oval Collection Framelits #129381
Punches:    Scallop Oval
Extra-Large Oval
Other:  Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder #122949
Heat Tool #129053

1.  Cut your Cherry Cobbler card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Stamp two of the Oh Hello patterned arrows and the Oh Hello Chevron Oval in VersaMark ink on Whisper White card stock.  Dump your Cherry Cobbler embossing powder over all your stamped images.  Shake off.  Melt with Heat Tool.  Cut your Oh Hello Oval out with the coordinating Oval Framelit and your Big Shot.  Cut the Oh Hello Patterned Arrows out with your Scissors so there are 4 corner pieces.
3.  Adhere the Oh Hello Patterned Arrows corner pieces with SNAIL to your Cherry Cobbler card front corners.  Adhere the Oh Hello Chevron Oval with Dimensionals to the center of your Cherry Cobbler card front.
4.  Color the Oh Hello Flower Stamp with your Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Markers.  Stamp on Whisper White card stock close enough to the edge so you can easily punch it out.  Now punch it out with the Scallop Oval Punch.  Punch the Oval out of Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Adhere the Flower to the Cherry Cobbler Punched Oval with Dimentionals.  Adhere the Cherry Cobbler Oval to the Chevron Oval with Dimensionals.
5.  You now have a card you can use for any occasion just to make someone’s day better!

Happy Stamping!

Regal Rose Secret Garden Petite Purse

I made the parts for this cute little Purse while filming my Big Shot Basics video.  I put it together as I was cleaning up and decided to see how the Petite Purse would look with a flower.  I think it is really cute!  This one is make with Regal Rose card stock.  The flowers are stamped in Primrose Petals ink and adhered to the purse with Dimensionals.  Choose you favorite color(s) when you make your Petite Purse.  This Purse has been well loved by my grandson as you can tell by the handle.  Smile
Regal Rose Secret Garden Petite Purse

Stamps:  Secret Garden w#129141 c#129144
(Secret Garden Stamp & Framelit Bundle:  w#131100  c#131099)
Card Stock:  Regal Rose
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Petite Purse Bigz L Die #125606
Secret Garden Framelits #129372
Other:  Sticky Strip
Glue Dots

1.  Cut out your Regal Rose Petite Purse with your Big Shot using the Petite Purse Bigz L Die.  I used a Crease Pad on top so I could see the creases better.  Adhere the side tabs with Sticky Strip.  Gently slide the tip of your Paper Snips into the front slot to make it easier to insert the little flap.  Attach the Handle with Glue Dots inside the purse.
2.  Stamp the desired Secret Garden flowers in Primrose Petals ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out with the coordinating Secret Garden Framelits.  Adhere the two flowers together with Dimensionals.  Adhere layered flower to the purse front flap by placing 3 half Dimensionals along the “top” of the Front Flap (See photo inset).  Put 1 half Dimensional on the bottom back of the layered flower.  Remove Dimensional backing and gently adhere flower to front flap.  When it is positioned as desired, press on Dimensionals to adhere firmly.
3.  Fill your cute Secret Garden Purse with some small goodies.  It will hold 4 Hershey Nuggets.

Find all the supplies to make this Purse in My Online Store.

Happy Purse-Making!

Shabby Chic Valentine & All Occasion Cards

Happy Valentine's Day!Here is a Shabby Chic Valentine card that was originally an All-Occasions card.  It uses the new Distressing Tool from the Spring 2013 Catalog.  I normally don’t like the distressed look, but this was fun to do so you might see more.  I LOVE the distressed look on the Core’dinations card stock!
Shabby Chic ValentineShabby Chic All Occasion Card

* = Spring 2013 Catalog
Stamps:  Delightful Dozen  w#122650  c#122652
*Feel Goods w#129681  c#129684
Ink:  *Primrose Petals Core’dinations #129322
Raspberry Ripple
Card Stock:  Primrose Petals
Raspberry Ripple
Whisper White
*More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper #129309
Big Shot:  *Lacy Brocade embossing folder #127819
Other:  *Tea Lace Paper Doilies #129399
*Stampin’ Sanding Block #129367
*Stampin’ Distress Tool #127562
Raspberry Ripple 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon #126845
Sponge Dauber
Glue Dots

1.  Cut your Raspberry Ripple card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Sponge around the edges with your Sponge Dauber and Primrose Petals ink.
2.  Cut your Primrose Petals Core’dinations card stock at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.  Use the Distressing Tool around the edges.  (Watch my Edge Techniques video to see how I use the Distressing Tool.  It is at the end.)  I like to use the center blade to get a more rolled effect.  Use the Sanding Block and sand the raised embossing using circular motions.  Sand until you get the look you want.  Put SNAIL on the card base and adhere your embossed layer.
3.  Tie your Bow.  I gave each stamper 14″.  I used 12″ when I cut it off the spool.
4a.  Valentine Card.  Cut a Heart from the More Amore Designer Series Paper.  Stamp the “Be My Valentine” sentiment in Raspberry Ripple ink.  (Next time I think I will Heat Emboss it with Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder.)  Sponge the edges using your Sponge Dauber and Primrose Petals ink.  Adhere to Paper Doily using Dimensionals.  (Note:  I have been using a double layer of Dimensionals to adhere these Hearts.)  Position Paper Doily and Ribbon as desired.  Adhere the Paper Doily with SNAIL on the solid center.  Adhere Ribbon with Glue Dots.
4b.  All Occasion Card.  Stamp “Feel Goods” sentiment on Whisper White card stock using Raspberry Ripple ink.  Cut around it with scissors.  Don’t worry about getting it perfectly rounded because the Distress Tool will do that for you.  Now use your Distress Tool to round the edges.  Sponge the edges with your Sponge Dauber and Primrose Petals ink.  Lightly sponge the center of your Paper Doily.  Adhere your Sentiment with Dimensionals.  Position Ribbon and Paper Doily as desired.  Adhere the Paper Doily with SNAIL on the solid center.  Adhere Ribbon with Glue Dots.
5.  Admire your Shabby Chic Card!

You can get all the items to make these cards at My Online Store.  Remember that you can earn 1 FREE Sale-a-bration item for each $50 you spend through March 22, 2013!

Happy Distressed Stamping!

Sycamore Street Card and Sale-a-bration Q&A

Here is a card made with the Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper and the Ribbon and Button Pack.  I will have a Valentine card for you Friday.  I will be doing some cleaning today and I have decided to watch a movie and start making my Valentine Cards this afternoon since I haven’t had much stamping time for a week.
Sale-a-bration Card with Ribbons

* = 2013 Sale-a-bration brochure
Stamps:  *Pretty Petites  w#129639  c#129642
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry
Card Stock:  Island Indigo
Pool Party
*Sycamore Street #127540
Punches:  *Petite Curly Label  #129405
Curly Label
1″ Square
Big Shot:  *Vine Street embossing folder #130492
  *Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack #130812
Island Indigo Baker’s Twine #125575

1.  The embossed strip is 1-1/4″ wide.
2.  I cut the Ribbons 6-1/2 to 7″ long.  Put SNAIL on the back of your Designer Series Paper and  adhere your Ribbons to it.  Thread your Baker’s Twine through one button hole and thread in under your ribbons before threading it through the second button hole.  Cinch up your Baker’s Twine tightly.  I tied a knot then a bow.


Question:  What do I need to buy to earn a Sale-a-bration item?
Answer:  You need to buy $50 of Stampin’ Up! merchandise.  Digital products and downloads are also counted as merchandise.  Shipping and Tax don’t count as merchandise.

Some Examples:  (Prices below do NOT include Shipping OR Tax.  You can make any substitutions you want.)
New Stamper Bundle $50.15:
~Black StazOn ink pad #101406  
~Assorted Card Stock in the Color Collection of your Choice (Buy 2 packages)
~Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad (Color of your choice from the Color Collection to match your Card Stock)
~Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (same color as your ink pad)
1 package of Whisper White card stock #100730 OR Very Vanilla card stock #101650
SNAIL adhesive #104332
Stampin’ Dimensionals  #104430

All-Occasions Stamps & Punch
Wood  $52.90-$53.90:
Teeny Tiny Wishes w#115370 $36.95
Choose one Punch:
Word Window Punch  #119857  $15.95
OR Modern Label Punch  #119849  $16.95
Teeny Tiny Wishesc#127802  $26.95
Clear Mount Block G  #118489  $4.50
Choose one Punch:
Word Window Punch  #119857  $15.95
OR Modern Label Punch #119849 $16.95
Stampin’ Dimensionals  #104430  $3.95

Big Shot Bundle  $107.90 (You will earn 2 FREE Sale-a-bration items)
Big Shot #113439  $99.95
Embossing Folder of your choice  $7.95

My Digital Studio 2:
My Digital Studio 2 (Full Software, some content)  $39.95
Disc #130645  Download #130644
$10.05 in the downloads or products of your choice

My Digital Studio 2+:
My Digital Studio 2+ (Full Software, LOTS of content)  $79.95
 Disc #130647  Download #130646  (I prefer the download-no discs to misplace.  When I got a new computer for Christmas I just went to my downloads and downloaded it.  SO EASY!)
If you want to earn 2 FREE Sale-a-bration items you can purchase $20.05 in other Stampin’ Up! products or downloads.

Stamp-a-ma-jig Video

Watch this video!I use my Stamp-a-ma-jig quite a bit to perfectly position my sentiments and Two-Step stamps.  It can seem tricky to use, but after trying it out a couple of times you will get results like a Pro!  Have fun using your Stamp-a-ma-jig to help you make this card.

On a personal note:  I seem to have too many irons in too many fires lately.  I may not be able to continue to do a video every week.   I will still try to do a couple of videos a week.  I know I am a visual learner and it is easier for me when I see something done.  I have been working at the Family History Center more (almost every week)-which is fun too and I have a more demanding calling in my Church.  As a result it has been harder to keep up with my home and family.  I will still continue to post projects at least 3 days a week and the My Digital Studio downloads on Tuesday.
Stippled Flowers Two Step Stamping with a Stamp-a-ma-jig

Featured Product-Stamp-a-ma-jig  #101049
Stamps:   Stippled Blossoms  w#126745  c#126747
Four Frames w#123440  c#123442
Teeny Tiny Wishes  w#115370  c#127802
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Wisteria Wonder
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder
Perfect Plum
Elegant Eggplant
Big Shot:  Framed Tulips Embossing Folder #121809
Other:  Sponge Dauber  #102892

1.  Stamp images using your Stamp-a-ma-jig as shown in the video making sure to leave enough room around the edges for the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.
2.  Use your Big Shot and the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder to make a frame around your stamped images
3.  Get your card base ready:  Wisteria Wonder card stock cut at 5-12″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Put SNAIL around the edges of your card front.  Adhere your stamped and embossed card layer.
4.  Admire your perfectly stamped card!

Happy Stamp-a-ma-jigging!

Floral Framelits Spring Flower Card

Spring Catalog ProjectsI am ready for Spring so I made a Spring Flower card using the Floral Frames Framelits, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper from Sale-a-bration, and a wonderful Designer Builder Brad from the Spring 2013 Catalog.  I LOVE the Sycamore Street Paper because it uses a variety of colors and patterns to fit any mood I happen to be in.  Earn yours today with a $50 purchase of anything from My Online Store!!  Digital Downloads count too!!
Floral Framelit Spring Flower

* = Spring 2013 Catalog
** = Sale-a-bration 2013 Brochure
Stamps: Loving Thoughts w#125843  c#125845
Card Stock:  Island Indigo
Pool Party
**Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper #127540
Ink:  VersaMark
Big Shot:  Framed Tulips Folder #121809
Lacy Brocade Folder  #127819
Floral Frames Framelits  #127012
Other:  *Designer Builder Brads #129329
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
*Pool Party Embossing Powder #129398
Heat Tool
Glue Dots
Paper Piercing tool and Mat

1.  Cut Pool Party card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut Island Indigo card stock at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through Big Shot using the Framed Tulips embossing folder.  Trim edges with scissors.  Adhere to card front.
3.  Cut Flower pieces using the desired three Floral Frames Framelits.  Cut the large and smallest out of Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper.  Cut the middle one from Pool Party card stock.  Use the Lace Brocade embossing folder and your Big Shot to add texture to this center flower.  Adhere the three flowers together with Dimensionals.
4.  Use your Paper Piercing Tool and Mat and pierce a hole through the center of all the flower layers.  Punch either a Itty Bitty Flower or Circle from Island Indigo card stock.  Adhere to the center of the Designer Builder Brad with a Glue Dot.  Place the Clear Circle Epoxy Bubble on top of the punched Itty Bitty shape.  Insert your completed Designer Brad through the hole you pierced.
5. Lay the Flower in the desired position on your card front.  Decide where you want your sentiment.  Move the flower.  Stamp your sentiment in Versamark Ink in the desired position.  Dump your Pool Party embossing powder over the sentiment.  Remove the excess and put it back in your jar.  Melt the embossing powder sentiment with your Heat Tool on High.
6.  Adhere your Flower to your card front with Dimensionals.
7.  Enjoy this Flower any time of year!!!

You can purchase most of the items to make this Flower Card from My Online Store.  The Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper is FREE with a $50 purchase from January 22 to March 22, 2013.

Happy Spring Stamping!

My Eight Favorite Stamping and Tool Hints

Things you should know.Here are a few things I tell my customers (and myself).

Stamp first then punch.  When you stamp first you can hold your punch upside down and center the image.  Punch when it is in the position you want it.

Cut first then emboss.  Example:  If you want to use the Large Scallop Edgelit and the coordinating Delicate Details embossing folders.  Cut the Edgelit first, then emboss with the Delicate Details folders.  If you emboss first then cut your Edgelit with the Big Shot you will flatten out the embossing.

Use your new Paper Piercing Tool ONLY to Pierce your Paper.  Use your OLD Piercing Tools to remove Sticky Strip backing, place Rhinestones and Pearls, clean out your Sizzlits and Bigz Dies, etc.  If you use one JUST for PAPER PIERCING the tip will stay sharp and pointed longer!

Put the Framelit back in its envelope after using it.  I have misplaced more Framelits by NOT following this rule.  I even bought a second set of Edgelits because I didn’t put it back in its envelope after using it.  I later found the one I misplace hidden in my paper scrap box.  I did decide it is nice to have two of each Edgelit so I can do both sides at once.

Don’t force things through the Big Shot.  Check which tabs you should be using on your Multipurpose Platform.  I flattened out part of a Letterpress Plate once during a class because I had too many tabs closed and I forced it through a little ways.  It wouldn’t go any further so we had to back it out.  I will admit that some things do make you use your muscles and they go through just fine.  Just be careful.  Use one less tab if you need to.

Carefully check if your card stock cut properly when using a Crease Pad with a Bigz Die that has Score Lines.  If you carefully check to make sure it cut properly (Hold down the cut out part and gently pull up the outside part.) you can add a shim under that part and recut the same piece of card stock and get good results.

Clean your stamps properly before putting them away.  I have used stamps that were put away but hadn’t been cleaned properly and they stamped in the weirdest color that looked horrible on my project so I had to be creative so I wouldn’t have to remake the whole thing.

Straighten up your work area after each project!  During my Stamp Classes I am moving Paper Trimmers, Simply Scored, Punches, and things they aren’t using to help them keep their work area big enough to do their project easily.  Who wants to volunteer to do this for me?  I end up working in a 6″ square space sometimes.  I need to make me a little sign to remind me.

I hope these help you!

Happy Stamping!

“Whale You Be Mine?” Heart Shaped Children’s Valentine Card

Happy Valentine's Day!My four-year-old grandson got really excited when he saw this Oh, Whale! stamp set in the catalog as I was looking through it in December trying to decide what to pre-order.  (If you become a Demonstrator you can also order products from the NEW Catalogs a month before the general public can!  Click the “Join My Team” Tab at the top of the page.)

This would be a simple card to make multiples of.  If you are going to make multiples I would recommend getting the Oh, Wave! Wheel to make your waves and letting the child roll the waves onto the card stock.  Why not let them help!  I am all for creating an independent Crafter!  That way we can work side by side on our own projects!

Crafting also teaches children many important skills, both mental skills and fine motor skills.  Learning these skills is extremely important in advancing their development of other learning skills.  (Is that a good enough reason/excuse to share your love of crafting with them?)
Whale Children's Valentine Card

* =
Spring 2013 Catalog
 *Oh, Whale w#129129  c#129132
(*Oh, Wave! Jumbo Wheel #130105)
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Mariana Mist
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Marina Mist
Real Red
Real Red Marker
Basic Black Marker
Big Shot:  Heart Collection Framelits #125599
*Happy Whale Clearlits Die #129403
Other:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Paper Snips  #103579

1.   Choose Heart Framelit size you want and cut one from Whisper White card stock using your Big Shot.  I chose the largest one that wasn’t scalloped.
2.  Decide how far up you want your “water” to go.  Line up the straight edge of your Marina Mist card stock to that height on the same Heart Framelit used before.
3.  Stamp the Waves in Marina Mist ink on your “Water”.  Trim the top waves with your paper snips.
4.  Hold your “Water” up on the card and decide where to stamp your sentiment.  Stamp it in Real Red Ink.  Stamp lots of small Hearts in the rest of the “Sky” part of your card.
5.  Adhere your Marina Mist “Water” to your Whisper White Heart with Tombow Glue.
6.  Stamp your Whale in Midnight Muse ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out using the Happy Whale Clearlits Die and your Big Shot.  Adhere the Whale to your card with either Dimensionals or Tombow Glue.
7.  Find the little white fish that you cut with your Clearlits Die.  Color it with your Real Red Marker.  Add an eye with the Basic Black Marker.  Adhere it to your card with Tombow Glue.
8.  Write any desired sentiments on the back of your card such as the TO:  and FROM:  .
9.  Admire your cute little Whale Valentine card.

You can buy all the supplies to make this Whale Valentine Card in My Online Store.

Happy Valentine Stamping! 

Sparkly Cloud Day Card

Spring Catalog ProjectsWould you like to lay around and watch the clouds go by for a while?  You can do that when you use the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder and add some Dazzling Details for sparkle.  Add a sentiment from the Ciao Baby! stamp set and you have a fun, quick card.  I chose a yellow monochromatic color scheme because it has been a long time since I have used yellows.  I really needed a change from the reds of Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  Choose any two colors that you are in the mood for or you think the person you are giving the card too will like.
Sparkly Cloudy Day Card

* = from the Spring 2013 Catalog
** = Sale-a-bration 2013  (1 item FREE with each $50 purchased) Available January 22-March 22, 2013
 *Ciao, Baby!  w#129645 c#129648
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Card Stock:  Summer Starfruit card base
Daffodil Delight card front 3-3/4″ x 5″
Big Shot:  *Cloudy Day Embossing Folder #127022
Punches:  Curly Label #119851
**Petite Curly Label #129405
Other:  Dazzling Details #124117

1.  Score and fold Summer Starfruit card base at 4-1/4″.
2.  Use Daffodil Delight Card front with the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder and your Big Shot.  Adhere to front of card base.
3.  Punch a Curly Label out of Summer Starfruit card stock.  Put Dimensionals on the back.
4.  Stamp desired sentiment from Cio, Baby! stamp set with Chocolate Chip ink on Daffodil Delight card stock.  Punch out using the Petite Curly Label Punch.  Put Dimensionals on the back.  Adhere to Summer Starfruit Curly Label.  Then adhere your Curly Labels to the desired position on your card front.
5.  Spread a thin layer of Dazzling Details on random Clouds and on the corners and points of your Summer Starfruit Curly Label as desired.
6.  Admire your sparkly card and set it aside to dry.

You can purchase the supplies to make this card from My Online Store.

Happy Springtime Stamping!

Big Shot Basics Videos

Do you want to know how to get great results with your Big Shot and with all the accessories you can use with it?  This 2 Part Video will show you how to get great results with Framelits, Edgelits, Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Sizzlits, Large Sizzlits,  Originals and Bigz Dies.  I will also give you a few hints on how to store all your Big Shot Accessories.

Big Shot Basics Part 1: Framelits, Edgelits, Embossing Folders, Embosslits, Sizzlits.

(14 minutes 46 seconds)

Big Shot Basics Part 2: Large Sizzlits, Bigz & Originals Dies, Storage.

(9 minutes 1 second)

Big Shot Sandwich Guidelines
Big Shot Bigz & Originals Materials List

Large Insert to store Originals, Bigz, Bigz L, Bigz XL, Framelits or Edgelits Dies  #120801
Small Insert to store Sizzlits and Embosslits  #120802

Have fun with your Big Shot and Accessories!!

Sweet Threads Cross Stitch Card

Spring Catalog ProjectsI was so excited to see the Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit in the Spring Catalog.  I enjoy doing Cross-Stitch, but haven’t done it in a few years.  Now I can combine my enjoyment of Cross-Stitch with my love of card making!  The Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit comes with almost everything I used to make these cards.  I read the instructions inside the paper with the picture on AFTER I had finished the Cross-Stitch and they told me to STAMP FIRST, then Cross-Stitch if I want to stamp on the card stock that I do the Cross-Stitch on.  The Cross-Stitch did take a little while to do (like it always has for me).  There are basic instructions in the paper with the picture on so you will be able to Cross Stitch even if you haven’t done so before.  Surprise your family and friends with this interesting mixed media card!
Sweet Threads Cross Stitch Cards

* = from Spring 2013 Catalog
 *Sweet Threads Simply Sent #126924  OR *Sweet Threads Bundle w#131105
Card Stock:  Primrose Petals
Lucky Limeade
Ink:  Lucky Limeade
Primrose Petals
Always Artichoke
Always Artichoke Marker
Big Shot:  *Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders #129383 (Green)
Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die #120903 (Pink)
Punches:  Scallop Trim Corner #118870 (Green)
Modern Label #119849 (Green)
Scallop Edge Border #119882 (Pink)
Other:  SNAIL
*Melon Mambo 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon #129293
Stamping Sponges
Glue Dots
Dimensionals (some are included in the kit, but you might need more)

1.  Read the Instructions that come with the Kit!  (Like I should have done!!)  Choose the card color you want to use from the Kit.
2.  If you want to stamp a sentiment directly on the Scalloped Cross Stitch card stock, do it now.
3.  Do the Cross-Stitch pattern you want to use on your card following the basic instructions that come with the Kit.  Here is what the back of mine look like.
Sweet Threads-Back of Cross Stich4.  Sponge the edges of the Cross-Stitch card stock, if desired.  I think I will use Primrose Petals Ink to sponge the piece for the Green card next time.
Pink Card.
5a.  Wrap the 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon around the Cross-Stitch card stock and tie a bow.  Place Glue dots underneath the ribbon if desired to hold it in place.
5b.  Cut the largest of the Scallop Squares Duo Bigz from Primrose Petals card stock using your Big Shot.  Sponge around the edges with Primrose Petals ink.  Put Dimensionals on the back.  Put Dimensionals on the back of your Cross-Stitch.  Layer it on the Scallop Square as shown.
5c.  Punch a Scallop Border Edge on both sides of a 1-1/2 to 2″ tall by 4-1/4″ wide Primrose Petals card stock piece.  Stamp your sentiment in desired position using a Stamp-a-ma-jig if desired.  Sponge the edges with Primrose Petals ink.
5d.  Lay items in desired positions, then adhere them to card front.  You have now finished your Pink Card!
Green Card.
Cut your Lucky Limeade card stock at 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″.  Punch the corners using the Scallop Trim Corner punch.  Sponge all the edges with Lucky Limeade or Old Olive ink.  Place Dimensionals on the back of both the Lucky Limeade and the Cross-Stitch card stock pieces.  Adhere together.
6b.  Stamp desired sentiment on Lucky Limeade card stock in Always Artichoke ink.  Punch out with Modern Label punch.  Sponge edges with same ink used earlier  Adhere to Cross-Stitch piece with Dimensionals.
6c.  Choose the desired Needlepoint Border embossing folder.  Line up the edge with the top edge of your card front.  Fold the card back behind the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot.  Keeping the same side facing up, line up your embossing folder with the bottom edge of your card and emboss as before.  Run the brush tip of your Always Artichoke Marker along the raised parts of your embossed card front trying to only get the parts raised by your embossing folder.  Run your fingers along the embossed edges just for fun.
6d.  Now center and adhere your Cross-Stitch layers to your card front.  You have now finished your Green Card!

You can purchase the Sweet Threads Simply Sent Kit and Bundle in My Online Store.

Happy Cross-Stitching and Stamping!

Happy Valentine Heart Card

Happy Valentine's Day!This Valentine’s Day card is made with one of the stamps that is available only through January 21.  The Happy Valentine Heart single stamp is available as part of the Valentine Treat Bundle #132771.  It comes with a package of fifty 1″ x 8″ cellophane bags–just perfect for giving little Valentine Treats.  I decided to use the Heart stamp to make a quick Valentine card.  We will be making this card at my Stamp Class on Friday.
Elegant Hearts Valentine Card

Stamps:  Happy Valentine Heart (part of Bundle) c#132771 
Ink:  Real Red
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Elegant Lines Folder #119277
Fashionable Hearts Embosslit Die #125596
Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit Die #117332
Punch:  Full Heart Punch #119883

1.  Cut your Cherry Cobbler card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Whisper White card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Line up in desired position inside your Elegant Lines embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot.   Place SNAIL about 1/4″ from the edges on your Cherry Cobbler card front and adhere your Elegant Lines card stock to the card front.
3.  The paper size to fit inside an Embosslit is about 2″ x 2-1/2″ if you want to cut down the card stock to size.  Or you can just place your Embosslit with the larger piece of card stock in between it’s flaps.  Make sure all the designs you want cut out are covered before you close your Embosslit.  If you noticed, one side of the Embosslit states “This side Down” or something like that.  Place that side against the bottom cutting pad with the Hinge parallel to the long side of the cutting pad and on the side away from the Big Shot Handle.  This will help prevent your Hinge from cracking.  Place the top cutting plate on top of your Embosslit and Run it through your Big Shot with either one or two tabs open.  Use this process (which takes longer to read about than to actually do!) with both the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit and the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit.  I just keep the Embosslits closed until I am ready to use the Hearts.  I am really good at losing the smaller ones!
4.  Lay the Hearts in the desired positions on your card front.  Place Dimensionals on the back of each Heart and adhere it to your card front.
5.  Admire your Heart-ful Valentine!

You can get all the supplies to make this Valentine Card at My Online Store.

Happy Valentine Stamping!