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!

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!

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!

Plaid Birthday Cards

Spring Catalog ProjectsBoth my Son and Son-in-Law have Birthdays shortly after Christmas.  Since I can’t seem to make the same card twice, here are two versions of Birthday Cards for these men in my life.  Of course I had to use some Spring 2013 Catalog items!  Since these cards were mailed a while ago and because I didn’t take notes I don’t remember the exact colors I used.  So use what ever color is your man’s favorite when you make this card for him.
Jason's 2013 birthday cardSterling's 2013 Birthday cardEvery Monday in January I will be posting projects using Spring 2013 Catalog products.  Enjoy!

*Spring 2013 Catalog available until May 31, 2013
Stamps:  *Beyond Plaid w#129201  c#129204
*Make a Wish w#129219  c#129222
Perfectly Penned  w#122890  c#122892 (Green card)
Bring on the Cake w#121899  c#121958 (Blue card)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip -cake
Marina Mist (Blue card)
Real Red (Blue card)
Midnight Muse ink pad & Marker (Green card sentiment)
Lucky Limeade-I think (Green card)
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Marina Mist (Blue card)
Lucky Limeade-I think (Green card)
Big Shot:  *Hearts a Flutter Framelits #130159 (Green card Banner)
Chevron Folder #127749 (Green card)
Punch: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle-I think (Blue Card Banner)
Other:  Naturals Designer Buttons #127554
Linen Thread #104199
Glue Dots
Paper Snips and/or Scissors

Instructions will be for Both Cards unless specified.
1.  Card base.  Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of card stock in the desired color.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  If desired, use the Chevron Embossing Folder on your card front.  Line up your card stock in the folder.  Fold the back of the card underneath the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot with all the tabs open.  Crease the top fold again with your fingers trying not to flatten out the embossing.
3.  Choose the Plaid Design you want.  Stamp it three times in the desired ink color on Whisper White card stock.  Stamp the Cake in Chocolate Chip ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut the Cake out with your Paper Snips.  Cut the Plaid images out with Scissors or your Paper Trimmer.
4.  Lay out the Plaid images in the desired positions.  Adhere the upper two images with SNAIL or Tombow Glue.  Adhere the lower Plaid image with Dimensionals.  Add the Cake to the lower Plaid image with Dimensionals.  (Notice I didn’t add any Dazzling Details to Bling up the cakes for the guys!  I hope they appreciated how hard that was for me.)
5a.  Green Banner.  Stamp the sentiment in Midnight Muse ink on Whisper White card stock.  Trim so it is 1″ Tall.  Slip one end through the Hearts a Flutter Banner Framelit.  Cover only the part that will be cut out with the top cutting pad when you run it through your Big Shot.  If you cover the whole card stock piece there will be heavy crease lines in your sentiment.  Repeat with the other end, covering only the part that is being cut with the top cutting pad.  Use the Brush Tip of the Midnight Muse Marker to put a colored edge to your Banner.  Adhere in desired position with Dimensionals.
5b.  Blue Banner.  Stamp sentiment in Real Red Ink on Whisper White card stock.  Trim about 1″ Tall.  Stick one end of your Banner in through the center open part of your Scallop Circle punch.  Position as desired and punch the end.  Repeat with the other side.  Drag the edges of your Banner against your Real Red ink pad.  Adhere in desired position with Dimensionals.
6.  Buttons.  Choose the desired Buttons.  Thread them with Linen Thread.  We do want it nice and rustic for our guys.  Place a Glue Dot on the back to hold the thread onto the button.  Place 2-3 more Glue Dots on the back of each button and adhere them in the desired position on your card.
7.  There.  You now have two versions of Birthday Cards for the men in your life.  Enjoy!

You can purchase all the Supplies for these Manly Birthday cards from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

Amazing Mother Birthday Card

I made this card for my Mother’s Birthday which is mid-December.  I wanted to use some of the new things I had just received that are in the NEW Spring 2013 Catalog.  This was a fun card to make and came together pretty quickly.
Amazing Mother Birthday Card

* = Spring 2013 Catalog available January 3-May 31, 2013
  *Amazing Family w#129189  c#129192
*Oh Hello w#130730  c#130733  (Bundle with Oval Framelits w#131102  c#131101)
Ink:  VersaMark
Melon Mambo
Card Stock:  Regal Rose
Melon Mambo
White Vellum
Embossing Powder:  White
Melon Mambo
Big Shot:  *Oval Framelits #129381 (also in Oh Hello Bundle-see above)
*Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders #129383
*Hearts a Flutter Framelits #130159
   Basic Pearls
Heat Tool
*Delicate Details Lace Tape #130966
*Paper Doilies #129399
Paper Trimmer or scissors
Glue Dots
Stamping Sponges

1.  Cut your Melon Mambo card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Take the Needlepoint Border embossing folder of your choice and place it in the desired position along the bottom of your card front.  Fold the card back beneath the embossing folder and run through your Big Shot.  Sponge the raised designs with Melon Mambo ink and your sponge.
3.  Now let’s do our heat embossing.  Stamp “You’re Such An Amazing” on Melon Mambo card stock with VersaMark ink and sprinkle with White Embossing Powder.  Melt with Heat Tool on High.  Now stamp the Chevron Oval from Oh Hello in Versamark ink on Whisper White card stock and sprinkle with Melon Mambo embossing powder.  Melt with Heat Tool on High.  Finally stamp “Mother” on the White Vellum card stock in VersaMark ink and sprinkle with Black embossing powder.  Melt with Heat Tool on Low so you don’t warp the Vellum.  This will take longer to melt.
4.  Trim around “You’re Such An Amazing” so you form a nice rectangle.
5.  Measure the width of the Banner Framelit in the Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  Trim around “Mother” so the strip is wide enough to fit in the Banner Framelit.  Now take it to your Big Shot and place on the Multipurpose Platform with both Tabs closed and a cutting pad on top.  Put the end of the “Mother” banner you are cutting under the Banner Framelit with the other end resting on top of your Banner Framelit.  Cover only the end of the Banner Framelit you are cutting with the top cutting pad.   Leave the part you are not cutting uncovered to prevent a fold line on your banner.  Repeat with the other side.
6.  Cut the embossed Oval Chevron with the desired Oval Framelit.  Use the next larger Oval Framelit to cut a Melon Mambo Oval.  Adhere the two Ovals together with Dimensionals.  Put  Glue Dots under the “M” and the “R” in Mother and adhere to the embossed Chevron Oval.  Adhere all these to the Paper Doily in the desired position.
7.  Lay out pieces in desired positions.  Adhere the Paper Doily layers with SNAIL.  Adhere You’re Amazing with Dimensionals.
8.  Add a circle from the Delicate Details Lace Tape in the desired position.  Add Pearls as shown or as desired.
9.  Admire your lacy feminine card.

You can purchase the items to make this Amazing Card from My Online Store.  Spring Catalog items will be available around noon Mountain Time on January 3, 2013.

Happy Stamping!

Date Night Gift Card Holder

Winter & Christmas Card & Project IdeasI had a request for Gift Cards from my daughter and her husband to use for Date Nights since no family is close enough to babysit.  So this is what my son-in-law is getting for Christmas.  I made a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Gift Card Holder using some paper from the Spring Catalog.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!
Date Night Fund Gift Card Holder

* = in Spring 2013 Catalog
 Raspberry Ripple card stock
Primrose Petals card stock
Pool Party card stock
Regal Rose card stock
More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper (Spring 2013 Catalog) #129309*
Big Shot:  Hearts a Flutter Framelits (Spring 2013 Catalog) #130159*
Houndstooth Folder #123134
Petals-a-Plenty Folder #116824
Timeless Type Jr Alphabet Sizzlits (retired)
Ink:  Melon Mambo
Other:  Paper Trimmer #126889
Stamping Sponges #101610
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

1.  Score and fold an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Raspberry Ripple card stock at 5-1/2″.  This is your card base.
2.  Cut your Primrose Petals card stock 5″ x 8″.  Adhere on your Raspberry Ripple card front.
3.  Cut your Pool Party card stock 4-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.  Adhere on top of the Primrose Petals card stock.
4.  Cut your More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper 3-3/4″ x 6-3/4″.  You might want to sponge the edges first.  The edges of the DSP come pre-sponged so only 2 sides of mine look sponged.  Adhere it to your Pool Party card stock.
5.  Use your Sizzlits Timeless Type Jr Alphabet to cut out the desired letters.  Adhere with Tombow Glue.  You could also use the brush tip of your Raspberry Ripple Marker to just write the desired words on the DSP.
6.  Cut 2 Hearts from the Regal Rose card stock using your Hearts a Flutter Framelits or the Hearts Collection Framelits.  Emboss one heart with the Houndstooth embossing folder and the other heart with the Petals-a-plenty embossing folder.  Sponge them with Melon Mambo ink to emphasize the design.  Adhere with Tombow Glue.
7.  For the Inside of the card:  Cut a piece of 3″ x 8″ piece of Primrose Petals card stock.  Punch either a half a large oval or half a circle along one long edge, centering it along the edge.  Use Tombow Glue or Sticky Strip along the other three sides and adhere it towards the bottom of the inside of your card.  Write what you want on this piece.  Insert Gift Card.
8.  Now you can give a fun gift card to someone and they can keep it in a safe spot.  It is large enough that is shouldn’t be easily misplaced.  After all, when we give a gift card we do want the receiver to use it!
9.  I mailed mine in a decorative bubble envelope I purchased and the postage was $1.10.

You can purchase most of these items (eventually) to make this Date Night Fund Gift Card Holder at My Online Store.

Happy Gift Giving and Christmas!

First Christmas

Winter & Christmas Card & Project Ideas
Here is a fairly quick card to make using a couple of Sneak Peek Spring Catalog items.  I wanted to use the First Christmas stamp set, but wanted to do something different.  I recently received my Preorder of Spring Catalog and Sale-a-bration items and decided I would use the NEW Oval Framelits to cut out the image.  I decided to use the Layered Labels stamp set and the Apothecary Accents Framelit to go behind the image of Baby Jesus in the Manger.  I cut out the star and used a NEW Large Rhinestone in the center.  I even finally used the Mixed Medley Hostess stamp set I wanted so much.
First Christmas

Stamps:  First Christmas w#127988  c#127991
Layered Labels w#127070  c#128291
Mixed Medley w#128054  c#128057
Inks:   StazOn Black (freshly reinked!) #101406
Real Red
More Mustard
Garden Green
Card Stock:  Garden Green
Very Vanilla
Big Shot:  Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003
Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751
NEW Oval Framelits (available January 3, 2013)  #129381
Punches:  1-1/4″ Scallop Circle #127811
3/4″ Circle #119873
Other:  Dimensionals
Paper Snips #103579
Large Rhinestone (Available January 3, 2013) #129324

1.  Cut Garden Green card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Place card front in Fancy Fan embossing folder and line up as desired.  Fold the card back behind the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot.
2.  Stamp the large Layered Label stamp in Real Red ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Cut out with the coordinating Apothecary Accents Framelit and your Big Shot.  Put Dimensionals on the back, but don’t adhere to card front yet.
3.  Stamp Baby Jesus in the Manger using Black StazOn ink.  Cut out with the desired NEW Oval Framelit and your Big Shot.  Drag the edges across your Real Red ink pad to put a little emphasis on the cut out shape.  Use Dimensionals to adhere it to your Layered Label image.
4.  Stamp the star in More Mustard.  Cut it out with your Paper Snips.  Put a full Dimensional in the center back and a Large Rhinestone on the center front.  Don’t adhere yet.
5.  Stamp the “Friend” image from the Mixed Medley stamp set in Real Red on Very Vanilla card stock.  Punch out with the 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle punch.  Stamp the Merry Christmas in Garden Green in on Very Vanilla card stock and punch out with the 3/4″ Circle Punch.  Adhere to the Scallop Circle with Dimensionals.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the Scallop Circle.
6.  Lay out all images in the desired position.  Remove Dimesional backs and adhere in desired position.
7.  Admire your new Christmas card.

You can get most of the items to make this card at My Online Store.  Some you will need to wait until January 3rd to get unless you sign up now to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator now.  You will get $125 worth of merchandise (which you choose yourself AND you can choose items from the NEW Spring catalog and earn a Sale-a-bration item for every $50 you spend!!) and a business supply package all for $99.  After you become an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you get all your purchases at least 20% off.  The more you sell, the bigger your discount and the more you can earn!  You can sign up online (also get more information at this link)  and get started right away!  If you would like to order items from the Spring Catalog when you sign up, email me and I will email you a copy.  You will need your Social Security Number and a major credit card to sign up.  Come Join the Fun as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!!  Email me if you have any questions.  If you leave your phone number, I will call you to answer your questions.

Happy Christmas Stamping!

Happy Hanukkah!

Winter & Christmas Card & Project Ideas
A Happy Hanukkah to everyone!  I have had several Jewish friends at different times in my life and have always admired them.  So here is a card to celebrate Hanukkah.  It does involve a bit of cutting out by hand, but I like the effect of the different layers.  It is an easy image to cut out.  You can admire the intricate design of the stamped and embossed image as you trim the different parts out.
Happy Hanukkah!

Stamps:  Jewish Celebrations  w#128042  c#128045
Card Stock:  Midnight Muse
Whisper White
Ink:  VersaMark
Midnight Muse
Big Shot:  Lacy Brocade embossing folder #127819
Embossing Powder:  Pewter #124114
White #109132
Black #109133
Punches:  2-1/2″ Circle Punch #120906
3/16″ Corner #119871
 Heat Tool #129053
Paper Snips #103579

1.   Stamp and emboss the Star of David image with VersaMark ink three times:  First-Whisper White card stock and Pewter Embossing Powder.  Second-Whisper White card stock and Black embossing powder.  Third-Midnight Muse card stock and White embossing powder.
2.  Trim the first embossed image (Pewter embossing powder)  around the Star using your paper snips.  Punch the second image (Black embossing powder) with a 2-1/2″ Circle Punch.  Trim the third embossed image (on Midnight Muse card stock) around the circles part of the image.
3.  Put Dimensionals  on the back of each  of the images.  The Pewter Star is the top layer, then the Midnight Muse card stock with White embossing is the middle layer.
4.   Now for the rest of the card.  You will need a 3″ square of Midnight Muse card stock, a 3-1/2″ square of Whisper White card stock, a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Midnight Muse card stock, and a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Whisper White scored and folded at 4-1/4″.
5.  Round the corners of the square pieces of card stock with the Corner Rounder punch.  Adhere these pieces together with SNAIL.
6.  Emboss the 4″ x 5-1/4″ Midnight Muse card stock with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder and your Big Shot.  Adhere to the front of your Whisper White card base.
7.  Adhere the layered Star of David image on top of the squares.
8.  Stamp Happy Hanukkah with Midnight Muse ink on a 7/8″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  Use the Corner Punch to round the corners.  Adhere to the card front in desired position with Dimensionals.
9.  Happy Hanukkah!

You can purchase all the supplies for this Hanukkah card from My Online Store.

Enjoy your Hanukkah celebration!

Christmas Stocking

Winter & Christmas Card & Project IdeasI thought I would do a Christmas Stocking using the Holiday Stocking Bigz Die since I haven’t done one yet this year.  I am in the midst of Christmas shopping, so I wanted this to be quick.  The hardest part was deciding how to decorate it.  I finally decided to use the Scentsational Season Christmas Tree.
Christmas Stocking 2012

Stamps:  Scentsational Season w#121026  c#121190
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler
Whisper White
Ink:  Garden Green
Big Shot:  Petals-a-Plenty embossing Folder #116824
Lacy Brocade embossing Folder #127819
Holiday Collection Framelits #127814 (Bundle w#129945 c#129946)
Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die #124098
Other:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details #125585
Dazzling Details (Clear) #124117

1.  Fold or cut one sheet of Cherry Cobbler in half (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″).  Cut out 2 Cherry Cobbler Christmas Stockings.  You can cut both sheets at the same time.  Now cut out 2 each from Whisper White card stock:  cuff, toe cap, heel cap.
2.  Now for the embossing.  Make sure you do each pair so the embossed side will face out on both the front and the back.  Emboss the Cherry Cobbler main Christmas Stocking part with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder.  Emboss the Cuffs, toes, and heels with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.
3.  Gluing Time.  Glue around the sides of the Cherry Cobbler Christmas Stocking (leave the top part open so that you could stick your foot in if it was a real stocking).  Put glue along the bottom of one cuff and attach it in the desired position at the top of the Christmas Stocking.  Put glue on the sides of the glued on cuff and glue along the bottom of the other cuff and attach the new cuff to the back of the Christmas Stocking making sure to line up the parts that stick out around the Christmas Stocking.  Glue the smaller heel parts on the Christmas Stocking back and front.  Finally glue the larger toe parts onto the toe part of the Christmas Stocking back and front.
4.  Stamp your Christmas Tree in Garden Green ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut it out with the coordinating Framelit and your Big Shot.  Glue to the front of your stocking.  Decorate with the Dazzling Details.  I used the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to make a garland.  I then used the Clear Dazzling Details for the Ornaments (the white dots on the Christmas Tree).
5.  Add some Candy Canes, Pixie Sticks, or a Gift Card to the middle.  I don’t have any of those at my house at the current moment, so use your imagination.
6.  Admire your fun Christmas Stocking!

You can get everything to make this Christmas Stocking at My Online Store.

Happy Christmas Crafting!

Happy Birthday Card in Green

My Son’s birthday was Monday.  I bought the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set during the 15% off Stamps Sale.  I have always loved the shape of the tree in the Thought and Prayers stamp set.  His favorite color is green so I used Gumball Green and Garden Green for a monochromatic look.  As usual, it is a pretty quick card to make.  I even tested out my new Texture Boutique to do the embossing with the Argyle Embossing Folder!  Fun!  I hope it will be in the next annual catalog.
Derek's Happy Birthday Card in Green

Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers  w#113252  c#127805
Curly Cute  w#117014  c#120510
Ink:  Gumball Green
Card Stock:  Gumball Green   card base & card front
Garden Green  2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ and 7/8″ x 3-5/16″
Whisper White  2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and 5/8″ x 3″
Big Shot:  Argyle Folder #127750
Other:  SNAIL
Paper Trimmer #126889

1.  I had a lot of trouble not getting extra ink on the card from the part of the stamp at the bottom of the trunk.  Since the tree trunk is so narrow and ink gets on the side part of the rubber, make sure and clean the excess ink off your stamp before stamping.
2.  Embossing Card Front.  Make sure the card front is facing the correct way in the Argyle embossing folder so the embossing will come out how you like it.  Fold the back of the card  behind the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot with both tabs open since there is an extra layer of card stock.
3.  I stamped first then trimmed around the stamped images using my Paper Trimmer.  I added 1/4″ to the measurements when cutting the Garden Green card stock.

You can find all the supplies to make this Birthday (or All Occasion) Card in My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Punch Art Card

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am thankful for my family, friends, customers, and those of you who visit my blog!  Enjoy spending this Thanksgiving with those you love.
Happy Thanksgiving!We made this Punch Art Turkey at Stamp Class this month.  Here is Deborah’s stepped up version.  She changed the colors a bit and used the thick end of the marker.  She also used the Festive Paper Piercing Pack (#127857) to pierce around the Labels die cut.  This was also one of My Newsletter Projects for November.  If you want the supply list and instructions with pictures, then please signup for My Newsletter and register for My Newsletter Project Pages.  This is a FREE Service I offer my Newsletter Subscribers.

Snow Globes: Snowman Tag & Santa Card

My grandson and I were watching a video on the Papercrafter’s Library.  We saw a fun snow globe card made with a Treat Cup that had a Santa Claus in with some snow to shake around.  Well I didn’t have that Santa stamp so I thought the Snowman from the Tags Til Christmas stamp set would work well.  My grandson wasn’t happy with me using a snowman.  He did say I could give it to his cousin though.  I do have some retired Santa Claus stamps, but they were all too big (in my opinion).  He chose the smaller Santa Claus for me to use on his tag.  He was busy painting so he had me do the stamping and coloring.  He showed me where to stamp the Santa.  He approved my coloring. and told me where to put the Treat Cup with the “snow”.  He also had me write on it.  He was very happy with how it turned out!  I added his photo of him holding his card to the picture of his card.  He is very opinionated when it comes to stamping!  And he is only four!

So today I will be showing you both versions:  My Snowman Tag which we will be making at my Tag Class tomorrow, and his Santa card.
Snowman Tag

Stamps:  Tags Til Christmas  w#120847  c#121169  (Snowman)
Jolly Old Saint Nick (retired w#121717)
Ink:  Midnight Muse (Snowman)
Real Red (Snowman)
Black StayzOn (Santa)
Markers (Santa):   Real Red
Cherry Cobbler
Basic Black
Garden Green
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Real Red
Snow Festival DSP (Snowman) #126908  1-1/2″ x 2-7/8″
Big Shot (Snowman): Snow Burst Embossing Folder (oops-retired).  You could use Northern Flurry #120902, Petals-a-Plenty #116824, or Square Lattice #119976.
Punches (Snowman):  1-3/4″ Circle #119850
2-1/2″ Circle #120906
Tag Corner (Retired) or just cut your corners off diagonally
Other:  Snail
Circle Treat Cups #116802
White paper cut into “Snowflakes”  mine was crimped strips I that came in a package I received.  You can use printer paper.

1.  Cut Real Red card stock 2-7/8″ x 5-1/4″.
2.  Cut Whisper White card stock 2-3/4″ x 5-1/8″.  Punch 1-3/4″ Circle in desired position towards top of tag.  Punch or Trim the top two corners diagonally.  Run through Big Shot with desired Embossing Folder.
3.  Stamp Snowman image with Midnight Muse ink.  You might want to stamp once on a scrap first, then stamp on your Whisper White card stock.  Write in the To & From now with a pen or marker.  Punch your image out using the 2-1/2″ Circle punch.
4.  Fill your Treat Cup with “Snow“.  You might want to wipe the inside of your Treat Cup with a used dryer sheet first since the inside has static.  My grandson enjoyed the static though.  Peel the adhesive backing off the Treat Cup and center it over your Snowman.  I held everything up so I wouldn’t spill the snow.  My grandson thought I was really funny.  Give it a couple of shakes to see the “snow“.
5.  Put some SNAIL or Glue Dots on the Snowman paper and around the base of the Treat Cup.  Position under your Punched Circle on the Whisper White Tag front.  Now adhere the whole thing to the Real Red Tag back.  Trim the upper two corners so they match.
6.  Stamp your sentiment on a strip of Whisper White in Real Red ink.  Place it diagonally across the left corner.  Trim the edges.
7.  Add your 1-1/2″ x 2-7/8″ Designer Series Paper strip to the lower portion of the tag front.
8.   Shake your tag “to test it out” and make sure it works.  We should have a little fun before we give it away!

Santa Card

1.  Stamp the Santa stamp with Black StayzOn ink on a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Whisper White card stock.
2.  Color as desired with Markers.
3.  Cut the “snow” pieces or have your little helper cut the pieces into a bowl.  Put the desired amount of “snow” into the Treat Cup.
4.  Remove adhesive backing and place the Treat Cup with Snow over the desired portion of the stamped and colored Santa.
5.  Write the To and From portions with Markers.
6.  Adhere to a piece of 5-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Real Red card stock.
7.  Give to your favorite little someone and watch them have fun shaking it!

You can buy all the current supplies to make these projects at My Online Stampin’ Up! Store.

Happy Stamping!


Sizzix Texture Boutique Just Announced!

Update-February 3, 2014:  The Texture Boutique is now available while supplies last and will be available in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog!  Item #132657  $29.95

Stampin’ Up! just announced this morning that they have 4,000 Sizzix Texture Boutique Machines available.  This cute little Texture Boutique machine is the size of a small purse and looks like a small purse.  It only uses embossing folders.  What a handy little machine to keep on your craft table when you are doing embossing projects!  I ordered mine this morning.  They are available now for everyone to order.  What a great gift for a crafty someone on your list!
Texture Boutique Machine by SizzixThere are two options available.  The Textured Boutique Bundle (#132700  $39.95) includes the Flower Garden and Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folders with the Basic Machine.  The other Option has only the Basic Machine (#132657 $29.95) which includes two embossing pads and a shim.  I ordered the Basic Machine because I already have all the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.  As you know, I use Textured Impressions Embossing Folders a lot.  The Textured Boutique will also make it easier when I have classes.