The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care…..

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HERE is a flyer if you already have MDS.

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We made these cards at my last class.  Mine is the first one.  My daughter-in-law stepped hers up a bit, so I am showing hers also.

The stocking were hung by the chimney with care...
Here is Kristi’s stepped up version. hopes that Saint Nickolas soon would be there.

  Stitched Stockings  (Holiday Mini) page 34  w#123782  c#123784
Bright Hopes  (Holiday Mini) page 32  w#122690  c#122692
Woodgrain page 151 #117100
Inks:  Garden Green
Real Red
Cherry Cobbler
Poppy Parade
Early Espresso (Kristi’s-woodgrain on mantle)
Card Stock:  Whisper White
River Rock
Basic Gray
Basic Black (Kristi’s-fireplace center)
Cherry Cobbler (Kristi’s-rug)
Punch:  Stocking Builder  (Holiday Mini) page 34  #124095
Big Shot:  Top Note die (fireplace mantle) page 222  #113463
Stripes embossing folder  page 218  #123128
Square Lattice embossing folder  page 218  #119976
non SU scalloped oval Nestability for rug
Embellishments:  Mini Jingle Bells  (Holiday Mini)  page 30  #124116
Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Scallop Dots Ribbon  page 195  #124138
Basic Pearls  page 198  #119247
Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon page 195  #119251  (Kristi’s)
Cherry Cobbler/White Baker’s Twine  page 194  #123125  (Kristi’s)
VersaMark Ink pad, Black Embossing powder page 201  #109133 (Kristi’s-rug sentiment)
Black marker (Kristi’s-around rug)
non SU:  Red Sharpie marker

  Stamp wreath in Garden Green on Whisper White card front (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).  Position in Stripes embossing folder making sure top portion with wreath is positioned as desired.   Color pearls with Red Sharpie marker as place as desired on wreath.  I also used some white pearls.  I used the smallest size.  Tie desired ribbon in a knot or bow.  Adhere to wreath with glue dots.
2.  Run Basic Gray card stock (2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″), and Basic Black card stock (about 2″square) if desired, through Big Shot using Square Lattice embossing folder.  Adhere to bottom of card front for your fireplace.
3.  Cut River Rock “mantle” (3/4″ or 1″ x 4-1/2″) using Top Note die, being sure to cut the longest side.   Stamp Woodgrain on with Early Espresso ink if desired.  Adhere to card front:  flat-use Snail; for 3D effect: place one Dimensional at edge then place 2 Dimensionals stacked together next to the 1 Dimensional (do at both side edges and in center).  You want the top of the mantle to be close to the striped embossed card stock, and you want the mantle raised/higher toward the Gray card stock.  Hopefully this is clearer than mud.  🙂
4.  Stamp stockings on Whisper White cardstock and decorate as desired.  Punch with Stocking punch.  If using Baker’s twine, punch hole with Paper Piercing tool and thread twine through hole and tie a bow (You can also pierce a hole in the mantle to attach the stockings with Baker’s twine).  If using Mini Jingle Bells, adhere with glue dots.
5a. If you want a flat card, attach the whole card front to the 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Whisper White card base.  You are finished!
5b.  If you want an Easel Card:  score the 4-1/4″ x 11″ Whisper White card base at around 3″ (depending on how you want you easel) and 5-1/2″.  Fold as shown in picture.  Lay the card front over the card base with the extra fold.  Adhere card front to the card base at the lower half only-the top needs to be adhesive free so the card can stand up properly. (See photo)  Now make a rug using the Nestability, an oval punch or die cut, or a rectangle piece of card stock.  It needs to be wide enough and deep enough to look nice in front of the fireplace and to help your card stand up at the desired angle.  Stamp or decorate as desired.  Adhere with Dimensionals.  Stand it up and admire your beautiful card.
Happy Stamping!

November is Here!

November is here already!  As you can see my blog has a new look done with My Digital Studio.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are on their way!  Do you make cards for Thanksgiving?  Do you make cards or write Newsletters for Christmas?

You can design cards and newsletters for any occasion with My Digital Studio and either print them up yourself, or have them professionally printed by Stampin’ Up!  Take the hassle out of keeping in touch with family and friends this time of year and give My Digital Studio a try.

If you live in my area, call and schedule a time to do a “test drive” of My Digital Studio at my home.  If you aren’t in my area or would like to find out more online, check out  There is training, a list of all available digital downloads in the Resources section, and lots and lots of samples.

UPDATE:  Celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day with Stampin’ Up! for a four-day online event designed to introduce more of our demonstrators and customers to our digital content. Digital Scrapbooking Day is November 5, but we’ll keep the celebration going from November 4-7!   The event will include free downloads, blog posts with exciting project ideas all weekend long, and the announcement of the 2011 My Digital Studio Contest winners.

My Digital Studio downloads work with both PCs and Macs-you just choose your computer system when getting the download.  You can use the My Digital Studio and My Digital Studio Express programs.   I understand you can also use them with other programs such as PhotoShop Elements, but I haven’t tried this because I have My Digital Studio.  I use My Digital Studio to edit and crop my pictures so I can post them on my blog.

For all of you who are interested in making calendars……  My Digital Studio now lets you do calendars for any month of any year!  This option was included in the last update!

I made this card in less than 15 minutes using a template, removing the sentiment stamp that was there, typing in some new words, and adding leaves.  The most time-consuming part was choosing the color for the leaf digital brush stamps and then placing them at angles.  Notice the digital paper piercing and the stitching.

Remember to check out the updated “Current Promotions” page.  The Big Shot promotion is extended until November 11th – so if you want to join Stampin’ Up! please contact me.  You can also earn an extra $35 in Hostess Merchandise when you host a qualifying Workshop.  Contact me and we can schedule your Workshop today!

Happy November and Happy Stamping!

Happy Halloween!

Today is Halloween….. The day for little Trick or Treaters to dress up and get far too much candy!  Here are some Treats for you!

Stampin’ Up! has extended the “Join Stampin’ Up! and get either a Free Big Shot or $100 worth of merchandise” deal until November 11th!  Now that is a great “Treat”!

Happy Halloween!SUPPLIES:
  Spooky Bingo Bits  page 25  w#123944  c#123946
Warmest of Wishes  (Holiday Mini Hostess)  page 5  w#122670  c#122572
Card Stock:  Cajun Craze
Tangerine Tango
Daffodil Delight
Whisper White
Inks:  Basic Black
Early Espresso
Punches:  Owl Builder  page 213  #118074
1-1/4″ Circle  page 212  #119861
2-3/8″ Scallop Circle  page 210  #118872
1-3/4″ Scallop Circle  page 210  #119854
Other:  1″ x 8″ Cellophane Bags (50)  (Holiday Mini) page 11 #124134
Mini Glue Dots

  Stamp images and punch as desired.
2.  To fill bags:  Cut a 1″ x 11″ piece of computer paper and fold in half lengthwise.  Slide inside bag.  Add candy using a chopstick or something similar to help slide the candy to the bottom ot the bag.  Adhere flap.  Attach toppers with Mini Glue Dots.
3.  Enjoy!

As a special treat today, I also have a card for you.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!SUPPLIES:
  Scaredy Cat  page 23  w#122555  c#122557
Inks:  Basic Black
Tangerine Tango
Papers:  Old Olive card base, rectangle under “Happy Halloween”
Basic Black 5-1/4″ x 4″
Whisper White
Frightful Sight DSP  page 22  #122351  5″ x 3-3/4″
Glimmer Brads page 199:  Basics (Black)  #121003
Brights (Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie)  #121006
Punches:  1-3/4″ Scallop Circle  page 210  #119854
1-3/8″ Circle  page 212  #119860
Tools:  Mat Pack  page 207  #105826
Paper Piercing Tool  page 207  #116631

  Adhere DSP to Basic Black Card Layer.  Adhere to card base.
Stamp Happy Halloween in Tangerine Tango onto Whisper White card stock.  Trim around as desired.  Place onto scrap of Old Olive and trim Old Olive as desired.  Using the Mat Pack hole grid, line up small holes in area where brads are.  The second row of holes is where you want the brads so place as desired.  Go in 6 holes from the right side and pierce hole.  Then count over 5 more holes going to the left and pierce.  Move over 5 more holes to the left and pierce last hole.  Remove hole grid.  Widen holes with piercing tool.  Check to see if brad tabs separate.  If they don’t use piercing tool to help spread the tabs apart by placing the pointy part under the tabs and slide it up to separate tabs.  Be careful of the point!  Insert brads.  Place Dimensionals on the back and adhere to front of DSP.
2.  Color Cat with Basic Black marker and stamp onto Whisper White card stock.  Punch with circle punch.  Punch Scallop Circle from Basic Black.  Adhere Cat to Scallop Circle.  Place Dimensionals on back and adhere to card front.
3.  Have a Happy Halloween!

Watch in the coming weeks for some exciting new parts coming to my blog!  If you want the information as I get it finished, please register for my Newsletter and fill out both parts of the registration.


Big Shot Deal for New Demonstrators ends October 31st!

I found this FUN video on Josee Smuck’s site.  I hope you have discovered by now how much I LOVE using my Big Shot!!  If you join Stampin’ Up as a new Demonstrator by Halloween, you can get a Big Shot for FREE!  Already have a Big Shot and still want to join?  You can choose $100 in catalog merchandise instead of the Big Shot……. But only until October 31st!  Email me today  if you are interested in join.

Even my 3 year old grandson loves turning the Big Shot handles and feeling his “strong muscles”!!  I was looking on one of my Pinterest Boards yesterday for a certain card I wanted to make.  He kept seeing pictures of the witch’s boots made with the Holiday Stocking die.  He kept asking me if he could make an orange one.  He was so excited to roll the die and paper through.  Even more exciting was choosing the embossing folder and seeing the “magic” of the paper having dots poking up all over on it when he opened the embossing folder.  (He chose the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder.)  He had to run around and show everyone his “magic” boot!  I don’t usually run around and show everyone, but I do like showing what I have made.


Alex’s “Magic” Witch Boot

Alex's Magic Witch Boot
  Warmest of Wishes  (Holiday Mini) page 5  Hostess  w#122670  c#122072
Ink:  Cajun Craze
Punches:  Owl  page 213  #118074
1-3/4″ Circle  page 212  #119850
Card Stock:  Only Orange (retired)
Big Shot:  Holiday Stocking Bigz die (Holiday Mini) page 24  #124098
3″ Circle Originals die  page 220  #121125
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder  page 219  #117335
Houndstooth embossing folder  page 218  #123134
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip

  Cut 2 each:  Holiday Stocking and top cuff, 3″ Circles.
  Punch equal size partial circles from each 3″ circle die cut.  Adhere to toes of each boot, making sure they are even and stick out as desired.
3.  (Note:  When useing embossing folders on two sided creations, Make sure you have the die cut facing different directions when you put it in.  The side with the “Stampin’ Up!” logo is the front.)  Run boot through Big Shot using Polka Dot embossing folder.  Run cuff through Big Shot using Houndstooth embossing folder.
4.  Adhere the boots together using Sticky Strip AND making sure to leave an opening if you want to put things inside.   (Neither Snail or Tombow held it together well this time.  Maybe it was just all the “help” the boot was getting, or maybe the embossing made a difference.)
5.  Adhere the cuff to the boots, aligning it so it is even.
6.  Stamp the Owl on Whisper White card stock using Cajun Craze ink.  Punch with Owl punch.  Adhere to desired spot on boot.
7.  Put something in it.  I added Alex’s Halloween pencils that he had chosen.
8.  Admire your Halloween creation!  You might even want to show it to someone 🙂

Elegant Red Card-August 2011

Stamps: Tiny Tags page 136 w#118091 c#118592
Perfect Punches page 140 w#117022 c#120516 OR stamp set of choice OR leave it blank
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler 4-1/4”x5-1/2” page 179 #119685
Real Red 2: 1”x 5” pieces page177 # 102482
Poppy Parade 2-3/4”x4-3/4” page 176 #119793
5-1/2”x8-1/2” for cardbase, scrap for embossing Flower Garden
Whisper White scrap page #100730
1/2 sheet printer paper
Inks: VersaMark page 203 #102283
Cherry Cobbler page 179 #119669
Whisper White Craft Ink – Optional page 180 #101731
Big Shot: Fancy Fan Letterpress page 217 #123129
Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die page 221 #120893
Designer Frames-Oval Embossing Folder page 218 #123130
Flower Garden Embossing Folder page219 #123113
1/2” Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon page 195 #124138
White Baker’s Twine page 194 #124262
Pearls page 198 #119247
White Embossing Powder – optional page 201 #109132 & Heat tool for sentiment – optional page 201 #100005
Punches: Jewelry Tag page 210 #117190
Extra-Large (Wide) Oval page 212 #119859
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool page 207 #116635
Mat Pack page 207 #105826
Adhesives: Snail page 206 #104332 refill #104331
Dimensionals page 206 #104430
Mini Glue Dots page 206 #103683

Directions for Elegant Red Card

1. Ink up Fancy Fan Letterpress with Versamark. Put on Big Shot Multipurpose Platform with no tabs under it. Carefully place 4-1/4”x5-1/2” piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock on the Letterpress lining it up so it will be straight. Place a half sheet of printer paper on top of the whole thing so you don’t get VersaMark ink all over your top acrylic cutting pad. Lay your newest looking acrylic cutting pad on top and run it through your Big Shot.

2. Run the 2: 1”x5” pieces of Real Red through the Big Shot using the Tasteful Trim die and the Large Scallop Border.

3. Place the 2-3/4”x4-3/4” pice of Poppy Parade into the Oval Designer Frames Embossing Folder making sure to line it up so you are happy with the placement. You will have both tabs open on your Multipurpose Platform.

4. Run the Poppy Parade scrap through your Big Shot with the Flower Garden Embossing Folder. Place the Wide Oval punch over the section of the flower you want to show up in the Oval Designer Frame. Use Dimensionals to attach this piece inside the Oval Designer Frame.

5. Cut the Scallop Dots Ribbon to the following sizes: 1 at 3-1/2”, 2 at 2-3/4”. Put some Snail along the back of the Poppy Parade embossed piece and place the 3-1/2” piece with the ends being adhered by the Snail.

6. Stamp “Hello” from the Tiny Tags stamp set onto the Whisper White Scrap. Punch out with the Jewelry Tag punch. Put a hole in the center of the circle portion of the tag using your piercing tool and Mat Pack. Thread the Baker’s Twine through the hole, not cutting it off the spool yet. Tie it tightly around the center of all three pieces of ribbon. (I ended up tying it twice to get the ribbon to “gather” a little.) Tie in a knot, then in a bow. Trim ends of Baker’s Twine. Position top two ribbon pieces (using glue dots if necessary to keep them in place). Use a glue dot to position white “Hello” tag.

7. Trim the Tasteful Trim Scallop Borders to fit along the sides of the embossed Poppy Parade piece. Adhere with Snail to both sides making them even. Adhere this piece to the Cherry Cobbler piece using either Dimensionals or Snail making sure to leave room for stamping or embossing a sentiment at the bottom if you want to. Add Pearls.

8. If embossing a sentiment let VersaMark dry overnight. Or stamp with White ink and let dry.

9. Admire your creation!

Snowburst Doilies

I decided to try using the Snow Burst embossing folder for the Inlaid Embossing Technique.  I think it turned out well.

Get Well Soon!SUPPLIES:
  Delicate Doilies  page 127  w#122590  c#122592
Sincere Salutations  page 160  w#115068
Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry
Whisper White
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry
Regal Rose
Big Shot:  Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  (Holiday Mini) page 33  #124096

  Stamp sentiment and center Doily in Rich Razzleberry on 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White card front.  Stamp other doilies as desired in Regal Rose ink.
2.  Place stamped card front in Snow Burst embossing folder and run through Big Shot.
3.  Adhere card front to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Rich Razzleberry card layer.  Adhere to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base.
4.  Decorate envelope with a doily stamp or two.
5.  Admire your quick, but beautiful card!
Happy Stamping!

Peekaboo Frames Advent Calendar

We will be making this Advent Calendar next week on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon.  The designing has been quite an adventure!!
UPDATE:  I now have an Advent Calendar tutorial for sale!

If you are local and want to sign up for this class, HERE are the details.

I used the Peekaboo Frames Bigz die, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP, Regals Buttons and Brads, Mini Jingle Bells, several other dies, and embellishments.  The whole process is far too detailed for a blog post.  It has been fun though.Smile

Happy Creating!

Princess Belle Dress

I will confess.  I didn’t use any Stampin’ Up! products on this project.  Wink   But since it is one of my creations, I thought I would share it with you.

I made this dress for my granddaughter.  She wanted a Belle dress when I visited her earlier this year.  Well, after a lot of sewing, and even more thought, it is finished!!  All the thought came because I wanted her to be able to play in it without breaking the gathering threads in the upper skirt.  I finally used elastic and a very wide zig-zag stitch to make the gathers in the skirt.  It looks better with the elastic gathers than with the gathering threads.  The fabric has glitter in it, so my table, chair, and the ironing board are all covered with sparkles!  It only cost about $20 to make.  It is machine washable and dryable.  And now she can play in it without me worrying about the gathers breaking.

I hope she enjoys it!  Happy Halloween!

A beautiful princess dress

Marina Mist Birthday Box #2

I made this cute little birthday box a while back.  I love to give friends a little chocolate for their birthdays.  This little box is perfect!  It holds 5 Lindor Truffles or lots of other goodies!

Happy Birthday to You!

  Lighthearted  (Holiday Mini) page 35  w#120274  c#121157
Happiest Birthday Wishes  page 10 Hostess  w#122619  c#122617
Card Stock:  Marina Mist
Night of Navy
Whisper White
Ink:  Night of Navy
Big Shot:  Box #2 Bigz XL die  page 221  #114518
Punches:  Large Tag  page 209  #119876
Extra Large Tag  page 209  #119866
1″ Circle page 212 #119868
Extras:  Cherry Cobbler/White Baker’s Twine  page 194  #123125

  Cut the Box #2 out of Marina Mist with your Big Shot and XL Cutting Pads.  Stamp sentiment from Lighthearted on box top using the tab as the bottom so your sentiment will be facing the correct direction when the box is assembled.
2.  Stamp Birthday Cake image on Whisper White card stock.  Punch using the Large Tag punch.  Pierce or punch a small hole into the top of your white tag.  Fold a small 3-4″ piece of Baker’s Twine in half.  Insert the folded twine from the back through the pierced hole to the front.  Insert both twine ends through the folded part of the twine and pull tight.  Use the Extra Large Tag punch with the Night of Navy card stock.  Adhere the two tags with Dimensionals.
3.  Stamp “Happy Birthday Dear You” with Night of Navy ink onto a scrap of Marina Mist leftover from cutting the box #2.  Use the circle punch to round both ends.  Use the Night of Navy ink pad or a marker to go around the edges.  Adhere the Birthday Cake Tag and the Sentiment to the front of the box using Dimensionals.
4.  Assemble box by putting sticky strip on the small side tab.  Adhere to other side of box.  To assemble the box bottom:  First tuck in the long side that has the indent, then do both short sides, and finally, tuck the last side with the part that pokes out by inserting the part that pokes out under the indented part.
5.  Fill with treats or small gift as desired.
6.  Admire your cute gift box before you give it away.
Happy Stamping!

Sparkling Sounding Joy Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of a card we will be making at my class on Friday.  It is a Tri-Fold Window card.  I saw a similar one on Glenda’s blog and decided to try making one with The Sounding Joy stamp set.  I would give you more information, but I don’t want to spoil it for those coming to my class.

Joy to the World!

Embossed and Holly Christmas Stocking

Deck the Halls with boughs of Holly....Here is one more Christmas Stocking.  I just love making these!

  Bells & Boughs  page 43  w#120831  c#121142
Card Stock:
  Cherry Cobbler
Garden Green
Whisper White
Red Glimmer paper
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Big Shot:  Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die  (*Holiday Mini)  page 24  #124098
Stocking Accents Original Die  *page 24  #124099
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders:
Snow Burst  *page 33  #124096
Petals-a-Plenty  page 219  #116824
Northern Flurry  page 219  #120902
Punches:  Decorative Label  page 209  #120907
Itty Bitty Shapes-circle  page 210  #118309
Other:  Mini Jingle Bells  *page 30  #124116
Crystal Effects  page 206  #101055
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid glue  page 206  #110755

  Cut 2 Cherry Cobbler stockings out using Big Shot and Holiday Stocking die.  Cut 2 each from Whisper White card stock:  toes, heels, top cuffs.  Cut 2 Garden Green Holly Leaves using Stocking Accents die.  You can cut out the Red Glimmer paper Holly Berries with the die or the punch.
2.  (NOTE:  When embossing stocking and parts, make sure you have them face different directions in the folder so the back and front will both be embossed, instead of one having the embossing facing the inside-unless that is the look you are going for.)  Emboss the Cherry Cobbler Stockings with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  Emboss the Heels and Toes with the Snow Burst folder.  Emboss the Top Cuffs with the Northern Flurries folder placing the cuff so the desired part of the design is in the place you want it.
  Glue stockings together leaving the part open where you would put your foot-hee hee.  Glue Heels and Toes on.  Glue Top Cuffs on doing front one first, gluing the bottom of the cuff to the top of the stocking.  Turn over and put glue on the top part of the stocking and the sides of the cuffs.  (Remember we do want to have it open at the top to fill with goodies!) Glue Holly Leaves and Berries to Stocking Cuff.
4.  Stamp “Merry Christmas”  on Whisper White card stock.   Center words in punch and punch.  Place punched label on sticky part of post-it-note.  Hold inside punch and punch label close to top of words.  Put on another post-it-note and this time punch close to bottom of words.  Adhere to stocking with Dimensionals.
5.  Adhere Mini Jingle Bells to stocking using a dot of Crystal Effects for each bell.  Allow to dry 30-60 minutes before shaking to hear the bells jingle.
6.  Enjoy!





Bells & Boughs Christmas Stocking

My Guest Stamper for today is my daughter-in-law Kristi!  She made this wonderful stocking and said I could share it with you.

Isn't this beautiful!SUPPLIES:
  Festive & Fun  Holiday Mini page 38  w#123742  c#123744
Bells & Boughs  page 43  w#120831  c#121142
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler
Whisper White
Inks & Markers:
  Cherry Cobbler
Garden Green
Big Shot:  Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die   Holiday Mini page 24  #124098
Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  page 218  #120092

  With Big Shot and Holiday Stocking die.  Cut 2 Stockings from Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Cut 2 each- top, toe, and heel pieces from Whisper White card stock.
2.  Emboss Stocking pieces with Northern Flurry embossing folder making sure to have them face different directions when placing in embossing folder before embossing.  One will be the back and one will be the front.
3.  Run a line of Tombow glue around the sides and bottom of stocking leaving the top portion open so you can put something inside.  Adhere both stocking pieces together.
4.  Glue on heel and toe pieces to back and front of stocking.
5.  Color “Jolly” stamp with markers as desired and stamp on stocking top over to one side.
6.  Color desired stamp from Bells & Boughs set as desired and stamp on a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  Cut out and glue to stocking.
7.  Glue bottom of decorated top to top of stocking.  Turn stocking over.  Put glue on top of stocking and sides of top and glue back top part to stocking, making sure to leave the top so you can put something inside the stocking.  You can also glue a ribbon or cord on at this stage if you want to hang the stocking.
8.  Admire your festive stocking!

Thanks for sharing Kristi!

Cookie and Big Shot Videos

I have just added a couple of Stampin’ Up! videos to my Current Promotions Page!

If you want to see how to use the new Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps, this video shows you how easy they are to use.  This one is towards the top of the Promotions page.

Hear a message from Stampin’ Up! co-founder, Shelli Gardner, about our Big Shot reward for joining the Stampin’ Up! family.  This offer only lasts until October 31st.  So if you have been thinking about joining in this fun business, please contact me.  Scroll down towards the bottom of the Promotions page to see this video.

Elegant Creative Elements Birthday

I made this elegant birthday for my niece.
Happy Birthday to you!SUPPLIES:
  Creative Elements  page 137  w#122645  c#122647
Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess)  page 10  w#122615  c#122617
Card Stock:  Pool Party
Island Indigo
Melon Mambo or Regal Rose
Whisper White
Very Vanilla
Ink:  VersaMark
Melon Mambo
Other:  Pewter Embossing Powder  Holiday Mini page 31 #124114
Melon Mambo Embossing Powder  page 201  #123223
Heat Tool  page 201  #100005
Basic Pearls  page 198  #119247
Stampin’ Sponge  page 203  #101610
Very Vanilla 3/8″ Velvet Stitched Ribbon  Holiday Mini page 22  #125637

  Randomly stamp large swirl stamp in VersaMark on Pool Party card front, coat with Pewter embossing powder, heat with Heat Tool.  Repeat until swirl pattern covers card front as desired.
2.  Stamp 2 flowers in VersaMark on Melon Mambo card stock.  Coat with Melon Mambo Embossing Powder.  Heat with Heat Tool.  Do 1 flower in VersaMark on White card stock.  Coat with Melon Mambo embossing powder.  Heat with Heat Tool.  Cut out all 3 flowers.  Slightly curl up the ends using a pencil or something similar.
3.  Stamp Border on Very Vanilla card stock.  Stamp Happy Birthday just above border.  Trim to desired size.  Sponge around edges with Melon Mambo.  Cut a piece of Island Indigo 1/4″ – 1/2″ larger than Very Vanilla piece.  Adhere Very Vanilla to Island Indigo with Dimensionals.
4.  Trim Pool Party card front so it is just slightly smaller than 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.  Adhere to 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ Island Indigo card layer.  Adhere to Whisper White card base.
5.  Place flowers as desired, adhere the outer 2 with Snail and the center 1 with Dimensionals.
6.  Trim 5-1/2″ piece of ribbon and angle the ends as desired.  Adhere with Snail, sticky strip, or Tombow as desired.
7.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the Sentiment piece so you can place it over the Velvet Ribbon.  Adhere.
8.  Place large Pearls in the center of each flower.  Use medium Pearls in the center portion of stamped border as shown.  Place small pearls on top of stamped border portion as shown.
9.  Admire your elegant birthday card before you give it to someone special!

Happy Stamping!

MDS Birthday Card


Happy Birthday!Here is a cute card I made with My Digital Studio for my niece’s BIG 18th Birthday.

My Digital Studio is so fun and easy to use.  There are new things available to upload every Tuesday so you can keep your digital papers, digital brush stamps, digital punches, and digital embellishments up-to-date and also add more variety to your digital fun. There is also a new update available for those of you who already have My Digital Studio.  There is a new card size available also.  I always love getting new choices to work with when there is an update!

I make my Blog Banner/Header using My Digital Studio.  I usually takes me about 15 minutes because I change my mind alot!  The digital paper I used is Frightful Sight from the 2011-2012 Stampin’ Up! catalog on page 22-23.  The text is on my computer.  The Background Paper is also from Frightful Sight.  You can expect a New Look for my blog every month,  just because it is fun AND quick and easy!

Here are your main project choices-all in a variety of sizes:  Photobooks & Individual Pages, Calendars, Journal, Cards & Tags, Multiple Output Options.  You can also choose Templates for your projects here which you can change and customize to your heart’s content!

Here are the choices you can use for your project:
Background Papers-ALL Stampin’ Up! Card Stock colors, and Designer Series Papers-some basic-and the ones you buy
Photos-crop, red eye, drop shadow
Text-uses any font from your computer
Embellishments-basics plus what you buy
Punches-basic shapes included and you can also buy some
Stamps-there are a lot included and even more you can buy
Calendars-with the new update you can do any month and any year
Video & Multimedia-add video or audio to a project to add to a website or to your project (yes, you can burn it to DVD!)
Music & Narration -add to your digital project
Share-Print (either on your on printer or Professional Print from Stampin’ Up!), export to jpg (I use this the most!), Interactive Project, Movie, Burn DVD

If you want to find out more about My Digital Studio, check out the training videos and resources at .  See what is included in My Digital Studio and My Digital Studio Express under the Resources page.  Here is the latest Professional Printing price list.

Enjoy playing with My Digital Studio!  If you are local (Sierra Vista, Arizona)  and want to try it out on my computer, please contact me and we can schedule a time.  I can show you the basics so you can see how easy it is to use!

Happy Digital Stamping and Scrapbooking.



EEK! A Spidery Treat!


I really like the Matchbox die.  It goes great with the It’s A Wrap stamp sets.  This is a great 10 minute Treat Holder!

Check out the bottom of my post.  You can now Pin this post directly to Pinterest!  I have chosen the picture and typed in the description (supply list) for you.  I am working on getting all my posts ready to Pin.  It even shows up at the bottom of the post in Google Reader!  How cool is that!!   Let me know which you want me to do first.  Otherwise I am going from the most recent first.  Please let me know if the Pin button doesn’t show up.

I have just added a Promotions Page with the 3 Stampin’ Up! Promotions for this month with links.  Two of them end October 31:   Buy 2 Simply Sent Card Kits and get one coordinating stamp set FREE!  Join Stampin’ Up and get a Big Shot (or $100 merchandise) FREE!

EEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Keep those spiders away from my treats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  It’s A Wrap Holidays
Card Stock:
  Cajun Craze
Pumpkin Pie
Big Shot:  Matchbox XL die
Other:  Glue dots for candy wrappers
Hershey Nuggets
Sticky Strip
Plastic Spider Rings (I have the “el-cheapo” ones from WalMart.)

  Cut the Matchbox die out of Cajun Craze card stock.  Assemble the bottom.  I usually fold down the long sides first, then put the little diagonal corners on the short side, then fold down the short sides pushing flat.  This usually holds together without any adhesive.  If it doesn’t, put sticky strip along side sections next to the box bottom.  Assemble top using Sticky Strip.
2.   Stamp “EEK!” five times on a quarter sheet of Pumpkin Pie card stock leaving about a half inch on one end of four of them.  Trim along the long edges of the four that will cover the Hershey Nuggets.  Trim the ends as necessary to fit around the Hershey Nuggets.  Attach the ends with a glue dot or two.  (Snail isn’t strong enough.)  Place in bottom of Matchbox.  Cut the remaining “EEK!” close along all four sides.  Attach with Dimensionals.  Cut the ring part off of each spider ring with scissors.  Attach with either Dimensionals or try Crystal Effects.  (One of my spiders kept escaping from it’s Dimensional……)  Put the top and bottom together.
3.  You now have a Spidery Treat box to share with someone.  Hopefully the chocolate will still be inside……  Do plastic spiders eat chocolate?


Rock n’ Roll Leaves

How do you like my new banner and background?  I do enjoy variety!  I made them with My Digital Studio.  Quick and fun!

Here is a Thanksgiving card we made at my last class.  I love looking at Fall leaves, even though I don’t get to see very many where I live.

Autumn Splendor, Hand Penned Holidays

  Autumn Splendor
Hand Penned Holidays
Card Stock:  Whisper White-card base and card front
Soft Suede-card front layer, scrap for punching
Always Artichoke-scallop punch
Pear Pizzazz-scrap for punching
Designer Series Paper (DSP):  Spice Cake for punching
Inks:   Early Espresso
More Mustard
Old Olive
Pear Pizzazz
River Rock
Soft Suede
Punches:  1-3/4″  Scallop Circle
2-3/8″ Scallop Circle
Boho Blossoms
Embellishements:  Gold Brad
Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon
Crochet Trim
Paper Piercing Tool
Mat Pack

  Stamp sentiment using Early Espresso ink in desired position on card front.
2.  Use Rock n’ Roll Technique to stamp leaves around sentiment on card front.  Rock n’ Roll Technique.  Choose 1 stamp and 2 ink colors-1 light, 1 darker.  Ink stamp with the lighter color.  Then gently roll stamp edges in the darker ink.  Stamp.
3.  Punch a 2-3/8 Scallop Circle from Always Artichoke card stock.  Lightly rub scallops on Early Espresso ink pad or sponge edges.
4.  Punch 2 1-3/4″ Scallop Circles from two patterns of Spice Cake DSP.  Cut each circle in half and rub edges on Early Espresso ink pad or sponge edges.  a.  Hold pattern 1.  Place pattern 2 over the pattern 1 piece, aligning the scallops.  Use adhesive of choice.  b.  Place 2nd pattern 1 piece over the single layer of the pattern 1 piece, align scallops. Adhere.  c.  Place last piece under one side and on top of the other side so the patterns alternate.  Adhere.

Scallop Circle Assembly

5.  Using Boho Blossoms punch, punch largest flower from Soft Suede and small flower from Pear Pizzazz.  (Note:  It will be easier if you poke a hole in the paper first, then center the hold inside the flower, then punch the flower.)  Put the brad through these flowers, then through the DSP Scallop Circle.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the DSP Scallop Circle and attach to Always Artichoke Scallop Circle.
6.  Place Dimensionals on the back of the Always Artichoke Scallop Circle, leaving the backings on.  Decide where to place it on your card front.  Tie Seam Binding Ribbon around card front:  place small piece of Crochet Trim after first part of knot, then complete knot and trim ribbon edges.  Use mini glue dots if necessary to hold the ribbons in place.
7.  Remove Dimensional backings from Scallop Circle and adhere in desired position.
8.  You now have a beautiful Fall/Thanksgiving card!

Triple-Flip Mini Scrapbook Albums

April 30, 2012 Update:  a Tutorial to make this album is now available for $10.

We made this cute album at my class on Friday.  It is such a cute album and can hold fourteen – 4 inch square photos, plus two or three larger photos.  It takes about 2 and 1/2 hours to complete the basic album before you add the photos and embellishments.  It is 5-3/4″ square.

I used a tutorial by Andrea Walford.  Here is a link:  Playful Petals Triple Flip Mini Scrapbook Album.  The Scrappin’ Kit used in the tutorial was in the Summer Mini catalog.  I followed her directions pretty closely.  You can make 2 albums from one Scrappin’ Kit and Whisper White card stock.

I also made one with 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock and 4 sheets of DSP from the Paper Stacks. I tweaked a few things on this one, just like I do when cooking.  It is really fun!

I am thinking of giving some of these as Christmas Gifts with family pictures in them.  I plan on putting pictures from our Germany trip in the Green one.  I have at least downloaded them from my camera card and looked at them a couple of times.

I decided to go ahead and show you pictures of both albums.  I think they turned out really well.


Playful Petals Triple Flip Album

Green Triple Flip Album

Supplies for Green Album:
Card Stock:  8-1/2″ x 11″
Whisper White  6-7 sheets
Wild Wasabi  4-5 sheets
Garden Green  2-3 sheets
Certainly Celery  2-3 sheets
2-4 sheets coordinating DSP
Big Shot:
Tasteful Trim die
Circle punch
Snail – 1 roll plus a little more
Sticky Strip – about 1/2 roll
Ribbon:  24″ of Ribbon
Embellishments and journaling as desired to put at the corners of pictures.

Happy Scrapbooking!!


Patterned Party-Part 3

Here is the final day of our Patterned Party week.  I made this card for my son’s birthday.
Let's Have a Party

  Patterned Party  page 68 w#123065  c#123067
Ink:  Real Red
Markers:  Pacific Point
Real Red
Card Stock:  Pacific Point card base:  4-1/4″ x 11″
Whisper White-  Center Front Panel:  2″ x 4-1/4″, Lower Front Panel:  3/4″ x 3-3/4″, Two Side Panels-each:  3/4″ x 4-1/4″
Brads:  Square Fire Rhinestone Brads  page 198  #109112
Tools:  Paper Cutter/Trimmer  page 208  #104152
Bone Folder  page 207  #102300
Piercing Tool  page 207  #116631
Mat Pack  page 207  #105826
wire cutters or scissors

  Cut and score card base as on Template.  Be very careful so you only fold the Side Panels at 1″ and 2″.  Now with the side panels folded in, align the bottom edges of the front and back of the card base.  Use your bone folder to make the folds where directed on Template.  Whew!  The hard part is done!

Side View

2.  Center Front Panel.  Color “Balloon” stamp using Pacific Point and Real Red Markers.  Remoisten with your breath and stamp.  Use your Mat Pack and Piercing Tool to evenly space holes for Brads at corners.  Trim off ends of Brad with wire cutters if they stick out.  Put Dimensionals on the back and adhere to Center Front Panel of card front.
3.  Lower Front Panel.  Stamp “diamond strip” with Real Red ink.  Use Mat Pack and Piercing Tool to position holes for brads at ends of “diamond strip”.  Insert Brads.  Trim of ends if necessary.  Use Snail to adhere to Lower Front Panel of card base.
4.  Two Side Panels.  Stamp “diamond strip” on each Whisper White Side Panel leaving enough room for a Brad at the top end.  There will be more white showing at the bottom than at the top.  Insert Brads as above.  Adhere to Side Panels with Snail.
5.  Admire your wonderful card!

Patterned Party-Part 2

I made this card for my Husband’s birthday.  It is my first Landscape Center Step Fun Fold card.

Patterned Party in Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede

  Patterned Party  page 68  w#123065  c#123067
Card Stock:  Marina Mist card base:  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Soft Suede-  Center Front Layer:  3-3/16″ x 3-1/8″, Two Side Panels:  3/4″ x 3″ each
Whisper White-  Center Front:  2-15/16″ x 3″, Lower Front: 3/4″ x 5-1/4″, Two Side Panels: 1/2″ x 3″, Scrap to stamp on
Inks:  Marina Mist
Soft Suede
Markers:  Marina Mist
Wild Wasabi
Soft Suede
Tools:  Paper Cutter/Trimmer  page 208  #104152
Bone Folder  page 207  #102300
Simply Scored Scoring Tool  (Holiday Mini) page 7

1.  Cut and score card base as on Template.  Fold 1″ and 2″ score lines so card stock folds behind the lower front.  Place Bone Folder next to you.  Align Back and Front lower edges with side panels, being careful not to let any middle parts fold.  Take your Bone Folder now and fold the Center Front and both Side Panels at the middle.  (This would sure be easier if I could figure out how to do a video!)  Whew!  Take a DEEP Breath!  The hard part is over!
Side View
  Center Front Panel.  Figure out exactly how and where you are going to stamp the “banner”.  Color the Pennants with Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi Markers, alternating every other one.  Color the “strings” with the Soft Suede Marker.  Remoisten with your breath several times and stamp.  Adhere to Soft Suede Layer, then adhere to card front.
3.  Lower Front.  Stamp “diamond strip” in Marina Mist diagonally to cover the 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White.  Adhere to Lower Front of Card base.
4.  Side Panels.  Stamp “diamond strip” in Marina Mist on both of the 1/2″ x 3″ Whisper White pieces.  Adhere to Soft Suede layers with the bottoms being even, not layered.  Adhere to side panels of card front.
5.  Color and stamp “gift boxes” with Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi Markers.  Cut around edges.  Put Dimensionals on back and set aside.  Stamp “cake” with Soft Suede ink.  Cut around edges and put Dimensionals on back.  Before removing Dimensionals back papers, decide on image placement.  Remove back papers and place images.
6.  You now have a Fun Fold Birthday card to surprise a guy in your life!