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!

Patterned Party-Part 1

I really love this set!  It is so versatile.  We made this card at my August Stamp Class.
  Patterned Party  page 68  w#123065  c#123067
Card Stock:  Pacific Point card base:  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scrap to punch
Whisper White  4″ x 5-1/16″
Real Red scrap to punch
Markers:  Pacific Point
Real Red
Punch:  Petite Pennants Builder  page 213  #122361

1.  Here is one advantage of Clear Mount Stamps:  I placed the stamps where I wanted them on my paper, then put Block F on top of them and pressed.  I knew I would have just the placement I wanted.
2.  Color stamps with Pacific Point and Real Red Markers.  Remoisten with your breath several times and stamp.  Adhere to card front with Snail.  Your card is almost done!
3.  Punch and layer the pieces of your Petite Pennants Builder punch in Pacific Point and Real Red.  Use Dimensionals to adhere the smaller pennant to the larger pennant.  Use Dimensionals to adhere double Pennant to card.
4.  You now have a great Birthday card suitable for any age and gender.

These are a Few of my Favorite Things…….

As I have been typing out Supply Lists for all the project I have been making, I decided that maybe I should give you a list of my Favorite Things to use while Stamping.
Some of my favorite Stamping things!Basics.  Stamps and Card Stock-pages 174-181:
Stamps:  I have mostly used Stampin’ Up stamps since I started stamping in the early 1990’s.  I would occasionally get stamps from other companies, mostly sentiments.  I still occasionally use them.  I never tried the totally clear stamps because I was afraid of losing them!  I misplace enough stamps as it is when working on multiple projects at one time.
Wood vs. Clear Mount Stamps:  Both are made of the exact same rubber, so the stamp quality is the same.  The clear mount stamps are rubber so I am not worried about losing them-hee hee!  The clear mount stamp containers take up a lot less storage space.  The wood mount stamps are better, in my opinion, if there are a lot of small pieces or if I am going to share them with my grandchildren.  My 3 year-old grandson can use the clear mount stamps, but it is just too tempting and fun to peel the stamps off the blocks!
I have found that it does make a big difference with the clear mount stamps in how you put the stickers on.  Work on a flat surface.  I now leave the rubber all together (after peeling the backing off the stamp I am working on).  I peel off the sticker and remove half the backing, then align the sticker with the backing part still on with the stamp.  When I am happy with the placement, I smooth down the sticky part of the sticker, flip up the part with the backing on, peel it off and stick it on.  Before I started doing it this way, my stamps didn’t stick to the clear mount blocks very well-especially the smaller ones.  I would use Dotto on them to help them stick.  Washing the blocks also helps the stamps to stick better.  If you look closely at the picture above, I have marked the Clear Block Letter by each stamp image on the cover.  I also include a list of punches that will work with each stamp set inside.  The Circle Circus wood mount set has the punch size written on each block.
Card Stock:
    I also used the card stock I could get at WalMart.  Once I started attending regular Stamp Classes, I realized how much more sturdy Stampin’ Up!s card stock was compared to the kind I was using from WalMart.  I started buying assorted packages of Stampin’ Up card stock.  I still have a lot of the other stuff that I give away for Church activities or let the children use (if I remember-which I usually don’t).  I now usually buy Card Stock twice a year-once during Sale-a-Bration (might as well earn some free things!) and once in the Fall.  If I am going through a color more quickly than that I will buy it as needed.
Inks and Markers (also page 202):  Since cost is always a factor in what we buy, I have slowly gotten the ink pads and reinkers.  As you may have noticed, I also like coloring on the stamps with Markers.  I do enjoy my Markers!  You can also get Color Collections of Stampin’ Spots which are 1″ ink pads.  There is a Getting Started Collection of 12 colors that go well together to help you get started.  Or do as I did and just start with a few of your favorites.  I started getting 1-2 ink pads and the matching reinker(s) every month along with a stamp set or two.
Stamp Cleaning:  I used baby wipes for years, but they really just spread the ink onto my fingers.  I still use baby wipes when I use Whisper White Craft ink on a large stamp.  I really like the Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist (page 207) for cleaning my stamps!  I dilute my Stampin’ Mist:  1 part Stampin’ Mist to 1 part water.  If the stamp gets really stained, I use the StazOn Cleaner.

Adhesives-page 207:  I started out using scotch double-sided tape, which did work pretty well, but it was expensive.  I tried some of the “wannabe” snails, but wasn’t happy with their sticking ability.  Then I moved to removable glue stick.  I did like that until I made 100 cards for a Regional Swap and felt like I had glue stick on my fingers for days!  Up until then I had only sparingly used my Snail.  After that I decided it was worth using Snail.  It stuck paper together really well unless I had put hardware on it or made it into a box or something.  I learned to use Sticky Strip for those items.  I am a latecomer to using the Multipurpose Glue (Tombow) that Stampin’ Up! sells.  I do enjoy using glue on pieces that really need to be in exactly the right place, but are harder to position-usually smaller pieces.  I have also enjoyed the Adhesive Remover for removing pieces of Snail or glue that stick out where I don’t want them.  I also use Dimensionals, mini glue dots, and Sticky Strip depending on the project.

Basic Tools-pages 207-208:
Paper Cutter/Trimmer:  I call this my “Laptop Paper Trimmer” because I usually hold it on my lap when trimming.  You do need something to cut paper with, since we very seldom use a whole sheet as is.  Scissors cut great, but I am not always very good at cutting straight lines with them.  You can sharpen the blades with foil a few times before you really need to replace them.  I have had a Tabletop paper cutter I got at an office supply store for $12 about 15 years ago.  I am getting closer to making the jump to Stampin’ Up’s Tabletop Paper Cutter.
Mat Pack and Piercing Tool:  I really enjoy these and use them all the time.  I have occasionally had to file the tip with a metal nail file, but it only takes a minute to sharpen it up.
Stamp-a-ma-jig:  This tool is great for getting images in the exact place you want them.  I don’t remember how many times I use to have to either add layers or start over because I stamped the sentiment on (the finishing item) and it was crooked.  This little tool is worth it’s weight in gold, because you save so much time and card stock.
Bone Folder:  This is great for folding your cards and projects.  You can also use it to score your paper with your Paper Cutter by scoring down the black groove where the cutting blade moves.

Fun Tools:
Punches (pages 209-213):  I do LOVE my punches!  Punch them with foil and wax paper if they aren’t cutting well.  The new flat-style punches may occasionally need a squirt of WD-40 in the hinges.  I can’t tell you which is my favorite, because it is just too hard.  I do love using the Word Window and Modern Label punches with the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  A quick solution to adding a variety of sentiments to your card.
Big Shot (pages 214-225):  I LOVE my Big Shot as much as my punches!  I seem to use both of them a lot!  I enjoy the Textured Impressions embossing folders, the Letterpress plates, and Texturz Plates (when I remember to use them) to take my card from plain to really nice in just one easy step.  Embosslits also add a quick touch that adds to your project.
I really enjoy all the Treat containers I can make with the Bigz dies.  The ones I use the most are the Matchbox, Box #2, Candy Wrapper, and Mini Milk Carton.  I do like the Petal cone, but haven’t used it as much.  The Blossom Box is beautiful, but time intensive.  The others are quick and easy to put together something that looks nice for your treat.
I also like the Mover and Shapers Punch Windows to make layers that fit nicely with the punches.  I use the Modern Label and Scalloped Oval the most.  There is a way to use them without the big die, but I have to figure it out each time.  I guess I need to write it down and update my Big Shot Sandwiches paper.

Hostess Plan:
     I LOVE the new Hostess Plan!  You can earn some products for free when you place an individual customer order or a workshop order for $150 or more you earn “Hostess Dollars.”  You can spend your “Hostess Dollars” on the Hostess merchandise and/or anything in the catalogIf your order is $400 or more, you get a full-priced item at 50% off!  That means you can get a Big Shot at 50% off (if you want)!!  I tested it out and got a XL Bigz die (The Petite Pocket die $42.95) for half price!  I was pretty excited!!
So if you would like to get something for free, get a few friends together for a Workshop.  I will provide a couple of cards or projects to make, you can provide the friends and some refreshments.  We can have a fun time.  Or you can have a “Catalog Party” where I loan you some catalogs so you and your friends can place orders.

Textured Wish Big

Here is a birthday card in yellows and greens with a little bling added.
Textured Wish Big-Happy Birthday to You!SUPPLIES:
  Word Play page 156  w#120308  c#120651
Card Stock:
So Saffron  card base:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, card front:  5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
More Mustard for punching
Certainly Celery  1″ x 6″ or so
Whisper White for punching
Ink:  Early Espresso
Big Shot:  Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate  page 217  #123129
Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber pad  page 215  #114615
Punches:  1-3/4″ Circle  page 212  #119850
Fancy Flower  page 210  #118073
3/4″ Circle  page 212  #119873
Other:  Crimper  page 207  #101618
Paper Piercing Tool  page 207  #116631
Mat Pack  page 207  #105826
Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads  page 198  #109110
1/8″ Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon  page 195  #119254

  Run Fancy Fan Letterpress plate through the Big Shot using the following sandwich:  Big Shot Multipurpose Platform Tab 2, Letterpress plate, card stock, silicone pad, chipboard from DSP package or thin cereal box cut to size.  See the magic!
2.  Punch four 3/4″ circles from More Mustard card stock.  Hint:  Pierce a hole first then punch the circle with the hole in the center.  Enlarge holes so brads will go through.  Position circle at corners of embossed card front and pierce holes.  Put the brad through the punched circle, then through card front.  Spread brad stems.
3.  Run 1″ strip of Certainly Celery through Crimper.  Adhere to card front.  Trim edges if necessary.  Put some Snail on the back of the card front and adhere ribbon ends to it after centering over Certainly Celery card stock.
4.  Punch 2 flowers with the Fancy Flower punch.  Adhere together with the flower petals alternating positions to form a scallop look.
5.  Stamp “Wish Big” on the Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Center in 1-3/4″ circle punch as desired and punch.  Using Paper Piercing Tool, punch hole as desired to “Dot the ‘I'”.  Insert brad.  Attach to Fancy Flowers with Dimensionals.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the More Mustard Fancy Flowers and center over crimped Certainly Celery.
6.  Attach card front to card base with Snail.
7.  Admire this wonderful, textured card.

Beautiful Precious Butterflies

I really do enjoy butterflies.  Watching them flutter from flower to flower is so relaxing.  So……. here is another pretty butterfly stamp set that has come to live at my house.  It goes so nicely with the Beautiful Wings Butterfly Embosslit.
Fluttering Butterflies!SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Precious Butterflies  Hostess set  page 15  w#122515  c#122517
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla  Card Base:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, Card Front:  5″ x 3-3/4″
Concord Crush  Card Front layer:  4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, for Embosslit 2″ x 2-1/4″
Inks:  Wisteria Wonder
Lucky Limeade
Concord Crush
Big Shot:  Beautiful Wings Embosslit  page 216  #118138

  Very Vanilla card front.  Stamp leafy swirls in Lucky Limeade.  Stamp Butterfly Circle in Wisteria Wonder.  Stamp sentiment in Concord Crush.  Adhere to Concord Crush layer.  Then adhere to card front.
2.  Run Beautiful Wings Embosslit using the Concord Crush scrap through Big Shot.  Apply Butterflies as desired using glue dots along body center or just on one wing so their wings can appear to flutter.
3.  Admire your beautiful, fluttering butterfly card.


Peekaboo Trendy Trees

I have enjoyed this versatile tree set and decided to combine it with the new Peekaboo Frames die.
Trendy Trees, Peekaboo Frames die
Peekaboo Frame is Open :)SUPPLIES:
  Trendy Trees  page 108  w#113258
Card Stock:  Wild Wasabi 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card base scored at 4-1/4″
Certainly Celery 3″ x 3-1/2″
River Rock  3-1/4″ x 4-3/8″
Whisper White  2″ x 2-1/8″
Inks & Markers:  Wild Wasabi
Garden Green
Soft Suede
Early Espresso
Big Shot:
  Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die  (Holiday Mini) page 36  #124587
Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Frame  page 219  #116824
Tools:  Stamp-a-ma-jig  page 207  #101049

  Run River Rock card stock through Big Shot using the Petals a Plenty embossing folder.  Run the Certainly Celery card stock through the Big Shot using the Peekaboo Frames die.
2.  Adhere River Rock embossed card stock to card front using Snail or mini glue dots. 
  White card stock.  Stamp leaves using Wild Wasabi ink.  Use Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the trunk which is stamped in Soft Suede ink.  Position sentiment using Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Adhere in center of River Rock with mini glue dots or Snail.
4.  Peekaboo Frame.  Stamp tree using your Stamp-a-ma-jig.  The leaves are Garden Green, the trunk is Early Espresso.  Use your Early Espresso marker to make the tree trunk longer.  Run your Garden Green marker along the inside & outside edges of the Peekaboo part of the frame.  Adhere Peekaboo Frame over Whisper White card stock.  Use mini glue dots or Snail to adhere.  You can use a little Dotto Removable adhesive to hold your Peekaboo Frame closed, if desired.
5.  Admire your fun card!

Notably Ornate

I have loved this set since I first saw it.  I just love flourishes!!
Notably Ornate

  Notably Ornate  page 128  w#117098  c#120561
Card Stock:  Pool Party card base  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Island Indigo  4-3/4″ x 4-1/4″
Whisper White  3-1/4″ x 4″, plus scrap for bird
Inks & Markers:  Pool Party
Island Indigo
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border  page 211  #118402
Scallop Trim Corner  page 211  # 118870

  Ink Lines and Flourishes stamp with Pool Party ink pad.  Color the Flourish Frame and the No. 5 with Island Indigo Marker.  Remoisten with your breath and stamp on Whisper White card stock.  Stamp “Just Because” in Island Indigo inside frame.  Stamp bird in Island Indigo on Whisper White Scrap.  Cut out.
2.  Punch Island Indigo corners with Scallop Corner Punch, the punch sides with Scallop Trim border punch.  Adhere stamped Whisper White to punched Island Indigo.  Adhere to card front with Snail.  Adhere bird cut out with Dimensionals.
3.  Admire your card.

Thankful It’s a Wrap

This is a nice Thanksgiving card.  I saw a card similar to this and added my own twist to it.
Give Thanks Everyday!SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  It’s a Wrap Holidays (Holiday Mini) page 14  w#122770  c#122772
Card Stock:  More Mustard card base
Crumb Cake  4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″
Whisper White to stamp on
Inks:  Old Olive
Night of Navy
Bravo Burgundy
Cajun Craze for sponging
Big Shot:  Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder page 218  #123128
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder page 218 #117335
Other:  Stampin’ Sponges

  Fold More Mustard card base in half then straighten it back out.  Place Stripes embossing folder on card front.  Run through Big Shot.  Place Crumb Cake card stock in Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  Run through Big Shot.
2.  Stamp image on Whisper White using first Old Olive ink, then Night of Navy ink, then Bravo Burgundy ink-cleaning after each color.  Trim with scissors or paper trimmer.
3.  Sponge edges of stamped images, Crumb Cake layer, and More Mustard card front using Cajun Craze ink on a Stampin’ Sponge piece.
4.  Assemble using Dimensionals.
5.  You now have a card ready for Thanksgiving!