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!

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!

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!

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?


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!

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!

Embossed Style Beautiful

Here is a quick, but elegant card.
Style Beautiful, Designer Frames EF, Four FramesSUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Style Beautiful
Four Frames
Grateful Greetings  page 27  w#116511
Ink:  Concord Crush
Card Stock:  Whisper White 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base, scraps to stamp on
Concord Crush-Scrap to emboss
Big Shot:  Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  page 219  #115963
Punch:  Decorative Label  page 209  #120907

  Stamp images in corners of card front using Concord Crush.  Stamp images on Whisper White scraps using Concord Crush.  Use Stamp-a-ma-jig to place sentiment in desired position inside frame.
2.  Center sentiment frame inside punch window as desired, then punch.  Trim single image to 2-1/8″ x 1-7/16″.
3.  Place Concord Crush card stock in Designer Frames embossing folder.  Run through Big Shot.  Trim around embossed frame with scissors.  Adhere single image inside frame with Snail.
4.  Lay card base out flat.  Place Finial Press embossing folder on card front, taking care to have embossing stop at fold and above stamped images.  Run through Big Shot.   Admire the placement of your embossing!
5.  Adhere Framed Image and Framed Sentiment as desired using Dimensionals.
6.  You now have an elegant, embossed card!

Halloween Candy Carton

I love the variety of things you can use this cute, little mini Milk Carton die for.  This time it will be nice for Halloween Treats.
Got Treats?SUPPLIES:
  Got Treats  page 65  w#119114  c#120627
Card Stock:  Cajun Craze  8-1/2″ x 6″
Whisper White  1-5/16″ square  (2 squares)
Ink:  Basic Black
Markers:  Always Artichoke
Tangerine Tango
Big Shot:  Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die  page 221  #117310
  Clips Assortment  page 197  #112580
Other:  Sticky Strip
Bone Folder

  Cut out Mini Milk Carton with Big Shot.
2.  Fold on all score lines with your Bone Folder
3.  Stamp “To Open” on top of carton inside wide triangle sections towards center section.
4.  Stamp sentiment in center section under “To Open” so it will be on opposite sides.
5.  Color the “Got Treats pumpkin” with markers and stamp on both Whisper White Squares using a Stamp-a-ma-jig if desired.
6.  Attach to milk carton.
7.  Lay milk carton with stamped images facing up.  Put Sticky Strip on side tab.  Turn milk carton over so stamped images are facing down.  Place sticky strip on 3 of the bottom tabs.  I usually put Sticky Strip around all the edges of one of the side tabs and a diagonal piece of Sticky Strip on the 2 tabs next to it, leaving the other end tab clean.  The clean tab will be the first tab folded up.  But before you do that…….
8.  Fold part of the Milk Carton over so the side tab is in the center.  Remove the red part of the Sticky Strip.  Fold the other half so the tab is slightly covered by the edge to form a box shape.  Move it to a square position.  Remove the red parts of the Sticky Strip from the bottom tabs.  Fold up the “Clean” bottom tab, then the two center tabs-one at a time, then the very bottom one that has more Sticky Strip on it.  Use you bone folder to press the bottom from the inside of the box to help your Sticky Strip adhere well.
9.  Fill with treats of your choice.  Hold the top closed with the Clip.
10.  Admire your Halloween Candy Carton before you give it to some lucky person.


Spooky Out on a Limb

Halloween will be here before we know it.    Here is a cute Halloween card.
  Out on a Limb (Holiday Mini)  page 12  #123822
Wicked Cool  page 24  w#118738  c#120600
Card Stock:  Pumpkin Pie  4″ x 5-1/4″ card front top layer
Basic Black  4-1/4″ x 5=1/2″, scrap for punching
Whisper White scrap for stamping and punching
Whisper White or Pumpkin Pie for card base  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Ink:  Basic Black
Markers:  More Mustard -broom
Daffodil Delight-Moon
So Saffron-hair
Basic Black-Spider bodies
Basic Gray-inside of hat, some stocking stripes
Rich Razzleberry-rest of stocking stripes
Big Shot:

Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder page 218 #120889
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle  page 210 #118874
2-1/2″ Circle  page 212  #120906
Embellishments:  Glimmer Brads-Basics  page 199  #121003
Dazzling Details iridescent glitter glue (Holiday Mini)  page 41  #124117
Tools:  brayer  page 203  #102395
Mat Pack  page 207 #105826
Piercing Tool  page  207  #116631

  Using Basic Black ink, stamp the Spiders from “Out on a Limb,” and the Word “Spooky” from “Wicked Cool” onto the Pumpkin Pie card front top layer.
  Ink up the raised Spider Web on the Embossing folder using your brayer and Basic Black ink.  Carefully, but quickly,  lay your stamped Pumpkin Pie card stock, stamped side down, onto the inked side of the Spider Web.  Close embossing folder and run through your Big Shot.  Yes, your Spider Web will be Debossed (the embossed lines will form a valley instead of being raised).  Touch up the stamped spiders and spooky with your Basic Black marker if necessary.  Clean your Spider Web embossing folder with either a baby wipe or run water over it in the sink and rub the ink off if necessary.
3.  Pierce a hole in each corner for your brads using your Mat Pack and Piercing Tool.  I lined up the outside lines on each corner of the smallest holes and pierced the second hole diagonally from the corner.  Just do all four corners the same.
4.  Using Basic Black ink, stamp the broom and the witch.  Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help you place them exactly, if you want.  Color using the Markers listed in the Supplies list.  Holding the Scallop Circle Punch upside down so you can see your stamped image, center and punch.  Place Dimensionals on the back.  Punch the 2-1/2″ Black Circle.  Layer witch on top.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the Black Circle and place as desired on Spider Web card front.
5.  Layer Basic Black card front on card base using Snail.  Place Dimensionals on back of Pumpkin Pie layer and attach to Basic Black layer of the card.  Use the Dazzling Details iridescent glitter glue on each white scallop around the witch.  It will take 30 minutes or so to dry.
6.  Admire your cute Halloween card!

Razzleberry Crazy for Cupcakes

My sister’s birthday is coming up, so I am using one of my favorite birthday stamp sets-Crazy for Cupcakes.  I also did an experimental frame with the Tasteful Trim die.
  Crazy for Cupcakes  page 67  #111618
Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette
Rich Razzleberry
Whisper White
Ink & Markers:  Pink Pirouette
Rich Razzleberry
StazOn Black
Punch:  Modern Label punch  page 209  #119849
Big Shot:  Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die  page 221 #120893
Movers & Shapers Punch Windows for layering Modern Label Punch  page  221  XL Bigz die  #114506,  Punch Windows  #115953
Other:  Chunky Glitter-retired  You can use any glitter from page 201
Crystal Effects  page 206  #101055

  Stamp Cupcake image on Whisper White (1-7/8″ x 2-7/8″)  card stock using Black StazOn.  Color Cherries and Cupcake Stand-Rich Razzleberry.  Color cupcake papers Pink Pirouette with Rich Razzleberry lines.  Cover frosting area with Crystal Effects.  Cover with glitter and let dry for about 30 minutes.   Remove excess glitter later.
  Cut 4 (1″ x 6″) small rick rack using the Big Shot and the Tasteful Trim die.  Hint:  Stack all 4 pieces on the die and you only have to cut once.  You can do this with all dies that don’t have score lines.  If they have score lines, only use one sheet at a time.
3.  Cut the Modern Label Punch Window from Rich Razzleberry using the Movers and Shapers die and the Big Shot.  Stamp the Sentiment in Rich Razzleberry onto the Pink Pirouette card stock.  Center and punch with the Modern Label punch.  Layer on Rich Razzleberry Punch Window with Dimensionals.
4.  Cut 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Rich Razzleberry.  Place this layer and your sentiment in approximate places on card.  You can use Dotto removable adhesive to temporarily hold them in place while you position your rick rack frame.  It would also be helpful if you placed your card on grid paper so you can make sure your rick rack is straight.  Place it about 1/4″ from the edge of your card front.  Match up “v” shapes to make a square corner turn.  Place a small dot of Tombow glue at each corner.  Hold for a few seconds until it is secure.  Trim excess rick rack off with scissors.  Glue your frame on with Tombow.
5.  Adhere your sentiment with Dimensionals.  Shake the excess glitter off your cupcakes.  Adhere cupcakes to Rich Razzleberry layer with Dimensionals.  Adhere layered cupcakes with Dimensionals.
6.  Admire your beautiful Birthday card.  Who will be lucky enough to get it?



Indigo Hello Doily

Here is a card in Island Indigo.  This is another stamp I have wanted to use since the new catalog came out.  It was fun and quick!

  Hello Doily  page 127, 150  #122845
Thank You Kindly  page 168  #111700
Card Stock:
  Whisper White-card base
Island Indigo
Ink:  Island Indigo
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die  page 221  #120893
  Modern Label  page 209  #119849
Ribbon:  Island Indigo 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon  page 194  #122974

  Cut Whisper White card base at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.  Score at 4-1/4″ and fold.
2.  Lay Hello Doily stamp on table with rubber side up.  Ink well.  Carefully center and place folded card base on top of inked stamp.  Rub with clear block or another wood stamp block, rubbing all areas of stamp.  Carefully peel card off stamp.
3.  Cut the large scallop with the Big Shot and the Tasteful Trim die using Island Indigo card stock 1″ x 4-1/4″.  Attach to card front.
4.  Stamp sentiment on Island Indigo scrap using Whisper White Craft ink.  Holding Modern Label punch upside down so you can see stamped words, center words and punch.  Attach with Dimensionals.
5.  Tie a nice sized bow with the Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon.  Cut from spool.  Attach to center of Doily image using 3-4 mini glue dots or Tombow glue.
6.  Admire your card! 

Daffodil Petite Pocket

I made this before I figured out what it could hold.  I am told it can hold a gift card.  But I tried chocolate – it holds 2 Ghiradelli chocolates!  Apparently I have been in a Garden Green mood this week!

  Happiest Birthday Wishes  (Hostess) page 10  w#122615  c#122617
Card Stock:
  Daffodil Delight
Garden Green
Whisper White
Markers:  Garden Green
Chocolate Chip
Big Shot:  Petite Pocket Bigz XL die  page 221  #123131
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch  page 210  #118874
1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch  page 210  #119854
Ribbon:  1/8″ Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon  page 195  #119254
Brads:  5/16″ Jumbo Brads-Neutrals  page 199 #112534
Tools:  Mat pack  page 207  #105826
Paper Piercing Tool  page 207  #116631
Adhesive:  I used Sticky Strip, but would recommend Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue  page 206  #110755

  Cut Daffodil Delight card stock 3-1/2″ x 11″ and place over Pocket portion of die.  Use scrap of Garden Green card stock 1″ x 2″ and place over circles on die. Run through Big Shot.
2.  Punch 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle in Garden Green card stock.
3.  Use Garden Green and Chocolate Chip markers to color stamp.  Remoisten by breathing on it with your mouth open.  Stamp on Whisper White card stock.  Hold your 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch upside down.  Center stamped image and punch.  Attach to Garden Green Scallop Circle using Dimensionals.
4.  Assemble Petite Pocket.  Run Tombow Glue along edges of tabs.  Put 2 Ghiradelli chocolates on the back part of the Pocket.  Fold the front over and insert the tabs under the front.  Hold for several seconds until the glue sets.  Remove the top chocolate.  Figure out where you want the Garden Green circles you die cut.  Using the mat pack and Piercing Tool, poke holes for the brads.  Insert brads.  Flatten out brad stems making sure that you leave room for the ribbon to go between the brad and the Garden Green circles.
5.  Insert chocolate back into Pocket.  Cut ribbon 8-10″ long.  Center it and tie a knot around brad on the Pocket flap.  To close Pocket, wrap both sides of ribbon around brad on Pocket Front and then tie in a bow.
6.  Admire your cute little gift Pocket before you give it to the Birthday girl or boy!


Blossom Box – Third Time is a Charm

Here is a Blossom Box.  I knew I wanted to make this when I first saw it in the catalog.  It does need to be made with regular Designer Series Paper-not cardstock or Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The regular DSP folds so much more precisely which means the box looks much better.
Blossom Box

Designer Series Paper (DSP):  Christmas Cocoa (retired)
Big Shot:  Blossom Box Bigz L die  page 221  #123127
Standard Premium Crease Pad page 215  #113476
1/2 sheet cardstock to use under the die in the Big Shot
Tools:  Scissors
Bone Folder  page 207  #102300
Sticky Strip  page 206  #104294

  Cut your piece of DSP in half (two: 6″x12″ pieces).
2.  Big Shot Sandwich:  Acrylic cutting pad, 1/2 sheet cardstock, Blossom Box die, your choice of DSP with the side you want on the outside face down, Standard Premium Crease Pad.  Run through Big Shot.  Repeat with the second piece of DSP.
3.  Trim the tabs off one of the Blossom Box pieces.
4.  This is the step that makes your box easier to fold.  Use your Bone Folder to firmly crease all the score lines in the following order:  center circle which will form the box bottom, middle circle which will form the box top, the straight lines that run from the center circle to the indents on the outside edge, the two part lines that form “v” shapes in the DSP-these will form the Blossom Fold at the top of the box-be accurate!  Recrease the Center and Middle circles.
5.  Attach Sticky Strip to the tabs.  Peel off the red part, then cut out the “V” shapes in the tab.  Line up the center circles and adhere.  Crease the score lines along the tab again.
6.  Now to turn this into a working Blossom Box!  Hold the Blossom Box in the palm of your hand.  Try to hold up four sides using your fingers.  Now start folding the straight and the “V” lines like a fan going all around the edges of the box until you have folded all of them.  If a score line doesn’t fold properly, use your bone folder to make a better crease and try again.
7.  Heave a sigh of relief!  Admire your beautiful Blossom Box!!

Fun in the Sun Treat Box

A fun little treat box dressed up with a Scallop Trim Border Punch belly band.
  Sunny Fun  Summer Mini #123040
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight  page 177  #119683
Whisper White page 180  #100730
Markers:  Marina Mist  page 178  #119679
Cherry Cobbler page 179  #119681
Garden Green  page179  #100080
Tempting Turquoise  page 177  #100058
Punch:  Scallop Trim Border punch page 211  #118402
Big Shot:  Box #2 die  page 221  #114518

1.  Cut Daffodil Delight card stock 6″x11″.  Run through Big Shot using Box #2 die.  Score and fold, but do not assemble yet.
2.  Cut Whisper White card stock 1-3/4″ x 11″.  Use the Scallop Trim punch on both 11″ sides.  Adhere to flat box.  Fold on score lines.
3.  Color 4 pairs of the Flip-Flops with Markers.  Remoisten with your breath then stamp on the front side of the Scallop Trim punched Whisper White card stock.  Stamp the sentiment if desired.
4.   Put sticky strip on the tab at the side.  Adhere box together at Tab.  Fold up bottom flaps in this order:  indented, sides, tabbed flap.
5.  Fill with treats or small gift.
6.  Admire the fun box you have just made!

Pretty Metal Daisy

I have seen a lot of metal used with the Big Shot Bigz dies.  So…. I decided to try it out.  The samples I saw were made of soda cans, mine is made out of a V-8 Fusion can.  They are quick and easy to make!!

Big Shot:  Flower, Daisies #2  page 222  #114520 (Any Bigz die will cut thin metal)
Other:  Craft & Rubber Scissors  page 208  #103179 OR tin snips
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip, Glue dots, or metal glue

1.  Drink whatever is in your can.  Rinse out and let it dry.
2.  Use your Craft & Rubber Scissors or tin snips to cut the can.  I started at the hole on top and cut through the top and down the side.  Be careful because the metal can cut you!  Cut around the bottom of the can and then around the top of the can so you metal piece becomes a rectangle.
3.  Lay your metal rectangle on your Bigz die with the side facing down that you want to see.
4.  Run it through your Big Shot just like you would cardstock.
4a.  Optional step:  If you want to add some texture to your metal, run the cut pieces through the Big Shot using an embossing folder.  I didn’t do that here, but thought it was worth mentioning.
5.  Adhere the flower parts together.  I used the silver side of the largest circle for the center of my flower.  You can add a pin back if you want to using cardstock on the back or you can use the leftover metal to cut more circles with your Big Shot and die.  Notice the metal parts are no longer sharp.
6.  Enjoy your metal creation!