Friday, November 22, 2013

Christmas Card Gallery

It's been a busy month for me, but I have still been busy creating!

Here's a peek at some holiday cards:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

5 Minute Christmas Cuties

Things have been pretty busy this week, so I have not had a chance to sit down and craft since my workshop on Saturday. Tonight, I finally had about a half an hour to myself, so I whipped up these little cuties. They took less than 5 minutes each, and provided a great quick and crafty escape.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Non-secular and Jewish Holiday Offerings From Stampin' Up!

With the controversy that Hobby Lobby has created recently by refusing to carry non-Christian and Jewish holiday decorations and crafting supplies, I thought it might be a good time to review the items that Stampin' Up! carries for the shoppers who are being excluded by Hobby Lobby. Here are the highlights of the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog.

1. Jewish Celebrations. The clear mount set is $18.95 and includes a menorah, Happy Hannukkah sentiment, and more. This item can be purchased directly from Stampin' Up! by clicking HERE!

2. The Festive Flurry Clear Mount stamp set and framelits bundle. Includes 4 snowflake stamps and coordinating dies for $46.95. You can purchase this item by clicking HERE!

3. Winter Frost Designer Paper Pack. Includes 12 sheets of beautiful winter themed paper. This paper can be purchased by clicking HERE!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Have a "Wicked" Halloween Card

I put this card together tonight after seeing a similar witch linked on another blog. Once I figure out where that blog was, I will update this post with a link to it :) I used the Stampin' Up! dressed up framelets and coordinating pop-up card base for the background. The hardest part was drawing the lips, and I am not 100% happy with the way they came out. Overall, I still think its a pretty cute card though!

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ten Minute Treats: Happy Halloween!

Tonight, I put together two super cute card templates you can use to create two Halloween cards in under ten minutes. I made these cards with only supplies I had on hand, but Stampin' Up! carries some products that would make the finished product look even better.

Here is the recommended Stampin' Up! supply list for this project (feel free to make substitutions though!):

I also used a heat gun, clear embossing powder and the Stampin' Up Envelope Punch Board. As with everything else, these tools are completely optional and you can make your own substitutions. 

First, I cut the Basic Black Cardstock to 6" x 3". I made two of these strips so I would have enough for two cards.  Then I folded them in half and scored the fold line.

Next, I cut a sheet of patterned paper to 3"x3" to be the mat on the front of the card. Any of the sheets from the Witches' Brew Designer Paper pack would look great as the mat, but I didn't have any on hand so I substituted some black paper with glittery dots. Cut two of these so you have one for each card.

You will also want to cut two squares of the Very Vanilla Cardstock to serve as the inside mat. I chose to cut mine slightly smaller than the 3"x3" card surface so it would appear framed by the black background.

This is the effect it created:

Then, I used black ink to stamp my images onto a different patterned paper. I used the clear embossing powder and heat gun, to emboss the images so they would stand out more.

Stamped and covered in embossing powder:

 Cooked to perfection with the heat gun:

I then cut out my images by using a punch similar to the 2-3/8 Inch Scallop Punch.
I used an image from the Eat, Drink and Be Scary retired stamp set, but pretty much any image from the Halloween Hello Stamp Set would look awesome as the focal point for these cards. If you use the candelabra stamp from that set, you can accent it with small gems as the flames for a very fun effect.

I chose to use a snippet of ribbon and a gem to spiff up my witches' hat:

For my other card, I ran the ribbon across my mat but left my image plain. I wanted to keep these cards clean and simple, and it create a nice, clean line on the card. I did stamp a couple of bats on the inside of the card, but you could use the halloween candy, candy corn or even one of the sentiment stamps from the Halloween Hello set instead.

Finally, I used the Stampin' Up Envelope Punch Board to create coordinating envelopes. I created these as an extra and didn't count it in the 10 minutes because I am still getting familiar with the new punch board. However, I have to say that the more I use it the more I love it!

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Stampin' Up! Offering Killer Deal for New Demos!

From October 7th-21st Stampin' Up! will be offering a killer deal for new demonstrators. You can join for only $25 and start getting 20% off all your orders immediately. Your $25 starter set includes $26 worth of products that you choose, catalogs, order forms and everything else you need to start your business!

Benefits of being a demonstrator include:

  • 20% off all orders
  • 20% off when you order as a workshop, AND you earn free gifts, starting with $25 with a $150 order
  • In October, you earn an extra $25 hostess dollars for orders over $250
  • You can spend your hostess dollars on any current catalog item, your not limited to spending them on hostess sets
  • You get an extra 10% off your first order over $150 in your first 45 days, for a total discount of 30%, combined with the bonus hostess dollars this is a pretty sweet deal!
  • You get a free 2 month subscription to your own online store and blog hosted by Stampin' Up!
  • There is no penalty or fees for dropping out of the program after you buy the products you are interested in. You can rejoin almost immediately after you drop out!
  • The monthly minimum to remain in good standing is only $100 a month
If you are interested in joining, contact me at and I can explain the program and perks in detail. Stampin' Up! has great products, and this is a very unique opportunity to join!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hooray! Hooray! It's Your Birthday! Card

I made this cute little card from an older Stampin' Up! set. While this particular set is retired, Stampin' Up1 currently sells several similar stamp sets including Animal Talk and Zoo Babies.

I stuck with a gray theme to match the elephant and used patterned papers to make the card stand out and more whimsical. I used foam squares to elevate the elephant and sentiment off the card, to give the card depth and some 3d aspects.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

What Does the Fox Say? How about the Cat? Stampin Up! Animal Talk What the Cat Says Thank You Card

I absolutely love the Stampin' Up! Animal Talk stamp set. I'm an animal lover in general, and the animals in this stamp set are crisp and wonderful to watercolor. The set also comes with sentiments that match each image, giving you something perfect to put on the inside of your card. My family has been obsessed with the Ylvis song "What Does the Fox Say?" lately, and everytime I look at these stamps, I can't help but smile. We might not know what the fox says, but we do know the cat is saying thank you!

This card was quick and simple to make. I stamped the image, embossed it, and then watercolored it. The mat is just a neutral color to match the animal theme and I added a ribbon and a heart embellishment I had picked up somewhere.

The Animal Talk stamp set can be purchased from Stampin' Up! directly by clicking HERE.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stampin' Up! Animal Talk What the Dog Says Birthday Card

I'm on a bit of an animal kick this week, so tonight I created this cute card using the Stampin' Up! Animal Talk stamp set. I really love this stamp set because it has cute sentiments to cover almost all occasions and its cute and fun without being childish. This makes it possible to use the set for both adult and kid cards. I have also made a cat themed Thank You card with this set.

For the front of the card I used an edge punch to crate a scalloped border on the main mat, and used some thin baker's twine to create the bow and wrap. I used a die cut shape to frame the main stamped image, which I watercolored using the Stamp 'n Write markers. The card is some corrugated cardstock. The inside was made with one large mat sheet in a dog theme and the sentiment was stamped and embossed to make it stand out from the paper.

This card was fun and easy to make. It took less than 20 minutes to create total, and I really love how it came out. You can purchase the Animal Talk stamp set directly from Stampin' Up! by clicking HERE.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Elegant 3d Bridal Shower/Wedding Card Made with Sizzix Dress Form Pop-up Dies

This card was a lot of work, but it was a learning experience and I love how it turned out. The main components were the Sizzix pop-up dress form die that I got from Stampin' Up!, lacy ribbon and pearlized white card stock. The "carpet" was a cloth-like paper scrap that had been floating around in my scrapbook supplies for a couple years now.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

I started with the base that I cut using the dress form pop-up die. I left this unassembled while I pieced together the other elements on the card. I wanted the tabled to stand out from the background and decided to use metal for it.

 I cut the table and dress form out by running the full dress form die through my big shot with the sheet of thin metal. Then I cut the dress form and table out from the rest of the card form and saved the scraps for another project. I will stop right here and say the thin metal sheet was not a good choice for this project. The metal was thin enough to be pliable, and while it looked nice, it was a major pain to work with. I had to reinforce the backs of the table legs and dress form with sturdy card stock because they kept getting bent. In the future, I would just use metallic sheen card stock to get a similar look without the fuss.

Making the "Wall"

I wanted the background of the card to look like a dressing room, so I chose some pearlescent stripped paper for the area behind the dress form. The issue I had here was this paper was not sturdy enough to be a good card base, so I started with plainer card stock that was heavier and then ran the striped paper through my big shot to cut it in the shape of the card. I then cut the card stock to fit above the table and a smaller strip below the table. This left a small line that exposed the card stock underneath, so I cut a thin strip of coordinating paper to fit over the strip and look like a wall paper border. In hindsight, it's hard to say what I would do different at this step. I really wanted the look the stripped pearly paper had, and while it would have been easier to use one sheet of card stock as the background, I wouldn't trade the finish product for the ease of assembly.

Making the "Floor"

The floor I wanted to look like a carpet and I knew the wedding colors included purple. I had bought a clearance pack of handmade papers long ago at hobby lobby that included purples. These papers sat in my scrap paper bin for years because they weren't quite large enough for scrap projects and I didn't want to breakup the design by using it to die cut embellishments. I ran the paper through my BigShot with the card form again, and it cut perfectly even though the paper was cloth-like in consistency. I cut an extra strip and glued it under the table to eliminate white space cause by the plain card backing. I loved how this step turned out! The finishing touch was a stamped sentiment on a white die-cut mat that we could sign.

Making the Dress
Dresses are always the focal point of all things wedding, aren't they? I have to say this step was the most fun out of the whole project. It was a mix between playing Barbies and being an amateur fashion designer. I used the dress form thin dies from stampin up to create a paperdoll dress to hang on the dress form. I started with some plain pearlescent white paper and cut the dress out. Then I embossed it with a generic swirly pattern and went to work on the skirt. I wanted something lacy, but when I just put the lace on the die cut, it looked a bit plain. So, I decided to layer a lacy crime/antique lace ribbon with the more ornate lace rosette type ribbon. It looked great, but the waist of the dress seemed to disappear. To keep the feminine shape prominent, I added a white ribbon belt and embellished it with one large pearl and two small pearls. It really brought the entire thing together. I finished up the dress by adding pearls to the pleats and glued it to the dress form.

Making the Cover/Outside

The cover of the card was relatively simple. I cut some matching pearly card stock with the card base and then glued the base to the dress form piece. I want the front to look classy, so I layered a die cut with the sentiment on metallic paper. Note, I didn't try to use the thin metal again, I just used card stock and it was much easier!

Final Thoughts

Aside from the thin metal, the hardest part of this card was keeping all the white clean. I really enjoyed making the dress and it was a lot of fun to put together. I'm hoping I'll find another reason to use this die set again in the near future!