Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy Birthday Jax!

Hi all,

Today I'm celebrating the 3rd birthday of my great nephew! I was at our northern Wisconsin cabin with no cell reception the weekend he was born. It wasn't until we were well on our way home that we found out our Jaxon had arrived. He is such a joy and is so much like his daddy was at that age.

So what might a little boy like for his 3rd birthday? I'm hoping he'll like 3 happy monsters!!

Do you recognize the owl punch? I punched an extra owl and trimmed the feet to make the arms for these little guys. The sentiment and buttons are vintage. I used my markers to color the sentiment, gave the stamp a 'huff' and put it to paper. These monsters make me smile!

The Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits make a perfect pop for the inside of the card.

The best thing is that my nephew and his family moved back to Wisconsin from Louisiana, so this year I won't have to travel as far to celebrate birthdays with the kids. Last year I was in Louisiana for a duo birthday party with the theme "Tutus and Trucks". My sisters, sister-in-law and I saw and purchased tutus while staying in the French Quarter. I cannot begin to tell you how impressed my nephew was with his family;) He expects these crazy things of his aunts, but when his mom joins in, that's another story!!

I'm off to create a few more cards for special upcoming birthdays. I'll be sure to share them with you.

I hope you're enjoying the huge Sale-A-Bration event. Next week there will be three new SAB offerings. You're going to love them!

Until next time, happy stamping!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi all!

A quick post to wish you a happy 'Love Day'! 

My card today is a CASE from my upline, Mary Fish. It's a beautiful card that could be used as an anniversary or 'just because' card.

The DSP is from the Playful Palette DSP stack. I used Very Vanilla cardstock for the base, Real Red and Very Vanilla for the layers. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits were used to create the heart and 'love'. A bit of Basic Black Baker's Twine and a vintage Very Vanilla button finished the look. Clean and simple, which is Mary's style.

Be sure to take a moment today to celebrate the loves in your life, loves from the present as well as loves from the past. Enjoy your memories!!

Take gentle care,

Thursday, February 9, 2017

More DSP Scrap Ideas


Are you ready for a few more ideas for your DSP scraps? Well, here goes!

For the swap card I I made, I trimmed the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) to 4" x 5 1/4". Because the paper stack measures 6" x 6", I had lots of extra DSP pieces that I didn't want to waste, hmm, how can I use them??  Check out these colorful hearts!  

I diecut the heart from the 4" x 5 1/4" inch cardstock using the Sweet and Sassy Framelits, then ran the cardstock through the Big Shot using the Happy Heart embossing folder. I don't know if you can clearly see from the photo, but one of the backgrounds has the hearts embossed and one has them debossed. I had flipped the cardstock over to add adhesive and thought, hey, I like how this looks!

I covered the die cut heart with Snail, added the center strip of paper and worked my way out to the edges. I trimmed the excess DSP, leaving 1/4" of DSP over hang the die cut heart, added Multi purpose glue around the edge of the dsp and centered the die cut opening over the strips. I used some baker's twine left over from the holiday catalog for the bow. 

You could use this technique with any shape, a star, circle, square or any other dies you may have in your collection. It's a great way to use up scraps and with Stampin' Up's color coordinated DSP, you don't even have to think about what patterns will match! I love that part!! This is the perfect card for the quilters in your circle of friends.

I was getting excited about my dwindling stack of DSP scraps, but I wasn't done yet. Here is yet another scrap sample. Again, the best part of the SU! DSP is that all the matching work is done for you. All you have to do is line up the patterns and you're good to go!

My base measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". The second layer is 4" x 5 1/4". Each panel measures 1 5/8" x 3 7/8". Either start by placing the center panel and then the two outer panels, or line up the two outer panels and add the center panel.

The heart is die cut from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. I trimmed a scrap piece of cardstock to 5/8" x 5 1/4" and used the Hugs and Kisses stamp from Sealed with Love. The tiny hearts come from the owl punch.

I now have only a few full pages of DSP in my Sending Love stack and am very happy with my scrap projects. What do you think? I love to read your comments and thank you for sharing a bit of your time with me today.

Until next time, take gentle care,

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Case the Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for February 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are CASE’ing a project shown in a current Stampin’ Up! catalog. After all, with the Annual, Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs available right now, there is much inspiration from which to choose. We hope you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Let's hear it for Balloon Celebrations from page 24 in the Annual Catalog! The Party Animal Designer Series Paper and complimentary colors give this layout a whole new look.

I cut the Crushed Curry panel at 4" x 5 1/4" and added a 1 1/4" x 5 1/4" piece of Party Animal DSP to the left edge. The background is stamped in Crushed Curry Classic Ink with several images from Balloon Celebrations. The balloon was a snap to create with the Balloon Punch. The sentiment is from Balloon Adventures found in the Occasions catalog.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What to do with DSP Scraps

Greetings all,

It's been a crazy week. My 89 year old mom fell twice in the past week, had two trips to the ED, a three night hospital stay and is now in rehab; I don't think she'll be able to go home again. Lots of decisions and emotions. I have firmly come to believe that aging is not for sissies. 

I did manage to get some RnR in my craft space and work on projects for my Saturday open house.

If you live in my corner of the world, contact me to reserve materials and pop in on Saturday between 10 & 1. I'd love to see you.

My January 5th post featured my Occasions catalog swap card. 

After making 32 cards, I had a pile of die cut hearts that I didn't know what to do with, but figured I'd find a use for them - and I did!!

The Sending Love Suite made creating these cards oh so easy. The card base measures 8 12/" x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4". I trimmed 1 1/4" from the 'front' edge. The DSP panel on the front measure 2" x 5 1/4" and the DSP on the inside measures 1 1/4" x 5 1/4". I just layered the hearts on the edge of the cardstock.

The sweet little envelope and decorative note come from the Sealed With Love Bundle. I will be using that envelope framelit on lots of projects!

I like how these turned out and I used everyone one of the hearts in my stash! Do you own the balloon punch? Fill the edge of a birthday card with balloons or use stars for a celebratory card, multi-colored circles or squares would be equally as fun. Mix solid cardstock with DSP for a unique creation.

I challenge you to pull out your scraps and CASE (copy and share everything) this card adding your own touches.

Stop back tomorrow to see two additional samples using my scraps.

Until then, take gentle care,

Friday, February 3, 2017

For You

Hi All!

I found this unpublished post lurking in my files. Okay, so it was geared toward Christmas, but change the paper and you have a quick, easy and oh so cute gift bag for any occasion!

This is the last of my Secret Santa gifts. I made some sugared pecans and the Gusseted Cellophane Bags provided the perfect packaging!

We made these gift bags and the Stampin' Up! event I attended in Schaumburg, Illinois this summer. Didn't want anything this cute go to waste!

I have a strong feeling that my person will guess that I was her Secret Santa as most people at work know about my love of paper, stamps, ink and glue! My only hope is that she enjoyed her treats!

Take gentle care,

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Season of Love

Hi all!

Earlier, I posted a Valentine card that I created for a swap organized by Lisa Pretto. I am much like other paper crafters in that I tend to hold on to my scraps. So I recently sat down and figured out ways to use up those scraps. I made a couple other Valentine cards as well. I'll be sharing the love with you over my next several posts.

With the exception of one, my cards feature the Sending Love suite. The stamp set does include a Happy Valentine's Day stamp, but the other 26 stamps in the set can be used for wedding, anniversary, birthday, encouragement or romantic cards throughout the year. Sealed With Love, it's not just for Valentine's Day!

The darling little envelope and insert are easily created using the Love Notes Framelits Dies. Remember, you save 10% on every bundle. Check out the heart border - you really do need that in your collection!

Ready to purchase? Click HERE to go to my 24/7 online store.

Stay tuned for more Valentine creations. Thanks for stopping!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Celebrating 100 days of Kindergarten

Hi all,

I'm back. It's been an interesting couple of weeks, I'll spare you the gory details. I will, however, share a fun story with you!

Last Friday I received a letter from my great-niece, Christina. She is in kindergarten. Her class will be celebrating 100 days of school in February and she wrote to ask me to send mail to her classroom; they hope to receive 100 pieces of mail.

"Woo hoo!", thought this great-aunt. I'm going to make the BEST card they'll receive (unless my sister makes one that's cuter!). Saturday I was on a major stamping binge to prep for an upcoming open house, but I did take time to create a card for Christina and her classmates.

My immediate thought was stars and glitter. I also wanted to create a WOW! card, so I went to Splitcoast Stampers to find a slider card tutorial. Here's my result!

Lisa Pretto is my second upline. She lives about an hour from me and you may remember reading about some of my stamping time at her house. Her creations often feature flowing ribbons and sequins, yup, I'm channeling Lisa!

The best part of this card is the surprise you get when pulling the red ribbon tag on the side.

Is that fun or what! The card base is a standard 8 1/2 x 5 1/2. I wanted to have a place to write a note to the class. I'm thinking the teacher may not appreciate my asking if they were going to get 100 minutes of recess:) 

I did make some modification to the slider component of the card. It needed a bit of reinforcement. If you have any questions on how to create this fold, I'll be happy to answer them for you.

Please leave a commnet. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this card! 

Until next time, take gentle care!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sale-A-Bration is Here!

Hi all,

I trust you had an enjoyable holiday season. It was a bit of a whirlwind for me, but I'm getting back to a normal routine - finally!

The most wonderful time of the Stampin' Up! year is here - Sale-A-Bration (SAB). For every $50 in products that you purchase, you may choose one item from the SAB catalog for FREE! The really hard part is making your final purchasing choices when shopping from the new Occasions catalog.


There are so many beautiful and fun new products; I'm looking forward to sharing many samples with you over the next few months.

A group of my stamping friends recently held a long distance card swap using items from the new catalog. Here is the card I made.

I chose products from the Sending Love suite starting with the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack.featuring 6 each of  8 double sided designs in a handy 6" x 6" size - oh the possibilities!

The Sealed With Love Bundle gives you a 10% savings and plenty of toys to make your Valentine creations unique and varied. The little envelope framelit is so cute!

There are many ways to use the heart shaped framelit!

I especially love the line of hearts. You can get a better look at the 3D effect from this framelit.

And we don't want to forget the cute sentiment and cut out heart for inside the card! 

Purchase the bundle, add the coordinating ribbon and/or embellishments and choose a FREE SAB item. There's lots of time to create your Valentines. Click HERE to shop my 24/7 store.

Stay tuned for more great designs from the new catalog!!


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Hi all!

A quick Christmas post to share the card I made for close family and friends. I sent them off before taking a photo, but my sister took one and posted it. Thanks Anne!

Due to the depth of greens layered with mistletoe, layered with the ribbon and topped with pinecone embellishments, the post office charged me $2.50+ to mail my standard A2 envelope. I figured the card itself would have sold for much more than that, so the postage was worth it!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday Countdown!

Hi all!

A quick post to share another Secret Santa gift. With everything that goes on this time of year, I'm keeping projects pretty simple. Check out my popcorn pull!

I love how the images from the Layering Love stamp set work perfectly with the Sweet and Sassy Framelits.

Here is the popcorn surprise! This packaging works well with candy bars, hot cocoa packets and any number of things you can find on your grocers shelves.

Loosely wrap the DSP around the item, overlapping the ends to determine the width needed. I measured my popcorn sleeve and added a couple inches for the height. Add Tear N Tape to the back seam and to the bottom of the DSP, wrap the item into the DSP and seal. I used a retired slot punch to punch the holes in the top of my 'pocket'; a small circle punch will work too. Take a length of ribbon - I usually work with it while it's still on the spool. Make a 'U' shape with the ribbon and set your item in the bottom of the 'U'. Gently push the item and ribbon into the pocket. Thread the ribbon through the hole from the inside to the outside, tie it into a knot and trim the ribbon ends. If you're not clear about those directions, leave a note and I'll be sure to follow up with you.

Thanks for stopping - make it a great day!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Countdown!

Hi All!

Whether you are preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or a gathering of family and friends 'just because', this time of year can get a bit hectic.

I finished the Christmas cards for my family today and got them to the post office. I got home and realized I didn't take a photo of them! I paid a fortune to mail them - $2.69 each, due to the thickness. Had I used a different type of envelope, it likely wouldn't have been as high - oh well. I'll ask one of my sisters to snap a photo so I can share them with you.

So, today I'll share the card I made for a friend who owns a business. I make 200 cards each year. This is the card he chose this year.

I enjoy hearing the comments from his customers each year. I enjoy reading your comments too so feel free to leave a comment below.

Be sure to take time for yourself this week! Take care.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Secret Santa Tea Light Box


The holidays always bring opportunities for human resources professionals to plan some extra fun for employees. Monday morning I hung the Secret Santa bags at work for those who opted to participate.

My secret doesn't last long because most of the employees are aware of my paper, ink and stamp 'affinity':)

For the next week I'll share the treats this Not So Secret Santa is gifting.

This sweet tea light box is the first gift I gave. I totally cased fellow Pal Windy Ellard. If you'd like the measurements for this box, check out Windy's blog post here.

Do note that if you're using candles other than Yankee brand, you may need to tweak your measurements. Guess who has made this mistake in the past? It's always good to learn from the errors of others!

Cookie Cutter Christmas and Tin of Tags perfectly paired with the Candy Cane Lane DSP to create this sweet gift. Hope she likes it!

Make today a good one!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

All That Sparkles and Shines!

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for December 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects showcase products that can add sparkle and/or shine for a finishing touch. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be strarting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

When I think of sparkle, I think of silver, gold, diamonds - oh which to choose??? Oh why not just go for them all - a girl can never have enough bling!!

To give a loose, space-like background, I used the Swirly Bird stamp set onto a piece of 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" black card stock , stamped it in Versamark - after using the Embossing Buddy on my card stock, of course. I then sprinkled gold embossing powder on sections of the image, tapped off the excess and covered the rest of the image with silver embossing powder and heat embossed the  images to bring out the sparkle and shine! Dimensionals were added to this piece and popped on to a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" cardstock base.

It's hard to see in the photo, but I used the Gold Wink of Stella pen to randomly add sparkle between the embossed images. The sentiment come from Confetti Celebration. I used the same embossing technique. Gold and Silver Metallic Thread were added to the back of the sentiment. I popped up that piece with Dimensionals and offset it onto the main image. Hmm - it calls for more bling - bring on the Rhinestone Basic Jewels and place them strategically on your project.

This card would be a fun for a New Year, birthday, anniversary, retirement or any other event that causes for celebration!

The mixed color embossing is a fun technique - be sure to give it a try!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month's Pals Blog Hop!

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