Sunday, December 7, 2014

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Just in Time for the Holidays!

Don't miss out on this year end close out! You can order through my web page, through the link on the left or feel free to contact me!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello Fall Wonderous Wreath

Today is a very cute card I would like to share with you.  The card uses the Wonderous Wreath stamp set and framelits.  There are three different stamps for the wreath.  Each stamp has a tab at the top of the stamp to help you line up each stamped image after that.  There are also tabs on the top of the wreath framelits to help you line them up with the stamped image before you die cut it in your Big Shot.  I've added gold speckles from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to add some sparkle to the card.  The details to make this card are below!  Hope you enjoy making this beautiful fall card!  You can order the stamp sets and more though my Stampin' Up! website
Happy Stamping!  

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Wonderous Wreath, For All Things
Ink: Encore Gold, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Extras: Wonderous Wreath Framelits, Gold twine, Crumb Cake seam binding


• On Whisper White cardstock, stamp largest leaved stamp using Crushed Curry ink. Stamp the next leave stamp using Cajun Craze ink. The indicator on the top will help with placement. Follow with the wreath dots using Chocolate Chip ink. Take to the Big Shot and die cut using the inner and the outer edges of the wreath. Stamp the cut out wreath with speckles and Encore Gold ink.

• Tie twine around the Chocolate Chip cardstock three times and secure in the back. Layer this onto the Cajun Craze using dimensionals. Tie the yellow ribbon around the bottom portion of the Cajun Craze cardstock and tie in a bow. Add to your card using adhesive.

• Add the wreath to the front using dimensionals. Stamp the banner using Crushed Curry and then the words using Early Espresso ink. Cut out and add to the front!

• Finish the inside of your card and you are ready to send it in the mail!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mingle All the Way Punch Turkey

Happy November!  Today, I want to show you a couple of very cute and easy punch ideas we did at Juliet's first demonstrator workshop!  The cute turkey uses the Curvy Keepsake Box and would be a perfect choice to add to your table scape for Thanksgiving.  Juliet suggested that you could use these little treat turkey boxes as place names for each of your Thanksgiving family members and guests.  Just swap out the sentiment for their name.  How cute is that!! 

Here is a list of punched items you will need. 
     2 1/2" Scalloped circle
     1 3/8" circle
     Oval punch
     Owl Punch
     Decorative Label

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fall Stamp Camp 2014

My downline and I get together every quarter to put on a Stamp Camp. Everyone contributes time, materials, and ideas. Silvia designed the Wonderous Wreath Card, and Monica, a sideline, designed the Snowflake card. The Autumn door hanger was cased and simplified from one found on Pinterest. We get our ideas from many different places!

Elysse and Athena collaborated on the For All Things card. Here are the instructions for this beautiful card.

For All Things Card:

• Take the three small rectangular pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamp leaves and acorns on them using stamps and inks. The larger leaf uses the Old Olive ink. The smaller leaves use the Cajun Craze ink. The acorns use the Crushed Curry ink. Stamp speckles on these pieces using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp and Elegant Eggplant ink. Separate and back with your Basic Black cardstock. On the top panel, punch a hole using the hole punch.
• Take your Linen thread and wrap around your fingers to make a loop. Secure with a mini glue dot. Fold in half to make a figure 8. Add the Brad around the Autumn Element and the Linen thread and add to the top panel where the hole is. Secure on the back and add your candy dot on top of the brad. Add your two candy dots.

• Take the larger piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and emboss it using the Hardwood Embossing Folder and the Big Shot. Layer onto your folded card base. Add the stamped panels using dimensionals.

• Stamp “Hello Fall” using Elegant Eggplant ink on the scrap of cardstock. Punch out using the Ticket Duo Punch. Also, punch out one ticket from the Elegant Eggplant cardstock. Layer together and add to the bottom panel using dimensionals.

• Complete the inside and you are done! 
Our customers had a blast and we did too! 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Give Thanks Tag Card

Fall is here and it's time to make Thanksgiving cards! Today I'd like to highlight two stamp sets; For All Things and Fun Fest. The card uses our new Under the Tree Specialty Designer series paper. I've added an additional dimension to the pumpkins by using the pumpkin pie marker on the stamp instead of using a stamp pad. This technique adds subtle lines giving the pumpkins more texture. Sponge the edges with Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze ink complete the look. Add a ribbon and some twine and you've got it made! 
Don't forget to finish the inside!
I tore strips of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock to create the "dirt" for my pumpkin. 

Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Extraordinry Creations

One thing I love about Stampin' Up! is that, in the hands of a creative person, simple stamps, ink and paper can turn into a masterpiece.

Today, I want to highlight Barbara's wonderful card she made for our group swap.

I love the distressing around the edges and the beautiful details like the postage stamps and the sponged embossing underneath the postcard.

The inside of the card is even more impressive. Check out all the coloring and shading on the World Map as well as the individual pieces colored, cut out and attached to the top.

Wouldn't you love to get this card in the mail? I know I would.

Thanks Barbara for your creative talents!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Screen Cards

Happy October!  Today I wanted to share with you a couple of screen cards that I've done for my classes. The first is a fall card using the Holiday Stamp Set "For All Things".  It is a great stamp set to use for the fall and for Thanksgiving.  Wouldn't this be fun to set on your table or desk at work?  You can make one too!  The measurements are easy and listed below. 

12 x 12 of a fall color.  I used Always Artichoke, but Old Olive will do too.  The measurements are:  5 1/2" x 12", scored at 3", 6", and 9".  Fan fold the scored lines.  The base is made by the Decorative Label punch, a little above the punches mid line.  Make sure you punch each panel out one at a time so you don't ruin the punch. Cut out your panels, Whisper White or Very Vanilla, and collage them with your favorite stamp set and colors. Then mount the collage panels on a background of Basic Black or Early Espresso. Decorate the panels with embellishments like sequins or the new Autumn Wooden Elements. Attach your panels to your screen and there you have it!

Screen cards also make beautiful Birthday cards, like this one using the Today & Everyday stamp set. 

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blackberry Bliss Floating Watercolor Card

Happy September!
Before the summer comes to an end, here is fun technique card that I know you will love! The card uses the Floating Watercolor Technique.

Stamps:  Beautiful Bunch, Kinda Eclectic, Petite Petals
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Shimmery White
Extras: Rhinestones, White Embossing Powder, Blackberry Bliss re-inker, Petite Petals Punch, Fun Flower Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch

Don't forget to complete the inside!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bright and Beautiful Stars Bundle

Today, I want to show you a sample of one of the new stamp sets that will be available on August 28th in the new Holiday Catalog. This stamp set and stars framelits are available right now under the Big Shot & Bundles promotion.  You can purchase a Big Shot and receive one of the stamps and framelits bundle for free or purchase one of the bundles at a 15% discount.  Go to my website to order today! 

     Bright and Beautiful
     Kinda Eclectic

     Night of Navy

     Whisper White
     Night Navy

     Silver Embossing
     Heat Tool
     Stars Framelits

Quick, Easy and Beautiful! What a perfect Holiday card!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

July Stamp Camp

The Salsa Gal's had their quarterly Stamp Camp two weeks ago, and it was a lot of fun!

One of the cards we made featured the Traveler stamp set. This set is perfect if you're looking for a more masculine design. The front of the card lifts up to give you a handy pocket on the inside; perfect for gift cards, or money.

Traveler, Dictionary, Petite Pairs, Remembering Your Birthday

Early Espresso, Soft Suede,
Marina Mist, Cajun Craze
Card Stock:
Very Vanilla, Basic Black,
Soft Suede, Cajun Craze 
 1 ¼” circle punch,
 Ticket Builder Duo punch,
 Epic Day Washi Tape,
 Watercolor Wonder Washi tape,
 Sticky Strip, Naturals Candy Dots

Some tips for the background.  Stamp the Vanilla c/s using the Dictionary Background Stamp and Early Espresso ink.  Use the "Let your fingers do the Walking" trick to get a mottled background image.  Stamp your luggage, and other stamp images using Early Espresso ink.  Sponge the edges and across the c/s a little using Soft Suede ink.  

Thanks for looking!  Happy Stamping! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Embossed Embossing Folder Technique

Summer is a fun time to try new techniques. This fun card highlights the technique Embossed embossing folder.  Using the Summer Silhouettes, the Petite Petals stamp set, and a sentiment you can create this beautiful card! Here's how you do it!

You'll need:

                   Stamps                                                         Ink
            Summer Silhouettes                                   Blackberry Bliss
            Petite Petals                                                  Hello Honey
            Lots of thanks                                             Mossy Meadow
                                               Petite Petals

                                                Card Stock
            Pistachio Pudding  -  4 1/2 x 11 in. scored at 5 1/2 in
            Whisper White -  4 1/2 x 5 1/2 in, 1 1/8 x 5 1/4 in, 3 1/2 x 4 in
                             scrap enough for 4 punched flowers
            Wild Wasabi -  4 x 4 1/2 in
            Perfect Plum -  5 1/4 x 2 3/4 in

                   Deco Framelets                        Embossing Buddy
                   Rubber Brayer                          Heat Tool
                   Dimensionals                            Monoadhesive
                              Decorative Dots Embossing folder
                               Iridescent Ice Embossing powder
                 Big Shot with magnetic and multipurpose platforms


Emboss the Perfect Plum cardstock using the Decorative Dots Embossing folder. Rub the cardstock with the Embossing buddy. Lightly ink in the raised areas of the embossed cardstock using the brayer and the versamark ink. Add Iridescent Ice embossing powder to the cardstock and tap off. The areas that were inked will hold onto the embossing powder. Use a paint brush to brush off any unwanted embossing powder from your image. Heat emboss to set. Add to the base of the front of the card.
On the long strip of Whisper White cardstock, stamp two leaves using the Mossy Meadow ink and leaf stamp. Add to the top part of the front of your card using monoadhesive.

Remember to finish the embossing
technique before assembling. (I forgot!)

Take the 3 1/2 x 4 in Whisper white cardstock and the Wild Wasabi cardstock and cut them using the Bigshot and the Deco Framelets. Stamp the Whisper White Deco cut cardstock using the images and inks. See picture for placement. Save a small area for you sentiment. Layer your Deco cut stamped Whisper White cardstock onto the Wild Wasabi Deco cardstock and add to the front of your card using dimensionals.

Stamp the inside piece of Whisper White cardstock with a few leaves and flowers. Add to the inside of your card.

Stamp and punch out four petite petal flowers using Blackberry Bliss ink. Use the dimensionals to add three flowers to the front of the card and the fourth to the inside.

And there you have it! A beautiful card and a fun new technique.


Thursday, June 12, 2014


After a long hiatus, I'm back!! 

Today, I wanted to show you a graduation card I received in a swap!  Isn't it really cool?  The inside is great too.  Below are general instructions on how to make this card.  Hope you will try it and make one for that graduate in your family.  Happy Stamping! Kathy

Graduation Card 2014


     Memorable Moments
     Pomp & Circumstance

     StazOn Black                                
     Basic Black
     Whisper White
     Silver Glimmer paper

 Candy Dot brads
 Candy Dot
 Fringe Scissors
 White Baker’s Twine
 Star punch
 Stampin’ Score with the diagonal plate
 Mini glue dots


Cut Basic Black cardstock 4 ¼” x 11” and score at 5 ½”.  Lay the cardstock on the Stampin’ Score diagonal plate and score diagonally at 3 3/8”.  Score the other side at 3 3/8”.  The picture below shows the black X where you should score.

Line up one end of the scored line at the 3 3/8” mark and score again.  Flip over and score the other side.  The result is a 3” x 3” diamond on one side of your cardstock.  Cut off the remaining area.  The discarded cardstock is shaded in the picture below. 

Fold the 5 ½” scored line as a valley fold.  The diagonal lines will be in a mountain fold.  This will create your “cap” on the front of your card.

For your inside Whisper White cardstock piece, cut your Whisper White cardstock 4” x 5 ¼” and score diagonally on the 3 ¼” mark.  Cut off the extra paper outside the scored lines.  It will layer into the center area of your Basic Black cardstock nicely.  Stamp it with the graduation cap using StazOn Black ink.  Add to the inside of your card and lay the “cap” down and stamp the numbers around the cap.  Stamp the congratulations at the bottom of this piece. 

The rest of the cardstock that you will need is:

·         1 piece of Basic Black cut at 3” x 3”.  This is the top of the cap.  You will put a hole in the center of this piece and add the Baker’s twine and Candy Dot brad.  Add a black Candy Dot on top.

·         1 piece of Whisper White c/s cut at 2” x 2 ¼”. This piece is used for the tassel.  Cut strips on this piece using the Fringe Scissors, leaving a ¼” area at the top.  Add adhesive at the top and roll up tightly.  Add this to the other end of the Baker’s twine.  Add the completed cap to the top of the c/s base cap using dimensionals. 

·         1 piece of 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” Whisper White c/s for the inside top part of the card. Stamp this piece with the “Yay, You!” and the graduation scroll using StazOn Black ink.  Add to the inside top area of your card and you are done! 

 Happy Stamping!  Kathy