Yum Treat Box

Bakers BoxI created this cute box for the inaugural session of a new stamp club that started up in January. I have some customers that HATE making boxes, and I wanted to get a feel for the tolerance of these ladies for them. I was very happy to learn that they don't have a problem with them, so I'll gladly incorporate box style projects in the rotation with this group… occasionally.

This box is made easy by the fantastic Baker's Box Thinlits die and the coordinating Homemade for You stamp set. I used both of them here on this project. The DSP mat, the holes that the ribbon is threaded through, and the "yum" sentiment are all cut using this set of dies.

I chose the color scheme based on colors in the Moroccan Designer Series Paper (DSP). I love the richness of the Emerald Envy color of the ribbon and the die cut mat from the DSP. And Delightful Dijon is a lovely contrasting and equally rich color. Both of them are In Colors, Delightful Dijon is part of the suite that will be retiring at the end of May. Thankfully, Emerald Envy is part of the newer suite, so it will be staying around for another year.

I have a little tip to share with you. See how the word "yum" looks like it is raised up a little bit? I achieved that by rolling up mini glue dots and using them to adhere the die cut to the box. Dimensionals (even cut down) are a little too unwieldy for this, and since I was doing tone-on-tone, a little height was needed to help it stand out. The rolled up glue dots gave just the right amount of differentiation between the word and the box.

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Posted on : Feb 24 2017
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Cable Knit Wishes

cableknit_christmasThis was another card that the ladies made at the recent Stamp-A-Stack event. This card took just a little extra time to assemble due to the embossing and die-cutting the oval around the stamped greeting. Also, this was the only card that had a stamped panel on the inside. Since the card base is Early Espresso I wanted to include a Very Vanilla panel so that the gals wouldn't have to use a white gel pen (or something like that) to write out the greeting. The ladies seemed to enjoy the texture from the embossing folder, and it really did go together pretty easily.

This card was actually the first time that I used the Cable Knit "dynamic" embossing folder. I purchased it a while after the Holiday catalog had been out, and for some reason I didn't use it right away. I knew that I just had to use it for the Stamp-A-Stack, so that is how this card came to be.  Both the stamp set and the embossing folder are from the Holiday catalog, and I am very happy to report that they are both on the carryover list, so you'll still be able to purchase them for Holiday card making next year.

Above I said that it is a "dynamic" embossing folder, which is how Stampin' Up! describes it. That means that it creates extra detailed impressions, and it is super thick. Check out this video below to get the secrets of this very cool folder:

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Posted on : Dec 19 2016
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Halloween Treat

jar of hauntsThis is the second project that we made at the September stamp club gathering. I knew that I wanted to use the jar Thinlits for the second project for the evening as well, but I wasn't really feeling like making a Halloween card. Halloween isn't a big card sending holiday (although I'm thinking about sending some this year), but it is certainly a big holiday for themed parties and treat giving. As I was considering projects for the meeting, I remembered that I had seen a very cute treat holder featuring the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. Once I had that goal in mind, it took me no time at all to whip up this cute little treat holder using supplies that I had on hand. Even though it is a "3-D" item, which can typically be a little more involved to make, this project comes together lickety-split. I tucked a couple of those delightful Cow Tails treats inside, so you can see what it looks like when it is filled.

Stampin' Up! published a video that was the inspiration for this project. You can watch here:

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Posted on : Oct 13 2016
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Flourishing Wishes

Flourishing PhrasesWe made this card in the stamp club gathering in July. It was an especially busy evening because the ladies made this card the same evening that they made the birthday shaker card that I shared here a couple of weeks ago. There are several stepped up details on this card that make it especially pretty. I can't claim responsibility for designing this – I learned all about it from a fellow demonstrator named Linda. I thought it was SOOO go-juss that I just had to share it with my stamp club gals.  This is one of those cards that is more involved to create, but the end result is totally worth it.

This card uses almost all of the shapes from the Flourish Thinlits die set along with the coordinating stamps. Additionally, all of the die cut shapes were brushed with the Clear Wink of Stella to give it some extra glam. As is always the way with attempting to photograph glimmer, you can't really see it here. It has a lovely subtle sparkle on the die cut pieces IRL.

The stamp set/die cut bundle are definitely on the expensive side, but they are totally worth it in my opinion. You get LOADS of stamps and die cut shapes in the bundle, and the fonts on the greetings are just plain fabulous. Also – if you host a party that has > $450 in merchandise sold, then you could choose to get this fabulous bundle at half price. Now wouldn't that just be fantastic?!? Contact me today to book your fun crafting time with friends.

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Posted on : Sep 26 2016
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A Birthday Rose

rose garden thinlitsI found this card on the web and CASE'd it for my stamp club gals a few months ago. You could have heard a pin drop while the participants were filling in the black outline with the various pieces of cardstock to create this gorgeous rose. There was a bit of grumbling because the greeting is hand cut just inside the stamped outline of the label so that it can be layered on the die cut Calypso Coral mat. Despite that, the ladies really liked the finished product, and I know at least one of them used the same technique to create a card using the butterfly framelits.

You can't see it from the picture here, but the card includes an inside white panel so that you can use a regular pen to write out a greeting. That panel has some smaller stamped flowers (in Calypso Coral ink) from the Rose Wonder stamp set and a birthday greeting from the Cottage Greetings stamp set.

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Posted on : Sep 12 2016
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Cable Knit Paper

As I shared the other day, the Holiday Catalog products are now available from Stampin' Up! and there are some gems to be had. I tried to be wiser with my money this time when I placed my pre-order, and focused on fewer products that I knew that I could use right away. I tend to go a little nuts with a new catalog – especially the Holiday Catalog. So, in my frugality I didn't purchase the Cable Knit embossing folder. What was I thinking?!? Of course I can use it right away – just do a search for some samples and you'll see that demonstrators have gone to town creating some awesome projects with this gem. I'll admit that I was reluctant because I don't want to purchase something that will be useful for a short time. But seriously, who am I kidding? All those Christmas sets that I can't resist are "uni-taskers" and that doesn't stop me from buying them. After doing some Pinterest surfing and the video from Stampin' Up!, I think that I will include this product on my next order. Thankfully, Stampin' Up! produced some great videos of Holiday products, so without further ado… here is the video about the Cable Knit embossing folder:

If you want to purchase one today, you can go to my on-line store here. While you're there, check out the other great Holiday Catalog products as well as the Special Deals.


Posted on : Sep 07 2016
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Thoughtful Branches

Last month I shared via my newsletter a limited-time bundle that Stampin' Up! is offering for the month of August. Well now that it's officially available, I just had to share it with you here on my blog.

Here are the images for the stamps:


And here are the images for the Thinlits:

beautiful branches thinlits

And for all my friends that appreciate a bargain, you can purchase both items together as a bundle and save 10% off the combined price. You can use this link to navigate to my on-line store and add the bundle to your cart.

Stampin' Up! devised this bundle to partner with the Bonus Days promotion that happened in July. So, if you earned some of those $5 off coupons during Bonus Days, you can use them to reduce your out-of-pocket money to get this sweet bundle. Of course, you can use your coupons for other products if you want, but who can resist this fantastic bundle?

To further make your mouth water for this bundle, the Artisan Design Team for Stampin' Up! held two blog hops featuring these great products. Here is a link to get you started on the first hop that happened back in July. There are several members of the design team, and not all of the blogs are in English, so have your Google Translate button ready! There are some truly fabulous projects featured, and I just had to share some for inspiration. Keep in mind that these posts were from early July so most of them are also referencing the Bonus Days promotion that is now over. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I was able to pre-order the bundle in July, and I'm getting ready to bust this bundle out to create some projects for the August stamp club gals. I can't wait!

Posted on : Aug 08 2016
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Sympathy Rose

Rose Garden SympathyI created this simple card for the card buffet event that I held in June. I think this was the first project to sell out; I'm always curious to see what cards will appeal to folks more than others. Sympathy cards are good to have on hand so that you can get one out in the mail when it's needed. Sadly, I'll be sending this one out today to a friend and his wife that are mourning the loss of her brother.

This card is very simple with it's white-on-white die cut and the navy mat, ribbon and stamped sentiment. I can't say enough good things about the very useful greetings in the Rose Wonder stamp set, and the coordinating dies are just fabulous. The navy seam binding ribbon that I used here is no longer available (I haz a sad over that), but the rest of the supplies are in the current catalog. You could easily replace the ribbon with two of three pieces of solid navy baker's twine and replicate this card.

tams# 7462

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Night Of Navy 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon

Night Of Navy 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon

Posted on : Jul 07 2016
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Detailed Anniversary

Bloomin LoveI created this card for the All Occasion Card Buffet that happened yesterday. The banner stamp and the dies that I used were first released in the Occasions catalog that was active January – May, and happily they carried forward into the new "big" catalog that came out earlier this month. The greeting is from the super useful Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. The Bloomin' Love stamps are more applicable to Valentine's Day (although not exclusively), so I was very pleased to see that the Happy Anniversary stamp fit into the banner image perfectly.  It is always handy to have Anniversary cards on hand, so I was glad to include one in the card buffet.

CQC323I drew on the color combination shown here to create this card. The challenge image seems to draw you to doing something in the baby realm, but I decided to go in a different direction. The small punched heart on the banner is how I incorporated Blushing Bride into the finished card. I am thrilled that the Blushing Bride glimmer paper from the Occasions catalog also carried forward into the new catalog. 

You may be admiring the seemingly laser-cut heart image on the card. I accomplished this with the Bloomin' Heart Thinlit dies. I cut the main heart image out of the Whisper White layer for the card. I adhered that Whisper White layer to a Melon Mambo mat, and then once I popped out any "hanging chads" from the die cut, I adhered it into the opening that it had been cut from. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! The Pool Party flowers are cut out using the other two dies that come in the Thinlit set. Those flowers align perfectly with the large and small flowers on the heart die. These dies work together wonderfully to create a die cut that is so detailed it seems like a laser cut image. One small tip – the Precision Base Plate can really help to make these fussy dies more enjoyable to work with.

tams# 7432

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Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

Posted on : Jun 13 2016
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A wee giftie

stamp_a_stack_2015_gift_card_holderI created this purty little pillow box as a gift card holder for the multi-demonstrator Stamp-A-Stack that I participated in back in October. The guests made 10 greeting cards and two gift card holders during their day of stamping fun. I love creating gift card holders (they are SOOOO useful), so I readily signed up to design one of them. I had a few left over, so I just made them up to give to my stamp club gals with a little gift inside.

I am so bummed out that the square pillow box die is retiring – I really thought that this versatile bundle would be popular and carry forward. Clearly my crystal ball is not what I need it to be! Sadly, this die has already sold out, so you won't be able to get it if you want it. But, the stamp set is still available for a short time, and I hope that this project still gives you some inspiration!

I pulled together this non-traditional color combination from one of my favorite challenge sites. This combo is an oldie, but a goodie! I knew that I wanted to feature that scrumptious gold glitter ribbon at the bottom of the tag, so I searched through combos that included gold. When I came across this combo, I knew immediately that this was what I was looking for. Isn't it just gorgeous?!?

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Posted on : Dec 30 2015
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