CASEd Ornaments

catalog_ornament_case_2015I CASE'd (Copy And Stamped Everything) this card from the Holiday catalog for our November stamp club meeting. I had all of the materials, and this pretty card was just too tempting to recreate. It definitely took us a little while making the card, but I think the pretty results are totally worth the effort. Do you have someone special that would appreciate a unique and pretty card like this one?

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Posted on : Dec 08 2015
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Big Shot Deal

For the month of August you can get a fantastic deal when you purchase a Big Shot. When you purchase a Big Shot this month you can pick one of several bundles for FREE. You can't beat free! Or, if you already own a Big Shot, then you can purchase any number of these bundles for a 15% discount. Stampin' Up! is spicing it up a little bit by including a bundle that features a stamp set from the upcoming Holiday catalog along with the Stars Framelits. It is all super cool!

The bundles that are available are:

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I can't overstate how useful the Big Shot is in making your projects. I use it for some feature on almost everything that I make. It is fantastic for embossing and die cutting. Also, the matching stamp sets and Framelits make it so quick and easy to cut out your stamped images. I love it! Below is a video that will show you the basics about the Big Shot that you can watch if you are not familiar with its awesomeness:


Posted on : Aug 04 2014
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Fun Fold Hello

oh_hello_label_thinletThis pretty card features products that are in the main catalog and a super-cool Thinlet die that Stampin' Up! released in August, after the catalog came out. This one was created using the Label Card Thinlet die, and there is also a Circle Card Thinlet die. The dies include the main die that cuts the cardstock to create the fun-fold card base as well as several other dies to add accents to your creations.  You can check out the Thinlets in my on-line store here.

The stamp-club gals created this card a few months ago, but I wanted to share it with you now so you could have a little brightness to lighten up a blustery winter day. The gals were impressed with how easy it was to use the die and create this unique card.

Also, now that we're in the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) time, you could purchase one of the two Thinlet Card dies and the Oh, Hello stamp set and get the beautiful SAB patterned paper for free. Those products along with inks and cardstock that you already own, and you'll have all that you need to create some of these cool cards yourself. Oh yeah – you'll need the best tool that we have available – the Big Shot. If you order a Big Shot along with the Thinlet and the stamp set, you'll be able to pick three freebies from the SAB flyer and you'll qualify for $25 in hostess benefits from the main and Occasions catalogs. That's a pretty awesome deal, right?!?

I used the following materials to create this card:

  • Stamps: Oh, Hello
  • Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Crushed Curry, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz
  • Markers: (for the stamped flower on the back of the Oh, Hello shape that isn't visible) Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz
  • Accessories: Afternoon Picnic DSP, Label Card Thinlet

Posted on : Jan 30 2014
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Washi Fun

washi_birthday_bannerFor our stamp club meeting in July, I wanted to introduce the stamp club gals to the fun of washi tape. We created this card that features a central die cut that features washi tape. To create that, we put the washi tape down diagonally on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and then die cut with a framelit die. It is really easy, and the gals loved the tape. One of them discovered quickly that it is repositionable which adds to the ease of use factor. Stampin' Up! sells the washi tape in bundles of three different rolls. Now that the Holiday catalog is on-line (as of today) we have four different bundles available for purchase.

I was also able to showcase the new magnetic platform for the Big Shot with this card, too. The magnet holds those framelits firmly in place which makes it MUCH easier to cut a stamped image like the banner or the washi taped cardstock in exactly the right spot. No more blue painters tape for me! Sadly, the demand has been so high for the magnetic platform that they are on backorder and Stampin' Up! has removed the item from availability until they can get caught up with existing orders. I'll let you all know when it is available again, because believe me – you're gonna want this tool!

I used the following supplies to make this card:

  • Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners
  • Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz
  • Accessories: Honeycomb embossing folder, Gingham Garden washi tape, Bitty Banners framelits, Window Frames framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

Posted on : Aug 01 2013
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A Gift for Diahann Carroll

Cute and sturdy Today is Diahann Carroll's birthday, so it is a wonderful opportunity to share another birthday related project. I'll admit that I'm a fan of the cable show "White Collar" which features the oh-so-dreamy Matt Bomer as the star character – Neal. But as I've watched, I've grown attached to many of the characters, including Neal's landlord, June, who is played by Diahann Carroll. She shows up occasionally, but there are always interesting things going on when she does. So, I think it would be great to give her a little something for her birthday in this really cute little box.

We made this box in our May club meeting and the gals were impressed with how easy it is to create. There is a secret ingredient used for these boxes, too. I openly admit that I love to repurpose things that have lived out their original use. In this case, I cut cereal boxes down to 5" x 4" and adhered DSP to both sides before cutting with the Top Note die. Voilà, light chipboard style bases for the box that used up something that was going to be recyled anyway. This makes the cereal box much more pretty, don't you think?

I used the following materials to make this box:

  • Stamps: A Fitting Occasion
  • Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Lucky Limeade (retired), Whisper White
  • Ink: Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango
  • Accessories: Sizzix Top Note Bigz die, International Bazaar DSP (retired), Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon (retired), 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1" Circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Posted on : Jul 17 2013
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Easel of Love

A unique card for a special day a unique Valentine

Today is the big day! I'm not a really big celebrator of Valentine's Day, but I do enjoy getting to bust out my heart shaped dies and go all frilly for the occasion in my cards. This specimen is the epitome of what I love about the holiday; I got to use a section of the doily, some heart themed DSP, and a heart die cut accented with some bling. What isn't to love about this??

I had originally planned to give this card to my darling hubby, but it occurred to me that he may not really appreciate the frou frou looks. He'd appreciate the sentiment and the care that I put into the creation, but this one is way to feminine for him. So, I'll be holding on to this one to show as a sample at workshops and events because it is definitely unique and pretty (imho).

I used the following materials to make this card:

  • Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals, Real Red, Pool Party, Crumb Cake
  • Ink: Real Red, Crumb Cake (for sponging)
  • Accessories: Typeset Alphabet die, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Hearts Framelits, Dotted Scallop border punch, White Tea Lace doily, Basic Rhinestones

Posted on : Feb 14 2013
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Interlocking Hearts Valentine

a twist on a gate fold another fun fold

This is another Valentine that I created for my Fun Fold Valentine class. This one put my Big Shot through its' paces! The bigger hearts on the front are die cut using two of the nesting Hearts Framelit dies. The style of this card is both a gatefold and a latch card. The two hearts interlock to hold the card closed, and add some dimension when the card is open. And the cluster of embossed wee hearts in the bottom right are a sweet little touch (again using the Big Shot).

This card will be hitting the post today to make its way down to my Mother-In-Law to let her know that we're thinking about her this Valentine's Day. She always really appreciates receiving one of my handmade cards, so I really enjoy sending them to her.

I used the following supplies to make this card:

  • Stamps: You Are Loved
  • Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze
  • Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red
  • Accessories: Twitterpated DSP, Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Sating ribbon, Hearts Collection Framelits, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits

Posted on : Feb 13 2013
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Thinking of Dr. Oz

Fall colors with a twist He helps so many people

Doesn't he deserve a card to let him know that he's appreciated?  This card features so many things: stamp, die cut and embossing folder from the Holiday Mini catalog, patterned paper from the main catalog and a color combination from my favorite color site. I used the technique that I shared in another post to die cut the stamped image so it is aligned nicely. I created this card a couple of months ago for a demonstrator swap for the Holiday Mini catalog. I received many lovely cards in return; I just love participating in swaps!

I really enjoy this fall color scheme, and love the unexpected Island Indigo element.  Like the stained glass fixture that was the inspiration, I kept the blue influence to a subtle amount because it could totally change the character of the blend if it was used in too large a proportion.

I used the following supplies to make this card:

  • Stamps: Tweet Leaves, Sweet Essentials
  • Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie
  • Ink: Soft Suede
  • Accessories: Autumn Accents Bigz die, Woodgrain embossing folder, Square Lattice embossing folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Metallic brad, Comfort Café DSP, stamping sponge

Posted on : Nov 13 2012
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Die Cut Tip

Featuring the Autumn Accents die

I have to confess that I was stumped when I saw the Autumn Accents Bigz die in the gojuss Holiday Mini catalog. There are two stamp sets that coordinate with it: Wonderfall and Tweet Leaves.  I couldn't imagine how in the world to use the stamped images with the die cuts without lots of hassle and frustration.  I do love the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, but it just seemed like it was a bit much for this use.  It would be so easy to do if they had made the die as one of the Framelit dies.  But… a Bigz die is so much more versatile in the materials that it can cut – imagine felt leaves, or wood die cuts, or flashing.  I do love the power of the Bigz dies!  So… how to line up the stamped images? 

Get perfect stamp placement on a Bigz die image

Thank heavens for my fellow stamping sisters that share so much!  It is very easy to set up the die so you can see just where to place your stamped image.  I experimented with the Tweet Leaves stamp because I don't have the Wonderfall stamp set (so I can't promise results are the same).  All you have to do is place a piece of copy paper so it overlays the die and extends beyond the edges.  Tape two opposite sides down to the die and then run it through the Big Shot.  Remove the die cut pieces, but leave the negative in place.  You now have windows to line up your images and get perfect die cuts!  Isn't that brilliant?!?

Posted on : Sep 27 2012
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Happy Birthday Glenn Close

Featuring a beautiful victorian style flower You are wonderful!

Today is Glenn Close's birthday, and I thought it would be fun to feature a card that is stunning like she is.  I learned how to make the flower that adorns the front of the card at the San Antonio Regional event in January.  When I saw the guest demonstrator showing these, I just about plotzed!  These flowers are absolutely gorgeous, and you can make a bunch of them for a fraction of the price you would pay for pre-done ones that are available in a craft store.  And even more importantly, you can create them in colors that you need for your project.

The flower requires chiffon fabric, which I purchased at my local sewing shop.  I was very fortunate to find some that matches our Poppy Parade color wonderfully.  I die cut the flower layers with the Fun Flowers Sizzix die that we carry.  I cut 4 each of two sizes to create a layered look for the flower.  All you have to do is put an Antique brad through the center of the layers (smallest layer on top down to largest).  Then hold the flower by the brad points with tweezers or something that will protect your hand from heat.  Use your heat embossing gun to gradually "crisp" up the edges of the flower.  I used short blasts of the heat because when it starts crinkling it goes super quick.  You really don't want to burn your beautiful flower.  After the petals look the way that you want, spread the prongs on the brad and adhere your flower to your project.  Be very careful handling the brad after heating the flower; it gets really hot, and takes a while to cool down.

I used the the following materials to make this card:

  • Stamps: Loving Thoughts
  • Ink: Soft Suede
  • Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede
  • Accessories: Antique brads, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Everyday Enchantment ribbon & brad pack, Adorning Accents Edgelits dies, Adorning Accents embossing folders, Fun Flowers Sizzix die

Posted on : Mar 19 2012
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