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Saturday, December 20, 2014

QUICK Valentine using Perfect Pennants

Looking for a QUICK and EASY card for Valentines Day?
Look no further, This card can be made in just minutes
using the Perfect Pennants stamp set.

You will need just a few supplies....

Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (the Heart shape matches 
       this Heart image perfectly)
Perfect Pennants stamp set ( clear mount or wood )
       Also available in Spanish and French

What makes this card soooo quick is the fact that you use only ONE INK COLOR for the hearts and banners. That's right, when you STAMP OFF the Real Red ink it creates this beautiful range of red/pink....so cool!
New to stamping OFF? That means you stamp your image once, don't clean it or re ink it and then continue to stamp the 2nd heart. Repeat and continue stamping the 3rd image. It's so fun to see how the saturation of color changes with this quick method.
FYI: A juicy ink pad works best for this technique. Does your pad need to be re inked? 
TIP: When purchasing your stamp pads, buy a reinker at the same time. That way you always have that reinker on hand.

Stamping order:
I suggest you start with the hearts first and then stamp the sentiment in black. This will give you a better feel for where the striped banners should be stamped.
UNSET Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack by Stampin' Up!
Basic Black Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Friday, December 19, 2014

Year End Christmas Inspiration

Today is all about Christmas inspiration. It's mostly For those of you who may be newer to my blog and missed out on some projects. I like to do this occasionally because not everyone knows how to navigate all the buttons and links on all the inspiration blogs or how to do a search for the inspiration they are looking for. On my blog, there is a SEARCH box on the left hand side bar. So in this case, if you typed in CHRISTMAS, any post that I tagged with the word Christmas would come up for you to view.

Click on the corner of these projects below if you would like to go to the original  post with details. ENJOY!




Thursday, December 18, 2014

EASY Punch Art Scalloped Christmas Wreath

Need a Last Minute card but your brain is on overload?
Or maybe you would just like to file this idea away for next time.

Sometimes we just forget about how a simple Christmas card can work just fine. Honestly, I forgot about this one myself until I came across a similar one I did several years ago. I wanted to change it up a bit by using some newer products including the sentiment from the Wonderous Wreath Polymer set as shown here...

Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!  

...plus I wanted to feature it on the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch using the bold white contrast. This sweet little Old Olive punched wreath is simple enough the kids can even do it.

Using a 1" Circle Punch on a large 2 1/2" square, punch and create the center of the wreath. Take that punched piece and insert it into a 1 3/4" Scallop CIrcle punch. Ta Dah! Of course it also works well in a larger size with the 1 1/4"Circle and the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle.

Decorate the wreath with 1/4" Punched Circles of Silver and Red Glimmer Paper. Take each of the circles and pick up a glue dot and they are ready to stick on the wreath.

A Sweet Red bow is sure to add the perfect touch to this petite size wreath. I used 1/8" Red Taffeta Ribbon. I love the added bonus of the white trimmed edges. ( LOVE this pretty ribbon for Valentines Day also)

Because this card has so many soft circles, it seemed fitting to add the extra circle texture. The big dry embossed LARGE POLKA DOTS did the trick.... I hope you can see them in the photo!

Thank You for joining me today with this Holiday Fun. Now go finish wrapping those presents , hanging those stocking or sharing your time with your favorite charity.    Christmas Joy to you and Yours!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sneak Peek "ONE TAG FITS ALL, Baby"

Ready for another 

Isn't this cute? Is it the simplicity, the colors, or you're just ready for something other than Red and Green?

So today I'm obviously featuring the Baby images from this many Occasions stamp set coming January 6th.

Wood 137143  $24.95  Clear 138583  $17.95
Look at all the cute fonts and images for so many Occasions. This versatile set includes 6 stamps, is also available in French and coordinates with the Note Tag punch, but you can bet there are several other ways to punch or die cut these images.

The card stock colors That I used for my cheery card are: 
Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay , Daffodil Delight and Whisper White
Inks include: Black Momento, Tangerine Tango and Bermuda Bay

Tangerine Tango 8-1/2 x 11 Card Stock
Bermuda Bay 8-1/2 x 11 Card Stock
Daffodil Delight 8-1/2 x 11 Card Stock

FYI: all three of these colors are available in a Brights Collection Assortment package. You receive 2 sheets of each of the above colors plus 7 additional Brights (Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise). This is a perfect way to SAMPLE each of the 10 colors and be ready for all those Bright and Cheery Spring and Summer cards you know you will want to make. 

TIP: Extend your Assortment Collections by cutting card faces and attach them to white card bases. That 4 card faces for each sheet. You will still have an additional leftover SHEET to cut, punch or die cut as you please.

Don't need a whole pkg. of white card stock? Consider the FLEXIBLE and TIME SAVER of WHITE Cut and Ready card bases. That gives you 20 card bases already cut and scored. Use all of them as card bases or use a few to just stamp or punch.
Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock
Brights 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock    131190
Whisper White Cut & Ready Card Bases
Whisper White Cut & Ready Card Bases  135804
To make this card you will start with a Daffodil Delight card base.

Stamp the striped frame on Whisper white using Tangerine Tango Ink and then punch with the Note Tag punch. Ink up just the sentiment portion with Bermuda Bay ink and stamp inside the frame. OR CUT the stamp in 2 like I did HERE

The cute little yellow duckie was stamped with Black Momento ink on a scrap of Daffodil Delight card stock. Use Paper Snips to trim around the outside and then use a Tangerine Tango marker to make sure it's beak is nice and orange.

Glue the finished duck just above the sentiment . Attach to a Tangerine Tango Panel and then to a Twice Punched at either end, SCALLOP TAG TOPPER. Tie the two panel together with 2 piece of Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine and make a bow. POP UP this whole panel with dimensionals over a couple of 4 /14" x 1/2" whisper white strips.

So mark your calendars for the January 6th new catalog reveal.( My regular customers will receive catalogs in the mail just before that date along with the SALE-A-BRAtION Catalog ).

JANUARY 6-MARCH 31, 2015
It's the BEST time to earn FREE PRODUCTS
It's simple, 1 FREE Product for every $50.00 spent on other merchandise (before tax and shipping)
(6 Stamps sets, Designer Paper, Coordinating Buttons& Ribbon,
Project Life Mini Cards, Specialty White glossy patterned
paper, & Blendabilties Markers (12 sets to choose from)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Making A List and Checking it Twice

Just days away and I have almost all of my Christmas Cards ready to mail today. Here's a little Quick inspiration from this month.

I've been making a list and Checking it Twice. I've been deciding who is has been Naughty or Nice. It's really hard to find that any of my stampers are Naughty because "What happens in Stamp Club, stays in Stamp Club". These and many more will be going out to my downline and current customers, I will be featuring more the next couple of days.

You can click on the CORNER of the photo if you would like to go to the original post or to see a larger image.


I hope you are feeling ready for your Holiday Celebrating, I'm in the home stretch as we will be heading on a long road trip to Celebrate Christmas. It's cookie making week and I'm also making an out of this world English Toffee, I just can't image Christmas without them. Do you have a favorite Christmas Treat?

Sneak Peek...
 I can't wait to show you this bright and
playful baby card using a set from the upcoming
2015 Occasions Catalog, see you tomorrow !


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ELEGANT Bright and Beautiful Stars

Bright , Beautiful and Elegant stars!
are you up for a Challenge???

This was my WOW card at my last Christmas card class. I usually try to have a real range of cards from the simple 10 minute one to a card that incorporates new techniques. My stampers love coming to make these projects because they know I have saved them time by doing the design work for them.

This beautiful Christmas elegance was also a color challenge for me....I don't use much of the Night of Navy, for what ever reason it's just not one of my go to colors. HOWEVER, after using it with the shiny gold, silver and white I think I should keep it on my future radar. What do you think?

The Designers over at the PAPER PLAYERS have a Challenge theme this week that fits nicely with my card. " Holiday Projects that are Fancy" Please check out the other cards HERE.

The Highlights of my card are the FANCY FOIL die cut and embossed stars. The center of the stars are white featuring the card base underneath. The stars appear as if they are floating above the card base, just perfect for little fingers to touch and wonder in delight before ever even opening the actual card.

Here's how you make it!
Start with a whisper white card base and attach a strip of Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape along the folded top edge. I used the one on the left.

Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape

Cut a Night of Navy layer 5" x 3 3/4" and die cut 2 STARS with the 2 smallest dies. Note that the dies will need to be placed in this position in order for the lining up of the sentiment.

Nest and die cut the 3 smallest star framelits Using Gold Fancy Foil card stock, a Big Shot machine and Magnetic Platform. The Magnetic Platform is your personal assistant when creating these nested layers.

You will end up with 2 Foil star Frames and 1 solid Foil star. Use the PERFECT POLKA DOTS embossing folder and place the 3 Foil stars and the 2 Night of Navy stars in the folder at one time. I love how the dotted pattern coordinates with my choice of Washi Tape.
TIP: open the folder where you can read the STAMPIN'UP logo and then place the shiny side up inside the folder. This will make the dots emboss upward rather than look like holes.

Cut a piece of Striped Gold FANCY FOIL VELLUM 3 1/2" x 1" and a strip of Whisper White 3 1/2" x 3/4". Stamp the Seasoned Greetings sentiment from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set in the center of the white strip Using Night of Navy classic ink.

Layer the edges of the 2 strips over the large star opening then place the large Foil star frame over the 2 strips lining up the star opening as seen below. Using a pencil lightly mark on the strip edges that protrude into the star opening. Remove the frame and you will have marks on the strips as shown above. CUT AwAY the overhang you just marked.

Cut flag tips on each of the 2 strips and apply the striped vellum in place first. Tip: Apply adhesive only to the gold portion of the vellum.

Apply the sentiment strip next.

Now you can glue down the Gold embossed frames over the star openings as below.

Now it's time to POP UP this whole panel with dimensionals.....not 4 or 5 but several. It is crucial to support the stars in the middle of the card so they don't sag when you attach it to the white card base.

LOOKING FOR A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY? Place a photo on the back side showing through the star on the right side, then apply your dimensionals.

And even More Fancy Holiday Sparkle with the addition of some Silver Glimmer paper smaller stars. The smallest ones are punched from the star in the ITTY BITTY ACCENTS PUNCH PACK. At first I wasn't planning on using the Silver, but What a difference when I added it! I just love having that extra touch of sparkly glimmer.

Remember those 2 Night of Navy STARS I die cut at the beginning?

Well, they found a home on the inside of the card with the complimentary sentiment from the Bright and Beautiful Stars.

Bright & Beautiful Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!

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Snuggles and Smooches Photopolymer Stamp Set 

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