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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

More upcoming new stuff!

This card uses some new Ginger Blossom designer paper, Embrace Life and A Beautiful Thing stamp sets (the branch and the saying, respectively), along with great things we already have - the 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop punch, double-stitched River Rock ribbon, etc.

Our wish lists are growing daily.....

Enjoy Every Moment...

Not only is this a great reminder around the holidays, it's also a great new stamp set you'll find in the Spring-Summer Collection 2008 - debuting January 1!!!

There are tons of great stamps and accessories to look forward to in the New Year. Please keep an eye on our calendars (and new websites as of Jan. 8!!!) for news of classes and special camps.

Need a tag?

I love this tag Louise made the other day. The rhinestone brad adds a bit of bling that perfectly coordinates with the Soft Sky designer paper and the red zig zag ribbon (found in the Jersey ribbon originals pack).

Baby Jesus is Born...

When you're trying to get a bunch of Christmas cards done quickly, look at doing something simple like Louise's card here.

The technique is called Spotlighting with a Punch. What's great about it is you only color in a small circle instead of the entire image.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Dry embossing...

Dry embossing on shimmery card stock is so pretty, though hard to see here. The big flourishes from the Priceless brass template are on either side of the snowflake.

The snowflake is from Season of Joy, which is only available till Nov. 30 (Friday) in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

The colors on the card are Purely Pomegranate and Bashful Blue with a square ice rhinestone.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Keep Christmas...

Cracked glass technique with the candle proves to be a winning combination. The designer paper is from Brocade Background, while the Plaid background stamp is inked in Ruby Red and stamped on Ruby Red card stock.

The image was colored in with Earth Elements watercolor crayons and an aqua painter on Confetti Cream card stock.

Once the image is colored, ink the entire image with a VersaMark pad then add Glassy Glaze embossing powder. Repeat the VersaMark ink and powder a few more times to build up a nice clear coat, then bend the image when it cools to make the cracks.

Trivia: After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote several other Christmas stories, one each year, but none was as successful as the original. (Source:

Time Well Spent...

Here's a sneak peek at a Level 3 hostess set coming out in the Spring-Summer Collection 2008 January 1st.

Stampin' Up! sent this set to every demonstrator! Can you imagine sending out 50,000+ stamp sets? Crazy!

In a letter that came with the set, SU! CEO and co-founder Shelli Gardner said, "Although I appreciate you every single day - and I hope you know that - I don't always get an opportunity to share that appreciation with you. So I decided a gift stamp set was a great way to express those feelings."

The colors in this card are Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal and Cameo Coral. It's really soft and pretty in person. The watercoloring doesn't show up as intense as it is.

If you've been on the fence about signing up, why not take the plunge? It's great fun. The product is of the highest quality, and you'll get so many ideas and techniques!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Moose You...

Who can resist a red-nosed reindeer? This deer is out of the Moose You set. It's stamped in Close to Cocoa on Very Vanilla card stock.

The designer paper comes from the Dashing pack and is adhered to Real Red card stock.

It only takes a couple inches of 5/8" red grosgrain to add a little pop of color, along with Rudolph's pom-pom nose.

Trivia: Santa's Reindeers are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Baby Jesus is Born...

I love the simplicity of this set. The background is Sanded stamped in Sahara Sand on Sahara Sand card stock.

The words and main image are stamped in Basic Gray and colored in with Stampin' Write markers.

I love the two jumbo eyelets on the left, with Night of Navy grosgrain tied in knot between them.

This card makes me happy!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Season of Joy...

The Season of Joy stamp set, this wrapping paper, and the chocolate satin ribbon will only be available till Nov. 30, which is coming up fast.

This card came together quickly with Stampin' Up!'s two oval punches and the ticket corner punch, a 2-way glue pen and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

5-Petal Flower punch...

Louise came up with this card, which requires NO stamping! What's the fun? Well, you get to play with designer paper, elastic gold cord, the 5-petal flower punch (which, when you cut a petal off, gives you a leaf!), and rhinestone brads.

Monday, November 12, 2007

A sneak peek...

A Beautiful Thing stamp set was handed out at Founder's Circle in September. We made a couple of make & takes (see the post below) with this set at the Stampin' Up! facility in Kanab, UT.

This set will be in the Spring-Summer Collection 2008, which is coming out Jan. 1, 2008.

This Kraft note has a 3/4" circle punched through the front of it so you can view life though the flower. The front is stamped with the Canvas background stamp in Close to Cocoa.

The 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain acts as a belly band holding the Very Vanilla note in place.

Don't forget to embellish the envelope!

A Beautiful Thing...

This card is 3" x 6" and uses chipboard covered with designer paper. The scalloped edges of the chipboard was distressed and smoothed with a sanding block.

The flower was stamped in Classic Rose Red ink and cut out of Whisper White card stock. The smallest flower from the set was stamped (the inside is part of another stamp in the set), punched out with a 1/2" circle punch and mounted in a build-a-brad.

The chipboard is only attached to the Rose Red belly band, which holds the card closed.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Snowflake Spot...

This card was inspired by a swap that didn't have a name on it. It uses The Snowflake Spot, a white craft pad and white embossing powder.

The ribbon is SU!'s white taffeta, and the half pearl is from the Pretties Kit.

Trivia: An average household in America will mail out 28 Christmas cards each year and see 28 eight cards return in their place. (Source:

Do you have your Christmas cards made yet?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

All in the Family...

These little people make me happy!

Stampin' Up! is donating 100 percent of the sales from All in the Family to the family of the late general manager of SU! Australia. If you order one or more of these stamp sets, I'll give you the catalog price - no shipping or sales tax. The deadline: Nov. 30, 2007. See details here.

I also want to call to your attention the designer paper Cutie Pie. The doodle-like art on many of the 12" x 12" sheets paired with this stamp set would make many adorable birthday cards. See the paper special.

The scallop-punched wreath is from Glorious Garlands. Some of the little flowers are stamped in Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate and punched out with the 1/4" circle punch. The green is Wild Wasabi.

Trivia: The modern Christmas custom of displaying a wreath on the front door of one's house, is borrowed from ancient Rome's New Year's celebrations. Romans wished each other "good health" by exchanging branches of evergreens. They called these gifts strenae after Strenia, the goddess of health. It became the custom to bend these branches into a ring and display them on doorways. (Source:

Friday, November 9, 2007

Love and Joy...

This is a card "wrapped up" like a present with the greeting as a tag of sorts.

The card stock and ink colors is Purely Pomegranate, with satin ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog. The ticket corner punch accents all the corners, and silver elastic cord attaches the tag to the ribbon.

The Friends Forever And Ever circle is punched out with a 3/4" circle punch and stuck inside the "O" with a Stampin' Dimensional.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Peace to the World...

I think it's sweet to see a lion with a lamb. The image is stamped in Basic Gray and watercolored with crayons and an aqua painter on Confetti White card stock.

The card and button are So Saffron, with Not Quite Navy. Linen thread holds the button on.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

It don't mean a thing...

if you ain't got that bling! This birthday card uses Year after Year, Happy Thoughts, Define Your Life, and Aida Cloth background.

For bling, there's a build-a-brad and some clear rhinestone brads (from the Pretties Kit).

The sentiment was punch out with the Key Tag punch, and double-stitched River Rock ribbon was used. An aqua painter was used to drag some Purely Pomegranate from the flower outline into the petals.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Big on Christmas...

This is a quick and easy card for a workshop.

It uses one stamp set (Big on Christmas), one punch (Ticket Corner), one embellishment (double-stitched Wild Wasabi ribbon), designer paper (from the Cutie Pie pack), a Rose Red marker and an aqua painter with the Wild Wasabi ink pad.

Trivia: The word "Noel" is French for Christmas.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Jolliest Time of the Year...

Love this set!

This card opens up with the River Rock layer... and the Old Olive opens up at the bottom. The double-stitched River Rock ribbon keeps the layers closed.

The background paper is Dashing, and Santa is colored in with watercolor crayons and an aqua painter, with a healthy splash of 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter!

Wow, does it sparkle!!!

Two-pocket purse...

This adorable paper purse was shown to use at the Portland Regional Seminar. It uses one 12" x 12" sheet of designer paper (Dashing here).

To make it you score two sides opposite each other at 1" and adhere down. Then you score the other two sides at 3 1/2" and adhere to each other. This makes a tube.

Keeping the seam of the tube up, fold in half. Then open up and score 1/2" on either side of the fold you just made. From the side, when you fold the purse on the score lines, it should look like a "W."

Once the "W" is in place, bring the top pieces of the tube together and adhere only at the top (not inside the pockets). Use a horizontal slot punch to make a spot for the 5/8" red grosgrain handles and knot the ribbon on both ends and sides.

The purse is a perfect size for Love Notes!

Snow much fun...

Ballet Blue is a favorite snow card color!

This card opens in the middle (the snowman layers flip to the left). The Snow jumbo wheel (Holiday Mini) is rolled in Ballet Blue ink over the front of the card, with snowflakes highlighted with a Uni-bal white gel pen.

The horizontal slot punch holds the 5/8" brocade blue grosgrain knot, and in the bottom corner, a snow burst is stamped from In the Spotlight (Level 2 hostess set) and punched out with the Snow Blossom punch and a silver brad added in the center.

The snowman was colored in with watercolor crayons and an aqua painter.

Christmas brag book pages

These two pages were projects at my Christmas Spectacular on Saturday and designed by one of my downline. In addition to Jolliest Time of the Year, the pages use Well Worn Alphabet and Loads of Love.
You can also see a photo corner punch was used, along with Always Artichoke grosgrain, gold elastic cord (Holiday Mini item), and gold brads.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Chipboard snowflake...

Stampin' Up!'s chipboard is very easy to use. A glue stick will adhere designer paper down very well, then you sand the edges with a sanding block and embellish!

Here's a snowflake ornament where White Craft ink was used on the snowflake and heat embossed. A 3/4" circle was punched out of Wintergreen paper (which covers the chipboard square behind the snowflake), with an Always Artichoke button stuck on with a mini glue dot.

Our silver elastic cord with a little knot of 5/8" celery grosgrain is knotted through white eyelets set with the Crop-a-dile (which punches through chipboard like butter!).

Chipboard ornament...

This chipboard ornament was made using Classic Blue Bayou sponged on the front, with VersaMark pressed over it and embossed with Hologram Highlights (it's hard to see the shine!).

Then Wintergreen paper is glued onto the back of the chipboard for a nice pattern there and inside the snowflake form.

The middle of the snowflake has a 1" circle of Blue Bayou card stock with the "Merry" stamp from Love & Joy (Holiday Mini set) punched with the 3/4" circle punch and adhered to the layer with a dimensional.

As a final touch, the Crop-a-dile was used to make a 3/16" hole for a jumbo eyelet, through which double-stitched blue bayou ribbon was knotted.

Happy snowman...

Jolliest Time of the Year is made up of only 4 stamps, but they're adorable!

Here, the snowman is highlighted using a 1 1/4" circle punch, layered on Sage Shadow card stock with the 1 3/8" circle punch, and then a scallop punched out of Always Artichoke.

The designer paper comes from the Wintergreen pack, and the background is the Polka Dot stamp.

Jolliest Time of the Year...

Using Earth Elements colors always feels more like a traditional country Christmas to me. Watercolor crayons and an aqua painter were used to color in the snowman, Aida Cloth is stamped on the Taken with Teal layer, and the ticket corner punch was used on both the Whisper White and Close to Cocoa layers. The card itself is Ruby Red.

Now to hope we'll get snow this year....

Monday, October 22, 2007

Autumn Fest pages...

I think these pages are beautiful. Louise did a great job with Autumn Fest and Define Your Life.

The patterned paper is Apple Cider (in the Holiday Mini), and photo corners with hemp knots make great accents.

5-Petal Punch card...

Louise made this card after seeing a swap by Denise Jorgensen, a demo from Renton, at the Portland Regional Seminar.

Adorable, isn't it? The flowers are punched from patterned paper and topped off with a gorgeous build-a-brad that also uses patterned paper.

You probably can't tell that the Soft Sky card stock is textured, and looks beautiful with the Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon and ink. The greeting is from Sincere Salutations.

Winter Bright 6" x 6" page...

Stampin' Up!'s Simply Scrappin' kits are so easy to use. It's a great feeling to sit down and have multiple coordinating pages in a short amount of time!

The only thing added to this page that doesn't come in the kit - some 5/8" red grosgrain.

The kits feature textured card stock and double-sided patterned paper. They're awesome!!!

Build a brad card...

The build-a-brads are available to order and they are fun to use!

This card uses some different colors for a Season of Joy Christmas - Really Rust, River Rock and Soft Sky.

The background is stamped with Linen, and all of the layers were changed up in other versions of my swap using the ticket corner punch on both layers.

Try this card opening...

The following posts all feature projects from the Portland Regional Seminar, which we attended Oct. 13.

The Kraft card stock is only 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" - it's the Purely Pomegranate layer that swings open on the right to show "So Much" (from the stamp set of that name) inside.

The circles were cut using a Coluzzle, and the scalloped edge in Soft Sky was made using a corner rounder punch.

I think we all get into ruts when we make cards. It could be they are always vertical, using the same colors, or even the same stamp sets. So when I made this card at the regional seminar, it was a good reminder to crank things up a notch when it comes to creativity in HOW a card opens.

Another use for an envelope...

A sealed Kraft envelope makes an easy pocket for a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Soft Sky card stock tucked inside.

The tag is too cute with the mini library clip (the red gingham knot is on the back lever of the clip) holding a folded So Saffron 3/4" circle onto a tag.

A True Friend card...

A bit of ribbon, some Basic Gray card stock, a little Soft Sky and Purely Pomegranate make a striking card with the True Friend set (from the Holiday Mini, available till Nov. 30).

The word stamp was stamped twice - once on Whisper White, then again on a Soft Sky scrap (and cut out to accent the word "Friend.")

I love the way Basic Gray gives a nice neutral pallette to the card. I'm ordering some today!

Friend Pocket Card...

This Kraft pocket card was a hit at the regional seminar, using the multi-lined circle stamp from So Much as a guide for paper piercing.

The card is 12" x 4" and is scored at 4" and 8", with a diagonal score between those two score lines from top to bottom.

The word "FRIEND" comes from Fundamental Phrases, and the flower is from So Much.

Regional brag book page...

This Soft Sky brag book page is simple and uses some great stamps (True Friend, Fundamental Phrases), ribbon (Purely Pomegranate double-stitched), and punches (1/16", 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, scallop, and word window).

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Flowers for You...

Designer paper, a few punches, and one terrific stamp set (Wild About You) make for an easy card.

The card is Regal Rose, with Classic Regal Rose ink. Even the 5/8" wide grosgrain is Regal Rose. The scallop is pierced with our paper piercer and soft mat (both are found in the Crafter's Tool Kit). Silver elastic cord ties the scalloped layers to the wide grosgrain.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Have I toad you lately...

Unfroggetable provides the perfect sentiment to go along with the other stamps, which are from Haunting Halloween.

The 5/8" chocolate grosgrain is held on with a couple of mini glue dots and adhered to the back of the Almost Amethyst layer.

Spotlighting with a punch is a favorite technique - especially with swaps. You don't have to color in the larger image!

Haunting Halloween...

The 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and spiral punch are such terrific accessories, no matter what the occasion.

Here, the cat is stamped in Basic Black and colored in with a blender pen and Stampin' Pastels. Then the "spray" was added using a black marker and color spritzer.

The top of the card is paper from Creepy Crawly. It makes Halloween projects a cinch!

Witching you...

a Haunting Halloween. This stamp set was one of the six featured in the Fall Frenzy Promotion, which ends today.

Earth Elements watercolor crayons and an aqua painter were used to color in the cauldron.

The main card is Pumpkin Pie card stock, with Really Rust on the bottom. Also, the black strip is pierced.

Halloween trivia: Some people believe that if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you. (Source:

Are you my mummy?

Halloween can be such great fun, especially when shared with friends. These two 6" x 6" scrapbook pages were easy to put together and hold fond memories of a special neighborhood party last year.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Holy Triptych...

is a set out of the Holiday Mini Collection. For the sample at the right, the Floral background is stamped in Bashful Blue ink on the same color card stock.

The angel image from Holy Triptych is stamped in black StazOn on vellum card stock and embossed with Hologram Highlights powder. It's a favorite because it leaves a heavenly sparkle.

The angel is then layered on Whisper White card stock, both layers held together at the top with the silver brads, and then ripped at the bottom and sponged with Bashful Blue ink and layered on Brushed Silver card stock.

Silver elastic cord (also found in the Holiday Mini) is wrapped around the top a few times and knotted, while noel from Many Merry Messages is stamped and embossed like the angel.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Season of Joy...

Wrapping paper can be used for more than just gifts! Look at how nicely it works for cards.

This set, Season of Joy, is out of the Holiday Mini Collection. I love the variety of stamps in the set!

I was experimenting with the paper piercing. I might've gotten carried away.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Batty for You...

Creepy Crawly paper... the jumbo Batty wheel... the Batty for You stamp set and Pumpkin Pie ink and card stock are matches made in a spooky heaven!

Batty for You works so well with our circle punches - and the stamps fit perfectly inside our scallop punch. What's not to love about that?

The FOR YOU comes from Happy Everything, and the Sanded background stamp adds great texture.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Merry & Bright...

The four images in the Merry & Bright stamp set (Holiday Mini) are so cute and easy to work with.

For this 6" x 6" scrapbook page, the top and bottom images are stamped in the same color they're layered on. For the middle image, the greeting is stamped in Close to Cocoa with Real Red poinsettias around the edges. Use a 1 1/4" square punch for the top layers, and the 1 3/8" square punch for the back layers.

The River Rock strip under the squares is stamped in that same color ink with the Aida Cloth background stamp. And double-stitched River Rock ribbon is first threaded through some Hodgepodge Hardware before getting adhered to the Dashing designer paper with sticky strip. No snowman or snow - great for those warm places during the holidays!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

A true friend...

These 6" x 6" brag book pages are very pretty in person. The Cameo Coral card stock is textured, and the Blue Bayou print paper is gorgeous!

These were Louise's swaps for our group meeting. She used the True Friend stamp set from the Holiday Mini Collection, along with the scallop and photo corner punches. A double circle punch used on the photo corner makes it easy to thread the white taffeta ribbon. The colored brad is from the Earth Elements.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A man and his tractor...

should never be parted. By Land isn't just for little kids. It's great for scrapbooking a page like this 8 1/2" x 11" one.
The colors are Brocade Blue, Sahara Sand and Basic Black. The tractor is stamped in Ruby Red with Basic Black and Ruby Red wheels.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Jolliest Time of the Year...

After a bit of fall, I thought it'd be fun to do a Christmas card. This one uses Print Pattern, and Jolliest Time of the Year.

The snowman is embossed with Craft Chocolate Chip ink and clear embossing powder (same with the phrase) on vellum card stock, and colored from behind with markers. Then it's layered on Whisper White with only the two silver brads.

Behind the snowman is a pallet of 5/8" grosgrain colors, woven together and then layered on Whisper White.

Christmas trivia question: Which department store created Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward, or Sears.

The answer: Montgomery Ward. (Source: