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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Berry Christmas...

This Whisper White card is very clean and simple, and easy to make. This was another stamp-a-stack card at a recent Christmas event.

It uses the Berry Christmas stamp set, Real Red and Old Olive ink pads, and some Mistletoe ribbon (available in the Holiday Mini).

I used scraps of Real Red card stock with the Merry Details Sizzlets die for the Big Shot to get the bird. Then we stuck it on with a dimensional.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Patterned Pines...

Patterned Pines is a Level 1 hostess set offered in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

For a recent stamp-a-stack, we stamped the trees in Sahara Sand on Whisper White card stock, used the Ticket Corner Punch and then sponged around that layer, as well as the entire card.

We added a piece of Christmas Cocoa paper - also with punched corners - and Vintage brads, and then added the greeting from the Christmas Greetings stamp set on the front and inside the card.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Good Cheer...

This Good Cheer card is quick and easy if you need to make dozens of Christmas cards over the next 8 weeks.

The main image was stamped in Soft Suede, torn on all four edges and sponged and then layered on Soft Suede card stock with a loop of coordinating ribbon on the left.

I stamped the branch from the set in Always Artichoke.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Big Shot faux alligator purse...

This little purse was the last project at my Autumn Thanks Stamp Camp and it was popular!
I'd love to take credit for it, but I CASE'd it from Gretchen Barron.

This project takes 3 Top Note diecuts and one Box #2 diecut. Mine are all Dusty Durango card stock, with polka-dotted Dusty Durango ribbon, a filigree flower with a fire rhinestone brad and Velcro for the closure.

Here's the Faux Alligator Technique: Cover your card stock with VersaMark ink, and cover with Clear Embossing Powder, tapping off the excess. Then using your bone folder, make wavy lines vertically and horizontally on each Top Note piece and heat.

Other tips for this purse include: Cutting 1" off of two of the Top Notes; Cutting the top side flaps off the Box #2 diecut; and using Sticky Strip to hold the Top Notes to either side of the box.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Autumn Splendor...

This Really Rust card was one of the projects at my Autumn Thanks Stamp Camp Saturday.

I stamped the leaves from Autumn Splendor (Holiday Mini) in Really Rust and Soft Suede inks on Autumn Meadows paper, then used an aqua painter to make the colors deeper and richer looking.

The Soft Suede layer uses the Faux Suede Technique. Basically you run the card stock between your thumb and bone folder till the fibers separate. When you pull the layers apart, they feel like suede!

Other items used: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Soft Suede polka-dotted ribbon, Vintage brads, dimensionals, sponge dauber, and linen thread.

This card was CASE'd from here.

Grateful Greetings and Inspired by Nature...

These pumpkins, stems and leaves were created with the Table Setting die for the Big Shot with Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green card stocks.

The idea was CASE'd from here.

The grass image is from the Inspired by Nature stamp set, and the sentiment is from the Grateful Greetings set featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Other items used include the Ticket Corner Punch, sponge dauber and Earth Elements brads.

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Deal of the Week!

Now's the time to pick up one of these great kits: Pirate and/or Princess. Who needs kids? These are just fun to make. Invite your friends over for a theme luncheon!

Regularly $15.95 each, these party kits are only $9.99 this week.

Remember my special on top of this - no shipping or sales tax is charged if you pick up the item from my home or studio!

Email me to place your order. I have orders going in all the time!

Gifts of the Earth meets Holiday Best...

Here's one of the cards we made at my Autumn Thanks Stamp Camp Sunday. Everyone said this was their favorite.

The Very Vanilla card uses the turkey from Gifts of the Earth, and the "Give Thanks" stamp from the Level 1 hostess set Holiday Best.

We used watercolor crayons and a blender pen to color the turkey, and used markers to ink up the sentiment stamp before punching it out with the Wide Oval Punch.

That fabulous paper - top and bottom - is from the Autumn Meadows designer pack in the Holiday Mini Catalog, with a piece of Really Rust card stock punched with the Eyelet Border Punch in between. The ribbon is 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain.

A box of blessings...

This cute little gift is a great reminder of Thanksgiving for your friends and family.

We made this as one of my Autumn Thanks Stamp Camp projects Sunday, and had a great time! Thank you all for attending.

I used the Box #2 die for the Big Shot (cutting off the small side flaps), as well as Autumn Traditions designer paper for the container (rounding the upper corners of the dsp to match that of the box).

Other items used include 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, the Leaves die, Playground buttons, Curly Label Punch and medium cello bags.

I got the Blessings Mix verse from Angie Juda's blog. I typeset it and printed it on Very Vanilla card stock.

I hope your Autumn and Thanksgiving are blessed.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Falling Leaves pumpkin bag...

Kim made this adorable pumpkin bag using the bottom of a small white bag and lots of ovals from the Wide Oval Punch.

All of the ovals are sponged with Pumpkin Pie. The leaf is from the Leaves die for the Big Shot, and the Thanksgiving saying comes from the Falling Leaves stamp set.

Gold cord holds the tag in place.

Wandering Words with bling...

Kim shares this More Mustard card that features the Wandering Words stamp set.

There's a piece of Autumn Traditions designer paper under the Leaves diecut, which also has a square fire brad in it for bling.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloween Stamp Camp with Twick or Tweet stamps...

Here are the five projects we made at my Halloween Stamp Camp.

All of the projects use the Twick or Tweet stamp set, as well as Night and Day or Cast-a-Spell designer series paper.

Several items used dies for the Big Shot. If you don't have one yet, I can help you with that!

Have a wonderful Saturday. My kids are excited about dressing up for their school's Fall Festival tonight.

Twick or Tweet box and Spooky Rub-ons...

When you host a lot of events, as I do, you have to come up with a lot of projects.

One of the things I love about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that I don't have to do that alone. There's inspiration everywhere!

This project is straight out of the Holiday Mini Catalog. It uses the Box #2 die for the Big Shot, with a piece of Night and Day paper inside, the top scalloped with the Scallop Edge Punch.

The black swirls to either side of the ovals are from the Spooky Treat Rub-Ons. They are so great for everything, and I especially love that there are six of each image in black and another six in white in every package.

The black oval was cut from the Lots of Tags Sizzlet die for the Big Shot, and placed under a Wide Oval Punch in Whisper White that only had the saying from this Twick or Tweet stamp set on it.

The skeleton and dog image was stamped on another piece of Whisper White, cut out and adhered to the white oval.

Spotlighting with a Punch Technique with Twick or Tweet...

Spotlighting with a Punch is an effective - and simple - technique to use.

Here's how it's done: Stamp your image twice. I stamped the skeleton and dog stamp from the Twick or Tweet stamp set once on Whisper White card stock, then a second time on Old Olive card stock. I punched the Old Olive image with a circle punch and then adhered it over the black and white version. That's it!

I wish I could take credit for this card, but I CASE'd it. I love how the Scallop Circle Punch was used on the upper right corner to show a "bite." I also adore the Cast-a-Spell designer paper used on the left. I layered that on Old Olive card stock and tied a knot of 5/8" black grosgrain around it.

Twick or Tweet pumpkins...

I found a great deal on these little pads and mini pens at a local store and grabbed them up for my stamp camp.

We just covered the front of the book with Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie card stock (pierced all the way around). Then layered some Night and Day paper on top of that, ripping the bottom corner to draw more attention to the stacked pumpkins with the witch hat from the Twick or Tweet stamp set. That image is adhered with dimensionals.

To finish, we punched a Photo Corner Punch from a scrap of Night and Day paper, tied a knot of black gingham around it and adhered that with dimensionals.

Twick or Tweet and Haunting Hill jumbo wheel...

This card was CASE'd this terrific card from the Holiday Mini Catalog. It uses the Twick or Tweet stamp set, as well as the jumbo wheel Haunting Hill.

When you use the Top Note diecut from the Big Shot like this, it only takes one Top Note for every two cards - quite economical!

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Reverse Sponging Technique with Lovely as a Tree...

In my monthly Technique Lovers' Class, I highlight three techniques or ideas.

This month's class included this Reverse Sponged card, along with the Split-Image Technique and Pillow Box Bucket shown below.

What I love (and my customers loved) about this card is that it's a single layer that doesn't scrimp on design.

With a package of Very Vanilla card stock, a couple rolls of Sleigh Bells ribbon (in the Holiday Mini Catalog), a few ink pads (Close to Cocoa, Basic Brown and Real Red), and two stamp sets (Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Greetings), you can easily make 80 cards in no time flat.

We used the frame from the Oval Scallop die for the Big Shot to sponge inside a Very Vanilla card with Close to Cocoa ink. Then we stamped the big tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set without reinking the image. We removed the oval frame and stamped the big tree in its entirety in Basic Brown ink.

Using the "Merry Christmas" from Christmas Greetings, we stamped the greeting in Real Red, with the verse inside, also in Real Red ink.

House of Haunts Split-Image Technique...

I've been having a lot of fun with my monthly technique class. We make three projects for a $15 order.

In addition to the bucket below (our 3d technique), we made this cool card using the House of Haunts stamp set, Spooky Treats Rub-Ons, and Night and Day designer paper.

The Split-Image Technique is simple: I cut two squares of card stock (Whisper White and Basic Black) the same size as the house stamp's wood block. I stamped the house image in Versamark on each piece, and heat embossed the image on black card stock with White Embossing Powder, and the image on white card stock with Black Embossing Powder.

Once you have those embossed pieces, simply cut them in half and piece half of each together, so you can make two split-image cards.

The "spooky" is a white rub-on on a piece of Basic Black card stock that's been punched using the Modern Label Punch. I used the Uni-bal white gel pen to add the white spots.

There's a little black library clip (in a class I use these to keep the rub-on and its layer together) with a knot of black gingham ribbon.

Spooky Treats Rub-On bucket...

Okay, so there I was surfing the web one day when I came across a cute bucket using the Pillow Box die for the Big Shot.

I had to make one! It uses 3 Pillow Box diecuts (Pumpkin Pie card stock here), and you remove all of the curved pieces that are scored. I then used the Cutter Kit to distress the tops and bottoms a bit.

We used 3 strips of Basic Black card stock inside that were scored 1/2" from each end, adhered with Sticky Strip for strength, then adhered a Pumpkin Pie circle to the strips - again with Sticky Strip.

This bucket uses 2 pieces of Cast-a-Spell designer paper (3" x 12" and 3" x 3 1/4"), along with a Pumpkin Pie Scallop Circle (attached with dimensionals).

I used the white rub-on on Basic Black card stock, then punched it out with the Wide Oval Punch.

The finishing touch is a knot of the 1-1/4" striped Pumpkin Pie ribbon, attached with a dimensional, as well as some shredded card stock and candy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lexicon of Leaves...

My downline Sherry made this swap card for all of us. It's really gorgeous!

The main stamped image is from the Lexicon of Leaves stamp set. It's sponged around and layered on Chocolate Chip card stock. Then those layers are adhered to a piece of Autumn Meadows dsp and a Chocolate Chip card body.

Sherry makes cards every month to send to our troops. If you'd like to donate cards and envelopes, let me know and I'll put you in contact with her. She does great work!

Wandering Words thankful card...

Autumn Meadows is the name of the gorgeous designer paper on this card, which features one of the three stamps from the Wandering Words stamp set.

The acorn stamp is from The More, The Merrier hostess set.

Sherry provided this make & take for all of us at a recent demonstrator gathering at her house. She does a fabulous job of hosting our meetings every other month - and this one was no exception. She showed us a 44-page album she'd made with My Digital Studio, as well as other terrific wall hangings, cards and other projects. I loved it all!

No matter where you live in Western Washington, you're welcome to attend my American Ink group's demo gatherings. We're meeting Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. at my Poulsbo studio, 6487 NE Silver Springs Ln. Hope you can make it!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Greetings, Earthling & House of Haunts...

Why use pumpkins and witches and such for a typical Halloween card when you could use aliens?

Bea brought this adorable swap card, and it was a hit!

The alien is from Greetings, Earthling, the sentiment is from House of Haunts, and the robot is from Lots of Bots (gotta love those wiggly eyes!).

Everything was stamped in Basic Black on Very Vanilla, then layered on black and Certainly Celery card stocks, before being adhered to a Dusty Durango card with a knot of the same color polka-dotted ribbon around it.

Autumn Splendor & Sincere Salutations...

If you haven't played with the Autumn Splendor stamp set in the Holiday Mini, you're missing out. Seriously. I love those leaves.

Bea brought this make & take for us to stamp recently. I changed it a little. She had nuts below the saying and the cut-out leaf popped up with dimensionals on the upper left corner of the top two layers. Sometimes I have a hard time copying stuff as presented to me.

Anyway, Bea stamped the leaf I cut out in More Mustard on Glossy White card stock. Then we tied a golden bow around the stem. The sentiment is from the versatile word set Sincere Salutations.

The other colors on the card are Old Olive and Basic Brown. Simple and pretty!

Falling Leaves...

Elegant Eggplant is such a rich, luxurious color. It's also a great color to pair with other autumn colors like Always Artichoke, More Mustard and Close to Cocoa.

Pearl brought this Falling Leaves swap. She used markers on the acorn circle, which is stuck on the bottom right corner with dimensionals.

The sentiment was punched first with the Word Window Punch then adhered to a Modern Label Punch.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Deal of the Week: Circle brads, grommets and clips

From now through October 26 (Monday), you can purchase four products at a discount.

They are: Basic Jumbo Grommets (#114348, reg. price $6.95, special price $4.49);
Mini Library Clips (#109857, reg. price $12.95, special price $8.99);
Circle Designer Brads (#112571, reg. price $5.95, special price $3.99);
and 1/2" Library Clips (#112581, reg. price $6.95, special price $3.99).

All you have to do is email me at You pay the special price - no shipping or tax! I have orders going in all the time. There's no limit to the amount you can purchase - so think Stocking Stuffers for your favorite papercrafter!

Grateful Greetings & Thoughts & Prayers...

It's great having new downline because you get a new perspective.

Cheryl signed up with Sherry recently, and brought this beautiful card to swap. In addition to the Grateful Greetings stamp set (found in the Holiday Mini), and Thoughts & Prayers stamps, it uses a square punch, sponging, crimping (behind the squares), cut-out butterflies adhered with dimensionals, designer paper and glitter.

If you'd like to attend our demonstrator gatherings, just contact me at You can see first-hand all of the fun we have, and the great stamping projects we make and share.

Also, right now you can purchase a Starter Kit for only $185 AND have it include My Digital Studio. That's a bonus!

Autumn Days & Thanks Embosslit Die...

I love fall colors, and Pearl's card is no exception.

Pearl is one of my downline. She had us use markers to ink up the Autumn Days stamps, and had pre-diecut the Thanks Embosslit for her make & take at a recent demo gathering.

The card body is Pumpkin Pie, with a smaller Always Artichoke layer. We used a Versamark pad to stamp some leaves in the bottom right-hand corner behind the pheasant.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wandering Words & Autumn Harvest...

One of my downline, Frankie, brought this fabulous swap to our last demo gathering. It uses the stamp sets Wandering Words and Autumn Harvest.

Not only is the shape of the card cool (she did it with the Circle Scissor Plus), but the colors are great and I love the popped-up pumpkin.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wandering Words...

Wandering Words have never looked so good.

This More Mustard card was my swap at our recent demo gathering. The saying was stamped on the card with Basic Brown ink.

I used a piece of Autumn Meadows designer paper from the Holiday Mini Catalog to bring beautiful fall colors into the card.

I finished it with a 5/8" strip of Chocolate Chip grosgrain, and a Playground button with some linen thread.

Gobble, Gobble & Falling Leaves...

Kim brought this make & take to our demo meeting last weekend. It uses the single Gobble, Gobble stamp, along with the Falling Leaves stamp set.

The card body is Dusty Durango, with an Old Olive layer behind the Very Vanilla one stamped with the leaves in More Mustard, Dusty Durango and Old Olive.

We used markers of the same colors to ink the rubber of the turkey stamp, punching it out with the Scallop Circle Punch, then layering it on a 2" Soft Suede circle, which Kim cut with the Circles die for the Big Shot.
The brown circle is adhered with dimensionals.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

House of Haunts & Scary Skeleton...

This is yet another of Kim's club cards. It uses the Shaving Cream Technique, which gives a fabulous background for a stamp set like House of Haunts.

The top layer is glossy white card stock, layered on Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and then Lovely Lilac.

Kim used the Ticket Corner Punch on the glossy and black layers. She stamped the bat from Scary Skeleton on the card front, along with the greeting.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Batty for You mini album

This mini album was inspired by a matchbook treat item seen here, but one of my downline jazzed it up inside and added some ribbon outside.

If you don't own the Batty for You stamp set, you should! It is so easy to use with our circle punches,and the Scallop Circle Punch.

Like a couple other Halloween Stamp Camp projects, this one uses Cast A Spell designer paper.

Other accessories include the Eyelet Border Punch and the wide, striped Old Olive ribbon, which was knotted and added to the front with mini glue dots.