Archive | November 2016

August, 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit comes in handy entertaining grandchildren!

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-9-19-41-pmKind of has become our tradition.  I have three grands (of 14) that live relatively close.  So when school i s out we do adventures or just stay home and play!  The week of Thanksgiving they were all out for the holiday so I invited them over.  Austin is 11,  Josselyn is 9 and Sylvie is 8.  Austin was busy playing with his helicopter while we girls were making cards.

Looking through my stash of Paper Pumpkins I found August, 2016 perfect for the girls.  They had so much fun putting together the three cards.  We used a You Tube Video made by Kara Kolby from  It was great for the girls.  I set up my lap top in front of us and we watch it step by step as we did our stopping the video when we needed time to play…. Here is the first card finished!


This is a cute idea.    A little card inside a nice envelope and decorated at the to with a clothespin, burlap and a die cut.


All I provided (that wasn’t in the kit) were scissors, SNAIL, Stamping Blocks, and I did use my bigger Ink Pads thinking it would be easier for the girls.  But mini ink pads come in the kit!


They loved the stamping,  taping, and we had some laughs while we did it.  So much fun.  8 and 9 year olds are a perfect age for most of the Paper Pumpkin Products!  They were so proud of their final product.  I loved how carefully they stamped and how carefully they both followed instructions!


Stampin’ Up! Father Christmas adorns this vintage look Christmas Card in Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla

Ok, now I am ready to work on Christmas Cards.  All my Thanksgiving Cards went into the mail today.  Almost forgot to mail them!  This week I have three of my grand kids.  We started in Marietta yesterday, spent last night at Embassy Suites (for the indoor pool), swam, went to supper, swam and all went to bed so quietly!  Today we got up had breakfast and swam some more.  We had a wonderful treat, a movie I would never have gone to see turned out to be really exciting.  The new Harry Potter movie: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.  We saw it in 3D and it was certainly a thrilling movie!  Loved every minute of it.  And so did the kids.

Now on to my card for today.  When I first saw the “Father Christmas Stamp Set” I fell in love, Santa is sooo vintage and a challenge to carry out his vintage ness on a card.  Think I did pretty good.  So here it is.


The base card is Very Vanilla Card Stock with a layer of Crumb Cake Card Stock adhered with SNAIL adhesive  next.  On top of those two layers is a layer of Very Vanilla Card Stock first dry embossed with the Holly Embossing Folder and then applied with Fast Fuse due to the humps and bumps tend to be hard to stick to another layer.  Father Christmas was stamped in Stazon Jet Black Ink on Very Vanilla  Card Stock.  I then die cut it  using the largest oval from the Stitched from the Heart Framelits.  The frame around it is Crumb Cake Card Stock cut from Layering Ovals Framelits. This image was adhered to the embossed layer with Fast Fuse adhesive.

The Merry Wishes Sentiment is stamped in Jet Black Stazon Ink on Very Vanilla Card Stock.  The stamp is from the Oh What Fun Stamp Set in the annual catalog.  It was die cut using Layering Oval Framelits and layered with Crumb Cake also cut from the Layering Oval Framelits.  The sentiment was then adhered to the frame and applied using Stamping Dimensionals.


I decided that the inside should have a bit of color and only a bit.  First I stamped the Holly Spray in Jet Black Stazon Ink on Very Vanilla Card Stock.  The Holly Spray Stamp and the fancy border at the bottom and the sentiment were all stamped in Jet Black Stazon Ink and are from the Father Christmas Stamp Set.


The Holly Berries are colored in using the Real Red Stampin Write Marker.  The layer between the Very Vanilla Card Stock is Crumb Cake.   Rather quick and I think rather stunning.  Hope you agree!  Now back to my kids.  Think we’ll play a few hands of Uno tonight before bed.  They will be with me until Thanksgiving Day.

Here are the products that I used in making this card:

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Presents and Pinecones DSP with Mint Macaron slide up Christmas gift card holder.

And as I promised yesterday here is a more ‘adult’ version of the Slide up Gift Card Holder in Mint Macaron!  Pretty don’t you think?  I love this DSP too!

Again, this was cased from  Sweet Serenity’s You Tube video: Slide up Gift Card Holder.  She used Velco dots to keep the top down,  I used tiny magnets to hold the top.  Love the little ‘click’ when they meet.  Amazingly strong for such little magnets.  Available from Amazon.  img_1803_edited-1

The main part of the gift card holder is Mint Macaron Card Stock with layers of Presents and Pinecones DSP (from the Holiday Catalog) adhered with SNAIL adhesive.  The inside mechanism is using Emerald Envy Card Stock and only adhered to the inside top flap with Fast Fuse or another very strong adhesive.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Ink using the HO HO HO stamp from the Oh What Fun Stamp Set.  The tag on the right was die cut from Emerald Envy Card Stock using the Merry Tags Framelits Dies.  The little deer was done by die cutting an additional piece using the Merry Tags Framelits Dies in Crumb Cake Card Stock then carefully cutting him from the Crumb Cake at the bottom of his feet and adhering him to the Emerald Envy die cut.

I then heat embossed the sentiment on the tag using VersaMark and then sprinkling White Stampin’ Emboss powder.  The sentiment is from the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set.  I also touched the edges of the pine trees with Versamark and then sprinkled White Stampin’  Emboss powder and heat embossed all.  The backing was die cut using the solid form from the Merry Tags Framelits Dies in Whisper White Card Stock and adhering together using Multipurpose Glue.  (I did use the Precision Base Plate for both die cuts).  By the way, the Merry Tags Framelits dies and the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set can be purchased as a Bundle and save 10% .


The tag was attached to the Gift Card Holder by punching a hole in the top of the inside front and using the red twine from the Candy Cane Bakers Twine set I threaded the Pin Cone Embellishment on it and tied the ends together, clipping the twine very close and hiding the knot in the back.


This is a good view of the mechanism attachment to the top flap.



Looking at this I can see where it can be adjusted a bit for a piece of Ghiradelli’s chocolate squares to be put in the little mechanism instead of a Gift Card.

Here are the products that I used in making this gift card holder: Product List

Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane DSP, Real Red make really cute pop-up Christmas Gift Card Holder!

Oh, my goodness.  I love Candy Cane Lane DSP!  with it’s matching Real Red Ribbon and Card Stock.    Everyone needs some quick to make gift card holders and this one would be a best seller at a Christmas Craft Bazaar I bet.  Take a peek inside!


To make this gift holder I watched Sweet Serenity’s You Tube video: Slide up Gift Card Holder.  She has wonderful, easy directions to follow with measurements that are perfect.

The base is Real Red Card Stock , outside is Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Catalog.  Around the top of the card is 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Real Red tied in a bow.   It is applied from the back side before finishing the inside.  The Jingle Bells in Real Red and the cute little Gingerbread boy charm come in different sets.  The Gingerbread boy is from the Christmas Trinkets Embellishments-so cute the set also includes bells and holly charms!  The little jingle bells are from the Mini Jingle Bells Set that include 60 bells, 30 each of silver and red.


The charms are tied on with the Red Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine.  A little fiddly but they can be strung on the Twine with patience!  In her video she uses little Velcro dots to hold the top closed.  I have not had very good success with Velco dots in the past so I put in little tiny magnets to hold it closed.  They are available on Amazon.

The inside is an easy lift mechanism of one sheet of Crumb Cake Card Stock just adhered to the top of the ‘lid’ with Fast Fuse.  She explains that it is important to use Fast Fuse or a very strong adhesive because when you lift the top it pulls up the inside mechanism.   Before adhering I stamped the sentiment in Real Red Ink using a stamp from the Oh What Fun Stamp Set in the 2016-2017  Annual Catalog.


Quick and easy!  And so colorful and full of fun and Gift Card.  Tomorrow I will be sharing another slide up Gift Card holder in a different DSP. Hope you will check back.  It is a bit more ‘adult’.

Here is a list of the products that I used.

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Stampin’ Up! Country Livin’ Birthday Card for older Teen Boy Rock Enthusiast!

One of the joys of creating your own cards is that you can make cards for those hard to find people when you want to send them ‘just that special’ card.  My 17 year old Grandson is just one of those people!  How to design a card for a 17 year old boy.  Now that is difficult.   My grandson plays guitar and has a small garage band that he really enjoys.  So……here is the card that I cased from  Wild West Paper Arts card as a jumping off point.  I changed it up a bit to suit me! Love the idea of Basic Black with the Cajun Craze. It just somehow says ” rock star”.


The base card is Basic Black Card Stock.  The next layer is Cajun Craze Card Stock adhered with SNAIL.  The top layer on the front is Basic Black Card Stock again.  I applied one strip of  5/8″ Burlap Ribbon a bit left of center.  I applied it with Fast Fuse to assure its permanency.  The star on the right was created by first die cutting the star by a die from the Stars Framelits set using a piece of Basic Black pattern paper  from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack.  Using a sponge smudged it all over first with Cajun Craze Ink and then with Crushed Curry Ink.  Especially making it much heavier towards the edges, allowing the center open and brighter!  It was adhered on the right side using SNAIL Adhesive.



The guitar is from the Country Livin’ Stamp Set stamped in Stazon Jet Black Ink on Very Vanilla Card Stock.  I them carefully colored it using Aqua Painters and Cajun Craze,  Delightfu Dijon in a watercoloring fashion .   I then fussy cut it out and adhered to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it more definition.  The sentiment was Stamped in Cajun Craze using the words from the Crazy About You Stamp Set on Very Vanilla Card Stock.   Using the Layering Circles Framellits the sentiment was die cut and the layer under was die cut using the next size die in Cajun Craze Card Stock. The front was finished by placing stars in the four corners from Regals Enamel Shapes set.


The inside of the card was finished by layering Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla Card Stock.  The sentiments were stamped in Cajun Craze Ink  from the Confetti Celebration Stamp Set.  Don’t you love how it turned out?

These are the products that I used in this card:

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Leaflets Framelits, Tangerine Tango and Dapper Denim team up for a masculine ‘Hello’ card

One of my husbands fraternity brothers from college has been under the weather so my husband asked me to create a card using their college colors-well sounds easy but the colors are blue and orange!  I thought what can you do with Blue and Orange?   Auburn University colors!  Dapper Denim and Tangerine Tango almost match their colors displayed on their website so I decided to use them-but then-how to create a masculine ‘thinking of you card’?

Actually when I was finished I was rather pleased with  it.  I cased this design from Diane Squires .  My base card is Dapper Denim Card Stock with a layer of Tangerine Tango next and topped with a layer of  Very Vanilla Card Stock.  The leaf was die cut in the upper top of the card layer using the Leaflets Framelits Oak Leaf die.  The layer in between is Tangerine Tango pattern from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack.



My husband choose the sentiment and it was stamped in Dapper Denim using the stamp from Tin of Cards Stamp Set.  The ribbon is Dapper Denim in the 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon and adhered using SNAIL with a small snippet tied in a one knot on the left side.  The little embellishment on the upper left side are Dapper Denim Enamel dots from the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes Collection.


My husband choose not to have anything adorning the inside. He wanted lots of room to write his own note.  The layers are the Dapper Denim Card Base with Tangerine Tango next and top layer is Very Vanilla Card Stock.  All adhered using SNAIL adhesive.


Here are the products that I used in this project:
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Stampin’ Up! CD Tin Calendar -3D Share for #WCMD2016-Atlanta

#WCMD 2016-Atlanta was held the day before Stampin’ Up!’s Onstage.  And a fun day it was!  Pam and Bryan you outdid yourselves in planning and pulling off this great day of stamping!  Loved every minute of it.  We were to bring a 3D project that we had made with Stampin’ Up! products.  I had seen this project several years ago and had wanted to CASE it ever since.  The hardest part of this project was finding affordable tin cases.  Once I had them in my hands I was able to visualize how I wanted to decorate them.

I did use Tear and Tape Adhesive in adhering the cover to make sure it was secure during use.  The base is Blusing Bride Card Stock cut to fit with rounded corners using the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.  The patterned paper is Blushing Bride pattern from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.  The die cut is from the Flourish Thinlits Die Set in Whisper White Card Stock.  The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White Card Stock in Blushing Bride Ink using the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.  The sentiment was then die cut using an appropriate size die from the Layering Ovals Framelits set.  The frame was also die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits set using a slightly large scalloped oval and die cut from Blushing Bride Card Stock. The floral spray was adhered using Multipurpose Glue.


The inside is finished by using Pink Pirouette  Card Stock and stamping the image in Blushing Bride Ink using the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.  The calendar was adhered using Tear and Tape Adhesive.


The lower side was finished again using a piece of patterned paper from the Subles Designer Series Paper Stack in Blushing Bride.  The note book was covered in Pink Pirouette Card Stock cut to fit the cover and adhered using the Tear and Tape Adhesive.  The flower is die cut is from the Flourish Thinlets Die set.  The small mechanical pencil was found on Amazon!


This was wrapped in pink tissue and placed in a white bag that I had stamped the same flower image from the Floursing Phrases Stamp Set in Stazon Jet Black Ink.  I then colored in the flowers and leaves using Blushing Bride Ink and Mint Macaron Ink.


The tag was die cut from the Cheerful Tags Framelits Die Cuts (Christmas Catalog)  using patterned paper in Blushing Bride from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.   The sentiment inside was stamped in Blushing Bride Ink on Whisper White paper and it is  Celebrate! Stamp from the Here’s to Cheers Stamp Set.  The sentiment on the front of the tag was stamped in Blushing Bride and is from the Endless Birthday Wishes Stamp Set!  Carefully curving the photopolymer Stamps to fit the curve of the tag.  I added some bling by placing three Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the front.  The tag has a hole punched in the top when you die cut making it very easy to adhere to the handle using any of the twines.  I used the Candy Cane Lane White with red Metalic to attach the tag to the bag.  I ended by using a short piece of Blushing Bride 3/8″ stitched Ribbon just tied in a knot.

Here are the supplies that I used:
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