Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Missing Cards - Part 2

This card is simple yet really elegant. Sometimes less definitely is best.

  • Card stock:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
  • Stamp Set:  Contempo Christmas (wm 118734, cm 120594)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink Pad
  • Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch (120907), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992), Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Snowburst Embossing Folder (124096)

Christmas 2011 - "The Missing Cards"

I've been so busy lately keeping up with the orders in my ETSY shop that I realized I didn't post many of the Christmas cards that I made this year. Today I'll give you a little bit of a "catch up" with some quick posts of the missing cards.

  • Paper:  Letters to Santa Designer Paper (122349)
  • Card stock:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
  • Stamp Set:  Contempo Christmas (wm 118734, cm 120594)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink Pad
  • Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch (120907), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992), Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Deck The Halls

This card was created using "Letters to Santa" designer paper and some 1 1/4" striped ribbon.  I love using the wide ribbon on cards. Some people have said that they don't like to use ribbon because they want to mail their cards, but I've not had a problem mailing them with ribbon and large bows...I just pay a little bit extra because it makes the cards "non-machinable".


  • Paper:  Letters to Santa Designer Paper (122349) 
  • Card stock:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
  • Accessories: 1 1/4" Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon (Clearance Rack)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Christmas Card Camp

The details for this year's Christmas Card Camp are now posted under the 2011 Christmas Card Camp tab.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

As I promised yesterday, here is a card that uses no designer paper.  The texture of the card stock adds the depth and interest that would normally come from designer paper without overwhelming the delicate look of the card. Achieving this designer look is quite easy with the Big Shot machine and an embossing folder.  Just insert a piece of card stock into an embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot. That's all there is to it!  Best of all, you can find embossing folders with all sorts of textures...dots, stripes, stars, flowers, snowflakes, borders, wallpapers...In fact you could probably find a texture to suit almost any card or occasion.

  • Card Stock:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi
  • Stamp Set:  Contempo Christmas (wm 118734, cm 120594)
  • Ink:  Garden Green Classic Stamp Pad
  • Punches:  Stocking Builder Punch (124095)
  • Tools:  Big Shot Machine (113439), Embossing Folder
  • Accessories:  Green Organza Ribbon (Dollar Tree)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fifth and Final Christmas Camp Card

This is the last card we will be making at Christmas Card Camp on November 20th. I love adding texture to my card stock with embossing folders and my big shot.  I think it really makes the cards look great and it is a great alternative to designer paper. In the next few days, I'll be showing you a few cards that use no designer paper, only textured card stock.

  • Paper:  Letters to Santa Designer Paper (122349)
  • Card stock:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
  • Stamp Set:  Contempo Christmas (wm 118734, cm 120594)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink Pad
  • Accessories:  Extra Large Oval Punch (119859), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992), Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pink & Green Snowflakes?

We are not just making cards at Christmas Card Camp this year. We are going to make some great tags too!  I made these snowflake tags in Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz and Early Espresso, but if pink and green snowflakes don't float your boat, you can use any color card stock.  I also added one of the pearls from the Basic Pearls pack to the center for an extra special touch.

  • Card Stock:  Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
  • Paper Punches:  1/16" circle (101227), Snowflake (119852), 2 1/2" circle (120906) and 2 1/4" circle
  • Accessories:   Basic Pearls (119247), Silver thread, snail adhesive, glue dots

Thursday, November 3, 2011

More Christmas Card Camp

Here's a close up of another card we will be making at Christmas Card Camp. I love the nontraditional color scheme!  For info on this year's Christmas Card Camp, you can click here.  It's sure to be a lot of fun and space is limited so get your RSVP's in soon!

  • Paper:  Letters to Santa Designer Paper (122349)
  • Card Stock:  Old Olive, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride
  • Tools:  Stocking Builder Punch (124095), Big Shot (113439), Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder (119976)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Third Card for Christmas Camp

Here is the third card for Christmas Card Camp.  This one uses the same designer paper (Letters to Santa), and also incorporates some textured paper using the "Snow Burst" textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Using embossing folders in the Big Shot with card stock is a great way to add texture and interest to your cards. I just put a piece of Early Espresso card stock in the folder and cranked it through the Big Shot. 

  • Designer Paper:  Letters to Santa (122349)
  • Card Stock:  Whisper White, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Old Olive
  • Tools:  Big Shot Machine (113439), Snow Burst Embossing Folder (124096), Snowflake Punch (119852) 
  • Accessories:  Basic Pearls (119247)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone.  These are the trophies that Aubrey and I made for the swim team Halloween party. The bases are made from wooden candlesticks that we spray painted black and then added some decorative touches. The glitter skulls were generously donated by our friends the Wooldridges. And the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place rosettes were made out of glitter paper and my new Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  To make the numbers I wrote with the Multipurpose Liquid glue and sprinkled with silver Stampin' Glitter.

Making the rosettes is easy. Just cut strips of paper 1 1/2" wide by 12" long and score every 1/4". Accordion fold on the score lines. After you have scored you strip of paper, cut off one 1/4 inch fold at the end of your strip. apply adhesive to one of the ends of paper and attach both sides of strip together to form cylinder. Place the cylinder on a flat surface and press the outer edges down and out to form rosette.  Apply strong glue or glue dot to a 1" circle and attach to top center of rosette to hold in rosette shape.  I found a great tutorial on the Amy's Creative Outlet blog.  She has lots of photos which are really helpful!

Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Silver Glitter from Fine Galaxy Glitter pack (114286)
Wooden candlesticks, black spray paint, lime green, orange and purple acrylic paint, glitter paper, glitter skulls, hot glue gun.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

More Christmas Card Camp

Here is the second card that I think we will be making at Christmas Card Camp. It was made with the "Letters to Santa" DP, the Contempo Christmas stamp set and the Stocking Builder punch.  I really like this card. I think it has a very classic look.

  • Designer Paper:  Letters to Santa (122349)
  • Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
  • Stamp Set:  Contempo Christmas (wm 118734, cm 120594)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink Pad (119669)
  • Tools:  Stocking Builder Punch (124095)
  • Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Getting Ready for Christmas Card Camp

I know, it's not even Halloween yet.  But this week someone pointed out that it's time to schedule and order supplies for Christmas card camp. Well to do that, I had to start designing some Christmas cards. This is the first contender for this year's camp. It was created using the Letters to Santa designer paper, and the new stocking punch from the Holiday Mini Catalog. 

I loved the stocking punch immediately! The "Letters to Santa" designer paper is another story. When I first saw it in the catalog, I wasn't to crazy about it. For some reason, I ordered it any way. Well I'm sure glad I did. I've decided that I actually kind of like it. The images in the catalog or not to scale and I think the colors are a little off.  When you see the paper in person you'll know what I mean.  Anyway, I've designed the cards for Christmas Camp with it and I'm quite happy with the way they turned out!

  • Designer Paper:  Letters to Santa (122349)
  • Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
  • Punches:  Stocking Builder Punch (124095)
  • Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon (125056)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sugar Free Trick or Treating

Do you think the kids get too much candy on Halloween? (like that's really possible). How about handing out these cool and inexpensive, sugar free Halloween treats. At less than $0.10/ea they are quick and easy to put together.


  • Cut a piece of 12 x 12 designer paper into 3" x 6" strips. 
  • Then score the bottom at 1" and the top at 2 1/4". 
  • Cut some white paper into squares measuring 2 7/8" x 2 5/8". (I used inexpensive sketch paper my daughter had lying around)
  • Fold the 1" section of designer paper down, insert the paper squares into the fold and staple.  
  • Fold the other section up and tuck under the 1" flap to close. 

That's it!  Your all done and you have a great sugar free Halloween treat!

  • Designer Paper:  Frightful Sight (122351)
  • Misc:  Staples, Sketch or Copy Paper

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Batty Halloween Tags

Today I have some batty Halloween tags for you.  Wouldn't these be great tied around some halloween treat bags.  Your trick or treaters will love them!

To create these tags I used two of my favorite stamp sets, "Every Little Bit" and "Teeny Tiny Wishes". Both of these sets should be staples in any stampers inventory. Between the two sets, you will have enough phrases and images to create cards for any occassion.

  • Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370), Every Little Bit (WM: 117096 or CM: 120558)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad
  • Card Stock:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
  • Punches:  2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (119850)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

More Tricks for Treats

Here's another easy Halloween project for you. With the Big Shot machine you can whip these little pillow boxes up in a matter of minutes. Then decorate them with a few punches and some images from the "Batty For You" stamp set. They are the perfect favor for class parties or to hand out to your favorite little trick or treaters.

  • Stamp Set:  Batty For You (116576)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad
  • Card Stock:  Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
  • Designer Paper:  Frightful Sight (122351)
  • Tools:  Big Shot Machine (113439), Pillow Box Die (113466), 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (119854), 1 3/8" Circle Punch ( 119860), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Snail Adhesive (104332)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Trick or Treat, Scary & Sweet!

Today is the the first day of fall so I thought it was the perfect time to start working on Fall themed projects. These super cute Halloween treat bags are the first of many Fall projects I have in store for you! 

Making the toppers is easy. Just take a piece of 4" x 3" black card stock and fold it in half to create a 2" x 3" topper.  Cut a piece of designer paper 1 3/4" x 2 3/4" and attach to the front of the topper. Stamp the Trick or Treat greeting, punch out with the postage stamp punch, mount on a piece of black cardstock and attach that to the topper. Tie a bow with 1/4" black ribbon and and you're all set.  The only thing left to do is fill one of the Stampin' Up! small cello bags with your favorite treat, attach the topper and they are ready to give.
  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad
  • Card Stock:  Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Designer Paper:  Frightful Sight (122351)
  • Accessories:  Small Cello Bags (103104), Postage Stamp Punch (122344), 1/4" Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon (109027)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

That Was So Cool of You...

We are finally back from vacation and I just wanted to say to all of my family members that let us stay with them..."that was so cool of you...thanks!"

To make this card I started by stamping the popsicle image and the "that was so cool..." greeting onto a 2" x 4 3/4" piece of whisper white card stock. Then using an aqua painter and classic ink pads I water colored the popsicle images.

TIP:  Stamp the image and greeting in one step by using the clear mount stamps and attaching both stamps to the same acrylic block.

TIP:  The Sunny Fun stamp set is only available from the Summer Mini Catalog until August 31st.

  • Stamp Set:  Sunny Fun (WM - 123040, CM - 123042)
  • Ink:  Basic Black (101179), Soft Suede (115657), Daffodil Delight (119667), Tempting Turquoise (100814), Melon Mambo (115656), Tangerine Tango (111834)
  • Card Stock:   Whisper White (100730), Melon Mambo (115320), Tempting Turquoise (102067)
  • Designer Paper:  Melon Mambo from Brights Paper Pack (117155)
  • Accessories:  Daffodil Delight Grosgrain ribbon (retired), Aqua Painter (103954), Clear-Mount Block E (118484)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July Card Making Night - Part 2

This is the second card we made for card making night. This one uses the Nature Walk stamp set.  I really like this set and best of all...I got it free at the Stampin' Up! Regional event in Orlando. 

Now, I have to tell you, there was some debate about what the "no. 147" had to do with the bird image. Someone suggested that perhaps it was a field guide reference number. The truth is it doesn't really matter, it doesn't have to make sense, it only has to look good. I thought it was a nice design element which filled the space under the birds tail rather nicely. A few people did choose not to use it and that's OK because it's all about what you think looks good.

Design Tips:
  • To get achieve the ruffled ribbon look, lay a piece of sticky strip down on your card, then take a piece of ribbon about twice as long as the sticky strip and press it down onto the sticky strip, gathering it as you go.
  • Basic Pearls are the perfect embellishment for the Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. They add some "bling" as well as some dimension to your cards.
  • Cards always look good with some texture, use the Big Shot and an embossing folder to add texture to your card stock.  Ribbon is also a good way to add texture.

  • Stamp Set:  Nature Walk (WM 121925  CM 121997)
  • Ink:  Soft Suede Classic Ink Pad (115657)
  • Card Stock:  Whisper White (110730), Soft Suede (115318), Concord Crush (119792), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
  • Accessories:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Always Artichoke Seam Binding (121000), Basic Pearls (119247), Sticky Strip (104294), Big Shot (113439), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335)

Monday, July 25, 2011

July Card Making Night - Part 1

Card Making Night was a lot of fun this week.  We made two different birthday cards. One using the amazingly awesome cupcake punch and the other using the Nature's Walk Stamp Set. Rather than make one huge post I thought I would feature each card in it's own post. Today I'll give you the highlights of the cupcake punch card.

The cupcake cake punch is so cute and it coordinates with the Create a Cupcake stamp set (WM 121915, CM 121982)

Design Tips:
  • To give the cupcake wrapper some realistic detail, run Soft Suede card stock through a paper crimper then make it "pop" with some Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Tie some linen thread around the wrapper for some added wow.
  • Frost the Frosting with a little Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter.
  • Embellish the cupcake with a tiny flower and mini pearl.
  • Add a Birthday Greeting from the "Bring on the Cake" or the "Create a Cupcake" stamp set
  • Punches: Cupcake Builder Punch (121807), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
  • Tools: Paper Crimper (101618)
  • Stamp Set: Bring on the Cake (WM 121899, CM 121958)
  • Ink: Soft Suede Classic Ink Pad (115657)
  • Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Soft Suede (115318), Daffodil Delight (119683), Melon Mambo (115320), Tempting Turquoise (102067)
  • Paper: Brights Designer Paper Pack (117155)
  • Accessories:  Basic Pearls (119247), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (102023) Linen Thread (104199)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Elegant Butterfly Thank You Cards

I've had a Cricut machine for a few years but I seldom use it. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I only had 2 cartridges. Anyway, when one of the big craft stores had the cartridges on sale for Memorial day, I decided to buy myself a few more. 

This card was created using the butterfly image from the "Wall Decor and More" cartridge. I combined the image with the Thank You stamp from Stampin' Up!'s Thank You Kindly stamp set. I think the font style goes perfectly with the butterfly die cut.

  • Card Stock:  Naturals Ivory (101849), Baja Breeze (111352) (Stampin' Up!)
  • Stamp Set:  Thank You Kindly (111700 - Stampin' Up!)
  • Ink:  Baja Breeze Classic Ink Pad (111833 - Stampin' Up!)
  • Tools:  Cricut Cartridge: Wall Decor and More

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I'm On a Roll With 4th of July

After making my 4th of July favor bags yesterday I was on a roll.  I figured why stop now? It's not really a party without invitations and cupcake toppers. So I went on to make this 4th of July party package.  It contains everything you need to get your 4th of July party started!

Materials: (All Materials are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
  • Card Stock:  Real Red, Whisper White & Pacific Point
  • Designer Paper:  Pacific Point from the Brights Paper Pack
  • Stamp Set:  Fabulous Phrases
  • Ink:  Pacific Point Classic Ink Pad, Pacific Point and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers
  • Punches:  XL Star, Modern Label, 1 3/4" Circle, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle
  • Misc:  3" x 5" Cello Bags, Lollipop Sticks (Wilton)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fourth of July Treat Bags and Toppers

Today I was looking at my calendar and realized that 4th of July is just around the corner. With that in mind, I started working on some patriotic party supplies.  These cello bags and toppers are perfect for giving out as party favors at your July 4th celebrations.

To make the toppers just cut a piece of real red card stock 3" x 4" and fold in half.  Now you have a treat bag topper measuring 3" x 2".  Punch out some stars in Pacific Point. Stamp the phrase "Celebrate" in Pacific Point and punch out with the modern label punch. Embellish the label with Real Red and Pacific Point Stampin' Write markers. Then just fill the bag with your favorite treats. (I used Red Hots because not only are they yummy but they matched my patriotic color scheme perfectly) Staple the bags shut and attach the toppers with some double sided tape or glue.

  • Card Stock:  Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730), Pacific Point (111350) (All Stampin' Up!)
  • Designer Paper:  Pacific Point from the Brights Paper Pack (117155 - Stampin' Up!)
  • Stamp Set: Fabulous Phrases (120501 - Stampin' Up!)
  • Ink:  Pacific Point (111837 - Stampin' Up!)
  • Markers:   Real Red (100052) and Pacific Point (120968) Stampin' Write Markers
  • Punches:  XL Star - 119875, Modern Label - 119849
  • Cello Bags:  3" x 5" Small Cello Bags (103104 - Stampin' Up)

NOTE:  The XL Star Punch is on the last chance if you want it, you need to get it NOW!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mini Thank You Notes

These cute little Mini Thank You Notes are perfect for attaching to party favors or teacher gifts. They measure just 3" x 3". I love this size because you can make 8 out of a single sheet of 12 x 12 card stock. Also, if you need envelopes, they fit perfectly into Stampin' Up's mini square envelopes (107309).


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

You Can Never Have Too Much Cake

Here is another "slice of cake" because as far as I'm concerned, you can never have to much cake!  This favor box was created using Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip card stock.  The instructions for making it are the same as yesterday's post. The only exception is the gorgeous paper flower embellishment. 

This favor box is available in a ton of great color combinations sure to compliment any party. It can be purchased by the slice or as an entire 12 slice cake.

To purchase these party favor boxes visit Acarrdian Cards on Etsy.

Materials and Instructions for creating your own cake box and paper flower:

Cake Box:
  • Card Stock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up!), Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
  • Tools: Big Shot Machine (Stampin' Up!), Dessert Box Die (Lifestyle Crafts)

 Paper Flower:
  • Card Stock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up!), Pretty in Pink(Stampin' Up!), Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up!)
  • Tools & Accessories:  XL Flower Punch (Stampin' Up!), Crop-O-Dile (Stampin' Up!), Brads, Scallop Oval Punch (Stampin' Up!)


Cake Box:  See 4/25/2011 Post

  1. Punch out 4 flowers from Pink Pirouette card stock and 4 in Pretty in Pink.
  2. Mist punched flowers with water and scrunch up
  3. Unfold the flowers and stack alternating the two colors
  4. Punch a hole through the center of the stack of flowers with the crop-o-dile and insert a brad to hold the stack together.
  5. Starting with the top layer and working down, scrunch the flowers tightly around the brad.
  6. Gently open up your flower to get the look you want.
  1. Punch a scallop oval from certainly celery card stock.
  2. Lightly mist with water
  3. Fold in half lengthwise (hot dog)
  4. Now accordion fold the down the width of the folded oval
  5. Open up and attach to the bottom of the flower with glue.


Monday, April 25, 2011

A Piece of Cake

Who says you can't have your cake and eat it to?  These super cute party favor boxes are an elegant addition to any party! Just fill them with your favorite treat and your guests can have their cake and eat it too!

These little boxes are available as individual slices or as an entire cake and since they can be made in just about any color, they are sure to compliment your party's color scheme.

To purchase these party favor boxes visit AcarrdianCards on Etsy. 

Materials and instructions for creating your own cake boxes:

  • Card Stock:  Marina Mist (Stampin' Up!), Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
  • Tools:  Big Shot Machine (Stampin' Up!), Dessert Box Die (Lifestyle Crafts), Polka Dot Texture Folder (Stampin' Up!)

Instructions for Frosting:
  1. Place a  4" x 5.5" piece of Marina Mist card stock in polka dot texture folder and run through the Big Shot Machine. (Use Tab 1 on the multipurpose platform and sandwich folder between two cutting pads.)
  2. Make a "sandwich" with the the frosting die....
    1. Place the "frosting" die cutting side up on a cutting pad
    2. Place the textured card stock, patterned side down on top of that
    3. Followed by another cutting mat on top
  3. Place your "sandwich" on the multipurpose platform (Tab 2) and spin handle to roll the platform through the Big Shot.
  4. Keep the paper in the metal die and flip over onto cutting mat so the cutting edge is facing downward.
  5. Using the guides on the die, score the paper using a bone folder or a stylus.
  6. Fold on score lines and glue tabs to form box top.

Instructions for Cake:
  1. Repeat steps 2 thru 6 using a 6" x 5.5" piece of Chocolate Chip card stock and the "cake" die
  2. Fold on score lines and glue tabs to form box.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Nature Walk Gift Tags

These gift tags look so luxurious and they were really simple to make. I used my Big Shot machine to cut out the tag shape (I told you the Big Shot was my new favorite toy). Then I stamped the eggs from the Nature Walk stamp set in Bashful Blue. Next I stamped the birdcage from the same set in Early Espresso, slightly overlapping the eggs. Then I added the "for you" sentiment from the Fresh Cuts stamp set in Early Espresso. I thought the type style went will with the vintage look I was going for.  After that I distressed the tags with a sponge dauber and Early Espresso ink. Then I tied on a pretty Bashful Blue ribbon. 

  • Stamp Sets:  Nature Walk (121997), Fresh Cuts
  • Ink:  Bashful Blue(105209), Early Espresso (119670)
  • Card Stock:  Naturals Ivory (101849)
  • Ribbon:  Bashful Blue (retired)
  • Tools:  Big Shot (113439), Scallop Tags #2 Die (not Stampin' Up!), Sponge Daubers (102892)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Grab Bags and the Clearance Rack - What a Deal

Beginning today, April 1, and continuing while supplies last you can purchase special "grab bags" in the Online Store. These grab bags will come in three sizes: the $5, the $10, and the $15 grab bag. Each bag will contain a variety of discontinued products that could include a combination of any of the following: ribbons, Accents & Elements, chipboard, Designer Series Papers, and Simply Sent kit components. Grab bags will not contain stamp sets or tools.

$5 Grab Bag (containing at least $20 worth of products!)
$10 Grab Bag (containing at least $40 worth of products!)
$15 Grab Bag (containing at least $60 worth of products!)

If you're not into surprises...there are also some great products available al a carte in the Clearance Rack of the Online Store. Some of these items are priced at more than 70% off. Check them out!  When you've decided what you want, just purchase them online.

Grab Bags and Clearance Rack items can only be purchased through my Online Store! ......CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

These cute little pillow boxes were made with my Big Shot Machine, the pillow box die and the Sending Love Designer Series paper. The Sending Love paper is available from the Clearance Rack for just $4.79 for a pack of 12 double sided papers. Each sheet shines with glittery designs on one side. 

  • Stamp Set:  Cute by the Inch (Level 2 Hostess set)
  • Ink:  Pretty In Pink Classic Ink Pad
  • Card Stock:  Pretty in Pink, Verry Vanilla
  • Designer Paper:  Sending Love Specialty (Clearance Rack)
  • Ribbon:  Pretty In Pink 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
  • Tools:  XL Scallop Square Punch (119884), Big Shot (113439), Pillow Die (113466)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Little Card...Big Shot

I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but I recently got myself a Big Shot. I know what you're thinking, because I'm thinking it too....How and why did I wait so long to get one?  It is definitely my favorite tool/toy in my craft room.  Just make a "sandwich" with cutting plates, die and paper...crank the handle...and you have shapes.  Lots of shapes.  Flowers, butterflies, buttons, swirls, boxes, envelopes and much more. And it doesn't just cut paper. You can cut through plastic, metal, cork, chipboard, and vinyl. There are so many possibilities!  Just want to add some texture?  The big shot embosses too!

For today's project I made a little  2" x 3" Birthday card with matching envelope. I used my Big Shot to cut the little scallop envelope out of Daffodil Delight designer paper. The envelope was so easy to make. Not only did the big shot cut out the shape but it even scored the fold lines for me.  I just had to fold and glue.

  • Stamp Set:  Bring on the Cake (121899) (Occasions Mini)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Stamp Pad (101179)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Daffodil Delight (119677), Melon Mambo (121074), Tempting Turquoise (100058)
  • Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise (102067), Daffodil Delight (119683), Whisper White (100730)
  • Designer Paper:  Daffodil Delight from the Brights Paper Pack (117155)
  • Tools:  Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Scallop Envelope Die (113462)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Orlando Regional Seminar

Wow, What a great time I had on Saturday! Jody, Lisa and I attended the Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar in Orlando. It was amazing! Since it was our first event, we really didn't know what to expect.

We got there a little early and it seemed like everyone was swapping.  We hadn't made any swaps, but next time we definitely will.  There appeared to be a whole lot of excitement involved with swapping and I have to admit there were quite a few cards that I really wanted.  Sadly, no one was interested in swapping for my M&M's.

Once they opened up the conference room we quickly found a table and began to scout out the room.  And who did you think Lisa spotted right off the bat?  Shelly Gardner, the founder of Stampin' Up!. I had no idea that she attended the regional seminars. How exciting! She gave several presentations and showed everyone how to make a cool Easter decoration.

There were also many other wonderful presenters all of whom were very inspiring. We got to see some amazing samples. I can't wait to CASE a few of them! And we were able to meet some new friends.

Throughout the day we were given the time and supplies to make several projects. Here are two of the make and takes that I completed. There were a total of 5 but I only had time to complete two of them. The other 3 will be getting finished this week.

TIP: To gather the ribbon lay down a piece of sticky tape and gather the ribbon, pressing it onto the stick strip as you go along. Then peel the red liner off of the sticky strip and attach it to the card.

  • Stamp Set:  Nature Walk
  • Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory, Not Quite Navy
  • Designer Paper:  Botanical Gazette
  • Ink:  Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write Marker
  • Accessories and Tools:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Pearl Basic Jewels, Sticky Strip, Color Spritzer Tool, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack


  • Stamp Set: Nature Walk, Thank You Kindly
  • Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso
  • Ink: Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Markers
  • Accessories:  Mini Square Whisper White Envelopes

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sale-A-Bration Easter Card

Sorry it's been a while since I last posted.  There are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done.  I really need to figure out a way to be more productive.'s Easter card features the bunny from the So Cute stamp set. This is one of the sets that you can get FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 Stampin' Up! purchase. The designer paper is from the Pawsitively Prints II paper pack. Neither of these items is actually meant for Easter but both work wonderfully together to create a great Easter card.

  • Stamp Set:  So Cute (120612), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
  • Ink:  Soft Suede (115657)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Poppy Parade and Soft Suede
  • Designer Paper:  Pawsitively Prints II (117396)
  • Card Stock:  Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Poppy Parade

    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    Bring on the Cake!

    Mmmm...I could go for some cake right now. It would go so well with my coffee...

    The card today combines the Birthday Bakery stamp set with the Bring on the Cake stamp set. The Birthday Bakery set is a level 1 hostess set which means if you host a party with sales of at least $150 you would get this for FREE! The Bring on the Cake set is from the Ocassions Mini Catalog. It is a huge birthday set with lots of great stamps. It was the first thing I ordered from the mini.

    The cake images were colored in with Stampin' Write markers. If you don't have these you should get them! I love to color in my stamped images to make them match perfectly with my paper! Because they have dual tips, you can ink up your stamps or paint images with the paint brush tip and write a greeting with the fine tip side.

    • Stamp Sets: Birthday Bakery - Level 1 Hostess (120115), Bring on the Cake - Occasions Mini (121958)
    • Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
    • Stampin' Write Markers:  Tempting Turquoise (100058), Daffodil Delight (119677), Soft Suede (120973), Crumb Cake (120967), Real Red (100052), Regal Rose (105108), Melon Mambo (121074)
    • Card Stock:  Whisper White (100730), Pretty in Pink (100459), Daffodil Delight (119683), Tempting Turquoise (102067)
    • Designer Paper: Pretty in Pink - Subtles Paper Stack (117152)
    • Ribbon:  Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta (109067)
    • Punches:  Scallop Edge Border (119882)

    Saturday, February 5, 2011

    Springtime Vintage - Occasions Mini Catalog

    Stampin' Up! Springtime Vintage Designer Paper

    What did you order from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog? I ordered alot! But one of my favorite items is the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper.

    I love the colors and patterns — so soft and Spring-like. I bet all of you up north could use a dose of Spring right now.

    Stock Up! It's Sale-A-Bration!

    Because it's Sale-A-Bration time, I wanted to take advantage of all the free stamp sets. So, in addition to the new items in the Occasions Mini Catalog, I stocked up on paper, envelopes, cello bags, glue refills and ink refills. If I'm going to need it, I ordered it!

    And guess what?  I got 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration Stamp Sets. I love the FREE Sale-A-Bration items that Stampin' Up! offers. I use them all the time. In fact, the stamp set I used for today's card was from last year's Sale-A-Bration!

    • Designer Paper:  Springtime Vintage (121782)
    • Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy and Always Artichoke
    • Stamp Set:  Whimsical Words (last year's Sale-A-Bration item)
    • Ribbon:  Always Artichoke Seam Binding (121000)
    • Punches:  Small Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch
    • Big Shot Machine Die Cutting Machine: (113439)

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    Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    Valentine's Day Treats

    My kids always love giving out special Valentine treats to certain "special" friends. and you know that treat has to involve candy. So for a quick and easy Valentine treat just fill one of Stampin' Up!'s small cello bags with M&M's, stamp and punch out a tag, tie it on, and you're done! It's that quick and that easy!

    TIP:  Think outside of the box when using your stamp sets. Even though this stamp is from the Birthday Bakery Stamp Set, it is perfect for Valentine's Day.


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    Saturday, January 15, 2011

    Got Love?

    Got love? I do...for the Stampin' Up! Filled with Love Promotion that's going on right now.  The Filled with Love Promotion features the Filled With Love Stamp Set and exclusive Love Patterns  Designer Series Paper Pack. Plus when you purchase the Filled with Love Bundle, you will get a FREE package of Bitty Buttons.
    The Love Patterns Paper Pack comes in the colors of Pretty in Pink and Real Red. Perfect colors for Valentine's Day! Each pack contains 12 sheets (three each of two double-sided designs in Real Red and Pretty in Pink).  This paper pack is only available through this special promotion.  When the promotion ends on January 24, 2011, these colors and designs will only be available in the color collection Designer Series Paper Stacks.  Both the stamp set and the paper pack can be purchased individually, outside of the bundle but you won't receive the FREE Bitty Buttons. 

    Today's card uses some of the Real Red paper from the Love Patterns Paper Pack and stamps from two different stamp sets...Itty Bitty Bits and Got Treats. As usual I procrastinated on placing my order and I haven't gotten my Filled with Love Stamp Set yet.