Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Gift Card Holder

Who couldn't use a last minute gift card holder?  I love gift cards - they make great gifts and I love to receive them :)

This week's Sisters In Stamping is the last challenge for the year and the last one I'll be guest designing for.  I've had a wonderful time joining them these past 4 months.  Thank you, Ladies!

Here is the gift card holder I designed. 

This is the outside of the holder.  I used a Sizzix die I have.  I cut out the die using the Season of Cheer DSP.  I especially like this particular paper.  I love both sides, so it's hard to use!  But, I decided to use the snowflakes since they are so pretty.  I also used my Snow Flurry punch and punched out some snowflakes out of the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper - love that paper!
 This is what the holder looks like on the inside.  The gift card slides in the pocket on the left.  I created a little area to write in the middle and stamped it using the stamps from the Flurry of Wishes stamp set in Soft Sky and Night of Navy inks.
 Here's a closer look:

Well, that's it!  Thanks so much for looking and I wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday season!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Small Gifts

Who doesn't like to give and receive a small gift during the holidays?  I think it is great to have some on standby just to let others know you are thinking about them.  That's why I was glad that this week's Sisters In Stamping project is "small gifts to give".

I had some Ball smooth jars that I bought from Target.  They are the perfect size to place some chocolates in and decorate.  Here is what I created:

I decorated the top by making a flower out of the Merry Moments DSP stack papers.  They are so cute!  I used a candy dot brad in the middle to hold them together.  I placed some gold glitter ribbon around the lid and made a bow to match.  I felt it needed a tag, so cut out the tag from the larger tags from the Baker's Box thinlits die set.  The word "yum" out of the gold cardstock is also from the Baker's Box thinklits set.

I filled the jar with Hershey's kisses and feel it is ready to give!

Thanks for looking and head over to the Sisters In Stamping blog to check out what they created here.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Card

The Sisters In Stamping chose to create a Christmas card this week. 

I was happy to use my new cardinal stamp from the Joyful Season stamp set.  I couldn't get the inside stamp to align and look good with the outline stamp, so I decided to color my little guy in with my Cherry Cobbler marker instead.  I colored the berries on the limb with the marker too.

I decided his eye needed to stand out.  So, I used a black Sharpie marker and colored a Pearl jewel.  After it dried, I placed it where his eye is and love how it looks.  I thought the card needed more texture and since I could find a ribbon to use, I decided to break out my Crystal Effects (love this stuff!) and put some over each berry.

The Designer Series Paper I used is from the Season of Cheer pack.  I used my favorite Deco Lable die and cut out the opening in the DSP.  I probably should have popped up the DSP piece with dimensionals.  Next time!

Thanks for looking.  Please check out what the Sisters In Stamping created this week.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday!

I love the theme to this week's Sisters In Stamping project!  In honor of Black Friday, we made projects featuring the color black.

When I think of Black Friday, I of course think of shopping!  I couldn't resist making this cute little purse:

I used a Sizzix die I've had to create custom purses for customers.  I love how this turned out.

First, I cut out the purse using the Winter Wonderland Specialty Design Series Paper and assembled it.  Then, I pulled out my Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper.  I could stare at this paper all day - I LOVE it!  I put a couple drops of Memento Tuxedo Black reinker on a Stamping Sponge and dabbed over an area of the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper.  I set it aside to dry.

After it dried (give it a a long time or you'll end up with very messy fingers!), I cut out the largest Deco Label die and punched out some snowflakes with my Snow Flurry punch.  I then cut out a smaller Deco Label die and punched some more snowflakes on the regular Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper.

I adhered the Deco Label pieces together using my Tombow Liquid Glue and set aside to dry.  I adhered the snowflake pieces with the Tombow too.  While they were drying, I wrapped the White
Glitter Ribbon around the purse.  Once they were dry, I popped up the snowflakes using a dimensional.  I then punched a whole on the top of the label and ran the glitter ribbon through it so I could tie a bow.  I put dimensionals on the back on the label piece to adhere to the flap of the purse.

It's hard to tell in the picture, but I put a regular Rhinestone in the middle of the snowflake.  Funny that it looks dull and black in the picture, but in person, it sparkles with the rest of the project.

Since I love glittery things, I love how this turned out.  Loved this theme!  Check out what the Sisters In Stamping created here.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas Ornament

This week's Sisters In Stamping project is to create a Christmas ornament.

I couldn't wait to use all of my new holiday catalog goodies!

I created this ornament using the Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Red Foil Sheets, and Gold Foil Sheets.  I cut out the papers using the Deco Labels Framlits.  The word "Noel" is cut out from the Wreath framelit set.  I also used my new gold glitter ribbon!  The back is exactly the same as the front, so if it moves on the tree, you'll still see it from any angle!  I can't wait to hang it this year.

Thanks so much for looking.  Please check out what ornaments the Sisters In Stamping made!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thanksgiving Favor

I am truly thankful to continue to be a guest designer for the Sisters In Stamping ladies for two more months.  

This week the Sisters In Stamping decided on making Thanksgiving favors.  I love this idea because you can turn them into place settings on the Thanksgiving table as well!

This is what I chose to make:

I used the new SU! square pillow box thinlit die to make this.  It's very quick and easy to make, especially using the Into The Woods Designer Series Paper.  I used the cut out the little leaves using a cute little thinlit that comes with the pillow box die.  I decided the leaves didn't look good by themselves, so I cut out some acorns from the scrap paper.  The beautiful sentiment is from the Six Saying Hostess set.  I just love it - so beautiful! 

Thanks for looking and please check out what the Sisters In Stamping created here.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Christmas Cards - Never Too Early To Start Making Them!

This week's challenge from the Sisters In Stamping was to create a Christmas card that is easy to reproduce.  Easy cards are not really easy for me!  I tend to add lots of layers, embellishments, and can overdo it easily!

But, I looked at my new supplies and decided to use the Merry Moments designer paper stack to make Christmas trees.  I then used my Perfect Pines framelits to cut them out.  I placed a Deco Label framelit piece behind the trees.  I love this new white glitter ribbon!  I tied a piece behind the Deco Label and tied a knot.

I finished it up by stamping the sentiment.  I did a terrible job; that's why I usually don't stamp directly on the card!  Oh well - I'll be mass producing these as one of my Christmas cards this year, so this one can be my example :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Itty Bitty Fall Banner

Today's Sisters In Stamping challenge was to make a Fall banner.  I knew I wanted to use the Into The Woods designer paper and the Thankful sentiment from the Six Saying hostess stamp set.  My idea was to get a stick from the woods behind my house to use as the post for the banner, but I was too lazy to go out and find a stick!  So, I used a piece of the designer paper that looks like wood, curled it up, and glued it.  I think it looks like a great stick :)

I used linen thread to tie the banner piece to the "stick" and decided it needed more decoration.  I was going to try to punch art some fall themed items, but it wasn't working out.  So, I grabbed some more designer paper and the butterfly thinlits/framelits.  I love those butterflies!  It isn't a big banner, but it does the job!

Thanks for looking!  Check out what the others did on the Sisters In Stamping blog here.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Halloween Candy Bar Sliders

Today's Sisters In Stamping challenge was to create a Halloween project.  I decided to make candy bar sliders.  I did this last year for a lot of my coworkers and it was fun and they loved them!  I cheated and used the punch art from a couple weeks ago (cupcake toppers) to help decorate the outside :)  I started with the Happy Haunting designer series paper.  The sentiment is from the Six Sayings Hostess stamp set.  If you haven't made any of these, I encourage you to make them.  They are addictive and so much fun for the recipient!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!  Hope on over to the Sisters In Stamping blog to see what Debbie, Rachel, Karla, and Jennifer have made!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Tri-fold Card

This week's Sisters In Stamping challenge was to create a fancy fold card.  I keep seeing the tri-fold card and decided to try one.  I couldn't find good directions, so I just created them myself.  I started with a 12 x 12 sheet of Whisper White cardstock.  I then cut one side down to 5 1/2".  I  then scored at 4" and 8".  Once that was done, I angled the cardstock in the paper cutter and cut.  Keep the cut piece as you'll need it if you are adding designer paper, like I did.  Cut the designer paper 12" x 5 1/4".  Then, use the cut diagonal piece to cut the designer paper on the same diagonal.  Once that is done, you can cut the DSP at 3 3/4 - 3 7/8" (depending on your borders).  The middle piece will end up being the back side of the designer paper - that could look cool.  But, if you want the same designer paper, you'll need to use the middle piece to cut out a matching designer paper piece.  Adhere the designer paper and decorate!  It was pretty easy and I'd definitely make more of these.

I just received my huge Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog order and was so excited to sit down and use the products.

Here is what the card looks like folded.

 Here is what the card looks like when you pull it open fully.

This is the innermost piece - the back piece.

Here is the middle piece on the inside.  I left it designer paperless so I could stamp my sentiment.

Here is the outside piece.

Thanks so much for looking and have a great day!

Paper:  Season of Cheer DSP
Stamps:  Snow Place (and matching dies) and Flurry of Wishes
Inks:  Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Hello Honey, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, and Tangerine Tango marker

Friday, October 2, 2015

Halloween Decorations

This week's Sisters In Stamping challenge was to make some Halloween decorations.  I just happened to have some cupcakes that a friend brought over and decided that cupcake toppers would be a great Halloween decoration!

I drew inspiration for the punch art from Mamacharles and DiHere from Splitcoast Stampers.

Each of these started with the owl punch.   Once I made each one, I taped a toothpick behind each and they were done!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Blast From The Past

TGIF!  Happy Friday!!!!!

Today's SIS challenge was to use a favorite retired stamp set.  I have so many that I love, but this one dog set is one that I seem to always use!  I love the images in this stamp set - so cute and great for coloring!  I love this little dog and his bird friend - it just makes me smile every time I see them :)

I really like the white Staz On ink.  I used it to make my clouds.  I stamped the image directly onto the card and then colored with my markers.  I embellished the flowers with little pearls and added grass, cutting the cardstock with those great scissors SU! carries.

Please check out the favorite retired sets and cards the SIS ladies created on their blog here.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Simple Birthday Card

Happy Friday!

Today's Sisters In Stamping challenge was to make a birthday card.  I created this simple card quickly with a few stamps, dies, punches, and embellishments!  It usually takes me hours to create a card, but this one didn't :)

I wanted it to look like a ribbon and that it is truly a card celebrating the birthday recipient, making them feel special.  I hope they'll feel that way when they receive it!

Please hop over to the Sisters In Stamping blog to see the birthday cards the other ladies created!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Marker to Stamp Technique

TGIF!  Has this been a long week or what?  I think the heat and humidity are getting to me ;)

This week on the Sisters in Stamping blog, the challenge was to make a card using your favorite technique.  I love to color, but sometimes so images don't lend themselves to coloring after you stamp.  But, some are perfect for coloring first! 

For my card, I colored the image with my SU! markers, then put it to paper.  I love all of the colors you can get onto a stamp image this way.  The possibilities are endless!

Head on over to the Sisters in Stamping blog to check out what the other ladies did - amazing!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Teacher Gifts

Today's Sisters In Stamping challenge was to create a teacher gift.  I decided to try my hand at a DVD pen/paper set.  I love that Bohemian paper!

Here is the outside view:
 And here is the inside view:

I created a little folder inside, under the calendar.  I think this would make a nice little teacher gift.  It can be thrown in a purse and you don't have to worry about tearing or ripping the paper or losing any important information!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Pinterest Inspired

Today's Sisters In Stamping challenge was to pick something that inspired us from Pinterest and make our own version.

I bought some Ikea jars years ago and haven't used them up yet.  I saw this on Pinterest (by Nancy Riley - iStamp blog) and decided to make my own. 

I used the new Go Wild DSP stack.  I love this stack of designer papers!  They are really beautiful!  I used a brad in the middle with a Crumb Cake candy dot.  I also used Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and White ribbons.

Here's a side view - I filled the jar with Hershey kisses :)

Here's another view.  

Thanks for looking!  Have a great day!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Michael!

Today's Sisters In Stamping challenge was to make a masculine card.  This was great timing because one of my best friend's birthdays was this week!  So, this is the card I made Michael for this challenge :)

I love the silver cardstock and I think it pairs greatly with the silver vellum.  I also love silver brads and think they add just the right masculine touch since I can't use my beloved ribbons :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Notecard Holder

Today's challenge over at Sisters In Stamping is to create a notecard holder of some type.  I found one that I liked on Chiaki Haverstick's blog here.

This is what it looks like closed:

It will fit at least 7 sets of notecards and envelopes - a great gift!

Here are just a couple of the cards I made for this holder:

Loved this challenge!  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tunnel Card - Beautiful Butterflies

Last weekend, my sister (and Upline!) held a shoebox swap for any of her demonstrators that wanted to participate.  It was a small group this year, but it sure was fun!

We were asked to design 2 different cards and have kits ready for each card so that the others could make each of your cards.  I ended up designing three cards.  I had designed my two cards and then realized I needed a baby shower card.  I'll show those two cards after this one.  This was my first design.

Anyway, I knew I wanted to make a tunnel card.  I saw it on Dawn Olchefske's blog here.  I love this idea and I was thinking of designing a Christmas card with this fancy fold.  But, I just couldn't make it work, so I switched to my favorite thing - DSP!  I also love the new SU! butterfly framelits and thinlits.  They match so well and make beautiful butterfly accents to any project.

So, this is what I came up with.  I love this fancy fold and will definitely be making more of these soon.

Here's the front of the card:

And here is the inside of the card:
Isn't this Bohemian paper beautiful?  Speaking of beautiful paper, I'm going to be a guest designer for the Sisters In Stamping!  This week's challenge was to create using some new DSP, so my card works wonderfully for the challenge!  Please check out Debbie's and Rachel's  beautiful work on the Sisters In Stamping site here.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, July 12, 2015


This is the wedding card I made for a very special couple.  We'll put cash inside as the gift :)  Hope they like it.  I really enjoyed making it for them!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers out there!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Happy Graduation!

Happy Graduation and Congratulations to all of the graduates out there!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Congratulations on your Retirement!

A good friend is officially retired today - yay Linda!  This is the card I made for her.  Hope she likes it!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Double Birthdays!

Happy Birthday, Debbie and Jenny!!!!  May you have a wonderful, fun-filled day.  Love you!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Year of the Rabbit

This is the Year of the Rabbit stamp by Sister Stamps.  I love this sweet image and love how these cards turned out.  It took some tweaking, but this is the end result.  I heat embossed the image and only colored in the bell with a gold paint pen.  I then used Stampin' Up!'s gold vellum and gold cardstock to highlight the image.  I mounted one on Bravo Burgundy cardstock and one on Night of Navy cardstock.  You can't really tell in the pictures though.  Anyway, I am very happy with the way these turned out :)

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Here is Misaki - I love this image.  I think it is so sweet and love the birds too!  I'm not sure you can tell, but the origami has some cute little birds on it.  I made this for one of my friends who is Japanese Hawaiian and loves birds!  This image is perfect!!!!  I hope she'll like it - she is seriously amazing :)

Thanks for looking!