Sunday, September 25, 2011

Card Cube - The One That Put Them Over the Edge

This is the card that put some of the club members over the edge :-) It was harder to teach them than I thought it would be :-)

Card Stock and Ink colors - Not Quite Navy, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White (paper only)
Ribbon - Peach Parfait
Stamp Set - Look Who's Turning, Bring on the Cake

Here is the card opened. It forms a cube - or really half of a cube. If you would like to try this for yourself, I have a tutorial at

How did they get through it - lots of CHOCOLATE! But they saved the It's A Wrap papers so I could use them again :-) We had a good time!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Peekaboo Frames - so much fun!

One of the items in the Stampin Up Holiday mini catalog is the Peekaboo Frames die. It cuts 5 frames with little doors and even scores the fold line for the door - what could be easier! No, I do not have that die - I used my sister's when we were visiting her family Labor Day weekend.

I searched the internet for birthday riddles and found some that I plan to use on birthday cards for children. I copied some into a Word document after creating text boxes that would fit behind the frames.
Card stock - Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Garden Green
Stamp Set - Bring on the Cake

And here is the answer hidden behind the peekaboo frame.

This is a card I made before finding the riddles online.
Card stock -Basic Black, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Garden Green, Poppy Parade DSP
Ink - Garden Green, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie
Tools - BigShot and Peekaboo frame die, 1 inch circle punch, 1 1/4 inch circle, 1 3/8 inch circle punch
Embellishment - Poppy Parade poly ribbon

And what's behind the door ? A birthday cake! I stamped the 'bring on the CAKE' sentiment inside the card.

I am going to have fun with the Peekaboo Frames. I have some Thanksgiving and Christmas riddles and jokes too.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Card Sets

For lack of a better name - I am calling these 'card sets'. All cards in the set use the same cuts of card stock and for the most part the same type of embellishments. The differences are from the stamp used, colors, embossing folders, anything to make it unique.
These are ideas for my $2 card party (see more details on my calendar) This way I can cut card stock and ribbon, package in a baggie with the other embellishments and the customers can personalize by their choice of stamps and embossing folders.
These examples are pretty simple but the customers are free to jazz them up by coloring the images, using additional punches, piercing or faux-stitching, or anything that will make it personally theirs.

Most of these use retired ribbon and embellishment (trying to use some of my stash - will never use all of it!) The stamp sets for this set of cards are all retired but I can always find something in the catalog that is comparable :-)
Card stock - So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink - Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip
Ribbon - retired Wild Wasabi
Embossing folder - Houndstooth used on the Chocolate Chip.

This one has the eyelet border to make it unique.
Card stock - Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink - Rose Red, Perfect Plum
Embossing folder - Houndstooth
Tools- Ticket corner punch, Eyelet border punch , Sanding block used on the Rose Red
Ribbon - 1/4 inch grosgrain Certainly Celery (not sure if it is still available or not)

I thought I would try a little something different for the sentiment on this one.
Card Stock - Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink - Not Quite Navy
Ribbon - 1/4 inch grosgrain Pretty in Pink (not sure if that is still available)
Embossing folder - Polka Dots
Tools - Ticket Corner punch, Modern Label punch

I have a lot of the 1/4 inch grosgrain in a variety of colors. Not sure which ones are still available but they do have a wide selection of this ribbon - and you can always use the white ribbon and dye it to match.
Card stock - Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery
Ribbon - 1/4 inch grosgrain Certainly Celery
Embossing Folder - Vintage Wallpaper
Tool - Ticket corner punch

I think this is my favorite color combination. I don't have a lot of this ribbon left so when it is gone they will have to find something else to use. I guess some white ribbon might look nice on the bold colors.
Card Stock - Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink - Island Indigo
Embossing Folder - Elegant Lines
Ribbon - Retired IN color dotted ribbon Rich Razzleberry
Tools - Ticket corner punch, Modern Label punch and Word Window punch

So - does anything strike your fancy? Why not join us at the $2 card party. You can make as many cards as you like within the 3 hour time frame (or come to more than one session if you need more). You can choose what kits/colors you want. You do not have to make one of each or anything like that. If you want a group of cards that are all the same - you can.
All supplies are provided and envelopes too. I plan to come up with a couple Christmas designs in case someone wants to get a head start on their Christmas cards.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Special Treats

I played around with some special treats the other day. These would be great for classroom treats - too bad my girls are past that stage. Maybe I'll make some for my co-workers for Halloween.

The cylinders are easy to use and work well with M&M's and tic-tac mints. I also found out that chapstick tubes and the Twizzler pull apart candies do not fit in the cylinders (have to eat all of those Twizzlers myself). A holiday pencil, a rolled up dollar bill, or a gift certificate would fit - just some ideas I have seen on other blogs.
The mini milk carton is one of those Big Shot dies that I don't own but my sister does :-) - Yes, I cut that out when in Chicago last weekend and put it together at home. It holds about 6 Hershey nugget candies.

The cylinders have a sticky strip on the flap closure which makes it super easy to use. I topped them off with some holiday stamps and a little bit of ribbon - and that's it!

For the milk carton I took a strip of Spice Cake DSP and wrapped it around to decorate it. Then I stamped a sentiment from the Oval All set in Pool Party and mounted it on a scallop of Pool Party. Added a Very Vanilla ribbon to hold it closed and that was it!
This would make a nice little treat for a special friend or favors for a special party. I may have to invest in that die!

Joy to the World - Christmas Stars

When I first saw the new stamp set "The Sounding Joy" in the Holiday Mini, I knew I wanted to make these Christmas ornaments.

The star shape of the Joy to the World verses is perfect for these ceramic star ornaments.
Ink - Stazon Black and Forest Green
Stamp Set - The Sounding Joy

The verses were stamped in the Forest Green. Joy was stamped in Black Stazon. It took me several (well maybe 8 or 9) tries to get the verses looking decent. But once I figured out a few tricks it went well. The nice thing is the Stazon ink comes off with rubbing alcohol or wet wipes if it has not dried.

Let Earth Receive Her King was used on this one.
If you like these and would like to make some of your own, watch my calendar (link to the right of this blog). I will be scheduling some workshops for these soon.

I can't take total credit for these as my sister had the idea of stamping on the ceramic ornaments several years ago. We made these ornaments for our family members that year. The stamp is from the retired "City of David" stamp set.

Another recycling (reuse) project - for Halloween

Another re-use project. I saw this on someone blog as I was browsing through. Sort of cute - and worth the try.

Can you tell what I re-used? Post a comment with your answer. I filled it with the Mica Flakes - so they aren't snow on this card - maybe ectoplasm???
Card stock - Basic Gray, Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamp set- an alphabet set that I found several years ago on E-Bay - not SU
Mica Flakes

Another angle. Figured out what it is?

And another. .....

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Couple More from the Holiday Mini

One of the perks of having my sister back in Chicago is getting to 'share' our Stampin Up tools and ideas. On the road trip last weekend I took along a few things that I bought from the new catalog which she did not have and while there I played with some of her new toys.

I stamped and embossed the background of this card at her house, then put it all together today.
Card Stock - Wisteria Wonder, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink - Soft Suede, Wisteria Wonder
Stamp Set - Simply Soft (hostess set)
Embellishments - In Color Brads, Soft Suede 3/8 inch taffeta ribbon
Tools - Big Shot and the new Snow Burst embossing folder

Here is a close-up of the bow. I wrapped the ribbon around the piece of cardstock then made a loop with a second piece of ribbon. I gathered that loop between the brad prongs (easier said than done - but it turned out okay).

The Snow Burst background is very subtle and really goes with almost any card theme. Here is just adds some texture and I don't think it looks wintry at all.

One of her new hostess stamp sets is Faith in Nature. I have not gotten this one yet (still haven't decided if I will). I stamped the pear image in Chicago and finished it up today here at home.

Card Stock - More Mustard, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Stamp Sets - Faith in Nature, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink- Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard
Embellishments - More Mustard button, Certainly Celery 3/8 inch taffeta ribbon
Tools - Medium Oval punch, Small Oval punch (retired)

I used a sponge dauber and added some More Mustard ink to the pear. Then added some Pear Pizzazz to the right hand edge of the pear and the leaf. It is fun to color outside the lines!

I pulled the ribbon through from the front and tied a knot before pulling the second end through the button. Just something a little different.

I did not want to do the usual layered ovals - so tried three ovals staggered and layered.

It is fun playing with my sister's toys and also fun having pieces ready to go and spark the imagination when I sit down to make some cards.

Bakers Twine Holders - A Recycling Project

I saw these on another blog and had to try them. Always looking for ways to recycle the many plastic containers that I have from brads, buttons, etc.

These are now Baker's Twine Holders- with color coordinated flowers on top (Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Whisper White). Cute (and so easy!)

I took one of the small containers that Stampin Up uses to package brads and buttons and peeled off as much of the label as I could. (Be sure to use the ones that are not divided into sections - will have to think of something else for those).

With the Crop-a-dile, punch the smaller hole in the side of the container. It is so easy with the Crop-a-dile! I was surprised.

Take the inner core of an empty ribbon spool - be sure it is not too tall to fit in the container - some of them are just too big. I punched out two scallop circles (2 3/8 inch) from card stock or the thin cardboard that comes in the DSP packages (more recycling). Adhere to each side of the spool. I guess if you wanted to you could punch a hole in the center of the scallop that matched the inner core and assemble it that way. I did try to use the cardboard that comes on the spool but it was so thick I could not get as much Baker's Twine on so I went back to my card stock.

You can see my scallop cardstock spool with the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine wound around it. I have used quite a bit of the Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White but just a small piece of the Early Espresso. The Early Espresso just fit on my scalloped spool.

Decorate the top as desired. Insert the end of the Baker's twine through the hole in the side of the container and place the spool in the container, Close the lid. Now - isn't that clever. The twine is easily accessible without tangling and knotting up.

And here are a few fun pictures from a road trip with DD2 last weekend. We drove to Chicago to visit family and while there went to a really nice park next to the train station near Grandpa's (the restaurant where we ate). Here DD2 joined some children reading a book and playing with a train.

And this is the Bear Fountain. It has numerous animals depicted down the column. It had actually resided in another area and was moved to this location when the park was created.

We had a great time and Grandpa sure does know how to cook! Or maybe Grandma was hiding in the kitchen.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Reading the blog of a young mom today and her story of the birth of her second child brought back so many memories of my own daughters and the little girls they were. So I am going to be a little nostalgic tonight :-)

Sisters! My girls are 18 months apart. As my doctor told me when I found out DD2 was on the way - "It is hard on the parents, but great for the kids." They were playmates from the beginning - which really was easier on me since I did not have to entertain either of them.

Nighty-night! Ready for bed, all fresh from their baths. One of my favorite times of the day.

Tea time! They loved playing house and pretending.

Too Cool! What more can I say???

Hugs! Easter morning. I learned after their first Easter to not let them play with their Easter bonnets until Easter morning - they played with them on Saturday and then on Easter morning were tired of them and refused to keep them on their heads. After that, they did not get them until Easter morning.

Cowgirls! Ready for a birthday party for one of their playmates - with horse rides of course!

Angels! Love their expressions.

And more recently - Mother's Day - my lovely young ladies! So proud of both of them. And, of course I have to post something I made.....

This is a card I made for a friend who just had her third little girl. "Let the fun begin"!
Card stock - Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, DSP is retired
Stamp Set - Retired Fast and Fun
Embellishment - 5/8 inch Satin Pretty in Pink, miniature brad
Tools - Scallop Eyelet punch