Forest Friends Shoebox Swap

Sorry for getting behind on my blog posting!  I started working on some Christmas presents that involved printing photos from this past year…which got me started pulling photos off of my camera, video camera, cell phone, husband’s cell phone, etc…and then I needed to organize those photos…you get the idea.

But the nice thing about digging through photos is you find pictures you didn’t even remember taking.  In this case, I had thought that I didn’t have a picture of this card I created in July and am so excited to realize I do! 

Forest Friends Shoebox Swap

This was a card I created for a shoebox swap at convention.  What is a shoebox swap?  It is an event when you create a project and bring all the supplies for 5-6 other people to make your project.  Then everyone comes with their shoebox of project supplies and we each make everyone else’s project.  Its pretty fun.

So, my inspiration for this card was Window Sheets.  The name makes me think of a window and so I wanted to create my own window pane on a card.  Sadly, I didn’t take pictures from the side, but how I did this was to take a square of Bashful Blue cardstock and adhere a piece of Old Olive cardstock that had been torn along one side to make the grass.  I stamped the deer and the tree from Forest Friends on Whisper White paper and cut them out.  The tree I adhered to the Bashful Blue paper (with the bottom of the tree glued under the Old Olive paper).  Then I adhered the deer to the Old Olive paper using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I took a square Window Sheet piece, slightly bigger than the Bashful Blue CS, and added strips of Soft Suede for the frame around the edges.  To make the Soft Suede look a bit more “wood grainy” I actually used the handles of a plastic grocery bag, pressed them onto the Soft Suede ink pad and then used that as a stamp to add texture to the cardstock.  The Bashful Blue paper was glued to the Rich Razzleberry base.  Then I added the framed Window Sheet piece on top using more Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Add some Old Olive ribbon to the bottom of the card and then make a label using the Modern Label punch in Soft Suede under a Word Window punchout on Whisper White (the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes).  I added some gold brads for a final touch of bling.  Overall, the card isn’t hard to do, it just has a number of steps involved.  However, I loved the look and will probably do this again with a different scene out my window.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  I hope you stop back again soon. Smile 

Friend to Friend Recipe:
Forest Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive marker, Early Espresso marker
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry CS, Whisper White CS, Bashful Blue CS, Old Olive CS, Soft Suede CS
Accessories:  Window Sheets medium, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Gold Brads, Paper snips, Sticky Strip (to attach the Soft Suede frame to the Window Sheets), Old Olive 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, Paper Piercer, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Last Day to Save 20% on Holiday Bundles

Wow! Its already the 16th of December, and that means that today is the last day to take advantage of the Handmade Holiday Bundles. So, if you’ve been on the fence, now is your last chance to get in on the sale.  Just as a reminder, here are the bundles being offered at 20% off with links to find them in the online store:

Handmade Holiday Bundles

Vintage Christmas Bundle 
Includes: Bells & Boughs stamp set,  Deck the Halls designer series paper

  • Wood-mount bundle (#124067) – $23.92
  • Clear-mount bundle (#124068) – $19.92

Contempo Christmas Bundle 
Includes: Contempo Christmas stamp set, Jolly Holiday designer series paper

  • Wood-mount bundle (#124071)  – $20.72
  • Clear-mount bundle (#124072) – $17.52

Tags Til Christmas Bundle 
Includes:  Tags til Christmas stamp set, Decorative Label Punch

  • Wood-mount bundle (#124077) – $38.32
  • Clear-mount bundle (#124078) – $31.92

Gift Packaging Bundle 
Includes: Gifted stamp set, Mini Lunch Sacks

  • Wood-mount bundle (#124083) – $26.32
  • Clear-mount bundle (#124084) – $19.92

Simply Adorned Gift Bundle 
Includes: Charming stamp set, Simply Adorned 1” x 1-1/4” charm, Simply Adorned 24” chain

  • Wood-mount bundle (#124076) – $39.88

Frame Gift Bundle 
Includes: Definitely Decorative Chunky Frame, Small chocolate chip Dotted Flourish Decor Elements

  • #124075 – $19.92

Cute New My Digital Studio Downloads and Projects

It seems like Stampin’ Up! has started rolling out My Digital Studio downloads like crazy!  But I have to say, I love all the new stuff coming out because I keep seeing so many cute things to do with My Digital Studio.  Here are some pictures of the latest downloads that have come out – some new photo cards and a calendar kit.

The calendar kit is what really caught my eye as its filled with TONS of brand new papers, predesigned layouts, and brush sets.  Plus, I didn’t realize you could get these calendars that come on an easel like in the picture above.  Its too cute!  Plus at only $19.95 to print one of those calendars, I think that is way better than those calendars of kittens or beaches that you get at Target or Office Depot right now!

Did you Know?
You can not only print cards, calendars, photo books, and scrapbook pages through the professional printing service, but you can do custom JOURNALS!  Like I said, so much has been coming out I totally missed this option!  I’ve altered journal books before, but I like the idea of the custom covers, especially for gifts.  Guess I have some playing to do with My Digital Studio now!

Check out all the latest downloads for My Digital Studio here.

Curious about professional printing services?
Well, if you own My Digital Studio, you have the option right from the program.


You can select the type of printing format you want, select how many pages of your project you want to print, how many copies you want, and then send them off to the printer!  You don’t have to worry about saving the file in the right format, getting uploaded onto another website or taking it in to the store.  However, you can do that too! 

One nice thing of the professional printing, aside from the ease of printing, is that they have worked with Stampin’ Up! to ensure the colors on the printers exactly match Stampin’ Up’s colors.  So, if you are going to add paper, ribbon, buttons, etc to your project, you will be sure that the colors will match wonderfully!

Want to see all the different printing options and pricing?  Check them all out here.

Ready to get started on your own project?
Shop my Online Store to get your copy of My Digital Studio and/or your favorite digital downloads to make a project that is just your style!

A Big Button Petal Pizzazz

This month’s make & take project had me focused on using the Big Designer Buttons from the holiday mini.  I didn’t know what else I wanted to do with a card, but I knew I wanted to use my buttons.

So, after digging through my stamp sets, I ended up finding my Petal Pizazz set and realized that the buttons were a perfect fit for the biggest flower in the set.  So, I started from there.  My other challenge for this card was to not use any punches.  I love my punches and so I use them on almost every card…but this just goes to show, you don’t have to use a punch to make a fun card.

If you like these buttons, don’t miss them.  These color sets (which match the Candy Cane DSP and Designer Fabric, and the Deck the Halls DSP and Designer Fabric) are only available in the Holiday Mini which lasts until January 3rd.

Thinking of You Recipe:
Petal Pizazz, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Blushing Bride, Early Espresso Marker
Paper: Whisper White CS, Pear Pizazz CS, Blushing Bride DSP (hostess)
Accessories: Candy Cane Big Designer Buttons, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack

Holiday Gift Tags and Gift Card Holders

Last friday I held a holiday class around gift tags and gift card holders.  I have to admit, while trying to get project ideas, I got so inspired that I had way to many projects I wanted to do with the class.  I managed to reign it in some, but I still ended up with a ton of little projects for everyone to do.  Thankfully no one was in a rush to get in and out and so we had a great time socializing and crafting. 

So, if you are looking for some ideas for some fun ways to gift a gift card or easily make a ton of gift tags, here are what we made and hopefully they will give you ideas for your own creations. Smile

Gift Card Holders

Gift Tag TinOk, so the first thing we did was decorate one of the skinny tins currently found in the Clearance Rack.  This was intended as a container to hold the gift tags we were going to be making, but it also works well as a gift container to use during the holidays.  I did use some retired paper from last year’s holiday mini, but I just love how it looks on the front of the tin.

We also added a piece of designer series paper to the inside of the tin to give it a little more finished of a look.

Tip: when adhering your embellishments to the front of the tin, use Sticky Strip to ensure your decorations stay put long term.

Next we created two different gift card holders.  The first one was a simple folded pouch with a belly band for decoration.  The base paper is 3.5” x 9.75” and is scored at 3” and 7”.  I used the 3/4” circle punch to punch a half circle out of one end and then used sticky strip to adhere that flap down to the middle section of the base.  Wrap a piece of DSP around the folded up gift card holder and adhere the ends of the DSP together using Snail adhesive.  We decorated this holder using the Tags Til Christmas stamp set and the Decorative Label punch (currently on sale as a Handmade Holiday bundle for 20% off) and some adhesive back pearls.

Tip:  Did you realized that you can use the “Dec 25th” stamp from Tags Til Christmas and then cover up the date with the Modern Label punch?  In this case, we still used a Christmas sentiment, but you could make it into anything!  Got to love versatility!

For our last gift card holder, we made what I call the “booklet gift card holder”.  This pattern has been seen all over the internet and you’ll probably see a few different measurements out there.  I found that I liked the following measurements the best:
– Cut your base paper to be 4 1/4” x 11.  
– Score at 3”, 5.5”, and 8”

Once you have your paper scored, fold it into a ‘W’ shape so that there is a shorter peak on the inside of your booklet.  Use your word window punch to cut out two “half-ovals” across the top of that shorter peak and then use the 3/4” circle punch to punch out a half circle in the middle.  Then, embellish the front, back, and insides to your hearts content using ribbon or fabric to tie your booklet closed.  For this project, we used the Candy Cane DSP and A Cute Christmas stamp set, stamping both on the outside and inside of the holder.  I also used a white gel pen to add the little white dots to the Bashful Blue scalloped circle on the front of the booklet.

Finally, after all that, we made some gift tags as well.  These were made almost entirely with the Tags Til Christmas stamp set with one tag using the Sweet Season set just for fun. 
Some things you may not be able to see well in the picture:

  -  The ornament tag is actually a tag that flips open.  We folded over a piece of cardstock before stamping our ornament image. Then we punched out the ornament image making sure to have the crease of the folded paper showing in the opening of the punch (so that we were keeping the crease intact). 

  -  We also used a two-way glue pen to add Dazzling Diamonds to the front of the ornament.

  -  The “do not open until christmas” tag was created by first stamping the image on a piece of paper and then punching it out using the 1 1/4” square punch.  You want to make sure the text is aligned at the bottom of your square punch.  Then we punched out a scallop square piece using scrap designer series paper and folded that scalloped square in half.  Finally adhere that folded scallop square to the top of your 1 1/4” square punch out and add some hemp thread to make it a hanger.

Well, I hope that gave you at least one new idea.  I’d love to have you join me at one of my classes in person, but if you are too far away, please come visit me at my blog again as I’ll be sharing the future projects here as well.  Until next time… Happy Stamping!

Would You Guess This Was a Birthday Card?

Usually having stamps come in a set is a good thing because you know you have a variety of images and words that will coordinate and can give you a number of design options or even project options to work with.  However, in this case, I learned that it can also influence you, the stamper, in ways that aren’t so obvious to the viewer of your project.  Smile

This card uses the stamp set Birthday Bakery (a hostess set) and so when I was creating this card I totally had it set in my head that this is a birthday card.  Well, I got it all finished and my friend took a look at it and had no clue it was a birthday card!  I was about to say,” Of course it’s a birthday card!” but then I looked at the sentiment again and realized that just because I had a gift bag didn’t necessarily imply birthday.  So, instead, this could work for any number of reasons. 

Now to decide what my reason should be…..

Eat Something Cute Recipe:
Birthday Bakery
Ink:  Basic Black, Pink Pirouette marker, Cherry Cobbler marker, Rich Razzleberry marker, So Saffron marker
Paper:  Jolly Holiday DSP, So Saffron CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Basic Black 1/4” ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Come Join Me for Some Crafting!

I just got back from a fun Holiday Party and Vendor fair and after talking to folks all afternoon, I realized that my last couple classes for the month are happening in the next week!  So, I’m going to hurry up and put the finishing touches on my projects but in the meantime wanted to invite you to come join the fun too!

So, if you are in the San Francisco/San Jose area and are looking for something fun to do, I’d love to have you join me.

  • December Meet & Greet –  December 7th at 7pm
    • This is my monthly get together with my local meetup group (Bay Area Card Makers).  Folks come socials, show off the projects they have been working on, and I provide a free make & take project – usually a simple card for everyone to do.  You don’t need to bring anything and this is a perfect event for every skill level. 
  • Thank You Card Stamp-a-Stack – December 12th at 2pm
    • We all know the holiday season means lots of gift exchanges and kindness from others. Be ready to show how much you appreciate it with a set of handmade thank you cards. We will be making 12 thank you cards – 3 each of 4 designs. Everything will be provided including envelopes for a supply fee of $25. 

So, if you are interested in attending, you can RSVP through the meetup group or send me an email and I’ll make sure to have your supplies ready and waiting!

A CASE’d Hello from Conventions Past

Today I thought I’d share a card that is a direct CASE of a card we made at Convention in 2009.  I was asked yesterday if I came up with my project designs on my own or find them from somewhere else.  The answer is both.  And often I look at projects I’ve created in the past and switch up the colors or embellishments to suit what I have on hand at the time.  This is one of those examples. 

So, here is the card we made at convention:


And so I switched out the Crushed Curry base and ribbon for Old Olive.  Used Melon Mambo, So Saffron, and Soft Suede markers; and added some of the adhesive rhinestone bling to create this version:

It’s a bit more subdued than the first version but I like it just as much.  I think it’s also a great card to do at a workshop too.  If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’d love to show you and your friends how to make this card for free.  Send me an email and we’ll pick a fun day for at girls night in!

Until then, Happy Stamping!

Happy Hannukah Card

I know I’m running a couple days behind since Hannukah started on the 1st, but I created this card on the first… does that count?  Smile 

I made this card using scraps and one of my favorite retired sets – Hebrew Holidays.

It is also hard to see, but I used Crystal Effects on the candle flames…such a fun use of Crystal Effects.  It adds a little shine and dimension when you see the card in person.

So, to all of you celebrating the Festival of Lights right now.  I wish you a very happy Hannukah!

Clean and Simple Just Believe Card

Happy December everyone!  Can you believe it is already here?  I swear I was just making plans for Halloween, but I guess that is how it is every year. 

I just spent the last week visiting friends and family in Oklahoma, which was tons of fun I might add, and while I was there I had the chance to stamp with a few different wonderful folks.  In fact, a couple of the folks I stamped with decided to take advantage of the starter kit special and joined my team – so welcome Debbie and Kally! 

I wanted to share with you today one of the cards I made while goofing off with the limited supplies I had brought with me.  This was one of those cards that starts off with one idea (having the grass and flowers be stamped off the edge of the card) and then you make a “mistake” aka “opportunity for embellishment” (I didn’t get the stamp over the edge of the paper and so the grass and flowers stopped 1/2” before the edge of the card); and so a new concept is born.  In the end, I like the simplicity of this card.

I can’t decide if it needs something else like some bling or glitter on the Razzleberry flower.  What do you think?

Just For You Recipe:
Just Believe
Ink:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry marker
Paper:  Whisper White CS, Basic Black CS
Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Paper Snips