A Christmas Card from Shelli Gardner!

I can’t believe I almost totally forgot to post this card I received at Founder’s Circle from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO and her daughter Sara Douglas).  When we were swapping she gave us this card and even signed it on the back with her “bad” hand since she had just been in her horse riding accident and had injured her shoulder.  But I wanted to share it with you now before the holidays completely pass by.

But first, don’t forget about the Birthday Weekend Celebrations!  My birthday was on Wednesday and I’m sharing the presents all week long!  If you haven’t checked out day 1 and day 2, you still have time to get your name in the drawing for each gift since I’ll be drawing names on Sunday morning. 

So check out Shelli’s card and then leave a comment to be entered for today’s giveaway!

So Sophisticated Christmas Card

Shelli is known for her vintage and sophisticated style.  It always makes me laugh to see her on stage and start putting together a card and tell us that it is just a “stamp here”, “spritz there”, add a little fussy cutting, glue this and that, “add a stitch” just so… and you are done!  She makes it look so easy! 

Now, I guess the basic elements of this card are pretty straight forward.

  • Run the embossing folder across the middle of your card front for embossing on only part of your card front.
  • Heat emboss a single stamp (the O Holy Night set) in gold.
  • Cut out your stamped image with a framelit (from Apocathary Accents)
  • Add a Champange Glimmer paper punched star with the Merry Minis punch pack and placed a pearl in the middle (I would recommend using some extra adhesive to help hold it in place on the rough glimmer paper)
  • Spritz the card base with Vanilla Smooch Spritz to add some subtle shimmer to the card

But then you look closer at the top of the card and we start to get a little fancier!  : )

It looks like she took some of the Modern Medley designer paper and accordian folded a thin strip to allow them to shape it into a circle to go behind the star (I’m sure glued with hot glue!)

Then took some of the FABULOUS Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon and (I’m guessing with starch spray) crinkle and folded the ribbon to this interesting look.  Add two more paper banners on the right and you are done!

It looks like a really fun card to make…. but one I would make for only a few special people. : )

Birthday Celebrations & Giveaway – Day 3!

Alright, I promised you gifts because birthdays are so much fun and I’m glad I can share mine with you.

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This and That Washi Tape (1 set = 3 rolls of tape)

Brights Designer Buttons

Each day I’ll post a new giveaway and you’ll be able to enter up 3 ways (and yes! you can get multiple entries each day!) each day and I’ll draw names on Sunday.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing whether you scrapbook your holiday pictures or just take and store them. 
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing what is your favorite holiday treat?
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and get 2 extra entries

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Getting Creative with the Christmas Star Stamp

Woo hoo!  Today is the day that I’m heading to Utah for Founder’s Circle and I don’t think I could be any more excited!  5 days to relax, stamp, explore, and socialize with some amazing stampers and demonstrators – what could be a better vacation? 

I’ll be blogging from my trip in Utah as well as offering a Founder Circle special while I’m away!  So, be sure to stop back by the blog to catch all the excitement.

But, while I’m traveling, I wanted to make sure to share with you some new project ideas using the Christmas Star holiday single stamp

This stamp is an elegant way to decorate or create for the holidays.  And the coolest part is that it is super easy to make it pop-out into a 3D star!  But more on that in a minute. Smile 

Now, first thing, I’ll warn you – this stamp is bigger than you think.  I ordered the stamp and didn’t really pay attention to what clear block the flyer listed that was required for it.  I assumed one of my medium blocks would work – NOPE!  It takes the biggest block (block F).

Yup.  That is a 4.25” x 5.5” card base and the Christmas Star next to it!

Now, you may be wondering what can I do with a stamp that big? 

Why, make cute cards and home décor projects, of course!  Smile The first thing I did was make a Christmas card with the star.

I decided to go for a more vintage-y feel and so I stamped on Crumb Cake paper with my Cherry Cobbler ink.  Sponge the edges with Crumb Cake ink and then add a touch of sparkle with some Silver Glimmer paper.  Pretty, no?

Then I wanted to play with the fact that you could make the star into a 3D star.

How do you make the Christmas Star pop up?
  1. Stamp your Christmas Star image on a piece of white cardstock
  2. Cut out the star (yes, you need to hand cut this, but it isn’t as bad as you think)
  3. Fold the star in half using the white lines that radiate out from the center of the star as guidelines.
  4. Use your bone folder to press each fold line (you should fold in half 5 times)
  5. Set your star on a table or flat surface and then gently squeeze the sides in to cause the center of the star to push up off the table. 
  6. Your star should stay dimensional and you can now add it to your projects!

Once I made my star, I knew I had to put in on something, so I made this rosette ornament.

I cut two strips of 1.75” x 11” pieces of Wild Wasabi cardstock and then scored it at 1/4” increments.  Then I could fold my paper back and forth to create the accordian look. 

Glue the ends of each strip together to make one big circle and then push the center down flat to make my rosette.  Now, I haven’t made many rosettes before, and I’m a complete newbie to my hot glue gun…. so, when I had to hot glue the middle of my rosette together so it would stay flat, it got a bit messy!  But it works, and I covered it up, so you’d never know!

Then I just added a circle of Silver Glimmer paper (adhering with hot glue again) and then added my star (adhering with glue dots) to the top.  Punch a hole in the rosette and run some of the new Silver 1/8” taffeta ribbon from the holiday catalog and you have yourself an ornament!

Oh, and the rhinestone!  Don’t forget the rhinestone in the center of the star!

So see, there are lots of cute things you can do with this stamp – even if it is big!

Founders Circle Special – Double Rewards All Weekend Long!

Since I can’t take you all with me to Founder’s Circle this weekend, I thought I would try to do something special to celebrate anyway.

So, from 9/18–9/22, receive DOUBLE your reward punches for each purchase!

That is right! For every $40 you order, you will receive two punches on your punch card and be that much closer to receiving a free stamp set of your choice!

See how Northwest Stamper Reward Punches work

and as an extra thank you,

Everyone who places an order between now and 9/22 will be entered to win a free Christmas Star stamp and Rhinestones!

So, have a great weekend and I’ll see you back on here soon!

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Christmas Gift Tags from Scraps and No Peeking

Ok, so Christmas is only 2 days away!  Eep!  Are you ready and have all your presents wrapped?  I’ll admit, I have most of them wrapped but not all of them!

But wrapping presents got me thinking about gift tags and I was going crazy with the No Peeking set and had so much fun playing with my ribbon and paper scraps to make a variety of tags for this year.  Check out what I made:

It all started with me stamping a bunch of images on scrap paper and then picking up extra cardstock scraps from around my craft table and punching or cutting them into roughly tag shapes.

First I grabbed some Gumball Green and heat embossed the “No peeking” sentiment with white embossing powder.  Then I punched them out and added some ribbon and cut out stamped images


Next were some simple flap style tags.  I scored them so that the heat embossed sentiment (white for the “no peeking” and Early Espresso for the “Jolly Christmas”) would show when it was closed.  Then I decorated the flap with cut out stamped images and ribbon.

Next I was on to some more simple tags.  I just embossed or stamped the images of the penguin and reindeer and cut them out, then layered them onto the Real Red scallop and Gumball Green circle.  Stamp the “To: From:” sentiment on the back and you are good to go!

Finally, my last set were my random experiments.  I had an extra reindeer on a scallop circle and thought it would look cute on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock (really like how this turned out) and I tried to leave enough space so you can actually write who it is to and from.  (I had thought this through in my head before seeing how much space there actually was!)

And finally, my ultimate in playing.  I had the scrap of Crumb Cake and Real Red and decided to do a twisted tag.  I stamped and then heat embossed the penguin in Basic Black (it looks awesome heat embossed by the way) and then colored in some of the spaces with my Real Red marker.  Then I stamped a little bird next to him also in Basic Black (you can see how much nicer it looks embossed this way).  Then I added some “snowballs” aka pearls along the side.

So there you have it!  Some quick last minute gift tags to add a touch of handmade to your projects.


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No Peeking Gift Tags Recipe
No Peeking
Ink: Basic Black marker, Gumball Green, Real Red marker, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Versamark
Paper: Gumball Green, Real Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Stampin’ trimmer, 1 3/4” scallop circle, 1 1/4” circle punch, Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White stitched grosgrain ribbon, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Cherry cobbler bakers twine, Embossing Powder (white, black, early espresso), basic pearls, Real Red 1/8” taffeta ribbon, 1/16” hole punch, heat gun, embossing buddy, Stampin’ Dimentionals

Getting Back to Watercolor Crayons

When I was asked recently to put together a card using Watercolor Crayons, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go; but I decided I was up for the challenge.  The person really liked a card by Meg Loven using the Simply Soft set and so I looked around my craft room and spied the new Reason to Smile stamp set (its coming out in July as part of a special promotion where you can get it for only $5 with any $50 order!).  It is a new 2-step stamping set and I thought it would be fun to try with the crayons.

Reason to Smile watercolored stamp set


I used the Watercolor Crayons two different ways:  coloring directly onto the stamp (for the petals and stem) and picking up color from the crayon using a waterbrush and coloring on the paper.  I have to say, making this card has renewed my love affair with Watercolor Crayons!

Thanks to this tip from Meg, I had MUCH BETTER success coloring on my stamp.  I grabbed my aqua pen for the first time in ages – I normally am loyal to my blender pen – and moistened the surface of the rubber before I colored with the crayon.  Boy does that help the crayon color nicely on the surface!  Then you can stamp and it is super pretty.

I then brushed my aqua pen along the back of the crayon (the flat end) and then used that to paint color around my stamped image on the paper.  Doesn’t it give such a pretty look?

Reason to Smile watercolored close up


The only other tip I have for you today, is if you are going to color on your paper like I did with the blue, you really really  want to be using watercolor paper!  You will be using so much water doing this that regular cardstock will warp a lot.

So, there you go… now grab your watercolor crayons and give it a try!  Its probably way more fun than you remember it being. 🙂

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Reason to Smile Thank You Card Recipe
Reason to Smile, Curly Cute
Ink: Stazon black, Old Olive
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Watercoloring Paper
Accessories: Daffodil Delight seam binding, Brights watercolor crayons, aqua pen, stampin’ dimensionals, basic rhinestones

Summer Smooches and Button Flowers

I seriously need to figure out how to take better pictures because I had a heck of a time getting a photo that shows just how bright and cheery this card is!  When you see the Summer Smooches designer paper in person, it just makes you smile and feel like summertime.  So, here is what it would look like if you were sitting in the shade on a sunny day. 😉

I was sharing this card with my team on our facebook group yesterday, and Pam made the comment about how I had introduced her to the idea of using the Ornament punch as a flower pot (if you hadn’t realized that… I used the Ornament punch to punch out some designer paper and then trimmed off the bottom to make it into a vase.)

Her comment got me thinking and I realized that I use this punch way more often as a vase than I do as an ornament!  How funny is that?

Anyway, I used the new Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon and then decided to mirror the flowers in the designer paper by using the Itty Bitty Punch pack and Bitty buttons to make cute modern flowers for my vase.


Tip:  Punch out your paper using the small circle punch and then adhere it to your button by making a light coating of crystal effects on the button.  This gives you a super solid hold and it is uniformly clear when looking at the button. 

I’ve tried glue dots in the past and you tend to see the shadow where the glue dot ends but the button still continues to be bigger than the glue dot.


Finally, I thought I would show you the card I created for this design while waiting for my Summer Smooches items to come in the mail.  This uses the same stuff, just Sweet Shop specialty designer paper and Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon.

Psst… don’t tell the Summer Smooches, but I think I like the Sweet Shop card better. 😉

But that is ok.  Just wait until tomorrow when I share a card I LOVE using the Summer Smooches paper.  Until then…


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Just For You Smooches Card Recipe:

Stamps: Just Believe
Ink: Real Red Classic, Lucky Limeade Classic
Paper: Summer Smooches designer paper, Whisper White cardstock, Daffodil Delight CS, Real Red CS
Accessories: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Bitty Brads, Crystal Effects, Ornament Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Designer Frames Embossed Love Card

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  My day was like pretty much everyday except my hubby was super sweet and let me sleep in a little in the morning.  He even fed Nicholas breakfast while I slept!  That was an awesome enough gift for me. Smile

Well, as evidenced by my just getting my Christmas thank you cards out in the mail last week, I’m a bit behind on my holiday card making.  So, it really wasn’t any surprise that I didn’t get many Valentines done…and by many I mean, I got one done.  Sure, I helped my son make one for his daddy, and so I hurried to put together one from me as well.

I saw a card on the Stampin’ Up! facebook page that used this stamp from the Easy Events stamp set in front of the lattice embossed background and it was inspiration enough to get me started.

imageI was trying to figure out how I wanted to mat the image when I remembered that I had just received the Designer Frames embossing folders as a free Sale-a-Bration item and sure enough, the rectangle frame was a perfect fit!

The really cool thing about these embossing folders is that since the plastic is somewhat see-through, I could stamp my image first and then line it up inside the frame before embossing.  Sure, it leaves a little bit of ink on the folder, but that is easy to clean with a little spritz of the Stampin’ Mist cleaner.

Anyway, after embossing the image, I decided to snazzy it up a bit and used a black marker to outline the embossed ridge near the inside of the rectangle.  Then I cut out the whole frame and sponged to make it “pop” more off the background.

Oh, and one tip I’ll give you about watercoloring your images:
Let the ink sit for an extra minute before you start blending your colors.

I used a blender pen, and though I know the Basic Black ink is water resistant and that classic ink dries really quickly.  I forgot that if you are going to be doing a lot of pulling the color around with a blender pen – let your stamped image sit for an extra minute to totally dry.  I started coloring in almost immediately after stamping and found that if I went over the black lines very much with the blender pen it would darken my color (in this case, I ran into it with the green of the tree).  It still looked pretty and came out fine, but I ended up stamping again anyway because I wanted a more vibrant color when I was coloring.  Letting the image sit while I cut out the frame was more than enough time to be ready to color.

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Easy Events Love Card Recipe:
Easy Events
Ink:  Lucky Limeade Classic Ink, Cherry Cobbler Classic, Soft Suede Classic, Basic Black marker
Paper: Basic Black CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Basic Black 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Lattice embossing folder

A Holiday Card from Halloween Paper?

So, after making a couple cards recently using the Frightful Sight designer paper , I decided to challenge myself to make a card that had absolutely nothing to do with Halloween using this paper pack.  So, how about a holiday card?

The black paper with green dots is the backside of the crazy pattern that I call "eyes” and the big colored dots are the backside of the green spider pattern paper.  But when paired with different cardstock, stamps, and embellishments, you would never know they were in a Halloween set!  (If you are curious to see the spider side and the black paper in action on a Halloween card, check out my facebook page where I posted a card with them this year).

I paired the designer paper with a matting of Old Olive cardstock, and put all that on a base of Cherry Cobbler.  Add some seam binding ribbon and then my stamped sentiment.  Some of the fun things I did with this card is I distressed the edges of my Whisper White cardstock in the center of the card using my scissors and then sponged the edge of the smaller piece with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The ornaments were stamped after I had “stamped-off” twice (where I inked up the image and them stamped twice on scratch paper before stamping “for real” on my paper.  This gave me a light enough image that I could stamp over the ornaments with Basic Black ink and have it be readable.

So, what do you think?  Think it works?

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Halloween Pumpkin Card Recipe:
Tree Trimmings, Many Merry Messages
Ink:  Old Olive classic, Cherry Cobbler classic, Basic Black classic
Paper: Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Old Olive cs, Whisper White cs, Frightful Sight designer paper
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mother’s Day Card with Presto Patterns

If you got my April newsletter recently, you may recognize part of this card!  I wanted to show some of the fun things you can do with Presto Patterns specialty paper.  See, many people either don’t realize what it is (because in the catalog it shows up as white with brown lines to show the design) or you saw the paper but couldn’t imagine what you would want with white paper with white embossing.  So, for those of you who haven’t seen it, this is what the paper looks like:

But you add a bit of sponging, even using multiple colors and you can turn those plain designs into super pretty pieces for your cards!  I used one piece on the card below to show you what I mean:

I also had to play with the folded ribbon.  I LOVE seam binding ribbon…have I said that before? Smile  So, I recently got the Crumb Cake color and decided to play with it in this card.  To make my rolls, I used the Snail adhesive and put a little bit down on one side of the ribbon and then folded the ribbon over to make the rounded part.  Then I kept using the Snail on the front of the ribbon so I could fold the ribbon back on itself and so on.  Yeah, I know, that was a terrible explanation.  If anyone is interested in how I did it, let me know and I can take pictures or something to show you better.  Anyway I had to finish it off with one of the rose adornments and a pearl.  Perfect for mom!

I wanted a sentiment but you can’t stamp directly on the Presto Patterns paper very well (because the ink won’t stick to the embossed pattern) and I didn’t really want a punch out to distract from the pattern, so I stamped on some cardstock vellum and adhered to the front of the card so the pattern could show through.

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Happy Mother’s Day Presto Patterns Recipe
  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Blush Blossom
Paper:  Presto Patterns specialty paper, Botanical Gazette designer paper, Old Olive cardstock, Cardstock Vellum
Accessories:  Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, yellow sponge, adhesive Pearls, Vintage Flower adornments, Snail

Easter Bunny Punch Art Card

I finally participated in a sketch challenge, only to realize that I totally missed the deadline. :)  Oh, well.  I still LOVE my card I made.  I was so excited to be able to come up with a fun Easter card even though I had pretty much no Easter stamp sets.  What do you think?  Isn’t this bunny adorable?!

I made this card with my son in mind and had fun pulling papers, stamps, and punches to create an easy yet super fun Easter bunny card.  I had seen different cards out there using the Nursery Suite specialty designer paper for Easter because it has a couple patterns with bunnies on them. Let me tell you, that was one of those smacks to the forehead kind of moments! I was so fixated on this paper being “baby” paper that I didn’t even think about how it is so fabulous for so many other projects.  Just you watch, I’ll be pulling it out a lot more in the future.

Then I saw this punch art bunny on Jan Tink’s blog and knew I just HAD to make one myself!  So, I combined the paper, this bunny, and the Stamping 411 sketch from last week to make it.  So fun!

The bunny is made by punching 3 small ovals (one for the feet and two for the ears), one 1-1/4” circle for the body, one 1” circle for the head, and one small flower punch from the Punch Pack for the tail.

The ribbon is just a piece of Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon (have I told you how much the seam binding ribbon rocks?) that I folded in half and then knotted.

Make your own Easter bunny!  Get the supplies you need from the online store here, or grab the paper and punches you have and play around!  Have fun!

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Happy Easter Recipe
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Dot Dot Dot
Ink:  Crumb Cake classic
Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock, Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Early Espresso cardstock, Nursery Suite dsp
Accessories:  1 1/4” circle punch, 1” circle punch, Small Oval punch, Punch Pack, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Punch Potpourri Sweet and Simple Card

Today I thought I would do a quick card share to show an easy and fun card I made for my friend and downline.  I’ll admit I was in the middle of creating some Valentine’s Day cards when I created it so I think it came out a bit “love-y” due to the colors I used; but I still like it anyway. :)  How can you go wrong with pearls and seam binding ribbon! 

This card started with the idea of tearing a piece of cardstock and laying it over a stamped image (or set of images – in this case the flower stamp from Punch Potpourri that is a perfect match for the Boho Blossoms punch).  Then I had to add some Rose Red seam binding ribbon because, well, I just love the Stampin’ Up! seam binding ribbon.  I think it is my second favorite ribbon behind the satin ribbon.  Finally, I needed an excuse to play with my new Full Heart punch and so the rest just came together from there.  I stamped in Early Espresso ink and then used Stampin’ Write markers to color in the flowers on the heart image.

Tip –  I’ve had some folks ask me recently if there is a specific way they should tear their cardstock for projects like this with a rough edge.  In general, there is no wrong way to tear your cardstock, however you can influence the final effect you get depending on how you tear.  Plus, because Stampin’ Up! cardstock has color all the way through the paper (as opposed to some papers out there that are only colored on the surface and have a white or other colored core), the cardstock is very forgiving when you try to do a card like this. 

If you want an edge that is more roughed up and shows part of the core – like the card above – I recommend holding the paper in one hand and with your second hand, tear down and in towards the hand holding the paper.  That means you are sort of tearing at an angle.  Think of it like you are holding the paper facing you and you are tearing the paper towards your shoulder.

If you want and edge that is torn but very clean and minimal distressing, I recommend holding the paper in one hand and with your second hand, tear straight down.  This means you are tearing basically perpendicular to the paper, like you are just trying to rip a piece of paper in half.  In this case, think of it like you are holding the paper facing you and you are tearing the paper straight towards your chest.

Try it out and you’ll see that you get two pretty different looks.

Now is the perfect time to host a card night with your friends.  Not only can you get this stamp set – Punch Potpourri – for FREE but everyone will get great deals and opportunities to receive free stamp sets as part of Sale-a-Bration.  I have a couple dates left and would love to come show you and your friends some fun new ideas for your creative projects!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com to reserve your date!

Punch Potpourri For You Recipe:
Punch Potpourri (hostess set)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Accessories:  Full Heart Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pink Pirouette marker, Certainly Celery marker, Adhesive backed Pearls, Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon