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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Craft Project Central: Minion Birthday Party!

I love these guys! They just make me smile. Today's Craft Project Central projects are by Buffy Coopper.

These little cuties are a fun addition to any party. With the Big Shot, Fringe scissors, card stock, and a few other tools, you can easily create your own army of Minion party-goers! For project details, please visit Craft Project Central. 

Till Next Time,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Craft Project Central: Always Kiss Me Goodnight Gift Set

Today's projects for Craft Project Central are by Julie Beltramo at Just Julie B's Stampin Space.

julie beltramo

This Framed Shadow Box Gift Set would make a great gift for newlyweds or how about an anniversary gift for that couple who needs this reminder?! The simple tea light holder and gift box will make a nice addition to include with the coordinating card.

For project details visit Craft Project Central.

Till Next Time,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Craft Project Central: Quatrefancy Card Organizer

Today's projects for Craft Project Central are by Laurie Zoellmer at StampingNut

This pretty Card Organizer is a perfect addition to any desk, and designed to organize your greeting cards. The dividers make it easy to stay organized and you can customize the dividers to whatever sentiments you like!  This project makes a nice gift or great class idea!

For project details, visit Craft Project Central.

Till Next Time,

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Craft Project Central: Creating With the Envelope Punch Board

Craft Project Central has some great projects for today's post created by Regina Andari of WorkinOutTheInks.  I'm looking forward to creating some of these myself!

The Envelope Punch Board is no longer a new tool, but there are plenty of new ways to create with it.  Learn to make a fun camera-shaped gift card holder, two treat holders—one of which is shaped like a purse, a clasp envelope, a candy wrapper box, and a really easy card with a coordinating envelope.  These are just a few of the fun things that can be created with the Envelope Punch Board!

For project details, visit Craft Project Central.

Till Next Time,

Friday, April 4, 2014

Craft Project Central: Easter Bouquet Gift Set

Wendy Cranford at luvinstampin.com created today's projects for Craft Project Central.

 Craft Project Central

Everyone loves a beautiful floral bouquet.  Here’s one you can make that will last AND brighten someone's day!  Make the matching card and give as a beautiful Easter gift.  Makes for a fun class project, too!

Visit Craft Project Central for project details.

Till Next Time,

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Craft Project Central: Floral Lattice Box Card Set

For the month of April, I will be participating with Craft Project Central.  This group showcases Stampin'Up! products in a variety of mediums giving you loads of ideas for classes, workshops and your personal use, . This month there will be 10 projects which I will post here. My contribution will be closer to the end of the month. I hope you enjoy  these ideas! For more details on Craft Project Central and these projects visit their website.


Today's project is by Christy Fulk at Create With Christy. This colorful, feminine-looking card set definitely makes you think of Spring and Summer!  The card set includes two card designs with coordinating envelopes, three of each design.  They all fit inside the pretty floral lattice box.  Make one as a gift, or make one to keep for yourself.  The set would also make a great class project.

Stop back on Friday for the second April project from Craft Project Central!

Till Next Time,

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Fabulous Florets Edition

This week the Stamp Review Crew is "reviewing" the Stampin'Up! set Fabulous Florets. This is a great floral set with both outline and silhouette images. It has been out for a while, so what new ideas can the "Crew" come up with?
I took my color inspiration from this chair in my newest Pier 1 Imports catalog. I love the colors. Not normal ones I would put together.  Both cards were done using Summer Starfruit, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Whisper White colors.

 The first card was created by stamping the outline images on whisper white, cutting them out, adhering them to a piece of Summer Starfruit card stock and then embossing the piece with the Square Lattice Embossing folder. I added a little texture to the flowers by drawing some lines on each petal with my Blender Pen and Smoky Slate ink. The sentiment is from Stampin'Up! Create a Cupcake stamp set.

Card Dimensions:
Card Base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 
Basic Gray piece: 2"x 4"
Summer Starfruit piece: 3"x 4"

I love the silhouette image of this second card.  The flowers fit perfectly on the stems. Summer Starfruit has really grown on me over the past two years and I will be sad to see it go this summer! The Candy Dots are from the Regals Collection, Crushed Curry.  The sentiment is from Stampin'Up! Blooming With Kindness set.

Card Dimensions:
Card Base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Summer Starfuit piece:  4" x 5 1/4"
Top Layer: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

Stampin'Up!s Paper Snips were essential for cutting the flowers in these projects. They are perfect for any and all intricate cutting you need to make.  I love these so much, I have 3 pairs!

That is it for me! I hope you enjoyed the projects. If you have a moment, before you go, I would love to hear your comments. I truly appreciate your feedback.

And now, more great ideas await you over at Tidd Bits From Dawn!

 Tidd Bits From Dawn
Tidd Bits From Dawn

And if you would like to go back to Nancy Smith's blog:

Till Next Time!

Complete Blog Roll
  1. Heidi Baks  runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com
  2. Cindy Beach stampspaperandink.typepad.com/
  3. Tanya Boser   tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com
  4. Debra Burgin  heartfeltinkspiration.com/
  5. Deb Currier  artfeltimpressions.blogspot.com/ 
  6. Yapha Mason   yaphamason.com
  7. Mary Rindal   maryrindal.com/ 
  8. Nancy Smith  iguanastamp.wordpress.com
  9. Martha Stewart  seasonsofstamping.com/ 
  10. Dawn Tidd   tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com
  11. Betty Traciak kittystamps.blogspot.com
  12. Lisa Young   addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/ 
  13. Kerry Willard Bray  kerrywillardbray.com
  14. Paula Wright  paulastamps.blogspot.com/
  15. Rita Wright  ritascreations.blogspot.com/
  16. Jill Coleman  jillstamps.com/

All materials Stampin'Up!
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Create a Cupcake
Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, & Whisper White card stock
Misc: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Boho Blossoms punch, Decorative Label punch, 3/8" Stitched Summer Starfruit Satin Ribbon, Neutrals Candy Dots, Paper Snips, Blender Pen

Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Blooming With Kindness
Ink: Smoky Slate, Summer Starfruit
Paper: Whisper White, Summer Starfruit card stock
Misc: Paper Snips, Regal Collection Candy Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Blender Pen

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Gorgeous Grunge

Good M-o-r-n-i-n-g ... Stampers! It's time for another Stamp Review.  This week the Stamp Review Crew will be reviewing Stampin'Up!s Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. This can be a difficult set to use other than for backgrounds, so I'm looking forward as well to the Crew's ideas! I've paired both of my projects with the Stampin'Up! sentiment set Yippee-Skippee!

Click on the "Next" and "Previous" buttons below to see more projects and you can always visit www.StampReviewCrew.com for a complete list of the "Crew".

My first project was inspired from this Just Add Ink sketch. The color scheme is Crumb Cake, Gumball Green & Primrose Petals (which will be retiring this summer) and  Early Espresso. A couple of things that helped in making this card are  1. Stamp-a-ma-jig. This is one of those ESSENTIAL stamping tools  2. The reverse punch on the Envelope Punch Board makes a perfect corner rounder. 3. masking- you can find instructions at SplitCoast Stampers.  I masked my project so the sentiment could be stamped without having to stamp over back ground images.  Masking is also a great way to give your projects dimension.

This second project was a blast to make. The images in Gorgeous Grunge along with this sentiment from Yippee-Skippee! made me think of the 60's with all the psychedelic colors and patterns. I love this sentiment. "I Freakin' Love You!" It's just fun! This is a birthday card for my youngest son who is away at school. I think he will love it!

To create this card I took a piece of 5 1/2" square Whisper White card stock, marked the center at 2 3/4" and stamped in 6 different colors of ink around the center point. I also used masking here as well to give it a circular look instead of just a bunch of colored dots on paper. The stamping on this card is a bit messy in places, but then so were the 60's! This piece was then trimmed down to 4 1/2" square.  The base of this card is 4 3/4" square black card stock.

The circular coffee filter piece uses the "Frosted Filter" technique. You can also find the instructions here at SplitCoastStampers.

I hope you enjoyed today's projects. If you have a moment before you go, please leave a comment! I always appreciate reading what you have to say.  

And now on to Dawn Tidd"s blog, TiddBitsFromDawn where you will be treated to more great ideas!

 Dawn Tidd's blog

If you would like to revisit Mary Rindall's blog click on the "Previous Blog" button to go back.

 Mary Rindal's Blog

'Till Next Time,

Materials: All materials are Stampin'Up! unless otherwise noted.
Card #1
Stamps- Gorgeous Grunge, Yippee-Skippee!
Ink- Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Paper: Gumball Green & Crumb Cake card stock
Misc: In Color Dahlias, Hardware Clips Essentials, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Envelope Punch Board, 

Card #2
Stamps- Gorgeous Grunge, Yippee-Skippee!
Ink- Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi ink pads, markers and re-inkers
Paper: Whisper White and Basic Black card stock
Misc: Coffee Filter, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

Blog Roll:
  1. Heidi Baks  runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com
  2. Cindy Beach stampspaperandink.typepad.com/
  3. Beth Beard   mylittlecraftblog.com/
  4. Adriana Benitez  escape2stamp.com
  5. Tanya Boser   tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com
  6. Debra Burgin  heartfeltinkspiration.com/
  7. Jill Coleman  jillstamps.com/
  8. Deb Currier  artfeltimpressions.blogspot.com/ 
  9. Mike Funke    stampin-style.typepad.com/
  10. Shana Gaff   stressfreestamping.blogspot.com
  11. Holly Krautkremer  rubberredneck.typepad.com
  12. Mary Rindal   maryrindal.com
  13. Martha Stewart  seasonsofstamping.com/ 
  14. Dawn Tidd   tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com
  15. Lisa Young   addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/ 
  16. Kerry Willard Bray  kerrywillardbray.com
  17. Paula Wright  paulastamps.blogspot.com/
  18. Rita Wright  ritascreations.blogspot.com/
  19. Betty Traciak kittystamps.blogspot.com
  20. Nancy Smith iguanastamp.wordpress.com

Monday, January 27, 2014

Plain & Fancy

Today I am posting the same card in two versions. I used the stamp set En Francais for the layered backgrounds. This set has been around as long as I've been a demonstrator. It makes a beautiful background for all kinds of projects.
The Secret Garden stamp set was used to create the flowers. The flower in the first card was created in two layers and the flower in the second card was embossed in gold.  Best of Love was used for the first card's sentiment and Itty Bitty Banners was embossed for the the second card's sentiment.
  The first card has more distressing than the second and most of the edges have been sponged with Baked Brown Sugar ink
The second card has a bit more bling to it, though the picture may not show it.  I used the Brushed Gold card stock for the bottom layer and the Floral Frames Framelit layer. All of the stamped images were embossed in Gold. Even the Tea Lace Paper Doily got some embossing. The En Francais piece was embossed along the edges to distress it a bit.

HINT: I wanted gold embellishments so the pearls were dipped in VersaMark then into Gold Stampin' Emboss powder. It worked great!

Hope you enjoyed todays projects. Which one do you like better? If you have a moment, please leave your comments and tell me what you think. I always look forward to reading them.

Sale-a-bration begins next week. I will have the on-line catalog up tomorrow. It is a great way to get Free product for every $50 you spend. It is also a great time to join the Stampin'Up! family.

 Until next time!

Card Dimensions:
card base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
gold bottom layer: 4" x 5 1/8"
Very Vanilla layer: 1/8" less than gold layer
 angled Very Vanilla layer: 4 1/2" X 3 3/4"

Stamps: En Francais, Secret Garden, Best of Love, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, VersaMark, 
Paper: Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar, Brushed Gold card stock
Misc: Fancy Fan & Square Lattice Embossing Folders, Floral Frames Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Scallop Oval punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch,  Gold Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat tool, Stampin' Sponges, Pearl Basic Jewels, Very Vanilla & Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Paper Piercing Tool

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Chalk Talk Edition

     It's time to "review" another stamp set! This week the Stamp Review Crew is spotlighting Stampin'Up! Chalk Talk set. The images from this set were created to fit the Chalk Talk Framelits, 1 3/8 Circle punch and the Extra-Large Oval punch.

     I hope you are collecting lots of new ideas on ways to use this great stamp set. The Stampin' Schach was your previous stop with Ann Schach and Tiddbits From Dawn is your next stop. You can find the entire list of demonstrators at The Stamp Review Crew website.

     Both of my projects took advantage of Stampin'Up!s coordinating products. The images coordinate with the framelits and punches; the Designer Series Papers have their coordinating colors of card stock, ink and embellishments. Using Stampin'Up! products takes away the frustration of matching card materials and hoping they will go together. Stampin'Up! has done it for us!

     This first card, I used Stampin'Up!s Etcetera Designer Series paper and the coordinating ink and card stock colors of Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Pool Party. This is my first time using the Envelope Liner Framelit. And I LOVE  IT!

  • Dimensions:
  • Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Navy Layer: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
  • Pool Party and Very Vanilla layers were each cut 1/8" smaller than the previous layer.
  • blue DSP: 2 1/2" x 3"
  • Pool Party strip: 1/2" x 2 1/2"
  • Calypso Coral: 4 1/8" x 2 1/8"
  • Calypso Coral DSP: 4"x 2"

     My second project was inspired by an old sketch I found on Pinterest.  I used the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper and layered each piece onto black backgrounds. It really makes the colors stand out.

  • Dimensions:
  • Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Black base layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
  • green DSP: 4" x 5 1/4"
  • checkered DSP:  3 3/8" x 1 3/8"
  • black layer: 3 1/2" x 1 1/2"
  • floral DSP: 4 3/8" x 1 3/8"
  • black layer: 4 1/2" x 1 1/2"
  • Sentiment was stamped in Wild Wasabi ink and layered on a black piece cut with the Chalk Talk Framelits.

Thanks for stopping by.  Before you go, I would love to hear what you think of today's projects. If you have a moment, please leave a comment.  They are the icing to my cake and the "bling" to my card!

And now to continue on, you are off to Tiddbits From Dawn for more great ideas!

Tiddbits From Dawn

Stampin' Schach

Until next time,

Stamp Review Crew: Chalk Talk Edition Blog Roll
  1. Heidi Baks  runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com
  2. Cindy Beach stampspaperandink.typepad.com/
  3. Adriana Benitez  escape2stamp.com
  4. Tanya Boser   tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com
  5. Debra Burgin  heartfeltinkspiration.com/ 
  6. Jill Coleman  jillstamps.com/
  7. Mike Funke    stampin-style.typepad.com
  8. Shana Gaff   stressfreestamping.blogspot.com
  9. Yapha Mason   yaphamason.com
  10.  Mary Rindal   maryrindal.com/ 
  11. Ann Schach    stampinchic.com/
  12.  Martha Stewart  seasonsofstamping.com/
  13. Dawn Tidd   tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com
  14. Kerry Willard Bray  kerrywillardbray.com
  15. Paula Wright  paulastamps.blogspot.com/
  16. Nancy Smith iguanastamp.wordpress.com

Monday, December 16, 2013

Stamp Review Crew Perfect Blend

I hope you enjoy this week's projects featuring Stampin'Up!s Perfect Blend stamp set. The Stamp Review Crew has put together some great projects to spark your ideas in using this set. Having just arrived from Iguanastamp, I am sure you were treated to some fun projects by Nancy Smith. 

Though I am not a frequent coffee drinker (Diet Coke is more my cup of tea), I know quite a few people who resemble this phrase once they have had that first "cup of joe".  It made sense to me to center this stamp set on the World Map Background stamp.

The card base is a 5x10" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock scored at 5". I offset the top of the scallop circle in the Circles Framelits to create the card.  The center is a 5" piece of Whisper White cardstock inked with So Saffron and Wild Wasabi ink pads. I simply wiped the ink pad gently across the paper.  The World Map stamp set was inked with Basic Gray ink and cut using the second largest circle in the Circles Framelits set. I used some of the extra map pieces to paper piece the coffee cup. 

A fun little stamp set with lots of possibilities.

Now on to Dawn's projects over at Tiddbits From Dawn! Thanks for stopping by. If I don't post before the new year, I pray you have a very Merry Christmas!

Next Blog

Previous Blog

  1. Heidi Baks  runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com
  2. Cindy Beach stampspaperandink.typepad.com/
  3. Beth Beard mylittlecraftblog.com
  4. Adriana Benitez  escape2stamp.com
  5. Tanya Boser   tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com
  6. Jill Coleman  jillstamps.com/
  7. Shana Gaff   stressfreestamping.blogspot.com
  8. Yapha Mason   yaphamason.com
  9. Mary Rindal   maryrindal.com/ 
  10. Ann Schach    stampinchic.com/
  11. Nancy Smith  iguanastamp.wordpress.com/
  12. Martha Stewart  seasonsofstamping.com/
  13. Dawn Tidd   tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com
  14. Lisa Young   addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/ 
  15. Kerry Willard Bray kerrywillardbray.com
  16. Rita Wright  ritascreations.blogspot.com/

Until next time,


Stamps: Perfect Blend, World Map
Ink: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Basic Gray
Paper: Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White cardstock
Misc: Circles Framelits, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mr. & Mrs..

This card is cased from a card in the 2012-2013 Idea Book and Catalog. I am doing a quick post so I won’t forget the dimensions again. The young couple is having an informal, country themed wedding.

  • The card base is a 5x10” piece of window sheet, scored in half.
  • A 4 3/4” piece of Going Gray card stock is attached to the inside, back window sheet.
  • The Whisper White was cut out using the scalloped square in the Squares Framelits set. It is about 4 1/2” square.
  • The red polka dot measures 3 3/4” by 7 1/2” scored at 3 3/4”. It is attached to the white square but not to the top Window Sheet layer. 
  • The words were stamped onto a 3/4” by               3 3/4”piece of Whisper White.  It along with all the remaining embellishments are attached to the outside of the Window Sheet.
Thanks for stopping by. I would love to know what you have found to be the best way to get a clean, embossed image. I’ve used tacky cloth, the Embossing Buddy and still get extra embossing powder stuck to the card. Would love to hear your suggestions.
Merry Christmas!
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Stamp Review Crew Festive Flurry

Welcome to the inaugural Stamp Review Crew blog hop. With 16 Stampin'Up! demonstrators creating, I am sure you will see a plethera of ideas.  If you ever get lost, find a broken link or forget where you have been on the blog hop, just go to the Stamp Review Crew blog where you will find the complete list of Crew members.
Today we are "reviewing" Stampin'Up!'s Festive Flurry stamp set.  This set reminds me of Pennsylvania Dutch art.  Besides beautiful images, I love the fact that the Festive Flurry Framelits fit each snowflake.

If you came here by way of Ann Schach's Stampin Schach, I know you were treated to some amazing projects.  If you haven't been there yet make sure to click on the "previous blog" link and visit her site.
 Ann Schach's Stampin Schach festive flurry

My first project is a collage of snowflakes inked in Stampin'Up!'s Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo colors onto Very Vanilla card stock and backed with Island Indigo card stock.  The sentiment is from the More Merry Messages stamp set which is a carry over set from last year's Holiday Catalog and is still available.
The top layer was dry embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and the Big Shot. 
In my mind snowflakes are sparkly, so I scattered some Rhinestone Basic Jewels on the snowflakes.

 This second card is my take on a Christmas Topiary using the same color scheme. The Festive Flurry images were inked with Bermuda Bay and Pool Party ink. The planter is punched in Island Indigo card stock using the Decorative Label punch and the Word Window punch.  
The card base is Whisper White, followed by a full layer of Island Indigo card stock and a 4"x2.5" piece of the Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.  A 1/2"x 4 1/8" strip of the Silver Foil Sheets divides the card. 
The sentiment is embossed onto the Silver Foil, cut out with the Deco Label Framelits and tucked behind the strip. 
Up in the right hand corner I attempted to create the tips of a snowflake using the Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have a moment, I would love to hear what you thought of today's projects. You can't imagine how satisfying and fun it was to post again!

And now on to the next stop! Another talented and sweet demonstrator and friend, Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn, I know she will treat you to more great ideas on using Festive Flurry. 

 Dawn Tidd Festive Flurry

God Bless,

Stamps: Festive Flurry(131781), More Merry Messages(126402) 
Ink: Bermuda Bay(131171), Pool Party(126982), Island Indigo(126986), VersaMark(102283)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White and Island Indigo card stock.  Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper(132341). Silver Foil Sheet(132178)
Misc: Festive Flurry Framelits(132193), Deco Label Framelits(130102), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder(117335), Decorative Label punch(120907), Word Window punch(119587), 3/16" Corner punch(119871), Rhinestone Basic Jewels(119246), White Emboss Powder(109132)