Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Snow Friends

I found this new cartridge at Meijers last month (and they still have them). This cartridge was under $20. Although it doesn't have a lot of option keys, the snowmen and pieces are pretty much interchangeable, so there are a lot of different varieties of snow people you can create. This is the card I made for my dad to give to the grandkids this year.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Polar Pals

Isn't this just the cutest set? There are so many possibilities with this set (unfortunately, it is retired from Stampin' Up). If you ever see this set at a garage sale, it would be worth picking it up. I actually bought this set on ebay about a year ago. I made this card into a long money card. I made the "cold cash" sentiment on the computer and then used the oval punch and oval scallop punch.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Snowman Soup

A little hot cocoa on a cold snowy day! These pictures show the front and back of the package. I just used some packaged hot chocolate, some mini marshmallows in a small bag and a peppermint stick. The topper is the set "Big on Christmas" (Stampin' Up). The poem on the back was found on the internet.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Naughty or Nice?

This quick and easy card is made with the set Naughty or Nice (retired Stampin' Up), real red paper and black and white gingham ribbon. I paper pieced the santa together and added glitter on the white parts. The sentiment Believe is from Hero Arts.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mini Popcorn Treat

Here is a little treat or gift to give. I used the set "Voila" (Stampin' Up) with a little mini bag of popcorn. I paper pieced on his clothing using Pacific Blue designer paper (retired Stampin' Up). I made the bowl by stamping the "lid" to the tray and cutting off the top handle (and then turned it upside down to look like a bowl). I used yellow puffy paint to be the popcorn in the bowl. The sentiment is made with the curly label punch (Stampin' Up).

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Candy-filled Projects

Here are a few projects I have been offering at my stamping workshops. The tall candy holders are actually recycled tennis ball containers, decorated with paper, stamps and ribbon. I try to match the color of the candy wrappers to the project. The reindeer bag was made with die cuts and punches. I used the top note die, the bag with scallops die (with the scallop cut off),and the tulipe die.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snowman Angel!

Saw this idea online and thought it was so cute. I made this in October up at my friend and upline, Connie's house (almost forgot to post it!). This card is using the set "Pick A Petal" (Stampin' Up). The paper is soft suede and Christmas Cocoa Specialty designer paper. The backgound is embossed using a Cuddlebug embossing folder. The ribbon is white organdy. The sentiment is from the set "Warm Words" (Stampin' Up).

Monday, December 7, 2009

Classic White Baby Book

Here are the pictures from the "word" baby book I made. Again, I made this to match the cards (from the post below). I used the same papers, stamps and inks. The fun thing is though, I could use more embellishments. (Sometimes it is hard to use embellishments when you are making a pack of cards, because you don't alway have enough to make a full set of matching cards). I purchased this book from clearscraps.com. It is actually an acrylic book covered in paper (which was a little hard for me to do - not that the technique was hard, it was just that the acrylic books are so pretty when left clear and decorated with gems and embellishments.)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Classic Baby

I made this baby gift for a friend at work. She doesn't know if she is having a boy or girl and she didn't have a color theme for her nursery, so I went with all white. I found the basket at Michael's and then designed around it. I filled the basket with packages of cards and a "word" book baby album. (I will show close up pictures of the baby album later this week). Most of the cards were made using the cricut cartridge "New Arrival". I used mostly white cardstock, white satin ribbon, and white taffeta ribbon and creamy caramel ink (Stampin' Up). Most of the pattern paper was from Target.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Cold Play

Here are a few cards I made using the set Cold Play (retired Stampin' Up). Perfect for this wintery weather (except I am not going outside to make the snowman, paper is just fine with me). I had wanted a little sparkle, so I use these gem flowers I had (and of course some dazzling diamond glitter on the snowman and the background paper.)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Winter Trees

This is just a quick simple card made with one tree stamp (and the sentiment). I just stamped the tree in hunter green and then off-stamped it again up above it (meaning no reinking) to get the shadow look. I glittered the dark trees with dazzling diamond glitter (Stampin' Up). The paper is soft sky blue backed in blue bayou (retired colors from Stampin' Up). PS This is the way Michigan looks this morning - no school, snow day!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Santa Hat

I saw a card idea last year using this santa hat and thought "I need to make that!". So I ran right out and got the Cricut cartridge this was made with (Joys of the Season). But then the cartridge just sat all year (until now.) That's really not like me - I usually have to try it out the day it arrives! So not only has it been sitting unused for a year, now I can't remember exactly what the project looked like. Oh well, I happened to be at Michael's last week and I came across this beautiful "boa" trim. I thought "won't this be perfect for the santa hat?". (Boa trim??? What was I thinking?) Oh yeah, I was thinking won't this be darling.... and it was until.... I started cutting the trim! Oh my! There were little white boa feathers floating everywhere! It was like a little white boa storm. What a mess! I still dredge up little fluffs ever now and then walking in my studio room! I made a package of these cards, and they are the cutest thing ever (just don't take them out of the package!)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Friends for the long haul

Here are a few cards with the set Loads of Love (Stampin' Up). I was actually cleaning a drawer and found pieces for the bottom cards that I never put together (what was I thinking? Cleaning???) Well, at least I have a few cards set to go when needed!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Winter Trees

Here are two different versions of a card using the same stamp (just a little differently). The first card is just stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder. The second card is embossed two times. Once on the navy and the second on green (cut out and layer on top of navy). Very quick cards I am offering at my Stamp-a-Stack classes. TFL!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Welcome to Michigan weather. We have been spoiled the month of November. We have had beautiful weather. But I know what is on it's way.... This was made using the set "Bundle Up" (retired Stampin' Up). I actually had some other colors picked out for this, but I was trying to find something to match this pattern paper. This card about sums it up! It is a cold, gloomy day, but yummy food is on its way! Even Tori's cat Lucy knows what to do on a day like this! Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Definately Decorative

Here is another sample of the new ornament punch and ornament stamp set "Definately Decorative" from Stampin' Up's mini holiday catalog. I used chocolate chip ink and paper. The swirl background is "Barogue Motif" also Stampin' Up. I did one in gold and one in silver. The ribbon is from Michael's. I added a gem sticker in the middle to finish the card. Very simple!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Best Fishes

Happy Birthday to Allie! (actually in two days- my Thanksgiving day baby!) Now she is 17 Tonight we her and her friends for her birthday dinner to Logan's. Here is her birthday card (along with her present,the movie "Up!"!) She has a pet fish named Stella, so I thought she might like this. I didn't put a birthday greeting on the front, it was on the inside. I made this card from a sample a friend brought to my card workshop this past weekend. I used some different colors and a different accent stamp set, but it was the same general idea with the ornament stamp and punch from the new set Delightful Decorations (Stampin' Up mini holiday catalog). The other set I used was Fish Frolics (retired Stampin' Up). The embossing folder for the background is from Cuddlebug, and the paper is from Close To My Heart (their paper has a white core, so you can sand it for a distressed look). A little glitter glue for some sparkle finishes the card. (And I made a matching envelope!) TFL! Tomorrow, off for some birthday shopping for Allie! No school for a few days, yeah! Stop back to see other samples of the Delightful Decorations set and coordinating ornament punch!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I was going through some pictures of last year's cards and here's one I didn't post. (I can't believe I never posted it! I think I was saving it to show my card club girls and then forgot about it!) It was quite simple. No stamping involved (just some sponging and some punches).

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November treats

Well, it's time for me to get back into crafting. I have taken a few months off (due to learning to teach a new grade). I think I scared a few of my friends when I told them I didn't have any energy to craft (or any interest)! But I think I have a handle on my new classroom and a little more time and energy. So here are a few projects I have been working on. I found this "leaf beaded ribbon" in my crafting stash. I can't remember where it came from or why I would have it, but it looked like a good trim for something. So I painted these cans and added a little gold glitter to the paint while it was still wet. I added some pattern paper and then the beaded ribbon. I finished the trim with some velvet rick rack. I made the card to coordinate with the cans. I used the stamp set "Jack-O-Lantern Fun" (retired Stampin' Up). I added a little bit of the leaf bead on the card and some gold glitter.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Halloween Time

Wow! I can't believe it has been so long since I posted. I went back to school (teaching a new grade) and just haven't had time to make cards! Here is a pumpkin card I made using the set "More the Merrier" (Stampin' Up)and using a watercolor brush.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hoot Hoot Hooray

This owl birthday card was made using the set Owl Together Now (Stampin' Up) and designer paper (retired Stampin' Up). I colored the owl in with markers. Very simple!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Is it too soon for a fall card? Here in Michigan it has felt like fall all summer! This owl card was made using the set Just Celebrate (retired Stampin' Up). I made the background with a cuddlebug embossing folder. I then dragged a walnut color distressing ink pad (by Ranger) all over the top. The oval punch and the oval scallop are both from Marvy. I used watercolor pencils to color in the owl and added yellow glitter glue (Stickles) for the eyes. I used the word punch (Stampin' Up) to punch out the "thank you" sentiment (Endless Creations). The brown ribbon is from Stampin' Up.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cricut Cupcake

I thought I had posted this cupcake, but couldn't find it recently on my blog, so I might have had intentions of posting this and didn't! (Story of my life!). I made this cupcake with the Cricut cartridge Doodlcharms. I cut the cupcake twice with two different pattern papers (just some I had laying around!). I then cut them apart; one for the base, one for the top. I added the candle. (The flame was a stamp I had - not Stampin' Up, source unkown). I added glitter to the flame. The "happy birthday" sentiment is Stampin' Up.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cupcake Birthday

I used the set "The more, the merrier" (Stampin' Up Hostess) to make this card. It also shows the new "in" colors Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry. I first stamped the cupcakes and color every other one(they were too close together to punch right next to each other with the circle punch). The cupcakes were punched with the 1 1/4 inch punch, the brown was punched with the 1 3/8 inch punch. The card base is embossed with a cuttlebug folder. The white cardstock is cut with Fiskars decorative border punch. The polka dot ribbon is from Hobby Lobby. The sentiment is from Endless Creations.