Friday, December 22, 2017

Butterfly Friends-Calendar

 This was my favorite 3-D item I made for the stocking.  It folds together in an unusual way that makes it fun to open and tricky to make.  

1. Cut the card stock 10 1/4 by 2 1/2
2. Score at 2 3/4, 3, 6 1/2, 6 3/4.
3. Accent piece 2 1/4 by 3 1/4
3. Second accent piece 2 by 3"
4. Designer paper for front of calendar 1 1/3 by 2 3/4
Decorate the rest of the front as you desire according to whatever the occasion might be.
5. I decided to add additional designer paper on the inside, but it is not necessary

Do not attach all the layers to the calendar.
Attach the accent pieces together.
Place two dimensionals to the left side of the back of the accent piece.
Then attach this piece to the top of the calendar ( the longer flap)

Open the accent piece, place the second flap under this piece,and that will close your calendar. This sounds difficult, but once you actually make one you realize how easy it is to put together.

Imagine all these items inside the stockings surrounded by candy and some lip gloss.  It was a fun stocking to fill, and enjoyed by my team member who opened it.  

Next week I plan to share some cards I made with my favorite suite from the coming Occasion catalog.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Butterfly Friends Stocking-Post it Note

 Open this up and  you will find a little post-it-note. I don't know about you but I love post it notes, actually any kind of office supply.  It might be as dangerous for me to be in an office supply store and to be ordering from a Stampin'Up! catalog.

1. Cut card stock 4 1/2 by 2"
2. Cut designer paper 4 1/4 by 1 3/4
3. Cut adhesive backed Velcro dots in half.
4. Place them together and  attach one to the top flap, then when you fold the holder the other side will stick to the bottom in the correct place.

I did not score this, but instead creased the card stock around the post-it-note.  This holder could easily be changed according to the size of the post-it-note.

Tomorrow I will show you the final item I created for the stocking.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Butterfly Friends Stocking-Drink Mix

 I love the idea of decorating whatever the gift, item might be.  So instead of just putting a Singles to Go in the stocking I decided to place it inside a cute looking holder.

1. Cut card stock 10 1/2 by 1 1/4".
2. Score at 4 7/8 and 5 1/8.
3. Accent piece cut at 4 1/4 by 1"

How easy is that!  Can't you see this made with all kinds of Designer paper for all kinds of seasons and occasions.

Tomorrow I will share a cute little post-it-note holder.  Come back and check it out.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Butterfly Friends Stocking-Santi-tizer

  Doesn't this remind you of Santa?  Well inside is a bottle of hand sanitizer.  Therefore the pun Santa-tizer.

1. Real Red card stock cut 8 1/2 by 2"
2. Scored at 1/2", 1 1/2", 3 5/8', and 4 5/8"
3. Punch one long end with a tag topper punch.
4. Put sanitizer in center, fold and glue together.

Belt is 2 by 1/2"
Small square of silver glimmer paper and a 1/2 inch square complete the buckle.
White strip is 3/4" by 2 1/8" and can be embossed.

These are quite easy to make and fun to receive. This was placed in one of the stockings.

Tomorrow I will share with you how I made a holder for powder you add to a water bottle.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Butterfly Friends Stocking

Do you love Christmas parties?  Recently I was a part of a party with my upline's group called the Butterfly Friends. We were supposed to purchase a pair of Christmas stockings, make a great tag on the stocking and fill each stocking with whatever goodies we wanted.
I thought I would share what was inside my stocking.

First, I found a cute pair with penguins on the top.  I made a tag and also attached one of my foil snowflake ornaments I blogged about last week.

Tomorrow, I will share the Santa-tizer I created and added in one of my stockings.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Several New Jobs-

   Hard to believe it is Wednesday already.  My husband had ankle fusion surgery at the very end of November and is recovering nicely at home. But he can not climb stairs, or put any weight on his ankle for 2-3 months.  As a result I have taken on many of the jobs he does on a regular basis.  I of course do not mind doing anything I can to help him and to take care of the chores that are needed to keep our house running.  What this experience has done for me is to realize how much he does. So now that I am doing all the shopping, cleaning, cooking, and errand running I am a little behind on my blog. I plan to start it back up next week.  Thanks for understanding and continuing to enjoy visiting my blog.

Sushi who is not stamping at the present time.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Ornament-Eastern Medallion Garland

Does this look easy to make, and yes it was.

1. First I cut with the thinlit,the front design in Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy card stock.

2. Next I cut out just the outside thinlit from Whisper White card stock.  I wanted some of the white to show when the little petals were opened.

3. Finally a glued some 1/8 inch ribbon  in between the two layers.

You can make this garland as long as you'd like, just try to space the design elements evenly apart.

Have you gotten some good ideas on how to make easy but attractive ornaments for your tree? 

If you have enjoyed these postings how about following me and then you can see each posting as soon as I make it.

Come back next week to see some cards made with my favorite bundle from the Occasions catalog.  A Sneak Peak for all of you.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Ornament-Designer Paper

Simple but good looking, that is my style.

1. Start out with a clear ornament.

2. Cut strips of designer paper measuring 2 inches by 1/2 inch or any size that appeals to you.

3. Roll each strip tightly around a pencil or thin paint brush.

4. Keep the roll as tight as possible and push it through the opening of the ornament.  It should unroll a little as it goes into the ornament.

5. Add some foil or glimmer paper rolls for accent colors.

6. Tie a ribbon on the top and hang from your tree.

I can see gifting this ornament to a person that loves music.

Tomorrow I will share how I used the Eastern Medallion thinlits to make a garland for my tree.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Ornament-Eastern Medallion thinlit

 I love finding different ways to put the Eastern Medallion thinlits together.  They make a WOW ornament with just cutting them out from card stock.

1. Place the thinlits on your chosen color of card stock and cut them out.

2. Save the exact order you placed the thinlits in for the back of the ornament. Cut the back out.  Since the design is symmetrical you do not have to worry about trying to flip the design, you just have to cut two out that are exactly the same.

3. Glue one side onto a piece of waxed paper that is the size of the outside of the ornament.

4. Turn the ornament over and glue the second piece on top of the waxed paper, matching up the designs.

5. Not to worry if you did not get the designs exactly matched it really does not show when the ornament is on the tree.

Do you have any clear ornaments that are waiting to be placed on your tree?  Come back tomorrow and see how easy it is to make a personalized ornament.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Ornament- Quilted Christmas designer paper

Have you seen the Quilted Christmas designer paper?  The colors are primarily Garden Green, and Real Red.  One side is just a simple pattern and one side is more detailed.  There are several papers that have the quilt design pictured above on one side.

The Christmas Quilt bundle has a framelit that cuts out this quilt pattern.  No hand cutting at all.

To make this ornament, I cut using the framelit 4 green designs and 4 red designs.  I then alternated gluing them together.

Once again, before I glued the last design I glued some baker's twine to make a loop to be able to attach this to my tree.  

Another simple ornament!

Tomorrow I will share how I used the Eastern Medallion thinlits to create another ornament.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Ornament-Foil Snowflake

I love the look of handmade ornaments on a tree. In fact when I was putting my ornaments away at the end of Christmas last year, I decided to only save the handmade ornaments.

Can you see how easy it would be to make this ornament?  

1. You will need 6 foil snowflakes folded in half.

2. Glue the left side of one ornament to the right side of a second.

3. Continue in this manner until you have one more side to glue.

4. Place your string between the last layer before pressing the glued sides together.  

Now you have a simple, but elegant looking ornament for your tree.  Since there are silver and gold foil snowflakes you can make some of each.

Tomorrow I will share an ornament I made with the Christmas Quilt designer paper.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Snowflake Sentiments-Gift cards

Wouldn't these made great gift cards on your packages/

Background is a 2 3/4 inch square of Christmas Quilt designer paper.

The center is also from the same designer paper, just using the alternate side of the paper.

There is a small snowflake in the center and a white perfect accent in the center.

I used the wood crate framelit to make the box holding the gift cards.  You might be curious about the paper that the crate was made from.  I made my own, by stamping the snowflake images on a piece of whisper white card stock before cutting out the crate.

The tag on the front of the crate is another framelit that is part of the Snowflake Sentiments Bundle.

Have you fallen in love with this bundle.  Connect to my website from the link above and make it your own.

Next week I will be sharing some ornaments I have made using Stampin'Up! supplies.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Snowflake Sentiments-Black and White and Red all Over

 I love the look of a black and white card, how about you? How did I make the center of the card?

1. I knew I wanted the center to be about 1 inch wide, so I cute my card stock 1 inch shorter than I normally would.  5 inches by 2 3/4 rather than 3 3/4.

2. Next I cut a swirled piece about 2/3 down from the top of the designer paper.

3. Place the top and bottom cut piece so that it centers on the sides of the card and attach it to the card base with dimensionals. Now you have a white center piece in which to place a saying.

4. I fussy cut the saying so I could place it where I wanted in the white space.

Since I wanted to make sure I used all the parts of this bundle I created this card to showcase the snowflakes and the swirls.  

The designer paper stack called Quilted Christmas made the perfect background, while the Cherry Cobbler card stock was a great color for the focal points of the card.

The dotted strip is actually a thin piece of Washi tape to hold the accent piece in place.

Finally, tomorrow I will share with you some 3 by 3 cards I made that would be perfect to use as tags on gifts.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Snowflake Sentiments-WOW card

  Why do I call this a WOW card?

1. The white background is made using Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer card stock.  The glitter on the background makes is a WOW.

2. The intricate Soft Sky snowflakes on top of the background are so delicate looking, they make the card look difficult to put together and therefore are a WOW.

3. The simple color scheme of blue and white say WOW to me.

Tomorrow I will show you two more cards made using this set that have an entirely different look to them. Check it out tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Snowflake Sentiments-Block technique

 The background of this card is created using an acrylic block to mount stamps on.  If you have not used this technique before it is very simple.

1. Ink up your block by coloring it with a marker. I used Marina Mist, Pool Party, and Soft Sky and colored on one of the rectangular blocks.

2. Spritz the inked block with water. 

3. Stamp this onto your background card stock as if it were an inked stamp.

Now you have a great background for whatever you want your card to look like.

I finished the card by creating the word JOY with the Large Letters framelits and some snowflakes.

Come back tomorrow to see a WOW card made with this set.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Snowflake Sentiments-Simple Card

  These are the framelits that coordinate with the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.  I first noticed the large snowflake border and the dotted border and did not notice the other items as much, like the tiny snowflakes, the swirl, and the line of dots.  When I sat down to play with the set I wanted to make sure I used everything offered and then found out what fun all these items are to use. 

  I wanted to start out with a simple card.
This will be my December Christmas Through the Year card.  

 The dotted border is a great framelit.  It is just a single dotted scallop that can be as long as you wish.  First decide your paper length and then lay the scallop on the top edge.  It doesn't show on my card but mine is placed on a piece of Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper.

  As I often say, simple can be elegant.

Tomorrow I will showcase a sample using the block stamping technique.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Night in Bethlehem-Ornaments

 Do you like the look of handcrafted ornaments?  I have gone through the ornaments I have saved over the years and kept only the hand crafted ornaments.  The kids have moved, and the tree is smaller, and in trying to downsize I am happy with my decision.  

What did I use to make these ornaments?

1. Foil snowflakes, two per ornament, gold and silver glued together.

2. Silver and Gold Foil card stock.

3. Layering Ovals framelits

4. Oh My Stars embossing folder

The ornaments are reversible.

I reversed the gold and silver foil, the foil snowflakes and featured a different part of the stamp set on each side.  It was great fun.

Next week I will be sharing all the projects I made with the Snowflake Sentiments bundle.  These were also make for the Holiday Catalog Launch party so be prepared to see quite a variety.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Night in Bethlehem-Envelope Punch board box with cards

 Did you know you can make a box with the envelope punch board.  Here are the steps to follow.

1. Look on the punch board for your card size.  Mine was 3 by 3.

2. Add 1 1/4 inches to the paper size.  A 3 by 3 card need paper sized at 5 1/4 by 5 1/4.  So adding 1 1/4 would make the new size for the paper 6 1/2 by 6 1/2.

3. Find the score line for your card and add 1/4 inch to the score line.
3 by 3 score line is 2 5/8 so the new score line would be 2 7/8.

4. Make your first score and punch.

5. Move over 1" and score and punch again.  Continue like you would with an envelope only you are scoring and punch twice before turning 90 degrees.  

I think I have an idea for my next Youtube video.  One of my goals is to do more videos.  

Once your box is put together, then you can make some 3 by 3 cards to put inside the box.  Making some kind of a belly band will help the box stay together with having to seal it. What would you make your box and cards from?

Happy Thanksgiving one and all.  I hope today finds you with family and friends.  I am in Tennessee with my children and grandchildren and loving every minute.

Tomorrow I will share some ornaments I made for the tree using this great and versatile set.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Night in Bethlehem-Framed Art

 Do you like to display your art work on the walls of your home?  I think it is fun now and then to make something that can hang on the walls. In preparation for the Holiday Launch party I was encouraged to make a variety of items with the same stamp set.  That was so much fun, I have to figure out a way to do that with each new set I receive.  It helps me realize the versatility of a stamp set and helps me share these ideas with all of you.

I had some long frames in my garage and decided to try to make a picture inside.  The background paper is from the designer paper stack called Delightful Daisy.  Yes, that is correct!  There were flowers on one side but this delightful blue pattern on the back that reminded me of the night sky.  So remember there are 2 sides to each designer paper.

1. The city scene was repeated twice using both the framelits.  The top layer was raised using dimensionals.

2. A foil snowflake was cut in half to be used as background to one of the sayings in the stamp set.

3. The star was cut out from gold foil paper.

It was a lot of fun to make and encouraged me to try more framed art projects.

Tomorrow I will share a cute box I made using the envelope punch board with some 3 by 3 cards inside.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Night in Bethlehem-Stencil technique

  Have you ever sponged using a stencil?  To make this card I first used the Big Shot to cut out one of the city layouts.

1. Lay the cut out image over your whisper white card stock.

2. Start with your lightest color and gently sponge over the cut out. I used Fresh Fig.

3. Next choose a darker color and sponge once more making sure to keep the cut out on the paper. I used Dapper Denim.

4. The third color should be the darkest yet.  As you sponge each color try to blend a little with the previous color so there is not a sharp line. My final color was Night of Navy.

5. Allow the ink to dry a bit and then using versa mark, stamp the star in the sky and emboss with gold embossing powder. 

This was a very simple card to make but very elegant when finished.  I have swapped this card in several of my stamping events.  The latest was at OnStage.  This was also the Christmas Through the Year card for November. 

At Christmas Through the Year the stampers make 3 cards of the same design for $5.  The class meets every month so by the end of the year attendees have 36 handmade Christmas cards ready to be mailed.

Tomorrow I will share a framed art picture that I made to display at the Holiday Catalog launch I was a part of in early October.  Look for information about a Occasions and Sale a Bration catalog launch at the end of January.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Night in Bethlehem-Cards

  Aren't the framelits in the Night in Bethlehem bundle outstanding?  I loved them as soon as I saw them in the Holiday catalog.  Did you know the Holiday catalog is still current until January 3rd?

Here are two cards I made using these framelits.
 I love how you do not need much other than the framelits and a simple saying to make a great looking card.  There are two Bethlehem cities to choose from.  One is a little longer at the bottom than the other. I chose the shorter one for this card.

Basic Black for the city
Black ink for Mary and Joseph and the saying
Gold foil for the star

I made this as a sample for our Holiday Launch party, but now am anxious to mail it to a special friend.

How about a card where the city is white instead of black?

I sponged several colors I thought would look good as a night sky.  I embossed the saying in black embossing powdered.

The city has been cut out using both cityscapes and whisper white card stock.  The star has also been cut out with whisper white.

Isn't it amazing how changing up the background and the color of the framelit makes the card look so much different.

Tomorrow I will show you one of my swap cards for OnStage where I used the city in a totally different way.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Labels to Love-Valentine's Day

So what would you use this Love card for?

Valentine's Day
Baby card

Simple can be beautiful don't you agree!

On Monday, December 4th I will have the Labels of Love Card Cafe.  You will be able to make the cards that you have seen this week.  If you decide you want to own the Labels of Love bundle, then the class is free. Contact me at the link above for more details.

Next week I will feature the Night in Bethlehem bundle.  Come back to see several items that are not just cards.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Labels to Love-New Years

I love this black and Old Olive color combination.  Did you know the black paper is Christmas paper? What I love about the SU papers are that one side can be seasonal and the other allows us to use them for a longer period of time.

This stamp from the Labels of Love stamp set can be used for a variety of Occasions.

New Years
a promotion 

And I'm sure lots more.

Come back tomorrow to see the stamp that can be used for Valentine's Day.

Check back later today for more Stamparatus info.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Stamparatus-How do you reserve yours?

Stamparatus is being introduced as a reservation first.  The hopes are that this will avoid back orders.  So, how  do the reservations work?

1. Tomorrow-November 16-November 30th you can reserve one only while supplies last ( I would reserve mine the 16th) The reservation period opens at 2 PM Mountain time.  3PM if you live in Central time zone.

2. Your Stamparatus  will be shipped around February 1st.

3. You will need a credit card number when you reserve your device, but it will not be charged till it is actually shipped.

4. The cost is $49.

5. If you miss the November reservation dates there are two others

    December 5-30 shipped around March 19
    January 15-30 shipped around April 15

6. Once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart you can add to the order.

Go to the Shop Now part of this blog, once you are in the store, click on the Stamparatus link to make your reservation.

Do you have questions, then contact me and I will try to help.

Don't have a computer, then you can reserve your tool by calling 1-800-STAMPUP.

Come back tomorrow to find out special ways the tool will help with your stamping.

Labels to Love-Another Christmas Card

Can you see how I created a card with a bit more detail than yesterday's card?

1. I added two different designer papers as a background.

2. Ribbon and mini sequins stepped the card up a bit and added some bling.

3. Instead of a foil snowflake I added a doily.

Small changes can make a simple card a little more detailed.

Come back tomorrow to see a card that could be given for New Years or any event that begins a new year.

Check back later on today for some information on how to register for the Stampamajig..

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The video is really here!

 I finally have figured out how to get the video to all of you. Click on the word video to see the video. 

I hope you will be as excited as I am about the Stamparatus.  Contact me with questions and come back tomorrow when I let you know how to reserve one for yourself.

Stamparatus part 2

Here are the parts of the Stamparatus

7 by 7 wide
2 open sides so any sized paper can slip in
Grid and ruler on base but placed between a layer of clear plastic so that the grid will not wear off
2 strong magnets that can be stored on the base
Foam to be added on top of the base for photopolymer stamps
2 removable clear plastic plates that can be removed and turned around to allow for 4 stamps to be used at once
The ability to move the sides to stamp the same image multiple times.

Sometimes I notice my hand shaking a bit when I try to stamp and this will totally eliminate the mistakes I make when I stamp with the shakes.  It has nothing to do with drinking but more to do with aging.

Come back tomorrow when I share some ways to use the features of the Stamparatus with your stamping and how to make your reservation for one of your own.

Labels to Love-Christmas

  This stamp set makes creating cards pretty easy because the stamp is the focal point of the card. I colored the label with markers so that I could get several colors on the stamp at the same time.  Do you know how to do that?  

1. Ink the back of the stamp set with different colored markers.

2. Huff on the back of the stamp (blow on it to make sure the ink is moist). I remember at one Stampin'Up! event they called it doing the Darth Vader.  It does sound like that doesn't it.

3. Stamp your image on card stock.


Foil Snowflakes
Holly embossing folder
Christmas Around the World designer paper
Real Red card stock

Come back later today for more information about the Stamparatus and tomorrow to see how the stamp set Labels to Love can be used in a different way for Christmas.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Stamparatus Excitement

I arrived home last night from Salt Lake City and could hardly wait till today to see the information about this awesome new tool, the Stamparatus, that lots of people at Stampin'Up! helped design.

I have been a member of the L2L team for the past several years and we have been sharing and perfecting this device.  Image my excitement when I saw it at OnStage!  And now both you and I can make a reservation to have it sent to our homes!!!!

Watch the video to see what it can do. (You can see the video by clicking on the highlighted word Stamparatus). Come back tomorrow and I will share how you can reserve one, and several benefits I can see to this brand new tool.

If you think you would like to be a part of Stampin'Up! and learn about and help create new devices contact me at the link above or through my website  I wish I could talk to you in person to let you know how excited I am about the Stamparatus!!!

Labels to Love-Thanksgiving

I love making cards that are simple, but great looking.  This card has lots of items I love to use in my card making. Punches, designer paper, and stamps, oh my.

Tracy Elsom made this great card that I had to CASE.  

Designer paper-Painted Autumn

Punches-Leaf Punch, Everyday Label punch 

Stamp set: Labels to Love

Ink: Cajun Craze

Come back tomorrow to see a card I made using one of the Christmas Labels.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Off to Utah

Such a busy week.  Making swaps, holding classes, making gifts for my roommates, doing laundry for my husband and I both to have clean clothes, cleaning up my stamping area, and packing.

Check my facebook page, Stampin with Sushi for pictures and notes about OnStage.  I will be back blogging next week with lots of great new ideas to share.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Stampin'-Marquee Messages

I love how these markers made this stamp set POP.  You can see the shading I used on the arrow, and around the word birthday.  In the center of the arrow, I actually used the Color Lifter to lift even more color off for a more shaded look.

When I lifted color off the blue area, the lifter took off more than I wanted so I was able to color over the light area and make it darker.  

I had such fun looking at my stamp sets to see which ones called out to be colored.  Next week I will feature the stamp set and kit that Stampin'Up! has created to coordinate with the markers.  And I will share a container I made to hold my markers since they need to lay flat when stored.  

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stampin' Blends-Beautiful You

  I loved how using the Stampin Blends on this card really made the dress and umbrella look 3 dimensional.  I used the ivory blend for the skin tone another plus for me.  When I colored in this stamp with our Stampin' Write markers I had nothing to use for skin color.

  Tomorrow I will use the set called Marquee Messages with the Stampin Blends.  It was a great set to use with these markers.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Stampin' Blends-In This World

 The Stampin Blends have two tips to use in your coloring.  One end is a smaller tip to use in tiny areas, and the other end is a brush tip.  For this card, I did not use shading because the areas are so small, but I did place the colors from the same shade near each other to resemble shading.

  The other images in this set, a door, a chair, and a key can also be colored and shaded.  It is fun to find stamp sets to color that and not common stamp sets.  The background of this card is stamped with a couple stamps in this set that are intended to be accent pieces.

  Today is the first day that you can order these great markers.  You may remember that a few years ago Stampin'Up! offered what they called Blendabilities. Since they have been off the market a lot of research has taken place and the markers have been improved considerable.  

   1. The lids are much easier to take on and off.

   2. The colors blend together much easier.

  3. There are just 2 shades with each color making it easier to see how to blend the colors together.

   Today is the first day that you can order these markers.  Check out my website for the details.

   Tomorrow I will share a card I made using the set called Beautiful You. Be sure and check back.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Stampin' Blends-Remarkable You

  Doesn't the shading make this flower look even more spectacular than just coloring it with markers?  I used 2 shades of Stampin Blends and the color lifter.  When I watched the videos about the Blends, I learned that you could intentionally remove some color as a part of the shading.  I did so in the center of this flower.

  The stamp set called Remarkable You is great for shading.  There are 4 bold outline images in this set that make it easy to use these wonderful new markers.  I plan to use this card as my swap at the OnStage event I will be attending in Salt Lake City in a couple of week.  

  Tomorrow I will feature a set called In This World.  It is a favorite of mine, but not used very often.  The Blends worked really well to color in one of the images in this set.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Stampin' Blends-Just Add Color designer paper

  Have you heard about the new markers called Stampin Blends?  They are available for purchase starting Wednesday November 1.  As a demonstrator I was able to purchase them October 1 and have had fun using them since they arrived. 

   One of the designer papers is called Just Add Color.  There are 6 different black and white designs that are perfect for coloring and look really great with the Stampin Blends.

  There are 12 colors with 2 shades for each color.  In addition there are 2 skin tone markers that can be used in several different ways to make a variety of shades of skin color.

  The final blend is called a color lifter and works well if you make a mark way outside the line.

  I went through my stamp sets and looked for ones that would work great with these markers.  Come back tomorrow to see what I did with the set called Remarkable You.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween Week-Faux Metal Tehnique

  The background of this card was made with dry and wet embossing, glitter, and ink.  It was great fun and has sat around for a month waiting for just the right card.  When I decided to do a week of Halloween I thought these creepy pumpkins, in a forest would make a great card.  

  You might wonder about the bat.  We used to have a bat punch but that is not where the bat came from.  It is a party of the Seasonal Chums bundle.  

  I have to say it was a lot of fun creating these cards this week, and I feel good to be able to say I have used every single stamp that featured Halloween this year. 

  Next week I will be sharing cards I have made with our brand new Stampin' Blends.  I love to color and these markers made it so much fun and so easy.  Come back a check them out.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Week-Spooky Night

  Would you  believe me if I told you this card is one of the easiest I am posting to make.  All you need is Spooky Night designer paper, the cat punch and the big shot.  There is only one tiny saying that uses ink. I was inspired by a card posted from the blog called

The cat, the tree brand, the pumpkin, and the paper on the lower part of the card are all from the designer paper.

The window and pumpkin are cut out using the big shot.

The cat and the saying are cut out with punches.

  Not much easier than that.  I could easily make this card for each one of my 11 grand children.

  Tomorrow I am going to feature a Sushi Original.  I did not go to Pinterest for the idea, just used a Faux metal card base I made with my downline a month ago.  Intrigued, come back tomorrow to check it out.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Halloween Week-Spooky cat


  For some reason I love pictures and figurines of cute little mice.  Now, I would have to say that the mouse in this set looks a lot more like a rat to me than a cute little mouse.  But, when I saw this card sample on Pinterest, I knew I had to recreate it.  It is so darn cute. It was shared as a sample from

1. Stamp your images on the Wood Textures designer paper used as background paper. I laid the wood pieces where I wanted to them to be able to place the images on the background paper.

2. Emboss this piece using the Pinewood Plank embossing folder.

3. Stamp the lined stamp from the Spooky Cat stamp set over and over to get the wooden look on the planks.  I worried about overlapping the stamp but it looked great whatever I did.

4. Assemble and use the black rhinestones as nails.

You have nailed this card!

Come back tomorrow to see a card I made using primarily designer paper with very little stamping. Fast and Easy!