Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sweet Valentines Class

Show your friends and family some love by making handmade Valentines this year. We will be making 2 Valentine’s Cards and 2 Sweet Treats during my Sweet Valentines Class. Envelopes and candy included. We will be using the Envelope Punch Board to make one of the envelopes. You will love these fun and easy projects.


  • Classes are held in my home in the Memphis Area


  • Saturday, January 11th at 10am
  • Wednesday, January 15th at 10am


  • $16 (prepayment required)
  • Class is FREE with $40 order placed as part of my workshop order on day of class.
  • Bring a friend (new to me) and you and your friend EACH get the class half price. Please let me know that you will be bringing a friend when you RSVP, as I will need to reserve an extra spot and have an extra project kit ready.


  • Deadline to RSVP is January 8th.
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  • Wednesday, December 25, 2013

    Merry Christmas!!

    Merry Christmas!!
    Wishing you a SAFE and HAPPY Holiday!!

    Poinsettia Card

    Merry Christmas!! This is the final card we made during my Simply Elegant Christmas card class. A few people said that this was their favorite card of the class. It was all about the silver: pewter embossing, silver glimmer paper, silver foil sheets and smoky slate ink. The silver foil sheet looks so elegant when embossed with the stylish stripes embossing folder. The poinsettia was embossed in pewter on vellum paper and then cut out. The poinsettia was adhered with only one dimensional, strategically placed behind the pearls in the center of the flower, so it would not show through. I hope you like it.

    Stampin’ Up! Supplies

  • Stamp Sets: Joyful Christmas (Wood, Cling)
  • Card Stock: Vellum, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer, Whisper White, Smoky Slate
  • Ink: Smoky Slate, Versamark
  • Tools: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
  • Embellishments: Basic Pearls Jewels Pewter Embossing Powder
  • Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

  • Tuesday, December 24, 2013

    Ornament Card

    It's Merry Christmas eve here and I had a few moments whilst cooking dinner to post the last of my Christmas cards that we made during my Simply Elegant Christmas card class. This ornament card is pretty straightforward. I adhered the glass glitter to a line of sticky strip on one of the ornaments. I have a bit of a glitter phobia due to it's habit of getting absolutely everywhere, but glass glitter is easy to work with because its particles are "chunky". I also made sure to stamp the greeting before running the piece through the embossing folder. Merry Christmas!

    Stampin’ Up! Supplies

  • Stamp Sets: Christmas Collectibles (Wood, Clear); Greetings of the Season (Wood, Clear)
  • Card Stock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Winter Frost Specialty DSP
  • Ink: Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo
  • Tools: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Large Scallop Edgelits Die, Christmas Ornament Punch
  • Embellishments: Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones Jewels, Silver Glass Glitter
  • Card Stock: Stampin' Dimensionals Sticky Strip

  • Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Thursday Tip: Lining Up Layers

    Do you have trouble putting card fronts on your card bases straight? If you're doing one card you might try to eyeball it, but what if you have 10 or even 50 cards to do? How do you make it easier for yourself? My simple solution is: The Simply Scored Scoring Tool. As long as the layer goes to the edge of the card, you can use the top and/or side of the tool to align and adhere your card front. This tip would be especially helpful when attaching your swap card fronts to card bases.

    You can also use the Simply Scored to line up smaller pieces of card stock, as in the example above. Use the ruler on the side of your Simply Scored as a guide to perfectly place your piece the correct distance from the top or bottom every time.

    I shared this tip with my class during my Simply Elegant Christmas Card Class. All of my class cards had a different colored card base that needed to be attached to the card front. The perfectionists in the class loved getting their card fronts straight effortlessly. :) The snowflake card above is one of the cards we made for this class. All supplies are available for purchase below.

    Stampin’ Up! Supplies

  • Stamp Sets: Festive Flurry (Cling, Wood) Greeting of the Season (Cling, Wood)
  • Card Stock: Island Indigo, Whisper White
  • Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Smoky Slate
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Festive Flurry Framelits Dies, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder
  • Embellishments: Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

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  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Envelope Punch Board Gift Card Holder

    We made this beautiful envelope punch board gift card holder during my pop-up gift card holders class. I want to pass along a BIG thank you to the amazing Jackie Topa (the punch art queen) for allowing me to post a step-by-step tutorial based on her video. If you would like to see how to make this holder in action, check out her samples and video HERE! If you would like to see a step-by-step tutorial see below. All supplies used to make my version of the gift card holder are available for purchase at the end of this tutorial.

    Envelope Punch Board Gift Card Holder Tutorial

    Step One

    1. Start with an 11” x 4-¼” piece of Pool Party card stock. On the long side, score at 2”, 7-¼” and 7-3/8”. Note: I don't have a marker at the 7-3/8" mark in the photo because the markers will not fit if they are only 1/8" apart.

    Step Two

    2. Fold inward along the score lines.

    Step Three

    3a. On the longer flap, punch on the envelope punch board at the 1” mark.

    3b. Flip the card stock over to the other side and punch at the 1” mark again.

    Step Four

    4a. Put adhesive along the back of a 6” x 1” piece of Winter Frost DSP. Adhere the paper across the bottom flap of the gift card holder.

    4b. Wrap the paper all the way around to the back.

    Step Five

    5. For the insert, start with a 6-½” x 3-¾” piece of Whisper White card stock. On the long side, score at the 1-¾” and 6” marks.

    Step Six

    6. Fold the big flap forwards and the little tab backwards.

    Step Seven

    7. Stamp this piece as desired. I stamped a snowflake from the Festive Flurry stamp set in Pool Party ink and “Merry Christmas” from the Sassy Salutations stamp set in Island Indigo. Also UNFOLD the small tab and place sticky strip along it.

    Step Eight

    8. Tuck the Whisper White piece all the way into the pocket of the card.

    Step Nine

    9. Remove the sticky strip liner. Close the card completely and make sure it is aligned properly before burnishing the area where the sticky strip will adhere. Jackie does an excellent job demonstrating this step in her youtube video (minute 3:50)

    Step Ten

    10. Open the card. The white insert should pull out as the card front is lifted.

    Step Elven

    11. Decorate the front of the card desired. I stamped a snowflake from the Festive Flurry stamp set in Island Indigo ink and cut it out with the matching framelit. I then layered up the snowflake with a Deco label piece in Island Indigo and Silver Foil. I also tied the bottom with an 18" length of silver ribbon.

    Stampin’ Up! Supplies

  • Stamp Sets: Festive Flurry ( Cling, Wood); Sassy Salutations ( Cling, Wood)
  • Card Stock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Silver Foil Sheets, Whisper White, Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Festive Flurry Framelits Dies, Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies,
  • Embellishments: Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver 1/8" Ribbon
  • Adhesive: Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    HUGE Clearance Rack Sale

    Huge Clearance Rack Sale
    Starts TODAY, Tuesday, December 10th

    Retired Stampin' Up! products have been marked down up to 80% off. You will find Stamp Sets, Big Shot Dies, Embellishments, Ribbon, Card Stock, Designer Series Paper and much more for sale. There are also some great products from last year's popular Holiday Mini Catalog. Products are only available while supplies list. Popular products will sell out at these prices.


    Monday, December 9, 2013

    Square Box Card Tutorial

    We made this square box card at my pop-up gift card holders class. When you remove the bellyband for this gift card holder, the flat card opens into a box. It’s a great way to give a gift card, so it doesn't get lost under the tree. A big thank you goes to Valita Reynolds where I found the idea. I altered the measurements of Valita’s rectangular box card to make this square one. If you would like to make your own box card, you can find all the supplies for purchase at the end of my tutorial.

    Square Box Card Tutorial

    Step One

    1. Start with a 10” x 7” piece of Gumball Green CS. On the 10” side, score at 2”, 3-½”, 6-½” and 8” marks.

    Step Two

    2. On the 7” side, score at the 1-½” and 5-½” marks.

    Step Three

    3a. Put the diagonal plate on your Simply Scored Board. On the long side, score on the diagonal from the 5” mark, just until you reach the first score intersection.

    3b. Turn your card stock 180 and score again.

    3c. Flip the piece of card stock over to the backside and score again.

    3d. Turn your card stock180 and score again.

    Step Four

    4. Cut along the yellow lines as shown. The 4 corners will be cut off and you will make 4 square tabs.

    Step Five

    5a. Fold the box along the blue highlighted score lines as shown. Orient your card stock so that one of the long sides is towards you. Fold the piece away from you along the score line.

    5b. Keep the piece folded down and fold the diagonal scores towards you.

    5c. Still keeping the piece folded down, fold the tabs away from you. Unfold. Repeat steps 5a-5c for the opposite side.

    5d. For the sides, fold the piece toward the center along the second score line from the outside.

    5e. Next fold the score line back towards the outside. Unfold. Repeat steps 5d-5e for the opposite side.

    5f. This is how your piece will look when it’s completely folded.

    Step Six

    6. Place sticky strip on the four tab pieces.

    Step Seven

    7a. Remove the sticky strip liner and adhere the tabs to the OUTSIDE of the box. The photo above shows the closest two tabs adhered to the sides of the box.

    7b. This is what the piece looks like when all FOUR tabs are adhered.

    Step Eight

    8. Cut two 4” x ½” pieces of Cherry Cobbler card stock. Adhere them to the opening of the box

    Step Nine

    9. To make the bellyband, start with a 8- ½” x 1” strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock. On the 8-½” side, score at the 4” and 8-1/8” marks.

    Step Ten

    10. Put adhesive on the tab end

    Step Eleven

    11. Remove the sticky strip liner and bring the ends together to form a bellyband. Note: One side of the bellyband will be longer than the other.

    Step Twelve

    12a. Slide the bellyband over the box to hold it shut. Note: The shorter side of the bellyband faces up.

    12b. Side view

    Step Thirteen

    13a. To make the bow, run TWO 9” x 2” pieces of Seasons of Style Paper through the Big Shot with the Gift Bow Die.

    13b. Adhere the bow together with multipurpose liquid glue crossing over the two bow pieces.

    13c. Bow shown with just one more side to glue down.

    13d. Adhere a 5/8” square of red glimmer paper to the center.

    Step Fourteen

    14. Adhere the bow to the bellyband on an angle.

    Step Fifteen

    15. Decorate the inside of the box as desired. I stamped a greeting from the Delightful Dozen stamp set in Gumball Green Ink on an oval from the oval framelits collections. I then adhered the oval onto a label from the deco labels collection.

    Stampin’ Up! Supplies

  • Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen (Cling, Wood)
  • Card Stock: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Red Glimmer Paper, Season Of Style
  • Ink: Gumball Green
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Ovals Collection Framelits Dies, Gift Bow Bigz L Die
  • Adhesive: Sticky Strip, Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive

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