Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Birthday Thank You Cards

I had a wonderful birthday last week. Now it's time to make and send some thank you cards. I couldn't resist making my cards with one of my birthday gifts, the Christmas Star stamp. I love that it's versatile enough to use for other occasions and paired with the note cards and any greeting, you can make fast and beautiful cards. I liked the look of the silver embossing on these cards so much, that I didn't feel the need to embellish them further. All supplies to make these cards are available for purchase below.

Stampin' Up Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Christmas Star (Cling), Another Thank You (Photopolymer)
  • Card Stock: Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes
  • Ink: Soft Sky, Versamark
  • Tools: Heat Tool
  • Embellishments: Silver Embossing Powder

    Thanks for visiting!! I love reading your comments!!

  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    Stampin' Up! Specials Nov 26 - Dec 2

    This week's specials are amazing. My must have items are:

    Also don't forget the HOLIDAY SALE with OVER 75 products and bundles on SALE!!


    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Santa Pop Up Gift Card Holder

    This is one of the fun pop-up gift card holders we made at a recent class. When you put a gift card in a fun holder, it becomes a memorable gift. The belt buckle was inspired by a cool scrapbook layout by Lyssa Zwolanek. The belt holds the card shut and makes the perfect accessory to the card. Both the Deco Labels Framelits and the Silver Glimmer Paper I used for this project are on SALE until December 2nd, 2013!!!!

    If you would like to make your own Santa Pop Up Gift Card Holder, just follow my step-by-step tutorial. All supplies for this project are available for purchase below. Click HERE to see the complete supply list.

    Santa Pop Up Gift Card Holder Tutorial


    Step One

    1. To make the card base, start with an 8-½” x 5-½” piece of Real Red CS. On the 8-½” side, score at the 4-¼” mark. Fold along the score line and set aside.


    Step Two

    2. For the faux fur front, start with a 4-¼” x 3” piece of Whisper White CS. On the 3” side, score at the 1-½” mark.


    Step Three

    3. Scallop edge punch both sides parallel to the score mark.


    Step Four

    4. Attach the faux fur piece to the front of the card base


    Step Five

    5. For the belt, cut an 11” x 1-¾” piece of Basic Black CS. On the long side, score at the 2-5/8” and 8-3/8” marks.


    Step Six

    6. Fold the belt along the score lines and put two pieces of sticky strip on both of the ends.


    Step Seven

    7. Using the two smallest deco label framelits nested into each other, run a piece of Silver Glimmer CS through the Big Shot to create a buckle.


    Step Eight

    8. Cut the second smallest deco label out of Basic Black CS. Also punch a Word Window piece out of Silver Glimmer CS.


    Step Nine

    9. Adhere all the pieces of the buckle together using tombow multipurpose liquid glue. Remove the sticky strip liner from the belt and adhere the buckle to it, bridging the gap between the two ends.


    Step Ten

    10. For the pop-up insert, start with an 8-½” x 5” piece of Basic Black CS. On the long side, score at the 3-¼”, 4-¼” and 5-¼” marks.


    Step Eleven

    11. Fold along the score lines, place sticky strip on both ends


    Step Twelve

    12. Remove the sticky strip liner and adhere the insert to the card base.


    Step Thirteen

    13. For the card holder, start with a 5” x 3” piece of Real Red Card Stock. On the 3” side, score at the 1-½” mark.


    Step Fourteen

    14. Center the smallest deco label framelits on the score line and run through the Big Shot.


    Step Fifteen

    15. On the score line, make a pencil mark ¾” in on both sides (see yellow dots).


    Step Sixteen

    16. Starting at the deco label hole cut a slot along the score line, just until the pencil mark. Note: cut along both sides of the score line so that the resulting slot is about 1/16” wide. Place sticky strip on both ends. Remove liner and fold piece in half along the score line.


    Step Seventeen

    17. Place sticky strip on the back of the card holder


    Step Eighteen

    18. Remove the sticky strip liner and adhere the card holder to the pop-up insert.


    Step Nineteen

    19. Decorate the inside of the card as desired. Tip: cut the leftover silver glimmer deco label piece (from the buckle) in half and layer it behind the Santa.


    Stampin' Up Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Tag It (Cling, Wood)
  • Card Stock: Real Red, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer, Whisper White
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Big Shot, Deco Labels Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits, Word Window Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch,
  • Adhesives: Sticky Strip, Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive

    Thanks for visiting!! I love reading your comments!!

  • Friday, November 22, 2013

    Fabulous Friday

    It's a fabulous Friday and I'm so spoiled. Some of my friends took me out for coffee for my birthday this morning. Look at this masterpiece card my friend made for me. The Swallowtail pops up and is stamped on both sides. I was floored. I think this card might just inspire me to design a pop-up card class in the New Year. I didn't even recognize the Ex Libris stamp framing the butterfly on the front. WOW!!

    Another one of my friends does gorgeous photo cards. Below is one of the photos she took recently at our community lake. She thought that the Canada Geese would be perfect for me, because of my Canadian roots, eh? I absolutely love it and how all the geese have their wings in different stages of flight.

    I'm spoiled beyond belief. We even got pumpkin birthday favors and look at the adorable Garden Gingham tote. Thank you dear friends for making my birthday morning special. Today I really do feel like the "queen" in "Qbee".


    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Thursday Tip: Scored Frame

    How do you give a clean and simple card more depth without overwhelming it with extra details? I say add a scored frame. A scored frame adds just the hint of a modern border instead of the traditional matted look. If you want to know how to make your own easy-peasy scored frame, just follow along...

    Start with a 2" square of scrap card stock. Make a mark 1/4" in from the corner going both ways.

    Use your 1" square punch to make a perfect square cut out. Note: use the other corners of the square to make a template for the other sizes you might need like 3/8" and 1/2".

    Use your template to trace the corners onto the backside of the piece of card stock you want to frame.

    Score from the corner of one pencil mark to the corner of the next pencil mark. Keep turning your card stock until you have all four sides done.

    When you are finished you have the perfect frame for your image. I hope you like my Thursday tip. All supplies to make the card and scored frame are available for purchase below.


    Stampin' Up! Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Evergreen ( Cling, Wood )
  • Card Stock: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Champagne Glimmer
  • Ink: Old Olive, Versamark Pad
  • Tools: Big Shot, Pretty Print Embossing Folder, Simply Scored, Heat Tool, 1" Square Punch
  • Embellishments: Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Gold Emboss Powder
  • Adhesives: Dimensionals

    Thanks for visiting!! I love reading your comments!!

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Holiday Sale starts TODAY

    Dates: November 20-December 2, 2013

    It's time for online holiday shopping! During these 13 days only, you can get incredible discounts-up to 50 percent-on some of your favorite products! This is the perfect time for you to stock up on some of your favorite items or get gifts for your crafty friends and family.

    Click HERE to see what's on the HOLIDAY SALE!!!

    And don't miss out on our 24-hour-only doorbusters happening on the first day (November 20th) of the sale-30 percent off the Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, and Many Marvelous Markers! The 24-hour sales period on these three products ends at 11:50 PM (MT), November 20.


    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Flip Card Class: Flower and Ship Cards

    These are the last two cards that we made at my Flip Cards class. For the Flower Card greeting, I cut my cling mount stamp in half to make it easier to stamp. The front butterfly was stamped twice and punched out with the two different-sized butterfly punches and layered to give the butterfly some dimension. All supplies for these cards are available for purchase below.

    Stampin’ Up! Supplies for Flower Flip Card

  • Stamp Sets: Polka-Dot Pieces (cling, wood)
  • Card Stock: Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In-Color DSP Stack
  • Ink: Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Baked Brown Sugar
  • Tools: Big Shot, Circle Card Thinlits, 2-½” Circle Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, 1-¾” Scallop Circle Punch, 7/8” Scallop Circle Punch
  • Embellishments: Large Pearl Jewels, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Trim

    The only tip that you need to know for the ship card is that the ship was stamped on a 2-1/2" Circle-punched piece in Early Espresso Ink. We then filled in the gap under the ship by scribbling with the fine point of the Early Espresso marker. It makes the circle look like a porthole. For a complete supply list, see below. I hope you like my last two easy-to-make flip cards.

    Stampin’ Up! Supplies for Ship Flip Card

  • Stamp Sets: World Map, (cling, wood) The Open Sea, (cling, wood) Sassy Salutations (cling, wood)
  • Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso Marker
  • Tools: Big Shot, Circle Card Thinlits, 2-½” Circle Punch,
  • Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine

    Shop Stampin’ Up! online anytime, just click HERE.

    Thanks for visiting!! I love reading your comments!!

  • Friday, November 15, 2013

    Flip Card Class: Cupcake Card

    This was the fourth card we made in my flip cards class. All the cards for this class were clean and simple (CAS), because the flip card provides the WOW factor. You could easily substitute all the elements of this card to create a card to suit whatever theme you had in mind. All supplies for this card can be purchased below.

    Stampin' Up Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Create a Cupcake (Cling), (Wood), Remembering Your Birthday (Cling), (Wood)
  • Card Stock: Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Birthday Basics DSP
  • Ink: Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar
  • Tools: Big Shot, Label Card Thinlits Die, Cupcake Punch
  • Embellishments: Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

    Shop Stampin’ Up! online anytime, just click HERE.

    Thanks for visiting!! I love reading your comments!!

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Thursday Tip: Scissors Identified

    Have you ever pulled out your paper-cutting scissors only to find out that they are all gunked up with adhesive? What you have is probably a case of scissor mis-identity. The way I see it is, paper-crafters use scissors for 3 main purposes: paper-cutting, ribbon-cutting and adhesive-cutting. I keep 3 separate pairs of scissors for these purposes and identify them so that EVERYONE knows what my scissors are meant for. My ribbon-cutting scissors have ribbon on them. My adhesive-cutting scissors have sticky strip on them...

    AND last BUT NOT LEAST, my paper-cutting scissors have skull and cross bones washi tape on them (from the Witches' Brew Washi Tape collection). Yes SKULL AND CROSS BONES, this is supposed to serve as a warning to my family NOT to use these scissors. LOL! But seriously, you probably invest a lot of money in your scissors, identifying them for specific purposes will help them last longer. If your adhesive-cutting scissors do get gunked up with adhesive, I recommend De-Solv-It for gunk removal. If you're looking for some great paper-crafting scissors, I *heart* Stampin' Up's Craft Scissors and Paper Snips (see purchasing information below).

    Thursday Tip Guest Stars: Craft Scissors (108360), Paper Snips (103579), Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffle Stretch Trim (130021), Sticky Strip (104294), Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape (132156)

    Shop Stampin’ Up! online anytime, just click HERE.

    Thanks for visiting!! I love reading your comments!!