Monday, October 26, 2009

Snow Swirled...again

I FINALLY finished all the cards for the troops yesterday! WHEW! Now I just need to count how many I have and get some envelopes for them all! I may never make another card again!!! OK...not really! I LOVE making cards! I'm just glad that this project is done! I now need to get on with making my mother-in-law's birthday gift. Her birthday is in November! As some of you may know, I have TWELVE dogs that are "mine" here. I also have three foster dogs right now. Anyway, my poor mother-in-law gets SO confused when I talk about them because she has not met them (they live in Florida part of the year and in North Carolina part of the year). So, I thought I would make her a mini scrapbook with pictures and info about each of my dogs. The title of the scrapbook? My Grand-Dogs of course!!!! I think she will really like it!

Speaking of the cards for the troops. I will take pictures of each style of card that I made and show them to you over the next few weeks! I am rather proud of a few of them!

Now, on to today's card. I made this one for the craft fair that will be here in Holden, Missouri the first weekend of December. The inspiration for this card came from the Stampers Showcase on the demo side of the Stampin' Up! website. The original was made by Kathy Anthony. Here is my "recipe":

Stamps: Snow Swirled

Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Brushed Silver, Whisper White

Ink: Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, VersaMark

Other: Brocade Blue 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Bashful Blue Organza ribbon (retired), Brocade Blue brad, silver embossing powder, heat tool,

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Silent Night

I'm SO sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything new! I held a "Cards for the Troops" event this past Sunday. I must say, I was very disappointed at the turnout! I thought that with Whiteman Air Force Base so close by that I'd have at least a few folks show up! But, I only had about 7 or so folks show up and those folks were all folks that I knew already! Oh well! I had cut paper for the 12 cards I had designed for us to make. So, I've spent all this week putting the cards together for the paper I had already cut! I'll be sending these cards to a Chaplain over in Afghanistan. They won't have to know that I made most of the cards myself! I'd hate for them to think that the folks here close to Holden didn't care about them!

Now, on to this card! I know the ribbon and the stamp set is retired. I think the satin ribbon or the organza ribbon would look really nice on this. As for a different stamp you could use....the trees from Scenic Season (#115354 - page 35) would be nice. So would the door of the Home for Christmas (#111756 - page 34) if you turned the card the other way to make it tall. The tree from Snow Swirled (#111690 - page 36) would look nice. ANY of the stamps from the Holy Triptych set (#110370 - page 36) would look nice. See? Just because you don't have the stamp set or whatever that I use doesn't mean that you can't copy the card if you like it! Look in the catalog for something that will work! Or, write me and I'll help you find a set that will work!

Now, here is what I used to make this card:

Stamp set: Silent Night

Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Brushed Silver

Ink: VersaMark, Night of Navy (for the inside sentiment)

Other: 3/8" white organdy ribbon, Top Note die, corner punch that I can't remember the name of but it's retired, silver embossing powder

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sidekick Sayings

OK...I know that this stamp set is retired. It was a hostess set some time back. This is the first time I've had the opportunity to "play" with the Christmas stamp out of this set though! The inspiration came from a card I saw on the demo side of the Stampin' Up! website. The original card was made by Stephanie Leider. Since "Sidekick Sayings" is retired here are a few ideas of stamps you could use that are current:

The trees from Patterned Pines would be cute (from the Holiday Mini). You would have to turn the card on it's side for that one.

The Santa and sleigh from Wondering Words (also from the Holiday Mini) would be cute.

You could make it a New Year's card and use the A Brand New Year stamp (also from the Holiday Mini).

The little snowmen from the The More The Merrier set (from the current catalog) would be cute!

Any one of the stamps from Holy Triptych would be wonderful!

See? Just because I use a stamp set that you might not have doesn't mean that you can't copy what I've shown you! Take a look at what you do have and go for it!!!!

Here is what I used to make my card:

Stamp set: Sidekick Sayings

Ink: StazOn Jet Black

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green, Shimmery White, Real Red, Ski Slope DSP (also retired)

Other: Stampin' Write markers in Garden Green, Real Red, Summer Sun & Chocolate Chip, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing Tool, Double Circle punch, Red Gingham ribbon, glitter glue (for star)

All products (except glitter glue) made by Stampin' Up!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Matchbox Chest

I am sure you have seen PLENTY of these around on the net! They are SO cute and could have SO many uses! They are VERY simple to make as long as you have the Matchbox die that is made by Sizzix and sold exclussively through Stampin' Up! They are simple, simple, simple! I made three of the matchboxes and then just placed them one on top of the other. I used some of the redline tape to stick them together and then wrapped the whole thing in DSP (Designer Series Paper) and then added the ribbon. Here are the colors I used (at least to the best of my memory - I made this some time back):

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, YoYo Yellow (might be Summer Sun too)

DSP: Pink Flamingo

Other: 1/4" grosgrain ribbon in Tempting Turquoise, Maize & Rose (the Maize & Rose are retired), 5/16" Jumbo Brads in white

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Harvest Home

This is another Thanksgiving card I made to send to family/friends. I LOVE fall with all it's beautiful colors and crisp air. We seem to have skipped fall here in Missouri this year though! It seems SO cold here right now! Here is my "recipe" for this card:

Stamp set: Harvest Home

Cardstock: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper, Watercolor paper

Ink: StazOn Timber Brown

Other: Watercolor Wonder crayons, Vintage brads, Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Gifts of the Earth

First, I must apologize! For those that follow my blog I apologize for not posting for quite a few days! I have been SUPER busy! I am having a "Cards for the Troops" event next Sunday. It sort of came up suddenly and I had to get some cards designed for the folks to make! This will be my first event EVER! I sure hope it goes over well! I am not looking for TONS of folks to show up but I sure do hope we have a good turnout!

OK....on to today's card! I made this one to send to a family member for Thanksgiving this year. Here is my "recipe" for this card:

Stamp sets: Autumn Splendor, Gifts of the Earth

Cardstock: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, watercolor paper

Ink: VersaMark, Dusty Durango, Basic Brown (inside sentiment)

Other: corner rounder punch, heat tool, dark brown embossing powder, Watercolor Wonder crayons, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Vintage brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


The idea for this originally came from MeGa Stampin' Studio. The two girls who run this blog are part of my SU team. They made their luminaries as Halloween decorations. I made some of these with snowflakes and some, like this, that can be used year round. It's SO simple to make! The hardest part was finding the battery operated tealights! Here's what you need to make one (or more) of these:

Big Shot
Party Favor die
cardstock (here I used Summer Sun)
punch of just about any kind (I used Spring Flowers - I think that was the name of it - but it's retired now - the Boho Blossoms or even the Heart to Heart punch would look great too)

All I did was run the cardstock through my Big Shot to cut the Party Favor die. I then used the punch to punch the flowers in the center of the front and back of what would be the little bag after I put it together. I attached a little vellum on the inside to cover the place where I punched. Then, I put the bag together using some of that sticky strip tape so that it would hold together really well. Then, in goes the battery operated tealight and - PRESTO - you have a cute little glowing decoration!

Now, I suppose you could use a "regular" tealight but I certainly wouldn't unless I was going to be right there in the room with the luminary the whole time. I mean, you are talking an open flame and paper. That could SO easily become a disaster! We certainly don't want anyone to have a fire so to be on the safe side I'd only use a battery operated tealight.

I made quite a few of these to bring to the upcoming craft fair here in Holden, Missouri. I hope they go over well! If not, all is not lost....I'll have lots of little luminaries to sit around my house!

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Autumn Splendor

I LOVE this new stamp set! It is one of the new ones from the Holiday Mini! It is called Autumn Splendor! It may be difficult to see the stamped images in this picture though. I stamped them with VersaMark on Close To Cocoa cardstock and then used metallic copper embossing powder. I think the copper on any brown color cardstock is quite a stunning color combo! Well, it is in person anyway! I then ran the cardstock through my Big Shot using the Top Notes die! Here is the "recipe" I used to make this card:

Stamp sets: Autumn Splendor, Holidays & Wishes

Cardstock/Paper: Close To Cocoa, Taken With Teal, Very Vanilla, Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper

Ink: VersaMark, Encore! Copper

Other: copper embossing powder, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Top Notes die & Big Shot, heat tool, sponge, Checkerboard Texturz plate, Wide Oval punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

All products (except copper embossing powder) either made by or sold through Stampin' Up!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Butterfly Basket

I wanted to show you something different today! I've mostly uploaded card images here at More SU Stamps Please. So, I thought I'd show you a "3-D" project I made! I have LOTS of trouble with the Baskets & Blooms die! Well, not the die itself but with putting the little basket together! Each time I've tried using the little round bottom that is part of the die I just can't seem to get the silly thing to stay in place. I am SURE it's something I'm doing wrong as I've seen quite a few of these little baskets on the web that are adorable and they use the round bottom! Here is a list of the products I used to make by little butterfly basket!

Paper: Bali Breeze Designer Series paper (retired), Taken With Teal cardstock, Tempting Turquoise cardstock

Dies: Baskets & Blooms, Beautiful Butterflies

Other: gold wire, glitter glue, Dimensionals, Whisper White Satin ribbon

All products (except glitter glue & wire) made by Stampin' Up!