Thursday, December 31, 2009

Big Buckly card

This is called a "Big Buckle" card. I got the tutorial from Split Coast Stampers. I made this one sort of "tongue in cheek" with the black and white. You know, sort of a joke type card for someone turning 30 or 40. You know how some of us females can be with DREADING those birthdays!!! Here is a picture of what the card looks like "semi" open:

The "belt" goes on top of the card front and then the end of the "belt" tucks into the punched slot. It's really a cute design for a card! I still am not sure about the Real Red "present" I stamped on this though. I just wanted a little punch of color I think! Here is my "recipe" for this card:

Stamp set: Party Hearty

Cardstock/paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Night and Day Designer Series Paper

Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black, Real Red

Other: Corner Rounder punch, Word Window punch, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Modern Label punch, Modern Label die (with Movers & Shapers die), white embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Folded Christmas Tree

How CUTE are these little trees? I know it's past Christmas but I just had to try making these of paper! My "inspiration" for these little cuties is below! My mother-in-law is a WHIZ with a piece of cloth, a needle and some thread! Each Christmas I get at least a little something handmade by her. The picture below is part of this year's handmade "something". She gave me two matching napkins for our Christmas dinner table! When I saw these I immediately thought..."I bet I can make these with paper!" I CAREFULLY unfolded the napkin just in case it was going to be difficult to get it folded back correctly! Turns's just a half circle folded just so to make a tree shape! I wish I could give you exact dimensions for the folding but that will all depend on the size of circle you start with. The picture below will hopefully show you just how you do the folds. You may have to fold, unfold and then refold to get the folds just right but as long as you don't really press to really crease the paper you should be OK! Then, I just hand-cut little rectangles from Chocolate Chip and attached to the back of the "tree" to make the trunk! Of course, as many of you might be able to tell, the paper trees themselves are made from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tri-Fold Pocket Card

This "type" of card is called a Tri-Fold Pocket card. I cannot remember now where I got the tutorial but I am thinking it was from Split Coast Stampers. It also could have been from someone's blog! You just never know with me! This card is really easy to make! Here is my "recipe" for the items I used to make this card.

Cardstock/Paper: Nouveau Chic DSP, Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Gray

Stamp sets: Of the Earth, and, to be honest I don't remember the name of the set for the was a set that had just the stamps that would work with the tab punch I think

Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, tab punch, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Flower Pot Pocket Card you all remember some months back when alot of us were making the Flower Pot Pocket cards? When I saw them all I could only think "HOW COOL!" I printed pictures and a tutorial and intended to make one. Well, here it is December and I've finally gotten around to it! Being December I just HAD to fill my flower pot with poinsettias though! Below is a picture (for those who maybe haven't seen these before) of where you "write" on the card.

I know there are PLENTY of tutorials out there of how to make these cards. But, to give credit where credit is due....the tutorial I printed was done by Stephanie Luman. Now, my "recipe":

Stamp set: Cute & Curly

Cardstock: Metallic Gold, Whisper White, Real Red

Ink: Real Red

Other: Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, gold cord, gold eyelet, Curly Label punch, Curly Label die (from the Movers & Shapers die), Scallop Trim Border punch (in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration catalog), 5 Petal Flower punch, adhesive backed "gems"

All products (except the gems) made by Stampin' Up!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Flap Card

This card "type" is called a Flap Card. As you can see in the picture below the top is a "flap" that opens up. Then, the "bottom" folds down and there is the inside of your card. I made this card to send to my friend Judy. Judy runs the dog rescue group that my husband and I volunteer with. She has brought so much love and laughter into my life just by allowing me to be a volunteer and foster mom with 7 Bells Sanctuary! I have had MANY dogs come stay at my home until their "furever" home comes along. I love each and every one of them and miss them all dearly. But, they each have a wonderful home now and once they left I then had room in my home to help save another little life. Anyway, I wanted Judy to know how much I value our friendship and how grateful for the wonderful things she has brought into my life.

Here is the recipe I used to create this card:

Cardstock/Paper: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Tea Party Designer Series Paper

Ink: VersaMark, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, So Saffron

Stamp Set: D is for Dog

Other: Dark Brown embossing powder, Coluzzle with Circle Template, Color Spritzer Tool with So Saffron, Certainly Celery & Almost Amethyst Stampin' Write markers, Velcro dots, heat tool

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Criss Cross card

I can't remember now where I got the tut for this card but it's called a "Criss Cross card". It was either from another demo on the Late Night Stampers list or it was from Split Coast Stampers. I changed it up and used different papers and such but the basics of how to make the card is the same. The little die cut butterflies are from the upcoming NEW Occasions Mini catalog that starts in January! It's an Embosslit! I do so love Embosslits! So, here's my "recipe":

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, So Saffron, Shades of Spring DSP (also from the upcoming Occasions Mini catalog)

Other: Corner Rounder punch, Sweetest Stem Embosslit, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Pretty In Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Get Well Stair Step card

I made this card for my mother-in-law! Poor thing has a urinary tract infection that she is just having a VERY difficult time getting rid of! I got the "tutorial" for making this from Split Coast Stampers if I remember right. Anyway, here is my "recipe" for the products I used to make this card:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, watercolor paper

Ink: Basic Brown, VersaMark, Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant

Stamp sets: Morning Soft, Kind & Caring Throughts

Other: Eggplant 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Circle Scissor Plus, Vanilla 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Scor-Pal, vanilla embossing powder, Scallop Trim border punch, Aqua Painter

NOTE: the Scallop Trim border punch will be in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration catalog that starts on January 5, 2010. Know what that means? You can "earn" this punch FREE! Free is good!!!!

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tea Bag Folding Cards

OK...first....a little bit of explanation. There is a group of about 5 or so of us here in the small town I live in that get together once a month. One of the girls is actually my upline. Her name is Gerilynn. Anyway, Gerilynn designs about 5 cards and we all go and make the cards and chat and laugh and carry on! We each pay Gerilynn for her supplies and snacks. Well, for December we each designed a card and brought all the stuff to make the card to Gerilynn's. Gerilynn still provided the snacks but there was no charge. The card on the left was designed by Julie Getz. LOVE it! So, I had to make one of my own using Stampin' Up! products to send to my mother-in-law. The card on the right is my "take" on Julie's card.

So, Julie, just let me say "Thanks ALOT! It's all your fault that I now have a new obsession to add to my list of obsessions! Like I really needed a new one!!!!" (grin)

Seriously, I have spent the last few days looking all over the internet for new folds! So, don't be surprised of you all see lots more cards with tea bag folding on them!

Monday, December 14, 2009

CUTE boxes

OK...let me start by saying that photography skills are QUITE lacking on this picture! But, if you will go to the website that I am going to give you the link to you will see MUCH better pictures!

I got the instructions for these two CUTE boxes from the blog of my good friend and fellow demonstrator, Diane Noble. Diane is SO creative! I was strolling around her blog the other day and saw these cute little treat boxes along with the directions for them. I knew I just HAD to make a few of my own. In Diane's samples she used Christmas papers and embellishments but I wanted something different so I used Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP on the smaller one. I used the same DSP but used Rich Razzleberry as the "base" on the larger one. The flower on the larger one is made from Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry. The little leaves behind the flower were made with Old Olive and the Sweetest Stem Embosslit. I used the new Vintage Labels stamp set for the little tag on the smaller box. That set will be in the new Sale-A-Bration catalog that starts in January. So? Do you know what that means? can earn that stamp set FREE starting in January! I stamped it with Melon Mambo ink. I also used the Melon Mambo dotted ribbon on the smaller box and the Rich Razzleberry dotted ribbon on the bigger box.

Now....Diane's blog: the tutorial for the smaller box is at and the tutorial for the bigger box is at - but...don't stop there! You really should have a look around her whole blog! Like I said, she is a very talented and creative lady! Her blog is at

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Grand-Dogs brag book

As many of you know I LOVE my dogs! I just love dogs in general!!! Anyway, my mother-in-law and I talk each Sunday afternoon. She is a VERY creative lady. You give that woman a piece of cloth, a needle and some thread and she can create ANYTHING! She also makes some beautiful handmade baskets! Anyway, because they live so far away she's never meet most of my kids, which are, of course, her granddogs! She always asks about them though. Well, so that she would have a picture to look at to "see" who I was talking about I decided to make her this little "brag book" for her birthday this past November. The book itself is one of our 6X6 albums from Stampin' Up! I used the Simply Scrappin kit called Sunny Day to make all the pages and embellish them! I think it came out really cute! The lettering on the front and the "title" (each dog's name) on the first page of each dog's layout was made using my Big Shot and some of the alphabet dies that Sizzix makes. Anyway, the picture above is obviously the cover. The picture below is one of the MANY pages in the album! This baby is Dinker! He is a "Mama's Boy"! I just love him to bits!

I made each dog a 4 page layout. The first page had their name across the top in the die cut letters. Then, I used to computer to type up a little bit about them. Then, the next three pages had some of favorite pictures of each one. The picture above is page 3 and 4 of Dinker's layout.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Upsy Daisy Get Well Soon card

I SO love this stamp set! Daisies are my favorite flower so I KNEW I had to have this set as soon as I saw it! This card was inspired by a card I saw on the Stampers Showcase on the demo side of the Stampin' Up! website. The original card was made by Jennifer Meadows. Here's my "recipe" for this card:

Stamp sets: Upsy Daisy, Sincere Salutations

Cardstock/Paper: Cutie Pie DSP (retired), Whisper White, Rose Red, Certainly Celery

Ink: So Saffron, Certainly Celery

Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Certainly Celery 5/8" polytwill ribbon

All products made by Stampin' Up!