Saturday, August 1, 2015

Glassine Paper Window Card

There's a new product in the Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog called Glassine Sheets. When I saw it, I got all giddy - and not for the reason you'd expect....
In my "other" life, when I was still a police officer, I was a crime scene tech. Kinda like CSI, but not really because tv is NEVER the same as real life. But, I digress. 

We used to use glassine envelopes to collect fine evidence like hairs and fibers and such. The paper is air, water and grease resistant, so it was perfect for that stuff. 
So, I guess when I saw Glassine Sheets in the catalog, the wave of nostalgia hit me and I ordered some on my first order. Kinda like ordering the bomb pop from the ice cream truck because it reminds you of your childhood. Or not. But you get the idea. :)

Anyway, I've used up my entire first pack between my #SubscribeTDS Card Kit Club and these swap cards from Convention last week:

Apparently I'm the only one who knew Glassine Sheets were even in the catalog because I can't tell you the number of times I got asked - what IS that? Do we SELL that? 
The answer is Glassine Sheets and Yes, we do. (#138348 $5 pack of 10 sheets)

This card may look a bit complicated, but I can assure you, it's not. Here's the link to my YouTube tutorial video for this sweet card: 

Do you follow me there already? If not, you might want to - I've planned out new, twice weekly videos through the Fall and I have a LOT of fun and informative stamping to share with you! Here's the link so you can subscribe: 

Here's the supply list of products I used to create this card: 

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As always, you can click on any of the thumbnail photos and go directly to my Online Store where you can shop for any and all of these products and more! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I hope you'll have time to get crafty and make something fun! 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hello Life - Easy Washi Tape Card

Hello there Stampers! 

I've been back from the annual Stampin' Up! Convention for almost a week now and it's been crazy-town here. Funny how when you're away for a bit the laundry fairy fails to show up and the dirty dish fairy takes a vacay and the bathroom cleaning fairy is caught sleeping on the job....
Jet lag maybe?? LOL! 

Anywho, I had a fabulous time in Salt Lake City last week, spending much needed time with so many of my stamping besties AND a special treat for me, my Emma was able to attend with me! We had a blast! And she's now in LOVE with Stampin' Up! I guess growing up with it wasn't enough to sway her to the fun side, but being in the cradle of creativity pushed her over the edge. Love it! 

I shared a house with my stampin' sisters from my 2nd year on the Advisory Board. These ladies are my true blue, through thick and thin, always there when you need them "sistahs". I'll love them til' I die. And that's gonna be a LONG time! 
Here's a pic of us on the front porch of the historic house we rented.

L to R: Georgia Giguere, Jodi Reinert, Karen Duke, Stella MacKay, Me!, Sharon Armstrong, Janet Wakeland (not pictured Meg Wheeler)
I'll have more pics of the fun from Convention to share - just need to download and edit them all. 
For now, check out one of my swap cards! 

I used the Hello Life stamp set and the Cherry on Top Washi Tape to create a fun, but clean and simple card that's perfect to encourage anyone. 
Cards don't need to be fussy or complicated to be awesome - and when the plan is to bring a smile to someones face you can't go wrong with a message like this one! It's all simple layering too, so it's easy to mail. 

Here are the products I used to create this card:

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As always, you can click on any of the thumbnails photos of the products and it will take you directly to my Online Store to do your shopping. Easy peasy! 
Be sure to check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack while you are shopping - great bargains there. :)

Thanks for stopping by today - I'll be back soon with more creative inspiration for you!
Now, go make something fun!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

#TGIFC10 - Thanks for the Color Challenge!

It's been YEARS people - 
literally years, since I've played in an online stamping challenge. 
Well, guess it's time I jump back in, whatcha' think? 

If you've been with me for a long time, you know I used to be an operator at the Stamping 411 Weekly Challenge Blog. That was a ton of fun, and I made some great friends while being part of that community. 
If you've not been part of a design team or played along with a challenge blog, take time to do it! It's fun, it will stretch you creatively and you'll make art that many can enjoy! 

Here's my project for the TGIF Challenges Blog:

Here's the challenge for this week:

I {{heart}} these colors together SO much!

I combined a TON of products on my card project - it was really fun to just let myself go and create for ME. My style isn't always clean and simple - which I know my clients like a lot - but sometimes I want to just go for broke and design something that makes me smile. 
This does it today. :)

Here's a complete supply list for you:

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To place an order for any of these supplies and more, just click on any of the thumbnail photos above and you'll go directly to my Online Store. 
Be sure to check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack - both updated just yesterday! 

In case you were wondering, I'm creating a pdf tutorial for this project that I'll be sending out in my newsletter this week. If you're not on my mailing list, you might want to sign up for it. There's a spot over in the right sidebar that you can do that!

I'm really glad you stopped by today and I hope you enjoyed the project! 
Happy crafting!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Clean and Simple Dahlia Card

Hello stampers! 

Now that all the excitement of graduation and the end of the school year has passed, we are we are finally settling into a more relaxed Summer schedule. In other words, this Momma has some breathing space! And that means creating time! 
Can I get an Amen?!

The day of graduation I received two boxes of all NEW Stampin' Up! goodies: 

It was the saddest sight. 
Two unopened boxes of wonderful new crafting toys...
But, family first and all. Blah, blah, blah. LOL!

When I did get time to open them and play, I chose to start with something clean and simple to get the creative juices flowing: 

There is so much to love about this project I'm not sure where to begin - 
The NEW Thick Whisper White card stock is AWESOME for card bases and it takes our ink beautifully!

This Definitely Dahlia stamp image is STUNNING! 
And the NEW In Colors Striped Cotton Ribbon is the perfect touch between classic and rustic - I am in LOVE. 

There is nothing complicated about this card - just one tip to share - I stamped a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock with the Dahlia image after I'd stamped the card base and I love the paler version of the Mint Macaron ink for a background. Simple and elegant. 
I'll also share that this ink looks darker when it's wet, so don't panic if it looks too dark, you'll love the color once it dries and sinks into the card stock, I promise!

Here's the products I used to create this project:

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To place an order for any of these products, simply click on the thumbnail photo and you'll be taken directly to my Online Store where you can fill your shopping cart and check out. 
Be sure to visit the Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals sections while you are there. You'll find many NEW bargains at deeper discounts right now! Lots for less than $2!

Happy crafting everyone!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Adorable Owl Punch Art Card

Whooooo's having a birthday?

Even if you aren't, this adorable little guy would be a great card to send anyone for a fun pick-me-up! 
I should know, I received a similar card in the mail from a Stampin' Up! friend recently and I just HAD to re-create it - he's SO cute! 

I'm sure the design has been around, but I don't do a lot of punch art so I'd not seen it before. This one uses the soon to be retired Top Note Big Shot Die along with the also retiring Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper and the Neutrals Candy Dots. (those are his eyes!)

I've got a complete supply list for you below - lots of punches! 
And I've got a quick assembly video that just needs to be edited and I'll post that for you on my Facebook page and my YouTube channel. 

Do you follow me on Facebook and YouTube?
Here are the links for you: 

I'm in the process of switching over to more of an online business - my church and family commitments have always been first priority in my life, and in recent months most of my time has been taken up with them. I have NO regrets about that at all, but I LOVE my Stampin' Up! business and I LOVE creating fun things to share! 
Moving to a mostly online format will work for me for SO many reasons and I'll be able to reach more of you with fun paper crafting creations, ideas and tips. 

I created a NEW Subscription Service called #SubscribeTDS where you receive FREE Card Kits each month in the mail by simply placing a $30 minimum product order with me through my website using the special code I provide my subscribers. 
When you commit to a 6 month subscription - you receive FREE stamps too! 
This month, my subscribers are also getting video tutorials along with their card kits and PDF instruction sheets. 
Visit this link HERE for details on how you can subscribe!
(Charter memberships no longer available, but 6 month and month-to-month subscriptions are. 
E-mail me at to subscribe beginning in June 2015)

If you are local to me, don't fear - I'll still be holding classes and events here in the studio. 
Monday's will be my class and event day and I'll have evening offerings through the Summer and will add day events in September. 
Look for the NEW Make-It-Monday Event schedule on my website and Facebook page soon. 

Here's the supply list for today's card: 

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You can place your order online in my Stampin' Store by simply clicking on any of the thumbnail product photos - it will take you right there!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - happy crafting! 


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Graduation Invites and the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig - Tutorial Video!

I've been a busy, busy gal lately in the studio - so much is happening over the next month in our family and it's requiring a LOT of paper crafting!
You know I'm in my element - LOL! 

Anyway, I needed to whip up some masculine invitations for our bonus Son Andrew's high school graduation party and I chose to start with the Celebration Basics Invitations that are retiring from the current SU! catalog. (They are on sale for just $2.49 right now - what a deal, right?)

Here is a pic of the finished ones:

As you can see, I used some *ahem* contraband for the invitation decoration - but what's a girl to do when she needs black and red Fender guitars??
In my defense, I DID use my Big Shot, AND Stampin' Up! card stock - except for the black..... we don't carry glossy black anymore. 
Apparently no one else does either so look what I had to resort to:

Yes, those are black glossy paper plates. 
I got 3 guitar bases out of each one - and I was darn proud of myself! 
(this is what desperation will do to you - make you think you're brilliant!)

Anyway, these invites were super simple to create AND I even used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (SAMJ) for adding the year to the back of the envelope. 
The Class of 2015 single stamp in the Occasions Mini is a great image - I'm using it a LOT over the next few weeks - and for the envelope flap, I wanted to use just the year part as an accent. 

Some of you have told me that you hate the SAMJ. 
Honestly?? It's an awesome tool and really very easy to use. 
It requires a tiny bit of thought - I KNOW you can do it! - but it's really easy-peasy. 
I even made a short TDS Quick Tip video to show you how. 
You can either click on the picture below to view it, or click the link in the caption and it will take you to my YouTube channel. 
YouTube Video Link:

Here are the products I used to create the invitations:
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To place an order, simply click on the thumbnail photo of any of the products shown and you'll go right into my Online Store! 

Thanks for stopping by today - be sure to let me know how you liked the video by commenting here or on my YouTube channel!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Playing With Sneak Peek Toys - The Gift Bag Punch Board!

Oh man.....

Are you guys ever gonna LOVE the new Stampin' Up! Catalog! 
I've had a blast playing around with all the New Sneak Peek goodies I unpacked last week - if you want to watch the video of that fun time, click HERE for the link. 

One of the very first things you will want to put on your order is the New Gift BAG Punch Board. 
It quickly and easily lets you create adorable gift bags from a variety of papers. 
Check out these two I made the other day:

I used the NEW Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack for this one - when I opened my pack, a piece of the Basic Black fell out so I took it as a sign that I was supposed to create something with it. LOL! 

I used the Whisper White Organza Ribbon for the handles - SO glad that ribbon isn't retiring! I chose not to use the hole punch that's on the Punch Board and added the ribbon holes myself with my Crop-A-Dile. 
The tags are made with the Note Tag Punch and the Merry Everything clear-mount stamp set. I stamped in Bermuda Bay ink on Whisper White card stock. 

Believe it or not, I used just one sheet of 12" x 12" paper for this bag - it was so easy peasy. 
Check out the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim...
I wanted to jazz up the edge of the contrasting trim a bit, so I added some of the sequins with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. (Tombow, Green Glue - whatever you call it. I call it awesome.)

And of course, it had to have some sparkle to match the sequins, so I added 2-Way Glue to the white stripes on the bag front and covered it in Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. 
Fancy, huh? :)

Here's the other gift bag I made, out of NEW Designer Paper!
I used the Bohemian Designer Series paper with these fabulous, bold color combinations. 

For this bag, I used the hole punch that is part of the Punch Board and opted to thread the Natural Chevron Ribbon through them for a different look. The co-ordinating tag hangs from the knot in the front. 

A bag this colorful and bold needs a tag that contrasts and neutralizes the colors a bit so I used Very Vanilla card stock to cut a tag with the Chalk Talk Framelits and my Big Shot. 
I used Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss and Island Indigo - all colors found in the Designer Paper to create the tag. The greeting is from the NEW Friendly Wishes stamp set and the border is from the NEW and co-ordinating Bohemian Borders stamp set. 

It was SO much fun to use this new tool - I know you'll love it as much as I do once you get it in your crafting space. 

Be sure to add Item #135862 Gift Box Punch Board $20 to your Wish List. You'll be able to order it in my Online Store on June 2nd!

Here are the products I used that you CAN order right now: 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you get time to make something fun!