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! 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

PLxSU4U - A Project Life Blog Tour! #PLxSU4U

It's that time again - our end of the month Blog Tour featuring Project Life by Stampin' Up! I really enjoy being able to share some fun projects with you each month using these adorable products that make memory keeping so quick, easy and affordable!
Take a look at the 12" x 12" page I've created this month!

If you follow my blog, you know that I participate in this Blog & Instagram Hop each month with a group of VERY special ladies, my sisters from the 
2010-11 Stampin' Up! Advisory Board. 
The links to Stella and Jodi's blogs are at the bottom of this post so you can navigate the full tour. 

 My daughter's boyfriend got very creative this year when he asked her to Prom - he knows how much Emma loves Chick-Fil-A and was able to set up a cool Prom-Posal with her favorite meal!


Luckily we have a friend who used to work for Chick-Fil-A and was able to "loan" us the famous cow to help Andrew ask her. LOL!

For this picture, I added a white margin at the top and bottom so I could embellish with some Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding. I tied the bottom ribbon in a bow so it would mimic the bow tie he'll be wearing. :)

The Love Story Card Collection was perfect for the photos, I added some Gold Sequins from the Sequin Trim and stamped some random hearts from the You Plus Me stamp set on the black and white 4" x 4" card. 
I downloaded this fun Chick-Fil-A logo from Google Images and printed it out on Whisper White card stock, then punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. It's popped up on stampin' dimensionals. 

The "you make me happy" journaling 4" x 4" card was perfect to give a short version of the story - the pictures really say it all which is what I LOVE about Project Life!
I added some more Gold Sequins to that card as well. 
The Word Bubble Framelits were perfect for adding another little touch to the page. I stamped the heart arrow from You Plus Me and wrote with a Real Red marker above it. This piece is on Dimensionals on the outside of the page protector. 
Yes, it's ok to do that! It's YOUR album! :)

I hope you like my Project Life page idea today! 
Be sure to click ahead to Jodi's blog and click back to Stella's blog if you missed it! 

Happy creating everyone!

If you want to shop for any of the supplies I've used today, just click on the thumbnail photo of any of them below. It will take you to my Online Store where you can place your order! 

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pretty Paper Gift Bag! #paperweek

It's #paperweek here in the studio and I'm very excited!!
There is a LOT of gorgeous Designer Series Paper (DSP) on the Retiring List and when I saw this meme, it got me thinking about all the things you can do with DSP. 

I mean, we buy all that paper so we can make pretty stuff, right?

Because you can never have too much - 
Because we NEED Options people! 
Can't our hubbies understand this??

Anyway, this week, here and on my Facebook and Instagram feeds, is Paper Week (#paperweek) and it's my mission to show you some awesome projects you can make with your DSP. 
Consider it therapy for you hoarders out there. 
You'll make some pretty things out of all that paper you have been stashing away and then when all the new DSP comes out in the next catalog, you'll be ready for more!!

Today's project is a DIY Paper Gift Bag

For my samples, I used the Painted Blooms DSP from the Occasions Mini catalog. 
The tags were created with the Painted Petals stamp set. 
A complete supply list is at the bottom of this post. 

Here's a quick and easy photo tutorial for you:

You can click on the photos and open them larger in a new window. 

Take 2 sheets of MATCHING DSP and score BOTH of them as shown in Steps #1 - #3:
Steps #1 - #3
Once both pieces are scored, you cut each of them differently:
Steps #4 - #7
 Be sure and fold and crease all the score lines well. Especially the 2" scored section that is around the top of the bag. You will fold that one out to create a contrasting band around the top of the bag like in this photo. 

Step #8
Once you glue the sides together (I glued the flaps on the bottom to the sides), you'll want to add your ribbon handles: (I did use my Crop-a-Dile, but a 1/4" handheld punch will do.) 
You will need 16" of ribbon for each handle.

I LOVE how these turned out!!

Use the supply list below to place an order from my Online Store for any of the items listed. 
Click on any of the thumbnails and it will take you directly there!
You can also order from the Retiring Lists, Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack all at the same time - one stop shopping!

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If you enjoyed these cute projects and the easy tutorial, please feel free to Pin any of the pictures to Pinterest and share it! A link will appear when you hover over the pictures. 

Happy crafting and creating everyone! 
I'll be back tomorrow with another fun #paperweek project for you. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Butterfly Bundles and Retiring Products!

Today's the day - the Annual Retiring Products List is published. 

Many, many product are discounted, which is AWESOME! 
Many, many products will SELL OUT! 

Some products are already GONE - like some In Color 2013-15 items.....

So, here's the link to the list - find your favorites and ORDER THEM! 
Only stamp sets are guaranteed to be produced until May 26th. 


Place your order from my Online Store using this Special Code - 


I'll send you a packet of 5 hand-stamped cards when you spend $50 or more!

The Butterfly Bundles are BACK!!

You've been waiting most of the Spring to order the Butterfly Framelits and the Bundle that includes the Butterfly Basics stamp set. Well, your wait is OVER! 
AND....SU! has sweetened the deal. 

When you order Any of the Bundles, SU! is giving you a choice of 3 Sale-A-Bration products - FREE! 
While Supplies Last!
Click on the graphic below to visit the Online page for Product Bundles -

That's a lot of news to digest today - I'll leave you to it to get shopping and stock upon your retiring faves before they are gone, gone, gone! 

Happy stamping and shopping!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Stamp Out Autism - Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog today! 
I'm thrilled you are visiting me and I hope you'll take the time to visit all the other wonderful Stampin' Up! Leaders who are participating in the Stamp Out Autism Blog Hop. #stampoutautism

When I was thinking about my project I wanted to create something that reflected the love and concern that is evident for those who deal daily with Autism. Not just those who suffer with it, but their families and friends who love them dearly and make many sacrifices because of this terrible condition. 
The heart-shaped puzzle was my inspiration so I created a heart-shaped card made up of a collage of smaller hearts. Each overlapping the other like hugs. 

Here, take a look: 

I have several friends who have autistic children and relatives and to a person, they all say the same thing about their loved ones - they make their hearts happy! I thought this was a perfect tribute to those families. 

The products I used to create this card all co-ordinated so well together - the Hearts Framelits were used to create the card front and the easel base as well as the greeting piece. 
I used the Sweetheart Punch for all the small hearts and punched them out of two different Designer Series Papers - Birthday Bash and Maritime. The ribbon is the Night of Navy Seam Binding and the tiny heart is punched out of Red Glimmer Paper with the Heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. 
This perfect greeting is from the Lovely Amazing You stamp set and is stamped in Night of Navy ink.  I used a Vintage Button and some Whisper White Baker's Twine for the 'stop' to make the card easel stand. 

Scholars and Parents debate whether Autism is a Disability or whether it should be considered merely a different kind of personality.

As part of our Blog Hop today, we are offering you an opportunity to help this worthy cause by donating to the Autism Society. Simply click the link below and you'll be able to donate quickly and easily. No amount is too small! Thank you so much for considering this. 

Donate HERE!

Thanks so much for visiting today! 
Be sure to keep hopping and see all the projects and read all the facts about Autism. 
Janet Wakeland's blog is up next!

Click Here to visit Janet Wakeland's blog
Click Here to visit Sharon Burkert's blog

Happy crafting everyone!