Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year: 2014

Happy New Year!
This is an entry in the SUO Challenges Here
When I was thinking about a New Years card,
I immediately grabbed some new SAB product.
I know it is a bit early to talk about SAB
(Sale-A-Bration), but the 2014 SAB products are really fun!

This is the SAB Card Kit, Good As Gold.
The kit contains 8 card bases, spattered with colorful dots,
envelopes, gold foil envy liners, tags, cord and Baker's twine.

The gold foil liners are a wonderful product, but you don't
need to line the entire envelope.  For this card, I cut way the
bottom portion of the envy liner, and used it to produce
the 2014 numbers with the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies.

The rest of the card was easy.... attach the numbers, tie the
Gold Elastic Cord and you're done.  The kit contains numerous 
tags, that can be layered in different ways.
Reminder:  This kit will be available during SAB 2014.
SAB runs from January 28-March 31, 2014.
Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pleasant Poppies with Primrose

This is the background set, Pleasant Poppies.
With a little coloring, it can create a nice effect,
or you can use it as a background.

Colors:  Watercolor paper, Primrose Petals,
Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz

Other: Primrose Petals Ribbon, Aqua Painter

Friday, December 27, 2013

Flower Shop File Folder

This is a file folder card, made with the 
Envelope Punch Board.  I also used the Envy Punch Board
to round the corners on the card and sentiment layer.

Colors:  Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana (In-Color
Designer Series Paper Pack), Primrose Petals, Whisper White

 Other:  Envelope Punch Board, Pansy Punch

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mary DId You Know



Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Assortment

With Christmas almost here, I thought that I would
post a selection of projects that I have not yet posted.

This is the beautiful Christmas Dove from the
Calm Christmas set on page 26 of the Holiday Mini.

Here are a couple of gift card holders.  For these,
I used the Winter Frost DSP on the first, and
Season of Style Paper Pack on the second.
I paired the Artisan Label Punch with the 
Label Love set to created the label on the right.
 Last, but not least, a snowflake card using the
Festive Flurry bundle.

Christmas Messages with Snowflake

I needed to make a quick Christmas card for someone, 
so here it is.  I continue to find the Christmas Messages set,
and Festive Flurry Set with coordinating Framelits 
a delightful combination.  In this case, both are embossed
with Silver Embossing Powder.   The flags are made
out of Winter Frost Specialty DSP, trimmed by hand.
I added some rhinestones and sent it off! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sweet Essential Ornament CCMC282 Challenge

This is a submission for the CCMC282 
Color Challenge with Connie and Mary, HERE.
The colors for this challenge included
Whisper White, Silver and Cherry Cobbler.

Set:  Sweet Essentials

Big Shot: Holiday Ornaments Framelits,
Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder  

Other:  Scallop Border Punch,
Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Ribbon, Rhinestones,
Basics Glimmer Brads

Upcoming Occasions 2014 Mini:
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Friday, December 20, 2013

Winter Frost Snowflake Gift Holder

This is a gift card holder, made with the 
 In this example, a length of paper was left extented,
to enable a folded portion for the gift card.

 I used the Festive Flurry bundle to stamp and cut
snowflakes for the front panel.  The "Joyful Tidings" sentiment
from Christmas Messages was embossed on the reverse side
of the circle panel.  The panels were decorated with DSP
from the Winter Frost pack.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Occasions Alpha Tag Card

This is a submission for the Just-Add-Ink Challenge here.
The Occasions Alphabet is useful from a number of 
perspectives.  It is a vertical message set, which lends itself
to banners, flags and tags.  Secondly, it covers a wide
variety of stamping and scrapbooking events.

This card also features the Season of Style DSP
paper pack.  You can produce a lot of different looks
out of this paper stack.  Framing the tag with
the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder really highlights
the tag in the center of this card.

Colors:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler,
Gumball Green, Season of Style DSP

Other:  Chalk Talk Framelits, Framed Tulips EF,
Gumball Green Ribbon

Monday, December 16, 2013

Gifts of Kindness Diversion

It's turned cold & snowy here, so I needed a sunny diversion. 
The Gifts of Kindness set is just such an easy
way to put together a beautiful card.  It has several
excellent sentiments, so works for many occasions.

(Baked Brown Sugar strip), Primrose Petals Ribbon, Pearls 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Two New Photopolymer Sets: Countless Sayings

SU has just released two new Photopolymer sets
providing numerous words and sayings!

This is Countless Sayings 1, available HERE.
Obviously you can create a lot of sentiments, such as
Love  You Much
Love Stinks
Love This
Love Your Face
Love Your Sweet Face
Much Love
As above, you can use it for a variety of sentiments!

DSP Christmas House on Soft Suede

This is another DSP Christmas house
made out of the Season of Style DSP paper pack. 
The sentiment was made using the Tags 4 You set,
with the Label Bracket Punch (offered as a bundle).

Other:  Small Heart Punch,  Argyle EF,
Tulip Frame EF, Red Glimmer Paper

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DSP Christmas House on White

Admittedly these little houses are fun and 
quick to make.  This card features the Season of Style DSP
paper pack.  You can produce a lot of different looks
from this paper stack.
The sentiment was made using the Tags 4 You set,
with the Label Bracket Punch (offered as a bundle).
It's close enough to a door, to work.
Other:  Small Heart Punch,  Argyle EF

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Clearance Blitz

  • Clearance Rack Blitz: begins today.  Retired products-up to 80% off-will only be available while supplies last.
Please check this sale out here:

Envy Punch Board Candy Cane Box

Well, the Envelope Punch Board is certainly an
enjoyable tool.  It enables creation of more than just
envelopes! This is another idea from Sam at pootles.co.uk.
She's one talented Brit!

Set Label Love (and coordinating Artisan Label Punch)

Colors:  Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler (both Core'dinations
paper), Whisper White

Gumball Green Ribbon   

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Cheer in Primrose

I sure have gotten a lot of use out of the 
There are just so many ways to incorporate these
snowflakes as either background, or focal points.

I also like the sentiments in the Sweet Essentials
stamp set (page 41 of the main catalog), 
as they cover a range of occasions, and feature
reasonably sized messages.

Colors:  Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride,
Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse (ribbon)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Diagonal Merry

Given the Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions EF,
I had wanted to try a couple of diagonal cards.
Diagonals are a big trend right now.

The Expressions Thinlit Dies lend themselves
to positioning on the diagonal!

Set:  Snowflake Soiree

Colors:  Wisteria Wonder, Winter Frost Specialty DSP,

Friday, December 6, 2013

Inlaid Snowflake

I saw an inlaid snowflake by Brian King and really liked it.
The Festive Flurry Framelits enables creation of "inlaid" 
snowflakes, so that you can make a variety of combinations.

Set:  Christmas Messages (embossed in Silver EP)

Colors:  Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Silver and 
Red Glimmer paper, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Simple Expression with Christmas Messages

The Expressions Thinlits Dies are a charming way to
accessorize a card.  In this example, I used the "Merry" die.

When using these dies, put one or two layers of wax paper
between the die and your card stock. This makes it MUCH easier
to remove your cardstock, poking in the small holes to release
the word.  Periodically, you should clean out the thinlit, 
as the was paper will accumulate and decrease cutting ability.

Colors:  Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler, 
Pistachio Pudding (in-color DSP stack), Whisper White
Other:  Midnight Muse Ribbon

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Expressions Thinlits with Christmas Messages

The Expressions Thinlits Dies are a charming way to
accessorize a card.  The are low in profile, yet high is WOW!

When using these dies, put one or two layers of wax paper
between the die and your card stock. This makes it MUCH easier
to remove your cardstock, poking in the small holes to release
the word.  Periodically, you should clean out the thinlit, 
as the was paper will accumulate and decrease cutting ability.

Colors:  Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler, 
Pistachio Pudding (in-color DSP stack), Whisper White

Other:  Labels Collection Framelit, Candy Dots
Midnight Muse Ribbon, Stylish Stripes EF 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bow Angel in Blushing Bride

The Gift Bow Bigz Die is just a dandy tool.
I like both the bows that you can make, as well as
angels.  Cute and quick!
This project would look cute on a package, 
Christmas tree or banner.  It is 3-D, so cannot be
mailed in an envelope (well, I guess you could smash
her into one, but I wouldn't  :(  

Colors:  Very Vanilla,  Blushing Bride, 
Champagne Glimmer paper, Baked Brown Sugar

Other:  Small Heart Punch, 3/4 inch Circle Punch,
1 inch Circle punch, 1 1/4 inch Circle punch,
Sponge for distressing, Baked Brown Sugar Marker for face

Saturday, November 30, 2013

CCMC279 Serene Silhouettes Sketch Challenge

This is an entry in the CCMC279 Sketch Challenge HERE.
Sorry it is not a holiday theme.  I went with a favorite set!
I wanted to make these trees from the Serene Silhouettes
set "feel" natural, so used the 1 1/4 inch Burlap Ribbon
as one of the backdrop layers.  The Soho Subway DSP
(currently on sale) also contributed to that feeling!

SetsSerene Silhouettes (p 64), Petite Pairs (p 73)

Colors: Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, 
Baked Brown Sugar

Other: Argyle Embossing Folder, Rhinestones

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


I love the Autumn Accents die, so it was a 
"no brainer" for Thanksgiving.   The sentiment comes
from the Tags 4 You set on page 37 of the Holiday catty,
punched out with the new Label Bracket Punch.
 Colors include: So Saffron, Old Olive, Cajun Craze
and Early Espresso.
There is much that I am grateful for...

good health
loving family
fabulous friends
delightful neighbors
happy homestead
loving church family
fun hobbies (stampin!)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Stampin Organization

Just a quick post, showing how I organize my
Big Shot and accessories.  This is an Origami shelf,
on wheels.  It is very sturdy and the perfect height.
The accessories are in plastic bins.

Next time, I WILL clean it up a bit before taking the picture!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Messages with DSP

This is another project using the Season of Style
Designer Series Paper Stack found on page 22
of the Holiday Mini.

The Christmas Messages set (currently on sale!),
on page 34 of the Mini, is a perfect
focal point for a card with a couple of colorful layers.
The sentiment is cut out and framed with layers from
the Chalk Talk Framelits, with Cherry Cobbler
ribbon completing the look!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Large Envelope Punch Board Box

I used the Envelope Punch Board to create this box.
It required a 12x12 piece of Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations
paper.  The finished box size is 4 x 3 3/4, almost
as big as a tissue box.

The lattice die, decorated with Gorgeous Grunge makes
a decoration for the 4 sides.  

 I used the Artisan Label punch to cut out the sentiment
stamped with the Petite Pairs set.   I wrapped the package
with Gumball Green ribbon to hold the top together.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tag a Bag Gift Box

Continuing on a "packaging theme", this is
a decorated Tag a Bag Gift Box, found on page 158
of the main catty.  These boxes are very sturdy and  come
with an acetate sleeve.  Basically, you decorate the
sleeve by adding product for the given event.

In this example, I decorated with an embossed Cherry Cobbler
Core'dinations band, dressed up with a layered
snowflake using the Festive Flurries bundled stamp set
and coordinating Framelits.
The snowflakes were embossed with silver embossing 
powder on Whisper White and Brushed Silver card stock.

  This is a pretty easy gift to "throw" together, given
the Festive Flurry bundle.  I made sure that the snowflakes
stood out by putting dimensionals between each layer.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November Llama Hop

Welcome to our November Llama Hop!!
I'm so very glad that you could join us.

You have probably arrived from Kath's site.
Doesn't she do a spectacular job!

If you "backed in" to my blog, then you've
just had an opportunity to see Buffy's
very creative projects. 
Don't miss her Walter updates, in case
you need to know how to give your puppy it's pills!

 This project uses the Hearts a Flutter set and
The sentiment comes from the 
Occasions Alphabet is one of our few vertical sets,
 has a sentiment for most events, 
and fits nicely on banners!

Colors:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, 
Gumball Green, Brushed Gold Paper

Other:  Rhinestones, Small Heart Punch,
Gumball Green Ribbon,  Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder,
Hearts A Flutter Framelits

 This little box, made out of the beautiful
was created with the Envelope Punch Board. 
The directions came from Sam Donald at

It could hold some chocolate kisses, or
small candies for a friend or coworker.

I didn't add a tag, because the paper made the
box pretty decorative on it's own (and frankly,
I ran out of time).  I punched holes and then added the 
1/8 inch Silver Ribbon on page 28 of the Holiday Mini.

Here is another view.

The Envelope Punch Board enables you to make
envelopes, boxes, cards and a host of fun projects!
Look for more Envelope Punch Board 
ideas in the future.

Well, that's it for me, so hop back to Kath's blog

or forward to enjoy Buffy's projects.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Envelope Punch Board Gift Card

This is a quick project, made with the
Envelope Punch Board.
I used Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations paper
and the "Gift Card" measurements on the Envy Board.

The band was made with the Label Love set
and coordinating punch.

Here's the inside of this gift envelope.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Happy Day Thinking of You

When I need a sympathy or thinking of you card,
I pull out the Happy Day and Thoughts and Prayers sets.
In the example above, I used the stampamajig to line up
the sentiment in the middle of the card.
The circle image from Happy Day was cut out with
the 1 3/4 circle punch.

Colors:  Whisper White, Primrose Petals
Basic Black

Friday, November 15, 2013

Christmas Starburst

The STARBURST technique is very popular.
Below, is a card using this technique,
followed by picture directions. 
I based my directions on those of 
Dawn Olchefske, at DOstamping.

The Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) on p 29
in the Holiday Mini is delicious.  Although not "traditional"
Christmas colors, they offer a festive alternative.

I used the Christmas Messages set on page 34, 
stamped in Smoky Slate, to
accompany this Starburst technique card.

Please see the picture directions below.

1.  Cut 3 rectangles out of coordinating DSP,
 1 1/2 by 4 inches each.
Cut all 3 rectangles in half diagonally.

  2.  Cut out a scrap piece of cardstock measuring 3 1/2 by 3 3/4.
Find and mark the middle of the 3 3/4 inch side.

3.  Lay out your "pennant pieces" as you want them
to be arranged on your starburst.
  Take the piece that will be placed in the
middle/center of your starburst and position
it so that the straight edge at the 90ยบ angle (point down)
is on the center line.

4.  Add the other 5 pieces, "snugging them up" against
the first on either side, to form your starburst array.
There will be white spaces remaining in the lower
right and left corners.

 5.  From the back, you can see how the DSP pennants
hang over the cardstock base.  Using a scissors, trim
the overhanging portions AND SAVE the largest ones.

6.  After trimming your DSP, take the 2 largest pieces
and glue them to the cardstock base, filling in the 
remaining white space.  Turn the panel over and trim 
off the excess DSP, so that you have a 
3 1/2 by 3 3/4 starburst design.  Mount it on a 
vertically oriented card base and decorate as desired.