Archive for December, 2012

Look at this adorable gift!  One of my fellow demonstrators, Kim Parker, made one of these for everyone at our quarterly group meeting.  It is so cute, I can’t wait to make a few myself for last-minute gifts. 


If you’d like to make one of these cute trees yourself, Kim found the tutorial on Brenda Quintana’s blog, Qbee’s Quest.  This is a great project for your Simply Scored tool


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Stampin’ Up! has just added a bunch of new items to the clearance rack!  This does not happen often and when it does, the good items go fast!  Sometimes within minutes – if you see something you like, do not wait or it may be gone!  Click on the image above to browse the new items and order online.

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I have a six year old!  I don’t know how that happened so fast, but suddenly my big six year old is rocking kindergarten.  She had a great birthday last week and now it is time to write thank you notes to all our sweet relatives who sent gifts for her.  I asked her if she wanted to make her own cards and she looked at me like I had asked her if she would like to go out for ice cream.  Another stamper in the making!  I love it.

When I asked her what she wanted on her cards, she said BUTTERFLIES! without missing a beat.  What color?  PINK!  For all you parenting/child development experts out there, please note that I am NOT a girly girl.  I do not own many pink things.  I painted my children’s rooms green and blue.  We wear jeans way more than skirts or dresses.  When my daughter was a toddler I gave her Legos instead of dolls and signed her up for soccer instead of dance.  And…nature wins over nurture!   Pink butterflies it is:



This is as clean and simple as it gets – this is just a half-sheet of 8.5″x11″ cardstock, folded in half to form the card and stamped on the front with a single color of ink.  No layers, no embellishments, but very pretty!  For those of you who think stamping seems intimidating, a kindergartner made these cards!  You can do it, too!  All you need is cardstock, one ink pad, and one stamp or stamp set.

Now I know what to get her for her birthday next year – her own personalized stamp.  🙂  I love this:


Happy birthday, sweet girl!  Can’t wait to make some more thank you cards together for the week after Christmas.  🙂




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We have four December birthdays between my family and my husband’s family, so I’m taking a break from Christmas to do birthday cards!  It’s always an extra challenge to make a masculine card when so many of my stamps lean toward “girly”.  I drew my inspiration for this color palette completely from the Comfort Cafe designer series paper, which is a bunch of nice neutrals and deeper colors.


Love this cake stamp from the Embellished Events set.  To get multiple colors on a single stamp, just color the stamp with the fat end of your Stampin’ Write markers, breath on it to moisten the ink, and stamp!


  • Stamp Set:  Embellished Events
  • Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede (Stampin’ Write Markers)
  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Comfort Cafe DSP
  • Tools and Accessories:  none!  Well, adhesive and a paper trimmer.  But really, that’s it.  No Big Shot or punches required for this card.  Please admire the restraint it required for me to make a clean and simple card.  🙂

I made two versions of the card, one for each brother-in-law.  I love how two different patterned papers from the same package can give a completely different (yet coordinating) look:

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Holiday Gift Tags

I have a new toy!  I’m kind of excited about it.  I had a nice big workshop order a few weeks back and I used the hostess benefits toward the new set of alphabet dies for the Big Shot:

I’ve been playing with these in the last couple weeks and started out by making a project appropriate for the season – tags for all our Christmas gifts!  Here are the ones I made for my nephews and niece, all of whom have nice short names.  My own kids have names twice as long and I think they will have to have just first initials on their tags or they’d be a foot long.  🙂

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Tip:  Although the Apothecary Accents framelits do not have nested sizes of the same shape like the Labels framelits do, I have a little trick for matting these shapes.  For Amy’s tag, I ran the Very Vanilla cardstock through the Big Shot with a framelit as usual to cut out that beautiful shape.  Then I ran the Cherry Cobbler cardstock through the Big Shot with the same framelit upside down which just left a debossed image on the cardstock instead of cutting all the way through.  Since the framelit’s cutting edge is on the very innermost edge of the metal, that debossed image is larger than the cutout shape is.  I took my paper snips and cut out the shape right at the outside edge of the debossed image, and it made a nice mat when I center the vanilla cutout on top of it.


Before gluing the Very Vanilla cardstock down, I used the piercing tool and essentials paper piercing pack which has a template that coordinates perfectly with this framelit.  I pierced holes around the perimeter of the vanilla cardstock and then drew lines between the holes with the fine-tipped end of my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker, this makes it look like the paper has been stitched. You could actually sew the paper with a sewing machine and real thread, but that is a job better left to Amy’ mom Julie who is a talented quilter.  I’ll stick with my faux sewing for now.  🙂

Stampin’ Up has announced the items that will carry over from the Holiday catalog and it looks like the Scentsational Season and coordinating Holiday Collection Framelits did not make the list so they will likely be retiring next month.  If you love the cute tree, gingerbread man, and candy canes, don’t wait too long to get yours!

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