Monday, December 26, 2011


Look at some of the pretty cards I got this season.  I just LOVE getting cards in the mail!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Welcome Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!
I'm sure this card was a CASE from somebody out there in cyberspace.  I apologize for my old brain not working well anymore.  Have you gotten your Stocking Builder punch yet?  If you haven't and it's not one of your holiday presents, you might want to RUN to MY STORE and order this.  Why?  Because it's retiring as soon as current supply of these punches sell out!

This card was one of my favorites this season.  I love the simple elegance of this.  Plus, using Silver Glimmer paper adds quite a bit of shimmer to this card.

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Stitched Stocking, Heard from the Heart
Ink: Real Red
Papers: Real Red, Silver Glimmer paper
Accessories: Framed Tulips embossing folder, Stocking Builder punch, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

Friday, December 23, 2011

Perfectly Punched Holiday

Inspired by Belinda.  This was my first version.  I liked the ribbon tails.  But then I decided against this design, as I used too much tape for each portion of the ribbon here.

Next, I decided to go simple, and just have a piece of ribbon across.
Something still was amiss.  Last version before send-off.  I rounded the corners and used Cherry Cobbler Dotted Scallop ribbon that I got from the Online Extravaganza in November.  I also popped up the center of the image and backed with Red Glimmer paper.  You might need to click on the photo and zoom in to see it.

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Perfect Punches
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Papers: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Dotted Scallop ribbon, corner rounder punch

Thursday, December 22, 2011


I had originally set out to CASE one of Rita's cards.  One thing led to another, and all of a sudden, it's totally morphed into a totally different card! LOL.  The doily/lace thing is from Flirtatious DSP.  There are laser-cut doilies in the DSP, in the colors of Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie.  But the back of these are white.  A-ha!  Dual usage!

BTW, Stampin' Up! just let the demonstrators know this week that the Stocking Builder punch is NOT going to be carried over; nor will it be in the next Idea Book & Catalog.  It is now on availability basis... once they run out of current supply, they will not be replenished and will be obsolete!  So, if you were on the fence about the punch, please contact me to order yours TODAY!

Here's the blurb from Stampin' Up!:


December 20, 2011
Our occasion-specific mini catalogs allow us the opportunity to share the latest seasonal products with you and your customers, and we often carry over products from our mini catalogs into the following Idea Book & Catalog. This time, however, we have decided not to carry over the Stocking Builder Punch (item 124095) from the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog into the next Idea Book & Catalog. Instead we will offer other great designs in its place--not to mention a trendy, new design planned for next holiday season.
Once the current inventory of this punch has been depleted, it will no longer be available for purchase. We hope many Stampin' Up! stockings will adorn cards and brighten holiday projects this season and look forward to seeing what you create with the next seasonal design.

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso
Papers: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Flirtatious DSP, Pear Pizzazz In-Color Paper Stack, Letters to Santa DSP
Accessories: Stockings Builder punch, Circles #2 die, Scallop Circle punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta ribbon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bird for the Holidays

Wow, is it possible that Christmas is just a few days away???  Having gone on vacation between the holidays and came back to nurse 2 very sick children for the last weeks has made this holiday season a bit blurry for me.  Nevertheless, I have yet another holiday card for you.
This card is quite simple to make, using the Two-Step Bird punch.  I'm sure I CASE'd this from someone, but I can't find it now.  I know I changed the ribbon a bit, but punching the bird out of Glimmer Paper was inspired by "anonymous."  Anyways, the most important thing to remember, is to stamp the sentiment BEFORE embossing.

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Four the Holidays
Ink: Real Red
Papers: Red Glimmer paper, Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Two-Step Bird punch, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, Glimmer Brad, Real Red wide stripe ribbon (retired), corner punch

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Telescoping Snowman

CASE'd from Becky of Inking Idaho, with very minor tweaks.  See her tutorial at her blog or I pasted it for you below.
Isn't he just too cute?  Above is him folded up.
Below you see him standing.
I made these to send to my niece and nephew.  Just prior to sending them, I added a rhinestone to the flower in the hat and a small piece of ribbon, so they can hang them on their tree.  This one is made with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive.  I made a second one with Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight.  I love using non-traditional holiday colors!

This version is by Becky Roberts:
Hat is the 1” Square Punch - round the top corners with the Corner Rounder. Brim is the Word Window Punch. Cherry Cobbler Waffle Ribbon for hat band and Boho Blossoms flower in Silver Glimmer paper for the snowflake. Tie a Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine bow.

Head is 1-3/4” Circle Punch in Cherry Cobbler. White 1-1/2” Circle from Circles #2 die-cut. Eyes are 1/4” Circle Punch, nose is a wedge from the Pennant die-cut, mouth is hand drawn.

Center Circle is 2-1/2” Circle of Old Olive. It can be from the punch or the Circles #2 die-cut. White is 2” Circle from Circles #2 die-cut. Emboss with Northern Flurry Die Cut. Buttons are the Circle Punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. Arms are from the Snowflake Punch.

Bottom Circle is Scallop Circle #2 die-cut in Cherry Cobbler. White is 3” Circle die-cut. Stamp set is Snow Much Fun.

He is assembled with Silver Mini Brads. When assembling him, place the bottom circle so the stamp design is straight in front of you. Place the middle circle with the arms upside down on top of the bottom circle. Make sure the buttons are straight in front of you. Center him within the white area of the bottom circle and add brad.

Unfold him; put the center piece (that is right side up now) straight in front of you. Place his head upside down on the center circle (upside down is not inside out!) so that his hat is facing down towards the bottom of the snowman. Center him within the white circle of the center piece and add brad.

Unfold him and he should be perfect! If he’s too floppy and keeps collapsing in on himself, smash the brads tighter.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Joyful Motifs

I can't figure out whether I CASE'd this from someone... I know for sure I saw the Baroque Motif with something hanging off it somewhere.  I just can't find it now.  So if anyone knows that I did CASE this from somebody, please let me know!

I tried Dazzling Details then Crystal Effects in the O in "Joy."  Except as it was drying, I accidentally touched it.  That's why it looks a bit smeared, because it is!

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Baroque Motifs, Word Play
Ink: Island Indigo
Papers: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Letters to Santa DSP
Accessories: Houndstooth embossing folder, Scallop Trim border punch, Tasteful Trim die, Dazzling Details, Crystal Effects

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Clearance Rack Blitz! Starts Today!!!

The Clearance Rack has been updated!!!  Punches, ribbons, papers, oh my!  This is only available in my Online Store.  You can combine regular catalog items with Clearance Rack items, too!

And don't forget, today is the last day for the special extra $35 Hostess Dollars (with qualifying workshop) program!
To take full advantage of both of these promotions today, place your ONLINE order through MY STORE.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

All Glimmered Up!

This card is somewhat of a CASE from Monica.  I heat embossed the ornament using clear embossing powder.  This whole card was very simple to put together.  But because of the glimmer paper, the card looks awesome, if I may say so myself. :)

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Tags 'til Christmas, Occasional Quotes (retired)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Papers: Red Glimmer paper, Early Espresso
Accessories: Ornament punch, 1/8" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Baby Stockings

CASE'd from Rita (again)!  This card uses the Stitched Stockings stamp set.  Isn't it so cool how you can use a holiday stamp set for everyday occasion?  Way to stretch the use of a stamp set, huh?  It's basically a stocking cut down, so it looks like rolled up sock.
My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Stitched Stockings, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
Papers: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz In-Color paper stack
Accessories: Stocking Builder punch, Framed Tulips embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, brad (non-SU)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Trees

CASE'd from Angie Leach.  I took her advice and stamped with a darker ink than the cardstock for each of the trees.  Each tree requires 3 punches to put together.  Just fold each piece in half and glue together.  I hand cut the trunk.  I didn't measure.  I suppose you could also use the trunk that comes with the Pennant Parade stamp set, but I was too lazy to line up and stamp.  :)

Sorry for the lack of posts last week.  We were on vacation.  We came back with the baby being sick and needy.  Then I got food poisoning really badly.  Oy, at least I've slowly recovered.  The baby is still sick, though.  My poor boy.
My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Pennant Parade
Ink: Always Artichoke, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point
Papers: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Basic Rhinestones, Petite Pennant punch, Decorative Label punch

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

All Things Stampin' Up! Blog Hop: December

It's time for another All Things Stampin' Up! Blog Hop!  This time we have the whole crew!  You may have come from Shellie's blog.  Welcome to those of you who are new to here.  The theme this month is All About December Holidays.  I decided to use the Petal Cone die, and show you a couple of different projects with it.
This was super simple.  Cut two pieces, glue the side flaps together, and you have a cone, or a holiday tree.  With this particular piece of DSP, I meant to cut the paper with the ornaments hanging right side up.  But in my haste of wanting to make this and show it off, my head was thinking wrong.  Oops.  Learn from my mistake: when making a cone or tree, the half circles are on the BOTTOM.  So when you cut your paper, if you want it to orient a certain way, make sure you turn your paper around.  Anyways, since I am loving making these rosettes with our Simply Scored board, I made another quick one to put on the top.  Topped off with a piece of snowflake from the Northern Frost strip die and Silver Glimmer paper.

Oh, you probably want to know how I made the little punch thing in the middle.  It's done with the Decorative Label punch.  I'll do a pictorial for you tomorrow. :)

This cute little thing can be a multi-tasker, especially when you are having guests over for the holidays.  You can use it as a place card first.  Then as your guests are finished with the fabulous meal you have served, they can take the tree and open from the bottom to find treats inside!  Yup, just fill the cone with some more yummies and close the half circle flaps.
The second thing I made for this Hop is a treat holder.  I cut just one piece from the Petal Cone die.  Glued the side flap down.  And cut a scalloped half circle with card stock from the same die.  I also embossed the cardstock with Northern Flurries embossing folder.  'Cause, you know, plain cardstock is just, well, so boring! LOL.

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): NONE!
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Letters to Santa DSP
Accessories: Petal Cone die, Decorative Label punch, Simply Scored, 1" circle punch, Northern Frost strip die, Northern Flurries embossing folder, Riding Hood Red 3/8" taffeta ribbon

There you have it!  I hope that was an enjoyable stop for ya.  Next stop is the fabulous Pam with her projects.  You can go to her by click on the Next Blog button below.
Blog Hop Participants:
1. Shellie Hepner Grindy
2. Annie Lee  <----You are here
3. Pam Steckman
4. Nancy Berg
5. Anji Pearson-Clements
6. Rose Villarreal Castillo
7. Tonya L Ball
8. Chelsea Malouf
9. Jenn Van Wart
10. Dawn Snowangel
11. Erin Bradley-Hindman

Friday, December 2, 2011

Embossed Dasher

Sharing one of the cards from Holiday Card Buffet.  This was a very simple card, and involved the first stampin' technique that had me wow'd.... wet embossing.  Can't tell from the picture, but Dasher is embossed with clear embossing powder.  A simple tip for you, if you only have dye-ink, aka Stampin' Up!'s Classic ink or quick dry ink.  Stamp your image in Versamark first, then stamp on your inkpad.  Followed by embossing powder on top and heat set with a heat gun.  DO NOT USE A HAIR DRYER!  That'll just blow your powder everywhere.  Anyways, Versamark provides enough "grab" for the embossing powder.  No need to get separate pigment ink!  Yeah!!!

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): Dasher, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Mocha Morning DSP
Accessories: Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, silver brads (non-SU), clear embossing powder

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Anniversary Owls

I CASE'd this card from Julie and Cristena.  And I happened to be the Blog Candy Winner on Julie's blog awhile back, too.  Too cool. :)  Anyways, I just love my owl punch.  I have been wanting to CASE this as soon as I saw this, but never really had the chance to make it.  One morning last week, I woke up early (thanks to a certain miniature person in our household, lol), and thought I'd make it for a very special friend whose anniversary was coming up.  I just love this.  It actually look less time than I thought it would take.  I punched out all the pieces before glueing anything down.

My Supplies List (all supplies and images by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamp Set(s): A Word for You
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisteria Wonder, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Flirtatious DSP, Red Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Two-Step Owl punch, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Two-Step Bird punch, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Basic Pearls, White Signo gelpen
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