Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tape It with some Fall Flair

It is hard to believe it is Labor Day weekend, and Fall will be here before we know it.  The leaves will be changing color and sweater weather will be upon us.  That is what I was thinking when I created this card. 

I stamped the hounds tooth and chevron patterned stamps from the Tape It stamp set in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla card stock several times.  I cut them out with my Paper Snips, then attached them to a layer of Early Espresso card stock.  Next, I ran this card stock through the Big Shot machine with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I just love the texture this embossing folder gives the background of this card, don't you?  I attached the Early Espresso to the Cajun Craze card front, then added the other stamped images and embellishments.

I also used the new Magnificent Maple stamp and the Chalk Talk stamp set to make this card.  The Magnificent Maple was stamped with Cajun Craze ink onto Very Vanilla card stock and cut out with my paper snips.  The "For You" sentiment from the Chalk Talk stamp set was inked in Early Espresso ink and stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock then punched out with our 1 3/8" Circle Punch.    

I layered two buttons for the embellishment on the front of the card.  I tied some Early Espresso Baker's Twine through the holes of one of the Very Vintage Designer Buttons, then layered this button on top of one of our Naturals Designer Buttons.  I attached the two buttons together with 2 Mini Glue Dots.  I added 3 Cajun Craze Candy Dots from the Regals Candy Dots in the lower right corner to finish it off. 

You can order all of the supplies I used for this card at  Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Quick and Simple Tape It Card

I needed a quick Thank You card, and this stamp set let me create one in under 20 minutes.  I started with a card base of Strawberry Slush and punched a small butterfly in Strawberry Slush with our Bitty Butterfly punch.  I stamped several different patterns from the Tape It stamp set in Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Baked Brown Sugar.  I stamped the sentiment in StazOn Black ink onto Whisper White, then punched it out with the Label Bracket Punch.  I backed it with an Extra-Large Oval punched in Basic Black card stock.  The sentiment is from the Best of Greetings stamp set -- you can order this set through March, 2014.

Best of Greetings  #133485  $14.95 Clear Mount Only
I wrapped some Whisper White Baker's Twine around the butterfly and tied a knot at the top.  Trimming the Baker's Twine near the not made perfect antennae, don't you think?  Stampin' Dimensionals attached the punched elements together and to the card front.  I even used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the Basic Black layer to the Strawberry Slush card.  I love my Stampin' Dimensionals!  

And there you have it -- a quick and easy card in under 20 minutes.  You could change the sentiment and make this card as a birthday, get well, or just a "hello" card too!  I hope you like it and be sure to come back tomorrow for another project featuring the Tape It stamp set.  Have a great day!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Another Tape It Project

Hello!  I hope everyone had a great 1st day of school!  I saw my niece this morning and she was so excited and happy to show me her new backpack and water bottle.  Such a cutie-pie!

New stamp sets make me happy, and the "Tape It" stamp set is no exception. 

This card uses the chevron stamp to make a background for the "hello, you" sentiment.  I stamped this image several times in Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Pacific Point on Whisper White card stock.  I used my Paper Snips to cut out each strip, then attached them to another piece of Whisper White card stock.  I alternated the direction of the chevron and the color of the strips to create the pattern you see in the photo. 

I used the Ovals Framelits Dies to create an oval card with the large, scallop oval framelit.  Just use a piece of card stock with a fold at the top.  Make sure the fold is on the inside of the oval framelit when you run it through the Big Shot machine.  This will give you a folded, oval card base.  Next, cut another single oval with the same framelit.  This piece will be attached to the oval card base to make an oval card. 

I used a smaller oval framelit die to cut a hole in the center of the card front.  I attached the chevron stamped piece of Whisper White behind the scallop oval and then attached both to the front of the card base. 

I just love to use our Paper Piercer and Piercing Templates to add that special touch -- it only takes a few seconds and it really makes a difference in the appearance of the card.  Real Red Candy Dots and a 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon Bow finish it  off.

See you soon with another project featuring the "Tape It" stamp set.  Have a great day!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tape It

Washi tape is a hot paper-crafting item right now, and the Stampin' Up! "Tape It" stamp set is right on trend.  This stamp set is fun to use, and the projects I will be sharing with you in the next few days show its versatility.

This card uses the new Smoky Slate card stock and ink.  I just L-O-V-E this new color:  the perfect neutral that pairs well with so many of our Stampin' Up! colors.  My color scheme is Whisper White, Smoky Slate, and Summer Starfruit.    Quick and easy card!

Tape It
#130712  Wood Mount  $26.95
#130715  Clear Mount  $18.95
Have a great Monday, and I will be back to show you another project on Tuesday!  (Happy 1st day of school to all my teacher friends!)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Don't Miss Out!

Just a quick reminder that 2 promotions will end on August 31, 2013.

The Paper Pumpkin special lets new Paper Pumpkin subscribers get their first 2 months for $9.95/month.  After the first 2 months, the price becomes $19.95/ month.  Each Paper Pumpkin kit contains everything you need for a 30-minute creative escape -- some well-deserved "me" time for today's busy woman!  Just go to to join to register for this special promotion by August 31, 2013.

The Pick A Kit New Demo promotion also ends on August 31, 2013.  Everyone who joins my B-More Stampers Team will get to select a FREE Project Kit in addition to their Starter Kit.  Visit my website for more details.

Every new Paper Pumpkin subscriber and new member of my B-More Stampers Team will also receive copies of the projects from my Christmas In July class in the mail.  So far, Sue and Jennifer will be receiving these projects.  Don't miss out -- contact me today for more info!

I'll be back tomorrow with some new projects using the Tape It stamp set.  See you then!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

RemARKable Best of 25 Years Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to the latest RemARKable Blog Tour!  I just love seeing all of the fabulous ideas these ladies come up with each month, don't you?  This month we will be featuring the Best of Shelli stamp set. 

Best of Shelli
#133488  $14.95  Clear Mount Only
My little great-niece celebrated her first birthday this weekend, so I had the perfect opportunity to play with some brand new products when I made her card. 

I used the stacked presents stamp from the Best of Shelli Stamp Set for the front of the card.  I colored the gifts with Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, and Summer Starfruit Stampin' Write Markers.  I chose these colors to coordinate with the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper. 

This card was made with the new Circle Card Thinlits.  I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these new dies.  Before, it used to take a long time, multiple measurements, and positioning the top cutting plate in just the right place in order to get a card that moves like this.  No more --- now it is easy peasy to make this fun fold card.  Plus, it comes with lots of extras that you can use to make fun projects.  (I will include the You Tube video at the end of this post so you can see how quick and easy it is to use these dies!)

Circle Card Thinlits Dies
#133480  $32.95

I also used my new Envelope Liners Framelits Dies to line the envelope with some of the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper.  It really gives a nice, coordinated look to the envelope, doesn't it?

The Envelope Liners Framelits Dies are in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Here is what they look like:

Envelope Liners Framelits Dies
#132172  $26.95
Of course, I had to put some "bling" on this card because every girl (even one-year-olds!) love a little "bling!"  I used our Silver Glimmer Paper to cut out the "1" and the Modern Label Punch.  It gives just the right amount of shimmer and shine.

The "yay" and the Scallop Circle was part of the Circle Card Thinlits Dies.  You get lots of little extras with the Circle Card Thinlits Dies!

Now, it is time to see what Melissa Bollinger has created! 
Melissa Bolinger

Here is the You Tube video Stampin' Up! made showing how easy it is to use the new Thinlits Dies!

Isn't my great-niece just the cutest baby?  Here she is all ready to eat her cake.  My niece stripped her down to her onesie and a bib since she loves to eat and she was sure the cake would be a hit!  Well........

NOT SO MUCH!  She was not a fan of getting dirty to eat her cake.  She is a little lady and prefers to use a spoon.
We only let her cry long enough to get a photo for her baby book, then Daddy fed her some of her
delicious cake while Mommy held her.   

Saturday, August 17, 2013

RemARKable Stampers Best of 25 Years Blog Tour

Hello!  Just a quick reminder that the blog tour is tomorrow!  We will be featuring the Best of Shelli stamp set.  Check back tomorrow for some awesome projects created by some very talented stampers.  See you then!

Monday, August 12, 2013

O Holy Night Card AND a special offer for YOU!

Here is the final project from my Christmas In July class, the card featuring the O Holy Night stamp set.  I just love the look of this stamp with all of the different lettering styles.  This card is easy to make and would make a great card for everyone on your Christmas card list. 

Detail of Paper-Piercing and Pearl
The O Holy Night stamp coordinates so nicely with the Greetings of the Season stamp set.
Here are the supplies I used for this card:
O Holy Night
Greetings of the Season
Raspberry Ripple
Baked Brown Sugar
Very Vanilla
Raspberry Ripple
Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder
Apothecary Accents Framelits
Labels Collection Framelits
Paper Piercing Tool
Stampin' Pierce Mat
Essentials Paper Piercing Pack
Pearl Basic Jewels
Stampin' Dimensionals
Big Shot

All of these items can be found in my online store:

O Holy Night
#131832  Wood Mount  $13.95
#131835  Clear Mount  $10.95
Greetings of the Season
#128030  Wood Mount  $15.95
#128033  Clear Mount  $11.95
Essentials Paper Piercing Pack
#126187  $7.95
Apothecary Accents Framelits
#127003  $24.95
Labels Collection Framelits
#125598  $26.95

I hope you enjoyed these projects and got a little inspiration for your holiday stamping! 

And now, it's time for a special offer just for YOU.  How would you like to receive all of the projects from my Christmas In July class completed and sent directly to you?  Well, that is what I am going to do for every new Paper Pumpkin subscriber AND new members who join my B-More Stampers team from now until August 31, 2013.  Stampin' Up! is offering great deals for both new Paper Pumpkin subscribers and new demonstrators until August 31, 2013.  Here's the scoop: 

I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

Offer Dates: July 18, 2013 -August 31, 2013
Offer Details: Use the promotion code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin before August 31, 2013, and pay only $10 a month* for the first two months.
*plus tax, where applicable. Shipping included!
The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Promotion applies only to the first two months of a new subscription. After receiving two month's worth, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You need to visit to join.
  • You must click "Add Promo Code" and then enter the promo code PUMPKINDEAL in the "Promo Code" field when you sign up on the website to take advantage of this promotion.
  • You must join by Saturday, August 31, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT).

Offer: New recruits get to pick one of four project kits for free in addition to their starter kit when they join Stampin' Up! Dates: July 15-August 31, 2013
Kit Options:
The first three project kits are from the holiday catalog and the last option is from the annual catalog.
OptionKit DescriptionItemTotal Value
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit133463
Tag a Bag Bundle AND
Tag a Box Bundle
The Starter Kit is $99, and you get to pick $125 worth of products you want.  Plus, you get a business booster kit (a $65 value) included in your kit.  Join my team before August 31, 2013 and you also get to pick one of the 4 Project Kits shown above -- woo hoo!  Questions?  Just send an email to  Ready to Join?  Just visit my website and click on Join The Fun. 

I hope you enjoyed the projects from my Christmas In July class.  Remember -- you can get all of these projects sent to you when you join Paper Pumpkin or my B-More Stampers Team before August 31, 2013.  Have a great day!

Update from Monday, August 12th -- I am happy to welcome Sue G. to the B-More Stampers Team! 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Here Comes Santa Claus and the RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour!

Hello!  Welcome to the Remarkable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour!  This project is from my Christmas In July class:  the Santa Claus card.

Of course, I had to add some Dazzling Diamonds to make Santa sparkly!

This card showcases all of the fun ways you can use your Big Shot machine:  Bigz Dies, Framelits, and Embossing Folders!  Of course, all of these layers are assembled with Stampin' Dimensionals to really make this card pop!  (I LOVE Stampin' Dimensionals -- I go through them like water!)  Here are the supplies I used to make this card:

Tag It (this stamp set benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities)
Oh, Goodie!
Whisper White
Real Red
Gumball Green
Real Red
Basic Rhinestones
Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder
Chalk Talk Framelits
Deco Labels Collection Framelits
Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die
Big Shot machine
Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker
Dazzling Diamonds
2-Way Glue Pen

Tag It
#130300  Wood Mount  $22.95
#130303  Clear Mount  $16.95
$3 from each set is donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities
Oh, Goodie!
#131886  Wood Mount  $10.95
#131889  Clear Mount  $8.95
Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die
#127005  $21.95

Deco Labels Framelits
#130102  $24.95
Chalk Talk Framelits
#129983  $24.95
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
#117335  $7.95
Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder
#116824  $7.95

Big Shot
#113439  $99.95
With the Big Shot machine, you can create die cuts with any of our exclusive Stampin' Up! dies—or any Sizzix die. The Big Shot machine comes with Standard Cutting Pads and a multipurpose platform so you can start cutting immediately. From crafting to quilting and everything in between, the Big Shot is a big deal!
Your next stop on the blog tour is Melissa Bollinger

Nancy Amato   YOU ARE HERE
Melissa Bolinger
Jackie Bottomley
Susan Carlson
Tamra Davis  
Connie Deibler
Danielle Denhardt
Sherri Eddleblute
Crystal Kondo 
Deb Lehigh     
Anne Matasci  
Robin Merriman
Audra Monk    
Maria Pane     
Andi Potler      
Michele Reynolds
Vicki Soni        
Pam Staples   
Jeri St. John   
Jeannette Swain
Janet Wakeland

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Quick & Easy Candy Treat

We made this quick and easy candy treat at my Christmas In July class.  This is the perfect little party favor for a neighborhood get-together, the kiddos' holiday party at school, or for your hard-working mail carrier, recycling and trash collectors, and your UPS driver.  (Believe me, my UPS driver gets a workout with some of my Stampin' Up! orders -- those boxes can get heavy!)

I found Red and Green mints at my local Giant grocery store for $1/bag, and I stocked up so I could make these treats and have them ready for the holidays.  (I am usually a "Last-Minute Lucy" but I promised myself that I would do as much as possible this summer so I could actually ENJOY the holidays this year, and I am determined to stick to it!)  The other supplies came from Stampin' Up! -- woohoo!  Here are the supplies I used:

Tags 4 You
Read Red
Whisper White
Garden Green
Chalk Talk Framelits
Label Bracket Punch
Silver 1/8" Ribbon
Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Stampin' Dimensionals
4" x 6" Cellophane Bags

I ordered the Tags 4 You and Label Bracket Punch together as a bundle and saved 15%! 

Tags 4 You Stamp Set and Label Bracket Punch
#133293  Wood Mount  $30.95
#133294  Clear Mount  $26.95
Silver 1/8" Ribbon
#132137  $4.95 (10 yards/spool)
Chalk Talk Framelits
#129983  $24.95
You can save 15% when you buy the bundle
Chalk Talk Stamp Set AND Framelits
#132731  Wood Mount  $43.25
#132730  Clear Mount  $37.25
Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
#132174  $7.95

Stop back tomorrow for another Christmas In July project.  See you then!