Archives for August 2010

Punched Santa

punched santa

My Friend Joanne brought this adorable punched Santa card to Stamp Camp this month and gave one to everyone who attended. What a sweet treat! I just had to share it.
It is done almost completely with punched circles, except for the crimped strip and red triangle that makes the hat. Just a little sponging on the cheeks and a white gel pen for the eyes to finish it off.

Spooky Treats

Candy Wrapper Die


We made this cute little spooky treat at stamp camp this month. We have created a similar box using a pattern before, but this one was done with a brand new die (coming in the Holiday Mini). It made such quick work of this little project! Such a cute way to present a little candy treat or small gift or you could use it as a fun place setting. It is very easy to add a quick stamped or punched image to decorate it for many occasions or events. It would even make a cute little confetti flinger for New Years or a wedding (yes I am using creative grammar there).


Stampin’ Stuff


Stamps: Wicked Cool
Ink: Black StazOn
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White and Basic Black card stock
Fun Stuff: Bigz XL Candy Wrapper die and the Big Shot, 1/8 inch basic black taffeta ribbon, 1 3/4 x 7/8 oval large punch, oval scallop punch

Another Sneak Peek


I love all of the old fashioned sets that are in the Holiday Mini catalog this year, so reminiscent of Christmases past and simpler times. Vintage is very popular right now, so as they say; everything old is new again!


This card uses the entire background image Christmas Collage, so it is a little larger than a standard card. It is just stamping and water coloring though, quick and easy. The popped up images were just stamped in a different color and cut out.


Stampin Stuff


Stamps: Christmas Collage and Bells and Boughs (also from the mini, the sentiment)
Ink: Black StazOn, Real Red, Garden Green pads and Garden Green, Real Red, More Mustard refills
Paper: Whisper White and Real Red card stock
Fun Stuff: Auqa painters and blender pens and Stampin Dimensionals

Owl Punch

This is a card we did for stamp camp using the new Owl punch and this great new spider web embossing folder from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog. How much fun is that?! We used lots of tools on this one and only stamped the sentiment. Our new punches are amazing!

Stampin’ Stuff

Stamps: Fourteen Phrases
Ink: Chocolate Chip classic Ink
Paper: Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White and Summer Sun card stock
Fun Stuff: Big Shot, Match box xl die and Spider Web embossing folder, Extra Large Two Step Owl and Bird punches, 1 3/4 inch circle punch, 1 3/8 x 5/8 oval punch, White Signo gel pen

Wicked Cool


I started to make a Halloween card with my sneak peek stuff, but I hadn’t used this set from the new catalog yet and it was calling my name. I love Fall and Halloween and everything spooky and scary and pumpkinny about it!


I have such fond memories of Halloweens past, as a child. There were 5 girls in my family and Mom would help us make our own costumes and then my Dad would always take us through the neighborhood to trick or treat. It was fun to scare each other at the houses that were decorated with webs and lights, witches and skeletons and dark halls to venture down, except we were never really scared because Daddy was always there to save us. There is an indescribable fullness in my heart when the first wisps of chilly air hit my face each fall and these memories come flooding back. It is always the first thing I think of and I guess it is why these spooky little images make me so happy!


This set is called Wicked Cool and paired with the Wicked Fun DSP it is just that! I embossed the bats on Cajun Craze card stock and then layered on the rest. The fun scallop and rickrack border are cut with a new XL Bigz die from the Holiday mini. You will see these a lot! I am in love with this new tool and the best part is that the borders are long enough for 12 x 12 pages!


Stampin’ Stuff


Stamps: Wicked Cool
Ink: Black StazOn
Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry card stock and Wicked Fun DSP
Fun Stuff: Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Tasteful Trim and Matchbox Bigz XL Dies and Big Shot, Corner rounder punch, Small Oval Punch

Host A Christmas Stamp a Stack, KEEP the stamps!

Hello! You may be wondering why I am posting about Christmas Cards when it is miserably hot outside, but this is the best time of year to start planning ahead! Besides, it will be sneaking up on us faster than you think!


This is another Hostess event where the hostess gets to KEEP all of the stamps and tools used at her event! If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not! It is an amazing offer though, because I do all of the work of cutting and planning and you get to keep all of the goodies and there are a LOT of goodies to keep!


If you are interested, but are not sure if you can get enough people to attend; go ahead and give me a call. I have a few alternate options that may work for you. Long distance camps require extra camp kits sold to cover additional shipping costs.


So here are the details. As always, the date is totally up to you, because I don’t have to be there for the entire event. You and your guests can stamp the cards over several evenings or one longer event on a weekend, because you will own everything you need to complete the projects. You will get all of the pre-cut pieces and detailed instructions with pictures and I can be as involved as you need for setting up, instructing your guests and planning the flow of your event. This is also a great way for long distance hostesses to hold an event AND earn lots of goodies when I can’t attend.


This stamp camp requires 10 pre-ordered camp kits to qualify for full hostess benefits (11 long distance). Additional camp kits do not count as outside orders, but may add more hostess benefits to your total as would any additional outside product orders you may collect. A camp kit is 5 stacks of cards chosen from two designs at a cost of $25. Each stack is 5 cards of one design. The card designs are pictured later in this post. If you reach 13 camp kits local or 15 camp kits for long distance hostesses, you can add the third design and keep the additional goodies listed below!


As hostess you will be responsible for collecting the camp fees in advance along with any other orders that you want to include with your workshop order. The fees and order payments must be collected and submitted to me at least 10 business days before your Stamp Camp date. Your party date is not guaranteed until payment has been submitted. Email or call me for more details and let’s get your Christmas card party planned!


These are the products you will use at your party and get to KEEP!


10 card kits ordered (11 long distance)


Old Olive pad 102277 5.95
Refill 100531 2.95
Real Red pad 103133 5.95
Refill 103287 2.95
Contempo Christmas (W) 1187341 15.95 (CL) 120594 11.95
Baroque Motifs 113490 27.95
Petals a plenty folder 116824 or Finial Press folder 115963 7.95
Baja Breeze pad 111833 5.95
Refill 111844 2.95
Pacific Point pad 111837 5.95
Refill 111840 2.95
Jet Black StazOn Ink pad 101406 7.95
Refill 102566 4.95
Champagne mist paint 116806 5.95
Dasher 116816 8.95


Plus a level one hostess set of your choice


If you already own any of these products you can substitute another of equal value.


Plus you will receive all of the pre-cut paper, ribbon and embellishments needed for you and your guests to complete each card design.


If you reach 13 camp kits pre-sold (15 long distance) you can add a third card design for your guests to choose from and will receive the following products FREE.
Greeting Card Kids (W) 119887 20.95 (CL) 120633 15.95
Blushing Bride Refill 119676 2.95
Wild Wasabi Refill 109020 2.95
Single sentiment 4.00
Corner rounder 119871 6.95





Jolly Old St. Nick

This card uses so many of my favorite new toys from the Holiday Mini Catalog that I don’t know where to start!  First, the new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder called Northern Flurries. It coordinates with the Northern Hearts hostess set. Love it! I’ll explain in a minute how I colored the snowflakes and snow man, but first let’s talk about that adorable little snow guy! This is another favorite thing(s) from the upcoming mini (should be arriving in your mailbox in 2-3 weeks). The cute snowman comes from an adorable retro Christmas set called Jolly Old St Nick. These images all remind me of Christmases past.

I also love this sentiment set called Bright Christmas, it has 3 holiday sentiments using gorgeous, festive fonts. The clear mount set is only $10.95, a really inexpensive way to update a set you may already own.
Finally, the glittery snowflakes are a new decorative strip die for the Big Shot called Northern Frost. This die has 8 different snowflakes in varying sizes. I used the two smallest flakes for this card. The die also coordinates with the Northern Hearts set, as well as the Northern Flurries folder.

I loved the little tag made with this set from the Holiday mini, it is what inspired this card.The snowflakes and snowman appear to have been colored a lighter color than the card stock when it is actually the opposite. The rest of the card stock has color added to it to make the images pop. The snow man is simply stamped in Early Expresso Ink on Crumb Cake card stock. The scarf, hat and gloves were colored with Crumb Cake ink and cut out. I used the Tea stain distress ink from the new distressing kit to age the card stock behind the popped up image.

I used a brayer to ink up the relief side of the embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink to make the lighter colored snow flakes as shown.

The relief side is the side that has the snow flakes that are not elevated, so that when you apply ink it would cover all of the portion of the folder that would not emboss the card stock

Use a fairly heavy layer of ink

Place the card stock in the folder as you normally would to emboss.

Run it through the Big Shot

The Ink will cover the card stock where there is no embossing, just like a relief stamp.

If you don’t have  a brayer, you can apply the ink directly from the ink pad, as shown

For this piece I used Real Red classic Ink on Whisper White card stock with the Petals a Plenty folder

Oh, and I forgot to mention, we will be stamping this card at Stamp Camp this week.

Hope to see you there!



Stampin’ Stuff


Jolly Old St Nick ~ Bright Christmas


Crumb Cake ~ Early Espresso ~ Tea Stain distressing ink


Crumb Cake

Fun Stuff

Big Shot ~ Northern Flurries TIEF ~ Northern Frost decorative strip ~ Dazzling Diamonds glitter


Greeting Card Kids


I was actually able to stamp with some of my new goodies this week! I love these little Greeting Card Kids, so cute! The paper is Love Letter DSP, another one of my favorite things from the new catalog. I used the Rough Type alphabet set for the sentiment and the lacy frame is made using the new Victoria crocheted trim as well as a beautiful new trim from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog. The red is a seam binding, but don’t let the name fool you. This is a sheer, shimmery delicate ribbon that is very nice to work with. I also used the new tea stain from the distressing kit on the edges of the DSP.


The kids are stamped in Black StazOn ink on watercolor paper and colored in using markers, ink refills, blender pens and the aqua painters.


Stampin’ Stuff


Stamps: Greeting Card Kids and Rough Type
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Blush Blossom, So Saffron and Crumb Cake Markers and Classic Ink Refills and Black StazOn Ink
Paper: Watercolor paper, Cherry Cobbler card stock and Love Letters DSP
Fun Stuff: Blender pen, Aqua painters, Victoria crocheted trim, Cherry Cobbler binding, tea stain