Nov 272015

Merry Christmas in Pacific PointMerry Christmas in Pacific Point is designed using Stampin’ Up! supplies.

Blue and silver is one of my favorite Christmas colors.  I have a friend that will only put blue and silver packages under her tree.  That is taking it a bit too far, but her tree is always lovely.

Today’s card starts with a tag and a simple Christmas sentiment.  The tag is embellished with snowflakes from the Square Pillow Box Thinlits and a bit of Pacific Point ribbon.

The background is done with the Boughs & Berries embossing folder.  This embossing folder is a bit smaller than my normal sized greeting card so it takes a special technique to add it to the card front.  I placed the Pacific Point in the embossing folder so it was all the way to the top, but placed the top cutting pad only 3/4 the way down the card stock.  Run this through the Big Shot.  Remove and turn the card stock around in the embossing folder matching the pattern as closely as possible.  Place the cutting pad only over the section that is not yet embossed.  Run it through the Big Shot again.  This will give you a complete embossed border.

Add the completed tag to the center of the embossed card stock and add that to the card base.

See the supply list below for the Merry Christmas in Pacific Point card.

Nov 232015

Birthday CardSew You Birthday Card is designed using Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin supplies.

My challenge today was to use the Mojo Monday card sketch and one of three Paper Pumpkin kits I have with me while traveling.

Paper Pumpkin is perfect for traveling.  Each kit includes paper, ink, stamps, accessories and instructions to make several projects.  The supplies I used today are from the Sew You Paper Pumpkin kit.

Along with the kit I brought some very basic stamping supplies:  paper snips, bone folder, and adhesive.

The black and white patterned  paper is part of the card bases from the kit.  The blue paper is cut from an envelope included in the kit.  The yellow embroidery thread and the blue star accents are also included in the kit.

It was a challenge  to cut circles and rounded corners without my trusted punches and framelits, but I finally discovered I could use my stacked measuring cups to trace the circles.  I cut them out with paper snips and smoothed them as needed with an emery board.

Paper Pumpkin is a subscription kit program by Stampin’ Up! Each month a fully designed project kit arrives at your door filled with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go, so you can skip to the fun. You’ll enjoy fun projects like cards, gift packaging, home décor, and more for just $19.95 a month (shipping included).  Subscribe today for yourself or give as a gift.

Nov 062015

front of envelope Thank You NoteYou don’t want to forget to make up some Thank You Notes & Envelopes.

The new envelope paper from Stampin’ Up! gives you a lighter weight paper just perfect for envelopes.  Add a liner of Designer Series Paper to match your note cards and everyone will know how much you appreciate their kindness and/or gifts.

I have included a free, complete tutorial with supplies and instructions for you HERE.

If you prefer to shop, please see the supply list below that will direct you to my Online Store for all your Stampin’ Up! needs, 24/7.

Thank you for taking a look at my Thank You Notes & Matching Envelopes post today.

Jun 292015

You are so kindMonday’s card sketch features Watercolor Wings.

I haven’t had much chance to play with my new products from the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  I’ve been vacationing and having a wonderful time visiting family in California.  But now, I am back with a Monday card sketch using one of the stamp sets and framelits I know I will be using a lot.

The color combination uses one of the new 2015-2017 In Colors, Cucumber Crush.  The In Color lace trims are so pretty.  I have no doubt I will be using those quite a bit as well.

The Watercolor Wings are so easy to color.  Just stamp the three images in three different tones and cut it out with the coordinating framelits.  This card features the medium butterfly with the small butterfly image overlaying the medium.  I punched the small one out with the Bitty Butterfly punch and trimmed it slightly and glued just the body to the medium butterfly.

The Daffodil Delight background is embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.  The Bermuda Bay layer is stamped with the dotted image and the lace trim is also dotted to give everything a coordinating look.

Have you checked out the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog?  If you have, you probably have a wish list as long as mine.  So many beautiful new products as well as some returning favorites.  Be sure to go to my Online Store to see the catalog and purchase all your Stampin’ Up! needs.

Jun 102015

Congratulations CardILCS32This Square Congratulations Card is designed for this weeks’ card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

This is the same technique I tried last week.  I liked it so much I wanted to try it again.

The card base is cut from Very Vanilla card stock using the scalloped square from the Squares Collection Framelits.  Cut the card stock to 5″ X 8 1/2″.  Make a partial cut using the scalloped square framelit on one end of the card stock.  Do not cut through the last scallop edge in the middle of the card stock.  Then turn the card stock around.  When you lay the scallop frame on the card stock overlap the previous cut along the sides by just one scallop.  Again make a partial cut and do not cut through the last scallop edge in the middle of the card stock.  Then just fold the card stock in half.  It is not quite square, but pretty close.

The technique used for the focal point of the card is the same as the one one I did last week.  I liked it so much I wanted to try it again.

The floral image is from Bordering Blooms stamp set.  It is stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  To color the image I used a few markers (Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon).  Then the squares were cut using the Square Collection Framelits.  See last weeks’ post for more details on how to achieve the look of the embossed frame.

There was some of the border image left when I got through creating the frame.  I decided to use it to create the butterfly.  First I created the mask to place over the border image, then I inked up the butterfly image with sponge daubers and stamped the butterfly over the top of the border image.  The butterfly image is punched out and added to the focal image with dimensionals.  It looks like the butterfly is behind the flowers.

Lastly I cut another square frame from Lost Lagoon card stock and rounded the corners.

Visit i Love Card Sketches to view other samples of this weeks’ sketch.

Jun 032015

Thank You cardILCS31Today’s Thank You Card is designed for the card sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.

I tried a new technique today.  First the flourish image from Everything Eleanor stamp set is stamped onto Perfect Plum card stock using Delightful Dijon ink.  Then the second and third framelits from Deco Labels framelits is used to cut the label and outside frame.  I cut several layers of the outside frame and glued them together.  Once the frame is attached, then the original stamped frame is glued to the top.  This makes it look like the frame is embossed.

Here is another new color combination using some of the new In Colors from Stampin’ Up!

Color combo 2

Crumb Cake, Perfect Plum, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron

You now have access to the new Stampin’ Up! catalog and all the wonderful new stamp sets, designer papers, embellishments, and In Colors for 2015-2017.  There are so many new bundles available this year.  Whether you are interested in Project Life® bundles or stamp sets and coordinating framelit bundles, you can find just about anything you will need for paper crafting and save money at the same time.  To check out the money-saving bundles to go SHOP NOW.  You can download your own copy of the catalog HERE.  Or go directly to my ONLINE STORE to take a look at the new catalog online.  If you want to have a personal copy to hold in your hands and drool over each page, you can purchase the catalog for $5 or send me an email with your phone number.  Once we have talked on the phone, I will be happy to mail you a copy.

Jun 012015

mojo400-medThe Corner Garden Spotlight birthday card uses some of the new In-Colors  available from Stampin’ Up! starting June 2.  The spotlight technique is used to create a focal point of color on the card.

The colors featured today are Delightful Dijon, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Tip Top Taupe.  The only new In Color I left out today is Mint Macaron.

There are a couple of different ways to create a spotlight on your cards.  For today’s card, I stamped the Corner Garden image onto Very Vanilla card stock using VersaMark ink and Tip Top Taupe ink.  Then the image is embossed with clear embossing powder.

Cut a circle out of the image using the Circles Collection Framelits.  Use the next larger circle framelit to cut another circle from Tip Top Taupe.  The Tip Top Taupe circle is used as a mat.  Color the smaller circle with the image using whatever technique you choose.  I used markers and an Aqua Painter on my image.

A butterfly is added and the sentiment as well as a small bit of Delightful Dijon lace trim.

You can see the new Stampin’ Up! catalog beginning tomorrow on my Stampin’ Up! website HERE.

May 272015

Sheltering Tree cardILCS30Today’s Sheltering Tree all occasion card is designed for this week’s sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.

Sheltering Tree stamp set is so much fun and versatile.  You can use it all year around with spring, summer, fall or winter themes.  It comes with four sentiments for different themes:  thankful, thinking of you, friendship and the one I used today.  Of course, you can always pair the images with different sentiment stamp sets.

Did you notice a new brighter green used for the tree leaves?  This is one of new In Colors for 2015-2017:  Cucumber Crush.  I added a new color combination including Cucumber Crush for you to try.

    Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green

Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green





I am so looking forward to the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It goes live in just a few more days – June 2.  Sign up for the Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter and include your telephone number.  Once we have talked on the telephone, I can get you a new catalog.  Please remember, I cannot sell outside the United States and therefore, will not be able to provide a catalog.


May 042015

Thank You CardToday’s card is created for a sketch challenge.  The Thank You card could easily be changed to a birthday or get well or thinking of you by simply changing the sentiment.  I like the diagonal line simply because I don’t think to use it often, but I think it goes well with the Designer Series Paper and the Zig Zag embossing.

This is a quick and easy card once you have the sketch.  Substitute color combinations or use card stock for the flags instead of the ribbon.  You could layer the Designer Series Paper of choice and a coordinating color card stock (both cut to 4″ X 5 1/4″).  Measure up 2″ on the right side and cut the papers diagonally from the left corner to the mark at 2″ on the right.  Now you have two pieces that can be used on two different cards.  One will be the Designer Series Paper on top as shows on the card today.  The other would be the card stock on top and a diagonal piece of Designer Series Paper on the bottom.  No waste of paper and the start of two cards.

I toned down the brightness of the Whisper White circle by stamping one of the background stamps from Work of Art onto the Whisper White using Sahara Sand ink.  The sentiment is stamped using Old Olive ink and the outside of the circle is sponged with Old Olive ink.

Try different color combinations and sentiments.  I would love to see your creations.  Leave a comment and/or send me a picture of your project to Email Me.