Tag It Tissue Holder


Tag It is featured in  this months Stamp of the Month Club.  Did you see the post here?  Paper Therapy will come straight to your mailbox when you join the Stamp of the Month Club.

A wonderful benefit to this stamp set, Tag It,  is the Ronald McDonald House charities.  For every stamp set purchased, $3 will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House charities.  While you are building your stamp collection, you will be helping families in need.

To get the complete directions for all three projects you will have to be a subscribing member.  With each monthly membership you will receive printed directions and I will also make one of the projects on a video tutorial.  This month I am showing how to make a tissue holder.  I used Kleenex brand tissue because I figured those can be purchased nation wide.  I am not sure if the dollar store brands are the same size or not.  (Also, I could purchase these right at the store in our tiny town. I didn’t want to drive 30 minutes for a package of tissues.)
Tissue Holder Video

You may have noticed in a few spots I sounded a little flustered.  I am sorry for that.  I had all my pieces cut ready to show you how to make this little box.  It sounds easy enough.  First I had miscut my card stock, misscored it, etc.  If you name it, it probably went wrong on the video.  Oh well, I am crafter not a movie producer :) .

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Chalkboard Technique aka My First Video

Chalkboard Technique video card

Here is a card I made using the chalkboard technique.  Most cards I have seen & created have had a white gel pen “frame” around the edges. Today I tried something a little different.

Originally, I wanted to make one brightly colored 3D flower from Secret Garden to add some pop to a chalkboard technique.  I didn’t like it.  I had a “frame” and the flowers looked a little awkward….in the trash they went (well the scrap pile for later anyways).  From there I decided to place the verse in the middle, and then I thought what the heck, I would use Secret Garden the way I normally do when I use colored ink.  Filler flowers first, then the solid ones. Rhinestones to dot the “i”s for a little bling.

So here is my very first video tutorial.  I was so nervous making it and I was the only one home.  Who would say anything to me?? The dog or two cats :)  I sure hope you like it.


Supplies to make this project:

  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • #106960 Stazon On White Stamp Pad
  • # 119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • # 131916 (w) # 129684 (c) Feel Goods Stamp Set
  • # 131949 (w) # 129144 (c) Secret Garden Stamp Set

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Go in the Direction of Your Dreams Graduate

grad card

Here is a graduation card using Word Play.  I am sad to see this set retire :(  I used the Chalkboard Technique since chalkboards remind me of school.  Of course someday, we will have to come up with the “Whiteboard Technique” since most schools don’t have real chalkboards any more.

Anyhow, when I was asked to design a graduation card; I had to think about it for a while.  I don’t own a graduation stamp set. I started thinking about high school graduations and college graduations.  They always seem to have the theme of be everything you can be, follow your dreams, be productive in society, etc. I felt the verse “go in the direction of your dreams” seemed fitting.  Then, I thought about how to incorporate a school theme.  Chalkboards are school related.  Ok there is half my project.  It still needed something.  People hang banners at graduation parties. So out came the Hearts a Flutter set & framelits. Not knowing if the person was graduating from high school or college, and not knowing school colors, I opted for black and white.  Certainly the banner could be made to match the school colors of your choice. I used a white gel pen to make the frame of the chalkboard and string of the banner.

Have you ever used the chalkboard technique on any of your cards or scrapbook pages? If you don’t know how to create this technique, come back tomorrow for my first ever YouTube video tutorial. I hope you like it.

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 120308 (w) # 120651 (c) Word Play Stamp Set* 
  • # 131098 (w) # 131097 (c) Hearts a Flutter Bundle
  • # 106960 White Staz-On Ink Pad
  • # 101610 Sponges
  • # 105021 Uni-Ball Gel Pen
  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

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Best Bouquet Ever

I do NOT have a green thumb at all.  I am lucky to keep a cactus alive :)

best bouquet closeupCut flowers are pretty but they will pass by eventually as well.  I am sure I have found my solution.  Bloomin’ Bouquet Project Kit to the rescue. This is the Best Bouquet ever, I don’t need to remember to water them.  Aren’t they just gorgeous??  They are so bright and cheerful. Which is wonderful after a week of rain.

best bouquet

I have decided to keep these in my craft room to be cheerful and to remind me to CREATE.

As soon as I saw this kit and the new Stampin’ Up! catalog, I knew what class I wanted to offer this summer.  BEAUTIFUL BLOOMIN’ BOUQUET BUNDLE.  Come make an entire bouquet of paper flowers using the new stamp set Flower Shop and coordinating Pansy Punch.   You will leave here with a dozen flowers plus enough supplies to make another dozen at home.  INCLUDING THE STAMPS AND PUNCH! This class is $50 with your choice of clear or wood mount stamps.

You must register for this class by May 30, 2013 so I can order enough stamp sets and punches for everyone.

I can’t wait to have paper flowers all over my house to make it cheery.  The color of the flowers can be changed for the time of year. Rich Regals colors would make lovely fall flowers.  Don’t you agree?

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Have You Ever CASEd Yourself???

Have you ever liked a card you made so much you CASEd (copied and shared everything) yourself?  Maybe it’s just me, I’m not sure.

Remember this card?  I think it is just adorable. I liked the layout and the Designers Series Paper so much I made a VERY SIMILAR card.

rainbootSee?? I said it was VERY SIMILAR.  I jut thought a little puddle jumper boot would go so well with the umbrellas in the paper. The puddle jumpers remind me of my children.  They always seemed impressed I would let them play outside in the rain as long as they wore their rain boots.  They became known as puddle jumpers in my family because they could jump in puddles with them on and mom didn’t care at all. :) Sometimes the simplest things bring the greatest pleasures.

I added a light coat of Crystal Effects to the boot to give it that glossy-shiney look that rain boots have.  I think it gives it a more realistic feel.  I let Crystal Effects set over night any time I use it on a project, just to make sure it is REALLY dry.  I have a habit of being impatient, touching things, asking, “is it fry yet?” and of course it isn’t & I just left a great big ol’ finger print.

Supplies for this project:

  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 119679 Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker
  • # 119682 Marina Mist Card Stock
  • # 126922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
  • # 129291 Old Olive 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon
  • # 126595 (w) 126597 (c) Bootiful Occasions Stamp Set
  • # 127022 Cloudy Day Embossing Folder
  • # 125598 Labels Collect Framelits
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 101055 Crystal Effects
  • # 101406 Staz-On Jet Black Ink Pad

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Hostesses, Chocolate & Sneak Peeks, Oh My!

So what do Stamp Club Hostesses and chocolate have in common?  A sneak

all new club members giftpeek at a new stamp set called Really Good Greetings.  I selected the verse Finally A Day That Really Is All About You.  Most people might think to use that as a birthday sentiment.  In this case I used it for my Stamp Club Members.  When it is their turn to be hostess, the day is all about them and stamping.  How, awesome is that?  Want to know how you can join one of my stamp clubs?  Click here.

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What?  You want a close up of that verse?  Well here you go. Isn’t it just cute?  An you want to know how to make one of these cute little holders yourself?  Super easy.

First start with a piece of Designer Series Paper measuring 9 3/4″x 3 1/4″. Score at 3 14″ and 6 1/2″ inches.   You should now have three equal parts.inside chocolate

Cut the last third at a diagonal. Place red sticky strip at the bottom to hold the pocket securely.  Wrap with a coordinating ribbon and decorate. Insert a yummy chocolate of choice.

I decorated mine with the new stamp set Really Good Greetings, punched with a circle punch and layered on the large scallop punch.

4 designs of chocolate holder

Here are the four designs I made from the one package of Designer Series Paper. Sunshine & Sprinkles.  I just love this paper and even the name of it is so cheery and fun.  I will be sad to see it go away at the end of May.

Now I have a little story to tell you.  After I finished creating a dozen and a half of these cute little chocolate holders, my friend Loni sent an email out saying she was setting up a blog hop this weekend.  The theme being “Hostess Gifts”.  I am not kidding I had just finished about 10 minutes before I got the email.  I said sure, I just finished a bunch of hostess gifts.  These items don’t have to be for a hostess.  They can be  for teachers, co-workers or a friend you are thinking of.  If you would like to see other small gifts you could make for someone, click here.

Supplies to create this project:

  • # 126922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper.
  • # 126877 Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • # 105125 Certainly Celery Card Stock
  • # 105120 Bashful Blue Card Stock
  • # 118873  2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • # 130330 (w) # 130333 (c) Really Good Greetings
  • # 104294 Sticky Strip

I will be leaving this project up all weekend for the blog hop.

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Thanks A Million With Bleach

bleach flower card


Word Play is another stamp set that I will miss. it has verses for several events. When I made this card, I wanted to use colors that were retiring, I wanted to send lots of thank you notes (I made 30 of these), I wanted to make something quickly, I wanted to use a technique I have not used in a long time.

With all that in mind, I decided to use today’s technique of bleaching.  Bleach is something we do not have in our house at all times.  My husbands work clothes are black pants and black shirts.  Bleach and black do not go together well. I had to bleach out the towels so I actually had some bleach.

What I did hear is not the only way to use bleach with card making; but it is the one I will share today. I bleached an embossed image.  To do this is very simple. First stamp your image and heat emboss with embossing powder.  I used clear embossing powder for my project.  I chose the flower from Mixed Bunch because it has a coordinating punch. As you know I do not like to cut free hand unless I have to.

Once I stamped and embossed my image with the heat gun and embossing powder, I filled an aqua painter with bleach instead of water.*  I then used the aqua painter like a normal paint brush.  I “painted” the center of the flowers and petals with bleach.  As it turned out, once the card stock was bleached it matched the More Mustard card stock.  That won’t alway happen so you may want to test your bleach on a scrap piece of card stock. Bleaching adds just one more element to your cards.

*When you are done, empty and rinse your brush out. Bleach can be damaging to the bristles over time if just left sitting.

Once the wet card stock dried, the rest of the card went together very quickly.  I stamped the verse, used the Big Shot to emboss the strip of hearts, attached the punch flower, wrote a message by hand on the inside and mailed them off.


Supplies to make this project:

  • # 105123 Bravo Burgundy Card Stock
  • # 126967 Bravo Burgundy Ink Pad
  • More Mustard Card Stock (sold out)
  • # 120308 (w) # 120651 (c) Word Play Stamp Set
  • # 128442 (w) # 125537 (c) Mixed Bunch Stamp Set
  • # 125603 Blossom Punch
  • # 102283 Versa Mark Stamp Pad
  • # 109130 Clear Emboss Powder
  • # 129053 Heat Tool
  • # 103954 Aqua Painter
  • # 133439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 125601 Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Bleach

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Masculine Just Believe

Masculine just believe

Just Believe is one of my favorite stamps sets and I hate to see it on the retirement list. I find it simple and elegant design. It can be used on an ink pad for a solid colored image. Or the image can be colored  with markers for a multicolored image.  It can be dressed up with pearls and rhinestones. The possibilities are endless.  <sigh>

So here is a basic card that can be used for many different occasions. Father’s Day, masculine birthday, thinking of you.  It all depends on the verse stamped or message written inside.

The background was stamped with a clear acrylic block and not a rubber stamp. Isn’t it great when you can use products for more than one use?? It is a very simple technique.  Place/tap the acrylic block on your ink pad. I used Crumb Cake.  Then lightly mist the acrylic block with water-this step is optional depending on the desired look. Adding the water makes it look more like a watercolor painting to me. Then use the block like it is a rubber stamp. Ta-da instant background image. Next stamp your main image.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • # 116948 (w) # 120453 (c) Just Believe Stamp Set
  • # 120953 Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • # 119686 Early Espresso Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 126975 Crumb Cake Ink Pad
  • # 126974 Early Espresso Ink Pad

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What Is Your Favorite Bow Tying Technique?

I am terrible at tying bows, that is why I usually tie knots.  Here are some pretty cool tutorials that were in my newsletter this month.  WHAT?? You don’t receive my newsletter or free tutorials?  What are you waiting for?? SIGN UP NOW. I email out newsletters with the latest Stampin’ Up! news, project ideas, Q&A. I also I send out FREE step by step tutorials in pdf format so you can save them for later use, and I even snail mail you a little something on your birthday :) All for filling out that little box on the right hand side of my website.

Q: What is your favorite ribbon bow technique?

A: Well, I’d like to say it’s a natural ability, but that wouldn’t be true! I’ve learned how to make a bunch of great bows through resources from Stampin’ Up! and my fellow demonstrators. Here are 5 of my favorite bows as well as tips for making them.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

1. Two-Colored Double Bow: Layer two 18” ribbons. Layer ribbons then tie a standard bow. Before pulling the bow loops to tighten the bow, take a moment to twist the ribbon ends so they lay straight. Pull bow loops to tighten, then fan the inside bow loops out from behind the top loops.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

2. Elegant Bow: Lay a 5” piece of ribbon out flat. Add a dab of SNAIL to center of ribbon. Fold in right end and adhere to center. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of ribbon end. Fold in left end and adhere to center. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of ribbon end. Place one end of 2” ribbon over center of ribbon, creating a “T” shape. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of 2” ribbon end over folded ribbon. Wrap 2” ribbon around folded ribbon until it overlaps and adheres to itself. Pull ribbon snug so it is flat, but not so tight it causes the folded ribbon to gather. Trim off excess ribbon. Press bow flat or push the ends gently to puff it up a bit. Add to card or layer on top of a ribbon strip.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

3. Perfect Double Bow: Select a brad and spread prongs out flat. Begin with 18” ribbon. Use a ruler or estimate the lengths. Fold ribbon 3” from end with 3” section on top. Hold finger over folded layers 1” from fold with loop to left. Fold long end towards your finger to create 1” loop on right. Keep finger over center to hold layers in place. Fold long end back to center to make 1-1/2” loop on left. Fold ribbon back to center again creating 1-1/2” loop to right. Pinch ribbon at center and pick up layers. Set layered ribbon on brad with opened prongs. Fold prongs over ribbon and press flat. Trim ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

4. Hole Bow: Punch a hole in card stock with 1/8” or 1/4” punch. Thread both ends of a 22” long ribbon up through hole from bottom. Slide ribbon loop around card stock and tighten by pulling ends. Keep ribbon ends the same length. Split ribbon ends so one comes out above ribbon and one comes out below. Make sure ribbon isn’t twisted. Tie a basic bow. Fluff and adjust bow as needed and then trim ribbon ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

5. Fork Bow: Begin with a standard dinner fork with four tines and a 10” piece of ribbon. Place ribbon across front of fork with 1/3 of the ribbon to left of the fork. This end will stay stationary. Wrap right end of the ribbon around behind the fork, around left edge, over the top of the first end. Thread end down through space between the center fork tines below where the first ribbon crosses. Pull ribbon up behind the fork and through the space between center fork tines. Knot the two ribbon ends firmly. Slide ribbon from fork and trim ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

Go Bow Crazy
Have fun practicing and experimenting with these bows and different types of ribbon. Pretty soon your friends will be asking you how your bows always look so great! We have a number of ribbons retiring this month. Make sure to order your favorites before they are gone!

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Swallowtail Mother’s Day Card

butterfly mothers day                                                                                                                                                                                                       I love butterflies and dragonflies.  When this new stamp Swallowtail came out I was thrilled, but at the same time I was somewhat intimidated by it dueto its size. “What could I possibly do with this big background stamp?”Anything and everything is the answer.

With this card I used a technique called burnishing.  First take a piece of whisper white card stock.  Stamp the Swallowtail in black Stazon ink.  Select 2-3 coordinating colors.  I selected Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals ink.  Using a sponge, apply the ink over the image in a circular motion. I used the Summer Starfruit first in the center of the card.  The more ink you apply, the more concentrated the color and intensity. Apply the second color.  Overlap some of the colors as well.  This gives it a  nice blended effect.  You would follow the same process for a third color if you wanted.

Stamp a verse in black Stazon as well.  Layer it onto a folded card base.  Easy Peasy.

Supplies for this project:

  • #126991 Summer Starfruit Ink Pad
  • # 126858 Primrose Petals Ink Pad
  • # 126841 Primrose Petals Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 101406 Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad
  • # 101610 Stamping Sponges
  • # 122650 (w) # 122652 (c) Delightful Dozen
  • # 131943 (w) # 129216 (c) Swallowtail

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Show & Tell 1and 2 with Seeing The Possibilities Online Class

Have you tried the completely transparent photopolymer stamps?  (haha I just said completely transparent- well if it wasn’t completely transparent-it wouldn’t be transparent would it?) Anywhoooo.  Stampin’ Up! has more photopolymer stamps available for purchase and with an online class as a bundle set.  When you purchase this bundle you will get the most from your new transparent stamps. Flyer_photopolymer_May0113_US copy

The newest stamps sets are called Show & Tell 1, Show & Tell 2, and the online class Seeing The Possibilities can all be purchased separately or as a bundle. Of course the bundle will save you about 15%.  I just love Stampin’ Up!’s bundle packages, I get them whenever I can.

You are probably wondering what is so special about photopolymer stamps.  Here is a little video for you to watch.

Isn’t Brani from the home office such a cutie?  Show me what you can make photopolymer stamps and I will feature you in my blog.

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Bloomin’ Bouquet Kit

OH MY GOODNESS, JUST LOOK AT THIS KIT. Is it stinkin’ cute or what??? These are only available while supplies last so get one (or two or three) now.

Mother’s Day. Teacher appreciation. Just because. Say thank you with this no-maintenance bouquet. There’s no watering, no weeding-just enjoying. This easy-to-assemble kit comes complete with the petals, stems, and buttons to create the flowers, as well as four different tags to make this the perfect gift for any occasion. All you need is some paper, ribbon or a vase to add the finishing touches to the bouquet.

As if that weren’t enough, the kit contains a “baker’s dozen”! This means you can create and give (or keep) a dozen flowers, and have a bonus flower left over to pass along to someone new! Give it to someone you wouldn’t normally think of: a teller at the bank, a grocery store clerk, or the librarian at your local library. Anyone you encounter on your way that you’d like to give a little “thank you” to-and introduce them to Stampin’ Up!

Ordering information: This kit starts selling today at 3:00 PM Mountain Time

Item 134542 $12.95

Available starting April 29, while supplies last.

Kit contents:

  • 2 sheets of preprinted and precut flowers on 12″ X 12″ cardstock; makes 13 flowers using Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry
  • 13 Vintage Faceted Buttons
  • 13 green floral wire stems

Adhesive not included. (Glue gun recommended.)

I can’t wait to make some of these, come on 3:00pm.  How many are you going to order?  I’m thinking Mother’s Day and teacher thank you gifts.  Oh, school secretaries too.

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Just For You with Papillon Potpourri Tutorial

butterfly 3x3 folded cards

Last week I said I would share with you how I made these cards.  As you know, school vacation really sent me for a loop.  I am finally getting caught up.

I learned this technique from Cathy Aurtrey at a local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator gathering back in January.  She made hers using the heart punch for Valentine’s Day.  Once she explained it to me, I knew I had to make these cute little cards. **Any symmetrical punch will work for this type of card.

To start, the card base is actually Designer Series paper cut 3″ x 9″. Score it at 1 1/2″, 3″, 6″ and 7 1/2″.  It should look like this:

Microsoft Word - Document1The 1 1/2″ and 7 1/2″ score lines are where you will line up the center of your symmetrical punch.  In this case the Elegant Butterfly Punch. butterfly punch template Here is what it will look like when you  are ready to punch.  I placed the punch so the paper was all the way to the base of the Designer Series Paper.green butterfly template

In this photo the green butterfly shows where the empty space is when you have punched on the 1 1/2″ &  7 1/2″ inch score lines  and folded the paper back.

When the card is folded, it is a 3″x3″ card.

I bet you are wondering how I aligned the stamped image with the punched image. I placed a square piece of Whisper White card stock on the center of the card. It measured 2 3/4″x 2 3/4″.

butterfly stampamajig

Then I used my  handy dandy Stamp-a-ma-jig. A GREAT tool if you need to line images up perfectly. I actually stamped in River Rock, but on the plastic layer of the Stamp-a-ma-jig I used a dark blue color so it would show on camera.

Once the inside of the card was stamped, I used the banner framelits to cut a small banner to help keep the card closed when it is folded.

I placed the set of cards along with mini envelopes in a kraft gift box.  I wrapped some ribbon on the outside of the box and gave it to my hostess.  Now she has small gift cards to put on a package any time she needs one.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • # 123757 (w) # 123759 (c) Papillon Potpourri
  • # 129267 Bitty Banners Framelits
  • #127526 Elegant Butterfly Punch
  • # 113439 Big Shot die Cutting Machine
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 126977 River Rock Classic Ink Pad
  • # 119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • # 117132 Soft Substles Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks
  • # 107309 Square Envelopes
  • # #116948 (w) # 120453 (c) Just Believe
  • # 101049 Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • # 124106 Kraft Gift Boxes
  • # 107309 Square Envelopes

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Say Thanks A Ton With Coffee

whale kcup holderIn my house, there is no such thing as too much coffee.  My husband drinks coffee by the pot not the cup.

Many people now have the coffee machines that use the specialized coffee pods.  We have a Keurig machine. As do many family members and friends.

I love to give little thinking of you gifts.  Usually they contain some sort of chocolate.  I went a different path with this project.  I saw many samples of K-cup holders on Pinterest.  Many people had different tutorials etc.  I found one I liked and tried it out.  I have only been wanting to make one of these for a year.  I guess somethings you just can’t rush.

My first attempt didn’t look half bad until I realized I had not punched a place for the handle. I STRONGLY recommend you punch the handle before you adhere everything together with red sticky strip.  The punches don’t fit in that small space after the box is put together.  I bet you can guess how I found this out.  Anyhow, I played around with it until I came up with this.

Here is my K-cup tutorial if you would like to try it yourself.  This is a project I sent to everyone who has signed up for my mailing list. If you enjoyed this project, sign up for my newsletter today.

Supplies used to make this project:

  •  # 119682 Marina Mist Card Stock
  •  # 126962 Marina Mist Classic Ink Pad
  •  # 126922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
  •  # 129129 (w) # 129132 (c ) Oh, Whale Stamp Set
  •  # 129403 Happy Whale Clearlits Die
  •  # 129267 Bitty Banners Framelits Die
  •  # 113439 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
  •  # 119850 1 3⁄4” Circle Punch
  •  # 119855 Large Oval Punch
  •  # 104294 Sticky Strip or # 110755 Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive
  •  coordinating ribbon & google eye

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New Slim Wood Mount Stamp Cases

New Slim Wood Mount Cases

I can’t wait for these new cases to come out at the end of May. I use a CD/DVD stand to hold my stamps as it is. I thought it was great when the clear stamps started to fit on the shelves without me having to repackage them. Now wood mount will fit on my shelf as well.

I love the multi-purpose ideas Stampin Up has come up with. I bet they would be cute boxes for small presents. I am not sure I would use them to hold my lunch, but you never know.

Did you see the stamp set they sampled? Hmmm I hope that is a sneak peek from the new catalog. Do you think they will match the framelit from Hearts a Flutter from the spring catalog?

What creative ideas do you think you would use these cases for?

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Friend Frame

she thought she could frame

One of my all time favorite simple pleasures is finding that really cool item at a really cheap price. The dollar store is one of my favorite stores to shop when I want to make or alter a craft item.
Here is a white  frame I found at the dollar store. It also has a white ribbon hanger on it as well that doesn’t show in the picture.  Needless to say I bought a stack of these frames.

The opening is 3.5″x3.5″.  So that’s how large I cut my Basic Black card stock. I stamped this using the chalkboard technique. This was my very first attempt at it.

If you aren’t familiar with the chalkboard technique it is very easy.  Stamp on black card stock with a white craft pad or white Stazon ink. Quickly cover your project with white embossing powder for a clearer white image. The heat emboss.  Then drag the edge of your white pad directly across the black card stock.  There you go, nice & simple.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # !06960 Staz-on White Ink Pad OR # 101731 Whisper White Craft Pad
  • # 109132 White Stampin’ Emboss Powder
  • # 129053 Heat Tool
  • Picture Frame from local store

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Bloomin’ Marvelous

This post should really be called Bloomin Marvelous with Blunders (or Bloopers). Do you have any bad habits?  I won’t make you tell me what they are.  However, one of my bad habits, is not cleaning my stamps right away. Very rarely does that ever bother me.  I don’t even clean off the Staz-On. Another time I will tell you why.

Ok getting back on target. Like I said, I rarely clean my stamps.  Only if I am going to use yellow or pale pink do I ever wash my stamps.  I know for sure I those light colors are going to take the dark color right off my dirty stamps.

I do want it to be known, that for this project I did clean of my stamps.  My versa mark ink pad was contaminated with Cherry Cobbler ink….Again, I want it to be known, I did notice that.  I even tried getting the Cherry Cobbler off my versa mark pad.  I even went as far as to re-ink it.

cards pink brown copyWith all that being said, do you see how some of the flowers have a pink hue to them?  Yep, that is faint Cherry Cobbler ink.  I use the embossed resist technique. (I’ve also heard it called Ghosting Technique as well.) So some of my flowers turned out pink.  It was light enough pink it was almost Pink Pirouette that I just “went with it”.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • # 129650 (w) #129654 (c) Bloomin Marvelous Stamp Set*
  • # 120953 Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • # 126975 Crumb Cake Ink Pad
  • # 126979 Chocolate Chip Ink Pad
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 102283 Versa Mark Ink Pad
  • # 103083 Embossing Buddy
  • # 129053 Heat Tool
  • # 109130 Clear Embossing Powder
  • #111351 Pink Pirouette Card Stock

* Available until March 22, 2013 with a $50 purchase. Contact me right away with your order or shop directly online.

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