Friday, October 24, 2008

Instructions for Christmas Card Crank Card

Over the next few days I'll be posting instructions for making the Christmas Card Crank cards at home. Of course my not-so-hidden agenda is that you'll want to order the supplies to make the cards or sign up to attend the next one on November 30th :-) Today I'll just post one because I'm supposed to be cleaning and setting up for tonight's Crank. If one of you could please explain where all the dust bunnies and piles of paper come from, I'd appreciate it.


Stamps: Scandinavian Season (#111774)

Ink: Baja Breeze (#111833)

Cardstock: Real Red (102482), Chocolate Chip (102128), Baja Breeze (111352) and Whisper White (100730)

Accessories: Ski Slope Designer Series Paper (112994), Big Shot (113439), Join in the Cheer Decorative Strip Die (113452), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1 3/8" circle punch (104401), 1 1/4" circle punch 104403), and 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon (109051)


  • Fold Real Red (8 1/2" X 5 1/2") cardstock in half and crease with bone folder.
  • Stamp snowflake image on scrap of white cardstock with Baja Breeze ink. Punch out with 1 1/4" circle punch. TIP: Hold punch upside down so you can see through the opening and can position the punch as desired.
  • Punch Baja Breeze scrap with 1 3/8" circle punch and Real Red scrap with Scallop Circle punch.
  • Adhere designer paper (each strip is 1 3/4" x 5") to Chocolate Chip cardstock (4"x 5 1/4").
  • Wrap Chocolate Chip ribbon (6") around and glue/tape on back. Adhere to card base.
  • Use Big Shot to die-cut Peace/Love/Joy/Cheer on 3"x12" strip of Real Red Cardstock. Punch out words from your Peace/Love/Joy/Cheer strip. Or, if you don't want all those words, use a smaller strip of cardstock and position it over the word(s) you want.
  • Carefully separate the words with the Paper Snips. You can also use the left over curly-cues to embellish your card. You can see a sample of that here.
  • Complete card as shown.

Please let me know if these detailed instructions including measurements and item #s are helpful. Or, if there's a format that you would find more helpful, please let me know that too.

Have a fantastic day my stamping friends!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jingle all the Way

The next phase of Decor Elements is available now. There are some classy, fun and cute vinyl elements that you can use to decorate your home. The nice thing is that you're not limited to putting them directly on your walls or windows; you can use them on vases, plates, other glassware or even frame them so you can use them year after year. That's what I did with this Christmas one.

This was an easy holiday project. I cut some Ski Slope designer paper to the right size and then applied the Jingle all the Way. The two snowflakes are fun foam that I cut using my Big Shot.

To order any of these supplies (other than the frame), please visit my SU website.

This is one item that I'll have for sale at the Holiday Multi-Vendor Open house on November 15th. Stay tuned for more info about that.

Have a crafty day!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Guest Stamper cards

My friend, Joanne, made these beautiful cards. Isn't she talented? Both cards use Stampin' Up! stamps from the Holiday Mini Catalog. This first one uses Eat, Drink & Be Scary which is on page 5. The designer paper is from the big 'ole catalog. One of the best things about that designer series paper is that it's Halloween on one side and generic, not-Halloween on the other. So, it's more versatile than you might have thought.

This second gorgeous creation uses Scandinavian Season, which is also in the Holiday Mini on p. 13. The designer paper is Ski Slope also from the Holiday Mini (p. 12). I really like the way Joanne did the paper diagonally.

To order any of the supplies used on these cards, please go to my Stampin' Up! website.
Click on the Shop Now button in the top, right corner.

Thanks for stopping by. I will be posting some ideas for hand-stamped Christmas gifts over the next few weeks.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Autumn Harvest

I get most of my produce from a local organic farm. Each week I get to go out and pick some of it, and the rest is already harvested. Anyway, last week we got a big ole 15 lb pumpkin. Now I feel like Bubba in Forest Gump...pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin chili...LOL

What's that got to do with rubber stamping? My pumpkin reminds me of Stampin' Up!'s Autumn Harvest stamp set (#110372, p. 30, $17.95 for a set of 6 stamps). You just can't go wrong with this beautiful set. Ironically, when I first saw it last year, I didn't like it. Then I started seeing so many beautiful samples, I HAD to have it. I'm so glad that I got it!

For this card I used Black StazOn and watercolored with my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and blended with a blender pen. Then I stippled around the images with More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Close to Cocoa. The designer paper is Autumn Vine from the Holiday mini catalog. You can't really tell from the scan, but the ribbon is felt. It's from the Alpine collection, which is also in the mini.

This stamp set is so versatile, that you can use it for Halloween cards also. The one below is one that I made last year.

Although the Wasabi ribbon and hodgepodge are retired, it would be pretty easy to duplicate using products we currently carry.

Hope you are enjoying a nice Fall day.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Eastern Haiku

We made this card at my September stamp club meetings. It's a pretty easy card, despite the level of detail. Everyone loved getting a chance to test out the Big Shot. Several said they were surprised at how easy it was to use.

The Haiku Designer paper is just gorgeous! One improvement that everyone made was to sponge around the edges of the So Saffron half-scallop with Tangerine Tango. It definitely looked better!

We sponged the edges of the bird with Tangerine Tango also. To make the branch, we used the Marker direct to Rubber technique. You simply use the brush tip of the SU markers and color on the stamp. It's an easy way to get multiple colors on one stamp. You can also omit part of an image if you want.

Stamps: Eastern Blooms #111626, p. 91 ($21.95 for a set of 5)
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, More Mustard and Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: Haiku # 112470, p. 168 ($9.95 for 12 double-sided sheets)
Ink: Tangerine Tango, More Mustard & Chocolate Chip Markers
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Earth Elements Buttons, Linen Thread, Big Shot, Birds & Blooms Dies, Scallop Circle #2 Die

As always, to order any of these supplies, you can email me at or order directly from my website.

Have a fantastic Friday!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"Joy" Fold Card

I just love this fold. It's called the "Joy" fold on I'm not really sure why, but I'm guessing that someone named Joy came up with it.

The first photo is of the closed card. I used the Bella Rose Designer paper and my Big Shot, of course! The second photo is of the card open. Isn't that a nifty way to fold the card? You could also put a gift card or something inside.

For more details about the Joy fold, go to

Have a fantastic day!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Never Too Early for Joy

Yes, I realize that it's October and that it's a bit early for Christmas...but, we crafters need to plan ahead! Here is another card made with Stampin' Up!'s Cardinal Christmas stamp set. The "Joy" at the bottom is from the Big Shot die, Join in the Cheer, which is exclusive to Stampin' Up! It's several words together and I just cut that one off.

The Designer Paper is Holiday Treasures from the main catalog. It's absolutely gorgeous and the little thumbnails in the catalog don't do it justice.

Other details:

Stamps: Cardinal Christmas

Cardstock/Paper: Ruby Red, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Holiday Treasures DSP

Ink: Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa and Old Olive markers; Ruby Red Classic ink pad

Accessories: Gold Brads, Alpine Ribbon Originals from Holiday mini

Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Holiday Mini is here

Oh boy, it's finally time for the Holiday Mini Catalog. If you haven't seen it yet, do whatever you can to get your hands on it. It is completely fantastic! Beautiful papers, yummy ribbons, felt snowflakes, and so so much more! Oh, duh, you can view it online on my SU website. I'm such a dork. Go to and click on SHOP NOW in the top right hand corner and you can see it. You can even order things online if you don't want to have to email me. Pretty cool, huh!?

Anyway, here is one card I made using A Cardinal Christmas. It is such a beautiful set! You can see it here Once you check out the stamp set, if you want to order it, please visit my website at The designer paper is called Ski Slope and is also in the mini.

Gotta run. Have a fantastic day!