Monday, December 30, 2013

Stampin' UP! 2014 Occasions catalog peek

I have another peek of the upcoming 2014 Occasions catalog for you, PLUS the Sale-a-bration banner blast stamp set & matching banner punch is shown as well!

  • create an easy way to keep your ribbon in place by using your circle punch and punching out both edges of your paper as shown above. (I used the 3/4" circle punch here)
  •  the small pearl on the heart is just right to finish off this card.

Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: very vanilla, coastal cabana, so saffron
  • DSP: * Retro fresh
  • ink: coastal cabana, baked brown sugar, tangerine tango
  • stamps: * peachy keen, ** banner blast
  • * on film framelit dies 
  • punches: 3/4" circle, ** banner
  • pearls
  • stylish stripes embossing folder (holiday 2013 catalog)
  • linen thread
* denotes items from the 2014 Occasions catalog
** denotes items from the 2014 Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalog

Don't wait to get your 2014 Occasions catalog (set to release January 3rd)! You may get one FREE if you e-mail me at

Until next time...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

a MASCULINE Birthday

I can't wait for you to see the upcoming Stampin' UP! Occasions 2014 Catalog. There are lots of projects in there that are sure to inspire you to create! 

I have already had an inspiration from this new catalog. I had to create a masculine birthday card for a co-worker and flipped to the perfect page for that inspiration!

Here's a peek of what inspired me. I love the textures, the colors, and the layout. Perfect for a masculine card!

This is one of the reasons I LOVE Stampin' UP!, they do all the hard work of thinking up a project and when I need something quick,  I easily find what I want to "CASE".

On the card that I created below, I followed a similar layout with similar textures. I am very happy with the turnout.

 Supplies used:
  • cardstock: basic gray, whisper white, island indigo, pool party
  • DSP: winter frost 
  • Ink: island indigo, basic gray, coastal cabana, basic black
  • stamps: gorgeous grunge, you're amazing, woodgrain
  • ribbon: linen thread
  • punches: 2 1/2" circle
  • color spritzer (retired)
  • sponge dauber (for edges)

Get your own FREE copy of the upcoming Occasions catalog by e-mailing me at (available for order on January 3rd)

I'd love to read your comments so don't be shy! 

Until next time....

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Retro wedding money holder

Phew!!! What a MONTH!!! I just don't understand where all the time goes....

On another note, I finally got to get in some crafting time to create a special money holder for some friends of ours that tied the knot this past weekend. 

This money holder features the "Retro Fresh" designer paper that will be coming very soon in the Stampin' UP! Occasions catalog 2014.
While I was creating this card, I came to the realization that I do not own 1 single wedding stamp set from Stampin' UP! so I had to resort to my non-SU! stash of stamp sets.

My Tips:
  • create the holder by cutting a piece of CS to 8 1/4"x 7".
  • score at 3" and 6" along the 7inch length.
  • use the envelope punch board to create the middle tab as shown in the bottom right picture before your assemble the holder.

Supplies used:
  • cardstock: crumb cake, tangerine tango, coastal cabana, so saffron, very vanilla, baked brown sugar
  • DSP: retro fresh (coming soon)
  • stamp set: wedding (by Inkadinkado), everyday expressions (by stampabilities) 
  • ink: soft suede, tangerine tango
  • embellishments: pearls
  • punches: heart
  • envelope punch board

Interested in the upcoming "Retro Fresh" paper Suite? Sign up for my mailing list and get a FREE Spring catalog by e-mailing me at

Thanks for reading my post! Until next time....

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas Cards

HELLO!!! I just want to do a quick share of the 3 different Christmas card designs that my group of ladies put together for my Christmas card stamp-a-stack this past weekend.

Design 1 : "Have the merriest Christmas"
The non-traditional colors of this card is very attractive

Supplies Used:
  • Cardstock: whisper white, island indigo, crumb cake
  • DSP: * winter frost DSP paper stack
  •  Ink: island indigo, versamark
  •  Stamp set: Christmas tagables 
  • Banner framelit from “hearts a flutter” framelit se 
  • Embellishments: Christmas pop & place tags, * silver 1/8” ribbon
  •  Tea lace paper doily

* denotes items from the 2013 Holiday catalog

Design 2: "Have a very Merry Christmas..."
The christmas tagables kit couldn't have made it any easier to put this card together!

Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: whisper white, old olive, cherry cobble 
  • Ink: soft suede 
  • Stamp set: * Christmas tagables 
  • Embellishments: Christmas pop & place tags, * cherry cobbler 1” stitched ribbon
  • * Stylish stripes embossing folder

* denotes items from the 2013 Holiday catalog


Design 3:  "December 25"
The hint of island indigo with the traditional Christmas colors really makes it POP! Love the stitched embossing too!

 Supplies Used:  

  •  Cardstock: whisper white, baked brown sugar, old olive 
  • DSP: * Season of Style DSP paper stack, festival of prints (retired) 
  • Ink: island indigo, old olive 
  • Stamp set: * Christmas tagables, * festive flurry
  • Punches: * label bracket
  • Embellishments: rhinestones 
  • Needlepoint border embossing folder

Shop now and take advantage of getting the perfect gift during the Holiday Sale (ends Dec 2nd). Sale list and details can be found on the right side of this page, under the Holiday Sale Promotion.

Until next time...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Stampin' UP! Holiday Sale

It's time for online holiday shopping! During these 12 days only, you can get incredible discounts -up to 50 percent- on some of your favorite products! This is the perfect time for you to stock up on some of your favorite items or for a new interested stamper to give Stampin' Up! a try. 

Also, make sure you don't miss out on SU!'s 24-hour-only doorbusters happening on the first day of the sale-30 percent off the Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, and Many Marvelous Markers! The 24-hour sales period on these three products ends at 11:50 PM (MT), November 20.



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Turkey Punch Art

I'm starting to feel all the Holiday spirit around me with all the talk and shopping for Thanksgiving and Christmas. These two are TOO close to occur but instead of running from it (which I lean to), I'm just going to have to embrace it.

 Yesterday, we had a wonderful time with a group of kiddos that we spend time with once a month as our church mission. This time we put together a Thanksgiving frame.
  • The inside of the store-bought frame was replaced with chalkboard MDF (which I got at Home Depot).  
  • This cute little Punch art Turkey was cased from Alexandra Bleicher & was slightly modified. You can view and download my tutorial under my Tutorials and Cheat Sheets tab.

Supplies used:
  • turkey punch art -> view tutorial
  • 5" x 7" picture frame (Dollar store) 
  • chalkboard MDF (Home Depot; comes in a sheet of 2' x 4')
  •  chalk 
  • glue gun (to glue turkey to frame)

It's amazing how they all created the same project but all look so different! Each turkey seemed to fit the child's personality. It was so great to watch them put their project together and have fun doing it!

Thank you for taking the time to view today's post. I would LOVE to hear your comments and feedback! Until next time...

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tags Blog HOP

 Welcome to our November Blog Hop! This time around, we are featuring gift tags just in time for the gift giving season!!!

I'm stop #6 of 6 and I hope you've been inspired by these talented ladies to create your own gift tags.
Please be sure to let us know how we did by commenting below our blog post. 

As for my set of tags, I went for a Christmas theme with three different layouts and color schemes.
 The two common items for these three tags are the: 1) Christmas tagables photopolymer stamp set and 2)large chalk talk framelit

"December 25th" tag:

Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: old olive, cherry cobbler, whisper white, silver glimmer paper
  • ink: cherry cobbler marker, versamark
  • stamp set: christmas tagables photopolymer stamp set
  • ribbon: baked brown sugar ruffle stretched trim
  • punches: 1 1/4" circle, hexagon (for flagged ends)
  • white embossing powder
  • paper piercing template 
  • paper piercer and mat 
  • delicate doilies sizzlit (medium size)
  • large chalk talk framelit

"HO HO HO" tag:
Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: island indigo, smokey slate, whisper white
  • dsp: winter frost DSP paper pack
  • ink: island indigo
  • stamp set: christmas tagables photopolymer stamp set
  • ribbon: island indigo bakers twine
  • embellisments: neutral designer buttons
  • large chalk talk framelit

"For You" tag:
Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: baked brown sugar, whisper white, basic black, crisp cantaloupe, gumball green, silver glimmer paper
  • dsp: birthday basics
  • ink: basic black, versamark, soft suede (for sponging edges)
  • stamp set: christmas tagables photopolymer stamp set
  • punches: bird builder, owl builder, ornament (retired), scalloped oval, itty bitty shapes, heart
  • large chalk talk framelit
  • white embossing powder
** the punch art for this cutie elf is cased from Diana Gibbs.

Thanks so much for hopping by and would love to hear what you think about our creations!!! 

  1. Ronna Powers - 
  2. Caren Curtis -
  3. Linda
  4. Sami Brown -
  5. Cali
  6. Jessica Lewis - <--- you are here

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Folder card

Ever since the envelope punch board came out (my latest favorite tool!), I have seen so many cute "folder" cards and had to give it a whirl myself.

I took the opportunity as it came when I was asked to create a "welcome back" card for a co-worker.

As I usually do, envisioned the design on my paper before I got started. Here are some tips for you on how I started:
  1. Create a sketch by drawing how you want your card to fold/open.
  2. choose your card front layout: there are a gazillion card sketches to choose from (i.e. pinterest)
  3. Choose your colors. I usually choose 3-4 colors.
  4. for each layer of your design, describe what you want to do with it (i.e. color spritz the doilie) 

Notice how this is just a ROUGH sketch because once you get started on your actual final product, things change. So, be flexible when you create!

I created this card with the retired ribbon slide (2012 Holiday catalog) and I just wasn't sure on this being the final creation.

I fiddled with different ribbons and papers on the ribbon slide for a while then finally decided that the ribbon slide wasn't going to work. So, I chose a vintage faceted button.
Ahhh, much better, no?!

card size is 5.5" x 4.25"

It made sense that the ribbon slide was too modern for the Doillie I have in the background.

The tabbed insert makes the card look like a real folder.

I made sure to give my co-workers signing the card enough space to write their message.

Supplies used:
  • cardstock: crumb cake, calypso coral, very vanilla
  • DSP (designer series paper): epic day this and that  
  • inks: soft suede, black
  • stamps: occasions alphabet
  • punches: word window, dotted scallop ribbon border (cut strip in 1/2)
  • pretty print embossing folder
  • paper doillie
  • vintage faceted button
  • white twine
  • pool party ruffled ribbon (retired)
  • envelope punch board

I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation by leaving me a comment below! 
Until next time....

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hybrid Boss's Day cards

This week has been a super busy week for me in my work and personal life. Of course, I had been requested to make 10 Bosses' Day cards for work just to add to the mix!

It's times like these when I say, "Thank goodness for My Digital Studio!" because it helped me make 10 (1 of which is feminine) quick card fronts then I embellished them with some 3-D elements ( in other words: hybrid cards)

Thanks to my "card sketches" pinterest board, I found a masculine layout that I could use for these cards. This sketch was created by Anna-Carin. Simple and masculine.
 My Tips:
  • use the Surprise Me feature under the Combos tab of the Choose Color icon in MDS to select your color combinations. In my case I used: soft suede, island indigo, old olive, and baja breeze.

  •  I used the "clockworks" digital stamp brush set then resized and colored each gear to match my color palette.

  •  I resized the watch so that the middle of it would be 1.75"....just the right size for me to use my 1.75" circle punch.

  • I added a 2" square piece of window sheet with glue dots between the card front and the card base before adhering. The window sheet resembles the face of the watch. 
  • I stamped an extra gear using the clear mount stamp set to make the lower left gear "pop". Then I added a candy dot in the middle.
  • for a feminine design, I used a different color combo (calypso coral, pear pizzaz, bermuda bay, crumb cake) and substituted the gears for some flowers.

Supplies Used (masculine card):
  • cardstock: crumb cake, whisper white
  • ink: soft suede, old olive
  • punches: 1 3/4" circle
  • My Digital Studio: clockworks stamp brush set 
  • embellishments: old olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon, soft suede candy dots. 

 Supplies Used (femenine card): 
  •  cardstock: crumb cake, whisper white
  • punches: 1 3/4" circle
  • My Digital Studio: together forever stamp brush set 
  • embellishments: crumb cake 3/8" taffeta ribbon

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween treats

It was a fun-filled Saturday morning with all the kiddos and adults that attended my special workshop. This was actually my first time hosting kiddos and must say that it went better than I expected. I'm glad I thought out the process of what I was going to do ahead of time. Looking ahead paid off!

Everyone said they enjoyed their time and projects they made. I knew these projects had to be easy, quick, and cute so I figured some punch art would be fun for them to put together. A BIG plus is: you use minimum supplies!

Frankenstein trick or treat bag and bat candy corn bag

Now that I think of it, I should have shown you all the adorable projects these kids made. They're all so different and fun in their own way. These kids have some imagination!!!

  • I used MDS (my digital studio) to create the "Trick or Treat" and "Boo" stamp images by using my paintbrush to randomly color orange on the words.
  • Frankenstein's face and hair was cut out using the Top Note bigz die
  • Frank's bolts on the side of his face were made using the smallest ticket from the ticket duo builder punch 
  • i created the bat wings using the butterfly punch and the itty bitty circle punch  by snipping the butterfly in halfway lengthwise then using the bitty circle to create the arch in each wing.

 SUPPLIES USED (Frankenstein bag):
  • cardstock: pumpkin pie, basic black, whisper white, gumball green, basic gray
  • inks: basic black, craft white, gumball green
  • punches: 1 3/4" circle, 1 1/4" circle, small oval, ticket duo builder
  • top note bigz die
  • witches' brew designer washi tape
  • (non-SU!): medium craft bag (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)

SUPPLIES USED (bat candy corn bag):
  • kit: pumpkin pie goodie gear simply created kit
  • cardstock: basic black
  • inks: white gel pen
  • punches: owl builder, butterfly, itty bitty circle
  • black stampin' glitter
  • (non-SU!): candy corn, googly eyes

 Thanks for stopping by! Until next time....

Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making day

Today is World Card Making Day and I'm super excited that I got to get up super early (before my baby wakes up) to sit at my stamp haven and get creative! 

Stampin' UP! is having a World Card Making Day contest and I went ahead and submitted my creation to them. Who knows, maybe I'll be one of the 100 randomly picked winners?! Learn more at

This card is masculine and monochromatic. Hope you enjoy it!

Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: gumball green, pear pizzaz, summer starfruit, very vanilla
  • inks: versamark, gumball green
  • stamp set: six-sided sampler
  • embellishments: hardware clip essentials
  • ribbon: linen thread, chevron pear pizzaz   
  • woodgrain embossing folder

Go ahead, create a card! 
Then show Stampin' UP! what you made. 
Happy World Card Making Day!!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

5th year anniversary card

My husband and I just celebrated our 5th year wedding anniversary and, naturally, I made a card for my dear husband.

In case you may not know, the 5th year wedding anniversary gift is wood which signifies strength, solidity, and warmth. I didn't gift my husband an actual piece of wood but I created this card to resemble wood.

 I used the card sketch below from June's Mojo Monday.

 Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: early espresso, whisper white, bermuda bay, pistachio pudding, crumb cake
  •  stamps: memorable moments
  • inks: early espresso, crumb cake, bermuda bay
  • thanksgiving tablescape kit (background paper)
  • punches: 2 1/2" circle, 1 3/4" circle, heart
  • woodgrain embossing folder
  • paper piercing mat & paper piercer
  •  neutrals candy dots

View & shop for your Stampin' UP! supplies at my online store located on the left of this page. 

Until next time....