Thursday, February 28, 2013

T.N.T. Thursday

Today I am putting up a fairly simple T.N.T. Thursday tutorial. Making a paper flower using card stock. Although it may be simple, it will give you a WOW factor on a card, 3-D project, or your scrapbook pages. 

 Here are the tools you will need.

 I used Baja Breeze for my flower, but the great thing about making your own flowers, is the ability to coordinate your 
flowers with your projects.

1. Cut 5 petals from the CS using the Blossoms punch

 2. After you have punched your petals, take a SU spritzer filled with water and gently spray each petal until it is wet. This is an important step. The flowers need to be wet enough to have the right texture when finished and stay shaped.

 3. Take each petal and pierce a hole in the center of each one.

 4. Layer the flowers. I staggered mine, but it's not necessary. Attach them together with a small brad.

5. Now the fun part. Take the wet flower and "scrunch" each petal being careful not to tear the CS. 
Then scrunch the entire unit together.

Shape the flower. It can be as tight or loose as you desire

Now allow the wet flower to dry completely before adding it to your project. 
As the flower dries it will stiffen up and hold its shape. 

And here is what your finished flower will look like.

Have fun making these. Why not try making a CS Floral bouquet. Just make each flower using different colored card stock and attach them to pipe cleaners with a hot glue gun. 
Put them in a vase and enjoy.


Thanks for stopping by and have a CRAFTY week!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MOJO Monday

Today I have finally gotten back to creating after being home from my visit in NC. I decided to get my "mojo" back, I needed to participate in the MOJO Monday blog. Here is what I came up with for this challenge. I just love the So Saffron and Basic Grey combination, don't you? 
It's just so fresh,clean and calming to me.

I chose to do a 5x5 inch square card this time around. The circle ones tend to be a little difficult for me to conceptualize. I am going to try one eventually, but not today!

I had taken this photo with a cleaner back ground and less shadows, but the colors were off. 
The grey looked more blue. The image was stamped twice. 
Once in Lucky Limeade and once in Basic Gray. I also pierced inside the scallop with my
 Paper-Piercing Tool ( #126189).


Card size: 5x5

Paper: So Saffron #105118, Basic Gray #121044, 
           Very Vanilla #101650, Lucky Limeade #122926

Stamp: Thoughts and Prayers #127805, Collage Curios #129102

Ink: Primrose Petal126858, Lucky Limeade #126984

Sweet Extras Used: Square Lattice Folder #119976, Chevron Folder #127749
Circle Punch (1 inch) #119868, Scallop Punch (1-3/4 inch) #119854
 Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246

and from our NEW  Spring Catalog, Soda Pop Tops #129388
These are becoming one of my favorite little embellishments. Just so cute and really add a little something extra to your project. At $3.95 for 16 in two designs, how can you go wrong 
adding them to your stash!

With the addition of Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail and Glue Dots my card was finished.

Thanks for stopping by and stay CRAFTY!

Online Stamping Classes

Online Stamping Classes

February 26, 2013 

We all seem to search for ideas and inspiration as crafters. I know I love to look through magazines, blogs, tutorials and of course, Pinterest . Well Stampin'Up! paid attention to our passion for creativity and instruction and created an online class called THE BASICS.

Although I have been crafting for some time and felt it might not be something I needed, I ordered the class and I was not disappointed. The projects are simple, but it also includes great tips and they have included a few videos.

It comes in six sections once you download it and is only $14.95 - # 133385 and can be ordered through me at


Here is a rundown of what you will receive 

 Section #1 Stamping Basics

 7 basic projects and tips with instructions.

Section #2 Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

 4 projects /1 video on how to use this great tool for precise stamping.

 I even learned some great tips by watching this

Section #3  Masking

Really essential in my opion for any stamper to learn.  

4 projects/1 video

Section #4  Embossing

  Shows different types embossing

7 projects/2 videos

Section #5 Markers and Watercolor

  6 projects/ 1 video

Section # 6 Big Shot Basics

Their are also some use of punches 

6 projects/ 2 videos.


 There are a total of 30 + projects with recipes and 7 videos. A wonderful resource to have parked on your computer for only $ 14.95.

I think most stampers will learn a few new tricks and it’s a MUST for beginner stampers!

This is a down loadable ‘class’ created by Stampin’ Up. Can I say instant gratification! Because of that,  you will need to download this yourself online. Nothing will be sent to you. You just purchase it online and their is NO TAX or SHIPPING!

THE BASICS -  $14.95 - #133385 

Go to my online store at to see it!

To Order online, you must sign in with your login/password and
 if it’s your first time, set up your account.

*Below are instructions that Linda Heller posted about how to download*
for either a PC or Mac.

PC Instructions
The files will be downloaded as archive files that you can then extract and save on your computer. When you click on the download link, an extraction program will automatically launch. Choose the location where you would like to save the files (be sure to note where you save them). Follow the prompts on the extraction program, then navigate to the location where you saved the files. Click on the file and open.

Mac Instructions
When you click on the download link, the file will be mounted as a drive. Once it is mounted, open the drive and drag and drop the files to the location of your choice on your hard drive. The files can then be opened.

Call or email me if you have trouble downloading. I will be glad to help you.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tool Talk - Stampin' Distress Tool

 Stampin' Distress Tool


This is a great tool that you could possibly pass by in the Spring Catalog, the new Stampin' Distress Tool #127562 (page 14) I think I went passed it at least 3 times when I first received the catalog. This is one my favorite little tools. I really like to distress edges of CS. I personally think it adds more texture and character. The cards below are just two samples of distressing I did on several cards. If you do not have a Distressing Tool, I would certainly recommend this one by Stampin'Up!  It has 8 access points on  the blade, a soft grip and large, easy-to-hold surface area, comes in a great little storage pouch and only $4.95. All the things that add up to a great distressing tool. Why not add this to your next order from me?  You won't be disappointed.


Thanks for stopping by and have a very CRAFTY week!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Baby Card

This is a recent baby card that I made for my new grandson, Reinor. The colors and style sway from the normal baby style I would choose, but I knew my daughter would love it.

Paper: Island Indigo CS #122923, Whisper White CS #100730, 
Lucky Limeade CS #122926, 
Tea for Two DSP # 129311

Stamp: One in a Million # 126382

Ink: Lucky Limeade #126984

Tools: Chevron Folder #127749, Ovals Collection Framelits Die #129381, Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool #126189, Stampin' Pierce Mat #126199

Sweet Additions: Brights Collection Designer Buttons #119747, 
Whisper White Bakers Twine #124262

Glue Dots #103683, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430

Thanks for stopping by and have a CRAFTY weekend!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

T.N.T. Thursday

Especially for You Pocket Slider Card

Today's tutorial  is one that can be used for any occasion just by changing the papers, embellishments and sentiment. This particular one is used as a card, but you could add a cocoa or hot cider packet, or even small Ghirardelli square with a glue dot. So cute!


Cut a piece of  Real Red card stock 5 1/2" X 8 1/2"

Score it in landscape position at 1/2" and 4 1/2"


Run a piece of Sticky Strip down the edge of the  4 1/2" side. 
Fold over making sure to seal the edge.

Using More Amour DSP, cut a strip 2 1/2" X 8 1/2" for the belly band.

Wrap the band around the main piece, making sure that the ends meet 
in the middle at the back overlapping slightly. Lightly score the edges. This band should be tight, but be able to be  sliped off the main card. Run either a line of  Mono liquid adhesive or 
 Snail down the open edge and seal.

 Stamp the Especially for You sentiment on the lower right corner in black Ink.

  For the inside of the slider, cut a piece of Whisper White CS, 3 3/4" X 5 1/4". Cut a coordinating piece of DSP 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" and adhere to the top half. You can add a sentiment on the bottom half or use the packets or candy to complete it.

To make a hole on both sides of the packet for the ribbon to be inserted. I used one of the Itty Bitty Punch pack punches for this hole.

Cut a piece of coordinating ribbon approximately 16" long. I used the Pool Party ribbon from the Sycamore Ribbon and Button Pack I received free for my $50 order during our Sale-a-Bration promotion. Place the ribbon through the both holes making sure the ends are even. Slip the card between the ribbon and push card into the packet holder and tie a simple bow. The card will have the ribbon on either side so it can be pulled out using the ribbon as shown in the photo below.


I stamped 4 hearts with the Hearts a Flutter stamp and matching die to decorate the band.   
Pool Party and Real Red ink and CS were used on this to coordinate with the DSP.

Assemble the hearts on the front of the band and add  rhinestones to the middle of the solid hearts and to the letter "I" on the sentiment.

I hope you enjoy making this versatile packet and have a CRAFTY week.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thank You

The last of my cards using the Feeling Sentimental stamp set received free. I used the "rock & roll" technique on the Ferris wheel image. It just needed more then the Crumb Cake and I wanted to tie it into the Tangerine Tango.

 Card size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" - Top Fold

Stamp: Feeling Sentimental #129630-C, 
Perfectly Preserved Stamp and matching punch from the Winter Catalog

Ink: Crumb Cake #126975, Tangerine Tango #126946

Paper: Crumb Cake CS #120953, Sycamore Street free DSP during Sale-a-Bration #127540,
Tangerine Tango CS #111349, Whisper White CS #100730

Tools: Labels Collection Framelits #125958, Perfect Polka Dots Folder #117335,
Labels Collection Piercing Pack offered in the Winter Catalog,  
Big Shot #113439

Extras:Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack #130812, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430,Whisper White Bakers Twine #124262

Thanks for stopping by and have a CRAFTY week!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Let's Celebrate

Here is another card that was made using my FREE set , Feeling Sentimental. This one leans more towards the feminine side. It's very adaptable for by just changing the color combination and added elements. I just love the Summer Star Fruit and Island Indigo combination together, don't you?

Stamp: Feeling Sentimental # 129630 (clear)

Papers: Island Indigo # 122923, Summer Starfruit #126839,  
Sycamore Street DSP #127540, 
Whisper White CS #100730

Ink: Island Indigo #126986

Embellishments: Sycamore Ribbon and Button Pack #130812

Tools:Stampin' Distress Tool #127562, 
Vine Street Texture Folder #130492, Tabletop Paper Cutter #106959

Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive

Thanks for stopping by and stay CRAFTY!

Monday, February 11, 2013


This card was created using the Feeling Sentimental  stamp set that you can receive FREE when you purchase a minimum of $50 during Sale-a-Bration. This is the biggest event of the year and the selection of free items is wonderful. Why not go to my business website and order some of the products which have been on your wish list and snag one of the great FREE products SU is offering. This will only be available until March 22nd., so make sure to shop soon!

 Paper: Parker's Patterns #131021, Very Vanilla #101650, Cherry Cobbler #119685, 
Basic Black #121045
Ink: Cherry Cobbler #126966, Jet Black #101406
Non - SU black accent pearls
Tools used: Simply Scored Scoring Tool  #122334, Simply Scored Stylus #125625,
Stampin' Distress Tool #127562

Thank you for stopping by and have a CRAFTY week.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

T.N.T. Thursday

Today is the day! This is my first tutorial! I decided on this cute little tea bag holder/card inspired by Linda Heller over at Stamping School. ENJOY!

Cut a piece of Primrose Petals CS  3 1/2" by10 1/2 ". Place it in the landscape position on your score board and score at 3 1/2" x 7".

Place the upper right hand corner on your paper cutter and cut from the top
just down to the scored line.


This is what your cut should look like. Add a piece of Sticky Strip to 
the bottom straight edge.

  Fold over and press to set. This will make the pocket for the tea bag.

Now you are ready to embellish the inside.The fun part! Punch one 1 3/4" Scallop from the Tea for Two DSP,  and one 1 1/2 " Circle from Primrose Petals. Using the 7/8 Scallop, punch a flower from the DSP. I added paper piercing to the solid circle for some interest. Adhere pieces with Snail Adhesive. Add a Stampin' dimensional to the scalloped flower and place this in the center of the pierced circle. Put Snail on the right half of the assembled piece and position it to the right side of the holder. Insert your tea bag. 

                        Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 2 3/4" x 2 3/4". I chose a sentiment from
                                          Thoughts and Prayers inked Lucky Limeade.

To keep the holder closed, cut a one piece of Primrose Petals stitched ribbon at 15". Wrap the ribbon evenly around the center of  the holder. Place some adhesive under the ribbon on back and front to keep it in place. Tie it into a simple bow, trim ends.

Layer a 3x3 piece of Lucky Limeade CS with a 2 3/4 "x 2 3/4" DSP  and adhere it to the front.

To finish this little card/holder,  I stamped the Four Frames in Primrose Petals ink and punched it with the matching Decorative Labels Punch . Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment inked in Lucky Limeade finishes it up. Place a dimensional to the back and center it on the front. Also added was a small flower from DSP punched with the Itty Bitty Punch pack and Pearl Basic Jewel.

This card measures 3 1/2 " square so it will not fit in a 3x3 envelope. No problem. I used my Simply Scored Scoring Tool with the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate to create a matching envelope  measuring 3 3/4" x 3 3/4". This card will not be able to mailed in this size envelope, but can be placed inside a A2  and adding extra postage.

I hope you try this cute little Tea Bag holder for T.N.T. Thursday. Have fun, be creative and I would love to hear your opinions on my first tutorial.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Blowing Wishes

Today I finished up a card that I'm linking to the Retro Sketch Blog. I think it is a little more then retro, but I really liked the layout and thought this stamp set would work. I made this card for my oldest grandson who loves yellow. Since he lives on the East Coast and I'm on the West Coast, I thought the sentiment was perfect.

Card size: 5x5
Stamp: Wishes Your Way #129156
Paper: Parker's Patterns DSP #131021,Daffodil Delight #11968, Very Vanilla #101650,Not Quite Navy #101722,
 Polka Dot Parade DSP#126902(Daffodil Delight) 

Ink: Not Quite Navy #126971
Extras: Pinwheel #129411, 1/2inch circle #119869, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309, 
Argyle Folder #127750
Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Paper-Piercing Tool
Bitty Buttons:Non-SU

Thanks for stopping by and have a CRAFTY week! 

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Manly Birthday Card

 A fellow demonstrator over at Stampin Connection challenged us to use a stamp set we have not even inked up or haven't used in awhile. The stamps on this card are from, "The Open Sea" collection. Since I have three sons and three son-in-laws, I thought it would get a good workout. The photo seems to have a weird shadow across the boat and part of the tag. I'm really not sure why. I used a sketch designed by Linda C over at Freshly made Sketches for this card today. It's basic, but a good go-to card design.

Products used
Stamp: The Open Sea #123032, Itty Bitty Banners #126257 cut with matching framelit #129267
Paper: Crumb Cake #120953, Island Indigo #122923, Parker's Patterns DSP #131021
Extras: Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon #129287, Linen Thread #104199,
Naturals Designer Buttons #127554, Black Stampin Emboss Powder #109133,
 Jet Black Ink #101406
 I distressed the edge of the Island Indigo triangle with the new Stampin' Distress Tool 
( pg.14 in the Spring 2013 mini) #127562. 
I'm really loving this. It has a soft grip, it's large and has a very easy to hold surface, and only $4.95. A great combination for a distressing tool in my opinion.

Thanks for stopping by and have a CRAFTY weekend. I'm going back to create another card with a set I haven't inked. We'll see how it goes. I hope I still have some creative mojo left. And as always, all the products used on this card can be seen over on my DBWS. Just "click" on the Shop Now button on the left of my blog,

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