Friday, December 19, 2014

A Card Box - Great Way to Package Handmade Cards for Christmas!

Here's my card box that Pootles taught me ;) Her link is here -- --  and yes her samples are BEAUTIFUL! Next time I will get fancy like her! This handmade box fits ten standard A2 cards and envies for a nice present. The hardest part was measuring -- a few 1/16s to figure out (might be time to get my eye glasses updated)!

I used the
Gift Bow die:

Note Tag Punch:

Merry Everything Stamp:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Elmo Pop-Up Card Box

Elmo Pop-Up Card Box

Such a fun card box to make. Elmo is just the cutest!! He is sure to make someone special smile!

Cricut Carts used:
Seasame Street Seasons for Elmo, trees, and snowflakes.
Frosty Kisses are from Winter Woodland

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christina's Pop-Up Card Box

Pop-Up Card Box

These are some of my latest Christmas pop-up boxes. They fold flat and fit in a regular A6 envelope. It's always a big WOW card.

Gingerbread House. 
Cricut carts used Simply Charmed and Create a Critter 2 for decorations
sentiment is from Winter Wonderland

Winter Deers
Cricut Cart used is Winter Wonderland

Cricut Cart used for snowman and snowflakes Joys of the Season
Believe is from Tinkerbell

December Card Sketch at SSINKCS16

Here is my Stampin' Up! Sketch challenge submission for SSINK. Not happy with the lighting -- it is dark out, and we have had nothing but rain and now snow and more rain to come -- so this might be the best I can get!

I am a demonstrator, and my preorder for the new catalog just came in (yeah!) -- and loving the Adventure Bound 5x7 patterned papers. I used the mahgoney wood. This size paper fits perfect on an A7 card or you can cut it down for an A2.

Also used SU's gold glitter paper, my star diecuts and the itty bitty banners stamp and die. LOVE the metallic ink! Then popped up some cuts on foam adhesive.

So my son Erik is getting this card -- he will be a frog in his music class play. He is happy to be apart of the chorus, and he is happy to not have a line by himself. 

Just in time for Christmas! Project Life Starter Kit

There are so many of us who shop for everyone else -- and would like a little something under the tree for ourselves. I just had a customer contact me about this -- and the perfect gift for busy moms is Project Life -- a quick way to record our families moments with photos and journaling. So, what a good starter kit? Here's some options:
  1. A classic 12x12 album: Black Leather 12" x 12" Project Life Album - by Stampin' Up!
  2. Variety Photo Pocket Pages: Variety Pack 12" x 12" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages - by Stampin' Up! 
  3. 12x12 Standard Pages for Traditional Layouts mixed with pocket pages for the special momets:
  4. Choose a themes Pocket Card Kit: 
    a- Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection - by Stampin' Up!
    b- Happiness Is Project Life Card Collection by Stampin' Up!
    c- Hello December Project Life Card Collection - by Stampin' Up! 
    d- Little Moments Project Life Card Collection by Stampin' Up!
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  5. There are also matching accessory kits - letters, transparency overlays, embellies clearance items: and weekly deals:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Up to 80% Off Clearance

It's finally here! Stampin' Up!'s Year-End Closeouts: Starting December 5 until January 5!

Lots of products will be added to the clearance rack, and some products will be 80% off original price. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! FYI: clearance closeout starts at Midnight MT (2:00 am EST) tonight 12/5.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Rosette Christmas Ornaments

Here's some Rosette Christmas Ornaments that I made from cardstock and glitter paper. I used the Tim Holtz Rosette die and my Big Shot. These were easy to make -- but very time consuming.

So here's my lessons learned...DCWV Glitter cardstock doesn't work so well, the rosette splits when you you try to adhere in a circle, but their fine glitter stack works awesome! Now for the glue - Tombow glue worked great until I ran out of it! Then I used some Scotch glue, which took much longer to dry. And when it dries, you have to apply even pressure on it to keep the rosettes flat. I used my cell phone. Worked!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gentle Peace Nativity Card

We were all set to make some Christmas cards tonight, but a snowy mix put a kink into our plans. Our parish MOMS group meets once a month, and at this meeting, we were going to create some cards that would be distributed at a local nursing home for those who may not have family locally or much communication from loved ones during the holidays. I hope that we can reschedule!

So this was my sample. I have to admit it was difficult using Copics (wish I had Blendabilities but missed the mega Cyber Monday sale) on vellum...

Here's my ingredients -- all but the last item can be found here:
  • A Gentle Peace stamp set: Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set 139523; Price: $15.95
  • Stamp Clear Block: Clear Block Starter Bundle 129851; Price: $19.95
  • Large Clear Block: Clear Block F: 118483, Price: $16.95
  • Black Ink Pad: Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad: 126980; Price: $5.95
  • Black Stampin' Emboss Powder  109133; Price: $4.95
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad 126980; Price: $5.95
  •  Heat Tool 129053; Price: $29.95
  • Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock 100730; Price: $8.50
  • Gold Glimmer Paper 133719; Price: $4.95 $2.47
  • Big Shot 113439; Price: $99.95
  • Big Shot Magnetic Platform 130658; Price: $39.95
  • Rectangle Die Cut (not SU) used in Big Shot

This Week's Deals

From Christmas to birthday to fresh, summery colors, check them out here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

FCCB #238: Beyond Red or Green

This gift box was made from Box It Up cricut cart -- one of the new ones, and it is a really fun and CHALLENGING cart. I did have to google it for some tips and found some in the cricut chat room. But to save you some trouble, you have to cut this this shape two times and flip one of the them, so the box sides can connect. So please go to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog to see what my Design Team sisters have created for "Beyond Red & Green" -- and to check out this week's sponsor.

Cyber Monday Stampin' Up! Extravaganza

Stampin' Up!'s Extravaganza continues with today's Cyber Monday: Project Life, Blendabilities (no longer available - sold out), and gift boxes:

And some sturdy boxes for your handcrafted and store bought gifts:

Monday, November 24, 2014

11/24 Online Extravaganza Doorbusters

It is a great time to become a Hobby Demo!

It is a great time to become a Hobby Demo! Join Now!

For one week onlyNovember 24 - December 2, you can receive a 25 percent discount on the Starter Kit – and get five percent cash back on commissionable orders placed in December. Getting an additional five percent, on top of your consultant discount, is sure to make your Holiday shopping fun!

In the Flexible Starter Kit, you can customize your creativity -- your way. Each kit contains a business supplies pack (valued at $50) -- things that every demonstrator needs to start her business. After that, the choice is yours to put together a kit with any of our high-quality products. You can choose $125 worth of any traditional or digital supplies to create a kit valued at over $190 that ships for free!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Online Black Friday Hot Deals: Doorbuster Tomorrow Morning!

Stampin' Up! has a few Black Friday doorbuster online deals that begin tomorrow morning...(embossing folders for $5; Gift Box Punch Board $13.96; Cardmaking Kit Bundles: Everyday & Hip Hip Hooray; lots of 50-40-30% off) with more door busters next Monday, Dec 1, too! 

Also SU has also announced 25% OFF their Demo Starter Kit - get $125 worth of products for only $74.25, and it ships free! If you join on Nov. 24th, you can then order the sale items you want at an additional 30% off! Wowzer! That's a savings too good to pass up -- and too good to keep to myself.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just Some Simple Bday Cards

Here's some birthday cards that I have made using the brights cardstock and inks from Stampin' Up! I have made these and few other items for a friend who is creating a birthday-themed display table for a Stampin' Up! event, and needed to use just SU products. And I noticed that I need to invest in some Stampin' Up! embellies! So this is a Plain Jane set of cards. 

I do like being able to use the same stamp set (Big News) and Framelits Labels Collection dies in different ways. I used up some scraps for the banner below, using my banner punch and the Ovals Collection of dies. I also used a yellow, old leftover frame from a diecut and popped it up with some three-dimensional foam: Stampin' Dimensionals.

These were made from the Thinlits flip card dies. I used some embossing folders on the sturdy cardstock, and love how they came out. I am really itching to add some embellishments, but am going to go with less-is-more for now. I used the Circle Card Thinlits Die and Honeycomb Embossing folder on the blue card. The red card was made with the Label Card Thinlits Die, Perfect Polka dots Embossing folder. and Petite Pairs Stamp Set.

Monday, November 17, 2014

FCCB #238: Embellish Me

Here is my submission for the Fantabulous Cricut blog challenge: Embellish three times. My embellishments are a wood snowflake sticker, some red ribbon and I used glitter cardstock on the "Brrrr!" from Winter Frolic. Head over to to see what the challenge prize is!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Join the Paper Pumpkin Party

Well, I finally hosted my Paper Pumpkin Party! My first one was canceled when we had boiler issues, but it was fun to get together and do some crafting with friends. We made pinwheels from a Paper Pumpkin summer kit and put together a Simply Sent card kit.

And my cat wanted to scrap too:

If you are interested in a trial subscription, they are available here...And they are a great gift to give -- and to receive.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Terrific Tuesday!

Well, I went to work today, and wondered why all of the main doors were locked. My children have school on Veteran's Day, and the office is off! I need to get organized, I guess. But I am more creative than organized, so now I have some kid-free time to keep up on some Stampin' Up! fun.

And love how Tuesdays are no longer boring -- Stampin' Up! has released a new Banner Blessings Photopolymer Stamp Set

These stamps are so versatile -- aside from a ton of handmade cards - they would work on scrapbook layouts too. And the Tuesday Weekly Deals are truly tempting me -- may have to place an order for mama's own Christmas stocking!

Monday, November 3, 2014

FCCB #235: Anything Goes

Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #235 Anything Goes (Click graphic above for link)

This Weeks Sponsor

Be sure to visit the FCCB blog and join in this week's challenge!

Here is my project for the week:
I used my Cuttlebug embossing folder for the fleur-de-lis and my cricut cart, All Mixed Up, circle option, added some Bazzil ribbon and mounted on Bazzil cardstock. Yes, I did A through Z for an upcoming craft fair. Wish me luck selling!

Monday, October 20, 2014

FCCB# 233: Colors of Fall

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #233 Color Challenge

This Weeks Sponsor

~This Weeks Challenge~
Color Challenge
Use the colors brown, orange, yellow, red

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

Here is my project:
I used Mini Monster's card feature and Scarecrow's leaves. Had some fun layering my own layers on the leaves and pressed them though the Big shot for embossing. Stampin' Up! cardstock cut like butter on the cricut machine.