Wednesday, March 31, 2010


As you all know, I love our Treat Cups!  I have already made a punch art bunny card with our round Sweet Treat Cups for the belly. So I just had to make one with our Heart Treat Cups for the head.  Just too cute to eat though!  I wanted to use colors that were a little stronger than the usual pastel Easter colors, so I brought in the Kaleidoscope DSP along with Tempting Turquoise to spice it up a little.  You can't really see the candy in the cup in this picture, but they are white Good & Plenty.  Enjoy!

  • Stamp Set – Eggcoutrements (W #115164 $22.95, C #118556 $16.95)
  • Card stock – Whisper White, Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Kaleidoscope DSP
  • Ink – Pink Passion Craft, Pretty in Pink Classic, Going Gray Marker, White Signo Gel Pen
  • Ribbon  – Tempting Turquoise and Apricot Appeal 1/4" Grosgrain
  • Punches – Wide Oval (#112082, $15.95), Scallop Oval (#114889, $15.95), Large Oval (#107305, $15.95), Small Oval (#107304, $15.95), Full Heart (#113693, $15.95), Tag (#105934, $15.95), Small Tag (#108264, $15.95), Horizontal Slot (#105089, $5.95), 1 ¾” Circle (#112004, $15.95), 1/2” Circle (#104390, $5.95), 3/4" Circle (#107217, $10.95), Boho Blossoms (#110711, $15.95), Crop-a-Dile (#108362, $29.95)
  • Accessories – Heart Treat Cup, 2-way Glue Pen, Crystal Effects, wiggle eyes
  • Tools – Big Shot, Oval Scallop Frame Die, Perfect Polka Dots Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#117335, $7.95)


  • Ears: (2) Scallop Oval Punches (Whisper White), (2) Small Oval Punch (Kaleidoscope DSP)
  • Tuft of Hair: Smallest flower from Boho Blossoms Punch (Whisper White) adhered with Stampin' Dimensional
  • Head: Heart Treat Cup with border made by tracing the Heart Cup on the back (Whisper White)
  • Eyes: (2) 1/2" Circles (Whisper White) with wiggle eyes.
  • Cheeks: (2) 3/4” Circle Punch (Whisper White) with edges sponged with Pretty in Pink. Dot with Going Gray marker.
  • Nose: Small Heart Punch (Pink Passion) adhered with Stampin' Dimensional
  • Body: 1 3/4" Circle Punch (Whisper White)
  • Paws: From a Scallop Circle Punch (Going Gray), use the 1” Circle Punch to cut a 3 scallop portion. 
  • Easter Egg: Wide Oval (Kaleidoscope DSP), Pieces of Oval Scallop Frame left from my Easter Hatchlings card punched with the 3/4" Circle inside the scallops to make thinner.
  • Feet:  (2) Large Oval (Whisper White), (2) 1/2" (Kaleidoscope DSP), (6) 3/8" Crop-A-Dile (Kaleidoscope DSP)
  • Tail:  Smallest flower from the Boho Blossom Punch (Whisper White)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


This is another of the projects from my Spring into Spring class.  I just love ladybugs!  I love their vibrant colors and when you see them, you know Spring is here.  This little gal has a secret.  Her wings swing open to reveal a hidden message!  This would work well as a cute card, too.

  • Stamp Sets – Curvy Verses (#114948, $23.95)
  • Ink – Whisper White Craft 
  • Cardstock – Basic Black, Real Red Textured
  • Punches – Wide Oval, Circles:  1/2” Circle (#104390, $5.95), Crop-A-Dile (#108362, $29.95
  • Accessories – (2) Black Brads (Vintage Brads #109109), Sticky Strip, 2-way Glue Pen, Dotto, White Embossing Powder
  • Tools – Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, Circles #2 Die, Circle Scissor Plus, Paper piercer & Mat Pack, Cutter/Scorer

1. Cut two Scallop Circles from Real Red Textured cardstock with the Big Shot for Ladybug body. Cut one of the Scallop Circle in half (between opposite scallops).

2. Cut a 4” Circle from Basic Black with the Circle Scissors Plus. Use Dotto to adhere the black circle to the center of the back of the two Scallop Circle halves.

3. Cut the bottom six scallops off the two layers, so it will stand flat and not roll. Do the same to the bottom of the other Red Scallop Circle.

4. Punch the following:
  • Head: (1) 2” Circle from the Circles #2 Die (Basic Black).
  • Antennae: With the Wide Oval Punch, punch a small portion on edge of cardstock at an angle. Punch again above and around to form the antenna. Punch another.
  • Antennae heads: (2) 1/4" Circle Punch (Basic Black).
  • Dots: (20) ½” Circles

5. Remove the Scallop Circle halves and stamp your message on the front of the black Circle.

6. Glue the 10 of the Dots to the front of the Scallop Circle halves in a random pattern except for the top two which should be close to the top inside edges as pictured.  Glue the rest of the dots on the back Scallop Circle.

7. Use your Dotto to temporarily adhere the Scallop Circle halves on top of the Circle again.

8. Use the paper piercer and mat pack to pierce a hole in the middle of the top two inside dots. Insert a black brad into each through both layers and secure in the back. Set aside.

9. To begin the box construction: Cut Basic Black cardstock piece at 3-3/4" x 9-3/4". In the landscape position, score at 1-1/4", 4-1/4", 5-1/2", 8-1/2". Turn and in portrait position, score at 1". Cut the short score lines to the 1" line.

10. Use Sticky Strip to adhere flaps to form the box. Apply three strips of Sticky Strip to the front and back of the box. Adhere the Scallop Circle pieces to the front and back.

11. Adhere the head and antennae to the back of the front body.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Jenni made this card yesterday while waiting for our Spring into Spring class to begin.  She was inspired by our Split Negative Technique Class a couple of weeks ago.  Isn't it cute?  She does her momma proud!

  • Stamp Sets – Chic Boutique (#113744, $26.95), En Francais (#109521, $17.95)
  • Card stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red,
  • Ink – Basic Black Craft, Whisper White Craft, Basic Black Classic, Markers (Basic Black, Real Red)
  • Accessories – White Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Crystal Effects, Fine Galaxy Glitter
  • Tools – Heat Tool

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Today was my Spring into Spring! Class.  These adorable birdhouses have been all the rage for a while now.  I have been making them for months and have been (impatiently) waiting to share them with my customers, friends and all of you.  I just felt like I really needed to wait for my Spring classes for this one - which was difficult given how much I love my own birdhouse garden!  Jennis is already planning a birdhouse garden!

For this set of houses, I used my favorite songbird, the goldfinch, as my inspiration.  I just love the beautiful vibrant colors and when I see them, I know summer is on it's way!

  • Card stock – Lavender Lace, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Summer Sun, Basic Black Sahara Sand 
  • Ink – Lovely Lilac, Going Gray Classic, White Signo Gel Pen
  • Watercolor Wonder Crayons – Whisper White (#106746, Neutrals)
  • Punches –  Extra Large Two-Step Bird (#117191, $15.95) Circles: 1 1/4" Circle (#104403, $15.95), 1/2” Circle (#104390, $5.95), Crop-A-Dile (#108362, $29.95), Scallop Edge (#112091, $15.95)
  • Accessories – Black Brad (Vintage Brads #109109)
  • Adhesives – Sticky Strip, 2-Way Glue Stick, Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Tools – Big Shot, Mini Milk Carton Die (#117310, $22.95), Beautiful Wings Embosslit (#118138, $11.95), Sanding Block (#103301), Sponge Daubers (#102892), Cutter/Scorer
1. Cut out one milk carton die cut with the Mini Milk Carton Die. Fold all score lines.

2. With 1¼” Circle Punch, punch a hole in the center of the second panel from the right. You will need to fold the flaps up in order to do this and punch through two layers. Don’t worry about the hole in the bottom flap (shown).

3. Apply Sticky Strip to the flaps and tops of the bird house as shown.

4. Remove the strip from the side tab and adhere to form a box shape being sure that the top lines up evenly.

5. Remove the strips from the bottom flaps and fold up in the order shown on the picture above. Use a bone folder to press and seal completely.

6. Apply Sticky Strip to inside of two sides of the top of the box as shown at right. Pinch and adhere tightly.

7. Cut and score four Sahara Sand card stock pieces as follows:
  • 2” x 4”, scored @ 2”
  • 2” x 3”, scored @ 1½”
  • 2” x 2”, scored @ 1”
  • 2” x 1”, scored @ ½”
Use the Scallop Edge Punch on two ends of each piece.

8. Fold in half on score line, color distress and adhere one on top of another in descending order as shown to form the roof.

9. Peel the Sticky Strip off each side of the box top and adhere the finished roof to the milk carton. If desired, add a Scallop Edge piece under the roof as “gingerbread trim” as shown.

10. Punch leaves/branches with the Two-Step Bird Punch or with the Little Leaves Sizzlit Die and adhere to the front of the birdhouse. Curl and bend for more realistic look.  Punch your bird as following directions below and adhere to the birdhouse with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

I found this rendering of a goldfinch online ( to use as a guide,  although I used some actual goldfinches in my garden for my own rendering.

1. Punch two birds, one in Summer Sun and one in Basic Black.

2. Cut the tail of the black bird off with scissors as shown. Use the ½” Circle Punch to cut a small portion from the head from just above the beak as shown. Use a sanding block to smooth any rough edges after cutting.

3. Color a small portion under the tail with a White Watercolor Wonder Crayon as shown.

4. Color the beak with Pumpkin Pie marker or paper piece a Pumpkin Pie beak.

5. Using a sponge dauber, lightly distress the edge all the way around the Summer Sun bird with Going Gray for added depth and dimension.

6. Using a 2-way glue pen, glue on the black tail and the black head cap as shown.

7. Punch a wing from Basic Black and one from Summer Sun.  Like the black head cap, use the ½” Circle Punch to cut a small portion from the "ball" of the Summer Sun wing by sticking it on a post-it note and punching.  Glue it on the black wing.  Adhere the wing to the bird with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

8. Using a paper piercer and mat, punch a hole right on the edge of the black cap for eye as in the picture above. Insert a black brad and secure in back.

9. Using your White Signo Gel Pen, draw markings like those in the illustration above.

10. Adhere the bird to the front of the birdhouse with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Using these same principles and a rendering, you should be able to adapt these towards many other songbirds or other birds. Be careful though – making these can be quite addictive!

Friday, March 26, 2010


Sunday, March 28 ~ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
We will be making three Spring projects with two 3D projects and a Butterfly card featuring new paper, accessories and stamp sets. One 3D project will be one of the adorable Bird Houses above. The other will be the Ladybug Box - her wings swing open to reveal a hidden message! The third project is a butterfly card. Class Fee is $15 - RSVP to reserve your spot ASAP.

For All Classes: Bring your own adhesives and a class kit is recommended (bone folder, scissors, etc. - list provided). Bring an adult friend “new to me” to any class and choose a FREE gift from my goodie basket! Receive a $5 Discount on class with a $25 or more order. Beginners are always welcome to attend my classes.


Thursday, March 25, 2010


There is only 6 DAYS LEFT to join my team during our fabulous Sale-A-Brations promotion and save 15% off the price of the Starter Kit (Standard or Digital+), plus get a FREE stamp set of your choice (valued up to $47.95) from any of the current catalogs!  With Stampin' Up!, starting your own business (or shopping with a discount) is easy!

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Our Standard Starter Kit contains the Stampin' Up! essentials you'll need to get started in your new business and you can customize your kit with the products YOU want!  The kit includes:

  • Five complete stamp sets
  • Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge 
  • Stampin' Pastels 
  • Card stock 
  • Eastern Blooms D├ęcor Elements and applicator tool 
  • Five Classic Stampin' Pads 
  • VersaMark Pad 
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist 
  • Blender pens 
  • Business forms and tools  
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Only 6 DAYS LEFT for our fantastic Sale-A-Bration Promotion. This is THE most exciting time of the year for Stampin' Up! fans!  With EVERY $50 in products purchased you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set!

There are over 80 different stamp sets to choose from. We also have a fantastic new border punch and an adorable Designer Series Paper Pad you may choose as well. You don't want to miss out on the fun and FREEBIES! 

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


A few months ago, I decided to advertise my Stampin' Up! business on my minivan with our Decor Elements line.  I ordered the Stampin' Up! logo and I cut the letters for my website address out of our Decor Elements Vinyl Sheets with my Big Shot and our Alphabet Simple Letters Dies.  Then they sat there as the weather was cold and nasty out at the time.  Finally this week it has warmed up and the sun was out today, so I decided it was time to get them up.  I haven't quite decided whether to put my phone number on there or not, but I left space to do so under the web address if I decide to.  Here it is so far:

Now I need to decide whether to further "decorate" the back window with Decor Elements (DE) pieces, or just leave it looking business-like and plain.  I would appreciate your opinions (other demonstrators, customers and everyones!) on what you think I should do.  I promise to consider them all!  Keep in mind my minivan is a dark red and the amount of room left on the window versus the size of the DE pieces.  I can remove the right NCUKD label, but not the left permit right now.  Also, I do have a great many of our Big Shot Dies and could cut out other color vinyl pieces as well if you think of something with those.

Please check out our Definitely Decorative Catalogs below and let me know what you think I should use:

Consider decorating your vehicle to fit your style and make it all your own!  It was so easy to do - took only about 20 minutes to make sure it was centered and all.  I don't know why I waited so long to do it!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I was so excited to make my Mojo Monday sketch card yesterday, that I completely forgot to share the last project from my Easter Big Shot Class with you.  Oops!  Well, here it is now.  This card is made using the Oval Scallop Frame Die.  The egg is the center section inside the frame and the scallop trim you see on the egg is pieces of the surrounding frame.  When you have finished with this project, you can use it "as is" as a pocket card, cut the bottom flat to stand up, or add a ribbon so that it will hang!  Lots of possibilities...
The chickies that fit in the pocket are from an Easter Top Note Bag I made and posted on SCS last Spring.  I had to make his wings smaller and flat and his beak flat so that he could slide in and out of the egg easily.  Enjoy!

Here are some shots of the eggs attendees made at the class (open and closed):

  • Card stock – Whisper White (to back the DSP for strength), Tempting Turquoise, Kaleidoscope DSP, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Barely Banana, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink – Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron Classic, White Signo Gel Pen
  • Punches – Wide Oval (#112082, $15.95), Boho Blossoms (#110711, $15.95), Scallop Circle (#109043, $15.95), Crop-A-Dile (#108362, $29.95)
  • Accessories – Brads (Soft Subtle), 2-way Glue Pen,
  • Tools – Big Shot, Oval Scallop Frame Die, paper piercer & mat pack, Stampin' Sponges

  • Body – Wide Oval in Barely Banana
  • Feathers (on top) – three petals of largest Boho Blossoms punch in Barely Banana
  • Eyes – (2) 3/16" Crop-A-Dile in Whisper White and (2) in Basic Black offset.
  • Beak – one petal of medium Boho Blossoms punch in Pumpkin Pie
  • Feet – (2) three petals of largest Boho Blossoms punch in Pumpkin Pie
  • Wings – (2) three to four petals of Scallop Circle Punch in Barely Banana 

Monday, March 22, 2010


Working my springtime mojo with today's Mojo Monday sketch!  With the official beginning of Spring this weekend and warm temperatures here, I wanted to make this card very "Springy".  Also, this sketch gives me a chance to make a card to fit our 3-1/2" x 6-3/4" Open End Envelopes which I always seem to forget about!  I really like this size though as it is fun and a nice change change.  The finished card is 3-1/4" x 6-1/2".

I decided to challenge myself to use only one stamp set for this card - a very difficult thing for me.  I'm always wanting to mix and match!  ;)  But this set is a cutie and is a Sale-A-Bration exclusive which means you can choose this set for FREE with any $50 purchase - available through March 31 only!

  • Stamp Sets – Happy Moments (C #119125 W #118664 - FREE with $50 purchase - available through March 31 only)
  • Card stock – Whisper White, Orchid Oppulence, Barely Banana, Shades of Spring DSP
  • Ink – Orchid Oppulence, Pretty in Pink, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Going Gray, Basic Black, Barely Banana Classic
  • Punches – Scallop Oval (#114889, $15.95), Large Oval (#107305, $15.95), Small Oval (#107304, $15.95)
  • Ribbon – Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
  • Accessories – Stampin' Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (#102023, $4.50), 2-way Glue Pen
  • Tools – Aquapainters, Big Shot, Texture Plates Kit #4

Sunday, March 21, 2010


This is the second project from my Easter Big Shot Class.  This card combines our Big Shot Build-a-Bear Dies with Punch Art.  Every since I first saw the Bear Die last summer, I have been planning a Peter Cottontail with it.  It just fits the traditional "Easter Bunny" so well!  I have made lots of other characters and have more planned with this die as well.

The card is larger than standard A2 cards so that I could fit his ears standing straight up!  He just wouldn't look the same with floppy ears.  It will fit in a 5 x 7 envelope though.  Enjoy!

  • Card stock – Whisper White, Ballet Blue, Going Gray, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Orchid Oppulence, Barely Banana, Creamy Caramel, Shades of Spring DSP
  • Ink – Going Gray Classic, Going Gray & Close to Cocoa Markers, White Signo Gel Pen
  • Punches – Large Oval (#107305, $15.95), Small Oval (#107304, $15.95), Ornament (#116794, $15.95), 1/2” Circle (#104390, $5.95), Heart to Heart (#113694, $15.95), Boho Blossoms (#110711, $15.95), 1/4" Square (retired)
  • Accessories – Brads (Soft Subtle), 2-way Glue Pen
  • Tools – Big Shot, Bear Die, Bearly Essentials Die, Beary Hoppy Sizzlit, paper piercer & mat pack

  • Ears: (2) Large Oval Punches (Whisper White) & (2) Small Oval Punch (Pretty in Pink)
  • Tuft of Hair: smallest flower from Boho Blossoms Punch (Whisper White) adhered with Stampin' Dimensional
  • Head:  Ornament Punch (Whisper White) with the top cut off
  • Eyes: (2) tops of tall heart from Heart to Heart Punch cut off (Whisper White) and 2 more in Going Gray to layer underneath off-set, (2) inside of small "o" from the Go Go Boots alphabet dies (Ballet Blue)
  • Cheeks: (2) 1/2” Circle Punch (Whisper White) with edges sponged with Pretty in Pink (or Going Gray). Dot with Going Gray marker.
  • Teeth:  1/4" Square cut almost in half and rimmed with gray marker
  • Nose: small heart from Heart to Heart Punch (Pretty in Pink) adhered with Stampin' Dimensional
  • Easter Grass:  small slivers of Certainly Celery

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Gorgeous Spring day (in the 70's) here today!  Perfect backdrop for my Easter Big Shot Class.  I think everyone enjoyed our projects!  Punch Art is always a hit and I had plenty of Punch Art mixed in our projects.  I hope you enjoy them, too. 

First up is our 3D project.  My Bunny Box from last year has been transformed into a Tall Top Note Box - my favorite for different holidays.  And now she has a body, too!  ;o)  Such a cutie!  Check back tomorrow for the next project - a Punch Art/Big Shot Peter Cottontail card!

  • Cardstock – Going Gray, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Melon Mambo
  • Ink – Going Gray Classic Ink Pad, Going Gray Marker, White Signo Gel Pen
  • Ribbon – Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain
  • Punches – Wide Oval (#112082, $15.95), Large Oval (#107305, $15.95), Jumbo Snowflake (#116628, $15.95), Small Heart (#117193, $5.95), 1” Circle (#104401, $15.95), 3/4" Circle (#107217, $10.95), 1/2” Circle (#104390, $5.95), Crop-A-Dile (#108362, $29.95)
  • Adhesives – Sticky Strip, 2-Way Glue Stick, Tombow Multi
  • Tools – Big Shot, Top Note Die, Cutter/Scorer
  • Cotton Ball

1. Cut two Top Notes from Going Gray with the Big Shot for Bunny Body. Cut off the very tip of the bottom point so that it sits flat.

2. Punch the following for the face and body:
  • Ears: (4) Wide Oval Punches (Going Gray) & (2) Large Oval Punch (Pretty in Pink)
  • Eyes: (2) 3/4" Circle Punch (Whisper White) & (2) 1/2" Circle Punch (Basic Black)
  • Cheeks: (2) 1” Circle Punch (Whisper White) with edges sponged with Pretty in Pink (or Going Gray). Dot with Going Gray marker.
  • Nose: Small Heart Punch (Melon Mambo) adhered with Stampin' Dimensional
  • Hands: From a Scallop Circle Punch (Going Gray), use the 1” Circle Punch to cut a 3 scallop portion.
  • Carrot: Large Oval Punch (Pumpkin Pie) heavily distressed/shadowed on the bottom half sides. One-half of Jumbo Snowflake Punch (Always Artichoke)
  • Feet: (2) Wide Oval Punch (Going Gray), (2) ¾” Circle (Pretty in Pink) and (6) 3/16” Crop-a-Dile Circles (Pretty in Pink)
  • Hair Bow: Use Double Rectangle Punch near the very top middle. Thread ribbon through and tie in a bow

3. Cut Going Gray cardstock piece at 8 ½” x 5 ½”. Score in portrait position at 1 ¼” and 4 ¼”. Turn it to the landscape position and score at 3 ⅝” and 4 ⅞”. Cut the short score lines to the 1 ¼” score lines as pictured.

4. Place Sticky Strip on outside of flaps as pictured on left. Fold up flaps, bottom ones first, then Sticky Strip side flaps then front side flaps for resulting pictured box on right.
5. Adhere your Top Note panels to the front and back of the box with Sticky Strip. Glue the cotton ball tail on the back panel with the Tombow Multi Adhesive.


Thursday, March 18, 2010


Tonight was my Technique Thursday class.  We did a simple Split Negative card and Technique Card for our Albums.  I like the simpler cards with this technique as I find it provides more contrast which is the attraction of the technique.  They also looks great as three or four panel cards.  Hope you enjoy it!
  • Stamp Sets – Baroque Motifs (#113490, $27.95), Thank You Kindly (#111700, $13.95 or FREE with $50 purchase through Mar. 30)
  • Card stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
  • Ink – Basic Black Craft, Whisper White Craft
  • Accessories – White Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder
  • Tools – Heat Tool

Join us for future Technique Thursday classes and learn new skills or brush up your old ones!  We are still working on our Technique Albums, so it is not too late to start!  Our next Technique class will be Thursday, April 15.

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