Wednesday, December 24, 2014

He Is the Gift

Wishing you and yours the most wonderful Christmas yet.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Weekly Deals and New Year End Clearance

Wow, there are some great clearance deals! Be sure to check them out. Craft wrapping paper on a huge markdown, and that one-time-hostess-bonus set, Good Greetings!

And don't forget the Weekly Deals! Chalk Talk Framelits and yummy baker's twine!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Brown Sugar Tags

Need last minute tags??? You probably have everything you need already out in your crafting area! Tags are great ways to use up the scraps and shiny bits left over from other projects, or small pieces of those special papers you're hoarding. (You know what I'm talking about, right?)

We made these tags at December's Club Appreciation Night. The base is Baked Brown Sugar for both tags, but the tags have very different styles.

For this tag, we used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch--I love that it punches the hole, too. A little texture with the Decorative Dots embossing folder, a few scraps of sparkle and the banner punch from my desk, and all we needed was a little stamping. The "sparkle" (love it!) comes from the set And Many More. 

This elegant tag was super fast to make. We die cut the cardstock and the Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum with the Pennant Framelits. The gold stripes make it easy to hide adhesive on the back. We made a little hole reinforcer with a hole punch and the 3/4" circle punch with Gold Foil. I love the Lucky Stars embossing folder from the Holiday catalog, and the Gold 1/8" ribbon and Gold Baker's Twine finish off the glitzy effect. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Snowflakes from My Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin has become one of my favorite things! We made this card at December's Club Appreciation night (love my Club ladies!), because when I saw the December Paper Pumpkin projects, I knew they were perfect! This is the outside of the finished card--love those snowflake laser-cut cards!

Here is the inside:

And here is the adorable matching tag!

So much goodness in one kit! Everything we used came straight from the kit--nothing extra needed!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Gift Box

I thought I had already shared this, but apparently not! I made this box with the Gift Box Punch Board.  We have used so many of these little boxes this Christmas gift season! This size will hold a gift card, but what I mainly use them for is giving jewelry!

If it looks confusing, don't worry. It's easy! There is a video to watch if written instructions aren't your thing.

The board has the instructions right on it, along with measurements for many sizes of boxes. After I cut my cardstock to 8 x 8, I used the Stripes Mask and Real Red ink to sponge on the pattern. I think it makes the box extra cute! The Punch Board is made with a great little "clasp" punch built right in, to make your flaps all secure.

The tag (you know I love tags!) is made with a piece of Trim the Tree DSP Stack paper, the stamp set Merry Everything, and the new Note Tag Punch. Baked Brown Sugar Thick Twine adds a nice little accent.


Stamps: Merry Everything
Paper: Real Red, Trim the Tree DSP Stack, Crumb Cake
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Gift Box Punch Board, PL Corner Rounder, Dots and Stripes Masks, Baked Brown Sugar Thick Twine

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December Paper Pumpkin

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Weekly Specials and Year End Closeouts!

It's Tuesday--time for the Weekly Deals! Click here to check them out in my store, or click on the sidebar Weekly Deal --------->.
Gold is hot, and those Vintage Faceted Buttons are so yummy colored with Blendabilities!

Don't forget to check out the Year End Closeout deals before you finish your order! Lots of good stuff (retired AND current) at great mark downs!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Snowflake Joy

Good old gate-fold card. Sometimes I forget the old favorites, and then when I re-discover them, it makes me so happy! Endless Wishes and Seasonally Scattered went together perfectly on this snowflake card.

Cut the card base at 4 1/4 by 11, score at 5 1/2. Then trim 2 3/4 off the front flap. The other piece that layers on the right is cut at 3 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4. Here's a picture of the card opened:

Stamps: Seasonally Scattered, Endless Wishes
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Accessories: Simply Scored, White Organza Ribbon, Coastal Cabana Thick Twine, Project Life Corner Rounder, Silver Embossing Powder

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Everything Tags

One of the trends this year is the "double tag." At least, that's what I'm calling it. You have a decorative tag in front, and then add a more utilitarian tag behind it, for the pesky (and not beautiful) details. :-) We made this tag last week at my Club Appreciation Night. Super easy, and with just a bit of bling to make it special. The stamps are both from Merry Everything, and they match the new Note Tag punch. I used the Confetti Stars Punch (which I LOVE) on some scraps of Silver Glimmer Paper to add a little Christmas sparkle. Tied up with Silver 1/8" ribbon, this tag is ready to go!

Stamps: Merry Everything
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Note Tag Punch, Confetti Stars Punch, Silver 1/8" ribbon, Silver Glimmer Paper

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A New Photopolymer Set and Weekly Deals 12-19-14

Snuggles and Smooches.
I love working with photopolymer (PPM) stamps! I like that I can easily layer them and that I can bend them to a new shape. This set, Snuggles and Smooches (140326) is $15.95 and will be great for Valentine's Day or love notes anyday.

Weekly Deals. 
Lots to choose from this week! You can click on individual items in my sidebar ------->

Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Simple

One layer card made beautiful with gold embossing powder, the lovely Filigree Frame embossing folder, and of course, one of my favorite holiday stamp sets: Seasonally Scattered.

Stamps: Seasonally Scattered
Paper: Pool Party
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Filigree Frame embossing folder, gold embossing powder

Friday, December 5, 2014

Year End Clearance Deals!

There are lots of great deals to be had on the Clearance Rack! Christmas items, dies, framelits, cardstock, ribbons, stamps, inks--some of it has been retired, and some of it is current! Check it out and get products you love at deep discounts!

Please use the host code MBH2BTQE if your order is less than $150!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Festival of Trees Shadowbox

I love "fancy fold" cards that are easy to make! Someone had this idea on their blog, but I've misplaced my notes. Please let me know if it was your project!

This is a simple shadowbox card, but I love using Festival of Trees with the  matching Tree punch, and I love the colors!

Stamps: Festival of Trees   
Paper: Back to Black, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler   
Ink: Memento Black, Versamark, Cherry Cobbler   
Accessories: Scoring board, Tree Punch, Silver Embossing Powder, 2 1/2" circle punch

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Merry & Bright Christmas

We made this card last month at Stamp Club, and I really like it! It's simple and homey, and that's how I like my Christmas. The technique is "inlaid punches," which simply means that you punch a shape in your layer, and then punch again from another pattern, which you lay inside the hole you left. We added a little shine with the  Confetti Stars punch and some Gold Foil. The sentiment is from the host set Good Greetings.

Stamps: Good Greetings
Paper: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Trim the Tree DSP stack
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Gold Foil, Gold 1/8" ribbon, Tree punch, Confetti Stars punch, Venetian Crochet trim, Bitty Banners Framelits

Monday, December 1, 2014

Final Doorbusters and great gift ideas!

Have you placed your Online Extravaganza order yet??? Some things are already gone (the Blendabilities Bundles are sold out), but there is still plenty to love! Today's doorbusters are the Gift Box Bundle and the Project Life Bundle. Check them out by clicking here.

The "percentage off" items are available just today and tomorrow. Click here to see them. There are still punches, ribbons, and shiny gold and silver things for the holidays!

Did you know you can add a prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription to your order? Use these numbers or go to the Paper Pumpkin section on the ordering site. You can add as little as 1 month, then send it as a gift! Perfect for anyone who is short on time and space but needs a creative moment!You can even use your hostess benefits to do it!

137858    1 month        $19.95

137859    3 months        $59.85

137860    6 months        $113.70 -- save $1 per month

137861    12 months    $215.40 -- save $2 per month

Monday, November 24, 2014

Online Extravaganza is here!

The Online Extravaganza is now live! You can check it out in my store or read the pdf.

Just don't miss out on today's doorbusters! Available Monday, November 24 only, and only while supplies last! Includes LOTS of embossing folders for just $5 each and the Gift Box Punch Board (you're going to want it, so get it at a discount!).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Online Extravaganza starts Monday!

Don't miss out on these fabulous deals from Stampin' Up! There are doorbusters for Monday, Nov 24 ONLY, and doorbusters for Monday, December 1 ONLY. The other products are available (while supplies last) from Nov 24 through Dec 2.

Click here to see the PDF

Remember, these deals start on Monday! Make your list now!

Monday 11/24 Only Doorbusters:

Monday 12/1 Only Doorbusters:

 The rest of the sale is available 11/24 till 12/1, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! So don't wait!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Autumn Gift Card Envelopes

One more look at my Color Me Autumn gift card envelopes. With the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies ($32.95 135854), these darling envelopes are a snap to make. Order yours today and you'll be ready for lots of Christmas gift-card-giving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekly Deals Nov 18

Check out this week's great deals! 

I've been using those Deco Labels Framelits a LOT for tags. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow, snow, snow

So we got a little snow. 8 inches in about 36 hours, actually. This is pretty early in the high desert for this much snow. My gardens were not ready. Neither was I.

So what could be better than stamping in the icy cold weather that followed???
These tags are stamped with that oldie-but-goody set: Lovely As a Tree! It's been around almost as long as Stampin' Up has, I think! If by some chance you don't own it, you really should! This lovely tree line was stamped in Versamark ink and then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. The die cut shape is from the Deco Labels Framelits collection. Tied with Silver 1/8" Ribbon, these pretty tags were a snap to make.


Stamps: Lovely As a Tree
Paper: Soft Sky
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Deco Label Framelits, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder

Friday, November 14, 2014

Flowers in the snow

Cold. Snow. More cold.

How about some nice, cheery flowers! I used Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities to color this fabulous stamp from the set Bloom with Hope. It makes me feel a little better about winter!


Stamps: Bloom with Hope
Paper: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Back to Black DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Blendabilities in Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive
Accessories: Honeycomb embossing folder, Deco Label framelits, Baker's Twine

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Weekly Deals and a new photopolymer set!

Great deals on some of my favorite punches! Click here to see them in my online store! Or view them anytime in the widget in my sidebar --------->

Here is the new photopolymer set, Banner Blessings. It's a scripture set with lots of style!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Simply Merry

I've been in a single-layer card mode for awhile now. Not sure if that's a function of my busy-ness or an artistic shift, but I find "clean and simple" creations more restful and more satisfying. A case in point--this card was the end result of about 4 hours of creative chaos in my craft room. I dragged out every supply and every sketch, and I still couldn't make anything I liked. Till this card.

Very few supplies were required (not the disaster you would have found on my work table): just Smoky Slate ink and cardstock, the well-loved Seasonally Scattered stamp set, some rhinestones, and the Filigree Frame embossing folder.

Simple. It makes me happy.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gift boxes have never been so easy!

I like to call this my Bronco Box, in honor of our hometown team, the Boise State Broncos!

This box--and many more sizes--is easy to make with the Gift Box Punch Board.

With 4 daughters (not to mention my mom, sisters, and friends!), I find myself often giving gifts of small jewelry. These boxes are perfect! Check out this video from Stampin' Up! that shows how easy it is to use.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weekly Deals Nov 4-10

Oooh, baker's twine on sale! My favorite thing!


Large Triangle Punch Item # 133375
Regular Price: $15.95
Discounted Price: $11.96

Silver Stampin' Glitter Item # 133756
Regular Price: $3.95
Discounted Price: $2.96

Twine Baker'S Early Espresso Item # 123124
Regular Price: $2.95
Discounted Price: $2.21

Boys Will Be Boys Wood-Mount Stamp Set Item # 134135
Regular Price: $24.95
Discounted Price: $18.71

Shaker Frames Item # 124155
Regular Price: $4.95
Discounted Price: $3.71

Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130010
Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71

Island Indigo 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 131151
Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 127620
Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $8.97

Monday, November 3, 2014

More scattered thanks

I've really fallen in love with the set Seasonally Scattered! I'm wishing it had a birthday greeting in this style, too.

Stamps: Seasonally Scattered, Pictogram Punches
Paper: Naturals Cream, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I'm not a big Halloween person. I think I used to be, but now I'm old and grouchy.Or possibly just tired from having a 2-year-old at my advanced age.

This project, from the September Paper Pumpkin kit was really fun to make, though! Maybe I'll have to change my mind (again!). All the pieces came in the kit, and really, if you use one of the other stamps ("eat something sweet," for example), the treat could be for any occasion. Might want to leave off the raven, though. :-)

Did you know that if you're a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can order select past kits and refills??? Great bonus! If you're not a subscriber, you can become one by clicking here and joining!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bits & pieces--acetate butterfly tag gets a new life

My desk is getting awfully cluttered up, so it must be time for a few Bits & Pieces projects! Bits & Pieces projects are created from the little extras that I can't bear to throw away, but I don't really have a specific idea in mind. 

Remember the acetate tag from my Blendabilities Club meeting in August? Well, I decided to turn it into a card! I cut a piece of Whisper White to 5 1/4 x 4 and stamped the Hardwood background in Wisteria Wonder, to match the butterflies. After mounting that layer to a white card base, I used a few dimensionals to add the tag, as well as a couple tiny glue dots to manage the baker's twine.

What have you got on your creating table that needs a new life? Link up your Bits & Pieces projects here--I'd love to visit your blog or gallery to see them!

Stamps: Alphabet Rotary, Kinda Eclectic, Hardwood
Paper: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Smoky Slate
Ink: Smoky Slate, Wisteria Wonder, Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities
Accessories: Window Sheets (acetate), Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, pearls, Deco Labels Framelits, Wisteria Wonder baker's twine