Monthly Archives: July 2012

“Triple Time Dare…”


Silly me.  I finished a box of 84 cards to send to Operation Write Home, and was getting ready to clean my “disaster area” aka craft room when (you know what is coming,), I checked the OWH website to check out the “Midweek Throwdown

Challenge.”  Two hours later, I am posting this card as my entry!  Disaster area will need to be “roped off, I guess.”

This week’s challenge was to make “cards of encouragement” for the heroes to send home.  This one had me stuck.  I usually think the heroes are the ones who need encouragement, but the people left at home, certainly need it too.  What to say, what to say.  I checked out my own gallery.  Finding nothing inspirational for the challenge, I went to the “Stampin’ Connection” website (another perk of being a demonstrator), and found the instructions for what is called a “Triple Time” card.

I had been seeing these layered cards pop up on the card sites and thought they were beautiful, but my little brain could not figure out the “rocket science” required to construct one.  Fortunately Dawn O., had an instructional video on the “Stampin’ Connection” site.

OMG, this card was so easy!  Basically you stack three sizes of your neutral stock and stamp them at the same time.  The “frames” are 1/4 inch larger on each side than the stamped stock.  The bottom frame is actually the card base.

All products used are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted, and are currently available at my online store.  Shop online for your 10% discount and have the products shipped directly to you.

Recipe:  Card stock – “Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla”

Inks Used: “River Rock, Primrose Petals,” and the sentiment was an accidental blend of leftover “Primrose Petals and River Rock” (forgot to clean the stamp, but loved the result).

Stamp Sets Used:  “Blooming with Kindness, Loving Thoughts and Simply Soft (retired Hostess set).”

To Embellish, I wrapped linen thread and added an “Antique Brad.”  The second layer is lifted off of the  bottom layer by using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

You will want to do this card, so here are the measurements: Card Base – 5.5 x 8.5.  Fold in half to create one 5.5 x 4.25 card.  The other two layers are 3.25 x 4.5 and 2.25 x 3.5.  For the neutral layer cut three pieces of card stock as follows:2 x 3.25, 3 x 4.25 and 4 x 5.25.  Stack your neutral card stock one atop another, centered.  You can use a tiny bit of tacky glue to adhere them while you stamp.  Stamp your images.  Separate the neutral stamped layers and adhere them to the frames (same as the card base)  Adhere layer one to layer two, embellish.  Attach layer two to layer three with dimensionals.

Triple Time Dare


Love and Other Cards


I have been on a card making binge this last week, trying to finish up a box to get into the mail for OWH.  My current dilemma is that I just can’t seem to close the box.  I have 77 cards, so 3 would make 80, but I can’t just make 3 cards, and so on, and so on……  I think I need to just seal the box and do other things I have been neglecting, such as house cleaning, laundry and so on (again).  So I am an addict.  What can I say.

The first card is made with “Primrose Petals” and “Very Vanilla” card stock.  It seems to be one of my favorites of the new “In Colors” in the Stampin’ Up! line.

First I embossed the background with the “Textured Impressions-Manhattan Flower” embossing folder.  I then used my brayer to ink the raised image with “Primrose Petals” ink.  I then used the brayer with “Staz On Cotton White” ink.

I used a dauber to add a little more white where I wanted the sentiment.  I used a pair of scissors to add the distressed detail to the edges of the embossed layer of the card.  For the rest of the embellishments, I used a (now retired) lace edge punch, a few “Basic Pearls,” and inked the edges of the card with “Primrose Petals” ink.  The stamped image is from the now retired “Well Scripted” stamp set, and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

The second card came as a result of messing up the sentiments on the first card.  To salvage, I cut out the raised images, and inserted dotted velum paper to stamp the sentiment on.  Some of my best cards come as a result of mistakes, and my unwillingness to discard any useful paper!  Card maker’s motto:  “A mistake is merely an opportunity to embellish!”

Primrose Petals Love

Primrose Petals Love

Primrose Petals Velum

Love Ewe

This image is not from Stampin’ Up!, but is one of my favorites for a “love you” card for a child, or anyone for that matter.  There are a lot of mothers serving in our military who want kid appropriate cards to send home to their little ones.

I used “Basic Black and Gumball Green,” card stock, the “Elegant Bouquet” embossing folder to add a little texture to the second layer, a “Bitty Banners Framelit” was used for the sentiment, and a black and white checked ribbon was used for the bow.

“Love Ewe”

Time to Wrap it Up!

My buddy Newton signals his need for attention by lying in the middle of my supplies.  If I continue to ignore him, he will flop himself right in the middle of my desk where I am working, making it impossible to work without attaching a little cat hair to my projects!  I should have named him “Visa,” since he is “everywhere I want to be!” Well, time to go and have a little “Newt” time!  Perhaps a little laundry…..  Craft Happy!

Pay attention to me!

Googly Ghouls – OWH Sketch Challenge #130


I feel refreshed after a few days off in the mountains in the fifth-wheel.  I needed a change of scenery, something different than my craft room.

It’s Sunday, so that means a new sketch challenge from Operation Write Home.  Time to stretch the brain.

All products unless otherwise noted are from Stampin’ Up!, and can be purchased from my online store.

Not sure why when I first saw this sketch, I saw the opportunity to use my new “Googly Ghouls” stamp set and the new “Googlies” eyes from Stampin’ Up!  Guess I am in a Halloween kind of mood.
Card Recipe:

Card Stock/Paper:  Basic Black, Naturals White, Rasberry Ripple, and Old Olive.  The background paper is retired.

Stamp Sets:  Googly Ghouls, Spooky Bingo Bits and Tiny Tags.  I used an oval punch and a Decorative Label punch to create the headstones, the Owl Builder punch for the small bat eyes and a 2 1/2″ Circle punch for the moon.

Inks used:  Summer Starfruit, Basic Black and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

The bats were cut from a Sizzix Bat die.

Soft and Sweet


You know you are addicted to paper crafting, when you set out to clean your hobby room, and end up making a card instead.  The motivator for my lack of cleaning motivation, was another Sketch Challenge for Operation Write Home.

The fun of the sketch challenge is to see all of the variations and interpretations my fellow OWHers come up with for the same sketch:  (Sketch #129 in the OWH sketch Library).

I am going to call this card “Neopolitan Wonderful.”  This card reminds me of one of my favorite ice creams and makes me feel a bit cooler, but in the mood for a cold sugary treat.  As always, all of the products used, unless otherwise specified are available online 24/7 at my Stampin’ Up! store.

Today’s Card:  Neopolitan Wonderful

For this card I used my favorite new Textured Impressions embossing folder; “Fancy Fan,” and the “Loving Thoughts” stamp set.

Card stock Used: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Pirouette Pink.  I used the new Apothecary Accents Framelits for the sentiment label.  I used the new Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Paper Piercing tool and the “Essentials Paper Piercing Pack template to pierce the label.  The card was embellished with the (sadly retired) Lace Border Punch and the Softly Suede dotted grosgrain ribbon.  I used two bronze colored “pearl” accents from a local craft store.

Cherished Memories:

I held a workshop yesterday for the sweetest gals.  The workshop Hostess had requested something along the lines of an infant memorial, as two of the ladies had previously lost their precious babies.  One of the ladies was expecting a child.

Along the lines of soft and sweet, I  created an 8×8 scrapbook page and brought all the papers and supplies the ladies would need to complete their projects.  I was thrilled to see what they came up with, using mine as an inspiration.  Each of the pages were beautiful and unique.  One of the greater blessings one can have, is to see is a smile that you have helped encourage.

Here is the page I created.  (Note:  The ladies chose to replace the “punch art angel” with a photo of their own child which made the page priceless!)

Sweetest Angel Page

Lastly I will share with you a smile:  My “helper” Newton.

Newton’s favorite spot seems to be right in the middle of what I am trying to work on!

My favorite helper.

Christmas in July


This weeks Midweek Throwdown Challenge for Operation Write Home, was to make Christmas Cards.  I was hopeful a Christmas Card or two would make me feel a bit cooler, but alas, not even snowy card stock images are a match for the San Joaquin valley heat!  I used most of the same supplies for both cards, one serious and one fun!  Hope you enjoy!

Card #1 – Fancy Christmas

Supplies used are all Stampin’Up! and are currently available unless otherwise noted, 24/7 at my Online Store.

Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler card stock,  Pewter embossing powder with heat tool, Scallop Trim border punch.  I used a piece of silver elastic trim purchased from a local craft store, for the bow.

These products are brand new this year and will be available in the Holiday Catalog effective Aug. 1st:

Joyous Celebrations and Ornament Keepsakes stamp sets, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, and my favorite, the Holiday Frame Textured Impressions embossing folder.

Holiday Frame Christmas

Card #2 – Fun Christmas

Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, and Summer Starfruit card stock.

Holiday Frame Textured Impressions embossing folder, Labels Framelits die, oval punch, scallop circle punch, Owl Builder Punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, 3/8″ punch, Scallop Trim border punch.

I used Soft Suede Ink for highlighting and a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker for the eyes.  I used a small cotton ball from a local craft supply store for the Santa hat.

Christmas Caroling Peas

Beach Tote – party favor


Today’s creation is a party favor.  Since it is summer and I feel like I would rather be at the beach, I put together some mini beach supplies so I would feel a bit cooler!  The tote contains a beach towel, sunglasses, beach umbrella and a lip balm.  The only thing missing is the beach.

All supplies used (with the exception of the lip balm, can be currently purchased online 24/7 at my Stampin’ Up Store.

Beach Bag Party Favor

Supplies Used:  Crumb Cake and Basic Black cardstock, Flower District Designer Series Paper, Subtles Pattern Pack, Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder, Large Scallop Circle Die, Petite Purse Die, Boho Blossoms Punch, Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, Daffodil Delight 1/4″ stitched grosgrain ribbon, White Baker’s Twine,  Silver Brads, Basic Diamonds. (Tutorial avail soon-check back).

World Spectacular Hero – OWH Sketch #128


Today’s “sketch challenge” for Operation Write Home, was to create a card using “Sketch #128.”  One of the great things about Operation Write Home, is the abundant library of card sketches with measurements and examples for you to copy and share, or for your own use.  The card challenges offered during the week, allow me to stretch my card making brain and explore different ideas and color pallets I would not normally try.

This card is also an “Any Hero” card.  In addition to cards made for soldiers to write home on, OWHer’s also send a quantity of cards to thank Heroes for their service.  Since I don’t know who exactly will receive this card, it is addressed to “Any Hero,” and will be distributed when it arrives at the destination base.  Since Any Hero cards won’t be mailed back to the States. this card can have lumpier embellishments without the fear of the envelope being destroyed.

All products unless otherwise listed can be purchased online 24/7 from my Stampin’ Up! store.  All proceeds from purchases from my online store go to supplies for Operation Write Home cards and donations.

Sketch 128 – Any Hero

Card Recipe:  A2 5.5 x 4.25″

Card Stock/Paper:  Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, World Spectacular.

Ink: Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler

Stamp Set: “Words of Courage”

Punches:  Scallop Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle and Modern Label

Embellished with: “Clips Assortment,” (retired)

“Cool Color” Challenge – ODB and OWH


Today’s post is an entry for the monthly “Our Daily Bread,” design challenge.  The challenge was to create a card from the “cool color” side of the color wheel, blues, greens, violets, etc…. (see tools for the color challenged below).

Our Daily Bread Designs will pay the shipping cost of one box (about 350 cards), for Operation Write Home to send to our soldiers overseas, for every 25 cards designed for the challenge each month.  Our goal as OWH’ers, is to get as many cards made and sent overseas as we can.  Thanks go to Our Daily Bread Designs, for this wonderful contribution.

All products used for this card are Stampin’Up!  and are currently available unless otherwise specified.  You can purchase products online 24/7 at my Stampin’ Up! Store

All proceeds from my store are used to purchase supplies so I can create and send cards for Operation Write Home.

“Cool Color Love” ODB July Challenge

Card Recipe:  A2 5.5 x 4.25″

Card Stock/Paper:  Whisper White, Nearly Navy, Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper (retired).

Tools: Curly Label Punch, Large Butterfly Punch (retired, but replaced with a prettier one!), Labels Collection Framelits, Stripes Embossing Folder.

Stamps/Embellishments/Ink: “PS I Love  and Butterfly Prints (retired stamp sets)”, Nearly Navy Classic Ink, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, Basic Pearls and a blue ribbon (purchased at a local craft supply store).

For the “Color Challenged,” let Stampin’Up! be your personal color coach.  This handy tool takes the guess work out of combining colors for your paper creations, giving you both creative and more subtle suggestions. You can find it on page 151 of the new catalog or on my online store item #120148.

Stampin’ Up! Color Coach

“July is Hot” Stampin’ Up! Current Promotions


July is a great “Reason to Smile!”

Customer Order Details:

  • Spend $50 on any current Stampin’ Up! products to get the exclusive Reason to Smile Set for just $5.
  • Orders may be placed on any order type (customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online).
  • There is a limit of one (1) set per customer.
  • You will not be automatically prompted to enter the $5 Item Number for a qualifying purchase. Use the item codes from the table above.
  • The Reason to Smile Set is exclusive to this promotion and will not be available after July 31, 2012. 
  • Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set 131274* $5.00
    Reason to Smile Clear-Mount Set 131275* $5.00

    *Enter this $5 item number after reaching $50 on your order.

We Love Our Hostesses


Details: During June and July, hostesses who hold a minimum $450 workshop will receive an additional $50 in hostess FREE merchandise dollars–that’s in addition to the $65 they already receive for a $450 workshop!

Your Hostess’ Party Sales

Regular Hostess Benefits

Additional Hostess Benefit

Total Hostess Benefits


$65 plus 1 item at 50% off


$115 plus 1 item at 50% off

*Excluding tax and shipping

Things to Remember

  • Customer, demonstrator, and workshop orders qualify for this promotion. Online orders are NOT eligible.
  • Orders must total $450 or more (excluding tax and shipping) to qualify.
  • Hostesses may use their additional hostess free merchandise on any regular catalog/mini catalog merchandise. However, hostess dollars cannot be applied to 50 percent-off items.
  • Orders larger than $450 are not eligible for additional hostess free merchandise dollars. For example, a $900 order will not receive an additional $100 in hostess free merchandise dollar



Go to my Stampin’ Up! Store for details.

“Pea Pod Anniversary”


Today’s card is for the Mid Week Throw Down Challenge for Operation Write Home.  The Challenge was to make anniversary cards.

I like to make cards both men and women would feel comfortable sending to their respective spouses/partners.  For some reason, peas and carrots together, ala “Forrest Gump,” came to mind.  I used the punch art technique to complete this card.  The recipe can be found below:

All products, unless otherwise listed are available 24/7 on my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Pea Pod Anniversary

Card Size: A2 5.5 x 4.25

Card stock:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight

Tools: “Elegant Lines” Textured Impressions embossing folder, “Apothecary Accents” Framelet (bottom sentiment),  Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack

Ink:  Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Crumb Cake, Basic Black  and Calypso Coral, Stampin’ Write markers.

Stamp Sets: “Memorable Moments,” and  “Forever With You.”

Punches:  Heart Punch (carrot), 2″x 1 3/8″ Oval (pea pod), Bird Builder (stems and leaves), Large Snowflake – retired (carrot top), Owl Builder (hearts, eyes, eyelids), 1 3/8″ Circle (moon sentiment).

Additional Embellishments:  “Everyday Enchantment” brad pack (retired).

“Home With You”


Today’s card was made for Operation Write Home (OWH).  When making cards that are going to be handled a lot (shippers, packers, organizers, overseas mail), it is important to make cards that will stand up to the rigors.  If you are interested in making cards for our soldiers to mail to their own families, you want the card you make to arrive safely to the intended recipient.  When I make cards for OWH I try to limit the “bumpy” embellishments, such as large buttons, heavy ribbon and decorative brads/jewels.  I use products that can be safely “smashed” in the postal machines, without tearing the envelope.  To keep cards from sticking to each other, I do not use glue dots.  I use liquid glue and “Stampin’Dimensionals.”  I use texture folders and creases to get the desired “raised” effect.  Before you make cards to mail, go to the mail room link at OWH.  If you lack inspiration, The OWH link has dozens of sketches for you to translate into your own style.


All of the products listed are available 24/7 from my online Stampin’ Up! store, unless otherwise indicated.


Home … With You



Card Recipe:  A2 Card

Card Stock/Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Flowers Blue, Pink Pirouette, and Daffodil Delight.

Inks:  I colored the flower vase stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers, before I stamped (Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive).  I used the same method on the cat with a black Stampin’ Write marker.  The sentiment was stamped with Pacific Point.

Stamp Sets:  “Forever With You,” “C is for Cat (retired),” and “Button Buddies.”

Tools:  Card Face and Window Frame-Sizzix Horizontal Magnetic A2 #1 Card set (local craft supply store), embossing folder – faux brick (local craft supply store), creasing blade and circle punch for window sill, flowers-Itty Bitty Punch Shapes Punch Pack and Bird Builder Punch.  I hand cut the flower-pot from a scrap of SU paper.