Saturday, November 15, 2014

Whats in the box!

Check out my new video on or at to explore with me what is in this month's issue of Paper Pumpkin. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Digital Studio - Stampin Up!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Got Tags??

Me either!  And with the holidays upon us I realized that I hadn't purchased the Stampin Up! Tag topper punches that I have been wanting...time has just slipped by!

I keep seeing everyone making these adorable tags for their holiday gift giving and I realized that I have done my holiday shopping but I don't have any tags for when they get here.  I will definitely get on my website and purchase the tag toppers but until then I need to be creative so I improvised a bit.

Here is what I did:
I took my whisper white, ivory and blackberry bliss and cut pieces 2" x 4".
Then I took my corner rounder and rounded the corner on all the rectangles I just made - on one side (the top) only.

 Then I took my trusty pencil and marked off the middle - about a half inch in and used my hole puncher to punch out the hole for the ribbon.
I then took some designer paper that I have odds and ends of and cut them at 2" wide to place at the bottom of the tags. You could edge the paper with ink if you wanted but I just wanted a clean look for these.
Time to get stamping!
I stamped each one in a matching color to the designer paper and added matching ribbon.
I also added glossy accents, glitter and silver embossing.
I used silver embossing powder on the snowflakes to match the little silver dots on the designer paper.  I also put glossy accents on the ornament to make it pop more.

I stamped two colors of snowflakes on this one.  Soft Sky and Pool Party.  I used Lost Lagoon for the ornament color and topped it with glossy accents.

Not bad for using what I had on hand!
The pinecone is raised with pop dots and glitter and glossy accents finish it off. (it is still drying but will become clear when dry)
Are your tags done yet?  NO!  Get your supplies at and get started!!  The tag is almost as nice a gift as the present.  In fact, you can bundle these in sets of 6 to sell at a craft show or give them as gifts as well.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Waterfall Technique - Step-by-step tutorial

Hi there everyone, 

The holidays are upon us and I promised you that I would take a moment and type out the waterfall technique that I used on my Halloween cards in my blog, so today is that day.  I got this technique from Dawn at this youtube tutorial will show you the ridiculously cute card that SHE did!  I love watching her....she has such a cute laugh!

First let me give you the specs of the cuts that you will be making to prep for the fun!!

1. Base of card will be 5.5" x 4 1/4" (this doesn't open, it just serves as the backing to your card.)

2. Background piece is 4" x 5 1/4" (this can be an embossed piece like I used on my Halloween card or a pretty printed stock.

3. 2" x 2" squares in the coordinating color as your card base (#1).  Cut 4 of these.

4. 1 3/4" X 1 3/4" White paper squares (you will be stamping on these pieces).  Cut 4 of these as well.

5. 1" x 4 1/4" strip (this is the band holding the flipping waterfall piece into place, you can coordinate this piece to your card base as well).

6. 2 x 9 strip (score this piece at 2", 2 3/4", 3 1/2", and 4 1/4") see below

7. a piece of ribbon to tie at the bottom to act as the pull.

8. two brads for the 1 x 4 1/4 piece.

Ready, here we go!

Cut you base piece (#1) to the size above and glue #1 and #2 together.

Next take your 1" x 4 1/4" BAND (#5) and put two small glue marks on each end so that it holds secure until we put the brads in.

Place the band about 2/3 the way down the card.

Then take your 2" x 9" strip and score it at 2", 2 3/4", 3 1/2", and 4 1/4" (see picture)  The score lines will all be facing you on the card. You will be folding these over your thumb folding it towards you.

Fold the scored folds.

Stamp your little white 1 3/4" square blocks with the stamp of your choice.  I did something simple here for the demo purpose.   Now glue the white squares to the 2 x 2 squares.

Now are you ready to have some fun???

Its time to glue the finished squares to the 2" x 9" scored strip.  Start at the bottom and work your way up the scored strip, being careful not to put your square on the fold line - place it right UNDER the fold line.

Punch a half circle out at the bottom (if desired) for the pull string. Place your flip strip (2" x 9") thru the 1" x 4 1/4" strip. 

See below

Use your Stampin Up piercing tool to punch two small holes on each side of the flip strip.  Add the brads.  
Use a hole puncher to add a hole to the bottom of the flip strip and insert a ribbon. Don't forget to pull the strip all the way out and add your sentiment to the inside. 

 This sentiment gets hidden while the card stays in the unpulled position.  The interaction begins when the receiver pulls the ribbon to unveil the secret message.  Such fun huh! 

Other versions that I have made:

Now I just did this simple version for the demo with what I had on my desk here but you can see that with all the cardstock colors and pattern paper that Stampin Up has, you can really add pizzazz to your card.  Now it is your turn.  This is a challenge

Show me what yours looks like!

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Need a catalog?  Email me your address at and I will get that out for you.

Have fun making your own Waterfall Card!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ole Gray Goose

Today I am more in the Autumn mode but not as far as all the pumpkin and orange color combos that are so popular this time of I wanted to try something with neutrals and see if I can still stay within that autumn feel.  I pulled out my neutral papers, Basic Black, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate ink pads.  I also added a bit of Sahara Sand in for a pop of fall color.  I love the stamp set Wetlands by Stampin Up!  This stamp set is so very versatile. 
For the "Fall" aspect, I used the Big Shots Autumn Accents Die  - this die is also one of my favorites.  I wanted to do something different though since everyone was either stamping or cutting them out and applying them to their cards.  I also didn't want it to over whelm the "Wetlands" Stamps.  So I made a mask.

 Instead of placing the goose in an oval or a square - I made the big maple leaf my background and added a smaller leaf in Sahara Sand to add just a pop of brown to the gray and black card.

 I then set about stamping my main characters onto my card to complete the scene.

 To tie in the Sahara Sand brown accent, I added brown (Early Espresso) twine and brown buttons to the card.

 and attached the matted front of the card to the beautifully gray card using pop dots......for some reason I just love the gray paper.  It also makes glorious Christmas cards that really pop the white accents of glitter touched snow and adds a touch of frosty, foggy gray to the piece.  In the picture I am taking my thumb nail and just pushing into the center of the pop dot....(see the crease) helps to bring up one corner for ease of grabbing and detaching it from its sticky counterpart.

I always make more than one card (usually 6) because if I only made one...I would want to keep it as a keepsake - cards are like virtual little hugs, you need to give them, not store them in a box.
Here is the finished piece.....well almost.  I did take the acorn from the die cut and hung it from the button. Hope you are getting your "Fall" on.  If you need any of these supplies, visit my website at and order yours today!