25th Anniversary

25th Anniversary

Thursday, October 25, 2012

UDI Inspiration Challenge #156

Hello everyone! This week’s Inspiration challenge is for Halloween, and I’m determined to make a banner for every holiday and occasion.  I already have a rockin’ reversible one for Thanksgiving and Christmas, which I will post next month, but with today’s project, I now have 3 holidays covered! Woohoo! ;D

UDI Inspiration Challenge 156

Okay, so it’s really hard to take a good full picture of a banner, but here goes! I used the largest Apothecary Label Framelit to make panels out of Glossy White card stock. Then I used one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits to make the Champagne Glimmer Paper layer.  The letters are from the Letter It stamp set and are stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Pumpkin Pie ink. I ran them through the Big Shot with another Apothecary Accents Framelit.


For the “space panel” between the words I used two sizes of Oval Punches to make the pumpkins. The spider, web, and “eek” stamps are from Spooky Bingo Bits.

I did take the opportunity to use up some of my retired supplies on this project.  The brads are from Sale-A-Bration, and the Striped ribbon at either end is retired, as is the Baroque Motifs stamp I used to make vines under the pumpkins. You could easily substitute any flourish for that stamp though, and any brads and ribbon would work as well.


I used my piercing tool and mat to make the holes for the brads, but at each end I used the circle punch from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack to make holes to slip the ribbon loops through.IMG_2931That’s it for now. I may decide to add some embellishments later. I think the characters from the Goulish Googlies set would be cute as add-ons here and there. I may wait and add to it next year to change it up a bit. I’m planning to add on to the simple Thanksgiving/Christmas banner I made last year, too, but that’s another post!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s project.  Take a moment to create something to make someone’s day!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

UDI Inspiration Challenge #155

Hi, Everyone! Here is the picture for this week’s Utah Divas International Inspiration Challenge. When I saw this, I immediately thought stripes, and I also thought “Fiesta!”

UDI Inspiration Challenge 155


so of course, I made a birthday card!

UDI Inspiration Challenge #155

I was down to the wire this week, so I hopped on MDS2 and pumped this out in under 15 minutes! Of course, you could totally make this with paper, too, but one of my favorite things about MDS2 is that you can try things out on your computer without cutting or gluing anything and make sure you like them before you cut or glue anything! And how cool is it that you can add multiple colors to stamps?!

Here’s what I used:

Stamp set: Bring on the Cake

Bigz Die for Big Shot: Tastefull Trim

Punches: Scallop Circle, Circle Punches

Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo

Hope you enjoy this project, and that it inspires you to create something that brightens someone’s day!

Happy Stampin’!

UDI Color Challenge #106


Hi, Everyone! Today I’m sharing this week’s Color Challenge from Utah Divas International, a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who love to stamp and share ideas. Be sure to stop by the UDI blog and see what the rest of  the design team came up with!301273_4253551831476_966735389_n

Here is my card:

UDI Color Challenge 106

I love this stamp set! It’s full of awesome quotes.  Here is what I used:

Stamp Set: Pursuit of Happiness

Card Stock and Ink: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede

Accessories: 2-step Bird Punch, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Pack Punch,Apothecary Labels Framelits, Pearls, Jumbo Pearls, Scallop Dots Ribbon, dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive, Sponge Daubers, Bone Folder

The card base is Night of Navy Card Stock, and the next layer is Bashful Blue.  I wrapped the ribbon around the top of the card front and glued a separate bow to it.

I used a Sponge Dauber and sponged Soft Suede Apothecary Label with Soft Suede Ink and popped it up with some Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy Ink on Bashful Blue Card Stock and ran it through the Big Shot with the next smaller Apothecary Label Framelit from the one used for the Soft Suede layer. Then I sponged it with Night of Navy Ink.

I used the 2-Step Bird Punch to punch all of the leaves in Certainly Celery Card Stock and sponged them with Certainly Celery Ink. I punched smaller flowers using the flower punch from Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack and sponged them with Cherry Cobbler Ink. I love decorating with these little flowers, and they’re so easy to work with! I just punch as many as I think I’ll need, and then I stick them on the glue dots while they’re still on the roll. That way they don’t get lost or blown away on my craft table, and I can peel and stick them when I’m ready. I used the largest of the regular Pearls for the centers.  For the large flower, I punched one 1-1/4” Scallop Circle, one of the large flower from the Boho Blossoms Punch and another Itty Bitty Shapes Pack flower all in Cherry Cobbler.  I sponged them in Cherry Cobbler Ink, layered them with glue dots, and added a Jumbo Pearl for the center.

And there you have it! Hope you’ve enjoyed this project and that it inspires you to create something to brighten someone’s day!

Happy Stampin’!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

UDI Sketch Challenge #210

Hi, everyone! We’re having some work done on our house, so this week’s been kind of crazy.  I was so excited to see this simple sketch for the weekly challenge at the UDI blog.  Be sure to stop by and check out the great creations of the rest of the design team!
Here is the card I made:
UDI Sketch Challenge 210
The base is Tempting Turquoise. I used Summer Smooches Designer Paper layered on Daffodil Delight card stock for the banner. I punched butterflies from Glossy White card stock (love them!), and finally I stamped the sentiment from Pursuit of Happiness stamp set and the butterfly from Itty Bitty Shapes stamp set in Pacific Point ink.
My tip for the day is that I used a square punch to make the points even on the top layer of the banner. Then I layered it on a strip of Daffodil Delight card stock and took the square that was punched and used it to measure the place to punch the yellow card stock.  I used it as a guide to mark where to cut with a pen, and then turned my punch upside down so I could see my mark through the punch window. I made sure the pen mark was evenly spaced AND inside the window so it would be cut off when I punched the cardstock, and tadaaa!
I hope you enjoyed today’s challenge and that you’re inspired to create something to make someone’s day!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday Sketch Challenge #209

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Here’s the Sketch from Utah Divas International:


And here is my card:

UDI Sketch Challenge 209

I’m on a simplicity roll lately.  I used a single striped sheet of Patio Party Designer Paper and used the Scallop Border Punch along the top edge. Then I stamped the sentiment from Day of Gratitude in Midnight Muse on Whisper White card stock. I punched a  2-3/8” Scallop Circle of Summer Starfruit and layered everything on a Pool Party card base. That’s it! Super simple!

Be sure to stop by the UDI Blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with. Have a great day and take a moment to create something to make someone’s day!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Tuesday Color Challenge # 104

Here is the Color Challenge for this week:
and here’s my card:
UDI Color Challenge 104
It’s pretty simple.  Here’s what I used:
Stamp Set: Pursuit of Happiness
Ink: Pacific Point
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Floral District, Brights Color Stack
Card Stock:  Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade, Real Red, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch

The base is Pacific Point card stock, and I centered a 5-1/2" x 3-1/8" panel of Lucky Limeade on top.

The square medallion measurements are as follows:
Floral District Designer Paper: 3" x 3" I just cut the section of poppies I liked best.
Crumb Cake Card Stock: 3-1/16 x 3-1/16 I added the strip of scalloped border underneath.  If you don't like that line, you could make one side 3-3/8" and punch it with the Scallop Border Punch.
Real Red Card Stock: 3-1/4" x 3-1/2"
Tangerine Tango DSP:  I punched a strip with the Scallop Border Punch, and cut it down to 6 scallops and added it under the red layer.

I layered them all flush to the right and centered vertically. Then I popped them up with dimensionals.  I was feeling lucky, so I stamped the sentiment in Pacific Point ink directly on the Lucky Limeade panel, but you might want to wait to glue that panel down until you can measure it against the square medallion in case it doesn't come out the way you want it the first time. That way you have the option of flipping the panel over and using the other side.  You would actually have 4 shots at it on just that one panel before having to cut a new one because you could flip it around and use the other end if necessary and your boo boo would be hidden by the square.

Hope you enjoyed this project. Stop by the UDI Blog to see what the rest of the design team made! Have a great day!

Get Well Sunflower

Hi, everyone!

This is Thursday’s inspiration challenge from Utah Divas International:

UDI Inspiration Challenge 153

And here is my card:

UDI Inspiration Challenge 153 (2)

Be sure to swing by the UDI Blog to see what the rest of the design team created.

This was very simple to make.

Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen, Sunflower

Card Stock: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Naturals Ivory, Pumpkin Pie

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie

Punches: Scallop Border, Butterfly

Accessories:  Pearls

The only thing I did that you can’t see very well in the photo, is after I inked the Sunflower with Daffodil Delight, I “tap danced” some random dots in the center of the stamp with a Pumpkin Pie marker before stamping.  Also, with the larger background stamps, I lay the inked stamp face up on the table and press the paper on top of the stamp and rub my fingers or a brayer across the back of the paper to make sure the entire image is stamped.

Hope you enjoy this card. Have a great day, and take a moment to create something to make someone’s day!