Christmas Window…

Yes – I did it! A Christmas card… (sigh) But with all the new goodies in the Holiday Mini Catalog, I just couldn’t help myself! 🙂

This one uses several new goodies from the Holiday Mini. First of all, the little window that says “Merry Christmas” uses our new Shaker Frames (item 124155, $4.95). These are great! You get 36 frames (they come nested) that will work with all sizes of our circle punches! I uses the 1″ circle punch for the window and the 1 1/4″ circle for the Crumb Cake layer. They have handy adhesive, so you don’t get any “spills”.

Inside the window are our new Mica Flakes (item 124115, $3.50). These come in a huge jar. They are chunky and very sparkly! The mica mimics the look of snow…great for all those winter scenes. And for the price, an outstanding value!

The third feature from the mini catalog is the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper (item 124002, $10.95). This paper pack has a wonderful, down-home feel. It reminds me of sitting by the fire, sipping hot chocolate with my family. Just warm and rustic.

The base of this card is Cherry Cobbler. The frame is done with Garden Green. For the Crumb Cake layer, I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (item 120175, $7.95). Then, I used a sponge with some Whisper White craft ink to lightly highlight the texture.  I think it works well with the rustic feel of this card. Crumb Cake seam binding (item 122332, $6.95) and a few vintage brads finish up the look!



Stamps: Petite Pairs  – Item 122495 (wood), 122497 (clear)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (craft)
DSP: Frostwood Lodge
Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Punches: 1″ circle, 1 1/4″ circle
Big Shot: Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder
Accessories: Shaker Frames, Crumb Cake seam binding, window sheet, Mica Flakes, Vintage Brads, dimensionals


It’s here! The 2011-12 Holiday Mini!!

And you are going to LOVE it!

This has to be, hands-down, one of the BEST minis I’ve ever seen!

Top picks (this is hard…I really love it all!)

1. Simply Scored Scoring Tool (item 122334, $29.95) – this is the BEST I have ever used! It comes with a stylus, markers (to help space your scores), and a storage compartment. The scoring is smooth – effortless. You are going to love this!

2. It’s a Wrap Holidays Stamp Set (item 122770 (wood) or  122772 (clear)) – great for making custom-wrapped treats for any holiday!

3. Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (item 124066, $9.95) – This paper is NOT just for fall! Gorgeous patterns!! There is not a pattern in this pack I don’t like!

4. Mica Flakes (item 124115, $4.95) – this comes in a BIG jar. Great for creating a snowy effect on Holiday/winter  cards.

5. Frostwood Lodge Suite – yes, the whole suite is SWEET! The Designer Series Paper (124002), the Quilted Ribbon (item 124105), the mini Jingle Bells (item 124116 – they really jingle!), and the Christmas Lodge stamp set (item 123767, wood or 123769, clear) are just perfect for that homey, holiday feel to your cards and scrapbook pages.

6. Stocking Builder Punch is great to make little stockings, complete with separate cuff, toe,  and heel pieces. (item 124005, $16.95) It has its own coordinating stamp set – perfect!

7. Dazzling Details (item 124117) – love glitter, but hate the mess? How about something to give the same effect, all from a handy little squeeze bottle! No mess – just plenty of sparkle, right where you want it.

8. Glimmer Paper in SILVER! (item 124005) If you tried the glimmer paper in red and fell in love, prepare to fall head-over-heels! This is soooo shiny and sparkly. I think I like it better than the red! Just get it – you won’t be disappointed.

9. Shaker Frames (item 124155) – these handy foam rings come 36 to a pack, in sizes that coordinate with our circle punches. Fantastic with our Window Sheets and Mica Flakes (see above!)

10. 1″ Square Punch – finally! (item 124094) – great for layering with the 1 3/8″ punch. Coordinates with the 25 and Counting set – but also great if you have the Halloween or Christmas Bingo sets! This is a staple for any papercrafter!!

There you have it….really, the whole catalog is incredible. As a demonstrator, I was lucky enough to be able to pre-order many of these items in August. I have been playing with them all and love all these items even more than when I first got my orders. I will be posting cards and projects featuring these items.

Order today! Go to and select “Holiday Mini” – and you can order from the comfort of your computer!


Snow Day #3…and a gift card holder…

YES! We actually had another snow day today! Actually – more of an ice day. It warmed up a little this afternoon, so I was able to get out. We have a freezing rain advisory for tonight, but the forecasters are saying we should get up to about 40 tomorrow, so back to school/work for me! The nice thing is, I’ll go back for 2 days, have the weekend off, go back for a day and a half, then have a week and a half off. 🙂

So – aside from working on cleaning our home office (it was so messy!) – I snuck in a little stampin’ room time.

The first offering is a gift card holder, inspired by Angie, over at Chic ‘n Scratch’s Stampin’ Academy (her reindeer is too stinkin’ cute!!)

topnote_holder inside_holder (I almost used my Costco card again, until I remembered I have a Macy’s gift card from hub’s work…lol)

This was SO ridiculously easy! My orientation is a little different than Angie’s, but I found this made for a little less cutting and fit the gift card (and my Costco card) well.

I cut the Kraft card stock with the Top Note Bigz die on my Big Shot. Then, I cut a single panel in Chocolate Chip. I cut that in half across the short side and adhered it with sticky strip. The outside was stamped with the snowflake from Winter Post in Riding Hood Red. I then stamped the sentiment in Old Olive on Very Vanilla, using the Merry Christmas from hostess set Punches Three. I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch a hole, close to the bottom, at or below the sticky strip. I then threaded some Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon through. I still haven’t decorated the inside, I was too excited to post this!

My other “project” was inspired by a box of unused ornaments I found from my bargain shopping last year (I LOVE Target’s 90% off sales!). These are the unbreakable type that they sold for $1.99 for a box of 18 (a good deal – but paying 20 cents was even better…lol)


I got out my Crystal Effects and randomly freehanded some swirls around the entire ornament. I then gave it a liberal dusting of Dazzling Diamonds. I didn’t want to tap it off too hard, since I the Crystal Effects was wet and I didn’t want it to smear or run. So, it left quite a bit of glitter on the body of the ornament. My solution? Once it dried, I simply rinsed the ornament off. The nice thing is the unbreakable ornaments are plastic, so I wasn’t worried about rust or having things chip off.

Voila! I can possibly have 18 ornament accents to tie off onto packages for teachers, hostess gifts, my manicurist, our housekeeper, the groomer, etc, etc. To make them more festive, I will probably thread them onto some ribbon or elastic cording!



Quickly Swirled…

Just when I thought I had all the cards figured out and was on the way to being done, hubs gave me some card requests, to people not on our normal list. He even recommended *GASP* that I might just want to buy a box of cards for this task! (I know, the horror!!) So, I sat down in my stampin’ room and came up with this:


Some chunky glitter and silver elastic cord gave this some “bling” – but it was an amazingly quick card to make. To make it even better – I use some leftover pre-cut card stock from my last stamp-a-stack. No cutting – just stamp, stamp, stamp. Two-way glue, glitter, glitter. Corner punch, two punches with my  1/8th hole punch (used my Crop-A-Dile – kept the holes even), thread and tie.  I made 10 of these in less than an hour!

Stamps: Snow Swirled
CS: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: chunky glitter in silver, silver elastic cord, corner rounder

A big ::raspberry:: to hubs who mentioned the “S” word (storebought, that is). 😉

P.S. We are on snow day #2 – I can’t say I’m complaining! More cookie baking, card making, and playing with puppies for me today…life is good!



Winter Toile…

First of all – can I say how much I enjoy snow days?! I have a day where I can work in my stampin’ room, bake cookies, and just be a homebody. 🙂

Since I got the Winter Post set, I wanted to do a monochromatic toile-like effect with it. Thanks to some help from Lovely as a Tree, this is what I got:


Using some sponging, my distressing tool, and some Alpine ribbon gives this it’s vintage look. The sentiment is from Season of Cheer rub-ons.  I lined this one with Kraft card stock, with the snowflakes stamped in Riding Hood Red (love that combo!)


Stamps: Winter Post, Lovely as a Tree
CS: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Alpine Ribbon, antique brass brads, Season of Cheer rub-ons, circle punches, ticket corner punch, dimensionals (circle)

Off to bake some cookies!



Winter Greetings…

Sometimes when I’m making a card, it occurs to me that I could not possibly include one more technique…this was one of those cards…
It includes distressing, masking, coloring with a blender pen, sponging, rub-ons, stamping off, and punches. This set has such an old-fashioned feel to it, so I looked to bring out classic, rich colors with a time-worn feel. The rub-ons give both the sentiment and the tab that special touch.

Stamps: Winter Post, Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Alpine ribbon, Season of Cheer rub-ons, curly label and scallop edge punches



Gift card pocket…

A simple little gift card holder, using Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze…


Using Ski Slope DSP, Best Yet sentiment, and some punches, this was easy, easy, easy! The card holder itself is Baja Breeze card stock, stamped with snowflakes from Snow Swirled in white craft. The back is Whisper White, edged with the scallop edge punch and accented with holes from the 1/16th punch (yes, they are crooked..sorry!) I used the slot punch to make a place to put the ribbon (I had to use it twice, to make the opening a little wider for the Alpine felt ribbon. The ribbon was looped through, punched with my Crop-a-Dile, and accented with a 1/2 circle of Baja Breeze and an Antique Brass brad (you could also use an eyelet to secure it). The slot for the gift card was done on my paper cutter – I just carefully cut a slot into the Baja Breeze before adhering it to the Whisper White.

The pocket is a standard size card, cut from a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 Chocolate Chip card stock, lengthwise. It was then folded in half, then the flap was folded down (I just kind of eyeballed this). The flap was then trimmed with the scallop edge punch and accented with dots made with white gel pen. The DSP was adhered before sticking down the flap (both for the liner and on front). It was punched with the corner rounder. The chocolate chip strip behind the tag is actually the reverse side of the DSP. Best Yet sentiment was stamped in Baja Breeze on Whisper White and punched with the square scallop punch. The sides of the pocket were attached with sticky strip, for extra holding power. The top and bottom edges were punched with the corner rounder.

I didn’t have any gift cards to display in this – so you get to see my Costco card! lol

Isn’t this sweet? I’m probably going to use it for a Starbucks card for my college-age princess!


Stamps: Best Yet (hostess), Snow Swirled
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
DSP: Ski Slope
Punches: scallop edge, square scallop, corner rounder, 1/2 in circle
Accessories: Alpine felt ribbon, metallic brad, white gel pen, sticky strip