Friday, November 25, 2016

The Christmas Bear


We had the Christmas music going today, and I just love "Thistlehair the Christmas Bear" by Alabama.  One of my all-time favorites.  :)  You can understand that I was in the mood to make some Christmas bears!

I paired this guy with the Cable Knit dynamic embossing folder.

I also used up some retired cardstock - Creamy Caramel.  I won't say that I miss it terribly, because I don't.  :)  However, it was perfect for my Christmas Bear, so here you have it.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas
Ink:  Creamy Caramel (retired), Early Espresso, Real Red
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Creamy Caramel (retired)
Other:  Big Shot, Layering Circles framelits, Cable Knit dynamic embossing folder, sponge.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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HOSTESS Code through 11/28:  R7PN7NJM.  Spend $40 (before s/h & tax) with me, you'll get a pack of Glassine bags OR the Metallic Doilies for free!  Order $80 and get both.

Wonderful Years w/ Washi


Want a fun and easy card to make?  Use a larger size greeting and washi tape!  That's all this is!

Stamp greeting, add washi tape, and pop up on your card base.  Done!  :)

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps: Wonderful Year
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Other:  Warmth & Cheer Washi tape (the very teeny tiny thin Cherry Cobbler washi tape on the top half of the card is actually from the Tin of Tags kit)

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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HOSTESS Code through 11/28:  R7PN7NJM.  Spend $40 (before s/h & tax) with me, you'll get a pack of Glassine bags OR the Metallic Doilies for free!  Order $80 and get both.

Black Friday Fun! Non-traditional Christmas colors

For the past 10 years or so, a group of my friends gathers at my house on Black Friday for a full day of stamping, cropping, laughing, eating, crafting, more laughing...you get the idea.  LOTS of fun!

The challenge that I gave today was to make at least one Christmas card using NON-TRADITIONAL colors.  We all had a variety of paper, stamps, and doo-dads to make some great cards. 

Enjoy our creations!  I'm only showing one of each card, but there were plenty of cards finished today.

Created by Lori -



Created by Diane -

 Created by Jamie -



Created by me (I made a few others in traditional colors.  I'll post separately) -



I cased that pink snowgirl from my friend Sue K. 

Hope you enjoyed our creativity today!

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Favors


I had to go to Plan B for some Thanksgiving favors.  I wanted to use the little 2" square clear boxes, but alas, I did not have enough.  Plan B!  Found some Chevron bags in my stash from last year.  Also used up leftover bits of the Halloween dsp from last year too!  This made a small dent in using up my seemingly endless stash of supplies.  :)


Just a handful of mini candy bars inside.  

Tangerine Tango washi tape from a while ago, to close the bags.

DSP:  2" x 8" strips.  Banner Triple punched both ends.  Fold in half, and staple to bag.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Among the Branches, Good Greetings (both retired)
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Happy Haunting designer series paper (retired)
Other:  2" circle punch, 2 3/8" scallop punch, Banner Triple punch, Classic Label punch, stapler, washi tape

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Freebies during Online Extravaganza when you use Hostess Code


I thought I'd do a little something extra for all of you during this year's Online Extravaganza!  During the week of the sale - Nov 21 -28 - when you place a $40 order (before s/h & tax) with me, you'll get a pack of these awesome Glassine bags OR the Metallic Doilies for free!  Order $80 and get both.

You must use this Hostess Code for your order to qualify: R7PN7NJM

When you order on-line, your items will ship directly to you.   I'll be closing out the order on the 29th.  Your Glassine bags OR Metallic Doilies will be mailed out to you as soon as I get them from the order, which will be probably be around Dec 8th.

My favorite idea for using the Glassine bags is to make gift card holders.  I went with a generic Baby theme, and a Christmas theme for these projects.

The card inside is a pocket card.  I didn't actually make the card part for this sample.  I was more concerned with dolling up the outside of the bag.  :)


 Tip for making the bear ears - I stamped them, and then cut them out individually so I could attach with glue dots.  If I was just stamping the bear onto a card, and not punching him out, I could just stamp the ears and be done with it.  That just doesn't work when you punch him.  Still cute, and not too putzy.

Don't forget - use the hostess code R7PN7NJM when you order!  I can't go back and fix it, if you forget. 

Pocket card measurements:  Cut card stock 4 1/4" x 11".  Score at 6 1/2".  Fold and tape up the sides to form your pocket.

Stamping Up supplies that you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle, Tin of Tags
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Warmth & Cheer dsp stack, Cherry on Top dsp stack (from last year)
Other:  Big Shot, Holly embossing folder, Large Dots embossing folder, Banner Triple punch, 2" circle punch, Glassine Bags, Metallic doilies, Delicate Lace doilies, Cucumber Crush and Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker's twine, Mini Clothespins, glue dots.


Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Four of a Kind - 1 design, 4 cards with Cookie Cutters


I love these Cookie Cutter stamps sets!  I started out with the Santa card.  Simple.  Only 2 colors, really.  White on White layer for the card base, and some Real Red.  Then I thought, make some more with different colors, same stamps, so here they are!





Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to make these:

Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas (bundle with punch), Cookie Cutter Halloween, Playful Backgrounds, Tin of Tags, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Basic Black Archival, Real Red, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Marina Mist
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Real Red, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Marina Mist
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals, glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, markers to match.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Basket of Wishes - thinking of you


More with this brick wall paper.  I'm down to about 1/4 sheet, so I won't have much more with this stuff.  :)  Just a strip of designer paper and some straight up coloring for this one.  I love this set in the Holiday catalog.  I haven't used it nearly enough, but I plan to.

I hand-cut the banner.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Basket of Wishes
Ink:  Basic Black, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Halloween Night specialty designer series paper
Other:  2" circle punch, Markers - Crushed Curry (sunflowers), Soft Suede (center of sunflower), Cajun Craze (berries), Old Olive and Garden Green (leaves/greenery), and Smoky Slate (basket); Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Cookie Cutter Halloween with brick wall


I had a few scraps of this brick wall pattern left from the Halloween Night pack, and had to do something with them.  I think it goes perfectly with the Brick Wall embossing folder too.  I also had some very narrow pieces of Silver Glimmer paper left, so those went on as well.

You may notice that this silver paper isn't as shiny as the Silver Foil.  It's not!  I have a few sheets left of Silver Metallic paper from years ago, and I might as well use it up. 

I decided my skeleton should be a girl, so she got a silver bow.  I wanted it to look like they're hugging.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Halloween, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Black, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Halloween Night specialty designer series paper, Silver Glimmer, silver metallic (old)
Other:  Big Shot, Brick Wall embossing folder, Cookie Cutter punch, 2 1/2" circle punch (retired), Classic Label punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Cookie Cutter Halloween - holiday table setting/party favor


My thought was that you can add a decorative punch to the front of this clear box and write in your guests names on them.  So cute!  What a great use for the 2" tiny clear boxes.  Adorable!  I can't stand how cute this scarecrow is.  Too bad I'm not having Thanksgiving at my house this year, but I will be hosting Christmas dinner.  I'll definitely be making these with the Christmas Cookie stamps.

Basic directions for the paper pieces -

DSP:  Cut 2" x 6".  Score at 2", and 4".   Fold, and put that in the clear box, so the side pieces go up the left and right sides.

Cardstock:  Cut 1 7/8" x 8 1/2".  Score at 1 7/8", and 3 3/4".  Punch the longest end with a Tag Topper punch.  Fold and put that in the clear box, so it's front to back.  The long end hangs up and out of the top closure flap.

I stamped the greeting on a piece of scrap and hand-cut it.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Halloween, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Serene Scenery designer series stack
Other:  Clear Tiny Treat boxes, Night of Navy Baker's Twine, 5/8" Burlap ribbon, 2 3/8" Scallop punch (I just realized it is retired.  Oops!), 2" circle punch, Cookie Cutter punch, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Markers (Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy or Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Real Red), Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini glue dots

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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It's a package! No it's a card!


I'm really happy with how this "package card" turned out.  Very simple, but you know exactly what it is when you open it. 

Strips of "ribbon" are 1/2" wide.  Use the Bow Builder punch to make your bow.  Press it down gently so it's sort of flat...it's going to get smashed flat in the mail anyway, right?

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Tin of Tags
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Candy Lane designer series paper
Other:  Bow Builder punch, Tag punch (retired), Candy Lane Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Thoughtful Branches Christmas


I'm still using my Thoughtful Branches set.  I just love all of the different trees in it.  I paired it with the Holly embossing folder for this card.  I really love a tone-on-tone background.

One thing that I recommend is using the Tombow Liquid Glue to attach these embossed backgrounds to the card front.  You want a sturdy adhesive, and that liquid glue is just the thing.  Regular mono-adhesive is sometimes not enough of a hold on embossed backgrounds.  The embossing itself makes it want to pull away from your card base.  It doesn't stand a chance with the liquid glue.  Use it sparingly, so it doesn't squeeze out all of the sides.

Stampin' Up supplies that I used to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches, Hang Your Stocking (greeting)
Ink:  Garden Green, Early Espresso
Paper:  Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Warmth & Cheer designer series stack
Other:  Big Shot, Holly embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Vintage Leaves in Soft Sky


I went with a different color combination for this card.  Soft Suede and Soft Sky!  The Soft Sky came from that "peeling paint" strip of designer paper from the Serene Scenery stack.  Different, but I liked it.

Added some gold sequin trim, and hand-cut the banner piece.  Tied the 3 leaves together with some Linen Thread.

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Time of Year, Crazy About You (happy)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Soft Sky
Paper:  Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Serene Scenery designer series stack
Other:  Big Shot, Leaflets Framelits, Gold Sequin trim, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

World Card Making Day 2016 creations


I was lucky enough to spend yesterday with 3 of my crafty friends.  Since it was World Card Making Day, I gave them all a requirement for the day - everyone had to make at least ONE card that I could share with you all.  Well...we all made plenty.  :) 

We used stamps and papers from what seemed like every craft supplier out there, and we had a great time making our cards. 

Between the 4 of us, we made 42 cards, 10 gift card holders, and I think 12 scrapbook pages (I didn't get pics of these, sorry!).

I hope you enjoy looking at them, as much as we enjoyed making them.

Happy Stamping!

Toni, Lori, Jamie, and Diane

















Hope you enjoyed your visit!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Gift of Love - congrats


This is the wedding card that I made for friends that got married yesterday.  The "congrats" is wooden bit from last year's catalog.  I colored on it with a Gold Zig Painty pen.  You can color these wood pieces with Sharpies, or even emboss them!  I just tried out the zig painty pen on a whim, and I love how it turned out.

I don't know if the picture shows well enough, but I gave the flowers a covering with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.  Subtle sparkle.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Gift of Love (hostess set)
Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, Lots of Labels framelits, wooden words (retired), Zig Painty pen (retired - it has gold on one end, and silver on the other), Wink of Stella Clear.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy stamping!

Toni

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Birthday to ME!

It's been a long week, and I've been meaning to post this for days.  Thanks so much to my friends who sent me the best birthday cards ever!  And I got a MISTI tool to boot!  That's definitely going to come in handy.

Thanks again girls.  I love it all.  I had a great birthday.  :)


Cookie Cutter Christmas - Gingerbread men on a pan!


I came up with this idea to make a cookie sheet, based on a similar card that my friends and I made YEARS ago on one of my trips to Minnesota.  That was back when we had the Paper Clay...we rolled out the clay, stamped tiny gingerbread men, I cut them out with an exacto knife, baked them...it was a lot of work. 

The new Cookie Cutter Builder punch is so much easier! 

The cookie sheet is just a piece of Silver Foil paper.  Scored maybe 1/4" from each end, and corner round all the corners.  Easy peasy!

The red dots are actually the White Perfect Accents, colored with a red Sharpie.  Pop the gingerbread men up with a dimensional, so they stand up a little.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to make this:

Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle (comes with the Cookie Cutter Builder punch)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red
Paper:  Real Red, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Candy Lane designer series paper, Silver Foil
Other:  White Perfect Accents, red sharpie marker, Stampin' Dimensionals, corner rounder, Triple Banner punch

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Build a Birthday - Double Z fold


I've wanted to try this Double Z fold for a while, and finally did...what was I waiting for?  It's so easy!  Here's a better picture of it open - you can really see the whole "Z fold" part.


Notice that the base card is your standard Z-fold.  The DOUBLE Z fold comes with that strip at the bottom.  It's the same z-fold scoring, but the strip is flipped around so the fold goes opposite of the base card.

You can find PLENTY of videos on how to make this Double Z fold card, and there are actually several different ways to make them.  I chose this one, because I liked it the best.

The only PITA part of this card was stamping all of those candles, and cutting them out by hand.  But it's so pretty, the effort is worth it.

This is my quick guide for measurements and scoring:



Z-fold Card base:  4 1/4" x 11".  Score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2"

Z-fold Strip:  1 1/2" x 11".  Score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2".

Inside layer:  4" x 5 1/4"

Front panel:  Cardstock  4" x 2 1/2".  DSP 3 7/8" x 2 3/8".

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Build a Birthday (that's IT!  The candles AND greeting are all in the same set!)
Ink:  Mint Macaron, Soft Sky, Calypso Coral, So Saffron
Paper:  Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, By the Shore designer series paper
Other:  Clear Wink of Stella pen (I hit all of the candle flames with the Wink of Stella)

Give it a try and see what you can come up with!  This style of card is great - easy enough, but looks like you spent hours making it.  :)

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Happy Stamping,

Toni