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Trick or Treat

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Tomorrow is Halloween so I thought I’d put up a fun card that I made for my sister’s friend’s party invite.

I started with a Basic Black base cut to 11 x 4 1/4. I folded it in half and then folded the top down about 1″ to make the pocket. I then added some sticky strip to the inside edges to keep it all together.

For the front, I cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and on it stamped the large splatter from Extreme Elements (I love this set!). I roughed up the edges and added a strip of Old Olive cardstock in behind it. I punched this with the spiral punch and again roughed it up. I used the hostess set Holiday Best for the sentiment. I decided with the dark colours to stamp it in Basic Black craft ink for a more rich look.

I used the stamp set Twick or Tweet and stamped the little bird in black. I coloured him in using my Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango markers. I punched him out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch, layered him on a 1 3/8″ Basic Black circle and then on an Old Olive scallop circle. Once I decided to add a bit of black gingham, I was ready to add the little guy on with dimensionals.

Lastly, I rounded the corners of the card base and the insert piece, which is Crushed Curry.

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Halloween!

Products used to make this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Old Olive.

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Basic Black Craft.

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Twick or Tweet, Holiday Best.

Accessories: spiral edge punch, black gingham ribbon, 1 1/4″ circle punch, 1 3/8″ circle punch, scallop circle punch, corner rounder punch, In Colour Markers.


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BAH Humbug

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This is another one of those little projects I’ve been dying to get to….another punch project, yes but a super fun one – SCROOGE!

I have to admit, most of the punch projects I do have been inspired by others (I just don’t have the patience to do them on my own) but this one is ALL ME (as was yesterday’s).

My starting point for this card was certainly the Scrooge idea but also the Stamping 411 sketch for this week.

The base of this card is Always Artichoke and is layered with Basic Black. The strip across the centre is Always Artichoke and is layered with some Nouveau Chic Designer Paper.

Now for Scrooge – he was placed on a piece of Bashful Blue designer paper which was layered on Always Artichoke. I used Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Basic Gray, Going Gray, Garden Green, Real Red, and Blush Blossom card stock to complete this project.

Face: large oval, 1/4″ circle punch

Hat: small oval

Scarf: small oval, large oval

Body: large tag punch, word window (arms), silver brads

Hair: what else? LEAVES #2 DIE!

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I cut the holly leaves by hand and used the smaller punch on my Crop-A-Dile for the holly berries. I drew the face on by hand.

To finish the project off and in keeping with the sketch, I cut out letters with my Naturally Serif Sizzlet strip and cut out the words “BAH HUMBUG” and adhered them along the bottom of the card. Using the Christmas Punch stamp set, I stamped the wide oval saying in Always Artichoke and cut it out around the outline. I then backed it with a wide oval punched out of Real Red cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Stand Tall

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I always have ideas sitting on my desk waiting for me to dive into. Today was such a yucky rainy day and after having to drive back and form twice to attend two services at church (my daughter had to sing twice) I was ready for a little “parental break”.

With the holidays fast approaching, I am always looking for new ideas. I recently was getting ready for a punch class and wanted to make a nutcracker. The only problem, it is pretty big. Then, I noticed that Caardvarks was having a tall card challenge – PERFECT!

The card base is Naturals White and it is layered with Real Red and Always Artichoke. I used Real Red, Basic Black, Crushed Curry and Blush Blossom for the nutcracker.

Now, for the nutcracker himself:

Arms: word window punches (arms and hands), My Way punch (cuffs and shoulders)

Shoes: 1″ circle punch

Suit: word window punch (belt), Crop-A-Dile (buttons)

Face: 1 3/8″ circle, Crop-A-Dile (nose), swirls Sizzlet die

Hat: 1 3/8″ circle, corner rounder

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I used my Versamarker to make rosy cheeks on the nutcracker’s face and my white gel pen to separate the pant legs on the Basic Black cardstock I used for the bottom of his suit.

I hope you like it!


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Pretty Pointsettias

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Gettin’ into the Christmas spirit and trying to use sets that are not just for the holidays but for all year round. A Flower for All Seasons is one of those versatile sets that can be used for more than one occasion and it’s so stinkin’ cute!

The base of this card is Ruby Red and is layered with a piece of designer paper from the Merry Moments designer paper package. This piece is actually the same sheet just cut in half and reversed. I tied some Vanilla grosgrain around the seam where the papers meet.

For the focal piece, I stamped the image on some Naturals White cardstock using my Jet Black StazOn. I then watercoloured it using Ruby Red, Old Olive, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip and Really Rust inks an my aquapainter.

I layered this piece on some Chocolate Chip cardstock and I added an Old Olive piece underneath which I took my spiral punch to for some added detail. Then sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Have a great day!

Products Used on these Projects – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Naturals White, Ruby Red.

Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Ruby Red, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive.

Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Accessories: Spiral punch, corner rounder punch, aquapainter, Merry Moments designer series paper, vanilla grosgrain ribbon.


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Halloween Treats

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These are the cute boxes I was making when I came up with my super cute Wise Men from the last post.

I used the box pattern from a Stampin’ Up! Convention make and take project for the base (these are in Chocolate Chip). Here it is:

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Now, to make them look like gravestones, I cut out a pillow box using my Sizzix Big Shot in Basic Gray. I cut off one side so I had a single rounded top. I then sponged them in Basic Gray ink. I added a “happy halloween” salutation from All Holidays in Basic Gray also.

For the little additions, I added a ghost (from the Leaves #2 die), a bat (using the rounded tab punch) and a pumpkin. To make that I stamped the little pumpkin face in Basic Black from Holiday Blitz. I then punched it out with a 3/4″ circle punch and added a stem and a little leaf.

Lastly, I filled them with some jelly beans and nuggets.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Products Used on these Projects – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Card Stock: Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Naturals White, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black.

Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black.

Stamps: Holiday Blitz, All Holidays.

Accessories: Sizzix Big Shot, Leaves #2 die, Rounded Tab punch, 3/4″ circle punch, pillow box die.


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Three Wise Men

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Today I was making a bunch of Halloween treats for the office staff at my kid’s school (photo coming soon) and while I was doing that a couple of pieces of cardstock fell in an interesting position and I saw Wise Men! Funny, I know but I did!

You’ll never guess what I was using – the Leaves #2 die! I was making ghosts using the die as I’d done on a previous project and a couple of the ends of another leaf overlapped each other and looked like a perfect silhouette of the Wise Men. So, off I ran to drag my husband in to look at how fantastic a new idea this is and then back up to my craft room!

This card’s layout was inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch this week – I loved it! I wanted to use jewel tones on this card as well…so here goes!

The base is Creamy Caramel (to emulate sand) and the central focal piece is layered with Elegant Eggplant and Night of Navy. I cut some Creamy Caramel cardstock free hand and sponged the edges to make sand dunes and adhered them to a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

For the Wise Men themselves, I used the Sizzix Big Shot and the Leaves #2 die (the end of the long and skinny leaf). I used Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive. I also made arms using my oval punches in coordinating colours.

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I had a really hard time trying to figure out how to add a star to this card. Everything I did just didn’t seem right and, on this particular project, I wanted the Wise Men to be the focal piece. So, I used the Punches Plus dry emboss template and paper pierced the star in behind the Wise Men layer, and then added a small star punched out of Crushed Curry card stock.

Lastly, I layered some Old Olive designer paper (retired) on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. I then added a large bow using 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain.

I wanted to add a sentiment on the front but, again, just couldn’t get one to work for me – so I added the sentiment “joy expressed, love shared, a miracle celebrated” from Many Merry Messages to the inside.

Hope you like it! Remember, play with your Sizzix Dies – you never know what you’ll come up with!

Products used on this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Card stock: Crushed Curry, Creamy Caramel, Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Whisper White.

Ink: Creamy Caramel.

Stamps: Many Merry Messages.

Accessories: Sizzix Big Shot, Leaves #2 die, 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain, small star punch, Punches Plus dry emboss template, paper piercing tool.


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Deal of the Week #3 – Clip-tastic!

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I am SO excited about this week’s Deal of the Week from Stampin’ Up! and here it is:

  • Basic Jumbo Grommets – $6.49 (regular $9.50) Item # 114348
  • Mini Library Clips – $12.99 (regular $18.95) Item # 109857
  • Circle Designer Brads – $5.49 (regular $8.50) Item # 112571
  • 1/2″ Library Clips – $5.49 (regular $9.75) Item # 1112581

There are some amazing discounts on these products and just in time for all your holiday card making needs! Head on over to my website to learn even more about this great special and stay tuned for one more Deal next week!



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Scrappin’ is Good!

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My daughter and I decided today to play with My Digital Studio. The weather outside is horrible and, with my son and husband at soccer, we had a bunch of time on our hands.

We decided to go with a photo only layout that we could personalize and decided to make a page using some photos we took at our City’s annual Spirit of the Sea festival.

The background of the page is Bashful Blue distressed and I thought it looked just perfect for a seaside festival feel. We matted out each photo in a different colour and made them a bit larger.

We added a drop shadow under our layered title and some journalling down the right side.

Generally I’d leave the rest blank but Avery wanted to add something else. So we used the sailboat from Nursery Necessities and decreased the opacity so they were very light . We used Real Red, Old Olive and Bashful Blue. Of course, they are much larger than the stamp itself and that is one of the joys of using this program – they can be any size you want!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Counting Down Already?

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Yes, it is only October but before we know it, it’ll be time to countdown to the Holidays! I am preparing for my Fall/Winter classes at our local rec centre and this is going to be one of them.

This super cute cookie sheet calendar uses the Merry Moments Designer series paper, textured Chocolate Chip cardstock and the Tree Trimmings stamp set. I used the Go Go boots alphabet in my Sizzix Big Shot for the letters and numbers and the 1 3/4″ circle for the circles.

The chipboard square was sponged with Chocolate Chip craft ink and is magnetic so it can move from day to day.

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This is  a fairly quick project (other than cutting out all the  numbers) and would make a great inexpensive gift for a teacher – either for personal use or classroom use.

I will be doing this class at my home as well but a little differently. I am going to use chipboard for the numbers and each participant will get their own set of chipboard included in their class fee.

Hope you like it!

Products used on the project – CLICK HERE to buy them now!

Card stock: Whisper White, Textured Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive, Garden Green.

Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip (craft and classic)

Stamps: Tree Trimmings.

Accessories: Go Go Boots Alphabet, Sizzix Big Shot, 1 3/4″ circle punch, chipboard, silver elastic cord, corner rounder punch, 5/8″ Real Red Grosgrain, Crop-A-Dile, 5/8″ Old Olive grosgrain, Wide double stitched Chocolate Chip grosgrain.


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Fabulous Feather

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I always have a few colour combinations hanging out on my desk ready to use at any given time. A couple of weeks ago I wore an outfit with Chocolate Chip, Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise and Green Galore. Maybe not a typical clothing combo but I knew I had to incorporate it into a card. So, on the edge of my desk it sat until I felt the urge to use it.

Recently, I received a few free stamp sets from SU (thanks!) and one was Nature’s Nest. I was inspired by it because it is not my “normal” type stamp set and I could see so many uses – from adults to children and I love to watercolour. So this is my first attempt with this set.

The MOJO Monday sketch this week was my second starting point after the colour combo. Yes, I turned it on it’s side but with a long and narrow feather, it just worked better.

The base of this card is Basic Gray. I wanted a piece of designer paper that was turquoise and chocolate – didn’t have one. So I took a piece of Chocolate Chip designer paper and brayered over it with my Tempting Turquoise ink and my brayer – perfect! I then matted this on Chocolate Chip.

The long and skinny strip is Green Galore matted on Chocolate Chip.

Then for the feather piece. I stamped it in Versamark on Whisper White cardstock and embossed it. I then took coordinating colours and a Blender Pen and went to work. I used Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore and Gable Green. I mixed all the colours together to give a great look to this leaf.

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I added a punched out Modern Label in textured Chocolate Chip cardstock and a Turquoise brad in one corner and rolled the edge of the other.

Lastly, I added a small sentiment. I first used a stamp from Define Your Life for the background and then stamped “kind” from Baroque Motifs. I punched it out with the small oval punch and matted it with a large chocolate oval.

Thanks for stopping in!

Products used on this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Card Stock: Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Green Galore, Whisper White.

Ink: Versamark, Green Galore, Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Define Your Life, Nature’s Nest.

Accessories: small oval punch, large oval punch, Blender Pen, Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper, Modern Label Punch, Bold Brights Brads, black embossing powder, heat tool.