Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Birthday Star!

Time for a birthday card for a guy friend!  I should have probably mailed this sooner with so many things being mailed this time of year, but I think it will arrive in time!  (fingers crossed)
This was a quick and simple card.  It actually took longer to die cut the stars than putting it together. 
For the stars, I used the star die from the Circle Card Thinlits (133480).  My star punch was too small and sadly I don't have the Stars Framelits (133723), but I still would have had to cut one at a time since the glimmer paper is a little thick to do 2 at a time.

The "happy birthday" is from Endless Wishes (137553) Photopolymer Stamps.  Did You Know... you can find all of our Photopolymer Stamps by clicking on the link at the top of my blog "Photopolymer Clear Stamps".  Since Stampin' Up! releases new sets from time to time, they aren't all available in the catalog, so be sure to check them out.

Our newest set is Snuggles and Smooches.  Valentine's Day will be here before we know it!

I added a little something extra to the envelope (even though it's hard to see the envelope with my white background - sorry!).  Also from the Endless Wishes set.  So many things to be done with that great set!

I cut the card at 11 x 4 1/4 and scored it at 5 1/2 folding at the top.  This way I could wrap the ribbon around the card.  The ends of the ribbon are covered by the star panel.  Tricky, right?  

The stars are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals as is the star panel.  Inside it says "celebrate" also with the Endless Wishes stamps.
Thank you for looking in today.  This is my last day "off" from the office, so back to the grind on Friday... except it's our Office Christmas Party, so it will be a fun fun day!  Besides, I need to get back to the office to rest.  Three days at home running errands, finishing shopping and making cookies and treats (which will be done today) is wearing me out!  ha ha ha!

Have a Happy Thursday!

~ Donna

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sneak Peak at Sale-a-Bration Lotus Blossom

Sadly, it's time for more sympathy cards.  A very dear friend of my family passed away on Saturday.  She and my Mother were like sisters and her children are like my brother and sister.  I know how difficult this is for them having been through it myself already. 

She was a wonderful Godly woman who loved her children more than anything in the world and brought them up with a wonderful Christian life.  Her husband was a missionary but he passed away when we were all very young and raised her children in a loving Christian home.

Thankfully I was able to see her before she passed and I'm so very grateful I did.  I was able to spend some quiet time with her and praying for her as she slept.  Heaven truly did gain an angel.

On to the cards.  This first card was made using the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set from the 2015 Sale-a-bration catalog.  You're going to LOVE it!  So simple and beautiful at the same time.

The second card is from one of my favorite go-to sets from the Annual Catalog.  It is Love and Sympathy (w-128652  / c-122797).  I love inking the stamps with our Stampin' Write Markers and then stamping them on Whisper White.  It makes it look like a watercolor, don't you think?
Here's a closer look at the flower and stems.  Aren't they beautiful?  Just color the stamp and press it down.  So pretty!

Thank you for looking in today.  I appreciate it when you come in and look around and I really love it when you leave comments.  Leave a little love today!

~ Donna

Monday, December 15, 2014

Minty Fresh Santa Tutorial

The first picture here shows you all the pieces and parts you will need.  Click on the picture to make it open bigger in another window.  This is just a suggestion, I know I made changes to the original one I saw.
If you want to make more than one, you can get three out of an 8 1/2" x 11" inch paper.  Cut your paper to 6" wide - leaving the 11" side alone.  Place your paper on the Stampin' Score with the 6" edge to the top.  TIP:  rub a scrunched up piece of waxed paper (you probably have some in your kitchen drawer, yes, THAT kind of waxed paper).  This will make your score tool slide easily down the paper.
Now, place the paper on your Stampin' Trimmer and cut into 3 1/2" x 6" sections.  Remember, you already have it cut at 6" - makes that EASY! 

For a nice scalloped edge I used the Rotary Addition on my Stampin' Trimmer and used the Small Scallop blade.  (You can also just do a straight cut.)  Place your Whisper White card stock (3 1/2" x  1 3/4") and place it on  your Trimmer at 1 5/8".

Flip it over and line it up at 1 1/2" for the other cut.
The belt is cut from Basic Black (2 1/2" x 1") - my apologies for no picture, but I think you can get that!  :)

Assemble as shown:

 Thank you for stopping by today to see the tutorial.

~ Donna

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fresh and Minty Santa

There are a lot of Santa's running around these days and this one is no exception!  Darla Roberts shared hers and the video she got the idea from and I ran with it!  Thanks Darla!!

You'll see several varieties below, I just couldn't decide which I liked best, at first.  I definitely like the ones with the buttons and short beard best.  When I first saw the instructions, I immediately decided Santa needed a beard so that's what he ended up with.

Then I decided his belt buckle needed a little more bling as well and made some out of the Silver Glitter paper.
I even made a box for them to stand up in.  I'm planning to keep them in my car - since it's gum and it won't melt in the car, we're still pretty warm here in Phoenix, although I think we may slip into the 60's for our high's this week instead of the 70's and 80's!

I'll post a tutorial on this tomorrow so you can see how I put it all together.

Thanks for looking in today.  Have a blessed Sunday.

~ Donna

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Snowman Punch Art Pattern

I thought I'd share my pattern for these cute little snowmen.
I start with punching the top of the hat.  After making a few and trying to punch where there wasn't any paper missing, I realized that it wouldn't matter if the "candle" punches into the cupcake bottom because it will be glued to the back of the hat brim, so punch away and save paper!
Here is the pattern and punches needed for making the snowman.

The scarf is simply a 3/4" x 1 1/2" strip of card stock of your choice.  The nose is just a strip of paper and then cut as shown on the markings below.  I don't mark it first, just simply cut them randomly.  No need to be perfect, it is, after all, a "carrot".


They seem to be multiplying!!!

I hope this helps you to make some of your own cute little snowmen.  So adorable!

Thanks for looking in today.  Enjoy your weekend!

~ Donna

Friday, December 12, 2014

Snowman Nuggets

Here's my sweet little snowman again, but this time he has a secret inside!

I bet you already figured out it was Hershey Nuggets didn't you?!  I've left the nuggets uncovered this time because they are so cutely wrapped already to look like presents, but I may change my mind, I haven't decided yet. 

What would you do?

The nugget holder is 8 1/2" x 2" and scored at 3 1/2" and at 5".  The 2" is important so it fits into the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324) properly.

I'm using one of my older stamps on the back so people will know where it came from should it show up on their desk or maybe left with a nice waiter or waitress.  I wish I'd had one Thursday when hubby and I went out for lunch.  She was so sweet and I wished I'd had something cute to leave with her.

For all the details on making the snowman, check out Tabasco Tags. 

Thank you for looking in today.  Happy Friday! 

~ Donna

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Banner Blessings and Birthday Bash

The photopolymer stamp set released in November is one of my favorites.  I really enjoy that there are Bible verses on each one.  The design for these cards comes from Kay Kalthoff but I changed up the DSP and the color choices as well as the bling on the sides.
This design can be used for so many of the sentiments we have on our stamps.  I'm looking forward to probably using this for a stamp a stack.  So easy to do with great results.
After stamping the sentiments with Memento ink, I used my Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003) to cut them out.  Then I used my Blendabilities to color in the banners on each one.  While we don't have Blendies for all the colors used, the colors worked well with something close. 
For example, the yellow card is actually Crushed Curry but I used Daffodil Delight Blendies to color the banner.  Same is true for the Bermuda Bay card - the Blendies used was Coastal Cabana, but they worked out really well, I think.

Notice this beautiful DSP - the gold on the card is shiny.  A little hard to see in the pictures but you're going to love it in real life.  There's also paper in this pack that has balloons on it and the gold ones are shiny there too.  Awesome!  The DSP will be available beginning January 6th with the new Occasions catalog.

The Basic Black mat is 4 1/8" x 3 1/8" and the DSP is 4" x 3".  Perfect size width to match up with the framelit. 

Thank you for looking in today.  Have a great Thursday, or Friday Eve as I like to think of it!

~ Donna

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Phoenix, AZ, United States
I'm totally addicted to rubber stamps and making cards. When I first started scrapbooking, I said, "Oh I'll never buy stamps..." Oh boy was I ever wrong there!! And now here I am, enjoying the fun of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and the collection just grows and grows!!!