Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Steamy Mugs and Mittens

This will probably be my last post until we've finished all the election work and long hours at the office.  If I have any extra time to create at all, I'll be sure to post it, but I imagine my spare time will be spent napping and going to bed as early as possible.  Hubby says I look like a raccoon with dark circles around my eyes already.  :(
This is the 2nd card we created this weekend at Kristi's workshop.  Some of the girls even used the spritzer from last year to add a little sparkle.
Stamp Set - Scentsational Season (w-121026 / c-121190)
Cardstock - Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Ink: VersaMark, Gumball Green, Early Espresso
Embossing:  Northern Flurry (120902)
Punch:  Builder Punch (127824)
Holiday Collection Framelits (127814)
OR Bundle the Scentsational Season Stamps with the Holiday Framelits and save 15% (w-129945 / c-129946) 
Bakers Twine - Cherry Cobbler (123125)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Thank you for looking in and
REMEMBER- get out and VOTE!  If you have an early ballot (or absentee ballot) be sure to get it into your county election office before the deadline!
~ Donna

Monday, October 29, 2012

Cookie Sheet Card

FINALLY... after attending Lorri Heiling's Holiday Extravaganza a couple of weekends ago, our stamping group was finally able to have Kristi's workshop and make this adorable card.

I made a couple of changes to the original and I really like the results.  I tried to make the mitten punch as a hot mitt for the cookie sheet but just didn't like any of the versions I came up with.  In talking to hubby last night he asked why does it need a pot holder, and the light bulb went off in my head!  POT HOLDER... I don't need an Oven Mitt, I can make a Pot Holder!  So I did and we did Sunday at our workshop.

Stamp Set - Tiny Tags (w-118091 / c-118592), Scentsational Season (w-121026 / c-121190)
Cardstock  - Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Silver
DSP - Be of Good Cheer
Ink: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Punches:  Postage Stamp (122344), 1" Square (124094)
Dies: Two Tags Bigz (115954)
Holiday Collection Framelits (127814)
OR Bundle the Scentsational Season Stamps with the Holiday Framelits and save 15% (w-129945 / c-129946)

We also didn't put a red dot over the ends of the cookie sheet because good cookie sheets have holes in the ends... why?... I suppose so you can hang them up!  I dunno!  LOL

Thanks for looking in.

Thanks again to Lorri for this adorable card!!

~ Donna

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tree Card

Here's another cute card we made at Lorri's Holiday Extravaganza.  Fast, easy and beautiful!

Stamp set:  More Merry Messages (w-126400 / c-126402), Scentsational Season Bundle - includes the Framelits (w-129945 / c-129946)
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
DSP:  Be of Good Cheer
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight
Ribbon:  3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon - Gumball Green (126848)

Thanks for peeking in - Christmas will be here before we know it!

~ Donna

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pac Man Improved!

I just love the girls in my stamping group.  They always have great ideas to share and then I can share them with you.

When I first made this, I really wasn't working on too much sleep, so it was pretty plain.  After I finished I started thinking of improvements and the girls agreed.  Thanks Berta and Brittney for your input.  I think this is so much better.

The little ghosts now have Googlies for eyes, I just LOVE those things, and we've added some dots and some cherries for munching, not to mention a little more creative path.  I changed up the blue from Night of Navy to Island Indigo to brighten it up a bit.  I also added dimensionals under PacMan and under the greeting which also received a color upgrade to Island Indigo.  See my first version here from Sunday.

So, what do you think??  It was fast and easy to make and even with my allergy eyes and blurry vision from too many hours doing too many work related emails.  Gotta love election time, I do!

Don't forget to vote, only a couple of weeks away!!

Time to shut these not so googlie eyes and get some sleep.

Thanks for looking in!

~ Donna

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Guest Stamper - Linda

Linda has been very busy preparing Halloween Cards for her Neices and Nephews and I wanted to share them with you here.  They are all so cute!  Let me see if I can remember all the punches.  Linda, if I miss something, comment below please! :)

Ornament punch (head), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (body), Small Oval (arms), Bird Builder (tail and leaves) Large Oval Punch (pumpkin), Blossom Petals Builder (stem).

Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede?, Old Olive?

1 1/4" Circle Punch, Word Window, Extra-Large Oval, Owl Builder (eyes and nose, bow center), Modern Label 

Aren't they all just adorable?  Linda - you did a great job!!

Thanks for peeking in!

~ Donna

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pac Man Punch Art

When the Mitten Builder Punch came out with this year's Holiday Catalog a couple of us in our group spotted some non-holiday things to make with this great little punch.

Today I finally took the time to make a card that I haven't seen anyone else make, although I was sure someone would have by now. 

This was so easy and fun to make.

Stamps:  A Cherry on Top (Hostess Exclusive)
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy and Whisper White.
Punches:  Mitten Builder (127824), 1 1/4" Circle (119861), Petite Pennants Builder (122361) for Pac Man mouth, Cupcake Builder (121807) for whites of eyes and cherries, Owl Builder (118074) for eye pupils, Word Window (119857) to round the ends of paper strip of 3/8" wide.
Extra:  Dimensionals.

To make the blue strip, I cut a piece of paper 3/8" wide and then just slipped the end into the word window punch to round the edges.

Thanks for looking in.

~ Donna

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ninja Birthday

Linda's nephew is a Ninja fan and is having a birthday this weekend.  So Aunty went searching and found a punch art ninja to make for him.  You can find just about anything on the internet you know!  Linda found this little guy here on Janine Tinklenberg's website.  She even took the time to figure out the pieces here.  How awesome is that??

I have to say, I'm super impressed with Linda putting this together.  I don't think I would have had the patience for all the little pieces this little guy took.  Good Job Linda!!!

Thanks for looking in.  These next few weeks will be crazy busy working for Elections, so no promises on how many posts there will be, but hang in there. Things will get back to normal eventually!!

~ Donna

Friday, October 19, 2012

Joy Coaster

Another fun project from last weekend's Holiday Extravaganza.  Very pretty and so easy made with coasters, DSP, Snowflakes and Ribbon.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Merry Christmas Extravaganza

Here's another card from the Holiday Extravaganza sponsored by Lorri Heiling.  Another beautifully simple card made beautiful with the Scalloped Tulle Ribbon (127841) in Cherry Cobbler.  I really like how the Tulle looks on the card.  May not be the easiest for mailing with the knot, but would be great for a hand-delivered card with a gift.

Stamps:  Delightful Dozen (w-122650 / c-122652)
Cardstock:  Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Be of Good Cheer (126896)
Extra:  3 1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon - Cherry Cobbler (127841)

Thanks Lorri for the fun we had Saturday and all the great cards and 3-D items we were able to make.

~ Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Holiday Extravaganza with Lorri

So, Saturday, Linda and I attended Lorri Heiling's Holiday Extravaganza and it was amazing fun.  The time just flew by though and before you knew it it was nearly over!  For the next few days I'll be posting pictures of what we made.  One of them I'll be holding back on because I think we'll do it at our next workshop this coming weekend.

This cocoa packet card was so quick and simple and really came out cute using the Oval Scallop Punch and a 1/16" punch on each scallop to make it look like a lacy coaster.

Stamps:  Curly Cute (w-117014 / .c-120510), Scentsational Season Bundle *includes stamps and framelits* (w-129945 / c-129946)
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink:  Crumb Cake (steam) Midnight Muse (cup and sentiment) and Stampin' Write Marker in Chocolate Chip (cocoa in the cup).
Punches:  Scallop Oval (119856), 1/16" Circle Handheld (101227), Corner Rounder (119871)
Extras:  Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (120902), Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon (124142), Dazzling Details (124117)

After I left the Extravaganza, I headed to my 35th High School Reunion - Phoenix Christian High School. Here's a picture during the group photo shoot.  One of our grads married a great guy who always does our pictures.  I can't wait to see the ones the took.

Thanks for peeking in!  Happy Stamping!

~ Donna

Thursday, October 11, 2012

3-D Pumpkin

This adorable pumpkin was so easy to make!  It looks hard and you'd think it takes forever, but it really was quite easy.  Thanks to Amanda at Krafting Kreations!! 

Since I don't currently have the 2 1/2" circle punch, I made my circles with the Circles #2 Originals Die and the Big Shot.  Actually, this was much much faster as I could cut 4 circles at a time.  You'll need a total of 25, although I think I only managed 23 using the die cut and it looks fine to me.

You will need: Pumpkin Pie cardstock (2 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11"), a 2" x 4" piece of Very Vanilla (actually, can be any color as it won't be seen) cardstock, a 1" x 3" piece of Chocoalte Chip cardstock, scrap of Old Olive cardstock and a small scrap of Whisper White cardstock, Stampin' Write Basic Black Marker, Cajun Craze Ink, Chocolate Chip Ink, Old Olive Ink, Stampin' Sponges or Sponge Daubers, 2 1/2" Circle Punch or the Circles #2 Originals Die, Large Oval Punch, Bird Punch, Paper Snips, Paper Piercer, Bone Folder, Simply Scored, and Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive

Punch or die cut twenty five 2 1/2" circles from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

Score those pumpkins in half on the Simply Scored.  Fold all the circles in half with the score line.  Trim about 1/8" off the bottom of each folded half circles so your pumpkin will have a flat area to stand on.
While holding your circles closed, gently sponge the edges with Cajun Craze ink, then sponge the bottom half with Chocolate Chip ink.
Refold your circles so the inked sides are now inside.  You'll be placing glue on the uninked sides for attaching to each other.  Be sure to adhere them together with the flat ends all on the same side or your pumpkin won't have a base to stand on.
Adhere half of your circles together and set aside.  Adhere the rest of the circles together so you have two halves.
Take a scrap of Old Olive cardstock and sponge it with Old Olive and Chocolate Chip.  Be sure to do both sides of the paper, so when you punch out the leaves they have ink on both sides.  Punch the leaves using the Bird Builder Punch.  Spread some Tombo glue to the open side of one half of your pumpkin and arrange the leaves inside.  Don't let it close up! 
Using the scrap of Whisper White, punch out one large oval.  Draw eyes and and open "O" for the mouth using the Basic Black Stampin' Write pen.  Glue the ghost on the other side of the open pumpkin making sure he can see through the stems from the other side.  Adhere the two halves together.
When you stand it up, it will have a large hole down the center.  Not to worry.  Cut a scrap piece of cardstock 2" x 4".  It doesn't matter what color because you won't see it. Start rolling it by rolling the end of the paper around the narrow end of a Paper Piercer. After you've got the roll started you can finish the rest without the Paper Piercer.  Close it off with some glue so it stays closed.
Slide the paper dowel down into the middle of the pumpkin.  Push it all the way down and fill the hole with the Tombo glue.  Now take the piece of Chocolate Chip paper cut at 1" x 3" and roll it up like the dowel.  Unroll it and then roll it up at an angle so one end has a narrower end.  I borrowed Amanda's picture below to show you what it should look like.  Bend the narrowed end over to look like a stem.

Place the wide end down into the Tombo glue. and set it aside to dry.  Isn't it adorable!?  Send me pictures if you make one and I'll post it for you, if you like.  Amanda has full pictures on her blog.  I guess I'm going to have to start doing that as well so I have a better documentation for you to follow. 
Happy Crafting!
~ Donna

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Milk Carton Candy Bits

Have you tried the Stampin' Up! Window Sheets on a project yet?  I love working with the window sheets, they are great for so many projects.  Here's one I found on Sandi MacIver's blog. 

I have to admit, it took me a couple of tries, but once I got my milk carton die to work properly, it was great.  I found with my die it wasn't tight enough with the Crease Pad to make the creases in the window sheet but would be too tight if I used both cutting pads.  As a matter of fact, the first time through I didn't use the crease pad and just used the cutting pads and one of the blades pulled out - scared me half to death!  So I pounded it back in with my Crop-a-dile and it seems okay.  (fingers crossed!)  I ended up using the Crease Pad on top and then folded a piece of SU cardstock in half and placing that on top for a shim and it worked great.

Full details are on Sandy MacIver's blog.

Fill with small candies - candy corn is perfect for this time of year - and decorate!

Happy Crafting!

~ Donna

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Brittney's Bat

Brittney always enjoys making cute handouts for Halloween and this year is no exception.  Look at this adorable little bat made from the Pillow Box Die (retired).  Wings made from punches, Googly Eyes and the fangs made with the new Silver Pen from the Holiday Catalog.  So cute!

Recipe:  Cardstock - Basic Black
Die - Pillow Box (retired)
Punches:  1 3/4" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1 3/4" Scallop
Extras:  Googly Eyes (127539), Stampin' Dazzle Marker (128978)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tootsie Pop Witches Broom

There are several versions of this cute project online.  Here's mine.

Inside every wonderful delivery from Stampin' Up, we receive FREE, yes FREE project paper.  Ok, so it's really this great brown packing paper, but hey, it's free and you can make some cute projects out of it! 

I tried several ways of using the paper, thinking at first I could use the Scallop Circle Bigz Die, but it was too small so I ended up using the Circle Scissors (now retired, but sooo useful) and cut several layers at one time at 6".

Using two circles, fold them in half and then in half again and cut slits from the outside in, leaving plenty of room uncut so you can tie it off at the top.  Snip a very tiny hole at the point so the sucker stick will go through.  Open up the snipped circles and insert the stick in the middle.  Using the linen thread wrap it tightly around the paper and stick.  Tie it off with a tight knot.

Some of the samples I saw used our Stampin' Write marker to color the stick, but I don't recommend it.  Since it isn't permanent it comes off on your hands. Especially if a child or adult (yes, we love suckers too) decides to eat the sucker, moisture causes the  color to come off very easily.  I can just see black lips and black fingers!  Ewww!  You could probably use a Sharpie Permanent marker, but the stick looks great just plain.

Decorate as desired.

Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions (w-126595 / c-126597)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive
Ink:  Black StazOn, Old Olive
Stampin' Write Pens:  Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Gumball Green
Punches:  2 3/8" Scallop Circle (118874), Curly Label (119851)
Dies:  2 1/2" from Circles #2 Originals, Scallops from Perfect Pennants BigzL

Have a great day!

~ Donna

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Monster Birthday - Guest Stamper Brittney

Berta found this adorable card on Lori L.'s Blog and Brittney just had to give it a try.  I think this came out absolutely adorable!!!

Card Stock/Paper:  Basic Black, Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla, Real Red, Wicked Fun designer series paper (retired), Basic Gray card stock, colored with our Silver Pen from the Holiday Catalog.

Punches (Frank):  Ornament Punch (head bolts), Scallop Circle (hair), Owl Punch (eyes, eyelids and nose), Word Window and Boho Blossoms (arm and sleeve), Decorative Label Punch (Hair top, Head and Jacket.
(Dracula): 1 3/4″ Circle Punch (head), Fancy Flower – temporarily unavailable (face), Bird Builder (ears), Boho Blossoms (teeth), Owl Builder (eyes, eyebrows, nose, bowtie center), Pennant Builder Punch (cape collar), Decorative Label Punch (shoulders/cape); hand cut small triangles for the bow tie.

Moon: 2 1/2″ Circle from Bigz Die.  Bat Punch (now retired).

Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired), Googly Ghouls (w-128060 / c-128063)

Inks:  Real Red, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, and Basic Black Classic Inks and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

Isn't it great??  Brittney did a great job.  (You should've seen the punches and paper and tools all around her - LOL - she needs a lot of workspace!)

Have a great day and Happy Crafting!

Donna and Brittney

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Introducing Stamp Sets Gone Single!

Stampin' UP! is trying out something new!
 Have you ever wanted to purchase a stamp or two from a larger set?  You can now purchase single stamps from these selected sets:   Word Play, Perfectly Penned, and Seasonal Sayings. The offer will be available now through January 2, 2013. Details
  • These stamps are available on any order type-customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online.
  • You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyers.
  • These won't be sent to you in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyers.
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • This offer is not available in Quebec.
  • Remember that this is a pilot program, so take advantage of it while you can!
Single Stamps: Word Play
Single Stamps: Perfectly Penned
Single Stamps: Seasonal Sayings

Be sure to contact Brittney at SuziStamp@gmail.com or you can contact me at StampsWellWithOthers@gmail.com and I'll see to it that Brittney has the order.

Have a Happy Wednesday!!

~ Donna

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Apple Cider Pouch

Spotted this one on Dawn Olchefske's Control Freak's Tour recently and once again, fell in love with her work!  Thanks Dawn!  I changed up some of the colors and finishing touches, but the design and measurements I followed from her blog.

I just wish my colors photographed better.  I'm up for any suggestions you might have!  I have a great little camera, but I jut can't get great colors.

Start with an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock.  Score at 4 1/4" using the Simply Scored.  Then, add the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate and score at 5 3/4".  Fold in half and then fold down the diagonal score.

Using the Crop-a-dile (now retired) punch two 3/16" holes with the Crop-a-dile set on 5/8ths.  Cut about 12 inches of ribbon and go in the bottom hole, come around the front, leaving it loose for the Cinnamon Stick, then poke the ribbon through the top hole, come around front again and tie a bow.

Stamp and cut out 4 apples using the framelits from the Cannery Framelits.  Score down the middle of the apple and then fold them in half attaching to each other 1/2 at a time.

Easy and complete directions with a video are on Dawn's blog.

Stamping Supplies
Stamps and Framelits:  Perfectly Preserved Bundle (w-129943 or c-129944)
Ink: Riding Hood Red

Cardstock:  More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
DSP: Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper (126895)
Tools:  Big Shot (113439), Cannery Framelits (included in bundle), Crop-a-Dile (retired)
Accessories: Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon, Early Espresso Baker's Twine (123124)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Christmas Gift with Purchase Promotion

Stampin' Up! is giving you a special gift!!

Dates: October 1-31, 2012
Promotion Details: It's only October, but Stampin' Claus is coming to town! Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Click the picture below for more details.

Retail Value
Special Price
Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132261Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132262Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132263Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

The Fine Print
  • See those special item numbers above? You've got to use those in order to get your FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack.
  • You can get your FREE paper-piercing pack by purchasing the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper or the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper. Remember: the bundle gets you an additional 15 percent off the set and the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies. So many options!
  • This promotion has no limits-for every bundle you buy, you'll get a free Festive Paper-Piercing Pack. They make great Christmas gifts!
  • If you want your free gift, you need to make sure you place your order before the following deadlines:
    • By Phone: Wednesday, October 31, 2012; 6:50 PM (MT)
Contact either Brittney or myself to get in on this great deal.

Brittney - SuziStamp@gmail.com or Donna - StampsWellWithOthers@gmail.com

Howl-o-ween Printer's Tray Project

Can you believe it's OCTOBER already??  It just doesn't seem possible!

Recently there was a promotion where recruits could receive the awesome Howl-o-ween Printer's Tray Project for joining Stampin' Up!  When Brittney joined under me, it was July, but apparently I misunderstood and the tray was available for July Recruits as well.  ANYWAY, Brittney received one free for being a Recruit and then shortly after that, they made the trays available (while supplies last, of course) for Demos to use as class projects.

I put one together Sunday and it was so fun and easy!!  The gray dotted area is supposed to have a picture, but I couldn't find any Halloween Pictures without a lot of digging, so I put some of our DSP in there for now.

This was really a cute project.  I can see me making it over and over for different holidays.  I attached the DSP to the tray with Dotto so I could pull it out easily and create the next one.

Thanks for peeking in.  Have a great week!

~ Donna


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