Saturday, November 30, 2013

Punch Board Snowman

Isn't he just adorable??  I found him on You Tube by Jackie Topa.  Thank you Jackie - great project!!  He looked a little small when I first saw him, but when I started to put him together, I found out he was much bigger than first imagined!

I've put together a pictorial tutorial on how to make this little guy.  I've changed him up a little bit and put in one of those great chocolate bars that we see the kids selling as fund raisers every year.  Funny how they are the same price, but about half the size!  Still long, but now very thin (about half)  Probably just as well, since they are so tasty!

Begin with a piece of paper 11" x 2 1/8" - you can actually use a full 8 1/2" x 11" sheet and then score it all at once and then cut to make 4 cuts for 4 snowmen.

Click on any of the pictures to make them larger.

So then, lets see what you put together for this great little guy!  You can find everything you need (except for the candy, of course) on my website.

You can find everything you need to make this card on my website HERE.  If I can help you with anything, please let me know.  You can email me at   

If you have any questions, please let me know!

~ Donna

Friday, November 29, 2013

Stamp a Tag Kit

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of great food and the love of family all around you!  

With Thanksgiving over, Christmas is less than a month away and everyone will be scurrying to get their shopping done.  After the shopping, the gifts will need tags and tags we can make - beautiful tags with endless designs!

I've been looking at this Stamp a Tag Kit (132806) in the Holiday Catalog and finally picked it up thinking it would be cute for making those last minute tags.  I'll admit, I didn't have any idea how really CUTE this kit is!  My mind seemed to think the tags were much bigger, but they aren't they are adorable and perfect for any size gift.  The tags are 2 3/4" x 1 1/2".  They are ready to stamp and can be decorated with the two stamps included (plus ink!) or you can use just about any other stamps you have for Christmas.

Here are a few I put together very quickly.  I used stamps from the Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Bundle (135290) - Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamps (134623) and Christmas Messages (w-131790 / c-131793).

Have fun making this year's Christmas gift tags, Stampin' Up has made it so simple this year.  If you have any questions, please contact me at and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

ALSO - don't forget our Holiday Sale going on now!  Sale ends December 2nd, so don't let any of our great deals slip through your fingers!

Happy Friday!

~ Donna

Thursday, November 28, 2013

It's a Boy... and a Girl!

First let me wish you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving filled with family and friends.  Remember to count your blessings and be thankful for what you have in your life.

A co-worker has two new things to be thankful for!  TWINS!!!

It's a Boy and It's a Girl~  We have two new babies in our office family and they both came at the same time!  

I just threw this card together very quickly, but I do like how it turned out.

Do you recognize the little overalls and dress?  YES, it's the Owl Builder Punch.  I think that the Owl Builder Punch has simply ENDLESS possibilities!  This is one of the easiest ones, just punch out in Pirouette Pink for the girl and Soft Sky for the boy, then snip a little in the middle to make the outfit into "shorts".  I added little snippets for straps to be able to "hang" them on the line.

Stamps Well With Others Recipe:

Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky
Stamps:  A Dozen Thoughts (w-131056 / c-131059)
Tools:  Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335), Clouds embossing folder (drats, it's retired! - need to put a sticker on that one!  Sorry!), Owl Builder Punch (118074), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246).

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Weekly Deals - November 26th

Weekly Deals

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Floral Frames Framelits Dies
Item # 127012
Regular Price: $26.95 US
Discounted Price: $20.21 US

 Peekaboo Frames Bigz Large Die
Item # 124587
Regular Price: $32.95 US
Discounted Price: $24.71 US

Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
Item # 131181
Regular Price: $5.95 US
Discounted Price: $4.46 US

Regals Stampin' Write Markers
Item # 131262
Regular Price: $28.95 US
Discounted Price: $21.71 US

1" Square Punch Item # 124094
Regular Price: $15.95 US
Discounted Price: $11.96 US

Cherry Cobbler 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130012
Regular Price: $8.95 US
Discounted Price: $6.71 US

Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 130917
Regular Price: $7.95 US
Discounted Price: $5.96 US

Compilation of Recipes Designer Template
Item # 127755
Regular Price: $14.95 US


Monday, November 25, 2013

Quick and Simple Gift of Cards

This is a great little box with cute little cards to give with your gifts this year.  The box will hold up to five 3" x 3" cards with envelopes and some embellishments.  This great idea comes from Susan Itell.  Thanks Susan for the great instructions!

Here are the directions for the box and lid.  It's very easy - so don't panic, just give it a try! You will be so glad you did!

For the box - Cut the paper to 8” X 5 ½”.  Using the Simply Scored (122334), place the 8" side of the card stock and place it across the top.  Score at 3 ½” and 4 ½”.

Turn so the 5 1/2” side is at the top and score at 1” - rotate the paper around so the other 5 1/2" side is at the top and score again at 1”.

Use your Bone Folder (102300) all around to make the edges nice and crisp.  This will make your box look so much better.

Cut in at the score lines as shown in the picture.  Making this snip helps the box to fold up nice and clean with a very defined edge all around.

Use Sticky Strip (104294) to hold your box together.  This will keep your projects from falling apart, especially when weather and temperatures can have an effect on the adhesive.  Don't get me wrong, I love our Snail Adhesive, but for 3-D projects, Sticky Strip is really the best.

For the top of the box:

Cut a 5 5/8” X 3 1/8”  piece from the Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack (132181).  Score at 1” on each side of the paper.  I've drawn the score lines in pencil below since it's nearly impossible to photograph on our pretty DSP.

 Assemble the lid the same as you did the bottom and decorate the box as desired.

Your finished box will hold up to 5 small 3 x 3" cards with envelopes and embellishments.  You can see the Dimensionals when looking in from the top.

Just a reminder about saving paper, I used the Real Red Postage Stamp Punch which would be a "hidden" layer and punched out the ornament that would be used on top of the Whisper White 1" Punched card stock.  No need to snip that out of a larger piece of paper, when you can use what you have in front of you.  Yayyy!  I did the same thing with the other cards using the Mini Punch Pack.

The cards were all made with Whisper White cut at 6" x 3" and scored at 3".  Then a 2 1/2" square on top.  I used Christmas Messages (w-131790 / c-131793) and Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp set (134623).

Also used were the Postage Stamp Punch (122344), Merry Minis Punch Pack (126882), 1" Square Punch (124094) and the Artisan Label Punch (130920).

Embellishments:  Silver 1/8" Ribbon (132137), Pearls Basic Jewels (119247), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246) and Dimensionals (104430).

You can find everything you need to make this card on my website HERE.  If I can help you with anything, please let me know.  You can email me at   

Have a great week.  It's a week of Thanksgiving.  I hope you can spend your time making family memories.

~ Donna

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Petite Purse Santa Box

Here's my favorite Santa stamp again!!  This adorable idea comes from Becky Roberts.  Thanks Becky!

This is made from the Petite Purse Bigz Die (125606). It's pretty small but perfect for just a little something to give to friends or even as a name card at your Christmas table.  Just replace the sentiments with names.  Cool!  I chose to stamp my Santa's in Real Red, but you could certainly stamp them in StazOn Black and then color them in with your blender pens.

Here are some quick instructions on how to put together the purse / holder.  After die cutting the Petite Purse, you'll need to score one more place to make the new bottom.  Lay the purse on your Stampin' Trimmer with the purse flap score line at the 1" mark, then score.

 Here is the added score line (see below).  Sorry the picture is so blurry, it wouldn't focus on that line for anything!

Assemble the purse, including tucking the flap in that you just scored.

Turn the purse upside down and snip the bottom of the purse down the middle.  Fold them down and attach them to the base.  The top of the purse will have rounded edges - snip them off so it sits flat.

Add Santa inside with glue dots and then add candy, or whatever other treat you would like inside, and attach a fun sentiment.

Stamps:  Santa's List (w-131808 / c-131811), Christmas Messages (w-131790 / c-131793)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock:  Real Red, Whisper White, Old Olive
DSP: Season of Style Paper Stack (132181)
Ribbon:  1/8" Silver Ribbon (132137)
Punches:  Artisan Label (130920), Decorate Label (120907)

You can find everything you need to make this on my website HERE.  If I can help you with anything, please let me know.  You can email me at   

Thank you for looking in today!

~ Donna

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Guest Stamper Alyssa

This is so beautiful and it was done by a very beginner stamper!!  This shows you just how easy it is to put beautiful things together with Stampin' Up Products.  Stamps and Framelit dies that make it easy to stamp and easily cut out the gorgeous snowflakes without any effort at all!

Thank you Alyssa for making these beautiful cards.  I'm sure whoever receives them will be thrilled with how perfect they are and will be asking you for more! 

Stamps Well With Others Recipe:

Card Stock:  Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Smoky Slate
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Smoky Slate
Extras:  Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (132175), Festive Flurry Bundle - Stamps and Framelits (w-133284 / c-133285)
Stamps:  Greetings of the Season (w-128030 / c-128033)

Thank you for looking in today.  I hope you are ready for a great weekend.  We're enjoying rain - much needed rain - here in Arizona.  It's been raining nearly non-stop for more than 24 hours and it is so nice!

Have a great weekend!

Stamp Well My Friends,
~ Donna

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tread Lightly - While Taking the Challenge

As I type this, we're actually getting rain in the Phoenix area!!!  Yayyyy!!  On Friday (when you will be reading this) we're expecting between 1" to 3".  I know this doesn't sound like much to some of you, but to those of us in Phoenix, that's flood water!  We sure need it here, so we're all delighted, at least I know I am.  I love the smell of fresh rain.

On to the card for today.  I needed a masculine card for a friend of mine and came up with this.  I think if I do it again, and I probably will, I'll also but a thin layer of Basic Black under the Silver Foil so it stands out like the other colors.

I used the Foil Sheets from the Holiday Catalog and ran it through the Big Shot with the Chevron Embossing Folder (127749).   Doesn't it look like tire tracks from a big old work truck or backhoe?  

Stamps Well With Others Recipe:

Card Stock:  Cajun Craze, Basic Black, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Silver Foil Sheet (132178)
Ink:  Cajun Craze
Stamps:  Remembering Your Birthday (w-131347 / c-131350)
Extras:  Chevron Embossing Folder (127749)

Remember the Challenge

Are you working on the challenge I offered up earlier this week?  Be sure to email me or post a comment on the original post HERE.  I've been going through my swap cards that can be used for great cards.

If you aren't sure what to make, stick with the basics:  Birthday, Love You, Thinking of You, Just Because.  These can always be used no matter where they go.

If you choose to make cards for Operation Write Home, be sure to check their guidelines for making and sending cards.  This is crucial to the safety of our soldiers.

Thanks for looking in today!

~ Donna