Oct 10 2016

Girl with Pigtails Punch Art

My grand-daughter Quinn’s second birthday was yesterday and I made a special little card for her based on a couple ideas I saw on Pinterest!  Here’s the birthday girl!  She is just SO precious!



And here is the card I made!  Her mom likes to have her hair up in pigtails a lot!



Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Pink Pirouette, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, embossed with the Confetti Embossing Folder.
  • Her face is the larger Layering Circle cut from some retired Blush Blossom cardstock.
  • Her hair is the same size Layering Circle with Soft Suede cardstock, cut almost in half, them trimmed for some “bangs” and adhered to the top of the face circle.
  • The pigtails were 1/2 x 3″ strips of Soft Suede cardstock, cut in small strips (leave about 1/2″ uncut to adhere behind her head).  Curl with bone folder.
  • Add two small flowers punched from In Colors Pattern DSP in the Watermelon Wonder color.
  • Cut a smaller Layering circle from Blush Blossom for her “arms”, then I used the retired 2-3/8″ Circle Circle to cut her polka dot dress, trimming away the sides on an angle.  (I didn’t even think about the scalloped Layering Circles until I was already finished…but those would work…use the about the size of the head!)
  • Adhere dress and head to the base of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Cut two Black Eyes and 2 small white highlights with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and nose with Blush Blossom, add to face.
  • Sponge Blushing Bride Ink for cheeks with Sponge Dauber.
  • Hand draw mouth with Basic Black Marker.
  • Add Pearls to hair bows and top of dress.
  • Stamp Happy Birthday from Confetti Celebrations with Memento Black Ink, punch with the Classic Label punch.  Add to front of card.
  • Cut the 2 from retired File Tabs Framelits from Silver Glimmer Paper and adhere to card.


I think this turned out SUPER cute and love how easy it was to personalize with her hair color and birthday!



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Oct 19 2015

October 2015 Tour de Freaks

Hi!  Welcome to the Control Freaks “Tour the Freaks” blog hop!  You’ve probably just come from the awesome Jan Tinklenberg, didn’t you love her ideas?  You can continue around the blog hop until you reach back here and complete the tour!  Small group this time…only 9 stops!


Our theme for October is “Something to be thankful for…”  I could think of TONS of things I’m very thankful for…my family, health, friends, a great stamping business that allows me to work from home.  But…this time of year gratitude also makes me think of the Thanksgiving holiday.  I only have a few truly “Thanksgiving” type of decorations that I set out.  One is a set of little stuffed pilgrims and turkey that I purchased at a craft fair YEARS ago!  Looking at them when I pulled out the Halloween stuff gave me the idea that I could re-create them in box form.  And, I decided the Cutie Pie Framelit would be my best bet!  So…here’s the family:


October 2015 Pilgram Cutie Pie Thinlets
Aren’t they cute?  All of them can be filled with candy or treats, the bottom of the box opens up!  I plan on putting them on my Thanksgiving Table to go along with the Indian Corn favors I made for each plate that I featured in last month’s tour!  Here they are individually.


The Boy Pilgrim:

October 2015 Boy Pilgrim
The Girl Pilgrim:

October 2015 Girl Pilgrim
And the Turkey:

October 2015 Turkey
A few details:

  • The Faces were punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle.  Eyes with the 1/4″ circle.
  • The hats were made with the Boo To You witch hat.
  • Collars, bonnet, hair and apron were hand cut.  The scallop on her collar with the 2-3/8 Scallop Circle Punch.
  • Turkey feet and waddle were cut from the Cutie Pie Thinlet pieces.  Leaves from the Leaflet Framelits.


OK…time to move on to the next person on the tour my great friend, Mary Brown.  I know you’ll enjoy her projects, too!



Apr 22 2015

Grand Vacation Hawaii Blog Hop

Hawaii blog hop 3
ALOHA!!!  So excited that 30 of us going on the Stampin’ Up! Hawaii Incentive trip are participating in a BLOG HOP!!!  Our theme is Hawaiian…can’t wait to see all the ideas!  You’ve probably just come from Barb Mullikin’s blog!  Love her project!


When thinking about what to do, I realized that I really don’t have any current Hawaiian-looking stamps.  Of course, I could do flowers, but wanted a little something different.  So, besides flowers…what is Hawaii known for?  How about PINEAPPLES!  No sets with pineapples, but I could do something with punches!  Here’s my Hawaiian theme using pineapples…a card and matching little favor.


For the card I used the Perfect Print Alphabet Dies to spell out Aloha, cut from Garden Green cardstock.  The five pineapples were punched with the Extra Large Oval from Hello Honey In Color Backgrounds Designer Paper!  I thought the pattern in the DSP worked great!  I sponged Hello Honey around the edges.  The tops were stamped with the small flower in Flower Patch with Garden Green Ink and cut out.  The Petite Petals flowers were punched from Tangelo Twist cardstock and the centers from Crushed Curry cardstock.  Garden Green Candy Dots were placed in the centers.  Here’s a closeup of the card:

Then I made a Fry Box cut from Garden Green cardstock.  I used another pineapple and flower punch art on the front and added some White Bakers Twine.  Hello was stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on a strip of Whisper White across the front of the Fry Box and is from A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set.  I filled a cello bag with Tropical Trail Mix…yummy!  It is tied closed with 1/8″ Gold Ribbon.  Here’s a closeup:

I hope you think they are as super cute as I do!  Next up on the blog hop is Alison Solven!  I’m sure you will love her project, too!





Dec 04 2014

CCMC332 Star Angel Gift Card Holder

We have a really fun challenge this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  We switched it up a little due to the upcoming Christmas holidays and thought we’d have a “Make a Gift Card Holder” theme this week!  It can be any style holder…check out what the Challenge Team did…they are all VERY different!



I personally give some gift cards at Christmas, but I also like to dress them up a little!  For this one, I used the Gift Card Envelope Thinlet for the holder, but added it to a card front!  I designed a simple version of this sweet little angel for my tag class this week…but I’ve embellished her even more for this project by giving her sparkling Glimmer Wings and Confetti Stars on her dress, plus her hair in a bun!  lol!

CCMC332 Star Angel Gift Card Holder

A few details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Whisper White.  On top is a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Hello Honey.
  • The Santa & Co. Designer Paper is cut 3 1/2 x 5 1/4.
  • Whisper White was used with the Gift Card Envelope Thinlet and I cut off the smaller side, then sealed the edges of the envelope on 3 sides.  I punched a partial 1″ circle on the open end so the gift card would be easy to pull out.
  • I wrapped the Daffodil Delight Striped Ribbon around the gift card tightly, then tied it closed with White Bakers Twine.
  • The Angel base is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper cut with the Star Framelit.  I also cut the same size star from Hello Honey and cut away the top and two side points to make her dress.  The arm sleeves are the Word Window Punch in Hello Honey and her hands in Blushing Bride.  I cut a sliver of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to make the trim on her sleeves.
  • Her head is a 1″ Circle of Blushing Bride with a 1/8″ Circle of Real Red for her mouth and I drew on the eyes with lashes.  The hair is the 1″ circle cut from Chocolate Chip and a 1/2″ punched circle for the “bun”.  The halo is a piece of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon.
  • I used the Confetti Punch with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to punch our the stars and adhered them to the front of her dress randomly.
  • Then I popped up my angel on the front of the gift card envelope with Stampin’ Dimensionals and stamped the greeting from Christmas Bliss with Basic Gray ink on the envelope.


When you pull on the ribbon, the gift card slides out!


CCMC332 Angel Star inside

Didn’t she turn out sweet?  I was so happy with the tag I made for my Tag Class, that I just knew I had to use her again!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary and get some great ideas for gift card holders!

Nov 22 2014

Mingle All the Way Snowman

Stamp Club members this month enjoyed making this punch art Snowman for the front of their Gift Card Holder.  I wanted to share a coordinating card I made at the Retreat last month using the same snowman!  I know I’ll be making a bunch of them for my Christmas gift tags this year!  I’d better get working on them!


Mingle all the Way Snowman


Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Cherry Cobbler, folded in half.
  • The 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Marina Mist was embossed with the Northern Flurries folder.
  • The greeting from Mingle All The Way was stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White and punched with the 1 3/4″ Circle.  A few Rhinestones were added for some special sparkle.
  • I made the snowman out of Whisper White and Basic Black circles and ovals and added the scarf cut from Trim The Tree Designer Paper Pack.
  • I cut off the loop on the All is Calm Snowflake Embellishment and adhered it to the scarf with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • Two large Rhinestones were colored with a Black Sharpie for “coal” and added to his belly.
  • A little triangle of Pumpkin Pie makes his nose and the eyes and mouth were hand drawn with a Black Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • I tore a 1 1/2 x 4 piece of Whisper White to make the snow ground and tucked the snowman down inside the snow bank!  I added some Dazzling Details sparkle to the top edge of the snow.

Too, too, cute, if I must say so myself!!!  I love snowman cards!


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Sep 04 2014

CCMC319 Fall Fest Pumpkin

HolidayCardBadgeIt’s Thursday and time for a Create with Connie and Mary challenge!  We have a wonderful sketch challenge for you today…clean and simple!  Grab your stamps and play along!


And remember, we are just starting our Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Card “Create”tions 2014 this week!  We will be doing one week of Halloween/Fall card sets and two weeks of Christmas! It’s not too late to join and you won’t miss anything…you can refer back to the project 24/7 for up to a year!  For only $19.95 US, you’ll get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas not shown ANYWHERE else!  So, stop by Create with Connie and Mary and sign up!

So here is the sketch for this week’s challenge:


And here is my card!  I love fall and pumpkins!


The details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top I added a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 layer of Color Me Autumn Designer Paper.  I picked a neutral background so the bright pumpkin would pop off the page.
  • I cut three ovals (second from smallest) with the Oval Framelits from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  I also embossed them with the Delicate Dots Embossing Folder.  I sponged Tangerine Tango ink around the edges of each oval.  The two bottom ones were adhered together, then added the top oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals to form the pumpkin shape.
  • I stamped the small leaves in Fall Fest with Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Crushed Curry, then cut them with the Fun Fall Framelits.
  • I tied a small piece of Mossy Meadow Satin Ribbon in a knot for the stem and adhered it behind the pumpkin.  I added another leaf stamped with Mossy Meadow ink to the stem.
  • Celebrate from Good Greetings (FREE this month with a $300 workshop!) was stamped with Mossy Meadow ink on Whisper White strip and cut the diagonal end.
  • I used one of the Autumn Woods Elements on top of the leaves for a little extra bling!


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Sep 02 2014

Holiday Home

I usually don’t show my Stamp Club cards…I try to keep them exclusive to my monthly Stamp Club Members.  However, this one was just too cute not to share!  I used Holiday Home and a little punch art!  Anyone remember the movie “UP”?


I like to send out “just moved” or “moving” cards.  This one is lots of fun!  One of my members mentioned that she would be making these for her son-in-law who is a realtor!  What a great idea!



Here are the details:

  • The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Basic Gray, folded in half.
  • I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Cherry Cobbler.
  • On the 3 3/4 x 5 layer of Soft Sky, I stamped the trees along the bottom in Early Espresso Ink.  I stamped Happy New Home in Tuxedo Black ink.
  • The house was stamped with Tuxedo Black ink on scrap Whisper White and the roof and trim colored with Smoky Slate Ink, the door with Cherry Cobbler and the windows with So Saffron.  I used the Framelits to cut it out.
  • The balloons were Small Ovals punched from Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, along with the small heart (Owl Punch) for the bottoms.  I added them to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I used the White Chalk Pen to draw the “highlight” on the balloons.
  • I punched two clouds with the Cupcake Punch and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, too.
  • Finally, I used the Smoky Slate Marker to draw the strings for the balloons down to the house.


I love how it turned out!  Do you like?

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Jun 15 2014

Hungry Catepillar Happy Birthday!

OK…I just have to brag on my grandson, Carter!  He turned ONE year old yesterday and we attended his first birthday party!  He was SUCH a good boy the entire time!  It is hard to believe a year has gone by since he was born, do you remember?  This is a LONG post…scroll to the bottom to see all the goodies!


THEN (June 14, 2013)


NOW (June 14, 2014)

I love this picture because you can see all 3 of his teeth, and that WILD hair!  And he has such a BIG smile!  lol!

Carter 1st birthday

And here is one of the gifts we got him…he scampered right thru the tunnel the first time!


Tunnel small

Birthday theme was “Very Hungry Caterpillar”.  We used the Stampin’ Up! Circle Framelits for the caterpillar, Oval Framelits for the eyes, Triangle Punch for the nose, and Modern Label Punch for the antennas.  The Serif Essentials Dies (retired) for the letters.  He also had a banner that spelled Happy 1st Birthday!

Carter banner small

Birthday cupcakes spaced to look like a caterpillar!  And a personal birthday cake for Carter with the number 1!

Carter birthday cupcakes small

Table centerpiece with birthday crown, book and “I am 1” banner, plus his newborn photo dressed in a caterpillar suit.

Carter display small

I made this LARGE tag for the bag that held the tunnel and tent…it was too big to wrap!   I free-hand cut the leaf, scored and sponged it.  The apple is the Heart Framelit with part of the Oval Punch cut at the bottom.  The leaves are the retired Blossoms Petals Builder punch.  The caterpillar was punched with 1 & 1 1/4″ Circle Punches.  The “munches” were made with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.

Carter Bag tag

And here is the matching birthday card I made for him.  Greeting is Sassy Salutations.

Carter 1st birthday card

That icing is SOOOOO yummy!  He was SO careful with it!

Carter cake small

Crib filled with birthday balloons!

Carter bed small

It was such a fun party and special day!  And Carter is such a blessing…love him to pieces!


Thanks for letting me brag on my grandson a little bit!


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Apr 09 2014

Geometrical Favors

I included this little favor in Club orders last month!  Love using that Scallop Tag Topper Punch!  A little Hershey candy bar dressed up for Easter is inside…looked great with the colors of the Kaleidoscope Designer Paper and the Geometrical Stamp Set!  As usual…I didn't remember to photograph them all until I had already given out a lot of them!  lol!



Here are the details:

  1. Cut Whisper White 2 x 5 1/2, then punch each end with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
  2. Score at 2 1/2 & 2 3/4
  3. Stamp Thank You from Lots of Thanks stamp set with Black Stazon above the front score line.
  4. Cut a 1 x 2 piece of Kaleidoscope Designer Paper for the front and adhere above the Thank You.
  5. Stamp the triangles from Geometrical with Crushed Curry, Bermuday Bay and Old Olive, punch with the Triangle Punch.  Pop up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. Add an Itty Bitty Flower with Pearl Center to the Bermuda Bay triangle.
  7. Add a bow tied with the Gold Metallic Bakers Twine at the top to keep both sides closed.
  8. I did add a Mini Glue Dot to the Hershey Candy to hold it in place.


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Nov 26 2013

Reindeer Punch Art

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I just did a Christmas Tag Class that used framelits and punches to make six different tags…they did two of each!  One of my favorites was the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer tag (inspired by Monika Davis from a couple years ago).  I updated hers to use current product!  AND…since I loved it so much, I decided to use it on a card for another class!



Isn't he CUTE???  I love the A Banner Christmas greeting on his belly, too.  On the tags we left it blank to write in the To/From.

Here are the details!

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Cherry Cobbler folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Old Olive embossed with the Stylished Stripes folder.
  3. Along the bottom I added a 1 1/2 x 4 piece of Season of Style Designer Paper, layered on a 1 3/4 x 4 piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.
  4. I also added two designer paper banners at the top.
  5. For the reindeer, I used two sizes of the Circle Framelits in Chocolate Chip and Whisper White and cut the top portion of the Whisper White.  I added a small strip of Cherry Cobbler to hide the seam, then added Rhinestones across it.
  6. I punched a Large Oval from Crumb Cake for the muzzle and hand drew on it with a Basic Black marker.
  7. I used the largest Festive Flurry Framelit and cut it for the antlers and the hooves of Rudolph.
  8. His eyes are 1/4" circles of Basic Black, dotted with the White Gel Pen.  His nose is a 3/8" Circle punched from Red Glimmer Paper.
  9. I stamped the Holly Jolly greeting from A Banner Christmas in Old Olive on scrap white and cut it out.  I stamped Christmas with Chocolate Chip directly only the Whisper White.

Do you love him?  I do! 


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