Category Archives: Stampin’ Up!

granola gifts

I have really been enjoying a home made granola recipe that my friend Michele G. from Canada shared with me.  I’ve made a few batches and shared some granola…I hope the recipients like it as much as I do!  My most recent granola gift was placed in a recycled jar, with a decorated lid and stamped tag.

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The jars were washed and the labels were removed.  Bottle brush trees (from The Craft Shack) and figures from Walmart were glued to the lid with E6000 and left to dry overnight.  Then I added Aleene’s True Snow and let it dry again. I added the felt ribbon with Scor-Tape.  The stamps on the tag are a retired Sweet ‘n Sassy set.

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I also gave a gift with some granola previously in a small mason jar.  This time I stamped a topper for the lid with the SU! Painted Petals set and added a matching tag to the gift bag.

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Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

clear-ly Christmas

Hello friends!  It’s time for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!

We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the second Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  This month it is Lydia’s turn and her challenge is “Ice, Ice baby – represent ice with a CLEAR element on your card – embossing powder, glaze, acetate, etc.”  Sound fun?

I made a clear card (love these!) with some Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Christmas Silhouettes images and the Christmas Silhouettes dies and Hillside Edges dies.

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It was hard to photograph without getting a glare.  The front of the acetate card was embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.  The reindeer is on the front and the tree is on the inside of the front.  Some deco labels were cut and adhered to the inside back.  Then the hillside edge die was cut and layered with the sentiment stamped on it.

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An additional white layer was cut and adhered to the card back to hide the tape and provide a place to write a greeting.

Please join us and create a card with a clear element… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXDEC15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Silhouettes; paper- navy, white; ink- SU! Midnight Muse and Gumball Green; accessories- acetate, Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Silhouettes dies and Hillside Edges dies, ribbon, Scor-Tape, SU! Deco Labels Framelits dies and Northern Flurry embossing folder.

coffee theme pocket letter

I recently traded pocket letters with two friends and they have received them so now I can share pics.  I made this one in a coffee theme since I had a few pieces left over from some card candy I created.

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Here’s a few pics a bit closer…

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And the back with a few small goodies…

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The center pocket has a folded, die cut notecard to write a message.

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And here’s a pic of one I received back from my friend Cheri.  I LOVE it!  :)


Have a good night!

summer, autumn, and winter ATCs

Over the summer and fall I have made a few ATCs and as usual…I am behind on sharing pics!  They were all made for swaps with local friends.  To save time, I am just going to share them all at once!

The first two ATCs were for a summer swap with specific assigned colors.  These went together in a frame like the one I posted HERE.

This one uses the pretty SU! Butterfly Basics set…

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The second summer one uses the Taylored Expressions Adventure Land set…

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The Autumn ATC was also made to a specific color scheme and went into a frame.  This uses the Sweet ‘n Sassy Autumn Leaves and Falling Leaves sets.  Some leaves were stamped on the cardstock and a few were stamped on an acetate overlay.

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And last is my winter ATC.  This is very CAS but I LOVE the concept.  Here I used stamps from my Sweet ‘n Sassy Snowman Soup (brrr) and Snowy Hello (snowflake) sets.

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I may have to try this for a few Christmas cards!

Thanks for popping in…have a great day!

Summer 1: stamps- SU! Butterfly Basics; paper- white, Pacific Point; ink- Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive; accessories- gemstones, SU! Butterfly Thinlits dies, Stickles.

Summer 2: stamps- Taylored Expressions Adventure Land; paper- white, Pacific Point; ink- Pacific Point, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, gemstones.

Autumn: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Autumn Leaves and Falling Leaves; paper- vanilla, acetate, Cherry Cobbler; ink- Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Stazon Black; accessories- flat top eyelets, Crop-a-Dile.

Winter: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Snowman Soup (brrr) and Snowy Hello (snowflake); paper- white; ink- Versafine Black, Wisteria Wonder; accessories- Sizzix Snowmen #2, buttons, Stickles.


first pocket letter

Hello crafty friends!  Sooo…today I have something a little different to share.  Pocket letters are something new and fun… think ATC’s crossed with pen pals.  I recently finished my first one and here’s a few pics… plus a quick video.

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So basically you have 9 ATCs in a pocket sleeve…folded and mailed in a business envelope, with a letter or notes tucked in to your “pen pal”.

some close ups… Click on photos for larger view.

first row… Dymo Label maker, Chinese fortunes, etc…

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the middle… a cute little bunny (with an extra stamp included behind it), an embossed envelope, paper pieced heart…

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a teeny card inside the center envelope…

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and the last row… shiny boots, butterfly, and Classic Pooh…

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The video is horrible…LOL…with bad lighting to boot…but here you go anyway…

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Have a great day!

flower block basket

Hello!  Today I am sharing something other than a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  I like to make 3-D projects also and this time I made a little basket of treats to cheer up a friend going through treatments for cancer.  Leaving a basket of goodies hopefully let her know that I am thinking of her even after my visit.

I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy Mini Flower Blocks 1 stamp set to make my flower on the front.

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a close up…

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My friend said it was her “little ray of sunshine”.  :)  I am good about making cards but not always so good at sending them.  lol.  But I would encourage you to lift someone up with a card or small gift such as this… it sure lifted my spirits too!  ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

Have a wonderful day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Mini Flower Blocks 1; paper- black, white, SU! Daffodil Delight; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- SU! basket die, ribbon, Scor-Tape, Bow-Easy, Copics, Wink of Stella clear, foam tape.



spring boots ATC

I was in an ATC swap with some friends that followed a spring theme.  We were working on putting together an ATC frame similar to this one that I made… but with spring images.  A few colors were chosen that we all would work with and here’s the ATC I created.

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I added Crystal Lacquer to the boots…

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I would gladly trade snow boots for cute spring boots, wouldn’t you?

stamps- SU! Bootiful Occasions; paper- SU! Soft Sky, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Pear Pizzazz and Coastal Cabana for light sponging; accessories- Copics, SU! Clouds embossing folder, Crystal Lacquer, adhesive rhinestones, EK Success flower punch, foan dots, SU! Oval punch.

lotus blossom and a sketch

Just sharing another SU! card today…I used the SAB freebie Lotus Blossom set on this one.

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This flower is gorgeous in lots of colors!  (Trust me, I’ve tried it!)

And here’s a sketch in case you like the layout.  I used the same one as I did here…but added the paper doily.

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I am longing for flowers…can you tell?

stamps- SU! Lotus Blossom; paper- Painted Blooms dsp, Crumb Cake, white; ink- Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso; accessories- paper doily, button, crochet thread, adhesive pearls, Labels Collection Framelits dies, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, corner rounder.

acetate overlay pasture birthday

Brrr…are you staying warm?  We are quickly tiring of the frigid temps and are already waiting for February to be over!  It looks like another cold week ahead.

I played with some new SU! stamps recently.  I really liked the From The Herd stamp set when I saw it in the catalog so it was one of my first choices.  Here’s my card…

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This set will be fun to color… but I knew that I wouldn’t always want to color it.  😉  Then I remembered a card design and sketch that I made 5 years ago which would be perfect for this set.  I stamped the herd onto a clear acetate panel with Stazon Black ink and used it as an overlay.  The brads hold the acetate in place so no additional adhesive is needed!

Here is my updated sketch with measurements for each panel.

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The acetate panel is optional.  Use patterned papers, embossed or stamped panels, etc.  The brads can be moved to whichever panels you want…but you need to use at least 2 brads to keep the acetate layer in place.

Have a great week and stay warm!

stamps- SU! From The Herd; paper- SU! Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiment) and Stazon Black (on acetate); accessories- brads, clear acetate.

November Paper Pumpkin projects

It has been a while since I got to create with the SU! Paper Pumpkin kits.  Most of my time this year was spent enjoying the preparations of my daughter’s wedding.  (I still need to share those pics too!)  Now that things have settled down, I want to catch up on those little boxes of fun.  And I was thrilled that this month had a kit to help me get moving on my Christmas cards and tags!

I usually like to put my own spin on the projects but this time I mostly followed the instructions… with just a few slight changes.  Then I created some extras with the leftover pieces.  This kit creates 8 Christmas cards plus 12 tags.  I made an extra 9 cards and 9 tags for a total of 17 cards and 21 tags:)

Here’s the card that is in the kit.  The instructions say to add that blue punch-out snowflake to the envelope but I want these to be mailable so I added them to the front of the card instead.

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On the inside, I tilted the sentiment panel and added a stamped snowflake.

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Since I didn’t add the blue flake to the envelopes, I stamped them.  Much more postal friendly!

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These layered tags in the kit are so cute!  I stuck with the plan but added a stamped snowflake to the inside.

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When I was finished with the directions there were still PLENTY of leftover pieces so I kept going.  I only had to add some extra cardstock, a few extra rhinestones, etc.

I didn’t throw away the cardstock negatives from the silver and blue punch-out snowflakes.  I cut the blue piece into strips and got 5 cards in this design…

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I only made one of this one but I think this might be my favorite.  I can’t believe I STILL have extra Washi tape left…

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Here I added some green and brown and got 3 cards of this design.

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The leftover piece of silver from the silver snowflakes was cut into squares and I got 7 of these cute tags!

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And lastly, I threw together these 2 tiny tags.  The blue flake fit perfectly into the silver negative piece.

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I hope these have inspired you to use your leftover pieces to create more fun Paper Pumpkin projects!

stamps- SU! Simply Snowflake Paper Pumpkin; paper- white, brown, SU! Pool Party, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Simply Snowflake Paper Pumpkin kit; ink- SU! Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake; accessories- SU! Simply Snowflake Paper Pumpkin kit, Decorative Dots embossing folder, gemstones, Stickles, tracing wheel, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Tag Corner punch, hole punch, foam dots.