Category Archives: Stampin’ Up!

sending sunshine (and goodies)

Several weeks ago I wanted to send a college care package in the mail and I came across a lovely card that I made at a gathering with friends which was designed by Linda Callahan.  I used her card for inspiration and changed up the paper and sentiment (mine was done on the computer).  I also added the butterfly.

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To go with the sentiment, I wanted my box of goodies to have lots of yellow things included.  I was surprised at how easy it was to find lots of yellow!

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I hope you are inspired to go find some yellow goodies and send someone a little sunshine too!

Have a great day!

bold botanicals

I am seriously behind on my SU! Paper Pumpkin kits….but I recently grabbed the August 2016 kit (Bold Botanicals) and gave it a tweak. Here’s my cards. I only really cared for one of the designs so I changed up the others.

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Now to tackle more boxes!  😉

Have a great evening!

snowy note cube

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 Bev’s turn and her challenge is “Snowy, Frosty, or Glitzy!”  Sound fun?

Remember when stamping on the blank note cubes was popular?  How many of you still have some in a closet somewhere?  (raising my hand too!)  I recently got one out and realized once again that it is a fun project to do.  Here I stamped an old SU! snowman set, Flaky Friends, and colored with markers.

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The online store where we used to order the blank note cubes is no longer in business.  We may need to find a new source for these!  😉

Please join us and create a card or project… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXJAN16.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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Happy stamping!

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!  :)

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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.