Wednesday, March 16, 2016

march crazy card club

Gift Card in a Bag

Hi Friends

Just dropping by quickly to share a cute little project with you.  We are still going nuts trying to get our present house ready to sell and keeping an eye on the new one being built.  I can't believe all the red tape involved.  But, that's another entire  

Today's  post is an easy project to begin with :-).  Mine got a little more involved since I chose to really fancy up the belly band, but you can decide how you want to decorate it. It's funny how this all started.  I had the idea to make a little flat bag so I made a prototype using regular printer paper.  I liked how it turned out, bulk and weight-wise, so that's what I went with.... here are details....

Printer paper 8 1/2 x 11 .... in landscape mode, score at 3 1/4 and 8 1/2   turn score at 3/4

Fold along score lines, tape vertically, turn up bottom and tape... you have a nice little bag!

You might want to decorate the top portion of bag at this point .... I tried                           using decorative scissors but it was an epic fail (they are going to the good                               will) so I cut it off and finished it with plain top

Lay bag on scoring board, landscape mode, and score at 3 1/2... fold bag

Cut a belly band ..... 2 x 12 from dsp .... now have fun decorating.

Cut insert card in whisper white 3 3/4 x 5 ... this goes in back part of bag

Insert gift card in the pocket you created when you folded bag.... create tabs

I hope this made sense.... here are some pictures to help visualize....


Here we are .... my assistent Bailey helping with assembly    :-)

That's it for today ... I'll  try to post more often but I can't promise I'll have time.
Don't give up on me..... I'll get back into more frequent posts when all these distractions  are past history.  Won't that be nice???


Friday, February 5, 2016

HUGE Stampin' Up moving sale

Hi Friends

It's been awhile since I've had the time to post but there have been family issues which have kept me very busy and away from my stamp room.... yikes.  I'm happy to report that my husband (who slipped in the shower, fell, and broke his arm/shoulder) is doing very well now and we are slowly getting back into routine... not quite there....but progress :-).  Also, as a result of another fall...this time down the stairs... we are moving!  We have bought a cute little one story in a new development and have been ironing out all the details and making our decisions for options. It should be finished around the end of May...hopefully.  But, we will only have about 2/3 of the space we have here, so I need to PURGE!  And.... you'll get the benefit of that.... if you choose.

                                                  HUGE STAMPIN' UP SALE

All of these stamps are retired, Stampin Up wood block sets in their original clam shell boxes.  Most have been used, some have staining on the wood, but all are in good condition and stamp beautifully.

Pay Pal is my preferred form of payment and all stamps will be sent priority USPS.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns - email  I will calculate shipping costs and send them to you personally. Sorry but will only ship to US.  Since I have not taken pictures of these sets yet, I am going to provide a link where you can see the set and several samples of finished work using each stamp set.  Happy shopping!

CRAZY FOR CUPCAKES... set of 6 stamps... $5.00   description  SOLD
WINGED THINGS ... set of 8 stamps ... $5.00  description  SOLD
PARTY HEARTY ... set of 9 stamps ... $5.00   description   SOLD  
POLKA DOT PUNCH ... set of 4 stamps ... $2.00   description
FLOWER GARDEN ... set of 7 stamps ... $5.00  description   SOLD
POLKA DOT BACKGROUND STAMP ... 4 x 5 polka dots on wood block.... $2.00  SOLD
SHAPES AND SHADOWS ... set of 12 stamps ... $5.00 ... description
STITCHED EXOTICS ... set of 10 stamps ... $5.00 ... description  SOLD
ALWAYS... set of 11 stamps ... $5.00 ... description    SOLD
FRIENDSHIP BLOOMS ... set of 5 stamps ... $3.00 .. description
SIDEKICK SAYINGS ... set of 3 lg stamps ... $2.00  description  SOLD
WATERCOLOR GARDEN... set of 13 stamps ... $5.00  description  SOLD
SEEING SPOTS ... set of 6 stamps ... $3.00 ... description
NICE AND EASY NOTES (2 boxes) ... set of 8 stamps ... $5.00 ...description    SOLD
PERFECT PARTY ... set of 9 stamps ... $5.00 ... description    SOLD
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE ... set of 9 stamps ... $5.00 .. description
FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLY ... set of 10 stamps ... $5.00... description   SOLD
HAPPY HEARTS ... set of 10 stamps ... $5.00 ... description    SOLD
SIMPLY SAID ... set of 11 stamps ... $5.00 ... description
FLOWERS OF GRATITUDE... set of 4 stamps ... $2.00 ... description SOLD
LOVE YOU MUCH ... set of 6 stamps ... $5.00 ... description     SOLD
RIVETING ... set of 8 stamps ... $5.00 ...  description  SOLD
EMBRACE LIFE ...set of 5 stamps ... $3.00 ... description   SOLD
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT ... set of 11 stamps... $5.00 ... description
FUN AND FAST NOTES ... set of 8 stamps ... $5.00 ... description     SOLD
DREAMS DU JOUR ... set of 4 stamps ... $3.00 ... description  SOLD
SO VERY ... set of 8 stamps ... $5.00 ... description
PICK A PETAL ... set of 11 stamps ... $5.00 ... description   SOLD
WOW FLOWERS ... set of 4 stamps... $2.00 ... description   SOLD
POLKA DOTS AND PAISLEY ... set of 6 stamps ... $5.00 ... description   SOLD
SIMPLE WISHES ... set of 4 stamps ... $2.00 ... description    SOLD
SIMPLE SEASONS ... set of 6 stamps ... $3.00 ... description
FRESH CUTS ... set of 5 stamps ... $3.00 ... description   SOLD
OVAL ALL ... set of 4 stamps ... $2.00 ... description    SOLD
MERCI ... set of 6 stamps ... $3.00 ... description    SOLD
BLOCK PARTY ... set of 3 stamps ... $2.00 ... description
LOTS OF THOUGHTS ... set of 6 stamps ... $3.00 ... description
DEAR FRIEND ... set of 4 stamps ... $2.00 ... description    SOLD
ALPHABET SOUP ... set of 4 stamps ... $2.00... description
LITTLE BIT OF HAPPINESS ... set of 4 stamps ... $2.00 ...  description  SOLD

That's it for now... I will update this post as the stamps sell out ... there will be more to come as I progress through the 'purge'.  


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chill Day Hedgie

Hi Friends

Do you know why everybody is saying "the holidays.......already"?  It's because it's true! This year has flown by for us and, apparently, for most others too.  So for my October crazy card club I chose to do a cute Christmas card.  It's here, might as well embrace it.

Here it is... It was a fun card to create .. and color .l.. hope you like it too!

Materials used were
Stamps - Penny Black Chill Day, Winter Wonderland (sentiment)
Stampin Up "Christmas Messages" (inside sentiment)
The paper is SU "Nordic Noel" - currently on clearance rack!
SU real red and SU whisper white
The ribbon is SU 1/4" cotton in real red

And the kitty?  That's my Bailey ... my best assistant!

Thanks for dropping by


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Holidays SAS

Hi Friends

It's starting to seem more and more like the holidays.  Even here in toasty southern California we've had some rain and cooler temperatures... yay!!  Last Saturday I went to my friends SAS where we made cards for the upcoming holidays...

I love this cute Halloween card.  It uses the new woodland embossing folder and the super cute spider web doilies.  They are already cut out for you... so easy!

For this card we used the new stamp set 'Thankful Forest Friends',  the big tree from 'Lovely as a Tree' and the sentiment is from 'For all Things'.

Isn't this pretty?  It uses the new 'Lighthearted Leaves' and the coordinating Leaflets framelits... makes this card so fun and easy

We used some of this darling dsp 'Home for Christmas' and 'Cup of Cheer'.  We also got to play with the new fine tipped glue pen and some dazzling diamonds.  It sparkles!!

This is another new stamp set 'All ye Faithful' which we stamped with silver ink and then heat set with silver embossing powder.  A lovely card.

Love the new 'Embellished Ornaments' bundled with the Delicate Ornament thinlits dies.  All topped off with the bow punch and a sparkly platinum ribbon.

This adorable card uses the new 'Sleigh Ride Edgelits dies'.  These are very delicate and a little tricky but if you use the dryer sheet it is a snap.  Do you remember the sandwich I talked about in an earlier post?  Here it is again. 

 Starting from the bottom.... magnetic plate, clear plate, dryer sheet, card stock, waxed paper, thinlit or edgelit, and your top clear plate.  It works beautifully!

That's it from me today... stay tuned as more and more holiday cards will be featured.  I'm working on my crazy card for October... which is a pretty cute Christmas card... think hedgehogs!  

See you soon... thanks for the visit


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Crazy cards for September 2015

Hi Stampers

Today's post is my monthly crazy card entry for September.  After Labor Day I try to do something that is related to the Autumn/Fall season.  As I've gotten older, I find summer to be my least favorite of all the seasons... although here in southern California, we hardly have recognizable seasons.  So I always welcome Autumn hoping to see a red leaf.  But.... while the rest of the country is experiencing crisp Autumn days and fall foliage, we are still sizzling.  Sad, but true.  However, winter is beautiful here and maybe a little frigid elsewhere.

All that preamble is only to convince you that my brain is fried because of the hot weather and not old age. Why do I mention that?  Because I did almost the identical card last year at this time (and I didn't remember that).  All I can say is "Oh Boy", sigh, and shake my head.

Here it is..... (this year's version..... heehee)

I did select a different stamp this year.  My "wheat" is from an old SU set called Pocket Silhouettes.  The sentiment is from Verve's Harvest Blessings and the background smooches/splots are from SU's Gorgeous Grunge and Work of Art.  Washi tape too, of course.

I really want to make some Halloween cards but it's hard to get in the mood when it's 100 degrees out there.  Stay tuned... I may get inspired yet :-)

Thanks for visiting today


Thursday, September 17, 2015

August Paper Pumpkin Alternate ideas

Hi Friends

It's hard to believe it's been over a month since I've posted.  We went on vacation to the British Isles with our friends and had a wonderful time.  I'm afraid my little blog took a back seat.  But... we are back, pictures uploaded (but not sorted), caught up with chores and all that happy stuff that one must do to get back into "routine".

So yesterday I played with the August Paper Pumpkin.  I have mentioned before that I share it with a friend and we divide the goodies.  Well, this month there were nine items!  Hard to divide that by two so I let her have two boxes, two gold cards, and one pink... her selection.  I decided yesterday to squeeze more out of my part of the kit so I cut my pink cards in half, the gold card in half and spritzed the flower on my box up a little.  I also prepped some black A2 card bases... then the playing began. 

August 2015 Paper Pumpkin Spoiler Alert- Stampin’ Up! Chalk It Up To Love/

Here is the original kit ... 3 boxes, 3 gold cards, and 3 pink cards.  

And here's what I got out of 3 cards and 1 box

The only thing I did differently to the flower on the box was I smooshed the middle part and added a large pearl.  But the cards each got a personal touch.  I gave my friend most of the stamps from the kit, so I pulled out my Lacy and Lovely stamp set, the 'it's your day' from a previous paper pumpkin kit, my large flower punch, scallop tag punch, bow punch, small flower punches and an envelope from the Veteran's Fund which I had kept since it was bright, shiny gold...I hang on to stuff since "you never know".

This made my little flowers and bows.  I had fun coming up with all these cards ... the pink bow was made from the scrap piece that remained after the large pink flower was popped out.  Here are all the items individually.  Please feel free to copy any that you like ... that's what it's all about.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and gotten some ideas.

Thanks for dropping by


Monday, August 10, 2015

July 2015 Paper Pumpkin

Hi Friends

Today I played with my Paper Pumpkin for July and it's one of my favorites.  As I've said before, I share the kit each month with a friend so we each get 4 cards or whatever the project might be.  She will come over and we chat and stamp....mostly chat.  Anyway, she wants to borrow the stamps to finish hers so I thought I'd finish mine so she didn't feel rushed.

I gave her the instructional pamphlet so I came up with alternate ideas.  This first one I made last week when we were stamping together so it copies the intended use.  So cute.

This one is one of the alternate ideas I came up with...

I remembered I had a punch (Stampin Up) from years ago that doesn't get much use and it is just like the little tabs they put in the kit.  I had this green paper on my island so I cut it the same size as the kit size and decided to layer it.  I also put a little washi tape to bring out the green and used my dauber to fancy up the cup.

Next I decided I liked the idea of adding the little flowers to the herbs or whatever is in the cup so I cut them off one of the cups and adhered with a glue dot.  I saw this idea on Pinterest by "Laura's works of Heart".  Thanks Laura... love it!

I liked that one alot so I did another and used the "frame" from the stripe tabs as a background.  I also used an embossing folder to gussy it up a little more.

I had help!!!!

I've learned to work in tiny places

But he's so cute.... and just wants to be with mommy.  We had fun doing these today... can't wait to see what Paper Pumpkin has in store for us next month.

Thanks for visiting