Monday, December 27, 2010

2011 Occasions Mini Catalog

Ordering for the Stampin' Up! 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog will come to an end very soon (be sure to get your last orders in by January 3, 2011), but not to worry -- beginning January 4, you can order from the new 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog featuring lots of new products and fun stamp sets!

This card is one I created yesterday for a swap with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators using some of the products featured in the new mini.


Stamp Set:
* Create a Cupcake (wood-12915 $22.95, clear-121982 $16.95; set of 12) (2011 Occasions Mini Catalog)

* Rose Red (about 5" x 5" - two pieces, plus scrap for punch)
* Regal Rose (about 4-1/4" x 1-1/4")
* Blushing Bride (scrap for punch)
* Certainly Celery (scrap for punch)
* Whisper White (about 4-1/4" x 4-1/4", plus small scrap for punch)

* Rose Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Rose Red and Certainly Celery Craft Stampin’ Spots
* Rose Red and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers
* VersaMark Pad

* 1-3/4” Scallop Circle
* Build a Cupcake (2011 Occasions Mini Catalog)

* SNAIL Adhesive
* Mini Glue Dots
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Crystal Effects

Other Accessories:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder
* Clear Circle Bigz Die
* Scallop Circle Bigz Die
* Shimmer Paint (Frost White)
* Blender Pen
* Heat Tool
* Clear Embossing Powder
* Iridescent Ice & White Embossing Powder (mixed together)
* Brads (Subtles)


1. Use Big Shot to cut:
* 2 Bigz Scallop Circles from Rose Red card stock
* 1 Bigz Clear Circle from Regal Rose card stock
* 1 Bigz Clear Circle from Whisper White card stock (for inside)
2. Use Big Shot and Embossing Folder to emboss Regal Rose Bigz Clear Circle. Use Rose Red CRAFT ink to stamp Happy Birthday as shown; emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Use paint brush or Blender Pen to paint flower petals with Shimmer Paint. Apply Crystal Effects to stems and centers of flowers; set aside to dry. When completely dry, adhere to center of Rose Red Bigz Scallop Circle with SNAIL Adhesive.
3. Use Certainly Celery CRAFT ink to stamp cupcake bottom on Certainly Celery card stock; emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. When cool, stamp ribbon over image near bottom with Rose Red CRAFT ink; emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Punch out image with Build a Cupcake Punch; adhere near bottom edge of 1-3/4" Scallop Circle with SNAIL Adhesive.
4. Use VersaMark to stamp cupcake top (frosting) on Blushing Bride card stock; emboss with White and Iridescent Ice embossing powder mixed together. Punch out image with Build a Cupcake Punch; adhere over cupcake bottom with Stampin' Dimensionals (I used scrap pieces from the outer edge of the Dimensionals sheet for this).
5. Use Rose Red and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers to apply ink to cherry stamp; stamp on scrap of Whisper White card stock and punch out with Build a Cupcake punch. Adhere to frosting with Mini Glue Dot. Cover cherry with Crystal Effects and set aside to dry.
6. Apply 1-3/4" Scallop Circle to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

7. Stamp greeting near center of Whisper White Bigz Clear Circle with Rose Red CLASSIC ink. Paint flower stamp with Old Olive and Rose Red Stampin' Write Markers, and stamp on Whisper White card stock as shown; repeat for second flower (or as many as you would like). Adhere Whisper White circle to center of second Rose Red Bigz Scallop Circle with SNAIL Adhesive.

8. Align front and back pieces and attach together with a brad through the center of one of the flowers near upper left side of card.

That's it! Pretty easy, huh?!

Cathy ;D

One last holiday card . . . .

Yes, I know Christmas has passed, but I couldn't resist posting one last seasonal card before moving on to the 2011 Sale-a-Bration Brochure and Occasions Mini Catalog . . . .

My friend Joyce gave me this wonderful card before I had made my Christmas cards for the year, and I was so inspired by it that I decided to use it to create my own holiday cards (thanks, Joyce!). Joyce got the idea from Dawn's Stamping Studio (scroll down the page for a video with complete instructions).

The only differences between my card and Dawn's are that I used a different orientation and a smaller "Season's Greetings" stamp (from the Snow Swirled set). Also, where Dawn used glitter on her card, I used Iridescent Ice embossing powder and then heat set it. (Have I ever mentioned how much I HATE cards that shed glitter onto me and everything else around?!)

I hope you enjoy this card . . . and Dawn's Stamping Studio! She has some wonderful fun ideas and great videos!

Take care.

Cath ;D

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Rudolph Gift Card/Money Card

This card was so much fun to make! Rudolph and his pals are made from the Owl Punch; the antlers are made with the Snowflake punch. Here are the materials and instructions:


Stamp Set:
* Simple Snowflake (wood only - 115554, $7.95, set of 1)

* Old Olive card stock (9" x 6-1/2")
* Real Red card stock (6-1/4" x 3")
* Whisper White card stock (6" x 2-3/4"; 6" x 2"; scrap about 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" for antlers)
* Soft Suede card stock (about 4" x 2-1/2" for heads)
* Basic Black card stock (small amount for noses)
* Candy Cane Christmas Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (6" x 1-1/2")
(Note: This DSP is in the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog and will be available only until January 3, 2011)

* Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
* VersaMark Pad
* Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker

Stampin' Up! Accessories:
* Two-Step Owl Punch
* Snowflake Punch
* Glimmer Brads - Brights (Available in 2010 Holiday and 2011 Occasions Mini Catalogs)
* White Gel Pen
* Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
* Heat Tool
* Stampin' Sponge
* Crystal Effects
* Mini Glue Dots
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin' Dimensionals

Other Materials:
* Stapler and Staples
* Wiggle Eyes (6 or 7 mm)


1. Score Old Olive card stock at 3-1/4" and 6-1/2". Fold away from 6-1/2" scoreline and staple close to each side to create pocket; fold away from second scoreline and over pocket to create card.
2. Greetings: Rather than using a stamp for the greetings, I created them in a Word document, printed them on Whisper White card stock, and then cut them to the sizes needed for the card (6" x 2-3/4" for front; 6" x 2" for inside). Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere smaller piece on inside of card over pocket. (Note: Send me an e-mail if you want to use my Word files for these.)
3. Reindeer: Punch three owl shapes from Soft Suede card stock. Use the same punch to cut two medium size circles from Basic Black card stock. Use VersaMark to stamp snowflake on Whisper White card stock; emboss with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and punch with Snowflake punch. Cut two points from the snowflake use Mini Glue Dots to adhere to the back of the owl shape as shown. Attach wiggle eyes to front of owl shapes; on one shape add Real Red glimmer brad for nose; on other two shapes, attach Basic Black circles with Mini Glue Dots. Use White Gel Pen to add highlight to Basic Black noses. Use Stampin' Write Marker to draw line from nose to bottom of shape and add squiggly lines on ears.
4. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere Real Red card stock to front of card. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Old Olive ink around edges of larger piece of Whisper White card stock (printed with "Merry Christmas Bucks" greeting); use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere to card front over Real Red. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere DSP over Whisper White card stock. Use Mini Glue Dots to adhere Reindeer faces to front of card over DSP.
5. To make the Basic Black noses shiny, cover them with Crystal Effects and set aside to dry.

These cards fit nicely into the Small Open-End Envelopes sold by Stampin' Up! (107286, 20 Whisper White envelopes, $7.50).


Cath ;D

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Snow Glass Ornament

Totally easy, but a little messy, this is a perfect ornament for a frilly, iridescent look.


Stamp Set:
* Snow Swirled (wood only - 111690, $24.95; set of 6)

* Versamark

Stampin' Up! Accessories:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Circles #2 Bigz Die
* White Embossing Powder
* Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
* Heat Tool
* 3/16" Circle Punch
* White Taffeta Ribbon - about 30"
* White Organza Ribbon - about 8"
* Clear Tinsel Trim (2010 Holiday Mini Catalog) - about 8"

Miscellaneous Materials:
* 2-5/8" iridescent glass ornament
* Soft craft snow flakes (I found mine at Hobby Lobby -- they are called "Twinkle Flakes")
* Spoon and funnel
* Laser Transparency Sheet
* White or clear thread (about 24") and needle


1. Use Big Shot and Die to cut 2-1/2" circle from Laser Transparency Sheet (you also may trace a 2-1/2" circle and cut it out with scissors).
2. Use Versamark to stamp snowflake in center of circle.
3. Mix White and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and sprinkle over snowflake. Melt with Heat Tool, and set aside to cool.
4. When cooled, punch 1/16" hole about 1/4" from edge of circle. Thread white or clear thread through hole and tie in a knot at edge of circle, leaving ends free.
5. Curl circle into a tube with thread at one end of tube, and push into ornament, leaving thread hanging out of the opening.
6. Use a spoon and a funnel to drop small amounts of craft snow into ornament -- two or three spoonsful should be enough.
7. There should be two holes in the top of the ornament lid where the wire hanger is attached. Feed each end of the thread through one of the holes and tie in a knot; trim thread close to knot. (The purpose of the thread is to hold the snowflake upright; otherwise, it's likely to fall on its side and you won't be able to see it very well.)
8. Fold long taffeta ribbon in half; holding the two ends together, feed through the wire on top of ornament and pull until you have a hanging loop the length you want, then tie in a knot around the wire.
9. Thread organza ribbon and tinsel trim through the same wire and tie in a knot. If desired, tie remaining ends of taffeta ribbon into a bow. Trim ribbon and tinsel trim to whatever length you like.

Now you have a sparkly, iridescent ornament to enjoy or gift as a gift.

Cath ;D

Tea Bag Greeting Card

I LOVE this little teapot greeting card . . . the one pictured is a get well card and holds a tea bag in the pocket, but you could put whatever greeting you like on the inside and use the pocket for a packet of hot cocoa or apple cider mix, or a thin chocolate square, or maybe a gift card from a favorite coffee shop.


Stamp Sets:
* Morning Cup (wood - 116988, $21.95; clear - 120489, $16.95; set of 11)
* Teeny Tiny Wishes (wood only - 115370; $36.95; set of 24)

* Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
* Stampin' Write Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Sahara Sand

* Old Olive Textured card stock (12" x 5-1/2")
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4" - cut 3; about 3" x 3" for scallop punch; about 1" x 8-1/2" for scallop strip on inside pocket)
* Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5" x 3-3/4" - cut 2)
* Cherry Cobbler card stock (about 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" for scallop square shape)

* Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
* Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die (2010 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch
* Scallop Edge Border Punch
* 5/8" Satin Ribbon - Old Olive (about 5")
* Jewels Basic Pearls
* Mini Glue Dot
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin' Dimensionals
* Sticky Strip


1. Score textured card stock at 4-1/4" and 8-1/2", leaving 3-1/2" at right end. Cut diagonally from the top of the 8-1/2" scoreline down to the bottom corner of the 3-1/2" flap to create the inside pocket flap.
2. Use Border Punch to trim one long side of 8-1/2" x 1" strip; use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere strip to inside of diagonal flap so scallops show over the edge; trim scallop strip along top and bottom edges of card and along score line. Apply Sticky Strip along bottom edge of flap, but do not yet remove backing.
3. On inside of card, adhere Whisper White 5-1/4" x 4" cardstock to both panels; apply DSP over Whisper White on left panel only.
4. Remove backing from Sticky Strip on diagonal flap and fold over DSP to create pocket.
5. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock to front of card; apply DSP over Whisper White card stock. Use Big Shot and Bigz Die to cut 3" x 3" scallop square from Cherry Cobbler card stock; adhere to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
6. Stamp greeting on inside of card; stamp cup and "steam" images in lower right-hand corner on inside of card; stamp teapot on scrap of Whisper White card stock and punch out with 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch. Color teapot and cup with Stampin' Write markers. Adhere teapot to Cherry Cobbler scallop square with SNAIL Adhesive. Apply medium-sized self-adhesive pearl to top of lid.
7. Tie ribbon in a knot; apply to front of card with a Mini Glue Dot.
8. Place teabag (or other small gift item) in pocket.

Another quick and easy gift for a special friend.

Cath ;D

Calendar Bookmark

This is a quick and easy gift for all the bookworms on your holiday gift-giving list.


Stamp Sets:
* Just Believe (wood-116945, $33.95; clear-120453, $25.95; set of 9)
* Hope Happens (wood only-113722, $19.95, set of 5)

* Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso Craft Stampin' Spot

* Crumb Cake card stock (8-1/2" x 2-5/8")
* Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack - Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso (6-1/4" x 2-1/4")
* Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack - Crumb Cake (6" x 2")

Stampin' Up! Accessories:
* 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch
* Clear Embossing Powder
* Heat Tool
* 5/8" Satin Ribbon - Early Espresso (about 6")
* Stampin' Sponge (I cut mine into fourths before using)
* SNAIL Adhesive

Miscellaneous Items:
* 1-3/4" x 1-1/2" Calendar Pad (*
* 9-5/8" x 2-7/8" Hanging Bookmark Sleeve (*

1. Use 3/16" Corner Rounder punch to trim corners of all paper and calendar pages.
2. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply ink around edges of all paper.
3. Use Craft Ink to stamp sentiment near bottom of 8-1/2" x 2-5/8" Crumb Cake card stock; emboss with clear embossing powder.
4. Use Classic Ink to stamp flowers on Crumb Cake Designer Series Paper ("DSP).
5. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso DSP above sentiment on card stock; adhere Crumb Cake DSP over darker color DSP; adhere calendar pad at base of flowers on Crumb Cake DSP.
6. Slide bookmark into sleeve.
7. Thread ribbon through hole at top of bookmark sleeve and tie in a knot.

The bookmark easily slides back out of the sleeve to pull a page off of the calendar each month.

* I order these bookmark sleeves and calendar pads in multiples of 100, so I always have them on hand for people who want to buy them a few at a time. I'm not trying to make money on these, so I charge my Stampin' Up! customers and friends only what I pay for them. Contact me for additional info.

Cath ;D

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Projects for 12/11/10 Workshops

Whew! What a whirlwind week! Craft sales over the lunch hour last Tuesday and Wednesday, and then all day Saturday and Sunday. But now all of my craft sales are over for this year, so it's time to get back on track with workshops and posting projects. Below are photos of the projects we'll be making this coming Saturday, December 11. Instructions for all projects will be posted here following the workshops.

This glass ornament has a snowflake "floating" inside. Ours will be similar to the one shown here, but with a snowman and a little snow.

Many of you have already made this calendar card at the November Stamp Camp West. So I'm offering an alternative . . . you may make either the card or the bookmark pictured below. Both feature full-year calendar pads with tear-off pages.

The card shown below was initially made as a get well card for one of my demonstrator swaps, but we'll be making it as a holiday card. It features an inside pocket for a tea bag or a cider or hot cocoa packet.

I hope to see you at one of the workshops on Saturday. If you haven't already RSVPed, please be sure to let me know right away.

Cath ;D

Monday, November 22, 2010

Easel Calendar Card

I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting the instructions for this card. So . . . here we go! (The materials listed are for the card pictured above -- the one we made at Stamp Camp West on Saturday, 11/20/10; of course, you can use any Designer Series Paper, punches, and stamps to make yours.)


Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes (Happy New Year)
Ink: Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
Paper: Soft Suede card stock (8-1/2" x 4-1/4"; 2-7/8" x 2-1/4"; scrap for punch); Crumb Cake card stock (4" x 1-7/8" - cut 2; 3-3/4" x 1"); Baja Breeze card stock (2-5/8" x 2"; scraps for punches); Very Vanilla card stock (4" x 4"; scraps for punches); Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (3-3/4" x 1-5/8"; 3-1/2" x 3/4")
Stampin' Up! Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine; Elegant Lines Embossing Folder; Modern Label Punch; Word Window Punch; 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch; Scallop Oval Punch; Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (5"); SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals
Other Supplies: 2-3/8" x 1-11/16" Mini Calendar Pad*

Instructions: (Note: Unless otherwise indicated, SNAIL Adhesive was used throughout this project.)
1. Score 8-1/2" x 4-1/4" cardstock at 2-1/8" and 4-1/4"; fold away from 4-1/4" scoreline to create card; fold toward inside at 2-1/8" scoreline (this is the front of the card).
2. Adhere 4" x 4" Very Vanilla card stock to inside of card; adhere 3-1/2" x 3/4" DSP to 3-3/4" x 1" Crumb Cake card stock. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere this piece about 1/8" from bottom edge of Very Vanilla card stock. Punch Scallop Oval from Baja Breeze card stock; adhere to center of DSP. Punch 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval from Very Vanilla card stock; adhere to Scallop Oval. (Note: I used my printer to print "2011" on the card stock and then punched it out. I think the font I used was Papyrus, 26 point, but I didn't save the file, so I'm not positive of the font size.) Optional step for inside -- stamp seasonal greeting with Basic Gray ink.
3. Adhere 3-3/4" x 1-5/8" DSP to 4" x 1-7/8" Crumb Cake card stock; adhere to bottom section of card front.
4. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to emboss design on second piece of 4" x 1-7/8" Crumb Cake card stock. Wrap ribbon from front to back of card stock about 1/2" from top edge; adhere ends of ribbon to back of card stock. Adhere embossed card stock to top section of card front. Stamp "happy new year" on Very Vanilla card stock and punch out with Word Window Punch; punch Modern Label from Baja Breeze card stock; punch 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval from Soft Suede card stock. Layer Very Vanilla over Baja Breeze; layer Baja Breeze over Soft Suede. Adhere over ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals.
5. Apply adhesive to bottom half of 2-7/8" x 2-1/4" cardstock; adhere to bottom section of card about 1/2" from bottom edge of DSP; adhere 2-5/8" x 2" Baja Breeze card stock over Soft Suede; adhere calendar to Baja Breeze.

That's it! The card is complete. To display as a desk calendar, fold bottom section of card downward and prop up against the "2011" strip at inside bottom edge of card.

Mailing Hint: To keep 4-1/4" square cards from moving around in an A2 envelope, cut a piece of card stock 4-1/4" x 1"; apply Sticky Strip to both sides of card stock and adhere to inside of envelope up against one edge. This leaves about 4-1/2" open inside envelope -- the perfect size for your 4-1/4" card! (I've probably not explained this very well, but trust me . . . it works!)

* Calendar Pads purchased from I also have these calendar pads available for sale, as well as 3" x 2-1/4" and 1-3/4" x 1-1/2" calendar pads. I bought a bunch of them from skybluepink, and I'm selling them individually at my cost. (Contact me at if you're interested.)

Hope you enjoy this calendar card!

Cath ;D

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Snowman Card

This cute little snowman card is based on a card by Heidi Van Loar as seen in Papercrafts Holiday Cards & More (Volume 5, 2010). It was really fun to make . . . and quick!


Stamp Sets: Many Merry Messages (sentiment); Short & Sweet (snowflake on inside and envelope)
Ink: Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
Card Stock: Basic Black, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie; Naturals White
Accessories: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine; Clear Circle Bigz Die; Circles #2 Originals Die; Sweetest Stem Embosslit Die; Pumpkin Faces Sizzlits Die; 1-1/4" Circle Punch; 1-5/8" x 3/8" Oval Punch; Crop-a-Dile; Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric*; Stampin' Sponge; Crystal Effects, Stampin Dimensionals; Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue; Two-Way Glue Pen

1. Score 8-1/2" x 11" Naturals White cardstock at 4-1/4"; fold away from scoreline. Place folded edge about 1/4" in from one side of circle on Clear Circle Bigz Die and roll through Big Shot to create card base.
2. Stamp greeting and snowflakes on inside of card; stamp snowflakes on envelope.
3. Using Big Shot and Circles #2 Originals Die, cut one large and one second-to-smallest circle from Naturals White card stock.
4. Using Stampin' Sponge and Basic Gray ink, apply to color to outer edge of all circle shapes5. Use Crop-a-Dile to punch circles in smallest circle (large size for eyes; small size for mouth); punch circles in medium sized circle for buttons (large size).
5. Punch one 1-1/4" circle from Basic Black card stock and adhere to back of small circle so black shows through holes punched for eyes and mouth. Punch an oval from Basic Black card stock and cut in half; adhere one piece to back of medium size circle so black shows through button holes.
6. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere medium circle to card (largest circle), and smallest circle to medium circle (see photo for placement).
7. Using Big Shot and Sweetest Stems Sizzlit Die, cut one Sweetest Stem shape. Cut off bottom two branches; use Two-Way Glue Pen to adhere to card sliding edges under middle circle.
8. Cut 1/2" to 3/4" strip of fabric about 5" long. Tie fabric in knot and fray edges. Apply Tombow Glue to back of knot and tuck under smallest circle (head), adhering to middle circle.
9. Fill in black circles with Crystal Effects. Set aside to dry (about 30 minutes).
10. Using Big Shot and Pumpkin Faces, cut a carrot nose from Pumpkin Pie card stock. Adhere to face with a small piece of Stampin' Dimensionals.

Now . . . let it snow!!!!

Cath ;D
* 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog

Autumn Leaves Card

This card is based on a beautiful card made by my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friend Jill Shover. She went a little crazy with soda cans and made lots of wonderful things, but this is the one I decided to copy for the 11/13/10 workshops.


Stamp Set: Lovely As A Tree
Ink: Cajun Craze and Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pads, Cajun Craze refill ink
Card Stock: Cajun Craze (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"), Early Espresso (5-1/4" x 4"); So Saffron (5" x 3-3/4")
Stampin' Up Accessories: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Leaves #2 Originals Die, Stylus, Mat from Mat Pack (or other flexible surface), Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker, Crystal Effects, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Extra Large Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Extra Large Punch* (or Circle Scissors Plus), Stampin' Sponges, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (Early Espresso); Mini Glue Dots; SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals
Non-Stampin' Up! Supplies: Aluminum soda can and an old pair of scissors

1. Score Cajun Craze card stock at 4-1/4" and fold away from scoreline to create card.
2. Cut 2-1/2" circle in So Saffron cardstock about 1/4" in from top and left edges.
3. Using Early Espresso ink pad and oak leaves image, stamp on scratch paper once, and then without reinking, stamp oak leaves on So Saffron card stock. Repeat, stamping ramdomly until you have as many leaves as you like.
4. Using Stampin' Sponge and Cajun Craze ink pad, apply ink to So Saffron card stock over and around leaf images.
5. Wrap ribbon around bottom of So Saffron card stock and adhere to back with SNAIL Adhesive; adhere So Saffron card stock to Early Espresso card stock.
4. Line up 2-3/8" scallop circle punch inside of 2-1/2" circle and punch to create border inside circle.
6. Use an old pair of scissors to cut top and bottom off of soda can. Flatten out aluminum and use Big Shot and Leaves #2 to cut out leaf. Cut second leaf from 2-1/2" circle cut out of So Saffron card stock.
7. Place aluminum leaf on mat and "draw" veins with stylus. Draw veins on So Saffron leaf with Early Espresso marker.
8. Mix a drop or two of refill ink with Crystal Effects. Drop about 1/2 tsp. of mixture into center of aluminum leaf and spread out to edges with a toothpick. Set aside to dry -- maybe 30 minutes.
9. Once leaf is completely dry, line up Early Espresso card stock on front of card to determine placement of leaf, and attach to Cajun Craze card stock with Mini Glue Dots. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere Early Espresso card stock to front of card so leaf shows through window.
10. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Cajun Craze ink around edges of So Saffron leaf and adhere to front of card as shown with Stampin' Dimensionals.
11. Cut about 3" of ribbon and tie in a single knot around ribbon at bottom of card.
12. Optional step: Adhere a piece of Very Vanilla card stock (5" x 3-3/4") to inside of card and stamp a greeting.

Hope you enjoy this card!

* Note: I used the Circle Scissors Plus to cut the 2-1/2" circles from So Saffron card stock; Stampin' Up! anticipates that the 2-1/2" circle punch will be available with the next mini catalog.

Cath ;D

Ceramic Coasters and Note Holders

It's been a crazy month, but I've finally found some time this morning to sit down and catch up on instructions for my projects.

So . . . let's get started with something REALLY EASY -- ceramic tile coasters and memo holders. (NOTE: You can purchase 2" and 4" square ceramic tiles at any hardware store . . . generally the 2" tiles come in sheets of 36; but I've also found out that the tile stores carry them in sheets of 72. The 4" tiles used to come in sheets of 9, but I'm also now seeing them in stacked bundles. They're not very expensive -- ranging anywhere from $3 to $5 or $6 per sheet/package.)

2" Ceramic Memo Holder (Can also be used for photo holder or placecard holder)

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
* Craft Ink
* Small Rubber Stamp (for these samples I used Season of Joy for the poinsettia image and Sparkly & Bright for the tree image)
* Clear or Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
* Heat Tool

Other Supplies:
* 2" square ceramic tiles
* Small (1 3/4") wooden clothespins
* Hot Glue & Glue Gun

1. Stamp design with craft ink.
2. Emboss with clear or iridescent ice embossing powder. IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the tiles are ceramic, they're usually very cool to the touch -- as a result, the embossing powder will take quite a bit longer to heat up and melt than when you're embossing on paper. Please be patient -- it will eventually get there. By the time the embossing powder melts, the entire tile will be VERY HOT, so be sure to let it cool down before touching it.
3. When the tile is cool, apply hot glue to the back of the tile and attach your clothespin. Be sure to attach it so that the end that opens lines up with the top of the tile; it should be slightly higher than the bottom edge. If you line it up with the bottom edge of the tile it will keep falling forward because of the weight of the tile.

That's it! You're finished!

4" Ceramic Coaster

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
* Classic Ink
* Stamps (for the sample I used Serene Snowflakes)
* Stampin' Sponge
* (Optional) Ticket or Round Corner Punch

Other Supplies:
* 4" square ceramic tiles
* Matte or Glossy Acrylic Spray
* Felt or other protective "feet"
* 3 1/2" square post-it note


1. Trim corners of post-it note with Ticket or Corner Rounder Punch (optional step).
2. Place post-it note in center of ceramic tile; use Stampin' Sponge to apply color around edges of ceramic tile.
3. Remove post-it note and stamp design.
4. Spray with acrylic coating and allow to dry.
5. Attach "feet" to bottom of coaster.

That's it! How much easier could this be?!

I hope you enjoy these projects.

Cath ;D

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Final Project for 11/13/10 Workshops

Based on a swap card I received from Jill Shover, a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from my Front Range Stampers group, this card features a very cool autumn leaf made from a pop can, a Big Shot die, some Crystal Effects, and a few drops of refill ink.

Cath ;D

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

More Projects for 11/13/10 Workshops

Here are a couple more items we'll be making in Saturday's workshops. On the top, a 2" square tile made into a noteholder; on the bottom, a coaster made from a 4" square ceramic tile. Watch for complete details following the workshops.

Cath ;D

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Coming Up Next - Sassy Chic Stamp Camp (Longmont)

Sassy Chic Stamp Camp is coming up this Saturday (November 6) in Longmont. See the right column of this page under "Upcoming Stampin' Events" for details and a registration form.

At my table we'll be making this sweet little snowman card*! This card will also be one of the featured projects at the monthly workshops at my house on November 13. Watch for photos of the other projects to be posted soon.

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming Stampin' Events!

Cath ;D

* Based on an original design by Heidi Van Loar as seen in Papercrafts Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 5 (2010).

Stamp Camp West 10/23/10

This is the card we made at Stamp Camp West on 10/23/10. The technique is Iris Folding -- same as the Pumpkin card we made at the September workshops. Following is the materials list.

Iris Folded Ornament Card

Materials:* Stamp Set: Many Merry Messages (greeting on inside of card)

* Card Stock: Top card - Night of Navy (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; bottom card - Cherry Cobbler (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"); both cards - Glossy White (5" x 3-3/4" + scrap for center of iris folded ornament), Basic Gray (5-1/4" x 4"); Whisper White (5-1/4" x 4" for inside)
* Other Paper: Vellum, Gold and Silver Waffle Paper# cut into 1" wide strips
* Ink: Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad; Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker
* Accessories: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder#, Silver Tinsel Trim# (8"), Ornament Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch; Stampin' Sponge, Sticky Strip, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

# = Holiday Mini Catalog (9/1/2010 - 1/3/2011)


1. Score base card stock (Night of Navy or Cherry Cobbler) at 4-1/4"; fold away from scoreline to create card. Adhere Basic Gray cardstock to card front.
2. Stamp greeting on Whisper White card stock and adhere to inside of card.
3. Place Glossy White card stock in embossing folder and roll through Big Shot; punch Ornament from embossed portion; repeat embossing with scrap of Glossy White card stock, and punch out 6-point star flower from Boho Blossoms.
4. Optional step (this card also looks nice in basic white without the distressing): Use Stampin' Sponge to sponge Basic Gray ink around edges of Glossy White card stock and both punched shapes; also run ink across embossed images.
5. Fold 1" strips of vellum and waffle paper in half lengthwise so you'll have 1/2" wide folded strips. Use the template pictured below as a guide for placing vellum and waffle paper on back of Glossy White card stock (important note: you may need to shrink the size a bit so it matches the size of the ornament punch). See links below to find instructions and templates for iris folding.

6. When iris folding is complete, place Sticky Strip around outside edge on back of Glossy White card stock; remove red backing and adhere about 1/2" of tinsel to back on one side, adhere about 1/2" of other end of tinsel at opposite side; adhere Glossy White card stock to Basic Gray card stock on front of card.
7. "Scrunch" tinsel to create loops and swirls. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere Ornament over tinsel and over the upper right side of the iris folded ornament; adhere "star" flower to center of iris folded ornament. Use Stampin' Write marker to draw strings from top of card to ornaments.

Iris folding templates: (The triangle shape was used to create the folding template for this card.)

Iris folding instructions: (Click on the link for the Heart pattern at the upper right side of page for instructions.)

I hope you enjoy this card! We sure had fun making it at the Stamp Camp!

Cath ;D

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Creepy Crawly Spider Instructions

Here's the creepy crawly spider I made for workshop guests this past Saturday. It's an 8-legged version of the 6-legged one Lisa Gray made for pre-registration gifts at the September Stamp Camp West (see photo of that spider on my 9/25/10 post). (Thanks for the idea, Lisa!!!)

Here is a visual layout of the instructions (click on the image for a larger view):

I'm pretty sure you can't read the small print, so here's what it says:

Spooky Spider Magnet

2 - Scallop Circles - Basic Black
2 - 1/2" Circles - Daffodil Delight
2 - 1/4" Circles (from Owl Punch) - Basic Black
1 - 1/4" Circle (from Owl Punch) - Perfect Plum
8 - Large Photo Corner - Basic Black
8 - Small Photo Corner - Pear Pizzazz
1 - 1-1/4" Circle - Magnet Sheet
1 - 1" Square (cut with scissors) - Sticky Sheet

White highlights added with Signo Gel Pen

Attach magnet to Peppermint Patty with Glue Dots or double-stick tape; attach second Basic Black Scallop Circle to back of Peppermint Patty.

Hope you have fun with this!

Cathy ;D

Monday, October 11, 2010

Instructions for Halloween Treat Bags (see photo below)

Here is a link to an online tutorial that shows you how to make the Frankenstein treat bags we made in Saturday's workshops.

In this tutorial, the creator shows you how to make the box the Frankie is mounted on (I used a die cut to make the box).

The Mummy and Dracula boxes are basically made the same way. Below are the materials lists and instructions.

Basic materials for all:

Card Stock:
* 12" x 6"; 3" x 2-1/8" (Old Olive for Frankie; Black for Dracula; White for Mummy)

* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Fancy Favor XL Die
* Jumbo Brads (2)
* Crop-a-Dile
* Sticky Strip

Non-Stampin' Up! Materials:
* Craft or Beading Wire (20 or 22 gauge)
* Light Weight Wire Cutters
* Pencil

Directions for Box:
1. Assemble box using Sticky Strip on tab and bottom flap to hold it together; use Sticky Strip to adhere 3" x 2-1/8" matching card stock to inside bottom of box (this will help stabilize and strengthen the box).
2. Attach Jumbo Brad about 1/2" below top on each side of box.
3. Cut a piece of wire about 32" long; wrap around pencil, leaving about 1-1/2" at each end for wrapping. Thread ends of wire through brads and twist back around handle several times to secure. "Scrunch" wire to make the coils look uneven and kind of creepy.
4. Attach two pieces of Sticky Strip to both front and back of bag. The backing will be removed later to adhere faces and backs to bags.


Card Stock:
* Old Olive Card Stock (12" x 6"; 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (2); 3" x 2-1/8"; scraps for punches)
* Basic Black Card Stock (2" x 4-1/4" (2); scraps for punches)

* Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
* Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

* White Signo Gel Pen
* Stampin' Sponges
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Top Notes Die
* Circles #2 Die (1" circle)
* Round Tab Punch
* 3/4" Circle Punch
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Sticky Strip
* Stampin' Dimensionals (used to attach eyelids over eyes)

Non-Stampin' Up! Materials:
* Martha Stewart "Grass" Edge Punch

Follow instructions on tutorial to make Frankie's face and back of head; adhere to bag with Sticky Strip.


Card Stock:
* Basic Black Card Stock (12" x 6"; 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"; 2.5" x 4-1/4"; 3" x 2-1/8"; scraps for punches)
* Perfect Plum Card Stock (5-1/2" x 4-1/4"; scraps for punches)

* Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
* Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
* Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

* White Signo Gel Pen
* Stampin' Sponges
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Top Notes Die
* Circles #2 Die (1" circle)
* Round Tab Punch
* 3/4" Circle Punch
* 1-3/8" Circle Punch
* Large Star Punch
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Sticky Strip
* Stampin' Dimensionals (used to attach eyelids over eyes)

Follow instructions on tutorial above to make Frankie's face, with the following exceptions:
1. Use Perfect Plum cardstock for face; black for back of box.
2. Use 1-3/8" Circle Punch to cut out flat side of hair to create the areas where the eyes are placed.
3. Fangs are made from two points of the Star Punch. Drag points across Real Red Stampin' Pad before attaching to face.


Card Stock:
* Whisper White Card Stock (12" x 6"; 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (2); 3" x 2-1/8")
* Whisper White Textured Card Stock (12" x 6" torn into uneven strips about 3/4" to 1" wide)

* Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad

* Stampin' Sponges
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Top Notes Die
* Sticky Strip

Non-Stampin' Up! Materials:
* 23 mm Google Eyes

1. Cut two Top Notes shapes from Whisper White card stock. Use Stampin' Sponge and Basic Gray Stampin' Pad to sponge color around edges; sponge edges of all torn strips of textured card stock.
2. Place Google Eyes on Top Notes shape as shown in sample below.
3. Use Sticky Strip to adhere strips, one at a time, to front and back pieces. Remove backing from Sticky Strip on box and adhere face and back of head to box.

Hopefully, these instructions aren't too cryptic and you'll be able to make tons of these cute Halloween treat boxes!

Happy Haunting!

Cath ;D

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Sneak Peek at October's Workshop Projects

For my October 11 workshops, we'll be making these three adorable Halloween treat bags. If you prefer to not make treat bags, all three of these designs are easily adaptable to greeting cards.

If you're interested in attending one of these workshops, see the right side bar under Upcoming Stampin' Events for details.

Cath ;D

Note: These treat bags are based on a tutorial by Tammy Beaver.

Stamp West Cards 09/25/10

This is the card we made at my table at Stamp Camp West yesterday (see complete instructions below). Such fun we had! Good food, good company, lots of creativity and laughter.

These are the cards made by the other demonstrators (click on images for larger view).

Jane Fuller, Judy DiScipio, Sharon Madsen

Tami Wasson, Marie Glath, Launa Cable-Hick

Rochelle Hart (yes, she had two cards AND provided lunch!!!!)

Mary Carr

And check out this cute little pre-registration gift made by Lisa Gray (built around a Peppermint Patty).

Materials for Gratitude Card:

Stamp Sets: French Foliage (2010 Holiday Mini Catalog); Falling Leaves (Gratitude image)

Card Stock: Always Artichoke (11" x 4-1/4", scrap for tag); Early Espresso (two 4" x 2-3/4", two 4" x 2-1/2"); Cajun Craze (two 3-3/4" x 2-1/4"); Very Vanilla (two 3-3/4" x 2-1/2", scrap for punch)

Classic Stampin' Pads: Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, River Rock, Early Espresso

Accessories: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die, Word Window Punch, Metallics Brad, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals


1. Score Always Artichoke card stock at 5-1/2" and 2-3/4"; fold at 5-1/2" score line to create card; fold back toward the front at 2-3/4" score line to create front flap (turned sideways, card will look like a "Z").

2. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere one piece of 4" x 2-1/2" Early Espresso card stock to inside of card near right edge; adhere second piece to front flap. Use Big Shot and Embossing Folder to texture both pieces of Cajun Craze card stock; adhere to card over Early Espresso.

3. Stamp French Foliage designs on Very Vanilla card stock (see sample above - be sure to leave space for a written message on the piece you will use for the inside). I used the following colors: large leaf and round Paris postmark stamp - Always Artichoke; medium leaf - Cajun Craze; small leaf and words - River Rock; splatter - Early Espresso. Note: To create a faded look, "stamp off" once or twice (i.e., after applying ink to stamp, stamp image on scratch paper before stamping on card stock). DO NOT stamp off words image -- it will be too light and will disappear into the background. Adhere Very Vanilla card stock to remaining two pieces of Early Espresso card stock.

4. Center one piece of Very Vanilla/Early Espresso card stock on inside of card and adhere with SNAIL Adhesive. Apply Stampin' Dimensionals to back (left half only) of remaining piece, close card, position over inside design, and adhere to front flap.

5. Use Big Shot and Sizzlit to cut tag from Always Artichoke card stock. Use Early Espresso to stamp GRATEFUL on Very Vanilla card stock, punch out image with Word Window Punch, and adhere to tag. Attach brad through hole on tag and adhere to front of card with two Stampin' Dimensionals.

6. Optional: Stamp design on Very Vanilla envelope to match card.

This is a very generic fall card -- can be used for men or women; as a Thanksgiving card or just a thank you card; or change the greeting on the front and make it an all-occasion card. I hope you enjoy it!

Cath ;D

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Buy? Sell? Trade?

I've added a new blog page where you can see what retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets I currently have for sale (I'll be adding other stuff as I work through cleaning and reorganizing my messy crafts house). You, too, are welcome to list any crafty stuff you would like to buy, sell, or trade -- visit the new site at or contact me for additional information.

Cath ;D

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Free Tea Bag Folding Paper Site

Hi, stampers! One of the ladies who attended my September 11 workshop has found a wonderful site chock full of free tea bag folding paper designs.

Click on the following links (or copy and paste them into your web browser) to view and print some awesome papers!


Thanks, Carol Ann!

Cath ;D

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Crimped Diamond Card

Contraband version -- OOPS! (Flower Layers w/Leaf)

I said I would provide a third project for the 9/11/10 workshops if it was quick and easy, and one such project appeared in my inbox from on Wednesday of this past week. So here is the final project.

And here is the tutorial site:

Note: I inadvertently picked up a Sizzix Die that Stampin' Up! no longer sells for the kits we used on Saturday. Here are a couple of alternate designs using dies that Stampin' Up! DOES currently sell.

Flower, Daisies #2 Bigz Die

Blossom Party Originals Die; Little Leaves Sizzlits Die


* Always Artichoke card stock: 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; diamond shape 2-3/4" each direction (see diagram below).
* More Mustard card stock: diamond shape 3" each direction (see diagram); about 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" for flower shapes
* Very Vanilla card stock: 5-1/4" x 4"; about 2" x 2" for flower shapes
* River Rock card stock: about 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" for flower shape
* Old Olive card stock: small amounts for leaves

* Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad
* Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack
* Stylus
* Paper Crimper
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin' Dimensionals

Found Items:
* Pencil with eraser
* Straight edge or ruler


1. Follow instructions on tutorial (see website address above) to make crimped diamond from Very Vanilla card stock. (Note the instructions on this site show the measurements for the card stock as 5-1/8" x 4". This should really be 5-1/4" x 4".)

2. Once finished, adhere crimped diamond piece to front of card with SNAIL Adhesive.

3. Assemble flowers by layering the pieces as shown and adhering pieces together with Two-Way Glue Pen. Adhere assembled flower to Always Artichoke diamond shape with SNAIL Adhesive or Two-Way Glue Pen. Adhere Always Artichoke diamond shape to More Mustard diamond shape. Attach Fire Brad to center of flower through all thicknesses of card stock.

4. Adhere diamond shape to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

That's it! Quick and easy card!

Cath ;D

Iris Folded Halloween Card

This was our iris folding project from the 9/11/10 Workshop. And here are some sites where you can find iris folding templates and patterns.

Iris folding patterns and instructions:

Lots of images for iris folding templates -- click on the images to view them full size:

Triangle template used for our workshop project:

You tube iris folding tutorial:

Note that the tutorial and the pattern site listed above have tailored the generic templates (second and third sites listed above) to start numbering sequence at 1; when you're using a generic template, simply start with the lowest number shown within your design window and then move to the next higher number, etc., until your design is complete.


* Cajun Craze card stock: 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; about 2-1/2" x 2" for pumpkin
* Daffodil Delight card stock: 5-1/4" x 4"
* Concord Crush card stock: 5" x 3-3/4"
* Basic Black card stock: scraps for bat punch & pumpkin face pieces
* Old Olive card stock: scrap for pumpkin stem
* Designer Series Paper: any paper in Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie cut into 1" strips
* Vellum card stock cut into 1" strips

* Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
* Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad

* Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Pumpkin #4 Sizzlits Die
* Pumpkin Faces Sizzlits Die
* Spider Web Embossing Folder #
* Bitty Bat Punch
* 2-1/2" Punch or Circle Scissors Plus and Glass Cutting Matt
* Sponge Daubers
* White Signo Gel Pen
* Dotto repositionable adhesive dots
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin' Dimensionals
* Sticky Strip
* Two-Way Glue Pen

# 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog


1. Cut 2-1/2" circle in Concord Crush card stock; run card stock through Big Shot with the Spider Web embossing folder. Apply Dotto to corners of front (raised) side of paper and position over triangle iris folding template (see website above). Follow instructions on tutorial above to create the iris folded moon. (Note for this design 1" strips were folded in half lengthwise to create 1/2" wide strips.)

2. Remove card stock from template and rub off the Dotto dots. If necessary, trim paper strips on the back side to make sure that none of them extend beyond outside edges of Concord Crush card stock. On back side, apply Sticky Strip to outer edges of card stock; if some of the paper strips extend close to the edge, it's ok to apply the Sticky Strip over them. Adhere Concord Crush card stock to Daffodil Delight card stock. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere Daffodil Delight card stock to front of card.

3. Use Big Shot and Sizzlits Dies to cut Pumpkin from Cajun Craze card stock; also cut a stem from Old Olive; cut Pumpkin Face pieces from Basic Black card stock. Punch Bitty Bat from Basic Black card stock. Use Whisper White and Sponge Dauber to highlight the edges of the bat; also highlight the upper right side of pumpkin. Use Cajun Craze to create shadow on lower left portion of pumpkin. Adhere Basic Black face pieces and Old Olive stem to pumpkin with Two-Way Glue Pen. Attach bat and pumpkin to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Additional notes re iris folding: For this card we built the iris behind a piece of card stock that we then attached to the front of the card. You also can cut the iris window out of the card front and build the iris on the inside of the card. In that case, you would then cover up the paper strips with another piece of card stock or designer series paper on the inside of the card.

I hope you enjoy this project. I think iris folding is a very relaxing and cool-looking paper craft!

Cath ;D