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