Monday, September 20, 2021

Craft Box Class Projects (September 17, 2021)


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These are the projects we made at The Craft Box last Friday, September 17. It was a wonderfully fun class -- we laughed and played and made these beautiful cards.

The raven card on the left was prestamped and the raven image was pre-cut on my Scan 'n Cut.  The raven, sentiment and background are stamps from my stash.  Both the raven and sentiment were stamped in black in and embossed with clear embossing powder to make them glossy.  The Ornate Frames dies from Stampin' Up! were used to cut out the sentiment and frame.  Card stock: Basic Black, Gray Granite, and Basic White.  The background was stamped with Gray Granite ink, and then most of the pieces were smudged around the edges with a sponge and Gray Granite ink.

The top card in the center is a Double-Z Side Pull Card based on a wonderful design by Angie Leach (Tool Cool Stamping).  You can find full directions for Angie's card at Stamp-of-the-Month: Snow Place Double-Z Side Pull Card - Too Cool Stamping.  My card uses all Stampin' Up! materials:  Night of Navy card stock for the base and mat pieces, Misty Moonlight card stock for the Double-Z fold base, Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (silver pieces on front), and Basic White card stock for the inside piece, snowman and trees.  The snowman and trees are from the Snow Wonder Stamp Set; the snowflakes embossed on the inside are included in the coordinating Snow Time dies.  (The sentiment is from my stash.)

The bottom card is a fall-themed tower pinwheel card.  You can find video instructions for this type of card all over the Internet, but my favorite is from my friend Kathy Howes (Be Creative with Kathy).  You can view Kathy's tutorial at Be Jolly Tower Pinwheel card - YouTube.  All of the materials for this card are from Stampin' Up!  The base is made from In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.  I also used this for the layers on the panels.  Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired) is used for each panel base piece, and Brushed Metallic card stock is used for the leaves.  The sentiments and and leaves are from Love of Leaves stamp set and coordinating Stitched Leaves dies.  The sentiments are stamped with Early Espresso ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder; each piece (except for the base piece for each panel and the inside core piece) is distressed around the edges with a Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad.  The final step is adding a few gold Metallic Pearls to each panel.

The final card on the right is a slimline card (8-1/2" x 3-1/2") made with the awesome Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper.  I CASEd a card by Lynn Starz for this card, using most of the same colors, although I substituted Night of Navy card stock for the Basic White card base on Lynn's card. Also, rather than using ribbon (basically because I couldn't find any that I liked), I added a die-cut bow. See Lynn's original design at Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper Slimline Card - Stamping with Lynn (  Other materials for this card include the Beautiful Tree dies for the bird and the Stitched Rectangle dies for the sentiment.  The sentiment itself is a stamp from my stash.

I hope you like these designs.  Check out my Upcoming Events page later this week for information about my October class at the Craft Box -- we'll be making all Christmas cards!

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Autumn Greetings (Stamp Camp North September 2021)

Howdy, stampers!  This is the card that was made at my table this past Saturday at Stamp Camp North.  I'm totally tired of 100 degree temperatures, so this is my wishful thinking for fall to bring cooler weather.

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The materials list for this card appears below, as well as a video tutorial showing how the card was assembled.


Autumn Wishes (Celebrating Sunflowers)

* Celebrating Sunflowers Stamp Set
* Black Stamp Pad
* Stampin’ Write Markers:
Crumb Cake
Daffodil Delight
Early Espresso
Old Olive
Soft Suede
* Early Espresso card stock – 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4” (card base); 4” x 1” (mat for sentiment)
* Basic White card stock – 5” x 3-3/4” (first layer on card front); 3-3/4” x 3/4" (sentiment); 8-1/4” x 5-1/4”, scored at 4-1/4” (additional scoring for inside explained below); scraps for die cuts
* Bumblebee card stock – 4-3/4” x 3-1/2”, embossed with Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder
* Adhesives: Stampin’ Seal, Stampin’ Seal +, Stampin’ Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue

NOTE: Sentiment was generated on my computer using Microsoft Word (Script MT Bold font)

Cathy  ;D

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Thinking of You - June 2021 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card

The June 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Expressions in Color, had such beautiful elements, I needed to find a way to use them for my August card kits to go.  This is what I came up with.

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Elements from Paper Pumpkin Kit
* Evening Evergreen notecard base
* Designer Paper
* Label
* Iridescent Sequins

All Materials

Card Base
* Evening Evergreen card stock: 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"

Card Front
* First Layer: Basic White card stock: 4-3/4" x 3-3/4"
* Second Layer: Evening Evergreen notecard base from Paper Pumpkin kit, cut to 4-1/2" x 3-1/2"
* Third Layer: Basic White card stock:  3-1/2" x 2-5/8"
* Top Layer: Designer Paper from Paper Pumpkin kit, cut in half: 3-1/4" x 2-3/8"
* Label:  Element from Paper Pumpkin kit
* Sentiment stamp from my stash
* Basic White Thick card stock: scraps for butterfly dies
* Iridescent Sequins from Paper Pumpkin kit 
* Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder
* Brilliant Wings Dies
* Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad
* Refill Ink:  Evening Evergreen, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Succulent
* Aqua Painter

* Basic White card stock: 5-1/4" x 4"
* Evening Evergreen: scraps for butterfly punch

Assembly Details

1.  Fold 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock away from score line to create card base.

2.  Cut 5" x 3-1/2" notecard base from Paper Pumpkin in half at score line; trim each piece to 4-1/2" (set one aside for another card).  Emboss with Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder.  Adhere to 4-3/4" x 3-3/4" Basic White card stock.

3.  Cut Designer Paper from Paper Pumpkin kit in half to create 3-1/4" x 2-3/8" piece.  Adhere to 3-1/2" x 2-5/8" Basic White card stock.  Center and adhere this piece to embossed card stock created in last step.  Center and adhere assembled piece to card front.

4.  Use Evening Evergreen ink to stamp sentiment on label.  Center and adhere over Designer Paper.

5.  Fill Aqua Painter about half-way with water; add several drops of one of the Refill Ink colors listed above until you have the desired color.  Tap side of Aqua Painter on a bone folder or pencil or other item to splatter color onto a piece of Thick White card stock.  Repeat with the other two colors, until you have the desired amount of splatter on the card stock.  Use the Brilliant Wings dies to cut two butterflies from this card stock.  Use a thin line of liquid glue down the center of each butterfly to adhere them to the card front as shown.

6. Add self-adhesive Iridescent Sequins from Paper Pumpkin kit randomly on Designer Paper.

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7. On 5-1/4" x 4" Basic White card stock, repeat the splatter process in one corner.

8. Punch two butterflies from Evening Evergreen card stock and adhere with glue dots or liquid glue. 

My samples didn't use any Wink of Stella, but I think they would look really nice on all of these butterflies, don't you?!

Hope you enjoy this card!  Click on the image above, or visit to watch a video tutorial for this card.

Cathy  ;D

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Kindness Thank You Card with Gilded Leafing

This card was my submission for a card swap in which I recently participated featuring items from the Stampin' Up! July-December 2021 Mini Catalog.

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Stamp Sets
* Peaceful Cabin** (sentiments)
* Queen Anne's Lace (inside image)

* Early Espresso card stock: 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4" (card base); 3-3/4" x 2-1/8" (mat for designer paper); 4-1/8" x 1" (mat for sentiment)
* Gray Granite card stock: 5-1/4" x 4" (two -- one for front; one for inside)
* Basic White card stock: 3-7/8" x 3/4" (sentiment); 5" x 3-3/4" (inside)
* Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper ("DSP"):** about 3-5/8" x 2"

* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad (sentiments)
* Gray Granite (flower outline and stems on inside)
* Sahara Sand (solid flowers on inside)

Accessories and Tools
* Lovely Labels Pick-a-Punch
* Gilded Leafing
* Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder**

** Items from July-December 2021 Mini Catalog


Alternate designs, depending on how DSP is cut.

Visit Cathy's Craft Room on YouTube to see a video tutorial that includes a quick demo showing how to use Gilded Leafing.

Hope you enjoy this card and the video!

Cathy  ;D

Friday, August 13, 2021

Beautifully Penned Fun Fold Card

Today's card design is the one I made for Stamp Camp North August live event.  The card features the Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!  See information below about how you can get this paper for FREE!

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Thanks to Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Mary Knabe ( for sharing this great design layout!


Stamp Set
* Happy Thoughts

* Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ pad
* Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker

* Basic Black card stock
   5-1/2” x 7”, scored at 4-1/4”; 3-3/4” x 3”, scored at 1/2” along long edge
* Basic White card stock
   5-1/4” x 4”, embossed with Meadow Moments Embossing Folder (inside)
   about 2-1/4” x 1-1/8” for Timeless Label Punch (retired)
   about 4” x 2” for Meadow die (flower)
* Beautifully Penned 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper ("DSP")**
   5-1/4” x 2-1/4” (flower design) for left panel
   3-1/2” x 2-1/4” (striped design) for right panel

* Metallic Pearls
* Meadow Dies (flower)
* Meadow Moments Embossing Folder (inside)
* Timeless Label Punch (retired)
* Adhesives: Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tear 'n Tape; Tombow Liquid Glue

NOTE:  Unless otherwise indicated, Stampin' Seal used to assemble card.

Basic instructions appear below.  Visit Cathy's Craft Room on YouTube to view my video tutorial.

    1. Fold card base at 4-1/4" score line and turn so short (2-3/4" wide) flap is on front.  
    2. Fold 3-3/4” x 3” black card stock at 1/2" score line.  Use Tear 'n Tape to adhere 1/2" flap to back of card so panel folds to front on right side of card.  (See photo or watch video.)
    3. Adhere 5-1/4” x 4” embossed white card stock to inside of card with embossed edge on right side of card.
    4. Adhere 5-1/4” x 2-1/2” flowered DSP to left panel on card front.
    5. Adhere 3-1/2” x 2-1/4” striped paper to right panel on card front.  Use die to cut flower from Basic White card stock.  Use liquid glue to adhere flower over DSP; trim bottom of stem to fit panel.  Apply self-adhesive silver metallic pearls to centers of flowers.
    6. Stamp sentiment on Thick White card stock and punch out.  Use Basic Gray Stampin' Write marker to trace a thin line around edge of label.  Apply Stampin' Dimensionals to back of label ON LEFT SIDE ONLY.
    6. Close card.  Remove backing from Stampin' Dimensionals and adhere to left panel, making sure the adhesive doesn’t overlap the right panel.

** Stampin' Up!'s Fall Sale-a-Bration is going on NOW!  With every catalog order of $50 or more select free merchandise from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  The Beautifully Penned DSP is one of the free items.  Click on the Sale-a-Bration image to the right to visit my Stampin' Up! website for all the details.

I hope you enjoy this card!

Cathy  ;D

Monday, August 9, 2021

Last Zoom Class of the Summer: Thursday, August 19

We will be making these fun cards in my last Zoom class of the summer next Thursday, August 19.

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Visit Cathy's Craft Room: Upcoming Events ( for details and sign-up information.

Cathy ;D

Welcoming Woods Winter Card (July-December 2021 Mini Catalog)

Happy Monday morning, stampers!  Today I'm bringing you a card that I CASEd from Sam Hammond Donald, a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the UK.  You can see Sam's original design at #1 Stampin’ Up! UK Demonstrator Pootles – Welcoming Woods Sneak Peek Simple Card Idea.

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Stamp Set
* Welcoming Woods (July-December 2021 Mini Catalog)

Card Stock
* Highland Heather: 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4" (card base); 2-3/4" x 1-1/4" (mat for sentiment)
* Night of Navy: 5-1/4" x 4" (two -- one for inside); 2-5/8" x 1-1/8" (mat for sentiment)
* Basic White: 5" x 3-3/4" (two -- one for inside); 2-1/2" x 1" (sentiment)

* Black
* Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
* Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Pad
* Highland Heather Classic Stampin' Pad

Tools and Accessories
* Blending Brushes
* Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
* Adhesives: Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals

Unless otherwise indicated, Stampin' Seal used throughout.

1. Fold 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4" score line to create card base.
2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Night of Navy card stock to card front.
3. Use Blending Brushes to apply Night of Navy ink to top portion of 5" x 3-3/4" white card stock; repeat with Misty Moonlight ink, applying ink over and below Night of Navy; repeat with Highland Heather ink, applying ink over other colors and extending below.
4. Use Black ink to stamp trees image over blended colors.    NOTE:  You will need to stamp the design twice to cover entire piece of paper.
5. Use Black ink to stamp horizontal image.  NOTE:  The image to the left was stamped a little higher than the one to the right.
6. OPTIONAL:  Once ink is completely dry, splatter some Wink of Stella glitter over image to create the illusion of snow falling.  It's kind of hard to see it on the photo, but if you click on the image to take a closer look, you should be able to see some of the glitter here and there.
7. Adhere 5" x 3-3/4" stamped white card stock to card front over Night of Navy card stock.
8. Adhere 2-5/8" x 1-1/8" Night of Navy card stock to 2-3/4" x 1-1/4" Highland Heather card stock.  Use Black ink to stamp sentiment on 2-1/2" x 1" white card stock; use Blending Brush to apply small amount of Night of Navy ink near top of label.  Adhere sentiment over Night of Navy card stock, and then attach to card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Apologies for poor quality of photo -- I'm blaming it on lighting.
It's actually WHITE card stock; not Vanilla!

9.  Adhere second piece of 5-1/4" x 4" Night of Navy card stock to inside of card.
10. Use Night of Navy and Highlands Heather ink to stamp snowflakes on second piece of 5 x 3-3/4" white card stock.  Adhere over Night of Navy card stock.   NOTE:  To achieve the pale shade for the snowflakes, I stamped the image on scrap paper several times without reinking before stamping on card stock.  This technique is called "stamping off."

That's it!  A fairly simple card, but with striking results!  I hope you enjoy it.

Cathy ;D