Big Shot

How much is that cookie in the window?

Remember when "bakery" window cards were all the rage?  I made my share of them and they were so cute!  Well I am revisiting the idea today with the  Scentsational Season stamp set and the coordinating framelits die.

Gingerbread store 1
Sorry about the glare from the "glass".  I wanted to add the window sheet glass to make it really look like a storefront window but failed to take into account the glare!  

Gingerbread store 2

 Scentsational Season, Happy Hour (holly and words), Snow Swirled (hard to see but I stamped the snowflake on the card base)
Ink: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark pad
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Red Glimmer paper, Window sheet
Punches: Owl Builder (heart hair bows), Cupcake Builder (holly berries), Word Window punch (awning), Scallop Edge Border punch
Big Shot: Holiday Collection Framelits, Large Scallop Edgelit,  Delicate Designs Folder
Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

I also used the new Stampin' Trimmer to cut out the window and it was so easy to do!  Love that new trimmer.   The awning is "retractable" which in this situation means it lays flat to mail so this is also  a postage stamp friendly card. 

Gingerbread card inside

Here's an inside view.  I covered up the window cut out so the inside would look cleaner.  This would also be the perfect place to put a Talking Tag!  What is a Talking Tag?  Here is a video clip that will explain all about Talking Tags.

 Pretty cool huh?  This is definitely going on my next order.  I also read that the "purse" is flying off the shelves at Stampin Up so if you want one you need to act fast.   Call me or go to my Online Store.  Have a fabulous day and stamp something cute and be sure to tell me about it!


Need a Little Texture?

You wanna see something so cute and yet so functional?  I am excited to show you the Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, now that is a mouthful so between you and me we will call it "the Purse".


ADORABLE right?!  This little cutie is available from Stampin' Up for a limited time only.   Stampin' Up is offering a test run of these machines through its partnership with Sizzix.  What does the"purse" do?  The "purse" uses the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders aka the folders and embosses card stock,  paper, metallic foil, and vellum with texture and designs .    If you read my blog you know I use the folders a LOT!   Here's a quick video that demonstrates how this machine works.


I love that it has a small footprint and won't take up much space on my crafting table and it is going to be great to have available for classes.  Interested?  This would make a great gift for your friends and a perfect stocking stuffer for yourself!  

Stampin' Up!  is offering the"purse" two ways:

Texture Boutique Bundle 
Item 132700
$39.95 (a $45.85 value)

Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
Item 132657

  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim

If you are interested in ordering do not delay because this is a test run and quantities are limited!  You can order through my online store or contact me.  Here is where you will find the  Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine aka the "purse" and all the different folders. 

Thank you and I will be back later with a sample or two!  


Boxed In

I know another silly blog title.  What can I say?  My mind is blanker than usual and I wanted to get this posted for you today.  

Last month while at the Stampin' Up! Regional in Tacoma WA one of the presenters, Brian Pilling shared this box with us.  I changed it just a bit and wanted to share it with you.

     Box tacoma reg 2012

The sample Brian made used a window sheet so it was a clear box.  I decided to try it with cardstock vellum.    I inked up the snowflake  stamp from Snow Swirled with Platinum Shimmer Paint to make the silver snowflakes.  

Stamps: Snow Swirled
Ink: Platinum Shimmer Paint
Paper: Card Stock Vellum, Brushed Silver paper, Silver Glimmer paper
Punches: 3/4" circle punch
Big Shot:  Snow Flurry Bigz die,  Window Frame framelits, Vintage Wallpaper folder 
Extras: White Organza ribbon,  Simply Scored

Box tacoma reg 2012open

I changed the closure just a little bit so it was a little easier for me to make and so I could fill it up later with some goodies.  If you need any Stampin' Up!  products you can shop at my online store or contact me and I would be happy to help you!

Window Frames Framelits Layers

I really like the look of the layered Window Frames and decided to make a list of all the measurements of the the layers  and leave it in the case that holds it.  As long as I remember to open the case and pull the list out I won't have to measure it again.  Here's a sample of what the layers look like.  

The smallest Window Frame ( will refer to as frame 1)  layers with a 1-1/8" sqaure
Frame 2 layers with a  2" sqaure
Frame 3  layers with a  2-1/2" square
Frame 4 layers with a  2-7/8" square
Frame 5  layers with a  3-3/8" square
Frame 6 layers with a  3-7/8" square

  Window frames framelit layers

Hope this list will be useful to you and maybe even save you a minute or two looking for a ruler!  If you don't have the Window Frames framelits yet you can order them through my online store  and  remember you receive a FREE spool of the 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon with every $40 purchase.    Sweet deal and another good reason to shop!



Window Frames Framelits Meet Button Buddies-Round 2

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.  Today's card is very similar to what I posted on Sunday! It is almost like the game where you need to find 6 things that are different between the 2 pictures but here there really is only one thing different.  

Window Framelits meet Button Buddies 2
I couldn't decide if the big layer of red and white polka dots was too busy.  When I covered some of the polka dots up with the black cardstock it certainly toned it down but maybe too much?

Stamps: Button Buddies, Petite Pairs
Ink: Old Olive, Black Stazon
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Polka Dot Parade, Daffodil Delight
Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot: Stripes Folder,Window Frames Framelit
Ribbon1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon 

Window Framelits meet Button Buddies 2side

Do you fiddle with your cards a lot or are you quick and decisive?  I am working towards quick and decisive but I have a LONG way to go!  Have a fabulously creative day and if you need any crafting supplies let me know!

Window Frames Framelits Meet Button Buddies

Have you noticed I have totally given up on clever titles?  Someone told me that the title of the blog post is very important and I needed to work on coming up with better titles.  I tried for a little while and realized I could either try and strain my brain tryng (emphasis on trying) to come up with something clever or write the post.  I opted to just write the post and hope for the best.  

Button Buddies vase with dots

I love the layering behind the Window Frames framelit.  I learned that trick from Mary Ammar. The black layer behind the Window Frames framelit is a 2-3/8" sqaure.   Fun and an easy way to really focus on the cool shape of the framelit.

Stamps: Button Buddies, Petite Pairs
Ink: Old Olive, Black Stazon
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Polka Dot Parade, Daffodil Delight
Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot: Window Frames Framelit, Delicate Designs Folder, Large Scallop Edgelit
Ribbon: 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon 

I have not used Button Buddies very much lately.  I used to be obsessed with the big flower image.  You can look at  other samples by looking under the Categories in on the left side of the blog and find the stamp set.   Click on the name and it will bring up all the posts that mention Button Buddies. Here is a link to one of my favorite cards using Button Buddies.   Have a wonderful day and be sure to stamp something cute and tell me about it!

It is Useless to Resist...Window Frames Framelits

It seems like whenver a new catalog or mini comes out I am so strong, logical and very careful about what I order.  Well, at least for the first order.  You know at first I am that person who says I am not getting that because it is too similar,  too limited in use,  too whatever.   Fast forward a few weeks and yup, I have totally caved.  I do think that now I have ordered almost everything that was on my I "want it" list from the Holiday Catalog.  Wait, I do reserve the right to change my mind  cause you know there are still a few things that I don't have.

First up are the Window Frames Framelits.  I cannot even really explain why I resisted.  Here's the first thing I made with the Window Frames Framelits.

Flowering Flourishes Window frames

I guess I will confess that it is also useless to resist the Flowering Flourishes stamp set as well as the Window Frames Framelits.   The card measures 4-1/4" x 5" so it will still fit in the standard A-2 envelope.   This is a quick card and a fun change from the standard card.  

Stamps: Flowering Flourishes, Tiny Tags
Ink: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, In Color (2012-2014) DSP Stack
Punches: Jewelry Tag, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot: Window Frames Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits
Ribbon: 3/8" Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin ( you can get this free with a $40 purchase)
Extras: Rhinestones

I store my Framelits in  the Clear Mount stamp cases.  The Window Frames Frameltis are a little too big to fit in the case.  I didn't want to change how I stored them so here is what I came up with.

Window Frames Framelits

I mounted them on the outside of the case with LOTS of Magnet strips.  I was a little dubious about this so I shook the cases and dropped them and the framelits stayed in place.   I can also store more framelits inside of the case.  If I had wall space I probably would have found a way to mount them but wall space is scarce and cabinet doors non existent in my little craft room.  

So, what products have you found to be useless to resist?  I will be sharing more of what arrived in my latest box of goodies.  If you have decided it is useless to resist something you can go to my Stampin' Up! online store and order it.  Don't worry about caving in and ordering, you are in good company!


Summer Smooches Pinwheel

This will be a very short post.  This is the 3rd time I have written this post and I am hoping the one that will work.  The internet connection here has been doing some strange things so I best be quick before the post disappears again!

Kim's swap

This adorable card  was stamped by Kim Cantrell another talented woman in my Stampin' Up! group.  Kim also has a blog,  Go and check it out!

Stamps: Pursuit of Happiness
Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP
Punches: 1/2" circle
Big Shot: Striped TIEF, Tasteful Trim
Extras: Brights Brads,  1/4" Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosggrain ribbon, bamboo skewer

Okay, that is it!  I am stopping here while things seem to be working well.  Have a wonderful day and I should be back tomorrow with a new post providing everything techie  works.

In Color Butterflies

 I have been having fun working with the new In Colors and they are definitely growing on me.   This is another color sampler card which means I used all the new In Colors on this card.  

In Color Butterflys

Check out the new ribbon?  Love it!  It is easy to work with and I love the rows of stitching.  I will definitely be offering a product share of these ribbons.  

Here's what I used to make the card:

Stamps: Just Believe
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse
Big Shot: Beautiful Butterflies, Perfect Polka Dot TIEF
Extras: Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones 

Even though I have been sharing a few sneak peeks lately  don't forget to get your order in for the Retiring Stamps and the Retiring Accesories.  I hate to see you miss out on something on the lists.  

Snow Burst TIEF Flowers

I have a quick little thing to share with you today. The  project I planned to show you just is not as cute as I thought it would be or would like it to be so I am just going to show you a part of it while I work on the rest of it.  

Starburst flowers

Aren't these little flowers cute?  Want to know how I made them?  

Snowburst folder

I punched the flower out of a  piece of Whisper White card stock that was embossed using the Snow Burst TIEF.  The flower punch is from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack.  The Snow Burst TIEF is on the Retiring Accesories list so if you want to make these little embossed flowers be sure to order the embossing folder soon.  Remember the Retiring Accesories are available only while supplies last.  

Check back tomorrow and I will share with you this month's project I designed for Craft Project Central.  I will also be doing a little giveaway for a free month of tutorials from Craft Project Central so come on by!