Santa Box Card

Santa Box Style Card

Recently we made this box style card at two of my stamp classes. I think it turned out so cute! I have a PDF of the instructions that you can download if you like.
The Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper has earned it’s way to my number two favorite Stampin’ UP Papers ever… Anyone know what my all time favorite was? (Answer at bottom).The time spent fussy cutting the Designer Series Paper images is well worth it. 


The time spent fussy cutting the Designer Series Paper images is well worth it. The Hearth and Home Framelits set the scene perfectly.
The Cozy Christmas Stamp works so nicely with the outside and inside of cards. The house stamp is perfect to stamp on the envelope as well! I added gold glitter to the tree with the fine tip glue pen….Don’t squeeze the bottle-it comes out fast.


Here is a file you can use for the instructions on how to cut and score this card.

Here are the items I used to make this card. If you need any of them you can visit my online Stamp Store to purchase them. 

Mojo Monday #421

Mojo Monday #421

The Mojo sketch was a simple one this week and I was able to put together a card fairly quickly.

 I took a huge cue from Stampin’ UP!’s catalog sample for the Wonderous Wreath stamp set. 

I liked the idea of Altering the Happy Wonderful Christmas to fit inside the wreath so I went with it. 

I was impressed by their color scheme as well. So the Every Day Chic Designer Series Paper fit the bill!
Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!
I then decided to cut one extra die cut of the ribbon and flag the ends to complete the sketch. Super simple and the Red Glitter Papper adds the sparkle I desire.
If you would like to make this card, you can purchase the products from my website by clicking a product below. Hope you enjoyed the card!


Word Art Wednesday #207

This is the weekly verse from Word Art Wednesday. It is a good verse. A good reminder to me.

And here is my creation:
And a close up of the card:
The birch pattern on the Farmers Market DSP # 138448 $11.00 is so classy.  I fussy cut one bunch of grapes from another one of the patterned sheets and added some Wink of Stella to them.
Farmers Market Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

The die cut is from My Favorite Things. Sorry, I don’t know the name of it and I think I got on a retired sale. It was the closest thing I had to something “viney”.
Hope you enjoyed and if you decide to play along with Word Art Wednesday I would love to see your creation!


Word Art Wednesday #203

Lovely verse and a lovely card. I used my go-to favorite color. Pink. Blushing Bride to be exact.

Here is the verse this week:
I was having trouble with inspiration for my English Garden Designer Series Paper. So, I pretty much cased a card I found on Pinterest made by Paula Dobson. While I used her version for inspiration I ended up putting a few changes on mine. Two similar versions of the same card because after printing the verse, I was required to use different framelits so I wouldn’t waste them.

This week’s card for WAW brought three product based revelations for me. First let’s take a close up look.
My three newest Stampin’ UP! Product loves are:
  • Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad
  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock 
  • Garden in Bloom Photopolymer stamp Set
Basic Black Archival:I almost didn’t order the newest Black Stamp Pad. I mean really, I have retired black pads, Memento Tuxedo Black , Stazon Black…why another one? Could it possible beat my Memento Pad? I have been stunned at how nicely the new Archival Basic Black stamps. Crisp clear and waterproof! Give it a try..I don’t think you will be disappointed. I still need my Memento for Alcohol Markers but I will be using the new Basic Black from Stampin’ Up as my regular.

Whisper White Thick Cardstock:  I was excited to see this addition in the newest Idea Book and Catalog. What a difference it makes in the feel of quality for your handmade cards. It brings a high quality feel to any project. It will be hard to not make this the card base of every creation.

Garden in Bloom Photopolymer stamp set: This set may be my new favorite. Ease of lining up and multiple design possibilities make it a winner. I first stamped the outline in my Basic Black Archival pad. Next, I inked the solid petal image in the Blushing Bride ink. Before stamping, I used a sponge dauber to pick up some Melon Mambo ink and dabbed a bit into the center. I think this made a huge difference dimension of the flower-and so easy! I used the same technique with the leaves using pear pizazz and Mossy Meadow.

Finally, here is my Deco Label version. Dan and I determined this one to have a more pleasing layout. Do you agree?
I hope you give  Word Art Wednesday a try. It is a lot of fun to participate!

Blog Candy Winner!

Blog Candy Winner for 16 Years!

I had several extra people want to leave a comment on my blog but had difficulties doing so. I think you need a google account to do so (gmail etc)  I so appreciate everyone’s effort and sweet sweet sentiments. I said I would share those who commented here before I announce the winner… so here were a few more of the comments:

Cynthia Says: My comment is:  I’m not exactly sure what year it was but I’ve enjoyed stamping with you for quite some time😊. Mary S. was the one that first got me interested & when Karen K. had a party I finagled an invitation & have been hooked ever since!!  Thank you for your patience with me & for mostly laughing at my smart alec comments!
Happy Anniversary & looking forward to many more fun stamping classes!!
Karen K says: .think we go back at least 10 years and I still have the first card we made…a 2step rose bud card.   I fell in love with Stampin Up and you as a demonstrator on that day and now count you as one of my dear friends!   I have a fully stocked craft room with not enough time to play….the rest is wonderful history filled with good times and great memories!   Congrats on your 16 and here’s to at least another 16!
Ruth O says: I first met Marette 5 years ago at our local library where she was demonstrating card making with Stampin’ Up product.  We made the “Cherry on Top” quilt card with the Sizzix Top Note die , I fell in love with card making and the rest is history. Over the years, Marette has presented countless clever and unique designs and techniques for us to hand craft paper product and I’ve loved every one of them! Last year, Marette moved over 150 miles away when her husband was transferred with his job. At first, we all had acute withdrawal from our demonstrator and her projects.  I then searched for a new demonstrator in my area and have enjoyed their classes but they don’t compare to the wonderful beauty and uniqueness of Marette’s.      
Then, this spring Marette was able to continue her classes with us because she still works for the same company and now returns a couple of days a month for her job and includes an evening class while here.    
I love Marette for the beauty and sunshine she has taught me to create during some of my “quiet” days of retirement. Marette has spread her wings in her new location with classes at the library and with her new friends and so she continues to share and teach creativity and spreads joy and happiness wherever she goes. 
Marette, thank you, from the heart.  

Now for the winner…

Crush says the name drawn was:

Sorry for the spooky eyes…Halloween is coming… Congratulations Karen! I will be emailing with directions for cashing in your prize!


Word Art Wednesday #202

Once again, I am joining the challenge this week. I decided to use a verse WAW offered earlier, which really spoke to my heart more than this week’s verse. I am so thankful for many things. This week in particular, it is for 16 years with Stampin’ UP! (see earlier post below) and the fact that Dan had 5 job interviews this week. Those are two great things!

Here is this week’s card:

I really indulged myself this by using a Whimsy Stamp image Winter Fairy and coloring with my copics. While I remain loyal to Stampin’ UP! and its quality products, I just love the little girl images from Whimsy Stamps. Such a shame the camera can’t pick up the Wink of Stella on her white fur. I may have gotten a little carried away with the Stampin’ UP! White Signo Gel Pen dotting….

The Snowflake Iced Rhinestone Embellishment I used was offered from a few years back from Stampin’ Up! but still remains my favorite. I just love bling!

Hope you enjoyed it!

16 Years – Stampin’ Up! Anniversary

16 Years as a Demonstrator

This calls for a Blog Candy GIVEAWAY!!

Imagine my surprise when I called Demonstrator Support Monday and was told Happy Anniversary! Apparently my demonstrator application form was received and approved by Stampin’ UP! 16 years ago on September 22.

I’ve reflected on those years the past few days. The world of stamping has definitely changed when I look back. What has changed the most? Me, I think.
Sure, I’ve grown from a novice stamper to well, hopefully, a better artist. But I think the confidence, joy, and sense of accomplishment I have found from being a demonstrator are actually more significant. I have met so many wonderful people over the last 16 years. Developed many friendships, and had some one time stamp experiences that I hope made a difference in someones day. 

I am humbled that I can say I have friends I made at my very first stamp workshop that continue to stamp with me today. Some as downline, some as faithful customers. Many ladies drive 45 minutes to an hour to attend my classes and join in the experience of stamping with me. I am very grateful for that. 

Before we take a humorous stroll down memory card lane, I ask that you leave a comment on my blog. If you are/have been a customer of mine leave a comment of how long ago we met. If you are a new blog reader, leave a comment of your favorite old time Stampin’ UP! set. Crush will supervise a random drawing for someone to win a $50.00 shopping spree from me for any current Stampin’ UP! Product!! So you will want to leave a comment I am sure!!

Leave your comment by Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 5:00 pm. I will announce the winner Sunday night on my blog!

Now for some of the very early cards I made:

Pre-Stampin’ Up! I took a stamping class at Barbie’s Stitch and Stamp Nook in Speedway, IN. I remember being so impressed with learning how to emboss. It only took three months to find Stampin’ UP! and then join as a demonstrator! 
The classic Bee Hive Stamp set with the kissing technique of the plaid stamp. Take a look at my layers.. I am still uneven but my ratio’s have improved.
A recurring theme with me is animal/kid stamps. I love how cute they are. I am still drawn immediately to them. This bold frame was fun but difficult to ink and get a good impression with. Our foam ink pads will take care of that these days! I also improved my coloring skills with making fancy shorts on the little guy.

I was super proud of this card… It was my one of my dad’s Fathers Day Cards. Using the fun frames, and pastels (chalks). Thank goodness my cutting has improved LOL! I was so proud of thinking to put the little fishing lure on the card and the thin thread…. My dad enjoyed fly fishing so this was a winner.

 Rainy Days…. Such a cute set. Watercolor pencils and blender pens…. There is also Dazzling Diamonds on the clouds. Do you remember Not Quite Navy?

 Nice and Easy Notes… This stamp set had a long life….

Old School Big Shot?? We had to had cut, score and fold in the old days!! And use pattern scissors you could never get straight! Remember using wheels?  And hand attaching the orange stars with the glue pen….ugh..maybe that is why I haven’t jumped yet on the sequin band wagon.

 Snow Angels…. Using the bleaching technique. Glossy card stock not stamped clear to the top….and using cream with white glossy… LOL not sure of my choices back then. No pattern paper to be found- We had to make our own!

And while I was digging for old cards, I came across a swap card I did two years ago…I loved this card. That is the inside of the card on the right. I think I have improved. But I still have that love of critters! 

Don’t forget to leave me a comment before you go…a $50.00 Stampin’ UP! shopping spree could be yours! Crush is resting before drawing the winner!!

Word Art Number 2 WAW#200

One more WAW#200

I just had to make one more design with this verse. I think this is my second choice between the two. Maybe because I always gravitate toward flowers…the previous one with the arrows were more out of the box for me.

Here is the verse again:

Which do style did you like better?


I am enjoying playing the Word Art Wednesday Challenge and have another submission! I am trying  some new photography…I am sure I will improve it. 🙂

It is fun to just play in my stamp room and use my various toys 🙂

Here is this week’s verse:
I am enjoying reading scriptures that are a little lesser known. Hope you all have a wonderful week. I am off to Indianapolis so I don’t think I will be able to post again this week.

Mojo Monday 414

Mojo 414- Believe in Santa

This week’s Mojo sketch is a nice design. Certainly many directions one could go with a sketch that isn’t overly complicated.

One of my first purchases from the Holiday Catalog was the Home for the Holiday’s DSP. It has been calling my name since I first saw it. Not sure which I adore more…The reindeer or the santa’s.  

I have always been a very sentimental person. I love the retro feel these images evoke in me. This paper has a metallic sheen in places too. Look at Santa’s coat.
I tried to do some paper piecing/ layering to give it the image more depth. Can you see his beard and hands and also his pant cuffs are trimmed out and put on dimensionals for more depth? I molded the back of the cut out pieces on my foam mat to give them more dimension.  I think I will need to practice more with this this technique to be more successful.
If you want to recreate this project, please visit my online store by clicking one of the products below. Thanks for taking the time to further your Crushonstampin!