Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Easy Paper Ornaments

When the Garden Club of St. Petersburg asked us to provide some little gifts for nursing home patients this year, I knew I wanted to make something from paper. I saw one of these on Etsy, and thought I could figure out the dimensions and make my own. They're really easy, but I did have to buy a few tools. Here's what I did:

1) Choose a piece of double sided patterned paper. Each 12 x 12 sheet makes 4 ornaments.

2) Cut the paper in 1" x 12" strips.

3) Fold 4 strips in half.

4) Cut 4 strips down to 10" x 1".

5) Fold them in half with the opposite print out.

6) Cut 4 more strips down to 8" x 1". (Reserve the extra 4" of these strips.)

7) Fold the 8" x 1" strips in half with the same side out as the 12" strips.

8) Cut the reserved 4" x 1" down to 3 1/2" x 1".

9) Line them upright on the table and align the unfolded ends.

10) Punch with the hole punch then staple just below the the hole.

12) Push the bottom folded side together so the bottom of all those line up. The ornament shape will form when you do this. Hold it firmly a little farther up and staple just above the fold. Make sure you have the smallest middle strip firmly in there.

13) Tie with a ribbon. (I used 12" of ribbon for each one.)

Here are some of the tools I used and the links to them:

Heavy Duty Stapler:

Heavy Duty Staples:

Heavy Duty Slotted Punch:

The first time I made a few of these I did use a "plier" stapler like the one shown here, but it wasn't a heavy duty one, and neither were the staples. I had about a 50% success rate with it. Because I wanted to make around 50 of these ornaments, I decided to make the investment in the new stapler and staples. They made the job so much easier. I already had the heavy duty punch, so that was a plus.

You can still make the project without these tools. For the hole punch, you can use a regular one, punching each strip individually, then lining up the holes. As for the stapling, you can always glue the layers together and hold them in place with a paper clamp. If you just want to make a few, that will be the cheapest way to go. But if you want to make a lot of them like I did, the heavy duty tools really helped.

Next year I plan on buying a heavy duty 1/16" or 1/8" punch and hanging a jingle bell on the bottom. But since this is a last-minute kind of project that will have to wait.

I also thought it would look nice to die cut a sentiment like "Joy" and glue it to the front. But for now the plain ones will have to do.

My bucket is ready to take to the Garden Club tomorrow. I hope the nursing home patients will enjoy their ornaments!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Masculine Teacher Card Set & Free Digital Stamp

Click Here For Free Guitar Stamp
My music-major daughter wanted me to make a gift (which she knew would be handmade cards) for a male teacher of hers. I just pinned this cute guitar stamp earlier, not knowing what I'd do with it. When she told me he liked guitars, I knew this would be perfect!

One thing to keep in mind is that not all card stock goes through the printer well. I used Speckletone True White from It's a rustic looking paper that is only a 70# weight. It goes easily through the printer, but I give it a little shove to help get it started.

Since I only know how to print these in black, I went with the off-white and black theme, perfect for a guy too. I printed four of these on a page and cut them down and framed them in black card stock. Hand stamped the word "thanks" (but you could print this right on the page too).  Then I used Stampin' Up!'s "Hardwood" as a background. So easy and cute!

To make it a gift, I used Stampin' Up!'s new clear boxes from the 2017 Christmas catalog. I really hope they make these a regular part of their line up. Then I printed a little tag that said "Set of 8 Handmade Cards" and cut it out with a circle die and used a small punch to make the tag. I tied the tag on with twine. Simple, quick, and a guy card set too.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Homemade Just for You Card

Another card in the set I made for my baking/crafting friend is this one. The set is from Stampendous. The inks I used are Stampin' Up!'s Garden Green, Pear Pizzaz and Real Red. The card stock colors are the same from Stampin' Up! as well. I used their large scallop die to cut out the red, then used a white gel pen to add the dots. It's finished off with sequins from Walmart.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Card for a Crocheting Friend

This cute skein of yarn is from the Stampin' Up! set called "Hand Knit." The sentiment is one I had custom made on Etsy.

I had fun with the different colors, but maybe would have moved a few of them around a little. Here are the colors I used:

I really find that the Memento Inks work a lot better when stamping fine images like this skein of yarn. However, to use the Stampin' Up! images I buy the re-inker and the mini uninked stamp pads. The small fabric pads don't get as gunky with the ink like the new larger Stampin' Up! ink pads can.

I really think my friend will love this card. I'd also like to try doing this with some neutral colors too, but not this time. I want to give her this gift tomorrow and it's already almost ten at night now. It seems like I always get these great ideas at Christmas with too little time to make all I want. I'll have to revisit this in January.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and have a blessed day!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Snappy Happy Hanukkah!

Stickers called “Life’s Little Occasions” by K & Co. make this Hanukkah card a snap to assemble. The paper is from “Photo Play Paper Company.”

I couldn’t find a Happy Hanukkah stamp, so I just let the design speak for itself. Inside I put the sentiment anyway, and I think it looks just fine. Next year I hope to be more prepared.

And tomorrow this sweet card goes in the mail! Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"Christmas Baking" Paper Players Challenge #373

This challenge was just what I needed to get making some cards for a Christmas gift for a friend who loves to bake. Challenge #373 over at The Paper Players is titled "Christmas Baking." I used the following supplies:

Vintage Kitchen Stamps Set by TCP Studios
Stampin' Up! Layered Letters Alphabet
Speckletone White Card Stock
Stampin' Up! Home for Christmas DSP
Stampin' Up! Real Red Ink

Thanks so much to everyone over at The Paper Players for jump starting Sue's gift project! And thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great day!

How Color Can Make A Big Difference

I wanted to do a tiny tutorial on how choosing the right color can help you make the most of the stamps you already have.

Since it's almost Christmas, I wanted to make a friend some cards that have a "from the kitchen" theme because she loves to cook and bake. I also came across a challenge called "Christmas Baking" over at The Paper Players.

My first instinct was to run out and buy a new set of stamps. But after rummaging through my boxes of stamps I came across this vintage looking set on the right from TCP Studios. I really love the look, and it has the saying "from the kitchen of" that I really wanted. But didn't want something so old fashioned.

I also wanted to use the papers shown below from the Stampin' Up! DSP collection called "Home for Christmas." But how was I going to combine the modern paper with the old fashioned stamps? Just as I was getting my shoes on to go for that new set of stamps, it hit me. COLOR.

Normally this stamp set would scream for black or brown. I even tried to use Always Artichoke (a dark green from Stampin' Up!) but it looked awful against the patterned paper. So I broke out of my comfort zone and stamped the kitchen utensils in red. I love the look of the card below and even made a matching envelope.

While this is a simple principle, it's not always intuitive to me. So it's my hope that this tiny tutorial will help you as you think about color and different ways to use the stamps you already have.

I will most likely still hit my favorite store tomorrow for a newer set to make more kitchen cards, but it felt good to use what I had in my stash too. She'll have a variety of cards, and my old stamps get the love they deserve too!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

SIP Challenge 125 - Colors!

Hooray for colors! It's one of the main reasons I stamp. I love having almost 100 colors of ink to play with. It's a perfect way to relax in the evening.

I'm sort of in "Christmas Mode" right now, but when I saw these colors I though about my parents, who love my cards and would love to get one for Thanksgiving. So that's where this one is going in today's mail.

My inspiration comes from Stamp, Ink, Paper's Challenge 125.

My supply list is:

Ranger Gloss Paper
Stampin' Up!'s Lovely As a Tree
Stampin' Up!'s Sheltering Tree (sentiment)
SU! Crushed Curry Ink
SU! So Saffron Ink
SU! Cajun Craze Ink
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
Ranger Blending Tool

Stamp, Ink, Paper, thanks so much (and my parents thank you too) for this weeks inspiration! And thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fab Friday Challenge 125

I've been playing around the Baby Jesus stamp set, and this challenge from Fab Friday this week seemed perfect to put it all together. I love this sketch and would like to do some other things with it, but this is my entry for now.

The supplies I used are:

-Stampin' Up!'s Letters for You
-Stampin' Up!'s Large Letters Framelits Dies
-Neat & Tangled Little Baby Jesus Stamp --Set & Dies
-Stampin' Up!'s Merry Music DSP
-Copic Markers R14, R17, R29, E01 & E37

Thanks to everyone over at Fab Friday for a great challenge this week! And thanks for stopping by my blog! Blessings!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

1Arthouse Pinterest Printable

I found this beautiful digital image on Pinterest this weekend. The link led me to this post over at I totally stink at hand doing anything (which is why I stamp), so I snagged the design and did what I do best, colored it in.

The background paper is from Stampin' Up! Into the Woods collection and I used a variety of Copic markers. The three sequins came from a package purchased at Walmart.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #121 Entry

It's been a while since I've done a challenge and today was a perfect fall day to do this!

The challenge came from Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #121. It was a "Tic-Tac-Toe" theme and the three I chose were on the left hand side of the grid: Leaf, Orange and Twine.

Here's my supply list:

-Speckletone True White Card Stock (
-Woodland Forest Patterned Paper (Pebbles)
-Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves
-SU! Leaflets Dies
-SU! Cajun Craze ink
-SU! Pumpkin Pie ink
-SU! Delightful Dijon Ink
-SU! Baked Brown Sugar Twine
-SU! Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock
-My Sentiments Exactly (Thanksgiving Innies & Outies)
-SU! Soft Suede Ink

Happy autumn, and thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How To Make A Bookmark Card

These instructions can be made using any stamps, any size bookmark and any size card.

I got this idea when I fell in love with this stamp set from Prima Marketing titled "Quotes," but the stamps were too big for the standard A2 size cards that I usually make. So I decided to make a Bookmark Card.

First I chose the patterned paper which was from Pebbles. Then chose the inks (SU!'s Always Artichoke and Delightful Dijon) and stamped the bookmark and colored in a few of the images.

Then I measured and made the card just a little bigger than the bookmark, cut a slit in the top and ran the twine through it. (See picture below.)

The bookmark can be easily moved up or down for perfect placement, yet can be removed so the recipient can have a sweet little gift too!

Since my card was a special size, I needed to make it a custom envelope. Since the pattern is so busy, I placed Avery Labels on the front for the "to" and "from" areas. And since I'm going to give this as a gift for someone else to give away, I used some envelope gum so it could be sealed later on.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge 108

This card was made for the Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge #108. The theme is "Fabulous Flowers." They're my favorite thing to stamp!

My supply list for this card is:

SU! Array of Sunshine
SU! Endless Birthday Wishes
Watermelon Wonder Ink
Pumpkin Pie Ink
Cajun Craze Ink and Card Stock
Pear Pizzaz Ink
Tim Holts Stencil
So Saffron Ink

I also used this card to create my first ever
photo-stitching tutorial. You can see it here
on my blog.

Thanks to everyone over at Stamp, Ink Paper
for a great challenge. And thanks for stopping
by my blog today!

When Ink Pads Are Too Juicy...

I love Stampin' Up! products, and their colors are one of the main reasons why. But sometimes I they ink their stamp pads a little too much. This is especially hard when I have a fine detailed image. The ink seems to run together.

Memento Inks are a little better with fine images, but I so often I really want to use my SU! colors.

Well yesterday I found my solution. Ink them with a Ranger Foam Pad first. I had to do this three times before stamping the image just to make sure the ink was evenly dustributed.

It worked perfectly!

I also tried using a Stampin' Spot and lightly inking it, and that worked well too.

I know there must be others who have the same problem, and hopefully this tutorial has helped!

Now I need to get more foam pad refills!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (& Wednesday too!)

This week we're encouraged to "Get in Shape" over at Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge Blog.

After entering this in their Monday Challenge, I hopped over to their Wednesday Challenge and realized the theme was "Seeing Stars!" Wow! So I'll add that in since I just made it today and it fits there too.

I thought about a lot of different things I could make, but decided on making a star-shaped card to highlight my little "hero."

The base of the card is embossed so it looks a little fancy. It's hand-measured and folded with slits in the bottom so someone can write in the card and mail it flat then the recipient can unfold it and stand it up.

It really wasn't to complicated to make. Here's my supply list:

Stampin' Up! Star Dies
White 110# card stock
Patterned paper from coordinations (purchased at Joann's)
Darcie's "Super Day" stamp set
Copics in E37, B24, E13, R14, R29 and Y15

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and thanks to everyone over at Simon Says Stamp for putting this challenge together!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sunday Stamps "Salute To Summer" Challenge

This is my entry for Sunday Stamps "Salute to Summer" challenge (SSC157).

Here's what I used to make it:

-white card stock base
-SU! Night of Navy ink
-Ranger Blending Tool
-Misc. Mint Colored Paper
-SU! Expressions Thinlits Die
-SU! Read Red Paper
-SU! Multi-Purpose Adhesive Strips
-SU! Sizzix Floral Fusion Flower Die
-SU! White Enamel Dots
-SU! "For Being You" Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and thanks to everyone over at Sunday Stamps for creating a great challenge!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #280

I love the simplicity yet versatility of this challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches.

There were so many things I could have done, but I chose this tea cup and pot
from a set I love from Fiskars. (I don't know the official name of the set, but I bought it from Michaels years ago.)

I colored the pot and cup with Copics. And to give the card a little more interest I  cut a base from a Sizzix die and embellished it with white enamel dots from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SIP Challenge 91-Andrea's Birthday

The challenge this week over at Stamp, Ink, Papers is to create a birthday card in honor of A design team member's birthday. Easy enough!

I made my card with Close To My Heart's "Lovely Birthday" set. The inks used are:

Memento Bamboo Leaves
Memento Lilac Posies
Stampin' Up! Flirty Flamingo
Stampin' Up! Peakaboo Peach

The card stock is Stampin' Up!'s Old Olive.

What I really love about this card are the clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Because they're clear, they take on the color behind them. So in this case, it looks like I have three different color sequins when I only have one.

Well I hope Andrea had a great birthday yesterday! And I hope whiever gets this card will like it as much as I do!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #314

What a cute challenge they have over at Try Stampin' on Tuesday this week. The two little tags at the top of the card make for such an interesting card. The extra challenge was to include baby animals, which I did, although they're pretty small.

I used a Hero Arts set called "Spring Hello" by Lia Griffith. Then used a variety of inks from Stampin' Up! and Memento until I found the look I wanted. The ribbon is from Michaels and the embossing folder is from Darice.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunday Stamps 148 & Fab Friday 108

Having some leftover die cut and stamped pieces on my craft desk made the choice for this quite easy. It all started over at Fab Friday's Challenge 108 where you had to use the beautiful palette below. I just love the Peakaboo Peach with the Calypso Coral.

The second challenge this card is entered in is over at Sunday Stamps,
where the challenge is to use this sketch on the right.

Putting them bith together I came up with my card. The flowers are from My Favorite Things set called Bold Blossoms. The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti called Easter Blessings. I simply love this set because it contains four great Easter sentiments that can be paired with any Spring stamps you already have.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Fab Friday Challenge 108

I just love this color combo challenge over at Fab Friday 108. What a great combo for the first day of
Spring! I just got this new set of stamps and dies from My Favorite Things called Bold Blooms. When I saw this challenge I knew it would be a perfect fit!

The sentiment is called Wonderful Favorites from Stampin' Up! I've used this set for years. It makes family cards so much more special, as it did for my sister-in-law's birthday this week.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

An Eclectic Wild About Flowers

I'm not too wild about how the bottom of this card turned out, but I love the top part. I'll have to let ot go for tonight and I'll learn from my errors and do better next time!

Supplies are:

Stampin' Up! "Wild About Flowers"
SU! "Kinda Eclectic"
SU! Papillon Potpourri
SU! Inks

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #312

I love the angle on Challenge 312 over at Try Stampin' on Tuesday. It's not one I would have come up with on my own, so once again I'm grateful for challenges!

My supply list is:

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Words
Papertrey Hibiscus Burst Ink
SU! Peekaboo Peach Ink
Memento Pear Tart Ink
SU! Dimensionals
SU! Candy Dots

Thank to everyone over at Try Stampin' on Tuesday. And thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Stampin' Up!'s "Thoughts and Prayers"

I had fun making this card using an oval die to accentuate the tree; then doing some double-stamping to line the trunk up on two colors of paper. It was really easy, and I like the layered look a lot. The dark brown edging is from Stampin' Up's "Finishing Touches."

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sunday Stamps Cottage Colors Challenge

What a fun challenge they have this week over at Sunday Stamps. Their challenge, SSC147, is to use the color palette shown. I pulled out my Stampin' Up! pads and came up with the following colors:

Crumb Cake
Pear Pizzazz
Pool Party
Island Indigo, and
Tangerine Tango

The Stampin' Up! set "Best Birds" has been on my craft desk waiting to be used, so I thought I'd be able to pull off this color combo with this set.

After stamping the images, I did a little coloring with Copics E00, E33 and B00.

The paper is Speckletone True White from

There are so many wonderful cards in this challenge, and I love seeing everyone's creativity. Be sure to visit their blog and maybe play along!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stampin' Up! "So Very Grateful"

Even though I'm not a fan of coloring,  this is one of my very favorite sets. I love the clean lines and how easy it is to make something beautiful with it. Here I used various Copic markers and placed the piece on Stampin' Up!'s Everyday Chic DSP.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #89

Once again I'm so grateful to have a challenge make me pull out a bunch of supplies that I don't often use, and this week is no exception. When I first saw this challenge over at Stamp, Ink, Paper my first thought was a wreath. I really want to buy some of the new spring wreaths many companies have, but for now this older image from Hero Arts will have to do.

My supply list is:

Hero Arts Flower Wreath
Stampin' Up! Cucumber Crush Ink
Tombow Marker Color 173
Tombow Marker Color 793
Tombow Marker Color 743
Sentiment from Michaels (unsure of exact brand)
Banner Die from Technique Tuesday
White Ink & Embossing Powder from Michaels
Pink Patterned Paper from Michaels
Zigzag Side Die "Edgelits Finishing Touches" from SU!

Thanks Justin, and guest designer Sue Plote, and everyone else over at Stamp, Ink Papers for a fun challenge! And thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge 311

First order of this post is to say "Happy 7th Birthday" to Try Stampin' on Tuesday! And happy anniversary CherylAnn!

Challenge 311 is a sketch challenge, and the bonus was to use check or
gingham, which I love. So after digging through my box of patterened
paper, I came up with not one but two that went into this project.
The first is Red Gingham from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby's brand).
The other grayish gingham is from Pebbles Front Porch.

After that I chose the set "Devoted" by Unity Stamps for the house and sentiment. The colored Copics areBV29, W3, W5, R35 and R20.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and thanks TSOT for a really fun Challenge!