The Frozen Explosion Box

for a friend’s daughter’s birthday, created this:

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Teacher Appreciation Pop-Up Box Cards

It has been a long time since I posted any creations. I miss crafting…Just wanted to share these pop up box cards I made for my kids’ teachers last school year. I made a little pocket and attached a gift card to the back of each of the cards.
Here is picture of the three that I made. They were so much fun to color and put together, and so happy that they actually folded up and fit into a regular envelope. Since I wasn’t mailing them, I didn’t have to worry about them getting crushed.

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Taking some time off…

Just wanted to let those that come visit my blog know that I will be taking a break from posting on my blog for a while…we are expecting another little bundle of joy!!!

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Teacher & Classmate Christmas Gifts…

I’ve been busy crafting away give aways for my son to give to his classmates & teacher for Christmas. I saw this cute explosion box on pinterest, and knew I wanted to CASE the idea. His teacher enjoys scrapbooking and card making, so hopefully his teacher will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. It was originally going to be a crafting related explosion box and I was going to buy a gift card and some small craft items to put inside. His teacher listed “Joann’s” as one of her favorite stores, so I went there today to get a gift card and some small craft supplies. Unfortunately, when I went there…their computer systems were down. I was in the store for almost an hour and they couldn’t fix the problem in that time frame, so I left…she told me that I wouldn’t be able to purchase a gift card since the computer couldn’t activate it. And I didn’t want to drive another 30 minutes to the next store.

So, I changed my plans and went the route of coffee…love me some Starbucks, don’t you…especially during the holidays (Peppermint Mocha…why can’t they make it year round)! I went and got a gift card and goodies from there since she listed that she enjoys lattes!…so I hope she likes what I created:
This is a closed view:

This is the front view of the box open:

This is the back side:

I think it turned out so cute. I have the a pack of mints from Starbucks, and the quote says “I’m glad you were “mint” to be my teacher” and there is a pack of chocolate covered graham crackers with the quote, “Thanks for making me a smart cookie!” And of course, I have got a small starbucks cup with the quote “Thanks a latte”. On the other two panels, there is a hand written message from my son to his teacher and the last panel is the Starbucks gift card.

For his classmates, I did little treat bags:

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!


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Lattice Die Favor Box

Christmas is just around the corner, and I’ve been so busy decorating the house for the holidays and creating cards/tags/favors. I have so many projects that I’m working on that I hope to remember to take pictures before sending them/using them.

I have had SU’s lattice die for a few months now, and haven’t used it…and I needed some favor this is what I came up with: 

-Gumball Green Cardstock
-Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
-Champagne Glimmer Paper
-Labels Collection Framelits
-Gold Embossing Powder
-VersaMark Ink Pad
-Heat Gun
-Tombo Multipurpose Glue
-Glue Dots
-Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

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Ruffled Fabric Wreath

I collected some packs of the Stampin’ Up fabric that was on clearance since it was a great deal. I came across some cute fabric wreaths on Pinterest and decided to try it with the fabric that I hoarded. I cut a few pieces up and folded them in half and stitched together with a running stitch. I sewed all the pieces together until it was one long piece and wrapped it around a styrofoam wreath forms.  I attached the ends with some hot glue. I also made a bow with the other fabric swatches. Then I created some flowers with the fabric and ribbon…will have to post pics of that later because I haven’t decided if I want to add them. For now, it will stay like this:

-Styrofoam wreath form
-Stampin’ Up Deck the Halls Designer Fabric
-Hot Glue
-BigShot multipurpose adhesive sheets

I really like the style of the wreath and looking forward to hoarding more of the clearance rack fabric..probably the bright Candy Cane Christmas fabric for next year. I will probably make a larger version with flowers instead of a bow.

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Halloween Punch Art

Happy Halloween everyone! It’s cold and wet here in the Metro DC area after the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. I made these little treat boxes for my son’s classmates:

I used the owl punch to punch out the body of the owls. To make the pumpkin, I used the small oval punch and just free hand cut a stem. The bat was made using the old bat punch for the wings. And of course, I sponged them for more dimension. The “boo” is stamp is from my stash (don’t remember who manufactured it)…and the paper is also from my non-SU stash. It gets harder and harder to come up with things to put in these boxes since they don’t allow candy. Usually, I give out pencils, stickers and some small toy. I had a lot of fun making these and hopefully the kids enjoy them…though I’m sure they wished it was candy. I know the teacher and parents are happy that it’s not candy…who needs a ton of little kids bouncing off walls. Enjoy your Halloween, stay safe :)

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Illuminated Ornaments

I am really liking Stampin’ Up’s new illuminate stamp pad. I had a lot of fun playing with it, and came up with this card:

I embossed with background with the Fancy Fan embossing folder, then I sponged it with the the illuminate ink pad…which made the background shimmer. Then I took the Snowflake Party Wheel, inked with the illuminate pad and rolled it onto another piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (used just my fingers to roll since I wanted a whimsical look…and it didn’t have to be perfect since it was in the background). The ornaments were stamped with versa mark and embossed with gold embossing powder. I made 3 of the large ornaments and glued them together for a 3-d effect. I also took some of the white baker’s twine and embossed it as well with the gold embossing powder (although it doesn’t look like gold once I did it).  Then I embossed very thin strips of paper with the gold embossing powder and created little bows on top of the ornaments. A very elegant and shimmery card…I need to play with it some more to see. I heard the illuminate pad works well with the dark colors as well…We’ll have to see :)


-Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set
-Holiday Ornaments Framelits
-Snowflake Party Builder Wheel
-More Merry Messages Stamp Set
-Illuminate Ink Pad
-Versa Mark Pad
-Gold Embossing Powder
-Fancy Fan EF
-Adorning Accents EF
-Very Vanilla Cardstock
-White baker’s twine


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Pleasant Poppies

Nice to be back crafting again. Today, I’m going to share a birthday card with you because I am always in need of birthday cards…but you can easily switch the sentiment to suite your needs. As you might have heard me say before, I love cutting and layering my cards.

I love the bright colors…I am so going to miss the 2011-2013 in colors. I hope they decide to keep them during Stampin’ Up’s color renovation next year. These are by far my favorite colors…and I love creating with them…That reminds me, I should stock up on the cardstock and re-inkers in case they don’t keep them around. Hope you like it as much as I do:

Here is a close up of the layering of the poppies:

Supply List:

Pleasant Poppies Background Stamp; Lacy Brocade EF; Black Stazon Ink Pad; Calypso Coral Marker & Ink Pad; Blender Pen; Gumball Green Marker; Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine; Sponge Dauber; Very Vanilla Cardstock; Calypso Coral Cardstock; Pearls; Modern Label punch, Dimensionals; Something to Celebrate Stamp Set (Retired)

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Stampin’ Success

I was offered an opportunity from Stampin’ Success to create some projects that they could publish in time for the holiday season. I would get my hands on one of the new holiday stamp sets before our demonstrator pre-order. I was excited for a chance to be published in the magazine and also get free stamp sets in return.

The article was published in the October edition of Stampin’ Success (This magazine is sent to Stampin’ Up Demonstrators only).

I am sorry to those that have been looking and waiting for the details…been sick for over a month (so much wasted creative time :( ).

Star-Snowflake Ornament
Supplies: Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set; Origami Pentagonal Star Fold (5 pieces of 3″ x 3″ Be of Good Cheer DSP); Silver Glimmer Paper; White Vellum Cardstock; Very Vanilla Cardstock; Versamark; Silver Embossing Powder; Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker; Gumball Green Stampin’ Write Marker; Rhinestones Basic Jewels; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Sticky Strip; Stampin’ Sponges; Scallop Trim Border; Itty Bitty Circle Punch; Scallop Edge Punch; 2 1/2″ Circle Punch; Petite Pennants Builder; Whisper White Bakers Twine

Here is a video that I found on youtube to recreate the star. I tried doing my own instructions and taking pictures, but couldn’t show to fold the star with just pics. (It is called a origami pentagonal star): Link to Video

1-Cut 1/2″ strips of silver glimmer paper and punch with the scallop edge punch.
2-Color the glimmer paper with the ink pad/markers/reinkers & sponges. All these pieces to dry before handling.
3-Punch (2) 2 1/2″ circles in very vanilla and adhere 1 of them to the center of the star (choose which side that you want use as the front).
4-Cut (2) 1.5″ x 12″ pieces of glimmer paper and punch edge with scallop trim border punch. score and fold each piece, and adhere together into a rosette.
5-Adhere the rosette to the center of the star and adhere the circle punched in step 3 in the center of the rosette. You want the rosette to be sandwiched between these two circles.
6-Stamp the 3 sizes of snowflakes from the stamp set in Versamark and heat emboss with silver embossing power. Stamp 1 of each of the snowflakes on White Vellum Cardstock and Very Vanilla Cardstock.
7-Cut out each snowflake.
8-With dimensionals, adhere the largest white vellum cardstock snowflake onto the base. Add more dimensionals add the same snowflake stamped on very vanilla cardstock (make sure you shift the snowflake slightly so that you can see the points of the other snowflake underneath). Continue to layer the other snowflakes alternating between very vanilla & vellum, going down in size.
9-Adhere rhinestones as desired.

I designed a simplified cost effective version for those that want to recreate the look, but want to do it in less time (something that can be completed during a class).

To make this snowflake, all you need is the Petite Pennants Builder punch. Punch out 5 pieces of the glimmer paper in the scalloped pennant, and 5 pieces of the plain pennant in designer series paper. Sandwhich them between a 2 1/2″ circles punched in very vanilla cardstock while forming your star.

Stamp 3 snowflake designs on both vellum cardstock and very vanilla cardstock. Cut out the snowflakes, and adhere them with dimensionals, from largest to smallest.

Decorate with rhinestones.
Here is a comparison of the size (Just slightly smaller than the original star shape):


Snowflake Wreath Card
Supplies: Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set; Delightful Dozen Stamp Set; Gumball Green Cardstock; Cherry Cobbler Cardstock; Very Vanilla Cardstock; Versamark; Gold Embossing Powder; Gumball Green Ink Pad; Cherry Cobbler Ink Pad; Fancy Fan Embossing Folder; Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Itty Bitty Circle Punch; Rhinestones Basic Jewels; Stampin’ Dimensionals
**All the snowflakes were stamped and cut out by hand..wish they had a punch.


Snowflake Shaker Card
Supplies: Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set; Curly Cute Stamp Set; Crumb Cake Cardstock; Versamark; Silver Embossing Powder; Clear Embossing Powder; White Craft Ink; Gumball Green Ink Pad; Cherry Cobbler Ink Pad; 2 1/2″ Circle Punch; Shaker Frames; Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Silver Glass Stampin’ Glitter; Rhinestones Basic Jewels

***I actually cut apart the largest shaker frame and added a piece from the smaller ones to make it around the 2 1/2″ circle punch. You can actually make the shaker box any shape or size.


Twisting Snowflake Card
Supplies: Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set; Petite Pairs Stamp Set; Very Vanilla Cardstock; Be of Good Cheer DSP; Silver Glimmer Paper; Versamark; Silver Embossing Powder; Gumball Green Ink Pad; Cherry Cobbler Ink Pad; 2 1/2″ Circle Punch; Dazzling Details; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Modern Label Punch; Word Window Punch; Finishing Touches Edgelits; Floral Frames Framelits;Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Scallop Dots Ribbon; Whisper White Bakers Twine; Sticky Strip


Snowflake Purse Tote:
Supplies: Petite Purse Bigz L Die; Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set; Be of Good Cheer DSP; Silver Glimmer Paper; Cherry Cobbler Cardstock; Very Vanilla Cardstock; Gumball Green Ink Pad; Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon; Scallop Trim Border Punch; Itty Bitty Circle Punch; 1″ Circle Punch; Sticky Strip; Stampin’ Dimensionals


Floral Framelits Snowflake Tote:
Supplies: Floral Framelits Die; Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set; More Merry Messages Stamp Set; Be of Good Cheer DSP; Cherry Cobbler Cardstock; Very Vanilla Cardstock; Gumball Green Ink Pad; Gold Embossing Powder; Versa Mark Ink Pad; 2 1/2″ CIrcle Punch; 2 3/8″ Circle Punch; 1 3/4″ Circle Punch; Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon; Rhinestones Basic Jewels; Sticky Strip; Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Tips for Blossom Bouquet

I’ve had some questions as to how to put together the bouquet. Here is a view of the bottom of the flower:

I took the largest of the boho blossoms punch flower and cut into the center of one of the notches, then glued over two of the petals on top of one another to create a slight cone shape. Then I pierced a hole thru that piece and the flower and inserted floral wire (I had a very thin 24 gauge wire on hand so I looped it to make it sturdier)..then I wrapped floral tape around it.

The crayons are attached to a paper pencil holder that I had from a stationary set. I used glue dots to attach the crayons and then red sticky strip to attach the ribbon to hold it all down. If you have the styrofoam for flower arrangements, I would use that for the inside to hold up the flowers. Of course I didn’t have any at home, so this became a Macgyver experiment. I used a paper towel cardboard roll that I glued to the bottom of the vase and stuffed tissue that I had leftover from gift wrapping.

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Blossom Bouquet and Blossom Punch Flower Tutorial

Punches used for flowers in bouquet: Blossom Punch; Fancy Flower & 5-Petal Flower Punch; Boho Blossom Punch; Extra-Large Oval Punch for Leaves

I think the flowers created with the blossom punch look like carnations…sooo pretty :)

Tutorial for Blossom Punch Flower

1. Stampin’ Up Blossom Punch
2. small paint brush stick/cuticle pusher/chopstick or any other small stick you may have for curling your flower petals
3. cardstock
4. tombo mono adhesive/hot glue gun
5. Scissors

Punch 6 blossoms with your punch. You can add more or use less depending on how full you want your blossom to look. My samples that were created used 6 blossoms each.

With your scissors, cut towards the center of each petal (about half way inward). As you can tell I am using a manicure stick to curl my petals…works great for these flowers.

Wrap you petals around the stick to curl them. Continue to curl all the petals.

Take one petal and apply a drop of glue. Make as tight of a bud as you would like your flower to have.  

Wrap the petal on the opposite side around that bud you just created. Apply glue and hold in place for a few seconds.

Continue to create the bud by wrapping alternating petals on opposite sides. Apply glue to the inside of each petal as you fold each one up onto the bud.

Apply glue to the bottom of the bud that you just created, and stick it into the middle of the new blossom punch flower. The squared edges of the bud should be set in the middle of each petal. Continue constructing your bud by wrapping alternate sides up.

Put aside the bud that you have created with 3 punches. With the 3 remaining blossoms, open up the petals (until they are almost flat). You curl the petals and then flatten them out because it makes it look more life-like. Here is a comparison of one that has been manipulated and the other that was just punched out:

Take 2 blossoms and apply glue to the center of one. Off set the blossom on top, and press to adhere together. Add glue to the top blossom and off set the last blossom on top, press to adhere.

Take you completed bud and adhere on top of the 3 flattened blossoms. Make sure the squared edges settle in the middle of each petal. Apply a little pressure to adhere and allow a few minutes for the glue to dry.

Mold your blossom by opening and closing petals to achieve the look that you want.

Have fun making these gorgeous flowers. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Teacher gifts…

For the end of the school year, I decided to make a set of note cards for my son’s teacher. I love to do dry embossing with SU’s embossing folders. Here is the design for the monogram note cards:

Stampin’ Supplies:

-Monogram Sweet Alphabet Stamp Set
-Embossing Folders: Framed Tulips; Perfect Polka Dots; Designer Frames
-Extra Large Oval Punch
-Gold Embossing Powder
-VersaMark Ink Pad
-Heat Gun
-Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon
-Very Vanilla Cardstock
-Flower: Blossom Punch

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Blossom Punch

Earlier this month, we got the new 2012-2013 Stampin’ up catalog with our demo pre-orders. While I was looking through it, I noticed these flowers in the catalog that I wanted to copy. I wasn’t sure if they were made with the Blossom punch, or if it was the small flower from the Fun Flowers die. Well, I decided to make them using the Blossom punch because I figured it would go a lot faster if I used the punch. I remembered making 3-D flower buds before using the fancy flower punch, so I wanted to try using the Blossom punch. There were two different styles of flowers that I made in the past. One would give me a flower similar to the one in the catalog, and the other one looked like this….

Here is a picture of the two styles of flowers. The one on the left is the one in the catalog.

They are prettier in our SU cardstock, so I decided to make lots of them in various colors.

Aren’t they pretty? I really like the flowers this punch makes….pretty easy and quick to do. I am planning a lot of fun projects with this flower, stayed tuned for more posts.

***Edited 5/30/12: Since there has been a lot of interest, I will post instructions on how to make these flowers on my blog.

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A couple more to share…

I made these two cards a while back before I got sick and never posted them, so I figured I would share them now before I forgot about them:

This card uses the set: Up, Up and Away. Cute set, very fun to stamp with.

This set uses the “Kindness Matters” set. I love the 2011-2013 in colors, and glad that they are sticking around for another year. I will be very sad if they retire the years next year.

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Masculine Cards…

Here are two cards that I made with the Stampin’ Up “Need for Speed” set:

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Simply Soft…with Pastels

When I use pastels (chalk), I usually stamp my image with Versamark but decided to try something different. I actually stamped the images in Stazon Jet Black Ink. Then, I lightly went over the images with a white gel pen…and then I applied the pastels over the white gel pen…It created a very soft image.

Stampin’ Supplies:
-Simply Soft Stamp Set
-Sentiment: Precious Butterflies Stamp Set
-Frost White Shimmer Paint
-White Gel Ink pen
-Stampin’ Pastels
-Pink Pirouette Taffeta
-Beautiful Wings Embosslits
-Designer Frames EF
-Extra Large Oval Punch

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Monochromatic Mother’s Day Card

I know it’s early to be thinking about Mother’s Day, but it will be here before you know it. Better to be prepared, right? It’s been so warm here in Virginia lately that it already feels like early May…so I figured that I would work on some ideas. I have been making a lot of these fun flowers, and decided to incorporate them into the design:

Stampin’ Supplies:
-Delightful Dozen Stamp Set
-Itty Bitty Punch Pack
-Blossom Boquet Triple Layer Punch
-Boho Blossoms Punch
-Blossom Builder Punch
-Extra Large Oval Punch
-Embossing Stylus
-Mat Pack
-Versmark Stamp Pad
-Gold Embossing Powder
-Heat Gun
-Simply Scored
-Finial Press EF
-Adorning Accents EF
-Designer Frames EF
-Adorning Accents Edgelits
-Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon
-Basic Pearls
-Stampin’ Dimensionals

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I’ve been making lots of black & white cards lately. Here is one I did for a little boy:

I think it really makes those dinosaur images stand out. What do you think?

Stampin’ Supplies:
-Dinoroar Stamp Set
-Punches: Extra Large Tag; Word Window; Modern Label
-Square Lattice Embossing Folder
-Stampin’ Write Markers
-Stazon Jet Black Ink Pad
-Stampin’ Dimensionals


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Pink Happiest Birthday

Just wanted to share a quick card:

This card has wet & dry embossing…love both techniques. I think this turned out to be a very feminine card…soft & pretty.

Stamping Supplies:
-Apothecary Art Stamp Set
-Black Stazon
-Subtles Watercolor Wonder Crayons
-Blander Pens
-Labels Collection Framelits
-Very Vanilla Seam Binding
-Twitterpated buttons
-White Baker’s Twine
-Scallop Border Punch
-Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
-Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
-Pink Pirouette & very Vanilla Cardstock

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