My first “combo” card – stamps, cardstock and digi

Christmas card with a digi – from the SimplyBetty line, I used markers, blendy pens and chalk to color her in. I used red cardstock, white cardstock, my new Martha Stewart stars punch and Encore silver ink. Its so cute, I don’t want to give it away!


StampinUp! with a Baby Wipe!?!?!

Baby Wipe Technique


1) Squeeze a few drops of ink on a baby wipe; the moistened material absorbs the colors and creates a one-of-a-kind ink pad.

2) Stamp your image.

3) For another approach, gently swipe the wipe over your card stock to create a multicolored background.

To order StampinUp! products, click here

Hot Cocoa Stocking Stuffers – How To

I’ve been racking my craft-show-fried brain for something else to put on my table that is quick to make, relatively inexpensive and festive. I found it!

These cute little packets hold a package of Instant Hot Chocolate mix.  When you pull on the ribbon, they “magically” slide out of the packet.  They take about 20 minutes to make 6 at a time.  I’d love to see your pics too!

Click here for the tutorial



Print and Cut Alignment Troubleshooting Guide

Anyone having trouble with some white space around your images for print and cut with Make The Cut?  Here is a detailed checklist on how to align and adjust your printer and/or your Cricut.

Enjoy! …. and lets see your projects!

Flocked Snowman Pail

Designer Tip: Stamp the snowman onto the blue paper inside the pail and add the flocked piece and additional pieces on the outside of the pail. This will show the outline of the snowman with the stick arms that outlines the flocked snowman.

Flocked Snowman Pail

Supplies: I can get you any of these, just let me know via email or comment 🙂

* Winter Delights Paper Set
* Winter Delights Ribbon
* Large Clear Pail
* Snowflake Dazzles™ White
* Easy Circles Template
* 12×12 Classic Cardstock
* Ruby Red 3mm Crystals , Ruby Red 5mm Crystals
* StazOn Ink Pad, Jet Black
* Jumbo Snowman Stamp
* Humungo Adhesive Sheets
* Cotton Ball White Fun Flock
* Rubber Brayer
* Colored pencils
* Black pen
* White cardstock


1. Cut 6 1/2″ strips of blue paper with the tree and birds border. Stamp the big snowman using black ink next to the tree and bird border on the paper. Wrap the inside of the pail with strips with one of the borders in the front of the pail. Cut 1″ strips of red dot paper and ink the edges. Mat with green cardstock and glue covering the seams of the papers wrapped inside the pail.
2. Cut the border Dazzles™ in half and add to the outside of the pail over the red dot strips. Add small snowflakes at the ends of the border with 3mm red crystals. Wrap red rick rack around the top edge of the pail on the outside overlapping the paper.

3. Stamp 2 big snowmen onto white cardstock. Cut out the snowmen just inside the stamped image to cut away the outline. Cover the cut out snowmen with Humungo adhesive and trim to the shape. Spread white over the snowmen with flock. Tap off the excess and finish with a brayer.
4. Stamp hat, mittens and scarves onto red dot paper and green cardstock. Cut out the images and piece together by cutting the trim pieces from the green and gluing to the red dot pieces.
5. Drop one drop of metallic gold Staz-on from the refill bottom onto white cardstock and spread with a q-tip. When dry, stamp the bell for the hat and cut out. Glue to the hat.
6. Stamp buttons onto green cardstock and cut out. Glue to the body of the snowman. Cut the fringe in the scarves and also glue with the buttons to the snowman. Stamp the face onto white cardstock and color the eyes and mouth with brown colored pencil. Cut out and glue to the snowmen faces. Also stamp the carrot onto orange cardstock and cut out. Glue to the faces.
7. Glue the snowman with the hat to the outside of the pail with the stamped image inside outlining the flocked snowman. Add the mittens to the arms.
8. Cut out mounds of snow using the Humungo adhesive sheets. Adhere those to white cardstock and trim the cardstock slightly larger than the adhesive sheet. Using a black pen, outline the edge of the white cardstock. Remove the protective sheet of the adhesive and cover with flock and secure with a brayer. Layer the mounds of snow at the bottom of the pail.
9. Place snowflake Dazzles™ around the snowman and add crystal centers.
10. Trim a 5” circle from the tree border paper using just the blue section. Stamp a big snowman at the edge so just part of the snowman is on the circle. Glue the second flocked and pieced snowman to the outline and trim away excess. Add the mitten to the arm. Glue to the lid of the pail.
11. Add snowflakes and crystals around the snowman. Some of the snowflakes can go over the edge of the circle and trim away the excess.
12. Tie knots of ribbons to the handle.

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Digital Scrapbooking Day Freebies

The designers at Digital Design House have created an AWESOME free kit for Digital Scrapbooking Day. You can hop from one designers blog to another and collect 8 mini kits to create a full fall-themed kit with 22 papers, 34 elements, and one template!


Design House Digital


 made by Leelou

MTC 3.0 beta solves print and cut

Amazed with the results!  Here’s a link to a tutorial video, as well as step-by-step.  AMAZING!

Gatefold cards

I made these today during the downtime for my work training.  They are very easy and only take a few minutes each.

Cut a 8.5 x 5.5 piece of cardstock.  With the long side horizontal, score vertical lines at 2 1/8″ from the left and from the right.  Fold panels inward to create your “gate”.

Inside:  Cut a 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 piece of coordinating cardstock.  Cut another piece of white/off white at 3 5/x 4 7/8.  Adhere white to dark, then adhere to the inside center of the card. (see pics)

Add embellishments.  For the front, tape only the left or the right half of the embellishment to either side of the gate (so that the card is not sealed shut)

Add embellishments inside and out.  For more punch, add a piece of coordinating cardstock to the envelope, too. 


Necklace made with UTEE

Made this with bronze UTEE, a jewelry bale, plastic embellie, and a key ring.

Very easy to do:  Melt the UTEE, place the bale over the key ring. Pour UTEE into key ring, quickly press flower into molten enamel. Let dry, string onto ribbon!

Bronze UTEE flower Necklace

Holtz-Inspired Paper Rosette How To

Have you seen the new Sizzix die from Tim Holtz that makes paper rosettes?  It produces fantastic rosettes.  Problem for me is that I don’t have a Sizzex 🙂

I’ve made my own paper rosettes, with a nod to Tim for inspiration.  Enjoy!

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