Sneak Peek at the Holiday Stamp-a-Stack

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So, Saturday is the holiday stamp-a-stack and I have been working on creating samples for some of my sketches. Last night, I was planning on getting them all done, but then I remembered I needed to finish glueing together the cardfronts for a card swap I’m in, so while I got all 11 of those cards done, I only got 3.5 cards done for the workshop on Saturday.

There is still room in the group on Saturday, let me know if you would like to join us. I will also make card kits available if you cannot attend in person but want the supplies to make them on your own. Cost for the kits is the same as the class – you get all envelopes, precut supplies, and instructions for creating all the cards plus free shipping!

I’m still finalizing the set of cards we will be making but here are 3 very likely candidates.


  Check the calendar for more upcoming stamping events!

Make your own card holder box

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So, I had planned to publish by this morning, the cards coming up for my Holiday Stamp-a-Stack.  However, when I started sketching out my 5 designs, the next thing I knew it was late and I had 16 designs on paper!  So, tonight I’ll be actually making up the samples but until then, here is another project I created when my mom was visiting.

  We customized the sizing from a different box template to fit the 4.25″x5.5″ cards we normally make.  The lid of this box is just a flap that folds over the top of the box to cover the opening.  We used the flower trio punch to make blue flowers for where the ribbons come through the eyelets.  I also thought it needed some more visual interest on the front so I took a strip of paper, ran it through the crimper and then glued it around the bottom of the box.  I think it turned out well!  Let me know if you want me to post the template.

Old Olive CS, Green Tea Designer Paper
Accessories: Flower trio punch, eyelets, ribbon, crop-a-dile, crimper

Here are a couple views of the original sized box that my mom made but with a lid that actually covers the sides.  It still has some kinks but I think I’ll try it next time.


Fun & Fast Notes Thank You Card

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After 5 fun days, my mom just left town last night.  We spent pretty much every night crafting – trying new techniques, making projects, and making cards.  So, I didn’t have much time to post to my blog (sorry!) but I did come away with a few neat things to show you! 

Over the next few days, I’ll post up some of the different projects we did including

  •  making a storage box
  • using glitter,
  • some cards,
  • coloring paper using shaving cream,
  • and I’m sure more! 🙂

In the meantime, I figured I would post this small card I made this weekend as another way of using the word window punch.  This is a quick and easy way to use the punch to add some interest without too much effort.  I also pulled out my chalks for the first time to color in the bird, makes a nice light color don’t you think?

Getting Punchy

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Last night I started playing with my word window punch some more and one of the ideas I had was to create a flower using punches.  This quickly turned into a card challenge to myself to see if I could make an interesting card that was almost entirely based on punches instead of stamps. It was a fun experiment and helped me brainstorm a ton of new ways to use punches (though most of those uses didn’t look so good when all smooshed together on one card).  In the end, I used two stamps though if I had thought to use rub-ons for the sentiment and designer paper for the background, I think I could have gotten away with none. 🙂

 To make this card, I used 5 different punches.  The card is actually very quick to put together because most of it is just punching and glueing paper.  

Pretty Petals background stamp, Sock Monkey
Inks: Pink Pirouette, Pixie Pink, Garden Green
Paper: Pink Pirouette cardstock, Garden Green cardstock, Whisper White cardstock
Accessories: word window punch, small oval punch, five petal punch, trio flower punch, ticket punch, gold brad

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Using the word window punch

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Yesterday I was asked by someone about ideas for different ways the word window punch could be used.  Now, one thing I love about paper punches is that they tend to be pretty versitile and the word window is no exception.  As I started brainstorming all the ways I’ve seen this punch used and new and different ideas I could try, I was amazed at how long the list was getting.  Now, I’m pretty inspired to play with some of the techniques myself.  If only it wasn’t midnight when I was ready to get punchy.  🙂

So, this week I’m going to be working on projects that include different ways to use the word window punch.  Since I didn’t have time to make something new last night, I figured I’d put up some older stuff I had already completed (these are pretty simple uses but the first ones I found on short notice).  Tonight I’ll get cranking on some new, more complicated projects. 

6x6 scrapbook page

small card - design by Denise Rolak


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Upcoming Classes and Events

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Now that I’m a bit more settled after my move to Portland, I’m starting up some classes and events.  These events are a great way to unleash your creativity and learn a new technique or two.  I hope you can join me!

Holiday Stamp-a-Stack – October 25th
Ease some of the stress of the holidays by getting your holiday cards done early.  Provide a personal touch by making the cards yourself with our holiday stamp-a-stack.  We will be making 20 cards – 4 each of 5 different designs.  By the end of the afternoon, you will have a great set of cards and all you will need is the stamp.  All supplies will be provided.  RSVP required. 

Technique TuesdaysNovember 4th
The first tuesday of each month, I will be offering a technique class.  We will focus on learning a new technique and creating a couple small projects using this technique.  These evenings will offer you a chance to take a bit more time to experiment with different tools and techniques without feeling the pressure to get lots done.  I will announce the technique for the next class at the end of the month prior.  So, later this month I’ll announce the featured technique for November. 

Thank You Note Stamp-a-Stack – November 22th
During the whirlwind time of the holidays, lots of presents are exchanged which means thank you notes are in order.  Be prepared before it all begins with a stack of handmade thank you cards.  We will be making 16 cards – 4 each of 4 different designs.  All supplies will be provided. RSVP required.

As always, I’m happy to schedule a workshop for you and your friends.  I am also considering scheduling a holiday decor class or a holiday gift class.  With the holiday decor class, we would be making ornaments and other decorations for around your home.  With the holiday gift class, we would be making crafty items to give as gifts such as exploding photo boxes, gift bags and boxes, decorated frames, etc.  If you are interested in participating in either of these holiday classes, let me know and if there is enough interest I will schedule a class.

Check out my calendar online for all the details!

Christmas cards from a stamp-a-stack class

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This weekend I went to Bellingham, WA to visit my mom and attend her Christmas card stamp-a-stack.  We made 3 cards each of four different designs using some of the new holiday stamps from Stampin’ Up!  It ended up being a mother/daughter event with two other mother/daughter pairs plus a couple more ladies joining us.  It was a lot of fun and neat to not only come away with 12 cards but also to get some new ideas on how to use some of the stamp sets.  I have to admit, I wasn’t too excited by the Snow Swirled stamp set but after this afternoon and some other samples I’ve seen…I’m now thinking about getting it. 🙂 Check out the cards we made.

all card designs by Kathy Thisted

World Cardmaking Day Cards

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As promised, here are the samples for the event tomorrow.  I actually made three and then picked two to cut materials for.  Maybe I’ll do the extra card at a workshop in the future.  🙂

Card 1

Happiness Always Hostess set
 Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point
 Paper: Basic Black CS, Kiwi Kiss CS, Whisper White CS
 Accessories: —


Card 2

Sock Monkey
 Ink: Chocolate chip, Basic black, Real Red, Summer Sun
 Paper: Ballet Blue CS, Chocolate chip CS, Very Vanilla CS, Bashful Banana CS
 Accessories: Aqua Pen, Stampin’ dimensionals, ticket corner punch


The extra card

Enjoy Every Moment
 Ink: Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
 Paper: Tangerine Tango CS, Baja Breeze CS, Whisper White CS
 Accessories: Double rectangle punch, scallop edge punch, Chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon

Coming soon – samples for the World Cardmaking Day event

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So, I’ve been spending the day stamping and cardmaking in honor of World Cardmaking Day.  I’m visiting with my mom today for her Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.  We made 4 different card styles (3 each) and they were pretty cute.  I also made a couple samples for the World Cardmaking Day open house tomorrow.  I’ll be posting pictures of the cards we are making tomorrow later this evening and will post my Christmas cards soon after. 

See you soon!

World Cardmaking Day Event

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Finally, after the long move to Portland I am here and have gotten my computer back up and connected to the internet.  Yay!  I’m still unpacking all of my craft room stuff but I can’t wait to get my hands on my stampin stuff.  I’ll have to get cracking because this weekend is my first Stampin’ Up! event here in Portland. 

World Cardmaking Day is a day for us to remember how nice it is to receive personalized notes from friends and family, and so take some time out to have fun creating cards to share.  So, to get you in the card making spirit, I’m hosting an Open House at my place Sunday Oct 5th.  This is a free event to stop by, enjoy some fun people, snack on some treats, and make a couple of free cards!  Plus, there will even be a door prize just to keep things hopping.  🙂 

And if that wasn’t enough, Stampin’ Up! is even offering a special just for World Cardmaking Day!  From Oct 4-11, order any Simply Sent Card kit or Card Elements kit for 20% off.  These kits give you pretty much everything you need to make 10-12 cards quickly and easily.  Its a great way to keep the creative juices rolling and let someone you care about know you are thinking of them. 

Stop by my website or email me at to get more details on the World Cardmaking Day event or to order your card kit during this special week!

Another early Christmas card

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Here is another Christmas card I put together trying to use just a few pieces.  The layout is not too complex but I just love how it turned out. 

The hardest thing about this card was making the bell gold and still have the bell’s ribbon red.  I didn’t have a gold marker, so I cut a small circle out of an index card and used that to mask the Jingle all the Way stamp except for the bell.  Then I inked it up with my gold Encore inkpad and removed the index card.  At that point, I could go to town on the stamp using markers to color the words and the ribbon.  I seriously don’t know what I would do without my marker set…best purchase ever!  The rest is just straight forward cutting and layering of paper.


Christmas Classics
 Ink: Encore Gold
 Paper: Kiwi Kiss CS, Ridinghood Red CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Whisper White CS, Real Red DSP (retired)
 Accessories: Stampin’ Write markers
Images copyright 1990–2008 Stampin’ Up!

Early holiday greetings

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Next month I will be starting my Christmas card stack classes where you can add a personal touch to your holiday greetings by making your own christmas cards.  In anticipation of this class, I’ve started trying out some different christmas designs.  This was a very quick and simple card that gave me a chance to break out some of my new ribbon and complete a card with minimal supplies needed.

Baroque Motifs, Sincere Salutations
  Ink: Chocolate chip
  Paper: Kiwi Kiss CS, Whisper White CS, Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: Ridinghood Red Taffeta ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals

Images copyright 1990–2008 Stampin’ Up!