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Three types of Sparkle- One Card! Merriest Wishes Silver Sparkle Card

Welcome!  Today is another blog hop and I am hoping with my team… yay!  The Fun n’ Crafty stampers have pulled together some projects to share that is all about sparkle and shine.  So we are posting ideas for using those glimmer papers, glitter ribbons, foils, etc.  In fact, today I have 3 different sparkly products in 1 card so you can see how well they mix and match too!

I mean, lets be honest… we all have our favorite way to put glitz on our projects,  Some folks LOVE their glimmer papers, others LOVE their rhinestones, still others it is all about the Foil sheets.  Personally, I collect shiny things but always am so hesitant to use them up that I use just a little on this project or just a touch here.


I’m just going to say, trying mixing and matching and you’ll end up having a lot of fun!

So, this all started with the Merriest Wishes stamp set and coordinating framelits.  I had been playing around with different combinations of layering the stamp images.  I ended up with misc pieces and decided to turn this ornament into a less traditional combination for a Christmas card!  I used the 1 3/4″ and 1 1/4″ circle punches to cut out the Navy 25 circle and the Smoky Slate detailed circle… and they layered perfectly onto the ornament die cut from the Merry Tags framelit set.

But where is the glitz in that?  Well, let me tell you!

  1. Tie on some sparkle!  I added the Real Red and the Red Tinsel Baker’s twine from the Candy Cane Lane baker’s twine pack as a bow at the top of my ornament.  The red tinsel in the red/white twine is subtle, but cute.
  2. Grab some glimmer paper! Then I wanted to add some extra round shapes to balance the ornament, so I stamped and cut out a Real Red circle image and then went straight to the Silver Glimmer paper and cut out the same sized circle.  In both cases, I used the circle framelit from the Merry Tags die set.
  3. Stretch your sparkle with Glitter ribbon!  I had used a piece of the Fancy Frost embossed designer paper as my big white strip (I just loved the subtle embossing), but thought one more bit of shine was in order, so just grab some of the great glitter ribbons (like this 3/8″ glitter ribbon combo pack in the Holiday Catalog) and wrap it around your designer paper piece before gluing it to the card front.

So, it was a fun way to play around and mix and match my sparkle.  I would say, if you are going to try to mix them up, pick one as your main focus… in this case, it was the Glitter Ribbon that was the big in-your-face shine.  And then use the other pieces more as accent pieces.  So a small touch of glimmer paper, and a bit of the baker’s twine… or maybe a couple rhinestones or sequins.  Play with it and see what you get!

Now, if you are looking for more ideas, check out more ideas as part of the Fun n’ Crafty blog hop

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Project Measurements

  • Night of Navy cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Fancy Frost designer paper – 2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 1″
  • 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon (silver) – 6″
  • Scraps – Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper

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Sweet Christmas Card with Suite Seasons for the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop!

Today is a fun post for me because not only am I going to share the swap card that I created for OnStage Local in Vancouver, BC last weekend – but it is also the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop!  That is right!  Some of the stampers from my group have gotten the band back together again and we are showcasing some holiday project ideas including many using the stamp sets that are in the 25% off sale this month!  So, make sure to check them all out.

Keeping it Simple with the Suite Season stamp set

So, for OnStage this year, I made the poor choice of not working on my display board project particularly early, which meant as we were getting into the last week before the event, I still needed to finish up display board projects AND create a card to bring as a swap card.  Thankfully, the Suite Season stamp set and the Candy Cane Lane designer paper made it easy for me to pull together a cute card with time to spare!

Now, I’ve had some people ask where the house came from, and if you missed it, it was cut straight from the Candy Cane Lane designer paper!  And before you start thinking “oh man!  That is a pain to cut”, let me tell you, it goes WAY faster than you might think!  I thought that was going to be the thing that was going to be the biggest pain for me with this card, but nope!  Turns out, trying to pick up and glue the little hearts were a more tedious challenge than cutting. Smile  I cut for 20 cards out of a sheet of the designer paper.

The houses were a great balance for the size of the sentiment from the Suite Season stamp set.  I wanted the sentiment to hold it’s own and then just decorate up the other side of the card as an accent to the saying.

And speaking of accents, if you do cut these houses out – make sure to grab your Clear Wink of Stella!  I painted it onto the snow topped portions of the house and it was super cute!

Then it was as simple as layering over the fabulous stitched edge Real Red ribbon and one of the White Doilies (cut in half) to finish out the card.  Oh and before I forget the other touch… that little red heart at the bottom of the sentiment.  Can you guess where I got that from? huh? huh?  Smile

It is from the Hearts Confetti Border punch!  How fun is that?!  I punched out some hearts from scrap paper and then just glued them down over the stamped heart in the sentiment.  That little extra touch of red on the right side just finishes it off, don’t you think?

Now, like I said, this stamp set is one of the 9 sets that are available for 25% off in the month of November.  Stampin’ Up picked stamp sets that would coordinate with the NEW Stitched Edge Framelits and makes it easy to create cute projects!  They are featured in this blog hop as well as in the Premium Tutorial Pack for November!  See what stamp sets made the list:


Get even more great ideas with these stamps on the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop!

Ready to see more project ideas with these stamp sets and other great holiday sets?  Well, hop along to the blogs below – the links will take you directly to their post highlighting a great project using one of these sets.

Don’t forget to leave comments along the way!  I’d love to hear what you think of my swap card or just to hear you say hello. Smile

Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop stops:

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Project Measurements:

  • Sahara Sand cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Early Espresso cardstock – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”

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Birthday cards blog hop with the Fun n Crafty Stampers

I’m so excited to be participating in the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop this month!  We are celebrating birthdays and sharing cards and project ideas to help you with those celebrations any time of the year!  You know they are coming! 🙂

And it is fitting because today is my Mom’s birthday!  Happy Birthday, Mom!!

Petal Potpourri Birthday Card with Best Year Ever paper and buttons

This is one of the 5 cards from my Birthday Card Bash Class to Go and I love it!  I was inspired by a fellow talented demonstrator Kriss Huels and thought my local stampers would love this card and so I had to recreate it!  Plus I was dying to use my Best Year Ever designer paper and this was a fun combination, don’t you think?

Tips for making this card:

  • Don’t be afraid to use your designer paper!  Grab a paper pack – or get this one FREE during Sale-a-Bration with your $50 order – and then pick two patterns and mix away!  You may find a pattern you weren’t a fan of in the 12×12 size looks great in a smaller piece.
  • Don’t you love this new Flower Medallion punch and matching Petal Potpourri stamp set?  I love that the flower set ranges from simple and modern to lacy and elegant.  This clean shape goes great on any style of card.  Plus get the punch and stamp set together in a bundle and save 15% off both while you are at it!
    Petal Potpourri close up with Best Year Ever designer paper
  • Make a simple leaf for your flower by punching an Extra Wide Oval from your Coastal Cabana cardstock and then scoring and folding down the middle.  Easy, peasy, done!
  • Don’t forget the 7/8″ scallop circle punch matches perfectly the smaller flower shape in the Petal Potpourri stamp set!  It makes a great finishing touch to your flower.
  • Use one of your designer buttons (or one of the buttons from the FREE Best Year Ever Accessory Pack during Sale-a-Bration) and tie some white baker’s twine through for a little extra pizzazz on your card.

Best Year Ever birthday card with petal potpourri

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I didn’t get a chance to get more cards up, but you can get some sneak peek ideas of other fun birthday cards you can create at home by checking out my image for my Birthday Card Bash class below!

Check out the wonderful and talented ladies who joined me on this blog hop!
They also have great ideas to share with you and so hop along and enjoy the inspiration!

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Stacey L. of A Work of Carte

Pam W. of Stinky Tofu

Tobe B. of The Craft Sea

Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper

Susan S. of Stampin’ By The San Francisco Bay


Here is the teaser photo for my Birthday Card Bash Class… so you can get a few more ideas!

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Some Love and a Blog Hop

I’m so excited!  The Fun n’ Crafty monthly blog hop is back and with new chic graphics too!  I am very lucky to have the talented Stacey Lane in our group who graciously offered to take over running this hop.  She has super ideas for the next 5 months of hop themes and we have more folks getting excited to participate, so you won’t want to miss it each month!  And if you ever want to join us and be a stop on our hop, all you have to do is hook yourself up with a Starter Kit from myself or one of the awesome folks from across the US in our group and get a great deal on your supplies and then tell us you want to be a stop on the hop and you are in!

This month, our theme is LOVE and I have a couple ideas to share with you then make sure to check the list at the bottom of the blog to see even more great ideas!

I had extra scraps and a half idea after putting together my Stacked with Love class and so I started playing around and just having fun and this sparkly card came out!

Project Tips:

  • The Stacked with Love designer paper stack gives you a ton of patterns all in the same black/white/red color scheme, so it is fool proof to pick and choose a couple patterns to use on your card and know they will complement each other.
  • Add a softer touch of burlap by cutting off the seamed edges of the ribbon and then pulling threads to get a soft fringe look.

  • Use the Red Glimmer Paper to cut out a sparkly butterfly (the Butterfly Thinlit die set)!  Not only does it look pretty, but the paper is really stiff and sturdy, so it is really easy to work with in this intricate die.  No wax paper required! Smile
  • And speaking of the pieces from the intricate die, you don’t have to throw them all away!  Grab a couple and layer them together to create a cute little heart that is a perfect tiny accent for your sentiment.

Fun right?

Then the next card, I had to share.  I know, I know… you’ve seen my other versions of this card, but I got the idea to do it for a class and so for my technique class on using designer paper, I pulled this together and I think it is my favorite version yet!

Project Tips:

  • You’ve heard most of the tips before with my prior cards, but like usual, pick out your 5-6 patterns of designer paper and lay them out BEFORE you start gluing down.  This makes sure you like the effect you get with the smaller pieces of the patterns.
  • Glue your strips onto a scrap piece of cardstock, so you can then use it however you like as one big piece instead of having to continue to futz with the little pieces.
  • Adhere your complementary cardstock piece first and then add your strip of custom designer paper near the TOP edge of the cardstock.  If you have it to close to the bottom of the cardstock strip, when you add your sentiment it will overlap too much of the patterned paper and you stop being able to see them.

  • And when you are doing white/black/red as your color combination, GOLD is always a great choice!  Add some gold baker’s twine and then use our mini stapler to staple some gold sequin trim to the top of the card.  Bam, you got bling!

Love it! 

I hope you enjoyed my ideas.  These lovely ladies have also put together projects to inspire you.  So make sure to check them out and if you wouldn’t mind, leave them a comment along the way.  I love these ladies and hopefully you will enjoy all the ideas they have put together for you. Smile 

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Get Cards Done Fast with the Happenings Card Kit

Do you ever find yourself thinking,” I really want to get crafty… but I’m not creative”  or “I would love to sit and stamp but I don’t want to pull everything out”?

Or maybe you love the idea of relaxing and creating but have no brain cells left to come up with a project to do!  (**raises hand…this is me most nights right now!**)

Well, I wanted to help give you hope and share some ideas that will help you get the fun and fire for creating back without too much thinking or supplies required!  I know, awesome, right? Smile 

Fun n Crafty Blog Hop badgeToday is the monthly blog hop for the Fun n’ Crafty stampers and we are sharing projects created using some of the fabulous kits available from Stampin’ Up.  So, make sure you stop by everyone’s blog so you can see even more ideas (and super cute ideas!) that are made so much easier thanks to the power of kits.

Today I’m sharing the Happenings Card Kit

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In this kit, you get all the paper, envelopes, and accessories to make 15 cards!  All for only $14.95… beat that Hallmark! Winking smile

So, in the kit they give you 3 examples to work with, but I thought today I’d share a few of my own.  I only use supplies from the kit no supplementing, no extra scraps from my craft room.  All I added was some ink and a Thank You stamp!

or go vertical like these:

or this:

See you can totally do that!  And it is cute and fun to give to someone… which is the whole point of making cards, right?  Well, at least one of the main points.  I mean there is something to be said for experimenting with paper and for getting your hands messy!

And this is only one of the many kits available to make your crafting fun and easy! 

For example, the Hip Hip Hooray kit lets you make 20 fun cards and actually INCLUDES a stamp set!  Wanna hear the bonus???  It is on the Weekly Deals this week and so is only $14.96!!! No way, right?  Total score.

But check out what the other Fun n’ Crafty ladies are making this month and see what other awesome inspiration you find!

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  1. First – Pick out $125 in your favorite items from your wish list and order them as your demonstrator starter kit.  You only pay $99 plus tax… the shipping & extra $26 in goodies is FREE!
  2. Next – starting in November, each month as you place an order, add on the pack of paper that strikes your fancy and add it to your order for FREE  (excluding specialty or paper stacks)
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Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop–Let’s Use That Designer Paper!

Are blog hop imageyou ready for some inspiration for your designer paper?  Yes, all that beautiful patterned paper that you either have at home or have been eyeing up in the catalog.  Then hang on to your hats because today is the monthly Fun n’ Crafty blog hop and we are featuring projects that use designer paper! Many of the papers featured are included in the July Buy 3 get 1 free promotion, so if you find some favorites along the way, you don’t have to feel so bad because they are on sale! Winking smile

Idea #1 – Let Your Designer Paper be Your Focal Point

I’m going to be sharing two cards today, but this first one is the type that would have had me cringing a year ago… because I use “big” pieces of 2 sheets of paper!  Gasp! I know, right?  But the thing is, I realized that when I actually let myself use my papers, they make great borders and backgrounds. These patterns are from my new favorite paper collections from the Stampin’ Up catalog – Maritime Designer Paper. image I’m not normally a nautical person, but I love how many of the prints can be used for any type of card… but especially masculine cards!! I added some Silver Foil paper, some baker’s twine, a Cherry Cobbler button, and the sentiment from the Hip Notes stamp set. And if you noticed from the first picture, I had the Silver Foil paper curved so that it gave some dimension to the banner.  To help hold that curve in place, I stacked 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of each other and then placed the stack under the raised curve part of the banner to keep it held up.  The other end is glued straight down to the card front.

Idea #2 – Try Some Paper Piecing

I’ve been meaning to try paper piecing with this stamp set (Vivid Vases) for ages, so now seemed like the perfect time to actually get it done! If you aren’t familiar with paper piecing, it is the idea of taking a stamp set with outline images that you would normally want to color in and instead of coloring in with markers, you stamp your image again on a piece of patterned paper and cut it out to glue on top of your stamped image. paper piecing example So, in this case, I used the new Flower Pot designer paper to give me a fun and funky floral background as well as for patterns for each of my pots.  Each paper used in this card are all from this one paper set. image Then when I was done, I was grateful for Stampin’ Up’s color cordination between products because I needed something and really wanted some ribbon to match without competing with all the colors and images I already had used.  Thankfully I was able to grab some Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon and Mossy Meadow stitched satin ribbon to complete the card. So hopefully you enjoyed these ideas for using up some of the paper in your stash! Lets keep the fun going and hop on over to Kathy’s blog for more ideas to try! Blog Hop Participants:


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