Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Hello there! I wanted to share this gender-neutral birthday card with you. I wanted to make something for our church card ministry that would work for a guy or a gal~always a struggle for me, but I think this works:) I used the set Perfect Pennants. I started with a Crumb Cake base and added the polka dot image using Whisper White Craft ink. I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock for the tag and colored the sentiment with Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry & Blackberry Bliss Markers. I then cleaned off the stamp and colored the 'a' with a Crumb Cake Marker and punched it out with a 1/2" Circle Punch.

I made the bracket shapes by using the Bracket Label Punch with Silver Glimmer Paper, and cut it in half. I attached each side to the tag with Dimensionals. I then attached the tag to the card front using SNAIL adhesive.

I inked up the stripe image in Blackberry Bliss ink and stamped it onto a strip of Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss Cardstock. I attached them with SNAIL and then added a piece of Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon with a Stapler. I then stamped the star image in both Wild Wasabi and Crushed Curry ink onto Whisper White Cardstock. I cut each of them out and attached with Dimensionals.

Not an overly exciting card, but it will work for what I need it for. I'm going to have to make something over the top now to balance things out. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Monday, February 16, 2015


Hello there! Back again today with another Sale-A-Bration set to share with you. For this card I used You Brighten My Day, a FREE choice with a $50 purchase. I started with a Crumb Cake base and layered it with a piece of Flowerpot DSP at an angle. The sentiment is from Fabulous Four and stamped in Night of Navy ink.  I added a strip of Crushed Curry Cardstock that I punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch. I then added a piece of Crushed Curry Ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack, also a SAB option. I attached a bunny ears bow separately using a Glue Dot.

Next I stamped a piece of Tangerine Tango Cardstock with Whisper White Craft ink, using the house image. I heat-embossed it with White Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. I used the What's Up Punch to punch it out. I cut a piece from the arrow and made a little chimney which I adhered to the house using Liquid Tombow. I attached the house with Dimensionals.

Next, I used the Paper-piercing Mat & Tool to create the smoke coming from the chimney. I used the Cupcake Builder Punch for the clouds using Lost Lagoon cardstock. Finally, I used the Owl Builder Punch to pop out the tiny flowers and attached them with Glue Dots onto Garden Green stems, all from the Flowerpot DSP.

I figured our church could use alot of these this time of year, so I made a manly version too. I substituted the hearts for stars on the house and used the DSP grid pattern instead of the flowers.

Instead of a bow, I just tied a knot and attached with a Glue Dot. I punched the arrow out of Lost Lagoon, attached it with a Basics Hodgepodge Clip and added a couple of Brights Candy Dots.

I'm having lots of fun with the SAB choices this year! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Hello there! I have another Sale-A-Bration set to share with you today. This card features the set Simply Wonderful, a product that you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase. I found the inspiration for this card on my Demonstrator Business WebSite under the Project Ideas:  www.lauramellinger.stampinup.net.

 I changed up the sentiment as I'm going to make this for our church card ministry and figured they'd get more use out of a thank you card. I started with a Marina Mist base~another color I don't use much, so I thought I'd show it some love:)

I then spritzed a piece of Irresistibly Yours DSP~another SAB freebie option, with Marina Mist ink. I added about 6 drops of reinker to about an inch of water in a Stampin' Spritzer. I think I had it a little too close to the paper or I added too much water because it bled a bit, but it got better once it dried. It's really fun to wipe off the excess ink and see the pattern emerge underneath. I made the tag using Whisper White Cardstock and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I used Hello Honey, Marina Mist & Tangerine Tango Markers to color the sentiment. The flowers were made with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I used my Bone Folder to shape them and added a Basic Rhinestone to the center of each. I adhered them with Glue Dots.

I thought this sample was super adorable, but for some reason mine looked kind of blah, so I added a layer of Hello Honey underneath. I used the Chalk Talk Framelits with the help of the Big Shot. I finished it off with a Whisper White Baker's Twine bow.

I hope you're getting lots of ideas for the FREE SAB sets you've earned, or are thinking about getting. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Hello there! Happy Valentine's Day to you:) I've had this FREE Sale-a-bration set, Lotus Blossom for awhile, but have been avoiding inking it up. Not sure why. I'm not really a flower person I guess~I mean I like looking at them outside and nothing says Spring like their beautiful smells, but I don't do much of them stamping-wise. And the sentiment bugs me a little~sounds kind of awkward or something. Anyone else out there think so too? It's probably just me. But I was pleasantly surprised how this card turned out:) The flowers are so much fun to stamp!

I started with a Very Vanilla base.  I cut a piece of the same color DSP from the Neutrals DSP Stack and stamped the flowers in Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder. I have another confession~apparently I'm not a big fan of Elegant Eggplant either. The ink pad still had the shrink wrap on it from the conversion to the foam pads~from maybe a couple of years ago? I was determined today was the day to break it out! And I love how it worked with Wisteria. The flower image consists of 3 images, which are numbered and have an arrow to indicate the top. I stamped the 1st image in Elegant Eggplant, then the 2nd image in Wisteria Wonder, keeping the arrow at the top. I then stamped off the ink for the 3rd image using Wisteria again. It really turns out beautiful.

I stamped the sentiment in Wisteria Wonder as well, and stamped the stem in Wild Wasabi. The stem also has 2 images. I stamped the first full strength, and stamped off  the 2nd image. Next, I tied a bow around the DSP using Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding and slid it over to the left. I then ran a piece of Wisteria Wonder DSP from the Subtles DSP Stack through the Big Shot using the Top Note Die. I placed Dimensionals on the back and attached to the Vanilla DSP, making sure I had the bow where I wanted it. I trimmed off the ends and tucked a small piece of a Tea Lace Doily underneath.

Like I said, I was really happy with how this turned out considering how many things about it I didn't really like, lol. But one thing I did like, was that the stamp set was FREE:) You can get one for yourself with any $50 purchase during SAB, which runs through March:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Hello there! I wanted to share the last card that I made for our church card ministry. I used the set Sheltering Tree, which can be found in the Occasions Catalog. I started with a Crumb Cake base and added a layer of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock. On top of that, I added a layer of Soft Suede DSP from the Neutrals DSP Stack, that I ran through the Big Shot using the Project Life Cards & Label Die to create the window (Wow! Was that an incredibly long run-on sentence or what!) I then stamped the tree image onto a piece of Lost Lagoon Cardstock using Soft Suede ink.

I then stamped the snow image on the tree using Whisper White Craft ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder. I should back up a bit...I also used White Craft ink to stamp the snow image randomly on the Crumb Cake base and on the Lost Lagoon Cardstock, along with the brushstroke image to convey just how stinkin cold it is! Right now I feel like I'm sitting in a block of ice. I have to keep checking to see if the heat is even turned on. I actually look forward to working out on days like this so I can get warm! Can you get frostbite inside your house???

Okay, rant over...back to the card. I found that the smallest die from the Word Bubbles Framelits makes a perfect little snowman. I added a Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine scarf and a big heart using the Owl Builder Punch. I attached him with a Dimensional.

I added a tag using Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and wrapped a piece of the same baker's twine around it. I then used a Cherry Cobbler Marker to color each word individually and stamped them onto Very Vanilla Cardstock, cutting each word out. I attached them to the tag with SNAIL adhesive and added a Sweet Dreams Button~my most favorite eva!

One last tip...I attached the frame on this card with Glue Dots, but I went through more than a dozen of them. I had 12 cards to make and didn't want to eat that many Glue Dots, so I made an additional frame in Soft Suede Cardstock and layered it under the DSP to give it a little depth, this way I didn't have to use up all of my Glue Dots:) Thanks so much for stopping by today. Stay warm!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Hello there! So excited to share these fun little treat holders with you made with the Curvy Keepsake Box Die. This is such a versatile die and helps you create sweet treat holders in a snap.

I started with this sweet little chick as I wanted to use the sentiment from For Peeps' Sake. As I was working on him I kept getting lots of other ideas for fun Easter projects to make with this die. I started with a 6" piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot using the die. This allows you to get 2 die cuts required for making the box. I assembled the pieces together using Fast Fuse.

Before I assembled the box, I stamped the sentiment from For Peeps' Sake on the back using Pumpkin Pie ink.

I used the Blossom Punch for his hair and wings. I just cut out 3 petals, scored them and attached with Liquid Tombow. For his beak, I cut a 1/2" square out of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, scored diagonally, and adhered the bottom with Liqiud Tombow. I used the Owl Builder Punch for his eyes using Basic Black Cardstock and added a pair of googlie eyes. I tried to make some cute little chicken legs for him to stand on, but he was too heavy:( I used the skinny slit throw away piece from the pointy end of the die in Chocolate Chip Cardstock. I cut out 2 and used the Boho Blossom Punch for his feet. I glued the feet to the skinny pieces and then attached to the bottom of the box using Liquid Tombow, and bent them upwards. I gave him some rosy cheeks using a Q-tip in Pink Pirouette ink. Finally, I cut out the tag, which comes with the die, in Whisper White Cardstock. I colored the sentiment with a Pumpkin Pie Marker and used the stamp-a-ma-jig to get the words centered. I attached the tag with a piece of Crushed Curry Baker's Twine.

For the lamb I used Whisper White Cardstock, and ran it through again using a piece of Basic Black for his face. I used a Bone Folder to gently curl all sides and did it with the black piece as well to make it more pliable when I glued it to the white cardstock. I then ran the die cut pieces through the Big Shot using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder. I used the Bird Builder Punch for his ears and the Scallop Oval Punch for the top, and ran those pieces through with the embossing folder as well.

I scored the ears and adhered with Liquid Tombow. I scored the top of the scallop oval as well, cut a few of the scallops off of each end, and adhered to the underside of the box. I used the Owl Builder Punch in Whisper White for the eyes and attached googlie eyes. For her nose, I used one of the pieces from the Spiral Border Punch in Pink Pirouette, trimmed it down a bit and added a Subtles Candy Dot on top. I then punched out the little heart from the Owl Builder Punch in Pink Pirouette as well and attached with Liquid Tombow.

For the tag, I ran a piece of Pink Pirouette Cardstock through the Big Shot and colored the sentiment with a Basic Black Marker. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the sentiment centered on the tag. I used the Boho Blossom Punch with Pink Pirouette Cardstock for the flower and added a Subtles Button to the center and punched out a piece of Pear Pizzazz using the Bird Builder Punch for the leaf. I attached the tag with a piece of Blushing Bride Baker's Twine. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

For the bunny I used Whisper White Cardstock and assembled the box. I used the Word Window Punch and cut out 2 ears. I ran the die through the Big Shot twice using the pointy end and Calypso Coral Cardstock. I used the skinny throw away pieces and adhered to the ears using Liquid Tombow. I scored the ends and attached to the top using Liquid Tombow.

I cut out the eye circles using the Owl Builder Punch and Smoky Slate Cardstock and attached googlie eyes. I did the same process for the nose using the Spiral Border Punch, cutting the nose to a triangular shape, in Calypso Coral Cardstock. I used a Q-tip with Pink Pirouette ink for his cheeks, and ran the die through again with Whipser White, using the throw away pieces for his whiskers. I glued them in place using Liquid Tombow. I added the tag and stamped the sentiment from For Peeps' Sake using a Smoky Slate Marker and the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get perfect placement. I attached the tag with a piece of Basic Grey Baker's twine.

The payoff is the back and his cute little fluffy tail. I cut one of the pompoms off of the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim and attached with Liquid Tombow. Oh, if only my back side could be so cute...

I hope you enjoyed meeting this sweet little trio today and getting some more uses for the set For Peeps' Sake, and some fun Easter ideas for the Curvy Keepsake Box Die. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Hello there! I wanted to pop in and share the awesome Paper Pumpkin Kit I got last month called Filled With Love. I gave a 1 year subscription to my daughter for Christmas and we've been getting together to make these fun projects:)

This month's kit came with 24 treat bags for Valentine's Day. I especially love the fun little gold clips that were included. During Sale-A-Bration, you can order a 3 month Paper Pumpkin Subscription for $54.85, which is a $5.00 savings:) AND earn a free SAB item as well~win win! And you'll get 3 months of fun projects like this:)

Make sure to stop back tomorrow for some fun Easter projects using For Peeps' Sake. You won't be disappointed! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Monday, February 9, 2015


Hello there! I have a couple more Valentine's Day projects to share with you. This is the Hostess gift I made using the Berry Basket Die. I started with a Real Red Cardstock base that I ran through the Big Shot. I then ran 2 pieces from the Stacked With Love DSP Stack, and adhered them to the red cardstock using SNAIL adhesive. I attached the scalloped trim with a Stapler to make it an authentic berry basket.

Be warned, this is a big container to fill with treats, so I added a little extra filler. I filled a 4" x 6" Cello Bag with Hugs and tied it with a piece of Pink Pirouette Seam Binding. I made the tag using the Note Tag Punch in Whisper White Cardstock and stamped with the SAB set Simply Wonderful.

I stamped the sentiment in Real Red and the flowers in Pink Pirouette. I punched the top one out with the Owl Builder Punch and attached with a Dimensional. A Basic Rhinestone was the perfect touch for the center.

As I mentioned, the bag seemed to be swimming in the basket so I needed a little extra filler, and the White Filter Paper worked perfectly. I used 2 sheets and stamped the hearts from You Plus Me in Real Red randomly all over the paper, crumpled them up a bit and used them as a liner. Next time I'll know to find some bigger treats:)

I've got one more Valentine post to share with you tomorrow and then I'll have a few projects using For Peeps' Sake, so make sure to stop back. Thanks so much for coming by:)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Hello there! Today I have the final card that you'll be making with the February CLASS OF THE MONTH:FOR PEEPS' SAKE. I wanted to come up with another idea other than Easter, and I think I delivered:) This would be perfect for a baby or baby shower. The base is made with the Circle Card Thinlit Die with the help of the Big Shot. I used Chocolate Chip Cardstock, and used an additional piece that I embossed with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder. I used a piece of Flashback DSP for the other panel and adhered both with SNAIL adhesive.

I then stamped the momma chick with Daffodil Delight ink, wiped off the legs with a baby wipe, colored them with a Chocolate Chip Marker and stamped to the far left on Very Vanilla Cardstock. Next, I took the stamp with the 3 chicks, masked off the chicks on both ends with a sticky note and stamped in Daffodil Delight (make sure to remove the sticky notes before you stamp:) I then colored just the outline of the shell with a Chocolate Chip Marker onto Very Vanilla and cut it out. This was punched out with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch. I popped up the shell with a Dimensional. I then attached this to a Real Red scallop included with the die with Dimensionals. I colored the sentiment with a Chocolate Chip Marker onto Very Vanilla, and cut it out into a pennant shape. I glued it onto a toothpick using Liquid Tombow and then attached it to the base with a couple of Dimensionals. You need to be careful in placing the Dimensionals so that they don't catch when you flip the card open.

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from Big News in Chocolate Chip onto a piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock and punched it out with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch. I stamped the other sentiment onto Real Red Cardstock and used the included pennant die to cut it out. (These sentiments will be stamped with the Kit, as they aren't part of the featured stamp set). The remaining sentiment was stamped onto Very Vanilla using Chocolate Chip ink.

Next, I cut a 1/4" slit on the score line with an Xacto knife and thread a piece of Real Red Cotton Ribbon through, tieing a knot. Finally, I punched out a Real Red heart using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, and placed one of the brand new Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers from the Occasions Catalog on top~fun!

Remember, February 10th is the deadline to order February's CLASS OF THE MONTH:FOR PEEPS' SAKE, featuring the stamp set For Peep's Sake in clear mount, a jar of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and the kit to make the previously posted 4 cards. The cost is $35:

If you don't need the stamp set and glitter, you can order just the Kit, which contains all the components to make the 4 cards~just remember you'll need to have a stamp set that will work for the stamping. The cost for the Kit is $10.

Stay tuned...I'll have some more bonus projects that you can make using this stamp set~I just have to think of them:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Hello there! Here's card #3 that comes with the February CLASS OF THE MONTH:FOR PEEPS' SAKE. I started with a Whisper White base and added a piece of So Saffron DSP from the Subtles DSP Stack. I then cut out the frame using the Big Shot with the On Film Framelits using Chocolate Chip Cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip as well onto a piece of SAB Best Year Ever DSP. You'll want to tie the Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine bow around the frame before adhereing the paper.

I then cut a strip of Pistachio Pudding Cardstock with the Fringe Scissors and tucked it under the frame with SNAIL adhesive. Next, I adhered the sentiment piece using Liquid Tombow to accommodate the skinny frame. I laid the frame where I wanted it and added a piece of Sweet Sadie Washi Tape underneath before I attached the frame with SNAIL. I used the 2013-2015 In Color Markers in Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe & Coastal Cabana to color the Easter eggs image and stamped them onto a strip of Whisper White Cardstock. I finished it off with a pair of Subtles Candy Dots.

Here's what I did on the inside: So Saffron Cardstock, stamped with Chocolate Chip eggs. I colored the sentiment with 2013-2015 In Color Markers, and adhered with Beach House Washi Tape.

I forgot to show the inside of yesterday's card. I used the set Really Good Greetings in Chocolate Chip ink on Sweet Taffy DSP, coloring the flower with a Crisp Cantaloupe Marker.

Make sure to stop back tomorrow and see details of the final card in the Class. Thanks so much for stopping by:)