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December 2012

Our Family Christmas!

While I am sitting here being a lump on the couch I thought I would show you what I've been up to during this Christmas holiday season!

Christmas morning: the Payne Clan grandkids: Maddie Kate holding Liam Percival, Ava Claire holding Jaxon William, and Johnny Mark Cohen!

Christmas 1

Liam's dad, Tony, loves the movie, "Elf", so this onesie was perfect for him!

Christmas 2

Jaxon is very laid back, at almost 12 months (his birthday is December 26th!) he had to be encouraged to open his gifts!

Christmas 3

Not Liam, he's always been a real wiggle-worm and has been reaching for things for quite awhile, HE had no trouble trying to get his gifts open!

Christmas 6

Alisa & Cody - we received the news on Christmas Eve they will become parents in July! (insert squeals here!)

Christmas 7

My husband has always been very creative in his gift wrapping for me - he cut down a Coke carton to wrap my socks!

Christmas 9

A very thoughtful gift from my hubby: a box of my "favorite things" - Pretzels, Wild Cherry Pepsi, Heath candy bars, and PAPER and a PEN! (How did he ever guess??? I think after 35 years of marriage he has learned a thing or two!)

Christmas 10

The annual "Swim in the Wrapping Paper"! Our kids started this tradition years ago!

Christmas 11


All together we had three nights and four days with all 14 of us squeezed into our house, so it was an endless round of food, games, and laundry! (smile!)

That's all for now, I hope to be back to posting creative samples for you all soon!

Until then, have a "Stampingrox!" day!



Stampin'Up! Punch Miss Lady!

Before I stopped all stampin' to concentrate of Christmas preparations I was inspired by Jackie Topa to create this little "lady" with  my punches:
Lady 1

Isn't she just adorable? I wish she really lived at my house, but unfortunately the only "pets" my husband will permit in the house are our children and grandchildren! lol!

I used stamps and phrases from "Animal Talk":

Lady 2

"Miss Lady" will be part of my Punch/Technique Class on Saturday, January 5th. I am especially fond of my use of one of the new Elements Cute Clips from the upcoming Occasions Catalog beginning on January 3rd:

Cute clips

I attached it to the Small Oval-punched word with a thin line of Crystal Effects!

Until next time, have a Stampingrox! day!

Products used:


Animal Talk Clear-Mount Stamp Set (also available in wood-mount)
Price: $18.95

If animals could talk, what would they say? "Thank you so much" and "You're sweet," of course! This delightful eight-piece set gives you lots of options for sending doggone-cute greetings to your favorite pet lovers.

Set Quantity: 8



Crystal Effects #101055
Price: $6.25

Embellish any image without embossing using Crystal Effects. It gives a high-gloss finish to any image.

■ Creates amazing 3-D effects
■ Applicator tip gives great control
■ Distributed exclusively by Stampin’ Up!
■ Water based for quick and easy cleanup
■ Dries completely within an hour depending on how thick it is applied
■ 2 oz. bottle

Stampin'Up! Kraft Boxes & Quick Snow Festival Tags!

With the day approaching quicker than I can keep up with, I was so glad to be able to pull out some of my Kraft Boxes, Snow Festival Tags, and Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon to put together the gifts for my Sister-in-laws in a snap!

The gifts I have prepared for them are all Stampin' Up! (Paper Snips in Stampin' Up! Fabric snip pouches-but don't worry, I don't think any of them read my blog!). Snip pouches are small and a slightly awkward shape for wrapping, so I needed special packaging for them:

Gift 1

What do you think? The pouches with the snips in them will not quite fit inside the Kraft Box with the lid closed, so I just wrapped them in some coordinating kraft colored tissue paper and tied the top with the Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle! Quick and easy! I then decorated the boxes with just a few strips of Be of Good Cheer Designer Paper and some Stampin' Dimensionals:

Gift 2

I folded one flap inside the box and left the other two and the lid up to create more form and sides for the pouch, then added a Snow Festival Tag with Stampin' Dimensionals. I used my Stampin' Dazzle Gold Marker to write on the tag!

Gift 3

So there you go! Quick and EASY! The Kraft Boxes are an exceptional value at $2.95 for FOUR boxes, the Cherry Cobbler Tulle is a dream to tie and fluff up the bows, and the Snow Festival Tags are another amazing value at $3.95 for a package of 25! These are now all ready to travel to my Mother-in-law's Christmas Eve gathering! Check one item off the TO DO LIST!!!!!

Until next time, have a Stampingrox! day!

Products used:


Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags Item #128152
Price: $3.95

Quick and easy tags! For gifts or card accents. 25 double-sided tags; 5 ea. of 5 double-sided designs. 4-1/2" x 3-1/8". Acid-free. Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Soft Suede, Whisper White.



Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon Item #127841
Price: $6.95

Scallop edge. Extra-soft tulle. Darling accent for wrapping and more. 10 yards. Cherry Cobbler. Also available in Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.



Be Of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper Item #126896
Price: $10.95

12 sheets: 2 ea. of 6 double-sided designs. 12" x 12". Acid- and lignin- free. Coordinates with the Be of Good Cheer Suite. Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla.



Kraft Gift Box (4) Item #124106
Price: $2.95

Personalize this box to make your holiday gifts and goodies the envy of the
neighborhood. Kraft color offers an ideal canvas for stamping or covering
with Designer Series Paper—for anyone, for any occasion. Add your own tag
or topper. Includes four (4) boxes. Approximate size: 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 2-1/2".


Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker Item #128979
Price: $3.50

Elegant dazzle--especially for darker papers. Metallic gold glitter marker. Perfect for elegant holiday projects! (This item is a favorite from the 2012 holiday catalog.) Also available in Silver Stampin' Dazzler Marker

Stampin' Up! Occasions Sneak Peek!

I'm back today with a card I created for the monthly swap I'm in, using a sneek peek set, Just Thinking, from the Occasions Catalog which starts on January 3rd!
Just 1

Just like my card from December 13th, I used basically the same layout with  another design from the Tea for Two Designer Paper, but I used Lucky Limeade for the card base instead of Early Espresso, and embossed a strip of So Saffron instead of Pool Party with the Vine Street Textured Impressions Folder from the Sale-a-bration brochure, then sponged with Crumb Cake ink!

I cut a mat of Soft Suede with a Window Frames Framelit, then cut out the Lucky Limeade-stamped Just Thinking image with a smaller-sized Window Frames Framelit. I punched the same image with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch after markering-and-stamping with Soft Suede and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Markers.

*ETA:Oops! I just realized I used an Early Espresso marker on this sample, but for my swaps I used Soft Suede!

I added a flower clipped from the Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim that has been sponged with Crumb Cake ink, then glue-dotted to a punched new 7/8" Scallop Circle that has been crumpled and sponged with the same Crumb Cake ink. I added the largest Basic Jewel Pearl (not jumbo) to the center of the flower with an extra Glue Dot, then added a smaller Basic Jewel Pearl to the flourish above the sentiment.

Just 2

I continued the Vine Street-embossed theme inside, but stamped a phrase from another Occasions Catalog set, Make a Wish!

That's it for today, until next time, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin'Up! Festival of Prints Goes Birthday!

On November 8 I showed you a Christmas card very similar to this one, but this time I have made it a birthday card! I used the Festival of Prints Designer Paper Stack, both the Blossom Punch and the Modern Label Punch, the Snow Flurry Bigz Die, and a set of birthday words from the Perfect Pairs stamp set, and this time I turned the Modern Label polka-dotted paper over to the chevron side for a completely different look:

Chevrons 1

Chevrons 2

So what do you think? Does this card make a smooth transition from Christmas to birthday? Leave me a comment and I might send you one!

Are you ready for Christmas? I'm NOT yet, which is part of the reason my blog posts have been so sporadic, but I'm plugging away at it everyday this week! If all goes according to my plans I should be ready by the time my grandchildren start arriving on Sunday and Monday, so here's hoping all goes as planned!

Until next time, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin'Up! Angel Paper!

This past Sunday my husband and I sang in our church choir's presentation of "The Offering", which included a drama that wove a heartfelt story in with the songs to enhance the melodies and lyrics' meaning. During practice it was mentioned that the girl in the story, Maggie, needed "angel paper" to wrap her present for the baby Jesus. The program director said she hadn't had time to find angel paper, so I volunteered to make some with my Stampin' Up! supplies, and here it is:

Angel paper 2

I used the stamp set, Rejoicing In You, to stamp the angels in Versamark on plain white tissue paper. I then sprinkled them with Gold embossing powder and heated with my Heat Tool. At first I was a bit worried about applying heat to the tissue, but while the Heat Tool DOES get really hot, it only took a quick pass over the powder to melt it and there was no danger of burning the paper!

I stamped one of the stars from the Merry Minis stamp set in the Holiday catalog in the same manner to fill in the space around the angels.

Maggie also needed a wrapped box for the play, so I wrapped one of our Kraft Boxes with the embossed paper.

Angel paper 1

Maggie's grandpa states that he thinks the "angel paper" might actually be birds, so these angels were perfect!

I LOVE it when I can use my Stampin' Up! supplies to enhance my "real life"!

Until next time, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Blitz!

Quick post this morning, Stampin' Up! just announced a new:

Stampin' Up! has added over 300 items to the clearance rack, some at 80% off!

Go to my Online Store to view and order:

While you are here, take a look at this adorable little "Kiss-mas" tree I made from directions I found on Brenda Quintana's website:



How stinkin' adorable is this? Why the egg, you ask? So you can get an idea of just how miniature and cute this little tree treat is! It also fits perfectly inside one of our Clear Translucent Envelopes, perfect for gifting to teachers, co-workers, and friends!

That's all for now, I'm going Christmas shopping with my daughters today! Every year we take one whole day to shop together for our family's Christmas. Some years we've only just shopped and had a nice meal out without really getting much purchased in the way of gifts, but the day is really about being together!

See you tomorrow for another Stampingrox! day!

Stampin'Up! Tea For Two!

Attention! We are interrupting our regularly scheduled program of Christmas cards to show you this:
Tea 1

Stinkin', awesome, cute, yes? I was trying to start on January classes and workshops, trying to get a bit ahead of the game, and was just not feeling any inspiration, so I decided to so some internet browsing. When I checked out Pinterest and found this darling little teapot, my imagination just took off! I owe a BIG thank you to Ellen Kemper, the original creator of this teapot, and for her brief but adequate illustration of how it is achieved! This card will be one of our punch projects for January, so I won't give you the directions for the teapot until after my classes are over, but I can tell you that most of the teapot is made with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch, unbelievable!

Unfortunately, Ellen is no longer a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and has not been creating with punches for some time now, but I hope she takes up her passion sometime again in the future! She is a great punch artist!

I will show you the inside of the card before I give you some details:

Tea 2

The designer paper used on the card front and for the teapot is called "Tea for Two" and will be available on January 3rd in the new Occasions Catalog! The embossing folder used on the Pool Party layer is called Vine Street and will be free with a $50 order beginning on January 22nd, the first day of Sale-a-bration!

See that strip of that's sort of  burlap-y looking? That's Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon, also from the Occasions Catalog! I did a lot of sponging on this card with Crumb Cake ink, but I didn't have to sponge the ribbon, it comes that way-looking all grungy and vintage!

The "love" word is from Lovely Little Labels in the Annual Catalog, punched out with one of the Little Labels Pack punches.

Seems like I can't make a punch project without using the Owl Builder punch, and this one is no exception! Can you tell which parts of the teapot are punched with the Owl?

The inside flower and words are from You Are Loved, which is one of my favorite sets because of the great words in it! I colored the flower and stems with Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write markers, stamped off once on my grid sheet, huffed on the ink to re-moisten, then stamped on the lower corner of the layer to achieve the soft, gentle look.

That's all for today! I'm still working with new Occasions and SAB goodies I received in my pre-order last week! That's just ONE of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin'Up! Bold Snowflake Take 2!

Just a super quick post today. Lots to get done, a gal coming over to talk Stampin' Up! today, projects to start preparing for January, swaps to plan, oh my!

As I've mentioned before, I participate in a monthly swap with some super demonstrators, and November was no exception. Here's a great card by Susie Wod using the new single stamp, Bold Snowflake!

Susie wood 1

And how it opens:

Susie wood 2

Pretty neat, yes? I'm dying to make one of these for myself, perhaps I will get the job done soon!

Gotta run for now, until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


Stampin'Up! More Merry Messages!

This card is a very simple, clean, vintage card that has been a favorite with my stamping friends this season. While "simple", "clean", and "vintage" don't really sound like they go together, this card really does fit all of those categories!

This card was a swap, but I'm not sure if it was a swap from Founder's or my monthly swap I participate in, but whoever created it really did an outstanding job! It's hard to do vintage without getting carried away with embellishments, but she held herself in and created the perfect combination when she embossed the Core'dinations Early Espresso cardstock with the Lacy Brocade Folder then lightly sanded it with the new Sanding System to expose the lighter core. The addition of the Champagne Glimmer paper cut with the Tasteful Trim Die and the Cherry Cobbler 3 1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon make this card really pop but are easy to add with Tombow and Glue Dots!

Very merry 1

She finished the front with a greeting from More Merry Messages, a new Christmas favorite of mine!

The inside is finished with another simple yet effective phrase, the single wood-mount stamp from the Holiday Catalog, Heart of Christmas!

Very merry 2

That's all for today! Lots to do today. I only have one stamping party left before Christmas, for my good friend Tudy Hoffman at Nashville, IL, but of course there's lots to do just getting ready for Christmas with our family! I'm going to get my haircut today, something that is long overdue in more ways than one! ha! There's also a box of new stampin' goodies I have pre-ordered from the new spring Occasions catalog calling my name! I can hardly wait to start playing with them and sharing with you all!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!