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March 2014

Stampin'Up! Scalloped Tag Topper Easter Treats!

Hey there! I'm back again! yay! I didn't get any time to stamp today, but that's o.k. All of my kids and grandkids were here off and on all day, so it was a fun day!

As promised, I have a trio of treat holders to show you, all created with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and various other punches:

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I'm so happy with the way these little babies turned out! I found inspiration for each one from MANY different sources, so assigning an original creator would be pretty much impossible.

This little lamb has Calypso Coral twine to hold her together, and the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Folder was used for al the texture. Her nose is a Blushing Bride Candy Dot, as is the center of the cork embellishment flower. The Calypso Coral twine and the Decorative Dots folder are only available as FREE Sale-a-bration items for ONE MORE DAY ONLY - March 31!

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This little chickie has a tuft of a real feather added with a glue dot (purchased at a craft store), and her beak is from one of the Boho Blossoms, cut across the flower with Paper Snips to create the top and bottom of the beak. Her little feet are also punched with the same Boho Blossom.

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Finally, little Miss Bunny is punched from Baked Brown Sugar cardstock. The center of her ears and her nose are cut from the slot punched out from the top of the Tag Topper Punch!

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I needed a tiny Easter Basket for Miss Bunny, so I used the vest from the Owl Punch and punched a handle with my Small Oval Punch. The "eggs" in the basket are Coastal Cabana and Soft Sky-punched with the smaller eye of the Owl Punch. If you don't have the Owl Builder Punch yet, you NEED it!

That's all for now. Remember, Monday, March 31st is the LAST DAY of Sale-a-bration, so please go to my Online Store before Midnight tonight to place your order and choose your free items! If you have been thinking of joining the Stampin' Up! demonstrator family and would also like to be a part of my group, the Yes, Mam! Stampers, you can sign up while you are there!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


Stampin'Up! Sunday Swap Day Getting My Groove Back!

Hey there! I have to apologize for being silent so much of this past week. Even though I am feeling much better, laying low for those several days last week really put me behind on everything, including stamping and creating. I will have something new to show you on Monday, thank goodness, and am really happy to have more swaps to share with you today!

As many of you probably know, I participate in a monthly swap with Carol Nordquist's group. Carol has gathered a group of exceptional demonstrator stampers over the years. I was honored to be invited to join her group a few years ago (2009 I believe), and have been swapping with them almost every month since! We swap full cards, not just card fronts, and a total of 21 all-alike cards wings their way to Minnetonka, MN, around the 16th of every month. I am always excited to receive back 20 different cards, usually based on the theme Carol chooses.

Today's cards are no exception to the excellence rule of Carol's swap. This first card is by the queen of the swap herself, Carol Nordquist! Carol combined the Blessed Easter single stamp with Calypso Coral, Whisper White, and Basic Black to create a memorable birthday card:


When you open the card it folds back into a traditional easel card. Carol used a sentiment from Perfect Pennants, punched with the Decorative Label Punch, as the "stop" for the easel, and added Dazzling Diamonds to to popped-up tulip for some bling!


Renee Watson also used a sentiment from Perfect Pennants, coupling it with rock-n-rolled Petite Petals blossoms, Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon, and a Tempting Turquoise/Chevron Textured card base.


Loraine Duran used the same sentiment Renee did, only she used stamps from Simple Stems and free Sale-a-bration Designer Paper, Sweet Sorbet for her Scalloped Tag Topper Closure card for a completely different look:


Amy Combs took Perfect Pennants in another direction entirely with the Geometrical stamp set and Kaleidoscope Designer Paper. She added touches of Burlap  and Natural Chevron Ribbon, and stamped her main image on a Scalloped Tag Topper-punched tag. The Arrows Textured Impressions Folder-embossed Summer Starfruit retro background pulls it all together!


Retro Fresh paper was combined with the Spiral Spins stamp set from the Occasions catalog (reminds me of my old spirograph!) A Just Sayin' greeting was cut with a Word Bubbles Framelit and a bit of Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffled Stretch Trim was formed into a rosette by this un-named (no name on the backof the card) creator:


Last for this week's Sunday Swap Day, Katy Simecka cut out a Silver-embossed Happy Day from Starburst Sayings with a Starburst Framelit, then mounted it on Fancy Foil Silver Vellum. This color and paper combo would also make a great wedding, anniversary, or retirement card, wouldn't it?


That's all for today. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see a trio of little spring/easter treats I created for you!

I would be remiss if I let you go today without reminding you that today and tomorrow are the final day of Sale-a-bration for 2014. It goes by so quickly, doesn't it? To place your final (or maybe your first!) order of at least $50 before tax & shipping and choose your free item from this year's Sale-a-bration catalog, click HERE to shop and order from my Online Store.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!



Stampin' Up! Afternoon Picnic Tea Party Card!

Hey there! Good day today. I slept Nyquil-free last night! yay!

I have just a few more workshops left for Sale-a-bration. The next one is Thursday night for Kim. Last summer when I did a workshop for her we made a teapot card using the Gingham Garden Designer Paper. You can see that card HERE. Kim enjoyed the card so much she wanted to make it again, so I re-created it using Afternoon Picnic Designer Paper, Sahara Sand Cardstock, and the Tea Party stamp set:

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I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. It's very soft and vintag-y, in contrast to the bright and retro one from last summer!

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The body of the teapot is embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder. We are inserting a tag made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and stamped with a sentiment from Blooming With Kindness.

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We are adding a few tiny pearls to the Tea Party teapot, and the ends of the tag are stamped with the scallop stamp from the Tea Party set with Wisteria Wonder ink.

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Since this card is a little larger than your standard-size, we are making a custome envelope with more Afternoon Picnic Designer Paper and the Envelope Punch Board.

That's all for now! Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Here's the supply list for today's project. Click on any of the pictures to find that item in my Online Store:



Stampin' Up! Pansy Punch Bunny!

Hey there! Just a quick post tonight. I spent the last 12 hours at Jessica's, plowing through all the paperwork, getting all her numbers ready for her tax lady, and I am pooped! We got it all done, so we can breathe a sigh of relief!

I do have a cute little treat holder to show you, using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch for the holder and the Pansy Punch for the bunny ears:


Isn't this the cutest little itty-bitty bunny? She was really quick and easy to make, too!


I hope to be able to share the directions for both the treat holder and the bunny soon, but now I must send my self to bed. My cold has been much better today. I think I may NOT have a sinus infection, but I've got to get some rest so that trend continues! Hopefully tomorrow I can share directions and pictures  to make this fun little treat!

ETA 3/26/14: Here's a punch page showing all the punches I used to make the bunny:

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And here's a quick tutorial to make the Scalloped Tag Topper treat holder:

Punch both ends of a  8 1/2" x 2" strip of Coastal Cabana cardstock with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. Score the center of the strip at 4 1/8" after you have punched. Score 3/4" on either side of the center scored line. Fold along the two outer score lines to create the base of the treat holder.


Cut about 1 or 1 1/2" from scalloped end with Paper Trimmer, cutting only half-way across to create a slit. Flip paper over and cut other end. You will be cutting a slit on the opposite side of the end.

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This is what your slits will look like:

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Bring the ends of the treat holder together, sliding the slits over each other to close the top:

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When you are done the top of your holder will look like this:

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That's all for now! Please visit my Online Store to shop and purchase your supplies to create this fun little cutie!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Click on any image below to go to my Online Store:

Stampin'Up! Scalloped Tag Topper Birthday Basics Balloon Card!

Good morning! My laptop had been grumbling at me for the past couple of days about updates, which I had been ignoring, but last night it refused to upload my camera photos, so I accepted the inevitable, updated, restarted, and went to bed!

This morning the cold/sinus thing is still with me. I feel better, but am debating visiting a clinic to get some meds. The left side of my face is still full of junk!

I know I am feeling better because I sat down and stamped this last night. It just made me happy!

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Next to Christmas cards, birthday cards are my favorite to make, and this one was pretty quick and easy! Cards with closures made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch are very trendy right now. I made this one is a bit easier with a "faux closure". Here's how I did it:

I started with Gumball Green cardstock 4" x just a hair less than 2":

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I punched both ends with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch:

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I cut the punched strip apart, making one piece 1 1/2" long and the other 2 1/4" long. I added Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of each piece as shown:

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After adhering the pieces to my card front I tied a 12" piece of Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon through the slots of the punched ends.

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Inside I used more of the Birthday Basics Designer Paper and a Very Vanilla strip punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I stamped a sentiment from the Photopolymer stamp set, Bombs Away Birthday with Raspberry Ripple ink.

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We are nearing the end of Sale-a-bration (ends March 31st!) AND we are also nearing the end of the current Annual Catalog. I'm awful about hoarding Designer Paper, but this year I'm trying to use more of it up before it retires. You will be seeing LOTS more Designer Paper used on my creations and inside the envelopes from now on!

If you haven't subscribed to my newsletter, please do so today. Each newsletter I send out contains an exclusive tutorial just for my newsletter subscribers. My next newsletter will contain a tutorial to make the balloons I have featured on today's card!

I'm including a supply list below that you can use to shop in my Online Store. Click on any of the product pics and you will be taken directly to my store.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day!

Hey there! I'm doing better, not great, but better. Lots of rest, fluids, and Nyquil are doing their job! After my fever broke during the night last night, I've been feeling quite a bit better. My head's still very stuffy and my nose is still runny (TMI, sorry!), but at least I don't feel like I'm carrying a baby elephant on my back like I did yesterday!

I'm so glad it's Sunday Swap Day, because at least today I have some pretty things to show you!

Raedean Shibata's creation with Hardwood, Peaceful Petals, Lacy & Lovely, Chalk Talk & Ovals Framelits. A layer of Vellum cardstock is held down to the cardfront with Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape. Raedean stamped directly on the vellum with StazOn Black ink, then colored the blossoms, stems, and leaves with Stmapin' Write Markers.


Ruthann Liley's creation with Petite Petals Bundle, Hearts Framelits, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Bird Builder Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, & Rhinestones. She used Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon and ink, and cardstock colors of Whisper White and Pistachio Pudding.

This would make a pretty wedding, valentine, or baby card too!


Kathy Johnson's creation with Secret Garden and "Thinking of You" from Thoughts and Prayers. Her colors are Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, and stamped-off Daffodil Delight for the centers. She cut out the main flower with the coordinating Secret Garden Framelit. After stamping all the flowers and leaves on Whisper White she embossed the layer with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder and the Big Shot.

Bluesox Stamping Tip: "Stamping Off" is a stamping term used when you ink your stamp on the stamp pad, then stamp on a piece of scrap paper at least one time before stamping on your project. This gives you a lighter version of the original color. It also gives you TWO shades for the price of one inkpad!


Nancy Hall heat-embossed Vivid Vases with Tangerine Tango Stampin' Emboss Powder on Soft Suede cardstock for her creation. She mounted it on a layer of Coastal Cabana which had been dry-embossed  with the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Folder. She accented a flower with a Pearl Basic Jewel, and punched a little banner flag with the Banner Punch and Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper. There are 12 different designs in each package of Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, which all coordinate with each other, making it the perfect additon to just about any project!


That's all for now. I'm bushed and it's time for bed. I'm going to go easy on myself tonight and just remind you that you can always order your Stampin' Up! supplies in my Online Store.

There's only 1 short week left of Sale-a-bration, so don't hesitate to place your order and choose your freebies, one with each $50 you order (before tax & shipping).

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


No Creative Post for Today, So Sorry!

Just thought I should post and let you all know I'm a bit under the weather and feel pretty crummy, so no post for today, and probably none tomorrow. We'll have to see. I think it's just a cold, and I hope it's not a sinus infection, but I have a bit of a fever and my nose is stuffy, runny, and sneezy. I've been out and about quite a bit the past few days, so I guess I must have picked up a germ somewhere.

I hope to be back stamping and creating soon, so please keep checking back! I'm going to rest and try to get well quick! I should have a post up for Sunday Swap Day, at the latest.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! Hello Lovely Reverse Easel Tutorial!

Hey there! As promised, here is another Reverse Easel card, this time with the "Hello, Lovely" stamp set and Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper.

Tip: Designer Series Paper (aka DSP) is the lovely 2-sided paper Stampin' Up! sells. There's a different design on each side of each sheet. Lots of choices! yay!


My card base is Gumball Green, layered with Pool Party, then the Epic Day paper, and tied with a Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.

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I brayered a Tea Lace Doily with Pool Party ink, then layered on a Whisper White strip that I embossed with one of the Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Folders and my Big Shot.

I inked my stamp with Gumball Green and Pool Party markers, then punched the image with the Decorative Label Punch. I layered a couple of Pool Party Decorative Labels behind the greeting before adhering to the card over the ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Tip: Stampin' Dimensionals give the perfect "lift" for both interest and to let the ribbon do it's job without popping the label off.

Lastly, I added a Summer Starfruit In Color Dahlia to make it all pop!

Pssst. . . Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit are 2012-2014 In Colors, which will be retiring at the end of May, so if you want these colors in cardstock, ink, markers, ribbon or Dahlia's, you need to order them now!

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Inside I stamped a sentiment from "Take Care", cut it out with a Deco Label Framelit, and then layered a Pool Party Deco Label behind it.

Here's my tutorial for the "Reverse Easel" technique:

Card base dimensions: 12" x 4", scored at 2", 5 1/2", and 9".

Lay 3" long end of the card base up against the ruler of the Envelope Punch Board, putting the left edge at 1 1/2". Punch but do not score.

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Flip the card over and repeat with the left edge again at 1 1/2". You will have one "peak" along the edge.

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You will cut off the ends of the cardstock from the peak out to the corners of the card base with the Paper Trimmer.

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One end of your card base will now have a tab that looks like this:

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On the opposite end, line up the Word Window Punch  as shown to punch a slot to insert the tab when the card is standing up. I lined up the "patent numbers" on the back of the punch with the fold of the card base, then "eye-balled" the sides for eveness. ("eye-balled" is my word for guessing as accurately as I can just by looking but not measuring. I was an awful "eye-baller" when I started stamping 11 years ago, but I'm much better now!)

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After folding on all the scored lines, here's what my card base looks like:

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Insert the tab on one end into the slot on the other end:

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You now have a little easel. I adhered the card front to one side with Sticky Strip.

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The folds will lay flat to insert into an envelope!

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That's all for now! See the supply list to create this card below. All items can be ordered from My Online Store. Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!