Tall Cow or Small Cow – Menagerie Mix-Up

Tall Cow or Small Cow – Menagerie Mix-Up

Stampin’ Up has a fun new stamp set called Menagerie Mix-Up that has me seeing all kinds of fun animals! (it’s a bunch of body parts waiting to be assembled) Being from Wisconsin, I knew I had to try to make a cute cow card, with an equally cute verse.

I couldn’t figure out how to spell moo-ey Christmas, so I almost gave up. Later, while driving past a farm in our neighborhood, I admired the flowers planted around their “farm sign” and it hit me…Family Dairy…DAIRY Christmas! Bahahaha, I cracked myself up the rest of the way home. Then I came up with happy MOO year to finish it off, I thought I was so clever. I cut apart the photopolymer stamps in the stamp set called Merry Christmas To All (now retired, boo hoo) to form the word DAIRY, and the die cut “moo” came from the word “groom” in the Well Written die set. I snipped and switched the letters to make the word “moo”. That works! Here’s how that card turned out:

My intention was to use this card in a swap, so I made a bunch of them up and then afterwards, realized the word set was retired. Oh my gosh, now what!? Back to the drawing board to start over. While I was stacking up the “cow parts”, I saw something different…a shorter, cuter cow!

Awww, now that’s a cute little cow if I do say so moo-self. LOL, there I go again! This time a new layout and I used what I had with me since I was away from home, a bunch of different stamp sets came together to form this card.

I think I like the small cow better than the tall cow, but they are both adora-bull!! LOL, someone stop me with the cow puns already!

If you haven’t given Menagerie Mix-Up a try yet, you should. There’s all sorts of critters just waiting to be stamped!

So which do you like better, tall cow or small cow? And how do you spell moo-ey Christmas anyway? Moo-ey doesn’t look right. Mooey, moo-ie, moo-y, meowy…okay now I’m getting off track here. Hey there might be a cute kitty in this set too!

Stamp, smile, repeat! That’s what I’ll be doing…looking for more fun animals.

-Debbi

February Stamp Camp Projects – with tutorial!

February Stamp Camp Projects – with tutorial!

I can’t believe it’s nearly March already, where has the time gone?  I was very sick for practically the full month of January but finally feeling more myself and I have some February Stamp Camp projects to share.  We used the So Sentimental stamp set and the Stitched So Sweetly dies for our projects this month and I could have created  lots more fun things with these dies, they are somewhat addicting once you start combining layers!

First up is a shaker card, see how the label shape in the center fits perfectly inside the scalloped rectangle?  It was just the right size to add a window sheet, some adhesive strips, some sequins and back it with another window sheet to “sandwich in” the sequins…that’s my favorite way to put together shaker cards.  It’s so fun to shake around, I can’t stop myself!  And that little koala is so stinkin’ cute, I want to give him a hug.

Next we made a treat box with a magnetic flap that kind of matches the shaker card.  Again, I love how the dies and punches layer together to make it look “extra” nice.  I designed this project so I could get the most out of a sheet of Designer Series Paper, and it works great; uses a full sheet of 8.5 x 11 cardstock and the DSP is 4 x 4 and 1-3/4 x 4.  I love it when I can get a lot of out a sheet without much waste.  This cute little treat box holds more that you think, it’s quite roomy inside and can easily hold a Swiss Cake Roll, a bag of Skittles, and a package of Lick and Dip candies, along with a 3×3 card…I know this because I helped my godchild Amelia make a bunch of Valentine themed treat boxes for her classmates.  She said the kids approved, yay!

It’s been a rough year for illnesses around here, so Get Well cards don’t last long.  Here’s a quick and easy one, and another chance to use the coordinating dies.  I’m guilty of making mostly “ladylike” cards but I think this would work just fine for a man or woman.

Stampin Up offers so many great paper choices, and with the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper we used on the criss cross cards below, we get every penny’s worth!  This particular paper pack has 4 each of 6 designs, and the project uses a half sheet of paper, that means you could 24 of these gorgeous cards  out of one single package.  Score!  Speaking of scoring, the measurements for this card are extra easy:  6 x 12 DSP, score at 4 and 8 on the long side, then score at 1/2″ along the bottom edge to create a tab in the center (cut off the bottom left/right tabs).  We folded the front flaps inward or outward to create different looks.  The card inside the pocket is just the right spot to write a note or stamp a sentiment.

Last but not least is a card attached to a little gift box…perfect to hold a gift card, jewelry, or chocolate!  The drawer slides into the box, and the card is attached to the top.  Surprisingly easy to put together and it’s fun to give.  We used the Lily Impressions DSP for this one, free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration till the end of March…the colors are so rich and the texture makes you want to touch the paper to see if it’s really paper or is it a painted canvas?!

I made a very quick and casual video tutorial on how to make the treat box with magnetic flap, I’ll include it in this post but no laughing at me…I’m new at videos! 😉

Treat Box with Magnetic Flap

Have a great day, see you next time!

Debbi

Sharing January’s Stamp Camp Projects

Sharing January’s Stamp Camp Projects

I thought I would share what we made in January’s Stamp Camp with the Honey Bee Bundle.  We made a pretty insert for our frame using Peaceful Poppies DSP, and we even used a “wobbler” on the bee so when you touch it, it wobbles a bit and it looks like the bee is buzzing around.  Pretty cute!  Next is a tea wallet that holds 4 tea bags, or other treats, or even a mini card if you like.  We also made a post it note holder with a matching tulip pen, and last was a thinking of you card.

We had some fun handmade door prizes this time, I’ll share them real soon.  Hope you have a great day!

-Debbi

 

January Stamp Camp – sign up by January 14th

January Stamp Camp – sign up by January 14th

I offer two kinds of classes each month…regular card class and Stamp Camp.  My favorite one to prepare for is definitely Stamp Camp, because there’s so much fun going on!  We make more projects in Stamp Camp, usually 4 or 5 and several are 3D projects instead of cards.  Yay, I love coming up with new things to make with you!  I also love to EAT, and we do plenty of that at Stamp Camp too, because a meal is included with the class fee.  We also have door prizes, and sometimes it’s an all attendee giveaway!

There are two options when you sign up for Stamp Camp:  You can pay for just the projects, or pay the bundle fee.  If you are a stamper who would use the stamp set again, this is definitely the best deal for you, because the stamps, dies, and in this case the ribbon we’ll be using in class are included in the class fee.  Plus you get to pick a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, win win win!  Regardless of which option you choose, I’ll give you a coupon for $5 off your next order of $25 or more, I bet there’s something on your wish list you can use that coupon for.

Here are the details, and if you want to join us, you can pick which day you’d like to come, and let me know what time works best for you.  I’m open from 11am till the last person leaves, but you have to arrive by 6pm…my husband says I can’t stay in my stamping room 24/7.  Please sign up by January 14th so I can order the supplies.

The NEW Paper Trimmer is HERE!

The NEW Paper Trimmer is HERE!

I’m so excited to share that the new paper trimmer is here and available for everyone to order. I ordered mine early and we tried it out in classes…everyone agrees it makes perfect clean cuts and the scoring blade creases the paper just right.  If you’ve added this great new trimmer to your wish list you can order it now.

I have an order going in soon and if you’re local to me I can add it to my order for you.  If you’re a long distance stamper-friend, you can order it directly from my store here.

Happy Stamping!

Debbi

Meatball Subs

Meatball Subs

I know pretty much everyone has enjoyed a meatball sub in their life, they are delicious!  At Stamp Camp  this week we had meatball subs and everyone always asks me for the recipe so I thought I would share how quick and easy they are to throw together, no recipe needed.

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I use one bag of frozen meatballs plus one 24 oz jar of my favorite spaghetti sauce.  Simply combine the two in a slow cooker, I leave them on low for 2 hours till it’s heated  through.  By the time they are  warm the whole house smells amazing and I’m drooling all over myself.  Buns are key too, these Butternut brat and sausage buns are the bomb – so soft and yummy, and they hold 4 or 5 meatballs perfectly.  Topped with shredded mozzarella this is a great sandwich!

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I bet even Joey from FRIENDS would approve!  🙂

Have a great day!

Debbi

 

Hey There, Pumpkin!

Hey There, Pumpkin!

Today in class I busted out a brand new stamp set called Harvest Hellos. It’s coming September 4th in the new Stampin Up Holiday catalog.

I can see myself using every one of these greetings, and I have a new found love of apples and pumpkins all of a sudden. There’s even a punch that will make using this set a breeze.

We made this fun card in class today and the words were just what it needed!

If you’d like a copy of the new Holiday catalog, let me know. I’d be happy to send one your way.

Okay, now I want a pumpkin cappuccino! (Too early, I know… but can’t wait till they return in fall)

Debbi

New Stampin Up HOLIDAY catalogs are here!

New Stampin Up HOLIDAY catalogs are here!

I had a helper over this morning and my friend Amelia and I  were talking about some of our favorite smells.  We had a lot in common…we both like the smell of gasoline (even though it’s not a good idea to sniff it), we both like the aroma of fresh baked bread, freshly mowed lawns, cucumbers, lemons, grapefruits, and there’s NOTHING like the scent of a newly printed catalog…especially a Stampin Up  catalog!

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I’m so grateful we have a paper catalog to page through, I think it’s nicer than looking at it online.  As I page through my copy, I see new things every time I open it and my wish  list is a mile long already!  There are lots of amazing bundles to choose from, I’m having a hard time picking a favorite.

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The new Holiday catalogs are HERE if you want to stop in and pick one up, or if you’d like me to put on in the mail for you, just let me know and I’ll do it right away so you can browse through all the new fall, Halloween, winter and Christmas goodies that Stampin Up has to offer this year.  It’s going to be FUN  (and easy) making Christmas cards this year.  🙂

Debbi

Cow’s it Going?

Cow’s it Going?

When I first saw this adorable stamp set from Stampin’ Up I knew I had to have it!

The cows are just the cutest, I love the wording and I live in Wisconsin…of course I had to get this stamp set!  I tried a few other layouts before I settled on the Dutch fold, which worked out just fine.

The cows are really easy to color, so it doesn’t feel like a chore to “get the markers out”.  Since last week when we made this card in class together I haven’t been able to put the stamp set away.  I’m working on a list of other words that weren’t included in the stamp set like…herd it was your birthday, or we’ve mooooved, etc.  I’ll post more when my list is more complete.  Meanwhile, have an udderly fantastic week!

Debbi