Creating Cards with Ombre Stamp Pads

Yippee!  I finally found some time to play with new Stampin’ Up! goodies!  I say new, but they’ve been sitting on my craft desk, taunting and tempting me, for about six weeks now. Hmmm, coincidentally since school ended for the summer and my hooligans began spending their days with me.  Anyway, I finally just decided to take a few minutes when I could, and I managed to create 3 cards using the new Ombre Stamp Pads.Ombre-Title-ChaosServedDail

I was super excited to see these pads in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog.  Years ago, the Kaleidoscope pads, which were multi-colored, were among my first purchases from Stampin’ Up!, and I loved them dearly.  These Ombre Pads are just decreasing (or increasing, if you’re a glass half full person) shades of Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, and Bermuda Bay. The stamp set I used, Summer Sorbet, is especially designed to work well with the pads, so Princess Thundercloud and I couldn’t wait to try them out together. Our first experience was less than optimal, so I had to do a little research online at Stampin’ Up!

It turns out (this is a cautionary tale, so learn from my pain) that you tap the pad, then slightly move the stamp several times to fully cover it. When we oh-so-carefully (we didn’t want to blur the ink together, thinking of the multicolored Kaleidoscope pads) tapped straight up and down, it left lines uncovered by ink on our stamps. Once we relaxed a little (because the little pads inside the Ombre Pads are all the same shade, just varying intensity, so blurring the lines doesn’t matter), the stamps and pads worked beautifully together. IMHO, of course!Ombre-Hearts-ChaosServedDai

With this card, I also used the new Copper Embossing Powder…love the look!  The background is from the Serene Scenery paperstack, and the sentiment can be found in the Watercolor Words stamp set, which has become a favorite of mine.The tiny heart kind of shows the design on the other side of the woodgrain paper. The twine came from a dollar bin at some store where I spend way too much time.


This Hooray card uses the same two stamp sets, Summer Sorbet and Watercolor Words, along with a card base from June’s Paper Pumpkin and that same twine.  The doily and washi tape are craft store finds that have also been lurking around my craft desk, wanting to be used.

Ombre-Snowcone-ChaosServedD  This Happy Birthday card is just so summery!  Too bad the temperature has been above 80 about 3 days here this summer.  Along with Summer Sorbet and Watercolor Words, I used the Timeless Textures stamp set, which has fabulously versatile stamps to create fun backgrounds, like the watercolor wash and drink rings. The sequins were also surplus from June’s Paper Pumpkin. The base is just a Whisper White notecard, which is a very affordable, convenient thing to have on hand!  I think a pack of 20 cards and envelopes is only $6.00.

So there you have it…the sum total of my card-creating for this entire summer!  These really took less than fifteen minutes each (and that includes the thinking time to decide on layouts and such).  I love the new Ombre Pads, now that I’m schooled on how to use them…check them out if you’re on my Stampin’ Up! site!


World Card-Making Day! (and a sale!)

Yep, that’s a thing. And it’s today, October 4, 2014. And no, it’s not invented by Hallmark. Because, really, where were the profit for them be in that?  It could possibly have been invented by crafting companies, but I cannot confirm nor deny that.

Anyway, it’s a great excuse to hide from your family and do a little creative crafting…and here are a couple of cards I made in just a few minutes, with minimal supplies…seriously.


Supplies:  Work of Art stamp set; Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, and Soft Suede markers; Whisper White notecard and envelope

I’m pretty sure I’ve pointed out before how much I love the notecards from Stampin’ Up! You get 20 cards and envelopes for$5.95 and they come in white or Crumb Cake (that’s kraft, for you non-SU! linguists). I just used the markers (another great value, if you don’t want to buy ink pads, and they make it super easy to make multicolored images) on this fun set from the 2014-15 catalog, Work of Art.  I really like the watercolor quality of the images in the set.

I used another set from the 2014-15 catalog for a similar card with even less stamping involved:


Supplies:  Fabulous Four stamp set; Soft Suede and Calypso Coral markers; Retro Fresh Washi Tape; Whisper White Notecard and Envelope

I really like this Fabulous Four stamp set…it has thanks, congrats, celebrate, and a get well stamp in it, and they’re a good size to be the main image on your card.  Again the markers make it simple to create a multicolored image, and the only cutting involved was trimming the ends of the washi tape. Yes, I finally let a little of my stash of tape go!

So there you have it…fun, handmade cards in a matter of minutes.  Stampin’ Up! is having a great stock up sale, with 15% off selected items…here’s the flyer, which includes stamps, paper, inks, and even adhesives.  If you’re interested, swing by my Stampin’ Up! site and shop to your heart’s content…you can see all the great deals in detail there! The sale only lasts until the 6th, though, so hustle on over!image


Carbs, Schmarbs Gift Bag

You would think, with all the gift bags and boxes I can’t resist buying at craft stores and online, that I would always have the perfect bag on hand. Well, I don’t. But I do always have a brown paper bag (and usually in several sizes!), and they’re so simple to embellish to fit any occasion.


Stampin’ Up! supplies: Yippee Skippee stamp set; Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock; Epic Day Designer Series Paper; Calypso Coral and Basic Gray markers; Scallop Border and Designer Label punches, Corner Rounder, Calypso Coral Ribbon; Vintage Faceted Buttons; Pool Party Bakers’ Twine

I kinda love the sayings in the Yippee Skippee stamp set, and this one makes a perfect tag for a little birthday surprise. Because all the best birthday treats involve carbs, don’t they? To cover the front, just cut a sheet of decorative paper the width of the bag and long enough to be covered by the flap when it’s folded over. Attach it with some Sticky Strip or adhesive runner. WHILE THE BAG IS STILL FLATTENED. Trust me, don’t forget to do this BEFORE you’ve added the treat inside.


I freehand-cut the candle flame, but if you have the holiday Bitty Punches, the Christmas light punch is a perfect flame. I snipped the corners of a rectangle of cardstock t make a tag shape, then scalloped the edge to make it even less like a rectangle. Oh, and I used Dimensionals to pop the label out from the candle.

This took about five minutes to put together, and you’ll get credit for making it yourself!


Happy Watercolor Cards

Last week, I received my Sneak Peek order from Stampin’ Up!, with all the new In Colors for 2014-16 in cardstock, inks, markers, and ribbons.  I can’t blatantly show them to you until the catalog is officially live on June 1, but I can show you the things I’ve made from them!

But first, a reminder that the 2013-14 catalog is only good until May 31, so if there’s anything you’re longing to have, order before then. Also, most things in the the Occasions catalog will be disappearing then, including the fabulous Watercolor Wonders product suite.  So, once I pored over by new catalog (it came in the Sneak Peek order) and realized that Happy Watercolors stamp set, the Watercolor Wonder Note Cards, and the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape were not in the new catalog, I panicked a little.

I mean, I have these products because I loved them and ordered them a couple of months ago. But I didn’t tell y’all how easily you can make beautiful, watercolor-look cards!  And now you only have a couple of weeks to order them!  So, look, at the various ways you can use them…


Supplies:  Happy Watercolor stamp set; Watercolor Wonder Note Cards; Watercolor Wonder DSP; Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Gumball Green markers; gold ink; Gold Embossing Powder; small heart punch, Twine; Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape; Large pearl

The smaller cards are made by cutting a notecard in half.  I also cut an envelope in half and used the washi tape to seal the cut side. They’re for enclosures, not to mail, of course, but how fun is that?

To make the flower on the zigzag card, I punched a bunch of 1” circles from the DSP and cut a slit to the center of each.  Then I used a glue dot to overlap the edges, making slight cups.  I just layered and staggered those to make the flower, then added some twine and a large pearl in the center.

For the green card, I used gold embossing powder on the dots and sentiment.  It looks amazing in person. Then I used a Stampin’ Dimensional to pop out the heart, which I punched from a scrap of paper from the flower for the other card.

The poppy card is made from one notecard.  I just stamped the poppy with Staz On black ink, then used an Aquapainter to watercolor it with Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, and Daffodil Delight. I stamped the “Thank You” in the black Staz On and added a twine bow with a glue dot.


And then…I played around with the inks from the new In Colors.  These are called Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, and Blackberry Bliss.  I am loving them!  H2O-New-ChaosServedDaily

I again used the Happy Watercolor stamp set, embossing the orchid spray and sentiment stamps with gold. I added a Lost Lagoon ribbon and used my Decorative Label punch for the sentiment, and was done in nothing flat.

If you’re interested in the Watercolor Suite, here are the details:

  • Happy Watercolor Stamp Set, Wood 133188 $29.95; Clear 133191 $21.95
  • Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, 3 rolls, 5 yds each  133000 $4.95
  • Watercolor Wonder Note Cards and Envelopes, 20 cards, 133362 $12.95
  • Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper, 12 double-sided sheets, 12×12 132994 $10.95

And don’t forget, there are lots of retiring stamp sets and accessories, so be sure you check them out on my website…as of May 31, they’re gone, gone, gone!


Burlap and Blooms Wreath Kit

I’m just a little enamored of this new Burlap and Blooms Wreath Kit from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog. I’m kicking myself a but that I didn’t get it put together before my Stampin’ Up! workshop, so that everyone else could have seen how cute it truly is.

Here it is on my front door, layered over a colorful egg wreath from Target.  After Easter, I can easily just have the wreath on the door (it’s protected from rain and wind).Wreath-Title-ChaosServedDai

For some reason that I still can’t fathom, the hubs and the hooligans spoiled me last weekend. Saturday, they woke me with breakfast in bed (which I don’t love, but it was a sweet gesture and I sucked it up and ate my pancakes in bed, balancing the tray on my knees).  After that, they pretty much amused themselves all day and left me to play around in my craftroom…so I finally had time to take all the pieces for this kit out of the packaging.


The flowers were all simple to assemble, and I spent a happy hour putting it all together.


When I finished it, I kept moving it around the house, trying to decide where I liked it best. My living room, kitchen, and dining room are decorated in the colors of the wreath, so it looked great no matter where I put it!


You could arrange the flowers in anyway you like, of course, but I chose to follow the directions pretty much to the letter, so I could see how easy or difficult the process was. I believe it was simple enough that anyone with basic papercrafting skills could wind up with professional results.

See, I told you I was a little enamored!


Stampin’ Up Fun

So, finally, after almost three years, I had a little Stampin’ Up! get-together.  Why did I wait so long?  We had such a good time, and I had forgotten how much I loved creating projects, catching up with friends, and sharing my love of stamping!

We made three cute (IMHO) projects…two cards and a gift bag.  Take a look!

I think this is my favorite. But maybe the next one is…or the bag. I’m so indecisive.SU-Happy-ChaosServedDaily

Supplies:  Hello, Lovely and Hardwood Stamp Sets; Soft Sky and Whisper White Cardstock, Island Indigo Marker; Watercolor Wonder DSP, Island Indigo Twine; Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon

I am loving the look of the Hardwood background stamp, using a dark shade of the cardstock color.  I’ve seen a ton a cards made with this, and every one is gorgeous.


Supplies:  Gorgeous Grunge, See Ya Later, and Banner Blast Stamp Sets; White Notecards; Whisper White and Summer Starfruit Cardstock; Coastal Cabana and Rich Razzleberry Markers; Banner Punch

I wanted to use a couple of my favorite Sale-a-Bration products in this card, so the See Ya Later and Banner Blast stamp sets, along with the Banner Punch, helped me whip this up in no time.


Supplies:  Another Thank You (photopolymer) Stamp Set; Whisper White and Tangerine Tango Cardstock; Epic Day DSP; Pearls; Decorative Label and Bitty Butterfly Punches; Mini Clothespin; Tag a Bag; Linen Thread; Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon

I also wanted my friends to try stamping with the photopolymer stamps…I’m a little addicted, I have to admit.  They cling to the block so well (I occasionally have trouble with the rubber “clear stamps” letting go just as I stamp something). The image is not quite as crisp, it seems to me, but it’s probably not noticeable to anyone but me!

So there’s what we made…along with lots of laughter, conversation, and creativity.  Just a reminder that Sale-a-Bration ends March 31, so if you want to stock up on paper, stamps, or supplies, you’ll get FREE stamps or other supplies (like that nifty Banner Punch) with every $50 you order!  Check out the great selection of Sale-a-Bration products at my Stampin’ Up! website anytime…but make it quick!


Sale-a-Bration Time…Wahoo!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…in the Stampin’ Up! world, anyway.  Sale-a-Bration runs from January 28 (today!) through March 31 this year, and there is no better time to stock up on stamping and papercrafting supplies…and earn FREE stamps and products!

I recently spent a fun, creative afternoon making all the cards from the Everyday Occasions set (neither the Broncos or Seahawks were playing that day!).  The Everyday Occasions set includes everything you need to make 20 cards, except adhesive and scissors. Stamps, cards, stickers (even some glittery silver ones!), ink, envelopes, and embellishments are all tucked inside a cute kraft box.  It’s Item 134797 and is $29.95, so it gets you well on your way to a $50 order for free Sale-a-Bration products.  You could always stock up on cardstock, Designer Series Paper, or inks to make up the rest. Or a pair of paper snips and some adhesive.


I love the Everyday Occasions set because it has photos of every card, so you can make the cards the lucky designers at Stampin’ Up! get paid to create, yet swap out whatever sentiment stamps you might want. It’s no-brainer stamping at it’s best, and sometimes that’s just what I need!  But you know me…I just had to incorporate a couple of Sale-a-Bration stamps in with the cards I was making.  See, how cute they are?SAB-Mod-ChaosServedDaily

This See Ya Later stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog is a new favorite of mine.


You can see the whole Sale-a-Bration brochure at my Stampin’ Up! website, but here’s some highlights, just to get you motivated. These are a few ideas from the Sale-a-Bration brochure of ways to put together a $50 order that is perfect for your crafting needs…whether you want to make a ton of cards in a little time, amaze your friends with your creative gift packaging, or find fun ways to document your memories as they happen, there’s something for everyone here! Did I mention the digital crafting available?  Or the bundles that can help your party come together in no time?  Can you tell I’m excited?




Don’t forget, in addition to the huge Annual Catalog, all the goodies in the Occasions Catalog are available until June 1, 2014. As you can see below, there’s just a few things I need!


And then there’s the ever-growing collection of photopolymer stamps to choose from, as well as a multitude of digital products online…and I just discovered last week that you can download files that work on any ecutter, such as a Silhouette. Oh, my.

You’ll earn FREE Sale-a-Brations products for EVERY $50 you spend (before tax and s/h), so pour yourself another cup of coffee and come over and shop!  One last thing, if you’re interested in being a demonstrator, it’s the best time of the year for that, as well. Instead of the normal price of $125 (which is already a heck of a good deal) for the starter kit, you’ll pay only $99.  It’s an fun and easy way to get a 20 percent discount on everything you buy!


Snowglobe Ornament

I’m so excited to share this tutorial on making your own snowglobe ornament with you. We made these two years ago year for my kids’ teachers, with a dolphin inside (their school mascot)…you can see the original post here, along with the recipe for the tasty homemade granola we tied the ornaments to for the teachers. And now, on with the how-to portion of our program!


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glass ornament, not round, but flattened circle(don’t use plastic…the glitter just clings)
  • Stamp of your choice
  • Staz-On ink
  • Sharpies for coloring the image
  • Glitter
  • Some ribbon, tags, jingle bells to tie on top
  • A piece of plastic, such as an overhead transparency or even a bakery lid
  • Circle cutter (optional…you can use a marker to draw your circle and cut it with scissors)

For this, I used a piece of pretty thick plastic that came in packaging.  Make sure it can roll up tightly without breaking.  The first step is to stamp your image using the Staz-On and color it using Sharpies.  Stamp it so that the bottom 1/2” of the circle is empty. That’s where your glitter will go, so you want it to look as though the little girl and bunny are sitting in the snow.  Tape the plastic to your cutting mat, if you’re using a circle cutter.


Cut the image to the correct diameter of your ornament. Mine was 3” across.


There you have it…a perfect circle!


Roll up your image so that it can slide into the ornament.  Use the end of a paintbrush or tweezers to position it.


Use the end of a paintbrush or tweezers to position it. Be careful not to scratch it, if you use tweezers. See?


Next, roll a piece of paper into a small funnel and tape it. Then pour the glitter in, half in front of the stamped image and half behind it.


And now all you need to do it put the hanger cap back on, and tie on a tag, ribbon, and jingle bell.  How easy is that?


TBT: Activity Advent Calendar

My hooligans loved this Activity Advent Calendar last year, so we’ll be counting down the days until Christmas using it again this year.


To make it, I simply resized and printed out the Days of December page template from Stampin’ Up, then resized and printed Ali Edwards Advent Boxes from If you do not want to download the Days of December template, here’s a great alternative from Makoodle.


Anyhoo, I printed, cut, and then wrote out our list. If you would rather, you can even type the list right on the cards before you print them. I thought it was a nice touch to have my own handwriting on them, though. After I wrote the activities, I figured out what would work on which day of the countdown and glued the backs together. To make it a bit more finished, I rounded the corners of each card.

Then all that was left was to spice up the $4 frame I found at Walmart. This craft allowed me to use both a staple gun to attach the bakers’ twine and a hot glue gun for the burlap background. All that was left to do then was hanging each card with cute little decorated clothespins. Oh, and I looped a wide striped ribbon around the frame to hand the whole shebang.

Voila! The hooligans will have such a great time with this again this year!

Here’s our list, compiled from extensive research (I Googled “activity Advent calendars”):

1. Read the Elf on the Shelf book in preparation for his arrival

2. Clean out and organize toys and donate

3. Buy a toy and donate it to Toys for Tots

4. Make thumbprint tree ornaments from salt dough

5. Write letters to Santa

6.Celebrate St. Nicholas Day

7. Have a family game night

8. Make pinecone birdseed ornaments for outside tree

9. Make paper snowflakes and hang them EVERYWHERE!

10. Watch a Christmas movie

11. Do something kind and helpful for a family member

12. Focus on being kind and polite to everyone you meet

13. Read some Christmas books

14. Draw a Christmas picture

15. Make snow ice cream (hopefully!), or ice cream sundaes

16.Make cinnamon ornaments to tie on granola for neighbors

17. Decorate a gingerbread house

18. Bake and decorate cookies

19. Write Christmas notes to your teachers

20. Make ice candles

21. Drive around to look at lights and drink hot chocolate

22. Decorate birthday cupcakes for Jesus

23. Make a Christmas craft

24. Make popcorn and watch “The Polar Express” movie

Of course, your family’s list will be different…we’re certainly not the poster family for Advent activities! Last year, we went to Disneyworld for a week before Christmas (the 9th through the 14th), so I had to figure out what activities would work in other places than our home.

Lest you think I’m the meanest mom ever and never let my kids have chocolate because I don’t like it, fret not. The commissary had those traditional chocolate filled ones, so they each get one of those to open and feed their sweet tooth after dinner each night. This activity calendar will be perfect to open each morning before school, so they can anticipate the activity all day!


Starburst Christmas Card Tutorial

I think starburst cards have such a happy, retro feel, don’t you?  They’re pretty popular right now (on Pinterest and the papercrafting sites I frequent). I thought I would copy a card from the latest Stampin’ Success magazine and show you how simple the technique really is. Of course, I changed up the colors a bit and used a different sentiment stamp, but the basic layout came from Stampin’ Up!…see, the benefits of being a demonstrator?

Anyway…on with the card making, after a peek at the finished card, that is. 1113 Starburst Card TItle

1. Cut a piece of scrap cardstock to the size of your finished card. Mine is a standard 4-1/4”x5-1/2”. Draw lines on it, intersecting wherever you want the focal point piece to go on the finished card. Label the section by number and a letter for each pattern you’re using. I used two double-sided pieces from the Season of Style Designer Paper Stack, so I had four different patterns, A,B,C, and D.


2. Cut your labeled pattern into pieces and sort according to the letters. Using the pattern pieces (make sure they’re writing side up, so it all fits together at the end!), cut pieces from your designer paper, laying each onto the cardstock, topped with its pattern piece.Starburst-Cut-ChaosServedDa

Above you can see the designer paper peeking out from the cardstock pattern.

Below, I’ve pulled a few cardstock pattern pieces away so you can see how the pattern is coming together.Starburst-Assemble-ChaosSer

3. When everything is cut, make sure your edges are all square, and adhere it using adhesive runner. Don’t worry if the center points aren’t stuck really well…they’ll be covered by your sentiment piece, which will both hide and adhere them.


4. Make a fabulous sentiment focal point and adhere it. I used the new Christmas Messages stamp set, Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green Markers, white cardstock, some GUmball Green ribbon, and a Big Shot Framelit from the Chalk Talk set. Oh, and one of the fun new Candy Dots in Cherry Cobbler, to mimic the look of a colored brad. But it’s just paper, y’all!

Starburst-Tag-ChaosServedDa I’ll admit, this card took a little time to make, but I really enjoyed making the “puzzle” fit together. I can’t wait to use this starburst technique on birthday and other happy occasion cards!