Trick or Treat With Creep It Real!

I think that “Creep It Real” is one of the funniest names for a stamp set that I’ve heard. It just makes me smile. Given that, it was not originally on my list to purchase. But, after seeing some great samples from other great blogs, I decided I HAD to have it. So, yesterday when I saw the challenge over at Global Design Project, I figured this was my chance to put ink to the  Creep It Real stamps.

Creep It Real Stamp Set, #GDP104, Halloween, Stampin' Up!,

Given the title of the stamp set, I think this is a cute, not creepy card!

Design Notes for Creep It Real Halloween Card:

Here’s the lovely card that was the inspiration for my card. When it is a CASE (Copy and Share) challenge, you can copy any element of the card presented – the color scheme, the stamp set, the sketch, whatever. I chose to CASE the sketch as I thought it was a perfect layout. I also copied Alison’s technique of repeating the small image in the background, using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.


If you click on the image, it will take you the the Global Design Project site and you’ll see lots of great cards from the design team and from people working the challenge.

I actually like working with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. It’s a great tool to make sure an image is where you want it and is especially helpful when you are repeating an image as I did with the candy corn. Once I finished the background, I was onto the main image. I stamped the “trick or treat ” sentiment with VersaMark and used clear embossing powder. A sponge and some Pumpkin Pie ink brought out the sentiment. A little adornment with some Vintage Crochet Ribbon and Black Rhinestones finished off the project!

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The stamp set, the ribbon and Black Rhinestones are all items from the new Holiday catalog. If you don’t have one, let me know and I’ll get one to you.


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Thinking of You with Colorful Seasons

A friend of mine recently underwent a procedure. She’s doing fine and feeling better. Of course, I wanted her to know that I have been thinking of her. I was stunned when I realized that I had not posted anything with the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the accompanying, Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies. A definite oversight. So, it was meant to be that I used these for my friend’s card.

Colorful Seasons stamp set, thinking of you, Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

Do you like the layout? It’s this week’s challenge from TGIF Challenges. Here’s the sketch I (more or less) followed as my inspiration. Click on the icon below to go over there and see some other great cards.

Design Notes for Colorful Seasons Card:

“Hi, my name is Dianne and I’m a heat embosser.” Do I need a 12 step program for heat embossing? I hope not. I just love stamping, adding powder then watching the powder melt and become something so beautiful. In this case, I used Copper Heat Emboss Powder. Next, I used an Aqua Painter to add color to each of the leaves. Each leaf is a mixture of Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke inks. (Not all on the same leaf.) After I cut them out with the Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies, I sponged around the edges just a bit to extend the leaf colors.

I tried to keep the rest simple since the leaves were taking center stage. I did stamp the sentiment piece with the smaller leaf and some stamped off ink. Some Copper Trim was the final touch to pull it all together.

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Lots of fall colored inks here!



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Sugarplum Dreams for Swap Time

Yesterday I went to a Shoe Box Swap. Do you know what that is? A group of demonstrators get together and everyone brings the materials in a box to make a card. We each get to make each others cards.* Always a fun time. We all used some products from the Holiday Catalog. I used the Sugarplum Dreams stamp set and a few other goodies.

Sugarplum Dreams stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Card Front builder Framelits, Metallic Enamel shapes,

Design Notes for Sugarplum Dreams Card:

As soon as I saw this stamp set in the Holiday Catalog, I knew I had to have it. The images are so delightful, right from the Nutcracker Ballet. Is there anything that says “Holiday” more than the Nutcracker? I think not. I started by stamping the nutcracker on card stock with Black Archival ink. Next I colored him in with our Watercolor Pencils and then blended the colors with one of my Blender Pens. We do love to color. The Stitched Shapes framelits just seemed to be the right touch here with the gold oval giving the regal look. The frame on the Real Red card stock is made with a Framelit from the Card Front Builder Framelits. That’s also something new and wonderful in the Holiday catalog.

I thought the Nutcrackers headpiece needed a little special attention. O.K., I might have gone overboard, but I do love me some bling. In this case, Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Sugarplum Dreams stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

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Hope you are all safe and having a good day.



  • I know there were some of you out there wondering if we swapped shoe boxes.

Quick Thank You with Pop Of Paradise

I needed a few thank you cards, quickly.  Quick card tip #1, find a sentiment you like and work from there. I love the thank you banner from Pop of Paradise so that’s where I started. Quick card tip #2, use Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards and Envelopes.The card stock is thick and so if you don’t want to add layers, you can just stamp right on the note card. Thus, a formula for quick cards.

Pop of Paradise stamp set, Note card, thank you, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Pop of Paradise Card:

As you can see, this is a pretty basic card. I’d like to think easy but elegant. The only clever thing I did was to wrap the piece of Powder Pink Woven Ribbon around a piece of card stock so that I could adhere it to the front without worrying about the ends of the ribbon showing. The Linen Thread, one of my favorite accessories, added a little interest and texture to the card front. And yes, I fussy cut the thank you banner. Really, not hard at all. You just need good scissors like our Paper Snips!

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Paper Pumpkin Sale Almost Over!

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Paper Pumpkin 50% off special, Stampin' Up!,

If you subscribe and list me as your demonstrator, I will be happy to give you a foam Piercing Mat. Since all of the stamps that come with the Paper Pumpkin kits are photopolymer, it’s good to have a piercing mat to stamp on. 50% off and a GIFT! Winner! Winner!

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Enjoy Your Day with Badges and Banners

Do you ever get stuck on creating cards for men? I know that sometimes I do. So, I was glad to participate in this week’s Global Design Project challenge to create a masculine card. As I started thinking about it, the Badges and Banners  stamp set came immediately to mind.  Here’s my card and the Global Design Project logo. Be sure to go over there and see all the other great cards for men. Inspiration will follow.

Badges and Banners, Global Design Project, masculine card, Stampin' Up!,


Global Design Challenge, #GDP103, Badges and Banners, masculine card, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Badges and Banners Card:

It’s always amazing to me how much difference it can make to run a piece of card stock through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. A little crafting magic! In this case, I used the Seaside Embossing Folder  The stars are from the Mini Treat Bag set of Thinlits.

Badges and Banners stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Badges and Banners Card:

The Badges and Banners stamp set comes in both Wood Mount and Clear Mount. Always nice to have choices!


Hurricane Harvey Relief:

Please think about anything you might want to order from me. Even if you are not a crafter, there are things you might want to order. Perhaps a pair of Paper Snips, or maybe some ribbon. This month I am giving 20% from each order to donate to Houston Food Bank. All order will count, on-line, in class or call me!

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Paper Pumpkin 50% off special, Stampin' Up!,

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