Best of 2017

I'm very excited!  Yesterday I found out that one of my cards was included in the Splitcoast Stampers Best of 2017.  Here's the card that was selected: 

As a high school teacher, I am the advisor to 16-20 students.  Come graduation time,  I am always scrambling to make cards for my seniors  This shaker card was made using the fuse tool to make the shaker.  The graduation cap and diploma are cut from Taylored Expressions dies.The custom paper that makes the background of the shaker is from Stamping Station.  The embossed Class of 2017 stamps are from The Stamps of Life.
This was 1 of only 2 cards that I posted to Splitcoast Stampers last year.  I am going to have to post more often this year,!
Happy Scrappin!

Lip Balm Tags

Just wanted to show you the little tags I added to my children's gifts this year.  These little lip balm tags were so easy to make.

I used the My Favorite Things Lip Balm pouches, window and frame dies and the Sending Smooches stamp set.
The tag itself was cut on the Cricut, with the base being 110 lb card stock, and then the same tag cut from Bo Bunny Candy Cane Lane. Cut the window out of the plaid and then cut a frame out of a contrasting paper.

Add a saying from Sending Smooches stamps and embellish.  I had a set of 8 done in no time!

I wish all my cards and pages went so quickly.

Happy Scrapping.

A-maze-ing Birthday Card

Today's card is a cute little birthday card using My Favorite Things You're A-Maze-ing stamp and accessories.

The background was done by first stamping the maze with embossing ink and clear embossing it randomly on the page.  Once that was complete the background was inked with Distress Oxide Inks. I sprayed a little water on the ink, but I don't think that it shows up in the photo.

I cut a circle in the background and placed a plastic maze piece backed with some double dot.  Next, drop a ball bearing into the maze and cover with a circle of acetate.  Stamp the birthday sentiment, add a little bling, and done!

Fun Weekend at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo -Chantilly!

I had a great time at Stamp and Scrapbook Expo-Chantilly this weekend!  I volunteered on Thursday and got to meet many of the wonderful staff.  Friday and Saturday were spent shopping and cropping.  So my next few entries will highlight some of the products I bought and projects I worked on at the crop.

One of my favorite booths (there were many favorites) was It's Cheaper than Therapy.  I bought a few pop up card dies that just looked so fun.  They are Elizabeth Craft dies designed by Karen Burniston.  The first one I am using is the Anita Frames Pop-up.

The dies makes the most adorable card and I think I will make Christmas cards with it.  I started by using some scraps to try it out, but I really need a wedding card for an upcoming wedding so I completed this card.  The paper is a champagne metallic and a gold, both from The Paper Cut, another great vendor at the show. The saying is from B.Y.O.P. by Stampin' Up, embossed in gold.  The champagne glasses are a Taylored Expre…

Graduation Card

So I can't believe that it has been over a year since I have posted anything on this blog.  Time sure does fly!  Since my last post my youngest 2 children (the twins) have graduated from college.

So since it is graduation season I will show you my latest graduation card.  This is one I made for students at the high school I teach at.  Personalized paper for our high school was purchased from Scrapbook Customs.

I love making shaker cards with the Fuse tool.  I use the same die that cuts out the black stitched circle as a guide to seal the acetate pocket. The pocket is filled with chunky glitter, little graduation caps, and swirls which are both cut from Taylored Expressions dies.  The large graduation cap and diploma on the outside of the circle are also cut from Taylored Expressions dies. Once the pocket is assembled I embossed the year onto white paper, glued it and the shaker over the patterned paper.

The "Class of is embossed in gold also.  It is from the same stamp set a…

Baby Shower Shaker Card

I have fallen in love with shaker cards!  Adding bling and movement to cards is so fun.  This month I have two baby showers to attend so I thought these would be perfect shower cards.

To make the card I punched a whole in the white card stock in the upper left corner with an Elizabeth craft die.  I used the same die and the next size scalloped die to create the head of the rattle.  The same circle die was used in conjunction with the FUSE tool to make the acetate shaker that was inserted behind the top layer of card stock.  The shaker is filled with Queen & Co. beads and Pretty Pink Posh's new Sweet Pea Mix of sequins.

Finally - I heat embossed the Bundle of Joy sentiment onto the oval tag and backed it with pink card stock.  All the paper and ribbon is from my stash.

Step Cards for Christmas!

I have been playing around with variations of the step cards I have seen on Pinterest.  I just love all the different things you can do and the dimensionality (is that really a word?) of the cards.

My first attempt uses my much loved Tim Holtz snowman blueprint stamp and die set.    The width of the unfolded side can change depending on what you want to place there.  My folded steps can be embellished with patterned or embossed paper and words that hang over the top of the steps.  For this card I cut the word Believe and the snowflake from my Cricut .

For the next step card I put the unfolded part of the card in the center with narrow steps on either side.  The center holds the main focus which is a Stampin' Up sentiment.  The paper is from Teresa Collins' "Santa's List". The snowflakes and star are chipboard from Little Yellow Bicycle.

On the last step card, I cut the word "Joy" from Stampin' Up's Wonderous Wreath set, out of metallic paper.  …