Monday, September 28, 2009


Find joy in the giving and receiving of handmade cards

It happens every day. You walk to the mailbox, pull out the mail and shuffle through a stack of ever-present bills and junk mail. But every once in a while, hiding among the dull and dreary envelopes, you find something that makes your heart beat a little faster and brings a smile to your face—someone has taken the time to send you a card. What a wonderful feeling!

In celebration of World Card Making Day on October 3, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators world-wide will hold stamping events all month long to create hand crafted cards and kick off the holiday card-making season. World Card Making Day is a celebration in the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create when given to others. It occurs the first Saturday in October each year, and card-making enthusiast of all skill levels and styles are encouraged to come together and share their creative passion for the art of card making.

Now in its fourth year, World Card Making Day, founded by Paper Crafts magazine, is an effort to “unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is the heart of card making,” according to the World Card Making Day Web site. “Creating a handcrafted card brings a special kind of joy. There’s joy in the process of creating, as well as in giving and receiving handmade cards.”

Never made a card? As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be happy to get you started in this immensely fulfilling hobby. Please join me on October 3, at 2:00.

Join with thousands of others this year to give someone a joyful surprise when they go to the mailbox!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Little Frankie

The Curly label punch is the same shape as the top note die cut, so I did a Little Frankie.

I also used 1/2 and 1/4 inch circle punches for the eyes. For the nose and side bolts I used the smallest arrow on the my way punch and cut off the tip.

For a great tutorial on how to do the big Frankie and several other characters go to Tammy's blog at Dream, Create and Share.

I think the next one I am going to try is the Santa Claus one. It is cool how she used dry embossing on the hair and beard.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Witch Sack

I thought the Frankie sacks I had seen on several different paper craft web sites were so cute I had to make one. Both my daughters thought it was cute too. I showed Michelle a blog that had done the same thing with a bat, vampire and a Santa Claus theme. (Link to that blog )
Michelle decided she wanted to do a witch. If it was me wanting to do a witch, the first thing I would do is surf the web searching for someone's ideas of how to do a witch. Not Michelle, she is a lot more creative than I am. She sits down with pencil and paper and does a sketch, then proceeds to make her witch sack.

I am so proud of her! Here is what she used.
All Stampin' Up products unless noted.

Head: Top Note bigz die
Hair front and back: Top Note bigz die
Back panel in hair: Curly Label Punch
Ears: Butterfly punch
Nose: Modern Label Punch
Eyes: 1" and 3/4" circle punches.

The hat, band, bangs, and lips are all done free hand.

SU Paper colors are: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Always Artichoke.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Donating cards.

As I have posted in a previous blog, I love to make cards, more cards than I will ever send out so I donate them to different causes. A couple of times I have sent cards in for the Cards for a Cause Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. Julie who is the hostess for this challenge posted a video of the cards that were sent in for the month of August. I enjoyed seeing several of my cards that I sent in on her video. Here is a link to the video.

Here is the link to her blog for Compassionate Cards

And here is the link to the forum on Splitcoast Stampers.

September Workshop Cards

Normally I only do 3 projects on playdays at my house, but after getting the supplies ready for the above projects I started playing around with the Acetate and tissue technique and just had to share. Here is the link on Splitcoast stampers for the tutorial.