Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Just a quick update to my last post on creating an Origami Gift Card Holder.  Many of you asked for directions so I created a PDF document for making this gift card holder:

Download the PDF here.

See the other samples in my previous post here.

Until next time,

"You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light." -- 2 Samuel 22:39

Thursday, November 10, 2016


At Ronda Wade's November RubberQueen meeting we focused on making gift card holders for all those people (like me) who use gift cards during the holiday season.  What a great way to say "thank you" to health care professionals (doctors, dentists, nurses, receptionists); mail persons; newspaper deliverers; pastors; etc. -- and our family and friends.  I love wrapping gift cards in a beautiful package.  Here are some I made this week using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper to make this fun origami fold card holder that does not use adhesive:

I used the Presents and Pinecones and This Christmas Designer Series Papers for these gift card holders.

This is what it looks like opened up with the gift card and note tucked into the pockets.

I love how pretty the designs are on the back side of the paper.  I made matching envelopes using the "must-have" Envelope Punch Board (everybody needs one of these from Stampin' Up!).

My swap card for the meeting.

Until next time,

"The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad indeed" -- Psalm 126:3

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


STARTING TODAY you can purchase the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog.  I love the sweet edging the dies create and classic shapes that coordinate with Stampin’ Up! Layering Squares, Circles and Ovals Dies.

IT GETS EVEN BETTER!  Starting today, Stampin’ Up! is offering 25% off select stamp sets that coordinate beautifully with the dies.
Here are some samples using the new Stitched Shapes Framelits and how beautiful they coordinate with the stamps on sale!!

And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends November 30, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date.  Order now to create your holiday cards or before they go on backorder.

Until next time,
"[He] called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." -- 1 Peter 2:9

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Last weekend I attended one of my favorite 3-day events:  Creative Retreat!!  Ronda Wade puts this event on 4 times a year now -- because so many want to attend.  Everybody brings the craft(s) they like to create (we have quilters, card and 3-D enthusiasts, scrapbooking, and so much more).  Some just come to see old friends and do Ronda's classes.  I usually take my scrapbooking materials because this is what I love to do the most.  However, I had tons of card kits that I needed to catch up on, so I worked on them and visited with many friends I haven't seen in a long time.  Here are pictures of a couple of cards I did and one of the many, many pillow gifts we receive from Ronda: 

I love this card -- it is so pretty in real life.  It is called a "Fan Fold" and you use your scoring tool on the Stampin' Trimmer or your Simply Scored Scoring Tool to create the "fan" affect.  In this one I used the gorgeous Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper

Here is another "Fan Fold" using the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper.

I loved this card also.  Ronda Wade created the design as part of a kit I received from her Create for Christ one-day retreat.

One of our pillow gifts sitting at our work stations when we got up Saturday.  I loved this and plan on making more.   The treat box is made using the Envelope Punch Board.

Until next time,
"It's good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace."  --  Hebrews 13:9

Friday, October 7, 2016


We had another awesome RubberQueen meeting this month at Ronda Wade's new storefront studio.  (I really need to remember to take some pictures next month so you can see how beautifully she has decorated her studio.)  Today I'm sharing with you my swap card and Tamie Ackerson's cards she made for her technique presentation.  Tamie demonstrated the "oldie-but-goodie" Dryer Sheet Technique.  I only wish my camera would have accurately depicted all the dazzling diamond beauty in her cards -- they truly shimmered in real life. 

My very favorite stamp set in the Holiday Mini:  Father Time!

Supplies:  Father Time Stamp Set; Real Red, Crumb Cake, and Vanilla Card Stock; This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper; Real Red, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black Archival, and Versa Mark Stamp Pads, Copper Embossing Powder; Candy Cane Baker's Twine; Layering Ovals Framlits Dies; Sponges; Aqua Pen; Heat Gun; and Big Shot.

Tamie Ackerson's Dryer Sheet Technique (also for the next 3 cards).

Until next time,

"I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears." -- Psalm34:4

Friday, September 2, 2016


Breaking News!!  The new Stampin' Up Holiday Mini Catalog is live!!!  Every year I say to myself I am not going to get another new Christmas stamp -- and every year Stampin' Up comes out with the most adorable, stinkin' cute, and "gotta-have" stamp sets.  Check it out by clicking here to see all the new stamps and accessories.  Here are a couple of projects I did for Creative Convention last weekend and a couple of make'n takes:

This was my 3-D treat swap for the Creative Convention evening party.  Yes, they are filled with candy!!  I used the cute snowman from the new Christmas Magic Stamp Set (stamped on Paper Pumpkin tissue paper and adhered to the jars); the sentiment is from the new Tin of Tags Stamp Set; the lid is wrapped with the new and beautiful Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape; and the cord is the new Kraft Rope Trim.  So excited about the new embellishments.

A better picture of the top of the decorated jelly jars.

This was my swap card for Convention -- I love these mice from the new Merry Mice Stamp Set!!  The tree is from the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set (in the big annual Stampin' Up Catalog).

One of the many make'n takes we made at convention, using the:  Cookie-Cutter Stamp Set and Embossing Folders, Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape; and Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.

Another make'n take card using the same product as above.

Cute little tags we made using the new This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Tin of Tags Stamp Set, Stitched with Cheer Stamp Set, and Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies.
I have lots more to show you in future posts.  In the meantime, take a few minutes and click on the link to see the awesome new product for the upcoming holidays.

Until next time,

"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  -- Matthew 5:10