Wonderful Wreath and Happy Birthday Everyone

Happy birthday everyone with wreath

This card came from an idea I had about the Wonderful Wreath Framelits by Stampin’ Up!  I wanted to use the pieces to this framelits set to create a summer wreath for a special birthday card.

  • The colors I chose are Melon Mambo, Hello Honey, Night of Navy and Old Olive.  They’re the colors in the English Garden Designer Paper, minus a couple, but worked really well for the wreath.
  • I started by cutting out the wreath base using Old Olive Cardstock with the two wreath framelits – both the inside and the outside pieces.  This allows some of the green to peek through so that you don’t have to cut out extra leaves.  Here’s a photo of how the wreath begins:

Wonderful Wreath and Big Shot

  • Cutting out all of the flowers is a breeze with the Framelits.  I doubled the cardstock, cutting two at a time, and the framelits cut through both layers nicely.  “Scrunching” the cardstock flowers made them a bit more three dimensional.
  • The centers of the flowers are created with the 1/4″ Circle Handheld Punch; use a 2-Way Glue Pen to adhere them all.
  • A pretty Night of Navy 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon is the perfect accent to the wreath, held in place with a Glue Dot.

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  • My sentiment comes from a host-exclusive stamp set called Happy Birthday, EveryoneHere’s another card using this great set.  Choose this stamp set as a free gift when you order a minimum of $150 in products in my Online Store (before tax/shipping).


  • And inside the card, I used the “happy birthday” sentiment from the same set stamped in Night of Navy Ink – such a pretty combination of fonts!



Handmade for the Holidays

And coming your way soon – 201-16 Holiday Catalog shares!  I know how much everyone loves to get shares for designer papers, ribbons and accessories once a new catalog begins.  The Holiday Catalog is just around the corner – due to launch to my customers on September 1st!  I’ll be taking reservations soon for all three types of shares – or get an “I want it all” share with all three.

Don’t Forget!

August Card Shop card samples aren’t ready until mid-month, but you can begin earning your free cards right now!  Get your card kits free from me each and every time you place an order in my online store!  They’re my gift to you.  Simply use Host Code MXJ2MAMV when checking out to receive your free card kits. Place your order in my online store HERE.  You can also just pay for your card kits if you don’t want to order.  You’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.
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Mother’s Day and Mother’s Love


Mother’s Day is just around the corner – a few short days away – but we celebrated Mother’s Day last Saturday night by going out to dinner with our whole family to one of our favorite restaurants.  I made this card for my lovely daughter and daughter-in-law, and while each mom has her own “style”, both of them are the best moms to my beautiful grandchildren!

  • The 2014 Annual Catalog is nearing an end, and with it goes all of our gorgeous Stampin’ Up! designer series paper, like this one called Flowerpot.  I’ll see if I can use a bit up and show you more things to do with your scraps before the end of the catalog on June 2nd!
  • You know how I like circles – I think I use them on just about every card!  And this one is all about circles cut with the Circles Framelits and the Big Shot.  Stampin’ Up! does all the work for us by giving us beautifully coordinated pieces.  All you need to do is cut a bunch of different sizes and arrange them artfully on your cardstock.  The top left circle is simply Not Quite Navy cardstock run through the Big Shot with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder just to give it another look.
  • Don’t forget to use lots of Dimensionals – the different heights are essential to make this card really interesting!
  • “Best mother ever” comes from And Many More stamp set – a great staple with 23 greeting stamps for all occasions.
  • Make the sweet flower accent using the Flower Frenzy Bigz Die and the Big Shot.  This die is retiring and available only while supplies last AND it’s 50% off!!!!  Price is marked down from $37.95 to $18.98!!!
  • And Stampin’ Up! always has just the right accent!  A Garden Green Candy Dot from the Regals Collection is all you need to set off this pretty flower.
  • Don’t forget to line your envelope with this pretty paper – the Envelope Liner Framelits and the Big Shot make it so quick and easy!



Don’t Forget!

You always have the opportunity to earn FREE card kits with every purchase you make through me.  Use hostess code YT373CJ3 when checking out to receive your May Card Shoppe or Stamp With Me cards completely free!  Place your order in my online store HEREYou’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.
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Valentine’s Day Treat Fry Boxes

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If you’re looking for a fun Valentine’s Day project, I’ve just completed lots of these.  They went together quickly and were easy using the Stampin’ Up! Fry Box Die and Big Shot.  Dress them up any way you like!  I used Pink Pirouette cardstock; you can get two boxes out of an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper.

  • The Silver Glimmer Paper was punched out with the 2-1/2″ Punch, and you could also use the Circle Framelits. 
  • The sweet red heart is from a new baby stamp set in the Occasions Catalog called Little Sunshine.  I love when I can get multiple uses for my stamps!  The Sweetheart Punch lines up perfectly to cut the heart out.
  • The Heart Border Punch is great for a tiny heart like the little black one on my project.  I used a Mini Silver Brad to set it off.
  • “Happy Valentine’s Day” comes from Teeny Tiny Wishes, still one of my favorite stamp sets!


Valentine's Day fry boxes

  • Of course, I had to bring my container to the grocery store to get matching candies!  I found Valentine’s Day peanut M&M’s in the bulk department and filled the Stampin’ Up! 4″x6″ Cello Bags with them, then tied them up using Real Red Cotton Ribbon and some 1/8″ Silver Ribbon.

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I love seeing a whole finished collection of these sweet containers.  They look so pretty!


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Don’t Forget!

You’ll always have an opportunity to earn FREE card kits with your purchases through me.   Please use TP4XVQVR when checking out to receive February Stamp With Me card kits FREE.  Samples are up for this great class HERE.   You’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.

Order these and all your favorite Stampin’ Up! products at my Online Store.

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August 1st – Big Shot promotion and new Blendabilities available!

Big Shot

If you don’t already have a Big Shot, you’ll definitely want to purchase yours this month! Now through August 31, choose one of five FREE exclusive Stampin’ Up! stamp set and Framelits bundles when you buy your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  You can receive up to $60 in free merchandise!

Here’s what you can choose:


Item Number

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Discounted Price

Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundle WM


Sumthin’ Sumthin’

Word Bubbles


Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundle CM


Sumthin’ Sumthin’

Word Bubbles


Decorative Goodies Bundle WM


Oh My Goodies

Deco Labels Collection


Decorative Goodies Bundle CM


Oh My Goodies

Deco Labels Collection


Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle WM


Day of Celebration

Chalk Talk


Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle CM


Day of Celebration

Chalk Talk


Flowery Daydream Bundle WM


Daydream Medallions

Floral Collection


Flowery Daydream Bundle CM


Daydream Medallions

Floral Collection


Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle WM


Bright & Beautiful



Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle CM


Bright & Beautiful



Already have a Big Shot?  You’ll still receive a 15% discount on the bundles above when ordering them separately.

Watch this super fun video from Stampin’ Up! to see why you need a Big Shot!


Click HERE to see pictures of all of the Big Shot and Framelits bundles and to order yours!




AND that’s not all the excitement today!  August 1st also marks the date when you can now purchase ALL of the Blendabilities products in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!

If you missed my post before, here’s a very informative video on our Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities markers:

Here are the colors that have not yet been available but are now available beginning today!

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Click HERE to see all of the choices in the Blendabilities line and to order yours!

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Heaven Knows

Heaven knows

Here's a quick and easy card that gets its "wow" factor from a simple sponging techinque.  I created a mask by using a piece of typing paper run through the Big Shot with the largest of the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  It's pictured below after I've used it.


I simply laid the mask over top of my Whisper White cardstock and used a Soft Sky stamp pad and a Sponge to sponge color inside the mask.  Keeping the mask in place, I stamped the flower from Fabulous Florets stamp set in StazOn Ink within the frame.  When I removed the mask, I had this pretty main image created.

I loved the sentiment from Blessings from Heaven stamp set to coordinate with this card.  It could be used for so many different purposes – friendship, encouragement, birthday or just thinking about someone. 

And be prepared to see LOTS of lined envelopes in my posts!  I'm totally hooked on the Envelope Liners Framelits.  It's so quick to coordinate your card and envelope for that added polish!  The various Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks found on pg. 152 of the Annual Catalog are the perfect purchase.  Here I used the Subtles Collection to coordinate the Soft Sky paper in the envelope with the ink used on the card.

THINGS YOU'LL NEED: Heaven knows closeup
Item No. 130102 Deco Labels Collection Framelits $24.95
Item No. 128574 Fabulous Florets wood $23.95 OR
Item No. 123027 Fabulous Florets clear $17.95
Item No. 128487 Blessings from Heaven wood $18.95 OR
Item No. 123052 Blessings from Heaven clear $14.95
Item No. 101610 Stamping Sponges (3) $3.50
Item No. 131210 Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon (10 yds.) $6.95
Item No. 132172 Envelope Liners Framelits Dies $26.95

UPDATE:  ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD AVAILABLE STARTING TODAY!  No more waiting!  This "must-have" Stampin' Up! tool is light, portable and helps you whip up 66 different sizes of envelopes.  It even includes a corner rounder punch for the finishing touch!  At $19.95, it's easy on the budget!  Order Item No. 133774 at my Online Store HERE.B1_EnvelopePunch_demo_aug1513_NA

Watch this short Stampin' Up! video to see how simple it is to use this remarkable tool

Order this and all your Stampin' Up! products through my Online Store HERE.

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NEW Thinlits Card Dies

Leaf PopUp

I had a few minutes today to play with the new Thinlits Card Dies – wow, they are so much fun and so addicting!  I know you'll be seeing lots of these cards in the future!  And you can't believe how easy this card was to make with the help of the Thinlits!  You can left click on any of the photos for a better look.

  • My card starts out with a Sahara Sand cardstock base.  Just use the Thinlits Card Die with the Big Shot, and the base is cut out and scored for you in one step.
  • The Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper was easy to cut exactly to the front left of the card – I just used the Thinlits Card Die again with the edge of the designer paper at the fold of the card.
  • The Chocolate Chip cardstock circles are cut with the Circles Collection Framelits, and the Whisper White cardstock scallop circle was cut with a piece from the Thinlits Card Dies – you get 9 additional dies (ten in all) included in the die collection.
  • The Magnificent Maple single stamp is one of my favorites from the Holiday Catalog.  Here I've inked up the stamp in Crushed Curry ink, then used a Sponge Dauber and Pumpkin Pie ink to dab the edges of the rubber stamp before stamping on the paper.

Here is the card opened up:

Leaf PopUp open

  • Both sentiments come from Lots of Thanks stamp set – a must have!  Speckles on the inner circle are created with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set – another must have!  Both of these sets will serve your cardmaking well for a very long time.
  • Did you notice I was able to emboss the upper right side of the card base?  I just slid in my Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder sideways and under the cut portion of the inside circle.  Worked just fine!
  • The only little accessory needed is a Chocolate Chip Candy Dot set in a Candy Dot Base.  There's already plenty going on!

THINGS YOU'LL NEED:Leaf PopUp closeup
Item No. 133480 Circle Card Thinlits Die $32.95
Item No. 132184 Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 131868 Magnificent Maple stamp $9.95
Item No. 130514 Gorgeous Grunge stamp set wood $24.95 OR
Item No. 130517 Gorgeous Grunge stamp set clear $17.95
Item No. 129687 Lots of Thanks stamp set wood $22.95 OR
Item No. 129690 Lots of Thanks stamp set clear $16.95
Item No. 132293 Candy Dots Brad Bases (25) $2.95
Item No. 130934 Neutrals Candy Dots (100) $5.95
Item No. 130911 Circles Collection Framelits $26.95
Item No. 132174 Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder $7.95
Item No. 102892 Sponge Daubers (12) $10.95

Click HERE to watch a short video and to see all of the pieces in both the Label and Circle Card Thinlits Die Sets.

Order these and all your Stampin' Up! products through my Online Store HERE.

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Bye-bye Sale-A-Bration!

This is the last day of Sale-A-Bration!  This terrific sale ends at Midnight Mountain Time – but don't wait too late!  The online ordering system could potentially get bogged down towards the end.

I want to leave you with my last Sale-A-Bration project using some of the yummy designer paper found in the Sycamore Street paper pack and a pretty Rich Razzleberry button from the Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack.  I love how this page turned out and plan to use it for photos of my little granddaughter Quinn.  She brings such sunshine into my life!

Here's a close-up of the "flower garden".  I've used the Blossom Punch for the left and right flowers and the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch for the center.  The leaves are created with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch.  I just ran my Bone Folder down the center and popped them up a little.  Centers are created with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch and the 3/4" Circle Punch with Daffodil Delight card stock.  The two larger flowers have Silver Basics Designer Buttons and Rich Razzleberry Ribbon through the centers, while the smaller uses the Sale-A-Bration button with White Baker's Twine tied in a pretty bow.  And of course I had to use my favorite scrapbooking tool – the Tasteful Trim Bigz Die – to create the white rick-rack.

The sun is created with the Daydream Medallions stamp set, stamped tone-on-tone with Daffodil Delight and cut out with the Floral Frames Framelits and the Big Shot.  Love the coordination of these two products!  Click HERE to see some other projects using this versatile stamp set and framelits.  The center is a fun sentiment from Pursuit of Happiness stamped in Basic Gray ink and punched out with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch.

Item No. 127540 Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
Item No. 130812 Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack
Both items FREE with an order of $50 each during Sale-A-Bration!
Item No. 129325 Silver Basics Designer Buttons $5.95
Item No. 125603 Blossom Punch $16.95
Item No. 121808 Blossom Petals Builder Punch $16.95
Item No. 119861 1-1/4" Circle Punch $15.95
Item No. 119873 3/4" Circle Punch $12.95
Item No. 126876 Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon $4.95
Item No. 124262 Whisper White Baker's Twine $2.95
Item No. 126465 Daydream Medallions wood $36.95 OR
Item No. 126467 Daydream Medallions clear $26.95
Item No. 127012 Floral Frames Framelits $26.95
Item No. 121907 Pursuit of Happiness wood $17.95 OR
Item No. 121970 Pursuit of Happiness clear $13.95
Item No. 119850 1-3/4" Circle Punch $16.95
Item No. 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $42.95

Hurry on over to my Online Store HERE and place your Sale-A-Bration order!  Kriss's Online Customer Perks apply, too!

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Bloomin’ Marvelous Choices for Sale-A-Bration!

This has been the best year ever for Stampin' Up!'s choices for Sale-A-Bration free products!  I'm lovin' working with all of the terrific stamp sets, as well as the designer paper, buttons and ribbon.  Here's a card combining several of the gifts that can be yours FREE with each $50 order you place before March 22nd.

  • Butterfly image, as well as the sentiment, are from Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set.  Eight easy to use images in all!
  • The Large Oval Punch cuts out the butterfly and makes an interesting main image in a snap.
  • More pretty patterns from Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper!
  • I used the Big Shot and Apothecary Accents Framelits to cut out the Summer Starfruit bordering the butterfly image.
  • The Island Indigo card stock zig-zag comes from the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die and the Big Shot.

Don't have the Big Shot yet?  Purchase it during Sale-A-Bration, add on an additional small item to bring you to $100, and get TWO FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts!

Item No. 129651 Bloomin' Marvelous wood OR
Item No. 129654 Bloomin' Marvelous clear
Item No. 127540 Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
All the above can be earned FREE with each $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration.
Item No. 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die
Item No. 127003 Apothecary Accents Framelits $24.95
Item No. 119855 Large Oval Punch $15.95
Item No. 113439 Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine $99.95

PAPER PUMPKIN!  What could be better than receiving your own crafting kit every month right at your doorstep!  Be sure to register for your Paper Pumpkin subscription BEFORE March 10th to receive the first kit!  Click HERE for details!

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Oh Happy Day

Here's a card featuring some of the Sale-A-Bration products combined with some new things from the Spring Catalog. 

  • I've chosen this pretty paper from the Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series pack on which to base my color scheme – Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, and Basic Gray.
  • Stamp set for the pretty hummingbird and sentiment are from Sale-A-Bration's Bloomin' Marvelous.
  • I've cut the Pacific Point card stock out with the Two Tags Die and the Big Shot.
  • Love our new 3/8" Striped Organdy Ribbon, here shown in Melon Mambo, but it comes in Marina Mist and Old Olive, too.
  • The new Silver Basics Designer Buttons are so much fun to work with!  Here I've tied the center with some White Baker's Twine.

Item No. 129325 Silver Basics Designer Buttons (16) $5.95
Item No. 129293 Melon Mambo 3/8" Striped Organdy Ribbon (10 yds.) $9.95
Item No. 115954 Two Tags Bigz Die $21.95
Item No. 126922 Sunshine & Sparkles Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 129654 Bloomin' Marvelous wood – FREE with $50 order for Sale-A-Bration OR
Item No. 129651 Bloomin' Marvelous clear – FREE with $50 order for Sale-A-Bration

REMEMBER – a free gift with each and every $50 you spend, plus Kriss's Online Customer Perks, too!  Click HERE to start your order.

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Christmas Tag Duo

Day #3 of the Online Extravaganza – have you ordered your favorites yet?  Click HERE to see what's on sale!

The Two Tags Bigz Die is one of my favorites – it's so versatile!  Here I've used both tags on the die to create two simple Christmas Tags.

  • This first tag opens to reveal a place for you to write a note.
  • I've used Cherry Cobbler ink with the Make a Mitten stamp set for the images at the top.
  • Merry Christmas sentiment is from Chock-Full of Cheer stamp set
  • Linen Thread adds some charm to the tag, and Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon ties the top – use it to hang on your tree!

  • I've made a pretty accent for this tag by punching Candlelight Christmas designer paper with the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, then scrunching them together and using a brad to secure the middle
  • "To" and "From" is stamped from Chock-Full of Cheer in Early Espresso ink.

Item No. 115942 Two Tags Bigz Die $21.95
Item No. 113476 Standard Premium Crease Pad $8.95
Item No. 119854 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
Item No. 127940 Make a Mitten wood $24.95 OR
Item No. 127943 Make a Mitten clear $17.95
Item No. 126715 Chock-Full of Cheer wood $21.95 OR
Item No. 126717 Chock-Full of Cheer clear $16.95
Item No. 126901 Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper $12.95
Item No. 104199 Linen Thread $4.50
Item No. 120999 Very Vanilla 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon $6.95

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