Monthly Archives: October 2014

Chevron Fall Card


While perusing Pinterest (one of my guilty pleasures!) I came across the coolest technique–how to fold strips of DSP into chevrons–and I couldn’t wait to try it out!  It’s no secret that this is my favorite time of year, and the cooler temperatures are making me reach for the fall themed stamps and papers!


Stamps:  Fall Fest, For All Things

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Color Me Autumn DSP

Ink:  Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie (pumpkin), Tangerine Tango (pumpkin)

Misc.:  Fun Fall Framelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Woodgrain Embossing Folder

I had a discussion on Facebook about the new Tangelo Twist ink, since that was what was included in last month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  I had not used the ink before, and one of my customers was not happy about how “muddy” it looked.  I was curious, so I tried it out–here it is compared to our other orange inks–it is definitely different!



If you want to make a paper chevron, here is a great tutorial:




More Halloween Punch Art!


Today I was sorting through my stash of old cards, and came across one that I had totally forgotten about!  It involves a spider, which is NOT my favorite animal, but this one is super cute!  Now, one of the punches used to create this cutie pie is retired (photo edge or photo corner punch–I can’t remember the name for sure), but I played around with the design, and it’s not too hard to create the legs out of squares of paper.  Are you ready to see it???


Gah!!  Isn’t it cute??  You can do all kind of fun stuff with the legs–use DSP for the inside of them, or emboss the card stock for the inside of them.  You can also stick him on top of a little York Peppermint Patty (and stick a plain scallop circle on the bottom of the patty).  That was all the rage way back when!

Here are directions (with pictures) for making the legs.  I hope it makes sense!

Start with 2 sizes of squares of paper.  You will need two of each size.  The base is 1 3/8″ square, the inside is 1 1/8″ square.

Cut each square in half on the diagonal.



Using a tiny bit of snail, adhere the triangles as shown.  Make a mark 1/4″ up from the long side of the triangle, and then measure 1/2″ in on each side of the long end of the triangle and make a mark.  If you have a 1″ square punch, you can use one edge of it to punch out the tiny triangle piece, otherwise sharp pointed scissors work fine.  (you will have to adhere your square to a post it note or a piece of paper to hold onto it to fit it into the punch).


Then, just adhere them together and you are good to go!

I popped my spider up with dimentionals (use some small pieces for the legs for support).  I also don’t have a current Halloween sentiment stamp, so I had to use a retired one.  I just need to win the lottery so I can get EVERY STAMP on my wish list, hahaha!

Stamps: retired sentiment

Ink:  Tuxedo memento black

Paper:  Motley Monsters DSP, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Basic Black

Misc: Fancy Fan embossing folder, scallop circle punch, oval punches, dimentionals



Halloween punch art!


 I love to play with my punches–and how exciting it is when a punch can be used in several different ways!  This was a card that we made at a stamp a stack last month, and it is a great one to show the versatility of the owl punch and the elegant butterfly punch!  It is a fairly simple card to make, but it is SO cute!  The base of this card is mossy meadow–not sure why it looks so washed out!


Stamps:  Mingle All The Way

Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black

Paper:  Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede

Punches:  oval, owl punch, butterfly punch (cut off the bottom of the wings to make the bats), uni-ball Signo Gel Pen





Halloween Banner


I love this time of year!  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the beautiful colors, crisp weather (well, as much as we have that here in Georgia!) and all the delicious cold weather foods.  *happy sigh*

I have a lot of fun decorating, too!  It is so much fun to use my stamping supplies to do that!  This banner is not my original idea–and I actually made it last year.  I dug it out of my craft closet today, and decided to replace one of the panels (a mummy) with a super cute vampire.   These panels are so easy to make–the base is an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock cut into a “V” shape, and you just go to town with all your awesome SU punches!  I did emboss the bat’s wings with the spider web folder, but it would look fine if you just left it plain–you really can’t see the embossing that well from far away!

014 015 016 017 018 019

Hope ya’ll like it!



Washi Tape


I have to say that when I first heard about washi tape, I wasn’t that excited about it.  I kept looking at it, wondering how in the heck I would use it.  Well, then I actually did use it in a few projects, and realized that it is actually fun to work with!  This is not an original design, but I love how it looks, and I really love the color combination.


Stamps: Flower Patch, Good Greetings

Paper:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango

Ink: Coastal Cabana

Misc.:  Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Flower FAir Framelits, coastal cabana thick baker’s twine, button





World Card Making Day


This last weekend I celebrated WCMD in Atlanta, at an event hosted by Brian King and Pam Morris.  It was SO much fun!  We started the weekend on friday night with a food fest at Maggianos.  Can I just say, Italian food to die for–and cheesecake!–and tiramisu!!  Yum, yum!  I love food!  There were plenty of laughs, too!

On Saturday, we signed in and picked up a cardstock covered notebook (orange, yellow or red–I chose red) and proceeded to be entertained royally by Brian and Pam!  They play off of each other SO well, and kept us laughing throughout the day.  They had the cutest table favors for us–the day was divided into Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the water bottle and candy corn filled fry box greeted us first, then they handed out the other two favors as we started each section.


There were make and takes throughout the day, too!

018 021 035

And, of course, lots of prize patrols!!!  LOTS of prize patrols!  Not only that, but everyone received a gift!  Remember the cardstock covered notebooks?  Orange=Halloween, Yellow=Thanksgiving, Red=Christmas!  So, I won a  Christmas themed package!  A wood mount case filled with a package of notecards, the frosted sequins and All is Calm washi tape!

054 055


Brian and Pam both presented fun ideas for projects, and of course there was lots of competition for which group could “oohh and ahhh” the loudest, lol!  I’m quite sure Brian thinks he won, but we were pretty loud for both of them!

019 024


Dawn Griffith from the Stampin’Up! home office came for the weekend, and she gave a great presentation, as she always does!  Among other things, she showed us the stars from the upcoming Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit.  Oh my WORD!!  They are AMAZING!!!!  I cannot WAIT to get mine (can you tell I’m a little bit excited, lol!)  The pictures in the supplement don’t do them justice. They are even more adorable in real life!







Saturday evening we had a card making marathon, and eneded up with over 400 Halloween, Christmas and Thank You cards to donate to one of our local Children’s Hospital–where I proudly work–Scottish Rite.

043 046

Sunday morning we were still going strong!  Lisa Mayer Pretto from InkBig Academy spoke to us about using social media to grow our business.  She is an awesome speaker, and I learned SO much–including how to take a selfie, hahaha!  So, I now have a business facebook page–come follow me at Stamp with sharon w–AND an instagram  account (which I am still trying to figure out totally, lol!)

050 052

OH–and how can I forget the SWAPS????  W0w–everyone made amazing cards!



This was my swap–of course I had to use the new tree punch–I am IN LOVE with it! AND the Trim the Tree DSP paper stack–I adore the traditional Christmas colors, and these are so rich and vibrant!


It was just a fabulous weekend!  I ate too much, laughed SO much, made new friends and caught up with old friends, and learned A LOT!  I can’t thank Brian and Pam enough for all their hard work!





Tap, tap, tap, , , Is this thing on???


Well, how in the world has it been a month since I posted!  Not good, not good at all!  It’s not like I haven’t been stamping–I have made quite a few cards–life just got in the way.  I did go to Illinois to visit my Mom, and we had fun crafting together, then I came back home and lost my phone–ACK!!!  Public Service Announcement–do NOT place anything on your car (i.e. a phone!!) and drive off.  Sob—

Anyhow, I do have some super cute cards and projects to share with you all!  The project today is the one I made with my Mom and my SIL.  I have seen collages all over Pinterest and on other peoples blogs, and I have been wanting to make one forever!  It is so easy to make with all of the different punches from Stampin’Up!  Now, I will tell you that the frame I used was one I had laying around the house and it is something like 6×8.  It is a great size, but when I went to the store to try to find more, all I saw were the 5×7.  Of course, I only checked WalMart, so I will have to look at Kohls, Michaels and Hobby Lobby later on.

I liked the grouping of 5 images and a sentiment.  *whispering* I didn’t have a current SU Halloween sentiment that would fit into my square, so I used an old $1 stamp from my stash.  Do you think anyone will notice, lol???

For the 6×8 frame, the images should be 2″ squares, mounted on 2 1/4″ bases.  If you use a 5×7 frame, the images can still be 2″ squares, but don’t use base piece.  I had a picture of the 5×7 one that I made, but I hadn’t downloaded it yet, and then I lost my phone!  I used a piece of plain Pumpkin Pie cardstock cut at 5×7 to layer those images on, and it really made them pop!


Paper: random candy corn DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White, Soft Suede (pumpkin stem), Elegant Eggplant

Stamps:  Michaels $1 from many years ago

Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black, Old Olive (sponging on Frankie’s eyelids and nose)

Misc.: Owl punch, Circle framelits, Scallop border punch, Triangle punch, 7/8″ scallop circle punch (spider’s body), 1/2″ circle punch, small oval, bird punch (leaves for pumpkin and eyes for ghost and bat), 3/4″ circle, MS drippy goo punch, black Stampin’ write marker, uni-ball Signo gel pen, silver cord, spider web embossing folder

Whew, I think I got it all!  Hope you like it!