Samantha’s Star is Brightly Gleaming!

Todays project is a “Brightly Gleaming” star created by Samantha Gerity.  Samantha enjoys creating 3-D projects and shared her beautiful star ornament with me along with a tutorial that she provided.

This 3D star is so versatile. It can be a beautiful hand crafted holiday ornament, a package ornament, gift tag, or as the center of a holiday wreath.  With a quick patterned paper change, this 3-D star can be used all year for almost any occasion.  The finished star measures 5″ by 5″ from point to point in all directions.

Samantha used the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper for this star.

So, pull out your favorite Designer Series Paper, add a shiny metallic cord and create something Brightly Gleaming!

… the only limitation is your imagination!




Curvy Splendor – November Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!  This month our Design Team’s theme is “Pile It On” – showcasing their card/project with layers of DSP and/or embellishments for any occasion.  We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments!  We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

This was another fun card.  I used the Curvy Dies, Quite Curvy Stamp Set and Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper.  The patterned paper is beautiful but I say that about all of the Designer Series Paper.  Stampin’ Up! artists design, draw, sketch and sometimes photograph the DSP. The patterns truly are works of art.

My card base is Night of Navy and the card layer is Whisper White.

  • I cut five 5″ strips of varying heights from the DSP and ran them through my cutting machine with the Curvy Die.
  • To avoid having the cut out circles from the Curvy Die in this project I made sure the solid cutting line on the underside of the die was facing me as I cut.
  • I arranged the strips in the order I wanted and glued them to a Whisper White card layer.
  • With the underside of the Whisper White layer facing me, I cut the strips with my paper snips.
  • Then I attached the Curvy layer to my Night of Navy card base.
  • The birthday sentiment is stamped with Night of Navy ink.
  • Just for fun, I scattered a few Frosted Epoxy Droplets for a little embellishment. I usually stick with a maximum of three embellishments but I couldn’t resist adding the fourth to the bottom of the card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.


More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on December 9th when our theme is “Goodbye September Mini Catalog and Hello January Mini Catalog.” Participants showcase their favorites from the retiring holiday catalog or new products from the new mini catalog. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop Line-Up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  5. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  6. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  7. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  8. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  9. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  11. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  16. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  19. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  20. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  21. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  22. Lori Webb at Clever Copies

Warm & Toasty For Paper Players #516

Happy Tuesday!

Did you ever insist that you were going to use two stamps together and you wouldn’t give up unless you accomplished it.   I love these little singing bunnies from the Warm & Toasty stamp set.  Completely by coincidence (but we all know there are no coincidences), I noticed one of the sentiment stamps from the Christmas Means More stamp set.  The sentiment says THE BEST WAY TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER IS SINGING OUT LOUD FOR ALL TO HEAR.  These two stamps naturally belong together, just like peanut butter and chocolate but the peanut butter and chocolate conversation is for another day.

When I saw Joanne’s Color Challenge over at The Paper Players, I knew these singing bunnies had to join the fun along with the “singing out loud” sentiment.

I had my colors, stamp image and sentiment.  All I had to do was come up with a card design.  I went from stamping the image onto a square layer then changed to a circle.  Originally, I didn’t frame the stitched circle image then I did.  I thought a solid Shaded Spruce frame would add a little volume to the Whisper White stitched circle.  I started with a Whisper White card base, then changed the front panel of the card base to Shaded Spruce.  The Shaded Spruce striped patterned paper layer is from the new Classic Christmas DSP.  Once I chose the patterned paper, I didn’t change it. The diagonal stripe seems to give my bunnies a little movement.

I colored the bunnies with Real Red and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and stamped a few Real Red stars on the Sled.  The little star stamp is from the Curvy Christmas stamp set.  Notice that the bunny in the middle is wearing a red sweater!  Joanne asked for either silver or gold in this Challenge, so I went with a few Gold Metallic Pearls.

To keep with the fun theme of my card, I added some Real Red Braided Linen Trim loops behind the image layers.  The loops brighten up the Shaded Spruce and bring more attention to the Real Red in the image.

Once again, I enjoyed playing with The Paper Players.  Thank you Joanne and the Design Team for your inspiration today.




Warm Hugs And The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Happy Monday!

Yesterday, I was looking at some of Stampin’ Up!’s new product Sneak Peeks and I ran across a card that became my inspiration for today’s card. I can promise you that Dragonflies are coming our way and they are beautiful.

So, let’s talk about this project. If you enjoy mixing patterns and colors, you will have fun re-creating this card.  Each patterned paper square is 2″.  Of course, I had to add a thin layer but that’s not necessary. You’ll still get the same look.  For the record, the Mossy Meadow square layer is 2 1/8″.  All of the products I used are from the Heartwarming Hugs Suite.

I offset my squares but kept them balanced in the center of the card.  Although the patterns are fun and colorful and there’s a good mix of straight and curved lines, I knew I had to add a good amount of embellishment to the design.

I stamped a few of the mini trees and candy canes and cropped them with the matching dies.  Once I chose my sentiment the thought came to me that, yes pine trees and candy canes are some of what makes the holiday season the most wonderful time of the year, but having an open, loving heart is what it’s all about.

So, I stamped and cropped the little heart in the Warm Hugs stamp set and placed it right in the center of the squares.  Next came the Real Red Braided Linen Trim and a little Bumblebee star from All The Trimmings Embellishments.

The sentiment is stamped with Mossy Meadow ink on a Whisper White tag that I punched using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.  The colors throughout the card are Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz and Real Red. A very festive and traditional color combination.

So, pull out your Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper, cut a few squares, embellish and embellish some more, and create something to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.


Warm Hugs In A Little Treat Box!

Happy Sunday!

Today’s post is a sweet little treat box turned into a gift tag holder.  This project is another quick and easy gift you can put together in no time.  I used the Little Treat Box Dies to cut both the gift tag holder and the gift tags.  The Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper was my choice for the gift tag holder.  The Warm Hugs stamp set worked well for the sentiments and holiday images on the gift tags.  Some Linen Thread and a Cherry Cobbler Candy Dot (from my retired stash) are the only embellishments.

The adorable stitched scalloped circle medallion is from the Little Treat Box Dies and the sentiment is from the Wrapped In Christmas stamp set.

I have to say I really had fun with this little gift project.

You can download a printable PDF tutorial here or click on the link below.

So, grab your patterned paper, cut a few Little Treat Boxes, add some sentiments, and create something adorable!