Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Paperbag Christmas Brag Book

I made several of these beautiful Mini Lunch Sacks Brag Books for Christmas presents for friends and family.  I used the following Stampin' Up! products to complete this adorable project:
121031  Mini Lunch Sacks - 10 per pack  $4.95
121002  Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons  $8.95 *avail. thru Jan. 3rd, 2011*
120810  Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper  $9.95 *
121142  Bells & Boughs Clear Mount stamp set  $14.95 *
120992  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding  $6.95
121169  Tags til Christmas clear mount stamp set  $22.95 *
120907  Decorative Label punch  $16.95
119669  Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad  $5.95
119685  Cherry Cobbler 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock (24 sheets)  $6.95
105219  Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad  $5.95
105119  Always Artichoke 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock (24 sheets)  $6.95
101650  Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock (40 sheets)  $8.50
118480  Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim  $6.95
104199  Linen Thread  $4.50
Here is another design I came up with using a different sheet of the Deck The Halls DSP.  You pull on the button tab to view even more pages to decorate!  So cute!  These little brags books make a great thank you to friends and family to put their precious holiday photos into.  If you want to make one of these great little books, you need to order any of the * items above by January 3rd, 2011 or before supplies runs out.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please take a minute to leave feedback and 24 hours from now I will do a random draw for one of these beautiful books mailed directly to your home!

Charlotte ;)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brayered Fall Deer card

I brayered this lovely card over the weekend with no real plan in mind for it.  I haven't brayered in a while and ended up doing 3 different designs, I will share the others with you over the next several days.  Winter is finally starting to hit us here in southwestern Illinois and the trees are turning brown and it is wet and chilly out.  Anyways, I wanted to make a card representing what I really love about autumn, most of all the changing of colors.

Here's what I used:
Lovely As A Tree stamp set #115026
Winter Post stamp set #111780
Whisper White Cardstock #100730
Crumb Cake Cardstock #120953
Bashful Blue Ink Pad #105209
Marina Mist Ink Pad #119668
Black Stazon Pad #101406
Early Expresso Ink Pad #119670 and marker #119680
Chocolate Chip Ink Pad #100908
More Mustard Ink Pad #103162
Old Olive Ink Pad #102277
Real Red Ink Pad #103133
Blender Pens #102845
Sponges #101610
Brayer #102395
White Gel Pen #105021
Decorative Label punch #120907

If you love this card and want to make it, let me know, I teach classes! If you want to purchase supplies to make something like it you can order directly off my Stampin'Up! website:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day ;)

Monday, November 15, 2010

It's that time of year again... Craft Fair Season!!!

This year I had a booth at the OFallon Township High School Band Boosters Craft Fair.  I was so excited that I got into the show that I have been working like a dog... ha ha, I made dog treat tins with a little help from my 4 year old daughter, Paige. She lined up the bones in the tins for me. She is a great helper!

I used the D is for Dog stamp set on the Doggie Treat Tins.

On the reindeer poop bags I used the a retired Big Shot die for the antlers, and circle punches for eyes and noses, and the Top Note Die from the Big Shot for the head.

The Perfect Man bags are always a HOT item to give to your girlfriends who really need to find one!

One of my favorite items I made was the Candy Bar Wrappers. I used the Leaves #2 Die #113459 from the Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Embossing folder #120175, the Falling Leaves stampset #115368, Hemp Twine #100982, the 3/4" Circle punch #119873 and the Designer Series paper is retired, that is how I save money making goodies at the Craft Fairs!

I made a variety of Matchbox Teabag Holders including Christmas, Congrats and Get Well.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the goodies I had at the Craft Fair!  I am working on a few new things for another Craft Fair in two weeks! Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

From the Crypt Brayered Card and Spooky Candy Wrappers

From the Crypt Brayered Card and Spooky Candy Wrappers
I had alot of fun creating this brayered card! I started out with a 4 3/4" Square piece of Whisper White, punched out my circle and brayered over it (masking technique).  Next I stamped the trees in the background and masked then sponged the hills in.  I put this thru my Big Shot tucked in the new Spider web embossing folder and sanded the top of the embossed spider web, popping the white for the web. Next I stamped the spider from, From the Crypt stamp set, and went back and colored it in. 


115026 Lovely as a Tree stamp set $27.95

115460 From the Crypt $22.95

100730 Whisper White card stock $8.50

102395 Brayer $12.50

119850 1 ¾ Circle punch $16.95

105216 Pumpkin Pie ink pad $5.95

111834 Tangerine Tango Ink Pad $5.95

101179 Basic Black Ink Pad $5.95

120889 Spider web embossing folder $7.95
103301 Sanding Blocks $3.50

100082 Basic Black Marker 3.50

121045 Basic Black cardstock $6.95

The Spooky Candy Wrappers were fun to play around with.  I had tried a few different things and this is what I came up with.  I started out with an 8 1/2 x 11" piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  I cut it at 5 1/2" on the long side, giving me two pieces to run thru the Big Shot with the Candy Wrapper Bigz Die. After I ran them thru, I embossed one with the Perfect Polka Dot folder, the other with the Spider Web folder.  I scored the creases and rubbed the embossed parts with my Basic Black ink pad.  I assembled it and embellished one with a So Saffron Circle and Bitty Bat in Black, the other with the Spider from, From the Crypt and a Black circle behind it.
105117 Pumpkin Pie card stock $6.95

120890 Candy Wrapper Bigz Die $32.95

120889 Spider web embossing folder $7.95

101179 Basic Black Ink pad $5.95

115460 From the Crypt $22.95

117335 Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder $7.95

101179 Basic Black Ink pad $5.95

119860 1 3/8 Circle punch $15.95

119279 Bitty Bat punch $15.95
I hope you enjoy my spooky treats I made!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Holiday Mini Catalog swap card

Hey ya'll, I have been waiting awhile to post this lovely card.  I was one of the organizers for a group swap and had to wait until everyone received theirs, since we did them by mail ;)
So this 1st card is mine. I used a ton of great new product from the new Holiday Mini Catalog.

Here's what I used:
115346  Sparkly & Bright $17.95
120847 Tags til Christmas (for the little tag hanging from the ribbon)
120865 Little Cardinals builder wheel 4.50 (you need 119895 Builder wheel spindle and spacers $3.95 to use theses smaller wheels)
120908 3/4 x 15/16" Oval punch $10.95
120907 Decorative Label punch $16.95 (for the sentiment)
117286 Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon $8.95
104336 Silver brads $6.95
100730 Whisper White card stock (pk of 40) $8.50
102482 Real Red card stock $6.95
103133 Real Red ink pad $5.95
102584 Garden Green card stock $6.95
102272 Garden Green ink pad $5.95
105120 Baja Breeze card stock $6.95
105115 Pumpkin Pie marker $3.50
116824 Petals-a-Plenty Textured embossing folder $7.95
120809 Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Series paper $11.95
102845 Blender Pens $9.95

The 2nd card here was made by my good friend Alex out in California. She has a fabulous blog: http://www.californiastampin.blogspot.com/
Here's what she used:
121181 Merry Crittermas $17.95
120809 Candy Cane Christmas paper $11.95
120902 Northern Flurry Textured embossing folder $7.95
117335 Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder $7.95
120907 Decorative Label punch $16.95
120903 Scallop Squares Duo Bigz die $21.95

~Hope you get a little inspiration for the rest of your day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Just Believe

This card has been sitting around for a while begging me to post it! I am finally back in posting mode and will have to figure out how to set it up to where I can do several posts at a time so you won't wonder where I have disappeared to!
So I used the Just Believe stamp set that I earned for FREE during sale a bration at the beginning of the year. First I stamped the image in Pink Pirouette ink on Pink Pirouette cardstock. Then I went back in with my Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped the image in Early Expresso just to the right. Next I took my Early Expresso marker and put it in the Color Spritzer Tool and squeezed out some of those lovely splattered dots.
Here is a complete list of supplies I used:
120453 Just Believe stamp set (clear) $25.95
111838 Pink Pirouette ink pad $5.95
100459 Pink Pirouette card stock $6.95
101049 Stamp-a-ma-jig $11.95
107066 Color Spritzer Tool $12.95
111352 Baja Breeze card stock $6.95
119670 Early Expresso ink pad $5.95
119686 Early Expresso card stock $6.95
119680 Early Expresso marker $3.50
116631 Paper-Piercing Tool $3.50
119882 Scallop Edge Border punch $15.95
119878 Photo Corner punch $16.95
120907 Decorative Label punch $16.95
115963 Finial Press Textured embossing folder $7.95
117273 Antique Brads $5.95
119921 Log Cabin Smooch Spritz $4.95
I hope you enjoyed this card today ;) Thanks for stopping by! ~Charlotte

Sunday, September 5, 2010

House of Haunts ~ Owl in Tree

I had alot of fun creating this spooky card! I am planning a brayer class and this card will be one of the cards.
I used the following:
111574 House of Haunts stamp set
113463 Bigz Top Note die
115316 Rich Razzleberry cardstock
111349 Tangerine Tango cardstock
100730 Whisper White cardstock
105216 Pumpkin Pie ink pad
111834 Tangerine Tango ink pad
115658 Rich Razzleberry ink pad
101179 Basic Black ink pad
101610 Stamping sponges
120395 Brayer
119859 2" x 1 3/8" Oval punch
119850 1 3/4" Circle punch
105021 white gel pen

~Have a great day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Witch way is the candy?

This little witch is too cute to spook anybody! I made her as a thank you card for our new friend Trish who watched the kids while I unpacked some of the house. I am still trying to get organized, but I have to stop and stamp a little each day to keep me motivated! Below is a little peek of the inside of the card.
Here's what I used:
Fangtastic stamp set *
Spider web embossing folder *
Scallop Trim border punch
Perfect Plum ink pad and cardstock
Pumpkin Pie ink pad and cardstock
Basic Black ink pad and cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Blender pens
Vanilla Smooch Spritz

Have a great day and don't be a mean witch!

* denotes exclusive items available in the Holiday Mini catalog starting September 1, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fang-tastic Edward Vampire card

Okay, how cute is this little vampire? So cute I had to make him into a card as soon as I got him! I am giving him the name Edward after "Twilight Edward" do you really have to ask?
So I used alot of fun new product coming out in the Holiday Mini that will be available for purchase September 1st.
Here's what I used:
Fang-tastic stamp set *
116631 Paper-Piercing Tool (poker)
119279 Bitty Bat punch
119854 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch
120889 Spider Web Embossing folder *
119860 1 2/8" Circle punch
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Perfect Plum Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
102845 Blender pens
100037 Blush Blossom marker
118772 Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz
Hope this little guy puts a big smile on your face!
aka Stamptramp
* denotes new items exclusive to the Holiday Mini catalog. Available September 1, 2010.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Because I Care card

I made this card, just because I have wanted to use some of these new beautiful colors! I really like to color, so this card was just perfect. You will also notice there are no bulky embellishments, just paper used here. I like to make simple cards without having to pay alot of send them in the mail. I used punches, an embossing folder and coloring to give this card it's great look without making it bulky for the mailman.
Here's what I used:
Because I Care (level 1 hostess set)
119682 Marina Mist cardstock
119668 Marina Mist ink pad
105118 So Saffron cardstock
105213 So Saffron ink pad
101301 Pretty in Pink ink pad
119795 Pear Pizzaz cardstock
119784 Pear Pizzaz marker
101650 Very Vanilla cardstock
102845 Blender pen
118402 Scallop Trim Border punch
120907 Decorative Label punch (new Holiday Mini)
118772 Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz
117335 Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Have a great weekend! I am going stampin' and scrappin' with some new friends here in OFallon IL, so I hope to have alot of great new stuff to share with you next week!
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Artistic Etchings Birthday Card

I made this beautiful card for my good friend Rhonda for her birthday. I used alot of new product on it, so here we go!
118517 Artistic Etchings
117166 Newsprint Designer Series Paper
102192 Black Craft Stamp Pad
121045 Basic Black Card stock
119261 Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribon
119685 Cherry Cobbler cardstock
101650 Very Vanilla cardstock
119849 Modern Label punch
119872 Spiral Border punch
113463 Bigz Top Note
120175 Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Pretties Kit half pearls (retired)
103683 Mini glue dots
118772 Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz
Hope you get a little inspiration and have a great day!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Apple Blossoms Thank You card

A few weeks ago one of my new neighbors brought over a delicious plate of chocolate chip cookies to welcome us to the neighborhood. I was still head deep in boxes and put off making her a thank you card for a few days because I didn't have my stamp room set up. Well, this only made me want to get in there and make that thank you card even more! So being only knee deep in boxes I pulled out one of my new stamp sets from the NEW Stampin' Up! catalog and this is what I came up with!
I started out with a new Level 2 Hostess stamp set called Apple Blossoms and the new Cherry Cobbler cardstock where I stamped the beautiful little branches on the background of the card. I got out my Crumb Cake, formerly known as Kraft cardstock and started stamping this cute little flower on it. I really like this stamp set, it has a lot of versatile little elements, two different sized flowers, circles, leafy branch, stem with leaves and a cute apple that I didn't use here, but will use very soon!
Here's what I used:
119685 Cherry Cobbler cardstock
120953 Crumb Cake cardstock
119669 Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink
121030 Crumb Cake Classic Ink
119859 Oval-Extra Large punch
119849 Modern Label - Extra Large punch
118772 Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz
If you see something on this list that you can't live without or simply want, then click on my Order Here button on the side or contact me to place an order.

Here is a little peek of the inside of the card, I stamped the stem and flowers but forgot to snap a picture before I wrote in it! I will try not to forget next time ;)
Hope your day is great!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Friends Never Fade ~ Scrapbook page

I created this 6 x 6 scrapbook page for my upline's going away book. She has been good to me and I wanted to make a beautiful page to go into her book.
Here's what I used:
Friends Never Fade 118750 $17.95
Greenhouse Gala DSP 117167 $9.95
Flower Brads 119730 $8.95
Paper Piercing tool 116631 $3.50
Cutter Kit (distressing tool) 106958 $16.95

The stamp set and designer series paper are both available July 1st in the new catalog. Please contact me if you would like a catalog. I will have them no later than July 1st.


Last Chance class cards part 2

Here are the other cards I made for my Last Chance class. The first cards uses the following:
Enjoy Every Moment 113622 $31.95
Modern Label punch 116630 $15.95
Sweet Pea DSP stack retired April 30th.

This next card uses the following:
True Friend 110378 $22.95
Perfect Polka Dot folder 117335 $7.95

The sentiment on the inside is from Favorite Thoughts 116968 $15.95


Monday, June 21, 2010

Last Chance Class cards

I had a great time at my Last Chance Class with my ladies making these cards. On the first card I used the following supplies:
Bitty Birthday 114934 $12.95
Taken with Teal & Whisper White Cardstock
Taken with Teal, Dusty Durango & Crushed Curry markers
Star punch 109045$10.95
Tag punch 105934 $15.95
Small tag punch 108264 $15.95
Word window punch 105090 $15.95
Storybook Specialty DSP 115679 $11.95

On the inside, I used two other stamp sets:

Messages for Mom 117016 for the sentiment, it is also returning in the new catalog July 1st.
Eight Great Greetings, for the cake.

For the second card I used the following:
Very Thankful 115338 $14.95
Flower fusion, felt flowers 110720 $14.95
Razzleberry lemonade DSP 115675 $9.95
Elegant Bouquet embossing folder 115964 $7.95

On my third card I used two stamp sets:
Gallery 113776 $22.95
Bloomin' Beautiful 111490 $25.95

I also used a few new products coming out July 1st in the new catalog:

Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pad 121030 $5.95

(formerly known as Kraft in color, but still matches the paper)
Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder 120175 $7.95
Remember that June 30th is the last day to order many of the stamp sets that I used on these cards. So if you want to order them, go to my website or contact me directly at char_76@comcast.net
I hope you enjoyed these cards, I will post the rest tomorrow ;) ~Charlotte

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Father's Day card

When I created this card for my dad for Father's Day I was thinking of his job as a mechanic, so there is alot of distressing done to rough it up. I can just picture his greasy hands and tools working hard for our family.

Supplies are the following:
Stamps: Totally Tool 113256, Always 113620
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip and Ruby Red
Accessories: Star Designer Brads 112572
Tools: Cutter Kit 106958, Stamp-a-ma-jig 101049
I know Father's Day is still a few weeks away, so I will have more manly gift ideas to share soon.
Thanks for stopping by ;)

Friday, June 4, 2010

2 new cards

The first card I made this morning is for my mom. I love the Rich Razzleberry color and it is carrying over to the new catalog in July. The stamp set Messages for Mom is returning as well. The flowers were made with the butterfly punch and the embossing folder I used is a new one called Vintage Wallpaper.

The second card is made with a new stamp set in the Summer Mini called: Elements of Style 118611. I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder again on this card, but rubbed my chocolate chip ink pad all over the inside of the embossing folder before I ran it thru the Big Shot. Hope you enjoy my cards today. If you want to purchase anything you see, please go to my website or contact me.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Graduation cards

My mom called me the other day and said she had a ton of graduation announcements waiting for congrats cards ;) I told her I would take care of those cards for her. I could hardly wait to try out my new stamp set called:
Go, graduate! #118519 for $19.95. I didn't take pictures off all the cards I made, but here are a few of my favorite.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Teacher's gift

Today is Tommy's last day of 1st grade. He is so sad for school to be out. We made this sign for his teacher to put up in her classroom next year. I used Stampin' Up Simple Alphabet Big Shot dies #115960 and the Panda is a Decor Element #117900. I bought the frame at Walmart for $5. Great and economical ;)

~have a great day! Charlotte

Saturday, May 22, 2010

One Sheet Wonder cards

My first attempt at a One Sheet Wonder class is what you see on my blog today. I did actually make a few more cards, but apparently you can only put 4 pictures at a time on here. I had alot of fun creating these cards as I went along.

This first "hello" card has a Kraft base stamped with the branch from Tropical Party from the Summer Mini catalog. The DSP is Island Oasis and the flower is a Bigz die called Island Floral. The "hello" is from the Hello Again stamp set in the big catalog.

The next card I call "tranquility" because thats what it looks like to me ;)

I used Whisper White for the card base. Tropical party stamp set from the Summer Mini and the new Square Lattice textured impressions embossing folder, it has a paper towel kind of texture. I think it looks good with any kind of card.

Card #3 is a beachy scene. Card base is Tempting Turquiose, Top Note is cut in Kraft paper, Circle sun is punched in So Saffron and sponged with Pumpkin Pie. To get the hilly sand effect, I torn a piece of paper and sponged, then turned it a little crookedly back and forth until I liked how it looked. The sentiment came from Great Friend in the big catalog. I stamped the palm trees from Tropical Party with Basic Black ink and stamped off on another sheet to make the shadows.

On card #4 I stamped the rose from Fifth Avenue Floral in Rose Red on Pumpkin Pie cardstock and used a blender pen and Rose Red ink to put in the shadows. The sentiment also comes from the same stamp set.

I hope to share more with you tomorrow after I get some of the other cards photographed.
Enjoy your weekend and come again,

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Anniversary Card

I have held out posting this picture now for over a week. The card on the right is my parents anniversary card and I didn't want my mom to see it until it came in the mail. Well, the surprise is inside the card for the recipients.
This is another brayered card that I made. I used the Upsy Daisy stamp set from the catalog.
Enjoy and Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Brayer beginner class

Last night I held a brayering technique class. Here is one of the cards we made:

I used Blush Blossom, Pretty In Pink and Pale Plum to brayer the sky. The flowers came from the Embrace Life stamp set.

If you are interested in learning more about brayering, please contact me.

~ Charlotte

Monday, March 29, 2010

My mom's cocoa packets

If you look at the previous post you will see where I think my mom got her inspiration for these adorable cocoa packets for her coworkers Easter gifts. I really love these! She said she picked up the cocoa from Michaels. I love it! Great job Mom!

Chocolate bunny swap

I was very fortunate to be a part of my upline's quarterly WOW swap. We exchanged 18 cards and this was my card. Once I started making them I realized I did WAY too much work on this, but I couldn't figure out what to go without. My dear friend Rhonda helped me piece together these cards to help me get them in the mail on time.
Here's what I did:
Stamped the bowtie from Just Jawing with Crushed Curry ink on Whisper White cardstock. Stamped the Chocolate Bunny stamp on Close to Cocoa CS with Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, clear embossed it and cut it out. I used the white gel pen to dot on the eye. I cut Top Notes in Whisper White and Crushed Curry. I stamped the grass from Inspired by Nature, on the white Top Note with Old Olive Craft Ink, clear embossed it and brayered Bashful Blue over the grass and masked the sun in the background. I used the polka dot folder on Mambo Melon and put that piece under the Top Note. I stamped the Bella Toile background stamp on Close to Cocoa card base with Chocolate Chip Craft ink and clear embossed it. The butterflies came from the new Stampin' Up Embosslits Die called Beautiful Wings. The eggs came from the Build A Bear Sizzlits Die Beary Hoppy. Other products used: Scalloped Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Mambo Melon Ribbon.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Panda Sweetie

I was at World Market shopping the other day and my friend said she should make a panda box to put some of the cool candies you can find in there into. Well, naughty me thought I am going to make one too! My son's teacher LOVES panda bears, so that was my big incentive.
I started out cutting 2 Whisper White circles with the Clear Circle Big Shot die. The ears are Basic Black cut with the 1 3/4" Circle punch. I also used this punch on the black portion of the eyes, the front paws and the eyebrows. For the inside of the ears I used the 1 3/8" Circle punch and Pretty In Pink paper. For the rest of the eyes I used the 1", 3/4" and 1/2" Circle punches. I also used the 1" Circle punch for the mouth. For the arms and back feet I used the Wide Oval punch. The hearts on the paw and feet came from the Heart to Heart punch, along with the 1/2" Circle punch for the paw. The heart on the nose came from the Occasion mini catalog, it is called Small Heart punch.
The body is supported behind the white belly by a black Top Note cut using the Big Shot. I used the rounded corners to line up the arms and legs of the bear. Last, but not least I used the White gel pen to dot the little eyes.
I hope this helps you make a cute little bear of your own.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Last Monday night I went to my upline's group meeting at IHOP and we exchanged some really wonderful swaps! To the left is mine. It was inspired by a scrapbook page in the new Occasions Mini catalog on pg. 12. I liked the scrapbook page but wanted to turn it into a card and I really like how it turned out.

Here's what I used:
Stamps: With All My Heart stamp set
Paper: Sending Love Specialty DSP, Real Red, Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink: Pretty In Pink, Real Red, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Punches- Extra Large Fancy Flower, Trio Flower, Modern Label and 1 1/4" Circle punch.
Here are a few of the other projects done by some of my friends. I wanted to share them with you as well.