Archive | November 2013

Holiday Workshop And Open House



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Calling All Crafters!
If you would like to know how to make this card and gift box then come and celebrate with me at Leahscards Holiday Workshop, to be held at Leah’s Craft Room,
Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. I will be hosting a Holiday workshop and open house. Brandy Cox of Brandy’s Cards will be the guest Demonstrator bringing a fun card project to share. It will be an evening of fun craft projects, refreshments, prizes and great fellowship. So reserve your place today, space is limited so you don’t want to delay.
RSVP at, to get location directions and info.

Hope to see u there!

Stampin Up Festive Flurry Ornament Kit

Add a little festive flare to your holiday decorating with our new Festive Flurry Ornament Kit! Top presents, embellish cards, create a wintery garland, or trim the tree. How you use them is up to you!

The kit includes everything you need (minus adhesive) to create 10 snowflakes, including

10 feet of Soft Sky Ribbon
Printed cardstock – die cut and scored, ready to be assembled (Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper)
Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (40)
Product name:Festive Flurry Ornament Kit
Item #: 135813
Price: $14.95
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Stampin Up Joyful Christmas 3D Poinsettia Card

Here is the 3D Joyful Christmas Poinsettia Card video tutorial, I would love to read your comments and hope you will follow me by subscribing to my youtube channel and this website. All Stampin Up products used in this tutorial can be purchased by clicking on the link to your right that says “Shop Now”.
I hope you enjoy my debut video.

The card directions can be found at:

Items Used:
*Embossing Buddy, 103083, $5.95
*Pretty In Pink Ink
*Stampin Up Joyful Christmas Stamp Set, 131805, $16.95
*VersaMark Stamp Pad, 102283, $7.50
*Real Red Ink, 126949, $5.95
*1 sheet of 8 1/2×11 Vellum Cardstock, (20 per pkg)101856, $6.50
*Dazzling Diamonds Glitter,102023, $4.50
*Cherry Cobbler Ink,126966, $5.95
*Stampin Up Crystal Effects,101055, $6.25
*Stampin Up Heat Tool, 129053, $29.95
*Paper Snips/Scissors, 103579, $9.95
*Stamping Dimensionals, 104430, $3.95
*Antique Brads, 117273, $5.95
*Old Olive Ink, 126953, $5.95
*Garden Green Ink, 126973, $5.95
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Stampin Up Joyful Christmas, 3D Poinsettia

Stay Tuned For The Video Tutorial

This 3D Poinsettia Flower can be used on cards as a focal point, on a head piece for a festive hair style, or glued on a jewel pin to create a Christmas broach. Let your creativity take over.

I created this 3D paper flower after being invited by Brandy Cox to be a guest Demonstrator at her annual Pinehurst Stamp Retreat. I was asked to come up with a special 3d flower to be used on one of her fabulous cards that would be featured at the event. After several hours and 3 days of creative play I was able to combine different techniques that I have learned over the years and this flower was born.

The card photographed above was created by Brandy Cox of BrandysCards, using my 3D Poinsettia as the focal image.
I hope you give it a try., image


1. Wipe your embossing buddy across the vellum cardstock.
2. Ink up your images using VersaMark and stamp them on the Vellum cardstock.
Tip: You’ll need 2 large poinsettias, 1 large poinsettia that you cut the center flower out and 6 leaves.
3. Sprinkle fine detail Gold Embossing Powder over the images.
4. Use a heat tool to melt and set the gold embossing powder.
5. Free hand cut all 6 leaves, 2 large and 1 center of the poinsettia stamp that you have gold embossed.
6. Using a sponge dauber, apply your first layer of ink (Pretty in Pink) to both the top and bottom of each cut out vellum flower. You will start with the lightest color first and end with the darkest color.
7. Next, layer your mid color (Real Red) using the sponge daubers to the bottom and top of the flowers, work the ink from the middle of the flower fanning out to the ends of each petal.
Tip: Concentrate the heaviest ink coverage in the center of the flower and pull color out towards the tips leaving some light pink areas.
8. Apply the darkest ink color (Cherry Cobbler) to the top and bottom of each flower with heavy concentration of ink in the center and total coverage on the cut out smaller center flower.
Tip: In shading your ink allow the mid color to highlight the darkest color by dabbing the ink towards the ends of the flower allowing the lighter two colors to show for contrast.
9. Using a paper towel wipe the inks off of the gold emboss to help reduce the inks from bleeding when you apply the crackle paint.
10. Air dry or dry using a heat tool on the coolest setting. (Stamping Up heat tool on 1).
Tip: Be careful not to get to close to the vellum, you don’t want to burn your flowers.
11. Apply using a paint brush a thin layer of Tim Holtz Distressed Crackle Paint (Rock Candy) to the top of the flower.
Tip: Don’t Panic! The ink may bleed a little due to the gold emboss acting as a resist. It is best to apply the Crackle paint and clean the gold emboss, one flower at a time.
12. Take and clean your brush with water, dry the brush on paper towel or a rag and starting from the center in on stroke working outwards to the tip of the flower, mop the excess red off of the emboss. Repeat until the gold emboss is clean.
Tip: The flower will begin to curl, that’s what we want.
13. Air dry and apply the crackle to the next flower repeating steps 11 and 12 or us a heat tool to dry and repeat steps 11 and 12 for each flower.
14. Shape the flower petals by using your thumb and middle finger to hold each petal, using your index finger begin to rub under the petal causing a bubble or arch effect in the petal and then take to tip and curl under. You will want to shape each petal.
Tip: If you have long nails I suggest using your paint brush handle to help in the shaping process.
Do Not Use A Stylus, they will cause the vellum to tare.
15. Once the petals are shaped, pinch the tips to create a more realistic effect.
Tip: the action of pinching the tips is just like making a pretty border on the edge of a homemade piecrust.image
16. When you’re finished coloring and shaping your flowers, add a layer of crystal effects to the tops of each flower and sprinkle sparingly with dazzling diamonds glitter.
17. Air dry or heat dry on setting 1 of the Stamping Up heat tool.
18. Layer your poinsettia using stamping dimensional by offsetting the petals.
19. Once all three layers are stacked, add your embellishments, such as pearls, brads or jewels.
20. Fluff and enjoy.
21. For the leaves follow the same steps just use old olive and garden green inks to color and shade each leaf.

Card Dimensions:

1. Cut whisper white cardstock, 4 1/4 x 11 fold in half for the Card base

2. Cut a 4×4 piece of Always Artichoke cardstock, to layer on top of your base.

3. Cut a 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 piece of the textured wallpaper and layer on top of the Always Artichoke layer. To add a little sparkle, color wallpaper with a clear shimmer paint or spray with a shimmer mist.

4. Layer the wallpaper onto the green and add your ribbon tying a flat knot on the far right.

5. Now add to base and attach the 3d flower to the center panel with hot glue.

6. Stamp your sentiment and enjoy.

*Embossing Buddy *Pretty In Pink Ink *Stampin Up Joyful Christmas Stamp Set
*VersaMark Stamp Pad *Real Red Ink *1 sheet of 8 1/2×11 Vellum Cardstock
*Dazzling Diamonds Glitter *Cherry Cobbler Ink *Stampin Up Crystal Effects
*Stampin Up Heat Tool *Paper Snips/Scissors *Stamping Dimensionals
*Antique Brads *Old Olive Ink *Garden Green Ink
*Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint

Day 3 of the Pinehurst Stampers Retreat

imageBrandy Cox has done a wonderful job hosting and preparing this first class Pinehurst event. Here she is demonstrating her napkin peacock technique. I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity to share my love of crafting with this group of talented stampers and crafters. Thanks again Brandy for this wonderful opportunity.

Stampin Up Joyful Christmas 3D Pointsettia Flower

imageToday I was Honored to be a guest Demonstrator at Brandyscards annual Pinehurst Stamp Retreat. I developed and taught a new technique that I created specially for Brandy’s retreat using the Stampin Up Joyful Christmas Stamp Set featuring the Pointsettia. This was a true honor and labor of love for me to share this new version of the Poinsettia. I greatly appreciate the wonderful women I have met at the Retreat as well as the warm reception and support I’ve received. I will be posting more pictures and a full tutorial when I return from the Event.
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A Full Video tutorial! Thanks so much to Brandy Cox for a wonderful weekend and the opportunity to teach at your Retreat.

Holly Jolly Christmas Simply Sent

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Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent 132159
Price: $14.95
To order just click on the Tab on the right, Shop Now

Create cards quickly and easily with the Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent kit. Materials for 12 holiday photo cards: printed cards with die-cut photo notches, note card for handwritten or printed message, closure stickers. Finished card size: 5″ x 7″. Acid free, lignin free.

Gift Box And Card Gift Set

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This Spellbinders Gate 2 Card was inspired by Becca Fenton and the matching box was created using the Stampin Up Simply Scored Diagonal Plate-125586, Price $11.95
Simply Scored Scoring Tool-122334, Price $29.95
Stampin Up Stipple Blossoms Stamp Set-126747, Price $18.95

Creative Elements Thank You

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Stampin Up Products Used:
*Creative Elements Stamp Set-128523,
*Label collection framlit-125598,
*Fancy Fan Embossing Folder-127751
*Papillon Potpourri Butterfly Stamp Set-123759
*Elegant Butterfly Punch-127526,
*Bitty Butterfly Punch-129406
*Crystal Effects-101055 to gloss the butterfly,
*Blender Pens-102845 to color and shade the butterflies.

This is one of my favorite Stampin Up stamp sets. It is so versatile and elegant that you can’t go wrong making a beautiful card, scrapbook page or home décor project.


*Cut a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 piece of whisper white card stock to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and fold in half, stamp the Creative Elements Stamp Set flower-128523,  in (SU) pool party and island indigo ink randomly to make the card front background.( This card opens vertically not right to left)

*Cut a strip of daffodil delight card stock 1 x 5 1/2 and emboss it with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder and

add it to the middle of the stamped front panel of the card

*Cut a piece of island indigo cards stock 3 1/4″ x 3″ to use as a matt.

*Cut a piece of pool party card stock 4 x 2 3/4 and matt on top of the island indigo 3 1/4 x 3″ matt.

*Cut a piece of whisper white card stock to 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ stamp the Million & One stamp set sentiment and layer it to the center of the pool party, 4″ x 2 3/4″ matt

*Next add the sentiment matt to the center of your card front using dimensionals.

*Stamp on a scrap piece of whisper white 3 Creative Elements Stamp Set flowers in island indigo ink and 2 in pool party ink. (You want to fussy cut the stamped flowers to be used as a 3d embellishment. Set one of each cut out stamped flower to the side for layering inside the card)

*Fussy cut one island indigo flower for the base.

*Then cut out one pool party stamped flower starting with the second layer of petals from the outside of the stamped  flower.

*Layer the creative elements flower petals in pool party on top of the stamped island indigo stamped flower base.

*Cut out 1 Creative element flower center include center petals and bud from the stamped  island indigo flower and matt on top of the layered flower. Add a basic rhinestone to give the flower a little bling.

*Attach with dimensionals and add to the left corner of the sentiment matt.

*Stamp both the bitty butterfly and the large Papillion Butterfly on daffodil delight cardstock in rich razzelberry ink, punch out and add a little shading using island indigo ink and a blender pen. Layer the bitty butterfly on top of the large butterfly and add a small rhinestone to the center. Place on the right top corner of the sentiment matt.

Inside Card Tutorial:

*Using a piece of whisper white cardstock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 cut out the 3rd from the center Label collection framlit-125598 and add your personal sentiment.

*Using a piece of island indigo card stock 5 1/2x 4 1/4 cut out the 4th from the center label collection framlit-125598, emboss it with Fancy Fan Embossing Folder-127751, layer the stamped white matt and center on top of the island indigo embossed matt.

*Stamp the creative elements flower onto the top left corner and bottom right corner in island indigo ink.

*Add the fussy cut flowers you set aside earlier one in island indigo and one in pool party to form  a flower bunch to the top left corner of the inside panel.

*Now add the sentiment matt the center of the card with dimensionals and enjoy.