Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It's New Year's Eve!

Can you believe that in less than 17 hours (Eastern time!) it will be 2009?!!? 2008 seemed to go by so quickly! What a year! Here's hoping 2009 will be a fabulous year for all of us! Stay safe tonight if you are out and about celebrating! I'll be hanging out at home with my kiddos. :)

Today's projects come from Christine Rebbert from Elkridge, Maryland. She made these little stocking stuffers for a local craft fair recently, and at $1.00 apiece, they sold very well! They are "wrappers" for Tic-Tac mints, and she made them with card stocks of Real Red, Glorious Green (reversing background and accents on these for 2 different versions), and Brilliant Blue with Bashful Blue for a Hannukah alternative. The stamp set used was the Hostess set "Deer Friends".

Cut card stock 2-1/2" x 3-1/2". With the 3-1/2" side horizontal, score at 1-1/2" and 2"; fold in to create tiny "book" shape. Use 1" circle punch on front for Tic-Tacs to show through. Stamp image and punch out with 1-1/4" circle punch, then layer on Square Scallop punched cardstock. Apply SNAIL to insides of "book" and adhere to Tic-Tac container.

You can kick it up a notch by adhering 1/4" grosgrain ribbon horizontally inside the "book" with a few extra inches on each side; then tie to make a

bow. Experiment with other colors and focal points for other holidays and occasions through the year, too -- baby and wedding showers, Easter, etc.

Here's one more project!

Stamps: Holidays and Wishes, Spotlight on Christmas, Holiday Blitz
Ink: Versamark, Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, DSP Backing
Accessories: Snowflake # 2 Die, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mat Pack and Paper Piercer, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch
See you next year! ;)
Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Merry Christmas Cards

Hi everyone - I'm Amber Meadows. I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know how thrilled I am to have been asked to post on the UDI blog! My first post will showcase these great cards from Jill St. Angelo:

I'm loving the purple!

By the way, was I the only one who breathed a sigh of relief when SU! didn't retire Lovely As a Tree??

Here are the recpies:

Merry Christmas Cards

Stamp Set: To You & Yours, Holidays & Wishes

Card Stock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Lovely Lilac

Ink: Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: None

Tools: 3/16” corner rounder punch

Lovely As A Tree Christmas Card

Stamp Set: Lovely As a Tree, Cute & Curly

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Sahara Sand

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Vintage Brads - Basic Black, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, Pretties Kit – Cream Halfback Pearls

Tools: 1/16” circle handheld punch, Snow Blossom punch, Curly Label punch

Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic creations Jill!



Monday, December 29, 2008

Paper Bag Book

Well I am SURE you were oohing and aahing whilst looking at these pictures. This fabulous creative project was made by Jennifer Thomas of Caldwell ID. Jennifer and I were Stampin' Sisters in our Utah Divas International program and I received one of these using the Fabulous Flowers stamp set (which is retiring BOOHOO!).
I will be posting the directions so be sure to come back :)
Isn't it just awesome. If you are interested in joining our Stampin' Sisters program, next round will begin in February, please e-mail
We would love you to join our group. The only requirement is that you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
Thank you Jennifer. You are awesome!
Happy Stampin'

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sketchy Saturday (#10)

It's time for another Sketch Challenge. Today's sketch is from Page Maps (April, 2005). Check out what members from the team have created using the sketch.






I'd love to see what you create with this sketch. Leave a comment with a link to your blog or upload to your SCS gallery using DivaSC10 as your keyword.

Hope you had a great Christmas and have a blessed New Year. Enjoy your weekend. :)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Pink Peppermint Recipe Card

Hello All!! Here it is, Friday again!! Where does the week go? I wish all of you a joyous and happy Christmas season!!!

This week's creations comes from Stephanie Gittins! And will you just look at this awesome recipe card she created!!!

Here's what she has to say:

One of the fun things my customers and I do each month is hold a recipe card exchange. We make 6x6 pages, and each month we have a theme. This month the theme was "Frozen." I got my inspiration from the photo that was with the original recipe- it had a brown cookie crumb crust, and the pink peppermint ice cream was so cute with the red and white candy canes.
I wanted a feminine, "ice cream shop" kind of look. My favorite part is the little accent in the corner. The little flower from Wow Flowers really looks Christmasy to me- it could almost be a snowflake. I stamped it in Real Red craft ink and then embossed with Irridescent Ice. I love how it looks like frosty, frozen peppermint.

Just looking at this sample and reading her comments make me hungry for some peppermint patties!!!

Thanks Stephanie for an amazing creation to share with all the divas and stamping world!!

Happy Stamping!!!


Pink Peppermint Recipe Card (Catalog Sampler)
Stamps: Whimsy Jumbo Wheel, Wow Flowers
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Whisper White cardstock. Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer Series Paper
Ink: Pretty in Pink Jumbo Cartridge. Real Red Craft Pad, Pink Pirouette Classic Pad
Accessories: Jumbo Stampin' Around Handle, Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Irridescent Ice embossing powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Red Gingham Ribbon

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas and Diva Inspiration Challenge #23

Merry Christmas Everyone!! I hope your house was as excited as mine was! My 6 year old daughter was so excited she was shaking....hehehehe. Santa is one of her favorite people in the whole world - and with great reason too. We left our friend in red a pizzelle and milk. For his reindeer, we left a bowl of reindeer food and water out in the front yard. They must have all been very hungry as they finished it all!!
Santa was very good to us this year!

This week's picture is a Thomas Kinkade scene so appropriately named The Night Before Christmas. I love the warm feeling you get from the house. Even though it is freezing outside, the house looks so warm and inviting. For my sample this week, I wanted to give a peek into that house.......

Stamps: Window Dressing, Lovely As a Tree
Paper: Brocade Blue, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Yoyo Yellow, Regal Rose, Maine Blueberry DS
Ink: Brocade Blue, Glorious Green, Green Galore
Accessories: Hobby Blade, Markers - Yoyo Yellow, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Real Red

To see what my creative team came up with, just click on their name:

To view the submissions on SCS click here.

Now it's your turn! Post a link in the comments section with your blog entry or SCS gallery showing us what creation you were inspired to come up with!! If you upload to SCS be sure to put DivaIC23 (no spaces) as the keyword. Have fun!!

Inspire Stampin' happiness wherever you go!! :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas Eve!

I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy the day with your family and friends, and may all your wishes come true!

Supplies(all SU!): Stamps- Merry & Bright, All Holidays. Paper- Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Holiday Treasures DSP. Ink- Ruby Red, Old Olive. Accessories- Big Shot, Scalloped Circle die, Scalloped Circle punch, Round Tab punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Silver elastic cord.

Holiday hugs!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Stationery Box

This little "stationery box was popular at the diva dinners. Max and Selene received them. I got the instructions from Selene to make one for a friend. I was having issues with the instructions (yes, I am challenged with written instructions), so I tweeked mine to work. I used the "I Wish" simply scrappin' kit for the majority of the project. The "cheer" was done with the big shot, run through my xyron and "stuck" to the box.
If you have made one of these cute boxes, send it to
Happy Stampin'

Monday, December 22, 2008

Santa Triangle Box

Look how cute this is! Kristine Memmott from Salt Lake City, UT sent this in for today's submission. To create this project she used

Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Basic Black
Ink: Regal Rose to accent cheek area
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1/2" Circle, 1/4"Circle, Word Window, 5 Petal Flower, Boho Blossoms
Accessories: Silver Cord, White Gel Pen, Sponge, Pop Top from a can of soda

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Gift Bag Ideas

Need a cute bag to put all of those fun gifts in?? Check out with Kristine created.

Stamps: Holly Jolly Christmas, Winter Post (for tissue paper)
Ink: Real Red, Baja Breeze
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ski Slope DSP, Tissue Paper - Non SU
Accessories: White Gift Sack, 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Felt Flurries, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Stamps: Holly Jolly Christmas, Spotlight on Christmas (for tissue paper) Ink: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White, Holiday Treasures DSP, Tissue Paper - Non SU
Accessories: White Gift Sack, 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Linen Thread

Who wouldn't want to receive a gift in a fun bag like one of these?? Thanks for sharing your creations with us, Kristine.

Have a wonderful weekend. Next Saturday we'll continue with our sketch challenges for our Sketchy Saturdays. I hope you will participate with us.

Alicia :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Gift Giving made easy!!

Hello All!! My name is Ann Fitton and I am your new hostess for Friday postings!! I think we need a catchy name for that don't you? Let me know what you think!

This week's idea comes from Jill St. Angelo, and she has sent us an adorable gift card holder using the Sock Monkey set! I love this set!!!! What better way to give someone a gift card than with this set??

Thanks Jill for your amazing idea!

Sock Monkey Gift Card Holder
Stamp Set: Sock Monkey, Sock Monkey Accessories
Card Stock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Ruby Red
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Markers – Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, 15/16” Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (retired)
Tools: Word Window punch, Horizontal Slot punch, Scallop Circle punch, 1-1/4” circle punch, Scallop Edge punch, paper snips
Happy Sampin'!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Diva Inspiration Challenge #22

Can you believe there is only one more week left til Christmas?!? Holy cow! I hope you guys are better prepared than I am. I am happy to say we did finally get our Christmas tree up and decorated.

In the spirit of Christmas tree decorations, this week's Diva Inspiration picture are just that. These festive ornaments were found at

I knew what I wanted to do this week as soon as I saw this picture. Once again, I have a 5 x 7 card base. I've seen some fantastic cards that had circle punch outs that looked just like these glass balls. Originally, that was the direction I was headed. After I embossed them in gold and then punched them out, I decided to go a slightly different route......

Stamps: Heard From the Heart, Holiday Trinkets
Paper: Glorious Green, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Glorious Green, VersaMark
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, VersaMarker, Word Window Punch, Brads

To see what my creative team came up with, just click on their name:

To view the submissions on SCS click here.

Now it's your turn! Post a link in the comments section with your blog entry or SCS gallery showing us what creation you were inspired to come up with!! If you upload to SCS be sure to put DivaIC22 (no spaces) as the keyword. Have fun!!

Inspire Stampin' happiness wherever you go!! :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy Wednesday!

Today's projects come from Courtney Carpenter of Kansas!

Here's what she had to say!

The first project is a box to hold a recipe card and some treats for my neighbors. I have cocoa and gingerbread cookies with the recipe for the cocoa included.

paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Holiday Treasures DSP. Ribbon: Alpine and Silver elastic cord. Rub-on: Season of Cheer. Ink: Old Olive and Rose Red. Bags: SU! med. flat cello bags.

I teach scrapbooking classes at the library each month, and these are the pages we created. I hosted Thanksgiving this year so my mother, grandmother and boys all made sugar cookies. Too fun!

Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Ski Slope DSP. Ribbon: Alpine and Always Artichoke. Rub-on: Hidden Garden bulk-buy. Ink: Mellow Moss and Choc. Chip. Markers: Choc. Chip, Always Artichoke, So Saffron.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you next Wednesday...Christmas Eve!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Welcome Christmas into your heart

Do you have your Christmas cards all done and ready to go? Maybe you have them made and on their way. ORRRRRR you may be like me and haven't made them yet :)

Look how cute this card is that is being showcased today! Kristine Memmott of Salt Lake City made and submitted this card. No surprise she is one of our Design Team Members. She has sent in some great creations.

Here are the products Kristine used:

Stamps: Christmas Classics and Heard From The Heart
Ink: Basic Black and Craft Black
Card Stock: Baja Breeze and Whisper White
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Cord, Baja Breeze Double Striped Ribbon, Dimensionals, Scoring Tool

Happy Stampin'

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Card Creations

Brenda Taylor from MN is sharing her creativity with us today. Here are the products she used to make these super projects.

Handmade Holiday Simply Sent Kit
Mellow Moss & Ruby Red ink pads
Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon & pop dots

These kits are so easy to use and are great fun.
Thanks Brenda for sharing your creations with us.
Happy Stampin'

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Stamp-A-Stack Saturday

These wonderful cards were created by Maria W for her Holiday Stamp-A-Stack. These are great for all levels of stampers.

merry christmas card

stamps: holiday trinkets, holiday and wishes
paper: riding hood red, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, very vanilla
ink: riding hood red, old olive, more mustard
accessories: hemp twine, gold brads, scallop edge punch

snowflake card

stamps: cute and curly, snow swirled
paper: night of navy, baja breeze, kiwi kiss, whisper white
ink: baja breeze, versamark
accessories: curly label punch, kiwi kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, silver brads, two way glue pen, dazzling diamonds glitter

seasons greeting card

stamps: snow swirled
paper: handsome hunter, real red, whisper white
ink: real red

accessories: real red wide grosgrain ribbon, silver brads

tree card

stamps: lovely as a tree, best yet
paper: handsome hunter, certainly celery, whisper white
ink: certainly celery, mellow moss, handsome hunter
accessories: ticket corner punch, silver brads, coluzzle

santa card

stamps: none
paper: handsome hunter, blush blossom, whisper white, pretty in pink, basic black, real red textured
ink: none
accessories: trio flower, 1/4" circle, 1/2" circle, 3/4" circle punches, sizzix scallop circle, white gel pen

santa's beard flips up and that's where you write your holiday greeting....hehehee. i think that was too cute. at the san antonio regionals they
showed a gift bag with a similar santa like this on it.

Thanks for sharing your creations with us, Maria.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Diva Inspiration Challenge #21

When I saw this picture, I started singing Silent Night to myself. I love the glow of it in the forest with the other trees. I came across this picture at Wicksteed Park. It naturally grabbed my attention!
If you weren't in the Christmas mood, this pic will sure help you get there faster! And even more holiday spirit, would you believe Houston got snow today?? Of course it's a light dusting, but it's still snow! (But Monday will be back in the 70's - go figure).

So moving on, for my sample today, I wanted to focus on the glow of the single tree in the dark snow covered forest - at least that's the idea I started with......

I think I was able to accomplish my goal somewhat. I decided to use the Chalkboard technique for this to get that certain glow to the tree. I also stamped the background with VersaMark and heat embossed snowflakes. I did go ahead and add two more silver brads on either side of the "Warm Wishes" saying. I kept looking at this card wondering what was not quite right, and of course the brads answered that question.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Hugs and Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy
Ink: Night of Navy, Craft White, VersaMark
Accessories: Silver Brads, Coluzzle, Paper Piercer, White Embossing Powder, Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Pastels

To see what my creative team came up with, just click on their name:

To view the submissions on SCS click here.

Now it's your turn! Post a link in the comments section with your blog entry or SCS gallery showing us what creation you were inspired to come up with!! If you upload to SCS be sure to put DivaIC21 (no spaces) as the keyword. Have fun!!

Inspire Stampin' happiness wherever you go!! :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Scrappy Wednesday!

I am so behind on my scrapbooking. Let's kiddos are 12 and 10 now (almost 11). That makes me 12 years behind! LOL
Stephanie's scrapbook page is fantastic! Look at all that hand-written journaling! I need to take some inspiration from her and get going on my scrapbooking!
Here's what she had to say about her page.
One of my favorite things about rub-ons is that they apply so easily to glossy surfaces like photos. Adding a quick image to a photo really adds a great finishing touch, and I think it mimics some of the fun affects that can be achieved with digital scrapbooking- but without the computer!
Demolition Derby Page...Stamps: Short Order Alphabet, Jumbo Outline Alphabet. Inks: Chocolate Chip Classic pad & Stampin' Write Journaler. Paper: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip. Hawaiian Papaya Designer Series Paper. Accessories: Anchored Rub-ons, Scallop Edge Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Chocolate Chip 1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon.
Thanks for sharing your page, Stephanie!
Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Home Decor

One of the wonderful things about Stampin' Up! is how you don't simply have to make a card. Whilst making and receiving cards is always fun, so is creating your own home decor.

Maria Williams from Katy, TX created this beautiful framed art. You will recognize Maria as our Diva Inspiration Coordinator who posts on Thursdays. Her creativity is amazing,

Here are the products Maria used:

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Night of Navy craft
Accessories: Picture Frame with mat, Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze striped grosgrain ribbon
Thanks Maria.
Happy Stampin'

Monday, December 8, 2008

Happy Monday everyone!

Here are some wonderful projects made by Carol Marbach. What cute ideas.

Decor elements, Park Avenue ornaments. Square vase from Target and bells, to match baja breeze ribbon from Hobby Lobby.

Season of Friendship ~ autumn. Riding hood red, chocolate chip, old olive, more mustard create my falling leaves card. Twill tape and riding hood red taffeta ribbon finish it.

Season of Friendship ~ winter. Pacific point, bashful blue and shimmer white were used for my winter card. The 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches finished the snowflakes. The scallop edge and ticket corner punches were also used.

Decor Elements, Season of Thanks. A shadow box was used with Washington apple dsp (bashful blue) for the background and artifical fall foliage for the interior. the de was mounted to the front side of the glass.
Thanks for sharing your creativity with us Carol !
Happy Stampin'