Tuesday, November 23, 2010


What is stamp-a-stack, you ask? Well, it is a great time to get a head start (or even finish) your Christmas cards! I design 4 cards, and you make 4 of each one. You leave with 16 cards, and the fee is only $20. I provide all the supplies, except adhesive. You bring your own adhesive (if you need some, we can work something out).

Here are the cards. We will be meeting at my house on November 30 at 6:30 p.m. Email me mailto:tiffbell@hotmail.com if you are interested in attending - there is still room!

Super cute wreath card I copied from the Holiday Mini. LOVE how you can show off all your DSP! And the satin ribbon is just yummy!

Ink: Old Olive
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, DSP
Accessories: Old Olive Ribbon

Next one is a very "clean" card with the majority of it being white. Not something I do very often, but I think it makes the gold tree pop. (sorry if this photo is bad - I took them late last night with bad lighting).

Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Red Satin Ribbon

How super fun is this? A stack of gifts using the Designer paper? LOVE! The gold cord ties the packages together nicely, but you could use any ribbon you have on hand!

Paper: Old Olive, DSP, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Dimensionals, Gold cord

I just LOVE these mittens! Maybe cuz it is 10 below outside and my real mittens feel so good? I know you girls aren't going to be happy about cutting out the mittens, but there is just 1 per card, and it reall makes it pop, don't you think?

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, DSP
Accessories: Real Red Ribbon
Stamp: Loads of Love

I apologize also for not having specifics for the paper and stamp sets. I downloaded the pictures and am doing the post really quick at work before we head out of town. I will update this weekend so you have the true recipes! Hope to see you all on Tuesday!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November Stamp Club

Well hello chicas! Sneak peak at tonight's stamp club! Time to get ready for the holidays!! This first project would make a great little treat to put at each person's place setting for the holidays! Even if you aren't hosting the holidays, what a great treat to bring for the hostess! The bags I purchased at Hobby Lobby - they are 3 1/2 x 2 x 6 3/4. Fill it with a little candy, maybe those little pumpkins made out of pure sugar...?

Stamp Set: Falling Leaves
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: More Mustard, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories: Poppy Parade Ribbon (unraveled), Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Small Oval Punch

This next card makes me smile - who doesn't love Santa this time of year? And how fun to have a card that is Santa's suit? The Tinsel trim is about the best ribbon ever - sparkly, irredescent! Yummy! There is no sentiment inside this card - but you could easily put your favorite holiday greeting!

Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Silver (non-SU!)
Accessories: 1 1/4" Square Punch, Tinsel Trim Ribbon, 1/2" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die

And this last card has got to be my favorite! I am LOVING making these origami Christmas Trees. There could be a lot of these cards being sent from our house this year! I used 4 squares that measure 3, 2.5, 2, 1.5. FUN!!!!

Stamp Set: Christmas Greetings
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz DSP
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Daffodil Delight Ribbon, Sponging
See you girls tonight!! :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Window Pane Designer Paper

Window-pane designer paper is such a great way to showcase all of your designer papers all at once! I am just tickled with how this card turned out. Bright, cheery and full of character.

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Chocolate chip
Paper: Summer Sun (retired), Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss (retired),
Whisper White, Retired DSP
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Ribbon (retired), hemp twine, 1 3/8" Circle Punch,
1 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, 1 1/4" Square Punch

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A new look at ribbon

Looking for a new way to show off your ribbon? How about all bunched up? Thanks to my stamping pal Lisa, I gave this technique a try. It is super fun, and totally do-able with any ribbon! Take your sticky strip and run it across your card, then adhere your ribbon and bunch it up as you go along. My advice to you when you try this at home - Don't try to bunch up too much ribbon, otherwise it won't stay stuck for the card. The morning after I did this card, the ribbon had jumped right off the card!!

Paper: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Retired Fall DSP, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories: Dimensionals, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Retired Ribbon

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Now how about a little bling?

What is more fun than texture and bling? Not much, right? This card gives you a little of both!! Love the Embossing folders - GREAT way to add some texture to your card and make it really pop. And how can you not love a great big flower and a little bling? No sentiment on this one - which makes it a great card to have on hand, and you can add an occasion specific sentiment on the inside!

Paper: Basic Gray, Yo-Yo Yellow (retired), Whisper White
Accessories: Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Brad, Flower (non-SU!), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Welcome back

Welcome back everyone! Oh, wait. I should welcome myself back! I fell into a little bit of a creative slump when the basement flooded, but my mojo is back!

Cards are a great gift for a special someone over the holidays. How about a package of notecards or thank-you cards? These cards are by special request for some masculine cards. I know this is always a difficult "genre" for me, as I like lots of bling and sparkle. Not necessarily something those male types like in a card.

These cards use very masculine designer paper, tied up with hemp twine (just like my Halloween cards) or knotted ribbon (which seems to be more manly than a bow). Then I used Rub-ons for the sentiment. GREAT way to add a little "oomph" to your cards without stamping!

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Retired Fall DSP
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Chat Room Rub-on

Paper: Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Retired Fall DSP
Accessories: Hemp Twine, Chat Room Rub-on

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Time for the holidays! Halloween always is the start of the holiday season for me, which means the next 2 months are going to go fast! Love the smell of fall!

Need a great way to use up small scraps of Designer Series Paper that you just can't part with? This is perfect! I had a few scraps of Halloween paper from years past, and mixed em up to make this card! The 1 1/4" square punch is a great tool to have to maximize your paper! ;0)

Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween - weather should be great for trick or treaters - bring on the kiddos!

Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Whisper White, Retired Halloween DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories: Hemp Twine

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June Club

Club time girls! This month we are going to work on some techniques - per your request! This first technique is called "Emboss Resist" and is really quite fun! You can find an easy tutorial here.

Stamp Set: Great Friend
Ink: Old Olive (Craft), Basic Black, Versamark
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 1/4" Square Punch, Black Brads, Clear Embossing Powder

This next one uses a couple of new products: stencils and Schmootz Spritz. Pretty fun! You can use the stencils on paper, fabric, anything around the house to "alter".

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Cameo Coral
Paper: Whisper White, Cameo Coral
Accessories: Oval Punch, Scallop Oval, Schmootz Spritz, Dimensionals, Stencil

This next card we are doing "scratch-n-sniff". Yep, you read it right. Mix clear embossing powder will kool-aid. You can find the tutorial here. We are also doing a fun little pocket with the Top Note Die. (Sorry about the sideways card - my camera broke, and am using my backup. I can't get my computer to rotate the image).

Stamp Set: Party Hearty
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Paper: Kraft, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Flock Together DSP, Real Red
Accessories: Top Note Die, Big Shot, Real Red Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Linen Thread
See you Wednesday for club ladies!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

It's that time again . . .

Yep! Time for the "Last Chance" List! These are all the stamp sets and accessories that will be retiring at the end of the month. Keep in mind - the stamp sets are available through the end of the month. The accessories are first come, first serve. So if there is something you are dying for - order up! Please email me if you want to order!!

Here are all the lists (Click on the link to pull up the list!).

Last Chance Stamp Sets

Last Chance Definitely Decorative (note that these are all 25% off!!!!)

Last Chance Accessories

So - take a look and take advantage of all the retiring items before they are gone! Time to stock up! And you know what this means . . . . come July 1 we have a brand new catalog with many many fabulous items in it!!!!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Retiring colors - everywhere! Check out some ofthe retiring colors here. Need some before they are gone? They retire June 30, 2010, so make sure you get em before they are gone!

Here are some cards using some of the retiring colors. How great would a set of 4 notecards be for a gift for someone with envelopes? I have some made already if anyone wants to purchase! The embossing folders add great texture to any project! Don't have a Big Shot? You NEED one!

Stamp Set: Happy Moments (Retired)
Ink: Basic Gray, Cameo Coral, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Big Shot, Dimensionals, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, Embossing Folder

Stamp Set: Happy Moments
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Really Rust
Accessories: Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Big Shot, Embossing Folder

Stamp Set: Happy Moments
Ink: Basic GrayPaper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Summer Sun, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Dimensionals, Basic Gray Ribbon, Big Shot, Embossing Folder

Stamp Set: Happy Moments
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Brilliant Blue, Taken with Teal
Accessories: Dimensionals, Basic Gray, Big Shot, Embossing Folder

Also, don't forget to check out the clearance rack. There are some STEALS!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mom's purse

Long before I ever created a card, or papercraft of any kind, I sewed. Mom taught me, and then I learned to quilt. So how awesome for me to discover that I can use my BIG SHOT for quilting? I was ecstatic. As you all know, it cuts fabric, and cuts the most perfect sized squares for quilting usng the Scallop Square Die. It is quite easily the most fabulous die you can buy for your Big Shot!

So, for Mother's Day, I whipped together a purse. I actually made one a month back, and gave it away without taking pictures. I know! So, here's the purse:

Inside lining:

Close up of the ruffle and quilting:

So, whatcha think? Pretty awesome, huh? What are your thoughts on me holding a class where we all make a purse? No need to be overwhelmed - it is quite easy to put together! A fabulous demonstrator Angie Juda made a really easy video to follow!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May Club

Can you believe May is already here?! Time for stamp club! This first project uses chalk - a medium that we don't use all that much (I have only used ine a handful of times), but I have found a really fun way to use them! This image is stamped with versamark, and then the chalk is applied with a sponge dobber. SOOO fun! Sorta looks like worn denim to me!!

Stamp Set: Medallion, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Really Rust, Not Quite Navy, Versamark
Paper: Very Vanilla, Really Rust, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Sponge dobbers, Brads, Dimensionals

For the next project, I am doing something that we have never done in club before. The last 2 projects "go together". This was not the original plan, but because sometimes projects do not go according to plan - you improvise!

This little card purse is just adorable, and really easy to whip together. How about adding a couple of cards and you have a hand-made gift ready on the spur of the moment!! You can find the tutorial for the purse here.

Paper: Cottage Wall DSP, Orchid Opulance, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry Ribbon, brads, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Circle Scallop Punch

And the last project is really 2 . . . I couldn't send you off with a card purse with only one card inside!! I just can't get enough of these embossing folders with the Big Shot!! Adds such great dimension to the project! We are also using Rub-ons - you have your choice of about a zillion different phrases! Rub ons are a great way to add a sentiment (or other element) to a card!

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulance, Cottage Wall DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Dot Embossing folder, Rich Razzleberry Ribbon, Dimensionals, Chit Chat Rub-ons
See ya tonight!

Who loves ribbon?

I do! I mean, who doesn't love ribbon? And how many of you hoard it, save it and can't bear to throw it away? I know it's you! Well, for all of you who have saved those scraps of ribbon, I have just the solution for you!! Use any punch - heart, star, scallop - whatever you have on hand! Adhere the ribbon to the backside (I used double stick tape) and assemble your card!

Paper: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Breeze, Whisper White
Accessories: Full Heart Punch, Ribbon: Bermuda Breeze, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day out there to all you fabulous moms! I hope you are able to let your mom know how much she means to you. We are celebrating with mom today with a home-cooked meal! I just love these colors together - especially if your mom loves pink! :)

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Blooming with Love (retired)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: Dimensionals, Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Pretty in Pink Stain Ribbon

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mother's Day - easy as a button!

Okay girls - Mother's Day is in TWO days. Do you have your Mother's Day card ready? Here is a super fun and super easy card to whip up for mom! Everyone has buttons, right? Left over from shirts, pants, whatever? Make it into a card with some of your coordinating punches!

Stamp Set: Any alphabet stamp set (this one is retired)
Ink: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Playground buttons, Linen Thread, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Momma's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner. Do you have your card ready to go to your mom? Make sure you let her know how much she means to you!

Stamp Set: Blooming in Love
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Real Red
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Real Red, Sweat Pea DSP
Accessories: Soft Suede Ribbon, Dimensionals, 5 petal flower punch, Perfect Polka dots Embossing folder, Rhinestone brad, Jumbo Eyelet

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Stamp Club time! And we are going to work a little out of our boxes - are you ready? This first card is super fun. Who doesn't love the 'faux' look? Reminds me of a purse I own. . .

So this is the faux gator skin? Versamark the entire card, then draw lines with your bone folder. Knock off the excess powder and then heat emboss the entire thing. Now, something to keep in mind, and I did not notice until I did the photos - it looks as if there is a little bit of white embossing powder in with my clear . . . Try to keep that seperate (I must have used them in the same tray and then refilled my containers -oops).

And if your outside is a little plain (think no layers), how great to add a little business inside? Don't forget that you can dress up the inside too!

Ink: Versamark
Paper: Rose Red, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Accessories: Brad, Scallop Circle #2 die, Big Shot, Cordouroy button, Clear Embossing powder, fabric

Next one - is a man card. I know, I should have told you to sit down. The men in our lives need cards too - without ribbons, pink or sparkly! And what man do you know that doesn't like beer? Well, there aren't too many! Do you recognize it? The foam on the beer is the cupcake topper on Simple Birthday Thanks! And the 'frost' is vellum!

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Simple birthday Thanks
Ink: Close to Cocoa, More Mustard
Paper: More Mustard, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Vellum
Accessories: 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Label Punch, More Mustard brads, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects (for the 'sweat' on the glass)

Okay - don't freak. We are going to sew. I know that this is a stamping club, and sometimes we don't stamp at all on a card (see first card in this post). Well, this time we aren't even going to use paper. BUT - we are using the Big Shot and some fabulous dies. How great is it that you can use the Big Shot for paper and fabric?! Oh my - the possibilities are limitless! This is a little quilt square. Maybe for a hot pad, pot holder, the start of your next quilt. . . ?

Accessories: Big Shot, 3-d Flower, Scallop Circle #2

See ya Wednesday night!

Monday, April 12, 2010


Do I have your attention? Who doesn't love a clearance!?! EVERYONE! Okay, so Stampin' Up! is having a clearance. Actually - they have a clearance rack! How cool, right? Well, make sure you go check it out, as they are updating it all the time with new stuff!

Check out the Clearance Rack and let me know if you wanna place an order!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fabric Gift Wrapping

Fabric gift wrap? Well, that sounds crazy, doesn't it? It is actually reall fun, really easy and totally GREEN! I figure - I drive an SUV, so I must do all I can to make a difference in other ways to save the environment. :)

In this, the only item I used from SU! is the Fleurettes II. Scrap fabric, scrap ric-rac and a miscellaneous button . . . and you have a beautiful little wrap. Change the size of your fabric for the size of your gift. Easy peasy, right?! Hope you like! And totally re-useable!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! Wait - that was a few days ago. Yep - I'll admit it. This holiday snuck up on me a bit! And I must also admit - our Easter cards to our family members just got mailed yesterday. Oh, well! A late hand-made card is better than no card at all, right?! That's what I thought.

I didn't go very traditional with this Easter card on purpose. When you think of Easter, it is all bunnies, chicks and lambs. Well, I want to show you that you can make a holiday card without having all those specific holiday stamp sets! (All you need is Teeny Tiny Wishes - you have that yet??!) You can do a very traditional layout with simple greeting to make a great holiday card. Hope you all had a great Easter! :)

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Old Olive, Kraft, Whisper White, Orchid Opulance, Cottage Wall DSP
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry Ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Hemp Twine, Sewing Machine

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Re-vamping Stampin' Up! Colors

Okay, so this is so exciting! We are getting some totally new and great colors starting in July. And - get this - we are bringing back some of our old favorite In-Colors. Exciting, right?! I know!

So first I want to share with you the colors that are retiring. Yep, a whole slew of them are retiring. We have a few months (all available through the end of June) to stock up on our favorites that are going away.

You can either click here or click on the above photo to download the farewell colors we are saying good-bye to. Are there some of your favorites? Me too! Time to stock up, girls!

And then, are you ready? Time to say HELLO to some great new colors and time to welcome back some old favorites that we thought were gone forever. SOOO excited to get these into the rotation!!!!

So, Click here or on the photo above to check out thes new colors. AND - they are rearranging the color families. Just when you thought you had them all figured out - they are moving them all around. And I am loving it! These new colors are GREAT - and are totally in tune with all the wonderful colors that are in right now! Let me know if you need to place an order or if you have any qeustions about these new colors! Happy Stamping! :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Textured Thanks

This embossing folder is so great! It can be used on any card, for any reason! And I sure do love how it adds so much character to a white piece of card stock! A package of these cards tied up with a bow would make such a great gift for someone!

Stamp Set: Very Thankful
Ink: Cameo Coral
Paper: Cameo Coral, Whisper White, So Saffron
Accessories: So Saffron, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Going Green

Yesterday was that day to 'wear green'. Well, I'm not Irish (and didn't even wear green), but I am all about 'going green'. There are lots of ways to save this environment, and you can even do your part with your cards! So these cards were made totally with scraps. I know you have tons of scraps of DSP that you just can't bear to part with . . . so don't! My scraps are even different sizes (*gasp*). How do you stay "green" when you craft?

Stamp Set: Great Friend
Ink: Garden Green
Paper: Very Vanilla, Flock together DSP
Accessories: Staples, Very Vanilla Hardware

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stamp Club

Yikes! This is late - so it's gonna be quick. Stamp club tonight!

This first one is a "mystery project". Don't totally freak out! I have all the supplies ready for you, along with the stamp and the ink. I want to see your creativity, and see what you make from the supplies! :)

Mystery! :)

Happy Easter! This is the cutest little basket made from the milk carton Big shot die! Soooo lovin' it! :)

Ink: Creamy Caramel (for a little sponging)
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Easter grass, Large Oval punch, Oval Punch, Heart Punch, Border Punch, Word Window Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Booglie Eyes

Last project is super easy! Makes for a perfect party favor, table topper, place setting, whatever! Use any designer paper, any ribbon - make it your own. This one is filled with rolos - YUM! Ribbon is tied onto a book rign, which holds the corners of the 'basket' together!
Paper: Welcome Neighbor
Accessories: Crushed Curry Ribbon, Book Ring, Bahama Breeze Ribbon
See ya tonight! :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lots of layers - I'm back. hehe. This card was fun to do - although not a card you want to mass produce with all the cutting and punching. :) Fun way to show how the DSP and the stamps compliment each other!

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Trendy Trees
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Old Olive, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Welcome Neighbor DSP
Accessories: So Saffron Ribbon, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Simple Anniversary

So I have been trying to challenge myself to make cards that are "outside my box". For me, that means less layers, less embellishments and more simple. I think this card fits the bill. Pretty straight forward anniversary card.

Stamp Set: Simply Said, Forever in your heart (retired)
Ink: So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Soft Sky
Paper: Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla

Friday, March 5, 2010

Oh man. The simplicity of this card makes me love it so much more! This will be making it into the mailbox of one of my fellow stampers - about a month late! Sorry Andrea!

Things I love about this card: Easy, can use for any occasion, great way to use up scrap DSP, super elegant! I hope you like this card as much as I do. I think I am going to have to try this out in some different color combinations and for different occasions!

Stamp Set: Great Friend
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Kraft, Pumpkin Pie, Bahama Breeze, Welcome Neighbor DSP
Accessories: White Organza Ribbon (held on with glue dot), Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, SAB Border Punch