Christmas Joy, Christmas Tree

christmas-joy-christmas-tree-headerI love how simple this card is and so relaxing to make with just a touch of sewing! Any color Baker’s Twine can be used and the tree can be decorated anyway you want. So sit back, paper pierce some sewing holes and stitch away!


The card base is Real Red card stock cut at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″. The Whisper White layer is 5″ x 3-3/4″.

Along the bottom of the Whisper White make evenly spaced holes with a Paper Piercer and Piercing Mat. Do thesse about a 1/2″ form the edge. In the middle of the card, Paper Pierce a hole on the top of the card about an 1″ from the top.


Thread a fairly fat metal sewing needle and simply go up and through one of the bottom holes into the top hole. Repeat until you’ve created your Baker’s Twine Christmas Tree.

Stamp the “Christmas Joy” message from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set in Real Red ink. Using the Big Shot and the Bunch Of Banners Framelits, cut out the banner.

Adhere the layer onto the Real Red card base and have fun decorating your tree with Sequin Stars and paper punched circles. On the top add a pretty gem or star. What a great texture card!

Have fun making this unique card.






Merriest Wishes Holiday Card


My new blog design isn’t quite where I hoped it to be, but I can’t wait any longer to blog and connect with all of you. I do have some great Christmas and Holiday projects to share with you; so sit back and get ready for three weeks full of festive projects!


Card Stock & Dimensions:

  1. For the card base an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Dapper Denim was cut and scored at 4-1/4″,

      2. The Whisper White layer was cut at 5″ x 3-3/4″

      3. The Soft Sky layer was cut at 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ .


Die Cutting & Embossing:

    1. Run a 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White through the Big Shot with The Merriest Tags. Use the deer and pine tree die.

     2. Rub a 4″ x 4″ piece of Dapper Denim through the Big Shot, but this time cut out the solid ornament to use as the background layer.

    3. With the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, rune the piece of Soft Sky through thr Big Shot.



  1. Stamp “Merriest Wishes” in Cherry Cobbler Ink on the bottom of the die cut ornament lining up the curve of the hill and the curve in the text.



  1. Line up the two cut ornament layers and through the top loop tie a piece of Bakers Twine.
  2. Layer and adhere the card as shown.
  3.  Add Dazzling Diamonds for a bit of festive bling!


Make sure to stop by again soon for more Festive projects.






Its Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Time


STAMPIN’ UP! ON-LINE EXTRAVAGANZA SALE STARTS TODAY!  Up to 40% off on select items.  This online super sale (one of the biggest of the year) will run from November 21 to November 28.  It’s the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts for family and friends, including yourself!

This year’s Online Extravaganza will include a 24-hour sale on the first  (TODAY – Nov. 21) and last (Nov. 28) days of the promotion with special product discounts only available that day!


Order while you can!






Take Note…


I just want to touch base with all of you to let you know I haven’t posted , because my website is being up-dated and worked on. I have done all the new graphics and now the graphics are being installed. Sorry for the inconvenience. I hope to be up and running soon. In the meanwhile, I’ll try to post some projects.



Siggy 2





Today is: Letter Writing Day

Nothing can be more poignant and more touching than a message sent through a letter…


For hundreds of years communication took place through just a couple of ways, you either sat down and had a conversation with someone or you wrote your thoughts and feelings down on a letter and had it delivered to them by courier. The nature of letters made them incredibly intimate, as each carried the indelible mark of its creator. Everything from the subtle scents of your home and perfume, to snippings from your garden could be included in a mailed letter. Digital media just doesn’t quite carry the same personal level as this old method, and Letter Writing Day is your opportunity to remember the wonders of the hand-written word.



How to Celebrate Letter Writing Day
Get out the pen and paper and start writing! Picking who to write too can often be the hardest thing, but you should select an old friend or family member of any age. For the young it can be novel for them to receive a written personal letter, it’s just something that isn’t done anymore and through doing so you can share with them that unique and personal experience that is receiving a written letter from a loved one. If saved, it’s something you can hold on to for a long time.


So, get thise letters signed, sealed and delivered! Take the opportunity provided by Letter Writing Day to work on your writing skills, and let a loved one know they’re worth a little extra effort.



Siggy 2




Grateful Bunch: Pocket Book

Grateful Bunch Pocket Book HeaderWhat a fun project! This pocket book was made using CD Pocket folders and they work perfectly in the assemblage of this book. Once completed this book can be used as a baby photo book, wedding album, receipt/coupon organizer, restaurant menu holder-I could go on and on. Switch out the Designer Series Paper and the colors to match whatever theme you want your book to be.

Grateful Bunch Pocket Book 1

Before you begin this project, you need to purchase some of these CD folders. For this book three CD folders were used. These CD folders can be found at an office supply store or online.

Grateful Bunch CD Folder



Grateful Bunch CD Folder Glue

  1. First three folder were affixed together using Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. Place the glue on two of the back of the pocket pages.




2.  Cut five 5″ x 5″ pieces of Designer Series Paper, of the same pattern, for the front and back covers and the three full pages of the book.

3,  Cut three more 5″ x 5″ pieces of different patterned Designer Series Paper for the three pages with the pockets.

4.  Carefully trace the pocket onto the three sheets and hand cut along your traced lines. If you rotate the cut pieces, you’ll be able to have enough to cover the top and the bottom of the three pocket pages in different papers.



  1. For pages 1 and 2 of my book, I embellished it with the same Wisteria Wonder paper. On the full page I ran the strips horizontally and on the pocket page vertically. This paper was computer generated onto 12″ z 12″ paper using R, G, B numbers for the color. These were adhered with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.
  2. A 1″ x 3″ strip of Designer Series Paper was affixed up the side and a 1/2″ circle was punched halfway on the edge.
  3.  The floral border along the pocket edge was cut from Designer Series Paper and glued.
  4.  The large flower, from the Grateful Bunch stamp set was inked up in Blackberry Bliss Ink (retired) and stamped randomly on the full page. The butterfly was stamped in Wisteria Wonder and the greeting in Calypso Coral.

Grateful Bunch Pocket Book Pages 1 & 2


Grateful Heart Pocket Book Pages 3 & 4

Grateful Bunch Pocket Book Pages 5 & 6

For the Cover:

Grateful Bunch Ribbon Placement



Grateful Bunch Front & Back Covers

THE COVER MEDALLION: I’m using the word “medallion” loosely here as a  form, used as an ornament in a design.

  1. Cut a 2-1/8″ x 2-1/8″ and a 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″ piece of Whisper White.
  2. Cut a 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″ piece of Designer Series Paper.
  3.  On the small piece of Whisper White stamp the large flower from the Grateful Bunch in Blackberry Bliss (retired).
  4. Adhere the three medallion layers together.
  5. Adhere the front and back covers with Multi-Purpose Glue.
  6. Cut a 5″ x 1″ piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock and affix it across the middle of the front cover.
  7. Adhere the medallion over the Blackberry Bliss strip as shown.

Grateful Bunch Front Flowe Medallion

Grateful Bunch Cover Side View

If you get your hands on some of these CD Pocket Folders, try a few of these pocket folder books. They make great gifts!


Thanks for stopping by and remember, “To make what you love and love what you make!”


Embrace the day,

Siggy 2




Q & A: Cutting Card Stock

Q: When stamping with my wood blocks, how do I get the card-stock size for those images?

A: To get the size of cardstock you need to stamp your image. Take your wood block and lay it wood side down on Stampin’ Up!s Grid Paper (130148). Then whatever measurement you get from that you’ll go up about 1/4 of an inch or more if you’d like for the next layer.

Example: If your wood block measures 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 you would cut your neutral cardstock to 2 1/2 x 2 3/4, stamp your image, then cut your next piece of cardstock to 2 3/4 x 3. (This also applies to the Photopolymer or the clear stamps)


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  • For every $50 (on a single order, price before shipping and tax) you spend, you’ll earn a $5.00 Bonus Days coupon that you can redeem between August 2 – 31, 2016.
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    • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.
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This is so simple you will definitely want to place an order in July so you get Bonus Coupons to spend in August.


Just trying to keep you informed!



Siggy 2



Stampin’ Up!: Sitting Here Birthday

Sitting Here Header

This is one of my favorite new Stampin’ Up! stamp sets called, Sitting Here. It’s a versatile set and portrays lazy comfortable images, including a swing with cozy pillows.  The stamp set comes with a swing, but I changed it to a bench and even used part of the swing for a shelf. I’m even playing around using one of the pillow images as floor tile!  The possibilities are truly endless with this Sitting Here stamp set. And, don’t you just love the new Stampin’ Up! 2016-18 In-Color Flirty Flamingo??


Sitting Here Card 1

Let’s get started:


Card Stock & Cutting Dimensions:

  1. Basic Gray (121044): 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
  2. Flirty Flamingo (141416): 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 2″ x 2″ (for stamping)
  3. Whisper White (100730): 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ and 4″ x 3″ (for stamping)
  4.  Soft Suede (115318): 3″ x 3″ (for stamping)



  1.  Ink up the “Happy Birthday” greeting from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set (138813) in Flirty Flamingo Ink (141397) and stamp it on the larger Whisper White layer in the upper left hand corner.
  2. Ink up the round and square pillow images from the Sitting Here Stamp Set (141589) with Basic Gray Ink (140932) and stamp it on the Flirty Flamingo (141416)
  3.  Ink up the swings seat in Basic Gray and stamp it on the smaller Whisper White piece.
  4.  Ink up the swing again and this time stamp only bottom wooden rail on to the Whisper White.
  5.  Ink up the cat in Basic Gray and stamp the cat on the Whisper White as well.
  6.  Ink up the flowers and flower pot image with Emerald Envy Ink (141396) and stamp two on the Whisper White.
  7. Ink up the dog, basket and the bottom swing rail in Chocolate Chip Ink and stamp the images on the piece of Soft Suede.

Sitting Here Bench Detail

Cutting, Coloring & Embellishing:

  1.  Carefully cut out the two flower pots, the two pillows, the dog, the cat and the basket.
  2.  Color in the flowers.
  3. Place a small Silver Brad (just retired) or pearl in the center of the round pillow.
  4.  Cut out the swing and cut off the swing’s ropes. Cut the bottom rail on the second swing and cut two small pieces and adhere as the bench legs.
  5. Cut out the Soft Suede swing bottom rail to use as the shelf. One end will need to be cut and shortened depending on how and where you use it.

Sitting Here Cat Detail

Piecing It All Together:

You can place the images any way you find pleasing. Play around with all the pieces and adhere them to the top Whisper White layer but first…

  1. Adhere the layers a shown.
  2. You can place the dog or cat in the basket. I chose to cut a slit in the basket and slipped in one of the flower pots. The cat looked cute on the shelf and the dog looked comfy on the top curve of the bench too.


Here’s to sitting on our back decks, our front porches and our sun-rooms being as comfy, cozy and lazy on the soon to come “Dog Days of Summer!”


Thanks for stopping by.



Siggy 2


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