Tidings of comfort and joy

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I love this embossing folder!  It’s called Elegant Lines (#119277).  In the catalog it’s turned the other way so I guess I have it upside-down – but can you tell?!  I like the blank space at the bottom so I can add the sentiment there.  On this card I used “tidings of comfort and joy” from the Word Play stamp set (#120308).  Colors are sahara sand, soft suede, whisper white and old olive.  All in all, a pretty simple card to make!

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One more swap to share

This is a gift card holder I made to swap.  I used the Island Oasis DSP.  One of my pet peeves is wasting paper so I made this from a 6x6 piece with very little left over at all!  I had a bigger version too but it wasn’t as efficient.  I’ll post that one too though in case you prefer a larger size.  Anywho – here’s how you make this one.  Picture or Video 786

Start with a 6x6.

Cut it to 5x6.  Save the 1x6 for the inside pocket.

Fold the 5x6 in half so it’s now 3x2½.

From the open edge, measure in ½” and make a small mark.  Do both sides.  From that mark, cut a straight line down to folded edge corner.  This tapers the sides just a bit to be more purse shaped.

Open it up and adhere the strip you cut off earlier Picture or Video 787 along the fold of one side.  This becomes the pocket to hold your gift card or business card so don’t glue it all the way – just the edges and a bit of the bottom edge.

Cut a Top Note with the Big Shot to be the purse flap.  Fold it in half and adhere half to the back of the side with the pocket.

Decorate the flap, add a little velcro closure and there you have it!  You could add ribbon handles if you wanted but it’s so small, I kind of like the way it looks like a clutch instead of a big bag purse.

Holler if you need better instruction or more pictures.  I’m happy to help!

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My second swap card

This is another card I made lots of to swap at Picture or Video 782convention.  It’s the same Animal Stories stamp set but the colors are brighter and I put them in a filmstrip. The spiral edge punch makes it easy.   The little hearts and the “love you” are from the Short & Sweet stamp set –one of my favorites!  The Designer Paper in the background is from the Island Oasis pack.  I used the stripes and the polka dots since I had to cut so many pieces.  The hearts are popped up on dimensionals.  Hope you like it!

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Getting ready for convention!

The annual Stampin’ Up! convention starts tomorrow so I’m off to

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Salt Lake City in the morning with 10,000 of my closest friends!  There will be tons to see, classes to take, demonstrations to watch and lots and lots of cards to swap!  I didn’t go over-board this year and I’m taking just a few different kinds…  It’s been an assembly line around here trying to get them all ready though.  Cut pieces, punch pieces, fold pieces, stamp pieces…and then put them all together!  Voila, the finished card…Picture or Video 785

I really like these colors together – so Saffron, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip.  The animals are from the Animal Stories stamp set and the words are from the Three Little Words stamp set.  I cut the H and the I out with my Big Shot and the Serif Essentials alphabet.  I hope the stampers I swap with like it too!

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Monochromatic Mood

Hi there – Today’s card makes great use of all those random strips of paper we all have stashed away!  These are all grey with two Baja Breeze strips since they seemed to fit with their geometric patterns.  The little flower is my favorite part.  It’s three little ones scrunched up and stacked with a brad in the center to hold them together.  Adds a touch of dimension along with the grey taffeta ribbon.  Hope you like it!

Picture or Video 695 Last Friday’s garage sale was a success but I still have lots of stamp sets and paper/ink/reinker sets left.  Give a shout if you are interested and I can send you titles and colors I have available.  The sets are between $4-12 – such a bargain!

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Big Garage Sale!

Hi – As you can see, it IS possible to have too many stamps! :0)  This Friday we will have a garage sale of All Stampin’ Up! retired sets both wood and clear!

  • There will also be ink pads, inkers, papers, pastels and much more!
  • There are three demonstrators participating in this so we have lots!
  • If you are not local and are looking for something in particular please email me and I will check to see if I have it. 
  • The sale is Friday, from 9-2 pm in the Bear Creek area of Woodinville at 18142 NE 179th St - Woodinville Wa.


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Happy 4th of July!

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This is just a silly tea light with wire “fireworks” and punched stars – dorky but cute on a picnic table!  Hope you are all enjoying a picnic and some fireworks today too! 

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A new catalog, new colors and a new stamp set…

Hi – The new catalog launched today and it’s a beauty!  Be sure to check it out at my website:  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/kirstindavies/catalogs  The samples are just lovely!  I see something new each time I look at a page! :0)

Today’s card is made with a set that will be in the new catalog as a level 2 hostess set – which means you could earn it free with a workshop that totals $300 or more!  Free is always good….The set is called Apple Blossoms.  Three new ink colors were used here too:  Marina Mist, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.

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Hope you like it!  Give a shout if you have any questions or would like to talk stamps or place an order…I’d love to chat with you!

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Quick cards for Monday

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Hi – Two quick cards with Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and So Saffron to brighten them up.  I must have been in a bird mood since they both have birds on them!  Thanks for stopping by – holler if you have any questions!

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Come on get happy…

Hi – Remember the Partridge Family?!  These quails remind me of the partridges in the opening credits of that show – maybe it’s just me that sees that though!

Picture or Video 647 Aren’t they cute?!  This is the first time I’ve inked up this set so I started with simple.  The set is called Happy Together.  The colors I used are Ruby Red (looks like Really Rust though…), Chocolate chip, Certainly Celery, Whisper White and the ribbon is So Saffron.  The baby quails are stamped in Crumb Cake.  Hope you like it!

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PS – I’ve been cleaning out my stamp sets and have 60+ sets to sell! Yikes!! If you are interested in a copy of the list or photos, email me.  I’d love to send them off to good homes. :0) 

Punch that daisy out…

Picture or Video 642 Hi – Today’s card is a big ol’ daisy made from the small oval punch and the large oval punch.  The larger one is embossed with the dots and the smaller one has a bit of So Saffron sponged on the edges to add a little color and depth.  The center is a 1” circle with micro beads added.  The card base is Baja Breeze.  And that little corner flower is a Bitty Button on a saffron punched flower with twine tied through it!  A lot of pieces to assemble but all in all a pretty easy card to make.  Hope you like it!

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Because I Care…

Hi – …and I do care!  But in this case, that’s the name of the stamp set I used! Picture or Video 641 It’s called Because I Care and it’s a sneak peek at a set that will be in the new catalog.  It has the beautiful hydrangea stamp, the “Because I care” sentiment, a “Thanks” and a few others too in the set.  For this card I used River Rock, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black and Whisper White.  I hope you like it! 

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School’s almost over! :0)

Hi – Tomorrow is the last full day of school!  Kids are cheering, moms are…cheering too! :0)  Here are a few year end teacher gifts and cards.  Julie and I stuck our heads together and came up with these “Fab 5” made with the First Day stamp set.

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Well, that’s 3 out of 5!  They are:  a bottle of hand sanitizer (and what teacher doesn’t need plenty of that!), a notepad with a magnetic closure and a tri-fold “Good Student” coupon holder.  Isn’t that worm a hoot?!  On the card, I used the word window punch to make the book shapes that he’s perched upon.  Check Julie’s out at www.thoughtsthatstick.blogspot.com. They are slightly different since we get to yakkin’ and forget what we’re doing! 

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Here’s the inside of the coupon holder plus the two cards to round out the 5 projects.  Hope you like them!  Holler if you have any questions -



Funky flowers!

Hi there – Gee, I’m not sure this card is my favorite design….it’s a little too random for Picture or Video 597this “let’s make sure everything is lined up and balanced” girl! :0)  But I stepped outside my box and gave it a whirl.  I started with the flower stamp from the Always stamp set and heat embossed it with white powder.  Then I sponged Tempting Turquoise all over it –trying not to make it a solid color, but with dark and light areas.  Then I stamped the sprig in Old Olive and the little flower in Turquoise again.  All the stamps are from one set which is hard to do sometimes!  In person, the white flower are a bit shiny which is kind of a neat texture to add.  So…not my best effort, but hey – maybe someone out there will love it!  :0)

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Flower Garden Card

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Hellooooo – I was in the mood for a crisp and fresh looking card and here’s my result…I rather like that there’s lots of white which makes the brighter colors pop a bit more.  I used Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive.  It’s a very simple card to make, but there are a lot of little pieces to adhere on there! :0)


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Bleach Embossing!

Trying something new!  Well it’s new to me but it’s a technique that’s been around for a while – bleach embossing.Picture or Video 591 I stamped the flower stems from the Friends 24/7 set in versamark and then embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I painted inside the leaf and flower spaces with regular household bleach.  Just a tiny amount in a glass bowl is all it takes!  The embossing helps keep the bleach “inside” the lines.  The spaces you bleach will turn lighter right away.  Allow it to dry – which only takes a minute or two – and then use Stampin’ Write markers or chalks or pastels to color in those spaces.  The background piece is the new Presto DSP that is already embossed and sponging over it brings out the hidden design – in this case, words/poetry.  It starts out white and I sponged Old Olive over it.  Colors are Kraft, So Saffron and Old Olive.  Thanks to my stampin’ buddy Julie for teaching me this technique!  Hop over to www.thoughtsthatstick.blogspot.com to see her card.  Same stamps and papers but a totally different look!

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Monkey Business!

Hi there – Isn’t this an adorable little palm tree?!  Who knew that a clear tube couldPicture or Video 560 take on a new identity as a deserted island tree complete with monkeys, coconuts and a bikini!  I took the tubes over to my stampin’ buddy Julie’s house and this is what we came up with…too fun!  I found these clear, plastic tubes at a local craft store.  They are about 7½” tall and maybe an inch and a half across.  In the photo you can see I have coconut Frango’s in there so they are plenty big enough to hold wrapped chocolates. The palm leaves are made out of the Flower Folds die for the Big Shot.  We punched a circle out of the middle of each flower to fit it over the tube, sponged the edges and snipped them to more resemble palm fronds.  The coconuts are the ¾” circle punch, punched 4 times from Chocolate Chip paper, folded in half and glued together with Tombow to give them a 3D look.  The monkeys are from the Fox&Friends stamp set.  The bikini and towel are just hand Picture or Video 564 cut from the Island Oasis DSP.  If you lived somewhere warmer than Western Washington is right now, these would be a great kick-off to summer gift for a friend.  Up here, we just hope for sun and stamp while it rains!  Thanks for stopping by -


Big Flower Bag Tag

Hi – Here’s a little something I made with my Picture or Video 312 stampin’ buddy Julie a while back.  I found these cute little baskets at the store and we dressed them up with these big flowers.  They were cut with the Flower Folds die for the Big Shot, first from chipboard and then DSP.  The center has a treat cup in it with a few yards of So Saffron grosgrain ribbon coiled up.   Then I pushed a Pumpkin Pie corduroy button through the top.  The whole flower hangs from a book ring through a jumbo eyelet.  The crop-o-dile set the eyelet right through the basket.  Add some ribbon to Picture or Video 313the handle and it’s cute, cute!  Thanks for stopping by -


Tutorial Backpack

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Hi – Here’s the sample shown in the tutorial!   It’s Tempting Turquoise and Island Oasis DSP.  The flowers on the flaps have white craft ink on the edges.  The front pocket is large enough to hold a Ghirardelli Chocolate!  Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by -


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New Backpack Tutorial!

At long last I’ve got a new backpack to show and a tutorial to go with it.  It has lots Picture or Video 358of photos in it for those who like a visual to go along with the measurements and words.  I’m quite visual myself so I think a picture is easier to follow than a sentence! :0) I know there are other backpacks and instructions out there, so why chose mine?  I’ll tell you why!  I have a “thing” about using all the available space on a piece of cardstock.  I like my measurements to be easy to follow and almost always no less than ¼”.  I like to maximize every scrap!   This backpack is made from Sahara Sand as the base color and Not Quite Navy DSP.  The ribbon and the scallop circle accent are Bashful Blue for a little brightness.  I was going for a muted denim look.  The sample in the tutorial is Tempting Turquoise with the new Island Oasis DSP so it’s quite a bit zingier! The overall size is 5” tall and 3½” wide and 1¾” deep.  The flaps are held closed with velcro so you can stuff quite a bit in there!  These are great teacher gifts for back to school, end of the year or anytime in between. Picture or Video 360       Picture or Video 361 I am just about done putting the tutorial pages together but if you’d like to pre-order now, you can do so and I will send it to you via email by Monday evening.  Thanks for stopping by!


Little houses in a row…

This is card #2 using the Welcome Neighbor DSP pack and the Good Neighbors stamp set.  Picture or Video 196 The paper has the houses and the clouds on it already.  I stamped the roof pieces and extra clouds, cut them out and then popped them up on dimensionals.  The colors are Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Kraft with a bit of Soft Suede thrown in with the ribbon.  The twine piece ties the darker shade of brown back to the Kraft card base.  I kind of like the way the roof pieces aren’t exactly straight – gives them a bit of personality!  I think this would make a good card to give someone who is moving into a new house or moving away from your neighborhood.  Hope you like it!

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Back from the edge of the earth!

That’s the answer to, “Where have you been?!”  I’m back from falling off the edge of the earth.  :0)   I could explain it all but I’m sure you’d rather just see a card and get on with it!!   My oh-so-wise stampin’ buddy Julie has this thing she does with new stampPicture or Video 193 sets she gets – she puts the set together and then makes 5 things – cards or projects – with the set right away.  Sort of a getting acquainted tradition, I like to think.  So that’s what leads me to today’s card… It’s one of 5 I made using the “Welcome Neighbor” DSP pad and the “Good Neighbors” stamp set from Sale-a-bration.  The papers coordinate wonderfully with the stamps!  The colors are kraft, Taken with Teal and Old Olive.  The focal piece and the striped piece are both from the paper pack.  I added the buttons to the tree and a little white taffeta ribbon.  A very easy card since only the sentiment and mini tree are stamped!  Hope you like it.

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Little Lion with Big Wishes….

Hi – Quick post today of a card I made last night while distracted watching thePicture or Video 059 Olympics… The lion might be too small with everything else going on around him but the flowers I tried seemed too big.  I do like the lion though!  He’s from the Fox & Friends stamp set and I stamped him 3 times to get the popped out layers on his head.  The colors are Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron.  All the ribbons are Stampin’ Up!  Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by -


Cookie Roll

Hi there – Here’s a quick and fun way to dress up some cookies to give away.  There are a  dozen “out on the range” oatmeal and peanut butter  cookies rolled in saran wrap inside there.  I wrapped them in kraft paper  first and then used the Sending Love specialty paper.  I used the scallop edge punch to fancy up the edges too! :0)  The flower is 5 of the new Extra Large Fancy Flowers punched, scrunched and bunched in the middle with a red epoxy brad.

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Mini Milk Cartons

Hi – Milk cartons were never this cute in the school lunch line!  Picture or Video 036 I love this new die for the Big Shot.  The milk cartons are easy to assemble, cut in one piece with all the score lines made for you.  Here I’ve made two matching ones and put them in a little holder with a handle.  The colors are So Saffron with Basic Black and Whisper White.  The Designer paper is called Night & Day.  My stampin’ buddy and I made these earlier this week. Hop on over to Julie’s blog to see hers in Tempting Turquoise and Black!  The scallop circle stamp is a freebie set called Vintage Labels from the Sale-a-bration catalog – it can be yours free too with any $50 purchase.  In this set, the stamps all coordinate with a punch from SU!  Here I used the scallop circle punch on the holder and the front of each milk carton.  Picture or Video 039 The little bird is a sizzlit die.  I cut out a ¾” circle from the front of each milk carton and covered it with acetate to give a peek of what might be inside!  White mints would be lovely in these or even chocolate covered raisins.  Hope you like them!   Holler if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by --


And a card rises from the scrap pile….

Hi – Odd title, eh?  But it fits what happened!  I was cleaning up my stamp table and putting away all the new goodies that had come.  I picked up the corner scallop edge punch to unwrap it and thought I needed to try it out – right now, skip the rest of the  cleaning!! So the closest scrap was a piece of Pretty in Pink….and the rest is history!  And no, I never did get back to finding the tabletop again. :0)  Story of my life.  Start one thing, do six or seven other things and then end up with something totally different.  Oh well – I think the card turned out to be pretty cute!  Picture or Video 035

I used the Sending Love Specialty paper and then added the flowers to match it.  The big flowers are made with the new flower punch from the Occasions mini.  I even added glitter since that little scalloped frame in the back needed a little foo-foo boost on the front of the card.  Hope you like it too!

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Box – do-overs!

Hi – Here is another version of the box, this Picture or Video 029 time in a Valentine’s design.  I reconfigured the box portion to better fit on the scallop square pieces.  I like it better with a little more of the scallop visible and it is still plenty big.  I cut the square from Chocolate Chip and layered Very Vanilla and a piece of the Sending Love Specialty paper on top.  The heart and “u” are chipboard.  The “u” was just colored with a marker in Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa.  For the heart, I glued a piece of the DSP on top, cut it out and sanded the edges.  The pretty little brad is an epoxy brad from the current mini.  The box measures 3½” x 3½”  and is 2” tall.  I fit 30 Tootsie Rolls inside – in case you’re as visual as I am!

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Hope you like it!  Holler if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!


Scallop Square Box

Hi  - This cute little box was a cooperative effort and I love the Picture or Video 014 way it turned out!  While I figured out the box dimensions and how to score and fold it, my stampin’ buddy Julie did the design for the lid….in this case, two heads were better than one!  As Julie knows all too well (because I make her crazy with a ruler :0) ), I like to use whole numbers or at least reasonable fractions.  AND – I like to maximize the paper and not waste space.  I’m a little nutty that way.  Soooo, the top and bottom pieces are the square scallop die run through the Big Shot and the box is made from an 8x8¼ sheet of cardstock.  The box itself is an 8x8 sheet and the hinge is that little piece of ¼” on one end.  The sides are 2” tall so it's a pretty deep box – big enough to hold two of the medium sized SU! punches.  We used the new paper pack from the Occasions mini Picture or Video 016 and added the felt leaves and a punched circle of the polka dot DSP on one flower.  The closure is a tab punch that hooks behind a button.  The clear button is backed in a piece of the polka dotted DSP too.

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Sweet Heart Treats

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Hi – Quick post today to show these cute Sweet-Tart  Treats!  They are very easy to make if you have these skinny cello bags.  I’ve seen them “out there” before filled with M&Ms but I thought these little candy hearts would be a great fit for Valentine’s Day.  The heart shaped toppers were stamped with the  “I {Heart} Hearts stamp set that coordinates with the heart punches.  Punches make everything easy-peasy!   :0)   I sandwiched the top of the cello bag between two hearts and on the back I stamped “To:  From:” so they could be given away.  Hope you like them!  Holler if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by!


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Pop-Up Valentine

Hi – This card is 4x4 and could be a gift card holder as well as a pop-up card.newly imported 1091  It started as a gift card holder from a store and my stampin’ partner Julie and I took it apart and put our own twist on it.  The red strip with the flower on it is a belly band and it slides off.  Julie has more samples of the scallop circle flowers on her site here as well as how to make them.  Inside the card is a ledge with a slit that will hold a regular newly imported 1095 credit card sized gift card. It sits in the ledge and can be pulled out.  We chose to put in a “Like-o-meter” stamped on a 3x3 piece of Pretty in Pink instead!  The meter stamp is in the new Occasions mini for $8.95.  The paper also comes from the mini catalog and is called “Sending Love.”  Each sheet in the pack has a shimmery glittery side.  I’m not much of a glitter-girl, but this paper is beautiful!  Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by -