Tuesday, August 26, 2014


This weekend was my Grandma's 85th birthday party and I wanted to make a special card for her! 

 I just got this background stamp (Corner Garden) and it was a lot of fun to color it in with Blendabilities. I also used my butterfly punches and the Pappilon Poutpourri stamp set to add the rhinestones butterflies. The "Happy Wonderful" comes from the Wonderous Wreaths stamp set which will be available soon! ... Hey! In JUST TWO DAYS! The Holiday catalog products are available on the 28th! Happy Shopping!

Sunday, August 17, 2014


I didn't have a lot of time this morning but I wanted to make a quick card and I hadn't had time to play with the new Wonderous Wreath set yet. It has a matching framelit set that makes it really easy and fun to cut the wreaths out. The stamp set itself is photopolymer and makes it really easy to layer the leaves (notice I used Pear Pizazz and Wasabi Green leaves). It also has the option to add berries and a ribbon if you like. The framelits come with the words "Joy," and, "Noel" too. You can see the "Joy" on the card I made for my last post. 

In this card I used slate gray for the background and embossed it for some texture. The wreath colors are Pear Pizazz and Wasabi Green with Real Red flowers.

The label was fun to figure out but a little tricky. I used the Decorative Label Punch to cut out the label in Real Red then I cut the label in half and set the pieces aside. The stamp I wanted to use (Happy Wonderful Christmas) wouldn't fit on the Decorative Label so I needed to create a slightly larger punch out. I cut a strip of Pear Pizazz and fed it through the punch from the front so that I would only be punching one end of the strip. Then I flipped the strip around (eyeballed the proper length) and punched the other side. I did lose the cute detail from the center of the punch but I still liked the way it turned out. I used the curly-que from the "W" of the "Happy Wonderful Christmas"to add a little more visual interest to the background of the label. Finally, I glued the red pieces to the back of the  Pear Pizazz label. I topped the gray off with ribbon and used dimensionals to attach both the label and the wreath.

I hope you like it!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I just wanted to post one more angle of this card. I hope you like it! Please feel free to leave comments or ask questions. 


I am having way too much fun with all of these new Holiday products! The "Joy" on this card comes from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits (which by the way can be bundled with the Wondrous Wreath photopolymer stamp set to make some really fun cards--hold on to your horses, more about that still to come!). I used the Confetti Stars Punch to punch the bottom of my Night of Navy card base and I added a Pool Party colored snowflake background from last year's Winter Frost DSP Paper Stack so that some color would show through the stars. I also used the punch on the inside of the card as well. I put strips of the new All Is Calm Washi tape on a piece of whisper white cardstock and cut that to fit the lower center of my card. I originally put the washi tape straight on the Night of Navy but because Night of Navy is so dark it washed out the colors of the washi tape. By using the whisper white I was able to keep the true, bright colors of the washi tape. I used Stretch Ruffle Trim Ribbon in Pool Party to line both top and bottom of my washi tape piece before I adhered it to my background. I used rolled up glue dots to stick the "Joy" on and was happy that that added some dimension and that you couldn't see the glue dots. The last thing I did was use the Confetti Stars Punch again to punch some silver stars to glue on the top of the card as a background for the "Joy." I am really loving the star confetti punch. It's great for both borders and confetti. I'm also finding that the punched borders look great whether you choose to leave them see through, or, to add a background.

PAPER: Night of Navy, 2013 Winter Frost DSP Paper Stacks, Silver Foil Paper and Whisper White
INK: None.... yes, really.
PUNCH: Confetti Stars Punch (135861)
WASHI TAPE: All Is Calm  Designer Washi Tape (135844)
RIBBON: Stretch Ruffle Trim in Pool Party (Retired)
FRAMELITS: Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies (135851)

Many of these items are currently available only to Stampin' Up! demonstrators. They will be available to everyone next month with the release of the new Holiday Catalog. I hope you have enjoyed the sneak peak at some of the upcoming products!

When you're ready, feel free to shop here.
Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

This is the inside of the card from my last post. Now you've gotten to see two of the four dancing Santas. I sure hope you like them! Stay tuned for more!

If you're interested in making your own cards, shop for supplies anytime  at my on-line Stampin' Up! store: http://www.mariawillis.stampinup.net/

Let me know if you have questions or need help!

Dance in your head... Hahahaha! I have to tell you that I LOVE this new "Visions of Santa" stamp set. This is another of the new sets from this year's Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog. I have heard quite a few people saying that they really think this stamp set is "odd." It's almost like it makes people uncomfortable to see good ole Santa in his skivvies. Personally, I think it's hilarious and I really like the quirky style of the art. This stamp set cracks me up big time and I am excited to find lots of ways to use these funny, dancing Santas in my cards this year. As I looked at this set in the catalog I was just keeping my fingers crossed that I could get at least one of the Santas to ride the moose. Lucky for me this Santa rides very well! I used Blendabilities markers to color this card then I stamped in the snowflakes. I made some star confetti using the new Star Confetti Punch and added that for good measure. I used one of the stars to score Santa as "Fabulous!" I put that little candy cane in Santa's hand for fun, but, this stamp set also comes with mistle toe and Christmas lights so you have a few options to choose from.

PAPER: Old Olive, Whisper White and Daffodil Delight
INK: Pool Party and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
BLENDABILITIES: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Skin Tones
STAMP SET: Visions of Santa Photopolymer Stamp Set (135167)
PUNCH: Confetti Stars Punch (135861)

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Bearing Gifts
Bearing Gifts is one of the new stamp sets from the new Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog. It's such a simple, fun stamp that you can do a lot with. I used my new Blendabilities to color the stamp. Then I antiqued the background and added some of the snowflakes from the new Frosted Sequins. I used blendabilities to color the rhinestones so that they would be blue. Did you know you could do that? The Blendabilities markers are alcohol based so you can color rhinestones, buttons, etc... to color match your embellishments to your projects! Pretty cool! I used the "Peace and Joy" stamp from the new Good Greetings stamp set (soon to be a hostess gift set but not currently available for purchase), used my banner framelits to cut it out, added some silver ribbon and Wah-La! 

PS: I notice that in this picture the background looks a little green. In real life it looks more blue-ish. I used Coastal Cabana. I'll see if I can get another pic of it...

I cased this one off of Pinterest and then made it my own. I had been wanting the Expressions thinlits for a while when I happened to see them on sale! Hurray! This is the first card I made with these thinlits and I definitely recommend using a layer of wax paper between the Thinlit and your paper for easier release of the paper. This card was simple and fun and I like the "chalkboard" look of it. I have to tell you a little secret.... I'm a paper hoarder.... I cut the real red background to fit the black front, then, I cut a huge rectangle out of the red piece! I ended up with a pretty nice sized piece to save. Anything to save a piece of paper, why not?!

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