Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wonderous Wreath Garland Tutorial



Stampin' Up!'s Wonderous Wreath stamp set and coordinating framelits will help you create relatively quick and easy Christmas cards that everyone will ooh and aah about when they get one from you.  I made 12 of them for our September Stampin' Up! demonstrator swap.  Thank goodness the cards were quick and easy to make because I was making them the day before our swap.  LOL.


For this Christmas garland, you'll make the wreath and then cut it into 3 pieces.  This tutorial will show you how I cut the wreath apart.  I also share a tip on how to make die cutting the Noel a little easier.  When you have a detailed framelit like the Noel, it can sometimes be a little tricky to remove the paper from the framelit.  Watch how adding one common household item can make it faster to remove the paper after running it through the Big Shot.


This video show you how to make the wreath using the Wonderous Wreath stamp set and coordinating framelits.  When we made this card in stamp club, everyone comments on how the wreath was much easier to do than it looks.


And finally, this is how I made the bows for the garland.  There is also a framelit for a bow in the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies package (135851  $24.95) that you can use.  When you buy the Wonderous Wreath stamp set with the coordinating framelits, you'll save 15% on the bundle.  And if you don't already have one, the Sizzix magnetic platform is a must have item when die cutting with the framelits.  It makes it lining up the framelit with the stamped image a piece of cake!


Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
137624 Wonderous Wreath Stamp Set and Framelits $43.25
130658 Big Shot Magnetic Platform $39.95

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Gratitude for Days Pocket Card



Stampin' Up!'s Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit is designed to make a gratitude banner and can be used to make other projects including this quick and easy pocket card.  This was the favorite project from my August stamp club workshop.


It was easy to stamp the pumpkin and fall leaves on the card from the stamp set since they are photopolymer.  This video shows how easy it is to layer the stamps using Tangerine Tango for the pumpkin and Lost lagoon for the acorns and leaves.


Have you ever tried to tie a small bow and noticed that you end up with a lot of trim that is wasted?  My sister showed me how to use the least amount of ribbon or trim when tying small leaves.  This video shows a quick and easy way to tie these small bows.

To finish this pocket card, I added a die cut leaf in Hello Honey cardstock, and Give Thanks Banner.  You can see how to cut the banner tips with another IAM Tutorial.

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
135868 Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit $21.95
135074 Holiday Invitation Photopolymer Stamp Set $21.95
127812 Autumn Accents Bigz Die $21.95
135838 White and Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim $4.95


Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wonderous Wreath Tutorial



My stamp club members decided this was a quick and easy card thanks to Stampin' Up!'s Wonderous Wreath stamp set and coordinating framelits.  Making the Wonderous Wreath in a class setting went very quickly.  We learned that it wasn't critical that all of your leaves line up.  It actually looks more natural when you don't line things up exactly the same!


To make the Wonderous Wreath (say that quickly three times!), you will stamp three layers of the wreath.  Thanks to being clear photopolymer stamps, it's easy to see where you are stamping.  The stamps and framelits have a tab so you can easily see where the top is.  I marked the top of my paper too as you can see in this video tutorial.


Here is the picture tutorial showing all of the steps.

I also have tutorials for the curved sentiment and punch art bow.  There is a bow that comes with the stamp set and framelits that you can also use.  I liked the texture and dimension from the punch art bow.  And by the way, if you leave out the banner tips, the bow looks like one that Minnie Mouse would wear in her hair!

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
136819 Watercolor Winter Too Stamp Set $11.95
137624 Wonderous Wreath Stamps and Framelits Bundle $43.25
130249 Mosaic Madness Stamp Set $18.95
133787 Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (Heart Punch) $16.95
133519 Banner Punch $12.95
134364 1/4" Circle Handheld Punch $8.95

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Quick and Easy Christmas Star Card



This quick and easy Christmas card uses the Bright & Beautiful stamp set and framelits bundle that is 15% off through August 31st.  Or you can get the bundle for free when you buy a Big Shot during this promotion!


Notice how the star has very thin real red edges?  This In A Minute tutorial shows you how to do this technique!  I like to use this edging technique when I want my paper embellishment to stand out a little more from the background.


I used the same Season's Greetings as a curved sentiment for this card
Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
138200 Bright and Beautiful Stamp Set and Framelit Bundle $43.95
136819 Watercolor Winter Too Stamp Set $11.95
130658 Big Shot Magnetic Platform $39.95
119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels $4.95
130995 Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers $11.95

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Monday, August 18, 2014

Saying Goodbye to the Carryover List



Stampin' Up! has several stamp sets, framelits and punches that are on a carryover list and will retire on August 27th.  There are several popular items on this soon-to-be retired list that you'll want to get while they are still available.  You can see the entire carryover list here.  Probably the most popular item with my customers was the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (128051  $25.95) and coordinating framelits (127816  $24.95).  You can make different types of ornaments and flowers with this set.  One of the more elaborate versions is on this Christmas clothespin wreath.


This snowflake can be made using the Festive Flurry stamp set  (131791  $29.95) and coordinating framelits (132193  $24.95).  You can see the tutorial for making the bag here. The bag only uses one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock.


This Christmas card uses Greetings of the Season (128033  $11.95) in such a cute way.


I love the big sentiments that come with Snowflake Soiree (127925  $21.95).  This card uses a
folded paper technique that is easy to do yet looks like you spent a lot more time putting it together.  

Remember that the last day to order the items from the carryover list is August 27th. Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Punch Art Santa Tag Tutorial



This Stampin' Up! Punch Art Santa Tag was inspired by the Star Santas that I used to paint when I did tole painting.  Thanks to the Star Framelits and punches, this is now a quick and easy project compared to painting a Star Santa.  LOL!


The video tutorial has more tips on how to make the tag and the custom ribbon.  Notice the small staples that attach the ribbon to the tag?  Stampin' Up! now has a handheld mini stapler.  WooHoo!

The words on the tag come from the soon-to-be-available Good Greetings Hostess Stamp Set.  More information will be coming on how to get that stamp set.  I love that font!  And as the stamp set says, it includes some really good greetings!


One thing I love about Punch Art is the seeing versatility of a punch.  Who would have thought that the Bird Builder Punch can make a wonderful Santa mustache!

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
135017 Good Greetings Hostess Stamp Set hostess
136829 Endless Wishes Stamp Set $15.95
133723 Stars Framelits $26.95
122361 Petite Pennants Builder Punch $16.95
117191 Bird Builder Punch $16.95
119855 Large Oval Punch $15.95
134364 1/4" Circle Handheld Punch $8.95
135850 Handheld Stapler $8.95
135847 Silver Mini Staples $3.95
127844 7/8" Cotton Ribbon $7.95

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Country Christmas Tree Card with Tutorial and Challenge



I made this Country Christmas Tree card for a demonstrator swap.  The challenge was that the project had to include some of Stampin' Up!'s designer series paper.  When I saw Andrea's project, I just had to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) it for this swap.  It was perfect for showcasing the Nordic Noel designer series paper in Stampin' Up!'s upcoming Holiday catalog.  Be sure to check out the challenge I'm offering to you at the bottom of this post.


The video tutorial includes the measurements and some tips for making this a quick and easy Christmas card.


Here is a close up of the Country Christmas Tree card.  Notice the Joy and Noel sentiments?  Those come from the Bright and Beautiful Stamp set.  You can get that through August 31 as a bundle with the coordinating framelits for the stars in the stamp set.  I used the smallest star framelit to die cut the star out of Red Glimmer Paper.

Your Challenge

Like any Christmas tree, this country version can be changed to use the paper and embellishments that you have on hand.  I would love to see your version, so here is the challenge.  Make your version of this Country Christmas tree and email it to me by August 31, 2014.  I'll post the entries on my DIY Christmas Pinterest board and the card with the most likes and pins by September 13th will win a prize!  I'm looking forward to seeing what you create.

p.s.  While I will post your card if you are from outside of the US, unfortunately, I can only offer prizes to people who live in the US due to international regs.  :(


Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
130517 Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set $17.95
135029 Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set $24.95
133723 Stars Framelits $26.95
101780 Foam Ink Pad $7.50
101780 Whisper White Craft Ink Refill $4.25
127821 Woodgrain Embossing Folder $7.95
132822 Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper $10.95
121790 Red Glimmer Paper $4.95
132975 Gold Metallic Baker's Twine $3.50
132983 Gold Sequin Trim $4.95
126881 Little Labels Punch Pack $16.95
126883 Ticket Duo Builder Punch $15.95

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store