Where are your borders… and everything but the colors are current…Floral Fusion love #2

Psst:  Have you heard…the 2013 Holiday Catalog went live last Thursday!  Make sure to download a copy and enjoy!

And don’t forget the carryover Holiday product found here!

Now back to our regularly scheduled post. {grin}


What’s a girl to do when she has no graduation stamps?  Improvise of course!

Well that and check old SU catalogs for CASE inspiration and then head for the border with a guide to Fabulous Phrases.

Here’s what I found for my favorite stand by text stamp set – Fabulous Phrases – in last years catalog (not really all that old right?):

Fabulous Phrases - SU Card

All images © Stampin’ Up!

And here’s where I ended up:

A tiny tad tricky since I wanted one layout to work for guys and gals.  So Floral Fusion Sizzlit to the rescue!   Lets me use more guy type colors and soften it with a floral flourish right?  And bling…can’t forget the bling for the girls.  And curves…definitely need a few curves (did I mention I’m working slightly blue today…Bashful Blue to be exact…seemed appropriate).

Borders Score - Celebrate You in Crumb Cake

In case you are wondering…it’s supposed to be read Celebrate You, Celebrate Life, Celebrate Dreams.   I know…I shouldn’t have to explain but when I did this card at a Stamp Camp it turned out to be necessary.  Campers thought I left off the r on the you.   What do you think…should I send instructions with the card?   Sad when you don’t know if a graduate can read (or at least read the way I intend them too) don’t you think? 😀

Borders Score Celebrate You in White

And here’s the more masculine version:

Borders Score Masculine

I should probably mention too that this card is a great layout for using up scraps and leftover die cuts and punches from other projects.  If you are like me you have a box filled with punch cuts from those scraps you just don’t want to throw away with out taking tiny punches to them.  One other note about this use of the Floral Fusion.  I used the two smaller sizes on the die and added in the Itty Bitty punch pack matching punch so my flowers would be smaller than the one on the CASE of Carrie’s card here.


Stamps: Fabulous Phrases, Suggestions for interior: Pure Gumption, Word Play, Pursuit of Happiness

Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Early Espresso, Soft Suede

Paper: Bravo Burgundy (4”x11”), Bashful Blue (2-1/4”x 3-3/4”), Certainly Celery (3-1/2” x 1-3/4”  & 3-1/2” x 1-1/4”), Whisper White (3-1/4” x 1-1/2”)

Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

Other: Simply Scored, Borders Scoring Plate, Jewels Basics Rhinestones, 3/8” Whisper White Or Crumb Cake ribbon, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Flower Fusion Sizzlit, Apothecary Accent Framelit, Label Framelit.

Gotta love that Floral Fusion die.  Simple shape that layered really stands out.  And…it coordinates with the little punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack so nicely.   Classic shape I used to come across quite a bit in my Art History classes too.  For the masculine version I made use of the basic shape and skipped the floral frou frou.  Although now that I think about it…I think I did intend to put one rhinestone jewel on the Bashful Blue itty bitty punch piece.  Sigh…the best laid plans right?

And did you notice the embossed designs on the Bashful Blue larger layer piece?  Nope not a new folder or a new use for an old one.   It’s the Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate!  How’s that for a mouthful.   I love the extended use that plate gives me for my favorite Stampin’ Up tool.   Well…favorite next to my Big Shot that is.  And that’s exactly where that Simply Scored tool is…right next to my Big Shot on my beat up German dresser I found when thrifting several years ago.  A small adult could almost sleep in the drawers that’s how big it is.  Makes for a nice work surface.

If you haven’t used the Borders Scoring Plate here are a couple of videos with tips and details on it’s use.  My favorite is Kay Kalthoff’s but Donna Griffith of Stampin’ Up does a nice job with the basics as well.

http://youtu.be/4nmomT1p_VQ – Stampin’ Up video

http://pinterest.com/pin/464644886525614204/– Excellent tips for success by Kay Kalthoff (if you only watch one…watch this one!).

If you’d like the extended details and directions here they are.  Feel free to mix up the colors to match your school or your stash or next Stampin’ up paper order.

Borders Celebrate You – Graduation – blog version – PDF Directions

And here’s a fun game I came up with for this stamp set a couple of years ago.  Yeah…I have way too much time on my hands.  LOL.

Fabulous Phrases game sheet

And my answers are here:

Fabulous Phrases Word List

Hope you had a day filled with fun and stamping.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Decorative Housing: Noel Treats raise the roof!

What’s this you ask….read on…….

So many possibilities for titles when building houses…even paper ones.   Wicketcat was so entranced with the tiny bells and the moveable roof I considered something along the lines of cat shakes bells and house falls down.   If I’d made this house with stripes it could have been the jingle bell jailhouse rocks the roof.  But then I’d have had to fill it with rock candy for the prisoners to work on.  Not sure Wickets teeth would have been up to that…poor boo has some weird tooth or jaw or spider bite thing going on that the vet seems to be stymied by but has her stoically miserable and waiting for relief.    She’s going in for an orthodontic style x-ray this week so hopefully that will provide an answer.    If it’s indeed spider or other bug venom we may have to just wait for it to clear her system.  Not an answer she will be happy with.

This little house box is something I learned how to make at last July’s Stampin’ Up Convention.   Since one of the convention highlights was the introduction of the new Simply Score many of the projects there centered around that very cool tool.   Now that I have that tool in the house I can’t seem to stop building things with it.   Of course its good for simply scoring card bases too but boy is it capable of so much more.

 And while you’ll see I made mine a Noel Christmas box you can of course vary the colors, papers and other embellishments for any season or occasion.  I’m contemplating a bridal version for spring…all in White!  Might make a cute house for presenting the bride her garter at a shower or a slinky negligee.    Cute too as a welcome to your first home.   Hm…wonder if I should be offering these to local realtors?  What do you think…if you were buying a house would you like to receive one of these? 


Donna Griffith  a fellow demo who also works for Stampin’ Up Corporate  presented this house box project and I fell instantly in love with it (and with the scoring tool as well).   Luckily she also provided us with a template for the scoring and cutting and all dimensions.   Good thing too or I’d still be hounding her for it – LOL.   I’ve added that template to this post to in case you want to try your own.


As you can see my Noel House makes use of a number of Holiday Mini products.  The tiny Jingle Bells, the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper and of course my beloved Silver Glimmer Paper.   Boy do I hope that paper continues past the end of the mini.  Just in case I’m stocking up…you might want to as well.

I introduced this at a recent Gifts to Make Stamp Camp earlier in the month and it was an instant wow.   I had a little fun with the ladies who didn’t realize 1) this was a box and 2) just how much it would hold.    I stuffed an entire knitted scarf into it!  All 6 feet of it!   Then I slowly drew it out like a magician with one of those endless scarf tricks.   Luckily my scarf was a narrow one so I was able to cram it all in there.  Pretty impressive if I do say so myself.    Generally speaking you may want to keep the contents just a wee bit less compact.

 With a few alterations, I figure I can put together a village of different heights, colors and styles.     This little guy is also the reason I’m stocking up on the Holiday Mini’s mini jingle bells.   I still have a few more to make as Epiphany gifts (the traditional time to exchange gifts in many countries) so am ordering bells like crazy before they go bye-bye on January 3rd.  They do go pretty far but with 7 bells per house it still requires quite a few sets for the number of villages I seem to be creating.

Speaking of the bells I learned a very fun trick for stitching them on.  You’ll see a wire threader referred to in the directions and its one I made myself.    My SU partner Cheryl is a former jewelry maker and had several spools of very thin wire so for each person attending the Stamp Camp I snipped about a 7 inch piece folded it in half and showed them how to use it as both a thread puller and a needle for the project.   An easy peasy tool that impressed almost as much as the little house itself.   The tiny jingle bells have a very small loop at the back that most needles don’t fit through but the wire is the perfect little miracle tool.    Now that I’m addicted to these little guys I may just have to buy a spool of the wire myself.

While the house looks complex let me assure you that once you have your sheet of paper scored its easy enough for anyone including beginners to put together.  An economical gift too that comes in at just under $2 each and takes about  half an hour to complete including the scoring.   Well…depending on how much you chat while stitching the bells…with conversation it might take a tiny bit longer – lol.

Here’s a look at the interior and the underpinnings of the roof.    The roof on this box is attached fully on one side of the peak and then left as a flap tied down with ribbon on the other side.   Of course you could also opt to do both sides with the ribbon thus allowing the roof to be fully removable allowing a larger item easy access to the insides of the box.



Supplies list:

Stamps: Many Merry Messages (Noel Stamp), Or other phrase from Four the Season

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler (full sheet scored and cut for basic house box),

Early Espresso (2-3/8” x 6”),  Frostwood Lodge DSP (11”x 2” strip),

Whisper White (5/8” x 3-3/4” scrap for banner)

Ribbon: 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon – Early Espresso – 13”

Other: Paper Piercer and Mat pad, wire threader tool (7″ length of fine wire folded in half), Simply Score, Perfect Pennants die & Big Shot, glue dots, dimensionals, scissors, Jingle Bells (holiday mini), linen thread or baker’s twine (alternate is to glue dot on the bells), Crop a Dile.

Directions:  House Gift Box Directions – Word file


The template means it when it says it’s not to scale.  Use the measurements (follow the arrows to see the scoring lines they relate to) to locate your score lines.  If you try to build it by printing out the template it won’t work.   The tricky scores are the diagonal lines.  I found that if I placed a light mark at the top of the angle I could then line it up in a score board groove using that mark and a corner.    You may also want to practice on a piece of cheap copy paper before moving to cardstock just to make sure you have the scores and cuts in the right place.   One other note…I actually made my roof piece slightly longer as you’ll see in the directions.  I like a bit more of an overhang. 😀

And a downloadable PDF: Donna’s House pattern and scoring template

Here’s a picture of Donna’s Convention Creation.

She made use of the Christmas Lodge Stamp set and the Winter Wishes Stitched Felt as well as the same items I CASE’d.

I hope you enjoy trying this for yourself.  It’s a wonderful sample project for your Simply Score and will impress the recipient with your crafting skills.  

Of course you can always opt to keep them and start your own village.     With my recent marathon viewing of the BBC series Monarch of the Glen I’ve decided to declare myself the Laird of my own little Village in the Glen.   Wicket of course will be the Gillie Gamekeeper.  Now if I could just remember which clan I’m supposed to be descended from.   Time to investigate some genealogical sources.

Hugs and Blessings and I hope your Christmas was a warm and wonderful one. – Jean

P.S.  While it’s still the season…have fun jingling your bells!    It occurred to me that Jingle would be a wonderful name for a Christmas Kitten.

Hidden Gems in the Online Extravaganza

The sale is live … some deals end tonight at 11:59!

Time to get shopping!!

To see what all the deals are check out this easy to read PDF:

Online Extravaganza flyer 

All the specials and deals in one easy format!

Hi all,

Sitting here in my jammies drinking Cocoa and planning my own Extravaganza order.   Wow are there some hidden gems in there!   A few confusing things too that I thought I should point out so you won’t be surprised when you order.

First off…the two special items on sale only for 24 hours!   Whoo Hoo…my two favorite tools so you know they are topping my list.

Simply ScoreCookie Stamps  available at 20% off – makes it the perfect time to grab these lovelies!

Now Only $23.96 order #122334

Only $13.56 order # 125152

Don’t forget these two items go back to regular pricing at 11:59pm MT.   

For more information:

Simply Scored Flyer – Flyer lists the features and benefits of this cool new tool

Cookie Press Chocolates – Instructions & Pictures  – Cookie stamps aren’t just for Cookies!

Take your love of stamping into the kitchen! Create fun and tasty stamped cookies for any occasion. The silicone stamps fit over the bottom of wooden handle then you press into the dough—it’s that easy! Perfect for kids! Food-safe, easy-to-clean and dishwasher safe. Each set includes 3 silicone stamps, 1 handle, and 2  cookie recipes.

They work as a paper mold as well.  Stay tuned for more posts as I play with my own set!

Need more convincing?


 Another WOW Deal:

If you are into digital crafting or think you’d like to give it a try Stampin’ Up has an offer too good to pass up.

Purchase My Digital Studio Express Version and get one of three bundles worth up to $40 for free!   Basically that’s the same as 50% off the regular 2 disk version since one of the bundle choices is the booster pack that adds back in all the files found in the two disk version and stripped from the Express version. 

Here’s a flyer detailing the free bundles:

Online_Extravaganza_2011_Bundles – MDS bundle free with express version

This downloadable version comes with the full software and fresh, minimal digital content using Stampin’ Up!’s artwork, designs, and colors! Windows and Mac compatible.

My Digital Studio Express includes over $50 worth of content:

  • 12 Designer Series paper patterns
  • One 9-piece stamp brush set
  • 81 embellishments
  • 26 punches
  • Five designer templates (24-page 11″ x 8-1/2″ photobook, 7″ x 5″ postcard, 5″ x 7″ postcard, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ greeting card, 4″ x 9-1/4″ trifold card)

If you order the software you’ll need to do so online through my online store  so that you can access the download links as soon as you pay for the program.   As part of the order process you’ll be prompted to input your choice of bundle the flyer shows the bundle order number at the top of the page showing the pictured contents.

The rest of the offerings run the gamut from Big Shot to digital downloads to accessories to stamps!

Just in time for Christmas and Valentines the Glimmer Brad bundle will add shine to your projects and lighten the load on your wallet!    And the fabrics…with 50-60% off you can’t go wrong planning holiday projects.  Check yesterdays post for ideas on using it.

The stamps…wow…the stamps.   Not only are some old favorites included but there is even a brand new set…The Occasions Alphabet…Have you seen this beauty.  It covers every event and occasion you could possibly need with text as well as letters.   And now…its 50% off!   I love when the alphabets go on sale.

Now 50% off your choice of clear mount or wood!


Other classic stamp sets like Winter Post and Many, Merry Messages are also on that 50% off list.

The Big Shot is well represented with the Candy Wrapper die…perfect for making your own crackers (tubes with hidden surprises and noise makers popular in Europe) as well as other gifty items and stocking stuffers.   There is also a Happy Birthday strip die.   For my uplines Birthday I cranked one of these out dusted it with dots of dazzling diamonds and rhinestones and attached it to some bamboo skewers to top her birthday cake.  A fun 5 minute project with lots of dazzle and shine.  And….

Did you see that my beloved Letterpress Plates are also 50% off?   To see what you can do with these lovelies check out my post here and here.

So much good product and I’ve only touched on a few.   Grab the flyer, visit my online store and grab some goodness for yourself.   Hee, hee…not promising there won’t be any backorders after I place my own order!   Which reminds me…while this is an online extravaganza…all but the digital products can also be ordered at workshops or emailed to me for regular ordering through November 30th.    

What do you bet Santa will be shopping the Extravaganza too.   If you think he needs help I’ll be happy to provide gift certificates and Wish Lists for his many helpers.  You can email me at jlfstudio@live.com  for details and samples.

Time to get back to my cocoa as Jack Frost is nipping at my nose as I sit here typing.  Winter is in the air for sure…can snow be far behind?

Hugs and blessings and happy savings during the Extravaganza! – Jean


Halloween Wreath and a Guest Artist

Hi all,

Have you jumped on the rosette/lollie/accordion flower bandwagon yet?   By whatever name you call them these little darlings are taking over the web!     Maybe it was the introduction of Stampin’ Up’s new Holiday Mini with its very cool wreath depicted on page 6 or maybe it was the introduction of the new Simply Scored that makes it so easy to create these little darlings.   Whatever it was, a very good friend of mine has jumped on and I’ve learned a lot from her.   So…..

Today I have a special treat.   A guest artist has dropped by my blog to share her wonderful project.   Patti Leeke is another Stampin’ Up!  demo, a fellow llama and more than that…a wonderful friend.  Currently living in Tennessee Patti shares her crafting talents with friends, family and customers.   Stamping has been her passion for the last short while and I hear tell she even stamps out on the ice floes while her husband is ice fishing!   And let me tell you she isn’t a one trick gal by any means.   She’s as famous for her humor and good heart as her crafts.  Every day she sends me howlers in my inbox as well as telling stories on the various forums we both frequent and where we met around a virtual watercooler.   Trust me when I say…there is never a dull moment no matter where she is!  

Recently I saw Patti’s Halloween wreath on our private Llama site and was so impressed.   Well I was impressed with her work that’s for sure and even more that she had posted something online.  Hee,hee.   Knowing her love hate relationship with computers and they with her (boy can she tell some hilarious stories that beat my own crazy computer experiences) and since I’ve yet to convince her to take up blogging, I asked if I could share her work with fellow stampers on my blog.   Being the terrific llama gal pal that she is she said yep!  Go for it.   We even collaborated on an outline to share with you.

Here’s the wreath and the following are pics of the various components.  

I might add that one of the things Patti taught me with this project is that stamping and a variety of punch creations can add a lot to the basic rosette.  Somehow that hadn’t occurred to me as most of what I’d seen was a layered effect with buttons and die cuts etc.   I should also note that some of the color shades are a tad funky due to the miracle of digital cameras.   It seems I’m not the only one afflicted with one that looks perfect on the little LED screen and then transforms once its downloaded onto the computer!

Little Witch Rosette

Boo Rosette

Three Hanging Spiders Rosette

Big Button Rosette

Bat Rosette

Jack-O-Lantern Rosette

Button Rosette

House of Haunts Rosette

Happy Halloween Rosette

Spooky & Antique Brad Rosettes

Boo Pennant Rosette

Pretty much everything but the bat punch pieces are current Stampin’ Up product.   Currently the bat punch IS available in the Clearance Rack of the online store.  If you want to use it…better grab it quick!  

 To see a list of supplies and a few basic directions, as well as links to where you can learn how to make these rosettes for yourself, download Patties outline PDF.

Patti’s Rosettes & Halloween Wreath – PDF

Thanks Patti for starting off October on my blog with Halloween fun and spooky high fashion.   And never fear my friend…love or hate your computer my goal is still to get you up and blogging in time for our next Llama blog hop on October 22nd!   Gotta share those shoes you’ve been making!   Also have you earn that Computer Guru of the Household title for real!


If you are looking for help on making rosettes here’s a few helpful sites with tutorials:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BorVDVTxRaI – simply score tour and rosette ornament

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjJnP23LHXE – detailed view of creating rosettes

Alternate method using thread:


And a few tips:


When using a scoring tool, like the Simply Scored, it is easier to fold the strip accordion style if you score on one side of the strip for every other score line, then flip the strip over, and do the other score lines. For example, if scoring every ½ inch, then on one side score every inch, flip over, and score the alternating every inch.  When you go to fold, the paper will want to fold in the direction of the scoring, making the back and forth accordion style much easier!


Need to keep costs down?  Use the button embosslit to create button embellishments for Rosette Wreaths, etc. – cover with Crystal effects to approximate shine of the real thing.

Glue gun seems to work the best for holding down rosettes over time and to attach to wreath backing.

I’ll be back another day to share more cool Rosette links, tutorials and projects.   As well as a look at our new scoring tool the fabulous…Simply Scored.    Until then, to see more about it download the Holiday Mini from my sidebar and check it out.   Or better yet…go to my online store (linked in the sidebar) and pick one up of your very own and just get scoring!

Hugs and blessings to you all – Jean

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