Category Archives: Challenges

Hello, Friend!


I just love the color purple, especially when it it’s paired with white! This Concord Crush Designer Series Paper was added to Whisper White Card Stock to make a simple, but pretty card for the Challenge over at 365 Cards. They have a different challenge every day, so if you ever get in a funk and are at a loss for ideas, that is the place to go.

The flower was punched out using the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch. This is an awesome punch that will cut out 3 different shapes! I added a Designer Printed Brad and some Hemp Twine to the flower and tied it on the white satin bow. I backed it with a piece of designer paper which had been cut out with the Decorative Label Punch. Easy-Peasy!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry


The Willow-Wren and the Bear


The challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp is to get inspiration from a Fairy Tale or Nursery Rhyme. When I was teaching, I loved to read Fairy Tales by the Grimm Brothers to my students and The Willow-Wren and the Bear was one of my favorites.  

So, I had to use my Bird Builder Punch once again! (If you are new to my website and you look around, you will see that I love birds!) The Early Espresso Card Stock represents the bear, the red button-the fox, the vintage trim – the queen, and the bird-the King of the Birds. I even used a fancy flourish to represent the kingdom. I’ve made cards like this before in different colors, but this one is my favorite because there’s an underlying story behind it! Hope you like it as much as I do. this was such a fun challenge!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! Terry

Fall Leaves…I Love Them!!


I have another new card to share. I just can’t help using the new Gently Falling Stamp Set out of the Holiday Mini Catalog, so I hope you don’t get tired of seeing cards with these leaf images! If you haven’t purchased yours yet, you really need to get it. I promise you, you won’t be sorry!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this card:

Gently Falling – 123802
En Francais – 109521

Card Stock
Whisper White – 100730
Cherry Cobbler – 119685

Crumb Cake – 121030
Cherry Cobbler – 119669
Peach Parfait – 119783
Poppy Parade – 119782
Tangerine Tango – 111834
Basic Black – 101179
VersaMark – 102283

Scallop Trim Border – 118402
Scallop Oval – 119856

Other Products
Antique Brads – 117272
Linen Thread – 104199
Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder – 101930

You can order everything you need to make this card by clicking on the “Buy Stampin’ Up! Online” Button in the right-hand Column.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping! Terry

Candle Wraps Make Great Handmade Christmas Gifts!


This is a candle wrap I made for a set of short candle pillars. These are so fast and easy to make and they make great gifts! You can do them for any season or holiday and make them any size you need.

Directions: I took a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and cut it so it fit around the candle holder with about 1/2″ extra. I rolled it with the Sparkle and Shine Jumbo Stampin’ Wheel (116542) using Real Red Ink. The Scallop Circles where punched out of Garden Green CS with the2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch(118874) and a dot of glitter was added to each scallop. The ornaments were cut out of Designer Paper (not sure from were because I’ve had it a long time) with the Ornament Punch(119847). I put Sticky Strip along the top of the Whisper White CS and added a strip of dotted ribbon the length of the card stock. Then I placed another strip along the side where the card stock overlaps in the back of the candle holder. The scallop circles were adhered to the front of the candle wrap with Multipurpose Liquid Glue and the ornaments were adhered to them with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I put a piece of Hemp Twine through the clasp of a small, clay Gingerbread Man ornament and tied it around the wrap, on top of the ribbon. It only took about 10 minutes and I was finished! I hope you give these candle wraps a try.

All the items in bold are Stampin’ Up. Go to my online store to order everything you need to make these candle wraps by clicking on the “Order Stampin’ Up! Online” Button in the right-hand column.

I am entering these in The Paper Players Red and Green Challenge #68 this week.

Thanks for Stopping by and have a great day! Terry

Life is a Matter of Moments


This card is one of my all-time favorites!

When I first looked at the colors in the Fall Color Challenge over at Our Creative Corner, I thought, “Ugh, those colors won’t look good together.”  But, once I started putting papers together, I knew it was going to work!

I’ve been busy making cards with the other colors of DSP in the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini Catalog, but hadn’t used this Old Olive Print until now.  (Every print in this package of DSP is gorgeous and I will be using every scrap of it!)

The card base is made with Cajun Craze Card Stock.  I took  slightly smaller pieces of Crumb Cake CS and the DSP, punched the corners with Ticket Corner Punch and adhered them together.  Then I added a brad to each corner of the panel and adhered it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The smaller layer was done the same way, but  I added a piece of Victoria Crochet Trim to the front of it before adhering it to the card.  I stamped the flower from the Creative Elements Stamp Set 3 times with Chocolate Chip Ink onto Cajun Craze CS. Then I cut 2 of the images smaller so I would have a 3-layer flower.  I went over the edges of each petal with my Chocolate Chip Marker to make them stand out more and then added a few highlights with a Signo Gel Pen.  The 3 pieces were adhered together and to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I stamped the label with the dots from the Four Frames Stamp Set using the rock-n-roll method in Old Olive and Cajun Craze Inks, and cut it out with the Decorative Label Punch.  The sentiment was stamped in the middle of the label and then I sponged a tiny bit of the inks in the middle of it.  It is matted with a piece of Cajun Craze.  I just love the way it looks!  Hope you do, too.

All products are from Stampin’ Up! and can be purchased from my online store 24/7 by clicking on the “Order Stampin’ Up! Online” button in the right-hand column.

Cards & Things Challenge



This is the card I’m entering in the Cards & Things Challenge this week. The card was made with Very Vanilla Card Stock. I layered a piece of Tangerine Tango CS, which was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, on the front of the card. I cut out a piece of First Edition Specialty Paper with the Top Note Bigz Die, cut off the right side of it, sponged the edges with Tangerine Tango Ink, and adhered it to the card front.  The bird, the bird’s wing and the branch were all punched out using the Build a Bird Punch. They were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Happy Birthday was stamped on a small piece of the First Edition Specialty Paper and was cut out with scissors. Last, I added a piece of Victoria Crochet Trim and a button to match.  All products, except the button, are Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

Fall is in the Air!


Here is another challenge card. This one is for the Stampin’ Up! Late Night Stampers Challenge 140.

The card is made withChocolate Chip Card Stock. The Peach Parfait CS panel was stamped all over with a leaf from the Gently Falling Stamp Set in VersaMark Ink and adhered to the front of the card. I then layered a smaller piece of Peach Parfait Designer Series Paperonto another piece of Chocolate Chip and adhered it to the left of the card. The truck stamp is from Loads of Love Stamp Set and the pumpkins are from the Loads of Love Accessories Set. (These two Stampin’ Up! sets go together. The Loads of Love Stamp Set has the truck, a Christmas tree, hearts, flowers, and sentiments to go with them – 7 stamps in all. The Loads of Love Accessories Stamp Set has a lady’s head, man’s head, pumpkins, dogs, presents, Easter eggs, furniture, and sentiments to match all of them – 12 stamps in all.) The truck and pumpkins were stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink on Naturals Ivory CS and colored with Watercolor Pencils. A little bit of Chocolate Chip was sponged around the bottom of the truck and then it was adhered to Chocolate Chip CS, as well. That panel was adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals and a Hemp Twine bow was added. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Naturals Ivory CS and cut it out with the Decorative Label Punch…Yes I know it’s a lot smaller than the punch. There’s a little trick to it very similar to the tiny oval I made on the card in the previous post! Two rhinestones were added to the tag and it was also adhered to the card with Dimensionals. I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

Challenges, Challenges!


All week I’ve been doing challenges on different websites.  This card is for Unscripted Sketches Challenge #125.

You all know how much I love the Bird Builder Punch! So here it is again. This time I’m using Peach Parfait Card Stock and Peach Parfait Designer Series Paper. I love this color, too! I embossed the paper with the Finial Press Embossing Folder and also used the Modern Label Punch.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

I Just Can’t Get Enough!


I just can’t get enough of the Gently Falling Stamp Set out of the newHoliday Mini Catalog! One of the great things about this set is that the leaves can be stamped in greens or in fall colors.

I made this card for the Splitcoast Stampers Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

The card is made out of More Mustard Card Stock. It was layered with a slightly smaller piece of Crumb Cake CS that was first embossed with theVintage Wallpaper Folder. I stamped and embossed the leaf with Gold Embossing Powder on More Mustard CS, then cut them out. They were each adhered (with Dimensionals) to 3 seperate rectangles of Chocolate Chip CS, which had all been stamped in VersaMark with theEn Francais Background Stamp. The 3 panels were then equally spaced and adhered to the panel of Crumb Cake CS. A piece of Hemp Twinewas knotted on both ends and adhered to the bottom of the card withCrystal Effects, which will hold just about anything. The sentiment is from the Creative Elements Set and was stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink on Crumb Cake. It was layered with Chocolate Chip and More Mustard CS and adhered (with Dimensionals) to the bottom of the card over the twine. I love it! Hope you all do, too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

Paper Players Challenge


Don’t you just love Challenges? I know I do! You are given a sketch to follow. You choose the paper, stamps, inks, etc. that you want to use on your card, scrapbook page, etc., and then you go to town!
I made this card for the Paper Players Sketch Challenge #65 this week.

The card is made out of More MustardWhisper WhiteGarden Green Card Stock, and Pear Pizzazz Designer Series Paper. The flowers are from the Simply Soft Stamp Set and the sentiment is from the bottom half of the “S” is for sympathy stamp in theOccasions Alphabet. (This alphabet set not only has all the letters, but as a sentiment to go with each one. You also get 26 sentiments that can be used separately! It’s on page 171 Stampin’ Up’s 2011/2012 Idea Book and Catalog.)

Want to know how I got that small oval for the sentiment? I stamped the image on a scrap of Whisper White CS and punched with the Stampin’ Up! Scallop Oval Punch!

Because the punch is way too big for what I wanted, I had to make some adjustments.

Here’s how you do it:
After stamping the sentiment, place the card stock into the punch sideways with the words close to the right-hand side of the punch.

Then adhere the punched piece to a Post-it Note or a larger piece of card stock with a removable glue dot or tape to hold it. (This makes it easier to get the small piece lined up in the punch.) Place it back into the punch so that the words are close to the other end and the scallops in the middle are centered. Punch again and Whaa-laa, easy peasy!

To make the mat for it, adhere your punched out piece to a scrap of Garden Green Card Stock and do the same thing over. I just punch it a little bit larger.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry