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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SNEAK PEEK...Best Friend Card with the new "A NICE CUPPA" STAMP SET

Wouldn't you love to receive this card from a friend?  A beautiful way to express your friendship, this card is easy to make using the new "A NICE CUPPA" stamp set and framelits.  Here's the recipe:

  • Card base is Whisper White 4 1/4 x 11
  • Liner is 4 x 5 1/4 inches in Wisteria Wonder
  • Card face is embossed using an embossing folder in a paisley pattern
  • The card face was punched on the left side using a  Stampin' Up scalloped punch (available on the secondary market)
  • The sentiment "best friend" was stamped in Wisteria Wonder Ink using the ENDLESS THANKS STAMP SET.
  • After stamping the salutation, it was punched using the LARGE OVAL SCALLOPED PUNCH.
  • The heart, the tea cup, and the tea bag tag  was stamped from the A NICE CUPPA STAMP SET in Wisteria Wonder Ink and ut out suing the framelits.
  • The "steam" was cut from the framelit using Wisteria Wonder paper.
  • The tea bag string was cut from the Linen Thread and taped with scotch tape to the back of the tea cup and attached to the tag.
Thanks for PEEKIN'
Barb Kapla

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SNEAK PEEK! New stamp set "A NICE CUPPA"

Hello Stampers!

Here is my card created with the new stamp set, "A NICE CUPPA" from Stampin' Up available for purchase on January 5th.  Here's the recipe:

  • Whisper White card stock as the card base, cut at 4 1/4 x 11 inches
  • Liner is Pool Party card stock, cut at 4 x 5 1/4
  • Stamped with the I LOVE LACE STAMP SET, the background was stamped in Blushing Bride ink.
  • Using the CUP AND KETTLE FRAMELIT DIES, I cut the tea pot from the Pool Party card stock and embossed the kettle base with the ELEGANT DOTS embossing folder and the lid was embossed with the LATTICE EMBOSSING FOLDER (unavailable from Stampin Up)
  • I added the paper bow from the framelit set and used BLUSHING BRIDE CARD STOCK.
  • The tea bag string is the LINEN THREAD from Stampin' Up which is attahed to the back of the kettle using scotch tape.
  • The tea bag tag was cut with the framelit after stamping with BLUSHING BRIDE INK.
  • The tea cup was stamped with the stamp from A NICE CUPPA STAMP SET in POOL PARTY INK and was cut out using the framelit.
  • The "steam" was a framelit cut from a scrap of WHISPER WHITE CARD STOCK.
  • The small pink flowers were cut using the FLOWER FAIR FRAMELITS in BLUSHING BRIDE card stock.
  • The stamped greeting "You are Tea-Riffic" was stamped with basic black ink from the A NICE CUPPA STAMP SET.
Hope you enjoy making this card and I am sure your recipient will enjoy receiving this beautiful card of friendship.  Thanks for PEEKIN"!!

Barb Kapla

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Hello Stampers!

Even though it's near Christmas Day, the weather outside isn't very tropical but I loved the new "Botanical Garden Designer Series Paper" and the new "Rose Wonder" stamp set that will become available for you to purchase with the new Handmade From the Heart  Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up and Sale-A-Bration Catalog that begins on January 5th. (Just remember that with every $50 purchased from the Annual Catalog or the Occasions Catalog, you will receive your choice of free products from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.)  Starting January 5th, you can have a wonderful time selecting your free products while choosing those most cherished items on your wish list! 

 I just loved the Designer Series Paper with all of its tropical images, flowers, and colors and with the coordinating Stamp set (Botanical Blooms Stamp Set) and the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, this card comes together very easily.  (Bundle all three and save 15% with 140819)

I chose to cover the Whisper White card base with a 2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of the Botanical Garden DSP and matched it with a 2 x  5 1/4 piece of Cajun Craze card stock  atop a piece of Mossy Meadow Card Stock that measures 2 1/4 x 5 1/2.    When I cut the DSP, the extra 1/2  inch was used to line the top and bottom of the strip, using the opposite side of the paper.  Then it was time to get creative...I used the framelits to create multi-dimentional floweRs to place on top of the Cajun Craze paper along with some tropical leaves in Mossy Meadow that blended wondefully with the DSP.  The flowers for the framelits were cut from Hello Honey and Cajun Craze card stock.  The label that contained the Happy Birthday wish was hand cut and stamped in Mossy Meadow from the "Rose Wonder" stamp set. And that's it...a most beautiful and fun birthday card to send to someone in a not so tropical climate...enjoy! 

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SNEAK PEEK--Helping Me Grow Stamp Set

Hello Stampers!

As we are getting closer each day to the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration, I thought I'd post another simple card that can be made from the "Helping Me Grow" stamp set, available for purchase on January 5th.  The daisies are so fresh and spring-like, I just had to see them on a card face.

I used the large oval framelit to cut out the stamped daisies images from the stamp set using black ink.  I used a blender pen to color in the daisies using Daffodil Delight and used the pen to also color in the stems using Old Olive. The centers of the daisies arre colored in Baked Brown Sugar.   I also stamped the scrolled banner image from the stamp set in Old Olive and "sweet you" in the center also in Old Olive and hand cut it out.  The liner paper was embossed using the Elegant Dots embossing folder on Pear Pizzazz card stock.  The choice of paper and ink colors just remind me of Spring.  I added a simple bow in Daffodil Delight and you are easy and beautiful card for your class or add to your stash !

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SNEAK PEEK-Helping Me Grow Stamp Set and Stamping With An Acrylic Block

Remembering a lesson from my upline, Julie Brancart, I thought I'd try making the background for this beautiful card using the new "Helping Me Grow" stamp set, available for purchase on January 5, 2016.  In doing this technique, we took three different but related in color Stampin' Up markers and selected an acrylic block.  Our instructor demonstrated using the three colored markers by coloring them in three squares on the acrylic block, taking up the entire block surface.  We then took the "spritzer" and lightly misted the ink with the water mist and proceeded to stamp on the Whisper White card stock we were given.  I was really impressed with how it turned out, and marveled at the different techniques that we can use to create our stamped images.  

So with the above example, I chose the three markers of Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, and Bermuda Bay.  As you can see the colors are distinct from each other and provided a beautiful palate for the floral stamped image from the stamp set.  

I stamped the image of the hyacinths with black ink onto the tri-colored background.  I colored the flower in with Wisteria Wonder and colored in the stems with Old Olive green.  If the markers are not available,you can use the stamp pad itself and use blender pens to color the image.  I used the card base in Bermuda Bay, lined it with Wisteria Wonder, and used Whisper White for the image itself. Add some Wisteria Wonder Ribbon and you have a beautiful greeting card.  Easy to make and it turns into a beautiful birthday greeting card using the Cottage Greetings Stamp Set.  Hope you like the card and I hope that you consider purchasing the stamp set after January 5th.  It will be one you will look for and use frequently.  

Thanks for stoppin' by!
Barb Kapla

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Joyful Christmas Lights Card

This time I thought I'd make a card with a little "light"-hearted touch to it.  This is the card we will be making in class this week and it is a pretty simple way to send holiday greetings.  I CASED this from a poster on Pinterest, and she inspired me to make a few changes so I want to thank her for this inspiration.

I used the "FLOWER FAIR FRAMELITS" (Stampin' UP) and selected one of the smaller leaf / petals that have a smooth edge.  I rounded the edges to form the shape of the old fashioned Christmas lights that we used to use before the little Italian lights became so popular.  After cutting out each color I connected them by punching out from SMOKY SLATE paper, the electrical connections and cord. For the connections, I used the now retired but probably still available on the secondary market, the MODERN LABEL PUNCH.  For the "electrical cord" that connects them to each other, I used the leaf branch portion of the BIRD BUILDER PUNCH.  After cutting off the leaves, the paper is ready to give you the perfect curves necessary to make it look like an electric cord.   I used the WINDOW SHEETS PAPER and made them to cover each electric light color to make it more realistic as lights in appearance.  The mat is 4 x 5 1/2 in Real Red on Whisper White card stock.
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Noel Window Card

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Here's How I made this card:

  • Lost Lagoon card stock 4 1/2 x 11.  Score and fold in half.
  • Using the Softly Falling embossing folder, emboss the front of the card with the heaviest of the snow falling from the top of the card.
  • Stamp the tree image from the Wonderland stamp set.  I used Mossy Meadow ink and stamped it three times but not reinking between stamps.
  • Cover the paper stamped image with Versamark and sprinkle with heat & stick powder.
  • Heat the powder until it becomes wet and then sprinkle with dazzling diamonds glitter.  This adds a beautiful snowing effect.
  • Cut the window image from the Hearth and Home window die with the Big Shot along with the window box.
  • Apply dimentionals on the back of the window and attach the window to the stamped tree image.  
  • Attach the windowed trees to the front of the card with snail.
  • The NOEL was cut out with the Big Shot from a framelit that was popular last year but you can use any of the current scripted greetings available.
  • I added a Martha Stewart punched snowflake because it was the right size for the card and added a snowflake and a silver sequin from the Frosted Sequins along with a few circles of silver thread under the snowflake

A Partridge in a Pear Tree Card

Here's how to make this card:

  • Using whisper white card stock, stamp the tree image with Versamark.  The paper size is 3 3/4 x 5 in.
  • After stamping, use the gold embossing powder and heat emboss the image.
  • Using the Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride ink, take the aqua painter and color the pears in the tree and the partridge.
  • Emboss the greeting in the same manner as the tree using the gold powder and heat.
  • After the card face is completed, attach with snail to the Pear Pizzazz cardstock, 4 x 5 1/4.
  • Before attaching the white cardstock to the green, add a simple bow by wrapping the white cardstock with the pear pizazz cotton ribbon.  You're done!  Very simple and very elegant!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bag in A Box

Here is another idea for a cute Christmas Gift.  The pattern comes from the "Bag in a Box" instruction sheets that were given out at a break out session at this year's convention.  This little bag is very easy to make and I have stuffed it with an embellished pair of gloves.  Here are the directions to make this cute gift item:

Tote Base:  Cardstock cut to 5 in. x 2 1/4 in.  Score at 1/2 inch all around all four sides.  Cut on the score line at the corners in the same direction to make tabs and adhere to the box base to form the rectangular box.

Tote Body:  Cut DSP 11 in x 3 1/4 in.  Adhere sticky strip to the long 11 inch side (only one) and also one 3 1/4 side.  Beginning on the 2 1/4 inch side of the box base already made, wrap the DSP around the base box adhering as you go but do not crease the corners.

Tote Trim:  Cut four pieces of cardstock 6 in x 1/2 in. each  Place sticky strip on each piece and adhere the strips to the top and the bottom of the bag starting on the side and wrapping around to the other side, making sure the seams meet on the sides.  

Tote Handles:  Cut cardstock 8 1/4 x 1/4 inch for the handles.  In the picture above I used 1/2inch wide handles.  Cut two pieces and curl slightly with bone folder and attach to the bag with brads,  Embellish the bag as desired.

Paper : Real Red Cardstock
DSP  : Merry Moments DSP
Ribbon: Real Red satin 1/4 inch

Baker's Box Christmas Sox

I am having a great time making products for my craft shows in early November and December.  Here is one of the items I made that holds fuzzy, warm socks.  Meant to be given as a Secret Santa surprise, they should be a fun and welcome addition to anyone's sock collection and the packaging is very cute.  I used the "Bakers Box Framelit" and added a tag with the tag punch,  Also decorated the front with the "Wonderful Wreath" framelit and stamp.

Paper : Real Red, Whisper White, Stampin' Up
Ink: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red by Stampin Up

Hope you like it and show me your version.. Thanks for taking a look!

Barb Kapla

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mini 4 oz Coffee Cups Are Stocking Stuffers!

These 4 oz coffee cups are the bomb!  For Christmas craft shows they can be filled with any types of treats (Hershey Nuggets, Kisses, Ghiridelli Mini chocolates) and many other types of treats as stocking stuffers. I took the bottom of the cup off and used the body of the cup to trace a template.  Then take the template and use your favorite Christmas paper and trace the cup template and then cut it out. A 12 x 12 inch paper will fit five templates.  Adhere the Christmas paper to the plain white cup with sticky strip to insure it doesn't come off.  I decorated the lid with ribbon, scallop circle punch outs, and color coordinated pom poms, jingle bells, and other Christmas decorator items.  Hope you like this idea if you need craft show ideas.  To see more ideas please click on my web site links below:


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Independence Village Seniors Card Class Aug. 20, 2015

Inspired by a card created by Julie Brancart ( I decided that my seniors would love the card you see.  They would be happy with a stamped image on a piece of paper, but after a few simple instructions, they will surely love this one! Your opinion?  Hope you enjoy making this card and if you are needing the supplies to complete this card, see the list below:

Cardstock :  Whisper White card base ( 4 1/4 x 5 x1/2); Embossesd Face (3 3/4 x 5);                              2 3/4 inch framelit circle 

                   Pear Pizzazz Banner( 1 inch x 4 inches);& scrap 1 inch strip x 3 1/2 in. DSP in                    Pear Pizzazz Banner

                   Wisteria Wonder --Mat (4 x 5 1/4); 2 3/4 inch framelit circle

Embossing Folders: Spring Flowers Textured Impressions ( Sale A Bration catalog, 2014)
                              Lattice Impressions 

Stamp Set : Summer Silhouettes (126447)

Ink:  Wisteria Wonder (126985)
        Pear Pizzazz (131180)

Ribbon : Pear Pizzazz Cotton Ribbon (134562)

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Silent Night Stand Up Card

Silent Night Stand Up Card - Open
Silent Night Stand Up Card with Band-Closed

On a 90 degree day in late August I long for cooler temperatures.  Thinking of Christmas and the creation of a beautiful card for the season, I logged onto Pinterest.  After scrolling through Pinterest I came upon a card made by Karen Squires ( that I had never seen before.  Inspired, I immediately grabbed some Crumb Cake 12 x 12 cardstock and figured out how she did the scoring and the cuts to create such a pretty Christmas card.  On her blog, there is an instruction link for the template of this card.  Here's what I did to create this simply pretty card:
  • Cardstock - 12 x 5 1/2 inches
  • Score at 2, 4,8, and 10 inches on the long side
  • Make diagonal cuts at the top of the card by drawing a line from the innermost score lines to the 3 inch mark on each side.  Cut the paper and fold the card on the score lines.
  • On the two front panels, I decided to use a single tree stamp from "LOVELY AS A TREE" stamp set, applied Versamark and white embossing powder.  I drew pencil lines in the background so that when it opens, the card looks like a snow filled landscape.
  • As you open the card you will also see the addition of a banner that heralds "Silent Night" on Whisper White card stock.  The background, a triangular shape that is formed when the card is closed, was embossed with the  small dot embossing folder.
  • With Versamark, I stamped the image of the Holy Family in the center of the card panel with the stamp from " All Ye Faithful" stamp set.  Also stamped the triple tree image from the "Wonderland" stamp set
  • After completing the stamping, I took a dauber with Whisper White craft ink, to fill in the "snowy" areas of the card and also used a white ink gel pen to make tiny snowflakes.
  • I added a "belly bad" for the card closure and added a stamp of "All is calm, all is bright" from the WONDERLAND stamp set.
Hope you enjoy making this card to send this Christmas season.   Products you may need are listed below and can be purchased from my web page,  Hope you enjoyed my version of Karen's card...Happy Stamping!!

Barb Kapla

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Silent Night Christmas

Monday, August 3, 2015

Christmas Card Video, Christmas 2015

   Part 2

  Part 1

These videos are the first I've ever done so I promise I will get better.  If you would like to make this Christmas Card for the 2015 Christmas season, you can order the products used in the video by the post of products below:

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Birthday With A Masculine Flavor

For anyone who is looking for a more masculine type of birthday card, I have the one for you.  Simple to make, it uses deeper masculine colors and images that appeal to men and especially boat lovers and those who love sailing and just enjoying the sea and everything that goes with it.
Here are the Stampin' Up products you may need if you would like to make this card now and in the future:

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You can purchase any of the above items at my web page or for any questions you may have, please email me and I will be sure to get back with you "pronto"!  Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Floral Bendie Card

I find it fascinating that we can construct a card that stands on its own and keeps a bent shape that fits in a medium size envelope.  This is the card to which I refer.  This is one of two cards that will be made by my customers next Tuesday as they gather for class.  It is a relatively easy card to construct and even though it "bends", it folds flat into the envelope for ease in mailing.

I used the Timeless Love stamp from Stampin Up and cut the card stock with the imprinted flowers around the border.  The picture shows that the flowers are stamped in black ink but I think I would like to try using Black Embossing Powder next time to add more contrast when you color in the flowers.  I added the sentiment from Garden In Bloom to complete the look.  I think it looks very elegant and I would be very happy to receive this greeting.  Below you'll see the Stampin Up products I used to make this card and if you like you can order them from me to make your own bendie card.  

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Seniors Love Crafting

Seniors love crafting and since I go to the assisted living home once a month, I decided I would post the card we are making for the month of July.  They like " a little on the fancy side" cards but with their dexterity, I try to make it as simple as I can.  Here's what I came up with :

  • Used the blossom punch and cut down slits on each petal following the indentations of each petal.  Used the bone folder to curl the separated petals slightly to give them more dimension.
  • Card base = 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 in Whisper White Cardstock
  • Green Liner (Mint Macaron) = 4 x 5 1/4
  • White Small Mat = 4 1/4 x 2 1/2
  • Dotted Macaron DSP = 2 1/4 x 4 ( from the 2015 -2017 Designer Series Paper Stack)
  • Green Strip(Mint Macaron) = 1 1/4 x 4
  • Whisper White Strip = 1 x 3 3/4
  • "Best Thoughts" stamp set for the front card sentiment stamped in black ink
  • "Me = Grateful" stamp set for the inside sentiment stamped in Mint Macaron
  • Petite Petals punch for the two small flowers on the card face
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels for the small flower accents.
  • Buttons from Sale A Bration
  • Whisper White Baker's Twine for the bow
Here are the Stampin Up Products I used to make this card.  You are welcome to order any of the products you may need from my store...hope you like the card and happy stamping..
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