Category Archives: 3D Projects

Merry Christmas!

WonderlandFrame.1215Merry Christmas!  I know you’re thinking that you’ve seen this before… haven’t.  You’ve seen the card that gave me the inspiration for this but not this actual project.

I just had to smile when I finished this.  It turned out just like I had hoped and if I must say….it’s GORGEOUS!  Yep.  It’s simply stunning up close and personal.  The Gold Foil makes it shine and the Black Glimmer Paper makes it shimmer.  What more can you want for Christmas than shimmer and shine?  🙂

Don’t forget the Dazzling Details on the trees and the “snow bank”!   I make this for a gift but I’m definitely going to have to make one for myself now that I’ve seen the finished results.

If you’re thinking of recreating this gorgeous framed piece you’re going to want to place an order prior to January 5th to get the Black Glimmer Paper, the Wonderland stamp set and the 1/8″ Gold Ribbon.  All three of these items are going away with the end of the Holiday Catalog.  You can check out all of the items I used on this card (other than the frame) here.

Christmas Blessings!  I wish you all peace and happiness in 2016.  Take care!

Snow Place Treats

IMG_7016Tell me that this penguin isn’t adorable!  I dare you!  Ha!  TSC!  Too Stinkin’ Cute!

These little treat holders are made using the Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  They are the perfect size for Ghirardelli Minis.  I have the Peppermint Bark candies in my treat holders.  Perfect for the Christmas table.

Start with a piece of card stock that’s 2″ x 7 1/8″.  Score at 3 3/8″ and 3 5/8″.  Punch each end with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  Fold along the score lines, run card stock through the Big Shot, add your ribbon and decorate.  That’s it!  I used a Mini Glue Dot to hold the candy to the back of the treat holder.

You can decorate these any way you’d like for any occasion!  The snowman would have looked cute on these but like I mentioned yesterday, I’m rather partial to this little penguin.  🙂

Now that I have treat holders for the Christmas table I need to figure out what to make for Christmas dinner.  Actually, we’re heading over to the neighbor’s for dinner.  I’m bringing a potato dish and dessert.  Now I just need to peruse Pinterest and find the perfect recipes.   Maybe I’ll look for a festive cocktail recipe too….

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

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Lots of Joy Gift Card Holder

IMG_7379Another gift card holder!  I actually saw this gift card holder way back in July.  My friend Jan gave those in our group attending convention one of these.  Aren’t they cute?  All of the items used on it are from the main Idea Book and Catalog.

The adorable little plaid stamped tree is from the new Lots of Joy stamp set although you could use any of the tree images in the Festival of Trees stamp set which was originally found in last year’s Holiday Catalog.  The little sentiment is from Festival of Trees also.

This little gift card holder isn’t too difficult.  Start with a piece of card stock that’s 10″ x 2 3/4″.  Score it at 2 1/2″ IMG_7367and 6 1/2″.  After that you just fold and decorate.  Most of the decorating is on your belly band.  I love projects that aren’t too complicated.

Well, do you have all of your shopping done?  Nope, be neither.  I should be able to finish the out of town gifts tomorrow.  I do love Amazon Prime!  🙂  However I am still at a loss on what to get my husband and my younger son.  It doesn’t help that hubby has a birthday four days after Christmas.  Well, I have a little over a week, right?

Good luck with the rest of your holiday shopping!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

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Flurry of Wishes Gift Card Holder

IMG_7373Some people like giving gift cards, some people don’t.  Some people like receiving gift cards, some people don’t.

I kind of like giving and receiving gift cards.  At least with a gift card you can’t buy the wrong thing or get the gift in the wrong size or color.  The recipient can get exactly what they want.  As the recipient of a gift card I can get exactly what I want.  I especially love gift cards for e-books!

If you like to give gift cards then you really must have an attractive gift card holder, right?  I got the idea for this gift card holder online from another talented demonstrator.  I love when those talented stampers share their ideas!  🙂

IMG_7374This gift card holder starts with a Sketched Dot Tag a Bag.  Simple!  Just score and fold and you have two pockets.  One pocket for the gift card and one pocket for a little card to put your sentiment on.

To begin with, score your bag at 3″.  With the bag in front of you fold the bottom edge up along the score line.  You don’t need to use adhesive to adhere the bottom portion of the bag to the top to form your front pocket.  Your decorated belly band holds the bag together.

The sentiment card for the back pocket is 3 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.  I decorated the top corners of mine with the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  The other piece of card stock for the front pocket is 5 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.  Score at 3 3/8″ to from the pocket.  You will need to use adhesive on the edges of this to form the pocket.

This gift card holder is pretty quick and easy to make depending on how fancy you get with your belly band.  I’ll probably be making a few more before Christmas arrives!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

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Snow Place Tic Tac Holder

IMG_7017Last week or so I showed you a cute Tic Tac holder that was perfect for Thanksgiving and promised you more details on how to make it.  Well, here it is.

This is the holder we made at classes this week.  It’s really easy and everyone liked it.  As you can tell from my two posts on this little project you can change it up for any occasion.

For any Tic Tac holder for the regular size box of candies you want to start with a piece of card stock that is 3″ x 5 3/8″.  With a long side of the card stock at the top place your card stock in the Simply Scored (or your Stampin’ Trimmer) score at 1 3/4″, 2 1/2″, 4 1/4″and 5″.  Just crease well along the score lines and form your little box.

IMG_7020You can decorate your box however you’d like.  I used the adorable Snow Place stamp set and the COORDINATING Snow Friends Framelits on mine.

Fold the wide ribbon (12″) in half, slip the candies between the two sides and then tie a piece of baker’s twine (10″) around the ribbon.  Now just slip the box of candies, ribbon and all, in the box.  That’s it!  An adorable and easy treat holder for those holiday parties or dinner favors!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

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Classy Bottle Tag

IMG_7362Did you notice how I didn’t say Classy WINE Bottle Tag in the title?  That’s because this project can be so much more!  You can use it for any type of bottle.  How about fancy home-made flavored oils?  Yep.  There are many types of bottles out there so don’t be limited .

I had to use the word classy just because of the fancy black and gold color scheme.  Isn’t it sharp looking?  This was one of those projects that when I finished it I just sat back and smiled.  It made me happy that it turned out so well!

I started with the Gold Foil sheet then decorated it with the fabulous Winter Wonderland Vellum and some Basic Black card stock.  The vellum is GORGEOUS!  Of course with vellum you have to figure out how to adhere it so that the glue doesn’t show.  Well…I had a brain storm!  🙂

I first adhered my Candy Dots to the vellum with Mini Glue Dots to make sure they didn’t come off.  Then on the back side of the vellum I used a dot of the Fine Tip Glue Pen behind each Candy Dot to adhere the vellum to the card stock.

If you don’t want your bottle tag to be holiday related you could always use the “cheers” or the “thanks” from the Greetings Thinlits.

Such a cute project.  Now I just need to figure out who might need a bottle of wine or flavored oil so that I can give one of these great tags away!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

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Fabulous Advent Calendar Tree

IMG_7308Hello on this first day of December!  Who all has some type of Advent Calendar in their home?  I have one that I made a few years ago when Stampin’ Up! had an Advent Calendar stamp set.  I guess I’ll have to share that with you soon.  This Advent Calendar tree is one that I WANT to make.  I know it won’t get done for this year seeing as this is the first day of December but maybe next year…..

One of the gals at the Dallas event had made this and shared it with us?  Isn’t it great?  It’s a wooden tree frame with Stampin’ Up!’s little clothes pins attached to it to hold the muslin bags on.  Too clever!  That way you can easily remove the muslin bag to take out the day’s treat!

IMG_7309This second picture is of the back of the tree and you can see how easy it would be to make.  I imagine I could probably do it myself but why bother when you have a husband who is quite handy with tools……just sayin’!

I’m sure you’re now wondering how the adorable little bags were decorated.  Well, the designer used the Hello December 2015 Project Life Card Collection!  Project Life isn’t just for scrapbooks!  How simple is that?!!!  Just punch/die cut some circles, adhere them together and you have your date for the muslin bag!  Clever, clever, clever!  I can’t say it enough.  You can see a close up of the bag tags in the last photo.

IMG_7308 (2)Now I’m getting all excited again about this project!  Hmmm….can I get it done by Christmas?  OK…it’s not really going to happen but I’ll definitely let you know if it does!  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Grateful Tic Tac Holder

IMG_7023Sorry I missed a few days but my parents are in town and we’ve been visiting and running around.  It’s great to have them visit.  They haven’t been here since my son got married two years ago.  Of course we get to the Minnesota Homeland at least 2-3 times a year so it’s not like we haven’t seen them.  They had an uneventful flight.  They are a little nervous about how crowded the airport might be on Friday when they head back home but I assured them we can get them to the airport as early as they’d like.

My son and his wife arrived in town from California last night.  So we will have a lovely Thanksgiving tomorrow.  We host every year.  It starts with the neighbors who aren’t traveling and grows from there.  This year we’re up to about 28 people or so.  Should be fun!

IMG_7024This little treat holder is what I made for my friends that I went to Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage event in Dallas with.  It’s a fun and easy treat holder for regular size Tic Tacs.  Oooo…that reminds me….we’re making a Christmas one in class next week and I still need to get the Tic Tacs!

The original idea I saw for this project used a miniature little Tic Tac box from the dollar store.  Since I didn’t want to run around looking for little ones I just designed my holder around a regular size box of Tic Tacs.  Stampin’ Up!’s wide striped ribbon is the perfect size!

These treat holders are so easy.  I’ll give you directions and dimensions when I post the Christmas one…probably next week.  If I forget to post again tomorrow have a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving!

Take care and Happy Stamping!

Howl-o-Ween Treat Bag

IMG_6834One more fun Halloween project!  This treat bag turned out pretty darn cute if I do say so myself.  These Petite Café Gift Bags are cute themselves but add the adorable owl and….oh, my!  🙂

Confession….this was the first time I used my Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks.  I have them sitting on my shelf, I just don’t think to use them.  They’re very easy to use though.  Just place them on your project, ink up a Sponge Dauber and daub away!

Did you check out the second photo?  I actually did a little something to the back of the bag.  I guess I could have sponged some more stars on the back too but I just didn’t want to get carried away.  Ha!

IMG_6835I usually don’t end up using a lot of the 3D projects I create.  (OK….let’s be honest….I don’t actually even send many cards even though I love to create them!)  I do want to let you know though that I did use this one.  I had a little workshop on Friday and I filled this adorable treat bag with Halloween candy and gave it to the hostess.  That was quite a big step for me…using something I had on hand.  I’m usually trying to figure out a hostess gift at the last minute.

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Howl-o-ween Treat Pillow Box

IMG_6842I only bought one Halloween stamp set and one Halloween stamp.   The stamp was the fun If the Broom Fits (see this post).  The stamp set was the adorable Howl-o-ween Treat.  One of the reasons I really like this stamp set besides the the adorable images is that there is a COORDINATING framelit set:  Boo to You!  Woo Hoo!  How can you go wrong with a cute stamp set and coordinating framelits?

I wanted to use some more of the cute Happy Haunting Halloween designer paper.  The ghosts pattern I used yesterday and these little spider webs pattern are probably my favorite from the pack.

Have you tried the Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die yet?  It’s SO easy to use!  You just die cut two of the pattern, adhere the sides together and fold in the tops!  Done!  Then you just decorate it in whatever way you’d like!  Easy peasy!

The hardest part of these little pillow boxes is figuring out what to put in them!  Ha!

Have a wonderful day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

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Convention Treat Bag

IMG_6092Yes, I’m still trying to catch up after convention.  I had my BIG Sale on Tuesday.  It went well but I had TONS of stuff left over that needs to be donated or taken to the consignment store.  I just need to get it out of here!  I have a few items from the new Holiday Catalog (you’re gonna LOVE it!) still sitting in a box and I can place a BIG order from the Holiday Catalog next Tuesday so I need to make room for it!  You can only have so many boxes of stuff sitting around before your husband starts talking divorce!  😉

Anyway, this adorable (if I do say so myself) gift bag was what I gave my little group of friends at convention.  In it I put a small little stylus for their tablet or phone, a “pearl” necklace” for the Roaring 20’s party on Awards Night and of course chocolate!   I also gave them a 20’s headband with feather that didn’t fit in the little bag.

This little gift bag was SO easy to make.  The little Kraft bags are fun to decorate and are perfect for gifts.  I do like that Watermelon Wonder!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

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Gift Card Envelope With Bling!

IMG_5711Isn’t this gorgeous?!!  My friend and fellow demonstrator, Jan, made this fun little gift for our little gang at Leadership last week.  I LOVE it!

Jan used the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Die.  It’s a carryover item from the Holiday Catalog.  If you want to check it out it’s on page 49 of the new Occasions Catalog.  Don’t you love the black and gold and Crumb Cake together?   It just screams “classy”!  The flowers just pop with that touch of gold on them.  I love the squiggly ribbons behind the flowers too.  It’s definitely something that I’d have problems since I can’t do random.  Sheesh!

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  What else can I say?  I may have to recreate this for a class sometime.  What’s your favorite part of this fun project?   Leave me a message and let me know.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Leadership Conference Gifts

I’m on my way to Leadership!  Woo Hoo!  I had to leave my house at o’dark thirty this morning for my 7 am flight.  Yuk!  It’ll be worth it though!  I love Stampin’ Up! events!  I’m traveling with my friends Jan and Laura and we’ll meet up with other friends in Orlando.  Be sure to check out my Stamp by Stamp Facebook Page over the next few days to see what crazy things we’re doing!  🙂

IMG_5117It’s always fun to bring little gifts for the gals I’m hanging around with.  I was so excited when I came up with this fun little gift.  These little Tiny Treat Boxes are adorable!  They’re fun and easy to decorate too.

I used the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack and the You Plus Me stamp set to decorate my Tiny Treat Boxes.  I just layered the pieces of designer paper on Whisper White card stock and put a piece on each side.  After filling the box with Hershey Kisses (have you tried the caramel ones?  YUM!) I tied a little bow with Whisper White Satin Ribbon.  To finish it off I tied one of the new Something Borrowed Embellishments on top with a piece of baker’s twine.  Beautiful!  Wouldn’t you like to get one of these fun gifts?  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!


Snuggles and Smooches Treat Bag

021How about a fun treat bag for Valentines day?  I used the fun new stamp set Snuggles and Smooches (#140326 $15.95).  You won’t find this stamp set in a catalog.  It’s one of the special photopolymer stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! comes out with every month.  You can check out the complete set here in my online store.

Start with one of Stampin’ Up!’s fun Gift Bags.  I used the new Polka Dot ones (#135503 10/$3.95) or they have Chevron ones (#131370 10/$3.95).  Place your treats in the bag and seal the bag with any washi tape.  Then decorate!  I used banners.  Once my banner was complete I adhered it to the bag with Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430 $3.95).  I also added the little hearts at the bottom for a little cuteness.  You can use the Sweetheart Punch (#133786 $15.95) and the little heart punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (#133787 $16.95) to punch out the stamped hearts.  They don’t fit perfectly but it’s better than cutting!  🙂

These little treat bags are fun and easy and you can use them for any occasion just by changing the decorations!  What are you giving for Valentines Day?

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!


Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit

Kits make our lives SO easy!  In the new 2015 Occasions Catalog there are 5 fabulous new kits!  Oh, my!  I already have classes scheduled for two of these new kits!  My first kit class of 2015 is going to be the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Kit.

006Who doesn’t need to keep track of birthdays?  Way back when, Stampin’ Up! used to carry a perpetual birthday calendar that was spiral bound.  I have one that I’ve never done anything with.  There’s always something new coming out that I want to play with!  When I saw the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Kit (#137950 $15.95) in the new Occasions Catalog I knew it would be a perfect class for January.  We had the birthday card class back in December so now people can get all those cards ready to send out when they know who’s birthday is coming up!

The kit is pretty fun.  You have a sheet lined with all of the days for each month.  Some have 30 days, some 31 and one has 28.  Other than that they’re blank.  There’s a COORDINATING (yes, I’m smiling while I type that word!) Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set (#137167 $23.95) with the months of the year and 01212 little patterns that you decorate the month sheets with.  There are also banners and other shapes as well as a die-cut alphabet.  The kit comes with a covered board and clip so you clip each month to it.  It also comes with glitter and sequins to help you decorate the months.

I completed my calendar this last weekend.  The hardest part of it for me was figuring out what I wanted to do for each month.  The kit does come with pictures but they’re small and in black and white.  Of course I couldn’t follow the directions exactly!  Ha!  In the catalog they list color suggestions so I stuck with those.  Now that I’ve made one of these basically following the directions I’m thinking of making one and just using any colors I want!  I know….I’m a rebel!

These finished kits would make great gifts.  (Mother’s Day isn’t too far off!)  The nice thing about the kits is that they come in a really nice box that will be perfect for gift giving!  Order one (or two!) today!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!


Tiny Treat Box for Fall

011It’s November so let the Christmas cards begin!  Ha!  Not so fast!  I still have fall projects to show you!  November?  Seriously?  How did that happen?  At least that means that 2015 is just around the corner!  That’s a good thing….especially for my youngest son.  2014 hasn’t been very good to him so we’re looking forward to 2015.

Back to today’s project!  I LOVE this little project! It is TSC!  Too Stinkin’ Cute!  Not all of my projects get that title but this one sure does.  I can’t wait to make tons of them for my Thanksgiving table!

I started with the adorable Tiny Treat Boxes (#135829 $6.95) in the Holiday catalog.  Simple!  I stamped two pumpkins (yes, you can only see one!) from the Fall Fest stamp set and die cut them with the COORDINATNG 🙂 Fun Fall Framelits.  I put one on the front of the box and one on the back with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I wrapped a piece of Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon around the box and tied it.  Then I glued two Autumn Wood Accents pieces together and tied them to the ribbon with a piece of Linen Thread!  Ta da!  My adorable little box is done!

Don’t you just want to grab your catalog, get online and order all of these items so you can make some of these?  I can’t wait to make some Christmas ones.  I know just what I’m going to do!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!


Curvy Keepsake Box Pumpkin

008Pumpkins!  What else would you think of on a beautiful, cool fall morning?

Isn’t this little pumpkin adorable?  And it’s SO easy to make!  All you need is the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die and the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.  Oh….you’ll probably need your Big Shot too!  🙂

The Curvy Keepsake Box is pretty easy to make once you’ve got a couple of tips.  There’s one die for the box that you cut out twice.  To save paper start with a piece that is 6″ x 9″.  Place the die as pictured to  the left.  Run through the Big Shot and then move the die as shown and run it through the Big Shot again. 003

The next picture shows you how to adhere the two pieces together.  You want to make sure 005that like pieces are across from each other.  Once the pieces are together I used my Bone Folder to lightly curve the four parts before putting my box together.

I used one of the stamps from Work of Art to put the lines on my pumpkin.  I did this before curving the pieces.   The leaves, tendrils and ribbon are all attached to one of the “flaps”.  You want to make sure to do this so you can open the box.

That’s it!  A fun and easy fall decoration.  I’ll be making plenty of these for my Thanksgiving table.  How about you?

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!


For All Things – Two Ways!

002Fall!  My favorite season!  I love when the weather gets cooler and I need to wear a jacket.  I love that it’s football season and that the leaves start changing color.  When fall comes around it’s not hard to be grateful for all things.

The new For All Things stamp set in the Holiday Catalog is gorgeous!  I love it because it screams FALL!  I CASEd this card directly from the Stampin’ Success magazine which is for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  Cute and simple!   The Color Me Autumn Washi Tape is so fun on the card and the Gold Basic Metal Button finishes the card off perfectly.

018Why stop with a card though?  This is such a simple design why not use it on something else?  Well, that’s exactly what I did.  For another boot camp assignment we had to make up a little packet that would introduce our self to someone telling them what we do.  We were also suppose to include a couple of cards and a class schedule.

I decided to use to use the same design as I used on the card.  I put it on a banner, die cut it an adhered it one of the Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags.  Too cute!  We only had to make and hand out three.  The people I gave it to loved them so I think I’ll need to make some more.

So, do you like the design better on the card or on the bag?  Leave me a comment to let me know.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Amazing Birthday!

001Today is my oldest son’s birthday so I thought I’d share this adorable make-and-take project from convention.  Don’t you love it?!

The stamp set used on this project is the new Amazing Birthday.  It’s a fun birthday set with lots of great images.

The pocket holder for the cards is made from one of pieces from the Gift Card Enclosure Pack (pg. 194 in the catalog).  The pocket holds three note cards and envelopes.  What a great gift!

I have so many little projects and chores to do but I don’t know where to start.  My craft room is a mess, I have a class to prepare for and an open house to get ready for as well as all sorts of other little projects.  At least I have time to work on things this week but it’s trying to get motivated that’s the problem.  Has that ever happened to you?  🙂

I guess I better get to work.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peek!

Convention 2014 350It’s a sneak peek!  Isn’t this little gift bag adorable?  This gift bag is part of the September Paper Pumpkin kit.  Woo Hoo!  In the kit you’ll get enough supplies to make 6 of these fun little bags!  We had a special Paper Pumpkin night at convention and got to make these.   Too fun!

I’m loving Paper Pumpkin.  I got my July kit while I was at convention so I need to get that out in play.  It is pretty darn cute…and the August kit is just as cute!

You really should give Paper Pumpkin a try.  It’s a monthly craft kit that gets delivered right to you!  All you might need for the project is adhesive and scissors.  Everything else is included in the kit!  All for only $19.95 per month (shipping is included)!  Sign up before September 10th with the promo code HALFOFF2 to save 50% off your first two months!

You can go directly to my site and sign up today!  Or go to  Please enter me, Cindy Russell Highlands Ranch CO, as your demonstrator.

Give it a try….you can cancel at any time.  I know you’ll love it!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!