Winter Cabin Paper Lantern

Hello Everyone!

Gee it has been awhile! As I mention in my video, I’m really not sure what I’ve been keeping busy with, but I’ve been keeping busy with everything EXCEPT stamping! I spent some time traveling to Northern Colorado to visit my daughter and grand-daughter in May. I also spent a few weeks in May having my kitchen cabinets re-painted.  What a mess that was, since I had to totally empty them and I had stuff EVERYWHERE!!  Then in June we traveled to my hometown, Struthers, Ohio, to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday with close family. Since we’ve been back I’ve been busy, but if I had to tell you EXACTLY what I’ve been busy with, I would not be able to say.

I have managed to get into my craft room to complete a few crafts, mostly other than stamping. THIS one is my most recent stamp project which doesn’t really involve stamping at all. I really like these Cabin Dies and the Peaceful Cabin stamp set.

I’ve always had a fascination with paper lanterns especially after seeing some of the really cool ones when I browse Pintrist.   I made my grand-daughter a paper lantern hot air balloon basket for Easter…that was in April.  It turned out really cute.  You can find those on Pintrist as well.  I purchased that paper lantern at a local craft store…it was round.  But as I was browsing Pintrist,  I quickly realized that I need one of those fancy paper crafting machines where you buy programs to print out the patterns for all of  the lanterns similar to this one.  So….I decided to create my own pattern that can be printed out on a regular computer printer, hand traced onto a piece of card stock and then cut out.

This is the pattern I developed.  I have a link to a printable pdf that I am willing to share, but please keep in mind, I am only able to do this after you place an order in my Stampin’ Up! online store.  The video I share is very long to watch (about 38 minutes) as this is NOT a quick project.   I did manage to cut the video down from 60 minutes.  🙂




(Unfortunately, I felt the disclaimer was necessary!)

Here is a list of measurements for the card stock.  You will need…

  1.  Night of Navy card stock—4 pieces that measure 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2 “, 4 pieces that measure 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″, 1 piece that measures 1″ x 6″, 1 piece that measures 4″ x 4″ with score marks at the 1″ mark on all 4 sides to make the electric candle stand, and 1 piece that measure 8′ x 2”.  The 8″ x 2″ piece should be scored with the long edge at the top of your score tool at 1-7/8″, 3-3/4″, 5-5/8″, and 7-1/2″  You also need a piece of scrap Night of Navy

      2.  Vellum card stock—4 pieces that measure 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ and 4 pieces that measure 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″

Other items you will need in assembling this lantern are  a ruler and pencil.  You will also need an electronic candle.

Now…get yourself your favorite drink and sit back and enjoy the video.  As I mention in the video, I had a few stops and starts during the entire process.  You would think at this point I would have learned to make sure the camera battery is charged and I have a big enough memory chip inserted into the camera.  What can I say?!




Until next time!  Happy Stamping!





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All Cooped Up!

Hello all! I’ve been MIA for the last several weeks.  I can’t say that I remember all that has kept me away and out of my stamp room.  I guess that is part of growing older.  I know I did something; I just can’t remember what it was.  🙂

My husband and I received our second Covid vaccine about 6 weeks ago.  It knocked me out of commission for about 24 hours afterwards with flu-like symptoms: fever, chills, muscle aches, and tiredness.  But like I said, it went away after about 24 hours.  I also helped my daughter move into her new home last week.  She is a first-time home buyer and she is in for a wonderful adventure!  So, I was out of town for about three days.  Oh! And since I am now fully vaccinated, I have gone back to doing in-person stamp club each month in my home.  I had my first one about a week and a half ago.  So that has kept me busy.  And I do remember spending a great deal of time on other crafts like making a hot air balloon Easter basket for my grand daughter and coffee filter flowers.  I made several paper-rose arrangements and an arrangement of hydrangeas out of coffee filters.  Although they are relatively easy to make, they are somewhat time consuming.  So I guess I’m not as scatterbrained as I initially thought.  I managed to remember everything that has been keeping me otherwise occupied along side the routine daily household stuff.

The card I’m sharing today pairs the Happy Birthday Chick stamp set with All Wired Up to give the appearance of a chicken behind chicken wire; All Cooped Up!  It is a simple card to make and I will share dimensions.  I used the standard shadow box card format to create it. ALSO, THE STITCHED SHAPES DIES ARE SET TO RETIRE, SO IF YOU WANT TO GET THEM, YOU NEED TO DO IT BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH!!!!!




Here are paper dimensions and a few directions that you will need to create this card.

  1. For card base you need two pieces of  Crumb Cake card stock that measure 5 1/2″ x 10-1/2″″, and 5-1/2″ x 4″. With the long edge of this piece at the top of your scoring tool, score at 1/2″, 4″, and 8″.  See diagram below.
  2. Run the 5-1/2″ x 4″ piece of through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine using the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing folder. This will be attached to the front of the card.
  3. Inside the card you need one piece of Basic White card stock  that measure 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.  If you click on the diagram below, it will tell you where inside this piece is attached.
  4. On the inside of the front cover I used a piece of 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of leftover Oh So Ombre 6 x 6 DSP from Sale a-bration. On the outside, the DSPmeasures 3-1/4″ x 5-1/8″.
  5. One piece of window sheet cut to 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″. Stamp this with StazOn ink using the All Wired Up stamp.
  6. Scraps of basic white to stamp the chicken images in Tuxedo Black Memento and sentiments in  Bermuda Bay.  I fussy cut around the sentiments and used the dies to cut the chicken images.
  7. Color the images with Stampin’ Blends.
  8. Cut an oval out of Crumb Cake cardstock and run it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine using the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing folder.

If you watch my video from June 24, 2020 that can be found  here, it will tell you how to assemble this type of card.

If you have ANY questions about assembling this card, please get in touch with me.

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today!  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!












Friends are like Seashells…

“Friends are like seashells, you collect them along the way!”  And in my life I have been blessed to have collected many!  Some have been life-long friends.  Some are are recent friends that I know I will eventually be able to call life-long friends.  Some were friends because of our common circumstance.  And of course, there have been those who I thought were friends.  It happens.  Their loss!

Today I’m sharing several cards I’ve created using Friends are like Seashells stamp set.  The first two pictured below use the Pearlescent paper Stampin’ Up! sells along with Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper.  I included the items I used to create these two cards at the end of the item showcase at the bottom of this post.   The video includes the process for creating your OWN pearlescent paper and a card using it.  You may have already seen other videos on this technique.  I like it because it is quick and simple, and you can create peralized paper in any color you want.  By the way,  I love this entire suite of products!

The easel card base requires two pieces of card stock.  The first piece measures 4-1/4″ x 11″ and it is scored at 5-1/2″ and 8-1/4″.  The second piece measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  To see how to assemble an easel card, Splitcoaststampers  has a good tutorial.

And finally, my video!  I hope you enjoy it!  Happy Stamping!














Hey Birthday Chick

Oh yes!  More Hey Birthday Chick!  I know I’ve said before, but I love, love, love chickens/roosters.  And this little guy is no exception!

My first card I’m sharing is a CASE of one of the cards in the current catalog; my interpretations anyway.  I love this green.  It’s bright and fun!  You can get this stamp set in the January to June catalog.


My second card is note card size.  I’ve said before, you can get twenty cards that are mail-able size if you purchase a package of note cards for $7.00!  Now that’s a deal!  In my note card birthday card, I colored the rhinestones with my Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.  Did you know that since the Stampin’ Blends are alcohol based, you can use them to color the pearls and rhinestones any color you want.

Also, if you like this paper, you have until the end of THIS month, yes THIS month to get it.  It’s a FREE SALE a-bration item, and SALE a-bration ends with the end of February this year.


Just a quick post today.  I’ll be back later this month with a video.  Until then…

Happy Stamping!