Christmas Quilt

Hello dumplings, I told you yesterday that I would be sharing a card with you today. What? What did you say? “Miss Hammie if you’re sharing a card why is the post called Christmas Quilt?” The name comes from the stamp set/ framelits dies bundle and paper stack that I used.  The stamp set is called Christmas Quilt and the paper stack, beautiful 6 x 6 sheets of Designer Series Paper in prints reminiscent of the cozy quilts of our childhoods.

Miss Hammie is the first to confess she feels a sense of awe around quilters. I’m sure the only kind I could actually manage to put together would be the well known “Crazy Quilt”.  The other ones are just waaay to intricate and precise. They are waaay beyond Miss Hammie’s sewing ability. Changing that, my sewing ability or lack there of, is on my bucket list. I would love to be able to make slip covers, draperies, custom bed spreads and quilts. You could actually using the stamp set and framelits dies construct a miniature quilt from dsp and card stock. I am definitely going to give that a try on Cards for my friends with winter birthdays.

However the temperature climbed to 87 degrees on Wednesday thanks to the remnants of Tropical Storm Nate so Miss Hammie wasn’t thinking sweater much less quilt, but it will dip to the 50’s soon.

If you’re a quilter you’ll recognize the quilting piece pattern that I highlighted on my card.

Now let me walk you thru it. I started with a Real Red cardbase that measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. I layered Whisper White cardstock 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock 5 x 3 3/4 inches.  I used one of the plain circle dies from the Layering Circles framelits dies to cut a circle of Real Red cardstock which is embellished with Quilted Christmas dsp that I cut using one of the dies from the Quilt Builder framelits dies collection. I embellished that with one of our new Silver Faceted Gems. The sentiment was stamped using Basic Black ink on Whisper White that I layered on Lemon Lime Twist.


The Designer Series Paper Sale is still going strong thru Oct. 31st.


And also thru Oct. 31st the Special Merry Patterns hostess set with a $300.00 or more order.



Hello dumplings, I have a question for you and you can answer in the comment section.  How many ways can you use an envelope?  Are they only for letters or cards? Do envelopes have a vast number of uses? The reason I ask is I have an Envelope Punchboard that hardly ever gets used to make envelopes for cards or letters.  I’ve used it to make boxes, tiny handbags even tea cups.  Truth be told even when I’ve made an envelope it wasn’t for a card or letter. For example today’s little project is a 3 x 3 envelope, but not for a 3 x 3 card.

Before I retired I liked to give my coworkers, well some of them, a little treat, a small just because, I was thinking of you treat. Nothing over the top maybe a Ghirardelli square. However something that small can get lost in a person’s box in the mailroom. Which means you have to make it stand out. The perfect way to do that is with bright designer series paper and your envelope punchboard.

Today’s treat is a small Russell Stover’s peppermint pattie. First I measure the candy and decided a 3 x 3 envelope was the best size. Then I trimmed a piece of dsp to 5 1/4 x 5 1/4.

I punched and scored as indicated on the punchboard, using it couldn’t be easier.


I rounded the four corners (the punchboard has a built in corner rounder) and then burnished my score lines. I used glue dots to adhere the sides and bottom of the envelope. Then I slipped the candy inside.


While the envelope is cute, it needed a little something. So I used two of the dies from from the Layering Circles Framelits dies and sentiments from the Tabs for Everything stamp set to make an embellishment.


Here’s the finished product. Wouldn’t you love to find this little thumbs up on your desk or in your office mailbox?


I know I would and I know little things like this can bring big smiles to those around you.

Time for business

World Card Making Day is Oct. 7th and Stampin’ Up is making it special. From now thru Oct.10th select stamp sets as well as note cards are on sale at a 15% savings. Also if you order Fast Fuse adhesive you’ll get 2 free refills. Fast Fuse is perfect for all the 3-D projects you can make with your gift bag and envelope punchboards. Don’t miss out on the savings.


Oct. 10th is also the last day you can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and receive the October kit. Why’s that important you ask? Well for the very first time there are going to be coordinating kits, October and November. Don’t you want to be part of a first? Better yet, don’t you want to get a head start on your holiday card and gift giving preparations? This is how, so don’t miss out.

IMG_2060Two additional promotions run until Oct.31st

The Merry Patterns stamp set is yours when you place a qualifying order of $300.00 or more. If you follow my blog I’ve explained that there are several ways to compile a qualifying order. You can 1. Throw caution to the wind and order all those things you want. If Miss Hammie did that she would definitely have a qualifying order. 2. You and several friends could place one big order rather than several small ones. You can always share the free stamp set. 3. You could hold a workshop either at your home or online and invite friends and family. It isn’t wrong to remind them of the things you’ve ordered from them.


And last, but far from least the Designer Series Paper Sale. Stampin’ Up has selected from it fabulous dsp a group of to die for Paper packs. From these packs if you buy 3 you get to select a 4th pack at no extra cost. Tune in tomorrow for the list or check my Saturday post. This runs they Oct. 31st.

Check my online store for more details on these promotions.

I’ll be doing a business post tomorrow, no project just business information. Sooo

Ta ta for now


Hi my little dumplings. Do you remember when I said perhaps I should do “weeks” ? Punch Board Week, “Z” Fold Card Week, remember?  Perhaps I should have asked for suggestions because this weekend as I tried to come up with something I found the Creative Juices Store closed. What was I going to do? Familiar with the expression “I don’t have a clue”? Well, I didn’t, until my eyes fell onto my Gift Bag Punchboard. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know we talked about it before, but let me back up. Let me introduce myself, “ Hello my name is Miss Hammie and I’m a gadgetholic”.  I’ve never seen a gadget I didn’t want to buy.  My punchboards, that’s right I own all three, are a perfect example. They showed up and I didn’t care what they were for or did. They were gadgets and I wanted them! Now that I’ve actually sold one I needed to see what the Gift Bag Punchboard could actually do. Sure, sure I tried it when I first bought it and produced utter garbage and off to the “I’ll try it again another time pile” that went along with gift box Punchboard.  Now that I’m the one who has to demonstrate its many uses, I’m  really going to have to in the words of Tim Gunn “Make it work”.  So off to YouTube I went to actually learn how to put this pony thru it’s paces. I figured how hard can it be, I went to college. So I hit my retired paper stash and started looking at videos and after completing a few bags it was time for something a little more difficult, a box.  I’ve always struggled with boxes and was a tad apprehensive. However though a tad Raiders of the Lost Arc-ish here’s the box I created. I case’d it from Linda Parker from Paper Crafting with Crafty. It’s a hinged top box that I made from a piece of what Stampin’ Up likes to call specialty paper. It was part of the Eastern Palace Suite Designer Series Paper pack. It glittery and appeals to my inner magpie. I must admit photographing such a reflective surface is not fun.


I think it turned out rather nicely and it’s quite deep enough to accommodate a line bracelet or a necklace and matching earrings. Hey, if it’s gold on the outside a little gold inside couldn’t hurt. It could also hold chocolate treats another quick trip to a lady’s heart.  Now for the down and dirty instructions, no pictures, just the basic box.

For this box you need a piece of cardstock that measures 11 3/8 in. X 6 3/8 in.  On the 11 3/8 in. side using the Stampin’ Up Simply Scored scoring pad score at 1 3/8, 3 3/8, 6 3/8, and 8 3/8. On the 6 3/8 in. side you will score at 1 3/8 and at 5. You need to burnish all your score lines. Using the Stampin’ Up Gift Bag Punchboard along both sides of the 11 3/8 side of the cardstock line each score line up at the Start Line and punch. You’ll notice when you lay the cardstock in what would be considered “portrait” that the scored sections on the top and bottom are different sizes. Working with the end that has the widest flap line the edges, the left and right sides, up with the Start Line and punch. This helps give the box a more finished look. Without pictures it’s a bit difficult to explain how to place your tape and I would definitely recommend Stampin’ Up Tear ‘n Tape for this. On that end I just told you to finish off, that’s the front of your box. If you bring the front and back towards each other you’ll see the front has 2 sort of large flaps as does the back and the are 2 smaller upright tabs. Place your tape along the edges of the large back flaps.  Make sure that you’re satisfied with how the sides are lined up and adhere them together. You’ve completed the body of the box now you need to finish the top. As you look at the top you’ll see 4 tabs. You will only apply Tear ‘n Tape to the lower 2 tabs along the top and about 1/4 of the way down the outer edge. Fold it over at the score line and line up the tabs. You will see how the sides should come together. Once you’re satisfied with how you have aligned the sides adhere them together and your hinged top box is complete and ready to embellish. I simply added a gold foil circle, a smaller Fresh Fig scalloped circle and a Fresh Fig tassel to my box. If however you wanted to add Designer Series Paper to the front and top the dimensions would be 3 1/4 in. X 2 3/4 in. for the front and 3 1/4 x 1 3/4 for the top.

That gift bag punchboard is no one trick pony, it’s a very versatile tool.  Wait a minute I’ve got it! I’m going to spotlight tools I don’t utilize as much as I should. Guess that means more from the Envelope Punchboard too.

Don’t forget this month’s great promotions, two of which end on Oct. 10th.

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by Oct. 10th to be able to take full advantage of the very first ever coordinating Paper Pumpkin kits.


Dont forget World Card Making Day on Oct. 7th  or Stampin’ Up’s great 15% off select items, I posted the list yesterday. Check it out stamp sets and if you order Fast Fuse adhesive they will give, that’s right give, you two refills. That also ends on Oct. 10th so don’t miss out.


And the promo list goes on. Do you like pretty paper, I know I do. Right now until Oct. 31st if you buy 3 rolls of Designer Series Paper you can select a 4th roll on Stampin’ Up. I posted the list yesterday, so check it out.


Last but far from least available until Oct. 31st with a qualifying order of $300.00 or more is the Merry Patterns stamp set. You can purchase it you can only earn it. I outlined several ways you could earn this stamp set in my post yesterday. Make sure to take a peek the stamp set is awesome!


Ok, TTFN and I’ll see you on Wednesday

And This is a “Z”

Hi all, if you’ve been with me this week you know that I promised to tell you how to make a “Z” fold card on Friday. Well, it’s Friday so let’s get to it, this is how to make a “Z”.

To begin you need a piece of 4 1/4 11in. piece of cardstock.


You score the cardstock at 2 3/4 in. and 5 1/2 in.

You need to burnish the score lines so they’ll be sharp and crisp.  At this point other than adding dsp and any stamping that you plan to add you have completed a basic “Z” fold card.


See the “Z” ?  What’s that you asked? What about the Upright “Z” from Wednesday?  Rather than lie it on its side stand it Upright on the score lines.


For the card I’m sharing today we need an additional piece of cardstock.  That cardstock should measure 1 in. by 11 in. and you score it 2 3/4 in. and 5 1/2 in.


We need to add Designer Series Paper, or as we crafters call it dsp, to our “Z” shaped card base.  I used a pattern from the Festive Birthday dsp pack.  We need two pieces one measures 2 1/2 x 4   and the other measures 5 1/4 x 4.  I attached them using Tombow liquid glue, but you could also use Stampin’ Up’s Snail or Fast Fuse adhesives.


I did a little stamping on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. That piece measures 2 1/4 in. x 3 3/4in. and I attached that to the front of the card base. Now I know you’re wondering why you need that 1 in. by 11 in. piece of cardstock.  You need to attach it to the card base.

Now it’s time to see the card. It’s a Double “Z” Fold Card and I’m positive you’re going to love it. Do you see the double z’s? Once again I hit my retired products stash. The cardstock and ink is Peek-a-Boo Peach. The sentiment is from a retired set called Festejando, it’s my acknowledgment of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Please check later today because I’m planning another business only post similar to the one I posted yesterday.

I hope you enjoyed “Z” Fold Card Week as much as I did, because I had an awesome time bringing it to you.

Well, have a creatively awesome weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

World Card Making Day

Miss Hammie loves making cards and other paper crafting projects and sharing them with you.  However she’s also an Independent Stampin’ Up demonstrator which means sometimes she will also share the promotions that Stampin’ Up offers. Before we get into one of the latest promotion, one that Miss Hammie plans to take advantage of herself,  I want to say that I am proud to be associated with Stampin’ Up.  Not only does Stampin’ Up have great products, they have phenomenal customer service. That may seem like a given, but answer this question for me,  the last time you had an issue with a product and called customer service how were you treated? Too many times Miss Hammie has been made to feel like she is interrupting the representative who answered the phone. Sometimes they’re just downright rude!  That’s never happened when I’ve call Stampin’ Up customer service and Miss Hammie was a customer before she became a demonstrator. Now on to this fantastic promotion. I want to share a communication that I received from Stampin’ Up about World Card Making Day.


We didn’t come up with World Card Making Day, but we are thrilled that it’s a thing! It’s a day dedicated to doing what you love most—making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection handmade cards create between loved ones, and it’s a great time to offer your customers a chance to make their own cards to send to their family and friends.

This year the world celebrates the day on October 7, but one day wasn’t enough for us. For ten days (October 1–10), you and your customers get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! These items will help you and your customers celebrate the best hobby of all—cardmaking! (Miss Hammie thinks 15% off is something we all should take advantage of)

Get 15% off these Note Cards & Envelopes and stamp sets!

We’ve also provided a list of coordinating Designer Series Paper—take advantage of the separate sale happening now! (Miss Hammie will share the details of the Designer Series Paper Sale on Friday)

Item Description Coordinating Designer Series Paper (Not part of the World Card Making Day sale)
131527 (Whisper White)/ 144236 (Very Vanilla) Note Cards & Envelopes N/A
143931 (W)/ 143934 (C) Just Add Text Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper
143669 Daisy Delight Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
143660 Birthday Delivery Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper
143650 (W)/ 143655 (C) Merry Mistletoe Be Merry Designer Series Paper
143840 (W)/ 143843 (C) Pieces & Patterns Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper
143677 Coffee Café Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
143937 (W)/ 143940 (C) Oh So Eclectic Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
143799 (W)/ 143802 (C) Lots of Love Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper
143846 (W)/ 143849 (C) Graceful Garden Petal Garden Designer Series Paper
143726 Colorful Seasons Color Theory Designer Series Paper
143925 (W)/143928 (C) Wood Words Wood Textures Designer Series Paper
144807 Brightly Lit Christmas Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper


Plus, buy Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills for FREE!

The clock is ticking on this promotion my darlings and 15% is nothing to sneeze at.

So like the old saying goes “If you snooze, you lose”, give me a shout out and place your order Oct. 1st !

Upright “Z” Fold Card

Hi crafters, followers, drop-ins, Hi everyone. It’s Wednesday and I’m continuing “Z” fold card week. Monday we did a regular “Z” fold card, today I’m going to highlight another type of “Z” fold card, the Upright “Z” fold card.

Once again I visited my retired products stash and used the Season of Style dsp paper stack. I also used the Snow Friends stamp set, love that little penguin and one of those little silver brads. My card base was made from Emerald Envy cardstock and my stamping was done on Whisper White cardstock.  That adorable penguin was stamped in Stampin’ Up Basic Black ink.  His scarf was done in Stampin’ Up Real Red ink. I also used a rhinestone to add a tiny bit of sparkle.

IMG_2279.JPGI think it’s an adorable card, a real little beauty and I know it’s going to make you smile.  Now once again it’s time for business.

The Merry Patterns host set is a versatile set that you can earn by submitting an order of $300.00 or more. With the holiday season upon us, if you and several friends order the supplies you need to make your holiday cards it should reach the $300.00 mark.  You could also either hold a workshop in your home or online and invite friends and family to place their holiday ( or every day) orders to reach $300.00.  This promotion runs until Oct. 31st.


The next bit of business is about the October and November Paper Pumpkin kits. For the first time there will be coordinating Paper Pumpkin kits. We’ve been told that the two kits give you a head start on your Christmas card and gift giving. However the kits can be used as stand alones, but I’m planning to use them together. There’s about two weeks to subscribe and get the October kit since you need to subscribe by Oct 10th.  Don’t delay, don’t miss this.


Well that’s it for business. On Friday I’ll be posting my final “Z” fold card and showing you how to put a “Z” fold together. Sooo, see you all back here on Friday.

Gee is that a Z

Hi crafters, I decided to do some fun cards this week. Please don’t misunderstand I think all my cards are fun, but I’m trying to keep it interesting for you. That’s Miss Hammie’s selfless side coming through. Actually that was Miss Hammie’s snarky side coming through, but I really do want this to be an interesting as well as informative place for you to pop into three times a week. That being said I’ve decided to do “Z-cards” this week.  I think they’re interesting, fairly simple to make and theyre different from a basic 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 card.

Today’s card is a basic “Z- fold” card, my cards on Wednesday and Friday will be variations on the theme.

Here are the products I used to make my card.

Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White  cardstock, a piece of DSP from the Fresh Florals pack, the Layering Circles framelits dies, Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive ink pads, Snail adhesive, Stampin’ dimensionals, the Big Shot and the Painted Harvest stamp set.

While Miss Hammie was an “EE”, Educator Extraordinaire, I will admit that “PE”or Photographer Extraordinaire is not listed on my resume. However I did attempt to capture a shot that explains why this is called a “Z- card”.

I’ve decided to wait until Friday to walk you through the construction of “Z-cards” and  I’ll explain why. Miss Hammie never remembers to take photos as she’s making a card. When I post photos of the steps, it’s a second card that I make simply to show you how to make the card. Soooo, remember I said the Wednesday and Friday cards will be variations of a basic “Z-card”, I’ll take pictures and bah da bim, bah da boom, 3 cards with one set of pictures.  Now on to business.

Its getting close to the Fall and Winter holidays in fact if you go in the stores you would think Christmas was next week rather than summer just ending Friday. This rush to sell for Christmas really bothers Miss Hammie. I like Christmas, I understand its significance and who doesn’t like presents okaaay.  That being said Miss Hammie’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving when the whole family tends to get together. However I digress, it’s time for business not  soap box.  I was going to say that it is the perfect time to order the supplies you need to make your holiday, Christmas and Thanksgiving, cards. So gather several, or more, of your crafting friends together peruse the Holiday catalog and place one order for all of you. That should easily come to $300.00 or more which you and I know qualifies you to get the beautiful Merry Patterns stamp set. I won’t tell if you don’t, lol. You could also do a Facebook party, that way you don’t have to even buy snacks.  I’m kidding I know how much you like getting together with your friends to craft. Once the order arrives you could even have them over and you could make your cards together.


Next order of business is the Paper Pumpkin promotion. For the first time coordinating kits that give you a head start on Christmas cards and gift giving. The October and November kits are coordinating kits that will also work as stand alones. Simply subscribe to Paper Pumpkin no later than October 10th. I’m not going to miss this and I don’t want you to either.


Well that’s all for today kiddos, take care, have fun and I’ll see you on Wednesday.