Monday, November 30, 2015

Journal It! # 166

Journal It! 166

Your next journal prompt:

Tell about any ancestors on your mother's side that you know about. Write about who they were, when they lived and any story about them.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Sprinkles of Life stamp set

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Scrapbook Sunday # 25- Flurry of Wishes Page

Do you like to stamp snowflakes? I do. Maybe it is because we don't get a lot of snow where I live.
Today I created a scrapbook page with  the Flurry of Wishes stamp set. I would have used Soft Sky card stock but I was all out, so I grabbed some retired Bashful Blue card stock. I think it would have looked just as good with the current Soft Sky card stock.

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I stamped all of the snowflakes in Soft Sky first. Then I used White craft ink to stamp the snowflakes. I embossed the white snowflakes with Whisper White embossing powder to which I had added Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter. 
The tiny groups of snowflakes are stamped with the snowflake stamp that is in the A Little Something stamp set.
I softened the edges of the page by sponging with craft white ink.

Flurry of Wishes stamp set

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Journal It! # 165

Journal It! 165

Here's a timely prompt for your journal...

Tell about an item you would like to receive for Christmas. Include a drawing or a magazine or newspaper clipping.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Cozy Christmas stamp set

Friday, November 27, 2015

Journal It! # 164

Journal It! 164

This is the journal prompt for today.

What part of yourself do you most want to change? Why?

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

This stamp set is on sale until November 30, 2015. It is in the Online Extravaganza.
Just Kidding stamp set  

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday # 25 Nature's Wonders

I guess this will be the last fall card for this year. I used the Nature's Wonders stamp set. I think it would make beautiful cards using the stamps individually, but I decided to use all of them on one card. I like how it turned out.

Nature's Wonders, Stampin' Up!, Stamp With Trude, Throwback Thursday, fall, autumn
Retired products:
Nature's Wonders stamp set
Blendabilities- Dark Daffodil

Current products:
Pumpkin Pie card stock
Early Espresso card stock
Tip Top Taupe card stock
Delightful Dijon card stock
Pumpkin Pie card stock
Cajun Craze card stock
Gold ribbon
Big News stamp set
Craft White  ink pad

Pearls from craft store

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday 201- Beyond the Basics- Big Shot

Here's another way to add dimension and interest to your stamped card creations. Use a Big Shot. You can use it to add die cuts, or as in this example actually die cut the card itself. You can also use it to pressure, or cold emboss. You can also see that in this example; I used a woodgrain embossing folder to add texture and interest to the front of the card.

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I used the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set.
Thankful Forest Friends stamp set

Here's a good Big Shot demonstration video by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial # 24- Christmas Poinsettia Gift Box

This week I have the Square Pillow box to share with you. Isn't this a cute presentation for a small gift? It could be used for an extra special presentation of a hostess gift.

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Download the tutorial now
 Have a blessed day, Trude 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Scrapbook Sunday # 24- Scrappy Page

I can't help carrying on the scrappy theme that I started on Tuesday. I guess I am just getting into cleaning out my scrap bins. 

For this page I used all scraps from Designer Series Papers that are currently in the catalogs.
This is a 12" x 12" Real Red card stock page. The red square in the center is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".

The paper punching went quite quickly. It is the gluing that takes the time. I didn't really time myself, but I would say it took a couple of hours to create this page. It does look really nice in my scrapbook! ☺

Merry Moments Designer Series Paper

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Journal It! # 162

Journal It! 162

The next prompt I have for you is:

In what ways did you grow as a person when you became a parent?

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Made With Love stamp set

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Journal It! # 161

Journal It! 161

Here's a prompt to journal...

Tell what you know about your grandparents' occupations.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Guy Greetings stamp set

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday # 24

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday.

Today I used the card bases that I created for Wednesday 201- Beyond the Basics to create the cards.

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CHristmas cards, Stampin Up, Trude Thoman, Stamp with Trude, Throwback Thursday, scrappy crafts, scraps, Beyond the Basics

CHristmas cards, Stampin Up, Trude Thoman, Stamp with Trude, Throwback Thursday, scrappy crafts, scraps, Beyond the Basics
See how easy it is to create cards with your scraps? All it takes is a few added embellishments, nothing overwhelming because the backgrounds already have a lot going on.

Find your scrap bin and start creating!

The only things that aren't retired on these cards are:
The tag created with the tag framelit
The Noel framelit
The Whisper White card stock

Have a blessed day,

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednasday 201- Beyond the Basics

Today we are going to talk about scraps and the people who save them ☺. I can relate. I have several scrap bins. One is for my Stampin' Up! papers and one is for everything else.

So I pulled out a bunch of scraps and I am going to show you how to tame your scrap bins!

 I pulled out any that were Christmas and any that coordinated with any of the Christmas. 

Then I started gluing them to folded card bases in coordinating colors.

And after I used as many strips as I could I got out my 1" circle punch and my 1" square punch and here's what I did.

 I used up a lot of scraps!

Now I have 22 really colorful fun backgrounds that I made out of Designer Series Paper scraps from previous years.

Check out what I did with these. Click here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial # 23- Spotlight on the Nativity

Welcome back to another Tuesday Tutorial. This tutorial highlights the Spotlight Technique. I used the All Ye Faithful stamp set from Stampin' Up! The Spotlight in this card is on Mary and baby Jesus. I think I will also make another version of this Spotlight card with the Spotlight on the family, use a circle punch and include Joseph. I think it would have a greater impact.

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You can get the tutorial now by using this link.  

 Have a blessed day,


All Ye Faithful stamp set


Monday, November 16, 2015

Journal It! # 160

Journal It! 160

Prompt of the day:

How important is religion to you? Tell what your religious experience means to you.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Gentle Peace stamp set

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Scrapbook Sunday # 23

Okay, here is the page that I created using the embellishments I created for the Wednesday 201, Beyond the Basics post this week.

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Pull out your punches and get creative!
Have a blessed day,

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Journal It! # 159

Journal It! 159

Here's another prompt for you...

Describe the similarities and differences between you children.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Christmas Cuties stamp set

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Journal It! # 158

Journal It! 158

A prompt for today;

Did you look forward to visits in your grandparents' homes as a child? Tell about your memories of those visits.

Write the prompt in your journal and Journal It!

Blessed by God stamp set

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wednesday 201- Beyond the Basics

Well, today isn't technically about stamps and stamping, but it is about using punches in ways that will enhance your stamped cards.

First I used a 1" circle punch, a 3/4" circle punch and a 1/8" hole punch to create this...

A ladybug. Isn't it cute? Here's how it's done...

First I punched 1 black 3/4" circle, 2 black 1" circles and 1 red 1" circle.

I used a pencil to space 6 dots around the edge of the circle, then they didn't show up well in the photo so I used a pen ☺.

Then I punched the marked spots with the 1/8" hole punch and glued the red circle on top of the black circle. Now Cut it down the middle so there are 3 dots on each half. Layer it over the other black circle and glue the 3/4" circle under the layers with just a small portion sticking out. Doesn't it make a cute bug?

Okay, next I took some tissue paper and folded it in half. Then I folded it in half again and once more so that there are now 8 layers. Yes, I even used a piece that was formerly used in a gift!

Then I punched out one stack with a 1 3/4" scallop punch and one more stack with a 1 1/4" scallop punch.

Next I used the 1/8" hole punch to punch a hole through all the layers of both sizes stacked together.

Now choose a brad, any brad because you won't see it when we are done, and put it through the hole and spread the prongs open on the back side.

Begin scrunching the layers one at a time around the brad.

This is how it looks when you're done. Isn't it cute? You can use these on all kinds of 3D projects, such as boxes and gift bags.

Here's another idea. I used the same scallop punches and wrapped thread around them. These are called Spirelli and they are easy and fun to make. I taped the string to the back, wrapped it over the front to another indent several spaces away. The more spaces in between the first wrap, the closer the spiral will be to the center when you have completed the wraps. Then wrap the thread around to the back and through the next space to the right of where you started. Wrap it over the top and to the next space to the right of the space you wrapped it to the back the first time. Then continue the sequence.

I think I am going to make a scrapbook page with some of these elements, so check out my blog next Sunday to see what I came up with. Click here to see the page I created.