Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Don't wait! These items are only available while supplies last... and word has it they are zooming off the shelves!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
So, here’s what I came up with:
Since I’ve been a bit lax with posting on my blog, the stamp set I used on this project, Tropical Party, is no longer available for you to order. It’s from the Summer Mini… But the cool new Decorative Label punch that I used on the insert is available in the new Holiday Mini! As you can see, it mats the Wide Oval Punch nicely. Check it out on the SHOP NOW page of my website.
So, if you ever need to snazzy up a wad of recycled gift certificates, feel free to use my idea! Please note that I made sure to put the least crumpled certificate on the outside of the wad. :)
Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
So, you might be asking... where is the Peach Parfait?! Well, it's peeking out from behind the circle on the far right side. Oh, yes, and at the top of the teeny tiny cupcake. I also used my Peach Parfait marker on the sayings.
Although this is a very cute card (if I do say so myself), I didn't feel quite right about putting this card out there with the color challenge. So, I pulled out a different stamp set (Grunge Rock) and checked my new handy dandy Color Coach to help me come up with another color combination with Peach Parfait. Right away I was drawn to the top combo suggestion: Not Quite Navy, Pear Pizzazz (another new In-Color) and Peach Parfait. If you haven't noticed, blues and greens ARE my go-to colors! I don't think that's cheating though, do you?
It took me a whole day to put this card together. I got so far with it yesterday and then got busy doing other stuff. To tell you the truth, I sort of got stuck with the design process. So I walked away. They say that if you get stuck while creating something, it helps to walk away and take a nap. Your mind supposedly does much of your creative thinking while you're sleeping. I didn't actually take a nap, but I did eventually go to bed last night. Well, that worked! Here's what I came up with:
Along with Grunge Rock, I used the letter U from Jayne's Type Alphabet stamp set. I think those sets work perfectly together!
Okay, now I'm going to challenge you to dig thru your card stock and ink pads and find a color that you haven't used in awhile. And show it some LOVE!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
So, page through the catalog, look around your house, keep your eyes peeled while you're out in the world... inspiration is all around us!
Monday, August 2, 2010
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But then I remembered the invitation we received had a sealife theme with a crab and decided to stash the monkey card away and make a new card with the crab from the Summer Mini hostess set, It's a Thought. If you've seen this set, you might be wondering how a frowning crab with the saying "sorry i was crabby" could be useful on a birthday card. Well, I used the marker to stamp technique to ink just his body (not his frown or the words). Then I drew in a smile and cut him out. Here's the card I came up with:
I also used the Tropical Party and Fabulous Phrases stamp sets. Oh, yeah... and the Calendar Alphabet set to spell Eli's name. Cute, huh!
Well, about 30 minutes before the party, I was putting the gift in a gift bag and got to thinking... this bag looks pretty boring. It needs something! So I came up with this cool crab tag:
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I love how inspiration is all around us. Taking the time to cut out a picture or sketching an idea into a journal is a great way to capture those inspirations. That journal got my creative juices flowing after I had a bit of a stampin' dry spell. (Moving will do that to ya!) If you don't already have one, consider starting your own inspiration journal. It doesn't have to be fancy. Any old notebook will do. Of course, you can always decorate it to make it pretty if you want.
Until then, use my inspiration and get stampin!
P.S. Please excuse the funky layout of this post. I'm getting used to the "new" editing features of Blogger.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Driving through our new neighborhood I noticed that all the mailboxes looked alike--Whisper White mailboxes sitting on Sahara Sand colored posts trimmed with a little Chocolate Chip... or is that our new Early Espresso? Yes, I see the world in Stampin' Up! colors! Don't you?!
Well, one of the first things that came to mind was how easy it would be to add a Decor Elements image to give our box a little personality. Here's what I came up with:
I used the Flourishes DE in Sahara Sand (117756/$14.95). It comes with 3 flourishes and 3 flowers. I chose to use just the flourishes. What do you think?
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I started with a 6x6 ring bound scrapbook. This is one of Stampin' Up!'s albums and I'm predicting it will be soon retiring, since it's Mellow Moss--a retiring color. So, if you want this exact album for your own recipes, order it now (105391) through my website! I chose a ring bound album so that I can add and rearrange my recipes easily. A post bound album would make that more complicated.
The cover is decorated with Decor Elements. The flower is a Demo sample. If you were to host a workshop with me, I could start the process of decorating your recipe album with one of these. Give me a call! The title was cut out using the Timeless Type Junior Sizzlits Alphabet Dies (115951) and a roll of Chocolate Chip Decor Elements sheet (114337).
Now for the pages. I used the From the Kitchen of stamp set (114964) for the recipe cards. The rest of the pages are decorated with card stock, designer papers and stickers from a Simply Scrappin' Kit. There is really no wrong way to do this. Treat your recipe like a photo and SCRAP IT! Since they're small pages (6x6), they are fun and easy to create. It would also be a great way to use up scraps you have leftover from other projects.
I will say that this Recipe Book only contains my very special recipes. They may not be secret, but they are definitely tried and true recipes that my family loves. Who wants to spend all that time and energy scrappin' a crappy recipe?! NOT ME!
Happy Stampin & Scrappin!
Friday, May 14, 2010
It's hard to see in the picture, but I created a background paper with the Red, White & Blue Jumbo Wheel in the Summer Mini Catalog. I used an uninked cartridge filled with Versamark ink to create a subtle watermark look.
To create the title box, I used a combination of the Rough Type alphabet (Summer Mini), Calendar Alphabet & Numbers, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits Dies, Service & Sacrifice, Large Star & 1" Circle Punches and sponging around the edges.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
The boxes that come with the Simply Adorned charms & chains just scream to be decorated. They are like little chocolate chip colored blank canvases. Here are a couple that I decorated--one for Mother's Day and one for a birthday gift:
Supplies: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Flower Designer Brads, 1 1/4 & 1 1/2 Square Punches, Tag & Small Tag Punches, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon and Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper.
The belly bands were actually made to go around 2 boxes (one with the charm and one with the chain) side-by-side. The ribbon sort of hides that fact. Here's a peek at one of the charms:
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I used half of a pad of mini post-it notes. The measurements can be adjusted depending on what size and the amount of post-it notes you use. Starting with a 5" x 2 1/4" piece of chocolate chip card stock, score the card stock at 1 1/2", 1 3/4", 3 5/16" and 3 9/16". Yes, the 16th's of an inch matters. I tried using more standard measurements, but the post-it note pad just didn't fit right. You really want it to fit snugly in the book.
So, once you've scored, then you fold it up like a book with the shorter of the 2 flaps on the outside. Like this:
If you'd like, punch the 2 outside corners with the Corner Rounder Punch. Add extra adhesive on the post-it note pad before attaching it inside the book so it won't go anywhere. To get the Velcro lined up just right, put the 2 sides together and attach the rough side to the flap. Then remove the backing for the other side and simply close the flap and press firmly to adhere in place.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
It's an Easter spin on the flower pot pocket card. If you've never seen that type of card, instead of the eggs, there are flowers. Since I don't have a large flower punch or die, I decided to use the wide oval punch to make a basket of eggs instead. Here's what the tag looks like pulled out:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch (SAB), Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Organza Ribbon, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP & Paper Trimmer with scoring blade
Basic directions for making the basket:
- Score a 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of card stock at 1 1/2" and 5".
- Fold the shorter flap forward to create the brim of the basket and the other flap back.
- Punch edge of brim with border punch.
- To create the side angles of the basket: Mark at 1/4" from each side at the bottom fold. Unfold brim (keeping the rest folded) and then use a paper trimmer to cut straight from the fold of the brim to the marked edge.
- Fold the brim back down and run entire thing through Big Shot with texturz plate.
- Punch a bunch of wide ovals out of designer series paper--I used 7 on this card.
- The outside layer of the tag measures 2 3/4" x 4 3/4", inside layer is 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".
- Place tag inside basket and arrange eggs as desired--keeping in mind the size of a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card so you will be able to use a standard envelope. Using a piece of grid paper or template under your card will help with that.
- Carefully remove tag holding all the eggs in place and then attach eggs to tag starting with the eggs in the back, being careful to only put adhesive where they will attach to the tag. Be sure to remove any excess adhesive so the tag doesn't get stuck in the basket forever.
- Tie a 15" piece of ribbon around the brim of the basket, this holds the whole thing together. Embellish as desired.
- Tuck your tag in the basket and enjoy!
Don't forget, Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31! If you like the border punch I used on this card, be sure to take advantage of this promotion to get it for FREE before it's too late! If you don't know what Sale-A-Bration is, check out the link to the brochure----> Basically, you get to choose something for free out of the brochure for every $50 you spend!
Sale-A-Bration is also an awesome time to take the plunge into becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! The starter kit is discounted 15% and you also get to choose an extra stamp set (up to $47.95 value)! Contact me if you would like more information about becoming a demo.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
There are many ways to use the watercolor crayons, but the way I showed was by using them directly on the stamped image (using Staz-On ink). Draw fairly light lines of color along the edges of the objects you're coloring. Then take an Aqua Painter filled with water and simply blend the color towards the middle. The more you go over the crayon lines, the lighter the lines will become. If you feel it needs more color, you can always dip the aqua painter directly on the crayon and add more color that way.
Another technique that's featured on this card is the ruffled eyelet edging. Here's a close-up look at that:
Here are the steps to get that look: Punch the edge of a strip of card stock that is about twice as long as the layer you're planning to attach it to with the eyelet border punch. Take a bone folder and run it along both sides of the strip of paper, like you would to curl curly ribbon with scissors. This breaks the fibers of the card stock and makes the strip bendy. Then the fun begins! Simply bend the strip back and forth to make your ruffles. At my class, this is where I commented on the "art of being random". Hold your ruffled strip behind the layer you plan on attaching it to, to make sure you have it just like you want it. Then run a strip of Snail adhesive along the back of that layer and attach your eyelet ruffles, trimming excess. You'll then want to use Dimensional adhesive so that the ruffles don't get squished. I put a couple pieces right on the edge of the ruffle and then several more around the rest of the edges.
My friend, Genean, commented that this card looks like an old country farmhouse window and I think she's right. In case you were wondering, the stamped image I used was from the Country Morning hostess stamp set. If you're interested in trying some other "new" techniques, I have a Spring themed technique class coming up later this month--March 25 @ 7pm or March 26 @ noon. Check out the details on the Events Page of my website.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I've posted a similar type box in the past. It's made with two scallop envelope diecuts and two 2-1/4" x 1-1/2" strips of card stock for the sides. The notecards are 3" x 3" (3" x 6" card stock folded in half).
Stamps: Fox & Friends & Tiny Tags (both from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The letters were cut out with my handy Big Shot and the Serif Essentials Alphabet Dies, the stars were punched out using the Large Star punch and the bottom border was stamped with, fittingly, the Hero jumbo wheel.
As we were standing there waiting for the first glimpse of Our Hero, a few other passengers walked by and my son (13 yrs old) was a bit embarrassed to hold up the sign. I encouraged him to hold it up so that his dad would see it as soon as he came around the corner. At that moment, a woman walked by and said "Tell him thanks from me!" As I type this, I'm getting choked up. I have to say that those were common sentiments I heard throughout the entire time my husband was deployed. Even though many of them came from strangers, like the passing lady, I felt the love and appreciation from each and every one of those people. It truly made me proud to be an American and, of course, proud to be married to my wonderful husband!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I explain all of this so that you understand my delay in posting pictures of the make-n-takes we made at my New Stuff Party a couple weeks ago. Here they are:
The Friends card was made with the Vintage Vogue set from the Occasions Mini. The striped paper is from the Sweet Pea Designer Paper Stack. Notice I said STACK, not pack. The Sweet Pea Stack has 48 sheets (2 each of 24 double-sided designs)! This paper is GORGEOUS! The bookmark was made using the Vintage Labels stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration brochure and the Medallion background stamp from the IB&C. Everyone had the chance to try the clear mount stamps. They make it easy to see exactly where you're stamping!
When I finally got around to unpacking from the party a few days later, I noticed I had a some extra supplies from the projects and decided to make them up. Here's how they came out:
The top one is the original card. The middle 2 cards were made with the Fox & Friends set in the Occasions Mini. The vine on the monkey card is from Baroque Motifs. I made the bottom 2 cards using other stamps in the Vintage Vogue set and embellished them with some brads. Here's a closer look:
The flower was stamp using the rock-n-roll technique, cut out, embellished with a So Saffron Brad and mounted on the card using a dimensional. I added some texture to the backgrounds of all the cards using the texturz plates and my Big Shot.