Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Here's a cute little gift bag under my tree. I used the Ski Slope Designer Series Paper for the main cardstock and a small strip of whisper white for the scalloped edge. The ribbon is retired silver narrow organdy. I stamped the mittens with the Scandinavian Season, tied them with crochet thread and hung them from the bow. The mittens serve the double purpose of decoration and gift tag. I love making these boxes - they're so easy. For those of you who came to my 3-D class, this is the 2-5-7-10 box. I've copied the instructions here so that you can easily recreate this.
Hold an 11 x 8 1/2” piece of cardstock in the landscape orientation and score at 2, 5, 7, & 10, Turn to the portrait orientation and score at 2 & 7. On the longer 2” side, cut all of the first row off except for the 2 x 3 section in between the 7 & 10 scores. On the opposite side which has the 1 1/2” scored section cut along the score lines to the first cross section to create flaps; cut the smallest square (1 1/2 x 1) at the end off. On the 1” wide section, cut the corners off at a diagonal to make the inside flap. Fold on all remaining score lines. Use Tombow or Sticky strip along the 1” flap and attach to other end of box. Glue the bottom flaps together after folding. Use your fingers in the sides of the top of the box to create a fold and then fold the top flap over. Secure with ribbon, Velcro dot, or magnetic snaps.
So let me know what you think. Have you tried this? Upload a pic and copy the link into your comment here. I'd love to see your creations too!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
in' Up! Starting today, you can buy the supplies to make some wonderful Valentine projects at a discount! And I have to say that it's so refreshing to be able to stamp something besides Christmas cards! After making 80+ cards, I'm totally welcoming Valentine's! Here are the details on the promotion:
Description Retail Value
Love You Much stamp set $25.95
Candy Lane Designer Series paper $9.95
Heart to Heart punch $15.95
Love You Much Bundle (20% off retail value of $51.85; item 115405) $41.48
Or go to see the flyer to see the products included in this special.
Here's the fun card that I made today with the bundle. I stamped the smaller hearts and punched them out with the coordinating triple heart punch. After punching out the hearts, I used the negative that they made to sponge the hearts on the background. The SU! markers are perfect for coloring the flowers inside the main heart image. A bit of glitter, faux stitching with my white gel pen and some vanilla grosgrain finish off the card.
And I had to break out this set, also. The stamp set is Something New to Love. The layout idea came from the XO heart - reminded me of tic tac toe. I also used my Orchid Opulence marker to draw in some faux stitching for the tic tac toe board. Vanilla grosgrain tied and mini glue dotted in the corners give a photo corner look. It was a fun and VERY quick card to make.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This is my youngest son, Zach. He turned 6 today. This morning he was quite anxious to open up this large present. (When he saw it, he pretended to literally be bowled over!) Inside, he found a track car racing set. I found it at Costco with a $15 discount and knew it was the perfect thing for him. Between this and the sledding outside on our steep hill, the kids have been busy all day! I so hope that the couple whose baby is in NICU will have these precious moments with their daughter in the future.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sorry for the dark picture. I took the photo at 11 pm. Ouch! Yes, it will be really hard to wake up tomorrow. I made this card for my youngest son Zach's birthday. He's going to be six on Thursday and loves trains. I used Sketch Challenge 207 for my layout and Color Challenge 197 for my color theme. They made for a great boy birthday card. The background of the train is the Baby Wipe technique on Glossy cardstock. See the end of this post for instructions on this technique. Here, I've used the "pick it up and daube" technique. Over the background, I stamped the train in Not Quite Navy. The small strips of Baja Breeze are stamped with the Canvas Background in Not Quite Navy. I sponged around the Kiwi with Basic Gray to give it that smoky look so common to the steam engines. I hope Zach will like this.
Baby Wipe Technique:
Fold a baby wipe in quarters. Using your ink refills, put dots of at least two different colors on the baby wipe, filling up as large a space as you want to stamp. You can use this as your ink pad to ink your stamp on, or pick it up (after you've donned a plastic glove) to daube on your glossy cardstock. It's really that easy, and another good excuse to buy the ink refills.
Happiness is a Journey, Canvas Background, Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Glossy Cardstock, Sponge, Baby Wipe.
There. Hope you've enjoyed this post. Let me know if you try this technique - I'd love to see the results. Oh, and if you're wondering where to buy the glossy cardstock from? Well, of COURSE it comes from Stampin' Up!
Monday, December 15, 2008
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" vellum (x2 for a double layer starburst)
Designer Paper or colored cardstock
Small and Large Tag Punches
Two-Way Glue Pen
Sorry for the blur on this photo. It's really hard to hold the punch, focus your image and hold the camera steady while you snap the picture! Make sure to notice that you first punch with the small tag punch and then punch with the large tag punch over the image. It's much easier to center over your small tag and punch evenly. You'll need 8 of these for one layer, 16 for a two layer starburst. Now don't throw away the small tags that you have leftover. They can be used for your Christmas gifts! Just stamp on them in VersaMark and then emboss with white embossing powder. You'll see how great it looks on the last photo, where I used my Starburst on a Christmas card.
I colored the center of the flower with a marker on the BACK side of the flower. After putting the two layers together with a pop-up glue dot, I mounted the flower on this gorgeous Ski Slope Designer paper. And since we crafters are so good at using our scraps, I used one of the tag centers for my greeting.
Small and Large Tag Punches, Vellum, Riding Hood Red and Very Vanilla Cardstock, Gold Brads, Pop-Up Glue Dots, Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Best Yet Hostess Stamp Set, Ski Slope & Bella Rose Designer Paper, Gold Elastic Cord.
So if you play along, post your card somewhere and leave a comment here with the link to your starburst card. I'd love to see them!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Ok, don't tell my sister and brother-in-law that their birthday cards are here, because I just had to show you. Quite a while ago, I found this template online and had to try it. After making my sister's card, I decided to make a coordinating card for my BIL. I'll try to make a template for it, in case you'd like to try it. On my sister's card I used 1/4" red grosgrain for the straps and some retired fancy fibers for the edging. On my BIL's card, I flipped the Designer Series paper over for the waistband and fly. I also used metallic eyelets and crochet thread for the drawstring. So, do you think they'll like them?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Cardstock: Glossy, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Bigz Die, Paper Piercer and Foam Mat, Oval Punches, 1/4" Black Grosgrain, Piercing Template, White EP
For this card, I wanted smaller spots on the background, so I switched to a pump hairspray. Yep! No longer for just your hair, hairspray is a substance easily controlled when it spritzes out of the bottle. First I daubed Bashful Blue on the Glossy, then spritzed. After drying it with my heat tool, (I highly recommend those - MUCH better and safer than your iron or toaster!) I stamped my Scandinavian Season tree in Night of Navy. I stamped the Scandinavian Season snowflakes in StazOn White and then added the half pearl on the tree. There is a bit of retired Bashful Blue Designer Series Paper behind the tree piece. I used up a bit of my retired silver cord (I'm trying to get rid of it because the elastic cord is so much easier to use) and a piece of 1/4" Navy Grosgrain. I sponged the edges of the white cardstock in Bashful Blue and then dragged the edges on the Night of Navy pad. It's a very defining effect and as usual, looks way better IRL (in real life). And yes, all supplies are SU!
Pretties Kit, Mini Glue Dots, Glossy, Navy & Whisper White cardstocks
Thanks for coming by to visit. I'd love to see what you come up with, using this technique. Give it a whirl and see what you can dream up.
Today I tried out the Technique Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. After daubing ink or using your brayer to apply ink to your glossy cardstock, you spritz it with Simple Green. Yeah, I know, strange but true. Look at how cool this Speckled Background turned out, though! The upper half is mostly daubed with Lavender Lace, with a bit on Orchid Opulence in some places. The lower half has mostly Mellow Moss with some Always Artichoke in some places. After you spray on the Simple Green, set it aside to dry. I think used my markers on my Inspired by Nature stamp and stamped over it. I really like the effect! Very unusual. As usual, all supplies are from Stampin' Up! So, want to try it? I'd love to see what you make with it! But you definitely want to use glossy cardstock. (Available on my website.)
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Happy for You
Papers: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Lavender Lace, Glossy, retired SU designer paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Bigz Die, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, Retired Pewter Hardware
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I'm thankful for:
My God loving me, no matter what
The little joys in life that help us to remember to be thankful
What are you thankful for? I'd love to hear from you!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Ever see a wall in your home and wish that you had just the right thing to hang there? Well, that spot for me is my entryway. What do you put up? And then you want to change it for special holidays? I was shopping at a thrift store and found this great frame in perfect condition, but without the glass. Glass? Not necessary if you're stamping something, right? I paid $2 for this frams and look what it became! I used the Watercolor Wonder Crayons for the Watercolor Wash technique for the background. Those of you who came to my Christmas Card Cranks were able to try it out and found out how much fun it is. One frame says "Hope", one says "Joy", and the middle frame has an image of the manger scene, complete with star and Luke 2:11. I glittered the star, halo over the baby Jesus, and the first letters of the words. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Come on over to see it in person.
Stamp Sets: Illuminations, Season of Simple Grace
Watercolor Wonder Crayons & Sponges, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter & 2-Way Glue Pen
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Here is one of the cards that we'll be making on Saturday. This is one of my absolute favorites. I love the Ski Slope Designer Series Paper and it goes beautifully with this stamp set. I also love the simplicity of the two colors.
Stamp Set: Season of Simple Grace
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds glitter, 2-Way Glue Pen, Sponge
As usual, all supplies are Stampin' Up!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Well, this was a fun card to make! I created this one for two challenges on SCS http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/. This was for Sketch Challenge 200 and Color Challenge 190. This new stamp set "Cheers To You" is a really fun one! Now I just have to figure out which friend or family member to gift this to! .....or I could keep it for myself. :-) I used dimensionals behind both the scallop square and the white square to give it a fun look. Blender Pens allowed me to color in the drinks with the In Color inks. All supplies are SU!
Cardstock: Pixie Pink, Old Olive, Ski Slope Designer Series Paper, Whisper White
Tools & Accessories: Scallop Edge and Square Punches, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Pumpkin Striped Grosgrain, Paper Piercer & Foam Mat
Inks: Old Olive, Pixie Pink, Pumpkin Pie