Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumn Splendor

Here's another card from my Stamp Club this month. My upline, Phyllis, designed this card. She always does a fantastic job!! She's so creative and has lots more time than I do. She always tells me that I shouldn't have had so many kids - ha ha! Well, what can I do, I love them, but sometimes they just need attention, so I don't get as much time to create as I would like. In the five years that I've been a demonstrator, I can't tell you how many times Phyllis has saved me by planning the projects and encouraging me to copy. Really, I guess that's what this beautiful thing called stamping is all about and I believe wholeheartedly in the "CASE" method - Copy And Share Everything! Phyllis is an awesome upline and I'm so blessed to have her! Ok, she'll "pay" me later for saying all that good stuff... ha ha!!

This is such an elegant card that you can use for whatever fall occasion you may have. I've been doing a lot of "thinking of you" cards to have on hand. I love sending cards to my Sunday School girls just to let them know that they're on my mind. Ok, back to the card... I'm getting a little distracted this morning... need more coffee!!

Here are instructions on making this card:

  1. Using your favorite color ink pads and a sponge, gently rub color onto Glossy White cardstock in a circular motion. Start with your lightest color. Here, we used More Mustard, Ruby Red and Old Olive. Alternate colors until you've covered up the white. Use a soft tissue to rub off any extra ink.
  2. Stamp your sentiment using Stazon ink. Turn your Glossy cardstock over and holding firmly rub the back of the cardstock to remove any excess ink.
  3. Stamp your leaf images using our Encore Gold ink pad and emboss using Gold embossing powder. The gold embossing powder is great because you can really tell when your image is embossed. The details go from a dull color to a very shiny gold.
  4. Mount the Glossy cardstock onto Old Olive and tie the Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain around these two layers.
  5. Mount this onto your Ruby Red card using Dimensionals.
It's that easy! I hope you enjoy this beautiful creation! And Thank You Phyllis for sharing with me AGAIN!!

Until next time...


Monday, September 21, 2009

Sweet Treats Flower

Here's a project we did at yesterday's stamp club. I wanted to use Stampin' Up!'s new Sweet Treats Cups, by I didn't like that to get that candy out, you'd have to destroy your card. So, knowing that I had seen some kind, wonderful soul had already come up with the "trap door" solution, I followed suit.

This card is an 8-1/2" x 4-1/4" Night of Navy base, folded in half. There's a 4" x 4" Taken with Teal layer on the inside front cover. The trick is to put glue on three sides leaving one side free from glue for the "trap door" to be inserted. Next, take your 1-3/4" punch and punch from the top as far in as it will go. I found that you can use your punch for this since the flower petals hang off the card a little bit. Some of the other images need the circle to be closer to the center, so you'll need to use the Circle Scissor Plus for proper circle placement. Stamp your petals onto Whisper White cardstock. You can have as many petals as you'd like. I've used eight petals here. I used an extra square of Night of Navy cardstock and after punching a 1-3/4" circle in the center, I glued the petals around the circle. I started with the petals in the 3, 6, 9 and 12 spots like on a clock. I used a Dimensional to put the last four petals on in-between the petals already glued. The Sweet Treats cups have adhesive already on the back, so just peel off the paper and then you can stick your flower on the front of the card. Now that you have your flower in place, you can punch a 3/4" half circle through the front of your card. Insert your 3-5/8" x 3-5/8" Taken with Teal trap door between the front of the card and the inside layer. Mark a dot with your pencil where you want your pull ribbon to go. Punch a 1/8" circle and thread your ribbon through. Tie the ribbon together using Linen Thread. I used a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched it out using the Modern Label Punch. Of course, that needed Dimensionals too. Ha ha! Love those Dimensionals! Finally, open the card and pull out the trap door to fill the Sweet Treats cup with your favorite candy. Here I wanted the yellow center to my flower, so I used Skittles. Shucks, I had to buy two bags just to have enough yellow Skittles - what to do with all those other colors... A dilemma for sure!! I'll just have to work on that. I hope you enjoy playing with these Sweet Treats Cups, I know I did!!

Until next time...


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Halloween Hoot!

Here's another one of our projects from this month's Dive 'n2 Stampin' workshop. This treat bag is copied from page 10 of the Holiday Mini Catalog. I changed the stamp set from the one in the catalog because, if you can believe it, I don't have the Twick or Tweet set yet. It's crazy I know, but I'm trying so very hard to practice self-control! Oh boy, it's hard!! I'll make these little treat bags for Keegan's class for Halloween.

This is the Scallop Bag Big Shot die from Stampin' Up! The scallop circle is punched out of the Night & Day Specialty Paper on page 11 of the Holiday Mini. I love the little owl. It looks like he's just sitting there wondering what you're looking at. So cute!! He's stamped in Basic Black ink on a different page of the Designer Series Specialty. I love that the words fit on the Word Window punch too. The circles are glued on the scallop flap and the flap is glued down. The Bag with Scallops actually has two sides that are punched out when you run it through the Big Shot. We didn't use these for this project so you can just pull your candy out through the side. Gotta love easy-access candy!! Try this treat bag for any occasion!

Until next time...


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Box

Here's Stampin' Up!'s September Featured Project. I added this little card to put on the inside, so that when the candy is gone, there's still a little something for your box... because really, how long will the candy last...

The instructions for the box said to use a template from our template library, but I made a few measurements so that I didn't have to worry about sending my cardstock through my printer or have to trace and cut. I guess I'm a bit spoiled from having our Big Shot for awhile. These instructions are way easy, so don't fret...

  • Start with a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock 3-3/4" x 6-3/4"; score on the 3-3/4" side 3/4" on each side. Score on the 6-3/4" side at 2-1/4" and 3".
  • Cut along the score line on the flaps from the outer edge to the scored edge. Fold on each score line. Measure along the 3-3/4" flap at 2-1/4" and cut from outer edge to score line. (This should make the front and back flaps even when you assemble your box.)
  • Stamp the grass from the Pumpkin Patch stamp set along the bottom front edge of the box in Pumpkin Pie ink. Stamp words on top of box using Chocolate Chip ink. Assemble box.
  • Stamp the pumpkin onto a 1-1/2" x 1-3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock in Pumpkin Pie ink. Stamp the face and stem in Chocolate Chip ink. Stamp the grass and curly vine in Old Olive ink. Adhere to box using Dimensionals.
  • I printed the "Christians are like pumpkins" poem with my printer onto Whisper White cardstock. I cut the poems to 1-7/8" x 2-7/8" and mounted it to a 2" x 3" piece of Old Olive cardstock. I slipped the poem into my box behind my treats (those will not last long!!!).
If you're interested in the poem, here goes...

"Christians are like pumpkins. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then he cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, unforgiveness, etc., and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see. Shine for Jesus!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ronald McDonald House Stamp Set

Here's another card from this month's Dive 'n2 Stampin' Workshop. This card uses the Very Thankful stamp set, which is this year's Ronald McDonald House Charity Stamp Set. I buy the RMHC stamp sets every year. They are adorable, of course, but Stampin' Up! also donates $2 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for every set sold. That means not only can I stamp with the cutest new stamp set, but I'm helping the Ronald McDonald House at the same time. This year's set has a very elegant peacock, a flowery circle border, a turtle that I just want to pick up and hug and this sweet little boy! Do you just love his hair???

This was another very simple card. I used the new In Color Textured Soft Suede cardstock (3" x 12", folded in half) as the base of my card. My layers are Whisper White, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay cardstock. I stamped the little boy in Basic Black ink on my square of Whisper White cardstock. I colored him in using our brand new In Color Markers - Love them!!!!! I even colored the little boy's hair with the Crushed Curry Marker. I mounted my layers and attached them to my card using Dimensionals. Next I punched the 1" circle on the front of the card and stamped "from all of us" inside the circle on the Whisper White cardstock. For this step, I used my temporary adhesive to stick my Whisper White cardstock on the inside of my card, just in case I messed up my words... I needed to have that backside to use, just in case! Once I stamped my words, I mounted that layer using my Tombow glue. Finally, I used a small paintbrush and our new Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to put a little shine on the heart. I was very pleased at how quickly our Shimmer Paints dry. So, there you have it, a quick and easy "Thank You" card that you needed ten minutes ago... Oh wait, that's how I do things - ha ha!! Hope you enjoyed this card.

Until next time, take some time to Dive 'n2 Stampin'...


Saturday, September 12, 2009

"The Write Stuff Specialty Paper" Class

I really love when Stampin' Up! comes out with new products, especially when they are packaged differently or have a combination of items. The 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog was no exception! There's a new Specialty Paper package called The Write Stuff Specialty. This package has three new two-sided Designer Series paper patterns and three sheets of textured, cover-weight cardstock Die-cuts.

In this class, you'll receive The Write Stuff Specialty Paper package. We will create four cards and a two-page 6" x 6" scrapbook layout. The fee for this class is $20 and is due no later than Sunday, September 27, 2009.

Reserve your spot today! I'll also be offering this class as a kit that you can complete at home. If you can't make it, you can purchase the class kit to be picked up or to be mailed to you. To pay via Paypal click on the link below or email me.

"The Write Stuff Specialty Paper" Class


Another Build-A-Bear Boy

Here's one of the cards we did at our last Dive 'n2 Stampin' workshop. I'm having so much fun with these bears! It's the perfect stamp set for watercoloring. I colored this little boy bear a bit differently than usual. After stamping "Bear", I colored him in lightly with the Stampin' Pastels. I didn't try to fill the whole space, just put some color in the white area. Then I used the coordinating marker color to outline parts of that area. Finally, I blended the color in using an Aqua Painter. I really like this technique and the shading that it provides.

Do you like the Scallop Border? It's not as hard as it looks. For this element, I used six Scallop Square Punches. After punching the six Scallop Squares, I layered the squares to fit the next layer. When you layer, you lay one square on top of the other making sure that the scallops match up. For "Bear", the Bashful Blue layer was 2-1/4" x 3", so I layered the first two squares on the left side covering two scallops. Then I layered the next square covering one scallop. I repeated this for the right side. Finally, I layered the right and left sides covering one scallop. I adhered the first layer (in this case, the Bashful Blue cardstock) on top of the Scalloped Squares. That's an easy way to get those perfect scallop corners. You can modify this for any size cardstock.

Wow, I hope that makes sense. If you're a visual person, you may need to punch those squares out and try it. It makes so much more sense to me when I see it in person rather than in writing. Have fun with these techniques. I know I did!! Until next time...


Friday, September 11, 2009

September 2009 Stamp-a-Stack

Come and replenish your card supply. We will create 10 cards for a variety of occasions. Envelopes are provided.

The fee for this class is $20.00 and is payable no later than Monday, September 21, 2009.

Reserve your spot today! I'll also be offering this class as a kit. If you can't make it, you can purchase the class kit to be picked up or to be mailed to you. You will receive 10 completed cards and envelopes.

September 2009 Stamp-a-Stack Class


My Digital Studio Christmas Style

Here's another page made from Stampin' Up!'s new My Digital Studio. I can't believe it... I'm actually scrapbooking!! I can't wait until our print vendor is available. I may actually get some pages in a real-you-can-touch-it scrapbook. Wow, what will that be like???

These are my three beautiful children two years ago on Christmas morning. I created this page from scratch. You can scrapbook several ways using My Digital Studio. The first way is to pull up a template of pages where all you do is insert your pictures and add journaling. Then there's the option with a picture layout and you add pictures and whichever elements you choose. Finally, there's the option to start with a blank canvas. From here you add each element down to your paper color. It was so much fun to just click and add everything. The best part is that if you don't like what you see, you can just undo until your heart's content! It really takes the stress out of scrapbooking!



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wedding Sweet

Hi there! Boy has this been a whirlwind week! Kids in school and tons of homework... not for them, but for me! What's that all about?? Seems to me we could use some paper conservation here. Lucky for me that I was actually ahead of schedule for once. I really do try to look ahead and plan accordingly. And it's amazing that I can do that in certain things, but usually not here at home and not often with stamping. But this time I used my Labor Day to, well, "labor" - more like a labor of love. Instead of doing any one of the many household tasks that need to be done, I spent all day stamping!!! It was such a great day!!! I emptied lots of past project boxes and now I have bunches of cards sitting here ready to be used (of course, the trick is to actually use them). I also worked on the swap that I needed for my upline meeting last night. It was so refreshing to come home from work yesterday and know that I was all ready to go, especially with the mounds of homework that my three children brought me.

So, here it is... I just received the Wedding Sweet stamp set and in keeping with my resolve of getting those stamp sets mounted right away (for ease of actually using them), I did just that, so low and behold my stamp set was on the shelf just waiting to be used. I have seen a few projects made with this frilly flower and my mind was swirling with ideas. I was also thinking about how much I love black and white cards and I wanted to be able to use our new Shimmer Paint. This was a very simple card to do. Ready...

  1. Stamp the frilly flower onto a 4-1/4" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black ink. Using a Sponge Dauber, dab the Platinum Shimmer Paint very lightly onto flowers. Be sure to dab onto your scratch paper first so that your dauber isn't heavily coated with paint.
  2. Using the Big Shot, the Movers & Shapers Die and the Modern Label Punch Window, punch out the Modern Label using a scrap of Basic Black cardstock.
  3. Stamp the "Congratulations" in Basic Black ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. Punch out using the Modern Label Punch. Mount onto the Basic Black Modern Label.
  4. Mount flower onto 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Brushed Silver cardstock.
  5. Tie Whisper White Organza Ribbon around the Brushed Silver cardstock. Mount onto Basic Black card.
  6. Mount Modern Label onto card using Dimensionals.
Enjoy!! Until next time...


Friday, September 4, 2009

My First Digital Studio Project

Here is my very first attempt at digital scrapbooking... I'm not a scrapbooker by any means. The whole idea intrigues and overwhelms me. I have three children who's ages total 32 years in all... That's intimidating for anyone. Now I'm sure, that is exactly how you should not look at the idea of scrapbooking at all; nonetheless, that's exactly what goes through my mind... So when the talk of a digital scrapbooking program from Stampin' Up! came up, I was really excited. You see, I love the computer and I could tinker on it all day... So, I thought it would be a great tool for me to start getting caught up.

This is a layout for Raven's 13th birthday (yes, last year)... I was the one taking the pictures this time, so she has memories of Daddy, Grandmom and Grandpop. I guess I shouldn't feel slighted, Sierra and Keegan aren't in the pictures either; although for a completely different reason. Raven doesn't always get along with her brother and sister. Maybe later in life... I'm trying to be patient waiting for that. Until then, we have these good memories.

As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order My Digital Studio this past Tuesday. If you're not a demonstrator, you'll be able to order one for yourself on October 1st. Stop by again soon to see more projects made with this wonderful tool!! See you soon...