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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Valentine Kisses

I LOVE chocolate! So when I saw this card made by Laura Lipe, I had to case it. Such a great idea using the Build a Blossom punch to create a hershey kiss. So fun!!!

  •  Cherry Cobbler card stock cut at 11 x 5 1/2 (fold)
  •  Whisper White card stock cut at 5 x 4 (run through the big shot with Top Note Bigz Die)
  •  Using the Build a Blossom punch, punch the largest petal in Early Espresso for your kiss.
  •  Small heart punch in Cherry Cobbler card stock
  •  1 piece of kitchen foil cut at 1 1/2 square ( I krinkled it, then unfolded it)
  •  Be my Valentine stamp from the Delightful Dozen set, stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.
  •  I used the ribbon I had (Chocolate chip 3/8" taffeta)
  •  I Love You stamp from the new occasions mini set "P.S. I love you" or hand write it.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Fashionable Dare

When you get your hands on the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, I dare you to run it through your Big Shot just once.  You can't do it.  They are just like potato chips, you can't stop with one.  Each little heart has a lovely embossed design and it looks fabulous on a bright color of card stock.  Wonder how cute they look with designer series paper?!?!?  

So, once you have this lovely pile of Fashionable Hearts, you've got just the right ingredients for a fashionable card!

  • Poppy Parade card base, 4 1/4 by 5 1/2
  • Very Vanilla layer, 4 by 5 1/4, sponge edges with Poppy Parade  stamp pad
  • Stamp the 'Love' sentiment from Outlined Occasions stamp set in Poppy Parade  stamp pad
  • Color in the sentiment using a blender pen and Poppy Parade stamp pad
  • Adhere your hearts, some directly to the vanilla card stock, some using dimensionals

Now, I think it's time for some Pringles!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Do Not Like Green Eggs & Ham!

If you would have asked me if I liked stickers a month ago, I would have said no! I guess in my mind I didn't think I could be creative with a sticker and I didn't want my artwork to look cheesy. Well, I was SO wrong. You know, when Stampin' Up! puts out a product, it's nice! It's all matchy matchy; I LOVE matchy matchy!

These Sweet Shop Designer Stickers in Stampin' Up! colors (of course!) became the focal point of these cards I cranked out in no time! I love stamps and ink, but sometimes it's nice to be a bit faster. I have to tell you that after I made these cards, I looked up at the clock and felt accomplished! Also, you can't beat the cost of stickers ($6.95 for 4 sheets)! Especially if you aren't one to use a stamp set over and over.


Whisper White card stock (100730) 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (folded)
Poppy Parade card stock (119793) 4" x 5 1/4"
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335)
Framelits Label Collection (125598)
Sweet Shop Stickers (125584)
Silver Mini Brads (122941)
Dimensionals (104430)
Greeting from Create-a-Cupcake (121915) but any small greeting fit for the occasion would work.
Modern Label Punch (119849)

Baker's Tip: I used my Bone Folder to burnish the sticker onto the card stock.

Card dimensions same as above, but this card has white Baker's Twine (124262) added.

Baker's Tip: Wrap the twine around Poppy layer adhering on back side. Use a separate piece to tie your bow.
Same dimensions! For this card I used Pool Party card stock (122924), and a 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece of Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper (125408).
Basic card dimension are still the same! I added Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper, 2" x 4". Soft Suede card stock (115318) is 1/4" x 4".                                                                           Baker's Tip: If the legs of your brads are too long, snip them off with your craft and rubber scissors or a pair of wire cutters.

...And so I leave you with these words.....Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them!  


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Another Use for Buttons and Baker's Twine

Fell in love with some wonderful cards created by Stampin' Up! employees and displayed at last week's Leadership Conference.  I love how easy and cute this first card is!  It could be a great Valentine's Day card, Anniversary card or just a "I love you" card.
Supplies Needed...
Twitterpated Designer buttons #125579
Brights Designer buttons #119747
Early Expresso/White Baker's Twine #123124
5 1/2" x 1" Blushing Bride/White piece of Twitterpated DSP #125406
5 1/2" x 1/2" Baja Breeze Cardstock #111352 - cut with scalloped edge of the Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies #125595
5 1/2" x 1/4" Pear Pizzazz Cardstock #119795
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Whisper White Cardstock #100730 - score @ 4 1/4"
You're the Best Greeting stamped in Early Expresso ink #119670

These cards are delightful to the eye and easy to create using Baker's Twine.  What a great way to use color in n unusual way with the different colored Baker's Twine wrapped around a rectangular piece of cardstock and backed with one of the color's cardstock.  The other card that was displayed uses Baker's Twine to spell the word "hi."  I've never thought of using my Baker's Twine this way but how creative!  If you give this idea a try, I would love to see what you create with the colored Baker's Twine.
Supplies Needed for Happy Birthday Card...
Calypso Coral #125573, Lucky Limeade #125572, Pool Party #125574, Island Indigo #125575 and Wisteria Wonder #125576 Baker's Twine
8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Whisper White Cardstock #100730 - scored at 4 1/4"
Lucky Limeade Cardstock #122926 - cut with Scallop Rectangle Clearlits Die #118872
Calypso Coral Cardstock #122925 - cut heart out with Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die #125596
Rhinestones #119246 attached to Calypso Coral Heart
Happy Birthday Greeting stamped in Lucky Limeade ink #122935

Supplies Needed for "hi" Card...
Wisteria Wonder Baker's Twine #125576
Wisteria Wonder Cardstock #122922 - cut with smallest of the Labels Collection Framelits Dies #125598
Neutrals Designer Series Buttons #119743
1" x 5 1/2" Sweet Shop DSP #125408 - cut at the bottom to look like an upside down "V"
2" x 5 1/2" Whisper White Cardstock #100730 - embossed with Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335
2 1/4" x 5 1/2" Pool Party Cardstock #122924 - cut with scalloped edge of the Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies #125595
8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Lucky Limeade Cardstock #122926 - scored at 4 1/4"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Thankful for...

Sale-a-bration!!! Today is the day to SALE-A-BRATE! You can officially get your hands on this fabulous vintage designer series paper.....for free! Spend $50 and you get to choose any item from the sale-a-bration catalog. Click here to check it out!

My Concoction...
  •  Base: Crumb Cake card stock cut at 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (fold) (120953)
  •  Everyday Enchantment Designer Series paper cut at 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 (126154)
  •  Four Frames stamp set (123440),  with Lucky Limeade ink, punched out with the Decorative label punch (120907) Elevated with dimentionals (104430)
  •  "Sending many Thanks" greeting is from petite pairs (122495), stamped in Crumb cake ink (121030)
  •  Baja Breeze 3/8" taffeta ribbon.

Monday, January 23, 2012

My Excitement!

Last week was Stampin' Up's Leadership Conference in San Antonio.  The weather was great and the event was wonderful.  I got so many great ideas and LOTS of free stuff.  They really know how to treat us!  If it weren't for the 15 hours that it took me to get home, I would say the trip was perfect but sometimes you just can't help mother nature.  The funny thing is that I chose to fly through Atlanta because I thought that was my best option for avoiding weather delays in the middle of January.  Oh well!  This morning's card is another one that I did using the new mazes in the mini catalog.  I entered this one into a contest while at Leadership and actually WON!!!  I was surprised and so excited!  I hope you like it.

Recipe: Totally A-Maze-ing stamp set; Basic Black, Real Red and Very Vanilla cardstock; Basic Black and Real Red classic ink; First Edition DSP; Black Striped Ribbon; Linen Thread; Perfect Pennant Die to make the scallop behind the maze.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Big Shot + t-shirt = Big Fun

 Not only is it fun, cheap, and environmentally kind to craft with what may be considered garbage, it's now hip and trendy!  We have always saved old t-shirts to use as rags around the house, but now there are tons of ideas out there for 'upcycling' t-shirts.  I decided to try my hand at some t-shirt flowers to use on a t-shirt wrapped wreath.
I used my Big Shot and my Circles #2 die to cut out a ton of yellow circles.  I was able to cut through 4 layers of t-shirt at a time.  The trick to cutting this kind of fabric with the Big Shot is to be sure to put a layer of printer paper or card stock between your fabric and top plate, this gives the blades on the die a more solid surface to cut through.  

First, gather a couple of old t-shirts and cut them to about 5 by 5 to fit the #2 Circle die. Then, grab two or three circles and pinch them, roll them, fold them, into little flower buds.  I was mostly just experimenting with different folds and different sizes until I had a bunch to work with.  I started using the needle and thread to stitch them together, but then I realized I could just use a pin, that's how I was going to attach them to the wreath anyway!

 Cut your other t-shirts in long strips about 3 inches wide, then wrap them around one of those straw wreath forms.  I just tucked the fabric under itself and it stayed together fine.
 Pin your flowers close together in one area of the wreath and you've got something to put on your door until someone actually climbs up to the attic to get down the Valentine's stuff!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Love Some Conversation

Conversation hearts were always my favorite childhood Valentine candy. Brachs brand only though! I am so glad they came out with this stamp. I tried to make my own last year, but I have terrible handwriting. This card is simple and fun!
  • Wisteria Wonder card stock base (122922) 11 x 4 1/4 folded in half
  • Calypso Coral card stock cut at 4 1/4 x 1 1/2 (122925)
  • Whisper White card stock cut at 4 1/4 x 1 1/4 (100730)
  • "Candy Conversations" stamp from the new occasions mini (1255600
  • I used the Stampin' write markers (2011-2013) to color the hearts (123002)
  • Word Window Punch (119857) Stamped with Valentine
  • Modern Label Punch (119849) In Calypso Coral
  • I also used rhinstones (119246) to bring in some bling!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cookin' Up Some Sunshine

I love me some sunshine! Besides warmth, it always seems to bring me optimism and a big fat smile to my face. Right now it's cold, and I am SO not a cold weather person, which is why I'm wishing I was in San Antonio with Alicia and Kim at the Stampin' Up! convention right now! So, instead I'm sitting in my office cooking up my own sunshine with paper. Yep, paper is like sunshine in my world (minus the warmth).

  • Fresh Vintage Stamp Set (125115 wood/ 125117 clear - available with qualified purchase Jan 24)
  • Pursuit of Happiness Stamp Set (121907 wood/ 121970 clear)
  • Everyday Enchantment DSP (126154 - available with qualified purchase Jan 24) - 1pc 2 1/2" x 2 7/8" (striped pattern).
  • Soft Suede card stock (115318) - 1 pc 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in half for card base; 1pc 2 5/8" x 2 7/8"(front piece); 1pc 2 5/8" x 3" (layer behind striped DSP); 1 pc 3/4" x 4"
  • Very Vanilla card stock 101650 - 1pc 4" x 5 1/4"; 1 pc 2 1/2" x 2 3/4"
  • Poppy Parade classic ink pad (119782)
  • Soft Suede classic ink pad (115657)
  • 1/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon (119256)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Leadership Conference 2012

Leadership Conference's theme is "My Way.". Making your business, your stamping and paper crafting projects your way. Whatever style you have do it your way. As we arrived today, we checked in and picked up our adorable bags made with wonderful fabric that looks like future Stampin' Up! DSP.

What do you think?  Adorable, isn't it?

I also have pictures of the swap cards I will be swamping with other demonstrators while I'm here. I kept designing two cards per stamp set and color combination but couldn't decide which one I liked better so I just made 6 or 8 of each design.  It gave me more options when swaping with other demos.

Tomorrow is a day full of general sessions, classes and lots of excited demonstrators having an awesome time. I can't wait to experience it! Enjoy your day and more Leadership blog posts to come with any new announcements from Stampin' Up!

I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane

I'm leaving on a jet plane to San Antonio, Texas today for Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference.  I can't wait!  Leadership Conference is a chance for fellow demonstrators to focus on leadership skills, management methods, and opportunities to build their business. Demonstrators participate in swaps, sharing ideas, and stamping!  In addition it gives demonstrators with a growing downline the chance to gather with other great stampers and leaders and receive training from Stampin' Up! and fellow demonstrators who are top notch.  The best part of any Stampin' Up! event...meeting with Shelli Gardener (the co-founder of Stampin' Up!) again!  She's an amazing lady.

While I'm at the Leadership Conference, I will be posting some pictures and details about the new techniques I learn and hopefully a sneak peek at some of Stampin' Up!'s new products.  Until then I will be on a plane heading to San Antonio.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Silver Linings

I joined our family's NFL football pool this year.  I didn't win.  But, since I have to send the winner $25, I at least get to make a card to send the check in! I drew the football free hand and ran the chocolate chip cardstock through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot embossing folder twice to try to get a real pigskin look.  I even laced it with some white grosgrain ribbon.

The sentiment is from a wonderful set called
Delightful Dozen (item 122650, $32.95) I love that
it has all different fonts for just about every occasion,
even "You won the Pigskin Pickem this year, here's $25 and a handmade card that I spent an hour making.  Please hang it on your fridge for at least 4 days."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hearts Collection Wall Art

So, while browsing Pinterest a while back, I found a paper craft project I just had to copy. So, even though I would like to say I'm the brilliant one behind this artwork, I can't. This very simple project is a bit time consuming, but worth it!

I used the new Hearts Collection Framelits (the two smallest dies) as well as the small heart punch to give me a variation of sizes. This heart is about 8 1/2" wide and tall. It could be created much larger, but I liked this size for my 12 x 12 frame (that I hang in my dining room and change out the artwork on a regular basis). I store my 12 x 12 artwork pieces in a top loading scrapbook.

  • Calypso Coral card stock (122925)
  • Whisper White card stock (100730) 1 pc 12 x 12 and 1 pc for your heart (my heart is approx. 8 1/2 x 8 1/2)
  • Pearls (119247)
  • Hearts Collection Framelits (125599) - two smallest sizes
  • Small Heart Punch (117193)
Baker's Tips:
  • Cut out a heart from Whisper White card stock. It can be free handed, but honestly I'm too much of a perfectionist for that. I used a small die cut out in colored card stock, and used a projecter to blow it up to the size I wanted.
  • Cut out a TON (I didn't count, and I'm not about to) of hearts from the Calypso Coral card stock, in different sizes, and score all of them down the middle.
  • Fill up your heart with your design. Remember, flowers lose petals; it's okay to have singles to fill up the gaps! I used tweezers to help place the petals.
  • Pearl centers is totally optional, although I really like it. It's a bit tricky because the petals want to kick them off! Roll up a mini glue dot with your fingers and with tweezers press down in the centers of your flowers (it will stand up a bit). Set pearl on top of this little glue ball.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Beautiful Season, all year!

  I consider myself to be pretty thrifty, and that is an EXTREMELY hard concept to keep in mind when it comes to stamping.  Not because paper products are expensive, ( I have recently started a new hobby- metal stamping, and trust me, paper doesn't even come close to copper or sterling silver!) but because there are SO many beautiful stamp sets out there, it is hard to not buy every bird/flower/tree/insert your weakness here/ stamp that is made.  The thrifty gal in me tells me just because Christmas is over, I don't have to stop using my Christmas stamp sets.

   By using some neutral colors, Soft Suede and Night of Navy, to color in the chickadee and berries, I now have a nice, any winter day note card.  It's even gender neutral!  I'm also a big fan of using what I have (that could have more to do with laziness than thriftiness, though).  It's hard to see, since all of my layers are in Whisper White, but I wanted a ticket corner punch on the stamped layer.  Sitting next to me, was not the ticket corner punch, but the small heart punch.  Different punch, same effect.
  • Whisper White cut to 3 1/4 by 4 1/2.  Stamp sentiment and image in Basic Black ink.  We'll just say "faux ticket corned punch" using the small heart punch on each corner.
  • Stamp image again on scrap paper, punch out the bird's body using the 1 3/8 inch circle punch.  
  • Use blender pen and Soft Suede, Night of Navy to color in the punched circle.
  • Adhere the circle onto the layer using dimensionals.
  • Cut 2nd layer in Whisper White to 3 3/4 by 5 inches.  Use the piercing tool and guide to pierce 3 holes around each corner. 
  • Adhere image layer to 2nd layer. 
  • Card base is also Whisper White, use dimensionals to adhere to the card base.  

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thinkin' We Share The Same Sickness

I have this thing, and if you are reading this blog, I think you may have what I have. Although, I'm pretty much hoping this illness, aka addition to paper crafting, never goes away. The new Occasions Mini Catalog and soon to be release SAB (Sale-a-Bration) catalogs aren't helping! Each time I sit down and look through them, I think...I need a few things, but I don't need that *turns page* or that *turns page*, etc. So, I have skipped over the new framelits, I can't even count how many times! Liked them, but didn't need them. Until, I caved (I am so not upset over this)! In fact, I made the coolest wall art with the Hearts collection. Wait until you see it! I'm sorry to do this to you, but I am only giving you a sneak peek. You will have to come back in a few days to see this artwork, that happens to be already hanging in my house. I have to admit, I'm staring at it daily, with a big giant grin and love in my eyes.

 In the meantime, I made a fab card with these nifty little dies. Actually, some of them are not so little. If you are a scrapbooker, you will love these even more! You can see exactly where it's going to cut. I'm envisioning heart photos laid out on a gorgeous scrapbook page (This is why my husband lovingly calls me Sidetrack Sally). Anyway, here you go...
This gives you an idea of the size of the framelits. I used the 3rd largest and the 2nd smallest on this card.
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  • Card Stock:
    • Poppy Parade (119793) 1 pc 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (folded in half for card base) and 1 pc 3 1/4" x 4" used to cut heart shape.
    • Whisper White (100730) 1 pc 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (126154 - SAB freebee!)
    • Striped 1 pc 3/4" x 4"
    • Floral 1 pc 7/8" x 4" (then punched with Scallop Edge Border Punch)
    • Blue dotted 1pc to cut heart shape
  • 1/8" Organdy Ribbon from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brads Pack ( 127279 - SAB freebee!)
  • Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882)
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439) and Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335)

Baker's Secret: I used two separate pieces of ribbon. One to wrap around the back, and the other I tied into a bow and adhered with a glue dot (rolled up to make it smaller).
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