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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Big, big banner

Today's project is HUGE -- well, about eight feet long.

I fell in love with the Build a Banner Simply Created kit on my first glance at the new holiday catalog. Now I have this GORGEOUS banner in my living room -- just in time for a family birthday celebration today!

One of the neat things in the catalog is that each project idea is displayed from simple to complex as you look across the page.

Here's a peek at how this banner looked in its most simple form:

Cute, right? I could have left it just like that, but instead, I stepped it up with some butterflies, bling, and a giant rosette:

I used one of my all-time favorite DSP packs -- Sycamore Street, from this spring's Sale-a-Bration. I had lots of buttons and ribbons that coordinated, and I just played like a kid! Pick your paper first, and go to town!

Paper and card:
  • Sycamore Street DSP
  • Island Indigo
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Pool Party
  • Build a Banner Simply Created kit, with the included stencils and spritzers
  • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die (I had almost forgotten this old favorite!)
  • Ribbon in Pool Party and Tangerine Tango
  • Rhinestones
  • Linen thread
  • Sponge daubers
  • Rhinestones
  • Linen thread
  • Glue dots
Baker's secrets:
  • Do put newspaper out -- and give yourself room (and time) to create. I did all my chevron-purple, dots in blue, and stripes in orange in one pass, and then wandered off for a bit while I waited for my rinsed stencils to dry. The letters were EASY and my favorite part. 
  • I mixed 25 drops of Razzleberry ink with rubbing alcohol to fill my spritzer. I used the spritzer on the chevron pieces, and daubers on the others. I think I prefer the effect from the daubers, but it took longer.
  • I found some repositionable tape in a drawer and used it to hold my stencils in place while I spritzed or daubed.
  • To make the rosette, I cut a 12"x12" sheet of DSP into four 6" square pieces, folded them into fans, and then folded the fans in half. I then glued the edges of each fan together. There are four in this one -- or one full sheet of DSP.
  • The instructions say "be careful when you lift the stencils, since ink can pool on them" ... here's what happens if you are NOT careful:
Boo boo kitty
That's it! So fun, and so pretty. My pictures don't do it justice, so you'll all have to come over and see it for yourselves :-).

Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy Fall Ya'll- almost!

I love everything about fall, leaves changing, trick or treating, hints of pumpkin in all of my favorite beverages!  I also really love decorating for fall.  So today, before those last weekend of summer barbeques and pool plunges, a little peek into the start of my fall decorating.

I found these old windows out by the curb in a friend's neighborhood.  I have been an upcycler since before it became stylish, mostly because I just can't stand waste.  I knew I could find some use for these beauties!  I started cranking out Autumn Accents Bigz leaves on my Big Shot, and then decided you can never go wrong with a banner.

I cut rectangles of burlap into banner shapes and used hot glue to fasten them to some retired rope from several holiday catalogs back.  I used some Designer Series Paper and card stock in Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pool Party and punched 1" circles.  The letters are from the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die, and they are Chocolate Chip card stock.

My "fall" blocks were a thrift store find from awhile back, I "borrowed" them from my kids' block box, and gave them a quick turquoise paint wash with a pint of leftover paint, but it was a little too dark.  I added a couple of drops of whisper white craft ink refill to each block and rubbed it over the turquoise and it lightened the color just enough for my taste.

I went back to my leaf cut outs, ran them through some embossing folders, and tied them with a bow of linen thread.  A little glue dot here and there, and I've got a good start to my fall decorating.

Not to rush our last official weekend of summer or anything, but here's to autumn!  Happy Holiday weekend!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Everything Eleanor Christmas

It's been a while since I've pulled Everything Eleanor off the shelf. This was one of my favorite stamp sets for a long time, and I still really like it! I love to use non Christmas stamp sets to create Christmas cards. It's a great way to challenge myself; and challenge = motivation. Not that I need much motivation to hang out in my stamp room!

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This card is pretty simple, except for the wreath. I wanted to have the inside of my wreath match the background. I stamped the background stamp onto a separate piece of Whisper White card stock with Soft Sky ink. Then I inked up the circle image with my Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker (not inking up the lined center). I stamped it on top of the background image. Now the circle is larger than the background, so I filled in the white by sponging in Soft Sky, very lightly, until it blended. Then I used a circle Framelit to cut out the wreath. I wanted some depth to the wreath, so I used my blender pen with a light amount Smoky Slate ink and added a very light shadow to the inside.

If that was perfectly confusing, watch my video tutorial to clear things up!

  • Stamps: Everything Eleanor and Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper:
    • Island Indigo card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper - 3/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Ink: Soft Sky, Island Indigo, and Smoky Slate
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
    • Circles Collection Framelits
    • Blender Pen
    • Silver 1/8" ribbon
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
    • Stamp-a-ma-jig
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Sailor! Card

I loved this new photopolymer stamp set so much that I had to make a birthday card with it right away.  I wanted to make the main layer of the card resemble a Polaroid picture so I cut the middle out of the So Saffron card stock layer.  It would have been so much easier if I had the new Stampin' Trimmer Rotary Addition and Straight Rotary Cutting Blades for the Stampin' Trimmer.  These would have allowed me to twist my paper and cut the middle out of the card stock much easier than the way I did on my trimmer.  Lesson learned and it is now the first item on my "To Buy" list.

To make this Happy Birthday Sailor card, I stamped the banner image in Calypso Coral.  Then, I added the banner image in So Saffron, the HB Sailor wording inside the banner in Calypso Coral and the sailboats in Pool Party.  To make sure everything fit inside the So Saffron frame, I just placed it on top of the Whisper White layer before I began stamping.  I had to be very careful to not stamp onto my So Saffron frame which was a bit tricky.  (Tip: You could always use your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig tool to make sure it would fit inside the frame.)  I also added the "Life's better at the beach" image in Calypso Coral and punched it out using the 1 3/8" Circle Punch.  My color combination (Calypso Coral, Pool Party and So Saffron) came straight from the "I Am Me" DSP which always makes coming up with a different color combo much easier for me.

I love how quick and easy this card was made using the photopolymer stamps and the "I Am Me" DSP.  I will definitely be making some more of these to have on hand for upcoming kids' birthdays.  Enjoy!

My favorite saying of this whole set "Life is better at the beach"

Settin' Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Settin' Sail Photopolymer stamp set #133453
I Am Me DSP #13138
1 3/8" Circle Punch #119860
Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Whisper White card stock
Calypso Coral, Pool Party, So Saffron ink
Stampin' Trimmer #126889

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thinlits: Birthday Card

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this fun little gadget, circle card thinlits die. It took me 10 min to come up with and make this card. Now that's my kind of card!

  • Stamps: Happy Hour
  • Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe (8 1/2"x 5 1/2")
    • Birthday Basics DSP (5" x 2")
    • Whisper White
  • Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green
  • Tools & Accessories: Circle card thinlits die

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Time for a flurry of greetings

Every year, I spend happy weekends making holiday cards. Because I make more than 100, and I don't make more than a handful of any one design, I typically start crafting in July or August. I post occasional ticker messages on my social sites ("50/120!") so my friends can cheer me on.

This year, a travel- and work-heavy summer kept me away from winter card making. But I'm back to it now, and happy to share with you number 1 in my series for 2013!

While I was making this card, I was reminded of the ONE THING I couldn't craft without. Want to know what that is? DIMENSIONALS. I could make cards without ink, without glitter, without ribbon. I'm not so sure I could last a day without popping something up. I've never found another brand that is just so very perfectly sized as these, and I go through them like crazy. (And yes, I do use the edge pieces too. Are you kidding?)

What's the one thing you couldn't do without?

Stamp set: 
  • Warmth and Wonder (hostess)
Paper and card:
  • Bermuda Bay card base
  • Winter Frost DSP stack
  • Whisper White
  • Smoky Slate (looks like silver on the DSP, but no, it's slate!)
  • Pool Party
  • Big Shot with magnetic platform 
  • Festive Flurry and Chalk Talk Framelits
  • Dimensionals
  • Elastic thread from my stash

Friday, August 23, 2013

Color Me Christmas

I like to color.  I have two crafty little girls that I have turned into crafty little monsters.  They are never satisfied with crayons and a coloring book.  They have to get out the glue sticks and the scissors and blank canvases. (Not that there's anything wrong with this, especially since these little apples fell right from the tree!)
I bought the Color Me Christmas stamp set with them in mind, thinking we might be able to create some simple, kid friendly Christmas cards for them to give to their friends.  As you can see, it's full of fun little cartoony, friendly images that are just begging to be brightened up with markers or colored pencils.
I put this card together pretty quickly, and enjoyed coloring my Santa in using a blender pen with the Cherry Cobbler ink pad.  I'm certain when I let my kids loose with this set, there will be glitter on the present,  rhinestones all over the tree, and googly eyes on the reindeer.  And how cute would it be if Santa was holding a real mini candy cane?!?! They definitely get it honest!

  • Whisper White card base
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock cut to  3 1/8" by 4 1/8"
  • Basic Grey card stock cut to 2 1/2" by 4 1/2"
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 2 1/4" by 4 1/4"
  • Color Me Christmas stamp set
  • Happy Hour stamp set
  • Basic Grey ink pad
  • Cherry Cobbler ink pad
  • Blender pen
  • Cherry Cobbler baker's twine

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Gorgeous Magnificent Maple

I love sharing my goodies here on the bakery! This card isn't necessarily sweet, but maple syrup is sweet. So now you have a connection! :)

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I used the Magnificent Maple single stamp, from the Holiday Mini, and stamped it repeatedly onto Naturals White card stock, in So Saffron ink. Then I inked up the stamp again, in So Saffron, and randomly sponged Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze onto it, using my Sponge Dauber. A quick huff of hot air (I'm full of that), and then stamped it onto a small piece of Naturals White card stock. Here's the fun part....then I cut it out, by hand. We are getting so spoiled with all those framelits! Before adhering this gorgeous leaf to my card, I sponged the edges with Cajun Craze. The sentiment is from Lots of Thanks, and inked in Soft Suede.
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Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamps: Magnificent Maple, and Lots of Thanks
  • Paper:
    • Cajun Craze card stock  - 4 1/4" x 11 (scored at 5 1/2")
    • Naturals White card stock  - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink: So Saffron , Pumpkin Pie , Cajun Craze , and Soft Suede
  • Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Washi Tape/Envelope Card

I needed to make a card for my Stamp Club this past week and wanted to use something new.  Since I hadn't used the washi tape since it's come out, I decided to give it a try.  Washi Tape is all over Pinterest and crafting blogs lately but I just didn't get why.  Now I do!  It's so easy to use and really adds something to your card or craft project without a lot of work and without using DSP, an embossing folder or even ribbon.  Plus it's inexpensive!

I wanted to make a different kind of card using an envelope but hated to cut off most of my envelope and throw it away.  So I decided to cut a 4" x 5 1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock, score it in half at 2" and seal it on the sides with washi tape.  It was so easy and added a lot of color.  I loved that it didn't need to be even or match up on the back of my envelope piece.  I think the torn look of the washi tape adds an element of creativity to the card.  I also placed a little bit of washi tape on a scrap of Whisper White card stock and cut it out using the butterfly image from the Backyard Basic Framelits.  You could substitute a butterfly punch or different punch to add something to your pre-made envelope instead of using a framelit.  I added a pop of color behind the washi tape butterfly by punching out a piece of Melon Mambo with the Decorative Label Punch and adding it with a dimensional.

For the card insert, I cut a  4 1/4" x 5 3/8"piece of Melon Mambo card stock and added a 3 3/4" x 5" Whisper White layer to it.  I wanted to make sure that the card insert and pre-made envelope fit inside a regular sized envelope if someone wanted to place it in the mail.  I added my greeting in Night of Navy using the color combinations from the Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape.  Then I scored the Whisper White card stock diagonally on my Simply Scored Scoring Tool using the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.  After adhering the pieces of card stock together, I placed them inside my pre-made envelope.
My Stamp Club members loved this card and using the Washi Tape.  They loved it so much that they had to get some for themselves right away!  One club member went home and made 6 more cards right away using this card/pre-made envelope layout and the different types of washi tape they had at home.  If you've never tried Washi Tape, give it a try today.  You'll love how simple and quick it is to use on any card or craft project!
I used the Yippee-Skippee! stamp set for my greeting.

Yippee-Skippee stamp set #131341 WM or #131344 CM
Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape #129314 (washi tape comes in all 3 designs)
Decorative Label Punch #120907
Butterfly from Backyard Basics Framelits #129380 (substitute a punch if you don't have the framelits)
Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate #125586
Night of Navy ink
Whisper White and Melon Mambo card stock

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

KEEP CALM and...

I know Halloween is 2 months away but I actually have an itch this year to make lots of fun hand made decorations.  This has also been a great bonding experience with my son too! He is all about making things spooky.

When it comes to making specific hand made items, I have learned you have got to make due with what you have, hence the packing tape on the back of this board to hold the ribbon on. Haha!

Now, I wish I could take full credit for this, but I got the idea from a local craft store.

Here is a glimpse of what my door will look like on Halloween Night!

A photo of the back.

  • Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Tiny Tags, Wicked Cool
  • Paper: Modern Medley (8 1/2" x 11")
    • Basic Black (Letters)
  • Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Real Red
  • Tools and Accessories: Timeless Type Alphabet Sizzlits
    • 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon
    • Sponged the edges
    • Piece of 1/4" Wooden board (cut by my husband) 8 1/2" x 11"
    • Black flat spray paint
*Baker's Tip: I used Tombo to adhere the DSP to the board.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Muse: Vicky Hayes

I love this card made by Vicky Hayes! I love how she highlighted the flowers with embossing, sponging, and fussy cutting, and 'grunged' out the background. What a perfectly unique card!

I can't wait to grab a floral stamp set, along with Gorgeous Grunge, and make something grunge-fabulous! Thanks for your inspiration, Vicky!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Inspired happiness

One of the Stampin' Up! demonstrator perks I love best is the magazine full of ideas we find in our mailbox every couple of months. Today's card reworks an idea I found in the Sept/Oct edition of Stampin Success. 

I liked the combination of the Everything Eleanor label stamp and the Apothecary Accents die cut very much. I think the lucky folks who'll be making it with me at an upcoming class will love it just as much as I do!

Paper and card:
  • Early Espresso card base and "ribbon"
  • 2 pieces of Very Vanilla at 5" x 3 3/4," plus a piece for the banner (and yes, if you look closely at the photo you will see that I accidentally used Whisper White. Pretend you don't notice that.)
  • This and That Epic Day DSP
  • Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
  • Big Shot with magnetic platform 
  • Apothecary Accents and Bitty Banners Framelits
  • Boho Blossoms and 1 3/8" square punch
  • Sponge daubers
  • Pearls
  • Linen thread
  • Dimensionals

Thursday, August 15, 2013


I try to be a very neat and tidy person, although sometimes my craftiness gets the best of me. The neat and tidy also comes through in my stamping. I have a very clean and simple style, and although I love the new grunge look, I often have difficulty creating it myself. When I received the stamp set Gorgeous Grunge at convention, I was excited! Last night, I put it to use. The funny thing is, my clean and simple style still comes through.

I paired the set with Hello, Lovely to give the grunge some elegance! I finished the card off with a faceted button and white linen thread that I ran over my Pistachio Pudding ink pad (another convention idea!). I think it turned out pretty cute! I'm not loving the Pistachio ink on my fingers though! I guess that's where the neat part of my personality comes back out! LOL!

  • Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, and Hello, Lovely
  • Paper:
    • Basic Gray card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Ink:
    • Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, and Pistachio Pudding ink pads
    • Coastal Cabana, and Basic Gray Stampin' Write markers
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Decorative Label punch
    • Faceted Buttons
    • Whisper White Baker's Twine
    • Stamp-a-ma-jig
    • Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Perfect Blend Card

I had to get this stamp set because I just love the cute coffee cup and sayings and I don’t even drink coffee! I decided to use the Epic Day This and That DSP to give me inspiration for the color combinations.  This DSP was great for the look of spilled coffee on the card.  The Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Crumb Cake ink added the awesome effect of spilled coffee at the bottom of the card.  After stamping the coffee cup in Crumb Cake and cutting it out by hand, I felt it needed something else behind it to make it pop.  I reached for my new Positively Chevron background stamp set and stamped it in Crumb Cake on a sheet of Very Vanilla card stock.  I played around with the Ovals Collection Framelits and Chalk Talk Framelits to see which I liked best behind the coffee cup.  It was a toss up so I'm sharing both ideas with you today.  This card was a quick and easy due to the layout and the awesome look of the DSP and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set made it even easier for me to put it together.
Perfect Blend stamp set with Ovals Collection Framelits as a background

If you haven't tried the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, give it a try today.  The stamp set has a lot of background ideas that can be easier added to your cards to give it a "WOW" effect.  I have to admit that this was not a stamp set on my to buy list until we received it at Stampin' Up!'s Convention. It has quickly become my "go to" stamp set when I feel a little something is needed for a card. 

Perfect Blend stamp set with Chalk Talk Framelits as a background & Calypso Coral ink for the coffee cup and wording

Perfect Blend stamp set #130745 WM or #131392 CM
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set #130514 WM or #130517 CM
Positively Chevron stamp set #130496 WM or #130499 CM
Epic Day This and That DSP #130814
1 3/8” Circle Punch #119860
Oval Collection Framelits #129381
Chalk Talk Framelits #129983
Very Vanilla card stock
Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral and Gumball Green ink
Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer Silhouettes

The Stampin' Up! theme this year is "Be the Difference." During convention I really got to see and hear all the wonderful things Stampin' Up! does for others. I came home and wanted to make a difference too. As a mother of 3 young boys, I don't have much time. So, I have vowed to mail out one card a week for the rest of the year. Even brightening someone's day is making a difference.

If you can't tell by now, I love to get inspiration from other blog challenges. This week I took the layout from Create with Connie and Mary and combined it with a color challenge over at Fab Friday.

  • Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Sweet Essentials
  • Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe - 8 1/2"x 5 1/2"
    • Crumb Cake - 5 1/4" x 4 "
    • Whisper White - 4 3/4" x 2 1/2" (Stamp image first then cut the 2 1/2" side down to 1 1/4". Next cut your two strips into 3" x 1 3/4")
  • Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, So Saffron, Crumb Cake 

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