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Friday, February 28, 2014

Tess must confess...

We try to keep it all Stampin'UP here, because SU makes wonderful, quality, long-lasting, coordinating products.  But they don't have enough snarky (in my honest opinion).  I tried really hard not to buy this Snarky Sentiments stamp set, but I don't have a lot of will power.  I also didn't have a sassy chick to put on the front of my card, but I knew one of my stamping girls around the way had this lovely lady from a past SU catalog.  Her name is Tess, she and I share a similar sense of humor and waistline. (yeah, right.)  
Simple layout, quick card.  Maybe a little snicker, too.


Ingredients:
  • Stamps: Tote-ally Tess (retired)  and Snarky Sentiments by Lil' Inkers Designs
  • Paper:
    • Soft Sky – 4 1/4″ x 11″
    • Smoky Slate card stock – 5 1/4″ x 4″
    • Whisper White card stock – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ 
  • Ink: Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, and Chocolate Chip
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Blender Pen
    • Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon
    • Honeycomb embossing folder
    • Big Shot
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Zoo Review

Sometimes you just need a fun and silly craft night with the girls. Zoo review is one of my favorite sets and I have the perfect person to send this to.




  • Stamps: Zoo Review, Designer Typeset Photopolymer
  • Paper: Crumb Cake 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Whisper White 5 1/4" x 4"
  • Ink: Stampin' Write Markers (Basic Black, Wild Wasabi) Stazon Jet Black

     






Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reasons I Love You MDS Swatchbook

Front of book
Recently we celebrated my daughter's preschool teachers' birthdays.  To help with the celebration, I had the preschoolers stamp their fingerprints inside a stencil to create an apple or a heart for their birthday cards.  Afterwards I asked the preschoolers what the teachers have taught them this year.  All of their responses were adorable and I didn't change how they said them (no corrections in grammar or incomplete thoughts).  But I was in need of a way to present the teachers with quotes from their students so I went straight to MDS (My Digital Studio).  I quickly downloaded the "Reasons I Love You" swatchbook template to get me started.  The best thing about this download is that I can use this template over and over again for other projects including a Reasons I Love You book for their grandparents.  All I had to do was change some of the wording and type the preschoolers' responses onto each page.  I also added the kids' pictures on the opposite page so the teachers could remember their 2013-2014 Pre-K Class.  It was so simple and came together so quickly.  The hardest part was printing it correctly on my printer.  Next time I will give myself more time to complete a project like this and have it printed through Stampin' Up!'s printing services.
Sample of a page from the book
Here I used one of the stamps from the swatchbook template to create the "I (heart) her."
Sample of a page from the book
Sample of the book that includes my daughter's picture on the opposite page of her quote.
Back of book

Whenever you are in need of an awesome gift but don't have a lot of time to create it, I suggest checking out Stampin' Up!'s MDS downloads and using one of the templates to make a creative and quick gift.  They have such great ideas, graphics and different options for you to choose from that you will definitely find what you are looking for.  Give MDS a try for FREE for 30 days by clicking here and click on MDS Free Trial.
Reasons I Love You swatchbook template
This is what the swatchbook page looked like before I made any changes.
This is what the swatchbook page looked like before I made any changes.


Ingredients:
·       Tools and Accessories:
o   My Digital Studio
o   Reasons I Love You swatchbook download



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Banner Punch Awesomeness

I am loving the new banner punch from the Sale-a-Bration catalog! Banners add fun to any card or project. I made this banner card for the new SUO Challenge, Banner Fun. Make a banner of any sort, and come join us for the challenge!

I really love how this card turned out. It’s so bright and cheery and it could work for so many different occasions. I created the cloudy background using the frosting from the Cupcake Builder punch, and sponging around parts of it with Marina Mist ink. The rest was easy peasy!

 
Stampin’ Supplies:
  • Stamps: Express Yourself (hostess set)
  • Paper:
    • Natural Composition Specialty – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
    • Marina Mist card stock – 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″
    • Whisper White card stock – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (cut into 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pieces)
    • Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, and Rich Razzleberry card stock.
  • Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Marina Mist
  • Tools:
    • Cupcake Builder Punch (the frosting is used the make the cloudy background)
    • Banner Punch (from the Sale-a-Bration catalog)
    • Linen Thread
    • Sponge Dauber
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals

Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Muse: Quilted Monogramming

I love these monograms!  They scream for me to try them out but on a much smaller scale at first.  I have seen quilling done in papercrafting for awhile but I can never seem to get it to look anything like I imagine.  I always try a flower or something more complex.  Creating one of these quilted monograms may be just the answer for me.

I hope you'll give them a try as well.  Check out Michelle's website: A Can of Crafty Curiosities to find out more about these wonderful quilted monograms.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sunshine or sleet -- I think you're neat

Last week, when I was making valentines for my family, the weather here in NC was grey. Sleet, rain, some snow -- kind of depressing! But then the sun came out and started glinting off the ice and it felt like a special magic just for me.

My card and gift tag for my husband were inspired by that weather. No ruffles and pink and lace for him! A tailored and chic card with just a touch of sunshine (and special magic, just for him).

Ingredients (for the card)

Paper

  • Smoky Slate card base
  • Daffodil delight cut to 2 1/2" by 5 1/4"
  • Watercolor Wonder DSP cut to 2 1/4" x 5"
  • Scraps for die cutting: Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White
Ink

  • Smoky Slate
  • Cherry Cobbler
Stamp set

  • Perfect Pennants (Occasions catalog)
Accessories

  • Banners framelits (Occasions)
  • Dimensionals 
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Simply Sketched


This was a quick card that I used in a stamp-a-stack recently.  It's a great layout that could work well with several different stamp sets.  The Simply Sketched stamp set is a hostess set from the main catalog.  (Ask your favorite demonstrator about hosting a workshop, lots of free goodies during Sale-A-Bration, and you could pick this stamp set with your hostess dollars!) 

 I love when a set has beautiful images and a useful greeting with a lovely font.  It makes creating a card even easier.  I used some retired Designer Series Paper, but I think the Watercolor Wonder from the mini catalog would be great for this stamp set and layout.  I like a little bit of coloring, too.  I used my blender pen to shade the little bird and used a Pear Pizzaz marker to give a little more color to the grass.

Ingredients
·         

Paper

  • Wisteria Wonder card stock 4 1/2" x 11"
  • Retired DSP 4 1/2" x 2"
  • Marina Mist card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
Ink

  • Black Staz-ON
  • Marina Mist and Wisteria Wonder ink pad and blender pen
  • Pear Pizzazz marker
Stamp set

  • Simply Sketched
Accessories

  • Labels Collection framelits
  • Whisper White 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I Think You're Lovely Card

I decided to use a simple layout for this card and the color combination of Crumb Cake and Whisper White to keep it simple. I stamped the wording and image three times since its all on one stamp.  I stamped it once in Pool Party and punched it out using the 1 3/4" Circle Punch.  I stamped it twice in Crisp Cantaloupe and cut one out using the Deco Labels Framelits and cut out just the word "LOVELY" by hand. Then I layered them on top of one another with dimensionals to give it some depth.  I also added the word "LOVELY" in Crisp Cantaloupe on top of the layers to give it a focal point.
Close up of wording and stamped image
After looking at my card for a few days, I decided it needed something more so I added some ribbon.  Since I don't have any Crisp Cantaloupe ribbon, I improvised with some 3/4" Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon and added some 7/16" Natural Trim Ribbon on top using glue dots.  This helped make the ribbon not look so bright and tied it in a bit more with the Natural Trim.  I love how simple and easy this layout was to put together.  I hope you'll give it a try the next time you're crafting.
Card before ribbon was added
Ingredients
·         Stamps:
o   You're Lovely - a Sale-A-Bration stamp set
·         Paper:
o   Crumb Cake card stock - 4” x 5 ¼"
o   Whisper White card stock 4 ½” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) and scraps for wording and stamped image
·         Ink:
o   Crisp Cantaloupe
o   Pool Party
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   7/16" Natural Trim Ribbon
o   3/4" Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon
o   Deco Labels Framelits 
o   1 3/4" Circle Punch
o   Chevron Embossing Folder - embossed the Crumb Cake layer
o   Glue Dots
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sweet treats -- no sugar needed!



I wanted to make some little Valentine treats for my teens. These holders for antibacterial gel give them something cute AND something to keep the germs away while they're at school.

Bonus for me: These come together quickly thanks to the new scalloped tag topper punch and are easy to spin -- the layout works with any colors you like.

Inside:

Ingredients (for the version on the left)

Paper

  • Cherry Cobbler cut to 1 1/2" x 11" and scored 5" from each end
  • Scraps for die cutting and punching -- I used Basic Black, Whisper White, and some retired DSP.
Ink

  • Cherry Cobbler
Stamp set

  • Banner Blast (Sale-A-Bration)
Accessories

  • Scallop Tag Topper punch (Occasions)
  • Hearts A Flutter framelits
  • Banner punch (Sale-A-Bration)
  • Black satin ribbon
  • Dimensionals 
  • Candy Dots in Neutral
  • The pennant is embossed with the hearts from the Adorning Accents set (see the sample on the right)
  • Mini glue dots hold the bottle to the back of the holder

Friday, February 14, 2014

Dahlia Wedding Shower Invitation

You must be used to my signature crappy photo by now. I have to seize the moment of a good card whenever I can, and this time it was dark and under the light of my kitchen ceiling fan. 

My friend, Susan, and I threw this card together after a stamp class the other night.  She's hosting a wedding shower with some other ladies, and this is her first duty. 

Ingredients

Stamps

Regarding Dahlias


Paper

Cameo Coral card stock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2

Very Vanilla card stock 5" x 4"


Ink

Cameo Coral


Accessories

Burlap Ribbon

Gold Sequins

Basic Pearls

Dimensionals





Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Petite Petals Card

I was in need of a card to send with new catalogs to customers I have not seen recently at my club and classes. I chose the Sale-A-Brarion Sweet Sorbet DSP to quickly pick my color combination of Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party and Whisper White.  I added a Polaroid look using my Pool Party card stock layer and Whisper White layer in the center of the card. I added flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set in Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Pool Party and punched them out with the Petite Petals Punch. To complete the card, I added a saying from a
demonstrator business stamp set called Best Decision Ever in Crisp Cantaloupe. I also wrote a personal message inside each card and included an updated events schedule for my previous customers. 
Close up of Petite Petals punched out

Ingredients
·         Stamps:
o   Petite Petals
o   Best Decision Ever
·         Paper:
o   Sweet Sorbet SAB DSP 3"x1"
o   Crisp Cantaloupe card stock 4 ½” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”)
o   Pool Party card stock 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
o   Whisper White card stock 4” x 5 ¼”, 3"x3" and scraps to stamp and punch out flowers
·         Ink:
o   Crisp Cantaloupe
o   Pistachio Pudding
o   Pool Party
o   Whisper White
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   Petite Petals Punch
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Love Potion #9

I have been in the handmade home d├ęcor mood lately. Here is a label and tag that I made for a bottle I found at the thrift store. I also made the framed art with scrabble tiles.




Ingredients:

  • Stamps: Countless Sayings 1 Photopolymer, Designer Type Photo Polymer, Memorable Moments
  • Paper: Basic Black 4 1/4" x 3 1/4"
    • Whisper White 4" x 3"
  • Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Real Red Stampin write marker
  • Tools and Accessories: Sticky Strip adhesive, Tag punch, XL Tag Punch,  









Saturday, February 8, 2014

Make a wish!


Deena and I CASEd this design from a very chic card we found on Pinterest. The original uses silver vellum from the spring occasions catalog, but we swapped out papers and colors to highlight one of the in-colors. It had been a long time since I'd made a monochromatic card, and I'd forgotten how striking they can be!

A couple of the folks who made this in my last class chose to layer the whole banner with dimensionals. I like the subtle impact from lifting just the 'a' ... but experiment yourself and see how you prefer it. Playing is half the fun!

Ingredients

Paper

  • Coastal Cabana base
  • Coastal DSP cut to 4” x 5 ¼” 
  • Coastal cut to 1” x 5 ¼” and white cut to ¾” by 5 ¼”  
  • Scraps for die cutting and punching
Ink

  • Coastal Cabana 
Stamp set

  • Perfect Pennants
Accessories

  • ½” circle punch
  • Pennant framelits
  • Dimensionals 



Friday, February 7, 2014

Just can't 'resist' embossing!

I borrowed the very beautiful stamp set, Regarding Dahlias, from my friend Deena, knowing that I wanted to make a set of cards using the Emboss Resist technique.  (I CASED this card from somebody wonderful out there in the land of Google images,  but now I can't seem to find it. Thanks for the inspiration!)

This technique is a piece of cake.  First, be sure to use your embossing buddy to clear your card stock from static, this will help your embossing powder stick only to the stamped image.  Stamp the image in VersaMark ink, cover with clear embossing powder, and turn on your heat tool.  Grab a sponge dauber and ink pad, and start dabbing color onto your flower.
I started in the center, and would dab a little and drag a little, you have to play around to get the shading the way you want it.  The dahlia would look great if you mixed some other colors in, but I wanted to keep it simple!



I free-handed the border with the coordinating stampin' write marker.  I also heat embossed the greetings using the pewter embossing powder, I think it gives and elegant look to the card.

How long before we start seeing some flowers?  Anybody else out there ready for spring???

Ingredients:
  • Stamp Set: Regarding Dahlias and Express Yourself (hostess)
  • Paper:
    • Very Vanilla card stock - 5 1/2" by 8 1/2",  5 1/4" x 4"
  • Ink:
    • Versa Mark
    • Calypso Coral pad and marker
    • Daffodil Delight pad and marker
    • Bermuda Bay pad and marker
    • Crisp Cantelope pad and marker
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Basic Pearls
    • Clear embossing powder
    • Pewter embossing powder
    • Stampin' Dimensionals
    • Spong Daubers
    • Heat tool
    • Embossing buddy

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Make them smile, with a card in a box!

A card in a box has got to be one of the most fun designs for a card that I've ever seen! I love that the receiver will really get to enjoy looking at this for some time. I found a tutorial for this 4 1/4" x 6" card on Youtube, made by Stamping T. She created this for a standard size envelope in Australia, so I did have to make an envelope to hold this, since I usually use A2 envelopes (for a 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" card). Thank goodness the Envelope Punch Board makes it easy peasy!

 I used the Pleasant Poppies background stamp, which was not super pleasant to cut out, but the results are so worth it. To attach the butterfly, I used a small strip of a window sheet, so it would look like it was flying.
 
I love how this whole card collapses and is self contained for shipping! Absolutely brilliant! The backside acts as a place to put your message. For full instructions, check out the Youtube video.
 
Ingredients:
  • Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Papillon Potpourri, Perfect Pennants (sentiment), and Wetlands (sentiment)
  • Paper:
    • Sahara Sand, Marina Mist, and Naturals White card stock
    • Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper
    • Window Sheet
  • Ink: StazOn Jet Black, and Calypso Coral
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Simply Scored score board
    • Aquapainter
    • Envelope Punch Board (to make a custom size envelope, not shown)
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Easel Heart Card


Valentine's Day is right around the corner!  If you're anything like me, I'm usually scrambling to get all my cards out on time to family and friends. This year I am ahead of the game. I created this easel heart card based on a card I received as a swap at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference. I wanted to make it non-gender specific so I used the Fresh Prints DSP Stack with the color combinations of Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Real Red.  I added the heart image in the middle of the card from Language of Love stamp set to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut it out using the Hearts Collection Framelits.
Additional Option: turn over the DSP and use this side instead.
Inside: Added a Real Red Candy Dot to let my easel card stand easily.
To create a heart easel card, you need to...
1.  Cut out 2 Real Red hearts. One heart is cut out by using a 5 3/8" x 11" piece of Real Red cardstock that has been scored at 4 3/4".  Fold it at the score line and use the large scallop heart from the Hearts Collection Framelits to cut through both layers.  To allow your card to fold, place the framelit above the score line so once your cardstock is cut, you will have a fold in your card instead of 2 separate hearts.
2.  Cut out 2 Whisper White hearts using the large heart. 
3.  Choose the next smaller heart layer and cut out 1 Fresh Prints DSP heart. 
4.  Stamp a heart in Real Red like the one from Language of Love stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White.  Cut out the heart using the next smaller heart framelit from Hearts Collection Framelits.  Optional: add Rhinestones to the stamped image.
5.  Layer all of the cardstock hearts and adhere together on the front of the card. 
6.  Add a large Whisper White heart to the inside of the card and add a greeting to finish your card. 
7.  Add a Candy Dot, rhinestone or pearl to the inside of your card to allow the front of your card to stay open like an easel. 
Card opened and standing as an easel.  Sorry I have tried to turn this photo a million times.  It's correct on my computer but not when I load it :(  Hopefully you can still get the idea.
Ingredients:

  • Stamps: 
    • Language of Love
    • Perfect Pennants
  • Paper:
    • Real Red card base - cut 1 large scallop heart with cardstock that is 5 3/8"x 11” (scored at 4 3/4") and folded before cutting with the framelits & 1 large scallop heart
    • Whisper White card stock - cut 2 large hearts using the framelits & one that is the 3rd smallest heart
    • Fresh Prints DSP Stack - cut 1 heart using the framelits
  • Ink:
    • Real Red ink pad
  • Tools:
    • Hearts Collection Framelits
    • Brights Candy Dots
    • Rhinestone Jewels
    • dimensionals

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Peaceful Petals

I was in need of a new floral stamp set and Peaceful Petals just called right out to me. I love the variety of flowers and can find a use for every stamp in the set.


Well, it has been a while so dropped into Create with Connie and Mary to see what they dished out this week. They have a color challenge using Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Sahara Sand. I rarely used any of these colors, but they worked great with Peaceful Petals.


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Ingredients:

  • Stamps: Peaceful Petals
  • Paper: Pistachio Pudding - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • Crisp Cantaloupe - 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
    • Sahara Sand - 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Whisper White
  • Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Sahara Sand
  • Tools & Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die, Dimensionals







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