Monday, November 15, 2010

Fabric Bag

I needed a little hostess gift the other day so I pulled out some fabric and ran it through the big shot with the scallop square die.  I pulled out my sewing kit and did a quick hand stitch around three sides.  And Tada, a cut little bad for treats!  I am not a sewer, I am lucky to get a button back on.  This just shows how easy it is!

My hand stitch was a little uneven but whose looking when there is candy inside!

Accessories - Designer Fabric, Big Shot, Scallop Square Die, needle and thread

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Have a Cute Christmas

I had a very sad disaster occur at my last Stamp-A-Stack.  You may remember this post with the wonderful letterpress plate.  Well, we were going to make this card and as I was demonstrating how to use the plate I made a fatal error!  I forgot to flip my multipurpose platform from tab 2 to tab 1.  By the time I had realized my mistake the beginning of the letterpress and gone through and because it is plastic, it flattened the design :(  So please learn from my mistake and make sure your platform is on TAB 1 or it will ruin the plate!

With some quick thinking on my feet and some help from some of my girls we whipped up this adorable card using the same materials we already had available.  I think the ladies had fun decorating their Christmas trees.  Needless to say, the card was still a big hit!

As the card base is dark I had extra Very Vanilla for the inside of the card.  We put a cute package to go "under" the Christmas trees.

Stamp Set(s) - Have a Cute Christmas
Card Stock - Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Ink - Garden Green, Real Red ink and marker
Accessories - 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones

Monday, November 8, 2010

Shimmery Ornimental Christmas

Another great find that looked so fun and simple I had to make myself.  The original was done by Rhonda Griffin and can be found here.  It was voted most popular by her group, I can see why!  This would be very easy to make 20-30-40...for this years Christmas card!

I made a few changes to the original but not the color scheme, I love that Pacific Blue!  I used one of the ornaments from Delightful Decorations.  I tied the 1/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon into a little bow and attached with a Glue Dot.  I scallop punched the edge then attached a quarter piece of cardstock to the back.  I like using a piece that covers completely so it looks attractive on the inside as well as the outside.  You can also use the Pacific Blue as your card base and overlay the Whisper White.

Using the Frost White Shimmer Paint I created a shimmer spray.  Just take a small spray bottle (maybe an old Stampin' Mist bottle) and fill it 3/4 the way full with rubbing alcohol.  Add 5-6 drops of Shimmer Paint and shake well to mix.  Hold the card about arms length from the spray bottle and spray a couple times to coat the card.  It will look wet at first but the rubbing alcohol evaporates and leaves a beautiful shimmer!

I like adding a stamped image to the inside of the card that matches.

You can always step it up a notch by adding an adorable Basic Rhinestone to the middle of the ornament!  Love that Bling!

Stamp Set(s) - Delightful Decorations, Four the Holidays
Card Stock - Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink - Pacific Point
Accessories - Scallop Trim Punch, Frost White Shimmer Paint, 1/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dots, Basic Rhinestones

Monday, November 1, 2010

First Wrapped Present of the season

As you may recall, I started playing with fabric here.  I cleared out a little time in my stamp room and I finished a brooch and designed how I will be wrapping some of my gifts this year.  Think they came out adorable!

I used a white plain wrapping paper.  I cut it to size of my package and then used a Jumbo Wheel to decorate the paper in Real Red.  After it dried completely I wrapped the gift, added a tag stamp and brooch instead of a bow.  Very festive!

The brooch is SO easy and only took me maybe 30 minutes from start (the package of fabric in hand) to finish.  Everything you need to know and step by step directions come right with the package of fabric!  Cant get any easier than that!

I love using wheels on packages, if you do it before you wrap the gift you get neat fold too.

Stamp Set(s) - Tags Til Christmas, Christmas Chatter Jumbo Wheel
Ink - Garden Green, Real Red Reinker, Uninked Jumbo Cartridge
Accessories - Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric, Candy Cane Big Designer Buttons, 1/8" Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, Jumbo Stampin Around Handle, Big Shot, Flower Folds Die, hot glue gun, white wrapping paper

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dasher with Bling

I have been doing a lot of card surfing (blogs and on the Stampin' Connection) while sitting in the hospital with my dad.  I have found so many wonderful idea, there are so many talented people out there.  I rarely have original ideas and I try my hardest to give credit to every idea I use.  Sadly this next card, I can not locate the original idea.  If anyone has seen this before, let me know where so that I can give credit where credit is due.

I really enjoyed this card.  I love bling and this year it is so much easier to add it with our Basic Rhinestones and Basic Pearls.  I'm addicted.  The original card used glitter but I wasn't in the mood to mess with it so the Rhinestones worked perfectly.

I even added one on his nose!  Too fun!  The ribbon is just a small piece taped to the back and then the whole Dasher piece is adhered with Dimensionals (helps hide the bulk of the ribbon).

My little word window was punched out with the Curly Label Punch.  I then stamped my saying on Whisper White and punched it out too.  Just add some glue to the back then adhere it to the inside by going through the window, that way you know it lines up.

Tada!  A saying on the inside too!

Stamp Set(s) - Dasher, Serene Snowflakes, Occasional Quotes
Card Stock - Old Olive, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink - Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Curly Label Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, 5/8" Real Red Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Friday, October 22, 2010

Joyful Season

Stampin' Up! has released a new toy for the Big Shot in the new Holiday Mini Catalog.  It is the Letterpress plates.  I, of course, had to try it out.  It is super simple!  I created this card (idea from the Idea Book and Catalog) in just minutes!  Cant wait to teach this in my next class!

The Garden Green card base was so dark I added Very Vanilla to the inside and stamped some matching stockings from the A Cute Christmas stamp set.  Stampin' Up! does such a wonderful job coordinating everything!

Stampin' Up! released this video on the Stampin' Up! channel of You Tube.  Check it out for a tutorial on how to use the Letterpress Plates!

Stamp Sets: A Cute Christmas
Ink:  Garden Green Craft, Real Red
Paper:  Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Accessories: 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Joyful Season Letterpress Plate, Big Shot

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hello again, Playing with fabric

I am very glad that I got so ahead in my stamping.  These last couple of weeks I have been wrapped up in something else and I haven't been in my stamping room for a while.  My father became very sick and came to Florida where my brother and I are.  We put him into the hospital right away.  Needless to say normal routine disappeared.  I am looking forward to a couple hours in my stamp room this evening.  But have found a little time and wanted to share with you.

I started playing with fabric and the big shot.  Everyone is doing amazing things so I thought I would try it out.  I have been hesitant because I am not a sewer so the thought kind of scared me, but let me just say, How Fun!  Every year I make something to go on my Christmas gifts that the person can then keep.  This year I am going to make the adorable flower brooches and attach them like a bow.  I started out with some scrap fabric that my mother-in-law gave me because I feel completely out of place when it comes to fabric and I didn't want to mess up with my wonderful Stampin' Up! fabric.  Look what I did my first time out with no mess ups!

The button is actually not attached.  I still need to add ribbon and glue the button down.

This fabric had been stored for a while so was wrinkly, next time I will iron it first.  I will post up my finished product when I get the time ;)

All directions and supply list come with the Designer Fabric so contact me today to get yours!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My November Birthday Card

Okay, I know I am way ahead posting my November birthday cards but I wanted everything done so I could fully move on to Christmas.  I also need to be ahead of schedule as my husband and I are house hunting and we may end up moving during the holiday season and I am NOT buying my cards!!!

I took this picture on an Old Olive background as the card disappeared on white.  The card is pretty straightforward except the pumpkin.  To do this I used a technique called Thumping.  The idea of thumping is you coat the stamp with on color (I lighter color) then use a marker to add (thump) spots of a darker color over top.  On the stamp, color the entire pumpkin with Pumpkin Pie.  Then color the stem Old Olive.  Finally, take Cajun Craze and color spots of the pumpkin (right over the Pumpkin Pie).  Huff on the stamp and stamp it onto your paper.  Multiple colors in one easy step!  It is a great way to add shading right to the image you want to stamp.

Stamp Set(s) - Paisley Prints, wish from a retired set
Card Stock - Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Old Olive
Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Old Olive Markers
Accessories - Square Scallop Punch, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Template, Dimensionals, Jewelry Tag Punch,1/16" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Brights Designer Buttons

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October Birthday Card

This card is my October Birthday card.  Every month I theme my birthday cards around the holiday or season of the month.  I really like this one ALOT!!!  I have seen several cards using this layout so I dont know who to actually give credit for the idea.  Just know that it is not my original idea.

I used the Dark and Dreary Stamp Set which I fell in love with primarily for the candelabra.  I love Disney and it reminds me of the Haunted Mansion.  To fun!  The black, wrinkly, torn paper is the new Waffle Paper.  I just love the stuff.  It is like tissue paper and is easy to add as an embellishment!  The little side piece is some Nite Owl DS paper punched with the small oval, folded over the edge, and attached with a brad. 

The best thing on this card though is the technique used to texture the Whisper White CS that the candelabra is on. White alone was just too white so I took Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad and some tissues that a balled up. I dabbed the tissues in the ink then on to the paper. It gave it a soft, irregular pattern to the paper.  Similar to sponging but the sponge tends to be more of a consistent pattern where the tissue is not.

I was making these cards with one of my customers, Adrianne.  She wanted to make the card more for her young nephews for Halloween so she changed up the card some.  She mixed in stamps from the Fang-tastic set.  They came out just adorable!

Supplies (for original card):
Stamp Set(s) - Dark and Dreary; happy birthday from a retired set
Card Stock - Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Black Waffle Paper, Nite Owl DS
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black
Accessories - Small Oval Punch, 1/16" Punch or Crop-A-Dile, 5/8" Satin Black Ribbon, Metallic Brads, tissue

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Halloween Card

October is almost here. When it comes to card making and crafting the holiday season is the best time of the year and it is beginning!!! My next couple of posts will be some more fun Halloween and fall cards then I will be full into Christmas!!! Can you believe it is only 12 weeks out!

Here is the Halloween card I plan to send this year.  I am a big fan of cartoon, light cards.  This card is pretty straightforward and I got to pull out my Watercolor Pencils and color!

Stamp Set(s) - Fang-tastic
Card Stock - Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive
Ink - Basic Black
Accessories - Big Shot, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Watercolor Pencils, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Raven Lace Ribbon

Monday, September 13, 2010

Halloween Party

One last post of my creations from ideas straight from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  These items are found on pgs 6 and 9 and are great for you Halloween parties!

This is the simplest idea ever.  I purchased cocktail napkins from the store and then ran them through the Big Shot with the Spider Web Embossing Folder.  They came out just adorable!

These are the same idea as my party favors but done up with some of the Nite Owl DS paper and Raven Lace Ribbon.  Great to hand out treats to little ones.

I love thems and decorating everything I can get my hands on for a party so this is lots of fun.  I just wrapped Nite Owl DS paper around nuggets!  Too cute!

Card Stock - Pumpkin Pie, Nite Owl DS
Accessories - 1/2" Lace Trim, Spider Web Impressions Embossing Folder, Scallop Oval Punch, Dimensionals Sticky Strip, Candy Wrapper Bigz L Die, paper napkin

Saturday, September 11, 2010

U of M vs. OSU - party treats


 The big game of The Ohio State University vs. University of Miami is today at 3:30!  This is the first time these two teams have played each other since the famous 2002 Championship game (which OSU won).  I am in a house divided as I am a HUGE Ohio State fan and my husband is a HUGE Miami fan.  We are having family and friends over for the game.  I will post pictures from these fun festivities but in the mean time I wanted to show you these great party treats I made for the game.

They were very easy to make and I am sure will be a big hit.  I filled them up with hersey kiss too!  The Candy Wrapper Die just take a little time to figure out how to fold but after a few it is very easy.

You can see here that I put the saying on with Dimensionals.

Card Stock - Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, football paper
Accessories - Scallop Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Candy Wrapper Bigz L Die, 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, green ribbon, Big Shot

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy Halloween Picture

Another Halloween project from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I hope I am not boring you, but I had so much fun!  I saw this picture on pg. 6 and wanted to have it for myself.  What a great Decore piece! 

I picked up the 8x10 frame at JoAnn's for $5.00.  I cut the tree paper (from the Nite Owl DS pack) to fit then used stamps to decorate around the edge.  The happy halloween is a Decor Elements image that I adhered right to the outside of the glass.  It looks great and already have the spot picked out to display it in October!

Stamp Set(s) - Dark and Dreary, Elements of Style
Card Stock - Nite Owl DS
Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black
Accessories - Spooky Things Decore Elements, frame

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Quote the Raven...

This very simple card can be found on page 6 of the new Holiday Mini Catalog.  This card is so fast and easy and I just love the look!  The primary image is Nite Owl DS cut to fit the card.  I attached it to Tango Tangerine then tied the Raven Trim Lace around it.  Then all that's left is to attach to a Basic Black base!

Card Stock - Basic Black, Tango Tangerine, Nite Owl DS
Accessories - 1/2" Raven Trim Lace

Sunday, September 5, 2010

3x3 Halloween

All the stores are going Halloween and so am I.  I ordered a bunch of Halloween items from the Holiday Mini Catalog and was just dying to play with them.  I didnt want to think, just play so I sat down and made several projects right from the catalog itself.  Over the next couple posts I am going to show you what I made.

This card came from pg. 6 of the mini catalog.  I stamped the Happy Halloween stamp on Whisper White and then again on Pear Pizzazz.  I punched out the number and layered it on with a Dimensional.  I layered the Whisper White onto Pear Pizzazz then onto Basic Black, but not before I added a strip of DS for a little more texture.  I tied my ribbon into a bow and adhered it with a glue dot.  After a couple of days the bow fell off so I glued it with 2-way glue so I recommend you use that instead.  This is a 3"x3" card and would make a great gift tag as shown in the catalog or as a card by itself.

Stamp Set(s) - Dark & Dreary
Card Stock - Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Nite Owl DS
Ink - Basic Black
Accessories - 1/2" Circle Punch, 2-way glue, Raven 1/2" Trim Lace, Dimensional

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Holiday Mini Catalog!

The new Holiday Mini Catalog is here and it is FANTASTIC!!!!  If you do not have one already you can check it out online here.  Starting next post my projects will be Fall and Winter Holiday themed (for the most part) and I will be using a lot of items from this mini catalog because there are so many great things!  So cuddle up and devourer it and next time I will be showing you some Halloween goodies!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Gala Greenhouse Set

I came across these cards on Stamp with Tami's blog and thought what a simple and beautiful set they were!  She was selling these as a card kit through August so I wait to post until September 1st so not to steal here thunder. 

These cards are 5"x5".  The Gala strips are cut at 4-1/2"x2-1/4".  I placed the ribbon across the base cardstock, taped the two coordinating strips down, then tied the ribbon over the seam to hide it.  I added a decorative saying with coordinating colors, punches, and sayings from Perfect Punches.  The coordinating strips are just the two sides of the double-sided Designer Series Paper.  Stampin Up does all the hard work for you! 

Stamp Set(s) - Perfect Punches
Card Stock - Greenhouse Gala DS, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Marina Mist
Accessories - 5/8" Satin Ribbons in Marina Mist, Real Red, and Pumpkin Pie; Dimensionals; Punches Wide Oval, Scallop Oval, Scallop Circle, and Curly Label

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Elegant Black

I was looking for an elegant card to turn into an elegant wedding card.  I found this one.  The card turned out great so I made some thank yous too.

Cut the Basic Black as a 5"x5" card.  Then place it on the Scallop Square Die making sure the fold is inside the square so not to be cut.  Once run through the Big Shot you have a scallop square card.  The white is 3-1/2"x3-1/2" run through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.

Stamp Set(s) - Occasional Quotes
Card Stock - Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black
Accessories - 1/8" Taffeta Basic Black, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Scallop Square Die, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Watercolor Flowers

Sorry I haven't posted!  I am working at Florida Gulf Coast University and fall semester started up this week, things have been busy and I have been exhausted afterwards!

I created these cards off of some cards that Andrea Walford made.  I had a lot of fun with the Watercolor Trio set.  Hurry to get your set from the Summer Mini!

The first card I actually messed up and made backwards!  I cut my card stock (bashful blue) in half long ways.  The Early Espresso is a 1/4 sheet.  I stamped the card left to right with the space on the right, Mistake!  Be sure to stamp right to left and leave your gap on the left.  When you fold the card, slide the Early Espresso in and tear so to expose your stamping.  Tie the ribbon around the torn edge and then tape down so to hide your ribbon.  Easy and beautiful!

This card is very easy to put together.  I layered with Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, and Early Espresso.  Stamped my images in Craft White.  Stamped on Whisper White and punched it out with the Wide Oval Punch and attached with Demensionals.  I added a Rhinestone to take it up a notch.  Fun!

Using the same colors to layer as the previous card, I designed this card.  I used the Square Lattice Embossing Folder on the Bashful Blue.  I wrapped some Linen Thread around and added a couple Rhinestones for embellishment.

Stamp Set(s) - Watercolor Trio
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink - Craft Whisper White, Early Espresso
Accessories - 5/8" Satin Early Espresso, Linen Thread, Rhinestones, Square Lattice Embossing

Friday, August 20, 2010

Card Box

This is a great box to put cards in as a gift.  My last post with Christmas for a while I promise, but I had to finish it with a way to give cards as gifts.  You may have seen boxes on many posts lately.  This box is just for cards.  I got this from one of my Downline. 

Here is a tutorial on how to assemble it.

Chose your papers.  I suggest two designs from a Design Series Pattern Pack and one solid colored sheet to match.  I used Jolly Holiday and Cherry Cobbler.

Pattern 1 – 12x12 Designer Series Paper – Makes the box
  • Score
    • One direction at 3” and 9”
    • Other direction at 5” and 7”
      • Cut along the score until you reach the other score line

Pattern 2 – 8-1/2x11” Solid Color Cardstock – Makes the lid

  • Cut to 6-3/8” x 10-3/8”
  • Score
    • Short Side at 2-1/8”x4-1/4”
    • Long Side at 2-1/8”x8-1/4”
      • Cut along the score until you reach the other score line

      • Along the outside of the previous cut, cut on an angle until you reach the point of the score line

Pattern 3 – 12x12 Designer Series Paper – Makes décor on the lid

  • Cut 3 pieces at 6”x2”

  • Cut 2 pieces at 2”x2”

Assemble the Box - Pattern 1

  • Fold up the two middle pieces and put Sticky Strip on it.
  • Cut one side of the box in 1-3/4” on each side.
  • Score the other side of the box at 1” on each side.
  • Tape the short side first.
  • Then tape the long side.

  • Tape down the scored flap

Assemble the Lid

  • Fold all the scores
  • Tape the flaps to the side
  • Tape the decorative pieces on the sides

Card Stock - Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - Sticky Strip