Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tiny Tag Wishes for Mother's Day

Tiny Tags adding those special wishes!

Close up of tags
 I started with Old Olive Cardstock for the card base, followed by a layer of Whisper White, and a strip of Rich Razzleberry from the Brights Paper Stack.  For added texture I used the Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack to pierce the corners on top of the Whisper White layer.  I stamped the first bird in Rich Razzleberry ink and the second bird was stamped in Old Olive, and then punched out with the Two-Step Bird punch, and I added pieces of coordinating DSP for the wings, and a pearl for each eye. Old Olive Satin Ribbon was tied around this layer, and the tiny tag wishes were tied on with Linen Thread.

I really like adding these little tags to my projects.  The added sentiments and design give your card special meaning, and let you say and show how you really feel, and the Jewelry Tag Punch is the perfect coordinating punch for this stamp set. 

Products used for this card:
Cardstock:  Old Olive #100702, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155
Stamp Sets:  Punch Potpourri #118394 wood or #120124 (Hostess Level 1), Tiny Tags #118091 wood or #118592 clear, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ink:  Old Olive #102277, Rich Razzleberry #115658
Punches:  Two-Step Bird #117191, Jewelry Tag #117190
Ribbon:  Old Olive Satin #117292, Linen Thread #104199
Embellishments:  Pearls #119247
Accessories:  Paper Piercing Tool #116631, Mat Pack #105826

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Embellished Notebooks

More projects for this weekend's craft fair.

I bought three one subject notebooks and embellished the front with designer series paper, a few punches, pearls, and rhinestones, and added a pen tied with coordinating ribbon. To put the paper onto the notebook I use the Anywhere Glue Stick.  The rectangular shape of the glue stick allows you access to all corners of your project, and adheres great. The notebooks would make a nice project for your local library or school.  The possibilities are endless, and you could add more dimension, but I find that when I use them myself I prefer a flatter surface on the front. 

To embellish the notebooks I used the following:
Cardstock:  Poppy Parade #119793, Not Quite Navy #100867
Designer Series Paper:  Sunny Garden #119831, Play Date #117168, Paisley Petals #122367 (Sneak Peek Promotion for April)
Ribbon:  Poppy Parade 1/2" Stitched Poly #119263, Baja Breeze Seam Binding #122331 (Occasions Mini), Old Olive 3/8" Taffeta #119767
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border #118402, Scallop Edge Border #119882
Embellishments:  Pearls #119247, Rhinestones #119246
Accessories:  Anywhere Glue Stick #14045

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Black, White, and Pink for Mother's Day

I have made several different mother's day cards with coordinating purses for an upcoming craft fair.  I like using different designer paper from the same pack because it really takes the guess work out of what looks good together.  I filled the purses with chocolate, but they are big enough inside so you can come up with a lot of good ideas on your own.  A special piece of jewelry, a gift card to mom's favorite store are just a few of the possibilities.

To make the card I started with Pink Pirouette cardstock, followed by a layer of Basic Black and a piece of Love Letter DSP.  Basic Black 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon around the middle, and a punched Fancy Flower embellished with a Pretty in Pink Flower Brad, and embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, kept the card simple but fun.  I also sponged some Pink Pirouette ink around the edges of the Scallop Circle sentiment.

The purse was made using the Big Shot and Box #2 bigz xl die.  The flap is the large scallop circle from Scallop Circle #2 bigz die cut with a coordinating piece of Love Letter DSP.  Some more Basic Black ribbon, the same used on the card, creates the handle, and the Basic Black neutral button was put on with glue dots.  I used velcro, purchased at a local craft fair, to keep the purse closed. 

Supplies used:
Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette #111351, Basic Black #12105
Designer Series Paper:  Love Letter #117162
Ribbon:  Basic Black 5/8" Grosgrain #115606
Punches:  Fancy Flower #118073, Scallop Oval #11985
Ink:  Basic Black #101179, Pink Pirouette #111838
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Extended Cutting Pads #113478, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die #113469, Box #2 Bigz xl Die #114518, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Stamping Sponges #101610, Glue Dots #103683
Embellishment:  Basic Black Neutral Button #119743

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jumbo Paper Clip Bookmarks

These jumbo paper clip bookmarks would be a nice teacher appreciation gift, or attach to mom's favorite book for Mother's Day.

I purchased the paper clips at a local home office store, and embellished them with a variety of punches, cardstock and designer series paper.  To keep the design on the paper clip, I punched two of each of the larger designs and adhered them using sticky strip.  I then embellished the front.

These would be a fun project for your local library, scout troop, or after school program too!

To make the bookmarks I used the following:
Cardstock:  Real Red #102482, Pacific Point #111350, Bashful Blue #105120, Pear Pizzazz #119795, Early Espresso #119686, Crumb Cake #120953
Designer Series Paper:  Greenhouse Gala #117167, Brights Paper Stack #117155, Love Letter #117162
Punches:  2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, Build a Cupcake #121807, Fancy Flower #118073, Two Step Owl #118074
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Flower Daisies #2 Bigz die #114520, Sticky Strip #104294
Embellishments:  Neutral Designer Buttons #119743

Monday, April 25, 2011

Flower Magnets

Using my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and magnet sheets it was easy to create refrigerator magnets.  Wouldn't these flower magnets be pretty for mom for Mother's Day?

For the magnets that use the Flower Daisies #2 Bigz Die - the one in the upper left and the one in the center - I first cut the small scallop from the Scallop Circle #2 die with the magnetic backing.  To do this all you need to do is cut your magnetic sheet to the size needed for your die, attach the cardstock or designer paper to it, and run it through your big shot.  Now, I have the part of the flower that is magnetic.  I then used Designer Series Paper and ran that through the Flower Daisies #2 Die for the top part of the magnet.  For these two flowers only I added magnetic backing that was not cut with the original die used for the flower.  I needed to attach the scallop circle to the back for better hold.  The other magnets were made with the Flower Folds and Fun Flowers Dies.  Because the flowers were much larger, I just attached the magnetic sheet to the larger one and layered the other flowers on top.  Some large buttons and vintage flower embellishments were added to the center to finish the magnets, and placed on with Sticky Strip for extra hold.

Materials used to create the magnets:
Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage #121782 (Occasions Mini), Elegant Soiree #117163, Greenhouse Gala #117167, Paisley Petals #122367 (sneak peek promotion)
Cardstock:  Rose Red #102544, Not Quite Navy #100867, Daffodil Delight #119683, Very Vanilla #101650
Embellishments:  Vintage Flower Adornments #121879 and Springtime Vintage Big Buttons #122302 (Occasions Mini)
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Magnet Sheets #119816, Extended Cutting Pads #113478, Fun Flowers Bigz L DIe #121812 (Occasions Mini), Flower Daisies #2 bigz die #114520, Scallop Circle #2 bigz die #113469, Flower Folds bigz xl die #115970, Sticky Strip #104294

Friday, April 22, 2011

Printed Petals

The pretty floral design in the stamped flowers, matches so nicely with the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper.  I love this DSP, and hate to see it go.  It will only be available for order until April 30th, when the Occasions Mini Catalog expires.  But, don't worry, there is some really pretty DSP in the Summer Mini Catalog.

The card was made with Very Vanilla cardstock, a layer of Baja Breeze, and a layer of the DSP.  I also added smaller layers of Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla for my stamped and punched images.  The Scallop Trim Border punch added a nice edge to the layer, and a bit of Always Artichoke seam binding gave it a pop of color.  Of course, some pearls and a button for a little extra bling, and dimensionals and glue dots to place my images.  Oh, the Printed Petals Stamp set is so pretty, I'm glad it is almost summer!

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Baja Breeze #111352
Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage #121782 (Occasions Mini)
Ribbon:  Always Artichoke Seam Binding #121000 (Occasions Mini)
Stamp Set:  Printed Petals #116679 wood or #120444 clear, Something to Celebrate #121897 wood or #121955 clear - (Level 2 Hostess - Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Baja Breeze #111833, Always Artichoke #105219
Punches:  Itty Bitty Shapes #118309, Scallop Trim Border #118402
Embellishments:  Pearls #119247, Neutral Buttons #119743
Accessories:  Dimensionals #104430, Glue Dots #103683, Snail Adhesive #104332

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bold Blossoms

Oh what fun the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch is.  It is just one of the new items that will be available May 1st in the Summer Mini Catalog. So enjoy a sneak peek of a card I designed, using the Mini
Catalog as my source of inspiration.

I started with Melon Mambo cardstock, and then cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock which I embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder.  Next I punched four flowers using the third image on the punch, and placed them onto the Crumb Cake layer with brads. A stamped and cut flower was layered onto one of the punches, and some butterflies along with my sentiment complete the card.

What is so great about this punch is that you get three seperate images all in one punch.  All you need to do is move the front lever to the image you would like, and punch.  What a great space saver too!

If you would like your own free hard copy of the Summer Mini Catalog, just send me an e-mail and I would be happy to get one out to you today.     

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Melon Mambo #115320, Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730, Pink Pirouette #111351, Early Espresso #119686, Baja Breeze #111352, Old Olive #100702
Stamp Set:  Bold Blossom #123232 wood or #122232 clear (Occasions and Summer Mini Catalog)
Ink:  Melon Mambo #115656, Baja Breeze #111833
Punch:  Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch #122464 (Summer Mini)
Embellishments:  Subtles  Brads #119738, Brights Brads #119749
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Finial Press Embossing Folder #115963, Dimensionals #104430

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

May Stamp Class

Yesterday I posted two cards from this group of 16 that the girls will be making at my May Stamp Class.  Celebrations Quick Accents make it really easy to make such a nice variety of cards. 

The kit comes with 2 sheets of self-adhesive die cuts, and all that I added was coordinating cardstock, a few embellishments and ribbon, and punched pieces.  Add a sentiment of your choosing and before you know it you will have 16 cards that are great for many of your summer occasions.

Check out yesterday's post for the supply list.

Note:  Original idea from SU demonstrator Jackie Bolhuis - shared at 2010 SU convention. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Celebrations Quick Accents

At last year's SU convention, demonstrator Jackie Bolhuis shared her ideas on how to make 16 cards using  Celebrations Quick Accents.  I thought this would be a great time to incorporate her ideas into my May stamp class.  I changed a few of the sentiments and embellishments and am posting two of the cards that can be made in a snap using the self-adhesive die cuts in this great kit.

In the first card I started with Pacific Point cardstock, and used the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, 1 2/3" Scallop Circle, 1 3/8' Circle and 1 1/4" Circle punches, along with some of the self-adhesive die cuts.  A few birthday sentiments were stamped in the middle of the circles.

The second card is Bashful Blue cardstock, with the 1 2/3" Scallop Circle punch, and cupcake punch, along with more die-cuts.  If you wanted to add more dimension, you could run your cardstock through the Big Shot and use one of the embossing folders to add a more textured  background,, but I wanted to show how simple it is to use just the Quick Accents and a few punches and stamp sets to create your cards. 

I was able to make 16 cards in such a short time, and love the bright colors that are perfect for sending summer wishes. 

To make today's cards I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pacific Point #111350, Bashful Blue #105120, Whisper White #100730, Pear Pizzazz #119795, Real Red #102482
Ink:  Pacific Point #11183
Stamp Sets:  Cute by the Inch #116992 wood or #120130 clear (Level 2 Hostess Set), A Word for You #117032 wood or120528 clear
Punches:  1 2/3" Scallop Circle #119854, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, 1 3/8" Circle #119860, 1 1/4 Circle #119861, Build a Cupcake #121807 (Occasions Mini)
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta #119262
Accessories:  Dimensionals #104430, Celebrations Quick Accents #118708

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mother of Mine a'la Carte Stamp

I love how Stampin' Up! keeps coming up with unique A' la Carte Stamps for different occasions.  The single Mother of Mine stamp is one being offered in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  Items in this catalog are available until April 30th, so place your orders soon if there are items in the mini on your wish list.  If you don't have your own copy, click on the Occasions Mini Catalog in the left hand column to see all of the fun images and accessories being offered.  And as always, this catalog is filled with a collection of products designed to coordinate together, which is something I really love about Stampin' Up! products.

Both of today's cards start with a base of Crumb Cake cardstock, followed by layers of Pretty in Pink and Old Olive.  The first card  also has a large layer of Whisper White where I stamped my image and then punched mini flowers and placed them around the square, and then added pearls to the center of the flowers.  On the second card I stamped the Mother of Mine stamp in Old Olive and then highlighted the MOM, and mini heart  in Pretty in Pink ink.  I then cut it out and placed it on the card with dimensionals.  A tied bow, some punched hearts and heart buttons add the finishing touch, along with the stamped sentiment which is from the Something to Celebrate (a Level 2 Hostess set in the Mini Catalog). 

I made coordinating purses to go with both cards, and they were made by cutting a 6 x 12 piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock with the Box #2 bigz xl die, and adding the large scallop circle cut from the Scallop Circle #2 bigz die, and then some Whisper White 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon for the handle.  I use velcro purchased at a local craft store to keep the purse closed, and the one is adorned with a Vintage Flower Adornment, and the other with an Old Olive Designer Button.  You can add your own special little gift for mom inside.

For today's cards and purses I used the following:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Pretty in Pink #100459, Old Olive #100702, Whisper White #100730, Pretty in Pink 12 x 12 #119938
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155 (Regal Rose)
Ink:  Old Olive #102277
Marker:  Pretty in Pink #100045
Stamp Sets:  Mother of Mine #122195 and Something to Celebrate #122388 wood or #122418 clear (Occasions Mini), Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Punches:  Heart to Heart #119881, Modern Label #119849, Word Window #119857
Embellishments:  Pearls #119247, Bitty Buttons #118761, Vintage Flowers #121879 (Occasions Mini), Brights Designer Buttons #119747
Ribbon:  Whisper White 5/8" Grosgrain #119958, Pretty in Pink 1/8" Taffeta #119260
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die #113469, Box #2 Bigz xl die #14518, Extended Cutting Pad113478, Extended Premium Crease Pad #117630, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103783, Snail Adhesive #104332

Thursday, April 14, 2011

50/50 Board Winner

Congratulations to Theresa S. from Easton, PA. who was the lucky 50/50 board winner.

The winning number, which was taped to the back of the 50/50 board, was opened at yesterday's stamp class, and Theresa was called at that time to tell her the good news.  Have fun, Theresa, selecting your $50 in free Stampin' Up! merchandise.

Another 50/50 board has now been started, and for every $50 in SU merchandise you  purchase through me (before shipping and tax), either at a class, workshop, individual customer order, or online order through my store,  you get to select one of the available numbers on the board.  To read more about this promotion go to the 50/50 board link on my blog.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Circle Circus Birthday

After doing so many cards for Easter and Mother's Day, I wanted to get away from using anything pink, with flowers, and ribbon.  I forget about some of those great stamp sets that seem to sit on the shelf, just waiting to be used.  So, today I picked up Circle Circus and created another masculine themed birthday card.

I started with So Saffron cardstock for the card base, followed by a layer of Soft Suede and Whisper White.  I stamped the circles all over the white using So Saffron, Soft Suede, and Garden Green ink.  Them, I embossed the two matte layers with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The sentiment was stamped in Garden Green and layered on with two punches. 

Again - I apologize for the poor color quality.  Waking up to another dreary, rainy day without any sunlight does not make for great picture taking when you don't have a photo light.  That is the next purchase on my wish list, and hopefully I get around to that soon so you can see the true colors of my projects.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  So Saffron #105118, Soft Suede #115318, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Circle Circus #115778, Word Play #120308 wood or #120651 clear
Ink:  So Saffron #105213, Soft Suede #115657, Garden Green #102272
Punches:  Decorative Label #120907    Curly Label #119851
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335

Monday, April 11, 2011

Masculine Birthday Wishes

Nature Silhouettes Stamp Set is a set I turn to when I need help in creating masculine cards.  For my stamp classes, I usually get request for masculine card ideas.  For some reason we seem to have trouble with designs for masculine cards.  I don't know if it because we are so used to putting a lot of ribbons and pretty embellishments on our cards, and I know for me it does take some extra thought on how to make a nice card without adding all of those pretty extras. 

For today's card I started with a base of Crumb Cake cardstock, followed by an embossed layer of Chocolate Chip, and then a square layer of Pear Pizzazz, and Whisper White.  The image was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink, and then taking my Pear Pizzazz marker I colored over a few of the branches and blades of grass.  Now, while I didn't want to tie a bow on the card, I still did take Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon and placed it near the bottom of the card for added color and dimension. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Pear Pizzazz #119795, Whisper White #100730, Chocolate Chip #102128
Stamp Set:  Nature Silhouettes #111542, Occasional Quotes #117048 wood or #120142 (Level 3 Hostess)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip #100908
Ribbon:  Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched Poly #119265
Marker:  Pear Pizzazz #119801 (In-Color Pack)
Punches:  Modern Label #119849, Word Window #119857
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976

Friday, April 8, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Set

A cute little purse that can be filled with any special gift, and a matching card for Mother's Day is a pretty way to celebrate mom. 

To make the purse, I started with a 12 x 6 piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot using the Box #2 Bigz xl Die.  With this die you will need the extended cutting pads and I also used the Extended Premium Crease Pad too, so I wouldn't get cuts where I wanted to fold the box.  To turn it into a purse I added a piece of Crumb Cake seam binding for the handle, and cut the large scallop on the Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die for the flap.  Velcro was placed under the scallop so it could easily be opened and closed, and a Vintage Flower Adornment decorated the front. 

I wanted the card to coordinate so I used Pretty in Pink cardstock for the base followed by layers of Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake cardstock, and a punched scallop circle using the same Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper that I used on the purse. Before adding the ribbon or embellishments, I ran these layers through the Big Shot and embossed them with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing older.  I love the added dimension the embossing folders give to your projects.  A few pearls, another vintage flower and Crumb Cake seam binding added the finishing touches, along with one Photo Corner in the top left. 

Now all you need to do is fill the purse with a special gift, and wish your mom a Happy Mother's Day!

To make the purse I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink 12 x 12 #119938,
Designer Series Paper: Elegant Soiree #117163
Ribbon:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding #122332 (Occasions Mini)
Embellishment:  Vintage Flower Adornment #121879 (Occasions Mini)
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Box #2 Bigz xl Die #114518, Extended Cutting Pads #113478, Extended Crease Pad #117630, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die #113439

For the card:
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink #100459, Very Vanilla #101650, Crumb Cake #120953
Designer Series Paper:  Elegant Soiree #117163
Stamp Set:  Something to Celebrate Level 2 Hostess - #122390 wood or #122418 clear (Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Soft Suede #115657
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder #117335
Ribbon:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding #122332
Embellishments:  Pearls #119247, Vintage Flower Adornment #121879 (Occasions Mini)
Punches:  Photo Corner #119878, Corner Small #119871, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Just Believe

I love the fact that when I purchase a stamp set, there are so many way to be creative with it.  Here are just two samples of cards made with the Just Believe stamp set. 

The first card starts with a base of Pretty in Pink Carstock, and a matte layer of Basic Gray and then another layer of Pretty in Pink that was embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  The image was put on the stamp using Old Olive and Pretty in Pink markers and then stamped onto  Whisper White cardstock that has a matte background of Basic Gray.  I finished the card by adding some Pretty in Pink satin ribbon and pearls.

The second card is Crumb Cake cardstock with layers of Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, and Whisper White.  Now this image was stamped on with Old Olive Ink.  The difference here is the whole image is Old Olive, so I did not need to use my markers to color in the two different colors.  Instead, to get the pink flowers I used one of the flower punches from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and some Pretty in Pink Designer Series Paper from the Subtles Paper Stack.  I also added pearls to the center of the flowers and top of the card, and finished it with some Victoria Crochet Trim. 

The first card was left without a sentiment, and the second card was made for Mother's Day.  A sentiment can be added later to the first card since this can be used for several occasions. 

My tip for adding the pearls:  When I want to add pearls to a card in a straight line, I take my template from the Mat Pack and place it down where I want to put the pearls.  The larger holes on the Mat Pack are big enough for the large pearls to fit through, therefore, giving me straight and evenly spaced lines.  There are several different sized holes on the Mat Pack that also work with the smaller pearls or rhinestones.  Makes it really easy to get that straight line if that is what you are going for.

To make today's cards I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink #100459, Basic Gray #121044, Whisper White #100730, Crumb Cake #120953, Old Olive #100702
Designer Series Paper:  Subtles Paper Stack #117152
Stamp Set:  Just Believe #116948 wood or #120432 clear, Something to Celebrate #121897 wood or #121955 clear (Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Old Olive #102277
Markers:  Old Olive #100079, Pretty in Pink #100045
Ribbon:  Pretty in Pink Satin #117280, Victoria Crochet Trim #118481
Embellishment:  Pearls #119247
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Yummy Candy Flowers

I love all the possibilities with the Sweet Treat Cups.  Candy flowers would be cute for Mother's Day, Birthday, Thank You, or anytime you just want to give someone a little sweet treat. 

For each flower I used coordinating cardstock and Designers Series Paper.  Each was cut using the Big Shot and the Flower Bigz Die.  To put the two pieces together I added two small strips of sticky strip to the center of one of the flowers and it held them together nicely.  The treat cups have their own adhesive on them, so they were easy to place in the center.  The leaves were made with the 1 3/8 oval punch, which I ran through my crimper for added texture.  I placed the leaves onto popsicle sticks using glue dots.

Treat Cups can be filled with so many things.  If you don't want to use candy, try goldfish crackers, sunflower seeds, or marshmallows. 

To make today's flowers I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz #119795, Peach Parfait #119794, Pumpkin Pie #105117
Designer Series Paper:  Greenhouse Gala #117167, Sprintgime Vintage #121782 (Occasions Mini)
Accessories:  Sweet Treat Cup #116802, Big Shot #113439, Flower Bigz Die #114534, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, Crimper#101618
Punch:  1 3/8" Oval #11986

Monday, April 4, 2011

Night Lights

My favorite Bigz Die is Fancy Favor.  You can make all sorts of gift items, as well as cute night lights for any time of the year.  Just change the stamped image and you can make them for every holiday, children's rooms, bathrooms, or anywhere a little extra light would be nice.

To make the night lights I started with 12 x 12 cardstock cut in half.  Now you have two pieces ready to cut, therefore, one sheet of 12 x 12 paper makes two night lights.  Before assembling, I punched vellum paper with the 2 1/2" circle punch and then stamped my images.  For the baby night lights I embossed the images with craft ink, clear embossing powder, and a heat gun.  Craft ink works great for embossing and with all of the Stampin' Up! color families available in craft spots you have all the colors you need to coordinate your projects.  Classic ink was used on the other night lights and looks nice too.  I used the 2-Way Glue Pen to attach the vellum to the inside of the box.

Next, I punched a hole on each side of the box with the 1 3/4" Circle punch.  Now I was ready to assemble the boxes using Sticky Strip.  I embellished the baby night lights by punching designer series paper with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch and then punched out the middle with the l 3/4" Circle Punch so it would fit over the opening.  I punched birds and branches, and added some flowers to decorate the others.

Note -  I use battery operated tea lights instead of candles for the inside. 

To make the night lights I used the folowing:
Cardstock:   ** Always Artichoke #119971, Baja Breeze #119972, Bashful  Blue #119973, Pink Pirouette #119937 -** All 12 x 12, Vellum #101856, Early Espresso #119686
Designer Series Paper:  Greenhouse Gala #117167, Build-a-Bear Pawsitively Prints #117396 
Ink:  Always Artichoke #105219, Baja Breeze #111833, Pacific Point and Melon Mambo Craft #119718 - Brights Craft Spots
Stamp Sets - (only listing ones used that are not retired)  Punch Potpourri #118394 wood or #120124 clear (Level 1 Hostess), Animal Stories #116716
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Fancy Favor Bigz xl Die #115965, Little Leaves Sizzlits #114511, 2-Way Glue Pen #100425, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683
Punches:  Two-Step Bird #117191, 1 3/4" Circle #119850, 2 1/2" Circle #120906 (Occasions Mini), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, Itty Bitty Shapes #118309
Embellishments:  Basic Rhinestones #119246

I did use some retired stamp sets and designer series paper, and my list of products used only includes those that are current in the Occasions Mini and the 2010-2011 Idea Book.