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

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

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.