Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bingo Anyone?

Halloween Bingo Card

Bingo Pieces and Bingo Chips

It was easy to make this Bingo Game using the Spooky Bingo Bits and Bingo Card Stamp Sets.  I made four unique cards so the whole family can have fun playing along.

I stamped the Bingo Cards on Whisper White Cardstock, and then stamped the Spooky Bingo Bits in an assortment of colors.  To make the cards a bit stronger, I added another layer of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to the back of each one.   I made sure to stamp each Bingo Bit  again to make my Bingo Pieces, and then punched them out with the 1 1/4" Square and mounted them onto a black 1 3/8" Square.  I also punched plenty of 3/4" Circles in Pumpkin Pie to be used as the Bingo Chips.  This would be a fun activity to do with your own children as each one could make their own card. 

For today's project I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pumpkin Pie #105117, Whisper White #100730, Basic Black #121045
Stamp Sets:  Bingo Card #120851, Spooky Bingo Bits #123944 wood or #123946 clear
Punches:  3/4# Circle #119873, 1 3/8" Square #119877, 1 1/4" Square #119865

Monday, August 29, 2011

Halloween Treat Boxes

Matchbox Die
Box #2

I'm starting to get ready for Halloween, and having fun making different gift boxes to use for all of those Halloween treats.

The first box was cut using the Matchbox Bigz XL Die, and decorated using retired Halloween Designer Series Paper and ribbon.  I got the paper on the Clearance Rack awhile back, and just put it aside for later use.  I'm glad I did because it is always great to save some money!  The Clearance Rack still has a lot of great items for purchase, so why don't you check it out. 

The second box is the Box #2 Bigz XL Die and I decorated this with Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper from the current Idea Book and Catalog.  I purchased this paper this month and saved some money on it as well with the Buy three get one FREE promotion!

The Big Shot Die Cutting Machine is such a great accessories to have, and it helps me make so many different types of projects. 

I used the following for today's boxes:
Cardstock:  Basic Black #121045, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Frightful Sight #122351
Stamp Set:  Spooky Bingo Bits #123944 wood or #123946 clear
Ribbon:  Black Lace (retired), Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain #109030
Punches:  1 3/8" Circle #119860, Large Tag #119876
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Matchbox Bigz XL Die #114890, Box #2 Bigz XL Die #114518, Extended Cutting Pads #113478

Monday, August 22, 2011

Embossed Hello, Doily

The silver embossing using the Hello, Doily stamp really brings out the delicate pattern and creates an elegant wedding card.  It look so much better in person, and up close it really shines.

I used Whisper White cardstock for the whole card.  The embossed layer was raised onto the base layer using dimensionals, and Basic Gray Satin Ribbon went well with the silver embossing.  I used two glue dots to adhere my sentiment instead of tying it onto the ribbon, and rounded the corners with the 3/16" Corner Punch

Supplies used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730
Stamp Sets:  Hello, Doily #122845, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ink:  Versa Mark #102283, Basic Gray #109120
Ribbon:  Basic Gray Satin #124326
Punches:  3/6" Corner #119871, Word Window #119857
Accessories:  Heat Tool #100005, Silver Embossing Powder #109131, Dimensionals #104430, Glue Dots #103683

Friday, August 19, 2011

Stamp-a-Stack Variations

Original Card

Card Alterations
Holly Berry Bouquet Button in Wild Wasabi is a Sneak Peek from the Holiday Mini Catalog!

Well, my stamp classes are over for the week and I wanted to show once again different variations of cards that I made with the leftover cut materials.  The focus of this month's class was learning how to make an easel card, but I always have other cards for the ladies to choose from.  At the end of the week I look at what was not used and figure out different ways to use the materials.  So, today's post highlights three new cards made by changing a few things.

The original card on the top is the only one that used the abc side of the Designer Series Paper.  For the other three, I turned the paper over and used the other side.  A few different stamp sets, punches, and embellishments and  I was able to create three different cards.  While they are all simple, they are all still unique.  This is such a time saver for me, and it really does demonstrate the versatility of Stampin' Up! products that coordinate so well with each other.

For today's cards the following were used:
Cardstock:  Wild Wasabi #108641, Whisper White #100730, Bashful Blue #105120, Early Esprsso #119686
Designer Series Paper:  Just Add Cake #124339
Stamp Sets:  Happy Greetings #123311 wood or #123313 clear (Summer Mini), Bring on the Cake #121899 wood or #121958 clear, Kidoodles #122865 wood or #122867 clear
Ink:  Early Espresso #119670, Wild Wasabi #109014, Basic Gray #109120
Ribbon:  Chocolate Chip Scallop Dot #124142
Punches:  Large Oval #119855, Corner #119871, Fancy Flower #118073, Decorative Label #120907, Modern Label #119849, Word Window #119857
Accessories:  Subtle Brads #119738, Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Button (Sneak Peak from Holiday Mini Catalog)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Birthday Presents!

I have seen several cute uses for the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch and thought it was really creative to use it as a bow for the top of packages. 

My card starts with Island Indigo cardstock, and then a layer of Whisper White cardstock that was embossed with the Stripes embossing folder.  To create the boxes I just punched Designer Series Paper with the 1 1/4" Square Punch, and Early Espresso Cardstock with the 1 3/8" square Punch, and then added my Blossom Bouquet punches.  A little piece of 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon and some rhinestones were added for some extra embellishment.  I love how punches can be used for so many different things.

Today's card uses the following:
Cardstock:  Island Indigo #122923, Whisper White #100730, Early Espresso #11966
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155
Stamp Set:  Bring on the Cake #121899 wood or #121958 clear
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Stripes Embossing Folder #123128
Punches:  1 3/8" Square #119877, 1 1/4" Square #119865. Blossom Bouquet #122464
Ribbon:  Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta #119960
Embellishment:  Rhinestones #119246

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Always Elegant

I saw this card designed by another demonstrator a few weeks back and finally made my own.  If it is your design, please let me know so I can give you credit. 

The card was made using Soft Suede cardstock followed by a layer of Whisper White that was embossed with the Framed Tulips embossing folder.  Before I placed the Whisper White layer on I scrunched up some Crumb Cake Seam Binding, and then added a tied bow of Baja Breeze seam binding.  I used sticky strip to keep the seam binding in place, and it makes it really easy to create the ruffled look.  A few pearls were added for extra embellishment.  On the original card that I saw an Antique Brad was added to the middle of the Baja Breeze ribbon instead of the bow. 

When you find a design that you like, you can add your own touch of creativity by adding different embellishments, and using your favorite color combinations.  But, it sure does help to have so many talented stampers out there that share their ideas.

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Soft Suede #115318, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Soft Suede #115657
Stamp Set:  Always Elegant #116976 wood or #120477 clear
Ribbon:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding #122332, Baja Breeze Seam Binding #122331
Accessories:  Sticky Strip #104294, Big Shot #113439, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder #121809
Embellishment:  Pearls #119247

Monday, August 15, 2011

Printed Petals Get Well

Thanks to all of the Stampin' up! demonstrators who share their creative ideas.  I saw a similar version of my card awhile back, but I can't find the name of the person I cased the idea from.  So, if this is your idea, please let me know and I will gladly give you credit.

I started with Daffodil Delight cardstock, then added a matte layer of Old Olive and Very Vanilla.  I stamped the leaves in Old Olive Ink, and then stamped my flower in Daffodil Delight ink before I cut it out.    I also stamped and then cut out the little flower in Old Olive, and the small Very Vanilla flower in the center was made with an Itty Bitty Punch.  To dress up the one corner I used my Mat Pack and Paper Piercing Tool to create the corner accent.

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight #119783, Old Olive #100702, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Old Olive #102277, Daffodil Delight #119667, Early Espresso #119679
Stamp Sets:  Printed Petals #116679 wood or #120444 clear, Word Play #120308 wood or #120651 clear
Punch:  Itty Bitty Shapes #118309
Embellishment:  Bright Brad #119740
Accessories:  Mat Pack #105826, Paper Piercing Tool #116631, Paper Snips #103579

Friday, August 12, 2011

Altered Fancy Favor Box

I saw a similar box created by SU Demonstrator Chris Galbraith in my August Stampin' Success Magazine.  I added a few different techniques and accessories to come up with a different way to create this altered Fancy Favor Gift Box.

I first cut a piece of Always Artichoke Cardstock using my Big Shot and the Fancy Favor Box Bigz xl Die.  When you cut out your box you will have a leftover piece of paper that works great for the handle.  I attached this to the box using brads.  To make the box look larger, I then took my Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die and cut two squares to attach to both sides of the box.  I embellished the front with a piece of Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze and Whisper White Cardstock.  Next I used the Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die and cut out the large scallop circle using Baja Breeze Cardstock.  I added my stamped and punched sentiment, as well as some retired felt flowers to dress it up. 

If you don't have the Scallop Square Die, you can use your Scallop Edge Border punch to make your own scallop squares.  That is what Chris did for her box.  But, I took the easy way out and just cut two scallop squares instead!

Now, all you need to do is add your gift! 

For today's gift box I used the following:
Cardstock:  Always Artichoke 12 x 12 #124614, Always Artichoke #105119, Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Always Artichoke #105219, Baja Breeze #111833
Stamp Set:  Perfect Punches #117022 wood or #120517 clear, Bring on the Cake #121899 wood or #121958 clear
Punches:  3/16" Corner #119871, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854, 13/8" Circle #119860
Embellishment:  Neutral Brads #119736
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die #115965, Extended Cutting Pad #113478, Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die #115950, Perfect Penants Bigz L Die #123126, Dimensionals #104430

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Just for Fun Treat Bags

Need a quick treat bag for a birthday party or other fun occasion, just add your favorite candy to your bag, and stamp an appropriate sentiment or image and your done.

For today's treats I filled the bags with M & M's and added two pinwheels to a punched scallop circle. I stamped one pinwheel directly onto the circle, and cut the other one out.  By adding a brad to the center of the pinwheels they actually spin. 

I used the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamp Set:  Sweets for the Sweet #122510 wood or #122512 clear
Punch:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119853
Accessories:  Sticky Strip #104294
I also used a variety of inks and brads!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Punches and Perfect Pennants oh my!

I debated about getting the Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die, but I'm glad I didn't think about it too long.  I love it!  It comes with 6 different shapes and goes so well with so many other punches.

This is one of the quickest cards I have made.  A little embossing on the card front, a strip of punched lace, one large Scallop Circle from the Perfect Pennants Die and another inked and punched Scallop Circle embellished with a Designer Printed Brad and I'm done.  I didn't put a sentiment on it yet because it could be used for so many different occasions.  Oh, I love making cards, and while I don't mind taking my time to get them just right, I really love when the card comes together quickly!

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pool Party #122924, Whisper White #100730, Lucky Limeade #122926
Stamp Set:  Circle Circus #115778
Ink:  Pool Party #122938
Punches:  Lace Ribbon Border #122362, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854
Embellishment:  In Color Designer Printed Brad #122940
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Finial Press Embossing Folder #115963, Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die #123126

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Butterfly Headbands

I have embellished a lot of headbands with flowers, and needed to make more for an upcoming craft fair, and to sell at a local hair salon, and I thought it was time to try something different. 

To cut the butterflies, I started with  craft foam purchased from a local hobby store,  my Big Shot Machine and the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die. After they were cut, I embossed them with either the Polka Dots or Finial Press Embossing Folder.  I embellished them a little more with some Stampin' Up! Glimmer Brads, and miscellaneous brads that I had in my inventory.   A little bit of hot glue to hold them in place on the headband and they're finished.  

To make the headbands I used the following:
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die #114507, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Finial Press Embossing Folder #115963, Bright Glimmer Brads #121006

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Berry Blossoms Easel Card

Easel card closed

Easel card opened

Side  view of card opened

This is one of the easel cards we will be making at this month's stamp class.  Easel cards are easy to make once you have your dimensions, and they are a nice way to send those special wishes.

To make the card I started with a piece of 4 1/4" x 11" Lucky Limeade Cardstock.  I scored it at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4".  The piece of Calypso Coral for the front of the card measures 4" x 5 1/4" , and then another piece of Berry Blossom Designer Series Paper cut at 3 3/4" x 5" was layered on top.  I dressed this up with some die cut butterflies, some pretty ribbon and a sentiment. 

To get your easel card to stay open you can use an embellishment such as a button or brad, but for this card I just cut and punched three pieces of cardstock.  These pieces were layered on a piece of Whisper White cardstock which was placed on the inside of the card.  All you need is to add something to create depth so the front of your card rest against it to stand up.   I posted a side view of the card because this helps you visualize how the scored card folds.  Let me know if you have any questions.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade #122926, Calypso Coral #122925, Wisteria Wonder #122911, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Berry Blossom #122350
Stamp Set:  Thank you Kindly #111700
Ink:  Calypso Coral #122939
Ribbon:  Whisper White Organza #114319, Hemp Twine #100982
Punches:  Scallop Oval #119856, Eyelet Border #119853, Scallop Edge Border #119882, Corner #119871
Accessories:  Crop-a-Dile 108362, Big Shot #113439, Beautiful Wings Embosslits #118138

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Create a Cupcake Birthday

I thought about stamping and then punching the cupcake, but decided instead to just punch it out using coordinating colors of Designer Series Paper.  Now, how easy is that!

The card base is Old Olive cardstock, followed by a layer of Whisper White and a piece of Daffodil Delight Designer Paper from the Brights Paper Stack.  Some Daffodil Delight 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain was added to the center of these layers before I added some more coordinating squares.  A few embellishments and punches dress up the squares, and some pearls make the icing look so yummy.  I also brushed on a layer of Illuminate Top Coat before adding the pearls to give the icing some sparkle, (sorry it doesn't show up on the picture.)

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Old Olive #100702, Whisper White #100730, Daffodil Delight #119683, Tempting Turquoise #102067
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155
Stamp Set:  Create a Cupcake #121915 wood or #121982
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise #100814
Punches:  Word Window #119857, Ticket Corner #119867, Cupcake Builder #121807
Embellishments:  Pearls #119247, Silver Brads #104336, Illuminate Top Coat #121084
Ribbon:  Daffodil Delight 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain #119770

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Basketful of Wishes

I'm always looking for different ways to make goodie baskets, and the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die does the trick for these birthday and for your treats.

I cut an assortment of cardstock using my Big Shot and the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die and then embossed the cut envelopes with different embossing folders for added texture. I tied ribbon, either around the envelope or to the stick, and then added my candy treat.  I used sticky strip to hold the stick into place and then stamped my images with ink and punched them out using either the Scallop Square or Scallop Circle punch.  The stamped images are from a retired stamp set, but you could use any type of stamp depending on what you are covering.  For my treat I used individually wrapped Peppermint Patties.  The sticks were purchased at a local craft store. 

These would make nice favors for a baby or bridal shower.  Just change your stamped image for your event and you have a nice arrangement of treats.

For today's treats I used the following:
Assortment of Stampin' Up! cardstock and ink
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Scallop Envelope Bigz Die #113462, Variety of Embossing Folders, Sticky Strip #104294
Embellishment:  Variety of Stampin' Up! Ribbon
Punches:  Scallop Square #119884, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854

Monday, August 1, 2011

Kidoodles Birthday

If you make a lot of children's cards, you will love the stamp set "Kidoodles".  It comes with 8 stamps with cute images and sentiments for get well, halloween, birthday, good for you, christmas, and thank you cards and projects.  If you are just starting out as a stamper, this would be a great set to purchase because it offers so much variety. 

Wild Wasabi cardstock and a layer of Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper are the base for my card.  To this I added a piece of Early Espresso cardstock, and a layer of Whisper White to stamp my octopus.  Using my markers I added a little bit of color to my image and in addition, when I added the sentiment I took some Early Espresso ink to the edges to make it stand out, as well as using dimensionals to place it on the card.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Wild Wasabi #108641, Early Espresso #119686, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Just Add Cake #124339
Ink:  Early Espresso #119670, Wild Wasabi #109014
Markers:  Wild Wasabi #120975, Pumpkin Pie #105115
Stamp Sets:  Kidoodles #122865 wood or #122867 clear, Bring on the Cake #121899 wood or #121958 clear
Accessories:  Stamping Sponge #101610, Dimensionals #104430
Punch:  Large Oval #119855