Friday, September 30, 2011

Birthday Pinwheel

Cut any size square to make your own pinwheel.  No punches or Big Shot needed!

I embossed the Daffodil Delight Cardstock with the Houndstooth Embossing Folder and layered my pinwheel and sentiment on top.  To make the pinwheel I started with a piece of Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper that I cut into a 3 x 3 square.  I then punched a 1" circle in Real Red cardstock and placed it in the center of the square.  Taking my paper snips I started to make a cut on each corner on the diagonal.  To keep each fold in place I added some snail adhesive to my 1" circle.  After all of the corners were folded in I punched a 3/4" circle and placed this on top of the pinwheel securing it with a Daffodil Delight brad.  An extra piece of DSP was cut to make the small handle.  For a larger pinwheel you just need to start with a bigger square. 

3 x 3 square of DSP (opposite side of what is shown in card)
with 1" circle placed in center

Four cuts placed on a diagonal that reach to the tip of the circle

Sides folded over to make pinwheel

Finished pinwheel with additional circle and brad
For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight #119683, Tempting Turquoise #102067, Real Red #102482, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Big Top Birthday #122348
Stamp Set:  Full of Life #111500
Ink:  Real Red #103133
Punches:  1" Circle #119868, 3/4" Circle #119873, Scallop Oval #119856, Extra Large Oval #119859
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Houndstooth Embossing Folder #123134, Paper Snips #103579
Embellishment:  Bright Brad #119740

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quick Halloween Card

When I don't have a lot of time to make a card, I usually grab an embossing folder to add texture to my background, thereby eliminating the need for a lot of layers.

Today's card was made using Crumb Cake cardstock that was embossed with the Spider Web Embossing Folder.  I stamped my spider in Basic Black Ink and then used markers to color in the mask and hat.  I punched it out with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.  I added another Rich Razzleberry punch for a touch of color, along with the EEK sentiment!

I like the Kidoodles Stamp Set that was used for today's card.  It comes with 6 different stamps for Get Well, Halloween, Birthday, Christmas, Thank You, and Good for You cards.  It is one of those sets that goes a long way!

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730, Rich Razzleberry #115316
Ink:  Basic Black #101179
Markers:  Basic Black #100082, Rich Razzleberry #120970
Stamp Set:  Kidoodles #122865 wood or #122867 clear, Spooky Bingo Bits #123944 wood or #123946 clear
Punches:  2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, 1" Circle #119861, 1 1/4" Circle #11861
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Spider Web Embossing Folder #120889, Dimensionals #104430 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Love & Sympathy

Adding some Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz to my embossed layer of cardstock gives it a nice thin layer of pearlized accents.  I like to add something to my layer especially when I am using the same color as the card base.

I used Bravo Burgundy Cardstock for both my card base and the embossed layer.  To color in my image I used Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke markers, and placed a small pearl in the center of the flower.  I also added some Always Artichoke Seam Binding to the embossed layer.  To give the card a slightly different look I punched the two corners with my 3/16" Corner Punch. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Bravo Burgundy #105123, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Always Artichoke #105219
Markers:  Always Artichoke #105113, Bravo Burgundy #105109
Stamp Set:  Love & Sympathy #122795 wood or #122797 clear
Ribbon:  Always Artichoke Seam Binding #121000
Embellishments:  Pearls #119247, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz #118772
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175, Dimensionals #104430
Punches:  3/16" Corner #119871, Extra Large Oval #119859

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Trick or Treat, Beary Sweet!

I think my grandson will like his Beary Sweet Trick or Treat card.   For my granddaughter, I will make a similar card using the girl bear.   It's nice that you get both a boy and girl bear in the Beary Best Friends Stamp Set, and with the addition of a few coordinating stamp sets you can make cards for several occasions

My card base is Cajun Craze, and a layer of Old Olive.  I cut two scrap pieces of Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper to layer in the background an stamped my image on Whisper White cardstock that was also layered with a piece of  Basic Black ad Cajun Craze.  I used coordinating markers to color in the bears outfit. The hat, pumpkin and sentiment are all from the Season of Hugs Stamp Set.

I used the following:
Cardstock:  Cajun Craze #119684, Old Olive #100702, Basic Black #121045, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Frightful Sight #122351
Ink:  Cajun Craze #119671, Basic Black #101179, Chocolate Chip #100908
Markers:  Cajun Craze #119678, Old Olive #100079, Soft Suede #120973, Blush Blossom #100037
Stamp Sets:  Beary Best Friends #118052, Season of Hugs #120823
Punches:  Word Window #119857, Modern Label #119849

Monday, September 26, 2011

Another reason to love Stampin' Up!

Instead of posting a project today I wanted to share just one of the reasons I feel confident when I purchase any Stampin' Up! product, whether it be for my personal use, or to share with others through workshops or classes.

A few days ago my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine started squeaking, and the handle was getting harder to turn.  So, I do what I usually do if I have any questions or problems with a product, which is hardly ever by the way, I called Stampin' Up!.  I told them the problem, and they immediately told me they would send me another one because it was still under the three year warranty period.   I was worried because I didn't have the original box, which is something the big craft stores want you to have if you have a return, but they said they have record of my purchase and there is no need to return it in the original packaging.

Now, my Big Shot is two years old, and has seen plenty of use.  From making wedding and shower invitations, to taking it to workshops and having it available at all of my stamp classes, and just for everyday use in my own projects it has served me well and I would be lost without it.  So I was so happy when they told me a new one would be send priority mail that day.
I was expecting to receive in today, but was pleasantly surprised when it arrived Saturday.  Now, that is what I call great Customer Service. They also make returning the old one easy too.  I just need to call them today and let them know the new one arrived and they will send me a pre-paid package to send it back in, and it will be picked up directly at my front door.  It couldn't get any easier than than.

Stampin' Up! not only carries all of the products I love, but also has great customer and demonstrator support.    So thanks Stampin' Up! for making the job I love to do even easier and for getting me my new Big Shot so quickly.

Now off to my Stamping Room to set up my new Big Shot and start getting creative again!

My Brand New Big Shot
Complete with new platform, cutting pads, and handle

Called SU on Wednesday and received package on Saturday!
From Utah to Pennsylvania in less than 5 days - Thanks Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Beau Chateau Wedding Wishes

Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper and a few extra embellishments created this quick wedding card!

Pink Pirouette Cardstock with a layer of Soft Suede created the base for my card, followed by a smaller layer of the Beau Chateau Designer Paper.  Another layer was created by punching more Pink Pirouette cardstock with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  A few pearls to the center of the lace, as well as a small accent strip of pearls in the top left corner were added to embellish the card.  The best wishes sentiment is from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set, and it goes with my inside sentiment which says - for the Mr. & Mrs..  It is so nice to have coordinating sentiments for both the outside and inside of the card!

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette #111351, Soft Suede #115318, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Beau Chateau #122357
Ink:  Soft Suede #115657
Stamp Set:  Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #122497 clear
Punches:  Lace Border #122362, Small Oval #120908
Embellishment:  Pearls #119247

Friday, September 16, 2011

Diaper Fold Halloween Treat Pouch

Have a small treat to hand out?  Why not make a quick Diaper Fold Treat Pouch to make it a little bit special.

To make the pouch you just need to take a piece of 6 x 6 cardstock or Designer Series Paper and fold it first in half on a diagonal, then fold the right side over like you would a diaper, and then fold the left side over.  You now have the front flap which you can just fold down to keep it in place. 

If you want to get more detailed information with pictures, go to my blog post on 9/13/10 to see pictures of each step.  Or go under labels and search Treat Bags. 

To make today's treat I used the following:
Cardstock:  Basic Black #121045, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Retired from Clearance Rack
Stamp Set:  Wicked Cool #118738 wood or #120600 clear
Ink:  Old Olive #102277
Punches:  1 1/4" Circle #119861, 1 3/8" Circle #119860
Accessories:  Crop-a-Dile #108362
Ribbon:  Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain #109027

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Scaredy Cat

I love the cats in the Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper.  Look how well they go with the cat stamp from Spooky Bingo Bits!

I added a strip of the Designer Series Paper, and a punched piece of Basic Black Cardstock to Rich Razzleberry Cardstock.  I stamped the cats with Versa Mark ink and then heat embossed them with Black Embossing Powder.  I sponged Basic Black ink around the Spooky sentiment. 

This, and all of the Halloween cards I posted last week and the rest of this week, will be part of my September Stamp Class. 

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry #115316, Basic Black #121045
Designer Series Paper:  Frightful Sight #122351
Stamp Set:  Spooky Bingo Bits #123944 wood or #123946 clear, Wicked Cool #118738 wood or #120600 clear
Ink:  Versa Mark #102283, Basic Black #101179
Accessories:  Heat Tool #100005, Black Embossing Powder #109133, Stamping Sponge #101610, Dimensionals #104430
Punches:  Large Oval #119855, Scallop Edge Border #119882

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

More Halloween Fun

I apologize for the poor color quality of today's card.  I am having camera problems and can't seem to get the right lighting, but the combination of Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, and Basic Black created a nice spooky feel to today's card.

The Rich Razzleberry cardstock was embellished with speckles of Basic Black ink using my Color Spritzer Tool, and a piece of Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon which was turned over to the plain black side was added to the bottom.  I stamped my Happy Halloween on Old Olive Cardstock and cut it out around the frame, and adhered it with Dimensionals.  The Petite Pennants Builder Punch created the background for my Die Cut BOO lettering.  I cut the letters out using Whisper White Cardstock, and sponged Old Olive Ink on them to coordinate better with the rest of the card. 

To make my card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry #115316, Old Olive #100702, Basic Black #121045, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Basic Black #101179, Old Olive #102277
Marker:  Basic Black #100083
Stamp Set:  Dark and Dreary #120837 wood or #121151 clear
Ribbon:  Basic Black 1/2" Scallop Dots #124145
Punch:  Petite Pennants Builder #122361
Accessories:  Big Shot #113430, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Die #115951, Dimensionals #104430, Stamping Sponge #101610, Color Spritzer Tool #107066

Friday, September 9, 2011

Preserving Memories with a Photo Box

Closed Photo Box

View from the top

Opening of Photo Box

Photo Box Open 

Photo Boxes make great gifts and are easy to make.  We will be making them at this month's stamp class and the ladies have preselected their Designer Series Paper and cardstock to go with the occasion they will be making them for.  They are a great way to display pictures and a nice surprise when they are opened.  Think about making them to showcase your favorite vacation, a new baby, wedding photos, or any of your precious pictures. 

I made my photo box using a 12 x 12 piece of Basic Black Cardstock that was layered with Designer Series Paper that I purchased off of the Clearance Rack.  More details about making your own Photo Box will be posted after this month's class when I have more time to leave a detailed tutorial. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

My Most Precious Gifts

I'm taking time off from posting to my blog to spend the next few days at the beach with some of my favorite people.  Two of those people are my grandchildren Thomas and Evelyn. We will be celebrating Thomas' fourth birthday and I thought instead of not posting anything at all today, I wanted to share with my readers two of the most precious gifts of my life.

I will be back with more projects on Tuesday, and I look forward to sharing with you all that is wonderful in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Happy early Labor Day everyone.  Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Holiday Mini Catalog is Live!

The Holiday Mini Catalog is now live and you can see a copy by clicking on the catalog link on the left hand side of my blog.  Lots of new products for all of your holiday needs, from stamp sets, Big Shot accessories, embellishments, punches, and so much more.  If you do not have a demonstrator of your own and would like your own hard copy please send me an e-mail and I will be happy to get one out to you.  Happy shopping!

Spooky Spiders

Today's card uses some of the same pieces I used to make the Halloween Bingo Card I posted yesterday.  The Spooky Bingo Bits Stamp Set can be used for so many different things, and with 24 creepy and cute Halloween stamps it is definitely not just for Bingo.

I started with Crumb Cake Cardstock, followed by a layer of Basic Black and a piece of Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper.  I embossed them with the Spider Web Embossing Folder, and then added my two pieces.  A few strands of Linen Thread and a few punches finished my card.  Have fun coming up with all sorts of ideas using this versatile Stamp Set.

I used the following:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Basic Black #121045, Whisper White #100730, Old Olive #100702
Designer Series Paper:  Frightful Sight #122351
Stamp Set:  Spooky Bingo Bits #123944 wood or #123946
Ink:  Basic Black #101179
Punches:  1 3/8" Circle #119860, 1 1/4" Circle #119861, 1 3/4" Circle #119850
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Spider Web Embossing Folder #120889, Dimensionals #104430
Trim:  Linen Thread #104199