Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tea Time Gift Bags


These cute gift bags were made for my upcoming craft fairs.  They were really easy to make using the Tea Time Simply Scappin' kit.  So, even if you don't do a lot of scrapbooking, these kits are great for other uses too.

I purchased the plain white gift bags at a local craft store, and decorated them with the cardstock, designer series paper, and self-dhesive die-cut designs in the Tea Time kit.  With the addition of a few punches and some ribbon, everything else used was from the kit. 

I really like finding other ways to use my Stampin' Up! products.  The Simply Scrappin' kits coordinate so well that I love to buy them even though I don't do a lot of scrapbook projects, and always find a good use for them.

The following were used:
Simply Scrappin':  Tea Timne #122374
Punches:  Scallop Edge Border #119882, Decorative Label #120907
Ribbon:  Pretty in Pink 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain #119775, Old Olive 5/8" Satin #117292, White Baker's Twine #124262

Monday, January 30, 2012

A tin full of button magnets!



It's that time of the year again, when I start getting ready for my Spring Craft Fairs.  In addition to Easter items, I like to make items that can be used during the spring and summer months.  So, for the next few days I will be posting some of the non-Easter items I will be selling at the upcoming fairs.

These button magnets were really easy to make.  I cut the fabric using my Big Shot and the small scallop in the Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die.  Using a glue gun, I attached them to a round magnet purchased at a local craft store, and then to the front I added a variety of buttons.  Some of the buttons are current Designer Buttons, but a lot of them I purchased from the Stampin' Up! clearance rack.  They were such a great bargain so I bought quite a few packs and I like how they dressed up the front of my magnet.

If you like a bargain, don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack which you can get to in my on-line store.  There are still some packs of the buttons left, but hurry because a lot of the items are no longer available and sell out fast.

I used the following:
Fabric:  Deck the Halls #121716, Springtime Vintage #121817, Spice Cake #124066 (Carry over item from the Holiday Mini Catalog)
Buttons:  Brights Designer Buttons #119747, Neutral Designer Buttons #119743 and a variety purchased through the Clearance Rack
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die #113469



Friday, January 27, 2012

Bordering on Romance

I saw a really pretty vintage card made by Stampin' Up! demonstrator Michelle Wark and really liked her layout. Thanks Michelle for being the inspiration for my card.

To my Bravo Burgundy card base, I added an embossed layer of Very Vanilla.  I then cut a Top Note Bigz Die in half, sponged some Bravo Burgundy ink around the edges and added some Victoria Lace to the layers.  Next, I cut a Clearlits Scallop Rectangle, and then stamped my image on this piece.  I filled in the leaves with a Wild Wasabi marker, and then punched small flowers with Rich Razzleberry Brights DSP, for additional embellishment.

This is a card that for the moment has no sentiment.  I just made it because I liked the layout, and will put a sentiment on it when I find the right occasion to send it.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Bravo Burgundy #105123, Very Vanilla #101650, Wild Wasabi #108641
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155
Stamp Set:  Bordering on Romance #125480 wood or #125482 clear (Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy #105214   Marker:  Wild Wasabi #120975
Ribbon:  Victoria Crochet Trim #118481
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Scallop Rectangle Clearlits Die #118872, Stamping Sponge #101610

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Love - Be Mine

An envelope filled with hearts, a FREE stamp set, and a new embossing folder, all help create today's Valentine.

I added Real Red and Pretty in Pink Designer Series Paper to my Whisper White cardstock to create my background.  The envelope was cut with my Big Shot using the Scallop Envelope Bigz die, and then embossed with an Adorning Accents Embossing Folder. The Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die created my colorful hearts, and some Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon was added aong with my punched sentiment for extra embellishment, and the sentiments are from a FREE Sale-a-bration Set called Outlined Occasions.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Paper Stacks - Brights #117155 and Subtles #117152
Ink:  Real Red #103133
Stamp Set:  Outlined Occasions #126014 wood or #126016 clear (Sale-a-bration)
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits #125596, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder #125601
Ribbon:  Real Red 1/8" Taffeta #119251, White Baker's Twine 3124262
Punch:  Jewelry Tag #117190

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Get Well Wishes and a Peekaboo Frame


I am glad that Stampin' Up! has carried over the Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die that appeared in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  There are a total of 5 frames with the die, and I like the added embellishment to the front of my card.

A embossed layer of Whisper White cardstock was added to my Wisteria Wonder base.  The frame was cut using the Frames Bigz L Die, and then embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.  I stamped my wishes and flowers on a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut it just large enough to fit behind my frame.  A BoHo Blossom Punched Flower was added, and some Wisteria Wonder ink was sponged onto my second flower to help make all three layers stand out.  A Subtle Perfect Plum brad and some Wisteria Wonders Ribbon were added for extra embellishment.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Wisteria Wonder #122922, Daffodil Delight #119683
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder #122936
Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370, Itty Bitty Bits #117056 wood or #120060 clear
Ribbon:  Wisteria Wonder 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon #122973
Punch:  Boho Blossoms #119858
Embellishment:  Subtles Brad #119732
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Embossing Folders - Finial Press #115963 and Perfect Polka Dots #117335, Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die #124587, Stamping Sponge #101610

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sending Love Your Way

I really like the sentiments in the Ain't Love Grand Hostess Stamp Set.  A great set with stamps for so many occasions, and a great value too.

I embossed my Pretty in Pink cardstock with one of the embossing folders from the Adorning Accents collection, creating the pretty heart border at the bottom of the card.  My image was stamped on a Bigz Die cut Scallop Circle, and the balloon was colored in with markers.  A variety of Designer Series Paper was used to cut  my Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, another new item from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink #100045, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Ain't Love Grand #122505 clear or #122507 wood
Ink:  Real Red #103133 -  Markers:  Pretty in Pink #100045, Crumb Cake #120967
Dsigner Series Paper:  Brights Patterns Paper Stack #117155, Subtles Paper Stack #117152
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die #113469, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die #125596, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder #125601

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mixed Bunch

The Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, new in the Occasions Mini Catalog, coordinates with the new Blossom Punch making it really easy to create your card or project.

My single layer card is a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was embossed with the Flower Garden Embossing Folder.  The flower was stamped with Island Indigo Ink and then punched out.  I also added a smaller circle stamped with Calypso Coral Ink, which was accented with an In-Color Designer Printed Brad.  Before placing the flower onto my card, I added two layers of Island Indigo Baker's Twine. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Mixed Bunch #125535 wood or #135537 clear
Ink:  Island Indigo #122937, Calypso Coral #122939
Ribbon:  Island Indigo Bakers Twine #125575
Punches:  Blossom #125603, 3/4" Circle #119873
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Flower Garden Embossing Folder #123113, Dimensionals #104430
Embellishment:  In-Color Designer Printed Brad #122940

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies and Embossing Folders



Today's card uses another Adorning Accents Edgelits Die and Embossing Folder from the Occasions Mini catalog.  When you purchase the Edgelits Dies you get two different designs, and the Adorning Accents Embossing Folders have three different designs.

My card base of Very Vanilla cardstock was folded in half, and then cut with the Edgelits Die and then embossed with the coordinating embossing folder.  I added some Twitterpated Designer Series Paper which I punched using the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  The inside of my card has a coordinating piece of Riding Hood Red cardstock and a punched piece of Basic Gray cardstock. 

Now you could add the layer I placed on the inside of my card, directly behind your cut and embossed front piece if you wanted to keep the front of the card the same size as the back, or do my version for a different look and size for the front of your card.

The following were used:
Cardstock:   Very Vanilla #101650, Riding Hood Red #111348, Basic Gray #11044
Designer Series Paper:  Twitterpated #125406 (Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Riding Hood Red #111836
Stamp Set:  Heard from the Heart #111644 wood or #120006 clear
Punch:  Scallop Trim Border #118402

Monday, January 16, 2012

Non-traditional Valentine

While I was busy preparing for this month's stamp class, I made so many Valentine cards that were the traditional red or pink, that I wanted to go a bit non-traditional for a few of the cards. 

I got my color scheme off of the strip of Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper.  Not only is it great for birthday cards, but great for Valentine's Day Cards too. 

I started with a card base of Pool Party cardstock, and then cut my strip of Whisper White cardstock first with the Edgelits Die Adorning Accent, and then again with the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I love these new accessories for my Big Shot!  Next I placed my Designer Series Paper, and added my large stamped heart.   The Lucky Limeade Hearts were cut with the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die and one was placed inside the heart, and then the others randomly placed on my card.   I like combining old products, like my Stamp Set Sweetheart, with new products, like the new papers and embossing folders and dies.   Like one of my customers said to me the other day, it is like Christmas all over again!

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Pool Party #122924, Whisper White #100730, Lucky Limeade #122926
Designer Series Paper:  Pool Party #125408 (Occasions Mini)
Stamp Sets:  Sweetheart #120415 wood or #120780 clear, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ink:  Pool Party #122938, Lucky Limeade #122935
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Adorning Accents Edgelits Die #125595 (Occasions Mini), Adorning Accents Embossing Folder #125601 (Occasions Mini), Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die #125596 (Occasions Mini)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Designer Cuts


Inside of card

Blushing Bride Envelope that I stamped with two hearts from the Take it to Heart Set
The Designer Cuts cards and envelopes set from the Occasions Mini Catalog, are really beautiful laser-cut cards that are easy to embellish.  They come with Blushing Bride envelopes and they are perfect not only for Valentine cards, but also wedding, anniversary, or bridal shower.  

I embellished my card by cutting a piece of Real Red cardstock with one of the larger hearts from the Framelits Dies Hearts Collection.  I layered it directly behind the laser-cut heart, so you get the red peeking through the heart design in the front, and the full heart when you open the inside of the card.  I also added some new blushing Bride Smooch Spritz, and like the sample card in the Occasions Catalog, I also added a Twitterpated Designer Button and some Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine. 

My sentiment at the bottom is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set, and I added a small heart cut from the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die.  This embosslits die has 5 different heart shapes, so I saved the other four that were cut, and placed them in a small container to use at another time.  

I used the following:
Card and Envelope Set: Designer Cuts #125414 (Occasions Mini)
Cardstock:  Real Red #102482, Pretty in Pink #100459
Ink:  Real Red #103133
Stamp Sets:  Delightful Dozen #122650 wood or #122652 clear, Take it to Heart #125520 wood or #122522 clear
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Framelits Hearts Collection #125599 (Occasions Mini), Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die #125596 (Occasions Mini)
Embellishment:  Twitterpated Designer Button #125579 (Occasions Mini), Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz #125580 (Occasions Mini)
Ribbon:  Cherry  Cobbler/White Bakers Twine #123125

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Wow, doesn't it feel like we just had a holiday!  And, now Valentine's day is right around the corner.  I don't know about you, but when you make cards for all of the upcoming events in your life, it really makes the year go by so quickly.  It reminds me that I have to remember to take the time to enjoy each day, because the older I get, the quicker life seems to go. 

Well, moving on to today's card - I started with Whisper White cardstock, then added a layer of Pretty in Pink, and a strip of Real Red Designer Paper from the Brights Paper Stack.  I embossed the layer with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder and then I added some Whisper White satin ribbon, and small hearts punched with the Designer Paper.  My stamped hearts are from the Take It To Heart Stamp Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog, and I placed them on with dimensionals. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Pretty in Pink #100459
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155
Ink:  Real Red #103133
Stamp Sets:  Take It To Heart #125520 wood or #122522 clear (Occasions Mini), Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Punches:  Full Heart #119883, Heart to Heart #119881, 3/6" Corner #119871, Word Window #119857
Ribbon:  Whisper White 5/8" Satin #114616
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Dimensionals #104430


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More Sneak Peeks

Fresh Vintage Stamp Set and Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper are the main ingredients in today's card.  Both of these products can be yours for free during Sale-a-bration which starts January 24th.

My card base is Baja Breeze cardstock with layers of Very Vanilla and Poppy Parade, and then a smaller layer of the Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the small flower from the stamp set onto the Poppy Parade layer in Poppy Parade ink because I just wanted it to be a light background, and the small pearls created a nice embellishment.  Baja Breeze seam binding and my additional sentiment were tied onto the center, and my Flower in the corner was punched out with the Postage Stamp Punch. 

I get my pre-order of products from the Occasions Mini Catalog tomorrow and can't wait to play with all of my new supplies.  I could of pre-ordered early in December, but was a good girl and waited until after Christmas to order.  Oh how hard it has been to wait, but getting that box from the UPS man tomorrow will certainly feel like Christmas all over again.  So, I plan on sharing some of my ideas on how I will be using these new products soon, and can't wait to share and be inspired.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze #111352, Very Vanilla #101650, Poppy Parade #119793
Designer Series Paper:  Everyday Enchantment #126154 (Sale-a-bration)
Ink:  Poppy Parade #119782
Stamp Sets:  Fresh Vintage #125115 clear or #125117 wood (Sale-a-bration), Elements of Style #118611 wood or #120045 clear
Ribbon:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding #122331, Linen Thread #104199
Punches:  Postage Stamp #122344, 3/4" Circle #119873
Embellishment:  Basic Pearls #119247


Monday, January 9, 2012

Packed for Mom

Packed for Mom is a single large stamp from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  It can be purchased by itself for $9.95 or as a bundle with Packed for Baby, Packed for Birthday, and Packed for Dad for $29.95 for a 25% savings.  Just think of all the possibilities. 

My card base is Very Vanilla cardstock, which was stamped at the bottom with a stamp from the Fresh Vintage Stamp Set (sneak peak from the Sale-a-bration catalog), and then  layered with a strip of Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper, and a strip of Pink Pirouette cardstock that was punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  I then embossed these layer with the Finial Press embossing folder.  I stamped the large image in Soft Suede ink, and then layered this onto layers of Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede.  I stamped a second image on another piece of Very Vanilla, and then used markers to color in a few of the images, cut them out, and then placed them on top of the first stamped image with dimensonals. 

What is also nice about these packed for stamps is you have so many images to choose from that you have so many options when making your cards or projects.  You can cut or punch out any of the images to place them by themselves, or add them to another stamped image. 

I used the following:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Pink Pirouette #111351, Soft Suede #115318
Designer Series Paper:  Beau Chateau #122357
Ink:  Soft Suede #115657   Markers:  Soft Suede #120973, Crumb Cake #120967, Pink Pirouette #120969
Stamp Sets:  Fresh Vintage (Sale-a-bration 1/24 - 3/31/12), Packed for Mom #125450 (Occasions Mini), Create a Cupcake #121915 wood or #121982 clear
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border #118402, Word Window #119857
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Finial Press Embossing Folder #115963, Dimensionals #104430

Friday, January 6, 2012

Nursery Nest Quick Accents Baby card and coordinating envelope


I love sending cards for such a joyous occasion and using the Nursery Nest Quick Accents for my baby card was so easy and quick I had time to decorate the envelope too.  This card is going to a good friends son and his wife who are expecting their first baby.  Since they don't know the sex of the child yet, how appropriate is it to use all of the wonderful colors the Nursery Next kit provides. 

I used Pear Pizzazz cardstock for my card base, and everything except the layer of Nursery Nest Designer Series Paper at the bottom of the card was taken from Nursery Next Quick Accents. I also love Stampin' Up! envelopes and the large flap on the back.  I just cut a piece of Nursery Nest DSP a bit larger than the flap, placed it down using snail adhesive and trimmed to fit.  

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz #119795
Designer Series Paper:  Nursery Nest #122347
Quick Accents:  Nursery Nest #122370
Envelopes:  Medium Whisper White #107301 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Take it to Heart Sympathy Card

Once I get my new Hearts Collection Framelits Die I can use them to cut out my stamped images in the Take it to Heart Stamp Set,  but for now I just used my Paper Snips to cut around the heart that I used for my sympathy card.

I started with Very Vanilla cardstock, and added a layer of Perfect Plum, and then another embossed layer of Bashful Blue cardstock.   Some Perfect Plum 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon was added for a border, and as the place for my sentiment.  My large heart was stamped onto Watercolor Paper using StazOn Jet Black Ink.  I filled in the images with a variety of Subtles Watercolor Wonder Crayons and blended them in with a Blender Pen, and then placed onto my card with dimensionals. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Perfect Plum #101889, Bashful Blue #105120 - Watercolor Paper #122959
Stamp Sets:  Take It To Heart #125520 wood or #122522 clear (Occasions Mini), Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #122497 clear
Ink:  StazOn Jet Black #101406
Ribbon:  Perfect Plum 3/8" Taffeta #122987
Punch:  Large Oval #119855
Coloring Tools:  Subtles Watercolor Wonder Crayons #119802, Blender Pens #102845
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175, Dimensionals #104430

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Embellished Scallop Heart of Hearts

Today's card was inspired by Jennifer Picard.  When I saw a card Jennifer made with the heart embellished with the little flower punch I wanted to make my own.  What a pretty way to share the love for two special people on their wedding day.

My card uses very neutral colors, starting with Sahara Sand for the card base, followed by a Layer of Basic Black, and then an embossed layer of Very Vanilla.  The Very Vanilla layer was also sponged with Regal Rose ink to add a pop of color, and to highlight the embossing.  Next, I added strip of Basic Black 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon before I placed my Die Cut Heart.  Another Heart was punched with Very Vanilla cardstock, and then the tiny punches are from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  The small flower punches were layered around the heart and then the small pearls were added.  After I placed my punched sentiment in the upper left corner, I decided to embellish that with the small pearls as well.

If you like adding pearls for embellishment on your projects, don't forget to check out the new size of large pearl in the new **Occasions Mini Catalog which goes live today.

**If you don't already have a relationship with an existing demonstrator and would like your own free copy of the Occasions Mini Catalog,  just send me an e-mail and I will be happy to get one to you. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Sahara Sand #121043, Basic Black #121045, Very Vanilla #101650
Stamp Set:  Sincere Salutations #116068
Ink:  Regal Rose #105211, Basic Black #101179
Punches:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309, Full Heart #119883, Scallop Oval #119856
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Finial Press Embossing Folder #115963, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die #117332
Embellishment:  Basic Pearls #119247
Ribbon:  Basic Black 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon #119962


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tea Time Simply Scrappin'

Well, I don't do a lot of scrapbooking, but it didn't stop me from ordering the Tea Time Simply Scrappin' Kit.  The coordinating cardstock, designer series paper, and self-adhesive die cuts are perfect for making cards too.  The only additions to the card that are not from the kit are the Pretty in Pink Flower Brad, Lucky Limeade ink,  and the congratulations from the Wedding Sweet Stamp Set.

My list of products used today will be short, and that is what makes these kits so great.  They offer a lot of product for a great price.  So, if you are an avid scrapbooker, or are more into making cards like me, the kits are great for everyone.

I used the following:
Simply Scrappin' Kit:  Tea Time #122374
Embellishment:  Subtles Flower Brad #119732
Stamp Set:  Wedding Sweet #115466
Ink:  Lucky Limeade #122935

Monday, January 2, 2012

Take It To Heart

Two more days until the Occasions Mini Catalog goes live.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at one of the stamps from the Take It To Heart Set that will be available soon.

My card base is Very Vanilla cardstock, followed by a layer of Pink Pirouette and Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper.  I used Basic Gray Ink for my stamped image and sponged additional Pink Pirouette ink around the heart.  This was layered onto a piece of Basic Gray cardstock, and both layers were punched with the 3/16" corner punch.  The brad that was placed onto my Pink Pirouette ribbon is from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack that you can receive free during Sale-a-bration which will run from January 24th - March 31st.  The love sentiment was punched out with the Jewelry Tag and tied onto the ribbon with Linen Thread. 

Not sure if I am going to use this for a special Valentine, Wedding, or Anniversary card so for now I won't add any other sentiment.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Basic Gray #121044, Pink Pirouette #111351, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Beau Chateau #122357
Stamp Set:  *Take It to Heart #125520 wood or #125522, Tiny Tags #118091 wood or #118592 clear
Ink:  Basic Gray #109120, Pink Pirouette #111838
Punches:  3/16" Corner #110981, Jewelry Tag #117190
Ribbon:  Pink Pirouette 3/8" Taffeta #122981, Linen Thread #104199
Embellishment:  **Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack #127279
Accessories:  Stamping Sponges #101610

*Available January 4th in the Occasions Mini Catalog
**Available for free with $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration starting January 24th