Monday, April 30, 2012

Love & Laughter

Today is the last day to purchase the Love & Laughter Stamp Set, or any of the products from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The sale period for those items ends today.  Some of the products may be carried over into the New Catalog when it comes out June 1st, but since I don't know for sure what products may still be available then, if there is anything you really wanted you better get it today. 

Today's wedding card uses a base of Whisper White cardstock, followed by a layer of Island Indigo and Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper, also from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I centered my cake shaped wedding sentiment in the middle by cutting out two Labels Collection Framelits.  What is so nice about the Framelits is that I was able to stamp my image first onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and then take the Framelits that best fit the image.  It was easy to then cut out, getting it placed just where I wanted it.  I then cut another larger Framelits using a piece of Island Indigo cardstock to make the images stand out.  Some Whisper White Satin 5/8" Satin Ribbon was tied at the top of the layers and an additional sentiment was placed at the top. 

Another note - all of the satin ribbon featured in the current Idea Book and Catalog will all be retiring May 31st.  The ribbon, and all retiring accessories are available only while supplies last. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Island Indigo #122923
Designer Series Paper:  Sweet Shop #125408 (Occasions Mini)
Stamp Set:  Love & Laughter #125475 wood or #125477 clear (Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Island Indigo #122937
Ribbon:  Whisper White 5/8" Satin E114616 (Retiring end of May)
Punches:  Large Oval #119855, Scallop Oval #119856
Accessories:  Big Shot #1113439, Framelits Labels Collection #125598 (Occasions Mini)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sending Love and Sympathy

I am so glad the Love & Sympathy stamp set is not retiring.  Even though I hate having to send sympathy cards, having this set makes it a bit easier.  I love the simplicity, and softness of the flower stamp, and the sentiments say just the right thing.

My card base is Old Olive cardstock, with an added layer of Concord Crush and  Wisteria Wonder Designer Series Paper from the 2011-13 In Color Paper Stack.  I stamped my images on Whisper White cardstock using Old Olive ink and once again layered this onto a piece of Old Olive cardstock.  When I had all of the layers together I ran them through my Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Old Olive #100702, Concord Crush #119792, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  2011-13 In Color Paper Stacks #122384
Stamp  Set:  Love & Sympathy #122795 wood or #122797 clear
Ink:  Old Olive #102277
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175

Monday, April 23, 2012

Packed for Dad

Packed for Dad is an a' la carte stamp set in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  It is great for masculine birthday cards, and would be great for Father's Day too.  All of the products in the Occasions Mini Catalog can be ordered until April 30th.

My card base is Very Vanilla cardstock, with added layers of Soft Suede cardstock, and a piece of Well Worn Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the large image onto another piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, which was placed onto another piece of Soft Suede.  I colored in just a few of the images to make them stand out, and added some Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon along with my stamped sentiment. 

Just change the "on your Birthday" sentiment to Happy Father's Day and you have another use for this stamp.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Soft Suede #115318
Designer Series Paper:  Well Worn #122359
Stamp Sets:  Packed for Dad #125452 (Occasions Mini), On Your Birthday #111664 (retiring May 31st)
Ink:  Soft Suede #115657   Markers:  Soft Suede #120973, Crumb Cake #120967
Ribbon:  Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta #122967
Punch:  Modern Label #119849

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Big Top Birthday

Let's celebrate a birthday with help from Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper.  I love the bold colors and designs of all of the papers in this pack, and especially like the colors for use with summer birthdays.

My card base is Real Red cardstock, with a layer of Whisper White, and then a layer of the Designer Paper.  Using Real Red Ink, I stamped the let's celebrate on a Whisper White oval that was cut with the Big Shot and the Ovals Die.  Three silver brads were placed on the oval for added embellishment, and I stamped on your birthday in the bottom in Basic Black ink.  A simple and quick card to make too!

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Real Red #102482, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Big Top Birthday #122348
Ink:  Real Red #103133, Basic Black #101179
Stamp Sets:  Inviting #119153 wood or #120630 clear (retiring the end of May), On Your Birthday #111664 (retiring the end of May)
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Ovals Die #114525
Embellishment:  Silver Brads #104336
Adhesive:  Snail #104332, Dimensionals #104430

Monday, April 9, 2012

Metal Artwork

Vase of Metal Artwork

Close up of cut and embossed metal

I wanted to add something pretty to the Easter flowers I was giving to my mom this year, so I added a plant stake that I adorned with metal artwork.  Once I got started I thought why not make more.  So I got busy and made enough to fill a large vase.  I will sell some at upcoming craft fairs, but also plan on using them in my potted plants for decoration, and also to hold up some of my larger blooms.

I purchased roof flashing at Home Depot, and cut it using various Dies and my Big Shot.  I then also embossed the metal with embossing folders, and used a glue gun to attach everything to the plant stake.  The Big Shot cuts through the metal flashing just like paper, and the embossing folders added a really nice look.  So easy and fun to make.

The following Stampin' Up! products were used:
Big Shot #113439, Leaves #2 Original Die #112459, Flower Folds Bigz XL Die #115970, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die #114507, Frame, Oval Scallop Bigz Die #114521, Scallop Circle Bigz Die #113468, Lattice Bigz Die #115958, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die #121812, Ovals Original Die #114525
Embossing Folders:  Stripes #123128, Square Lattice #119976, Vintage Wallpaper #120175, Perfect Polka Dots #117335, Finial Press #115963,

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Flower Fest and it sure smells yummy!

Want to give mom a nice surprise when she opens her card, add some Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder to your project and give her a nice welcome scent when she opens it up.
To make the card I started with Calypso Coral cardstock that was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I added a small layer of Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper, and a small piece of Calypso Coral 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon.

For the large flower, I first stamped the image using Versa Mark Ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Next I added Clear Emboss Powder and heated the image.  I then sponged some Daffodil Delight ink over the center of the flower, and then added Calypso Coral ink to the rest of the image.  As you can see, the embossed areas resisted the ink.  To add the Vanilla Scented Emboss Powder, I reinked the flower again with my Versa Mark Ink, and then applied the Vanilla Emboss Powder and reheated the flower.  An In-Color Calypso Coral Designer Printed Brad was placed in the center for added embellishment.

Ah - what a nice aroma.  The scented powders come in Vanilla, Melon, and Cherry, and are available in the Occasions Mini Catalog until the end of April.  I don't know if they will be carried over into the new catalog, so if you would like to add a nice surprise to your cards or projects, don't forget to order them soon.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Calypso Coral #122925, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Berry Blossoms #122350
Stamp Sets:  Flower Fest #122278 wood - #122289 clear, Delightful Dozen #122650 wood - #122652 clear
Punches:  Scallop Oval #119856, Extra-Large Oval #119859
Ink:  Early Espresso #119679, Calypso Coral #122939, Daffodil Delight #119667, Versa Mark #102283
Ribbon:  Calypso Coral 3/8" Ruffled #122976
Embellishment:  In-Color Designer Printed Brad #122940
Embossing:  Heat Tool #100005, Powder Pals #102197, Vanilla Scented Emboss Powder #125590,
Clear Emboss Powder #109130
Accessories:  Stamping Sponges #101610,  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335