Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tile Coasters

I have made several of these tile coasters for friends, and now I am starting to make more to sell at my upcoming Craft Fairs.  I found out that the rough tiles that are unsealed work best when using ink.  If you want to make some with a paper covering than you can get a smooth, already sealed tile.  I have made several with Designer Series Paper and will post at a later date.
As you can see, the tiles come in several colors.  I purchased them at a local hardware store.  I wiped them clean, to get the dust off because they are unsealed.  I then used Jet Black StazOn Ink and stamped my images.  You need to use StazOn Ink so the images don't run when they get wet.  After they were all stamped I arranged them on a baking sheet and baked them in my oven at 350  for about 20 minutes.  This is just an extra step to set the ink, even though when I tried to clean one that I made a mistake on right after I stamped it I couldn't get the image off. So, I don't know if you really have to follow this step, but I am either giving them as gifts, or selling them at craft fairs so I want to take extra precaution so they don't run.
When you take them out of the oven they are very hot, so after they cooled I sprayed them with a Matte Sealer that you can purchase at a hobby or hardware store.  I sprayed two coats, waiting about 1/2 hour before applying the second coat.  I added round felt pads to the bottom and then I tied them with ribbon in groups of 4.  I will add tags depending on the occasion.  
A nice gift for a coworker, teacher, newlywed, or friend, and they make a nice housewarming gift too.
The following Stampin' Up! materials were used: (only current product listed)
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn #101406)
Stamp Sets:  By the Seashore #132582 w or #126532 c, Serene Silhouettes #132073 w or #127324 c, Really Good Greetings #130330 w or #130333 c

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


The Swallowtail Single Stamp looks pretty just stamped in ink, but add some heat embossing and you take your design to a whole new level.
My card base is Pool Party Card Stock that is layered with a piece of Whisper White and Calypso Coral.  I stamped my Swallowtail with Versa Mark ink and then applied Pool Party Stampin' Emboss Powder and set it using my Heat Tool.  I wish you could see how it shimmers, but the picture doesn't show all of the detail.  I added a piece of Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon to the right side, and placed a Pool Party Candy Dot on my punched sentiment.
You could also add Stampin' Glitter to really give the Swallowtail sparkle.  You would first stamp your image in Versa Mark, apply Heat and Stick Powder to the image and then heat set.  Add your glitter and heat set again.  So many options for heat embossing.  Experiment to find the image you like best.
The design for this card was inspired by my good friend Sue who made me a beautiful birthday card using this stamp.  After seeing it I knew I had to order it for myself.  Thanks Sue!
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Pool Party #122924, Calypso Coral #122925, Whisper White #100730
Stamp:  Swallowtail #131943 w or #129216 c, Teeny Tiny Wishes #128748 w or #127802 c
Ink:  Calypso Coral #126983, Versa Mark #102283
Coloring Tools:  Pool Party Stampin' Emboss Powder #129398, Heat Tool #129053
Punch:  Word Window #119857
Ribbon:  Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron #130018
Embellishment:  Subtles Candy Dots #130933

Friday, July 26, 2013

Apothecary Accents

I will admit, I haven't used the largest Framelit from the Apothecary Accents as much as the three smaller framelits in the set but when I saw a card that cropped the ends off when placing it on the card I really liked the design, and the large sentiment in the From My Heart Stamp Set fit the large space perfectly.
My card base of Pear Pizzazz Card Stock was embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and then layered with a piece of Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.  I stamped my large sentiment onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock using Pear Pizzazz ink and then ran it through my Big Shot using the large Apothecary Accent Framelit.  I cut off the ends so it would fit my card,  I then punched my butterfly with Daffodil Delight Card Stock,  embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, and added a few Rhinestones for additional embellishment. 
Now, the whole cut framelit will fit on your card going the other direction, but I liked the cropped look so I decided to have it open this way.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Pear Pizzazz #131201, Daffodil Delight #119683, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Afternoon Picnic #131390
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz #131180
Stamp Set:  From My Heart #132007 w or #126557 c
Punch:  Elegant Butterfly #127526
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003
Embellishment:  Rhinestones #119246

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tag It Birthday Card

The Tag It Stamp Set coordinates with the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies.  This Celebrate stamp could also be cut out with the largest Chalk Talk Framelit instead of the one used for my card. But, for this project I thought the smaller framelit fit my card better.
My card base is Real Red Card Stock that I layered with a piece Daffodil Delight Card Stock  and Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper.  To make my card front look like a present, I added cut strips of Daffodil Delight.  I stamped my image using Real Red ink and cut it out with my Framelit.  I cut the bottom off of the Whisper White Framelit and layered this onto another Real Red Framelit just to give it more dimension.  A piece of Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon wsa tied to the top of my tag and placed onto my card. 
If you like the  Designer Series Paper you see on my card, you can still get it for FREE if you purchase three other packs of Designer Series Paper.  The Buy 3, Get 1 Free Promotion ends next week. 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Real Red #102482, Daffodil Delight #119683, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Polka Dot Parade #126902
Ink:  Real Red #126949
Stamp Set:  Tag It #130300 w or #130303 c
Ribbon:  Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain #126875
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Chalk Talk Framelits #129983

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hello, Doily and Circle Framelits

It is really easy to create an opening anywhere on your card using Framelits.  Just stamp your image first so you can see exactly where you want to cut, then place your opened piece of cardstock on your Big Shot and use the Framelit of your choice to create the opening you want.
My card base of Strawberry Slush Card Stock was stamped with the Hello, Doily Stamp using Strawberry Slush Ink.  I then laid my opened card onto my Magnetic Platform, lined up my Circle Framelit and ran it through the machine.  Now I have the opening I want, which gave me a space to stamp my sentiment.  Now your sentiment shows when the card is either closed or open. 
To dress the front of the card I took a small piece of Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper, punched the edges with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, and added pearls along the bottom.
If you love what you can do with your Big Shot Machine but still haven't crossed it off your wish list, you can win tickets into my Big Shot Drawing by purchasing Stampin' Up! Merchandise either at  my online store or by calling me with an order.  For every $25 you spend in Stampin' Up! Merchandise before shipping and tax, you get a ticket into my Big Shot Drawing.  The lucky winner will be drawn at my December Stamp Class.  Last year's winner was Marietta S., maybe this year it will be you.
The following products were used:
Card Stock:  Strawberry Slush #131295, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Afternoon Picnic #131390
Ink:  Strawberry Slush #131178
Stamp Sets:  Hello, Doily #128619 w or #122847 c, One in a Million #132052 w or #126382 c
Punch:  Scallop Trim Border #118402
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Circle Framelits #130922, Magnetic Platform #130658
Embellishment:  Pearls #119247

Monday, July 22, 2013

Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper

The shiny raised patterns printed on heavy-weight Natural Paper makes it look like you took a lot of time stamping and embossing, when all you really did was cut a piece of Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper.
My card base is Crumb Cake Card Stock that I layered with a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock and then the Natural Composition DSP.  I stamped my large coral image onto this layer using Early Espresso ink, and then added a piece of 7/16" Natural Trim.  I then stamped my Thank U and punched it out using the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, and then layered this onto a 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punched out using Crumb Cake Card Stock.  A piece of Linen Thread tied this onto my Trim.
The Natural Composition DSP comes with 12 sheets of 12 x 12 paper, 2 each of 6 single-sided designs, giving you 12 different patterns in all. 
The following were used:
Designer Series Paper:  Natural Composition Specialty #126917
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Early Espresso #126974
Stamp Sets:  A Round Array #129087 w or #129090, By The Tide #131910 w or #129120
Ribbon:  7/16" Natural Trim #129287, Linen Thread #104199
Punches:  7/8" Scallop Circle #129404, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle #127811

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Flower Shop Bundle

The Flowers and Punch used for my card are just one of the bundles in the Stampin' Up! Catalog.  If you purchase the Flower Shop Stamp Set and the coordinating Pansy Punch you save 15% off of the individual price of the items. 
My card base is Wisteria Wonder Card Stock.  I layered this with a piece of Pear Pizzazz Card Stock and Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.  I then inked my flowers with Wisteria Wonder Ink and punched them out with the Pansy Punch.  I also added some Crystal Effects to the center of the flowers for a bit of embellishment. 
I really liked the Designer Series Paper and didn't want to cover it up any more, so I took the little Thanks sentiment and Butterfly from the Lovely Little Labels Stamp Set and stamped them in the openings on the paper. 
Note -  When using Crystal Effects, give it some time to dry before placing it in an envelope or placing anything on it. 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Wisteria Wonder #122922, Pear Pizzazz #131201
Designer Series Paper:  Afternoon Picnic #131389
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder #126985
Stamp Sets:  Lovely Little Labels #132033 w or #126262,  Flower Shop #130939 w or #130942 c
Punch:  Pansy #130698
Bundle of Flower Shop Stamp Set and Pansy Punch - #132727 w or #132726 c
Embellishment:  Crystal Effects #101055

Friday, July 12, 2013

Masculine Birthday Card

Yesterday I posted a card using the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set and the Congratulations Stamp from that set.  Today I am using the Happy Birthday from the same set.  Again, a nice large sentiment so you don't have to add a lot more, especially when you are making a masculine card.
My card base is Gumball Green Card Stock with a layer of Crumb Cake Card Stock and Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper.  I cut these two layers out using a large Square Framelit  Next I stamped my Happy Birthday onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock, embossed it with the Argyle Embossing Folder and then cut this out using a smaller Square Framelit.  I placed this square into the cut opening. 
Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper also coordinates with the This and That Products on pages 128-129 of the Annual Catalog. 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Gumball Green #126840, Crumb Cake #120953, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Gumball Green #126861
Designer Series Paper:  Epic Day This and That #130814
Stamp Set:  Sassy Salutations #132070 w or #126707
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Argyle Embossing Folder #127750 Squares Collection Framelits #130921

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Lots of Congratulations

I love the large letters and font used in the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set.  It really makes your message stand out.  This Congratulations could be used for so many occasions, from Graduation, Wedding, Retirement, and so much more.  Today I decided it would be perfect for my baby card, because that is really something special to celebrate.
My card base is Midnight Muse Card Stock.  I added a layer of Very Vanilla that I embossed at the bottom with a Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder.  My Congratulations were stamped on using Midnight Muse, Baked Brown Sugar, and Pear Pizzazz Ink.  I added the Cutest Baby Ever and punched it out with the new Artisan Label Punch.  Some Midnight Muse 3/8" Satin Ribbon finished the card. 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Midnight Muse #126843, Very Vanilla #101659
Ink:  Midnight Muse #126860, Baked Brown Sugar #131174, Pear Pizzazz #131180
Stamp Sets:  Sassy Salutations #132070 w or #126707 c, Label Love #130619 w or #130622 c
Ribbon:  Midnight Muse 3/8" Satin #126847
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder #129383
Punch:  Artisan Label #130920

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pleasant Poppies

Pleasant Poppies is a single large stamp that you can use to fill your whole card, or just stamp part of the image if you want to highlight just some of the stamp.  I choose to use the whole stamp for my birthday card today and when I trimmed it to fit my layer I only cut off a small part of the image.
My card base is Whisper White Card Stock with a layer of Calypso Coral, and then another layer of Whisper White.  Before I embossed this layer with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder I stamped my image.  For further embellishment I added my punched butterfly which was decorated with a Candy Dot, tied on my Whisper White Ribbon and added my sentiment. 
Just the right stamp to celebrate a summer birthday!
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730, Calypso Coral #122925
Designer Series Paper:  Epic Day This and That #130814 (for my butterfly)
Ink:  Calypso Coral #126983, Pear Pizzazz #131180
Stamp Sets:  Pleasant Poppies #132061 w or #129499 c, A Fitting Occasion #131952 w or #127049 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335
Punches:  1" Circle #119868, Bitty Butterfly #129406
Ribbon:  Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta #109070
Embellishment:  Subtle Candy Dots #130933

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Creating Frames with your Square Framelits

Yesterday I shared a card showing how easy it was to create layers using your Squares Collection Framelits.  Well, todays card shows how easy it is to create a frame using those same Framelits. 
My card base is Very Vanilla Card Stock with a layer of Coastal Cabana and Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.   These two layers were cut out with one of the Square Framelits and placed onto my card.  Now I had a opening that shows my Very Vanilla card base.
For my image, I used markers to ink up the large flower from the Backyard Basics Stamp Set, stamped it onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock,  and then cut it out using the coordinating Backyard Basic Framelit, and placed it onto my card using Dimensionals.
Now, to create my frame I took another piece of Coastal Cabana Card Stock and took two different sizes Square Framelits and layered them on top of this piece.  I ran that through my Big Shot and my frame was created.  You will have another large square left over, and you can just save this for another project. 

You could keep on going and make different sized frames using different sizes squares.  Have fun experimenting and seeing what you can create.  Great for scrapbooking and photo albums too.  A nice way to frame a favorite photo, saying, or image.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Coastal Cabana #131297
Ink:  Coastal Cabana #131175    Markers:  2013-15 In Colors Pack  #131260 and 2012-2014 #126856
Designer Series Paper:  Afternoon Picnic #131390
Stamp Sets:  Backyard Basics #129155 w or #129258 c, Itty Bitty Banners #132022 w or #126257 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Squares Collection Framelits #130921, Backyard Basics Framelits #129380, Bitty Banners Framelits #129267
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Monday, July 8, 2013

Blast off!

Layering is really easy with the Square Collection Framelits 

A little greeting on the inside of the card

I needed a new Stamp Set for making children's cards and I finally got around to ordering Blast Off.  It was one of the items on my Wish List that didn't get crossed off last year and was happy to see it was continued in the new catalog.
My card base is Night of Navy Card Stock that was stamped with the star image before adding my layers.  My layers that were cut with the Square Framelits are a color combination of Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White.   I used Smoky Slate ink for my Space Ship and my 1 1/4" Circle Punch cut out the middle.  My little astronaut was inked with Night of Navy ink and I used my paper snips to cut him out and place him behind this layer.  I used dimensionals to pop up the Whisper White layer.   I stamped my greeting onto a piece of Whisper White scraps and then hand snipped the ends. 
Whenever I use dark Card Stock for my card I add a layer inside so you can write your message.  I thought the little alien would be cute as an added surprise when the card is open.  I think my grandchildren will love creating with this set as well.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Night of Navy #100867, Always Artichoke #105119, Pumpkin Pie #105117, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Smoky Slate #131179, Night of Navy #126970, Always Artichoke #126972
Stamp Set: Blast Off #131958 w or #125946 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Squares Collection Framelits #18092, Paper Snips #103579
Punch:  1 1/4" Circle #119861
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332


Friday, July 5, 2013

Backyard Basics

The card design was inspired by one of ladies who comes to my monthly stamp classes.  She showed me a card that she had made that was scored on the end and tied with a ribbon like the card I made here.  Thanks Nancy D. for your inspiration!
My card base of Whisper White Card Stock was cut to measure 4 1/4 x 11 and then folded in half.  I then scored the folded end at 1 1/2" using my Scoring Plate.  For my layers I used Early Espresso, and Summer Starfruit Card Stock, and a piece of Soho Subway Designer Series Paper.  My Summer Starfruit Card Stock was embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder. My butterflies are from the Backyard Basic Stamp Set, and then cut out with the Backyard Basics Framelits. 
A piece of Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Ribbon was tied to my scored end giving a unique opening to the card.  I added my birthday sentiment and little butterfly to the corner, and placed my butterflies on using dimensionals.
Note- You can purchase the Backyard Basics Stamp Set and Framelits as a bundle to save 15% off the total price.  Using #132729 for the wood bundle and #132728 for the clear bundle.
The following were used:
Card Stock: Whisper White #100730, Summer Starfruit #E126839, Early Espresso #119686
Designer Series Paper:  Soho Subway #130140
Ink:  Early Espresso #126974, Summer Starfruit #126991
Ribbon:  Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched #126846
Stamp Sets:  Backyard Basics #129255 w or #129258 c, A Fitting Occasion #131952 w or #127049 c
Punch: 1 1/4" Scallop Circle #127811
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751, Backyard Basics Framelits #129380, Dimensionals #104430, Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334