Friday, August 30, 2013

A Fitting Occasion - Masculine Birthday


Masculine cards are always in demand at my monthly Stamp Classes.  So by using some of the masculine themed stamps in the "A Fitting Occasion" Stamp Set, and some Soho Subway Designer Series Paper, I came up with this masculine card for my August Stamp Class.

My card base of Early Espresso Card Stock was layered with a piece of Very Vanilla that I embossed with the Argyle Embossing Folder.  I added a piece of Early Espresso Baker's Twine to add as a base to place my banners and stamped images.  I then took some pieces of Soho Subway Designer Series Paper and folded them in half before I cut them out using some Hearts a Flutter Framelits.

I wanted the cut paper larger than the Framelits, so by folding the paper in half, and cutting with the top of the Framelit over the fold, I was able to get these larger banners.  I cut the top of the middle banner to make it a straight edge. 

I then stamped my images, punched them out with the 1" Circle punch and placed them onto my banners using dimensionals.


Products Used:
Card Stock:  Early Espresso 3119686, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Early Espresso #126974
Designer Series Paper:  Soho Subway #130140
Stamp Set:  A Fitting Occasion #131952 w or #127049 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Argyle Embossing Folder #127750, Hearts a Flutter Framelits #130159
Ribbon:  Early Espresso Baker's Twine #123124
Punch:  1" Circle #119868

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sweets for the Sweet

Some Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding Card Stock for my sweet treats card.  What yummy names for a yummy card.
 
My card base of Crisp Cantaloupe was embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder.  I stamped my lollipop using a combination of the two inks, punched them out with the 1" Circle Punch and placed them on using dimensionals.  A small Rhinestone decorated the cut out bow, and strips of Crisp Cantaloupe punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch finished the card.
 
Products Used:
Card Stock:  Crisp Cantaloupe #131298, Pistachio Pudding #131294, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe #131176, Pistachio Pudding #131177
Stamp Set:  Sweets for the Sweet #128742 w or #122512 c
Punches:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border #119275, 1" Circle #119868
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Chevron Embossing Folder #127749
Embellishment:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Card Holders for a Memory Tree



I was asked to make a decorative holder for cards to be placed on a Memory Tree to celebrate a 90th Birthday.  The guests are being asked to place a sentiment or memory on the envelope of their card and it will be placed on a "Memory Tree."  I came up with decorated clothespins.  They will be able to hold any size card and will hang nicely on the tree.  The Designer Series Paper matches the paper used on the invitation.

After doing these, I think I am going to make some for a Christmas Tree.

To make the hangers, I placed a piece of Sticky Strip onto the back of my Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper that was cut to fit the clothespin.  I then added a layer of Mod Podge.  Next, I added a decorative bow placed on with a glue gun.  So the clothespins would hang onto the tree I tied a piece of Linen Thread through the top. 

The following Stampin' Up! products were used:
Designer Series Paper:  Gingham Garden #129310
Ribbon:  3/8" Stitched Satin - Gumball Green #126848, Midnight Muse #126847, Primrose Petals #126844, Raspberry Ripple #126845, Summer Starfruit #126846, Linen Thread #104199
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New - Envelope Punch Board - Available September 1, 2013





 
Now, you never have to search for just the right size or style of envelope.  The Envelope Punch Board by Stampin' Up! is available for purchae soon.  Come back September 1st to see a video on how easy it is to use, and place your order.  But, for now, here are a few facts about this new product.
 
  • It creates totally customizable envelopes in up to 66 different sizes (not to mention a million different color and pattern options depending on the paper you want to use). Even tried and true envelope sizes will only take you moments to create!
  • It's super easy to use; It looks intimidating at first glance, but all you have to do is measure for the first punch and from there you just turn and score.
  • It's small and lightweight; this makes it easy for you to take anywhere.  It is super portable and easy to store. It's small and light enough that they could use it while watching a soccer match, at a park, at a friend's for craft night-anywhere.
  • It even has a slick scoring tool as well as a punch that lets you create rounded corners on your envelopes.
  • It's easy to keep it all together; the stylus storage compartment and two punches are designed into the tool so you don't have a bunch of little pieces to keep track of (even the instructions are printed right on the tool so you won't lose them!).
  • The price is terrific-especially for a tool that does so much!  Item #133774 for $19.95
  • It will be in next year's annual catalog, so it's here to stay.
 
 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sunshine!

 
Crushed Curry Card Stock and ink seemed like the perfect match for my "Sunshine" greetings. 
 
My Card Stock was embossed with the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder and then layered with a Tea Lace Paper Doily.  My sentiment was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and then cut out using my Big Shot and a Circle Framelit.  I love how you can place the Framelit right over your stamped images to get just the right size and shape.  With the Circle Framelits you get 10 different sized circles to choose from.
 
I wanted just a bit of color, so I punched my Bird out using a piece of Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper, and placed it onto the card with Dimensional.  A small pearl was used for the birds eye.  A bright card to go with a bright greeting.
 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Crushed Curry #131199, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Crushed Curry #126966
Designer Series Paper:  Quatrefancy Specialty #130141
Stamp Set:  Feel Goods #131916 w or #129684 c
Punch:  Bird Builder #117191
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder #129984, Circle Framelits #130911
Embellishment:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies #129399, Pearl Basic Jewels #119247


 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dare To Dream - Sunburst Card

I have been seeing a lot of cards using the Sunburst Design and I wanted to try one of my own.  I thought the Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper had the perfect colors for my Sunburst.
 
My card base is Calypso Coral Card Stock with a layer of Pool Party Card Stock that measures 5 1/4" x 3".   I then took a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock that measured 5" x 2 3/4" and used that to layer on my Designer Paper pieces.  I cut 4 pieces of  the Designer Paper to measure 1 1/2"x 4", and then I cut them on a diagonal to create my triangles.  I placed these cut pieces onto my Very Vanilla Card Stock, making sure to cover every piece of that paper.  My Glue Stick worked great to keep the pieces in place.  I then turned it over, and trimmed the excess paper.  You will have more excess on the side pieces.  
 
I also added a piece of Gumball Green 3/8"  Stitched Satin Ribbon and a Vintage Faceted Designer Button for a bit more embellishment.  My sentiment is from the Loving Thoughts Stamp Set.
 
The important thing to remember is to cover all of your base paper that holds your triangle shapes so the design covers the whole layer.
 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Calypso Coral #122925, Pool Party #122924, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Epic Day This and That #130814
Ink:  Gumball Green #126861
Ribbon:  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched #126848
Stamp Set:  Loving Thoughts #128436 w or #125845
Adhesive:  Glue Stick #104045, Snail #104331
Embellishment:  Vintage Faceted Designer Button #127555
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

World Treasures Get Well

 
With all of the bright colors in the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper, I thought it was best to stamp my peacock with just one color. Saved me some time, and he didn't get lost in the design of the pretty paper.

My card base is Pear Pizzazz Card Stock with a layer of Very Vanilla and then my Designer Series Paper.  I stamp my Peacock in Night of Navy ink and then cut him out and placed him onto my card with dimensionals.  My sentiment is from the Express Yourself Hostess Stamp Set.  This set has 12 great sentiments for so many of your card needs.  Host your own workshop, or place your own order of $150 or more and you can get this set for as little as $11.00.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Pear Pizzazz #131201, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Gingham Garden #129310
Ink:  Night of Navy #126970
Stamp Sets:  World Treasures #132100 w or #126767 c,    Express Yoursef #130336 w or #130339 c (Hostess)

Monday, August 19, 2013

"Merry" Thinlits




I had a request to start adding Christmas and Holiday cards to my monthly stamp classes so everyone can get a few done each month.  I wanted to introduce the ladies to some new products in the holiday catalog and here is the first Holiday card they can make.

I sometimes love a simple card.  Not a lot of layers or sentiments, but just enough to get the message across.  I think the large "Merry" Thinlits Die along with my Gift Bow does just that. 

My card base of Whisper White Card Stock was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I then cut out my Merry Thinlit using my Big Shot.  To make it sticky I added a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of my Cherry Cobbler Card Stock before I cut it out. When I popped it out of the Thinlit it was ready to stick onto my card stock.

I then added a piece of Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding, and then using a piece of Season of Style Designer Series Paper I cut out my bow with the Gift Bow Bigz L Die.  A few pieces of Sticky Strip and my bow was put together.  I could of cut a single strip of paper using the Bow Die and wrap that around my bow in the center but I used another piece of Cherry Cobbler Ribbon instead.  A large Rhinestone was added to the center to finish the card.

Now all you need to do is add a sentiment or write your wishes on the inside.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Season of Style #132340
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding #120992
Embellishment:  Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels #129324
Adhesive:  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet #120805, Sticky Strip #104294
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Expressions Thinlits Dies #132171, Gift Bow Bigz L Die #129977 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Paper Bag Scrapbooks


Take three paper bags.  Lay them flat, alternating them -  bottom one has the opening to the front, middle one opening to the back, top one opening to the front.  Fold in half and then punch three holes and tie with ribbon to secure.

Front of album.  Create any way you want.

Inside of first page.  Now the page on the right also has a pocket to put things in, such as a picture or small memento.  There are still 4 more full pages to decorate, as well as the back of the album. 






Using three lunch size paper bags I was able to make mini scrapbooks, which are a great project for children.  I did a summer program for five local elementary schools last month and the children ranging in age from 5-14 made their own scrapbooks.  The majority of the children really liked this project, and they got very creative with their books.

I did precut some larger pieces of paper for them, as well as having scrap pieces on hand too.  I took several punches and my Big Shot as well to let them have a wide variety of items to choose from.

This is also a great project for a birthday party too.  I got this great idea from my Upline Maureen Stivala. 



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Card and Gift Box

Birthday card and matching gift box.

Closed Gift Box

Top view of gift box

Side view of gift box


I had a workshop last night and this is the card and matching gift box everyone made.  I like to make coordinating projects and share how easy they are to make.

For my card: The card base is Baked Brown Sugar, with a layer of Coastal Cabana that was embossed with the new Pretty Print Embossing Folder.   I also added a small layer of Very Vanilla Card Stock that was cut using my Big Shot and an Adorning Accents Edgelits. 

I then stamped my Flowers from the Flower Shop Stamp Set using Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana Ink.  I punched them out with the Pansy Punch and placed them onto the card using dimensionals and added Candy Dots for a bit of embellishment.  I then added my sentiment which is from the Label Love Stamp Set and punched this out with the Artisan Label Punch.

For the bottom of the box:  I took a piece of Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock that measured 6" x 6".  I scored it on all sides at 1 1/2".  I cut slits in the ends of the four corners and folded them in to adhere to the sides using Sticky Strip.

For the top of the box:  I took a piece of Coastal Cabana Card Stock that measured 6 1/8" x 6 1/8" and scored it on all sides at 1 1/2".  Before I put it together, I folded it on the score lines so it would fit in my Big Shot and ran that piece through using the Pretty Print Embossing Folder.  Then I cut slits in the ends of the four corners and folded them in and adhered them to the sides once again using Sticky Strip.  I took my 1" Circle Punch and punched an opening in both sides to make it easier to open the box.  I added my Baked Brown Sugar Ribbon and some stamped and punched flowers to dress the top of the box, coordinating it with my card.

The following were used:
Card Stock: Baked Brown Sugar #131296, Coastal Cabana #131297, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar #131174, Coastal Cabana #131175
Stamp Sets:  Label Love #130619 w or #130622 c, Flower Shop #130939 w or #130942 c
Flower Shop Stamp Set and Pansy  Punch Bundle (to save 15%) 132727 w or #132726 c
Ribbon:  Baked Brown Sugar 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim #130022
Punches:  Artisan Label #130920, Pansy #130698, 1" Circle #119868
Tools:  Big Shot #113439m Adorning Accents Edgelits #125595, Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #132175
Embellishments:  Neutral Candy Dots #130934, Subtles Candy Dots #130933
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Dimensionals #104430

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tags 4 You - Holly Jolly Treats

I found these Twizzler Licorice wrapped individually and they are just the perfect size and color for Christmas Treat Items.  

I placed one wrapped licorice into a 1" x 8" Cellophane Bag.  The bags have a tab at the top that you just take off to reveal the adhesive that keeps them together.  I then took the Holly Holly Tag from the Tags 4 You Stamp Set in the Holiday Catalog, and punched them out with the coordinating Label Bracket Punch.  To make the green ribbons I used the banner in the Hearts a Flutter Framelit and cut it in half to create two ribbons.   I placed the green ribbon on the back of my sentiment with Sticky Strip and then attached it to the top of the bag.

Note - the Tags 4 You Stamp Set and Coordinating Punch can be purchased as a bundle to save you 15%.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Garden Green #102584
Ink:  Real Red #126949
Stamp Set:  Tags 4 You #131820 w or #131823 c
Punch:  Label Bracket Punch #132154
Bundle #133293 w or #133294 c (to save 15% on the price of Stamp Set and Punch)
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Hearts a Flutter Framelits #130159, 1" x 8" Cellophane Bags #124124
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Thankful Expression Thinlits Die


I finally got around to using my Expression Thinlits Dies.  I had no problem getting the thin lettering out of the Framelit but if you find out that your machine cuts a bit differently, try a piece of wax paper first, then your card stock and it should come out easily each time.  

My card base is Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock  with a layer of Bermuda Bay and Very Vanilla.  I also used my new Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to the Very Vanilla layer and love the way the random lettering adds a nice accent to this layer.  I also added a piece of Baked Brown Sugar 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim and my two Bees.  Yes my bees are an odd color for bees, but on hand stamped cards I feel you are free to get creative!

To adhere my thankful sentiment I used my 2-Way Glue Pen.  A few dots of this strong adhesive and it stayed perfectly in place.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Baked Brown Sugar #131296, Bermuda Bay #131197, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Bermuda Bay #131171
Stamp Set:  Backyard Basics #129155 w or #129258 c
Adhesive:  2-Way Glue Pen #100425, Snail #104332
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Pretty Print Embossing Folder #132175, Expressions Thinlits Dies #132171, Backyard Basics Framelits #129380

Note:  The Backyard Basics Stamp Set and Framelits can be purchased in a bundle to save you 15%.  The number for the bundle is:  132729 w or #132728 c


Monday, August 12, 2013

Birdhouses made with Mini Milk Carton Die


  

I am trying to come up with different items to sell this year at craft fairs, and I have some in early Fall so I thought the Bird Houses would be cute.  I filled them with Hershey Kisses and will have tags that can be added for Birthday, Thank You, Thinking of You, or Get Well.


The Bird House was made by taking a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock and cutting it out with the Mini Milk Carton Die.  Before I put it together I punched my circle and added a Window Sheet so the candy would not fall out.

I used Sticky Strip to adhere my sides, and then added the roof which is a piece of Chocolate Chip Card Stock, embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  I thought the roof needed a bit of embellishment so I added my punched flowers adorned with small pearls.

I punched the bird with the Bird Builder Punch and placed it to the front of the Bird House using a dimensional.  It is nice when the Dies can be used to make different items, and last year I made Haunted Houses for Halloween with the same die. 

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Chocolate Chip #102128, Pool Party #122924 (the birds were made with a variety of colors) Window Sheets #114323
Punch:  Bird Builder #117191, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309,  1" Circle
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die #117310, Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Dimensionals #104430




 
 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Coordinating Card for Dress Up Treat Box


Well, yesterday I posted the Dress Up Treat Box, and after making 15 different ones, I thought it would be nice to make coordinating cards for each one too. 

My card base of Coastal Cabana Card Stock was layered with a piece of Whisper White and Bermuda Bay Card Stock, and then a piece of the Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.  I stamped my sentiment, and then embossed this layer with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.

In keeping with the items used to decorate my treat box, I added some punched flowers, ribbon, and rhinestones.  Once I had all of my boxes made it was easy to come up with ideas to make coordinating cards.  I made some that could be used for birthdays, get well, and thank you.  I will sell them at upcoming craft fairs, and also have them on hand to give to family and friends. 

Here are a few more different boxes - some of the items used are retired product.


The following were used to make the above card:
Card Stock: Whisper White #100730, Coastal Cabana #131297, Bermuda Bay #131197
Designer Series Paper:  Afternoon Picnic #131390
Ink:  Bermuda Bay #131171
Stamp Set:  Make a Wish #131928 w or #129222
Punch:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
Embellishment:  Basic Rhinestones #119246
Ribbon:  Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta #131206

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dress Up Framelits Treat Box


I was trying to come up with some different gift items and wanted to do some that could be used for many occasions.  So, I decided to make gift boxes using a Dress Up Framelit as the decorative piece attached to the box.  The box holds 4 Rollo Candies and was easy to make.   Here are step by step pictures of how I made it. 

Note - I have seen several demonstrators make this type of treat box and it is not an original idea of mine. 





For the box, cut a piece of card stock to measure 3" x 3".  Score at 3/4" on all sides.  Fold on the score lines and cut the ends to create the flaps to secure to make your box.  I used a small piece of Sticky Strip on each cut piece for a good hold.

Here is the folded box filled with 4 Rollo Candies.

Now, I wanted to add a cover to the top of the box so the candy would not fall out.  I cut another piece of Card Stock to measure 3" x 1/2" and scored at 3/4" at both ends.  I put Sticky Strip on the ends and adhered it to the top of my box.  See picture below.

Now that I have a top on my box, the candy will stay in place.  With the top on the box you could now add any type of small item and keep it secure.

Next, I took a piece of Designer Series Paper, folded it in half and placed the top of the dress on the fold line, making sure to lay the top of the dress slightly over the fold line so I would not cut out a single dress, instead two dresses that are attached at the top.  I then decorated the dress and attached it to my box with more Sticky Strip.

 Here is a side and front view of the finished Dress Box.  These would make a really nice Bridal Shower favor too.  Have fun decorating the dress and making it as simple or fancy as you want.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Coastal Cabana #131298
Designer Series Paper:  Afternoon Picnic #131390
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Dress Up Framelits #130101
Ribbon:  Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta #131207
Punch:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
Embellishment:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Using a block to create my background..


I wanted to make a different background so I stamped my D Block with three different fall colors and randomly placed them onto my Very Vanilla Card Stock.  The colors I used were Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, and Cajun Craze.

I then stamped my large Maple Leaf in Early Espresso Ink and added my sentiment to the bottom.  To add a bit more to the card I took out my Simply Scored Scoring Tool and added the lines to the top of the card.

You can see the difference in the amount of  color in my block stamping.  My Cajun Craze ink pad is still the old style and didn't pick up as much ink as my newer pads, but I like the random look it gave.  

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Early Espresso #126974, Crushed Curry #131173, Pear Pizzazz #131180, Cajun Craze #126965
Stamp Sets: Magnificent Maple #131868 w (Holiday Catalog), Express Yourself #130336 w or #130339 c (Hostess Set)
Tools:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334, Block D #118485

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Washi Tape - Quick Card


If you need a quick card, why not try using Stampin' Up! Washi Tape.  It adds a nice touch of color to your card, and I only needed to add my sentiment, stamped in a coordinating color.  It doesn't get much easier than that.  

If you are a new stamper and don't have a lot of supplies, Washi Tape is an inexpensive way to help you get started.  Just add some coordinating inks and card stock, a stamp set that you can use for several occasions and you can easily start creating and still stay in budget.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Calypso Coral #126983
Stamp Set:  Sassy Salutations #132070 w or #126707 c
Washi Tape:  Epic Day This and That #131269



Monday, August 5, 2013

Halloween Bash


Hard to believe that it is only a few months away from Halloween.  I know it seems early to some, but I have already started to try to get a jump on all of the upcoming events.  Such a busy time of the year, but I love playing with all of my new items from the Holiday catalog.


"eat IF YOU Dare!"  A fun new saying in the Halloween Bash Stamp Set


A whole jar of Halloween Treats!  







I filled 1" x 8" Cellophane Bags with Pizie Sticks.  I try to use candy that is already wrapped because a lot of schools no longer allow loose candy products.  The Pixie Sticks were just the right size, and as you can see I was able to get 3 to a bag.

I then stamped my sentiment in Pumpkin Pie Ink, and then cut it out using a Label Framelit.  I cut a larger Framelit with Basic Black Card Stock for an added layer.  I embossed these two Framelits with the retired Spider Web Embossing Folder, and then attached them to my Cellophane Bags using Sticky Strip.   

If you are looking for a non-candy treat to fill your cellophane bags, two #2 pencils fit and also make a nice classroom treat.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Basic Black #121045
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie #126945
Stamp Set:  Halloween Bash #130577 w or #130580
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Labels Collection Framelits #125598
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Snail #104332