Friday, February 28, 2014

Dip-Dye Technique Video

I wanted to share with you this video from Stampin' Up! on how you can dye different products using the Dip-Dye Technique.  



 I plan on experimenting with a few of these techniques today as I prepare for an upcoming workshop.  I will post a few of my samples next week.

I hope you enjoy watching and learning, and if you have any questions on any of the products used just send me an e-mail or leave a comment.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Eggstra Spectacular Easter Card

When I saw the bunny in the Baby, We've Grown Stamp Set, I knew I wanted to use it for my Easter Cards and not just baby cards that the stamp set is mainly for.  I often find myself looking through my sets and finding a lot of different uses for them.

My card base is Strawberry Slush Card Stock that I layered with a piece of Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper.  I added some Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffle Trim to the top and stamped my Easter Egg on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  I cut out my layers with the Banners Framelits Dies, and surrounded them with some Petite Petals that are adorned with 1/8" Mini Brad.   I cut out my Easter Bunny with Paper Snips and placed him onto my card using Dimensionals. 

The following were used:
Card Stock: Strawberry Slush #131295, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper: Kaleidoscope #132995
Ink: Strawberry Slush #131178, 2013-2015 In Color Markers #131260
Ribbon:  Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffle Trim #130023
Stamp Sets:  Baby, We've Grown #133086 w or #133089 c, Eggstra Spectacular #133068 w or #133071 c, *Petite Petals #133152 w or #133155 c
Punch: *Petite Petals #133322  - *This punch and coordinating stamp set can be purchased in a bundle to save you 15%.  For the bundle use #134821 for wood mount and #134822 for clear mount.
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Banners Framelits #132173, Paper Snips #103579
Embellishment:  1/8" Mini Brads #122941
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sweet Sorbet Banners

I really like the bold colors in the Designer Paper I selected from the Sweet Sorbet pack.  I used it to make my colorful banners, and the fact that the paper was free makes it even nicer!

My card base is Pistachio Pudding Card Stock that I layered with a piece of Sahara Sand at the top.  I embossed this with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, another Free product in the Sale-a-bration catalog.  I then punched my Sweet Sorbet paper with the Free Banner Punch, yes another Sale-a-bration product.  I added some Pistachio Pudding 3/8" Ruffle Trim and placed this on top of my punched pieces.  The little "hi" banner is from the Banner Blast Stamp Set (Sale-a-bration), and I love how it coordinates with the Banner Punch.

My sentiment at the bottom finished the card, and you could use a variety of sentiments to make this card great for several occasions.

The following were used:
Stamp Sets:  Banner Blast #133551, Sassy Salutations #132070 2 or #126707 c
Ink: Basic Black #126980
Card Stock: Pistachio Pudding #131294, Sahara Sand #121043
Designer Series Paper:  Sweet Sorbet #133521 (Sale-a-bration)
Ribbon: Pistachio Pudding 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim #130020   
Punch:  Banner #133519 (Sale-a-bration)
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder #133520 (Sale-a-bration)

If you like  the products used in today's post, you still have time to earn them for free.  For every $50 you spend in Stampin' Up! merchandise, before shipping and tax, you get to select one free product from the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  Just click the link to my online store to make your purchase, or send me an e-mail or leave a comment if you have any questions.  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Spiral Spins and Starburst

Spiral Spins and Starburst Stamp Sets coordinate together to create my Celebrate Card. Just change your sentiment and you have a fun design for many occasions.

My card base of Daffodil Delight was layered with Island Indigo and Whisper White Card Stock.  I stamped my Spiral Spins with coordinating ink and added my images cut with the Starburst Framelits Dies which coordinates with the Starburst Stamp Set.  Some Island Indigo 3/4" Chevron Ribbon and Candy Dots were added to embellish the card.  

The following were used:
Card Stock: Daffodil Delight #119683, Island Indigo #122923, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Daffodil Delight #126944, Island Indigo #126986
Stamp Sets:  Spiral Spins #133303 w or #133306 c, Starburst Sayings #133182 w or #133185 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Starburst Framelits Dies #132967
Embellishment:  Regal Candy Dots #130932
Ribbon:  Island Indigo 3/4" Chevron #131151

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hoppy Easter!


 
Yes, that's right, the sentiment is "Hoppy Easter" thanks to the cute little bunny in the stamp.   A lot of fun stamps and sayings in the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog.
 
My card base is Whisper White Card Stock that I layered with a piece of Daffodil Delight Card Stock and Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper.  I stamped my bunny onto another piece of Whisper White and punched it out with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I added another small strip of Gingham Garden DSP to the tag and then tied some Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding and Whisper White Baker's Twine to the top.  I placed the tag on with dimensionals to make it stand out a bit more.   
 
The following were used:
Card Stock: Whisper White #100730, Daffodil Delight #119683
Designer Series Paper: Gingham Garden #129310
Ink: Early Espresso #126974
Stamp Set:  Eggstra Spectacular #133068 w or #133071 c
Punch: Scalloped Tag Topper #133324
Ribbon: Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding #125583, Whisper White Baker's Twine #124262
 
 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blessed Easter


The Blessed Easter stamp has such a nice large floral image that was really easy to watercolor, and fit nicely inside my Framed Tulip border.

My card base is Very Vanilla Card Stock that was embossed with the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.  I cut my Watercolor Paper to fit inside the framed border, and then stamped my image using Staz On Jet Black Ink.    I colored the flower and leaves with Perfect Plum and Pear Pizzazz Ink, pulling the color from my ink pad using a Blender Pen. 

The following were used:
Card Stock: 101650,    Watercolor Paper #122959
Ink: Perfect Plum #126963, Pear Pizzazz #131180, Stazon Jet Black #101406
Stamp Set:  Blessed Easter #133212 w
Tools:  Big Shot #113439,  Framed Tulips Embossing Folder #121809, Blender Pens #102845


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sale-a-bration Card

Well I call this my Sale-a-bration card because most of the products used are from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  It's so nice to be able to create using free products.

My card base is Crisp Cantalope Card Stock that I layered with  Pool Party Card Stock and Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-bration).  To my layers I tied some Crisp Cantalope, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit Twine (Sale-a-bration).  The cute little cork flower came with the twine in the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (Sale-a-bration).  

Next I stamped my image in Crisp Cantalope Ink.  With the exception of the thank you sentiment, the large image is from the You're Lovely Stamp Set, also from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  I cut this out with a coordinating Deco Label Framelit, and layered another cut Deco Label Framelit in Pool Party to make it stand out a bit more.

Remember, for every $50 you spend on Stampin' Up! products you get to select one item in the Sale-a-bration Catalog for Free.  You can see all of the Sale-a-bration products here and clicking on the catalog.  

The following were used:
Card Stock: Crisp Cantaloupe #131298, Pool Party #122924, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe #131176
Designer Series Paper:  Sweet Sorbet #133521 (Sale-a-bration)
Stamp Sets:  You're Lovely #133575 w or #133578 c (Sale-a-bration), Petite Pairs #128706 w or #122497 c
Embellishments:  Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack #133522 (Sale-a-bration)
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Deco Labels Framelits #130102

Monday, February 17, 2014

Simply Sketched Easter Card

I love how beautiful the doilies look when they are embossed. By using it as a background layer it really adds a touch of elegance to the card. 

To my card base of Bermuda Bay Card Stock I added a layer of Brushed Gold Card Stock and then a layer of Whisper White that I embossed with the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder.  Next is my doily that was embossed with Gold Embossing Powder, and then a Scallop Circle that was cut using the Perfect Penants Bigz L Die. A Circle Framelit gave me just the right size  for the center, which I stamped  using Baked Brown Sugar Ink and I used a Blender Pen to add the color to the flower. 

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay #131197,  Brushed Gold #102935, Whisper White #100730
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar #131174, Bermuda Bay #131171
Stamp Sets:  Simply Sketched #129669 w or #129672 c (Hostess),  Teeny Tiny Wishes #128749 w or #127802 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Delicate Designs #127023, Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die #123126, Circle Framelits #130911, Heat Tool #129053, Blender Pens #102945, Gold Emboss Powder #109129
Embellishment:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies #129399

 

Friday, February 14, 2014

My First Pop Up Box Card


I have been seeing these really pretty Pop Up Box Cards all over the place and knew it was time for me to try one.  It needs a few changes, but for my first one it came out ok.


Opened Card - to make flowers move I attached them to thin strips of Window Sheets #114323

Back of Card

Folded card which fits into a standard card envelope


Well, my first mistake was scoring the back panel so when I placed my Whisper White stamped piece there was a seam. So I searched for a video that might explain it better to both you and me and here is a great one I found.  It was done by Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Wendy Cranford and as you can see, how you decorate it is really up to you, but her directions are really easy to follow.  Thanks Wendy for sharing your tutorial on You Tube!




  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bookmarks with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Yesterday I posted a card that was made at a stamp class attended by beginner stampers.  Today I am showing the easy bookmarks that were also made using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  These go together  quickly thanks to the punch, and I really love when I can use my punches for a lot of different things.



As you can see, putting the bookmarks together is just as simple as layering some coordinating papers and adding embellishments.  When I came home from the class I had fun making extra bookmarks with the left over materials.  They would be nice to attach to a gift, or add with your card.  I think they would be really nice teacher or co-worker gifts too.

I am not going to list all of the products used in making the bookmarks,  but just the simple directions.

I cut my Card Stock to measure 5 1/2" x 2" and cut my Designer Series Paper layer to measure 5 1/2" x 1 3/4".  I then used my Snail Adhesive and put these two pieces together and then slid them into my Scallop Tag Topper Punch (#133324).  Some coordinating ribbon,  punched pieces and stamped sentiments finished them off.  

Here is a picture of the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and also the Angled Tag Topper Punch which will also make it easy to make book marks.  I think I will use the Angled Tag Topper Punch for my masculine book marks. 
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch #133324

Angled Tag Topper Punch #133323


You can see all of the new punches offered in the Occasions Catalog here.





Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One Layer Card

I was asked to present a card class to a group of women who are beginner stampers.   The group will have at least 20 women so I thought it would be best to design 4 cards therefore I could break them up into groups, each with their own cut materials and supplies.

I wanted to keep the cards pretty, but at the same time not be too time consuming, or too complicated.  Here is one of the cards they will be doing.  Just because it doesn't have a lot of layers I still think it is pretty and can be used for many occasions.  I also wanted them to be able to make it for an occasion they wanted, so by using the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set with this card, they will have 26 different sentiments to choose from.

My card base is Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock.  I really wanted to pick some fresh colors to get us in the mood for spring, especially since we are supposed to get a foot of snow tonight and I think we have all had enough snow this winter.  To the card I tied a piece of Very Vanilla 1/2" Seam Binding, and then added my paper doily.  Before I placed the doily on with dimensionals I stamped my flower.  The full flower was stamped with Crisp Cantaloupe, and the outline of the flower was stamped with Baked Brown Sugar.  I then added my Get Well Wishes to the top.  I hope the ladies like it, and get to see what fun stamping and creating is. 

I have also prepared cut paper so they can  make book marks to go with each card.  I'll post a picture of those tomorrow.

The following were used:
Card Stock: Crisp Cantaloupe #131298
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe #131176, Baked Brown Sugar #131174, Early Espresso #126974
Stamp Sets:  Stippled Blossoms #132076 w or #126747 c, Teeny Tiny Wishes #128748 w or #127802 c
Ribbon:  Very Vanilla 1/2" Seam Binding #120999
Embellishment:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies #129399

Monday, February 10, 2014

Birthday Basics Cards



All three cards were made for a One Sheet Wonder Class.  The ladies selected their favorite paper from the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper Pack, and with some creative cutting and layering I was able to plan the class so each lady would get nine completed cards using just one sheet of Designer Series Paper.   A great way to use every bit of paper, and come away with a nice supply of cards too.

The cards were made using coordinating card stock and ink, with the addition of some embossing, punches and ribbon.  Once you know how to cut your paper, the only thing left to do is design your cards.  You can make them for just one occasion, or make a pack of All Occasion Cards, using a variety of sentiments.  In addition to the nine cards, the class also includes a nice box to carry the cards in.  

I found these directions a few years ago when I did my first class and the link should still be available for your viewing.  Click here if you would like to see how I cut my paper.  Thank you to the talented lady who shared this on Split Coast Stampers.  Unfortunately her name does not appear on the directions. 

The following were used:
Card Stock: Summer Starfruit #126839, Raspberry Ripple #126842, Bermuda Bay #131197, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Birthday Basics #130145
Ink:  Raspberry Ripple #126859, Bermuda Bay #131171, Summer Starfruit #126991
Stamp Sets:  Four Frames #128589 w or #123442 c, Bring on the Cake #128490 w or #121958 c, Best of Birthdays #132929 c (25th Anniversary Stamp Set)
Ribbon:  Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched #126846, Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched #126845
Punches:  Decorative Label #120907, Extra-Large Oval #119859, Scallop Oval #119856
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder #121809, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder #129984, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mystery Hostess Winner





Congratulations to Carol R. who was the winning name drawn from my Mystery Hostess Workshop.  For being selected, Carol will receive a $25.00 gift certificate from me to spend on any Stampin' Up! merchandise. 


Unfortunately, we had a snow storm on Wednesday when the workshop was supposed to take place, so instead of the ladies coming out to create and have fun, I did an online workshop.  Thanks ladies for participating, and since there was no one here to draw names for door prizes I have decided that everyone who called me with an order will be receiving a door prize.  So, I hope you all enjoy your products, Sale-a-bration items, and door prize.  See, Mother Nature couldn't stop all of the fun.

Language of Love Valentine

Valentine's Day is only a week away so I thought I would share another Valentine we made at my monthly stamp class.  This card uses the new Language of Love Stamp Set with a little help from the Banner Framelits Dies.

My card base of Crumb Cake Card Stock was embossed with the Arrows Embossing Folder, another new product in the Occasions Catalog.  I then cut some Fresh Prints Designer Paper with different sized Banner Framelits and layered them to the top of the card.  The large heart was stamped with Real Red Ink and punched out with the Full Heart Punch, and my sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set was cut using a Bitty Banners Framelit.  

One of the things I like about this card is the different colors used.  You don't have to use only pink and red for your Valentine's. 

The following were used:
Card Stock: Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730, Real Red #102482
Designer Series Paper: Fresh Prints Paper Stack #132996
Stamp Sets: Language of Love #133074 w or #133077 c, Teeny Tiny Wishes #128748 w or #127802
Ink:  Real Red #126949
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Arrows Embossing Folder #132187, Banners Framelits #132173, Bitty Banners Framelits #129267
Punch:  Full Heart #119883

 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Personalized Stamp



With the new Stampin' Up!  personalized stamp you can create a cool address label or even use it for everything from marking your territory on books or other belongings to having a fun way to give a personal touch to gifts and goodies. Here are just a few customization ideas (for you or for the perfect gift):
  • Address stamp
  • Thank you
  • From the classroom of (for a teacher gift)
  • From the kitchen of
  • Made with love
  • This book belongs to
  • From the desk of
  • Just married
  • Save the date
  • Promote your business (add your name, website, and contact info)
You can go directly to my online store here to order yours today using the number listed below.

Item 
Description 
Price 
 132852 Circle Monogram Stamp $23.95 

Coordinates with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch (item 119860). Clear Block B (item 117147) recommended. Purchase separately. Available in photopolymer only.

Here is the one designed by Stampin Up!:



Here are a few designs I have been playing around with.  The images will be clear, but when I went to save them to show you they came out blurry, but I think you get the idea of how creative you can get.
The bottom has my home address

The bottom portion reads Love Grandma and Poppy

Bottom is - For sharing in our wedding day

A thank you for my customers with the bottom listing my online store address


So, have fun experimenting with your designs.  When you go my online store it is easy to follow the directions for designing your own stamp.  You can preview it before you order to make sure everything is just the way you want it.




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fun with the Fringe Scissors

Well, I was supposed to have a workshop today, but with the bad weather I had to cancel.  The flowers I am posting today are one of the projects I was going to demonstrate to the ladies.  So, instead of sharing them at my workshop I decided to share them with all of you. 



Two flowers made with Designer Series Paper and the Fringe Scissors

The stick was added at the beginning before I started wrapping my paper and I also added some ribbon around the bottom.

  
Another flower cut with loops instead of strips like the flowers above

The start of another flower, this time using tissue paper and showing you how I get started.





To make my flowers I started with a 12 x 6 sheet of Designer Series Paper that I scored every 2 inches.  I then folded on the score lines and added Sticky Strip to the top.  Now the flowers at the top were cut on the opened end of my designer series paper, thereby creating strips at the end.  The last flower was cut on the fold, thereby creating loops instead of strips.  I hope that makes sense to you. 

If you look at the tissue paper in the last picture you can see how I fold and cut my paper.  Some people use a circular base and a glue gun to adhere their flower together.  I tried it using Sticky Strip and it really worked well.  I cut with my fringe scissors up to the Sticky Strip and then just started rolling.  The flower came together really quickly and the Sticky Strip creates a great hold.  

When I added the stick I just put it at the front of my paper and started rolling and when I was finished it was nicely tucked up in the center.

You can make your flowers smaller or larger, it just depends on how much paper you use.  If you are using tissue paper which is thinner than card stock or designer paper you can use more layers because it is easier to cut through.  But, I really liked the way they turned out. 

The following were used:
Tools:  Fringe Scissors #133325
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294
Designer Series Paper:  Gingham Garden #129310 and some retired paper for the second flower
Ribbon:  Pool Party 1/2" Seam Binding #125582

Monday, February 3, 2014

Ikat Photopolymer Stamp Set

I can't take credit for the cute cards you see below.  They were designed by Jen C. a Stampin' Up! Concept Artist.  I still haven't received my Ikat Photopolymer Stamp Set so I haven't made any cards with it, but really wanted to share the cards that Jen made so you could see for yourself just how versatile  this stamp set is.




The Eye-Catching Ikat Photopolymer Stamp Set is #134624 and comes in clear only.
This ikat photopolymer set will give an exotic fabric-like texture to your projects. The ikat trend is all over the home d├ęcor and fashion industries, so use inspiration from what you see around you and take it to your papercrafting! Mix and match the patterns together in a multitude of colors to create endless ikat looks.

Stampin' Up!  recommends clear block sizes A, B, D, and H (not included in the set).

The colors Jen used in the cards above are Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, and Gold. 

You can see all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets here