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

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

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