Friday, October 30, 2009

10/30 That's One Cute Turkey!!

Alright, so I'm just browsing some of my favorite blogs and what do I see . . . this VERY CUTE turkey created by Heather Summers! OMG - I just about flipped out . . . this will be PERFECT for all the kiddos come Thanksgiving Day! I love to give some kind of party favor to the nieces and nephews and since only about a dozen skittles actually fit into the Sweet Treat Cup, it won't be spoiling their appetites too much! You can see the video Heather made on how to make these cute turkeys right HERE.

But, as far as I could tell, there was no access to the candy! Not wanting to see my creations ruined in 30 seconds on Thanksgiving Day, I decided to go with a sliding circle door on the back of my turkey.
Here is how I did it. I used the 1" Circle Punch and punched it as high up as I could on the large scallop circle that is made from Close to Cocoa paper. Then I glue the next scallop circle in Dusty Durango centered on my Close to Cocoa scallop. I flipped it over and used the already punched hole as my guide to punch a hole through the Dusty Durango Layer. The Crushed Curry scalloped circle is glued to the bottom of the preceding layers. Again, I flipped it over and using the punched hole as I guide, made one more punch giving me access to the treats. Before, I put the treat cup on, I inserted a brad through all the layers and also into the 1 3/4" circle layer that I cut from the body of the turkey. That makes my sliding circle door.

But, I couldn't leave well enough alone and I started wondering how I would do a name on each turkey in case I wanted to use it as a place card. As long as I was going to put another brad in the turkey . . . but this time a visible one, I decided fancy it up a bit and use a brad from the Circle Rhinestone Fire collection.

And, knowing how kids love opening doors to find a treat, I made another sliding door for them to open. Just another scallop circle that is attached with the rhinestone brad.

Look how fun this will be for the kids (and maybe a few grownups, too!)

Paper: Close to Cocoa (101341), Crushed Curry (115319), Dusty Durango (115321), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Chocolate Chip for sponging the edges of the layers (100908)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Circle Scallop (113468), Circle Scallop #2 (113469), Circles #2 (114526), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (112004), Modern Label Punch for the feet (116630), 1" Circle Punch (109046), Large Star Punch for the beak (110710), Sponge for edging the layers with Chocolate Chip ink (101610)
Accessories: Vintage Brads (109109), Circle Rhinestones in Fire (109110), Sweet Treat Cups (116802)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Mini Glue Dots to adhere the eyes (103683)
Misc: Googly Eyes
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

10/28 Cottage Wall is Bloomin' Beautiful!

Today I created a card "just for me." I had not used the stamp set called "Bloomin' Beautiful" in a while and decided to see what I could do with it in conjunction with the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper. I was so excited to see that SU brought out a patterned paper that used purples and plums so I bought it right away. But, then I was creating fall cards and Christmas cards and soon it will be Valentine cards . . . when would I ever get around to my pack of Cottage Wall DSP? I decided today would be that day. Of course I LOVE it!! I used Lavender Lace, Pale Plum and Olive Green as color combo . . . taking my cue from the designer paper. The olive colored ribbon with the sweet white edging is from the Holiday Mini Catalog as part of the Mistletoe Ribbon Originals Collection.

Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful (111490)
Paper: Lavender Lace (101614), Pale Plum (101658), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: StazOn Black (101406), Old Olive (102277), Pale Plum (102732), Lavender Lace (101305)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), SU Backgounds #1 Texturz Plate (114512), Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Aqua Painter (103954)
Accessories: Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (111325), Mistletoe Ribbon Originals Collection (116792)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

10/27 Square Card Challenge

The Operators at Stamping 411 issued a square card challenge this week. We were given a guide to work with but we were told we could pretty much do whatever we wanted to as long as the card we made was square. This is my square card creation for the challenge . . . the card is 5.25" square so it fits perfectly into the Medium Square Envelopes that Stampin'Up sells.

How this card came about? Well, I just got the lattice die . . . just in the nick of time for two Big Shot Classes that I held at my home yesterday in which one of our projects used the lattice die in a card. We used black paper and by the end of the evening yesterday, I noticed I had a nice tidy stack of Basic Black outlines leftover from cutting out the lattice die. One of my customers (hi, Marlys!) said I should make a card using that scrap as it was too pretty to throw away. I took on the challenge!

Well, whenever I am looking for a Stampin'Up challenge, the first place I turn to is Stamping 411 and lo and behold the challenge was to create a square card - - - how perfectly did that worked out for me as the scraps I wanted to use were square? Ok . . . so the next thing was how to go from there. I noticed that I still had the chipboard lattice sitting out on my counter. It seemed too pretty to throw out so I was still contemplating what I could do with it. The chipboard I am referring to is part of the packaging of each die and it is always the very first cut I make when a new die that comes into my house. Most of the time, this first cut gets tossed, but I'm really glad I kept it this time because it worked out so well on my card! You must have noticed by now that I dressed it up with the rhinestones that I pried out of SU's Clear Rhinestone Brads. They are adhered with mini glue dots.

I played around with different sentiments, but decided that something simple worked the best. I did use textured paper on my Melon Mambo card base and yes, you can stamp on textured paper. Just be sure to have a nice juicy ink pad and maybe press a tad more firmly than you would for smooth paper.

The inside of my card is accented with pieces cut from the lattice die used with Basic Black paper. The sentiments on both the front and inside panels are from the stamp set called "A Little Birthday Cheer."

Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I appreciate you and the kind comments you often leave for me. . . like little cyber hugs!

Stamps: A Little Birthday Cheer (115018)
Paper: Melon Mambo Textured Cardstock (115719), Basic Black (102851)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Lattice Die (115958)
Accessories: Clear Rhinestone Brads pried out of their holders (113144)
Adhesive: Tombow Multi Purpose Glue (110755), Glue Dots to adhere the rhinestones (103683)
Misc: Chipboard Packaging

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Pirates & Princesses!

This week's Deal of the Week will make for some sweet memories if you have a house with pirates and princesses! I was the queen in a house of three princesses and since they were all born within three years and two weeks of each other, they were very much into the princess stage all at once. (Sometimes I think they still are!!) Pretty and Girly . . . and won't your birthday party or upcoming celebration be extra special with this themed party kit. I never had any boys . . . but I do babysit one who is four and he's been a pirate since he was two. It makes for interesting conversations to say the least!! These two kits are normally $15.95 each but this week, they are on sale for $9.99 through October 31.

Princess Party Kit - # 116214
Pirate Party Kit - # 116213

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

10/25 Flowers by My Daughters

This afternoon I showed my three daughters ages 12, 14 and 15 how to make Big Shot Flowers. I let them loose with some old buttons and scraps from 4-H sewing projects and they were off and creating. Of course, being absolute pros with the sewing machine, they simply had no time for fussing around with "hand stitching!" So, they got the sewing machine out and showed me how super easy it was to sew layers and tulle all at once. They were right . . . not too hard at all! Of course the pinning had me a bit befuddled, but Karel gave me a few tips and I have to say it helped. They left the sewing machine sitting out so I will give my customers the choice of what they would like to do. Below are close ups of each flower.

Kasey, my 12 year old, loves bright colors and the pops of red and pink made it into a perfect Kasey flower. She used some teal embroidery thread to put some nice contrast into the green button.

This is the flower that Kari, my 14 year old created. She is a true saffron and blue kind of girl. She even found a few scraps of light blue tulle that she used as her accent. The dark blue is from a pair of blue jean scraps that her sister kept from a hemming project. Blue on blue for the thread and button finish this flower off perfectly.

Karel, my 15 year old, is wildly creative with every project that she takes on and it was no surprise to me that she used a lot of colors and put together a fabulous button/buckle centerpiece to pull the whole design together. Totally Karel!

My customers will recognize this wall piece that came from the brown county farm house built in the 1800's. The farm house was where I grew up and where my parents still live. This piece was recovered after a remodeling in the 1970's. It makes a lovely spot to display our flowers!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Remember, if you ever want to shop with me . . . all you have to do is click HERE and it will take you to my business website where you can place online orders 24/7.

Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Stampin'Up Flower Folds Bigs XL Die (115967), Extended Cutting Pads (113478)
Misc: Fabric, Thread, selection of fun/vintage buttons
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Friday, October 23, 2009

10/23 Fabric Flowers with the Big Shot

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Aren't these flowers just gorgeous??? My demo friend Cindy Sheets selected the fabric for several of us to make these on our last full day at Founder's Circle. I wanted to recreate them in my home in Minnesota for a Big Shot Basics & Beyond Class that I am having next week and I was able to find the exact same fabric!! For anyone that knows me . . . they will certainly know that sewing is about as interesting to me as peeling potatoes. In fact, less interesting! But . . . even sewing has its exceptions and for me - this is it!! The sewing was actually quite minimal and honestly, if I can do it, you can too! If you are local and would like to join me - just hop on over to my events calender, pick the time that works the best for you and e-mail me with your RSVP!! We will make these into pins and you can wear them like a brooch or decorate your purse or make them into a hair piece. So many possibilities!! Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!
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Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Flower Folds Bigz XL Die (115970), Paper-Piercing Tool to make the hole to insert the button brad into (116631) ... you can also use the tip of a pointed scissors
Accessories: Kraft Corduroy Buttons (114340)
Misc.: Coordinating Fabric/Tulle, Needle & Thread, Pin Backs, Hot Glue
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

10/22 Pretty Pines


One of my favorite cards that I received at Founder's Circle Swap was a card by Stacey Schafer made with the stamp set called Gifts of Christmas. I wanted to case it so bad . . . but didn't have the Gifts of Christmas stamp set . . . so I improvised with the stamp set called Patterned Pines . . . a level one hostess set in our Holiday Mini catalog. I LOVE how it turned out. I think the pine trees and the Christmas Cocoa felted background paper look awesome together! The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set and it is so easy to just stamp it, punch it out with the word window punch and adhere to your card. No worrying about lining it up just right and making sure that it is stamped just right. I love using punches for our sentiments. I can't tell you how many cards I've ruined through the years by trying to stamp a sentiment and then getting it crooked or smeared or somehow goofed up. Surely you've been there, too! lol! Anyway, this will be one of my Christmas Dozen cards that my customers will make in November . . . I think they will love it, too!
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Stamps: Patterned Pines Level One Hostess Set (116525), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper: Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730), Brushed Silver (100712), Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Paper (116770)
Ink: Real Red (103133)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Top Note Die (113463), Word Window Punch (105090), Photo Corner Punch (109042)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Tombow Multi Purpose Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

10/21 Christmas Cardinal in B&W&G!

Oh, my goodness . . . time sure flies!! The sketch at Stamping 411 was posted on Saturday and I'm only getting around to it today! If you would like to create a card for the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge you have until 8am Eastern time tomorrow (Thursday the 22nd.) It's a great challenge . . . lots of Stampin' Up ideas and it's so much fun to play!
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As you can see, I moved the image panel to the right side of the card and as a result, switched the sentiment to the other side as well. I really LOVE the way this card turned out. I knew right away that I wanted to use the stamp set called A Cardinal Christmas and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the "Merry Christmas" fit perfectly into the Modern Label Punch!! To make the lovely skinny border for the sentiment, I used the coordinating Magnetic Movers & Shapers die with the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die to make a modern label shape just a smidge bigger than the punch out.
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I know that it is hard to pick up in the picture but the Basic Black Top Note die is embossed with one of the Stampin'Up Texturz Plates. A very lovely look if you are seeing the card real and in person!! lol! . . . guess you'll just have to imagine that part of it! The ribbon is the very elegant Whisper White Organza. The tie off makes for an elegant accent and I like how it coordinates with the foiled Whisper White paper called Bride. The inside panel of the card is quite simple, just a sentiment and a sprig of green in the corner.
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As I mentioned before, I knew immediately which stamp set I wanted to use, but I wasn't sure what colors to go with. I needed some inspiration!! I picked up a Country Living magazine that I had nearby and the first page I flipped to was this one . . . black and white with a pop of green. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had my color combo. I think it will make this Christmas card stand out in a crowd. I used a blender pen with ink from the lid of my ink pad to color in the leaves. I hope my customers will like this card as much as I do because it is one we will make next month at my Christmas Dozen class!
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Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas (111760)
Paper: Garden Green (101697), Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730), Bride Specialty Paper (115669)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Garden Green (103040)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die (114506), Magnetic Movers & Shapers Punch Windows set of four (115953), Modern Label Punch (116630)
Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Tombow Multi Purpose Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

10/20 Rolodex Birthday File


Stampin' Up demonstrator Tara Fullmer had a really cute idea for creating a birthday rolodex and I'm so excited to share my version with you. I used a kind of coaster board to make my dividers, but I may re-do this and try chip board. The coaster board makes a pretty full Rolodex because of its thickness and I think the chip board that you find packaged with Stamin' Up's Designer Series Paper would work just as well.

I will be offering this Birthday Rolodex as a class to my customers on Thursday, November 5. What a great gift it will make for the holidays!! Or, just a good way to get organized with the New Year just around the corner.


Here is a closer look at the dividers. I love the Full Calendar stamp set and it was so easy to stamp it onto watercolor paper and then just center it into the Modern Label Punch for a perfectly centered label.

Stamps: Owl Together Now (111534), Full Calendar (114966), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper: Earth Elements Card Stock (105566), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Chocolate Chip
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die (114506), Magnetic Movers & Shapers Punch Windows set of four (115953), Card, Telephone & Address Clear Die (114532), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Modern Label Punch (116630), Aqua Painter (103954)
Accessories: Earth Elements Watercolor Crayons (106696)
Adhesive: Tombow Multi Purpose Glue (110755), Anywhere Glue Stick to adhere the card stock to the coaster board (104045)
Misc.: Coaster Board or Chip Board, Rolodex

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Monday, October 19, 2009

10/19 Deals of the Week Announced Today!

Throughout October, get all-new Deals of the Week—with select products up to 50% off!
See below for this week’s Deals of the Week:

Mini Library Clips (109857) - Regular Price $12.95 - Sale Price $8.99
1/2" Library Clips (112581) - Regular Price $6.95 - Sale Price $3.99


Circle Designer Brads (112571) - Regular Price $5.95 - Sale Price $3.99

Basic Jumbo Grommets (114348) Regular Price $6.95 - Sale Price $4.49

Online Shopping is Easy at my Stampin'Up Website. A sweet little gift from me with every online order and you get a ticket in the drawing for a $50 gift certificate for every $50 purchase!
Deals of the Week: All through October, Stampin'Up is featuring a sale on something different each week.
Click HERE if you like Stamping to Share and would like to find out how you can start you own business doing what you love!
Stampin' Up's Online Clearance Rack: Discounts up to 80% off! WOW! Don't miss it!
Sweet Rewards Hostess Promotion: When you have a $250 workshop, you can select any item out of the Holiday Mini for just $10 with the exception of My Digital Studio. With a $400 workshop, you can get the $10 Mini Catalog item as well as My Digital Studio for 1/2 price!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

10/18 Stampin' Down Memory Lane

We just got back from a long weekend at the cabin. I had fun with Steve and the kids and some stampin' fun, too . . . "just playing" with my stamps. This set was from 2004 and it was called, "Hope Is." I think it was a special set created in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I made a few cards with this design to sell at an Holiday Craft Fair later this month.
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I outlined the edge of my main panel by taking my ink pad and edging it directly onto the panel. It makes a nice, kind of "artsy smear." To make this panel pop even more from the busy background paper that I found in my "stash", I layered it over a slightly larger panel of card stock vellum.
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Hope you had a nice weekend as well, and thank you for stopping by my blog!
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Stamps: Hope Is (retired)
Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), Card Stock Vellum (101856)
Ink: Ruby Red (102259)
Accessories: 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (109051)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
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Online Shopping is Easy at my Stampin'Up Website. A sweet little gift from me with every online order and you get a ticket in the drawing for a $50 gift certificate for every $50 purchase!
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Click HERE if you like Stamping to Share and would like to find out how you can start you own business doing what you love!
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