Monday, August 23, 2010

8/23 Butterfly Scrapbook Pages

Here are a couple more scrapbook pages that my scrapbook club enjoyed putting together last week. One of my customers told me that Not Quite Navy was one of her least favorite colors because she never knew what to match it up with . . . she LOVED this color combination of Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze and Sahara Sand. I took my clues from the designer series paper called Blueberry Crisp. (Don't you just LOVE that name? I think I'd buy the paper sight unseen just because I like the name so much ... lol!)

The photo mat on the left hand page is 5x7 so the picture is really emphasized. Some of my customers chose to leave the title mat blank until they decided exactly what they wanted to use the pages for. I know that my page will feature my family so I used our Lovely Letters stamp set to create the title mat. My in-laws will soon be celebrating their 50th Anniversary so we gathered for some professional pictures and our colors were khaki, white and either light or navy blue so I think these pages will be perfect for those photos.

This is a close up view of the title mat. I used a combination of die cuts from the Two Tags Die and the Top Note Die to create a fancy background panel. The rosettes on each side are made with the  1 3/4" Scallop Circle Die and some flower pieces from the Baskets & Blooms Die.

This is a close up of the butterfly on the left page. I used the Beautiful Butterflies Die and the flowers that are scattered about come from the Blossom Party Die. The accents are our new Basic Rhinestones. I use my handy-dandy Paper Piercer to lift them from their sticker sheet and to place them exactly where I wanted them on my cards and scrapbook pages.

Supplies I used to create the Butterfly Scrapbook Pages:

Stamps: Lovely Letters
Paper: Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Blueberry Crisp DSP
Ink: Night of Navy
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Top Note Die, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Two Tags Die, Blossom Party Die, Baskets & Blooms Die with Extended Cutting Pads, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Circle Punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Sponge to edge the butterflies cut from the DSP and the scallop circles
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Rhinestone Brads for the rosettes on the title mat
Adhesives: SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Dotto to temporarily adhere the photo mats until the pictures are fit to them

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Friday, August 20, 2010

8/20 Owl Punch Scrapbook Pages

This was one of the layouts that my scrap book club put together at my house yesterday. Isn't it just the cutest? I LOVE our new 2-Step Owl Punch and I get such a kick out of putting him together . . . adding the "wings" from the 2-Step Bird Punch is especially fun!

This is a close up of the owl in the tree. We made the tree top with Garden Green card stock punched with the new 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. When you sponge the edges and add circles stamped in Garden Green from the Circle Circus set, it looks pretty good! The branch that the owl is sitting on is Wild Wasabi paper punched with the Two-Step Bird Punch.

Here's a close up of the owl with wings on the lower right hand corner of the right page.

Here's one group of happy scrappers! We always have so much fun together . . . thanks ladies, for joining my first ever scrapbook club.

Stamps: Circle Circus
Paper: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Subtles Patterns DSP
Ink: Garden Green
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Scallop Circles #2 Die, Eyelet Border Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 2 Step Owl Punch, 2 Step Bird Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Dotto making the photo mats movable until they are fitted to the photos.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

8/18 Sweet Thanks

Oh, my goodness . . . I feel "relaxed"! That's what happens when you take a mini family vacation to the north woods of Wisconsin. We enjoyed a lot of "down" time, a lot of golf and the girls and I buried ourselves in books whenever we could. This summer, I've been diving back into a couple of my favorite James Michener novels . . . The Source and The Covenant. I also re-read my favorite Irving Stone novel . . . The Agony and the Ecstasy.

But enough about my reading . . . you are dying to know all about that cute card!! I am thrilled with it! This is my first time to use the Sweetheart stamp set. I decided that I needed a few quick and easy thank you cards and this fit the bill. Do you know how I came up with the color scheme? I used our new color coach! I selected the Rose Red color card and the "creative combination" was Rose Red, Not Quite Navy and River Rock! I wouldn't have come up with that one by myself . . . but I have to admit that I love the look! I added in Garden Green leaves stamped on Wild Wasabi, a Wild Wasabi anchor (the ground) and I used Very Vanilla for my image layer and sentiment. The color card also suggested Regal Rose as the "dynamic duo" with Rose Red so I put that color into my heart.

Are you wondering how I made the heart? First, I punched it out of Rose Red card stock using the Full Heart Punch, and then I put a bit of Dotto onto so it wouldn't wiggle on me and layered it onto the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit. I run it through the Big Shot and out comes my Full Heart punch out perfectly decorated with itty bitty embossed dots. The Small Heart Punch adhered with a glue dot adds a sweet touch, especially when you decorate it with one of our elegant Basic Rhinestones.

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stamping!!

Stamps: Sweetheart
Paper: Not Quite Navy, River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rose Red, Garden Green
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punch, Paper Snips
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the sentiment, the leaves and the Regal Rose Heart, Mini Glue Dot to adhere the small heart

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

8/12 Elecute Elephant!

I've been busy preparing some class and workshop projects, but I had a little time this evening to notice that Stamping 411 posted a Color Challenge today . . . Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand. Those are "elegant" colors . . . but I wanted to use one of my newest "cute" stamp sets! Hmmmm . . . how to put this one together!! I decided to see if I could combine elegant and cute and I got an "elecute" elephant! Ok, so maybe it's only kinda funny to me . . . but I like the sound of it.

I started with a base card of Perfect Plum and stamped tone on tone using what is probably one of the MOST elegant stamps in our Stampin'Up catalog . . . the Medallion background stamp. Next I stamped Elecute onto Shimmery White paper. This stamp is from the Level Two hostess set called Long Fellows. She is colored with an Aqua painter and ink off the lids of my ink pads. I sponged the edges with Blushing Bride ink and then used a sponge dauber with Perfect Plum ink to darken up the very edge of the panel. This helps provide just a bit more contrast between the Shimmery White panel and the Blushing Bride panel. I edged the Blushing Bride panel with our Scallop Trim Border Punch. The top of the image panel is accented with a scrap from the Top Note die. I decided to use the Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon when I saw how it brighten up my card.

So there you have it . . . elegant and cute can be combined in a card and look quite nice together in an elecute way!

Supplies for this card:

Stamps: Long Fellows, Medallion Background
Paper: Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Shimmery White
Ink: StazOn Black, Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Versa Mark for the tone on tone image on the inside panel of the card
Tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Big Shot Machine, Top Note Die, Sponge, Sponge Dauber
Accessories: Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive to adhere the Shimmery White panel to the Blushing Bride panel

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

8/10 My First Cute by the Inch!

I recently got the Level Two stamp set called Cute by the Inch. There are so many darling one inch designs with this set that as I put it together, I wondered which design I would use first. I decided that no matter what the sketch challenge was over at Stamping 411, I would use my new Inchie Set. Well, as you can see by the sketch, I had the perfect spot to put my inchie . . . but oh, which one to use?

I decided to begin by browsing through my designer series paper. As soon as I saw this woodgrain paper from the paper pack called Woodland Walk, my decision was made . . . the owl would win the race to be the first inchie to see ink!

I had my card almost put together, but at the last minute . . . I decided that my background needed something extra and that is when I remember my new stamp set called Paisley Prints. All of the demonstrators attending Convention this year got this stamp set and the matching wheel FREE! It was the perfect touch to brighten up my background. I stamped the leaves in Early Espresso ink . . . I didn't think I could find a brown ink that I would like better than Chocolate Chip, but Early Espresso proved me wrong! I LOVE this deep, rich color. Another color that I love is the new In Color called Concord Crush . . . look at how awesome it looks with More Mustard! I made a bow with some Natural Hemp Twine for a sweet little accent.

Here are all of the supplies I used to create this card:

Stamps: Cute by the Inch (Level Two Hostess Set), Paisley Prints (a sneak peek from out Holiday Mini Catalog)
Paper: Concord Crush, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Woodland Walk DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Tools: Scallop Edge Border Punch, Scallop Square Extra-Large Punch
Accessories: Concord Crush 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Natural Hemp Twine
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Friday, August 6, 2010

8/6 Catty Case Challenge

In July right before leaving for Convention, my downline group got together for a shoe box swap with the challenge to "case" it from the 2010-2011 Stampin'Up Catalog. We had a ball with this and it was fun to see the twists and spins off the original card.

Here are the cards we made:

This card is by Jen Boesel cased from page 83 . . . substituting Build a Bear for the Sock Monkey.

This card is by Sue McNeill and her case is the spotlight technique from page 68 of the catalog.

 This card, by Katherine Narog is from page 96.


Mary Smallidge came up with this card from page 62 of the catalog.

And this one, made by Kathy Trussell, is from page 54.

Mary Kiley, created this one based on the card she found of page 122.

Judy Hamen created this card based on an idea she found on page 153.

And, this is the card I made for the shoebox swap that can be found on page 108.

Here are the supplies for this last card:

Stamps: Simple Friendship
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive (some of the images are second generation to give them a lighter look).
Tools: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool
Accessories: Brights Brads
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

8/4 Girly Summer Dress

This is the card that my customers made at a recent Big Shot Class. I cannot take credit at all for the design of this card. The first time I saw it was on a swap card I got at Milwaukee Regionals by Chris Turley. I've since seen it many places on the internet . . . most notably on Gretchen Barron's blog where she taught a tutorial on it. You can find that HERE. The only original thought I had when I made this card is that I attached my cute little purse through the belt of the card so that when you hold the card, the purse swings a bit!! It's a really cute touch that my customers loved.

Here are the supplies I used to create this card:

Stamps: Great Friend
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Island Oasis DSP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Scallop Circle Die, Round Tab Punch, 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punch, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder
Accessories: 1/4" Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Neutrals Brads
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Monday, August 2, 2010

8/2 Do the Hokey Pokey!

The other day I was cruising around on Stampin'Connection, a Stampin'Up Demo Only Website, when I found the CUTEST card using the 2-Step Owl Punch created by Melanie Kiechle. I found her blog so that I could link it HERE. I've had the owl punch nearly a month and still hadn't created one single thing with it but after seeing Melanie's card I literally leaped up from my chair, grabbed my owl punch, my papers, my tools and started punching and cutting and assembling . . . it was truly the dance of a Happy Stamper! Sometimes a little inspiration is all it takes!

Of course, I think the cutest thing about this card are the wings on the middle owl. The wings as well as the branches are from the 2-Step Bird Punch. I was a little worried about how I would attach the eyes . . . especially the tiny black circles. This is what worked the best for me. To assemble the two larger circles, I just used Mini Glue Dots. For the tiny black circles, I put just the tiniest dab of Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive into the center of the eye. If you have trouble getting a "tiny" dot of glue out, you can try this - squirt a dab of glue onto a piece of scrap paper and use a toothpick to dab a bit of glue off the scratch paper and onto the eye. Then, put the tiniest amount of glue onto the end of your Paper Piercing Tool. This will temporarily turn your paper piercer into a pick up tool! Now you can pick those tiny black circles with your paper piercer and put them right where you want them!

My customers will get to make this card later this month at my Punch Art Class!
Here are the supplies I used to create this card:

Stamps: Smarty Pants
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White and Island Oasis DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Tools: 2-Step Owl Punch, 2-Step Bird Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch
Accessories: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin'Dimensionals

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