Showing posts from June, 2010

6/30 New Stampin' Up! Cards & a Special Rejoin Starter Kit!

Tomorrow is the Stampin'Up New Catalog Kick Off at my home in Lino Lakes. I'm really excited about everything that Stampin'Up will be offering in the Accessories Section of the catalog. Oh, but where to begin! I feel like I've just strolled into the 31 Flavors Store - how can I possibly pick what I want to get first! lol! I KNOW that some of you will feel the exact same way so I will be creating some product shares so we can all enjoy a little bit of everything in our paper and accessories department. Since I can't post this information in advance, stay tuned to my blog for further information.

I do have some cards to share . . . this is what we will be making at tomorrow's FREE Make and Takes. They are so quick and easy to make, but oh so pretty! (at least in my opinion, anyway . . . . ) This first one uses a stamp set from our Level One Hostess Section. The stamp set is called Because I Care. I used a brand new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder called Vint…

6/24 Paris in the Spring

Isn't this card a beauty? The sketch came from SCS. As soon as I saw it, I knew I would be using my Eiffel Tower from the Artistic Etchings stamp set. I paired it up with Eastern Blooms for a Paris in the Spring card. My base is textured Riding Hood Red and I distressed the edges just a bit by rubbing my Crumb Cake ink pad directly onto the card stock. The Designer Series Paper is from the new pack called Newsprint. Won't it be perfect for all of those heritage photos you've been wanting to scrapbook? I'm really excited about it. The bright red pop that you see on this card is called Poppy Parade . . . a new "In Color" that will be in town for the next two years. I LOVE it . . . my favorite "In Color" for sure.

The inside panel of my card just extends the theme and the bright red pop comes along, too, as a skinny strip of paper running along the side. Thanks so much for dropping by to visit! Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

Stamps: Artistic Etch…

6/23 Card for Carson

It's a BOY!! I made a card today to send to my friends on the birth of their new baby son. And, though Carson is a bit young to appreciate this card . . . his big brother, five year old Cooper, will like the snail and puppy dog tail! Just this past Monday, I received my six free stamp sets from Stampin'Up for Sale-a-bration Sales and Recruiting and I used two of those new sets on this card - French Filigree and Everything Nice. I thought the French Filigree looked a bit like "snips" so that is why is used it with Old Olive ink onto my Pear Pizzazz background. Yup . . . Pear Pizzazz is a Sneak Peek into our new "In Colors". The snail is colored with markers in Chocolate Chip and Pear Pizzazz and then the swirl is drawn in with the fine tip of the Old Olive marker. The blue on this card is Pacific Point, an "In Color" from the past that is returning as a regular line color on July 1. I LOVE Pacific Point and I think it looks really great with Pear P…

6/22 Artistic Etchings Over Fresh Cuts

I have a card to share for this week's Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge! It's a Sneak Peek stamp set called Artistic Etchings and it will be in the new catalog debuting on July 1. I stamped the images on Naturals Ivory, cut them out and layered them over my square of card stock vellum anchored down with Vintage Brads. The image below the vellum is from the stamp set called Fresh Cuts. Everything is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

Thanks so much for the blog visit and hope you stop back again soon! Have a great day and Happy Stamping!!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings (available July 1), Fresh Cuts
Paper: Basic Gray, Kraft, Naturals Vanilla, Basic Black
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch (available July 1), Large Oval Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Accessories: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

6/18 Shadow Dance Memory

This is a card I created for my clubs to make in order to showcase the Shadow Dance Technique. I love how pretty and elegant it is. Shadow Dancing is such a simple technique. All you do is stamp your image in White Craft ink onto your choice of colored card stock. Once it is dry, stamp the image again using ink that matches the card stock. Offset the image just slightly with a Stamp-a-ma-jig and you will get the Shadow Dance look.

The square medallion is made with the Eyelet Border Punch. I started with a 3" square of Chocolate Chip card stock and then center punched each side once. The Close to Cocoa card stock uses the Circles #2 Die and the Big Shot machine. This size is nice for layering behind the 1 3/4" Circle Punch which is what I used to cut out my main image.

The stamp set is called "Close as a Memory" and it is on our Last Chance List. I have used this set over and over ever since it debuted. The sentiments are really nice and the sprig of flowers can …

6/17 LNS Wheeling Along

This is a card I made for the Wheely Wonderful Late Night Stampers Challenge. If you are like me, you probably aren't using your wheels as often as you thought you might. As I've mentioned before, I LOVE using them for quick backgrounds like I did at the base of this card. Tone on Tone where the ink matches the card stock is such a great way to add an interesting element to your cards. I rolled it again along a panel of Whisper White card stock and I like the way that looks, too. It makes a nice anchor for the stamps I put into the circle panel. The stamp set is called Hello Again.

Have a great day, thanks so much for dropping by my blog and Happy Stamping!!

Stamps: Hello Again, Retro Remix Wheel
Paper: Pacific Point (sneak peak from the new catalog), Marina Mist (another Sneak Peak), Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Pacific Point (sneak peak)
Tools: Circle Scissors Plus, Wheel Handle, Pinking Hearts Border Punch from the Occasions Mini but still available to order, Stamp-a-ma-jig

6/16 I pick . . . Batty for You

I used to play the Sketch Challenges at Splitcoast Stampers all the time, and then I stopped and kind of forgot about them. Today, I was surfing around (as I was avoiding doing something I should have been doing!) and came across this week's sketch. And, I wondered . . . if I were to do this sketch, which stamp set would I pick? Hmmmm . . . I think I would pick Batty for You. So I did . . . I picked it, I played it and this is the card I made! Fun, isn't it? I used soon to be retired paper from Stampin'Up called Cast a Spell. I only have just a few scraps of it left because I loved it so much and used it a lot for projects I made last fall.

The base of the card is Elegant Eggplant. I decided to make a standard sized card instead of a square one and I used circles instead of squares for my images. The sentiment is from the stamp set called All Holidays and it is punched out with the Modern Label Punch. The layer behind is from the Movers and Shapers Magnetic Dies that I us…

6/16 My Second Rag Purse Project

Here it is . . . my second Rag Purse Project! I'm getting better . . . going from eight hours to a mere two hours to completion time. I actually made this purse the same day that I made my Convention Tote that you can see in yesterday's post. So . . . 10 hours of sewing kind of took it out of me! lol! The kids are pretty proud of me, though, and I felt like I did a pretty good job. At least now I have a couple of samples to show my customers what can be done with the Big Shot and the Scallop Die Square.

For my closure, I ran some leftover pieces of fabric through the Big Shot using the Circles Die #2. Then I layered them together and adhered the whole thing to the purse with on of our Summer Sun Corduroy brads. I will be sorry to see these brads go. They look sooooo good as a center to our fabric flowers. You might still be able to order them on the Last Chance Accessories List for 50% off. See my shopping button at the end of this post.

This purse is made from four "fat…

6/15 My Swap Tote for Convention

Late last week, I decided I could put it off no longer. I wanted to create a tote with my Big Shot to carry my swaps in when I go to convention. My three teenage daughters donated their ripped up and beyond repair blue jeans for my project. The only problem is . . . I don't sew. Just looking at a sewing machine about gives me the hives so this was not a project I was terribly excited about. BUT . . . I've changed my tune!! Just look at what I made!!!

This is the front. As you can see, I used the Scallop Square Die to cut out dark blue and medium blue denim for my tote. The medium blue jeans were pretty faded on the outside, but the inside looked good, so the good side that you see is actually the inside of the jeans. I made the handles pretty long so that I could carry the tote over my shoulder.

This picture shows a side view of my tote. I made it two squares wide so that there would be plenty of room for my swaps. The flower is made from leftover pieces of denim run through th…

6/14 Wheely Wonderful Challenge!

The challenge this week at the Late Night Stamper Yahoo Group is "Wheely Wonderful!" Another words . . . use your wheels! Alas, my wheels are quite neglected . . . unless I need them for a quick background. My favorite Stampin' Up wheel is the Jumbo Wheel called Whimsy. I love the swirls and bubbles and I think it works great for underwater/fish type cards. You can see some examples of this wheel by clicking HERE.

My card today uses the wheel called It's Beautiful and it's retiring as of June 30. I rolled it once across the bottom base of my card, and then I rolled it once more across a panel of Whisper White. I rolled it first and then trimmed it to fit, leaving some white space at the bottom so I would have room to stamp my sentiment. The heart and sentiment are from the stamp set Always. I can't even remember the last time I used that set, but it must be a popular one as it is not on the retirement list. I think we've had it for a couple of years now.…

6/13 Casing my friend, LeAnne Pugliese

One of my blogging friends, LeAnne Pugliese the author of Wee Inklings, is the Featured Stamper today at SCS. Of course I had to play!! I picked the card that you see on the left to "case" because it is simple and sweet. I changed the paper, eliminated the punched edge, added a sentiment and Designer Series Paper for my version of LeAnne's card. The DSP that you see is from the Holiday Lounge pack. I LOVE it when I can take a Holiday Themed pack of DSP and use it in a non-Holiday way. This card is a great one for when you need something quick and simple. It uses the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch that debuted in the Occasions Mini Catalog and is still available for you to purchase. This punch will also be in our new Idea Book and Catalog that goes live on July 1.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!! Here are the supplies I used to create this card:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge DSP
Ink: Sahara Sand
Tools: Extra Large Two-Step …

6/12 Brayered Designer Paper

This card is an example of another way that you can use a brayer in your stamp room. You can take a piece of Designer Series Paper and brayer over it with the ink color of your choice. This card is for the Late Night Stamper Challenge to use your brayer this week. I used Wild Wasabi ink over a piece of Black and Vanilla DSP.

This card also shows another technique that is fun to try . . . paper piecing. First I stamped the cheese grater onto a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock using black ink. Then I stamped the image again on a piece of Wild Wasabi card stock and one more time onto Brushed Silver card stock. Cut and paste the pieces as you like over the Very Vanilla image and you have just created an image that has been paper pieced. I used the negative image from the lattice die to add focus to my main image.

Did you notice any sneak peak items that will be in the new catalog? Here they are: Wild Wasabi ink and card stock, a new Designer Series Paper called Newsprint, and a new Extr…

6/11 Stamping to Share Demo Meeting

This past week, I had my down line meeting for Creative Crafters' Stamping to Share. We had lots of fun (as always) and learned so many new things. There is business training, recognition, a swap and stamping; of course there is stamping! Sue McNeill coordinated the project this month and she taught us how to make Faux Embossed Leather based on a Faux Embossed Leather Tutorial that she learned from SU demonstrator Sharon Field. Sue used the technique to create a gift card holder and I'm showing you the one I made the night of our demo meeting. Isn't it to die for gorgeous? I will definitely be sharing this project with my stamp clubs this fall.

 I also want to share the swap cards with you. Our theme for June's demo swap was "Something Summery." Below are the cards that were made:

And, lastly, my card for the swap

I used the Summer Mini Designer Series Paper called Tropical Oasis and cut out the Pumpkin Pie flowers. I thought they looked really exotic against a …

6//9 LSN Brayer Challenge - Card Two

I created this card for this week's Late Night Stamper Challenge which is to use your brayer. I used some Presto Patterned Designer Series Paper for a couple of the background papers. It's so cool to just whip your brayer out, roll out the color of your choice and ta da . . .  it looks like you just did some fancy embossing!

OK . . . I'll be the first to tell you that I am a novice when it comes to using the brayer for creating landscapes . . . but, I have to admit that I kind of like the way this card turned out. My sun has a "halo" which I'm not entirely pleased with . . . but a white halo is better than a green one which I think is what blue and yellow would create if I got the brayer any closer. I'm open to your suggestions for improvement!

How do you like that "shape?" Kind of wild and whimsical . . . isn't it? I was inspired by the cards that Mary Jo Price-Williams created for her weekly Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge (which I incorp…