Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wishing for Spring

The weird weather we've had lately has me wishing it would make up its mind :)  This stamp is so cute - it's an a la carte stamp, Young Vermilion (#124092, WM, $7.95), from the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog.  It just begged to be made into a spring-y card!

For this card, I stamped the bird image on a scrap of cardstock, then removed the backing from a scrap of Big Shot adhesive sheet and layered it over the image, cut it out, removed the protective sheet, then dipped it in Dazzling Diamonds for some sparkle (thanks to my demo friends on SCS for this idea!).  Then I got out my Big Shot and used the Framed Tulips embossing folder on Island Indigo cardstock, cut out a Top Note shape from a sheet of Twitterpated DSP and ran that through the BS using the SquareLattice embossing folder for some texture.  I also cut out the largest oval from the ovals die to put the bird image onto.  Finally, I stamped a sentiment from Petite Pairs, punched shapes using the Large Oval punch & the Modern Label punch, and embellished with a couple of Mini Brads.  I also sponged the edges on the larger oval and the punched shapes with Island Indigo ink to add some dimension.

Remember, Sale a Bration is going on right now - get in touch with me to order any of the supplies listed here - with every $50 in product ordered, you'll get to choose a FREE SAB item!

Happy stampin'!


Monday, January 30, 2012

February's Class in a Box

Representative samples.  Kit colors may differ.

Representative samples.  Kit colors may differ.

February's Class in a Box utilizes your Simply Scored scoring tool!  "Simply Scored Boxes and Bags" will teach you how to create simple but elegant containers using cardstock, Designer Series Paper, and your Simply Scored tool.  Your kit contains enough cardstock, DSP, and embellishments to create six boxes and bags as well as full color PDF instructions showing step by step instructions for each project.

Deadline to order February's kit is Sunday, February 12th.  Kits will be mailed or available for pickup on Wednesday, February 15th.

If you want to pick up your kit, cost is $10.  If you'd like your kit mailed, cost is $15.

Happy stampin'!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Loving the Occasions Mini :)

The set You're My Type was another one that kind of made me go, "Meh" when I saw it.  As usual, once I saw the cute cards my fellow demos and stampers were creating with it made me take a second look :)

For this card, the image was stamped & cut out.  I layered Scallop Dots ribbon over Victoria Crochet trim and added a couple of heart from Bitty Buttons.  The DSP is from Well Worn.  Cardstock used is Soft Suede and Early Espresso.  To add a little more of a "vintage" touch to the card, I tied some Hemp Twine around the stamped cutout.  Tiny Pearl Embellishments finish off the edge & help highlight the Adorning Accent Edgelit used to cut the border on the DSP.

To order any of these products, go to my website and start shopping :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

How About a Cuppa?

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE tea :)  So when Stampin' Up! came out with the set Tea Shoppe(set of 9 stamps) in the Occasions Mini, you know I had to have it!  It comes in both wood mount (#125545, $34.95) and clear mount (#125547, $27.95).

The card above is one I did today, inspired by a swap card received from my up-up-upline's Occasions Mini Swap, done by Amy Deems:

(As you can see, Amy's card is MUCH nicer than mine :)  I suspect I may not have inked up my stamp enough with Versamark to get the great detail she did on her card.  Hopefully my next attempt is better!)

The technique used is very simple but stunning.  Stamp your image using Versamark ink and heat emboss using clear Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Next, color the parts of the image that are not covered with the embossing (where the base cardstock is showing through) using your Stampin' Write markers and wipe off excess ink from the clear embossed part with a paper towel dampened with Stampin' Mist.  You could leave the image as is or cut it out as we did.  Neat, huh??!!

Another couple of products I am LOVING are the Adorning Accents Edgelits and matching Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, also used on these cards.  They add such beautiful texture to the cardstock, don't they?  I also went with the Vintage Wallpaper folder for the card front and layered my colors on top, while Amy chose to put the texture on her top layer with Perfect Polka Dots.

Finally, you've GOT to love the ribbon.  The Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim is PERFECT with this set.  I layered Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon over mine.

If you'd like more details on this technique or need to order any of these products, give me a call, shoot me an email, or visit my online store.  Remember, Sale a Bration is going on right now - with every $50 in product you order, you'll receive your choice of a FREE, exclusive SAB product!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Designer Cuts - So Versatile!

I love the new Designer Cuts set (#125414) from the Occasions Mini.  At only $9.99 for 8 die cut cards and 8 envelopes, they're gorgeous on their own even unembellished.

These are PERFECT for Valentine's Day, using the heart shaped die cut cards, and the medallion die cut cards are beautiful for a feminine birthday card or note.  As you can see from last week's post, they definitely lend themselves to a shower or gift card too.

Order yours today!  Shop online 24 hours a day :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sweet Shower Card

I am LOVING the Designer Cuts Cards & Envelopes set from the new Occasions Mini!  For this card, first I threaded 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Pretty in Pink (retired) through the design & tied a simple knot.  Then I backed the die cut front of the card with Blushing Bride cardstock, trimmed the edge to match the die cut with scissors and added some Pearl Embellishments.  Finally, I punched out a Scalloped Oval from textured Blushing Bride, pierced the scallops with my Paper Piercer, and added an Oval Punch stamped with a phrase from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Pretty in Pink.  The envelopes to this set are Blushing Bride, but notice how even though I used two different shades of pink, it still all works because Stampin' Up! colors go so well together!  This is going to a friend's daughter-in-law for an upcoming baby shower this month :)  Can you tell she's expecting a little girl?!

I am not kidding when I tell you this card took me all of about TEN MINUTES to make!  The only cutting I had to do was the Blushing Bride panel for the back of the die cut design.  The other design in this package is a beautiful heart die cut, just perfect for Valentine's Day or even a wedding or bridal shower card.  This set is PERFECT for when you need a pretty card on the quick & dirty!  Even if you don't choose to embellish them, they are gorgeous right out of the package.

The Designer Cuts set is only $9.95 and comes with 8 cards and envelopes, 4 each of two different die cut designs.  While the envelopes are all Blushing Bride, you could easily switch those out to any other color A2 envelope you have in your stash & customize these cards to any color scheme.  Head on over to my online store to order yours now!

Happy stampin'!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Send Me Soaring!

The new Occasions Mini has something for everyone!  I've noticed on the other demo blogs I follow that everybody seems to have a "favorite" set from this catalog.  Mine seems to be Send Me Soaring.  At first, I kind of passed this one by, but then cards started popping up on SCS using this set and I was hooked!  This color combination isn't my usual - definitely stepped out of my comfort zone here - but I wanted to use the sheer ribbon that's going to be featured during Sale A Bration, so here's a little sneak peek for you, too :)

Colors used are Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade (2011-13 In Colors).  Also used is one of the new Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders from the Occasions Mini, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Sizzlet from the IB&C and a little rhinestone embellishment for some bling.

This card "sent me soaring" with delight in the bright spring colors and the thought of March breezes blowing all the cold weather away!

If you 'd like to learn how to make this card or order any of the supplies used, give me a call!  Send Me Soaring is the featured stamp set in this month's class in a box, too - so if you'd like it, mouse over to the right hand column and scroll down to order.

Happy stampin'!


Friday, January 6, 2012

Beautiful Baker's Twine!

Have you checked out the new Occasions Mini yet?  One of the things I'm excited about is the Baker's Twine in all the In Colors for 2011-13:  Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pool Party, and Calypso Coral (page 35), especially since my "Class in a Box" for January features the Send Me Soaring set on page 37.  This twine would just go perfectly with this set for kite strings!!

I'll be sending out my "Class in a Box" email today, and if you order a kit, you can also order a set of all FIVE colors of Baker's Twine for $13.00 (regularly $14.75 for all five colors).  Please note, this sale price is only good through me, not available as an online order on either the Stampin' Up! website or my DBWS.  You can only get this price here on my blog.

An online friend posted this today, and I just have to share it with you:

I'm a little old for Ryan Gosling, but maybe you'd like him to order YOU all five colors of Baker's Twine?  ;)  LOL

Happy stampin'!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sneak Peek From Upcoming Simply Scored Class

I've just finished adding the photos to my class handout for the upcoming Simply Scored Boxes & Bags class for January, and I've had so much fun making the class samples!  Here's a little sneak peek for you all.

Oh my goodness, I absolutely love the new Twitterpated DSP (125406, on page 13).  I really miss Springtime Vintage from last year, so was glad to see some old-fashioned flowery paper designs in the new Occasions Mini that just started TODAY.  You will LOVE this Mini, especially if you're like me and adore Victorian, vintage designs - BUT that's not to say there isn't something for everyone in the new Mini, so even if frilly isn't your thing, you'll still find lots of other items to love.

The new Paper Doily die (Large Sizzlit die, 125592, on page 7)) is SO pretty.  I can see me using this one for cards, scrapbooking, and more.

I also used a couple of stamps from Tea Shoppe (W 125545 or C 125547, on page 19) for the label and added a few rhinestones for bling.

The ribbon is the Cherry Cobbler seam binding (120992, page 195 IB&C).  I really love the seam binding and find myself reaching for it over and over because I really stink at tying bows - but this ALWAYS looks nice in spite of my lack of bow tying skill :)  Riding Hood Red is actually the red color featured in the DSP, but Cherry Cobbler is close enough to look great, too.  Isn't it easy to match colors with Stampin' Up!?

Well, I hope you'll consider signing up for my upcoming classes!  We're sure to have lots of fun this month.

Happy stampin'!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Basic Favor Box Tutorial (2-5-7-10 Box)

Hi Stampers!  This is a pattern that's been around for a while, but for my first ever blog tutorial, I thought I'd stay with a "tried and true" 3D item.  Let me know what you think!

Basic Favor Box (2-5-7-10 box)

This adorable favor box uses just one sheet of 8 ½ x 11 cardstock and a scrap of ribbon!  Instead of buying favor boxes at the store, make your own in whatever color  you need. 

1.  With the long side of your cardstock at the top of your scoring tool, score at 2”, 5”, 7” and 10”.
2.  Turn your cardstock and score at 2” and 7”.  If you wish, use stamps or wheels to stamp all over your cardstock at this point.

It’s a little difficult to see all of the score lines, but your cardstock should now look like this:

3.  Position cardstock as shown in photo above with the 2” scored section at the top.  Using scissors, trim away all but one tall section (the 3” section before the 1” section).  This section will be the flap closure for the box.
4.  Make vertical cuts at the bottom scored section to create 1 ½” tall flaps.  Cut off the narrow piece at the bottom of the 1” end section.  This will be the bottom of the box.  Cut the 1” narrow piece at an angle at the top and bottom to create a tab.

Your piece should now look like this:

5.  If you wish, use a border punch to shape your box flap.

6.  Use your bone folder to sharply crease all your score lines to shape your box.  Attach Sticky Strip as shown.

7.  Remove red liner from Sticky Strip and fold flaps in to construct your box.

Tab goes inside box

You can place the Sticky Strip differently & have the long sides out if you want.
I just liked the way this looked better :)
8.  Pinch top edge of box in to crease.

9.  Fold box flap over and punch two holes in flap.

10. Fold flap over and mark hole placement with a pencil, then punch holes in main part of box to match. Thread ribbon through box holes.

11.  Fill box, pull ribbon through flap holes, and tie ribbon closed.

Embellish your box further as desired with scraps of cardstock you’ve stamped a sentiment on, rhinestones, or whatever you like!  That's it - wasn't that simple and fun??
For more boxes and bags using the Simply Scored scoring tool, sign up for my Simply Scored Boxes and Bags class this month.  Two class choices - Friday, January 13th from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., or Saturday, January 14th from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.  RSVP on my DBWS site and pay online here by Friday, January 6th.
Happy Stampin'!