Friday, January 31, 2014

Goodie Boxes Cont.

Hi Stampers!

I'm really loving these Tag a Bag Boxes (still think it's a silly name though).  Here's the fourth and last one we'll be doing in class this Sunday:

This one's had the acetate sleeve run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder.  It just adds that extra "pop", having the texture, don't you agree?
Cutting out the banners was a breeze with the new Banners Framelits, and my pennants were easy-peasy too - the Petite Pennants and Small Heart punches made them a snap.  I love when a stamp set matches a Framelits set or a punch :)
Here's a little trick I learned from fellow demonstrator Jackie Topa when stringing banners or pennants on a bit of twine or thread:  Punch out a few Word Window shapes, fold them in half, and stick them to the back of your banners or pennants.  Place your twine between the fold of the Word Window (kind of "hook" them on, KWIM?), then stick down the ends of the Word Window with a glue dot.  Voila!  You've got free floating banners or pennants on your string.

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Happy stampin!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Introducing Texture Boutique - FUN NEW TOY!!!!!

Hi Stampers!

I'm so excited to share a new product with you - the Texture Boutique!

This little baby is just right to get your feet wet if you're new to embossing folders and want to add some real "pizzazz" to your papercrafting.

At only $29.95, it's not only the perfect little gadget to keep on your craft desk, but is so nice and small, you can even pop it right into your tote bag and take it along with you to card club, crops, craft days or wherever!

Now, this little machine is ONLY for embossing folders - it does not die cut nor work with Framelits, Thinlits, or the like (if you have any questions, just ask me).

Check out the video below:

If you want to get your hands on one of these little guys, head over to my website to order - but these are currently available ONLY while supplies last (never fear, they'll be back in the new catalog in June).

Now is the perfect time to order - it's officially Sale a Bration - and with every $50 order YOU GET FREE EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT!!  How about treating yourself to a Texture Boutique and a few embossing folders, and then picking out a free item?

Happy stampin'!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Goodie Boxes Continued . . .

Hi Stampers!

Here's a project that I figured out for myself, measurements and all (aren't you proud of me? lol!!).  I saw this idea on Pinterest; unfortunately, when I tried to go to the website for the image, it took me to a dead link.  Therefore, I'm unable to give credit to the papercrafter I CASEd this from.  (If you see this, and this was your original idea, PLEASE leave me a comment so I can give you proper credit!)

The image I originally saw was SUPER cute, the way the artist did the mouth.  I couldn't for the life of me figure out how it was done, but somehow the mouth was cut out from the blue cardstock and made to look like the edges were furry - just like Cookie.  I had to improvise, but he still turned out to be pretty adorable!

So, here's my creation, and I'll give you some instructions below:

You will need:

Blue cardstock, 6 3/4" x 11" (Pacific Point used here)
Cardstock scraps for the eyes and mouth (Pacific Point, Whisper White, Basic Black used here)

Next, score and mark your large cardstock piece as shown below:

That's probably hard to see, but I wanted to give a visual.  Ignore the pen lines on my template.  The score lines are as follows.  In landscape position, score at:
4 1/4"
6 7/8"
9 1/8"
Mark a pencil line at 1 3/8", then flip your cardstock 180 degrees and mark again at 9 5/8".  This will help you line up the bottom of your slider box when you glue the seam together.
Fold all your score lines, and form your box by gluing the seam together at the pencil marks you made.  This will give you a slider box that will slip right over the assembled Tag a Bag Box & acetate sleeve.
Next, punch two 1 3/8" circles from Pacific Point, two 1 1/4" circles from Whisper White, and two 3/4" circles from Basic Black.  Punch a Large Oval from Basic Black and then kind of shimmy it into your Scallop Edge Border Punch to make it look "furry".
Glue the eyes and mouth onto your box & embellish as desired.
I used some of the new Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon, a bit of Linen Thread, a tag cut out with one of the Chalk Talk Framelits from Baked Brown Sugar cardstock, and stamped with a sentiment from Creatively Yours in Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink to decorate my box.
Of course, I'll be putting - what else??? - COOKIES - in this package :)

I hope you got a kick out of this little project!

Happy stampin'!

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Goodie Boxes!

Hi Stampers!

I know, I know - I haven't blogged in a week.  Last couple weeks at work have been strange.  Let's just say the only consistent thing about my job anymore is INconsistency . . .

Anyway . . . finally had some time today to sit down & play with the Tag a Bag Boxes (isn't that a weird name?  You'd think they'd just call them Tag a BOXes??).  I have a class next weekend and we'll be decorating 4 of these sturdy little boxes and filling them with treats.

Here are two I decorated today.  I don't have anything in them yet, but of course the "coffee" one will have K Cups inside :)  I'm thinking Hershey's Kisses for the other one.  Still have to come up with 2 more ideas - I'm contemplating one for a child and one for a man.  These are great for using up those bits and pieces of retired ribbon and cardstock, by the way:

Off to look at Pinterest for some ideas!
Happy stampin'!

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Friday, January 17, 2014


Hi Stampers!

Well, those of you who know me well know what's coming - I just can't stick with the Gorgeous Grunge and the Perfect Blend and the Tape It sets . . . . there are just too many other stamp sets and toys out there to play with!!!  AAAAARGH.  I promise I'll come up with some more projects using them (at some point).  See, what I try to do is give myself "homework" of sorts so I'll remember to blog regularly; and it always SEEMS like a good idea to do a blog series - but then I get bored (imagine that!).  Anyway . . . . .

I found SUCH a cute girly birthday card on Lyssa's blog to CASE.  Here's my version:

FINALLY broke down & got the Cupcake Builder punch.  There's a little sneak peek of some of the exclusive Sale a Bration DSP too.  It's called Sweet Sorbet and the colors are just delicious.  I changed up the cardstock & DSP proportions a little bit, used some of the yummy Silver Foil Specialty Paper for even more of a retro look, and used Rhinestones instead of Pearls.  I also used some retired Pretty in Pink cardstock that needs to be used up.  This'll be one of the cards for my Calendar Club next month.  Speaking of which . . . .
. . . . . gotta run - my Calendar Club girls are coming over tonight and I really need to straighten up the dining room table!!
Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I Like You

Hi Stampers!

Aw, you all know I like you :)

Had to take a little break from the grunge & coffee today to show you this card I designed for my Calendar Club girls.  Over on my up-up-up-upline Connie's FB page, we had a color challenge this month - Coastal Cabana, Real Red, and Crumb Cake.  I looked at this card and went, "Huh!  How about that!"  Didn't really register with me until last evening that I'd used the challenge colors.  I thought, what the heck, and posted the photo last night.  This morning, I woke up to the notification that they picked MY card as this month's winner!!  Pretty cool :)

Happy stampin'!

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Monday, January 13, 2014

. . . And the Grunge Goes On

Hi Stampers!

EDITED TO ADD:  Boy, is my face red!!  I just realized I blogged this last week or so, in the "old" format of Basic Black & Coastal Cabana that I complained about below.  Well - shoot me a comment and tell me which format you like better, Wisteria Wonder & Whisper White, or Basic Black & Coastal Cabana.  I'm sitting here laughing at myself!!  This is what happens when you blog and you're VERY, VERY tired!!  lol

Continuing our January blog series with a card featuring Gorgeous Grunge.  I had stamped this card front back at the Butler crop in September and had it mounted on Coastal Cabana and Basic Black.  It just didn't look "right" to me, though.

SOOOOOO, I tore it apart and remounted it using Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White.  The picture looks like it's mounted crooked, but it's just the angle I shot it at:

It's hitting me a little better now that I changed up the colors.  The black was just too "heavy" or something.
We'll be doing this card at Calendar Club this Friday.  I want to go over the Stamp a Ma Jig with the girls and this will fit the bill nicely!
Happy stampin'!

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Tutorial: Small Envelope Gift Card Holder

Hi Stampers!

This is a really quick and easy little project using the Envelope Punch Board & a few scraps of cardstock & DSP.  It'll literally only take you a few minutes to put together.

Using your EPB, make an envelope for card size 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" - it's the third one down on the left hand side.

Next, take a scrap of cardstock and cut it to 4 1/4" x 2 1/2", and again using your EPB, punch a tab at the 1" mark then flip it and punch again at the 1" mark.  This makes the "file tab" you see on the red piece of cardstock above.

For the envelope liner, I hand cut a triangle and left a bit of a rectangular tail on the end and used the rounder on the EPB to round the tip.

Then I added a stamped image and a few embellishments.  The gift card is attached to the tabbed red piece with a glue dot.  Easy peasy!

You could even put this on a card front if you want to be able to seal it up inside an envelope.

Happy stampin'!

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tutorial: Wide Matchbook Gift Card Holder

Hi Stampers!

As promised, here are the measurements & instructions for the Wide Matchbook GC Holder.

Cardstock:  4 1/2" x 11 1/2" for matchbook, 4" x 7 1/4" for insert/slider
DSP:  4 1/4" x 3 1/4" for top front flap, 4 1/4" x 1 1/4" for bottom front flap, 3 3/4" x 1 1/2" for bottom of /insert/slider
Stamps & embellishments of your choice.

In landscape position, score matchbook cardstock piece at 2 inches.  On the opposite end, using Envelope Punch Board, punch a notch at the one inch mark, flip to opposite side and punch another notch at the one inch mark to make your closure.

Using narrow (1/8") red line double sided tape (SU! Sticky Strip is too wide), fold up the 2" end and adhere at each side to make a pocket.  Score your insert piece at 1/2" and 1 3/4", and make a pocket of the 1 3/4" scored end.
Pockets:  2" pocket for matchbook holder and 1 3/4" pocket for insert piece.
To make your matchbook closure, fold the notched end to fit into the pocket end and use your bone folder to make the crease, so it fits snugly and the holder is flat when closed.  (This worked better than trying to make a score line and close the holder that way.)
To make your insert "pop" open and slide, fold at the 1/2" score line (fold it back and forth a few times to make it "flexible").  Place a strip of Sticky Strip on the 1/2" fold so that it is facing UP on the same side as the 1 3/4" pocket.  Don't pull off the second red liner yet.
Place your insert piece into the matchbook pocket and slide it completely inside.  The insert pocket should be completely inside the matchbook pocket.  Take off your red liner from the Sticky Strip and close the matchbook cover (the piece with the Sticky Strip will attach itself to your inside matchbook cover when you close it).  With the cover closed, apply some pressure with your fingers to where you can feel the 1/2" fold with the Sticky Strip.
When you open your matchbook, the insert piece should now slide up to reveal the insert pocket.
Decorate as desired with your DSP pieces and stamped images.
This gift card holder is a snug fit to the insert piece.  If you want a little more room on the sides or wish to use wider Sticky Strip, you can cut your matchbook piece to 5" x 11 1/2" and make your DSP pieces a little wider.
Happy stampin!
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Friday, January 10, 2014

You're So Square, Baby, I Don't Care

Hi Stampers,

I couldn't stop playing with the Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags :)  Here are a few more cards I came up with last night.  I promise I'll get those other tutorials up over the weekend, though!

Once again, that third one is my favorite.  It just makes me laugh out loud!  Those "nerdy" glasses and the saying are just so silly.
I hope these cards gave you some ideas for using Stampin' Up! items in a different way than usual.

Happy stampin'!

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Oh Snap! Retro Fresh Journaling Tags

Hi Stampers!

Have you checked out the new Occasions Catalog yet?  No??  Well, drop me a line with your snail mail address, and I'll be sure to get one out in the mail to you asap!

I know I promised you tutorials for the Wide Matchbook GC Holder and the other GC holder from the last couple days, but my order arrived yesterday with some of the new Occasions goodies, so I just HAD to take time out to play.

A VERY cute suite in the new catty is the Retro Fresh lineup on pp 18 & 19.  GREAT color combo of Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla.  One of my favorite items are the Designer Journaling Tags (Item no. 133526, $4.95).  I've seen these made into adorable cards and had to try coming up with some of my own:

That last one is my favorite, but aren't they all "hip"?  I'll be designing 3 more over the next couple of days for my Calendar Club next Friday evening.

Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wide Format Matchbook Gift Card Holder

Hi Stampers!

I wanted to see if I could kinda design something myself instead of completely CASEing today.  Well, I SORT of did :)  Using the matchbook design from a few days ago, I changed up the measurements and made it so you can put the gift card inside "right way up" (does that make sense?).  You guessed it - I wasted a bit of cardstock trying to get it just right :)

I'll also work on this tutorial and try to get it posted on Friday.  I'm really liking my Envelope Punch Board for gift card holders.  Been coming up with a few using Perfect Blend - guess I'm gonna have to see who I want to give Starbucks cards to, ha ha!!

In the meantime, here's what I came up with:

That gorgeous button is retired, but it was perfect for this project!

I also wanted to allow some room inside for a message.  Mission accomplished!  I'll probably go back & add a Very Vanilla panel so writing on it is easier.

Check back tomorrow and Friday for tutorials on yesterday's and today's projects.

Happy stampin'!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Envelope Punch Board Gift Card Holder

Hi Stampers!

Here's a cute and quick gift card holder that I made using a scrap of DSP and my EPB.  Unfortunately, I just kinda whacked it together and didn't take too many measurements, so I'll have to work on a tutorial later this week for you.  I'm getting in the mood to make some Valentine-y projects:

I really liked the "pop" of the red with the black & white.  What do you think?
The red insert pulls out and the gift card is attached with a glue dot.
I'll try to work on a tutorial tomorrow evening & post it on Thursday.
Happy stampin'!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Some People Are Fun to Do Nothing With :)

Hi Stampers!

Here's another card I did a while back that I've resurrected for this series.  I bought Gorgeous Grunge SPECIFICALLY to CASE this card that I admired on Lyssa's blog (enabler that she is!!  lol).

This went to a very good friend of mine to give to her fiancee after I made it.  (There are some cards that really only deserve to go to those who truly appreciate our art, no??)

I really did NOT like Baked Brown Sugar when it was introduced last summer as one of the new In Colors, but to say it's grown on me is probably an understatement.

Has any color ever become one of your favorites after your first reaction has been "Blecchhh"?  Drop a comment and let me know!

Happy stampin'!

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Blast From the Past . . .

Hi Stampers!

Today's card is one I did back in the fall at one of the crops I attend.  It's one of my very, very favorite cards I've ever made.

For this little cutie, I made use of the Stamp a Ma Jig to line up my images, stamping them over and over in different colors; and kept it clean and simple but used some brighter colors than I normally use.  This was a CASE from a similar card I saw on Split Coast Stampers:

Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry, and Pool Party with Whisper White and Basic Black - yummy!!
Happy stampin'!

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Gorgeously Grunge-y Dare to Dream

Hi Stampers!

Today's card features more of the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  This is another of those sets that didn't really thrill me right away when I saw it in the catalog last June, but after seeing so many other samples done by so many other paper artists, it really grew on me.  I find myself reaching for it over and over, especially when I want some extra texture or don't have a DSP that is doing the trick for me.

See how I've used two of the stamps from the set to make a sort of birch bark-ey looking background here?  Kinda neat, huh?  I'm sure that this wasn't an original idea, but can't honestly say if I CASEd it from any certain person or not; so if someone sees this and thinks, "Hey!  That was MY idea!", please comment and take credit:

When I chose my three stamp sets this month to focus on, I kind of wasn't thinking that I gave myself only two sentiments to work with (from Perfect Blend), so yeah, I did have to pull out Apothecary Art and Loving Thoughts here.
I'm also digging on Basic Black with Baked Brown Sugar this week - y'all know how I get into my little "phases" ;)
The Stamp a Ma Jig is one of my fave tools for lining up sentiments, but a couple months ago I bought the Clear Mount Stamp Guides and have been trying to use them more.  Here's an example:
See how I've lined up the red rubber image along the line?  I know it looks wonky on the right side, but that's just the camera angle.  Trust me, it's straight ;)

Here, you can (hopefully) see that if I'd used the sticker on the
back of the stamp to line up the image, it would DEFINITELY stamp crooked.

Since my cardstock piece was so slim, using the Clear Mount Guide was a bit easier in this case to line up my sentiment.

So, there you have it.  Another card using Gorgeous Grunge.  It's definitely become one of my "go to" sets.  I hope you enjoyed this card and mini-lesson on using Clear Mount Guides!

If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and you'd like to order any of the supplies I used today, please click on the links in the "Supplies" list above to go to my online store.  I'd be honored to become your SU! demo :)

Happy stampin'!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Do You Want to Rule the World?

Hi Stampers!

Back again with another Perfect Blend card!  This one is a little more frilly and frothy.

I signed up for Stamping School just a few days ago and have gotten some great ideas there already.  While I do appreciate that there are many bloggers out there who post free tutorials, which TOTALLY ROCKS, I also understand that some demos make their living by selling tutorials and stamping lessons.  If you don't mind paying a small fee, I do recommend Linda's site.  There are TONS of video tutorials and the site is very easy to navigate.

Anyway, I saw a card there that I really liked and gave it a little tweak to make it more my style:


Lots going on here, but I'm really pleased at how it turned out.  Once again, I paired Perfect Blend with Gorgeous Grunge for those great "coffee spots".  Did you catch that "coffee ring"?  Super cool idea from Linda - I inked up the bottom of an actual coffee mug with Soft Suede Classic Ink, gave it a spritz with Stampin' Mist, and stamped away.  Is that not CUTE????

Tune in tomorrow for the next post in this blog series.

Happy stampin'!

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Manly, Yes . . . But I Like It, Too . . .

Hi Stampers!

Remember those old Irish Spring commercials?  They still make me laugh!

Today's card features Perfect Blend and Gorgeous Grunge.  I thought I'd try a different color combination to come up with something a bit more "manly".  See what you think (sorry for the glare in the photo - that Natural Composition Specialty DSP is a bit shiny to try to photograph):

For this card, I cut a base from Baked Brown Sugar and layered it with some Natural Composition Specialty DSP that I sponged with Stazon Black Ink (I'm still a little leery about our Classic Black Ink pad - not sure they've resolved the smearing issue yet).  I stamped the coffee cup image 3 times:  once on Very Vanilla, once on some of the Natural Composition DSP, and once on Basic Black - that was a little bit hard to see to cut out :)
Next, I cut out the cup top and layered it on the cup, then before I cut out the "cup cozy", I scored it on my Simply Scored (you could also run it through your crimper if you still have one).
Then I stamped my sentiment in Baked Brown Sugar & punched it out, adding a Candy Dot for an accent.  Finally, I "distressed" everything using Gorgeous Grunge (Sahara Sand on the sentiment piece and Baked Brown Sugar on the card base) - it just begs to be used with Perfect Blend to mimic spilled coffee spots!

Supplies used:
I'll have another card tomorrow, a little more on the feminine side.  Stop back & check it out!

Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Perfect Blend Makes Perfect Gift Card Holder!

Hi Stampers!

Today I have a really fun "matchbook" style gift card holder to show you.  This project was inspired by a blog post by Jackie Topa, and also got a little tweak from Linda at Stamping School.

If you're coming to my Envelope Punch Board class on Sunday, you'll be learning to make one of these cute gift card holders:

What?  You didn't know I hold classes in my home every month??  Well, hike on over to my Events page and see what's coming up.  I'd LOVE to have you come to one of my classes - we always have a good time with lots of creativity and laughter!  No matter what level of a stamper you consider yourself, I know you'll enjoy crafting with us :)
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for another project featuring the Perfect Blend stamp set.
Happy stampin'!

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