Mar 01 2010

Designer Paper Challenge

Over on LNS, this week's challenge is using Stampin' Up!'s Designer Paper!  Now, you may be like I am and hate to cut into those full 12×12 sheets.  But I finally figured out…you know…I can buy more!  lol!  So get out that Designer Paper and USE it!


This card literally took minutes to put together, but I still think it looks pretty awesome, don't you?  The Kaleidoscope Designer Paper is doing all the work here!  I started with a base of Bashful Blue and added the piece of floral Kaleidoscope Designer Paper.  While I was cutting it, I noticed that the back was a nice coordinating print, so I cut off another piece to layer on top.  I wrapped some Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon around and tied a knot. 


Next was the hardest part…what did I want to put on top?  Another flower was too much and I tried So Saffron butterflies, but they blended into the background too much.  Ok…how about a bluebird?  I punched the bird from Stampin' Up!'s new Extra Large Two Step Bird Punch from Bashful Blue cardstock, colored in the eye with Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and the beak with Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker.  I added a dimensional under the wing and sponged Bashful Blue around the edges for a shadow.  He was set on top of the ribbon with Dimensionals.


Quick and easy!!!  I left off the greeting, so I could add what I needed later.

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Feb 09 2010

Inspired by Nature


More snow!  I can't believe we are getting more snow!  The last winter storm dumped 14 inches…now we could get anywhere between 4 to 8 inches.  Schools have already called off today.  I'm ready for SPRING!

My Technique's Class last week made this card using the technique, Newspaper Reveal, from Technique Junkies!  I'm showing you because it also fits my LateNightStampers Design Team Challenge for Who's the Boss…embossing techniques!  It is fun stamping and recycling at the same time…we always have tons of newspapers around the house.


The base of the card is Old Olive with a strip of designer paper from Tall Tales and I added a strip of Close to Cocoa punched with the Pinking Hearts Border punch along the left side.  Stampin' Up!'s Inspired by Nature image was used for the Newspaper Reveal technique.  I layered it on So Saffron and wrapped the Barely Banana striped Ribbon around it and tied.  I cut the tag from Lots of Tags Sizzlet Pack with the Big Shot and So Saffron cardstock, then stamped Happy Birthday from Stampin' Up!'s Well Scripted on the tag and added two small Clear Rhinestone Brads on top and bottom.


It's a fun technique and my stampers really liked it!


Since it is snowing today, I plan on staying home and stamping all day!  Woohoo!

Feb 01 2010

Beautiful Wings Coaster Calendar

I wanted to make a small gift for my Stamp Club Members last month and had some calendars I hadn't used.  So, while I was at my friend Mindy's house, I made up some of these Coaster Calendars!  Anyone else still have hundreds of these coasters in their stamp room?  lol!  But, I really do use them.


By coincidence, it also fits my design team assignment for Late Night Stampers this week, which is all about butterflies!


I started by covering the front of the coaster with Pretty in Pink cardstock.  I added a strip of the glittery Sending Love Designer Paper to the front.  Then I used Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die with Very Vanilla cardtock to make my pretty embossed butterflies!  I love that it embosses AND cuts at the same time!  On the large butterfly, I added one of the 1/4 Chocolate Chip Epoxy Brads…they are TOO fun.  After I placed the brad, I finished off the back with another piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock and added a strip of Magnet Sheet so that it can be hung on the refrigerator!


I like it…what about you?


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Also includes Whisper White Satin Ribbon (not shown).

Jan 18 2010

Beary Best Friends

I hope you had a great weekend.  I know some are still enjoying today as a holiday! 

Late Night Stampers challenge this week is to take some inspiration from a fancy decorated cake!  I've always wondered if these cakes taste as good as they look!  I see colors of Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and So Saffron, along with diamonds, circles, stripes, monograms,and flowers.  These all remind me of a sweet little girl.

So, I pulled out Stampin' Up!'s Beary Best Friends stamp set and used it to come up with my Inspiration card.  I also used Mary Jo's sketch from last week since I didn't get to play along.


I started with a base of Rose Red cardstock and placed a piece of So Saffron cardstock over top.  I stamped the girl bear in Basic Brown on Whisper White.  I paper pieced her dress from Tea Party Designer Paper scrap.  I used my AquaPainter and markers to color her body in Creamy Caramel, her shoes in Pretty in Pink and Rose Red, the gift bag in So Saffron, Rose Red and Pretty in Pink.  The flower is Rose Red and Certainly Celery.  I layered this on Pretty in Pink that I used my new Pinking Hearts Border Punch along the top for a sweet little touch.

I added three flowers punched from the Trio Flower Punch and Rose Red, I added a So Saffron Mini Brad in the center of each.  Along the bottom, I cut some strips of So Saffron and Pretty in Pink, then placed them to look like stripes across the bottom.  I used the awesome 5/8 Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon to hide the seam.  (I LOVE these new Satin Ribbons…see my Ribbon Share offer HERE if you want to get some of each color!) 

I think the card takes a LOT of it's inspiration from the cake…what do you see?

Lots to do this week…I'm in the midst of trying to organize my studio and clean some things out!  Plus need to work on some projects for Create with Connie and Julie and the Tour de Freaks Blog Tour this week!

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Dec 17 2009

Serene Snowflakes


Another card that fits the non-traditional color theme over on Latenightstampers!  My upline received a similar card from her upline and I loved it, so had to CASE it!  It uses the Tulipe Bigz Die (ON SALE NOW CLICK FOR DETAILS HERE!) as an accent.  The Tulipe is cut and the center part and Melon Moss part opens up and the Bermuda Bay flap folds down.  Great to hold a gift card!

The base is Sahara Sand at 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 1 3/4 and 7 1/4.  The designer paper is Thoroughly Modern.  The large snowflake from Stampin' Up!'s Serene Snowflakes was stamped in Bermuda Bay on Whisper White, then the trio snowflakes stamped in Melon Mambo.  I layered the Whisper White on Melon Mambo card stock.  Peace on Earth from Four Holidays Stamp Set was inked with Soft Suede Classic Ink.  I added a pink Ice Circle Rhinestone brad in the center.  The Tulipe Bigz Die was cut on the Big Shot with Soft Suede. 

I used the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and a sponge dauber all around the edges of the layers, on the snowflakes and on the Tulipe diecut!  It is so pretty in real life.  (AND, good news!…Shimmer Paint will continue to be available as a write-in item in our catalog!  Yeah!  I love that stuff!)

In the second picture, I left the bottom folded up so you could see how the Tulipe diecut was placed, but the flap actually folds down.

Isn't this a fun card?  I'll be using that Tulipe die again that way!

 Well, still trying to catch up on everything for Christmas.  I did get almost all my shopping done…only one more gift to get.  Yeah!   

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Dec 14 2009

Snow Buddies – TSSC100

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We celebrated Christmas with my son and his fiance over the weekend since they were in town.  We also spent several days working up the sample of their wedding invitation.  I think we have it nailed down now.  I'll order all the card stock, but probably won't start working on them until February.  Beth and her mom want to come back in town and help!

Woohoo!  Mary Jo is celebrating sketch #100!  I love it when I have time to do her sketches.  Congratulations!  I combined her sketch with my Design Team challenge for Latenightstampers — using non-traditional Christmas colors!

I started with a base of Regal Rose card stock and added a layer of Certainly Celery.  I cut up the grid sizes in Whisper White and used the checked pattern in Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper.  On the Whisper White, I used the three sizes of snowflakes in Snow Buddies, the largest in Certainly Celery, middle size in Regal Rose and the small size I stamped off using Regal Rose for a lighter shade.  I stamped the small snowman, from Stampin' Up!'s Snow Buddies, with Basic Black Ink on Whisper White and colored with my Stampin' Write markers in Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Blush Blossom and Bashful Blue.  I punched him out with the Wide Oval Punch, then layered him on Regal Rose and Certainly Celery ovals cut from the Bigz Ovals Die.  I used the White Gel Pen and made polka dots around the larger oval to fill in the space a little.  Finally, I stamped Happy Holidays from Stampin' Up!'s Four The Holidays stamp set in Basic Black Ink.

I think it makes a fun holiday card and I love the non-traditional look!  Hope you have a great week…mine is a BUSY one again!

 Don't forget to visit us over on the Create with Connie and Julie Occasions Edition blog. Our Early Bird Special for only $34.95 is a fantastic deal for NINE full weeks!  We have three very talented designers joining us for this session.  It is going to be even bigger and better than the Holiday Edition!  See a sneak peak preview over there, too!

Nov 17 2009

Dasher – MTSC48


Sorry I'm so late getting my post up today!  I got involved with doing some paperwork and the morning rushed by…and half the afternoon!

Mercy has a cute sketch challenge today and I thought I'd play along.  My card also fits my design team Late Night Stampers' My Favorite Holiday challenge.  Of course, my favorite holiday is Christmas, along with many other people!

I decided to use a 3×6 finished card size.  These fit in Stampin' Up!'s Open End Envelopes perfectly and go thru the postal system.  I've had Stampin' Up!'s Dasher stamp set for a while, but I think I've only used him a couple times.  He was calling out my name today.  This came together so quick and easy, I think I may make up some for my holiday cards this year!  I have my main ones 95% done, but I like to send out different ones to my husband's work people

I started with a base of Real Red card stock cut to 6×6 and then folded in half for the 3×6 size.  I stamped Dasher with Soft Suede Classic Ink on Whisper White card stock and layered it on Soft Suede card stock.  I put a strip of the holly print from Christmas Cocoa Designer Paper (yummy!)…great way to use up those scraps!  I stamped the trio of snowflakes from the Hostess Level 2 stamp set, Christmas Punch, with the BoHo Blossoms punch (did you know that matched???)  I layered it on a 1" circle punch of Soft Suede and placed a small Red Rhinestone Brad in the center.  It is popped up with dimensionals on the card.  Finally, I stamped Christmas Greetings in the Grateful Greetings Stamp Set with Soft suede ink.




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Nov 09 2009

Build a Bear tote bag

The Late Night Stampers Design Team challenge this week is gift ideas!  Although, I originally made a couple of these canvas tote bags for the craft fair I did a few weeks ago, I do plan on giving out a couple of these for gifts this Christmas.  I loved dressing up my Build a Bears and had fun shopping for fabrics.  (Wouldn't you know it, I just had sold off a bunch of calico fabrics a couple years ago in a garage sale…they would have been PERFECT!) 










I used Stampin' Up!'s Build A Bear Bigz die and Beary Essentials Bigz Die and fabric backed with Wonder Under for the bear that I ironed onto the Canvas Tote bag.  She has a little Latte flower button in her hair!

I included a 24 count package of Crayons and four Stampin' Up! Note Cards made with the Beary Best Friends stamp set.  I left these very simple for the kids to color.  The Notecards were just dressed up with a strip of cardstock along one side, and then the Basic Black images stamped on Whisper White and mounted on coordinating primary colors (Yo Yo Yellow, Real Red, Glorious Green or Brilliant Blue).  The envelopes were also stamped with the Beary Best Friends images.

It was a fun project to make!  Hope you have a wonderful week.  I have lots of designing to do for Create with Connie and Julie…hope to get caught up!




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Nov 02 2009

Autumn Days

This card is a combination of a couple challenges.  The Late Night Stampers Make a Masculine Card Challenge and Mary Jo's, Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.

Here is Mary Jo's sketch.  And below is my Masculine Card for LNS using her sketch.

I started with a base of Soft Suede cardstock.  I added a piece of the woodgrain pattern in Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper pack.  I used a strip of Really Rust cardstock for the punched scallop edge.

For my focal piece, I stamped the Pheasant from Stampin' Up!'s Autumn Days stamp set in Versamark and then Soft Suede Classic ink and stamped it on Whisper White cardstock.  It was then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  I sponged Really Rust Classic Ink along the bottom.  I punched a 1 1/4 circle from xerox paper and temporarily placed it in the upper left corner as a mask.  I sponged Summer Sun Classic Ink around the top portion, removed the mask and lightly added a little more Summer Sun and Really Rust Classic Inks.  I stamped the grass from Autumn Days in Soft Suede, also stamping off once for a lighter dimensional look.  I layered this on Really Rust cardstock.  I stamped the small leaves from Autumn Days in Soft Suede on Soft Suede cardstock and Really Rust on Summer Sun cardstock, then cut them out and adhered to the bottom left corner.  I stamped Happy Birthday from Teeny, Tiny Wishes in Chocolate Chip on Really Rust and punched it out with the Modern Label Tag and added two mini Gold brads on each side.  That is popped up with dimensionals.

I think this will be a nice Birthday Card for my father in law!  Enjoy the week!

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Oct 22 2009

For All You Do

Here is another design team challenge card for Late Night Stampers.  We were to use the colors Really Rust, Ruby Red and Old Olive.  In my post HERE, I stated that I felt those were fall colors and used the leaf stamp from Stampin' Up!'s Best Wishes & More stamp set.  This time I wanted to show flowers in those colors, so I picked up one of my favorite sets, For All You Do!

I started with a base of Really Rust cardstock.  Then I used the Clear Scallop Square Bigz Die and my Big Shot to cut out the Old Olive Patterns Designer Paper.  I also cut out one of the scallop tags from Ruby Red with the Two Tags Bigz Die.  I layered the Old Olive Patterns on the base card, then used a White Gel Pen to highlight the stitches around the Scallop Tag.  I stamped For All You Do in Basic Black on the scallop part and that was layered over the designer paper.  I stamped the branch in Old Olive on Whisper White, then the large flower in Ruby Red and the small flowers in Really Rust.  I added an Old Olive Mini Brad to the center of the large flower.  This was layered onto Old Olive cardstock and then Really Rust cardstock.  I popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals! 

I was pretty happy with how it turned out!  I'm SO excited!  Two of my great friends are coming in today for a few days and we head out to an LONG weekend stamping retreat!  I'll have a couple days of blog posts ready to go.  Woohoo!!!


Sets:  For All You Do (115360)

Inks:  Basic Black (101179), Ruby Red (102259), Really Rust (102549), Old Olive (102277)

Cardstocks:  Old Olive (100702), Really Rust (100661), Ruby Red (102030), Whisper White (100730)

Accessories:  Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die (115950), Two Tags Bigz Die (115954), Earth Elements Mini Brad (106955), Signo White Gel Pen (105021)

It's not too late!  We would love to have you join us over on Create with Connie & Julie. We have just finished up our Halloween and Fall ideas and we are now starting 6 full weeks of Christmas projects. There are two ways to join us, you can place an online order for $75.00 or you can purchase a subscription for only $39.95 US. For more information on the site please click HERE.