Jun 06 2016

Stampin’ Up! Camera Ready?

I’m BACK!  After a terrific 16 days in the Mediterranean, I’m finally home!  My husband and I added a few days in Barcelona before the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Mediteranean Cruise Trip, then another week after with friends Ann and Rick Lohmeyer touring the Spain and France countryside!  Such an awesome experience!  It was our first time to Europe andwow…my eyes were wide open taking everything in!


Familia Sagrada in Barcelona


This photo a distant shot of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.  I have hundreds of pictures…can’t wait to start working on my Project Life album!  However, I’m not going to lie…it felt GOOD to sleep in my own KING sized bed!  lol!


I made a special project for some ladies I know who were also on this trip!  Lots of room for photos for their memories, too!  (One thing I wished I would have had to use is the new Labeler Alphabet to stamp the ports of call on the cruise on each page!)


Here’s the front, closed.  I used the Envelope Punch Board to make the camera shape base.  “You Brighten my Day” is from the Sunburst Sayings Stamp Set.  Pop of Color Designer Paper was used on the outside and on the flaps inside.  Melon Mambo Thick Twine holds it closed.


Camera front


Here’s the back, the new Square Scalloped Framelit came in handy to cut out the Mediterranean Cruise logo I printed off the computer.


Camera back
Inside the Swirly Scribbles Thinlets were perfect to hold down the flaps of the album pages.


Camera inside


And here is one of the pages open.  The other side looked the same.


Camera inside open


Like I said, lots of room for photos and journaling and I thought it made a pretty special little hand-made gift!


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Apr 28 2010

Day 4 – Create with Connie and Mary Sneak Peek


Today, is Day 4 of the Create with Connie and Mary Preview Week!  Mary Brown is back today with a BEAUTIFUL Vintage Scrapbook page!  I love the colors she used.  The Presto Patterns Specialty Designer Paper is especially gorgeous behind the cut out Elements of Style rose flowers.  She even has a sweet little Mini Vintage Tag hanging from the Bow.


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Sep 28 2009

Sparkly and Bright Accordion card


Good morning!  It is Monday again already!  Where do the weekends go?  Ours certainly FLEW by…although I didn’t seem to accomplish as much as I thought I would!

Here is a card I made using the stamp set Sparkly and Bright.  It was for a Shoebox swap we did before the Cincinnati Regionals earlier this month!  Only 7 of us participated, so it was a nice little one to do!  I guess you would call this a type of tri-fold card…more accordion type.  It does close to a standard sized A-4 card.

I started with a base of Real Red cardstock sized 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 1 1/2, 4 1/2, and 7.  I folded so that the folds were valley, mountain, valley (from left to right) and made the accordian fold.

For decorating, I added layers of Holiday Lounge Designer Paper in each front panel.  I stamped the images from Sparkly and Bright and punched them with the 1 3/8 circle punch, then layered them on Taken with Teal Scallop Circle punches.  When placing these images on the base card, start with the center panel first, then line up the first scallop to that middle one (make sure your adhesive is only on the left side of the back or it will adhere to the next layer.)  Cover the first scallop on the back with another Taken with Teal Scallop Circle to hide the overlap of the front scallop.

The snowflakes were stamped with Taken with Teal on Whisper White cardstock and punched with the 1" circle punch and layered on the 1 1/4" circle punch.  They are adhered to the edge of the last panel.  I colored Rudolph’s nose with a Real Red Stampin’ Up! marker and the Christmas tree has a small Red Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad for the top.  Obviously you could BLING up this card a LOT.  I kept it pretty demonstratable since it was for a shoebox swap.


Sets:  Sparkly & Bright (115346)

Cardstock:  Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730), Taken with Teal (101584)

Classic Inks:  Real Red (103133), Sahara Sand (106208), Taken with Teal (103257), Chocolate Chip (100908), Real Red Stampin’ Write marker (100051)

Accessories:  Holiday Lounge Designer Paper (115676), Paper Cutter with scoring blade (104152, 104154), Circle Fire Rhinestone Brad (109110), 1" circle punch (109046), 1 1/4" circle punch (104403), 1 3/8" circle punch (104401)  and Scallop Circle punch (109043), Paper Piercing Tool (116631)

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Sep 10 2009

Acrylic Scrapbook Mini Album


I made 4 of these for my Roommates and Upline who went to Convention (well…one for me, of course!).  The base of the Acrylic Album is made from Stampin’ Up!’s Thick Window Sheets!  These are AWESOME!  I used one whole sheet for each mini album, cut to four 6×6 double sided pages.  They are very easy to cut on a larger cutter like Stampin’ Up!’s Tabletop Cutter.  However, I did have to use a heavy duty corner rounder because it is too heavy for Stampin’ Up!’s punch.

This is the front.  The Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper is used throught and on this page is actually on the inside and secured with Mini Glue Dots in the corners.  I added the large Flower Layers Bigz Diecuts to the front with dimensionals, the leaves were cut with the Build A Flower die.  It is held together with the Summer Sun Corduroy Brad.  I ran all the flower layers and leaves thru the Big Shot again with the Finial Press Embossing Folder to give them some texture.  I also copied the Inspire, Create, Share logo and placed on the front so they can use this for their Convention pictures.

The first two pages.  You can see the reverse of the pattern from the front.  I added Cherry Blossom Embosslit diecut with a mini brad and some 5/8 Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon, along with the edge of the Top Note die that looks like a bracket!  I also used Razzle Dazzle stamp set in Whisper White Craft ink on Crushed Curry cardstock.

The next two pages, on the left is a pocket opening made from the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper for a pull out that will hold a couple more pictures or journaling.  I used another Cherry Blossom diecut and punched the leaves with the 5 petal punch.  On the right I used the Razzle Dazzle stamp again with Whisper White Craft ink on the Rich Razzleberry cardstock…layered onto another square of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper.

Next two pages.  on the left is a long piece of Melon Mambo cardstock folded in half with Razzleberry Lemonade designer paper and Polka Dot ribbon accents.  You can flip it up and add more pictures inside.  I also used the Butterfly Punch for an accent.  On the left is more Crushed Curry cardstock with a Cherry Blossom and Polka Dot ribbon.

Finally, the back has more Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper visible.  It is actually secured on the inside with Mini glue dots in the corners.  This was my prototype, but on the ones I made for the girls, I stamped the Razzle Dazzle stamp image with White Stazon randomly over the back.  I also used a sponge and White Stazon around all the edges of the album to soften the look.  Finally, I used my Crop A Dile to punch holes in each of the pages and added binder rings, accented with Polka Dot ribbons tied to them.

These were LOTS of fun to make and I’m sure they appreciated the acrylic album!  I love to make mini albums for my roommate gifts…then they can add their own pictures.  Now I need to get some pictures in mine!


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Sep 08 2008

Party Hearty Part 2


Did you enjoy the weekend?  I took yesterday off stamping and worked in the yard, replacing some of the dried out flowers with mums, trimming the bushes and doing general cleanup.  Must say it looks very pretty in my yard right now…well, except for the brown grass!  Although…even it is starting to green up from the little bit of rain we’ve had.  And it was a perfect day for working out in the yard…not too hot!

This is the gift I made to go in the Elmo bag…a scrapbook for Liam’s first birthday.  It is a flip album full of places to put photos and mementos of his special day.  We also got him a really cute driving toy that makes LOTS of noise for mom and dad!  lol!

Anyway, I used the retired Party Pieces Scrappin’ Kit because I love the colors in it!  The Pumpkin Pie band is a belly band that holds the scrapbook closed.  The cupcake (theme of his party) is from Party Hearty and I used beads for the sprinkles on the frosting and Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flame.   I used my Cricut Base Camp once again for the letters.

Inside I kept the decorating to a minimum.  His mom does scrapbooking, so I’m sure she can add to it as she wants.  I wanted to make sure that she had room for journaling, adding the invitation and any photos of his special day.  He was quite the little ham and I’m sure they got lots of great pictures (can you believe I forgot MY camera?)

Stampin’ Up!’s Scrappin’ Kits make doing these SO easy!  I love that everything is color coordinated.  I didn’t even use 1/2 of the package either!  Plenty of materials to make more.  The new catalog has some really nice ones, too…check it out!





Jul 15 2008

Classic Backgrounds Scrapbook page

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Here is another Display Board scrapbook page I made for Leadership in January.  I used Classic Backgrounds on this one.  I love the large star in it.  When doing the displays, I had to hand-cut each of the large stars out…thankfully we now have a large star punch that I can use to punch them out…so much easier. 

This picture is my online friend Claire’s little boy…isn’t he sweet?  When I saw the Classic Backgrounds set in my display selection, I just knew that I had to use his picture with a 4th of July theme for a scrapbook page.  His little outfit matches just perfect!

The stars along the left are Whisper White Craft on Brilliant Blue.  I used Short Order Alphabet and Big Deal Numbers for the title and cut them out.  The large star is stamped in Real Red on Whisper White.  I ran a thin strip of Brilliant Blue cardstock thru a clear button and then curled the paper.  I adhered the button to the center of the star.  His picture is layered on a mat of Whisper White.

I’m headed out of town for a couple days to do a couple classes..catch you again when I get back!  Then I’ll be in FULL SWAP mode getting ready for Convention…two weeks from today!  Woohoo!!!