Sunday, February 22, 2015

Another beautiful butterfly card


This card is 4 1/4" square, and the largest butterfly die just barely fits across it.  Very easy to put together, but very pretty I think.

Stampin' Up! supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  BYOP (Buy Your Own Present!)
Ink:  Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Best Year Ever designer series paper (Sale-a-Bration)
Other:  Big Shot, Butterflies thinlits, Large Pearls, Tea Lace paper doilies.

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Mini Treat Bag Butterfly card holder

I love the idea of using the Mini Treat Bag thinlit to make an envelope for a card.  I added ribbon to the top of this card, so it pulls out.

I also dolled up the front of the mini treat bag with a doily, a couple of butterflies, some ribbon, and some bling.  It's awesome!


I attached that strip of designer paper at the bottom of the card only on 3 sides (left, bottom, right), so it leaves the top open to slide a gift card into it.

Stampin' Up! supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  BYOP (Buy Your Own Present)
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Best Year Ever designer series paper (Sale-a-Bration item)
Other:  Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Butterflies Thinlits, Best Year Ever Accessory pack, Tea Lace paper doilies, Basic Jewels Rhinestones

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Baby Boy gift card holder


I love making matching envelopes, especially for a gift card holder.  This envelope was made using a 6x6 piece of designer paper and the Envelope punch board, and the card is about 3" x  4".  perfect for a note and a gift card.

I know ducks aren't blue, but that's okay!

Stampin' Up! supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Tags for All, BYOP (Buy Your Own Present!)
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Best Year Ever designer series paper (Sale-a-Bration item!)
Other:  Note tag punch, Best Year Ever Accessory pack (ribbon), Coastal Cabana & Tangelo Twist markers, Envelope Punch board, Tombow Liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Hubby's Valentine

I'm late posting this, because I actually forgot...it's still a good idea for NEXT year!  Made this for my hubby, and of course he oohed and aahed over it appropriately - and then promptly dumped it on the kitchen table with the rest of my samples.  :)

Very simple.  Stamp the hearts all over the designer paper.  Stamp the greeting on the die cut pennant, and tape it all together.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Big on You, Crazy About You, Perpetual Calendar
Ink:  Real Red, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Stacked with Love designer series paper stack
Other:  Big Shot, Party Pennants die, Basic Jewel Rhinestones

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Butterflies Bright

I love the bright and cheery feeling of this card.  Paired it with a tea lace doily, and some of the Painted Blooms designer papers.

Don't forget to use a dryer sheet, and wax paper when working with these Thinlits.  The die cut butterfly pops out so easily.  Here's the sandwich - Multipurpose Platform/Magnetic Platform, acrylic plate, dryer sheet, cardstock, wax paper, die (facing down), acrylic plate.  Run that through and see the magic when your die comes right out!

Tape your designer series paper circle to the doily, then tape that to the layer of Daffodil Delight and whack off the extra that's hanging over.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Butterfly Basics
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss, Painted Blooms designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits, Tea Lace paper doilies, 2" circle punch (I think...it may have been the 2 1/2" circle punch...whatever fits on top of the doily).

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

A Chalkboard-like card

I love the look of a chalkboard!  Especially with this Chalkboard paper - it's got the smooth, but chalky feel of a real chalkboard.  I actually used the new Rose Coral Colorbox Chalk ink for the stamping on this card - but it seriously dried and looks white.  Bonus for me, but surprising.

I cut the base of the card using my 12" paper cutter, to get the legs.

Stamp the front and back of the chalkboard base with the Hardwood background stamp.  Punch out a bunch of stars (or hearts, or flowers...whatever you want), and glue them on.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Big Day (Sale-a-Bration item), Hardwood background
Ink:  Rose Coral Chalk, Soft Suede
Paper:  Soft Suede, Whisper White, Chalkboard, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay
Other:  Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Tombow Liquid glue

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Celebrate Today balloon card

I can't say it enough - I love the Best Year Ever designer series papers from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Get your pack free with a $50 order!  I pulled the colors right from the paper, and added Crisp Cantaloupe for the balloon.  This card was inspired by Amy K on Pinterest.  There are so many great ideas out there!

I've been having more success with even stamping of the photopolymer stamps when I put some foam underneath the cardstock.  It really helps!  The Stampin' Pierce Mat would work great, but if you don't have that - try some of the foam from the kids craft section.  I used 2 layers of that fun foam for this card.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Celebrate Today (bundle it with the Balloon Framelits for 15% off)
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Best Year Ever designer series papers
Other:  Big Shot, Balloons framelits, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Sheltering Tree, bicycle

I got this idea from Debbie Currier, and changed a few things, so it's not an exact copy - but thanks for the great masculine card idea Debbie!

The Sheltering Tree stamp set is a photopolymer set.  The bike is actually 2 separate stamps - the black bike, and the body.  Since you can see through the stamps, it makes lining them up pretty easy.

I stamped the bike first, and punched it out with the 2" circle punch.  Then add the ground and grass, and layer onto a 2 1/2" circle punched out of the same Very Vanilla cardstock.

Emboss a piece of Always Artichoke with the Argyle embossing folder and assemble your card.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Sheltering Tree, Sassy Salutations
Ink:  Early Espresso, Tuxedo Black Memento, Tangelo Twist, Pistachio Pudding, Always Artichoke
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke
Other:  Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder, 2" and 2 1/2" circle punches, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Monday, February 9, 2015

Creative Blog Hop - Valentine's Inchy Art

I’m so happy to post today! I was asked by friend Marilyn San Clemente at Stamp with Marilyn to participate in this Creative Blog Hop. It’s a one time post and we can post any project that we would like and then answer some questions below.  I'm happy to share one of my recent projects with you - it's my Valentine Inchy Art, framable art piece.

The insert is 8 1/2" x 8 1/2", because that is the size frame that I found at Walmart last year.  This has actually been a series of classes that I've had starting last fall with Halloween and Fall, then we did Christmas and Winter.  Next up is St. Patrick's Day, which I'll post next week.

I used a variety of punches, dies, and stamps, but stuck with current papers.  I never would have put Crisp Cantaloupe and Real Red together, but it came right from the Stacked with Love Designer Series paper stack and they are gorgeous together!

Each square base is 2" x 2".  Then the designer pieces are all 1 7/8" square.  Then you just add stamped images, punches, embosslits, framelits - whatever you have to fill up your squares.  You'll need 9 of them.

On to the hard part...the QUESTIONS about my creative process.  These are tough.

1.  What are you working on now?

Right now, I'm thinking ahead to my class for next month, which is Spring and Summer Inchy Art inserts.  I usually start with whatever designer papers are in the catalog, and think up what images I could put with them for the finished piece.  I do like to work about a month ahead, but let me be honest, I may plan it all out but I'm always cutting paper at the last minute. 

I've also been doing quite a bit of crocheting lately.  I picked it up again last year, after a loooooong hiatus.  I really miss it.  I've been making a bunch of scarves and cowls, and really enjoying it again.

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I'm not really sure what genre I'm in, so I don't know to answer this one.  Some days, I'm in the mood for Clean and Simple.  Other days, I'm in the mood to use as much designer paper as I can.  Other days, I'm inclined to make boxes.  I guess overall, I would say that I'm not much into fussy stuff.  If it's really involved, or has like 10 steps to make one card, I'm probably not interested in doing all that.  10 minutes or less for a card is more my speed.  :)
3.  Why do you create what you do?

Because it's AWESOME to create, and to teach others how to make cool stuff!  I've always been crafty.  Mostly self-taught when I was in my late teens/early 20's.  If there was a kit for it at the craft store, I bought it and figured it out.  I just love creating.  We all know that feeling we get when we make something ourselves.  Sometimes it doesn't turn out quite like it was in my head, and that's okay too.  
4.  How does your creativity work?

Usually it comes in fits and spurts.  When I'm thinking about a stamp set that I want to use, I'll try to think of at least 5 different ways that I can use it.  Other times, I see something at the craft store, or on Pinterest, or just in a magazine and that sparks an idea for something else.  There's no controlling it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Next Monday, check out my friend Kim's blog at Basement Stamper, and Nancy's blog at imastamping!

Happy Stamping!

Toni


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Paper Pumpkin January 2015 creations - Valentine's treats

I love the Paper Pumpkin Kit that we got this month!  CUTE Valentine's treat bags, and a great Valentine stamp set.  I made all 25 of these little treasures, and can't wait to give them out.  All I had to add myself was the candy.  Everything else came in the kit - pre-cut hearts, tails, those little clips, the little bags, an ink spot, and the cute Valentine's stamp set.  Awesome box of fun this month!

Here's a closer picture -




Order a 1, 3, or 6-month subscription to Paper Pumpkin on-line here.  Give it a try!  We never know what we'll get every month, so it's a nice surprise.  You get a small photopolymer stamp set, an ink spot or two, and all the paper products needed to create your project for the month. 

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Celebrate Today - with SAB papers!

I love the free designer series papers in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Who am I kidding?  I love them every year!  Great patterns, colors, and free!

For this birthday card, I stamped off with the solid balloon image first, to get that lighter color.  It's uneven, because it's a photopolymer stamp, and that's what I ended up with.  I like it though!  That was with Coastal Cabana.  I followed up by stamping the "birthday" on it, full strength, again with Coastal Cabana.  Cut that out with the Balloons die.

The cantaloupe patterned balloon is just using the balloon framelit on a piece of the designer series paper.

The only tricky part of this card was hand-cutting those balloon tails.  I'll tell you - it was a pain in the butt, but it HAD to be done.  :)  I attached them to the card using a teensy tiny bit of the Tombow Liquid glue.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Celebrate Today (Bundle it with the Balloon Framelits for 15% off!)
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Best Year Ever designer series papers (SAB item)
Other:  Big Shot, Balloons Framelits, Stampin Dimensionals, Liquid Tombow Glue

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Monday, January 26, 2015

Butterfly Basics, just Irrisistable!

This was my favorite card from our last Stamp Club meeting.  We sponged Pistachio Pudding and Wisteria Wonder ink on the Irrisistibly Yours designer series papers (from Sale-a-Bration).  Stamp the greeting on a strip of Whisper White, and add the largest butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits. 

I attached the butterfly to the card front with a teeny tiny bit of the Tombow Liquid Glue, right behind the middle body of the butterfly.  You can still pop the wings up.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Butterfly Basics (Bundle it with the Butterflies Thinlits dies!)
Ink:  Pistachio Pudding, Wisteria Wonder
Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Irrisistibly Yours specialty, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Butterflies thinlits, Basic Jewel Pearls, Stamping sponges

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Simple Valentine - Pink Pirouette and Strawberry Slush

I really like Pink Pirouette and Strawberry Slush together.   You'll notice that my "love" is lighter than the hearts...that's because I got the bright idea to reink my Strawberry Slush ink pad after I stamped the words, and I wasn't about to re-stamp anything.  One and done!  :)  I have since blotted off some of the excess ink, since I obviously put too much reinker on the pad. 

Also notice that I only embossed with the Happy Hearts part way up the card stock for that top layer.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Hello Life
Ink:  Strawberry Slush
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush
Other:  Happy Heart embossing folder, Curvy Heart punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Valentine treat boxes

These Tiny Treat boxes are so cute!  And they hold more candy than I thought they would. Sweet, and so easy!

I also used the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set.  I had no intention of using the stamps for calendars.  I just like all the little seasonal images for a little something something, and the months are a bonus.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Crazy About You, Perpetual Birthday Calendar
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Other:  Tiny Treat Boxes, Curvy Heart punch, Real Red 1/4" cotton ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Crazy About You - catalog copy

I started this card off by pretty much copying the sample from the Occasions Mini catalog!  I didn't have the ribbon, so I made a few changes. 

I love using the cut out image of the words like this!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Crazy About You (bundle it with the Hello You word framelits)
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
Paper:  Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Party Pennants die, Flower Medallion punch, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Monday, December 29, 2014

Clean and Simple Valentine

I really like the white-on-white cardstock for this one.  New set from the Occasions catalog that goes live on January 6th. 

These stamps are the Photopolymer, so I just looked through them and eye-balled the hearts for placement.  I didn't worry about them being perfectly centered or lined up, but I think they came pretty close!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Hello Life
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Rose Red
Paper:  Whisper White
Other:  Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

New Butterflies Thinlits

SO gorgeous in real life!  I love these new butterfly dies.  It's a set of 3 thinlits, and this is the largest size.  Notice how it takes up most of the card front.  It's a good size.

The background paper is a Sale-A-Bration item - Irresistibly Yours.  It's Whisper White cardstock with glossy white patterns on it.   We sponged ink directly on it here, but you could spray it with reinker/alcohol, or brayer it on, or paint it on with an aqua painter or paint brush and reinker/water mix.  Lots of possibilities.  I love this paper!  It's a 12x12 pack with great designs.

Sale-A-Bration starts on January 6th!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  none...
Ink:  Soft Suede, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla (I should have used white...oh well), Irresistibly Yours Specialty designer series (SAB item)
Other:  sponges, Hello You Thinlits, Big Shot, Basic Jewel Pearls Large

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Lotus Blossom note card

Another great card from my friend, Diane M.  Lotus Blossom is one of the Sale-a-Bration items that you can earn for free!

This is a note card size - 5 x 3 1/2".

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Lotus Blossom
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Rose Red, Pistachio Pudding, Soft Suede
Paper:  Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Other:  corner rounder, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Paper-Piercing tool, Occasions Paper Piercing templates, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Crazy About You birthday balloon card!

Two of my friends came over to stamp today, and we played with some of our new Occasions catalog and SAB goodies.

Thanks to Diane M for finding this great idea and showing us how to make it!

This balloon is actually made with the OVAL framelits!  Hand-cut the bottom of the balloon and tie the metallic twine around it.  Attach with the liquid Tombow glue.

I love this Crazy About You stamps set, and can't wait to get it for myself.  Lots of good words in there, and it comes in a bundle with Hello You framelits (words - happy, you, hello, and thanks).  Lots of possibilities with this one!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Crazy About You bundle (includes Hello You thinlits)
Ink:  Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Whisper White, designer paper ( could be anything...we used last year's SAB card kits)
Other:  Silver Metallic twine

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Naughty or Nice linen bag iron-ons


Yeah!  I made some more iron-ons with My Digital Studio.  I forgot to push the one snowflake to the back of the image...it's kind of right on top of "nice"...too late.  Didn't notice it until I had already ironed them on.

I made some earrings out of this year's snowflake charms for my book club girls and put them in these little bags.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Other:  Linen bags, My Digital Studio with Project Life Holiday Cheer digital download, iron-on transfer sheets

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Christmas Box

I made a box from 12x12, and previous year's designer series papers.  Used up some old organdy ribbon too!  I had to wrap a cowl that I crocheted, and a bracelet that I made for my Book Club Christmas gift this year. This is the cowl and bracelet -


For the box, the bottom and top are both Old Olive.  I scored 1 1/2" on each side.  I cut the bottom down about 1/16" off of the left and top sides.  Still score at 1 1/2", and it fits together perfectly.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Merry Everything bundle (comes with Note tag punch)
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Old Olive 12x12, Very Vanilla, retired Holiday papers
Other:  Red organdy ribbon (retired), Whisper White Baker's Twine

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Year-End Closeouts SALE

 click here to shop now - it's all "while supplies last"

Details:
  • Promotion Dates: 5 December 2014 - 5 January 2014.
  • Year-End Closeouts are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Closeout items.
  • Year-End Closeouts orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin' Rewards with qualifying orders over $150.
  • Following the Year-End Closeouts sale, some remaining items may stay in the Clearance Rack. Other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
Happy Stamping!

Toni

Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit


These are all of the cards that I made last weekend, from the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit.  I love them!  They really did involve watercoloring, and there was a paintbrush included in the kit.  All you need to have is Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Coastal Cabana reinkers.  You could always watercolor with your ink pads - smash the ink pad together, while it's closed, then open it up and there should be ink in the top of the lid.  I have to tell you though, it was a lot easier to use the reinkers.

Here's the kit - which is ON SALE now!  Not that great of a picture.  I grabbed it from the on-line store.  You get the idea though.  It makes 20 cards that are all gorgeous.

Order your kit on-line here.  Year-end close out sale is good now through Jan 5th, while supplies last.

Happy Stamping,

Toni