Sunday, March 22, 2015

Summer framed art


My final "Inchy" framed art piece for this series of classes.  This is "Summer".  All things summer - fireworks, beachy stuff, patriotic, bbq, some surfing.

Base pieces are Coastal Cabana and Real Red.

Enjoy!

Toni


Spring framed art

Spring themed "Inchy" framed art piece!  The individual squares are actually 2" x 2".  Finished piece is 8 1/2" x 8 1/2". 

Lots of punch art, cutting out, stamping, coloring...all things spring!

Enjoy!

Toni


St. Patrick's Day Framed Art

DUH - I forgot to post this BEFORE St. Patrick's Day.  This is my 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" Inchy Art piece.  It goes in a frame.

Too many different punches, colors, and stamps to list.  You can make do with whatever you have!

Base colors are Mossy Meadow and Pistachio Pudding.  Everything else coordinates.

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Double Cut-out Butterfly card

I cased this from my stamping friend, Mary Wesche.  She sent me a lovely swap card.  I had to change it around a bit, but this was definitely her idea and design.

You cut the butterfly thinlit through 2 layers of cardstock - the front of your card base, and that top layer.  It actually took 3 swipes through the Big shot to get everything cut out.  Then you sandwich a piece of window sheet between the base card and the green layer.

I added some designer paper and ribbon to the green layer before sticking it down onto the card base.  You line up the butterfly cut outs perfectly.  Then stick your  Daffodil Delight butterfly onto the top of the window sheet.  I used some of the Tombow Liquid glue.  I also added some punched out butterflies with a dimensional so they sit up.

Here's how the card looks when you open it up..


Very cool card!  A lot of work, but so pretty.

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

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Kinda Eclectic
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Painted Blooms designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits, Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Large Oval punch, Scalloped Oval punch, yellow ribbon from Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (SAB item), Tombow Liquid glue, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Bokeh Butterfly


This "Bokeh" technique is all the rage now, and you should definitely give it a try.  Here's a tutorial from splitcoaststampers - http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/watercolorbokeh/

It's a VERY messy technique, but it turns out really cool!

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

Stamps:  Four You
Ink:  Early Espresso, White Craft
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Watercolor paper
Other:  Big Shot, Circles Collection framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, REINKERS (Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry), Aqua painter, heat tool,  window sheet, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, sponge dauber.

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Mini Treat Bag for you


Using the Typeset specialty designer papers to make these little Mini Treat bags feels like you're using pages from an old book.  Pretty cool!  These particular designer papers are a bit thinner than the regular designer series papers, and you get more pieces in a pack.  Sweet!

The little card slides in, and this is your finished project:


The little "for you" is from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits as well.  Lots of good pieces in that set.

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

Stamps:  Petite Petals, B.Y.O.P
Ink:  Hello Honey, Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Typeset specialty designer series
Other:  Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Chalk Talk thinlits, Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon, Basic Jewels Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni


Sheltering Tree - Cherry Blossoms

The flowers are a little dark for real Cherry Blossoms, but it still reminds me of them and they're a big deal down the road in Washington, DC.  This tree set is so pretty!

I actually stamped the leaves, then stamped again a little to the left, and then a little to the right WITHOUT reinking.  It fills out the tree more and gives it some color variation.

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

Stamps: Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper:  Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Ovals Collection framelits, Spring Flowers embossing folder, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Friday, March 13, 2015

Butterflies punch out


I saw something similar on Pinterest (I think).  I need to start making notes of where I find stuff.  Anyway, the butterfly punch out shows the designer paper underneath.

To make the circle/butterfly piece, I punched out the Elegant Butterfly on Whisper White cardstock first.  Then punched around that with the 2" circle punch.

Then make the border around it, but nothing in the middle...punch out 1 3/4" circle from Calypso Coral, then around THAT with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  So you get a ring.  There is just enough edge between the white butterfly punched out piece and the Calypso ring to attach with a teeny bit of liquid glue in a few spots.  TEENY bit. 

Add a little strip of designer papers, stamp your greeting, and attach everything with dimensionals so it pops up.  I added a Large Rhinestone to the butterfly.

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

Stamps:  Four You
Ink:  Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Best Year Ever designer series papers (SAB item FREE)
Other:  1 3/4" circle punch, 2" circle punch, 2 1/2" circle punch, Basic Rhinestone Jewels large, corner rounder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow liquid glue

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Butterfly Basics...again


The Butterfly Basics stamps and the Butterflies thinlits are definitely two of my favorite products from the Occasions mini catalog.  They're so pretty together!

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

Stamps:  Butterfly Basics, Because You Care (hostess set) 
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Blushing ride
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral
Other:  Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits, Itty Bitty Butterfly punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni

Curvy Keepsakes box - Sheep!


Making all sorts of animals and seasonal things out of this Curvy Keepsakes box thinlit is all the rage now.  So I made a sheep!  I saw it on Pinterest, so this was not my original idea.  I still love it, and it's darling!

NO STAMPING - all punching.

The eyeballs are from the Owl Builder punch.  Ears are from the Bird Builder punch.

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

Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black
Other:  Big Shot, Curvy Keepsakes Box thinlits, Full Heart punch, Owl Builder punch, Bird Builder punch, Boho Blossoms punch, 1 3/4" Scallop punch, Tombow liquid glue and lots of dimensionals

Order your supplies on-line here.

Happy Stamping,

Toni


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