Monday, January 15, 2018

Wood you be mine, Valentine?

I intend to use every heart stamp, punch, thinlit/framelit, and word stamps (love, Valentine's) that I have in my current Stampin' Up stash to make Valentine's this year. 

This one features some wood bits from the Hearts & Stars Elements pack. 

A left-over strip of Wood grain designer paper, and some more hearts.  Card is Very Vanilla on Very Vanilla.

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

Stamps:  Soft Sayings card kit stamps
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Powder Pink
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Powder Pink, Wood Textures designer series paper
Other:  Hearts & Stars Elements, Tombow liquid glue

Very simple, but I hope you like it.  I will have to mail this one in a bubble envelope, or hand deliver it, so the wood bits don't get broken.

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Reagan - baby room name frame

Made this for my friend, Sandy.  She picked up the frame, and I coordinated papers/ink as best as I could.  She said the baby's room is Lion King theme, but I obviously don't have any of that so I had to improvise.  Made a lion with the Painted Harvest stamp set, and hand-cut it.

You may notice that I embossed each letter with a different embossing folder.  I had a bunch of animal print folders that I got years ago.  I KNEW they would come in handy some day!  :)

The lion's ears are made using the Leaf punch. 

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

Stamps:  Painted Harvest
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Old Olive
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Neutrals designer series pack (it's from an old pack, so this print is no longer available)
Other:  Big Shot, Simple Alphabet dies (retired), Leaf punch, animal print folders (non-SU), Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta ribbon (retired)

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Epic birthday

Another birthday coming up for a friend next week.  I wanted an orange and black card with these Chuck Taylors, so I used this opportunity to play with the Brusho Crystal Colour powders some more.

After I made my Brusho background, I used my heat tool to dry it completely.  I didn't want to wait overnight for it to dry on it's own.  The only thing that I really don't like about watercolor paper is that it's not a nice, flat, smooth surface.  It gets so warped from the water.  :(  I had to use a lot of Fast Fuse to adhere it to the Basic Black layer.

Here it is before I stamped on it.  Because the watercolor paper is NOT smooth or flat, you really need to ink up your stamps very well.  If you have a stamp positioning tool, like the Misti or the coming-soon Stamparatus, that would definitely help in this situation.  If you didn't get the image inked up and stamped well enough, you just reink and your image will go in the exact same spot.

Another tip for you - when I add ribbon like this, I will often times fold it over and staple it in the middle.  Attach the stapled ribbon to your card using Glue Dots.  That way I'm not adding the bulk of a knot to the front of my card if I'm going to cover up that part anyway.  I can easily add something over top of my ribbon using Dimensionals.  That's exactly what I did here.

You may also notice that my shoes are colored in.  I went back and used my Pumpkin Pie marker to color in the shoes.  You know, I would love a pair of orange Chucks, even though I don't have much in my wardrobe to match them.

I had fun making this card, and I hope you've enjoyed it.

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

Stamps:  Epic Celebrations (Sale-a-Bration 2018)
Ink:  Basic Black archival, Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White, Watercolor
Other:  Brusho Crystal Colour, Aqua Painter, Spritzer bottle (filled with water), 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches, Pumpkin Pie marker, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (retired), stapler, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy 50th to my friend!

Happy 50th to my friend, Will.  We met when we worked in the same office, back when we both started in 1985.  Hard to believe that we've been friends for over 30 years, and that we hit another milestone like this.  I hope he has a very Happy Birthday!

The Basic Black base of the card is 1/4 sheet - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Here's the inside - the flap that I stamped on is 3 1/2" x 8 1/2", folded in half so it is 3 1/2" x 4 1/4".  I actually messed this part up - I mounted the flap to the Basic Black base first, then added another layer of Vanilla and some dsp on top of that.  So I ended up with no "inside of the card" to stamp my greeting and write in.  I ended up cutting another piece of Very Vanilla so I could do all that.  Still ended up looking like I wanted to.

Notice how that one balloon is mounted on the front of the flap.  It's attached with two Mini Dimensionals at the very bottom of the balloon.

I used a bunch of retired stuff, but you can substitute using whatever you have.

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

Stamps:  Birthday Greetings (retired), small stars (Lawn Fawn 4th of July set), solid/gold star is a Stampin' Up incentive stamp from about 20 years ago
Ink:  Basic Black Archival, Gold Encore
Paper:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil, Champagne Foil, Gold Glimmer, polka dots dsp (from a retired Halloween pack)
Other:  Big Shot, Large Numbers framelits, Balloon Bouquet punch, Gold Baker's Twine (retired), Glue Dots, Dimensionals (mini and regular)

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Framed Art Gifts

I couldn't post these until after Christmas, because three of them were gifts.  I had four 8x10 picture frames in my stash, so on Black Friday when a few of my friends came over to craft - this was their challenge.  Take this picture frame, and make something to go in it for display.

I chose to re-do a scrapbook page that had been on my fridge for the past 10 years.  The papers were faded, and the plastic holder broke... so I had to do something with it.  This is my friend, Virginia, and I.  Photo taken at Stampin' Up Convention in Denver in 2007.  This was actually one of our Make & Takes at Convention that year.   They took our picture, printed it out right there, and we made this 12x12 scrapbook page.

This is what I transformed it into.  I got the picture off without damaging it, and trimmed it down a tiny bit.  Then I gave it a whole new look with some interesting paper for the background, some stamping, and some doo-dads.  The front of this is very 3-d - a lot of that stuff sticks up, so the glass is BEHIND the picture.  It gives it some stability, and if I took it out entirely, the back of the frame wouldn't fit right, and I'd have to add a bunch of cardboard or something.

Lori made this one for her dad, with a baseball theme.  I love all the papers and elements that she put together for this.

Jamie made this one for her mom,  using a picture of her Grandmother.  The tatted lace is one that her Grandmother actually made.  That's a nice touch to include something like that in your projects.  Now it can be displayed, and enjoyed by everyone, not tucked away in a box.

Diane made this one, for one of her friends to use for a picture taken at Ocean City last year.  Fun beachy theme!  Di left the glass in her frame, so it's a flat page.

I love how we all went down a different path with our frames, and they all turned out great!

If you've got spare picture frames laying around, take another look at them - you might be able to craft something awesome with them.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Color Theory Memories & More - December projects

I'm late posting my December projects using the Color Theory Memories & More card pack.  I'm still working towards my goal to use a hand full of the printed cards each month, to make other things - cards, tags, scrapbook pages....

The card pack contains 72 double-sided cards:  (52) 3" x 4" cards (2 each of 26 designs), and (20) 4" x 6" cards (2 each of 10 designs).

This month, I decided to make a 2-page layout for my scrapbook.  When I decide on which pictures to use, I'll cut numbers for the year out of the same Dazzling Glimmer paper and mount those at the top of the left page.

These are the cards that I chose to work with for December.  I took these 6 cards, and turned them into parts of my scrapbook pages.

Closer pics of each page.  The top of this page is where I'll add cut out numbers or a title bar.  Not sure yet.  I stamped snowflakes, from the Snowflake Sentiments stamps (from the Holiday catalog) down the outer sides of each page, using Dapper Denim ink on Dapper Denim card stock.

In addition to the Color Theory Memories & More cards, I added some Silver Foil snowflakes (my last!) from the Holiday catalog.  I also stamped, colored, and cut out some sweaters from the Christmas Sweaters stamps, from the Holiday catalog.

Other things that I used for these pages:  Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and Whisper White card stock.

I hope you enjoyed these Winter pages that I created using the Memories & More card pack.  Next month, I'll be working on some "Love" and "New beginnings" projects.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

25 Days of Christmas 2017 - Day 25

We made it!  Merry Christmas everyone!  Today is the last day of my 25 Day challenge, and I thank you for joining me.  Along those lines, today's project is a thank you card.  I'm sure after the holiday, we'll all need to send one or two thank yous, so I hope this helps.

Clean and simple.  No layers.  Black and white only.  This is a note card (3 1/2" x 5").

You may notice the designer paper behind the card - that's actually an envelope that I made.  This IS mailable, so don't be afraid to make your own envelopes out of designer paper.  You do need to write the to and from addresses on a label, so the post office can read it, and attach to the front.  It's good way to use up your paper, and it's certainly more interesting than a regular envelope.

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

Stamps:  One Big Meaning, Snowflake Sentiments
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Whisper White (thick), Merry Music designer series paper
Other:  Envelope Punch Board, Fine-tip glue pen, silver sequins (these may have been left over from a Paper Pumpkin kit).

That's it!  I really hope you enjoyed this month's projects.  I'll tell you - I didn't think it through entirely, and it was a lot more work than I bargained for, but I'm glad I did it.  I liked all of the projects that I shared, and I've already used some of them, so it's a good thing I was busy stamping these past few weeks. 

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

One last tag

I needed a few more tags for some small gifts that I just picked up on Friday.  Why did Joann's have a bunch of cute stuff on sale (a really GOOD sale) when I stopped by "just for one thing"? here I am, needing to wrap things that I had no plans to even buy.

I had some 4" square kraft boxes left from a few years ago.  Folded up my gifts inside, tied plenty of organdy ribbon around the box, and added a tag.

The tag base is a 2 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of Tranquil Tide.  I hand-cut the bottom, and the top corners.  Glued down a Gold foil snowflake.  Then I punched out a 2 1/4" circle of Whisper White, and ran that through the Big Shot with the Cable Knit embossing folder.

Stamped and hand-cut the tree and greeting with Tranquil Tide.  These stamps are retired, but any small image/greeting will work.   Greeting banner is glued down.  Tree is popped up with a Mini Stampin' Dimensional.

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

Stamps:  Project Life Holiday Cheer (retired - swap out any small image/greeting)
Ink:  Tranquil Tide
Paper:  Tranquil Tide, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Cable Knit embossing folder, Foil Snowflakes, 2 1/4" circle punch, 1/8" hole punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Hunter organdy ribbon (retired), 4"x4" Kraft box (retired), Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Liquid glue.

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Need an idea for that gift that didn't arrive on time?

If you're busy wrapping your gifts today - like I am - and find yourself in a pickle because one of your gifts didn't arrive in time....  print out a picture of the gift, and use your Envelope Punch board to make a pretty envelope.   Add a WOW tag (from Day 5 of my 25 Days of Christmas projects), and then don't feel so guilty that it didn't make it in time.

I printed a picture of the gift on a regular piece of paper, then folded it up in thirds so it was about 3 3/4" x 8 1/2" - like you would fold up any letter to mail. 

I chose a piece of designer series paper that matched the tag that I had previously made.  I love how easy the Envelope Punch Board is to use.  If you never used it, check out the video that Stampin' Up put out a couple of years ago.  This is a tool that really comes in handy.

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create this (just the envelope):

Fresh Florals designer series paper
Envelope Punch board
Tombow liquid glue
a pretty tag

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25 Days of Christmas 2017 - Day 24

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!  Or Merry Christmas Eve...however you want to say it.  It's Sunday, and it's Christmas Eve.  I'm sure I'll be doing last minute wrapping, cleaning, and probably stamping today.  :)  I'm almost finished with my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 ideas.  We're on Day 24 now...

Today's idea is an open box.  However, when you put ribbon handles on it, it becomes a gift bag. 

The box measures 6" wide x 4 1/2" tall x 3" deep.  It's pretty roomy, and quite sturdy too.  I used a piece of the metallic snowflake print from the Year of Cheer specialty papers.  This paper is extra sturdy, and the print is only on one side.  I love these metallic snowflakes.

This box only uses ONE piece of 12" x 12" paper.  It's all in the scoring, cutting and assembly.  Here is a sketch of my measurements.  You're only cutting those little flap lines.  Let's say the drawing is not to scale.

Fold all your score lines.  This center flap on each side is 3" x 3".  That will stay on the INSIDE of your box.  In this picture, the flap that you see with no tape will be attached to the short, center flap.

The other long flap with the tape attaches to form the side of the box.  Do the same on the other side.

Top view of the box:

Now to doll it up.  I had an embossed vellum piece left over, so I punched it out with the 2 1/4" cirlce punch and used it on top of a snowflake similar to what I did on Day 12.  Attach the vellum with 2 mini dimensionals, and then cover those up with Faceted Gems.  I used a gold snowflake and gold gems on this piece.  It's silver embossed words on vellum, mounted on a gold foil snowflake.

I also glued a 2" circle punched out of Whisper White to the back of the snowflake, to make it easier to adhere to the front of the box.

I used the same Jumbo Pewter eyelets and Whisper White 5/8" organza ribbon to add handles to the bag.  Pop in some tissue paper, and it's ready to use.

Yay!  Now to figure out who will get this gift box/bag this year.  :)

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

Stamps:  Watercolor Christmas
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Vellum card stock, Whisper White, Year of Cheer specialty designer papers
Other:  Foil Snowflakes, 2" circle punch, 2 1/4" circle punch, Faceted Gems Gold, Jumbo eyelets and Whisper White organza ribbon (retired), Tombow Liquid Glue, Sticky Strip, Crop-o-dile.

Thanks for checking out Day 24 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 challenge!  One more day!

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

25 Days of Christmas 2017 - Day 23

Need a last minute card, or want to get started on next year's cards like I did?  Today's project is a Christmas card.  The last Christmas card of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 ideas challenge. It's actually 3 different cards. 

All 3 cards use the same basic materials and colors.  All use the tree cut out from the Santa's Sleigh stamps and thinlits, along with a greeting.  Very basic card - patterned paper background, along with a few interest pieces.  All of the trees are popped up with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Stampin' Up supplies you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Santa's Sleigh, Watercolor Christmas, Snowflake Sentiments, Carols of Christmas
Ink: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Be Merry designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Lots of Labels thinlits, Stitched Shapes thinlits, Santa's Sleigh thinlits, Stampin' Dimensionals (Mini and regular)

Since I've already sent out all my Christmas cards, I got a start on next year's batch -  added 7 cards to that pile.  :)

Thanks for coming back for Day 23 of my 25 Days of Christmas 2017 challenge,

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