Friday, September 14, 2012

Scentsational Christmas

Hello Stampin' Friends!

I'm continuing with the Christmas theme right now, and want to share with you another one of my cards that will be at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Class, which will be in October. Got to get a head start on them now so we have time to get them made, and sent out.  This way it's one less thing to have to think about on your Christmas to-do list.

This card is called Scentsational Christmas

Card Front

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Scentsational Season, Petite Pairs
CS - Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla
DSP - Be of Good Cheer
Inks - Gumball Green, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Markers - Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Gumball Green
Punches, 1" square, Corner Rounder
Emboss Folder - Delicate Designs
Jewels - Basic Rhinestones
Misc - Blender Pens, Dimensionals, Sponge/Dauber

Inside of Card

I found a neat little trick in making perfect banners.  I cut the strips from Be of Good Cheer DSP, and then using the 1" Square Punch I turned it at the corner and lined it up so the corner or "v" part of the punch is in the center of your strip, then also make sure your 2 sides are lined up and punch. It makes a perfect "v" for your banner.  I think I will make a quick video and add it in showing you exactly what I'm talking about, because that may not sound to clear. Sorry, I'll get that posted soon.

Another neat trick that I learned at convention was using the Blender Pen to remove ink from your stamp in a small area.  So when stamping the Cup image I stamped it using the Gumball Green Ink Pad, then I took the Blender Pen and removed the ink from the center section at the top of the image, and then I used the Early Espresso Marker and filled it back in.  Much easier than trying to use the markers on everything.  After removing the ink with the Blender Pen be sure to mark on a scrap piece of paper to rid the Blender Pen of the ink before using it again. 

I think this card is quite easy for a workshop or class.  I will post a quick tutorial on the 2 technique tips that I just gave you because I know seeing it will make more sense then reading it.  I just wanted to get this posted today since it's been a few days since I have blogged.

Hope you Enjoy!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Silent Night Evergreen

So, here is another Christmas card.  This one is going to be one of the designs that we do at my Stamp-a-Stack Christmas Card Class in October.  So watch out for more info on that class coming soon!

This card is called Silent Night Evergreen

Card Front
Close-up of card front
SU! Supplies
Stamps - Evergreen
Inside of Card
CS - Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Inks - Cherry Cobbler, Illuminate (Glimmer Pad)
Punches - Decorative Label
Framelit - Apothecary Accents
Emboss Folder - Lacy Brocade
Ribbon - 1/2" Seam Binding - Cherry Cobbler
Brad - 3/8" Basic Glimmer - Silver
Misc - Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Sponge/Dauber

I stamped the tree image using Cherry Cobbler Ink onto Cherry Cobbler CS, which I cut out using the Apothecary Accent Framelit.  Then I stamped the words using the Illuminate (Glimmer) pad on top of the tree stamped image.  I also stamped the star on top of the tree using the Illuminate (Glimmer) pad.  Then I sponged the edges with the Cherry Cobbler Ink.  The card is Cherry Cobbler CS, and the card mat is Very Vanilla CS which was embossed using the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.  I made a bow using the 1/2" Seam Binding in Cherry Cobbler and wrapped a Basic Glimmer Brad - Silver around the bow.  I placed a piece of the seam binding around the embossed mat, then layered the cut out image on top using Dimensionals.  Then I adhered the bow using Glue Dots.

I found that when you use the Illuminate (Glimmer) Pad that you get a better effect if you use it on dark cardstock.  It doesn't show up as well on the lighter cardstocks.

I love this card because it is fast to do and easy, but yet very beautiful and elegant. Hope you enjoy it as well.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Glimmer of Peace Card

Hello Stampin' Friends!

Well, to continue my Christmas theme (that I got carried away with), I want to share another card with you that I think turned out so nice.  Plus it's so so so easy!!

I call this card - Glimmer of Peace

Card Front

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Greetings of the Season
CS - Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Glimmer Paper - Silver
Inks - Baja Breeze
Marker - Baja Breeze
Punches - Extra Large Oval
Bigz Die - Snow Flurry
Jewels - Basic Pearls & Large Basic Pearl
Misc - Big Shot, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge/Dauber, Glue Dots, Dimensionals
Inside of Card

After I cut the snowflakes using the Snow Flurry Die & Baja Breeze CS, I used the negative image to sponge the snowflakes on the card front using Baja Breeze Ink and one of our Sponges. Then using our Color Spritzer Tool and the Baja Breeze Marker I spritzed the card front. You can do as much or as little spritzing to it as you would like.  I also sponged the edges of the card front using the Baja Breeze Ink and a Sponge/Dauber.  Then I cut out the snowflakes in Whisper White, Baja Breeze & Silver Glimmer paper.  I sponged the edges of the white & baja snowflake for a little accent, so that they would stand out a little more against the white background.  Now I just started layering.  First the Silver Glimmer Snowflake, then the Whisper White Snowflake, then the Baja Breeze Snowflake.  I used Dimensionals between all the layers.  On top of placed a Large Basic Pearl.  I stamped the Peace on Earth greeting using Baja Breeze Ink onto Whisper White CS and then punched it out using the Extra Large Oval Punch.  Then I sponged the edges with Baja Breeze Ink and place a Basic Pearl on the end of the P in Peace.

For the inside I stamped the Merry Christmas directly on the inside of the card.  I then spritzed the inside like I had done with the front of the card, and then embellished with one of the Basic Pearls.

So easy, and so pretty!!  Great project to demo, or maybe even do for your own Christmas Cards this year.  I love it when it's beautiful AND simplistic!!  Hope you enjoy!

Festive Greetings

Hello Stampin' Friends!

Well, it's hard to believe that Summer time is coming to a close and that we are getting ready for the Fall, Halloween and even Christmas!  I was in Hobby Lobby the other day and they have almost all the Christmas stuff out already! I know, crazy!!  Anyway, I've been trying to create some cards for my upcoming Christmas Stamp a Stack class that I want to do in October and just got carried away making several different designs.

This card is not one in the class, but I wanted to share it with you because I love how the colors turned out, and the fact that it's not your "typical" Christmas colors.

I call this card Festive Greetings!

Card Front

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Snowflake Soiree, More Merry Messages
CS - Basic Grey, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla
DSP - Festival of Prints Stack
Glimmer Paper - Silver
Inks - Basic Grey, Bashful Blue, Island Indigo
Punches - Merry Minis
Framelit - Labels Collection
Paper Piercer/Mat/Template
Scallop Tulle Ribbon - Crumb Cake
Baker's Twine - Island Indigo
Embellish - Mini Silver Brads, Library Clip
Dazzling Details - Clear diamond
Misc - Dimensionals, Sponge/Dauber

Inside of Card

For the stamped images on the Bashful Blue CS strip I stamped the larger snowflake using the "stamp off" technique, then stamped on the strip.  This way I got a light image.  I did this for all 3 snowflakes.  Then using the smaller snowflake image I stamped a full strength directly on top of the larger image.  It gave it a really unique look to it.  I then added the little dots of Dazzling Details and set aside to dry.  I cut out the Very Vanilla CS using the Labels Collection Framelit and then sponged the edges with Basic Grey Ink, at the same time I sponged the edges of the Festival of Prints DSP strip and block.  Afterwards I then pierced the Label shape using our Paper Piercer/Mat & Template.  Then stamped the greetings.  For the Scallop Tulle Ribbon I just cut it so I had 2 scallops, then I cut it down the center longways, scrunched it together and tied the Baker's Twine - Island Indigo around it.  Using the Merry Minis Punch - Star I punched stars from the Silver Glimmer Paper and attached with a Silver Mini Brad.  I then clipped the Tulle/Star with a Library Clip to the Label Greeting.  Then I just layered everything. First I put the DSP on the Basic Grey Card front, then I put the Bashful Blue CS on, then using Dimensionals I put the Greeting.  For the inside of the card I layer a piece of Bashful Blue CS (stamped the same as the strip on the card front), then put a strip of the DSP and then the Greeting is adhered with Dimensionals.  The whole card is Basic Grey CS, so that is why I layered the inside with the Bashful Blue CS, figured it would be easier when you go and write on the inside of the card, plus it's pretty!!

I love the way these colors worked together, plus they are not the "typical" Christmas colors.  It's just something different.  I hope you like it as well.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ribbon Spool Gift Box or Jewelry Box

Hello Stampin' Friends!

So, this project is one of my entries for the Artisan Award this year.  I absolutely love how this little box turned out, and I always love seeing my items displayed at convention.  As you know I was not chosen as one of the top 20, but I still love pushing myself to see if I can make my projects better.  And you never know, maybe one day I'll make it.  Keep in mind that some of the items I used are items that have since retired.  We have plenty of items that it would be easily replaced with something out of the current catalog.

This 3D project is - Ribbon Spool Gift Box or Jewelry Box

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Take it to Heart, Loving Thoughts
CS - Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
DSP - Attic Boutique
Inks - Soft Suede, Pool Party, Pretty in Pink
Markers - Soft Suede, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Always Artichoke
Bigz Dies - Scallop Circle, Clear Circle
Framelits - Hearts
Punches - Full Heart, Word Window
Ribbon - 3/8" Taffeta - Very Vanilla & 5/8" Crochet Trim - Victoria
Bakers Twine - Pool Party
Embellishments - Vintage Trinkets
Misc - Big Shot, Paper Piercer & Mat, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Sponge/Dauber, Sticky Tape, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Mailing Tubes, Exacto Knife/Box Cutter

So, if you have some empty mailing tubes left from when we sold those Definitely Decorative items, then you can re-create this project.  Or you can go to the office supply store and purchase them and make several out of them.  You will need to different sizes, a larger circle for the base and a smaller circle for the lid.

There will be a Tutorial for this project soon, so be sure to check back in about a week.  I'm working hard to get all of my tutorials finished for all of you.  Luckily I'm blessed with a husband that doesn't mind helping me get them edited and touched up.

Hope you like.  I think it turned out really nice and I'm sure anyone would be pleased to receive this with a small gift inside!!

Enjoy!!  Thanks for letting me share!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tea for Two Teapot

Hello Stampin' Friends,

This is another 3D project I made, this time I did it for the Late Night Stampers Artist of the Year.  We had to make one 3D item, one scrapbook page and three cards.  So this is my 3D project.  Each person who entered the contest had to set up a board on this table and then over the next few days people who were attending the Late Night Stampers events could vote once a day for their favorite.  They gave away prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd.  Unfortunately, I didn't win any of those spots, but that's okay I still had a great time making all of my items and you can't win if you don't enter, so it's always worth a try!!

So this 3D project is - Tea for Two Teapot

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Tea Shoppe
CS - Primrose Petal, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
DSP - Birds of a Feather
Inks - Primrose Petal, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade
Punches - Scallop Oval, Extra Large Oval, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle, Blossom Petals Builder
Framelits - Window Frames
Embosslit - Beautiful Wings
Ribbon - 3/8" Satin Stitched - Primrose Petal
Brads - Antique Brads
Jewels - Basic Rhinestones
Misc - Big Shot, Paper Piercer & Mat, Simply Scored, Bone Folder, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals,  Sponge/Dauber

I think this turned out beautifully.  I really want to add a couple of Teacups to it to make it a cute set. And then add one of those little boxes that holds the individual teabags.  I think it would make it more of a complete ensemble. So I'm working on that now (along with everything else I'm doing - - - :o)

And once again I will be posting a Tutorial & Template once I get it all finalized.  I really want to add the Teacups before publishing a Tutorial & Template on this, but I just had to share what I had done so far anyway.  Once again, check back later for those up coming tutorials & templates.

Hope you enjoy!!

Drawer Organizer

Hello Stampin' Friends,

Here is another 3D project I made for the Late Night Stampers Shoebox Swap for the events we do before convention each year.  This is one of mine for the events this year, 2012.  I actually made 2 different ones with different stamp sets. Everyone seemed to enjoy it!  Hope you will too.

This 3D project is - Drawer Organizer

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Printed Petals
CS - Island Indigo, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
DSP - 2011-2013 In Color Collection - Pool Party Polka Dots
Inks - Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Markers - Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder
Punch - Modern Label
Sizzlit - Floral Fusion
Ribbons - 3/8" Ruffled Island Indigo & Calypso Coral
Brads - Silver
Jewels - Large Pearl Basic
Misc - Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Sponge/Dauber, Paper Piercer & Mat

For the second one I made I used the stamp set Mixed Bunch and the Blossom Punch.  I had stamped one of the flowers in Island Indigo and then punched the image out using the Blossom Punch.  I then punched out another Blossom Punch out of Island Indigo CS.  Using the Floral Fusion Sizzlit I cut out flowers out of Calypso Coral CS and then punched out small flowers using the Itty Bitty Shapes punch out of Island Indigo.  I layered those flowers and used a small Basic Rhinestone Jewel for the center of the flowers.  I then stamped my initial "G" using the Letter It Alphabet Stamp set and placed that in the center of the flower using the Calypso Coral Ink.  Then placed the smaller layered flowers around the big flower kind of like the one in the image above.  Since I used the Letter It initial in the center of the flower I eliminated the Label Punch  with my name.  The only other difference is that I used the Antique Brads instead of the ones pictured above since the ones in the picture have since retired.  I then placed a Large Basic Pearl at each corner on the bottom of the Drawer Organizer to give it the look of "feet".  It turned out really nice and makes it a bit more personal when you give it an initial or put a name on it.  Makes a great gift!

Yes, I will be posting the Tutorial & Template once I get the several that are in the works done.  So do check back later.  Plus, if I can find the pictures of the second version of this box I will post it so you can see the difference between the two.

Hope you enjoy!

3 Pocket Caddy

Hello Stampin' Friends!

So I know it's been a few days since I've been on here to give you some new "inspirations", but you know how it goes when it's getting towards the end of summer. Seems like everything happens at once!

Anyway, on to the project!!  This is a 3D project that I made for one of the Shoebox Swaps I was in at the Late Night Stampers convention events. 

This project is - 3 Pocket Caddy

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Layered Labels
CS - Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
DSP - Floral District
Inks - Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango
Punches - Large Oval, Bird Builder
Framelit - Apothecary Accents
Bigz Die - Blossom Party
Ribbon - 1/2" Seam Binding - Baja Breeze
Baker's Twine - Lucky Limeade
Buttons - Clear Bitty Buttons
Misc - Big Shot, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Sponge/Dauber

You could add a little card and some hot chocolate and give as a treat to someone who may be under the weather.  Another idea is to use some Christmas colors and Christmas DSP and maybe fill with hot chocolate or some Christmas goodies and give to a neighbor or friend.  With school starting back soon it may be a good teacher's gift.  I'm sure there are tons of things you can do with this cute little caddy.

I will have a tutorial and template for this soon, so check back as I'm working on several tutorials and trying to get them finalized and finished.  My goal is to have all the tutorials and templates for all my previous projects up by 2nd week in Sept.  Plus, I've got some really cool new tutorials and templates in the making now that you will want to come back for.

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Happy Boo Day Card

Hello Stampin' Friends!

This is my second card I made for Convention 2012 for my individual swaps.  This card ended up being very popular!!  I made 100 of them and I think I only have a few left!!

So, the first 5 people who email me and comment on my card, I will send you one!  Be sure to give me your address when you email me!  I will announce the winners once I have all 5!

This is just a card front, not a full card.  But I would be happy to send one to you if you would like one as a sample.  Just email me and comment on this card here on my blog!!

I call it - Happy Boo Day

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Googly Ghouls, Wacky Wishes, Fabulous Phrases
CS - Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry
DSP - In Color 2011-2013 Collection - Lucky Limeade Stripes
Inks - Basic Black, Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, Stazon Black
Bigz Dies - Top Note, Typeset Alphabet
Punches - Little Labels
Ribbon - 1/8" Taffeta - Basic Black
Embellishment - Googlies
Misc - Big Shot, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Daubers/Sponges

I think this turned out really cute, and the Googly Eyes just push it to that extra cute category.  This card would be great as a Halloween Card or if someone has a Birthday around Halloween, it's great as one of those "dual" cards.

Hope you Enjoy!

Lacy Hello Card

Hello Stampin' Friends!

Today I am sharing one of the swaps I made for Convention 2012.  This was just for my individual swaps (the ones I swap with other individual demos).  I made 100 of these and pretty much swapped all of them.  I think I came back with only a handful of them.

Since I have some left over cards, I will give a few away for free!  Now these are just card fronts only, they are not full cards.  But they would be great for your sample wall or tree.

The first 5 people who email me and make a comment here on my blog will receive one! Be sure give me your address when you email me.  I will announce the winners once I have 5!

I call this - Lacy Hello Card

SU! Supplies
Stamps - Lacy & Lovely
CS - Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Whisper White
Inks - Baja Breeze, Primrose Petal, VersaMark
Punches - 2-3/8" Scallop Circle, 1-3/4" Circle, 1" Circle
Emboss Folder - Perfect Polka Dots
Emboss Powder - White
Ribbon - 3/8" Taffeta - Whisper White
Brad - 1/8" Mini Silver
Misc - Big Shot, Heat Tool, Paper Piercer & Mat, Daubers/Sponges

This was a pretty simple card and would be good for a workshop.  I also think it's a card that you can change around the colors and would be just as fabulous.

I absolutely LOVED using the new Heat Tool!!  It has 2 settings, the low if for drying ink and the high is for the embossing.  It's so quiet on both settings, and worked wonderfully.  So I definitely recommend this to anyone who is on the fence about buying the new Heat Tool.  I am very happy that I went ahead and invested in the new one.

Hope you enjoy!