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!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Little House Gift Box with Tag

Hello Stampin' Friends!

So here is the gift I made for the LNS Gift Exchange for Convention 2012.  I made a second one for the SUDSOL Gift Exchange that took place on Friday afternoon at Lunch in the Gathering Place.  The House was the same, the contents I put in the box was different.

This is the outside of house. The opposite side just has a window and the trim, and the other 2 sides just have trim.

Inside of house. One side of roof is stationary and the other lifts up to reveal contents of box.

This is the tag, which is just hanging around the chimney.

SU! Supplies Used
Stamps - Friendly Phrases
CS - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
DSP - Comfort Cafe
Inks - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Punches - Scallop Edge, Extra Large Tag, Hand
Buttons - Natural Designer Button
Brad - 3/16" Neutral Brad
Thread - Linen Thread
Misc - Sticky Tape, Dimensionals, Exacto Knife, Glue Dots, Dauber

This house turned out really cute.  And everyone who saw it in person seemed to love it.  I made some little packets of chocolates using our cello bags and made a topper for it to match.  I also included a package of the new slides for the ribbon.  The ladies who ended up with them seemed very pleased that they were the winners of this little house.

I am working on the tutorial for this, along with a video.  So check back soon for both of those items.

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Owl Gift Bag

Hello Stampin' Friends!

Well today I'm sharing a project I made for the Late Night Stampers (LNS) Gift Exchange.  Let me tell you that we had sooooooooo much fun with this gift exchange!!

So, we were to make a project from current Stampin' Up supplies and then put it in a gift bag that had an owl on the front.  The owl is our group mascot.  Our gift was suppose to be no more than $10.

Let me say that the day that we did the gift exchange had been a long one.  We had been at Stamp Camp from 8am-1pm, then we had lunch from 1pm-2pm, then we did a 3D Shoebox Swap from 2pm to 4pm, we had a break for dinner from 4pm-7pm which some of us didn't get the whole time because we ran late with our shoebox swap due to the difficulty of our projects, plus we are starting to wear a little thin (tired).  So then we met back to do a WOW demonstration that was from 7pm-9pm.  Then once everything finished up with that all of us that were participating in the Gift Exchange had to place their bag on a table and grab a chair and have a seat in a circle.  I think if I remember right we ended up with 15 players.

So, here is what transpired next........remember we have all been working very hard ALL DAY, and it is now about 9:30pm or 9:45pm.

Ok, so Sherrill (our fearless leader) makes these numbers and puts them in a container for us each to draw a number for our place in line for picking our gift.  Everyone takes a number, and some are more excited about their numbers then others, and the reason being that is this.............we start with 1 and the person with #1 gets to go pick a gift bag first.  They open it and share what they received.  Most try and down play what it is, because.............this is a "steal your gift type of exchange"!!!  Meaning that the person with #2 can either get a new gift bag or go and take the gift bag from #1 person.  But see there are limits on how many times you can "steal" a gift.  A gift can only be taken 3 times and then it's "frozen" and cannot be stolen anymore.  And the reason why some got so excited over their numbers is because the person with #1 gets to choose first and goes again last.  The other great number is to be #15, because you get to go last and choose from most everything as long as it's not frozen.  And everyone gets a chance to "steal" or get a gift off of the table.

So you can only imagine how silly this game became because we were all so tired from the days events and now we are "stealing" from each other, or trying to keep others from stealing from us.  It was so crazy, but sooooooo much fun!!!  A couple of times we were laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes.  We will never forget the fun time we had that night!! (even if someone did steal from another person several times in a row......sorry!)   :o)

Anyway, here is the Gift Bag I made for this fun game!
I will post the gift that was inside in my next post with all the details!!

If you didn't get to join the LNS group this year at convention, you got to check it out next year!!  We have a great time making projects, winning prizes, and doing fun things like stealing gift bags....LOL!  Really, we have an awesome time and we would love to have you join us next year at Stampin' Up's 25th Anniversary Convention 2013!  Check out our group by visiting this LINK.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pouty Pumpkin Page

Hello Stampin' Friends!

Here is a scrapbook page I did for the Late Night Stampers (LNS) Artist of the Year.  They did this for those who wanted to enter and were attending Convention 2012.  We had to make 1 Scrapbook Page, 1 3D Item, 3 Cards.  This was the scrapbook page that I did for my entry.

I call this - Pouty Pumpkin Page

SU! Supplies Used
Stamps - Pennant Parade
CS - Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
DSP - Floral District
Inks - Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade
Markers - Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black
Bigz Die - Tasteful Trim
Framelit - Itty Bitty Banners
Punches - Petite Pennants Builder, Boho Blossoms, 3/4" Circle, 1/2" Circle
Baker's Twine - Lucky Limeade
Embellishments - Library Clips, Vintage Trinkets, Metallic Brads, Brights Button
Computer - Printed Titles on Whisper White CS
Misc - Big Shot, Paper Piercer & Mat, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

I didn't win the Artist of the Year, but I still enjoyed creating the projects for the contest.  You can't win if you don't try, so I tried and had fun doing so!!

Strawberry Trifle Recipe Page

Hello Stampin' Friends!

I took a day off from posting to get some things done around the house and a few errands as well.  So now I'm back to posting a few things each day.

Today I have a scrapbook page that I did for the Late Night Stampers (LNS) Recipe Swap.  We did this swap the Sunday before Convention 2012.  I will post all of the great swaps I received once I get some of my other things posted.  So you will get to see them a little later.

I call this - Strawberry Trifle Recipe Page

SU! Supplies Used
Stamps - Fruits & Flowers
CS - Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
DSP - Brights Collection
Inks - Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose
Markers - Real Red, Old Olive
Punches - Scallop Square, Itty Bitty Shapes
Bigz Dies - Tasteful Trim
Ribbon - 1/8" Taffeta - Daffodil Delight
Jewels - Basic Pearls
Misc - Big Shot, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

I really like the way this page turned out.  It is a 6x6 page that can be put on a 8x8 piece of CS and then placed into one of our 8x8 Binders.  That is what I plan on doing with all of the great pages I received from the LNS Recipe Swap.  This is a wonderful recipe for Strawberry Trifle, and it's really easy to make too.

For those that are interested here is the Strawberry Trifle Recipe.

Strawberry Trifle - Serves 12-15


14 oz. Angel Food Cake or Sara Lee Pound Cake, divided
18 oz. Strawberry Preserves, divided
3 cups Fresh Sliced Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries &/or Blackberries
2 pkgs. (3.5 oz.) Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
2 cups Milk
8 oz. Sour Cream (I use light sour cream)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
8 oz. Whipped Topping (I use a light cool whip)
1/2 cup Chopped Nuts &/or 1/4 cup grated Chocolate (I like using sliced almonds)

  • Slice half of Angel Food Cake or Pound Cake into 1/2-inch cubes; line bottom of trifle bowl with cake.  Spread 1/2 or 1 cup of Strawberry Preserves over cake pieces.  Sprinkle 1/2 of the berry mixture on top of the preserves & cake. Save a few of the strawberries and other berries for the top of the trifle.
  • Combine Instant Pudding Mix with Milk and beat until well blended; stir in Vanilla extract.  Fold in Sour Cream until well blended.  Next Fold in Whipped Topping until well blended.  Be sure to Fold and not stir vigorously.  You want a nice blended fluffy mixture.
  • Pour half of pudding mixture on top of berry mixture in trifle bowl.  Cut the remaining Angel Food Cake or Pound Cake into cubes; spread with remaining preserves.  Add remaining berries.  Top with pudding mixture.
  • Put saved strawberries and other berries on the top and then sprinkle with Chopped Nuts & Grated Chocolate.  
  • Refrigerate for a couple hours before serving.
  • Serve & Enjoy!!
Hope you enjoy the Recipe Layout & and the Strawberry Trifle Recipe!  If you do use the recipe please come back and post about it by leaving a comment.  Also you can direct others to my blog for the recipe if you like.

This usually ends up being a big huge favorite once you try it.  My hubby loves it and asks for it often.  This is such an easy recipe that I make it for my parties that I hold, or I take it when I have a potluck to go to.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dresser Step-Card

Hello Stampin' Friends,

So, as I said before I participated in a swap that was called Over the Top.  Well, right afterwards we had a "specialty" swap and I was in one called Bling it On.  This "specialty" swap in particular was to have bling, which could be jewels, glitter, brads, pearls, etc.  I must say that it was another great swap that I hope to do again.

Here is the card the I made for the Bling it On Swap.

I call this the - Dresser Step-Card

SU! Supplies Used
Stamps - Just Believe, Petite Pairs
CS - Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette
Inks - Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red
Punches - Word Window, Curly Label, Scallop Edge, Itty Bitty Shapes
Brads - 3/16" Metallic
Jewels - Basic Pearls
Ribbon - 3/8" Taffeta - Pink Pirouette
Crochet Trim - Victoria
Misc - Paper Piercer, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Sticky Tape

For this step-card you cut directly center to make the 2 separate sections.  For the dresser side you cut 3 rectangles for the drawer fronts, sponge edges with Crumb Cake Ink.  Using the Paper Piercer & Mat pierce the holes for the brads on one drawer front, then so that they will all match and align up correctly stack the others 2 under the 1st pierced block and using those holes pierce through all layers.  This easier then trying to get it exactly by eyeballing it.  Place you 3/16" Metallic Brads, whatever color you like.  Cut a small piece, about 1", of the Victoria Crochet Trim and place some Sticky Tape over the front and back of the drawer front and place your crochet trim on top of sticky tape.  Makes it look like something is hanging out of one of the dresser drawers.  Attach the dresser drawer fronts to the left side of card using Dimensionals.  Then using the Curly Label Punch, punch half of the design on the bottom left center of the card to form the legs of the dresser.   Now, for the right side of the card you need to cut a piece from Wild Wasabi CS and sponge edges with Wild Wasabi Ink.  Cut a smaller piece of Very Vanilla CS and stamp the stem images from the Just Believe Set using Wild Wasabi Ink, sponge edges with Wild Wasabi Ink also. Punch 4 flowers from Pink Pirouette CS using the flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punches.  Sponge the edges of the flowers with Rose Red Ink.  Adhere 3 of the flowers to the stem image and add a small Basic Pearl to each flower center.  Make a knotted bow from the Pink Pirouette Ribbon and adhere to stem image block.  Stamp the "Friends" in Crumb Cake Ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla CS and punch out with the Word Window Punch.  Sponge the edges of word window with Crumb Cake Ink.  Using the Scallop Edge Punch, punch the bottom center of the right side just to give a little accent.  Then attach the "Friend" word window just above punched area with Dimensionals.  Now adhere the stamped image block to right side front.  Front of card is finished.  For the inside I stamped the sentiments from the Petite Pairs Set onto Very Vanilla CS using Wild Wasabi Ink.  Then you need to punch out the sentiment using the Curly Label Punch and then sponge the edges with Crumb Cake Ink.  Next adhere the 4th flower from earlier to the top left corner and add a small Basic Pearl to center.  Adhere to left side center of inside card with Dimensionals.

Ta Da!  All done, and oh so very cute!  You could do this same style card using toys for more of a kids card, or even make it using some baby items as a baby card.  There a a ton of possibilities with this darling Dresser Step-Card.  Have fun with it and please share your ideas of what you come up with.

Floral Warm Wishes Card

Hello Stampin' Friends!

I'm going to try and post a few things each day until I have everything loaded from Convention 2012.  Then we will try and get back to normal.  But I figure you like seeing all the goodies and info from Convention, so those I will try and get posted first while it's still fresh.

Anyway, onto today's cards and such!

This card was for a swap that I did at Convention 2012.  It's from a swap that was called Over the Top.  We met at the Marriott on Wednesday night and had dinner and some projects and swapped.  Had a great time and would love to be a part of that again.

Step-card outside/front view
Step-card inside view

I call this card - Floral Warm Wishes

SU! Supplies Used
Stamps - Blooming with Kindness, Bring on the Cake
CS - Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla
Specialty - Vellum CS
Inks - Elegant Eggplant
Punches - Elegant Butterfly
Dies - Fun Flowers
Framelit - Apothecary Accents
Emboss Folder - Perfect Polka Dots, Lattice
Jewels - Basic Rhinestones
Misc - Big Shot, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

This is one of those step-cards.  I had equal amounts on both sides and a little bit larger center.  But you could change it up and do it anyway you want.  I cut pieces of Lucky Limeade CS and embossed them with the Lattice Emboss Folder then attached to the card front.  I then diecut the flowers from the Fun Flowers Die using the Big Shot.  Once they are cut I then embossed them using the Perfect Polka Dots Emboss Folder.  I sponged the edges of the flowers using the Elegant Eggplant Ink, then layered the flowers with Glue Dots & Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiments using Elegant Eggplant Ink from the Blooming with Kindness set.  Then I punched 3 butterflies from Vellum CS using the Elegant Butterfly punch and then embossed them all using the Perfect Polka Dots Emboss Folder.  I attached them to the front of the card and then added some Basic Rhinestone Jewels to each butterfly center to add a little bling.  For the inside of the card I stamped the sentiment using Elegant Eggplant Ink with the Bring on the Cake set onto Very Vanilla CS. I then used the Apothecary Accent Framelits to diecut the shape and then I sponged the edges of the frame with Elegant Eggplant Ink. I diecut another shape from Elegant Eggplant CS and cut it in half and separated it to give a slight accent to the edges.  Then added 2 Basic Rhinestone Jewels and using Dimensionals adhered it to the inside center of the step-card.

I love the way the colors work together without over powering each other.  I think it turned out very pretty and elegant.  Hope you enjoy it as well.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

SU! Convention 2012 Commercial - 1st Place Winner

Hello Stampin' Friends!

Since I was going to Convention this year I had decided to enter the Commercial Contest that Stampin' Up does every year.  It is open to all demonstrators who are going to attend convention.  So I started brainstorming and came up with a "CSI" or "Law & Order" theme.  I had a lot of fun coming up with the idea and making it.  My hubby was a big help in putting it all together as well as being the intro voice and the ending voice.

We ended up winning 1st Place!! Woo Hoo!

So I thought I would share it here with all of you!  Hope you enjoy!