Friday, August 31, 2007

A little bit of Christmas after a hot August day...

The only problem with making Christmas cards is that I associate them with Christmas carols. So what is so bad about that? I have "Deck the Halls" stuck in my head now... and its repeating over and over and over again... fa la la la la... (hah... now you've caught it!). Moo-ha-ha.

Some quick notes: The layout was inspired by a sketch challenge that Beate Johns posted. The two toned look of the main image was created by inking the stamp with Purely Pomegranate ink and then rolling the edges of the stamp on the Bravo Burgundy classic ink pad. The technique is called "Rock and Roll."

Yes, there is the potential of contaminating the second ink pad with the first color... which is why I choose to ink first with a lighter color and then ink with the darker. I then cleaned the stamp and re-inked with Handsome Hunter and stamped a second image. I cut the snowflake out of the second image and adhered it to the first with a Stampin' dimensional. Gives the card a little extra oomph. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Season of Joy stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; River Rock, Bravo Burgundy, Soft Sky and Whisper White cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series paper; Purely Pomegranate, Bravo Burgundy, Handsome Hunter and Wild Wasabi Classic ink pads; Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools: Paper Piercer and Mat Pack.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

What to do with that wide ribbon?

I have to admit that the wide Barely Banana ribbon from the Sherbet Ribbon Originals has been giving me a headache. I just could not figure out a use for it that I liked. I tried knotting it but that was just too bulky. It was too overwhelming as a flag (when you take a little piece and fold it in half and staple to the card as an accent)... at least for me. I even tried layering another piece of ribbon over it... but no go. After all this folding and knotting and twisting (I gave it a good Yoga workout.. he he he) I ended up just layering it over a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock... and that I liked (a lot)... :)

Quick Notes: stamp the flower branch thingee from Garden Silhouettes in VersaMark ink on Certainly Celery cardstock and emboss with Winter White Embossing Powder. Then sponge Wild Wasabi ink over the image with a Sponge Dauber. The embossed portion resists taking the ink and remains white. Also sponge a little chocolate chip on the edges of the Certainly Celery piece. The Barely Banana striped ribbon is layered on a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock with the ends glued under (no frayed ends in sight!). With Chocolate Chip Classic ink stamp the "Hello" from Fundamental Phrases on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out using the Pewter label holder as a guide. Adhere all elements to a Close to Cocoa cardbase and accessorize with Pewter Hodgepodge harware.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Garden Silhouettes stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla cardstock; VersaMark; Wild Wasabi and Chocolate Chip Classic ink pads; Winter White Embossing Powder; Sherbet Ribbon Originals; Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware; Stampin' Dimensionals and Glue Dots. Tools: Heat Gun, Paper Piercer and Sponge Daubers.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Acetate cards

Yippee! I had some time tonight to make a couple of cards. The best part is that they utilize the latest cool technique posted to splitcoaststampers.com: Acetate Cards. I have actually made a couple of these cards in the past, but hadn't recently so this was a fun refresher. These cards are always such a WOW!

The first uses the Autumn Harvest stamp set (available September 1st) for the main images and the Baroque Motifs stamp set for the background on the card front. Then used the Holiday & Wishes stamp set for the "Happy Thanksgiving" sentiment.

Quick notes: the flourish stamp from Baroque Mofifs was stamped in Cotton White StazOn (a permanent fast-drying solvent ink). The pumpkin, leaves and squash were stamped in Black StazOn on Whisper White cardstock and then watercolored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun and Garden Green).

Watercolor paper definitely holds up better than Whisper White cardstock when it comes to watercoloring. And the crayons are much easier to blend without smearing the black ink. If using Whisper White cardstock it is probably a good idea to heat set the image before watercoloring or at least have a little patience and wait awhile for the image to dry. I didn't and there was a little bit of smearing. My bad!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Autumn Harvest stamp set; Baroque Motifs stamp set; Holidays & Wishes stamp set; Garden Green, Basic Black, Old Olive and Whisper White cardstock; Old Olive Classic and Black StazOn ink pads; Cotton White StazOn ink pad; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Blender Pens; Stampin' Dimensionals; Round Tab Punch; Acetate (transparency sheet).

The second card uses the new Snow Burst stamp set that is available September 1st. The inside sentiment is from the So Many Sayings hostess stamp set.

Quick Notes: Again, the snowflakes were stamped on the card front using Cotton White StazOn. The edges of the punched snowflakes were sponged with Blue Bayou Classic ink. The centers of the smaller snowflakes are Antique Brass brads from the Vintage Brads and the larger snowflake has a Jumbo Antique Brass eyelet for its center (yup, new accessory... this is my first time using one!).

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Snow Burst stamp set; So Many Sayings stamp set; Soft Sky, Blue Bayou and Not Quite Navy cardstock; Soft Sky and Blue Bayou Classic ink pads; Black StazOn ink pad; Cotton White StazOn ink pad; 3/4" and 1" circle punches; scallop circle punch; Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon; vintage brads; jumbo antique brass eyelets; Stampin' dimensionals; Acetate (transparency sheet).

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Been a busy weekend!

Been a crazy weekend with very little time for stamping (yes I am whining a bit)! However I do have a couple of cards to share with you.

The first uses the Here, Kitty Kitty stamp set again. I just love watercoloring these cats! This is a 4.25" x 4.25" card.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Here, Kitty Kity stamp set; Warm Words stamp set; Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa and Naturals White cardstock; Soft Sky Prints Designer Series Paper; Black StazOn ink pad; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Blender Pens; Ticket Corner Punch; Spiral Punch; Sherbet Ribbon Originals; Stampin' Dimensionals.

The second card uses the Three for You Punch Box. Again. Yes, I have been using this set a lot but I do so love it. But I will be taking a break from it because I have some new rubber that I have been neglecting (oh, the horrors!).

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Three For You Punch Box; Naturals Ivory and Ballet Blue cardstock; Porcelain Prints Designer Series Paper; Wild Wasabi ink pad; Paper Piercer; Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals.

P.S. For those wondering... the horrible chore of staining my deck is done! Yes, I am so happy!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Stampin' Up! Special for September

I just wanted to give everyone some advance notice on the upcoming special for September:

Fall Frenzy Promotion

We're excited to announce our upcoming September promotion. From September 1-30, 2007, when you spend $30 on regular priced merchandise, you qualify to purchase one each of the six following sets at 30 percent off!*

Choose from:
  • Bitty Boos Too ($12.57)

  • Haunting Halloween ($13.27)

  • Thoroughly Thankful ($16.07)

  • Autumn Fest ($16.77)

  • Elementary Essentials ($19.57)

  • Stem Silhouettes** ($22.37)
*If you wish to purchase two of a single set, you must purchase $60 in regularly priced merchandise to qualify.

**Holiday Mini Collection 2007

I only have one of these sets so you can bet I will take advantage of this great promotion. Espcially since I am addicted to Halloween and fall stamp sets this year!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

More from the Three For You Punch Kit

I have been playing with the stamps and punch from the Three For You Punch Kit again. This time with the goal of creating simple but appealing cards. Let me know if you like the following two cards!

This first card doesn't use the punch but it does use a couple of the stamps from the set. The centers of the flowers are Adhesive Rhinestones from K & Company. I've been hoarding these sparkles for a while and finally forced myself to use them.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Three For You Punch Kit; Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla cardstock; Lovely Lavender and Basic Black Classic ink pads; 1/2" circle punch; Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon; Brenda Walton Adhesive Rhinestones by K&Company.

I liked this second card so much that I picked it for one of the two free card kits that I am including with a purchase of the punch kit (special only lasts until the end of August and only available if ordered through me). The other card kit is the third card pictured in this post.

Yup... pictured with the card are two card kits all packaged and ready for their new home. :) I had fun cutting everything and putting it in cute bags... but then I like wrapping presents at Christmas time too! (It all fits in with my organizing and container addiction.)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Three For You Punch Kit; Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi cardstock; Porcelain Prints Designer Series paper; Basic Black Classic ink pad; Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon. (Really that is all of the supplies... I told you it was simple!)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Adventures in Watercoloring

I decided to try my hand at watercoloring with Aqua Painters and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I stamped the pumpkin and squash from Autumn Harvest in Timber Brown StazOn. Then colored the image with the crayons and used the Aqua Painters to blend the colors. Spotlighting with more crayon on the shadowy parts of the pumpkin. In particular I used the following coloring scheme:
  • Pumpkin: Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Shadowy Parts: Really Rust
  • Squash: Summer Sun
  • Stems: Garden Green
I also used a little of Not Quite Navy to create a shadow around the bottoms of the vegetables (or are they fruit?).

Then I used the Polished Stone technique on glossy cardstock to create a colorful background. For the colors I used Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red and Cameo Coral.

Then I spruced it up with some punching, brads and ribbon.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Autumn Harvest stamp set (Holiday '07 Mini Catalog); Curvy Verses stamp set; Old Olive, Ruby Red, More Mustard and Glossy Cardstock; Timber Brown StazOn; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Aqua Painters; Soft Subtles brads; Ticket Corner punch; Stampin' Dimensionals; Sherbet Ribbon Originals; 140-lb cold pressed watercolor paper.

Monday, August 20, 2007

More bling!

You didn't really think that I was done candying everything in sight did you? This time I candied some stamped images. Only difference is that you stamp the images with Stampin' Up! Craft ink (or another brand of pigment ink) and then apply the Heat N Stick powder while the ink is still wet. You need to use a pigment ink and not the Classic or water based inks because they dry too fast. In this case I used Close to Cocoa and Mellow Moss craft inks.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Polka Dots & Petals stamp set; Circle of Friendship stamp set; Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set; Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip and River Rock cardstock; Mellow Moss and Close to Cocoa Craft ink pads; Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip Classic ink pads; Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware; Mellow Moss gingham ribbon; Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon; 1" circle punch; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Heat N Stick powder; Stampin' dimensionals.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Show me the bling!

So what did I do this weekend? I started Saturday off by loading my Jeep with yard waste (weeds, brush and the works). It was quite messy and now the back of my Jeep is quite grody! Note to self, take Jeep to car wash and vacuum. Then I drove to JCPenney's to get a hair cut at the salon. Sadly I arrived a bit early which meant I HAD to pass the time by shopping (hello shoes and ohhhh I gotta have that purse!). And the new do? Let's just say that by the time the sylist was done cutting there was more hair on the floor than on my head... he he he. Yes, I like it :) Then it was off to do more shopping including a trip to Lowe's (which is never good!). Which brings me to the TASK. The TASK that I really did not want to do. Staining the Deck (gag, yack, blech). Can you tell that I really did not want to do this? 4 hours working on the deck... railing, more railing and yup another dose of railing. Only 4 hours because it started to rain a little which put an end to the staining. Hopefully the tarps and stuff I put over the sections I just worked on did the job and I don't have to re-stain those pieces (insert lots of grumbling here). I figure that I have about 4 hours or more of staining still to do (sigh).

At this point you are probably wondering why I have brought this all up in my post. Well, all the gross tasks (not including the fun shopping and haircut) I had to do made me want to make something really fun and girly. Enough with the nasty dirty stuff, I want some bling... and my favorite bling is Dazzling Diamonds glitter. After cleaning up I played with making some card candy that sparkles and looks so good it could be edible. But it isn't! So don't eat the card. Seriously, quit licking the screen. Sadly, the pictures I took do not do the cards justice. They have much more sparkle in real life. How do I make my accents sparkle like a diamond?
  1. Coat item with VersaMark ink. I do this by squashing the item into my VersaMark pad.
  2. Cover with Heat N Stick powder. I just open the container and dump it over the item. For easy cleanup do this over a Powder Pal tray.
  3. Heat the item with a Heat Gun to melt the powder.
  4. Now pour Dazzling Diamonds over the coated sticky item. Again the Powder Pals are handy.
  5. Give the item another quick zap with the Heat Gun to set the glitter.
The first item that I candied was one of the medium sized flowers from the Pretties Kit. It turned out so nice, especially with one of the clear crystal brads in the middle. Just a note, I dyed the flower first with Apricot Appeal ink applied with a Sponge Dauber.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Baroque Motifs stamp set; Letterpress Alphabet set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Apricot Appeal and Very Vanilla cardstock; Apricot Appeal, Groovy Guava and VersaMark ink pads; Pretties Kit; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Heat N Stick powder; Word Window punch; 3/16" corner rounder punch; Stampin' Dimensionals; Sponge Dauber.

I had so much fun candying my first embellishment that I had to do another. This time I grabbed a ribbon slide/buckle thing from the Hodgepodge Hardware and candied it. The clean and simple layout of the first card appealed to me so much that I did the same with this card. The colors are a bit masculine although I am sure the glitter and ribbon negate this. Or at least I have been told that glitter does not belong on a card for a guy. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Letterpress Alphabet stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky and Naturals Ivory cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series paper; Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip and VersaMark ink pads; Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware; Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Heat N Stick powder; 3/16" corner rounder punch; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

It's Pink!

I have to admit that for someone who says she is not a big fan of pink... I do make quite a few pink cards! :) I had a lot of fun making this slider card the other night using the new Holiday Blitz stamp set. Despite what the name implies there are actually quite a few everyday stamps in this set (eg. the flower and smiley stamps I used).

This second pic is of the card with the slider pulled all the way out.

When you pulling on the ribbon not only does the Naturals Ivory piece pull out but a second piece of Rose Red cardstock does too. Sort of a two for the price of one feature. :)

Quick notes: Click here to read a tutorial on making double slider cards. I didn't follow the tutorial exactly to make my card but the principles are the same. I basically made a slider and then adhered it to the front of a card, so I can still open my card and write something inside.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Holiday Blitz stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Flannel Plaid background stamp Small Sayings stamp set (retired); Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink and Naturals Ivory cardstock; Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink and Black StazOn ink Pads; 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch; 3/4" circle punch; Word Window punch; Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon; Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon; Vintage brads; Stampin dimenstionals and Sticky Strip; staple.

For those of you who make one of these cards you will have to let me know! I'm interested in seeing your take on the double-slider cards.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Christmas cards in August?!

What can I be thinking? Maybe that I will not only make cards but mail them this year! Yes, I have done that... made the cards and then realized it was the 22nd and I had not mailed them yet (much less addressed the envelopes!). Or maybe I am wishing for some cooler weather... the heat wave the past two weeks was crazy.

But regardless of what caused the urge, I did make a Holiday Card and here it is. It uses the new Big on Christmas stamp set and turned out really nice. Yes, I really like this one and it would make a great card to send to family and friends. Of course I have put it out there for the whole world to see... but maybe everyone will have forgotten by Christmas and it will be a surprise. Maybe :)

Quick notes: I stamped the main image twice, once on Bordering Blue and then again on Naturals White. I watercolored the second tree image with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and blender pens. Then I added a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the ornaments and star (gotta make the star shine!). Next I cut the tree out and adhered it over the tree stamped on the Bordering Blue piece of cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals. I also sponged the edges of the Bordering Blue cardstock with Blue Bayou ink. P.S. I used two colors of green to color the tree to give it the shaded look (Garden Green and Mellow Moss).

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Big on Christmas stamp set; Rough Texture jumbo wheel; Sage Shadow, Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Bordering Blue and Naturals White cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series paper; Black StazOn and Sage Shadow ink pads; Watercolor Wonder crayons; Blender Pens; Ticket corner punch; Mat pack and paper piercer; Pewter HodgePodge Hardware; Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals; Glue Dots.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Poll results: Favorite card accent

The results are in (although they may be a bit biased since there were only six votes)... the winner with a great majority of the votes (66%) is Ribbon. Ribbon really got out there and campaigned which paid off in the end with a huge lead over all other contenders. Brads and Paper Piercing fought fiercely but ended up tied for second. Sadly Buttons couldn't even pull off a single vote but maybe next year he will spend more time smoozing with the voters instead of getting lost in the laundry when his threads fall apart.

The final results:
1. Ribbon (4 votes, 66%)
2. Brads (1 vote, 16%)
2. Paper Piercing (1 vote, 16%)
4. Buttons (0 votes, 0%)

Next up will be a poll on the controversial issue of... colors. What color family gets you going? Is it the gentle softness of Soft Subtles, the jewel tones of Rich Regals, the down-to-earth feeling of Earth Elements, the eye-popping boldness of Bold Brights or the keen fashion sense of the new In Colors?

It is now up to you to support your favorite color family and vote. They are depending on you!

It's a purple evening...

Well, at least the cards that I am posting tonight are!

To the details! The first card uses the Three for You punch box. To start off I used the punch to punch the Mellow Moss cardstock, which I then layered on Very Vanilla. The centers of the flowers are Purely Pomegranate... I did stamp off a couple of times first to soften the color a bit. The stem stamp does two at a time, so to keep a forth stem from being stamped I masked part of the Mellow Moss cardstock with a Post It note.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Three for You Punch Box; Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst, Mellow Moss and Very Vanilla cardstock; Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi and Basic Black ink pads; Stampin' dimensionals; silver brads; Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon; Mellow Moss gingham ribbon.

The second card is somewhat more involved then the first... at least it seemed that way while making it!

My calico cat is soooo happy to be stamping that it is jumping over the moon with joy. Get it?

Quick notes: I colored the cat with Lovely Lilac and Tempting Turquoise Watercolor Wonder crayons. Then added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter where the two colors met... final result was a very colorful calico cat. I sponged all edges with Tempting Turquoise ink and wrote the "over the moon..." sentiment with the Basic Black marker. I also colored the mice with the WWCs. I used a large clear crystal brad from the Pretties Kit to add a bit more bling to the center of the "Rubber Stamper - 365 Days" sentiment.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Here, Kitty Kitty stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst, Tempting Turquoise and Naturals White cardstock; Soft Sky Prints designer series paper; Black StazOn and Tempting Turquoise ink pads; Pretties Kit; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Sponges; 1 1/4" circle punch; 1" circle punch; 1/2" circle punch; Watercolor Wonder crayons; Blender Pens; Stampin dimensionals.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Love the new textured love notes

I used some of the free textured love notes that came with the Three for You Punch Kit to make a couple of little cards. The first is a quick and easy Halloween card. I don't usually make Halloween cards but I just had to order the Batty for You stamp set. Who can resist "Trick or treat, smell my feet"? Not I! It brings back memories of Trick or Treating when I was a kid. What can I say; I have two older brothers and I heard that saying a lot around Halloween. :)

Quick notes on the card: to create the main image I colored with markers directly on the stamp and then stamped. I drew dots on the Pumpkin Pie scallop circle with the Basic Black marker.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Batty for
You stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Wild Wasabi textured love note; Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla cardstock; Black StazOn and Wild Wasabi (image stamped on envelope) ink pads; Garden Green and Basic Black markers; Scallop circle punch; 1 1/4" circle punch; Stampin' dimensionals; Black/Orange reversible ribbon purchased from Michael's.

The second card uses the Vases in Vogue stamp set. I stamped the rose image on the Bashful Blue square and then covered the roses with flowers punched from Summer Sun using the Three for You punch.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Three for You Punch Kit; Vases in Vogue hostess stamp set; So Saffron textured love note; Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla and Summer Sun cardstock; Basic Black ink pad; Summer Sun marker; mat pack and paper piercer; 1 3/8" square punch; Stampin' dimensionals; gold brads.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Stamp Camp on September 1st

Hey peeps! I just wanted to announce that I will be having a stamp camp on Saturday, September 1st from 11:30AM - 3:00PM. Location will be at my home in Grass Lake, MI.

There will be at least six projects to complete and the cost will be $15.00 per person. If you wish to attend or have any questions please send me an email. To attend please RSVP by Saturday, August 25th (this allows me time to cut, score and prepare the materials for the class). Seating is limited and prepayment for new students is required to guarantee your seat.

For your viewing pleasure, here are a couple of the cards that will be completed at the stamp camp.

You might have noticed that these samples use some fun new taffeta ribbon and crystal brads. :)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

I've gone punch crazy...

I'm loving the new Three for You punch kit :). As promised I've been making a bunch of cards to share with you. Although I have to apologize... this is going to be a long post!

First off here is the kit in all of its glory including the free Love Notes. It is lovely, just lovely. As a bonus... the stamps are already die-cut, which means that you do not have to trim them.

The first card is a simple square card (4.25" x 4.25") that utilizes the punch kit and several other punches (love the scallop circle).

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Three for You Punch Kit; Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Apricot Appeal and Barely Banana cardstock; Basic Black ink pad; Porcelain Prints designer series paper; scallop circle punch; 1" circle punch; Paper Piercer and Mat Pack; Stampin' dimensionals; Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon.

The second card has a more contemporary feel to it... I keep thinking of Ikea when I look at it. Not my usual style but I like it.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Three for You Punch Kit; River Rock, Old Olive, Regal Rose and Whisper White cardstock; Basic Black ink pad; Mat Pack and Paper Piercer; Corner Rounder (retired size); Stampin' dimensionals; Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon.

The third and final card that I made uses more of the Porcelain Prints designer paper (trying not to hoard the paper!) and some Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon. Just a note... I let the flowers wander a bit instead of centering them on the circles.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Three for You Punch Kit; Naturals Ivory, Blue Bayou; Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Apricot Appeal Cardstock; Wild Wasabi and Basic Black ink pads; 1" circle punch; Stampin' dimensionals; Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon.

And now for some other news... all stamp sets in the Holiday mini catalog (available September 1st) will be die-cut just like the Three for You Punch Kit. I'm thrilled by this! It definitely speeds up the process of putting your stamp sets together, which means more time for stamping. Woo hoo!

If you are a visual person and are having a difficult time picturing die-cut stamps, here's a picture just for you!

It's also a sneak peek at one of the Holiday Mini stamp sets: Autumn Harvest.

Later gators... and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Boxes and more boxes

So that little project that I have been hinting at is done and the camera battery has been charged... so here they are: Little 2-5-7-10 boxes that are great for holding little gifts (like chocolate). Check out the tutorial for making these at SplitCoastStampers.com.

The first box uses the Zoofari stamp set (love those critters). The wavy edge on the box was cut freehand with a pair of paper snips.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Zoofari stamp set; Holidays & Wishes stamp set; Spot On jumbo wheel; Cool Caribbean (retired), Purely Pomegranate and Whisper White cardstock; Cool Caribbean (retired), Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky and Black StazOn ink pads; Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware; Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals; 1/8" handheld circle punch. The pomegranate w/ teal dots ribbon was purchases at Michaels.

The second box uses the Vases in Vogue hostess stamp set. The colors of this box make me think of chocolate covered strawberries... yum! Maybe some vanilla ice cream too. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Vases in Vogue hostess stamp set; See You Around jumbo wheel; Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstock; Pretty in Pink and Black StazOn ink pads; Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Mellow Moss markers; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds; 1/8" handheld circle punch; Vintage brad; Stampin' dimensionals. Cream with chocolate dots ribbon is by American Crafts (a gift from my mom).

The third and final box uses the Event Full hostess stamp set and some lovely turquoise ribbon. Corner rounder was used to create the scallop edge on the flap.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Event Full hostess stamp set; Petals jumbo wheel; Mellow Moss, Soft Sky and Whisper White cardstock; Mellow Moss, Soft Sky and Black StazOn ink pads; Tempting Turquoise and Mellow Moss markers; Bold Brights brads; Ticket Corner punch; 1/8" handheld circle punch; Corner rounder; Stampin' dimensionals. Turquoise ribbon was purchased at Michaels.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Another Pick a Petal card

I made this card a while ago and forgot to upload it to my blog (oh, the shame). Tonight seemed like the perfect night to share it with you. Why? Well... I have been stamping and did finish my latest little project but I neglected to charge the battery for my digital camera. Oops! And I even have a spare battery, but that one is drained too! Luckily I had already taken a picture of this card. :)

Quick card notes: flower was stamped and Soft Sky cardstock and then trimmed as one flower. The petals are not separated.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Pick a Petal stamp set; Hugs & Wishes stamp set; Barely Banana, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Naturals Ivory cardstock; Blue Bayou and Basic Black ink pads; Earth Elements & Neutrals Buttons; Paper Piercer and Mat Pack.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Pretty in Pink

A quick card for your viewing pleasure... and it's pink!

I've had a few breaks between house chores and shopping for stuff to do more house chores... and this is the result. I've got a couple of other works-in-progress but they aren't ready yet... so you will have to wait!

And I saw the Harry Potter movie! Finally! Now I just need to read the final book. Maybe this weekend if I am lucky!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Pick a Petal stamp set; It's Your Birthday stamp set; See You Around jumbo wheel; Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal and Shimmery White cardstock; Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Black StazOn ink pads; Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware; Black Gingham Ribbon; Tag Corner Punch; 1/8" circle hole punch.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Gift Card Holder

I'm a huge fan of Splitcoaststampers and every week I check out their latest tutorial. A couple weeks ago it was for a cute gift card holder that I just had to make. Here is my take on the card!

The first picture is a front view of the gift card. I used the monkey and bird stamps from the Zoofari set as the focal images. Then some random shape stamps from other sets to accent the main images and the inside envelopes.

The second picture is of the gift card partially opened. You can see the coin envelopes that were used as the inner pockets. I could not find these envelopes in a small quantity so I ended up buying a case of them at Office Max (that is 500 envelopes!!!). If you need some coin envelopes just let me know... I'll sell you some of my huge stash... 25 envelopes for $2.00 (plus postage if you need me to mail them to you).

The final picture is of the sentiment card that I made to put in the second envelope pocket. The first pocket is for a gift card. I do not have a gift card at the moment so you will just have to use your imagination and picture one there!

This was such a fun project that I recommend everyone check out the tutorial and make one yourself. Have a great weekend! :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Zoofari stamp set; Hugs & Wishes stamp set; It's Your Birthday stamp set; Pick A Petal stamp set; Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set; Little Pieces stamp set; See You Around jumbo wheel; Old Olive, Close To Cocoa; Mellow Moss; Naturals Ivory and Brocade Blue cardstock; Old Olive, Mellow Moss, Brocade Blue and Black Stazon ink pads; Watercolor Water Crayonds; Gold Brads; Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon; 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches; Stampin' Dimensionals; sticky strip; manila coin envelopes (Office Max).

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Punch a Bunch Promotion

I just wanted to let you know about the great promotion that Stampin' Up! is having for the month of August. Purchase the Three for You Punch Box for $45.95, and you will receive an exclusive assortment of textured Love Notes for free (a $12.95 value)! Click here for more details. About mid-August I will be posting several cards made with the Three for You Punch Box. Anyone who purchases the punch box through me during August will receive the makings for two of these cards. Sort of a take-home make-n-take kit.

Cherish Box

So while I was shopping last weekend I found a little paper mache box (5" x 5") that I just had to have because of it's cute scalloped edged top. Of course, it didn't hurt that the box only cost a dollar. This might be shocking but I did restrain myself and only bought one of them. :)

Last night I finally had a chance to pull out the box and decorate it. I used the Baroque Motifs stamp set and some of the lovely Porcelain Prints Designer Series paper. I started off by covering the box and lid with the paper and using a sanding block to distress all of the edges. I stamped the larger flower in Soft Sky ink, the small flower in Blue Bayou and the leaves in Wild Wasabi on Shimmery White cardstock. After that I stamped the large flourish stamp in VersaMark on top of the flower images I had just stamped, coated with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat embossed. This was to add some extra sparkle (I do like my glitter!). I also stamped and embossed the flourish on the Blue Bayou cardstock (more sparkle).

Then I trimmed the larger flowers and leaves with paper snips and used the 1/2" circle punch to punch out the Blue Bayou center flowers. On a scrap I stamped "cherish" with blue bayou and punched it out with the Word Window punch (it just fits). The Blue Bayou embossed piece was matted on Wild Wasabi with a piece of the fuzzy green ribbon from the Sherbet Ribbon Originals used as an accent. The flowers were assembled using clear crystal brads from the Pretties Kit as the centers and dimensionals to adhere them and the "cherish" sentiment to the Blue Bayou cardstock. Finally the matted main image was placed on the box lid with more dimensionals and small white half pearls (also from the Pretties Kit) where adhered to the corners of the main image and the center of each scallop. Whew, all done! All right, I'll be honest... it actually was quite quick to make this little box. I know you don't believe me, but it was! :)

* Edited to fix a spelling error and I also wanted to add that the paper mache box was purchased at Wal-Mart.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Baroque Motifs stamp set; Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi and Shimmery White cardstock; Porcelain Prints Designer Series paper; Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky and VersaMark ink pads; 1/2" circle and Word Window punches; Pretties Kit; Sherbet Ribbon Originals; Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Stampin' dimensionals.