Sunday, September 30, 2007

Happy Holidays Book

Hold on to your knickers because this is going to be a long post, but with lots of pretty pictures!

I've been thinking about making a little book for pictures from the upcoming holidays for quite a while. This weekend I finally had time to implement that idea without getting sidetracked. You know how that goes, you have the best intentions to work on Project A but then you see a new cool Project B on the internet or in a magazine that you just have to drop everything else to do. But I resisted and here is the oh-so-neato book that I made:

I took oodles of pictures so that you can see it in all of its glory. Yes, I really like how this turned out! First off is the cover. I used my CuttleBug and the Red Tag Sale Alphabet dies to cut out the "family" letters from chipboard. I then painted them with Mellow Moss and Garden Green Craft ink. The "f", "m" and "L" are Garden Green and the other letters are Mellow Moss. And by "painted" I mean that I mushed the letters into the ink pads. Somewhat messy, but not too bad if you are careful. I then sped up the drying process by using my Heat Gun.

Now the letters were pretty but needed something... glitter! I inked each letter with VersaMark (mush method) and coated with Heat n' Stick powder. I used the Heat Gun to melt the powder and then coated them a second time with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Gave 'em another quick zap with the Heat Gun to set the glitter.

Next step for the cover was a focal image. I used the Happy Holidays stamp from Big On Christmas; stamped with Noir Palette Hybrid ink on Naturals White cardstock. I used a blender pen and the following Classic ink pads to color the image: Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Summer Sun and Close to Cocoa. Then some Dazzling Diamonds glitter was added to the tree with the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. Every Christmas tree needs a little bling, doesn't it?

Hmmm... apparently I've skipped an important step: the book assembly! The covers are 4" x 6" pieces of chipboard covered with Wintergreen Designer Series Paper. I used my Bind-it-All and 1" silver O-wire rings to assemble the book together. There are twelve 3.5" x 5.5" inner pages cut from Natural White cardstock. Once the book was assembled ribbon was knotted around each wire.

But it's not done yet! I still needed to finish the inner pages. I decided that I wanted to keep them simple so I cut 12 pieces of 3.25" x 4.5" cardstock, 2 each of the following colors: Purely Pomegranate, Mellow Moss, Garden Green, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip. I glued one of these to each page as a picture mat. I also added a few tabs as page accents stamped with words from Fundamental Phrases and Amazing to Zany (Happy, Joyful and Wishes).

I did add some Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon to the first page but that was it. I may add more ribbon after pictures are added to the book.

Then I decided that the book would not be complete without some little stamped images that could be glued to each page with Stampin' dimensionals. So I stamped a bunch of oranments, trees and snowmen. Colored them with Classic ink and a blender pen and then added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter with the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. I'll put these little images in a plastic baggie and after the pictures are added I can glue one to each page. It will be so pretty! :) Here's a peek at what it will look like, however that ornament is just lying there as I have not adhered it yet.

And of course you probably want to see the rest of these so here they are:

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Big On Christmas stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Amazing to Zany stamp set; Purely Pomegranate, Garden Green, Naturals White, Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series Paper; Chipboard; Purely Pomegranate; Wild Wasabi, Summer Sun, Mellow Moss, Pumpkin Pie and Close To Cocoa Classic ink; Garden Green and Mellow Moss Craft ink; Noir Palette Hybrid ink; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Heat 'n Stick powder; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Rich Regals eyelets; Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon; Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon; Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon; May Arts brown and burgundy satin ribbons; Mellow Moss stitched ribbon (retired).

Tools used: Bind-it-All; Heat Gun; Basic Grey File set (for smoothing the edges of the covers after the paper was applied); Round Tab Punch; Crop-a-Dile; Ticket Corner Punch.

Uh oh... I went shopping!

I visited my local scrapbook store and picked up a couple of new toys. Just a couple! The first thing I bought is a set of Nesting Flowers dies by QuicKutz. I don't have the Revolution die cutting machine but you can use these dies with the Cuttlebug, just make the following sandwich: Plate A, Plate B, cardstock, die and Plate C.

The second item I picked up was a 6" x 6" pad of the Infuse Designer Series Paper by Basic Grey. It is sooooo lovely.

But enough about the shopping and on to the card that I made with my new purchases. The card base is a 4.25" x 8.5" piece of Old Olive cardstock folded in half. On top of that is a 4" x 4" piece of Basic Grey Infuse DSP. I rounded the cornes of this piece with the small corner rounder. Next I cut a scalloped circle from Certainly Celery cardstock using the largest flower die. I then embossed the scalloped circle using the CuttleBug and an embossing folder (sorry, drawing a total blank as to the name of the embossing folder). Old Olive was sponged onto the edges and the raised embossing with a sponge dauber.

The "You Make Me Happy" sentiment from So Many Sayings was stamped on Blush Blossum with Timber Brown StazOn (it was at hand so I used it instead of my Chocolate Chip Classic pad). The sentiment was punched out using the Word Window punch and then the edges were sponged with Old Olive Classic ink. Flowers from Baroque Motifs were stamped in Real Red and Regal Rose Classic ink on Whisper White cardstock. The 1/2" circle punch was used to cut out the smaller flowers. After trimming the Real Red Flowers and a couple of Old Olive leaves all pieces were adhered to the Certainly Celery circle with Stampin' dimensionals. At this point... I went 'doh' when I realized I should have used some Crystal Clear Brads for the flower centers but it was too late... but luckily I had some Making Memories gem stickers that I could use instead. Added some red grosgrain ribbon (retired) and finished assembling the card.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Baroque Motifs stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; Old Olive, Blush Blossum, Whisper White and Certainly celery cardstock; Basic Grey Infuse DSP; Old Olive, Real Red, Regal Rose Classic ink; Timber Brown StazOn; Making Memories gem stickers; Red grosgrain ribbon (retired); Real Red brads. Tools used: CuttleBug and embossing folder; QuicKutz Nesting Flowers; small corner rounds; rectangle handheld punch (makes ribbon hole); sponge dauber.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Going Grey

I can't believe that I have waited this long to use the new Going Grey cardstock and ink... it is gorgeous! Don't worry I won't go overboard and use it on every single card I post in the next week... I might only use it on every other card! :)

Quick notes: card base is 5.25" x 10.5" folded in half. I cut a piece of Going Grey and wheeled it with So Swirly in Going Grey. Then used the ticket corner punch on all corners and sponged the edges in Going Grey. I then matted this on the card base. For the main image I stamped the flower from Vases in Vogue on the Certainly Celery Prints designer series paper. Then stamped the same flower and one of the vases on Whisper White cardstock. I used blender pens and Barely Banana and River Rock classic ink to color the vase and the Summer Sun marker to color the flower. I then cut them out and layered on the Certainly Celery cardstock. I wanted to add a little oomph to the image so I coated the vase and flower with Crystal Effects. Added some ribbon, paper piercing and a sentiment from So Many Sayings and the card was complete.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Vases in Vogue hostess stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; So Swirly Jumbo Wheel; Summer Sun marker; Going Grey, River Rock and Barely Banana Classic ink; Black StazOn ink; Going Grey, Basic Black, So Saffron and Whisper White cardstock; Certainly Celery Prints designer series paper; Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon; Certainly Celery Grosgrain ribbon; Crystal Effects. Tools used: paper piercer, mat pack, ticket corner punch, Blender Pens, sponge.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

You're one of a kind!

I decided to take a break from Holiday projects and make a quick Thinking of You card. Since I haven't used the Zoofari set in a while (poor neglected rubber) I grabbed that set and a couple of new ribbon colors that I got on my last order and hadn't used yet (shocker, I know!). Then I pulled out my favorite tools: sponges, mat pack and paper piercer and set to work making this quick and easy card.

The card base is 6.25" x 6.5" folded in half to make a 3.25" x 6.25" card. All birds but one were watercolored with Bordering Blue. The little different bird was colored with Rose Red so it would stand out from the rest. I colored the beaks and feet with the Pumpkin Pie marker. All cardstock pieces except the card base were sponged with Old Olive classic ink.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Zoofari stamp set; Amazing to Zany stamp set; River Rock, Old Olive, Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie cardstock; Watercolor paper; Old Olive classic ink; Noir Palette Hybrid ink; Pumpkin Pie maker; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Pumpkin Pie and Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tool used: Aqua Painter, mat pack, paper piercer.

Holiday File Folder

I've been seeing these altered file folders on several different blogs and thought they were just the coolest thing. So of course I had to make one myself once I "acquired" a file folder... he he he.

I decided to prepare for the Holidays and make one for holding all the pieces of what-not that you need or acquire over the months leading up to the big occasion. I used my favorite designer paper (Wintergreen!) and the Season of Joy stamp set for the majority of the work. I used a few words from the Fundamental Phrases stamp set and the Typeset Alphabet and Number sets for the labels. I kept the look as clean as possible and did no sponging... none... nada... zilch (yes, very unusual for me!).

On to the goodies! The first pocket holds a little notepad with five sheets of lined paper for writing down gift ideas. The second pocket has a small white craft bag that you can put your receipts in... not that anyone would want to return a wonderful gift that you bought them. The third pocket has a little bag of tags that can be attached to the awesome gifts. The forth and final pocket is for holding recipes. I plan on putting copies of my favorite cookie recipes in this pocket.

Here is a look-see at the gift pad and gift tags. The back of the tags are blank and perfect for writing To/From names on. I added silver elastic cord to the tags so they can either be looped onto the handle of a bag or taped onto a gift box. The receipt bag is just a little craft bag that I actually bought to make another Genie Box with but swiped to use for this project instead.

So I think this turned out so cool. Almost too cool... I feel the need to hoard this little pocket folder and leave it as pristine as possible. Which means I will not use it! Argh! I'll look at it and want to use it but be afraid of ruining it's beautiful good looks. However, I have a solution... I'll give it away. Yuppers, I'll give it to someone as a gift and then it will be their dilemma... he he he.

Quick notes: all designer series paper was glued to the folder using my Zyron sticker machine. A good example of how to assemble the file folder into this four pocket holder can be located at the Taylored Expressions Blog. While at it check out some of the other beautiful eye candy that she has created. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Season of Joy stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Snowburst stamp set (just for the tags); Typeset Alphabet and Numbers stamp sets; Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Sky Blue and Whisper White cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series Paper; Soft Sky and Blue Bayou Classic ink; Noir Palette Hybrid ink; Clear Crystal Brads; Vintage Brads, Silver Elastic cord; Wild Wasabi Double Stitched ribbon; Manilla file folder; Lined paper; Small Craft Bag; Sticky strip; Stampin' Dimensionals. Tools used: scallop circle punch; 1 1/4" circle punch; 1 3/8" circle punch.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Happy Leaves

Yes, I am still on an acorn kick. I just love using that little stamp! And you will just have to bare with my fascination 'cause I have a few more projects in mind using this set. :)

On to the quick details (I'd love to stay and chat more but I have chores waiting to be done... blech!): The leaves were inked with Mellow Moss Classic ink. I then applied Always Artichoke Classic ink directly to the stamp with a sponge. Gives the edges of the leaves a slightly darker tone. The acorns were colored with markers and then stamped. I then applied glitter using the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen to the edges of both the acorns and leaves. I also applied glitter to the veins of the leaves... they are so glittery in person but you will just have to imagine that because I have not quite figured out the trick to taking a good picture of glitter.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Autumn Fest stamp set; By Definition stamp set; So Swirly Jumbo Wheel; Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Whisper White cardstock; Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke Classic ink; Noir Palette Hybrid ink; Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa Markers; Yellow Sparkly Halloween ribbon from Michaels; Clear Crystal Brads from the Pretties Kit; Stampin' Dimensionals; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Tools used: ticket corner punch.

Genie Bag

I wanted to try my hand at making one of the Genie Bags from SplitCoastStamper's latest tutorial. Luckily I had some green craft bags on hand that my neighbor gave me a while back (Hi Penny!). Which worked out perfectly since I had some pumpkin faces sitting on my desk that I had stamped a week or so ago when playing with the Holiday Blitz stamp set.

Sadly I did not have any Halloween designer paper or even fall-colored paper... so I had to improvise and create my own! I used the Autumn Harvest stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog and stamped various images from the set on Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I like how it turned out; subtle yet very Halloween-ish. Note: when stamping the pumpkin smiley in Going Gray I did stamp off once on scrap paper, otherwise the color would have been too strong. (And of course I could not resist the urge to sponge the edges of the cardstock with Close to Cocoa and use the Ticket Corner Punch on the corners.) Expect a few more of these bags from me in upcoming posts. I made a trip to Michael's today and picked up a pack of 12 white craft bags... woo hoo!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Holiday Blitz stamp set; Autumn Harvest stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla cardstock; Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, More Mustard, Going Gray and Close to Cocoa Classic ink; Noir Palette Hybrid ink; Stampin' dimensionals; sticky strip; small green craft bag; Black/Orange Halloween ribbon from Michael's. Tools used: 1" circle punch, ticket corner punch.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

WSC With a Little Cracked Glass

Beate posted another great Weekend Sketch Challenge on her blog: Fresh and Fun. So I had to take a few minutes and make a card using the sketch. I also wanted to play with the Cracked Glass technique a bit more so I combined the two and came up with this card.

Quick notes: the main panel is a 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" square of Bashful Blue cardstock. First I stamped snowflakes from the Snowflake Spot in Whisper White Craft ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder (gives it a bit of sparkle which is good stuff). I applied a little Bashful Blue ink around the snowflakes with a sponge just to highlight them a little more. Next I stamped several smaller snowfalkes in Bashful Blue and stamped the spotted background stamp from the set in Bordering Blue Classic ink. Then I used the Cracked Glass technique over all of that. Lastly I matted the whole she-bang on a piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock but after I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip Classic cardstock. Sounds like a lot of work but it really wasn't. Especially since I did several of these squares at the same time so I would have extras for future projects.

For the second panel I used the small corner rounder to create the scalloped edge on both the Wintergreen DSP and Chocolate Chip cardstock. Next I sponged all edges with Chocolate Chip Classic ink and added some paper piercing to the upper right corner. The third and final panel is a piece of Rose Red cardstock whose edges (again) were sponged in Chocolate Chip. I also added some paper piercing to finish the look. Then added some hodgepodge hardware and a little ribbon and the card was finished!

Here is an up close and personal look at the Cracked Glass. Plus you can see the Iridescent Ice glitter a bit better, not much but a bit. It is much more sparkly in person.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. All supplies used: The Snowflake Spot stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red and Bashful Blue cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series Paper; Whisper White Craft ink; Bashful Blue, Bordering Blue and Chocolate Chip Classic Ink; VersaMark; Noir Palette Hybrid ink; Iridescent Ice and Glassy Glaze embossing powders; Sherbet Ribbon Originals; Brown/Turquoise May Arts ribbon; Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware; Stampin' Dimensionals. Tools used: mat pack, paper piercer, small corner rounder.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Oh Acorns!

I thought I would post a card I made earlier in the week. Just a little funny (I hope!) card that I thought up while playing with the Autumn Fest stamp set. How did I come up with the idea for this card? Well my train of thought went something like this: That acorn is cute. It is quite nutty. I do so love nuts. Huh... nuts... I can use that. Next thing you know the card was made. Enjoy!

Quick Notes: I colored directly on the acorn stamp from Autumn Fest with Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa markers and then stamped on the Whisper White cardstock. I repeated this six times to create the stack of acorns and then on a scrap of Whisper White I stamped three more times. I cut these three acorns out and then adhered over the original stack with Stampin' Dimensionals. This made my pile o' nuts much more 3D. The edges of the Soft Sky cardstock was sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic ink. "Nuts!" was spelled out using the Rough Edges alphabet set.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Autumn Fest stamp set; It's Your Birthday stamp set; Rough Edges stamp set; Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstock; Chocolate Chip Classic ink; Chocolate Chip and Close To Cocoa markers; Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets; Linen Thread; Stampin' Dimensionals. Tools used: Crop-A-Dile; Stampin' Sponges.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Cracked Glass

I tried my hand at the Cracked Glass technique tonight and it was such fun. I will definitely have to play with it more. But here is my first attempt at Cracked Glass. Enjoy!

Oh, and I know that you want all details on how to duplicate this look. Well, here are the steps that I took to create the Cracked Glass look:

1. Select a piece of cardstock
2. Stamp images: I used Pale Plum (which was a little too light) and Perfect Plum to stamp flower parts from Pick A Petal. Then roughed it up a bit with the Sanded background stamp
3. Coat with VersaMark
4. Pour Glassy Glaze over the now sticky cardstock and shake off extra.
5. Heat with Heat Gun until melted.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 two more times or until you have a thick coating.
7. Place embossed cardstock in freezer for several minutes.
8. Remove from freezer and immediately start bending the cardstock and watch the cracks appear.
9. Add to card and embellish.

Here is a close-up so that you can see all of the cracks.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Pick A Petal stamp set; By Definition stamp set; Sanded background stamp; Perfect Plum, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White and Naturals White cardstock; Pale Plum and Perfect Plum Classic ink; Noir Palette Hybrid ink; Glassy Glaze embossing powder; Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon; Silver Brads; Stampin' Dimensionals. Tools used: Heat Gun, paper piercer, mat pack.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Merry & Bright Altered Can

A while back I mentioned the yummy black velvet ribbon I picked up at the local scrapbook store. Well, I also bought a few sheets of this delicious glittery paper by Imaginisce. I've been hoarding this paper but finally broke down and sliced a few pieces off to alter a quart-sized paint can. Come Christmas it will make the perfect packaging for a small gift... say something like a pair of fuzzy warm socks. Yup, I said socks but not just any ol' pair of socks. They have to be warm, comfy and fun. :)

The step-by-step instructions: Cut two pieces of paper that are as tall as the can and a little over half the circumference. I used one of those flexible dress-maker measuring tapes that you can get at sewing stores (usually for just a dollar or two) to measure my can. I then used sticky strip to adhere the two pieces together, overlapping just a little. Then more sticky strip was used to glue the paper to the can. Next I cut two 1" x 12" pieces of the coordinating paper and again adhered the two pieces together. I then adhered this piece to the can with sticky strip but cut off the excess paper (this cut will be covered up by the scalloped square so no worries if it is not perfect). Wrap and knot a couple of ribbons around the can.

Stamp the tree from Merry and Bright on Whisper White cardstock twice. Color with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a blender pen. Then using the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen adhere some Dazzling Diamonds to the trees. Next stamp the Merry & Bright from the snowman stamp next to one of the trees. Using paper snips cut out one tree and then use the 1 1/4" punch to cut out the second tree. Next mount the square tree on a slightly larger square of Always Artichoke cardstock (I used the 1 3/8" square punch) and then again on a piece of Bravo Burgundy cardstock (I used the Mega Scallop Square punch by Marvy to punch mine out). Adhere this over the ribbon, covering where the accent strips met, with Stampin' dimensionals.

For the lid I cut a piece of coordinating paper with the Coluzzle cutting system (used the fifth ring from the center). I then wrapped a piece of ribbon around it and knotted. Ran this piece throught a Zyron machine to make sticky and stuck it to the lid of my can. I then adhered the second little tree to the lid with Stampin' dimensionals.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Merry & Bright stamp set; Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke and Whisper White cardstock; Candy Cane Lane paper by imaginisce; Noir Palette Hybrid ink; Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Always Artichoke and Certainly Celery); various ribbons purchased at Michael's; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Stampin' Dimensionals; quart size paint can. Tools used: 1 1/4" square punch; 1 3/8" square punch; Mega scallop square punch by Marvy; Zyron.

Monday, September 17, 2007

A Fall Themed B-day Card

Fall must be on my mind lately because I have been using a lot more greens and browns in my projects lately. Or maybe I'm just thinking about chocolate... which could definitely be the case! :)

This card was inspired by Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I love these sketches. They provide a nice boost in my creativity when I am experiencing Stamper's Block. What is Stamper's Block? A very serious illness whose main symptom is a desire to avoid being in your craft area (oh horros!). Luckily it can be cured with a trip to the local Michael's or Joann's or by placing a Stampin' Up! order... and I suffer from it soooo frequently .

But to get back on track, I used one of my new stamp sets (on sale right now!) to make a rather masculine birthday card. Which is probably a good thing because I never seem to have a guy card on hand when I need one. You can read on for the step-by-step directions for making this card or just skip to the bottom for a list of ingredients. If you like the very detailed instructions below, please let me know and I will try to do this in the future.

Step by Step directions: For the card base use a 10.5" x 5.25" piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock folded in half. Cut a 5" x 5" piece of Brocade Blue cardstock and a 1" x 5" piece of Bordering blue cardstock. Stamp the Sanded background on both pieces in VersaMark. Sponge all edges with Brocade Blue Classic Ink. Adhere the Bordering Blue layer to the Brocade blue layer and then glue a small piece of Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon over the Bordering Blue Piece and add a brad. Add some paper piercing to both the upper left corner and the lower right corner and adhere to the cardbase.

For the main image cut a 2.75" x 4" piece of River Rock cardstock. Using Always Artichoke Classic Ink stamp a leaf from Autumn Fest. Use the distressing tool from the Cutter Kit to distress the edges and the Ticket Corner Punch to dimple the corners. Then sponge the edges first in Always Artichoke Classic Ink and then again with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. Wrap a piece of Chocolate Chip Taffeta around the leaf and knot. Next using Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa markers color directly on the acorn stamp and then stamp it on Whisper White cardstock. Punch the acorn out using the 1" circle punch and adhere over the ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals. Next cut a 3" x 4.25" piece of Always Artichoke cardstock and mount the main image on this. Add gold brads to all corners except the lower left. Using Stampin' dimensionals adhere this to the card base.

Then use the Birthday Wishes stamp from Circle of Friendship and stamp with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock. Punch out with the 1" circle punch and layer on a 1 1/4" circle of Chocolate Chip cardstock which was also cut using a circle punch. Then affix to the card with more Stampin' dimensionals.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Autumn Fest stamp set; Circle of Friendship stamp set; Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue, Always Artichoke, River Rock and Whisper White cardstock; Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip Classic ink pads; VersaMark pad; Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa markers; Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon; gold brads; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: ticket corner punch; 1 1/4" circle punch; 1" circle punch; paper piercer; mat pack; sponges.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

In the Spotlight

Well... haven't had a ton of time to stamp today because I've been shopping and doing chores. The shopping was fun because I bought more containers (rolling carts)... ohhh... containers. But this is kind of sad, I bought the containers to hold my other tin containers. Ha ha! It is an addiction. :)

However I do have a card to share. A nice bright one using the In the Spotlight hostess stamp set and the very colorful Cutie Pie Designer Series paper. The card base is 6.25" x 6.25" folded in half. I used the leftover scraps to make the little 3" x 3" gift card. P.S. You might have noticed that I did not use any ribbon... or sponging. Yikes! My two favorite embellishments neglected while I made this card. I will have to make it up to them.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: In the Spotlight hostess stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Purely Pomegranate, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Whisper White Cardstock; Cutie Pie designer series paper; Purely Pomegranate and Bashful Blue Classic ink; Noir Palette Hybrid ink; Crystal Clear brads; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch and small corner rounder.

Hello father!

I had a goal tonight to make two cards; one for my dad and one for my mom. I started with the easier one and made my mom's first and then moved on to the more difficult task of making a masculine card. No flowers... no frou-frou ribbon... ack the withdrawal pains I went through making this card. Yet oddly enough I really like the end result.

Now that you have checked out the card you probably have a couple of questions. The big one being "What's with the tape measurer?" and "Did you go hunting through your house to find it just for this picture?". Because if you are like me, you can never find the tape measurer when you need it and then it becomes the hunt for the great white whale. However... somebody (me) was really lazy earlier in the week and did not put it away after measuring the closet in my craft room. So there it was right next to my photo-op spot so I stuck it in the picture. After all, it does go with the card. :)

On this card I did do something different with the card fold. I wanted the top of the card to look similar to the top of a paper tablet. When I cut the card base I not only scored at 4 1/4" I also scored at 5 1/4" with the shorter section becoming the front flap. I then cut a 2" x 5 1/2" piece of Close To Cocoa and stamped it with the Sanded background, sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa, folded it in half and adhered it to the card base. I then used my Crop-A-Dile to punch 3 holes and set Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets. Finally I threaded the hemp twine through the eyelets (in a figure eight pattern twice) and tied it. This created my binding and then I just needed to finish the card with a big "Hello." I think the rest is pretty much self-explanatory but if you need more details just let me know!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Big Deal Alphabet stamp set; Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set; Autumn Fest stamp set; Sanded background stamp; River Rock, Always Artichoke, Close To Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Ivory Naturals and Whisper White cardstock; Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip Classic ink; Antique Brass jumbo eyelets; Vintage brads; hemp twine; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: Crop-a-Dile, ticket corner punch, paper piercer and mat pack.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Merry & Bright Coaster Box

A few months ago I bought a ton of chipboard coasters with the intention of making oodles of projects with them. I did make a bunch of mini books (for which I bought a Bind-it-All) and a couple of coaster frames but that was about it. Picture a cabinet with hundreds of coasters sitting in it... yup, that is my cabinet! Well, tonight I decided to ink up some new rubber (Merry & Bright from the Holiday mini) and use some of those coasters to make a Coaster Box. There are now five less coasters in my cabinet and one very cute coaster box ready for gift giving! Woo hoo!

Now I cannot take credit for this idea. There is a great Coaster Box tutuorial over at SplitCoastStampers that inspired me.

Some quick notes: After cutting the four 4" x 4" pieces of Wintergreen Designer Series Paper I used the small corner rounder to trim the corners. Which worked perfectly! The paper exactly matched the shape of the coasters... so no sanding or trimming needed. Then I ran the paper through my Zyron machine to coat with adhesive and adhered the paper to the coasters. This is a little quicker and less messy than using Modge Podge (but more expensive because you have to buy the machine and glue cartridges). I then sponged all four edges of each coaster with Blue Bayou Classic ink. Lastly I followed the tutorial and punched the binding holes with my Crop-a-Dile and used ribbon to attached the four coasters together. The bottom was adhered with E-6000 craft glue. E-6000 is really strong smelling... make sure your work area is well ventilated!

After all the assembly was done I pulled out my new Merry & Bright stamp set and got to work decorating the box. I stamped some images from the set onto Whisper White cardstock using Noir Palette Hybrid ink and colored using Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa Classic ink pads and blender pens. Then I pulled out the Dazzling Diamonds glitter and my Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and added a little glitz to the images. They were then punched out using the 1 3/8" circle punch. Next, I stamped the Snowflakes stamp onto coordinating cardstock and punched them out with my scallop circle punch. Sponged some edges and layered everything together and adhered to the box with Stampin' Dimensionals. Whew, it is all done and beautiful. Now I need to make another one since this one was so much fun!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Merry & Bright stamp set; Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou and Whisper White cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series paper; Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa Classic ink pads; Noir Palette Hybrid ink pad; Blender Pens; Stampin' Sponges; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Blue Bayou and Soft Sky double-stitched ribbons; Stampin' Dimensionals; E-6000 Craft glue. Tools used: Crop-a-Dile, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch; Zyron machine; small corner rounder.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A little different

I decided to play with a technique that I had not used in a while: Polished Stone. I was trying for a Christmas-y feel so used Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Encore silver ink refills. Turned out a little more brown then I was intending but adding a few silver flowers made it a little more festive.

Quick card notes: Tree from Season of Joy was stamped in Always Artichoke. A few flowers were stamped on the tree. I sprayed both the polished stone background and the tree with hairspray (you can also use a fixative) to seal the Encore silver ink. If you don't seal the ink it will smudge as it doesn't seem to dry on its own.

Another picture of the card that shows the silver Encore ink a little better.

BTW - I do recommend that you use plastic gloves while playing with the Polished Stone technique, espcially if you use colors that tend to permanently stain. One of my nails now has a decidedly pink tone to it. Sort of looks like I dipped my thumb in Tropical Punch Kool-Aid!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Season of Joy stamp set; River Rock, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White and Glossy cardstock; Always Artichoke Classic ink; Noir Palette Hybrid ink pad; Encore silver ink pad; Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive and silver Encore ink refills; silver elastic ribbon; Sherbet Ribbon Originals; silver brads; Stampin' Dimensionals; Rubbing Alcohol; cotton balls. Tools used: ticket corner punch; 1/16" handheld circle punch.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

SC140: Happy Birds

I have been thinking about this card ever since I saw sketch challenge #140 posted last week on SplitCoastStampers. I was pretty sure I wanted to use the Zoofari set for the main image and the Smiley Face from Holiday Blitz on the bottom accent piece. With those ideas in mind I created this card.

Quick card notes: The birds from Zoofari were stamped on Shimmer White cardstock with Noir Hybrid Palette ink. I then colored them with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and used the Sakura Stardust pen to add a little glitter (which regrettably did not show up in this picture). The Smiley Faces were also stamped on Shimmery White cardstock but with Old Olive Classic ink and then punched out with the 3/4" circle punch. Blue Bayou Classic ink was applied to the edges of all cardstock pieces with a sponge dauber;

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Zoofari stamp set; Holiday Blitz stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set; Old Olive, Blue Bayou and Shimmery White cardstock; Soft Sky Prints Designer Series paper; Noir Palette ink pad; Old Olive and Blue Bayou Classic ink pads; Watercolor Wonder Crayons (specifically Old Olive, Not Quite Navy and Pumpkin Pie); Blue Bayou and Soft Sky double-stitched ribbons; silver brads; Stampin' dimensionals; Sakura Stardust glitter pen. Tools used: Ticket Corner punch; 1/16" handheld circle punch; 3/4" circle punch; sponge dauber; blender pen.

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Chocolate-y Christmas Card

I can't be the only one who associates Christmas with chocolate... cookies and fudge and yummy gooey bars. Judy's Crinkle Cookies, Fantasy Fudge, Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip cookies... and on and on... I only made nine different treats last year... he he he. Anyways, I must have been in the mood for chocolate last night when I made this Christmas card because it is very chocolate-y!

The main image was stamped with Noir Hybrid Palette ink on Naturals White cardstock. I've been using this ink pad because my StazOn ink pad is in dire need of re-inking but I do not have a re-inker and I needed a waterproof ink. So this pad works... works very well actually. After stamping the image I colored the snowman with markers (Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and Always Artichoke). I edged all of the letters and the snowman with Brocade Blue marker. I then used an Aqua Painter to shade the letters and snowman face with a tint of Brocade Blue. I then sponged the edges of the cardstock with Chocolate Chip, layered on Chocolate Chip and added brads to the corners. After the card was fully assembled I coated the snowman with a layer of Crystal Effects to add some dimension.

The Blue Bayou corner accents were a 1 1/4" square cut diagonally and sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic ink. I paper pierced the edges to add a little more texture.

The scalloped the edge of the Close to Cocoa background piece with my small corner rounder. I then stamped the snowflake from Holiday Blitz above every other scallop and punched a hole in the other scallops with my 1/16" hand held circle punch. Again I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip Classic ink. Then added a speckled look to the cardstock by using the stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds inked with Close to Cocoa Classic ink. Adhered all the layers and added a little Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon and the card was finished. Yum... all nice and chocolate-y!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Big On Christmas stamp set; Holiday Blitz stamp set; Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set; Noir Hybrid Palette ink pad; Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa stamp sets; Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Always Artichoke and Brocade Blue markers; Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Blue Bayou and Naturals White cardstock; Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon; Crystal Effects; Stampin' Dimensionals; Vintage Brads. Tools used: 1/16" handheld circle punch; 1 1/4" square punch; small corner rounder; paper piercer; mat pack.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Batty for You treats

While waiting for the dealership to check out my Jeep on Friday I spent a little time in the local scrapbook store... one of the items that I bought was Black Velvet ribbon by May Arts. When I had time this weekend to sit and do some stamping this ribbon was just begging to be used... and what better use than a Halloween card! The card was so much fun to make that I just had to use my Batty for You stamp set again. However I didn't want to make another card so I broke into my stash of items that I have for altering and picked out the little jar.

Quick notes on the card: Dimensions are 4.25" x 4.25". The layout of the card was inspired by Beate's weekend sketch challenge. The background piece is Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series paper that I made more Halloween-ish by stamping the pumpkin face from Holiday Blitz in Old Olive. Then I roughed it up a bit by inking my Rough Edges jumbo wheel with Old Olive and running that over the paper. Finally I sponged the edges of both the background piece and the More Mustard piece with Old Olive. The ghostee with the mostest just begged for some flash, so after tinting him with a bit of Soft Sky ink I outlined him with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen. For even more pizazz I added a couple of small crystal brads from the Pretties Kit to the sentiment. P.S. I used a lot of dimensionals when adhereing the layers... :)

Close-up of the Ghost so you can see the glitter.

Most images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Batty For You stamp set; Holiday Blitz stamp set; Rough Edges Jumbo Wheel; Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, More Mustard and Shimmery White cardstock; Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series paper; Old Olive and Soft Sky Classic ink pads; Noir Palette Hybrid ink pad; Small Clear Crystal Brads from the Pretties Kit; Black Velvet Ribbon by May Arts; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; Stampin' Dimensionals. Happy Halloween stamp by Studio G (purchased at JoAnn's). Tools used: 1/16" handheld circle punch; 1 1/4" circle punch; 1 3/8" circle punch.

Quick notes on the Jar: The cardstock was adhered to the jar using Sticky Strip (love this stuff... it is super strong). I used my much neglected paper crimper on the More Mustard strip to add some texture.

The first image had the jar filled with raffia but then I remembered the candy I bought for my bucket at work... and the tootsie rolls fit in the jar perfectly, well... after I ate one of them of course! I also thought it would be neat to take a tall taper candle and use the jar as a candle holder. Sadly I did not have any tapers on hand or I would have taken a picture.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Batty for You stamp set; Basic Black, More Mustard, Wild Wasabi and Shimmery White cardstock; Black and Mellow Moss gingham ribbons; Sticky Strip; Stampin' Dimensionals. Tools used: paper crimper, scallop circle punch; 1 1/4" circle punch; 1 3/8" circle punch.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Criss Cross Card

I cannot believe this, but it actually took me less than a week to find time to make the latest project posted to SplitCoastStampers: the Criss Cross Card. Yup, I'm sitting here in disbelief... wondering how this happened.

Okay, I'm picking myself off the floor and getting to the work at hand... explaining any steps that I think you might have questions about. Specifically... the flower. The tutorial I linked above should answer any other questions you have on assembling the card itself. If not, just let me know and I will try to answer your questions.

Notes on the flower: First I picked the largest flower from the Pretties Kit and dyed it with Summer Sun and Barely Banana Classic ink pads. I used a sponge dauber to apply the ink to the flower and then dried the flower using the Heat Tool. It was only a little damp but I didn't want the inks to stain the surrounding cardstock when I glued the flower to the card and I'm too impatient to let it air-dry. Next I punched a 1" circle of Soft Sky Prints Designer Series paper and adhered it to the middle of the flower. I then placed a large clear button over the middle and using the button holes as a guide I poked a two holes through the middle of the flower. The holes were a little rough and not very big so I used the 1/8" circle punch to enlarge them. Finally I realigned the button and sewed it on with Linen Thread.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Season of Joy stamp set; Amazing To Zany stamp set; Holiday Blitz stamp set; Gable Green, Barely Banana, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky and Whisper White cardstock; Soft Sky Prints Designer Series Paper; Soft Sky, Summer Sun, Barely Banana and Wild Wasabi Classic ink pads; Noir Palette Hybrid ink pad; Pretties Kit (crystal brads and the big flower); Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen; Clear buttons; Linen thread. Tools used: sponge daubers; 1/8" circle punch; Round Tab punch; 1" circle punch; Heat tool.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

A little winter tin

I bought this little 4 oz. clear top tin a while ago and finally got around to decorating it. Woo hoo! One of my many alterable items finally altered... Only problem is that I liked how it turned out so much that I ordered a dozen more of this tin and a bunch of its buddies. My cabinet will soon be overflowing with tin containers... ahhh... containers... I like containers. Yes, I know I have a *problem* but we won't discuss that or my ribbon addiction or the not-so-secret large stash of cards that is threatening to take over my craft room.

But back to the tin... it is the perfect size to hold a couple of chocolates or a small gift. These tins can be purchased from: or I used sticky strip to adhere the double-sided designer paper to the tin. The same with the ribbon and the background circle. The flower was adhered with Stampin' dimensionals.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Season of Joy stamp set; Whisper White cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series paper (I love this paper!); Blue Bayou and Always Artichoke Classic ink pads; Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon; Sticky Strip; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: 1 3/8" circle punch.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

All the colors in the rainbow...

I dusted off my neglected Bold Brights cardstock and made this colorful card. I don't think I could have used more colors than this!

Quick notes: I used the Coluzzle cutting system to cut out the zebra. Then the scallop edge was created by punching a bunch of 1/2" circles from Brilliant Blue cardstock and adhering them to the back of the big circle. The zebra and monkey were colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and blender pens. You probably can't see it in the picture but I used the Sakura Stardust glitter pen to add a little glitz to the zebra's mane and tail... and the monkey's tail too!

Oops almost forgot to mention: card size is 6.5" x 3.25".

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Zoofari stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; Gable Green, Green Galore, Brilliant Blue and Tempting Turquiose cardstock; watercolor paper; Apricot Appeal Prints Designer series paper; Black StazOn ink; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Orange dotted ribbon from Michael's; Bold Brights brads; Stampin' dimensionals; Sakura Stardust Glitter pen. Tools used: 1/2" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch; 1 3/8" circle punch; 1/16" handheld circle punch; Coluzzle cutting system.

Naughty little kitty brought you a gift...

My cat Isa has been leaving me a lot of...umm... gifts... lately. Those "gifts" inspired this birthday card. :)

Quick Notes: I stamped the Here, Kitty Kitty cat and hat on watercolor paper with Black StazOn ink. Then used Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an Aqua Painter to color the cat. I drew the "gift" freehand with the Basic Black Stampin' Write marker and colored with Creamy Caramel and More Mustard markers. I would have used the crayons to color the "gift" but the black marker smeared when I used the Aqua Painter. The edges were then sponged with Perfect Plum Classic ink. I then mounted the cat scene on a piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock (also sponged the edges of this piece with Perfect Plum).

The sentiment "happy birthday from the cat" was stamped on Bashful Blue cardstock and then punched out using the 1 1/4" circle punch and layered on a 1 3/8" circle of Close to Cocoa cardstock. The edges were sponged with Perfect Plum ink. This piece was then adhered to the main image with glue and a vintage brad.

Next I cut a 5" x 5" piece of More Mustard cardstock and wheeled See You Around on it with Perfect Plum Classic ink. I used the Ticket corner punch on the corners and then sponged the edges with Perfect Plum Classic ink.

Next I cut a piece of Lavender Lace cardstock and pierced the edges with a paper piercer using the guide from the Mat Pack to keep my holes nice and line up. Again, I sponged the edges with Perfect Plum Classic Ink and then adhered it to the More Mustard piece. Poked a couple holes with my paper piercer through both layers and added three vintage brads. Then I added a couple pieces of ribbon (Elegant Eggplant and Chocolate Chip grosgrain) and finally adhered all the layers together.

As a final touch I handwrote on the inside of the card "... handmade by the cat with love" and stamped the "Happy Birthday" from It's Your Birthday stamp set. Then stamped the wind-up mouse from Here, Kitty Kitty and doodled some mouse tracks. I rarely if ever stamp anything on the inside of a card but this seemed appropriate. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Here, Kitty Kitty stamp set; It's Your Birthday stamp set (sentiment on inside of card); See You Around jumbo wheel; Perfect Plum, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Lavender Lace and Bashful Blue cardstock; watercolor paper; Perfect Plum Classic ink pad; Black StazOn ink pad; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Elegant Eggplant and Chocolate Chip (retired) grosgrain ribbons; vintage brads; Stampin' dimensionals and Glue Dots. Tools used: paper piercer, mat pack, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch; Ticket corner punch; Aqua Painter.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Another Pick a Petal card

The more I use the Pick a Petal stamp set the more I like it (and the easier it is to use). I've been working on stamping the petals of the flower all together and then cutting the flower out in one piece. The easiest way I have found to do this is to stamp the first petal and then stamp the petal immediately opposite it: creating a figure eight. After that I just align my other four petals against each side of the figure eight. Easy peasy!

The rest of the directions: Stamp petal from Pick A Petal on Pretty in Pink cardstock with VersaMark six times following order described above. Coat with Winter White embossing powder and heat with heat gun. Cut the flower out and sponge edges and center with Purely Pomegranate ink. Stamp flower center on Mellow Moss cardstock with Mellow Moss Classic ink. Punch the center out using a 1" circle punch and then affix to the Pretty in Pink flower with Stampin' dimensionals. Stamp sentiment from So Many Sayings on Purely Pomegranate cardstock. Add a strip of Wild Wasabi double-stitched ribbon and mat on Basic Black cardstock. Adhere the Basic Black piece to a River Rock card base and finish off by adhering the Pretty in Pink flower atop.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Pick A Petal stamp set; So Many Sayings stamp set; River Rock, Basic Black; Purely Pomegranate; Pretty in Pink and Mellow Moss cardstock; Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black and Mellow Moss Classic stamp pads; VersaMark stamp pad; Wild Wasabi double-stitched ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals; Winter White embossing powder. Tools used: heat gun, 1" circle punch.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Look at what we made at the class yesterday!

I had a stamp camp at my house yesterday and we made the following six cards. Here are the cards and the stamp sets used to make them.

The first uses the Holiday Blitz and Amazing to Zany stamp sets.

The second uses Pick A Petal and Sincere Salutations.

The third card uses Hugs & Wishes for the sentiment and Here, Kitty Kitty for the main image.

The fourth is a gift card holder and uses Baroque Motifs and It's Your Birthday stamp sets.

I posted the fifth and sixth cards in an earlier teaser post, which you can check out here.

I hope everyone has been having a great Labor Day weekend. Enjoy!