Sunday, September 30, 2012

Boo Bash Halloween Invite

The quick and easy and cute way! My sister, nephews, and I whipped this up last night. It was my first creative project all week.


Sorry for the delay in posts this week. My school life, family life, and more got in the way. Wait, did I mention sore throats, colds, and sniffles? Thanks, students.

Back to the fun- I opened up My Digital Studio 2 on my laptop and spent about 30 minutes talking about the party and designing the invite. More talking than working.

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Regal Fall Colors

Deep, rich fall colors make me happy this time of year. They are my favorite tones. I am an earthy girl after all!
Stamps: Lovely Thoughts
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Cajun Craze
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Spider Web Embossing Folder, 1" Square Punch, Linen Thread, Antique Brads, Sponge Dauber, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint

I cased a card by Cindy at Pretty Impact. I had in my head this kind of look and then saw her card and then couldn't get it out of my head. I had to make some changes due to supplies I own verses she had, but I still think it's pretty.

I made the ribs in my leaves by placing my leaves in the Spider Web Embossing Folder. Using what I have in creative ways makes for a happy creator!

Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jars of Goodies Equals Fall

I love this card because it makes me think of my Grandma Leone. She made the best canned goods around, especially "sauce" which served as dessert most days. Pear Sauce, Apple Sauce (whole apples), blackberry sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Stamps: Perfectly Perserved
Paper: Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvard Designer Series Paper
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Early Espresso
Accessories: Cannery Set Framelits, Adorning Edges Framelits, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Small Oval Punch

I thought the "table" looked like my grandma's table I adore and now use daily for meals.

Happy Stamping!
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Fall Leaves!

The maples are starting to change here in Wisconsin, but soon the entire woods will be bright and cheery as the aspens and the rest chime in.
Stamps: Gently Falling, Loving Thoughts
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper
Ink: More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Regals Brads, Paper piercing tool

My ode to fall in traditionalish colors. I rocked and rolled the leaves and used the new In Color Rich Razzleberry for accents. Love it! An easy card to make multiples of!

Happy Stamping!


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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Emboss and Color in One Step

I have a funny story to tell you. At the Lily Ink Pad retreat, I was the first to bed. No surprise to me as I go to bed early and like to get up early. However, while I was sleeping, my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friend used a technique with MY embossing folder that wow'd two of my stampers who come to my Green Bay Events. One being my sister. When I woke up the next day, and hadn't even had my second cup of coffee yet, they attacked. They wanted to make a card with that technique. I thought we had. I'd done the technique before. Unfortunately, it was with a different group of stampers! So, I knew I had to create a fall card with the Embossing and Color Technique first introduced to me by my stampin' friend Cindy Elam.



Stamps: Petite Pairs (on the inside)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Gumball Green, and Daffodil Delight Markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Garden Embossing Folder, Gumball Green Stitched Ribbon, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Punch

I made two designs because I experimented with coloring different parts. I colored the ridges on the one on the left (above and right below) and holes on the one on the right (above and left below). Both create an interesting look.


 For the bow, I punched a hole with the  Itty Bitty Flower punch. I wrapped a piece of ribbon over a 2" piece of ribbon and taped the ends inside. The Itty Bitty Flower punch shows and makes a cute little accent.

Which do you prefer?

 Happy Stamping!
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Teacher (and Staff) Appreciation Pencils

Teaching is often a job with many challenges and few moments of celebration. At every corner, there's something to be proud of, but someone or some policy pushing us to do better. I decided to start my school year out with some appreciation and positivity for my colleagues.


 MIMS stands for Menominee Indian Middle School and I do think we rock. We care about kids. We do all we can for them. We try to treat them as individuals within a community. We try to stay positive. We do work hard. I just wanted everyone to know that we really are #1 as a staff.

I used my Simply Scored to do my scoring. I found it best to score every 1/2" inch and score 7 times across a 3.5" by 4.25" piece of Daffodil Delight. I then just cut a 3/4ish strip of Silver and 1" ish of Regal Rose for the eraser. I tried to save cash and use SNAIL, but eventually sticky stripped them all. I used glue dots to stick the hershey kiss (or hug) on the tip of the ROlO. Yum-o. I must say making 40 of them was a challenge. I just wanted to eat all the rolo's! I went through 1 cup of cherry tomatoes and a bag of mini carrots that afternoon. My next project will not involve my favorite candy!

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hoppy Birthday!

As you probably know, I am huge fan of the Ronald McDonald House. Every year Stampin' Up! designs a set exclusively for sale to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year's set is especially cute and called Moving Forward. Here's my first card with it:

I totally cased the great Mary Fish on this one. But I did add my own style.

Stamps: Moving Forward, Perfectly Penned
Paper: Brights Designer Series Paper Pack, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Brights Buttons, Big Shot, Finishing Touches Edgelit, Little Labels Punch Pack.

I hope the stampers at Stampin' Celebrations this month love it and that it fits the boy card category AND that it's in the easy category. Whew! That's a lot of expectations!

If you want to make 4 of these, you could join us tomorrow night at 6 pm in Howard for $15 and two hours of stamping!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Everything Beautiful

If you've been a fan of my blog for a while, you know that I love things that look hard, but are amazingly easy. Here is one such card:


Believe me? Well, it is easy. Dawn Olefcheske has a fabulous tutorial on her blog called Triple Time Stamping. It's what I used and what you should use to design your own!

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Bring on the Cake
Paper: Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Ink: Perfect Plum, Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Decorative Label Punch, Victoria Crochet Trim, Vintage Trinkets


Happy Stamping!

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Friday, September 7, 2012

The Paper Bow

I almost forgot to post how I made the paper bow on my gift bags for the retreat! Opps! Good thing I have pictures of everything! My inspiration was the back of the Holiday Catalog. I wanted ac ute bow that I could make multiples of and not go crazy. I mixed and matched papers and colors since I was making a bunch of them. Here it is on the bag with tag:


 
Stamps: Blue Ribbon, Lovely Letters Alphabet
Paper: Polka Dot Parade, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Marina Mist, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Paper Cutter, Paper Snips, 2 1/2" Circle, 2 3/8" Scallop Punch, Ribbon

How to make the bow:
1. Cut a strip of 2" by 12" Designer Series Paper.
2. Fold in half. Then each half into the middle. You want the middle of the whole strip matched to the ends.

2. Along one side, cut a bow shape from the middle folds to the outer edge.
3. To make the cuts symmetrically, take your scraps and set them on the opposite edge to get the same part cut off. When done, it should look like this:

4. When you unfold it, you get this:

 If you don't, then your initial fold was wrong. (Ask me how I know)

 5. Now, take the outer ends and fold them over to make a bow--I used sticky dots to stick them. Something stronger might hold longer.

6.  Take a 1" strip by about 3 inches and wrap around the middle.


Ta Dah! You've made it!

Happy Stamping!
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Perfectly Clear

Jars are clear and I've been wanting to use our window sheets to make a fun card with the Perfectly Preserved bundle. Here is one we made at August's Crafty Night:
 Can you tell that the jar is printed on the inside?


I love these colors that are with the Perfectly Preserved Bundle. Raspberry Ripple, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, Early Espresso-- all seem to just saw Fall to me!

Stamps: Perfectly Preserved,
Paper: More Mustard, Early Espresso, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Window Sheet, Cannery Set Framelits Die, Baker's Twine, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat

 The framelits go through two layers, but not three, so we glued the plaid to the mustard, cut out the hole and then kept that piece on the Early Espresso to cut a second hole. Clear as Mud?

It was tricky and took a while, but at the same time, a neat card!

Happy Stamping!

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Monday, September 3, 2012

A Reminder of Summer

Tomorrow is the first day of school for my students. Therefore, today is technically the last day of Summer Vacation.  I needed a reminder of summer, so I decided to post this card today:

Stamps: Mouthwatering, Bring on the Cake
Paper: Sahara Sand, Pool Party, Whisper White, Summer Starfruit
Ink: Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand Markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes Textured Embossing Folder, Baker's Twine, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon

 I wanted an easy, yet boyish card to go with my other one for last month's Crafty Night and I missed. Apparently, it was girly. I found the colors in a summer picture. I loved it, but still didn't quite make it it boyish enough. Perhaps the frilly ribbon? The bow?  Oh well,  girl birthday card it was!

This is a pretty straightforward card--textured the back paper, stamp the image using markers to color, and then put it all together!

Happy Stamping!

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy September!

My favorite time of year--apples, leaves changing, new pencils, school supplies,and school! Here's a fun calender to celebrate. You are welcome to download it. I keep mine as my desktop background.

 I had some fun with this one. I used the new MDS2. Love it! It was fun to color stamp parts individually, as well as play with the background paper in the punches. Other than that, I don't think I did anything too crazy. I have to get ready for my day job, afterall!

Happy Stamping!

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