Thursday, April 30, 2009

Scallop Circle Hinge Card--A Walk in the Park!

As April ends, I want to share one of my favorite make-n-takes. So neat, in fact, that I also used it at my April workshops! 

Ta Dah!
Stamps: Matchbox Messages
Paper: Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper
Ink: Regal Rose, Baja Breeze
Accessories: 1/16' Handheld Circle Punch, Vintage Brads, Scallop Bigz Die, Big Shot, Pink Pirouette Ribbon, Scallop Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch

The style is a called a hinge card. The card opens on a brad hinge and fits in a standard invitation-sized envelope.

As you can see by my pictures, I cut parts and allowed stampers to pick out their own combination of DSP design, background colors, etc. Each one looked great! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monochromatic Spring

I'm crazy. Bubba has told me this before, but I really think it might be true. Sunday night, I packed my car full of stuff--a bag of punches, a bag of 8 1/2 by 11 paper, a file box of 12x12 paper, a bag of ink pads and some embellishments, my stamp kit, my big shot, a basket of assorted stuff, and a tub of stamps. Why? Friday night is my monthly Scrapbook Crop in Green Bay and when I leave Sunday, I don't visit my stamp room until after Friday night's big event. I go by my old Girl Scout Motto-Be Prepared. Although, I'm not. I left my Tabletop cutter on the stamp room table along with my basic gray paper! How did I think I was going to participate in this week's Diva Coffee Break Designs Color Challenge?

Basic Gray was kind of important! Well, I figured out a card that I like and that some very special people are going to actually receive in their mailbox! Crazy, I know. Please forgive the raggedy edges. I brought my 12 x 12 paper cutter, but no new blades so I have two dull ones. Ahhh.... the tragedy.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Paper: A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: 5 Petal Flower Punch, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, and Jumbo Brads

I loved the color combo, but when trying to figure out what to do, I got a little stumped. Finally, I remembered I card I seen just last night while blurfing from
Kirsten's Stamping Corner. Pretty, cool, huh? I needed a strong image, but not overpowering. This neglected flower from Inspired by Nature was perfect. I usually use the large coneflower and leave out the little guy. 

Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 27, 2009

A Potful of Daisies

At the Minneapolis Regionals Event, I spotted the cutest card across the lobby as we swapped and waited for the doors to open. Luckily, my friend Niki held our spot as I chased after a demonstrated named Youa Yang. She had the coolest potted flower card! (I forgot to take a picture), but really, it was FABULOUS!

Immediately I decided we would make it at my next event--the Spring Fling Stamp-a-Stack. It's a little time consuming, so I created the pots in advance. You'd like to see it, huh? Here it is:

Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Backgrounds I Texturz, Silicone pad, plastic plate, 12 x 12 paper cutter with scoring blade, 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dots, 3/4 circle punch, Circle Scallop Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Key Tab Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Designer Label Punch, Soft Subtles brads, 1/16 handheld punch

Now, this card is cute on the outside, but here it is-- pulled out! It's a unique pocket card!

Cute as it and I'd love to take credit, but the Monday after the Regional Event where I spotted and swapped for this idea, Splitcoast had a cool technique challenge-
make a flower pot card. 

To make my copy of the card (Officially called a a CASE in stamper-world), I planned to make a template. Then, after looking at all the great samples popping up on Splitcoast, I went to a Tutorial on it by Stephanie Luhman. 

The only real trick is making sure you make the edges correctly. To do that, you place one corner of your card base on the line of your cutter and the other on the 1/2 inch mark. Slice and you're in!  

I wanted my Designer Label to have a backround, but hate cutting. So, I used my punches. I used the 1 3/8 circle punch layered on the Key Tab punch to make a matte! Love those punches!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Scallop Scrapbook

Here it is, Twila;)!

I've been working on getting around to this project for a while. I found some time this week and I think it's darn cute!

Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Rock-a-bye Boy Simply Scrappin' Kit, Whisper White
Ink: NONE!
Accessories: Scallop Bigz Die, Big Shot, Acrylic Cutting Pads, Tangerine Tango Double Striped Ribbon, Bashful Blue Striped Ribbon, Crop-a-dile, Paper cutter, Paper Snips, 6x6 Page Protector, Chipboard, Glue Stick

How did I do it?

First, I adhered a strip of Designer Series Paper onto the long board chipboard with a glue stick.

I ran this through the Big Shot to cut both the chipboard and paper at once. I did this twice-one for each over. The back covers I ran through without chipboard, both at once. I used glue stick to adhere the blue striped side up on the back of each chipboard piece. I also used the Big Shot to cute 6 pages of Whisper White cardstock at once. Voila!

Now, the cool part that I learned at a Stampin' Up! Regional Event: I cut a page protector with the Big Shot to add a protective cover to my book. It's hard to see in the photo, but the 6x6 page protector is there! The light reflected off the cover in my first photo. I adhered the cover with two mini-glue dots. They become invisible.

Next, I added the ribbon and embellishments to the over over the page protector.

To finish it off, I used my Crop-a-dile to punch through the chipboard, the Whisper White pages, and the back cover. I added a binder ring topped off with a ribbon.

Inside, I used the die cuts stickers and papers from the Simply Scrappin' Kit to decorate a page per month. The beauty of using a Simply Scrappin' Kit to make this album is that each page coordinates and just goes together. It really only took a couple of hours for the entire project. Pictures can be added by the recipient. A perfect mother's day gift!

Happy project making!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Bit of Summer in the Midst of April Showers

Whew! What a week! My head is still spinning. I had a bit of a minor health problem--exhaustion paired with what I think is allegies, so I haven't posted much this week. I apologize for that, but a girl has got to sleep when she can. For some reason, I ran out of my usual energy this Tuesday and needed a break. After a little Bubba time, quiet time, and back to work time, I am back with a simple, yet beautiful card. 

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Summer Sun
Ink: Old Olive, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Always Artichoke 1/4 inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Crimper, Sponge Daubers

Why so simple? Sometime simple is better. Plus, two of my cards at my latest Stamp-a-stack were more complex, so I needed some balance. I got this idea from a swap at Regionals. There is no name on the one I CASED that I can locate or I'd give credit to the designer. I love how quick it was to put together, how easy to mail, and how bright it makes me feel. 

I used the ink pouncing technique--use sponge daubers in the ink pad, then apply by pouncing onto the stamp. Huff to remoisten any dried ink, and stamp! The Huffing helps the ink get wet, so must be done after inking, not before. It may be strange that I make this point, but I learned specificity is needed!

The other cool thing I learned is to cut my Very Vanilla piece 5 3/4 inches, so when crimped, it fit on the card front! Really, 5 5/8 would be better, but who likes to measure eighths? Not me. Not on a ga-gillion pieces in preparation for a Stamp-a-Stack!

Have a Happy Day!

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Special Blessing...

This weekend, my sister came over for my Stamp-a-Stack. As she made each card, she placed where it was going to be sent. She added a bit here, a sentiment there. She's so organized! When she got done, she came to me and said, I need a boy first communion card. Yeah. Right. Not  my usual stamping topic. We ran upstairs to the stamp room and started playing. Together, this is what we designed:

Cute, huh? We kept it simple due to the occasion. This is the perfect stamp set for this kind of event and I am sure she'll use it more in the future. When my nephews were going through this process, we searched high and low for good stamps. Stampin' Up! listened and we now have this great set! 

Stamps: A Special Blessing
Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Basic Gray
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Pacific Point Corduroy Button

April Showers Bring May Flowers, right? What do April snow showers bring? This card brightens me up on this strange, Wisconsin weather day!

Enjoy your day whatever the weather~

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dads are Full of Loads of Love!

Just a reminder: If you want to join my team of demonstrators by becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you still qualify for the $50 off I can offer! The starter kit would be $149! You'd have to Fed-ex your paperwork in so it is received on Monday, but you can do it! Email me for more info!

Now, for the regularly scheduled program! I belong to a monthly swap organized by the hostess with the mostess--Tara Angus. The April theme is Dads and Grads. Owning neither many masculine or graduation stamps, I went with a tried and true oldie but goodie--Loads of Love! But, I updated it a bit from the cards I first made oh the years ago!

Stamps: Loads of Love
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Slumber Party Designer Series Paper, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Bashful Blue
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Basic Brown
Accessories: Baja Breeze Reinker, Blender Pen, Designer Label Punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, Crop-a-dile, Jumbo Brads, Creamy Caramel Marker, Chocolate Chip Marker, Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Backgrounds I Texturz plates, Silicon pad, and Crease Pad

I love color and thought..."My dad would like a colorful card from me," so made it. I was inspired by a Minneapolis Regionals Swap card (another good reason to be a demonstrator). She used different papers and colors, but her card inspired me. Now, if I could just find it in my creative mess so I could give credit.

Generally, I would think of girls with the Slumber Party Designer Series paper, but I think this way it's a bit more masculine. I wanted some hardware on it, so used my favorite tool--the Crop-a-dile to set Jumbo Brads in the wheels.

The coolest thing I learned making this card was this: If I added a layer of cardboard (the kind from the DSP paper package), under my multipurpose platform, plus the texturz plate, plus the crease pad, plus the silicone pad, my embossed paper looks much better. Upon further exploration, I learned that each Big Shot is a bit different and if a person is picky (or finicky as a student called me today), experimentation will lead the desired results!

I wanted to post this for the DCBD Big Shot challenge, but missed the deadline. The idea was to use any die for a card. I thought the texturz pads counted! Alas, I was too busy to post! Oh well. Next week, I'm there!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sweet New Baby

No not mine! I have a baby shower event coming up in May and needed baby ideas. As I wrote before, babies aren't my thing! At all. What do I do when I need ideas? Swap. Here is my swap for the Girl Group:

Stamps: Sweet Celebrations, Cute and Cuddly
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Candy Cane Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Bigz Die, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing tool, template, and pad, Vintage Brads, Scallop Edge Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, Crafter Tool Kit Hammer

This was a fun card and not my usual style. First, it has pink. Second, it has scallops. I compensated for the pink by adding what I consider a good color--Chocolate Chip. I think it turned out ok. 

The best part of this card is that I got to use  my hammer. You see, the brads tend to get goofy. To make them lie flat and look good, I hammered them down. Stress relief and stamping go hand in hand!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Quilted Baby Boy!

Life is good. I've been saving this card until everyone in the swap I created it for got it and now I can finally post it. I've seen many people who made cards like it, but really I did make this in early March!

I love this Teddy Bear. He just makes me smile.

Stamps: Cute and Cuddly
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper, Naturals Ivory, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Stampin' Up! Backgrounds Texturz, Top Note Die, Paper Snips, Glue Stick, Paper Piercing tool, pad, and mat.

Since I used Chocolate Chip as a base, I decided to make an inside:

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 10, 2009

May the Mojo Help You Hit the Jackpot!

Happy Friday! I am home today and trying to get all the stuff done that I have been avoiding. Before I got to the boring stuff, I decided to plan out a swap and get the Mojo Monday Sketch done for the week! (Two checks off my list at once!).

I planned this for a Dad's and Grad's Swap:

Stamps: Game Night
Paper: Jackpot Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Kraft, Basic Black, Real Red
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Accessories: Bold Brights Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, matte, and template, 1/4 black grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, 1 3/4 circle punch, paper snips, dimensionals

I wanted to recreate a poker chip. So I used my 1 3/8 inch circle punch to punch a circle out of the Basic Black. Next, I cut another circle around the first circle using my 1 3/4 circle punch. I used my paper snips to cut sections off the "C".

Here is the Mojo Monday Sketch 81, I followed:

Remember, April 20th is the mail deadline if you want to join my team for $50 off the starter kit!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

POP! Happy Birthday! POP!

Ok, it's been a long month at work. Middle Schoolers without a spring break are hard to keep up with. Plus, they all seem to be in LOVE, out of love, or worried about who is and who isn't out of love. I made this card to get in the Spring mood:

Cool outside, huh? I stamped many times before getting this just right. I didn't have my Stamp-a-ma-jig with me, so I had to try, try again. I was getting frustrated and my mom suggested jelly beans. Yep. That the did the trick!

This card gets even better on the inside:


(Ignore the upside downess of the message). This is a card made using Stampin' Up!'s new Pop Up Dies! You can order them currently, but they aren't in a catalog. Stampin' Up! is getting first dibs on these new products from Sizzix. It pays to be cool! The die comes with directions, so that helps. Sticky strip is definitely the way to go.

Stamps: Party Hearty
Paper: A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron, Perfect Plum Markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Pop Up Cake die, Soft Subtles brads, piercing tool and pad, Sticky Strip

Monday, April 6, 2009

With a cherry on top!

Ever since I popped open my package of Rockability paper, I knew I needed to combine this paper with my Tart and Tangy stamp set! This week's Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge was a sketch, perfect for showing off this paper.

Stamps: Tart and Tangy
Paper: Rockability Designer Series Paper, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Curly Label Punch, Jumbo Eyelets, Cropadile, Dimensionals.

Here is the Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge 121 sketch:

These are great inspirations, thanks for viewing.

On to a reminder: Because I attended a Stampin' Up! Regional Event, I can offer any new recruits a limited time, special promotion--$50 off the starter kit! Contact me if you are interested in joining my growing team!


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring Beauty

Growing up, each spring I would watch for the wildflowers in bloom. My grandparents influenced this. Each spring Grandma and I would talk about which plants were blooming and I'd run to keep up with my grandpa in the woods when we went out to identify trilliums, spring beauties, may flowers, and more. My grandma was born April 13 and in this first year after her passing, I've been thinking about her lately. She was a spring beauty-a quiet soul who awoke with spring's wonders. This card reminds me of her. Spring Beauties were her favorite flower next to daffodils. I used the yellow of daffodils and the simplicity of spring beauties.

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Matchbox Messages
Paper: Barely Banana, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper
Ink: Baja Breeze, Barely Banana
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Soft Subtles Brads, Paper piercing tool, matte, and template, Satin ribbon

The sketch came from the Mojo Monday Sketch Blog

I gained inspiration from this elegant and beautiful card I received from my upline Connie. Getting one of these is always a treat. Plus, it means I was in her group's top ten for sales in February!

May you find your own inspiration this spring!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Special Deal for New Demos on My Team!

Shocked.Exhausted. Ready to take on the world...How can a girl feel all those things at once?!!

I had a great day today at regionals. I will post much of what I learned in the next few weeks. It will take that long for me to absorb and digest and do all the things I learned today. Stampin' Up! is an amazing company to be affiliated with. The best news for some of you, is that I am able to offer a special deal on Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit. Drumroll....

$50 dollars off! Yep. That's right. Because I attended the Minneapolis Regional, I can offer my new recruits, $50 off the starter kit from now until April 20th. Forms have to be mailed in, so we need to work fast to get you what you need! The starter kit will cost you $149. Wowser. That's over $335 worth of stuff for $149. Plus access to all of Stampin' Up!'s great resources!

Stampin' Up! has changed my life. Through Stampin' Up! have found business sense, an outlet for my creativity, and a way to expand my love of education. As Bubba can tell you, I love stamping, designing, and sharing! I wish to offer this opportunity to anyone interested! If you'd like to join, let me know via an That is the best way to reach me!

Happy Stamping!

Party Hearty--at Regionals!

What could be better than meeting up with hundreds of demonstrators, stamp amazing projects, getting FREE stamps, and having a blast? That's how I am spending my day today--at Stampin' Up!'s Minneapolis Regionals.

What's a demonstrator to do? SWAP! of course!

Here is one of my two swaps: (the other you saw a few days ago)

Stamps: Party Hearty
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Rockability Speciality Designer Series Paper
Ink: Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Sticky Strip, Cosmos fine glitter

I wanted to make a card that looked cool and modern, but was easy to replicate at a workshop. Plus, I love cards that I can send to either girls or boys!

I had another idea first, but I didn't own enough Tempting Turquoise Brads to use it as a swap:

Stamps: Party Hearty
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Rockability Speciality Designer Series Paper
Ink: Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise Brads, Paper Piercing tool and matte, dimensionsals, 3/4" circle punch

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Message with a Flower...

This is another project using the Big Shot. I know, I'm hooked. It's an amazing machine. I used the new Matchbox XL bigz die to create this:

Really, I did. the parts of the flower come from the label cut-out on this die and the message, too, was stamped on another! I had to be extra creative, because I used this in a Occassions Mini-Catalog Swap, so I could share ideas with other demonstrators. When I signed I up, I promised to use the die. Then, I had to figure out how!

Stamps: Matchbox Messages
Paper: A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper, So Saffron, Really Rust, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Really Rust, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Matchbox Bigz XL die, Earth Elements Brads, Paper piercing pad, template and tool, Boho Blossoms Punch, Fresh Favorites Buttons, Big Shot, sponge daubers, Really Rust Marker, Blender Pen

To make the flower, I first cut to the center from each convex part on the diecut. Huh? You say, check this out:

I then rolled the edges up a bit using my paper piercing tool. I also sponged the edges for more depth.

Finally, I layered the flower on a Kiwi Kiss label for a leaf and added the Boho Blossoms Flower center, and the button.

To make the label, I wanted two colors. Since we don't have a Kiwi Kiss marker, I decided to use a new technique. First, I stamped the stamp in Kiwi Kiss ink. Next, I "erased" the Kiwi Kiss on the words with my blender pen.

I could then marker with the Really Rust to finish the image! It's a new way of masking I just learned!

I am off to Minnesota today for a Regional Stampin' Up! event. I hope you have a great weekend!



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