Saturday, February 27, 2010

I'm a Big Shot--Journal Style

My sewing adventure continues with this post as I dug out some great fabrics from my fabric stash in the bottom of my closet. At one time, I had sewing projects in mind with them, but then I got into stamping and stored it all away. Since the Big Shot can cut fabric, I can drag out my old skills and make some great journal covers:

One of my favorite combinations of fabrics in my stash was this cute bee print with a daisy coordinating print. I just "happened" to have some more green fabric that worked well with the bee and another yellowish print. I wish they called all fabric in Stampin' Up! colors- Yo Yo Yellow, Garden Green is much easier than that dark green with leaves or that green with dots. If only....

I also had this pansy fabric that at one time I planned to fussy cut and sew in a collage. Ha! No fussy cutting for me, just Big Shotting! I matched it up with other scraps and made a butterfly journal:

I added scallops from the Scallops Bigz die on the yellow and green journals by using Heat-n-Bond fusible web. I was even able to cut this cute eyelet fabric I had. The scallops are perfect! On the butterfly journal, I used the Butterflies Die to cut out the beautiful accents. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy. The ribbon tie is the Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon from the Occasions Mini Catalog, which is luxurious!

I hope my Stampin' Addicts Sisters in Yapha's Fabric Swap enjoy them!

I found a pattern on All People

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Four Square Card

I played a lot of the game four square as a kid. I also made a few quilted wall hangings with four squares. When I saw a card sketch on a demonstrator-only Stampin' Up! website called Stampin' Connections, I knew I had to use this sketch with the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper, which I love.

Stamps: Whimsical Words
Paper: Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper, Bashful Blue, So Saffron
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, 1 1/4 Square Punch, 5/8 So Saffron Striped Ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch

This a quick and easy card. Basically, you cut an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper in half the long way at 4 1/4. Fold your card. Use the scallop edge punch to make the bottom edge pretty. Cut a 1" by 4 1/4" strip of So Saffron and punch the top with the scallop punch. Glue in place. Punch out 4 squares. Stamp one with the message. Use dimensionals or SNAIL to adhere them. Add a loop of ribbon. Trim corners. DONE! The recipient will never know how quick it was!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monkeying around!

As the month comes to an end, I am thankful for all of my hostesses! I've had such a fun month with Sale-a-bration, that I thought I'd share the cute projects we made, starting with the cutest:

Stamps: Fox and Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: 1 3/4 Circle Punch, 5/8 Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Spiral Punch, Big Shot, Polka Dots Impressions Folder

I CASED the layout, but added my own layers and ribbon. The color combo is all mine. I needed a bright card to chase the winter blues away. What kid wouldn't want this card?

Happy Stamping!

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Vote is In!

Well, I had hoped to have a very cute baby picture to show you in the winning design from my baby announcements, for my soon to be niece, but despite some good news this morning, she's not here yet. Don't worry, I'll be posting when it happens. She's decided to be cozy for a while!

So, Drumroll--- the winner is: Butterflies.

The official vote was Butterflies 9, Green traditional 7, and Clouds 4.

However, your votes don't really count. Sorry, but my sister had something to say:

I like the top and the bottom one and Brian likes the middle one - at least the bird one. We may need to do a little tweaking to decide what to use. Overall I think the top one is the winner or taking some of the butterflies off the bottom one. Not sure about the colors on the top one - I'm thinking it just didn't come through well. Love the She's here party, especially after all this waiting!


Yep, looks like I get to do some more designing! Bummer :)

Oh, yeah, I have a little blog candy to give away. Drumroll, please:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2010-02-23 00:19:19 UTC

The winner is: Cindy Who said...

They are all beautiful, but I am drawn to the pink one with the butterflies! How exciting for you to have a new niece soon!

So Cindy, email me your address at and I'll mail you the punch!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy "Birth" Day!

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop on the Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop. You might have come from Cindy's blog Heart's Delight Cards featuring cards perfect for an adult female in your life or you might have found me on your own. Either way, you are in for a special treat as this is stop 10! You can click on the link on the bottom of my post to see the next stop! The official start time is 12 pm today through midnight February 21st!

What did I create? Well, I've been a little obsessed lately with one event coming up in my- I mean, my sister's - life-- the birth of a new niece! She's a fighter and I am anxious to see her healthy and all wrapped up in the clothes I've bought! I have created three announcement templates for me to whip up those all-important baby announcements using My Digital Studio:

Green and Pink Traditional:

Just so you know, the big rectangle is for an adorable picture of the newest Kohls baby--once she arrives. Right now, we want her to stay comfy a bit longer.

Version 2: So Sweet- Tweet, Tweet:

I plan to insert a picture in the center of the quilt squares. Cute, huh?

Version 3: Girly Butterflies
I went Girly girl on this one. The baby's nursery will be blue, green, yellow with pink accents. We plan to put butterflies on the walls and on the baby stuff! I also made this to be 1/3 of a 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper so we can print three to a page.

Using My Digital Studio to create these was fun and easy on one wintery night after a long day at my day job as a teacher. I could sit back, sip tea, and design away! Be sure to check back to see which one we choose and to ooh and ahh over the baby photos!

Oh yeah, I like them all, which do you like? Put your vote in the comments and I will draw for Blog Candy on Monday, February 22nd. You'll receive the new scallop edge punch!

Now, continue the celebration with more butterflies at Rhonda's blog: The Stamping Bunny.

Happy Hopping!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Razzleberry Wedding Wishes

My husband Bubba is starting a photography business. He's always loved photography, but has decided that his artistic style would be well-applied to weddings. We have three sets of friends that have agreed to let him take photos, so I guess that means I'll be going to weddings! Perhaps, I can do some invitations or party favors! That would be fun! Anyway, for a recent swap, I created this card:

Stamps: Vintage Labels (Sale-a-bration set)
Paper: Bridal Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Brushed Silver, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Rich Razzlberry, Encore Silver
Accessories: Big shot, Heart Embosslit, Scallop Edge Punch, Sponge Daubers, Platnium Shimmer Paint, Spray Bottle, Rubbing Alcohol, Brayer, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon

Wait. You might be thinking, "I don't remember Rich Razzleberry Designer Series Paper. Where is that in the catalog?" Well, I changed the white Bridal Paper to Rich Razzlberry by brayering on the color! The foil swirls resist the ink, so just the background changes color. Pretty neat, huh?

I also used about 1/4 teaspoon of platinum shimmer paint in about 3 ounces of rubbing alcohol in a spritz bottle. I just sprayed my paper and Voila! Silvery Shimmer! Another easy, but amazing technique!

Be sure to check out my blog this weekend as I partake in a celebration of my favorite place to see Stampin' Up! ideas-- Stampin' Addicts! Celebrate the 1st birthday of this site with a blog hop of about 23 stops! I'll be featuring great "birth"day cards! You can also be inspired by the other great demonstrator-designers!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spring Wishes

Confession time: I haven't been stamping lately. Really, I've been creative, and working hard, but not stamping. What have I been doing? Sewing! Yep. I drug out the ol' machine from the attic, hauled it Shawano, and spent the last week trying to remember how to use it! From threading the needle to filling up a bobbin, I had to go wayyyyyy back into my past to make some pretty cool creations. Ready? Here they are:

Cool, huh? Six lucky women will getting one of these as part of a demonstrator swap I am participating in with Stampin' Up!

A close up:

First, I sewed the purple and yellow quilt squares. I used my Big Shot to cut out the letters, the butterflies, and the flowers. I then used fusible webbing to attach them to my quilt square. Next, I machine quilted around the images. Finally, I added the binding and embellished the flower.

Here's a different version:

How fun to play with my Big Shot and sewing machine!

Happy Big Shotting!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love You a Latte!

As I looked at my projects ready for the Stamp Your Heart Out stamp camp, I wanted a card that was simple to create, but fun to send. What stamp set to go to? Pun Fun. I used a classic layout and the new Sweet Pea paper for this card:

Stamps: Pun Fun
Paper: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Sweet Pea Designer Paper
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: So Saffron Marker, Pretty In Pink Marker, Certainly Celery Marker, 5/8 Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Three Hearts Punch

I love coffee, especially the fancy sugary drinks, so this particular stamp is a favorite. I included at my Stamp Your Heart Out camp because of the hearts on the mug, but also because you could use the card for any reason...just to show your love to whomever you send it to.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Share Your Love with a Cute Gift

One way to share your love is to give handmade gifts. I love how Stampin' Up!'s coordination of products makes it easy to create gifts. Isn't this one great?

Stamps: Vintage Labels
Paper: Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Square Clear Bigz Die, Cropadile, Old Olive Ribbon, Sticky strip.

My new friend Lyssa posted a project just like this on her blog: Song of My Heart Stampers. I HAD to use Cottage Wall paper as it is my favorite. The new Beautiful Wings Embosslit worked perfectly with this! The Big Shots cuts 50 official materials and cork is one of them. I bought cork over a year ago and finally used it! How fun!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Punchy Penguin

Yeparini! I had a great time last week designing projects for my stamp camp. Ok maybe not. As I admitted before, I CASED a bunch of ideas. When I saw this guy, I knew we had to make him:

Stamps: A Happy Heart
Paper: Brocade Blue, Only Orange, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Curly Label Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, 3/4 inch Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Heart Sizzlets, White Gel Pen

This was so fun and easy. You could add any message on any shape that the penguin holds. For the snow, I used the edge leftovers from the top note die cut out.

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Heart Card for Any Occasion

I like Valentine's Day for the candy and for the chance to make cards, but I often love a Valentine-themed stamp set or paper and want to use it for more than just one time of year. This card could go both ways- Valentine or everyday:

Stamps: Whimsical Words SAB
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Welcome Home DSP (SAB)
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Big Shot, Heart Sizzlet, Rose Red Stitched 1 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon, Playground Buttons, Latte Buttons, Corderoy Buttons, and Heart Silver Brads, Dimensionals

I found this idea on the new Stampin' Up! forum for Demonstrators. Amazing work from all over the country! This card used Valentine' colors, Red and Pink, but I like the upbeat colors I chose! This card would brighten anyone's day.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Stamp Your Heart Out---Or Eat Your Heart Out!

Perhaps that title isn't quite worded correctly, but I want to get a post in before my Stamp Camp today. I know I haven't posted since Tuesday, but with good reason- I've been stamping, sleeping, and cleaning. I designed 9 projects this week for my February events! Ok, I might have CASED (copy and share everything) many of these great ideas. As a demonstrator, I have access to a demonstrator only website called Stampin' Connections, which just launched January 12. Already, the galleries have 30,000 samples! So, when I need a way to use a product or a color inspiration, I go there and drool.

Here one idea I saw there by a fellow demonstrator-Andrea Walford.

Stamps: None, but you could add some.
Paper: Any pink I could find---Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, whatever
Ink: None
Accessories: Flower Folds Bigz Extended Die, Big Shot, Candy, Pop Up Glue Dots, Mini Glue dots, lollipop sticks, and assorted green ribbon.

These are so easy. I just used my Big Shot to cut out a bunch of flowers. Then glued the layers together. Finally, I added the stick with mini glue dots and of course added chocolate hearts! Easy and decorative.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Edge Punch Video-Direct from Stampin' Up!

I love the new border punches in the Occasions Mini-catalog and the Sale-a-bration catalogs. But, I found them a bit frustrating. I had to cut extra paper over and over, eventually, I figured it out. Well, today Stampin' Up! own Bonnie Thurber released a video tutorial that makes oh so much sense!
I hope you check it out!

Happy punching!

Monday, February 1, 2010

All My Heart Fancy Fold

I love cards that move, shimmer, and shake. When I saw this card at Rhonda G's blog, I knew I wanted to try it for my January Stamp Clubs. Here's my take:

Stamps: With All My Heart
Paper: Pretty In Pink, Sending Love Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink
Accessories: Pretty In Pink Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, Three Heart Punch, Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Big Shot, Movers and Shapers Die, Heart insert, Bone Folder

I just couldn't not use pink. Me! Can you believe it? I couldn't go as formal, so I used the flowery and brown side of the paper and added a striped pink ribbon to make it more me!

The technique is called Flip Flop Card with Movers and Shapers Die and is beautifully explained here at Jackie Topa's Blog by Jackie.

Happy Stamping!


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