Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween. This year, I am not celebrating as hugely as I have in the past, but I did carve pumpkins last night with my nephews and neice! The boys have become quite capable carvers. I no longer have to pull out the guts, help use a knife, or fix mistakes--they pretty much go at it!

I have a little halloween treat for you today:

Stamps: Boo to You
Paper: Wicked Fun Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Candy Wrapper Bigz Die, Big Shot, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, Black Lace

These are super easy and fun to make. The paper coordinates so well that I just had to place a band around the middle for an extra embellishment and voila! I also stamped off the black to make it look a little distressed on my images to fit with the distressing on the paper.

I hope you have a fun, candy filled day!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Sledding in a Snow Globe

Sledding is one of my favorite things in the winter. I love the breeze and I love the snow. This little rabbit from the Merry Crittermas stamp set just makes me smile!

Stamps: Merry Crittermas, Grateful Greetings
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Versamark
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Heat tool, Extra-Large Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Ticket Corner Punch

I used the Stained glass technique as I love that technique, but don't tend to buy stamps that work with it, since I am not a good colorer. (I know that's not a real word. Think of it as Sara-ese.) To do this technique, I stamped my image with Versamark on the vellum. Applied Black Embossing Powder, and then used my markers on the back side to color it. I punched out the vellum along with a whisper white circle and then added the "base."

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sparkly Spider Web

I love Halloween. I love dressing up in a costume and having fun with my students. I never miss an opportunity to hand out candy. I love it. The card I am sharing today is one of those cards that I made in the spirit of Halloween fun.

Stamps: Batty for You
Paper: Concord Crush, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Web Embossing Folder, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, Raven Lace, Googly Eyes, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

I LOVE THIS EMBOSSING FOLDER. I am amazed every time I use it! I also love, love, love the Vanilla Shimmer Spritz I added--which makes the web look more dark and dreary! So much fun!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Faux Metal with a Wreath

Faux metal is one of those techniques that I knew about for a long time, but hadn't tried. Then, I bought the Tags Til Christmas stamp set and knew this was the perfect technique to try first.

Stamps: Tags Til Christmas, Welcome Christmas
Paper: Designer Series Paper Stack Regals Collection,Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Oval Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Rhinestones, Heat Tool

I wanted to showcase the little holly and making it a metal accent was a great and easy way to make the card cool. But, the Dec. 25th stamp also caught my eye so I decided to use both on my technique card:

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Give Me an S!

There's something cool about monograms right now. I see them everywhere. When a fellow Stampin' Addict posted a swap using Monogram ideas, I was in. I simply cannot resist good ideas! Here is my contribution:

Stamps: Broadsheet Alphabet
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Newsprint Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, Scallop Rectangles Bigz Die, Raven Lace Trim, 1 1/4 Striped Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch

Can you see the little red and vanilla fibers? I got them by cutting my 1 1/4 Striped Real Red Ribbon in half an pulling out the fibers. I then tied them on the knot and trimmed!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pulling for a Lovely Fall

Strange Title, huh? In Wisconsin the weather changes daily. From sunny and warm to cold, dark and dreary. I am pulling for a nice, warm, sunny fall. When I first learned technique on Stampin' Addicts as part of a technique challenge by Rhonda, I knew I wanted to picture a lovely fall with my colors:

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Paper: Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green
Ink: Versamark, Soft Suede
Accessories: Pastels, Corner Rounder Punch, Word Window Punch, Regals Brads, Photo Corner Punh

My September Technique class featured this card and technique and it was a WOW!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Deck the Halls with Fabric!

When we made these at my last stamp camp, I didn't really think I would share. I mean, these pins have been shown and shown and shown. Then, my regular customers were WOWed by the fact they could be crafty with fabric using stampin' stuff and I decided to share.

Boring picture, but really, these aren't hard to make. I cut my Deck the Hall Designer Series Fabric with the Flower Folds Bigz Extended Die. You'll need 4 of each size. Then, simply fold each flower in half. Layer so that only one heart-shaped petal of each one shows in a cross-cross pattern. I use Crystal Effects to glue my layers together. Add a button and a pin back and you have a cool, crafty project!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Welcome a Classic Christmas

Sometimes the best designs come from an accident. For the card I'm sharing today, this is exactly what happened. I wanted wreath from the Welcome Christmas stamp set from the 2010 Idea Book and Catalog to be my focal point in a simple sketch design. But where to put the sentiment? I didn't like it on the bottom, top, side, but then, it fell here:

so I glued it down quickly!

Stamps: Welcome Christmas
Paper: Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Paper Snips, Largest Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Fork

Yes, I did make a fork bow. Easy and perfect each time!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Who's Turning ( )?

Perhaps the atmosphere at my day job has influenced me, but I decided to make an "owly" card. I was talking to my oldest nephew the other day on the phone about books and, after telling me all about the new series he was loving and the book he was reading in class, he went on and on about the cool new bookmarks with magnets. After hanging up, I dug up a swap I got at my first convention that had a bookmark as part of the design. Here is what I created:

Stamps: On Your Birthday
Paper: Wicked Fun Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Big Shot, Web embossing folder, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Black Lace, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 2 3/4 Circle Punch, Large Scallop Circle Punch, Owl Punch, Magnet, Crystal Effects

The picture stinks. I the magnet is heavy and makes the card kind of slump and my messiness with Crystal effect become clear in the reflection, although I hadn't noticed before. Sorry about that .

The book mark part has one magnet under the Rich Razzleberry and the other on the Crumb Cake:

Notice the extra magnet. I added to help the photo. It does stick with just the sheet magnet.

The measurements for my card base is 7 by 4 1/2". The bookmark part is 6 1/2  by 3". Then both are folded in half.

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Digital Studio-- What gives?

After talking to a few customers during the Book-a-thon last night, I realized that I haven't been explaining My Digital Studio all that well. My Digital Studio is a computer program that works on a Mac or PC and allows you to design scrapbook pages, scrapbooks, cards, posters, videos, multimedia presentations, calenders, jpegs, and more! I use mine all the time for anything I send out for Stampin' Up!

In the last month, I have made a photo Christmas card for a friend, half of a calender for Christmas present, about three pages of a small book, three flyers, card assortment toppers for my craft fair, jpegs for my blog, my blog background for my team blog, and some coupons for my Stampin' Up! business--- all using Stampin' Up! images, colors, embellishments, and papers!

I made this in about a half hour. This is my cute niece, Clare. The "stories" were by my husband and amazing photographer--Bubba, in very tricky light conditions. You can check out his other stuff at his website--Insomniac Designs. (He doesn't take pictures, he tells stories.)

The program itself is very easy to use. The workspace is designed to give multiple ways to do each thing you want- add stamps, color stamps, add text, color text, add pictures, add paper layers, add buttons, add flowers, add ribbon, add brads, add punched shapes, color punch shapes, add hyper-links, add music, add sound.

What I love most about My Digital Studio is that by carrying my laptop (which I do everywhere), I can carry my entire stamp studio with me. I can scrapbook without filling my trunk! Very cool!

Plus, the cost is well worth what you get. I've bought photoshop for hundreds of dollars, but I use My Digital Studio for most of what I bought photoshop for- all for less than $100. For 79.99, you can get so much!

Plus, Stampin' Up! offers more downloads each month that are reasonably priced- especially since you can use them all you want!

This month's downloads are:

 Item  Description  Image  Price
122174 Nite Owl Digital Kit   $7.95
122175 Autumn Spice Digital Kit   $9.95
122176 Deck the Halls Photocard Digital Kit   $3.95
122177 Candy Cane Lane Photocard Digital Kit   $3.95
123728 Celebrations Digital Kit   $9.95
122166 Brad Add-On Pack  

You can't beat those prices! Plus, you never run out!

For this and so much more, shop from my website:

 Happy Scrapbooking!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Snowflake Scallop Gift Holder

At Christmas time, there are tons of people I'd love to buy gifts for, but just don't have the cash. For them, I like to make a little something and put something edible inside. (I can always afford food). Here is an idea I found on Stampin' Addicts 3D challenge:

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Grateful Greetings
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist
Accessories: Pearls, Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, Scallop Circles #2 Die, Circle Scissors

I'm not sure you can tell from my photo, but the scallops have a box inside, so I can add food or perhaps little lotions--whatever I feel like come December!

Check out Holly's tutorial and challenge on Stampin' Addicts!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Thankful Topper

Sometimes you just need an easy and eye-catching way to deliver a gift. I did, so I created this little topper for a gift--I put trail mix in mine, but this picture just shows the topper:

Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Paper: Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper, Naturals Ivory cardstock
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Old Olive Brads (Regals Collection), Paper piercing tool and matte

This was pretty easy-- cut out the top note from our fabulous paper. Add a stamped label. Fill up a cello bag with cool stuff, and then staple shut!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer was my favorite TV special as a child. When I was designing cards for this month's Christmas Club, I knew I wanted to make the little fawn from Forest Friends into my pal Rudolph.

Stamps: Forest Friends
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Crop-a-dile, Snowflake Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Big Shot, Ovals Bigz Die, Very Vanilla Stain Ribbon

We made this last night at the Shawano meeting and it was fun, but would have been better if I hadn't forgotten my crimper in Neenah. We folded our paper and crimped it by hand and it worked, but not as easy! Luckily, I had some easygoing gals! Thanks!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Snowflake Greetings

Snow is my favorite part of winter. I love watching it fall, walking in it, sleeping in it, and having fun in it! This card is very me, that way:

Stamps: Grateful Greetings
Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, Pearls, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

I'm sure there are ways to make this card fancier, but I like it just as it is. I made the snowflakes stand out a bit more by sponging a little Baja Breeze ink over the raised parts. We are making this card this week at  my Christmas Club! Who hoo!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Spin on Halloween!

Welcome to October and the month of Halloween. I love this holiday. Each year I make my own costume in some way. The past few years, a colleague and I have paired up- Cookie Monster and Snufalupogus, Pirates, Frodo and Tree Beard...the list goes on and on! Here is a card we made a recent Stamp Camp:

Stamps:  Batty for You
Paper: Wicked Fun Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, DMC floss, Rich Razzlberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Regals Buttons, Photo Corner Punch

Wild huh? I was trying to design a card that my nephews would love. This card card has a special twist. The little ghost spins around to reveal:

This is called a suspension card and is quite fun to create! (and not too hard, once you get it). Basically, you sandwich floss ( I used black DMC floss) between two circle punch outs. Use a bigger circle to cut a hole through your card layers, and then hide the floss top and bottoms in the layer. So much wicked fun!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Watercolor Glimmer in a Fall Day

As my last post said, Fall is a great season up here in Wisconsin. I'm a nature girl and have always loved fall--especially in the woods with my Grandpa as a kid. He knew every tree in his woods and where every critter lived. If a leaf was overturned, he knew it. Oaks were his favorite and always make me think of him. This card was inspired by that memory:

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Markers, Vintage Brads, 1/8 Early Espresso and Daffodil Delight Ribbon, Shimmer Shimmer, Rubbing Alcohol, Spritz Bottle

Just when you need a great idea, one appears. I got this idea from Cindy Elam, I think. I just can't find where. I really should write things like this down! This is a super cool technique we did in August (opps for not posting sooner). Color your stamp with markers. Ink onto paper. Spray with a spray bottle with alcohol and about 10 drops of Shimmer Paint. Super cool effect in real life!

Happy Stamping!



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