Monday, January 31, 2011

Tart and Tangy --The Deets

Or details, that is....

First, the cards:

Stamps: Tart and Tangy
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Peach Parfait, Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Peach Parfait,Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Rectangle Duo Bigz Die, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Circle Scallop Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Brights Brads, Piercing Tool, Matte, and Template.

These 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 cards fit in our regular medium envelopes, but look cuter since they are square. I cut out 1 3/4 squares for my background. Then, I just layered everything on top. Oh yeah, I also poked some holes using my Template grid and added some brads.

The Box:

I cheated to make this box, so I'm not sharing with you the template. I have to perfect it first. The only new tool I used was the Scallop Border Punch on the lid.

The Candy Bag:

Stamps: Tart and Tangy
Paper: Real Red,Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie 1 /4 Striped Ribbon, Pear Pizzaz 1/4" Ribbon, Small Cello Bag, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Powder Pal, Two Way Glue, and FRUIT SLICE GUMDROPS!

The Wine Charms:

My vision for this project was wayyy more cool than what came out, but I am happy with the results.

Stamps: Tart and Tangy
Paper: Shrinky Dink Stuff
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile, Wire, Paper Snips, Rubber Scissors, Sew Suite and Springtime Vintage Designer Big Buttons, Patience

Things I learned making the Wine Charms:
1) Shrinky Dinks really Shrink.
2) When the directions say, "Use Stazon Ink" use stazon ink. Classic wipes off, even after heating.
3) If you wanted something flat, this isn't the project for you.
4) Hole placement is important and requires planning.
5) Thicker wire is better. If you need to make your own, wind two pieces together for that "Green" (aka used) look.

I hope you had fun learning about my projects and cruising the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop. If you are in need of more inspiration, be sure to visit the Stampin' Addicts Forums and Galleries!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, January 28, 2011

Celebrate Sale-a-bration with Tart and Tangy!

Whoo hooo! The time has come
for us to have some fun
perusing projects on fabulous blogs,
to give that creativity a jog!

Join on in by starting here,
and follow around and peer
at all the other ide-yas,
that you can see-yas. 

Ok. Poetry might not be my strong suit this weekend. What a long week at my day job! Good thing I have this second job as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! You may be starting here at Lily's Ink Pad or coming from Tanya's Tinkerin with Ink and her amazing projects using Itty Bitty Bits. She's a talented demonstrator! Either way, you'll have a great time circling around 20 other blogs in great big loop by clicking next blog at each stop!

Tart and Tangy is one of the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog options for Sale-a-bration this year. Place a $50 order and this cute little set could be yours. I've loved this set for years, and was waiting for the chance to try out my skillz (as my students would say) with it again!

Immediately, I knew I needed to use bright colors. With a name like Tart and Tangy, subdued and muted, just weren't going to work. So, I brought my favorites and created this set of cards:

Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, and Peach Parfait---great colors. Did I go overboard? If I did, excuse me. It's dreary here in Wisconsin in January.

Cards sets NEED a box, right? I designed this box:

Who wouldn't want such joy in a gift?

These colors I adore were inspired by something else--my sugar fix. I love sugar and I love jellied, sugary things, so I made this quick and easy treat bag.

I HAD to eat the leftovers, right?

Finally, I love these images so much I wanted to make something special and permanent that I could use in my daily life. We, (I), drink a lot of coffee and tea and sometimes I lose my cup. Ok, all the time. But, now, I have these little wine charms to claim my cup!

I used shrinky dink material and learned a lot. Stay tuned on Monday for those tips!

I hope you enjoyed this stop at Lily's Ink Pad. To venture forth on the Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop, head on over to Kandice's My Sweet Stamping Spot Blog for Fine Flourish.

If you get lost, or want to join a great community of stampers, head on over to Stampin' Addicts!

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

A GIft of Stories and Love---Part III

< Again, there is no real introduction necessary by this point, right? Well, if you somehow missed it, this is my third post of pages from a Calendar I created for my mother using My Digital Studio. She is the grandma of my sister's three kids and the heart of our family, so this is a very special project I do every year. Plus, its' fun. July div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">

These lovely ladies are my mom and Clare, my great-aunt Kathleen and my great-aunt Evelyn as well as a group photo of all of the Alden cousins at last year's reunion.



Yes, I know there's a lot of red. My nephew's school colors are red and black, so we get many chances to use red. Good thing my mom likes it!

Happy digital designing!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Celebrate Sale-a-bration with a Blog Hop!

Are you ready? Get set, go! On Friday, January 28 through Sunday, January 30th, Stampin' Addicts is again hosting a fabulous Blog Hop. I am in the rotation featuring an oldie but a goodie that's available via the Sale-a-bration Catalog Freebies. You'll for sure want to check out my blog this weekend as well as hop through 20 other blogs by talented demonstrators. Keep your pen and paper (or bookmark bar) handy, so you can order all you can!

Happy Stamping!

See you this weekend!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sale-a-bration Starts Today! It's Bliss-ful!

Just as the cold winds blow and the snow piles up around here, Stampin' Up! throws a party to get us through the winter! Sale-a-bration is the best time of year to be a demonstrator, hostess, customer or new demonstrator--bonus galore! Spend $50 and get a free product. Host a $300 workshop and get a free product. Become a demonstrator at 15% off the starter kit and get a $50 product bonus. How cool is that?

I've been waiting to show y'all this card as it uses my favorite Sale-a-bration exclusive stamp set called Bliss:

Stamps: Bliss
Paper: Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Old Olive, So Saffron
Ink: Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Peach Parfait
Accessories:  Fun Flowers Bigz Large Die, Big Shot, Sweet Stitches Designer Big Buttons, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Modern Label Punch, Brights Brads, Paper Piercer, Matte.

This picture doesn't really do the flower justice, if I do say so myself. To make the flowers, I first ran cardstock through my Big Shot using the Fun Flowers Bigz Large Die.

Next, I stamped on some of the layers with the same color as the paper.

Then, I used my bonefolder to mangle up, I mean distress, the flowers.

Finally, I layered them up and finished them off with the button.

You, too, can make great flowers on your projects. Give it a try!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Box Filled with Love

Well, actually, this box is filled with Chocolate, but in some cases, that is love, right? After I received this cute little box in a swap at Leadership, I knew this what we'd have to make at my January workshops and Green Bay Club. Deb Burgin from Heartfelt Inspirations created the version of this box that I basically changed the tag and colors. 

Stamps: Filled with Love
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Real Red Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Regal Rose
Accesories: Matchbox Die, Decorative Label Punch, Thin Window Sheets, Red Glitter paper, Jewelry Tag Punch, Soft Subtles Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Matte Pack, Heart to Heart Punch, Heart Punch, Heart Embosslit, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Cute, huh? But, it gets cuter:

Open up!

Boing! A pop-up heart!

Thanks for the great design, Deb!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Filled with Love

How can it be January 21 already? Really? There's only three weeks to Valentine's Day and 3 days to get this stamp set and bundle! For quick, last minute orders, go to my online store!

Stamps: Filled with Love
Paper: Filled with Love Designer Paper Pack, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla
Ink: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Real Red Glitter Paper, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Heart to Heart Punch, Full Heart Punch, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Big Shot

We made this card at our Stampin' Celebrations Club this month. You can join us in Shawano or Neenah next month to make 12 more cute cards!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cute n' Cubby

This project has been on my to do list since I saw it posted last fall. Leaadership was the perfect time for me to bring it out, drag out the sewing machine, remember how to thread it, and work up these as gifts for my roommates!

I used the Springtime Vintager Designer Series Fabric first. I used my math skills to figure out how to get the most Large Scallop Squares I could. I then swapped the squares around to get a variety of fabric combinations. I used my Night of Navy grograin ribbon as I realized that was all I had! Better order more! To stretch my fancy fabric, I used two pieces of muslin for the base. No one looks there anyway, right?

I also made two using the Sew Suite fabric, but ran out of fabric until I order more! 

My three roomies seemed to like them--at least I hope so. I love having mine on my stamping table!

If you want to make one of these, you can purchase the directions here at Card a la Carte. I did. I created all five of these during one Sunday afternoon--my kind of project!

Happy Stamping!(or sewing for stamping)


Monday, January 17, 2011

"Bee" Happy On Your Birthday

I couldn't resist this pun either. I am in a punchy mood since I have been traveling the past few days to and from my Leadership Conference. This was my other card I swapped:

Stamps: Nature's Walk, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: So Saffron, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Night of Navy, Naturals Ivory, Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Night of Navy Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Soft Subtles Brads, Paper Piercing Tool and Matte, Craft and Ribbon Scissors, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Sponge Daubers

I started by trying to find a way to use the honeycomb page of this designer series paper. The bee seemed right for it, but then what? I liked the circles around the bee, but needed more, so added the ribbon, but needed more, so added the Soft Suede layer. I wanted a unique color combo that would also be masculine.

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

What's Black and White and Red All Over?

Sorry for the bad joke, but I just couldn't resist. I love this color combination I used for this card:

Stamps: Nature's Walk
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Newsprint Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch,  Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1 1/4 Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Circle Bigz Die, Big Shot

I love this butterfly and wanted a design that would highlight it in an elegant way. I hope I achieved that effect. I swapped this card at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference (which I return home from today), for many great ideas from demonstrators all over the United States and Canada.

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Gift of Love and Stories, Part II

The title of this post may confuse you. Stories? I have no journaling on this calender, so how are there stories? Well, long story, but the jist is that my husbsand started a photography business called Insomniac Designs Photography where his motto is "We don't take pictures. We tell stories. Let's tell yours." Here is our Mattson family story for April, May, and June!

 I didn't want to make the whole calendar about Clare,but really, she's so darn cute. Nathan and Tim (the boys) are less photogenic these days as preteens, but they are still pretty fun to have smiling from the page!

 Clare was baptized in May and I wanted to share the pictures (most by my Hubby Bubba) and celebrate this moment for  my sister and her family.

This page is my favorite because of the cuteness of these pictures. Bubba took this series while she was lying around  and wiggling out at the Kohls's cottage. She loved the breeze and being outside. I had to play with this set of pics and like what I came up with. Sorry Nathan and Tim for focusing on just her! Next year, she won't be as cute!

Happy Scrapping!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Nature in Water color

What I am about to show you is my favorite card I designed using Nature's Walk so far. I am pleased, because watercoloring isn't really my forte and I think I knocked it out the park:

Stamps: Nature Walk
Paper: Marina Mist, Basic Gray, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Many Marvelous Markers, Aquapainters, Window Sheet, Paper Snips, Victoria Lace, Small Oval Punch, Vintage Trinkets

 I stamped the images on my watercolor paper in Basic Gray. Next, I used an aquapainter and my markers to paint. I colored marker on a Window sheet, picked up the ink, and then colored. I learned a lot about watercoloring as I made 12 of these for a Stampin' Addicts swap!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Button, Button, Who's got the Button?

I do! I do!

I love this set, as I love buttons. I used to play in my mom's button box (when she let me).

Stamps: Button, Button, In Stitches Wheel
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzaz, Whisper White, Sweet Stitches DSP
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Pear Pizzaz, So Saffron Markers, Versamark
Accessories: Many Marvelous Markers, Aquapainters, Window Sheet, Decorative Label Punch, Clear Block E, Pear Pizzaz Seam Binding, Fork, Sweet Buttons Embosslit

I designed this card first for a card swap with my demonstrator friends at Stampin' Addicts. As it dried, I realized that the Crystal Effects didn't give me the right effect that was in my  head. I liked it, but it wasn't what I was picturing. Instead, I used an aquapainter to color the buttons. That worked. Unfortunately, I swapped them before taking a picture! I also changed where I put the punch, as I just thought it looked off where I put it here. See, cards can always change!

One thing I love about buying clear sets is that I placed all of the buttons on one large block, colored them with markers, and then stamped. They were perfectly lined up each time!

Happy  Stamping!



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