Monday, February 28, 2011

Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop Recap, Recipes, and How to's

Wasn't that a great blog hop? Awesome. Here is the low-down about each project.

Chalkboard Technique

Supplies: pastels, sponge dauber, white craft ink, dark cardstock
1. Stamp images in Whisper White Craft Ink on dark cardstock.
2. Use sponge daubers to add pastel color to ink.

Butterfly Card

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Paper: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray
Ink: Whisper White
Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Pastels, Pear Parfait 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Crop-a-dile.

I have two notes for this card. First, I wound the ribbon through two holes made by the small setting on my Crop-a-dile. That little butterfly was in my way, and I liked the way it looked. Second, I the little flowers are actually a butterfly image, I just stamped on the edge, and very carefully placed it so the little flowers looked like a flower garden.

Flower Friend Card

Stamps: With All My Heart
Paper: Concord Crush, Pear Parfait, Baja Breeze
Ink: Whisper White
Accessories: Fancy Flower XL punch, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Subtles Brads, Paper Piercing Tool and Matte, Paper Snips, Dimensonals, Sponge Daubers, Pastels

To make the tag, I stamped my image, cut out a strip and then ran that over my bone folder until it was distressed. I then added the brads, cut one end in a V, and adhered it with dimensionals so it had a curve.  Also, it doesn't have Happy Birthday on it, because I was reminded by a colleauge the other day that birthdays may not want to be celebrated as loudly when one gets older. I had yelled down the hall Happy Birthday Wishes and got reprimanded by my hallmate. Opps. This card would probably be a better choice than yelling down the hall.

Nature's Walk

Stamps: Nature's Walk
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper
Ink: Whisper White, Early Espresso
Accessories: Vintage Trinkets, Vintage Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Matte, Decorative Label Punch, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Spiral Border Punch, Paper Snips.

I adhered the ribbon with SNAIL---a dab here, a dab there. I used my paper snips to distress the bluebird piece and my sentiment.

 Cupcake Box

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Ink: Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Big Bold Cupcakes Sizzlet Dies, Paper Crimper, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade

The box bottom is made by scoring a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock at 4" and 8" on each side.

I then cut into each side like the diagram below so I could fold it up with a flap inside each flap like above.

To make the lid, I cut a 8 1/4 by 8 1/4 square and then scored it along the lines:

I then cut out the black parts, cut on dotted lines, and then folded it to prep it for the final fold.

I used no adhesive. I just folded each side to the middle, and tucked the tabs in each end, so it looked like this:

To make the top decorations, I crimped strips of paper and then used my bone folder to curl them (like we do with curly ribbon),

I hope this allows you to make your own creations!
Happy Stamping!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Stampin' Addicts- from Lily's Ink Pad!

There's a whole lotta celebrating around here this weekend--my sister and her daughter's birthday (on the same day, the baby is 1!!!), my nephews belated birthday gift opening, and Stampin' Addicts turns 2! How cool is that?


Welcome to my stop on the Stampin' Addicts Birthday Technique Blog Hop. Each stop features a technique used on birthday projects. You may be starting here at Lily' Ink Pad with my Chalkboard technique or perhaps you came from Krystal's Cards More featuring spotlighting.

The Chalkboard technique is my favorite technique because it adds brightness to dark colors, and maybe, as a middle school teacher, I like chalk. First up, a traditional use of this technique on a card for a young girl or tween.

To do this technique, you just stamp on dark cardstock with White Craft Ink. Then you use sponge daubers to add pastel dust to the ink. As you can see, a bit of the dust makes it's way onto the cardstock, but I think that adds to the charm.

Ready for Project Number 2?

 This is a birthday card for a friend, perhaps an older one who doesn't want her birthday known. This idea came to me as I wanted to make some flowers, but wanted a purple background. I simply stamped the Whisper White Craft Ink on Concord Crush, and then added pastels in Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, and Daffodil Delight. I also added a little layer of circles that are chalkboarded (I hope that's a word), with Certainly Celery on Certainly Celery cardstock.

Next up, I tried to go Natural:

This bluebird came from me wanting to stamp this little guy on dark cardstock and make him pop. The photo doesn't look as sharp as the real-life card, but I still like it. Plus, can you tell I stamped him on Designer Series Paper? Pretty cool. This technique works on all sorts of paper!

What Could this be?

Yummy cupcakes! As I was told recently, every cupcake needs a little swirl, so I used Baroque Motifs on the cupcake die cuts and "frosted" them with Tempting Turquoise pastels.
But let's look inside:

and....TaDah!---A cupcake is inside! I am not eating sweets (much) right now, so didn't make a real one. This one came from a cool store and will be a part of my niece's birthday gift (shhh, don't tell her). I added my sides to the box top, because if the cupcake, was real, there would be a good chance I would ruin my box with the frosting. This way, if the box gets frosted, we can save the pretty part!

That's all I have for now. Come back on Monday for some details about my projects with complete recipes.  Continue on your way on the Blog Hop by visiting Betty's blog Kitty Stamps to learn about watercoloring.


If you get lost along the way, just go to the Stampin' Addicts website to get back on track. In 20 clicks you should be back here!

Happy Birthday, Stampin' Addicts!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Clare!

Happy Birthday to Clare,
Happy Birthday to Clare,
Happy Birthday, dear Clare,
Happy Birthday to you!

Today is Clare's first birthday. The celebration is this weekend and I was the lucky aunt to make her invitations!

Here is the insert out of the pocket:

Stamps: It's Your Birthday
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Big Shot, Simple Letters Alphabet, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Beautiful Wings  Embosslit, Scallop Square Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1/4 " Circle Punch, Bird Punch, Dotted Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Daffodil Delight Pom Pom Trim

My sister didn't want pink! I was shocked. She told me to use the colors that Clare wears the most, so I thought of all the clothes I've bought her and went with those--Melon Mambo is my favorite color on her and it seems to be paired with Tempting Turquoise, so I started there. My mom was there to help the design and my sister did all the writing and sending.

I will have more from her party later--but not quite yet.

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What Could Do This to My Stamping Area?

Creating for a Blog Hop of course!


Join me and 21 other demonstrators as we celebrate the 2nd Birthday of Stampin' Addicts, a great online resource for stampers! This special blog hop features our favorite techniques.

The Blog Hop starts officially at 12 noon Friday, February 25th through midnight Sunday, February 27th. Come back to see my posts and go on a virtual tour of 21 other blogs with amazing projects, techniques, and inspirations!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tough Cards to Make

Emotionally, that is. Yes, I am referring to Sympathy Cards. It's very hard to me to make them right when I need them, so one of our Stampin' Celebrations cards in January was a sympathy card. That way, we all had a small stash of them for those sad moments.

Stamps: Praying for You
Paper: Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Big Shot, Framed Tulip Embossing Folder, Scallop Oval Punch, 1 3/4 x 7/8 Oval Punch, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Pastels

The technique we used is called poppin' pastels. Stamp your image in versamark. Use sponge daubers to apply pastel powder to the image. Easy and fun!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sew-Suite --Sew Perfect

My mom is a seamstress. She sewed most of my clothes growing up as well anything else that could be made with fabric. I have a love of fabric from her. When I first laid my eyes on the Occasions Mini Catalog, I loved all of the Sew Suite line. Here was the first card I made for the Stampin' Celebrations Card Club:

Stamps: Sew Suite, In Stitches Wheel, On Your Birthday
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Whisper White, Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Button, Button Embosslit, 3 1/2 and 3" Circle Bigz Orginalz Dies, Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Jumbo Handle, Versamark Ink Cartridge

I used the new Big Shot Dies that cut large circles for my focal point. We learned that stamping the big images first, helps get the little images to fit.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, February 18, 2011

No Sew Towels

I've proven I can sew. However, I love an easy project that looks like I hauled out my sewing machine, but really, I didn't. Here is some I created for the Stampin' Addicts Leadership Swap:

These tea towels are so fun to make! Supplies: Springtime Vintage Designer Series Fabric,  Big Shot, Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons, Sweet Stitches Big Designer Buttons, Big Shot Fabric Adhesive Roll, needle, embroidery thread, iron, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, Beautiful Wings Bigz Die.

Here are all 7 close-up:

To make these towels, here is what I did:
1. Iron my tea towels. (Yuck, but necessary).
2. Use the iron to adhere some of the Big Shot Adhesive Roll to the back (wrong side) of the fabric.

3. Place the fabric with adhesive layer on the Big Shot die, and run through to get the cut-out.
4. Peel off the backing.

5. Place on the towel where you want it.

6. Iron again, for a few seconds.

7. Admire your work!

Really, it was that easy. Over the years, I've used many adhesive products for fabric and this was truly the best. No fuss. No muss.

Happy Stamping (or sewing)!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Digital Studio: New Content Added with a PDF Catalog

Recently, I have been posting the My Digital Studio Projects I have worked on for Christmas presents, but I also use this program all the time! I designed my blog with it. I make scrapbook pages I haven't yet shared. I make flyers. I love having a digital version on my favorite craft!

However, I did get a bit confused as to what downloads I had purchased to add to My Digital Studio, which ones came with it, and which ones I needed to get yet! Stampin' Up! came to my rescue with a PDF catalog. You can check it out here and download it or just view it! While you are there, check out the rest of Stampin' Up!'s exclusive My Digital Studio website. So much information in such an easy place to get to!

Also, on most Tuesdays, Stampin' Up! has promised more downloads! Yippee. I can plan a night of scrapbooking every Tuesday to play with new toys!

Here are the ones from Tuesday, February 15th (click here to see them in PDF):

124412 Beautifly Butterfly Shapes $0.95
124433 Polystitched Ribbon $3.95
124561 Nursery Designer Series Paper $4.95
124562 Nursery Embellishments $5.95
124563 So Cute Stamp Brush Set $1.95
124567 Engraved Greetings Stamp Brush Set $3.95
124438 Thanks for Caring Stamp Brush Set $3.95
124435 You're a Gem Stamp Brush Set $3.95

You can always order them via my website. I also have monthly My Digital Studio classes on the second Tuesday of each month in my house in Shawano or call me to schedule your own free class!

Happy Stamping!



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