Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sale-a-bration Ends Today!

Sale-a-bration has been fun for me this year--so much creativity and laughter! Here is my last card featuring Sale-a-bration sets. This one, my favorite--Bliss.

Stamps: Bliss
Paper: Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Ink: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Vanilla Rosettes, Vanilla Seam Binding, Pearls, Aquapainter

This is a super-easy card. Layers, a forgiving background stamp, and a fun ribbon technique. To bunch my ribbon up--gather it, is the correct term, I pulled on solitary string from the middle and teased the gathers in place. The hardest part is getting a hold of a single strand.

Now, you also might be wondering where I bought that Baja Breeze rosette. Stampin' Up! of course! I just used my ink pad and an aquapainter to dye it. Just make sure it's dry before you attach it or it will bleed onto your card.

PS. For that reader keeping track--this is a Big Shot Free project for you!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ice Cream Parlor Notepad Tips and Template

Confession: I have a habit of buying things I plan to alter and then stashing them for a later date. Anyone familiar with that? I like to call it--SSFLS --Stampers Save it For Later Syndrome. However, I am trying to reduce my clutter, so when I encounter a product that I can use, I try to figure out how I can use it with what I have.

Remember that notepad from the other day?

I can't remember when I bought it or where. That doesn't really matter, does it? However, I had just enough for my guests at the Lily Ink Pad retreat, so decided to use them. Wouldn't you like to do the same, for whatever you have lying around? Today's your lucky day!

Here's the process I used.

1. I placed the notepad on a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock. I then decided how much of a border I wanted (about 1/4 inch on each side. For this particular notepad, that meant I only needed 8 inches of length.

2. Next, I used my grid paper to figure out how much I needed to for the rest of the cover. You need double the bottom, plus a 1/2 for a fold, plus two more half inches for the pen holder. The rest, I just folded over for a little pocket.

3. I marked my measurements on the grid paper, so I make one, but remember what I had done. Turns out, I needed to add a bit to one measurement as I measured wrong. Opps. Then, I made up a template so I can recreate this if I ever have the same notebpads again.

Here's the template...remember, if your notebook is larger, just start with a larger base and make the top the same size as the bottom. Then, the edges could be like mine to hold a pen. The pocket size might be adjusted. You can design your own projects!

 Happy Stamping!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

What a Weekend!

I'm sitting in my Shawano Stamp Studio (aka the Basement) watching the last Lily Ink Pad Retreater pack up. We've had a weekend of fun stamping, scrapping, creating, talking, eating, and laughing. I love these weekends! We started Friday with make-your-own-pizza, and ended today after two days of eating and playing! Over 50 scrapbook pages, 30 cards, and 10 three-d projects were accomplished!

I was so excited to make these pillow gifts:

Each person who stayed overnight received a bag with a stamp set, a covered candy bar, a decorated candle, a cute bag tag, and a notepad set. I monogramed with the Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set, but otherwise enjoyed using the Ice Cream Parlor paper and accessories from the Sale-a-bration catalog. When I designed these projects last week during our 18" of snowstorm, I was drawn to the bright colors of this paper and decided it was time to put it to good use!

Here is a close-up of the bag tag:

Here is Nicole hiding behind one of her scrapbook pages--love that stamp set!

 THis is Bonnie (my mom) working on some cards--her ott light made the colors strange for my photo.

As usual, I forgot to take more pictures--we scrapbook not photograph!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Christmas in March

Hey, I feel so on top of things right now. I designed and made a dozen Christmas cards for my monthly Get Ahead Challenge on Stampin' Addicts. My online friends on this site are so encouraging, that I am actually getting a stockpile of Christmas cards!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (on inside)
Paper: Sahara Sand, Old olive, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Wild Wasabi (inside)
Accessories: Ornament Punch, Snowflake Punch, Big Shot, Final Embossing Folder, Anywhere Glue stick

I love this inlaid embossing technique. I did learn, however, that my new Finial Embossing folder made a way cooler card than my original Square Lattice Folder. Just to prove that we all have cards we don't love as much as others--here was my original design:

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Subtle Razzle Dazzle

Today's share was inspired by a card I received in a swap at Leadership, but there was no name to credit. Bummer. It just shows how a good idea can be transformed onto a different design. Demonstrators sharing is what's its all about.

Stamps: Razzle Dazzle
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Dotted Ribbon Punch

This is similar to the spot lighting technique, but a little simpler! So much fun!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Love Letter Inspired

I am really liking this vintage stuff. The Love Letter Designer Series Paper is beautiful and I love to use it for the base of my cards. Check out this swap from Leadership I made for the Stampin' Addicts Dinner Group.

Stamps: Nature Walk
Paper: Love Letter Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Black Satin Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Distressing Tool, Tag Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Framed Tulip Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Basic Black Brads from the Neutral Collection, Paper Piercing Tool and Matte.

I wanted layers on this card to showcase all of the amazing products from Stampin' Up! Plus, it is a bit of an ego contest-- who can make the best card!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Birthday for a Nature Lover

Masculine cards are a bit tricky sometimes, but not with this set and this paper. I love, love, love this set and its versatility!

Nature's Walk, It's Your Birthday
Paper: Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: 1/4" Early Espresso Ribbon, Paper Crimper, 1 1/4" Square Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Matte

By the way, this card doesn't use the Big Shot. It is possible to create a great card without it!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today's projects was the 3D item we made at my February Workshops--after I got a swap that inspired this at the Minneapolis Regionals Event!

Stamps: Whimsy Jumbo Wheel, Lucky Shamrock, Fresh Cuts (for you)
Paper: Garden Green, Pear Pizzaz, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green, Old Olive Jumbo Ink Cartridge
Accessories: Petal Cone Die, Sticky Strip, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch, 1"
 Circle Punch, Big Shot

I also used this project for my February (to be delivered in March) projects for the Marshfield, Wisconsin, Ronald McDonald House. I volunteer to be the Lead Demonstrator for Stampin' Up! with this house because it was the first house I was acquainted with (growing up in Marshfield) and the Ronald McDonald House Charities mean a lot to me. From staying in a house for a Christmas Vacation and visiting a family living in the Milwaukee House, I realized how special a little treat can be after a long day at the hospital. Since the Marshfield house is so small, we can't really hold events there. Instead, I've set up a system where the group of demonstrators and I volunteer to make 10-20 3D items for the house each month and cards as needed. I have scheduled this time into my calendar to ensure something gets sent every month. You can help me on the third Wednesday of the Month at my house in Shawano making projects, sending a donation of supplies, or sending a monetary donation for us to buy supplies.

Making a difference is what we do!

Want to make one of your own?

First, use a Jumbo Wheel and Handle to add Whimsy Wisps to 5 1/2 by 8 1/2" paper. I try to run my strips at a diagonal to hide my whoopsies. Place paper on top of Petal Cone Die and run through the Big Shot. You should have this:

Next,  add sticky strip to the tab on top of the inked side, so you can fold  the cone shape correctly.
When you close it, it will look like this:
Meanwhile, use the Big Shot and Petal Cone Die to cut two sets of half-circle scallops and one banner from the Petal Cone Die. Pull the flap on the upside down towards you. Use sticky strip to attach one half-circle scallops under this flap and one behind the other flap, which stays flat.

In the pouch is where you can stick a sucker. I found some green labeled ones for Easter that I put inside.

Stamp two Lucky Shamrocks. Use the 1 3/4" Circle Punch to punch one whole image and the 1" Circle punch to punch out the center image. Use dimensonals to layer these on your cone's circle bottom half.

Finally, stamp a message on the banner and place under the fold!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Color Your Own Pun Fun

What kid wouldn't want a card that came with crayons?

Pun Fun
Paper: Regals Designer Series Paper Pack, Wild Wasabi, Real Red
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Cropadile, Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon

This was a quick and easy card we made. I like that it has a little pizazz--especially once a kid colors it!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

I, Robot, Wish You, Human, a Happy Birthday

I designed this one all by myself. I love this robot guy and wanted a dynamic background that my nephew Nathan would like.

Stamps: Lots of Bots
Paper: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black
Accessories: Smooch Silver, Black Embossing Powder, Pumpkin Pie Marker, Pacific Point Marker, 3 1/2 Circle Bigz Die, Big Shot, Heat tool

After I used this card for the Birthday Bash, I realized that it looked better with a couple of small circles and a brad. Then, I made 30 to swap at Regionals and forgot to get a picture! Plus, I gave away my original to Nathan for his 13th birthday. Sorry, but at least you know the process I go through!

To make the robot show up, I embossed him in black and then used the smooch to color in the metal. 

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Birthday Party on a Card!

This card uses a great technique- inlaid embossing. I just love how running my punched pieces through the Big Shot makes the card look so different!

Stamps: It's Your Birthday
Paper: Every blue possible
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Every Circle Punch, Oval Punch, Brads

I CASED this card from my demonstrator friend Lyssa in Watertown, WI. We met at leadership last year and this year, I saw a small part of her demonstrator business builder presentation:

Thanks for the great idea, Lyssa!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A CASE of The Hostess with the Mostess

For the past two years, I have been lucky to have an online Stampin' Friend turn into a real-life friend and roommate at Stampin' Up! Leadership. Barbara is the hostess with the mostesss. She always takes care of all us and the last time she went over the top in her efforts for everyone to be comfortable and happy. This card is a CASE of one her swap cards. Check out her blog here.

Stamps: It's Your Birthday
Paper: Newsprint Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, 1 1/4" Square Punch

Her card had a different ribbon and rhinestones (of course). My stampers liked the crispness of it!
One of the best things about being a demonstrator is that we make lifelong connections with all types of people from all over. Thanks, Barbara for being so great!

Here is me, Barbara, and Laura at Leadership. Thanks, Laura for the photo.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Glitter Frosting--Yum yum

I am here today to prove that the Red Glimmer Paper isn't just for hearts:

Stamps: none
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Red Glimmer Paper
Ink: none
Accessories: Big Shot, Big Bold Cupcakes, Paper Crimper, Polka Dot Embossing Folder

So cute! Where would I be without the Big Shot?

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Cupcakes with Ice Cream

Today's bonus post (I usually only post on odd days), is not really cupcakes and ice cream, but cupcakes with Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper!

Stamps: Create a Cupcake
Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo
Papers: Ice Cream Parlor, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories: Cupcake punch, Ice Cream Parlor flower buttons

I love this paper--just my style in colors! I also love this set and punch (thanks, mom, for letting me borrow it)!

Here's a tip I learned at the Minneapolis Regional. Precut your die-cut border strips to make card-making easy! Since this is a card we are making this month at my Stampin' Celebrations Club, I needed to prep a bunch!

Now, I can make dozens of cute cards in seconds!

This sketch came from Stampin' Addicts Weekly Sketch Challenge, posted every Thursday. Check it out here!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Quilted Elegance

My mojo was really cranking when I planned my swaps for the Minneapolis Regional Event in February. I was on fire! I love the Elegant Soiree paper and thought, "How can I make this into a quilt?" I pulled out my marker the part you want technique and designed this:

Stamps: Clearly for You, In Stitches Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Vintage Trinkets, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch

To do this, I punched six 1 3/8" squares and adhered them to the Early Espresso Background. Next, I used a marker on the stitch I wanted. I carefully rolled the stitches onto my cardstock. I adhered this to my Vanilla layer and then ran that through the Embossing Folder. Finally, I layered up my card!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tart and Tangy +

I love the fun of Tart and Tangy, so I designed this card to show off the partial emboss technique for my Stampin' Celebrations Club.

Stamps:Tart and Tangy
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler (Pads and Markers)
Accessories: Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 1/4 Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, 1 3/8 Square Punch, Dimensionals

To make the polka dots only on one half, you place the paper halfway in the folder and run it through the Big Shot. Sometimes, you get a little line from the edge of the folder, so I used the ribbon to hide it.

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Amour is in the Air

Love is definitely in the air for my middle schoolers at my day job! Flirting, chasing, teasing, distractability--it's all there. It must be almost Spring.

Stamps: Clearly for You
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette Marker
Accessories: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Chantilly Lace, Photo Corner Punch

Leadership projects inspired me to make this card for my January workshops. (I can't believe I am just finally sharing it). I loved how easy Clearly for You layers so well and makes beautiful cards easy. We used a trick I learned during our Leadership Make-n-takes--to outline the birds in a color to make them pop.

Yes, I know it's pink. My January events were all towards February date-wise, so I designed a card that could be use for Valentine's Day or not.

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

In the Midst of Sale-o-bration Bliss!

Life is good when Stampin' Up! has it's number one sale of the year called Sale-o-bration. Place any order of $50 and receive and exclusive free stamp set of your choice. One of my favorites this year is Bliss.

Stamps: Bliss
Paper: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Accessories: Bitty Buttons, Punch Pack, Large Circle Scallop Punch, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot

I love this sketch I found on Mojo Monday Sketch 169. At least I think so. I made this card before Christmas so my memory fails me!

Happy Stamping!



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