Wednesday, August 31, 2011

For Health and Strength--

At my technique class last week, I gave one last hurrah to the Strength and Hope Stamp Set from the Summer Mini Catalog. For every stamp set purchased, Stampin' Up! is donating $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Go to my online store now to purchase one before midnight to get yours!

Stamps: Strength and Hope, Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Spritz bottle with water, Filigree Designer Brads, Scallop Border Punch, Hemp Twine, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 1/4"  Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

We used this set for the Spritz Watercolor Crayons Technique.  Simply color on your stamp with watercolor crayons. Spritz with plain, old, ordinary water and stamp! The amount of water on your stamp changes the image from really fuzzy and watery to clear and precise (see my two butterflies on the technique page to see the difference). I got the layout of the card from Stampin' Connection an online forum and resource for Demonstrators.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Holiday Mini 2011 Blog Hop Recap

Wasn't that an amazing blog hop? Some amazing products, some amazing projects, and some talented demonstrators! Whoo Hooo. Today, I am going to give a few of the details on my projects that I didn't have room for this weekend.

Project #1: Jars
The maple syrup and the maple sucker I was lucky to receive from my friend Desiree from BC, Canada at Convention. How cool is that?

Basically, I used the Scallop Circle Die and my Big shot, then tied them with a strip of ripped fabric. Easy. The labels use the two different frames from the new Peek-a-boo frames Die. You can see the curly edge of the naturals ivory one on the left blue jar and the scalloped one in Cajun Craze on the right blue jar. I just layered on paper, leaves, and ribbon until they looked good.

Project #2 Card Folio
On the outside, I layered my collage piece onto Early Espresso and then onto the other Designer Series Paper I had cut to fit my project. I added leaves for an accent.

On the inside, however, is where the fun is:

The 4 cards fit in my folio parts. Here's what I did-- Using my Simply Scored, I scored a 12 x 12 piece of Crumb Cake cardstock at 6". I then turned the paper 90 degrees and scored at 8". I then, cut down the middle score line to my horizontal score line and cut two triangles out so my folio would close. I used my Scallop Edge Punch to punch the tops of the flaps. I used sticky strip to adhere the outside edges. My cards tucked in nicely, with room for envelopes (that I stamped on, too). I also spread out the cards in layers so that all could be seen when the folio was opened. (Just so my hostess would go WOW).

Project #3: Matching Card Set
Basically, this whole project started when I just started stamping on a big piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I stamped an array of leaves and acorns and then decided I loved that look. I love walking in fall and seeing the layers of leaves on the ground, so that's the look was I going for. I then realized I wanted to add the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper, but I didn't want to cut my leaves! So, I cut 1/2" strips to add to the left hand side of my design. I added the Early Espresso Quilted Ribbon, and the cut out leaves using dimensionals. I tried to make each one a little bit unique, but all within the same look.  I left them without a sentiment as  I thought generic notecards would be a nice gift.

Project #4-- The Fancy, Schmancy Quilted Card
I am so thankful that you all loved it so much. My last stamp club got a sneak peek of my projects and have demanded we make this next time. So, we will! I wanted to use all the papers as I couldn't choose just one, so I cut them into 1" strips and glued 4 in a row on a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I then ran this layer through my Big Shot and the Flurries Embossing Folder. I must say, it looked cool before I did that, but after--WOW. It was jaw-dropping. Then, I stamped my leaves in More Mustard and Early Espresso and added the line detail with the Pewter Embossing Powder. LOVE It! I cut them out and layered them. I realized I needed to show them off more, so I added a Scallop circle from the Pennant  Die. I added the Early Espresso Quilted Ribbon. The acorn wasn't showing up, so I added a loop of ribbon behind him so he would pop. I used my Top Note Die to cut a Pool Party top note, trimmed it and stamped the sentiment from the Grateful Greetings stamp set.  Voila! a striking card!

I think that's it--I had so much fun designing these projects. The good news is, I have plenty of cardstock, Designer Series paper, ribbon, fabric and ink to make more!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stampin' Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Hop--Gently Falling

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Holiday Mini Catalog Blog Hop. Have you been having fun seeing amazing projects you can make with the amazing products in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog? Either you came from Heidi's Blog, Running with Scissors Stamper, featuring her cute projects with Out on a Limb, you are starting here on my blog, or you went backwards and came from Adriana's blog, Escape to Stamp, with her gorgeous projects with the Spice Cake Designer Series Fabric, you are in for a great hop around to all of the stops!

At Stampin' Up! Convention in July, I witnessed the unveiling of the Holiday Mini Product Suites, and Oh my Gosh--they made the Spice Cake one just for me! That's why I chose Gently Falling for this blog hop. My projects will feature the set, along with the Spice Cake paper and fabric. I mean, they go together so well!

First, check out the labels on my jars. I love blue jars (and own a few), but when moving the last time, I realized I had to downsize so only kept these two. The paper goes perfectly with them--and I added a little fabric topper using my Big Shot and the Scallop Circle Die. The tags themselves follow the motif I used on all my projects--More Mustard maple leaves with a Soft Suede Accent or a stamped off Soft Suede oak leaf with Soft Suede accents. The two step stamping with Gently Falling couldn't be easier! You can also see  my use of the Early Espresso Quilted Ribbon and the Spike Cake Designer Series paper.

My second project is a set of cards in a card portfolio. You can see it peeking behind the jars, but here is a cover close-up.

I think you can see the two-step stamping in my collage and on the leave accents. I just stamped the bases and then stamped the outlines. Easy. and I love Easy. I will be posting directions (and a picture of the inside) on Monday on my blog for those of you that would want to know how I did this. Here is a picture of the card set inside the folio:
Again, I used a collage to showcase fall leaves. It makes me think of sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee grading papers as the leaves all around me! I cut the collage a little short and added a strip of Spice Cake Designer Series Paper to the left side of the card to balance. I then used the Early Espresso Quilted Ribbon for an accent. I even stamped the envelops to match.

My final project is a super fancy card:

This time, I used the same colors, but added some pizzaz. I stamped in my base colors, but I embossed the lines with the new Pewter Embossing Powder. Oh I am so happy! I also used the new Flurries Embossing Folder to quilt my Designer Paper Strips, which transformed my card from ok to WOW! Again, full details and recipes will be on my blog on Monday if you so desire to know that kind of thing. 

I hope you fell in love as much as I did with the products in this mini-catalog! Next up is Adriana at Escape to Stamp featuring the Spice Cake Designer Series Fabric. You can go backwards to Heidi at Running with Scissors Stamper, to see Out on a Limb. If you get lost along the way, go to this link at Stampin' Addicts to find your way!



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Snow Cone for Summer

One of my favorite things as a kid to get at the Central Wisconsin State Fair was a snow cone. It counted as a drink, ice cream, and I could usually afford it. Plus, we could pick our flavors. So, when I saw the card on the left, I knew we had to make the card on the right for Stampin' Celebrations Club.

Stamps: It's Your Birthday
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: 2 way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Petal Cone Die, Big Shot, Sticky Strip, Paper Snips, Sponge Daubers, Straw

This is a fun version of the ice cream cards. All I did was cut out the Petal Cone Die twice using the Big Shot. We closed the cone to create the pocket using sticky strip and trimmed the second triangle to fit inside. We added the scallop petal, sponged the ink colors, and used glue to add Dazzling Diamonds. Fun!

Thanks to Cindy Baughman from Kapolei, Hawaii for the swap that I copied to make this card!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Yummy Recipes in Digital

Collecting recipes from friends and family has always been fun. I like trying new things that can become standard fare at family events or even our own table. However, organizing them is always a trip. I have binders, recipe card holders, slips of paper, and online sites bookmarked. A great idea to organize them is to create a recipe scrapbook. However, once one person gets one others are sure to want one. What to do, What to do?

Use My Digital Studio!

This yummy recipe is great for summer. I used mostly the Strength and Hope Digital Kit, but I also added some ribbon and some brads. To great the rainbow strips, I created a photo box the size I wanted each layer, and then filled in the photo box with paper so that my digital paper didn't get distorted.

You could use this as one page in a digital book, or you can do what I did and print 4 to a page. To do that, design your project on 1/4 of a 12 x 12 page. I then used control A to select everything, I rightclicked to group it. I could then copy and paste it to all four corners of my page. I sent it off to the printer, and got back the swaps I needed for my Convention Recipe Swap! Here's a visual of all 4 on one page:

I just trimmed mine and put them into a 6x6 page protector. Some participants matted them on cardstock or added embellishments to make the pages a hybrid of digital and traditional scrapbooking!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Three Step Stamping

Three Step Stamping? Huh? I thought Stampin' Up! had two step stamps. Do they now have three step stamps? Those are the words that went through my head when Cori Hancock mentioned it during a demonstration at Convention. In fact, Stampin' Up! hasn't come up with a new product, just a new way to add a little flair to your projects!

Stamps: Raining Flowers
Paper: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Ink:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon

Three-step stamping is an easy way to create a watercolor look. Use the rock-n-roll technique on your base stamp. Then stamp the outlines. Finally, use a marker to scribble some color in the centers of your flowers. I use the word scribble intentionally, as the more scribbly, the better. Try it!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Convention Make-n-takes 2011

Stampin' Up! outdid themselves at the 2011 Convention, in food, hospitality, gifts, and excitement. But, no more than in our make-n-take packets.

We had supplies to make this banner using the new Pennants Die, fabric, and the three cards hanging on it. What a great way to display cards! The projects were fun to create, but I wasn't feeling well during my session time so I made them after I got back...way later. That's why I am finally posting them!

Not only did we get the supplies and stamp sets to do those projects, but we were also give supplies to make this:

This lovely box can be purchased September 1st from the Holiday Mini Catalog. You can alter them any way you want. Stampin' Up! artists designed this flower:

See one of the reasons why I love being a demonstrator? Stampin' Up! treats us so very well!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Summer Fun Pillow Gifts

As I mentioned before, last weekend was a Lily Ink Pad Retreat weekend, where the girls took over the house and we scrapped and stamped our time away. I provide food, make-n-takes, and space. Plus, here are the pillow gifts I made:

Summer was the theme--butterflies, beach bags, and fun! I bought the beach bags long ago at my favorite dollar spot. Perfect space on the front for a little Big Shot Butterfly action. I simply cut butterflies out of felt and stitched them on with embroidary floss. I love how fast the Big Shot slices through things as thick as felt. Easy Peasy!

I also included a deck of cards (in Melon Mambo), princess crown full of candy, and that octopus box. Each person also got al a carte' stamp and whatever else I could think of at the last minute.

The Octopus box had a purpose, of course, and that was to hold citronella candles:
Here's a close-up of the cover:
Stamps: Summer Splash
Paper: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, and Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Square Clear Bigz Die, Scallop Square Duos Bigz Die, Ruffled Ribbon, Simply Scored, Melon Mambo Embossing Powder, and Embossing Heat Tool

Want to make your own? Here's how I did it.

1. I started with a piece of paper that was 5 1/2 inches by 10 1/2 inches.

2. Score 1/2 inch from each side. (using my new tool called Simply Scored which you can buy starting September 1)

3. Turn your paper 90 degrees and score at 1/2 inch, 5 inches, 5 1/2 inches, and 10 inches.

4. Now, cut tabs on each of the corners and in the middle, like this:
5. Apply Sticky strip as shown and fold up into a box!

You can purchase a Simply Scored after September 1st. Book a workshop in September so you can get one at 50% off! Just email me at

Happy Stamping!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Pink, Glitter, and Butterflies, Oh My!

I am so excited to share with you how I made these crowns that it surprises me. You see, I am not a pink person or a glitter person. Generally, I don't support those concepts. However, I was to create a treat holder to hold a significant amount of candy with the candy wrapper die. I had one idea that was cute, but not cute enough when I noticed that the scored triangles along edge of the wrapper looked like a crown points. I was on my way then!

Stamps: Four Frames
Paper: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Big Shot, Candy Wrapper Die, Paper Snips, 1/2" Circle punch, Champagne Glass Glitter, Sticky Strip, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Decorative Label Punch, Gold Waffle Paper

How to make your own Princess Crown Party Favor
 Step 1: Cut two Melon Mambo Candy Wrappers from the Candy Wrapper Die.

Step 2: Adhere them together using sticky strip along one of the tabs and one of the sides. (This is where you usually attach it back to itself to make a small box).

Step 3:  Follow the score lines along the top of your crown to cute the peaks. You just cut away the triangles in between the peaks. (see how the top of my crown is different than the bottom).

Step 4: Cut along the vertical score lines along the bottom to create tabs. You end up cutting right through the middle of each diamond (rhombus in my math world) to the first horizontal score line. In the picture below you an also see where I cut the thin tab off of the right side thin tabbed part (I don't know any other way to describe it). This just makes your life easier in the next steps.

Step 5: Add sticky strip to the tab and roll the crown up so that the tab hits the other side. You'll want to fold on each horizontal score line to make your crown pop.

Step 6: Place the crown upside down on it's points so you can adhere the bottom. This is where I got smarter as I made more of these.
Fold two sets of opposite flaps toward each other. You can adhere them by using two glue dots on each of the top flaps. See where they overlap just a little? That's where I glue dotted them. I also make sure the "X" score lines lined up so I knew my box wouldn't be lopsided. Then, fold down the other 4 tabs the same way, which makes a pretty solid little box (octagonal, in fact). You can see in the photo, I added a ton of sticky strip, which you can do, too, but glue dots also work.

Step 7. You'll need to trim the points where the flaps meet each other on the top:

Step 8. Adhere a 1/2" Circle to each of the crown points.
Step 9. Wrap two strips of sticky strip around the mid section of the crown. Dip into glitter. You'll be amazed at how much sticks, and how long a bottle lasts. I have made 12 of these so far and still have glitter left.

Step 10. Use a dot of two way glue to add a bit of glitter to each circle.

Step 11: Stamp the frame of your choice, punch out, and add to the the front of the crown. Add butterflies at will.
Step 12: Use a piece of waffle paper to fill the inside like tissue paper. Add candy or treats!

Now, stop reading and start creating your own!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Chocolate Cake--a Stamper's Way

This weekend is a Lily Ink Pad Retreat Weekend, where Bubba is kicked out and the girls stamp, scrapbook, and craft all weekend long. For a treat, I made this for my guests:

Stamps: none
Paper: Flirtatious Designer Series Specialty paper, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Ink: none
Accessories: White Grosgrain Ribbon, Cake Plate, Circle Scissors, Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Die, Styrofoam Circles

Carrie Cudney showed a cake like this at Convention and I knew I had to make one! Mine's a bit different--two tiers that are thicker compared to her three. I didn't have the It's a Wrap Stamp set, which would be cool, so I used Designer Series Paper.

I added a trim piece that looked "O So Cute" on the styrofoam base, which I covered in Whisper in White, but the chocolates covered the cute trim up!

Wouldn't this cake be great at a shower or birthday party?

Check out my cake topper--I designed that all from my own creative head--A princess crown made using the Candy Wrapper Bigz Die! More on this project on Monday, including a tutorial.

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's a Polar Party--in August!

I had hoped to post a pretty special project today, but I am still working on it. So, instead I have my July Christmas cards, which I also used as a Convention Swap.

I used the new set--Polar Party, which Bubba encouraged me to get. Gotta love that! I used new in colors of Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo along with Chococlate Chip and Rose Red. I like it.

Stamps: Polar Party, Many Merry Messages
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink:Lucky Limeade, Chocolate Chip, Markers in Lucky Limeade, Rose Red, and Island Indigo, plus a little Pool Party for shadows.
Accessories: Moonlight Pearlized Accent Ink, Chocolate Chip Scallop Edged Ribbon

I wanted these mailable, so not much fun bling, although some brads would be fun in the upper right corner!

I'm still making progress for my Christmas Cards--I made 15 of these:

Come Christmas, I hopefully can just mail them out! Whoo hoo!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Making an MDS Calender

My online friend Adriana Benitez at Escape to Stamp had been making and posting a monthly calendar using My Digital Studio. I got in the habit of downloading it as my wallpaper on my computer. Unfortunately, either I've missed them or she's been as busy as I and I still have MAY on my laptop. Time to make one for myself. Here it is:

How did I do it? Well, this will be an easy tutorial to show beginners as most of you out there are beginners with My Digital Studio.

1. Open up MDS. (My Digital Studio).
2. At the "new project" prompt, click on calendar.
3. Pick 8 1/2 by 11".
4. Pick Design Your Own. You need to do this so that your calender will have dates populated. Otherwise, you have to make the whole thing yourself. (Yuck).
5. Click next in the bottom right corner. You'll get a screen with two rows. You have a choice here. Either click next and move on with all of 2011 in your calender or highlight months you don't need (January -July) and hit remove. The first option leads to a bigger file than you need. The second option gives you the risk of deleting too much.
6. Click next. Choose Pick and Click: Insert Photos Individually. This lets you decide when and if to add pictures. The other setting is good when making a quick scrapbook.
7. Name your project.  Sara is Awesome would work, but MDS calender 2011 might be easier to remember.
8. Find the August Calender page by using the thumbnail guide along the bottom of the screen.
9. I usually start by picking out a background paper. To do that, I use the left hand column of tools. Click on the paper icon (red arrow #1). Then click browse to pick your favorite Designer Series Paper. I used Noteworthy. Click on the pattern you want. I like this blue one.

10. To change the color of the Calender Grid and numbers, I highlighted all of the numbers at once. Start with your cursor near the S for Sunday click and drag. This creates a box that will end up highlighting everything in little squares. Click on the right hand column Change Color. On the pop up screen you get, click on the color you want. I used the new In Color Island Indigo.
11. You'll notice those lines didn't change. Those (painfully) have to be changed one by one. Click on each one until you see the little box "handles," and then click Change Color just like you did in step 10.
12. You'll notice my "August" is different than on the page. I could have used any font I have installed on my computer to make it funky. Instead, I clicked on August, hit delete, and added a stamp in it's place. To add a stamp, go to the left hand side. 1. Click on the stamp. 2. Hit Browse and find Month by Month. (I downloaded this recently, so you may need to add it if you want to use it. Otherwise, just highlight your text and change the font on the right.) 3. Click Open.

13. Click on Change Color on the left column at the top. I chose Island Indigo. Double Click on the image you want. It should appear in the design space. Click on it to move it around. To make it run vertically, click on Rotate 90* right.
14. To add the flowers, go to the Stamp area on the right. Click on Browse and find Noteworthy Flowers. Click on Open. Change the color to Daffodil Delight. (see step 10 if you are lost).
15. Click on the image you want and drag into place on the Design. Resize it larger by clicking on one of the box "handles" and dragging it bigger. Then, right click on the image. Choose Send to Back to place the flower behind the calender.
14. I also added some flowers by the August. To do that, I clicked on the ones I wanted, drug them into place, and then used my arranging tools Send to Front and Send to Back to layer them.

15. Now, what's a page without embellishments? Go to the left hand column. Click on the flower icon which stands for Embellishments. Click on Browse. Find the Buttons Neutrals.  Click Open.  Find the Whisper White Button 3. Click on it and drag one to the center of the big flower. Again, it's not big enough, so click on a handle and increase the size.

16. Add White Button 2 and place it on the center of the other flower. To make it hit the center for certain. Click on the button, hold the shift button, and click on your flower. Both the button and flower should have visible "handles."

Then, click on the icon with three levels and a line. Choose Center and your button will go to the center. Pretty cool, huh?

17. I think that's all I can handle for this tutorial, so time to export. On the right hand side, click on the Share Project Tab. Then click on the Export to JPEG icon.

You'll get a window that says, Save Changes? Click agree.

18. Follow the Export Wizard. You'll see your page in the thumbnails of pages. Make sure your page is clicked.
19. I chose medium for the JPEG size and I moved the slider bar to 100% for Image Quality.

20. Now, you can open your calender as a JPEG and do with it as you wish!

WOW! When I started this tutorial, I didn't realize how long it would turn out.  Hopefully, if you are not a beginner, it wasn't too heavy. If you are a beginner, I hope it was thorough enough.

Happy Designing!



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