Monday, December 31, 2012

Hoppin' Recap

WOW! Has your jaw stopped dropping from all of those great projects in the Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop?

I have a few details to share with you that just didn't fit on the blog hop post. First up, a reminder of my projects:

The Swinging Egg card:

Stamps: A Little Bit of Spring
Paper: Bashful Blue, Tea for Two Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Paper
Ink: Basic Gray, Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Markers
Accessories: Oval Framelits, Baker's Twine, Pretty In Pink Polka Dot Ribbon, Big Shot, Blender Pen

I used the Oval Framelits of two consecutive ovals to cut the opening and to cut two copies of the Very Vanilla one in which I sandwiched Baker's Twine so my egg could spin. I stamped the images in gray to create a mellow tone for the pastel colors. I then used my markers and a blender pen to watercolor the cute bunnies.

I wanted my second card to be springy, but different than my first one. The color combination on this one came from the Two for Tea Designer Series paper.

Stamps: A Little Bit of Spring
Paper:  Tea for Two Designer Series Paper, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo Marker, So Saffron Marker, Crumb Cake Marker
Accessories: Victoria Crochet Trim, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 7/8" Circle Scallop Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack Circle Punch

For the left upper corner, I. stamped the images in Early Espresso and then sponged with Crumb Cake to "antique" it. I colored the focal image with markers and cut it out with my handy dandy paper snips.

The basket was an inspiration from wanting to use those cute little bunnies in a home decor project. I love dying eggs, so I thought about making egg tags. I needed something to put them in. I used the Petal Cone die to cut out two parts. I then used my new Stampin' Up! Trimmer to score 2" from the top fold like this:

I then trimmed the cones side flap and cut between the two bottom flaps.

I added adhesive on the bottom flaps and the side flaps and put them together to make a little basket.

For the eggs, I cut strips of Newsprint Designer Series Paper and modge podged them onto a cheap plastic egg. I wasn't sure it would work, but it certainly did. I might do more. I used my Big Shot and my Trim die to make the belly bands. Cute and fun.
The ribbon bow was made with our scrumptious new Pink Pirouette Two-Tone ribbon.

 Happy Stamping!


Friday, December 28, 2012

Hoppin' Into Spring

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop featuring Stampin' Up!'s Spring Catalog! My Stampin' friends at Stampin' Addicts have designed an amazing group of projects for you. At each stop in the Hop, you'll view cards and projects presenting one of the stamp sets from the fabulous new Spring Catalog which starts January 1. You can start here or perhaps you've already been hopping from Kathleen's Blog featuring Feels Good. What an uplifting set of quotes. I love what she's done with them!

With the snow falling outside my northern Wisconsin window, it's a bit hard to think of Spring, but my projects today featuring, "A Little Bit of Spring," will certainly make you think of green grass and flowers.

 Isn't that little rabbit cute? Here's the other side of my swing egg:

Even cuter!

I made another card with a different color combination, which I found in the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper.

Island Indigo with So Saffron. I would have never thought of it myself, but it's beautiful.

My final project is a little Easter Basket.

I used the Petal Cone Die as the base for my basket. I wanted to put in eggs with the stamped wrappers, but didn't have any eggs that weren't neon. Lucky for me, Modge Podge and Newsprint Designer Series Paper came the rescue and I created my own pretty eggs.

I hope you liked my projects. Come back on Monday to get some more details and recipes. Until then, keep hopping! The next stop is at Kim's blog with the stamp set Collage Curios.

Thanks for visiting!

 Happy Stamping!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 in Review

2013 is just around the corner, so I decided to reflect upon my creativity this year. Here are my favorite projects from this year.

Number 10:
Number 9:
Number 8:
Number 7:
Number 6:
Number 5:
Number 4:
Number 3:
Number 2:
Number 1:
Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Great things come in small packages.These snowmen hold VandeWall's chocolate bars, sold to me as a fundraiser for my Nephew Nathan.  I made them for all the staff at school:

Stamps: none
Paper: Be of Good Cheer, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: none
Accessories:  1" Square Paper Punch, Star Punch from Merry Mini Punch Pack, Pennant Punch, 1/2" Circle,  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die

I used Lisa Young's ideas, but changed them for this year. I found it really easy to make these using my paper trimmer as my scorer. I could cut and score at the same time! Very cool.

My candy bars are local (Appleton, WI) favories, so I had to develop my own template. I did so by placing the candy bar on graph paper and then working out how big it should be. I wanted it easy to cut as a 1/4 sheet of paper. It worked. I found that my SNAIL didn't stick so well over time in the dry WI air. However, the sticky strip held and everyone at work loved them.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas Season.

 Happy Stamping!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Twisted Gift Card Holder

For this month's Crafty Night at my sister's house, it just didn't seem right to make something for January with Christmas just around the corner. However, cards seemed a bit late. What do folks need at the last minute? GIFT CARD HOLDERS! So, I found a great idea, the twisted gift card holder and here's my version.

 The inside:

You just put the gift card inside the folds!

Stamps:  Chock Full of Cheer
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Real Red, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Paper
Ink: Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray
Accessories:1 3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Circle Scallop Punch, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits.

I used the video by Vicki on You Tube to show me the measurements and steps. It's really quite easy and this video makes it super clear: Twisted Greeting Card.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, December 21, 2012

Gift Card Presents

The problem with giving gift cards is that there is no present to open. Today's post has a solution to that:

Just open to reveal the gift card:
Fun and gender neutral.

Stamps: Tags Til Christmas
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Wild Wasabi Markers
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer, Rhinestones, Scallop Square Punch, Word Window, 1" Circle Punch, Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch

I got the idea from It's a Stampin Thing by Vicki, I think she designed the first one. Pretty cool to have found the source!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Santa Brings Fun Gifts!

This was the last tag at our tag-making extravaganza. I needed an easy one to compliment the hard ones and I think this was the favorite:

and the inside:

Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits, Many Merry Messages
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Baker's Twine, Itty Bitty Punches, Ticket Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch

To make the buckle, I just cut out the middle of the Ticket Punch with the Itty Bitty Punch and wove paper inside. I even found I didn't need a buckle middle to weave around--it looks as if it was there since the paper covers it.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Hostess Gifts with Function

I try to treat people well. I think I treat my hostesses well, but I do forget hostess gifts or run out of time or something. I decided this fall that my hostesses would get a gift at the Christmas tag making  celebration. I just kept it a secret!

Here's what I made:

A box to to hold all their cards! I made them simple as each person has her own decorating style and I knew most of the ladies would want to put them on  shelf so they couldn't have fun stuff on top. Simple and cute= my style.

Thanks Nancy, Nicole, Jan, and Kathy for hostessing Stampin' Celebrations this fall! I'm looking forward to a new round starting in January!

 Happy Stamping!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Snow Much Fun to Be Colorful!

Often, I get stuck in a rut and make my snowman cards in blues. Today, am showcasing one I CASED from Tammy Fite at Stamp with Tammy.

Stamps: Snow Much Fun
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Baja Breeze Marker, Gumball Green Marker, Real Red Marker, Pumpkin Pie Marker, Basic Gray Marker
Accessories: Merry Mini's Punch Pack, Modern Label Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Two-way Glue

The math was a bit tricky for the inside layers. I wanted easy numbers to cut multiples (since we made these at Crafty Night). The Gumball Green layer is a standard 5 1/4 by 4".  The three layers of DSP are  1 1/2 by 3 3/4" for one and 1 5/8" by 3 3/4" for the bottom two.

I am so grateful to be a part of a group of stampers who share! Thanks, Tammy for the idea!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tags's a Plenty

I "might" have gone overboard on my tag designing. After a long creativity hiatus, I found that once I got started, I couldn't stop. However, what seemed easy to make for me, took a lot longer than I thought it would for my stampers. Luckily, they had the patience to make it through!

Stamps: Scensational Season, Chock Full of Cheer
Paper: Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper
Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Merry Mini's Punch Set, Scensational Season Framelit Dies, Big Shot, Corner Rounder Punch, Simply Scored, Rhinestones, Real Red Stitched Ribbon, Sticky Pages, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Silver Glimmer Paper

To make the lollie's I scored a 1" by 12" piece of Designer Series paper at 1/4" increments. I found that I sometimes messed up and that was an issue for others. I didn't have a problem. I also cut sticky pages into 1" ish squares (instead of the old way of punching circles). I found that I got many more sticky parts to adhere the lollie's to! Other than that, the tags are self-explanatory- stamp, cut out with the Big Shot framelits, adhere layers and fun accessories!

Now, to find people who will appreciate the tags as much as I do.

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mittens Oh My!

I'm a mitten wearer. Well, I rarely wear mittens or gloves, even in Wisconsin winters, but when I do need a warm layer, I use mittens. I do whatever I need with bare hands and then tuck them back into a warm mitten. When Stampin' Up! came up with the mitten punch I was ecstatic. My Stampin' Celebrations made tags this month for and this one I loved:

Stamps: Make a Mitten
Paper: Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper
Ink: Baja Breeze, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler Markers
Accessories:  Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Mitten Builder Punch, Gumball Green Sweater Trim, 1 3/4" Scallop Punch

I'm not sure where you write, but I figured the back was available. My plan was cuteness, not function.

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Really Red Snowman Treats

Real Red. Bashful Blue. Snowmen. Peppermints. Perfect Combination!

 I CASED this idea from Pinterest, but did a few tweaks to fit my supply stash. I loved the idea of a quick and easy (and yummy) favor for my stampers this month. I also found I love these Andes Peppermints. That may not be a good thing. I love it, though, when the candy companies use Stampin' Up! colors so we can use them in our projects as is!

Stamps: Snow Much Fun
Paper: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Real Red Marker, Bashful Blue Marker, Pumpkin Pie Marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Simply Scored, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Two-way glue

I first stamped the images, punched and colored them. I added Two Way glue where I wanted sparkle and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on top.

I scored the tags 1/4" from the score line towards the bottom of the tag. I think 3/8" would be a bit better.

The tag closes because I used dimensionals to adhere the scallops onto the top of the tag. I just then folded the tag under.

When my stampers saw them, they were hoping it was a project for the night, so I think they were a hit! Plus, I had my niece give them each one and say "Merry Christmas."
 Happy Stamping!


Friday, December 7, 2012

Treats for Teachers

In November, we celebrate American Education Week and my teacher's union, Menominee Indian Teachers Association, enlisted me to make mailbox gifts. Here's what I designed:

Stamps: Perfectly Preserved
Paper: Real Red, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Two Tags Bigz Die, Big Shot, Simply Scored, My Digital Studio 2, 1" by 8" Cello Bags, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch

I found a poem online that I adjusted to fit my needs and then used My Digital Studio to write it:

They were a huge hit!

Happy Stamping!



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