Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bug Me Revealed

Whew! I'm pretty beat right now. We had the ol' Mattson Family Reunion in Minnesota last weekend and now I'm in Manitowoc, Wisconsin at a four day training for my new math curriculum. Somehow in all the traveling, I missed Sunday's post. Sorry about that! I have a good one for you today, though--
Stamps: Bug Me, Bitty Banners 
Paper: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Summer Smooches DSP, Basic Black, Whisper White, Window Sheets
Ink: Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo Markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1 ¼” Circle Punch, 1 ¾” Circle Punch, 2 ½” Circle Punch, ¾” Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits

It's an old idea that I recycled, but I still love it. The little bugs needed to be viewed up close! To do this, I had to hand-cut the window sheet because I had thick ones. I found I could cut a square and trim the corners. It was much easier than breaking my punch on it! 

To round the corners, I placed the corner of my cardstock in my circle punch--upside down, like this:

 I got a very large curve from the 1 1/4" punch, which I liked. My first card was with the 3/4" circle punch, and it was a smaller curve. 

I love this card!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, July 27, 2012

The Winter Catalog is Coming-Sneak Peek!

When I first set my eyes on the Holiday Catalog (no longer mini at all). I wanted the whole thing. Luckily, I had some birthday money (thanks-mom) and some stamp sale money, so I could buy a whole bunch. One of my splurges was this new set with coordinating paper, of course!

Stamps: Make a Mitten
Paper: Snow Festival Designer Series Paper, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Ink: Gumball Green, Soft Suede
Accessories: 1/4" Sweater Trim, Lacy Brocade Textured Embossing Folder, Finishing Touches Edgelits

As this was my first card with this set, I think I could have gone overboard, but I still love it. the sweater trim is thick and fun to work with. You'll see more it, for sure!

You can order items from this catalog starting August 1st all the way to January!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Razzle Dazzle Ribbon

Opps! I forgot to post yesterday! I was too busy stamping. I finished up my swaps I signed up for at the beginning of summer when I thought I'd have plenty of time on my hands. The good news is that I will have many, many cards to share with my customers this fall! One of them I made to share is:

Stamps: Blue Ribbon
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Finishing Touches Edgelits, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1/4" Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestones

This is one of my favorite cards I've made this summer and I made it in early July. I'm glad I can finally share it! My QC swapper group should be getting theirs early next week, so I think it's safe!

The medallions on the paper made me think of the Medal so I knew I had to combine the two for a fun, colorful blue, well, purple, ribbon. I'd love to get this card, so I am happy to have designed it!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Convention 2012-->MY WHY

I didn't go to Convention this year, taking a year off. Instead, I did an event, a swap, and watched my message boards for info. Tonight, a friend driving back from Convention wanted to stop by, so I let her, thinking a break is all she needed. Not so! She had a gift for me--three gifts actually!

She got me a garden flag set--which is three flags and a pole. I thought it was just the flags and nothing else! How cool! I already put one up, much to Bubba's dislike. The butterfly pattern is a shopping bag. I know I'll put that use! See those four circles? They are new, Convention Exclusive Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps! Check them out:

Now, I just need to find a calorie-free recipe!

Kim said this gift is because of my friendship and acceptance of her. First of all, everyone deserves to be accepted for who they are and second, she's just as generous with her friendship! I thank her for all she has given me tonight, and during our friendship.

That's why I am a demonstrator. That's MY WHY-- relationships. Sure, I love creating. I love making stuff. But really, I love all my friends I have who are demonstrators or customers or just friends who like my stuff. Bubba calls it a sorority. Kim calls it a sisterhood. I don't know what to call it exactly, but I'll take it, whatever it is.

Feeling pretty darn grateful right now,



Saturday, July 21, 2012

Rock Applebees's Demo Group Swap

Ahh. The absolute best part of being a demonstrator are the relationships formed over the years! I miss my convention buddies as the Stampin' Up! Convention ends today and I'm not there! I'm fine with not going, but I do miss my friends! Several in my local(ish) demo group couldn't go so we decided to meet up at Applebee's in Wausau. We had great food, great laughs, and of course, a SWAP! Here are the cards I got:

Jackie made the blue one. She used a Masking Technique with the Framelits. I must try it. Linda made the Mixed Bunch one. I love the layers, the paper, and the ink to add flair. She is an artist!

Kathy made the one on the left. she used a Jumbo Wheel with Triple ink for her background paper-- how cool is that? Janice made the other. I love the strips of Designer Series Paper as accents. Great ideas, as usual.

Jean made us a Christmas Card using the Glimmer paper and Chock Full of Cheer. That snowflake is part of the Holiday Catalog, so it's a bit of a sneak peek!

Rochelle made the butterfly stand up-- I love the New In Colors! Liz made the Waterfall Card using Gently Falling. Check out the last frame:

and the FINALE!

My upline Connie is so talented. I love her classy style! She cut out these shoes from a template and they are just FABULOUS! She is detail oriented- even stamping the envelope!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pretty in Pink and Orange Favors

Really, I'm not a pink or sparkly person, but my fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends I am meeting in two hours, are very pink and very sparkly. So, I had to come up with a meeting favor that they would appreciate:

Stamps: Blue Ribbon
Paper: Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks, Brights Collection, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Butterfly Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Rhinestones

 I've had these pencils around for a while. Those of you who frequent a certain dollar spot can probably tell me how long. Opps. Although, I don't love pink, I can deal with Melon Mambo and I like pinks and oranges together, so this color combo seemed fun to me.

To make the pencil toppers, I simply adhered two scallops together with Sticky Strip, and stuck the pencil in the middle. Easy peasy. I put them all in a clay pot for travel and storage at our tables and Voila! Party Favors.

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Christmas Candy in July

Candy canes just seem like a part of Christmas to me. I'm not sure why, exactly, since I have no special memories or traditions with them. I just like the way they look, I suppose (and the way they spice up hot cocoa).
Stamps: Chock Full of Cheer
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Delicate Designs Folder, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, paper piercing tool

Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green make a spectacular color combination. I love the brightness of the green with the richness of the Cherry Cobbler. YUM-o!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cute Christmas in July

My Wednesday night Stamping group, Stampin' Celebrations, makes 12 cards each month (4 each of three designs). For July, they wanted to get a start on their Christmas Cards. Here is one we are making this Wednesday:

Cute, huh? I love these little guys. I kept the design simple to give them time to do some coloring with the watercolor crayons.

Stamps:  Polar Party
Paper: Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pens, Marina Mist Scalloped Ribbon, Post-It Notes, Paper Snips

Notice how I placed the trees behind the little penguin? I used a technique called masking, an oldie but a goodie! Here's how:

1. Stamp the image that will be in the foreground first. Stamp another image on a post-it note, so that part of the image is on the sticky part.

2. Trim the post-it note around the image and place ontop of the image already stamped.

3. Stamp your background image over the top of the post-it, which protects your original image.

4. Remove the post-it and color as desired!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Ladybugs for Summer

One of my favorite images from the Bug Me stamp set is the ladybug. Here's what I did with it:

Stamps: Bug Me
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Delicate Dollies Sizzlits, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1/4" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Brights Buttsons, Stripes Embossing Folder, Brayer

I had originally pictured a red and black card. Then, Pacific Point called my name and my card turned red, white, and blue. I like it!

I used the same technique as before for my tablecloth look. I then, punched out the part I wanted to accent my ladybug. To do that, I just placed a doily on the surface so I could aim my punch correctly:

 In this photo, you can also see that I used the Edgelit on a 1 1/4" strip of paper and adhered the paper under the edge of my tablecloth. I then, used the ribbon over the overlap.

Cute, and fun!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Best in Class Birthday

It's a blue ribbon day around here. Well, most days are, so for sure today will be one!

 And it gets better:
What kid (or adult) wouldn't want this card sitting on their desk or tv or bookshelf to adore?

Stamps: Blue Ribbon
Paper: Pacific Point, Polka Dot Parade, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Brights Buttons, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Punch, Brights Brads, Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Simply Scored

I designed this card a couple of weeks ago. and can finally share it as I sent my swaps in Monday, and they get swapped Friday. So, anyone in the swap, can get a little snake peek as to what they are going to see!

I wanted a way to showcase the ribbon so that the recipient could be proud. An easel card seemed the way to go. Then, I planned some layers with the framelits, and thought, what if I used the framelit for my outline? Hmm... Here's how I placed the framelit on the cardstock. I left a sliver of space between the top of the framelit along my fold:

When done, I had the base for my card. I then scored the middle:
The final step is to attach the top layer to the bottom half of the middle layer.

Tah Dah!

Happy Stamping!
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Didn't Make the Cut

I've had two glorious days of stamping, sleeping, cleaning (so I can stamp more) and eating. So much fun. I've been working on swaps. I find that I need a focus so I can curb my creativity, or channel my undiagnosed ADHD. Yet, again, without convention I signed up for some swaps. I love getting ideas in person from folks with a different style from my own. I work hard on mine for perfection and can design for hours before I get what I want. However, sometimes, a design just doesn't scream--swap me! This is one of those:

 Stamps: Lacy and Lovely
 Paper: Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
 Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango,
Accessories: Big Shot, Delicate Doily Sizzlet, Designer Frames Folder, Blossom Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, Brights Brads, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding

I found a sketch I liked online with a center image and small top layer. I thought about using the blossom punch on the large circley thing in the set, but after that I was a bit stuck. I layered and layered different punched parts until I got a flower I liked. The Summer Smooches paper worked just right. The Hello needed an accent, but no too much, so I used the frame around it. Then, it needed a white background, so I punched it. Then, an additional flower for balance.

The colors are fun, but not quite right. I found a picture of orange and yellow flowers with a tinge of turquoise, but there was a gray to balance the bright. I couldn't get a Basic Gray to look good in any way, so ended up with this bright thing. That. In the end. Didn't make the Swap Cut.

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

When Worlds Collide...

I go overboard!

My day job is as a teacher at the Menominee Indian Middle School. I love my job. I love the kids. I love the staff. I love the day to day of it all. Even as it aggravates me. I think I love the aggravation.

For the past two summers, I've been able to lead a 3 week workshop as part of a pre-college program with UW-Madison, my alma mater. This year, I was able to plan and implement a program that fit my interests as well as the kids. Last year, when my engineering unit was all over, I talked to the girls about what they would want to learn about, as I had had mostly boys in my group. (the girls wanted to learn about medical careers in the other workshop) I wanted to plan workshop that was based on student interests and that I could also be entertained by. We saw a fashion design workshop at the Celebration of Learning on the final day, and decided to try it. Lucky me, I got to spend the last three weeks sewing, crafting, and tye-dying. Awesome, huh?

I called the workshop Science in Fashion. We had a number of goals: to learn the science of color, to learn about properties of textiles, to design using creativity, and to construct designed garment. The math and problem solving were embedded. On paper, awesome. What was I thinking? In reality, crazy! Yet, awesome!

The first day, we made pincushions using my Big Shot to cut fabric shapes and then learn to sew right on top of them. My students took to the sewing machines right away and learned how to sew almost instinctively. They made pincushions, which turned to pillows, which turned to more pillows, which turned to a snowman t-shirt, to many things that that first week as they were thinking about and designing their outfits.

Here are some of the outfits they created--
a redesigned white t-shirt (they all did them, I just don't have pics)

 A t-shirt into a swim suit cover up:

 a dress--she wanted it longer, but I forgot to add some fabric to the order!
 That angle is goofy. It does go to her knees, well, lower thigh.

another dress--with a big poofy skirt--the hardest of them all!

another dress (that turned out so small, her 4 year old niece is going to wear it)

a blanket--

and  a tank top. There would have been PJ bottoms if "someone" hadn't told the designer the wrong fabric amount. Instead, she made a blanket.

As you can see, we've been busy. For me, it was like sewing 7 different projects all at once. For them, their first experiences. They learned a lot--like homemade doesn't look store-bought, and how to measure a seam allowance, and I hope they had fun!

So, if I miss a post this weekend, you'll know why--I'm pooped!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy July 4th! May you be celebrating with BBQ, friends, and fun! My Stampin' Celebrations group wanted a fourth of july card. It's not a holiday I buy stamps for, really. (since I forget to send cards) I racked my brain as to what to do and thought of a card I saw sometime (no idea when) that used the Pennant Parade stamp set to make a star. I was on my way after that!

Stamps: Pennant Parade, Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Folder

The star was a bit tricky to fit on page. Be sure to overlap the pennants and make the center look like an equal-sided pentagon (regular). Then, cover that all up with the scallop circle punch so no one knows how it looks underneath.  Getting those little stars from the pennant parade set to line up was tricky, so I also offered the star from....(drumroll)....Jolly Bingo Bits! Some stampers preferred that.

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy July!

I welcome warm days, cool nights, and time to stamp!

My calender is rather empty here, but in reality, it is full of fun. Feel free to download a copy for your own desktop today!

Happy Stamping!


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