Friday, August 31, 2012

Mom's Wedding Scrapbook

Remember a couple of years ago when my sister and I sponsored a 40th wedding anniversary party for our parents? We made favors, invites, thank-yous, and it was a blast. Well, this weekend at my retreat, I re-designed my mom's wedding album. She made it back in the day with the finest scrapbooking technology available- glue, contact paper, cardboard, and fiber brown "scrapbook paper." Now it has been Stampin Up ized!

The opening page of the whole book. I used the new Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Flocked Window Sheet and the Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon. I also used a Pretties Kit to embellish it. I may actually use it up!

Mom had three bridal showers, one by a friend and one with each family (Alden and Mattson). She had pictures from two of the three, but cards from them all. I scrapped this with a blue background.

This was the first page of the actual wedding section. Can you believe my mom can still wear that dress? We found it in her closet a few years ago and yes, she could wear it!
The left page has all of the ceremony pictures--one. Then family pics. The right side is the reception at my grandparents' farm.

This one is the cake--and the servers---and some presents, and part of a practical joke.
In this section, I added the church bulletin announcement and the start of the cards. Mom had them all saved, so we saved them.

The end! Now I just need to print the 40th wedding anniversary pics and scrap them!

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cup Holder and Fabric Scrap Bin Tutorial

I wanted a cute gift that I could sew using Stampin' Up! fabric I bought previously. I had this idea in my head for a while. Then, I couldn't find the pattern I saw so long ago. I found a cute pincushion one online by Awaiting Ada. I followed her bag tutorial and then figured out a pouch that covers a tile so that we can put our cups on them and then wash them if needed :).

I used fabric I had stashed from a sale sometime, so it's mostly retired. I wanted to try a couple of other patterns, but found I couldn't find the two other packs of fabric I knew I had. I found them Thursday night as I packed! Oh well. More options for next time.

Here are the Flirtatious Designer Fabric ones:

Here are the Spice Cake Designer Fabric ones:

Finally, here are the In Stitches Designer Fabric:

Now, the details.

1. I first cut one set of three parts from the 3 extra-wide fat quarters after ironing them and placing them in layers on top of each other on my cutting board.

TIP: You can get more bags out of the extra. Just cut the same--2 7 x10" rectangles, 2 2" x 7" rectangles, one 12 x 6" rectangles, and one 2 x 6" rectangle.

 2. Take the 7 x 10 triangles, fold them half on the long side and sew each side at a 1/4" seam allowance.

3. Now, iron these so the side seams are flat and make a peak:

4. Sew one inch from the tip of each triangle. I used a black sharpie to mark this line on my machine, so I could sew straight.

5.  Cut off the tips:
6. Tuck the liner inside the bag so the wrong sides are together with right sides out.

7. Take the two 7" x 2"strips and sew the short sides with right sides together. Iron seams flat.
8. Fold one side of this loop 1/2" down and iron. Pin this to the outside of the bag.

9. Sew this in place 1/2" from edge. Fold over the binding, repin, and sew the binding down.

10. TaDah! You have a bag!

11. To make the coaster holder, fold two seams at the short ends of the 5 1/2" x 12" so that 1/2" is folded over. Sew.

 12. Take the long piece (that you'll use for multiple ties). Fold in half. Iron. Fold the halves in half and iron.

 13. Sew this.
 14. Now, place it on one seam you made on the pocket and stitch it down. (It works easier to do so before you do the next step.

 15. Sew the sides of the pocket with a 1/4" seam allowance.

16. Put your coaster in the bag. Hand sew two buttons---one on the inside of the bag, and one on the pocket (for flair).

Whoo Hoo! You made it!

 Happy Sewing!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pillow Gifts Galore

I've been busy getting ready for the Fall 2012 Lily Ink Pad Retreat at Over the River and Through the Woods Retreat Center in Lakewood, WI. Check out the spread:

The gift bags are in the back. I added a bow and a tag. More details later.

The product gift was Baker's Twine. More than half of the group, I hadn't met. I knew that everyone can find a use for this amazing product. Next up are the hand sanitizers I snazzied up:

I just used my Big Shot on some Tags with the Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I then scored them like this:

I scored at 1 1/2 and 2 1/2. It took me three tries to figure out to put the flat edge of the tag against the left side of my Simply Scored. Funny, huh!

Next up is the little jars I decorated up and filled with chocolate:

I used My Digital Studio 2 to create the labels. I just punched them out with my 1 3/4" Circle Punch. I wish we had a 2" punch! I just made one I liked, and the copied multiples on the page. I used the arrange and center buttons to make them easy to punch out. I used retired ribbon and retired buttons to decorate. Trying to use my stash!

Finally, the little bags hanging are scrap bins, tiny ones, for tables. More details on Wednesday, including a tutorial.

Want to be a part of the next one--email me at and I'll send you details or put you on the waiting list!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Boo to You!

Halloween cards are fun to make and this one was really fun:

Stamps: Monster Munchies
Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Newsprint Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Lucky Limeade
Ink: Black Stazon
Accessories: Stampin' Spritzer, Rubbing Alcohol, Platinum Shimmer Paint, Spider Web Folder, Labels Framelits, Extra Large Oval Punch, Brights Brads, 1" Square Punch

To make this card, I embossed the Newsprint DSP with the Spider Web and sprayed with a spritzer full of alcohol and about 10 drops of Shimmer Paint. I then just layered it all up!

Cute, huh?


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Scensational Season Quilted Style

I love this stamp set. The card I am featuring today, I made first with this set, but then it vanished prior to Blog Hop pictures. In the end, it's ok since it deserves it's own post.

Stamps: Scensational Season
Paper: Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Pack, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Holiday Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Baker's Twine, Postage Stamp Punch, Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Check out the inside:

And, I thought he looked pretty cute, too:

Want to make these cards? Contact me about attending the Stampin Celebrations Night September 12 in Green Bay. 12 cards (4 each of 3 designs) for $15.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Scenscational Blog Hop Recap

Thanks for visiting my blog and those of my friends this weekend. The greatest things about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the friendships and positive relationships built. Today, I want to share a couple of details and close-ups of the projects from this weekend as well as give a few tips on the card.
I mentioned that I bought these ornaments last year at a local craft store. I think they might still be there. I've been trying to use stuff from my stash of junk. I found that embossing worked best. I used Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, and Gold Embossing powder. I then added some hand detail with the new Stampin' Dazzle marker in silver (page 19 of the Holiday Catalog). For that bow, I just wrapped around my C clear block about 10 times, pulled the the stack off and then tied it in the middle. I pulled the petals of the bow out so it would be fluffy. I added the string bow of the Sweater Trim for contrasting color. I think that's it. Any questions?

The candle close-up:
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Except that I ran out of cinnamon sticks two away from finishing, so rolled up some Chocolate Chip to look like sticks so no one would notice. Did you?

The card:
Notice the paper piercing? I didn't like it, so didn't do it on cards I swapped or encourage my swappers to do it, but it's there if you like that sort of thing.

Stamps: Scensational Season, Petite Pairs
Paper: Early Espresso, Real Red, Crumb Cake, and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Holiday Collection Framelits Dies, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Cherry Cobbler Bakers's Twine, 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon

Here's how I did it:

1. Stamp image in centerish top of your Crumb Cake cardstock.

2. Place 2" x 5 1/4" piece of Designer Paper where you want it to rest on the finished card. DO NOT ADHERE IT YET.

3. Place Framelit around the image. Use Post-it note to stick into place.

4. Run through Big Shot. Be careful to not move the note!

5. Take the note and the Framelit off your paper revealing a cut out.

6. Adhere the scallop strip to the right side of your Designer Series Paper. Trim the head space and leg space as I did. Try to continue the lines as if you cut it out with a cookie cutter.

7. Adhere Designer Series Paper to card front and finish the card as you like.

 Happy Stamping!



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