Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Clipboards and Flower Pens using the Tea Party Designer Series paper

At my Upline Patty Bennett's last quarterly meeting she made these cute clipboards and then Lene'e made these cute pens. So of course I had to give it a try. Patty found these little note pads in the $1 section of Target. So I went and got a few of them. I already had one clip board in my stash and I had a little bit of the Tea Party designer series paper left. This paper matches perfectly with these note pads! I used Modge Podge to glue on the dsp and then another coat on top of the dsp. I cut out a couple of the flowers and layered them on the bottom of the clip board and used the Modge Podge over them as well. I also used dimensionals to pop them up. (Click on the photo to see it better.) I sanded the edges and used the Certainly Celery ribbon from the Sale-a-bration bundle for the bow on top.
Lene'e showed us how to make the pens. So easy and such a WOW! Check out her blog.
Here's what you need:
2 1/2" x 12" paper strip (Fold in half and cut strips about 1/16" apart)
1 3/4" x 12"
1 1/4" x 12"
Start by putting sticky tape at the top of your pen. I use the Pentel R.S.V.P pens. You can also add some dsp to the barrel of the pen.
After you cut all of your strips, add snail across the bottom.
Start with the smallest strip first. Roll up whole strip onto your pen. Next roll the 1 3/4" x 12" strip and do the same as the first strip. Then the widest strip, same thing.  Add a ribbon around all of the dsp.
I used my bone folder to open up the flower and give it some character. I also used the Corduroy Brad for the center of the flower. I stuck the brad on with a Pop-Up Glue Dot and added a little Crystal Effects to make sure it sticks.
You can do the same flower on pencils as well. Just use the prongs on the brad to stick into the eraser.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Three More cards for my Stamp-a-Stack

We also did the water colored rose and the quilt card, but since I've already posted those I won't bore you with any more. The first one is a very simple Father's Day card using our Parisian Breeze Specialty paper and the Eight Great Greetings stamp set. A little bit of Baja Breeze stripped grosgrain ribbon and 2 of the small grommets. 
The next card uses the Big Birthday  Candle set and the Rockabillly Specialty paper. I cased this card and the Printed Window sheet card from Dawn Griffith. Check out her blog
The Printed Window sheet card (you can order these from the Occasions Mini catalog) uses the Walk in the Park designer series paper and the Great Friend stamp set. These are in the mini as well.  My gals had an aha moment when we used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the words centered in the other stamp. They loved how perfect it was and easier than they thought it would be. Cut your card (Regal Rose) at 4 1/4 x 11 and score at 5/1/2 and cut off 4 1/2", cut your So Saffron at 2 x 4 1/4 and use the Eyelet edge punch. Then you need a piece of DSP and a Printed Window sheet both cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Layer all three of these under the 1" flap of Regal Rose. I added some Organza ribbon and stamped the butterfly and cut out. Both simple but nice cards. 

Monday, May 25, 2009

Birthday Ice Cream Cone

Don't you just love this card? Wish I though of it. Nope, we can thank Julia Bettencourt. You have to check out her blog. She has so many cute punch cards, cupcakes, keys, and more. 
So for my version of Julia's card, I used Bella Rose Designer Series Paper for the ice cream, Chocolate Chip for the cone. I also ran it through the diamond shape texturz plate. Totally looks like a real cone. The base of the card is Pink Pirouette, and Riding Hood Red. The ribbon is the Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon and the stamp set is On Your Birthday. Of course I sponged around the the "ice cream" and the "cone". I guess I should mention I used the 1 3/4" round circle punch and the new Scallop Oval punch. The cone I cut free had after I textured the card stock.
We did this card for my Stamp-a-Stack yesterday. I also want to mention that I signed up my first recruit. Thanks Paula! So excited!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Daisy Bag

Isn't this bag cute? Sandi MacIver designed this bag and knew I had to try it. Fast and fun to make. I used Rose Red, Pretty in Pink & Pink Pirouett textured card stock. The handle has a 1/2" piece of Raspberry Tart designer series paper and a Chocolate Chip Corduroy brad on each side and one in the middle of the Daisy which is the Sizzix Flower Daisies #2. Directions are on her blog.
Remember last months special? Spend $40 in the Occasions mini catalog and get a free under $10 item on page 208. Well I choose the Mini Note Kit. I figured you get 4 note cards with envelopes, the double mounted stamp and a Chocolate Chip Classic Spot. These fit perfect in this bag. So I made the cards up using the Fifth Avenue Floral,using the lilly and did the water colored technique that is so popular right now.  Wanted the notes cards to match the bag, so I used Rose Red re-inker for the flowers and after they were dried I colored the inside of the flower with my Summer Sun marker. Stamped the stem in Kiwi Kiss  and the Thank You in Rose Red. This will make a nice gift for someone without a lot of expense or time. 

Friday, May 22, 2009

Women's Wallet as Promised

Here is the women's wallet as promised. I used Textured Kiwi Kiss card stock. And instead of velcro I used a Magnetic Snap from Basic Grey. These are so cool. They come with adhesive on them, but that wasn't strong enough so I used a little of Crystal Effects, works like a charm.
Now seriously, doesn't this look like a real wallet? (click on the photos). Again you can purchase the directions from Patty Bennett's blog. You can't see in the photo, but the front is supposed to be the faux alligator technique. The back should have just been embossed, I did mine backwards.........UGGGGGG! Still cute and I think my nieces will be getting these for either their birthdays or Christmas. They are 14 & 19 so this is perfect to fill up with a couple of gift cards and some cash. This way, no returns for the wrong size, color or what ever. Its so hard to buy for teenagers, I love gift cards. Plus, with postage so much, I would rather be able to give them more than spend money on postage. 

Wallets from Luv 2 Stamp Meeting

Check out this wallet we made at Patty's meeting last Saturday. (click on the photo to see it better). These were so much fun to make and they look like a real wallet. We used textured Chocolate Chip card stock, embossed using the faux alligator technique and the medium weight window sheets where the drivers license would go. I'm going to put a greeting in mine. It is large enough to hold real money and gift cards. This would make a great Father's Day gift or a birthday gift for a man. I don't know about you, but I struggle with "man" cards and ideas. Won't find any flowers on these babies.  You can purchase the directions from Patty Bennett on her blog. You will also get the directions for the women's wallet as well. I will post a photo later today. The women's wallet is so real like too! I made mine from Kiwi Kiss. Going to be sad when these In Colors are no longer available. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Luv 2 Stamp Make n takes

These are two more of the cards we did on Saturday. The square card we used the Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper with a silk flower from the Pretties Kit with a Summer Sun Corduroy brad. Aren't these papers wild?
The second card is made with the Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper and Whisper White Taffeta ribbon. So simple, but elegant.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sizzix Envelope Die, Only Bigger!

Patty showed us how to make the Sizzix Envelope die large enough to fit a gift card. This is so cool. Take a piece of DSP, 6 x 6 and gently fold in half. Lay the fold on the 3rd scallop and run it through the Big Shot. What you have is a envelope big enough for a gift card. Just use your bone folder to flatten out the fold line. Click on the photos to get a better look on how I positioned the DSP. 

Luv 2 Stamp Make n takes

Well Patty had another FABULOUS meeting on Saturday. Check out these three cards we did using the brayer. It was so cool as she had an overhead projector and we could do the steps with her and see what she was doing. I have to say, they look better today than they did right after I made them. The brayer takes a bit of practice. Anyway, this is a technique that I will be doing again after some practice. Tomorrow I will show you a couple more projects.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Tracey!

Here is the birthday card I sent my sister. I used the Urban Garden Designer Series paper and cut out the flower and layered it with dimensionals. The candle & the swirls on the cake are Sizzix dies that I've had for while and thought they added to the cake. This is The Three Tier Cake Pop Up Bigz XL die that we sell. This die is so fun to make. I think it took me longer to decorate the front than to actually make the cake. You can click to see a better photo.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Tracey!

Friday is my Sister's Birthday! Yeah! Wish we could celebrate with her, but since she is in Ohio, and I'm in California, not gonna happen, at least this year anyway. So as promised, this is what I sent her for her birthday. She got her package today, a day before her birthday. That usually doesn't happen. The beautiful kids in the frame are my grandkids. Jocelyn, Gianna & Anthony.
Here is another frame I've done with the water colored flowers and coated them with Crystal Effects.    I tried to come close to Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss for the frame colors which are acrylic paints. I can't seem to get enough of making these flowers. For the rose I water colored four  of them and then cut them out, different for each layer. Dimensionals were used to put them together, layer by layer. The other flowers I used our Corduroy Brads. I really love these a lot. I hope they put them in the new catalog coming out July 1st.  Click on the photos to get a better look.

Shoebox Swap with Two Friends

Here are the cards  Lynne designed. First one is with the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die (now thats a mouth full!). We used Vellum for the flower and ran it through the Big Shot (love my Big Shot), cut around the flowers and adhered it to the front of Pink Pirouette card stock and added some of the Whisper White Organza ribbon and then you're done. I didn't add the sentiment yet. Not sure if this will be a birthday, get well, or a thank you card.
The second card is done with the Stampin' Up Baskets & Blooms die. We only used one of the baskets and laid it flat instead of making it into a basket. Pretty cool! We also used the Stampin' Up! Little leaves and hand cut the tulips. My tulips are pretty sad. I think it was my last card and I was tired by then. No stamping on this card, but isn't it cute?
For my two projects we did the dress card and the water colored flowers which you've seen both of these on my blog and everyone else's.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Shoebox Swap with Two Friends

Here is the second card Steph designed. We used Crazy for Cupcakes and when the card is flat you don't see the balloon. It pops up when you push the sides up.  Tea Party is the Designer Series paper we used. Stamp the image on your dsp and cut out. Stamp the cupcake on the vanilla card stock and glue your pieces onto your stamped image. The Close to Cocoa card base is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. Email me if you need more info. 
This is going to be my swap card for our Luv 2 Stamp meeting on Saturday. Patty (my upline) says we will be doing 7 projects, Yeah!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Shoebox Swap with Two Friends

So I have been MIA for a couple of days. I've been working on my Sister's birthday gift. I can't show you yet. Her birthday is Friday the 15th, she will be 45 years old. So I mailed off her package today and she should have it by Friday. Then I will share, promise.
A couple of weeks ago, I got together with Lynne and Steph. We went out to dinner and then came back to my house to stamp. We each had 2 projects for each other to do.  This first one is from Steph.  We started with a piece of Kiwi Kiss card stock at 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and scored at 2" & 6",  added the Rockabilly Specialty Designer Series on the top and the bottom piece of card stock. We added a piece of Whisper White punched with the Eyelet punch and a piece of Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon to finish it off. We stamped the cherries from Tart & Tangy. I just realized I forgot to add Crystal Effects to my cherries. Inside we added a strip of the designer papers and stamped the cherries again.
This would be a really cute gift card holder as well, or to even put some CASH inside. We all love cash, and gift cards. I will share another project tomorrow. 

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Paper Tote with Thank You Cards

This little tote is going to my Mother-in-law with her Framed Roses. The tote pattern I got from Janine Tinklenberg. I used Bella Rose Designer Series Paper, Just Ovals stamp set, Eyelet & Scallop edge punches and the the Round Tab Punch.  The cards that go inside the tote are water colored with re-inkers on Shimmery White Card Stock. This time I tried a couple of different color combos. Pale Plum & Perfect Plum, Bordering Blue & Ballet Blue with a little Summer Sun, and Pretty in Pink & Rose Red with Summer Sun. I even dyed the 5/8" Whisper White Ribbon that is in the Occasions mini. All I did was take a zip lock baggie and add about a teaspoon of water and then 10 drops of re-inker. Add the ribbon and smush it (is that even a word?). Then just laid it on a piece of paper towel to dry. It only took a few minutes to dry, which is a good thing since I was a little impatient.......I made these into Thank you cards since my MIL sends out a lot of cards. I think she will love these. Don't forget to click on the photos to see them better.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mother's Day Frame

So here are the roses I was telling you about earlier this week.  I made these flowers the same way as the other flowers. Started with Shimmery White card stock and watercolored the roses after I embossed  them with Versamark & White Embossing powder. After they were dry I then cut them out and shaped them and then covered them in Crystal Effects. For the lilies I used a Summer Sun marker for the inside of the flowers. All the flowers were attached to the back using dimensionals, sometimes stacked 3 high. I used some Bella Rose Designer Series paper for the back of the frame.  The poem I found in Paper Crafts Magazine and thought it was perfect to give to my Mother-in-law. (I lost my Mom almost 6 years ago). The leaves are silk and I purchased them at Michael's. The frame is from Ikea.  You can click on each photo to see the details better.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Stamp-a-rama Projects

This first card is a Simply Sent Card, Thanks x 2 Card Elements & More. All we did was add the dots, ribbon and stamp the thank you. The cards come embossed and with the circles or swirls on them. You can check them out on page 168 of the Spring/Summer Catalog.
The next card we used the Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series papers. Love these, they are really a heavier card stock. To get the stars with the inside punched out is really simple. First you punch the small star, then line up the larger star and wala, star with the middle punched out. Pretty Cool! The only stamping we did was with Oval All in the Occasions Mini Catalog, and then we used the new scallop oval punch (also in the mini). Added some of that yummy Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain ribbon and done.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Stamp-a-rama Projects

Here are two more projects we did at the Stamp-a-rama. The first one is the dress card. We used the Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper. This flower reminds me of the flower in the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. We also used a silk flower from the Pretties Kit and brad. The Eyelet edge punch finishes it off.
The next card we used the Tea Party Designer Series Paper, and the Sweet Stems stamp set. Used the new Oval Scallop punch from the Occasions Mini Catalog and the Round Scallop punch.
Two more cute and easy cards! Now you try one.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Water Colored Flowers with Crystal Effects

I made this frame for my Son and His Girlfriend. I bought the wood frame from Michael's, everything else is Stampin' Up! except the acrylic paint, I already had that. I decided to take the water colored flowers up a notch. After I water colored them, I cut them out and molded them with a skewer and used Crystal Effects to add the shine. (Wait until you see my roses). Decided they needed the Corduroy Brads for the centers. The Flower from Fifth Avenue Floral was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing power, and then water colored. If you look at the close up of the frame you will see some raised images. All the directions to do this can be found on Poppy Paperie's blog. For the raised part I used Doodle This stamp set. Perfect for this effect. This was so fun to do. Of course I wait until its raining here in sunny California to water color and then wait for them to dry and then add the Crystal Effects and wait again for them to dry. But it was so worth the wait. Make sure you click on the photos.

Stamp-a-rama Projects

Here are the next 2 cards we did. On the Thank You card we used the window sheets in the Occasions Mini Catalog, with designer papers under the window sheet.  The flowers were sponged (my favorite technique) and a Corduroy brad added in the middle. The corduroy brad is the only thing holding the window sheet to the designer paper. The base of the card is Kiwi Kiss.
The Tango Tangerine card is cut using the Movers & Shapers Die from Sizzix. The daisy is the daisy #2 die also from Sizzix. And don't forget the Tango Tangerine Grosgrain ribbon.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Stamp-a-rama Projects

The Fifth Avenue line is my favorite, but if you read my blog, you already know that. This Pink Pirouette card is the base for the Embossed Fifth Avenue Rose. At the top we used the Eyelet edge punch on both sides of the Whisper White card stock and wrapped Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon around it. Cut away the part of the embossed image that doesn't get embossed and added a layer of Brushed Silver card stock to the inside of the card with the Pearls from the Pretties Kit and stamp the greeting in Craft Whisper White and embossed it. Now you should know that my card is different than anyone else's, because I put my card stock in the wrong way when I embossed the roses. The greeting and pearls should be at the top. O well, I have an a original.........
The next prjoect we did was decorate this pad of paper. Sharon had all the flowers cut out or die cut from Sizzix with all the middle of the flowers put in for us. All we had to do was pop dot them on the top of the paper and roll the designer paper into the pen and stamp "A Little Something" for the tag. Too cute!