Monday, August 31, 2009

Halloween Sweet Center Card

Here is another Sweet Center card, which will be available tomorrow, September 1st. (Holiday Mini Catalog). Do you recognize that designer paper? Its the Bride Specialty Paper on page 158. Of course mine looks a little different than in the catalog. Someone shared with us that if you brayered this paper, the silver acts like a resist and doesn't take the color. Well silly me didn't order any of the new Halloween paper (what was I thinking) so this is what I came up with. I started with Rich Razzleberry as the base and added some Crushed Curry and then my Bride Specialty Designer paper. Stamped the Sweet Center with Rich Razzleberry and added ribbon, same color. 
I'm having my first Holiday Stamp-a-Stack this year and this will be a bonus card for all to make. 

Definitely Decorative Family

My daughter bought these from me for her SUV. Aren't they cute? She was able to put them on with no help, thats how easy they are to install. They are on page 27 of the Definitely Decorative Catalog, $3.95 each. Putting these on her car got her motivated to wash her car inside and out, boy did it need it........

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Christmas Punch Tags & Box

So who wouldn't want to receive this cute box with homemade tags? This box is similar to the one on page 14 of the Idea & Catalog Book. Mine has 6 spaces so you can use all 6 of the stamps. The back is stamped with the, To & From. I should also note that I cased the box from Tonya Allen. I am having a class to make the box and the tags on September 12th. I love this stamp set, Christmas Punch. All of the stamps coordinate with our punches. This is a level 2 hostess set. You can check out my demo web site for details on the class. www.cincraft.stampinup.net.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Beautiful Holiday Tile

So now I have to admit, I have been stalking Kimberly Van Diepen's blog. You know she is the #2 demonstrator (out of 100) for Stampin' Up! She has the most beautiful projects on her blog. Check out this tile. Mine is the same as Kimberly's except I used Real Red craft ink instead of Chocolate Chip. Of course when I had all the other items together to make the tile I was missing the Chocolate Chip Craft Ink. Well I couldn't wait so I used Real Red Craft Ink.
So How do you make these beauties? I'm gonna tell you.
Start off with a 6 x 6" tile from Home Depot or Lowes. These are the tumbled tiles and they aren't smooth.
You will need:  Vintage Ornaments 1 (page 29 of the Definitely Decorative Catalog) stencil
Craft Ink
Embossing paste (I've had mine for years and never used it)
Glassy Glaze, page 188
1 1/4" Striped Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, page 183
Pretties kit, page 109114
Jumbo Eyelets, page 179
These tiles are really easy. Apply your craft ink to the stencil and then pour your Glassy Glaze over the top. Tap off excess and bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. After its COMPLETELY dry you will add your design and spread the embossing paste over the stencil and lift straight up. Kimberly has a great video on how to apply the embossing paste. After this has dried, about an hour or two then you can use a sponge to color the embossing paste a bit. I sponged mine with creamy carmel just to give it a vintage feel. Then decorate. I pretty much did mine like Kimberly's, why mess with perfection? If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me. This would make a great class if it didn't take so long to dry. And what about Christmas gifts. Wouldn't you love to receive this tile as a gift? I know I would. So go make one (or more) of these tiles and share what you come up with. Click on the photos to see them better. I should note: Because its been so warm here in California, I didn't want to heat up my house so I used my Advantium Microwave Oven.  It heats with light and doesn't heat up my house. So I had to guess how long to bake them. This was my first one and I baked it a little too long and you can see some of the bubbles. So I will keep this one. I think next I will try using Old Olive and see how that looks. I can see so many more possibilites.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jocelyn Plays with Grandma's Build a Bear Dies

Yesterday I got my Build a Bear dies and stamps. So today my Granddaughter Jocelyn and I played with them. She even helped me run them through the Big Shot. She thought the Big Shot was so cool! We cut out a bunch of bears and clothes and accessories and I gave her a glue stick and a piece of paper and she went to town.  You will be able to order all of the Build a Bear dies and stamps on September 1st. 

Monday, August 24, 2009

Froggy Scallop Bag & Banana Split Card

Every month as demonstrators, we receive from Stampin' Up! a magazine with helpful hints, business tips, and more. I just received my September issue and these two projects are on page 15 featuring punches. Mine are slightly different than the ones featured. But aren't they cute? The frog takes 9 different punches to make, but so worth it. I haven't had a chance to put any candy in mine. I love that the belly is punched out so you can see inside. The bag is the Sizzix, Scallop Bag and very easy to put together with sticky tape. I think I put his arms up too far, now that I'm comparing mine with the photo in my Stampin' Success. Oh, well!
Now the second item is also made with punches. I love how you can use our punches in a different way. The toppings on the ice cream are made with the Scallop Edge punch and the holes in the Whisper White card stock are made with the Crop a dile.  Click on the photos to see them better.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Control Freak Swaps!

Here is what 30 Control Freak Swaps look like. We chose a stamp set from the new mini catalog, mine was Serene Snowflakes. I paired it with the Bella Bleu Designer Series paper, Not Quite Navy & Sahara Sand card stock. I stamped the snowflakes on the Not Quite Navy with Not Quite Navy ink. Then I stamped the small snowflakes and embossed them, punched them out with the Boho Blossoms punch and attached them with dimensionals. I embossed the sentiment as well on Very Vanilla card stock. 
TIP: to get the pointed edges on the sentiment I used my 3/4" square punch. I also sponged around the snowflakes and the Not Quite Navy with the Encore Silver ink. And since I forgot to take a photo of just one of the swaps, click on the photo to see it better. I was in such a hurry to get these off to the Post Office I forgot to take a final photo. I can't wait to see the ones I will get back in return.  We have such talented gals in our group and I'm so honored to be included. 

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Check out my Thank You From Elisa

Check out this thank you I got from Elisa Hurd (she borrowed my Mover & Shaper die) She used the Fancy Flower & Oval All stamp sets.  First she embossed the Whisper White card stock with our Elegant Bouquet Texturez Impressions Folder, stamped the flowers in Going Grey & Barely Banana (love those colors together) and cut one out, the other one was stamped on the Whisper White, added some clear micro beads in the center of the flowers with Crystal Effects. The sentiment was stamped in Going Grey and matted with Barely Banana & Going Grey. Then for the inside she added a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the smaller flowers in the conner. I never think to add the card stock to the inside of the card, but it totally finishes it off. And to top it all off, she wrote on a sticky note so I could re-use the card. How cool is that? Thanks Elisa for this fabulous card. Don't know if I can give it away, at least not for a while.......

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sweet Centers Flower

Wait until you see this new stamp set, Sweet Centers. This is in the new Holiday Mini that will be out on the 1st. The center is a small cup that you can put candy, glitter, buttons, or just about anything that size.  For this card I stamped the petal 6 times and cut it out.  I used snail on the outside of the cup to adhere the petals and leaves. Next I added some Junior mints left over from Easter. (The box wasn't opened and the candy was still fresh. Not that you're going to eat it anyway.) I punched out a 1 3/4" circle window sheet to put over the candy. Its just a tiny bit bigger than the cup. The cup has adhesive on the back side and attached it to my Whisper White card base cut as 5" x 10" and scored at 5".  I almost forgot, before I attached the flower I stamped the "Happy Birthday" from Stem Sayings. This set is perfect for this flower. Then I embossed the right side of the card using Stampin' Up's Finial Press folder. Since my card is 5 x 5 the folder wouldn't cover the whole card. It needed something, so I decided that half of the card would work. It gave my card texture and completed it. Don't forget you can click on the photo to see it better.

Thank You Pillow Boxes-Here is What 100 look like......

 As promised, here is what 100 thank you's look like. I cut out 100 pillow boxes with the Big Shot and I used Transparency film for copiers. The belly band has a strip of Pink Pirouette card stock and I stamped the "just a little thanks" on Whisper White with Rose Red ink. That sentiment is from Matchbox Messages. Punched that out with our 1 1/4" circle punch and then used the 1 3/8" circle punch to cut out the Rose Red mat. Added some Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon to finish it off. I used 3 spools of ribbon for 100 favors. My MIL will hand these out to everyone who comes to her party tomorrow. I filled the pillow boxes with butter mints. They went perfect with the Pink Pirouette.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Mother-in-law turns 90 this month!

She is having a BIG party this week-end. So here is the cake I made her. Now she is a totally PINK kind of gal. So I used the retired Pink Pirouette & Bella Rose Designer Series paper.  I also used vellum on the butterflies along with the Pretties Kit pearls. Instead of putting my cake in a card, I decided she could use this as a table decoration, so I cut out the large scallop circle from Sizzix for the base, added some more pearls, done. Turned out pretty cute, if I don't say so myself. The butterflies are also dies. I used the Finial Press Embossing folder on some of the butterflies. I think it totally makes the butterflies more beautiful. 
Tomorrow I will show you what 100 thank you favors looks like........so stay tuned.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Women's Wallet using the New In Colors

Yesterday in my Stamp Club the girl's wanted to make the women's wallet that Patty Bennett posted on her blog. So I thought they would look fabulous in the new In Colors. What do you think? They all used different closures as well. I love the Rich Razzleberry with the Kiwi Kiss button and brad together. So wish we still had Kiwi Kiss, it was my favorite. You can view my original post here on the wallets.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'm Back.....This is my 300th Post, WOW! Check out my Stampin' Up" Build a Bear

Can you believe this is my 300th post? I can't. I'm back from convention full of ideas, new business tools to help me in my stampin'  business and so much more. 
You've probably already heard about Stampin' Up! partnering with Build a Bear. This is so cool. We have stamps, dies and coordinating Designer Series papers that are in the Holiday Mini catalog. You should be receiving your copy within the next week or so. You can start ordering from the mini on September 1st.  All convention goers were able to buy the Stampin' Up! Build a Bear. Isn't she cute? She has her Stampin' Up apron, exclusive stamp and the SU logo on her paw. And don't forget the In Color ribbon on her ear. I added the stylish glasses and the "My First Convention" pin to her apron. After all it is her first convention. You can click on the photos to see her better. She also came with a birth certificate.  Now I need to give her a name. Any suggestions?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Convention Swaps

These  are three of my swap cards for convention. The first one is using the Cottage Wall Designer Series papers and the new Herb Expressions stamp set. I cut the oval from the Sizzix Oval Frame and just used the inside piece. Used Old Olive & Orchid Opulence markers to stamp the lavender. Of course I sponged around the oval as well, and added some Rich Razzleberry ribbon. 
The ice cream cones are from Julia Bettencourt and I used the Razzleberry Lemonade designer papers.
The last swap is the quilt card using our new Merry Moments Designer papers and the stamp set is Tree Trimmings & the  Christmas Punch, level 2 hostess set. I also used our new Real Red polka dotted ribbon.

Thoroughly Modern Notepad

These cute notepad holders are made from the new Thoroughly Modern File Folders on page 169. You get 12 folders, 3 each of 4 designs. Here are the directions to make them:
                           1.       Open folder, so you’re looking at the inside. Label tab will be on your                                    right-hand side.

2.       Cut 2-3/4” off left side.

3.       Cut off excess ¼” along the bottom edge of the other side. (Part of the file folder on one is ¼”  longer than on the other – it’s a little hard to explain.)

4.       Cut ½” off right side (measured from normal edge, not label tab).

5.       Score on right side at 6” and 6-1/2” from center fold.

6.       Score horizontally 3-1/8” up from bottom edge.

7.       Cut notch in bottom right corner where horizontal and 6” vertical score lines meet. This transforms the right side into the flap of the notebook.

8.       Fold bottom edge up along horizontal score, and fold a couple of times to get that center fold going the other direction where you’ve folded it in. This creates a nice pocket on the left side.

9.       Adhere notepad to right side. You can also adhere a loop of ribbon inside your notebook using a Mini Glue Dot. Perfect for a pencil.

10.   Adhere one side of Velcro piece to right edge.

11.   Fold left side over notepad, and adhere other side of Velcro piece.

12.   Fold right side over, at score lines, and Velcro to left side to secure notebook closed.

I want to thank Nancy Horn for sharing these directions that she got from Stampin' Up's! Demo Support. These folders were in our Stampin' Success which we receive every month as a demonstrator.

The stickie cover, pen and ribbon is used to put in your catalog so you don't loose your spot and to be able to mark all the stamps you want to buy. I found this idea here.

The last item is a name tag to go on our bags at convention. These are for my roommates at convention. I just cut out 2 pieces of medium weight card board with the Top Note Die and also one of  the designer papers that match the notepad and glued them all together added their initials, a little ribbon and a large eyelet to put the book ring through so we can attach to our bag. Thats it! I made them all different. So now we can take notes at convention and mark up our catalogs in style.......

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Kleenex Boxes

Check out these cute kleenex holders. I found these on Jan Tink's blog. You use the Mover & Shaper die with the Modern Label magnetic piece to make the holders. Another reason you have to have the Big Shot and the Mover & Shaper dies. So many "out of the box" things you can make with them. So much more than just a card. I love that about so many of the dies. Only wish I was the one who came up with the idea.........On all of my kleenex holders I used the Thoroughly Modern Designer papers and the Bermuda Bay & Soft Suede 1/2" grosgrain ribbon. Added a little saying from the Matchbox Messages on top and you are good to go.  I'm taking these to Convention with me. What is so nice is that when you take the kleenex out you can fold them almost flat, so they don't take up much room. To make mine a little more sturdy I layered a piece of the designer paper on top of card stock, trimmed a little off each side. You can't see it in my photos but I also took a small piece of card stock and punched the Modern Label punch and mounted it under the die cut, so its layered as well. (If you click on the photos you can see what this looks like). Tomorrow I have another way to use the Mover & Shaper die using the heart magnetic piece, so stay tuned.