Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Have you seen these bags before? You make them with the Scallop Square Sizzix die. You can cut 8 layers of fabric at one time. I hate to cut fabric, so this really appeals to me. If the die has a fold on it, you can cut 3 layers at a time. And you should always use a card stock shim. While at Leadership earlier this month. Jill Olsen had so many quilting tips to share with us. You should have seen some of the quilts, aprons & ideas she shared with us. All using the Big Shot. So if you want to see how easy this little bag is to make go here. Angie has 3 videos for you to watch. She does a great job and she hasn't quilted before. Of course neither have I. You will also notice on my bag, I have a Folded Flower pin. These flowers are so easy to make. Go here to see her video. I'm so thankful for these gals and their videos. I'm a visual learner, so this helps me so much. Maybe someday I will be able to make videos........You should also know that I used one of Stampin' Up's! Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons for the center of the flower. I will have you know that I sent this through the washer and dryer (forgot it was attached to my bag) and it came out fine. Couldn't even tell I washed it. It really makes a big difference when you wash and dry your bag, gives it more dimension. You know, shabby/vintage look.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Here is another way to share your Ghirardelli squares. I bet you can't guess which die I used to make these holders. My cyber friend Kay shared this with me. Wouldn't this be nice to give a little something to someone who waited on you at the bank, grocery store or at a restaurant? They only take a couple of minutes to make and you can decorate them a lot, or just a little. On the top one I used Real Red for the base and added a bit of Sending Love Speciality paper (page 13 in the mini), added a embossed heart (embosslit, Page 15 in the mini) in Pretty in Pink, and added the Happy Valentine's from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and punched out with the Window Word Punch. The second one is cut from Kraft card stock and stamped the flowers in Vintage Vogue (my favorite set in the mini on page 26) using Soft Suede and sponged all the edges too. I stamped the two hearts from, I (Heart) Hearts, (page 14 in the mini) in Soft Suede & Pretty in Pink and cut them out and layered them. I forgot to add that I used the new Scallop Trim Border (SAB catalog) along the top before I adhered the side pieces.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Here is the other cake I promised yesterday. Yesterday was a crazy day for me and I didn't get a chance to post. I used basically the products that I used on my previous post with the exception of the colors. Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie cardstock and that yummy dsp, Sweat Pea. Did you know that you get, 2 each of 24-double sided designs, all 12 x 12. You can see the other paper choices on page 33 of the Occasions Mini catalog. It sells for $24.95, which is .52 per sheet of double sided paper. If you've never tried Stampin' Up's! Designer Series paper, you need to! The quality of our dsp is above and beyond what you will find elsewhere.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Here is a Pop Up Cake Birthday card I made using the Sweat Pea Designer Series paper, Beautiful Wings Embosslit & Beautiful Butterflies die. After I die cut the large butterflies I ran them through the Big Shot using our new Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder. You can find all of these products in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I also used the Scallop Trim Border you can get for FREE in the Sale-a-bration catalog when you place a $50 order. ( now thru March 31st). The sentiment is also a SAB set that you can get for free. Before I attached the cake, I embossed with White Embossing powder the Medallion stamp. It makes it look like a doily, don't you think? Click on the photos to see them better. Tomorrow I will show you the Turquoise cake I made. Oh, that really doesn't sound good, does it? Just know you won't have to eat it!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Can you guess what kind of candy is in this tag? You can make these by cutting out one of the Two Tags die. You want the wider one. After cutting out you will need to make another score line 1/4", on the side without the hole. Fold on both lines & add your candy, (have you guessed yet?) I used a small amount of adhesive so the candy doesn't slip out. Next comes your ribbon. I used about 9" of our yummy 5/8" satin ribbon. Your ribbon will go thru the half circle that was cut (when you ran it through the Big Shot), and up thru the hole on the other side. (I know, clear as mud). You secure the ribbon by adding a Pony Bead. Click on the photo to see it better. You don't have to make any knots or bows. Then just decorate. I used the Sending Love dsp and our new Pinking Hearts border punch, Scalloped Heart of Hearts, Embosslit, I (Heart) Hearts stamp set & also the new small Heart Punch. I put 3 of those Andes Mints inside. Now I didn't think this up myself. My new friend Connie Stewart traded me one of these candies for one of my Coffee Collars at Leadership. All of the items used to decorate my candy are from the Occasions mini catalog. You can click on my "SHOP 24/7" button on the right to order any of these products.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I bet you thought our Treat Bags were only good for Christmas. Think again. This is what Steph gave me at Leadership. She was my roommate while in Phoenix. Isn't it cute? She started off with our Treat Bags, (page 159) and added the Sweat Pea Stitched Felt pieces to the bag and secured them with the new Epoxy brads. Both of these items are in the Occasions mini (page 32 & 13). The Sweat Pea Stitched Felt you get 52 pieces for $7.95, how cool is that? The brads are$4.95 for 16 in the 1/2" size and $3.25 for 16, in the 1/4" size. That's only .31 cents & .21 cents each. It was stuff full of Ghirardelli squares in Raspberry. They matched the Sweat pea perfectly. Yum! Yum! Thanks Steph!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I loved when Carrie Cudney from our home office demoed the Heart Chipboard albums at Leadership, especially the Valentine Box. I also knew my "club gals" would like to make this project. So today that is what we did. They all turned out so cute. We used the Sending Love dsp, On Board Heart Book, (I split these up and they each got 2 pieces (hearts), our new satin ribbon and the new Epoxy Brads. Not to mention the new Embosslit Heart, Small & large heart punches, and more. You can find all these items in the Occasions mini catalog that just came out. When I took these photos today I didn't write which box goes to which person, so I'm just going to post them all, because they are all "beautiful". I'm missed 2 people. Sorry about that girl's. Don't forget you can click on each photo to see it better.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
So I thought I might have a birthday present for you. This offer valid for Thursday, January 14th from 6am to 8pm only, FREE shipping on all orders $50 or more. Plus you also get to choose an item from the Sale-a-bration catalog (SAB). How cool is that. Now in order to get the free shipping you need to email or phone in your order to me.
I'm sure you have seen these flowers pins everywhere. They are so much fun to make with the Flower Folds die and a little hot glue. I'm having a class on Saturday, January 30th, 10am-noon. I will have the fabric cut out and ready to go for you. Contact me if you would like to come. These look so much better in person. I will have several different fabrics to choose from. First come, first served. Class fee $10.
Monday, January 11, 2010
This is my swap for ControlFreakSwappers. I used the Eggcoutrements stamp set in the Occasions mini. The card base is Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla is embossed with the new Perfect Polka Dots Impressions folder and the butterflies are also new called Beautiful Wings. You get four different butterflies that are embossed on this die. Love it! The Orchid Opulence card stock was used to cut the Petals Card die and the new Vanilla Satin ribbon is wrapped around that. I punched the Easter with the Designer label punch and layered that on top of the Wide Oval punch in Certainly Celery. The Shades of Spring Designer paper was used to cut out the piece under the ribbon. I used the Perfect Setting die (the napkin ring). I almost forgot about the little bunny stamped with Orchid Opulence on the bottom of the Petals Card die. It was nice to make this card just before Christmas, kind of gave me a break from Christmas for a while.
I just got my swaps back, OMG they are the best. Love them! Thanks Girl's.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Can I say, Stampin' Up! spoils us? Leadership was so much fun, almost like a mini convention, without so many people. First the bag we received when we checked in is so cute. Inside was a new stamp set from the mini, With all My Heart, a spanish catalog, mini & SAB catalogs and more. Our make n takes were fun too.
They had 3 booths with people demoing different products. Patty Bennett had such cute ideas using the Easter kit and Recipe kit in the mini. You have to see the bird houses from the mini milk carton die, and the two step bird and branch punch also in the mini. (I will have photos later, promise). The Easter kit comes with rub-ons & bling. And so many other things you can do with this kit than just use it for Easter.
Jill Olsen, (she has been a demo since day #1, her demo number is five) she demoed how to use your Big Shot to do quilting. OMG, did you know that you can cut 8 layers of fabric if there is not a score line on the die? So any of the circle, scallop you would be able to cute 8 at once. What a time saver. If there is a score line you can cut 3 at one time. Another time she gave us ALWAYS use a shim. What is a shim? Just a piece of card stock. Also when you take off the top acrylic plate, slide it off and it doesn't separate all the pieces because of the static electricity.
The 3rd booth the gal was demoing (can't remember her name) how do make boxes using your Mover & Shaper die. So many cute ideas.
I felt like I learned so much from the 2 1/2 days I was in Phoenix, I'm on info overload, but in a good way.
Shelli (co-founder of SU) is so generous. At the end of Leadership she gave us a new stamp set that will be in the next mini. So cute, kind of shabby chic. And then she gave us a quilt square using the 5 point star die. All of the employees from the Kanobe manufacturing plant (where we make our stamps) brought in their own sewing machines and made 1000 quilt squares for us. Can you believe that? It was so exciting when they started passing these out.
Everything was first class. I forgot to mention our lunch was on white table cloths, with real china, silverware. The food was to die for. And did I mention the deserts? OMG! Not only were they good they made such a pretty presentation. Of course I didn't even think to take a photo. Speaking of photos, I haven't had a chance to upload my photos, so as so as I do, I will be posting many.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
This is the swap I'm taking with me to Leadership tomorrow. I used lots of new products that are now available in the Occasions Mini catalog. I started off with a Certainly Celery base and embossed with new Textured Perfect Polka Dost. The Pretty in Pink corners were punched with the new Pinking Hearts Corner punch, the stamped image is from Messages for Mom and I used my markers instead of a ink pad. The Happy Birthday is from Well Scripted. And did you notice the Certainly Celery Satin ribbon. All of these products are in the new mini. I should also mention that I used Clear Mount option when I ordered my stamps. Stampin' Up! is giving us the choice to order Wood Mounted stamps or Clear Mount Stamps. The Clear Mount are the same red rubber that you get with the Wood Mounted stamps, but you mount them on an acrylic block instead. If you click on the photo, you can really see all the details.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I think I'm finally over Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I had a fabulous holiday, but I'm glad its behind us now. It was great to send Christmas with my kids and family.
I was trying to think up some cool little gifts to take to Leadership with me next week. So what are these? They are called "coffee collars", you know like the kind you get when you get coffee out. Now I don't drink coffee, but my sister does. She saw these on Jan Wakelands blog, and said, make me one. So here you go Tracey! The band I just traced from a Starbuck's coffee collar, and is made of felted wool along with the gold & red flowers and the leaves. These were all cut out using my Big Shot, sizzlet dies. Then I did a bit of embroidery on each flower. Now embroidery is not one of my strong points, so I kept them very simple. The pink flowers are in our new Occasions mini, and are called, Stitched Felt Sweet Pea.