Tuesday, August 31, 2010

More Stamp-a-Stack Cards

Here are two more cards from my SAS. This first one is cased from Mary Brown. I just changed the colors.
The card base is Pear Pazzizz. The Teacups are from the single stamps on pages 18-20. This one is called Tiny Teacup and we stamped them in Pear Pazzizz, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade & Daffodil Delight and layered that on a piece of Peach Parfait card stock. Do you see those scallops under the teacups? That is a new die called Tasteful Trim, (page 17) and it has 4 different borders. LOVE IT! You can order this tomorrow, August 1st, Yipeee!!! No more waiting. Okay, back to the card. The ribbon is Poppy Parade and we stamped the Thinking of You from Teeny Tiny Wishes,(page 157). Also added a little button tied with Linen Thread.
The second card is my first Halloween card this year. That embossing folder is in the Holiday mini on page 6, its called Spider Web. The bat is a punch on page 201. You know I wasn't going to buy the bat......ya right! We added eyes with a white gel pen. The card base is Cajun Craze and the Spider Web embossing folder is embossed with Old Olive. We added a bit of the Wicked Fun Specialty paper (page 172, it has some flocking on it, very cool). Stamped the boots & sentiment from Wicked Cool (page 23, big catalog) in Rich Razzleberry and the hat was stamped in Black and cut out. Used our markers to make the stripes. I did sponge around the Whisper White. Then to top it off I sprayed everything with Frost White Shimmer paint and alcohol mixed together. You can see how the bat really shimmers.
Almost forgot. I cased this from Angie Juda.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

More Sneak Peak from the Holiday Mini

Here is a sneak peak at some of the FABULOUS items in the Holiday Mini that will be live on September 1st. This is one of the cards we made in my SAS (Stamp-a-stack) this week-end.
First off, don't you love this stamp? Yes it is one BIG stamp found on page 20. I cased this from Robin Merriman. I used my brayer to color the whole stamp in Crumb Cake on Vanilla card stock, then took a sponge dauber in Old Olive and used it to color in the wreath. I stamped just the 25 in Cherry Cobbler on a piece of Vanilla and used my 1 3/4" circle punch to punch that out and sponged around the edge and then used a small bead of Tombow adhesive around as well and used some of our news Glass Glitter, (page 21). That piece was layered on Cherry Cobbler and the card base is Old Olive. To finish it off, I used a piece of our new 1/2" seam binding (page 21). The last thing I did was spritz with Champagne Shimmer Paint that was mixed with rubbing alcohol. It really makes the bow sparkle. Click on the photo to see it better.

Clearance Rack & Only a Couple of Days Left to Order From the Summer Mini Catalog!

Have you seen the bargains in the Clearance Rack? Better hurry to take advantage of these sale items. Up to 60% off. You must place an "online" order to take advantage of these fabulous prices. Click on the photo to get a better view. These are only a sample of the items in the Clearance Rack. When these items are sold out, no more will be available.
Also, only 2 more days to order from the Summer Mini Catalog. Most of the items in this mini will be retired and not available. So don't wait.

Friday, August 27, 2010

My Thank You from Lisa Freeman!

Isn't this card Fabulous? My Friend, Lisa Freeman sent me this thank you card for sending her some See's suckers. You can see how I used the suckers here.
Lisa used the level 2 hostess set, Fast & Fabulous. The card base is Pear Pazzizz and she layered Marina Mist that was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. How did she know that I love these colors together and that embossing folder? She stamped the flower in Marina Mist and used Black for the outline on Whisper White card stock. Then she punched it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and layered it on the scallop circle punch in Pear Pazzizz. Added some of the gorgeous 5/8" Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon.
Thanks Lisa!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Birthday Card, Wish Big!

I made this card for my Uncle who turns 61 tomorrow. I used 2 stamp sets; Playful Pieces, (level 3 hostess set, page 15) & Word Play (page 147) which is my favorite new word stamp. I stamped the packages in Pear Pazzizz, Peach Parfait & Not Quite Navy on Whisper White Card Stock. This is becoming one of my favorite color combos from the Color Coach, (page 165). Cut them out and mounted them on my Pear Pazzizz base and then stamped the "bow" on the card. Stamped the Wish Big in Not Quite Navy on Whisper White & used the 1 3/4" Circle Punch to punch out and sponge the edges with same color. Used the Scallop Circle punch in Peach Parfait to layer the Wish Big. Stamped the squiggles in Pear all over the card to make it look like confetti. Super simple.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Elegant Soiree Gift Card Purse

Another gift card purse. This time using the Elegant Soiree dsp, (page 175) and Baja Breeze as the card base. You can view the first one I made here.
One of my customers (hi Fran) asked me for a gift certificate for a friend who also attends my classes and in my club, (happy birthday Kellie). Hope she liked the gift card holder.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Easel Topper for the Matchbook Die

Where did my day go? I didn't get any stamping done today, but I have a project I did last week that I will share with you.
While blog hopping I came upon a cute little project on Becky Robert's blog. An Easel Topper. You start out with a match box (you know the one you die cut with the BIG SHOT). Then you add the easel to the top. I used Crumb Cake as my base for my "drawer" and easel card. I layered Always Artichoke on a piece of dsp from Deck the Halls (page 18 of the Holiday Mini). The stamped image is from Bells & Boughs (page 19). I used my Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke & Cherry Cobbler markers to fill in the stamp. I sponged with Crumb Cake around the 1 3/4" circle and layered that on a Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Circle. Both the drawer and the top of the easel have one of our new Antique Brads (page 187), love these brads.
Here is a side view.
This would be perfect to fit a couple of pieces of chocolate or a piece of jewelry.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

500th Post, Yipeeeee!!!

I can hardly believe that I have done 500 posts. I started in March 2008. Did you notice that I've changed my blog header and added a few things? More changes are a coming too. I'm slow at all this computer stuff. As you probably already know, "computer savvy" NOT SO MUCH!
Ok, now on to my post. This is a card and sucker (can't stop making these suckers) for a friend who is under going Chemo & Radiation. I did the flower the same way as I did the suckers. This time I used Rich Razzleberry,Tempting Turquoise & Pear Pazzizz. I'm loving this color combo. I found it using the new color coach on page 165. If you don't have this, you really need it. I've been using it much more than our old one, you remember it was a wheel. The card base is Pear Pazzizz. The flowers were stamped in Versamark using the stamp from Just Believe, (page 109). We received this set in our convention bag, yep, it was FREE! (Another perk of being a demo, convention). Seems that I'm easily distracted tonight, sorry about that! I made the leaves by taking a scrap of Old Olive and folding it in half, running it through my Paper Crimper, (page 198) at an angle and then free hand cutting the leaf and sponging it (of course). Then I added the beautiful Rich Razzleberry Satin ribbon. Can you say YUMMY? Oops, almost forgot, the Thinking of You is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, (page 157), topped it off with a button and Linen Thread.
Here is the matching sucker.
Hopefully this will brighten my friends day.
Yesterday while at See's getting some more suckers; I showed the gal who waited on me what I was doing with the suckers. She was really impressed, so I asked her if she stamped or scrap booked. She said she didn't but her sister did. Yipee! So I gave her a packet with my info and one of my suckers with the flower stamped. She was shocked, and thanked me. I LOVE when you give someone a small stamped gift and they act like you gave them the world! Made my day!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Soap Box

I found instructions for this cute little box that holds a small bottle of Anti-bacterial hand gel on Pink Buckeroo's Blog. She made her boxes for Halloween. Since I wanted this one for my niece's birthday I used the same dsp, Play Date as I did for her card. I added the cute little Owl Punch, (page 201).
Here is a side view.
This is the inside.
Right now Bed Bath & Beyond have these little Back Pack soaps in Halloween flavors. I used this one because it matched the dsp. The flavor is Plum, but the name is Vampire Blood. I will be making some more of these in a Halloween theme next.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

See's Suckers

My Niece loves See's Chocolate Suckers, but they don't have See's Candy Stores in Ohio. So I like to get her a few of these for her Birthday and Christmas. Since I used the For You Flower single stamp, (page 19) on her gift card holder I thought it would be perfect to use it for these suckers. I used Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron & Cherry Cobbler markers to fill in the stamp. Then I used the 1 3/8" Circle Punch to punch out the center, then stamped it again just using Cherry Cobbler ink and punched out with the Flower punch. Layered the center inside the flower. Added some snail to the sucker and adhered the flower. Oh, and I added a bit of ribbon to finish it off. Too cute! Don't you think?
Tip: When you are using markers for this stamp, make sure you color around the center with your main color, as the punch is a bit bigger than the center of the For You stamp.
Here is a close up.
Side view.
Here is another one done with Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade & Peach Parfait. Don't you love that ribbon? Its the 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon in Poppy Parade, (page 190). These would make such cute Birthday Favors. Simple and easy to do. I'm loving the single stamps on pages, 18-20. All of these are under $10. I own several of them.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gift Card Holder

This cute little gift card holder is perfect for my niece's 16th birthday in a week. Thanks to Glenda who has an awesome video on her blog. I used Cherry Cobbler (I should have used Real Red, but it still looks fine) as the base of my purse and added the Play Date dsp, (page 175), (Designer Series Paper) to the front. I won this dsp at convention. Love getting free Stampin' Up! stuff. The flower is one of the single stamps you can purchase on pages 18-20 called For You Flower. Our Fancy Flower punch (page 201) works perfect to punch it out. I first stamped the flower using my markers. Cherry Cobbler, Tempting Turquoise & So Safron. By using the markers I was able to color in the center separately, punch that out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and then stamp the whole flower in So Safron and punch out with the Fancy Flower Punch, which I then layered on the whole flower with dimensionals. The ribbon I used for the handles will be in the Holiday Mini (Sept 1st). Its 1/2" Seam Binding and comes in 3 colors.
This is the inside with So Safron. The bottom is a Top Note cut in half so you can add a gift card or $$$$$.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Convention Fabric Ideas

Here are a few projects from Convention showing the new fabric in the Holiday Mini catalog that will be live September 1st.
This is the Top Note die sewn into a sachet.
Here is a flower made with the Circles #2 die.
Adding fabric to one of our new Buttons. Hint: they are really big and gorgeous!
Here is a card that Sara, (Shelli's daughter) made with a torn strip of fabric. Who knew we could put fabric on CARDS? So cute and simple. Only 2 more weeks. The Holiday Mini is absolutely the best ever! So many new products. As demos we can pre-order one month before the catalog goes live. A perk for being a demonstrator! Want to join my team? Ask me how. Email me at: cindee@pacbell.net

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Learning to Tell Time!

I had purchased the pdf for this clock and dice a while back from Lynn Pratt. Since my oldest granddaughter just started kindergarden I thought this would be nice to give her teacher. The only thing I did different than Lynn was I used Crumb Cake to sponge since we no longer have Close to Cocoa.
So the kids can roll the dice and then put the hands on the clock to match the dice. I thought this was a great teaching tool. I will probably make another one for home.
This is the card I made to go with the clock. I used Apple Blossoms stamp set, (page 12) which is a level 2 hostess item. The card base is Cherry Cobbler and then a layer of Crumb Cake. I stamped the apples with Cherry Cobbler onto Whisper White card stock and cut them out. Then I used my markers to ink up the apple in Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive & Chocolate Chip and stamped on the Crumb Cake and mounted the others on top. No way was I going to try and cut out that little stem and leaf. The die cut for the saying is from the Matchbox die, (page 208). Of course I sponged everything in Cherry Cobbler. I didn't take a photo of the inside but I cut out a Top Note in Crumb Cake and sponged it, and added a flower from the same set in the bottom corner. Hopefully Jocelyn's teach will like the clock and the card.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Flower Hair Clips

Can you guess which Big Shot die I used to make these cute hair clips? Its the Scallop Circle (page 207). Thanks to Patty, she found the directions and video on Meg's blog. They are super easy to make. You take your scallop circle and start cutting in a spiral. Then you roll it up starting with the center of the spiral until you reach the scallop part of the circle and go around one time (I went 2 times around on a couple of mine) and use hot glue to attach last piece and on the bottom to keep the flower from falling apart. Then you add a circle from the Circles #2 die to finish off the bottom. I added a hair clip and then the leaves. Some are cut free hand (trust me this is the only thing I can cut free hand) and the others I used the Island Floral die (page 206) and cut off one of the leaves. These are made from Polar Fleece.
These are made with printed felt that I bought a long time ago.
This last flower we learned how to make at Convention. Carrie K. did a really great demo on main stage. Christena did a great video on how to make them. Basically you take a piece of satin ribbon and cut about every 1" or so into the ribbon just below the top of the ribbon. Then you round off the edges a bit and they don't have to be perfect because then you take your heat tool and heat up the "petals" so they gather and scrunch. I cut a circle from the Circle #2 die, from the Sticky pages (page 205, same as sticky strip, just bigger, 12 x 12 sheet) and started on the outside edge to wrap the ribbon around until you reach the center. I know, clear as mud! Watch Christena's video, she explains it really well and you can see how she did the flower.
I think my granddaughters will love these clips to put in their hair.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Snowflake Tea Lights, My First Christmas Project This Year!

I'm sure you've seen these tea light holders using the Flower Folds die (page 208). I used the three smallest flowers and cut them out with my Big Shot, (You have to have one of these, page 204) using sheet metal you can find at any home improvement store. Then I ran them through the Polka Dot Embossing folder (one at a time, of course. page 214) and put them together with mini glue dots. On the smallest flower I bent the petals up around the tea light.
But then KimAssaly had this idea to use our Snowflake #2 die (page 213) to make the candle holders. Can you imagine having these on your table or fireplace mantel?
So easy to make. I used sheet metal (same as the other candle holders) and ran it through my big shot using 3 card stock shims. I first tried it with one, didn't cut everything out, then two, it was better, but 3 worked perfect for me. Now, all Big Shots are calibrated different, so you will have to play around and see what works best for you. You will need two snowflakes. On the top one you will want to bend it around your tea light and I used mini glue dots to stick the snowflakes together. So this is like a 5 minute project. Yeah! These would be awesome Christmas gifts and so affordable too!
Eddited to add; My husband purchased the metal at Orchard Supply. It comes 6" x 25' (I think, I've had it a while, so I'm guessing) and it is Aluminum Flashing, we paid about $15 for the roll. It is a bit sharp when you cut off a piece, but after running it through the Big Shot the edges are beveled and not sharp. You can see in the above photo how the edges are slightly turned down.
Thanks for all the great responses I've had.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Note Cards to go With our Purses

These are the cards we made to go with our purses. We used 4 x 4 cards with a strip of matching dsp on the side and stamped the bird cage from Aviary (page 121) and the little bird. This stamp set is so fun. Its fast becoming one of my favorites. We punched a scallop square and mounted it inside the front of the card so just one row of scallops are showing. The Just for You is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, page 157). We also added one of our new buttons with Linen Thread to finish it off.
Here is my purse. We realized after finishing our purses and cards that we didn't sponge one thing, use any ribbon or use the Big Shot. How did that happen????? Three of my most favorite things........

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tres Chic Handbags

Aren't these bags the cutest? I had a group of gals over on Wednesday and they each made a bag with 4 note cards and envelopes that went inside the purse. I purchased this pattern from Becky Roberts. She has some awesome tutorials for sale and she is very reasonable. This is a L.A.M.B. inspired handbag. I know nothing about all the designer purses. But I'm sure all of you out there know about these bags.
First one is made by Kayla.
Second one is by Judy.
And Fran made the last one.
All three ladies did a fabulous job on their purses. We used the GreenHouse Gala dsp from Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Can You Guess What Punch I Used To Make This Flower?

The base of this card is Peach Parfait and I added a piece of Sunny Garden dsp (page 174) at the bottom, punched the top of the dsp with the Scallop Trim Border(page 201) and added a piece of the Peach Parfait ribbon just below the punched scallops. I used the new stamp set, Word Play, (page 147). By using my markers, (Peach Parfait & Poppy Pizzazz) I could use two colors instead of just the one ink.
Have you figured out which punch yet? Its the Owl Punch (page 201). I thought this was so clever when I saw it on Flowerbug's Inkspot. Thanks LeeAnn for this great idea! I knew someone would think of something to do with the Owl that wasn't an owl.
You start by folding your owl in half. Cut off the feet.
Cut a V shape in the top.
And fold the sides in.
I found that 6 owls worked great to make a flower. I just punched a 1 3/4" circle in the same dsp and put the owls around in a circle.
Added one of our new Antique Brads to the center and put it on my card. I forgot to mention that I used my bone folder to curve up the petals.

Sweet Shoppe at Convention

Stampin' Up! had these amazing displays set up. They were in white cabinets and all color coordinated. This tree is all Stampin' Up! buttons from the Holiday mini (Sept. 1st). I asked when of the gals were the displays were, how many packages of buttons did it take to make one tree? She guessed at about 10, yikes! But its so cute!
More buttons to look like hard candy wrapped in cellophane.
Do you see that cute house? Yep its in the Holiday Mini too! It comes in white and you put it together (seems very easy) and decorate. They used white buttons to make the snow. See the bread? Its wrapped up in some of the new fabric. Do you see me jumping up and down? Fabric, in extra big fat quarters. But, seriously, don't you think that is such a great idea? Who would of thought to wrap bread in fabric? I'm totally going to be doing that this holiday season. Simple and just add a tag.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

More Convention Make n Takes

Edited to add: Several of you have asked me for the measurements for the base of this pouch. I can't believe I left that part out.
3 1/2" x 12", in Pear Pazzizz, scored at 5 1/4" x 10 1/2" . The flap goes in front and the corners are cut at an angle so it will go easily into the slot. Clear as mud? Email me if you have any questions.
I had never heard of "Inchy" cards either. They would be cute to attach to a small gift.
This little pouch holds "Inchy cards". They are 1" x 1" little cards. Pear Pizzazz is the base for this project. We used the Window Word Punch for the flap to go into and added a piece of our Chocolate Chip stripped ribbon that was stapled on. The stamp set we used is Just Believe, and stamped with Versamark along the bottom. The little "inchy" cards are 1 x 2 and scored at one. They are done in, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait & Pear Pizzazz and stamped with the circle image in this stamp set and with the ink that coordinates. Stamped the Jewelry tag with the little flower in this set and punched it out, attached to the ribbon with Linen Thread. Super cute little gift!
This is the inside.
Inchy cards.