Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter! Burlap and Blooms Wreath

Hi all--I hope you had wonderful Easter!  We had all of our family home except Amy and we were missing her today, but had fun with the grandkids!  Brody is 2 3/4 years old and Mya is 14 months--they are of course precious to this grandma and I love watching each little thing about them as they grow and change.  You know you can pay so much more attention to that when you aren't about the business of parenting!

A few weeks ago I offered to have a class where we all make our Burlap and Blooms wreaths together, but nobody took me up on it---so here's what I made.  I'm not sure about it to be honest….I know you could create the flowers easily, but when you figure in the cost of the burlap ribbon and wreath form the cost of $20 doesn't seem so prohibitive.

I added the burlap ribbon on the wreath and decided to use some stitched grosgrain to hook the wreath to my nail on my door.  Easter Blessings to you and yours!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Monthly Party --10 Minute and Under Projects!

Hi all!  Our monthly stamping group got together last night and it was a lot of fun!  After reading my back issues of Stampin' Success I had a new idea for our party….I demonstrated a couple of ideas and then had 4 tables set up -- each with a 10 minute or under project.  I had a lot of fun finding ideas for the tables and hope that the ladies enjoyed making them!

To start off our party I demonstrated these 2 bundles in the Occasions Catalog:

      1.  The Geometricals Bundle
      I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder--then       sponged over the top with Smokey Slate using a sponge dauber.  I then stamped the triangles in Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Coastal Cabana and punched them out.  Add a few rhinestones and you're basically done!  Thanks to Mary Brown for her card design that I totally cased!

2.  I used the Petite Petals Bundle along with the Chevron Border Punch to make this lattice card designed by Deb Valder at  Love how the chevron punch makes such an easy and cute lattice!

Lastly I showed the ladies how to fold these little "carrot treats" and how to make the topper with our new fringe scissors!

You can make the carrot out of any size square paper--this is made with a 5" square.  Fold it diagonally then open it up and fold each side into the fold line to make a kite shape.  Fold back the top part of the kite and then make into a triangular shaped container.  Glue the flaps together.  I put my candy in a small cellophane bag and then put the topper in and closed it with some baker's twine tied around it.  Thanks to Brenda Church for this idea!

This was one of the projects I set up (minus the candy).  Here were the other three 10 minute or under projects:

First--a marker card--the design on the card and card flap were created by using the brush tips of the markers--I used the new in-colors.

The sentiment is from Yippee-Skippee.  The inside has a birthday greeting and the cake from the stamp set "Make a Cake" that is on sale this week.

We made a card using the Happy Watercolor set and some card stock vellum butterflies.

Ink up the "blotch" stamp and then stamp it 3 times without reining.  Stamp the flower with black stazon over the splotches, add your sentiment and then punch out your butterflies attach with a glue dot and add your pearl.  I offered this in either Coastal Cabana or Wisteria Wonder.

Lastly--I have a bit of in-color supplies that are going to be retiring at the end of May--so we made a white flower punch card with the in-color paper and matching dahlias and ribbon.  The d.s.p. is the patterned acetate from the Quatrefancy paper in the main catalog.  I used the 3 sizes of flower punches--Blossom, Pansy and Petite Petal punch.

I'll be back soon with my Burlap and Blossom wreath…..

Monday, April 7, 2014

Stippled Blossoms and Hearts of Oz Fun!

On Saturday I spent the day getting to know demonstrators from the Wichita, Kansas area.  Can I just say that I have met so many nice people through Stampin' Up!  It was a great day--filled with fun conversations, the sharing of new ideas and a yummy lunch!  Here's the swap card I took--of course I forgot to take a picture…not sure what my problem is….I forgot to take my camera too!  Fortunately some great pictures were posted on the Hearts of Oz blog.  Here's a picture of my swap prototype--I changed a few things after I made this card front:

I was able to take a photo from the Hearts of Oz blog and crop it to show you my final card.  I just felt like something was missing when I did this first one so I added another postcard under the top one so it looked like multiple cards were stacked and tied together.  

I was inspired by a card from Nancy Stanelle at 
Here is my supply list:
Stamp Sets: 
Stippled Blossoms
Vintage Postcard
Blessings from Heaven                                    
Blush Blossom
            Primrose Petals
            Pear Pizzazz
            Old Olive
            Soft Suede
Large Oval Punch
            Scallop Oval Punch
            Crochet Trim
            Linen Thread
            Basic Pearls
            Naturals Ivory
            Crumb Cake
            Soft Suede

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Backyard Basics

This month's Stamp Set was Backyard Basics and it's matching framelits just happened to be a weekly special a few weeks ago--how great was that!  Have you seen all the "card in a box" samples out there on Pinterest and stamping blogs.  After watching several video tutorials on youtube and looking at a bunch of measurements (since many of the cards did not fit in the standard envelope) I combined several ideas to come up with this:


Open from the front, sides and top:

And finally the back:

Want to make one?  Cut your base card stock at  9" x 5".  With the 9 inch side at the top--score at 2 1/8,  
4 1/4, 6 3/8, and 8 1/2.  Turn and with the 5 inch side at the top score at 2 3/4".   Cut on the score lines of the shorter side (the 2 3/4 inch side is the bottom of the box) and remove that top section of 1/2" on the end down to the 2 3/4" score line.  With the 9" side at the top you want to fold the vertical score lines, then add sticky tape to the tab and hook you box together.  Putting the tab at the back add your card stock layer to the back side (4 7/8 x 2) so you don't fold down this side (see right above here).  Now you can fold on the score lines of your remaining flaps.  You will need the 2 tabbed pieces on the inside of the box.  You get those by taking a 3 1/8" square of card stock and score it at 1/2 " on either sides then cut the square in half.  Fold the tabs one up and one back and put glue on those tabs and stick down in the box dividing the box into thirds with the tabbed pieces.  You need these pieces to glue your parts to. Top flaps layers are measured at 2 x 2 1/8 and you need four of those.  Bottom layer is 2 5/8 x 2 (you need 3).  I also added a layer of d.s.p. to these base layers they were just 1/8" smaller.  

Colors I used were:  Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz (which were taken from the designer series paper Gingham Garden.  I colored all my pieces using the ink in the top of the stamp pad and blender pen.  I added some Dazzling Details to my butterflies to give them some life.  I love how it turned out--especially the little bird hiding in the tulips.  I cased this from Stampin' T and her tutorial on Youtube (but the measurements are not her's).  

Friday, March 21, 2014

Life in the Forest….finally

Have you ever had that moment when you did something and have no recollection of it….yep…happened to me when I wanted to make this post.  My google mail was hacked a bit over a week ago and I frantically reset my password and promptly forgot it.  My blog is on a different google mail than my school account and I was afraid to switch until I got it reset….again.  So 1 hour later I think I've got it…so here are the cards that we made for the set "Life in the Forest."

This is cased from and uses the notecards that come with the envelopes.  I used a versa marker on the '"xoxo" and embossed them with white ep.  The words and speech bubble are from the set "Just Sayin'" and matching framelits "Word Bubbles."  I used them in several of the cards (okay in all for the framelits).

I got the idea for this card from Debra Currier's blog--but I changed quite a bit just to get away from the tangerine tango since I used it a lot on the next 2 cards.  This was my least favorite of the cards, but I did like the color combo of rich razzleberry and sahara sand.  

The next 2 cards were my favorites and I totally cased the first one from my favorite place--"Stamping School."  I love the video tutorials that come with this site although it does cost $ it isn't too expensive for a year's membership.

The last card was my favorite of all of these and it was a bit time consuming with all the fussy cutting that you had to do--but the result was well worth it!  I printed the sentiments from my computer and got the initial layout from Stamping School--but had to change it up a bit to go with the song "What Does the Fox Say?" since it's a favorite of my first grade students (and I can't get it off my brain)!

My final card added a strip of soft suede cut out with the zig zag edgelit tucked in behind the top of the designer strip of paper.

I'm away from my catalog so I'm not sure which birthday set this sentiment came from…I'll update this later to let you know!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Vivid Vases--Stamp Set of the Month

One of the sets I offered this month was Vivid Vases + some dap paper….here are the cards we created using this single stamp set.  I did cut the sentiment off of my stamp so I have 2 stamps instead of 1.  For some of my cards that was a good thing….for some others….not.  Enjoy--

I forgot to mount my vase circle on a circle of black before I attached the banner rim….sorry.  I was going to use one of the starburst framelits.  The SAB banner punch helped create the border of the circle.  The vases were paper pieced.  All designer paper used was from the Modern Medley dap pack. I cased this card from Sharon Burkert.  Love her cards and designs!

The next card was cased exactly from  She used the Happy Watercolor stamp set to create all sorts of texture on the vases--including a cool background!  Really creative!

The next card idea I found at Valder.  She has a great video on how to easily create this window card--I just couldn't let it stay at the black and vanilla.  I felt it needed just a bit of bling so I added some red glimmer paper strips and a glimmer heart (owl punch).

It's a bit difficult to get a good picture of this card so you can see the window part created with a clear window sheet panel.  The bow is created with the envelope punch board (tutorial also on Deb's blog).  Here's a picture of the card laying flat.

The last card we made was a bit brighter--it used my favorite color, summer starfruit--NOT, but I guess it looks okay here.  And I have to use up the summer starfruit baker's twine that comes in the SAB pack.

I cased this card from someone who like me doesn't know how to put a watermark on their pictures (or chooses not to).  If it's your card--please let me know and I'll give you credit!  I'll be back with more soon!  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Embellished Events Easel Card

Hi!  I'm back with the last card I demonstrated at our party.  I got the directions for it here--they are very clear and include a tutorial!  I was inspired by the card on page 95 of the annual catalog.  Here's what I came up with:

Here's a picture with it "easel-ing" --not the best photo, but you get the idea.

Yes, I know….I went a bit jewel crazy on this card.  Are you checking out that bow??  It's made with the envelope punch board!!  Awesome--right?  Here's the tutorial I found on how to do it!   I'll be back tomorrow with some more cards to share….