Monday, September 26, 2011

Finally~ I made my first Diorama Card!!

Here is one of the cards that will be made at my upcoming Stamp Camp this's called a Diorama 'box' card. Click here for the tutorial I followed by Dawn (gotta love her!!) I was always so intimidated to try one...because it looked so involved but I was amazed at exactly how simple it was!! So take a look and try it out for yourself!!

Here is an angled view to see the layers:

I began thinking how cute these would be as individual place settings on the table for Thanksgiving~ you could easily create personalized names printed with MDS (My Digital Studio). Great party favors...etc.

Card Stock: More Mustard, Very Vanilla and Spice Cake DSP (124003)
Stamp Sets: Gently Falling (123802 W, 123804 C) Hand-Penned Holidays (124310 W, 124312 C)
Ink: More Mustard, Soft Suede
Accessories: Linen Thread (104199) , Spice Cake Designer Buttons (124113), 1 1/4" circle punch (119861), 1 3/8" circle punch (119860), sticky strip (104294), glue dots (103683), Soft Suede Stampin' Write marker (120973), Color Spritzer Tool (107066)

Did you notice that I used those big ol' buttons AGAIN?? I'm on my third pack!! LOVE em'~ make sure you order yours before they are gone or before I buy them all!!
Please note: I used a retired Very Vanilla envelope for this card because my OCD was making me twitch...we now only offer the Small Open-End Envelopes in white (107286)...this size envelope is perfect for for this style of card.

Please let me know if you have any questions!! Have a great day!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sunflowers anyone??

As soon as I saw this stamp from Stampin' Up!...duh calledSunflower (123606) I knew it was a MUST have stamp!! Today was actually the first time I used it since ordering it back in July...oops!! Shame on me ~ too many stamps...too little time!!

Another must have are these buttons...since my previous post I have used them on two other projects...if they were edible I would eat 'em!!

My inspiration came from the pin. I bought the pin from this cute little country shop with the intentions that I would try to re-create it using our dies, some felt and a stick. Sounds simple huh?? Well..speaking of not having any time to I have the time to try to create another beauty like this one...SO now I have it as a cute little gift!
Note: Hard to tell from the photo but the edges of the base card were sponged with the Early Espresso and the big ol' button was 'faux' sewn using the same string from the Mini Vintage Tags..stuck on with glue dots. The sunflower was stamped and embossed using clear embossing powder and sprayed with the color spritzer tool and Early Espresso Marker.
Card details:
Card Stock: Kraft, Early Espresso, More Mustard
Stamps: Sunflower (123606) and Tiny Tags (118091 W, 118592 C)
Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark pad (102283)
Accessories: 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (I think it's retired Always Artichoke), Mini Vintage Tags (118763), sponges (101610), glue dots (103683), heat gun (100005), clear embossing powder (109130), Dotted Scallop Ribbon border (119275), Spice Cake Designer Buttons (124113)

Pocket Gift Holder:
Card Stock: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, More Mustard
Stamps: Sunflower (123606), Creatively Yours (122610 W, 122612 C)
Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark pad (102283)
Accessories: 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot (113439), Petite Pocket (123131), Scallop Edge Border punch (119882), 1 3/8" circle punch (119860, 1 3/4" circle punch (119850), clear embossing powder (109130)
Note: After I assembled the pocket die, I trimmed the top so that the flap measured 1" from the score line and punched the edge using the Scallop Edge Border. Oh...and I almost forgot that I spritzed the 'hand-made ' tag with the Champagne Mist Shimmer paint to match the Vintage tag on the card. It's hard to see that since the flash really washes it out from my camera~ but it's there I swear!! So pretty in person!!
That's about it!!
Here is a view of the back:
Let me know if you have any questions!! Thanks and happy stampin'!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

You getting ready for Halloween?? So many things to share with you....where to begin??

First of all I wanted to share my swap card from Convention this past July. It is called a 'Waterfall Card'. Click here for a tutorial. I had signed up for a 'WOW' swap and 'wow'..what was I thinking?? I ended up making 122 of them!! This is what 122 of them looked like~

I decided on a Halloween themed card WAY back in July because it's my favorite holiday!!

This took some time and quite a bit of card stock!!  Oh well..when I saw the goodies I got back it was all worth it. Here is what the 'waterfall' card looks like as it's opened...cute huh??

There were other swaps that I joined and I'll share those with you in a later post. But here is a quick and cute idea using our new Spice Cake fabric (124066), Designer Buttons (124113) and Spice Cake DSP (124003) all found in our Holiday Mini Catalog. Have you checked out the current Mini Catalog?? LOVE IT!!

There are so many cute goodies,I honestly don't know where to begin. I had an idea of what I needed to make for a co-worker...I made her a CD and since she knows that I am a demonstator..I had to make it cute...

Here I have used the DSP for the inside cover and decorated it with a flower made from the Fun Flowers die (121812) and Big Shot (113439).
Hint: to get the crinkly effect..spray each layer of your flower with water and scrunch it up into a ball in your hand. Open it carefully, let them dry and layer as desired. I attached with brad and hot-glued a big ol' button on top threaded with some hemp twine (100982). Notice that gorgeous striped grosgrain ribbon?? That is one of my favorite ribbons....cut it down the center and pull at it to get it frayed and all shabby lookin'~ love that can't mess it up!! Everything looks all pretty... all grungy and vintage like!!

The stamp set that I used here is called Friends Never Fade (118750 W, 120618 C). I stamped it with Soft Suede  and embossed it with clear embossing powder (109130).
Oh...forgot to mention and it's hard to tell in the photos but it's oh so pretty in real life~ but all of it was spritzed with the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (116806). Ask me if you need directions on that's awesome on about EVERY project!! The kids are probably afraid I'll start 'spritzing' them before school!!
Here is the inside: I used the Creatively Yours stamp set (122610 W, 122612 C) and did the same as above, punched it out with the extra-large oval punch (119859). Along with the CD I made a cute pin and coordinating box...  the pin was made using the same die and read somewhere a cool technique...spread your fabric layers out onto a piece of printer copy paper. Spray with starch (I used heavy duty fabric stiffener) and wad into a ball within the paper. Then carefully unroll the paper and let the fabric flower layers dry completely and layer as desired. I used a total of 9 layers, 3 of each pattern. I poked a hole in the center using our paper-piercing tool (116631) and added a Very Vanilla 5/8" brad (112533). did I make the box?? I used the Big Shot and my favorite Petal Cone die (121810). Click here for a great tutorial using this die but altering the die cut shapes into a cute little Take-Out box. I then embossed the box with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (120175), spritzed with some shimmer and added some striped grosgrain ribbon~voila!!

Here is a close-up of the pin...

 and back.

If you have any questions on anything you have seen here, please don't hesitate to ask!! Until next time...happy stampin'!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Holiday Mini Catalog is here!!!!!

Can you believe it??? I have been waiting for this day~ being a demonstrator I had the privelidge of ordering early and have been playing with some of the new goodies....wait until you see my creations!! But now you too are able to order and get ready for the holidays. What do you like best about the holidays??

I LOVE the fall colors, food and spending time with family and friends. I think my favorite holiday is Halloween...I actually started decorating around the house 2 weeks ago...and you will soon see why. My poor kids think their momma has lost it...I bought a tree (a very primitive looks burnt!!) While I was putting it together Aiden (my youngest) asks "It's Christmas already??" I said..."No silly...this tree is's to celebrate Fall!". Of course..this was still in the month of August and the kids had not even returned back to school~silly me!!

If you have any questions on anything you see in the Holiday Mini Catalog, please don't hesitate to ask...I bought pretty much verything in there..and there are some COOL new tools to play with!!

Let me introduce you to Simply Scored (a scoring board)...LOVE IT!!
The Simply Scored Scoring Tool’s base fits paper or card stock up to 12" x 12" and features score tracks every 1/8". Features two easy-to-read rulers (with inch markings down to 1/8") along top and left side for perfect scoring. (One standard left-to-right ruler and one zero center ruler). Includes three moveable tabs and stylus. Bottom has non-marking, no slip feet. Measures approx. 15 1/8"x 13 1/4"x1"
Over the weekend as I finish my Halloween decor... I will show you what I made....but here is an up close sample of scored paper medallions made by Stampin' Up!...isn't it beautiful??
Happy Stampin'
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