Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I also love the baby animals. Little chicks, bunnies and lambs are so cute and are fun to use to represent the new life. I like the pastel colors that bring to mind a new Easter dress, which reminds me, I need to go shopping for a new dress. Being a chocolaholic, Easter candy is another reason to love spring. Somehow it seems my favorite candy changes every year. What I was loving last year didn't taste so wonderful this year and what was wonderful the year before last wasn't floating my boat last year. Just me or does the candy change??
OK, on to the cards. Actually, I don't have cards but a box and a bag to post tonight. I wanted the Top Note die since I first saw it and bags like this one are one of the reasons why. I'll be posting some cards soon that will have you drooling over that die too. It was in the layout I did for the March club also. I posted the layout on Friday.
For the little bag I folded a pink die lengthwise and used punches for the ears and face. Then I stapled it onto a bag of jelly beans. I'm thinking it would look better with pastel M&M's.
The box is using the Scalloped Envelope die. I cut 4 of them and cut off one side flap of each. Then I adhered the other flap to the inside of the next envelope die until they were all together in a square. I folded the bottoms in and adhered them and folded 3 sides out.
I cut the bunny's head using the oval coluzzle template. I cut flowers and the bird from Raspberry Tart Designers Series paper and used punches to add the feet, ears and face. Notice the ears, yes, we have a scalloped oval punch!!! It will be available on April 1st. It works with the large oval punch as shown in the ears and it also fits nicely inside the wide oval punch. I just love it when things work together!
I used brads for the eyes and nose and flower centers. I didn't put any wiskers on but maybe he needs them.I still think he is cute, cute, cute!
I saw simular projects on the internet that I copied and added my touches but I can't remember where right now. I'm thinking one is named Susan. I'll have to check and post a link for you to see her work too.
BTW, Ashley, I got the quilt you sent today and I love it! You did a great job. I like the card too. They really made my day. Thanks!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
We also used the Polka Dot Punches stamp set that is also free until the end of March. What is really cool about this stamp set is that all 4 stamps match with punches so you don't have to cut them out. Gotta love that! It would have taken a long time to cut out all those flowers and hearts with as many as I put on the layout. The ladies in my stamp group would have fired me!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
In the picture above I have the background (white) paper in the trimmer. I put it in 1 inch into the trimmer and cut from 1" to 11". DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY TO THE ENDS! If you look closely you can see where I cut the first 2 sides of the cardstock.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We didn't have ribbon, buttons or brads so they are a bit plainer than my usual but hey, I discovered you can do pages without those things. On the other hand, I'll probably add some when I add pictures.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I love these pictures I took of the grandkids Friday night. They were over here and, naturally wanted to play with grandma's "toys". I had been putting the layout together for my class Thursday night and the supplies were in the kitchen.
They looked so serious about their project. Christina kept saying she wanted to use the Big Shot machine so they both had fun with that. Then they had to have lots of adhesive to attach the diecuts to their page.
Notice the date on the bottom picture? I need to figure out how to reset it, none of my grandkids were even born in 2000!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Here is a card I'm making for a swap. The only thing I did at the crop Saturday was make 3 of these cards. Very productive, huh? Hey remember, I also taught a totally goofed up class!
Have you ever done dry embossing? Some dry embossing uses a brass template. The straight lines on the pink cardstock at the bottom of this card is done using my trimmer, hey cool, something we already have! You could use the scoring blade with your trimmer but I always push too hard and tear my paper so I use the bone folder and just push my blade all the way to the top out of the way. Actually, sometimes I take the blade all the way off so if I get distracted I won't accidentally grab it and cut the paper instead of score it!
The picture looks amazingly normal even though I had to hold my camera upside down to take it with my left hand. Oh, the things we do for our blogs! I had to flip the picture when I edited it.
I am making 15 of these cards for a swap so I embossed some whole sheets of cardstock and cut it into 8 strips measuring 5 1/2 X 4 1/8. I attached a strip to the bottom of a white card front and inked it. Be sure the ridges are up when you adhere it. When you ink the embossed strips it looks like bead board, I really like it. I found it easier to ink the strips after I adhered them to the larger piece.
I think I showed in a previous post how to punch using a border punch. It is so easy when you can line it up and match the design with the printed design on the punch.
I also found it easier to ink the punched eyelet border piece after I had attached it to the inked patterned paper.
When you use a stamp set with a punch you just stamp the image and then insert it into the punch holding the punch upside down. Then you can see the image and line it up so you can punch it where you want it.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Stampin' Up wanted to give the customer time to work on their Easter projects so that's why they are offering you a preview. The rest of the catalog will be available April 1- June 30. There are more great stamp sets in it as well as a few new products that are gotta-haves.
The sets that are available for pre-order are:
113196 An Egg-cellent Easter $21.95
113262 Wagon Full of Fun $34.95
113822 Eight Great Greetings $27.95
115421 Ocho saludos geniales (Spanish Eight Great Greetings) $27.95
114643 Huit souhaits sympas (French Eight Great Greetings) $27.95
113833 Egg Hunt Stampin' Around wheel $6.50
Let me know if you need anything!