Saturday, January 30, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Valentine's Day is less than a month away so it will be here before we know it! I plan to post several fun Valentine's projects over the next few weeks. It is always fun to find to tell your loved ones how much you care and sometimes the little things mean so much.
For the embossed heart background, I punched a lot of herarts from the Heart to Heart punch and arranged 1 layer on a 5 1/4 X 4" piece of cardstock. When I had them arranged the way I wanted them, I adhered them. I added 2 additional layers of each heart so there were 3 layers in each stack.
For the sandwich to emboss the heart background I used the Big Shot platform on Tab 1, a cardstock shim, a standard clear pad, the impressions pad, the Real Red cardstock, the piece I created with the hearts facing down on the red cardstock and another standard clear pad with another cardstock shim.
I had cut the Real Red cardstock to 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" so I trimmed 1/4" off the top and bottom and punched the right edge with the new Pinking Hearts Border punch. I tied a length of Organza Ribbon about a third of the way in on the left side.Using the excess circle from the middle of the Somethng Sweet set (I couldn't stand to throw it away!), I inked it with Real Red ink, then stamped the heart from the set onto it several times to remove heart shaped images. This technique is called "kissing" (how appropriate for a Valentine's card). Then I stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock. I did this again so I had 2 of these circles. The 1 3/8" punch fits this circle perfectly so I used it to punch them out.
I stamped the sentiment from the Well Scripted set and punched it out with the Full Heart punch. I mounted the heart and circles on Stampin' Dimensionals over the ribbon.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Stampin' Up also has an exclusive stamp set every year to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This and other efforts raise hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. I love Stampin' Up! The set in the current catalog is also on the list of stamps you can earn free with your Sale-a-bration order. Stampin' Up will still donate $2.00 per set even though they are giving them free. What a company!
Last is a bright primary colors layout for a little boy. I used the Right on Track wheel and the Choo Choo stamp set along the bottom of the page and Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Yo Yo Yellow and Glorious Green cardstock (it lo0ks kind of blue in the picture). In real life the yellow in the background matches the yellow mat too.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I started my blog on Jan 1, 2009 so Friday was my blog-iversary. It wasn't a New Year's resolution that I started it on Jan 1st, that was just the day I had time to sit down at the computer and figure it out. The main reason I had hesitated to start a blog was because I figured I'd be a slacker and post about once every other month. I'm very surprised and pleased with myself that I posted so regularly. I averaged twice a week most of the time. I enjoy creating projects to show and telling how I made them. I've always loved teaching so it is cool to do these "cyber classes" of sorts by posting on my blog.
Yesterday started my favorite Stampin' Up sale. Sale-a-bration is very cool because you get free stamps! You can see the offerings on my website. There are 4 stamp sets, a paper pack and a punch to choose from but there are lots of other options on page 11 of the Sale-a-bration catalog. If you place a $50 order you can get one of these items free. If you have a workshop in your home, not only will you have a great time and I'll come and show you and your friends some fun stamping projects, you can earn an additional free item with a $300 party. Email me if you want to host a fun workshop for you and your friends.
There is also a link on the right sidebar to the Occasions Mini catalog. This little catalog features so many great stamp sets (in wood mount or the new clear mount option), georgous paper, new punches, chipboard shaped mini albums, jewlery you can sttamp on and lots of other fun products. There are so many new items, check it out!
I also wanted to show you one of the newest products that Stampin' Up has introduced. Look how fun these heart-shaped Sweet Treat cups are! After all the fun I've had with the original ones I had never thought about them being offered in a heart shape. I've got to get some of these ordered so I can create some fun Valentines. There is a stamp set that goes with them and our regular large heart punch matches the heart shape. There are 5 stamps in the set, the 2 heart ones and the stem/leaves one, the bird and the heartfelt thanks sentiment.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I thought the "Small Wonder" sentiment would be perfect for a new baby card to go with the gift I got for my cousin's new grandbaby. I also used some of the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt flowers and the Scallop Trim Border punch. The border punch and the Whimsical Words stamp set are from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. These will be available for free during the sale from Jan 5 - March 31. Did you see the new Old Olive satin ribbon? Isn't it beautiful! It is so thick and obviously a great quality ribbon.
I love the Taken With Teal color and this patterned paper using it is so cool! It may be my favorite in the Sweet Pea paper stack. Actually, I think I have about 10 favorites! This paper is so easy to work with. The orange polka dot paper is the back side of the teal stripedy dotty one. I used the matching corner punch to the Scallop Trim Border punch. I just punched the bottom corners to add a simpler touch to the card. I used a piece of Pumpkin Pie ribbon and I also used the Two Step Bird punch and the Whimiscal Words stamp set.
Next, a birthday card that uses another great sentiment set called Well Scripted. Isn't it a georgous script! Since my handwriting totally stinks I just love fancy fonts like this. I also used the Very Vintage wheel across the bottom in Chocolate Chip and at the top in Old Olive. This fabulous wheel and stamp set are both in the Occasions Mini catalog, along with the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt. 52 pieces of felt for $7.95, that makes them about .15 each. That is a great value for stitched, layered felt. The polka-dot paper is also from the Sweet Pea stack.
OK, on to another hint about my blog candy. The reason I'm offering it has something to do with the date yesterday. Not making any resolutions or anything though! If you've been following my blog for a while you might catch on. It has nothing to do with a new grandbaby which I'm pretty sure isn't happening within the next 9 months and no, it isn't my 29th birthday. That was a very long time ago. My youngest was 2 then and he just turned 27! Hey, I think I just gave away my real age (if you care to do the math).
Angie, I do need to purge some of my scrap supplies but I didn't make a New Year's resolution to do it. I stopped making New Year's resolutions several years ago because I never keep them!
I should have a scrapbook yard sale! The main problem with that is getting it organized. I'm the world's worst at sorting and organizing. It hurts my brain. Seriously.
Let's hear some more guesses as to why I wanted to offer blog candy on Jan 1st. (Remember, it has something to do with the date).