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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More from Toni

Here's another of Toni's Stamp Camp projects that I made last week while visiting (and helping!).  This one is just so cute....and I don't think that the photo really does it justice! (You can read more about my visit here and you'll see another of the projects, too!)

Toni had everything prepared for this one.  She used the wonderful Fancy Favor Die and cut it out using textured Crumb Cake.  Then the curvy top was trimmed off.  And I don't know anyone else who has mastered the Direct-to-Paper (DTP) technique quite like Toni....she is definitely the Queen in my book!  You can see this basket has a 2-tone look....Toni used Crumb Cake ink and colored it using the DTP technique.  That textured cardstock really looks amazing with this technique! 

She also slit the basket from the top down to allow for the weaving.  For the weaving, we simply did basic weaving with strips of Crumb Cake CS.  That's it!  Each portion was adhered at the top with Sticky Strip....or you could use Mini Glue Dots, which is what I used.

The handle....well, it was simply adhered using 2 Gold Brads on each side....Toni also did DTP on that strip as well!

The second photo shows the close up of the little tag (you can click on it to make it a little larger).  This set really didn't do a thing for me when I saw it in the Holiday's called Gift Givers and each stamp image coordinates with one of our punches.  I think I've fallin in love with it after this's just so stinkin' cute!!  As you can see, this turkey image works with the Curly Label Punch.  (One lady at Toni's class liked the set so much she purchased it AND every single punch that coordinates with it!!  WOW!)  On our basket, we simply colored in the image with markers.   The second photo gives a better close up of all the details.  This was really fun....can't you just see it on your Thanksgiving table?!!

Stamps:  Gift Givers
Inks:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
CS:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake -- textured AND smooth
Big Shot:  Fancy Favor Die Mover & Shaper (Curly Label shape)
Markers:  Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red
Misc:  Dimensionals, Gold Brads, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, Curly Label Punch 

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting today!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Just for Baby

You've heard me say that I've been a member of various online stamping groups.  One of them sends out Challenges each week, and although I really don't participate too often, I do try whenever I can.  Recently, there was a baby card challenge.  Well, I need a baby card....the daughter of a good friend of mine had a baby girl.  So, I thought this would be a GOOD thing to participate in!

Well, as much fun as I had making the did NOT turn into a baby girl card!  I LOVE blue and yellow together...
yellow and pink, well, not so much!  So, that's how this evolved into what it is.  And it's just so cute, don't you think?!!  Baby cards are sweet and such fun to make...after all, new babies are sweet and fun, too!

As with many of my cards, this is a basic, classic layout....all dressed up with lots of details.  One of my favorite new things is to make the base of the card a color (in this case Bashful Blue) with a impressed layer in the same color over top....that way, the inside of the card has a nice clean look to it.  The corners are all rounded.  And that cute little duckie?...well, it's from the new Easy Events, a set we all received at Convention in July.  Here's he's other words, I stamped him 3 times:  1 time on the Whisper White background paper, 1 time on Daffodil Delight, and finally a last time on Bashful Blue.  Then I cut out the body of the duck stamped in Daffodil Delight, and the umbrella top out of Bashful Blue and layered them both onto the white stamped background.  The little sailor hat and the dots in the umbrella are "colored" in with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, which also outlines the waves.  The duck bill was simply colored by using my Pumpkin Pie marker.  And one of those cute little tiny Mini Brads (the new ones) was used for his eye. 

The plaid background was a technique we learned at can't see it on screen, but there's a lot of texture going on here.  I inked up my new Stripes EF and put it through the Big Shot....then re-inked it and put the same paper back in but turning it 90 degrees first.  Cool?!!...Huh?!!

Since there was so much going on, the saying is not layered, but the outlined letter and brackets were colored in with my Bashful Blue marker.  Oh, and check out the inside....a plain and simple inside just wouldn't do!  My Challenge Partner should be receiving this in the mail in today or maybe Monday....sure hope she likes it!

And as an added bonus, this card qualifies for the Challenge over at Hand-Stamped Sentiments.  There's some fabulous entries this week!  Be sure to check them out.

Stamps:  Easy Events, Word Play, Full of Life
Inks:  Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Basic Gray (for greeting inside), Daffodil Yellow (inside card)
CS:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue
Punches:  Corner Rounder, Extra Large Oval, Scallop Border (inside card), 1 3/4" Circle, 2 3/8" Scallop
Big Shot:  Perfect Polka Dots EF, Stripes EF, Circles (used for the Daffodil Delight circle layer), Scallop Squares Duo
Misc:  Bashful Blue Grosgrin Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Silver Mini Brad, Paper Piercer (to make hole), Pumkin Pie Marker, Bashful Blue Marker, Mini Glue Dots (to hold bow on)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stampin' with Friends

Did I ever tell you that the BEST part of being a Stampin'Up! demonstrator is the friends you make along the way?  I've met...and stamped....with people from all walks of life, from all over the country. SU has given me the opportunity to make friends with those that have been/are customers, as well as sister demonstrators...people I would never have met any other way!

So, why am I sharing this?  Well, last week, I traveled down to my son and daughter-in-law's new home.  You see, I have a bit of time off while the store I work in is being renovated (compliments of flooding caused by Hurricane Irene!) and my son began a new job this past Tuesday, but had some time off in between jobs.  So, down to Virginia I went!  I got to see his home all settled for the first time....they did a great job and it looks like it's going to be a very happy home.

I went down last Wednesday and Dan (my son) and I had a few projects and visited all of Thursday and Friday.  But when Saturday came along, I figured it was time for me to get out of their hair and give my DIL a bit of time to I visited with my friend and sister demo, Toni Tessler, who lives about an hour away.  Toni was hosting a Stamp Camp, and I told her I would come and help.  In return, she had all the projects ready for me to make as well.  Cute ideas!  AND I, of course, had some time to visit after everyone left and all was quiet.  Oh...and at the end of the day, I visited with another sister demo/friend, Jeannette!  See?  It really IS great to be a SU Demo!  (Want to join in the fun?  Contact me and see how.)

This photo here is one of the projects I helped with.  This adorable idea was featured at Convention this past July, and Toni adapted and redesigned it to fit a Fall theme.  The box itself is the Box #2 Bigz Die and then the box is "wrapped" with a piece of textured Cajun Craze CS and some of that wonderful Wide Grosgrain in Old Olive....only Toni didn't realize that the Old Olive has been retired.  But things could easily be changed out to what is currently available in the catalog.  The Triple Treat Flower is used on the front....don't you just love it?!!....remember, it's one of those single stamps available for purchase.  It was inked in Old Olive and then stamped off lightly once before stamping on the Natural Ivory CS.  And the best part?  The saying....Toni took the Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel and peeled the rubber off of the hard plastic wheel...then cut it apart to use all the different sayings and images as separate stamps.  Ingenious!!  They each work marvelously well with our clear blocks.  Wouldn't this make a fabulous little treat box at your Thanksgiving table?!!

Here's the recipe:

Stamps:  Triple Treat Flower, Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel
Inks:  Old Olive, Cajun Craze
CS:  Old Olive, Natural Ivory, Cajun Craze, Cajun Craze Textured
Big Shot:  Box #2 Bigz Die
Punches:  1 1/4" Round, 5-Petal Flower, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle
Misc:  Sticky Strip (to hold everything together!), 1 1/4" Striped Wide Grosgrain in Old Olive (retired), Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by and visiting today!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It's a Blue Jeans Kind of Day!

Remember I attended the SU Convention in July? Well, I came home with at least a year's worth of ideas....and this was one of them! I landed in Salt Lake City about 4:30 and by 6:00 I was in the Convention center...things were in full swing! That first night, there were a lot of demonstrations and this little card is from one of them.

See the blue jeans? They were created by simply folding a piece of our new Denim Jean Ribbon in half and adding a new little Mini Brads....OK, we've had "Mini" Brads for a few years, but now all of those are simply called Brads.....they are 3/16" in diameter and come in a lot of different fabulous, coordinating colors. I use them all the time...they are definitely one of my very favorite accessories!.....LOVE them!

Well, these are the NEW Mini Brads (Item #122941 @ $5.50 for 100; Page 199)....and they are truly MINI!! At only 1/8", they are are just too stinkin' cute and so easy to use. The "legs" are easy to manipulate and bend in different directions, which was needed for these blue jeans. As you can see, the "jeans" are hanging on a clothes line (created with some White Baker's Twine) and those fun, new Mini Clothespins (Item #122042 @ $2.95 for 24). The background on this card was created with the classic Lovely as a happy that set is still in the catalog! It's such a GREAT set for so many things!  Think Christmas, masculine, birthday.........

This was one of my favorite ideas from Convention (although there were lots of favorites!) simple, but so fun and creative! Gotta love that! So, last week when a few of us demonstrators got together, those of us who attended Convention gave a little demo on some of the ideas and tips we saw. This was just one of my "shares." So, now, I just wanted to share this fun little idea with you!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Early Espresso
CS: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Misc: Blue Jean Denim Ribbon, Mini Brads, Mini Clothes Pins, Mini Glue Dots, White Baker's Twine, Crop-a-Dile (for making the holes for the "clothes line"), Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Late Birthday Card

One of my nephews recently had a birthday and of all my nieces and nephews, he's one of the few that really looks forward to the cards I send to see what I've created for him.  To be honest, the actual day of his birthday kind of slipped right by me (my bad!!), this is a belated birthday card.

I wanted something masculine, of course....he just turned 20, and I wanted something easy to mail and something that was quick and easy.....after all buttons and bows really aren't going to impress him!  This sample features all retired items (except for the cardstock)!

Both the retired Large and Small Star Punches were used to create the stars and laid out onto a piece of Natural White CS.  When each of the stars were adhered, it was run through my Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  (He's gonna think this is so cool!)  The Happy Birthday image in the center is from the now-retired Engraved's such a perfect set for simple, masculine cards, so I just couldn't give it up! The finishing touch is the simple piece of ribbon in matching Riding Hood Red (long retired) that goes across the card.

Hope he likes it!

Stamps:  Engraved Greeting*
Inks:  Riding Hood Red
CS:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Natural White
Big Shot:  Square Lattice EF
Misc:  Large & Small Star Punches*, Corner Rounder* (used older, retired version), Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon*, Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


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