Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fun gift idea using a favorite stamp set of mine.  Every once in a while I find a stamp set that I love to come back to time and time again.  Blue Ribbon is one of those for me.  I have to stop myself from using it all the time, but the images are just fun for so many occasions.  This is a self stick note holder I made for a workshop.  She wanted to have a project for a teacher gift.  What teacher doesn't' like self stick notes???

STAMPS:  Blue Ribbon
COLORS: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
ACCESSORIES:  2 3/8" scallop circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon, Modern Medley DSP

Friday, January 31, 2014

Another Bundle sample

This is another bundle in the Occasions Catalog.  This one is pennants!  I LOVE it.  I am forever trying to recreate this look of pennants (it is HUGE right now).  BUT I end up whittling away a whole piece of cardstock trying to get the ends to look even.  Well, Stampin' Up!  came up with a solution JUST FOR ME!   The Perfect Pennants bundle.  

STAMPS: Perfect Pennants
COLORS:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Real Red
ACCESSORIES:  I Am Me DSP, Perfect Pennants framelits, 1/2" circle punch

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bundle LOVE!

I simply LOVE it when Stampin' Up!  bundles stamps with a punch or framelits.  It makes creating so simple.  This is one perfect example of a simple card using a bundle from the 2014 Occasions Catalog.  
It uses the stamp set Petite Petals and the coordinating Petite Petals Punch.  

I chose a simple color palette and did a very simple technique called stamping off.  You stamp your image first on scratch paper, then on the paper you are using for your card.  This is how I created the background for this monochromatic card using Midnight Muse ink.  I stamped a few flowers with full strength ink and punched them out with the coordinating punch to add a 3-D look.  Wrap a piece of matching ribbon around the bottom, stamp the sentiment, pop a few pearl jewels on the flowers and it's done!

STAMPS:  Petite Petals, Express Yourself (hostess set)
COLORS: Midnight Muse
ACCESSORIES:  Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Petite Petals punch, Pearl jewels

Thank you for the inspiration for the card Debbie Henderson!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Gum Slider

This is a fun gift for a friend when you aren't sure how to say Happy Birthday.  You can add this to a gift and let it act as the tag, or just give a little treat to someone special.  This is called a gum slider.  It gets it name because you slide out the gum from inside using the ribbon.  I first made some of these for Christmas in a Santa design (I'll show them later)  But this one was for December stamp club.  

You make a wrap for the gum which you attach around the outside of the gum.  Then you punch a hole in the top and string your ribbon through the hole you punched and tie it.  To insert the gum, you push down the ribbon inside the holder you have made and that is how you are able to pull the gum out of the middle.   

This sample uses the BEST of BIRTHDAY's set.  These are only available until April 30, 2014.  If you purchase 6 sets of the "BEST OF" sets, you get to choose a FREE one from the Idea Book and Catalog.  

STAMPS:  Best of Birthdays
COLORS:  Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana
ACCESSORIES:  Chevron Textured impressions folder, 1 3/4" scalloped circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, 2012-14 In color markers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sale A Bration started TODAY!

This is the card I swapped with the SUDSOL group for the Sale a Bration sets.  I loved this little set called See Ya Later.  I wanted to play up on the sentiment of the gray skies and used Basic Gray as one of the focal colors.  

Ask me how you can get this awesome stamp set FREE!  with a $50 purchase.  From now until March 31 when you spend $50 you get to choose an item for free from the special catalog.  I will show you more FREE items later.  

STAMPS:  See Ya Later
COLORS: Basic Gray, Raspberry Ripple
ACCESSORIES:  Retired impressions folder, Stitched Satin ribbon, 1 3/4" circle punch, Deco Labels framelits

Monday, January 27, 2014

I needed a quick card to give to a friend who was leaving.  So, I pulled out the Washi Tape that is SUPER fast and FUN to use.  I thought of a good masculine color pallet and knew Real Red and Basic Black would be perfect for this 18 year old.

Grunge up the card a bit, slap some Washi Tape on it, and stamp a sweet sentiment ....

Quick card with a pop of Pool Party!  You might be asking how I punched out the sentiment.  Well, I used my Chalk Talk Framelits and only cut one side, then cropped it up with the other side and the framelit.  Bam!  Custom Made cutting.

STAMPS: Glorious Grunge, Yippee Skippee
COLORS: Real Red, Pool Party, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES:  Chalk Talk Framelits, retired SEason of Style Washi Tape, Epic This and That Washi Tape, and Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Do you Washi?

I have only recently been turned on to Washi tape.  All I can say is, "what was I waiting for????"  

Stampin Up! has some wonderful coordinated sets of it for purchase.  It makes for such fun, quick cards.  This card is one we made at December's stamp club and I took the idea right from another demonstrator but changed the sentiment.  I have another version to show you tomorrow!  

STAMPS:  Glorious Grunge, Label Love
COLOR: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
ACCESSORIES:  retired Season of Style Washi Tape, Artisan Label punch, Bracket Label punch

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Another Chalk Talk card

I really love this set for all occasions.  It is so well rounded and can be dressed up or down.  I saw this card idea from demonstrator Debbie Henderson.  I nearly copied it exactly  how she did the card.  I loved the color pallet, and tried to do another one, but did not like the results.  I will be trying to replicate with other colors or patterns for a less elegant look.  I wanted a card for my club that could be used for a birthday, anniversary, baby birth, or wedding.  This one fit the bill!  I really think you all need that Chalk Talk bundle I shared on Sunday!  SO GO RUN to my store and get one for yourself HERE TODAY!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Gift card holder or slider card.  I copied this card from Julie Davidson a wonderful demonstrator.  She has a great tutorial video on YouTube.  I will share that tomorrow!  You can use this for a fun birthday card or any other event you need a gift for. 

The stamp set I used is called Chalk Talk and it has matching framelits that cut out the designs with precision.  If you want simple cards that look stunning - you need to get them!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New products - Favorite Things

Everyone seems to be on the "favorite things" bandwagon, so I thought I would jump right on!  I am going to share a few of my favorite new products from the new Occasions Catalog.  I don't have many of them yet, but as I get them I will share a project done with them.  Enjoy the ride through the highlights.  If you want a copy of this catalog, leave me a message in the comments section.  You can also see all the products by clicking the link on the right side bar or HERE for the Occasions Catalog pdf.  

On with the SHOW!

1 - BUNDLES - there are 4 framelits/stamp set bundles.  My favorite SO FAR is the Perfectly Pennants

2 - MORE BUNDLES! - hey, anytime you can get a deal on something, I am ON BOARD.  Buy purchasing a stamp set WITH a punch or framelit set, Stampin' Up! discounts the price.  My favorite punch bundle would have to be the Petite Petals. It matches very well with the Flower Shop set (which is another fav of mine!)

3 - PUNCHES - so, Stampin' Up!  out-did itself again with a new style of punch.. I guess not a new STYLE per se, but a new type - TAG TOPPERS.  There are 2 of them and I can't decide which is my favorite - so you get BOTH!

                                              Angled Tag Topper Punch

4- IMPRESSIONS FOLDERS - There are 3 new patterns!  Scallops, Arrows, and an AMPERSAND!  I love it - and so will you!

Ampersand Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

5 - CARRY OVER ITEMS - There are so many items carried over from the Holiday Catalog.  Here is the carry over list.  Some items I am happy to see in this catalog are the punches:  

Chevron Border Punch     Bracket Label Punch

and the Silver 1/8" ribbon.

Silver 1/8" Ribbon

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A day late -- but better than never!

As promised, here is the finished project for the birthday cards.  They are super simple to make using the Positively Chevron background stamp.
The addition of one simple strip of cardstock or even ribbon makes the card finished.  With the help of the easily punched out sentiment from Best of Birthdays, the card is completed in just a matter of minutes!

Monday, December 30, 2013

LOVE the Chevron background!

One of my favorite things about Stampin' Up!  would be how simple it is to make a great card to say "hi", Happy Birthday, or whatever else I want to say.  I used the Positively Chevron background stamp for these cards. These were the two beginnings of the card.  I'll post the finished projects tomorrow!  

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Quick little gift

This little gift is fun for a quick one for a friend or co-worker, or for a party favor!  I got the idea of the internet.  It uses the stamp set Label Love and the matching punch.  This holds a Tootsie Pop.  

Friday, December 27, 2013

Catching up -

It's been way too long since I posted any of my work.  So, I'll try to catch up a bit and show what I have been doing. Mostly going to school online, working 40 hours a week, and teaching an early morning Seminary class to youth 14-18.  It keeps me super busy (more than I would like most weeks)  and not much time for crafting.  I have kept my head above water, but barely.  I will try in the next few days to find and photograph cards we have done in clubs this year.  Enjoy the ride!

all of these were prototypes for my Pampered Chef consultant, Chach.  She wanted some options for cards for her clients.  She loved them all, decided to wait to get them as thank you and birthday cards.  Which is YOUR favorite?  I will have a prize for one random winner.  Pass this along to friends and have them post a comment below for a chance to win!  Please include your email so I can let you know if you win!  I will use the random generator on Dec 31 to draw a prize for the new year 2014!

Good luck!