Saturday, December 31, 2011

Twitterpated with Label Framelits!

I haven't participated in a UStamp online class in quite a while, so I decided that since it is winter and snow is coming, this is a great time for me to enjoy some inspiring mojo!  So, taking the mojo and running with it, I cased a card made by Tanya Boser. 
On both of these cards I used the Twitterpated DSP in the upcoming mini catalogue.  I used the same pieces on both cards, I just flipped the sides of the DSP and changed the accents.
You'll notice on the top card I added some Illuminate Smooch on the flowers and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.  In addition, I attached some Riding Hood Red grosgrain ribbon and an antique brad.
While I love the colors in the first card, I really adore the bow on the gray card.   Everything is the same here.  I added tiny pearls to the Pear Pizzazz label and a quadruple bow of Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon with my Island Indigo brad.  Something about that bow is just so striking, I think I want to make lots more! 

Stamps:  Apothecary Art, Bordering on Romance
Ink:  StazOn, Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Basic Grey, Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon, Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, In Color Brads, Antique Brads, Illuminate Top Coat Smooch, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Edgelits, Label Framelits, Basic Pearls

Friday, December 30, 2011

Cinderella page

Well, I think this page concludes all of my princess pages!  Finally!  Wow...I didn't realize how many characters we saw at Disney!  I loved this picture of Cinderella giving our daughter a hug. 
When I looked at Cinderella's dress, I immediately thought....BASHFUL BLUE!  So, I dug through my stash to find an old retired Simply Scrappin' kit.  I think it was meant more for wedding pics, but I just use it for other things! 
Here is my little journaling spot - it was actually bigger - I put the sticker on this little cardstock diecut from the clearance rack and added some baker's twine and an epoxy shoe and made a smaller journaling spot.

Ink:  Close to Cocoa
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Retired Simply Scrappin' DSP
Accessories:  Retired Simply Scrappin' stickers and retired die cuts, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Epoxy stickers (EK Success)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Using up old rub-ons: Rub-on resist

I am almost finished scrapbooking all of these Disney character greeting pictures (I think)....yeah!  So, for this picture I went with Liz Chidester's sketch #140.  I also found inspiration from the color combination at For Your Inspiration - loved the blue and purple combination!
So here are some closeups of the accents.  This title uses the new stamp set Sweet Cake.  I colored the stamp with my Pool Party, Early Espresso, Wisteria Wonder, and Calypso Coral Stampin' Write markers.  I matted the image on Pool Party paper and went back and added some  Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder pieces on top.  I also added Dazzling Diamonds to the cupcake and heart as well as Dazzling Details to the thin border around the image. 
So, here I loved the fact that my daughter always enjoyed chatting with the characters, so I used up one of these old rub-ons.  I didn't want to just put the rub-on right onto the diecut, so I decided that I would rub the sentiment on and then sponge over this with Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder ink and let the rub-on resist the ink. 

Stamps: Sweet Cake
Ink:  Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral,
Paper:  Sweet Shop DSP, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds, Dazzling Details, die cuts (retired), Rub-ons (retired), Jelly Bean Brads
Here's a card I made using the same type of rub-on effect.  This card uses the new stamp set Take Heart.  I love the silhouette stamp and decided to use a scrap of Pool Party to stamp the image.  I stamped the image in Basic Grey and took sponge daubers to sponge Old Olive and Island Indigo ink on areas of the image.
Here's a closeup of the rub-on resist on this image.  Instead of just sponging over the rub-on, I decided to stamp on top of the image.  Since I used a stamped image, I blotted the rub-on with a Kleenex gently so I wouldn't smear the stamped image. 
Here is the inside of the card.  I used the same technique as the scrapbook page.  I stamped the image in Basic Grey, rubbed the sentiment on, and then sponged Island Indigo over the image. 

Stamps:  Take Heart
Ink:  Basic Grey, Island Indigo
Paper:  Basic Grey, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Twitterpated DSP
Accessories:  Adorning Accents embossing folder, Hearts framelits die cut, Blushing Bride pleated ribbon, sponges, sponge daubers, Island Indigo baker's twine, Silver glass glitter, Vintage wallpaper embossing folder, rub-ons (retired)

And, finally, here is the spritzed rub-on resist.  I watercolored an image from the new Apothecary Art stamp set and spritzed it with Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz.  I cut that image as well as a frame out with the Framelits Labels die cuts.  Finally, I took an old rub-on and spritzed it with Blushing Bride smooch spritz.  I blotted that with a Kleenex and cut it out to pop up above the image.  I accented very simply with some Riding Hood Red pleated ribbon and a safety pin with Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon. 
Quick tip:  Do NOT attempt to pierce a hole in your watercolor paper for the safety pin....I threw my original pin away!  The watercolor paper is too heavy!  Just use a glue dot!  They are kind of like duct can't live without them!

Stamps:  Apothecary Art
Ink:  StazOn, Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
Paper:  Watercolor paper, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Twitterpated DSP
Accessories:  Labels framelits die cuts, Riding Hood Red Pleated Ribbon, Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon, Vintage safety pins, Blender pens, Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz, rub-ons (retired)

And, now, don't pass out, but I made my first video tutorial to show you the basic techniques for each of the rub-on resists! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Finishing up the December Daily

Well, I am now finishing up this last week of days in my December Daily album.  This picture of the page is a bit blurry, but it gives you a general idea of what the page looks like.  It's rather dreary has rained so much, it almost feels like we live in Seattle!
Anyway, for this page I used the Letters to Santa DSP.  I stamped the Dasher stamp in Early Espresso and added some Riding Hood Red to the nose and sparkle spots.  I touched over those spots with a sheer coat of Smooch.  My journaling spot is a retired little die cut note that I sponged with Riding Hood Red. 
By the way, did you notice that gorgeous pleated Riding Hood Red ribbon?  It's coming soon in the Occasions mini catalogue!  :)

Stamps:  Dasher
Ink:  Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red
Paper:  Letters to Santa DSP, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Retired Die cuts, Smooch, Pleated ribbon, sponge

Monday, December 26, 2011

Quick and easy 6X6 pages

I almost forgot about this quick and easy little scrapbook page I made this past month for our club meeting.  I used one of last year's Sale-a-Bration stamp sets.  I believe it is called Bliss.  I love the flourish and the butterfly in the stamp set especially. 
I tore a few pieces of the chicken wire page and sponged with Soft Suede.  I also had these leftover scallop envelopes that made a great journaling hiding spot.  The finishing touches were one of the Beau Chateau die cuts and a bitty button with a pink pirouette heart on the envelope.

Stamps:  Bliss
Ink:  Marina Mist, Soft Suede
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Beau Chateau
Accessories:  Bitty Buttons, 3-heart punch, Scallop Envelope die, Beau Chateau die cuts

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas cards from friends

I thought today would be a great day to share some more of the gorgeous Christmas cards I received from my stamping friends. 
The card above is made by my dear Creative Memories friend, Jenny West.  While the picture shows the green a bit brighter than the real card, it looks as if it might be Pink Pirouette and Wild Wasabi.  I can see the Punch Pals stamp set was used for the greeting and the Word Windowand scallop circle punches were used.  In addition, it looks like she used the Top Note die cut.  The other pieces I'm not sure about.  Maybe she used her cricut!
This card was made by my lovely Longaberger friend, Carol Manning.  I love this stamp set called Snow Much Fun and I think the greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Looks like she used the DSP from the mini catalogue as well as the modern label punch.   For colors, I think it looks like marina Mist paper and satin ribbon and Cherry Cobbler paper.

Here is a little mini card from my dear friend, Hannah.  She made this with Old Olive paper and Holly Jolly DSP.  She used the stocking punch to add the cute stocking.  By the way, in case you haven't heard, the stocking punch is being RETIRED on January 2!!!!  Get it while you can....once they are gone, they are gone!
Here is a snowflake card from my sweet Angel, who has moved far away from us in Pennsylvania.  ANGEL.....WE MISS YOU!!!!
I spy the peekaboo frame die cut here!
And, finally, a Cricut made card from our friend Dolli, who lives in Evansville, IN.  I love the way she accented the Christ in Christmas with her cut out.  AWESOME!

Aren't they lovely!  I am so fortunate to have such crafty friends!  I will keep these to admire for a few more years, too! ;)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Gift Card Holders

As many people really like gift cards, I had to make 3 gift card holders for family members.  Here are the three gift card holders I made.
This first gift card holder uses the Merry & Bright DSP from the big catalogue.
On the outside I stamped the snowman image from Tags 'Til Christmas and outlined the edge in Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details (coming out in the spring mini catalogue!).
Here is the way it looks on the inside - there is a gift card when you first open it.
Then the gift card pops up and there is a greeting below.
I used the Merry and Type stamp set for the greeting. Riding Hood Red Ink.
Here is another one just like it - I used some of last years' DSP.  Real Red paper with pewter embossing powder here.
I had to make this one slightly different because the Target card was not a standard sized gift card.
I used some retired DSP and Simply Scrappin' stickers along with Real Red Satin Ribbon.
As you can see, I didn't make this one a pop-up card.  I folded it more like a pocket with the gift card inside.  I added a few more stickers from the Simply Scrappin' kit and finished it off with a rhinestone and a modern label punch.
Easy and effective.

Stamps:  Merry and Type, Tags 'Til Christmas
Ink:  Marina Mist, Versamark, Riding Hood Red
Paper:  Merry and Type DSP, retired DSP, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories:  Retired Simply Scrappin' kit, rhinestones, 1 3/4" circle punch, modern label punch, Pewter Embossing Powder, sponges, Real Red Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

Friday, December 23, 2011

December Daily Day 14

I decided that one of the things I wanted to include in my December Daily album was the ultrasound from our last doctor's appointment.  Since our last appointment did not include an ultrasound, I decided to use one of the ultrasounds from November. Our sweet little baby Owen's heart rate was 141 as indicated by the red numbers  I added a little Blushing Bride embossed heart and a Baja Breeze button just for a sweet touch of love.

Paper:  Letters to Santa DSP, Whisper White, Old Olive
Accessories:  Scalloped hearts embossing folder, button, number stickers (Jenni Bowlin Studio)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Makeover Monday Challenge and a sneak peek!

Here is the card that Andrea Walford made for the Makeover Monday Challenge.  I loved the simplicity of this card. Elegant and just a touch of bling.
Here is the card I made for the Makeover Monday challenge.  Almost everything on this card was free from the upcoming Sale-a-Bration catalogue.  I absolutely love this stamp set, called Elementary Elegance and this gorgeous Everyday Enchantment paper.  It is so elegant (go figure!) and vintage looking.  Soft and pretty.
Here is a closeup of the image I stamped.  I colored it with several of my Stampin' Write markers.  I cut around the image and decided to put it off center and a little lower than the image on the original card.  I stamped the hello image and punched it with the Curly Label punch and sponged that with Poppy Parade ink.  Both images have Stampin' Dimensionals underneath them.  I took a closeup so you could see the Dazzling Diamonds on the image.  I added it to the flower centers on the patterned paper as well. 

Stamps:  Elemenntary Elegance
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Pool Pary, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Paper:  Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Whisper White, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds, Curly Label Punch, Sponges, Pool Party ribbon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Greeting Card Kids Christmas card

I got in the coloring mood recently and decided I wanted to color the Christmas girl image from the Greeting Card kids stamp set.  I saw a sample of a card from Lorri Heiling at Stampin' Connection, a forum for SU demos.  I changed up her idea quite a bit, but I liked the Baja Breeze/Crumb Cake color combo and the white snowflakes.
I watercolored this image using my blender pens and the ink from my stamp pads.  It was relatively easy and with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds, I thought it had quite a stunning effect.
So, since I was in the coloring mood, I decided to use my Copic markers for this image.  A very different effect, but nice and smooth shading here on the dress.  My tree was a bit greener than I wanted, but overall I like it. 
I added some Liquid Applique and flocking from CTMH on this one.  I like the fluffy effect, although you can't see it well.

I think my favorite is the Baja Breeze one.  What about you?

Stamps:  Greeting Card Kids, Serene Snowflakes
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, White craft, Copic markers
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Retired DSP
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds, ric rac, baja breeze grosgrain ribbon, tinsel (retired, but on the clearance rack right now!!)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December Daily Day 11

After scouring facebook for pictures of my daughter at the Christmas program this past Sunday, I came to the conclusion that probably everyone's pictures were just as awful as mine!  Not a single good picture from the day.   Santa.....someday.....I'd like a nice camera - and I promise not to break it! ;)

Anyway, I had this picture of her caroling with a homemade jingle bell.  I decided to put that in instead and just journal about the program.  I love this retired DSP from last year - it has glittery parts in it! 

This is a conglomeration of supplies here:

Paper:  SU, American Crafts, Pretty Little Studio
Ribbon:  Real Red Satin ribbon (SU)
Snowflakes:  Echo park
Button, twine, black journaling pen:  SU
Ticket:  making memories

Monday, December 19, 2011

December Daily - Day 10

I've been working on a December Daily album - an album in which I put a picture (or a few) from each day, keeping it simple, so that the focus is on making the memories and not being overly ornate with it.  I made this page for December 10, using the Letters to Santa DSP. 

Okay, so since it is winter, my daylight hours are gone a little too quickly!  Looks like the glimmer paper here flashed a bit.  This is my daughter with one of her Christmas cookies.  I just love not only the expression on her face, but the flour all over her face and sleeves!  Too cute!

Paper:  Riding Hood Red, Letters to Santa DSP, silver glimmer paper
Accessories:  Stickers (Crate Paper, October Afternoon), journaling card (Studio Calico)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dear Santa....You're just my type

I am completely not doing my job of making mass production Christmas cards, but I am at least having fun making some cards with my new stamp sets! 
I made this card for Santa.  I thought it was a cute idea.  I saw a similar idea by Heather Klump on the Stampin' Up community idea board for demonstrators.  I thought I'd switch it up a bit and make it with the stamps I had.  I just loved the idea of combining the two sentiments!
Nothing special to the card - but the typewriter and sentiment is from a new set in the mini called You're My Type.

Stamps:  Dear Santa, You're My Type
Ink:  Basic Black, Garden Green
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Retired Real Red grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Another sneak peek - doily Christmas card

I must say I probably made it onto the naughty list this month with all of the new items I bought from the upcoming mini catalogue!  I just loved so many items from the mini, I couldn't help myself!  Take for instance, this gorgeous doily!  Is it not beautiful? 
I decided to make a quickie little Christmas card so I could play with my new diecut.  This is the Large Paper Doily diecut - it is the depth of a sizzlit, but it is probably about 5 1/2 X 5 1/2" square.
I suggest using thin paper for this since it is very intricate - it tends to cut better.  Here I used Whisper White and kept it simple.
I stamped a stocking from the Stitched Stockings set on a scrap of Crumb Cake and added a tiny rhinestone.
I finished it off with a touch of silver glimmer paper for the accents on the stocking.  Simple and shimmery!
Take a look!
Stamps: Stitched Stockings
Ink:  Garden Green
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Silver glimmer paper
Accessories:  Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestones, Stocking punch, Large Paper Doily Die cut

Friday, December 16, 2011

Makeover Monday Challenge

I thought I would finally participate in the Makeover Monday Challenge at the Papercrafter's Library Blog.  So, even though this is my second post of the day, I didn't want to schedule this for later because I always forget to go and link up to my challenges if I do that!  So, scroll down if you want to see another cute little Santa card.

This challenge is inspired by the illustrious Maille Belles.   Her card is very clean and simple, so since I really liked the effect of her card, I decided to keep it pretty similar.

Here is the card that I made - it feature the Tree Trimmings set and the new Framelits wafer thin diecuts for the Big Shot in the upcoming mini catalogue.  Not too different from Maille's card, but I decided to draw my ornament lines using my ruler and an Early Espresso pen.  Instead of tiny bows I went with Basic Rhinestones instead. 
Stamps:  Tree Trimmings, Christmas Greetings
Ink:  Garden Green, Baja Breeze, Real Red, Early Espresso marker
Paper:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Framelits die cut, sponge, Basic Rhinestones,  ruler

Clearance Rack Blitz and a sneak peek card

I'm a sucker for clearance items.  Especially when they are such useful items!  If you've not hopped over to the clearance section of my online store lately, you need to run over there....don't walk!  There are punches, seasonal papers, and even 12X12 scrapbooks for $7.99!!!  Yes, that's right!  These items are only available through my online store, so get them now before they are gone!
Speaking of punches, here is a super fun and quick gate fold card with a literal belly band!  Maybe I should say a belly belt! 
This card is so easy to create and it uses a few punches and a new Edgelit diecut that is coming in January!

To make this card, I took a 8 1/2 X 5 1/2" piece of Real Red paper and placed the 8 1/2" side against the top of my Simply Scored tool.  I scored at 2 1/8" from each side to make the fold even. 

Next, I took some 1 1/2 X 5 1/2" strips of whisper white paper and created the shirt.  To get this effect, you must first cut the edges with the new wafer thin edgelits die cut (tab 2 on the Big Shot).  After it is cut, line up the piece inside the matching Adorning Accents embossing folder and emboss.  NOTE:  If you emboss first and then cut, you will flatten your embossing!  For once I didn't do this, I actually read the instructions! 

Finally, make the belly band.  Using a 1 1/4" X 9 1/2" strip of Basic Black cardstock, wrap the strip around your card and crease around the edges.  Punch a 1 3/8" square from silver glimmer paper. 
Punch a 1 1/4" square from basic black paper.
Adhere the black square to the glimmer paper with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Adhere the belt buckle to the belt piece and slide on the card and send to someone who will enjoy it!
Or, of course, leave it for Santa with some cookies and maybe he'll leave you some fun new scrapbooking goodies! ;)

Paper:  Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  1 3/8" square & 1 1/4" square punches, Edgelits die cut, Adorning Accents embossing folder 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Half circle gate fold Christmas card

Back when we got the big catalogue in July, a few of my customers decided they wanted to make a card like the one on page 51.  Basically a gate fold card that uses a half circle.  I requested a template from Papercrafter's Library, and the ladies there were gracious enough to create a template that I could use to make a card. 
So here are a few different versions of this card.  This is the version I made Sunday during our club.  I used Early Espresso ink and Letters to Santa DSP.  We decided to try punching out an extra decorative label punch and turn it sideways for the backing of the number 25.  We finished it off with a little bling, of course.
Here is the first card I made - pretty monochromatic with just a hint of color in the glimmer paper.  For this one, I actually punched the label and cut a larger version out of the glimmer paper.  I like this look, too.
Here it is without the belly band on.
And here is the inside.  It is just enough to make an inside and keep it covered up with the gate fold and belly band.  Lovely overall impression!

Stamps:  Merry & Type
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Letters to Santa DSP, red glimmer paper
Accessories:  scallop square die, sponge, Decorative label punch, basic rhinestones and pearls

Monday, December 12, 2011

Stampin' Up Cookie Stamp Press

Stampin' Up recently came out with these coookie press stamps - they come with a wooden handle and 3 cookie presses that come right off of the handle easily for $16.95.
Now, I'm going to be honest, it took me a while both times I've used it to remember the key ingredient!  FLOUR!  Even if your dough is plenty must have flour to keep the stickiness from getting into the mold!  Once you can pat your dough without it sticking to your hands, though, you're pretty much good to go. 
There we are - two messes in the kitchen!  We made quite a mess...although we did clean it up!  The last time I used the recipe on the cookie press paper and added pink food coloring.  This time, though, we stuck with Pillsbury dough and left it the normal color. 
Just in case you're wondering....Pillsbury sugar cookies hold their shape pretty well.  They are not overly defined after cooking,, but overall they did a pretty good job with the press.
Here is what they look like when they are finished.  Now, I will make a note and say that I purchased a set of Pampered Chef biscuit cutters to help with cutting that circle out perfectly.  The last set of cookies I made used the heart press and my daughter decided we needed to cut all of the hearts out....oops....did I say WE?  I meant I had to cut out every single heart....about 60!  No more cutting them out....just the circles this time!  Much easier.
This time I had a little helper the entire time.  She had a big time...probably ate more cookie dough than she rolled....but she loved making cookies with me.

On another note....if you're trying to do this with the peppermint sugar cookies....just bake the cookies.  Don't waste time cutting them out - they rise a lot and just mostly lose their shape!  But....hey.....they are definitely delish!