Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spooky Slider Cup Card

This is the card that was made for the Treat Cup Slider Tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.  I was so thrilled to be asked by Beate Johns to do the tutorial!  (There will be another one for a different technique coming in December, so keep an eye out!) Thank you, Beate. And thanks also to Lydia for doing the video I wasn't able to get done before going to Montana!

The spider web from Wicked Cool was stamped in Staz-On on the treat cup and set aside while the hat and shoes were stamped and embossed. They were cut out and mounted with Stampin' Dimensionals at the end. The Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta was used to tie on the linen thread from the tag, and then the ends were frayed.  The very edge curls up and looks kinda cool!

This technique can be adapted to put the pull-out slider on any side; it doesn't have to be at the top. And it doesn't have to be a card, either! Here is a bunny treat I made for my grandson's preschool class. They pulled the ears to open the slider in back.

Stamps: Wicked Cool
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, (retired) Halloween DSP
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, VersaMark
Accessories:  Sweet Treat Cup, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Pumpkin Pie Brad (Brights Collection), Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread, Tag Corner Punch, 1/8" Circle Handheld Punch, Round Tab Punch, Corner Rounder Punch

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fancy Fold Christmas

This is the card we made in our Fancy Folds class last week.  It is a Center Step card. The finished size is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", but it could easily be adjusted to the standard A2 size.  Once again, we used the Dazzling Details Technique, but this time it was just painted over the Staz-On stamped image.

Stamps: Christmas Lodge, Curly Cute
Cardstock: Naturals White, Always Artichoke, Always Artichoke DSP
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, Always Artichoke Classic Ink Refill
Accessories: Dazzling Details Glitter Glue, Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon, Glimmer Brad, Regals Brads, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Aqua Painter, Paper Cutter

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SUOC28, Fall Colors!

The challenge today at SUO Challenges is to make an Autumn-themed card (or other project) using Golds, Oranges, and Browns. This was an opportunity to use that fabulous technique* they showed us at the Stampin' Up! Regional in Henderson, NV!

The Early Espresso wood grain paper makes a nice backdrop for the bright leaves, don't you think? The loops behind the leaves are long thin strips of Early Espresso CS. They remind me of accents used in flower arranging. :-)

Stamps: Gently Falling, Grateful Greetings
Cardstock: Watercolor Paper, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On,  Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard and Soft Suede Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede Ink Refills
Accessories: Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue, Aqua Painter, Old Olive 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

* Squirt some Dazzling Details Glitter Glue in a waterproof container (button/brad lids work well). Place a drop of Classic Ink Refill in your color choice on top, and blend well with an Aqua Painter. Paint over stamped image. I stamped with Staz-On, then colored around the edges of the images with Watercolor Wonder Crayons. Painting the dyed glitter glue mixture on with the brush helps spread the color from the crayons around.  When finished, rinse the Aqua Painter in warm water to clean.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Another Swap

One of the many swaps I signed up for was for 3x3 cards. They are so quick and easy to make, don't use much material, and are perfect tucked in a gift bag, taped on a wrapped gift, or secreted into a loved one's lunch box or purse. You can get eight of them from one 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock!

Stamps: Gently Falling, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Ink: VersaMark, Old Olive Classic, Soft Suede Classic, Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Linen Thread, Jewelry Tag Punch, 1/16" Handheld Punch, Old Olive 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
Stamps: Gently Falling, Fabulous Phrases
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Peach Parfait Textured, White Vellum Cardstock, Spice Cake Designer Series Paper

Ink: VersaMark, Peach Parfait and Soft Suede Classic, Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories: Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Finial Press Embossing Folder, In Color Glimmer Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Birth Day, Baby Boy!

This card was CASEd from a swap I received (Hi, Patty!), and was so much fun to make, because it meant my sweet friend, Dawna, just became a grandma for the first time! Ooooo, she's in for so much joy and fun with her new grandson, Toby!!!  I swear, grandchildren truly are the reward for not killing your kids when they're teenagers. :-)

The Stitched Stockings set was used, but after the stockings were stamped and punched, the "cuff" was cut off and moved down to make booties.  It's the same principle used for the Baby Shower Invite, only done on a much smaller scale with the Stocking Builder Punch instead of the Holiday Stocking Bigz Die.  And see those nifty diagonal score lines? They were scored with the new Simply Scored Scoring Tool. Oh. Em. Gee. It's fab!

Stamps: Stitched Stockings, Petite Pairs, Everyday Wishes
Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist
Ink: Marina Mist Classic, Smooch Illuminate Topcoat Accent Ink
Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Stocking Builder Punch, Modern Label Punch, White Baker's Twine, Marina Mist 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Today is our beautiful, sweet, loving, daughter-in-law's birthday. We are so blessed that she is a part of our family!  I wanted to make a card that captures a bit of her sweet disposition, and hope this did so! This is a slight variation of the one we made in my upline's club last Saturday. Loved it so much, I had to CASE it!
Happy birthday, Kami!

Stamps: Simply Soft (Hostess), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Beau Château Designer Series Paper
Ink: Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad, Not Quite Navy and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Bug Shot Die-Cut Machine, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Marina Mist 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones Jewels

Monday, September 12, 2011

Swaps Are My Life

Or, for a while there last month, they seemed to be. I let my mouth overload my a$$ bit off almost more than I could chew, and signed up for a whole lotta swaps at Stampin' Addicts, forgetting that I needed to make swap cards for the Stampin' Up Regional I planned to attend last month. Oh, and there was also a Stampin' Addicts blog hop, with the associated projects, thrown in for good measure. Anyhoo, this is one of the cards made for one of the (many) swaps that myself committed myself to. (Yeah, I need to be committed, for sure!)
One of the awesome things we learned at the Stampin' Up! Regional was to squirt a little blob of the new Dazzling Details Glitter Glue in a plastic lid (leftovers from buttons and brads), and stir in a drop of Classic Ink Refill with an Aqua Painter.  Then paint it on your stamped image for a cool, colorful, sparkly effect! The maple leaf (from Gently Falling) was stamped with Staz-On ink, then colored around the edges with Watercolor Wonder Crayons before the mixture was painted on. The moisture from the Dazzling Details/ink spread the WW crayon around. Here's a close-up:
Isn't that fantastic?! They used it on pumpkins, but I'm thinking snowmen, flowers, Christmas trees, butterflies, cupcakes, you name it!

Stamps: Gently Falling, Grateful Greetings
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Spice Cake Designer Series Paper
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, Basic Black and Soft Suede Classic, Real Red and Cajun Craze Watercolor Wonder Crayons
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Two Tags Bigz Die, Regals Designer Buttons, Hemp Twine, Gold Brads

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Christmas Lodge

Last Wednesday was our monthly Christmas card class, and this was the card that we made. This is a combination of lpratt's and Melany Watson's cards on Splitcoast Stampers, with my own twists thrown in. :-)  That Silver Glimmer Paper is the perfect icy accent to the snow and is sooo brilliant IRL! The photo just doesn't do it justice. (Edited to add: Instructions for making card are below supply list.)

The Early Espresso ink on the Crumb Cake cardstock really gives an aged, vintage feel. And I absolutely love this image of a country house! I adore the wrap-around porch... can't you just picture yourself sitting there in a rocking chair or glider, looking out over the land, enjoying the sunsets, watching the garden grow, and fruit ripening in the orchard?

It reminds my of my great-grandmother's house which, unfortunately, was torn down recently by the present owners to build a new house. Didn't they realize the history there? The memories of me hiding under the lounge in the living room, pretending that I was Sandy-cat, batting at people's ankles? That I used to play "house" under the branches of the weeping willow tree, which formed a perfect room around the trunk?  Eating Concord grapes off the Ruple's vine until I thought I'd burst? The smell of Gram's irises, which grew under the bay window of the dining room? Rubbing two dried ears of corn together to get the kernels off to feed the chickens?  Burying coffee grounds and crushed egg shells in the vegetable garden to enrich the soil? *sigh*

Today is a day of remembrance, in so many ways.

Stamps: Christmas Lodge (Holiday Mini), Lovely as a Tree
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, While Gel Pen
  1. Stamp the lodge image in Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.
  2. Ink up one half of the Lovely as a Tree stamp and stamp to the side of the lodge, then do the reverse for the other side.
  3. Color the snowy areas (roof, railings, ground around lodge, trees, etc.) with a white gel pen.
  4. Tear white cardstock to imitate snow on the ground just below the lodge. Trim excess at bottom.
  5. Layer Silver Glimmer Paper (have to use scissors on this - it won't tear!) a bit below the snow layer. Trim excess at bottom.
  6. Tear another layer of white cardstock to lay over the Glimmer Paper, leaving some exposed. Trim excess at bottom.
  7. Stamp the greeting in Early Espresso ink on the last layer and embellish card as desired.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

SUOC27 Challenge

Hellooo, stampers, and welcome to the SUO Challenge # 27! The mission, should you choose to accept it (name that TV show), is to make RIBBONS and/or BOWS the main feature of your project:

"Make a card, scrap page or 3D item using any Stampin' Up! ribbon that's new with the 2011-2012 IBC or with the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog. The ribbon work should be a major feature of the project, not just in the background or as a small accent."

Mine uses the Marina Mist 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon made into a big pouffy double bow. The nice thing about this bow is it will flatten out for mailing, but can be fluffed back up when it's taken out of the envelope!

Okay, it's your turn...let's see what kind of magic you can do with some new Stampin' Up! ribbon! Be sure to post a link on the Su-Only Challenges blog!

Stamps: Simply Soft (Hostess)
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Beau Château Designer Series Paper
Ink: Marina Mist and Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pads, plus Not Quite Navy and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Marina Mist 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls Jewel Accents, Blender Pens, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Happy Accident

We made several of these shaker cards in the Christmas card class the other day, but I messed up on this one by stamping the images too close to the bottom to allow the greeting (Hope your Christmas is snow much fun) to fit. Plus, the tree is too far to the left. What can I say, I was having an "off" day. It happens a lot more than I admit infrequently. :-D

Anyhoo, there was a small blank space to the right of the tree, and it seemed like having a word bubble coming from the bird would be just the ticket. The bubble is the wing from the Bird Builder Punch.

And the best part? I like this card better than the original!

Stamps: Snow Much Fun, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Naturals White, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Basic Gray, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Gold Lame Smooch Accent Ink
Accessories: Small Oval Punch, Shaker Frames, Mica Flakes, Gold Brads, Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue, Blender Pens, Stampin' Dimensionals, Window Sheet, Stampin' Sponges