Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SUO54 - For the Kiddies!

For this week's challenge at SUO Challenges, we're to focus on projects that are kid-oriented. I think the design team came up with some spectacular examples to get your mojo flowing!

This challenge gave me the opportunity to ink up a stamp set I just got and to make an interactive card, too.

Sliding the back-hoe over to "scoop" up the presents is sure to put a smile on the birthday boy's face!

I hope you will go see the samples made by the DT, and play along with us this week! We're always on the lookout for cute kids projects!!!

Stamps: I Dig You, Up, Up & Away (birds)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Gumball Green DSP, Champagne Glimmer
Ink: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Accessories: NO Big Shot, can you believe it?! (LOL), Word Window Punch, Silver Mini Brads, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Ticket Duo Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, September 14, 2012

I Was "Spied"! ISSC33

Kim Teasdale, the admin for iSpy Sketches contacted me about a month ago and asked if I minded if she used one of my convention swap cards for a sketch challenge today. Um, let me think about that for a nanosecond......heck, NO, I don't mind - what an honor! This was the swap card that caught her eye, so today I decided to make another using that sketch, and stick with the holiday theme.

It's amazing what a completely different "feel" this card has, compared to the original. Cute versus elegant, I guess (kinda like me, haha).

I just had to add that strip of Champagne Glimmer - seems I've been on a Glimmer binge lately.  Can't help it! Adding a bit of bling just takes a card to a whole new level, don't you agree?

I hope you'll play along with the sketch challenge this week at iSpy Sketches. I can't wait to see all the various interpretations of the sketch from other crafty folks!

Thanks, Kim, for choosing my card for your inspiration sketch this week (and inspiring the card for my next Christmas Club)!
Smiley from millan.net

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Gumball Green DSP, Champagne Glimmer
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Real Red, Gumball Green, Baja Breeze, and Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pads, plus Blush Blossom and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan folder, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Square Punch (banner ends), Gold Lame Smooch Accent Ink (retired), Blender Pens, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Love My Gals!

This was the project we did at the Happy 2 B Stamping team meeting last week. I have so much fun with my downline - they're a great bunch of ladies!  A finished sample with the instruction sheet and the meeting notes was sent to my long-distance downline, as well.  I try to keep ALL of my flock in the loop!

We used Mr. Big a lot on this treat card. No surprise there, since I love Mr. Big oh so very much! Smiley from millan.net

All the gals received the Hershey bar that goes inside, too.  Really, chocolate and stamping go together like peas and carrots, right?  This card would be perfect for Halloween and Easter, as well!

If you'd like to receive projects like this every month (which may or may not involve chocolate, lol), just join my team!

Stamps: Greetings of the Season, Heart of Christmas
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Floral District DSP, Silver Glimmer
Ink: Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad and Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Oval Accent Bigz Die, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits Die, Extra Large Oval Punch, Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, Subtles Glimmer Brads (retired), Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, September 10, 2012

Flocked Christmas Box Tutorial

Wow, what a nice response to the flocked window sheet box! Thanks for the comments and the email requests for a tutorial. Well, you asked for it, so here it is! The finished dimensions are 4½" x 6" x 2" which will hold a nice set of A2 cards and envelopes, or candy/cookies.

Materials and Tools
Window sheet* cut to 10" x 11"
Brushed Silver cardstock cut 4⅛" x 8⅛"
Simply Scored Scoring Tool
Bone Folder
Sticky Strip
Paper Snips
Paper Cutter
Big Shot and embossing folder (optional)
* If using window sheets with a design, make sure the design is facing the right way when holding the sheet in "portrait" mode.
NOTE: Dotted lines are score lines; solid lines are cutting lines.

1. Place window sheet in Simply Scored Scoring Tool in portrait position, with 10" length against upper fence. If using flocked window sheet, placed flocked side facing down.
2. Score at 2" and 8", scoring firmly. (May need to score a couple times.)
3. Rotate window sheet to landscape position and score at 4½" and 6½". Finger-press folds on score lines.

4. Cut the 4½" and 6½" score lines in to the 2" score line.

5. Trim off shaded areas as shown in illustration above, leaving about ¼". Apply Sticky Strip to ¼" side tabs, burnishing firmly with bone folder to adhere.

6. Adhere side flaps to side tabs, and burnish from inside with bone folder to adhere.

1. Score cardstock at 1" on all four sides.

2. Cut into score lines as shown in illustration above, and trim off excess flaps, leaving ¼" tabs.

3. Fold on score lines to form box top. Check to see if edges are even. If not, trim with Paper Cutter.

 4. Adhere with Sticky Strip.

Note: If you want to emboss the lid, before you adhere the end flaps, fold them under under so the lid will fit into the embossing folder. This works better with the new, larger SU folders. (End flaps will be debossed). Also, embossing may make the lid fit snugly, so you might need to compensate by cutting the lid ⅛" larger in width and length.

Okay, your box is ready to decorate and fill with goodies!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

SUOC53 - Boxes and Bags!

I really had fun with this SUO Challenge, because now that summer is ending (it is going to end, isn't it?...soon?...please?), my favorite time of year is beginning - Fall and Winter!  And with those seasons come the opportunity to bake and make all kinds of gifts (both baked and crafty)....which gives me a chance to make neat little packages to put the gifts and baked goods in!

This was a quick box using a flocked window sheet from the Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP. I thought the Lacy Brocade embossing folder looked a lot like the flocked design on the sheets, so the Brushed Silver cardstock was embossed with it. Add a little ribbon & a snowflake tag, and there's a lovely presentation for the set of greeting cards inside!

HERE'S the tutorial.

Stamps: None
Cardstock: Brushed Silver, White Vellum,Silver Glimmer, Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP
Ink: None
Accessories: Big Shot, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Lacy Brocade folder,Scallop Trim Border Punch, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, White Twine, Sticky Strip