Friday, January 27, 2012

Valentine class Jan 16th Project #8

Hi all
The last project from the class is a simple card but the gals all agreed this was a winner!

These particular hearts where made with a handled punch but you could use the new sizzlit die from SU.  The hand held punch makes plain hearts so I had to run them through the Big Shot with a textured impressions folder - the new sizzlit die already has texture..quicker!
The ribbons behind the the hearts were attached with sticky strip tape.  Did you notice the red dazzling details on the small heart.  Sweet, huh?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine class Jan 16th Project #7

Hi all
The project I have to share with you today is a bit different from the others from this class.  This one uses Stampin' Up! fabric.  I am definitely not much of a seamstress - lost that skill when my carpal tunnel began years ago, but I love the many things you can do with fabric and paper crafting.

I used my Big Shot and the petal cone die (from SU, of course) to cut out the hearts.  I trimmed off the tab on the side of each heart.  I attached interfacing to the back of each heart to give each a bit of body.  Then I used baker's twine to blanket stitch the two hearts together.  I started at the point at the bottom of the heart and when I got to the low point between the two top curves, I caught a scruchie elastic in the baker's twine.  The elastic allows the recipient to hang the heart over the hook of a hanger.  When I was about 3 inches from closing the two hearts, I stuffed the pouch with potpourri. When I finished the heart, I liked it but it totally needed something....what?  I decided to add a polka dotted ribbon as a bow.  I used a silver brad to attach it to the heart.  I really like the outcome!!  fab!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Valentine class Jan 16th Project #6

Hi happy stampers,
Time to share another valentine treat with you, using some of my favorite Stampin' Up! products.

The base cardstock is blushing bride, such a pale color.  The border punch in black gives this a bit of elegance, I think.  Then I  punched out a glittered heart...pizzazz!  The "cherish" greeting is stamped on the label punch and then we outlined the punch with the gorgeous red dazzling  details.  The label is attached on dimensionals.  Did you notice that all the edges are sponged?  That was done to accentuate the scalloped and embossed edgelet edge on the front of the folder.  GREAT new accessory for the Big Shot.
I used the word window punch inside to have a place to hold the After Eight chocolate and mint candy inside.  Fun!
Shout out to my husband, Dave......................Happy Birthday!!!!! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentine class Jan 16th Project #5

Hi all
Today's valentine project has a touch of a masculine feel about it, I think. 

It was made with sahara sand c/s and some retired designer paper that has been folded into a medallion using the Simply Scored tool. The layer behind the BFF layer was made by cutting two labels in half - one vertically and one horizontally.  Faux label, if you will.  The tone on tone background really sets off the colors.  These medallions are so easy to make ...let me know if you'd like a demonstation.
Today is the beginning of Saleabration ...check out the many options for your free goodie!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Valentine class Jan 16th Project #4

Hi all
I'm taking a break from progress report writing to share another project with you from the Valentine class.  This a a sweet treat. 

To make this treat, I used a sizzix die cut (non SU) called "card, heart".  I actually don't think it would make much of a card, because it is only about 2 1/2 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches wide.  Tiny card!!  But I made it into a treat holder by scoring parallel lines on either side of the vertical score lines.  By creasing on my score lines, instead of the one the die impressed, I was able to put candy inside and have enough depth to contain the treat.

I started out by using a white gel pen around the edges of the heart but decided it did not present the heart as I had planned so I added sponging with white craft ink.  I used white grosgrain ribbon to tie the whole thing closed.  I stamped the greeting and then I wanted the greeting to be a rectangle, instead of a square, so punched it twice with the postage stamp punch.  The greeting is layered on a tag punch.  The inside of the treat was exactly the right size to hold three Andes candies.
Remember if you get me your $50 minimum subtotal Saleabration order today, I will input it tomorrow and you can earn a SAB reward.  Tons of folks will be inputting orders on the 24th so the earlier the order is entered, the faster you will get your goodies.  When you submit your $50 order to me today, you are entitled to get $2 off the registration fee for next Sunday's class.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Valentine class Jan 16th Project #3

Hi all
This card is one of my favorites from the session.

The hearts are flocked - made from some retired DSP .... texture!  Then the layer underneath the hearts is made from the textured impressions polka dotted folder....texture!   Then the ribbon is grosgrain ...texture!!  All that texture is pulled together with a timeless color scheme of white, black with a touch of red.  The greeting is from a retired stamp set.....Kitty really like these greetings and I was able to sell the set to her.  I have many retired stamp sets here and need to make some room in my stamp room ...if you are looking for a particular retired stamp set or would like to flip through my retired stamp set binder just give me a holler!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Valentine class Jan 16th Project #2

Today I have a little treat holder for you.

The card portion of the treat was cut with the movers and shapers die - the trick is to put the hinged edge inside the die so when you run it through the Big Shot the fold is inside the cutting line and remains hinged.  You know how I love to use my Big Shot!!!   I wish I had some different candies - these M & M peanuts didn't seem like the right candy for Valentine's Day but it was what I had on hand...and no one ever turns down chocolate!  This stamp set, Gift Givers, was from the mini catalog that just expired but it had great images for Jan to April so I am still enjoying them!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Valentine class Jan 16th Project #1

Hi all
We had a fun time at class on Monday.  Stampin is a great way to spend a holiday!!  So let's begin to share the eight projects we made at class.
The first project has some lovely elements.  Check it out!
The edge of the cover of the card was made with the new Adorning Accent Edgelit Die and then accented using the coordinating Adorning Accents textured impressions embossing folder.   Those lovely scallops are echoed in the scalloped edge of the ribbon. nice!  This ribbon is polka dotted on the other side.  The flourish on the top of the card is the single stamp called Elizabeth pg 20.   The words are from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set pg 157.
Hope you get a chance to stamp today!!
If you are eager to get some stampin supplies AND earn some Saleabration rewards, I have an offer for you.  Send me your Stampin' Up!order of $50 (subtotal) or more, along with your free Saleabration sellection by Jan 23rd and you can get $2 off the cost of my next stampin session to be held on Jan 29th.  contact me today!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

010812 class - project #7

Hi all
Some lucky demonstrators are at Stampin' Up's Leadership conference now but I am home working on writing about 40 progress reports for my students and developing program plans for another least favorite part of my job.  At least I have Saleabration to look forward to ....I have drafted and redrafted my order several times.  Contact me soon if you would like your Saleabration order to go in on the 24th - the first day of this special buying time.
Today I have a really special card for you to see from the class before the last class. Take a look....

This pocket card has a removable insert........

I love you?   Make my day and leave me a comment!!

Note:  the next stampin session is Jan 29th - we will be making Get Well projects.  Send me your $50(subtotal) order (including your Saleabration selection) by January 23rd (to be placed on Jan 24th) and you can take $2 off your registration for the Jan 29th class.
Questions?  call or email me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

010812 class - project #6

Hi all
Last school year, I started to keep a small tin of birthday cards on my desk at work - I had them on hand whenever I needed one and boy did they come in handy.  But I have found that I also need to keep cards in my desk that I can use when one of my coworkers extends a kindness to me.....a collection of thank you cards.  So here is a little collection of cards we made.

The actual thank you images come from an assortment of different stamp sets.  If you are going to have special cards, you should have special envelopes.... 

These envelopes are made from DSP  - the Everyday Enchantment DSP which is one of the Saleabration rewards this year. SAB starts on Jan 24th - have you booked your workshop yet?   Either design could be on the inside/outside of the envelope - they were cut from the Bitty Box Big Shot die, as was the storage box below.

 The lovely frame on the lid is from the Elementary Elegance stamp set - also a Saleabration rewrad this year.  I think this is a  great project!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

010812 class - project #5

Hi all
I have a really great card for you today.  The colors come from the spice cake DSP and I got to use those great big buttons from the last mini catalog.

As you probably know, the designer label punch doesn't have a companion punch to create a layer.  What we did to make one was to punch out two pool party labels.  One we cut in half horizontally and the other we cut in half vertically.  They were slightly offset behind the stamped layer to create the illusion of a layer.  I think the  brads add a nice element of shine to the card.

Monday, January 16, 2012

010812 class - project #4

Hi all
Today I am showing a simple card with a different fold.  This card uses the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set and the heart punch.

I wanted to use the yellow pom trim for a project and this one won!!  It is attached with sticky strip.  The card opens in the middle - so there is a flap that drops down and one that swings up.
I did not use a treat cup through the hole but you sure could have.  I love the texture of the poms on this card.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

010812 class - project #3

Today I have a cute card for you.  This would be a great thank you card to send to a child.

This card has no stamping - just die cuts, punches, and some accessories - dauber, dazzling details, white gel pen. Take a look inside......

There is a punched strip of white cardstock which is attached inside the card on dimensionals. They lift the strip up a bit so that the bottom edge of the cardfront can catch on the strip.  This is called an easel card.  Fun,huh?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

010812 class - project #2

Today's card is similar to the one from yesterday but instead of having a hole that looks into the card, this card puts a medallion where the hole was.  This card is special too because I used the heart textured embossing plate (from Adorning Accents, set of three) across the middle, horizontally. 

The medallion is from the perfect pennants die and the Big Shot.  The scallop circle was used on the "thank you".  Kinda Pretty, huh?

Friday, January 13, 2012

010812 class - project #1

Today I am starting to post the projects from the Jan 8th class. This first card is simple but a very useful layout.

Often times we receive gifts which are given in love or gratitude, and we want to acknowledge the kindness without having to write volumes about the actual thing we received. 
When you stamp an image inside the card through a hole in the front, you fill up a bit of the inside and your note can be a bit shorter. 
Remember when you want to make a scalloped circle to outline the hole, first punch out the circle then align your scallop circle punch around the hole and punch the scallop - you will have a nicely aligned trim for your circle. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

gift bag

A friend of mine told me that she had seen kraft colored handle bags in the store with a big crab stamped on the front - and the store was charging $5 a bag for them!!!   Holy cow!!!
So for Christmas I decided to make her some gift bags........ the stampin way!  Here is one of them...

Luckily I was able to give then to her before she had wrapped her gifts!  The darker dots are blue stickles which I have in my stash.  Good for Christmas but also for winter birthdays.
Consider signing up for our next session to be held on Monday, January 16th - today is the registration deadline.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

happy punch

Here is a cute little treat made from the stocking punch and a segment of the snowflake punch.

Sadly, the stocking punch was discontinued by Stampin Up! recently but  I'm sure to keep mine makes such cute treats!! Look how many I made.

Actually this is only one of the containers I filled!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

catching up!

Hi all
We had a great stampin session on Sunday and I will share those projects with you soon, but first I would like to get caught up on a few projects I never got around to posting in the past few months.

Last week I showed you some small note cards we had made, but I seem to have missed one. Here it is.....

One of the flowers is on a dimensional to give it a bit of layering.  The button adds a bit of texture, too.  The strip on the left side of the card was made using the lace ribbon border punch on designer paper.  The strip was layered on a strip of colored cardstock. 
Because the flower image matches the scallop circle punch, this was a quick card to assemble.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

super cute snail

Another 3 x 3 card - this is my favorite!  I am such a fan of dazzling diamonds and what it can do to perk up a project.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Little Piggy

Another 3 x 3 card ...this time with a little cute!

cute, huh?
Have you looked at the new Occasions mini yet?  Fabulous!!!! 
See it on my website at 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cherry, cherry

Today I have another 3 x 3 card for you.  So quick and easy but so fresh!!  This one uses the ribbon border punch, which was then cut in half lengthwise.

The buttons give it a nice flash of texture!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

floral grid card

Hi all
Today I want to show you a project using the fabulous Simply Scored it, love it, love it!!  First thing you do is score both vertically and horizontally.  Then you do the stamping - This card was my first attempt and I believe I pushed a bit too hard so there is some ink in the grooves that should not be there.  The gals did a great job on theirs.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Snowman Kisses

Hi all
It is back to work day for me....sheesh!    But we are fast approaching the middle of the school year and then we will be on the downside, headed toward summer!
Here is a little project we did at my recent class - it is actually a re-make of a project we did a while ago.   I like this one better because it has a nice little poem  - I am not a big fan of "poop" poems.  I prefer ones with a more positive nature.   This one says
  "He's cute and cuddly, and full of good wishes, and he's sending you, Snowman Kisses"
Inside is a container of tic tacs.  How did I get the snowman white when it was stamped on baja breeze cardstock?  I used bleach to whiten the snowman. The bleach works really well on baja breeze cardstock.  Be sure to test your card stock with the bleach before you start using it on your projects as it is not really effective on all colors.  Some colors end up a bit more yellow.

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Remember to  contact me now if you want a seat at the Thank You card class to be held this Sunday, Jan 8th.

Monday, January 2, 2012

cookie-less treat

I have several folks who I like to give treats to at the holidays - nothing big, just a little something to share, to say thanks, or you are a great friend.  This year I saw a cute idea on the internet - but it felt a bit incomplete.   The lady had a cute little poem with a cookie cutter attached.  I made up a top note die with the poem and attached a cookie cutter but also attached a pouch of cookie mix.

The gift made several friends laugh...and isn't laughter during a stressful season a wonderful gift?  Here is a close up  of the poem

Maybe you can rework the idea to suit your situation.

I have posted a class for Jan 8th on my Stampin' Up site ...check it out.  I plan to have  several classes this month but I am holding off on posting them until I know for sure what the Raven's will be doing.  Sure hope they hang in there fore the long haul.  If they are playing on Sundays, I may have classes on Saturday instead.   Still percolating on it....what do you think? 
Also, thanks to those of you who have shared your "wish list" for class will see them in the coming weeks.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's celebration bottle

This is one of the projects from my last stampin session - an appropriate project for New Year's.

I am fortunate to have a special die cutting machine and a big die that cuts the bottle shape.  It is able to cut not only paper and card stock but metal as well.  The "Cheer" is a segment from a Big Shot strip die.  The seal at the neck is made using copper embossing powder - several layers of it. The new year number is also done using copper embossing powder.  The ribbon is attached to the back of the neck of the bottle die and is meant to use to hang the tag on the neck of a bottle.
Hope you like it!