Friday, July 29, 2011

Another project we recently did in my stamp club was a small 3D project that is a template available to demonstrators on the Stampin' Up website. It is something you can just print off your computer directly onto your cardstock, then just cut and score where needed. Easy peasy!

I wanted this to be a project that was guy-friendly, and could contain a variety of things inside. This pocket would be perfect for candy (as seen here), a gift card, jewelry, and many other things.

The hardest part was punching the holes for the ribbon to go through. Using a Crop-A-Dile, I explained to my customers that it was easiest to punch through the lid portion first, then use that as a guide to punch through the front portion second. Then you use the ribbon to tie it together. I debated on using brads to close the package, but figured if this was given to a guy, he wouldn't know what to do with a brad. Ribbon, albeit feminine, is easier for men to understand. :)


Stamp Sets: Word Play, Circle Circus

Paper: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Whisper White

Ink: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Crop-A-Dile, Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Cutter Kit, cellophane bag

Monday, July 25, 2011

I forgot to post this.

I think its funny to look back at my blog post and realize there are a few things I forgot to post. :)

This card was done in May, I believe. It uses Fabulous Florets for the floral images, then the grass/leaves image from Just Believe. I masked the three smaller images before stamping them in Basic Black, then used an Aqua Painter to color the images in with Cherry Cobbler ink. Yep, that is Cherry Cobbler. Turned out nice and soft!

Stamp Sets: Just Believe, Fabulous Florets, Word Play
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Accessories: Pearls

Friday, July 22, 2011

My First Medallion

A couple things are "raging" in scrapbooking and card making right now: medallions, pinwheels and pennants. While the latter two are relatively simple, this medallion thing was a heck of a lot harder than it looked. I even watched a VIDEO on someone's blog and still couldn't figure it out perfectly!!

Basically for this type of medallion you take a long piece of cardstock (this one is 12" x 1", I believe) and score it every 1/2". The first time I used my actual scorer on my rinky-dink Fiskars paper cutter, and it almost destroyed the paper because it scored too deeply. So the second time I just did it by hand and winged it. :) So while it may not be least it isn't falling apart. Since doing this card, I have acquired a Martha Stewart scoring board, so now I know the card will come together a heck of a lot faster using that.

The main problem I had was figuring out how to keep the doggone thing adhered. I finally decided to use my go-to adhesive, the "nothing is getting out of this sucker" type of stuff. Seriously. Crystal Effects is AWESOME. I use it all the time. Got a piece of jewelry broken? It'll work. Need to super glue something? Nah, just use Crystal Effects. Want to keep your door stops on the wall instead of in your toddler's mouth? Yep, glue those suckers down!!

So once I figured out that Crystal Effects worked, this was relatively easy. I have to admit I CASEd the card and I cannot remember which blog I took it from, or I would send you there! I just fell in love with it. The colors are beautiful together, the entire layout is fantastic...and it taught me how to do the doggone medallion. So thank you, unknown awesome stamper. :)

Stamp set: Full of Life
Paper: Pacific Point, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, retired DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Itty Bitty Punch set, pearls, Big Shot & dots embossing folder, 3/4" circle punch, Crystal Effects, sponge

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fabulous Floret Bliss

I love the new set Fabulous Florets. I was absolutely ECSTATIC when I saw it was in the new catalog too, meaning I get to inundate my customers with it for an entire year!! These flowers look fantastic in a variety of ways, and I really love the sentiment included.

I wanted to do a piece of paper that would be similar to a patterned paper. Instead of layering a bunch of stamps and making it extremely cluttered and busy, I focused on the one floral image and just turned the stamp multiple times so the flowers were all facing different directions. I then took a different floral image and cut it out, layered it on dimensionals with two leaves and popped it on some ribbon. Easy peasy, but beautiful!

Stamp set: Fabulous Florets
Paper: Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla
Ink: Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom, Basic Black
Accessories: Blush Blossom ribbon

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I'm a little behind


I haven't posted in 2 months. That isn't very nice of me. I can't believe its mid-July already, where has the time gone? It suddenly occurred to me that I need to be thinking about planning my son's third birthday coming up in the beginning of October. OCTOBER. That is only three months from now. 2.5 if you want to get technical. It will be Christmas before you know it. And cold. Ugh. I just threw up in my mouth a little.

On that completely professional note, here is one of the June projects I had for my stamp club. CASEd out of Stampin' Success, the magazine we get as demonstrators. Its wonderful to get beautiful ideas like this, because I certainly wouldn't have thought this up myself!

The picture doesn't really do it justice. I snapped this right before we left for vacation because I had some bee in my bonnet that I'd have time to type up a blog post while on vacation. Seriously. Yep, I was that delusional.

In any case, the card has the wonderful set "Strength & Hope", which is in the Summer Mini Catalog. This set is near and dear to my heart. My mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This set was created for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and for every set purchased, Stampin' Up will donate $2 to BCRA. My mother was extremely lucky in that her case was found ridiculously early. And by ridiculous, I mean that her lumpectomy contained ONE CELL OF CANCER. Her doctors detected an "area" about five years ago, and were monitoring it. It "grew" last year, so they began testing to determine if it was malignant or not. Tests were inconclusive, so she had a lumpectomy and then subsequent lymph node testing. The lymph nodes they pulled out were all fine, so she just has to have two mammograms per year now instead of one to ensure it was caught in time. I can honestly say I've never heard of a case where one cancer cell was detected and retrieved. Which is why this stamp set is so important to me: every dollar will benefit research and the ability to detect cases earlier and earlier.

Check back soon (I swear!!) for more new projects!

Stamp set: Strength & Hope
Paper: Blush Blossom, Whisper White
Ink: Blush Blossom, So Saffron, Marina Mist
Accessories: Blush Blossom ribbon, rhinestones