Thursday, July 31, 2008
Click here for instructions. I changed the measurement of the paper from 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" to 8" x 8-1/2" to accommodate the size of the lotion. Everything else is the same.
Supplies: Wow Flowers, Think Happy Thoughts, Tangerine Tango ink pad & cardstock, Pacific Point ink & cardstock, Kiwi Kiss ink pad, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, 1/8" Hole Punch, Rectangle Hole Punch, Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon, Paper Cutter with scoring blade
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Today, we check-in and receive our Convention bags. Inside will be the brand new Fall-Winter catalog (WOO HOO!!), several new stamp sets, and some other goodies for the week (a workbook, pen, pin, etc.). Because there are thousands of demonstrators receiving exactly the same bag today, I made bag tags for all of my downline attending Convention.
These are photo keychains that I personalized with each person's initial on one side and the Dreams quote on the back side. We'll put these on the zippers of our bags so we can easily identify who's is who's.
Supplies: Dreams Du Jour, Lovely Letters alphabet, Bella Rose paper, Whisper White cardstock, Chocolate Chip ink pad, Riding Hood Red ink pad, Kiwi Kiss ink pad, Blender Pens, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Coluzzle
[Edited 8/9/08: I found these photo keychains in the kids craft aisle at Michael's for $1/each.]
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
To make this basket just the perfect size for the strawberries, I used a 6" x 6" piece of River Rock cardstock. I scored the cardstock at 2" and 4", turned it, and scored again at 2" and 4". Then, on opposite sides, I cut on the score lines up to the first perpendicular line. (See photo).
I folded up the sides so they met in the middle and attached a cardstock handle (1/2" x 8-1/2") with a gold brad.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I found the pattern online here. (There are lots of other fabulous templates on this website too!) I used the Ginger Blossom designer series paper for my strawberry -- isn't it perfect?
Cut the pattern out and use Dotto (removable) adhesive to stick the pattern to the designer series paper. Cut around the pattern and use a bone folder to score on the dotted lines. Adhere the tab to the inside of the first "petal". Use a 1/8" Hole Punch to punch a hole at the end of each petal; then thread a 12" piece of ribbon through the holes and pull it tight into a strawberry shape. (If you are going to put anything inside, do it now! I put a Hershey Kiss inside mine!)
Even though the pattern includes a piece for the leaves, I used the 5-Petal Flower Punch instead (to save myself some cutting!). Punch a hole in the middle of the "leaves" and thread both ribbons through the hole. Hold the ends together and tie in a knot to form the strawberry stem. Trim as necessary.
Supplies: Ginger Blossom paper, Mellow Moss cardstock & grosgrain ribbon, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Bone Folder, SNAIL adhesive, Dotto adhesive, paper snips
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Here's a quick 6x6 page I made with a picture of my upline's daughter from our cruise to Bermuda earlier this year. I'll post a 12x12 page using this same kit this afternoon, so stay tuned!
Supplies: Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit, Short Order Alphabet, Real Red Classic ink pad, Pumpkin Pie ribbon
Friday, July 25, 2008
Supplies: Dreams Du Jour, Bella Rose DSP, Pink Pirouette ink & cardstock, Riding Hood Red ink pad, Scallop Edge Punch, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
The finished card is 3-1/2" x 5", which will fit in the envelopes that come in the package of small notecards & envelopes. I used pieces of the Bella Rose paper and added glitter to make it sparkle. I made the ric-rac using the new Scallop Edge Punch. (See this post for photos & details.)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
As promised, here is the bookmark card we made in Stamp Club this month. I used a lot of retiring products for this project, including the 2008 In Colors (River Rock, Blue Bayou, and Wild Wasabi), Wild Rose stamp set, Porcelain Prints designer series paper (now 25% off!), and Hodge Podge Hardware (now completely sold out!).
I used the Cutter Kit perforating blade to cut the inside cardstock so that it can be torn off and used as a bookmark. The Cutter Kit is very handy and also comes with a cutting blade, scoring blade, and an edge distresser. You really need a hard edge to guide you as you are cutting/scoring/perforating in a straight line. I used the Acrylic Grid (which is retiring) and lined up the fold of my cardstock on a line of the cutting mat. I put the Acrylic Grid over my cardstock lining up the 2" mark at the bottom with the score in the middle of the cardstock. I held the Acrylic Grid down firmly with one hand and slowly ran the perforating blade against the edge of the grid. You really do need to move slowly (but with good pressure) because the blade may go haywire and off course if you try to hurry. (You only see one hand in the photo here because I had to hold the camera!!)
The roses are fabulous! I two-stepped with the Blue Bayou and just stamped off the first part of the flower and did the outline directly on top. "Stamping off" refers to stamping on your scrap paper before stamping on your cardstock to get a "second generation" or lighter color image. This is a great technique for 2-step stamping because you can use the same color ink pad instead of trying to find two coordinating colors.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Supplies: Wow Flowers, new In Colors: Pacific Point ink & cardstock, Kiwi Kiss ink & Cardstock, Riding Hood Red ink & cardstock, Whisper White Craft ink & cardstock, circle punches, Scallop Edge Punch,
Note: This card measures 3-1/2" x 5-1/2".
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The card on the left is from my downline Tara. She used some of the accessories that come in the stamp set and two of the new In Colors: Kiwi Kiss & Baja Breeze. I love how she colored the taffeta ribbon with her Baja Breeze ink pad to coordinate with the card.
The card on the right is from my mom, who is also in my downline. This card is just too stinkin' cute! The colors (Regal Rose, Amethyst, and Gable Green) are so soft and sweet, the dazzling diamonds on the cupcake frosting looks yummy and the balloons...SO darling!
Here are some other cards I've gotten from friends and downline: Stacey, Tiffany, Samantha, Margo, and Mary. Thank you so much for the beautiful cards!
Friday, July 18, 2008
I used the square frame from Frames With a Flourish and stamped it in Real Red on a 3" x 5" Notecard (available in sets of 20 with envelopes). I used the square punch to cut out the center of the frame and then added a square of red cardstock on the inside of the card with the naked chipboard. The "love you" greeting from the Short & Sweet stamp set was the perfect finishing touch.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The little flowers she used for the color swatches reminded me of the new Button Bouquet that's coming out in the new catalog next month. Demonstrators were able to pre-order a package with two of the ten designs. I used the button that is supposed to coordinate with the Baja Breeze, but I thought it was light enough to use with Soft Sky too. I also pulled in a felt flower from the Flower Fusion set to represent the felt booties in the inspiration image.
Supplies: Hugs & Wishes stamp set, Certainly Celery Prints paper, Spring Silhouettes paper, Pumpkin Pie ink & cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Certainly Celery cardstock, Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Square Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Flowers Fusion (felt flowers), Button Bouquet
This card measures 5-1/2" x 3-1/2".NOTE: Soft Sky is one of the 2008 In Colors, which are all retiring. I expect the In Color products to go quickly, especially after the retiring accessories list is posted on Monday. Two of the double-stitched ribbons (Blue Bayou and Purely Pomegranate) are already sold out! So don't wait to order -- get them now while you can! Email or call me to place an order. (See contact info at the top of my blog.)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I have to say the highlight of today was the last half hour that I just spent watching Jim make my birthday card. He got too busy making my Chocolate Covered Cherry cake last night and helping the kids make their cards, that he didn't get one done for himself. He said he wasn't very inspired and asked if we could sit down together to do it tonight.
Some quick background: Jim only stamps cards for me on special occasions like Valentine's Day, my birthday, and our anniversary. He usually picks out a swap card or other display sample and CASEs it as much as he can using whatever cut cardstock I have lying around. (He's not keen on the paper cutter.)
So tonight, he opened my cabinet to browse the stamp sets. I pointed out the new Wow Flowers stamp set and he decided to use that. But then he sat down and just stared at the desk. So I pulled out the new Flower Power Simply Sent Card Elements Kit. He immediately recognized the Wow Flowers stamp set on the cover: "Hey, that's your set!"
I explained that the Simply Sent Card Elements Kit included everything he needed to make a card and I handed him the instruction sheet. He quickly picked out the "pink" card and got started. I helped him cut the cardstock. (Unlike the other Simply Sent Kits, this cardstock and paper comes in a full sheet. You can cut it according to the step-by-step directions or use it to create something from scratch.) Jim noticed the cardstock was textured: "Wow! That's new!" he said. He was equally excited about the self-adhesive die-cuts that come in the kit -- all cut and colored, ready to peel and stick! I sat back and let him go at it. He followed each step of the written instructions and put the card together.
He was a little perplexed by the instruction to adhere the paper "3/8" from the edge of the card". So I showed him the ruler on the grid paper and he used that to figure out where to put the paper. It was fun to watch him him work, picking out what he needed, spinning my Color Caddy to find the right colors to stamp with. Oh, I highly recommend the Stamp-a-ma-jig with this kit! Jim had to stamp the Happy Birthday circle stamp on a very tight-fitting die-cut. The first one was not so good. I showed him how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioner and the second time was perfect!
I remembered to get out the camera at the very end, just in time to take a picture of his final touch:Here's Jim with his finished card:
I told him now all he had to do was write something creative inside. I loved his response and even jotted it down so I could share it: "I'm not very creative -- that's why this [kit] is so easy!"
I know you'll love this new Simply Sent Card Elements Kit too. Whether or not you consider yourself "creative", you'll still be able to make beautiful cards in a snap! The kit will be available when the new catalog is released on August 11.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I used the Summer Days Simply Scrappin' kit, which made assembling the album a breeze! The front cover features a chipboard flower, which I sponged with Real Red Craft ink. The first inside flap has a rub-on, which I then punched with the My Way arrow punch. I just love this color combination. It's so fun and summery!
Here are the directions to make the album:
Supplies: Simply Scrappin’ Kit, 6-8 mini (3x3) size envelopes (depending on how many pockets you want), 12” cutter with scoring blade, Sticky Strip, Scissors, 18" of Ribbon, Embossing buddy
- Cut one piece of cardstock and one piece of designer series paper down to 3 ½” x 11 ¾”. (from your Simply Scrappin’ Kit).
- Score each piece at 3 ½”, 4”, 7 ½”, 8”. Fold on all score lines.
- Adhere them together using a generous amount of SNAIL or Sticky Strip. (Note: It is best to do this with the cardstock folded, smoothing out wrinkles as you move from one end to the other. Adhering them flat and then folding will often cause the cover to buckle.)
- Fold the flaps backward on each of the 8 mini envelopes and put them in a stack.
- Lick the adhesive on the top envelope flap and adhere it to the next one, repeating this so that all 8 envelopes are stuck together and there is one flap remaining at the back.
- Place Sticky Strip above and below the adhesive on the back flap of the bottom envelope, lick the adhesive and adhere the stack of envelopes inside the center 3 ½” square section of the album cover near the bottom edge. Decorate the front envelope as desired with self-adhesive die-cuts the Simply Scrappin’ Kit.
- Cut cardstock from your Simply Scrappin’ Kit into eight pieces measuring 3” x 3”. Decorate each card with die-cuts, photos, and journaling. Create pull tabs for the tops of the cards with the die-cuts hanging over the top edge. To remove stickiness from exposed portions of the die-cuts, tap with Embossing Buddy.
- Place cards in envelopes and secure album with a piece of ribbon.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Supplies: Happiness Always, Pink Pirouette ink & cardstock, Barely Banana ink & cardstock, Certainly Celery ink & cardstock, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, white taffeta ribbon
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Nothing too WOW about this one, but I was going for a more masculine card with this otherwise flowery set. You could do this same layout with the other stamps from that set (a flower or the butterfly) and change the colors accordingly.
I used the Color Spritzer Tool with the Basic Black marker to add to the splatter. If you have the markers, that tool is a must-have! And I used the stamp-a-ma-jig for placement on all of the leaves, including the 2-step part (which is made up of a bunch of letters!).
Supplies: Happiness Always, Heard from the Heart, Kiwi Kiss ink & cardstock, Basic Black ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Basic Black marker, black grosgrain ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Color Spritzer Tool
Saturday, July 12, 2008
So among all the other fun things at Convention (make and takes, free stamps, business classes, new product technique training), there will be thousands (yes, thousands!) of crazy demonstrators like me swapping card fronts like mad all over the convention center (and nearby restaurants, hotels, airports...heck, I once swapped while standing in line for the bathroom!!) So I have to come prepared with a bag full of card fronts. And I better start my stretching exercises so I can be ready to reach across a group full of women for that totally awesome swap across the way!
Here is one of the cards I am thinking about making as a convention swap. Let me know what you think! (I am sure it goes without saying, but if you're going to Convention, please don't CASE this card for your swaps!)
Supplies: Happiness Always stamp set (Level 3 Hostess set), Pacific Point ink pad & cardstock, Baja Breeze ink pad & cardstock, Scallop Edge punch, Silver Brads
This card measures 3" x 6".
Friday, July 11, 2008
Here's my card, featuring more sneak peek stuff (the Dreams Du Jour stamp set and Bella Rose paper). This card is 3-1/2" x 5-1/2". I'm hooked on that size! I added some Dazzling Diamonds to the flowers to make them sparkle. I don't think this photo quite does the card justice, but it's the best I could get.
Supplies: Dreams Du Jour stamp set, Bella Rose paper, Close to Cocoa cardstock, Chocolate Chip Classic Ink pad, Really Rust Classic ink pad & cardstock, Certainly Celery marker, Blender Pen (dipped in Really Rust ink), 2-way Glue & Dazzling Diamonds, Celery grosgrain ribbon
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I am loving many things...new stamps, new paper, new colors....ahhh! Life is good! Here's another 3" x 6" card sample with all new stuff from the upcoming catalog.
Supplies: Dreams Du Jour stamp set, Bella Rose Designer series paper, Pink Pirouette ink & cardstock, Riding Hood Red ink & cardstock, Chocolate Chip ink & cardstock, Blender Pen, Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
It's hard to see in the photo, but I used 2-Way Glue to add some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the rose and leaves. It adds just the perfect touch!
Supplies: Heard from the Heart stamp set, Bella Rose Designer Series paper, Riding Hood Red ink & cardstock, Kiwi Kiss cardstock, Pink Pirouette cardstock, Scallop Circle Punch, Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch, white grosgrain ribbon
I used the Scallop Edge Punch to make the ric rac. See my post from yesterday for details. Just a reminder: The Scallop Edge Punch and other new sneak peeks like the In Colors and stamp sets will not be available to order until the new catalog is released on August 11th. (Unless you're a demonstrator, and then you can pre-order it now! Not a demonstrator yet? Click here or email me for more information.)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Supplies: Heard from the Heart stamp set, Bella Rose Designer series paper, Riding Hood Red Classic ink & cardstock, Pink Pirouette cardstock, Scallop Edge Punch, Button Bouquet, white grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dots
This card is kind of quick and clean. I mostly wanted to show off how to make ric rac with the Scallop Edge Punch. I cut my cardstock down to a 1" strip and punched one side with the scallop edge. I turned it around and lined up the punch on the other side so that the scallops would fall opposite of the first ones.
Finally, I did a little faux sewing on the buttons. I couldn't find my white embroidery thread (must still be packed somewhere), so I cut the border off a piece of white grosgrain ribbon and thread it through the button holes. On the back side, I adhered the ends down with glue dots and then attached it to the card with the glue dots. Now it appears to be sewed on, but I didn't have to mess with a needle. (I think it was Linda Hansen who demonstrated that little trick at a Stampin' Up! regional seminar a couple years ago...)
Monday, July 7, 2008
The best part about attending stamp classes is that all of the cardstock is cut and ready to stamp. You don't have to stress over cutting everything to the right size, you can just sit down and stamp.
Now you can have that same convenience when you stamp at home. This Just Like You Card Kit includes pre-cut cardstock to make 6 cards. Use the pre-cut cardstock with the Just Like You stamp set to make the cards shown here -- or create your own designs with a different stamp set.
- Pre-cut cardstock to make 6 cards
- Old Olive ribbon for 6 cards
- 6 Medium Whisper White Envelopes
- Instructions & photos of sample cards sent via email
- Just Like You Stamp Set, #109337, $25.95
- Regal Rose Classic Ink Pad, #105211, $5.25
- Old Olive Classic Ink Pad, #102277, $5.25
- SNAIL Adhesive, #104332, $6.95
- Scissors (to cut ribbon)
Save $5 when you buy a card kit and the additional supplies bundle*.
(Card Kits will be sent no later than August 8th.)
[The punch and other new catalog stuff will be available to order starting August 11 (unless you're a demonstrator, and then you can pre-order it now!). The price is the same as the other punches: $15.95.]
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Without further adieu, here is my first card, which is actually the last one I made yesterday. It's another 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" card. I just love that size!
Supplies: NEW Wow Flowers stamps set; NEW In Colors: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red; Kiwi Kiss patterned paper from Bella Rose series; Whisper White Craft ink & cardstock, circle punches, scallop circle punch, Fire Rhinestone Brads
Stay tuned for more to come this week!