Friday, May 31, 2013

New Catalog!!!

Hello!  I don't have a project to share today, but I wanted you to know that the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! catalog goes live today at noon (Mountain time).  I can tell you that I am going to order the new Magnetic Platform (page 184) to use with my Framelits and Big Shot.  Love, love, love those Framelits, but they can be a pain to keep place...well, no more with the Magnetic Platform.  The other thing I am excited about are the new Candy Dots (page 171).

Stampin' Up! has a nice promotion going on with three of our salutation stamp sets (May 31-June 30, 2013).  25% off!  Everyone loves a sale, right?  Here's the list:

Sassy Salutations:  Page 39  Wood - $17.96 (132070); Clear - $13.46 (126707)
Sweet Essentials:  Page 41  Wood - $14.96 (132085); Clear - $11.21 (126457)
Petite Pairs:  Page 73  Wood - $21.71 (128706); Clear - $15.71 (122497)

Click here to view the new catalog.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Money Holder Box

Hello!  I made the box I'm sharing today was design to hold a stack of dollar bills.  My Mom needed something to place a gift in for my uncle and I said, "I'll make you something!"  :)  The best thing about the Stampin' Up! Simply Scored products is that you can make boxes of any size.
Now, those of you who visit me regularly know I just wing it when I make something, and I almost never write my measurements down.  Well, that 's what happened this time too.  But, I can tell you that  I measured a dollar bill and added a 1/4" extra on both directions so it would be easy to remove the bills.  Then I added another 1 1/2" onto each direction to form the sides of the box.  I scored all four sides at 1 1/2".
The top was 1/8" larger in both directions so it would fit nicely over the bottom.  I didn't like the way the sides of the top of the box came all the way down, so I trimmed them down to 1".  I added a strip of Nautical Expedition DSP (retired) to the top and all four sides.
The belly band measured 11" x 1 1/2".  After I had it all glued together I decided it look too plain so I stamped on it with coordinating ink and loved the result.  Hopefully it my mom will too, if not, I'd love to make another one...this was fun to do!  The label was made with a new punch called Artisan Label and a coordinating stamp set called Label Something that will be in the new 2013-2014 catalog.  I cut a second one in red, cut it in half, and then glued it onto the back of the white one.

Stamp Sets:  Clockworks, Label Something
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, DSP
Ink:  Not Quite Navy
Punch:  Artisan Label
Extras: Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Thanks a lot for taking the time to visit today!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mini Note Pad Holder

Hello!  Just a quick post today.  Quite awhile ago I posted a note pad holder I made for myself (similar to this one) and my sister-in-law Cindy commented on how much she liked it.  So, I wanted to make one for her, easier said than done!!!  I had three of the very fragile sand dollars left from our trip to Alabama, two broke, but I did manage to finish this without breaking the third one!
The sand dollar is cased between a piece of Crumb Cake card stock and a Window Sheet that were punch with a circle punch and then attached together with one of the Shaker Frames.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Graduation Card

Hello!  Todays post is a graduation card I made for our nephew.  Quite awhile ago his mom suggested I use the phone booth from the Feeling Sentimental stamp set for a card for Mason because he really likes Dr. Who.
I kept the inside as simple as the outside of the card.
Congratulations Mason!
Stamp Sets:  Feeling Sentimental, Blue Ribbon
Paper:  Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon, Pacific Point

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Secret Garden Crimped Pocket Card

Hello!  Well, I don't know where I have been for the last few years, but until I viewed Brandy Cox's video on how to make "pocket cards" I don't think I had ever seen one before.  I was so excited when I took it to work to show my coworkers and then they said these have been around for a long time!  Oh, well.  Maybe I had seen them before and just don't remember!  lol  Wouldn't be the first time that happened.  Anyway, this is the first time I've made one and it was really fun.  To view Brandy's video, click here.  Here's my version
After sealing a Stampin' Up! envelope cut 1 1/4" of one end.  I used my Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch for the trim on the top and glued it on with my Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
After stamping the large piece of the envelope run it through your paper crimper.  I love the way this looks!  The top just lifts off.  I used my Secret Garden Framelits to make the flower and leaves for the top.
The card slides out.  I made mine a little smaller because I was having trouble fitting it into the envelope base.  The Bermuda Bay piece measures 5 1/4" x 4 1/8" and the Whisper White measures  
5" x 3 7/8".
I didn't like the look of stamping the Rich Razzleberry flower directly over the leaves so I stamped it on a separate piece of card stock and cut it out with my coordinating framelits.
Stamp Set:  Secret Garden
Paper:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Always Artichoke
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral
Extras:  Paper Crimper, Big Shot, Secret Garden Framelits, Whisper White Envelope, Mini Brad

Thanks a lot for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Blue Ribbon Graduation

Hi!  Today I'm sharing a graduation card I've made using the Blue Ribbon stamp set.
It's hard to tell, but the card base is Night of Navy (it was a cloudy day when I photographed this card!).  I stamped the blue ribbon and punched it out with my 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.  The ribbon is stamped with Crushed Curry onto the same color paper.  It is really hard to see, but the Whisper White layer was run through my Big Shot in the Stripes Folder.  
The "congrats GRAD" was punched out with my 1 1/4" circle punch and mounted onto a 1 3/8" circle of  Crushed Curry with Dimensionals.
Stamp Set:  Blue Ribbon
Paper:  Night of Navy, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Ink:  Night of Navy, Crushed Curry
Punches:  1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle
Extras:  Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by today!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Braided Field Flowers

Hello!  Boy, I am so excited about this card I have to show you today!!  Mostly because I've not had any desire to stamp at all.  I have 5 cards/projects in the works, but none of them are getting done.  This morning I saw a couple of these "Braided" cards on Stampin' Connection and decided I just had to make one...I love it!!  :)
Head on over to Brandy Cox's blog for a great video showing how this is done.  It is really easy and fun to do.  I cut the flowers out by hand with my Paper Snips and the leaves were cut with my Secret Garden Framelits.
Here's a close up of the Bitty Butterfly.  I used one of the larger butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set, I love this pattern and it looks fine using the smaller punch to cut it out, and of course the three pearls were the perfect finishing touch.
Stamp Sets:  Field Flowers, Papillon Potpourri
Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Rose Red DSP, Certainly Celery
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Certainly Celery
Punch:  Bitty Butterfly
Extras:  Big Shot, Secret Garden Framelits, Pearl Basic Jewels

Thanks so much for stopping by and have fun making your own braided card!

Friday, May 17, 2013

New In Colors

Hi!  This card isn't really done yet, I've been stuck on what else to do.  I'll probably add some pearls to the butterflies and a sentiment in the upper left corner.  So, why am I posting it???  Well, I wanted to show you the new In Colors for 2013-2015!  I actually put it together at the last minute to take to my last stamp class to show the girls the new colors and just never got around to finishing it.
Aren't these colors wonderful?  I like all of them!  Starting with the top butterfly we have Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding (love this name), Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush (yum!) and they are mounted on Baked Brown Sugar.  I used the Woodgrain Embossing folder on the background layer and the Bitty Butterfly and Elegant Butterfly punches to make the butterflies which are held together with a Dimensional.  The Bitty Butterflies are stamp using the Papillion Potpourri stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by today.   

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mini DSP Gift Bag Tutorial

Hi!  I can't seem to stop making gift bags!!!  I got the original size directions from Jackie Bolhuis (see my May 3, 2013 post) and have been altering them.  This one is a mini bag that measures 3" wide, 3" tall and 1 1/2" deep.  It is so cute!  A perfect size for a few pieces of candy and a great way to use up DSP scraps.
Here's how you make it:  First, you'll need two pieces of 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.  Score each side at 1 1/2".  I used my Scallop Edge Border Punch on the part that is folded out for the top to give it a decorative edge (optional).  You also get a sneak peak today of one of the new stamp sets in the 2013-2014 catalog...Label Love.  I really like this set and think I'll get a lot of use out of it.
Cut the two bottom corner pieces off along the score lines of the side you want for the front of the bag.

On the back side piece cut in from the sides along the score line up to the vertical score line.
On the bottom (center) flap of the back side glue a 1 1/2" x 3" piece of scrap paper for support (this will get covered up later) as shown.
 Place some Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid glue on the two flaps on the back piece.
  Fold them in to form the back of the bag.  
Next, I put glue on the inside of the bottom flap of the front piece and attached it to the bottom of the back side.
Put glue on the front sides and adhere them to the sides of the back.
Last, I punched holes in each of the sides for the ribbon handle and added a flower and tag to the front for decoration.  This is so cute that I'll probably never want to give it away!!!  lol
Stamp Set:  Label Love 
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Paper:  Very Vanilla and Retired DSP
Punches:  1 1/4" & 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, Scallop Edge Border
Extras:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool & Stylus, Glimmer Brad, Ribbon, Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue

I hope you found this tutorial helpful.  Have fun making your own mini gift bags!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Hi!  Here is the card I made for my Mother-in-law for Mothers Day.
I love all of these colors!  The flower was made with the Daydream Medallions stamp set and coordinating Floral Frames Framelits.  After all the pieces were stamped and cut out, I layered them on top of my Pierce Mat, along with the button, and poked through all the layers at the same time with my Paper-Piercing Tool. Then I tied them together with White Baker's Twine so I would be assured that the flower would stay together.  

Stamp Sets:  Daydream Medallions, Family Reunion
Paper:  Sycamore Street DSP, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Ink:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango
Punch:  Modern Label
Extras:  Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, Tangerine Tango Button & Ribbon, Stampin' Pierce Mat,
             Paper-Piercing Tool

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Mother's Day.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Secret Garden Mother's Day Card

Hello!  This is the card that I made for my mom for Mother's Day.  I chose these colors to match the purse I gave her and well as the mini notepad I shared on Tuesday.

I stamped with the same color ink as the paper I was stamping on.  The Sentiment and some of the flowers are mounted with Dimensionals.  I love how cheery this card is, my mom has been having some health issues and she deserves to be cheered up a bit.

Stamp Sets:  Secret Garden, Delightful Dozen
Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Garden
Ink:  Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green
Punch:  Extra Large Oval
Extras:  Big Shot, Secret Garden Framelits, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mini Notepad

Hello!  Here's a little notepad I made for my mom for Mother's coordinates with the purse I got her.  After all, what's a purse without a notepad.  We got together this past weekend to celebrate Mother's Day so it's safe to post this early.  :)
I love how well the Stampin' Up! colors matched the purse.  You can find these mini notepads anywhere and they are so fun to decorate.  I used my Secret Garden stamp set and matching Framelits. 
Here's a side view.  I cut the Night of Navy piece of card stock the same size as the notepad.  The Daffodil Delight piece is about 2" long (it doesn't cover up the entire backside).  I used Sticky Strip to adhere the card stock to the notepad and Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach the other pieces to the front of the Night of Navy card stock.  I wanted to make sure it wouldn't fall apart and these two adhesives work really well for me.
Stamp Set:  Secret Garden
Paper:  Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, DSP
Ink:  Night of Navy
Punch:  1" Square
Extras:  Big Shot, Secret Garden Framelits, Mini Notepad, Sticky Strip, Multipurpose Liquie Glue

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

More Gift Bags

Hello!  Just look at these cute gift bags we made yesterday at my Make & Take class.  Aren't they cute??!!!  We all loved them.

We used two sheets of 12" x 12"DSP.  The lace trim was made with Whisper White card stock and a retired punch.  The flowers were made using all four sizes of the Paper Daisies that were held together with a 3/16" brad.  The Sweater Trim from the Holiday Mini was perfect for the straps.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 3, 2013

DSP Gift Bag

Hello!  I got this great gift bag idea from Jackie Bolhuis.  To get the directions, click here, and watch her video.  I'm trying to use up all my old Designer Series Paper before the new catalog comes out, so I was excited that it takes two 12" x 12" pieces for each bag!  

I thought this turned out really cute.  The flower is made with the Blossom punch and a retired brad.  I tucked a 6" strip of Very Vanilla, that was punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch, under the front flap to dress it up a little.  My Multipurpose Liquid Glue was perfect for putting this together.
Here's a side/inside view.  The bag measures 6" wide, 3" deep and 7" tall, it is a really nice size!

Paper:  Retired DSP, Very Vanilla
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Blossom
Extras:  Brad, Ribbon, Sponge, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy Birthday Tina!

Hello!  I'd like to wish my cousin Tina a very Happy Birthday!  I love the flowers on this stamp and thought it was perfect for Tina (she recently posted some photos of the beautiful flowers in her backyard on facebook).
 The image is stamped on my Whisper White card base and I used the coordinating Framelits to cut out the window in the Calypso Coral layer.  I added some texture with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.
I love using the smallest Pearls for the center of the flowers.  Markers were used to color the leaves and flowers.  

Stamp Set:  Apothecary Art
Paper:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon
Markers:  Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade
Extras:  Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Vintage Wallpaper Folder, Pearl Basic Jewels

Thank you so very much for taking time to visit today!  Happy stamping!

Flying Home

Hello! Just a quick post showing you what I made with the Flying Home stamp set that can be found in this year's Occasions Catalog. As s...