Friday, February 25, 2011

Petal Cone Bunny Treat

I'm just loving this little bunny, so I made a treat pouch in the shape of a carrot to hold jelly beans and the bunny!  I'm having my Sunday Club ladies make this as an example of a cute and fast Easter treat.  I just traced it back and found that the idea for the carrot shape using a single die cut from the Stampin Up Petal Cone Bigz Die came from Becky Roberts; once again thanks Becky for the idea!  I used Pumpkin Pie cardstock and stamped crosshatch lines on it using the Sanded background stamp and Pumpkin Pie classic ink.  For details on the bunny, see my Feb. 21st post here.

Thanks for visiting and I'll be posting Stamp Camp projects next week!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Getting Ready for Stamp Camp!

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to let you know that I've been working on packets for this Saturday's Stamp Camp and Sunday's Hostess Club, so I haven't had time to post a project.  But, check back tomorrow or Friday for my regular project posting and thanks for visiting!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fancy Favor Easter Basket

I remember seeing this adorable punch bunny everywhere on the internet last year, so I thought I'd make it this year and use it with Stampin' Up's Fancy Favor Box Big Shot XL Die.  I was finally able to trace back and I think that the bunny was the creation of Mercedes Weber; so thanks for the inspiration Mercedes!  My monthly Club gals made this and thought it was cute, so I hope you do too!  If you do, PLEASE leave me a comment; I need the encouragement!

I die cut the box from Pretty in Pink 12x12 cardstock then folded the tops down and added 2 extra layers of Whisper White cardstock that I also cut from the die.  I used White satin ribbon for the handle.   The bunny's background Whisper White scallop is die cut from the Scallop #2 circle die and the Crumb Cake circle is cut using the Circle Scissors. 

For the bunny, I used the 1 3/4" circle punch for the body, the 1 1/4" circle punch for the face, the small and large oval punches for the ears, 1/4" circle punch for the nose and mouth, 3/4" circle punch for the cheeks and feet, the small circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack for the eyes, and the 1/2" circle punch for the tail.  I sponged the Soft Suede parts with Soft Suede classic ink and I sponged the Pink Piroutte pieces with Pretty in Pink classic ink for contrast.  Finally, I used SU's white gel pen to highlight the eyes and Basic Black marker for the whiskers.

Thanks for looking and don't forget that you can order any of the products to make this project at my ONLINE store; just click here and go to "shop now".

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thanks for Caring Stamp Set

I just love this little butterfly from the Thanks for Caring stamp set in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  This is a 3x6 card, not the standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I don't usually make cards this size, but I thought it would be good to go outside my comfort zone.  I stamped the butterfly in black then used sponge daubers with Regal Rose ink to dab color onto it.  Finally, I used the Rose Red ink pad and a blender pen to add some colors to the butterfly's lines before applying 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds.

Stamps: Thanks for Caring
Paper: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Rose Red, and Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Regal Rose, and Rose Red
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch, large Scallop Circle punch, Rose Red Seam Binding, sponge daubers, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Blender Pen, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, and SNAIL.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Explore Your Creativity with Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up's co founder and president, Shelli Gardner,  made this video and asked us to post it on our blogs.  I'm positing it because I want you to see the beautiful paper projects shown; the cake, cupcakes, boxes, oh my!!  This video was filmed at Stampin' Up's headquarters where they have a showroom that is split into little "rooms" that showcase different vignettes.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I just wanted to take a minute to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day!  For many years, I spent Valentine's Day alone or with friends then with patience and God's help, I found a wonderful man who has a wonderful heart.  So, here's a prayer for those of you who haven't found your +one yet and here's a prayer for those who have!  I pray that everyone stays healthy and happy alone or together!  So, let's remember the love in our lives; it can even be as simple as the love of stamping and the joy of sharing your wonderful creations! 

This beautiful card was created by my upline, Carol Gilmore:

And this adorable card was created by my sideline, Fita Hererra:

Take care everyone and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Easel Box Tutorial

UPDATED 11/1/12: You can purchase the 2013 My Digital Studio Calendars I created by clicking HERE.  Also, here's a 2012 example I sent to the wonderful Becky Roberts!

I'm finally getting to upload some pictures with instructions for this easel box calendar.  Let me know if you have any questions or want me to post more pictures.  Remember that you can click on the pictures below for a larger view.

For the easel part, you'll need 2 pieces of cardstock; refer to photo below.  You'll start with a piece of cardstock cut at 6"x12" and you'll score it on the long side at 3" and 6". Cut another piece of cardstock at 6"x6"; this will be the calendar panel.  Take the 6"x12" piece of cardstock and fold it in half at the 6" score line; then fold it in half again at the 3" score line.  After folding at the score lines, you shoud be able to form a triangle.  In the picture below, you can see the panel of the triangle where you'll need to place Sticky Strip adhesive.  Once you have the calendar panel decorated, you can peel off the film from the Sticky Strip and attach the calendar panel to the triangle to form the easel.

Below is what the easel looks like once you adhere the 6"x6" calendar panel to the triangle base.  I then die cut from the 2-Tags Big Shot Die a piece of Designer Paper to hold my business card.  The base of the easel is 6"x6" and you can see that the Tag Die cut is helping to hold the calendar panel (easel) upright in this picture.  You can use a die cut, brads, buttons, or any other cut out stamped image as a "stopper" for the calendar panel to sit up against.  In my original Tote-ally Tess box, I used her head and 2 cut out stamps as stoppers (refer to photo at the top of this post).

Then I started on the drawer portion.  Below are the pieces you need for the drawer holder.  Sleeve 1 is cut at 8 1/2" x 7 3/8" and is scored at 1 1/4" on three sides; this is the outside sleeve.  Sleeve 2 is cut so that it is just a smidge smaller than Sleeve 1 and is the inside sleeve.  A smidge is equal to 1/16" and is the small hatch mark on your cutter.  So, sleeve 2 is cut at 8 7/16" x 7 5/16" and is also scored at 1 1/4" on three sides.  Refer to the photos below for how to cut slits. 

Once you cut the slits where indicated and adhere the flaps together, use Sticky Strip to glue the two Sleeves together as follows: since Sleeve 2 is a smidge smaller than Sleeve 1, it will fit into Sleeve 1.  Once the Sleeves are adhered together, the drawer holder measures about 6" x 6".  NOTE: Before adhering the 2 Sleeves together, check the placement; you may need to cut a smidge off one of the Sleeves to get them equal at the opening.

Then work on the drawer.  Cut a piece of cardstock at 8 1/8" x 8 1/8" and score at 1 1/8" on all four sides.  The drawer will measure 5 7/8" square.  For the drawer handles, punch out 2 pieces using the Modern Label punch; cut off an end from each and adhere them together.

Once you cut the drawer slits and adhere the flaps as shown in the photo above, the drawer should slide easily into its holder as shown in the photo below.

Now simply adhere the easel portion to the drawer portion using Sticky Strip and you have a really great 3-D project!

Again, click on the images to enlarge them and I'll post a picture of the the calendar pages later this week. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

For You Flower Cards

I couldn't decide which way I liked this card more, so I'm posting both versions.  I really love the new Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper!  I went monochromatic with these cards and added some Pearls and beautiful seam binding ribbon for embellishments.  This stamp is one you can choose and get for FREE during Sale-a-Bration!

Stamps:  For You Flower single stamp
Ink:  Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy classic ink
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Springtime Vintage DSP
Accessories: Fancy Flower Punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot Machine, Island Floral Bigz Die, Baja Breeze Seam Binding ribbon, Pearls, Dimensionals, and SNAIL.

NOTE: I'll be posting the instructions for my Easel Box tomorrow, so come back by and thanks for looking!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Starter Hostess Club Projects

Hi everyone and happy Friday! These are the projects I had members of my starter Hostess Club make this month. I was thinking I would make the projects simple because I didn't know everyone's skill level, but the gals were fast and had more skills than I knew! So next club projects will be more involved; I've got to keep them loving it!

These projects were highlighting Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, and Sponge Daubers as well as the Big Shot Embossing Polka Dot embossing folder and variouis punches.  You can't see it well, but the birthday cake and butterfly have some pretty BLING on them from Dazzling Diamonds.  The Birthday card is a full size card, the Butterfly card is a 3x3 card, and the Valentine 3-D has layered scallop circles punched out covering 2 peppermint patties in a medium cellophane bag.

Thanks for looking and let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sale-A-Bration Stampin' Up Videos

Here are some quick videos Stampin' Up! made showcasing some of the FREE Sale-a-Bration products. Hit your refresh button if you can't see the images. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Shamrock Candy Wrapper


Here's the final project from my Occasions Mini Catalog Open House. 

For the stamped image:  I inked up the new Lucky Shamrock single stamp with Pear Pizzazz classic ink, stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock, and punched it out with SU's 1 3/4" Circle Punch.  Then, to get some BLING, I punched out 3 small hearts from Garden Green cardstock using SU's Heart to Heart Punch, applied Celery glitter (from the Fine Cosmo glitter pack) and adhered them over the stamped shamrock using Mini Glue Dots!  Using 2-Way Glue, I applied Celery glitter to the shamrock's stem and around the punched out image.  Finally, I punched out a scalloped circle from Garden Green cardstock using SU's 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, pierced holes around the scallop and adhered the image to it.  I got the decoration idea from my upline, Carol Gilmore; thank Carol!

For the box:  I used SU's Candy Wrapper Big Shot die and Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the wrapper.  Then I applied panels of Whisper White and Garden Green to the box for some dimension.  I ran the White panels through SU's Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder first.  Finally, tied some 3/8" White Taffeta to the ends.

Also, a big HI and welcome to those people visiting from Becky Robert's blog!  I hope you like the project and thanks for looking!