Saturday, October 18, 2014

Seasonally Scattered gift boxes

For my last club class, we made these little gift boxes using the Seasonally Scattered stamp set, the scalloped tag topper punch, and the decorative window gift boxes which are on sale in the weekly deals this week -- 6 boxes for $3.71!  I love that these little boxes are food safe, so you can put cookies or fudge or candies in these and give them to your coworkers for a little special something.

I showed how you can stamp the Thanks stamp in Crushed Curry ink, then take a sponge dauber and add a little Cajun Craze ink just over the word before you stamp, to give you a two tone look.  Add a few of the gold sequins from the gold sequin trim, and you have a lovely tag for your box!  Use that same sponge dauber to add some cajun craze dots to your box base.  These would make a super cute Thanksgiving place setting/giftie.  Add a few Autumn wood elements and a die cut acorn or leaf from the Champagne glimmer paper for that perfect touch.

OR, use the "Merry" stamp to make a cute Christmas giftie box.  Of course, you NEED some of those frosted sequins and "All is Calm snowflake embellishments" to make it over the top! :)





'Tis the Season -- almost!

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

I love Christmas, and I REALLY love this year's Holiday catalog!  So many gorgeous stamp sets, punches, and embellishments to choose from. Ok, I didn't do that much choosing -- I basically bought it ALL!  Yikes!  Here is my line up of holiday cards we will be making at my upcoming, annual Christmas card Stamp-a-stack.  (To read all about these classes, or RSVP for a spectacular Christmas card making extravaganza, :) visit my meet up group and RSVP for the date that suits you -- space is limited, first come first serve. http://www.meetup.com/Flathead-Valley-Stampers/)

This first card features the "Seasonally Scattered stamp set.  I simply stamped the "Merry" in Night of Navy ink, then the "Christmas" in Real Red ink (from a hostess only exclusive stamp set -- Good Greetings -- available to all hostesses who have a $300 or more party during October) on a Whisper White panel.  After stamping, I embossed the panel with the Filigree Frame embossing folder.  Of course, I added some bling as that's what I'm all about!  the frosted sequins add that little special touch, AND you get a TON of fun for that $4.95!  There are a lot of sequins and little beautiful white snow flakes in that little container.  I also used a little dazzling details to the design for a bit more sparkle.  A very easy card, but lovely, I think.

If you love stars, you're gonna love this one featuring the Bright and Beautiful stamp set and the star framelits.  Also featured on this card, is the All is Calm washi tape.  I used a little scrap of card stock,  covered it in several patterns of the washi tape, then use a star framelit to die cut the center washi tape star.  The All is Calm snowflake embellishments are the perfect accent for the center of my star.  Colors used in this card, are Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, and Whisper White.  That gorgeous silver star, is some retired Silver glimmer paper.  However, there is a new beautiful silver glimmer paper that you could sub in for this card.

Third in the line up, is this cutie pie snowman/trees card featuring a new set from the Holiday catalog -- White Christmas.  There are so many possibilities with this set, but I was trying for a simpler creation as people will be making a lot of cards at this class.  I stamped the trees and snow man in Memento Black ink on Kraft card stock, then colored in the white areas with the chalk marker.  The snow flakes are once again, from the Frosted sequins assortment.  I added a little strip of red glimmer paper along the bottom, and used my two way glue pen to add some Dazzling Diamonds glitter for the snow.  For the falling snow, I stamped the little dots in white craft ink.  A note of caution with white craft ink, it takes a little longer to dry, so either let your panel dry for a bit first, or use a heat gun to dry it more quickly before assembling your card.
Another product I love from the Holiday catalog, is this little paper stack called Trim the Tree paper stack.  You get a lot of bang for your buck with this little stack -- lots of darling patterns that you could use for Christmas and beyond!  I wanted to create a simple card featuring the Bloom for You stamp and the matching Fun Flower punch.  I always love a set that you can stamp first, and then punch it out.  Makes it so easy to create something lovely in a snap.  I used the new this year dazzling diamonds glimmer paper for the flower center -- punching it out using the 7/8" scallop circle punch.  I added a few colored rhinestones to the flower center, using my trusty red sharpie to color them red.  The Christmas sentiment uses a stamp and matching punch from another holiday catalog set -- Merry Everything Bundle.  The Early Espresso panel on this card is embossed with the woodgrain embossing folder.
Last, but not least, the Festival of Trees bundle was a must on my Christmas wish list this year.  The little photopolymer tree stamp set, has a matching punch, so you can stamp first and then punch out some darling little Christmas trees!  Super cute for cards or tags or anything Christmasy.  Love this little bundle!  Also used on this card, is the Endless Wishes stamp set, some more silver glitter paper, the word window and modern label punches, and the All is Calm specialty designer series paper.  I am convinced you couldn't possibly make anything ugly with this paper.  It is gorgeous! and has two sheets of silver foil paper in the pack as well.  A must have, in my book.  That little strip of silver is the silver 1/8" ribbon.  Colors featured on this card: Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, and Whisper White.  I used a few touches of silver sparkle dazzling details to add something special to the tree.  Fun, fun, fun!  Just a reminder, for best results when using photopolymer stamp sets, stamp your image with the stamp and pierce mat underneath.  It helps you get a better image.  Also, if you find that you aren't getting a good image with your photopolymer stamps at first, try rubbing the surface of the stamps with an eraser, or give them a rub on your jeans, or scrub them thoroughly on your stamp n scrub.  Sometimes there is a little coating on these stamps that you need to remove before they will take the ink well.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

By the Tide meets Faux Tile technique

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Here is a swap I made for a techniques swap I participated in this past SU Convention.  My chosen technique, was the "faux tile" technique.  I wanted to create the look of light shining through ocean waters -- highlighting the sea shell on the ocean floor.



I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to stamp the splatters on the folded Island Indigo card base.  The other card stock colors used here are Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, and Whisper White.  I scored my panel on my diagonal score plate first, then I stamped the shell in Crisp Cantaloupe ink, the coral in Soft Suede ink, and the sea horses and splatters in Island Indigo.  After I finished my stamping, I sponged the panel in Island Indigo ink and Soft Suede along the bottom.  The final step, is to completely coat the panel in Versamark ink and then emboss it with clear embossing powder.  The result is a shiny tile look.  I used the Delicate Designs embossing folder to add texture to the Coral strip on the front, and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch for the Soft Suede accent.  My fellow swappers at Convention really liked my card, which made me feel really special.  One gal said to me that she has been swapping for years, and this is the very best swap she had ever received.  I think that possibly may be the best compliment I have ever received!  It so made all the work I put into it worth it.

For more details of how to do the Faux Tile technique, visit this blog post: http://stampedwithflair.blogspot.com/2014/03/faux-tile-technique-meets-lovely-as-tree.html

If you haven't checked out this weeks weekly deals, hop on my website and check them out!  The Darling Doily Die is on sale!  I LOVE this die, and it is so easy to pop out compared to the old one we used to have.  Several other Big Shot options on there, too.  The little decorative window gift boxes are also on sale -- 6 of them for $3.71!  These are perfect boxes to put treats in at Christmas time.  Just sayin'...

Have a great day, Everyone!



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sunset by the sea -- Wetlands stamp set

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

I have been personally challenging myself to create at least one masculine card at every stampers' club class, so this is what we made for my Sept class.  I have seen many cards made with the Wetlands stamp set, and just love this stamp of the birds on the beach.  I wanted to show case reverse masking, and regular masking, and also the piercing templates and paper piercer that I have not show cased nearly enough.



I started by creating my "reverse mask" -- a pc of scrap card stock 4 x 5 1/4" that I centered one of the Labels framelits on and die cute it.  I stamped the birds and the grasses in Memebto Tuxedo Black ink.  I then laid my reverse mask on my card front and sponged on Coastal Cabana and Soft Suede inks.  I started with the Soft Suede and created my sand, I then stuck a 1 3/8" punched sticky note circle where I wanted my setting sun or moon to be.  I then sponged my Coastal Cabana ink on the top half until I was happy with the sky.  I then removed my sticky note mask and sponged a little Daffodil ink in there to make it look like a setting sun.  The final step was using the piercing template that matches the Labels framelits, to add the paper piercing around the focal image.  Subtle effect, but none-the-less gorgeous.  This card was a hit with all my class participants, and got some more tools in their hands to try.  That's what it's all about, right?

The card base was Coastal Cabana and the mat was Soft Suede.

New weekly deals just came out yesterday!  Check them out here: http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=1634

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Scrap-a-stack

Happy weekend, Everyone!  Next weekend is my fall scrap-a-stack.  I have 13 people signed up -- Yikes! that's a lot of prep, but I'm not complaining. :)  Feeling happy that so many of my peeps are excited about it.  One of my goals for this class, is to use up retired papers I have acquired, so all of these layouts used retired products.  For the $25 class fee, each person gets to make (5) 2 page, 12x12 layouts, so each person goes home with 10 pages to add to their scrap books.  Pretty sweet, huh!  I tried really hard this year to make the layouts simpler, so the class wouldn't take so long and the prep for me wouldn't be so laborious as it was last year.  Hopefully I succeeded. :)

Here is the lineup:




I saw a version of this layout at Convention this year, so I have no idea who to give credit to for this idea.  It was so simple, yet so elegant!  It is the Blended Bloom stamp used as a background, as well as the bitty butterfly punch.  Simple, yet effective!  These darling photos are of my kiddos and dad picking raspberries at my parents' home in the Yukon, Canada.  LOVE the pic of Sabina with her bucket and a few berries and that darling little look!  Pure cuteness!



 Here is another layout inspired by one I saw at Convention.  I changed it up to be my own, but none-the-less -- inspired by someone else's design.  These are pics of a recent hike to the incredible Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park.  That amazing title is stamped with the new SU Larger Thank Life alphabet set, which my friend, Leah, generously let me borrow as I don't own this one yet.




Another layout inspired by an idea I saw on Pinterest.  I changed it up once again, but the strips of paper was someone else's idea.  The title uses the Scalloped tag topper punch, and I stamped the "thanks" word (from the Holiday catalog -- Seasonally Scattered stamp set) first in (retired) More Mustard ink, and then used a sponge dauber to add some Cajun Craze in just over the word and then stamped it.  Those little wood elements are also from the holiday catalog.  LOVE them.  The word "GIVE" is cut out using the "Little Letters" thinlets.  Of course, some texture embossed fall leaves adds a great touch as well, using the Autumn Accents die.




This layout will make a nice dent in my extensive Designer Paper stash!  Yippee skippee!  Inspired by a layout I saw on Pinterest.  The title here also uses the Seasonally Scattered stamp set.  Simple, cheerful, and summery!



I had almost a full pack of the Natural Composition papers left, so I wanted to make a layout using that designer paper.  I also love making the film strip look using the spiral border punch -- which has made a recent comeback in this year's catalog.  I love how the little photos look on the "film strip".  Some super cute pics I took while visiting a favorite lake in the Yukon, Canada, with my parents this past August, were perfect for this layout.  The journaling element is a little punched piece made to look like a page from a notebook.  Kinda fun.  I used the new (this year) Bordering Blooms stamp set to make the stamped vine outline.  So simple, yet lovely!  A very great and versatile stamp set, I think. I also used the ticket punch and the matching "That's the Ticket" stamp set to add some tickets to go with my theme.  I like how this layout turned out.  Monocromatic, with a little pop of color -- the retired Raspberry Ripple.  The title uses a SU set -- Feel Goods.  The black scalloped strip is punched with a retired SU punch.  It tends to be finicky sometimes, and hard to punch, which I am sure is why it got discontinued, but I still love this punch very much!

That's it for today!  Have an amazing rest of your weekend!!!

Just as an FYI, there is a new promotion happening Oct 1st - 6th where a bunch of the essential supplies are going to be 15% off -- boring, but necessary stuff, like envelopes and adhesive and card stock as well as a few stamps will be on sale.  Details to follow when I find out more!  Yeah!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Little Kindness goes a long way! -- Kinda Eclectic stamp set

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Here is a card that is a remake of a make-n-take we created at the SU Convention this year.  We received the stamp set, "Kinda Eclectic" for one of our free sets, and it is really growing on me!  The leaves and the unique sun and the stamp with all the dots really make a project pop.  We made this card at my club this past weekend, and everyone really loved it.


The card base is Crumb Cake, and the top panel is Whisper White.  The first step, was to use the Honeycomb embossing folder to "stamp" the hexagon pattern onto the white panel.  Simply use your ink pad direct-to-folder to ink of the folder (I used the back part of the folder rather than the front side -- i.e. don't use the side that says SU on the front).  Next, lay your white panel on top and gently and randomly smooth it out -- it's ok if the whole panel is NOT inked -- it looks better if your background is slightly random with some sections not all the way inked.  Next, I stamped the sun in the center with a new In Color ink -- Hello Honey, then the leaves: stamp in another new In Color, Mossy Meadow -- I stamped the same inked stamp twice before re-inking -- thus creating one darker set of leaves, and one light colored set.  Now, apply some generous adhesive in a little circle directly in the center and add your loops of linen thread.  Next, a half inch strip of designer paper with the ends snipped at an angle -- here I used a piece from the Park Lane DSP pack.  The sentiment from the same stamp set -- stamped on a 1" wide strip of Crumb Cake card stock.  I overstamped with the little dots stamp from the same set, using Crumb Cake ink which I stamped off onto my scratch paper first to make the dots lighter.  Finally, I flagged the corners and curled the ends with my bone folder and attached to my card using dimensionals to hold the "mountain curve up" and glue dots to keep the valley part down.  The little flowers are punched from Hello Honey card stock using the new Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.  The butterflies are stamped in two more new In Colors -- Blackberry Bliss and Tangelo Twist and punched out with the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches.  Kind of a lot of steps to this card, but not difficult....

Be sure to check out this weeks weekly deals!  The Label Thinlets die is on sale for 25% off!  LOVE that little die! -- check out this post to see projects I've made with the Circle card Flip-it-die: Festive Flurries Meets Flip-it-die  Also, a few new treasures were added to the Clearance Rack several days ago as well.  Yippeee Skippeee!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ooh La La! Blended Bloom

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Today's card is one I made for a Wow card swap I participated in at Convention this year.  I have to say that I LOVE how this card turned out.  The color combo of Black, White, and Daffodil Delight is so striking -- hard to go wrong...



A super cool technique that I incorporated into this card is using the Blendabilities markers to color on top of a white embossed image.  So, I first embossed Blended Bloom using Versamark and white embossing powder on black card stock.  I then simply colored in the center of the bloom with my Dafodill Delight Blendabilities markers.  Because the card stock is black, you can't see the "out of the line scribbles" with the marker.  Pretty cool, right????  Really makes this flower pop.  I also colored the rhinestone with the blendabilities.

Of course, then I fussy cut the flower out.  Yep!  All 20 of them!  The leaf is cut from Daffodil Delight card stock from the Autumn accents die.  I simply embossed the leaves with the dots embossing folder and sponged the edges with Crushed Curry ink.  That gorgeous white doily thingy is the new Darling Doily thin lit die.  I don't know if any of you tried the doily die from the last catalog, but it was a bit HARD to use -- so much so that I stopped demoing it.  THIS one, however, is fabulous and comes out easily and beautifully every time.  SO happy as I love this look.  One trick, put waxed paper between your die and the card stock before you cut and your doily will pop out super easily.

The black panel is embossed with the Lovely Lace embossing folder.  I used the Artisan Label punch and a sentiment from the Regarding Dahlias stamp set, using the new Tuxedo Memento Black ink pad.  THE new awesome black!  In my opinion, toss your old SU Basic Black in the... uh ... trash... and get this new awesome one.  No more smearing, washes off your stamp easily, and gives you a crisp perfect image every time!  AND, it doesn't stamp purple as some of the old black used to do sometimes.  

That cute strip of black and white DSP is from the Black to Black pack.  I admit I wasn't sure how much I loved this paper, but in real life it is so much prettier than in the catalog -- and if you don't like one side of it, the other side is generally much better.  Just an FYI.

Ok! off to enjoy this gorgeous day!  Think I'm going to wash my dirty windows and not sure what else...  According to four year old Sabina, there is a lot of "Mama time" lined up for the day -- coloring together, Kinetic sand creations, and Barbies! :)  My little sweetheart is growing up... but I'm glad she still likes to be with me.  AND, she has the crafty bug as big as her Mama's which makes my heart happy.  She has her own desk and faithfully colors and paints every single day -- sometimes several times a day.  LOVE it!

If you haven't seen the new Holiday catalog yet, it is really great this year!  I think it is one of the very best yet.  So excited about it!

Until I stamp again!...