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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Simple Saturday #10

Happy Saturday fellow stampers! Sorry I skipped out on Simple Saturday last week. My other job got the best of me. But I'm back at it with a goody for you today!


Monochromatic layers is where it is at today!


Don't have too many colours? Use only one! Love the look of this card and it still only took 10 minutes to make. I used nothing but Very Vanilla layers and just added texture to them. Perfect Polka Dots and Elegant Lines to be exact. These embossing folders and the texture plates are some of the cheapest accessories for your big shot and they are definitely my favourite things to play with when I head to the big shot.

I added a bit of Pretty In Pink Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and if you wanted to step it up another notch, I would add some Basic Pearls or Shimmer Paint Spray. Now that would make it really stunning!

So glad you stopped by for a visit. Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #49

Check out what we are celebrating at Stampin' Celebration this week.



These things spell out Spring to me. The one thing that really stuck out to me was the gorgeous green satin shoe and I knew instantly that I would have to pull out my Old Olive Satin Ribbon. So this card was based on what got added last. Funny how that works.
The dsp is retired SU! paper that I paired with Old Olive and Whisper White. I happened to have my sewing machine out and got my card in there, sewing every seam! Speaking of Spring...it is the season to celebrate our mothers and so I turned this card into a Mother's Day card and entered it in the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge #17 . The sentiment is from All Holidays and I stamped it on the Designer Label Punch and layered it up with the Old Olive cardstock that had been run through the Big Shot with the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder. I dressed it up by leaving a trail of flowers using my Boho Blossoms Punch and some Basic Rhinestones.
Hope you join us in celebrating some things that remind me of Spring time! Be sure to check out the rest of the work from the DT!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stampin' Royalty #69

A sketch for you from Stampin' Royalty.
There is so much freedom in a sketch and yet somehow I seemed to take it so literally this time.
I used the colour combo from Scrapmaster's Paradise #97. Back to the Brights Collection but a touch of softness in Pretty In Pink. I have been aching to play with the cork sheets again and thought it would be neat to try stamping on it and piercing it with some brads. Turned out alright. Be sure to make your way over to Stampin' Royalty to view the rest of the DT's creations.

Ingredients:
Tempting Turquoise c/s, brights collection DSP, cork sheets, big shot, top note die, fun flowers die, tasteful trims die, large oval punch, flower trio punch, baroque motifs stamp set, teeny tiny wishes, 3/8" daffodil delight tafetta ribbon, 3/8" pretty in pink tafetta ribbon, circle fire rhinestone brads, hodgepodge hardware

8 1/2 x 11 Bag Tutorial

Finally had time to get to one of those tutorials that some people have been asking for. First off here is my updated version of the bag made from a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock. (that requires no cutting!) I started by stamping with my large glass block in Baja Breeze (found out that it doesn't really want to stamp a true square!) and then wheeled Butterfly Bliss in Kiwi Kiss. Next I scrunched some 1/2" Stitched-Poly Pear Pizazz Ribbon and stamped my sentiment from Something To Celebrate in Always Artichoke. The butterfly is my Beautiful Wings Embosslit cut out in Baja Breeze and also in Vellum. On the Vellum layer I coloured it in on the backside using my Stampin' Write Marker and then Sponge Daubed it a little on the front and topped it with some Basic Rhinestones.
Challenges that I have entered it in:
Paper Players #44: sketch
Colour Q #82: Always Artichoke, Pear Pizazz, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze and Whisper White
Less Is More #12: Off Center
Just Us Girls #81: 3-D template/pattern

The first set of measurements is from the version in the photo above.
1. start with a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock
2. score at 2 1/4", the long ways, from both sides.
3. turn the c/s and score at 5" from both sides.

4. the next fold has to be done by hand and you will do it to all 4 sides as shown, pushing the sides in.



5. Pinch the box portion of the sides in a little at the top as shown.

6. you can either clip the bag shut as in the example at the top or you can punch 2 holes in the back like this and string a ribbon or twine through as shown and wrap around to tie it shut.



You can change the measurements to suit your needs. For instance here are the measurements from my original post of this bag.

1. score at 2 1/2" the long ways from both sides.
2. score at 4 3/4" the short way from both sides.
This version makes a shorter and narrower front with a deeper box.

Hope this makes things clear. Have fun with it and enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Didn't Make The Cut

A few short weeks ago I sent a big box of some serious goodies to Stampin' Up that contained my entries for the Artisan Award. (can't wait to share the pics with you) I never gave it a thought to enter until a few ladies gave me a bit of a nudge. Pretty intense trying to create some original work to be judged on amongst some seriously talented ladies. But in the end I was really pleased with my work and happy to come up with some work that I was really proud of.

I made this card but decided it totally wasn't up to snuff with my other entries. Cute but not good enough. So...I thought I'd share.Tons of fun stuff from the Occasions Mini that are soon to be no more. Check it out and make sure you don't miss the opportunity to get these things in your hot little hands.
Ingredients:

Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric, Sweet Stitches Designer Big Buttons, Daffodil Delight Pompom Trim, Fox And Friends Stamp Set, Hemp Twine, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Die Cut

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Gift Set Class

I spend alot of time thinking about what I am going to get my mom for Mother's Day. Flowers don't cut it because my dad has the most amazing garden and gets all his huge moss hanging baskets ready by Mother' Day. Chocolate? Her house is always full of chocolate. Clothes??? Don't know her size and what about jewellery? Leave it to my dad to do an amazing job with that idea. Well, what does that leave me with? I suppose I could or maybe should make her something! So...here it is.
This class is just in time for Mother's Day, however it is perfect for any special lady in your life as a birthday or thank you gift. The class includes a matching gift box, bookmark and card. (There will be an option to change the colour of the gift set.) The class also includes a full bag of Window Panes (worth $13). There are enough Window Panes to make more projects at home later.

Class fee is $20.

Dates:

Tuesday, May 3 @ 7
Thursday, May 5 @ 7

Space will be limited to 10 seats a night. RSVP by Thursday April 28.



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stampin' Royalty #68

Stampin' Royalty is challenging you to get wet this week. Pull out your paintbrushes, aqua painters or whatever you need to get your paper wet.


There is not a whole lot of painting going on here but then again this is a fairly simple card. However that little robin's egg is the focus of my card.


The basic card is Soft Suede that has been Colour Spritzed. Next layer is Baja Breeze and then Very Vanilla. I used one of my larger glass blocks and applied Crumb Cake ink to it and used it as my stamp for a little background thing going on. Next I stamped the eggs from Nature Walk and used my Aqua Painter to colour just the one egg in. I highlighted it with a small Window Pane and some Crumb Cake Seam Binding on either end. The final touch was some Hemp Twine wrapped around the layers and tied in a bow.
Hope you join us for this challenge. Stop by Stampin' Royalty to see the DT's work!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Baby Cake



These diaper cakes are becoming a bit of a habit nowadays when I have a baby shower to attend.
My cousin and his wife had their first baby and she just finished working for a family that had triplets. Well, I'm assumimg they are done and they gave one of everything to the new family. So what do you get when they have everything they could possibly need or want? I'm thinking you'll never have enough diapers and my mom came up with the idea of a pigggy bank which we are all going to fill with...you got it! Cold hard cash. You can never have enough of that.

This is my favourite diaper cake so far. Must be that sweet little piggy!


Early Espresso and Bashful Blue. Amazing colour combo. I have an abundance of non-SU! ribbon th at I am always trying to use up and this was perfect. If you can believe it, I used up a whopping 10 yards of ribbon for this beauty. The scallop dsp is some leftover dsp from SAB about 2 or 3 years ago that I also have a neverending supply of.


Thanks for stopping by. Happy Palm Sunday! Praise to the King!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Simple Saturday #8

Sponge it!

Today's Simple Saturday is brought to you by Sponge Daubers! There are more uses to your sponge daubers then just softening edges and inking up your stamps. Why not use them as your actual stamp. Perfect polka dots! I just love it. This card almost looks like a gift itself. The sentiment is from Something To Celebrate, the hostess level 2 set from the Occasions Mini. It's mounted on the Designer Label Punch also from the Occassions Mini. I used Hemp Twine to tie up the Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon because it matches the colour Sahara Sand which is one of the colours from Inkspirations Colour Challenge #66. Throw Tempting Turquoise and Regal Rose and you get this fun colour combo. This card took only 10 minutes to make. I love it when I can make a card that I really like in a really short time. Hope I inspired you to get out your daubers. Don't forget you only have a few more days to get all you want from the Occassions Mini including the stamp set and punch I used today. Contact me to book a workshop or put in an order.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Colour Q & Sweet Sunday Sketch

April is a crazy month for birthdays for us. I actually know 3 people that had their birthdays yesterday which meant I needed some cards.


I used ColourQ's challenge #80 and Sweet Sunday's Sketch #112 to get a few cards going.
Usually I make 2 cards of everything, sometimes altering the second a little. Today was no different but with the second I made a few bigger changes. Added another colour, changed the sketch a little and redid the embellies. The first card is pretty, was a great way to start and got my creative juices flowing but I have to say I like my second attempt alot better.Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Less Is More

I saw this challenge at Less Is More #10 for a one layer card focusing on the sentiment and thought of a card I once saw made by Angela McKay (a fellow Stampin' Royalty DT member). Can't find it on her blog but I think about the card often because it uses one of my alltime favourite stamp sets. Well combine this challenge and her card, I just had to play along.I used the colours Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tabgo, and Wild Wasabi so I could use these super sweet designer Fabric Brads that I have been hording.

So glad I could play along. I love the brightness of this card.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

Stampin' Celebration #48

We are celebrating Easter at Stampin' Celebration this week. Bunnies, baskets, eggs and all things Eastery.

I made an Easter basket last year and decided I needed to bring it out and update it. Funny thing is, I choose the same dsp I used for last weeks project. Just goes to show that even though it is technically called Nusrsey Suite and looks like it should be for all things "baby", it can be used for other things as well. Isn't that sweet bunny perfect for Easter.
And to make for last weeks poor blogging efforts I have a tutorial on the box for you!

1. Start with 2 pieces of c/s measuring 7 1/2" x 5 1/2".

2. Score them at 2" the long way and then at 3 1/2" and 7" the short way.

3. Trim off the last skinny tab like this.

4. Color Spritz your box parts and then assemble the box by putting the 2 pieces together, adhering the tab to the other piece and then folding up the bottom.

5. Decorate your box as you please. I used strips of dsp that I punched with my Scallop Edge Punch, frayed ribbon and plain strips of c/s.

6. Cut out 2 Top Notes and cut the ends straight at one end.

7. Attach the uncut end of the Top Note to the outside of your box as shown in the photo leaving in sticking straight up in the air.

8. Punch a hole for a brad about 1/2" up from the center point of the Top Note.

9. Cut a piece of ribbon approx. 10" (or longer if you like) and scrunch it in between the teeth of your brad and insert the brad in the hole you punched on the side of the box and open the teeth on the inside.

10. Pull the ribbon over the top notes that are still sticking up in the air and attach your brad and ribbon on the other side in the same way.

12. Put glue on the inside of the top note. You want to glue about 1 1/2" to the inside of the box. The straight edge will go right to the bottom of the box.

You are done now with the box so go ahead and make a piece for the front center and you're all finished. Once again I layered some punches. Scallop Oval, Large Oval and then a 1" Circle Punch.

Here is one in blue too!
Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Any questions? Please feel free to ask.

Make sure you go to Stampin' Celebration to see more Eastery sweet things!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Stampin' Royalty #67

Spring is in the air!
That's our theme for this week's challenge at Stampin' Royalty and when it comes to Spring I think of purple flowers. All the Spring flowers are beautiful but I always tend to pick out the purple ones. Well, when it came time to making this card, it was no different.
I actually wanted to use my stamp set, Flowers Awash, but this set, Inspired By Nature, has been on my desk for awhile and I somehow found myself using it. I used the photo from 4 Crafty Chicks #32 for inspiration, the sketch from Stampin' 411 #198 and incorporated the "baby wipe" technique that Just Us Girls #79 were asking for.I love cards that have been brayered and was inspired by a card of the talented Michelle Zindorf and thought I would pull out my brayer and blow the dust off of it. It's not really something I am good at but I still love to ink it up once in awhile. In the mean time check out the rest of the work from the Stampin' Goddesses as we enjoy the season of Spring. Any questions about the ingredients of this card, please don't hesitate to ask.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter Treat Classes

Well my box is on it's way to Stampin' Up filled with the goodies that I have been slaving over for the past 2 weeks. Fingers crossed it doesn't get stuck at the border and makes it there before the entry deadline.



So now it is time to stop ignoring the rest of the world. I have 2 treat holders that I have been waiting to share with you. Hopefully I am not too late! I will be offering two dates for the class. You can make as many as you want of either treat holder. Fee is $2 per treat (includes the Pixie Stix). These guys are perfect for table settings. Super easy to add a name to it if you want.


Dates:

*Saturday, April 16 9:30-11:30am.

*Tuesday, April 19 @ 7pm

(I'm not too worried if the class happens to go over time and it will be super easy to take home and finish if you don't get the quantity you want done in time)


Please RSVP asap to reserve your spot.