Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween--Boo Wreath

Happy Halloween everyone.  I have been wanting to make one of these wreaths for sometime now.  I was able to sit down for 4 hours the other day and make this one.  Now that I have done one, I am sure the next won't take quite as long.  Most of my time was spent planning and getting my kids out of my craft space.

All of the rosettes were done with the Designer Rosette Die.  Though I didn't use the decorative edge area of the die, it made scoring all the fold lines much faster.  The larger of the rosettes were all made with solid colored pieces of cardstock cut at 2" x 11".  Each rosette used two strips of cardstock.  The smaller rosettes were made with two strips of 1-1/2" x 12" pieces of Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Here are a few close ups of the details on the rosettes.  I used a variety of accessories to decorate each rosette, including ribbons, glimmer brads, and buttons.  The "BOO" Banner was cut with a retired set of Big Shot Alphabet.  I chose this one as I wanted larger letters.  I have another wreath in the works that will use the current Big Shot Alphabet in the catalog.  I used the center  piece left from the "O" to make the eye.  I put a smaller black circle on top of the center and cut it down to be at the bottom of the eye area.  The Large Basic Pearl finishes off the detail.  The straw is Crumb Cake cut into thin strips and crumpled up.  There are also bits of Crumb Cake Tulle stuck under the edges of some rosettes.

The entire thing is held together with some two way glue pen and a whole lot of Hot Glue.  The new Silicone Mat makes this a much easier process.  I found the wreath form at the holiday sale area of a local big box retailer.  Think big red and white circles.

PRODUCTS USED: *Denotes Holiday Mini Catalog
Stamps: NONE
Colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, *Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP (#126906).
Accessories:  *1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon (#127937), Linen Thread, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Seam Binding, *Crumb Cake Tulle (#127840), Brights Designer Buttons, Basic Glimmer Brads, Brights Glimmer Brads, Circle Punches (3/4", 1", 1-1/4", 1-3/4", *1-1/4" Scallop (#127811), 1-3/4" Scallop), Piercing Tool

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baby Wipe Leaves

Here is the final project we made at this month's stamp club.  We used a variety of techniques for the leaves.

  • The Tangerine Tango leaf was run through the big shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  
  • The Early Espresso Leaf was made with the new Core'dinations Cardstock in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  You emboss the cardstock and then use the sanding block to rub away the raised area exposing the inner core.  Unlike the rest of Stampin' Up! cardstock the core is not the same color as the outer layer.
  • The little leaf was made using the baby wipe technique.  See Tutorial Below.

The window was first made using the Labels Collection Framelit and then run through the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  There is a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock behind the window.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso Ink.  The Naturals Designer Buttons new to the Annual Catalog on page 176.  It is held on by a dimensional.  The entire front mat is put on the Crumb Cake card base with dimensionals.  Instead of stamping the envelope, we embossed it with the woodgrain folder available in the Holiday Mini on page 33.

Stamps:  Wonderfall (wm#128084, cm#128087), Curly Cute (wm#117014, cm#120510)
Colors: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Core'dinations Cardstock Early Espresso (#127848), Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, More Mustard
Accessories:  Big Shot (#113439), Naturals Designer Buttons (#127554), Dimensionals (#104430), Autumn Accents Die (#127812), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (#127821), Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (#127751), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (#117335), Labels Collection Framelits (#125598), Linen Thread (#104199)

BABY WIPE TECHNIQUE:  Make your own custom multi-color ink pad.

1.)  Gather your materials.  You will need a disposable plate to protect your work area.  I used paper, plastic works nicely too.  Do NOT use your good dishes.  1-2 baby wipes.  You will also need 2-3 reinker colors.  If the stamp is large you might be able to use more than 3 colors, but it starts to look muddy.  I used Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango and More Mustard here.
2.)  Fold the baby wipe so it is about 4 layers thick.  Put it on the plate.

3.)  From a height of about 1 inch, put 1 drop of your darkest reinker onto your baby wipe in 2-3 places.  The reinker will spread out some on the baby wipe.  
4.)  Do the same with the second color.

5.)  Fill in any blank areas with your lightest reinker color.  You want the colored area to be as big as the stamp you plan to use.

6.)  Stamp as you normally would.  CLEAN OFF YOUR STAMP BETWEEN EACH USE.  The colors will become muddy if you don't clean your stamp off. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

50% off Digital Kits

Celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day with Stampin' Up!  
  • SU! has marked down all of their digital kits by 50% starting today until Nov. 5th.  
  • Don't have a digital scrapbooking program.  Try the FREE Download of My Digital Studio 2 for 30 days.
  • You can even get 3 free downloads for MDS2 by going to My Demonstrator Website Store.  Click on "Free Digital Downloads" on the left hand side.

Here is a list of all the kits on sale this week.  There is no limit to the number of kits you can get at 50% off and no minimum purchase required.  Since they are downloads, there are no shipping fees either.

ItemDesigner KitRetail ValueSale Price
50% Off
130861Afternoon Daydream Kit$9.95$4.97
129928Afternoon Tea II Kit$9.95$4.97
119839Always Elegant Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
129358Attic Boutique Kit$9.95$4.97
122175Autumn Spice Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
127600Autumn Traditions Kit$9.95$4.97
130969Bandstand Kit$7.95$3.97
130970Be of Good Cheer Kit$7.95$3.97
123728Celebrations Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
130982Chevron Punch Kit$7.95$3.97
123956Christmas Cheer Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
120880Christmas Cocoa II Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
127362Convention 2011 Digital Photo Kit$9.95$4.97
128876Day in the Life Kit$14.95$7.47
130059Fifty Nifty Kit$9.95$4.97
130062File it Fun Kit$7.95$3.97
131228Friendship Preserves Kit$3.95$1.97
128875Frosty Days II Kit$9.95$4.97
129924Get it Done Kit$5.95$2.97
129870Good Times II Kit$7.95$3.97
118465Happy Birthday Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
128872Holiday Harmony Kit$7.95$3.97
127773Holly Berry Bouquet$9.95$4.97
118466Hoppy Memories Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
128999It's all Me Kit$9.95$4.97
130850Joyful Times Kit$9.95$4.97
124230Just Add Cake Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
124446Leadership 2011 Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
124568Leadership 2011 Digital Photo Kit$9.95$4.97
124443Love Birds Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
131231Lovely Little Labels Kit$7.95$3.97
129359Mixed Bunch Kit$7.95$3.97
119978My Sweet Pea Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
132264Neon Notes Kit$9.95$4.97
129898New Heights Kit$7.95$3.97
122174Nite Owl Digital Kit$7.95$3.97
129340Number One Kit$9.95$4.97
129360On the Go Kit$9.95$4.97
124463One Great Year Kit$9.95$4.97
131360Ornament Keepsakes Kit$6.95$3.47
127599Party Animal Kit$9.95$4.97
131226Picture This Kit$4.95$2.47
130851Pinwheels on Parade Kit$7.95$3.97
126027Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
131227Providences of Provinces Kit$7.95$3.97
130983Raspberry Splash Kit$7.95$3.97
118869Recipes By Design Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
127163Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit$5.95$2.97
130060Season By Season Kit$9.95$4.97
127587Sending Glad Tidings Designer Tags Kit$7.95$3.97
129605Special Delivery Bright Kit$7.95$3.97
129606Special Delivery Subtle Kit$7.95$3.97
127759Spice Cake Kit$5.95$2.97
130852Spring Break II Kit$9.95$4.97
129608Spring Fever Kit$7.95$3.97
130076Summer Happiness Kit$9.95$4.97
118464Summer Home Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
129601Summer Smooches Kit$9.95$4.97
124229Sunset Serenade Digital Kit$5.95$2.97
129339Sweet Shop Kit$9.95$4.97
129882Tea Time II Digital Kit$7.95$3.97
132190That's a Wrap Kit$7.95$3.97
127431Tickets & Tags Kit$9.95$4.97
125757Tickets & Tokens II Digital Kit$7.95$3.97
131217Topsy-Turvey Celebration Kit$9.95$4.97
121071Travel Journal Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
126022Travel Log Kit$9.95$4.97
129332Twitterpated Kit$9.95$4.97
129607Walk in the Park Kit$9.95$4.97
132567Winter Wonders Kit$9.95$4.97
127609Wicked Fun Kit$9.95$4.97
131218Wonderfall Kit$7.95$3.97
120881Write Stuff II Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
128883You're My Sunshine Kit$7.95$3.97

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Apothecary Art Sympathy

It is unfortunate when someone is taken from their family so quickly.  A soldier attached to my husbands unit was diagnosed with spinal cancer just a few weeks ago.  After two weeks, with his family by his side he passed on to a better world.  The unit held a memorial service here.  Each of the "shops" within the unit gave flowers and cards to the family.  This is the card I made to represent our "shop".

The tone on tone look for the background is an easy way to make an elegant and classy card.  The coordinating framelits make layers simple to do.  I colored the image in with blender pens and ink from the lid.  

Stamps:  Apothecary Art (wm#1255525, cm#125527), Loving Thoughts (wm#125843, cm#125845)
Colors: Natural White, So Saffron, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight Ink, Tangerine Tango Ink, Always Artichoke Ink
Accessories:  Blender Pens (#102845), Labels Collection Framelits (#125598), Organza Ribbon (#114319), Dimensionals (#104430)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Triple Time Stamping--Gently Falling

Triple Time Stamping has been a new technique craze.  It made the perfect technique for our stamp club card this month.

The technique is fairly easy to do.  You start with three layers of neutral cardstock.  I used Very Vanilla for mine.  The size of my layers can be found below.  Hold each layer in place with a little bit of TEMPORARY adhesive.  This way the layers do not slide around as you stamp.  
Stamp all over the area as you wish.  Don't forget to stamp the envelope or inside of the card.  You can leave a space for the sentiment or add that as an additional layer later.  Do not be concerned that there are gaps in the design where each new layer starts.  These will be covered up my the mats you add next.

Once you are done stamping, put each layer onto a mat.  Adhere the layers to your project lining up the design as best as possible.  You may have to fuss with them a little this way or that to get them to line up, but I promise they do.  

Mat Layers-  Card Base 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 folded in half, 4-1/2 x 3-1/4, 3-1/2 x 2-1/4
Stamping Layers--4 x 5-1/4, 3 x 4-1/4, 2 x 3-1/4
*TIP* All layers are 1" smaller than the next layer or the same cardstock.  Mats are 1/4" larger than the stamped layer.

I also made one with crooked layers.  Simply put your layers in the design you wish to have before stamping.

Stamps: Gently Falling (wm#123802, cm#123804), Day of Gratitude (wm#120835, cm#121148)
Colors: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#119959)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack

This year I am offering two sessions for my Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack.

Each session includes the following:

  • 16 Cards with Envelopes
  • All adhesive
  • Written instructions for each card
  • Use of all tools necessary to complete cards at stamp session
Cost of each session is $32--That is $2 per card.
BONUS: Register for both sessions and get 8 bonus cards, giving you a total of 40 cards for $64--($1.60 per card).

You can register for the class by going to My Demonstrator Website.  Click on RSVP under the description of the class you wish to take.

Custom Sized Treat Sleeve

Have you checked out the Diagonal Score Plate for the Simply Scored Tool?  It gives the Simply Scored Tool even more possibilities.  At my monthly stamp club a couple weeks back, we made custom sized treat sleeves for a pack of flower seeds.

These little pouches are approximately 6" tall and 4" wide.  They are made with a simple 6x6 square of Designer Series Paper.  We used Comfort Cafe for our projects.  The steps are simple enough to follow.

Step 1:  Score the 6x6 piece of DSP diagonally on all four sides at 2-3/4".  I used a white piece with dark lines for the photo.  

Step 2:  Cut off the little triangles on each side.  Put small bits of adhesive where the red markings are.  We used snail adhesive for our project.  If you plan to put a bulkier item in your sleeve, you may wish to use sticky strip.

Here are a few of the other projects made by the group.  All but the Chocolate Chip sleeve came from Comfort Cafe DSP.  The small tag was made with the Perfectly Preserved Stamp Set and Coordinating Framelits.  

Stamps: Perfectly Preserved (wm#126690, cm#126692)
Colors: Comfort Cafe DSP (#126898), Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Basic Black Ink
Accessories: Simply Scored Tool (#122334), Diagonal Score Plate (#125586), Cannery Set Framelits (#127822), Big Shot (#113439), Crumb Cake Seam Binding (#122332), Linen Thread (#104199)

Thursday, October 25, 2012


I know many of you have been waiting for project ideas.  I have a few ready to post and will try and get to those later today.  This just couldn't wait.  Stampin' Up! has truly outdone themselves this time.
For one day only, Stampin' Up! is reducing the price of almost all their stamps by 15%.
When: Monday, October 29th from 12:00 am (MT) to 11:50 pm (MT)
Where: Online ordering or direct orders with your demonstrator
RULES:  There is no minimum purchase and no limit to the number of stamp sets you can get 15% off.  All stamps sets from current catalogs are included in the sale EXCEPT Hostess Sets, Bundled Stamp Sets, and Digital Stamp Sets.  Prices will be reduced in the online store during the sale.

This sale is being conducted in Mountain Standard Time.  For those in Hawaii who wish to place an order directly with me, I need them by 7:00pm (Hawaii Time) to ensure they are added properly and processed by the deadline.  You can place an order online up till the deadline at 7:50pm Hawaii Time.

Monday is also the start of Digital Scrapbooking Week with Stampin' Up!  Look for FREE Downloads throughout the week and all Digital Kits will be marked down 50% from Oct. 29th thru Nov. 5th.