Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day of Gratitude Gift

Here's one last (for the present) project using the beautiful Day of Gratitude set.  This time it's a gift "sleeve" to hold treats or a small gift.  I used candy in this one (chocolate, of course!!)
The "sleeve" is made from a piece of Cajun Craze textured card stock 8-1/2" x 3", scored at 2", 4", 6", and 8".  Punch the hole in one side of the cardstock using the Decorative Label punch.  The inner layer of Very Vanilla card stock is 1-7/8" x 2-7/8"; it is stamped with the acorn (which is colored with Stampin' Write Markers) and Thank You from the set, then the acorn is stamped again on Very Vanilla and cut out with Paper Snips, then adhered with a Dimensional.  Very easy!

Above is how this looked before filling with treats in a medium cellophane bag tied with Natural Hemp Twine.

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope it's a great day for you!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Cute Christmas

Have you begun thinking about your Christmas cards for this year?  It's that time!  Here's a simple and quick Christmas card made with a new set in the 2010 Holiday Mini titled A Cute Christmas.  The images in this set are line-art which gives you the opportunity to use them as they are or to color them in to your heart's delight!
The card base is Marina Mist; a piece of Whisper White cardstock that has been embossed with the new Northern Flurry Embossing Folder from the 2010 Holiday Mini makes a great background for the little snowman.   The new Silver Tinsel was wrapped around the front of the card for fun and sparkle!

The snowman was stamped on Whisper White, his scarf and hat colored with markers and punched out with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch.  A sprinkle of White Chunky Essentials Glitter on a touch of the Two Way Glue Pen give additional bling.  It was then attached to a Scallop Circle punched from Marina Mist and attached with Dimensionals over the Silver Tinsel.  

The sentiment is from the wonderfully versatile and basic set Sincere Salutations, set of eight greetings! (#115068, p. 155).

 Thanks for visiting!  Have a good week and come again soon!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another Day of Gratitude!

I'm really enjoying this set that we received at the Stampin' Up! Fort Worth Regional!  That big bold medallion is gorgeous!  I was reminded of this technique by my friend, the talented Mary Brown.  In fact, we did this card at our workshop on Tuesday, but I did change it up a little (like we stampers usually do! lol!)!  Thanks, Mary, for the inspiration!
 The medallion was embossed with Clear Embossing Powder onto Confetti Cream cardstock.  I've always liked that cardstock for it has small flakes of color in it and has a softer finish.  Once the embossing is done, simply apply the desired colors with Sponge Daubers and ink from your inkpads then wipe the ink off the embossing with a soft tissue.  It's okay if the colors mix on the edges and also if you go outside the lines.  This is a more casual rather than formal look anyway!  The edges were distressed with the tool in the Cutter Kit and the corner torn.
This is a lovely sentiment; it is stamped in Cajun Craze onto Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft) cardstock then punched out with the gorgeous new XL Decorative Label Punch.  I used the Sponge Daubers again lightly on the edges of the label, added two small pearls from the Pearl Basics.

A length of Peach Parfait (In Color) Ribbon was added around the Cajun Craze layer then tied, and a piece of Victorian lace trim was added in for additional charm and texture.  The label was applied over the ribbon with Dimensionals and Snail Adhesive.

Here's a close-up of the beautiful detail in the medallion.  One of the small (like 3/16" big!) brads that looks like a button from the Vintage Trinkets assortment centers the medallion.   
I think this medallion would be beautiful used on Christmas cards too, .. in say,  gold embossing perhaps?!  I think I'll try that soon!

I hope you enjoy!  If you would like to order this set or any other Stampin' Up! products and don't currently have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would be thrilled to help you.  Just contact me by email or place your order directly through my Stampin' Up! website ;  just click on the Shop Now button!  See the Monday, Sept. 20 post for the details on this set.

I appreciate you dropping by!  Wishing you a good day in every way!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Day of Gratitude

 My daughter Robin Clark and I at the Saturday Fort Worth Stampin' Up! Regional.  She lives a long way away; I was grateful to get to spend a little time with her Friday night and Saturday.   Speaking of gratitude... : )

Day of Gratitude is such a great set!  I love the images in it and the sentiment too!  Today I have another card done with it from the Fort Worth Regional. 
This is a really interesting layout that showcases several of the stamps in the set as well as the sentiment; in face it uses five out of the seven stamps in the set!

 The front of card was trimmed off to be shorter than the card back; the white layer extends beyond and is lifted on Dimensionals for interest.  Stampin' Write Markers were used to color all the stamps before they were stamped on the Whisper White.  The intricate medallion stamp was stamped on the Cajun Craze in the same color ink for an lovely background.

 Notice the pierced edges on two of the white image pieces and the adorable Antique Brass Mini Library Clip on the front.

Day of Gratitude Stamp Set
(c)Stampin' Up! 1990-2010
#120835 wood    #121148 clear
Holiday Mini Catalog

Did I mention that this set has a package of coordinated Specialty Designer Series Paper?  No?  It's called Autumn Spice and it is in beautiful tones of autumn!  Check it out in the Holiday Mini Catalog!  #120808. 

If you would like to place an order for this set or any of Stampin' Up!'s exclusive products, you may click HERE to go to my Stampin' Up! website, then click on the "Shop Now" button!  Of if you prefer, email me

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

More Fort Worth Regional Pictures

I have more pictures of fabric projects from the Fort Worth Stampin' Up! Regional using Stampin' Up!'s newest product line, fabric!  We have two styles presented in the Holiday Mini catalog, the vintage look of the Deck the Halls assortment and the brighter and more contemporary Candy Cane Christmas!  Also found in the same Holiday Mini are coordinating stamps, buttons, ribbon and accessories such as iron on fabric adhesive, Big Shot Dies and lace (in the regular catalog), so you have everything you need to make cool projects with fabric! 

Christie Daugherty WOW-ed us with her Workshop WOW presentation using fabric.  She used the Pennant Die to make Christmas tree on an apron, quilt square and also framed art!  She also made a backpack tag, coasters and other assorted cute projects with the fabric. 
A quilt square using the Pennant Die, the Tasteful Trim Die, the Candy Candy Christmas fabric and coordinating buttons, by Christi Daugherty.
Framed fabric artwork by Christi Daugherty.  You can see more information about her fabric creations here.

Above is another card Shelli showed using fabric.
Here is another of our Make and Takes using the fab new Day of Gratitude set!  The background is Cajun Craze with a layer of Early Espresso cardstock then the Whisper White focal layer.  This is one stamp that have been stamped four times, lined up with the Stamp-a-ma-jig and centered with more Cajun Craze and one of the Pearl Basics.
The center circle is attached with a Dimentional for emphasis.  This was a quick card and would be great to have handy to jot a quick note of any kind.

Thanks for visiting again today!  Hope you are enjoying some glimpses of our great day at the Fort Worth Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stampin' Up! Regional in Fort Worth!

Last weekend I traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, to attend a Regional Stampin' Up! meeting for demonstrators and guests.  It was great!  Four of us left Friday morning on the Heartland Flyer, an Amtrak train.  We saw some pretty scenery and a roaring river where there had been so much rain!  In Fort Worth, we met our larger group that had traveled by car.  Later that evening my daughter Robin Clark and her upline Kimberly Stallcup arrived from San Antonio.

Skyline of Fort Worth as we arrived on the train! It was a beautiful day!  I love Fort Worth!  It is where I grew up!

We attended the Saturday Regional.  Shelli Gardner, the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! was the seminar leader and gave the first presentation using Stampin' Up!'s lovely new fabric in different ways!  (The skirt she is wearing in the picture is actually made from our new Stampin' Up! fabric!!  And it can even be used for a tree skirt!  Yes!  Believe it!)  She made and showed some cards and a little pocketed card cover used to carry several cards and envelopes;  you can have them on hand anytime you want to write a card!

We saw some inspiring Workshop Wows; for the last presentation, demo Glenda Travelstead showed us how she does workshops.  She was both humorous and serious.  We laughed and we had tears well up in our eyes!  I think she connected with us all!  Great job!

We always look forward to the Make and Takes and the new free stamp set that comes with attending Regional!  This year it is the wonderful new Day of Gratitude set from the outstanding current Holiday Mini!!  Love it!

Here is one of the six Make and Takes we did.  This is a simple but lovely card!  I love this set!  The card is in Old Olive with the white layer for the sentiment, which uses the new Decorative Label Punch (also in the Holiday Mini!) 
Also notice the dainty little self-adhesive Basic Pearls and the luxurious Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon which finish off the card!

Thanks for coming by today to visit!  I'll be posting more of the Make and Takes and some other new projects, probably tomorrow!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Just Believe! Pouch and Mini Cards

One of our Make 'n Takes at Convention using the Just Believe! set is this cute pouch that holds six mini cards.  The new In Color Pear Pizzazz is used for the pouch which is embellished with a large tie of the Chocolate Chip 1 1/4" Wide Grosgrain Ribbon. (this wide grosgrain is soft and luxurious... it is sooo nice to work with!) The Chocolate Chip color in this ribbon is no longer available but the Early Espresso ribbon is the perfect replacement!
A tiny Jewelry Tag punch was stamped with a single flower and tied to the wide ribbon.  The pouch front was stamped with the largest plant and flower stamp in VersaMark then the sentiment in Early Espresso.

When the pouch is opened, a Small Cellophane bag is revealed holding six mini cards, each with a coordinated stamped round adhered to the front.  These are so sweet and could have a multitude of uses!

A 3 1/2" x 12" piece of Pear Pizzazz was scored at 5 1/4" and 10 1/2" from one end.  The corners of the top flap of the pouch were trimmed from about an 1" from the outer corners slanted outward toward the fold to allow it to slip through the hole punched with the Word Window punch and keep the pouch closed.

This is a fun project and would be a nice gift.  You could package Christmas tags, candy or other special treats in one of these pouches for gifting.

Accessories:  Small cellophane bags, Chocolate Chip 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, Linen Thread.
Tools:  Jewelry Tag punch, Word Window punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch

Thanks for visiting again!  I wish you a good day! 


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Just Believe! Watercolor

Here we are at day four of our Just Believe! series.  Today's card is one of the Make 'n Take projects from the Stampin' Up! Convention in July.  I just made mine last night however, lol!  (So much to do @ Convention!  So much fun!)

This is a quick and easy "watercolor" technique that produces lovely results!  That stamp was colored with Stampin' Write Markers in colors of Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery and Old Olive.  Then the inked stamp was sprayed with a fine water mist and stamped onto the watercolor paper.  After tearing the top edges of both the watercolor and Bashful Blue cardstocks and adhering them together, I pulled out my Night of Navy marker again along with the Spritzer tool and gave it some light spritzing.  (click on the picture to enlarge it to see the flecks better)  Then adhered the ribbon and button, and the card is finished.  Viola!  Quick and easy.  I love the results this technique gives!

We also received the envelope in our packets so it was stamped with the image inked in Bashful Blue for a completed project!

Stamp:  Just Believe!
Inks:  Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery and Old Olive Markers; Bashful Blue ink
Paper:  Watercolor paper #105019, 6.95, p. 170; Bashful Blue and Not Quite Navy cardstock
Accessories and Tools:  Small Open End Whisper White Envelopes (p. 171),  Certainly Celery 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Brights Designer Buttons, Color Spritzer Tool, Mini Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive.
Learn more about the Color Spritzer Tool here.

I'd love to hear from you if you are enjoying this series.  Thanks for visiting today! 

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