Thursday, June 30, 2011

Perfect Setting Die: Cupcake Gifts

Just a few more hours to go and the Perfect Setting die for the Big Shot will be retired!  This makes me sad because it makes the cutest paper cups into which you can set your cupcakes!  It also does much more!!
For our recent stamping retreat, we (the planning team) made about fifty-four of these as "pillow gifts" for those who stayed at the hotel on Friday night.  I cut these all out of the current In Colors cardstock, punched out the "lids" from White cardstock and the largest circle punch.  Then Jann, Connie, Leslie and I all worked on them: gathering ribbon, hot gluing, attaching lids, etc., and also helping Jann make the little pins which were placed inside the cupcakes!  We were busy bees!
 Here's the box we were putting the completed cupcake gifts into for distributing to the guests' rooms.  They all looked so pretty together!

The above picture shows how the diecuts from the Perfect Setting Die look.  These can be used for many other projects besides these also!

I ran all the ones for the retreat as well as this one through the Big Shot with a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to give it even more cuteness!  : )  What fun these cupcake holders  would be to present your delicious cupcakes for a party, luncheon or any celebration and impress your guests!

#115961 Perfect Setting Die, reg. $42.95, currently discounted 40% to $25.77!  A real deal in my book!  : )  Available until midnight tonight (MT), June 30, 2011.
Any Stampin' Up! products can be purchased online through my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website and Online Store HERE!  Orders will be shipped directly to you from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope you get everything you need from the retiring catalog and have a great weekend with family and friends celebrating our freedoms!

God Bless America and our wonderful military personnel and families!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pretty Postage w/ Sweet and Sour

No, that's not a sauce but a Designer Series Paper, lol!  I have this beautiful package of Sweet and Sour Specialty Paper, hadn't even cut into it and it retires Thursday at midnight!  I guess I could hang it on the wall and admire it... OR I could use it for stamping some cards!!!  LOL!  I love that it has shimmery areas that look like they have been embossed!  I'm sorry that the camera doesn't capture them!

I had purchased the Pretty Postage stamp set from the Summer Mini and was looking for some cool DSP to use with it for the idea in my head.  I realized the Sweet and Sour DSP would work perfectly!
Using the new Postage Stamp Punch #122344, I punched out three designs from the Sweet and Sour DSP. The "sweet" was stamped with the Pretty Postage set and also punched with the Postage Stamp.  These were layered on Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie cardstock squares which were punched using the 1-3/8" Square Punch.  A layer of Very Vanilla underneath, then Rose Red.

The Pumpkin Pie full layer was run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder, wrapped with Rose Red Seam Binding and attached to the front of a Rose Red card.  The final embellishment is a tag of Vanilla stamped with the hello stamp from Tiny Tags and punched out with the Jewelry Tag punch. 

You can purchase any of the retiring stamps or accessories (including Designer Paper, Decor Elements, dies for the Big Shot, etc. ) through my online Stampin' Up! store HERE! 

Remember that the deadline to order any retiring Stampin' Up! products is midnight (MT), June 30!

Thanks for visiting today! 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Double Flower Sweet Treat!

Today I'm posting one of the projects we did at the retreat last weekend:  a double flower sweet treat!  This was one of the quick and easy projects but nevertheless fun and attractive!  With the tag, it makes a great favor from our Stamp Retreat!

Two flowers were diecut with the #115970 Flower Folds Bigz XL Die.  This die cuts four sizes of the same shape flower and if perfect for so many projects including layered petals, fabric flowers for pins and such and so many more ideas!

The flowers were then embossed with the Finial Press Embossing Folder to give them that beautiful texture!  A #116802 Circle Treat Cup was filled with pastel Skittles candy (Easter colors!); if you do this, be sure you don't fill your cups over the depth of the cup as it will pop off!  (Ask me how I know!  lol!)  We then adhered this to a Wild Wasabi 1-3/4" Scallop Circle and attached this to the flowers with two strips of Sticky Strip adhesvie.  

Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon was tied around the cup (use a little Snail adhesive on the ribbon or it will fall off and be impossible to tie!  lol!).

The tag was done by Connie using My Digital Studio and was punched with the Decorative Label Punch.  The small flowers of Daffodil, Wisteria and Tangerine were punched with the scallop flower punch from the #118309 Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, adhered with Snail and embellished with sparkly #119246 Basic Rhinestones.

Wouldn't this be delightful as favors for a ladies luncheon or spring gathering, or used as favors for a party? I'm sure you can think of many more uses too!  (It actually looks a good bit like a hat, so that's a whole different avenue to explore too!  hm-m-m!  wheels turning....)

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Designer Paper Bag Tag and Mini Purse

As I mentioned previously, I was involved with several other demonstrators in doing a retreat last weekend for about fifty-two stampers!  The planning committee (of Leslie Bumgarner, Connie Stewart, Jann McCollom and myself) made several gifts for the participants such as a bag tag, early registration gift, and others which I will post at later times.  Today's projects are the tags we made for the participants bag which held some supplies and also held their projects once they completed them and another gift for those who registered early.
Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper was adhered to a square of the light paperboard in the back of a package of DSP then cut with the Big Shot and the large Scallop Circle Die.  The guests' first initial was diecut from Pacific Point cardstock with the Serif Alphabet Dies then adhered to the tag.  This was tied onto the handle of white paper gift bag for project supplies and completed projects.  Isn't that DSP gorgeous!!

The next project is a mini purse made from the 6 x 6" In Color Designer Paper Pack which is a Level 1 Hostess choice in the current 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog (expires June 30!).
We made around fifty of these little cuties for our guests (and one for each of us, lol!).  This one is shown in a Poppy Parade print; there are several patterns in each color so we combined them for a fun look!  The flowers were punched with the BoHo Blossoms Punch and attached with Silver Mini Brads, as were the handles.  An Oval Punch of Poppy cardstock is the closure under the flower; Velcro holds the purse closed.
Side View
Inside View

Four chocolate candies were wrapped with the same DSP and placed inside for a little treat!
 Here they are, all ready to be given out!  Aren't they colorful?!!

These purses were found on Stampin' Connection, a part of the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website and a wonderful source for sharing and inspiration for demos; they were posted by France Martin and also on her blog; thanks, Frenchie, for the inspiration!

I hope you enjoyed these projects!  Thanks for visiting today! I'll have more projects soon!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Retiring Simple Flower Embosslit

Hello again!  I've been to a family reunion and a stampin' retreat since I last posted!  Whew!  I'm still recovering from all the activity!  I was one of the planners for the retreat and spent a lot of time preparing for it beforehand so there hasn't been any stamping that I could post until after it was over.  I'll be posting some of those projects very soon.

Today's card is a very sweet one sent to me by a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Pam Jones-Litchenburg, who is in the local group with which I meet monthly.  She sent it with a very nice note inside. : )
Pam used the Simple Flower Embosslit to cut and emboss (all at the same time!) these pretty flowers with the Big Shot, then centered each with a self-adhesive Pearl.  The leaves were cut with the Little Leaves Sizzlit, one of my very favorites because it adds so much to a project!  Pam also used a tiny butterfly cut with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit on a stamped and punched Large Oval.

The Simple Flower Embosslit is being retired but is still available for purchase (#114514,
Simple Flower Embosslits Die, p. 215, $7.17, (40% off!) until June 30!  Shop for retiring products, some discounted, at my online Stampin' Up! store here!

The background is white run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder for interesting texture.  You can see how much Pam made use of her Big Shot to make this card!!  What did we ever do without the Big Shot!!  Love it!  Thank you so much for the lovely card and the sweet note, Pam!

Thanks for coming by!  I will have pictures of retreat to post soon!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

USA Big Shot Banner

Here's the banner that I sent a Sneak Peek of last week.  I made this for Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and actually anytime!  I love patriotic things!

This is the banner hung on the mantel; I had a hard time photographing it because of the lighting. : (
There is a star circle on each end of the garland.  Background circle cut with the new 3 1/2" Circle Die and embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  Bigz Large Scallop Die for the red.
The star gets it's "close-up"!  You can see the Silver Chunky Glitter (retiring!) around the Circle, the Dazzling Diamonds around the inner star (cut with the Retiring Star Punch); Star is die cut with Stars#2 Die (retiring, WHY!!!).  BoHo Flowers Punch for star center with Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad.
Letters die cut with the SerifEssentials Alphabet set; butterflies with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.  Heart punched with Heart to Heart punch.
Riding Hood Red is my red color; I used my much-loved Love Letters DSP (oh how I will miss that paper!) and a retired print from Bella Rose DSP.  Smaller stars from the same Stars #2 Die as the large star on each end.
I used Silver Brads on each letter.  I made Loops of Night of Navy 1/4" grosgrain ribbon to run the 1/8" Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon through and tie to the (retired but on Clearance Rack) Riding Hood Red 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.  Button from Regals Button Asst. package.  Rhinestone was colored red with a sharpie.
 One last photo taken on a white wall in hopes to get a better photo.

Hope you enjoy this project!  Let me know if you get inspired and make one for yourself!  It was really fun and satisfying to make!  I have had it bouncing around in my head for awhile and just had to get it "worked out", LOL!!

I still have to get my computer worked on but right now I have a temporary work-around.  Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Computer Issues and Project Teaser

I'm having computer issues & can't get on the Internet (since Tuesday a.m.!)

I have a project ready to post as soon as my computer situation improves. In the meantime, here is a picture taken and posted with my phone.

Thanks for looking! I'll be back ASAP!
Sent from my iPhone
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