Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spice Cake "Make and Take" Card

I'm loving these wonderful Spice Cake designer suite colors:  Soft Suede, More Mustard, Pool Party and Very Vanilla!.  They look so great for fall cards and projects but really can be used for much more than fall projects alone! 
This is a pretty quick card we did for a Make and Take at a recent workshop using a print from the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper package.  The card base is the new In Color Pool Party; it has a layer of Soft Suede which has been dry embossed with the Big Shot and the new Houndstooth Embossing Folder. (love that too!
A strip of the Designer Paper down the left side of the card sets the color scheme  (that way I don't have to think one up'! E-Z!  lol!)  A rectangle of More Mustard layered over Soft Suede form the background for two leaves from the Gently Falling set (stamped in Pool Party then stamped again with the leaf outline stamp in Soft Suede) which have been cut out and adhered with Dimensionals.  A little Dazzling Details isadded to give it some sparkle!
The greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set was stamped on Very Vanilla and cut out with the Word Window Punch.  This was adhered to a Modern Label punch of Pool Party and embellished with a Gold Mini Brad.   Pretty quick and ready to pop into the mail to send good wishes to someone!

Thanks for dropping by!  Hope you get some time to be creative!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lace Ribbon Border Punch !

Have you seen and tried the new Stampin' Up! Large Lace Ribbon Border Punch?  It not only makes gorgeous borders but lovely backgrounds and frames as well as you'll see on the cards here today! I used it for a border on a previous card I posted here.  

The first card is my "case" of one made by Robin Merriman.  Sometimes you see something you just love, a great idea, one that just couldn't be improved?  That's how I felt about the card Robin made.  I love how the Lace Border punch strips form the background for the focal point of this card.  The colors are the new In Color Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White and Elegant Eggplant; the White Organdy Ribbon wraps around for an elegant touch.   I heat embossed the greeting from the "My Friend" set with Elegant Eggplant Craft Ink and Clear Embossing Powder.  Sparkly Rhinestones and an Ice Rhinestone Brad on the bow add the bling!

I received this card made by Maurita Wilkerson in our demonstrator group September swap.  I love how she cut the punched lace strips and pieced them to make the beautiful frame on this card, and I wanted to share it with you.  She also used the Finial Press Embossing Folder on both background cardstocks to achieve great texture.  The focal flower was made with the Blossom Party Originals Die for the Big Shot.  I really like Maurita's color scheme of River Rock, Concord Crush and Wisteria Wonder!  Thanks for allowing me to share your card here, Marita!
Lace Scallop Punch  (c) Stampin' Up! 2011
Large Lace Ribbon Border Punch #122362,  $19.95  2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you are having a good weekend and get to stamp a little (or a lot!)


Friday, September 23, 2011

Treat Bags! (No Tricks)

Happy Friday!  Today I have some fun Treat Bags for you made with Stampin' Up!'s new 1 x 8" Cellophane Bags from the Holiday Mini Catalog and some punches and die cuts!  

I made five of these but realized I just photographed these two; each I made is a little different.  For the topper on the left, I used the a stamp from Grateful Greetings and colored the words with various Stampin' Write Markers before stamping on Daffodil Delight cardstock.  I used the Scalloped Square Duo die and the Tangerine Tango back is diecut with the larger circle on the Perfect Pennant Die new in the 2011-12 Catalog.

The topper on the right begins with the cute pumpkin "Got Treats?" stamp from the set of the same name.  The Scallop Circle Punch and the 2" circle on the Circles #2 Die were also used.  The frizzies on the top are simply short pieces of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon that have been "frizzed" by cutting off one woven edge of the ribbon then pulling out the crosswise threads.  I attached this with Snail adhesive.  I did use Sticky Strip to adhere the bags to the toppers because it is strong and will hold the weight of candy or whatever you fill the bag with.

Pull out your trick or treat stamps, your favorite color cardstock, punches and diecuts!  Punch, layer, stamp and just have fun coming up with your toppers for treat bags for little (and big) goblins!  Then fill with your favorite yummies for gifting!  Then start thinking what other holidays you can make some treat gifts, like Christmas, Valentine, Easter....!  Hmmm!

Cellophane Bags, #124134, 50 per pkg., page 11, Holiday Mini Catalog, $2.50.

Got Treats, set of 10:  #119114 $24.95 (w); #120627 $17.95 (c), pg. 10, IB&C.

Grateful Greetings, set of 12: #116511, $36.95, pg. 27, IB&C

Perfect Pennants Die, #123126, pg. 221, IB&C, $32.95

You are invited to order any of these or other Stampin' Up! product from my official Stampin' Up! website if you don't already have a local demonstrator; your order will be shipped directly to you by Stampin' Up! and UPS!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great weekend!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Gently Falling" Thanksgiving Card

Hello!  Hope you are enjoying your Saturday and perhaps stamping while the guys are watching football today!  lol!  That's my story-- although I will turn on the TV to watch our two Oklahoma teams, OU and OSU, play their opponents this evening while I stamp!!  Boomer Sooner and Go Cowboys!!  {smile}

Today's card again uses the beautiful two-step stamping "Gently Falling" set (which I used previously for this card).  I really like this set and am very glad I got it!  Actually I received an additional discount on it because of  my demonstrator title; it was part of the Spice Cake Product Bundle for demos to pre-order.. another perk of being an SU demo!  You should join me-- it will change your life!  : )

I used the colors from the Spice Cake Product Suite for this card:  Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, More Mustard, River Rock, Soft Suede and Not Quite Navy.  (I seem to be lovin' that Not Quite Navy these days!! ..used a lot of it lately!).  I used sponges and daubers to add the various inks to my solid stamps before stamping, then stamped the bold outlines afterwards.  I used our new product Dazzling Details around on some of the bold lines but sadly don't think I caught  any of those gorgeous sparkles in my photo (it was a cloudy day when I took these pics).

The banner is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock with a greeting from the Falling Leaves set, edges sponged and some more Dazzling Details added periodically around the edges.  It is finished with one of the verry cute little Mini Clips in brass.
This picture shows the detail of the new-to-the-2011 Catalog Lace Border Punch; it's a beauty!!  At about 1-1/4" wide, it makes quite a statement on a card--love it!  This is one you'll definitely want to add to your collection!  It is punched from More Mustard cardstock, backed with Pool Party and edged with Not Quite Navy.  I used the new Island Indigo In Color Ruffled Ribbon to run through and knot in the center of each "doily-like" portion of the lace;  love how the Island Indigo works perfectly with Not Quite Navy and the other colors used here.

I lightly stamped two different leaf outlines and added a narrow strip of the Not Quite Navy on the inside to dress it up and stamped the "Happy Thanksgiving" greeting from the Curly Cute greeting set (which has the most adorable font!)

All of these products are found in the 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog and the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog.  They can be purchased through your demonstrator, or if you don't have one, I'd love to have you order through my official Stampin' Up! website here

Thanks for visiting today!  I wish you a safe and happy weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Friend TSSC #191

I've been stamping this week;  I just couldn't upload my cards to my blog because my computer quit!!   Finally I have some new pictures to post after getting some photo software loaded on my husband's computer to edit my photos, etc., and after making my way through the trials of new software!

I'm using one of the new sets from the 2011-12 Idea Book and Catalog titled "My Friend".  It has some really pretty images and I just love the solid image "plants" stamp and the word stamps, particularly the "Hello" stamp that I used on my card I'm posting today!  I also used Technostamper's Monday Sketch Challenge #191 for the layout of my card; I really like this sketch!
Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper is the basis of my color scheme of Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, River Rock and a little Pear Pizzazz. The background of the DSP I used is a lighter tone of Tangerine Tango, which coordinates perfectly with the new 2011 In Color Calypso Coral! 
I sponged the plant silhouette stamp with Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze and then lightly on the lower part with Not Quite Navy to give some variation in color and tie in with the DSP colors.  I then stamped that gorgeous Hello stamp with Not Quite Navy CRAFT Ink and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.  A Calypso Coral Designer Printed Brad was added in the swirl of the greeting and a little Calypso Coral was sponged very lightly at the base of the leaves.
The background Scallop Circle die cut (Scallop Circles #2 Die) is Not Quite Navy and the Circle (3" Circle Die) is River Rock cardstock which has been textured with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.  The DSP banner is one of the Paisley Prints DSP prints layered on Almost Artichoke cardstock.  

TIP:  Use a Square Punch to cut the "fishtail" ends of banners for precise results!

My Friend, pg. 139 in 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog

If you don't have a demonstrator, I'd be very happy for you to shop at my official Stampin' Up! website HERE and your order will be shipped directly from Stampin' Up! to you!

Thank you for visiting today!  I have another card ready for tomorrow!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Gently Falling" Gratitude Card CCMC166

I just recently received the new Gently Falling stamp set and was eager to try it out.  When I saw the Thursday Sketch Challenge at the Create with Connie and Mary website, I knew that I wanted to use it with this beautiful set!

Gently Falling is part of the SPICE CAKE Product Suite for fall in the Holiday Mini Catalog which includes this stamp set, Spice Cake Designer Series Paper, Designer Button, Designer Fabric, and Digital Download for My Digitial Studio software.  I love how easy it makes it to create when everything already coodinates and I don't have to waste time searching for papers, ribbons, etc. to use on a project!
I used three of the beautiful Designer Papers on this card; two on the background layer and then discovered that the 1-3/8" Circle Punch just fits the inside of the Spice Cake Buttons so I added the third pattern there, centered with a self-stick Pearl.  The solid stamp leaves were stamped on Very Vanilla using the colors in the papers:  More Mustard, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Soft Suede, then the outlines of the leaves were stamped in Cajun Craze and Soft Suede.  Gotta' love that Two-Step Stamping for gorgeous artistic effects!

Little details can do so much for a project: the little touch of More Mustard Scalloped Border across the center of the background, the Grateful greeting (Grateful Greetings set) on a banner, and on the inside of the card, strips of Designer Paper and Pool Party cardstock to dress it up and make it special as well.

Edited to add:  In response to some inquiries, I got the multiple colors on the leaves by using sponge daubers and sponges.  I would ink my stamp on a light colored stamp pad, wipe some ink off  in places with a tissue then add other colors with the sponges and sponge daubers, lightly blending when the colors met.

I hope you enjoyed my card today!  I think I'm really going to get good use from this set and this Product Suite!  Thanks for dropping by!

Have a good weekend; hope you have some time to stamp!


Friday, September 9, 2011

Another Lolly: Island Indigo and Paisley Petals DSP

Today's post is another lolly that I made using my wonderful new Simply Scored tool from Stampin' Up!  This lolly is made using our scrumptious new Island Indigo (new In Color for 2011-2013) cardstock and the Paisley Petals DSP!

This lolly is 4 1/2" in diameter.  I used two 2 1/8" strips of Island Indigo cardstock, scoring them at 1/2".  The 12" Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper was cut into 2 - 1 1/4" strips, also scored at 1/2".  Too bad the Marina Mist and Pear Pizzazz colors in the DSP don't show up very well in the picture; mostly just the Soft Suede is showing, but the papers really look nice together IRL.

For the center I punched a Scallop Circle from Pear Pizzazz, embossed it with the Big Shot and the Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder and added an Island Indigo flower punched with the Boho Blossoms punch.  I added a retired button which really coordinated well!  A bamboo skewer with Sticky Strip on the pointed end is inserted for a stem and a swash of 1-1/4" wide Striped Grosgrain Ribbon decorates it.

I used 1 1/2" squares cut from Sticky Sheets (formerly called Sticky Pages) on the punched circles in between the pleated layers.  TIP:  You MUST very firmly burnish the Sticky Sheet adhesive to the surfaces in order to activate it so that it will hold.  Other options might be Sticky Strip, Dimensionals or perhaps hot glue (I haven't used that myself). 

These lollies can be used for so many things:  stick one or several in a dried or silk flower arrangement; put one in a vase with a tag and take to a sick friend or shut-in.  Put one on the front of a card or mini-album (without the stem, of course!!) or make a wreath such as the one shown on page 6 of the Holiday Mini Catalog!  They are fun and easy to make using the Simply Scored tool (pg. 6-7 in the Holiday Mini, which you are going to just LOVE!)!!

Our prayers go out to all those who lost loved ones in the 9-11 attack, to those who have lost loved ones and property in the hurricanes, floods and fires.  May God give you strength and peace and keep you in the hollow of His hand.

Thanks for dropping by today!   Wishing you a wonderful and safe weekend.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Simply Scored Lolly!

Have you noticed all the beautifully scored papercraft projects in the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog and the Holiday Mini Catalog (pg. 6 and 20)?  That would be because Stampin' Up! now has a fabulous scoring tool called "Simply Scored"!!  (It's in the Holiday Mini, pgs. 6 and 7.)  It makes scoring your cards, papers, boxes and any other papers a breeze.  I have mine already and I love it!  You need this!

Paper "Lollies" are a big trend in papercrafting currently.  Here is one I made and taught for a Make & Take at a recent demonstrators meeting!  Everyone seemed to love it and were glad to learn how to make them!  They are such fun!

I used the lovely Paisley Petals Designer Paper and Marina Mist cardstock for the Lolly with a little Calypso Coral and Not Quite Navy in the center.  Other products used are the Simply Scored Tool, Boho Blossoms Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Scalloped Circles #2 Die, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon, Sticky Sheets, Dimensionals, Antique Brads and a 1/4" diameter bamboo skewer found at the grocery store.

Here is a picture showing the above lolly and two others I've made.
The Simply Scored tool includes a storage compartment, a stylus (much better than a bone folder and doesn't tear your paper), plus insertable markers which are a terrific aid in your scoring, especially when making more than one of any project!   You can learn more about the Simply Scored Tool here
(c) Stampin' Up! 1990-2011
 If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I'd be thrilled for you to order through my Stampin' Up! website HERE.  Your order will be delivered right to your door by UPS!!  And remember, for any order $150 and over, you earn free money to spend on items of your choice in the catalogs, hostess sets included!!  Wonderful!!

Thanks for visiting today!  You presence is appreciated and I love to read your comments!



Monday, September 5, 2011

Hello Doily!!

Wow, it's been awhile since I've posted!  I've been as absent as the rain has been in this drought in Oklahoma & Texas!! Whatever happened to the "lazy days of summer"?!  They are quite busy around here with activities and a trip and reunion thrown in too!  I'm back now and will get back to posting regularly again!  Thanks for staying with me!

The fab new Stampin' Up!(c) Holiday Mini Catalog is out and "live" (available to order from on Sept. 1!)  Along with the exciting new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog and the many new stamps and products therein, we have a world of new creative opportunities ahead of us in the upcoming months!  I'm looking forward to stamping, scoring, embossing and sharing in the days ahead!

One of the beautiful new stamps in the big Idea Book & Catalog is the large (approx. 4 3/4" in diameter) Hello Doily stamp!  Such a beautiful stamp which brings fond memories of grandmothers and times past.  I have some similar doilies crocheted by grandmothers, aunts and other dear souls; do you?

I made this doily card for our demo group swap.  First I clear embossed the doily onto Very Vanilla cardstock with VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder.  I tore off one corner and distressed all the edges with the Distressing Tool from the Cutter Kit, then sponged Soft Suede around to bring out the design and make the edges look vintage.  When I tore off the corner,I added a piece of a Pink Pirouette print from the Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper package and also distressed and sponged that.

A strip of Pink Pirouette 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon was attached around the lower portion of the design and tied.  The "celebrate" from the versatile Fabulous Phrases set was stamped onto more of the the DSP then punched with the Word Window Punch, sponged then tucked under the tie.  The Pearl in the center of the doily was colored with a pastel pink Sharpie for the finishing touch.

This is a very soft and subtle card with at look of elegance which was easily achieved with some of our wonderful and coordinated Stampin' Up! products!  I hope you'll enjoy it and try out some of these ideas or products soon!

All Stampin' Up! products can be ordered from my demonstrator web site here!  Thanks!

See you soon with some "lollies" to share, made with our terrific NEW Simply Scored tool!!


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