Sunday, November 20, 2011

Designer Frames Oval Embossing Folder

Have you seen the Designer Frames set of Textured Impressions Embossing Folders in the main Idea Book and Catalog?  New this year, there are two different shapes in the package, oval and rectangle, which make such great focal points for your projects!

My card today features the Oval Frame Embossing Folder and the Extra Wide Oval Punch which is perfectly designed to fit right inside the embossed oval frame!  How cool is that!  The Blushing Bride cardstock piece was run through the Big Shot in the Oval Frame Embossing Folder; the greeting was stamped in Early Espresso on Whisper White cardstock then punched out with the Extra Wide Oval Punch then adhered inside the frame for a custom look!  I love the look we get with this folder!
The card base is Blushing Bride layered with Early Espresso.  Old Olive underlays the oval frame layer, whose corners are treated with the Ticket Corner Punch for extra punch.
The lower portion of the card features a rectangle of Letters to Santa Designer Paper.  Although this Designer Paper features some large patterns, the reverse sides mostly feature small plaids and some wonderful stripes which are appropriate for a wide variety of projects!  I love this combo of Blushing Bride, Old Olive and a touch of Early Espresso brown!  The corners are treated with the Ticket Corner Punch and a swath of Blushing Bride 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon completes the look. 
 Designer Frames Embossing Folders
Bring on the Cake stamp set

Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper
Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Snow Much Fun!

Hello!  Today I have a card that was one of our Make and Takes (each attendees get to make two) from Lora's party Monday night!  With Christmas quickly heading our way, we can't have too many Christmas cards ready to give, can we?! 
This fun card uses the shorter snowman in the Snow Much Fun stamp set (main catalog, pg. 35) as well as one of the two sentiments in the set.  The base card is Marina Mist cardstock; the Whisper White layer was run through the Big Shot in the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder to give it the beautiful texture of snowflakes.  Doesn't that embossing add so much to a simple card!?
Here is a close-up of the outside sentiment which was stamped in Real Red on Whisper White cardstock, then punched with the Modern Label Punch.  Another Modern Label Punch of Marina Mist cardstock was cut in two horizontally and added to the backside of the white for a layered look.  Tiny Rhinestones add to the bling.  It is attached with Dimensionals for height. Speaking of, we used the wonderful Dazzling Details liquid glitter to add sparkle on various places on the embossed snowflakes and focal image of the card.

The shorter snowman was stamped on Whisper White cardstock, colored with Stampin' Write Markers and Blender Pens, then punched out with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch.  Real Red card stock die cut with the Perfect Pennant BigzL Die and the Big Shot makes a lovely pierced scallop layer for the snowman image.  There are two different pierced circles on that die, and they both are scalloped and pierced-- so pretty!

Guests at my workshops/parties always get to do two Make and Takes!  And the hostess earns lots of free dollars to spend in the catalog any way she wishes!!   Wouldn't you like to host a party and earn free Stampin' Up! products yourself?  Just contact me!
SNOW MUCH FUN    Idea Book & Catalog pg. 35
Thanks for visiting today!  I'll post the other Make and Take soon!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shaker Card Week, Day 6: Ornament Shaker

Our thanks and appreciation for all the veterans and currently serving military personnel and for your families also.  Your commttment and sacrifice is appreciated and honored today and every day.

This is Day 6 and the last day of Shaker Card Week.  I hope you have enjoyed the projects!  They have been fun to create!!
Todays' card features the ornament and snowman "to-from" stamp from the Tags Til Christmas set, as well as the Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper on a card base of Marina Mist and a layer of Riding Hood Red cardstock.
The ornament was stamped in Pear Pizzazz and then a 3/4" circle was punched out of the center.  This was adhered to the shaker frame  The snowman was stamped on a piece of Whisper White and a little color added with SU Stampin' Write Markers and a Blender Pen; the Shaker Frame was adhered and some Chunky Essentials Clear Glitter (retired) was added to the frame before the Window Sheet punch-out was added.  The Pear ornament tops this to form the Shaker.
Across the lower portion of the card is a band of Riding Hood Red that has been punched with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  The greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes was stamped on Riding Hood Red and embossed with White Embossing Powder then punched out with the Word Window punch.  This was adhered to the Lace Border.

I hope you have enjoyed the cards and will try out the Shaker Frames soon!  They are fun and add a depth and interesting element to a card!

I'd love to hear your comments!  Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shaker Card Week, Day 5: "Tags til Christmas" Snow Girl

Day Five already!  Our card today uses the cute little girl in the snow stamp from the multi-purpose Tags til Christmas set for the shaker.  The Mica Flakes from the Holiday Mini are the perfect filler for this shaker card!

You might notice that there are two different Designer Series Papers used on this card.  They are actually from two different packages but they both use the same Marina Mist color so they play together nicely!  lol!  The back layer on the Whisper White card base is from the Beau Chateau pack whereas the plaid layered on Cherry Cobbler is from the Holiday Mini's Frostwood Lodge collection!
The shaker frame showcases the delightful little girl in the snow stamp; the Marina Mist top layer had the circle punched out and was textured with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and the Big Shot before attaching to the shaker.  Small Rhinestones were added to continue the "bling" factor!  : )

TIP:  Two Dimensionals, stacked, are approximately equal to the 1/8" height of the Shaker Frame, so when attaching a layer as I did on this card, you can maintain the height of your layer; I used a "stack" in each corner of the blue layer.
I'm sorry about the reflection on the shaker, but I wanted to use this picture which shows the elevation of the Marina Mist layer from the Shaker Frame and the stacked Dimensionals

I love the big Snowflakes #2 Originals Die (#113460, $15.95).  I bought it soon after I got my Big Shot and have used it a lot every year since!  I cut this one from Whisper White then covered it with glue with my Two Way Glue Pen and poured Dazzling Diamonds Glitter all over it!  It is some gorgeous bling!  The final touch was a knot of luscious Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon on the side!

The design for this card was inspired by a card made by Chiaki Haverstick.  Thank you, Chiaki!

Remember that Friday in the USA is Veterans Day, so we want to let all our veterans and active duty military know how appreciative we are of their service to our country.

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Shaker Card Week, Day 4: Holly Berry Victorian Card

The festive color scheme of Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Wild Wasabi with a touch of Chocolate Chip is from the lovely Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper found in the Holiday Mini Catalog and is the basis of today's shaker card. 
I was looking at the Holly Berry Bouquet DSP and noticed the sheet with all the scallop motifs surrounded with a background of Chocolate Chip and thought "Wow, these would make a great background for a Shaker Card!!"  So that's what you see in the shaker window of this card (and it was SO easy!!  lol!)
The versatile Perfect Pennants die and Big Shot were used to cut the Cherry Cobbler and Wild Wasabi Scallop Circles  used for the base and topper for this shaker.  Before adding the Cherry Cobbler topper, I first added a narrow bead of Multipurpose Liquid Glue and covered it with the chunky Champagne Mist Glass Glitter.  (That glitter is beautiful!)  I used the same glitter inside the shaker but in this picture it doesn't show up much, although it does IRL.  : )
The Very Vanilla background was stamped with the greeting from the Bells and Boughs set in Sahara Sand.  A strip of Frostwood Lodge plaid DSP across the bottom is topped with a strip of Wild Wasabi punched with the Lace Ribbon Border PunchVictoria Crochet Trim is gathered across the top of that and accented with a bow of Cherry Cobbler 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

I hope you enjoy this card!  Thanks for visiting today!  I'll have shaker card #5 tomorrow so hope to see you then! Have you made a shaker card yet?

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Shaker Card Week, Day 3 "From Santa" Shaker

Wow, right in the middle of heavy rains, tornados and tornado warnings, flash flooding and hail, we had a 4.6 earthquake here in central Oklahoma!  Never dull here!!

Todays shaker card features the A la Carte stamp "From Santa" (#120859, $8.95).  Found in the "big catalog" and the minis also, these single image stamps are trendy, attractive, inexpensive and sometimes seasonal.  They are also quite popular!

The card base is Real Red, a layer of Wild Wasabie then a layer of Very Vanilla cardstock which has been dry embossed with the Big Shot and a swirly Texturz Plate from the Background 1 set of plates. Over this is a strip of Real Red cardstock which has been treated at the bottom with the Scallop Border Punch, then a strip of the Holly Berry Designer Series Paper tied with Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

I used the largest Shaker Frame in the package (you get six of each size [6 sizes] in the package) and it fit perfectly around the stamped image!  Stampin' Up!'s new Mica Flakes in the Holiday Mini are just perfect for Santa's filler and add a delightful iridescence!  I added a punched circle from a Window Sheet after adding the filler then topped the frame with a Real Red Scallop Punch-out.
This was actually the first card I made using the new Shaker Frames and I was happy to learn that it turned out to be simple to make a shaker!  I hope that if you have bought these Shaker Frames but haven't used them yet, you will do so soon!  The shakers are truly easy to make, they add an interactive feature to your card and you can be creative with the "filling"!

I'll be back tomorrow with another Christmas shaker card, this time using DSP for my image!  Hope to see you then!

Happy Stampin'!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Shaker Card Week, Day 2: Warmest of Wishes CCMC174

Good morning! I'm still trying to get used to the time change here!  How about you?

 Today's Shaker Card using those convenient Shaker Frames is done with the wonderful Spice Cake Designer Series Paper and the Warmest of Wishes stamp set (all from Stampin' Up's wonderful Holiday Mini Catalog)!  I love the unexpected use of the light blue-green Pool Party color with the golds and browns!  Such a great combo!  The sketch  is CCMC 174 from the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.
For the shaker, I used the wreath stamp from the Holiday Mini Hostess set Warmest of Wishes.  ALL five of the stamps in this set have coordinating punches!! I am a sucker for that!!  lol!  I colored the stamp with Stampin' Write Markers, stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock then colored in some of the outlined leaves.  Fun, fun to make it your own combo of colors!
I used the coordinating 1-1/4" Circle Punch to punch out the center and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch for the outside.  The underneath of the shaker is also a 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punched from Pool Party cardstock then stamped with a leaf from the Falling Leaves set (which I was happy to find because it mirrors the shape of the leaves on the frame just perfectly!).  I wanted the colors of the DSP in the frame so with my 1/4" Hole Punch punched Pool Party, More Mustard and Soft Suede then added some Champagne Mist Glass Glitter to the mix for some sparkle!  It's fun to come up with so many different fillers to customize the look of your card!!
Using the Bigz L Perfect Pennants die, I cut a More Mustard scallop to adhere under the shaker; there are two different-sized scallops on that die that are pierced and I use them a lot!!   The card base is Pool Party embellished with three strips of Designer Paper from the Spice Cake DSP package.  For the horizontal band, I cut a piece of Soft Suede and embossed it with the Stripes Embossing Folder. TIP:  I cut the "fishtail" end with a Square Punch to get even sides on it.  The final embellishment is a Bitty Button (retired) adhered to a matching punch-out using our Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack then tied with Linen Thread.

Hope you have enjoyed the second Shaker card this week!  I'd love to hear your comments.  Thanks!!
Happy Stampin'!!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shaker Card Week: Morning Cup TSSC 198

Yes, I've been missing for a couple of BUSY weeks but I'm so glad to be back....!!  This week I am going to feature a new-in-the-Holiday-Mini-Catalog-product:  SHAKER FRAMES!!  If you've ever made (or tried to make) a shaker card in the past and have found it tedious to piece together a frame of adhesive foam or worse yet, found that it leaked the filler after completion, you'll be so happy to know "Problem Solved"!  Stampin' Up! has come out with pre-cut, self-adhesive foam rings to enable you to make shaker cards quickly and easily!  Yes, Virginia, the fun has returned to shakers!! : )

I'll be posting a shaker card each day this week so remember come back every day!  The first one is using Mary Jo's sketch over at Technostamper's Weekly Sketch Challenge, #198.  Great sketch!  I'm happy to pull out my Top Note die again which I haven't used for awhile although it's a huge fave and a workhorse die for the Big Shot!
I used the fun little Morning Cup set which was "like at first sight" in the glad to finally have it.  I thought it would work with this sketch challenge and highlight the coffee (or tea) mug in the shaker. Colors used are Early Espresso (fitting, right?), Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Real Red. 
Can you guess what the "filling" is in the shaker frame?  I had a brainstorm to use ground coffee!  Also, I remembered SU has Chocolate Chip Glitter in the Fine Supernova Glitter assortment so had to add some to get a little sparkle in the shaker!  : )  You can barely see it in the close-up above but IRL it shows up.  Another plus is that the aroma of the fresh coffee is beginning to permeate the card!  lol!
 I like the lines of this clean and simple sketch and thought this set worked well with it.  Accessories are the 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Shaker Frames, Window Sheet, Blender Pens for coloring, XLarge Scallop Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die and the Polka Dot Embossing Folder (used on the Red Scallop).

Here is Mary Jo's Sketch for this past week, TSSC198:

Shaker Frames, Holiday Mini Catalog, p. 38, Pkg. of 36, $4.95 There are clear and simple directions on the back of the package which are very easy to follow.

If you don't already have a demonstrator from whom you order, I'd be happy for you to purchase any of these products or others from my official secure Stampin' Up! website and store HERE.  Thank you so much!

Come back tomorrow for another Shaker Card!  Hope to see you then!

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