Friday, August 31, 2012

Fab Fri 01

Welcome to the launch of the Fab Fri Blog Challenge!  I was so excited when Mindy mentioned the possibility of participating as a designer for this team!  I am excited to work with everyone on the team and look forward to seeing their bi-weekly posts!  We will be doing the challenge every other Friday with sketches and color challenges.
I loved this sketch and for the first time in awhile, I didn't like the first card I made for this sketch (come back tomorrow to see the card that just didn't work for me!).  I am pretty pleased with my clean version of the sketch!  I considered watercoloring the poppies but decided to stick with this clean version!  

Pleasant Poppies Stamp
Lucky Limeade and Whisper White Card Stock
Floral District Designer Series Paper
Tangerine Tango Ink and Embossing powder
Tangerine Tango button (in the Brights set)
Scallop Border Trim Punch

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Convention Swap - Happy Hour

I have a quick card for you that is easy to reproduce!  I made this card for a Christmas Swap at Convention in July.  I love how it turned out!
Happy Hour Stamp Set
Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green Card Stock and Ink
Whisper White Card Stock
Regal Buttons (Cherry Cobbler)
DSP (from the Holiday catalog, an't remember which one)
Chevron Embossing Folder

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Moving Forward

Moving Forward with a CASE
I have loved this set and when I went to convention, I received it FREE from Prize Patrol (actually we all received it!).  This stamp set is featured in the Stampin' Success magazine that is exclusive to Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  This card was featured as a card that is easy to demonstrate.  I just had to CASE it and make it myself, I love the color combo!  I love how easy this card is and the little amount of supplies that is required to make it.

Gumball Green and Whisper White Card Stock
Gumball Green and Melon Mambo ink
Gumball Green DSP (from the 2012-2014 DSP stack)
Melon Mambo Scalloped Polka Dot Ribbon
Scallop Trim Border Punch

Monday, August 27, 2012

MDS Framed Art

I have decided that for Christmas, I'd like to make some of these framed art pieces for the people I love!  I received the MDS print from convention (it was supposed to be used for something else) and I decided I NEEDED to have this on my desk at work.  I absolutely fell in love with this frame from Marshalls for $7.99, can't beat that!
It's not really a 3-d frame with the glass but I did try to pop-out the flower and used the Dahlia.  I stamped the butterflies as well (the saying is the only thing done in MDS).  Now, I need to get my butt in gear to print out different quotes before the end of the MDS sale.  Did I mention that MDS printing is 31% off through the end of the month?

Tangerine Tango and Pool Party Ink
Comfort Cafe DSP
Summer Starfruit Dahlia
Blossom Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals and Mini Glue Dots

Sunday, August 26, 2012

HSS Challenge #132

I am back!  Well, the first two weeks of school were challenging.  Really, we were only in school for 4 days, the rest was teacher planning time (aka: meetings and getting our rooms ready).  My class is super sweet, cute and well, full of energy!  I always forget how TIRING it is teaching 18 third graders all of my routines, etc...  and now, with Tropical Storm/ Hurricane Isaac coming our way, we have tomorrow off so far!  What this means for you is some pre-planned posts!  Yay!  Stampin' time is my favorite time!  I made this card for a challenge over at HSS!

Everything I used was Stampin' Up! except the colorful striped paper and because I cut it all up, I cannot remember the brand!  I did use directions in the Card Maker magazine to make this adorable card.  Don't you just love the candles?  
They are literally just rolled up DSP with twine on the inside!  I love the look!

 It's much easier than you'd think and it's my plan to make a video eventually.  But for now I can tell you that I cut pieces of the striped paper and flipped them to look like a chevron pattern.  It was a lot easier than it looks!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Long few weeks back at work

I am sorry I haven't posted in a few days... I have been working non-stop to get my classroom ready for the Open House tonight and the First Day tomorrow!  This is a card I created for my swaps with the Facebook Group I am in that is just for SU! demos!  I will post a link to directions and some more pics tomorrow!  Enjoy!  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday Swaps

This is one of the cards I made for a swap at Convention...  Right now I can use some caffeine in my life!  This being back to work thing is tiring!  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Meeting Tuesday

Today was my second day back at work and we were in meetings for 5 hours straight.  Yes, it's quite possible and my reality.  It sucked and I am so tired right now.  Unfortunately I have several things I need to get done tonight.  I work my tail off during "pre-planning" so that once the kids start, I don't have to stay late.  I have learned that this is the most effective way to do things!  Anyway, I am glad I made a few cards last week that I can post...

When I made this card, I double dipped the sentiment, thus the weird color for the "thank you".  It was supposed to be Pool Party but I think it's a combination of Pool Party and Summer Starfruit.  LOL  Mistakes happen, that's all I can say!  I just love the look of the 3-d heart.  It's so cute and such trendy colors.

Lacey and Lovely Stamp Set
Pool Party and Summer Starfruit Card Stock and Ink
VersaMark Clear Ink
Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
Natural Twine
Vintage Faceted Buttons
Heart Punch
Paper Snips and Snail

Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to Reality Monday

I am back to work this morning, summer is over for me in Florida!  I have to be there at 7:30 EST, but my goal is to be to work at 7 every day.  I feel like I can get more done before the kids wear me out for the day!  So... I better get moving as I need to leave soon!  I like this week since it's like an intro, we don't have kids until the 21st so we can go out (or go home) for lunch.  

Today's card is another one that I converted from a convention project idea.  I love how easy this card is!  It's a bit smaller than the normal card, which makes it perfect for the "less is more" theory!  If I changed this card up, I'd use silver for the body of the butterfly!  The small theme goes with this card as the other cards, Lacey and Lovely as the stamp set and Howlstooth and Scaringbone for the DSP.

Hint:  How did I make the antennae on the butterfly?  Cut a THIN strip of the Tangerine Tango Card Stock.  Use your bone folder to pull it along the strip of card stock (think about curling ribbon).  Be careful as the thin strips of card stock can rip very easy!  

Lacey and Lovely Stamp Set
ManGumball Green, Summer Starfruit, and Very Vanilla Card Stock
Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
Tangerine Tango ink
VersaMark Clear ink
Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Super Sunday

Today is Super Sunday because I am including a few projects I made for my classroom!  But first, a CASE'd card from Windy Ellard who had her card featured on Mary Fish's website.  See the original posting here.

This card was so cute I just had to make one!  I added the ribbon because I didn't get the enter front into the embossing folder (see, even I make mistakes).  When I make a mistake I try to cover to up.  I just love the Midnight Muse satin stitched ribbon!

Blessings from Heaven Stamp Set
Daffodil Delight, Melon  Mambo, Might Muse and Naturals White Card Stock
Melon Mambo ink
Fancy Fan Embossing Folder
Apothecary Accents Framelits
Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat and Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack
Elegant Butterfly punch
Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon

 Teacher Projects:
I made several mason jars with flowers using teaching supplies.  I filled this jar with magnetic alphabet letters, wrapped teacher-like ribbon and filled with flowers.  I wanted to make my classroom more cheery, flowers definitely do that!  Where did I find this idea?  Pinterest of course!

Another Pinterest inspired idea: Dollar Store frames with cute paper and letter stickers.  What will I do with these cute frames?  Write my daily objectives on them!  I plan to hang these from hooks on a cabinet at the front of my classroom.  I used matching ribbon from my flowers (the same ribbon will be used to hold my blinds together.  The theme in my classroom is "Movie Stars" so the sparkly and paper with stars on it works perfect!  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Flags for Saturday

This is another card that was created using the supplies from the class at convention.  I really love the polka dot DSP used!  
If I did this card again, I'd use Tangerine Tango instead of Summer Starfruit for the "Hello" sentiment.  

Isn't this banner so cute?

Crumb Cake Card Stock
Summer Starfruit Card Stock and Ink
Gumball Green and Pool Party DSP
Lacey and Lovely Stamp Set
Vintage Faceted Buttons
Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
First Edition DSP
Linen Thread
Natural Hemp Twine

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Retro Thursday

Today's sample is using the supplies from the "I am... Creative" extra class at Stampin' Convention.  During the class we were supposed to make a banner using the supplies, but I prefer to make them into cards (more useful to me).  I am hoping you can tell that I used Tangerine Tango as my card base.  Nothing like Tangerine and Starfruit as some "retro" colors.  The DSP is from the Howlstooth and Scaringsbone package, it works wonderfully for this card!

This card has a lot of elements that I wouldn't normally put together: chevron, polka dots, butterflies and doilies (which are stamped on the top and bottom butterfuly).  Pulled all together it looks really awesome!  I didn't add a sentiment because I wanted the focal point to be on the patterns and butterflies!

Lacey and Lovely Stamp Set
Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit, Basic Gray and Whisper White Card Stock
Tangerine Tango and Summer Starfruit ink
Chevron Embossing folder
Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
Silver Glimmer Paper
Twine and Pearls
Beautiful Butterfly Bigz Die
Elegant Butterfly punch

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Celebrate with color!

This is CASE from the CardMaker July issue.  Although I did change some things up when I made my card, it does look very similar!  I used up some scraps of DSP I had sitting around and finally used the cake that I love so much from the Embellished Events stamp set!
I used the "Celebrate" stamp from Topsy Turvy instead of Embellished Events because it is a bit bigger.  This card has many elements to pull everything together.  I just love the look of the colors on the Crumb Cake background.  To color the cake I used Stampin' Write markers in the same colors as the DSP scraps.

Embellished Events and Topsy Turvy Stamp Sets
Crumb Cake and Whisper White Card Stock
Summer Smooches DSP (daffodil and limeade)
Pumpkin Pie Polka Dot Parade DSP
Brights DSP Stack in Melon Mambo
2011-2013 In-color DSP Stack in Pool Party
Modern Label Punch
Window Frames Collection Framelits (Holiday Catalog)
Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade, 
Pool Party and Basic Black Stampn' Write Markers
Pool Party and Lucky Limeade twine
Melon Mambo buttons
Snail, Dimenstionals and Glue Dots

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Technique Tuesday

Cutting using Framelits
One of the biggest complaints I hear or see about the new Framelits is that they don't always stay in place when you use them through the Big Shot.  At first, I was using post-it notes to hold them in place, and although it worked quite well, I was looking for an easier solution (everyone knows that teachers need our post-it notes!).  In talking with my upline Amanda Coughlin, she shared what she had been doing!  To my surprise, it worked!  

Here is what she figured out:
1. Purchase a sheet of self-adhesive Magnet and an extra set of Standard Cutting Pads.

2. Trim the Magnet to just a bit smaller than the cutting pads.  Adhere to the cutting pad.  This is where I made a mistake, I didn't purchase self-adhesive magnet sheets, so I used a lot of Sticky Strip.

3.  Place stamped image on the magnet cutting pad.  Place the framelit where you want it - you will feel it cling slightly to the pad.  Put a non-magnetic standard cutting pad on top to make the sandwich.  Send it thru the Big Shot.

4.  You end with a PERFECT frame around your stamped image.  

5.  HINT: You will be able to see the cut in your magnet, do not fear, it will continue to work.  Personally I wouldn't recommend putting magnet on both cutting pads - when you put the sandwich together, it may be attracted to your framelit and may move. 

I hope you enjoyed the picture tutorial.  Eventually I plan to make some videos - but for now, this is the best it gets!  Stay tuned for video techniques in the future!  Happy Stampin'!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Medallions

Hi there!  This is my last week of vacation and I have to admit, I am sad!  I have enjoyed my summer of fun, but now it's back to reality.  I made a commitment to blog daily and I plan to keep that promise, but I will be trying to schedule the blogs ahead of time... right now I have projects through the middle of the week!  I am on a roll!  :)   Leave me a comment if you like my new blog or if you have a question!

I started this card last week and decided I wanted to cut out the medallion, so I put it aside until the framelits came!  I saw the card and remembered that I could finally finish it!  I found this pairing in the Color Coach - using Summer Starfruit, Primose Petals and Basic Gray.  I used two of my favorite sets right now: Delicate Doilies and Daydream Medallion.  

When I saw the Daydream Medallion set and knew we were getting it at convention, I was quite excited because I knew I could use it with a lot of my current sets.  I love the Floral Frames Framelits to cut out the medallion and make it the focal point.

I wanted to use a sentiment that could be used for a Thank You, because yes, I am still writing them out!  Let me re-word that, I am still making them to send out (I haven't actually started writing them).  I am completely in love with the Dahlias.  I love buttons/ brads but the dahlias are so easy to use - there is no reason to make a hole or thread the button holes.  I love that part!  :)

Sneak for Technique Tuesday!  I will be sharing an awesome, new (new to me anyway) technique for using the Framelits in your Big Shot.  Everyone seems to be having issues keeping the framelits in place - I have your solution!  Check back tomorrow for my picture tutorial.  :)

Delicate Doilies, Daydream Medallion and Loving Thoughts Stamp Sets
Floral Frames Framelits
In-color 2012-2014 DSP Stack (Summer Starfruit)
Basic Gray, Primrose Petals and Whisper White card stock
Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit ink
In-color Dahlias

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Punch Card Technique

Punch Card Technique
Sunday is a two-for-one day here at my Stampin' in the Sun blog!  You are getting a step-by-step technique here today.  The technique is simple but very snazzy for those of us who need pictures to show us how to do something!  When you are done, you will have a card shaped like whatever punch you used (yesterday I used the ornament punch and also the decorative label punch).  

1. Fold a piece of paper in half, you will need a bit extra on one side to be able to hold it, or you can make it smaller and stick a post-it note hanging off the top or side to use as a guide to stick it in the punch.  Then stamp your design right under/ on the fold.

 2.  Fold paper down on the crease (simply fold back to halfway point).

3. Place design into punch, just barely leaving a gap (as you can see, there is an empty space just above the stamped ornament).  Punch.  

4. Viola!  You now have a stamped shaped card!  These are perfect as tags for gifts, gift bags or even little lunch box notes for your student going back to school.

And.... for a fun card:
Freshly Made Sketches #46

Papillon Potpourri: wood #123757/ clear #123759
Loving Thoughts: wood #125843/ clear #125845
Top Note Die
Elegant Butterfly punch
Fancy Fan Embossing Folder
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White and Crumb Cake Card Stock
Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit ink
Versa Mark Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Sponge Daubers
Dimenstions and Snail

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Holiday Gift Set

As promised I have finished the gift set with box for my Christmas class coming this fall!  I saw the ideas for this GREAT gift on Stampin' Connection (SC is an exclusive benefit of being an SU! demo - if you'd like information about all the other benefits, let me know!).  Here is the original blog post where I CASE'd (copy and share everything) Stampin' Nerd's creativity!

This is a picture of the completed project which includes: 5 regular mailable cards with envelopes, 5 3x3 cards with envelopes, 8 each of the 3 tags, twine for the tags and postage stamps.  I also plan to get a mini gel pen to include in the supply area of the box.  Isn't this a perfect gift to bring to a holiday party or give as a gift to a co-worker or boss?  I just love the idea!
How CUTE are the tags used in this set?  I used the Scentsational Season Stamp set and the matching Holiday Collection framelits to cut them out!  It was so easy, especially after I figured out the trick to using the framelits in my big shot (video coming soon, and it's NOT the post it note technique).  

I cut a small slit in the hot chocolate cup and inserts the candy cane into the mug.  Doesn't it look good enough to eat?  Just wait until you come to the class - we will be using embossing powder that smells like sugar & spice!

The middle candy cane tag is one that you'd string twine to hang on a package or gift.  The other two are cut using punches - check out my blog tomorrow for a step-by-step tutorial showing you how to do this!  

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Scentsational Season Bundle (stamps and framelits) #129945 (wood)/ #129946 (clear)
Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip ink and markers
Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Whisper White and Natural White card stock
Gumball Green Core'dinations Card Stock (to make the box)
No Peeking, Petite Pairs, More Merry Messages, Tags til' Christmas Stamp Sets
Ornament and Decorative Label Punches
Whisper White Twine
Whisper White Sweater Trim (Holiday Catalog) 
Window Sheets 
Simply Scored

Friday, August 3, 2012

Core'dinations Card Stock in use

Yesterday I promised to share a card using the Core'dinations Card Stock and I did not want to disappoint!  Here is what I came up with (although I admit I used the general layout idea from the Holiday catalog that featured the Core'dinations Card Stock (page 6).

I love the colors in this card but I have to say I originally thought it looked a bit "busy" with the leaves and the plaid DSP behind it.  I pulled the colors of the leaves directly from the DSP.  As you can see, I used the Core-dinations card stock, embossed it and then sanded the embossed parts.  I love the rustic look of the card stock and the coordinating color that peeks thru!  
If you take a look at this oval sentiment, you can see I roughed up the edges using the sanding tool as well.  I just look how earthy it looks!  I love the bright colors of the leaves - not sure I'd keep the plaid DSP though if I re-did this card.  ;)

Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock #127848  $6.95
Stampin' Sanding System #129367  $3,95
3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle in Crumb Cake #127840 $6.95
Orchard Harvest DSP #126895 $10.95
Whisper White, Island Indigo and Naturals White Card Stock
Early Espresso, Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade ink
Raspberry Ripple and More Mustard Ink
Scallop Trim Border Punch, Large and Extra-Large Oval Punches
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Gently Falling Stamp Set (wood:123802, clear: 123804)
Blessings from Heaven Stamp Set (wood: 123050, clear: 1213052)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop

I am trying something new for this blog hop... I am taking my favorite 5 items in the new Holiday catalog that was released yesterday.  I made a project using one product or product suite as the focus of each of the five favorites.  Please enjoy checking out my favorites and leave me a comment with your favorite product(s) from the new catalog!

Top 5 Catalog Favorites:
5.  Core'dinations Card Stock and Stampin' Sanding System
I was not sure about this new product but I absolutely love it.  In the example below I am showing you a torn piece of this card stock (see how the inside is a different shade of the color?), a piece simply embossed, and then an embossed piece using the Stampin' Sanding System.  I love the look of each piece.  Check out my blog tomorrow to see a project made with one of these pieces!

Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock
Stampin' Sanding System
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

4. Scentsational Season Stamp Set: I was so excited to see this stamp set because I have been wanting stamps that look like cookies for several years!  This stamp set is perfect since it has matching framelits (which I have ordered but haven't received).  
This is also a PREVIEW for this weekends projects.  Check back to Saturday to see the entire gift set I made to match the card pictured here (and to see the adorable package)!

Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White Card stock
Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip Ink
Scentsational Season Stamp Set
Simply Scored

3. Monster Munchies Stamp Set: This just happens to be the set I got during convention as prize patrol.  Aren't they so cute?  I have some great ideas for the "Munster".

Monster Munchies Stamp Set
Basic Black ink
Brights DSP (Pumpkin Pie)
Old Olive card stock
1 3/8", 1 1/4" and 1"circle punches

2. Ghoulish Googlies Bundle: this awesome bundle includes: Googly Ghouls stamp set, 20 printed double-sided tags, 10 glassine bags, 50 adhesive googly eyes, 10 pieces of exclusive pumpkin pie twine.  Check out the adorable projects I made with them.  I plan to give each student in my class a bag and 3x3 card.
Silver Glimmer paper (which I sponged with pumpkin pie ink)
Pumpkin Pie and Staz-on Black ink
Old Olive and Basic Black cardstock
Staz-on Black ink
Spider Web Embossing Folder
White Ink (sponged on the spider web)

***Both cards use the tags included in the kit as well as the googly eyes and Googly Ghouls stamp set.***

1. Friendship Preserves Bundle: this bundle includes: Friendship Preserves stamp set and the Window Fames Collection Framelits Dies.  I immediately could see myself using these stamps and dies to create labels for my mom's homemade jam as well as using it for my Harvest Mix jars for Thanksgiving. 

Pretty in Pink & Old Olive cardstock
Orchard Harvest DSP
Raspberry Ripple ink
Friendship Preserves Bundle
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  5. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  6. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  7. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  8. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  9. Heather W. of Stamping with Heather
  10. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  11. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  12. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  13. Debra of Mommy Scraps