Saturday, February 27, 2010

Trendy Trees Birthday


This is a  close up of the card I made using Trina Caraway's  SACC44 color challenge. I thought it was a perfect masculine color combo and I have been needing to give Trendy Trees some love :) The card layout is from Mojo Monday. I also used some paper from the Welcome Neighbors DSP pad from Sale-A-Bration this year. The medallion is also from a Sale-A-Bration set called Vintage Labels. This card made me finally make image sheets for Trendy Trees to use with my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. I just took some vellum card stock to make permanent image sheets and I will keep them in the box with the stamps. I know I could have eyeballed it. I have done it many times, but I wanted a clean look to this card, which demands more precision to my stamping, lol!
  • Stamps: Trendy Trees, Vintage Labels
  • Paper: Dusty Durango, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive DSP from Welcome Neighbors DSP pad
  • Ink: Dusty Durango, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
  • Other: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Signo white gel pen, 1-3/4" & 1" circle punches, Scallop Circle punch, Corner Rounder punch, Stampin Dimensionals
And here is the whole card :)
So head on over to Stampin Addicts and check out all the great challenges and resources. And I wouldn't mind a comment or two  ;)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Vintage Vogue Birthday


I made this card back in January anticipating my mother-in-law's birthday, which is Feb 6th! So, I am just putting it in the mail now. Wow, huh?! Maybe I need to send stuff as soon as I finish it so they make it in time, lol! Anybody else have that problem?  I really like how the petals of the flowers are curved up so they add a lot of texture and dimension to this card. It's a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2" card. A big card for a big hearted lady ;)
  • Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Well Scripted, Whimsical Words (inside)
  • Paper: Regal Rose, Kraft, Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Ink: Regal Rose, Old Olive, Soft Suede marker
  • Other: Old Olive taffeta from Mistletoe ribbon originals, Corner Rounder and Scallop trim border punches, white gel pen, paper snips, clear rhinestones, paper piercer and mat pack, Sticky strip
  1. Take a 8-1/2"x11" piece of Regal Rose card stock and fold in half to form the card base. Then use the corner rounder punch on all 4 corners. The punch will go thru 2 layers. 
  2. Cut a 1-3/4"x8-1/2" piece of Kraft card stock and use the Scallop Trim border punch along 1 long edge.
  3. Apply Regal Rose and Old Olive ink to flower and vine stamp using markers and stamp on the Kraft card stock repeatedly, re-inking stamp each time.
  4. Use a ruler and a Soft Suede marker to make a line close to the scallop trim edge. Use the marker to ink the edge of the scallops and make a little dot on each bump between scallops.
  5. Use Regal Rose ink to stamp the large flower over the right side of the card (about3/4 of the card front). Then add Old olive leaves. 
  6. Adhere Kraft strip to card front near the left side. Use Sticky Strip to adhere Old Olive ribbon to the card front.
  7. Cut a 1-1/8"x1-7/8" piece of Kraft and a 1-3/8"x2-1/8" piece of Old Olive. 
  8. Stamp "happy birthday" in Regal Rose on the Kraft piece.
  9. Ink edges of both small pieces with the Soft Suede marker. Adhere together. Adhere to card front.
  10. Use the Signo white gel pen to make the squiggle dot dot border around the card front, both layers of the "happy birthday" piece, and on the inside of the card.
  11. On a scrap of Old Olive, stamp 2 Old Olive large flowers and cut out. On a scrap of Whisper White, stamp 2 Regal Rose small flowers, then stamping off once for each image, stamp 2 large Regal Rose flowers. Cut these out. Use a bone folder to curl up the petals of all cut out flowers, and layer together as shown.
  12. Place on card front as desired, use paper piercer to poke a hole thru all layers of the flowers and card front at the same time (make sure you have the foam mat from the mat pack behind it). Push a rhinestone brad thru each hole and open up in the back. All Done!

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    A Little Mojo with My Forest Friends


    I have been having a creativity dry spell lately. Sometimes I wonder if I naturally hibernate during January and February, lol! I decided I needed to jump start my mojo, so I went looking for challenges and found a great sketch challenge at Mojo Monday and a color combo challenge at called Saffron Moss Melon! This little beauty is going to go to my niece Savannah as a thank you. I hope she likes it as much as I do ;)
    • Stamps: Forest Friends
    • Paper: So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Vary Vanilla
    • Ink: So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede
    • Other: Big Shot with Scallop Circle die, Circle Scissor, Soft Suede and Mellow Moss ribbon, glue dots, gold brads, paper piercer with mat pack

      Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!

      February Club Projects

      This is the scrapbook page we made. I wanted to do something with one of the sets that I got for free with the Sale-A-Bration promotion that is on until March 31st. I have been wanting to get this set, I just kept putting it off. Aren't those little partridges just adorable!And yes, shame on me, I used retired DSP again. I just have to use it up. I am not allowing myself to buy anymore until I use up what I have. And I REALLY want the new Sweet Pea DSP is GORGEOUS! Ok, on to the details!
      • Stamps: Happy Together
      • Paper:  Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, and Delicate Dots DSP (last year's SAB)
      • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark, Certainly Celery, Ballet Blue, So Saffron, Garden Green
      • Other: Embossing Buddy, Clear embossing buddy, heat gun, Scallop Edge punch, Stampin Dimensionals, Stamp-Ma-Jig (SAMJ)
      1. Cut four 5-3/4" squares of DSP and adhere to the Garden Green 12x12 card stock. Use Chocolate Chip marker to make faux stitching around each block of DSP.
      2. Cut out a 1-1/4" x 4-1/2" piece of Whisper White, a 1-7/16" x 4-11/16" piece of Garden Green, and a 2-1/2" x 4-7/8" piece of Chocolate Chip.
      3. Use the Scallop Edge punch on one of the long sides of the Chocolate Chip piece.
      4. Ink up the large partridge with Versamark, then Chocolate Chip, then use SAMJ to stamp on the Whisper White piece. Clean stamp before doing second image with this stamp. Repeat with the little partridges stamp, and then the big partridge stamp, being careful not to touch each image after stamping so as not to smear the Versamark.
      5. Pour Clear embossing powder over the stamped images, tap off excess, and heat with heat gun. 
      6. After the embossing has cooled, color the images with Certainly Celery, Ballet Blue, and So Saffron markers. Then stamp "happy together" in Garden Green using the SAMJ.
      7. Ink edges of layers with Chocolate Chip. Adhere layers together. Stick Stampin Dimensionals to the back, then center and adhere to the page. 

      Here is a close up of the partridges. I left space on the scalloped piece for a little journaling, I think white gel pen would look great there!

      I couldn't resist doing another Valentine's card, although I left the spot for the sentiment blank so it could be used for any occasion (on the DSP strip next to the biggest heart) And I love all the texture! My inspiration for this card is from Andrea Walford's card. This is also featuring the set that Stampin Up is using as a fund raiser for the Haiti Disaster Fund. From January 21 until February 28, 2010, $2 from every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set sold will be donated to the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund. 
      • Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts
      • Paper: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Soft Suede, more retired DSP (blush!)
      • Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede
      • Other:
      • Big Shot with Perfect Polka Dots textured impressions folder, Heart to Heart and Small Heart punches, Paper snips, Scallop Trim border punch (SAB), Signo white gel pen
      1.  Run a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White thru Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots textured impressions folder. Ink edges with Soft Suede. Adhere to a Regal Rose card base (4-1/4" x 5-1/2")
      2. Stamp dotted outline heart image on a scrap of Whisper White, then stamp a Rose Red polka dotted heart in the center of that. Cut out with the paper snips.  Stamp the LOVE heart in Soft Suede on a scrap of Whisper White and punch out with the small heart punch. Adhere to center of the cut out heart.
      3. Use the 3 heart image and stamp once each in Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, and Soft Suede, then punch out with the Heart to Heart punch. you will need one heart of each color. 
      4. Cut a 1-5/16" x3-7/8" strip of DSP, and a 2" x 3-7/8" piece of Soft Suede card stock.
      5. Punch out a Small Heart from a scrap of DSP.
      6. Use Scallop Trim border punch on both long edges of Soft Suede piece.
      7. Make Soft Suede faux stitches on the DSP strip long edges. Adhere strip to the Scalloped Soft Suede piece. Adhere to the card as shown.
      8. Use Stampin Dimensionals to adhere the hearts to card as shown. 
      9. You can stamp the sentiment of your choice on the strip of DSP or leave it off if you want. All Done!
      Here is my tribute to St. Patrick's Day, isn't it sooo green! And we used some more heart punches. This cards is totally about the texture too. I was inspired by Marie Shaughnessy's card here. I did have to use a scallop oval die that SU does not sell, I hope you will forgive me. OK, here goes!
      • Stamps: Go Green, Bella Toile background stamp
      • Paper: Glorious Green, Green Galore, Gable Green, Whisper White
      • Ink: Glorious Green, Green Galore, Gable Green
      • Other: Big Shot with Finial Press textured impressions folder, Scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslit, and a scalloped oval die, Wide Oval and Full Heart punches, Distressing tool for the Cutter Kit. 
      1. Cut a 4" x8" piece of Glorious Green. Fold in half to form a 4" square card base.
      2. Cut out a 3-3/4" square of Gable Green. Ink up the Bella Toile background stamp with Gable Green. Leave rubber side up on a piece of scratch paper. Lay the Gable Green square on the rubber, fold scratch paper over the top, and rub over the card stock.
      3. Distress edges of Gable Green square, then ink with Gable Green.
      4. Adhere to the Glorious Green card base.
      5. Cut four 2" x 2-1/2" pieces of Green Galore. Use Big Shot and the Scalloped Heart of Hearts to cut out 4 scalloped hearts. 
      6. Use Full Heart punch to punch out 4 Glorious Green Hearts. Run thru the Big shot with the Finial Press folder.
      7. Adhere the Glorious Green hearts to the flat side of the scalloped hearts. Adhere to card base as shown.
      8. Cut out a 2" x 2-1/2" piece of Gable Green. Run thru Big Shot with a scalloped oval die.
      9. Ink up the Go Green stamp with Green Galore, then take the Glorious Green marker and go over the words "Go Green". Breath on stamp to re-moisten the ink, and stamp on a piece of Whisper white card stock. Punch out with the Wide Oval punch. Adhere to scalloped oval. Adhere to center of card. 
      All done!

      I hope these were all fun projects for you! Until next time, Happy Stampin!

      January Stamp Club Projects

      This is the scrapbook page we did in January. We got to use some of the Razzleberry Lemonade paper with this project.
      • Stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Things I Love...
      • Paper: Kraft, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Razzleberry Lemonade designer series paper
      • Ink: Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink
      • Other: Big Shot with Blossom Party die and Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit die, corner rounder punch, Summer Sun corduroy button, paper piercer and mat pack
      1. Cut four  4" squares of various colors of card stock and  Designer Series paper, round 2 diagonal corners on each square.
      2. Cut out 1 set each of Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose Blossom Party blossoms and 1 Scalloped Heart in Pretty in Pink.
      3. Use the large floral image from Razzle Dazzle to stamp in Crushed Curry around edges of the page, rotating stamp as you go around. You will not be using the full image each time you stamp.
      4. Glue the squares onto page as shown. 
      5. Layer the blossoms in alternating colors as shown. place on page as desired and use paper piercer with mat pack foam piece and cutting mat behind the page to poke a hole thru all the blossom layers and the page. Don't move it anything yet! push the corduroy button prongs thru the hole, then flip page over and open prongs on the back.
      6. Glue the Scalloped Heart to Heart at the bottom of page as shown.
      7. Use Rich Razzleberry ink to stamp "Things I Love" at the top as shown, and "but most of all...YOU" on the bottom as shown.
      8. Adhere desired photos. All Done!


      Here is the cute little Mini Milk Carton we made. Notice the little smudge of Close to Cocoa next to the phrase. That's what happens when you stamp on the carton after assembling it, lol!  I'm trying to use up some of my stash of retired DSP, so we used some of last year's Valentine's DSP.

      • Stamps: Love Bandit
      • Paper: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, DSP
      • Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red
      • Other: Scallop Square and 1-3/8" circle punch, Big Shot with Mini Milk Carton die, Sticky Strip, Stapler, Signo white gel pen, blender pens
      1. Stamp raccoon  on a piece of Whisper White, use blender pens to color him with Creamy Caramel and the heart with Ruby Red. Now punch out with the circle punch. Use the Scallop Square punch to punch out a Close to Cocoa square. Then glue the raccoon to it. Use the white gel pen to ad dots to each scallop.
      2. Cut out a 1"x7" strip of DSP to wrap around your mini  milk carton.
      3. Cut out your mini milk carton. Crease appropriately. 
      4. Stamp "you stole my heart" in Close to Cocoa on a side that does not form a  spout.
      5. Apply Sticky Strip to flap on one side, and the first bottom flap on the other side. Assemble milk carton.
      6. Adhere the DSP strip to your box, Snail might work the best. Then Adhere the raccoon embellishment below the sentiment stamped on the box. 
      7. Fill your mini milk carton as desired. Staple shut over the spot on the top that you don't want to open. All Done!
      I posted the card we made in this post. It is a Real Red Valentine's day card. I hope you all forgive me for taking so long to post these! Now I better get busy on posting February's  projects!


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