Easy to create Teacher Appreciation Gift

4.30.2009


With May approaching, many parents and kids are watching the end of the school year draw near. For us, this time of year also means it's time to show the teachers how much we appreciate what they have done for our children this year. Although we usually contribute towards a gift card for the teacher, I usually like to make something for her as well. The gift I share today is actually something I've already given my son's teacher (too useful to make her wait!) and I know for a fact that it still sits on her desk.

I started with an empty Crystal Light container. This is the kind that comes with little pods of tea mix. I removed their label and then covered the container with some Parisian Summer Designer Series Paper, adhering it with sticky strip. I then cut coordinating strips of cardstock (Pretty in Pink) to make the 3 bands. The center strip is also layered with some Old Olive Wide Grosgrain Ribbon. My Boho Flower Punch and additional cardstock made the flowers and a Flower Brad dresses up our center ribbon.

A few of the pencils have a bow-tie of ribbon, but mostly I just filled the container so that extra pencils could be kept on hand. And it has worked. As I said, it's still on her desk and it is getting used. If you are in a school that likes to do things for the teachers year round, this is a project that could be easily adapted for year round decoration. Imagine this pencil jar decorated for the various holidays throughout the year. You could even get pencils to match! Not crazy about the pencil part? Decorate the lid of the jar too and this would make a great candy or cookie container! The possibilities are endless!

Manhattan embossing folder in the spring

4.29.2009


Today's project is a preview of the card my Friday class will be making this week. It uses the Manhattan embossing folder on Whisper White cardstock. Once the impression was made (by running it through the Big Shot), I used sponge daubers and Stampin' Pastels to add some color. I used mostly Pretty in Pink to color in the flowers, but highlighted the edges of the petals with Bravo Burgundy. (Love the little guide on the lid of the Pastels box that shows me which color is which!)

This white layer is matted with Pretty in Pink and Going Gray with 2 thin strips of Designer Series Paper laid horizontally in between. The card base, like the edges of the flowers, is Bravo Burgundy. One of the easiest aspects of using Stampin' Up's products is that our colors always match each other across product lines. Matching the ink to the paper to the ribbon (etc.) is so easy and you always know it's going to look right!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Tags, not just for scrapbooking!

4.28.2009


I was looking through the Stampin' Up! Customer website today and came across this great project using some of our metal edge tags, chipboard, grosgrain ribbon and other embellishments. I've often used them on cards and in scrapbooks, but sorta stumble to a halt when it comes to using them on home decor. But - WOW - this project! How easy it would be to layer different stamped images with different combinations of punched shapes, buttons, brads and all those other stockpiled goodies! Imagine suprising your daughter/niece/grand-daughter with a few of these ribbons hanging in front of her bedroom door (like one of those fun curtains). Or perhaps a few staggered on "that" wall that needs some decoration. Here in Florida, I might even considering putting one on a suction cup attached to the glass door so no one runs into it! (Birds included!) Nice to know that a fun and good looking project can be made so simply and used in so many ways!
I invite you to take a look around my official Stampin' Up! website. There are a lot of wonderful ideas. Just remember that, should you decide to order any supplies, you will save money if you pick a demonstrator. Thanks for stopping by!

Amiga! Scrapbook Page

4.26.2009

Lookie there - me.... scrapbooking! Yes, it's been known to happen from time to time. :)

Today, I was cleaning out a desk drawer and unearthed a couple of sketch sheets from PageMaps. I love the sketches they provide for scrapping and card-making and almost always look through them whenever I decide to scrap. The pages I found were for mini maps, pages either 8x8 or 6x6. Perfect for one photo if that's what you've got to work with. The picture I scrapped is of myself and my friend Jessica enjoying good company and a good beverage (wine for her, coffee for me) at a stamp camp. This picture has been on my desk for about a year and, deserving better treatment than that, I ditched my cleaning and worked on the page instead!

The gist of this page (including the mix of English/Spanish) is that Jess is a good friend who is "cool" with me being who I am - a gringa from a Latino family. And Jess is unapologetically who she is and has taught me a thing or two about that. I've no clue if I've taught her anything; I'm just grateful that we can be friends even though we're 10+ years apart in age. Ah- she's older... ahem. ;)

If you would like to make the page shown above, here are the supplies you will need. Please contact me if you would like to place an order or perhaps make a similar page at a workshop.
stamps: Contempo Alphabet, Smarty Pants
ink: Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink
paper: Riding Hood Red Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Cardstock, Kiwi Kiss Cardstock, Pink Pirouette Cardstock
other: Big Shot, Stars #2 Die, Scallop Square punch, Scallop Border punch

DivaSC27 Stampin' Up! That's Funny

4.25.2009



Welcome to another Diva sketch challenge. I must warn you that I had too much fun with this one just because of the stamp set that I chose to use. I'm silly, I admit it. But it's good to have good, clean fun right? Right! Here we go...






complimentary peanuts.... get it? lol

I've wanted this set, That's Funny, since it was first unveiled with the release of our current catalog. I finally purchased it this month and I know I'm going to have a lot of fun with it!

My first opportunity to use it came with the layout for this week's sketch challenge at UDI. I kept it very simple and only turned the sketch on it's side. The card base is a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of chocolate chip card stock, scored at 5-1/2". It's layered with a piece of tangerine tango card stock on which I have just run across the top with our spotted jumbo wheel. (Instead of inserting a cartridge to ink the wheel, I just ran the wheel across the tangerine tango classic ink pad and picked up enough ink for one pass across the paper.) The peanuts are stamped with StazOn black onto Naturals Vanilla card stock layered on so saffron. Crystal effects makes their speech bubbles more... well bubbly. Then, instead of adding another layer of paper (to match the sketch better), I used my paper piercer and mat pack to pierce around the main image layers.
The phrase was also stamped with tangerine tango, but this time onto a scrap piece of vanilla card stock. It needed a little emphasis, so I added a small oval of chocolate chip underneath. (Punched from a scrap of paper with our small oval punch.)
And there you go... a fun card that I can't wait to send to someone who shares my sense of humor. Just gotta figure out who that is.... ;)
To order this stamp set, just click on the SU! logo above. It will take you directly to my Stampin' Up! website where you can shop 2/47! Thanks for stopping by!

How to make a Box in a Bag

4.24.2009


Today's project is a small treat bag for my hostess Annette. This little bag only holds about 5 or 6 pieces of hard candy, but the larger version shared in Stampin' Success (a magazine for Stampin' Up! demonstrators) holds several greeting cards. I'll be presenting the larger version, with cards, to Annette at her workshop. (This little one is a "thank you for booking" treat!)


  1. To make this bag, cut a 2-1/2" square of cardstock for the base. 
  2. Score all 4 sides at 1/2"; cut and fold, applying adhesive to help form a small box base. 
  3. For the top portion, cut patterned paper to 3" x 6-1/2". Apply sticky strip to one long side and one short side of the paper. 
  4. Gently wrap the cardstock over the base to form the bag.


After that, it's really just a matter of filling and embellishing the bag. Here, I chose to keep it simple with a top tab punched out of coordinating Pumpkin Pie cardstock and a small strip of the same color along the base. I created a small tag by stamping this image from our Hostess Level 1 set, Darling Dots with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. I punched this image out with our 1" circle punch, then backed it with a 1-1/4" punched circle of (you guessed it) Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I punched a 1/8" circle and then set a metal eyelet into the tag using my Crop-a-dile. A strip of Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain runs through the eyelet and then is stapled to the top tab, keeping the treat bag closed. (And candy thieves out! Now I can't eat the candy before delivering the treat bag to her!)

Want your own little bag? Contact me to set up your own workshop and I'll happily make one just for you :)

Flower Pot card

4.23.2009



Want a fun way to send flowers? How about a pocket card in the shape of a flower basket? If you are in the Melbourne, FL area and would like to make this card or a cupcake card based on this design, join me and my crafty ladies this Friday morning. Contact me for additional class information and directions.

Thanks for stopping by.

family picture

4.21.2009

Just a quick "share" of my little family. :)

Adding Ink to markers

4.19.2009

Here's a helpful video I found on youtube the other day. I love our markers and it's great to know that you can re-ink them when they start to run dry. She also gives information for the versamarker (another great tool) - enjoy!


DivaSC26

4.18.2009

Happy Saturday!!
And welcome back to my blog. Springtime is a beautiful time here in sunny central Florida. We thoroughly enjoyed our spring break vacation and are slowly but surely getting back into the regular routine. Sad to say, but I didn't make it into my stamp room until Friday morning. And I only had time to work on prep for Friday's class. But now it's Friday night as I write this, and I finally had time to sit down and play. Of course, now I don't want to leave. :)


So how about if I share my card for the weekly Diva Sketch challenge at UDI? My card today uses some of the colorful Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper and coordinating cardstock in Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red. The Pink Pirouette is used as the card base and as the 2" square under the flower. The Riding Hood Red strip and 1 3/4" square were both run through our crimper for a little bit of texture. Instead of stamping an image for this card, I thought about celebrating spring and the flowers that are blooming here now. Our area is currently perfumed by the smell of orange blossoms and gardenias - (deep inhale....ahh! I love it!) Using our 5 Petal Punch, I punched 3 flowers out of Whisper White card stock. I used my fingers to give the center of each petal a little fold (and therefor dimension) then used the silver brad from our Hooray Designer Hardware and a Ice Circle Rhinestone Brad for some interest in the center. (The silver brad was set using the A1 setting on the Crop-A-Dile). White Taffeta Ribbon over the red strip balances out the white of the flower. At this point, I have not included a sentiment on the inside of the card. I think I'll leave it "all occasion" for now and alter it as needed when I decide to send it out.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card. Have a great Saturday and let me know if you decide to play along!

quick video share

4.17.2009

While on our Disney cruise last week, we got the opportunity to see a number of great shows (family friendly, too!) One of them was a ventriloquist by the name of Kevin Johnson. I found a video of him on youtube and wanted to share it with you. He does this awesome skit where he is acting out a dubbed old movie. (Remember when you would see the lips moving and the words didn't match up.... at all? lol ) Check it out here.

Stampin' on a laminate chip

4.09.2009


Hi there!
Today's project is one I shared previously on the UDI blog. It's a large laminate chip (used as a sample for counter tops). The chip itself already had beautiful coloring on it - a great mottled brown with cream and light golden specks as well - so I chose a stamp that wouldn't cover it entirely. Also, using Black StazOn ink gave me a nice clear image that won't rub off. The image shown here the large silhouette flower from our Inspired by Nature stamp set. The sentiment is also from this same set and was stamped onto very vanilla cardstock which I distressed and then attached to the tag with linen thread. Rhinestone sticker brads, olive grosgrain and additional linen thread finishes it off.
Nice to see what you can do with laminate (when you can't afford to re-do your kitchen!) *smile* Thanks for stopping by!

Simple card using Sizzlets leaves

4.08.2009

HI there!

Today's card is one that I just loved making. Ever since I received this leaves sizzlet for my big shot, I've been using it with my stash of little flowers. For some reason I would put just one branch of leaves as I needed it and call it good, but look how easy it is to make a bouquet! I like this better! Simply cut out various shades of green (kiwi kiss, old olive and handsome hunter scraps were used here) and stack them up. Then tie them together with some linen thread. This bouquet is topped with a light purple paper flower and a small gemstone for the center.

Just so you know, I've had this card sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks. I was thinking I'd save it for my mother-in-law's birthday April 14th. Well, she walked in my office and saw it.... loved it - which is good - then immediately asked if she could have it and send it to a friend for the friend's birthday! I'm glad she liked it.... but now what am I gonna make for her?! AW, man! Back to the drawing board.... lol!

Thanks again for stopping by! Hope you like the card and are inspired to play today!

Quick to stepped up greeting cards

4.06.2009


Hello there!


I have 2 cards to share with you today. Both are based on the same layout and the same colors; but I think you'll like the difference!
Both cards use a 4-1/4" x 11 piece of chocolate chip cardstock that has been scored at 5 1/2". This provides a card that opens much like a book. The band going across the card looks bluish in the picture, but is actually almost amethyst. Other colors used on this card are very vanilla, so saffron and rose red.

For the first card, I kept it very simple. After cutting the card and band to size and punching out the circles, I layered the pieces on our SU! exclusive texture plates and ran it through my big shot. Happy birthday (from our Bitty Birthday stamp set) was stamped with chocolate chip classic ink and then punched out with our word window punch. And that's it! Quick and easy, right? So quick that I decided to play around with the layout some more and then came up with this:


For this card I used two different stamp sets: Best Wishes & More and Petal Pizzaz. I stamped them with the coordinating colors listed above, then trimmed them down with my paper snips. They are all mounted flush with snail adhesive with the exception of the front (amethyst) flower - it is mounted with stampin' dimensionals. And, yup, I couldn't resist.... a little rhinestone bling in the center to make it sparkle.
Fun how the same layout and colors can yield two different simple but pretty cards, huh? Hope you like them too - thanks for stopping by!

DivaSC24 Make a tag

4.04.2009

Good Morning, folks!
Today, instead of sharing a card with you, I decided to use the sketch at UDI to make a tag. (When I prepare an order for delivery, I like to hang a little thank you note on the customer's bag... just for fun!) This tag is a 3x3 square of rose red cardstock, topped with a band of certainly celery and a square of garden green. The butterfly image is stamped with cameo coral, rose red and a touch of close to cocoa onto whisper white. It's one of the stamps available in our Dreams du Jour stamp set. The sentiment below it is from our Many Thanks (a very useful set containing 4 different thank you stamps). Instead of the traditional tag with one hole at the top, I used my crop-a-dile to punch out two 1/8" circles and then inserted and set two metallic brads. Matching rose red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon completes the tag.
Well, that's it for me today. My kids are on spring break now so I'll be setting up some projects to post automatically next week. Because I won't be able to check in and approve/delete the comments, I'll be turning the option off until I return. But thank you for stopping by - and make sure you stop by and check out the other divas blogs and projects!

Happy spring :)

4.03.2009

Just a picture to share with you :) Have a great day!
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