Hello Blossoms DivaSC138

5.28.2011

Happy Weekend and welcome to sketch #138 with the Utah Divas!  If you would like to play along with this challenge, be sure to link to your project in a comment here or at the Utah Divas site so we can visit you and check it out! You can see more ideas by following the link provided below or at the Utah site.

This week, I turned the sketch on it's side to come up with this blingy example:

This Hello Blossoms stamp from the Summer Mini catalog is just so cute. Here, it is simply inked using Stampin' Write Markers and then stamped. I love the mix of colors and this way you can see the "hello" message in it's fun mixture of fonts. Other options might include topping the flowers with die cut/punched flowers, adding some bling to the center or maybe some embossing? It will be fun to see how many different ways we can use this stamp.

Decorating the card base is a length of organza ribbon that runs through a slit in the fold of the card. The ribbon runs through the inside of the card allowing you to tuck in photos or a gift card. The cut ends are tucked behind the main panel (on the front) to secure. For 2 additional samples made using this technique and to see how-to photo detail, see this previous post.

Thanks for stopping by! To see more ideas using this blog, please visit the UDI blog for a complete list of this week's participants. Enjoy!


Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Hello Blossoms
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers in Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Basic Gray
Paper: Melon Mambo (textured), Basic Gray, Whisper White
Tools: Hobby Blade, Ticket Corner punch,
Embellishments: Organza Ribbon, Jewels Basic Rhinestone
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)

Inlaid Embossing How-to

5.26.2011

Last month's workshops focused on a technique called Inlaid Embossing. It's a fun way to use texture and shapes together and create something new!

For those of you who have not tried it, here is this simple but eye-catching technique.
Supplies:

card stock layer for card (mine is 4" x 5.25")
additional card stock to use with dies or punches to create shapes
embossing folder (with a tight/busy design)
Big Shot (die cutting machine)



Step 1: Punch or cut your shapes. The picture above shows the Sparkle sizzlit used in the sample at the top of this post. The remaining pictures were taken while creating the second card (below), which features buttons die cut using the Button #5 sizzlit.
Step 2: If your shape calls for it, remove any extra pieces. For example, the Sparkle sizzlit has a center dot to remove; the buttons have 2 or 4 button holes to remove. A stylus is helpful for this.
Step 3: Attach to your shapes to your card stock layer with adhesive. (Tombow liquid used here.)
Step 4: Trim shapes if they extend outside the base layer.  (not photographed)
Step 5: Place in embossing folder and run through the Big Shot to emboss.



And here is sample #2. I added a little sentiment just for kicks :)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this technique and, if it wasn't new to you, I hope you at least enjoyed the samples. Have a great day,


Stampin' Supplies: 
Both Samples were created using Naturals Vanilla, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze card stock.
Embossing Folders: Perfect Polka Dots, Square Lattice
Button card also uses 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Linen Thread. Stamp set (Think Happy Thoughts - retired), Soft Suede Classic Ink
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

Fabulous Circle Circus & CD102

5.25.2011

Ok, let's get inky! Today's color challenge at the Color Dare is sure to inspire a variety of ideas. I can't wait to see what everyone has created! This week's colors are:

I don't know about you, but I'm diggin' it! :)
Do you like the words framing the panel? In case you are wondering, here's how to create the look in a few easy steps.
  1. First determine where you want the stamped layer to go on your card front.
  2. Put it in place on the card  - without adhesive - and use a pencil to lightly trace the top and left edges.
  3. Move the stamped panel aside and stamp your words in place. 
  4. Let the ink dry and erase the lines. (I use a white art gum eraser - no smudges and the lines come right off!)
  5. Adhere your stamped layer with Stampin' Dimensionals.
    click to enlarge photo

    Using our Clear-Mount stamps made it easy to see where I was stamping. However, for perfect placement with these stamps and especially with our Wood-Mount, I recommend using a Stamp-a-ma-jig. Once you get the hang of it, this tool will be one of your BSF - Best Stampin' Friends. Smiley

    Thanks for stopping by! To see more ideas using this color combo and to link to your own creations, be sure to visit the Color Dare site linked above. The Design Team members are also linked here (in the side panel) for your convenience. Enjoy!


    Stampin' Supplies: 

    Stamps: Circle Circus, Fabulous Phrases
    Ink: So Saffron, Concord Crush
    Paper: Whisper White
    Tools: 1 1/4" circle punch, pencil, eraser
    Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestone
    Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)

    Vintage Greetings DivaSC137

    5.21.2011

    Hi folks! Welcome to another weekend and Diva Sketch! This one is number 137 and as always, you can see more ideas based on this sketch by visiting the Utah Divas Int'l blog or following the link below.

    For my card, I started out with the sketch and somehow ended up altering the size of the boxes within the card front. It's okay, our sketch Diva Carol is cool with that :)
    How I ended up making such a FALL looking card when it feels like summer outside is beyond me. We'll just pretend I'm ahead of the game...

    One of the fun things about making cards is decorating the inside of the card and the envelope to match. I didn't get a good photo of the envelope, but here's a look at the inside:

    Thanks for stopping by!
    To see some great ideas using this sketch, you can visit this week's Diva participants, linked below. Trust me when I tell you that my card was the lamest of the bunch. You really need to visit these sites :) Enjoy!

    Alisa
    Barbara
    Elizabeth
    Ruthie



    Stampin' Supplies: 
    Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Happy Greetings
    Ink: Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
    Paper: Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper
    Tools: 1" circle punch, Designer Label punch
    Embellishments: Brads (metallic)
    Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)

    Reinkers - not just for pads

    5.20.2011

    Today in class we will be using an "oldie but goodie" technique for using re-inkers. We will be creating our own multi-colored ink pads! I'll also be sharing a couple of other ideas with them; can't share them here because that wouldn't be fair  Smiley

    But I can share our sample card. The main technique was used to ink up this butterfly from our stamp set, Flight of the Butterfly. On a side note: I think I'm going to have to pay Tanya some sort of users fee. Her way of adding an outline to layers really adds a certain little somethin'-somethin' to some cards. I can't stop doing it ;)


    If you live in the Melbourne, Florida area and would like information about future classes, be sure to contact me for the details. If you don't live around here but enjoyed this post, you can get free updates by mail or RSS. Either way, Thanks for stopping by!


    Stampin' Supplies: 
    Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
    Ink: Early Espresso Classic Pad and Stampin' Write Marker, Reinkers in Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Peach Parfait 
    Paper: Riding Hood Red, Peach Parfait, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
    Tools: Big Shot, XL Pennant Die, 1 3/4" circle punch
     Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
    Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

    On the Grow and Color Dare 101

    5.18.2011

    Ready for a color challenge? Today, Riley at The Color Dare has challenged us to share projects made using:
    11:39 AM  - edited above link, it works now!

    This challenge was the perfect excuse to ink up a new stamp set On the Grow. Pinks and greens always work for flowers, right? And why not make the scooter delivering them fun, too?


    My original intent was to color in the scooter but then I thought how cute it would be to have a patterned seat. And then, you know how it is - one thing led to another and before I knew it the entire scooter ended up being paper pieced instead of colored. I am not completely convinced anyone would want to be seen on such an original scooter in real life but at least it's fun on paper!

    Note: Both sets of flowers were colored using a Regal Rose Stampin' Write Marker.  The poppy looking flowers were colored in with the pen end of the marker and look very vibrant. For the tulips, I pressed a Blender Pen directly to the brush tip of the marker and then used the ink that transferred onto it to color them in. This gave a much softer look, similar to Pretty in Pink.

    I also added a little bit of Crystal Effects to the flowers, seat and lights of the scooter to give them a little dimension and shine. Here's a close up of the flowers and the seat to show you how they pop.

    To see more ideas using these colors, don't forget to visit the Color Dare site or visit the other Design Team members (links are now in my side bar). If you decide to play along you can share your work by linking to your project either in a comment here or at the main site. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

    Thanks for stopping by!


    Stampin' Supplies:
    On the Grow (Available in Summer Mini)
    Stamps: On The Grow
    Ink: Basic Black, Stampin' Write Markers in Regal Rose, Old Olive, Cajun Craze (for the pots)
    Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Sweet & Sour Specialty Designer Series Paper
    Tools: Punch Border Dotted Scallop Ribbon, Modern Label punch
    Embellishments: Brads (metallic), Crystal Effects, scraps of 5/8" Satin Ribbon (Old Olive) and Crochet Trim
    Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)

    Use It Tuesday - Paper Scraps

    5.17.2011

    Recently, Paula shared a great sketch challenge with the group at Stampin' Addicts. This is one of those sketches you'll use again and again. Not only is it easy to work with, it looks good when done and can use up a bunch of paper scraps.

    First the sketch:

    Now the card:

    This is going to be one of those "go-to" sketches when I'm in a hurry or when I'm stamping away from home and don't want to take a bunch of supplies.  Change the image (different image? paper flower? large star?) and sentiment and this card could be just about anything!
     
    Thanks, Paula and that YOU for stopping by!


    Stampin' Supplies:
    Slice of Life (Hostess)
    Stamps: Slice of Life (Occasions Mini catalog Hostess Level 1), A Word for You (117032, c120528)
    Ink: StazOn Black (101406), Stampin' Write Markers for coloring
    Paper: Delightful Daffodil (119683), Old Olive (100702), Real Red (115320), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Whisper White (100730)
    Tools: Wide Oval Punch (119859)
    Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
    Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

    Cute By the Inch DivaSC136

    5.14.2011

    Happy Weekend and welcome to another great sketch & challenge with the Utah Divas!

    I'll be sharing one idea with you today using this sketch; to see more either follow the link below or visit the UDI blog for a complete list of participants. (If you are reading this early Saturday morning, please note that some participants post their projects later in the day...)

    So it's mid-May already. Can you believe it? Aside from the school year ending and the temperatures heating up, it's also time to start thinking about the end of the Stampin' Up! year. Two things that always get updated with the release of the new catalog? Our Designer Series Paper and our Hostess-only stamps. Today's card uses one of each.

    It may have been the noise going on in the background (the boys have summer-itis and well, they're boys...) but the stripes on the base layer were bugging me somehow. Dominating too much attention, maybe? So I added a layer of Very Vanilla; but now that I see this on-screen I wondering if I should have just left it alone. Or sent the boys outside so I could think straight before committing to adhesive. Or maybe it's a just a dark chocolate deficiency? Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

    To see more ideas, here's the link to Barbara's blog. She is using a new punch and stamp set from the Summer Mini. Enjoy and Thanks for stopping by!


    Stampin' Supplies:
    Cute by the Inch (Hostess only)
    Stamps: Cute by the Inch
    Ink: Stampin' Write Markers in Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
    Paper: Play Date Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
    Tools: Paper Piercing Tool
    Embellishments: 5/8" Satin ribbon (Old Olive), Glimmer Brads (Brights)
    Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
    Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

    Free Printable Calendar - June

    5.13.2011

    Enjoy this free printable calendar for June. Feel free to share it, too!



    Just FYI - I'll have a coordinating desktop background ready for you later this month.
    Thanks for stopping by!


    Created using My Digital Studio.
    Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

    The Color Dare 100 - I dare ya!

    5.11.2011

    In looking to improve this blog and inspire my loyal readers, I've been working to adjust the mix of information shared. If you have visited before, you may have noticed that I enjoy sketches as a creative launch pad. I was leaning a little too heavily on those and, although I will definitely continue to share more, it's time to add something else to the mix.

    Another fun way to be creatively inspired is with COLOR.  I'm thrilled to have been chosen to participate this season on The Color Dare Design Team. Each Wednesday, the team will present you with a color combination we just dare ya to try!

    This week, our challenge colors are:


    Keep in mind that you can also use other neutrals along with the chosen colors; for example, my sample card also includes Whisper White (card stock) and Early Espresso (ink).



    Thanks for stopping by! To see more ideas based on these colors, be sure to visit The Color Dare site where the entire team's projects are shared. In the future, you will also be able to visit individual team members by using the links provided in my side bar. *If you are reading this post in a reader, click the title to access the blog and see what you've been missing, lol*



    Stampin' Supplies:
    Stamps: Aviary
    Ink: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze
    Paper: Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand (textured), Rose Red, Whisper White
    Tools (eek, went a little crazy!):  Big Shot, Lots of Tags sizzlit, Scribbles & Swirls sizzlit, Top Note die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Wide Oval punch
    Embellishments: Jewels Basic Pearls
    Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
    Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

    Learn how to scrapbook

    5.10.2011

    HI folks,

    I know I already posted today, but I ran across this article today in my reader and knew I should share it right away. When I've approached people about making greeting cards or scrapbooking, a common response is "But I'm not crafty." I might have said something similar 8 years ago, but have learned that it just takes a little time and you'll find a hobby that does wonderful things for your life and those around you. Well, I should say it takes time and information..... as in HOW-TO info.

    Debby's article today is the perfect HOW-TO for putting together scrapbooks. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

    Debby Hodge - How to start a scrapbook page

    Thanks for stopping by!


    Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

    Make a quick greeting card

    5.10.2011

    Ever go out to the mailbox expecting to see nothing but junk bulk mail and instead found a greeting card from a friend? Good feeling, isn't it? Don't wait for a special occasion or illness to send a greeting. Create a quick and easy card and send it just to say HI!

    Use some of your paper scraps to create this quick card. Use a Big Shot or punches to create 4 circles and the word "hi". Here, a punched heart dresses up the bottom circle, but you could also use it to top the "i". Quick, cute... and even if they can see your glue it will still be better than a bill :)



    Thanks for stopping by!


    Stampin' Supplies: 
    Paper: Red Glimmer paper (121790) , Build-a-bear Workshop Pawsitively Prints II (117396), So Saffron card stock (105118)
    Tools: 1 3/8" circle punch (119860), Small Heart punch (117193), Big Shot (113439), Alphabet Simple Letters (115960)
    Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
    Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online


     

    Greeting Cards for Abuelita

    5.09.2011

    My grandmother (Abuelita in spanish) is one of my most loyal fans :) She is the one who taught me to crochet, first taught me to sew and to this day brags about my beautiful family and anything I create. She glosses over things we're still working on, lol.  I'm pretty sure I also got my love of chocolate from her, but these days she's very careful about how many sweets she eats so my gifts usually revolve around her other favorite things: clothing with a nice feel, perfume and of course, greeting cards!

    Yesterday I sent her a batch of some of my latest cards. The following two cards (created based on sketches at Stampin' Addicts) were included in the mix. The first one is one I should make more of considering we have a lot of guys in the family who don't mind hugs and kisses from Abuelita.

    And this one is for one of the girls.


     Lastly, here's a closeup of the little flower. It has a little bling hiding in the center :)


    Thanks for stopping by and letting me share with you today!


    Stampin' Supplies:
    Card One:
    Paper: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Whisper White, Nursery Suite Designer Series Paper
    Tools: Big Shot, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Headline Alphabet die
    Embellishments: Glimmer Brads (Brights)


    Swirls & Curls Verses stamp set (Hostess only)
    Card Two:
    Stamps: Swirls & Curls Verses (Hostess)
    Ink: Basic Black
    Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, So Saffron, Play Date Designer Series Paper
    Tools: Big Shot, Scribbles & Swirls Sizzlit, Top Note die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 1.25" circle punch
    Embellishments: Basic Jewels Rhinestone

    Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
    Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online

    Touch of Kindness DivaSC135

    5.07.2011

    Hooray! It's the weekend and time for another sketch challenge!
    For a complete list of participating Divas and to check out other Diva challenges this week, visit the Utah Divas International blog. If you decide to play along with us, be sure to drop a link in a comment here. I would love to see what you create!

    Back in March I was thrilled to attend a Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar in Orlando. These events are great because you get to chat with other reps in the company and see tons of new ideas. And occasionally, if you are lucky you'll even win free stamps. Well, I had my good-luck charm with me - my friend and team-mate Martha - and doncha know I won! YAY ME! (If you have kids, I'm channeling London from Suite Life on Deck...) I won this adorable stamp set, Touch of Kindness. Love, love, love this set. So I used it with this sketch :)

    Each of the flowers was cut out (by hand) and layered over a Daffodil Delight flower created with our scallop punch. To get the kitty just right, stamp a second set of flowers onto Whisper White and then stamp your elements over the flower.


    You can then color the image and cut it out. With the kitty, follow the circular shape of the flower in the chest area. The other images? Well, I had originally thought to do another flower with the bird bath but it just looked too busy on the card. The sentiment was to be a third flower, but for the same reason I ended up just punching out the sentiment instead. The outer part of the flower was cut out using Paper Snips and used to create the center flower (over the sentiment). Here's a closer look at these elements:

    So, are you inspired today? Will you play along?

    For more ideas, don't forget to visit the UDI blog or you can go straight to Barbara's blog. She's using our new stamp set, Flower Fest. If you've been with Stampin' Up! a while, the design of this set might surprise you - it's a bit reminiscent of some of our earlier stamps. Thanks for stopping by!


    Stampin' Supplies: 
    Stamps: Touch of Kindness
    Ink: Basic Black, Stampin' Write Markers to color
    Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Whisper White
    Tools: Scallop circle punch, 1.25" circle punch, 1" circle punch
    Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestone
    Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
    Need supplies? Shop Stampin' Up! Online
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