Stampin' Up! Vintage Vogue Accordian Fold

11.29.2011

This Friday in class, we will be playing around with creating an Accordion Fold Card. This design was originally shared by Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Dawn Griffith and passed along by Demo Paula Goff.

First here is the outside of the card. Clean and simple because the "work" will go into creating the inside of the card this time.


And now the inside:

Isn't that fun? Class members will also get the opportunity to turn this into a Christmas card by using other stamp sets. If you are in the Melbourne (Florida) area and would like to attend a future class, be sure to contact me or check my calendar for scheduled dates.

Supply Details: 
Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Blessings from Heaven
Ink: Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Regals Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools: 1/2" circle punch, Scallop Edge 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)
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Free Printable Noche Buena

11.28.2011

Recently, eighteen25 shared a free printable for fall. I printed it out, inserted it into a frame and propped it up in the kitchen as part of our Thanksgiving Decor. (Inexpensive but good-looking art - yay!) But, alas, we are past Thanksgiving now so it was time to update the frame with a Christmas theme.

Instead of looking for one on the web, I decided to use My Digital Studio to make my own. Even though I was born and raised in the States, my father is Cuban and my mother is from Colombia (South America). Our holidays have always been a mix of cultures so it was fun to personalize my sign and add a couple of tidbits of what Christmas means to me.

A little translation for you :)
  • Noche Buena is celebrated on December 24th and usually involves family and friends, good music, dancing and lots of great food. Timbales (some of you may know them as bongos) and a percussion instrument called a Guiro are always fun to have to play along with the music.  (The link will take you to a youtube video showing how it is played.)
  • Lechon (roasted pig) and Yucca Frita (fried yucca) are 2 of my favorite dishes. I have fond memories of the prep and actual meals involving both of these things. (Ok, great, now I'm hungry...)
  • And the cinnamon rolls? Well, this is the one time of year where I clear the schedule to make batches of home-made rolls. So if you don't see as many posts this month, you know what I'm up to!

If these are some of your memories of Christmas, too -  feel free to click on the image above and download the image for your personal use. To create your own printable using My Digital Studio, click here to visit my SU! store - the downloadable version of MDS is on sale right now. Get it for only $39.95 and receive a free bundle of downloads, too! (Offer valid through Nov. 30, 2011)



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DivaSC164 Fabulous Phrases and a leaf

11.26.2011

Hi folks! (Edited to add card, see it below!)

We are still celebrating Thanksgiving here at the Benitez household. I am planning to sneak off later this morning to play with the latest Diva sketch, but until I get a few minutes let me go ahead and share the sketch with you. Enjoy!
And here's my take on the sketch, this card will go out to one of the family members who drove many hours to spend the day with us. It follows the sketch almost exactly, except for the additional panel in the center.





Supply Details: 
Stamps: Fabulous Phrases 
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Tools: Big Shot, Stripes embossing folder, Leaves #2 die
Embellishments: Brads (Metallics)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Stampin' Up! Jolly Bingo Bits

11.22.2011

With Thanksgiving this week, I know it's time to step up the production of Christmas cards. Perhaps you are like me and struggle with making multiples of the same card?  Challenge yourself to use the same design and just change up some of the details to keep yourself from getting bored. For example, use different colors for the card base and alternate stamped images.

Then, imitate Ford or McDonalds and get all of your pieces ready. Tip: The Northern Frost die cuts 8 snowflakes at a time - what a time saver!

All that's left is to assemble!



Supply Details: 
Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits, Many Merry Messages
Ink: Real Red, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Red Sharpie marker
Paper: Pacific Point, Old Olive, Real Red, Naturals Ivory, Whisper White
Tools: Big Shot, Northern Frost snowflake die, 1" circle punch
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestone, Taffeta ribbon
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Jolly Bingo Bits (available in Wood, Clear Mount and Digital Format)

DivaSC163 Beary Best Friends

11.19.2011

Time is flying - it's the weekend! When you find you need a break from all the Thanksgiving prep work, why not play with our Utah Divas Intl sketch? And if you find you need additional inspiration, be sure to visit the UDI blog to see other samples created by the sketch team.

Ruthie gave us quite a sketch this week, didn't she? It's like a rorschach test! Is it a party hat? a Christmas tree? the sun over a mountain? And what does it say about me that I see a party hat first? lol

For my party-hat inspired card, I pulled out Beary Best Friends along with it's companion sentiment set, Beary Nice Wishes. These adorable sets are based on the Build-a-Bear brand, probably one of my boys' favorite stores to visit when they were little. Good times...

Yay! A Birthday!! Where's the cake?


Supply Details:
Stamps: Beary Best Friends, Beary Nice Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Tangerine Tango ink pads and various Stampin' Write markers to color
Paper:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Tools: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 3/4" and 1" circle punches, Boho Blossom flowr 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)
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Stampin' Up! Stocking Builder Punch

11.18.2011

Please note this post is from November 2011. The Stocking Builder Punch is no longer available for sale through Stampin' Up!

In today's card-making class, we will be playing with the Stocking Builder Punch. Here are our three samples; note that they are all the same base card, just different embossed backgrounds and 3 different uses for this same punch. First, the stocking as intended.... as a stocking!


Now, look what happens when you use a different embossing folder and flip the stocking:

A reindeer!! Isn't he cute!? He might get a red nose by the time class is done...

Now you may be asking, Adriana - what do I do with this punch the rest of the year? Well, dear reader, here is just one idea:


The mane is a scrap of So Saffron card stock. Use Paper Snips to cut tiny slits into it and curl them a bit for dimension. You could also fray some ribbon and give him some flow-y locks! 

Now these are just 3 ways to use this punch. There are more. But I wouldn't want you to pass out from all the wonderfulness so you'll just have to check back to see more great ideas. :)

Stocking Builder Punch
Supply Details: 
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Bright Hopes
Ink: Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Real Red, Crumb Cake
Tools: Stocking Builder Punch, Big Shot,  Petals-a-plenty, Perfect Polka Dots and Stripes embossing folders, Snowflakes die
Embellishments: Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, Baker's Twine (Cherry)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Stampin' Up! Best Friends Forever

11.15.2011

Before I share a project today, let me publicly say a big Thank You to Linda Callahan and Freshly Made Sketches. Linda chose my card (shared Monday) from among those submitted with last week's sketch, so for this week I get to be a "Perfect Princess". (I'll be sure to tell my hubby... lol) If you would like to play along with their latest sketch, there is a new one posted today. Click the link above to access the site.


Next time you want to use some of our wonderful Designer Series Paper, consider adding it to the inside of the card! This card is based almost exactly on one by Kim Jenkins. I love that you can see the DSP along the bottom border and was struck by how striking the butterfly is against the stamped flourish image. Such an easy card to create; at the same time, it's anything but boring!

For the inside, just be sure to place a strip of neutral card stock so that you can write your message. And since you have saved so much time, don't forget to decorate the envelope, too!







Supply Details: 
Stamps: Best Friends Forever, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Soft Suede 
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist
Tools: Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Embosslit, Scallop Border Trim 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)
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Stampin' Up! How to alter chipboard

11.15.2011

Do you have chipboard in your stash of supplies? They can be used as-is in all their chipboard/kraft colored glory or you can alter them for added panache!

Here are three favorite ways to alter chipboard:
  • Stamp a design directly onto your piece. Yes, heat embossing works, too!
  • Trace your shape onto Designer Series Paper and cut out. Adhere to the chipboard piece using a Glue Stick or Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive.
  • Or - the easiest way - add color with Craft (pigment) Ink. The piece you see above was colored by tapping an Old Olive Craft Stampin' Spot directly onto the surface. Set it aside while you finish the rest of your card and it will be dry enough to handle when you are ready. And as you can see, you can add additional detail with layers of cardstock or embellishments, like the jewels added here.
 Want more ideas? Click here for a 4 page pdf detailing ways to use chipboard! (Content originally shared Jennifer Murai.) Enjoy!


Supply Details:
Stamps: Blessings from Heaven, Circle Circus
Ink: Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker, Old Olive Craft Stampin' Spot
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Old Olive, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools: 1" circle punch, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies embosslit, Ruler
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestone, On Board Merry Medley chipboard 
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Brights Collection - Craft Stampin' Spots

FMS10 How to ruffle ribbon

11.13.2011

If you are ever stumped for ideas when you sit down to make a card, I definitely recommend starting with a card sketch. These layouts are a great way to kick-start your creativity.  The sketch you see here is last week's sketch challenge as provided by Freshly Made Sketches. They provide new sketches every Wednesday. (Click on the link provided to be directed to their blog.)

In a recent class, we dragged ink pads across More Mustard card stock in order to create a faux-wood panel as a background. (We used More Mustard, Sahara Sand and Soft Suede Classic Ink along with Whisper White Craft ink.)  This panel created a great backdrop for the sketch and our Elizabeth stamp.

Once mounted onto the card base, it needed a little "something else" so I decided to add some ruffled ribbon. Begin with a line of Sticky Strip, then add ribbon - pulling up and pinching the ribbon every so often to give this ruffled look.

Tip: If your fingers choose not to cooperate, a Stylus makes it easy to pull up just the right amount of ribbon. Just lay the end of the stylus under the ribbon where you want the pleat and hold it in place while you push the free ribbon down onto Sticky Strip. (In the photo below, my finger would push down just to the right of the stylus.) Remove the stylus, move down to where you want the next pleat and continue. You'll be happy to know that the Sticky Strip is a bit forgiving, you can pull the ribbon back up and try again if you need to.




Supply Details: 
Stamps: Elizabeth, Fabulous Phrases
Ink: Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, More Mustard, Whisper White
Paper: More Mustard, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Tools: Simply Scored (incl. Stylus), Sticky Strip
Embellishments: Early Espresso Quilted Ribbon, Brads (Metallics)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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DivaSC162 Blossom Bouquet Tree

11.12.2011

Hi everyone and welcome to another weekend sketch challenge. I'm making it quick today - lots of housework to do - so let's get right to it. First here's the sketch:

And here's my card. It uses our Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch to make a cute little tree!

 Some additional notes:
  • The hills were created by tracing the edge of a plate onto Wild Wasabi card stock. Just trim with Paper Snips and layer to create your rolling hills.
  • The apples are 1/4" circles.
  • The 2 layers of tree (tops) were both punched from the Blossom Bouquet punch as were the clouds. For the clouds, just insert a thin strip of Pool Party card stock into the punch or punch an entire flower and trim to size.
  • The sentiment was stamped first, then die cut using our Scallop Rectangle Clearlit. This sizzlit has a clear window, so you can easily line up and cut exactly where you want to!

Don't forget, to see additional ideas using today's sketch, be sure to visit the Utah Divas Int'l blog for links to ladies on the Diva Sketch Team. 



Supply Details: 
Stamps: Friend to Friend (retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Poppy Parade, Whisper White
Tools: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, 1/4" circle punch, plate, Big Shot, Scallop Rectangle Clearlit
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Stampin' Up! Happiest Birthday Wishes

11.09.2011

Yesterday, I was blessed to spend time with three friends who love to stamp. We made a morning of eating, stamping, talking... and eating some more! Interestingly enough, we stayed away from the chocolate. Amazing...

Now, I must confess. Often when a group of us gather to craft, I don't usually end up with much to show in the way of finished projects. I'm a talker; I have yet to discover if it's a blessing or a curse... but let's just say I enjoy company when I have it so the cards get finished at a later time. But, thanks to the influence of the 3 ladies around me, I actually managed to get some things done yesterday! Here is a set of 4 cards based on a card created by Heather Summers.

The banners need a little something. Heather's had a little punched out star on each. Another idea would be to add the initials of the person celebrating their birthday or the number of years they are celebrating. (Kids love to celebrate what # they are; adults not so much...lol)  I'll add something before I send out the card so that I can personalize it a bit... but technically, I finished :)

As a side note, if you need a yummy recipe for tonight try this tomato soup recipe by Our Best Bites. I'll be out and about all day today and wanted to have something easy and tasty to prepare when I get home. Paired with grilled cheese sandwiches, there will be happiness at the table tonight. :) If you like what you see, subscribe to their blog and you will see all sorts of yumminess on a regular basis. Be forewarned, they share amazing desserts.



Supply Details:
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes, Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Naturals Ivory (lining on inside of card)
Tools: Petite Pennant Builder Punch
Embellishments: Baker's Twine
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Crazy for Cupcakes (Available in Wood Mount)

Stampin' Up! Bonus FREE digital download!

11.08.2011

HI everyone!
I hope you enjoyed the free downloads this past week. The effort to share in digital crafting went so well during these few days that Stampin' Up! is offering a 5th free download! Check it out:
To get your copy, click here - you will be directed to the My Digital Studio site where you can choose the file type you wish to download.

There are also more new digital downloads available for purchase. Stampin' Up! has been releasing new ones nearly every week! For a complete list, be sure to visit the My Digital Studio forum or my store. Enjoy!



Supply Details: Stamps: Ink: Paper: Tools: Embellishments: Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Stampin' Up! Countryside Quick Card

11.07.2011

Happy Monday!
Today, I'm off to meet with a new Demonstrator on my team, Angel Bush. She has a workshop scheduled for later this month and I can't wait to hear what she is planning. Wish her luck!

Before I go, I wanted to share a quick and easy card with you that was created using our Countryside stamp set. It took me a while to get this set (my wish list is so long!), but I am so glad I did. And I haven't even inked the vintage truck yet!

This card could not be easier to put together! Simply:
  • Stamp the Countryside images in Crumb Cake Classic ink.
  • Stamp a sentiment, like this one from Blessings from Heaven, in Always Artichoke.
  • Mount Very Vanilla panel onto a slightly larger panel of Always Artichoke. Pierce a hole in the center, near the top for a small brad like the Vintage Trinket one used here.
  • Adhere a scrap piece of Victoria Crochet Trim onto a longer strip of Twill Tape using a small clothespin (also from Vintage Trinkets). Adhere to card base using Sticky Strip.
  • Mount sentiment panel over the ribbon using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Done!

Now to figure out who/which blessing in my life will receive the card...


Supply Details: 
Stamps: Countryside, Blessings from Heaven
Ink: Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke
Paper: River Rock, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke
Tools: Paper Piercing tool
Embellishments: Victoria Crochet Trim, Twill Tape, Vintage Trinkets
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)
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Countryside (available in Wood and Clear Mount)

BFF Monogram Diva SC161

11.05.2011

Happy Weekend everyone! Ready for a sketch?

Here is this weekend's Utah Divas sketch. Remember to stop by the blog for links to several other participating Divas. There are always a variety of styles and ideas represented - don't miss them!


Looking through some of my retired stash of materials, I ran across some printed window sheets. I haven't been able to use the last couple of pieces because they are just so pretty. We do  not currently have any in the Idea Book & Catalog, but that's so silly of me - they are easy enough to make! So that's what I did - to get the look created here:
  1. Stamp the polka dot image (from Best Friends Forever) onto the card front. Here, I chose to use the same color ink and paper so it is Basic Gray Classic Ink on Basic Gray card stock. For a lighter look, consider using VersaMark ink.
  2. To create your clear panel, stamp the leaf image (also from BFF) with StazOn onto a 5" x 3 3/4" piece of Window Sheet. StazOn is rather sticky, so be prepared for the stamp to lightly stick to the window sheet. Just carefully pull them apart.
  3. Adhere your Window Sheet onto the card base with Snail adhesive. I applied the adhesive only where the vertical Basic Black strip was to be placed and a smidge behind where the 3 rhinestones are placed. I expected the adhesive to show more - you really have to turn it in the light just right to be able to see it. What a nice surprise!
Tip: Another alternative would be to use a Glue Dot in each corner of the sheet. They will be a bit more visible, but can be easily covered with a Rhinestone (like the ones used here) or additional layers of card stock (punched shapes, etc).



Supply Details:
Stamps: Best Friends Forever, Monogram Sweet
Ink: StazOn Black, Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, Basic Blac, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla, Window Sheet
Tools: 1 1 4/" circle punch, 1 3/8" 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)
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Best Friends Forever (Available in Wood and Clear Mount)

Free Digital Downloads starting Friday

11.02.2011

Access free downloads from MyDigitalStudio.net November 4-7, after completing a quick survey.
Brand-new, never seen before FREE downloads include:
  • So Typefelt Stamp Brush Set
  • Neutral Delightful Digital Tape
  • Home for the Holidays Ensemble
  • Delight in the Day Photobook Template  
These downloads can be used in My Digital Studio as well as other editing programs capable of accessing .png and .jpg files. When you download, you will be given options for MAC and PC as well. Enjoy!



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