Blossom Builders Kit class projects

2.29.2012

In March, my ladies and I will be creating three projects using blossoms from the Blossom Builders Kit. This kit is loaded with die-cut flowers and a sheet of pink rhinestones; we will be adding a few supplies to make the following:


Here's a look at each one individually. (Click to enlarge photos.)
Leadership attendees will recognize this one!

This little box is ready for a treat!
4"x4" note card - brighten someone's day!

Ladies, remember that RSVP (including materials fee) is due no later than Thursday, March 8th. Thanks!

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Blossom Builders Kit

Stampin' Up! Four Frames

2.28.2012

Four Frames (wood or clear-mount)
If you are like me, when you choose a stamp set you like to have at least a couple of different ways to use it. Take for example, our Four Frames stamp set (shown here, left).


Well, I have used this stamp set over an over as intended (frames). They are beautiful that way and I love that this set coordinates with our Decorative Label punch, making it easy to use and cut out the image. But you can also use this stamp set to create a decorative background. On the following card, I stamped the same image repeatedly using coordinating colors of ink.


Here's a little cheat for you:
I had a hard time stamping the sentiment the way I wanted it to look. Sometimes it was too slanted, perfectly straight looked "off" somehow, too. After trying about 7 labels or so, I finally got the bright idea to stamp the word separately and just punch it out using a 3/4" circle punch. Then I could fiddle with it and just adhere it the way I wanted it. Without having to redo the label umpteen times. *Insert a (Homer Simpson "DOH!") or a (V8 smack in the head) here*

Stamps: Four Frames, Fabulous Phrases
Colors: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla
Other: Decorative Label punch, Buttons (Brights), Butterfly Embosslit, Big Shot, Jewels Basic Rhinestones
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Stampin' Up! Outline Occasions Just Add Cake

2.27.2012


Need a quick but fun birthday card? Pick your favorite Designer Series Paper and try this layout shared by Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Robin Messenheimer. I chose to use Just Add Cake and top it with a greeting from the Outlined Occasions stamp set. This set is one of the freebies available during Sale-a-bration. Enjoy!


If you are into digital designing, you may be happy to know that there is a Just Add Cake Digital Kit available for only $14.95 (Access my on-line store for kit contents and purchasing information.)


Just Add Cake includes designs using the following colors: Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White and Tangerine Tango
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DivaSC177 Vintage Vogue You're A Gem

2.25.2012


Hooray! It's the weekend and time for another sketch challenge with the Utah Divas! Elizabeth Harris (a groovy Demonstrator in the Tampa area) has been providing our sketches this month - Thanks E! This week we have a really neat one to try. I hope you'll play along!

I thought it would be fun to use stamps in place of the strips you see going across the bottom and up the right side. I haven't used my Vintage Vogue stamps in a while and they were feeling lonely, so I put them to play along with some Stampin' Write markers.


If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you'll see that tiny pearls are scattered amongst the leaves and flowers. (I used the smallest ones on the sheet of Jewels Basic Pearls.) I think the Pearls and the Vintage Wallpaper texture on the Pool Party layer truly help to tell the recipient, "You're A Gem"!



Stamps: Vintage Vogue, You're A Gem
Colors: Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
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Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch embossed blossom

2.24.2012

Heat embossing is a wonderful, simple technique and is often one of the first ones a stamper learns. Simply stamp your image using pigment ink or VersaMark, pour embossing powder over, pour off the extra, heat set and Voila! A beautiful embossed image! It always gets a "wow!" and is one of those techniques you use over and over again.

The following card has a base of Pool Party card stock and was stamped with our Whisper White Craft ink. The Blossom in the center was also stamped with this ink then embossed using White embossing powder.


The edges of the card were lightly sponged with both the same white ink and Crumb Cake Classic Ink.  In this closeup of the flower, you'll notice that the edges of the flower were also sponged with Crumb Cake ink, just for a little added emphasis. Isn't the design of this blossom just gorgeous?


Thank you for taking the time to stop by! If you have never tried heat embossing, the link provided above (highlighted in yellow) will take you to a Stampin' Up! page that details the process for you. Enjoy!

Images used on today's card are both from the Mixed Bunch stamp set. See it here.
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Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch one layer cards

2.22.2012

Mixed Bunch stamp set

Lately I have made quite a few cards using the Mixed Bunch stamp set and often it has been with the accompanying Blossom punch.  But this week, I had the chance to sit down with my friends Adela and Debby and just play. I challenged myself to use the small images from this set and to create cards with just one layer. I like how these simple cards came out and hope you will, too.

First is a fun card stamped using Peach Parfait and Calypso Coral inks with just a touch of Chocolate Chip on the sentiment and satin ribbon. I was going for a more random placement of the images... maybe next time! ;)


 Next, how about we channel the 70s?  I was thinking of the colors they used to use on appliances when I came up with this combination. The colors are: More Mustard (aka Harvest Gold), Old Olive (aka Avocado), Chocolate Chip (shag carpet anyone?) and  - a touch of the modern - Cherry Cobbler. All silliness aside, these colors also work to make a masculine card -  this week's challenge at The Paper Players.)


 Last, but not least is a more neutral option with a simple sentiment. The card base and ink are both Crumb Cake and, although it is difficult to tell in the photo, the edges are lightly sponged with the same color just to provide a little oomph. (oomph - technical term, you know?)

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Stampin' Up! Best Friends Forever

2.21.2012

I recently stumbled across a card created by Renee Van Stalen where she took one image, cut it apart and reassembled it on the card front. The technique is so easy and gives you yet another way to use bold images - love it!

I recommend reassembling your images with a ruler nearby. I wasn't paying attention to my spacing and it's bugging me that the left-most piece is not spaced like the others. Just a little detail, I know... but it was worth pointing out for the record. ;)

Supply Details: 
Stamps: Best Friends Forever, Pursuit of Happiness
Colors: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
small flowers were punched out using the Itty Bitty Punch pack and adorned with Jewels Basic Pearls

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Stampin' Up! Everybunny Easter card

2.20.2012

Edited 7:02 PM, see below
This past weekend, I posted a card created using the Utah Divas sketch challenge. (Scroll up if you are on my blog to see the post, otherwise click here.) The card posted there was the result of playing with the sketch, but I realized that I had created another version earlier. How could I forget about it? We used it in a workshop and everything!?! Silly me....

Edited to add:
Claudia asked for information about how this card came together. Here are a few details, in their simplest form:
  • The Very Vanilla card base was embossed first (run through the Big Shot in the Tulip Frame embossing folder). 
  • Then I added the Perfect Plum layer (cut to fit inside the frame). 
  • Next came the vertical strip, the end of which is cut using the Decorative Label punch, the same one used to cut out the bunny image. 
  • The scalloped edges underneath are two strips of Perfect Plum cut using our Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch.
  • The rabbit was stamped onto Watercolor paper and colored in using an Aqua painter and the ink from the lids of Perfect Plum and Rose Red ink pads.
  • Lastly, stamp the sentiment in the bottom right corner. Adorn with 3 Jewels - Basic Pearls.
Thanks for asking!

Supply Details:
 Stamps: Everybunny
Colors: Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, Rose Red
Tools: Decorative Label punch, Scallop Dotted Ribbon punch, Big Shot with Tulips Frame embossing folder, Aqua Painter
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DivaSC176 Everybunny Baby Greeting Card

2.18.2012

Happy weekend everyone and welcome to another sketch challenge with the Utah Divas! For a look at more samples using our sketch, including links to each contributing Diva, visit the UDI blog. Along with this challenge, you will also find additional ideas and challenges for your paper and digi-crafting!

My customers will likely recognize the card I made for this sketch. After creating it for the challenge, I wanted to play with it some more so we used it in our Friday class, too!

Because of how I stamped the little chickie, I ended up turning the sketch on it's side. The Lucky Limeade circles were getting lost in the stripes of the background so I moved them up a layer; instead of embellishing the strip of Pool Party card stock, they are jazzing up the edge of the water-colored piece. A strip of Pool Party Ruffled ribbon (isn't it pretty?) adds a little extra touch along with a little tag made of a punched circle and Pearls. Now... to find someone with a baby boy to send this to! ;)

Supply Details: 
Stamps: Everybunny
Ink: StazOn Black, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Certainly Celery
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (A Sale-a-bration exclusive), Pool Party, Watercolor paper
Tools: 3/4" circle punch, Aqua Painter
Embellishments: Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Jewels Basic Pearls
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Paper Players DT Call

2.17.2012

Earlier this week I was knocked out with a cold and had to put aside a couple of important plans. One was a workshop we had to bump out a couple of days, and the other was getting this post written! See - The Paper Players are having a Design Team Call and if you want to participate on the team you have to submit your request by Sunday! I almost missed it - yikes!

I would LOVE to participate on the Design Team. Challenges are the A, #1, Perfect way to create! Sketches can get you out of a rut like nobody's business and color challenges often provide a combination of colors you may not have considered previously. I don't know about you, but I am a blue jeans (because they match everything) kind of girl so suggestions of color combinations are always welcome! After all, the colors you put on a project really set the mood. The Paper Players also include a Clean and Simple challenge and a Theme challenge each month. What more could a crafter ask for to kick-start her/his creativity?


Here are three of my previously posted projects and what I was thinking when I made them:

It's fun to pair something bold and perky with a clean layout. I love how the embossed flowers accentuate the color even further.



Want to comfort or let someone know they are special? Try soothing colors and a few extras in the finishing details:

A favorite style of mine is clean and simple with a touch of elegance. This card uses neutrals with a small pop of color and simple embellishments:



Yes, challenges are wonderful. And that's why I am hoping to be considered and accepted for next quarter's design team! :)

For a look at The Paper Players latest challenge, just click here to visit their website.  Click on the "Challenge Schedule" tab for a look at the lineup of challenges they post on a monthly basis. Thanks for stopping by!


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DivaSC175 Little Lambs

2.11.2012

You've made it through another week - need a crafty escape? How about a sketch to play with?

It's been too long since my Little Lambs stamp set has seen ink. For some reason, the sketch made me want to repeat the same image but change it up a little each time. After about an hour of playing around with them, I thought it might be fun to enclose the little fish in punched out circle frames (bubbles?) just to help draw a little more attention to them.



So maybe an hour might be a long time to play around and end up with this, but hey - I was ESCAPING, you know? I should have dragged it out a little more and maybe someone else would have folded the laundry... ha! I wish!

For additional ideas using today's sketch, be sure to visit the Utah Divas Blog. You'll see more samples, plus have access to the Divas' blogs and all the nitty gritty details.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supply Details:
Little Lambs stamp set, Basic Black ink for the main image. 
Colors: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red
Patterned  paper is from the Brights Designer Series Paper stack.

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How to video: quick and easy Blossom card

2.09.2012

Our Blossom Punch and Mixed Bunch stamp set are designed to go together. Maybe one day soon I will actually use them that way! :)

Here's a quick and easy card you can make with simple ingredients and a wow finish. The video will show you how it came together. Enjoy!




Supply Details:
Stamps: Mixed Bunch
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Tools: Blossom Punch
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Pearls
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Video - How to make a Blossom punch flower

2.07.2012

Hi everyone!

Check out this flower!


Want to see how it's done? Well, I made this video today so you could see it come together step-by-step. After taping and re-taping a couple of times, I realized I am having issues with the transfer of the video; somehow it keeps getting "blurry". So I apologize for the quality of the video, but I hope you will stick it out and see how easily this great flower comes together! Enjoy!


Supply Details: 
Blossom Punch (#125603), Modern Label punch ((#119849), Bone Folder (#102300), Paper Snips (#103579), Tombow Adhesive (#110755), Whisper White card stock (#100730)

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DivaSC174 SWAK Packed for Birthday

2.04.2012

Here's our weekend sketch ladies. I hope you will play along!

Maybe you'll even be inspired to make a few cards. I made two this time while trying to kick start my mojo. It has been quite dormant lately - which is sorta annoying to tell you the truth -but luckily sketches always get me stamping again!

First let me show you my favorite card of the two I made with this sketch. No stamping, just lots of Itty Bitty punches!



Lettering from Headline Alphabet sizzlit strip
Color scheme: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Real Red

And then I tried to make a kid's card. This time I left the sketch upright and used the "spotlighting" technique to highlight one area of the Packed for Birthday stamped image.

Sentiment from "Friendly Phrases"
Color Scheme based on the Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper: Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White. Ribbon is our Denim Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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