DivaSC182 Everything Eleanor Sneak Peek

3.31.2012

Note to my customers: Today is the last day to take advantage of Sale-a-bration! Click the link at the bottom of the post to take advantage of the freebies while you can!
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Along with our sketch today, I have a sneak peek of a new stamp set for you! First the sketch, which is based on a card on page 64 of the Idea Book & Catalog:


And now the card. The flowers and swirl are 4 of the 8 images in a new stamp set Everything Eleanor which will be available in our next Catalog (2012-2013).


These flowers were stamped with Basic Black Classic ink and then colored in using Stampin' Write Markers (see color scheme below). Paper Snips make it easy to cut them out; just remember to turn the paper - not the scissors - as you cut and you will avoid overly straining your hand. I've noticed I do a better job of trimming curves when I do it this way, too.

For more ideas, click here to visit the Utah Divas blog where you will find other samples using this sketch as well as links to the artists. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Pursuit of Happiness
Colors: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Rose Red
Other: Twitterpated button, Linen Thread, Jewels Basic Pearls
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Unscripted Sketches 151 Stampin' Up! Nature Walk

3.30.2012

There's a great sketch to try this week at Unscripted Sketches. Keep it simple or you can totally run with it. First, here's the sketch:
For this card, I used our Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper and a vintage style stamp set called Nature Walk. Soft colors rule the day!

Tip: Use the outside edge of your Paper Snips to rough up the edges of your paper. It only takes a little bit of pressure to cause buckling. To distress the flower, use the side of your Bone Folder instead. It's hard to describe the technique, but it is much like what you do to make ribbon curl. Just hold the paper between your thumb and bone folder and pull up along the paper. It will start to curl up and, if you keep going, the paper will begin to separate into layers.

Stamps: Nature Walk, Fabulous Phrases
Colors: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Other:Jewels Basic Pearls, Tea Stain, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Fabulous Florets sizzlit, Big Shot
 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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Accordian Fold Card class

3.29.2012

Reminder to my Friday ladies - it's time to RSVP if you have not already. Here is what we will be working on tomorrow:

And here it is with the accordion fold section opened up:

See you tomorrow?

Resources: Catherine Pooler blog
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DivaSC181 Everybunny Easter Wishes

3.24.2012


Here's our sketch challenge for the weekend. It's easy - will you give it a shot?

Easter is almost here and I realized that I haven't played with our Everybunny stamp set nearly enough. Time to rectify that!!!

Isn't he cute? He reminds me of my sons playing with their toys (on the floor) when they were toddlers. Good memories :)

A few project notes:
  • The sketch was based on a card on page 29 of the Idea Book & Catalog.
  • Card base is Pear Pizzazz card stock. The patterned layers are the same color from the In Color Paper Stack.
  • The circle behind the rabbit is 2 1/2" and was die cut using the #2 circles die (in the Big Shot). I repeated the cut using a scrap of Garden Green which I trimmed down with Paper Snips to resemble grass.
  • The sentiment is from a retired Hostess set. I know... "No fair!" The font is so pretty I couldn't resist!

Ready to see more ideas? Click here to visit the Utah Divas blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Everybunny, Something to Celebrate (ret. Hostess)
Colors: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Garden Green
Other: Modern Label punch, Big Shot, #2 Circles die, Subtles and Mini Silver brads
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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Getting ahead for Christmas

3.23.2012

I'm still following along with the challenge at Stampin' Addicts to make a few Christmas cards each month. This is such a fun challenge! Not only am I getting cards done, but the challenge also provides an opportunity to use up items from my stash of retired goodies. A Win-win, definitely!

The stamp used here was in a hostess set years ago. I brushed on ink using the brush end of Soft Suede and Real Red Stampin' Write markers, giving the two tone effect you see here. The die cut snowflakes are from our Northern Frost sizzlit strip (still available). And for a touch of glam - a strip and a dot of Glimmer Paper. Love the dash of color they provide and the fact that they are flat - so they won't cause problems in the mail! Suh-weet!

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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Inexpensive Punch Storage

3.21.2012

HI all!

Every once in a while, I read a post or am involved in a conversation about storing supplies. I ran across one earlier this week and realized I probably haven't shared this info with you here. (Or maybe I have...? Oh, well... one more time won't hurt...) There are so many solutions out there ranging from inexpensive to costly. My storage options tend to run to the inexpensive-but-sturdy kind; I would rather spend my play money on supplies or new shoes :)

This photo shows how the majority of my punches are stored; they are in a shoe organizer bag that hangs on the back of the door to my craft room. It was only about $6 at Target (5+ years ago) and still looks new. No rips or tears at all. Not bad for space that would have gone unused otherwise, eh?

If you decide to use this idea, you will want to anchor the bottom of the bag or just know that you will hear the punches thunk on the door when you move it. As stated previously, I have used this storage bag for over 5 years; there is no damage to the door at all.

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