Stampin' Up! Framelits and the Z-fold card

5.31.2012

I've got a good link for you today. It's all about this z-fold card:






See the portion with the sentiment? It is also visible once the card is opened. I remember making these and having to use a hobby blade to cut the swivel portion. It doubt it ranked as a "favorite class" among my customers... However, using Framelit dies makes the process much much easier. And of course, you also get the opportunity to use three of the six dies included in the set on one project!

Here is a view of the card once opened:


Fun, huh? For instruction on how to create this card, step-by-step, I'll just direct you to the original source. Enjoy!
Technique: Debbie M. Z-fold


Product Supply details:
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Memorable Moments
Colors: Kiwi Kiss, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry

Designer Series Paper: Floral District
Other: Big Shot, Framlits - Labels Collection, Boho flower punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig
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Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch Perfectly Penned

5.25.2012

We've entered the homestretch, folks. This is the last week of our 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. On June first, next Friday, we officially unveil the 2012-2013 Catalog.  The project I am sharing below offers goodies from both books; the colors are two of our retiring trendy In-Colors (Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait) and the die cuts are from a new Framelits set Apothecary Accents. The stamp sets (listed below) can be found in both books.





See the design in the smaller die cut? This image is one of the flower stamps in Mixed Bunch. (See the full set below.) Most often, these images are used with the coordinating Blossom punch, but they are really quite pretty used as background images or to add pattern to card stock as well. Try it, you'll like it ;)


In case you were wondering :) 
Layout: Stampin' Addicts Sketch Challenge <--click this link to see this week's sketch
Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Perfectly Penned
Colors: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Whisper White, Basic Black
Other: White gel pen, In-Color Designer Series Paper stack, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot, 1" circle punch
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Mixed Bunch stamp set (#125535 wood/#125537 clear)

Stampin' Up! does the work for you

5.23.2012

One of the perks of using Stampin' Up! supplies is that the product lines are designed to go together. For someone like me who is not naturally gifted in art, this is quite a bonus. Not too long ago, I wasted a lot of time trying to coordinate printed designs, card stock and embellishments. I can't remember how many nap times were spent this way... my boys would wake up and I wouldn't have created a single thing.

These days I know I can either start with our Designer Series Paper and its coordinating card stock or I can simply take paper from the same color family and get kickin'. For example, here's a card I made using card stock scraps from the Brights Collection along with two neutrals, Basic Gray and Whisper White.


Stamp Set: Happiest Birthday Wishes (2011-2012 Hostess set)

Not to shabby, eh?

Here's another card made recently for a sketch challenge. For this card I let the colors in our Play Date Designer Series Paper dictate the color scheme.

Something Sweet (available through May 2012)
Here you see another form of coordination at work: the gumballs in this stamp set are the same size as the circle punch in our Itty Bitty Punch Pack. Simply stamp the gumball and punch it out so that you can layer them and give your card lots of dimension. (Note: Our catalog provides information about this feature; look for an outline around the stamp image and specific details by the stamp set name and pricing info.)

See? Coordination across product lines - makes creating easy and fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

In case you were wondering :) 
Card Layout (card 1): Stampin' Success (Stampin Up! Demonstrator Magazine)
Tools: Petite Pennants Builder punch, Heart to Heart punch, Big Shot, Circles #2 die,  Beautiful Wings embosslit

Other: Jewels Basic Rhinestones, White thread, needle, Paper Piercing tool 

Card Layout (card 2): Splitcoaststampers
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Big Shot, Lots of Tags sizzlits, Mini Silver Brads, Itty Bitty Punches


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Use It Tuesday - Jewel Brads

5.22.2012

One of the embellishments listed in our Retirement List this year are our brads containing rhinestones. A customer once mentioned to me that she didn't really like using this style of brad because of the bulk. Not only does it require additional care in mailing, but she just didn't care for the way they can stick up out of projects.

Do you feel this way, too? Well, if you do and would like another way to use these beauties, did you know that you can easily remove the jewel from the brad?

Simply open up the prongs on the brad and take a look at the back.

You should see one or two small tabs holding the jewel in place. Carefully use the tip of a Paper-Piercing Tool or scissors to open up the prongs. Do this slowly, you don't want to damage the fine point of your tool.

Once the prongs are opened up, you can tip the brad over and the jewel will fall out.

To use the freed jewel on your project, I suggest using a dot of Tombow adhesive. You really only need a tiny dot; this adhesive works well. Just in case you overdo it, you'll be happy to know it dries clear, too.

Here's a closer look at two flowers; one has a full Ice Circle Rhinestone Brad in the center, the other has a dot of glue waiting for just the stone.

And here is the finished card, complete with 3 jewels topping flowers die cut using our Floral Fusion sizzlit die.


Thanks for stopping by!

In case you were wondering :) 
Card layout : Jen del Muro
Colors: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Midnight Muse
Other: Big Shot, Floral Fusion, Little Leaves sizzlit
*the patterned paper is a scrap from the bottom of a drawer... sorry, I have no idea where I got it !
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Stampin' Up! Color Coach helps to stamp a background

5.21.2012

This weekend I was clearing out a drawer of paper scraps and ran across a small piece of dotted card stock. Dotted patterns are so user friendly; part of their appeal is that they are so versatile, especially for a stamper.

For example, you will see other cards on my blog this week featuring dotted paper as-is,  with nothing done to them. But for today, I thought it might be fun to show you a quick and easy card you can create by stamping your own background right over the pattern. To start, I'm going to use a Color Coach to help select coordinating colors for our card. The background of the paper I found is So Saffron, so I am looking for cards with this color dot.



There is a card for So Saffron, specifically, but I also found color combinations on the cards for Wild Wasabi and Soft Suede. To start, I used Regal Rose and Wild Wasabi to stamp images from Raining Flowers onto the patterned paper.


Next, I used Soft Suede and stamped "thanks" from Kindness Matters into some of the open spaces. (You can see it below.) Finally, I kept these same color combinations in mind while deciding what color to use as a mat for the stamped panel. Here's a look at the panel with Wild Wasabi then Regal Rose as options.


A little trim work, and we have:


Ok, I cheated... I added a raised flower. Not necessary, but if you have an extra couple of minutes, cut just one layer of a flower and adhere to the main panel using Stampin' Dimensionals. (I cut this one from one of the scraps.) If you are pressed for time, you could certainly skip this extra step, but know that it didn't take long. In truth, it took me longer to write this post than it did to create the card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supply Notes:
Stamps: Raining Flowers, Kindness Matters
Colors: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Soft Suede
Other: Paper Snips, Jewels Basic Pearls

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US159 Loving Thoughts

5.19.2012


This week, our sketch challenge at Unscripted Sketches is accompanied by the extra request to use ink. You can use those stickers and embellishments you love along with a variation of this sketch, but don't forget to use ink on there, too.

I wasn't sure how I wanted to use this sketch until I saw this quote from Mark Twain:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

The quote was printed out and placed inside the card. I think this one will go to my honey who is two classes away from getting his MBA. We will likely experience some big changes after that point and I want him to know I am still behind him 100%, even if it means throwing off the bowlines.

So, are you ready to try the sketch? Click here to see more samples and to play along with us at Unscripted Sketches. See you there!

In case you were wondering :)
 Stamps: Loving Thoughts, Sail Away (retired)
Colors: Basic Gray, Whisper White, So Saffron (sun), Marina Mist (birds)
Other: Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Silver Mini Brads, Linen Thread, Stampin' Pastels, Sponge Daubers, Bird Charm (non-SU!)
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Stamp-a-ma-jig rediscovered

5.17.2012

I was ready to gush about our new In-Colors and improved stamp pads, but we will have to skip those topics for today. There's this great tool that really helps you to stamp where you want to stamp. No, it's not new. I've had it for years, but for some reason I set it aside and ignored it. And I'm not the only one...I've read the threads of the guilty on crafting sites.... LOL

This tool, called a Stamp-a-ma-jig, is simply the best at helping you position images exactly where you want them. It makes easy work of images that are meant to be stamped together - think of the truck stamp with goodies piled in back - but it is also helpful for stamping sentiments. Imagine being able to put words together to create what you want to say and both of them going on straight..... amazing! Laugh at me - go ahead. I deserve ridicule! lol



If you'd like to know more about this tool, you'll be happy to know that instructions are included on the box but step-by-step photos are also shared in our 2012-2013 Catalog. (If you do better with video, a quick search on Youtube will pull up a few for you.) Enjoy!

In case you were wondering :)
see the awesome SAMJ tool below
Stamps: Just Believe, Fabulous Phrases
Colors: Whisper White, 2012-2014 In Colors
Other: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Jewels Basic Pearls
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Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049 ($11.95)

Just Believe 3x3 Thank you cards

5.16.2012

Another addition to the "quick cards" label category. The cuties are only 3" x 3" (finished size).

To create these cards:
  • Start with a piece of card stock measuring 3" x 6". Score at 3", fold the card and use a Bone Folder to press the fold.
  • Stamp a silhouette image using ink the same color as the card stock. (So Saffron used here.)
  • Using a coordinating color of ink, stamp a sentiment. (Midnight Muse used here.)
  • Trim coordinating card stock to create two thin strips to run across the bottom of the card. (Midnight Muse and Very Vanilla used here.)
  • Punch a flower and adhere using a glue dot. Top with a Pearl embellishment. 
Told ya it was easy :)

In case you were wondering:
Stamps: Just Believe
Colors:  So Saffron, Midnight Muse ('12-'14 In Color), Very Vanilla
Other: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Jewels Basic Pearls

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Quick but cute greeting cards

5.15.2012

I recently ran across a few cards by Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Debra Currier. She has a very clean and pretty style and often shares projects that are do-able. As in: it won't take me ages to make just one. Sometimes over-the-top is fun, but more often than not my attention span just isn't there, you know?

Here's a set of cards inspired by Debra that I made the other day while chatting with friends. They all use our soon-to-retire 2010-2012 In-Colors, 2 tools and one embellishment. Easy, peasy... and cute!

Just a note: I'm starting a new label category with these cards called "quick cards".  My goal is to share other cards you can easily create with a minimum of fuss. To find this and other categories, scroll down a smidge and check out the right-hand side bar. There is a Labels section to help you find projects based on categories such as posts containing sketch or color challenges, tutorials or videos. Enjoy!

In case you were wondering :) 
Card inspired by: Debra Currier ,--click to visit her blog
Stamps: Friendly Phrases
Colors: In-Color 2010-2012 and Whisper White
Tools: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Corner Rounder punch
Embellishment: Jewels Basic Rhinestone
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Unscripted Sketches 158 Blessings from Heaven

5.12.2012


It's the weekend!


This week, we are on sketch #158 at Unscripted Sketches. This is another one of those sketches that would make a great scrapbook page, wall art or book cover. But, as usual, I turned to my first paper love - card making.

I recently had a tough discussion with someone I care about regarding faith. I would like to send this card to her, but it's not time. Instead, I will keep 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 in mind for all of us:

"Rejoice always,
Pray without ceasing,
In everything give thanks;
For this is the will of God
In Christ Jesus for you."

Thanks for stopping by today.  To see more ideas or to participate in the challenge, visit the Unscripted Sketches site. Hope to see your creation there :)

In case you were wondering :) 
Stamps: Blessings from Heaven
Colors: 2010-2012 In Colors -->Get them before they are gone:  My Stampin' Up! Store
Also retiring: Swirls Scribbles sizzlit die, Rhinestone Brads (Fire, Ice and Clear) 

Other: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder,  Floral Fusion sizzlit die, Jewels Basic Rhinestone
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Stampin' Up! Apothecary Accents dies Everything Eleanor

5.11.2012

A few months ago in one of my stamping classes, we tried a fun technique with our embossing folders.  Before I explain the process to you, let me show you a card I made yesterday using a sample of the technique. It also includes a new die cut shape (one of 4 in Apothecary Accents) and images from Everything Eleanor, both available in our  2012-12013 Catalog.


The technique layer is the white painted layer. To get this look:
  1. Apply a thin layer of craft paint to a piece of card stock. Stampin' Up! card stock is heavy-weight and can handle the paint without buckling.
  2. Once the paint dries, run the card stock through the Big Shot enclosed in a embossing folder of your choice. Flower Garden was used here.
  3. Remove the card stock from the folder and use a Sanding Block to lightly rub the raised design. This will remove the thin layer of dried paint and allow the original card stock color to show through.
  4. Optional: Lightly ink up a Brayer and lightly roll it over portions of the card stock for additional color. Always Artichoke was added here.

In case you were wondering :)
Layout/Sketch: Stampin' Addicts Sketch Challenge (5/10/12)
 Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors: Always Artichoke, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Other: Jewels Basic Pearls, Antique Brads, Big Shot, Flower Garden embossing folder, Sanding Blocks, Apothecary Accents dies, Vanilla Seam Binding, Brayer, white craft ink (non- SU!),  Visit my Stampin' Up! Store 24/7
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Stampin' Up! Patterned Party

5.09.2012

May is one of those months in my family where we celebrate a lot of birthdays. Since I seem to have given away most of my cards, this is the week where I play catch up so that there is something to pop in the mail. :)

Today's card was created using more of the images from Patterned Party, the same stamp set used to create my son's card (shared Monday). This one is for my young cousin Isa, so I was able to make this one girlie with bows and bling. Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net


It wasn't until after I had edited the photo that I noticed the wonky bow (located top, left).  Jeepers, I'll fix that before I send it out. But until then, check out a little detail under the crooked bow:

 
There is a heart shaped Itty Bitty Button layered over the big Brights button. The smallest heart on our Heart to Heart punch fits this button just perfectly, so I was able to layer a heart of patterned paper between the buttons for additional color. Fun! (Note: If you enjoy using our Itty Bitty Buttons, you may want to get this punch right away; it is on the retirement list, discounted down to $9.49 and supplies are limited to what is in stock right now.)

In case you were wondering :) 
Layout: DeNami sketch 12
Stamps: Patterned Party, Fabulous Phrases
Colors: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
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Thank you, Freshly Made Sketches!

5.08.2012

This quick post goes out to Lesley and the Design Team at Freshly Made Sketches. Thank you for the honor of being one of your pics with last week's sketch! Woo-hoo! What great news to receive on a usually boring Tuesday :)
Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

For my readers: the card they chose was posted Monday and features some items from our upcoming catalog. You can click here or scroll down to check it out. Thanks!


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Use It Tuesday - Patterned Paper Scraps

5.08.2012

Do you hoard patterned paper? Come on, confess. You know you can't stand to toss those bits and pieces left over from projects. And they are there... waiting for attention....

Well, today's card is a great one for using up those beloved papers. All you need is a shaped punch and some adhesive to create a groovy background suitable for any type of occasion. Here, I created two graduation cards; the one hiding in the back lacks bling since it is for my nephew.


The circles were punched out with a 1-1/4" circle punch and randomly adhered to the card base. After wrapping the card front with our Quilted Ribbon, I topped it with a graduation stamp from our Summer Mini Catalog (one, two years ago?) loaned to me by my friend Adela. A little bling on the one for my female cousin and we are good to go! Isn't it fun?!

In case you were wondering :)
Resources: Paper Crafts Card Ideas for Paper Crafters
Stamps: Graduation stamp (retired single stamp from Stampin' Up!)
Colors: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Early Espresso and various patterned papers
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FMS33 Memorable Moments Patterned Party

5.07.2012

My parents are on their way back home today and I am back in my craft room pretending the house isn't too quiet. Actually, I'm enjoying some Sade and Erykah Badu while I wait for the kiddos to get home from school. It'll be plenty loud then! I'm also taking the opportunity to play with Freshly Made Sketches #33 and some new goodies from Stampin' Up! (available June 1st).


Today's card measures only 3-1/2" x 5" but it's loaded with goodies to share with you:
  • The argyle pattern, balloons and birthday banner images are from our Patterned Party stamp set. This set is in our current catalog and will carry over to the next catalog, as well. Here, I've stamped it with two of our 2012-2014 In-Colors, Summer Starfruit (the mustardy yellow color) and Midnight Muse (the dark blue). 
  • You can also see another of the '12-'14 colors, Gumball Green, lining a couple of layers.
  • See how solid the images look? Well, with the new catalog we are tweaking our ink pads a bit. They will retain the same great closure system but the pad has been upgraded to a firm foam. A light touch is all you need to ink up the stamp for complete coverage. Expect to see many more solid stamped images - these new pads are awesome!
  • Also previewed here are the numbers from Memorable Moments. Grab your Stamp-a-ma-jig; you are going to love creating the perfect numbers to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and more.
  • Lastly is a peek at one of the Framelits in our Apothecary Accents set, also available in June. Here, I have folded the ends back in order for the frame to fit the card front. To create this look, try scoring the tabs as shown:

Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to practice using my Stamp-a-ma-jig a little more before the kiddos get home. :)

In case you were wondering :)
Stamps: Patterned Party, Memorable Moments
Colors: Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Naturals White
Other: Mini Silver Brads, Stamp-a-ma-jig <--click to view this tool
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Unscripted Sketches 157 Avoiding the kitchen

5.05.2012

Ready for a sketch? How about this week's challenge from Unscripted Sketches?

This looks like a great one for a scrapbook page, doesn't it? I will have to try that again later, but for now I paired the sketch with a funny quotation I have been waiting to use:





Heehee, too fun. Unfortunately, my kitchen is smack-dab right in the middle of my house, no avoiding it at all! :)

Visit the Unscripted Sketches website for many more projects using this week's sketch. Our design team contains 20 talented ladies sharing a variety of styles. Plus you can link to your own project with the link tool so we can stop by and visit your site. Three projects are chosen weekly as top picks, giving you bragging rights and a groovy badge for your blog. As one lady said it, it's a great trophy - and you don't even have to dust it off! :)

In case you were wondering :)
Colors: Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Concord Crush
Sentiment was printed out onto card stock
Rosette made using this technique.
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CPS263 Young Vermillion Circle Circus

5.01.2012

It's an exciting day to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! We just received a sneak peak at the upcoming catalog and let me tell ya - I cannot wait for this sucker to go live! I want every hostess set... all of them! And the new patterned papers are wonderful - eek!

Ok, girl... get a grip!

Truth is, there are still a lot of goodies available from this year's catalog. One of the stamps that I just had to get before it was discontinued is our single stamp, Young Vermillion. This is the prettiest little bird and I knew I would miss it terribly if it were not in my collection. Here, I combined it with Circle Circus, a sentiment from Pursuit of Happiness and CPS sketch 263. Enjoy!



In case you were wondering :) 

Colors: Soft Suede, Rose Red, So Saffron, Whisper White
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