Stampin' Up! Celebra! Medallion


Today's card was really quick and easy to put together because it's almost a direct copy of a card shared by mariemc here. (*Thanks, mariemc!*)
I used a sentiment set available in our Celebrando Creatividad catalog so that I could present this card to Paola (a family friend). I think she'll be nicely surprised to see something in her native language!
To get more information about our Spanish offerings or to request a copy of the CC catalog, click here.
Stamps: Medallion (115223), Dias Felices (115720)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657)
Paper: Kraft (102125), Ruby Red (102030), Soft Suede (115318)
Other: Scallop Edge punch (112091), Sewing machine, rhinestone stickers

DivaSC45 Autumn Harvest Greeting Card


It's Saturday and time for another sketch with Utah Divas Int'l. Yay!

I wanted to play with some fall images (for some weird reason... I mean it's 95 outside!) and chose pumpkins from our Autumn Harvest stamp set. I quickly colored them in with an Aqua Painter and ink from the lids of various classic inks. The layout was a simple one - I didn't doctor it up too much, but I did switch the placement of the two center pieces. I guess I just can't leave a sketch alone!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Utah Divas blog site and see more cards made with this sketch.
Stamps: Full Calendar (114966), Autumn Harvest (110372)
Ink: Old Olive (102277), More Mustard (103162), Pumpkin Pie (103040), Stazon Black (101406)
Paper: More Mustard (100946), Soft Suede (115318), Old Olive (100702), Watercolor paper
Other: Crimper (101618), Photo Corners punch (109042), Modern Label punch (116630), Vintage brads (109109), Aqua Painter (103954)

Cracked Glass Technique Video


As promised, the Cracked Glass technique. Enjoy! (And please let me know if there is a technique or project you would like to see here.)

SC243 Cracked Glass Technique Class


Hi there! The card you see here is one we'll be making this Friday at my Hope Lutheran card class. Not only will we be trying out this new sketch from splitcoaststampers, we'll be playing with the Cracked Glass Technique*. This technique works well for elegant cards, but I also enjoy using it for Halloween.... insert evil laugh here.... :) We will also be using a soon-to-be-released stamp set Twick or Tweet. To see another image in this set, scroll down or click here to view yesterday's post. We'll be using this set again on Sept 20th at our stamp-a-stack!
*Not familiar with this technique? Be sure to check back this Friday - I'll be posting the instructions here.
Stamps: Twick or Tweet (116497)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Pumpkin Pie (103040)
Paper: Basic Black (102851), Pumpkin Pie (101697), Whisper White (100730), Lovely Lilac (100427) , Cast-a-spell Designer Series Paper (115677)
Other: Clips Assortment (112580), Black Gingham ribbon (104832)

Stampin' Up! Sweet Treat Cups Halloween Preview


This card is choice #3 for my upcoming Stamp-a-stack on Sept 20th. Choose this card and you'll get to use 2 new items from our Holiday Mini catalog (available Sept. 1).
#1 - The funny image is part of a new stamp set called Twick or Tweet. (So cute!!)
#2 - The M&M candies are contained in a Sweet Treat Cup. These cups are a very affordable, fun way to add something special to your card. It's the perfect size for holding candy, ribbon, buttons... all kinds of treats! For our class, however, we will be using Halloween candy (m&m's, candy corn, etc.).
Contact me if you'll be in Melbourne (FL) and want to join us for the class. And let me know if you need a copy of the upcoming Mini Catalog; these are just 2 of the fantastic new things we have to inspire you!
Stamps: Twick or Tweet (116497)
Ink: StazOn Black (101406), Stampin' Write Markers: Going Gray (part of our neutrals set), Close to Cocoa (100072), Summer Sun (100077)
Paper: Basic Black (102851), Lovely Lilac (100427), Whisper White (100730), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Cast-a-spell Designer Series Paper (115677)
Other: Sweet Treat Cups (116802), Pumpkin Pie narrow grosgrain (109030), 1 3/4" circle punch (107217)

Mojo101 Razzleberry Lemonade


One of the reasons I look forward to Monday is the sketch at Mojo Monday. Today, despite a really annoying head cold, I rushed to get my morning mommy-chores done so that I could take a quick break and play along with today's sketch.
The colors used for this card were based on our Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper. Stamping wasn't working for me (gasp!) so I decided to play with my favorite crafty tool (the Big Shot) and die-cut some butterflies to use as the main image. Some matching polka-dot ribbon and clear dew drops helped me to finish off the card. (SU! offers perfect matching between inks, paper and embellishments making it very easy to put your projects together!) Thanks for stopping by!
Paper: Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo (In-Color textured paper 115719), Razzleberry Lemonade (115675), Whisper White (100730)
Other: 1-3/4" circle punch (112004), Big Shot (113439), SU! Beautiful Butterflies (114507), Dew Drops

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Sweet Thanks Cupcake Card


Just a quick post today before I start waking people up to get ready for church.... mean mom that I am....*grin* Aren't these cupcakes the cutest? What a great way to teach our kids to send Thank You cards. This project is one of the many shared by SU! on our corporate site. For project details, click here.

DivaSC44 Shaving Cream Tutorial Background


Happy Saturday!
Today's sketch has a variation thrown in; we were also given a technique challenge along with the layout. Fun! If you are not familiar with the Shaving Cream technique, you can read my post from yesterday where I shared step-by-step instructions. (And stay tuned for news about an upcoming video!)

This is a fun way to make patterned paper and I had even more fun by including a new product from our upcoming Holiday Mini catalog - shimmer paint. Although it's next to impossible to capture in a picture, the paint gives a nice soft shimmer to the paper along with it's silvery color. (Guess that's where they got the name, huh? *grin*)
To finish the card I chose another item from the mini catalog, our Icicle rub-ons. The set includes white images as well, but I chose to use a few of the silver snowflakes and bird on a branch. I apologize that they are not showing up well in this picture; no matter how I fiddled with my lights I couldn't get the picture to take as clearly as I see it "in real life". Clicking on the picture to enlarge it should help a little, but I think this is one you'll just have to try so you can see it :) Thanks for stopping by!
Ink: Bordering Blue re-inker (100940), Going Gray re-inker(102521), Shimmer Paint Platinum (116807)*
Paper: Bordering Blue (102630), Glossy White (102599), Basic Gray (108692)
Other: Clear Circle Rhinestone Brads (113144), 1 1/4" circle punch(104403), 1 3/8" circle punch (104401), Icicle Rub-ons (116804)*
*these items available 09/01/09

Shaving Cream Technique Tutorial


Hi there! Sorry for the late post today. I wanted to show you (or remind you) of how to do the shaving cream technique and didn't have time until this afternoon! "Why?", you might ask. Well, tomorrow's sketch challenge with the Utah Divas has this technique thrown in, so I thought it would be good to provide this info first!
I've put together these step-by-step photos and will be turning them into a short video this weekend; I'll post that when it's done, too!
For this technique you'll need:
shaving cream
a plastic box (stamp box or food storage)
re-inkers and/or paper-safe paint
glossy white card stock

1. Squirt your shaving cream into your container and spread it around.
2. Drop dots of ink randomly into the shaving cream. (Not too much, you don't want to make it muddy!)
3. Run a stick or thin piece of paper through the cream and create little trails of ink throughout your cream. Again, just a little to move the ink. Not so much that your colors run together.
4. Put your paper into the box, glossy side down onto the cream. Tap down to make sure it's all covered, then lift your paper out.
5. Wipe the excess shaving cream and ink off your paper. You can use tissue, an old towel or your Decor elements applicator.
6. Set it aside to dry a bit. You've now made a great background element for your card!

Do you notice the shimmer in this last picture? That's because I used our soon-to-be-released shimmer paint along with 2 re-inkers. I love the slight shimmer it added to my paper. This product is going to be so much fun!
Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the finished card!

Stampin' Up! Lattice Die Make a Bracelet


Aren't they beautiful?
You already know that we make great products for cards and scrapbooks, but I just love when I can show you how to use them in different ways. The bracelets shown here were created by cutting shrink plastic with the Lattice Bigz die. I think these would make great gifts for the Holiday's - don't you?
Unfortunately, I don't know to whom to give the credit for this great project idea. A demonstrator made some for her team and they wore them to convention. But a special Thanks goes to Patty Bennett for taking the pictures and sharing them with those of us who couldn't make it this year!

Lattice Die (115958)
also used for bracelets - Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads (109110)

SCS242 Baroque Motifs on Eggplant


LinkToday's card is an elegant one I made based on the sketch challenge at splitcoaststampers today. The texturing was done on both the front and back pieces of the Elegant Eggplant card stock, so I made sure I put a piece of Very Vanilla on the inside of the card to provide smooth writing surface. A little flower (with bling!) dresses up the inside of the card, too! Enjoy!
Stamps: Baroque Motifs (113490)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black*, Elegant Eggplant (105210)
Paper: Elegant Eggplant (105126), Basic Black (102851), Very Vanilla (101650)
Other: Perfect Details Texture Plate (115962), rhinestones
*Our Basic Black ink looked almost like the Eggplant on this card, so I used the Versafine instead - it is truly Black.

Stampin Up! Smarty Pants Quick Card


So what are you doing on September 20th? I'll be having a stamp-a-stack and You are Invited! Attendees choose 2 of 4 card designs and make 5 of each. Today's card is one of those 4 choices. Don't let the sentiment scare you (lol), there are 6 to choose from in this stamp set, allowing you to personalize your set of cards for different occasions. For more information about the class, contact me and I'll gladly fill you in!

Stamps: Smarty Pants (110980), Extreme Elements (115328)
Ink: Barely Banana (101170), Bashful Blue (105209), Not Quite Navy (101722), Garden Green (102584)
Paper: Barely Banana (102701), Bashful Blue (105120), Whisper White (100730)
Other: 1" circle (109046), 1 1/4" circle (104403). Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Click here to see other sentiments available with the Smarty Pants stamp set.

How to Use Small Embossing Folders


Oh - have I got a trick for you today!

I had given up using small embossing folders because of the extra outline of the folder that I would get when I ran it through my Big Shot. (The little hand is pointing to it on this picture.)
However, this week at Paper Craft Planet, Teresa P. shared a great how-to video on how to fix this problem. The link above will take you to the video, but in case you are not a subscribed member, here are some photos that will give you an idea.

The solution is to create a chipboard shim cut to a size just smaller than the folder itself. That way, once you run it through the machine, pressure will only be applied to the center of the folder where the design is. I had 2 thick pieces of chipboard from the back of an art pad that I was able to cut down to size. (Teresa mentions using 7 pieces of thin chipboard to make her shim.)

This photo shows how you will run it through the machine. From the bottom up: Tab 1, your cardstock with the embossing folder, shim centered over the embossing folder, clear acrylic plate on top. The difference from the original try is that there is only one acrylic plate on top instead of creating a sandwich with 2.

Your finished product will be the embossed image without the folder's embossed edges! Hooray! Now I'm off to go work on the rest of the card! Enjoy!

DivaSC43 - Sparkly & Bright


Happy Saturday and WELCOME to another Utah Divas sketch challenge. Don't forget to bump over to our group website so that you can check out the cards/projects made by the other sketch divas.

My project today is one of my first Christmas cards of the season. I enjoyed using the stamp set Sparkly & Bright and paper from our Merry Moments Designer Series Paper collection to make a cute and easy card.

A close up of the Santa and reindeer images shows how I used some simple embellishments to dress up the images. A paper piercer helped me to create the holes needed to insert the brads and, since it was out, I decided to give the center band of vanilla cardstock a little dressing up, too! Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies: Stamps: Sparkly & Bright (115346) Ink: Real Red Classic Ink Pad (103133), Close to Cocoa Classic Ink Pad (103139), Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker (100071), VersaMarker (100901) Paper: Chocolate Chip (102128), Garden Green (101841), Real Red (102482), Very Vanilla (101650), Merry Moments DSP (115672) Punches: 3/4" circle (107217), 1" circle (109046). 1-1/4" circle (104403) Other: Earth Elements Brads (106955), Clear Rhinestone Brads (113144), Paper-piercing Tool (116631), Silver Embossing Powder (109131), Heat Tool (100005)

How-to: Bleached Flowers


Today's card is one I had saved on file some time ago. It caught my eye because of the technique used to "color" the flowers. Bleach was added to an Aqua Painter instead of water. Once applied, the bleach removes color from the paper, leaving you with a lighter version of what you started with. Each color will act a little differently, but you can always rely on it matching! Note that this will not work with paper that is white in the center. Our Stampin' Up! paper will work, however, because it's dyed all the way through.
An important tip: save one aqua painter for this technique and leave one for water only. Whatever you decide to use, always drain the liquid out when you're done with your project giving the bristles time to dry out. Enjoy!

Card stock used in this project: Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, Really Rust

Why make greeting cards?


I recently read a comment from someone saying that they don't make cards often because "what do I do with all the cards?" What? My mind instantly rebelled! :) Then, I spent some time thinking about why I do spend so much time doing this... and loving it.
  • The number one reason is to brighten someone's day. How many times have you gone to the mailbox wondering what bills or junk you would be getting today, only to find a nice card waiting in the mix? It's a great feeling, isn't it? It doesn't have to be a special occasion to share the love. Just dropping a line to say hello is enough to give anyone a warm-fuzzy!
  • Support the Postal Service! As you may have heard in the news, the USPS is having a hard time. By sending your cards out, you are giving them good business - the kind people like to receive. Let's keep them busy and in business!
  • Encourage Recycling. Stampin' Up! is committed to taking care of the Earth. Our cardstock is partially made of recycled paper. (The % depends on the color of the paper.) Also, unlike clear acrylic stamps, our rubber stamps are made of natural products: rubber and wood. So when you make someone a card with our products, you are also doing your part to be "green".
  • Gift Giving. I love to give boxed sets of cards. Personalizing them to someone's style and needs gives them a gift they can use and one that saves them money in the future. (A store-bought card is at least $4, and try finding one with a picture and a sentiment you like.)
  • Last, an by no means least, is the therapeutic effect of card-making. I call it my Prozac! I have a great life, but like a lot of people sometimes find myself in a "mood". Card-making gives me time to relax, create something and get my head straight. Crafting done with others often gives the time for us to chat; people share and you realize it's not just you. And, if you pay attention, you'll learn a lot more then just craft tips!
So, these are my top reasons for making cards. I hope you'll take a minute to comment here - I'd love to hear your thoughts about this and what inspires you to craft!

Stampin' Up! Lots of Bots That's Funny


This is a preview of the card we'll be working on in class this Friday. This layout is a lot of fun - it would be fun to add some extra eye-candy to the left hand side. But I'm resisting because I want the main focus to be on our robot since we will also be working on watercoloring techniques. Specifically, we'll be working with Watercolor Wonder Crayons as well as different tools that allow you to use the ink from the lid of your ink pads. Don't forget to RSVP by tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon. See you there!

I'll be bringing my Lots of Bots stamp set as well as That's
Funny. If these images do not appeal to you, you are welcome to bring your own stamps.

School Years Scrapbook Idea


The kids in my area returned to school yesterday which made me think about how far behind I am in scrapbooking (summer, school, everything!) Here's one of the projects that I need to catch up on. It's actually a "work in progress" and will be for the next few years. It's a school scrapbook that I'm making for each of my boys. The first page is one that I made using Print Artist. It has a template for an Award which I adapted to be an intro page for my son's book. In it, I tell him why I made the book and a little bit of my hopes and prayers for him as he grows and learns. My husband and I both signed it to make it "official".

Each year includes a 2 page spread. On the left I've secured a 6x12 piece of card stock to a 12x12 to form a pocket. The pocket hold the class picture, notes about his school, teacher and friends as well as awards received and special artwork/projects. And on the right I can put the school picture as well as a few others from throughout the year.

The last page of the book has something I'm calling "sign of the times". I've made signature blocks for him to sign each year. As he grows and his handwriting changes, this will be an easy way to watch it happen and later, reminisce. We missed last year (oops) but I have some projects stored so my plan is to make a photo copy of his signature and just adhere it to the block.

I hope you enjoy the project and it gives you some ideas for school-based memories!
*Note: this idea is not original to me. I read about it years ago in a scrapbooking magazine. I apologize that I don't remember which one and no longer have the magazine as a reference. (I looked... no deal!) Thank you, mystery artists....

Quick Butterfly Thank You Tags


In my blog post yesterday, I mentioned that I had used a die-cut butterfly that I had sitting on my desk. The project I'm showing you today is where that butterfly came from :)

I was blessed to have a workshop with a neighbor friend recently and her orders arrived this past week. I like to separate the orders out for my hostesses and also dress up each person's bag with a fun tag. This time, I used scraps of cardstock and trimmed the edges with our Scallop Edge Punch and stamped them with one of the phrases from our Flight of the Butterfly stamp set. Instead of stamping one of the butterflies from the set, I decided to use die-cuts from our exclusive Beautiful Butterflies die.

I wanted to give the wings of each butterfly a little lift, so I cut very small pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals and inserted a piece under each wing. The center of the butterfly is attached directly onto the card; so the wings tilt up from the center for a nice dimensional look. And finally, I dressed them up a little further with some clear rhinestones in the center.

Here are 3 of them - each made with different colored card bases and butterflies. What a fun way to say "Thanks!"

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly (111564)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Beautiful Butterfly (114507), Scallop Edge (112091)

DivaSC42 Bella Toile


Happy Saturday and welcome to another Sketch Challenge with Utah Divas International aka UDI. To check out our group's site and find the links to our other Sketch Divas, click here.

Today's sketch (shown left) is the first from our new coordinator, Carol M. It's a good one, too :) FYI - some of the sketches we have coming up will also have additional "challenges" thrown in. Sometimes it might be a particular product to try or a certain technique to work in and they'll always be tied in to a new sketch for us to try. It's sure to be great fun! Now on to my card today....

One of these days I might make a card that doesn't involve my Big Shot... but not today. *grin*

  • The background is a piece of Barely Banana card stock, stamped with our Bella Toile background stamp and Barely Banana ink. 
  • After stamping, I ran the paper through my Big Shot on one of the texture plates from Kit #4
  • For the focal portion of the card, I used a few of our Stampin' Write Markers (listed below) to ink up the sentiment. 
  • The die-cut butterfly was one cut from white chipboard; I happened to have it sitting on my desk and decided to rub it onto the Bella Toile stamp which still had a little bit of ink on it. I like that I didn't get the entire stamped image, just a mottled piece here and there which gave it nice visual texture. 
  • I also distressed the edges of it with a Stampin' Sponge with remnants of brown ink on it.*
  • I then used the same sponge on the edges of all of the card stock pieces to soften them a little.

After assembly, the butterfly needed a little something more so I used 2 half-back pearls to dress it up a bit. I decided against any other techniques or embellishments - I figured I'd already used enough tools and supplies to make Hallmark look cheap. *grin* Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Stamps: Bella Toile (111598), Heard from the Heart (111644)
Ink: Barely Banana (101170)
Markers: More Mustard (100076), Ruby Red (1000075), Close to Cocoa (100072)
Paper: Ruby Red (102030), More Mustard (100946), Close to Cocoa (101341), Very Vanilla (101650), Barely Banana (102701)
Other: Texture Plates Kit #4 (114531), Stampin' Up! Beautiful Butterflies (114507), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Pretties Kit (109114)

*Note/Tip: I cut apart the large wheel of my Stampin' Sponge when it arrived. I use one piece of it for reds, another for greens, etc. The portion I used today is used for browns. I didn't really have to ink it up very much - since I always use it for those colors and store it in a plastic baggie, it was ready to use.

Color Inspiration Challenge


Hi folks,
Another quick share today. I haven't had much time to stamp and create lately. With the start of school nearing, we've been taking care of the clothes and supply shopping as well as trying to sneak in a little more fun before we get back to "reality". Today, we'll be going bowling with friends, but before we go here's a card I made for an inspiration challenge.

If you've never participated in an IC, here's how it works: the coordinator for the challenge refers you to an artist, artwork, a picture, something. You then base your project on something about the inspiration piece. It can be the shape, color(s), layout.... something that catches your eye.

For my card today, my inspiration came from this oven mitt. The site you will be referred to is full of beautiful aprons and such. This gear must just be for lovely decoration ; I can't imagine actually wearing any of it and risking getting it dirty or stained :)

And, finally, here's the card I made. I found the colors of the leaves and lemons most inspiring and attempted to use them. A little bright, but I'm going to think positively and think "happy-looking"! Enjoy!

My colors: Basic Black, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Barely Banana

Stampin' Up! Scrapbook page share!


Just a quick project share today. This scrapbookpage was made to share by our artists at Stampin' Up! For details, click here. Thanks for stopping by!

DivaSC41 Non-Traditional Christmas Card


Today's Utah Diva sketch is the last one provided by Alica TW who has now left our stamping group. I wish you luck Alicia and hope to see you at future SU! conventions :)

But don't worry, the sketches will continue! Carol M. (Queen of all that is purple!) is now our sketch coordinator and has some great sketches and challenges in store for us.

For today's card, I felt inspired to have a little fun with some groovy new Christmas paper, Holiday Lounge. The paper has a little retro feel to it and I love the fun colors. As much as I love the homey, traditional looking Christmas cards, I think it would be fun to include some of these in the mix.

Fun, right? Think I'll have to find a picture of myself and my siblings from childhood and include it along with my handwritten greetings for a groovy Christmas season. LOL

If this sketch looks a little familiar to you, it may remind you of one we did in March. Click here to see it and compare. Thanks for stopping by!
Paper: Taken with Teal (101584), Sahara Sand (105328), Ruby Red (102030), Holiday Lounge Designer Series Paper (115676)
Other: Big Shot (113439), Sparkle Sizzlit (113444), 1/2" Circle punch (104390)
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