Pillow Boxes for Creative-sketches


Today's challenge at Creative-sketches is "Anything Goes". That might not sound like much of a challenge when you first read it, but I'm thinking that this time of year is so incredibly busy that making time to create ANYTHING is a challenge!

And, guess what - I'm cheating. The following Pillow Box treat containers were made for a workshop last month and have been sitting on my work table waiting to get photographed. But we can pretend I made them last night ;)

You can create your own pillow box with a template, or do it the easy way and purchase our Pillow Box die for use with the Big Shot. As you can see here, change the paper and/or the image and get a whole different look!
Stamp set: Autumn Splendor
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, Cajun Craze classic ink refill
Paper: Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper (in our Holiday Mini, expires 1/3/11), Watercolor Paper
Other: Aqua Painter, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamp set: Merry Crittermas (I've had fun creating with this one this season; also from our soon-to-end Holiday Mini catalog)
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, Stampin' Write Markers: Real Red, Crumb Cake
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Other: 5/8" Real Red grosgrain Ribbon, Jewels Basic Rhinestone, XL Decorative Label punch

Thought this looked a bit like a purse ;)
Stamp Set: Jolliest Time of the Year
Ink: Bashful Blue
Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Other: Rhinestone Basic Jewel, 1/4" Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot, Northern Flurries die (in our Holiday Mini as well, but will still be available after the catalog period ends)

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Help Creating Color Combinations


Unless you are an artist, you may wonder how to combine or substitute colors on your projects to get the look and feel you want. Color challenges come in handy and we, of course, see what others use and often use that as a start. But have you ever wondered how you can go about creating your own unique combinations?

One of the tools I use a lot is the Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach. It has a card for each of our unique colors and provides 2 color trios as well as a power-duo suggestion. You can go with the ideas provided, but to get the most out of it and create even more combinations, it helps to have some basic understanding of color principles. Thankfully, Stampin' Up! has provided some information I found very helpful - I hope you will, too.

Color Coach - Color Theory
**Para revisar esta informacion en espanol, por favor haga click: La teoria de color

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Card Sketch Diva#115


Happy Saturday! Are you ready to get creative with a fun sketch challenge?

I apologize that I do not have a project to go with today's sketch. Even though I knew it was coming (Carol is great about getting the sketches to us way in advance), I still managed to get behind with Christmas preparations and wasn't able to fit in enough crafty time this week.
But some of the other Divas are sure to have completed their to-do list, so for a complete listing of participating Divas, click here for the Utah Divas blog site.

I hope and pray that you and your family will enjoy a very merry Christmas today and that you are able to spend time with someone dear to you.
Blessings to you all for a joyful and safe 2011

Thank You for stopping by!

Creative Sketches #12 and Chipboard Embellishments


Are you ready to make a card today but don't know where to start? How about with a sketch?

This sketch is challenge #12 at Creative-Sketches. We hope you'll play along with us. Since we are relative new-comers to the challenge scene, you can rest assured that all who stop by will check out the links and see your creation!

For this card, I began with creating chipboard embellishments using my Big Shot and the Daisies #2 flower die.

To create your own chipboard embellishments:
  1. Cut chipboard slightly larger than the element you are going to cut out. (I've used the smallest flower on this die.)
  2. Cut Designer Series Paper (or card stock) to the same size.
  3. Run through the Big Shot on your die to cut.
  4. Use a Glue Stick to adhere the layered pieces.
  5. Options: instead of layering DSP onto your chipboard, consider painting it with ink or adhering glitter.
A great benefit of dressing your chipboard element this way is that the die will cut the paper exactly as you need it. No trimming or sanding necessary! Suh-weet! And now, the even-more-fun part, they are ready for use on a project.

Isn't she a cutie? I can't wait to send this one to someone special. Do you think it's okay to send it already?!  Or maybe I should just wait 'til after the new year...

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog! For additional detail, here are the marvelous Stampin' Supplies used today:
Stamps: Greeting Card Kids
Ink: Stazon Black, Stampin Write Markers: Blush Blossom (skin), Baja Breeze (dress detail), Riding Hood Red (bows and heart), Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip (hair)
Paper: Love Letter Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Tools and Embellishments: Big Shot, Daisies #2 Flower die, Heart to Heart XL punch, Jewels Basic Rhinestone
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner, Stampin' Scrub
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Robot and zig-zag re-do


On Monday I shared a way to use boldly patterned paper. When my son and I were looking over my blog post, I realized that you can't really see the layering too well on the picture.
So here is another attempt to show you ;)

p.s. My son is the best! He saw the card and told me that "it's awesome". I'm the luckiest mom ever :)

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Use It Tuesday - Library Clips


Growing up in Atlanta, I used to listen to a particular Rock station - especially on Tuesdays. This otherwise typical day of the week was special because of one thing, "Double-Shot Tuesdays". Two classic hits per artist, all day long. Loved it!

Well, today you get a double-shot of a different kind. Two "Use It Tuesday" ideas! Like the post title indicates, we will be using Library Clips today but we will also be using some Designer Series Paper. (I know, I know... you've seen that before; it's a popular choice since many of us own so much of it!) You will need a few different pieces in coordinating patterns/colors to create this fun louver effect.

Begin with a frame; I created this one using the Big Shot and our Top Note die.

To create a horizontal louver:
  1. Cut your DSP into strips 5 1/4 x 1". Score 1/2" along the length and use a Bone Folder to press the fold. (9 strips used for this sample.)
  2. Apply adhesive to the outer edges of the frame.
  3. Mount folded louver strips horizontally across the opening, overlapping strips slightly.
  4. Work from the top down and bottom up, keeping the folds pointed in towards the center. Continue until the entire opening is covered.
  5. Tuck pictures, messages and/or stamped images into the strips. 
  6. Use Library Clips or Mini Glue Dots to help secure your images in place.

Thank you for stopping by today!  None of the following Stampin' Supplies were harmed in the production of this card:
Resource: Creative Paper Techniques for Scrapbooks
Stamps: Sock Monkey, Smarty Pants
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Prestwick Designer Series Paper (retired)
Tools and Embellishments: Bone Folder, Sticky Strip, Library Clips (retired)
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What to do with Patterned Paper


Have you ever seen busy patterned paper and wondered exactly how you were supposed to use it? It can be tricky, but here's one idea to get the creative juices flowing.

How about letting the pattern take center stage?
Our Paper Snips are very sharp, very usable little scissors. You might laugh, but every time I share them with someone for the first time I always tell them to (quote), "Watch out, they're sharp." And, yup - every time - they poke themselves and I hear, "Wow. They really ARE sharp!". What? Did ya think I was fibbin'? lol
Anyway, this extra sharpness works great for fussy cutting. In this case, they cut out two extra strips of the zig-zag pattern on this sheet of Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper.
  1. After cutting out the pattern you want to use, measure it against your card and make sure you have the correct length/width you are looking for.
  2. Back your cut-work with Stampin' Dimensionals and attach to your project. You'll have enough space to slip a picture or stamped image under - just for kicks!
Want to see more? Here's another sample using a flower pattern, also from Greenhouse Gala, shared with a previous Utah Divas sketch challenge.

Thank you for stopping by today. Here are our Stampin' Supplies for today's card:
Stamps: Lots of Bots
Ink: Stazon Black; Stampin' Write Markers in Going Gray and Tangerine Tango
Paper: Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White and Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Tools and Embellishments: Silver Brads and the always useful Paper Snips
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Card Sketch meets Dream Gardens


Happy Saturday and welcome to another Sketch Challenge with the Utah Divas. Today, we're on sketch 114 - that's a lot of sketches! There are so many options with this sketch. Imagine flowers of different sizes in place of the circles or perhaps stamped images from our Circle Circus stamp set. Or maybe Christmas ornaments if you are still making Christmas cards or projects? For me, I was still salivating over my lunch - sushi - and I let it inspire me to make this card.
Yes, once again inspired by food! I'm a mess, I know...
Here's how I played with this sketch:
  • The main components stayed in place; no flipping or moving things on the sketch (this time...)
  • This beautifully garbed woman's silhouette image replaces the large circle in the sketch.
  • The dream symbol needed a little extra "somethin'" to help it command attention, so I added just 3 Metallic Brads to emphasize the circle.
  • The long vertical band is stamped and heat embossed with blossoms from our Eastern Blooms stamp set. Using clear embossing powder kept the blooms subtle, but you can give them more va-va-voom by adding Stampin' Pastels, colored embossing powder or by stamping them with a colored ink. After all, we do have 46 colors to choose from!
Thank you for stopping by today! To see more projects based on this sketch, be sure to visit the UDI blog or click here to be directed to Alisa's blog. Have a great weekend!
Dream Gardens

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Dream Gardens
Ink: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, VersaMark
Paper: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Tools and Embellishments: Clear embossing powder, Heat Tool, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Metallic Brads, Paper Piercing Tool

Couldn't leave it out... here's the 2nd stamp set, too!
Eastern Blooms

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It has finally arrived


Winter break....
My boys are so excited! Today is the last day of school before break the begins here in our area. It's been nothing but book reports, projects and school parties since last week, so please excuse the slow pace of blog postings here. I'm hoping the good weather will hold for a few days. The plan is for the kids to play outside, I will play inside (with paper) and peace will reign!

For today, enjoy our sunny view (as seen from the bus stop) and be sure to check back tomorrow for the UDI sketch!

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Use It Tuesday - Using Ribbon and Brads


Are you ready for another idea on how to use up your stash of ribbon and brads? Today's idea is a CASE from a card shared by Laurie Zoellmer. Check out this welcoming door.

This is a very simplified version that I'll be sharing with my 4th grader's class. The project has to come together quickly so the "panels" for the door are adhered directly to the card front (instead of raised on Stampin' Dimensionals like Laurie's sample). Also in the interest of time, the wreath does not contain any stamped adornment or bling. The bling is on the doorknob instead ;)

Now this door is dressed up for the holidays, but it could also be altered to:
  • welcome someone home
  • welcome new neighbors
  • invitation to a gathering
  • announce a change of address
  • What ideas can you share?
Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies:
Paper: Whisper White and Always Artichoke card stock
Tools and Embellishments: More Mustard 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (color retired), Yellow Rhinestone Brad (like our Fire or Ice brads, currently available), 1" circle punch, Scallop Circle punch
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Free Christmas Tree Pop-up card tutorial


There are so many ways to make cards. Like you, I love seeing new ideas and am thrilled when I come across something fun and free! Here's one found this weekend; how would you like to make a fun pop-up card like this?

Get step-by-step directions on how to make Robert Sabuda's Christmas Tree pop-up card. It's pretty in white (makes me think of snow!), but can you imagine how pretty it will be in color? Have fun!
Thanks for stopping by!

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More Dreams Du Jour with a Card Sketch


We've arrived at another Saturday so that means it's time to play along with another great sketch from Carol at Utah Divas International! This one is sure to be a favorite - keep it simple or dress it up and it will look great!

Don't forget - to see more cards created with this sketch, follow the blog link below or click here to be directed to the UDI blog. Either way, I hope you'll play along with us or at least leave some commenting-love along the way!
The lights that go with my light box died yesterday, as did my table Ott-light. So today's creation was photographed on our front bench! I believe the green palm coordinates nicely with this lovely Peach Parfait Designer Series Paper, don't you?

  Thank you for stopping by! Now let's go see what Alisa has in store for us!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Dreams du Jour
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Peach Parfait and Pear Pizazz Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Hostess Pack Designer Series Paper *Level 1
Tools and Embellishments: Vintage Brads, Decorative Label Punch, Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
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Are your cards in the mail yet?


Today is the day to finish getting our family Christmas cards in the mail! So much time spent creating them - now it's time to make sure they spread some holiday cheer. :)
I'll be back tomorrow with the Saturday Utah Divas sketch. Be sure to stop by and check it out!

FYI - here are the lastest backorder notices from Stampin' Up!
You can currently order the following items, and they will begin shipping the week of December 20.
113500: Fun & Fast Notes Set
115360: For All You Do Set
116917: Starter Kit Business Brick
120648: Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Lower Set (clear-mount)
You can currently order the following items, and they will begin shipping the week of December 27.
119694: Brights Collection Classic Stampin' Pads
122129: Blender Pens
You can currently order the following item, but a shipping date has not yet been determined. We will let you know as soon as we have more information.

101179: Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
102277: Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
105216: Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad

Due to quality issues, the following items are unavailable at this time. We will let you know as soon as we have more information about when they will be available to order again.
102642: Stampin' Scrub
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Regal So Cherry Color Combo


Today's challenge is from Creative-Sketches.
You wouldn't want to see what I (attempted to) create - it was horrid! After spilling glitter, dropping the ribbon (which my dog thinks would make a great chew-toy) and spilling coffee I thought it would be better to step away for a bit. How about I just share the challenge with you and try again later?

 I hope you'll give it a try!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Use It Tuesday - Designer Series Paper and Ribbon


While watching a Stampin' Up! training video, I came across a presentation by Ronda Wade. She shared a fun and easy way to cover candy bars. What a fun way to present someone with a treat!

For this gift, you will need:
Candy Bar (Dove Chocolate bars used here)
Designer Series Paper
Optional: Ribbon, stamps, ink and additional cardstock for additional decoration

First, you'll cut your Designer Series Paper down. (This sample is 8"x4".) Apply adhesive on all four edges.

Place your candy bar in the middle.

Fold the bottom edge up to halfway cover the bar, then down the top edge.

Finger press the right and left edge, then run each through a Crimper. Not only does it look cute, it will seal the adhesive you applied in step 2.

Decorate! I've wrapped mine with a length of ribbon and hung a greeting using Linen Thread.

I just realized I left out one step - taste the chocolate first. You want to make sure you are giving your friends only the good stuff ;)

Thank you for stopping by today! Enjoy!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Many Merry Messages
Ink: Old Olive
Paper: Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla card stock
Tools and Embellishments: Linen Thread
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Are you Crazy for Cupcakes?


Sweet - it's Saturday!
Today's sketch is number 112 with the Utah Divas. I hope you'll play along with us today. If you would like to see other creations based on this sketch, be sure to follow the embedded link below or visit the Utah Divas site for a complete list of participating Divas.

I was tempted to make another Christmas card today, but decided to try a little technique I've seen in a few places. The idea is to use strips of cardstock to imitate the look of an awning over a window. Today's sketch was perfect for this!
And in our window are some yummy cupcakes just waiting for someone to come by and be tempted! Yum! I hope Carol won't mind that I added a little to the sketch and moved the oval over a little. Even though the sketches are supposed to be a "springboard to creativity" I might have gone too far. What can I say? The sugar made me do it... *grin*
Now, let's visit Barbara's site and see what she has in store for us. Something beautiful, I'm sure. Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Fabulous Phrases
Ink: StazOn, Stampin' Write Markers for coloring
Paper: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Tools and Embellishments: Scallop Edge punch, Modern Label punch, Small oval punch, Metallic Brads, Jewels Basic Rhinestone
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Kick start your creativity


I looooooove sketches. Nothing else jump starts creativity quite like a sketch!
This sketch is one provided by "Clean & Simple" not too long ago. I pulled it up on the computer and knew that it would make a good go-to kind of layout. An added bonus is that you can create this card in just about 15 minutes; important detail because sometimes it's difficult to squeeze in crafty time, especially at this time of year.
Now that I think about it, it will probably take longer to write the message inside ;)
Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies: 
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, A Word for You
Ink: Riding Hood Red, So Saffron
Paper: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red
Tools and Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestone, circle punches ranging from 3/4" to 1 3/8"
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter, Paper Cutter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner, Stampin' Scrub
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Every Moment Creative-Sketches


I apologize for the late post!

This card is based on today's sketch at Creative-Sketches. Be sure to stop by the blog and see what the other designers have created. And if you decide to play along with us, add your link to a comment here or through the link system on the C-S blog. I hope you'll give it a try!

The finished card stays very true to the sketch. I really liked the clean lines of the sketch and didn't want to "mess" with it this time. The colors (Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Naturals Vanilla and More Mustard) still make me sound like I'm thinking about food, but in reality they are mostly neutrals that just look great together! Another clean and simple card that looks just fine!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Every Moment
Ink: VersaMark, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Naturals Vanilla, More Mustard
Tools and Embellishments: 3/4" and 1" circle punches
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner, Stampin' Scrub 
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Use It Tuesday - 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon


I missed a week... I know. With the promotion going on at Stampin' Up! and the short school week I got a little off track! But I didn't forget about you! Here's my latest attempt at using those oh-so-lovable goodies we have stashed in every available drawer. (C'mon... you know you do...)

This week, I'm focusing again on ribbon with a guest appearance by Felt Flurries Snowflakes. With Christmas season rolling up on us soon, I thought it would be fun to try a ribbon tree. If you don't have much time to spare, you will be happy to know that it only took about an hour from start to finish.

Basic instructions:

1. Cut ribbon into 2" lengths. (Cut about 12 of each color to begin with, then cut more as you go.)

2. Start near the bottom of the foam cone. Fold one piece of ribbon in half. Using a flat head push pin, insert the pin through the cut ends of the ribbon into the cone.

3. Repeat with a second piece of ribbon. Very slightly overlap the edge of the ribbon so that you hide the foam underneath.  Repeat all the way around the cone.

4. Start a second row. You'll want to pin this one so that the loop that hangs down covers the pin of the ribbon in the lower row. Repeat and complete this second row.

5. Repeat, going a row higher each time until you are near the top of the cone. Some samples found online use a tiny tree topper to cover the top of the cone and further embellish the tree. I wanted to use items already on-hand, so I used additional ribbon and Felt Flurries instead.

6. Cut the ribbon long enough to cover the top of the cone and leave a loop on both sides, pinning into place (where it will hold the loop). Repeat until the top of the cone is covered.

7. And then wrap a piece of coordinating ribbon around the loops and pin in place.

8. The very last step was to pin the snowflakes in place for decoration - including one to cover a "bald spot" on my tree!

So there you have it, ribbon trees! Easy and oh-so-cute. Now I have to decide: keep it or put it on a tray with cookies for a gift. Better go look at my naughty/nice list one more time....

If you'd like to give this a try, here are some options to consider:
  • Alternate colors of ribbon on the same row.
  • Use one color of ribbon for a monochromatic look.
  • Cut longer lengths and separate the rows a bit more for a more elongated look.
  • Adhere Rhinestone or Pearl Jewels (stickers) to resemble ornaments.
  • Use decorative push pins instead of the flat head kind used here. Separate your rows a bit more so that the pins show; they'll look like tiny ornaments!
Thanks for your patience and thank you for stopping by! I hope you've been inspired to dig into your stash!

Felt Flurries Snowflakes (ret.)
5/8" Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Soft Sky Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, (Certainly Celery) Ribbon Bundle from past Sale-a-bration promotion
Other (items from the craft store): Flat-head pins, Foam Cone 
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