Friday, August 26, 2011

Stampin Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Hop

Have you been waiting with great anticipation for this Hop? I know I have! I can't wait to see all of the amazing ideas and the sneak peeks for the new Holiday Mini, which is always my FAVORITE mini of the year :)
The master list for the hop is here. Or you can just keep hitting the next blog buttons! If you started at the beginning, you just arrived from Kim's blog where she did wonderful things with the Frostwood Lodge paper! LOVE that paper! And it coordinates very well with the Christmas Lodge set, which is what I am featuring :) I live in the Northwoods so this is a perfect set for me for all kinds of things, it is so not just for Christmas to me. I wanted to make a scrapbook page or 2, but I ran out of interferes with my playtime again! LOL!

First up is a card I made combining the new Borderlines set from the main catty with the Christmas Lodge images. Change the sentiment and take off the rhinestones, and it would be a good masculine card too!

My next project is a little book to keep handy with all of the Christmas shopping I must do in the next few months! The pull out tabs are from the Two Tags die, and I will do a tutorial for the book later this week, using the amazing new Simply Scored Tool! Love that thing too!! The Baker's Twine wraps around the book and around the mini brad to keep it closed while stored in my purse :)

And I could not resist making some ornaments for the tree with the Wood Sheets, the Perfect Pennants die's medallions, and the Christmas Lodge images! I added some dazzle with the new Dazzling Diamonds glitter glue and some Rhinestones. I used the new Cherry Cobbler Quilted ribbon on one, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon on another, and Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon on the last one.

You have probably seen these little boxes all over now. Brian Piller showed us how to make them at convention. I discovered a little twist on the project though... if you crease your score lines well, you can push the top down and it will stay closes on its own! The box on the left is closed and the right is sort of open. Sort of because you can pull it open farther to access the inside of the box! This box is made with the Mini Milk Carton die.
And the ornaments I made will fit onside of this box!!!  I bet you could put cookies in there too. I can think of a ton of uses for this box, and I hope you all do too :)

Come back later this week for more details on these projects! I can wait to share more with you!

Next up is Jen Timko at Stampin' on the Fly where she did fabulous things with Bright Hopes!


And if you missed Kim's post, you can go back here


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Raining Flowers with Faux Linen

Ok, so when I got the Raining Flowers set at convention, I didn't think I liked it. When I picked it up on Friday to do a club project with it, I still wasn't feeling the love for it. But after I paired it with some of my current favorite colors and the Faux Linen technique, I can say that I do now carry a fondness in my heart for this set :) I just needed to stretch a little with it!

We made this cute little 3x3 card, which are ever so useful, and a coordinating box, which I will get to later. The Faux Linen technique is really very easy, but you might want to wait for the paper to dry before mounting it to the cardfront with dimensionals.... mine kind of bows into the center even with a dimensional there... lesson learned!!
For the Faux Linen technique, here are the steps:
  1. Cut a piece of tissue paper a little bigger than your finished piece will be. You will be gluing this to a white cardstock base. Stamp your images on the tissue paper.
  2. Apply a thin coat of liquid adhesive all over your white cardstock piece and stick your tissue paper to, making sure you have wrinkles in the tissue paper and that the wrinkles are glued down. Fold the tissue paper over the edges and adhere to the back. 
  3. ALLOW TO DRY ! :) Then use as desired on your projects.
OK, now for the supplies for this  project
  • Stamps: Raining Flowers
  • Paper: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, tissue paper
  • Ink: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade
  • Other: Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals, Sticky Strip (to attach the ribbon)

 See awesome this looks?! Now don't you love Raining Flowers too?

And here is the little box I made to go with the card. Ad can you guess what I made it with? The Mini Milk Carton die!! Brian Pilling showed us how to make this at convention, but I discovered something else cool about this box.... if you crease the score lines well at the base of the top, you can push the top down into the box a little and it will stayed closed! How cool is that idea?!!

This is "open"- the crease line I am talking about is the top edge of the flat portion under all of the "peaks"

So you push down like so....

And it stays down and looks like this! I love this... maybe I'm just easily amused though  ;)
My club ladies were super excited about this and thought of all kinds of uses for it!

Ok, that's it for today! Still trying to get back on track with more frequent posts. Hopefully I will get some productive time in in the next day or so cuz I work 6 out of 7 days starting Tuesday. Just keep smiling!

Friday, August 19, 2011

July Club projects

Well, I guess I should have posted these last month, but better late than never! The card for July was a one layer card, but is really turned out amazing! I just hope I can do it justice here :)

I did a little bit of clear embossing over the stamping to give is an added level of detail. It was a real wow at club! Nobody minded that there was only one layer.
  • Stamps: Array of Sunshine, Kindness Matters
  • Paper: Naturals White
  • Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Versamark
  • Other: Embossing Buddy, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, Sticky Strip

I think you can see the embossed butterflies, at least I hope you can!

and here is the inside. This is one of my current favorite color combos :)

We also made this fun little treat holder. We inked the embossing folder with Rich Razzleberry ink before running it through the Big Shot.  This is a super easy and fast project! It will hold a candy bar, a little lotin bottle, chapstick, etc...

  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
  • Ink: Rich Razzleberry
  • Other: Big Shot with Top Note die, Little Leaves sizzlet and Simple Flower embosslit, and Square Lattice embossing Folder, brayer, Word Window punch, and Rich Razzleberry satin ribbon (retired)
And I have a little surprise! I am giving away TWO free passes to anyone who has never been to a U Stamp With Dawn And Friends event before. SO! Leave me a comment and I will be picking 2 people from comments on my blog on September 9th.

Monday, August 15, 2011

USWDAF I Heart the Holidays! Cornucopia

My project for this event was posted early this morning! I really love how this turned out. This was almost the project that didn't happen... I was trying to create a cornucopia out of waffle paper, and it just was not happening the way I had envisioned it... so on to plan ! Actually it was more like D or E, but who's counting ;)

This is the complete ensemble. If you want to know how to make this yourself, head on over the and check it out! You always get at least 40 tutorials like mine for the price :)

Like my pear? It's in the tutorial :)

How about a pumpkin? It's in there too!

And  a fun little flower...

Some journaling slips too!

And what I'm thankful for...

The card...

And envelope...

I love the limitless ways you could fill this little basket!
One last shot of just the cornucopia.

Let me know what you think, I live for the love ;)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Field Poppies

Ok, I have been way too absent this summer! I am going to have to do better... so here is a project I whipped up this morning. I have gotten a lot of new rubber lately and sometimes when that happens, I get a little overwhelmed and I don't MAKE anything. I have also been working on projects that I can't post yet...stuff for swaps and blog hops and UStampWithDawnandFriends.... BTW the next UStamp event started today!! Woo-hoo! And since I get to see them all before they go live, I have to tell you there is a lot of great stuff going to be shared :)

Alrighty then! Time to get back to this project. I earned the stamps used here doin some stampin stuff and it just came in the mail on Tuesday and I just couldn't wait to play with these 2 sets.

I even used the new Simply Scored tool that will be available on Sept. 1st. LOVE IT! It is so much nicer than the Scor-Pal, which I own but rarely use since it does not have score lines every 1/8"! I created a frame around the flowers by scoring at 5/8"  all the way around, then stamped the polka dots from Borderlines around the edge. I did the same for the inside.
  • Stamps: Field Flowers, Borderlines
  • Paper: Calypso Coral, Naturals White
  • Ink: Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
  • Other: Simply Scored, Stampin' Dimensionals
 Don't you love how the Calypso Coral and Poppy Parade coordinate so well?! And then I just had to make a treat to go with this...

A little Candy Wrapper with a belly band!

Don't you just love it?! I sure do. Now I have to figure out who gets this little duo :)


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