Friday, September 19, 2008

Stamp Club tonight!

Has it really been 10 days since I posted anything!? Wow, I'm getting behind! Well, I thought you might like to see what we are making tonight at Stamp Club. Elli won't be coming, she is being deployed to help in Houston. Good luck and stay safe Elli! We'll do your projects for you while you are gone!
Ok, Heather had made a comment to me about how someone else had made some simple, yet beautiful cards, with patterned paper. It made me realize that I don't use it much in our projects and I thought I would try to incorporate some in each project we do this month. Don't expect it to become a habit though, LOL!

This is the Halloween page we will be doing, aren't these papers fun! I used the new Ghostly Greetings paper that I just got about a week ago.

Stamps: Batty JW, Batty for You
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Ghostly Greetings DP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Accessories: Punches (1-3/8", 1-1/4", and 1" circles), wheel guide

This is inspired by ReginaBD here. I just really thought it was a lovely clean design. This stamp set is on sale this month for 15% off!

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes

Paper: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper

Ink: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch

This is a close up of one of the versions of a scrapbook page we will be doing. I was ind of thinking of a "First Day of School" kind of page, but it could be used for all kinds of things. I wanted a boy and a girl feel available also. No scallops or flowers for the boys, :)
This is the girl version, so cute! The patterned paper is 2 sided, so everyone gets both prints at once!

Stamps: Tart & Tangy

Paper: Riding Hood Red textured CS, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories: Punches (scallop, 1-3/4", 1-3/8", 1-1/4" circles)

And I had to use this adorable little hugging bear. At least that what it looks like he is doing to me! And he is on sale this month, too!

Stamps: Under the Stars

Paper: Garden Green, Summer Sun, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Designer Series Paper

Ink: Garden Green, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust

Accessories: Large and Small oval punches, cutter kits, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, copper eyelets, CAD, paper piercer and mat pack, dimensionals

I can't wait to share all of these projects with everyone today!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Halloween Treat holders

These are inspired by test tube holders done by Lisa S on SCS .
I got to thinking about how I could do this with the empty syringe holders that we throw away at work. So this is my fisrt attempt at it. I think I must have scored something a little crooked but I still think it turned out cute!
I also got to use some the new halloween paper from SU called Ghostly Greetings, lots of great print is that pack. I will forever regret not getting last year's Halloween paper that had purple in it too.
I got the directions from Lisa's blog . There is a link to an instruction sheet there. I modified it a bit because the 3ml syringe cases are shorter than the test tubes :)
So the dimensions of the back piece are 7x3, scoring at 1 1/4" on 2 short sides and 1 long side.
For the front piece it is 7x 4 3/4. Score sides at 1 1/4". then from bottom score at 1 1/4, 3, and 4 3/4.
I also used a 3/4" circle punch for the holder holes because 1" was too big.

Here is a close up of the tube with M&M's in it, and the top of another tube leaning on top it. Cute huh!? Let me know what you think. Does the thought of using a syringe case freak you out? Or is it a neat new way to recycle?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Top Closure for Acetate Boxes

Better instructions on top closure for the acetate box. I thought I would do a photo tutorial quick. Well, quick didn't happen! My camera batteries died half way through and I had to wait for the batteries to recharge before I could finish it!
Now, these are the instructions for the adapted top closure only! The rest of the tutorial is available here. First, glue little flap to form the square or cube.

Then apply glue to all sides, above the score lines. I used Tombow Mono Multi .

Next, squish your box a little and slip inside the cardstock cube., Ack! I just realized I stamped my images upside down on this piece! So the cardstock pumpkin should be the other way, oh well!

Make sure your acetate edges are evenly just below the score lines so that your top will be on straight.

I then laid the box on it's side and used my bone folder to rub the acetate and cardstock together until the glue held well.

Now, find the side that you want to be your front of the box. Trim about 1/8" off the front flap with paper trimmer.

Turn this side to be facing you.

Fold right side flap in.

Fold back flap down.

Fold left side flap in.

Fold front flap down. Now, note which edge of the left flap corresponds with the back edge of the front flap.

Then use slip punch centered on that edge.

Now the top flap will tuck into the slit and hold the top closed!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Acetate Treat Boxes

I decided to do at least one challenge yesterday and I found this adorable treat box! Susie McCormick made a tutorial and Lynn Merciano posted the challenge with the here. This is an easier project than it looks! I can't wait to show you all how to do it, but we might have to wait until the Retreat when we'll have more time.
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Organic Grace
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, overhead transparencies (found in the office supply area in Walmart)
Ink: white StazOn, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Scallop edge and Slit punches, Big Bite CAD, Pewter jumbo eyelets, taffeta ribbon, Tombow Mono Multi adhesive

This one is done using Pocket Silhouettes again and the butterfly is from the retired hostess set Cause for Celebration with Almost Amethyst paper.

I did my top closure differently than the tutorial. I glued the top to the box, then punched the holes in the 2 sides and attached eyelets, took a 16" length of ribbon threaded through and knotted the ends. Closed the flaps so the last flap is folding down from the front to back. Now trim of about 1/4" of that flap. Use the Slit punch on the flap right below it on the side that corresponds with the end of the top flap when closed. all done!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

3x3" Gift Card Boxed Set

This is a project I started a couple weeks ago, finished, took the pics, then never posted anything! As you can see, I have been loving the new In-Colors and had fun playing with the smaller cards. I was starting to run out of variations because I had 4 cards in each color cut out! Laurie Schmidlin did a lovely tutorial over at splitcoaststampers that I used to make the box.

Stamps: Fresh Cuts, Dreams du Jour, So Many Scallops, Batty for You, Embrace Life, Canvas BG
Paper: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette or Pretty in Pink ?, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, and Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, and Summer Sun markers
Accessories: die cut machine with scallop and classic square nestabilities, white gel pen, blender pen, dimensionals, 2-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds glitter, Boho Blossoms, Spring Bouquet, Scallop Circle, and various circle punches paper piercer with mat pack, CAD, eyelets

These are the Baja Breeze cards I completed.
  • top left: stamped butterfly from Dreams du Jour in Baja Breeze on card base, inked edges of card base with Pacific Point ink pad. Then Love stamp in Pacific Point on WW, colored image in with blender pen and Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss, then cut image out. Then used 2-way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter on flower on images. Used Night of Navy marker to ink edges of all matting layers, adhered layers together and centered on card, then used dimensionals to pop image up.
  • top right: stamped background stamp from Fresh Cuts in Baja Breeze on card base, inked edges with Pacific Point ink pad. Stamped Love image in Pacific Point on Baja Breeze square, colored images, applied dazzling diamonds, inked edges of layers with Night of Navy marker, glued all to card base.
  • bottom left: on card base stamped vine stamp from Fresh Cuts in Kiwi Kiss. Then flower stamp in Pacific Point using stamp-off technique. Used Canvas BG and Baja Breeze ink over top of all this stamping. Use Boho Blossoms punch on Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, and Baja Breeze paper, ink edges of everything with Night of Navy Marker. Use paper piercer and mat pack to make stitch marks on smallest square layer, use white gel pen to make create faux stitches. Glue layers together, use CAD to attach flowers to center of layers with a gold eyelet. Glue all layers to card base.
  • bottom right: stamp flower branch from Embrace in Baja Breeze on card base. Stamp dreams stamp in Pacific Point on WW paper. Color image with blender pen and Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss ink. Cut image out. Ink edges of layers and card base with Night of Navy marker. Glue all layers together.

And the Kiwi Kiss.... these are just variations of the other cards so I won't do directions for these.
And the only Pacific Point card I finished. It has to be one of my favs and it looks much more vivid and detailed in real life!

  • to make the butterfly, I stamped the image in Night of Navy, colored with Summer sun marker, blender pen and Pacific Point ink. Used white gel pen on wings. Used 2-way glue pen and dazzling diamonds to add sparkle to the yellow parts.

Now I just need to get busy playing today instead of messing around on the computer!

Fresh Cuts card

This card is the last project that we did at the August Stamp Club meeting. I have been working for the last week and haven't had time to post anything, sorry!
This is actually a really simple card, and we got to use the Scallop edge punch!
Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Edge, 5-Petal Flower, and Spring Bouquet punches, distressing tool from Cutter Kit, CAD, gold eyelet

I'll try to post some more of my recent projects later today. And hopefully I'll get to play with some of the stuff I just got in the latest shipment! Yes, August Stamp Club stuff arrived last night! What a great thing to come home to after work last night!!!


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