Friday, March 30, 2012

Father's Day with SA March Stamp Jam

Welcome to the Stamp Jam Blog Bounce! Every time there are 5 Saturdays in a month, Stampin' Addicts hosts a Stamp Jam. And just what is a Stamp Jam you ask? Well, it is a Saturday full of challenges for your Stampin' Inspiration :) You can find the Master Challenge Thread here, where challenges will be posted hourly from 9am EST til 5pm EST.
I am featuring projects about Fathers or for Father's Day. Men are so hard to craft for, as we all know, but they still appreciate our handmade treasures. Let me give you some ideas to get you started. Here is the challenge:

Ok, now my Dad has only worn a tie when he went to a wedding or a funeral, and then it was about a 20 year old tie at that. But this tie set really caught my eye! I think my Dad would even like this bunch of gifts. The box is one we have had around our house for ages and I believe I got it at a local craft store quite inexpensively. It holds the chalk cubes and repair stuff for our pool cues. Yes, we have a pool table. It even gets used as a pool table sometimes! It has held a lot of Stamp Club events too :)  I can think of a lot of things to put in a little box, and I know you can still find them for a buck or two. The medallion embellishment on the corner is the sit on top of the box and tie it shut.

This tag will hang nicely on a bottle of wine or a bottle of beer, or even a Grape Nehi. Mmm, sounds good right about now, doesn't it.
  1. This tag is made with a 2-3/8"x8-1/2" piece of cardstock. 
  2. Slip one end into the 2-1/2" circle punch and punch to round the top. 
  3. Lay a 1-3/4" punched circle on the top end and center it where you want your hole, trace lightly with a pencil, then punch out with 1-3/4" circle punch. 
  4. Score at about 2-1/2" from top edge. 
  5. Then measure about 1" up from bottom edge and put a pencil mark in the center. Cut up from each corner to the pencil mark to create your dovetail. 
  6. Then embellish as desired.

I thought I would add another group that is a little more generically male. I ended up using 3 stamp sets with this one though! We have a card and a coupon book here. And the coupon book is so easy! It just popped into my head! I love it when that happens :)

  1. Take a piece of cardstock 2-1/2"x8-1/2" and scored it at 4-1/4", then fold it in half. 
  2. Pencil a line 3/8" from the fold. 
  3. se the 1" square punch to make little notches one each side, using the pencil mark to center the triangles. 
  4. Erase the pencil mark, open the cardstock back up, and score 3/8" on each side of the fold and crease well. 
  5. Cut a piece of copy paper into ten 2"x4" pieces. 
  6. Use the perforating tool on the Cutter Kit to perforate a line 1/2" from the left short edge on all the pages (you can do 3-4 at a time). 
  7. Stamp pages as desired.
  8. Slide pages into book cover and punch 2 holes in the end with the Crop-A-Dile, and thread Baker's Twine through several times before tying off.
  9. Embellish as desired, and write you coupons out.
Now for the rest of the Blog Bouncers!!

1. Holly (catrules)~Birthday Celebrations
2. Twila~ Easter/Passover
3. Yapha~ Stampin' Up! Promotion Smooch
4. Rhonda (rhondag)~ Celebrating Moms
5. Tanya (tanya27)~ Fabulous Fathers
6. Betty (kittystamp) ~Think Spring
7. Kim (s1itcher46)~ Weddings/Princess
8. Shelley (packerfan) ~Babies
9. Sara (lilyinkpad) ~ Milestones

Zippers for Mom-USWDAF

 Lookie what I made! Zipper Cards! I have seen just a few of these and decided to figure out how to make them using tools I already have. It was actually pretty simple, and the result is so fun! I wrote a tutorial for them and you can find it by clicking on the link at the end of this post and purchasing a pass to the Cards with Cool Moves 2012 event. My tutorial was posted on March 29th and is available NOW :)

Here is the suite of cards I made, 2 of them have zippers.

Here is a zipper "unzipped". Don't you love it?! Click on the link below to buy your pass to this awesome event. There will be over 30 Cool Moves with full tutorials, and at least 3 cards per tutorial! All for 24.99

Friday, March 23, 2012

Watercolored Romance Birthday

Need something a little spring, a little country, a little pretty? Have I got the card for you! I was stamping just for fun the other day while dreaming about a garden and this is what popped out. I didn't have much time to pull this one together as my Geoffrey had an orchestra concert that evening, and I have to say, that usually just results in nothing getting done, lol.

The watercolor paper is so yummy to work with, and layering color on it is to easy! After I watercolored, I brushed some Smooch Top Coat over the flowers and buds. That really added some life to them! They looked almost dew-kissed.  And I recently broke down and bought the big DSP packs by color family. They are awesome!! Why did I wait so long?!

Inside I stamped the companion stamp to the sentiment on the front. The Petite Pairs set is great for this! I like to leave plenty of space to put a handwritten note to the recipient, so I like to tuck the stamped sentiment towards a corner.

  • Stamps: Bordering on Romance, Petite Pairs
  • Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Brights DSP pack, Watercolor paper
  • Other: Signo white gel pen, White Baker's Twine, Lace Ribbon border punch, Aquapainter, Smooch Pearlized Top Coat, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Go Guitar!

Ok, I have to confess that is has been really hard for me to tear myself away for the amazingly warm weather we are having here in Northern MN. We are usually still having  highs in the 30's and still have lots of snow on the ground. Check out this post from last April! The last 2 weeks, the lows have barely made it to 40 let alone 30! I am actually thinking about planting my garden in a couple weeks instead on the last week of May, which is when it is normally safe to plant started plants. They actually had to turn off the heat and start the air conditioning at work this week...which is a 2 day process apparently. Bring in the fans! I can't believe it was getting into the 80's in the hospital when it was only in the 50-60's outside. Not fun when you are running your butt off, lol!
I was inspired by someone's card out in the blogosphere to make this style card. I have just spent more time searching for the inspiration card than I did writing this post, so I am sorry, I can't reference the one to blame ;)

As you problably have noticed already, there are a lot of boys/men in my house and in my family. I have been the only female in the house for a long time now. SO I am always in the need for more masculine cards. I could not resist doing this fun guitar card!

This card base was made with a 3¼"x11 card base scored at 4½" and then added a 1" strip that I die cut with an Adorning Accents die to create the curve. I still have my little Star punch and it sure comes in handy ;)

Inside I stamped just above some of the fabulous Everyday Enchantment DSP that is a Sale-A-Bration goodie! I love how this turned out! Now, who will be appropriately appreciative of such a gem? Hmmm... Geoffrey, my youngest turns 16 on May 1st and he is teaching himself to play guitar. He already plays viola, alto sax, and bari sax. Dakota (just turned 20, OMGosh!) and Geoffrey begged for an Xbox game that you plug an electric guitar into and it teaches you to play guitar, and I caved.
  •  Stamps: Grunge Rock, Bring on the Cake
  • Ink: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
  • Paper: Naturals Ivory, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso, Everyday Enchantment DSP
  • Other: Big Shot with Adorning Accents die and Circle #2 die,  small Star punch, non-SU guitar die, Stampin' Dimensionals
Well, this is Tanya, signing off from my deck! The birds are calling!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

SASCRAP75 Sketch Challenge and Tent Love

It's the first Saturday of March! Wow, where did February go?! As usual, last month was packed with activity and seemed to just fly right on by. Then a few days ago, Holly reminded me that it was time to do another sketch. It is embarrassing to admit that I put this all together at 10:00pm last night! So here goes. You can find the official challenge thread here.

I know there is a way to fill a punch with a picture, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember it last night. I am sure that plenty of people remember how though :) This one is fairly simple and I actually tried to force some embellishments on it, but it felt unbalanced somehow. You sure could add them, and I would love to see what you all add!

Here is my sample picture. I did not start with the photos and build from there this time. I just grabbed the first photos I found on a CD filled with old pictures. Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves that way, especially if you tend to dawdle over a page for hours, like me :)
These pictures are from Easter 2003 when we had found kid tents with kid sized sleeping bags for an amazingly affordable price. We got them for the kids, and they were so excited! I think they had to wait a month to use them, since we frequently have snow until into May here in northern MN, and if there isn't snow, then the ground is wet and muddy! But they had that tent set up as fast as they could! My kids are almost all adults now, and they still have a tent pitched out in the yard a good chunk of the summer. They sleep in them, hang out with their friends, play poker, or just read in peace :) The Tent Love never faded, lol!
I used the Piece of Cake DSP with My Digital Studio, which I had forgotten I had! It is a Sale-A-Bration goodie, and is full of goodness. The blue is not quite the same on the tent, but I love the star-burst effect on the paper and the fun patterns on the other papers. Definitely full of energy.

Ok, now show us what you've got!


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