Sunday, September 18, 2016

It's Scrap-a-stack time!

Every fall for the past few years, I have done a "scrap-a-stack".  Each participant completes (10) 12x12 pages, in one sitting -- such a great way to get a good head start on your scrap books!  These are the pages we made this year.  One of my goals with this event, is to use up retired products -- card stock, designer papers, embellishments, etc.

This first one features a new product from the Holiday catalog -- the Start of Light bundle.  I LOVE that little "Milky Way" type flourish that comes in the stamp set, and the intricate die cut stars are beautiful!!!  One thing I learned recently, is that if you cut your glitter paper glitter side down with intricate dies, it works so much better.  These intricate stars are just such a die that works better this way.  To make that scalloped border, we used the Best Badge punch -- you just insert your DSP strip into the top of the punch and take "bites" out of the edge with the top cutting edge of this punch.  Easy peasy, and gives you another use for this punch.  We embossed the flourish on opposite corners using Versamark and White embossing powder.  Helps give it a great "pop"

This next layout, is a CASE from one that Lyssa made on Song of my Heart Stampers.  She is an amazing scrap booker (and card maker) and has so many tips to share regarding how to create a balanced looking page.  I just loved how easy this layout was, yet eye catching.  I really wanted to use my little acorn punch, as I hadn't featured it yet in a class, and it is so cute -- just makes me smile every time I see it!  I had these cute "first fish" photos, that also were taken in October, so I went with a fall look and folks could substitute in a title that worked for their photos.

Here is another layout inspired by Lyssa.  I had a ton of this Typeset DSP, and thought everyone would enjoy a vintage, black and white layout.  Since the paper is black and Vanilla, I used a Vanilla matt for the left hand page, with 11" strips layered on.  We used Soft Suede ink sponged over the whole page to soften the starkness of this paper, and help it all blend a little.

This next layout, BEACH Day, is a nice bright layout perfect for those fun summer pictures we all seem to have a lot of.  I had a lot of this Orange DSP, so this was the perfect page to use it up on.  The sail boat, kite, sun, and waves are all from the Swirly Bird bundle.  This is such a unique set, that I thought was down right unusual when I first saw it, but now that I have it, I have found SO many uses for it.  It makes the perfect sun (OR pumpkin, flower, wreath, you name it!).  The title features the new big alphabet set -- Letters For You.

This "everyday adventure" layout was also inspired by Lyssa.  These kits varied a lot based on what DSP papers I had on hand, so each person's layout was different than their neighbor's.  Kind of fun.  This is basically just a bunch of punched circles used to make an interesting border.  The die cut words are actually from a Tim Holtz set I have.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Thoughtful Branches and beautiful ballerinas!

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Stampin' Up! has released a limited, exclusive bundle called "Thoughtful Branches", that is only available in August, while supplies last.  It is an amazing bundle that works well for so many applications -- floral, Christmas, Halloween, Fall, etc.  I haven't had a lot of time to play, but I have made several things with the Hydrangea flower (which can also be a tree topper).  All I can say is it is beautiful and elegant!  I love hydrangeas, and have a big white one blooming in my back yard.  They are elegant flowers that last a long time, so you get to enjoy them for a good, long while!

I had these lovely ballet photographs of my sweet little Sabina's first ballet recital, and I love how I was able to make these little hydrangeas match their little pink dresses perfectly!  The awesome thing about this layout, is that you could make the flowers any color you wanted to match whatever dresses they were wearing.  The background is neutral, so the flowers would be lovely in purple or blue -- more gorgeous hydrangea colors.  Anyways, it was fun creating this little girly layout.  The hostess of scrap club this month, also has a dancer, and I thought she would love having a layout to scrap some of those pictures with.  The fun thing about this set, is that you can make trees with that same flower topper, so for the club members wanting to scrap pictures of their boys, they can make a border with trees and a little picket fence!  A perfect solution for everyone!

My title says "DANCE like there's no tomorrow", but if you didn't have ballet pictures, you could make it say "LIVE" as the song actually says, and it would work for any pictures you had.  The background is white, and the borders are Kraft card stock that I embossed with the new Seaside embossing folder.  It creates a wavy pattern that adds a nice touch of texture.  I also used the long border die and the tiny flower accent from the Flourishing Phrases bundle to add that darling little pink border and flowers.  It is an easy die to cut with, surprisingly, and adds that girly touch I was going for.  The stems and leaves are cut from Pear Pizzazz card stock -- a nice soft green.  I used Pink Pirouette for the hydrangeas, and then spritzed them with a glittery spray to make them sparkly.

I recently got the Letters for You bundle, so wanted to use it in my title.  I love that the letters are big enough to make a statement without overpowering your page.  It's a bit of a spendy bundle, but not too bad if you earn it as a half price item, like I did.  I can see lots of ideas using it -- banners, name frames, scrap booking, etc.

I recently heard this idea for adhering intricate die cuts that I am really loving!  Get out your little silicone craft sheet, and take some Mulitpurpous liquid glue and scribble some glue randomly over your craft sheet -- creating an area of glue streaks about 4x4" -- then simply lay your die cut down on the scribbled glue, lift and stick.  It works best if you have all your die cuts ready in a pile, and glue them down all at once.  It works so well and doesn't require all that fussy applying of glue to the backs, or using up all your expensive Xyron refills.  This is my new go-to way to apply intricate dies. And once the glue dries on the sheet, you can just rub your finger over it and the dried glue balls up and comes off easily.  Whoever thought of this is genius -- Just Sayin'! and THANKS whoever you are! :)

Ok!  I'm off to do the things I do on Mondays! :)  Swimming lessons for the kids, a "puppy training" class for our little "Buddy", and gosh! do I ever need to clean up this house!  Somehow the weekends always turn the house into a disaster.  Not quite sure how that happens, but it does.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Flourishing Phrases meets emboss resist

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Quick post to share with you today.  For my last hostess stampers' club, the hostess wanted to do the "emboss resist technique", and this is what I came up with!  One of my most favorite products in the new catalog, is the Flourishing Phrases bundle.  The stamps and dies in this set are BEAUTIFUL! and useful for so many occasions.  For this card, I embossed the flourish image on Whisper White card stock, using Versamark and clear embossing powder.  I then used two new In Colors -- Peek-a-boo Peach and Flirty Flamingo -- to sponge over the panel.  The ink doesn't stick where the embossed image is -- thus "emboss resist".  I then die cut a flourish from gold foil paper and added that over top.  A little piece of the new Peach In Color ribbon adds that special touch. (I haven't purchased In Color ribbon in a few years, but this year's ribbon is amazing!  It is slightly gathered so it has such fun texture to it, yet it isn't hard at all to tie!) I layered this panel onto Watermelon Wonder card stock, as the Flamingo color goes so beautifully with the Watermelon -- an In Color from last year's collection.  Of course, there needed to be some bling, so I added some Rhinestones as well as In Color enamel shapes.

Ok!  Off to get on with all that's on the agenda for the day!  Namely, a baby fox themed baby shower for a dear friend of mine!  I used the new fox punch to make a super cute little banner for her new little guy.  That little fox is beyond adorable.... Ok, ... I digress. :)  More on all that later!

Don't forget about Bonus Days this month!  For every $50 you spend in July, get $5 free to spend in August on anything you wish!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Shaker cards!

It's Canada Day AND my birthday!  Yippee!  When I used to live in Canada, it was always fun that everyone was celebrating on my birthday.

I've been playing with some of my new toys, and boy! are there some incredibly fun ones in this new catalog!  I've been wanting to make shaker cards for a while, but have been frustrated with not being able to find narrow adhesive foam strips, and cutting the wider strips in half with my exacto knife was just not floating my crafty boat!  SU to the rescue! -- they came out with these little foam adhesive strips! Pure Genius!  These make shaker cards a breeze, because they can bend a little, as well as fitting on a pretty small border.

We will be making this card at my upcoming stampers techniques class.  I used a new embossing folder, petal burst, to make that cool background -- simply emboss a 5 1/4 x 4" whisper white panel and then sponge Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, and Perfect Plum inks over it.  The pattern really pops with the sponging.  For the shaker part, I start by die cutting either the jar (from the Jar of Love bundle) or the window frame from Hearth and Home thinlets.  I then adhere the die cut to an equally sized window sheet (for the jar one, simply die cut a jar out of the window sheet.  For the window one, cut a window sheet rectangle 2 1/2x 3").  Use your embossing buddy to rub over the window sheet to help prevent your shaker contents from sticking to it due to static.  Next, apply your foam adhesive sheets around the back side edges of your die cut/window sheet piece. Carefully add your shaker contents.  For the window one, I just un-threaded some silver and Bermuda Bay sequins from our sequin trim, and for the fairy one I used some clear micro beads I had on hand.  Separately, stamp your background panel -- for the left hand card, I used the Sheltering Tree stamp set, for the right hand side, I stamped that darling little fairy from the new Fairy Celebration set on a die cut whisper white jar.  (You can punch out the fairy's wings with the small butterfly punch, so I stamped the wings on velum and punched them out with the butterfly punch, and then layered them onto the fairy "in the jar".) I colored the fairy with my blender pen and ink pads.  I added adhesive to the wings and coated them with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  She is one beautiful, sparkling fairy in a jar!  My almost 6 year old daughter is having a fairy themed birthday party this year, and for her invites we are using this same set and she has spent hours coloring in the fairies with her markers.  Such a fun stamp set for little girls!!!

You are now ready to assemble your shaker piece.  Remove the liner from your adhesive foam strips, and carefully line up your background piece onto your shaker.  Burnish it a little to make sure it is stuck well, then adhere your shaker piece to your project base.  That's all there is to it!

Ok!  I'm off to enjoy my day! :)  Happy July Everyone!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

New catalog Open House!

I am so thrilled with the new SU catalog this year.  I'm not sure I've been this excited about a new catalog in long time!  SO MANY beautiful new dies and products!

My New Catalog Open House is coming up next Friday, June 17th, at either 9 am or 6 pm.  We will be making 2 make 'n takes, featuring some of my favorite new products.

On this first card, we are using the new Irresistably Floral specialty DSP.  This paper has a white background, with an embossed design in it,s o when you add ink to it, the pattern pops.  There are also these new foam brayers which you just roll over your ink pad, and roll over your paper, then grab a paper towel to wipe off the excess ink, and Wa La you have this beautiful background in any color scheme you want!  Gorgeous and easy.  I paired two new In Colors, Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo inks together on this card -- such a pretty summer combo.  Those gorgeous little flower die cuts, are from the Flourish Thinlets.  Lovely little flowers and leaves and a die cut flourish in this set. The sentiment is cut with the new layering ovals dies.  This set of dies is a much tighter nested set of dies than the recently retired ones, and each oval has a coordinating little scalloped layer.  So cute!

 This card features one of my absolute favorite products in the new catalog -- the detailed floral thinlet dies.  These were first on my list of must haves.  So intricate and beautiful!  Again, I am using Sweet Sugarplum with Rich Razzleberry.  In the second photo, you can see how I used the clear Wink of Stella to color in a few of the big flowers in the design to add a bit of subtle, elegant shimmer.  Some silver Dazzling Details adds that little pop to the center of each flower.

Ok!  Off to make breakfast for my littles!

Shaker Cards!

Happy Saturday, Everyone!!!

Today, I have a couple of graduation shaker cards to share with you.  I love shaker cards, but hadn't found a good product to use for the dimensional foam part -- UNTIL NOW, that is!  SU came out with these fantastic foam adhesive strips in the new catalog, and these make shaker cards totally easy and fast!  I am so excited about this product.  No more trying to cut 1/2" foam tape in half with an exacto knife!!!  I used the hearth and home thinlets along with window sheets.  For this first one, I made a masculine looking card using the neutrals sequins for the shaker contents, and the now retired fancy silver foil vellum, and star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.  The second card, features a new In Color, my favorite, Sweet Sugarplum.  It is a beautiful orchid color that looks amazing with Rich Razzleberry -- as I've done here.  I had some silver micro beads hanging out in my stamp drawer for a very long time, and they matched our silver foil sheets perfectly! I used the Crazy for You stamp set and Hello You thinlets to die cut the word, "Happy", out of silver foil sheet.  I stamped a spring tree using the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  Did you notice that lovely ribbon on the second card?  It is the Sweet Sugarplum ruched ribbon!  I'll be honest, I haven't been that excited about our In Color ribbons in recent years, but THIS stuff is beautiful! and easy to tie.  I will be getting all the colors this time around!

For those cute little flowers on the second card, I grabbed my tree builder punch.  This punch is so versatile -- the tree topper makes the perfect cloud or scoop of ice cream or cupcake topper!  And, the little "rain drops" from the punch, make perfect leaves.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Always an Adventure camping layout

Happy Saturday!

On Thursday, I received a VERY special box on my doorstep.... new SU toys to play with!!!  I was incredibly excited to open that box and see them for myself.  I was planning to do a camping layout with the new Always an Adventure bundle for our next scrap club next Friday.  Isn't that the cutest little camping set you've ever seen! AND there are matching framelits so you can cut the little individual cuteness out easily.  My absolute favorite part of these framelits, are the little snow capped mountains.  Ridiculously cute!  Even if you aren't a scrapbooker, the ways to use this bundle are endless -- I can see a beautiful Christmas card using the trees and the mountains, a little boy's birthday invitation using that little tent and fire and camping sign, a Father's Day or birthday card for the outdoorsy guy...

These pictures were from a camping trip we went on last June -- to some property on Little Bitterroot Lake that my boss owns.  She was kind enough to let us camp there for the weekend, and boy, did we have a blast!  Jon had gotten me a new inflatable kayak for my birthday, so we gave it it's first tryout that weekend.  The water was still a little on the cold side, but the kids didn't seem to notice!  They played and swam and played some more.  Sabina tried out her new bike on this trip, too -- thus the helmet! Lots of new things -- all in one weekend!

Now for the layout -- the background is Pool Party, and the lighter green is a retired color, Gumball Green (that I happen to have a LOT of).  I wanted some purple mountains, to tie in with Sabina's jacket and helmet, so I cut some Wisteria Wonder mountains, as well as Crumb Cake and Gumball Green ones -- then layered them all together to make a border on the left side.  I made a little "hiking path" by just cutting a wavy line and then sponging the edges.  It adds to the scene. :)  I just had to make the tent orange, cause that seems to be a popular tent color, AND it was less boring than beige!  For the tree border on the right page, I simply cut two green borders with the line of trees framelits and layered them together to look like a forest.  The title, "A Camping we will go..." is a cute Sabina-ism. When we go hiking, she constantly sings that little song and we have to find rhymes for all the little animals... "A hiking we will go, a hiking we will go, we'll catch a 'fish' and give it a 'dish', and then we'll let it go..." By the time we get to where we're going, Jon and I are completely OUT of animal rhyming ideas!

One more new thing on this layout -- the new layering circle framelits -- for the sun.  This set has a lot of dies in it, and the nesting layers are much tighter -- so the little frame is about 1/8" rather than our old ones which were at least a 1/4".  AND there is a little scalloped frame to match each circle size!  Really useful for sentiments on cards, OR a sun! :)

 Today is a BIG day for our family!  Our new puppy is arriving!  Sabina is so excited she can hardly stand it.  Jon flew to Portland to pick it up, and will be coming home today around 3:30.  I know I will be hearing -- "When will Daddy be here?" at least 200 times between now and then....  Talk about cuteness overload!...  It's a boy puppy, and we are still deciding on a name, but "Bandit" has been in the lead so far.