Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fun and Easy Little Gift (May Class Gift)

Happy Sunday Morning!!!  Today I'll show you how to make a quick and easy small gift item that every woman can use!  I gave this little gift to everyone who attended my classes in May, as well as to the demonstrators who participated in my stamp camp at the end of April.

One of the great things about this little gift is that you can use items you probably already have in your stash!  It's a great way to use up old Designer Series Paper (you can cut 8 of these from one sheet).

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Materials

Paper
* Designer Series Paper ("DSP") -- any pattern (6" x 3")

Tools and Accessories
* Scoring Board and Stylus
* 3/4" Circle Punch
* Linen Thread
* Small Button
* Nail File
* Adhesive: Tear and Tape; Glue Dots

Instructions

Click on image for larger view.

1. Referring to diagram above, cut 1" from top of 6" x 3" DSP to use as Belly Band.

2. Score lengthwise at 1" and 2", then turn sideways and score at 1/4".

3. Use 3/4" Circle Punch to cut a half-circle at top of center panel.


4. Working on back side of DSP, fold up at 1/4" score line.  Apply Tear and Tape to the outside of the folded up section.


5. Remove backing from Tear and Tape, and fold at 1" score line, adhering the bottom folded edge at the same time.  Apply Tear and Tape to right edge of DSP.


6. Remove backing from Tear and Tape and fold at 2" score line, securing both the bottom and the back of the nail file sleeve.


7. Insert nail file (I found the purple one at Walgreens), and wrap Belly Band around sleeve, securing on the back with Tear and Tape.


8. Wrap a piece of Linen Thread around Belly Band and tie in a bow on the front.


9.  Use a Glue Dot to add a small button from your stash (the one shown is a retired Stampin' Up! button).  That's it!  You're finished! 

How quick and easy (and inexpensive!!!) was this?!  Everyone who received one from me this month was delighted to receive such a cute and practical gift!

Cathy ;D

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Flowers for Mother's Day (May Class Projects)

Happy Mothers Day to all!  Today I'm sharing with you the three beautiful flower cards we made in my May class.  Many of these stamp sets, as well as some of the colors, are retiring at the end of May, so this was my last chance to use them.  (Retiring items are marked with an asterisk in the materials lists below.)

Click on any photo for a closer look.
Card 1


Materials

Stamp Set
* Butterfly Basics*
* Sunshine Sayings

Paper
* Wisteria Wonder card stock* (8-1/2" x 2-1/2"; 4-1/2" x 3")
* Pear Pizzazz card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Whisper White card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; 4-1/4" x 2-3/4")

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Ink Pad*
* Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
* Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad*

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Layered Leaves Embossing Folder
* 1/8" Sheer Ribbon (Old Olive)
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Glue Dots

Instructions
(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Wisteria Wonder card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Pear Pizzazz card stock to card front.

3. Use Big Shot and Embossing Folder to add texture to 5" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock; adhere to front of card over Pear Pizzazz.

4. Use Basic Black ink to stamp flower and sentiment images from Butterfly Basics on 4-1/4" x 2-3/4" Whisper White card stock (see photo for position).  Use Wisteria Wonder ink to stamp paint swatch stamp from Sunshine Sayings over flower image.  Repeat over stems and leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Adhere to 4-1/2" x 3" Wisteria Wonder card stock.  Attach this piece to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.


5. Make a small bow from 1/8" ribbon and attach over stems with a Glue Dot.


For the inside of this card I chose to stamp just a simple greeting and a splash of color.


That's it!  Quick and easy!

Card 2

This card uses the Eclipse Technique and was designed by Stampin' Up! demonstrator Stephanie Smith.  It's a great card -- adaptable to many uses: Birthday, Sympathy, Get Well, etc.  I used it as a Mother's Day card for my mother-in-law.


Materials

Stamp Set
* You're Inspiring
* Petal Palette

Paper
* Rich Razzleberry card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scrap for scalloped oval)
* Always Artichoke card stock* (5-1/4" x 4")
* Whisper White card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; scrap for oval)

Ink and Color
* Basic Black Arhival Stampin' Pad*
* Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad
* Watercolor Pencils (Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight)

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
* Layering Ovals Framelits Dies
* Linen Thread
* Aqua Painter
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Foam Adhesive Strips

Instructions
(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used for assembly unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"  card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Always Artichoke card stock to front of card.

3. Stamp flower image from You're Inspiring on 5" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock.  Use Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Watercolor Pencils to color in flowers and stems.  DO NOT COLOR TINY CENTERS OF FLOWERS YET.  Use Aqua Painter to spread out the color, being careful to not cover the tiny centers of the flowers.  NOW go back and add the Daffodil Delight to the tiny centers of the flowers.  (NOTE:  The reason for doing it this way is because if the Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight mix while you're using the Aqua Painter, it will turn to brown -- purple + yellow = brown.)


4. Use Big Shot and Framelits Dies to cut the frame from the flower (see photo below).  (NOTE:  I chose the 1-5/8" and 2-5/8" square dies.)


5. To assemble, adhere the large outer piece to the 5-1/4" x 4" Always Artichoke card stock.  Then, place, BUT DO NOT ADHERE, the frame piece inside the larger piece.  This is used solely as a guide for placement of the small inside square.  Adhere the small inside square to the Always Artichoke card stock, and then remove the frame piece.

6. Use Linen Thread to tie a small bow around the left side of the frame as shown below, and then adhere to the Always Artichoke card stock with Foam Adhesive Strips.

7. For the sentiment, use the Big Shot and Layering Ovals dies to cut a 2-1/8" scalloped oval from Rich Razzleberry card stock.  Stamp sentiment on scrap of Whisper White card stock and cut out using 2" oval die.  Adhere Whisper White sentiment to Rich Razzleberry scalloped oval and use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to card near bottom of flower stems.


NOTES re sentiments and inside of card:

As you can see from my display board, I offered several different sentiments for the front of the card (pulled from various stamp sets.)

For this card, I matted the inside as well as the front of the card, with Always Artichoke card stock.  No sentiment was stamped on the inside; just a row of the flowers (from You're Inspiring stamp set) across the bottom.

Card 3

This is by far the easiest of the three cards -- it took one of my stamp-campers only 4 minutes to make!!!  I found this idea online and would really like to give credit to the creator, but I can't for the life of me find the paper showing where I found it!


Materials

Stamp Sets
* Awesomely Artistic*
* Work of Art*
* Flower Shop*
* Best Birds

Paper
* Perfect Plum card stock* (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Elegant Eggplant card stock* (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
* Whisper White card stock (5" x 3-3/4")

Ink
* Perfect Plum Classic Stampin' Pad*
* Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin' Pad*
* Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad*
* Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive

Instructions

1. Score Perfect Plum 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere Elegant Eggplant card stock to card front.

3. On Whisper White card stock, use Perfect Plum ink to stamp paint swatch images (from Work of Art stamp set) as follows:  Ink up stamp, stamp once on scratch paper ("stamp off"), then stamp image in upper left-hand corner.  Ink up stamp again, stamp off once, and then stamp image in lower left-hand corner.  DO NOT reink stamp to stamp last image at left side between the first two images.

4. Use Basic Black ink to stamp three pansies (from Flower Shop stamp set) as shown.

5. Use Smoky Slate ink to stamp "sprinkles" (from Awesomely Artistic stamp set) randomly.

6. Use Elegant Eggplant ink to stamp sentiment (from Best Birds stamp set).

7. Adhere Whisper White to card front over Elegant Eggplant card stock.

8. Add medium-size Clear Rhinestones to centers of flowers; add small Clear Rhinestones randomly.


Inside:  Stamp pansies randomly with Basic Black ink; stamp sprinkles with Smoky Slate; and stamp sentiment with Elegant Eggplant.



That's it!  Hope you enjoyed my three beautiful flower cards to celebrate the month of May!

Cathy :D

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Share What You Love Early Release



Good morning, Stampers!  And Happy May!!!  I'm sharing information today about an early release from Stampin' Up! called the Share What You Love Suite.  There are some very cute items in this suite, and it's available now through the end of May (a month before the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog goes live on June 1).

Visit my Stampin' Up! Current Promotions page to view a short video detailing what's included in this bundle and contact me or visit my Stampin' Up! site at http://cathyhansen.stampinup.net to place your order now!

Cathy  ;D

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Beautiful Backgrounds Cards

Good morning!  I'm finally getting around to posting photos from the class I did at The Craft Box at the end of March!  These are the cards from the Beautiful Backgrounds Class, and each has its own unique way of creating the fun background.

Click on image for a closer look.
Below are materials lists and instructions for each of the cards.

Card 1:  Amazing 


Materials

Stamp Set
* Waterfront (2018 Occasions Catalog; 2018-2019 Annual Catalog)

Paper
* Melon Mambo card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Basic Black card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Glossy White card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
* Champagne Foil sheet (about 2" x 3-1/2")

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad
* Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad (inside)
* Refill Ink: Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Berry Burst, Marina Mist, Pool Party

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Celebrate You Thinlits Dies (2018 SAB Catalog; returning in 2018-2019 Annual Catalog)
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Miscellaneous Items
* Cotton Balls
* Rubbing Alcohol (at least 90%)

Instructions

1.  Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from scoreline to create card base.

2. Adhere Basic Black 5-1/4" x 4" card stock to front of card.

3. Apply streaks of ink to 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" Glossy White card stock as follows (apply colors in sequence listed above):
* Add rubbing alcohol to cotton ball (the cotton ball should be wet, but not saturated and drippy)
* Add a few drops of Refill Ink to cotton ball over alcohol.
* Smear ink horizontally across card stock.
* Move on to next color with a new cotton ball and repeat steps above, overlapping colors slightly.
(See figures 1-8 of background color sequence below.)

NOTE: When I was preparing for this class, I could find only jumbo cotton balls, so I cut them in half and clipped them inside small clothespins.  I color-coded all of the clothespins with the color of refill ink being used.  I also provided a small container of rubbing alcohol for dipping the cotton ball.  This all made the mess a little more manageable.


4. When all colors have been applied, use Basic Black ink to stamp Waterfront images.  (See steps 1-6 of the stamping sequence below.)

5. Use Big Shot and Die to cut "amazing" from Champagne Foil sheet and adhere to card as shown with tiny drops of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

That's it!  Except for the inside of course.  I used Smoky Slate Ink to stamp the images on the inside of the card as shown in the photo below.


Color and Stamping Sequence




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Card 2:  Flower Jar




This card was originally posted April 18, 2017.  Click HERE to view instructions.

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Card 3:  Tree Silhouette (stamping with blocks)


This card was originally posted September 2015.  Click HERE to view instructions.



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That's it for today's post.  Hope you enjoy!

Cathy :D



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day!

This week I held several "Recycle/Reuse" classes to celebrate Earth Day.  We had great fun reusing aluminum cans, bubble wrap envelopes, and corrugated cardboard, plus both current and retired Stampin' Up! products and other miscellaneous items from my stash, to create some wonderful cards!

Click on image for closer look.
Following are materials lists and instructions for all three cards.

Card 1 -- Recycled Aluminum Can

Aluminum Can Butterfly Card

Materials

Stamp Set
* Banners For You

Paper
* Whisper White THICK card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; about 1" x 3-1/4" for banner)
* Lemon Lime Twist card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* White Corrugated Paper (5" x 3-3/4" - Retired SU Product)
* Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper (3" x 3")

Ink
* Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad
* Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
* Alcohol Ink: Bright Yellow; Lime Green; Grass Green (from my stash)

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die (Retired SU Product)
* Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
* 2" Circle Punch
* 2-1/4" Circle Punch
* Linen Thread
* Stylus
* Adhesives: Glue Dots; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Miscellaneous Items
* Cotton Swab (Q-Tip)
* Paper Towels

Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used to assemble card unless otherwise indicated.)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Punch a 2-1/4" circle near bottom left corner of White Corrugated card stock.  (NOTE:  This needs to be close enough to edge that you can reach the center of the circle with the 2" Circle Punch -- see next step.)

3. Adhere Corrugated card stock to Lemon Lime Twist card stock.  Draw a small "x" on the Lemon Lime Twist card stock in the center of the punched circle, and then punch a 2" circle, centering the "x" in the punch.  (See photos below.)

4. Adhere 3" x 3" DSP to back of Lemon Lime Twist card stock so it shows through the "window."


5. Adhere Lemon Lime Twist card stock to front of card.

6. Punch three small butterflies and use Glue Dot or tiny dot of Liquid Glue to adhere to front of card as shown in sample.

7. Use Old Olive ink to stamp "FABULOUS FRIEND" on scrap of Whisper White card stock; use Lemon Lime Twist ink to stamp banner around words.  Use Big Shot and banner die to cut out banner; adhere to front of card as shown with Stampin' Dimensionals.

8. To create the butterfly focal piece, cut the top and bottom from a soda can and then cut up one side of the tube to create a sheet of aluminum.  Cut aluminum into smaller, manageable pieces (it wants to stay curled in the tube shape, so cutting it into smaller pieces makes it easier to work with).  Use Big Shot and Butterflies Die to cut out shape.

9. Fold paper towel into fourths and place under butterfly.  Use Alcohol Inks to "paint" butterfly.

Here's how I did it:

Place a few drops of each of the three colors into a painting palette with wells.

  • Use cotton swab to cover entire butterfly shape with yellow to create a base coat.
  • Use LARGE tip of stylus to place rows of the darkest green down each side of the butterfly wings (these will spread out and start to overlap each other -- that's ok).
  • Use SMALL tip of stylus to place a drop of lighter green inside each of the darker green drops.
  • Use SMALL tip of stylus to place a drop of yellow inside each of the lighter green drops.
  • Use LARGE tip of stylus to place a few more drops of yellow on the inside portion of each wing.
  • Use SMALL tip of stylus to place a few drops of light green at center of wings.

See photos below to see what this looked like after each application.

Of course, you're encouraged to come up with your own designs, but this is the one I liked the best for my butterflies.

10.  Once you've completed your butterfly and it's completely dry (it doesn't take long to dry since the alcohol evaporates very quickly), wrap a piece of linen thread around the center of the butterfly and tie a knot at the top to create the body and antennae.  Adhere to center of circle with a couple of Glue Dots.

Click on image for closer look.

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Card 2 - Recycled Corrugated Cardboard



The focal point of this card was created using a piece of corrugated cardboard from the flap of a Stampin' Up! shipping box and a retired Bigz die.

Materials

Stamp Sets
* Label Me Pretty
* Painted Harvest (carried over from 2017 Holiday Catalog)

Paper
* Crumb Cake card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; about 4-1/4" x 2-1/2" for label; about 3/4" for center of flower)
* Crushed Curry card stock (about 3-1/4" x 2-1/4" for label; about 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" for flower)
* Basic Black card stock (about 2-1/2" x 5" for daisies; about 3/4" x 3/4" for circle)
* Petal Passion Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5" x 3-3/4")
* Crushed Curry card stock

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Fun Flowers Bigz L Die (SU Retired Product)
* Lots of Labels Framelits Dies
* Daisy Punch
* 3/4" Circle Punch
* Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine (or craft embroidery floss)
* Adhesives:  Glue Dots; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Miscellaneous
* Corrugated Cardboard (about 3-1/2" x 3-1/2")

Instructions

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Crumb Cake card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock to front of card.

3. Adhere 5" x 3-3/4" DSP over Whisper White card stock.

4. Cut 3-1/4" label from Crushed Curry card stock using Big Shot and Lots of Labels die; Cut 4-1/8" label from Whisper White card stock.  Adhere Crushed Curry label to Whisper White label about 1/8" from right edge.  Stamp sentiment near right end of label and attach to front of card as shown.

5. To create the flower, cut the following pieces using Big Shot and Fun Flowers Die:
  • 1 large flower from corrugated cardboard
  • 1 small 5-petal flower from Crushed Curry card stock
  • 1 scalloped center from Whisper White card stock
Then . . .
  • Punch 2 daisies from Basic Black card stock
  • Punch 1 3/4" circle from Basic Black card stock
Make a 3-loop bow about 3-1/2" wide from the Baker's Twine.
Peel one side of paper away from corrugated cardboard to expose ribbed paper.

Assemble flower starting from the BOTTOM and layering up:
  • Corrugated cardboard flower
  • 3-loop bow: Use Glue Dot to adhere knot to center of cardboard flower; spread out the loops.
  • Use a Glue Dot or Liquid Glue in the center of the daisies to adhere one over the other, rotating slightly so all petals are showing.  Use Glue Dots or Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere daisy to cardboard over Baker's Twine.
  • Use a Bone Folder (or your fingers) to slightly bend the tips of the Crushed Curry flower toward the front; use Glue Dots or Liquid Glue to adhere to center of daisies.
  • Use Glue Dots or Liquid Glue to adhere 3/4" Basic Black circle to center of Crushed Curry flower.
  • Use Basic Black ink to stamp dots (from Painted Harvest stamp set) in center of small scalloped circle.  Use Glue Dots or Liquid Glue to adhere to center of 3/4" Circle.
  • Use Liquid Glue to adhere completed flower to front of card over label.

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Card 3 - Stamping with Bubble Wrap Envelopes


This card was originally made at one of my craft room classes way back in October 2015.  I updated it slightly to use current Stampin' Up! colors (see list below), but the basic instructions can be found by clicking HERE.

Materials

Paper
* Crumb Cake card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-3/4" x 3-5/8"; about 3-1/2" x 3" for big leaf)
* Always Artichoke card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* Whisper White card stock (4" x 2-3/4")
* Pear Pizzazz card stock (about 4-1/4" x 2" for long leaf)
* So Saffron card stock (about 2" x 1-1/2" for small leaf)

All other materials are as listed in the original instructions.

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I hope you have enjoyed these projects!  Hopefully, this will prompt you to look for new uses for lots of other items rather than simply tossing them in the trash.

Cathy  ;D

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sweet Little Kitty Treat Holder

Good morning!  Can't believe it's been so long since I've posted a project!!!  Today's is short and sweet -- this wonderful little kitty treat holder.


I've made a ton of these to give away to people who have attended my classes in February and March!!!  So quick and easy to make!  Thanks to all of the crafty people who posted this and similar projects on Pinterest and You Tube!!!

Instructions are below, but I also found one You Tube video that presents a very easy-to-follow way to assemble these treat holders in case you're better with visuals.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziilpUIoZx8.  NOTE:  This woman uses Fast Fuse for some of the assembly, but since Stampin' Up! no longer offers that product, I've used Glue Dots instead.

Materials

Paper
* Painted with Love Specialty Designer Paper (about 3" x 3") (2018 Occasions catalog)
* Rich Razzleberry Card Stock (about 3" x 3"; 2-1/2" x 3/4")

Accessories and Tools
* Cat Punch (2017 Holiday catalog -- carried over and still available)
* Love Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack (2018 Occasions Catalog)
* Scoring Board
* Adhesives:  Glue Dots

Miscellaneous
* Hershey's Kiss

Instructions

1. Punch one cat shape from DSP and one from card stock.

2. Score 2-1/2" x 3/4" card stock at 3/4" from each short end.


3. Fold ends away from score lines to create a "U" shape.


4. Attach Glue Dots to OUTSIDE of  one side of "U" shape and adhere to back of one cat shape; attach Glue Dots to OUTSIDE of opposite side of "U" shape and adhere to back of second cat shape, being careful to line up cats so the shapes match.  Attach glue dots to INSIDE bottom of "U" shape and attach a kiss.

5. Use one or two glue dots at top of shape to attach heads to each other (see side view below).


6.  Make a small bow from Mini Tinsel and adhere to front of cat with a Glue Dot.

This project is so easy, you can assemble an entire litter of kitties within just a few minutes!  Enjoy!


Cathy  ;D

Monday, April 9, 2018

Retiring Stampin' Up! Items Lists Now Available


Heads up!!!!  The retiring items list was released this afternoon (see below).  Items on these lists are available until May 31, 2018, OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!  If there's anything here that you've been waiting to order, it's now or never!!! 

Between now and May 31, I will do my best to make sure everyone receives their merchandise before it's gone for good by placing all orders as received.


2018 Occasions Catalog Retiring Items (click on images for readable and printable view).


 


2017-2018 Annual Catalog Retiring Items (click on images for readable and printable view).