Sunday, September 29, 2013

October Class Project Preview . . .

My October classes will feature some fall and Thanksgiving stamp sets, as well as the Sweater Weather Designer Paper, all featured in the Holiday Catalog.  We'll also learn how to use the new Envelope Punch Board to make the cute file folder card shown below.

And, of course, it's calendar time!  This year my design uses the medium size calendar pads and features the Stampin' Up! Top Notes Bigz Die.

For class dates, see my Upcoming Events page.











Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Cath  ;D

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Halloween Happiness! (September Class Project)

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Here's another card we made in my September classes.  I borrowed a technique from my friend Sharon Winter who used it on her swap card for our August Front Range Stampers meeting.  Very fun!

Materials:

Stamp Set:
* Halloween Happiness (Holiday Catalog)

Paper:
* Basic Black card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 3-7/8" x 2-5/8")
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; 3-3/4" x 2-1/2")
* Pumpkin Pie card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")

Ink:
* Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
* Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
* VersaMark Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Pretty Print Embossing Folder (Holiday Catalog)
* Black Embossing Powder
* Heat Tool
* Washi Tape (See note below)
* Rhinestone Basic Jewels
* Adhesives: SNAIL or Multipurpose Glue; Stampin' Dimensionals
(Note:  Masking tape can be used in place of Washi tape.)

Instructions:

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Basic Black card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.  Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock to front of card.

2. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to texture Pumpkin Pie card stock; adhere to front of card over Whisper White card stock.

3. Tear off a length of Washi tape about 5" long; lay it across the Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad sticky side down, and lightly touch the top of it.  (Note: You don't want to cover the tape completely with ink, just create a dappled effect.)  Pull the tape off the stampin' pad and lay it across the 3-3/4" x 2-1/2" Whisper White card stock about 1/2" from bottom -- again lightly touch the tape to adhere the ink to the card stock.  Remove tape.  Repeat with Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight ink to create dappled stripes of ink as shown on sample.  Allow to dry completely before moving to Step 4.

4. Stamp image over stripes with VersaMark pad.  Cover image with Black embossing powder, lightly tap back to remove excess powder, and heat with Heat Tool until embossing powder is shiny.  Adhere Whisper White card stock to 3-7/8" x 2-5/8" Basic Black card stock.  Adhere to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

5. Add six small self-adhesive Rhinetones Basic Jewels to 3-3/4" x 2-1/2" Whisper White card stock -- three near upper left-hand corner and three near bottom right edge.

Halloween Happiness to all!

Cath  ;D

Thursday, September 5, 2013

You Made My Day (September Class Project)

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This was another card from my September classes.  How much fun this one was!  And a little out of the ordinary.

Materials:

Stamp Set:
* A Dozen Thoughts

Paper:
* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scrap for leaves)
* Summer Starfruit card stock (small amount for flower)
* Very Vanilla card stock (ripped piece about 2-1/2" x 1/2" to 3/4")
* Soho Subway Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5-1/4" x 4" Island Indigo grid design; 5" x 3-3/4" letters and numbers design)

Ink:
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Little Leaves Sizzlits Die
* Pansy Punch
* Very Vintage Designer Buttons
* Stampin' Sponge
* Adhesives: SNAIL or Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Glue Dots

Instructions:

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

2. Use Pansy Punch to punch two flower shapes out of numbers and letters DSP; discard one flower. Punch one more Pansy from Summer Starfruit card stock.

3. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Soft Suede ink around edges of all pieces.  For flowers, crumple them up and then straighten them back out before applying ink.

4. Adhere Island Indigo DSP to front of card; adhere numbers and letters DSP over Island Indigo.

5. Use Big Shot and Sizzlits die to cut little leaves from Early Espresso card stock.  Adhere to front of card toward left side as shown.

6. Adhere DSP Pansy over Little Leaves; adhere Summer Starfruit Pansy over DSP Pansy.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Early Espresso ink to button.  Adhere to center of Pansy with Glue Dots.

7. Use Early Espresso to stamp sentiment on 2-1/2" ripped Very Vanilla card stock; adhere to front of card below flower.


Hope you enjoy this one!
 
Cathy  ;D

Halloween Circle Flip Card (September Class Project)

I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting the instructions for the Halloween card we made in my September classes using the new Stampin' UP! Thinlits Circle Flip Card Die.  Well, they're finally here.  I hope you have fun making this great card!

Note:  This card was inspired by Mary Brown.  To view Mary's original card and instructions, follow this link:  http://stampercamper.com/?p=2525

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Materials:
 
Stamp Sets:
* Toil and Trouble (Holiday Catalog)
* Tags 4 You (Holiday Catalog)
 
Paper:
* Basic Black card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scrap for Label Bracket punch)
* Very Vanilla card stock (5-1/4" x 2-3/8"; 5-1/4" x 2-3/4"; scraps for 2-1/2" Circle punch and Label Bracket punch)
* Summer Starfruit card stock (scraps for 2-1/2" Circle punch and 1-3/4" Circle punch)
* Pumpkin Pie card stock (scrap for 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch)
* Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper ("DSP) (5-1/2" x 2-1/2"; 5-1/2" x 1-3/4"; 5-1/4" x 3/16"; 5-1/2" x 1/2")
 
Ink:
* Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad
* Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad
* Summer Starfruit Stampin' Write Marker
 
Tools and Accessories:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Thinlits Circle Flip Card die
* 2-1/2" Circle punch
* 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch
* 1-3/4" Circle punch
* Label Bracket punch (Holiday Catalog)
* Scallop Edge punch
* Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon
* Adhesives
 
Instructions:
 
1. Cut a sliver off long edge of 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Basic Black card stock (less than 1/16").  This will allow the paper to slide easily into Thinlits die.
 
2. Follow this link to watch Dawn Griffith's video providing instructions to cut and fold card base:  http://dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com/dawns_stampin_studio/2013/08/thinlits-label-card-extended-video.html  (Watching the video is much easier than trying to follow my written instructions).  Pay particular attention to how Dawn cuts the inside pieces so they line up with the shape.  (Note: Dawn's video uses the Label Flip Card die, but the Circle die works exactly the same.)  Once you've cut and folded the card base, continue with my instructions below. 
 
3. Starting at the right end of the card and working back to the left side, adhere 5-1/2" x 2-1/2" DSP to outside of back flap (this is the side of the flap that will fold forward and show on the front when the card is closed; the black design on my sample card).  Cut a small slit in the fold and thread Summer Starfruit ribbon through from inside to outside; tie in a knot on DSP side.
 
4. For inside of flap, use Smokey Slate Stampin' Pad to stamp largest image on 5-1/4" x 2-3/8" Very Vanilla card stock.  Use Black StazOn ink to stamp skeleton next lower bottom over Smokey Slate image.  Adhere to inside of flap, covering ribbon.
 
5. Cut the 5-1/4" x 2-3/4" Very Vanilla card stock as shown in Dawn's video.  Adhere to inside middle panel.
 
6. Punch a 2-1/2" Circle from Very Vanilla card stock; punch a 1-3/4" Circle from Summer Starfruit card stock.  Use Black StazOn ink to stamp raven image on larger circle; stamp just the head and shoulders of the raven image.  Line up and adhere the smaller circle over the larger circle so the raven is a complete image; adhere to inside circle.
 
7. Cut a 1/4" strip from left edge of card.  Use Scallop Edge punch to trim edge of 5-1/2" x 1/2" DSP (this is the striped piece on my sample card); close card and line up with a ruler or grid paper.  Glue scalloped DSP strip to left edge of card, making sure the closed card, including the scallop, equals 4-1/4".  Cut the 5-1/2" x 1-3/4" DSP as shown on Dawn's video; line up and adhere over striped strip on front panel (this is the piece with printing and bats on my sample).  Adhere 5-1/2" x 3/16" strip of DSP near left edge covering the seam (this is the Summer Starfruit DSP on my sample).
 
8. Punch a 2-1/2" Circle from Summer Starfruit card stock and adhere to circle area on front of card.  Punch a 2-3/8" Scallop Circle from Pumpkin Pie card stock and adhere over Summer Starfruit.  Stamp Trick or Treat image on Very Vanilla card stock; cut out image with the Bracket Label punch; use Summer Starfruit Stampin' Write Marker to color in area outside of outline.  Punch a second Label Bracket shape from Basic Black card stock.  Turn the Basic Black shape 1/4 to the left; line up and adhere behind the Very Vanilla shape so the points appear between the brackets on the Very Vanilla shape (see photo).  Adhere to center of Pumpkin Pie Scallop Circle.
 
Taking this card step-by-step, it's actually not nearly as difficult to make as it appears at first glance!
 
Cath  ;D
 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bon Bons for All!!!! (August class project)

This is another fun card that one of my Front Range Stampers received in a swap at Convention. I couldn't resist trying it for our classes! I mean . . . who doesn't love chocolate?!

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Materials:

Stamp Set:
* Itty Bitty Banners

Paper:
* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scraps for punches)
* Very Vanilla card stock (4-3/4" x 3-1/2"; scraps for punches and die)
* Sahara Sand card stock (4-1/2" x 3")
* Soft Suede card stock (5" x 3/4"; scraps for punch)
* Cherry Cobbler card stock (small scraps for punches)
* Vellum card stock (small scraps for embosslit)

Ink:
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die
* Pretty Polka Dots Embossing Folder
* Adorning Accents Embossing Folder
* Delicate Details Embossing Folder
* 1" Circle Punch
* Owl Builder Punch (tiny heart)
* Cupcake Builder Punch (tiny circle for centers of flowers)
* Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (small flower)
* Scallop Trim Border Punch
* Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (about 8")
* Pearl Basic Jewels
* Crystal Effects
* Adhesives: Glue Dots; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions:

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

2. Use Big Shot and Pretty Polka Dots embossing folder to emboss front of card.

3. Use Scallop Trim Border Punch to trim long edges of 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" Very Vanilla card stock and 5" x 3/4" Soft Suede card stock.  (NOTE: Soft Suede piece is purpose cut longer than the Very Vanilla to give you "wiggle room" when lining it up behind the Very Vanilla card stock.)  Line up the Soft Suede card stock behind the Very Vanilla card stock so the large scallops are alternating (see photo of card).  Cut away any overhanging edges of Soft Suede card stock.  Adhere Sahara Sand card stock over Very Vanilla using SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

4. Wrap ribbon around card stock from front to back and adhere ends to back with Glue Dots.  Adhere card stock to front of card. Tuck small piece of ribbon under ribbon on the card and tie in a knot.  (You may also use a pair of tweezers to pull off a Glue Dot and attach it to the back of the knot to secure it to the card.)

5. Stamp banner on Very Vanilla card stock and cut out with Bitty Banners Framelits Die.  Adhere to front of card as shown with Stampin' Dimensionals (I cut one in half and put one half under each end of shape).


6. Punch bon bons from card stock as follows:  Mark the opening of your 1" punch with a marker or tape as shown in the photo.  Place card stock in punch only to the marks; punch two pieces of Early Espresso (dark chocolate); two pieces of Soft Suede (milk chocolate); and two pieces of Very Vanilla (white chocolate).

7. Use Adorning Accents, Delicate Details and Pretty Polka Dots embossing folders and Big Shot to add texture to the bon bons. Adhere to front of card as shown with Stampin' Dimensionals.

8. Punch two hearts (Owl Builder Punch) and two tiny circles (Cupcake Builder Punch) from Cherry Cobbler card stock; one flower from Very Vanilla; one flower from Early Espresso; and the small and medium-sized butterflies (Beautiful Wings embosslit) from Vellum card stock.  Adhere to bon bons with tiny drops of Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Glue Dots.  Attach pearls to butterflies; cover all the Cherry Cobbler pieces with a thin layer of Crystal Effects, and set aside to dry.

Don't you know someone who deserves some chocolates?!

Cath ;D

Pansy Card (August class project)

This is one of the cards we made in my August classes.  I really wish I could give credit to the creator, but I don't know who it is -- this was among the hundreds of swap cards my fellow demonstrators brought to show everyone when they returned from Convention in July.

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Materials:

Stamp Set:
* Flower Shop
* Four You

Paper:
* Baked Brown Sugar card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 3-1/4" x 2-1/4")
* Naturals White card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; 3" x 2"; small amount for flower)

Ink:
* Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Pretty Print Embossing Folder (Holiday Catalog)
* Pansy Punch
* Baked Brown Sugar 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim (3-1/4")
* 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon (Holiday Catalog)
* Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (4")
* Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue or SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Miscellaneous Items:
* Optional:  Hot Glue Gun

Instructions:

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

2. Use embossing folder to emboss 5-1/4" x 4" card stock; adhere to front of card with SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue

3. Cut a "v" shape from bottom of burlap ribbon; adhere to card as shown (I used a hot glue gun to attach this ribbon).

4. Adhere Ruffle Trim ribbon to back of 3-1/4" x 2-1/4" (I used hot glue to adhere this ribbon as well).

5. Stamp "Thank You" on 3" x 2" Naturals White card stock and adhere it to the front of the 3-1/4" x 2-1/4" Baked Brown Sugar card with with SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Adhere to front of card over burlap ribbon as shown with Stampin' Dimensionals.

6. Stamp flower on Naturals White card stock; punch out with Pansy Punch.  Adhere to front of card, and adhere button to center of flower.  (I used hot glue for this step as well.)

That's it!  Easy, huh?!

Enjoy!

Cath  ;D

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Layered Window Frame Card (August Class Project)

This card was inspired by Laura Lipe, whose card was recently featured in my "Weekly Inkling" from SplitCoastStampers.com.  (See more info about this below.)



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Materials

Stamp Sets:
* Serene Silhouettes
* Papaya Collage
* Really Good Greetings

Paper:
* Chocolate Chip card stock (11" x 4-1/4")
* Baked Brown Sugar card stock (about 4-1/2" x 4-1/2")
* Naturals Ivory card stock (3-1/4" x 1-1/2" - 2 pcs.; about 4" x 4")

Ink:
* Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Pad
* Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Magnetic Base
* Labels Collection Framelits Dies
* Stampin' Sponge
* Stretch Ruffled Ribbon (Baked Brown Sugar)
* Crystal Effects
* SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Additional Tools and Supplies:
* Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (Glue Dots also may work)

Instructions

1. Score 11" x 4-1/4" card stock at 3-1/2" and 7-1/2"; turn paper over and score at 4-1/2" and 6-1/2".  Fold away from score lines.

2. Center largest die in Labels Collection over folded card stock; roll through Big Shot to create card base.

3. Use second from largest die to cut shape from Baked Brown Sugar card stock; use third from largest die to cut shape from Naturals Ivory card stock.

4. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Baked Brown Sugar ink to edges of all Naturals Ivory and Baked Brown Sugar card stock.

5. Use Chocolate Chip ink to stamp one end of frame from Payapa Collage on each of the two 3-1/4" x 1-1/2" pieces of Naturals Ivory; adhere one to front of each side flap on card base.

6. Use Chocolate Chip ink to stamp flowers near left edge of Naturals Ivory Window Frame shape; WITHOUT REINKING, lightly stamp another image slightly to the upper right of first image.  Reink stamp and stamp another flower image near the lower right edge of shape.  Stamp sentiment near top right edge of shape (refer to photo for placement). Tie a knot in ribbon (pull edges of ruffle out as you tighten knot to create the rosette); use hot glue or glue dots to adhere ribbon across bottom front of shape and to secure ends on back.

7.  Use SNAIL or Liquid Glue to adhere Baked Brown Sugar Window Frame shape to raised center 2" of Chocolate Chip card base.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere Naturals Ivory shape over Baked Brown Sugar shape.

8.  Use Crystal Effects to trace over the letters in the words "LIVE" and "IMAGINED."  Dab Crystal Effects at ends of the two darkest flower images (I didn't add any to the lighter shaded flower).

That's it!

I know without photos these instructions may be difficult, so to see a wonderful tutorial on how to make this card -- complete with photos, visit http://www.splitcoaststampers.com.  Click on the "Tutorials" tab and look for the "Layered Window Frame."  I varied from the original instructions in only a couple of areas -- i.e., I did NOT trace around and cut one of the shapes -- I used the dies as they came in the package.

And now for the fun part!  Here are some photos showing variations of this same card.



This wonderful holiday card was made by Teresa Buchholz, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Raleigh, NC.  To see more of Teresa's creations, visit her blog at http://stampfabulous.com/.





This sympathy card was made by my friend Kay Weaver, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Northglenn, CO.













This is another wonderful creation by Laura Lipe.  How fun is this?!  You can view more of Laura's fun and beautiful creations at http://smileslaura.blogspot.com.
And finally, this Halloween card is a design I will be using to show this technique to my Stampin' Up! demo buddies at the August Front Range Stampers meeting.  These photos really show what a versatile design this layered card can be.  Hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fun Little Door Prizes (Anniversary Open House Giveaways)

This is one of the gift bags everyone received at my 8th Annual Open House last Saturday.  Yes, you guessed it -- it's made from a tissue box!



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Materials:

* Empty Tissue Box
* Crop-a-Dile or hole punch
* Jumbo Brads (I used retired Stampin' Up! brads)
* Ribbon (about 15")
* Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
* Scissors
* Tissue Paper

Instructions:

1. Remove plastic from inside top of tissue box.  Use scissors to cut slits from the center opening on top of tissue box out to each corner.

2. Fold flaps toward inside of box and secure with Hot Glue.

3. Attach Jumbo Brads on two opposite sides.

4. Insert ends of ribbon through centers of brads from outside to inside; tie knots at ends of ribbon to secure on inside of box creating the handle.

5. Add some tissue paper, and you now have a gift box.

* * *
 

. . . and here's what was inside each box:

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This clip can be used as a note holder, place card holder, gift card holder or business card holder.

Materials:

Stamp Set:
* Fabulous Phrases

Paper:
* This and That: Epic Day Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (2" x 3-1/4" -- or other measurement to fit your particular brand of clip; scraps for butterflies)
* Very Vanilla (scrap for punch)

Ink:
* Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad

Tools and Accessories:
* Petite Curly Label Punch
* Elegant Butterfly Punch
* Bitty Butterfly Punch
* Pearl Basic Jewels
* Small length of ribbon
* Stampin' Sponge
* Multipurpose Liquid Glue
* Crystal Effects
* Stampin' Dimensionals

Miscellaneous Items:
* Jumbo Binder Clip

Instructions:

1. Apply Crystal Effects to outside of black portion of clip; wrap DSP around clip, and allow to dry.

2. Use Calypso Coral ink to stamp sentiment on scrap of Very Vanilla card stock; punch out with Petite Curly Label punch.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Crumb Cake ink to edge of label.  Attach to clip over DSP with Stampin' Dimensional.

3. Punch one of each size butterfly from contrasting colors of DSP.  Adhere small butterfly to larger butterfly with a few drops of Multipurpose Liquid Glue in center of butterfly.  Add a self-adhesive Pearl to center of top butterfly.  Attach butterflies over DSP on clip with a Stampin' Dimensional in center.

4. Make a tiny bow from ribbon (I used some Sale-a-Bration ribbon) an attach to top of clip with a Glue Dot.

* * *

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This is a very simple and cute little project -- made with a few pieces of Washi Tape.  It makes a great bookmark!

Materials:

* Ginger Garden Designer Washi Tape
* Baker's Twine
* Large Paper Clip
* Large Eye Needle

Instructions:

1.  Cut two pieces of Washi Tape -- one 5/8" wide piece about 3" long; one 3/8" long about 2-1/2" long.  Cut a "V" in each end of each piece.

2. Adhere the narrower tape to the wider tape, slide through end of paper clip, fold and adhere the two ends together.

3. Using the needle, thread the Baker's Twine through the Washi Tape close to the paper clip and tie in a bow on the front.

* * *


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My friend Marla made these great little treat cups for each of the guests at my open house.  Each treat cup holds two Peppermint Patties.

Materials:

Figure 1
* Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (about 2-1/2" x 8")
* Whisper White card stock (3" x 2-1/2")
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Dress Up Framelits Die
* 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
* Sticky Strip

Instructions:

Figure 2
1. Score card stock 3/4" from all four edges.  Cut along score lines to create flaps on each end (see Figure 1).
2. Fold up sides at score lines; fold side flaps to inside and adhere with Sticky Strip (see Figure 2).

3. Fold up end flaps and adhere with Sticky Strip (Figure 3).

Figure 3
 
4. Fold DSP in half; line up DSP under framelits die so fold line is just below top edge of the dress shape.  Attach ribbon around waistline of both front and back halves of dress.  Tie a knot in the front of the front half of dress.

5. Apply Sticky Strip to back of DSP at dress bottom (both halves); adhere to sides of box.

6. Place a small gift or treat in the box.


I hope you enjoy all these little gift items.

Cathy  ;D





Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sweet Little Flower Bouquet (Anniversary Open House Make and Take)

I totally love the new Pansy punch and the coordinating stamp set, Flower Shop.  That's what was used, along with a small plastic water bottle, to create this sweet little flower bouquet.

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Materials:

Stamp Set:
* Flower Shop (130939-w, $23.95; 130942-c, $17.95; set of 6)
* Chalk Talk (130631-w, $25.95; 130634-c, $18.95; set of 6)

Paper:
Scraps of each of the following for flowers and circles:
* Coastal Cabana card stock
* Crushed Curry card stock
* Daffodil Delight card stock
* Pear Pizzazz card stock
* Perfect Plum card stock
* Pool Party card stock
* Very Vanilla card stock
* Wisteria Wonder card stock
* Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (scraps for flowers, plus 8-1/2" x 1-3/8" for band)

Ink:
* Daffodil Delight Refill Ink
* Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Jet Black StāzOn Ink Pad

Tools and Accessories:
* 1-3/8” Circle Punch
* Scallop Circle Punch
* Pansy Punch
* Paper Snips
* Bone Folder
* Simply Pressed Clay
* Buttons and Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds
* Aqua Painter
* 1/8” Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon (about 16")
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin’ Dimensionals

Miscellaneous Items:
* Small Water Bottle
* Plastic/Poly Pellets (for stuffing bean bags)
* Flower Stems
* Hot Glue Gun

Instructions:

1. Use Simply Pressed Clay and Mold to create three small flowers.  Set them aside to air dry.

2. Remove label from water bottle, leaving "sticky stuff" that holds the label in place.  Attach one end of DSP strip over sticky stuff; wrap around bottle and adhere at overlapping end with Sticky Strip.

3. Wrap ribbon around DSP and tie in a bow.

4. Use Pear Pizzazz Ink to stamp "For You" on Very Vanilla card stock; punch out image with 1-3/8" Circle punch.  Punch a Scallop Circle from Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Use SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere Very Vanilla circle to Pear Pizzazz scallop circle.  Adhere circle over seam of DSP band with Stampin' Dimensionals.

5. Use Black StazOn ink to stamp flower images on three contrasting colors of DSP.  Punch out images with Pansy punch.  Use Paper Snips to cut between petals to about 1/4" from center of each flower.  Use Bone Folder to curl up petals (similar to using scissors to curl ribbon).

6. Punch one Pansy from each of the other colors of card stock.  Punch 3 more Scallop Circles from Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Each flower will be made from one DSP Pansy, two coordinating colors of card stock, and one Scallop Circle.  For center layer of flower, slightly curl petals with Bone Folder; do not curl petals of bottom layer.  Drop a little hot glue in the center of the bottom (flat) layer of the flower, and lay the middle layer on top; drop a little more hot glue in the center of the middle layer, and attach the top (DSP) layer on top of it.  Remember that little flower we created in Step 1 above.  Once it has dried completely, drop one more little bit of hot glue in the middle of the DSP layer of the flower and press the air dry clay flower into the hot glue.  Use an Aqua Painter and Daffodil Delight refill ink to paint the clay flower.

7.  Use Paper Piercing Tool to punch hole in center of each Scallop Circle.  Use Paper Snips to cut a slit from edge to punched hole in center.  Bend about 3/8" to 1/2" of the flower wire to a 90 degree angle.  Slide bend wire to center of circle so bent end is on inside.  Drop hot glue onto circle and bent end and adhere to back of flower.  (Watch the You Tube video below for a good visual aid in assembling these flowers.)

8.  Once the flowers are assembled, partially fill the bottle with poly pellets, and poke the flowers into the pellets.


(Find out how to order this Bloomin' Bouquet Project Kit on my Current Promotions page.)

I hope you enjoy this project.  It's a cheerful little bouquet that will brighten any desk or window sill.

Cathy  ;D

Happiness Card (Anniversary Open House Make and Take)

This card was based on a design by LeAnne Pugliese.  To view LeAnne's original design, as well as several of her other creations, visit her blog at  http://weeinklings.blogspot.com/2013/05/washi-fun.html.
 
 
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Materials:

Stamp Sets:
* Summer Silhouettes (132082-w, $24.95; 126447-c, $17.95; set of 9)
* Fabulous Phrases (128577-w, $37.95; 120501-c $26.95; set of 30)

Paper:
* Crumb Cake card stock (8-1/2” x 5-1/2”)
* Calypso Coral card stock (5-1/4” x 4”)
* Naturals White card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8"; inside: 5-1/4" x 4")

Ink:
* Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad

Tools and Accessories:
* Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape
* Very Vintage Designer Buttons
* Linen Thread
* Glue Dots
* SNAIL Adhesive OR Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Instructions:
(Unless otherwise indicated, use SNAIL or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to assemble card)

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

2. Adhere Calypso Coral card stock to front of card.

3. Use Crumb Cake ink to stamp leaves randomly on 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" Naturals White card stock; use Calypso Coral ink to stamp flowers over leaves; use Early Espresso ink to stamp stamen at centers of each flower; use Pool Party ink to randomly stamp stamen image as an accent. 

4. Adhere Crumb Cake Washi Tape to Naturals White card stock.  Use StazOn ink to stamp "happiness" on Calypso Coral Washi Tape; adhere Tape to Naturals White card stock slightly overlapping Crumb Cake Tape.  Trim tape on left side of card stock.  Adhere card stock to front of card over Calypso Coral card stock.

5. String Linen Thread through holes on button and tie in a bow on the front.  Use a Glue Dot to adhere button to front of card over Washi Tape.

Inside:

6. Use the same colors as above to stamp off* once, and then stamp a leaf image, a flower, and stamen on 5-1/4" x 4" Naturals White card stock.  Adhere to inside of card.

* Stamp off:  Stamp an image once on scrap paper, then on card stock to create a slightly faded out version of the image.

Now . . . go buy a bunch of Washi Tape and go crazy!

Enjoy!

Cathy  ;D

Coffee and Friends Card (Anniversary Open House Make and Take)

This was one of the first stamp sets I bought from the new 2013-2014 Catalog! I had sketched out the card and was anxious to make it way before the stamp set arrived! This was one of the make and takes at my 8th Annual Anniversary Open House this past Saturday; it also was the card I took to my friend Ann's shoebox swap in June.

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Materials:

Stamp Set:
* Perfect Blend (130745-w, $13.95; 131392-c, $10.95; set of 3)
* Timber Stampin’ Around Wheel (129717, $6.50)

Paper:
* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2” x 5-1/2")
* Baked Brown Sugar card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Crumb Cake card stock (2" x 1-1/2") 
* Island Indigo card stock (2-1/2” x 1-1/4”)
* Whisper White card stock (about 5" x 2"; inside: 5-1/4" x 4")
* Soho Subway Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (4” x 2-3/4”; inside: 4" x 1")

Ink:
* Jet Black StāzOn Ink Pad
* Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Tools and Accessories:
* Stampin’ Around Standard Wheel Holder
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
* Artisan Label Punch
* Linen Thread
* Stampin’ Sponges
* Aqua Painter
* Paper Snips
* Glue Dots
* SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue
* Stampin’ Dimensionals

Instructions:
(Unless otherwise noted, use SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to assemble card.)

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

2. Use Big Shot and Embossing Folder to emboss 5-1/4" x 4" Baked Brown Sugar card stock.

3. Rip Island Indigo card stock to create a 2-1/2" x 1-1/4" rectangle.  Rip DSP to create a 4" x 2-3/4" rectangle.

4. Use StazOn Ink to stamp coffee cup image on Whisper White card stock; stamp another image of just the lid portion of the image.  Clean stamp, and then use Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to color just the sleeve portion of the image on Crumb Cake card stock.  Use Paper Snips to cut out the cup, the lid, and the sleeve.

5. Use StazOn Ink to stamp sentiment on Whisper White card stock; punch out image with Artisan Label punch.

6. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Baked Brown Sugar ink to edges of embossed card stock, DSP, the sleeve, and the sentiment.  Use Aqua Painter to apply Baked Brown Sugar ink to coffee cup and lid.

7. Adhere embossed card stock to card front; adhere Island Indigo card stock near upper left corner.  Wrap Linen Thread around DSP and tie in a knot at front; adhere to card over Island Indigo leaving about 3/8" of the card stock peaking out at top left corner.

8. Use Glue Dots to adhere lid and sleeve to coffee cup (this adds a little more dimension than the SNAIL or Liquid Glue).  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere coffee cup and sentiment to front of card as shown.

Inside:

9. Using Baked Brown Sugar ink, stamp off* once, then stamp coffee cup image near lower left edge of Whisper White card stock.  Stamp off once, and then stamp sentiment over sleeve of coffee cup image.

10.  Cut 4" x 1" piece of DSP; rip away one long edge.

11. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Baked Brown Sugar ink to all edges of card stock and DSP.

12. Adhere Whisper White card stock to inside of card; adhere DSP over card stock at bottom edge.

* Stamp off:  Stamp an image once on scrap paper, then on card stock to create a slightly faded out version of the image.

That's it!  What a fun, all-occasion card.  This also would make a great card to enclose a gift card from your favorite coffee shop.

Enjoy!

Cath  ;D

Monday, June 17, 2013

Get Well Card w/Tissue Box (June Class Project)


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I spied this card online and just couldn't resist making it.  It's actually inspired by two different cards -- the first (the outside of the card) was a card by Loll Thompson.  Her design had four flowers on an all-white background and was arranged differently, but I loved the idea of the cute, cheery little flowers for a get well card!  You can view Loll's card and many more of her cute designs at http://www.stampingwithloll.com/2013/03/spring-is-here.html.

The second part of the card -- the surprise mini tissue box -- was so cute I just knew we had to make this in class.  For instructions how to assemble this box, visit Brandy Cox's site at http://brandyscards.com/2013/01/stampin-up-field-flowers-stamp-set-2/.

Materials:

Stamp Sets:
* Delightful Dozen
* Hello Doily

Paper:
* Whisper White card stock (8-1/2” x 5-1/2”; 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” (3 pieces))
* Daffodil Delight card stock (5-1/8” x 3-7/8”)
* Polka Dot Parade DSP (approx. 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” of three contrasting colors)
* Marina Mist card stock (5” x 3”, scored at 1”, 2-1/2”, and 3-1/2”)

Ink:
* Jet Black StazOn Pad
* Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Accessories and Tools:
* Whisper White ¼” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Blossom Party Originals Die
* Sweet Buttons Embosslits Die
* Large Oval Punch
* Adhesives:  Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multi-purpose Liquid Glue OR Sticky Strip

Miscellaneous:
* One facial tissue, cut in fourths

Instructions:  

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

2. Stamp "get well soon" with StazOn ink near bottom right corner of Daffodil Delight card stock.  Tie knot in ribbon and wrap around card stock just above sentiment; secure ribbon on back of card stock with Glue Dots at each end.  

3. Flower Squares (make 3):  Use Stampin' Write Marker to draw dashed lines near edges of Whisper White 1-1/2" squares to resemble stitching.  Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere to Daffodil Delight card stock above ribbon.  Cut flowers from three different contrasting colors of DSP with Big Shot and Blossom Party die; fold petals slightly forward and adhere to centers of 1-1/2" squares with Glue Dots.  Cut buttons from Daffodil Delight card stock with Big Shot and Embosslits die; adhere to centers of flower with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

4. Adhere Daffodil Delight card stock to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

Now . . . here comes the FUN part!  

5. Score 5" x 3" Marina Mist card stock at 1", 2-1/2", and 3-1/2".  Fold away score lines to resemble box.  Fold 1" flap up behind 1-1/2" section and punch an oval near center of 1-1/2" section.  Flatten piece back out and stamp Hello Doily image with Marina Mist ink.  

6. Apply Liquid Glue or Sticky Strip to stamped side of 1-1/2" end flap.  Adhere to bottom of card with the edge of the card stock right up against the fold line of the card (note:  at this point, the card stock will be hanging kind of upside down on the inside of the card).  Fold up at center scoreline, and apply Liquid Glue or Sticky Strip to 1" flap near fold line and on edges (this is the flap with the partial oval cut out).  Now carefully close the card to adhere the flap to the inside of the front of card.  When you open the card back up, a tissue box will magically appear!  Now take 1/4 of a facial tissue and put a Stampin' Dimensional in the center; stuff the center of the tissue through the hole on the top of the box and adhere to the bottom of the box.  Visit Brandy Cox's blog (see link above) to see a video showing how this is done.  

Now I find myself hoping my friends will catch colds just so I can send them this sweet little card!  Enjoy!

Cathy  ;D

Monday, June 10, 2013

Just for You! (June Class Project)




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These are two different versions of the same card, based on a design by Darlene McCallum (http://dreamingaboutrubberstamps.com).  The card features one of the new In-Colors from the 2013-2014 Catalog, plus a new punch and coordinating stamp set, as well as the new Soho Subway Designer Series Paper.





Materials:

Stamp Set:
* NEW* Label Love

Paper:
* Very Vanilla card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2; about 4" x 2" for punch -- need 2)
* Early Espresso card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8"; 5" x 1-3/4"; about 4" x 2" for punch -- need 2)
* NEW* Crisp Cantaloupe card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* NEW* Soho Subway Designer Series Paper (DSP) (5" x 1-5/8")

Ink:
* NEW* Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin' Pad
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (Optional)
* Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (Optional)
* NEW* Artisan Label
* Stampin' Sponge
* Paper Snips
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions:
(Use SNAIL Adhesive unless otherwise noted.)

1. Score Very Vanilla card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.

2. Stamp two label images on Very Vanilla card stock -- one in Crisp Cantaloupe and one in Early Espresso.  Cut out images with Artisan Label punch.  Cut center of image ("just for you" and scallop borders above and below) from Early Espresso image and adhere it over the center of the Crisp Cantaloupe image.

3. (Optional) emboss Crisp Cantaloupe card stock with Big Shot and embossing folder.

4.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Early Espresso ink around edges of card, Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, DSP, and label.

5.  Adhere 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" Early Espresso card stock to front of card; adhere Crisp Cantaloupe card stock over Early Espresso; adhere 5" x 1-3/4" Early Espresso card stock over Crisp Cantaloupe; adhere DSP over Early Espresso.

6. Punch two Artisan Labels from Early Espresso card stock.  Cut one in half from top to bottom; cut the second in half from left to right.  Adhere top and bottom pieces of label to back of stamped label so that about 1/16" peeks out at the top and the bottom; adhere right and left pieces of label to back of label so that about 1/16" peeks out on each side.  This creates a mat for the label.  Adhere label to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

That's it!  A simple and elegant card for any occasion.

Cath  ;D

You Are My Sunshine! (June Class Project)



This bright and cherry card features a single stamp that will be available only through the end of July. With summer just around the corner, this seemed like the perfect time to make a sunshine card!

Materials:

Stamp Set:
* Sunshine (Single Stamp, Assortment 4 - 132671, $5.95, available through July 31, 2013)


Paper:
* Basic Black card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 2-1/2" x 2-1/4")
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8"; 2-3/4" x 2-1/2")
* So Saffron card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; 2-5/8" x 2-3/8")

Ink:
* VersaMark Pad
* Whisper White CRAFT Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Heat Tool
* Clear Embossing Powder
* White Embossing Powder
* Brayer
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (Optional)
* Sweet Buttons Embosslits (Optional)
* White Baker's Twine
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Crystal Effects

Instructions:
(Unless otherwise noted, SNAIL Adhesive used throughout)

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

2. Adhere 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" Whisper White card stock to front of card.

3. Create a template to make the sunburst (see instructions below).  Use removable tape to secure template over So Saffron card stock.  Use Brayer to apply VersaMark ink to card stock.  Remove template, cover with Clear Embossing Powder, tap off excess powder and heat with Heat Tool.  This will creat the shiny rays shooting out from the center of the card.  Adhere So Saffron card stock to card over Whisper White.

4. Stamp "You Are My Sunshine" image on 2-1/2" x 2-1/4" Basic Black card stock with Whisper White CRAFT Ink.  Cover with White Embossing Powder, tap off excess powder and heat with Heat Tool.  Adhere Basic Black card stock to 2-5/8" x 2-3/8" So Saffron card stock; adhere So Saffron to 2-3/4" x 2-1/2" Whisper White card stock.  Adhere this three-layer piece to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

(HINT:  If you have stray bits of White Embossing Powder on your black card stock after embossing, you can dot them out with a black Sharpie pen.)

5. Optional: Cut button from scrap of So Saffron card stock with Big Shot and Sweet Buttons Embosslit.  Adhere to front of card over the "O" in "YOU"; cover the button with Crystal Effects to make it shiny.  After it dries, add a tiny bow made from Baker's Twine.

(NOTE:  If you don't have a Big Shot, you can omit the button entirely, or you can substitute one of the cute new buttons featured in the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog.)

TEMPLATE INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of scrap paper into 4 pieces (each will be 5-1/5" x 4-1/4").

2. Draw an "X" from corner to corner.

3. Mark the outer edge of paper about 1/3 across top, bottom, and sides. 

4. Draw smaller "X"es from the marks as shown below. 

5. Draw a circle in the center.  (Note:  This doesn't have to be a perfect circle -- the only purpose is to give you a "stopping point" so when you cut out the template you don't cut all the way to the center.)
 

6. Mark every other section to be cut.  (Yes, this is important -- I've been known to cut the wrong area out and it really messes up the design!)
7. Cut out all of the areas marked to cut.  And there you have your template!
Fun, huh!?  Happy Sunshiny Summer!!!!

Cath  ;D

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Happy Father's Day 2

Howdy!  Today's a new day and I'm posting another Fathers Day Card for you!  Note:  The stamp set used is no longer available, but I'm posting the instructions for this card any way in case you purchased Dapper Dad from the Spring Catalog before May 31.

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 Materials:

Stamp Sets:
* Dapper Dad (Spring 2013 Catalog)
* Delightful Dozen
* Really Good Greetings (Optional for inside)

Paper:
* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-1/8" x 3-1/2"; 3-3/4" x 1-1/2")
* Crumb Cake card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
* Whisper White card stock (4" x 3-1/4")
* Naturals Composition Designer Series Paper (DSP) (3-5/8" x 7/8")

Ink:
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Square Lattice Embossing Folder
* Stripes Embossing Folder
* Cupcake Builder Punch (Optional for inside)
* Stampin' Sponge
* 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (Soft Suede)
* Glue Dots
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin' Dimensionals

Miscellaneous Items (Optional):
* 1" Round Acrylic Bubble (Crystal Effects can be used instead)

Instructions:
(Unless otherwise noted, SNAIL Adhesive used to assemble card.)

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

2. Use Big Shot and Square Lattice Embossing Folder to texture Crumb Cake card stock; apply Early Espresso ink around edges of card stock with Stampin' Sponge; adhere to front of card.

3. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Early Espresso ink around edges of DSP; adhere to 3-3/4" x 1-1/2" strip of Early Espresso card stock; adhere to front of card over Crumb Cake card stock.

4. Stamp watch and happy FATHER'S day images to Whisper White card stock.  Use Big Shot and Stripes Embossing Folder to create vertical and horizontal stripes on card stock as shown; apply Crumb Cake ink around edges of card stock with Stampin' Sponge; then randomly and lightly daub the sponge across front of card stock to bring out the stripes.  Adhere card stock to front of card with SNAIL Adhesive under left side (the part over the DSP) and Stampin' Dimensionals under the right edge.

5. Adhere Whisper White card stock to 4-1/8" x 3-1/2" Early Espresso card stock.  Tie knot in ribbon; adhere ribbon to front of card with a Glue Dot behind the knot; wrap ribbon tails around to the back and adhere to back of cardstock with SNAIL or Glue Dots.

6. Optional:  I covered the watch face with a 1" acrylic bubble I had in my craft stash; you also can cover the watch face with Crystal Effects to create a glassy surface.

7. Optional:  On the inside I stamped a greeting from the new Really Good Greetings set.  The three dots are punched out of Early Espresso card stock with the Cupcake Builder punch.  I also sponged Crumb Cake ink around the edges of the card stock before I adhered it to the inside of the card.

Hope you have fun with this card!  It was great fun for me to make!

Cath :D

P.S.  I found the inspiration for this card at www.SplitCoastStampers.com in a post by "Holstein." If you do a search for the Dapper Dad stamp set, you'll find a bunch of cool manly cards!


Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy Fathers Day!!!

Fathers Day is almost here, so I'm in the process of stocking up my stash for sale at my office.  (I may previously have mentioned that the convenience store in my building was recently closed, so I've opened up a little mini-card shop at my desk.)

This is the first of several Fathers Day designs I'll be making this week.  Hope you enjoy it.  This card was inspired by a posting on www.SplitCoastStampers.com by Sara Hoogendoorn (http://simplysarastampin.blogspot.com/2013/04/mojo-mondays-open-sea.html).



Materials:

Stamp Sets:
* The Open Sea
* Delightful Dozen

Paper:
* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-3/8" x 2-5/8")
* Whisper White card stock (5-5/16" x 4-1/16"; 1-1/4" square x 3; 4-1/8" x 7/8")
* Bermuda Bay card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8"; 1-3/8" square x 3; 4-1/4" x 1")

Ink:
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machins
* Square Lattice Embossing Folder
* Stampin' Sponge
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions:

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

2. Use Early Espresso to stamp world globe, anchor, and ship images on 1-1/4" squares, and to stamp sentiment on 4-1/8" x 1" card stock; fill in the open letters with Stampin' Write Marker.

3. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to texture 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" Bermuda Bay card stock.

4. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Early Espresso ink to edges of all Whisper White and Bermuda Bay card stock.

5. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere Whisper White 5-5/16" x 4-1/6" to card front; adhere textured Bermuda Bay card stock over Whisper White.

6. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere 4-1/8" x 7/8" Whisper White card stock to 4-1/4" x 1" Bermuda Bay card stock; adhere near bottom of 4-3/8" x 2-5/8" Early Espresso card stock.  Adhere 1-1/4" Whisper White squares to Bermuda Bay 1-3/8" squares; adhere evenly across Early Espresso card stock above sentiment.

7.  Adhere Early Espresso card stock to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

8.  Optional:  I sponged Early Espresso around edges of a 5-1/5" x 4" piece of cardstock and adhereed to the inside of the card.  I then made a fourth square similar to the three on the front of the card using the compass image and placed it near the lower right hand corner on the inside of the card.

Enjoy!

Cath  ;D

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wedding Card (May Class Project)



This is a wedding card I made for my nephew's wedding in October. Since June is wedding month, I thought May would be a good time to make it in a class. It uses the retiring Elegant Lines embossing folder.  See my October 26 post for materials and instructions.

Enjoy!

Cathy  ;D

Swallowtail (May Class Project)

This is an all-occasion card featuring the Swallowtail stamp from the Spring catalog. This stamp will be continued in the 2013-2014 catalog, but the embossing folder used to create the background (Elegant Lines), is being retired as of May 30.



This card was inspird by a card posted by Chris Smith (see small photo to the right).  To see Chris's card, as well as her many other creations, visit her blog, from my inkpad to yours.

Materials:

Stamp Set:
* Swallowtail (Spring Catalog)

Paper:
* Midnight Muse card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 3-1/4" x 3-1/4")
* Whisper White card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* Naturals Composition Designer Series Paper (DSP) (3" x 3")

Ink:
* VersaMark
* Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad (retiring as of May 31, 2013)
* Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad
* Midnight Muse Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Elegant Lines embossing folder (retiring as of May 31, 2013)
* Pewter Embossing Powder
* Heat Tool
* Stampin' Sponges
* Rhinestone Basic Jewels
* 5/8" Organza Ribbon
* Glue Dot
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions:

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

2. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to emboss Whisper White card stock; adhere to front of card with SNAIL Adhesive.

3. Stamp image with VersaMark pad; cover image with Pewter Embossing Powder; tap off excess powder and heat with Heat Tool until the image is shiny.  Use Stampin' Sponges to dab all three inks randomly on DSP over embossed image; wipe excess ink from embossed wings with a tissue.  Adhere to 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" Midnight Muse card stock with SNAIL Adhesive.

4. To create a "faux knot" in ribbon:  Start to make a knot about about 1-1/2" from end of ribbon, but before you pull the knot tight, slip a 2" - 2-1/2" piece of ribbon into the knot, then pull it tight.  Adhere knot to front of card with a Glue Dot; wrap ribbon ends to back of card stock and adhere with SNAIL Adhesive.  Adhere card stock to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

5. Attach a self-adhesive Rhinestone to butterfly body as shown.

Yes, this elegant card really is as easy to make as it sounds!  Enjoy!

Cath  ;D