Thursday, January 17, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day (January Class Project)

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Valentine's Day is next month, so time to get started on cards for your favorite folks!  This fun card was inspired by Shauna Cundick, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from Utah.  To see this and other designs from Shauna, visit her website at
My version of Shauna's card features the new Designer Builder Brads from the Spring 2013 Catalog.
* Basic Black card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Raspberry Ripple card stock (5-1/4" x 1-7/8"; about 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" for heart)
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/8" x 1-3/4")
* Natural Composition Designer Series Paper (1-5/8" x 1-5/8" -- 3 pieces)
* Primrose Petals card stock (about 3-1/2" x 1-3/4" for hearts)
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Pretty Polka Dots Embossing Folder
* Full Heart Punch
* Designer Builder Brad (Spring 2013 Catalog)
* Large Pearl Basic Jewels
* 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (Raspberry Ripple)
* Glue Dots
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin' Dimensionals
1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4".  Emboss front of card with Big Shot and Pretty Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Fold away from scoreline to create card.
2. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere Whisper White card stock to Raspberry Ripple card stock.  Adhere each of the three DSP squares to the Whisper White card stock.  (HINT:  The easiest way to line up the three squares evenly is to place the two outside squares first, and then position the third square between them.) 
3. Punch one Raspberry Ripple and two Primrose Petals hearts; emboss them with Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere Primrose Peals hearts to two outside squares.  Attach Brad to center of Raspberry Ripple heart and adhere to center square with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Place self-adhesive pearl in center of brad. Adhere the entire piece to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
4. Make a long flat bow with ribbon; attach to front of card with one Glue Dot behind the knot, and SNAIL Adhesive behind the tails. 
Happy Valentine's Day!!!!
Cath  ;D

Chalkboard Technique (January Class Project)

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This technique just seemed like a fun one to do for January.  I copped the idea from Trish Giesbrecht, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from Alberta, Canada.  You can see the original design by visiting Trish's blog at
Stamp Sets:
* Secret Garden (Spring 2013 Catalog)
* Just for You (Spring 2013 Catalog -- sold as part of the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit) 
* Basic Gray card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Rich Razzleberry card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
* Whisper White card stock (4-1/4" x 2-7/8")
* Patterns Designer Series Paper (Brights -- Rich Razzleberry) (4" x 2-3/4")
* Basic Black card stock (3-1/2" x 2-1/2")
* Whisper White CRAFT Ink
* Delicate Details Lace Tape (Spring 2013 Catalog)
* Designer Buttons (Brights -- Rich Razzleberry)
* Baker's Twine (Whisper White)
* 3/16" Corner Punch
* White Embossing Powder and Heat Tool
* Stampin' Sponge
* Glue Dots
* SNAIL Adhesive
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 Corner Punch to trim corners of Whisper White card stock, Rich Razzleberry Designer Series Paper and Basic Black card stock (top and bottom of right side only).
3. Stamp Just for You image on Basic Black card stock; stamp flower from Secret Garden set randomly around words.  Emboss with White embossing powder and Heat Tool.
4. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Whisper White CRAFT Ink to edges of card, and to Rich Razzleberry.   Adhere Rich Razzleberry card stock to front of card. Remove backing from Lace Tape and apply near left edge of Rich Razzleberry card stock.

5. Sponge Whisper White CRAFT Ink around edges of Basic Black card stock, and here and there on front of Basic Black card stock over stamped and embossed images to make it look like a chalkboard.  Adhere Basic Black card stock to Designer Series Paper, and adhere DSP to Whisper White card stock, lining up all the edges to the left.  Adhere to front of card next to Lace Tape.
6. Thread Baker's Twine through button and adhere to front of card with a Glue Dot.
Cath  ;D

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Another Calendar (December Class Project)

The design for this cute little standup calendar is courtesy of my friend Ann Lohmeyer, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  It's easy and quick to make and uses a medium size calendar pad.


* Any color card stock (4-1/2" x 3"; 9" x 3")
* Contrasting color card stock (2-3/4" x 2-1/4'")
* Coordinating Designer Series Paper (2-3/4" x 2")

* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Two Tags Bigz Die
* Any Embossing Folder
* Brad
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin' Dimensionals (optional)


1. Use Big Shot and Two Tags Die to cut one large tag from 4-1/2" x 3" card stock.  Emboss with embossing folder of your choice.

2. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere 2-3/4" x 2" DSP to 2-3/4" x 2-1/4" card stock, and to adhere calendar pad over DSP. Use SNAIL Adhesive or Stampin' Dimensionals to attach to front of tag.

3. Score 9" x 3" paper at 4-1/2"; position cardstock on the Two Tags Die over the large tag so the fold is just above the bottom of the tag (you don't want to cut the bottom), and roll through Big Shot.

4. Attach tag with calendar to one end of the piece cut in Step 3 above.

5. Here's how you set it up:

1. Unfold flap on back of calendar.
2. Fold Flap to front at bottom score line.
3.  Fold center section of flap toward front
at score line; tuck under front flap.
4.  Your finished calendar will look like this.

Hope you enjoy this calendar.  Thanks, Ann, for the great idea!!!

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happy 2013!!! (January Class Project)

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Happy 2013!!!  This calendar card was one of the prjects for my January classes, and features the new Poetry Prints from the 2013 Spring Catalog (available January 3 - May 31, 2013).

The inspiration for this calendar/card came from  It was posted by "ukmariann."  You can see photos of how she assembled the card on her blog at Scrappy Sticky Inky Mess.  (Note:  Her measurements are slightly off from mine -- she was making a different size card -- mine is 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" to fit in the standard A2 card envelopes.


* Crumb Cake card stock (10-3/4" x 5-1/2")
* Poetry Prints DSP (5" x 3-3/4")
* Whisper White card stock (3-1/4" x 2-5/8")
* Midnight Muse card stock (3-1/8" x 2-1/2")

* Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (about 10")
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals; Sticky Strip; Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Found Items:
* Calendar Pad (2-7/8" x 2-1/4") -- YES!  I still have a few to sell . . . .


1. Score 10-3/4" x 5-1/2" card stock at 1", 5-1/4" and 9-1/2"; turn card stock to back side and score at  10-1/2".  Fold away from scorelines to create standup calendar.  Adhere Sticky Strip to inside of 1/4" flap at end -- do not remove backing yet.

2. Wrap ribbon around front of DSP near left side; adhere ends of ribbon to back of DSP with SNAIL Adhesive.  Adhere DSP to front of calendar.

3. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere Midnight Muse card stock to Whisper White card stock, and to adhere calendar to Midnight Muse card stock.  Adhere Whisper White card stock to front of calendar with Stampin' Dimensionals.

4. Slide a small piece of ribbon (maybe 3" - 3-1/2") under ribbon on left side of card; tie into half-knot.  Secure ribbon to card with a drop of Multipurpose Liquid Glue behind knot.  (I used a paper clip to hold the knot in place until the glue dried.)

5. To make this into the standup calendar, remove the backing from the Sticky Strip on the 1/4" flap and adhere to the opposite 1" flap.

6. Optional: You can make this a greeting card by stamping a greeting on a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock and adhering it to the inside of the calendar. The flaps will fold to the inside of the card.  The backing would stay on the Sticky Strip so the recipient can assemble the calendar.

Hope you like this one!

Cath  ;D

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January Class Projects

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January's classes include these fun projects -- a standup calendar card that uses the large size calendar pads; a "chalk board" technique card; and a sweet Valentine's Day card.

BTW . . . I apologize for not getting these photos posted sooner . . . Google is currently experiencing a problem with accepting photo uploads, and I just found the workaround this evening.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Cath  ;D