25th Anniversary

25th Anniversary

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Green" Coffee Sleeves

Candy Cane Fabric
Bigz XL Die-Tasteful Trim
Candy Cane Big Designer Buttons
1/4" grosgrain ribbon in Real Red and Marina Mist
Brights Designer Buttons
Victoria Crochet Trim
Quilt batting scraps

Here's my attempt at coffee sleeves using the new Stampin' Up! Fabric line.  These were very simple for those of you who sew.  I'll be trying a no-sew version soon for those who don't.

First I took a sleeve from the local coffee house, and pulled it apart at the seam. Then I folded one of the fabrics in half with "right"  or "patterned" sides together.  After pinning the folded fabric to keep it from shifting, I laid the opened sleeve flat on the fabric, and used a pen (or chalk) to trace around it. Here's the trickiest part of this project:  When I cut it out, I "eyeballed" a 1/4" seam around the traced line.  I did the same thing to cut out a single layer of quilt batting. 

I pinned the fabric pieces together with "right" sides facing and the batting on the bottom of both layers.  I used my sewing machine to sew along the traced line on three sides of the sleeve, leaving one end open.  I used the open side to turn the sleeve outside in and stitched the remaining side closed by hand.  I quilted the sleeve to minimize bulk by machine sewing along each red stripe, along the entire sleeve. 

For the sleeves that used lengthwise trim, I sewed it on at this point.  I used the Big Shot with the Tasteful Trim Die to make some of the embellishments. 

I used the cardboard coffee house sleeve to measure where to stitch the ends together, and sewed the seam by hand.  Then I embellished over the seam to help hide it.   I gathered the bric brac trim to make the rosettes.  I think you can figure out what I did from the pictures, but if you have any questions, feel free to email me. I apologize if any of this doesn't make sense, but it's very late, so I'll recheck it tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

6 x 6 Christmas Scrapbook Layout

Stamp Sets: Dasher, Bright Christmas
Textured Impressions Folder: Northern Flurries, Perfect Polka Dots
Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Real Red
Ink: Versamark, Real Red, Gold Embossing Powder
Accessories: Rhinestones, Boho Blossoms Punch, Decorative Label

Hi all, my upline started a new scrapbook swap, doing a 2-page layout each month, and I have to say I had a lot of fun working on this one!  I'm not exactly sure what happened with the lighting in these pictures, but the lighter one shows the embossing powder better.  Here's how it came together:

I used my Big Shot and the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder to emboss two 6" x 6" pieces of Real Red Cardstock.  You have to run it through twice, making sure you line up the dots in the folder the second time.  It leaves a slight impression down the middle of the cardstock and doesn't quite reach the far edge, but it doesn't show once you apply the layers.

Next I took two pieces of Whisper White Cardstock, measuring 1-1/2" x 6", and placed them on the outside edge of the Real Red Cardstock pieces using snail adhesive. (This is the layer that covers the edge the embossing folder misses.)

The next layer on each page is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" Wild Wasabi Cardstock.  I put one piece through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurries Textured Impressions folder in the upper left corner.

On the 2nd piece of Wild Wasabi, I used the Dasher Stamp in the lower right corner with VersaMark ink. Then I sprinkled Gold Embossing Powder over the stamped image and used the Heat Tool to set the embossed image.

I used sticky strip to adhere the Wild Wasabi layers to the Real Red layer because I find that it's difficult to get a good "stick" with Snail Adhesive on textured cardstock.  You have to be very careful with alignment when placing a piece with Sticky Strip, though, because once it's down, it's DOWN.

For the left page, I cut a 1-1/4" x 6" strip of Whisper White, and used the Bright Christmas Stamp set to stamp Merry & Bright in VersaMark ink, then sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder and used the Heat Tool to set the image. I placed it about 3/4" from the top of the page. Snail adhesive works okay on this one, even with the texture because both of the edges are flat enough to hold with Snail.

The Garden Green Mat for the Left page is 3" x 2-7/8" . The Whisper White mat is 2-5/8" x 2-3/4".  These layers are fine to adhere with Snail Adhesive.

The Garden Green Mat for the right page is 2-7/8" x 4". The Whisper White mat is 2-5/8" x 3-3/4".

I used the Decorative Label Punch to punch one Whisper White and one Garden Green label.  I used a paper trimmer to cut the Garden Green Label in half lengthwise (I trimmed the points off the cut ends.) and used Snail Adhesive to adhere both pieces to the back of the Whisper White label and to adhere the finished label & mat to the right page.

I used the Winter Wonderland stamp from the Bright Christmas stamp set with Real Red ink, and cut around it freehand. I used Dimensionals to adhere it at the bottom of the right page.

I used the Boho Blossoms Punch to punch the 2 Real Red flowers to accent the greeting strips, and Rhinestones for the flower and snowflake centers and to embellish the Reindeer's antlers.

Hope this helps inspire you on your own pages. If you have any questions I didn't answer here, feel free to contact me!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Utah Divas Color Challenge, Week #1

This is my submission for the Utah Divas International Color Challenge Week #1.  The challenge colors were:

1. Crumb Cake
2. Rich Razzleberry
3. Early Espresso
4. Pear Pizazz
5. Pretty in Pink

I used the After Thoughts stamp set in Early Espresso ink for the greeting.  The card base is Rich Razzleberry, I added Pear Pizazz DSP from the Level 1 Hostess Benefits pack.  The tag is made from Early Espresso and Crumb Cake Cardstock, with 5/8" Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon.  I used the Boho Blossoms punch to make the Rich Razzleberry and Pretty in Pink flowers, with glimmer brads for the centers.  The Little Leaves Sizzlit die was used with the Big Shot to make the leaves. Finally, I used the Eyelet Border punch to make the Pretty in Pink edge.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Late Night Stampers' Scavenger Hunt--Round 2 Clue: A Cute Christmas

This is my card for the
Late Night Stampers Blog Scavenger Hunt-Round 2!  
If you are reading this post, you can play for a chance to win free merchandise!
  Blogs scavenger hunt round 2

My clue is:  A Cute Christmas

Here are the rules:  After you find your 20 blogs with clues, email me your list at stampinmagic@gmail.com with  "Scavenger Hunt" in the Subject line.  On September 15th, I will forward those entries to Sherrill to be entered in her drawing. 

Are you ready to play?  As more blogs add clues, I will add them to this post so check back often for more places to hunt!

 This card was fairly simple to make.  The base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The mat is Soft Suede cardstock.  The top layer is Whisper White cardstock.  I used the Scallop Trim Corner Punch on all four corners.  The Snowman and the greeting are from the "A Cute Christmas" stamp set.

The snowman is stamped with Marina Mist ink.  I used Stampin' Write Markers to color in the scarf  and hat with Cherry Cobbler & Black. I also used my black marker to trace over the face and arms.

I used my 2-in-1 Glue pen along the bottom of the snowdrift to adhere Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I placed Rhinestones over the buttons on the snowman's belly.

The Ribbon is 1/4" Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon.  I used the "rabbit ears" technique to tie the bow and a Glue Dot to hold it in place.

For the label, I punched Soft Suede with the Scallop Oval punch, and stamped the greeting in Early Espresso Ink on Whisper White cardstock, then punched it out with the 1-3/8" x 5/8" Oval punch. I used a dimensional to make it stand out.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Swivel Card


To open these cards, the top swivels to the side on a single brad rather than opening like a book. This is a very simple card to make. I used Scallop Circle and Clear Circle Dies with my Big Shot to make the Poppy Parade and Whisper White circles. I cut the Sunny Garden Designer Series Paper circle with my Circle Scissor Plus, making it just 1/4" smaller than the white circle.

After using snail adhesive to adhere the DSP to the Whisper White circle, I centered that circle on top of the scallop circle and used the 1/16" punch to make a hole  for the brad.  You can punch it anywhere along the edge. It's better not to go much farther than 1/2" inch from the edge as you lose writing space the farther in you go.
I used my Boho Blossoms Punch to make the Pretty in Pink flower and one of my Itty Bitty Punches to make the Daffodil Delight flower. For the smaller flowers, I use my 1/16" punch to make the brad hole BEFORE punching the flower. Then I can center the hole in the flower punch and it doesn't get bent on the 1/16" punch after it's cut. I do the same thing with the Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, which I punched out of Peach Parfait and strung with Hemp Twine.  The Pear Pizazz label is a cutout of a stamp from the Just Believe stamp Set.  The "friends" and "hello" stamps come from the Tiny Tags stamp set. I layered the Daffodil Delight flower and the Pretty in Pink flower on the brad and then attached it to the two circles.

If you're using a darker card stock for the back of the card, you may want to cut another lighter circle to layer inside so writing will show up.  Another option is to use a White Gel Pen to write on the card.

Swap Spoiler!

This is a card I made for my swap group for September.

I started with a Marina Mist base and matted with Bashful Blue.  The top layer is Glossy White, stamped with Marina Mist and Bashful Blue ink using the medallion stamp from the Artistic Etchings stamp set.

I used the Clearlit Scallop Rectangle die and my Big Shot to make the Marina Mist Rectangles. I think the scalloped edge gives them a postage stamp or vintage photo look. 

I cut more Glossy White to layer on top, and for the first rectangle, I stamped off the alternating corners with Marina Mist and Bashful Blue ink using the medallion stamp. I stamped the crown with Versamark and used white embossing powder to give it texture.  The postmark stamp is from the French Foliage stamp set in the Holiday Mini catalog. I accidentally smeared it and tried to wipe it off, and stamp again.  It left a smudge, but I kind of liked the look, so I left it alone.

For the 2nd rectangle, I stamped off 2 corners with Bashful Blue ink and used sponge daubers to add Marina Mist  through the middle.  I used the 1-3/8" x 5/8" Oval punch to punch out the "thinking of you" sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and adhered it to the glossy white with a dimensional.

For the 3rd rectangle, I stamped the Eiffel Tower in Basic Black ink and sponged some Marina Mist around the sky.

I sponged the edges of all 3 white rectangles with Marina Mist before adhering them to the scalloped rectangles with snail adhesive. I used snail to attach the top and bottom rectangles to the card  and dimensionals for the middle one.

I added 5/8" Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon then used the Simple Flower Embosslit die with my Big Shot to punch the large flower out of Glossy White card stock, and one of the Itty Bitty Shapes punches to punch the 3 little flowers.  I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere the little flowers to either end of the hemp twine and another glue dot to adhere the flowered ends to the card.  I twisted the hemp twine into a loop in the middle, and attached the 3rd flower with more glue dots.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Kindergarten Rocks!

Here is a scrapbook page I made for a Utah Divas International contest.  The theme was "Making the Grade" and the adorable child is borrowed because I don't have any of my own, and all of my school pictures are on slides that haven't been scanned yet.  It was the first day of Kindergarten, and she looks so ready to go to big girl school!

I used Soft Suede card stock as a base for this 6 x 6 page and Sahara Sand for the side panel.

"Kindergarten" is stamped in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  I used the 1/2" circle  punch to punch out the letters from the "Rough Type" stamp set and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink.  Then I alternated using snail adhesive and dimensionals to adhere them  to 5/8" Pretty in Pink grossgrain ribbon. I used sticky strip to bunch one end of the ribbon and added pearls and a button from the Candy Cane designer buttons in the Holiday Mini.

I stamped the letters for "Rocks!" in Soft Suede with the Varsity Alphabet stamp set on Very Vanilla card stock.  I cut the letters out and adhered them with dimensionals and added Rhinestones for embellishment.

I had to wing it on the exclamation point by cutting one out of soft suede and using my 3-hole punch for the dot.  Then I glued them to Very Vanilla card stock and cut around them before adding them to the page.

Just Believe

The “Just Believe” stamp set is one of my favorites from the new Idea Book and Catalog for 2010-2011, and I got it free when I attended Stampin’ Up’s convention this year! 
I started with a Base of Marina Mist card stock and added a mat of Early Espresso.  I ran 1-1/4” of the Soft Suede piece through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder so the rest of the frame would have the smooth texture and added 5/8” grosgrain Early Espresso Ribbon to hide the seam.
I made a mask using the Circle Die and my Big Shot and used sponge daubers to blend in Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist and Bashful Blue inks in the circle on Very Vanilla card stock.  I stamped the foliage in Old Olive and ran dotto adhesive across the circle in horizontal strokes to give the Dazzling Diamonds glitter a look of shrouding mist.
 I punched Soft Suede with the new Decorative Label in the Holiday Mini Catalog, stamped the circle stamp from the Just Believe set with Marina Mist ink on Marina Mist cardstock and added the sentiment with Early Espresso ink.  Then I used the 1-1/4" circle punch and a dimensional to add it on top of the Soft Suede label.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Okay, so the kid in the profile picture is borrowed, and she's not even that little anymore, but her cuteness increases exponentially each day! I don't have very many pictures of myself because I'm usually the one BEHIND the camera. 

I'm blogging to post all of my experiments, discoveries and general musings as I explore all of the awesome products and techniques Stampin' Up has to offer.  With the new Holiday Mini coming out this month there are LOTS of new products to explore and experiment with.  So many, in fact, that I'll have plenty of material (and fabric) to keep me blogging for months!

So follow me! And stay tuned... there will be much more to come!