Friday, December 31, 2010

Love with a Kiss

This will be one of my January Stamp Club Workshop projects. My goal for the projects is for them to be easy to recreate with a little bit of WOW! I love how the Hershey’s kiss fits perfectly in the ‘O’ of ‘LOVE’ making this a fun little Valentine for a special someone.

Punching Hints: I adhered the ‘Love’ piece to the striped paper and punched both of them with the 1” circle punch at the same time. Just center the punch over the ‘O’. Then I adhered this piece to the front of the 3” x 3 Whisper White card base and punched the 1” circle through the card base. I kept the Early Espresso Eyelet layer narrow so that it would not need to be punched through by the 1” circle punch.

Supplies (Stampin’ Up): Sets: Filled with Love; Paper: Whisper White CS, Early Espresso CS, Love Patterns DSP; Ink: Real Red; Punches: Eyelet Border, 1” Circle; Real Red 5/8” Satin; Hershey’s Kiss.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Romantic Valentine

It's just a few days after Christmas and I'm starting to prep for my Valentine club workshop. There are a couple of little details on this card that came out of my experimentation. Game Spinner Hand Cupid's Arrow: I'm using the game spinner hands for a cupid's arrow. I cut the arrow in half using a pair of pliers to make it long enough. Decorative Label Punch Mini Label: I created a mini label from the Decorative Label Punch. I stamped my sentiment on a piece of card stock. I then aligned the sentiment at one of the small ends of the decorative label punch and punched. I then fed the punched piece back through one of the the short sides and punch again (see photos below). I also enjoyed using the lap of luxury paper for the color palette for this Valentine ... something different from the traditional red.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Filled With Love Stamp Set; Card Stock: Concord Crush, Lap of Luxury, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White; Ink: Concord Crush; Pink Pirouette, Punches: 2-1/2" Circle, Full Heart, Small Heart, Decorative Label; Concord Crush Poly Ribbon, Game Spinner Hand, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Pretty in Pink Brad, Sponge Dauber, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals
Sunday, December 19, 2010

Owl Punch Gift Bag

I had fun altering this wine gift bag and turning it into a smaller gift bag with a gift tag made out of the scraps from the original bag. The shiny red bag scraps made the perfect santa suit and hat for the owl. I used a small piece off of a cotton make-up pad to create the white trim on the santa hat and a white pompom for the top. It just goes to show you, that if you are pressed for time, you can use things around the house and a few of your stamping supplies to create great gift packaging.

Supplies (mostly Stampin' Up): Stamps: Tags til Christmas, Short & Sweet; Card Stock: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Soft Suede; Ink: Real Red; Accessories: Owl Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile, Circle Scissors Plus, Silver Brads, Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain, Mini Library Clip, Big Shot, Scallop Circles #2, Flower Burst Embosslit, White PomPom, Black Sharpie, Cotton Make-up Pad, Wiggly Eyes

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

SC310 Bavarian Bird House

When I saw this week's sketch challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to use the Northern Hearts stamp set to recreate my childhood cuckoo clock. My German grandparents brought the cuckoo clock as a gift for my sister and I. We didn't get to see my grandparents very often and it is one of the few memories I have of them, as they both died very young.

As for the details, there is a lot of sponging going on. Almost all the edges are sponged. The poinsettias come from the Birds & Blooms Die Set. The roof of the bird house is two Modern Label Punch Pieces. The wreath is embossed with clear Embossing Powder on Old Olive. The Kissing Birds piece is embossed with Black Embossing Powder.

The little bird also comes from the bird & blooms die set and is actually attached to the inside of the card. He is fastened with a cherry cobbler brad on his tail, so that he can fed back into his house as needed. I punched a 3/4" hole in the wreath and the bird house and made a 1" hole with the Circle Scissors on the card base because the punch would not reach. I turned the bird into a cardinal by cutting a little triangle piece for the head and sponging his chest heavily with black. The rest of the cardinal is lightly sponged in black, including the wing. His little eye is a Rhinestone Jewel that has been colored with a black sharpie.

Supplies: Stamp Sets: Northern Hearts, Woodgrain, Four the Holidays; Card Stock: Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black; Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Crumb Cake; Accesories: Birds & Blooms Die, Big Shot, Black & Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Black 1/4" Grosgrain, 3/4" Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Circle Scissors, Glimmer Mist, Cherry Cobbler Brad, Sponge Daubers, Rhinestone Jewel, Silver Brads, Black Sharpie
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Picture Snowglobe

We made these snowglobe cards at my November Stamp Club Workshop. Everyone brought in a picture to put in the snowglobe and we turned each of our cards into a personalized memento. This particular Sheltie snowglobe is very special to me. As some of you know, our dear Sheltie Bella has cancer and lately we have had some rough days. This picture of Bella was taken around our neighborhood lake earlier this year, when she could still make it on longer walks. I will put this card on our mantle this year along with the one that I made of our son.

Lisa asked: I was wondering if the 'globe' is actually filled with liquid? It looks like it is in the photo, but if so, how did you seal it?
My snowglobe is not filled with any liquid. I just put the tiniest bit of Silver Glass Glitter in it before I sealed it. Mine is more of a shaker card. I have seen some snowglobes that have been filled with liquid, but I wouldn't count on the liquid-filled kind being a permanent keepsake. I think the adhesive would weaken and the liquid would eventually seep out. Here is a link to a blog that shows you how to do the water-filled kind: Tis a real Sweet Snowglobe. I hope this helps.

Supplies: Stamp Sets: Sweet Snowglobe, Four the Holidays; Wheel: Soft Holly; Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Ink: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler; Markers: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist; Punches: 1-¾” Circle, Scallop Trim Corner; Other: Silver Glass Glitter, Sweet Treat Cup, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Wheel Handle, Ink Cartridge, Color Spritzer Tool
Monday, November 15, 2010

Santa Patties

These Santas are a little thank you that I tucked into the club orders this month. They are free-standing Santas with a foil wrapped peppermint patty nested between the triangles. They would make a cute Christmas guest favor, a place card holder or if you put some ribbon on them, an adorable Santa ornament. My inspiration for these santa patties came from Sandy Hancock’s incredibly cute wine bottle topper.

For instructions and more photos, please see below...

Short & Sweet Stamp Set, Card Stock: Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White; Ink: Real Red, Pink Pirouette; Punches: 1-¾” Scallop Circle, Ornament, Word Window, ½” Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes Pack,; Crop-a-dile ; White Gel Pen; Heat Tool, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, sticky strip; mini glue dots; Tombow Multi Glue, Pearson's Peppermint Patties.

  • Triangular Hat/Body Pieces: Start with a 3-½” x 3” Real Red card stock piece. On one of the 3 inch sides, make a mark at 2”. On the other 3 inch side, make a mark at 1”. Using your cutter, cut from the 1” mark to the nearest corner diagonally. Then cut from the 2” mark to the nearest corner diagonally. Then cut from the 1” mark to the 2” mark. (see diagram below)
  • Beard: Punch a 1-¾” Scallop Circle out of Whisper White. Score and fold in half. Emboss one of the outer halves with Iridescent Ice EP. Stamp Greeting on the inside.
  • Head: Punch an Ornament out of Pink Pirouette CS. Use a round pencil eraser and pink pirouette to make the rosy cheek marks.
  • Nose: Punch a ½” Circle out of Pink Pirouette CS.
  • Eyes: Punch two Whisper White circles with the circle punch from the itty bitty shapes pack. Punch two Basic Black circles with the larger hole from the Crop-a-dile. Add eye detail with white gel pen.
  • Hat pom-pom: Punch one Whisper White scallop with the scallop punch from the itty bitty shapes pack. Emboss with Iridescent Ice EP.
  • Headband: Punch one whisper white Word Window Piece. Feed piece through one side and shorten to 1-3/8”. Emboss with Iridescent Ice EP.
    Adhere the punched pieces of the face together with Tombow Multi Glue. Adhere the face onto one of the Real Red Triangles. Adhere a peppermint patty behind the head/triangle piece with sticky strip, making sure that the patty is hidden when viewed from the front. Adhere the other red triangle behind the peppermint patty with sticky strip, making sure that both triangles line up. Adhere the top of the red triangles together with a mini glue dot. Then adhere the pompom to the top of the hat with Tombow Multi glue.

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  • Thursday, November 11, 2010

    Delightful Decorations Card and Box

    I made this Delightful Decorations Card and Box as samples for my November Club Workshop. I'm trying to showcase a particular set at each of the club workshops and this time I chose Delightful Decorations, because of its versatility. The card was super easy to make with the Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper. It's hard to see from the picture, but the ornament on the card was stamped twice and a 1" circle was punched out of the top cherry cobbler one and the old olive one was nested in behind it on dimensionals. I wanted to give the ornament the look of the ones we had on our tree growing up, where the inside of the ornament was concave. To create the box I used the matchbox die and my Bigshot. Inside there are 4 Hershey's nuggets wrapped in strips of Jolly Holiday Paper.

    Supplies: Stamp Sets: Delightful Decorations, Sincere Salutations; Card Stock: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla; Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive; Punches: Ornament, 3/4" Circle, 1" Circle; Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta, BigShot, Matchbox Die

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    Monday, November 8, 2010

    Christmas Bingo Prizes

    Here are the prizes I made for Christmas Bingo at my November Stamp Club workshop. I wanted to make sure that everyone received a prize, so they couldn’t be too expensive. My neighbor came up with the idea to use Rolos, when I had trouble finding the smaller size of foil-wrapped Hershey’s bars. I used 4” x 3-1/2” pieces of designer series paper to cover the Rolos, which meant that I could get 9 covers out of one sheet of paper. The 4 inches didn’t completely cover to the ends of the Rolos, but after experimenting I decided that the brown edge looked better anyway. I think these Rolo prizes would make a nice Christmas favor for minimal expense and effort.

    Jolly Bingo Bits, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Old Olive CS, Whisper White CS, Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso; Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, 1-3/8” Circle Punch, 1-1/4” Circle Punch, Sponge Dauber, Crop-a-dile, Rolos

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    Christmas Bingo

    We played Christmas Bingo at my November Stamp Club. I wanted to showcase the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set. I think this set is a "must have", because those little images are great for decorating everything from corners of envelopes to ornaments. Even though there are only 24 images, you can make more bingo images by stamping some of the images in different colors (for example: the cardinal can also be a blue jay). I punched the bingo covers with the 3/4" punch out of scrap pieces of Real Red and Garden Green card stock. The scallop edge pieces are the calling pieces. I pulled these out of an extra clam shell case. I also randomized the images so that each card was different. Everyone was a winner. I'll post the prizes I gave out tomorrow.

    Stamp Sets: Bingo Card, Jolly Bingo Bits; Card Stock: Garden Green, Real Red, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink: Garden Green, Real Red, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point; Punches: Scallop Edge, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, 3/4" Circle; Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain; Jumbo 5/8" Chocolate Chip Brads, Sponge Dauber, Distressing Tool

    Question: Anonymous asked: "How many calling pieces & bingo cover pieces did you use?" I believe I had thirty different calling pieces total and twenty-five cover pieces per card. However, if I were doing this again I would up the number of calling pieces by at least 5 to 10. With thirty calling pieces the game worked best if Bingo was gained by just getting one row. When we played to get the letter 'S', most people got an 'S' (or practically a blackout) at the same time. The number of cover pieces needed could be reduced if only playing for rows. I hope that helps.

    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Christmas Tag Wallet

    Christmas gift tags are HOT this year. I wanted to find a way to display and give my gift tags and so I came up with this Christmas Tag Wallet. Stampin' Up has so many great tag sets available right now. Just choose the tag set you like and create multiples to give away in this cute little project. To make your own Christmas Tag Wallet, please see the video tutorial and written instructions below.

    Stamp Set: Tags til Christmas, Delightful Decorations, Jolly Bingo Bits, To & From Tag; Baroque Border Wheel; Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Early Espresso, Real Red, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Whisper White; Ink: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Early Espresso, Real Red, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist; Real Red 5/8” Grosgrain; 1/8” Taffeta (Basic Black, Early Espresso, Real Red, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist); Punches: Decorative Label, Ornament, 1-3/4” Circle, X-Large Tag, Large Tag; Other: Wheel Handle, Ink Cartridge, Crop-a-dile, Sticky Strip

    Tag Notes
    The photo above shows the front and back side of each tag. The To & From Tag single stamp makes an excellent reverse side for the Jolly Bingo Bits and the Santa Suit from Tags til Christmas stamp set. The 1/8” Taffeta is not only pretty and comes in many different colors, but threads through the tag holes easily. The tag wallet holds 2-3 tags per pocket.

    Tag Wallet
    1. Start with a piece of 10-¾” x 6” Card Stock.
    2. On the short side, score at: ¾” and 5-¼”. (Scor-pal users: shift to ¼” and score at 1” and 5-½”).
    3. On the long side, score at ½”, 3-½”, 4”, 7”, 7-½”, 10-½”.
    4. Fold along all the score lines.
    5. With the long side towards you, find the 4 small rectangles along this edge and place ½” pieces of sticky strip on them. Turn your project 180 degrees and do the same for the other long side. Remove the sticky strip liner from one of the long sides and fold inwards. Do the same for the other side. When you are finished you will have 6 pockets (3 top and 3 bottom).

    Belly Band
    1. Start with a piece of 8” x 2”.
    2. On the long side score at: 3-1/16”, 3-5/8”, 6-11/16”, 7-¼”.
      Scor-pal users:
      shift to 15/16”, score at 4”
      shift to 3/8”, score at 4”
      shift to 5/16”, score at 7”
      shift to ¾”, score at 8”
    3. Fold piece on all score lines. Use sticky strip to adhere belly band together.
    4. Decorate Bellyband as desired.

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    Friday, November 5, 2010

    A Dog Wags its Tail with its Heart

    I just found out yesterday that a dear Golden Retriever friend in our neighborhood has cancer. This brought back a lot of sad memories from when our own dear Sheltie Bella was diagnosed with cancer in March. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking of it all and decided that I would go out and get some EVO grain-free dog treats for him (these are the kind that Bella is allowed to have on her special cancer diet) and make a card for the neighbors to sign. I dropped these off on my neighbor's doorstep this morning and now I'm just going to hope that Bella and her Goldie friend live as long and happy as they possible can.

    Supplies: (all Stampin' Up)
    D is for Dog stamp set, Pacific Point CS, More Mustard CS, Early Espresso CS, Very Vanilla CS, More Mustard Ink, Pacific Point Ink, Early Espresso Ink, 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice Texture Plate
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Santa's Drawers

    My Santa's Drawers tutorial is featured today at Splitcoaststampers. I was honored to be asked to write the tutorial as a part of the weeklong Holiday Blitz. The drawers would make a cute holiday present to put small gifts into. It can also be made for other occasions. For complete step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial, please click HERE.

    Supplies: (all Stampin’ Up)
    Tags til Christmas Stamp Set, Sweet Shoppe Alphabet, Cherry Cobbler Textured CS, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Vanilla CS, Cherry Cobbler Ink, Cherry Cobbler Marker, Old Olive Marker, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Piercer, Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain, 1/8” Black Taffeta Ribbon, Vanilla HodgePodge Hardware, Black Brads, Square Rhinestone Brad, Large and X-Large Tag Punches, Top Note Die, Paper Snips, Piercer, Black Sharpie
    Sunday, October 24, 2010

    Owl Punch Thank You

    We used the Day of Gratitude Stamp Set at my stamp club's last workshop. I made these thank you cards to tuck in with their stamping purchases. I wanted to show how versatile the Day of Gratitude set is. Here I've used the leaf stem and the "Thank You" sentiment paired with the Woodgrain background and the Owl Punch to create a card with a completely different feel than a Fall/Thanksgiving card. I cut the leaves off the leaf stem and adhered them behind the word window punch to make a faux branch. Card measures 3-1/2" x 3-1/2". Thanks for visiting!!

    Supplies (all Stampin' Up!)
    Day of Gratitude stamp set, Woodgrain stamp set, Autumn Spice DSP, Crumb Cake CS, Soft Suede CS, Old Olive CS, So Saffron CS, Basic Black CS, Soft Suede Ink, Old Olive Ink, Owl Punch, Word Window Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, White Gel Pen, Sponge Dauber
    Saturday, October 16, 2010

    Turkey Treat Cup Placecard

    I missed the Turkey Sweet Treat Cup craze last year. So many of you made these adorable creatures, that I decided that my stamp club should make them too!! Of course, I had to design my own version of the turkey and add some new styling with our updated colors and a new stamp set called Thankful For. I plan to make a whole set of these for my Thanksgiving table. All that remains to be done with this one is to fill in the name of the recipient at the bottom. I would like to thank Connie Collins, because her Thanksgiving Sweet Treat Turkey Tutorial inspired my design.

    Stamp Sets: Thankful For
    Card Stock: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade
    Ink: Chocolate Chip
    Punches: 1-¾” Circle, 1-¼” Circle, 1-¾” Scallop Circle, 1-¾” x 7/8” Oval, Modern Label
    Treat Cups, Sponge Daubers, Cutter Kit
    Non-Stampin’ Up: Wiggly Eyes, Fall-colored M&Ms

    1. Start with a piece of 8-½” x 3” Old Olive card stock, scored at 4-¼” and folded to make a card.
    2. Punch a centered 1-¾” circle 1-7/8” from the bottom of the card.
    3. Stamp the “Thankful For ...” Greeting just between ¾” and 1-¼” mark from the bottom.
    4. Create the following punched pieces for turkey:
    • Feathers: 6 Cajun Craze Ovals, sponge edges in chocolate chip.
    • Feathers: 6 More Mustard Ovals, cut off at the 1-¼” mark, sponge edges in chocolate chip.
    • Body: 3 Chocolate Chip Scallop Circles, take a six hump bite out of the scallop circle with the 1-¾” Circle Punch.
    • Feet: 1 Cajun Craze Scallop Circle, cut 2 three-hump pie pieces out of scallop circle, Cut points off so that pieces are 5/8” long, sponge edges in chocolate chip.
    • Wattle: 1 Real Red Scallop Circle, cut 1 two-hump pie piece out of scallop circle
    • Beak: 1 Daffodil Delight Scallop Circle, cut 1 two-hump pie piece out of scallop circle, cut humps off, make two nostril marks with black marker.
    • Head: 1 Chocolate Chip 1-¼” Circle

    5. Adhere Cajun Craze ovals around top of the 1-¾” hole.
    6. Adhere More Mustard ovals on top of the Cajun Craze ovals.
    7. Adhere Cajun Craze feet to bottom of the 1-¾” hole.
    8. Adhere Chocolate Chip body pieces on the sides and top of the 1-¾” hole.
    9. Add sticky strip to front edge of the treat cup. Four half-inch pieces of sticky strip placed evenly apart should suffice. Remove sticky strip liner, push treat cup through hole and adhere to the card.
    10. Adhere head, wattle, beak and wiggly eyes to front of the treat cup.
    11. Fill treat cup with M&Ms. Cover with a 2-½” x 2-½” piece of Chocolate Chip card stock that has been perforated with an “X” using the perforator tool from the cutter kit, running from corner to corner.
    12. Punch a More Mustard Modern Label piece and write recipient’s name on it. Sponge edges with chocolate chip ink and adhere to card.

    * Turkey can be made without being a place card, just trim the bottom to the desired length.
    Friday, October 15, 2010

    Day of Gratitude Card

    I just love the Day of Gratitude stamp set. The medallion piece is gorgeous and could be used for other occasions. This is the card I designed for one of the October stamp club projects.

    Supplies: (all Stampin' Up!, except for last item)
    Stamp Sets: Day of Gratitude, Thankful For
    Card Stock: Confetti Cream, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
    Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive
    Early Espresso 5/8” Grosgrain
    Basic Pearls Jewels
    Big Shot & Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder
    Orange Sharpie

    Standard Card Base in Confetti Cream
    4 -¼” x 4” Early Espresso
    4-1/16” x 3-15/16” Old Olive
    Scraps of Very Vanilla for stamping medallion & acorn
    16” Early Espresso Grosgrain

    1. Stamp Greeting in bottom right corner of card base.
    2. Stamp Medallion Pieces and Acorn with the stated colors on Very Vanilla:
    • Cajun Craze medallion piece, cut along outside leaving a little vanilla showing
    • Early Espresso medallion piece, cut just inside of the outside line, cut next to the leaves
    • Old Olive medallion piece, cut the innermost flower
    • Early Espresso Acorn, cut around edges

    3. Run Old Olive Card Stock through the big shot using the embossing folder.
    4. Adhere and layer pieces of the medallion together.
    5. Use an orange sharpie to color a basic pearl. Adhere to the center of the medallion piece.
    6. Adhere all the pieces of the card together using photo as guide for placement.
    7. Tie ribbon around bottom third of the card. Tie using right-over-left and then left-over-right movement. Angle cut ribbon ends.

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    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    Halloween Treat Tent

    We made these cute Halloween Treat Tents at my September Workshop. They were a bit hit. The little bat swings aside to reveal a window to the treats inside. I was inspired Melissa Earnest's cute creations from a few years ago. Thanks Melissa for your inspiration.

    Supplies: Batty for You stamp set, Bring on the Bats Jumbo Wheel, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Uninked Jumbo Cartridge , Rich Razzleberry Refill, Rich Razzleberry Inkpad, Rich Razzleberry CS, Basic Black CS, Old Olive CS, Whisper White CS, 1-¾” Scallop Circle Punch, 1” Circle Punch, 1-¼” Circle Punch, 1-3/8” Circle Punch, 3/8” Basic Black Taffeta, 5/16” Neutral Brads, Dimensionals, Piercer, 3” x 4” Mini Clear Bags (not Stampin’ Up!), Bite Size Mini Oreos

    1. Start with a piece of card stock 8-½” x 3”. Score at 3-¾” and 4-¾”.
    2. Punch a centered 1-3/8” Circular Window ½” above the score line.
    3. Decorate card stock with the Bring on the Bats Wheel.
    4. Stamp, punch, and adhere pieces for the window cover. Sandwich a length of ribbon between two scallop circle layers to hide the ribbon end.
    5 Place approximately 7 mini Oreos in a clear bag. Align the top of the bag with the top of the tent.
    6. Holding the ribbon, treat tent and clear bag in place, pierce through all three layers and secure with a brad.
    Monday, May 31, 2010

    Daffodil Tutorial

    This Spring I learned how to make beautiful card stock flowers from video tutorials that some talented Stampin' Up demonstrators had created. Their work inspired me to design a flower of my own and some photos I took of my Sheltie Bella provided the rest of the inspiration. Here is my contribution to the world of card stock flowers: the daffodil (video tutorial below).

    This picture of Bella was taken the day before she was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer. I would like to dedicate this daffodil tutorial in her honor. Bella is currently undergoing chemotherapy in an effort to keep her has happy and comfortable as we can. She has been my friend, my walking companion and our dear family member for almost eleven years.

    So Saffron Card Stock, So Saffron Ink Pad), 5-petal flower punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Crimper, Cutter Kit, Mat Pack, Sponge Daubers, Sticky Strip Tombow Multi Adhesive, Wild Wasabi Cardstock, Extra-Large Oval Punch, True Friend Stamp Set, Organza Ribbon, Island Oasis Designer Series Paper, Pinking Hearts Corner Punch, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain, Mini Library Clips, Jewelry Tag Punch, Bigz Milk Carton Die, Big Shot

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    Saturday, March 20, 2010

    Big Shot No Sew Fabric Applique Tote

    I love looking at beautiful fabrics, but I don't sew... I don't even own a sewing machine. When I heard that the big shot could cut fabric and that a super product called Wonder Under would allow me to make fabric appliques, I vowed that I would make a tutorial to help other non-sewers like myself enjoy fabric projects.

    Below is a picture of one side of the completed fabric applique tote. These totes are really easy to complete and they can make a great personalized gift, especially if you have an alphabet die. On the reverse side of the tote, I spelled out the recipients name. I hope you enjoy this tutorial.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies: Big Shot, Blossom Party Die, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Alphabet Simple Letters Die, Tulipe Die
    Supplies: Wonder Under, Fabric, 100% Cotton Tote Bag, Iron, Ironing Board, Wide Grosgrain Ribbon

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    How to Transfer Templates

    Learn how to transfer a template to card stock or designer paper without leaving printer lines.

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Easter Ducks on Parade

    Quack! Quack! Quack! Easter ducks coming through. I have to admit that I'm a big duck lover. At this time of year, migratory ducks stop by our neighborhood lake and my neighbor and I have fun calling each other with our daily finds. My duck and duckling templates were designed as a birthday present for her. Below you can see a picture of her birthday ducks before I filled them and wrapped the whole tray in cellophane. The picture above is the same template used with an Easter theme. I sure had fun making these. If you would like a copy of the template, check out this thread at SCS.

    Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
    Easter Ducks: So Saffron and Shades of Spring Designer Series Paper, So Saffron Brads, 5/16" White Brads, 1/4" Very Vanilla Grosgrain, 1/2" Striped Pretty in Pink Grosgrain, Cello Bags
    Ducky Birthday: Sweet Pea and So Saffron Designer Series Paper, 5/16" White and Chocolate Brads, Pretty in Pink Brads
    Friday, January 29, 2010

    Valentine Treat Box

    Learn how to make a cute Valentine Treat Box, inspired by the Love Bots Valentine Boxes on page 17 of the Occasions Mini Catalog. This is my very first video tutorial. I hope you like it.

    Supplies (all Stampin' Up, except last 3 items)
    I {Heart} Hearts Stamp Set, I {Love} Love Wheel, Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Pretty in Pink Jumbo Cartridge, Basic Black and Real Red Classic Ink Pads, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Black Grosgrain, Paper Snips, Ruler, Pencil, Scor-Pal