Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday Tip: Cheap Alphabet

Have you ever wanted the perfect-sized alphabet for your cards, but the prices of the regular alphabets have scared you off? Well, then this tip is for you. The Alpha Builder Wheel is priced at just $4.50 US. If you unmount the rubber from the wheel and attach it to some Cling Foam, you have yourself a cheap and perfect-sized alphabet for your cards. You could also do the same thing for the Number Builder Wheel.

I can’t take the credit for this tip. My former upline came up with this idea when the new catalog came out. She graciously allowed me to use her tip for my blog post. It gets even better though, Valli just signed up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstator again in my downline. She is now my upline/downline. LOL! I made her this fun card with my newly unmounted alphabet to welcome her back to Stampin’ Up! Thanks for letting me use your tip Valli, and “welcome back!”

When you're cutting apart the alphabet, you'll notice that some of the letters are close together. If you bend the rubber back while cutting it, you should be able to cut it apart without too much difficulty.

I'm storing my new alphabet in a Clear Mount Stamp Case. I made the insert for my stamp case using My Digital Studio.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Alpha Builder Wheel (130107)
  • Card Stock: Island Indigo (122923), Whisper White (100730), Quatrefancy DSP (130141)
  • Ink: Island Indigo (126986), Strawberry Slush (131178)
  • Tools: Big Shot (113439), Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder (129984), 1” square punch (124094)
  • Embellishments: Island Indigo Baker’s Twine (125575)
  • Unmounting Supplies: Cling Foam (124136), Clear Mount Stamp Cases (119105), My Digital Studio (130646)

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  • Friday, October 25, 2013

    Flip Cards Class: Magnificent Maple Card

    This is the second card we made for my Flip Cards Class. I received the Magnificent Maple stamp at convention during the Prize Patrol. Yay!! The petite pairs set is the perfect greetings set for flip cards. The set has greeting pairs, so you can put one on the outside and the other on the inside.

    I cut this flip card with the extra panel. To cut an extra panel, cut your card stock to 8-1/2 x 5-7/16" (that's one tick less than 5-1/2"). Orienting your Label Card thinlit the same as mine below, feed the card stock through the thinlit making sure that the right side of the card stock lays over top of the right side of the thinlit (see yellow arrows). Then run it through the Big Shot. I left the inside panels blank, but you could easily attach some very vanilla panels to write on. I hope you like it.

    All supplies are available for purchase, just see below.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies

  • Stamp Sets: Magnificent Maple (131868), Petite Pairs (W 128706, C 122497)
  • Card Stock: Chocolate Chip (102128), Cajun Craze (119684), Very Vanilla (101650), Crushed Curry (131199), Sweater Weather DSP (132184)
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip (126979)), Cajun Craze (126965)
  • Tools: Big Shot (113439), Label Card Thinlits (133479), Circle Card Thinlits (133480), Label Bracket Punch (132153), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
  • Embellishments: Pearl Jewels (119247)

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  • Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Thursday Tip: Keep Ribbon from Unraveling

    Have you ever gone to your ribbon stash and found a big mess? Ribbon has this tendency to unravel which makes finding the spool that you're looking for difficult. To keep my ribbon from unraveling, I cut a small slit into the cardboard of the spool and tuck the ribbon end into the slit. This tends to work best for narrow ribbon, but you can try it with different widths to see which ones work best. It works super well with baker's twine and linen thread.

    Thursday Tip Guest Stars: 1/8" Real Red Taffeta (119251), Blushing Bride Stitched Grosgrain (131209), Calypso Coral Baker's Twine (125573)

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    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    Flip Cards Class: Thx Card

    I've had several requests to see my flip cards, that I did for my flip cards class, close up. Now that my classes are over with, I'm happy to show you what these cards look like in more detail. I will be posting them all on my blog over the next week, so stayed tuned. All of these cards are CAS (clean and simple). The brilliant thing about the Circle and Label Thinlits is that they make these cards super easy, but when they flip, they are a definite WOW!

    I really love this thx card. It took me a LONG time to embrace this style of card with its empty space and grunge, but now I love it. I cut this card base the regular way, with no extended flap. I used a piece of wax paper in between the "thx" framelit and the circle when I cut it, to help the negative of the "thx" stay intact. I hope you like it. :)

    All supplies are available for purchase, just see below.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies

  • Stamp Sets: Mosaic Madness (W 130246, C 130249), Gorgeous Grunge (W 130514, C 130517), Chalk Talk (W 130631, C 130634)
  • Card Stock: Pool Party (122924), Quatrefancy Specialty DSP (130141), Whisper White (100730)
  • Ink: Island Indigo (126986), Pool Party (126982), Strawberry Slush (131178)
  • Tools: Big Shot (113439), Circle Card Thinlits (133480), 2-½” Circle Punch (120906), Mosaic Punch (131267)
  • Embellishments: Rhinestone Jewels (119246)

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  • Monday, October 7, 2013

    Coach Gifts 2

    My son had another great season of cross country. He bettered his personal best from last year by over one minute and more importantly he participated in a sport that is keeping him healthy and active. Part of the reason my son loves cross country is because of his amazing coaches. They train him, but they also make cross country fun, which is so important for middle schoolers.

    This year I wanted to do something different to thank the coaches. Last year I created a running singlet card. This year, I decided to design running shorts. This card fits in a standard A2 (medium) envelope. All supplies for this card are available in my STAMPIN’ UP! STORE. For a complete supply list scroll to the end of this tutorial or click HERE.

    Running Shorts Card Tutorial

    Step One Template

    1. To make this card easier to create, we will be making a template in steps 1-2. Start with a 5-½” x 4-¼” piece of cardstock. On the long side that is furthest away from you, make a pencil mark ¾” in on both sides. On the long side that is closest to you make a pencil mark at the 2-¼” and 3-¼” marks. Also on the closest side, make a pencil mark at the 2-¾” mark, 1” from the edge. Draw pencil lines connecting the marks as shown.

    Step Two Template

    2. Cut along the pencil lines.

    Step Three

    3. Start with an 8-½” x 5-½” piece of card stock. On the long side, score at the 4-¼” mark.

    Step Four

    4. Fold the card stock in half along the score line. Use the template to trace pencil lines onto the card base. Note: The template should be oriented so that the top of the shorts is laid against the fold.

    Step Five

    5. Cut out the card along the pencil lines.

    Step Six

    6. Run the top of the shorts through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Embossing folder to create the illusion of the elastic pleating that running shorts have. Note: I placed the top of my shorts about 1” in.

    Step Seven

    7. To finish off the shorts, I used a sponge dauber and Midnight Muse ink to sponge along the elastic pleating to give it more depth. To create the logo, I photographed the logo off of my son’s shorts, printed it out at a smaller size and then cut it out. Another way to do this is to find your school’s logo online and print it out.

    Step Eight

    8. To make the gift card envelope, I used the new and amazing envelope punch board. I followed the instructions for the 2-½ x 3-½” size. I also stamped an arrow and “thank you, you’re the best” from the “Hello, Lovely” stamp set. The arrow holds down the flap of the envelope.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Hello, Lovely (W 130240, C 130243)
  • Card Stock: Midnight Muse (126843), Brights DSP Stack (130134), Daffodil Delight (119683), Whisper White (100730)
  • Ink: Midnight Muse (126860)
  • Tools: Simply Scored (122334), Big Shot (113439), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821), Sponge Daubers (102892), Envelope Punch Board (133774)
  • Envelopes: Whisper White Envelopes (107301)

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  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    Flippin' For Flip Cards Class

    In this class you will create 6 cards using our new thinlits flip dies. When each card is opened the circle/label flips revealing a secret image or greeting. Envelopes included.

    • Tuesday, October 15th, 10am
    • Wednesday, October 16th, 10am
    • Saturday, October 19th, 10am
    • Other dates available upon request for a minimum group of 3

    $16 (pre-payment is required to reserve spot)
    $15 refund with a $60* order day of class. $7 refund with a $30* order day of class
    *amount before shipping and taxes are added

    To RSVP send an email to:

    All classes are held at the BEEHIVE (my dining room, where stamps are always the main course, lol) in Cordova, TN.