Monday, February 28, 2011

Baby Blossoms Guide

I created this guide to stamping the Baby Blossoms stamp set for my friend. This is just one way to put the flowers and stems together. As I've since learned, the greenery in column 3, rows 3 & 4 can work together as a two-step. I thought this guide might help someone figure out which pieces go together.

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Studio Sketches Thank You Card

I’m incredibly lucky to have such great stamping friends. I recently received the Studio Sketches stamp set from a friend and I just had to use it right away to make her a thank you card. The sentiment “Thanks I love being spoiled” from the Afterthoughts hostess set fits this occasion perfectly. I generally consider Studio Sketches more of a fall set, so I decided to use really lively summer colors to brighten it up.

Supplies: Stamp Sets: Studio Sketches, Afterthoughts; Paper: Sunny Garden; Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Ink: Black Staz On, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Versamark; Heat Tool; White Embossing Powder; Photo Corners Punch; Circle Scissors Plus; Big Shot; Scallop Circles #2; Daffodil Delight 1/8” Taffeta; Pumpkin Pie Designer Button; Sponge Dauber.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Liebster Award and Stylish Blogger Award

I started off the week on a little bit of a low confidence note. I had posted my Origami Easter Basket Tutorial and it was hardly getting any notice. You know how it is, sometimes those comments provide a real confidence boost and when you don’t get very many, it has the opposite effect. That all changed when three fellow stampers made my week!! Melissa Davies, Lesley Croghan and Lorraine Toll all honored me with awards this week and I want thank them so much for making my week so special.

Liebster Award
First of all, I’m so honored that Lesley Croghan has given me the Liebster Award. Lesley is such a talented papercrafter that it makes this award even more special coming from her. You can check out Lesley’s Inspirational blog here: Always Playing with Paper.

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bring newer blogs to light and originated in Germany. It's a great way to share blogs that might not otherwise be seen or ones you want to share with others. They should have less than 150 followers.

As a recipient of this award I must share the love and pay it forward by:
1 Creating a post where I blog about the Liebster award & reveal my 3 blog picks
2 Let the honorees know that I selected them
3 Copy & paste the blog award on my blog

I would like to award the liebster award to these three talented fellow papercrafters

1. Carla of Carla Scraps: I just found Carla’s blog a few days ago when she posted a link to her punch art hydrangea and lilac tutorial. Her blog is filled with gorgeous creations. I love all the creative details she puts on her projects.

2. Nyne at Jardin de Papier: I first discovered Nyne’s talent on the Stampin’ Up! demo only website. Her work is amazing and I think it sometimes is overlooked because her blog is in French. However, I find that art transcends the language barrier and I just love looking at her fabulous creations.

3. Margit of Margitsschatzruhe: I came across Margit’s beautiful cards in the Splitcoaststampers gallery last fall. I loved seeing her work with the German version of Stampin’ Up! stamps. She is also starting to write some fabulous tutorials, found under the category anleitung/tutorials. Please go and check out her wonderful art.

Carla, Nyne and Margit... Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with the crafting world. Here is your LIebster award:

Stylish Blogger Award
Also this week, Melissa Davies of Rubberfunatics and Lorraine Toll of Lorrainesstampincorner awarded me the Stylish Blogger Award. Lorraine and Melissa are both very talented stamp artists. Please go and have a look at their blogs. Thank you Lorraine and Melissa for boosting my confidence this week. It means a lot to me. Check out this link from January where I was awarded the Stylish Blogger Award for the first time. I will not pass on the award again right now, since I just did it so recently. I just wanted to let Melissa and Lorraine know how much I appreciate this award.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pansy Pot Pull Card

This will be one of my samples at next month’s workshop. I was having a hard time figuring out a background for this card, when my friend said, “It looks just great all by itself.” That was my head slapping moment. She was right. So I put away the mountains of designer paper I had just pulled out and trimmed around the pansies. Now it looks more like a pot of pansies than a card. The pansies pull out of the flowerpot to reveal a message: “Sending Springtime Smiles.”

For the pull card, I started with a little different of a pot shape than my Victorian Rose Pull Card. The bottom score has 8 scallops, the sides have 5 each and the rim of the pot that scoops down has 12. If you substitute these new measurements for the ones in my Victorian Rose Pull Card Tutorial, you will be able to create a pansy pull card from the same directions.

For the pansies, I was inspired by the amazing Dawn Olchefske. You can see her pansy tutorial HERE. Of course, I was too much of a control freak to allow my pansies to develop naturally like hers did. I sponged my color on to the shimmery white butterfly with a sponge dauber and then blended the ink with an Aquapainter. My pansies ended up looking a little different than hers, but as some people say: “variety is the spice of life.” To make the leaves of the pansies, I tore a shimmery white butterfly in half and sponged with Wild Wasabi and blended with my Aquapainter.

I think everything else is self-explanatory, if you look at my supply list and the Victorian Rose Pull Card Tutorial. If you have any questions, please post a comment and I will update my blog with you answer.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Stamp Sets: Easter Blossoms; Card Stock: Concord Crush, Shimmery White, Pretty in Pink; Ink: Concord Crush, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry; Aquapainter; Sponge Daubers; Big Shot; Scallop Circle Die, Embossing Folders: Elegant Bouquet; Butterfly Punch; Glimmer Brads; Melon Mambo PomPom Trim.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Victorian Rose Pull Card

This is a birthday card for a dear friend. I wanted the card to look Victorian, so I chose details like the lace, pearls, roses and a faux cameo to capture the look. The roses pull out of the scalloped pot, which is made out of the large scallop circle die. The cameo comes from the head of the girl from Easter Blossoms. You can see more details about this card in my tutorial below. Supplies are listed at the very end.

1. Cut a large scallop circle with your big shot and the scallop circle die. Score from the dip of one scallop to the dip of another scallop, 6 scallops over. Now do the same counting 7 scallops over on both sides of the 6 scallop score. Now score the remaining 10 scallops.

2. Run this piece through the big shot with the Manhattan embossing folder. Place sticky strip on all four of the scored areas. The 6-hump area will become the bottom of the flowerpot and is folded under along with the sides. The 10-hump area is folded forward and becomes the top edge of the flowerpot.

3. Adhere the bottom of the flowerpot to the card first and then the sides. To do this remove the sticky strip liner and tuck the bottom under the flowerpot. Do the same for the sides. The top of the flowerpot folds down and adheres to the front of the pot. Note: If you want to embellish the pot, it is easier to do it before adhering it to the card base.

4. To create a pot-shaped pull tab, create a template by cutting a large scallop oval out of scrap card stock. Instead of scoring the scallops like you did in step one, cut off the scallops for the bottom and sides (you can leave the top scallops alone).

5. Use this template to trace the pot shape onto the bottom of the 4-¼” x 5- ½” piece that will become the base for your pull tab. Leave the top part uncut.

6. Place the tab you cut in step 5 into the flowerpot that you finished in step 3. Adhere the roses to the top of this piece while the tab is still in the flowerpot. This will give you accurate placement. Next cut around the tops of the roses to remove the excess card stock.

7. To create the cameo, stamp the girl from the Easter Blossoms stamp set in Versamark on Blushing Bride Card Stock and emboss with White Embossing Powder. Punch out the girl’s head with the 1” circle punch. Take this piece and cover it with Versamark and emboss with clear embossing powder. Keep repeating the cycle of Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder and Heat Embossing until you have a nice glaze over the circle (approx. 3 or 4 times).

8. Decorate the rest of the card as desired.

9. Optional: cut the back of the card to a taper. I wanted to make the back look like a picture frame, since I will be writing the birthday greeting on the pull tab.

Supplies: Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Easter Blossoms, Sincere Salutations; Card Stock: Elegant Soiree, Shimmery White, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake; Ink: Versamark, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake; Sponge Daubers; Reinkers: Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Regal Rose; Aquapainter; Big Shot; Scallop Circle Die, Embossing Folders: Manhattan Flower, Framed Tulips; Heat Tool; Embossing Powder: White, Clear; Vanilla HodgePodge Circle Holder; Pretty in Pink 1/8” Taffeta; Victoria Crochet Trim; 1” Circle Punch; Basic Pearl Jewels.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Origami Nesting Boxes

I had so much fun making these Origami Nesting Boxes. Once you know how to fold them, you can make them fairly quickly. For a tutorial, please see my Origami Easter Basket Tutorial. Just skip the part with the handle and instead punch Crop-a-dile holes near each corner and add matching ribbon ties. I left these boxes plain, but you could embellish them to your heart’s content.

One thing I really like about these boxes is that they have a lot of character. They look like a little basket you would find at a farmer’s market. Two of the sides have rims and the others have an interesting angle fold. Look closely at my photos and you will see what makes these little boxes so special.

Here are the start dimensions with finished size dimensions:
12 x 12 turns into a 4-1/4” square box x 2” high (Concord Crush)
10 x 10 turns into a 3-1/2” square box x 1-3/4” high (Pear Pizzazz)
8 x 8 turns into 2-7/8” square box x 1-1/2” high (Blushing Bride)
6 x 6 turns into 2-1/4” square box x 1-1/8” high (Poppy Parade)

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
In-color Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack, In-Color Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Crop-a-Dile.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Origami Easter Baskets

These are the Origami Easter baskets we will be making at my March stamp club workshop. They are super fun to make and once you know the process, you can make a lot of these in a short amount of time. They would be perfect for little guest favors, classroom treats or if made without a handle, adorable little storage containers. If you would like to make your own Origami Easter Basket, please see the video tutorial directly below. Written instructions and a supply list follow further down.

Tip: Do NOT use a bone folder for this project. In Origami, Bone Folders can break down the paper too much with repeated folding on the same point. Just smoothing each fold with your finger provides enough pressure to retain the fold.

I highly recommend watching the video tutorial rather than trying to go by my written instructions alone. After you have watched the video, you can use these as a reminder for the steps.

1. Start with a square of paper of any size. I used a 6” square for this tutorial.
2. Fold your square in half on the diagonal and then unfold. Turn 90 degrees and fold in half on the diagonal again and then unfold. Please note: fold the pattern that you want on the outside of the basket, towards the inside during this step.
3. Turn your paper over. Fold your square in half along the straight length and then unfold. Turn 90 degrees and fold in half on the straight length again. Do not unfold this time
4. Pick up your paper along the fold that you just made and hold it in the air. Bring your fingers towards each other causing the folds to come together in the center and creating a four-sided diamond.
5. Flatten this diamond by keeping two of the sides of the paper on either side of the diamond.
6. Turn your paper so that the open ends face away from you.
7. Take the corner of the top paper and fold it in half towards you. Then fold the point up towards the midpoint of your diamond. Then fold the piece you just folded up to the midpoint again.
8. Now flip your paper over and repeat step seven. Make sure you keep the open end facing away from you.
9. Pretend you are reading a book and flip the right side over like you would a page. You should see a diamond shape in front of you. Now take one of the side corners and fold it towards the middle fold. Repeat for the other side corner.
10. Now turn the pages of the book backwards two page turns. You should see a diamond shape in front of you again. Take one of the side corners and fold it towards the middle fold. Repeat for the other side corner.
11. Turn one page forward. Grasp your paper by the folded rims and slowly start pulling apart while gently pressing the bottom of the emerging basket on to your work surface. Use your fingers to gently push the corners out.
12. Once you have your basket sitting flat on the surface, take the two long flaps and fold them out along the edge of the basket. Apply a light adhesive to these long flaps and then fold them to the inside smoothing the flap along the side wall and bottom. If you stop at this step you will have a decorative box. Proceed to the next step, if you would like to turn it into a basket.
13. Optional: Take a 7” length of ribbon and attach it in between the sides with the folded rims. Use a brad to secure. Decorate your basket as desired.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
In-color Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack, In-Color Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Silver brads, Light Adhesive; Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Flight of the Butterfly; Punches: Word Window, Modern Label Punch, Butterfly, In-Color Glimmer Brads.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fifth Avenue Floral Extra Long Box

Have you ever had to create a box for an item that was an odd shape? Recently, I was trying to create a box for some little ”gifties”, among them a 12” ruler. Well, I wanted to make an appropriate box, but alas the biggest size card stock Stampin’ Up! sells, is 12” x 12”. So to solve this problem, I took it on the diagonal. Yes, you can make a longer box if you are willing to think outside the box. My finished box measured 12-3/4” long x 2” wide x 1” deep. That means I needed a piece of 14-3/4” x 4” card stock. Of course this is not quite possible even on the diagonal, but if you are willing to work with triangular tabs for adhering the sides together it works. Then I created a spliced sliding cover. The splice is hidden under the card stock piece with the flower on it. Since the splice is hidden under this piece, nobody will ever know that is there. Well, there you go. More information than you ever wanted to know, because hopefully you will be smarter than me and buy smaller gifts.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Oval All; Paper: Build-a-bear Workshop Pawsitively Prints II DSP, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Poppy Parade, Whisper White; Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie; Punches: 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval, Scallop Oval; Pearl Jewels; Dimensionals.

Question from another website:
Would love to know how you did the inside box exactly. I get the outside slip cover, just confused on the inside box with the triangle tabs??

Thanks for your question. I just snapped a photo of the template I used for the base (see below). See how it fits on the diagonal of the 12 x 12 sheet. The 14-3/4” length doesn’t quite fit at the ends, but there is enough of a triangle for me to use for tabs. Does that make sense?

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hula Girl Birthday Card

I created this birthday card for a friend who lived in Hawaii for many years. The hula girl is created completely out of punched shapes. My inspiration came from the very talented punch art artist, Ellen Kemper. I have changed out some of her pieces and added the sunset background. If you would like to see Ellen’s original card, please check HERE.

The following is a description of the pieces I used to create my card.
Body: Crumb Cake Butterfly
Arms: Crumb Cake Butterfly, cut in half and trimmed to resemble arms
Hair: 5 Basic Black Word Window Pieces, hand trimmed at top
Flower: Rose Red Itty Bitty Shapes (scallop)
Skirt: Always Artichoke 1-3/4” x 7/8” Oval with hand cut fringes
Legs: 2 Crumb Cake Word Window Pieces
Palm Leaves: 1-3/4” x 7/8” Oval with hand cut to resemble palm fronds.
Tree Trunk: Soft Suede Hand Cut, scribbled with a Soft Suede Marker to resemble palm tree growth pattern
Water: Tempting Turquoise torn edges, sponged with Whisper White Craft ink and Pumpkin Pie (to resemble reflective sunset)
Sun: Pumpkin Pie 2-1/2” Circle

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Craft White; Card Stock: Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Garden Green, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Basic Black; Punches: Butterfly, Word Window, 1-3/4” x 7/8” Oval, 2-1/2” Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes; Sponge Daubers, Soft Suede Marker.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Easter Blossoms Card

I just love silhouette stamps and when I saw the Easter Blossoms stamp set, I immediately knew that it had to be mine. I designed this card for an upcoming Easter-themed stamp club workshop. The little rosette on this card is made with Seam Binding Ribbon. If you would like to learn how to make your own rosette, please see my Ribbon Rosette Video Tutorial in my earlier blog post.

Details: I stamped the tree branch in Soft Suede and colored it with a Rose Red marker and white gel pen first before running it through the Big Shot with the framed tulips Embossing Folder. I sponged the framed tulips with Crumb Cake Ink and a sponge dauber. I framed the oval girl piece with two layered scallop circles. If you look closely you will see where the overlap is. When I stamped the girl onto the oval, there was a little white gap underneath her, which I filled in with a Not Quite Navy Marker.

Supplies: Easter Blossoms Stamp Set; Card Stock: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Rose Red, Very Vanilla; Ink: Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake; 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch; Markers: Rose Red, Not Quite Navy; White Gel Pen; Big Shot; Framed Tulips Embossing Folder; Ovals Die; Sponge Dauber.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ribbon Rosettes

I'm making this card as a thank you for my customers who order from me in February. The star of this card is the little ribbon rosette made from Stampin' Up's Seam Binding Ribbon. I came up with the idea for the rosette, while I was ruching ribbon for another project. I wondered if I could turn the ruched ribbon into a rosette embellishment. After some trial and error, I came up with a video tutorial to share with you.

Rosette Making Supplies: Seam Binding Ribbon, Card Stock to match the Ribbon, 1" Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile, Scissors, Sticky Strip, Sticky Pages (if you don't have sticky pages, you can use sticky strip)

Card Supplies: Curly Cute Stamp Set; Card Stock: Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Springtime Vintage; Ink: Rose Red; Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon; Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pink Explosion Box Purse and Gift Card Holder

If you haven’t already made an Explosion Box Purse, you are just going to have to try it. They are so fun to make and look just darling when they are finished. I made this purse and gift card holder for a girl’s birthday party. If you would like to make your own explosion box purse, please check out my earlier Explosion Box Purse blog post with instructions.

Purse Details: I inked up the "For You" Scallop circle stamp with markers and stamped on whisper white and punched out with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch. This piece is then layered with a 1-3/8" Pretty in Pink Circle and a 1-3/4" Concord Crush Scallop Circle. The purse topper is two Top Note Die pieces scored in half lengthwise. The lap of luxury Top Note piece was trimmed down at the perforation and layered with the Concord Crush piece. I wheeled the purse base with the kindness wheel. The purse handle is attached to the purse topper through two holes near the score line. It was attached to the topper with sticky strip, so it could lay flat without being bulky. A 4" length of concord crush ribbon was doubled over and stapled to the front of the pursed topper. The staples are hidden by the scallop circle piece and the self-adhesive velcro dots.

Gift Card Holder Details: I started with a piece of 4” x 6-1/2” of Concord Crush card stock (note: I cut just about 1/16” off the 4” side so that it would fit in the purse better). On the 6-1/2” side, score at 1-1/2” and 4”. Use the 2-3/8” Scallop circle punch to cut half a scallop circle out of the 1-1/2” segment. Stick this pocket to the inside with sticky strip. Decorate the front to match your purse.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Stamp Sets: Punch Bunch, So Happy For You; Kindness Jumbo Wheel; Card Stock: Lap of Luxury DSP, Pretty in Pink, Concord Crush, Pink Pirouette Textured; Ink: Concord Crush, Melon Mambo; Markers: Concord Crush, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive; Jumbo Wheel Handle; Jumbo Cartridge; Pretty in Pink Ink Refill; Punches: 1-3/4” Scallop Circle, 1-3/8” Circle, 1-1/4” Circle, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle; Concord Crush Poly Ribbon; Big Shot; Top Note Die; Beautiful Butterflies Die; 3/8” Pretty in Pink Taffeta.
Other Supplies: Self-adhesive Velcro Dots.

I am having major problems with the velcro. It just sticks together and not to the back (so rips off together when I try to open it) I tried to sticky strip it onto the bag as well but it still pulled off. I was wondering if you had any tips for the velcro or any other suggestions.
There are two possible things that I can think of to try. 1) The first time you pry apart the velcro, go slowly. Then make sure you really press down each separate part of the velcro so that it adheres well to the card stock. 2) Try different velcro. I was recently at the craft store looking at the different velcro and realized there were several different kinds. The velcro I used is several years old, so I'm not sure if what they are selling now is the same. I hope this helps.

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