Thursday, October 30, 2008

Color Inspiration #28

It's time for another of Kristina's awesome Color Inspiration Challenges! When I sat down at my stamping desk, I honestly did not think I would be able to make a card with these colors. I can't tell you when the last time I used Ruby Red or Sage Shadow was. (Probably one of Kristina's other challenges!) Surprisingly, though, my card came together really quickly. I don't have a clock where I can see it when I am stamping (I know, not a good idea) but I think that it maybe took me 30 minutes to make.


It is a 4 1/4 square card. The materials I used for this card are: Pocket Silhouettes and Heard from the Heart stamp sets; Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock; Ruby Red and Sage Shadow classic ink; Whisper White Grosgrain ribbon; Earth Elements Brads; Stampin' Dimensionals; Stampin' Sponges; and Crafter's Tool Kit.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Christmas Ornaments


Here are two Christmas ornaments I made today. They are quick and easy, so I plan on making bunches more of these for gifts. They are both made pretty much the same way, but the one on the left uses Rub-ons and the one on the right I put a picture of my cutie patootie. I even did a bit of recycling in this project!

I started the project by cutting some of the cardboard that comes in the Designer Paper packs (I always save this when I'm done with the paper, but you could also use the cardboard from a cereal box) into 3 1/2 inch squares. Then I cut some Designer Paper from the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit just a little bigger than 3 1/2 inches. (You can use any DSP, this is just the only Christmas-y DSP I had.) I would rather trim the excess than try and make everything line up exactly. Then I glued the designer paper to the cardboard with the Tombo Mono Multi. I am in love with this stuff! And to think I almost didn't buy it. I trimmed the excess DSP from the edges.

Next, I popped out the chipboard pieces from the On Board Something Seasonal and colored them with markers. This is something I just recently figured out. I used to use the stamp pad directly on my chipboard, but I ALWAYS made a huge mess and it was hard to get in all the little corners. Then one day I was working on a project and picked up the marker to get some spots that I missed and I thought to myself why not just use the marker to color the whole thing?

Next, I applied the Rub-ons or the photo cut to 2 1/2 inches square. I used the Word Flurries Rub ons. The photo is also glued on using the Tombo Mono Multi. Then I attached the chipboard using Glue Dots.
Finally, I used Sticky Strip to attach a loop of grosgrain ribbon to the back of the cardboard and then covered the back side with card stock (attached with Sticky Strip). On the photo ornament I also added brads before I covered the back.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did and remember that you can get all of the supplies to make these ornaments from me! Just click here or email me. Also, I will be reviewing the Tombo Mono Multi in my November newsletter so if you would like to learn more about this project, sign up for my newsletter using the sign up box on the top right of my blog.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Two Month Warning

Christmas is two months from tomorrow! Are you ready? I'm not! I have to say that this is probably the latest I have ever started my Christmas Cards, but I am going to buckle down and get them done as soon as I can.

This year I am trying to be frugal with my cards. I have so many supplies that I am just going to use what I have. Since we have more than 100 friends and family on our Christmas card list that means that I will be making more than one card design. I do have two cards designed already, but I can't show them to you, since that would spoil it for my friends and family who read my blog! And since we're taking about cards, I thought I would share some of my tips for stamping multiple cards.

-Design then cut. Once you have your card designed, figure out how many cards you need and cut everything at once.

-Use your supplies to the max. When you are designing, think about how you can cut your paper so that you have as little waste as possible. For example, this year I am using designer paper that comes in 12x12 sheets, so I am using a 3x4 piece on my card so that I am using all of the sheet for my cards. Similarly, one of my cards uses a 2 inch square of Whisper White card stock, so I will cut those pieces from a 12x12 sheet rather than an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet to eliminate any scraps.

-Keep your card as flat as possible. I have noticed lately that the post office has gotten stricter about charging additional postage for thick or lumpy cards. The extra postage is 17 cents per card, so in my case that would be an extra $17 or more to mail my cards.

-Create an assembly line. Do each step for all of your cards before moving on to the next step. It takes a lot more time to stamp and assemble each card individually than to make them assembly line style. You may even be able to get your kids or spouse to help you.

-Work while you wait. When I am making multiple cards, I do all of the cutting and stamping and anything else that I MUST do in my stamp room and then I do every thing else (the coloring, cutting out stamped images and assembly) while I am watching TV, riding in the car, or waiting (at the doctor, in the carpool line, etc).

If you haven't already, make sure that you have planned for the cards and gifts you are going to make this Holiday Season. This is the first year that I need to make teacher gifts, so I have to add that to my list! Some other people to think about making gifts for:
Holiday Party Hostesses
Co-workers/Bosses (yours and your spouse's)
Volunteers that work with you kids (Scout Leaders, Coaches, etc.)
Babysitters

Next week I'll have projects that you can make to give as gifts, so check back for some great ideas!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm Back!

No, last week did not get the better of me. We've been out of town. I totally intended to blog while I was gone, but we had some very busy days and I was too pooped at night to blog.

We have been on our annual trip to Washington, DC. Each year we go to participate in the Light the Night Walk, but this year my cousin was also getting married. We didn't make it through the entire walk this year. My daughter didn't want to ride in the stroller and only wanted me to carry her. Have I mentioned before that she weighs almost 29 pounds? Yeah, so no way could I carry her for a two mile walk. Luckily, there was a Metro stop on the walk route, so we just headed back to our friend's house. The wedding was wonderful and the reception site had the most awesome views of DC.


An update on my last post: my daughter is better, the cat is getting there and ALL of the pen came out of the laundry!
This is a card that we made at my fundraiser for the Light the Night Walk. Everyone loved the elegant simplicity!

Materials for this card are: Pocket Silhouettes stamp set; Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue and Whisper White card stock; Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP; Not Quite Navy Classic stamp pad; Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Whew!

What a day! And it's only half over. My daughter has an ear infection, the cat has a bladder infection and I washed not one, but two pens in the load of laundry I did this morning. My daughter is feeling better. She finally slept through the night last night. The cat is going to the vet this afternoon (Shhhh! Don't tell her.) And all of the ink stains came out of the laundry. Thank goodness for Spray N' Wash and Oxi Clean!



I did manage to make a card this morning for Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration. I didn't participate last week, because I just couldn't get the colors to work for me. This week's colors are: Rose Red, SO Saffron, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White. Alas, all of my Wild Wasabi is gone (man, I loved that color!) so I substituted Old Olive.
Sorry for the wonky photo, but it just seems to go with the day!

Materials for this card: Party Hearty stamp set; Old Olive and So Saffron card stock; Junior Varsity DSP; Rose Red and Old Olive Classic Stamp Pad; Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Scallop Circle Punch; 3/4 inch Circle Punch; Stampin' Dimensionals.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Loads of Love

Sorry I did not post a project yesterday. I sat down to create a card, but it just wasn't happening for me.

This card is also from the Christmas Stamp-A-Stack I had in September. The layout was pretty simple, but water coloring the truck does make it a little more complicated. If you prefer to color with makers, that works, too.

Materials for this card:
Loads of Love stamp set
Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set
Brocade Blue 8 1/2 x 5 1/2
Night of Navy 3 x 3 3/4
Always Artichoke 5 1/2 x 1/2
Naturals White 2 x 3
Real Red 2 1/8 x 3 1/8
Jet Black Staz-On
Real Red Classic pad
Always Artichoke Classic pad
Basic Gray Classic pad
Bordering Blue Classic pad
Brocade Blue Classic pad
Night of Navy Classic pad
Aqua Painter
Crafter's Tool Kit

1. Stamp tree image in Brocade Blue on card.
2. Stamp truck image on Naturals White card stock with Staz On. Create mask of truck and place over stamped truck image. Stamp tree image with Staz On so that it appears to be in the back of the truck. Watercolor image using classic inks and Aqua Painter.
3. Stamp background from Itty Bitty Backgrounds using Night of Navy ink on Night of Navy card stock. Adhere to card.
4. Use piercing tool and guide from the Crafter's Tool Kit to pierce a row of holes down the middle of the Always Artichoke card stock. Adhere to card.
5. Adhere Naturals White card stock to Real Red card stock and adhere to card.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Patchwork Composition Book

I bought these mini composition books a few months ago when school supplies were on sale. I got them for 5 cents each! I got the idea for this cover here and I thought it was a fantastic idea since I always have tons of little scraps of designer paper left over. I already have a few other projects in mind using the designer paper patchwork.

Materials for this project are:
Composition book/notebook (any size)
Designer paper scraps (I used Stampin' Up!s Bella Rose)
Glue Stick
Wide grosgrain ribbon
Sticky Strip

1. Apply glue liberally to the cover of composition book.
2. Adhere scraps to notebook.
3. Trim excess paper from edges
4. Apply grosgrain ribbon to notebook spine with sticky strip.

I can't wait to make some more of these. I think that it took me more time write this blog post than it did to make the notebook! Want to learn how to make more gifts using Stampin' Up! products? Come to my gifts class on Saturday, October 25th. Email me today to register. Space is limited.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Quick Christmas Card

Here is another card from my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack. This one is quick and easy!

Materials for this card:
Spotlight on Christmas
Many Merry Messages
Always Artichoke card stock - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, plus scrap
Pink Pirouette - 4 x 1 1/2
Whisper White - scraps
Bella Rose - 4x4
Chocolate Chip Classic Stamp Pad
Riding Hood Red Classic Stamp Pad
Pink Pirouette Classic Stamp Pad
Chocolate Chip 1/4 Inch Grosgrain ribbon - 12 inches
Five Petal Punch
Rich Regals Brads
Crafter's Tool Kit
Stampin' Dimensionals

1. Stamp poinsettia stamp in Riding Hood Red ink on Whisper White scrap, punch with Five Petal Flower Punch.
2. Punch Always Artichoke scrap with Five Petal Flower Punch.
3. Stamp swirl stamp randomly in Pink Pirouette ink on Pink Pirouette card stock.
4. Stamp Seasons Greetings in Chocolate Chip ink on Always Artichoke card.
5. Adhere Bella Rose DSP to card.
6. Tie ribbon around Pink Pirouette card stock and adhere to card over DSP.
7. Using piercing tool and mat from the Crafter's Tool Kit, punch three holes in poinsettia and attach Always Artichoke brads.
8. Adhere Always Artichoke Five Petal Flower to card. Adhere punched poinsettia on top of Artichoke flower with Dimensionals.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Bitty Birthday Card


I don't have much time for this post. The nap gods are smiling on me, so I will make this quick before my daughter wakes up.

Materials for this card:
Bitty Birthday stamp set
Old Olive card stock - 4 1/4 x 11
Bashful Blue card stock - 4x4
Whisper White card stock - 1 3/4 x 1 3/4
Washington Apple DSP - 2x3
On Board Something Seasonal
Jet Black Staz-On
Chocolate Chip Classic Stamp Pad
Riding Hood Red Classic Stamp Pad
Chocolate Chip marker
Bashful Blue marker
Old Olive marker
So Saffron marker
Blender Pen
Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain - 5 inches
Glue dots

1. Stamp the birthday cake with Staz-on on Whisper White card stock. Color with markers. Use the Blender Pen and the ink from the Riding Hood Red stamp pad to color the red icing.
2. Color the scalloped square chipboard with the Old Olive marker.
3. Adhere DSP to Bashful Blue square.
4. Use glue dots to adhere ribbon to Bashful Blue card stock. Adhere Bashful Blue card stock to Old Olive card.
5. Use glue dots to adhere Whisper White card stock to chipboard square and to adhere chipboard to the card.
6. Stamp "Happy Birthday" in Chocolate Chip ink.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Necessity is the Mother of Invention



This is a card we made at my most recent stamp club. I only had one sheet of this design from the Washington Apple DSP, so I had to cut it in a way that I could get at least 14 pieces from the one sheet. Cutting it in 3 x 3 squares gave me 16 pieces and that was the basis for the design of this card, so necessity was definitely the mother of this card!

Materials for this card were:

Pocket Silhouettes stamp set
Not Quite Navy Classic Stamp Pad
Sahara Sand card stock - 8 1/2 x 11
Not Quite Navy card stock - 1 3/8 x 2 5/8
Naturals White - 1 1/4 x 2 1/2
Washington Apple DSP - 3 x 3
Bella Rose DSP - 5 1/2 x 1/2
Chocolate Chip 1/4 inch grosgrain - 5 inches
Dimensionals

Directions for this card are pretty simple:
1. Stamp the image in Not Quite Navy ink on the Naturals White card stock.
2. Layer on Not Quite Navy card stock. Tie Chocolate Chip grosgrain around the bottom.
3. Layer Washington Apple DSP then Bella Rose DSP on Sarah Sand card.
4. Adhere stamped image to card with Dimensionals.
5. Stamp greeting in Not Quite Navy ink.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pumpkin Decorations


Okay, I know today is World CARD Making Day, but my first project I am going to share with you isn't a card. These pumpkins are just too cute not to share. They are so easy to make!
I am going to give you directions to make the smaller one, but you can make them any size depending on the size of the paper you start with. Also, one of my stamp club members mentioned last night when we were making these that they would be cute made from the Patterns DSP.

Materials needed:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of card stock (I used Pumpkin Pie)
Ink/ink cartridge to coordinate with your card stock
Stamp or wheel
8 inches of Chocolate Chip 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon
6 inches Old Olive 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon
Glue dots
Crop-A-Dile
Paper Trimmer

1. Stamp/Wheel one side of your card stock
2. Cut card stock into 5 1/2 x 1/2 inch strips
3. Stack strips together and punch a hole in each end with your Crop-A-Dile
4. Make a knot in one end of the Chocolate Chip Grosgrain and thread through both sets of holes. Card stock strips should now be curved in a "C" shape.
5. Make a second knot at the top. Tip: bend card stock farther than you really want the final shape to be to give yourself room to tie the knot. Trim excess leaving enough for a "stem"
6. Spread card stock strips to form a pumpkin shape.
7. Tie a knot in the Old Olive grosgrain and adhere to pumpkin with a glue dot to create leaves.

World Card Making Day Special


To celebrate World Card Making Day, Stampin' Up! is offering Simply Sent Card Kits and Card Elements for 20% off. This special discount is only available today through October 11th. Email me today to order or click here to order online.
I'll be back later with my first project for World Card Making Day!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Pocket Silhouettes Color Inspiration


Kristina Werner has posted a new color inspiration. This week's colors are Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss and Very Vanilla. These colors definitely say "fall" and I don't have too many sets that could be used for a fall project. So I decided to use Pocket Silhouettes. I just recently got this set as the hostess benefit for an order I placed. I have used it several times lately, and I will share those cards with you soon.

Saturday is World Card Making Day and to celebrate I will have a project with full instructions every day next week, so check back starting Saturday for these great projects!
Supplies for this card are: Pocket Silhouettes and Bitty Backgrounds stamp sets; Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, and Very Vanilla card stock; Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink; Bella Rose DSP; Chocolate Chip 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon; Cutter Kit; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Birthday Presents for YOU!

It's Stampin' Up!'s Birthday, but you get the presents! From October 1 st to 31st, spend $20 in regular catalog merchandise and qualify to purchase any preselected birthday/celebration stamp sets at 20 percent off.



Click here to download the flyer. Once you spend $20 there is no limit to the number of sets you can get at 20% off! Stampin' Up! is also offering one AquaPainter for just $7.25. You can order any of these sets or the AuqaPainter online by clicking here, then click on Shop Now.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Season of Joy


Here is another card from my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack last month. I really can not believe that it is October already! This post reminds me that I really should start on my own personal Christmas cards. I used to start my cards in August, but the last few years I seem to start closer to Christmas each year.
Last year, as I was rushing around on Dec 15th trying to get my cards to the post office, my husband was so kind as to remind me that Christmas is the same day every year, so why am I always behind?
This card was a really simple card. Sometimes getting back to the basics with a card or project can have great results. The ladies who came to my class really loved it!
The supplies for this card are: Season of Joy stamp set; Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Real Red and Whisper White card stock; Old Olive and Not Quite Navy Classic Stamp Pads; Old Olive 1/4 inch Grosgrain Ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals.