Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Scandinavian Season Trade #2

Another trade for tonight using the Scandinavian Season set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. This is another quick and easy card, but packs a punch.

I stamped the snowflake image from the set randomly with Kiwi Kiss ink on about 2/3 of the card base and used a strip of the Ski Slope designer series paper as an accent behind the Christmas tree. I stamped the tree twice, one in Kiwi Kiss and once in Riding Hood Red. I cut out the small red flower and popped it up using Dimensionals. I also added a small vanilla half-pearl as an embellishment.

We'll probably be making a card similar to this at my 10 Cards for $10 this Saturday. The theme is Christmas cards, so this will fit perfectly. I will probably use a different color scheme, though, using some of the other paper from the Ski Slope dsp.

: Scandinavian Season
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Ski Slope dsp
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: vanilla half-pearl (Pretties Kit), Dimensionals

Monday, September 29, 2008

Scandinavian Season

This is a card I made for my downline meeting tomorrow night. We are trading cards made with sets from the Holiday Mini Catalog. This is from the set Scandinavian Season, which is my favorite set from the mini. I like the clean lines of this card, plus it was quick and easy. :)

Stamps: Scandinavian Season, To You and Yours
Paper: Baja Breeze textured cs, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point
Accessories: silver brads, white grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/4" square punch, scallop edge punch

Sticky Note Holder with Mini Pencil Tutorial

Finally getting around to posting this tutorial - sorry about the long wait! Hope you enjoy making these - they make fun, realtively quick little gifts.

Cardstock - 3 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches for holder, other pieces to decorate cover
Ink, stamps, ribbon and other embellishments
Paper cutter with cutting and scoring blade (or bone folder and Exacto knife)
Sticky Strip
Mini pen or pencil
Sticky notes (like Post-It)

Score 3 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches piece of cardstock at 3 1/4, 3 1/2 and 4 inches.

Rotate the cardstock 90 degrees. Using the cutting blade on the paper cutter or Exacto knife and ruler, cut a slit 1 1/4 inches from one side. The slit should go from the top score line to the bottom (or third) score line. Repeat from the other side, so that there are two slits. This will form the holder for the pencil.

This is a close-up picture of what the slits in the paper will look like.

Fold at score lines, with a valley fold, mountain fold and valley fold. The wider scored section will eventually lie flat on the base and the narrow section will be the spine of the holder, butting up to the sticky notes. Pop out the section in the middle where the cuts were made.

Flip the holder over and place Sticky Strip on the wide scored sections, just at the top and bottom, but NOT on the middle. Remove backing on the Sticky Strip and secure to the back of the holder.

Apply Sticky Strip to the back of the sticky notes and secure to the base of the holder.

Decorate the cover as desired and insert mini pen or pencil.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ladies' Art Night Sneak Peek

A little peek at one of the cards we will be making at my next class at Rhapsody Arts Center Gallery. The theme of the class is Holiday Cards, and we will be making projects celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The card featured here uses the new Scandinavian Season set, which is in the Holiday mini-catalog. There's still time to sign up - call Katie at 848-2045.

Germantown Quilting & Stamping/Scrapping Garage Sale

Just a quick plug for our garage sale that is going on today (Thursday)through Saturday. If you are looking for super deals on stamps, stamp pads, paper, brass stencils, books, stamping accessories, fabric, yarn and LOTS more, make the trip to Germantown to check it out. You can view the address and details on my calendar to the right and view the ad by clicking here.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Trick or Treat

A fun Halloween card from last Saturday's 10 Cards for $10. It's nice to have a few Halloween cards that aren't scary! This is a quick and easy card using the new set Tasty Sweet. I colored the candy corns with markers and then stamped the sentiment over the top in Basic Black ink.

A close up view of the candy corn...

Stamps: Tasty Sweet
Paper: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: Black grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Candy Bar Stocking Stuffer

This is one of the projects we will be making at my Gearing Up for Christmas stamp camp next weekend. We made this little stocking stuffer at my upline's Christmas stamp camp and I love how easy and fun it is! I think this would also make a great teacher gift.

Here's a close-up of Rudolph's little nose. :)

Stamps: Deer Friend
Paper: Bella Rose dsp, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: circle punch, scallop punch, small red pom-pom, mini glue dots, Sticky Strip, scallop edge punch

Friend to Friend

This card was my trade at the regional demo meeting in Janesville last weekend. I was going for a card with a fall feel...

I stamped the flowers from Pocket Silhouettes in Riding Hood Red and used my Chocolate Chip marker to color just the tips of a few of the flowers. I liked the dimension this gave to the image. I made the image into a cameo by using the new large oval punch, layered it onto a Blush Blossom panel and then a Riding Hood Red panel. I added the sentiment, which was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on Riding Hood Red cardstock and punched out with the Word Window punch.

For my card, I stamped the Stitched background onto Kraft cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink and layered that piece onto a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock. After adding a piece of Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, I placed my flower image in the lower right corner of the card.

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Stitched
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Blush Blossom, Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Large oval punch, corner rounder punch, paper piercing mat, template and awl

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Funky Fall Hi

This is my entry for Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration challenge #23. These are the colors we were assigned to work with: Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, and Old Olive.

A challenge this was! I love these colors together, but to put a card together using all five was a bit more difficult than I thought! I knew I wanted to use the new set Say it With Scallops, with the new square scallop punch. First, I stamped the image I chose (I affectionately refer to it as the Lollipop Hi stamp) in Old Olive and punched it out with the coordinating square scallop punch. I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink. Next, I layered the punched image on to a So Saffron square and then a Pumpkin Pie square.

Now, how to add the Bravo Burgundy? I decided on a rectangular piece with a scallop edge on the bottom would do. I also stamped the Bravo Burgundy panel with the Canvas background stamp. Next, I added a piece of Old Olive poly-twill ribbon from last spring's mini catalog. I decided the piece needed a little more Bravo Burgundy to round things out, so I stamped the Lollipop Hi in Bravo Burgundy and used my 1/2" circle punch to punch out the "hi." I popped this up on the Old Olive image, using dimensionals.

I put the whole thing together on a 3"x6" Pumpkin Pie card, stamped with the Polka Dots background stamp.

I'm not sure this is one of my all-time faves, but I'm glad that I at least attempted the color challenge. I've had to sit the last couple out because of my surgery. Now I'm back in the game! :)
Stamps: Say it with Scallops, Canvas, Polka Dots
Paper: Pumpking Pie, Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgundy, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Old Olive poly-twill ribbon, scallop edge punch, square scallop punch, 1/2" circle punch

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sticky Note Holder with Pencil

I made these as teacher gifts for my son's preschool teachers. I'm hoping to post a tutorial soon! I found the mini pencils at Walgreen's in the school supplies section.

Stamps: Priceless, Sock Monkey
Paper: So Saffron, More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red, So Saffron
Accessories: More Mustard grosgrain ribbon, round tab punch

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A little pain in my side...

A little pain in my lower right side turned out to be appendicitis! I had an emergency appendectomy on Thursday morning at UW Hospital, but I am home now and recovering well. It will probably be few days until I post anything new and exciting - I appreciate your patience. :) I'm actually feeling pretty good, just a little sore and tired. I hope to be back to my normal routine in a couple of days. Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers!