Friday, January 29, 2010

Mambo Number 123

Anyone humming the Lou Bega tune Mambo Number 5? Hehe ;) Mojo Monday 123 provided us with two sketch options this week. Here is a quick card using the Scallop Circle sketch (You can scroll down to the next post to see my other version).

* A 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 piece of Melon Mambo scored in half was run through the Big Shot with the Scallop Circle Die. TIP: Leave a few scallops showing above your fold to keep the card intact after run through with the die.

* With my Circle Scissors Plus I cut out a circle almost 4in from Kaleidoscope DSP and then another with Whisper White

* Inked up my sentiment from Fifth Avenue Floral in Melon Mambo and stamped onto Whisper White and trimmed it down. Using my scoring blade, I scored 2 lines above and below my sentiment.

* Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon is used as my vertical 'element' for the sketch

* Pretty in Pink and the NEW Beautiful Wings Embosslit from the Occasions Mini were run through the Big Shot for the most delicate and beautiful butterflies.

* I enhanced each butterfly a bit more using VersaMark and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and set the sparkle with my Heat Tool. Each butterfly made a landing on a glue dot and I gently 'curled' the edges of the wings to give it a more 3D appearance.

Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Stamping!!!

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Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral
Paper: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Kaleidoscope DSP
Ink: Melon Mambo, VersaMark and VersaMarker
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Circle Scissor Plus, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

MOJO 123 in Vogue

I just had to play with the Occasions Mini Vintage Vogue again, I just love it! The images make it easy to kreate with and with the new Clear Mount option it makes designing/placement a snap! I have a bit of cleaning up to do in my work space, so with the set still out on my desk and a few (ah hem) scraps laying around, this card came together quickly. I checked out the Mojo Monday sketch for a design layout and went to work.
* Pretty in Pink standard cardbase.
* The border image was inked in Pretty in Pink first and then again in Real Red. I stamped off the Real Red once before offsetting it and layering it over the Pretty in Pink to kreate a softer shadowed look. (difficult to see in the photo, but it is a very subtle shadow)
* Using the new Scallop Trim Border Punch (available in the Sale-a-bration brochure with a $50+ order), I punched out a decorative edge on Real Red
* Layered the gorgeous new Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon on top, to allow just the scallops to peek out
* Using the coordinating Scallop Trim Corner with the Scallop Trim Border, I kreated another decorative edge Real Red rectangle
* Stamped my sentiment from Well Scripted, isn't that font fabulous, in Real Red onto Very Vanilla and adhered it to my Real Red rectangle
* Stamped my large and small flower images in Real Red and snipped out
* The largest flower got a cutesy center with the striped Choc Chip Sending Love Epoxy Brads - these are all darling little brads, love 'em
* Inked out a few leaves in Old Olive and snipped them out
* Positioned my flowers and then using the vine image inked in Old Olive, stamped around a few of the flowers. Then adhered the flowers with a glue dot. The largest flower a dimensional. Finally the snipped out leaves around select flowers.

Hope you enjoyed another installment of Vintage Vogue - I can't tire of this set, its just so pretty!! :)

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Supplies: SAB- Sale-a-bration brochure OM - Occasion Mini Catalog
Stamps: Well Scripted (OM), Vintage Vogue (OM)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive
Accessories: Sending Love Choc Chip Epoxy Brads (OM), Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon(OM), Scallop Trim Corner(OM), Scallop Trim Border (SAB), Paper Snips

Friday, January 22, 2010

Wallet Card

We are off for the weekend to visit with family in PA to celebrate 'winter' b-days before my in-laws become the 'snow-birds' and leave for warmer temperatures down south for a few months. My nephew will be turning 16 - holy cow, I remember celebrating his 1st
b-day when he smooshed his cute little face into his teddy bear cake. Time goes by way too fast!
16!!! Masculine!!! UGH!!!! What to do for a card????? Simple and fits the bill- literally :) I decided to make a wallet card. Very very simple!!
* 4-1/4" x 11" Choc Chip cardstock scored in half. Corner punched each corner.
* Sponged the edges in Choc Chip and using my Mat Pack and Paper Piercer, I pierced around the entire card.
* Using my Basic Black Marker, the fine tip side, I connected the dots to look like faux stitching
* With my VersaMark pad, I blotted the entire front of the card and then sprinkled Clear Embossing powder on top.
* Using my stylus (or you could use your bone folder) I kreated random lines horizontally and vertically
* Then using my Heat Tool I heated up the front to 'melt' the clear powder. The end result with the lines makes it look a bit like leather.
* Cut a piece of Dusty Durango and again blotted it with VersaMark and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder
* Took the piece of Dusty Durango and bent in in different directions which 'cracked' the embossing and further gave it that rustic leather look.
* Using the Round Tab Punch, I followed the same technique to kreate the faux leather look for the 'closure'
* Using my Crop-a-dile, I set in a Pewter Jumbo Eyelet

Inside of Card
* Cut another piece of Choc Chip 3-1/2" x 11" and scored it in half and Corner punched bottom two corners
* Sponged the edges with Choc Chip ink and paper pierced.
* Applied Sticky Strip to the very edges (except along the top where you will slip in your gift)and placed along the bottom of the card.
* Inked up a retired happy birthday stamp in VersaMark and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder.

A wallet card :) Its a simple design,no froo froo, but I know he'll be more interested in whats in the wallet, than what it looks like (and thats just fine!!!) Happy 16th Birthday Troy Boy!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pretty in Pink & Rich Razzleberry -all the Vogue

Another card using the new Vintage Vogue set from the Occasions Mini :) Lovin' this set, so pretty!! Scroll down one post to see another birthday with this set- I was so happy with how it turned out! I had out the Pretty in Pink cardstock and you can always use b-day cards so why not play some more! :)
* Ran a standard card of Pretty in Pink through the Big Shot with my Scallop Circle Die. Left a few scallops above the fold of the card before running through to make sure the card stays intact - otherwise you will end up with 2 scallop circles!
* Inked up my vine with Old Olive and stamped it around the left edge of my scallop circle
* On a piece of Whisper White scrap, I inked up the two size flowers in Pretty in Pink and Rich Razzleberry and snipped them out.
* With a dollop of Crystal Effects in the center, I sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds. Placed a dimension on the back of each flower and bent up the petals a tad for more of a 3-D effect.
* Inked up the sentiment with the new Well Scripted set in the Occasions Mini. Isn't the font just gorgeous! So easy to have accurate and straight placement with the new Clear Mount option!
* Ran the new Beautiful Wings Embosslit through the Big Shot with Rich Razzleberry. I chose one of the 4 embossed and cut out butterflies to make a soft landing next to the sentiment. Added a tiny pizazz to the body with a dab of Crystal Effects and a tad more Dazzling Diamonds.

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Stamps: Vintage Vogue(Occasions Mini), Well Scripted(Occasions Mini)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Monday, January 18, 2010

Vintage Vogue and NEW goodies :)

This Vintage Vogue card is on its way down to Florida to wish one of my dear friends a very happy birthday! This card features all new goodies from the Occasions Mini :) FUN!!

* Started with a standard card base of Kraft cardstock and using a Sponge Dauber distressed the edges with Soft Suede ink

* I chose to purchase the NEW Vintage Vogue set with the NEW Clear Mount option and it made it SO easy to line up my Soft Suede border to the left of my new Satin Ribbon.
I was skeptical of the acrylic clear mounts at first, BUT they are fabulous!! Of course it is the absolute same great quality SU always produces!!! Silly me, I never should have questioned it!! Have no fear, if you remain skeptical, the great thing is you still have the option to purchase the sets in wood mount as well!! Next to the item #, you will see a 'C' for Clear Mount and a 'W' for Wood Mount. Back to the card...

* The NEW Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon is gorgeous. For some reason I think the satin ribbons kreate the prettiest bows! In the center of my bow I attached the NEW Choc Chip 1/4" Sending Love Epoxy Brads and adhered to the card with some glue dots.

* Using another image from the set, a floral vine, I inked it in VersaMark for a soft tone on tone look.

* The NEW Scallop Trim Corner and Scallop Trim Border(can only be received from the Sale-a-bration brochure for FREE with a $50+ order), kreated a delicate matte in Pretty in Pink behind my image. I had a very difficult time figuring out how to make the last 'leg' of my rectangle work. I found this tutorial from Linda Heller, which finally got 'er done!!!

* The 'F'riends' image was stamped in Soft Suede ink on a distressed Very Vanilla cardstock. Inked it up a second time and stamped it on a piece of Very Vanilla scrap and with my Paper Snips, cut out my 'F'

* With my VersaMarker, I outlined the cut out 'F' and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. I layered it on top of my stamped image with dimensionals.

* The final touch was the NEW Beautiful Wings Embosslit die. I ran a piece of Pretty in Pink through the Big Shot with this new die and kreated the prettiest textured butterflies, only used the 3 littlest on this card. Distressed each butterflies wings with Soft Suede and gave them Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint bodies (YES, these shimmer paints are still available to order during this catalog period!). Using the back of a paint brushed dipped in the shimmer paint, I lightly 'dotted' in bodies.

* Each butterfly took flight and landed on a glue dot to keep them put! :)

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my NEW goodies from the Occasions Mini. Leave me a comment below, love to know your thoughts :)
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Stamps: Vintage Vogue (C-118598)
Paper: Kraft(102125), Very Vanilla(101650), Pretty in Pink(100459)
Ink: VersaMark(102283), Soft Suede(115318)
Accessories: VersaMarker(100901), Gold Embossing Powder(109129), Heat Tool(100005), Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon(117291), Big Shot (113439), Beautiful Wings Embosslit(118138), Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint(116806)Sending Love Epoxy Brads Choc Chip (117272), Scallop Trim Corner (118870), Sponge Daubers (102892), Scallop Trim Border (Sale-a-bration 118402)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Simple Journal

I wanted to show a simple gift idea with you. I kreated this journal and matching RSVP pen for my nephew who is 10 and has a creative mind for story telling and drawing. Along with a small artist easel and sketch pad, I decided to use an SU Art Journal to make him a small book that he could doodle in or jot down his stories. I used two different patterns from To the Nines Specialty paper to decorate the cover.
* The polka dot pattern I used the Spiral Punch to get every nook of the chipboard covered (you could make it easier and just edge your paper to the spirals).
* I measured where I wanted the next pattern and butted them right next to each other. TIP: Sticky Strip has the ultimate bond, so for projects that are going to get a lot of 'use' or that you want to make sure stay together, you won't go wrong with it!
* My Choc Chip letters came from the Big Shot and the Go Go Boots Alphabet set. The Big Shot made personalizing it with his name a breeze!
* It needed something else... no frills though... I thought the Pewter Jumbo brads would add just enough without compromising the masculine lines. TIP: For more precise placements of eyelets and brads, I use the Mat Pack with a wonderfully handy little template included to mark out exactly were you want your embellishments to go.
* After using my template and mapping out where I wanted my eyelets, I used my Crop-a-dile to punch out the circles and then set the eyelets.

Within minutes my nephew was using his gift and drawing. I thought that was confirmation enough that this was perfect for him - although the huge smile and thank you spoke volumes too!! These chipboard journals would be great for a diary/journal; to affix momentos and special dates; to keep those special photos, scrapbook style; a recipe book... lots of options. Hope you like this quick and easy gift idea! Click HERE for some other ideas I have kreated with SU journals.

I'll be peering out my front window for that BIG Brown Truck to round that corner and stop in front of my house today :) New Goodies - WaHoooo!!!
If you want to see why I'm so excited check out the Occasions Mini Catalog! If you'd like a FREE copy (and don't currently have a SU demonstrator), I'd be happy to send one out pronto!
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Valentine Hop

WELCOME to the Valentine Holiday Hop. We are at it again, a group of talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are ready to show off their paper crafting skills with inspirational ideas using Stampin' Up! products for Valentine's Day. We will showcase all that Stampin’ Up! has to offer – from rubber stamps, designer paper, embellishments, and much more. We are so excited to have you hop along with us. Feel free to leave as many comments along the way. We love to know what you think!

If you have arrived here from Mary's blog, Stampin' Pretty, then I am sure you have been inspired!! I am stop #7 and I hope you will continue to hop along with me and the rest of this talented group.

Oooo, La, La, Pepe' the skunk, from Pun Fun set, 'stinks you are sweet' .
These 3 x 3 cards and matching envies will be nestled snuggly into this cute heart tote made using the Big Shot and Petal Card Die.
You can find a tutorial for the bag here.

* Rich Razzleberry DSP is run through the Big Shot with the Petal Card Die to kreate the heart shaped bag
* Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon and Fire Rhinestone Circle Brads kreate the handle
* NEW Sweet Pea Felt Flowers (thanks Kris) layered together are an adorable accent for the front of this bag.
* 'happy valentine's day' comes from the set Teeny Tiny Wishes. Inked in Melon Mambo onto Whisper White - softened with a sponge dauber and Soft Suede ink, and shaped into a 'flag' with my Corner Rounder and Photo Corner Punches.

The Pretty in Pink 3x3 cards...
*Each were run through the Big Shot and the Background Texturz Plates (sm dots and lrg dots)
*Pepe' was inked in Jet Black Stazon.
*One of the cards Pepe' is holding a bouquet of flowers kreated using the flowers from the Loads of Love Accessories and omitting the one flower from the inked image, stamp, then eyeballing the bouquet to place it just right! Cute right :)
* Watercolored using my Aquapainter
* Popped out using my 1-3/4" Circle Punch
* Kreated a 2" matte from Melon Mambo using my Circle Scissor Plus Tool
* Accented with a Black Gingham Ribbon bow adhered with a Glue Dot

Aren't they stinkin' sweet :)

And finally my Loads of Love card. I had stamped out my truck and watercolored and wasn't quite sure what to do next. Then I thought my image would work great with this weeks Mojo Monday sketch.

* Using Jet Black Stazon, I inked up my truck and stamped onto Watercolor Paper. I inked it up again and stamped onto another piece of Watercolor Paper.
* On one piece, using my Aquapainter, I colored in the body of my truck with Real Red. TIP: Create a pool of ink in the lid of your SU pad by squeezing together your closed pad. Once dry, I snipped out my truck body and window.
* Highlighted a few areas of my truck with a White Signo Gel Pen
* On the other stamped image, I inked up my hearts from the Loads of Love set, and placed them in the back of the truck. And also stamped the girl in the front seat.
* Watercolored a sky using Tempting Turquois, the tires with Black, the hearts with Pretty in Pink and Real Red
* Then I layered my truck body on dimensions on the full image. (I hope that all makes)
* Added a few 'puffs' of hearts
* Using a Corner Rounder softened the corners of the image layer
* Mounted the image onto the Real Red card base. The Real Red base was run through the Big Shot with the larger dots from the Backgrounds Texturz Plates.
* Followed the rest of the sketch with a vertical strip of Pretty in Pink, given a decorative edge with my Scallop Border Punch and piercing tool. Followed with a Real Real Polka Dot Ribbon and knot adhered with a Glue Dot
* Sentiment was inked in Real Red and popped out with a 1-1/4" Circle Punch. Using a sponge dauber inked in Real Red, distressed the edges. Placed on a Real Red Scallop Circle with added dots from my White Signo Gel Pen.

Hope you have enjoyed your stop here. If you have, won't you please take a moment to leave me a comment. Love to know your thoughts :)

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Now let's continue on our Valentine journey with the next stop at Gina's blog, Cards by Gina. Hop on over and see what she has in store for you!

In the event you get lost on your way, here is a list of the Valentine Hoppers and a link to their blog.

1. Kalshelia (Stampin' Fabulousity)
2. Ann (The Stampin' Schach)
3. Margaret (Margaret Moody)
4. Debbie (Stampin' Sunshine)
5. Carla (Carla's Scraps)
6. Mary (Stampin' Pretty)
7. Kim (Stamp, Scrap, Get Kreative)
8. Gina (Cards by Gina)
9. Regina (The Stampin' Bean)
10. Lourdes (Cozy Crafty Corner)
11. Kris (Kween Bee Kreations)
12. Liz (DIY Paper Creations)
13. Melanie (Oops a Daisy)
14. Mike (Stampin-Style)
15. Anne (Mukibug)
16. Martha (Seasons of Stamping)
17. Jason (Jason's Stampin' Pad)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snowman Bag and Sale-a-bration is in full swing!!

Thank you PPA - what a wonderful treat that my Anything but a Card challenge, snowflake shrinky dink earrings, was picked as a favorite among so many other talented stampers!

Well to give you an update, the recipient loved them :) Here is a picture of my niece modeling a sideview of the earrings. Aren't they cute?!!

And of course I had to package them just right for her. Snowmen are always a favorite among all us gals in the family, so I decided to use some inspiration I had seen, a white shirt box transformed into a snowman. I'm so sorry I don't remember who this was - she said it was such a waste of paper for the kids to just rip through to get to their Christmas presents, so she was going green! How adorable and how efficient!! Next year I am already imaging some Rudy's and Santas, maybe even an elf and of course a Frosty!!

Back to the packaging, I used the box snowman inspiration and kreated my snowman from a white craft bag that I purchased at a local craft store.

*I ran a piece of Basic Black through the Big Shot with my Top Note Die. I folded it in half and only adhered half to the front of the bag, which allowed the other half to act as a flap over the bag top.

*I cut a rectangular piece and Corner Punched the lower edge and adhered it to be the brim of his hat

*Using the 1" and 1/2" Circle Punches, I kreated the eyes and mouth

*Snipped out a carrot shaped nose from Dusty Durango

*Highlighted his hat using my White Signo Gel Pen

*Inked the holly from Christmas Classics using my SU Markers and then applied Crystal Effects to the red berries. Snipped out and placed on dimensions on that 'old silk hat'

He was so simple, very quick to put together and turned out cute! Easy projects for kids to do too!!

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Whether you are looking to start a small business or just get a lot of product at an awesome price - Sale-a-bration is a great time to get started! Almost 2 years ago during Sale-a-bration, I took advantage of a great deal too and I have no regrets!! I love the friendships I have formed; I love having the 'extra' income to support my habit, I mean hobby; I love teaching new techniques; hey, I love the discount :) ; I love being an SU Demonstrator. If you are interested in more details I would be happy to chat with you either by phone or email. I look forward to talking to you soon :)

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Masculine Mojo

I am pretty confident that my brother will not be checking out my blog (LOL), so I think I am safe in showing you this card before his b-day tomorrow. Husband, father, father in law, 3 older brothers - why is it still so tough to make masculine cards??? Thank goodness none of the men in my life really care. LOL

I started out with this past weeks Mojo Monday sketch challenges. I find challenges are a great starting point and a way to jump start some inspiration. So this card came together very quickly as I already had my sketch to work with and being it was a masculine card, the simpler, the better :) (I think?)

* Using my Circle Scissors Plus tool, I kreated 2 perfect circles in Sahara Sand and Choc Chip
* Inked up my tree, from Lovely as a Tree, in Choc Chip Craft ink and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. In order to emboss, make sure you are using Craft Ink or VersaMark Ink which will allow the powder to stick to your image. Then using your Heat Tool, you will see the powder begin to melt to a raised and shiny embossed image. TIP: Be careful to avoid over heating or your image/paper will burn and you will lose the effect of the raised shiny image
* Tore and distressed (using my finger nail to fray the edges) my Sahara Sand circle and then using a Sponge Dauber and Choc Chip ink, further distressed the edges with ink. Matted on the Choc Chip circle with Dimensionals
* Using a scrap of To The Nines Specialty paper, I tore and distressed this panel using the same technique as above
* Added Choc Chip Grosgrain Ribbon to the panel and then set Metallic Eyelets with my Crop a Dile. Adhered the panel with SNAIL and then added my circle focal image on more Dimensionals. * My sentiment, from Sincere Salutations, was inked in Choc Chip Craft ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
Tomorrow, Tuesday January 5th, is the big day. Yipee!! You can begin ordering from the Occasions Mini Catalog and qualify for FREE Sale-a-bration sets. Do you have your Wish List ready to go? Happy Shopping!! :)

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