Friday, November 30, 2012

Something for You from the Garage

    Picture yourself opening the lid of a cutely decorated box, unwrapping some tissue paper inside the box,and then lifting this cute necklace out of the tissue paper.  How on earth was this cute necklace made you might ask yourself?  The answer is very simple, and here are the steps to make one for yourself.
   1. Go to the garage
   2. Find the bin with the many sized washers in it.
   3. Choose the size you want for your necklace.
   4. Find the circle punch that matches the washer and punch out a variety of circles.
   5. Apply the circles to the washer using Crystal Effects.
   6. Apply Crystal effects to the finished washer, front and back.  Make sure one side is totally dried before applying to the other side.
   7. String some ribbon, leather thong, or string of your choice through the center of the washer and it is now ready to wear.
  This is one of the projects you will make at my Anything But a Card Class on December 7 and 8.  Check out my website for further details.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Not Just for Tea

     One of the things I enjoy doing on Sunday morning is relax with a cup of Chai Latte tea and plan out my week.  The tea is one of the International Coffees and comes in a tin.  Now, I am a saver, note I said a saver not a hoarder.  I just can not make myself throw out the tins so I save them.  I decided this is the perfect time of year to make a cute container for a gift for a friend.  So with a little stamping, cutting and punching I came up with this design.  What would you put inside this cute little container?  Come back tomorrow to see what I decided to put inside.
    Would you like one of these for yourself, then come to my Anything But a Card class on the weekend of December 7th and 8th. Check out my website for the time and place for this class.
Supplies needed:
Snow Festival Designer Paper
Scentsational Season stamp set
Holiday Collection Framelits
2 1/2" circle punch

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Little bit of Color for Christmas

     I love the simplicity and elegance of this card.  In November my monthly stamp camp featured only Christmas cards and this was one of the favorites.   So why did this card get my attention.  First the idea of stamping and punching is quick and easy, I love that. Secondly, changing a simple piece of cardstock by using an embossing folder to create a background is equally easy and quick. The bit of glitter added to the design gave some glitter without overwhelming me with sparkle.  But, I think what appealed the most to me was seeing an all white card  with one burst of color. 
    I found this design while searching for ideas online...called CASEing.  I changed a couple of aspects of the card I found to give it my twist.  What is your favorite part of this card?
Supplies used:
Whisper White cardstock
Dotted Scallop, 1 1/4 scallop circle, 1" circle, 3/4" circle punches
Ornaments Framelit
Ornament Keepsakes, Mixed Medley stamp sets
Raspberry Ripple ink
Silver Glimmer paper
Whisper White 5/8" Organza ribbon

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas at the Senior Center


   Today I went to the Senior Center to make cards.  I usually go once a year at this time and bring 3-4 cards and sometimes some Christmas tags.  I always worry over what to bring.  I want to make sure the experience is fun so I don't want the cards to be too hard, or too easy.  I guess I chose the right cards today because everyone seemed to have a great time.
   This card I am showing off today was fun but also easy.  I learned a long time ago to prepunch shapes that the seniors would need to punch a lot of.  It takes too long to have eveyone wait while each person punches 8 squares.  I also learned that not all the seniors are able to squeeze the punches to get a good clean cut.  But even thought they did not punch out the squares, they had a great time deciding which side of the designer paper to use, how to arrange the squares and where to put the mug stamped piece. I colored some rhinestones with a red sharpie pen because I knew it would take too long for the glitter glue to harden.
     Would you like to have made a card like this with the Seniors today?

Supplies used:
Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla cardstock
Snow Festival Designer series paper
Scentsational Season, Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets
Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler ink

Monday, November 26, 2012

Glitter on a Napkin

   Recently I held a class called Shimmer and Shine.  All the cards we made in the class used some kind of sparkle that StampinUp carries.  This card was my favorite.  I received a swap at convention that used the same technique which is where I learned the steps. I looked everywhere in town, even the Hallmark store, and could not find any cute cocktail napkins.  As a last resort I went to our Dollar store (where everything is actually a dollar) and voila I found a pretty cute one.  I think Kleenex can also be used with this technique. Here are the steps......
     1. Cut a piece of adhesive sheet to match the size of the cardstock you will be attaching the napkin to.
     2. Pull one side off the adhesive sheet and attach to the cardstock
     3. Pull apart all the layers of the napkin and cut into a piece about 1/2 inch larger, on each side, than your cardstock.  Lay this piece upside down.
     4. Place the sticky side of your cardstock in the center of the napkin and press all edges
     5. Trim off the extra napkin
     6. Press Versmark all over the napkin until you are sure it is fully covered.
     7. Cover the cardstock with Heat and Stick powder and heat until the powder melts and is sticky.
     8. Cover the melted powder with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Then reheat one more time to set the glitter in the melted powder.  Notice not much of the glitter comes off.

Lots of steps, but easy and you'll love the results.
Supplies used
Heat and Stick powder
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Tempting Turquoise, Primrose Petals, Basic Black cardstock
Tempting Turquoise, Primrose Petals ink
Apothocary Framelits
Layered Labels stamp set
Large oval punch

Sunday, November 25, 2012

New use for a Napkin

   One of the things I love researching is new techniques to use on cards.  I remember years ago trying out a technique called Faux Linen.  When one of my downline brought me some Kleenex with Christmas decorations on it I immediately thought of using the Faux Linen technique to turn it into a card.  How does one create a card using Faux Linen you might ask?  4 easy steps is all it takes.
        1.  Cover a piece of cardstock thoroughly with glue stick
        2.  Crumple a precut piece of Kleenex into a tiny wad
        3.  Unfold the wad but don't spread out all the wrinkles
        4.  Place the wrinkled Kleenex on top of the cardstock piece and spread it out, managing to keep some wrinkles in place. The edges can be glued to the wrong side of the cardstock.
   Check out the card I made using this easy technque. I would love to see a sample that you make using the Faux Linen technique.
Supplies used
Snow Flurries embossing folder
Island Indigo, Basic Black and Gumball Green, Whisper White cardstock
Island Indigo Ink
Saying from Rejoicing with You stamp set

Saturday, November 24, 2012

More about Sushi

      My mom was a Home Ec teacher and as a result I have been exposed to a lot of different crafts.  It seems that stamping and sewing are the two that have stuck the most with me.  I love this card because it kind of combines my two loves into one card.  I remember mom using a dress form to make sure that the outfit she was sewing for me would fit just right.  So, when I saw this stamp set I just had to have it.  Do you notice anything else on this card that I mentioned that I love?  You guessed it, the embossing folder which creates a great background for this simple card. What is your favorite memory of your mother?

Supplies used; 
Stamp Sets: Established Elegence, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Embossing folder: Vintage Wallpaper
Apothocary Framelits
Whisper White, Basic Black cardstock
Stazon Black ink

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ready Set Go

I am ready to jump in with both feet and try blogging out in the Big World. I have had a blog as a part of my stampinup website for over a year  and love posting and blogging.  But I want to reach more people so after watching a webinar on blogging I decided to take a stab at it. This feels scary to me because it is such a new experience.  But here goes...One Two Three Jump!

 I love stamping in every form possible and I love StampinUp and all their products.  So, today for my first blog I will share with you a card I made recently that has a lot of the products from StampinUp that I love....embossing folders, stamps, and designer paper. What do you think?

Items used:  Fancy Fan, Polka dot embossing folder
Sassy Salutations ,Embellised Events stamp set
Dahlia In-Color designer flowers
In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack, Primrose Petals
Crumb Cake, Midnight Blue, Whisper White cardstock
Gumball Green, Early Espresso ink