Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Watercolored Cute Christmas

Here's a card I made for a Christmas Stamp-a-Stack class I held in November.  The trees are watercolored using markers that are scribbled on an acrylic block then the colors are picked up with an aqua painter.  This is one of my favorite methods of watercoloring.  I learned it at a Rubber Stamp convention and have adopted it ever since.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  A Cute Christmas, Sparkly & Bright
Paper:  Candy Cane Christmas DSP, Real Red
Ink:  Basic Black
Accessories:  Markers - Baja Breeze, River Rock, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Peach Parfait and Real Red, Aqua Painter

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Tags

Has it been 2 months since my last post?!?  Where has the time gone?  In early October, I took a 2 week vacation to Italy and after I got back, I started experiencing camera problems.  As I was debating whether to buy a replacement, my camera suddenly decided to started working again.  So I'm back in the blogging business.

I've been teaching a lot of classes during my 2 month blogging absence.  These Christmas tags are examples of what I'll be teaching this Saturday for my Bags 'o Tags class.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  A Cute Christmas, Sparkly & Bright, Contempo Christmas
Paper:  Real Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Kiwi Kiss, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Brushed Silver
Ink:  Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Accessories:  1 3/4" and 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punches, 1" and 1 3/4" Circle Punches, Timeless Type Alphabet, Round Tab Punch, Snowflakes Set #2, Basic Rhinestones 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Stampin' Up Clearance Rack

Stampin' Up just announced a Clearance Rack promotion.  From Oct 5 - 18, you can buy discontinued merchandise for up to 80% off!  Products are available to order online and qualifying orders are eligible for Hostess benefits (Hostess benefits given with minimum $150 merchandise total order).  If you didn't get a chance to stock up on discontinued paper, inks, accessories or other merchandise, now is your chance!  Hurry, supplies available while they last and all sales are final.

To place an online order, click here.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Enjoy Every Moment Blog Tour

For those of you arriving here via Mercedes Weber's blog, welcome! Mercedes is part of the monthly Stamp 'n Chat group I attend and she is a super stamper.  I always look forward to seeing what Mercedes creates.  I'm so thrilled to be a part of the Enjoy Every Moment Blog Tour. All this week I've been posting Halloween treat packaging ideas. Today's post is the highlight culminating the end of Treat Week and I saved the best for last. Here are 3 unique packaging ideas using mainly Sizzix dies, all exclusive to Stampin' Up.

Front View

Back View

The Haunted Tombstone treat is made with the Matchbox die.  I ran the slider portion thru the Spider Web embossing folder, then sponged with Whisper White Craft ink to really pop the web and give it an eerie, spooky effect.  The sides of the "tombstone" are lined with manicured "grass" which are just strips of snipped Old Olive cardstock.  "RIP" was die cut from the Timeless Type Sizzix Sizzlits Alphabet set and the little bat is from the stamp set Fang-tastic.  I stamped it first in Whisper White Craft ink and then hand cut it.  Lastly the gigantic full moon is punched with the 1 3/4" circle punch.

The middle treat is made with two Basic Black panels cut to 4.25" x 5.5" which are attached to a small paper bag.  I wheeled Frightful Fence using Versamark ink and then heat set with clear embossing powder.  Then I sponged Whisper White Craft ink again to create a cloudy Halloween nite scene.  The full moon is punched with the 1 3/8" circle punch and the witch, sentiment and pumpkin on the flip side are also from the Fang-tastic stamp set.

Lastly the abandoned Haunted House is made with the Milk Carton die.  The roof is just rows of Basic Gray cardstock punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch.  The door is a Word Window punch cut on one end to form a straight edge for the bottom.  The boarded up windows are made of 1/8" strips of Crumb Cake.  The black fence is a Martha Stewart border punch.

I hope you are inspired to create some of these Halloween treats!  The next person on the Enjoy Every Moment Blog Tour is the talented Brenda Keenan; I've been lucky enough to receive some of her swaps at Convention.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Trick or Treat Smell My Feet

Welcome to Day 3 of Treat Week.  Today's Peppermint Patty treat is encased in a holder made from the Sizzix Two Tags die exclusive to Stampin' Up.  The lovely witch's feet is from the stamp set Wicked Cool and I paper pieced the Rich Razzleberry stockings.  I was really surprised when I opened the bag of Peppermint Patties and discovered that the candy wrapping had changed.  I wanted neatly wrapped circular candies but found a four-sided treat instead; thus the treat is peeping out from within its packaging.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Wicked Cool
Ink:  Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Old Olive, Whisper White, Wicked Fun DSP
Accessories:  Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon Black, Cropadile

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mummy Dearest

Day 2 of Halloween Treat Week.  The mummy wrapped chocolate bar is not a new idea, but this is my take on it.  There's no stamping and very few accessories used.  Aside from cutting lots of strips of white paper in varying widths, this treat is easy to mass produce.  Start by cutting a piece of white cardstock to 6"x6".  Score at 2", 2.25", 4.75" and 5".  Fold at all score lines and use sticky strip on one end to create the little mummy "jacket".  Then make the eyes before wrapping with strips of white cardstock.  Lastly, I used yummy Peach Parfait ribbon to pull the hidden Hershey bar from its mummy wrap.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  None
Ink:  None
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories:  Peach Parfait Poly Ribbon, Circle Punches:  1/2" and 1/4", Slot Punch (Retired)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Treat Week Begins!

I'm kicking off a week of Halloween treat ideas culminating with Friday's blog hop!  This treat is a pillow box cut out of heavy-duty clear sheets.  Tip:  I discovered that using a crease pad gives a cleaner cut and very visible crease lines when using thick plastic sheets.  The adorable vampire is from the stamp set Fang-tastic; isn't the accompanying greeting perfect?  It's hard to tell but I watercolored his face with Concord Crush; I know, it looks like he's got a gray, ashen face.

Stay tuned tomorrow for another Halloween treat idea.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Fang-tastic
Ink:  Concord Crush, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Peach Parfait, Basic Black
Paper:  Wicked Cool DSP, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories:  Pillow Box Die, Circle Punches:  1 3/8" and 1 1/4", Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, September 24, 2010

Easy Peasy Cards

You can't get any cleaner and simpler than these two cards.  I whipped these up for two birthdays I celebrated last weekend.  I stamped the greeting and then carefully chose the optimal spot to punch.  Notice I like having the word "cake" visible in both cards.

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!  We're expected to have a heat spell - Indian summer has arrived now that it's fall. 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Everything Nice, Birthday Bliss
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Hostess Level 1 In Color DSP Pack
Accessories:  1" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shabby Chic Bedroom

I cased this great card on the Splitcoaststampers site, a stamping community on the internet where people can share cards and projects with other stamping enthusiasts.  It's hard to see but the "wall" on my card has been scored to simulate bead board.  The striped "wallpaper" is from the Level 1 Hostess In Color DSP pack.  The base of the dresser was created with the new Decorative Label punch available in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The drawers are the Modern Label punch jazzed up with Basic Rhinestone knobs and stamped with an image from the Artistic Etchings set.  There's a peek of something "lacy" in the open drawer.  And what Shabby Chic bedroom wouldn't be complete without a chandelier?  This one is from the retired set Grand Soiree.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Artistic Etchings, Grand Soiree (Retired)
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Basic Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Level 1 Hostess In Color DSP Pack
Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch, Modern Label Extra Large Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Victoria Lace Ribbon

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Get Ready for Fall

This is one of the cards I gave my sister-in-law as her birthday present.  Fall isn't quite quite here yet, but I've already transitioned in my mind.  Actually we never had a full-fledged summer here in Northern CA; it stayed pleasantly cool and comfortable.  

This card uses a retired stamp set called Branch Out.  I loved that set and wish it hadn't retired so soon.  Have you heard of a product called Flower Soft?  The Fall blend makes this tree come alive as if it is part of a tranquil scene in New England during leaf peeping season.  The muddy red boots and tire swing complete the scene.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Branch Out (Retired), A Little Birthday Cheer (Retired)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Paper:  Early Espresso, Whisper White, Old Olive
Accessories:  Early Espresso Marker, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Modern Label Extra-Large Punch

Monday, September 20, 2010

Faux Watercolor

I made this card for my sister-in-law's birthday which we celebrated this weekend.  I used the stamp set Inspired by Nature and colored the flower and stem with markers.  Before I stamped it on watercolor paper, I gave the stamp a light spritz of water and then stamped.  This technique gives the image a "watercolored" effect.  My favorite stamp set Afterthoughts is making its weekly appearance.  This card is 3.5" x 6".  I like this size; it's great for images that are long.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Inspired by Nature, Afterthoughts, Tiny Tags
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pink Passion (Retired), Old Olive, Versamark, Early Espresso
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Watercolor, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Linen Thread, White Embossing Powder, Jewelry Tag Medium Punch, Paper Piercer

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Coming Oct 1 - The Enjoy Every Moment Blog Tour!

I'm participating in my first ever blog tour!  Annette, the amazingly generous and talented leader of the Stamp 'n Chat group I participate in every month has organized a blog tour with nine Stampin' Up demonstrators.  Please mark your calendars and watch out for the tour on Oct 1!  I'm so excited and can't wait to unveil the projects I've been working on.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Have You Ever?

I saw this list of "Have You Evers" on a blog and thought it'd be fun to see how many things I've done.  This was a pretty eye-opening exercise.  It made me realize I've travelled a lot, but need to be more charitable.  The pictures above are from some of the trips I've taken.  I love the middle one which shows a jumble of signs at an intersection along a rural road in Vermont; it was taken during a fall leaf peeping trip I took last year. many of these things have you ever done?

Have you ever...

 1. Started your own blog
 2. Slept under the stars
 3. Played in a band
 4. Visited Hawaii
 5. Watched a meteor shower
 6. Given more than you can afford to charity
 7. Been to Disneyworld
 8. Climbed a mountain
 9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea or the beach
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing - does indoor rock climbing count?
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt in person
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted or drawn
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter or plane
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London or Washington, D.C.
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a motorcycle or four wheeler
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Sew Cased

Wow, I finally made a non-graphic card without the Timeless Type Alphabet!  This card was inspired by this Hero Arts blog post.  I've actually wanted to make a card that involved some sewing so this was the perfect card to case.  I used the Stampin' Up set Morning Cup and hand sewed two lines to simulate the coffee pour.  The cup and coffee pot were watercolored.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Morning Cup
Ink:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Kiwi Kiss (Retired), Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Level 1 In Color Hostess DSP Pack
Accessories:  Circle Punches - 3/4", 1" and 1 3/8", Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, September 13, 2010

Take Ten

This card came together in less than ten minutes.  I had a bunch of punched circles lying around from a previous card idea.  I thought the circles would go well paired with a dark gray background.  Then I went to my favorite go-to Timeless Type alphabet set and voila! another quick, graphic card.  The "birthday" greeting is from the hostess set Afterthoughts and was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I promise to get off the Timeless Type, Afterthoughts kick soon.  I can't help it though.  There's just so many ways to use both!

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Afterthoughts
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Peach Parfait, Tempting Turquoise, Kiwi Kiss (Retired), Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories:  1" Circle Punch, White Embossing Powder