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

Friday, September 10, 2010

Stamp 'n Chat Halloween Treat

It's that time of the month again, my monthly Stamp 'n Chat with a group of talented local demonstrators.  Our theme this month was anything holiday.  I made a simple Halloween treat using the new Sizzix Candy Wrapper die.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Halloween Hoot
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Wicked Fun Specialty DSP, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories:  Sizzix Candy Wrapper Die, Circle Punches:  1 3/8" and 1 1/4", Raven 1/2" Lace Trim

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Circular Greeting

I'm making a stash of graphic simple cards to give to my friend for her birthday next week.  She's getting the two from yesterday's post; this'll be the 3rd design.  I traced a big circle in pencil and followed the outline to place the colorful dots; this wasn't a situation to wing the dot placements - I tried that at first and my circle was more like a wonky oval!

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Celebrations (Retired)
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  1/4" Circle Punch

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Graphic Duo

Revisiting the bold and graphic design style with these two cards.  I masked the Happy Birthday stamp from the Hostess Level 1 set Afterthoughts so I could stamp it on one line vs two lines.  The striped card is made from scrap strips of Melon Mambo and Whisper White mounted on an Early Espresso background.  I've got a lot of birthdays coming up in September so building up my stash + want to give my friends cards as their birthday gift. 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Afterthoughts
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry (Retired)
Accessories:  Circle Punches:  1 1/4" and 1"

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

CAS FTL #106

Hope you all had a fun or relaxing Labor Day weekend.  I went camping for a few days and we had great weather all weekend; I think summer has finally arrived in the Bay Area! 

It's been a few weeks since I participated in the Clean and Simple Blog layout challenges.  I needed to make a Congratulations card for my friend Amy who's about to delliver twins.  I'm not sure what the sex of the twins are so I incorporated a little bit of blue, pink and green on this card to cover all the bases.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Everything Nice
Paper:  Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, In Color DSP Pack (Level 1 Hostess), Marina Mist
Ink:  Soft Suede
Accessories:  Circle Punches 1 1/4" and 1 3/8", Stampin' Dimensionals, Billboard Decorative Strip

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bird Cage Card Holder

I couldn't resist this antiquey bird cage when I saw it at a store called Harvest Furniture in the Bay Area.  I even bought some vintage Paris postcards to display with it, but when I got the cage home, it ended up being a place to display all the cards I've been making to post on this blog.  I love that I've got a great stash of cards ready to give to my friends and family for their birthdays and celebrations. 

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Trio of Simple Cards

The lunch notes box I created a few posts ago would be perfect to hold this trio of note cards.  The focal point of each card was cut with a Sizzix die.  The card to the far left is cut from the Table Setting die and uses the spiral circle.  I didn't use the entire spiral as the flower would have been too big; I cut the spiral about midway.  The flower is cut out of felt - wouldn't it be great to have felt in exclusive Stampin' Up colors?  Imagine the possibilities!  The middle card is die cut with the Flower, Daisies #2 die (one of my all-time favorites).  Lastly the card to the right uses the Beautiful Butterflies die.  Each of the stamped sayings is from the Level 1 Hostess Set Afterthoughts with the second line masked off.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Level 1 Hostess Set Afterthoughts
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Baja Fresh, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Level 1 In Color Hostess DSP Pack
Accessories:  Sizzix Dies:  Table Setting, Daisies #2, Beautiful Butterflies; Basic Rhinestones and Pearls, Button (Retired)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ribbon Flower Favor Box

A few years ago at a Stampin' Up Convention, we learned how to make flowers out of ribbon.  You basically take a big needle (the kind used for cross stitching) and sew a running stitch at the top of the ribbon.  Then at the end, pull the thread so the ribbon ends up scrunching together.  Stitch a securing stitch at the bottom to close off the flower and you've got a simple, cute adornment to put on boxes, cards, etc.  I love, love, love the 1.25" striped ribbon. 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Afterthoughts (Level 1 Hostess Set)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Confetti Cream, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  1 1/4" Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Bitty Box & Envelope Sizzix XL Die, Build-a-Brad, Linen Thread, 1/2" Circle Punch