Monday, December 6, 2010

Big Shot Letterpress Plates How-To Video

I don't have a new project to share with you today, but I thought you would enjoy a Stampin' Up! How-To video. I haven't posted one of these for awhile. This one features Stampin' Up!'s wonderful new Letterpress Plates that are featured in the Holiday Mini on p. 42.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's My Favorite Reindeer - Dasher!

I love the look of this Dasher stamp (p. 20). I just love his antlers, don't you? I stamped the snowflakes from the Level One Hostess set, Northern Hearts (p. 4 in the Holiday Mini), onto the Cherry Cobbler card using VersaMark ink. I ran the Always Artichoke card stock through the Big Shot using the Petals-A-Plenty Impressions Folder (p. 214). I then attached a strip of Early Espresso satin ribbon (p. 191) across the top. Then, I attached it to the bottom of the card.

I made the strip on the tag by punching the bottom edge of the Always Artichoke piece with the Scallop Trim Border punch (p. 200). I then added the Cherry Cobbler strip and then the Victoria Crochet Trim (p. 190). I attached it to the bottom part of a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I threaded a piece of Linen Thread (p. 190) into the Deck the Halls Big Designer Button (p. 17 in the Mini), and tied it in a knot. The button is attached to the strip with 2 Mini Glue Dots.

I inked Dasher with an Early Espresso ink pad and then removed the ink from the parts of the antlers that I wanted red using a Blender Pen. Once I got the ink off, I inked these parts with a Cherry Cobbler marker. Then, I stamped him above the card stock strip.

The "Merry Christmas" from the Christmas Greetings set (p. 44) is one long stamp. I wanted the Merry to be above Christmas, so I inked "Christmas" with the Cherry Cobbler marker and stamped it on a scrap of Very Vanilla. I cleaned the stamp, inked "Merry" with the marker and stamped it above "Christmas" using the Stamp-a-ma-jig (p. 198). I then punched it out with the 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval L Punch (p. 202), layered onto an Always Artichoke oval punched out with the Scallop Oval XL punch (p. 200).

Have you ever tried to make a tag from a piece of card stock without a punch? It's so hard to get both corners even, isn't it? Here's a trick I learned a long time ago. The picture above shows you what I did. I first cut the top, left corner off. I then took the cut-off triangle, flipped it over, attached it to the top, right corner, and cut it off. I colored the edges of the triangle just so you could see it better in the picture.

I wanted to have a layer under the tag, and thought I'd see if doing the same thing to the corners would work. It did. The Early Espresso piece is an 1/8" larger both ways (width and height) I then attached the same cut-off triangle from the vanilla tag and attached it to each corner of the Early Espresso piece. You can see how in the above and bottom picture. Super easy!

I then attached the tag to the card, slanting it a bit. I added the Antique Brad (p. 187) after putting the tag on the card. I attached the oval greeting on with two Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stamps: Dasher, Christmas Greetings, & Northern Hearts (Level One Hostess set in Mini)

Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler Classic ink pads; Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker; VersaMark ink pad

Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, & Very Vanilla card stock

Blender Pen, Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons (Mini), Linen Thread, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval L Punch, Scallop Oval XL Punch, Antique Brads, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Petals-A-Plenty Impressions Folder, Early Espresso 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Victoria Crochet Trim, Stampin' Dimensionals, & Mini Glue Dots.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I Finally Got to Stamp!

Here is the card I told you about yesterday. I've been wanting to use the stamp, Christmas Postcard (p. 41 in the Holiday Mini), ever since I got it, but just haven't had the time. It's such a beautiful Christmas stamp. The background of my card is a corner of one of the sheets of paper in the Deck the Halls DSP (p. 41) in the Holiday Mini. I then layered it onto Cherry Cobbler card stock. I put a 3" piece of Cherry Cobbler ribbon on the bottom right corner, and attached the ends to the back of the Cherry Cobbler CS/DSP layer. I then took a 12" piece of the same ribbon and tied it onto the small strip of ribbon, tying it into a bow. It's hard to tie a piece of ribbon around a corner with just one piece of ribbon, and doing it in two strips like this is a lot easier. It also takes less ribbon. After the bow is on, I attached the whole piece to the Soft Suede card.

I stamped the Christmas Postcard stamp with Jet Black Stazon ink and water colored the images (except for the letters) with Classic ink pads and an aqua painter. I got the gold shimmer on the letters by painting them with Gold Lame Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink (p. 195). I really like the effect. It really brings out the vintage-look of the stamp. I also sponged Soft Suede ink around the stamped image to go along with the vintage-look. I then layered this piece with Early Espresso card stock and then onto Cherry Cobbler card stock. I then tilted the image, and attached it to the center of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I really like this card a lot. I like it so much that I might put it on a shelf in my living room as a Christmas decoration instead of using it as a card.

The picture on the right is a close-up of the shiny letters. You can click on the picture to see a larger image.

Stamps: Christmas Postcard (mini)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, River Rock, More Mustard, & Blushing Bride Classic ink pad; Jet Black Stazon ink pad

Paper: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, & Confetti White card stock; Deck the Halls DSP (mini)

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding (mini), Aqua Painter, Gold Lame Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink; Stamping Sponges, & Stampin' Dimensionals.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Today is the Last Day to Save!

Boy, has the last week sped by! I want to take this time to remind you that this is the last day you can purchase the Online Spectacular items at up to 50% off! Click on the picture above to see the list in pdf format. You have until 1:50 a.m. EST (11:50 PST) to place your ORDER ONLINE, so you need to hurry! Don't wait until the last minute, because you may be too late!

I also have some more great news! The Fancy Flower & 2-1/2" Circle XL Punches will be available to order again, tomorrow, Dec. 1, and the much anticipated Watercolor Wonder Crayons are NOW available to purchase as well! All quality issues have been resolved!

I'm sorry that I haven't posted any projects for awhile. I'm doing some stamping today, so I should have something to show you tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Save up to 50% Off Selected Stampin' Up! Items!

There is a WONDERFUL sale going on this week! There are items from 20% to 50% off! Not only that, but ONLINE orders of $150 or more (before shipping & tax) also get free shipping! You don't have to just purchase Online Spectacular items to get free shipping. Any Stampin' Up! products can go towards the $150. What a deal!

Get your Christmas shopping done early! Place your ORDER ONLINE, now! You'll need to hurry, though. The sale ends Nov. 30th!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Join Stampin' Up! for Half Off!


FROM NOVEMBER 15 - 30, 2010

If you would like to join my group, you can SIGN-UP ONLINE to take advantage of this great opportunity. Make sure you wait until November 15, and do it by November 30. You'll need my password when you sign-up, and it's Lovely Images.

Monday, November 8, 2010

My First Easel Card

I've been wanting to make an easel card for awhile now, and I finally got to make one! I just had to use my Greeting Card Kids (p. 36) set, too. I love this set! I love how each stamp in the set works with different times of the year...School Days, Halloween, Christmas, & Valentine's Day. Not only that, but the kids in the set are so darn cute!

Above is the inside of the card. When making an easel card, you have to have a second layer on the bottom of the inside of the card for the "easel" part to lean up against. I made the poinsettia flower with the 5-Petal Flower XL Punch (p. 200). I punched two from Cherry Cobbler card stock, and one from Old Olive card stock. I attached the two red ones first, only putting adhesive on the center of the top flower. This made me be able to fold the flowers up for dimension. I then attached them to the green one, making sure the green "leaves" showed through the gaps between the red petals. I then attached 5 large and 4 medium-sized pearls from the Basic Pearls Jewels (p. 188) pack to the flower center.

Above is a picture of the card closed. When it's closed, it's the same size as a regular card, so it fits in Stampin' Up!'s Medium Envelopes (p. 171).

Above is the side view of the card. The base of the card is a piece of 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock. I scored the long side at 5-1/2" and 8-1/4". After scoring, fold the card in half, and then fold the other score line the opposite direction. With the 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" part on the bottom, lay it down on your table. The small flap should be on top. Add Sticky Strip onto the top flap, and then attach the card front (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") to it by lining the top of the card front with the top of the flap. Looking at the picture above, the folded flap is on the back of the top half of the card front. As you can see, the card front stands up by leaning against the second layer on the bottom of the inside of the card as stated earlier.

I also want to show you a close-up of the little girl. I wanted the snow and the fur of her coat and hat to sparkle, so I painted Frost White Shimmer Paint (p. 195) with a make-up applicator. It's so shimmery in person!

Greeting Card Kids, Bells & Boughs (Mini), & Many Merry Messages

Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, & Marina Mist Classic ink pads; Jet Black Stazon ink pad

Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, & Very Vanilla card stock; Jolly Holiday DSP

Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Petals-A-Plenty Impressions Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Decorative Label Punch (Mini), Glimmer Brights Brads (Mini), Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Frost White Shimmer Paint, 5-Petal Flower XL Punch, & Basic Pearls Jewels.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sunflower Card

I finally got to stamp yesterday. I've been catching up on my computer work, and I also did some creating on my computer. As you can see, I made a Fall layout for my blog with My Digital Studio (TM) (p. 181). I really had fun with it, and I'm happy with how it turned out. I hope you like it, too!

I CASEd today's card from Connie Babbert. My card is pretty much the same as hers. I just changed the colors a little bit (very little), and made the leaves with the Leaves #2 Originals Die (p. 213) instead of the Wide Oval punch. I also dry embossed them with the Wallpaper Impressions folder (p. 214) instead of using designer paper. The sunflower was made with the Flower, Daisies #2 Bigz die (p. 207). I die-cut 2 each of the two larger daisies in the die. I sponged the sunflower layers with Peach Parfait ink. I thought I had picked up the Pumpkin Pie ink pad, but picked up Peach Parfait instead. I'm glad I did. I think Pumpkin Pie would have been a little too dark with the Certainly Celery card base. The center of the sunflower was made with the 1-3/4" Circle XL Punch (p. 202), and then dry embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot Impressions folder (p. 214). The border at the bottom of the card was made with the Curly Label XL Punch (p. 202).

Stamps: Thankful For set

Ink: Early Espresso and Peach Parfait Classic ink pads

Paper: Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, & Early Espresso card stock; Autumn Spice DSP (Mini-p. 13)

Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Flower, Daisies #2 Bigz Die, Leaves #2 Originals Die, SU! Wallpaper Impressions Folder, SU! Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder, 1-3/4" Circle XL Punch, Curly Label XL Punch, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, & Stamping Sponges

Monday, November 1, 2010

Last Christmas Stamp-A-Stack Card

Here is the last card design for my Christmas Card SAS next week. This card is a classic card template that I really like. It's one of my turn-to card designs. I like making just about all cards, but I really like ones that are fast and easy to make and look great! This is probably the quickest card to make of all 5 designs. It wouldn't take long at all to get your Christmas cards finished if you used this design.

The Old Olive strip across the middle was punched out with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (p. 200). I stamped the greeting from the Seasonal Sentiments (p. 15 of the Holiday Mini) set on the bottom of the Very Vanilla piece first. The ornament was stamped and then punched out with the Ornament XL Punch (p. 202). I stamped the ornament string from the Tree Trimmings (p. 44) set before attaching the ornament with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Tree Trimmings, & Seasonal Sentiments (Mini)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Classic pads

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, & Very Vanilla card stock; Jolly Holiday DSP

Accessories: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Ornament XL Punch, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Below are all of the 5 card designs being made at my Christmas SAS-Take 2 next week. Everyone will make 4 of each design. To find out more about this event, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR. You can see close-ups of each card in my 4 previous posts.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Come Let Us Adore Him

Here is the fourth card design for my upcoming Christmas Stamp-A-Stack in two weeks. To find out more about this event, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

I really like the reverse masking technique with this set. I stamped the three wise men stamp onto the card stock first. I punched out a circle from a Post It note, and put the negative of the circle onto the stamped piece of card stock. Then, I sponged Marina Mist ink around the edges of the circle opening, leaving the center white, and took of the Post-It note off. I really like the look it gives Bethlehem on the card. The lines you see around the base of the card were made by brushing the Concord Crush ink pad on it (direct to paper technique).

Stamps: Come to Bethlehem Set

Ink: Concord Crush and Marina Mist Classic pads

Paper: Concord Crush, Marina Mist, & Naturals White card stock

Accessories: 1-3/4" Circle XL Punch, Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Stamping Sponges, & Post-It Notes

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christmas Candles Card

Here is the other card that I CASEd from Dolly Watt. I like her card a little better because she made the pine cones brown using markers. Since this card is for my Stamp-A-Stack, I needed to keep it quick. It's a lot quicker just using a Garden Green ink pad than using an Early Espresso and Garden Green markers for the pine twigs. The flames were made with one of the stamps from the Pick A Petal (p. 135) set. The saying is stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink using the greeting from the Belles & Boughs (p. 19) set from the Holiday Mini. The designer paper is the Deck the Halls DSP (p. 18) from the Holiday Mini as well. The pine twig is from the Autumn Days (p. 118) set.

To find out more about my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

Stamps: Autumn Days, Pick a Petal, & Belles & Boughs (Mini)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, & More Mustard Classic pads; More Mustard & Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers.

Paper: Garden Green & More Mustard card stock; Deck the Halls DSP (Mini)

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding (Mini) & Paper Snips

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Snowflake Wreath

Today's card is another card design that will be made at my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack (SAS) in 2 weeks. To find out more about this SAS, CLICK HERE. I got the idea for this card from Dolly Watt on Splitcoaststampers. I actually CASEd 2 of her cards for my SAS. I'll show the other one tomorrow.

I made the wreath with the medium-sized snowflake from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set (p. 42). The flower images are from the Season of Joy set (p. 33). The ribbon is actually just a single knot tied into a 4" strip of Real Red satin ribbon (p. 191) and attached with a Mini Glue Dot (p. 197). Another very pretty, simple card that is very easy to mass produce. I love that there isn't much card stock to cut, either. You only need the half piece of card stock for the card and one piece of white card stock for the card front. That's it!

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Season of Joy, & Many Merry Messages

Ink: Old Olive & Real Red Classic pads

Paper: Real Red & Whisper White card stock

Accessories: Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon & Mini Glue Dots

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Here Comes Another Christmas Stamp-A-Stack!

This is one of the cards that is going to be made at my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack (SAS) next month (Nov. 11 & 12). To find out more about this event, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

I love the new Northern Flurry Impressions Folder (p. 26) in the Holiday Mini. It's so pretty, and I really love it with the Basic Rhinestones Jewels (p. 188) on each snowflake. They don't show up too well in the pictures, but there is a close-up below so you can get a better idea. Just click on the picture to get a larger view. They sparkle a lot more in person. There are so many rhinestones in the pack that I can make quite a few of these cards without running out of them.

Stamps: Word Play

Ink: Soft Suede Classic pad & Baja Breeze Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Naturals White, Baja Breeze, & Soft Suede card stock

Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Northern Flurry Impressions folder (Mini), Basic Rhinestones Jewels, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, 1-3/4" Circle XL Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle XL Punch, & Stampin' Dimensionals

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