Thursday, June 23, 2011

PPA 99 Stars

Here is my PPA 99 challenge card.  The challenge is CAS Stars.  CAS is not my style, so I kept repeating clean and simple, clean and simple, to myself like a mantra.  I started out with my Stars 2 die and cut a big blue star, I sniped the ends off and was going to make pennants out of the layered points.  But when I started to figure out how to put it all together, I tried the star shape again, and loved it.

The large medallion is a two 1 1/2 x 12 pieces of Night of Navy DSP pleated every 1/2 inch glued  together at the ends.  You really need to have a circle punch with sticky strip ready so when you scrunch it all together you can attach the circle to keep it circular.  It's a bit tricky, but with practice it becomes easier.  A 2 inch circle of textured whisper white was put on the top, and two layered stars were put on top.  A firecracker (my husband said they are called ladyfingers) was rolled out of cherry cobbler CS and a bit of baker's twine makes the fuse.  The same baker's twine was wrapped around the whisper white square lattice embossed background paper.

So here are some tips, when you score the DSP use a somewhat light hand, if you notice at the bottom of my medallion, the tips are white, I seemed to mess them them up.  Also sticky strip is your friend when you make your medallion, you can't use too much!

So what do you think, did I keep it clean and simple?  I love to hear your comments, so please leave them.  Also, keep in mind that the retired accessories and stamps are only available until the end of the month, and my blog special ends then as well.  Enjoy!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

PPA 98 Hops for Father's Day

Happy Father's day to my wonderful husband Chris.  He is the very best father that I know and we all love him bunches!  Chris is a big Craft Beer fan.  His hobby is brewing beer and has gone so far as to plant his own Hop plants, which he uses in his beer.  When I was thinking about what type of card to make him, I immediately thought about incorporating his hobby into the card.  Here is what I came up with:

I attempted to make paper hops, and boy was it difficult!  I ended up using the Build a Blossom punch with the smallest two punches in old olive, then crumpled, separated, and sponged them with garden green.  I just layered them on top of each other for that comb look.  I am not thrilled with how they turned out, but I think they look enough like a real hop to get the idea.

I used two great tools for today's card, the PPA 98 sketch and my color coach.  Both items helped me along great.  The sketch was perfect, and the colors Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, and Old Olive are just right for a masculine card.

Here is a picture of a real hop plant and it's leaves.  It is actually a vine and are very pretty and delicate.  Nature is the prettiest, and is hard to duplicate.

This is a 5x5 card, I crimped my garden green DSP from the Patterns DSP stack and layered it on a piece of garden green CS.  The more mustard square is embossed with the big shot and square lattice EF.  The hops and leaves are made with the build a blossom punch, and the sentiment is the retired Something to Celebrate stamp set, stamped in very vanilla craft ink and punched out with a large oval punch.  A very CAS card that showcases the hops.  So what do you think?  I love to read your comments, so please leave them!  Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

PPA June Blog Hop

Welcome to the June PALS HOP! This month, we're featuring one last look at some of the stamps and accessories that are retiring July 1 when the new Idea Book & Catalog (IB&C) debuts. Enjoy the HOP and take one last look at some of the amazing creations that the Pals have come up with.

You've likely hopped over from Stephanie Uzee, I'm stop number 12 on the PALS HOP and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for paper crafted creations from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the PALS HOP LINE-UP below and you'll be back on track!

Today I am showing you the rest of the Teacher gifts that my daughter Mackie and I made for her female teachers.

They are mini composition books that have been altered to look like a purse.  We used the Greenhouse Gala DSP that is sadly retiring.  I have made many beautiful projects out of this paper and will miss it.

This is what we started with.  I took a mini book and measured one inch from each corner and made a mark.  The corners are rounded so just get as close as you can.  Cut the cover diagonally matching up your marks. After your cover is cut, use that as a guide to cut the rest of the notebook paper, cutting about 5-6 pages at a time.

Decorate the front and back using a rectangle piece of paper (I left a little of the binding showing at the bottom for added effect), then after glued, snip off the corners.  I glued the ribbon on for handles and glued another strip of paper on to cover the raw edges.  Do this for both sides.  I left my strip long to line up my paper on the other side.  Snip of extra when finished with both sides.

Now you can embellish as much as you want, since we did a bunch of these, we left them somewhat simple.  The flowers were made with the scallop punch flower technique which is made by crimping the scallop circle punch a ton, crumpling and separating the layers.  Stack them up and secure with a brad and crumple to shape.  Then layer on a scallop circle base.

Here is the finished purse in a cello bag and tied with a ribbon.  A small 3x3 thank you card was also included in the package.

I wanted to make an additional big card for the extra purse that we had left, I used some more fabulous Greenhouse Gala DSP.  The flower was made by making three different flowers and putting them together.  You make the flowers by punching 5 scallop circles, then spraying them with water and crumpling them up.  You then flatten them out and stack them up and secure with a center brad.  Scrunch up again and shape to whatever shape you would like.  Set aside to dry. 

Many thanks to Becky at for the inspiration for the purses!  I hope you enjoyed today's project, please email me if you have any questions.  I love to hear your thoughts on this post, so comments are always appreciated!  Thanks for stopping by.

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Barb Furlong stop number 13 on the June PALS HOP! Thanks for "hopping" by!

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4. Mary Fish,

6. Mike Funke,

8. Barbara Chatzkel,

9. Ann Schach,

12. Sandra Conner, (YOU ARE HERE)

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

End of Year Teacher Gifts

Here are a few items that Mackie and I made for her teachers.  The last day of school was on Wednesday, so we made a bunch of different types of little goodies for them.  She had 10 teachers this year, so we were busy.

This was a little box that I saw on Inking Idaho.  I put my own twist on it by using a Triangle Trifold card and just used the card's ribbon to tie it on to the box.  You can get the tutorial for the card by clicking HERE.  I have made this card in the past, it is very easy and has a great impact.

Since the box was a little complicated, I went back on Splitcoast and found the Pull Treat tutorial, you can click HERE to see it.  This is what we came up with:

In the future when I make this, I will definitely make it a bit longer, and glue the heck out of the bottom.  I used the Hershey bars with Almonds, which I think are a bit thicker, which might of caused the bit of ruffling at the bottom.  These are super easy and would be a great party favor.  When you pull up on the ribbon, the candy pops up, very sweet!

I used the Sale-A-Bration Ice Cream Parlor suite, the owl stamp from the Punch Bunch was punched out with my owl punch, for a super easy tag.  The coordinating colors for this suite are Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, and Old Olive. 

These colors could be used for either gender, but these were made specifically for Mackie's male teachers.  The items that we made for her female teachers will be on Tuesday's post, which will be the June Pals Blog Hop, so come back then to see what we made.  Enjoy!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Pretty Purses

I had a stamp class last week and we made some great Beyond the Garden cards.  They turned out so pretty.  The final item of the class was to make a purse to hold the cards.  Everyone was given their choice of colors and flowers and here is how two of the finished products turned out.

This is Becki's purse, and she picked a Chocolate Chip base with Tempting Turquoise trim and flowers.  The flowers where cut using the Fun Flowers Die, and embossed with the Square Lattice EF.  The scrunchy ribbon was from my retired ribbon stash, and it just seemed perfect for this project.

This is my purse that I made for a sample, the base is Pink Pirouette with Wild Wasabi trim.  The new triple blossom punch made the flowers, and the possibilities are endless.  They are topped off with basic rhinestones, and the trim part was embossed with the Framed Tulips EFRetired Wild Wasabi ribbon came in handy for the handles.

This pattern for the purse was purchased from Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho, she has wonderful easy to use templates, I highly recommend them.

They are large enough to hold the standard size cards, or you can use it for a gift bag.  I have mine temporary taped for now, so if I need to bring the sides in or take them out I can do so.  Hope you were inspired to make your own purse, enjoy!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mojo Monday 194

Ok, I know that today is Friday, and the challenge came out on Monday.  I have been thinking about what to do on this card, and after my sneak peak at the brand new SU catalog, I was really inspired by a new Suite of items called Big Top.  This whole set is on my wish list, and I do believe that it will be the theme for Tate's second birthday in November.

The colors for the Big Top suite are very similar to the ones I chose for my card.  My card has Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Old Olive and Whisper White.

The hot air balloon is about six of the DSP punches in the large oval punch.  I am sorry to say that every piece of DSP is from a different retired pack, I searched through all of my old DSP to come up with the colors and prints that I thought would look good.  Since the backside was different, I just glued two ovals together so I can get the prints that I needed.  I then punched two ovals in Real Red, sniped a bit of each off and used them as a base layer.  The balloon is held on to the basket with baker's twine, and the basket is paper pieced from the Sweet Center stamp set.

The sentiment is from the Four Frames stamp set, and layered on Real Red CS.  A modern label punch stamped with the Create a Cupcake stamp set is layered on top.  A Daffodil Delight button is threaded with more bakers twine for just a little extra pop.

The inside is CAS again, already stamped and ready to sign.  The base card is Whisper White CS, and the bits of Tempting Turquoise stripes have been embossed with the Square Lattice EF.  The stripes are a bit under 3/4 inch and have a 3/4 inch circle at the bottom.

I hope you all are inspired to create with paper this weekend.  I have a few posts in the wings waiting for you to enjoy, so check back when you can!  Enjoy.

Stamps:  Sweet Centers, Create a Cupcake, Four Frames
Ink:  Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Paper:  retired SU DSP, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Real Red
ETC:  Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, decorative label punch, large oval punch, baker's twine, modern label punch, buttons, 3/4 circle punch

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pals Paper Arts 97

Hello!  This weeks PPA 97 challenge is "Signature Style", and can you guess what my signature style is?  Flowers of course!  I also love to do different cards, and 3D, so I combined all of my favorites into one card.

Ok, lets start first with the flower.  I love to make them and look for inspiration everywhere, in my garden, on shoes, home decor, online, etc.  The inspiration for this flower came from Valita's Designs, you can click here to watch the tutorial.  I made the flower using the builder punch Build a Blossom, which is a carryover item and Mambo Melon CS.  It took 25 big flower punches and about 15 small flower punches to make the flower.  I then punched some leaves in Garden Green, and rolled a piece of paper for the stem to give it some weight.

The flower was layered in the pink and green DSP from Beyond the Garden, and layered on a Wild Wasabi CS base.  The side panels were leftover melon mambo that had been embossed with the Square Lattice EF.  Other than the flower it is a very easy card, and the flower is not hard, just time consuming.

Ok, on to the card style which is a Center Step Card, you can click here for the tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers.  Splitcoast is a wonderful site, if you have not checked them out, please do so, you will not be disappointed!

The simple white satin ribbon was topped of with the Tiny Tags stamp set and punch, tied in a little bow using baker's twine.  Love the effect both of both of these items.

The inside is CAS, since the outside had so much impact.  This definitely will not be a mailing card, but a card that will go in a gift bag, maybe wrapped in tissue.  Even without the flower, it is a larger card.

So what do you think?  Did I represent my specialty good?  I love making flowers and hope you are inspired by today's card!  All the above items are available in my online store, and my baker's twine promo goes until next week, so click on the shop with me button.  Thanks for stopping by, enjoy!

Stamps:  Tiny Tags, Curly Cute
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Beyond the Garden DSP, Melon Mambo, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi
Tools:  Jewelry tag punch, Build a Blossom Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured EF, paper scorer, ribbon, bakers twine

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wedding Card

This is a wedding card that Becki and I made for her friend's wedding.  We embossed a layer of Whisper White CS with the Finial Press EF, and made a flower using the Fun Flowers L Die.  The brides' colors matched the retired colors of Cool Caribbean and Soft Sky the best so those are the colors we used.

The four frames stamp set and decorative label punch was used for the sentiment.  The Mr. & Mrs. stamp came from the tiny tags stamp set, and just seemed to fit right in.

This is a simple gate fold card, it is closed using the belly band that the flower it attached to, just slide it right off.  I neglected to take a picture of the inside, but we used another piece of Soft Sky and stamped the flourish from Baroque Motifs, and the congratulations stamp from Curly Cute.

The flower was cut using the Fun Flowers die, one set in each color, then run through the crimping tool a ton of times, then crumpled and separated the layers, so we ended up with two of each flower.  We sponged and stacked them ALL together and secured with a brad, it is a great full flower.

Remember, my free Baker's Twine special is still going on, click on the button above for more info, thanks for stopping by, enjoy!

stamps: Four Frames, Curly Cute, Tiny Tags, Baroque Motifs
ink and paper:  Cool Caribbean, Soft Sky, Whisper White
tools:  Big Shot, Fun Flowers L Die, Finial Press, EF, Decorative Label punch, crimper

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Surprise for you!

Just a quick note to let you know that I am planning a great surprise tomorrow for all of my wonderful blog readers!  I am celebrating my first month of my blog, and you get the presents!  So please come back tomorrow and I will spill!

Don't forget to check out the retired lists for your favorite stamps and accessories!  See you tomorrow.  Here is another past project, since I feel guilty about two posts without any new pictures.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Retired List is released!

Today is June 1st and that marks the day that Stampin' Up! releases the retired stamps and accessory lists.  The accessories are first come first served and sell out quickly, especially the discounted items, so click on the shop with me button to get the best selection!  The stamp sets are available until June 30th, so don't let your favorites get away!  Here are the PDF files for the lists:

Retired Accessories List

Last Chance Stamp List

We did get a glimpse of some new "sneak peeks", and boy are they great, the In-Colors are very hot, trendy colors right now so stay tuned for some great new cards using these colors in the next few weeks.  Contact me right away to schedule a workshop where you can use some of these spectacular new items.  Have a great day.
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