Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My New Addiction....

Is making these Christmas ornament's!  Hello there, welcome to this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge.  This challenge is simply to use your big shot machine and make something out of die cuts.  So grab your supplies and head on over to Stampin' Royalty to link up your project.

I offered a local ornament class last week, so I needed to make a sample to show the class what we were making.  I made the ornament on the left hand side, which is the same ornament that is on the cover of the Holiday Mini Catalog.  My Christmas tree decorations are colors similar to cajun craze, cherry cobbler, garden green, elegant eggplant, and early espresso.  So when choosing my colors, I stuck with my color scheme.

This one has cajun craze in the back, and cherry cobbler in the front.  Early espresso scallop tulle was used as well as a rosette made out of the candlelight christmas SDSP.  I also used linen thread, champagne glimmer paper, snow flurry bigz die, a vintage faceted designer button, and a basic pearl.  This one was made with the same technique as the cover ornament.

Since I was on such a roll, I made some ornaments for Mackie's Christmas tree in her room.  Her room is a light purple, and her furniture is black.  Last year she found a black tree and decorated it with purple ornaments.  I know a black tree sounds strange, but it is really pretty. 

These ornaments are made using whisper white card stock, wisteria wonder and black staz-on ink.  More snow flurry snowflakes were made out of shimmer white card stock for a bit of a shine.  I used the dazzling details on the edges of the largest ornament, and the regular dazzling diamonds glitter on the smaller ornament.  Baker's twine, basic rhinestones, antique brads, crumb cake scallop tulle, delicate doilies sizzlits, vintage faceted designer buttons were all used on these ornaments.

Stampin' Up! does offer a pictorial on how to make these ornaments, unfortunately, I cannot figure out how to post the documents to my blog, so if you EMAIL ME, I will email the documents to you ASAP!

Here are some TIPS to help you out:
  • Stamp all of your images first, that way you can cut different ornament shapes at the same time.
  • Use your scrap pieces.  Most all of my ornament die cuts were made by using up all of my scrap paper!
  • Anything can work for your center accent, be creative.
  • Use some sort of liquid glue to assemble the card stock, you want to get many years out of the ornaments.
  • I used the mini clothes pins to hold together my ornaments while the glue dried.
  • A hot glue gun to assemble the completed ornament pieces together is a must, also a must is our new silicone craft sheet.
  • You can use baker's twine instead of the linen thread for the little curly pieces.
  • Glitter is fun, you can not use too much on a christmas ornament!
  • They are very sturdy when done, and remarkably easy, just perfect for gift giving, wrap your ornament in some tissue (stamped, of course) and tuck it in a plain gift bag that you have embellished the outside to match.

Here is the big ornament next to some 2-way glue for size comparison, the glue is 4 1/2 inches tall.  This ornament is about the size of my open hand.  Pretty large.  This ornament uses three different ornament stamp/framelits, both early espresso and cherry cobbler scallop tulle, champagne glimmer paper and some of the above mentioned products.  This ornament is made out naturals ivory card stock, cherry cobbler, garden green, and early espresso ink.

That should do it for today, remember, if you would like a copy of the instructions, email me with a return email address and I will zip them right out to you.  I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pals Christmas Card

Hello there!  It's Pals Paper Arts time with another great sketch by Margaret Moody! Simply create something fabulous using the sketch and be one of the first to link up! The challenge goes live this Thursday, September 20th. What will you come up with?

This sketch to me looked like it would be a great clean and simple (CAS) card.  For this card, I flipped the sketch on it's side and grabbed some great new items and went to work.

This fabulous ornament is made using the new Ornament Keepsakes Bundle.  That's right, it is a Stamp set and matching Framelits at a discounted price!  Wow, I love a discount!

This ornament was stamped first in versamark, then heat embossed with the new early espresso embossing powder.  I then die cut it using the holiday ornaments framelits that are included in the bundle.  Some basic pearls dress up the ornament. 

The itty bitty Merry Christmas stamp is from a new hostess stamp set called Mixed Medley, and was stamped in cherry cobbler, then punched out with the 3/4 inch circle punch.  A pretty cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon bow gives my ornament some dressing up.

So what do you think of my background?  This look was achieved by using the new Candlelight Christmas SDSP.  The pack includes flocked window sheets (which is the red overlay), I layered it on top of piece of the lucky limeade DSP that is included in the same pack.

I then layered it on a piece of the cherry cobbler core'dinations card stock.  This new card stock is textured, so even though I didn't sand it, it still is noticeable.  Some more cherry cobbler and pear pizzazz seam binding ribbon add the number 2 layer that is on the sketch.

I also used the delicate designs embossing folder down the side to give my base card stock some definition.  This folder does seem very christmas like.

This card would mail very well since there are not too many layers to it.  The seam binding bow will flatten in the envelope nicely, but still make a nice bow when it is received.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes, Mixed Medley
Paper:  Candlelight Christmas SDSP, early espresso, cherry cobbler core'dinations, very vanilla
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, versamark
Tools:  Big Shot, Holiday ornaments framelits, circle punch, delicate designs embossing folder, cherry cobbler & pear pizazz seam binding ribbon, basic pearls

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Trick Or Treat

Hello there!  Today's card is my Stampin' Royalty challenge card.  This week's challenge is a layout challenge, which I love since a lot of the hard work is already done for you.  Grab your supplies and head on over to Stampin' Royalty and show us what you have come up with.

As you can see, I followed the sketch closely and used my labels collection framelits for the top of my card.

I then added a second smaller labels framelit after I stamped it with the new Toxic Treats stamp set.  I stamped it first in versamark, then heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I then punched a piece of scrap card stock with my 1 1/4 circle punch, layered it where I wanted a moon to be, and just tapped my more mustard ink pad over the exposed circle.  Then I used the circle punch and covered up the moon and sponged on some elegant eggplant for the purple sky.  I could of "fixed" the white circle around the moon, but I quite liked it that way.

This idea for the moon matting came from Angie Leach's Too Cool Stamping blog.  I love her tips and techniques, she is always sharing new ideas.

I used the fabulous new Halloween DSP called Howlstooth & Scaringbone.  I really like this paper, it has a bunch of great patterns in it.

The sentiment and the fences on the bottom are also from the Toxic Treats stamp set.  The sentiment was heat embossed again, and I dirtied it up by not using my embossing buddy and purposely letting the stray embossing powder stick.  Then I crumpled it up and attached a RIP snipped from one of the stamps.

Some elegant eggplant dotted scallop ribbon and some 1/8" black taffeta ribbon fits behind the sentiment well.

Thank you so much for your get better well wishes.  I am still sick (really tired of it), and have been to the doctor's once so far.  I am giving it until Thursday, then back I will go if I don't get any better.

Here is a cute picture of Tate playing on his slide, I can't believe I even got a nice smiling picture, he likes to make funny faces.  Thank goodness he is feeling better and did not get as sick as I did.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I have been working hard in my craft room, my PPA card is scheduled for tomorrow, and I will post pictures of my Christmas Ornament class on Friday, so a nice packed week for you.  I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Toxic Treats
Paper:  Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP, Basic Gray, First Edition DSP
Ink:  More mustard, elegant eggplant, versamark pad
Tools:  Big shot, labels collection framelits, bitty banner framelits, circle punch, heat tool, black embossing powder, black taffeta ribbon, elegant eggplant dotted scallop ribbon, paper snips

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Polka Dot Thanks

Hello there!  Welcome to this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge.  This week our challenge is a photo challenge, take a look at the picture and show us your creation.  We would love to see what you come up with!
We are all under the weather here at the Conner house, so today's post is going to be short and sweet.

I used the Daydream Medallion stamp set on the first edition SDSP for some interesting polka dots.  The inside of the Daydream Medallion's have circles that make great polka dots, so save those pieces.  A little boho blossom flower punch was made to anchor the bottom of my sentiment.

The lovely From my Heart stamp set is responsible for the sentiment.  I added a couple of extra pieces to make this beautiful sentiment stand out.

If you have any questions at all about items that I used, drop me a line!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thanks a Bunch

Hello there!  Who's ready for our Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge?  We're bringing out these spooky colors on Thursday, September 6th. Get your craft on and get ready to join us!
As a reminder, when linking up your PPA creation, please make sure you are adding a direct link to your card. This ensures that our judging panel gets to see your card for the challenge and you have a chance to be an Artist Pick!

Since my last PPA card was a Halloween card, I thought that I would make a traditional Thank You card instead.  This Friendship Preserves Bundle has just been begging for me to use it, and since the stamp has grapes and leaves, that took care of my lucky limeade and elegant eggplant, a little pumpkin pie rounds out my required colors.

I love how you can mix and match our products, here is some DSP from two different packs, summer smooches DSP and polka dot parade DSP, they both coordinate great.  A little snippet of elegant eggplant dotted scallop ribbon adds another layer of texture.

I don't know the "technical" name of this sort of card, about a half inch was cut off the outside edge with the large scallop edgelit, and embossed with the delicate designs embossing folder.  The whisper white base on the inside received the same treatment and shows on the front when the card is closed.

I always finish the inside with my "scraps" from the front, it is a great time to do it when you have all of the supplies still out, and I always have bits and pieces left over.  Check out that sweet new punch and stamp combo.  It is the Mixed Medley stamp set with matching 1 1/4 scallop circle punch.  It is punched out for added effect.

Here are some pictures of my little photo bomber.  Every time I get the camera out to take card pictures, he comes over and wants me to take pictures of him making funny faces.  He also wants to look at them NOW, so I have to scroll through the pictures for him.  Tate is also a little streaker, so here he is in just his pull-up diaper.  I know, I know, he is way to skinny, but the boy just does NOT want to eat.

That is all the tricks that I have up my sleeve today, I really enjoyed creating this card, I really hope you are inspired to create your own card using these great colors. Enjoy!

Stamps:  Friendship Preserves, Mixed Medley
Paper:  Summer smooches DSP, polka dot parade DSP, elegant eggplant, whisper white card stock
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, pumpkin pie, and elegant eggplant stampin' write markers, lucky limeade, elegant eggplant classic ink pads
Tools:  Big shot, window frames framelits, large scallop framelit, delicate designs EF, elegant eggplant dotted scallop ribbon, 1 1/4 scallop circle punch

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

You Are Fabulous!

Hello there!  Welcome to this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge.  Can you guess what the challenge is this week?  It is a color challenge using Pool Party, Soft Suede, and Crumb Cake, so grab your supplies and head on over to Stampin' Royalty and show US what YOU created!

All right, let's start on the background.  I used this paper doily die on one of my AA cards and made it square, so I thought that I would group four of them together to make a background.  I used 2x2 squares and lined them up in the center of the paper doily sizzlit and ran them through one at a time.  I then lined them up as best as I could on a piece of soft suede mat.  I do love the diamonds that the patterns make.  My eye is definitely symmetrical!

Since I had such a pretty background I did not want to cover it up, so even though I am trying to restrain myself with banners, it really was the best fit.  I needed a pretty butterfly to anchor my banner, so out came my new favorites, the elegant butterfly punch and the 1 1/4 scallop circle punch.

The butterfly was first stamped with the papillon potpourri stamp set in soft suede ink then liberally brushed with champagne shimmer paint, can you see the shimmer that it has?  It is so pretty.  Some pool party seam binding ribbon and linen thread give the butterfly some interest.

We were given this great stamp set I AM at convention, this is my first chance using it, I absolutely love the phrases, they are very sweet and caring.  A tiny champagne glimmer heart adds some sparkle to the sentiment.

There you have it, a great card for a great friend, thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri, I Am
Paper:  Soft Suede, crumb cake, pool party, champagne glimmer paper
Ink:  Soft Suede, pool party
Tools:  Big shot, paper doily sizzlit, clear square bigz die, owl punch, elegant butterfly punch, small scallop circle punch, pool party seam binding ribbon, linen thread, champagne shimmer paint

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September Specials

You’ve bought all the back-to-school clothes and supplies and sent those adorable kids on their way; now it’s time to do something for YOU! First on your list? Taking advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s back to ‘spool’ promotion during September! Get a FREE spool of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon with every $40 purchase—choose your favorite new In Color or earn all five!  Here is a fun video from Stampin' Up!, take a look:

Funny right!  I though so.  This ribbon is so luxurious and pretty.  It ties such a beautiful bow.  You can take advantage of this free ribbon offer by shopping 24/7 at my ONLINE STORE now!

The FREE Halloween Spooktacular kit has been extended until September 16, so JOIN MY TEAM now to get your FREE Halloween kit.  I would love to have you as a part of my growing team, and the best part is that you do not have to be local, you can live anywhere.  Contact me now if you have any questions.

Good news: Stampin' Up! has decided to extend the 31% Off Digital sale until September 14! We know you are wrapping up summer stuff, getting everybody back to school, and things are busy. Now everybody can have a little more breathing room to finish their projects to send off to the print services. And don't forget about the 31 digital content items on sale too. Make sure to snatch up your favorites before September 14!
That is all of the updating for now, check back tomorrow for my Stampin' Royalty card, and then on Thursday for my new Pals Paper Arts challenge card.  It's going to be a colorful week!  Thanks for stopping by!
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