Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dasher Money Holder Card Using Reflection Technique

The inspiration for this card came from Ann Wills  who is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from New Zealand. I had some unusual sized policy envelopes which I wanted to use up, so I measured them, then created this card to fit which is 7-1/2" x 8 1/2" folded. This inside pocket is a Stampin' Up! Mini Square Envelope. The inside sentiment is from the set Easy Events and the front of the card features Dasher.

I stamped Dasher on Whisper White Card Stock using Black Stazon. To make his reflection, just ink and stamp again on to a Window Sheet and turn that over and rub the image on to your card stock. I wanted to leave some white showing around the reindeer to represent the light shining down from the star, so I cut out an L shape from a scrap piece of paper and covered the reindeer and part of his reflection.  Using the L as a mask, I lightly sponged Bashful Blue around the reindeer and the reflection. I removed the mask and softened the edges with Bashful Blue. Then I filled in the rest of the outside area by sponging Night of Navy in a circular rubbing motion, then dotting over that with the sponge. I used a white gel pen to draw the horizon and make horizontal  marks on the water. Then I accented the horizon with Dazzling Details and accented the water with Smooch Moonlight Accent Ink (page 203 IBC).  When I liked the effect, I sprayed just the water with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz to make it look icy. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Don't Make Me Text Santa Holiday Planners

These holiday planners are so easy to make and useful. You can re-use them each year. I got this idea from Melissa Stout.  She has a wonderful video tutorial on her blog. All you need is a school or office folder with pockets - without the brads in the center. Fold the center in the opposite direction, then fold the front flap over and the back flap in, like an accordian.
I cut a quarter of an inch off of the top of my folder since I was using a mat on the front out of an 8 1/2 x 11" piece of cardstock.  I used pieces of Letters to Santa designer series paper to decorate the inside.  Inside the third pocket I placed envelopes to hold receipts.  I just embellished them with a strip of leftover DSP. The calander, greeting card list and gift list were printed from Organized Christmas. I secured them to cardstock with a glimmer brad.

The front of the planner is embellished with a Santa which I stamped from a retired stamp set called, Jolly Old Saint Nick set. I used a Blush Blossom marker to color his face and accented his cheeks with a Blushing Bride marker. I added shimmer to his hat with a 2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I used Microsoft Word for the sentiment, "Don't make me text Santa" and printed it out on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the oval punch. Happy Stamping!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tags til Christmas and Stitched Stockings

Here are some fun gift tags I made for hostess gifts and a workshop using Tags til Christmas, Stitched Stockings and Delightful Decorations.
Ink: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Stocking Builder Punch, Extra-Large Tag Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Deceorative Label Punch, Ornament Punch, 2-3/8 Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Basic Pearls, Mini Jingle Bells

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Creating Pretty Cards - Cards Challenge 5

This month I designed the Creating Pretty Cards Sketch for Craft Project Central's Card Challenge #5 using My Digital Studio. There is also a tutorial for the sample card pictured above at Craft Project Central. I've had so many compliments on this card, that I used this idea to create a tag for my friend Jamie's Christmas Tag swap.
Then, I decided to modify this design for Stamp Club, where we will make a matching card and tag. I filled these globes with Stampin' Up's new Mica Flakes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Paper Rosette Wreath Tutorial

I've had so many requests for a class on how to make a paper rosette wreath like the one featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog. The day has finally arrived! Join me on Saturday, November 12 at noon. Details HERE.  Instead of using the Gently Falling stamp set, I used French Foliage for the leaves. Instead of Hand Penned for the sentiment, I used Day of Gratitude. If you haven't ever made a paper rosette before I would suggest watching this video by Dawn Olchefske, or checking out Aly Schilling's tutorial.

I've included a list of materials that I used to make the wreath pictured above. Feel free to use it for a class or you can order any of the Stampin' Up! supplies from my website at The larger rosettes are made using Stampin' Up's Simply Scored tool and the smaller rosettes are made using the Big Shot and a non-SU Sizzix die. 

To make the large rosettes, I used a piece of 2" x 11" and a matching piece of 2" x 5" card stock. Using the Simply Scored, score the strips every ¼”. Fold accordion style. After accordion folding you will need to adhere the end of the 12” strip to the 5” strip to make one long strip measuring 2” x 17” in order to make a large Size 1 Rosette (see photo below). Glue the ends together like a bracelet. Have your matching scallop pieces ready with glue. Push your rosette bracelet down flat and it will pop into place so to speak. Attach the matching scallops to the front and back center with adhesive to hold the rosette together. Then, embellish the rosettes as shown in the photo below.
To make the frame: Wrap a piece of grosgrain ribbon around the wire frame and secure the ends with a hot glue gun. Leave a small opening for hanging and tie a bow through with a separate piece of ribbon.  Use a got glue gun to attach your completed rosettes to the frame with the bow at the top.

Stamp leaves from the French Foliage Stamp set in Pear Pizzaz and More Mustard. Cut out the stamped leaves and attach behind the rosettes with Mulitpurpose Adhesive.
To make the sentiment: Stamp sentiment on 3-7/8” x 1-1/2” Naturals White Card Stock and cut the edges to points. Score a line above and below the sentiment. Tear a piece of First Edition DSP and attach behind the sentiment. Embellish with two leaves and a piece of Victoria Crochet Trim. Attach to completed wreath. Happy Stamping!
Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
Item #
(2) 2”x 12” Mustard Floral from the Spice Cake DSP
Day of Gratitude Stamp Set
(2) 2” x 5” Mustard Floral
French Foliage Stamp Set
(2) 2-3/8” Mustard Floral scallops
Pear Pizzaz Classic Stampin’ Pad
(2) 1-3/4” Mustard Floral scallops
More Mustard Classic Stampin’ Pad
(1) 1-1/2” x 12” Mustard Floral
(2) Matching scallops from Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Strip
Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad
(1) 2” x 11” More Mustard Card Stock
1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Soft Suede
(1) 2” x 5” More Mustard Card Stock
Victoria 5/8” Crochet Trim
(2) 1-3/4” More Mustard Scallops
8-1/2” x 11” Smooth Card Stock  Soft Suede
(3) 2” x 11” Pear Pizzaz Card Stock
8-1/2” x 11” Smooth Card Stock Pear Pizzaz
(3) 2” x 5” Pear Pizzaz Card Stock
8-1/2” x 11” Smooth Card Stock Cherry Cobbler
(5) 1-3/4” Pear Pizzaz Scallops
8-1/2” x 11” Smooth Card Stock Peach Parfait
(1) 2-3/8” Pear Pizzaz Scallop (hole punch the edges)
Spice Cake Designer Series Paper
(2) 2” x 11” Soft Suede Card Stock
First Edition Designer Series Paper
(2) 2” x 5” Soft Suede Card Stock
8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock Naturals White
(1) 2” x 11” Soft Suede Card Stock
(2) Matching scallops from Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Strip
Simply Scored Scoring Tool
(3) 1-3/4” Soft Suede Scallops
Spice Cake Desinger Buttons
(1) 2-3/8” Brown Floral Scallop from Spice Cake DSP
Regals Designer Buttons
(1) 1” Circle from Spice Cake DSP
Antique Brads
3 different sizes Cherry Cobbler Card Stock using three different sized Tim Holtz strips:
(3) 2” x 11” Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
(6) Matching scallops from Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Strips
Mulitpurpose Liquid Glue
(1) 2” x 12” First Edition DSP
2 -3/8” Scallop Circle Punch
(1) 2” x 12” First Editions DSP
(2) Matching scallops from Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Die
1 -3/4” Scallop Circle Punch
(2) 1- ¾” First Edition Scallop Circles
1” Circle Punch
(1) 3-7/8” x 1-1/2” Naturals White Card Stock
¾” Circle Punch
Non-Stampin’ Up!
Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die: Mini Paper Rosettes by Tim Holtz
Crochet Thread

8” Wire Wreath
Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die: Paper Rosette by Tim Holtz
Hot Glue Gun

Friday, October 21, 2011

Spooky Decor with Quick Accents

I just loved these spooky displays from the Stampin' Up! Convention this summer. The bottles are decorated with the Pick Your Poison Quick Accents from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

I collected some old bottles and added some waffle paper and linen thread to the top of a couple of them.

I placed an old photo printed on copy paper inside one of the bottles for a spooky effect.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Haunted Forest - Creating Pretty Cards Challenge #4

Here's my creation for the Creating Pretty Cards Challenge #4 on Craft Project Central. I couldn't get my idea to fit on a traditional card, so I did a Z-fold card using Pool Party Card Stock and Spice Cake Designer Series Paper. To make this Z-fold card I cut an 11" x 4-1/4" piece of Pool Party CS. Score vertically at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2" using your Simply Scored. I colored on my Haunted Forest Stamp with Stampin' Write Markers and stamped my image onto Whisper White Card Stock. I cleaned my stamp, then, using the Stamp-A-Majig, I stamped directly over the image with Versamark and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. This creates an emboss resist effect to apply the background colors. I tore two pieces of paper and used a sponge dauber to ink between the tears for the background with Pool Party, Night of Navy and Wisteria Wonder. Then I inked the edges with Night of Navy. I punched out a 1-3/4" circle for the moon and used this as a mask before I applied the background. Let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Simply Adorned Halloween Charm

I love Halloween! Here's a 1" x 1 1/4" charm insert I made for a swap. I used a piece of Spice Cake Designer Series Paper. I used a sponge dauber to make the moon in Pumpkin Pie. Then I stamped the owl from the House of Haunts stamp set in Early Espresso. I colored the eyes and beak yellow, then added some Dazzling Details for glimmer. I went over the owl with a brown watercolor pencil and blender pen. I used the Itty Bitty flower punch and punched out the design from a piece of Spice Cake DSP and added a dot of Dazzling Details in the center. I love how the edges stay curled up a little when inserted into the charm. On the back, I stamped the word Spooky from the Spooky Bingo Bits and embossed. Happy Haunting!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fun with Cello Bag Toppers

This topper uses the House of Haunts stamp set.

These toppers are made with the Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set.
These narrow cellophane bags are the perfect size for M&M's or small treats. Tip: Use a chopstick to push larger candy like candy corn into the narrow bags. The cello bags are available in the Holiday Mini for 50 for $2.50 (Item # 124134).

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hopping Just for the Fun Of It - Halloween Rosette Wreath

Welcome to the second blog hop of a new Stampin' Up group, "Hopping Just For The Fun Of It."  I have created something very special to share with you. I'm Stop #9 and there are 16 stops in all.  You can begin the hop from my blog, or follow in order if you get lost by starting here. Or, you may have arrived from Robbie's Blog, inkedx2. Our theme is "Halloween/Fall Happenings"  This means the projects you see on our hop will feature my favorite time of the year! You can click on the images for a larger look.
The rosettes were made using the Simply Scored tool and different sizes of Pick Your Poison Designer Series Paper. I also used a non-SU Sizzix die for the smaller rosettes. The larger rosettes measure 2-1/2" x 18" and 1-1/2" x 18" (I had to attach an 11"piece to 7"piece).

Here is a close up of one the embellishments. I stamped the sentiment from Dark & Dreary on to a piece of First Edition DSP. I stamped it again on to a piece of Peach Parfait card stock and punched out the 31 and attached it with a Stampin' Dimensional. I inked a scallp square piece of chipboard from the On Board Merry Medley chipboard shapes with Soft Suede and attached the stamped image and curled the edges. 

I added a trinket crown to the skeleton face (punched out of DSP) and added Dazzling Details to his eye sockets.

I traced and cut out the Poison sentiment from the Pick Your Poison DSP and glued it to a piece of On Board Merry Medley chipboard. I cut out the "P" from the other matching piece of DSP and added some details with Soft Suede, Peach Parfait and Dazzling Details.

I decorated with various brads and rhinestones. and punched out the spider from the Pick Your Poison DSP

To create this wreath I started out with a plain 12" wire wreath frame and wrapped wide black ribbon around it for my base. This way it was easy to adhere the rosettes to it with a hot glue gun. To make the black button embellishments, I used some tweezers and coated the button with black StazOn. Then I heat embossed them with Black Embossing Powder. I hope you enjoyed my creation. I didn't get to keep it though. My mom begged me for it, so I let her have it since I am such a good daughter! Have a very creative World Card Making Day!  CLICK HERE for the next stop on the blog to visit StampWithJane.

Friday, September 30, 2011

World Card Making Day and Hopping Just for the Fun Of It

I'm so excited! Saturday, October 1st  is World Card Making Day and I am participating in a Blog Hop with a new group called, Hopping Just for the Fun of It. Our theme is Halloween / Fall Happenings . . . so there will be all kinds of ideas for Halloween and Fall.  If you happen to get lost along the way, you can always come back here for the lineup. Anyone is welcome to participate each month on the first Saturday of the month. Be sure to come back tomorrow morning to begin the hop.
00 Start            Hopping Just for the Fun of it
01                        Pretty Inky
02                        My Creative Impressions 

03                        Stamping with Janice
04                        Krafting With Karen
05                        Scrappy Stamps and Ink
06                        My Little Patch of Dirt
07                        Stampin ' At Dawn
08                        inkedx2
09                        Paper Fairy
10                         Stamp With Jane
11                          Life Is...
12                         RaissaStamps
13                         Life with a Wiener Dog
14                         Bluegrass Stamper Studio
15                          InkPaperStamps
16 end                 The Love of Stamping

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps Available Monday

Create beautiful hand-stamped cookies with your kids. The Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps include a solid wood handle with three interchangeable stamp images and two delicious sugar cookie recipes. Order yours on October 1st at  (Item # 125152 for $16.95).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Iced Crystal Technique and House of Haunts Sketch Challenge - TSSC193

I was trying to create a layout for this card which uses a couple of fun techniques and I got stuck. Then I came across Techno Stamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge and that did the trick. The first technique I used on this card is called, Iced Crystal using Epsom Salt. This is also Technique Challenge 99 on Stampin Addicts. You can click on the photo for a larger view. Mix 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt with 1/4 cup of boiling water and stir until the salt crystals are dissolved. Use a large paint brush to paint the entire surface of the cardstock and cover it well.  I found it looks "icy-er" if you press down with the paint brush like you are dotting it on. Then just leave it alone to dry. Do not go back and try to add more after it begins to dry-it will ruin it.

I also used the Stained Glass technique. I stamped the haunted house on to a piece of vellum in Basic Black Craft ink and embossed with black embossing powder. I turned it over and did all of the coloring and sponging on the back. Happy Haunting!

Trick or Treat Letterpress Plates - Two Simple Techniques

This first card is done the traditional way. I inked up the Letterpress Plate with Elegant Eggplant Craft Ink. Next, I used Stampin' Up's watercolor paper, placed it on top of the plate and ran it through the Big Shot. I stamped the spider from Pick Your Poison in Basic Black. I punched the edges with the Ticket Corner punch and glued it to my card base. Next, I embossed the entire card front with the Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and punched the holes in the corners with the 1/16" Circle Punch. I added a black glimmer brad to the spider's body. We'll be making this card at October's Stamp Club.
For this card, I placed the watercolor paper on top of the Letterpress Plate without any ink on it and ran it through the Big Shot. Next, I inked up a sponge with Elegant Eggplant Craft Ink and sponged the edges. Then I just lightly dragged the sponge over the image from left to right. I was trying to keep this card simple, but it's screaming for me to add some Shimmer Spray! I used a clear rhinestone brad on this spider. Which one do you like the best? What would you add? I can't decide if I should ink the edges of the first card? I really like how the spider web runs off of the watercolor paper on to the card base.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blog Candy Winner!

Congratulations to Judy Riley! She is the winner of my September blog candy giveaway! She receives a one month of her choice subscription to Craft Project Central. CONGRATULATIONS JUDY! Thank you for your comments :-)

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