Thursday, March 31, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #46

I can't believe how quickly the weeks are going by!  Another fun inspiration piece over at Stampin' Celebration this week. 

Although I don't tend to use bright colors a lot, I really like the bright, happy feel of this inspiration piece.  I actually tried to incorporate all 3 colors, but in the end I decided to stay monochromatic (Daffodil Delight).  My main inspiration came from one of the boxes found in the bottom left photo--I liked the scallop edges on the box.  

I started by using my Scallop Square clear die to run Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot.  Then I scored each side between the first and second scallop, trimmed, and folded the box top together.  For the base of the box, I started with a 6" by 6" square and scored each side at 1 3/8".  Again I trimmed and folded together.  Although before adhering the base together, I stamped the flower from the set Simply Said using Versamark ink. 

I also stamped the Daffodil Delight square on top of the box.  To make the ribbon embellishment (inspired from the top right photo) I used approximately 18" of Daffodil Delight Striped Gosgrain Ribbon.  I took a needle and did a running stitch along one side.  Then I gathered the ribbon and tied it into a circle.  

The button is one of the Sweet Stitches Big Designer Buttons found in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I used some Hemp Twine in the middle of the button and to attach the tag.  I stamped the tag using the set Tiny Tags and punched out with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to head over to Stampin' Celebration to see what the Design Team has come up with this week.  You can also see who the Party Guest designer is this week!  Then I hope you are inspired to play along.  :-)  

Stamp:  Tiny Tags, Simply Said
Ink:  Versamark, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories:  Daffodil Delight Striped Gosgrain Ribbon, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, Hemp Twine, needle and thread

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #45

It's Thursday and there's another fantastic inspiration piece over at Stampin' Celebration!   I love neutral colors, so this was a really fun week for me. I also loved the bold and graphic look of the bottom photo. 

For my card, I used one of the Sale-A-Bration sets Sweet Summer.  Usually I wouldn't think to use this color palate with with this set, but I like the way it turned out.  I used the colors Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, and Basic Black.  I started by stamping the flowers in those colors on Naturals White card stock and then used my blender pens to color in the flowers. 

The sentiment is from the set Trendy Trees.  I tied some Hemp Twine around the Basic Black layer and popped it up on dimensionals.   

For the layout, I used the Clean & Simple sketch challenge over at The Paper Players.  I just happened to stumble across their blog, and I'm sure I'll be back again.  :-)

Just a reminder that there is only ONE week left of Sale-A-Bration!  If you haven't taken advantage of this great opportunity yet, make sure you do quickly! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Make sure to head over to Stampin' Celebration to see what the other members of the Design Team have been up to.  And you can see who our Party Guest designer is this week.  

Stamps:  Sweet Summer, Trendy Trees
Ink:  Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Naturals White
Accessories:  Hemp Twine, blender pens, dimensionals

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #44

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you are wearing some green.  :-)  Look at this pretty Stampin' Celebration inspiration piece!  There were a few different ideas that I had initially, but I finally went with the top right photo as my inspiration.  For some reason, it reminded me of the single stamp--Elizabeth.  It's a stamp I earned for free during Sale-A-Bration this year, but I hadn't used it yet. 

I inked up the Elizabeth stamp with Chocolate Chip craft ink and stamped on Naturals White card stock.  Then I heat embossed the image with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Next I used my blender pen to color the image with Old Olive and Blushing Bride ink.  I also wanted to incorporate a little gold (like in the inspiration photo) so I took a tooth pick and added some highlights with a little Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  

Here's a close up.  If you look very closely, you may see a hint of the Shimmer Paint--it's fairly subtle even in real life.  

I also had to use my new-to-me Eyelet Border Punch (yes it really has taken me this long to purchase it!)  After I punched the Naturals White card stock, I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink and folded it back and forth to give a little bit more of a lace effect.  I also sponged and distressed the right edge of the Naturals White layer, and tucked a small strip of Blushing Bride card stock under. 

Thanks so much for visiting today!  Make sure to head over to Stampin' Celebration to take a peek.  You can see who the Party Guest designer is this week, as well as the new inspiration piece and Design Team samples.  And please make sure to play along!  We love seeing what you create! 

Stamps:  Elizabeth, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Chocolate Chip craft ink, Old Olive, Blushing Bride
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Naturals White
Accessories:  Blender Pen, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Eyelet Border punch, sponge, cutter kit, dimensionals

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Scallop Circle Basket

As promised I'm back to share another Scallop Circle Basket!  If you missed the first one, you can see it HERE.  I really like the way that this one turned out.  I could see this being used as anything from a wedding favor, bridal shower favor, Valentine's gift, or just a gift to say thank you to a special friend.  

I used the Scallop Circle Die and my Big Shot to cut the two Blushing Bride scallop circles.  Next I ran each scallop circle through the Big Shot again with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder to give the texture.  After that I carefully scored and folded the circles and adhered them together.  The handle is kept in place with Very Vanilla 5/16" Jumbo Brads

For the tag, I stamped the sentiment with Early Espresso ink, and punched it out with the 1 3/4" by 7/8" oval punch.  I layered that onto a Blushing Bride Scallop Oval Punch and an Early Espresso Decorative Label Punch (found in the Occasions Mini Catalog on page 30).  The accent is one of the new Vintage Flower Adornments (page 15 of the Occasions Mini Catalog) and a little piece of Victoria Crochet Trim ribbon--all held together with glue dots.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed.  Tomorrow I'll be back with a project for this week's Stampin' Celebration challenge.  

Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Vintage Flower Adornment, Victoria Crochet Trim ribbon, 1 3/4" by 7/8" Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Hemp Twine, 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo Brads, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Birthday Scallop Circle Basket

There are only about 2 weeks left of Sale-A-Bration!  Don't miss this opportunity to earn free product with each $50 purchase.  It's a great time to purchase items from your wish list and to stock up on essentials that you need all year long.  This project today features some of the products that are available for free during Sale-A-Bration--and only during SAB. 

I have seen this idea around to make a scallop basket, but unfortunately I didn't keep track of where I saw the idea.  But it's a cute, simple way to make a little treat/gift pouch.  Just take two scallop circles (I used my Big Shot and Scallop Circle Die), score and fold down the middle, and adhere them together!  How simple is that?  

Here I used Peach Parfait and the Designer Series Paper from the Ice Cream Parlor Paper and Quick Accents pack--found on page 7 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  The tag was made using the Punch Bunch stamp set--also available for free during SAB.  

I stamped the birthday tag image twice, once with Peach Parfait, and once with Tempting Turquoise.  I hand cut the Peach Parfait square, and used a 3/4" circle punch to punch out just the 'HB' from the Tempting Turquoise image. The handle is held in place by Tempting Turquoise Glimmer Brads

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back tomorrow for another (more feminine) version of this same scallop circle basket.  

Stamps:  Punch Punch
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Peach Parfait
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Ice Cream Parlor DSP
Accessories:  Brights Glimmer Brads, Hemp Twine, Scallop Square Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, dimensionals

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #43

We're celebrating St. Patty's day again over at Stampin' Celebration!  What a yummy looking inspiration piece.  :-) Now I don't have any St. Patrick's Day stamps, but I do have the little shamrock that is part of the Sale-A-Bration set So Happy For You.  So, here's what I did:

Unfortunately I couldn't get this card to photograph particularly well, but you get the idea.  :-)  It's been awhile since I've done a one-layer card, but I really like the simplicity of them.  I started by scoring across the card twice (at 2" and 3" from the bottom of the card front) and then stamped the shamrocks between the score lines with Certainly Celery and Old Olive ink.  

The sentiment is also stamped with Old Olive, and I added the 1/8" Old Olive taffeta ribbon.  I added some Smooch Accent Ink on top of the shamrocks.  In real life it makes them sparkly, in the photo it makes them look splotchy.  :-) 

Make sure to head over to Stampin' Celebration to see what the other Design Team members have been up to this week.  You'll also want to see who our Guest Designer is for this week.  Then make sure to play along with us!  

Stamps:  So Happy for You
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Paper:  Whisper White
Accessories:  1/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, Smooch Accent Ink

Friday, March 4, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #42

Look at this fun challenge over at Stampin' Celebration! This week we're getting ready for St. Patrick's Day.  I don't have anything to share with you this week, but make sure to take a minute and go check out what the other members of the Design Team created with this inspiration piece--there are some fun cards.

And then it's your turn! Create something inspired by these pictures and link it to the Stampin' Celebration website.  Our 'Pick of the Party' will have the opportunity to be a guest designer!  

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

One Layout, Two Cards

Hi all!  Today I have two cards to show you that both have the same layout.  Sometimes when I find a particular layout, color scheme, etc that I like, I use it for several projects.  It is actually amazing how the same layout can give you two completely different cards just by changing up the colors and stamps.  

The card above uses the Sale-A-Bration set Punch Bunch.  I just love that little owl.  :-)  I stamped him with Early Espresso and then punched him out with the Two-Step Owl punch.  I stamped the owl a second time with Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake card stock and then cut out just the tummy part which I adhered on top of the Whisper White owl.  

The branch is from the Two-Step Bird punch, and the moon is the 2 1/2" Circle Punch.  The Designer Paper is another item that you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration--the Ice Parlor Quick Accents pack.  In the pack you receive 9 sheets of Designer Paper and 2 sheets of self-adhesive die-cuts.  

The button comes from the Bitty Buttons Pack.  I wrapped the Linen Thread around the Designer Paper and adhered with Snail.  Separately I tied a piece of linen thread through the button and then adhered that to the card with a glue dot.  

Stamps:  Punch Bunch, Pocket Silhouettes
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Old Olive, Whisper White, Ice Cream Parlor DSP
Accessories:  Two-Step Owl punch, Two-Step Bird punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, cutter kit, linen thread, itty bitty buttons, dimensionals

So you'll notice that this card has the exact same layout!  The idea for the card--and this fabulous layout--came from  Julie Davison.  You can see her valentine card HERE.  You'll notice I didn't change much other than using Crumb Cake instead of Pretty in Pink. 

This card uses the stamp set Filled with Love.  The Designer Paper is from the Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack. I also used the Itty Bitty Buttons on this card too.  I know I should have posted this card before Valentine's Day, but I never did.  :-)  I actually think it could make for a cute anniversary card too. 

Thanks for stopping by!  

Stamps:  Filled with Love
Ink:  Real Red, Early Espresso
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Brights Patterns DSP pack
Accessories:  Full Heart punch, Small Heart punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, cutter kit, linen thread, itty bitty buttons, dimensinoals