Thursday, July 14, 2011

Open Sea Thanks

With all of the excitement of the new catalog, don't forget that we have great Summer Mini Catalog too.  :-)  This is a card I've made with all of my stampers clubs, and it features The Open Sea stamp set.  I really like this stamp set as it works perfectly for masculine projects as well as travel-related projects. 

This idea came from one of the Stampin' Success (for demonstrators) magazine.  Although I generally like to create my own projects, I'll admit it is nice to have fantastic ideas provided by Stampin' Up so that if I am short on ideas or time I still have great projects.

This card actually uses every single stamp that is part of The Open Sea stamp set--kind of fun.  :-)  Minus the ship that is on the card base, they are all stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I sponged around the edges and lightly everywhere with Crumb Cake ink.  That piece is layered on a piece of Designer Series Paper from the coordinating Nautical Expedition DSP pack.  

The finishing touches are a Mini Library Clip with a bit of the new Early Espresso/White Baker's Twine tied around. 

Stamps:  The Open Sea, Thank You Kindly (sentiment)
Ink:  More Mustard, Basic Gray, Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Nautical Expedition DSP, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  Mini Library Clip, Early Espresso/White Baker's Twine, dimensionals

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fabric Flower Magnets

Awhile back I ran across the idea for these cute flower magnets over at Becky's blog Inking Idaho.  You can see her magnets HERE.  You'll notice that I copied her adorable Not Quite Navy/Springtime Vintage fabric magnet idea, and then I had fun with some of the other Stampin Up fabrics as well.  I made up a bunch of these and used these as 'thank yous' for customer orders. 

These magnets are made using the Fun Flowers Bigz Die.  I ran the card stock and fabric through the Big Shot with the die.  I sponged the edges of the flowers and then adhered everything together.  I used dimensionals between the bottom layer and the fabric layer, and then snail and glue dots between the fabric and top layer.  The centers are the Ribbon Rosettes or the Designer Big Buttons (both now discontinued).  

The 'dream' sentiment comes from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set.  To turn these into magnets, I used my 1 3/8" Circle punch to punch a circle magnet from the Magnet Sheets that you can find on page 216 of the catalog.  (Yes, you really can use your punches with the Magnet Sheets!)  The Magnet Sheets already come with adhesive on one side so it was easy to add them to the back of the flowers.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Take time to stamp something fun.  :-)  

Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Accessories:  Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric, Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric, Big Shot, Fun Flowers Bigz die, Ribbon Rosettes, Designer Big Buttons, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Magnet Sheets

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stamp Set Parade--Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Stamp Set Parade!  I'm showing off some of my favorite stamp sets that will be discontinued come June 30th (tomorrow!).  To see the first part of the Stamp Set Parade, click HERE.  If you still have some sets or accessories on your list--make sure to get them right away!  To view all of the Last Chance items in the online store click HERE.

Most of the sets I'm showcasing today are ones that have been around for awhile--classic sets that I've used a lot over the years.  

The first one is Pick a Petal

Original post HERE

Another fun set is Sock Monkey--great for a variety of occasions.  

Original post HERE

I'll also miss the set Always

 Original post HERE

Although Baby Steps isn't a 'classic set' since it was new in this catalog, it is a single stamp great for baby cards! 

 Original post HERE

A Good Egg is one of those sets that I have had for years and love pulling out every year for Easter!

Original post HERE

One of my favorite floral sets being discontinued is Eastern Blooms

Original post HERE

And last but not least, the stamp set Love You Much has been a classic favorite of mine.  And it's not only for Valentine's Day.
Original post HERE.  

Remember that tomorrow is the last day to purchase items from the Last Chance list!  Contact me today if you'd like to purchase any of the Last Chance items. Or, you can shop in my online store. Click HERE and then on "shop now" in the top right corner.

Thanks for stopping by!   

Monday, June 27, 2011

Postage Card Packs

I made up several of these card sets as end-of -the-year teacher appreciation gifts.  I figure that teachers can always use thank you cards around the end of the year, so I made up sets of 8 to package together as gifts.  

These are really simple card sets to make.  I used my Postage Stamp Punch from the Summer Mini Catalog and the Play Date Designer Series Paper.  Note: the Play Date DSP is being discontinued, and is on sale for 40% off right now!  

I also used the new White Baker's Twine from the Summer Mini Catalog to add a few little details.  Almost all of the squares are up on dimensionals.  On the bottom card in the photo, I put the top right and bottom left squares up on dimensionals and adhered the other two down to the card base--gives a little more variety in depth and adds interest. The sentiment comes from the stamp set Trendy Trees. 

The other cards in the set:  

You'll notice I used 3 different layouts and just varied the patterns of paper used.  To see the original card set that inspired this set, click HERE.  For these sets I ran out of time to make up some card folders, so I just tied them up with some Early Espresso Striped Grosgrain ribbon and added a tag.

HERE is another project set that I made using the Play Date DSP--also a possible idea for a teacher appreciation gift. 

Thanks for stopping by!  

Stamps:  Trendy Trees  
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Play Date DSP
Accessories:  Postage Stamp punch, White Baker's Twine, Word Window punch, Modern Label Punch, dimensionals

Friday, June 24, 2011

Stamp Set Parade--Part 1

In my recent posts I've been focusing on the accessories that will be discontinued as of June 30--but there are a lot of great stamps that will be leaving too!  So, I thought it would be fun to show you some of my favorite sets that will be discontinued.  For the complete pdf list, click HERE

The #1 set that I will miss the most?  Hands down it is All Holidays!  It is one of my all time favorite sentiment sets, and I use it quite frequently.  I did a search on my blog to find samples with this set and came back with a lot of hits.  :-)  

Here are just two cards that use the All Holidays set:
Original post HERE

Original post HERE.  

Another stamp I used a lot (even though it is a single stamp) is So Many Thanks.  Here are a couple cards using that stamp:  

Original post HERE--shows other samples with this stamp too. 

Original post HERE

All of the "extreme" individual stamps are being discontinued. This card showcases the Extreme Skateboard stamp.  Although these stamps didn't initially seem like 'my style,' I've enjoyed using them for masculine and (particularly) teen and tween cards. 

Original post HERE.  

Another set I've used for the boys in my life is the Lots of Bots set.  This has been a good one for little boy birthdays.  

Original post HERE.  

 Original post HERE.  Note: Here's another card using the All Holidays sentiment set.  :-)  

This has been fun for me to look back through cards using these stamp sets.  Check back next Wednesday for part two of the Stamp Set Parade!  

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Merry Tags

Back with another project that is showcasing accessory items that will soon be discontinued!  These are little tags that we made at a class last year before Christmas.  I am pretty sure that I found this (or a similar) idea somewhere, although unfortunately I did not keep track of where or who I received the inspiration from.  

These tags are really simple to make--the tag is the Big Shot Merry Embosslit die.  The embosslit cuts the tag and hole and dry embosses the 'merry' all at once.  The bird, trees, and snowflake all come from the Merry Details Sizzlets die.  Both are being discontinued, and are on sale for 25% off while supplies last or until June 30th. 

I added the 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to the tops and pearls to the trees and bird and a rhinestone to the snowflake.  Along the sides of the tags are pieces punched using the Scallop Edge Border punch or the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch.  

A simple way to personalize your holiday gifts!  

Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Marina Mist, Old Olive
Accessories:  Real Red, Marina Mist, and Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

Monday, June 20, 2011

Charming Bookmark

A few years ago at convention, someone showed this cute idea to use the Hodgepodge Hardware to  make bookmarks.  I hadn't ever tried it myself until recently, but these are actually pretty quick and easy to make--and what a fun gift!  

 Here's a closer look:  

I started by stamping on Very Vanilla card stock with the stamp set Charming.  Both the script stamp and the flowers are part of that set.   After stamping I punched out with the Designer Label punch (being discontinued) and added some pearl jewels to the flowers.  

Hint:  As you pull the ribbon through the holes, it will shred a little.  Don't worry, just trim it after you pull it through. 

To get the punched image to stay in the metal frame, I used Crystal Effects.  (Did you know that CE is a great adhesive?)  I placed the punched image in the frame and then took the Crystal Effects around the edges between the card stock and frame.  You don't need a lot to get it to hold together.  If you like, you can punch out a second piece and carefully lay it on top to 'clean up' the edges a bit and hide some of the Crystal Effects. 

Unfortunately several of the items used to make this project are being discontinued!  The Hodgepodge Hardware is being discontinued, but for now it is on sale for 40% off!  Both the Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and the Rich Razzleberry Taffeta ribbon are being discontinued as well.  As accessory items, they are available only while supplies last, or until June 30th. To view all of the Last Chance items in the online store click HERE.   

Hope you've enjoyed this project!  
Stamps:  Charming
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive markers
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Hodgepodge Hardware, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Rich Razzleberry Taffeta ribbon, Linen Thread, Pearl Jewels

Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day Treats

At church I work with the children's organization, and I usually try to have some sort of little treat/gift for the teachers on major holidays just to remind the teachers and staff that we appreciate them and all their hard work.  So, these are the Father's Day gifts I made up for this year to appreciate all the men who teach classes or work with the Cub Scouts.   
I used some Designer Paper that was in my stash--I believe it was from the Summer Mini last year--and just wrapped the mini candy bars.  I used a tiny bit of Snail adhesive between the bars to help hold the stack together while I tied on the ribbon and tag.  

The tags use the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  I stamped and then punched out using the Word Window punch and the Modern Label punch

I quite enjoyed making up these little treats since they were very quick and simple.  Just by altering the Designer Paper that you use, I think these would be great for party favors too (birthday, baby shower, etc).  

Have a great Father's Day weekend!  

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Night of Navy, Bashful Blue
Paper:  Designer Series Paper, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, linen thread, Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, mini candy bars

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lots of Blossoms

With all the excitement of the Last Chance Lists and the anticipation of the new catalog, it's easy to forget that there is a Summer Mini Catalog full of great products.  :-)  This is a card we made at my clubs, and the idea actually came from the Stampin' Success (for demonstrators) magazine.  Although I generally like to create my own projects for my classes, I'll admit it is nice to have wonderful ideas provided by Stampin' Up so that if I'm short on ideas or time I still have fun projects. 

This card showcases the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch found on page 6 of the Mini Catalog.  These are a new style of punch, and are awesome, because in one punch there are three coordinating punches--you just slide the front lever to the image you want, and punch.  So all of the flowers on this card came from the same punch.  It took me a few tries to get the feel of the Triple Layer punch, but now I really like it!   

The stamp set used here is the coordinating set Bold Blossom.  There is a rhinestone jewel in the middle of the stamped Cherry Cobbler flower.  The ribbon is 5/8" Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon--soon to be discontinued.  The top two flowers and butterfly are up on dimensionals, and the sentiment and bottom flower are not.  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Stamps: Bold Blossom
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Rhinestone Jewels, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, 2" by 1 3/8" Oval punch, 3/4" Circle punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 5/8" Early Espresso Ribbon, Cutter Kit, dimensionals

Monday, June 13, 2011

Party Treat

June is passing quickly, and soon we will have a brand new catalog!  But for now, you still have the opportunity to purchase Last Chance items from the current catalog.  If you haven't seen the pdf list of Last Chance Stamps (ie soon to be discontinued stamp sets) you can see it by clicking HERE.   To view all of the Last Chance items (stamps, accessories, decor elements) in the online store click HERE
The stamp set Party Hearty (a fun birthday set) is on the list of retiring stamps.  This fun Mini Milk Carton showcases the Party Hearty stamp set.  The milk carton was created by using the Mini Milk Carton Big Shot die.  After adhering that together, I wrapped around the Daffodil Delight grosgrain ribbon and then a thin strip of Melon Mambo card stock.  

The clip at the top is one of the Library Clips from the Clips Assortment pack and has a bit of 1/8" Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon tied on.  For the main image, I stamped twice, once in Melon Mambo and once in Tempting Turquoise.  I used the 3/4" Circle punch to punch out just the center circle.  I added some sparkle with Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. 

Note:  In addition to the stamp set, the 5/8" Daffodil Delight grosgrain ribbon is being discontinued.  In fact, ALL of the 5/8" grosgrain ribbon is being discontinued.  In the new catalog this style of ribbon will no longer be available! 

Note:  By the way, this stamp set can be used for more than birthdays!  To see a graduation card I made using this stamp set click HERE

Stamps:  Party Hearty
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories:  Mini Milk Carton die, Big Shot, Library Clip, 1/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, 5/8" Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle punch, 3/4" punch, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, dimensionals

Friday, June 10, 2011

Father's Day Wallet

As you've noticed my blog has been neglected lately.  :-)  Ironically I have a whole stack of projects to share--so it's not for lack of stamping on my part.  I've been keeping busy getting everything ready for the baby to come.  If all goes as scheduled, we'll have a new baby girl join our family next week!

Father's Day is right around the corner.  This wallet card is a fun way to present money, gift cards, pictures of the (grand)kids, or coupons.  This is an idea that has been around for many years so I can't claim credit for it.  This is also a great idea for graduation

Here's a view of the inside:


9" by 3 1/2"  --scored at 4 7/16" and 4 9/16" (sounds scary, but it's just on either side of 4 1/2")
8 1/2" by 3 1/4" --scored at 4 3/16" and 4 5/16" (just on either side of 4 1/4")
4 1/8" by 2"  --TWO of these pieces

The measuring is by far the hardest part!  The next step is sponging with Soft Suede--the edges and all over to give the soft leather feel.  On the largest piece, I used my Mat Pack to paper pierce the edges and a corner rounder punch to round the edges.  I used the fine tip end of the Soft Suede marker to 'connect the dots' where I had paper pierced to make it look like it was sewn.  Then stamp/embellish as desired.  Here I used Plane & Simple (no longer available).  Monogramming your wallet is a fun idea too!   

Note:  When assembling the wallet, make sure to not adhere the 'tops' of the pockets--just the bottom and sides.  You'll want to be able to slip in money, gift cards, etc.

Thanks for stopping by!  If all goes as planned, I'll be scheduling some posts for the next month or so.  

Stamps:  Plane & Simple
Ink:  Soft Suede (and marker)
Paper:  Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, sponge

Friday, June 3, 2011

Last Chance Lists!

 With the new catalog just around the corner, it's time to bid farewell to some of our favorite stamp sets and accessories in order to make room for all of the new product that is coming July 1st!

Please note that the stamp sets are available until June 3oth, but the accessories are only available while supplies last!  Accessory items include Definitely Decorative, wheels, papers, embellishments, Big Shot items, etc.  Many items will go quickly, and some accessories are up to 40% off!

Don't miss this last chance to get items still on your wish list!

Last Chance Stamps:  view the pdf

To view all of the Last Chance items in the online store click HERE Please note: to see the sale price on the discounted items, you need to click on the individual item. 

Contact me today if you'd like to purchase any of the Last Chance items. Or, you can shop in my online store. Click HERE and then on "shop now" in the top right corner.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #52

It's hard to believe that this is Stampin' Celebration challenge #52 this week--one year of challenges!  I don't have anything to share with you right now (I realized hubby is out of town with the camera!), 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 pretty cards.

And then it's your turn! Create something inspired by these pictures and link it to the Stampin' Celebration website.  This time you have plenty of time to participate as the Stampin' Celebration Challenge will be taking a summer break!  Although this break comes at a good time for me (less than 1 month to baby day!) I will miss the excuse to create at least once a week.  :-) 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #51

It's time for this week's Stampin' Celebration Challenge!  This week the colors really drew my eye, so I pulled out Old Olive and Marina Mist (a suggestion from the Color Coach) and went to work using my new Summer Splash stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog.  

This is the 'card' and 'envelope' all in one.  This crimped envelope idea is one I learned a long time ago, and haven't used forever.  The best part is it's really simple.  :-)  Start with an envelope--here I used a Crumb Cake envelope--seal, and cut off one of the short ends.  I cut off 1 3/4" on mine.  Then take the bottom half of the envelope and run it through your crimper.  (When was the last time you pulled out your crimper?)  By crimping just the bottom half, it is now just narrow enough for the top section to slip over easily.  

To embellish my envelope, I sponged with Crumb Cake, tied around Marina Mist taffeta ribbon and Hemp Twine, and added some surfboards. When you take off the top section, it looks like this:  

I used my 1" Circle Punch to take out a little notch--that lets the recipient know there's more inside.  And here's a look at what's inside:  

So there it is!  I kept it pretty simple and didn't do a lot of embellishment.  I used my markers to color the surfboards different colors before I stamped.  I distressed the edges, sponged Crumb Cake, and matted onto Old Olive.  

I think this would be an adorable invitation idea for a summer birthday party!  It would also work great for almost any occasion such as birthday or 'hi'.  As a side note, this style of card also works really well as a way to give a gift card. 

Thanks for coming by!  Make sure to head over to Stampin' Celebration to see who the Party Guest Designer is this week as well as the work from the other Design Team members. 

Stamps:  Summer Splash
Ink:  Marina Mist, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Old Olive, Whisper White, Crumb Cake envelope
Accessories:  Crimper, Cutter Kit, 1" Circle Punch, sponge, Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, Hemp Twine

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Nautical Expedition Tins

Today I'm back with some more photos and details for the second project that I posted during the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop.  You can see my original post HERE.  Today I'll show some close ups of the Mini Scrapbook Tin that I made showcasing the Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper that is found in the new Summer Mini Catalog.  

Above you see the outside of the tin. These tins can still be purchased from Stampin Up--but only on the Clearance Rack in the online store--meaning only while supplies last.  I added a belly band to the tin with a 2" strip of Basic Gray card stock, a 1" strip of Nautical Expedition DSP, and some White Baker's Twine.  The center globe image is from the stamp set The Open Sea--a coordinating set.   I hand cut around the globe image and then layered it onto a Cherry Cobbler circle I punched out with the 2  1/2" Circle Punch.  

When you slide off the belly band and open the tin, this is what you see:  

I think that ship image--again from the set The Open Sea--is one of my favorite.  I love how much detail is has, and yet how crisp it is.  Notice the little Tab Pull in the top right that is a small piece of Twill Tape looped.  When you pull on that you see:  

And a closer look at the pages of this mini scrapbook: 
The pages are 4 3/4" tall and 4" wide.  I started with two pieces of Whisper White card stock that were 4 3/4" by 12" and then scored at 4" and 8".  I accordion folded them and adhered the last section of one to the first section of the next to make a continuous accordion fold.  I used Sticky Strip to adhere the card stock to the tin.  

Thanks for coming by!  These little Mini Scrapbook Tins are easy to make and make great gifts.  I hope this gave a better look at this project.  You should be able to click on any of the pictures for a closer (enlarged) look at the projects. 

Stamps:  The Open Sea
Ink:  Early Espresso, Basic Gray
Paper:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Nautical Expedition DSP
Accessories:  Tin, White Baker's Twine, Early Espresso/White Baker's Twine, Cutter Kit, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch, Round Tab Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch

Monday, May 9, 2011

Nautical Expedition Cards

I'm finally back with some more photos and details for the projects that I posted during the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop.  You can see my original post HERE.  Today I'll show some close ups of the Card Set that I made showcasing the Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper that is found in the new Summer Mini Catalog

Above shows the outside of the folder that holds the cards and envelopes.  The outside measurement is 5 1/4" wide by 6" tall.  Below is a close up of the Antique Brad and Early Espresso/White Baker's Twine that I used as a closure.  There is a matching brad on the back side of the folder.


When you open the folder, you see this:

Each side holds two cards and two envelopes.  It's hard to distinguish the envelopes since I used Crumb Cake envelopes (same color as the folder and the card bases).

To make the folder, I started with an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of Crumb Cake.  I scored at 5 3/8" and 5 5/8".  Then along the long side I scored at 2 1/2" (folds up to make the pockets).  I hand cut a little slice out in the middle of the two pocket sections to help the folder close easily.

Note:  The strip of Designer Series Paper across the top of the pockets adds interest, but also hides the back of the brads that you see on the front.  The brads are what keep the pockets in place--I didn't use any other adhesive.

And some pictures of the cards:

The squares were punched out using the new Postage Stamp Punch that can be found on page 10 of the Summer Mini Catalog.  Here's a close up of how I tied the squares together using the White Baker's Twine for the card on the left (above). 

And the other cards in the set:  

Note: I used dimensionals to pop up all of the postage squares of the Nautical Expedition DSP.

Other than tying the postage squares together for the one card, this was a really easy set to put together.  I'm planning to choose some various Designer Papers and make up some more coordinating card sets to give as end of the year teacher gifts.  

Thanks for coming by!  I hope this gave a better look at this project.  You should be able to click on any of the pictures for a closer (enlarged) look at the projects. 

Stamps:  Trendy Trees (for thank you sentiment)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (for distressing of folder edges)
Paper:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Nautical Expedition DSP
Accessories:  Antique Brads, White Baker's Twine, Early Espresso/White Baker's Twine, Postage Stamp Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #50

The weeks just keep flying by!  Another Thursday and another Stampin' Celebration challenge!  I loved the bright bold colors from this week's inspiration piece as well as the sharp edges.  

A fairly simple card for this week. . . . I started with a sentiment from the stamp set Word Play.  Did you know that this is one of the stamp sets on sale for 30% off this month?  To see the flyer with all the sets on sale this month as part of the National Scrapbooking Month Promotion click HERE.  To see two other cards I've made with this same stamp set, click HERE and HERE

I punched out the sentiment with the Decorative Label punch and then did a second punch from Real Red card stock.  I cut the Real Red punch in half lengthwise and adhered half to mat the top of the sentiment layer and half to mat the bottom.  

To add the ribbon, I ran Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, and Real Red grosgrain ribbon through the Big Shot with the Tasteful Trim die to create custom ric rack. A simple wow technique!  Hint:  I  found it best to use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to back the ribbon, and then run it through the Big Shot.  Then you peel away the backing and you have a ribbon sticker ready to adhere directly to your project.  How cool is that? 

To see some more samples using the decorative edge ribbon technique that I presented last fall at the Fort Worth Regional SU conference, click HERE.  

Anyway, lots of explanation for a simple card!  Make sure to head over to Stampin' Celebration to see who the Party Guest designer is this week as well as what the other Design Team members created with this same inspiration piece.  Then please play along--we'd love to see what you create!  

Stamps:  Word Play
Ink:  Night of Navy
Paper:  Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  Tasteful Trim Die, Big Shot, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, and Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Decorative Label punch, dimensionals

Friday, April 29, 2011

Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop: Nautical Expedition DSP

 Welcome to stop #3 on the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop!  This Blog Hop features 22 Stampin' Addicts members who are sharing their creativity with us. Each stop will feature products from the Summer Mini Catalog that goes live May 1, 2011!

If you are following the hop in order, you just came from Holly's blog Rubber Redneck where she showcased gorgeous projects using the stamp Hello Blossoms. I just loved Holly's adorable projects! 

Today I am showing some ideas using the Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper.  I love working with Stampin' Up's DSP, and I was especially drawn to this pack of paper since it lends itself easily to both masculine and travel projects.  

My first projects is a set of cards.  I thought this could make a fun gift for a guy in your life or someone who is leaving for a vacation or moving. I kept the cards pretty simple and let the Designer Series Paper be the star of the show.  I also used the new Postage Stamp Punch that is found in the Summer Mini Catalog.  I almost didn't pre-order the punch, but now of course I'm so happy I did.  :-)  Another new product I used is the Baker's Twine.  If you follow my blog regularly, you know I use a lot of Linen Thread and Hemp Twine--so of course I knew I would love the Baker's Twine! 

The very top right of the above photo shows the folder that holds all of these cards.  When the cards are all tucked away inside this is what it looks like:  

My next project is a scrapbook in a tin.  These tins can be found on the Clearance Rack in the online Stampin' Up Store.  For the outside of the tin, I created a belly band with Not Quite Navy card stock, a strip of Designer Series Paper, some Baker's Twine, and an image from the stamp set The Open Sea (also new in the Summer Mini Catalog). 

When you open the tin, you pull out a little 'paper accordion' with plenty of room to add pictures and journaling.  

I think this would be a fun mini scrapbook for a special vacation or even to give as a Father's Day gift with pictures, love notes, etc. Using the DSP and the coordinating card stock colors made this an easy project that came together quickly.  I also added a few more images from The Open Sea stamp set and some more of the Baker's Twine.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you've been inspired by these projects.  I will be back later with more info on these projects and well as a closer look at some of the details.  Note:  you should be able to click on any of the pictures to see an enlarged image.  

Next on the Blog Hop is Carmen
over at  Stamping AddictionShe will be showcasing the stamp set The Open Sea Go check out her awesome projects, and then continue on in the Hop to see more projects showcasing products from the Summer Mini catalog.  

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