Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #41

It's Thursday and time for another Stampin' Celebration Challenge!  I loved the color scheme, and I also used the flowers as inspiration this week. 

I started by using my Framed Tulips Textured Impression Embossing Folder on the Whisper White layer.  Such a pretty embossing folder!  Next I added the flowers using a combination of my Baskets & Blooms Big Shot die, Fancy Flower punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, and 5-Petal Flower punch (for the leaves). 

I added some clear Rhinestone Brads to the center of each flower, and popped them up on dimensionals.  For the tag (from the Table Setting  Big Shot die), I used my Garden Green and Rose Red markers to color directly on the stamp.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Word Play.  I took the edge of my Rose Red marker and ran it along the edge of the tag to add a little definition.  (You could do the same thing with the edge of a stamp pad.)  

Even though this card used a lot of different accessories, it was really quite simple and came together quickly.  The colors and sentiment could easily be changed to fit a variety of occasions.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Make sure to head over to Stampin' Celebration to see what the other members of the Design Team have been working on.  And make sure to check out our very first Guest Designer and her project too!  Then make sure to play along with us this week for a chance to be not only Pick of the Party, but a guest designer as well!  

Stamps:  Word Play
Ink:  Rose Red and Garden Green markers
Paper:  Garden Green, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Accessories:  Baskets & Blooms die, Table Setting die, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Fancy Flower punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 5-Petal Flower punch, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Hemp Twine, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Blissful Butterfly

This card features one of the stamp sets--Bliss--that you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration.  If you haven't already taken advantage of Sale-A-Bration, there's still time!  With each $50 purchase you can choose a stamp set or product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for free!  

The card base is Sahara Sand and I repeatedly stamped the scroll work image from the Bliss stamp set with Versamark ink.  For the butterflies, I used my Beautiful Butterflies Big Shot die.  The larger butterfly is stamped with the flower image from the Bliss set with Blushing Bride ink.  

To make the smaller butterfly, I took a small rectangle of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet (p 39 of the Occasions Mini Catalog) and peeled off one side of the backing and adhered it to Blushing Bride card stock.  At that point I ran everything together through the Big Shot with the Beautiful Butterflies Die.  Then I peeled off the remaining Multipurpose Adhesive sheet backing and poured Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over the top.  That gives the awesome sparkle.  :-)  In the center of the Butterfly is one of the new Vanilla Rosettes that are also found in the Occasions Mini Catalog on page 16.  

When I add the butterflies to the card, I used half pieces of dimensionals--one on each wing:  

This card also features another item from the Occasions Mini Catalog--the new Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Folder.  Instead of using the whole folder to create a card base, I just used one edge.  And since there wasn't an edge quite long enough to go completely across a 5 1/2" card, I just pieced it together--hiding the seam under the butterfly wing.  

For the Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, I used a strip of Sticky Strip placed onto the Blushing Bride layer, and then 'scrunched' the ribbon as I pushed it into the Sticky Strip.  Hint: If your ribbon seems like it won't say put, you can use your heat tool to warm up the Sticky Strip a little (even after you've added the ribbon).  Heating the Sticky Strip a little makes it super sticky. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you've enjoyed this card. 

Stamps:  Bliss, Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  Versamark, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Folder, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Big Shot, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Vanilla Rosette, Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, Sticky Strip, dimensionals

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #40

I just love seeing all of the inspiration pieces week after week!  Now I don't usually love yellow, but the warm sunny feel of these pictures is great!  This week I took the inspiration piece quite literally:  

I loved the picture of the wedding cake, so I went to work recreating it with paper.  I pulled out my well-loved Baroque Motifs stamp set, and some of the new Daffodil Delight Pompom Trim from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  After I stamped with Daffodil Delight and stacked the cake, I added a few flowers with my punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  And of course some Rhinestone pearls provide a great finishing touch and some bling.  

The sentiment is from the set Teeny Tiny Wishes and was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin' Powder on Vellum card stock.  (Hint: If you are heat embossing, I would suggest using the Vellum card stock as opposed to the Vellum Paper as it holds up better under the heat.)   

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to head over to Stampin' Celebration to see what the other Design Team Members have created this week!  And, note that there has been a change to the "Pick of the Party"--there will only be one per week, but the winner will be invited to be a guest designer for the following week's challenge!  So link your submissions for a chance to be a guest designer!  You can read more details on the Stampin' Celebration blog.  

Stamps:  Baroque Motifs, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Versmark
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Vellum Card Stock
Accessories:  Daffodil Delight Pompom Trim, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Rhinestone Pearls, Corner Rounder Punch, Embossing Buddy, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Erik's Valentine

I hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day!  I thought I would quickly share my son's valentines from this year.  If you missed my daughter's, you can see that HERE.  

I made my daughter's valentine's first, and then asked my son what he wanted.  I had pulled out some stamp sets that I thought were good candidates. . .  pirates, dinosaurs, robots, etc.  No, he wanted "exactly the same as Elizabeth's--only red instead of pink."  Really?  Hmm.  And I was worried that as a big kindergartner Erik may not even want to take handmade valentine's at all!  So Erik and I went to work together to come up with his Valentine.  He helped me design it, and his only comment was that it needed some glitter, but Dad convinced him that boys don't need glitter.  :-)  Anyway, we had fun working together and Erik made sure I kept on task.  

The base of the Valentine is Crumb Cake, and the hearts are Chocolate Chip and Real Red Designer Paper from the Brights Patterns Designer Paper Stack.  I distressed the edges of the Real Red Heart using my Cutter Kit and the edges of the Crumb Cake with Crumb Cake ink.  The Chocolate Chip heart is up on dimensionals.  

And an inside view of the matchbook-style Valentine:  

Stamps:  Sock Monkey ("just for you"), and unknown stamp set
Ink:  Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake (distressing)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Real Red DSP from the Brights Paper Stack
Accessories:  Full Heart Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Cutter Kit, dimensionals, stapler, candy

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #39

It's a good thing I have the Stampin' Celebration challenge to keep my blog going. :-) Another great inspiration piece this week! Pink, brown, and Valentine's Day! 

This week I used the inspiration piece to create some little valentines that my 3 year old daughter could take to her preschool class.  She was excited about the pink, and her only other request was 'sparkles'.  I also pulled some inspiration from  a one-layer swap card that I received from my sweet friend Donna a few years ago at Leadership. 

I used the stamp set I {Heart} Hearts.  I stamped the dotted heart with Early Espresso, and the smaller heart with Pretty in Pink (the specific color isn't actually important).  After I stamped the little heart, I used my Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue and went over the little heart.  Then I poured Pink Stampin' Glitter (from the Fine Supernova collection) over the top.  The Liquid Glue held the glitter really well and dried quickly.  

The sentiment is from the set Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. 

These are really very simple to make little matchbook treat holder.  I used a piece of 8 1/2" by 3" piece of Soft Suede--getting 3 per sheet of 8 1/2" by 11".  I scored one end at 3/4", then flipped it around and scored from the other end at 4 3/4".  Of course depending on the type of treat you put inside, you may need to alter those measurements.  The staple also helps hold the treat in place.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Make sure to head over to Stampin' Celebration to see the other designs for the this week.  Then make sure to play along as we celebrate life's special moments!  

Stamps:  I {Heart} Hearts, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede and Pretty in Pink markers, Versamark
Paper:  Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories:  Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon, Fine Supernova Stampin' Glitter, Heat Tool, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, stapler, candy

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Stampin' Celebration #38

It's Thursday and another fantastic challenge over at Stampin' Celebration!  I love the bold colors of this inspiration piece as well as the texture of the corner pictures.  So here's what I have to share this week:

I usually have a really hard time coming up with cards for my husband.  But, I think this one may work ok.  I tried to keep it fairly simple, and I thought the distressed look on the hearts may be a little 'manly'.   For the hearts I punched them out using my Full Heart punch, crumpled and then opened them, and put them on top of my Basic Black ink pad.  I carefully walked my fingers over the hearts so that they would pick up a little of the ink.  It's a fun, simple technique that you should try if you haven't already! 

I tied around the Basic Black grosgrain ribbon and added the three hearts using dimensionals.  The sentiment is stamped on the inside and then I used my 1 3/8" by 5/8" Oval Punch on the front layer so that the sentiment shows through.  The sentiment is from the set Three Little Words, which is a set that you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration!  

Thanks for vising today!  Head over to Stampin' Celebration to see what the other member of the Design Team have created using this same inspiration piece!  Then hopefully you will feel inspired to play along.  :-)  We'd love to see what you create!  

Stamps:  Three Little Words
Ink:  Real Red, Basic Black
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories:  Full Heart Punch, 1 3/8" by 5/8" Oval Punch, Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, dimensionals