Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fancy Sycamore Favor

Today I actually have a non-Valentine's project to share.  :-)  This is a project that we made at my downline meeting this past month.  I got the idea for this project from Heather Klump--a very talented stamper! 
It uses several of the Sale-A-Bration items (ie FREE with a $50 purchase): the Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack, the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, and the Madison Avenue stamp set.  Note:  these are the 3 items you receive for free (in addition to all the other awesome hostess benefits) when you host a workshop or place a $400 order during Sale-A-Bration.  Yay! 

It's quite easy to make this fun little favor box.  I ran Island Indigo through the Big Shot with the Fancy Favor die to create the bottom of the box.  That part is assembled as usual. 

For the top of the box I used a 4" by 12" piece of the Designer Paper (so you can get 3 tops per 1 sheet of DSP) and ran it through the Big Shot again, but lined up so that you don't cut out the part that would become the tabs to make the bottom of the box.  Then adhere along the edges to make a tube, pinch the top together, punch holes, and tie it closed.  Here I used some of the Satiny Pool Party ribbon from the Sale-A-Bration pack. 

For the tag, I stamped with Summer Starfruit onto the same color card stock and then cut out using the smallest flower in the Floral Frames Framelits set.  I cut out a second flower in Pool Party to layer behind.  The sentiment was stamped with the Essentials set and then cut out using the Bitty Banners Framelits.  The Oval that creates the base of the tag was cut out using the Ovals Collection Framelits found in the Spring Catalog

I also wanted to remind you that this is a great time to join the Stampin Up family!  If  purchase the starter kit during Sale-A-Bration, you get an extra 25% in Starter Kit products for FREE.  So that means:

You choose $156 of any current Stampin Up products and pay only $99 (plus tax)!  Awesome!  You don't even have to pay shipping, which saves another 10%.  :-) 

By purchasing the starter kit, that means you join the Stampin' Up! family of demonstrators (and my team). From when you purchase the kit until June 30th, 2013 you get all the demonstrator benefits. But that doesn't mean you have any obligation to host parties, purchase anything further, or solicit orders from anyone. You literally can take advantage of this offer and walk away. There is no penalty to drop. However, if you do have $300 in sales or purchases between now and June 30th, then you renew your benefits for another 3 months. 

Intrigued? So what are the benefits of being a demonstrator? 
A few of my favorites are:
--an additional 10% off your first order of $150 or more during your first 45 days (on top of your 'normal' 20% discount)
--access to the Stampin' Connection website that has thousands of project ideas, forums, videos, etc.
--Stampin' Success (a bi-monthly magazine) full of ideas and tips
--the ability to attend demo-only events (convention, leadership, regionals) 
And of course you can attend my downline meeting (every other month) and make cute projects like this one.  :-)  Or if you live far away, I send you the projects. 
If you are curious and have more questions, please don't hesitate to ask me! I have loved my journey with Stampin Up and look forward to sharing it with you. This really is such a great deal that there's really NOT a reason to miss out on it! :-)  Ready to go?  You can learn more and/or sign up HERE
Stamps:  Madison Avenue, Essentials
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo
Paper:  Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP
Accessories:   Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button pack, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Fancy Favor die, Ovals Collection Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Floral Frames Framelits, Big Shot

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pocket o' Hearts

Hi all!  Back with another Valentine's project today.  :-)  I created this using the Fab Friday color challenge, and we also made this at my Stampers Club this past weekend. 

This cute little pocket was made using the Petite Pocket die (and Big Shot).  The smallest hearts were punched out with the Small Heart punch, the medium heart (the one inside the banner) is the smallest heart from the Hearts Collection Framelits, and the banner and largest hearts were cut out using the Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  I used the Finishing Touches Edgelits to get the fun edge on the Very Vanilla Layer.  It did take lots of runs through the Big Shot, but I think it was worth it in the end.  :-) 

I crinkled the Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake hearts to give a little texture.  I also used one of the new Soda Pop Tops from the Spring Catalog.  I ran the pop top through the Big Shot (platform with no tabs and a cutting plate on top and bottom of the pop top) to flatten it a little bit.  I really like these Soda Pop Tops, but they are pretty tall (as is) to add to a project.  For me, being able to 'smash' them down a little bit makes them much more 'useable'. 

Here's a picture of the back of the pocket and the note that fits inside.  (Note: This does hold a gift card, although just barely.)  I used the button brads from the Vintage Trinkets collection and Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine for the enclosure.  

Have a great day!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Paper:  Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and More Amore Specialty DSP
Accessories:  Soda Pop Top, Vintage Trinkets, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, dimensionals, Small Heart Punch, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Hearts Collection Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Petite Pockets Die

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sentimental Birthday

Stampin' Up's premiere promotion of the year has started!  Sale-A-Bration is here, and this card showcases one of the stamp sets--called Feeling Sentimental--that is available for free with a $50 purchase. 

I needed a birthday card for my grandpa, so I set to work with this stamp set.  I also wanted to participate in the SUO challenge--using your 'New Toys'

The image is inked with Early Espresso, and I also sponged (and distressed) all the edges with the same color.  I added some of the new Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon and one of the new Silver Basics Designer Buttons.  I really like both of these products.  The buttons are nice because they are thin, they don't add too much 'up' to your card. 

Thanks for coming by!  Remember that there are several ways to party during Sale-A-Bration:

Shop:  With each $50 purchase you can choose an item (for FREE!) from the Sale-A-Bration catalog

Host:  Have a party with your friends and earn Sale-A-Bration freebies!  With a $150 order you get (in addition to all the normal benefits) a package of Silver Glimmer Paper.  With a $400 order you get the Glimmer Paper PLUS a product bundle. 

Join:  When you join the Stampin Up family during Sale-A-Bration, you get 25% more product for free in your starter kit.  Whether you are looking for a discount on your product or a new career, Stampin Up has a place for you! 

If you have any question, don't hesitate to ask.  :-) 

Stamps:  Feeling Sentimental, Essentials
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Very Vanilla, First Edition Specialty DSP
Accessories:  Natural Trim Ribbon, Silver Basics Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Distress Tool, Bitty Banners Framelits, Big Shot, dimensionals

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hearts all in a Row

Well now that I've started creating some Valentine's cards, I'm on a roll!  Several of these hearts were actually 'left overs' from the card I created earlier this week.  I saw the sketch challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments, and knew what I could use the hearts for.  :-)  

And the colors were taken from the Stampin' Celebration Challenge for January:  

I stamped the hearts using the Hearts a Flutter stamp set (found in the new Spring Catalog) and then ran them through the Big Shot with the coordinating Hearts a Flutter Framelits to cut them out. I also used the new Honeycomb Embossing Folder for the fun texture on the Pool Party layer.  

The gray hearts are covered in Dazzling Diamonds glitter--I used Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to adhere the glitter.  The 'love' tag was stamped with the Lovely Little Labels stamp set and then punched out suing the Little Labels Punch pack.  I adhered the bow and the tags with glue dots--uncharacteristic to my 'usual', they aren't attached to each other.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Hearts a Flutter, Lovely Little Labels
Ink:  Going Gray, Pool Party, Primrose Petals
Paper:  Pool Party, Going Gray, Whisper White
Accessories:  Hearts a Flutter framelits, Hearts Collection Framelits (for the smaller heart), Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Little Labels Punch Pack, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Dazzling Diamonds, White Baker's Twine, dimensionals

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Stampin' Celebration--Fluttering Hearts

Hi all!  Just popping in with a reminder to play along with us at Stampin' Celebration this month--and a little mid-monthspiration to inspire you.  :-)  

With Valentine's day less than a month away, it's about time that I got started thinking about Valentine's projects!  I had fun putting this card together using some new goodies from the Spring Catalog.   

I used the Hearts A Flutter stamp set and the coordinating framelits dies.  The smallest heart is from the Hearts Collection framelits (found in the main catalog).  The ribbon can be found in the Sale-A-Bration catalog--it is part of the Sycamore Street Ribbon & Buttons Pack.  The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. 

Remember to link your creation to the Stampin' Celebration blog so we can see your project.  Hope to see your project soon.  :-) 

Stamps:  Hearts A Flutter, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Basic Gray, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette
Paper:  Basic Gray, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Accessories:  Hearts a Flutter framelits, Hearts Collection framelits, Bitty Banners framelits, Big Shot,Pool Party Ribbon (Sycamore Street ribbon & buttons pack), rhinestones, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, dimensionals

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Stampin' Celebration #62--Essential Thanks

Happy 2013!!  What a fun way to start the new year, with a new Stampin' Celebration challenge.  :-)   
This time of year I am always needing thank you notes. . . I have many vivid memories of my mom helping us write thank you notes after Christmas and birthdays.  Although I didn't like the tradition as a child, I see the importance now and am teaching my children to write thank you notes.  Do you find it 'old fashioned' to send thank you notes for presents? 
Anyway, you can see that I took the snowflake theme, the pink and blue and ran with that.  I figure my son will use the blue ones and my daughter will use the pink ones.  I used the Note Cards (finished size is 3 1/2" by 5") that come pre-scored 20 to a package, with envelopes, for $5.95.  I used by Snow Flurry die and Big Shot to cut out the snow flakes. 

After I cut out the snowflakes from the Silver Shimmer Paper, I sponged coordinating ink onto the snowflake.  Plenty of shimmer still shines through! 

There are a couple sneak peeks here from the Spring Catalog that goes live in just a couple days (Jan 3rd): the stamp set, called Essentials, and the Large Rhinestones.  Look at the pretty bling.  :-) 

Simple, huh?  :-)   We'd love to have you play along with us this month at Stampin' Celebration! You have until January 25th to link your creation (a card, 3D item, digital item, scrapbook layout, etc.) to the Stampin' Celebration blog and be in the running for the "Pick of the Party" at the end of the month. We can't wait to see what Stampin' Celebration inspires you to create!

To see what the other DT members have created:

Allison Ohran -Sweet Impressions
Cori Kozak - Creative Chat
Erica Cerwin - Pink Buckaroo Designs
Erin Gonzales -Hand Stamped Style
Jenny Peterson - Lakeshore Stamping
Stamps:  Essentials (available Jan 3)
Ink:  Marina Mist, Primrose Petals
Paper:  Silver Shimmer Paper, Marina Mist, Primrose Petals, Note Cards (Whisper White)
Accessories:  Snow Flurry Die, Large Rhinestones (available Jan 3), sponges, dimensionals