Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer Mini is almost done!

Don't forget, tomorrow is the last day you can order from the summer mini catalog! There were some really cute sets in there so make sure to let me know if you need anything or order from my website.

Here are a couple of my favorites using summer mini items:

Stay tuned... soon I will have fun fall stuff to share from the winter mini!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Growing Green Slider Box

Another project with the Growing Green set-- A slider box. These little boxes are so fun to make! You simply cut it out using the Matchbox XL big shot die-- it cuts and scores it to make it easy to assemble. Then decorate the top. For this box, I used Garden green Card stock for the bottom and a piece from the Woodland Walk Designer paper for the wrap. The rose is stamped from the Growing Green set and colored it to look water colored using aquapainters. Then I added the sentiment "for you" from the set Great Friend and the finished it off with some 1/8" taffeta ribbon.

stamps:Growing Green, Great Friend
ink: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
paper: Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Woodland Walk Designer Paper,
other: Aquapainters, Vanilla taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Growing Green Watercolors

One of my favorite techniques to to is to watercolor -- I will admit that this does take a bit of practice and when I demo it or have it at class there are always some who hate it or get frustrated with it but if you practice, the cards it makes are definitely worth it!

Here's what I do-- I take a Stampin' Up ink pad and squeeze it so some of the ink gets up on the lid. Then open it up and use an aquapainter to pick up some color. Most important is DON'T squeeze the aquapainter.... if you apply too much pressure your paper will get too wet-- just holding it upright should give you enough flow to get some moisture through the tip. If it still seems too wet, you can scribble it out a bit on some scrap paper. I usually start on the area I want darkest and dab a bit -- then scribble off on some scrap paper to get the color off the brush. Then go back and use the brush with no or very little color on it and drag the spot you just made out the the edges. This creates a dark to light water color look...

Everyone has different techniques so I suggest just practicing to get the look you want. You an also use watercolor pencils to add color instead of ink pads.

stamps: Growing Green, Heard from the Heart
ink: Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
paper: very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede
other: aquapainters, dimensionals

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Owlie Punch!

When I saw this owl punch in the new catalog I knew I had to add it to my punch collection!
It's so adorable! The punch has all the pieces to make an owl! Here's what it looks like:

I punched it out of crumb cake, chocolate chip, wild wasabi, vanilla and pumpkin pie. If you don't need all the shapes, you can just hold the punch upside down and stick the card stock corner in only as far as you need to punch the section that you need.

For this card, I assembled the owl using mono multi adhesive and then added him to this card. The branch is stamped from the Growing Green stamp set using garden green ink on vanilla paper. I stamped the sentiment "thanks" from the Thank You Kindly set over the top with chocolate chip. I used some pumpkin pie 1/8 inch taffeta ribbon to add some color pop. The "tree" is actually a piece of paper from the Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper. This paper pack has two different woodgrain patterns in it! I love it!

stamps: Growing Green, Thank you Kindly
ink: Garden Green, Chocolate Chip
paper: Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
other: Two Step Owl Punch, 1/8" pumpkin pie Taffeta ribbon

Friday, August 13, 2010

Growing Green Slider

Here is a cool Card made with the Growing Green Stamp set. This was one of my class projects this week. To make this card you cut your cardstock the opposite way you normally would so you end up with a piece of paper that is 4.25 x 11 . Then you fold that in half. Then, fold the front back about an inch to create the flap. Round all the corners and then attach the flap down with brads. Now you have a pocket! Then decorate as you'd like I used the Scalloped Circle Big shot die and the Growing Green stamp set.

Then you can make a slider to go inside. Here's how mine turned out:

These are fun cards to give-- people like the fun format and you can easily write or stamp a message on the sliding part!

stamps: Growing Green, Sincere Salutations
ink:Wild wasabi, Crumb Cake
paper: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
other: Brads, corner rounder, Thick striped Grosgrain ribbon, Big shot Scallop Circle Die

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Growing Green Card

When I looked at the new Idea Book and Catalog, this set (Growing Green) was immediately one of my favorites! I love how pretty and elegant the outlined flowers are! Here is a really simple card made using it. I started with Crumb Cake Cardstock for the base. The green polka-dotted paper is from the woodland walk designer paper pack which coordinates perfectly with this set. I stamped the flower twice with early espresso ink and once in the middle with crumb cake ink. Then added some rich razzleberry 1/8" taffeta ribbon to add a little pop of color. The sentiment is from the set heard from the heart.

stamps: heard from the heart, growing green
ink: early espresso, crumb cake
paper: crumb cake, early espresso, very vanilla, Woodland Walk Designer Series
other: rich razzleberry 1/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals

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Sunday, August 8, 2010


Mmmm. Lollipop! This cute little flower pot holds a dum-dum :) I made this a while ago so I don't remember the exact dimensions but wanted to share it with you. You make the bottom by creating a pot out of cardstock and then hold it closed with brads. Then I cut out a flower for the top using the XL Flower Folds die with a piece of designer paper in the middle! Super cute!

paper: Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, Island Oasis Designer paper
other: XL flower folds die (big shot), dum dum, brads, scoring tool

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mario Birthday!

Do you know anyone who loves video games? My little brother does so I thought it would be fun to make him a card with Mario from the Nintendo game Super Mario Brothers! To make this card I used a variety of punches to create the Mario face. Then I attached him to a Top Note die (cut with Big shot) and added some retired ribbon to the front. The clouds were made by punching out a scallop circle and then sponging over it, using the punched shape as a mask! Then, to finish it off, I used the sentiment from the hostess set Longfellows.

I hope he liked it! It was fun to make. Here's a close-up:

oh, I almost forgot, I stamped the "m" for Mario using the stamp set Rough Type.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Island Floral with 3D Flower

Here is another cool 3D flower and the last of the projects we made at my 3D flowers class. This one uses the top note die and the cool flower stamps from the Tropical Party stamp (found in the summer mini). This is a really simple card which helps the pretty flower stand out even more. This flower was made by punching a strip of designer paper with the scallop border punch. Then you score it at every dip in the scallop and carefully fold it in to make the flower. It's hard to describe without showing you :) Hope you liked my 3D flowers, I had a ton of fun learning how to make all of them and showing the ladies who took my class!

stamps: Tropical Party, Sincere Salutations
paper: Old olive, whisper white, Island Oasis Designer Paper, rose red
ink: old olive, pumpkin pie, rose red, so saffron, early espresso
other: Scallop Border punch, glue, small circle punch, scoring tool

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mini Pizza Box with Rose

Remember this pretty rose? I made one a while ago on a gift bag here. I wanted to use it again in my 3D flowers class so here is what I came up with... it's a little pizza-style box. Check out the old post for directions on how to make the rose.

For the box top and bottom I cut two squares out of Pear Pizzazz paper using the big shot Scallop Square die-- you can cut both at once since this is one of the bigger dies that cuts through thick stuff. Then I used Blushing Bride cardstock to make the box. To decorate it I stamped the leaves from the Growing Green Stamp set on a square of vanilla and then attached my rose with sticky Strip on the top. Here is how the box opens:

stamps:Growing Green
ink:Pear Pizzazz
paper: Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride
other: Ornament Punch, Scallop Square Big Shot die.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Beautiful Rose!

Isn't this rose just gorgeous? This was one of the projects that we made at my 3D Flowers class last Thursday. This one is my favorite... I just love how pretty it looks!

Here is a close-up image:

This rose is made by punching flowers with the XL flower punch and gluing and layering... It takes a little time and you have to be patient while waiting for the glue to dry -- but it's so worth it because it turns out so pretty!

Here's what the little pouch looks like on the inside:

To make the pouch, start with a piece of card stock (mine was early espresso) that is 8" x 3 1/4". Score it on the long side at 3 1/2" and 4 1/2". Then it makes a nice little triangle shape. For the flap I used the Top Note big shot die, folded in half to make a flap. This is by far, my FAVORITE die. I apologize if you're sick of seeing it in my projects but I just love using it!

The gorgeous stamp is from the set Friends Never Fade. I also used the greeting from the hostess set Because I Care on the flap of the pouch along with some of the new poly-stitched ribbon in pear pizazz. I used a little Velcro dot to keep it closed (bought from a local craft store). Inside is a little cello bag filled with Hershey kisses! What a perfect little thank you gift!

stamps:Because I care, Friends Never Fade
ink: Regal Rose, Early Espresso
paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Regal Rose
other: Velcro Dot, Small Cello Bag, Pear Pizzazz, XL flower punch, Top Note Big Shot Die

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