Monday, February 22, 2010

Workshops and an Open House

Some workshops and an open house I have in the works - all of these are made with Stampin Up paper, ink, stamp sets and ribbons.

A Keepsake Box open house - Thursday, Feb 25 7 p.m. Make a box similar to these as a gift or for yourself.
On Saturday, March 6, stop by and see my demonstration on making this beautiful colored Bride paper. The Open House will be from 1 to 3 pm and I have some special offers to those who attend if they place an order for Stampin Up merchandise at that time.

A mini scrapbook for Mother's Day - kids are invited to come by on Sunday April 25 from 1 to 4 pm or Tuesday April 27 from 3 to 5 pm. Adults and children 10 and older are welcome to come make one on Tuesday April 27 from 7 to 9 pm

This is one of the inside pages of the scrapbook.

And this desk set - acrylic post-it holder, matching pen and paper clips is a project for March 19, from 7 to 9 pm.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Using up scraps

I challenged myself to use up some of my scraps today. I went through half of my paper (Soft Subtles and Earth Elements) and pulled out all the scrap pieces and went to town. This first one was really a challenge since orange is not a color I use very often. The DSP for the vase (punched using the Christmas ornament) and the background are from the Razzleberry Lemonade collection. The card stock is Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla. The stamp set is Bella's Bloom. I used Rich Razzleberry and Always Artichoke ink pads for the flower. I also used the ticket corner and scallop oval punches.

This is the Mojo Monday this week. I just received the Tall Tales paper so had to try something with it. The card stock is all from the scraps. I used Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, So Saffron and Whisper White. The stamp set is Animal Stories (The happy birthday stamp is pre-SU). I used the Scallop Edge and the Scallop Circle punches.

The rest of the cards were 'inspired' by DOStamping with Dawn. When you purchase this stamp set called Very Thankful, a donation is made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. I used Garden Green, Melon Mambo and Certainly Celery card stock - on a Sahara Sand base. The ribbon is Old Olive. I colored the stamp with the Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen. The ribbon is Old Olive.

This flower thank you uses the Tall Tales DSP and card stocks So Saffron, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, and Sahara Sand. This is also the Very Thankful stamp set. The ribbon is Chocolate Chip.

Who can resist this kid ? This is also a Very Thankful stamp. I used the Pumpkin Pie card stock on a Very Vanilla base. The DSP is Razzleberry Lemonade.

This peacock is two-toned using Mellow Moss and Tempting Turquoise. I inked it with the Mellow Moss then took the Tempting Turquoise stamp pad and rubbed the corner on the tail. The card stock is Mellow Mos and Tempting Turquoise. I used the Scallop Edge punch. The ribbon is Tempting Turquoise and the slide is from the Hodgepodge Hardware set.

Mini - mini Scrapbook

I made a couple more mini - scrapbooks. These are a little 'smaller' than the other one in that they hold 8 photos instead of 12. This one is a for a friend who had twin girls last week. I used Chocolate Chip card stock with Very Vanilla for the tags. I used the Modern Label punch and a heart punch that I have from pre -Stampin Up days. The Way 2 Go is from the Picture This hostess set. The other labels are from a retired stamp set. The ribbon is Mellow Moss.

These pages are Pretty in Pink with Melon Mambo. I used the Scallop Edge punch and the Animal Stories stamp set. The base pages are Mellow Moss.

Here I used Bashful Blue and Soft Suede card stock. The waves is some designer paper from the Paper Pack III hostess set. I used the photo corner and scallop edge punches. The whale is also from the Animal Stories stamp set.

The giraffe is from the Animal Stories stamp set. I stamped it using So Saffron then touching the edges with Chocolate Chip. I used the ticket punch on the corners. The background again is Chocolate Chip.
These pages are Blush Blossom and Very Vanilla. The heart is from the Out of the Box hostess set and the (heart) You stamp is from the Picture This hostess set. The flower background is a retired stamp.

These pages are So Saffron with Tall Tales designer paper punched with the new Scallop Border punch. I hope my friend likes the little book.

This one is a prototype for a Kids Workshop I would like to have - these are just some ideas. I would have a variety of pages for the kids to choose from and put inside their book. I figure I can have most of it ready to just slap together and maybe have a couple things the kids can stamp.
This one is Not Quite Navy with a piece of inked Bride paper. I used the Modern Label punch, Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set, and Very Vanilla ribbon.

This is Close to Cooca paper with the Tall Tales DSP and a Very Vanilla piece stamped using Melon Mambo and the Animal Stories stamp set. It was punched with the Scallop Oval.

These Bashful Blue pages are stamped with the Good Neighbors and Animal Stories stamp sets. I used the Scallop Edge punch. Tale Tales and Paper Pack III DSP was used for the ground and waves.

This Pretty in Pink page is stamped with the Picture This hostess set in Rich Razzleberry. The heart punch is one I had before Stampin Up.

These pages are Certainly Celery and So Saffron card stock with Tall Tales DSP. The Animal Stories elephant was stamped using Chocolate Chip.

The stamps on these two pages are from the Picture This stamp set. I used the small star, photo corner, and scallop edge punches. The card stock used is Bashful Blue, So Saffron and Pretty in Pink.
I think this would be fun for the kids to do for Mother's Day :-)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mini Scrapbook

I saw this mini scrapbook on DOStamping with Dawn and just had to try one. I made changes of course :-) . I am thinking I might have a Kids' Workshop before Mother's Day so was trying to come up with kid-easy options.

It opens up and has 6 'pages' on each side for notes or photos. I used a variety of Stampin Up card stock, stamps, inks and punches. The base is made from a sheet of 12 x 12 inch Soft Suede. The front cover is Melon Mambo and Sahara Sand. A scrap of the Sahara Sand tinted Bride paper punched with the Scallop Border. The stamp is from Three Little Words.

These pages are Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Melon Mambo. The Scallop Border punch and Scallop Edge punch were used. The flower is from the Three Little Words stamp set. I used Melon Mambo and Old Olive inks.
I used the Bella's Border wheel and Versamark on the Mellow Mos page. A strip of Melon Mambo punched with the Scallop Border was added to the Apricot Appeal square.

Soft Suede photo corner punches were added to a Blossom Blush. A Blossom Blush 5-Petal Flower punch stamped with a Melon Mambo Little Flower adorns the Melon Mambo page.
The back cover is Melon Mambo. The polka dot ribbon is attached under the back cover. The Picture This message was stamped in Always Artichoke.

Going back on the other side I have Very Vanilla stamped with the Good Neighbors stamps in Always Artichoke and Ballet Blue. A Bashful Blue corner punch was added. The Apricot Appeal sheet was stamped-off with the WOW Flowers using Old Olive.

Here I have Very Vanilla with Melon Mambo picture corners. On the other page is Blossom Blush with a strip of Melon Mambo stamped with a Picture This sentiment in Rich Razzleberry.

The Creamy Caramel crimped scrap was punched with the Flower Trio. On the Very Vanilla I stamped the Good Neighbors stamp set using Always Artichoke and Ballet Blue.

And that brings us back to the front. If I do a Kids' Workshop I think I will have the accordion pieces put together and then front and back covers assembled that they can choose for their project. I will make up the page decorations and they can just pick the one they want. I may have 2 or 3 that they can stamp themselves just so they get to stamp something. Wouldn't it make a great Mother's Day present :-)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Purse Post-it Tutorial

Many have asked for the Purse Post-it instructions so here they are - if you want to make a template just follow the instructions up to the point where I start adding the ribbon handle. Keep that piece of card stock as your template. The dimensions will work with a standard 3 x 3 inch pad of Post-its. I usually split the pad in half and put only one half in each purse- they fit better that way.

Cut a piece of card stock 4 7/16 by 8 inches. Measuring from one of the short edges (this will be the flap of the purse - we will call it edge A), score at 1 1/8 and 1 3/8 inches. Turn it and measure from the other short edge (the bottom of the purse, we will call this edge B) and score at 3 and 3 1/2 inches. ( I used Dusty Durango from Stampin Up for this one.)

On edge A make a mark 3/4 inch from each corner.
On edge B make a mark 1/2 inch from each corner.

I draw a dashed line to help in the cutting. Connect the marks on edge A to the 3 1/2 inch score line. Connect the marks on edge B to the 3 inch score line.

This is one of the corners with the 1/2 inch mark and diagonal line drawn to the score line.

Cut along the lines to create the angled sides of the purse.
There- you have your template.

To complete the purse. Fold along the score lines. Attach a piece of ribbon or cording (the 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon from Stampin Up works perfectly - I used Very Vanilla) between the score lines closest to edge A. Be careful to not twist the 'handle' when attaching. I used Sticky Strip to attach mine.

To decorate the front and back I cut two 1 1/2 inch strips of a card stock and two 1 1/4 inch strips of DSP. In my sample I used Pumpkin Pie card stock and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP. The length is not critical - it just needs to be longer than the width of the purse where you are going to adhere it.

Adhere the DSP to the card stock. I put them about 1/2 from the score lines (purse bottom) so the flap does not cover the stripe on the front.

Trim down the stripe to match the purse edges. I usually flip it over and cut along the purse edge.

Since I had my Trio Flower punch out I decided to decorate it with those.
I waited to add the flowers until after adhering the stripe to the side of the purse because I wanted them evenly spaced. I should have measured the stripe, trimmed it down, added the flowers and then adhered to the purse. If I had done it that way the backs of my brads would not be showing inside. - Oh well - lesson learned.
I used my mat pack and piercing tool to evenly space the flowers. The brads are some I had pre-Stampin Up demonstrator days.

I added a piece of Velcro fastener to the flap and purse front. I have found the easiest way to do this is put the two pieces of Velcro together. Remove the paper from one piece and adhere to the purse flap where you want it. Remove the paper from the other piece (do not separate the two pieces) and push the flap down onto the purse front being careful to 'center' the flap. That way the Velcro is exactly where you want it. Now you can separate the Velcro.

The fake snap on the front is something I had from pre-Stampin Up days also. When I run out of those I will probably use a brad (vintage, silver or gold) and put it on before adding the Velcro.
Hope this wasn't too confusing. I had not made any for a while and had to re-learn the process.

It's really fun coming up with designs and color combinations. If you try this, let me know how they turned out and post a link to photos if you have them.

Flowers are blooming :-)

Not really :-) But I am ready for spring - so I made some of my own flowers indoors. These are on a scrapbook page that I put together this morning. The card stock used was Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White. I used the Razzleberry Lemonade designer series paper, the Little Flowers stamp set and punches, 5-petal Flower and Trio Flower. The flower centers were stamped with Crushed Curry.

Here is the two page layout with the flowers in the corner. This will be one of the page sets in a scrapbook I am making for DD's wedding in June.

While I was playing last night with the Colorful Bride paper - I had fun with some more flowers. This one used the Trio Flower punch as well as the round corner and ticket corner punches. The stamp sets are Thoughts and Prayers (another favorite!) and Teeny Tiny Wishes (don't know what I would do without that one!) The inks are Ruby Red and Mellow Moss. Ribbon is Very Vanilla.

And another Colorful Bride floral card. The Bride paper here was inked with Garden Green. The ribbon is Mellow Moss with a slide from the Hodgepodge Hardware set. I used Mellow Moss and Ruby Red for the stamps. Other card stock used are Creamy Caramel and Very Vanilla. The stamp sets used were Thoughts and Prayers (told you it was a favorite) and Bella's Bloom.

I just had to try this with the Ornament punch. The vase is punched from the Rose Red inked Bride paper using the Ornament punch. I punched along one side so the 'tip' of the ornament was off the paper. The stamp set is Bella's Bloom. Card stock used was Rose Red, Garden Green and Very Vanilla. I used the Rose Red and Garden Green Stampin' Write pens to ink the stamps. In addition to the Ornament punch I used the Scallop Border (from the Mini Occasions catalog), the Wide Oval and the Scallop Oval.

Now, if I could just see some spring flowers peek up out of the snow.........