Yippee-Skippee Hack

When i first saw the Yippee-Skippee stamp set I knew it had to be mine.  If you have been around me lately you know my love-hate relationship with carbs and you have heard the whole range of ideas I have tried regarding carbs.  So "carbs, schmarbs! Eat the Cake" seemed so perfect.   I will definitely be using that on the next birthday cards I make.  It is strange that the 2 sentiments that I did not think I would use that much were the two that I used first.

Flower Garden & Yippee Skippee front
Can you see what I did?  Thank goodness for markers!  I did have to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the "You" but I love the new saying it created.  It is going to be SO FUN coming up with new sayings from the Yippee Skippee stamp set.  

Flower Garden & Yippee Skippee close
I wanted  the centers of the flower to pop and be a little glitzy.  Here's how I created the look. First I embossed a strip of black card stock with some Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  Don't have any Iridescent Ice embossing powder?  You can make your own if you have Clear embosing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter, just mix  a little bit of each together in a seperate container.  The Clear embossing powder will hold the glitter in place as it melts.   I used the circle punch that comes in the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack and punched out the glittery black circle and then layered on to 1/2" circle cut from the Silver Glimmer paper.  

Flower Garden & Yippee Skippee
Stamps: Flower Shop ( bundle 132726), Yippee Skippee (131344)
Ink: Real Red and Daffodil Delight ink pads, Real Red and Basic Black markers, VersaMark
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer paper
Punches: Pansy, Bird punch, 2-1/2" circle, 1/2" circle, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack
Big Shot: Perfect Polka dot folder
Extras: Iridescent Ice embossing powder, heat  gun, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Remember you can get the Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy punch together as a bundle at 15% off.  Definitely the way to go.   

Secret Garden in Melon Mambo

I am going through one of those periods were there seems to be so much to be done and I am not really getting to any of them.  You know what I mean?   One thing on my list is to take some pictures of what I have been stamping.  All I can say is it is a good thing that I have a few cards that I forgot to blog about that I had already taken pictures of. 

Melon Mambo Secret Garden front

This is a simple one layer card using the Secret Garden stamp set and framelits.  The sentiment is from Really Good Greetings-love it!  Sometimes one layer cards can be harder to make than those with multiple layers.  I am still  learning and trying to figure out the balance between too much white space and too little.  

Melon Mambo secret Garden closeWish me luck as I tackle my to do list.  Have a fabulously creative day!

Best of Flowers Thinking of You

Time to take a little breather from all the new stamp sets and revisit Best of Flowers.    This set is one in the Best of 25 years series and will be available until March 2014.  

Best of Flowers Daffodil Delight 2

Stamps: Best of Flowers (133342), Sweet Essentials(126457 on special-25% off until June 30)
Ink: Black Stazon
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, Polka Dot Parade DSP
Punches: 1-1/4" Scallop Circle
Extras: Neutrals Glimmer brads, Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon

Best of Flowers Daffodil Delight

This is a quick and easy card.  The hardest part was figuring out what sentiment to use.  The Sweet Essentials set will have you covered for all kinds of occasions.  If you act fast and order it before June 30th you will  get 8 great sentiments for just $11.21 (clear mount).  Here are all the sentiments that are included in the Sweet Essentials (126457) set.

Sweet essentials

There are 2 other sets that are also avaialbe until June 30 at 25% off.  
Petite Pairs  (122497)

Petite pairs

Sassy Salutations (126707)

Sassy salutations

If you want to get in on this great sentiment special  please contact me or place an order through my online store.

Hope to stamp with you soon!



Backyard Basics, Again!

I just posted on my facebook page another sample using the Backyard Basics stamp set and framelits.  I was definitely downplaying my obsession.  

Backyard Basics bfly coastal  side 

 Can I say it again?  I love having a framelit that cuts out  every image in the Backyard Basics set! 

Backyard Basics bfly Coastal close

Don't you love the chevron and polka dot butterflies?  Both of these fun papers are in the In Color Designer Paper Stacks.

Backyard Basics bfly coastal front

Stamps: Backyard Basics  (1299258 or bundle 132728),  Four You (130358)
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Coastal  Cabana (InColor Designer Series Paper Stack), Coastal Cabana
Big Shot: Backyard Basics Framelits (129380 or bundle 132728), Perfect Polka Dot folder
Embellishment: Rhinestones 

Can I tell you a secret?  This stamp set was not originally on my first order!  Can you believe that?    I know, what was I thinking? Thank goodness I came to my sense before hitting that submit order button!  You will be seeing a lot more of this set in the days to come but I will give you a little break.  There are still sets that have not been inked and that just won't do.  

Hope to stamp with you soon!



Backyard Basics in Strawberry Slush

I am loving the Backyard Basics stamp set and framelits!  I really have only used the flower image so far and it alone is totally worth buying the bundle.

Backyard Basics Strawberry Slush

Stamps: Backyard Basics (129258 or the bundle 132728) and Simply Sketched (129672)
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizazz
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White,  Quatrefancy Specialty DSP
Punch: 2-1/2" circle
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dot folder, Backyard Basics framelits
Extras: Black embossing powder, Aqua Painter

Backyard Basic Strawberry Slush 2

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you get a chance to do a little something creative!  

Hope to stamp with you soon!



Backyard Basics

No, I am not going to share any gardening tips with you since I really do not know any but I am going to share with you the new stamp set Backyard Basics and the coordinating framelits.   You can purchase the stamp set and framelits as a bundle or individually.   When you purchase the stamp set and framelit as a bundle you get a 15% discount.

Backyard Basics in Calypso Coral 2

Stamps: Backyard Basics 129258, Background Builders 129510, Four You 130538
Ink: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizazz, VersaMark
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Basic Black
Big Shot: Backyard Basics
Extra: Aqua Painter , Black embossing powder

Backyard Basic in Calypso Coral 3


Have a wonderful day and if you have a question about this card please feel free to contact me.  

Welcome to my Flower Shop

Flower Shop Real Red

Hello!  Welcome to my Flower Shop!  This is a brand new stamp set called Flower Shop and it has a coordinating punch, Pansy.    I love when I have a punch or Big Shot die /framelit to cut out the image for me.  Now I don't mind a little fussy cutting every once in a while but given a choice I would much prefer a punch or die to do the work for me.  

The Flower Shop set has 6 different flowers that all coordinate with the punch.  I used three of the images on this card.   It is pretty easy to see two of the images but can you find the third?

Flower Shop Real Red side

Stamps:  *Flower Shop(130942), Four You(130538
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive, Subtles Collection DSP paper stack
Punches: 2-1/3" circle, *Pansy( 130698), Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, 1/2" circle 
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dot folder, Secret Garden framelits
Extras: Brights Candy Dots(130931)
*You can purchase the stamp set and punch seperately OR buy them as a bundle(132726) at a 15% discount.   Love it!  

If you would like to have your own Flower Shop you can go to my online store or contact me and I would be happy to help you and don't forget to bundle it up!

So, did you find the third image I used from the Flower Shop set? Look closely at the leaves.  See the leaves with the lines?  That's it!  I cut apart the petals to make the leaves.   

Paper Bows

Here's a little tutorial on how to make the paper bows in this post and on page 152 of the Stampin' Up! catalog.

Paper bow step 1

Paper bows step 2

Paper bow step 3

Place a glue dot on the mark you made and then attach the loop piece on top.  

Paper bow step 4

Cut a 1/4" x 4" strip of DSP.  I find it easier to leave the length long and then trim it.  

Paper bow step five

Paper bow step 6

You can make these bows any size you like.  Here's a slight variation.

Paper bow alternate

Here the middle wrap is wider.  To acheive this look instead of using a 1/2" circle punch use a 3/4" circle punch and the wrap strip is 1/2" wide instead of 1/4".

Paper bow with paper clip
Here's how to attach your bow to a paper clip as seen on page 152 of the Stampin' Up catalog.

Paper bow paper clip attached

Wrap the 1/4' strip around the middle securing the paper clip to the bow.

These bows make super cute bookmarks.

Paper bow bookmark

They would definitely cute up any stack of papers you have on your desk.

Hope this tutorial will help you make some paper bows of your own.  If you have any questions please contact me and I would love to see how you use your paper bows!



Serene Silhouettes and the Modern Mosaic Folder

This is going to be quick!  We are headed out the door for a liittle adventure and picnic.  

Serene Silhouettes Cherry Cobbler

Don't you just love the new Modern Mosaic folder? Love!  Definitely on the must have list.    


Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, sentiment from the Welcome kit-My Paper Pumpkin
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White
Big ShotModern Mosaic folder(129984) 
Extras: Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Rhinestones

Serene Silhouettes Cherry Cobbler close

Update:  I have all the pictures taken and should have a little tutorial up in the next day or 2 on how I made these paper bows.  Have a fabulous Sunday!  

Regarding Dahlias and a Wild Card

I am just coming up for a little air before I dive back into my craft room.  My box of new stamping goodies arrived yesterday and the paper and ribbon are flying everywhere!   So much fun and I cannot wait to share what I am making with you!  

If you follow my blog you know that I love flower stamps.  Yes, I am giving up and  just accepting that I love floral images and I am going to buy them.  No more questioning  do I really need another flower set.  Acceptance is the name of this game.   So, when I saw the Regarding Dahlias (130327) set I was sold.

Regarding Dahlias Calypso Coral closeup

Isn't that just a stunning dahlia image?  I only wish my coloring was as beautiful as the image.   Now for the wild card.  When I order from a new catalog I look for a set that I like but is not a conventional choice for me, I call it my wild card.   I enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out ways to use it.  My wild card is the Background Builders set(129150).  It has a lot of potential and I look forward  to figuring out how to really use it. 

Regarding Dahlia Calypso Coral

Stamps: Regarding Dahlias (130327), Background Basics (129150)
Ink: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Wild Wasabi
Big Shot: Beautifully Baroque folder( 130917, Secret Garden Framelits, Magnetic Platform (130658 LOVE!)
Extras: AquaPainter

Okay ,the call of the new stamps and accesories is getting too loud so I best get back to the craft table!  Until I surface again,  did  you know that I  have a Facebook page? Go and check it out  (https://www.facebook.com/astheinkdries).  

Hope to stamp with you soon!