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March 2011

Beautiful Wings and Hope

I have been going through a pile of magazines that I was not able to get rid of before I moved.  These are mostly crafting magazines and I wanted to go through them again just to be sure to glean all the inspiration I could out of them.   I found this design and added a few SU tweaks to it.

Beautiful Wings and hello there
The DSP I used here is Springtime Vintage.
I love the look of the card and decided I needed to make another one but this one with a message of hope.  The news is filled with so much sadness and devastation. 

Hope and Strength and Beautiful Wings

The DSP I used is from the (new) Paisley Petals.   The "H" is from another new set called Hope and Strength.  Here's a closeup.

Hope and Strength is a new set that will be in the Summer mini catalog (starts in May).  This is a very special set as it is a part of SU's Making a Difference program.   For every stamp set that is purchased SU will donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  I will be sharing  with you more sneak peeks in the coming weeks.   In case you did not know what the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®  is about, BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.  I love the simple image and the message of Hope and am going to try and hold on to that today. 



Simple Sunday and the Four Frames set

It has been a busy day and by the time I had a chance to photograph my cards the weather had turned dark and windy.  Fortunately I had a couple of cards I haven't shown you yet and they are quick and easy cards definitely something you can make even on a busy Sunday.  The card template was from a card I received in a swap at Leadership.  Unfortunately the name of the person is not on the card so I do not know who to credit.   Thank you for the inspiration.

Four frame marina mist
Stamps:  Four Frames, Because I Care (sentiment), Clearly for You (butterfly)
Ink:  Marina Mist
Paper:  Very Vanilla and Marina Mist
Punches:  Decorative label
Big Shot:  Framed Tulip TIEF
Extras: Basic Pearls, Dazzling Diamond glitter and 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon

Here it is in Old Olive.
Four frame old olive
The sentiment is from the Fresh Cuts set and the flowers are  from the Sale-A-Bration set, Bliss.  In this sample I used Rhinestones instead of pearls. 

If you would like to own the Four Frames set be sure to contact me.  Have a great evening and I will be back tomorrow!



Flash Forward and Back

Are you ready for another sneak peek of the Four Frames stamp set and the Paisley Petals Designer Series paper?   I wanted to combine the Flashback Friday project and the new stamp set and DSP and here is what I came up with.

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I  have never thought about putting a window in one of these containers and what a fun way to show off the polka dot label in the Four Frames stamp set!   It was hard to decide which pattern of the DSP to use and  that is a great dilemma to have!

Here's another sour cream container using a fun color combination of Concord Crush, Pear Pizzaz, and So Saffrom.  I found this combination on the Stamping 411 site.   They have a weekly color  and a  sketch challenge.  Challenges are a great way to try something new and when I get a chance I like to particpate.

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Isn' t this a cheerful combination?   Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you tomorrow!

Flashback Friday Sour Cream Containers

I am sorry I am posting so late.  The project I am going to show today is addicting.  I finally had to stop my self  stamping and get to posting.  I was reminded of this project when I went to the Vancouver BC SU Regional meeting.  A Canadian demonstrator shared it and I cannot remember what she called these little boxes but we call them sour cream containers.  She had them decorated beautifully and I knew I had to revisit the idea.

Here are a few of the  samples I made.
Plane and Simple sourcream
Wouldn't this be a fun favor?  The set is called Plane and Simple and is in the Occasions mini catalog.  Do you recognize the Four Frames set?   I stamped the bird frame on Bashful Blue cs but covered the bird up with the plane.  Do those clouds look familiar?   They are the frosting on the Build a Cupcake punch.

Here's another

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and a side view

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Now let us make a sour cream container together.  First off these can be made in any size.  It is easier to make these out of Designer Series paper so start with that first and once you get that mastered go on to cardstock.

This piece measures 4 1/2" x 6".  This is one of the patterns in the level 1 hostess gift In Color DSP paper pack.  Along one end lay down some sticky strip.  I recommend sticky strip for this project. 

Inside here lay down some more sticky strip.  We are going to close one end.

Now this is important, fill the container before you do the next step. 

Do you see the shape of the container?  The ends are secured  the opposite way on each end.  I make a little crease so I will know where to put the sticky strip.

Now your container is done!  You can crimp the ends.  I think the crimping is VERY important if you are not using a strong adhesive.

All done!  I cut 2  each of the small and  medium sized Daisies on the Daisies # 2 die. 

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Hope you enjoyed this weeks flashback.  I will definitely be making more of these.   Check back tomorrow and i will have more sour cream containers to share with you and a sneak peek too!



Four Frames stamp set sneak peek

Four Frames is a brand new SU stamp set.  This set will be featured in the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog debuting this July.  This set and how it coordinates with the Decorative Label punch is a great example of what I love about Stampin'UP!  How did I get a hold of this set?  It is being offered as a pre-order to SU demonstrators in the month of March.  Would you like to have one of your own?  Well you are in luck!  In the month of April if you host a SU party/workshop and the orders from your party total $350 or more ,you as the hostess, will receive this set and the new Paisley Petals  DSP  wait for it...FREE!  As a guest at a SU party or on a customer order when you purchase $20 worth of SU product you will also be eligible to  purchase the Four Frames stamp set and Paisley Petals DSP. 

  Four Frames Square with DSP

Here's a closeup of the stamp punched with the Decorative Label punch.

Four frames closeup

Stamps:  Four Frames and Clearly for You
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White and Paisley Petals DSP
Big Shot:  Scallop Square, Perfect Details Texturz plate
Punches:  Decorative Label punch (page  30  Occasions mini) and 1 1/4" square
Extras:  Old Olive satin ribbon, Stampin Pastels, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Contact me if you would like to own your own Four Frames set and Paisley Petals DSP.


Sweet Summer in Baja Breeze

I just got back from a quick visit to see my son (aka as the boy) in So. California.  The first day we were there it was in the low 80s.   Totally gorgeous.  I was hoping for sunshine and we got it.  I saw a lot of hummingbirds flying around doing their hummingbird thing and it reminded me that I never shared this card with you.

  Kari w party 2-11 008 copy

I know those are  not hummingbirds but cute little bees!  Here is what the card  looks like opened.

  Kari w party 2-11 006 copy
It is an easel card.  Love this card style.

Stamps: Sweet Summer and Something to Celebrate
Ink:  Black Stazon, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, and Pear Pizzazz (used markers and ink refills)
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Not Wuite Navy, and Whisper White
Big Shot:  Framed Tulips TIEF
Extras:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding ribbon, Aqua Painter and Dazzling Diamonds glitter

There are only 23 days left of Sale-A-Bration so make sure you get your Sweet Summer while you can!

Flashback Friday

I was thinking the other day about coloring and  my favorite coloring method(s).  When I first started with Stampin'UP!, Stampin' Pastels were my favorite coloring tools.  I remember using  pastels with a blender pen but my favorite way to use them had to be Poppin' Pastels.  This started me thinking that I wanted to revisit some of these ideas and so Flashback Friday was born.

We are starting off with Poppin'Pastels.  Here is what the techniques looks like.
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If you are into very  precise coloring then this probably will not be your favorite technique.  Let me show you the technique.  First of all  I think this technique looks best with a bold stamp vs a line image.  I chose Inspired by Nature.  The first thing you do is ink up your stamp with VersaMark ink.  Here I stamped it on So Saffron cs so that you can see the VersaMark.  When you use this with Very Vanilla or Whisper White cs it is very hard to see  the VersaMark.  However, it does add to the magic of this technique.


I used sponge daubers and daubed  on  More Mustard pastel on the petals.

Cool huh?  It is  kind of magical to see the stamped image come to life!

Next I daubed on the Real Red pastel.

Next the Old Olive pastel. 

The last color I applied was Chocolate Chip.  What is really fun to see are the little "hairs" on the middle of the flowers get defined with the Chocolate Chip pastel.


As you can see there will be  pastel shadows on your cardstock.  I did a little erasing but not a lot.

Next I used the Color Spritzer tool ( page 195) to add some texture.
I also sprayed some Champagne Shimmer paint mixed with some alcohol to give it a champagne glow.  Wish I could capture how pretty the Champagen Shimmer paint spray is.

Here are the tools I used.
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Stamps:  Inspired by Nature and Something to Celebrate (level 2 hostess set in the Occasions mini)
Ink: Early Espresso and Chocolate Chip marker (Color Spritzer tool)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Early Espresso, and So Saffron
Stampin'Pastels:  Real Red, More Mustard, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Big Shot: Square Lattice TIEF
Punches: Scallop Edge punch
Ribbon:  Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon
Extras: Color Spritzer tool, Champagne Shimmer paint

Hope you liked Flashback Friday!  If there is an idea you would like to  flashback on send me an email or leave me a comment!



A Lucky Little Treat and Tutorial

While in Vancouver  for the SU Regional meeting we went to an Irish pub.  We ended up there by accident but it was good one and we had  a fun evening.   It did get me thinking that St. Patrick's day is just 2 weeks away.   So when I was invited to a fellow SU demo's house (thanks again Pam!)  I thought it would be fun to make something celebrating St.Patrick's day.

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Would you like to make your own pot of gold?   Here's what I used.

Here are the punches you will need: 1 3/4" circle, 1/2" circle, 1/4" circle, 1 3/4" scallop circle, small oval,  small heart from the Heart to Heart  punch.

You will use the 1 3/4" punch to cut away a little section of the 1 3/4"circle you punched out  to give you the opening of your pot.



To make the pot handles punch  2    1/4" circles and then use the 1/2" circle to punch around it.



Here's how you assemble your pot.  I used the Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid  Glue (pg 197).  I know it can be a little messy but with glue you have a little wiggle time to get the punches positioned just right.



Here's your "gold" (brushed gold card stock page 170).  You will need to trim the scallop circle to fit your pot's opening.



Attach the gold coins to the scallop circle to create  the illusion of lots of coins.


Punch out 4 of the smallest hearts on the Heart to Heart punch.  I applied a small dot of glue and arranged the hearts.  This is where the little wiggle time is helpful so you can get your lucky clover looking really good.


Here I am applying the final bling.  I wanted to show you this method of picking up the rhinestones with my paper snips.  This works really well and  works with the pearls too.

I covered 2 peppermint patties with 1 3/8"  circles cut from the brushed gold card stock to fill my cone with.

The lucky cone is the new Petal Cone die (pg 15 of the Occasions mini). 

These are the Garden Green pieces that are cut out with the die.  I love that even the banner is done for me! Cut an extra 1/2 scallop piece out of Wild Wasabi and save the Garden Green one for another use.  To make the cone I cut off one of the 1/2 circles.  I wanted a little more texture so I ran the cone through the Elegant Lines TIEF.  I used sticky strip to secure the cone, you could use glue too.  Attach the  extra Wild Wasabi 1/2 scallop to the front and then add on your pot of gold and banner.  The sentiment on the banner is from TeenyTiny Wishes ( this a must have set.)  I curled my banner using a bone folder and attached it with mini glue dots.  

Hope you enjoyed this little project.  I feel luckier already!  If you have read this far and would like one of these  lucky little treats, post a comment and the principal prize picker will pick a winner on the 7th. If you need any of the products to make your own pot of gold you know what to do!  Go to my Online Store or contact me and I will be happy to help. 



Sew Suite and So Simple

I have had my eye on this stamp set for quite some time.  I resolved not to buy it.  It is hard  for me to exercise control and I am so happy I no longer have to resist!  Yes, I won it at the SU Regional I attended!  Actually I won another set.  Someone at my table won this set but she already owned  it so we traded.  Kinda wonderful how that worked out!

I made this right before going to bed.  It came together quickly and it is a very simple card.  I had some Newsprint DSP out from another project and thought the dress forms would look great on it.  Hope you like it!

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Stamps:  Sew Suite and Curly Cute
Ink: Black Stazon
Paper: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, So Saffron and Newsprint DSP
Punches:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack
Big Shot: Tasteful Trim (yes, this is still available!)
Extras Baja Breeze seam binding and basic pearls

I know I was supposed to show you more of the make and takes using the Nature Walk set.  Not to worry I will but I just had to put this set together and stamp something with it!   I will get those make and takes done and share them with you, so come back soon!