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July 2012

CPC Birthday Cake Gift Box

Here is an extra special gift box that is sure to wow and please someone on their birthday!  This birthday cake-shaped gift box, complete with icing around the edges is big enough to fit most gifts!  The inside of the box is 5-1/2" wide x 8-1/2" long, and 2-3/4" tall!  The sparkling frosting swirls and beautiful flowers finish off the cake and make it look good enough to eat!!


This special birthday gift box project comes to you designed by Amanda!  To get the instructions for Amanda’s project, just subscribe to July! 


Summer Silhouettes and the Floral District DSP

Today’s card is made with the Summer Silhouette set.  This set was on and off the list for my first order from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.   Did I really need another flower set?  I know silly question!  The answer is there is always room for another flower set.   Besides it is another training tool since it is another example of doing the 2 Step, 2 Step Stamping that is! 

  Summer Silhouettes front Floral District

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Sweet Essentials
Ink: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Floral District DSP
Punches: 2-1/2” Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot: Perfect Pennants Bigz die, Perfect Polka Dot folder
Extras: Rose Red brads from the Subtles Collection, Dazzling Details, Paper Piercing tool, Pierce Mat, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack

  Closeup floral dist flower

Sharon’s Stamping tip: I just love it that the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack fits around these flowers from the Floral District DSP!  Don’t look underneath the Pumpkin Pie card stock there are probably some flowers missing from the DSP!

  Summer Silhouettes Floral District

I used the new Essential Paper-Piercing Pack, Pierce Mat, and Paper Piercing Tool to make sure my brads were evenly spaced.  I love the new Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack!  It is so much bigger which makes it easier to use.  There are lots of templates so you can pierce around lots of different punch and Big Shot shapes.  There will be more templates to come so get your Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Mat, and Tool now!  You can order online at my store or call me and I will be happy to help you! 

CPC Flower Basket Card set

Everyone needs to send a little note from time to time, and this card set is perfect for just that!  The Flower Basket is a pretty way to store the six 3" x 3" cards with matching envelopes, and can also be used as a little gift basket after the cards are gone.  The set is also a pretty little gift (you’ll have to make more than one set as you won’t be able to part with the set if you make just one)!  This project is also a great class, club or camp project!

Flower Basket & Card Set

This pretty summer time project comes to you designed by Christy!  To get the instructions for Christy’s project, just subscribe to July! 

CPC Patio Party Pinwheels!

Pinwheels are all the rage right now!  Make your next party a hit using pinwheels on your decorative projects, including your centerpiece!  This great party ensemble includes the centerpiece, favor bags, and a card that you can use for invitations, thank you cards or whatever you’d like!

Patio Party Pinwheels

This great party ensemble comes to you designed by Laurie!  To get the instructions for Laurie’s project, just subscribe to July!  A monthly subscription is only $10 and you get 10 projects!  This is an incredible deal and you will be treated to all kinds of creative inspiration.  Head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of July!

Stippled Blossoms and Doing the Two Step

It is useless to resist!   That is how I have been feeling lately about so many of the sets in the Stampin' Up! catalog.  The set Stippled Blossoms is one that I initially decided that I did not need but somehow it made its way to my house.   I do not regret it for a minute.  I love how easy it is to make beautiful flowers and that I do not have to be too precise while two-stepping.  There are sets that are less forgiving and you really need to be careful while two-stepping but that is not the case with this set.    I love that!  

The layout for this card is from a challenge on the Technostamper blog.  I changed the sketch just a little primarily because I forgot to look at her sketch before I cut the paper!  My memory definitely cannot be trusted.

Stippled blossoms in cherry cobbler

Stamps: Stippled Blossoms, Blooming with Kindness
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Big Shot: Vintage Wallpaper folder, Lots of Tags Sizzlits
Extras: Black Taffeta ribbon 

You will be seeing more of this set!  I am embarrassed to say that I have a few (cough) new sets and I decided that I needed to spend some time using each one of them so they all get used and I do not end up with sets that get overlooked and uninked.  

Have a great day and check out the Technostamper challenge and play along too!  I would love to see what you are stamping.  If you need the Stippled Blossoms set or any of the other supplies I used, let me know and I would be happy to help you make that happen!

CPC Pleasant Poppies Notes & Tote!

When I first started stamping I used to heat emboss all the time!  I loved watching the embossing powder melt like magic before my eyes and always loved the pretty end result!  For some reason I haven’t embossed for a while, but this project gives me a good reason to get out my embossing powders and heat tool!  The cute little tote is filled with six embossed note cards and envelopes.  It’s perfect for gift giving or as a class, club or camp project!  Warm up your heat tool and have fun making this one!

Pleasant Poppies Notes & Tote

This pretty project comes to you designed by Leena!  To get the instructions for Leena’s project, just subscribe to July!  And if you have a chance, please leave Leena a comment on her project! 

For the Birds

I just cannot stop using this sweet set, For the Birds.   It is an easy one to color and I think the images are adorable.   I am working on using Marina Mist more.  Not sure what it is but it is a color I tend to avoid.  Strange right?  When I do use it I like but it isn't a color I reach for very often.  

For the Birds marina mist nest

Stamps:  For the Birds
Ink: Black Stazon, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, More Mustard
Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Real Red, Polka Dot Parade DSP
Punches: 1 3/4" Circle punch
Big Shot: Finishing Touches Edgelits, Perfect Polka Dot TIEF, Perfect Pennants 
Extras: Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Aqua Painter, White Organza Ribbon

You want to know what we did yesterday?   My husband planned a secret overnight trip.  I kind of figured out where we were going but I was stumped as to what we were going to do.  It finally came to me,   Friday the 6th  was the 30th anniversary of our 1st date!  If you are trying to figure it out we started dating when I was 5 (NOT!).    He planned a little trip so we can re-visit our first date. Kind of sweet huh?


CPC Artistic Etchings Mini Journal & Card!

Make this simple but elegant mini journal for yourself or someone who likes to write or draw.  Perfect for taking along on a vacation without taking up too much space!  It’s also great used as a note pad for lists, or as a mini scrapbook!  Easy to make and to personalize!

Artistic Etchings Mini Journal & Card

This elegant project comes to you designed by Monika!  To get the instructions for Monika’s project, just subscribe to July!  And if you have a minute, please leave Monika a comment on her project!

Here's a Reason to Smile

I hope you had a safe and fun 4th of July.  Our neighborhood had a potluck and then the kids (big and small) set off fireworks.  People from surrounding streets also come by and bring their fireworks too.  What was really cool and amazing was at about 10 pm everyone grabbed a broom and cleaned up the debris.   Very nice indeed!  

Here's another Reason to Smile, a stamp set which is available for just $5 when you place a $50 Stampin' Up! order.  It is a lovely 2 step stamping set and it will only be available in July.

Reason to Smile primrose petals summer starfruit

Stamps: Reason to Smile, Fabulous Phrases
Ink: Black Stazon, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Paper: Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petal  In Color Paper Stack
Punches: 1" circle punch
Big Shot: Large Scallop Edgelit, Delicate Designs Folders, Beautiful Wings Embosslit
Extras: In Color Dahlias, Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon,  Dazzling Details, Rhinestone

Reason to Smile primrose petals summer starfruitside

If you need a Reason to Smile you can place an order at my online store or contact me and I will be happy to help.  Either way don't wait because if July is like the rest of the year it will go by quickly and I would hate for you to miss out on this wonderful stamp set!