Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bella Rose Stamp Camp

I thought I'd share the final projects for my Bella Rose Stamp Camp that I held last week. Everyone seemed to enjoy all of them. We made two 3-D items and three cards, using the Bella Rose designer series paper.

This is a mini photo album, using the clear envelopes as photo pages. You can use any number of envelopes to hold photos from any special event you have in mind. We used ridinghood red cardstock, the Bella Rose DSP, the new riding hood red taffeta ribbon, and the gold eyelets in the metallic eyelets set.

This is the tool caddy that I showed before the class. It is great for your desktop to hold any variety of things that you'd like to keep handy. You can use it in your stamping or scrapbooking area, your desk at work, or keep it by your phone to hold pens and a small notepad. We used coasters to form the box itself. The Crop-A-Dile put holes along the sides. Then we tied pretty in pink and riding hood red taffeta ribbon to hold the coasters together. We used the Bella Rose DSP on the outsides of the coasters. We also stamped the big rose and leaf from the A Rose Is a Rose stamp set in pretty in pink, riding hood red, and kiwi kiss classic inks onto whisper white cardstock, cut the images out, and put them on with dimensionals.

Then we made three cards, using our new punches and some new ribbon.
This card uses the Bella Rose DSP, chocolate chip, and riding hood red cardstocks. The sentiment is from the Best Yet hostess stamp set in cholate chip ink, then punched it out using the new curvy label punch, and sponged the edges with riding hood red ink. We used the photo corners punch on two of the Bella Rose patterns for accents.

This card uses kiwi kiss, riding hood red, pink pirouette, and whisper white cardstocks and the Bella Rose DSP. We stamped the flower image from the A Rose Is a Rose stamp set, then used the new wide oval punch for the image. We mounted in onto the pink pirouette layer and used the paper piercer to accent the corners. Then we mounted it onto the riding hood red layer. We used the new satin ribbon in kiwi kiss/very vanilla. I especially loved the way the knot turned out with the colors like that.

This card uses pink pirouette, riding hood red, and whisper white cardstocks, and the Bella Rose DSP. We stamped the sentiment from the Say It With Scallops stamp set in riding hood red ink onto whisper white cardstock, then punched it out using the new scallop square punch, and used dimensionals to adhere it. We used the new riding hood red taffeta ribbon to accent the DSP.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Upcoming Classes

My goal for the new Stampin' Up! catalog period is to be better prepared and not procrastinating. I am known to be up late designing projects the night before a class or workshop. I want to be better prepared and have a plan. So before my New Catalog Party, I made samples from my upcoming classes. If you're interested in coming to my classes, visit my website at for more information. I should have that updated soon.

Color Me Happy class

My Color Me Happy class is early in September. We are making color inventory books for everybody to keep track of their supplies, and what they have and need. We will also make cardstock rings with samples from each of Stampin' Up!'s cardstock colors in the exclusive color families, the neutrals, and the new in-colors.

Bella Rose Stamp Camp

I'm holding a Bella Rose Stamp Camp later in September, to use this beautiful pack of designer series paper! I love this pack! In this class, we will make 5 cards and 2 3-D projects, all using the Bella Rose paper. One of the 3-D projects will be this tool caddy, where you can keep your tools handy at your workspace. Sorry, the tools won't be included. ;)

Holiday Treasures Box of Cards class

My Holiday Treasures Box of Cards class will be in early October. We will make 10 small gift cards - perfect for throwing into those gift bags when you're ready to exchange - along with a beautiful little box to hold those cards until you're ready for them. We will be using the Holiday Treasures designer series paper for these projects.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Playing with my new stuff!

I am loving Stampin' Up!'s brand new Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog!! I placed my order of new stuff the very first day, and couldn't wait to play with all of the new goodies! Here are some of the things I created those first few days. All of these samples use only Stampin' Up! stamps, cardstocks, inks, and accessories.

The new scallop border punch is AWESOME!!! For this card, I used close to cocoa, riding hood red, and pink pirouette cardstocks, and close to cocoa and riding hood red inks. The images are from the A Beautiful Thing stamp set, and the sentiment is from Heard From the Heart.

For this card, I used handsome hunter, riding hood red, and whisper white cardstocks. I used the Heritage Holiday stamp set for the images, and stamped them using jet black staz-on, and the sentiment is from the new hostess set Best Yet, stamped using encore silver ink. I used the blender pen to color in the images with riding hood red, handsome hunter, and so saffron inks. I sponged the edges of the Santa image with handsome hunter ink. The scallop punch worked well for this one too. I also thought the new riding hood red tafetta ribbon and the ribbon slider from the stylized silver hodgepodge hardware were perfect accents!

I love the new stamp set called A Holly, Jolly Christmas! That is the only set I used for this card. I inked the Santa stamp with the real red and basic black markers. I used baja breeze, real red, and whisper white cardstock. The red snowflake layer is designer paper from the I Wish simply scrappin' kit. And you guessed it! I used the new scallop border punch across the bottom of the front.

This card base is whisper white cardstock, and the card front is kiwi kiss. The sentiment is from the new Heard From the Heart stamp set. The images are from Doodle This. I stamped the first image in whisper white craft ink onto the kiwi kiss cardstock. I stamped the flower image twice in whisper white craft ink onto white vellum cardstock. I colored them using blender pens and pink piroette ink refills onto the back of the vellum, then cut the images out with my paper snips. I put one of the green rhinestone circle brads through the center of the flowers and the kiwi kiss cardstock for that added touch.

For this card, I used the new hostess set Window Dressing for the images, and Itty Bitty Backgrounds for the background. I stamped the window image onto vellum paper, more mustard, and night of navy cardstocks to piece together. I colored the window frame with the more mustard marker, cut the more mustard stamped image for the window sill, and the night of navy stamped image for the shutters. I stamped the little girl image onto whiper white and colored her in using a blender pen and ink pads. I stamped the little bird onto baja breeze cardstock and cut it out. The card base is baja breeze cardstock as well.

For this card, I used riding hood red, close to cocoa, handsome hunter, and confetti white cardstocks, and close to cocoa and handsome hunter inks. I stamped the reindeer image from the new hostess set, Deer Friends twice - once in close to cocoa and once in handsome hunter. I used the 1 inch circle punch to punch out around the reindeer head on the close to cocoa image. I used the 1 1/4 inch circle punch to punch around the phrase on the handsome hunter one, then placed the preciously punched reindeer on top. I placed those layers onto a 1 3/8 inch circle of riding hood red, then onto the handsome hunter scallop circle. I added white dots around the scallops of the scallop circle with the white gel pen. I used the color spritzer tool with the ruby red marker around the sentiment from the Heard From the Heart stamp set. I colored the reindeer's nose with the ruby red marker, then put crystal effects over it. This ended up being one of the make 'n takes at my New Catalog Party.

This was the second make 'n take at my New Catalog Party. It uses old olive and real red textured cardstock. The main image is stamped on shimmery white and the designer paper layer is from the I Wish simply scrappin' kit. Both of the images are from the Heritage Holiday stamp set. The Santa was stamped using jet black staz-on, and the hat is colored in with the real red marker. The ornaments were stamped with old olive ink onto the old olive cardstock. The sentiment is from the Best Yet hostess set.

For this card, I was playing around with a new technique, Vitalized Vellum. The center top layer is actually white vellum cardstock. Cool, huh?! For this technique, I used kiwi kiss, old olive, and always artichoke classic ink pads. The images and sentiment are all from the Season of Joy stamp set. The card base is always old olive cardstock, and the layers include the vellum piece I worked with, along with whisper white and always artichoke cardstocks. Old olive grosgain ribbon is atied around my top layers. I wasn't completely happy with the always artichoke with the other colors, but I love how the technique turned out!

I loved the technique so much, that I had to keep playing with it. This time I used apricot appeal, pumpkin pie, and tangerine tango classic inks on my white vellum cardstock. The card base is pumpkin pie, and for the layers, I used whisper white and aricot appeal cardstocks with my decorated vellum. The lion image and the "wild about you" phrase are from the Wild About You stamp set. On the scallop image, I inked the lion image with pumpkin pie and apricot appeal markers, and punch it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch, then layered onto a 1 3/8" pumpkin pie cirlce, and an apricot appeal scallop punch. The phrase is stamped in pumpkin pie ink onto pumpkin pie cardstock.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Creating for Tanya

My cousin Tanya will turn 40 on Monday. Her mom is throwing her a big party (it was supposed to be a surprise party, but Tanya didn't cooperate with that idea). Tammy thought of the fun idea for anyone who wanted to join in to create a scrapbook page for Tanya of any sort they wanted.

I did a "cousins" page for her with pictures through the years. These included Tanya, my sister Tammy, our cousins Marshall and Abbey, and me. One was taken in 1987 at a family reunion. One was from my wedding in 1997. One was taken the month after my youngest son was born in 2004. And the other is from last summer. I enjoyed looking at the similarities and differences in these pictures. I used my Cricut for this page. The title is done using my new Jasmine cartridge.

I also did a double-page "zoo" page because for the last couple of years, Tanya has given my parents "grandparents' zoo passes" to take the kids to the zoo as often as they'd like. We just went last week for the kids to enjoy the zoo with my Mom, so I scrapbooked that day for Tanya. I used my Cricut for these too. The title is done using the Zoobaloo cartridge and the monkey, tiger, and zebra.

This is the card I created for her. She has decided to 'embrace' the forties and be fabulous instead of dread this birthday. So I thought this would be fitting. I used SU's basic black and purely pomegranate cardstock. I used versamark with SU's heat n' stick powder, then glitter from the fine cosmo pack. I also used SU's designer label punch for the "fabulous" sentiment. Both stamps are from SU's Just B stamp set. I put the black layers through the Cuttlebug using the D'vine swirls embossing folder. I used the ticket corner punch and SU's black brads in the corners of the "B" layer. Then I ran the white envelope through the Cuttlebug using the same folder. It was super-classy!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

July Stamp Club

Here is what we made at our July Stamp Club. First, we did a card using the chalkboard technique. You can find the directions here on the tutorial in the Resources section of Splitcoast Stampers.

We used SU's Big Bold Birthday stamp set. The card base is SU's tempting turquoise cardstock. We stamped some of the random images fromt he stamp set in tempting turquoise ink to make a fun background. The layers of cardstock are SU's basic black, tempting turquoise, and pixie pink cardstocks. We used SU's photo corners punch on pixie pink and lovely lilac cardstock for the corner accents, with one of the ice circle rhintestone brads. For the main image, we stamped the cupcake and candle stamps in SU's craft white ink, then used a small pompom to put stampin' pastels over the white ink. We used tempting turquoise, pixie pink, lovely lilac, and summer sun chalks in the stampin' pastels. Make sure to use the embossing buddy over your black cardstock before stamping your image in the white craft ink. This makes it easy to get the extra color off from around the image with a swiffer dust cloth.

I wanted to use some retiring stamp sets in the other projects for the club. For this card, we used SU's wild wasabi cardstock for the card base. We stamped SU's Print Pattern background in wild wasabi ink. We dotted the end points of the background with the white signo gel pen. We stamped the frog image from SU's Unfrogettable stamp set in jet black staz-on ink, then used a blender pen and wild wasabi ink refill to colr the frog in. We used the cameo coral and certainly celery markers to ink the flower image from the same stamp set in the frog's hand. The main image is stamped on whisper white cardstock with sponged cameo coral ink around the edges, then layered onto barely banana cardstock. We stamped the hoppy birthday sentiment from the same stamp set in the jet black staz-on ink onto a piece of wild wasabi cardstock, punched out with the designer label punch. This was then layered onto a cameo coral piece punched from the 1 1/4" circle punch, then onto a barely banana piece punched from the 1 3/8" circle punch. Then we tied some of the wild wasabi striped ribbon (that I LOVE!!!) around the card front.

We did a 3x3 card for the third project. The card base is SU's certainly celery cardstock, with whisper white layered on the top. We inked the flower image from SU's Year After Year stamp set with regal rose and certainly celery markers for the main image. We stamped the thank you sentiment from SU's All Holidays stamp set in regail rose beside the flowers. We used the regal rose wide organdy ribbon to form a tailored bow. This size card fits in SU's mini square envelopes.

June, & July cards - forgotten and left behind

I was looking at the creations I've put on my computer, and realized there are some I have forgotten to share. Here are some I made in June.

I have two cousins, who are brothers, with birthdays
consecutively, that I changed very little between their cards. I had done the one with the car originally, for a swap between friends. I simply changed the image.

I used SU's basic gray cardstock for the card base, going gray cardstock for the image to be stamped on, and basic black for the layer. The images were stamped using jet black staz-on ink. The car is from SU's Classic Convertibles stamp set, and the motorcycle is from SU's Born to Ride set. I sponged basic gray ink around the image of the going gray cardstock. The sentiment is from SU's Celebrate Everything stamp set, and is also stamped in the jet black staz-on ink. I used SU's basic gray tafetta ribbon, and non-SU silver accents.

Keith's cousin was just recently married. I made this card for her bridal shower. I used SU's basic gray for the card base, pretty in pink for the layers, and shimmery white for the main image piece. I embossed white vellum in my Cuttleug, using the Swiss Dots folder, and layered it over the pink layer. I stamped the dress image from SU's Blooming With Happiness, and colored it in with the pretty in pink marker, and also with going gray ink here and there. I went over the bodice section and some of the flowers with my Versamarker, then covered with heat & stick powder to adhere dazzling diamonds glitter. I stamped the sentiment from the same stap set with basic gray ink. I accented the vellum layer with SU's pretty in pink & basic gray tafetta ribbons.

The wedding was earlier this month. Here is the card I made for it. I wanted to keep it sleek and elegant, so I stuck with my new favorite, basic gray. The card base is basic gray with a full card front of white vellum over it. I used the basic gray tafetta ribbon to hide the adhesive. I used the heart image from SU's Year After Year stamp set and the sentiment is from SU's brand new set Heard From the Heart, being released to customers in August. First I stamped them in basic gray on the basic gray cardstock. Then I stamped the same image in silver encore ink on the vellum. I really love how it turned out in real life.

This was a Father's Day card that I made to send out to my grandpa. I used SU's always artichoke for the card base, chocolate chip for the layers, and whisper white for the image to be stamped on. I used SU's Print Pattern background stamp in chocolate chip on the chocolate chip strip, then used my white signo gel pen to dot the corners of the diamonds on the background. I tied SU's chocolate chip poly-twill ribbon around that strip as well. The image from SU's Classic Convertibles stamp set is stamped in jet black stazon-on ink, then colored with a blender pen with blue bayou, soft sky, and yoyo yellow inks. The sentiment is hand-written. I also used non-SU silver dot accents along the chocolate chip layer under the main image.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

June Stamp Club workshop

Here is what we made at my stamp club's June workshop. They seemed to enjoy them.

First we made a bookmark out of the jumbo paperclips. We used
Stampin' Up's scallop punch on the Bali Breeze designer paper from
SU for the two sides. We used a silver brad and the Flower Fusions as an accent on the front panel. Then we used dimensionals to adhere the two sides together, with the top of the paperclip between them. We used a piece of ribbon from SU's Sherbet Ribbon Originals as an accent.

We made a Father's Day card, using Stampin' Up's Dad's Day and A Light Unto My Path stamp sets. We used SU's basic gray, night of navy, and bashful blue cardstocks, night of navy and bashful blue inks, and night of navy and bashful blue grosgain ribbon for an accent. We used SU's designer label punch around the sentiment stamp, which is a perfect fit.

For the third project, we did the diagonal double pocket card. We did two different color schemes, using the same design and layout for this one. For both cards, we used Stampin' Up's True Friend, Boho Backgrounds, Warm Words, and All Holidays stamp sets. Both cards used the Afternoon Tea designer paper in SU's Occassions mini catalog. SU's designer label, double circle, 1 inch circle, and ticket corner punches are also used on both cards. We also used stampin' sponges around the tag edges on both cards.

In this card, we used SU's chocolate chip, close to cocoa, and
very vanilla cardstock, groovy guava, chocolate chip ink, and the chocolate chip poly-twill ribbon in the Occassions mini catalog.

For the other version of the same card, we used Su's wild wasabi, soft sky, and confetti white cardstocks, wild wasabi and soft sky inks, and the wild wasabi and soft sky double stitched ribbons.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Got some creative juices flowing...

I went downstairs to my stamping room this morning because I needed to make two birthday cards. My son was going to a birthday party for two classmates (the moms threw a double party for the whole class). As I did those, I realized once again what a disaster my stamping room was. Well, I went downstairs a little later in plans of cleaning and organizing. I did get my countertops cleaned off and my stamp shelf cleaned. But then I got sidetracked. A friend on our quacker thread had posted a monthly challenge for us at the beginning of May. My month of May got away from me, and it was still sitting there, unattempted. She sent everybody an envelope with identical goodies to use in the challenge. Fun idea! We all liked it so much that we formed a large group of stampers to do this same type of challenge for the next year! After I created that card, I figured I should do June's challenge while I was at it. So, my room isn't any cleaner, or any more organized, but I created 4 new cards today. My creative juices haven't really been flowing lately, so that was very nice!

So here is what I created today. First, the birthday cards.

This was for one of the birthday boys. I liked it so much, I made two so that I would have one to keep. His had 7 candles on the cupcake, but I liked it better with just one. I used Stampin' Up's Big Bold Birthday stamp set. The SU cardstock that I used was taken with teal, night of navy, and whisper white. For ink, I used SU's night of navy, real red, taken with teal, and more mustard. I also accented with more mustard and real red grogain ribbons. I ran the navy cs through the cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder. I also used a designer paper for the background.

This was for the other birthday boy. I used Stampin' Up's Birthday Whimsy stamp set. I used SU's brilliant blue, green galore, only orange, and whisper white cardstock. To ink the cake stamp, I used brilliant blue, green galore, only orange, and yoyo yellow markers. I also used silver encore ink for the sentiment. I ran the green galore cs through the same cuttlebug folder. Then I finished it off with only orange grogain ribbon.

Here are the cards I made with our challenges.

Debbie sent us the May challenge. She sent us each an envelope of identical images, designer paper, ribbon, and brads. We could only use earth elements colored cardstock for this challenge. I used close to cocoa, old olive, and naturals ivory cardstock. I cut the designer paper up into strips to use as tree trunks. I cut the grass and treetop by hand. I also used my Zoobaloo cricut cartridge for the vines and leaves. I used the ribbon as rope for the monkey to play on. I wrote the sentiment on by hand.

I really like how this turned out. It was so fun!

Jen sent us the June challenge. She sent each of us watercolor paper with some Father's Day type images, some designer paper, some hodgepodge hardware, and ribbon to work with. We could only use rich regal ink and cardstock. We also needed to use one of the first techniques we learned. I used always artichoke cardstock.I cut the sentiment into strips to make it fit on my card. The technique I used was poppin' pastels to color in the image. I also used pastels over the words of the sentiment. I really like this stamp set, but I haven't bought it yet. It was great to be able to play with the images from it!

Hopefully, it won't be too long before I have another creative day! But first, my Purple Palace does need cleaned - majorly!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Fun gymnastics cards

My stamping friend Debbie showed me this adorable idea for little gymnasts here at .

How cute is that?!

They're made out of Stampin' Up punches, and so much fun to make. I used the 1" circle punch for the head and for the bangs of the hair, the 3/4" circle punch for the ponytail in the back, the word window punch for the arms and legs, the small tag punch for the body/outfit, the 1/2" circle punch to help form the leg openings of the outfit, and the small and large oval punches for the design on the outfits. I punched the small oval first, then centered that to punch the large oval punch. That gave me an oval ring. I cut it on both ends, then put the curved strips onto the outfit, then trimmed the edges off. I used SUu's tempting turquoise and whisper white cardstock for the card and card front, SU's very vanilla for the head, arms, and legs, SU's tempting turquoise for the outfit, and shimmery white for the oval punch-outs for the outfit designs. For the hair, I used SU's really rust, so saffron, close to cocoa, and chocolate chip cardstock. I also used tempting turquoise grogain ribbon for the hair bows. I used SU's Brushstroke Alphabet on Ali's card, Sincere Salutations set for Melissa's card, and All Holidays for Brandy's card.

My daughter had her tumbling recital last night, and I wanted to play with this super-cute idea. I made this card for her to congratulate her on a season of hard work with her tumbling.

I made this one for Melissa, the assistant tumbling teacher. She has helped with these young tumbers so much, and even tumbles with Ali's class, and they really look up to her.

I made this one for Brandy, her teacher. She really loves these kids and is so proud of all of them!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Teachers' gifts

I created some books for the kids' teachers. Today is their last day of school, and they'll get to give them their presents and books. Cody is in first grade, and has a teacher and a teacher's aide all day. I made them both one of these books. I used my Bind-it-all on these.

The first grade class went on a field trip to the Children's Museum a couple of weeks ago. The class picture is on a separate flap, attached to the red piece that folds out. Each page has a flap that folds out to show another picture.

I made sure to get a snapshot of each of the students in the class on the field trip to include in these books. I also had each student write their favorite thing about first grade for me to use in these.

Ali is in fourth grade, and has one teacher all day. This is also her first year teaching, so I wanted to do a little keepsake for her of her first class.

I copied the class picture that came home last fall with school pictures. Then I cut each student out, and the teacher as well for the last page. I also had each student sign a piece of cardstock, and I cut out each signature. I used a small tin to hold the pages. The pages are just on a book ring for a flip-book. Then on each page is a student along with their signature. The pages aren't anything fancy, but I like how it turned out with their signatures.

Here are the cards that are going with the gifts. They definitely aren't anything fancy, but I was happy with them. They are exactly alike, just different colors. You can't really see the bottom of the red one very well, but it does have the same stamps done across it.