Friday, August 26, 2011

Stampin' Addicts 2011 Holiday Mini Blog Hop

Welcome Stamping Friends to the Stampin' Addicts 2011 Holiday Mini Blog Hop!

You've arrived at the first stop on our hop and you may continue through all 19 stops to see a variety of creations from the Stampin Up! Holiday Mini.  We're glad you're here!

You may begin at any point though and click through each stop.  At the other end of the hop Debra is beautifully highlighting the a la carte Stamp, Leaves of a Tree, on her Heartfelt Inkspiration blog, and should you get lost or want to chat about the blog hop, visit the Blog Hop Chat Thread on Stampin' Addicts for a list of all the participating blogs in order.

Today, I'm focused on the Holiday Mini Hostess set, Warmest of Wishes (page 5) with a few other stamps tossed in for good measure. This set consists of a leaf wreath, NOEL, Warmest of Wishes, Trick or Treating OWL and Heart pennant.  All but the Warmest of Wishes sentiment are designed to fit in one of our punches, and the set provides stamping fun for four Holidays.

One might think I'd go in time order, but I'm starting with the Christmas card!  Warmest of Wishes could be used any time in the winter since it just has snowflakes, but I think it combined nicely with the NOEL for this card which is a square cross over. I saw this on SA member Jennifer Timko's blog and thought it was a cute size.  I only diagonally cut the card front to create the pocket for the other side though.

The NOEL is only attached at the top with dimensionals so that the bottom slips over the pocket sleeve when inserted in the card.  I used a diagonal from the Letters to Santa dsp....I hope it doesn't make you dizzy....and then, added our polka dot scalloped edge ribbon (inside out) and a few bits of rhinestone bling.

A what is it? moment....This is a covered napkin ring that I hope you like. I used a paper towel roll (cut to size) and attached the Spice Cake fabric (page 18) to it (sticky strip on the inside).  I then stamped the Leaf Wreath in a variety of fall colors on Pool Party cardstock, punched it with the 2-3/8" scalloped circle punch, punched the center with the 1-1/4 punch and placed it over the circle found in the fabric.

Next is this fall sign...I went simple--Surprise! (Not really I know.) I used the Big Shot with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet in More Mustard and of course the Perfect Pennants Die....The Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (page 17) provided most of the inspiration for this banner....I really enjoy that paper-beautiful colors and patterns! (Maybe because the colors match my blog?)  The ends of the banner are our giant Spice Cake Buttons in More Mustard (page 18).

I'm...Batman!  WHOOOOO's gonna give me some candy or a Moon Pie in a ribbon slider? The Adam West version (with boots) in really dark blue instead of black I guess.... :).....and his little sister in her fairy costume. (She's wearing a leotard) I just thought it was strange that the owl was trick or treating without a costume, but with a mask, so I couldn't resist. 

They are campy, but my girls love them. The Moon Pie Slider features the Haunted Forest a la carte stamp from page 43 of the Holiday Mini.  The butterfly punch fairy's wings were coated in our new Dazzling Details glitter glue (page 41)....Easy and FAST.....I just had to wait for it to dry.

Now it is time to continue to Heidi's Blog, Running with Scissors Stamper to see her adorable creations with the super cute stamp set, Out on A Limb. The scenes she created definitely make me want this set! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Blog Candy Card Challenge & Pennant Parade Baby Card

I'm ready for some football! Fans, would you like to win a roll of 1/8 taffeta ribbon in your choice of Stampin' Up! color?  Just create a card for your favorite fellow fan using the colors of your alma mater (college or high school) and the Pennant Parade stamp set or punch.  Upload it online (to your blog or Stampin' Addicts) and link to it here in the comments.  A winner will be drawn at random from the entries, and the roll of ribbon will either be mailed to you by First Class mail or given to you if you are local. Contest ends September 2nd at noon, one entry per person, demonstrators are eligible to enter and win. Please include your ribbon color choice with your comment/entry. Winner's name will be posted here. Please allow two weeks for delivery. Good luck and happy stamping!

I went to my sorority sister Tara's wedding last night, and today is sorority bid day at OSU. I was thinking of my friends, chatting with them on FB and made this Orange and Black card.

I love that the Pennant Parade set has so many uses....What a fun set to combine with the Billboard Alphabet Big Shot strip die! If the child has a name with four letters or less, it would be perfect for a birthday card too.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Another card for class next Thursday or Friday... Retired Stampin' Up! Sets for Sale

I CASE'd Lisa Young again....just changing the colors and designer series paper and changing it to almost no embellishments....just to show it could be done.

This hostess designer series paper is so easy to use--I really enjoy it for a quick and striking card.

If you're interested, I have some retired sets available for sale.  Here is a link to them for your shopping enjoyment :) : 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Coloring with Pastels...Quick Class August 18th & 19th

Here's a card we'll make at quick class this next week....trying to show off all you can do with Stampin' Up!'s pastels....Coloring with an aquapainter or blender pen is an easy one.

It uses MOJO203 from the Mojo Monday sketches, and an unusual color combination for me. This is also Tech96 for the technique challenge on Stampin' Addicts. I like the homespun look of pastel coloring with this set, so I hope you all will too.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Delicate Doilies Colorful Emboss Resist

This set begs for Emboss Resist I think, and I didn't want to wait to do a blue on white emboss resist card at Christmas time (though that will be lovely too.).  So I used Versamark ink to emboss on Very Vanilla cardstock with Clear Embossing Powder.  So Saffron, Ridinghood Red, Baja Breeze and Pear Pizzazz made rich sponged on colors, and I like the look of the lace ribbon over Ridinghood Red taffeta ribbon to coordinate it a little.

Friday, August 5, 2011

CASEing my friend Missi Roeber...Raining Flowers Stampin' Up! Set Crimped Pocket Card

This card uses an envelope to create a pocket or gift card holder card.  It is so easy to make a quick card this way.  My friend Missi gave us Magnets at convention in a similar holder, and I thought it would be perfect to show for class.  Our smooth Stampin' Up! envelopes work much better than store-purchased envelopes when you are stamping on them. I'm usually not that adament, but it really matters when you are stamping on the envelope.
First you seal the envelope. Then, you cut the envelope at 4-1/2 inches on the long side.  Next, stamp your image or images or scene on the large portion of the envelope.  Then run just that piece through your crimper.  Following Missi's lead, I added a 1/4 inch strip of designer series paper (I used the hostess paper Cheerful Treat.)  I used the stamp set we were given at Convention, Raining Flowers and created a little flower for the topper much like Missi did though she used a different set.  Add an insert (you can use a punch to create a slot for a gift card) so that you can sign your card. The sentiment is from the new Perfect Pairs set.

The topper will go all the way on, but you do have to take a minute and work it down over the crimped portion carefully.  My customers also asked about mailing it.....yes the top is still the size of an would not fit in the same size envelope. I imagined one make take this card to a birthday party.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Distressed technique card

This is one of the cards we made at Stamp Club/Technique class this week. It used the Best Friends Forever set that Stampin' Up! convention attendees received with a color scheme and feel I CASE'd from Lisa Young.  Lisa's Kindness Matters card on Stampin' Addicts.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Stripes Big Shot Folder Basketweave/Gingham technique

We learned this technique at Stampin' Up! convention from Janine Tinklenberg....It is such a great way to get another fun look from the Stripes Big Shot Folder and is this week's technique challenge on Stampin' Addicts. Happily for my customers, we'll make this card at technique class/stamp club this week. The sketch I used for this card was MOJO201 from MOJO Monday.

Cut your card stock into a cardfront size piece (5-1/2 X 4-1/4). Whisper White provides a nice summery contrast, but I bet it would be lovely on colored cardstock for a different look.

Ink up the larger side of your embossing folder with a classic inkpad. Do try to avoid getting it down into the opposing stripes--stay on the raised portion, but do a nice job of inking it completely.

Place your cardstock as close to totally parallel to the striped on the folder as you can, and run the folder and cardstock through your Big Shot.

Next, carefully remove your cardstock and reink your embossing folder.
Now, place the cardstock perpendicular (90 degrees) to the stripes and run the folder and cardstock through your Big Shot. (It won't be completely covered.)

Carefully remove it from the folder, and give it a moment to dry.

Finally, you can fussy cut the cardstock along the lines of the folder to even up your gingham a little, and then finish your card.

Such a "why didn't I think of that?" idea, but that's why she's Queen Tink!