Friday, December 31, 2010

Pop Up Tent Card

Supplies: Stamps: Savvy Paper: Ivory, cherry cobbler Ink: cherry cobbler Accessories: Nestabilities: scalloped and plain circles, paper piercer, Martha studded heart and border punch, satin black ribbon, dimensionals.

I don't know if there is a name for this type of card. I was thinking it would be Pop Up Tent Card? I was looking for a tutorial because I know I have seen one somewhere! Well after searching and searching, I decided to make another card and make a picture tutorial for you. If you have any questions please feel free to email me!

Start out by cutting your cardstock to 3.75x6.5. You can make your base any size you want as long as it fits in your envelope. Next, lightly draw a line at 3.5 inches. This isn’t the center because I will be adding a border punch at the bottom to make up the difference. If you do not want to add a border at the bottom, make the base longer and draw a line in the middle.

Next select the nestabilities die that you would like to pop up. This will be the largest of the frame. So if you have a focal image selected already, make sure that your image and any desired layers will fit inside this shape.
Place the A plate, B plate, paper, die facing down *lining up the center of the die with the line you drew*, C plate *the C plate should only cover the half of the die that you want cut*. The placement of the C plate is essential for the success of this card. I placed it on the shorter side of my card, lining it up with the edge of the C plate with the line previously drawn. If your sides are equal you can choose either side. In either situation you are only covering half of your die cut with the C plate so it only cuts half of the die cut.
You’ll notice in my picture that my C plate is off to the right, this placement allowed me to have more control when running it through the cuttlebug. When I ran it through the other way I had a hard time getting it to catch to run through the cuttlebug. It also didn’t leave any unwanted marks on the paper that sometimes happens when using only part of the cutting plates.

You can see that only half of the die cut was cut, and now it is time to add some score lines so you can fold the card. With the longer side of the card base on the left, line up the card base on the edge of the score-pal. Score the card edges at the 3.5 inch mark on the score-pal. If you chose a different card size simply score it in the middle.
This is what your card will look like when it is folded. Time to embellish!

I added a scalloped circle in cherry cobbler. I punched out Martha’s studded heart punch and then cut out and embossed it using a circle nestabilities die. I popped it up on the red scalloped circle using dimensionals. I added a heart border at the bottom, added a scrunchy ribbon, stamped the sentiment, and added some piercing.

When I opened the card this is what it looked like. To make it look more polished and to hide my ribbon ends, I punched out another border lined it up with the front, and attached it.

Now it looks like this!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

CAS Thank You

Supplies: Stamps: Just Believe, Ink: Black and Cherry Cobbler, Paper: kraft, very vanilla, and cherry cobbler Accessories: Ribbon Victoria, su border punch, dimensionals

So I received an email the other day regarding a contest for new demonstrators. The contest is to create a card using only supplies from your starter kit! I love challenges and contests so I created this card. I stamped the frame on kraft in black ink. Then I stamped the sentiment in cherry cobbler, cut it out, and popped it up over the frame. At the top I edged it with the border punch, added some score lines, and added some ribbon. Lastly, I rounded the corners at the base.
That’s all for now, we’ll see if I am selected there are quite a few entries….

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Marvelous Mocha Mix

Paper: red and white cardstock, Accessories: su scallop circle and snowflake punch, circle punch, gem, grograin ribbon, twine

I gave these jars of Marvelous Mocha Mix to the coffee drinkers at work. I’m not sure where the recipe came from, probably a Taste of Home magazine or cookbook. I also found the cute lids for the mason jars at Walmart. Here is the recipe:

Marvelous Mocha Mix:
1 c. Nestle chocolate milk mix
1 c. powdered nondairy creamer
2/3 c. instant coffee granules
½ c. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Combine all ingredients; mix well. Store in an airtight container. To make 1 serving: Add 4-6 tsp. mix to ¾ c. boiling water, and stir until dissolved.
Makes 3 c. mix.

Have a great day!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ghirardelli Chocolate Holder

Supplies: Stamps: Papertrey mixed messages, Ink: versamagic red brick, Paper: Imaginisce, mauve, and white cardstock, Accessories: 1 1/4 inches scallop circle punch, 1 and 7/8 inch circle punches, su border punch, modern label punch, white grosgrain ribbon
These Ghirardelli holders hold one Ghirardelli chocolate square. The directions can be found here: Ghirardell Square Holder. I put the sentiment on the left on some and on the right on some, depending on the open space of the patterned paper. These are cute, quick, and easy! Give 'em a try!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ghirardelli Box

Supplies: Stamps: Papertrey Mixed Messages, Paper: Deep Mostly Mauve colormates, imaginisce Snowy Jo, white, Ink: versamagic red brick, Accessories: Scallop circle punch 1 1/4, circle punches 1 inches and 7/8 inch, su border punch

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, ours was nice. I have a few projects to share that I made for my coworkers. The first is a box of Ghirardelli chocolates. Here is a video tutorial that I followed from Splitcoast Stampers. The boxes fit 3 of the Ghirardelli chocolates. Stay tuned over the next few days I have two more projects to share.

Have a great day!

Friday, December 24, 2010

CAS Snowflake #4

Supplies: Stamps: Endless Creations, Ink: Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Paper: GKD white, Archiver's brown, Accessories: wrights ribbon, score buddy, cuttlebug winter embossing borders, ek success snowflake border punch

Well here it is the last of the series. I added the snowflake border punch in place of the embossed snowflakes. I like the extra touch of red it adds. It is already Christmas Eve, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! I will be posting some small gifts that I made for my coworkers soon.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

CAS Snowflake #3

Supplies: Stamps: Endless Creations, Ink: Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Paper: GKD white, Archiver's brown, Accessories: wrights ribbon, score buddy, cuttlebug winter embossing borders

Well here is number 3! It is not much different than number 2. I added my score lines around the ribbon instead of the embossing border. I'm exhausted, I took my 4K class sledding today!! It was a fun way to spend our last day of school before break, but wow, I'm ready for bed! Check back tomorrow for the last of the 4 cards. I dug out a super cute border punch to add to the last card!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

CAS Snowflake #2

Supplies: Stamps: Endless Creations, Ink: Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Paper: GKD white, Archiver's brown, Accessories: wrights ribbon, score buddy, cuttlebug winter embossing borders

Here is card #2 using the winter embossing border. I also added my score lines around the embossing border rather than the ribbon this time. I'll be back tomorrow with card #3 of the series. I also made some fun paper crafted gifts for my coworkers last night. I will be posting them soon. Last day with the kiddos today! We're going sledding! I'm going to be tired tonight! Have a fun day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

CAS Snowflake #1

Supplies: Stamps: Endless Creations, Ink: Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Paper: GKD white, Archiver's brown, Accessories: wrights ribbon, score buddy

This is the first card of the series of cards I made this weekend. There are four of them all of them just a little bit different. This is the most CAS of them all. I cuttlebugged the circles at the bottom of the white panel, stamped my snowflakes, added some score lines to frame my ribbon, and matted it on a brown base. And presto I was done... until I remembered I bought those cute winter embossing borders...check back tomorrow to see what I did with the embossing border. :)

Have a great day!

Monday, December 20, 2010

CAS Gingerbread Fall to Layout

Supplies: Stamps: SU and Amuse, Paper: Imaginence, bazzill, archiver's cs, Ink: Versamagic Jumbo Java, Accessories: su border punch, nestabilities, grosgrain ribbon, red gems

Here is a card using the latest fall to layout sketch. I added some patterned paper on the bottom... I thought it needed some more color. This is kind of an odd angle for the picture, my battery was dying when I was taking pics and I had to send them in the mail today so I couldn't take too many pics. Speaking of sending Christmas cards, my husband picked up our mail today and all of our Christmas cards that we sent were bundled in our mailbox. He had to add postage to all of our cards! I didn't think they seemed that heavy, but some of the ribbons were too thick to pass through the machine... The post office suggested we purchase the 64 cent stamps next year... oops!!! Well at least the recipients didn't have to pay extra postage this way. I'm always afraid that is going to happen, or that they will get sent back. This is such an expensive hobby!!

I'll be posting the rest of my Christmas cards this week. I needed just a couple more and made a series of cards that are all just a little bit different.

Have a great night, see you tomorrow!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Is it just me or are gingerbread just too cute?!

Stamps: Amuse and Stampin up? Ink: Versamagic Jumbo Java Paper: Bazzill, archivers brown, imaginece, Accessories: brown grosgrain ribbon, su scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, 1 1/2 inch circle punch, small red gems

Gingerbread are my favorite Christmas decoration, I have them all over my house right now and I love it!! So of course I have a few gingerbread stamps! I used the fall to layout sketch for this. The details are pretty basic, nothing fancy on this one!

Have a great day stay warm!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CAS Wintery Home

Stamps: Sentiment acrylic from Hobby Lobby, Paper: GKD ivory and brown from Archivers, Ink: Early Espresso, Accessories: Cuttlbug embossing folder, su sizzix snowflakes, su wide oval punch, tim holtz foam applicator for distressing and adding ink to the embossed image.

Well this looks like my house right now, we had over 12 inches of snow fall onto us in the past 24 hours!!! It took my husband and I over an hour to clean it all up, and I am still trying to warm up!!

The featured stamper this week over at SCS was lisaadd, I actually had just favorited this card not that long ago. I ordered the embossing folder and got it this week, what great timing!! I switched up a couple of details, the colors, I used snowflakes to border the embossed image, and I stamped my sentiment on an oval. I had it heat embossed with vanilla embossing powder but it didn't look as crisp as I wanted it to.

Thanks for stopping by, off to make more Christmas cards.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Oh I Love Cherry Cobbler!

Supplies: Stamps: Stamp Collection American Crafts, Ink: SU Cherry Cobbler, Paper: GKD white, Accessories: Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, Nestabilities, Wrights ribbon

Inside my box of goodies was a cherry cobbler ink pad, oh my I'm in love! What a beautiful color! I didn't order the seam binding, but I found this ribbon at Joann's by Wrights this summer and it matches perfectly! Over at the Cuttlebug Spot Blog their current challenge is to use your favorite embossing technique. I love the double embossed technique, it is so unique and gives cards such a polished look. So that is the technique I chose. If you are not familiar with the technique check it out here. I save my cardboard templates in a folder so when I want to use the same design I don't have to create the chipboard pieces again.

I've been working on the insides of my Christmas cards, next year I will need to fully complete my cards as I make them ahead.... Sometimes the insides can take just as much time as the outside, since I make such CAS cards!

That's all for now!

Monday, December 6, 2010

I'm a Demonstrator!

Stamps: Winter Post, Cardinal Christmas Ink: Early Espresso, versamark Accessories: Top Note, stamp a ma jig, grosgrain ribbon.

So I recieved my Stampin Up Hobby Demonstrator kit today!! I wanted to call in sick today just so I could stalk the UPS man and play with all of my new goodies! I didn't call in sick, but I did rush home a bit sooner than usual. I couldn't wait to ink up Winter Post! I used the Fall to Layout sketch of the week for this card.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's Gotta Be A Deere

My husband's Grandpa is celebrating his birthday this week. He is a farmer if you hadn't guessed from the card, he and his wife still live on their farm but no longer have crops or animals. But when it is time for cutting the lawn he loves getting out his John Deere lawn mower! :)

I had found this paper a long time ago with him in mind, and forgot I had it until I had recently gone through all of my patterned paper to sell at a rummage sale. I don't even know if they make it anymore! The sketch is from a couple of summers ago when there was the Stampin' out Alzheimer's event online. I always liked the sketch and thought it would be a great sketch to show off a cool embossing folder or patterned paper that you didn't want to cover up. The tractor image is my River City Rubber Works, and I used forest moss ink by versamagic.

That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

What a lazy day! I spent a lot of time online today browsing through the SCS gallery! I think I am in denial that it is back to work tomorrow!! While browsing I saw this card, and I knew I just had to make it! Thanks for the inspiration Kittie! I stuck to one color in the sponging, I didn't want to go too crazy I haven't tried sponging a background before! Maybe next time I'll be adventurous and try more colors, because I love the look it gives! I used Memento paris dusk for the night sky, and a 5/8 inch circle punch to create a mask for the moon. I am not sure who the stamp is by, I know I bought it at a Stamping Convention a few years ago... I do know that the sentiment is by Papertrey, mega mixed messages. And the ribbon is from Joann.
On a side note, I didn't make it further in the CAS design team challenge. I was kinda bummed because I made it further last time. Oh well, maybe next time!
Have a fantastic week!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Winter Design Team Challenge Round 2

Oh did I struggle with this card! I had no idea what I wanted to do colors, accents, stamps, nothin'. So last night I found this fantastic pewter satin ribbon, and thought I would start there. The challenge was to use a relative name/word on the card. I went through my binder where I have all of my stamped images and die cuts to find a stamp that would work. I had picked up the "For my Mother" stamp this fall, it is by Endless Creations. So now I knew I was making a card for my Mom using pewter ribbon.... Next, I found some ink that matched the ribbon it is by TLC and it is called graphite. Now for a focal image.... I had my top note die cut on my desk still so I decided to use that, and I have had the Bloomin' Beautiful stamp set that my sister picked up at a rummage for me that I still hadn't inked up. The wheels finally started turning! I decided not to color the image so I simply stamped the sentiment and image on the top note die and trimmed off the side edge. Then I thought a little bit of soft color might be nice so I used very light copic markers to add little touches of color, their so light it's hard to see them in the pictures. For the card base I tried to chose a color the of a hydrangea since I didn't color my image in, and added a little texture by running it through the cuttlebug with the Victoria embossing folder. Next I added my ribbon using a stay put bow, and polished it off with Martha's flourish border punch to compliment the top note die cut at the bottom.

That's all for now, off to clean up my mess! I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! Don't eat too much turkey!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Featured Stamper

This week the featured stamper was Criminal Grace aka Sarah. Her gallery is full of wonderful CAS cards, and you know I just love that style! I found this card, and knew I had to give it a try!

I chose to use a glitter paper, added a glitter brad, and added some snowflake ribbon. I also used my top note die cut to make the top layer. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from an acrylic set that I had purchased at Hobby Lobby.

On a personal note, my sister-in-law had her baby Thursday night!! She came a couple of weeks early, but Mom and baby, Zoey Kate, are doing wonderful. Can't wait to meet her, I have to wait until I get rid of this cold!

On a side note, I made it to the next round for the SCS CAS design team. Yeah! The next challenge is to make a CAS card for a relative. So I better get working on it! Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Givin' It Another Go

It is time for the CAS design team search for winter over at SCS. I decided to go for it again and see what happens. The challenge for the first round is the theme: celebration/holiday or birthday, with ribbon and bling. But as always, also keep it clean and simple! I used the current fall to layout sketch as a starting point for this card. I had my Basic Grey 6x6 Waissal paper pad out so I picked out some papers from that. I die cut the SU top note and ornaments from sizzix. I added some Martha ribbon to cover up the seam, and added a touch of bling to the sentiment. And presto, I was done. Now I wait.... that's the hardest part! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 15, 2010

CAS Dasher

This week's clean and simple challenge was a sketch based on this card. I chose to switch up the theme to Christmas and used Dasher and Merry Christmas from Stampin Up. I also chose to use a patterned paper from Basic Grey's Waissal 6x6 paper pad for the background. That's all for now, short and sweet today. I didn't get any stampin time in this weekend, too busy hanging out with family and shopping! So if I have more time this week I'll post again. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fall to Layout Sketch

I found some time to participate in the fall to layout sketch this week. I chose to use a stamp from Perfect Presentation from Stampin Up. My Mom picked this up for me at a rummage sale this summer. I stamped using Martha Stewart inks, and punched out the snowflakes with a 7/8 inch circle punch and added a gem to the center of each. Then I stamped the whole image inking up with a green edge, popped it up on a scallop square, and added a gem. Next I broke out the stamp a ma jig and stamped my sentiment in black. The red mat is embossed with a snowflake embossing folder, and I popped up the white panel on top of this for more dimension.

That's all for now, thank goodness tomorrow is Friday! :)