Sunday, January 29, 2012

All in the Family Glam Girl!

It was my niece's 9th Birthday last week and she had a Glam Girl party at a local kids hair dressing studio. This kids hair dressing studio is like no other..!! You sit in fancy chairs to have your hair cut and after you can play video games or have your nails painted and make up done! MAKE UP?? lol.... WOW what fun. They also have a glam studio in the back for birthday parties so this is what Kyla chose to do for her birthday party this year. Kyla and her group of friends picked out a fun outfit from a big wardrobe of fancy dresses, had their hair done up all fancy and sparkly, danced around singing to funky music and of course had their fingernails painted!--ohhh to be 9 again!! Alyssa was right in there enjoying every minute. Being the youngest she got a lot of attention from all the girls. She came home exhausted! She was pooped right out from all the fun! Alyssa went down for a nap and when she woke up all her nail polish was on her pillowcase...LOL.. SHE WAS DEVASTATED! i was laughing so hard, well inside of course... poor girl!--she is only 3 so i guess it's a good thing they didn't use REAL nail polish...haha.. ; )

I thought it would be fun to create a fun glam "girly" card! This is what i came up with! I used the new Sale-a-bration DSP - Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper along with a flower from Awash with Flowers set for the dress. Isn't it the sweetest!..

Using the new Label Framelits I cut out a Crumb Cake Label and ran it through the big shot with the perfect polka dots textured embossing folder. Then punched a 2-1/2" circle in the middle of the label and placed it over my little girl image.

Hope you like... : )

Products used for this project:

Stamp Sets: All in the Family (113488), Awash with Flowers (W117062,C120549), Party This Way (W118744,C120609), Packed for Mom (Occasions Mini-125450)

Card Stock: Pool Party (122924), Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730), Riding Hood Red (111348)

Ink: Crumb Cake (121030), Basic Black (101179), Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker (100082), Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker (119677), 2011-2013 In Color Stampin Markers (123002).

Accessories and More: Big Shot (113439), Labels Collection Framelits Dies (Occasions Mini-125598), Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (117335), 2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), 1-1/4" Circle (119861), Everyday Enchantment DSP (126154-Exclusive SAB Product), Basic Pearls (119247), Blushing Bride 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon (Occasions Mini -125570), Blender Pens (102845) Cutter Kit (106958-distresser), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Snail adhesive (104332)

--Don't forget if you purchase $60 (before shipping and taxes) or more through me between January 24th and February 29th 2012, not only will you receive a Fabulous FREE Sale-A-Bration product of your choice but you will also receive a Fabulous FREE card tutorial from me!! ; )

Friday, January 27, 2012

Valentine Post Card

I love this card created by Teresa Kline.  I used it as the inspiration to create this Valentine Post Card.  When I was searching through my stash of DSP, I didn't have anything close the what I needed to create the effect of the black and white DSP, so I created my own.  I stamped the medallion image from the Artistic Etchings stamp set in Basic Black ink onto Whisper White card stock over and over again to create the patterned paper you see in this card. 

Products used for this project:

Stamp Sets:  Winter Post, French Foliage, Artistic Etchings, Nature Walk

Card Stock:  Confetti White, Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey (textured)

 Ink:  Basic Black, Basic Grey, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (Craft)

Accessories and More: Heart to Heart Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Dimensionals, Cutter Kit, Stampin' Sponges, Sewing Machine.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pinwheel Club Card

For club this month we created a cute "in colour" pinwheel card. Here are 2 versions of it.

This first one uses the bracket edge die from the new Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies. Gives the card a nice hilly grassy look, doesn't it?

Don't you just love the clouds! I used the cupcake punch--super fun! The circle punch was used for the sun and the postage stamp punch was used for the pinwheels. For the background I used the striped embossing folder on whisper white card stock, you may be able to see the texture better in the last photo below.

The second card uses the rotary cutter from the Cutter Kit to make the hilly grass. It was super quick and easy....give it a try!! --

Place a piece of Lucky Limeade card stock on a cutting mat and randomly cut out a hill shape with the rotary cutter and then slightly snip the top edge from one end to the other with you paper snips...crumple lightly and voila you have some hilly grass!! Add a bit of Lucky Limeade Ribbon and twine at the bottom to finish off your card.

Hope you like... : )

Products used for this project:

Stamp Sets: You're a Gem (W12226,C122270), Heard from the Heart (111644, C120006)

Card Stock: Wisteria Wonder (122922), Lucky Limeade (122926), Daffodil Delight (119683), Whisper White (100730)

Ink: Pool Party (122938), Basic Black (101179)

Accessories and More: Big Shot (113439), Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies (Occasions Mini-125595), Stripes Textured Impression Embossing Folder (123128), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Postage Stamp Punch (122344), 3/4" circle punch (119873), Small Oval Punch (120908), Silver or White Brads, Paper Snips (103579), 2011-2013 In Colour DSP (122384), 3/8" Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon (122977), Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine (125572), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Cutter Kit (106958-rotary cutter), Stampin Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Snail adhesive (104332), Flat Toothpicks.


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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sale-A-Bration is almost here...

I'm super excited, Stampin' Up!'s (SU) biggest promotion of the year-- Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is almost here! Are you ready to receive FREE product?? AND something special from ME?? Do you have your list ready? From January 24 through March 31, 2012, you will earn a free Sale-A-Bration product for EVERY $60 you spend on SU products (including the on-line clearance rack---sorry must order online for clearance items).

--- Spend $200 or more and you will receive at least 3 SAB products AND earn Hostess Benefits! wooohoooooo!

For those of you who order $60 or more in product (before shipping and taxes) through me between January 24th and February 29th will receive FREE SAB product plus 3 card project ideas created by ME! Once your order has been placed and paid in full I'll send you a PDF document within 24 hours from time of payment. The PDF will include supply list, dimensions, photos, and instruction for assembly for all 3 card projects. ----how exciting is that.. ; )

--please note: if you order online through my website, i do receive a confirmation email stating you have placed an order so i will send you your PDF document within 24hours from the time i receive your confirmation email. - thank you for your understanding..

Here's a teeny weeny sneak peek of the projects.. : )
I know that's not fair...but i can tell you that in this wee teaser you can see a teeny weeny bit of the NEW Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (DSP).. This paper is absolutely GORGEOUS! A definite MUST HAVE! Check out page 7 of the SAB mini to view all the sheets in full!!


I know some of you have been on the fence about joining SU and now is the perfect time to join!! Check out this great special:

Sale-A-Bration is an ideal time to take your stamping skills to the next level and SAVE $$$! Starts January 24, 2012.

The Starter Kit is ONLY $150! which includes FREE shipping. Over $425 in products for only $150! SU is throwing in a BONUS to boot! Receive your choice of either FREE Designer Series Paper (shipping costs extra) or a FREE My Digital Studio Download (no shipping charge) EVERY MONTH that you are active, from February through December 2012. That's a $150 value!

Enjoy demonstrator discounts and benefits through June 30, 2012 with no obligation to purchase anything further or host workshops. There's no penalty to drop.

Stampin' Up! has a friendly, resourceful, virtual community. I welcome both hobby and business demonstrators to my group.

You can sign up via my website. If you have any questions, please EMAIL ME and I will be happy to help you out. This is the very best time to purchase product and join SU! I am here to guide you through the process!--

I've created a card using one of the SAB sets featured in this promotion. Isn't this card just stunning? I have to admit i wasn't a fan of this set until i saw the sample card on page 17 of the SAB mini!! Language of Friendship is available in Clear or Wood Mount and is FREE with a $60 purchase. OR you can purchase this set (item is currently in the Idea Book & Catalogue) and use your FREE items for the EXCLUSIVE SAB products!! --products you can not purchase after the SAB promo ends!! There's lots of variety with this year's SAB rewards!!

I love the layout of this card!! If you've seen the SAB mini you'll notice this card is very similar. I changed a couple things. I basically kept the layout the same but changed the colour of the bird from blue to brown!!-- I stamped the bird in Early Espresso and added a pearl for his eye!

Don't forget you can earn this set for free!! You can even earn the Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing folder for FREE as well. I'm telling you, you are going to LOVE the SAB choices this year.. : )

Products used for this Project:

Stamp Set: Language of Friendship (W122750,C122752 or if using SAB rewards – W127721,C127722)

Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Peach Parfait (119794), Soft Suede (115318), Very Vanilla (101650)

Ink: Early Espresso (119670), Peach Parfait (119783)

Accessories and More: Big Shot (113439), Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (123128 or if using SAB rewards -127710), 1-3/4" circle punch (119850), Bird Builder Punch (117191), 2-3/8" Scallop Punch (118874), Boho Blossoms Punch (119858), First Edition Specialty DSP (121878), Basic Pearls (119247), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Snail Adhesive (104332), Black Sharpie Pen to colour pearl.

Hope you like... : )


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Friday, January 20, 2012

Long Stemmed Rose {Tutorial}

Detailed Step-by-Step Tutorial Available for Purchase - Just in time for Valentine's Day!

This stunning single long-stemmed red rose is made completely out of cardstock and various Stampin' Up! punches and dies.  Yep, that's right.........cardstock!.....and the Blossom Petals Builder Punch (121808) and the new Hearts Collection Framelits Dies (125599).

Pictures just don't relay how gorgeous these are, or their majestic size!  These roses are 18" long and measure almost 4" across!  They are true long-stemmed beauties!

(I made the valentine to my husband, Keith, in MDS.  I got the idea here). 

Wouldn't you love to make this beauty  for someone special?  Or a whole dozen?! Now you can!  I have put together a detailed tutorial on how make each of these stunning roses.  The tutorial is in three parts.  Each tutorial gives clear step-by-step instructions with tons of gorgeous photos on how to make the roses, stems, calyces, and leaves.   The complete tutorial is 13 pages in length and has 43 photos.  The flowers are not difficult to make, but a lot of photos are required to give complete step-by-step instruction.   It also gives lots of instruction on how to create the subtle effects that really make these flowers look real and come to life.

I have tons of orders for these coming up for Valentines Day from all the guys in my office.  I'm going to be one busy girl!  I even have an order for a full dozen!  Hmmmm.........sounds special.......maybe like a proposal?  I'm charging them a ton, but you can make your own!..............

The complete three part tutorial on how to make this project is available for purchase for only  $5.95  

UPDATE:  (added June 1, 2012):  You are purchasing a tutorial from 2011.  Some of the items used in the tutorial have been discontinued from Stampin' Up!  This tutorial is still easily re-created.  Simple substitutions are noted here.  As of June 1, 2012,  the Mat Pack is  no longer available for ordering through Stampin' Up!    Any piece of thin foam can be substituted for the foam mat from the Mat Pack.  

Or find the link to purchase on the top right sidebar.  The tutorial will be e-mailed to the email address registered to your paypal account within 24 hours as three Adobe PDF files following your purchase.  If you do not receive your email, please check your spam box.  If you still have not received your file within 24 hours, please contact me so I can correct any issues.

 Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Three Little Words - I {Heart} Hearts

I just love this little Top Note trick! Have you had a chance to try it out yet? It's super easy! Give it a try.....

First die cut a top note piece out with your Big Shot. Then place the longer side of the Top Note peice onto the die along the short side of the top note shape.

Once you run it through the Big Shot all the sides will then look even all the way around.

I used iridescent Ice to give the hearts alittle sparkle and popped them up with dimensionals.. : )

Hope you like... : )

Products used for this project:

Stamp Sets: I {Heart} Hearts (W117010,C118571), Three Little Words (113254)

Card Stock: Real Red (102482), Pink Pirouette (111351), Very Vanilla (101650)

Ink: Basic Black (101179), Real Red (103133), Real Red Craft (119718)

Accessories and More: Big Shot (113439), Top Note Die (113463) 1-3/8" Square Punch (119877), 1-1/4" Square Punch (119865), Heart to Heart Punch (119881), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin Dimensionals (104430), Snail adhesive (104332)


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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Crocheted Heart {Pattern}

Here is a crafty little project for all you crocheters out there :)  Try making these sweet little hearts to add to all sorts of papercrafting projects with  Baker's Twine. 

size B hook
White Bakers Twine
(optional:  your choice of Classic Ink Refill to dye heart)

ch 4
3 tr (into first ch)
3 dc (into first ch)
ch 1
1 tr (into first ch)
ch 1
3 dc (into first ch)
3 tr (into first ch)
ch 3
sl st into centre/first ch
fasten off

Your little heart is ready to embellish your paper crafting projects, or you can kick it up a notch by dyeing the heart.  Simply add a few drops of Class Ink Refill in your choice of colour to a small amount of water (enough to cover the heart), and soak until the desired colour is achieved.  Remove.  Pat to dry and allow to air dry until completely dry.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Framelit and Edgelit Dies! - Apothecary Art Card

I CASED this card from the Occasions Mini Catalogue. If you've seen the Mini you'll notice a similar card on the front cover! I'm so excited about this mini!! There are so many "MUST HAVE" new products in this amazing catalogue. If you have NOT received your Mini Catalogue yet and you are a purchasing customer of mine (or plan to be), pop me an email with your current address so i can get one out in the mail to you! : )

There is more excitement to come...later this month, Stampin' Up's annual Sale-a-bration (SAB) catalogue comes out and you can earn free stamps or products with every $60 purchase. To add to the excitement, I also have a special treat in store for upcoming SAB celebration!! You'll have to keep your eye on our blog and of course my Monthly Newsletter due out next week for more information.

How many new products do you see on this card? I love the new framelit and edgelit dies!! You will notice i simplified the card from the original card shown on the front of the Mini. There was A LOT going on so I toned it down to focus mainly on the new framelit and edgelit dies! I loved the layout and the look of the NEW adorning accents edgelit border dies and matching embossing folders so i thought I'd give it a try.

I love how the Apothecary Art stamp set matches the Label Collection Framelit dies. All you have to do is stamp the image you want and then place a label framelit over it and then run it through the Big Shot! Cuts it out perfectly!! I also love the look of the bracket edge border edgelit and how it coordinates with the bracket edge border textured impressions embossing folder.

You may want to use a stamp-a-ma-jig (101049) to stamp your greeting?? OR stamp your greeting before you start to colour!! I didn't stamp my greeting straight!! --i forgot to stamp the greeting BEFORE i coloured!! ; )

Hope you like... : )

Products used for this project:

Stamp Sets: Apothecary Art (Occasions Mini-W125525,C125527)

Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Riding Hood Red (111348), Naturals Ivory (101849)

Ink: Black Staz-on, Baja Breeze (111833), Calypso Coral (122939)

Accessories and More: Big Shot (113439), Addorning Accents Textured Impressions Embsossing Folders (125601), Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies (125595), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Craft Scissors (108360), Blushing Bride 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon (125570), Basic Pearls (119247), Blushing Bride Marker and Color Spritzer Tool (107066), Blender Pen (102845), Cutter Kit (106958-distresser), Stampin Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Snail adhesive (104332)


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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

French Foliage Valentine

Here is a quick post to show you how versatile French Foliage is.  It's one of my favorite sets, and not just for fall!  Did you also notice that cute little heart lock?  The Trinket Hearts are available in the new Occasions Mini Catologue.  Email me if you'd like a mini catologue or to place an order. 

Products used for this project:

Stamp Sets:  French Foliage, Winter Post, You're a Gem

Card Stock:  Confetti White, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral,  Poppy Parade, Real Red. 

Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake

Accessories and More: Heart to Heart Punch, Small Oval Punch, Cutter Kit, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponges, Trinket Keys, Trinket Hearts, Linen Thread, Dimensionals.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

With All My Heart - Inlaid Embossing

This is a pretty cool technique! I seen some really neat cards done with the leaves die last year and thought I'd try it with hearts since Valentine's Day is just around the corner.

To emboss the hearts:

Cut or Punch out a white circle using your 2-1/2" circle punch or circle scissors plus (or largest circle on the circles #2 die). Then punch out different size and colour hearts using the Heart to Heart Punch. Randomly adhere the hearts to the white circle. Place the white circle in the Polka Dots embossing folder and run through the big shot. Adhere the white circle to the 2-3/4" cherry cobbler circle which is cut out using the circle scissors plus. Adhere the cherry cobbler circle to the black scallop circle. I placed a piece of sticky strip across the card and pleaded the black satin ribbon before adhering the black scallop circle to the card front.

Products used for this project:

Stamp Sets: With All My Heart (W118134,C118623),

Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler (119685), Basic Black (121045), Pretty in Pink (100459), Whisper White (100730)

Ink: Stampin Basic Black (101179)

Accessories and More: Big Shot (113439), Scallop Circle #2 die (113469), Perfect Polka Dots (117335), Heart to Heart Punch (119881), 2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Circle Scissors Plus (112530), 5/8" Black Satin Ribbon (117285), Patterns DSP Subtles Collection (117152), Sticky Strip (104294), Snail adhesive (104332)

Hope you like..... : )

Friday, January 6, 2012

Candy Cane Hearts {Tutorial}

Aren't these little heart lollipops adorable?  I saw them last year all over the internet on different blogs around Valentine's Day.  I ran out to the store to see if I could find any left over mini candy canes, but couldn't find any.  I saved the idea, and stocked up on mini candy canes at Christmas time with this craft in mind.  I'm posting this early so that you still have time to hunt down some left over candy canes.

To create this project you'll need:

mini candy canes
4" lollipop ticks (available at big box craft stores in the cake decorating section)
parchement paper
baking sheet
3" x 5" Cellophane Bags (103104)
Rose Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (124322)

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchement paper.  Unwrap your mini candy canes and place them on a baking sheet as shown below.  (Be sure to leave enough room to place your sticks later.) 

Bake them in your oven until they just start to get soft.  They don't need to melt.  I found that they went from just soft enough to overmelted very quickly, so watch them carefully.  I found that it took between 4 and 5 minutes in my oven.  Just after 4 minutes they were perfect.  At 5 minutes, they had melted and flattened out. 

Working quickly, while the candy is still warm, place down your stick and pinch the candy a little to form around the stick.

Once the candy was completely cool,  I wrapped them in Stampin' Up!'s 3" x 5" Cellophane Bags and added a ribbon bow.   I'm sure you'll find lots of sweethearts to share these little valentines with :)

Natasha and I have been pouring over the new Occasions Mini Catologue!  Have you seen it yet?  It's filled with tons of gorgeous new accessories and stamp sets.  If you'd like one of your own, please feel free to email me, I'd be happy to send you off one in the mail (Canadian customers only please).

Tons of fun Valentines projects coming up, so stay tuned! 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 - A Year in Review Part II

Wow i still can't believe it's the new year! We are finally back to our daily routine and I'm happy to have a bit of quiet time to stamp while the kids are at school!

I had so much fun and lots of smiles when Leigha and i looked back at all the projects we've posted this past year. Thanks Leigha for sharing your favorites along with our readers favorites! AND congrats on being a Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) Favorite for 2011! sooooo amazin' girl.. : )

I'm going to start with my favorite posts of Leigha's and of course i couldn't just pick one! I had a hard time choosing even just a few!! Here are some of my faves:

Thanks for Helping me Grow
I can't wait to CASE this card! I keep looking back at this card thinking it would be a great card to case for Alyssa's preschool teachers. I must get creating as Valentine's day is just around the corner and this is a perfect card for the occasion!!

It's a Girl!
This is so darling! This is the cutest dresser card I've seen!! It's too cute for words.

Christmas Snow Globe Easel Card
I've made easel cards before but how super cute is this card?? Adding a sweet treat cup and a photo. Something to think about for Dad or Grandma for valentines day?? Just switch up the sweet treat cup to a heart and add a nice family photo... : ) : )

April Showers Bring May Flowers
This card absolutely wowed me! Jaw dropping WOWZERS!! I can't say I'd case it exactly the same since i haven't learned how to sew on cards yet! I'm sure inspired to learn how after seeing what Leigha can do with a sewing machine.... : )

New Shoes
This has to be my all time favorite post, well to date that is!

One thing i look forward to each week is my so called "business meeting" with Leigha. We set time aside to go over "blog stuff" and have such a great time discussing "crafts" and everything else around us. We both have lots going in our lives and it's nice to sit, chat and take a break from it all!! She's gotten to know me fairly well over this past year and from a funny look on my face to ONE single word Leigha KNOWS what I'm thinking and always knows the right time to pull a funny or crack a joke!--this one was certainly a gut-buster for me....and certainly made me laugh! : )

Okay, on to most popular/favorite posts of mine. Based on page views, the most popular 3 posts posted by me are:

My Spider man Card

My Owl Cards

.... you can find the tutorial here.

Snowflake Gift Card

Here are some more popular posts and some of my favorite creations of 2011:

Case of the Butterflies

Mini in Colour Promo - Butterflies

Little bit of Red Glimmer Love

Love Beyond Measure

Looking back at my posts...i sure "Heart" butterflies.. : ) : )

Happy 2012!