Monday, October 29, 2007

Jolliest Time of the Year...

Love this set!

This card opens up with the River Rock layer... and the Old Olive opens up at the bottom. The double-stitched River Rock ribbon keeps the layers closed.

The background paper is Dashing, and Santa is colored in with watercolor crayons and an aqua painter, with a healthy splash of 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter!

Wow, does it sparkle!!!

Two-pocket purse...

This adorable paper purse was shown to use at the Portland Regional Seminar. It uses one 12" x 12" sheet of designer paper (Dashing here).

To make it you score two sides opposite each other at 1" and adhere down. Then you score the other two sides at 3 1/2" and adhere to each other. This makes a tube.

Keeping the seam of the tube up, fold in half. Then open up and score 1/2" on either side of the fold you just made. From the side, when you fold the purse on the score lines, it should look like a "W."

Once the "W" is in place, bring the top pieces of the tube together and adhere only at the top (not inside the pockets). Use a horizontal slot punch to make a spot for the 5/8" red grosgrain handles and knot the ribbon on both ends and sides.

The purse is a perfect size for Love Notes!

Snow much fun...

Ballet Blue is a favorite snow card color!

This card opens in the middle (the snowman layers flip to the left). The Snow jumbo wheel (Holiday Mini) is rolled in Ballet Blue ink over the front of the card, with snowflakes highlighted with a Uni-bal white gel pen.

The horizontal slot punch holds the 5/8" brocade blue grosgrain knot, and in the bottom corner, a snow burst is stamped from In the Spotlight (Level 2 hostess set) and punched out with the Snow Blossom punch and a silver brad added in the center.

The snowman was colored in with watercolor crayons and an aqua painter.

Christmas brag book pages

These two pages were projects at my Christmas Spectacular on Saturday and designed by one of my downline. In addition to Jolliest Time of the Year, the pages use Well Worn Alphabet and Loads of Love.
You can also see a photo corner punch was used, along with Always Artichoke grosgrain, gold elastic cord (Holiday Mini item), and gold brads.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Chipboard snowflake...

Stampin' Up!'s chipboard is very easy to use. A glue stick will adhere designer paper down very well, then you sand the edges with a sanding block and embellish!

Here's a snowflake ornament where White Craft ink was used on the snowflake and heat embossed. A 3/4" circle was punched out of Wintergreen paper (which covers the chipboard square behind the snowflake), with an Always Artichoke button stuck on with a mini glue dot.

Our silver elastic cord with a little knot of 5/8" celery grosgrain is knotted through white eyelets set with the Crop-a-dile (which punches through chipboard like butter!).

Chipboard ornament...

This chipboard ornament was made using Classic Blue Bayou sponged on the front, with VersaMark pressed over it and embossed with Hologram Highlights (it's hard to see the shine!).

Then Wintergreen paper is glued onto the back of the chipboard for a nice pattern there and inside the snowflake form.

The middle of the snowflake has a 1" circle of Blue Bayou card stock with the "Merry" stamp from Love & Joy (Holiday Mini set) punched with the 3/4" circle punch and adhered to the layer with a dimensional.

As a final touch, the Crop-a-dile was used to make a 3/16" hole for a jumbo eyelet, through which double-stitched blue bayou ribbon was knotted.

Happy snowman...

Jolliest Time of the Year is made up of only 4 stamps, but they're adorable!

Here, the snowman is highlighted using a 1 1/4" circle punch, layered on Sage Shadow card stock with the 1 3/8" circle punch, and then a scallop punched out of Always Artichoke.

The designer paper comes from the Wintergreen pack, and the background is the Polka Dot stamp.

Jolliest Time of the Year...

Using Earth Elements colors always feels more like a traditional country Christmas to me. Watercolor crayons and an aqua painter were used to color in the snowman, Aida Cloth is stamped on the Taken with Teal layer, and the ticket corner punch was used on both the Whisper White and Close to Cocoa layers. The card itself is Ruby Red.

Now to hope we'll get snow this year....

Monday, October 22, 2007

Autumn Fest pages...

I think these pages are beautiful. Louise did a great job with Autumn Fest and Define Your Life.

The patterned paper is Apple Cider (in the Holiday Mini), and photo corners with hemp knots make great accents.

5-Petal Punch card...

Louise made this card after seeing a swap by Denise Jorgensen, a demo from Renton, at the Portland Regional Seminar.

Adorable, isn't it? The flowers are punched from patterned paper and topped off with a gorgeous build-a-brad that also uses patterned paper.

You probably can't tell that the Soft Sky card stock is textured, and looks beautiful with the Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon and ink. The greeting is from Sincere Salutations.

Winter Bright 6" x 6" page...

Stampin' Up!'s Simply Scrappin' kits are so easy to use. It's a great feeling to sit down and have multiple coordinating pages in a short amount of time!

The only thing added to this page that doesn't come in the kit - some 5/8" red grosgrain.

The kits feature textured card stock and double-sided patterned paper. They're awesome!!!

Build a brad card...

The build-a-brads are available to order and they are fun to use!

This card uses some different colors for a Season of Joy Christmas - Really Rust, River Rock and Soft Sky.

The background is stamped with Linen, and all of the layers were changed up in other versions of my swap using the ticket corner punch on both layers.

Try this card opening...

The following posts all feature projects from the Portland Regional Seminar, which we attended Oct. 13.

The Kraft card stock is only 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" - it's the Purely Pomegranate layer that swings open on the right to show "So Much" (from the stamp set of that name) inside.

The circles were cut using a Coluzzle, and the scalloped edge in Soft Sky was made using a corner rounder punch.

I think we all get into ruts when we make cards. It could be they are always vertical, using the same colors, or even the same stamp sets. So when I made this card at the regional seminar, it was a good reminder to crank things up a notch when it comes to creativity in HOW a card opens.

Another use for an envelope...

A sealed Kraft envelope makes an easy pocket for a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Soft Sky card stock tucked inside.

The tag is too cute with the mini library clip (the red gingham knot is on the back lever of the clip) holding a folded So Saffron 3/4" circle onto a tag.

A True Friend card...

A bit of ribbon, some Basic Gray card stock, a little Soft Sky and Purely Pomegranate make a striking card with the True Friend set (from the Holiday Mini, available till Nov. 30).

The word stamp was stamped twice - once on Whisper White, then again on a Soft Sky scrap (and cut out to accent the word "Friend.")

I love the way Basic Gray gives a nice neutral pallette to the card. I'm ordering some today!

Friend Pocket Card...

This Kraft pocket card was a hit at the regional seminar, using the multi-lined circle stamp from So Much as a guide for paper piercing.

The card is 12" x 4" and is scored at 4" and 8", with a diagonal score between those two score lines from top to bottom.

The word "FRIEND" comes from Fundamental Phrases, and the flower is from So Much.

Regional brag book page...

This Soft Sky brag book page is simple and uses some great stamps (True Friend, Fundamental Phrases), ribbon (Purely Pomegranate double-stitched), and punches (1/16", 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, scallop, and word window).

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Flowers for You...

Designer paper, a few punches, and one terrific stamp set (Wild About You) make for an easy card.

The card is Regal Rose, with Classic Regal Rose ink. Even the 5/8" wide grosgrain is Regal Rose. The scallop is pierced with our paper piercer and soft mat (both are found in the Crafter's Tool Kit). Silver elastic cord ties the scalloped layers to the wide grosgrain.