Thursday, July 20, 2017

Colorful Cards Using New In Colors

As you may - or may not - know, Stamping' Up! comes out with new In Colors each year. This year's are beautiful, and I couldn't help myself and bought the designer paper pack with each color, matching ink, and other matching embellishments. 

My favorite is the bold Lemon Lime Twist color. I topped off the cards with the hard-to-get Daisy punch. 
The stamp set that I used is Happy Birthday Gorgeous. The stamp set is versatile and includes more than birthday sentiments. I will be teaching how to make these cards at my next card class.


Monday, July 17, 2017

A Challenge for BBTB2: 3D Projects

This week's Bitten by the Bug2 challenge is to make a 3D item - any theme. 

I chose Cricut Domed Box #M97B36 from Fancy Boxes. It really is a closed off gift box, but I thought it would look gorgeous as a tea light. What an intricate cut - but my cricut handled it well! There were a few spots that skipped, but sharp scissors made the tears smooth.

I decided to turn these into the lights and instead of cutting the inside panels, I hand cut transparency paper. I hand cut them because I had 8.5 by 11, instead of 12x12 sheets. I painted the cardstock with a bronze medium (DecoArt Metallic Lustre wax in Iced Expresso) to give it a bit of a patina look. 

I also finished off the tops to ones - the one that cricut shows the box (right) and my way, a closed off topped (left).

Here is how they look lit up:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lemon-Lime Twist "It's Your Day"

For this card I was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #295knowing that my Daisy Stamp and Punch would make the perfect circle shape for their challenge. I love the Lemon-Lime Twist ink and DSP,  and I used the sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer stamp set. 

I added one of the large Clear Faceted Gems and some tiny Rhinestone Basic Jewels for a finishing touch. My next few cards will look similar, with different In Colors and sentiments from the same stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Patriotic Challenge

This week's Bitten By the Bug2 challenge is to use red, white and blue - or anything patriotic. Here is my 4th of July layout. I used Stand and Salute for the banner, trimmed it with ribbon and added the title Freedom with system fonts. But what I love most about this layout, of course, is my children having having fun with sparklers, especially goofy fun. Great memory that without scrapbooking might have gotten lost in my memory.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Altered To-do Lists from Small Memo Pads

For my altered to-do lists, I used small, recycled paper, memo pads and had then cut lengthwise at Staples - who charges a bit to cut. I googled how tos and couldn't come up with any specs that would help, so I eyeballed it and wrote my measurements on my template. So I cut retired patterned paper from Stampin' Up! 5.25 x 8. I scored at 2.50 and 2.75:

I do think that I should give a bit more of wiggle space - as a few coves came up a little bit short, but most folded over nicely, meeting from end to end:

I do think that the flip side of the covers look nice - compliments the covers.

I used the retired Apple of My Eye stamp set, a circle punch and one layered circle framelits. And closed the to-do list book with twine.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Altered Mini Composition Books

These mini composition books were a bit challenging to make. I used tear tape (which is fast, permanent glue strips) to glue the Stampin' Up! Retired Neutrals DSP to the covers - and carefully trimmed the excess paper off...My embellishments are a pretty Beautiful You stamp set sentiment, I added a retired flower die and popped on an adhesive pearl. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Gerbera Daisies in a Jar

For my next class, we are making gerbera daisies, and I put mine in a milk jar. These are easy to create with Stampin' Up!s Daisy Delight Photopolymer bundle. I stamped and punched out the flowers, attached them to florist wire with hot glue and added artificial greenery to bulk out the the flower bouquet. I also cut them down with wire cutters - so they were the right height for my jar. My class will bring their own jars with a small neck, or pre order some with me, and their own hot glue guns and glue.

Photo Copyright Stamping' Up!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summertime Challenge

I am hosting this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 Summertime challenge: Stars, Fireflies, Bonfires, and things like that. Above is my two page layout and below a few of my favorite cuts: The chair is from Life is a Beach, then fire pit is Dude! and a square shape, By the Fire is Outdoor Man, and Summer Nights is made with one of my computer fonts and the fire on the right side is from Outdoor Man too.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Watermelon Wood Crate

What fun is this wood crate from Stampin' Up! I made a bunch of these - in different wood colors from a DSP 6x6 pack - for a vending event that I am doing this weekend. It was easy to make - just run the die twice through the big shot (so you need 2 sheets of 6x6, but there's lots of paper left over for more projects like cards and tags). I added cellophane bags filled with sugared watermelons and tied with twine - how cute!

Here's what I used (all photos copyright Stamping' Up!):

Wood Words Clear-Mout Bundle die and stamp "For You"

Wood Textures DSP

Whisper White Craft ink and pad
3x6 Gusseted Cellophane Bags

Monday, June 19, 2017

Seaside Seagull Missing You Card

This week's Bitten by the Bug2 challenge is to use a bird on your cricut cut project. For my card, I used Life is a Beach (anchor border and seagulls); Pack Your Bags (seagull); The First Few Years (cloud label); Phrases (miss you). I used a Watercolor stamp background for the sunset sky in on of the new In-Color Powder Pink ink. Hope that you like it and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Get Well Card Set

Well, I didn't have a masculine Stampin' Up! Get Well sentiment, and I needed one for an order ASAP. With Cricut Design Space, so many options -- but I chose two phrases that I already purchased. The one on the left is from Paper Lace (surprise!) and the right Phrases. I wish that I could say that I wiped this up quick -- but I did have a few failed attempts with the wrong colors. I am happy with this though.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Coffee & Cards Birthday Card Class

Here's some photos from my first Coffee & Cards class. I decided to do some morning classes because for some, mornings are easier than Friday nights. We made four cards using the stamp set Big on Birthdays, which is a great investment stamp set because it is so versatile.

The ladies, two who we're novice stampers and card makers, gained confined in one class and put their spin on many of the cards. This one showcases how they individualized one of the card designs. I love how they came out!