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Posted on August 22, 2017

12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1

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12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1

12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1

My first Halloween project for you is an Altered Altoid tin.  I scoured Pinterest for just the right project and then changed it up to make it my own. Of course, Stampin' Up! products had to be included!

I knew I wanted to use the owl from the Spooky Cat stamp set coming out in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. You are going to love all the trendy products on every page. If you don't have your personal copy already and you don't already have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would love to send you one. Just email me and I'll get one in the mail to you right away.

Here is a basic outline of how I made this project. Feel free to contact me if you'd like more details.

I started with a regular-sized Altoid tin. I removed the lid and used black acrylic paint over the entire surface. Once the black paint was dry I used some silver, antique brass and copper distress paint randomly on the sides and back. TIP: save the lid you removed and use it as a paint palette. I traced around a sheet of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP), another new item in the Holiday Catalog.

I used Crystal Effects as my adhesive to stick this onto the inside of the tin. Why Crystal Effects? It is a clear, thick substance meant to add gloss and make your images “pop” off the page but it is also a great glue! Once you stick paper down with it, it will not move.

I stamped the owl onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using Crumb Cake ink and used an Early Espresso marker to add definition to the eyes. Next, I sponged Early Espresso ink around the owl's edges and colored in the beak and feet with a Pumpkin Pie marker. Lastly, I went back to add my good ol' Crystal Effects on each eye.

The ‘happy Halloween” is a sentiment stamp from the Spooky Cat set. Notice the little black rhinestones? They will also be in the new Holiday catty!

The base of my project is a wood candlestick painted black and distressed with the silver, antique brass and copper inks. I added Spanish moss, leaves, a little fence and tiny pumpkins from my local craft store. Here are some more altered altoid tin Pinterest projects to get those creative juices flowing!

I hope you enjoyed 12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1; I'll have another project next week.

Don't forget about Stampin' Up's Carols of Christmas Early Release Bundle and the 50% off your first month Paper Pumpkin Subscription.

 

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Posted on August 18, 2017

Sharing Sweet Thoughts

Die Cut/ Paper crafting/ People/ Projects

Happy Friday stampers! I love the name of the stamp set for today's project; Sharing Sweet Thoughts. If you turn your 2017-2018 catalog to page 223, you'll find this cute set.

I think the images in this stamp set are adorable. Beyond that, it is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set for 2017-2018, so that makes it especially near and dear to me. Each time the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set is purchased, $3.00 is donated by Stampin' Up! to the RMCD Charities. To date, $1.5 million dollars has been donated. I am beyond proud to be associated with such a philanthropic-minded company!

I love the simplicity of this card. The small touches of black really set off the Pear Pizzazz.

Something else to note, there is another product, Everyday Jar Framelits,  that coordinates perfectly with this stamp set. In fact, the Everyday Jar Framelits has coordinated with quite a few stamp sets, making it “more stamp-ING for less cha-CHING! 🙂

I'll share the products and measurements used for this card below and a link to our Artisan Blog Hop. I hope after seeing my project and all the ideas at the blog hop, you might consider adding this stamp set, and maybe even the framelits to your collection. You'll get some fun new “toys” and your contribution from the sale of the stamp set will help some very deserving children and their families! If you click on the stamp set picture below my instructions you'll easily be able to order Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Sharing Sweet Thoughts C (144051); W (144048)
  • Card Stock –   Thick Whisper White (140272); Pear Pizzazz (131201); Basic Black (121045)
  • Stamp Pads – Tuxedo Black Momento (132708); Pear Pizzazz (131180); Real Red (126949)
  • Misc. – Everyday Jar Framelits (141490); Big Shot (143263); Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder (143231); Blender Pens (102845); Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897); Linen Thread (104199); Stampin Dimensionals (104430)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock: Thick Whisper White 4 1/4” x 11”, folded in half
  • Scrap of Whisper White to run thru the Big Shot for jar and lid
  • Pear Pizzazz 3 x 4”
  • Basic Black ½ x 3” and 3 ¼ x 4 ¼”

Instructions:

  1. Score and fold the Thick Whisper White
  2. Stamp the jar and lid on scrap piece of Whisper White
  3. Run the jar and lid through the Big Shot
  4. Stamp the images in the jar
  5. Color the images with ink and blender pen and add Wink of Stella
  6. Run the embossing folder through the Big Shot
  7. Attach the ½” layer to the embossed layer
  8. Adhere the embossed layer with Dimensionals to the Basic Black layer and adhere to the card
  9. Add Linen thread to the lid and attach to the jar

Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

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Posted on August 17, 2017

Copper Carols of Christmas

Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Projects

Hey stampers! Today's sample is a Copper Carols of Christmas card. Even though it is still summer here in Texas, my customers are already asking for Christmas card ideas! The “busy-ness” of the holidays seems to start earlier each year so it's never a bad idea to start thinking of ideas and purchasing supplies.

I absolutely love all our coordinating copper products and I think they add just the right amount of dazzle to this card.

I've included both Copper Trim and Copper Foil in my supply list. Copper trim is used here, but you could easily use Copper Foil if you prefer! Having choices is one of the things I love about Stampin' Up! products. We offer a wide range of colors and style to suit anyone's taste. Feel free to “case” any project I post. If you like, change it up to fit your particular style!

Every year I offer a free one on one Christmas Card consultation service to get your creative juices flowing. You and I will sit down in person for an hour and discuss ideas to come up with the perfect solution for your needs. If you don't live local to me, we can set up a phone call or skype chat. Please do give me a shout.  Together we'll design the perfect project!

Here are the instructions, including measurements and the rest of the products used for today's card.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCarols of Christmas (144801–Wood mount; 144804–Clear mount)
  • Cardstock – Whisper White (100730); Garden Green (102584); Cherry Cobbler (119685); Copper Foil Sheets (142020)
  • Designer Series Paper – Be Merry Designer Series Paper (144111)
  • Stamp Pads – VersaMark (102283)
  • Misc. – ¼” Copper Trim (144179); Copper Embossing Powder (141636); Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708); Pretty Pines Thinlits (141851); Sparkle Textured Embossing Folder (141468); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Fast Fuse (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Embossing Buddy (103083); Stampin’ Scrub (126200; Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 4-1/4”
  • Garden Green Cardstock – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Cherry Cobbler Cardstock – 2-1/2” x 1-1/2”
  • Cherry Cobbler Patterned paper – 5-1/2” x 1-1/4”
  • White/Garden Green Patterned paper – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Copper Trim – 6″ x 1/4”

Instructions:

    1. Run the 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” Whisper White with the Sparkle Embossing folder through the Big Shot. NOTE: Do not adhere to the card front until Step 4.
    2. Adhere the Cherry Cobbler Designer Series paper strip to the Sparkle Embossed layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
    3. Layer the Copper Trim over the Cherry Cobbler patterned paper edge and adhere the ends to the backside of the Sparkle Embossed layer.
    4. Adhere the Sparkle embossed layer to the Whisper White card front.
    5. Ink the Deck the Halls image from the Carols of Christmas set with VersaMark ink and stamp onto the White/Garden Green patterned paper piece. Cover with Copper Embossing Powder and set with the Heat Tool. Let cool. Die cut with a Layering Square Framelits Die.
    6. Die cut the Garden Green cardstock square with the largest scallop Layering Squares Framelits die.
    7. Adhere the copper embossed layer to the Garden Green scalloped square and set with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the card front.
    8. Die cut the largest bow from the Pretty Pines Thinlits using the Big Shot. Adhere to the sentiment layer using a Mini Glue Dot.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my Copper Carols of Christmas project!

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Posted on August 14, 2017

Lovely Words Thinlits Friend Mini Crate

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Projects/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers! Today's project is a Lovely Words Thinlit Friend Mini Crate. I actually whipped this up when I got home from work today. Seriously, it took me less than 30 minutes, start to finish.

I love the Wood Crate Die for making little gifts for my friends, customers and downline. I am over the moon excited that Stampin' Up! will be putting  packages of 3″ x 3″ Whisper White envelopes into the upcoming holiday catalog going live on September 1. It is so easy to create a special notecard using our paper and embellishments. Adding a coordinating envelope is the perfect finishing touch for this Mini Wood Crate Die project.

Let me share how I put this project together.

First, I chose my paper for the little notecard. I picked the Daffodil Delight/Old Olive flower piece from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack for the top layer. I cut a 6″ x 3″piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock for my base, a 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ piece of Old Olive Cardstock for the next layer, finishing with the DSP on the top. I used a 3″ piece of Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched ribbon (I used the side with little lines; the other side has little x's…TWO choices with one roll of ribbon!) and incorporated the “friend” die from the Lovely Words Thinlits. I cut “friend” out of Dazzling Diamonds Paper and used a Stampin' Sponge to add a little pop of Old Olive ink on top. I used my Paper Snips to cut out the word, rather than leaving it in the frame. These little dies are so versatile! I'm working on a video to show you different ways they can be used.

For the finishing touches to my notecard I found a button in my voluminous collection (yes, I am a button hoarder!) to pop onto the front of the crate and I added a piece of coordinating DSP to the inside of the envelope.

To order any of the supplies used for this project, just click on a picture below.

ps: if you aren't currently using a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours and to send you the new Holiday Catalog. Just shoot me an email with your contact info and I'll get one out to you right away!

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Posted on July 25, 2017

Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps

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Hey stampers! I am loving our “coffee” suite of products; so many choices for cute projects! I've titled today's project Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps.

This little holder can be filled with any kind of treats and the recipient will be thrilled to dive right in!

Instructions follow below. You can click on any picture to go right to my ordering site to shop for any products you might need.

We are re-vamping a few things here on the blog so things might look “out of whack” for a day or two but we'll be back to normal soon!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Coffee Café (143677)
  • Card Stock – Early Expresso (119686); Shimmery White (101910)
  • Stamp Pads – Old Olive (126953)
  • Misc. – Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (144155); 6” Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon (144196); Tombow adhesive (110755); 2” circle punch (133782); 1 ¾” circle punch (119850)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock: Early Expresso 2 ½ x 2 ½”; Shimmery White 2 x 2”; DSP 6 x 6”,

Instructions:

    1. Fold 6 x 6” Designer Paper in half – corner to corner.
    2. With the point folded towards the top, fold the left hand side to meet the right.
    3. Fold in the right side to meet the left.
    4. Fold the top corner over.
    5. Stamp the greeting in Old Olive ink onto the Shimmery White cardstock. Punch out with 1 ¾” circle punch.
    6. Punch 2” circle out of Early Expresso.
    7. Fold ribbon in half and attach to back of Early Expresso circle. Layer greeting on top and adhere all layers to the front of the treat pack.
    8. Fill with treat!

Hope you enjoyed my Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps sample today! If you missed yesterday's, click here.

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