Sunday, September 30, 2012

Petite Purse

I finally broke down and bought the petite purse die and I'm so excited that I did. This cute die will make a little craft item for Christmas craft shows this year. I've seen several different ideas using this little purse that now I just have to find the time to make them. I just made this white purse real quick when I got the die. I did spray it with the gold glimmer mist so it does have a sparkle to it. I have some zebra stripe and different designer series paper that will make some really cool purses.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

French Foliage

Where does the time go? The days just seem to fly by and every once-in-a-while I get a chance to get into the craft room to whip something together. Here is a really quick and fast card using the French Foliage stamp set.
Have you taken the time to look around and see all the beautiful colors of Fall?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Halloween Mini Milk Cartons

Here's a little gift giving idea for the upcoming Halloween season. These little characters have been made using the Stampin' Up Mini Milk Carton die. I went with the two of these guys, but I also saw a pumpkin and cat that would fill a 4-carton holder. I made the 2-carton holder with handle.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Owl Punch Pizza Guy

You might not notice, but the pizza guy is made up pieces punched from the Owl punch. When I saw this idea on Internet, I just had to try to make him.
The feet and the arms are heart pieces. The pants, shirt, face, and hat are all made of the owl breast piece. The mustache is made by punching the smaller circle and then punch the larger circle over the already punched out smaller circle. I cut the O in half and it became the mustache. The nose is the smaller circle and the eyes are the tiny circles. The hair is the feet off the owl. The center one is one direction and the other two are the other direction. I outlined the pieces with a marker and drew the coat flap and buttons on. The pizza is the bottom of the owl breast and then a stuck the punched breast piece to a sticky note to re-insert the breast piece back into the breast part of the punch, only the opposite direction, to make the football shaped pizza. The red pepperonis are punched using the tiny circles. 

The Yum from the Friendship Preserves stamp set found in the Holiday mini catalog worked perfect for the sentiment. Hope you like him!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Backpack--Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper

I'm still working on prizes for the Croptoberfest in October and came across this neat little backpack tutorial. I used the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper and Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I think I will put some cards in this gift item.

I'll need to attach some velcro on the top flap to keep the backpack closed.  The front pocket does work so I could slip something in there too. The backpack measures 4 inches wide, 6 inches tall, and 1 3/4 inches thick. It's actually a pretty good sized container. If you would like the instructions, just email me.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hodgepodge Hardware

Do you have any of the Hodgepodge Hardware left from when you ordered a long time ago? I found a cute bookmark idea on Internet that uses the Hodgepodge Hardware. You can still purchase the Hodgepodge Hardware through the Clearance Rack of my Stampin' Up website on page 9 . . .
The Hodgepodge Hardware can be purchased for $12.99 in either silver or vanilla. Regular price was $29.95. What a bargain! Add some hardware to your projects. The high-quality metal Hodgepodge Hardware contains etched designs on brads and accents that coordinates with several of the Stampin' Up punches. Each kit contains approximately 100 embellishments and 100 3/16" brads.

Here are a couple of the bookmarks I made. I've been making more because I really liked how they turned out. Just may be some Christmas gifts too.

I'm trying to make some projects to use for prizes that I will donate to the Croptoberfest on Saturday, October 13 in O'Neill. If you need more information about the crop, just email me and I can send you the flyer and fill you in on what I know about the day.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Templates Galore!

I found this site on Pinterest and couldn't believe the many different templates available. Have fun looking!

Let me know which ones you get a chance to try.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Easy Events--Chambers Stamp Club

This afternoon I'm looking forward to getting together with the Chambers ladies. I picked some simple cards today using the Easy Events stamp set. This is a stamp set that the hostess has purchased so I'm hoping she will get some ideas and will be able to reproduce them at home.

The berries have crystal effects on them for a little dimension. I'm going to have glitter available, if they would like to add it too. I'm also giving the ladies a chance to color the images using markers, watercolor crayons, or ink pads.
This versatile card could use any of the images in the Easy Event stamp set.
This is the same card only the card base has been embossed with the homemade polka-dot embossing folder. We aren't going to make an embossing folder at the stamp club, but I am going to share with them how I did it. Also, I used a little Dazzling Details in the middle of each of the flowers.
We will be getting into the busy part of the year when we are getting ready for the holidays so some easier cards that can be put together quickly may be what a person needs to have on hand when you need that last minute card. Mass producing these cards will save you from having to run to the store and buying a card. I have found several more samples of cards using this stamp set from other websites so I will be sharing some of them with you.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Punch Art

Still Pinterest searching and came across this punch art car. When I see something and I actually have all the punches, or in some cases stamps, it takes to make it, I'll have to give it a try.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Easy Events

I've decided to use the Easy Events stamp set for the Chambers Stamp Club on Monday afternoon so I'm coming up with a few different ideas. I'm going to try to go with a couple simple cards, so the ladies can reproduce them again. I'll have more ideas tomorrow.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Owl punch Potato Head Characters

I did a little Pinterest searching this afternoon and found this super cute card that I thought I could share with you. What do you think?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DIY embossing folder--polka dots & stripes

I was able to give the homemade embossing folder a try. The sandwich was using the platform with tab 1 open, a clear plate, the homemade embossing sheet, cardstock to emboss, the rubber mat that was used for the embossing templates, the other clear plate, and I did add one sheet of card stock for a shim. I actually tried polka dots first  . . .

Here's a piece I tried just to see how it would work . . .
 and then I remembered I wished I had the striped embossing folder for a card I wanted to try . . .
I just used sticky notes to hold my pieces of card stock into place. Here is the card I made using the striped embossing folder . . .

I'm not sure if I like the background piece or not, but the stripes worked great. This is the perfect card for the Cross Country mom that provides Bomb pop for the kids!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

DIY Embossing Plate

Ran across this while searching the Internet. I'm going to give it a try. If you try to make your own embossing plate let me know how it turns out. I left the tutorial designer listed and here is the website that I found the tutorial on . . .
© Leena Girsa
(Original Concept by Judith Naylor)
Creating your own embossing plates is SO easy to do with punches and cardboard.  Here is the how-to…
  • Chipboard or thick cardboard (I used the cardboard that comes with SU specialty paper)
  • Thin box boards (think cereal box weight)…I used the cardboard that comes with SU Designer Series Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Tombow multipurpose liquid adhesive
  • Punch(es) in desired shapes
Using your craft knife, cut a piece of chipboard (or similar weight cardboard) to 4 ½” x 5 ¾”.  
Using your ruler and pencil create a grid pattern on your chipboard piece.  I did mine in a half inch grid.  You can decide how large to make your grid.  This step is helpful if you want to create regular pattern and to help line up your cardstock when embossing.
For this plate I am using the SU butterfly punch.  Punch several butterflies out of the lightweight boxboard.  Be sure to use lightweight board or you will destroy your punch!
STEP 4: 
Lay out your punched shapes on the grid.  It will look more effective if you have some extending off the grid.  Here I am using 6 butterflies.
Using your Tombow, glue down each shape using a very thin layer of glue.  Less is more here…you don’t want the glue to ooze out from underneath the shapes…it will harden and show when you run it through your Big Shot.  Once you have all of your first layer glued down, layer two more punched shapes on top, making sure to line them up exactly with the previous layer.  Trim pieces that extend off the grid so that they are even with the cardboard base.
Here is a side-view of the finished plate:
…And here is a card I made using this plate!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September Stampin' Up Promotion

Free Ribbon with every $40 you order

Promotion Details: For the month of September, get a FREE package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for every $40 you spend!
Choose from the following ribbons:
  • Gumball Green 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon #126848
  • Midnight Muse 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon #126847
  • Primrose Petals 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon #126844
  • Rasperry Ripple 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon #126845
  • Summer Starfruit 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon #126846
The Fine Print:
  • Any order type qualifies for this promotion-customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online.
  • This promotion has no limits-for every $40 you spend, you'll get a free package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. Go crazy!
  • Sorry-hostess dollars don't count toward this promotion.
  • Although we're pretty sure we're not going to run out of ribbon, if everyone orders the same color, like Summer Starfruit we run the risk of going on backorder.