Thursday, February 28, 2008

Flower Post It Notes

So when I went to PA recently, I knew I was going to see several of my SU Demos that I was in a group there. I wanted to give everyone a favor to thank them for coming out to see me but it had to be something I could make in an hour. I knew I had seen similar stuff like this on websites and at workshops but never actually made them. I saw that my friend Kathy had made something similar and thought I could do it. When I was in PA, we visited Michael's which you might as well empty my cash when I enter there. Anyways, I found these great post it notes ((3 9/16 square) in the $1 bin -2 for a $1 (yes the $1 bin gets me everytime). Then I found this designer paper from Provo called Posies Glitter Print. It coordinated fairly well but most of all it matched the paper that I brought with me so that I did not have to use my friend's supply. So I used the Certainly Celery CS (3 3/4 x8") and WW. The DS was cut in a 3 1/2 square. I used the Circle of Friendship set with the 1 1/4 Circle Punch. This set is great! I punched the inside flower on the designer paper with the Boho Blossom Punch. I had to buy the rhinestone brads which were placed in the center of the flower. I used some green pastel ribbon I bought at Michael's too (4 for $1 what a bargain). This was "Easy Peasy" as my friend Cheryl here would say. I made 6 in an hour.

Friendship Mugs

The new Rub-Ons from SU were a must try for me. I had ordered them a while back and needed to use them. I took all my new stuff to PA with me to visit my friend Tami and my original SU Friends: Ann, Danielle and Deb. So Tami and I always have our own Mini Stamp camp however I have been so busy that I did not prepare enough items. We did make these mugs (great mugs that I got for $1 at a local grocery store). I learned how to do this at our Quarterly meeting in January and thought they would make great gifts. When you place the image on the mug, you should place it smoothly around and place scotch tape on it to hold it in place. Some might adhere to the surface even before you rub it. Then rub over the image with the popsicle stick or whatever tool you have for Rub-Ons. When finished, carefully remove the backing sheet off. The mugs came out fabulous! I gave the Blue mug with the white image to my good friend Ann. I am still looking for an adhesive to go over the image so that you can actually use the mug to drink out of. The image can come off if you rub too hard or use hot water. If anyone has any ideas how to put an adhesive or gloss over them that is non-toxic let me know.

Chocolate Dipped

I just love this set: Tart & Tangy from SU! Ok I can't say it enough. I saw several cards on SCS made with this set and could not resist casing this card from Rhonda G who made a fabulous card herself. I made this card for a recent swap and people just adored it. I used Chocolate Chip, WW, Rose Red CS and DS Berry Bliss. I colored the straberry with SU Markers: Real Red, Old Olive and Close to Cocoa. To get the chocolate dipped effect, I used crystal effects over the chocolate chip marker on the straberry. I used two circle punches: 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 plus layered two scalloped punches behind the layered circles. The white gel pen added a nice touch to the scallop punch. In addition, I used Itty Bitty Backgrounds with Chocolate Chip ink for the background texture at the bottom half of the card. The Word Window punch was used and Cherish from the Warm Words stamp set was used. The word was placed on the back of the card to show through the punch. I added the Purely Pomegranate stitched ribbon as well. Overall it was a big hit at our meeting last night.

Sweeter than Apple Pie

This card was made with the new Tart & Tangy stamp set from SU. I just loved this set! I used SU markers to color in the apple image: Real Red, Old Olive and Close to Cocoa. The CS used was Old Olive, Real Red and WW with DS Summer Picnic (gotta love it). I used two circle punches: 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 plus the Scallop Punch. In addition, I used the Word Window punch with the words from One Smart Cookie stamp set. The words, stamped with Real Red, were attached behind the Old Olive CS. I also stamped the small apple with versamark on the old Olive cardstock to add some texture. The White Dots on the Scallop Punch were added with a white gel pen and the Real Red Stripped grograin ribbon added the final touch.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wade E. Bug

These were a series of cards that I did to enter into the second Cutie Pie contest at Paper Pretties. Here he is ...WADE E. BUG! I bought this ribbon at Right At Home Scrapbooking and thought I hade to use it on a card. So I matched the SU paper of Rose Red with So Saffron. I used my Cuttle Bug embossing template to add texture to the background. I colored Wade in using SU markers and added either gold with my gel pen or glitter with my stickles. I did use my paper peircing tools on the second card to add a little something.

Romantic Valentine

This card I had in my head for a while. I wanted it to be elegant and fun! Here I used Paper Pretties Sealed with a Kiss stamp set and colored in with my SU markers. I love the combination of Real Red and Basic Black CS which makes the red pop on the card. I used the tag corner punch around the CS. Again, I used the DS from Target. Lately I have been using alot of my black organdy polka dot ribbon with white, sometimes I gwet hooked on certain colors or ribbon for a while. the heart on top added an extra touch of romance. I loved the way this one turned out.

My Husband's Valentine

I made my huband this Valentine card this year. It was the perfect set to use - Sealed with a Kiss from Paper Pretties. I am not use to making manly cards because i am pretty much a girly girl with the pastels and bright colors. However I tried my best not to make it girlish but did have to add the ribbon. I used Chocolate Chip, a brazill paper that was a rustic red (not sure the name) and a brazzil paper Ocean blue. The DS was from the Cosmo Cricket Hey Sugar line called Honey Honey paper. I did paper piece the dress and suit jacket to match the DS paper and red paper respectively. I used my SU markers to color in. He just loved getting this card!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Winter Fun Sofia

This card was made for the Stampin in your PJ Party for Paper Pretties color challenge. Here I used the stamp set Snowflake Kisses from Paper Pretties. I stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink on Very Vanilla CS. I paper pieced the jacket and colored in the rest of the image with Chocolate Chip and Pretty In Pink markers. I added Crystal Effects to the skirt to make it shine. I also added some Dazzling Diamonds around to make it sparkle. Chocolate Chip CS was used with DS from Doodle Bug inc that I purchase from Right at Home scrapbooking store. The polka dot ribbon was from American crafts that I purchased at AC Moore. Sofia is so much fun to work with!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Springtime Sofia

This was another card made for the Stampin in your PJs Party Sketch Challenge at Paper Pretties. Here I used the stamp set Cuddle Me from Paper Pretties. I colored in Sofia using SU markers. The paper used was Whisper White and Certainly Celery CS along with Bazzil Berrylicious paper and DS Loveland by Scenic Route that I purchased at the Right at Home scrapbooking store. In addition, I found some ribbon which perfectly coordinated with my paper. I like the springtime paper colors!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

I have been busy over the last few days getting ready for the events and activities for today. I have lots to do and so little time. I have posted quite a few projects today that could be used for any occasion. I hope you enjoy reading them and enjoy your day!

Valentine Playdough Treats

Happy Valentines Day! Here are some treats that I will be bringing to a play group today for the children I simply used the scalloped circle punch and added the label provided in the bag of Play Doh! I did cover the outside with paper. the paper was cut to 2 1/4 x7". Then it was scored at 2 1/8, 3 1/4, 5 3/8, 6 1/2. I folded it around into a box, added snail adhesive to adhere it closed. I then added a piece of sticky strip to the play

doh container so that it would stick in there. Here is a more intricate design by my friend Joanne B. I loved her

design but ran out of time to make this. But you can also add the Butterfly or flower from the SU Happy Heart Set, color the image in and then punch out with circles for the center of the scalloped circle.

This project was quick and fun!

Memo Holders

I made these for my daughter's teachers for Valentine's Day presents. I purchased the memo pads at the Target dollar spot. The monkey on the memo pad was a cute touch since my daughter is such a little monkey and is so full of energy each day!
For the back of the pad, I thought that if I put magnetic strips to hold it on, then the person could change out the pad once they were done with the first one. However, my magnetic strips were not strong enough to hold the memo pad, so I had to add a piece of sticky strip to it. I used CS Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. The CS Chocolate Chip was cut to 9 1/4 x 8 1/2 then scored at 4 1/8 and 4 3/8 for the binding. The DS used was from Doodle Bug Designs which I purchased at Right at Home Scrapbooking store and was cut at 9 x 4. I used the SU Happy Thoughts stamp set with Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose ink to decorate the front and added a small silver brad. In addition I used American Crafts polkadot ribbon. I finally added a gel pen to finish the gift so it was complete.

Balloon Wishes

This spotlight card was made for the PJ party at Paper Pretties challenge using the stamp set Sealed with a Kiss. This card used the Valentine Balloon image which was stamped several times and then I used the spotlight technique for the top of the image to make it pop. I also used crystal effects to give it a shine. The CS used was Basic Black, Real Red and Whisper White. The DS used was from the Target dollar spot. I used my Black marker to doodle around the edges of the white and added a polka dot black ribbon for some pizzazz.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Baby Shower Favors

I entered a challenge for MFT with this design. The challenge was to create a candy holder. This was a simple design since I only had one MFT set "She's having a Baby". I thought that these would be a cute thank you favor for a baby shower. I simply traced a pattern onto CS - here I used pretty in pink and tempting turquois. I used silver wire and matching beads to coordinate with the colors. I stamped the images with Versamark ink and then embossed with iridescent ice. The tag was stamped with the coordinating ink colors on shimmer paper and then cut out and used the tag corner punch on the ends. The DS used was from Loves Me (retired) for the pink and Flowers for You for the blue. The silver brads added a nice touch to finish off the favors. For the inside, I used a cello bag filled with Hershey kisses wrapped in silver foil for the final touch. Nothing says Thank You like a favor full of chocolates!

Valentine Mailboxes

Once again, Target dollar spot has gotten me. This time I bought these mailboxes for only $1. Target also had some fabulous DS which I got as well as some ribbon. I made a few templates for the front of the mailbox and the side. I traced onto the DS and then cut out. The side of the mail box was a 4" x 12" piece of CS wrapped around. I made the hole for the flag with a 3/4" circle punch then cut a slit to the hole from the side of the paper to get it around the flag base. I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper. Be sure to line up the paper other wise it will be off centered. I used ribbon that I bought at Michaels and AC Moore. I used foam shapes to decorate the flag. These came out great! You can add more detail if you want with stamped images and other embellishments if you want.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

My Daughter's Valentine

My daughter loves to stamp with me. She really wanted to make a little Sophia Valentine with some sparkle glue we bought at Michael's for her dress. Since she was home sick for a few days, we started on her project. She added the glitter glue herself then I helped her paper piece it to the second image which she colored using my SU markers. We chose the DS from the Dollar Spot at Target to use as well as the ribbon. Anna loved her final project and wanted to post it on the blog. She is so creative. I am sure there will be more to come.

Flowers Full of Wishes

So when I heard that both my mom and grandmother had the flu, I knew I needed to cheer them up with a special card. I looked to my friend Joanne for her sketch challenge last week which I missed. Sorry Joanne. Greetings Galore is such a great stamp set to use with this sketch as well as Warmest Regards. I always make a few cards per design because I never know which color combination or ribbon that I will like. I think I like the top one best because most of the colors closely match.

I dug into my DS and decided to go with the Flowers for You package. I never used much designer paper with my cards before but I am finding that I love how they dictate the color combinations and make it easy for me to choose which combination I am going to use. I also used Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery and Whisper White CS. I used markers of the same colors with the addition of Regal Rose. I found some ribbon in my assortment and thought I would test out two types. Next, I decided to creat two different embellishments - one with a flower punch and brads, the other with American Craft buttons and some twine. Finally, I could not forget about the Dazzling Diamonds to sparkle the flowers.

I hope both my mom and my grandmother get them soon and like them. I think they are sweet.

Valentine Candy Treat Holder Tutorial

Here is another easy Valentine treat to make. First, you need to start with a box of candy hearts. I love sweet tart hearts myself. Then I chose this designer paper that I got at the Dolloar Spot at Target. (The Dollar Spot at Target is truely my weakness.) I cut the designer paper 5 x 71/2. I wrapped it around the box. I used my snail adhesive for the project but you can use sticky strip as well. Do not stick the paper to the box.

Next, I cut a piece of paper for the top 1/2 x 71/2 to wrap around. (If you use double sided paper, cut the first piece 5 x 8 - then fold a 1/2 inch over for the top edge.)

Once that is adhered around, then you want to fold the bottom of the box like you would wrap a present and adhere with snail adhesive. Now you need to remove the box of candy.

Punch holes in the side and insert the ribbon for the handle. If you want a tag on the final project, put it on before you insert the ribbon into the second hole.

Then you insert the box of candy into the box you created and Vola! You have a cute Valentine treat. Another thing you could try, is using any small box, figure out the dimensions and make a holder for anything - a cute little gift or candy treat holder - the ideas are endless.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sweet Ellie Valentine

This card was a new creation using a card sketch with Joanne B. had made with this set. I changed the colors and the stamped image. I used Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White Card stock. I used the Brilliance Graphite Black stamp pad. The elephant was colored in with a watercolor pencil and a blender pen. I colored the grass and other hearts with SU markers Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink. Dazzling Diamonds was added with a 2-way glue pen to the hearts. The background was stamped with Pretty in Pink and then the hearts were colored in with a gel pen. The scallop edge was done with the slit punch and embossed using the Crop-a-dile. A taffeta pretty in pink ribbon was added for the final touch. There you go for a Sweet Valentine card.

Another Ellie Valentine

I have been hooked on this Happy Heart Day set from SU now. Here is another card I made with a twist. I got the color ideas from prbloom on SCS called My First Ellie. I modified the card and changed a few things to make it a flip open card. I used Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and So Saffron CS. I used for this card the groing Grey SU marker to color in the elephant but I fould later that I liked the watercolor pencil with the blender pen much better. I use SU markers of Rose Red, So Saffron and Certainly Celery to color in the rest of the images. I added a Bashful Blue ribbon. It is closed with a scallop punched flower with a dimensional on the back. The butterfly at the top was stamped on Whisper White CS and then colored with So Saffron marker, dotted with a white gel pen and then cut ou with paper snips. A glue dot in the middle holds it on so that the wing fold out. Although there is alot of stuff to this card, what I like about this card is that it has that super cute butterfly that pops off the top.

Happy Heart Day SU set

I have been hooked on this set for a while. This is a great set ans easy to use. I have been making cards for a card club and making valentine treats with it as well. Stay tuned to see what I come up with next!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Sweet Sophia Cards

I just loved playing with this Cuddle Me set from Paper Pretties. I could not decide which card I liked best. I used most of the same elements in each card and rearranged them in different ways according to some sketch challenges and vola! The top card won the first Cutie Pie Contest which Paper pretties held at the end of January but all Sofia cards were submitted. I was inspired by my friend Joanne B. to go to Right at Home scrapbooking store to get some fabulous designer paper. I found this paper by Pebbles Inc. called Party Time Girl Stripe/Flower (background) and Party Time Girl Surprise/Orange which was used to paper piece her dress. I am very partial to pink so I had to try it. I also used a ribbon that I found there as well. Again, I used SU markers to color in Sofia and the Giga scalloped and Mega Oval punches to frame her. For CS, I used Pretty in Pink and Barely Banana as well as Whisper White. The buttons were from American Crafts and the riboons were an assortment of ones that I had in my ribbon box. The third card shown here was a design in which the card filps open. It is closed using the scalloped punched flower which has a dimensional on the back of it. The large eyelet is a retired one from SU that I had in my stash of goodies. I stamped the words by bending the acrylic to get the curved look. I loved playing with all of these and coming up with new designs.