July 29, 2011

Pennant Parade

How did I ever manage to look this set over?  It's far beyond me.  Betty happened to be over the other day and brought some of her goodies with her.  I think that it helped to get my mojo flowing again.  I've been in a rut ~ and of course now I HAVE to buy all the stuff she brought.  Have you noticed that you may not have something - either a tool or paper or some great embellishment, then when your at a workshop or a crop or even a friends playing with paper they have it.  Once you touch it you just have to have it!  I'm one of those people.  Betty brought all her new goodies and paper and now I'm trying to sell the dog so I can place an order!!  Ok people, for those of you who don't know me too well I AM ONLY KIDDING.  My hubby would kill me (there I go again, kidding!!)

Anyway, on to the card.  It's just a basic simple card but to give this to someone would really put a smile on their face.
The base card is one of the new In Colors called Wisteria Wonder.  I ran it thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder first.  I then punched out the border with the new Large Lace Ribbon border punch with Melon Mambo paper.  I stamped the pennants with the new Pennant Parade stamp set in Melon Mambo and Wisteria Wonder inks then punched them out with the Petite Pennants punch.  It needed a sentiment so I stamped "wish big" in Melon Mambo ink on white card stock then layered it on to a piece of Wisteria Wonder scrap that I punched out with my Modern Label Punch.  After looking at it for a while I thought that it needed something so I stamped the stars in the matching colors and punched them out with my 1/2" circle punch pop dotted them on top and I was done.

It was a quick and easy card and it's fun!

I'm working on another tutorial and I hope to have it up in the next week or so - so make sure to come back.  Like I've said before, if there is anything that you might have a question about I'm always here just shoot me an email!

Have a super great day ~ and a terrific weekend!

July 21, 2011

Apron Box Tutorial

Good afternoon everyone! 
I thought that today would be a great time to post my tutorial on how to make my apron box.  Then it gives you time to play around with it this weekend ~ yup, that's me...  Always thinking Ü

So are you ready?  Here we go!  And please remember that you can always click on a picture to make it larger - just remember to hit your back button to come back...
You will need a piece of sturdy cardstock that measures 5 3/4" x 11".  You are going to score the 11" side at 1/2", 5", 5 3/4" and 10 3/4".  Turn your paper to the 5 3/4" side and you will score it at 2 1/2" (as shown in the picture above, not all the way across) and at 5". 
Now you will cut away the pieces as shown above.  What you are left with is actually the piece that will be the front of the apron box.  I also like to cut the flaps on a slight diagonal.  I do this with all different boxes and such that I make ~ it gives it a better finished look without little pieces sticking out over. 
You will now add your adhesive.  Actually all you need is to put two strips down. For most of my boxes I like to use the red line tape because it is super sticky and I know that whatever I make will stay put together. 
You are going to cut away the top part of the box, this will now form an apron.  I actually used the side of my ATG gun to make the curve.  Keep these pieces, you will need them as a guide for the next step. 
You are going to flip your cardstock over and decorate it, this is the front of your apron.  I used the cut out pieces to help as a template to make the curves on the DSP.  This is actually DSP from the Stampin' Up!™ Summer mini called Nautical Expedition.  I beleive that I used a piece that was 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and trimmed it up.  The bottom piece was 2 3/8" x 4 1/2" before trimming.    
Once you have added your DSP to the box you will want to punch holes in it to add the jumbo eyelets.   
I used about 8" of ribbon for the neck.  I just threaded it thru the eyelets and tied knots in the back.  You can tie the knots in the front if you like or if you prefer you can just add the ribbon and secure it with tape to the back.  You can cover the ribbon on the back with an extra piece of cardstock.  I just like the look of the knots  
Once you have added the ribbon to the neck fold the box up and adhere it together.  You will then take another piece of ribbon (I used approx. 12 inches) and wrap it around the middle of the box.  This will cover the seam where the two papers meet and give it a little more of a finished look. 
Almost done!  To cover the ribbon seam in the back I added a box that I made with an additional piece of ribbon and I was complete!! 

See the wonderful recipe cards that I made to go with this box?  They are made with the stamp set From the Kitchen of.  How adorable would that be to make this little box and a set of cards to give to a bride at a shower, or someone who is just moving out on their own.  Or even a new neighbor with a plate of cookies - and of course the recipe to go with them!  There are many, many ideas that spring from this set.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask, just send me an email.  If you'd like to order the supplies I used to make this box you can order them anytime 24/7 from my store HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and have a super great day!! 

July 12, 2011

Don't Forget...

Good afternoon everyone ~ I thought that I'd pop in here and just remind you of a few thing's Stampin' Up!

You can not forget about Summer Mini Catalog that is still available.  There are some awesome products in there and they will be available until the end of August.
As part of our Making a Difference program, Stampin' Up! is proud to partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the Strength & Hope Campaign. Throughout the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog sales period, Stampin' Up! will donate $2* from the sale of each Strength & Hope set and Strength & Hope digital kit to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
During July, you can join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator for only $99! This limited time Starter Kit—valued at $185!!

If you'd just like to stock up on some awesome supplies or become a demo that is up to you.  You are not obligated to make another purchase (although you will, the products are the best!).  If you'd like to become a hobby, full-time or part-time demo I'd love to have you on my team.  Contact me and we can chat about it. 
Plus, join in July and get a FREE Christmas Keepsake project kit—a $40 value! Imagine an afternoon spent chatting with friends while creating something beautiful—isn't that what Stampin' Up! is all about? But act now because this special kit is only available as part of this limited-time offer.

Join Stampin' Up! in July and get brand-new products, including an exclusive project kit—all for just $99! Contact me to get started today.

July 5, 2011

Horray!! The new Idea Book and Catalog is here ~ along with a special!

Isn't it just pretty?  It sure is!!  First let me say that I've always loved Stampin' Up!®  products, long before I became a demo ~ at least 90% of my craft room is Stampin' Up!®   But this is the very first time that I've received a catalog and LOVED it from the get go.  It's never out of my hands.  I sit at night to watch TV and it's there with me.  I may not be looking at it 24/7 but it's always close by.  And if you want your very own copy just send me a message and I'll ship one out to you right away so you can fall in love like I have.

Now to tell you about the special that Stampin' Up!®  has going on now, it's great!
During July, you can join the Stampin’ Up!® family as a demonstrator for only $99! This limited time Starter Kit—valued at $185—comes with the following high-quality products.
The limited time starter kit includes the following items:

• Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
• Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
• Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad®
• Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Assorted Card Stock
• Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
• Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon*
• Note Cards (20)
• Clear-Mount Block C
• Blender Pen (1)
• SNAIL Adhesive®
• Business supplies

*Brand new to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog!

Business Supplies
The business supplies in these promotional mini kits will be the same business supplies that are in existing starter kits; no alternative selections can be made for business items.
  • Getting Started DVD
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
  • 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog (8)
  • 2011 Summer Mini Catalog (8)
  • Stampin' Up! logo vinyl
  • Décor Elements applicator
  • To My Hostess Envelopes (10)
  • My Digital Studio Marketing DVD
  • Recruit Folders (5)
  • Recruit Brochures (20)
  • Customer Order Forms (50)
But that's not all!!  Just look!!
The Christmas Keepsake Box Project Kit--a $40 value--contains the following products (quantities are 1 unless otherwise noted):
  • Pines & Poinsettias Set* (wood-mount)
  • Keepsake box
  • Scallop borders (cut from Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die)
    • First Edition Designer Series Paper (3)
    • Holly Berry Designer Series Paper (6)
  • First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper strip (2)
  • Holly Berry Designer Series Paper piece*
  • Real Red Top Note (cut from Top Note Bigz Die)
  • Real Red Decorative Label (cut from Matchbook Bigz XL Die)
  • Wild Wasabi Card Stock strips (3)
  • Naturals Ivory Card Stock piece
  • Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Fabric*
  • Real Red 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim
  • Linen Thread
  • Champagne Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter
  • Vanilla Pearl 1/2" Simply Adorned Bauble
  • Pearl Basic Jewels (1 pkg.)
  • Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Buttons*
    • Large Wild Wasabi
    • Small Real Red
  • Mini Vintage Tags 
*From the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog!

You can contact me today to join my team and the wonderful Stampin' Up!® family or you can go directly to my website and follow the links from there.