Thursday, April 28, 2016

Administrative Assistant Day Treat

I made these treat bags for my fellow administrative assistants at work for National Administrative Assistant Day this week.  I found a project similar to this on Pinterest and changed it up to make it more appropriate  for us.

I  made the bag using the  Mini Treat Bag thinlits.  I stamped the pieces with the retired Dictionary background stamp.  I thought that was perfect since it looked like typed script.  I mounted and attached the greeting towards the bottom of the bag.  The tag is made from an old typewriter stamp I had, punched out with a circle punch and layered on a scallop circle punch out.  We are secretaries at a school, and the school colors are blue and white, that's why I chose that color scheme.  

The treat is an "Administrative Assistant Survival Kit", and the card describes it's candy contents and reads as follows:

Starburst - for the burst of energy that you will need
Hershey Kisses - because you deserve them from all
Peppermint Patty - to help you keep your  cool
Snickers - to remind you that "laughter is the best medicine"
Tootsie Roll - to help you roll with the punches

The ladies loved them, and I was so happy to be able to brighten their day and celebrate our wonderful profession!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

March Customer Thank You Notes

I'm a little late in posting this, but this is the card I made as my March customer thank you notes.   (Although I'm late in posting, I wasn't late in sending them!)

I had originally wanted to use only colors from the 14-16 retiring colors, but I found that the Mossy Meadow (although one of my favorites) just didn't look good here.  So  . . . I went with Tangelo Twist for the card base; Whisper White for the card front; Pear Pizzazz for the background, which is stamped using the Watercolor Wash stamp.  The bottom butterfly is Hello Honey on Hello Honey paper; the top butterfly is Hello Honey on Whisper White, using the Papillo Potpouri stamp punched out with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  The sentiment is the Word Window punch layered on the Washi Tape punch.  I added the bakers twine to add a bit more dimension to the card.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Monthly ATC- National Scrapbooking Day

Since May 7 is National Scrapbooking Day, one of the categories for this month's ATC swap at was National Scrapbooking Day.  I decided to make an ATC that had a miniature  layout on it.  Here's what I came up with:

The card base is Marina Mist, and the card front is Very Vanilla stamped with the retired Dictionary background stamp using Black ink.  The tiny layout is Daffodil Delight background and the All Abloom DSP pack.  I had the little image in my stash of ATC supplies.  The tiny flower is from the retired Boho Blossoms punch.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Monthly ATC - Butterfly Basics Mother's Day

This is one of the ATCs I made for the monthly ATC swap I participate in over at  I know I posted a project using this stamp set yesterday as well, but I really do like it sooo much!

While it's fun to mix and matchstamp sets, I do enjoy making a project using only one or two stamp sets.  I feel like I am using the set(s) to their fullest.  Such is the case with this ATC.  Every part of it, except for the sentiment, are part of the Butterfly Basics set.  The sentiment is from the Circle of Spring set.

Card base: Wisteria Wonder
Card front:  Very Vanilla
Background: Smoky Slate
Butterfly:  Blushing Bride
Markers:  Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight -- all the coloring was done using a blender pen
Sentiment:  Blushing Bride on Very Vanilla, punched out with 1" circle and mounted on Blushing Bride punched out with 1 1/4" scallop circle
Lace:  Venetial Lace

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Butterfly Basics Sympathy Card

This is a sympathy card I recently made for a relative.  I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

The card base is Pink Pirouette; the card front is Very Vanilla sponged lightly with Crumb Cake.  the greenery is Always Artichoke ad the flowers are Blushing Bride.  To get the two colors on the flower, I colored the stamp in with Stampin' Write Markers.  The honeycomb is Crumb Cake, and the ribbon is Pink Pirouette Seam Binding.  The butterfly is from the Papillion Potpourri, punched with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  The sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers set.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Monthly Layout - "Doing the Tomatoes"

It's the 15th of the month, so it's time for my monthly scrapbook layout post.  I had fun doing this one.  My mother has a very large vegetable garden and each year it yields LOTS of tomatoes that my sister and I help her jar and put up for the winter.  This particular year, my mother decided to go back to her hometown in Italy for the month of  August, so my sister and I enlisted the help of one of my daughters and her granddaughter to get the tomatoes done in mother's absence.  It's a lot of work, but we had a great time doing it, and the younger generations learned how to preserve the tomatoes as well as a family tradition!

Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
DSP: Farmer's Market
Punches:  2" Circle; 2 3/8" Scallop Circle
Embossing Folder:  Brick Wall
The title was cut using a Sizzix alphabet die set.

So few supplies; so many memories!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Muscle Man Reflection Card

This is the last of the three cards we made at the reflection technique class.  It is an almost-total lift of one I saw on Pinterest.  See the original one here.

This was  a bit more complicated than the last two, but it was fun to create. There was some masking that needed to be done first.  The man was stamped on the card front.  Then I made a mask of the man and then stamped the hardwood floor.  The pedestal mirror was made using two oval framelits for the frame, and two oval punches for the feet.  The reflection technique was used on the white piece of paper for the insert of the mirror and then it was cut out with an oval framelit.

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Stamp Set:  Guy Greetings
Framelits:  Oval Collection
Punches: Large Oval, Extra Large Oval
Stampin' Write Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Basic Gray -- the torso  was colored using the flesh tone Blendabilities that were discontinued last year.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sheltering Tree Reflection Card

This is the second card from last weekend's reflection class.  I didn't put a sentiment on it because I wasn't sure how  I wanted to use it yet. For directions on how to do the reflection technique, please see yesterday's post.

For yesterday's card, the trees were stamped first and it was colored in.  For this one, it's the opposite. First I sponged the sun, then the sky and lastly the grass.  Then I went  back and stamped the tree using Soft Suede and Garden Green.  Lastly, I did the reflection of both the tree and leaves in Soft Suede.

Cardstock:  Soft Sky, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz

Monday, April 11, 2016

Lovely As a Tree Reflection Sympathy Card

At this weekend's card class, we made cards using the reflection technique.  The technique lends it self beautifully with nature cards.  This is the first of the three cards.

The technique is really rather simple.  All you need is a piece of transparency.  You could use Stampin' Up's window sheets, but, honestly, it works just as well with transparencies you purchase at the office supply store.

First you stamp the image onto your card front.  Then you stamp the image on the transparency.  Turn the transparency over so the inked side is facing down and place it on the card front with the images lining up.  Rub the transparency with your finger, being sure to get all spots, and when you lift it, the image is transferred onto your card just like magic! After the image was transferred, color the image in, using a lighter hand for the reflection image. There are lots of videos online to actually see the technique being done, and hopefully some day soon, I will begin to do videos!!

Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz
Ink:  Early Espresso, Peer Pizzazz, Marina Mist
Stamp Sets:  Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Tools:  Sponge Daubers

Sunday, April 10, 2016

April Inspiration Projects

This month’s inspiration theme is “graduation” -- just in time for college graduations starting next month (May) and high school graduations in June.  I chose to make three graduation cards using three different stamp sets.  I hope these designs inspire you as you get started on your graduation cards.

Be sure to click on the downloadable instruction sheet at the bottom of the post for the complete instructions.
This card uses the new  Number of Years stamp set that is in the current Occasions catalog.  This set really is so versatile.  The numbers in the set can be used for birthdays, dates, school grades, etc.  and that’s not even considering what you can do with the non-number stamps in the set!

Although the stamp set has a coordinating set of dies, I did not use them in this card.

Stamp Set: Number of Years (140653) (Stamp Set and Framelit Bundle – 140811)
Cardstock: Garden Green (102584), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Garden Green (126973), Versamark Embossing Ink (102283)
Punch:  1” Square (124094), 3/4” circle (119873)
Ribbon:  Garden Green Grossgrain (retired)
Embossing Powder: White (109132)
Tools: Stamping Sponge (101610)
Embellishments:  Green Pearls (non SU),  Yellow/Gold Embroidery Floss (non SU), Green Mini Brad (non SU)


The next card uses one of my favorite stamp sets – Celebrate Today.  This also has a coordinating framelit set and this time I did use it.  

Cardstock:  Bravo Burgundy (retired, but it’s the colors of Boston College), Crushed Curry (131100), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy (retired), Crushed Curry (131173), Versamark Embossing Ink (102283)

Stamp Set: Celebrate Today (137138) with coordinating Balloon Framelits (137362) (bundle number 138869))
Embossing Powder: Crushed Curry (retired)
Punches:  Punch:  1” Square (124094), 3/4” circle (119873), Washi Tape
Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots (133520)
Baker’s Twine:  Crushed Curry (134586)
Embellishments:  Yellow Gold Embroidery Floss (non SU, Burgundy Brad (non SU)


The last card uses another new set from the current Occasions Set – Balloon Celebration and the coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White (140272), Real Red (102482), Very Vanilla (101650)
Stamp Set: Balloon Celebration (140675)
Punch: Balloon Bouquet (140609) – Stamp and punch bundle - 140675
Ink:  Real Red (126949), Smoky Slate (131179)
Thinlits: Little Numbers (138278)
Ribbon:  1/8” Real Red (retired)
Embellishments: Pearls (119247); red pearls (non SU)

Click HERE for the downloadable Instruction Sheet

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s inspiration projects and that the designs will inspire you as you create graduation cards during this exciting graduation season.  

As always, please contact me if you have any questions about these projects or any of the Stampin' Up! products used.

Be sure to check back next month for some more projects!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Banner Birthday

I made this card for one of my customers earlier this month.  I thought the colors were bright and cheery -- just like her!

The card base is Watermelon Wonder with a layer of Very  Vanilla.  The card front is also Watermelon Wonder.  The printed papers are from the Cherry on Top set.  I tied a ribbon along the top to "wrap" all the banners together.  The sentiment was  punched out using the Word Window punch and mounted onto the Washi Tape punch.  The ribbon and label are Bermuda Bay, which I think works so perfectly with this paper!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Spring Colored Belated Birthday Card

I made this card for a very dear friend. Since her birthday is the day before spring (3/19), I decided to take out the 2013-2015 In Colors since they were such great spring colors.  As a side note, yesterday, 4/5, we had a snow storm -- where's the spring????  Anyway . . . .

The card base is Crisp Cantaloupe.  The next layer is Basic Black, and the DSP is from the retired Sweet Sorbet collection.  I stamped the balloons using the Celebrate Today stamp set and the coordinating framelits.  I stamped them in Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe. 
the polka dots on the Coastal Cabana balloon are embossed with white embossing powder.  The strings are Very Vanilla thick baker's twine.  The sentiment is from the Remembering Your Birthday stamp set, and it was cut out using the Bitty Banners framelits.

Although the card stock and DSP for this card are all retired, you could make this card with any color combination  and it would still look great.  You can't go wrong with this stamp set!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tri-fold card - With Sympathy

I made this sympathy card for a family member recently.  It is a flip card - with a twist.  Instead of folding one piece of cardstock to make the "flip", the inside "flip" part is a second piece of cardstock.
This is the card folded:

The products used are:
Cardstock:  Mint Macron, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede
Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Love and Sympathy (retired)
Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots (retired)
Framelits: Bitty Banners, Oval Collection

To make the front of the card:
Cut a piece of Very Vanilla 4 x 5 1/4.  Center the larger oval framelit on the paper and die cut.  Run the piece of paper through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder.
Place the embossed piece on the front of the card front, and with a pencil, make a very light mark at the top and bottom of where the smaller oval framelit should be placed so that the oval cut outs align properly.  Cut the oval out of the front of the card.  
Attach the two pieces together.
Stamp the sentiment with Soft Suede and die cut using the banner from the Bitty Banners Framelit.

This is an inside view:

And here is the fully open  view:

The outer card is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/2;  the inside piece is 5 1/4 x 8, scored at 4.

Use the stamp-a-ma-jig to align where the tree should be stamped so it aligns with the card's window. 

Looks complicated but it really isn't . . . give it a try!

Friday, April 1, 2016

April Blogging Friends Blog Hop - What's Your Favorite????

Welcome to another month of the Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  I'm so excited about this month's theme, and I can't wait to see all the other bloggers' posts.

This month we were to use our favorite Stampin' Up! stamp set -- current or retired -- and showcase projects using that set.  Well, while Stampin' Up! certainly has so many great stamp sets, and I can think of quite a few that I consider "favorites", one in particular is my ultimate favorite.  That honor goes to the Hardwood background stamp.  Not to sound cliche, but the possibilities are absolutely endless with this stamp.  I've seen it used in so many different ways as well as contributing to so many different "feels" for projects.  As a matter of fact, I've used it for occasions ranging from sympathy to baby congratulations.

Deciding on what projects to make to showcase this stamp, I had a very hard time narrowing down my ideas.  So . . . I finally decided to pick a theme, and go that route.  After a long winter here in New England, I decided to showcase the stamp set with projects evoking a "beachy" feel.

For this first card, I used the hardwood stamp to make the wooden post that the seagull stands on.  Pretty simple, right?  But it looks so much better than if I had used just a plain piece of brown cardsock, don't you think?   I used watercolor paper for the card base to so the sponging would have some texture to it.   For the horizontal piece of wood, I punched it out using the washi tape punch.  I thought it gave the piece of wood a weathered, tattered look.

Marina Mist (card base), Whisper White, Real Red (layers), watercolor paper (card front), Soft Suede (wooden post), Real Red (life preserver), Whisper White (seagull)

Inks:  Daffodil Delight (sun), Soft Sky (sky), Marina Mist (ocean), Sahara Sand (sand), Soft Suede (wood), Real Red (sponging around the life preserver), Smoky Slate (sponging around the seagull)

The life preserver was made by punching out two different size circles.  I wraped some thick Very Vanilla bakers twine around it to resemble rope.  I "hung" it on the wooden post using a brown brad.

For this second card, I used the stamp to mimic wood paneling in a beach house overlooking the ocean and a lighthouse (my ultimate dream home, I might add!!)

Cardstock:  Island Indigo (base), Sahara Sand (layer) Whisper White (card base, wainscoting, window, tag)

Inks:  Soft  Suede (paneling), Marina Mist (ocean) Basic Black (lighthouse) Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral (sky), Island Indigo (sentiment)

The light house is from the "From the Sea" set. The window was die cut using the Hearth and Home thinlits.  The sentiment is from the "Circle of Spring" set, and the tag is from the Curvy Keepsake Die.   The wainscoting was made by scoring lines 1/4" apart.  The baker's twine is Island Indigo

Lastly, I used the stamp to make my own background paper for this layout.  I was going for the look of a boardwalk.  My husband and I were recently down in Myrtle Beach and we had lunch at Margaritaville.  I  thought this paper would make the perfect backdrop for the layout since the restaurant had a wooden walkway all around it.

The  base of the layout is Pear Pizzazz. The next layer is Marina Mist stamped with Soft Suede.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the hardwood stamp to make the wooden planks.  To make the nails in the planks, I just made dots using Soft Suede marker.  I distressed the edges of the Marina Mist layer with a distressing tool.  The banner was made by sponging Soft Suede on Pear Pizzazz and then punching the banners out with the Banner punch.  I used a Sizzix alphabet set for the letters, which are Whisper White sponged with  Soft Suede.  I tried to make some netting next to the picture of the blender, and for that I used the striped scallop thinlet.  Th paper is Pear Pizzazz sponged with Soft Suede.

Honestly, this stamp is worth its price in gold!  It can be used a million different ways!  I hope you enjoyed checking out these projects and that you will consider this stamp one of your Stampin' Up! favorites.

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