Friday, July 30, 2010

New Catty Mega Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Blog Hop! I hope that we are inspiring you all with our projects, I know my fellow blog hop participants have sure inspired me! If you are following the blog hop circle, then you most likely came from Yapha's blog where she featured Family Business. Didn't she do a fantastic job? Three cheers for Yapha!!!

I am featuring Funky Four, which is so darn cute, I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it! It reminds me of my daughter, who loves to photograph mushrooms, and loves all things hippie! I love how it is just enough cute, and still kind of earthy....it also reminds me of all the Earth-friendly themed stuff out there. So many applications for this!

My first 2 projects are a magnetic fridge notepad and a 12x12 scrapbook page.

In keeping with the whole Earth-friendly theme here, I made the notepad out of all those pages leftover in a notebook at the end of the school year and cut them down to 3-1/2" x 10-1/2". I then perforated the top with the cutter kit and stapled them together. I stamped the leaf image all over the Tangerine Tango paper. I even added ribbon loops on the bottom to hold a pen or pencil! The little butterfly is sponged with Shimmer paint for a little extra shimmer, and there are rhinestones in the centers of the flowers. Don't forget, you can click on the picture to enlarge it!
  • Stamps: Funky Four 
  • Paper: Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz, Whisper White
  • Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso
  • Other: Clearlits Scallop Rectangle and Beautiful Wings Embosslit with Big Shot, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Basic Rhinestones, Pear Pizazz stitched polytwill ribbon, magnet sheets, Sticky Strip.


The 12x12 page is of my daughter a few years ago, I think 2008. She loved to go out to into the woods around our house and take lots of pictures, and she took these of herself! You can't see them very well in this pic of the page, but they are wonderful in real life :) I had a lot of fun altering the Paper Daisies and making my own embellishments for this page. Lots of watercoloring . I used a lot of the new embellishments from this catalog. We have a ton of fabulous new ones to chose from this year. I water colored the Paper Daisies and the water color paper I used for the smaller butterfly layered on the cork and the Modern Label punches, also from water color paper. I then spritzed all of the embellishments with Smooch Spritz , then layered on the brads and button. The prongs of the brad fit right thru the holes in the button! I sponged the Shimmer Paint on the Garden Green strip and around the edges of the page, but I also sponged some Soft Suede around the edges too. The little mushrooms across the bottom fit just perfectly with the whole mood I was trying to create with this page...
  • Stamps: Funky Four
  • Paper: River Rock, Garden Green, Pear Pizazz, Soft Suede, Water Color paper
  • Ink: River Rock, Pear Pizazz, Soft Suede
  • Other: Scallop Edge punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Victoria crochet trim, Basic Pearls, Cork, Paper Daisies, Vintage Brads, Old Olive button from Brights Designer Buttons assortment, Beautiful Butterflies die with Big Shot, Aquapainter with Pear Pizazz and Soft Suede reinkers, Gold Smooch Spritz, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Modern Label punch

Here is another Reuse project! I found a great deal on cherries at the store the other day, and I was looking at the container that they came in and thought "This would make a really cute gift container!" So I took 1 sheet of tissue paper and cut it into 4 pieces, then I stamped the mushrooms all over them in Blushing Bride and Pear Pizazz. Then I made the top decoration. I think it is adorable!! I just found out on Saturday that I am an auntie again, but not to a girl. I may have to change the colors and put some cute onsies or something in one of these :) I forgot to take another picture before this post after I added a little Basic Pearl to the flower in the pink mushroom :(
  • Stamps: Funky Four, Tiny Tags
  • Paper: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Whisper White, tissue paper
  • Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Soft Suede
  • Other: Blushing Bride Stitched Poly-twill ribbon, Basic Pearls, Stampin Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

And last is the birthday card I made. I really love this card.... I think it is destined for one of the many birthdays coming up in my family in the next couple weeks... Don't you love how well the River Rock paper takes other colored inks?! I made the spots with sponge daubers, realizing too late that one of them is not from Stampin Up and is slightly smaller than the rest, but I think it is still cool! The little sparkles falling from the tree remind me of birthday wishes :)
  • Stamps: Funky Four, Occasional Quotes
  • Paper: Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze (textured), So Saffron, River Rock
  • Ink: Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, So Saffron
  • Other: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/4" circle punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Poppy Parade Stitched Poly-Twill ribbon, Paper Piercer, Signo white gel pen, Stampin Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones, Sticky Strip
Well, that is all of my projects this time. I hope they made you want all the fun new stuff Stampin Up has to offer!
Your next stop on the tour will be Debra Burgin's blog featuring Ornate Blossom. More wonderful projects coming your way!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Kaylee's Page

This cutie-patootie is my niece Kaylee! She was giving me a giant cheesy grin at a family reunion in the beginning of July this year. I ended up making this page after I started playing with coloring some Paper Daisies. The pink flower was dipped into Melon Mambo reinker mixed with water. The purple flower was sponge daubered with Rich Razzleberry ink, and the yellow flower was also colored with a sponge dauber.  I foresee the need to order more sponge daubers!!  I added glitter and rhinestones for added bling. Every little girl loves bling! And this is a 8x8 page. I've always wanted to try this size :)

Stamps: Tiny Tags, Vines and Blossoms wheel
Paper: Naturals White, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry
Other: Paper Daisies, 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamons Glitter, Cosmo Fine Galaxy Glitter, Eyelet border punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Basic Rhinestones, Vanilla Hodge Podge Hardware brad, Daffodil Delight Designer Button from the Brights assortment, crochet thread, Sticky Strip

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Owl Are You? card

I made a few of these cards to send out to my loyal customers : At least the ones that have a mailing address, and those who don't you know who you are, lol! I'll get yours to you when next we meet! More of the owl! You will most likely see much more of him. This is a 4x4 card.
  • Stamps: Tiny Tags, Pretty Pattern BG, Woodgrain BG
  • Paper: Regal Rose, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Regal Rose, Pear Pizazz, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake
  • Other: Blushing Bride Stitched Poly-Twill ribbon, Paper Piercer, Bitty punch pack, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/4" Circle punch, Pinking Hearts border punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Two Step Owl punch, Signo white gel pen, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin Dimensionals, Sticky Strip
I hope everyone gets a "hoot" out of these!! I know, I am sooooo corny! I just couldn't help myself :)
And don't forget to come back for the blog hop July 30-Aug 1st!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Funky Four Swap Card

This is my other swap card for the Stampin Addicts Meet & Greet at convention. I didn't realize how patriotic this card ended up looking ;) I actually made these while I was riding in the car down to Little Falss, which is a 2-1/2 hour trip one way. I think I stamped pretty well for the constant movement! But please ignore the smeared Cherry Cobbler flower, someone recently touched it with wet hands, what were they thinking! Good thing this was my copy :)
  • Stamps: Funky Four
  • Paper: Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
  • Ink: Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand
  • Other: Victoria crochet trim, Signo white gel pen, Basic Rhinestones, Scallop Trim border punch, Sticky Strip
Still lovin all of the new embellishments that Stampin Up has this year!! Go directly to my website and order some for yourself!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Fancy Shawl Dance page


I made this page for a color combo challenge on Stampin Addicts. I thought I would have trouble using so many colors at once, but it turned out to be no problem at all once I found the right picture in my stash of to-be-scrapbooked pictures! I'll let the journaling tell you more about the picture:

 " These dancers were part of the 4th of July parade in Bemidji 2006, one of the few parades I have gotten to see since becoming a nurse :) Their costumes were so colorful and detailed, and their dancing so lively, it was a real joy to watch!"

I used  punches to cut out the popped up flowers-big time saver!
  • Stamps: Petal Pizazz, Rough Type alpha, Broadsheet Alphabet
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White 
  • Ink:  Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive 
  • Other: Scallop circle punch, Fancy Flower punch, Bitty Punch Pack, Signo white gel pen, Basic Rhinestones, Scallop Edge punch, Stampin Dimensionals 
I hope you like it!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

3D Swap

This is my 3D swap for the Stampin Addicts Meet & Greet swap. It is a little covered notebook. The colors on this one are so vibrant. I am already loving the new colors that Stampin Up added this year! This yellow is so easy to work with, it goes with soo many other colors.
  • Stamps: Friends Never Fade, Elements of Style
  • Paper: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Whisper White
  • Ink: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso
  • Other: Scallop border punch, Pinking Hearts border punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Daffodil Delight 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Real Red Designer Button from the Brights assortment, Stampin Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, paper cutter with scoring blade
I hope that my 3D project wasn't a disappointment for my fellow swappers since it is not  new idea...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Friend 3x3 card

This little guy is one of the swaps I made for the Stampin Addicts Meet & Greet party at convention. I was not able to attend but Paula and Crissy helped me out there! Thanks so much ladies!!! As you may be able to tell, I am in love with this little owl. He is just so darn cute!  This is a 3x3 card and was pretty simple to put together. I even put a teeny tiny little pearl on the dot of the I in "friend". I had someone need to exchange the four 12x12 packs of Regal Rose paper the ordered, and it was easier for me to just keep the paper and order her the color she really needed...(cuz I am lazy about getting to the post office and she needed it fast to make wedding invites) so you are going to see the many uses of Regal Rose from me this year, lol! It's a good thing I really like this color!
  • Stamps: I (Heart) Hearts, Woodgrain BG, Pretty Pattern BG, Teahouse BG
  • Paper: Regal Rose, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Naturals White
  • Ink: Regal Rose, So Saffron, Soft Suede
  • Other: Two Step Owl punch,  Full Heart punch, Scallop Heart Embosslit with Big Shot, 3/8" Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals, Basic Pearls
Enjoy!

Friday, July 23, 2010

More Messages!

The white foam-like base of this project is actually part of the packaging from the 6x6 albums from the Summer Mini. I knew I wanted to make a little message board with it right away! Sticky Strip sticks super good to it too, so this baby is not coming apart :) Wouldn't this be adorable on the front of a locker?! And yes, I do have a locker at work, lol! And look how well the white gel pen writes on the cork! LOVE it! The cork on this on is actually the leftover negative from the previous cork board I made. I can't seem to stop using the rhinestones either...I have found that using the tip of your paper piercer is the best way to pick them up and apply them exactly where you want them on your project.
  • Supplies: Cork, foam insert from packaging, Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Daffodil Delight card stock, Signo white gel pen, Sticky Strip, Basic Rhinestones
  • Tools: Scallop Square and Blossom Party dies with Big Shot, Bitty punch pack, paper piercer.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Owl Mini Milk Carton Set


 I did warn you in my last post that I LOVE this little owl.... So I made this cute little set for the wonderful Crissy who is at convention right now and is going to do my swapping for me and keep me updated on the news from convention! I am not sure what I will put in these, but I better make it good! I made the owls with the same colors except I added a Pink Pirouette heart :) 

The Mini Milk Carton Holder is made using Ruth Norton's tutorial here. I used the Large Oval punch though, not the Wide Oval punch. I used a couple background stamps with Crumb Cake ink to dress up the Mini Milk Cartons.

I also used the Crop-A-Dile to punch two 1/8" holes to thread the 1/8" taffeta ribbon through to hold the tops closed. This way you can still open the whole top without wrecking it :)

Something I learned the hard way is that you should punch the 1/16" circle punch hole in the Tiny Tab BEFORE you punch out the Tiny Tag, lol! Otherwise it squishes your tag!
  • Stamps: Pretty Pattern BG, Teahouse BG, Pedaling Past, Tiny Tags
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizazz, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizazz, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip
  • Other: Pinking Hearts border punch, Large Oval punch, Two Step Owl punch, Tiny Tag punch, Little Leaves die with Big Shot,  Pear Pizazz ribbon, White Satin ribbon, Early Espresso and Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon. Crop-A-Dile, crochet thread, 1/16" circle punch, sponge
 Here is a close up of the one carton with leaves. I decided not to put them on all of them because I don't think they would fit very well in the holder.

Leave a comment and tell me what you think I should put in these little lovlies as a Thank You to Crissy!

All Hearts Wedding Card

I made this card this morning for the Stampin Addicts SASC60 Sketch Challenge and I love how it turned out. I have vowed to use up a bunch of scraps to thin out my poor bulging scrap storage and so I have been using color combo suggestions from the new color coach to help! I actually need 2 wedding cards and I'm not sure who I will give this one too, lol! I don't know why I suddenly have to put bows on everything I make lately, I am sooo not a girlie girl! Don't you just love how well River Rock takes other colored inks?! More homemade patterned paper possibilities! The focal images are popped up with dimensionals, twice! And of course, I had to use my white gel pen.... but somehow I managed to not use any Pearls or Rhinestones. Uh-oh, am I coming down with something?!
  • Stamps: I (Heart) Hearts, Occasional Quotes
  • Paper: River Rock, Baja Breeze, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: River Rock, Baja Breeze, Bravo Burgundy
  • Other: Scallop Square punch, Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals, Pinking Hearts Border punch, Signo white gel pen, Sticky Strip
 Here is the inside of the card. Great sentiments in the new Level 3 hostess set Occasional Quotes! I think I will be decorating the inside of my cards alot more now... not because of the set, but because it really adds something to the card :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Owl Corkboard

This project let me use several of the new goodies I got from the new catty! I was soooo excited to open my box, I almost couldn't decide what to play with first! The cork is one of those new things. I think the only not-new things are the Jumbo Eyelet, the Scallop Square die, and the Little Leaves sizzlet die!

One of the things in the new catty that I have fallen in love with is this little owl punch. One punch punches out all the little pieces to make this adorable little guy! And it is easy to only punch what you need in each color too. I have seen lots of dark brown owls made with this, but I prefer the more muted colors. Most owls I have seen blend into their surroundings well. This little guy is made with Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand, and the dark brown is Chocolate Chip. I also used the Chocolate Chip marker brush tip to ink the edges of the owl body and belly to more clearly define them. It only takes a moment and it really makes the layers pop.


The Paper Daisy at the top is died using Daffodil Delight and Poppy Parade and an Aquapainter. I tell you, these daisies are adorable! And there are so many cool techniques you can use on them! The center is one of the new Vintage brads with one of the smallest Pearls in the very center. LOVE these too! I swear I have used about 1/4 of the package of 150 pearls, and about the same of the rhinestones!!!
  • Stamps: Tiny Tags
  • Paper: Whipser White, Pear Pizazz, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip
  • Other: Tiny Tag punch, Two Step Owl punch, Scallop Square and Little Leaves dies with Big Shot, Paper Daisy, Vintage Brad, Basic Pearl, Aquapainter, Jumbo Eyelet, Crop-A-Dile, Cork, Blushing Bride ribbon, Sticky Strip

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thanks You cards for my girl!

Ok, my daughter works for a chain of bike shops called Erik's Bike Shop and she earns commision on her sales. When I say the Pedaling Past stamp set, I fell in love with it and I also thought that they would fabulous for my daughter to use to try and get some steady customers for herself. So.... I made a few Thank You cards for her to give to those special customers to help them remember her a little better ;) This is a pic of the stack I sent her. I stamped the "Enjoy the journey" stamp in Early Espresso and the border stamp in Baja Breeze on the inside, which I thought was o appropriate for someone who just purchased an expensive bicycle!
  • Stamps: Pedaling Past
  • Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Other: Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Scallop oval, Large oval, and Small oval punches, Signo white gel pen, Sticky Strip

These are 3x3 notes and I used the 3x3 envelopes and stamped the envelop and the flap with the border stamp in Baja Breeze also.
Now, I just hope they help my daughter out!

Monday, July 12, 2010

July 1st Club Projects

So stamp club this month was a small turn out but it went so well! Crystal brought her 2 nieces and they made the projects too. They were wonderful! Definitely members of the Future Stampers of America! This is a bookmark that slips over the corner of the pages and was really easy! I'm sure we can all use this, or think of a few people who enjoy one of these :)
  • Stamps: Friends Never Fade
  • Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango,  retired DSP
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango
  • Other: Scallop Trim border punch, Eyelet border punch, Bitty punch pack, Daffodil Delight 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Signo white gel pen, Sticky Strip
 Birthday cards are always needed! I never seem to have enough, so here is another one. We used some Smooch Spritz on this one too. Crystal's nieces speculated if it would be OK to give this to a boy since it has pink on it, lol!
  • Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Marina Mist, Early Espresso
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Marina Mist, Early Espresso
  • Other: Early Espresso 1/8" taffeta ribbon, 1-3/4" circle punch, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and Big Shot, Scallop border punch, Vanilla Smooch Spritz, Stampin Dimensionals
 And this is the 12x12 scrapbook page we made. I love this layout so much! My previous post is the page I made with this layout first. And I love that I got to use the Favorite Thoughts set with this project...And the Watercolor Wonder Crayons never fail me :)
  • Stamps: Elements of Style, Favorite Thoughts
  • Paper: Regal Rose, Pear Pizazz, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White
  • Ink: Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso
  • Other: Corner Rounder punch, Signo white gel pen, Full Heart punch, Designer Label punch, Vanilla Hodge Podge hardware, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter
Now I better get going on next club meeting's projects!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Rose and Dakota

My kids each got their own dogs in 2002, and this is Rose. Dakota and his dog and practically joined at the hip and we wouldn't have it any other way :) I was Busy trying to get everything ready for Dakota's graduation parties and I was pooling together all of the scrapbook pages I have done featuring Dakota and I noticed that I didn't have any of Dakota with Rose.... She is a huge part of his life. I then put this page together (realizing we have too few pictures of him WITH his dog) and I am really happy with how it turned out. I think I combined elements of a card sketch I saw, but I can't really remember. I liked how this turned out so well that I used this layout for the July 1st Stamp Club page.  I'll post that with the rest of the projects from club though :)
  • Stamps: Circle Circus, Season by Season (retired), D is for Dog
  • Paper: Kiwi Kiss (retired), Pacific Point, Real Red, Naturals White
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
  • Other: Corner Rounder punch, Signo white gel pen, ribbon, Curly Label punch, Full Heart punch, Playground Designer buttons (retired), Soho designer hardware (retired), glue dots, sticky strip

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