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September 2009

Sincerely Thankful

Edited to add:

This card was selected as a Pals Paper Arts Artist Pick for PPA10 on 10/7/09.  Woohoo!  This was my first ever submission to a paper crafting challenge.  My husband asked me what I'm going to do now that I've peaked so early.  He just doesn't understand...  Thanks to the folks at Pals Paper Arts for the recognition!

Hello!  I'm so glad you stopped by to visit.

It's a beautiful day in Central Florida:  our first taste of Fall.  We won't be breaking out the sweaters and jackets; it's way too early for that.  However, it was wonderful to walk into my office building this morning to a clear blue sky, cool breeze, low humidity, and temperatures in the mid-60s.  Glorious!  You may think that with the afternoon highs topping out in the mid-80s, we'd still be lamenting a never-ending heat wave, but you'd be wrong.  For us, this is AWESOME!  A very welcome break from unrelenting heat and humidity.  Thinking of Fall brings to mind the holidays of Fall and foremost among them is Thanksgiving and the opportunity to consider, and be thankful for, all of life's blessings.  Today, I am definitely thankful for the welcome change in weather, so I thought I'd share a Thank You card I made for some great folks who attended a recent workshop.  I am VERY thankful for the many friends and customers who support my Stampin' Up! business.


The Watercolor Vine Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel and Soft Suede Classic ink were used to create a tone-on-tone background on the Soft Suede cardstock base card.  The reverse side of a piece of Soft Suede Dotted grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the front of Dusty Durango cardstock; the ribbon was attached to the back with Sticky Strip.  Two holes were punched into the ribbon/cardstock and Vintage Brads inserted.  Then the Dusty Durango cardstock was attached to the Crushed Curry cardstock with SNAIL.  The combined pieces were attached to the base card with SNAIL.

The peacock image was stamped onto a smaller piece of Crushed Curry cardstock with Soft Suede Classic ink.  The stamp was cleaned and the image stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock with Bermuda Bay Classic ink.  The peacock was cut out with Paper Snips and then mounted on top of the Soft Suede peacock with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The Crushed Curry cardstock with peacock was attached to Bermuda Bay cardstock with SNAIL.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the Bermuda Bay cardstock and then placed on the Dusty Durango cardstock above the ribbon.

And there you have it!  A simple, yet attractive way to convey your thanks.  By the way, the stamp set used for this card is the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) stamp set.  Stampin' Up! contributes $2 from the sale of each RMHC stamp set to RMHC.  Thousands of families each year are thankful for the services provided by this great charity.  To find out more about RMHC, click here.

Hope you've enjoyed your Fall day!

Stamps:  Very Thankful, Watercolor Vine Stampin' Around Jumbo wheel; Inks:  Bermuda Bay Classic, Crushed Curry Classic, Dusty Durango Classic, Soft Suede Classic; Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Soft Suede Dotted 1/2" grosgrain ribbon (use reverse side), Vintage Brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack (foam cushion and self-healing mat) OR 1/16" hole punch, Stampin' Around Jumbo wheel handle

Circle Circus for the Scrapbook

Thanks for taking the time to visit!  A few days ago, I promised you a revisit to the Circle Circus stamp set; this time to make scrapbook pages.


These pages were designed for the September SASS Stamp Club meeting. As with the card, circle punches were used to create accents for the stamped images and for the scrapbook base pages.  And like the card, thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper was used for this project.  The edge of the Designer Series Paper was punched with the Eyelet Border punch.  The skinny strip of Thoroughly Modern Designer Series paper on the outer edges of the page border is actually the strip of paper left over when the Eyelet border is punched--what you are seeing there is the reverse side of the paper!  The wide Whisper White area is randomly stamped with Circle Circus stamp images.  Other Circle Circus images were stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock to create the page accents.  (Note the Soft Suede centers of one of the large Melon Mambo circles on both pages and the spirograph circle in Dusty Durango on the right page.  Also, the Crushed Curry center placed on the larger Soft Suede circle is created from the center of the Crushed Curry scallop circle page accent on the top right page.)



Bling was added with Pink and Pumpkin Fire Circle rhinestones inserted into clear buttons.  For the images behind the buttons, stamp the image, place the image face up on top of the foam cushion and self-healing mat from the Mat Pack, then place the clear button, centered, on top of the stamped image.  Insert the Paper Piercing tool into each of the button holes, remove the button, then punch each image with the 3/4" circle punch (holding the punch upside down in your hand so that you can see in the stamped image through the punch window; ensuring that the "button holes" created with the Paper Piercing tool are centered inside the punch window).  Place the punched image, face up, under the clear button, insert the widened brad legs through the button holes and the punched image, then cross the brad legs on the back of the button.  Place one half of a Stampin' Dimensional on each each side of the crossed brad legs. 




The images that circle the bling were created as shown in the diagrams above.  As with the card and the buttons with bling, hold the punch upside down in your hand, insert the stamped image face up into the paper slot, center the image in the punch window and squeeze the hand lever to punch out the image.

These pages will certainly give your photos a punch!


Stamps:  Circle Circus; Inks:  Bermuda Bay Classic, Dusty Durango Classic, Melon Mambo Classic, Crushed Curry Classic, Soft Suede Classic; Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay Textured, Soft Suede, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Thoroughly Modern; Embellishments:  Clear 3/4" circle button, Fire Circle Rhinestones (Pink, Pumpkin); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack (foam cushion and self-healing mat), 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Eyelet border punch

A Sweet (End of Summer) Treat

Hi there!  I was surprised to hear that today is the last full day of Summer.  This year has certainly sped by!  So before the Summer is gone completely, I'd like to present you with a Sweet Treat to remember warm Summer days filled with sunlight, laughter, and outdoor fun.  


When I saw the row of cupcakes stamp in the Level 3 Hostess Set, The More the Merrier, I was immediately reminded of my granddaughter Samantha and her 4th birthday party in July.  She asked for a swimming party at Papa and Grandma's house.  To cater to small hands, we made cupcakes and served popsicles.  The children at the party (my granddaughters) were thrilled to swim, blow bubbles, draw with chalks, eat cupcakes and wear most of their popsicles; delightful entertainment for their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents. 


The Sweet Treats are colored with Stampin' Pastels and Blender Pen and rest on a piece of Rasperry Lemonade Designer Series paper accented with Dusty Durango Dotted grosgrain ribbon.  The card base was cut with the Big Shot using the Movers and Shapers die with the Modern Label punch window.  I love how the punch window piece mats so beautifully with the Modern Label punch.  I was excited to see that in addition to the Modern Label and Curly Label (that comes with the Movers and Shapers Bigz XL die), punch windows are also available to match the Scallop Oval, Large Heart, and Large Star punches.  If you can't get enough of the Movers and Shapers punch windows, the Holiday Mini Catalog has additional punch windows; including one that coordinates with the new Ornament punch! 

Make a stack of these Sweet Treats for your friends; a great way to share Summer fun!


Stamps:  The More the Merrier, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray; Cardstock:  Crushed Curry Textured, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Raspberry Lemonade; Embellishments:  Dusty Durango 1/2" Dotted grosgrain; Adhesives:  SNAIL; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter, Modern Label punch, Stampin' Pastels, Blender Pen, Big Shot with Extended Cutting Plates, Movers & Shapers Bigz XL die with Modern Label punch window

Punching a Circle Circus

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by to visit.  Today's post showcases the stamp set Circle Circus and punching techniques.  This card was designed for a workshop and was a great favorite with the workshop participants because it could be used for so many occasions with the addition of a simple sentiment on the card front or left as-is for an upbeat note card. 


I think my favorite feature on this card is the scallop circle.  Stampin' Up! punches make it easy to punch a single image multiple times.  The key is to work from the center outward.  Here's the secret:  Hold the punch upside down so that you can see where you're punching!  Hold the punch upside down in your hand with the punch handle in the palm of your writing hand.  The punch window should be facing up.  With your other hand, insert the stamped image, face up, into the paper slot of the punch, centering the image in the punch window.  Squeeze the punch handle to punch out the image. 

The scallop image was stamped in Crushed Curry Classic ink on Whisper White.  The stamp was cleaned and then the image was stamped again, this time using Melon Mambo Classic ink on Whisper White.  A 1 1/4" circle punch was used to punch out the center of the Crushed Curry scallop image and then the Scallop Circle punch was used to punch out the remaining scalloped circle ring.  For the Melon Mambo scalloped image, a 3/4" punch was used to punch out the center of the image; a Stampin' Dimensional was used to lift the image off the card front to add interest.  For the remaining images, the 1 1/4" circle punch was used to punch out the dotted circle image stamped with Soft Suede Classic ink; the 1" circle punch was used to punch out the group of ovals image stamped with Melon Mambo Classic ink; and the 3/4" circle punch was used to punch out the flourishes image stamped in Bermuda Bay Classic ink.  Look for another posting using this stamp set and the circle punches in the next week or two; this time to create a vivid border for scrapbook pages.

Have a great weekend!


Stamps:  Circle Circus; Inks:  Bermuda Bay Classic, Melon Mambo Classic, Crushed Curry Classic, Soft Suede Classic; Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay Textured, Crushed Curry, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Thoroughly Modern; Embellishments:  Crushed Curry 1/2" Dotted grosgrain; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch

Put Your Photos on a Pedestal

Hello!  Sorry that it's been a while since I posted.  Time got away from me while getting ready for a stamp club meeting over the weekend.  One other great thing that happened over the weekend was that I had some productive e-mail conversations with Michelle Laycock for my blog design.  The completed design is really beautiful and I can't wait until Heather Wright-Porto has installed it so that you can see it! 

I love telling stories about my family and friends.  Small wonder then, that my favorite papercrafting platform is Scrapbooking.  Today's post shows a pair of 6" x 6" scrapbook pages created using the stamp set On a Pedestal and the Raspberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper.  These pages were designed for the July meeting of the Sunday Afternoon StamperS (SASS) Stamp Club; a group that meets at my home every other month.  When I finished designing the pages, I immediately thought of a candy shop.  The bright colors just seem so yummy!


Paper piecing was the technique used for the cake and cake stand.  The individual pieces of the cake and cake stand were inked and stamped on scrap pieces of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.  SNAIL was applied to the cardstock to adhere them to the Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

If you've never scrapbooked, you may want to consider it.  Scrapbooks come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and there's really no specific rule about what you have to put in them.  In its most basic form, a scrapbook is just a collection of mementos.  To begin, think about what's most important for you to remember about your life:  your spouse or significant other; your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews; your hobby; your recent vacation or stay-cation; or the absurdities encountered in your daily life.  You can document your adventures in something as simple as a journal with short vignettes and a single photo, magazine clipping, or greeting card OR you can gather your papercrafting supplies and create an artistic platform for the story you want to tell.  Simple or extravagant, playful or elegant, or some combination of them all:  it's all up to you -- it's YOUR story to tell.  What's most important is to tell it!


Stamps:  On a Pedestal; Inks:  Rich Razzleberry Classic, Rose Red Classic; Many Marvelous Markers:  Glorious Green, Pretty in Pink, Real Red; In Color Stampin' Write Marker:  Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock:  Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo Textured, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Raspberry Lemonade; Embellishments:  Elegant Eggplant Ric Rac (Orchard Ribbon Originals); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter