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2010 CD Calendar

Hi Everyone!  I'm so glad you stopped by to visit!

It's been another busy week planning for the CD Calendar Class and then holding the class this weekend.  Because there are 12 calendar pages for this project, I've created a separate photo album for the calendar project.  You'll find it on the right sidebar right under My Gallery.  Each photo page has the list of supplies for each calendar page.  At Pals Paper Arts, this week's challenge is "Anything BUT a card" and I think this project fits the criteria, don't you?   


I've been making these calendars for gifts for a few years now.  I make them primarily for family; however, my family is pretty large, so I'll be busy making these calendar pages for the next few weeks.  I've found that once you give one of these calendars for a gift, the people who receive the gift begin to expect them year after year.  Most keep their calendar on the desktop beside their home computer because it's so quick to flip the calendar pages to check dates. 

The neat thing about making these calendars is deciding which stamp set(s) to use for each month.  It's a great opportunity to dig out those stamp sets that don't get used too often and find a new use for them.  Another challenge with these calendars is that you only get a single surface to work with.  When you're used to making cards or scrapbook pages that employ multiple layers, you may find that creating a calendar page becomes an opportunity to sharpen your basic stamping skills.

Give it a try!  You can find the calendar pages for download here .


A "Shot" of Rich Razzleberry

Hi there!  Thanks for coming back to visit!

This week's sketch challenge from Pals Paper Arts (PPA12) was so intriguing I just had to give it a shot.  Big Shot, that is.  So how many Big Shot dies were used to make this card?


If you answered five, you'd be correct!  Working from the top layers down, here's the list:  Flower Layers, Bigz XL Movers & Shapers card die with Movers & Shapers Modern Label Punch Window, Sizzix Circle #2 (not available through Stampin' Up!), and Bigz Scallop Circle #2.  No time-consuming tracing and shape cutting; no nips and nicks from the micro-tip scissors; and no erasing pencil lines.  PLUS, you can cut out multiples from most of the dies.  It just doesn't get any better than that; especially this time of year when you're thinking about that long list of holiday cards you need to make.  The Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog and the Holiday Mini Catalog have photos of some great ideas for your holiday cards and you'll be seeing a few here in the coming weeks.  Most of these projects use the Big Shot dies and/or embossing folders to simplify creation of the project; and in many cases, significantly enhance the overall eye-appeal.  How cool is that?!?!

So, how are all the layers of this card assembled?  Here are some specifics:

  1. All the edges of the papers and cardstocks on this card were sponged (or "flecked" with ink using a sponge).  I have found that sponging will give your project that certain "something" that takes it from plain to interesting.
  2. Attach the vertical pieces of Razzleberry Lemonade to the Rich Razzleberry Textured cardstock base with SNAIL.
  3. The larger scallop from the Scallop Circle #2 die mats the Sizzix Circle #2 perfectly.  Place the Razzleberry Lemonade circle on top of the Rich Razzleberry Textured cardstock scalloped circle with SNAIL and then onto the card front with SNAIL. 
  4. Place the horizontal piece of Razzleberry Lemonade paper on the card front with SNAIL.  The Modern Label punch window mats the Modern Label punch beautifully.  Use SNAIL to adhere these layers.  Stampin' Dimensionals were used to raise the label up from the horizontal Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper strip.  Place the label at the center of the horizontal paper strip.
  5. To roll the edges of the flower layers, place a petal between your thumb and the long edge of the bone folder and gently roll the bone folder along the underside of the petal to roll the petals under OR along the top side of the petal to roll the petals up.  Be careful, though; the more you do this the more the motion breaks down the bond between the layers of the cardstock.  Eventually, you'll end up with a "frilly" edge.
  6. Place all the flower petals one on top of the other (from largest to smallest) on top of the foam mat and self-healing mat (Mat Stack) and pierce a hole in the center of the flower using the Paper Piercing tool.  Remove the Paper Piercing tool and then insert the brad legs for the Yellow Circle Fire Rhinestone brad.  Open the legs of the brad to set the brad.  Then place a few Stampin' Dimensionals on the back of the flower.  Finally, place the flower in the center of the circle of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper.
  7. For the envelope, a piece of Razzleberry Lemonade paper is attached to the back flap with SNAIL and the edges are trimmed with Paper Snips.  As with the card, the edges are sponged.


If you haven't tried the Big Shot, be sure to check out the Stampin' Up! videos on You Tube (look for the link on the left sidebar) and on the Stampin' Up! website.  You'll be seeing more projects using the Big Shot on this blog, too; so be sure to check back in the weeks and months to come.  I'm looking forward to your visit!


Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Classic Inks:  Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry; Designer Series Paper:  Razzleberry Lemonade; Cardstock:  Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry Textured, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Yellow Circle Fire Rhinestone brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Mat Stack, Modern Label punch, Big Shot, XL Cutting Plates, Standard Cutting Plates, Flower Layers die, Sizzix Circle #2 die (not available thru Stampin' Up!), Bigz Scallop Circle #2, Movers & Shapers Modern Label punch window, Movers & Shapers Curly Label die; Other:  Medium Whisper White envelope

Sweet Treats on a Pedestal

Hi there!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  A cold front came through this weekend and the weather is a whole lot cooler!  Today's highs were in the low 70s.  Woohoo!  I celebrated by turning off the A/C, opening the windows and enjoying the clear blue skies and light breeze.  Awesome!

For today's post, I used the Inspiration in Action Weekend Sketch Challenge (IA106) to make some Thank You cards for a recent workshop.  It seemed strange using pastel colors after making so many cards for Fall and the holidays recently; however, these colors and the Designer Series Paper were used for one of the projects we made at the workshop.  I thought that using them for the card might be a reminder of the fun that they had papercrafting. 


The focal point on this card uses a technique called paper piecing.  The dessert pedestal was inked and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  The dessert and cherry stamps were inked and stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.  Then they were adhered above the dessert pedestal with SNAIL.  The front of the Whisper White envelope was stamped rather than paper-pieced.  It's a little trickier to line up the stamps once they are inked, but using a Stamp-a-ma-jig can help with lining things up properly.


If you need to make a card (or stack of cards) in a hurry and are struggling with inspiration for the design, check out the sketch challenges on the web.  There are lots of talented card designers out in the blogosphere.  I've identified a few of them on my sidebar under "Challenges" so that you can reference them if you run into a design road block.    


Stamps:  On a Pedestal, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Classic Inks:  Certainly Celery, Garden Green, So Saffron; Many Marvelous Markers:  Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, So Saffron; Designer Series Paper:  Tea Party; Cardstock:  Certainly Celery, Garden Green, So Saffron, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Scallop Edge punch, Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White envelope

CD Calendar Class Scheduled

The last few years I've been making calendars as gifts for friends and family.  I've also used the calendars as a stamping technique refresher course for my SASS Stamp Club.  This year, I've decided to offer a class.  Choose either Saturday, October 24th, or Sunday, October 25th.  The class will begin at 1 p.m. both days.  You'll have plenty of time to finish making all 12 calendar sheets by the time the class ends at 5 p.m.  Class cost is $20 which includes all supplies.  Extra CD case/calendar files are available for $5/set for class participants who wish to make multiple calendars for gifts for family and friends.  Class size is limited to 7 students per session; so please contact me to reserve your place.  I've included a photo of the 2009 calendar made by the SASS Stamp Club and a photo of the calendar and CD case as it would sit on a desktop.



Hope you'll decide to join us for an afternoon of creativity and fun!


P. S.  For more information about the CD Calendar, check out these posts by Catherine Harwood (click here and here).

A "Favor"able Idea for an Ornament

Hi there!  I'm glad you were able to stop by for a visit.

I'm pretty excited to show you a project I designed for a class I'm teaching this weekend.  Isn't it adorable?  [Edited to add:  I also submitted this project for the Pals Paper Arts "Anything BUT a Card" Challenge (PPA13) on 10/22/09.]


The first time I made this ornament was during an Appreciation Event conducted by my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood.  I was so tickled by the simplicity of the design, I just had to make a bunch as Christmas cards for my family in 2008 (and let me tell you, that's a pretty large group of people!).  My sister-in-law Michelle, a school teacher in another part of the state, was so impressed by the design that she asked me to come teach a group of her friends how to make these in the Fall.  So what you see is what they'll be making this weekend.  Are you wondering what that shine is on the letters?  That's White Frost Shimmer Paint applied to the three-snowflake stamp from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set. 

For those of you familiar with Stampin' Up! punches, it's pretty easy to figure out how this is made.  The trick is in the assembly process.  I have found that the easiest way is to use the Stampin' Up! grid paper and mark the paper for each of the scallop circles (1 3/4"), the spaces between the circles (3/4"), and identify the placement of the star (the center of the star is 1 3/4" above the top edge of the closest scallop circle).  I've included a photo of the grid paper with all the pieces laid out.  The pieces to the left of the ribbon are placed on top of the ribbon moving from those closest to the ribbon and finishing with those furthest away from the ribbon.  For the lid, a piece is shown to the right of the ribbon; that's because this piece of paper is attached to the inside the lid.


Once you do that, it's easy to place the ribbon on each cardstock scallop circle with Sticky Strip and layer on the rest of the pieces with SNAIL and Stampin' Dimensionals.  For the loop, use Sticky Strip to anchor the end of the loop to the inside of the star and to attach the top piece of the star to the ribbon to ensure that all the pieces will remain attached; especially since this is the part of the ornament that will be handled most.  For the lid of the box, use Mini Glue Dots for the Designer Series Paper attached to the inside and outside of transparent lid.  Then add the large snowflake and stamped image with Mini Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals.

The ornament folds into the favor tin from the bottom up.  Place the first scallop circle top down in the bottom of the favor tin and fold the rest in accordion-style so that the loop is on top when the lid is opened.

If you have a bunch of circle punches gathering dust in your crafting space, knock off the dust by making a few of these ornaments for family and friends.  You could replace the letters "N-O-E-L" with "2-0-0-9", punched photos, or small holiday messages.  

I hope you enjoy your weekend!


Stamps:  Berry Christmas, Simple Snowflake, Serene Snowflakes, Punch Pals, Pure & Simple Alphabet-Upper (Retired); Classic Inks:  Real Red, Old Olive, White Frost Shimmer Paint; Designer Series Paper:  Merry Moments; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Snips, Grid Paper, Sponge Dauber, Large Star punch, Jumbo Snowflake punch, Scallop Circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch; Other:  Favor Tin