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January 2010

Simply Thanks

Hi there!

Today's a bittersweet kind of day.  This evening I'm delivering orders from the last meeting of the SASS Stamp Club.  I've been meeting with this fun group for a while now and have developed some great relationships.  Somehow, the second Sunday afternoon of the month just won't be the same.  I'll miss the conversations and the laughter.  I'll miss the opportunity to stretch myself creatively to design projects that will intrigue and inspire them.  Sigh...

To thank the SASS Stamp Club members for the wonderful opportunity to work and play with them, I created this card. 


I wanted to use a unique color palette for this card using Not Quite Navy for the card base.  So I went to my Stampin' Up! Color Coach, spun around to Not Quite Navy, and voila!  The focal point image is stamped in Close to Cocoa on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The Very Vanilla cardstock is matted to Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, and Bordering Blue.  A piece of Apricot Appeal 1/4" grosgrain ribbon is tied around the mats and knotted on the front.  The curly label image from Vintage Labels is stamped in Close to Cocoa on Very Vanilla and the "thanks so much" sentiment is stamped on the lower half of the label in Sage Shadow.  The label is punched out with the Curly Label punch and then adhered to the back of the mat stack so that the sentiment is peeking out from the right side of the Bordering Blue.  A strip of Sage Shadow cardstock is stamped with the leafy image from Pocket Silhouettes and then punched with the Pinking Hearts Border punch so that the leaves look like they are hanging down from a shelf.  The Sage Shadow strip is adhered to the card front and then the matted, stamped image is adhered to the card front to the left of center.

The leafy bundle image is also stamped along the left edge of the Very Vanilla envelope with the tips of the leaves pointing toward the center of the envelope.  Sort of like the leaves are just beginning to cover the "wall" that is the envelope front. 


One thing that is not pictured here is the interior of the card.  I like to carry the theme of the design to the interior (sentiment area) of the card.  If you turn the envelope (in your imagination) to the right so that the leaves are at the top, you'd see the inside of the card.  The leaves are stamped across the top edge of a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to look like they are hanging down from a shelf (just like the ones on the Sage Shadow strip on the card front). 

And there you have it.  A very simple card that conveys a heartfelt sentiment.  Words just don't seem to be enough to convey the depth of feeling though...Thanks and Best Wishes to Betsy, Bev, Jackie, Korina, Lori, Pam, Rachel, and Terry.  I'll miss you and hope to see you again very soon. 


Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes, Vintage Labels; Inks:  Close to Cocoa, Sage Shadow; Cardstock:  Bordering Blue, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, So Saffron, Very Vanilla ; Embellishments:  Apricot Appeal 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Curly Label punch, Pinking Hearts Border punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

Sweet Pea in Vogue

Hello!  I hope you're enjoying your weekend!  I've been thrilled with this weekend's weather in Central Florida.  Wow!  It's just AWESOME!  It's so wonderful to be able to open up the house and smell the clean fresh air.  Glorious!

This weekend I participated in a card swap with a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from the 3-2-1 Stamp Team.  My Stampin' Up! upline and 3-2-1 Stamp Team Lead, Catherine Harwood, hosts these meetings for her downline every month and suggested the swap.  It's a great way to share ideas.  Here are the cards I received in the swap:


My swap card used the sketch from the Inspiration in Action Weekend Sketch Challenge (IA117)


I began with papers from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack.  The papers I selected use Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive, and Rose Red in their patterns.  By choosing these colors for the cardstock, ribbon, and ink elements of the card, color coordination was a snap.  The "F" and "friends" comes from the Vintage Vogue stamp set (Occasions Mini Catalog).  The scrollwork frame comes from the Vintage Labels stamp set (Sale-A-Bration brochure).

One thing I struggled with was the color for the focal point element.  I knew I wanted to use Old Olive, Rose Red and Chocolate Chip; but in what combination?  The Chocolate Chip "F" won; however, I think the "F" in Old Olive looks just as nice.  I guess it's all in what pleases the eye.  What do you think? 


The Whisper White envelope is stamped with the vine bundle from Vintage Vogue using Old Olive.  The small flower from Vintage Vogue uses Rose Red (the third time it's stamped, the stamp is not re-inked; a technique called stamping off).


A few words about the Sale-A-Bration stamp set used for this card.  There are three frames and three sentiments in this stamp set.  The shape of the frames coordinate with the Scallop Circle, Curly Label, and Wide Oval punches.  AND all of the sentiments in this stamp set are sized to fit easily in the frames.  It's a great stamp set and a wonderful value:  FREE!!!  [With your qualifying purchase of $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise.]  To see the stamp sets, 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Pack, and Scallop Trim Border punch available during Sale-A-Bration, just click on the picture of the Sale-A-Bration brochure on the left sidebar of this blog to download the brochure.

Have a great week!


Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Vintage Labels; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Rose Red; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red; Designer Series Paper:  Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack; Embellishments:  Chocolate Chip 5/8" Satin Ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Wide Oval punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Hangin' Tags

Hi there!  Today's post features the 6" x 6" scrapbook pages designed for the January meeting of the SASS Stamp Club.  It's also my submittal for the Pals Paper Arts Anything BUT A Card Challenge (PPA26).

Stampin' Up! introduced quite a few new items in the Occasions Mini Catalog on January 5th.  I'm enjoying using the clear-mount option for the stamps and the new style of punches.  One of the cutest of the new punches is the Medium Jewelry Tag punch.  Of course, Stampin' Up! designed a stamp set that just begs for this punch:  Tiny Tags.  So I just had to try them out! 

The folks in the SASS Stamp Club like to have embellishments on their scrapbook pages, but many don't like their embellishments to have significant bulk that may cause bends and impressions in other pages.  So I'm always on the prowl for eye-catching ways to add some "oomph" to a scrapbook page without adding bulk.  Tiny Tags and the Jumbo Grommet certainly did the trick for these pages!


Another new border and corner punch set in the Occasions Mini Catalog is the Pinking Hearts.  I used the border punch on Taken With Teal and then placed a strip of bright stripes from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack (another new item in the Occasions Mini Catalog) on top of the Taken With Teal.  For the left page, I pushed a Jumbo Whisper White Grommet through these layers and bent in the grommet prongs with the tip of my bone folder (on the back of the Taken With Teal layer).  These layers were then attached to the lower edge Dusty Durango Textured cardstock scrapbook page.

For the right page, the Sweet Pea/Taken With Teal layers were repeated, but this time I tied a few Tiny Tags to the Jumbo Whisper White Grommet before pushing it into the layers and setting the prongs with my bone folder.  To create the So Saffron tag, I stamped the dotted edge tag in So Saffron on So Saffron cardstock.  Then I stamped the *{love}* sentiment in Chocolate Chip (which was very easy to do using the clear mount option for these stamps).  I slid the stamped image into the Medium Jewelry Tag punch, centered the stamped image in the punch window, and punched out the tag.  The Taken With Teal tag was created by stamping the flower bunch in Chocolate Chip ink on Taken With Teal cardstock and punching the tag.  The Sahara Sand tag was created by stamping the vine bunch in Chocolate Chip ink on Sahara Sand cardstock and punching the tag.  The 1/16" hole punch was used to create the hole at the top of tag.  A piece of linen thread was inserted into the tag hole of each tag, tied off, then looped around the Jumbo Grommet.

The photo mat was created using the Pinking Hearts Corner punch to punch the corners first, then using the corner guides on the Pinking Hearts Border punch to finish off each side.

When I finished the pages, I thought that they evoked a SouthWest feel with the sharp edges of the border punch, earthy colors, thread, and metal hardware.  What do you think?


Stamps:  Tiny Tags; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, So Saffron; Cardstock:  Dusty Durango Textured, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Taken With Teal; Designer Series Paper:  Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Jumbo Whisper White Grommet; Adhesives:  SNAIL; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, Pinking Hearts Border punch, Pinking Hearts Corner punch,1/16" hole punch; Other:  6" x 6" Page Protector

Beautiful Wings (Can Spring be too far away?)

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to visit!

The last few weeks have been especially cold in Central Florida.  While it's nice to have a chill near the holidays, this is just ridiculous!!  Sleet, snow flurries, iced roads and layers of clothes belong to areas far North.  Right?  Well, this weekend it has finally gotten back to normal.  Hooray!  My husband and I traveled to South Florida for my youngest granddaughter's 3rd Birthday Party and it was wonderful to sit outside wearing our summer T's, shorts and flip-flops. 

During the cold spell, when it was just too cold to go outside, I dug some more stuff out of my Stampin' Up! box of goodies and found the Beautiful Wings Embosslit from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I began thinking that maybe if I had some positive thoughts about warmth instead of sitting around shivering and complaining, I may have better luck with that return to warm weather.  So I challenged myself to make a simple card that evoked warmth and freedom from all those layers of clothes.  


The most awesome thing about Embosslits is that when you run them through the Big Shot, two things are happening at once:  embossing and cutting.  The Beautiful Wings Embosslit has 5 different sized butterflies in a 2" x 2" space; every one of them embossed in a different way.  When I finished this card I was reminded of a walk through a butterfly habitat at the Zoo.  Lots of butterflies in so many styles and colors all together in one place. 

The Butterfly Accent stamp was stamped three times across the center of the card front.  Before attaching the butterflies to the card front, I decided to bring the embossing into relief by running a sponge of contrasting color across the embossing on each of the butterflies.  The large butterflies were scored in the center to allow the wings to fold up slightly.  These butterflies were attached to the card front with a Mini Glue Dot.  The rest of the butterflies were scattered around the large butterflies and attached to the card front using SNAIL.  There were plenty of butterflies left over, so I put a few on the inside of the card, too.  I left a space in the upper center of the card for a sentiment.  I used the Well Scripted birthday sentiment because the swirls reminded me of the dips and soars of butterflies in flight.


The Butterfly Accent was also stamped on the front of the envelope with the Well Scripted sentiment stamped on top of the butterfly.  I purchased the Well Scripted stamp set in the Clear Mount version and it was super easy to ensure correct placement of the sentiment both on the front of the card in between all those butterflies and on the center of the butterfly on the front of the envelope. 

For all of you in the North (and West and MidWest and NorthEast) who are still dealing with all the layers to stay warm, think about giving this card a [Big] Shot with the Beautiful Butterflies Embosslit and let the thoughts of butterflies flitting about a Spring flower garden bring you some warmth.


Stamps:  Butterfly Accent, Well Scripted; Inks:  Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, Taken With Teal; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Taken With Teal, Whisper White; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Sponge; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Best Wishes in Vogue

Hi there!

Once I emptied the shipping box from Stampin' Up! with all the goodies I ordered from the Occasions Mini Catalog and from the Sale-A-Bration brochure, I wasn't quite sure where to get started!  So I put all the stamp set boxes back into the shipping box, shook the box, closed my eyes, and picked up a box of stamps.  The winning stamp set is called Vintage Vogue and the coordinating Jumbo Wheel is called Very Vintage.  Here's what I came up with. 


Looks pretty vintage, don't you think?  The Kraft card base is stamped with the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel on the lower half of the card front using Basic Brown ink.  The upper half of the card base is randomly stamped with the vine stamp from Vintage Vogue (mine ended up looking like diagonal lines).  The edges of the card front are sponged with Basic Brown.

A Scallop Trim Border punch (a punch you can earn FREE with a purchase of $50 in merchandise during Sale-A-Bration) is used on the upper and lower edges of a strip of Cameo Coral cardstock.  The Ruby Red strip of cardstock is stamped with the border stamp from Vintage Vogue using Basic Brown along the upper and lower edges of the cardstock (using a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig for placement).  The usually vibrant Cameo Coral and Ruby Red cardstocks are signficantly toned down with lots of sponging with Basic Brown ink.  The Ruby Red cardstock is attached to the Cameo Coral cardstock with SNAIL.  The Cameo Coral cardstock is then attached to the card front with SNAIL.  A piece of Chocolate Chip 5/8" Satin ribbon is placed on the Ruby Red cardstock using SNAIL with one end of the ribbon approximately 3/8" from the right edge of the card front.

The flowers are stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock with Ruby Red and Cameo Coral; the edges of the stamp (tips of the petals) are then rolled on the Basic Brown stamp pad using a technique called "Rock and Roll."  The flowers are cut out with Paper Snips.  The petals of the larger flower are rolled under and the petals of the small flower are rolled up using a bone folder.  A hole is pierced in the center of the small and large flower and a Very Vanilla (or Chocolate Chip) 5/16" Neutrals brad is inserted.  A Pop-Up Glue Dot is placed on the back of each flower to give it some lift and to allow the lower petals to remain curled.  The flowers are placed on the left side of the card front, straddling the Cameo Coral/Ruby Red cardstock.

Best Wishes (from the Oval All stamp set) is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock with Cameo Coral ink and punched out with the Large Oval punch.  The edges are sponged in Basic Brown.  The Scallop Oval punch is used to create the bottom layer from a scrap of Cameo Coral cardstock; these edges are sponged with Basic Brown, too.  The Very Vanilla oval is attached to the Cameo Coral scalloped oval with SNAIL.  A couple of Stampin' Dimensionals are placed on the back of the scalloped Cameo Coral oval.  This piece is placed at the center of the Chocolate Chip satin ribbon.


The Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel is rolled over the envelope flap and the edges of the flap are then sponged with Basic Brown.

A very pretty card that can be used for just about any occasion.


Stamps:  Oval All, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel, Vintage Vogue; Inks:  Basic Brown, Cameo Coral Classic, Ruby Red Classic; Cardstock:  Cameo Coral, Kraft, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Chocolate Chip 5/8" Satin ribbon, 5/16" Naturals Brads (Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Pop Up Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Paper Piercer, Mat Stack, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Scallop Trim Border punch; Other:  Medium Kraft Envelope