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March 2010

A Clean and Simple Thank You

Hi Everyone!

A month or so ago, I received a comment about one of my projects; characterizing the work as CAS.  Well, this was not the first time I had seen this acronym used, but I could not figure out what it meant.  So I asked.  And the answer was:  Clean and Simple.  To me, CAS means that the design element is accomplished in a minimum of steps, there is plenty of "white space" and the focal point clearly conveys the intent of the card.  Today's card certainly fits into the CAS category.


I used the Big Shot and the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder to create the embossed dots on the Bermuda Bay cardstock card front.  Rather than insert the entire card front into the embossing folder, I rotated the card front so that one side was sitting alongside the fold line of the embossing folder.  This way, the polka dots end right above the eyelet edge of the Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper attached to the bottom of the card front.

The butterfly thank you image from the Oval All stamp set was stamped on Soft Suede cardstock using Soft Suede ink.  This image was punched out with the Scallop Oval punch.  The stamp was cleaned and the image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  The dotted line oval was punched out using the Large Oval punch.  These were adhered with SNAIL and the focal point was placed just above the eyelet border slightly to right of center with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A Mini Glue Dot was placed on the back of the Rose Red bow, and the bow was adhered to the eyelet border just below the focal point.

Not shown, but pretty darn cute, are the small butterflies gathered in the upper left and lower right corners of a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that was adhered to the inside sentiment area of the card.  To make these, the butterfly thank you stamp was cleaned and the butterfly was inked with the brush end of a Bermuda Bay In Color Marker and randomly stamped.  The butterfly was inked each time it was stamped.


The lower left corner of the Very Vanilla envelope was stamped with the butterfly thank you image using Soft Suede ink.  The open circles around the dotted line and the dots on the butterfly's wing were filled with Bermuda Bay using the writing tip of the Bermuda Bay In Color marker.  A matching piece of Thoroughly Modern Designer Series paper was adhered to the envelope flap with SNAIL and the excess was trimmed off with Paper Snips.


Sometimes the simplest designs are the most effective.  As with more elaborate cards, this card has an array of color, touchable texture, and a vividly conveyed sentiment.  The difference is that this card can be reproduced quickly.  Make a stack for a quick gift for a friend or family member or to replenish your stash.


Stamps:  Oval All; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede; In Color Markers:  Bermuda Bay; Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Thoroughly Modern; Embellishments:  Rose Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dot, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Eyelet Border punch, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, sponge, Big Shot, Multi-purpose Platform, Standard Cutting Pads, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

And the Winners Are...

Hi Everyone!

First, I want to THANK everyone who submitted orders for the Mystery Hostess Event.  I really appreciate your participation!

The winners of the Door Prize Drawings are:  Tracey N., Sherry F., Sheila H., and Pam D.  Each of these Door Prize winners will receive a decorated tin containing 8 decorated notecards/envelopes.

Here's how the Hostess Benefits for this workshop were allocated:

Level II or Level I Hostess Item:  Terry S.

$20 in Stampin' Up! Merchandise:  Pam D.

Level I Hostess Item:  Tracey N.

$15 in Stampin' Up! Merchandise:  Sheila H.

$10 in Stampin' Up! Merchandise:  Kelley M.

Sale-A-Bration Item:  Sherry F.

As you can see, there were lots of winners!  That's the best part!

Have a great weekend!


A Special Gathering

Edited to add:  This project was submitted for Pals Paper Arts "Anything BUT a Card" challenge (PPA35).

Hello, again!

A quick posting about an event I attended this past weekend. 

My Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood, conducts a team training meeting for her 3-2-1 Stamp Team on the third Saturday morning of the month.  This month, our training event was combined with the monthly training event of Linda Heller, another Stampin' Up! demonstrator and her Where the Rubber Hits the Road downline in the Orlando area.  The special guest at the combined event was Pam Morgan, the Vice President of Demonstrator Relations from the Stampin' Up! corporate office.  Pam is currently traveling to team training meetings to offer support and encouragement to demonstrators at all levels.  It was a fun meeting with technique demonstrations by Linda, Catherine and Pam; door prizes (highly coveted Simply Adorned items brought by Pam from the corporate office); and lots of sharing at display tables all over the room.  I also participated in a swap with 18 of the demonstrators who attended the meeting.  Here is my swap.  It may look very familiar...


Here are all the swaps I received in return.  Aren't they awesome??!! 


Number 1 really isn't a swap; this was a Thank You card from Linda and Catherine for helping out with check-in for the meeting.  Here are the names of the artists who made the swaps:  2-Lorena Holmes;  3-Unsigned by Artist;  4-Connie Hobbs;  5-Unsigned by Artist;  6-Grace Benjamin;  7-Emily Marshall;  8-Unsigned by Artist;  9-Patti Sharkey;  10-Linda Goldhersz;  11-Cyndra Alderman;  12-Trish Niedergeses;  13-Jennifer Blank;  14-Teresa Evangelista;  15-Myra Keefer;  16-Kathy Yip;  17-Tammy Elliott;  18-Maria Jaramillo; and 19-Beth Daniels.

Attending these training meetings is one of my favorite Stampin' Up! activities.  I learn so much from all the other demonstrators--at every level.  We are all passionate about our craft and committed to helping each other to succeed.  If you've ever considered becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, now is the best time to join!  During Sale-A-Bration the demonstrator Starter Kits are discounted 15% AND all demonstrators who sign up during Sale-A-Bration can choose any stamp set from the current Idea Book and Catalog for FREE.  There are only a few days left of Sale-A-Bration.  For more information, be sure to contact me as quickly as possible.


Stamps:  Vintage Vogue; Inks:  Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink; Cardstock:  Melon Mambo Textured, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 5/16" Naturals brad (Silver); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Pads, Bigz Scallop Circle die, XL Cutting Pads, Bigz Box #2 die, XL Premium crease pad w/mylar shim; Large Oval punch; Cutter Kit (edge distresser)

Getting to Know the Big Shot--Part 2

Hi there!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week to come.

Today's post addresses the second project made during my Big Shot Familiarization session with Sandy.  This project uses the Texturz plate and the Movers and Shapers Curly Label die to make a simple card with lots of interesting elements.


We began this card by making a few "sandwiches" to roll through the Big Shot.  The first "sandwich" created the raised dots on the Soft Suede piece [Multi-Purpose Platform (Tab 1) + Stampin' Up! Backgrounds 1 Texturz plate with large dots facing up + Soft Suede cardstock + Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber mat + Standard Texturz Impression Pad].  The second "sandwich" created the card base with a Curly Label window [XL Cutting Pad + XL Mylar Shim + Movers and Shapers Curly Label Die with Curly Label punch window placed approximately 1" from score line and centered between right and left edges of punch window recess + Sahara Sand cardstock + XL Cutting Pad].  The final "sandwich" created the punch window in the Soft Suede cardstock.  It's the same recipe as for the Sahara Sand cardstock, except that the Soft Suede cardstock fits within the punch window recess (place the raised dots face down).

Sandy used a Hobby Knife and cutting mat to carefully cut away the slim piece of cardstock around the Curly Label punch window in the Soft Suede cardstock.  Then she sponged all the edges of the Soft Suede cardstock, including the edges of the Curly Label punch window, with Soft Suede ink.  The Soft Suede 1/2" dotted grosgrain ribbon was tied around the right edge of the Curly Label punch window and knotted; the ends trimmed with Paper Snips.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the Soft Suede and set aside.

The Curly Label image (Vintage Labels) was stamped with Soft Suede ink on a scrap piece of Sahara Sand cardstock.  Inside the label, Sandy stamped the small flower (Vintage Vogue) with Ruby Red in the center of the Curly Label stamped image.  The leaves (Vintage Vogue) were stamped near the petal edges with Garden Green.  The small flower was stamped again on a scrap of Sahara Sand cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.  A bone folder was used to curl the edges of the petals up.

The Curly Label punch was used to punch out the stamped Curly Label.  Then Sandy adhered the punched Curly Label, centered, to the Soft Suede Curly label die cut created with the third Big Shot "sandwich."  The small cut out flower was placed on top of stamped small flower.  A hole was pierced through the center of the flowers and Curly Labels and a 5/16" Naturals brad was inserted into the hole; the brad legs were set on the back of the Soft Suede Curly Label.  


Sandy sponged all the edges of the Sahara Sand cardstock and the Very Vanilla cardstock (for the inside sentiment area of the card) with Soft Suede.  The Very Vanilla cardstock was adhered to the inside sentiment area of the card.  Adhesive was place on the back of the Soft Suede Curly Label.  The Sahara Sand card was closed and placed on the tabletop.  The Soft Suede Curly Label was placed in the Curly Label opening and pressed into place on the Very Vanilla cardstock.  The adhesive covers were removed from the Stampin' Dimensionals on back of the Soft Suede cardstock.  The Soft Suede cardstock was placed on the Sahara Sand card front, lining up the Soft Suede Curly Label punch window openings and centering on the card front.


The envelope was stamped with the Curly Label image in Soft Suede.  The small flower stamp was inked with Ruby Red, stamped on a scrap piece of paper (stamping off) and then stamped inside the Curly Label image.  Sandy chose the "Happy Birthday" sentiment (Vintage Labels); stamped with Soft Suede on top of the flower.

Sandy was tickled to make this card.  She had made a card using this Big Shot die during the Christmas Card Class and was interested in learning how the card base was die cut using the Big Shot; especially when she found out that I could die cut three cards at a time!


Stamps:  Vintage Labels, Vintage Vogue; Inks:  Garden Green, Ruby Red, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Soft Suede 1/2" dotted grosgrain ribbon, 5/16" Naturals (Very Vanilla) brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Hobby Knife, Cutting Mat, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Curly Label punch, sponge, Big Shot, Multi-purpose Platform, Movers and Shapers Curly Label die, XL Cutting Pads, Texturz Impression Pad, Silicone Pad, Stampin' Up! Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate (large dots); Other:  Medium Naturals Ivory Envelope

Getting to Know the Big Shot--Part 1

Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Last night I was tickled to spend some time with one of my favorite Stampin' Up! customers, Sandy.  She recently purchased a Big Shot and wanted a few pointers on how to use this great tool.  I put together a couple of simple projects that would showcase a number of different techniques for the Big Shot and its accessories.  Here's the first project we made together.


This cute basket was inspired by project shown here at Becky Roberts' blog, Inking Idaho.  We started with a Bigz die and the Standard Cutting Plates making a simple sandwich to roll through the Big Shot for the Scalloped Circles [Standard Cutting Plate + Bigz Scallop Circle die foam side up + 2 pieces of Textured cardstock face down on foam cutting surface + Standard Cutting Plate].  Then we made a sandwich to make a box [XL Cutting Pad + XL mylar shim + Box #2 Bigz XL die foam side up + Textured cardstock face down + Extended Premium Crease pad].  The box lid and fold in flaps for the box lid were removed and the box assembled. 

Because we were using Textured cardstock, we placed the Scallop Circles face to face and punched the basket handles with the Large Oval punch.  Then the Scallop Circles were adhered to the box.  Note that the Scallop Circles are not a complete circle.  Rather than use two large pieces of cardstock and cut some of the circle off, we used a smaller piece of cardstock and only cut the part of the Scallop Circle that we needed.

To decorate the basket, we stamped the flower bunch from Happy Moments [a stamp set you can get for FREE until March 31st with a merchandise order of $50] and colored the image with a blender pen and some vivid Spring colors.  We distressed the edges of the Whisper White and Dusty Durango cardstocks and adhered them.  A double rectangle was punched over the flower stems and a piece of Crushed Curry 1/2" dotted grosgrain ribbon was threaded through the double rectangle to create a bow.  The floral decoration was adhered to the basket with Stampin' Dimensionals.

As I was making this basket with Sandy I thought of so many different ways I could use this simple little basket.  It's just so darn cute!


Stamps:  Happy Moments; Inks:  Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Gable Green, Glorious Green, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock:  Crushed Curry Textured, Dusty Durango Textured, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Crushed Curry 1/2" dotted grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Hobby Knife, Cutting Mat, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Pads, Bigz Scallop Circle die, XL Cutting Pads, Bigz Box #2 die, XL Premium crease pad w/mylar shim; double rectangle punch; Cutter Kit (edge distresser)