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June 2010

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Hi there!

Just finished making a card for my father's 77th birthday.  His birthday is tomorrow, July 1st.  I was determined that this one would be ON TIME!!  No "tardy turtle" for Dad, for Pete's sake!!

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For this card I went to town with the Big Shot and Textured Impressions embossing folders.  There are three folders used for this card:  Vintage Wallpaper (Old Olive cardstock strip), Perfect Polka Dots (Cajun Craze cardstock strip), and Square Lattice (Not Quite Navy cardstock strip).  The remaining strip of paper is from the Newsprint Designer Series Paper.  I found it EXTREMELY serendipitous that there were two "7s" in the strip I cut for this card.  How cool is that!  So I punched a large oval from a scrap piece of cardstock and used that as a mask to apply some Cajun Craze ink over those "7s" to make them more visible and enhance that not-so-subtle mention of his age.  Each of the cardstock strips were sponged with their corresponding ink colors and then the ink on the sponge was brushed over the embossed areas to create a more vintage feel.  The edges of the Newsprint Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake mat, and Naturals Ivory card base were sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  I am SOOOO happy that we FINALLY have an ink to match my favorite Crumb Cake (formerly called Kraft) cardstock.  The embossed cardstock strips and Newsprint strip were matted to a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  I decided that there might be a few too many right angles on this card, so I rounded the corners of the Basic Black mat and the outside corners of the Newsprint strip and Not Quite Navy strip. 

Two pieces of Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon were knotted and the ends threaded through the slots of a Styled Vanilla ribbon slide leaving the knot on top of the slide.  The ribbon ends were tucked behind the Basic Black mat and pressed in place with SNAIL.  A very sincere birthday wish was stamped on a piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock using Cajun Craze ink.  The sentiment was punched out with the Large Oval punch and matted on a piece of Basic Black punched with the Scallop Oval punch and placed on the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The envelope flap was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Cajun Craze ink was sponged along the edges of the envelope flap and then brushed over the embossed areas.

Here's a shout out to my Dad, who continues to be a hero to his eldest daughter.  I hope you have a wonderful birthday!  I pray that we will share many, many more.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Sincere Salutations; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive; Designer Series Paper:  Newsprint; Embellishments:  Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (Ribbon Slide); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, 3/16' corner rounder, Big Shot, Multi-Purpose Platform, Standard Cutting plates, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions, Square Lattice Textured Impressions; Other:  Medium Naturals Ivory Envelope


birthday wishes...a little late

Hi there!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

Today's post is self-explanatory.  It also seems to reflect my life lately...always "a little late."  It's very frustrating.  No matter what kind of planning I put in place, it just seems that I'm just a hair short (or extremely long) of being on time.  That's certainly true of sending out cards for birthdays this year.  And last year, too, for that matter.  Argh!

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The way things are going, my guess is that this turtle and I are going to be really good friends.  Good thing he's so darn cute!  He's one of the adorable cast of characters you'll find in the Level 2 Hostess Stamp Set called Long Fellows; one of twelve great Hostess sets you can choose from with qualifying workshop sales.  If you'd like to see this fellow's buddies, be sure to contact me to get your copy of the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. 

This tardy turtle was stamped with Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and Garden Green ink was added to the image with a blender pen.  The turtle was matted to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and mounted to a piece of Garden Green cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Prior to placing the Garden Green cardstock onto the Marina Mist card base, it was run through the Big Shot for some texture using the Big Shot and the Weave Texturz plate.  A friend of mine who saw this card today thought it gave the Garden Green cardstock a "reptilian" look.  I distressed the edges of the embossed piece with the Edge Distresser and then anchored some Wild Wasabi small scallop circles with silver brads.  A length of Very Vanilla 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was tied around the card near the fold (which is on the left side of the card) and knotted.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was stamped with a pattern of Wild Wasabi small scallop circles and Marina Mist cupcakes along the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla liner.  The sentiment, from the On Your Birthday stamp set, was stamped with Early Espresso ink. 

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The lower left front corner of the Very Vanilla envelope mirrors the stamped pattern on the interior liner. 

This card was quick and easy to make, a good thing, since I had a pretty sizable stack to make last night.

I think my first resolution for 2011 will be to make stacks and stacks of cards that I can put my hands on quickly so that I'm not late for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  It's just that every time I get a stack together, I'm reminded of the folks collecting greeting cards for the servicemen and women in harm's way and I send the stack to them.  I hope my family and friends will understand.  If you'd like to participate in this worthwhile effort, visit the folks at From Our Hearts, Operation Gratitude, or Operation Write Home just to name a few.  They'll be happy to accept your donations.  Be sure to check their websites, though, there are a few restrictions on the embellishments that can be used on cards for the troops in order to protect them.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Bits, Long Fellows, On Your Birthday; Inks:  Early Espresso, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi; Embellishments:  Very Vanilla 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Silver Brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Blender Pen, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Cutter Kit (Edge Distresser), Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (Small Scallop Circle), Big Shot, Multi-Purpose Platform, Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber, Standard Texturz Impressions Pad, Texturz Texture Plates #4 (Weave); Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Defining Gratitude

Hello!  Happy Friday!

I'm looking forward to a creative weekend.  I received my boxes of the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog yesterday and I'm combing the pages looking for great ideas for classes and workshops.  I've found some great new stamp sets, some yummy new ribbons and buttons and new Designer Series Papers to die for!  Oh, I can hear my bank account groaning...  If you'd like a new catalog, be sure to contact me.  I'd love to share my excitement with you!

One of the neatest perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that you can order a few of the new items a month before the catalog (or Mini Catalog) is released so that you can become familiar with the product.  I chose to focus my pre-order on the new colors that will be available with the Color Renovation.  I'm really liking the stream-lined color families!  The new Color Coach has been my very good friend as I've begun to familiarize myself with the new core colors and In Colors, looking for interesting and eye-catching color combinations.

One of the neatest colors in this years group of In Colors is Poppy Parade.  My husband asked for some Thank You cards for his Father's Day gifts, so I decided to see what I could do with this color.  The Color Coach suggested Baja Breeze, So Saffron, and Tangerine Tango.  I thought, "hmmmm...", but decided to give it a chance.  It's actually a pretty good combination for a card that a guy would be comfortable sending (the absence of "frou-frou" factor is important to my husband).

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The base card is Poppy Parade, the art piece is Very Vanilla matted with Tangerine Tango and So Saffron, and the sentiment piece is Very Vanilla matted with So Saffron and Baja Breeze.  I used the Circle Circus and Define Your Life stamp sets for this design.  The Circle Circus elements are stamped with Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, and Poppy Parade.  The sentiment is stamped with Tangerine Tango and the words are highlighted with the brush tip of a So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker.  You'll note that one of the stamped elements on the art piece was stamped on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered to the upper left corner of the art piece with a Stampin' Dimensional.  The left side of the sentiment piece is attached to the art piece with Sticky Strip and the right side attaches to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta ribbon (NEW!!!) is wrapped around the art piece and sentiment and knotted.  There's a Mini Glue Dot hiding under the knot to hold the ribbon in place.

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The interior sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla stamped with more images from Circle Circus in Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, and Poppy Parade.

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The lower left corner of the envelope front  was also stamped with images from Circle Circus in Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, and Poppy Parade.

With a design this simple, it didn't take long to make 8 of these cards.  I just cut out all the pieces and set up an assembly line of stamping.  It's actually a very relaxing thing to do with a baseball game or NCIS rerun playing in the background.  

I hope you have a wonderful weekend doing something you love to do.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Circle Circus, Define Your Life; Inks:  Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla; Many Marvelous Markers:  So Saffron; Embellishments:  1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


What's Black and White and Red...Only THERE?

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Today's post is another swap card.  This was a color swap; or more accurately, an absence of color swap.  The rules were to use only black and white with a splash of color provided by an embellishment.  I think that this card meets the criteria, don't you?

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The card base is Basic Black (with a lining of Whisper White for the sentiment area on the inside).  The lower 2/3 of the Whisper White panel attached to the card front was run through the Big Shot inside the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The edges of this piece were sponged with Basic Black and adhered to the card front with SNAIL.  The Basic Black strip lying over the transition between the embossed and non-embossed areas was punched with the Eyelet Border punch.  A piece of Real Red 5/8" satin ribbon was adhered to the Basic Black strip with Sticky Strip.  The first 2 1/4" from the right were pressed flat, then three loops of ribbon were created with a small area between each loop attached to the Sticky Strip and then the remainder pressed flat to the Basic Black cardstock.  Approximately 1/4" on each end of the ribbon was folded under the Basic Black cardstock and pressed in place with SNAIL.  A small bit of SNAIL was used between the first and second loops and the second and third loops and the third loop and the flat ribbon to hold the ribbon in place when the loops were bent over to the left and pressed flat (using fingertip pressure).  Then the Basic Black strip was adhered to the Whisper White panel with SNAIL.  The sentiment, from the Upsy Daisy stamp set, was stamped on the upper left front of the Whisper White panel using Basic Black ink. 

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was run through the Big Shot inside the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder and then punched with the Large Fancy Flower punch.  In addition, a small piece of Basic Black cardstock was run through the Big Shot inside the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and then punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch.  The edges of the Whisper White punched flower were sponged with Basic Black ink.  A 5/8" Neutrals (Whisper White) brad was inserted into the center of the Basic Black circle and Whisper White flower and the brad legs set on the back of the flower.  Three Stampin' Dimensionals were used to adhere the flower onto the Basic Black strip and Real Red satin ribbon on the card front.  Note that the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder applies two distinct patterns, front and back, on the cardstock.  Keep this in mind when you assemble the flower as you may prefer one pattern over the other depending upon the look you want to achieve with the finished card or art piece.  The same could apply to the Perfect Polka Dots Textured impressions embossing folder.  For example, I saw the polka dots used inverted with brayering on the inverted side to achieve a very unique look. 

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I really struggled with an envelope for this card but finally came up with a solution.  I used the large 5 petal flower from the Punched Posies stamp set.  The stamp was inked first with the Real Red Classic ink.  Then the brush tip of a Basic Black Stampin' Write marker was used to ink over the linked circles near the center of the stamp image.  Finally, the stamp edges were rolled across the Basic Black Classic ink pad (Rock & Roll Technique).  I "huffed" on the stamp to remoisten the ink and then stamped the image on the lower left front of the envelope.  I cleaned the stamp and then repeated the process two more times along the left front of the envelope.

If you looked closely at the cards I made during the Shoebox Swap, you'll notice a card with a bright Summer Sun flower embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder with a 1" Chocolate Chip center embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder, an Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, a Chocolate Chip strip punched with the Eyelet Border punch, placed on a Whisper White card base with a panel of Whisper White partially embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder, and a stamped sentiment from the Upsy Daisy stamp set.  This card was made by Grace Benjamin and I just fell in love with it!  So I CASEd it!  (CASE = Copy And Share Everything)  I had been struggling for weeks to come up with an effective design for the Black and White Swap and finally saw the light when I made Grace's card.  Thank You, Grace!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Punched Posies, Upsy Daisy; Inks:  Basic Black, Real Red; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White; Many Marvelous Markers:  Basic Black; Embellishments:  5/8" Neutrals (White) brad, Real Red 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Eyelet border punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Large Fancy Flower punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


How Much Can You Pack Into a Shoebox?

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

My Stampin' Up! mentor and upline, Catherine Harwood, has a meeting every month with her downline to share new ideas and information from Stampin' Up!  We do the "business stuff" first, and then dive into the stamping projects.  This month, Catherine changed things up a little and focused the entire meeting on stamping.  However, instead of designing all the projects herself, Catherine challenged us to design a card project that could be completed in 15 minutes or less using items that fit into a shoebox--a Shoebox Swap.  (The exception was the Big Shot; if you used an item that required the Big Shot, that was OK.)  When we arrived at Catherine's home, she had tables set up with a place for each of us to set up our projects.  Then we spent the rest of the meeting moving from one project to another completing all the projects with the exception of our own.  Here are all the projects I made:

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There are some VERY TALENTED designers in Catherine's downline.  The great thing about doing a Shoebox Swap is that you have the opportunity to use tools and stamp sets that you may not own.  Here is the project that I designed for everyone to make.

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This project uses two stamp sets from the Summer Mini Catalog and a NEW PUNCH that will be available on July 1st when the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog launches.  All of the colors of cardstock in this project (with the exception of Whisper White) are either new core colors or an In Color that will become available on July 1st.  The colors used for this project are Early Espresso for the card base (Neutrals), Baja Breeze for the scallop edge border (a returning In Color that will be a part of the Subtles), Cajun Craze for the new 2 3/8" scallop circle punch (Regals), Tangerine Tango (a returning In Color that will be a part of the Brights), and Pear Pizzazz for the mat behind the sentiment (a new In Color).  The sentiment, from the Favorite Thoughts stamp set, and the scallop design image, from the Punched Posies stamp set, were stamped with Cajun Craze ink.  The row of dots (also from the Punched Posies stamp set) on the Baja Breeze scallop edge border was stamped with Early Espresso ink.  The scallop circles were sponged with Cajun Craze ink and the scallop edge border was sponged with Baja Breeze ink.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with Whisper White cardstock.  The row of dots was stamped just above the lower edge of the Whisper White cardstock using Early Espresso ink.  The scallop design image was stamped three times in the upper left corner of the Whisper White cardstock.

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The row of dots was stamped vertically near the left edge of the small open-end envelope front using Early Espresso ink.  The scallop design image was stamped three times just to the right of the row of dots using Cajun Craze ink.

Shoebox_Swap_Scrapbook_Page

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One of the neat things about making 3" x 6" cards is that you use a 6" x 6" piece of cardstock to make the card.  This means that, more often than not, whatever you design for the card front would translate into a great lower border design for a scrapbook page.  How cool is that?!!?

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I also used this card design for Father's Day cards.  Instead of using an "estrogen loaded statement" (as my husband would say), I used the "Happy Father's Day" sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock using Cajun Craze ink and punched out the sentiment with the Word Window punch.  I mounted this onto a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock punched with the Modern Label punch.  The sentiment was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

A pretty simple, but very versatile design!  Thanks for stopping by to visit.  My next post will feature another swap and this one CASEs one of the cards I made during the Shoebox Swap!  (CASE = Copy And Share Everything)

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Favorite Thoughts, Punched Posies, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White; Embellishments:  5/16" Neutrals (Chocolate Chip) brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Scallop Circle punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Scallop Edge border punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch; Other:  Small Open-End Envelope