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October 2010

On a Pedestal in Cajun Craze

Hi there!  How have you been?  Sorry for the absence the last couple of weeks.  I had another surgery (the last one for a while, I hope) followed by my annual CD Calendar Class.  I hope to have a blog post for that very soon.  At my day job, we're just a few days away from the final flight of Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-133.  It's a bittersweet time for us here at Kennedy Space Center.  Be sure to check us out on Wednesday afternoon (November 3rd) shortly after 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time.

I've also been working on my projects for the Royal Blog Tour on November 5th through November 8th.  There are nearly 80 Stampin' Up! Demonstrators on the Paths of the Tour; which means you're sure to find some great ideas.  Also, there are lots of opportunities to win Blog Candy AND you can collect clues along the Tour to enter for a chance to win an awesome Grand Prize, so be sure to block off some time next weekend for the Royal Blog Tour.  For more information, click on the Royal Blog Tour graphics on my right sidebar.

I'm also getting my designs finalized for my annual Christmas Card Class.  With Fall firmly upon us, I'm sure you're well into your Holiday planning (or wishing you were).  If you're still trying to figure out what to do about your Christmas cards, I understand your pain.  If you live in the Central Florida area near the Space Coast, you can get some great ideas for your Holiday cards when you sign up for my annual Christmas Card Class.  There will be two sessions.  Choose either Saturday, November 6th from 1-6 p.m. or Sunday, November 7th from 1-6 p.m.  The class cost is $25.  We'll be making 15 cards; 3 cards each of 5 different designs.  Be sure to contact me right away to reserve your spot!

Today's project is a birthday card with a more masculine flavor than the last one I showed in this post.  Pretty much every card I've seen (or made) using the "On a Pedestal" stamp set has used bright, feminine looking colors; so I challenged myself to find a way to use the stamp set for a card you could send to a guy.  Because, let's face it, guys like cake too!

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The card base uses Cajun Craze cardstock.  A piece of polka-dotted More Mustard paper is matted with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and placed, centered, on the card front.  A piece of Night of Navy cardstock was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch and placed along one side of the More Mustard paper.  The cake pedestal was stamped with Night of Navy Craft ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, dusted with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, set with the Heat Tool, and then cut out with Paper Snips and placed on the More Mustard paper.  The sentiment was stamped with Night of Navy Classic ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, cut very closely to the edges of the image, and then placed on the More Mustard paper at the center of the pedestal.  The small rounded cake was stamped with Early Espresso Classic ink, cut out, and then placed on top of the sentiment.  The cake was stamped a second time using Very Vanilla Craft ink, embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, the top of the cake cut out and then placed on top of the "chocolate" cake with Stampin' Dimensionals to put some icing on the cake.  The cherry image was stamped with Real Red Classic ink and cut out.  Of course, you could always put the cherry on top of the icing, but I decided to place it on the pedestal to accentuate the sentiment.  Finally, a small bow made with Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was placed at the top of the pedestal column to balance the dimension created when the cake was "iced" with the Very Vanilla embossed top.

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The interior of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A sentiment from the "Afterthoughts" stamp set was stamped near the upper center using Night of Navy Classic ink.  I really like this sentiment for a guy; especially for the guys in my life.  They're not too crazy about the birthday party and tend to hang out together outside or in the garage watching sports on TV.  But they ALWAYS want to be called when it's time for the cake.  Strips of polka-dotted Cajun Craze paper were placed at the top and bottom of the Very Vanilla cardstock; the bottom edge of the top piece punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch.  All the edges of the paper strips and the Very Vanilla cardstock were sponged with Cajun Craze Classic ink.


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For the front of the Very Vanilla envelope, I stamped the sentiment used on the card front with Night of Navy Classic ink in the lower left corner and added the cherry stamped with Real Red Classic ink.  For the back of the envelope I added strips of the polka-dotted paper in More Mustard and Cajun Craze and then sponged the edges of the flap with Cajun Craze Classic ink.

This card was the third project we made at the October meeting of the SASS Stamp Club.  You can see the other two projects here and here.  I'll need to add designing the projects for the November SASS Stamp Club meeting to my list of stuff to do in the next couple of weeks...the next meeting is almost here!  Good Grief!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!


Stamps:  Afterthoughts, On a Pedestal; Classic Inks:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Real Red; Craft Inks:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Night of Navy; Designer Series Paper:  Regals Designer Series Paper Pack; Embellishments:  Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

Enjoy Life

Hi there!  It's been a busy week this week.  How about you?

I've been seeing the news blurbs about the rescued Chilean miners during the day today and am so thankful that so many people from so many walks of life came together to find a solution to save all these men.  The joy on their faces and the faces of their family members says more than mere words can convey.  It's always such a tremendous feeling when you see prayers answered in such a magnificent way.

Today's project showcases the scrapbook pages designed for the October SASS Stamp Club meeting.  This month, I wanted to incorporate the great stencils that Stampin' Up! offers and realized that scrapbook pages are the perfect way to demonstrate how simple they are to use.


The base pages use Baja Breeze Textured cardstock.  The border along the sides and bottom edges of the pages comes from the Vintage Frames Decor Stencil available in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The ink color used within the stencil is Soft Suede applied with a sponge dauber.  I like the sponge dauber rather than a sponge for working with stencils because you avoid finger pressure prints and you get a more even application of ink.  To create the stenciled border, just lay the corner of the stencil image over the base page (lower left corner for the left page and lower right corner for the right page).  If you're worried about the stencil slipping, just apply a bit of Dotto repositionable adhesive on the center of the base page to hold the stencil in place.  You can easily remove the Dotto with your fingertips or an adhesive eraser when you've finished applying the ink and removed the stencil.

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For the left page, two rounded tabs of Sahara Sand cardstock were stamped with the tab frame from the Perfect Punches stamp set using Cherry Cobbler ink and then punched.  A word from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set was added to each tab using Soft Suede ink.  The "life" tab was adhered to the Soft Suede mat prior to adhering the mat to another mat of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The "enjoy" tab was then adhered over both mats just to the left of the "life" tab.  You'll notice that on the left page the edges of the two mats are lined up with the right edge of the base page.

Vintage_Frames_6x6_Right (click on scrapbook page to see larger image)

To make sure that the mats on the right page line up with the mats on the left page, I laid both pages side-by-side on the tabletop.  I adhered the Cherry Cobbler mat first and then the Soft Suede mat.  The intent with the continuous mat is to showcase a panoramic photo or a series of photos laid side-by-side.

I chose to add some dimension to the right page with a couple of Big Designer Buttons in the Deck the Halls assortment.  The large button is Cherry Cobbler and the smaller button is Very Vanilla.  Both buttons are threaded with Hemp Twine.  For the Cherry Cobbler button, I threaded twice through opposite corners and then twice through the opposing opposite corners (hmmm...sounds strange, doesn't it?) then tied off the twine on the back of the button.  I added a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals cut in half on the back of the button to compensate for the bulk of the twine on the back of the button so that the button could be adhered to the page.  The Very Vanilla button is embellished with a piece of Hemp Twine folded into a double bow shape and laid between the two button holes.  Then I inserted the ends of a smaller piece of twine into the button holes from the front and tied them on the back to hold the loops in place on the front of the button.  As with the Cherry Cobbler button, Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the button.

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It was easy to translate the scrapbook page design for these 6" x 6" pages into a 3" x 6" greeting card.  For this card, I changed the words on the tabs to "love" and "you."  The mats are smaller and since there's no photo on this card, I added a flourish (also included on the Vintage Frames stencil sheet) to the Soft Suede mat.  The colors of the buttons are reversed, but you can see tha they provide a splash of color and complete the design element.  The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock.  The upper and lower edges of the Sahara Sand cardstock were stenciled with Soft Suede ink.  The left edge of the open end envelope is stenciled with the flourish; again using Soft Suede ink.

The words on the scrapbook pages and on the coordinating card seem to be well chosen considering the amazing events unfolding in Chile today.  You can imagine that the rescued miners and their loved ones have a renewed vision of how to "enjoy" "life" and for making sure that those they care about most know how very much they are treasured.  A good reminder for all of us.


Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases, Perfect Punches; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze Textured, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede; Embellishments:  Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons, Hemp Twine; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Dotto, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Vintage Frames Decor Elements stencil, Sponge Dauber, Rounded Tab punch; Other:  Small Open End Envelope, Page Protectors

It's Snowing in Florida! (Well, kind of...)

Hello!  Is it Monday already??  Wow, the weekends really speed by, don't they?

I hope you made time to visit the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack this weekend.  Holy cow!  There are some VERY good deals there.  Don't worry, there's still lots of stuff to choose from and the prices are INCREDIBLE!!  Be sure to take time to check it out.  Just click on the Shop Online button at the top left of this page which will take you to my Stampin' Up! web page.  From there, just look for the Shop Now button near the bottom right corner of the page and then look for the Clearance Rack hot link on the left side of the page when you get to the Stampin' Up! store.  It's well worth the visit.

This weekend was the October meeting of the SASS Stamp Club and the club members really had to keep their heads down and their hands busy to finish all their projects in the allotted time.  Here's the first of the three projects that they made.  Isn't it adorable???

Sweet_Snowglobe_Card (click on card to see larger image)

The stamp used for the focal point of this card is called Sweet Snowglobe and it's just too cute!  It's sold as a single stamp in the Holiday Mini Catalog and I think it's a MUST HAVE.  Change out the scene in the snowglobe and you can use this stamp for any occasion.  The snowglobe was stamped with Marina Mist ink on Whisper White cardstock.  A 1 3/4" circle punch was used to punch the winter scene out of the stamped image.  Then the stamp was inked again, but laid on its back on the tabletop for some modification.  A blender pen was used to remove the blue ink from the house and the trees.  This ink was replaced by using the brush tip of a Real Red Stampin' Write marker for the house and a Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker for the trees.  Then the image was stamped on another piece of Whisper White cardstock (after "huff"ing on the stamp to remoisten the ink).  A 2-Way Glue Pen was used to apply ink to the snowy areas of the winter scene and then the image was dusted with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter.  Once that dried, a small pile of White Chunky Essentials Stampin' Glitter was placed in the middle of the colored winter scene and a Sweet Treat cup was placed on top of the snowglobe to create the "glass dome" of the snowglobe (wipe the inside of the Sweet Treat cup with a dryer sheet to remove the static so that the glitter won't stick to the Sweet Treat cup).  A few pieces of Sticky Strip were placed around the edges of the Sweet Treat cup and the cardstock trimmed away before placing the first snowglobe image (the one with the winter scene punched out) directly on top of the colored snowglobe image.

To finish the focal point, the edges of the Whisper White cardstock were sponged with Wild Wasabi ink and then adhered to a mat of Wild Wasabi cardstock; the edges sponged with Wild Wasabi ink.  This piece was adhered to another mat: this time Marina Mist cardstock; the edges sponged with Marina Mist ink.  Finally, a piece of Rose Red cardstock was punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch on the bottom edge and the edges sponged with Rose Red ink before adhering the snowglobe and mats.  A piece of Marina Mist 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the open space of the Rose Red mat and knotted on front.  The focal point was adhered to the Wild Wasabi base card.  The base card was wheeled with the Jolly Jingles Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel using Wild Wasabi ink.


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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock; the edges sponged with Wild Wasabi ink.  A Christmas sentiment from the Occasional Quotes stamp set was stamped in Rose Red ink.

Because of the Sweet Treat cup, this card will not fit into a Medium Whisper White envelope.  This type of card would need to be attached to a gift like a tag or hand delivered.  It can be mailed, but you'd need to purchase the mailing envelopes from Stampin' Up! designed for mailing cards made with the Sweet Treat cups, use a bubble mailer, or a small box.  In any case, mailing this card on its own would require hand cancellation, which means extra postage.  Something to think about if you decide you'd like to make this card for your family's annual Christmas greeting card.  However, the SASS Stamp Club members agreed that for those REALLY SPECIAL people, this card would certainly be worth the postage!


Stamps:  Jolly Jingles Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel, Occasional Quotes, Sweet Snowglobe; Inks:  Marina Mist, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi; Stampin' Write Markers:  Garden Green, Real Red; Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Rose Red, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi; Embellishments:  Marina Mist 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Sweet Treat cup; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Sticky Strip, 2-Way Glue Pen; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, 1 3/4" circle punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter, Chunky Essentials Stampin' Glitter (White), Jumbo Wheel handle; Other:  Dryer Sheet

Shimmer and Pearls with Purple

Hi there!

How is your week progressing?  Mine seems to be speeding by.  I hope you're taking time to enjoy the cooler weather and the emerging colors of Fall.  I noticed that lots of folks were outside this weekend beginning their Halloween and Fall yard decorations and enjoying the more comfortable weather.  Saturday I spent some time making the card you see below.  It began as a Thank You card for the SASS Stamp Club members, then morphed into a Thinking of You card for a friend who is struggling, and then became a birthday card for my sister-in-law Carol and for my BFF Terry (both are HUGE fans of purple colors).  That's when I finally remembered to take a picture.

The card begins with a base of Perfect Plum; the card front edges sponged with Perfect Plum ink.  A piece of Crumb Cake cardstock (the color formerly known as Kraft) was run through the Big Shot with the Elegant Lines Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Then the raised edges created by the embossing folder were lightly brushed with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint using a dry Aquapainter brush.  [It's hard to see the shimmer in the photo, but it's very pretty in real life and lends an elegant feel to the card.]  The edges of the Crumb Cake cardstock were sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  A piece of Whisper White 5/8" Organza ribbon was wrapped around the embossed cardstock and knotted on the front.  The Crumb Cake cardstock was adhered to a mat of Elegant Eggplant cardstock, the edges sponged with Elegant Eggplant ink, and placed centered on the Perfect Plum card front.

To "finish" the card, Pearls were placed in the embossed circles below the ribbon on the Crumb Cake cardstock.  The "happy birthday" image from the Perfect Punches stamp set was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Perfect Plum ink.  The image was punched out with the Wide Oval punch and then the edges were sponged with Perfect Plum ink.  The punched cardstock was adhered to a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock punched with the Decorative Label punch, the edges sponged with Elegant Eggplant ink.  The focal point was then adhered to the Crumb Cake cardstock, centered in the space above the ribbon, with Stampin' Dimensionals.  [For the Thank You and Thinking of You cards, I used sentiments from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and punched them out with the Large Oval punch.]

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The Crumb Cake envelope flap was also embossed with the Elegant Lines Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The edges of the envelope flap were sponged with Elegant Eggplant ink and then the sponge was brushed across the envelope flap to highlight the embossing.

A note about the Big Shot and this embossing folder:  The embossing created by the Elegant Lines and Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folders is deeper than most of the other embossing folders, so for the "heavier" cardstocks (80 lb paper), I use Tab 1 on the Multi-Purpose Platform and no tab with the "lighter" cardstocks (60 lb paper or less) and envelope flaps.  Otherwise, you may find that the embossing folder will cut through the lighter weight papers and envelope flaps.


Stamps:  Perfect Punches; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Jewels Basic Pearls, Whisper White 5/8" Organza ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, AquaPainter, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Decorative Label punch, Wide Oval punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Elegant Lines Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Crumb Cake Envelope

Simple Vintage With Chairs

Happy Sunday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  In Central Florida, we're enjoying our first weekend that's NOT in the 90's in quite some time.  The sky is bright blue, there are a few puffy white clouds floating by, and a gentle breeze from the sea.  Wow! 

Today's project is a set of scrapbook pages designed for the September SASS Stamp Club featuring the Have a Seat stamp set.  I think these scrapbook pages demonstrate that you can achieve a vintage look without a whole lot of detailed work.


(click on each scrapbook page to see larger images)

The base pages use Naturals Ivory cardstock to complement the Newsprint Designer Series Paper.  I think it's a better match for the background color in the Newsprint Designer Series Paper than using Very Vanilla because it seems to carry a more vintage feel.  The Ladderback and Windsor chair images were stamped across the bottom of each 6" x 6" page with Pear Pizzazz ink.

Strips of Newsprint Designer Series Paper are matted with a strip of More Mustard cardstock and grounded with a strip of Cajun Craze cardstock.  You'll notice that the interior facing edge of the Cajun Craze cardstock is punched with the Scallop Trim border punch.  Of course, the edges of these three pieces were sponged; the Cajun Craze and More Mustard cardstocks with their corresponding ink colors and the Newsprint Designer Series Paper with Cajun Craze ink.

Before the border strips were adhered to the base pages, a piece of ribbon and some hardware were added.  The Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Polytwill ribbon was knotted toward one end and the area below the knot unraveled.  A Mini Glue Dot was placed under the knot and the knot adhered to the Newsprint Designer Series Paper.  The remaining length of the ribbon was smoothed straight to the top edge of the Newsprint Designer Series Paper and then folded over to the back of the Cajun Craze cardstock.  It's held in place with a bit of SNAIL.  A chair image was stamped on a scrap of Naturals Ivory cardstock with Cajun Craze ink, punched out with the Designer Label punch, and placed behind a Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware frame placed on top of the smoothed area of Pear Pizzazz Polytwill ribbon.  The brads were inserted into the holes on each side of the hardware frame and the brad legs set on the back of the Cajun Craze cardstock (use a Paper Piercer to make the hole for each brad through the cardstock/Designer Series Paper/ribbon/hardware).  The color on the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware is Cajun Craze ink applied with a sponge lightly brushed across the frame.  Finally, the border strip is adhered to the base page with SNAIL.

For the non-scrapbooking members of the SASS Stamp Club, the 6" x 6" piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock was folded in half to create a 3" wide by 6" tall card. 

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The edges of the card front were sponged with Cajun Craze ink and the border strip adhered approximately 1/8" to the right of the fold.  The chair images stamped with Pear Pizzazz ink now appear across the bottom edge of the inside sentiment area of the card.  One of each chair is also stamped on the lower left front of the envelope so that the seats of the two chairs area level (stamped with Pear Pizzazz ink).  A sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set "rests" atop the seats of the two chairs (stamped with Cajun Craze ink).


Stamps:  Have a Seat, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Naturals Ivory; Designer Series Paper:  Newsprint; Embellishments:  Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Polytwill ribbon; Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (Designer Label frame w/brads); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Designer Label punch, Scallop Trim Border punch; Other:  Small Open-End Envelope