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January 2011

Kisses & Hugs

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

Before it gets too late, I wanted to share a couple of scrapbook pages that I designed for the January meeting of the SASS Stamp Club.  These pages use one of my favorite new items from the Occasions Mini Catalog:  Real Red Glimmer Paper!  This stuff is WAY COOL!  The glitter on this paper is so stuck to the paper that it doesn't fall off in puddles of glitter all over your work surface.  As you can see on these pages, you can die cut it, punch it, or just plain cut it with scissors and you get nice crisp edges with no annoying residue!  Woohoo!  I sure do hope that Stampin' Up! plans to offer this product in a whole bunch of colors.  I just love how easy it is to work with!

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(click on pages to see larger images)

The base cardstock for these pages is Basic Gray Textured.  For the left hand page, strips of Love Impresssions Specialty Designer Series Paper were adhered to the Real Red cardstock and placed vertically near the right and left sides of the base page.  In the upper center of the page, a small heart punched from the Glimmer Paper is adhered to a Real Red heart embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder for the Big Shot and punched with the Full Heart punch.  The Real Red heart was adhered with SNAIL to a Pink Pirouette heart die cute with the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit for the Big Shot.  Tombow Multi Adhesive was used to adhere the Pink Pirouette heart to the base page.  Next to the heart is an uppercase "U" die cut from the Glimmer Paper using the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits and adhered to the base page using SNAIL.  A scallop square of Pink Pirouette cardstock was die cut using the Scallop Squares Duo Bigz die for the Big Shot.  (This die cut was introduced in the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog and is still available for purchase.)  The scallop square was adhered to the base page with SNAIL.

The right hand page features another strip of Love Impressions Specialty Designer Series Paper across the bottom third of the page.  The top border of the Designer Series Paper is covered with a strip of Glimmer Paper punched with the Scallop Border punch.  The Glimmer Paper is adhered with SNAIL.  To add a little interest, I inserted a Whisper White 5/16" Jumbo Brad on the right and left sides to "hold" the Glimmer Paper strip in place.  The upper center of this scrapbook page features the smaller of the Scallop Squares Duo.  One scallop square in Whisper White cardstock and the other in Real Red cardstock and adhered with SNAIL.

It's pretty easy to create these scrapbook pages when the Big Shot and punches do all the work for you!

Of course, not all the folks in the SASS Stamp Club are scrapbookers, so here are a couple of 3" x 6" (completed size) cards made using the elements of both scrapbook pages.

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  (click on cards to see larger images)

For the first card, you can see that one of the border strips, the stacked hearts, and the "U" from the left hand scrapbook page were used with the Whisper White cardstock small Scallop Square.  The inside of the card features the vertical rows of hearts cut from the second border strip adhered to the left and right sides of a piece of Whisper White cardstock used to line the inside sentiment area of the card.

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(click on cards to see larger images)

For the second card, the 2 1/2" x 6" strip of Love Impressions Specialty Designer Series Paper on the right hand scrapbook page was cut into two pieces:  the first piece is approximately 1" x 6" and the second piece is 1 1/2" x 6".  The wider strip was adhered to the lower edge of the card front and the narrower strip was adhered to the lower edge of the Whisper White cardstock liner for the inside sentiment area of the card.  As with the right hand scrapbook page, the Glimmer Paper was punched and adhered over the top edge of the Designer Series Paper.  However, this time the brads were inserted into the Glimmer Paper BEFORE the Glimmer Paper was adhered to the card.  I used tiny pieces of Sticky Strip between the brad legs and the outer left and right edges of the back of the Glimmer Paper to prevent the edges from "flapping" up.  The upper right corner of the card front features the "happy valentine's day" sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped with Real Red on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and punched with the Word Window punch.  This piece is mounted to a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock punched with the Modern Label punch and adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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(click on envelopes to see larger images)

The envelopes for these cards feature a coordinating piece of Love Impressions Specialty Designer Series Paper adhered to the flap of the Open-End envelope.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Real Red; Cardstock:  Basic Gray Textured, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Love Impressions Specialty Designer Series Paper; Embellishments:  Real Red Glimmer Paper, Neutrals 5/16" Jumbo Brads (Whisper White); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Scallop Border punch, Small Heart punch, Full Heart punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, 1/16" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits, Scallop Squares Duo Bigz die; Other:  6" x 6" Page Protectors, Small Open-End Envelopes


Where I've Been...

Hello!  Sorry for the long delay between postings lately.

I've been spending quite a bit of time with my Dad since Thanksgiving.  His recovery after his brain hemorrhage did not proceed as well as we had initially hoped; and recently our family was faced with the difficult decision to implement Dad's Living Will.  So a couple of weeks ago, Dad was transferred from the hospital to a local Hospice facility.  Throughout this process, we have learned, and are continuing to learn, quite a lot about end-of-life events and their associated issues and concerns.  We have come to the painful realization that no matter how prepared you think you are (emotionally, spiritually, or financially), no matter how many conversations you may have with your spouse or family about your end-of-life wishes, you can never adequately anticipate the specifics of the scenario your loved ones may face when that time has arrived.

The Hospice staff are very kind and supportive to my Dad and to our family.  We know that everything that can be done for his care and comfort is being accomplished as quickly as possible.  That doesn't take away from the fact that in a few days he is going to leave us.  It's hard to envision a life where he is not vividly alive, teasing and silly with his family and friends, teaching babies to "raspberry," spoiling the stuffing out of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and, most importantly, standing hand-in-hand with my mother.  I think about my parents' 56th Wedding Anniversary in a few weeks and wonder how my mother will ever cope with such a loss.

I know that that next couple of weeks will not be easy for me or for my family.  I hope that you'll continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.  As time permits, I'll post some of the Thank You cards I've been making for my Mom to send to all the wonderful friends and family who have commissioned prayer and Mass cards on Dad's behalf, dropped off meals, or took her away from Dad's side for a quick meal and supportive conversation.  I also want to share a couple of Valentine projects before it gets too far into February.

I look forward to "talking" with you again very soon!

Robertssiggy


Feelin' the Love

Hello there!

Are you ready to feel some Love?  I know I am!  Here's a project from last weekend's meeting of the SASS Stamp Club.

This project uses the Valentine Defined stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog and incorporates one of the products available with the current Filled With Love promotion, the Love Patterns Designer Series Paper.  You can purchase just the Designer Series Paper; or for an even better value, add the Filled With Love stamp set and get a package of Bitty Buttons for FREE!  Just click on the Filled With Love promotion link on the left sidebar of my blog page to find out more.  Don't delay, though, this promotion is only available through January 24th.  As a reminder, you can shop Stampin' Up! 24/7 by clicking on the Order Online button at the upper left corner of my blog page and then the Shop Now button at the lower right corner of my Demonstrator page.  This will ensure that you receive the best merchandise and shipping prices.

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The color combination for this fun Valentine's Day card is Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, and Whisper White; a Monochromatic color palette.  This means that there's one primary color and white or black.  Since Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink are just variations of Pink (which is a variation of Red mixed with White) you have a Monochromatic color palette.

So before your eyes roll back in your head, here's how this card was made.  Note that the only ink used for this card and coordinating envelope is Melon Mambo Classic ink.  The laundry line of hearts was stamped on the top half of a piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock.  Adhered to the bottom half of the cardstock is a piece of Pretty in Pink Designer Series Paper with the kissing flamingos stamped in the lower right corner.  A piece of Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon was loosely knotted at the center and then placed over the top edge of the Pretty in Pink Designer Series Paper (a Mini Glue Dot on the back of the knot holds the knot in place on the cardstock); the ends of the ribbon folded to the back of the cardstock and pressed into place with Sticky Strip.  [The reason I stated "loosely knotted" is so that the card would be mail-able.  A loose knot of satin ribbon will press flat and not require extra postage.]  The Pretty in Pink cardstock was then adhered to the Melon Mambo Textured card base.  The dialog window with heart image was stamped three times on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  The hearts were cut out with Paper Snips and adhered randomly on the laundry lines of hearts with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, the edges sponged to match the card base.  The heart-tipped wavy grasses were stamped across the bottom of the cardstock and the valentine definition was stamped near the upper center.

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(click on envelopes to see larger images)

The lower left front of the Medium Whisper White envelope was stamped with the hanging heart flowers and the love in brackets images.  The heart-tipped wavy grasses were stamped across the envelope flap.

You may have noticed that once again I went to my go-to card design.  (You can see previous examples here and here.)  I used the design this time so that I could demonstrate a card that would be quick and easy to make in "mass production."  As with Christmas, we like to spread the Love at Valentine's Day.  This card is a fun way to share the love without breaking the bank or consuming too much of that rare commodity, time.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Valentine Defined; Inks:  Melon Mambo; Cardstock:  Melon Mambo Textured, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Love Patterns (Pretty in Pink Striped); Embellishments:  Whisper White 5/8" Satin; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dot, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Inspired to Try A New Technique

Hello!

Shortly before the holidays I was doing some blog surfing to find a neat technique that I could share at the November SASS Stamp Club meeting.  I wanted to make a bright and fun interactive birthday card using the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set.  I found a post at Diana Gibbs' "Stampin' With Di" blog that caught my eye and tickled my imagination.  (You can see that post by clicking here.)  She had made a Christmas easel card.  Now, easel cards have been around for some time, but I had never really looked at them closely before and the way Diana had photographed the card showed me that it was going to be super easy to make.

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(click on card to see larger image)

The card base uses Daffodil Delight cardstock (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2" on the 11" length--the 2 3/4" score line resides on the card front; fold the cardstock at the score lines so that the score line at 5 1/2" creates the card fold at the top of the card front and the score line at 2 3/4" folds the cardstock toward the inside of the card and up to the fold, then open the fold at 2 3/4" and lay it flat).  A piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock (4 1/8" x 5 3/8") was randomly stamped with the balloon and paper horn images using Pumpkin Pie ink.  The balloons were also stamped on a scrap piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock.  The balloons were cut out with Paper Snips and the edges of each balloon sponged with Daffodil Delight ink and then adhered to the balloons stamped on the Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  (For balloons that are stamped over the edges of the cardstock, adhere the balloon and then cut off the part that extends beyond the edge of the cardstock with Paper Snips.)  The edges of the Pumpkin Pie cardstock were sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink and then the lower half of the Pumpkin Pie cardstock was adhered to the lower half (below the score line at 2 3/4") of the Daffodil Delight cardfront using SNAIL, centering the Pumpkin Pie cardstock on the cardfront.  A piece of Pacific Point cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, die cut using the Top Note Bigz die, 1/2" of one long edge of the die cut was cut off using the Paper Trimmer, and the edges of cardstock sponged with Pacific Point ink.  This piece was adhered to the Pumpkin Pie cardstock using Tombow Multi Adhesive with the trimmed edge aligned with the right side of the Pumpkin Pie cardstock. 

The focal point for the card is the large cupcake.  The cupcake was stamped first on a piece of Whisper White cardstock (2" x 3") using Basic Gray ink; the edges of the Whisper White cardstock sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink and adhered, centered, to a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock (2 1/4" x 3 1/4") using SNAIL.  Then the cupcake image was stamped again on Pacific Point cardstock for the cupcake paper, Daffodil Delight cardstock for the icing and candle flame, and Pumpkin Pie cardstock for the candle.  Dazzling Diamonds glitter was added to the Daffodil Delight icing and candle flame by dabbing small spots of glue from a 2-Way Glue Pen to the confetti on the icing and on the candle flame then dusting the cardstock with the glitter (tapping the excess glitter back into the container).  All of the cupcake parts on colored cardstock were cut out using Paper Snips.  The Pacific Point cupcake paper was adhered first to the cupcake image on Whisper White cardstock using SNAIL, then the Daffodil Delight icing with Stampin' Dimensionals, the Pumpkin Pie candle with Stampin' Dimensionals on the upper half of the candle (so that the bottom half can rest on top of the icing), and finally, the candle flame with SNAIL.  A 3/8" slit was cut on each side of the Pacific Point cupcake paper with a Craft Knife (on top of a cutting mat) and Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was threaded through the slits from the back of the Daffodil Delight mat (the ball of a stylus is a great aid for pushing the ribbon through the slit), bringing the ends of the ribbon to the front to tie in a knot on top of the Pacific Point cupcake paper.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the focal point and adhered to the Pacific Point Top Note, aligning the right edges and centering the top and bottom edges of the focal point on the Top Note die.

So, you may be asking yourself "Where's the easel, Mickey?"  Well, you find the easel when you open the card!

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(click on cards to see larger images)

The bottom edge of the card tucks behind the top edge of the Decorative Label punched birthday wish!  The inside sentiment area is lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4" x 5 1/4"), the edges sponged with Daffodil Delight ink.  The balloon and paper horn images are randomly stamped on the lower half of the Whisper White cardstock using Pumpkin Pie ink.  The insides of the balloons are sponged with Daffodil Delight ink.  The birthday sentiment from the Word Play stamp set was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Pacific Point ink and then punched out with the Decorative Label punch.  Two more labels were punched from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and the edges of all three labels were sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink.  The Pumpkin Pie labels were cut to mat the Whisper White label (as described in this post and this post) and the matted sentiment was adhered to the inside sentiment area of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Not shown is more personal birthday sentiment stamped near the upper edge of the Whisper White cardstock liner from the Curvy Verses stamp set.  Like the larger sentiment, this sentiment was stamped with Pacific Point ink, too.

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The Word Play sentiment was stamped at the lower left front of the Whisper White envelope using Pacific Point ink.  Around the sentiment, the balloons and paper horn image were randomly stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink.  As with the inside sentiment area of the card, the balloons were sponged with Daffodil Delight ink.

While I was making this card and cutting out the cardstock for this project for the SASS Stamp Club, I kept thinking about Diana's post and how she used a photograph on her card.  I had just received my granddaughter Samantha's Kindergarten school picture and thought that it would be neat to frame her picture as Diana had to give to my daughter.  Fortunately, I remembered to take a picture of the card before I gave it to Kristen.

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(click on card to see larger image)

Isn't Sammi just adorable??!!??  You've gotta love how she cheeses in her picture--it's so very typical of a Kindergarten picture.  This card uses the French Foliage stamp set (retired from the 2010 Holiday Mini) and Versamark on the Pumpkin Pie cardstock and on the Whisper White liner on the inside sentiment area of the card.  The sentiment comes from the Word Play stamp set (stamped with Early Espresso) and has a double mat of Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso.  Early Espresso also replaces the Pacific Point for the cardstock used with the embossed Top Note die.  My daughter, Kristen, was so tickled to receive this card and intends to place it on her desk at work.

Getting back to the birthday card, I realize that most folks may need to mail their cards and thus may think that the folks that receive the card won't realize that the card is interactive.  I thought about this and wrote this for the inside of the card (located at the inside top edge of the Daffodil Delight card front):  "This is an easel card.  Place the bottom edge of the front behind the top edge of Wish Big."

Robertssiggy

Supplies for Birthday Card.  Stamps:  Crazy for Cupcakes, Curvy Verses, Word Play; Inks:  Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen, Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter, Craft Knife, Cutting Mat, Decorative Label punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Top Note Bigz die, Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Supplies for Sammi's Card.  Stamps:  French Foliage, Word Play; Inks:  Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Decorative Label punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Top Note Bigz die, Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder


Welcome to 2011 !!

Hi there!

Just wanted to pop in to say Happy 2011 to all of you.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are rested and ready to meet the challenges of 2011. 

Just a few days ago, I received my first Blog Award from the very talented Karen Gilbert.

Stylish Blog Award

Like many Blogging Awards, this one comes with a couple of strings attached.  The first is that I must share 8 things about myself with you and the second is that I send this award on to 8 other bloggers who inspire me.

Here are 8 things that you may or may not know about me:

1.  I am married to a wonderful man, named Darrell.  We will be married 20 years in just a few months.  I am so very thankful for the love and joy he has gifted me every single day of our marriage.

2.  We are a blended family and have 5 children: two girls and three boys.  All are grown and live away from home now (Hooray!).  Four are married and have blessed us with six grandchildren:  three boys and three girls.

3.  I began scrapbooking in 1999 thanks to a good friend, Lori.  She also introduced me to Stampin' Up! when she invited me to a workshop in 2000.  I've been hooked on both forms of paper crafting since.

4.  Like Karen Gilbert, I love to cross-stitch and make Christmas Stockings for all of my grandchildren which are presented to them on their second Christmas.  My youngest grandson will receive his Christmas Stocking this year.

5.  I love to solve word puzzles.  It's what I do during my lunch break at work every day.  It's a great way to clear my mind and relax.

6.  My favorite "decompression" activity is to read trashy romance novels.  My favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Laurie McBain, Catherine Coulter, Teresa Medieros, Heather Graham, Mary Balogh, Mary Jo Putney, and Joan Wolf.  My husband bought me a Kindle for Christmas to help alleviate the number of paperbacks that clutter my bedside table. 

7.  My husband and I have two dogs.  One is a Golden Retriever named Maxwell and the other is a Shih Tzu named Zorro.  My husband and I really enjoy our furry friends and how they are so excited to greet us when we come home.

8.  I love being a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator.  I joined the Stampin' Up! family 5 years ago and enjoy sharing my love of paper crafting with an ever growing group of friends I have made as a result of becoming a demonstrator.

Here are the names of 8 bloggers who inspire me (note that many of the bloggers who inspire me are included in Karen's list, so I won't repeat them here).  I'll be passing this award on to:

Catherine Harwood, 3-2-1 Stamp

Diane Simpers, Back Porch Stamper

Nancy Riley, iStamp

Patty Bennett, Patty's Stamping Spot

Diana Gibbs, Stampin' with Di

Connie Collins, Constantly Stamping

Cindy Elam, Heart's Delight Cards

Holly Krautkremer, Rubber Redneck

So now I just need to let them know! 

Robertssiggy