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Is it a Tag or an Ornament? (Part 3)

Hi there!

Whew...I'm tired.  The last two weekends I have been hosting my annual Christmas card class.  Doing this class with Thanksgiving and family events in the middle has been a bit of a challenge, but lots of fun.  One of the great benefits was that my sister-in-law, who lives in Colorado, was able to attend one of the classes.  It was so great to spend the extra time with her.  I'll begin showing you the Christmas cards on Friday.

Today's post is the third installment of the Christmas Tags that I presented at Stampcation at the end of September.  These final two tags are actually my favorites of the six tags that I presented.

Here's the starting point for all the tags.  A piece of Naturals White cardstock was stamped with the Christmas Collage background stamp using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  The images were colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and the Blender Pen.  The colors used were:  Always Artichoke, Old Olive, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red, and Marina Mist.

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(click on cardstock to see larger image)

We'll start with probably one of the easiest and quickest tags to make.

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(click on tags to see larger images)

We begin by using Paper Snips to cut around the outside edge of the "25" circle at the left center of the background image.  The "25" was placed faced down on the tabletop and pieces of Sticky Strip were adhered along the edge of the circle.  Two pieces of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper (Riding Hood Red and Early Espresso diagonal print) were punched with the Lace Ribbon Border punch.  These pieces were run through the Paper Crimper multiple times to loosen up the fibers in the paper pieces to make them more flexible. 

The end of the first piece of punched paper was folded over and placed on the Sticky Strip so that about 1/4" of the paper was inside the circle on the Sticky Strip and the rest of the paper extended outside the edge of the circle.  Using a fingertip to push the paper into place, push and fold the paper up and then press a fingertip of the paper into the Sticky Strip.  This process was repeated all the way around the edge of the circle.  [You may find that a single 12" length isn't quite enough to complete the circle.  So when the first piece of paper is almost used up, leave about 1/4" of the end that is NOT pressed into the Sticky Strip folded up.  Then begin the second strip by folding the end and placing the end onto the Sticky Strip under end of the first piece, place a small piece of Sticky Strip over the start of the second piece of paper and press the end of the first piece into the Sticky Strip.]  To finish off the finger pleats, cut the paper approximately 3/8" beyond the starting point.  Fold the end of the paper over slightly.  Place a narrow piece of Sticky Strip in the valley just beyond where the paper began and press the end in place.

The back of the tag is a piece of Riding Hood Red cardstock punched with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  At the top of the circle the Crop-A-Dile was used to punch a 1/8" hole.  A piece of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was threaded through the hole and knotted.  The "A Merry Christmas" image from the Bells & Boughs stamp set was stamped on a piece of Naturals White cardstock using Riding Hood Red ink.  The stamped image was punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  The "To:"/"From:" words were written above/below the stamped image using the pen tip of the Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker.  The 1 3/4" circle was adhered to the center of the 2 1/2" circle.  The front and back pieces were adhered together with Stampin' Dimensionals.

For the final tag, I went back to the Silent Night song lyrics.

Silent_NightSilent_Night_Back
(click on tags to see larger images)

The song lyrics were punched from the cardstock with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and adhered to a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock punched with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  Pieces of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper (Old Olive and Early Espresso diagonal stripe) were punched with the Lace Ribbon Border punch and run through the Paper Crimper a few times.  The paper was adhered to the back of the 2 1/2" circle using the same process utilized for the "25" tag.  A piece of Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim was folded and the ends adhered at the back center of the 2 1/2" circle using Sticky Strip.

The back of the tag was created by cutting two 2" strips of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper (all over postage stamps of Christmas images).  Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, make score lines every 1/4" along the 12" length of both pieces of paper.  Punch a 1/8" hole at the center point between all the score lines, then fold along the score lines creating mountain/valley folds.  [If using the Crop-A-Dile to punch the 1/8" holes, you can place a number of the folded pleats into the punch slot at one time--a bit of a time saver.]  Thread a length of Whisper White Baker's Twine through all the 1/8" holes of both pieces of paper and carefully cinch the thread to create the circle and knot the thread.  Use a stapler to join the ends of the paper pieces together from the back of the pleated circle.  A 2 1/2" circle of Naturals White cardstock was stamped with the "A Merry Christmas" image using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The "To:"/"From:" words were written above/below the stamped image with the pen tip of the Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker.  Sticky Strip was placed along the edges of the back of the Naturals White circle.  The pleated circle was placed face down on the tabletop and the 2 1/2" Naturals White circle was placed, centered, on top of the pleated circle.  The two halves of the tag were adhered together using Stampin' Dimensionals stacked three-high.

I really enjoyed making these tags to present at Stampcation.  I was concerned that because I made tags from the Christmas Collage background stamp last year that I wouldn't be able to come up with something different this year.  Thanks to the beautifully detailed images on this stamp and the wonderful variety of papers, punches, and embellishments that Stampin' Up! has to offer, it was fun and easy to create a lovely selection of tags pretty quickly. 

So how would you use these?  As tags or ornaments?

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red, Staz-On Jet Black; Stampin' Write Marker:  Old Olive; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White, Riding Hood Red; Designer Series Paper:  Letters to Santa; Embellishments:  Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim, Whisper White Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Paper Snips, Crop-A-Dile, Simply Scored Tool, Paper Crimper, Crop-A-Dile, Blender Pen, Watercolor Crayons (Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard), Lace Ribbon Border punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 2 1/2" circle punch; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Stapler


Is it a Tag or an Ornament? (Part 2)

Hello!  Have you recovered from your Thanksgiving Day feasting?  I have to admit that my water aerobics workout this morning was a little tougher than usual...but it was wonderful to spend the day with my family yesterday.

Here are two more tags made from the Christmas Collage background stamp.  As a reminder, the background stamp was inked with Staz-On Jet Black and stamped on Naturals White cardstock.  Then it was colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a Blender Pen.  The colors used were:  Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, and Marina Mist.

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(click on cardstock to see larger image)

This tag uses the bottom "Alleluia" area of the Silent Night song lyrics.  You'll note that on the larger image, the "A Merry Christmas" sentiment has flourishes that run right up to the Alleluia.  Don't let that keep you from choosing this area of the background stamp, though.  Just cover that area up with an embellishment!

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(click on on each tag to see larger image)

The image was punched with the Large Oval (formerly known as the Wide Oval) punch and matted with a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock punched with the Decorative Label punch.  These were adhered to a piece of Brushed Gold cardstock punched with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  A piece of Very Vanilla 3/8" Velvet Stitched ribbon was folded to create two loops using Sticky Strip.  A piece of Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine was threaded through the button holes from the back of a Real Red button from the Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Buttons.  The folded Velvet ribbon was placed over the button holes on the front of the button and the Baker's Twine knotted tightly to cinch the ribbon at the center.  Mini Jingle Bells were threaded onto the tails of the Baker's Twine and then loops were formed and knotted to "hang" the bells from the folded ribbon.  The button was adhered over the "A Merry Christmas" image just below the "Alleluia" with Mini Glue Dots.

A second 2 1/2" circle was punched from Brushed Gold cardstock.  Adhered to the circle is a mat of Cherry Cobbler punched with the Decorative Label punch.  The "A Merry Christmas" image from the Bells & Boughs stamp set was inked with Cherry Cobbler, stamped on Naturals White cardstock, punched out with the Large Oval punch, and adhered to the Cherry Cobbler mat.  The "To:"/"From:" was written above/below the sentiment with the pen tip of the Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker.  A piece of Very Vanilla 3/8" Velvet Stitched ribbon was folded into a loop and adhered to the back of the Brushed Gold circle so that the folded ribbon extends above the top of the Brushed Gold circle.  Two smaller pieces of Velvet ribbon were adhered to the Brushed Gold circle to dangle below the Brushed Gold circle.  The two Brushed Gold circles were adhered together with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I like the way this tag has the strong colors of Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke in contrast with the subdued accents of the Velvet ribbon and Brushed Gold cardstock. 

The next tag is all about the shimmer.

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(click on tags to see larger images)

You'll find the stamped image used for this tag in the upper right corner of the background stamp.  This greeting block surrounded by flourishes was a challenge because of the absence of coloring for the background.  I solved that by using Paper Snips to cut out the image close to the flourishes and mounting the piece on a 2 1/2" circle punched from Always Artichoke cardstock.  I added color to the image with the Blender Pen and Cherry Cobbler ink for all the small dots that line the inside of the flourishes and for the border of the greeting block.  Then I covered the cardstock with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.  Once that dried, I added the small Basic Pearls in a triangular fashion above and below the greeting box.

The sentiment comes from the Bells & Boughs stamp set.  This was inked with Always Artichoke ink and stamped on a piece of Naturals White cardstock that matched the inside width of the greeting box.  I cut two additional pieces of Naturals White cardstock for banner tails and sprayed all three pieces with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.  Once these pieces dried, I adhered the banner tails to extend beyond the left and right sides of the greeting box and then the sentiment piece "inside" the greeting box using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The back of the ornament is a 2 1/2" circle of Always Artichoke cardstock.  The holly leaves image from the Bells & Boughs stamp set was inked with Always Artichoke ink, stamped on a piece of scrap paper and stamped on a piece of Naturals White cardstock.  The image was centered in the punch window of the Large Oval punch and punched out.  The "To:"/"From:" words were added to the oval using the pen tip of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write marker.  The oval was adhered to the Always Artichoke circle.  A 1/8" hole was punched at the top of the circle using the Crop-A-Dile and a piece of Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was threaded through the hole and tied off. 

On the opposite side of the circle, pieces of Sticky Strip were adhered to the entire outer edge of the circle (except for the hole for the ornament hanger).  The end of the Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin ribbon was folded over and placed on the Sticky Strip so that about 1/4" of the ribbon was inside the circle on the Sticky Strip and the rest of the ribbon width extended outside the edge of the circle.  Using a fingertip to push the ribbon into place, push and fold the ribbon up and then press a fingertip of the ribbon into the Sticky Strip.  This process was repeated all the way around the edge of the circle.  Cut the ribbon approximately 3/8" beyond the starting point.  Put a narrow piece of Sticky Strip along the edge of the ribbon and fold the end over.  Then place a narrow piece of Sticky Strip in the valley just beyond where the ribbon began and press the end in place. 

The front and back of the ornament were adhered together with Stampin' Dimensionals in a square of four and one in the middle with a second layer of Stampin' Dimensionals directly on top of the first five.

I'll be back early next week with the last two tags made from this very versatile background stamp.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage; Inks:  Staz-On Jet Black, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler; Stampin' Write Marker:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Brushed Gold, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White; Embellishments:  Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Buttons, Very Vanilla 3/8" Velvet Stitched ribbon, Mini Jingle Bells, Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine, Basic Pearls, Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin ribbon, Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Blender Pen, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Crop-A-Dile (1/8" hole punch), Watercolor Crayons (Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, More Mustard, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red), 2 1/2" Circle punch, Decorative Label punch, Large Oval punch


Is it a Tag or an Ornament? (Part 1)

Hi there! 

It's Thanksgiving week--the family is beginning to arrive and the food shopping is underway as I'm gathering the supplies to begin making pies.  This year the family Thanksgiving feast is being hosted by my youngest brother, Scott, my sister-in-law, Michelle, and their teen son and daughter, Casey and Kelly.  My contribution is the pumpkin and chocolate cream pies; the chocolate pies are a special request from my nephew, Casey.  I hope your Holiday preparations are proceeding calmly and stress-free.

Last year I participated in the Royal Blog Tour and featured the Christmas Collage background stamp.  You can see the projects I made here and here and here and here.  I used Glossy cardstock for all the projects I made (with the exception of two of the boxes) and the results were bright and shiny.  When I was asked to demonstrate a product based class project for Stampcation, I decided to revisit the Christmas Collage background stamp but this time using Naturals White cardstock.  The next few blog posts will feature the results.  

We'll start with the stamped and colored image.

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(click on cardstock to see larger image)

The background stamp was inked with Staz-On Jet Black ink and colored with Watercolor Crayons and the Blender Pen.  The colors used are:

Holly Leaves:  Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler; Bells:  More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist; Silent Night Lyrics:  More Mustard; 25:  More Mustard; Poinsettias:  Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, More Mustard

Using Naturals White cardstock gives the image a more vintage look than the Glossy cardstock, so I found myself looking at simpler and less fussy embellishments than those used for last year's tags.  We'll begin with the upper left corner of the background image focusing on the "Joy" area.

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The image was punched from the Naturals White cardstock with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.  A 2 1/2" circle was punched from Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  A length of Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon was folded over at the top and adhered to the Cherry Cobbler circle with Sticky Strip.  The rest of the ribbon was left to hang below the circle.  Five Mini Jingle Bells (from the Holiday Mini Catalog) were sewn to the hanging ribbon using Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine and a large-eyed sewing needle.  The punched scallop circle was centered over the Cherry Cobbler circle and adhered to the circle with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The holly leaves image from the Bells & Boughs stamp set was inked with Old Olive ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper and a second time on a piece of Naturals White cardstock.  The image was centered in the punch window of the 1 3/4" circle punch, punched out, and adhered to the back of the Cherry Cobbler circle using SNAIL.  The "To:"/"From:" were written on the circle using pen tip of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker.

While I was sewing the mini jingle bells (and they really ring!) to the Cherry Cobbler ribbon, I was reminded of a row of sleigh bells.  Having grown up in Florida, I've never been on a sleigh, but I remember holding a leather strap festooned with large jingle bells that I rang during a Christmas program in the 4th grade.

Now we'll look at the Silent Night song lyrics at the center right of the image.

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(click on tags to see larger images)

The song lyrics were centered inside the punch window of the Decorative Label punch and punched out.  The image was matted with Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler cardstocks.  You can find directions to create the mats for this punch here.  A piece of Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin ribbon was folded over and adhered to the back of the Cherry Cobbler mat with Sticky Strip.  The Holly Leaves image was inked with Old Olive ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper and a second time on a piece of Naturals White cardstock.  The stamped image was centered inside the punch window of the Decorative Label punch and punched out.  This image was matted with Old Olive cardstock and adhered to the back of the Cherry Cobbler mat (tag front) with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The "To:"/"From:" words were written on the back of the tag using the pen tip of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker.  A piece of Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin ribbon was made into a bow and adhered at the bottom of the tag front using Mini Glue Dots.  [To create the bow, bring both ends of the ribbon up into loops (bunny ears), cross the loops and push one bunny ear into the hole created by crossing the bunny ears and pull the bunny ears to tighten the bow.]

Aren't these tags just adorable?  They are so cute they really should be classified as ornaments.  If you know a young couple who are celebrating their first Christmas together, making a few of these tags would be a great way to help them decorate their Christmas Tree or a banner for their fireplace mantle.

I'll be back after Thanksgiving with a couple more tags.  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends!

Robertssiggy
 

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage; Inks:  Staz-On Jet Black, Old Olive; Stampin' Write Marker:  Cherry Cobbler; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White; Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon, Mini Jingle Bells, Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine, Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Blender Pen, Watercolor Crayons (Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, More Mustard, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, Decorative Label punch; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Large-eyed sewing needle


Fall Leaves

Hi there!

Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away, so I wanted to share a card with you that the SASS Stamp Club made this past weekend. 

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(click on card to see larger image)

I saw the technique used to stamp the Leaves of a Tree stamp image (from the Holiday Mini Catalog) demonstrated by Linda Heller at Stampcation at the end of September and wanted to share this great technique with the SASS Stamp Club.  Usually a single stamp image like this one is inked using the brush tip of a variety of Stampin' Write Markers.  However, when you want to make a stack of cards, inking this stamp, stamping, then cleaning the stamp gets old pretty quickly.  So Linda reminded us of a simple technique:  make your own stamp pad!

We begin with a piece of white felt cut to 4 1/2" x 12" (I bought the felt in 9" x 12" sheets at the local big box store).  I folded the felt to create a triple stack of felt.  I placed the stamp on the felt and used a Black Sharpie to draw a line around the wood block of the stamp.  Then I stamped the image inside the black box using Staz-On.  This gives me a guide to add color to my felt stamp pad. 

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(click on stamp pad to see larger image)

Next, I put the felt stamp pad on a stryrofoam plate and added colors to my stamp pad with Stampin' Up! reinkers.  For this tree I used Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Soft Suede re-inkers.  First mark the tree trunk with Soft Suede then add the colors for the leaves with the remaining colors.

To stamp with your custom stamp pad, just place the stamp on the felt making sure to line up the block with the lines drawn on the felt pad.  Be sure to have a stack of cardstock the same size as the wooden block ready and begin stamping the image!  Because the wood block meets the felt pad in the same place every time, you don't need to clean the stamp before stamping the image the second, third, or tenth time!

The card base is Soft Suede cardstock, the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  Matted to the card base is a piece of Old Olive cardstock, the edges sponged with Old Olive ink.  The "Give Thanks" image from the Hand-Penned Holidays stamp set (from the Holiday Mini Catalog) was stamped near the bottom edge of the Old Olive cardstock using Versamark.  The words were covered with Pewter Embossing Powder (from the Holiday Mini Catalog) and set with the Heat Tool.  A leaf image from the Fall Foliage stamp set was randomly stamped on the Old Olive cardstock using Versamark.  Note that this step is performed AFTER the heat embossing so that the embossing powder sticks only to the words and not to the randomly stamped leaves.

The tree image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  The Very Vanilla cardstock was double matted with Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie cardstocks, the edges of these pieces also sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  Silver Brads were inserted in each corner to finish up the focal point before it was adhered to the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The upper part of the liner was stamped three times with the large leaf from the Fall Foliage stamp set using Cajun Craze ink.  Around the leaves was stamped the dirt drops image (also from the Fall Foliage stamp set) using Crumb Cake ink.  The Happy Thanksgiving image (from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Soft Suede ink. 

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The large leaf image was stamped twice at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla envelope.  The dirt spots image was stamped around the leaves using Crumb Cake ink.  The Happy Thanksgiving image was stamped at the bottom left corner of the envelope.

I'll mention that the ladies of the SASS Stamp Club had a couple of great ideas for modifying my completed card by using their custom stamp pad to stamp the large leaf image on the inside sentiment area of the card and on the front of the envelope.  The results were really attractive!  The only caution I had for them was to make sure that they placed the leaf stamp in exactly the same spot every time to avoid "muddying" the stamp pad when color remaining on the stamp mix with the colors on the stamp pad.  Another change was to adhere the focal point with Stampin' Dimensionals rather than SNAIL to add a bit more dimension to the card front.  Doing this made the randomly stamped leaf on the Old Olive cardstock more visible.

I cut a stack of Very Vanilla cardstock for the ladies to stamp more images from their custom stamp pad and discussed how they would use these extra stamped images.  The most popular idea was to make the image a part of a name tent for Thanksgiving dinner place cards.  Other ideas tossed around were to use the image for the focal points for a masculine card or a Sympathy card.

What would you do?

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Leaves of a Tree, Fall Foliage, Hand-Penned Holidays, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Versamark, Staz-On Jet Black; Re-Inkers:  Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Silver Brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Pewter Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Black Sharpie, White Felt, Styrofoam plate



Raining Flowers

Hi there!

Here are a couple of scrapbook pages that I really enjoyed designing.  Looking back on what I've made lately, I seem to have focused in on the star burst design.  I've found it in so many places!  The My Friend stamp set, the Starburst Jumbo wheel, the Pocket Full of Posies Designer Series Paper, and in the Domestic Goddess Designer Series Paper as you can see in these pages.

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(click on each page to see larger images)

Making the color choices for the scrapbook pages was easy, I just chose the colors used in the Designer Series Paper.  For the paper selected for these pages the colors are Pool Party, Basic Gray and So Saffron.  The base pages are So Saffron Textured cardstock randomly stamped with the solid rounded 5-petal flower image using Versamark.  Then the outline image for the rounded 5-petal flower was stamped over the Versamark image using So Saffron ink.  This process is called Two-Step Stamping.  The inside image is stamped with a light color and the outline image is stamped with a darker contrasting color.  The Raining Flowers stamp set has a number of awesome images that are designed specifically for Two-Step Stamping.  A small solid flower image was stamped at the center of a few of the rounded 5-petal flowers using Pool Party ink. 

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The border treatments for these pages use Island Indigo cardstock scored every 1/2 inch using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  The edges of these pieces of cardstock were sponged with Island Indigo ink.  At the top of the borders is a piece of Pool Party cardstock; the edges of the cardstock sponged with Island Indigo ink.  Centered across the Pool Party cardstock is a piece of Domestic Goddess Designer Series Paper; the edges sponged with Island Indigo ink.

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(click on each frame to see larger image)

The Big Shot and the Peek-A-Boo Frames Bigz L die was put to use for these pages to create hidden journaling windows.  On the left hand page, the Scallop Square frame was die cut using Island Indigo cardstock.  On the right hand page, the Curly Label frame was die cut using Pool Party cardstock.  These were adhered to the pages with pieces of Whisper White cardstock placed inside the frame opening for the journaling.  The "door" of each frame serves as a photo frame with a piece of contrasting cardstock adhered to the door to create a photo mat.  In between the photo mat and the "door" a piece of Ruffled ribbon was adhered to provide a finger grab to open the journaling doors (limiting the likelihood of fingerprints on the photos).  Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled ribbon for the Island Indigo frame and Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon for the Pool Party frame. 

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The large flower accent was created by inking the largest flower with Pool Party ink and then rolling the edges of the flower image on the Island Indigo ink pad using a process call Rock and Roll.  The inked image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and cut out using Paper Snips.  The solid rounded 5-petal flower was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using So Saffron ink.  The outline image for the rounded 5-petal flower was stamped over the solid rounded 5-petal flower using Basic Gray ink and the flower cut out using Paper Snips.  The center of the flower uses the small solid flower image stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Island Indigo ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  The edges of each layer were rolled up with the edge of the Bone Folder and stacked on top of each other.  A hole was pierced through all the flower layers with the Paper Piercing Tool and a large Clear Rhinestone Brad was inserted through the hole.  The brads legs were set on the back of the flower and the flower was adhered to the page with Stampin' Dimensionals as shown on the scrapbook pages above. 

The smaller accent flower was created by stamping the larger solid flower image three times on Whisper White cardstock using Island Indigo, Pool Party, and So Saffron inks.  The flower images were cut out with Paper Snips:  around the outside edge of the image for the Island Indigo flower, around the first line inside the outer edge for the Pool Party flower, and around the second line inside the outer edge for the So Saffron flower.  The edges of all the flowers were rolled up with the Bone Folder and stacked on top of each other.  A hole was pierced through all the flower layers with the Paper Piercing Tool and a small Clear Rhinestone Brad was inserted through the hole.  The brad legs were set on the back of the flower and the flower was adhered to the page using Stampin' Dimensionals as shown on the scrapbook pages above. 

A couple of the scrapbookers in the SASS Stamp Club asked how the hidden journaling would be accessed once the pages were inserted into the page protectors.  There are a couple of options.  The first would be to do nothing and let the person accessing the page pull the page out of the protector to read the journaling.  The second would be to place the completed page inside the protector and draw a line around the top, bottom and side frame (ribbon tab) of the "door".  Then remove the completed page and insert the small self-healing cutting mat from the Mat Pack and use a craft knife to cut along the lines.  Then reinsert the page into the protector making sure the ribbon tab lies on the outside of the page protector.  The flap will help to protect the photo on the "door".

For the non-scrapbookers of the SASS Stamp Club, I used the scrapbook page design to make greeting cards.  However, because these cards are only 3" tall, I selected smaller frames for each card.

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The borders are also narrower to better balance the frames and flower accents with the smaller frames.  This time I matched the Ruffled ribbon tabs to the contrasting color mat on the frame "door".  For the top card, I used a sentiment from the You're a Gem stamp set for the outside of the door stamped with Island Indigo ink.  For the bottom card, I used the heart image from the Tiny Tags stamp set stamped with Island Indigo ink. 

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Whisper White cardstock was placed inside each of the frames.  Sentiments from the Tiny Tags stamp set were stamped inside each frame using Island Indigo ink.

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The inside sentiment area of each card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The solid rounded 5-petal flower image was stamped three times along the left side using Versamark ink.  The outline image for the rounded 5-petal flower was stamped over the solid rounded 5-petal flowers using So Saffron ink.  The small solid flower image was stamped at the center of each flower using Pool Party ink.

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A piece of Domestic Goddess Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of the Small Open End Envelope.  The edges of the envelope flap were sponged with Island Indigo ink.

I'm really tickled with how nicely these pages and cards turned out.  They seem so fun and friendly!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Raining Flowers, Tiny Tags, You're a Gem; Inks:  Basic Gray, Island Indigo, Pool Party, So Saffron, Versamark;  Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, So Saffron Textured, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Domestic Goddess; Embellishments:  Clear Rhinestone Brads, Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled ribbon, Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Peek-A-Boo Frames Bigz L die; Other:  Small Open End Envelope, Page Protectors