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January 2012

CASEing Myself for Inspiration

Hello!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!  I hope you were able to find some time to travel through the Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop over the weekend.  If not, don't worry, you can still see all the great projects featuring the great Sale-A-Bration products that you can select for FREE with a qualifying purchase of Stampin' Up! merchandise.  Just click here to see a list of all the links for the hop.  I can promise you that you'll find lots of great ideas and inspiration for using all the great products in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

I promised that I would devote some time to provide detailed information about how the projects featured in the Blog Hop were made using the Language of Friendship stamp set.  I'll begin with the first project shown, with the bird and flowers in an embossed oval frame.

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(click on card to see larger image)

I was having a hard time getting started when I began preparing the projects for the Blog Hop.  To jump start my creative process, I decided to begin by copying a project I had made some months ago using the Language of Friendship stamp set.  (You can see that project here.)  This card is nearly exact to the first card I made; the only real difference comes from the colors used and the addition of a brad.

The card base is Island Indigo.  Adhered to the card front is a piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock matted with a piece of Pool Party cardstock.  [Note:  The edges of the card front and the two matted pieces were all sponged with Soft Suede ink; as are all the other elements of this card with the exception of the ribbon, pearls and brad.]

The focal point begins with a piece of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper matted with a piece of Island Indigo cardstock.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was embossed in the Big Shot using the oval frame of the Designer Frames Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The cardstock around the outside of the frame was torn away and the frame was sponged with Calypso Coral ink adding the ink lightly at the center of the frame and getting progressively darker to the outside edges of the frame and cardstock.  Then the edges of the cardstock and the embossed areas of the frame were sponged with Soft Suede ink to bring the embossing into higher relief.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the frame and the frame adhered to the upper area of the Designer Series Paper.

The bird body and bird wing were inked with Soft Suede ink, stamped on pieces of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, and punched out using the Bird Builder punch.  The branch image was inked with Soft Suede ink, stamped on a piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock, and punched out using the Bird Builder punch.  The bird legs were inked with Soft Suede ink and stamped near the right bottom inner edge of the oval frame.  The branch was adhered under the legs and the bird/wing above the legs.

The 3-flower stamp image was stamped three times on Very Vanilla cardstock using Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party inks.  The images were punched out using the Boho Blossoms punch.  The center flower of the large Calypso Coral flower was cut out using Paper Snips.  In addition, I made a small clip in between all the petals of the cut out flower before adhering the cut out flower to the center of the large Island Indigo flower.  The Paper Piercing Tool was used to pierce a hole at the center of the combined flowers and one of the cute brads from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack was inserted.  I used my fingertips to pull up the petals of the cut out flower around the outside edge of the brad.  The combined flowers and brad were adhered to the left bottom inner edge of the oval frame with a Stampin' Dimensional.

A small Island Indigo flower and a medium Calypso Coral flower were adhered above the large combined flowers using Mini Glue Dots.  Basic Pearls (3 mm) were added to the center of each flower.  {Note:  Don't get rid of the rest of the flowers...you'll be using them soon.]

The sentiment was inked with Calypso Coral ink.  A Blender Pen was used to remove the Calypso Coral ink from the word "Friendship" and the word was then inked with the brush tip of a Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Marker and stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  This piece was adhered near the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.  A piece of Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon was wrapped around the focal point and knotted at the center.  The completed focal point was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Bird_in_Oval_Inside
(click on card to see larger image)

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The bird body and bird wing were inked with Soft Suede ink and stamped on pieces of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper and punched out with the Bird Builder punch.  The branch was inked with Soft Suede ink, stamped on Lucky Limeade cardstock, and punched out using the Bird Builder punch.  The bird legs were inked with Soft Suede ink and stamped just above the bottom edge of the liner.  The punched pieces were assembled with the branch below the legs and the bird body and wing above the legs.  The small Calypso Coral flower and the medium Island Indigo flower were adhered near the end of the branch using Mini Glue Dots.  The inner flower of the large Pool Party flower was cut out using Paper Snips and small clips were made in between the petals of the cut out flower.  The petals were pulled up and the flower adhered next to the first two flowers with a Mini Glue Dot.

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(click on envelope to see larger image)

The bird body and bird wing were inked one more time with Soft Suede ink, stamped on pieces of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, and punched out with the Bird Builder punch.  The branch was inked with Lucky Limeade ink and stamped near the bottom left corner of the Medium Very Vanilla envelope front.  The bird legs were inked with Soft Suede ink and stamped just above the branch.  The bird body and bird wing were adhered above the bird legs.

I really love how this card turned out.  The soft colors and vintage feel of this card just made me feel relaxed and happy.  The same way I felt the first time I made the card while thinking of my BFF Terry.   The best part is, that while I was making this card, a whole bunch of ideas for other projects began floating around in my brain.

The next time you feel you're in a creative funk or that your creative Mojo is failing you, just do what I did.  CASE yourself.  CASE means Copy And Share Everything.  And it doesn't apply only to the stuff that you've made; it also applies to the stuff you may see all around you.  Just make sure that if you copy something made by another person that you give that person credit for the work that they invested in the project.

I'll see you soon with another Language of Friendship project from the Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Language of Friendship; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Marker:  Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Everyday Enchantment; Embellishments:  Basic Jewels Pearls, Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled ribbon, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Blender Pen, Boho Blossoms punch, Bird Builder punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Designer Frames Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Language of Friendship -- Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

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Hello there!

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop.  This weekend I'm joining a very talented group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators to showcase the items that you can receive for FREE when you place a qualifying order of Stampin' Up! merchandise.  If you began the hop from the beginning, you're arriving from Krystal's blog, you've seen some wonderful projects using the Stripes Textured Impressions embossing folder for the Big Shot.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, then you've arrived from Carmen's blog where she featured some awesome digital projects using the beautiful images found in the One Big Sale-A-Bration CD.

My projects feature the Language of Friendship stamp set.  You can find this stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog, but during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose this stamp set for FREE when you spend $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise.  It's a heck of a deal!  I love this stamp set and have already featured projects made with this stamp set on my blog.  In fact, my first project is a remake of a greeting card that I've already shared.

Bird_in_Oval
(click on card to see larger image)

I began with a piece of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper to choose the colors for this card:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, and Soft Suede.  The bird body and bird wing also use the Designer Series Paper and were punched out using the Bird Builder punch.  The flower image was stamped three times using Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Calypso Coral.  These flowers were punched with the Boho Blossoms punch.  You'll notice there's a brad from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack at the center of one of the flowers.  The bird and flowers sit on an embossed oval frame from the Designer Frames Textured Impressions embossing folders.

My second project is a set of 6" x 6" scrapbook pages.

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(click on scrapbook pages to see larger image)

Here you see the bird near the top right corner of the right page resting on a "nest" of 1/8" Lucky Limeade Organdy ribbon from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack.  The bird image was stamped on another piece of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, punched out with the Bird Builder punch and adhered to the border strip with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The border strips and the letters die cute for the "r-i-e-n-d-s" in "Friends" are still more pieces of the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper.  Can you tell that I just LOVE this paper???!!!???  The "F" for "Friends" comes from the Vintage Vogue stamp set and was stamped on a piece of Pool Party cardstock, cut out, and adhered to the border strip with Stampin' Dimensionals.  You'll note that more of the Lucky Limeade 1/8" Organdy ribbon was tied around the "F".  The brads used to anchor the Calypso Coral 3/8" Ruffled ribbon and the brad used to dot the "i" in "Friends" come from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack.

My final project is a card with some fancy folds.

Fancy_Fold_Card
(click on card to see larger image)

The card base is Calypso Coral.  Strips of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper were matted with Pool Party cardstock and placed on the card front among the cuts and folds.  A piece of Pool Party cardstock was punched with the Lace Ribbon punch, run through the Paper Crimper to soften up the fibers in the cardstock, and then pleat folded along the bottom border of the card front.  A sponge with Soft Suede ink was rubbed across the front and back of a piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon before the ribbon was wrapped around the bottom of the card front and knotted.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was placed inside the Pool Party rectangular frame for the sentiment.  This embossed frame also comes from the Designer Frames Textured Impressions embossing folders.  The flower image was stamped three times using Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Calypso Coral ink then punched out with the Boho Blossoms punch.  The largest and smallest flowers were attached together with Gold Brads and the medium sized flower has a Gold Brad at the center, too.  The flowers were adhered to the embossed frame with Mini Glue Dots.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!  I hope you've found some inspiration for using the Language of Friendship stamp set.  Be sure to stop by next week for more details about how these projects were made; including a look at the insides of the cards, the envelopes and a card made using the scrapbook page design.

Be sure to take the time to see all the great projects featured in the Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop.  If you're continuing to the next stop on the Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop to visit with Carmen, click here.  If you're traveling in the opposite direction and are ready to visit with Krystal, click here.

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

 


Fresh Vintage for the Scrapbook

Hello!

Here's a set of 6" x 6" scrapbook pages made using a couple of the great products you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration combined with two of the awesome new tools for the Big Shot that you can find in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  This project was designed for the January meeting of the SASS Stamp Club just over a week ago.

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(click on each page to see larger images)

These pages begin with a base of Very Vanilla Textured cardstock.  The medallion image from the Fresh Vintage stamp set was randomly stamped around the outside edges of both pages using Peach Parfait ink; then the edges of the pages were sponged with Peach Parfait ink.  The top edge of the pieces of Peach Parfait cardstock at the center of each page were die cut with the wide wavy edge from the Adorning Accents Edgelits dies for the Big Shot.  Each of the die cut edges were embossed using the wide wavy edge embossing folder from the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The small five-petal flower from the Fresh Vintage stamp set was randomly stamped below the die cut/embossed edges of the Peach Parfait cardstock pieces using Peach Parfait ink.

A piece of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper was adhered along the bottom edge of each piece of Peach Parfait cardstock.  A piece of Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon was adhered along the top edge of the Designer Series Paper and two gold brads were inserted at the outside edge of each page.  Finally, the edges of each piece of Peach Parfait cardstock were sponged with Peach Parfait ink.  The Peach Parfait cardstock pieces were adhered to each page with the bottom, left, and right edges of of the Peach Parfait cardstock approximately 1/4" away from the bottom, left, and right edges of the Very Vanilla Textured cardstock.

Page embellishments were created for each page by choosing colors from the strip of Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper adhered to the bottom edge of the Peach Parfait cardstock pieces.  The medallion image was stamped twice on scraps of Very Vanilla cardstock:  the first time using Pool Party ink, and the second time using Poppy Parade ink.  This process was repeated for the five-petal flower image.  All of the stamped images were cut out using Paper Snips.  The Poppy Parade medallion was combined with the Pool Party five-petal flower and the Pool Party medallion was combined with the Poppy Parade five-petal flower.  A hole was pierced through the center of each combined page embellishment, a gold brad inserted at the center, and the edges of each five-petal flower pulled up with the fingertips.  The completed page embellishments were adhered to the scrapbook pages using Stampin' Dimensionals.

For the ladies in the SASS Stamp Club who don't scrapbook, here's the scrapbook page design translated into a greeting card.

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Everyday_Elegance_3x6_Envelope
(click on each photo to see larger images)

Be sure to stop by at the end of the week for the Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop.  I'll be joining a talented group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators featuring ideas for using the great products you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.

I look forward to seeing you then!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Fresh Vintage; Inks:  Peach Parfait, Pool Party, Poppy Parade; Cardstock:  Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla Textured; Designer Series Paper:  Everyday Enchantment; Embellishments:  Gold Brads, Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folders, Adorning Accents Edgelits dies; Other:  Page Protectors, Small Open-End Envelope


Woohoo! It's Sale-A-Bration Time!!

 

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Hi there!

Today is the first day of Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up! best promotion of the year!  From today through March 31st, for every $50 you spend in merchandise, you'll be able to choose one item for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  This includes specially designed stamp sets, digital designs, Designer Series Paper, and embellishments created just for this promotion.  In addition, there are items selected from the Idea Book & Catalog you can select.  If you haven't received the brochure in the mail from me, I'd be happy to send you one, OR you can click here to see the brochure on my Stampin' Up! website.  To contact me, just click on the "EMail Mickey" button at the top of the right sidebar of this blog page.

Sale-A-Bration is a GREAT time to be a Hostess.  In addition to the FREE items you and your guests can choose for every $50 in merchandise that they order, Hostesses receive extra benefits when the total workshop sales achieve specific milestones.  This is in ADDITION to the great Hostess benefits already offered by Stampin' Up!  For example, if your total workshop order reaches $400 in merchandise, you'll receive $65 in Hostess Dollars to spend, you can purchase one item from the current catalogs for 1/2 price, you'll receive a specially designed Sale-A-Bration shopping tote, AND the Sale-A-Bration product bundle which includes:  the Fresh Vintage stamp set, the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, and the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack. 

If you've every considered becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, NOW is the time to join!  Joining the Stampin' Up! team during Sale-A-Bration has some awesome benefits!  The first is that you can purchase the Starter Kit for only $125 (a $50 savings!).  The second is that you'll select either a package of Designer Series Paper OR a Digital Download for FREE every month through December 2012.  Stampin' Up! has some awesome benefits in place for every new demonstrator.  These include:  30% off your first order placed as a demonstrator within the first 45 days of joining (minimum order $150 AND you'll be able to select Sale-A-Bration items, too!); participation in the Stampin' Start program which awards FREE stamp sets for achieving specific sales milestones in your first six months as a demonstrator; and access to all the wonderful tools and training available to demonstrators on the Demonstrator website and at Stampin' Connection. 

I look forward to hearing from you during Sale-A-Bration.  It would be my honor to assist you; whether it's to place an order, Host a workshop, or help you become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  As always, if you have any questions, please be sure to contact me for assistance.

Robertssiggy

 


A Beautifully Wrapped Gift

Hello!

Hope you're finding that your world is starting to settle a bit after the busy Holiday season.  Things in my neck of the woods are starting to slow up a bit and I'm glad for the respite.  I've been trying to clean things up and put things away--get myself somewhat organized again.  The lovely weather here in East Central Florida has been calling my name with temperatures in the 70s during the day and gently breezes.  We've had a couple of chilly days here and there, but that just helps us to keep the dust from building up on our coats where they hang in the closet.

The great new items in the Occasions Mini Catalog have been calling my name pretty loudly, too.  I'm really having fun with the new toys for the Big Shot, some truly luscious paper, and reacquainting myself with some colors I haven't used in a while.  Today's post addresses the decorated box that I featured during the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Hop a couple of weeks ago.  The Kraft Gift Box (introduced with the Holiday Mini Catalog and still available in the Occasions Mini Catalog) is a great size for packaging those small, but important, gifts that need a bit more presentation than just your usual wrapping paper and ribbon. 

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(click on box to see larger image)

The box was assembled and all the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The edges of Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper, Pool Party cardstock, and Poppy Parade cardstock were also sponged with Soft Suede ink before they were adhered together and adhered to the top, sides and interior of the box top. 

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(click on box to see larger image)

The interior of the box was lined with Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper; it's actually the reverse side of the paper used for the outside panels of the box.  One piece of paper was cut to fit the inside bottom of the box.  A second piece of paper was cut to fit around three of the inside panels of the box with approximately 1/2" extra length at each end to help to anchor the paper as it is adhered to the inside of the box.  To do this, place the paper inside the box and smooth it to fit the three sides using the bone folder to gently create the creases at each corner.  Remove the paper from the box and apply adhesive to the back of the paper and reinsert the paper into the box and press it in place with your fingertips.  A third piece of paper is cut to the size of one interior panel and is inserted to cover the final inside panel.  A piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon was adhered along the top edge of the paper lining the inside of the box to add a finishing touch to the interior. 

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(click on focal point to see larger image)

The medium sized label from the Apothecary Art stamp set was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Jet Black Staz-On ink.  The image was colored with the Blender Pen and the following ink colors:  Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, and Daffodil Delight.  The image was cut out with Paper Snips and matted with a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock die cut with the 3 5/16" x 2 13/16" (measured at the cutting line) Labels Collection Framelits die.  The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Soft Suede ink before adhering the stamped image.  The focal point was adhered to the center of the box top with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A banner across the focal point was created with two pieces of Whisper White cardstock.  The first piece was stamped with the "Happiest Birthday" image using Poppy Parade ink and the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The second piece was cut in half and "fish tails" cut at one end of each of the two pieces.  These pieces were also sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The ends of the banner were adhered at the center of the stamped image with the "fish tails" extending beyond the edges of the stamped image.  Then the sentiment was adhered directly over the center of the stamped image and "fish tails" using Stampin' Dimensionals.

When I finished decorating the box I realized that I needed to make a gift to put in it.  I came up with these cute tags featuring the same stamp image used for the box top focal point.

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(click on tags to see larger image)

I made four tags for the box, two of each color shown in the photo above.  Instead of placing a banner across the center of the stamped image, I wrapped a piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon around each focal point and knotted the ribbon at the center.  You can see that for the Pool Party tags, the focal point image is matted with Poppy Parade cardstock; while the focal point image for the Poppy Parade tags are matted with Pool Party cardstock.  The edges of all of the Pool Party and Poppy Parade cardstocks were sponged with Soft Suede ink.

Each tag is comprised of two pieces of cardstock cut with the 4" x 3 3/8" Labels Collection Framelits die.  The focal point piece was adhered to the top piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The second piece was scored at 15/16" from the point along the 4" width OR line up the small bump after the point in the center along the score line of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool (as shown in the photo below).  Place a piece of Sticky Strip in the area between the score line and the point and press the two pieces of cardstock together, aligning the edges.

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(click on cardstock to see larger image -- a pencil line
was added for better visibility of the score line)

A 1/8" hole was punched near the upper left corner of each tag using the Crop-A-Dile.  A piece of Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was threaded through the punched hole and tied off.

I liked the way this box turned out so much that I decided to use it for one of the projects for the ladies of the SASS Stamp Club this past weekend.  They were all pretty tickled with the way their boxes turned out.

I'll be back soon with another of the projects from this weekend's event.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Apothecary Art; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Jet Black Staz-On; Cardstock:  Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Attic Boutique; Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Blender Pen, Crop-A-Dile, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Labels Collection Framelits dies; Other:  Kraft Gift Box