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July 2012

Lovely Little Labels

SPOILER ALERT!!  If you are swapping with me at the Stampin' Addicts Meet & Greet and don't want to see your card early, be sure to pass up on this post.

Hi there!

I'm spending long hours in my work room these days getting swaps ready for the Stampin' Up! Convention next week.  [A swap is a card or card front that you trade with someone else--a huge spectator sport at Convention.]  I'm in a couple of organized swaps with my on-line friends at Stampin' Addicts during their Meet & Greet on Wednesday night; I am so looking forward to the opportunity to meet some great folks that I've been corresponding with on-line.  Here's the swap card for the As Many As You Want To Swap swap.

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As I mentioned in my last post, this card is a stepped-up version of the workshop invitation card.  The basic card design is the same; however, the individual elements of the card have been taken up a notch or two.  As a reminder, here's the sketch of the basic card design and the workshop invitation.

My Digital Studio - Simple_Card_Design_2Floral_District_Lovely_Labels_Workshop_Invite
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As with the workshop invitation, the stepped-up card features the Floral District Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry cardstock embossed in the Big Shot with the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions embossing folder, and a double mat of Whisper White and Baja Breeze cardstocks.  A piece of Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon is wrapped around the panel to cover the seam between the Designer Series Paper and embossed cardstock and knotted.  Instead of one tag hanging from the ribbon on Linen Thread, this time three tags hang from the ribbon on Whisper White Baker's Twine. 

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The tag borders and interior shape/word images come from the Lovely Little Labels stamp set. 

  • The top tag is the oval tag stamped with Baja Breeze on Whisper White cardstock.  The "LOVE" image was stamped at the center of the tag using Rich Razzleberry ink.  The tag was punched with the corresponding shape punch from the Little Layers Punch Pack along with a second tag punched from Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  The two pieces were adhered together and a hole pierced at one end of the tag.  Crystal Effects were applied to the center of the tag to fill the interior of the stamped border.
  • The middle tag is the somewhat circular stamped with Daffodil Delight ink on Whisper White cardstock.  The key image was stamped at the center of the tag using Baja Breeze ink.  The tag was punched with the corresponding shape punch from the Little Layers Punch Pack along with a second tag punched from Baja Breeze cardstock.  The two pieces were adhered together and a hole pierced at the top center of the tag.  Crystal Effects were applied to the center of the tag to fille the interior of the stamped border.
  • The bottom tag is the square tag stamped with Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White cardstock.  The heart image was stamped at the center of the tag using Daffodil Delight ink.  The tag was cut out with Paper Snips along the outside edges of the stamped square.  The postage stamp punch, from the Little Layers Punch Pack, was used to punch a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock.  The stamped square was adhered to the center of the Daffodil Delight punched piece and a hole pierced at the upper right corner.  Crystal Effects was applied to fill the center of the stamped square.

Once the Crystal Effects dried, Whisper White Baker's Twine was threaded through the holes pierced into the tags and the twine knotted.  The panel was then adhered to the Daffodil Delight card base.

The focal point for the stepped-up card replaces the scallop circle punch with a layered flower. 

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The flower is comprised of five layers:

  • The first layer is a piece of Whisper White cardstock embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder in the Big Shot and then die cut using the middle sized flower from the Floral Frames Framelits.  Rich Razzleberry ink was sponged across the cardstock and along the edges of the die cut flower.  The outer edges of the flower petals were gently rolled under using the Bone Folder.
  • The second layer is a piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper die cut with the second smallest flower from the Floral Frames Framelits in the Big Shot.  The edges of the die cut flower were sponged with Rich Razzleberry ink.  The outer edges of the flower petals were gently rolled under using the Bone Folder.  The flower was adhered to the center of the first layer with a bit of SNAIL.
  • The third layer is a piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper die cut with the smallest doily on the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L in the Big Shot.  The edges of the doily were sponged with Rich Razzleberry ink.  The edges of the center of the doily were also sponged with Rich Razzleberry ink and set aside.  The doily was adhered at the center of the second layer with a bit of SNAIL.
  • The fourth layer is a piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper die cut in the Big Shot with the smallest flower from the Floral Frames Framelits.  The edges of the flower were sponged with Rich Razzleberry ink and the edges of the flower rolled up using the Bone Folder.  The flower was adhered to the center of the third layer with a bit of SNAIL.
  • A hole was pierced at the center of the flower and a Gold Brad inserted to hold the flower layers together.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the first layer and the flower adhered to the card front.
  • The fifth layer is the center of the doily die cut for the third layer.  It was adhered to the top of the Gold Brad with a Mini Glue Dot.

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The swap is only for card fronts; however, I completed a card to share the "rest of the story."  The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock matted with a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock.  A piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper was adhered across the top of the Whisper White cardstock.  A floral medallion was added to the lower left corner of the liner comprised of all but the first layer of the focal point used for the card front.

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The back flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope was embossed in the Big Shot using the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions embossing folder.  However, I had to do some "plastic surgery" to the embossing folder before I could emboss the envelope.  This is because the new Textured Impressions embossing folders introduced in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog are longer than the previously released folders and will not fit into the Big Shot in the landscape orientation required to emboss an envelope flap.  I used guillotine cutter to trim off the ends of the folder so that it would fit into the Big Shot.  Don't worry, the trimming does not affect the use or shorten the embossing surface of the folder.  The embossed envelope flap was sponged with Rich Razzleberry ink.

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The tag images were stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using the same ink color/image combinations used for the tags hanging from the ribbon on the card front.  However, this time no Crystal Effects were used.

I'm really excited to be leaving for Salt Lake City in a few days.  I'm hoping to share another swap with you before I leave.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Lovely Little Labels; Inks:  Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Floral District; Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Gold Brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Paper Piercing Tool, Sponge, Crystal Effects, Little Layers Punch Pack, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L, Floral Frames Framelits, Fancy Fan Textured Impressions embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Come Stamp With Me

Hi there!

Good golly, it's HOT!!  Certainly a redundant thing to say in the Summertime, isn't it?  Fortunately, the sea breezes are keeping the hot air from becoming stifling and the swimming pool is providing relaxing relief.  I keep reminding myself that there are quite a few places that are much hotter than East Central Florida; I can't help but pray for all those who are suffering after the recent weeks of hotter than normal temperatures.  I'm so glad to see that for most of them, this week will bring some cooling temperatures.

The last few days I've been working on invitations for a workshop near the end of July.  My BFF Terry is excited about all the great new stuff in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog and is looking for an opportunity to get together with some friends she hasn't seen in a while, do some paper crafting, and earn some FREE stuff from the new catalog.  The card design I used for the workshop invitations is my favorite and I think of it as my go-to design because you can keep it simple or dress it up with a few extra details.

My Digital Studio - Simple_Card_Design_2
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I'm really enjoying working with the Floral District Designer Series Paper with all the vivid color combinations.  For the workshop invitation, I wanted to highlight the pretty floral print you see at the top of the card that features Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, and Tangerine Tango. 

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This card begins with a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock.  The floral print was adhered near the top of the Tangerine Tango panel and a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock, embossed with the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions embossing folder using the Big Shot, was adhered near the bottom of the panel.  A piece of Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon was wrapped around the panel to cover the area where the paper and cardstock meet and knotted.  Added to the knot was a tag made with one of the labels from the Lovely Little Labels stamp set stamped in Tangerine Tango on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and punched out using the corresponding punch from the Little Labels Punch Pack.  A piece of Linen Thread was threaded through a hole pierced into the tag.  The small butterfly from the A Fitting Occasion stamp set was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Baja Breeze ink, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered to the tag with a Stampin' Dimensional that was cut in half.  The tag was anchored to the cardstock using a Mini Glue Dot.  The Tangerine Tango panel was adhered to the front of the Baja Breeze card base using SNAIL.

The focal point begins with a piece of Rose Red cardstock punched with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch.  A circle of pierced holes was added to the punched scallop circle using the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack.  [I just LOVE this new tool!  It has paper piercing templates for most of the Stampin' Up! punches, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Adorning Accents Edgelits, and Large Scallop Edgelits.  Very cool!]  A statement from the Workshop Words stamp set (that I received for FREE at last year's Stampin' Up! Convention) was inked using the brush tip of the Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Markers, stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and punched out using the 1 3/4" circle punch.  The Whisper White circle was adhered, centered, to the Rose Red Scallop Circle and adhered to the upper left area of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the invitation was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Images from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set were stamped at the upper left corner and lower right corner of the liner using Baja Breeze and Rose Red inks in a process known as two-step stamping.  The solid background image is stamped first in the lighter Baja Breeze ink and the floral butterfly wings were stamped directly onto the solid image using Rose Red ink.

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The wording for the invitation was printed on vellum using my home printer (I've removed the personal info for this sample).  Once the ink dried, I stamped a couple more butterflies in open areas of the printed invitation using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  I colored the images on the BACK of the vellum using the brush tip of Rich Razzleberry and Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Markers (stained glass technique).  You can see that the butterfly near the upper right is Rich Razzleberry along the black areas with Tangerine Tango in the center areas of the wings.  The butterfly stamped near the lower left corner has Tangerine Tango along the black areas with Rich Razzleberry in the center areas of the wings.

Floral_District_Lovely_Labels_Workshop_Invite_Envelope
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A couple more floral butterflies were stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry inks.

I'm looking forward to Terry's workshop in a few weeks.  I will have just returned from the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City and will have lots to share with Terry and her friends.

I'll be back in a couple of days with a stepped up version of this card design.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  A Fitting Occasion, Lovely Little Labels, Papillon Potpourri; Inks:  Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Tangerine Tango; Stampin' Write Markers:  Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Floral District; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Bone Folder, Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Little Labels Punch Pack, 1 3/4" circle punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Fancy Fan Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


A Salute to Bollywood

Hi there!

I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday with family and friends.  In my family, July 4th is a different kind of holiday because my parents birthdays are July 1st (for my Dad) and July 4th (for my Mom).  With Dad gone a little over a year, July 1st is still rather difficult and I have to admit that I was really struggling with the memories and the hole his passing has left in my heart.  Needless to say, my Dad's birthday so close to my Mother's is difficult for her, too.  This year, my sisters and members of their respective families gathered at Mom's to get a handle on some elements of the yard that needed special attention.  Later in the day, my husband and I met up with them at a restaurant for Mom's birthday dinner.  It was a difficult week for Mom, but I think that overall she enjoyed the special attention this week.

Today's project is one that I designed for the June meeting of the SASS Stamp Club.  This was the final scrapbooking project for the 2011-2012 cycle of the SASS Stamp Club and it's completed in the 6" x 6" size since that's the format we used for the duration of the club.  [This particular size of scrapbook page was discontinued in favor of the 8" x 8" scrapbook page in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog.  (Of course, the 12" x 12" scrapbook page format is still supported by Stampin' Up!)]

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I'll admit right up front that the colors and overall "feel" of these pages are not what you normally see on scrapbook pages that I design.  These colors come from the papers that I chose from the Floral District Designer Series Paper:  Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, and Tangerine Tango.  That's quite an eclectic color combination, to be sure!  As I was designing these pages, I couldn't help but think of an Indian Sari with vivid colors in intricate designs interspersed with bling along the borders of the silk.

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The border treatment for the left hand page begins with a piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper with Rose Red and Tangerine Tango colored images matted with a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock.  A second piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper in Baja Breeze was punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch and adhered along the back left edge of the Daffodil Delight mat.  A piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock was die cut with the large scallop edge of the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die and adhered along the back right edge of the Daffodil Delight mat.  The border was then adhered near the left edge of the Rose Red base page.  A third piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper in Daffodil Delight and a piece of Rose Red cardstock were die cut using the double scallop "bead trim" of the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die.  The Rose Red die cut was sliced in half vertically and each half was adhered along the edges of the Daffodil Delight die cut to create a mat.  The matted Daffodil Delight die cut was adhered along the center of the first piece of Floral District Designer Series Paper.  Jewels Basic Rhinestones were adhered at the narrow points of the Daffodil Delight die cut. 

Right-Hand-Inset
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The right hand page features an embellished photo frame mounted at the center of the Rose Red base page.  The frame begins with a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock.  Four pieces of the Baja Breeze print were punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch, adhered along the edges of the frame base and the frame adhered to the center of the base page.  A strip of the Rose Red/Tangerine Tango print was adhered horizontally near the bottom edge of the frame base.  The Daffodil Delight print and a piece of Rose Red cardstock were die cut in the Big Shot using the double scallop "bead trim" of the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die.  The Rose Red die was sliced in half and the pieces used to mat the Daffodil Delight die cut.  The "bead trim" was adhered along the center of the Rose Red/Tangerine Tango paper.  Jewels Basic Rhinestones were placed at each narrow point along the "bead trim".  A rectangle of Daffodil Delight cardstock was placed above the photo frame border to mat the photo that would be added later.

The border treatment for the left hand scrapbook page easily translates to a focal point for a card front.  I used sentiments from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set stamped on Baja Breeze cardstock using Not Quite Navy ink.  For the longer sentiments I punched out the sentiment with the Decorative Label punch and for the shorter sentiments I used the Curly Label punch.  You can see the Decorative Label punch used for the sample below.  The punched sentiment was adhered behind the Daffodil Delight mat before the Tangerine Tango scallop edge die cut was adhered. 

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A thin strip of Floral District Designer Series Paper (the reverse side of the Daffodil Delight paper) was adhered along the top edge of the liner.

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A piece of the Rose Red/Tangerine Tango paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Whisper White Small Open End Envelope (Retired).

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As I mentioned earlier, retirement of the 6" x 6" scrapbook albums and page protectors has dictated a change to the scrapbook pages that will be designed for the SASS Stamp Club for the 2012-2013 cycle.  We'll be using the 8" x 8" format and I'm looking forward to having that extra room to work with.  In addition, any of the 6" x 6" scrapbook pages designed up to this point are easily adapted to a larger format.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (card); Inks:  Not Quite Navy (card); Cardstock:  Baja Breeze (card), Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White (card); Designer Series Paper:  Floral District; Embellishments:  Jewels Basic Rhinestones; Adhesives:  SNAIL; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Scallop Edge Border punch, Decorative Label punch (card), Big Shot w/Extended Cutting Plates, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die; Other:  6" x 6" Page Protectors (Retired), Whisper White Small Open End Envelope (card--Retired)