Monday, May 24, 2010

Tea Light Holder

With a little roof flashing, the Big Shot, the Flower Folds Bigz XL Die and some glue dots you can make this fun tea light holder! So quick and so easy.

You probably didn't know the Big Shot would cut through metal as well as card stock. In fact, you'd be surprised how many different materials can be cut with this machine. And to think I didn't think I ever wanted to purchase it! Now I use it so much that I don't know how I ever got along without it.

Anyway, all you need to do is cut a piece of flashing to fit over the three largest flowers. Curl the petals around a pencil or a stylus, folding up along the score lines, then set the flowers insideeach other with mini glue dots. Or set the layers apart by using the pop-up glue dots, which add height to your flower. Use only the two largest flowers for a votive cup instead of a tea light. I love the way the flame reflects off the metal!

You can purchase the roof flashing at any hardware store. The other items you need are:

Big Shot Die-CutMachine: 113439, $99.95
Stampin' Up! Flower Folds Bigz XL Die: 115970, $42.95
Mini Glue Dots: 103683, $4.95, 300 dots
OR Pop-Up Glue Dots: 104183, $3.95, 75 dots

Friday, May 21, 2010

Simple Elegance

Oh, how I've fallen in love again with those retiring colors! I've had so much fun playing with card designs using the colors I'll never have access to again. Just one and a half months left to use the Brocade Blue in this card.

Once again, I've made a large card for many people to sign, folding a full sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" Brocade Blue card stock in half. Using the Scallop Edge punch (112091, $15.95) on the Whisper White card stock, made the coordinating designer paper (Patterns Pack II) stand out.

The bird and motif are part of the Elements of Style stamp set found in the Summer Mini Catalog. I've started ordering my stamps in the clear mount version. An advantage is that I could put both the motif and the bird on one clear block, arranging them exactly as I wanted them before stamping. I used markers to get the different colors on the motif but used the ink pad on the bird. Once again, the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set provided the greeting.

I used the ticket corner punch (107214, $6.95) to punch the corners of the Whisper White card stock with its stamped images, then adhered that to another piece of Brocade Blue card stock. The brads in the corners are from the Rich Regals set (106953, $8.95). White Satin Ribbon (114616, $8.95, 15 yards) finished it off.

To order any of the items used in this card, just go to my demonstrator web site (column at right) and click on shop now. Or click on the catalog and place your order.

Order information on the two stamp sets used on this card follows:

Elements of Style: Wood Mount, 118611, $27.95; Clear Mount, 120045, $19.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes: Only available in wood mount: 115370, $36.95

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kiss Baskets

Looking for ideas for cute favors? Try some kiss baskets.

All I did was run Crushed Curry card stock through my Big Shot using the Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die. Then I scored it in the form of tic tac toe with diagonal scores to the corners. Gather the square on the score lines, punch holes in the corners and run ribbon through the holes and decorate. I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die for the butterflies with Dusty Durango and Bermuda Bay card stock. My ribbon coordinated--Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry polka-dot grosgrain ribbon. So cute!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wings of Friendship

Suddenly "friend" cards are in vogue! My daughter has received two and decided it would be nice to have some of her own to send. So I got busy and whipped up a few.

This one is made exclusively of retiring colors--Ballet Blue, Sage Shadow and Barely Banana. I stamped with the bird on the branch image in the Wings of Friendship stamp set available only to hostesses/customers with sales of $300 or more. I "wrapped it up" with the 1/4-inch Sage Shadow grosgrain ribbon (111369, $4.95, 15 yards). These all retire with the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog June 30th.

For this card, I colored the stamp itself with my Stampin' Write Markers and used the Perfect Details Texturz Plate (115962, $3.95) with the Big Shot die cut machine on the Sage Shadow card stock. Once again, the words on the front of the card come from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (115370, $36.95). I find I use that set all the time because it has something for almost every occasion you can think of!

If you want any of these products that are being discontinued, be sure to click on the catalog image in the right hand column and shop on my demonstrator web site. They are only available for the next month and a half! If you personally place an order of $300 or more, you can choose the Wings of Friendship stamp set for free plus and additional $35 in free products. Or contact me through my demonstrator web site or by clicking on comment to book a workshop. The month of June is a great time to book because the complete list of retiring products is available.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sweater & Necklace

I've had this idea tumbling around in my mind for a while. One of the ladies in my Bible study core group wore a dark green sweater with a pink sweatshirt and I thought those colors looked really nice together. Add a simple necklace and I found her attire pleasing to the eye. So, as I started to construct the card from card stock, I thought I would make the card from one of our pinks so the writing inside would show up better. I then chose two colors that are being discontinued in July: Pixie Pink and Handsome Hunter.

I decided the sweater needed some texture, so I ran the Handsome Hunter card stock, already cut, through the Big Shot using one of the Texturz Plates from the Backgrounds 1 set (114512, $11.95). I had some matching buttons, which helped give the sweater effect. The "happy birthday" is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (115370, $36.95) with Whisper White craft ink (101731, $7.50). This set has come in handy so many times.

But I wasn't satisfied with a straight pink edge, so I switched to a Naturals Ivory card stock card, cut the Pixie Pink card stock to fit (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") and then formed a neckline with the Scallop Oval punch (114889, $15.95).

All I had left was the necklace. I colored the flowers and stems from the Tiny Tags stamp set (WM 118091, $22.95; CM 118092, $16.95), stamped the image on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock and then punched it out with the Jewelry Tag Punch (117190, $10.95). Finally, I pierced a hole in the top of the punched card stock and ran silver cord through that, attaching the ends behind the top before attaching the layers to the card itself. I anchored the "pendant" to the card with a mini glue dot (103683, $4.95).

I like the effect and may do it again with other color combinations.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Scrappin' Special Times

I don't take the time to photograph many scrapbook pages, but I was really pleased with this 2-page spread created for my "Wow Board" for our team's recent stamping retreat. I used the spectacular Groom's Specialty Paper (116478, 13.95) on the outsides, edged them with scalloped Real Red card stock and tied with Whisper White satin ribbon. Too bad you can't see the textured design and sheen of the specialty paper in this picture. I even cut the letters from the Groom's paper using the Stampin' Up! Simple Letters die (115960, $89.95) for the Big Shot die cut machine (113439, $99.95).

The bird and the flowers spread across the pages are from the hostess stamp set, Wings of Friendship. I used the poppin' pastels technique to bring out the colors of the image on Basic Black card stock: Stamp the design with Whisper White craft ink (101731, $7.50) and then apply pastel chalks (Stampin' Pastels, 105542, $24.95) with the provided applicators or cotton swabs. Here is a close-up of the bird:

I love this stamp set! If you love it as much as I do, be sure to contact me so you can schedule a workshop. Since it is a Level 2 hostess set, you have to have sales netting $300 or more. Of course, you could place a personal order for that much and still qualify for the hostess benefits, which include $35 of free products--your choice! But hurry, because the stamp set disappears when the new catalog comes out July 1.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Raggie Purse

I finally did it! I made my own raggie purse after seeing all those projects other stampers have made. Obviously, there is no stamping involved in this project, but I did use a Stampin' Up! product--the Big Shot! And my purse cost me less than $10!

I cut fabric strips 5 inches wide from selvage to selvage, then fan-folded each strip at 5" and ran them through my Big Shot using the Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die. One time through and I had 8 scallop squares of fabric! Repeated with other strips until I had 19 squares (actually, I had a couple extras). Stitch two together with a 3-1/4" square of batting, forming the X, then join the quilted squares row by row. Insert handles and closer before stitching around the top of the purse.

I'm planning to teach a class on how to make this purse, so be sure to contact me if you're interested in learning the step-by-step process. My e-mail is