Family Photo Box

February 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up! | 2 Comments

Here is my Parisian Breeze Photo Explosion Box with my family photos added to it. We took these pictures at a favorite park a couple of weeks ago.

I love how it turned out!  It looks very different than my finished Rockabilly box, even though the design is exactly the same.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

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Unfortunately, it’s too late to sign up for my Explosion Box class for this Saturday.  But if you’d like to learn how to make these, just find at least two other friends who would also like to take the class, and we’ll schedule another one on a date that works for you.

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Icecream Photo Box

February 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor | 2 Comments

**Today is the last day to sign up for my Photo Explosion Box Class!**

So, I finally found a few minutes to take some photos of my Rockabilly Photo Explosion Box with the photos I added to it. As I mentioned before, I had decided to go with an icecream theme: more specifically, photos taken at our favorite icecream parlor: Leatherby’s Family Creamery.

If you thought my box was cute before, just look at it now! Priceless! Yes, once you add your personal photos to a project, the completed item means so much more.

I made all the photos (which span over the last 4 1/2 years) black and white to help the project visually flow and so there wouldn’t be any clashing with colors. Also, B&W really goes well with the colors of the box.

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 You’ll notice that some of the sections don’t have a photo.  I added accents simply by punching out leftover scraps from the project with the scallop circle and other circle punches.  (When I hold the class, I’ll have my punches available so the class participants can do the same, if they like.)  I’ll probably add journaling to those sections later.

I haven’t added photos to my Parisian Breeze box yet. I took my family out to a nice park last week and we got a ton of photos. I’ve almost finished narrowing them down. That box will be a little different from this one. 1) I’ll be using color photos. 2) There won’t be any panels left blank (I may even put a photo on the center square). When I finish it, I’ll take pics to show you.

Photo Explosion Boxes

February 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, New Products, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up! | 4 Comments

Last week I got my order of new Stampin’ Up! supplies and in it was the new Rockabilly Specialty and Parisian Breeze Specialty Papers.  They are beautiful!!!

I made some adorable photo boxes with them.  I’ll be teaching how to make these boxes at my Photo Explosion Box Class on Saturday February 21st @ 2pm.  Class members will choose whether they want to make the Rockabilly or Parisian Breeze box when the sign up.  If you’d like to join us, please be sure to contact me by Weds Feb 11th, as I’ll need to order the supplies.  (Class members will need to bring their own paper cutter with a scoring blade and their own adhesive.  Thanks!)  ETA:  Class fee is $20 ($18 for current stamp club members.)

You’ll take your box home all ready to add your photos. Plus, you’ll take home the instructions and templates. Photo boxes make a great gift to keep on a desk or coffee table!

(Click on individual photos below to enlarge.)

Here’s the Parisian Breeze Specialty box.  I wish you could reach right through the computer to feel this paper!  It is textured, and much heavier than our normal designer papers- almost as thick as our card stock.  It is very nice!

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And this is the Rockabilly Specialty box.  I love the glossy design on these papers!  What I also love is that on each sheet in the pack, on one side is a very classic pattern: either stripes or polka dots, and on the other side is a trendy pattern like skulls and crossbones or cherries.  I was initially going to go with just classic stripes and dots and my box.  But then I decided that I’d be using photos taken at a favorite ice cream parlor, so I used some cherries.  Too cute! 

When you make your own box, you’ll get to choose which sides of the papers you want to use and where in the box they will go.

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I’ll be adding photos to these boxes soon, and will post new pics then.

 

LOVE that $10 Card Class!

January 31, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, Events, Stamp Set- Heartfelt Thanks, Stamp Set- Love You Much, Stamp Set- Warm Words, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Watercoloring | Leave a comment

I have three lovely cards to show you!  I went with a heart theme, but none of the cards is exclusively for Valentine’s.

These are the cards we’ll be making at my $10 Card Class this Friday evening (2/6, 7PM, my house).  If you’d like to join us, just let me know by this Weds (2/4).  You’ll also take home matching envelopes.

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 Lots-of-Hearts Flower Card

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Stamps: Warm Words
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Candy Lane Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Heart to Heart Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Stamping Sponge, Dimensionals

     

Love Birds Gate-Fold Card

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Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze
Paper: Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, Watercolor Paper
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Word Window Punch, AquaPainter, Silver Brad, Dimensionals

  

Heartfelt Standing Card

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Stamps: Love You Much, Heartfelt Thanks
Ink: Basic Black Craft, Riding Hood Red Classic
Paper: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, AquaPainter, Uni-ball White Gel Pen

Galt Club Projects

January 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Accessories- Chipboard, Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, New Products, Scrapbooking, Specials, Stamp Set- Love You Much, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Pastels, Techniques- Glitter | 1 Comment

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The ladies in my Galt Stamp Club asked for Valentines projects this month!  I was happy to comply, and of course reached for my Love You Much Bundle as the base for each of the projects.  (The bundle is 20% off only through Jan 31st- time is running out!)

I’m so excited about what I came up with!  We had a great time Friday night stamping.

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This is the card we made.  Have I told you how much I love those two birds?  They are just so sweet!

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The glitter window along the bottom of the card is just adorable!  When it is closed, you can see the Candy Lane Designer paper showing through from the inside of the card.  Below, you can see the Dazzling Diamonds really shine!

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I made the glitter window by first placing the Close to Cocoa card stock (punched with the Scallop Edge Punch) over the base of the Riding Hood Red card and securing with Dotto, a good temporary adhesive.  Then I punched out the hearts using the new Heart to Heart Punch.  I removed the Cocoa piece and stuck packing tape across the back where it couldn’t be seen.  The sticky part of the tape is seen through the hearts in the front.  Then I poured Dazzing Diamonds Glitter all over the piece and brushed off all the excess glitter.  Finally, I added adhesive to the pack of the Cocoa card stock, lined it up with the hearts on the card base, and glued it down.

Here is what the card looks like open:

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I colored the Chipboard Square with Close to Cocoa Craft Ink and a Sponge Dauber.  Once it was dry, I used a 2-Way Glue Pen to add some glitter to the frame.  It needed some glitz, too!  The birds are softly colored in with Pastels.

 

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I designed this 6×6 scrapbook page to be fast and easy to assemble since the other two projects are a little time-consuming.  But I love the way it looks!  The photo I chose wasn’t a good quality one.  It was taken in low lighting and was pretty grainy.  So I decided to go with a vintage look.  I changed the overall photo to B&W first, then tinted it with a Chocolate Chip color.  After I printed it, I used a Stampin’ Sponge and Chocolate Chip ink to color the edges, creating a feathered vignette-look.

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I covered the stamped flower with a punched out one from the Trio Flower Punch and secured with a Silver Brad.  I also used  a VersaMarker to darken the inside of the letters.  I did the same thing with the heart on the accent:

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I got the idea for this sweet box from Stampin’ Up!’s website for demonstrators. 

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This part was made by stamping the same image three times using Chocolate Chip ink: once on each Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, and Riding Hood Red card stocks.  I punched out the largest part with the Scallop Circle Punch, the middle with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, and cut out the heart with my Paper Snips.  Then I colored in the dots with the Uni-ball White Gell Pen.

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The hearts on the base of the box were made using both the Heart to Heart punch, and a Stampin’ Wheel!  First, I punched the hearts out of a piece of plain paper.  Then I used Dotto again to temporarily stick the template I made to the box (do this before you assemble the box!).  I sponged on ink with Close to Cocoa.  Then I inked up my Doodle Jumbo Wheel with Chocolate Chip and wheeled over the punched out template.  Ta-Da!  A super-cute design on my hearts!

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Some Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon and a stamped saying finishes the project!

Truffle Boxes

January 16, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Markers, Accessories- Punches, Events, New Products, Projects, Specials, Stampin' Up! | 3 Comments

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I’ve said it before.  I love boxes!  These super cute little things hold four handmade truffles.  Yum!

I’m giving them away as raffle prizes tomorrow at my Mystery Hostess New
Catalog party.  (If I can talk myself into letting them go.  lol)

The basic box is very easy to make.  For the bottom, start with a 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ piece of card stock.  Score at 1 1/2″ on all sides with the Paper Cutter, using the Scoring Blade.  Cut up to intersecting lines to form tabs.  Fold up and secure with Sticky Strip.

To make the lid, start with a 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of cardstock and do the same thing, except score all sides at 3/4″.  Then cut tabs, fold up and glue.

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For the valentine box, I used the Love You Much Bundle.  The focal point is made using the Scallop Edge Punch & the Scallop Circle Punch.  I cut a hole in the lid with the Coluzzle before folding up and gluing.  Then I secured a transparency sheet inside the lid with Sticky Strip.  I love being able to see the sweet treats inside!

 

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My second box is actually a sneak peek item.  🙂  It features “Yummy”, a Sale-A-Bration set for this year!  It will be available to get for FREE from Feb 1st through Mar 31st this year.  (More about that later.)  I love this set!  It is perfect for people like me who like making homemade goodies and packaging them pretty!

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With this box, I wanted even more of the truffles to show through, so I made a completely transparent box lid.  I cut a transparency sheet down to 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, then scored 3/4″ on all sides.  This makes the lid smaller than the box so it fits inside of it, rather than over it.  I didn’t want the clear box lid on the outside for two reasons.  One, I don’t yet know about a really good, truely invisible adhesive.  So I used Mini Glue Dots to glue the tabs down.  They work great, but they are too noticeable for me.  Two, I didn’t want the box lid to interfere with my design of the box sides:

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 I used my Stampin’ Markers a lot for the sides.  (I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig a lot too, because I know I wouldn’t get these all straight otherwise!)  The pretty swirly scrolls on the box sides are part of a large stamp that says “A little Something for you”.  So I simply inked up the portion I wanted with a Basic Black marker and stamped onto my project.  Then I inked just “Yummy” from the “a little Yummy for your tummy” stamp with a Real Red marker and- Voila!  I love the way it turned out!

I really hope the people that win these boxes tomorrow like them!

Thank You Cards (from the Love You Much Bundle)

January 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm | Posted in Accessories- Chipboard, Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, Events, New Products, Projects, Stamp Set- Love You Much, Stampin' Up! | 1 Comment

These are the cards we’ll be making at my Mystery Hostess New Catalog party this Saturday.  Aren’t they cute?

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I’ve been loving my new products from the Love You Much bundle!  I’ve made only valentines with it so far, so I was itching to make some cute cards for other occassions, too.  My DH isn’t so sure about these.  He thinks they look nice, but he is under the opinion that if it has a heart on it, it has to be a valentine.  But he isn’t a girl.  lol

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This first one uses Pacific Point card stock (an In Color).  I love the way it looks with the Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip!  But then, brown is my favorite color.  The sayings on both cards are from the stamp set Thank You Kindly.

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This one is made with Kiwi Kiss (another In Color) and a chip board scalloped square from the On Board Essentials assortment.  We’ll be coloring the chipboard with Craft Ink and will also “paper piece” those adorable birds.

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Be sure to call or email me tomorrow if you know you’re coming on Saturday for your extra raffle ticket.  Otherwise, just pop on by if you’re able to make it!

Candy Lane Valentine Class!

January 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Accessories- Punches, Events, Specials, Stampin' Up! | 2 Comments

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Cards & Candy – what better images of Valentines Day!  My class incorporates both.

When I think of Valentines, I remember the ones we made as kids.  My mom would help us make little chocolate hearts using a plastic candy mold.  Then we would “glue” the candy onto homemade construction paper valentines with a sugar paste.  I loved making these and giving them out!

I used the same idea on these cute 3×3 Valentines I designed for my class.  Each one incorporates a favorite candy into the design.  But they can each be very easily converted to a flat 3×3 card, if you don’t want to add the candy.  

At my class, you’ll make 10 valentines to take home (2 each of 5 designs), plus a super cute decorated tin to hold them in!  Candy included!  😉  The class features the Love You Much Bundle that is on special now.  I am luvin’ this stuff!!

I apologize for the bad lighting in my photos.  I have a hard time with that sometimes!  The set is much cuter IRL.

Reese’s Cup Card

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Lollipop Flower Card

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York Patty Card

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Hersey Bar Holder

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Ghiradelli Chocolate Holder (this one is probably my favorite!  you open the flap to see the candy inside)

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Lots of Hearts Tin (use this cute container to collect or deliver Valentines, or to hold other goodies!)

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 Class Details:

Saturday, Jan 24th 2-4pm
my house
Cost:  $20 ($18 for stamp club members)
Bring your own adhesive, please!

RSVP by Weds Jan 21st

Teacher Stationery Box

December 31, 2008 at 11:33 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Projects, Stamp Set- Tart & Tangy, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | Leave a comment

I’ll try to squeeze in a last post for 2008.  😉

This is what I gave my DD’s kindergarten teacher for Christmas.  I simplified the Stationery Box I’ve made before so there’s just a section for the notecards and a section for matching envelopes.

Stamp Set:  Tart & Tangy
Paper:  Summer Picnic DSP, Real Red, Old Olive and Whisper White Card Stocks
Ink:  Real Red & Old Olive Markers
Accessories: 1/4″ & 5/8″ Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch,  Tag Punch, Sm Tag Punch

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Then I made this Bag-A-Lope to match!  She loved it.

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Autumn Vine Projects

December 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Projects, Stamp Set- Baroque Motifs, Stamp Set- Sincere Salutations, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Techniques | Leave a comment

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I enjoyed lots of family, food & fun over the week.

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Here are two projects I made recently using the beautiful Autumn Vine DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The Holiday Mini is good through Jan 18th, so there’s still plenty of time to get some of this paper.

The first project was an invite to a dinner.  I had to make a lot of them, so I kept it simple, but still elegant.  I also maximized my use of the the DSP by using (3) 2″x1″ strips on each card.  That gave the splash of color I wanted, but didn’t use much paper at all!

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The gold embossing is the “wow” on this project.  I received a lot of compliments on the invites.  Non-stampers especially are impressed with the embossing technique.  I used my favorite stamp set Baroque Motifs for the swirl and Sincere Salutations for the saying.

 

The other project is a CD sleeve.  I made a photo CD for my daugher’s teacher (with photos of their field trip to the pumpkin patch) but I didn’t have a sleeve to put it in.  So I made my own!  It was really easy!

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