Throw Back Thursday-Yippee Skippy

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I have another Throw Back Thursday.  I have been on vacation somewhat.  I was imagegone for four days , hanging out with my BFFs.  Soon, I will have photos to share of York’s Wild Kingdom.  Until then, here is a card project using up some retired designer series paper (DSP) and card stock.  It features another one of my favorite retired stamp sets called Yippee Skippy.

I used a card base with a layer of retired DSP.  I used my Big Shot and Banners Framelits Dies to cut the banner from some yellow card stock. I stamped the verse on some whisper white card stock and punched it with the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  The little flowers are punched using a punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I added a pearl to the center of the flower.  I made several of these to send out to friends and family.

Have you been sharing your beautiful designer series paper with your friends and family?  I sure hope so.

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Stace

Happy Birthday VCRocks!

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This weekend is Stampin’ Up!’s Convention weekend.  It also why VCRocks was created.  Virtual Convention Rocks.  This is VCRocks 15 birthday.  We have swaps etc just like you would if you really went to convention.  We chat, stay up giggling just like you would with real convention.

We also have blog hops.  This weekends blog is celebrating birthdays.  You would think I would make a birthday card of some sort.  Nope, not this time.  I decided to imagemake a celebration wreath!  I decided this for two reasons.  One, it gave the opportunity to use up some more of my retired Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Two, I was chatting on VCRocks that I couldn’t wait for my Stampin’ Up! order to come because I want to get some new Christmas DSP Merry Moments, to make some paper wreaths with.  Someone asked if I would share how to make a wreath.  Sure, why not.  Hmmm, did I really want to type that many steps?  Nope, a video must be easier to follow along with.

This type of wreath can be made with simple supplies.  Designer Series Paper and coordinating card stock depending on the reason for your wreath.  I made this for Christmas, Halloween, spring, and now a birthday.  A styrofoam wreath.  I used a 9″ wreath today.  It requires four full sheets of 12″x12″ designer series paper.  For a twelve inch wreath use six full sheets of designer series paper. You’ll also need basic straight pins from the sewing department of the store. Your paper cutter, scoring tool, and a bone folder. I used my Big Shot with the Butterflies Framelits and my beloved magnetic platform.

imageThe project takes a couple hours total.  Sometimes I can sit and do the entire project in one setting.  Other times I do it sections.  Placing the strips of paper in a plastic container and take it with me to my daughter’s activities. The rosette is the part I usually make last. A large bow could be placed on the wreath, or it could be left plain if you like.  That’s the great thing about crafting, you can make your project to fit your style.

Here is a video to watch:

I hope this video inspires you to use some of your pretty designer series paper.  Hang it on the wall where you can enjoy it everyday!  Make this for a friend for a birthday or baby shower.  Add a couple pieces of chocolate for good measure.  If you need more inspiration, visit VCRocks blog hop.

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Stace

Throw Back Thursday -Awash with Flowers

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Do you remember me posting awhile back about using up my DSP (Designer Series Paper)?  That I need to share my love of pretty paper and not hoard it in a drawer?

I have been working hard on it.  I made a set of cards using up some paper from lasimaget spring.  I also used one of my stamp sets that I just love even though it is retired.  Awash with Flowers.  It was an awesome two step stamp set.  I also used the retired Angle Tag Topper punch.  The red fringe is made with the Fringe Scissors.

The inside is stamped as well.  I like to use outline stamps on the inside of my cards.  This way you can continue to have room to write your message.

imageI stamped the inside with Feel Goods stamp set.  I think it is such an uplifting  stamp set.  Who can’t use a little uplifting every now and then?

This design can be copied with any Designer Series Paper.  It is a very simple layout.  Current tag topper punches can be used, a new stamp set can be used.  Or do like I did.  Pull out some of that pretty paper you are hoarding and a favorite stamp set.  Share you pretty paper can creativity with someone! Keep the chocolate for yourself :)

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Stace

White on White

imageHi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa.

I recently joined a group on Facebook that has swaps. One swap is White on White.  Oh my goodness, how do you put  a sentiment on a card that has to be all white? I have completed monochromatic color challenges.  Key word COLOR! Using multiple shades of one color.  Plus I wanted it to fit my style of card making: Quick, Creative, and Cute!

Most of my idea hit me at once. My favorite tool, the Big Shot. Lucky me, I had just ordered the Greetings Thinlits Dies.  I love it when an idea comes to me so quickly, don’t you?  All I had to do was to decide which embossing folder to use for texture.  I chose the Polka Dot embossing folder.

A few tips I have tried lately when cutting with thinlits has been using wax paper in-between my card stock and die.  The same with dryer sheets.  With this card, I tried the latest tip (which is also free).  Cut up a plastic grocery bag and layer that around your card stock.  It worked wonderfully.

I like this idea because I have a plastic bag filled with plastic bags from the grocery store.  The only reason I have ever bought wax paper for is for crafting.  I want to use my dryer sheets for my laundry.  Now I have an item I can use up that normally just takes up space on my counter.  I need that space for chocolate after all.

What types of challenges have you taken part in lately?

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Stace

 

More Cutie Pie Cuteness

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imageI have one more day of Cutie Pie projects that are dealing with the holidays.  Specifically Christmas.  It has been the hottest this year in Maine, and I am working on winter projects.

When I posted Rudolf a bit ago, I was challenged to make a Santa.  I wasn’t sure about doing a punch art face, so I decided to do his belly.  I used a 1/4″ strip of grosgrain ribbon for his belt.  A piece of gold glimmer paper for his belt buckle.

Then I decided there needed to be a snowman to go with the group.  What is winter without Frosty?  I embossed whisper white card stock with the Decorative Dots embossing folder to give a snowy effect.  The Cutie Pie die includes the die that creates the bow Frosty is wearing.  His buttons of coal are made with the owl punch. The hat is a strip of black card stock, and a piece punched from the one inch square punch.  The leaves and heart are also punched with the owl punch.  I had some small googley eyes and a scrap piece of orange for the nose.  He is so stinkin” cute.  Fill him with some chocolate and he will be the hottest snowman this winter :)

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Stace

Cutie Pie Candy Corn-video tutorial

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Last week I had a post using the Cutie Pie framelit which featured Rudolf.  You can see it here if you missed it.  I made a Christmas tree as well that day very quickly.  The next time I make a tree, I think I will use Lovely as a Tree to give it some texture.image

The day that I made Rudolf and a tree, I also envisioned candy corn for Halloween.  Is there any occasion this die cannot be used for?  It was meant to be a slice of cake.  It could be a birthday cake; it could be a wedding cake.  It could be a piece of pie. (and just think how many types of pie there are(.

So the first thing I did when I work up was make a cup of coffee and headed to my craft room with my iPad to record a video.

So here is my Cutie Pie Candy Corn Video

Aren’t they just as cute a can be?  I hope you have a great time using this new die from Stampin’ Up!

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Stace

Monochromatic Challenge

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Lately I have had to find inspiration from all sorts of places.  One of them was a Virtual Stamp Day challenge.  It is a day that you are given a challenge and you are supposed to post your photo to the group in an email.

FullSizeRender_2The first challenge was a monochromatic card.  I had been stamping a little earlier that day and I had a stamp set, Work of Art and Gorgeous Grunge, on my desk and my black Stazon ink.  You guess it, a black and white card!

To get the gray tones, I stamped off (stamp on scrap paper before stamping on your project) first.  The verse I stamped full strength on the card. I believe the inside of the card I just used a thank you from the Work of Art set.  I added a little bling of rhinestones on the bottom.

Everyone in the group loved it.  They even convinced me to join a masculine card swap. The only changes I made were: I left out the heart and instead of rhinestones, I used candy dots. I can’t wait to see what the other stampers created. I should be getting them back in the mail within the next week or so.  I will share everyone’s creative ideas with you when they come in.

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Stace

 

Designer Series Paper (DSP) Bow with Tutorial

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I need to know, is anyone a Designer Series Paper hoarder like me?  Even when I was a kid, I hated using all the pretty stationary I would get for presents.  It has carried over into my crafting.  My new goal is to use up that pretty paper. If I think it’s pretty, I’m sure the people I am making cards for will think it’s pretty too.  Designer Series Paper (DSP) doesn’t have to be just for cards either. Today I started making bows.image

They are so simple and pretty! And they can coordinate with the card you give. These can be made for birthdays, Christmas, or any other type of gift giving. I think this particular Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the early 2000’s.  Yes, I admit I have a problem.

However, these bows are super simple to make.  Easy enough that I think I am going to start to put them on gift bags with matching cards. If I don’t have any coordinating paper since some of my DPS is very old, I am going to attach thimageem to plain craft gift bags.

First you want to select a piece of Designers Series Paper (DSP) .  You want to cut 9 strips that are 3/4″ wide.  Once you have your nine strips, you are going to cut some of them for the different layers of the bow.image

 

Leave three of them the full 12″ x 3/4″.  Next take three strips and cut one inch off so they are 11″ x 3/4″.  Now take two strips and cut two inches off so they measure 10″ x 3/4″.  Finally, take the last strip and cut it so it measures 4″ x 3/4″

I used my my hand held stapler from Stampin’ Up! I love this stapler.  It has mini staples and it is very easy to squeeze.  Great when you have problems with your hands.

imageFirst I stapled the 4″ strip into a circle.  All the remaining strips, I stapled into figure eights, and stapled in the middle.  I alternated the pattern but you certainly don’t need to do that.

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I stacked each pile of three together.  The two smallest strips and the circle made a group of three.  Click on the images to enlarge.  To complete the bow, I layered the groups and stapled them.  You could also use glue dots to put the layers together if it’s hard to get your stapler around all the loops.

One thing I didn’t discover or think of until I was cleaning my desk; is all those little staples can be a little pokey on the bottom.  I don’t have a photo but I punched a 2″ circle from card stock and placed it on the bottom with glue dots to cover the staples.

I hope this post has inspired you to use up that Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It really is too pretty to just keep in a storage container.  I am going to keep telling myself this until I only have small scraps of DSP left.  I think I am going to Google One Sheet Wonders to use up some of my paper.

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Stace

 

Summer Soccer

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This past week of Creative Chaos was soccer camp.  Well, I am no sure how creative it was but it was so much fun for my daughter and her cousin!  Not once did either girl complain of boredom.  There was some tiredness by the end of the week.  These two girls were playing soccer from 9-3 for an entire week. IMG_1399

This photos is the very last day.  The girls learned so much from the coaches.  Not only did the girls learn soccer techniques, the leaned new vocabulary.  The coaches were from England and Whales. (Some are professional soccer players.) So of course the accents were “awesome”!  The first thing the girls said when they got home, the first night was, “Does anyone need to use the loo?”  Did you know “Loo” is the bathroom? Yes, girls, I did.

This soccer camp had 43 children sign up and show up every day.  One the final day it was the coaches vs. kids.  The referee and coaches were wonderful and naturally these natural born soccer players won their match against the coaches :)  Below the coaches are saying goodbye and what a wonderful week they had in Maine.IMG_1455

Thank you coaches for coming across the pond to participate in the YES program and sharing your talents with this wonderful group of kids.

More stamping is to come later, now that we have all recovered from soccer.

Thank you sharing this proud mom/auntie moment with me.

Creative Blessings,

Stace