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August Stamp Club Begins 8/17

12noon Bucksport Middle School.  Make 3 monthly projects using the most current Stampin’ Up! products, while you build your stamping collection and earn Hostess Merchandise.

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Blendabilites Class

August 27, 6 pm Bucksport Middle School

join me in person for $25 OR as a Class To Go $30

Both versions will include 1 set of Blendabilites markers and complete instructions to duplicate these projects at home. Must register by 8/18 to have supplies by the night of the class.

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Happy New Year! 

In America, not only do we celebrate our country’s birthday, it is also the New Year for Stampin’ Up!

 

What does that mean?  It means  there is a brand new catalog with wonderful new products and ideas.  Have you received your new catalog?  If you haven’t, contact me right now. 

It also means Stamp Clubs will be starting. Build your stamp collection a little each month with a minimum order and receive hostess credit as well.  Email me to join now or if you have questions for me.

New classes will be starting up as well.  You can join me at these live events locally; or you can have your class To Go.  This is a new service I will be offering.  If you are unable to attend my local classes due to the fact you are busy at that time or you live too far to travel; classes can be mailed directly to your door complete with directions.

1/2 Off Your First Two Months of Paper Pumpkin!

July 16- Sept 10, 2014:

Offer Detail: Use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

Order your Paper Pumpkin  right here.  Paper Pumpkin will be delivered straight to your door every month.  All supplies, except adhesive of your choice, are included in your monthly kit.  Most projects are completed in 30 minutes.  Great for people with busy schedules, but still need their paper therapy time. (Sorry chocolate is not included either)

BLENDABILITIES

NEW ALCOHOL BASED MARKERS: Blending colors with markers has never been easier! There are 7 sets of colors to choose from:

  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Old Olive
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Skin tone Assortment
  • More colors will become available in August.

Not only can you color images on paper, you can color buttons, brads, and window sheets!

I will be having a Blendabilities 101 class  August 27, 6 PM as well. Register for this class today. Class fees include projects and your own set of Blendabilities Markers to take home with you that evening along with the directions for all the projects we make. (Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad and Blendabilities Ink Lifter can be added for $11 more if you want to start creating at home immediately.)

*Must register no later than 8/18/14 to have supplies the night of the class

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Bat Bag Topper

 

 

Autumn is definitely here.  Temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling. Smells of apples cooking warm the house.  Before you know it Halloween will be here, as in tomorrow.  Once again it’s Mr. Big Shot to the rescue.  What would I do without him??

imageThe bag topper is the top note die cut out in black card stock.  The moon is a 2 1/2″ circle punched from yellow and the edges are sponged. The bat body is made from the owl punch.  He is sponged in white craft ink.

The wings are actually from the butterfly die run through the Big Shot as well.  The butterfly was cut in half, and the small scallops are made with the 1.2″ circle punch, punching three small scallops.  The tree branch is from the bird builder punch.

I hope you enjoyed this really quick treat bag topper.  Now off to get the rest of a “cheerleader” costume.

Join me next time for some paper therapy and chocolate.

Stace

 

Fathers Day/Summer Scrapbook Page

Here is a page I did for my June stamp club.  This was inspired by a card made by my “stamping sister” Connie Staples at a downline meeting.  She made a great

fathers day scrapbook page

little card with a BBQ grill on it that said Happy Father’s Day.  Well, it was almost Father’s Day when we met for stamp club, so I switched it up to a scrapbook page and incorporated a new alphabet stamp set.  I used the word Father because it didn’t use the same letter twice and I was trying to think of something simple for my ladies to use. Once there one of the ladies said “you could have turned the ‘w’ upside down and had it say SUMMER”.  Oh, if only I was that clever.

Anyhow, here how I made a fun scrapbook page using punches.  I love finding more ways to use punches since they are an investment.  I started off with an 8″x8″ Soft Sky background.  Added and 8″x2″ strip of Pear Pizzazz and snipped it across the top with my scissors. The grill is punched with the 1 3/4″ circle punch out of Basic Black. The grilling surface and legs are punched with the Word Window Punch from Smokey Slate card stock.  Also, the Word Window Punch was double punched from Basic Black.**  If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see a little handle on the grill and a little red hamburger, those are just scraps of the Smokey Slate and Real Red card stock cut using the Holiday Ornament Framelit set.  It’s just a piece of the top of any ornament in that set.  Or if you have the top of the retired ornament punch, that will work too. Finally, I used my paper piercer and mat to add mini brads to give it the look of hardware.  You know how men like their version of bling :)  Oops, I forgot the verse.  I placed all the letters from the new ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Number set and inked them with a marker.  Different verses that could be placed on here are BBQ, SUN IN THE FUN,  SUMMER FUN or maybe even MY DAD.

** Double punched refers to punching a shape once and reinserting part of the punched piece back into the punch and punching it again.  Note to self: make a video showing this.

This share was put off a little bit due to the fact my friends at VC Rocks are having a little blog hop featuring Punches, the Big Shot,  and Simply Scoring Tool.  I thought this project fit in perfectly with  that theme.  Feel free to check them out.  They are a group of very talented ladies.

 

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 119873 1 3/4″ Circle Punch
  • # 119869 1/2″ Circle Punch
  • # 119857 Word Window Punch
  • # 130565 ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers
  • # 131201 Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
  • # 131203  Soft Sky Card Stock
  • # 131202 Smoky Slate Card Stock
  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # 100082 Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
  • # 127816 Holiday Ornament Framelits
  • # 133439 Big Shot Die cutting Machine
  • # 122941 1/8″ Mini Brads
  • # 126199 Pierce Mat
  • # 126189 Paper-piercing Tool

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Stace

Chalkboard Technique aka My First Video

Chalkboard Technique video card

Here is a card I made using the chalkboard technique.  Most cards I have seen & created have had a white gel pen “frame” around the edges. Today I tried something a little different.

Originally, I wanted to make one brightly colored 3D flower from Secret Garden to add some pop to a chalkboard technique.  I didn’t like it.  I had a “frame” and the flowers looked a little awkward….in the trash they went (well the scrap pile for later anyways).  From there I decided to place the verse in the middle, and then I thought what the heck, I would use Secret Garden the way I normally do when I use colored ink.  Filler flowers first, then the solid ones. Rhinestones to dot the “i”s for a little bling.

So here is my very first video tutorial.  I was so nervous making it and I was the only one home.  Who would say anything to me?? The dog or two cats :)  I sure hope you like it.

 

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • #106960 Stazon On White Stamp Pad
  • # 119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • # 131916 (w) # 129684 (c) Feel Goods Stamp Set
  • # 131949 (w) # 129144 (c) Secret Garden Stamp Set

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Stace

Go in the Direction of Your Dreams Graduate

grad card

Here is a graduation card using Word Play.  I am sad to see this set retire :(  I used the Chalkboard Technique since chalkboards remind me of school.  Of course someday, we will have to come up with the “Whiteboard Technique” since most schools don’t have real chalkboards any more.

Anyhow, when I was asked to design a graduation card; I had to think about it for a while.  I don’t own a graduation stamp set. I started thinking about high school graduations and college graduations.  They always seem to have the theme of be everything you can be, follow your dreams, be productive in society, etc. I felt the verse “go in the direction of your dreams” seemed fitting.  Then, I thought about how to incorporate a school theme.  Chalkboards are school related.  Ok there is half my project.  It still needed something.  People hang banners at graduation parties. So out came the Hearts a Flutter set & framelits. Not knowing if the person was graduating from high school or college, and not knowing school colors, I opted for black and white.  Certainly the banner could be made to match the school colors of your choice. I used a white gel pen to make the frame of the chalkboard and string of the banner.

Have you ever used the chalkboard technique on any of your cards or scrapbook pages? If you don’t know how to create this technique, come back tomorrow for my first ever YouTube video tutorial. I hope you like it.

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 120308 (w) # 120651 (c) Word Play Stamp Set* 
  • # 131098 (w) # 131097 (c) Hearts a Flutter Bundle
  • # 106960 White Staz-On Ink Pad
  • # 101610 Sponges
  • # 105021 Uni-Ball Gel Pen
  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

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Stace

Best Bouquet Ever

I do NOT have a green thumb at all.  I am lucky to keep a cactus alive :)

best bouquet closeupCut flowers are pretty but they will pass by eventually as well.  I am sure I have found my solution.  Bloomin’ Bouquet Project Kit to the rescue. This is the Best Bouquet ever, I don’t need to remember to water them.  Aren’t they just gorgeous??  They are so bright and cheerful. Which is wonderful after a week of rain.

best bouquet

I have decided to keep these in my craft room to be cheerful and to remind me to CREATE.

As soon as I saw this kit and the new Stampin’ Up! catalog, I knew what class I wanted to offer this summer.  BEAUTIFUL BLOOMIN’ BOUQUET BUNDLE.  Come make an entire bouquet of paper flowers using the new stamp set Flower Shop and coordinating Pansy Punch.   You will leave here with a dozen flowers plus enough supplies to make another dozen at home.  INCLUDING THE STAMPS AND PUNCH! This class is $50 with your choice of clear or wood mount stamps.

You must register for this class by May 30, 2013 so I can order enough stamp sets and punches for everyone.

I can’t wait to have paper flowers all over my house to make it cheery.  The color of the flowers can be changed for the time of year. Rich Regals colors would make lovely fall flowers.  Don’t you agree?

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Stace

Have You Ever CASEd Yourself???

Have you ever liked a card you made so much you CASEd (copied and shared everything) yourself?  Maybe it’s just me, I’m not sure.

Remember this card?  I think it is just adorable. I liked the layout and the Designers Series Paper so much I made a VERY SIMILAR card.

rainbootSee?? I said it was VERY SIMILAR.  I jut thought a little puddle jumper boot would go so well with the umbrellas in the paper. The puddle jumpers remind me of my children.  They always seemed impressed I would let them play outside in the rain as long as they wore their rain boots.  They became known as puddle jumpers in my family because they could jump in puddles with them on and mom didn’t care at all. :) Sometimes the simplest things bring the greatest pleasures.

I added a light coat of Crystal Effects to the boot to give it that glossy-shiney look that rain boots have.  I think it gives it a more realistic feel.  I let Crystal Effects set over night any time I use it on a project, just to make sure it is REALLY dry.  I have a habit of being impatient, touching things, asking, “is it fry yet?” and of course it isn’t & I just left a great big ol’ finger print.

Supplies for this project:

  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 119679 Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker
  • # 119682 Marina Mist Card Stock
  • # 126922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
  • # 129291 Old Olive 3/8″ Striped Organdy Ribbon
  • # 126595 (w) 126597 (c) Bootiful Occasions Stamp Set
  • # 127022 Cloudy Day Embossing Folder
  • # 125598 Labels Collect Framelits
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 101055 Crystal Effects
  • # 101406 Staz-On Jet Black Ink Pad

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Hostesses, Chocolate & Sneak Peeks, Oh My!

So what do Stamp Club Hostesses and chocolate have in common?  A sneak

all new club members giftpeek at a new stamp set called Really Good Greetings.  I selected the verse Finally A Day That Really Is All About You.  Most people might think to use that as a birthday sentiment.  In this case I used it for my Stamp Club Members.  When it is their turn to be hostess, the day is all about them and stamping.  How, awesome is that?  Want to know how you can join one of my stamp clubs?  Click here.

chocolate holder close up jpg copy

What?  You want a close up of that verse?  Well here you go. Isn’t it just cute?  An you want to know how to make one of these cute little holders yourself?  Super easy.

First start with a piece of Designer Series Paper measuring 9 3/4″x 3 1/4″. Score at 3 14″ and 6 1/2″ inches.   You should now have three equal parts.inside chocolate

Cut the last third at a diagonal. Place red sticky strip at the bottom to hold the pocket securely.  Wrap with a coordinating ribbon and decorate. Insert a yummy chocolate of choice.

I decorated mine with the new stamp set Really Good Greetings, punched with a circle punch and layered on the large scallop punch.

4 designs of chocolate holder

Here are the four designs I made from the one package of Designer Series Paper. Sunshine & Sprinkles.  I just love this paper and even the name of it is so cheery and fun.  I will be sad to see it go away at the end of May.

Now I have a little story to tell you.  After I finished creating a dozen and a half of these cute little chocolate holders, my friend Loni sent an email out saying she was setting up a blog hop this weekend.  The theme being “Hostess Gifts”.  I am not kidding I had just finished about 10 minutes before I got the email.  I said sure, I just finished a bunch of hostess gifts.  These items don’t have to be for a hostess.  They can be  for teachers, co-workers or a friend you are thinking of.  If you would like to see other small gifts you could make for someone, click here.

Supplies to create this project:

  • # 126922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper.
  • # 126877 Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon
  • # 105125 Certainly Celery Card Stock
  • # 105120 Bashful Blue Card Stock
  • # 118873  2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • # 130330 (w) # 130333 (c) Really Good Greetings
  • # 104294 Sticky Strip

I will be leaving this project up all weekend for the blog hop.

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Simply Sent Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms all over the world.  You do so much and only get recognized one day of the year.ss_2092824974

Isn’t this the cutest little card.  I made it on my phone. That’s right, on my phone.  It was made using Simply Sent. Go to the App Store or Google Play and download it for free.  Then send someone you love a message.

I hope you all enjoy your Mother’s Day.  I plan on getting ready for up coming workshops.  So it will be a fun day with all that paper!

Join me next time with my inky fingers and simple pleasures.

Stace

 

 

Thanks A Million With Bleach

bleach flower card

 

Word Play is another stamp set that I will miss. it has verses for several events. When I made this card, I wanted to use colors that were retiring, I wanted to send lots of thank you notes (I made 30 of these), I wanted to make something quickly, I wanted to use a technique I have not used in a long time.

With all that in mind, I decided to use today’s technique of bleaching.  Bleach is something we do not have in our house at all times.  My husbands work clothes are black pants and black shirts.  Bleach and black do not go together well. I had to bleach out the towels so I actually had some bleach.

What I did hear is not the only way to use bleach with card making; but it is the one I will share today. I bleached an embossed image.  To do this is very simple. First stamp your image and heat emboss with embossing powder.  I used clear embossing powder for my project.  I chose the flower from Mixed Bunch because it has a coordinating punch. As you know I do not like to cut free hand unless I have to.

Once I stamped and embossed my image with the heat gun and embossing powder, I filled an aqua painter with bleach instead of water.*  I then used the aqua painter like a normal paint brush.  I “painted” the center of the flowers and petals with bleach.  As it turned out, once the card stock was bleached it matched the More Mustard card stock.  That won’t alway happen so you may want to test your bleach on a scrap piece of card stock. Bleaching adds just one more element to your cards.

*When you are done, empty and rinse your brush out. Bleach can be damaging to the bristles over time if just left sitting.

Once the wet card stock dried, the rest of the card went together very quickly.  I stamped the verse, used the Big Shot to emboss the strip of hearts, attached the punch flower, wrote a message by hand on the inside and mailed them off.

 

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 105123 Bravo Burgundy Card Stock
  • # 126967 Bravo Burgundy Ink Pad
  • More Mustard Card Stock (sold out)
  • # 120308 (w) # 120651 (c) Word Play Stamp Set
  • # 128442 (w) # 125537 (c) Mixed Bunch Stamp Set
  • # 125603 Blossom Punch
  • # 102283 Versa Mark Stamp Pad
  • # 109130 Clear Emboss Powder
  • # 129053 Heat Tool
  • # 103954 Aqua Painter
  • # 133439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 125601 Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Bleach

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Stace

 

Masculine Just Believe

Masculine just believe

Just Believe is one of my favorite stamps sets and I hate to see it on the retirement list. I find it simple and elegant design. It can be used on an ink pad for a solid colored image. Or the image can be colored  with markers for a multicolored image.  It can be dressed up with pearls and rhinestones. The possibilities are endless.  <sigh>

So here is a basic card that can be used for many different occasions. Father’s Day, masculine birthday, thinking of you.  It all depends on the verse stamped or message written inside.

The background was stamped with a clear acrylic block and not a rubber stamp. Isn’t it great when you can use products for more than one use?? It is a very simple technique.  Place/tap the acrylic block on your ink pad. I used Crumb Cake.  Then lightly mist the acrylic block with water-this step is optional depending on the desired look. Adding the water makes it look more like a watercolor painting to me. Then use the block like it is a rubber stamp. Ta-da instant background image. Next stamp your main image.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • # 116948 (w) # 120453 (c) Just Believe Stamp Set
  • # 120953 Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • # 119686 Early Espresso Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 126975 Crumb Cake Ink Pad
  • # 126974 Early Espresso Ink Pad

Head over to my online store so you don’t miss out on any retired products.  Once they are gone they are gone. ce8a55e089dd6dc7435ed1cbc72bb43c

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What Is Your Favorite Bow Tying Technique?

I am terrible at tying bows, that is why I usually tie knots.  Here are some pretty cool tutorials that were in my newsletter this month.  WHAT?? You don’t receive my newsletter or free tutorials?  What are you waiting for?? SIGN UP NOW. I email out newsletters with the latest Stampin’ Up! news, project ideas, Q&A. I also I send out FREE step by step tutorials in pdf format so you can save them for later use, and I even snail mail you a little something on your birthday :) All for filling out that little box on the right hand side of my website.

Q: What is your favorite ribbon bow technique?

A: Well, I’d like to say it’s a natural ability, but that wouldn’t be true! I’ve learned how to make a bunch of great bows through resources from Stampin’ Up! and my fellow demonstrators. Here are 5 of my favorite bows as well as tips for making them.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

1. Two-Colored Double Bow: Layer two 18” ribbons. Layer ribbons then tie a standard bow. Before pulling the bow loops to tighten the bow, take a moment to twist the ribbon ends so they lay straight. Pull bow loops to tighten, then fan the inside bow loops out from behind the top loops.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

2. Elegant Bow: Lay a 5” piece of ribbon out flat. Add a dab of SNAIL to center of ribbon. Fold in right end and adhere to center. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of ribbon end. Fold in left end and adhere to center. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of ribbon end. Place one end of 2” ribbon over center of ribbon, creating a “T” shape. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of 2” ribbon end over folded ribbon. Wrap 2” ribbon around folded ribbon until it overlaps and adheres to itself. Pull ribbon snug so it is flat, but not so tight it causes the folded ribbon to gather. Trim off excess ribbon. Press bow flat or push the ends gently to puff it up a bit. Add to card or layer on top of a ribbon strip.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

3. Perfect Double Bow: Select a brad and spread prongs out flat. Begin with 18” ribbon. Use a ruler or estimate the lengths. Fold ribbon 3” from end with 3” section on top. Hold finger over folded layers 1” from fold with loop to left. Fold long end towards your finger to create 1” loop on right. Keep finger over center to hold layers in place. Fold long end back to center to make 1-1/2” loop on left. Fold ribbon back to center again creating 1-1/2” loop to right. Pinch ribbon at center and pick up layers. Set layered ribbon on brad with opened prongs. Fold prongs over ribbon and press flat. Trim ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

4. Hole Bow: Punch a hole in card stock with 1/8” or 1/4” punch. Thread both ends of a 22” long ribbon up through hole from bottom. Slide ribbon loop around card stock and tighten by pulling ends. Keep ribbon ends the same length. Split ribbon ends so one comes out above ribbon and one comes out below. Make sure ribbon isn’t twisted. Tie a basic bow. Fluff and adjust bow as needed and then trim ribbon ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

5. Fork Bow: Begin with a standard dinner fork with four tines and a 10” piece of ribbon. Place ribbon across front of fork with 1/3 of the ribbon to left of the fork. This end will stay stationary. Wrap right end of the ribbon around behind the fork, around left edge, over the top of the first end. Thread end down through space between the center fork tines below where the first ribbon crosses. Pull ribbon up behind the fork and through the space between center fork tines. Knot the two ribbon ends firmly. Slide ribbon from fork and trim ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

Go Bow Crazy
Have fun practicing and experimenting with these bows and different types of ribbon. Pretty soon your friends will be asking you how your bows always look so great! We have a number of ribbons retiring this month. Make sure to order your favorites before they are gone!

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Swallowtail Mother’s Day Card

butterfly mothers day                                                                                                                                                                                                       I love butterflies and dragonflies.  When this new stamp Swallowtail came out I was thrilled, but at the same time I was somewhat intimidated by it dueto its size. “What could I possibly do with this big background stamp?”Anything and everything is the answer.

With this card I used a technique called burnishing.  First take a piece of whisper white card stock.  Stamp the Swallowtail in black Stazon ink.  Select 2-3 coordinating colors.  I selected Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals ink.  Using a sponge, apply the ink over the image in a circular motion. I used the Summer Starfruit first in the center of the card.  The more ink you apply, the more concentrated the color and intensity. Apply the second color.  Overlap some of the colors as well.  This gives it a  nice blended effect.  You would follow the same process for a third color if you wanted.

Stamp a verse in black Stazon as well.  Layer it onto a folded card base.  Easy Peasy.

Supplies for this project:

  • #126991 Summer Starfruit Ink Pad
  • # 126858 Primrose Petals Ink Pad
  • # 126841 Primrose Petals Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 101406 Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad
  • # 101610 Stamping Sponges
  • # 122650 (w) # 122652 (c) Delightful Dozen
  • # 131943 (w) # 129216 (c) Swallowtail

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PS don’t forget to order your items from the retirement list before they’re gone.

Say Thanks A Ton With Coffee

whale kcup holderIn my house, there is no such thing as too much coffee.  My husband drinks coffee by the pot not the cup.

Many people now have the coffee machines that use the specialized coffee pods.  We have a Keurig machine. As do many family members and friends.

I love to give little thinking of you gifts.  Usually they contain some sort of chocolate.  I went a different path with this project.  I saw many samples of K-cup holders on Pinterest.  Many people had different tutorials etc.  I found one I liked and tried it out.  I have only been wanting to make one of these for a year.  I guess somethings you just can’t rush.

My first attempt didn’t look half bad until I realized I had not punched a place for the handle. I STRONGLY recommend you punch the handle before you adhere everything together with red sticky strip.  The punches don’t fit in that small space after the box is put together.  I bet you can guess how I found this out.  Anyhow, I played around with it until I came up with this.

Here is my K-cup tutorial if you would like to try it yourself.  This is a project I sent to everyone who has signed up for my mailing list. If you enjoyed this project, sign up for my newsletter today.

Supplies used to make this project:

  •  # 119682 Marina Mist Card Stock
  •  # 126962 Marina Mist Classic Ink Pad
  •  # 126922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
  •  # 129129 (w) # 129132 (c ) Oh, Whale Stamp Set
  •  # 129403 Happy Whale Clearlits Die
  •  # 129267 Bitty Banners Framelits Die
  •  # 113439 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
  •  # 119850 1 3⁄4” Circle Punch
  •  # 119855 Large Oval Punch
  •  # 104294 Sticky Strip or # 110755 Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive
  •  coordinating ribbon & google eye

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Stace

 

The Best Things in LIfe

quilt with pinwheelThe Best Things in Life Aren’t Things is a wonderful verse and philosophy. Here is a quick and simple card.  I thought the pattern would be much harder than it was.

I believe this style of layering is called quilting but I am not sure.  However, like I said it wasn’t as hard as I thought.  I punched 12 squares with the postage punch out of two designs of Designer Series Paper. I alternated the pattern.  I do suggest laying the design out before adhering it down permanently.

Stamp the verse on Whisper White card stock.  Cut it out with an oval framelit ( believe I used the 3rd smallest framelit. I am not sure and I have already given the card away. A small pinwheel was cut using the Pinwheel Sizzlits Die. Next, punch a small heart using the Owl Punch. Place it in the small bottle cap. Put a layer of Crystal Effects over the heart filling the bottle cap.  I set this aside over night so the Crystal Effects would dry level and have a nice shiny gloss to it.

The square punches were adhered to the cards with snail adhesive. The oval and pinwheel were raised using dimensionals.  Easy peasy. Write a note to someone to let them know how special they are to you.  The receiver will love it.  Not only did you take the time to think of them, make a card and mail it to them;  they will be happy to get a work of art in the mail instead of a bill. 😛

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 1226922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
  • # 129681 (w) # 129684 (c) Feel Goods
  • # 129411 Pinwheel Sizzlits Die
  • # 129388 Soda Pop Tops
  • # 129381 Ovals Collections Framelits Dies
  • # 101055 Crystal Effects
  •  # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 119683 Daffodil Delight Card Stock
  • # 126984 Lucky Limeaid Stamp Pad
  • # 104430 Dimensionals
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 122344 Postage Stamp Punch

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Stace

Friend Frame

she thought she could frame

One of my all time favorite simple pleasures is finding that really cool item at a really cheap price. The dollar store is one of my favorite stores to shop when I want to make or alter a craft item.
Here is a white  frame I found at the dollar store. It also has a white ribbon hanger on it as well that doesn’t show in the picture.  Needless to say I bought a stack of these frames.

The opening is 3.5″x3.5″.  So that’s how large I cut my Basic Black card stock. I stamped this using the chalkboard technique. This was my very first attempt at it.

If you aren’t familiar with the chalkboard technique it is very easy.  Stamp on black card stock with a white craft pad or white Stazon ink. Quickly cover your project with white embossing powder for a clearer white image. The heat emboss.  Then drag the edge of your white pad directly across the black card stock.  There you go, nice & simple.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # !06960 Staz-on White Ink Pad OR # 101731 Whisper White Craft Pad
  • # 109132 White Stampin’ Emboss Powder
  • # 129053 Heat Tool
  • Picture Frame from local store

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Stace

Bloomin’ Marvelous

This post should really be called Bloomin Marvelous with Blunders (or Bloopers). Do you have any bad habits?  I won’t make you tell me what they are.  However, one of my bad habits, is not cleaning my stamps right away. Very rarely does that ever bother me.  I don’t even clean off the Staz-On. Another time I will tell you why.

Ok getting back on target. Like I said, I rarely clean my stamps.  Only if I am going to use yellow or pale pink do I ever wash my stamps.  I know for sure I those light colors are going to take the dark color right off my dirty stamps.

I do want it to be known, that for this project I did clean of my stamps.  My versa mark ink pad was contaminated with Cherry Cobbler ink….Again, I want it to be known, I did notice that.  I even tried getting the Cherry Cobbler off my versa mark pad.  I even went as far as to re-ink it.

cards pink brown copyWith all that being said, do you see how some of the flowers have a pink hue to them?  Yep, that is faint Cherry Cobbler ink.  I use the embossed resist technique. (I’ve also heard it called Ghosting Technique as well.) So some of my flowers turned out pink.  It was light enough pink it was almost Pink Pirouette that I just “went with it”.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • # 129650 (w) #129654 (c) Bloomin Marvelous Stamp Set*
  • # 120953 Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • # 126975 Crumb Cake Ink Pad
  • # 126979 Chocolate Chip Ink Pad
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 102283 Versa Mark Ink Pad
  • # 103083 Embossing Buddy
  • # 129053 Heat Tool
  • # 109130 Clear Embossing Powder
  • #111351 Pink Pirouette Card Stock

* Available until March 22, 2013 with a $50 purchase. Contact me right away with your order or shop directly online.

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Stace