Monday, April 29, 2013

May Breakfast

We are having a May Breakfast for our office suite on Wednesday.  I volunteered to bring paper goods: napkins, paper plates, etc.   I also decided to use up some retired card stock.  This DSP is Raspberry Lemonade from a few seasons ago.

I made a boxful. These little May Baskets are recycled toilet paper rolls I cased from Angie Juda.  Here is her video with the instructions:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

One Layer Card

This week the Paper Players have  challenged us to create a One Layer Card.  Here's mine:

I used Stampin' Up! Naturals Ivory Card Stock, Cherry Cobbler Ink, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder and Perfectly Penned stamp set. 

PPA 157

Sketch Challenge: PPA157

Here is my card:

I used Stampin' Up's new DSP Epic Day  that is in the This and That Bundle.  The card stock is Crumb Cake sponged with Crumb Cake and the doily is sponged with Crumb Cake ink and spritzed with Smooch Spritz.  The oval "sky" is glossy card stock cut with SU Framelits Ovals Collection.  The sun and sky are Daffodil Delight and Baja Breeze, applied with a sponge dauber.  The butterflies from Papillon Potpourri were heat embossed in white on Daffodil Delight card stock and punched with SU's Bitty Butterfly punch from the Spring Catalog.  The Insta Happiness sticker is also from the This and That Bundle.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Paper Pumpkin

If you read my blog regularly, you've probably noticed that I do not do a lot of "selling" in my posts.  Today I am going to tell you a little bit about Paper Pumpkin.  Paper Pumpkin is a kit that Stampin' Up! sends to you once a month, but only if you want them to. 

The kit comes with everything you need to make four cards.  And yes, I do mean everything:  Card Stock, Designer Series Paper, Stamps, Ink, embellishments (such as ribbon, buttons, stickers, etc,) and the envelopes.

Each month is a different theme.  I received my Paper Pumpkin kit today and made up these four cards in no time at all!  And I changed it up a bit.  The sentiment stamps that came with the kit were:
"Seriously" (which I used and Love!), "you kick booty" and "love your guts". 

I needed some different cards this weekend, so I used "thank you" and "congratulations" from SU's Embellished Events set, "hang in there" from SU's From My Heart set and "happy birthday" from SU's Moving Forward set.

I changed each card a little bit: the way I tied the Linen thread, the placement of the buttons and I popped up some of the elements on Stampin Dimensionals.  What a fun afternoon and I have four cards, complete with envelopes.

So if you have been thinking about getting into stamping, but haven't done anything about it, check out Paper Pumpkin:  It might be just right for you.  If you want to order the introductory kit, just click on my "Shop Now" button and order #132600.

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Here is a contribution to the The Paper Players Challenge:

This week we have a color challenge:

As you can see, the Island Indigo is represented in the ribbon.   I added Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake directly to a stamping block to add color.  I brayered a larger stamping block with the Rich Razzleberry and stamped with that.  

The Baja Breeze streams of color were created by putting a few rubber bands aound my brayer, inking up and adding the color over the whole panel.  I used the spots stamp from SU's Paper Pumpkin to add the Crumb Cake spots.  There is a bit of washi tape from This and That bundle and the Stamp Sets used are Postage Due and Affection Collection.  The "postage stamps" were punched  with the SU Postage Stamp Punch.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

More Recycling

This is for a challenge at The Paper Players.  In honor of National Earth Month, the challenge is to use a recycled or re-purposed item on your projects.

Can you identify my recycled item?  It is the black netting on the witch's party dress.  That netting was the outside wrapper on our Easter Ham!

The netting reminded me of the netting overlay on 50's style Cocktail Dresses.  I pictured an Audrey Hepburn style ensemble with the netting over a Silver Glimmer paper dress, but I just couldn't get it  quite right.

The netting also reminded me of fishnet stockings and a witch costume so I switched to that idea and and this is where I ended up.  I couldn't do stockings, so I did a netting overlay on the dress.  And how about that Bat belt?  Batman would be proud!

Products are: Stampin' Up Tangerine Tango and Basic Black card stock, Modern Label Punch, Bat Punch (retired), Spider Web Embossing Folder, Wicked Cool and All Dressed Up Stamp Sets, and Dress Up Framelits.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April Pals Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for the April Pals Blog Hop! To celebrate Earth Day, the April blog hop features new cards and projects that capture the essence of Earth Day through colors and images and/or use recycled or reused elements. We hope you are ready for some fun and creative ideas.
You should have just left stop number 12 on the Pals Hop - Brian King at Stamp with Brian.

If so, you are in the right spot. If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

I like to re-purpose boxes.  Often times  I receive gifts of perfumes or bath and body products that come in wonderful boxes that are too worthwhile to be thrown away.  I save them and re-cover them with cardstock and DSP and use them as keepsake boxes.  Today, I am going to show you how I re-purposed a very simple, everyday box.  I have re-purposed a tea box.  This can be used as a special gift box to hold homemade truffles, fudge ,cookies or you could put the tea bags back in it and surprise your gift recipient with a custom covered tea box.. The contents are up to you.  So I started with an empty tea box. 

It was no coincidence that I chose Stampin' Up!'s Comfort Cafe DSP to cover my Tension Tamer tea box.  I couldn't resist!  Using a 12"X12" piece of DSP, I cut a piece that measured 5 and 3/8" by 11 and 3/4".  I scored at 2 1/2, 5 5/8, 8 1/16, and 11 1/8.  The sides measure 5 1/2 by 3 1/8  and 4 1/2 by 3 1/8.  Compare these measurments to your particular box for accuracy .    I used SU Anywhere Glue Stick all over the box to adhere the DSP. 
I trimmed the paper around the flaps with my paper snips.

 The Tombo Multi purpose glue was great to cover the back corners with with SU Crochet Trim Victoria.  I decorated the back with a little of that lace too. 

I made the flower on top using the SU Fancy Flower Punch.  The center is a flower from the 5/8 Flower Trim on page 5 of the Spring catalog.   The rest of the trim is SU Very Vanilla card stock. The sentiment is from SU Best of Birthdays.   Also used was the Scallop Edge Border Punch and the 3/4" Circle Punch for the little cut-out in the front of the box..

So, think twice next time before you throw away a perfectly good, recyclable box.  Save the Planet.

The next stop is Barbara Furlong at The  Love of Stamping, stop number 14 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

  1. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Digi Challenge - Elements

Pixel Maven's Retreat is hosting another Digital Challenge.  This time the challenge is an element.
This is the challenge site:

Check it out.

The element I used is the flower punch around the edges of this card. 

I am still in the very basics of Digital Card Making.  I have a long way to go, but participating in challenges is helping me to learn.  And it is fun!

Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio has had a price reduction.  It is now only $19.95!   If you are interested in designing cards, posters, scrap book pages and anything else you can think of, now is the time to get your copy of my digital studio and start designing.  

Click on my Shop Now button to order and download the program immediately.  Before you know it, you will be participating in the digital challenges.  It is the best way to learn!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Swallowtail Redux

I have posted the Swallowtail stamp before.  I couldn't resist using it again for the PPA 156 Color Challenge. 

I heat embossed the Swallowtail in White on white cardstock.  I applied the ink using sponge daubers. I then placed the Swallowtail in Stampin' Up!'s  Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  The sentiment is from SU Paper Pumpkin and punched with SU scalloped oval.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Tic Tac Toe Challenge

It is a Tic Tac Toe challenge over at the Paper Players. 

There are nine options, and we get to pick three (across, down or diagonal) to incorporate into our design. Here are the options:
I chose the middle row across.  And I chose to use two tags, one large and one small.  Here is my submission:

I used Stampin' Up! Confetti Cream (retired) and Midnight Muse Card Stock
SU Midnight Muse and Primrose Petals ink
SU Pretty Postage, Postage Due, Priority Mail, and You're Amazing Stamp Sets
SU Modern Label, Curly Label, Large Tag and Ticket Duo Builder punches.