Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Birthday Calendar!

At our last Stamp Camp we made a Birthday Calendar, also sometimes called a perpetual calendar.  This was a fun, but a bit long, project.  We usually make 5 or 6 things at stamp camp, so 13 pages went a bit longer than usual, but I hope everyone had fun!  This is a picture of the cover page.  I took the spiral binding off the calendars to make them easier to work with.  We used the new Labels Collection Framelit dies and the Beautiful Butterflies die for Embellishments, as well as the Everyday Enchantment Paper, and Everyday Enchantment Brads and Ribbon pack, free right now with qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration.   See the Sale-A-Bration catalog here
Left is a picture of the new Labels Collection Framelit dies. 

                             This is the January page.  It has snowflakes from the set "Snow Swirled" in Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, and Melon Mambo, with rhinestone centers.    More pages tomorrow!  Thanks for Stopping by!              

Monday, January 30, 2012

Spotlight on birthdays!

Wow, what a busy past two weeks.  We had a band concert, a science fair, a pinewood derby car to make and race, soccer and a couple birthdays!  But, now I'm back.   I'm using the spotlight technique again, with another one of the "Packed for everything" stamps.  This stamp is "Packed for Birthdays".  I decided to use some of the soon to be retired 2010-2012 In-Colors on this card.  I am using Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, and a standard color Daffodil Delight.   The spotlight technique is where you highlight just a small area of your image, and make that stand out somehow.  In this case I punched out a circle of the image and colored just that area, then backed my punched circle with a slightly larger circle in Poppy Parade.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from the hostess set "Happiest Birthday Wishes".  I used a little bit of Pear Pizzazz patterned paper and ribbon as accents.   I hope you liked todays project.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Dad!

It's my Dad's birthday! Happy Birthday dad!   This card was made with a new stamp set from Stampin' Up! called "Packed for Dad".  There is also a "Packed for Mom", "Packed for Birthday" and "Packed for Baby".   They are sold individually or in a bundle.  They have a lot of little objects to color in, so they are perfect for a technique called the Spotlight technique.  For this technique you need circle punches in at least 2 sizes.  First stamp your background in black.  Then you stamp it again in black on a piece of scrap paper, and punch out the area you want to highlight with your circle punch.  Then, color in your circle images, and layer the circle onto a larger circle punched from a co-ordinating color of cardstock.

I colored my images in with some ink from the lids of my ink pads and a blender pen.  The colors I have used here are Pacific Point and Old Olive.  There is also a bit of Basic Grey, Crumb Cake and Riding Hood Red in the colored images.  That little corduroy button is from the Clearance Rack over at Stampin' Up!  The Clearance Rack is a great place to find ribbon and buttons to add cute details to your projects, and at a great price.  The "Happy Birthday"  and "Dad" stamps are also from the new Occasions Mini Catalog, from a set called "Loved Ones".  I know that set will get a lot of use in both card making and scrapbooking!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, January 16, 2012


The kids in Chicago land have been waiting and waiting to play in the snow.  Instead, they've been playing outside, not even needing their heavy winter coats.  I shouldn't complain, must people are happy with our mild winter and not having to shovel snow.  But, I do love to make snowmen and my children especially love the snow.  I think It's been a mild winter because my husband and I put up an ice rink in the back yard just after Thanksgiving, and it still hasn't been cold enough to freeze water!  What a crazy winter!  But, on January 12th, the kids looked out the window around 9:00 am, and saw snow!  My littlest two were out there all afternoon!  Poor David had to watch the snow from his class room, and couldn't play in it until after 5:00 when he got home from band class.   Now, as I post this, its almost 40 degrees and the snow is begining to melt. I made this page in about 5 minutes, quick, like the winter we're having!  Hopefully we'll get some more snow soon!  And some Ice Skating time!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pretty in Pink Party Favor

I am playing around with some of my new products from the Occasions Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up!   This little party favor is made with a new product for the Big Shot.  The products are called Framelits Dies and they come in a Hearts Collection and a Labels Collection.  This project uses the Labels Collection.   The Framelits are a set of 6 dies that  can be layered together or used separately.  For the party favor, I used the largest size, approx 5 - 7/16 wide, the perfect size to tuck in a little chocolate bar or other small treat.  After I cut out the large label, I ran in through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots Die.  I used the matching stamp set Apothecary Art, to stamp the "For You" image, then cut it out with the smallest sized Labels Die.  I colored the image in with markers.  I folded the largest die around my treat, then tied a ribbon around the whole favor.  I attached the label to the front of the party favor with a glue dot on both ends of the label.  These little favors would look really cute as a table decoration at each place setting, or you could put names on them to let your guests know where to sit.  This project is quick to make, and easy to make in multiples.

I hope you enjoyed todays project! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bee Mine!

Another wrapped candy bar!  It's so fun to make little animals and things with paper punches.  This time I made a Bee.  This little bee is made from the ornament punch, the oval punch, and a 1" circle punch.  I punched out two ornament punches, one in Daffodil Delight and another in Basic Black.  I cut the black one into a few strips and added them to the yellow punch out. I made sure to make one of the strips line up with the point on the bottom of the ornament punch to highlight the stinger. 

I added a little bit of texture to the bee's wings by running it through an embossing folder that has little hearts on it.   This is a brand new embossing folder, featured in the new Occasions mini catalog.  It's called a "Textured Impressions Embossing Folder" and I am sure to be using them a lot in the coming months.  It is sold in a set of three for $8.95, and they are meant to add texture to the edges of your cards, or smaller things like my wings!  I also added a bit of glitter because, well just because.  Since I had my "Big Shot" out, I decided to cut out my letters too.  These letters are from a die called "Billboard".

This die has upper and lower case letters, all on one die, for $21.95.  I use it a lot in my scrapbooking. 
Here is a close up of the bee.
I hope you like today's project! 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wild about You!

I had some left over candy bars from Christmas, so this week I'm spending some time making them into Valentine's Day treats.  click here for my Christmas candy bars  This is my first attempt.  I made the Lion with the owl builder punch.  I cut off the owl's feet, and added a nose and eyes and mane.  The lion's mane is made with two scallop circle punches.   Fold across the circles, creating creases in between the scallops, all the way around both circles.  Snip along one of the creases to the center of the circle, then accordion fold all the way around.  Next, nest the two circles together with some glue to make one circle.  To attach my lion head to the accordion fold circles, I used 'dimensionals' (Stampin' Up! foam adhesive spots).  I stacked them two high so that the mane could still have some up and down dimension and not be squished flat by the lion's head.  I also used two stacked 'dimensionals' to attach the finished lion to the wrapped candy bar. 

I completed the project with a tag that reads  "wild about you, Valentine!".   I think the kids in my son's preschool will like it!  I used both sizes of the tag punch to make the tag, and some red ribbon. 
The punches I used for the lion are the large scallop circle, the owl builder punch, and the small heart punch. 
 Thanks for stopping by!  Check back in the next day or two for my "bee mine" bee, and more candy ideas  for Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 2, 2012

You're in my Heart

I finally got some time to play around with some new products from Stampin' Up!  In the very soon to be live Occasions Mini Catalog, Stampin' Up! is introducing some new Big Shot products that I just love.  The one I used for this card is called Hearts Collection Framelits Dies.  They are a set of 6 dies, all  hearts, with the larges heart at a big 5 1/4 inches.  I also used a paper punch on this card called Heart to Heart, it punches the 3 small hearts all at once.  The paper and ribbon are both in Very Vanilla.  The stamp I used to make the sentiment is from the Word Play stamp set.  I used my markers to ink it up, so that I would get two colors on one stamp.  The inspiration for this card came from a magazine that Stampin' Up! sends to demonstrators.  Below is the inspiration piece.  So pretty.  I thought I would try to get that feel, but as a card, and with what stamp sets I already own.  I do like how mine turned out, but that frame is really pretty.  I may end up with those stamp sets before too long.

Here is a picture of the new Hearts Collection Framelits Dies. 

Thanks for stopping by!