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March 2012

Stamping 411 Sketch 249-Faux Postage

Time to see what's happening this week over at Stamping 411. Here's the sketch:

Stamping 411 SSC 249

And here's my take.

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When I saw this sketch, I immediately thought of faux postage, one of my all-time favorite templates.  The only problem with this template, is that the actual postage keeps going up, and therefore, the template needs to be updated kind of on a regular basis!

Click Here to Download Faux postage 4 to a sheet

This file has 4 templates to the page.  The postage has been updated, and the color for one of the templates has been changed to "Cherry Cobbler" for use on this card.  The other templates are "Chocolate Chip."  It is fairly easy to change the text and border colors in a word program, but if you need help in doing so, please feel free to contact me.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Clearly For You

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper

Accessories: postage template, postage scissors (non SU!), Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, brads, Dimensionals, sponge



Happy Stampin'!

Faith In Nature 3 x 3 Gift Cards

I created this packet of 3-3x3 gift cards to be given as a door prize at a recent Stamp Camp.  I used my new favorite stamp set, Faith in Nature.  It is a hostess set in the current Stampin' Up! catalog and will retire the end of May.

The note cards were packaged in a cello bag and then topped with a Top Note die cut.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Faith in Nature, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold, Basic Black, Mocha Morning Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, Modern Label and Word Window punches, Crystal Effects, cello bag

Happy Stampin'!

Stamping 411 Sketch 245 Revisted-Faith In Nature

Since I have been away from my computer for a few days and have some catching up to do, I may not be able to participate in this week's Stamping 411 sketch.  So, I will revisit Sketch #245 from the week of March 3.  If you remember, this is the sketch I really did not like at first.  The slanted panels took me way out of my comfort zone.  But after working with it, I found it has kind of grown on me!  

So, I used the sketch for creating my March swap cards for my Saturday Stamp Club.  The theme was to use a stamp set that you had never used.  Unfortunately, I think we all have a stamp set or two in our stash that has never seen the light of day.  Sometimes, these stamp sets haven't even been mounted!  Since I challenge myself often to use my rarely-used stamp sets, I only had 1 in my stamp pantry that had never been mounted.  This was the Hostess set Faith in Nature. I liked this stamp set from the very beginning, so am not sure why I never used it before. I will be using it a lot in the next couple of months before it retires at the end of May.

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 To add a little of dimension to the card, I squeezed on some Crystal Effects to the pear.

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 Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Faith In Nature, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold, Basic Black, Mocha Morning Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Crystal Effects, Scallop Trim, Large Oval and Extra Large Oval punches, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Everyday Enchantment Hearts

I seem to be saving every little piece of left-over card stock and or ribbon to use on future projects.  That is not always a good thing as it almost has become a compulsion.  My file folders of scrap paper and my ribbon drawer are quickly filling up and getting out of hand.   I find myself sorting through scraps and actually spending time thinking about each piece-Can I use it? Will I use it?  I finally had to put down some parameters on the size of scrap I need to keep.  Anything that is smaller than 1" can get tossed (actually, it goes into the recycle bag for drop off at the paper recycling bin in town). Unless it is a long, narrow (3/4" or so in width) piece that could be used as a border.  Pieces of ribbon less than an 1" in length usually get tossed. 

So, long story short, I had this strip of 6 "stencil" hearts that I punched out of Everyday Enchantment DSP for use on another project.  This strip has been sitting on my work table for days just begging to be used on another card.  So, I cut the strip of 6 down to a strip of 3 (the remaining 3 will probably be used too!) to create this card.

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Very simple layout, but one of my favorites!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Thank You Kindly

Ink: Poppy Parade

Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Full Heart Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, various brads of my stash, Dimensionals




Happy Stampin'!

Stamping 411 Sketch 246-Moutwatering

Time to play along with this week's Stamping 411 sketch.

Stamping 411 SSC 247

And here's my contribution:

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I had two challenges for myself in creating this card.

The first was to use a stamp set I hadn't used for awhile.  I chose Mouthwatering along with the coordinating Sweet Shop Designer Paper, both found in the Occasions Mini Catalog.

Since a lot of my stamping supplies are packed up in preparation for this weekend's Stamp Clubs and Stamp Camp, the 2nd challenge was to use supplies that weren't in a box ready to make the trip to Albuquerque.  So, the Big Shot was out!  So were the ink pads that coordinated with the designer paper (Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and Early Espresso).  So instead, I used markers to color the cherries and the greeting.  Then I went over the image with a Versamarker and heat embossed it using cherry scented embossing powder which is also found in the Mini Occasions Catalog.  

It turned out to be a very simple card, but I like the colors and although you can't tell from the photo, it smells really good!

Stamp Sets: Mouthwatering, Perfectly Penned

Ink: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso markers, Versamarker

Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper

Accessories: heat tool, cherry scented embossing powder, ticket corner punch

Happy Stampin'!

April Class in an Instant-Country Club Staggered Mini Album

April 2012 Class in an Instant-Country Club Staggered Mini Album

CIIA April 2012 group

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Whether you need a thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day or you want to display favorite photos from you most recent vacation, you can do it in style with this versatile, staggered mini album. This bite-sized project is big on style! Your mini album is easy to store and display in its own stylish case. You’ll love how fast and easy it is to create this versatile project using the convenient and coordinated Country Club Simply Scrappin’ Kit!

Class fee is only $9.95.  You will receive full color instructions, templates and bonus ideas in a pdf format that will be delivered right to your e mail in box.

With this tutorial, you will learn to make:

  • Staggered Mini Album in coordinating case
  • 1 Mini Note
  • Custom Clear-Mount Stamp Case Tutorial
  • Bonus ideas and samples for creating alternate projects using different color combinations, themes and stamp sets for many personal styles
  • a complete list of supplies, along with the opportunity to purchase the featured products for these projects at a 15% discount

With the purchase of April's Class in an Instant, you may purchase the following product at a 15% discount through April 10, 2012 . Regular shipping (minimum $6.95) and taxes apply.  This discount cannot be combined with any other offers, stamp clubs or workshops.  Product will deliver direct to US customers only via UPS. Please Email or call (719-784-2275) me to place this special order.

122371 Simply Scrappin' Kit-Country Club, regular price $21.95, discounted price $18.65

122234 Simply Scored Scoring Tool, regular price $29.95, discounted price $25.45

119105  Clear-Mount Stamp Cases (4), regular price $5.95, discounted price $5.05


Click here to order April's Class in an Instant-Country Club Staggered Mini Album

Happy Stampin'!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Punch Potpourri, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Twitterpated DSP

Accessories: Full Heart, Bird Builder and Modern Label Punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, brad, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Stamping 411 Sketch 246-Bottle Cap Hello

Here is this week's sketch found over at Stamping 411.

  Stamping 411 SSC 246

And here is my take.

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My husband saves the bottle caps from the various types of beer he likes to drink.  One of my favorite bottle caps are found on the beer from the Left Hand Brewing Company located in Longmont, Colorado.  It is a perfect embellishment for a friendly hello card!

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For this card, I layered the Real Red scalloped matting and the black and white polka dot designer paper onto the whisper white card base.  Then, I punched a hole through all layers using a 1 1/4" circle punch.  For me, this is so much easier to do rather than punching the pieces individually and then trying to line them up.

After cutting out the flower using my Big Shot and Fun Flowers die, I traced a circle in the center of the flower using the cut out circle from the previous step.  Then, I lined up the 1 1/4" circle punch around the traced circle and punched.  I often have trouble centering things like this, so I took the extra step to trace where I wanted the circle before I punched.  The flower was then added to the front.

To attach the bottle cap, I put a small amount of Crystal Effects into the top of an old peanut butter jar.  I then dabbed the bottom of the bottle cap in the Crystal Effects, moving it around so all the rim would have a coating.  Then, I placed the bottle cap through the middle of the flower, securing it to the inside of the card.  (It takes the Crystal Effects a little while to dry, so I just held the bottle cap in place while it dried completely.)  I did this because I wanted the bottle cap to sit on the inside of the card so there wouldn't be so much bulk on the outside of the card for mailing purposes. Plus, I think it adds a little extra WOW to have the bottle cap on the inside when the card is opened.

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To finish off the inside, I added  black circle rims around the bottle cap.  These rims were easy to make.  First I punched a 1 1/4" circle out of black card stock. Then punched a 1 3/8" circle around the 1 1/4" hole, creating a thin rim.



Happy Stampin'!

Up, Up & Away Window Card

Our swap challenge for the Saturday Stamp Club in February was to make a "friendship" window card.  Since I was going to be in my home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the hot air balloon capital of the world, I thought I'd use the fun and very appropriate stamp set Up, Up & Away from Stampin' Up!

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To make this card:

I temporarily attached a piece of Bashful Blue card front to a Whisper White card base using Dotto (temporary adhesive).  I then cut a window out of both pieces using my Big Shot and 3" circle die. 

I closed the card and sponged the sky background on both the Bashful Blue card front and the Whisper White card base on the inside.  I used a scallop circle as my template for the sky.  For a quick tutorial on how to create a cloudy background, please visit here.

I removed the Bashful Blue card front, then attached a square piece of window sheet on top of the Whisper White card base.  I reattached the Bashful Blue card front on top of the window sheet, creating a sandwich.

To finish off the edge of the cut circle, I cut a Rich Razzleberry rim using two of the Nestabilities circles from Spellbinders (non SU!)

I laid the circles on a piece of Rich Razzleberry, the smaller circle positioned inside the larger circle, and then ran the piece through my Big Shot creating a rim.  I did this step twice so I would have a rim on both the inside and outside of the window.

I stamped the balloons and gondolas on a scrap piece of paper, cut them out and popped them up on the inside circle.  I then stamped the birds and greeting on the inside.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Up, Up & Away

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso

       Sky: Rich Razzleberry, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink

Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry

Accessories: Big Shot, 3" circle die, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, window sheet, scallop circle, sponge, paper piercing tool and mat, brads, Dimensionals, Dotto


Happy Stampin'!

Have a Glass of Lemonade-Polished Stone

Polished Stone-one of my all-time favorite techniques! 

I came up with this "cool" glass of lemonade using the Polished Stone technique, and I thought it would work for this month's color challenge over at Stamping 411.

Here are the colors.

Stamping 411 Color Inspiration 168

Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black and Melon Mambo. Don't they just remind you of summer?

Here's my take:

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I used the beer glass pattern shared by Lynn Pratt   back in July 2011. This pattern has been stored in my brain since then just waiting for the right project.  Thanks Lynn for the inspiration!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sweet Cake, Tart & Tangy (retired-Sorry, Couldn't resist using this fun little stamp for this card.  Sometimes you just have to bring out the old friends!)

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Shimmery White, Glossy White

Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi markers

Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Lines embossing folder, glass template from Lynn Pratt, Modern Label and Scallop Edge Border punches, Tombow Multi-Purpose glue, Dazzling Diamonds, straw, sponge, Dimensionals

Polished Stone: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red reinkers, Frost White Shimmer Paint, rubbing alcohol, cotton ball


Happy Stampin'!

Stamping 411 Sketch 245-Charming

Time to take on the latest sketch challenge over at Stamping 411!

Here's the sketch

Stamping 411 SSC 245

And here's my take

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I must admit, I am not a big fan of the slanted layers.  I'm not sure why, but it really takes me out of my comfort zone.  After several starts, I almost gave up.  But, I persevered and I like the finished project.  The color combination of Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake is one of my favorites, so that helped me get through it.  The stamp set Charming is also an easy set to work with.  I love the script greeting.  Oh, and what do you think of the bow?  I am not good at tying bows, and that was another part of this sketch that raised the discomfort level.  But, I think I did a pretty good job of the bow, and it only took me a couple of tries to get it right!


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Charming

Ink: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green markers

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso

Accessories: 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches, Scallop Edge Border punch, Early Espresso 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, rhinestone jewel, Sharpie to color the jewel


Happy Stampin'!