Previous month:
February 2013
Next month:
April 2013

March 2013

Collage Curios Apothecary Label

Time to share a quick and easy project.

This one uses the versatile stamp set Collage Curios found on page 24 in the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog.  I love this color combination: Crumb Cake and Night of Navy with a splash of Summer Starfruit!

Collage Curios 002

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Set: Collage Curios

Ink: Night of Navy, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake

Paper: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Natural Composition Speciality Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accent Framelit, Modern Label, 1 1 /4" Scallop Circle and 1" circle punches, Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Pearls, Dimensionals, sponge

 

Happy Stampin'!

Bloomin' Marvelous Rosette-Nacho Average Challenge 39

We have a fun sketch over at the Nacho Average Challenge site this week.

Here's my contribution:

Rosette die 001

For this card I used my new favorite Rosette die to make the centerpiece rosette.  This die does the cutting and scoring for you, so making rosettes (also called medallions or lollies) is so simple.

I have created a quick and simple pdf tutorial for using the Designer Rosette Bigz XL die.

 Here's the original sketch:

NAC 39

 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

 Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Set: Bloomin' Marvelous

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Designer Rosette Bigz XL Rosette die,  7/8" Scallop, 1 1/4", 1/2" circle and Itty Bitty Shapes punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Subtles brad, glue gun (non SU!)

nachodesignteambadge
Happy Stampin'!

Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts Suitcases

I'm having so much fun being a member of the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew

Each month, we are given 4 challenges to share with you in the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Gallery.

One of our March challenges was for us to use the color Island Indigo and Fan Fair Designer Series Paper.  I created these suitcases using my Big Shot and the Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts (found in the Spring Catalog) as the base.

I've created a quick pdf tutorial on tips for using the Pop 'n Cuts accessories, along with details for creating this card.  Enjoy!

Dress Form 027

Here is the front of the card:

Dress Form 011

I also thought you'd like to see my inspiration for this card.  I found these cute suitcases on www.papersource.com.  Perfect for the inspiration!

Suitcases

Supplies Used: (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Sets: My Digital Studio for "bon voyage" greeting, My Digital Studio "World Tour" digital download for tag on front

Paper: Very Vanilla as card base, Island Indigo for suitcases, Basic Gray for suitcase rack, Cajun Craze for suitcase handles, Fan Fair Designer Series Paper for inside of top suitcase, card front and inside card front

Accessories: Big Shot, Card Base Pop 'n Cuts, Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts, square Lattice Embossing Folder, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Neutral brads, oval, scallop oval and corner rounder punches, 5/8" Victoria Crochet Trim, My Digital Studio


Happy Stampin'!

Pop 'n Cuts Barrel Cactus

This was the card I created for a recent southwestern-theme card swap.  I used the Pop 'n Cuts Card Base and Dress Form die found on page 32 of the Spring Catalog from Stampin' Up

These accessories don't need to be used to make just dresses!

I've created a quick pdf tutorial on how to use the Pop 'n Cuts accessories, along with details on this card. 

Enjoy!

Dress Form 008

Dress Form 004

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set:  Madison Avenue, Bloomin’ Marvelous

Ink:  Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy

Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery Designer Series Paper, Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Pop ‘n Cuts Card Base, Pop ‘n Cuts Dress Form, Square Lattice and Northern Flurry Embossing folders, Word Window, 1 ¾” circle, 1 3/8” and 1 ¼” circle, Itty Bitty Shapes, Oval,  and Scallop Oval punches, rhinestone

Happy Stampin'!

All Dressed Up Pop Up Card

Have you seen the new Card Base Pop 'n Cuts, Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts, the Dress Up Framelits Dies and the coordinating All Dressed Up stamp set found on page 32 in the Spring Catalog from Stampin' Up!?

I couldn't resist purchasing all 4!  I loved the dress, but saw the possibilities for other uses for the Card Base and Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts.

I have created a quick pdf tutorial on how to use the Pop 'n Cuts accessories along with some alternative ideas.  Enjoy!

This is the card we did for a recent Stamp Club.  It is "CASED" from the Spring Catalog.  But, I thought it was such a pretty dress card, I had to let my Stamp Club ladies give it a try.

Here's the inside of the card:

All Dressed Up 016


Here's the front of the card.

All Dressed Up 015

Don't forget to view the pdf tutorial on how to use the Pop 'n Cuts accessories, along with alternative ideas.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: All Dressed Up, Madison Avenue (Sale-A-Bration), Essentials

Ink: Melon Mambo, Pool Party

Paper: Whisper White: 12 x 12 for card base,

4 ¼ x 4 ¼ for dress, scraps for greeting and stamped image on front

 Basic Gray 4 ¼” x 10” for insert, scrap for scallop circle on front

 Melon Mambo: 2 ¼” x 5 ¼” for dress form framelit,

4 ¼” x 1 ¾” for banner on front, scrap for inside banner

Neutrals Paper Pack:  6 x 4 ¼” for card front

 Pool Party: 4 ¼” x ¼” for inside strip, scrap for greeting and 1 ¼” circle on front

 Daffodil Delight: 4 ¼” x ¼” for inside strip, scrap for flower on outside

 Silver Glimmer:  2 ¼” x 2” for punched circles and dress bodice

Accessories: Big Shot, Extended Cutting Plates, Card Base Pop ‘n Cuts, Dress Form Pop ‘n Cuts magnetic die, Dress Up Framelits Dies, Scallop,  1 ¼”, 1” circle, 1 3/8” square (for the banner on the front), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, World Window and Modern Label Punches, button, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Mini Glue Dots, Elmer’s Glue or the like (for the glimmer paper), rhinestone

 

Happy Stampin'!

Core'dinations Flower-Nacho Average Color Challenge

We have a spring-inspired color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average challenge site

Pretty in Pink, Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals

NAC 38

 

Here's my contribution:

Core'dinations 008

 

For this card, I used Stampin' Up!'s Primrose Petals Core'dinations paper.  The Core'dinations paper is my new all-time favorite product from Stampin' Up!  The paper is sandable card stock!  Run the paper through an embossing folder and the Big Shot, then sand using the Stampin' Sanding Block.  The upper layer of the card stock will sand away where it has been embossed, leaving a cool distressed monochromatic color.  Each embossing folder will give you a different look.

I cut a flower out of the Primrose Petals Core'dinations paper using the Floral Frames Framelits, then embossed using my Petals a Plenty embossing folder.

The patterned paper is from Print Poetry Designer Series Paper and is perfect for our color challenge.  The center flowers are from the Sale-A-Bration set Madison Avenue.  The greeting is from Sincere Salutations (retired, but my all-time favorite greeting set) stamped using Primrose Petals ink on the Summer Starfruit card base.

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

 Jenni

Rose

Tammy

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Sets: Madison Avenue, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Pretty in Pink

Paper: Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack, Primrose Petals Core'dinations card stock

Accessories: Big Shot, Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, Floral Frames Framelits, Stampin' Sanding Block, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle  and Itty Bitty Shapes punches, Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, rhinestone, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dot

nachodesignteambadge
Happy Stampin'!

Blowing Birthday Wishes Your Way-Pinwheels

Pinwheels 024

Here's a quick and simple birthday card using the Pinwheel Sizzlit and coordinating Wishes Your Way stamp set, all found in the Stampin' Up! Spring catalog!

Be sure to see my posting dated March 14 for tips on using the Pinwheel Sizzlit!

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Set: Wishes Your Way

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Pinwheel Sizzlit, Itty Bitty Shapes  punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Subtles and 1/8" Silver brads, White Baker's Twine, Mini Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Pinwheel Twirly-Whirly Birthday

 

Pinwheel 002

This card was made using the fun new Pinwheel Sizzlit and coordinating "Wishes Your Way" stamp set found in Stampin' Up!'s Spring Catalog.

Here are some tips for using the Pinwheel Sizzlit:

Start with a piece of card stock or Designer Series Paper measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  I found using Designer Series Paper is easier to work with than card stock just because it is not as heavy and stiff.

Run through the Big Shot using Tab 1.

Each arm and the center of the pinwheel will have a hole for inserting a brad.  These holes are pretty small and can make you feel like you're all thumbs when assembling the pinwheel.  Here are a couple of ways to make assembly easier.

Pinwheels 003

First, poke out the holes using your paper piercing tool.

Pinwheels 004

Then, hold your paper piercing tool upright on your work surface with the sharp point up.  Place the pinwheel on the paper piercing tool through the center hole.

Pinwheels 006

Carefully curl up the 1st wing of the pinwheel,inserting the hole through the tip of the paper piercing tool.

Pinwheels 008

Bring up the 2nd wing of the pinwheel, inserting the hole through the tip of the paper piercing tool.

Pinwheels 009

Bring up the 3rd wing of the pinwheel, inserting the hole through the tip of the paper piercing tool.

Pinwheels 010

Finally, bring up the 4th wing of the pinwheel, inserting the hole through the tip of the paper piercing tool.

Pinwheels 012

Twist the paper piercing tool, slightly enlarging the holes.  Carefully remove the pinwheel from the paper piercing tool and insert a brad through the holes from the top, opening the wings of the brad below.  Stampin' Up!'s 1/8" Mini Brads are perfect for the small holes in the pinwheel.

Here you have a nice full pinwheel.

Pinwheels 013

Here's another method, but your pinwheels will be a little flatter.

Curl one arm at a time towards the center of the pinwheel.   Apply a small amount of adhesive to the center of the pinwheel.  Bring the 1st wing into the center and push down into the adhesive.  Apply another small amound of adhesive to the center and adhere the 2nd wing to the adhesive.  Continue doing this with the 3rd and 4th wings.

Now that the pinwheel is secured together, you can now pierce a larger hole in the center using your Paper Piercing Tool and Mat.  Insert a brad from the top, again opening the feet of the brad underneath.

This pinwheel is a little flatter because the wings have been pushed down more to adhere to the adhesive in the center.

Pinwheels 023

I used the coordinating stamp set "Wishes Your Way for the greeting.  This set has some fun greetings including "you are headed in the right direction", "blowing wishes your way" and "wishing you a twirly-whirly birthday."  How cute is that?

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Set: Wishes Your Way

Ink: Melon Mambo

Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Pinwheel Sizzlit, Itty Bitty Shapes and Scallop Edge punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, brad, Dimensional

Happy Stampin'!

Oh, Hello Flower-Nacho Average Sketch Challenge #37

We have a sketch challenge this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge Site.

Here's my contribution:

Oh Hello 002

I must say that this is my kind of sketch!  Simple, to the point and without a lot fuss.

For this card, I used my all-time favorite background stamp En Francais stamped in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla card stock.  The flower is from Oh, Hello and was colored with Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler markers.  Simple, to the point and without a lot of fuss!

Here's the original sketch:

NAC 37

 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: Oh, Hello, En Francais

Ink: Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler markers, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler brads, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat

 

nachodesignteambadge
Happy Stampin'!

 

 

 

March 2013 Class in an Instant-Preserving Memories Kit

CIIA-Group3-Mar13

Click here to order March Class in an Instant-Preserving Memories Kit

Scrapbooking just became a team sport!

 Traditional scrapbooks are created by a single person who chooses what to scrapbook, the layout, photo selection, and journaling. With Memory Jar Scrapbooking, you can get the whole family involved! Set the charming Memory Jar on a counter, desk, or mantle. Place little scraps of paper and a pen nearby. Each member of the family, and even visiting friends, can add a little note. Imagine reading favorite adventures from the kids’ point of view in their handwriting, love notes from your sweetie, ticket stubs from a favorite movie, a quick scribble about something silly the kids say, or how tall they were at their check-up. Capture and preserve all the memories that make up everyday life – all from a variety of perspectives. Now that’s a team effort which will develop into a meaningful scrapbook! So let’s get started!

Cost of Class in an Instant is only $9.95.

 With this tutorial, you will learn to make: 

  • 1 Card
  • 1 Memory Jar
  • 2-Page Scrapbook Layout (12"x12")

This tutorial includes:

  • Detailed instructions with step by step photos
  • A complete list of supplies
  • Fabric Tearing Tutorial
  • Card Stock Sticker Template
  • Bonus ideas and samples for creating alternate projects using different color combinations, themes and stamp sets for many personal styles

Featured Products:

  • For the Record Simply Scrappin' Layout Kit (#126900)
  • Loving Thoughts stamp set (#125843 wood, #125845 clear)
  • Essentials Designer Fabric (#126892)

 Featured Techniques:

  • Tearing Fabric
  • Informal Journaling

CIIA-Project1b-Mar13

Click Here to order March Class in an Instant Preserving Memories Kit

Happy Stampin'!

Tissue Paper Photo Tiles

 

Tissue and tiles 017

Left to right: Marie and Rowley Frick Pease (my Great-Grandparents), Dorothy and Alvin Abraham on their wedding day (my Grandparents),  Emily (Herr) Abraham (my Great-Grandmother on my Grandfather's side)

This tissue and tile project was another one of my entries for the Creative Crew March challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  The challenge was to honor our grandparents.

This is the coolest project ever!  When I first read about this technique, I knew I had to try it.  But to be honest, I was sure it was going to be one of those projects that sounds really great, but just wouldn’t work.  I thought printing on tissue paper would be a disaster, jamming up the printer etc. Well, I am very happy to announce it is really easy and is one of those WOW! projects.

I've made several of these over the years as this is a great way to personalize a gift for family and friends.  I have sealed and put "feet" on the bottom using felt so they can be used as coasters on some of them.  Others, I have included trinket/plate holders so they can be displayed upright.  The photo above are the tiles my Mom has displayed on her bookcase.

Instructions are below.  Have fun going through your old photos, and let me know how your project turns out.

Print out photos onto tissue paper and glue/decoupage to ceramic tiles.  Here’s what you need:

4x4 tiles (coasters) These can be any kind of tiles: tumbled marble, glazed etc

or 2x2 tiles (magnets)

mod podge

paint brush or sponge

plain white tissue paper

plain white copy paper

scotch tape

printer

clear sealer

felt feet for coasters or magnets for refrigerator magnets

photos

1.  Take an original photo, scan into your computer.  It can be a color photo or black and white photo.  If it is a color photo, you might want to edit it to black and white or sepia tone using a photo editing program.  The black and white and sepia photos have a nice aged, old-timey look when they are printed on the tissue paper.  You can resize the photo to fit the size of the tile with a little photo editing.

2. Tape a piece of tissue paper to a piece of copy paper.  I used a larger sized piece of tissue paper, folded the edges over and taped the two together on the back.  Make sure the two pieces of paper are well taped together so you don't jam your printer.

Tissue Paper and Tiles

 

Tissue Paper and Tiles1

Tissue Paper and Tiles2

3. Insert tissue paper/copy paper into your printer. 

4. Print photo.

5. Trim tissue away from the copy paper. 

6. Cover the tile with a thin coat of Mod Podge.

7. Gently lay the tissue paper image on the tile. Starting in the middle and going out, lightly spread the tissue, adhering it the tile.  Be very careful here.  The tissue paper can tear very easily, so try not to manipulate it too much.

8. Carefully cover the entire image with Mod Podge.  Set aside to completely dry.

9. To use the tile as a coaster, seal with an acrylic sealant and allow to dry.  Add felt or cork feet using permanent adhesive.

10. For a magnet, seal with sealant and allow to dry.  Add magnet to the back of the tile.

This is a photo of my Mom and her brother, Alan.  It is on a glazed tile, so it is smooth.

Tissue and tiles 027

This photo is the 4 generations of women on my Mom's side; Marie (Crawford) Pease (Great-Grandmother), Audrie (Abraham) Haskell (Mother), Dorothy (Pease) Abraham (Grandmother), and the baby is me!  It is on a tumbled marble tile, so there are some pot marks on the tile which helps add interest.

Tissue and tiles 028

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Happy St. Patrick's Day-Nacho Average Color Challenge #36

I couldn't help but create another card using the great color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge site.

The colors are Gumball Green, Whisper White and Certainly Celery.  This color challenge makes me smile.

NAC 36

 

Here's my card made just in time for St. Patrick's Day!

Shamrock and lattice for NAS Challenge 003

 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

 

Supplies Used: ( all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Madison Avenue

Ink: Gumball Green

Paper: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Gumball Green

Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Heart, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle, 1" circle, Itty Bitty Shapes, Modern Label punches, rhinestone, Dimensionals

 

nachodesignteambadge
Happy Stampin'!

Amazing Family-One Layer Wednesday Centered Sentiment

This week's challenge over at One Layer Wednesday is called "Centered Sentiment."  The challenge was to have the sentiment be "the star of the show" by having it centered on the card, surrounded by white space. And of course, it could only be a layer card card.

Here's my contribution:

Amazing 005

This card could only have been made with the help of the Stamp-a-ma-jig as each part is an individual stamp. And even then, it took me a couple of tries!

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Set: Amazing Family

Ink: Basic Black, Real Red

Paper: Glossy White

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig

Happy Stampin'!

Happy Easter Chocolate Bunny-CASology Bunny Challenge

This week's CASology Cue Challenge is "Bunny."  Since I never pass up a chance to create a bun bun, whether it be for Easter or otherwise (see more below), I knew I had to participate.

Here's my contribution.

 

Rabbit 012

For this card, I used my all-time favorite rabbit pattern found here

I simply printed and cut out the pattern, then traced it on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock folded in half. I placed the template so the rabbit's tail would be cut on the fold so it opens as a regular card.  It measures approx 4 1/2" x 6".

After I cut the pattern, I embossed it using my Big Shot and Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  The tail is a 5/8" Flower Trim (found in the SU! Spring Catalog).  I first colored it with my Pink Pirouette marker, then added more color using my Primrose Petals marker.  It is attached to where the card folds at the rabbit's tail with a Mini Glue Dot.

This rabbit could be embellished in any number of ways, but I really like the simplicity of the pattern and kept it simple for the clean and simple challenge.

Rabbits as pets-Now for the soap box portion of this post!

A few years back, our household included a very sweet gray house rabbit named July.  July was a stray, domestic bunny who appeared one day on our property.  I brought her into the house fully expecting to find and return her to her owner.  That didn't happen, and after bunny proofing the house, she became a full-fledged and active member of our household (including 3 cats and a dog).  July was very, very smart and very, very stubborn, but she was the sweetest creature ever. She became my constant companion, especially while I worked in my craft room.  To this day, I still have a framed photo of her on my craft desk.

This project may seem like it coincides with Easter and all the Easter Bunny projects that will be hitting the blogs.  I know that a lot of people purchase rabbits for their kids at Easter time because, well, they are so cute.  But, rabbits are  complicated creatures who definitely have personalities of their own.  I could  go into all the reasons why rabbits DON'T make good pets, especially for kids. And I could go into all the reasons why rabbits DO make good pets if you are willing to work at it.

But, what I will say is, please, please, please do not bring a rabbit into your home unless you have done your homework and understand fully the needs of rabbits and how that may affect your household.  We did not realize how complicated a house rabbit could be until after July was already a part of our family.  I did a lot of reading and research, and we spent a good number of hours trying to stay one step ahead,  bunny-proofing our home so it would be safe and comfortable for her.  I loved and miss my bun bun July to this day, but I don't think I'd ever bring another rabbit into the house. 

If you are thinking of opening your home to a rabbit, please visit www.myhouserabbit.com for more  information.

Supplies Used: (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and Primrose Petals markers

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Primrose Petals

Accessories: rabbit pattern , computer, printer, printer paper, Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, 5/8" Flower Trim, Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, brad, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Word Window Punch, Mini Glue Dots, sponge

 

Happy Stampin'!

Lattice Blooms-NAC Color Challenge #36

We have a color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge site!

NAC 36

Gumball Green, Whisper White and Certainly Celery.

 

Here's my contribution:

Shamrock and lattice for NAS Challenge 010

This challenge brought images of a cottage garden with flowers and vines growing on white lattice.  Looks like spring!

I cut out a lattice shape using my Big Shot and Lattice die out of Whisper White card stock.  It measures 3 3/4" x 3 3/4", so I popped it up on a 4"x4" Whisper White card front.  I stamped the flower image from Madison Avenue using Gumball Green ink on Certainly Celery card stock. They were punched out using the 1 1/4" scallop circle punch. I added 1/2" white circles and Gumball Green flower scallop circles to the centers with a rhinestone for a little bling.  I popped them up on the lattice using Dimensionals, then added the leaves punched out of Gumball Green card stock using the Build a Bird punch.  The greeting is my new all-time favorite from Bloomin' Marvelous.

 

 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: Madison Avenue , Bloomin' Marvelous (both Sale-a-Bration)

Ink: Gumball Green

Paper: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Gumball Green

Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice die, 1/2" circle, 1 1/4" scallop circle, Itty Bitty Shapes, Build a Bird and oval punches, Dimensionals, rhinestones, sponge

 

nachodesignteambadge
Happy Stampin'!

Ornament Keepsakes-Merry Monday Color Challenge #52

Oh my.  After fighting the crud for almost 3 weeks, I finally feel up to stamping and participating in a Merry Monday challenge.  This week's challenge is a color challenge: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and River Rock.  Perfect Christmas colors!

Merry Monday 52

Here's my contribution:

Keepsakes Ornaments 003

River Rock and Always Artichoke.  Two of the most neglected colors in my supplies.  I rarely think to use River Rock as my neutral, but when I do, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I like it.  And you can't go wrong combining Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler.  Classic Christmas colors!

For this card, I used my all-time favorite background stamp, En Francais, stamped using Always Artichoke on River Rock card stock.  The ornaments are from the set Ornament Keepsakes.  This is one of my favorite Christmas stamps, and it was nice to use it today. 

Supplies Used: (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: En Francais, Ornament Keepsakes, Tiny Tag (another one of my "go-to" stamps!)

Ink: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, River Rock, Always Artichoke

Accessories: Jewelry Punch, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Cherry Cobbler brads, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Mini Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Shadow Box-Fan Fair Product Suite

Elements of Style Shadow Box 004

I created this shadow box for a specific Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew challenge.  I wanted to keep it fairly simple with only 2 compartments and using black and white with a pop of red.  More embellishments could have been added, but again, I wanted to keep it simple.

Here's how to create your own paper shadow box!

You can make any size of shadow box and add as many inserts and compartments as you'd like.  The basic scoring measurements remain the same.

For the final shadow box, I started with a 12"x9" piece of Basic Black textured card stock.  It's finished size is 8"x 5".  The inside compartment (without dividers) measures 7"x 4".  I used a sheet of 12"x9" Whisper White card stock for the instructions.

Score every 1/2" on all 4 sides: 1/2", 1", 1 1/2" and 2 ".

  Elements of Style Shadow Box 010-1JPG

 On 2 sides, score at 2 1/2" and 9 1/2" to the last or 2" score line.

Elements of Style Shadow Box 010-2JPG


 

Cut out the 4 corners as shown below, leaving a tab on each side.  You will remove the 12 squares on the end, leave the middle 4, and remove the inside 4.

Elements of Style Shadow Box 012

Elements of Style Shadow Box 015

Apply Sticky Strip to each of the tabs.

Elements of Style Shadow Box 016

 

Fold all the score lines in towards the center.  Use a bone folder to get crisp score lines.

  Elements of Style Shadow Box 019

Apply Sticky Strip to the each side on what will be the inside roll.

  Elements of Style Shadow Box 020

Peel off the red backing on the Sticky Strip and roll each side towards the center creating the frame of your shadow box.  Apply a little pressure to make sure the Sticky Strip holds each side of the frame in place.

  Elements of Style Shadow Box 021

Peel off the red backing on the Sticky Strip on the 4 tabs.  Fold them in to help square the box and finish off the look of the sides of the frame.

Elements of Style Shadow Box 022

Now, you are ready to create the inside compartments of the shadow box.  You can have as many compartments and configure them any way you'd like. 

I would suggest creating and attaching the inserts first, before adding the compartment dividers. You can insert them into the box and use the dividers to hide any seams.

This box was created for a specific Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew challenge.  In the challenge, we were to use sets from the Fan Fair Product Suite found in the main catalog (pages 106-107).  I chose to use the sets Elements of Style and Postage Due.  For the Elements of Style compartment, I simply stamped the image on a piece of 3 1/4 x 3 3/4" white card stock using Black Stazon.

The Postage Due compartment was made using the My Digital Studio download.  I simply resized it in MDS and printed the image out on white card stock.  I also sized and printed out the 2 postage stamp images on white card stock.  I then punched them out using my Postage Stamp punch and layered them over Cherry Cobbler for a pop of color.

Both pieces were attached to the inside of the box using SNAIL adhesive.

Then, it was time to create the compartment divider.

For this shadow box, I started with a scrap of black textured card stock(left over from the original cut and white for the instructions) measuring 4 1/4" x 2 1/2".

Score it at 1/2", 1, 1 1/2" and 2".

Elements of Style Shadow Box 024

 Fold along the score lines using the bone folder to get crisp score lines. 

Elements of Style Shadow Box 025

Apply a piece of Sticky Strip to the inside roll.  I apologize that this photo is so blurry.  My camera was having trouble focusing white card stock on white background!

Elements of Style Shadow Box 026

I  knew I only wanted 2 compartments and the inside height measurement of the box is 4".  Once the piece was scored and rolled, I double-checked the fit and trimmed it down to 4" before the final Sticky Strip assembly.

Peel off the red backing on the Sticky Strip and roll the piece forming the compartment divider.  Apply another piece of Sticky Strip to the bottom.  Peel off the red backing and insert into the box.

Elements of Style Shadow Box 027

For the handle at the top, I cut a scrap of black textured card stock (again left over from the original cut) 1/2" x 7" and slightly curved the ends.  I then attached it to the top using Mini Glue Dots.

For a shadow box measuring 8"x8" (inside measurements without dividers 7"x7"),start with a 12"x 12" piece of card stock.  Use the same scoring measurements.  The length of your dividers will change depending on how you want to configure the compartments.

 

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: Elements of Style, Postage Due (MDS download)

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black 12" x 9" textured, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Board and Stylus ( a must for this project-easy scoring!), bone folder, Postage Stamp Punch, heart from Artisan Embellishment Kit, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, My Digital Studio, computer/printer

Happy Stampin'!