Thursday, November 19, 2009

Holiday Exchange Assignment #5

The next assignment we had was to create an ornament for our partners.  I love the glittered ball ornaments but I didn't quite know how to make one.  I researched it and found several different ways to make them but I didn’t know which way was best so I went with something that seemed a little less daunting to me, an ornament made completely out of paper. 

Holiday EX #5 I used the Merry Moments DSP from the current Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I painted the inside of each cone with shimmer paint as well as the red scallop in the middle of the ornament.  This is a simple project but a little time consuming.  It was fun to make and I will definitely be making more of these soon!  I found the idea from Katie Renz.

Paper:  Merry Moments DSP

Accessories:  Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Champagne Shimmer Paint

Tools: Crop-a-dile, 1 inch circle punch, scallop circle punch, circle scissor plus with glass mat

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge #154

Good Morning, it is Wednesday so it is time for another Diva Coffee Break Design challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  


I really liked this color combination and thought it would make for a pretty Christmas card, but when I sat down last week to work on it I was not in the Christmas card mood.  I decided to go for an Anniversary card instead.  I am on the fence about this card, I am not sure if I will actually send it or make something totally different.  I was planning on coming back to this challenge to try again with a Christmas card but time did not allow.  So here is my card for the challenge.

dcbd #154

I really like how the ribbon turned out.  I took my Sage Shadow marker and colored the center strip of the organza ribbon, then I took my Night of Navy marker and colored the thin lines on the edges.  (Oh and the ribbon tails are really the same size the top on is just sticking out towards the camera when I took the picture so it looks really short!) 

Don't forget to head over to the Diva Coffee Break Design Blog to check out the other wonderful creations that have been made with this color combo.  And of course you can play along too and submit your art to be chosen as the featured stamper.

Stamps: Fifth Ave Floral, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:  Real Red, Sage Shadow, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy

Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Sage Shadow, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy

Accessories:  Real Red Brads, Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals

Tools: Corner Rounder, Modern Label, Designer Label and 1 3/8th inch circle punches

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Holiday Exchange Assignment #4

Our fourth assignment was to create something that can be an organizational help.  My partner had indicated that she really liked the color Bermuda Bay and I had not used it yet so I knew that I wanted to use it for this project.  I make myself a Christmas planner every year for the holidays to help keep myself organized so I thought I would share it with her. 

Holiday Ex #4 -1Here is what it looks like on the inside.  I know it is hard to see but there is a pocket on the inside where I keep my receipt envelope.  (The pocket has the snowflakes on it.)  I also use the round tab punch to create tabs (which I stored in the envelope for my partner if she wanted to use different ones that I usually do) to separate the notepad in to the categories I need.  Holliday Ex #4-2

The instructions I used did not have an author on it and I have no idea where it came from to give someone credit, but there are several versions of these out there.  And to top things off I cannot find my original template ( I might have sent it to my partner), but I remember how to make these.   So when I sit down to make mine I will type up instructions and share it with you.  If you would like a copy when I have it done please leave me a comment or send me an email so I can get it to you.

Stamps: Sparkly and Bright, Calendar Alphabet and Numbers

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Summer Sun, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black:

Paper: Shimmery White, Summer Sun, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay

Accessories:  Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon

Tools: Round Tab Punch

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Mystery Solved!

I am here to interrupt the Holiday Exchange assignments again because I had the creator of the super cute punchy snowman contact me.  The creator is Richelle Hopkinson and her blog is here!  I love being able to give credit to the fabulous people who come up with these wonderful creations and I am very grateful for her sharing her talents on her blog with us.  Anyways, I love the snowman so much that I have made a few other cards with him.  This is a card that I made for a swap and since they have all received their cards I can post it here now.Oct CCSIsn't the snowman cute?

Stamps:  Sparkly and Bright

Ink: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Basic black marker

Paper:  Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Only Orange, Shimmery White, Pawsitively Prints DSP

Accessories:  Real Red Brad, Real Red Grosgrain, dimensionals

Tools:  Crop a dile, Big Shot, Scallop Square Clear Die,  Corner rounder, Word Window, 1 3/8 inch Square, Heart to Heart, 1/2 inch circle, and Wide Oval punches, sponge

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Holiday Exchange Assignment #3

The third assignment we had for the exchange was “a technique or a pattern”.  My partner said that she liked to see the ways that our supplies are used in ways other than stamping or scrapbooking.  Since she has boys in the house I saw the cutest little red wagon, designed by Sue Berker,  that I knew I wanted to duplicate for her.  Holiday Ex #3

Isn't just too cute!  I need to make one for me to have on my desk, even though I would be the only one to ever see it.  I created a mini little Stampin’ Up! box out of Kraft cardstock and used a stamp from my stamp prize stash.  The logo stamp is one that I had purchased right after becoming a demonstrator a long time ago.  I may have even gotten it before I actually received my starter kit. 

Stamps: SU! logo stamp

Ink:  Basic Black

Paper:  Real Red, Kraft, Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories:  Antique Brass jumbo Brads, Wide Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, a stamp

Tools:  3/4 inch circle, 1 inch circle, Horizontal Slot, and Word Window Punches, crop-a-dile

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Exchange Assignment #2

Now back to the partner exchange box from Monday.  The second assignment we had was to create a card with pink in it.  This assignment was given in October and was in celebration/honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   I was really struggling with a pink card because everything I was creating looked like spring and it is definitely not spring time.   assignment #2

As you can see, I picked Rose Red as my color.  Although its name may be red I think of it as a pink color.  I used the Bella Toile Background stamp and embossed the image with iridescent ice embossing powder.  I purposely left this card with out a greeting so that my partner would be able to use it for any occasion.  I really like the way that this card turned out and it would be so easy to mass produce or use in a class.

Stamps:  Bella Toile BG

Ink:  Versamark

Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red

Accessories:  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Pretties Kit (white flower and rhinestone brad), Flower Fusion Felt Flowers, Pumpkin Grosgrain ribbon

Tools:  Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

DCBD Challenge #153

I cannot believe it is already Wednesday again.  I do not know where all of the time went (well I know a lot of it was spent in waiting rooms but where did the rest go?)  Time for another fabulous sketch challenge from the Diva Coffee Break Design team blog.  Here is this weeks sketch.

DCBD153 This was a fun sketch for me.  I had just pulled out my Circle Scissors Plus from Stampin’ Up! again recently after putting it in the back of the closet so I was excited to get to use it some more.  It is a fun tool to use.  I wanted to work on a few more fall-ish themed items before I went full speed ahead into Christmas so I pulled out Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry and went to work.  This is what I ended up with.


I really like Kraft cardstock and definitely do not use it enough.   I masked off a few of the trees to give it the overlapping look.  The ground, even though you really can’t see it in this picture, was made using close to cocoa and chocolate chip chalks and a sponge dauber.  Now that I am taking another look at this card I think that the colors were actually from a previous DCBD color challenge.  It must have really stuck with me.   Remember to stop on by the Diva Coffee Break Blog to check out what the other Diva’s have created and then play along and link your creation to the blog so we call all see!

Stamps:  Trendy Trees, Thank you Kindly

Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Garden Green

Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Garden Green

Accessories: Dusty Durango Polka Dot Grosgrain, dimensionals, Stampin Pastels

Tools:  1 inch circle and 1 1/4 inch circle punches, Circle Scissors Plus, Glass Mat,

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Holiday Exchange Partner Box

I think that I had previously mentioned that I was participating in a Holiday Partner Exchange on the  SUDemoOnly group.  She received her box last week so I can share some of the projects with you.  The first assignment was to create a friendship card and actually mail it out to her.  I chose a stamp set that I thought she had and made her a cute girly card since I figured she deserved one being in a house of boys. 


I stamped the cute build a bear girl on some Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper and colored it with markers and an aqua painter.  My favorite part of this card is her shoes.  You cannot tell in the picture but I coated the shoes in crystal effects to give her the look of some brand new shiny Mary Jane's. 

Stamps:  Beary Best Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Staz On Black; Regal Rose, Basic Black, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel markers, Certainly Celery

Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Pawsitively Prints DSP

Accessories:  Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, Crystal Effects

Tools:  Modern Label and Scallop Edge Punches, Crop-a-Dile

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Completing the Thanksgiving Trio

Yesterday I showed you the last box that I made in my Thanksgiving box tutorial.  Today I will show you the first two.  The turkey and the pilgrim are cased from Tammy, I also based my own Indian off her basic design. 


topnote pilgram

Isn’t is wonderful all of the different ways you can use current Stampin’ Up! punches and products!topnote turkey Here is the completed trio that I have up on my fireplace mantle for Thanksgiving.thanksgiving trio 

* Off Topic ~ Thanks for all of the well wishes for my little girl.  We were able to get her into the surgeon on Friday and she is back to herself as of yesterday, minus 2 teeth.  She is still learning how to eat and it is fun to watch.  Her 6 year old brother is so jealous that the tooth fairy visited her before him. 

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Thursday, November 5, 2009


Sorry about that last post that went live this morning incomplete.  I was typing it up last night when my 2 1/2 year old was playing and fell into the piano bench and left the computer with everything as is and so this morning it went ahead and posted what I had started at 7 am like it should have.  After spending the day in dentist's offices (yes multiple ones) we found out at 5:30 tonight that she is going to have to see an oral surgeon and have 2 teeth extracted.  Unfortunately all of the surgeons were closed so we don't know when we will be able to get in for an appointment, but hopefully some time on Friday so she doesn't have to go through the weekend in so much pain.  I am just so drained from the last 24 hours that I know that I will not be able to post anything tonight or for tomorrow because hopefully they can squeeze us in at the surgeon's.  Here's to hoping for something on Saturday otherwise I promise I will have things to show you on Monday. Pin It Now!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Diva Coffee Break Designs Challenge #152

I cannot believe it has been a whole week since I have posted.  Sorry, life just got in the way of my well made plans and I feel like I have been doing alot of apologizing.  With busy schedules and typical seasonal illness, I just do not have enough time in the day anymore.  I do have a few things to show you and hope to get a few extra posts scheduled to go out in the upcoming days to prevent this lack of blogging.  Anyways here is this weeks color challenge.


It was another beautiful fall color combination.   Last week I had my little class.  I love this little class of mine it really keeps me going.  We made some top note boxes.  I just absolutely love the top note die by Stampin’ Up!  It has been used for so many different things.  I cased all 4 boxes but as I was teaching the ladies I knew I had to come up with one of my own.  I knew I needed an Indian to go with the set.  This color combo was perfect for it!  It is a super simple easy to duplicate little Indian. 

dcbd #152

Don’t forget to check out the Diva Coffee Break Design Blog here to check out what the other diva’s have made and to play along too.  You too can be featured on the blog!   Come back tomorrow to see the other two boxes in my set.

Ink:  Creamy Caramel ink pad and marker

Paper:  Creamy Caramel. Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Dimensionals

Tools:  Big Shot, Top Note Die, Perfect Details Texture Plate, 1 inch circle punch, 3/4 inch circle punch, 1/2 inch circle punch, Round tab punch, Large Oval punch

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