Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hello Friend!

With the end of SAB here, I had to pull out my stuff and see what I could do to say farewell to the promotion. Now I will still be using the paper and most likely the stamps but I wanted to sit down for one last hurrah before they officially retire. I ended up using just one small square of the paper and a small piece of ribbon as I was having difficulty getting the card in my head to come out on my cardstock. While struggling I looked over and one of the papers was sitting on the desk at a diagonal and I really liked the way that the stripes looked and so I went from there. It is pretty self explanatory, it is a 4 1/4 inch square card.

hello friend

Stamps: Its a Loop Thing (Hostess Level 3 bundle)

Ink: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery

Paper: Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Whisper White

Accessories: Button Bouquet Button, Fire Rhinestone brads (yellow), Certainly Celery Twill Ribbon (SAB ribbon bundle), Chit Chat Rub-Ons, Delicate Dots DSP (SAB), Stampin Dimensionals.

Have a Stamperific Day! Kirsten Brown

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Quilted Bunnies

I have seen a lot of the “quilted top notes” and punched bunnies out there and I couldn't resist making some for myself.  I combined the two of them to make a cute little baby card. This was really quite easy to make, surprisingly so.

quilted bunnyStamps: Wonderful Words

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Delicate Dots DSP (SAB), Certainly Celery, Whisper White

Accessories: Linen Thread, 5/8 Wide So Saffron Grosgrain,

Tools: Sponge, 1 inch circle punch, 1 1/4 inch circle punch, small oval punch,  Boho Blossoms punch, word window punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Color Inspiration #47

It has been a while since I have done one of Kristina’s Color Inspiration Challenges so I headed on over to figure out what this weeks beautiful colors were.  Here is her inspiration:KW CC #47

The colors are Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White.  These are great colors and I knew the stamp set that I wanted to use.  The only problem was that my stamp set and the colors kept leaning towards a fall card.  I finally came up with something that I liked that is not too fall-ish I hope.

Congrats Debra

Stamps: Stitched Exotics, Congrats (SAB)

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron

Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, and Whisper White

Accessories: Stampin Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon

Tools: Big Shot, Stampin Up Backgrounds #1 Eyelet Texturz Plate

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

SASS with a KISS

The challenge for this week on the LNS group was a Stamp A Stack Style card or project with the theme of Keep It Simple Stamper.  I created two simple but fun cards for this challenge that I plan on using in my next class.  A few years ago I had bought several packs of the notecards and envelopes from Stampin’ Up! and last year Kaitlyn used the notecards to make Valentine’s for her class but she didn't want to put them in the envelope but wanted to close them with a sticker instead so I have quite a few of the envelopes left with out cards to go with them.  They fit a card that is 3.5 x 5 inches, so they are smaller than your typical card and I keep forgetting about them.  So these two cards were made with that size in mind.

The first is a simple One Sheet Wonder type of card created with the Fifth Ave Floral stamp set. I love this stamp set because you can color it in but the images also stand on their own even though they are line art!

Fifth Ave simple

The second card showcases our tools and to use the catalog as a tool too!  It is a case of the project on page 200 of the catalog.  I changed the colors and added a little more to it but I want to show them that it is more than a catalog and should really be used as an idea book. 

catty case

First Card

Stamps: Fifth Ave Floral Stamp Set

Ink: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black

Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White

Accessories: Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Tools: Scallop Edge Punch


Second Card

Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip

Accessories:  Soft Subtles Brads, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals

Tools:  Circle Scissor Plus and Glass Cutting Mat, Big Shot, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds #1 Texturz Plate (Flourish), Trio Flower Punch, Scallop Edge Punch


Have a Stamperific Day!

Kirsten Brown

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Quick Notes

Sorry for the absence, I started organizing one thing, and a little extra cleaning here and pretty soon I was in a full blown reorganize and deep clean of the whole house.  It took every extra minute of my week last week while also working on things for a birthday and party.  I made some time yesterday to sit down and make a few things for my little class.  Here is a quick little desktop organizer that we will be making.  I really love the rich bold color of tangerine tango but have really had a hard time using it, but am pleased with the way that this turned out. Notes

This was created using one of the Timeless Templates from called Desktop Organizer.

Stamps: Calendar Alphabet Stamp Set

Ink: Garden Green

Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango

Accessories:  Orange Circle Rhinestone brad, stampin dimensionals

Tools:  Small Oval Punch, Oval Punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, Big Shot Machine, Simple Flower Embosslit, Little Leaves Sizzlit

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

KK’s Birthday

I cannot believe my little Kaitlyn is turning 7 next week.  They grow up way too fast.  She has asked for a cupcake birthday party.  She even wants to give cupcake kits to the guests for their goody bags.  It was a cute idea and all hers!  So we had to make some fun cupcake invites.  She helped design the card and picked out the colors.  I helped with a few things but she did the cards mostly herself.  This is the card that I made for her to copy.  I was happy with the colors she picked because they are colors that I just don't use that often so I had lots to spare for all of her little mistakes.  kksbday

I just have to put in my little shout out to the circle scissor plus.  It is SOO easy to use!  Kaitlyn even cut out her circles by herself!  Now she didn't always place it right and would overlap a previous circle but she didn't have any problems actually using it!  Gotta love it!

Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes

Ink: Pink Passion, Orchid Opulence and Yoyo Yellow Markers, Basic Black ink

Paper: Whisper White, Green Galore, Pink Passion, and Orchid Opulence

Accessories:  Rose Pink Fine Cosmo Glitter

Tools:  1/2 inch, 3/4 inch and 1 inch circle punches, Circle Scissor Plus, Glass Cutting Mat, Big Shot, Stampin Up! Backgrounds #1 Texturz Plates plus the plates and rubber mat, 2-way glue pen

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ribbon Roses, the how to!

The ribbon roses are so pretty and so easy to make that you too can stun your friends with these pretty creations.  I taped a video last night on how to make these.  My 3 month old was up and in her little bouncy chair right next to my table and she thought I was talking to her so hopefully you can understand everything I say with her talking in the background. 

Supplies used in the video.

Pacific Point Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Certainly Celery Twill (SAB bundle), and Glue Dots

Have a Stamperific Day!

Kirsten Brown

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ribbon Roses!

I just completed a swap where we were supposed to use an accessory like a brad, button or ribbon in a different way that we usually do.  It was not to reinvent the wheel but to stretch your creativity a bit.  I had a hard time but when I came up with my idea I loved it.  I of course had to use ribbon because it is my favorite accessory.  I had found a way to make a mini “origami” rose out of the ribbon that you use to wrap presents.  I am not sure if it is real origami or if that is just what that person was calling it.  It took a while to figure out how to do it because the instructions were written with no pictures but I finally got it.  I am going to have to make more of them to use to make some more hair bows for my girls.  Back to the card.  Here is what it looks like.

Ribbon RosesI was so proud of my little rose I wanted it to be the star of the card and went pretty simple with the rest of it.  I had a hard time trying to find a sentiment that I wanted to put on it so I used one that could go a few ways, either congrats or thank you. 

Stamps: Congrats (SAB)

Ink: Riding Hood Red

Paper: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red Patterns DSP

Accessories:  So Saffron Wide Grosgrain and Certainly Celery Twill (SAB Ribbon Bundle), Dimensionals

Tools:  Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Beware of the angry stamper!

This is kind of long but funny.  Last night I had all of the kids in bed, early and asleep including the baby, I was so excited that meant I had almost 1.5 hours of quality stamping time before my husband got home.  I had an idea in mind to use some of my new toys that I haven't used yet, the sizzlits.   It really seemed a waste (for some reason) to roll the little sizzlit embosslits and single dies through my big old big shot, so I pulled out my little sidekick that hasn't been used in probably 3 years if not more.  I bought the thing as a preorder on QVC or HSN before it was even for sale, so it has been around the block a few times but lately has been ignored.  I ran my scribbles sizzlit through once, and was going back for my second time and the die is literally half way through the machine and there is this little snap and it stops moving.  Ok so I haven't started to panic yet, I just think that I can force it the rest of the way through.  So for about 10 minutes I try pushing and pulling and turning the handle at the same time and the thing wont budge even a fraction of a millimeter.  I do not know how it got so seriously stuck because just before I had run the same cardstock through with the same die and sandwich set up with out any problems.  I pull out the little hammer from my crafters tool kit and try to bang it out (somehow all 4 kids slept through the noise).  So I get the bright idea to go out to the garage and stick the sidekick in my husbands vice clamp thingy on his tool bench and grab a pair of pliers and pull and pull with all of my might and body weight and still there is no budging.  So back in the office I go to sit and think of what to do next, I am starting to get mad at the little machine for eating my brand new die.  I examined the thing to try and figure out how to take it apart and found 4 screws under the suction foot on the bottom.  I had to cut part of it off to get to the screws, my craft and rubber scissors came to the rescue and cut through it like butter!  SO I get those screws off and all it does is remove the black part of the bottom.  I can pop apart some of the side paneling but keep getting stuck at the top.  I am getting really frustrated by this time, so back out to the tool bench I went.  I started whacking it with a hammer to separate the top, still not budging.  So I just picked the thing up and pulled the two parts of the casing and finally something gives and they pop apart.  Apparently there was another screw holding them together and it was under a sticker, so if you ever need to dismantle a sidekick know that there is a screw under the sidekick label.  Once I had the casing apart I found the culprit who made the little snap that caused the jam in the first place.  A little plastic cog (at least I think it is called that) had broken.  Here is the culprit

broken cogSo I pull off all of the little cogs and the thing still wont budge.  I am really getting fed up by now and I took it out on the poor little machine.  I pulled out the hammer and a screwdriver and had to pound out one of the rollers itself.  It took quite a lot of effort (good thing I was so frustrated) but finally it started moving and I was able to get it out and save my little sizzlit!  So beware die cutting machines, DON’T EAT MY SIZZLITS!  Or else this could be you!

byebye sidekick

Well I am sorry to say that it took up most of my stamping time and I don't have anything yet to show you with it, but just maybe you will get lucky and I will find some time this afternoon to finish up a card and I can have two posts in a day!  Thanks for stopping by and have a Stamperific Day!  ~Kirsten Brown 

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