Thursday, October 30, 2008

Recollections - on board art journal

Today I made another project for this week's challenge with Ann. As I said before, I felt my other project was super easy so I wanted a little harder one to do and this was it. I used the Stamin' Up! On Board Art Journal and covered it with the retired DSP recollections (still one of my favorites). I used sticky strip to hold my paper to the journal, roughed up the edges and put bravo burgundy ink around them. I embellished it with twill tape, provo craft alphabetz (white colored w/bravo burgundy ink), and rhinestone stars. I am not one who uses non Stampin' Up! products much but have a few things to use up so I am using them here and there when I can do so. Be sure to check out Ann's challenges each week and join in.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Rub-ons!!!! Stampin' Up! added rub-ons this year - there are many to choose from and each come with at least two different colors. I have been experimenting on several different things with them just to see if they work. Ann's challenge for this week is an altered object, so I decided to try rub-ons on a candle and they worked!! I will probably try to get done another altered object for her challenge as this one was quick, simple, and easy to do. I need to challenge myself and so should you - be sure to join in the fun and do Ann's challenges each week. For my project above - I used a basic candle that you can get anywhere and used the Seasonal Sayings Rub-ons from the hostess level three of Holiday Happenings Bundle.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Happy Fall Ya'll

Happy Fall Ya'll!!! The title says it all - the time of the year, the name of the stamp set, and time again for Ann's challenge. The challenge for this week are the colors of basic black, only orange, green galore and basic grey (optional). They were picked as Halloween is soon to be here - and who doesn't love Halloween. I used all of her colors, but I am not really sure on how I feel about this card. It honestly was just whipped together really quickly and not much thought put into it at all. The scarecrow is colored in with Stampin' Up! retired metallic pencils. I also added black grosgrain ribbon as I didn't care for how plain it was looking when I was done. Be sure to check out Ann's website and join in on her fun challenges.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Serene spring shadow

It's that time again for Ann's challenge. This week features shadow stamping where you stamp the first image normally and without reinking stamp the next ones to make it look as if it is moving from one spot to the other. I used Serene spring stamp set with Chocolate chip, pink piourette, and whisper white paper. I used pink taffeta ribbon, bashful blue and black ink. For the coloring I used my stampin write markers (ballet blue, bashful blue, creamy caramel, close to cocoa, bravo burgundy, mellow moss, certainly celery, so saffron, blush blossom, pretty in pink, regal rose, and rose red). I think this card is simple, quick, and easy along with CUTE. Be sure to join in on Ann's challenges and win some sweet prizes!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

An odd shaped card (GCA11)

Hello everyone,
This card is part of my friend Ann's challenge for this week - a card of a different size. My card is tri-folding and when folded makes a 4 x 4 card. I use the new in colors of pink piourette, riding hood red, kiwi kiss, and baja breeze. My stamp set sets are Eastern Influences (bird) and A Rose Is A Rose (everything else). I also used Bella Rose DSP on the outside. Below is a picture of the inside - the saying says "thank you for touching my life" Be sure to check out Ann's challenge's and join in each week - she gives away some great prizes if you win.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bella Rose Backpack

This is something I made today, and it took me a few trys to get it right but I wanted to share it with you because it eventually turned out very cute. I am not sure who created these little backpacks but they are ADORABLE - and pretty easy to make after you know what you are doing. (I am making a couple more tomorrow morning - my daughter wants to take one for show and tell filled with candy to hand out and I wanted to do something for my friend's Ann and Pat who helped me out recently with a pretty big project). I was going to try and give you a step by step picture tutorial but my camera is messing up so I am giving you the template and explaining how to make these. My backpack here was made w/basic black cardstock, Bella Rose DSP, and my embellishments are from the pretties kit (died to match of course). So to start of this tutorial you first need to look at the template which I got here from Tonya Klar's website after searching and searching trying to find directions on how to make these cute things. Here template is a really good one, I am going to also explain it and add a little more details for you to help you out. All you will need for this project are 2 8 1/2x11 sheets of cardstock, and half of a coordinating DSP sheet to match, matching ribbon and embellishments - sticky strip, scissors, velcro,and a cutter w/scoring blade. You want to start with your 8 1/2x11 sheet of paper scoring it on the long side at 1 3/4 - 5 1/4 - 7 - 10 1/2 inches and on the short side at 6 - 7 3/4 then follow the template to know what pieces to cut off. Figure out what side is going to be your front and add a 5 3/4x3 DSP, then on the back side punch your holes for your ribbon (but dont add it just yet, set this aside for a few) and cut out your front pocket (5 3/4x3 3/4), your flap for both the back pack (4x3 1/2), and flap for the pocket (3 1/2x2 3/4) - then cut out your DSP that will attach to these - for the front pocket it will be a 2 1/2x2 1/2, backpack flap 3 1/4x2, and pocket flap 2 1/2x1 1/2. You can round the flaps if you like (takes some time and maybe some trial and error to get it to look correctly) or make them anyway you want but attach your DSP to them, then complete the front pocket putting sticky strip on the very outside edge that says 3 1/2 on the template (do this on both sides to complete the pocket, then add your flap making sure that the whole 1 3/4 is down in the backside of the pocket - set this aside for a few moments. Go back to your backpack it's self and add the flap but before you do figure out where the holes need to be and punch them so you can add your ribbon. Next add your ribbon just tying it in a knot on the inside to hold it. Next put sticky strip on edge that says 10 1/2 on the template and along the bottom where you feel it is fit to keep your bottom together (me I am a have to make sure it sticks so I put stick strip on all 4 pieces but you can get away with just one piece if you fold the bottom in correctly). After you have done this you will want to add a velcro dot to hold the backpack shut, pushing in your side a little at the time to make it look like the backpack (instead of a square box). Also add a velcro dot to hold the flap on the pocket (think I forgot that part when making the pocket - oops!). Then add your pocket to your backpack using sticky strip and finally embellish anyway you see fit. If you have any questions or need assitance with making this project please feel free to contact me at, I will be glad to help out anyway I can.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Snow flurries class

Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for that “hard-to-shop-for” person in your life? Everyone loves to give cards during the holiday season, so why not gift them with this gorgeous card portfolio with 5 coordinating cards!
Please email me to sign up for this class or to order it through the mail with full directions:
Price of the class is $30
Supply List

• Stamps: Snow Swirled
• Inks: VersaMark pad
• Paper: Ski Slope DP, Whisper White, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip 8 ½” x 11” CS, Medium Whisper White envelopes
• Accessories: Snail adhesive, sticky strip, mini glue dots, 5/8” Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, 5/8” Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Silver cord, Antique Brass Build-a-Brad, Season of Cheer Rub-Ons, Little Felt Flurries, large cello bags, paper snips, scallop edge punch, 1/16” handheld punch, ½” circle punch, horizontal slot punch, 1 ¼” circle punch, 1 3/8” circle punch, scallop circle punch, ticket corner punch, Stampin’ Scrub, Stampin’ Mist, paper trimmer & scoring blade, bone folder, paper piercer and foam mat, pencil & ruler