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October 2012

Giveaway Results!

I bet you thought I forgot about my giveaway! Nope. Just been really busy with the day job. Our offices just moved, so lots of overtime over the past week. Anyway, here are the results:

The winner is comment 2, from Dee Tolllaksen! Congratulations. Please contact me via email with your address, and I'll get your free set out to you this week!


Now, how about a card? I have been submitting some cards for publication calls, and have a few in hand that didn't make it. Which means I can share them here now! Fall is speeding by, the cold wind is blowing, most of the beautiful leaves have fallen...and I am really missing the sunny, warm weather of this spring and summer. So, how about a sunshiny, happy card for tonight!


I stamped two flowers from the Mixed Bunch set with Island Indigo, and punched them out with the matching Blossom Punch. I snipped between each petal of the flowers, sponged the centers with Daffodil Delight ink, layered them together with Stampin' Dimensionals and finished it off with a stamped center and a Printed 2011 In Color Designer Brads. I used a few different patterned papers from the  Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper for the card front, layered rectangle and banners, stamping the greeting on one of the banners. I also included a banner of Whisper White cardstock that I ran through the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. A little stitching, some dimensionals and it was ready for viewing!

Thanks for visiting. I hope you are having a fabulous week, and especially if you are on the East coast in the path of hurricane Sandy please stay safe.

Artisan Design Team Projects for October 2012 Part 3


Welcome back to my final post for the Artisan Design Team October 2012 projects. I used My Digital Studio to create my projects for today. I know...don't fall out of your chairs after reading that sentence! I don't make a lot of digital only projects, but I am starting to make more hybrid projects, this one included.

I had the idea to make labels to use on homemade canned items. The problem is, I don't can! No problem. These wonderful labels can also be used on purchased gifts of apple butter, corn salsa, etc. Or, you can give a set of the labels to a friend or family member who does can! Some of the labels I printed on label paper, and then cut them with the Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies. For those labels I used the Perfectly Preserved Stamp Brush Set and also the Wonderfall Kit Digital Download. I also used the Friendship Preserves Kit Digital Download, and recolored the stamps using this method. I printed them on matte photo paper, die cut them with the Window Frames Collection Framelilts Dies and then matted them with a larger diecut frame from the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper, which I also pierced using the Festive Paper Piercing Pack. Everything was tied together with Early Espresso Baker's Twine.

For this gift, I put some yummy corn salsa in a Gussted Cello Bag, with a sticky label attached to the bag, and a paper label tied on with baker's twine.



For this gift, I applied a sticky label to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and taped that to the jar. Then, I tied on a paper label with baker's twine.



For this gift, I added sticky labels to the top of two jars, added a fabric ruffle tied to the jars with baker's twine. I also tied on a paper label to the box (which is actually a pencil box).



Here is a close-up of the jars. I cut narrow strips of fabric, zig-zag stitched over baker's twine down the middle of the strip, and then gathered the fabric using the twine to tie the ruffle to the jar. Also, you can see a little of the circular sticky labels I added to the tops of the jars.



Here is a Gussted Cello Bag with the labels themselves, tied with Baker's Twine and a paper label, a great gift for an enterprising cook. Maybe you can use it as a hint for future gifts for yourself! Haha...



And here is a close-up look at all of the sticky labels, printed on full sheet label paper and die cut and punched out.



Digital Stamps: Friendship Preserves, Perfectly Preserved, Noteworthy Labels
Digital Punches: 1.25 Circle Punch, Friendship Preserves
Digital Paper: Wonderfall - designer series paper

Paper: full sheet label paper, matte photo paper, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Window Frames Collection Framelilts Dies, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Gusseted Cello Bags, Orchard Harvest Designer Fabric


Don't forget to check out the other Stampin' Up 2012 Artisan Design Team blogs for their projects for October. You can find the full list of their blogs in the sidebar to the right. And, at the end of the month, Stampin' Up will feature 10 additional projects (one from each of us) on their Facebook page! Thanks for stopping by!


Artisan Design Team Projects for October 2012 Part 2


Welcome back to my October Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team projects. Today I will be sharing a couple of cards with a fall theme. I really like the Wonderfall stamp set and the matching Autumn Accents Bigz Die. Stamps with a nature theme are some of my favorites. It's possible that I have a drawer full of retired leaf sets, and even more flower sets. I guess I could include a picture of the drawer...nah. Not going there! :-) Suffice it to say they are some of my favorite sets.

I really like the Timber Stampin' Around Wheel also. I decided to see if I could make it look like rows of boards. I stamped it in rows, drew a line between each row, and also a perpendicular line in the open area of the pattern. Then, I used the Stampin' Dazzle Silver Marker to make what look like nails at the end of each board. Here is a closeup first of that technique.



And here is the rest of the card. Some Early Espresso Baker's Twine, a Bronze Button and yet another Itty Bitty Banner image (which I can't get enough of) finish out the card. I think this would actually make a good masculine card! I could even change out the colors of the leaves using shades of green instead.



Stamps: Wonderfall, Timber Standard Stampin' Around Wheel, Itty Bitty Banners

Ink: Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy

Accessories: Un-Inked Stampin' Around Cartridge, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons, Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker, Bitty Banners Framelits Die


My next card was inspired by a beautiful wreath on my Pinterest board. Here is the inspiration image.


And here is my card. I used the Autumn Accents Bigz Die to cut a lot of leaves in shades of Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler. Then, I sponged the edges of each leaf with one shade darker. So, the Crumb Cake is sponged with More Mustard, the More Mustard is sponged with Cajun Craze, and so on until the Cherry Cobbler which I sponged with Early Espresso. I stamped the Happy Thanksgiving in Early Espresso on one leaf, and tucked it into the wreath. To make the wreath, I ran a square of Very Vanilla through the Woodgrain Embossing folder, drew a circle lightl in pencil, and then put one Mini Glue Dot towards the base of each leaf and stuck them one by one around the circle. I also folded the Crumb Cake Scalloped Tulle Ribbon in half, stitching and gathering it. Then, I adhered it to the back of the embossed square with Sticky Strip. I adhered it to the front of a Very Vanilla card with Stampin' Dimensionals, and then added a bow of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, notching the ends. I really like how this turned out. I hope you do too!



Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories & Tools: Stampin' Sponges, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Crumb Cake 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals

Artisan Design Team Projects for October 2012 Part 1


Welcome to the first post in my October projects for the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team! Today I have a home decor item to share with you. The idea for this came from something I pinned, a similar project that featured butterflies. It totally reminded me of a junior high science project, but somehow making it out of craft supplies made it much more fun. I didn't procrastinate this time. ;-)

So, here is the piece from Pinterest that inspired me.

Source: via Marisa on Pinterest


And here is my project! I use the Autumn Accents Bigz Die to make all different kinds of leaves for my display. The background is a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and I stamped the Timber Standard wheel using Crumb Cake ink across the whole page. This is an 8x10 shadowbox frame from a big box craft store.



Here are some closeups of the leaves. For the water maple, I started with watercolor paper and used the Aqua Painter and reinkers (Raspberry Ripple, More Mustard and Lucky Limeade). Then, I die-cut the leaf. For the natural oak, I started with the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, and sponged on Cajun Craze and Raspberry Ripple inks. Then, I die-cut the leaf.



The fabric birch leaf on the far right was die cut from the Orchard Harvest Designer Fabric, two leaves. Then, I stitched the outside edge, stuffed the middle with quilt batting and then stitched the veins with 2 strands of embroidery floss.



The next row of leaves has a felt oak leaf diecut from felt, and hand stitched with embroidery floss. For the pieced birch, I diecut the lafe shape from Crumb Cake cardstock, and also from 3 of the patterns from the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper, cut them into strips and pieced them onot the die cut leaf, joining them in the middle like a vein.



The last rolled maple leaf is stamped using the rock and roll technique. I first inked it up in More Mustard, then rolled the edges in Cajun Craze and then Raspberry Ripple, finall stamping it on Very Vanilla cardstock. For all of the titles, I diecut the banners and then hand wrote the titles, sponging the edges. All of the elements are adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals.



Stamps: Wonderfall, Timber Stampin' Around Standard Wheel

Ink: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Raspberry Ripple, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper, Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Watercolor Paper, Crumb Cake

Accessories & Tools: Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Bitty Banners Framelits Die, Stampin' Dimensionals, dark red felt, yellow embroidery floss, Stampin' Sponges, shadowbox frame



Fun with Googlies Part 3 and a Giveaway!

Welcome back! Today I have a couple more cards...and a giveaway! I have an extra Border Banter set, so please leave a comment before 8 pm on Sunday, October 21 for a chance to win! On to today's cards. A couple more cards using the Googlie Ghouls set. I added the Googlies eyes and some gray pearls from my stash as one more finishing touch. A couple of patterned papers and stamped greeting, and it was time to call it good!



Here is the other card where I just changed out a different patterned paper behind my stamped images.


**All Supplies by Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: Googly Ghouls

Ink: Stazon Jet Black

Paper: Basic Black Cardstock, Tangerine Tango Cardstock, More Mustard Cardstock, Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Cardstock, Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack - Brights Collection

Accessories & Tools: Googlies, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, gray pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Border Banter Clear-Mount Stamp Set

So, don't forget to leave me a comment before 8 pm on Sunday, October 21st, and I'll pick a randomn person to win the Border Banter stamp set pictured above. Also, next week I'll be posting my October Artisan Design Team projects. Thanks for stopping by!


Fun with Googlies Part 2

Hello! Today I am sharing a couple of additional cards that I made with the Googly Ghouls stamp set. They are really cute little creatures, especially when you add the Googlies eyes to them. I got to use the great patterns from the Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper pack again. I used the Halloween greeting from the Border Banter set, and stamped it in Tangerine Tango ink on the cotton ribbon. Love that! And, it was the perfect accent for the mummy card.



Here is another version with a different patterned paper for the block under the monster.



Stamps: Googly Ghouls, Border Banter

Ink: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango

Paper: Basic Grey, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Basic Black, Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series paper

Accessories and Tools: White Baker's Twine, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Natural 7/8" cotton ribbon, Googlies, 1/8" circle punch, Scallop Rectangle Clearlits Die


**Stop back by tomorrow for a giveawa!** Thanks for visiting.


Fun with Googlies Part 1

My friend Janie came over for a stamping day on World Card Making Day. I made a few Artisan Design Team projects with my October supplies that I'll feature here on my blog next week. But, I had some more time to make a few Halloween cards using the stamp set Googly Ghouls.

I had pinned this card as inspiration for a card layout.


I liked the varied banners across the top along with the baker's twine wrapper around.

So, here is what I came up with. I stamped a few images just in Stazon Jet Black ink from Googly Ghouls, and then completed the cards. I think this may be my favorite one. Still loving the Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper. I also stamped the chevron image from Border Banter on the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper. I keep stamping on it; it's addicting! And, the Googlies eyes are fun to use too. On the vanilla background, I stamped rows of the circle border image from Border Banter in Crumb Cake, stamping off once first. I hope you enjoy this card. Thanks for visiting!


SUPPLIES (All supplies by Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted):

Stamps:  Googly Ghouls, Border Banter

Ink: Classic More Mustard, Crumb Cake, Stazon Jet Black

Paper: Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Basic Grey, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP

Accessories & Tools: Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Googlies, 2-3/8 Inch Scallop Circle Punch, Fiskars 2" Circle Punch, Petite Pennants Builder Punch

Artisan Design Team Facebook Friday Sept 12


Welcome back! So glad you could join us for the Artisan Design Team Facebook Friday Blog Hop for September 2012. Whew...that's a mouthful! Anyway, we are sharing on our individual blogs our projects from September that were posted on Facebook by Stampin' Up. You might have just arrived from Jeanna's blog. She had a beautiful project in a terrific box that would make an awesome gift! Love how she stamped on the First Edition DSP.

I have been eyeing stamp sets with a mason jars for a while, so I was pleasantly surprised when the Perfectly Preserved set and matching dies showed up in my box of freebies for September. I decided to make a set of mini cards with some "punny" sayings that I created in My Digital Studio. I used the Flag Punch for the greetings, cut the jar lids from patterned paper, tied linent thread around the jars and popped up different elements for even more dimension.



Here is a closeup of the set with cherries.



Here is a closeup of the set with pears.



Here is a closeup of the set with apples.



Now all these cute cards need is some matching envelopes! That's it for this post! Now, on to Sarah's lovely blog. She has a very cute party invitation to share with you...


Artisan Design Team Projects for September 2012 Bonus

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I have a bonus project for my Artisan Design Team projects for September, 2012 (even though it is October 1st)! Today I am again featuring the Halloween products that I received this month. I have seen some really cute Halloween decorated paper houses, and decided to make my own using the Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper that we received in October. First I cut chipboard down to 2" x 4". Then, I cut off the corners at different angles to change the shapes of the houses. I also cut 2" x 2" chipboard squares for the bases, and covered all of the chipboard pieces with the patterned paper. The tops are attached to the bottoms with some masking tape on the back, and also a piece of black cardstock attached to the house and the base. I also used the Silver Foil Smooch Spritz to spray black cardstock, then I trimmed some for the banner under the owl, the circle backing the web stamped image and the branch die cut. I also trimmed the leaves on the die cut shape down so it looks like a bare tree. The banners are attached to a flat toothpick, which I colored with a black marker. These are pretty simple. I could have added lots more details and embellishments, but I decided I liked them as is. I hope you do too!







Border Banter Clear-Mount Stamp Set     128930
Monster Munchies Clear-Mount Stamp Set     127907
Mixed Medley    128057
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad     126981
Jet Black StāzOn Pad     101406
Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin' Pad    126946
Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper     126906
Very Vanilla 8-1/2X11 Card Stock     101650
Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack - Brights Collection     117155
First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper     121878
Accessories & Tools:
1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch     127811
1-3/8 Inch Circle Punch     119860
Little Leaves Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die     114511
On Board Long Board     114320
flat toothpick

Check out the rest of the Artisan Design team for more inspiration!

Stampin' Up!'s Facebook page has our other September projects posted--check them out. Thanks for visiting!