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Artisan Design Team Projects for December 2012 Part 3

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Welcome back to my blog for my third December 2012 Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team projects. I love divided page protectors, and in addition to receiving a beautiful linen 12x12 scrapbook this month I also received a packet of the divided page protectors. I love the idea of doing a December Days project, so I decided to do that with a few of the divided page protectors. I also used the Snowflake Season Simply Scrappin' Layout Kit. I bought two: one to use as is, and one to cut up for this project. I made a 12x6 opening page spread on the page with three vertical pictures, and made another 6x12 closing page scpread on the page with three horizontal pictures.

Here is the first page. I need to add a picture to the red rectangle, and also write on the tag. I am going to add some more details and pictures to the back of the spread as well. I did some light editing of my pictures, and also added some text with the date before printing them.



Here is the next page. I am planning to add our Christmas dinner menu to one of the white sheets clipped on, and a list of Christmas gifts I received to the other white sheet. I also have more pictures to add to the back of this spread.



The other page protector that I love is the one with 9 4"x4" squares, which is just perfect for Instragram pictures. I'm going to be printing those out, and adding them to my pages along with some additional cards from restaurants where we ate and other trinkets from December. I plan to finish this up next week, and will post some more pictures with the completed project. I had grand plans to complete this while I was out of town for vacation, but you know how the holidays sometimes go! (Let's just say that my Christmas cards will now be New Year's cards!) This project was also a trial run to see if I could handle doing this on a monthy basis for a whole year. I'll talk more about that next week as well as the new year starts out!

Well, thanks for stopping by. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with friends and loved ones. I'll also be back soon with my December Artisan Design Team Facebook project. I believe those will be posted on January the 4th. Thanks!


Artisan Design Team Projects for December 2012 Part 2

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Welcome back for the second part of my Artisan Design Team December 2012 projects. Today I have a set of cards to share with you that can be used for various occasions throughout the year. I took the Morning Post Alphabet, and made focal points with them for my cards. I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes set for the full greetings underneath the banner. I added some tabs with the 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and buttons from the Designer Buttons Brights Collection. The colors I used are Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry. The Polka Dot Designer Series Paper makes another apearance too. Here is the set of all three together.



Here is a close-up of the Thank You card in Daffodil Delight and Real Red.



And, a close-up of the Happy Birthday card in Real Red and Rich Razzleberry.



And, the For You card in Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight.



Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can join me again tomorrow. I am working on a December Everyday album using the divided page protectors and a scrapbook page kit from the Holiday Mini. Thanks!



Stamps: Morning Post Alphabet, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red

Paper: Polka Dot Designer Series Paper, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Whisper White

Accessories: Designer Buttons Brights Collection, 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry and Real Red, staples

Artisan Design Team Projects for December 2012 Part 1

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Thanks for joining me today for the first of my Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team projects for December, 2012. Today,  have a scrapbook project to share with you. These pictures are from a "Christmas past". I used a couple of favorite pictures of my family. We are all smiling, and all wearing coordinating colors. How often does that happen?! Also, I had seen a card with a cute banner made with peppermint images, so I had the idea to use the peppermint stamp from the Sweets for the Sweet clear mount stamp set and the candy cane stamp from the Scentsational Season Clear Mount Bundle to make a banner for this scrapbook page. I used the 1" circle punch on the peppermint, and the matching die to cut the candy cane out, and then used my sewing machine and white thread to stitch the images together. I also received the Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper in my box this month as well as the Morning Post Alphabet Clear Mount stamp set, so I put those to good use.




Here is a close-up of some of the details. I used the Hostess set Mixed Medley from the Holiday Mini Catalog, the 1 1/4" Scalloped Circle Punch and the 3/4" Circle Punch. 



I also used the Border Banter stamp set to make banners for the bottom of the page using the chevron and the merry stamps with Real Red and Cherry Cobbler ink. I cut them into banner shapes, and stitched them together.



Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll join me the next couple of days for the rest of my December projects. Tomorrow I will be featuring a set of cards.



Stamps: Morning Post Alphabet,  Border Banter, Sweets for the Sweet, Scentsational Season, Mixed Medley

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper

Accessories: 1 1/4" Scalloped Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, staple, Holiday Collection Framelits Dies

Simple Christmas Card Makeover

Last year I had a card published in the PaperCrafts November-December 2011 issue, and I never got around to sharing it. I used the Stampin' Up set Tags til Christmas and the matching ornament punch, twine, gems and some non-SU patterned paper. It's a great card, and easily reproducable.



I also took the punched out patterned paper ornament, and made a gift tag with it.



I decided to remake the card and tag using only Stampin' Up supplies. I used the Delightful Decorations stamps set, the same ornament punch, more baker's twine and the Festival Of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack from this year's Holiday Mini catalog. Since it was so easy, I made a few more!



Here are closeups of each of the cards. The stamped ornament was punched out, and attached to the inside of the card in alignment with the punched ornament on the front layer. I also stamped a small circular element for the center of each ornament, popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals and added pearls. The bakers twine and patterned paper are the finishing touches.





Here are the tags that I created with the punched out ornaments. I added a strip of patterned paper to the top of the tags this time. Love that stack of patterned papers!



Well, I hope you enjoyed these projects. Thanks for stopping by. Supplies are listed below!



Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake

Paper: Very Vanilla, Festival Of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Basic Pearls Jewel Accents, Ornament Punch, 3/16 Inch Corner Punch


Artisan Design Team Facebook Friday November 2012


Welcome back! So glad you could join me for the Artisan Design Team Facebook Friday Blog Hop for November 2012. Please check out our individual blogs for our projects from November that were posted on Facebook by Stampin' Up. You might have just arrived from Jeanna's blog. She featured an amazing gift box complete with ribbon and sparkly ornaments. Make sure you check it out!

This month's box was loaded with Holiday goodies to create with. I love the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and the Holiday Framelits Dies that coordinate, and started there for my inspiration.


And, I keep seeing these grid style samplers on art canvases like this one that I pinned for inspiration.


I started thinking about how to make something similar with Stampin' Up! supplies. I'm really enjoying have access to great designs in both digital and stamp form. I think the possibillities are endless for hybrid projects like this one. So, I started with the Ornament Keepsakes Digital Kit. I actually used the punch that matches the ornament, chose to outline the shape with a thick black line, made the shape a little larger, and then copied the shape so there were 3 rows of 3 ornaments each. Then, I filled in the rest of the page (this is an 8.5x11 project in My Digital Studio) with the circular stamp from the same set and the flourish around the four edges from the Frames With A Flourish Stamp Brush Set. I first printed this off on 8.5x11 plain paper, and made sure that my shapes I wanted to attach fit inside the shapes.


Then, I printed the design on 8.5x11 fabric paper from the office supply store. It has an iron-on backing, so next I taped it to an 8x10 artist canvas that is about 1/2" thick with painters tape.

Ornament FB Sampler1


Next, I ironed it onto the canvas. I started along all of the edges first. Then, I put a piece of paper over the canvas, set a towel under the middle of the frame and ironed over the whole canvas.

Ornament FB Sampler2


Prior to this point, I had designed all of the goodies that were going to go inside of the ornament shapes. I got out a lot of my Real Red and Cherry Cobbler supplies, and went to town. I knew I wanted to use the flocked transparency from the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon and the Silver Glimmer Paper. Check out the supply list at the bottom for all of the details. So, now it was time to attach the shapes to the canvas. I used Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive to attach most of the ornaments.

Ornament FB Sampler3


I used the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets for the fabric. I cut a strip of fabric, attached it to the adhesive sheet and then diecut the shape. I sewed a felt diecut flower and a button to the fabric, and then removed the backing. Then, I just had to stick the fabric shape directly to the canvas.

Ornament FB Sampler4

Around the edges I used small pieces of Sticky Strip to attach the Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon. I sort of bunched it together to fit over the tape.

Ornament FB Sampler5


I tied a knot at the top, then made a pretty bow with some drapey ends.

Ornament FB Sampler6

Here are some closeup shots of the individual ornaments. This is the top row:



Here is the middle row. I think this is my favorite row.



And, this is the bottom row. Love the flocked transparency and ribbon rose.


Whew! That was a long post. Please be sure to click the button below to check out Sarah's lovely project. It is an adorable Christmas card with a non-traditional color scheme. Enjoy!




119104: Frames With A Flourish Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download        

131360: Ornament Keepsakes Kit - Digital Download       


128048 (Wood-Mount) or 128051 (Clear-Mount) : Ornament Keepsakes Clear-Mount Stamp Set

128030 (Wood-Mount) or 128033 (Clear-Mount): Greetings Of The Season Wood-Mount Stamp Set


126966: Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad

126949: Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad

101406: Jet Black StāzOn Pad


100730: Whisper White Cardstock

102482: Real Red Cardstock

127846: Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations Colorcore Card Stock

Accessories & Tools:

126905: Candlelight Christmas Designer Fabric

119246: Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents

127816: Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies

127822: Cannery Set Framelits Dies

124262: White Baker's Twine

127555: Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons

119855: Large Oval Punch

119744: Designer Buttons - Regals Collection

127819: Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

113439: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine

116824: Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die

127811: 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch

119747: Designer Buttons - Brights Collection

127003: Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies

119860: 1-3/8 Inch Circle Punch

126901: Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper

124005: Silver Glimmer Paper

127010: Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies

120992: Cherry Cobbler 1/2 Inch Seam Binding Ribbon

127841: Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon

127852: Jumbo Sticky Rounds

104430: Stampin' Dimensionals

103683: Mini Glue Dots

120805: Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

110755: Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive

123125: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

119868: 1 Inch Circle Punch

104294: Sticky Strip

129367: Stampin' Sanding Block

white felt

printable fabric sheet

8x10 artist canvas

Xmas Cards in the Making

Every year I make my own Christmas cards to send out, about 70 or so of them. They were completely paper crafted, and I included a letter with pictures about my year which I also printed at home. I think they were all beautiful, and enjoyed making each batch. But, they often didn't make it to the recipient by the end of December...or sometimes January...but usually by the end of February! Last December, I decided to give My Digital Studio a try for making the letter with pictures portion, and design something simple to wrap the digital card with. I loved the results! And, the best part, I had them all sent out before I went to Kansas City to celebrate Christmas. Today, I thought I would share my hybrid project for you all to enjoy.

This is the "wrapper" with the digital card inside. I cut an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Vellum Cardstock in half lengthwise, and folded it in half. Then I embossed it with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and used Dazzling Details on the centers of the snowflakes (hard to see in this picture). I stamped the front of the card with the greeting from last year's holiday catalog (Hand-Penned Holidays) using Cherry Cobbler ink. I then wrapper the vellum around the card, and punched a 1/8" circle just past the edge of the digital card. I put the digital card inside, and tied on the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine. Easy peasy!



Now, for the digital portion. I used elements from the Downtown Grunge Photobook Template, the Lots of Tags Shape 2 Punch, Old Saint Nick Stamp Brush Set, and the Winter Post Stamp Brush Set. I also used a couple of digital stamps from Ali Edwards. So, this view shows the "back" and outside of the card.



This view shows the "front" and inside of the card. I also used Merry & Type Stamp Brush Set, the Medallion Stamp Brush Set, some digital brads and pearls, and the Christmas Cocoa Ii Digital Kit. I think that is most of the supplies! I was very impressed with how well these looked when printed out. The quality is excellent.



Here are the close-ups of the digital portion. Front first:

Xmas 2011 Template-001_1

And the back:

Xmas 2011 Template-002_1


Right now I am working on this year's version. There will definitely be another MDS tri-fold card, and probably another simple vellum wrapper. Thanks for stopping by! I have lots more holiday goodness up my sleeve in the coming days, so come back for more!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Even though it doesn't feel like Christmas here in Illinois (it was 66 today and foggy, rainy and humid!), it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. There are lights going up on houses and business, and I had my work Holiday party on Saturday. Christmas music is even playing on my XM radio in the car.

I received this tulle in my November box from Stampin' Up, and wanted to try making some large flowers to use on gifts. The first one uses the Cherry Cobble Scalloped Tulle Ribbon. I started at the outer edge of the Jumbo Sticky Rounds, gathering extra ribbon as I went. Oh, and the ribbon is folded in half, and I am working with the folded half to the inside. As I neared the center, I tightened up the gathering so the inner flower stands up a little bit. This one also has embossed cardstock cut with the scalloped circle punch, Vintage Faceted Designer buttons and some Cherry Cobbler twine.



For this one, I started at the outside edge with the ribbon folded in half again. I stopped when I had covered about half of the sticky round. Then, I started at the center, twisted the ribbon tightly, and wound it around until it met the other ribbon. I finished this one with a bronze button and some Early Espresso baker's twine.



For this last one, I created loops around the the outer rows with Early Espresso Scalloped Tulle Ribbon. Then, I wound a few rows inside of the loops, and finished the flower with a paper daisy, a wooden button and some Whisper White baker's twine.



We celebrated my brother's birthday just before Thanksgiving this year, and we used the Early Espresso bow on his package. My mom helped, and even stamped on the outside of the package on the kraft paper with brown ink. The tulle makes a great ribbon to wrap the package with also.



So, that's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Come back the rest of this week. I have a couple of Christmas cards and other projects to share!