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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Reason To Smile Sympathy

No one wants to make sympahty cards, but they are nice to have on hand so you don't have to come up with a design at the last minute. This one is made with the Reason To Smile stamp set, which is an exclusive set you can only get this month for $5 with a $50 purchase. If you haven't ordered it yet, today is the last day! Order online or contact me to get yours!

Stamp Sets: Reason To Smile, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Color: Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Accessories: Designer Series Paper (I think Subtles Collection Paper Stack, but I can't say for sure- it was a scrap!), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Modern Label and Word Window Punches, Subtles Brads, dimensionals

Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Bling

This card doesn't look like it was leftover parts, but the green stamped piece and brown layer are repurposed from another stamping project I did awhile ago.

Stamp Sets: Bring On The Cake, Just Believe

Colors: Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Whisper White

Accessories: Scallop Edge Border Punch, pink rhinestones from the Blossom Builders kit that was in the Occasions Mini Catalog, markers 

Friday, July 27, 2012

My Digital Studio Thank You

The "Thank You" tag on this card was on my gift bag I received for being a Make & Take Helper at last year's Convention. It was made with My Digital Studio and was square with a hole in the upper left corner where a piece of ribbon tied it to the handle of the bag. I carefully measured and cut until I got this shape.There are 2 rhinestones on it for bling.

Colors: Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso

Accessories: Labels and Apothecary Accents Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Botanical Gazette Project Repurposed

One of the projects we made at Leadership 2011 was a clear stamp case notebook. We used a piece of Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper (from the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog and no longer available- sorry!) as the insert and added all kinds of fun stuff, like Crochet Trim and Trinket Keys. It was a really neat project, but I never used, other than to have it on display. So I decided to cut it up and make cards out of it! (The stamp case now has framelits stored in it!)

This was the main design of the insert, which shows both sides of the DSP. We added some stamping using the Clearly For You (now discontinued) stamp set. The Crochet Trim was originally tied around the spine of the clear stamp case. I punched a piece of the DSP and added it as a border for my card.

More of the original insert, another punched border. I used Four Frames and the "thanks" from Fabulous Phrases for this card. Also a piece of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon that I had from another project. 

Last piece of DSP, part of it cut off and turned around to show both patterns. Added a piece of Twill Tape (now discontinued) that was from a ribbon sampler I bought from Stampin' Up! and a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding. I thought a greeting would look too cluttered, so I left it as a blank card.

Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Very Vanilla

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Leftover Pieces & Parts Cards

More cards using leftover parts! For these, I started with the strips of Wild Wasabi card stock that were left after cutting pieces for a Stamp-A-Stack.I also had a strip of Night of Navy that was just wide enough to get 3 of the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch out of.

The flower is from Nature Walk, colored with markers, greeting is from Thoughts & Prayers

The Birds are from Easy Events, colored with markers, the dots are from Border Banter, which is in the Holiday Catalog and will be available starting August 1st

Easy Events birds again, also a piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon

Colors: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Not Quite Navy, Pool Party, Whisper White

Looking at these cards now, I wish I would have used an embossing folder on the Wild Wasabi strips. Oh time!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

More Just Add Cake Leftover Cards

More of the same strips of Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper (retired) like yesterday, but a different way to use them up:

Two banners going one way, one going the other 

All three banners going the same way

Three banners going the same way, closer together

Three banners of different lengths going the same way

The pieces the Wish Big are stamped on for the last two cards is also Just Add Cake DSP. I thought it looked like notebook paper, so I drew a red line down the sides.

Stamp Sets: Pretty Postage (first 2 cards), Word Play (last 2 cards)

Colors: Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: square punch to make banner ends, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches

Monday, July 23, 2012

Just Add Cake Leftover Cards

Last week I decided I was going to do some stamping for fun (not just for classes or swaps) so I started by going through my scrap box. I found these strips of Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper (from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog) that were left over from swaps I made. I combined them with some strips of card stock to make some backgrounds. I combined that with other "found" pieces and came up with these four cards:

Today is my Dad's birthday and this is the card I gave him. I already had the Baja Breeze Designer Frame cut out, so I started with that. The greeting is from Create A Cupcake. Happy Birthday Dad!

I had the Whisper White Label (Labels Collection Framelits) already cut out and the presents fit it perfectly! I added some paper-piercing with the new tool and mat on page 181 of the Catalog, and the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack that is in the upcoming Holiday Catalog (one of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is being able to order new items early!). The greeting is from Bring On The Cake.

Same greeting as above, had the Early Espresso 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punched out already. The balloons fit just right in a 1 3/4" Circle!

Last one...decided to use the Happy Birthday To You banner in the stamp set. The dots are from Border Banter, which is in the new Holiday Catalog (starts August 1st!)

It's kind of fun to see what you can do with similar cards!

Stamp Set: Patterned Party

Colors: So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: Just Add Cake DSP (retired)

When I use strips of DSP and/or card stock to make backgrounds like this, I make sure they are all cut straight, line them all up the way I want them, then flip each strip over in the same spot and use small pieces of tape to adhere them to each other. Then I can trim them all together to make sure the sides are even. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Button Buddies Bright Vase

Card #5 from the July Stamp-A-Stack

Stamp Set: Button Buddies

Colors: So Saffron, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Whisper White

Accessories: retired Tangering Tango ribbon, Argyle Embossing Folder, dimensionals

Hope you have enjoyed seeing the cards from the Stamp-A-Stack! The next one will be on August 11th (sign up by the 8th). I'd love to have you join us! Check out the "Calendar of Events" tab at the top to see upcoming classes.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Reason To Smile Faux Layer

Card #4 from the July Stamp-A-Stack

Two verisions of the same card, showing the difference in coloring in the stripes for the faux layer. This was an idea shared on SUDSOL (Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing On Line), a demonstrator-only group that I belong to. If you are a demonstrator and haven't heard of SUDSOL, check it out! There's a link on the right side of my blog- click it and you can try a two week subscription for FREE! If you're not a demonstator, I'd love to help you get started with Stampin' Up! Click on the "Join My Team" tab at the top for more information.

Stamp Set: Reason To Smile (exclusive set only available for the month of July!), Perfectly Penned

Colors: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White

Accessories: retired Designer Series Paper (any Old Olive DSP will work), Elegant Eggplant marker, ruler to draw lines, post-it note for masking

Draw lines where you would like your faux layer, cover that area with a post-it note, stamp your flowers all over, remove the post-it note, stamp your greeting

Friday, July 20, 2012

Twitterpated Quilt Thank You

Card #3 from the July Stamp-A-Stack

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Banners

Colors: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White

Accessories: Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, Bitty Banners Framelits, 1 1/4" Square Punch, retired ribbon

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Raining Flowers & My Digital Studio

This was a card we made at Convention last summer. Convention is going on this week in Salt Lake City, but I'm not there this year. With buying the new house I figured it would be too much. I hope to go next year for Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary Celebration! Want to join me?

Stamp Set: Raining Flowers

(The "it's your day" greeting is now discontinued, but is available on My Digital Studio. For the Stamp-A-Stack, I printed the greeting on the piece of Whisper White card stock and had it cut to size. No worries on not getting them lined up!)

Colors: Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: 3/8" Ruffled and 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, staples

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Four Frames Paper Pierced Banner

I had planned to start sharing the cards from last Saturday's Stamp-A-Stack on Monday, but I didn't get pictures taken until today. I've been busy stamping and have LOTS to share over the next few weeks!

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is receiving the monthly newsletter, Stampin' Success. Each month they show a sample workshop, including a make and take project. This is the card they showed for August. I knew I wanted to make it as soon as I saw it, and it was perfect for the Stamp-A-Stack!

Stamp Sets: Four Frames, Petite Pairs

Colors: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Decorative Label and Boho Blossoms Punches, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Reason To Smile Exclusive Stamp Set

Promotion dates: July 1-31, 2012

Promotion Details: During July, you have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive stamp set, available only through this special offer!

Get the Reason to Smile Set-up to a $20.95 value-for just $5 when you spend $50 on any Stampin' Up! products.

$5 Item
Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set
Reason to Smile Clear-Mount Set

*Enter this $5 item number after reaching $50 on your order.

larger picture to show projects made with Reason To Smile