Monday, June 29, 2009

Cub Scout Thank You

Well I am back from a long weekend of camping with the Cub Scouts. It was a ton of fun but I am soo tired!! So I thought I would do just a quick post. So here a card I made as a Thank You for some of my fellow leaders.

Fitting isn't it? Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just Beach

When I saw this set in the mini I knew I had to have it just because of that jeep! Here the one and only card I have seemed to make with it though:

I figure after this summer I will use it a bit more since it is perfect for some of the summer activities we will be doing. Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 22, 2009

White Space

I'm not typically a person who likes a lot of white in the background ... it just seems to bright. I did this challenge which was create a card with lots of white space. I tell you it was DIFFICULT!! But I really did like the result:

So what do you think?

Speaking of white space ... as I just noticed in changing my blog background that's just what I did. Do you like the new look or was the other one better? I really can't decide because like I said I'm not a big fan of white but sometimes the photo really clashed, hence why I changed it. Well anyways .... Happy Stamping!

Recipe: Stamp Set- Dreams du Jour ; Cardstock- Whisper White, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral ; Ink - Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Basic Gray ; Accessories - Silver Brads, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon , Dimensionals

Friday, June 19, 2009

Basket and Blooms

When the big shot first came out I bought the Baskets and Blooms die. I made this little project with it but haven't been able to share it. Didn't want to give myself away as it was a gift for my secret sis.

I used Raspberry Tart paper and added the butterfly from the Dream De Jour stamp set. It was a fun little project. Happy Stamping!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Technique Tuesday - Enlarging your Matchbox Die

I just love the matchbox die, you can use it for a ton of different things. One complaint I've heard about it is that it's a little too small. I have never thought this BUT when I heard that I started thinking. Now I'm sure I'm not the first to have thought of this but here is how I made a larger box using the Matchbox Die. (I want to apologize for the quality of color in my photos, my lighting has been terrible.)

First start by folding a piece of cardstock in half. This particular piece is 51/4 x 8 before I folded it, so folded it measures 51/4 x 4.

Place your cardstock over your matchbox die. Make sure your fold is on the inside. One end should cover the flap folds but the other side will NOT be covered. Create your sandwich and run it through the big shot as you normally would.

When you have it cut and open it up it will look like this. I did have to trim the other side a bit but if you add a shim it should cut through both layers a little better.

Put together your box as you normally would. Since it is a little larger I did tape down the flaps, which you don't normally need to do.

Now to make the cover. You will need to do this without the Big Shot but it is really easy. My enlarged matchbox base now measures 43/4. So I cut my cardstock/DSP to be 47/8x6. For the score lines I just measured around my base. Score at 3/4, 2 3/4, 3 1/2, and 5 1/2.

Fold your cover as you normally would taping down the flap. Decorate as you like and all done!!

Hope you found this tutorial useful and if you use this tutorial don't forget to come back and post a link so I can see all of your ideas!! Happy Stamping!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bon Voyage Blog Hop - Big Birthday Candle

Welcome to Port of Call #11 on Stampin' Addicts 2009 Bon Voyage Blog Hop!

Nestled snugly between Ports of Call #10 (Melina's presentation of Snow Burst) and #12 (Dawnmarie's creations with Big Bold Birthday), here we explore Stampin' Up! Big Birthday Candle stamp set.One announcement before disembarking: the tour links are only active through 11:59 pm Tuesday June 16; after that, many hostesses will post more details on projects you see today. Bookmark your favorite stops now--on return visits, you'll bypass customs & immigration and go straight to the fun!

This first project I made showcasing Big Birthday Candle also uses the Matchbox Die:

Sparkly ... who doesn't love sparkles!?! The recipient of this little gift will be sure to love what's inside too! I know it's a bit bigger than the matchbox die and if you tune in on the next Technique Tuesday I will show you how.

Recipe: Stamp Set - Big Birthday Candle; Cardstock - Raspberry Tart DSP, Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss ; Ink - Kiwi Kiss ; Accessories - Old Olive 5/8 Grosgrain Ribbon, Matchbox Die, BS, Dimensionals, Versamarker and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.

As you all know I have 2 boys so I try to make masculine cards, sometimes I get them just right and other times not quite. But this one came out almost as intended:

The center by the candles was missing something and I must have spent an hour trying to figure it out. Finally I ended up with the ribbon pieces and it work so I left it.

Recipe: Stamp Set - Big Birthday Candle; Cardstock - Rockabilly Specialty DSP, Whisper White, Basic Black and Basic Gray ; Ink -Versamark, Basic Gray and Kiwi Kiss; Accessories - Black Embossing Powder, Sponge, Dimensionals, Black Grosgrain 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon and Silver Brads.

My last project is for sure my favorite!! I just love how it came out!! So here is my 6x6 Scrapbook Page:

Isn't it cool!! Just perfect for the Fourth of July ... so be sure to get this set before we say Bon Voyage!!

Recipe: Stamp Set - Big Birthday Candle; Cardstock - Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Whisper White and Brushed Silver; Ink - Versamark, Real Red and Brilliant Blue ; Accessories - Silver Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Star Punch and Large Star Punch.

In case you missed the link for the next port at the top of the page here it is again Dawnmarie's creations. Happy Stamping!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Where oh where ...

has my mojo gone? Do you all ever have those days where no matter what you make just doesn't turn out quite right?? Case in point:

Granted it looks okay BUT so not what I wanted or liked. SO I made this one:

Okay it's much better but still not what I was going for .... maybe it's just the stamp set and not me. At least that's what I hope is the problem because I still have to make my cards for the blog hop on Friday!?! Better get to it!! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Quick and Simple

Thoughts and Prayers is one of those sets that is just simple and beautiful!! No matter what you do with it, it always looks great.

It took like maybe 5 minutes to make this card. The image was done using markers to get all of the colors. It's perfect for a sympathy or thinking of you card. Happy Stamping!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Card, the Last Chance List and Blog Hop info

I'm a few days behind ... actually it feels like I am weeks behind. Stampin' Up! has released the Last Chance List. So I have added that info to my right side bar. Lots of great stamp and this month will be your last chance to order them. Don't forgot about the current mini catalog this is the last month for those orders as well!! Don't miss out!!

Here is a card I made using the Great Friend set in the mini catalog.

I am so going to miss these colors!! I'm sure I will grow to love the new in colors as much.

If you remember a few weeks back Stampin' Addicts had their first ever blog hop. Well guess what ... we are gearing up for another one just as fun as the last one!!

The tour begins at noon on June 13th and runs through midnight on the June 16th. Be sure to check it out!!

I think I am done playing with my blog, I added a side, changed out my banner, added a few other things. So hope you all like the changes.

BTW just wanted to let you know that my son is doing much better ... Thanks for asking! Happy Stamping!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I'm not ....

a bold brights kinda girl. They were one of the first colors packs I got because it was the color family that had purple in it, but I rarely use it. So I pushed myself to use those colors.

So what do you think? I like how it came out. I brayered glossy card stock then stamped my fish over it. Quick and simple but it still looks cute!! Happy Stamping!
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