Friday, March 11, 2011

Doin' Wheelies

Today I'm gonna talk about the Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide (#104834). If you haven't tried the Stampin' Around Wheel Guide (#104834), then you've been missing out! Once you've tried it, you'll be in love and can forget the frustration of crooked all-over-the-place creations. No more crooked wheeled accents or wobbly backgrounds that will make you crazy.
Okay . . . now you're asking what the heck a Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide is? Well, it's the handiest tool to create projects that make an impact with Stampin’ Around Wheels. The guide is a set of two clear 12” rulers that can be snapped together to create a single long ruler. Because it’s clear you can easily see your artwork through it and use it to create straight lines and align new images with what is already on the project. The height of the guide creates a solid bumper for the wheel to roll along giving you smooth even results quickly. Plus the guide can be assembled at a right angle to create borders and even mitered corners with the Stampin’ Around Wheels. I love that! This is truly an essential tool.
In additional to traditional ruler measurements the guide has lines that run along the length of the guide. Use these to omit areas or alternate wheeled patterns. Are you ready get on a roll with the Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide? Give it a try; I know you’ll be thrilled with the results!

Tips: Did you know you can also use the Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide for non-wheeling purposes? Lay the guide over your card or scrapbook projects and use the ruler to measure and center layers, alphabet stamping, and embellishments. Plus use the lines that run the length of the ruler to align images and accents with those already on the project.

Used in this project: Always stamp set, Always Stampin’ Around Standard Wheel, Standard Handle, Uninked Standard Cartridge, VersaMark ink refill, Baja Breeze card stock, Crop-a-Dile, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, 2-1/2” Circle, 1-1/4” Circle, Modern Label, and Scallop Trim Border Punches.

Hope you've enjoyed this Always Accordian Album/Scrapbook. Thanks for stopping by ~~ may you have a great Friday! Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Building Blossoms

I think it's safe to say that I'm addicted to this new Blossom Petals Punch (#121808). For the last four days, every card I make has used this punch!! It's just so fun. I can't seem to get enough!! It's easy to use this punch in lots of different ways and mix it up! On this card I incorporated the Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, too. The Mini Vintage Tag (#118763), Antique Brad (#117273), and Crochet Trim (#118480) finish the card perfectly, don't you think?
I've also been using the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper like a crazy person. If it's not the fabric, then I've been going to the Paper . . . crazy!
The stamp sets I used on these cards are, of course, the Build a Blossom - #121923 (since the punch and the stamp set were made for each other) and the Short & Sweet (#115060).
I've got some Baja Breeze, Old Olive paper, Whisper White, and Not Quite Navy going on here, too. Additional punches are the Word Window Large (#119857) and the Scallop Oval Extra-Large (#119884). The finishing touch is the Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#119257).

Hope you enjoyed them and thanks very much for stopping by. Your comments are always welcome ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ink to Paper

Normally, stamping is an ink to stamp thing, but at the last Stamper's Club, we did a little bit of the ink to paper instead.

Have you ever been to Michelle Zindorf's blog? She is a super talented ink/stamping artist and Stampin' Up! demonstrator who not only is willing to share her ideas, but share free step-by-step instructions for re-creating her ideas. Gotta love that. She is one of my favorites to CASE. There are over 400 tutorials on her blog site. Talented and generous.

The ladies in the Stamper's Club went absolutely nuts over this card. The only stamp set we used was the Inspired By Nature set. Michelle created this card quite a while ago, so some of the colors that she used are no longer available through SU! so I substituted. For instance, Michelle used Pale Plum, I used Blushing Bride. As long as you stay close to the color, you'll be fine.

So -- if you have a moment today, I would encourage you to see for yourself the talent of Michelle.

As always, thank you for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ring Around the . . . Ribbon?

Today I wanted to create a ribbon wreath -- well, to be honest, I've wanted to create a ribbon wreath ever since I saw the wreath that Diana Gibbs created back in November on her blog. Her wreath is absolutely beautiful, and she used Stampin' Up!'s fabric as well as ribbon.

Using the Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric (#121817) and coordinating 1/2" seam binding ribbon of Pear Pizzazz (#122330) and Baja Breeze (#122331), this wonderful wreath was born!!! The wreath frame was only about $1 from a big box craft store that shall remain nameless.

I hope you like it. It was fun to make. We're making this at our next church women's group gathering at the annual "Make It & Take It" later this month. The fabric was cut into 4"x 1/2" sections and then single knotted on the frame. The ribbon was also cut into 4" sections. It took about 1-1/2 hours to make the whole thing.

Oh, yes. I almost forgot -- the lovely Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim (#118480) was also used on this wreath to add textural interest.

Tip: Cutting the fabric into 1/2" sections makes this project easier on your fingers -- it's easier to knot. I will cut the fabric into 4-1/2" sections next time though. I think that if it's longer, it will be easier for the ladies of our church to knot.

I love all the coordinating products that SU! has. They sure make my life easier.

Thanks so very much for stopping by ~~ hope your Sunday has been blessed. Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Getting Punchy

I have been in the mood for punches lately . . . look out ladies in the Stamper's Club this week!! This is fair warning that we're all going to be gettin' punchy!
For these cards, I used the Blossom Petals Extra-Large Punch, my Brights pack of Patterns Designer Series Paper, and the Build a Blossom Stamp set. For the words, the Fundamental Phrases stamp set was also used. A bit of ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, sponges, markers -- hey, you're all set to have fun with a few cards.
I love how Stampin’ Up! is always on the leading edge of coordination. The new punch designs, like the Blossom Petal Punch, that feature several cut-outs in one punch is just one example of time-saving design and coordination. With just one tool, you can punch four different petal/leaf shapes. Simply add the coordinating Build-a-Blossom stamp set, and you can create like a pro! How easy is that?!
Tip: Cutting your card stock into strips will make punching a single petal from the punch easier.
Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'

Thursday, March 3, 2011

First Thing to Reach for . . .

When I need to make a quick card what do you think is the first thing I reach for?

Did you guess Designer Series Paper?

No doubt!! The reason I start with Designer Series Paper is that it helps me create quickly by narrowing down my color and theme choices. For example, if I need to make a birthday card, I might pick the Celebrations Designer Series Paper like with these cards that we'll be creating in the Celebration Central class.

If you've stamped with me for very long, you know that I look in the Idea Book and see that the Celebrations paper uses the colors Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Bashful Blue and Real Red. So those are the colors of card stock, ink, and embellishments I’ll use, along with White as the neutral.

Then it's time to select a stamp set, greeting set, and a punch that coordinate nicely. With all those decisions narrowed down the creative juices can focus more quickly!

Since Designer Series Paper comes in so many styles you’ll have a nearly endless variety of quick card options! When you purchase five packages of Designer Series Paper during our Sale-a-Bration event, you will receive a Sale-a-Bration reward.

Why not stock up now?

Show off the beautiful coordinating double-sided designs by folding back an edge or corner of the Designer Series Paper.

Thanks for stopping by -- Happy stampin' and scrappin'!

Feeling Chunky?

Well -- not you! Your glitter!!

Today I want to talk about Chunky Essentials Stampin’ Glitter (#108797). Here it is on a project . . .

Have you used the Chunky Essentials Stampin’ Glitter on your projects yet? It creates a bold, sparkly accent on projects of all kinds. I’ve found that when using the Chunky Glitter that I like to use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Crystal Effects because they really hold the bigger glitter better.

With Dazzling Diamonds and the Fine glitter assortments, the 2-Way Glue Pen and Heat & Stick Powder are great, but to me they don’t have quite the sticking power needed for the Chunky Glitter.

Are you ready to add some extra sparkle to your day? Get some Chunky Glitter and make some magic!
Can you see the sparkle?

Tips: Control the static when you use the Embossing Buddy to keep glitter from sticking in the Power Pals and on
your project. It works great -- you'll be glad you tried it!! When there's something that makes life easier, why not try it?
Happy Stampin' & Scrappin'!

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