Thursday, April 30, 2009

Blooming With Love

I just love this Blooming With Love stamp set! And whatever will I do when 'my' Bella Rose DSP goes away in August? I'm going to have anxiety separation just like I did when Stampin' Up! took away 'my' Cutie Pie paper!
I think this card would have looked better if I had used the solid Riding Hood Red DSP that is in the stripes for the upper background but I didn't want to take it apart. You know what I mean...use your imagination!

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Blooming With Love
Accessories: Bella Rose DSP, Scallop Edge Punch, Paper Crimper, Oval Coluzzle, 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers in Ruby Red, Old Olive, Blush Blossom and So Saffron

The outside ruffle is made by using the Scallop Edge Punch on a long strip of Bella Rose DSP. Run it through the paper crimper so it breaks down some of the fibers and makes it super easy to gently maneuver and attach to the back with adhesive. I think Jan Tink is the one who came up with this clever idea, she did it with cardstock and used it for a background around the new wide oval punch.
Nancy Horn is at it again!!!!!

She took the tutorial I posted on the Stationery Set and made one using the Walk In the Park DSP. Pretty cute, huh? You can see Nancy's blog here. Yep! She is an fellow Idahoan.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Here Is How I Made It...

This is the Stationery Set I did with my Stamp Club this week. I've taken pictures and tried to condense it best I can without posting a hundred photos, so multiple things may be going on in each photo.

Finished project.
Stationery packet with two outside pockets for cards, one inside pocket for envelopes, a notepad and pen on Velcro for easy removal, four pocket cards with inserts and a magnetic closure.

Start with 2 pieces of Old Olive cardstock cut 6-1/2" x 6".
1 piece cut 6" x 2", scored at 1/2" in on both long sides.

Apply Sticky Strip to the scored 1/2" edges of the center piece and adhere to the bottom of the two pieces that will now be the stationery holder. It should be 6" wide and 6-1/2" tall.


1. Cut three pieces of Old Olive cardstock to 6-3/4" x 2-3/4".
2. Score each pocket on three sides only, two short sides and one long side @ 1/4" and 1/2".
3. Cut out the corners (all 4 little squares) and apply Sticky Strip to the outermost edges of the three sides.
4. Peel Sticky Strip and attach a pocket to the front and to the back of the stationery holder. I placed mine about 1/4" up from the bottom, it really doesn't matter.
5. Open the holder and adhere one pocket to one of the inside panels. Decide if you want it on the left or right side based on where you are going to put the tablet and pen.

I put a decorative trim on the outside pockets of the front and back.
Cut a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock 5-3/4" x 1-1/8" (or however deep you want it to be), place it in the Eyelet Border punch to make it beautiful and tie a piece of Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon around it. Attach it to the pocket with Sticky Strip.

I used the Large Oval punch to put handles in the stationery holder. For a decorative trim I punched an oval out of Pink Pirouette and punched around the hole with the Scallop Oval punch. Attach the oval to the handle with a bit of adhesive.


There are 4 instruction photos in this picture.

1. Cut 4 cards, two Pink Pirouette and two Old Olive 8-1/2"x 5-1/2.
2. Score and fold in half.
3. Score again at 1" from the outside edge to make a flap for the pocket card and fold down.
4. Crease all folds with a bone folder so they are nice and crisp.

5. Cut 4 pieces of Bella Rose Designer Series Paper to 5-1/4" x 3". Adhere to the front of the pockets below the flap.
6. Secure the flap down and in place with a bit of Sticky Strip underneath the flap.
7. Apply about a 2" piece of Sticky Strip to the top right area of the flap for the ribbon.

There are 4 instruction photos in this picture.

1. Cut 11" of Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain. Attach it to one side of the Sticky Strip, wrap it around the entire card and attach on the other end of the Sticky Strip as shown in the top left area of the photo. This is the only thing holding the card together.
2. Stamp words on Whisper White (I used Warm Words) and punch out with the Large Oval Punch
3. Punch coordinating cardstocks in Scallop Oval for layering
4. Pocket card inserts are Whisper White cardstock cut 5-1/4" x 4", you'll need 4 of them.
5. Decorative trim for the top is DSP cut 5-1/4" x 1". I used the Scallop Edge punch.
6. Stamp an image on the insert card, I used cupcakes from Wagon Full Of Fun.

Finished cards

Put two cards in the front pocket and two in the back.


1. Put the 4 envelopes in the inside pocket. I cut a piece of DSP 5-1/2" x 2" for the front of the pocket. Accessorize with whatever you want, I put a little Library Clip on it.

2. The pen is a RSVP pen by Pentel. Unscrew the bottom of the pen and pull it out, roll the piece of DSP (3-1/8" x 1") around the pen (ink part) very tightly and insert it back into the barrel of the pen, place the pen part back into it and screw it back together.

3. These little notepads are Evidence brand they came 3 to a package from Wal-Mart. You can use any notepad that will fit, even one with a spiral binding.

4.Cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock 3" x 3/4" for the pen holder. Roll it around the pen and Sticky Strip it to the front and back of the cardboard backing of the notepad.

I attached the notepad and pen with Velcro Sticky Dots so it could be removed for easy use.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Yes! It's Coming!

Happy Saturday!
Stamp Club went well last night, they loved the little portfolio! Many of you have asked if I am going to release the project as a tutorial. Yes and no...I'm going to finish taking photos of the one I have here and post it on my blog as a FREE mini tutorial tomorrow. It's almost done ☺
I have a question for you readers...Does anyone know a US source to get the hardware used on the little suitcase on the front of the US Mini Occasions Catalog? I've just about have the suitcase all figured out using the 12 x 12 tag board that comes in the back of a DSP package and need a lightweight clasp thing to close it with. I'll share it with you ☺ I think SU! used a pre-made one they covered with DSP, but I want to make my own.
Sandy Bradock sent me this photo of her Tote-ally Awesome Tote. She made 2 sets for Mother's Day!

Stephanie at Owl Whimsy gave me this blogging award. Thanks Stephanie!

The Bohemian Gypsy in Australia gave me this blogging award. Thank you!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stamp Club Stationery Set

Hey! I actually have our project for stamp club finished, cut and packaged 24 hours before we meet! That's pretty good for me ☺

This month, we will be making a very simple stationery portfolio, 4 pocket cards, and tablet with pen.
Inside pocket for envelopes or whatever goodies you want to add.

Pocket card insert. The little oval with the ribbon on it is actually the magnetic closure for the portfolio. I'm tired of undoing a bow every time I want to get into something. Come on Stampin' Up! give us sticky backed magnets!!!

I was minding my own business laying on the floor watching American Idol when Sarah decided to share my water with me! She's cute, so I let her...and YES, I dumped it and started over ☺

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Another Die Cut Flower

Here is another Mother's Day die-cut flower card. This one used the Baskets and Blooms die-cut, Sizzlets Flower Set Spring and the Sizzlets Little Leaves.

Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Stamp Set: All Holiday
Accessories: Scallop Oval Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals and Mini Glue Dots, Die Cuts listed above and the Big Shot!

Another cute Milk Carton Container, this one by Jenny Young.

Stamp Set: Cheep Talk
Card Stock: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red, Whisper White.
DSP: Baja Breeze DSP and So Saffron DSP from the Sale-a-Bration paper pack.
Ink Pads: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red, Basic Black.
Accessories: Oval punch, Scalloped Oval punch, 1" punch, 1 3/8" punch, Scalloped Circle punch, Old Olive ribbon.


I've been given this award by 2 lovely ladies, Julie and Rosina. Thank you!

This is sad to admit, but getting older and needing glasses sucks! I didn't have them on and as I was posting this picture, I thought it said Top 10 Farts at the bottom...I have my glasses on now!

Theresa Forseth passed this award on to me! You can see her blog here. Thank you!

New Die Cut Flowers

I accidentally ordered more die cuts for the Big Shot. I said I was going to wait until the new catalog but Lorri Heiling made me this super cute card and I wouldn't be a real friend if I didn't show my appreciation by copying her!
This is the first of several Mother's Day cards I'm working on.

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Old Olive, Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP
Stamp Sets: All Holiday
Accessories: Big Shot, Daisies #2 die-cut, Top Note die-cut, Fresh Favorites II buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Sponges and a little So Saffron ink
My Baby Benjamin is 13!!
Although he smiled for the picture, he was less than happy about the sign in the yard. At least we finally had a sunny day!!

Tickets to see the Jonas Brothers (why oh why did I do that to myself?)
He hauled in about $200 in cash by the time the day was over!
Years ago the boys started this silly thing of putting the bows in the hair of the brother who wasn't celebrating the birthday. This year it was particularly funny with Nicholas in his nose cast...he kind of looks like the scarecrow in the Wizard of OZ !

My Australian Demonstrator friend Debbie Pammet mad this adorable Tote-ally Awesome Tote. I love the colors and the stamp set she used!!!
ETA: She used Stampin' Up!'s A Kind Word Stamp Set

I love those little kitties!

Great job Debbie! You can see her blog here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Desk Organizer Matching Basket

Thank you for all your well wishes and e-mails today. Yes, we are fine and Nicholas is recovering very well. I know it 's late in the day and I promised pictures...and interestingly enough some of you have e-mailed me inquiring about pictures, hmmmm... so here you go. But first you have to see this little basket I made to match the Designer Desk Set.
I used the Baskets and Blooms die cut and the Big Shot (did I mention to you all lately that I {heart} this machine and you really NEED one!!!!!) I used the 2 basket pieces and made a box thing for the inside instead of using the circular pieces that come with the die cut.
I cut my cardstock to 6-1/2" x 6" , score at 2" on all 4 sides. Cut the score lines up to the intersecting score lines just like making a box and fold it up. Sticky Strip the basket to the box and decorate! I made my box out of Riding Hood Red cardstock and covered the outside edges with the matching DSP.
I am going to put paper clips in it!

Stop here if you don't like seeing sick kiddo-s ☺

Here is my little Nicholas minutes out of surgery. The recovery nurse had the nerve to accuse ME of being a scrapbook mom!! ☺ She laughed and said she sees it all the time!
That is one hard little plastic cast on his nose!
They put the IV in his foot. He chose blue wrap...I wanted him to have the glittery pink but he gave me the 'get serious, Mom' look.

Almost ready to go home.
Thank you again for your well wishes and e-mails!
Tomorrow my baby Benjamin turns 13. After I have a good cry and a couple margaritas I'll post a couple pictures..... what a week!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Faux Alligator-Skin Wristlet Favor

One of my fellow Diva friends, Gretchen Barron is selling these Faux Alligator-Skin Wristlet favor kits. It uses Jackie Topa's Faux Alligator-skin technique and the Bigz die cut Box #2 for the Big Shot. This tiny little thing is just about big enough for 6 Hershey Nuggets or a gift card. So darling!

Gretchen sells the kit for $18 and it includes all the stuff to make 4 favor boxes. These are super easy to make!! You can order them here.

The SCS Victorian Bushfire Fundraiser is over and winners for my donations are
Karen McCoy
Sara Cleveland
Jeffrey Stang
Ester Wright
Suzanne Boyer
You've all been contacted via e-mail but if for some reason you didn't receive it, please e-mail me ASAP. We raised $3715 USD for the bushfire victims !! Thank you to all those who contributed and participated in the event.

And guess what??? My little Nicholas has to have surgery on his little nose this morning. Yesterday we spent 4 hours in 2 Dr.'s offices yesterday deciding how best to fix the little guy. You can bet I'll have a cute picture of the nose cast tomorrow!