Friday, July 31, 2009

Blogging Friend Gifts

I thought It would be fun to have a little hand out for some of my blogging friends I can't wait to meet while at convention! So I ordered personalized M&M's and they are soooo cute!

I used some little bottles I had left order from another project and added labels to the front, filled them with M&M's and added a ribbon and daisy.
Isn't that fun!?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Convention Card Swaps

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, so Saffron, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Build-a-Roo
Accessories: Flower Fusion and Circles #2 die-cuts, Big Shot, Watercolor Crayons, Blender Pens, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Trio Flower Punch, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP

27 cards for a WOW swap at convention.

Working diligently on decorating his last cake class...mastering the Wilton Rose!

He's a graduate! Ben has the Wilton Cake Decorating Course 1 under the belt!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Traveling Trio Tutorial Available for Sale

Welcome Aboard the Catty Cruise!

Welcome aboard the maiden voyage of the Catty Cruise! You just sailed in from Angie Tieman's amazing blog, Schwoo! about those creations! Awesome, aye??

Grab a deck chair. There are still 11 more of the most incredible stampers to follow on this amazing cruise through the new Stampin' Up! catalog. You'll get the next port by clicking on the port hole at the end of this post. But, if we somehow you fall overboard along the way, you can always rejoin us by visiting our home port, Catty Cruise Line.

Today I'm showcasing the fabulous Designer Series Paper, The Write Stuff.
The Write Stuff Specialty packet contains textured cover weight die-cuts and designer series patterned papers matching Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry & Old Olive cardstocks.

I created a set of 3 stacking suitcases, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" standard size cards, 3" x 3" note size cards and decorative paper clips all showcasing the beautiful papers and die-cuts in The Write Stuff.

Traveling Trio

I paired together Flower Fancy and Smarty Pants with the cardstock die-cuts for the full size cards.

3x3 note cards use Happy Birthday words from the Viola stamp set and the Spiral Punch to carry on the office theme.

A bottom suitcase organizes all your creations and the top suitcase serves as a carrying case for full size cards.

Would you like to make one of these?
Starting Sunday you can purchase the 37 page pattern and instruction tutorial for $3.95!!

I'll have the PayPal button all linked up and ready to go for you Sunday morning...but now it's time to carry on the maiden voyage of the Catty Cruise by visiting the lovely Brooke Stockman at Designs by Brooke as she showcases the brand new Circle Circus Stamp Set! You have to see this!!

Thanks for cruising by!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Traveling Trio Sneaky Peeky

Are you ready for another fun tutorial? I've been working on my latest one titled 'Traveling Trio' . It features 3 very different style stacking suitcases...and a couple of them are full of FUN stuff to make!! Traveling Trio features SU! Specialty Designer Series Papers, The Write Stuff.
I will be showing it on Saturday July 25th during the Catty Cruise Blog Hop, BUT you have to come back on Sunday to purchase the tutorial. Catty Cruise Blog Hop is for looking at the new catalog stuff and hopping along to the next blog.
So in an effort to keep the traffic flowing, I will be releasing it for sale Sunday morning!!
The project I am featuring today is one of the Traveling Trio suitcases patterns made with Tall Tales DSP and the Animal Stories stamp set.


Close up of the compartments and inside ingredients. It holds 4 cards and envelopes, Post-It notes, 2 pens and clips.

Group photo!

Stop by Saturday, July 25th for the Catty Cruise Blog Hop to see the reveal of the Traveling Trio tutorial.

Thank you to the following ladies for the blog award.

Joycelyn at Stamps n' Coffee

Rosina at Rosina May Stamp

Mary at Primitive Seasons

Barbara at Barbara's World of Whimcees

Brandy at Brandy's Stamp and Share

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Animal Stories Milk Carton Container

I knew the minute I saw the new Animal Stories stamp set & Tall Tales DSP they would make a darling Milk Carton Container. I couldn't wait to get it finished!

I used the same Milk Carton Container Tutorial available on the sidebar that is shown using the Holiday Lineup Christmas set. The tutorial is $3.95 and is e-mailed directly to your inbox. If interested, you can order it here.
I covered a few Hershey Nuggets with the Tall Tales DSP to stuff inside of the boxes.

Instead of tearing open the top of the box to get to the candy, I made a trap door for the bottom!

Benjamin is taking a Wilton cake decorating class! This was week #2 and the project was a rainbow cake.

He's 13 years old and is loving it!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Paper Bag Purse

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I've had several requests asking for how to make the paper bag purse I did for this posting. It could not be more simple ;o)

All brown paper bags are a different size. Even lunch bags aren't a standard size, every brand is slightly different. The bags I used for this project are 5" wide, slightly smaller than a standard lunch bag.
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, So Saffron, Rose Red, Old Olive
Stamp Set: Animal Stories
Accessories: Tall Tales DSP, Sizzlets Little Leaves die-cut, Big Shot, Rectangle Punch, Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Velcro Circles, Brown Paper Bag

Cut brown paper bag to 4-1/4" tall. I choose this height because I work with 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock and this means I can get 4 out of one sheet. You can cut the bag to any height you want.

Front panel: Chocolate Chip cardstock 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" , layering DSP is 4" x 5-1/4".

Back panel: Chocolate Chip cardstock 5-1/2" x 6-1/4", scored at 4-1/4". Layering DSP is 4" x 5-1/4" AND 5-1/4" x 1-3/4" .

Use the rectangle punch to punch holes for the handles. Insert the ribbon and add adhesive underneath the pieces to hold them to the cardstock.
Adhesive the paper bag to the front piece then fold the bottom of the paper bag down. Put adhesive on the bag not the cardstock and line up the cardstock pieces front to back.
Don't line up the bag because they are not all straight, just line up the cardstocks.

Side view after the bag is opened.

Close with a Velcro self adhesive circle and embellish as desired.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cheep Talk and A Catty Cruise

I've been trying out a couple different looks this week using the Tall Tales DSP. I saw a layout like this on Amy Rohl's blog and decided to give it a whirl.

Cardstock: Old Olive, Ballet Blue, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Stamp Set: Cheap Talk
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers Old Olive & Chocolate Chip, 1/4" Old Olive and 5/8" Brocade Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Top Note Die-Cut, Big Shot, Uni Ball White Gel Pen

So Saffron Bird is rock n' rolled in Summer Sun ink, Ballet Blue bird is rock n' rolled in Brilliant blue ink.
Ahoy Me Hearties - Catty Cruise Is Coming!

So, Landlubbers, what is a Catty Cruise you ask? Well, Catty is our affectionate name for the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog. And our Cruise is a blast of creativity by some of the brightest stars of the Stampin’ Up! blogsphere.

Our crew of 12 crafters (Stewards) will give you a treasure map of the great bounty to be found in the new catalog. Our blogs (or ports of call) will feature cards, 3D items, scrapbook pages, etc., using products unveiled in the newest catalog. After you disembark onto one port of call, that blog will help you navigate to the next port of call where you can rejoin the cruise.

We’re anchored ashore for now, but bookmark or subscribe to this site to make sure you don’t miss the boat. You can also visit our home port, Catty Cruise Line to stay in touch with the latest cruise information and visit all of our Cruise Stewards and Boatswain (on-deck backup crew). Our ship will leave her port on July 25, 2009.

Don’t be stuck in steerage – embark with us on July 25.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Emma's Birthday Party

Last night I was asked to provide the entertainment for Emma's birthday party. We had so much fun making the projects. All the girls loved everything, especially the beaded pen...even little brother Colin had a great time!

Purse made from a brown paper lunch bag, ornament scrapbook/journal, Peppermint Patty, Covered Post It note pad and beaded pen. All projects use the new Merry Moments Christmas DSP, Real Red and Garden Green cardstocks. Happy Birthday Emma!
Thank you for inviting me to your party!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hello Again

I made this card with the brand new stamp set called Hello Again.

Cardstock: So Saffron, Whisper White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Stamp Set: Hello Again
Accessories: Tall Tales And Chocolate Chip DSP, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain, New Designer Buttons Sherbet, 1/4" Circle Punch for flower centers



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