Monthly Archives: May 2009

A simple thank you will do

Lime TY

Here’s a card that could hardly be simpler!  I love this little multi-color dot pattern from Good Morning Sunshine.  This Designer Series Paper was on my wish list, so when this month’s Buy-3-Get-1-Free special was launched, I was in!

So I left the pattern alone and just added the “lime slices” along the edge, stamped with the rock-and-roll technique.  A bit of Dazzling Diamonds was the perfect accent.

Stamps:  Tart & Tangy, Garden Greetings

Ink:  Kiwi Kiss, Always Artichoke, Old Olive

Paper:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine DSP

Other:  1¼” Circle Punch, 2-Way Glue Pen, Stampin’ Glitter (Dazzling Diamonds), 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (Old Olive)


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A double yahoo!

Last Wednesday, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators were able to order our cartons of NEW 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogs.  I love the day I place the new catalog order, but now the torture begins.  Talk about a four-letter word:  WAIT!

You want one, don’t you?  Here’s how you can get one!

  • FREE if you are planning to sign up for the next set of hostess clubs
  • FREE if you hostess a workshop beginning July 1
  • For just $6.00 if you pre-order by June 20

You’ll find more information about clubs in my June newsletter.  (Check the tab at the top of my blog header to download it after June 1.)

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Working with Window Sheets

0905 Time and time again

With the Occasions Mini Catalog, Stampin’ Up! has reintroduced Window Sheets (page 10).  This time they are 12″ x 12″ and come in two thicknesses.  Some of you have seen the matchboxes I made with the Thick type; they are ideal for Big Shot projects using the Bigz or Originals dies.

At camp in May we used a Window Sheet panel (also Thick) to give another texture to the card above.  There’s no stamping on the Window Sheet (although you can, with StazOn); the stamped squares are adhered to the front.  Note the Jumbo Eyelet — hole punched and eyelet affixed with the Crop-A-Dile with absolute ease!

Want to learn more?  Check out Stampin’ Up!’s new YouTube video on this product!

Stamps:  Sense of Time (available through June 30 in Occasions Mini Catalog)

Ink:  Basic Gray

Paper:  Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory

Other:  Thick Window Sheet*, 1¼” Square Punch, Crop-A-Dile, Jumbo Eyelet (Pewter),  bleach

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On not throwing things away

50th anniversary

I almost never create one-of-a-kind images.  When I am experimenting with something , I’ll stamp the image several times so I can practice.  (That’s why I still have several water colored watering can images that I’ve been using lately.)  I put the extras in a box labeled “Scraps,” available at a moment’s notice for a quick card.

So when I rummaged through the box this morning, I found an image from one of my favorite SU! sets:  Watercolor Garden II, which retired some time ago.  Some of its stamps were designed for two-step stamping, the layering of images (like the big flower heads, above) in complementary colors to create shading and depth.  Very fun to experiment with!

Stamps:  Watercolor Garden II (retired)

Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Mellow Moss

Paper:  Mellow Moss, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot and Oval Scallop Frame Die, Backgrounds I Texturz Plate (Small Dots), 1/8″ hole punch, Signo Gel Pen, Taffeta Ribbon (Pretty in Pink), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Yes, you can!

There are only 10 days left to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s Scrapbooking Starter Kit Promotion.  In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, you can invest in the starter kit for just $75 for a special selection of products and business supplies.  If you already have lots of SU! supplies, this could work for you!

Not sure if becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is for you?  This post, Eight Benefits of Direct Sales, explains in clear, logical, practical language why you might consider it.  You don’t have to be a demonstrator in the the way I am, or the way “Million Dollar Mary” is, or the way anyone else is.  Join and just enjoy the discount yourself.  Or develop classes.  Or create kits to sell.  It’s your business, after all!

Worried you won’t know what to do?  The amount of inspiration and support Stampin’ Up! gives is tremendous, and so is the way demonstrators support each other.  Whether it’s convention or regional activities or online material, there’s always someone and something to learn from.

Here’s why I joined:  I have always loved making things, but not until Stampin’ Up! did I recognize that there was something inside me that was able to create something beautiful.  The nurturing and growing of this little talent has been an amazing thing for me.

Most important of all to me, though, is the deep satisfaction I get from working with my stampers.  I look forward to every camp — catching up with you and watching you interact with each other, delighting in your work, laughing with you, and sometimes crying with you.  I cherish you.

Will you consider joining my team?  Can I answer any questions about what all this means?  Leave me a comment here or call me at (815) 756-8101.  We’ll talk about it.

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Inspired to act

Watering can congrats

Sometimes it seems I’m making the same card over and over.  Especially when I review my posts here, it’s alarming to see the same layout repeated.

That’s why I love to see something so refreshing that it inspires me to create something like it.  This card is inspired by Kari Lund, whose recent simple cards made me sit up and take notice.

The watering can here was colored with the marker technique described in this post.  It was a pretty tiny area to work in!

Stamps:  Blooming with Love, Hugs & Wishes

Ink:  StazOn Jet Black, Basic Black (Classic)

Paper:  Sahara Sand, Watercolor Paper, Pumpkin Pie

Other:  Stampin’ Markers and Aqua Painter, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool


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Expansion Wallet Tutorial

Wallet 1

Wallet 10

For some time I have kept a clipping from a Stampington publication (Take Ten or one of the others) with this idea.  It is credited to Holley Tondre, so I will do the same!  Basically, this wallet is 4″ square with a little bit of depth to accommodate the accordion fold.  Here’s how to create it (pictures are below the steps they illustrate):

  1. Cut one piece of card stock 11″ x 4″ (edited to correct this measurement!).  Score it at 3-7/8, 4″, 8″ and 8-1/8″  Fold down on the scores.  The flap is the shortest panel.
  2. Mark the edge of the flap 1-1/2″ from either side.  Trim from mark to score to create angle; repeat on other side.
  3. Wallet 1a

  4. Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper 3-3/4″ x 3-5/8″ for the front panel of the wallet. Thoroughly adhere this piece — the fastener will be adhered to this, and if it is not secure in the middle, it will rip when you open the wallet. You don’t want that.
  5. Cut two pieces of coordinating Designer Series Paper 6″ x 3-3/4″.  Score it on the back at 1″ intervals.
  6. Wallet 2

  7. Fold down on the scores, creating “peak” folds. Now fold a valley in between each peak (score meeting score) to create the accordion.  Use your bone folder to make the creases crisp.
  8. Wallet 4

  9. Now adhere the accordion sides to the front of the wallet (the panel on the opposite end of the flap) as shown above.  Important:  Is there a direction to the pattern on your accordion pieces? Note that the “raw” edge is to the inside of the wallet.  The accordion side should be positioned vertically so there is a bit of a gap to the edge of the wallet front and also to the next score.
  10. Wallet 5

  11. Now adhere the opposite edges of the sides to the back of the wallet.  This is trickier.  I use Tombow Multi adhesive because it allows me to (quickly) slide the pieces around a bit.  I can remove dried glue with the adhesive remover. Use your bone folder to press the sides against the wallet back.
  12. Wallet 6

  13. Create a medallion for the wallet flap.  Mine (matted) measures about 2-1/2″ in diameter.  You’ll also need another piece of card stock, a kind of mat, the same size.  Adhere the mat to the inside of the flap.  Adhere a 1″ piece of ribbon, folded, to the mat, creating a pull.  Adhere the stamped medallion to the front of the flap and over the mat using plenty of adhesive and allow to dry.
  14. Wallet 7

  15. Cut a small piece of hook-and-loop fastener (I used 1/3 of a disc) — do not separate the pieces.  Adhere the fastener to the back of the flap just above the ribbon pull.
  16. Wallet 8

  17. Remove the film from the other half of the fastener and press the flap against the wallet front, transferring the opposite half of the fastener.
  18. Wallet 9

That’s it!  Believe me, once you get the hang of it, the construction technique is simple.


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