Keepsakes Christmas Ornament

Winter & Christmas Card & Project IdeasI am finally posting the Ornament I made using the Keepsakes Ornament Bundle.  It was pretty easy to make.  I watched a video by Angie Kennedy Juda and changed only a couple of things.  Pretty amazing!

I just wished I had TWO of the Silicone Craft Sheets when I made it! I do wish they would make some Silicone Craft Gloves or Fingers too.  I did feel like a gluey mess and I did burn my fingers a couple of times with the hot glue.  And next time I will remember to put the Baker’s Twine in right after I put the Ornament pieces together!  But I am happy the way the Ornament turned out!  We are making it at my class this Friday.  Wish you were here!
Ornament Keepsakes Christmas Ornament-Front
Ornament Keepsakes Christmas Ornament-Back

Bundle:  Holiday Keepsakes Ornament Bundle (stamps & Framelits) w#129949 c#129950
Stamps:  Perfect Punches  w#117022 c#120516
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Gumball Green
Punches:  1-3/4” Scallop Circle
1-3/8” Circle
2-3/8” Scallop Circle – to cover back
1” Circle – Behind Rosette
Card Stock & Papers:  Whisper White OR Very Vanilla (I used Whisper White)
Cherry Cobbler
Candlelight Christmas DSP 1” x 12” strip  #126901
Big Shot:  Holiday Ornament Framelits (included in above Bundle)
Rosette Die  #125594
Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2″ Scalloped Tulle Ribbon #  about 24”  #127841
1/8” Taffeta Ribbon  about 12”  (I used 1/4″ Grosgrain #126877)
Linen Thread or Baker’s Twine  about 5 feet  (I used Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine #123125)
Vintage Faceted Designer Button #127555
Large Pearl #125577
Other:  Tombow Glue
Silicone Craft Sheet #127853
Popsicle Sticks (not SU Wink)
Bone folder
Simply Scored (optional)
Glue Dot
Hot Glue Gun with extra glue sticks  (not SU Wink)
Paper Punch or Crop-o-dile
Optional:  Mist made with Shimmer Paint or Glitter or Dazzling Details.

(Email me if you would like better written instructions.)
1.  Cut five 3″x 11″ pieces of card stock to  stamp the Large Ornaments on.  Stamp four Large Ornaments per strip for a total of 20.  Cut three 2-1/2″ x 11″ pieces of card stock to stamp the Small Ornaments on.  Stamp seven Small Ornaments per strip for a total of 21.  Lay a strip of Large Ornaments next to a strip of Small Ornaments when cutting out the Ornaments with the Framelits.
2.  Fold 15 Large and 15 Small Ornaments in half.  Take 3 folded Ornaments and 1 flat Ornament and glue them together.  You will end up with 5 sets of Large Ornaments and 5 sets of Small Ornaments.
3.  Take 12″ of Baker’s Twine.  Knot the ends together and double.  Glue onto the bottom part of the Large Ornaments.
4.  Glue Large Ornaments onto a 1-3/8″ Circle of card stock.
5.  Cut 5 pieces of Scalloped Tulle Ribbon which are 3 Scallops wide.  Gather with your fingers and hot glue between Large Ornaments.
6.  Glue Small Ornaments on top of Tulle Ribbon so they are standing at an angle.
7.  Cut strip of DSP with Rosette die.  Pleat and glue ends together.  Glue onto 1″ punched circle.
8.  Glue Button on top of Rosette.  Add Large Pearl to center of Button.  Hot Glue Rosette to center of Ornament.
9.  Punch hole in the Large Ornament you want as the top.  Thread 12″ of Ribbon through and knot the ends.
10.  Punch 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle.  Glue to back of Ornament.  Stamp Joy and punch out with 1-3/4″ Scallop circle.  Glue to larger scallop circle.
11.  Admire your Beautiful Ornament!

You can purchase all the supplies to make this Ornament in My Online Store.

Happy Ornament Making!


Christmas Ornament Keepsakes Card

Winter & Christmas Card & Project IdeasToday brings another Christmas Card.  This one uses the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (stamps and Framelits) and the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and Glimmer Paper.  Remember there is a Stampin’ Up! Merry Christmas Promotion in October.  Buy the the stamps or Bundle and the DSP  and get the Festive Paper Piercing Pack Free!
Ornament Keepsakes Christmas Card

Sorry I am late today.  There was a young Border Patrol Agent killed last week.  He lived in my town.  My children know his family.  It has been a shock to the whole community.  Today is the funeral.  There have been 5 funerals of people I know in the last month.  It has been hard.

Merry Christmas Promotion Item Numbers:
Choice 1-Stamp set, DSP:  Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack.
~Wood mount #132260.  Retail value $55.85, Special Price $47.90.
~Clear mount #132261.  Retail value, $44.85  Special Price $36.90.
Choice 2-includes Stamp set, Framelits, DSP:  Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack.
Wood mount #132262.  Retail value $70.85, Special Price $62.90.
~Clear mount #132263.  Retail value $63.85, Special Price $55.90.

Stamps:  *Ornament Keepsakes w#128048 c#128051
Paper:  *Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP #126901
*Champagne Glimmer Paper #127885
Red Glimmer Paper #11790
Whisper White
Big Shot:  *Holiday Ornament Framelits #127816
Other:  Whisper White 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon #126877
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Glue Dots

* = Holiday 2012 Catalog

1.  Stamp first, then cut your image out with your Framelits.
2.  I used a double layer of Dimensionals on the Stamped Ornament to raise it up higher than just one layer.  I used a single layer of Dimensionals under the Glimmer Ornament.
3.  Glue the Glimmer paper layers together.
4.  Attach the ribbon with Glue Dots.

You can purchase all these items to make your Christmas Card from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping and Christmas Card Making!

Black Cat or Frightening Feline?

This cute little Frightening Feline has all sorts of “scary” words composing it’s body.  This is a quick and simple Halloween card to make.  The Frightening Feline stamp is a single stamp in the Holiday Catalog.  I did use Black Embossing Powder to get the clean, crisp image.  A Spider web embossing folder is the background for the Window Frames Framelits.  Rhinestone eyes look at you and make you wonder “What is this cat up to?”
Frightening Feline Halloween Card

Stamps:   Frightening Feline  w#128105
Wicked Cool (Spooky)  w#118738  c#120600  (You could also use Spooky Bingo Bits w#123944 c#123946)
Ink:  VersaMark
StazOn Black
Card Stock:  Tangerine Tango
Basic Black
Big Shot:  Window Frames Framelits #129021
Spider Web Embossing Folder #120889
Other:  Black Embossing Powder #109133
Heat Tool #129053
Embossing Buddy #103083
Rhinestones #119246
SNAIL Adhesive

1.  Stamp the word “Spooky” before you run the card stock through the Big Shot.
2.  Rub the Embossing Buddy over the card stock.  Stamp the Frightening Feline in VersaMark, sprinkle Black Embossing Powder over the stamped image.  Return excess Embossing Powder to container.  Flick any extra off by flicking your fingers against the back of the card stock.  Melt Embossing Powder with Heat Tool.  (I LOVE how quiet it is!!!!)

You can get all the products to make this card from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

Bootiful Occasions in Daffodil & Blue

My youngest daughter loves Boots!  So when I saw the Bootiful Occasions stamp set I knew I wanted make some Boot cards for her.  I also used the Window Frames Framelits and the Lacy Brocade embossing folder.  Enjoy making this card!
Bootiful Occasions in Daffodil & Blue

Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions  w#126595 c#126597
Card Stock:  Whisper White for card base and small Framelit
Daffodil Delight for large Framelit
Bashful Blue for the medium Framelit
Ink:  Daffodil Delight
Midnight Muse
Bashful Blue
Big Shot:  Window Frames Framelits #129021
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder  #127819
Other:  Dimensionals
Blender Pen  #102845

1.  Cut your Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Place inside of card front on bottom flap of embossing folder, lining up as desired.  Place top of the Lacy Brocade embossing folder on top of card front.  You will be able to read “Sizzix & Stampin’ Up! logos.  Now fold the rest of the card behind the embossing folder.  Run through your Big Shot with all tabs open.  Remove card base and recrease fold line again if necessary.
2.  Stamp your Rain Boot in Daffodil Delight ink trying to  ink up only the boot.  Now ink up the words carefully in Midnight Muse ink or color them with the Midnight Muse marker.   Stamp on Whisper White card stock.  Color sky part of Boot with Bashful Blue ink and Blender Pen.
3.  Position stamped Rain Boot image as desired in a Framelit and run through your Big Shot.  Cut the next larger Framelit from Bashful Blue card stock, and the next larger size from Daffodil Delight card stock.  Adhere Framelits together with Dimensionals.  Adhere to card with Dimensionals.
4.  Admire your quick card!

You can purchase all the supplies to make this card from My Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

Happy Father’s Day-Three Versions

Happy Father’s Day!  I hope you all enjoy time with your Father and the other men in your life!  Remember all the good times you had with your Father and the important things he taught you.  I used the retired Mocha Morning DSP.  Choose your DSP and 2 coordinating colors and a sentiment and you can use this layout for a variety of occasions.

Version 1-Layered Decorative Label Punch (Medium).
Father's Day Version 1 Version 2-Small Decorative Label Sentiment (Most steps).

Father's Day Version 2

Version 3-Labels Framelits (Easiest).
Father's Day Version 3-Labels Framelits (Easiest).
Stamps:  Delightful Dozen w#122650  c#122652 

OR Word Play w#120308  c#120651
Card Stock:  Brushed Gold #102935  3-3/4″ x 5″
Early Espresso #119686  4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
Very Vanilla #101650 (I used Confetti Cream-retired)  cardbase
Designer Series Paper:  Mocha Morning (retired)  3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
Ink:  StayzOn Black #101406 or Early Espresso #126974
Punches:  Decorative Label #120907
Key Tag (retired) OR Labels Framelits #125598 AND Big Shot
Brads:  Basic Glimmer Brads #121003
3/16″ Neutrals Brads #119736
Other:  Paper-Piercing Tool  #126119  (LOVE this NEW one!)
Stampin’ Pierce Mat  #126199  (LOVE this too!)
Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack #126187  (LOVE these too!)
SNAIL  #104332  refill #104331
Dimensionals  #104430
Post-It-Notes (not SU) 

Card Base.
  Cut all papers.  Front Layer:  DSP 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.  Middle Layer:  Brushed Gold 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Adhere with SNAIL.  Use Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack to evenly pierce holes in the DSP corners.  Put brads in holes.  Now adhere to Back Layer:  Early Espresso 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Adhere to Very Vanilla card base.

Version 1-Layered Decorative Label Punch (Medium).  I used the Decorative Label Punch and the Key Tag Punch.  Stamp sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock.  Punch with Key Tag Punch.  Use the Decorative Label Punch to punch 1 Brushed Gold and 2 Early Espresso labels.  Cut 1 Early Espresso Label length-wise down the center.  Trim the points.  Cut the other Early Espresso Label width-wise down the center.  Trim the points.  Click Here if you would like pictures of how to do this (Click “next page” two times-Nov 12, 2010-Layered Top Note).  Put SNAIL on the back of your Brushed Gold Label and attach the Length-wise cut Label parts and then the width-wise cut Label parts to the back of the Brushed Gold Label, trying to keep the exposed Early Espresso even all the way around.  Attach punched sentiment with Dimensionals.  Attach Layered Label and Sentiment with Dimensionals to card front.
Version 2-Small Decorative Label Sentiment (Most steps).  Layer the Brushed Gold and Early Espresso Decorative Labels the same as Version 1.  Stamp Sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock using Black StayzOn ink.  Punch with Decorative Label Punch, making sure the sentiment is in the center.   Place punched sentiment on a Post-It-Note and slide it back it your punch so the sentiment edge is touching/aligned with the long edge of the punch.  Punch.  Now attach your sentiment to another Post-It-Note and repeat with the other long side.  Adhere to the layered Gold and Espresso Labels with Dimensionals.  Adhere whole layered sentiment to card front with Dimensionals.
Version 3-Labels Framelits (Easiest).  Stamp sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock.   Use the smallest Label Collection Framelit and your Big Shot to cut it out.  Use the next larger size Label Framelit to cut out your Brushed Gold.  Layer with Dimensionals and attach to card front with Dimensionals.

Framelits & Flowers

We made this card at my Stamp Class last Friday.  It was relatively easy to make.  We did get to use the Big Shot quite a bit using the Labels Collection Framelits, a NEW *Bitty Banner Framelit, and one of the NEW *Apothecary Accents Framelits (well, half of it) that will be available *June 1st.  Enjoy making this card!  Feel free to use some of your DSP stash to create different looks for this card.

Framelits & Flowers

* = available June 1st
  *Bright Blossoms  w#125495  c#125497

Loving Thoughts w#125843  c#125845 (carried over from the Occasions Mini catalog and still available)
Ink:  *Midnight Muse #126860 -sentiment
Old Olive #126953  -stems
Card Stock & DSP:  Daffodil Delight -card base & larger Label Framelit, small flowers
Whisper White -smaller Label Framelit, Bitty Banner Framelit
*Summer Starfruit -“Vase”
*Raspberry Ripple #126842 -small flowers
Tempting Turquoise  #102067 -small flowers
Pacific Point #111350 -small flowers
*Summer Smooches DSP card front layer  5-1/4″ x 4″
Big Shot Framelits:  Labels Collection  #125598
*Apothecary Accents  #127003
*Bitty Banners #129267
Punch:  Itty Bitty Punch Shapes Pack (Flower) #118309
Other:  Dimensionals (LOTS!) #104430
SNAIL  #104332  refill #104331 (adhere vase)
Mini Glue Dots #103683  OR (Tombow) Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 (adhere flowers)
Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen #105021 OR Basic Pearls #119247 (flower centers)

  Vase.  I used just a little over half the Framelit for the vase.  Just align your card stock equally for a flat top.  You might want to use a Post-It-Note or blue painter’s tape (stuck to your jeans a couple of times to remove extra adhesive) to hold your Framelit in place on your card stock while you run it through the Big Shot.

2.  Flower Stems.  Cut your Whisper White Label Framelit.  Decide where the top of your Vase will be.  Stamp so the stems will be behind the vase at least a little bit.  (My customer just positioned her vase and stamped on top of it, then flipped it over so the front of the vase was clean.)  I stamped 3 of the Bright Blossoms stems.  I angled the stems on the sides toward the edge of the Label Framelit.  The center stems were straight up.  Next time I think I will stamp more stems so more of the Label is covered with flowers.  I put the punched flowers over the circles on the stems.  Adhere your Vase with SNAIL or Tombow.  You can adhere the flowers with Mini Glue Dots OR Tombow.  Add white centers to your flowers with a White Gel Pen or the smallest Pearls.
3.  Stamp your sentiment in Midnight Muse ink.  Then position the Bitty Banner Framelit over your sentiment and run through your Big Shot.
NOTE:  Be careful and only tap the stamp lightly on the NEW ink pads or you will have to clean around the edges of your stamps before you can get a clean stamped image.  You might want to practice a few times until you learn how lightly to tap your stamp on the NEW ink pad.  I am really enjoying getting great ink coverage with a lot less effort!!!!  Although I will admit to having to clean the stamp edges quite often still.  I am sure I will easily adapt.  AND these NEW ink pads will need to be reinked less frequently than the older ones.
4.  Assemble your card using SNAIL or Tombow on your DSP.  Use Dimensionals on the backs of both Label Framelits and the back of the Sentiment.
5.  Admire your cheery card!

Layered Labels Meet Apothecary Accents

This is a quick and easy card using products available *June 1st.

Remember that the items on the Retiring Lists are only available until May 31st or while supplies last!  Some items have sold out, but many are still available.  Get them before they are gone forever!  You can also check out the Clearance Rack while you are visiting My Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  Hint:  On the upper right side under the category banner there is a drop down menu titled “Show”.  Click “All” and you will see everything in that category by scrolling down the page without having to keep changing pages.

Layered Labels, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Oval Accent Bigz

  *Layered Labels #127072  (If using Clear Mount stamps you will need Clear Block F-the largest)

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
*Midnight Muse #126843
Ink:  *Midnight Muse #126860
Big Shot:  *Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003

*Oval Accent Bigz Clear die #127005

1.  Stamp first, then use your Apothecary Accents Framelit.  You can use a Post-It-Note or blue painter’s tape (stick it on your jeans a couple of times first) to hold your Apothecary Accents Framelit in place, if desired.

2.  Use a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Midnight Muse card stock with the Oval Accent Bigz Clear die.  You will need to put it at an angle to get a complete cut out.  Remember to fold down or trim off the corners that stick out over the die edges.  Otherwise your card stock moves and you don’t get the full image die cut.  Don’t ask me how I know.  Embarassed
3.  If you want to Step It Up, you can use an embossing folder on the card front and/or the Midnight Muse Oval Accent die cut.  Stampin’ Up! also has a new *Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (#126187) and a new, larger *Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199) that might work well with this card.  It will be coming to my house SOON!

Contact me if you don’t currently have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I will be happy to help you with your paper crafting and digital crafting needs!

Happy Stamping!
Nendy Kerr

Another Happy Mother’s Day Card

I just wasn’t happy enough with the previous card I had made for Mother’s Day.  Here is what I finally mailed to the Mothers in my family.  (PS.  The crocheted flower is an original Fleurette-long retired.  Sorry)

Happy Mother's Day! SUPPLIES:
* = Available June 1st, 2012
  Teeny Tiny Wishes w#115370  c#127802
*Layered Labels w#127070  c#127072
Ink:  Raspberry Ripple #126859
Card Stock:  Blushing Bride (retiring In Color 2010-2012)
*Raspberry Ripple #126842
Big Shot:  Finial Press embossing folder (retiring) #115963
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder #117335
*Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003
Punches:  Word Window  #119857
Modern Label #119849
Other:  Fleurette crocheted flower (retired several years ago-sorry)
Circle Fire Brad #109110 (retiring)
LOTS of Dimensionals  #104430
Mini Glue Dots #103683 (to hold the flower on)

I hope you had a great Mother’s Day!
Happy Stamping!


Happy Easter!

I copied this cute little Easter Bunny Basket from Dawn Griffith.  Here are the links to her videos:  Basket  and Bunny .  I very seldom copy anything exactly, but this is so cute.  It is also quick and easy.

Happy Easter!

Card Stock:
   Whisper White
Blushing Bride (I used Pretty in Pink) Basket 5-1/4″ square, Handle 3/4″ x 8″
Big Shot:  Scallop Square Clear Die #115950
Other:  1/16″ handheld punch  #101227
Sticky Strip (she uses SNAIL)
2 brads

1.  Score 2 opposite sides at 2 scallops (1″).  Score the other 2 sides at 3 scallops (1-1/2″).  Fold all score lines.
2.  Cut score lines on the 3 scallop side from edge to the other score line.
3.  Put Sticky Strip on the center sections of the sides you cut.  Put Sticky Strip on the scallop edges that will fold over the center sections.
4.  Remove Sticky Strip red backing.  Fold center sections up.  Then fold one corner over the center, making sure it is squared up.  Now fold the other corner over the center, also making sure it is squared up.  Repeat with the other side.
5.  Put a small strip of SNAIL on the ends of the handle and stick it to the inside of the basket.  Punch a 1/16″ hole in the handle and the box.  Put a brad through the hole.  Repeat on the other side.  You are done with the basket!

Big Shot:
  Heart Framelits  #125599
Card Stock:  Whisper White cut at 3-1/2″ wide for head, ears, cheeks
Basic Black  eyes
Blushing Bride (I used Pretty in Pink ears, nose, tongue, can use red for tongue)
Other:  Black Stampin’ Write Marker #100082
White Gel pen #105021
Mini Glue Dots #103683
Dimensionals #104430
Punches:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack #118309 (Tongue)
1/2″ Circle punch #119869  (2 eyes)
3/4″ Circle punch #119873  (nose)
1-3/8″ Circle punch #119860  (2 cheeks)
Blossom Petals punch #121808  (2 large white ears, 2 smaller pink inner ears)

  Cut head with Heart Framelit (3rd largest, I think).  Punch tongue from pink or red using the Itty Bitty circle punch.  Place behind heart top indent sticking out just a little.  The heart is upside-down for the bunny head.  Place Dimensionals on the back of the two 1-3/8″ Whisper White circles and place as shown on heart curves.  Place a Dimensional on the back of the 3/4″ pink circle nose and place slightly over the center of the cheeks.  Place the 1/2″ black circle eyes slightly behind the cheeks and close to the nose (use SNAIL).  Adhere the inner pink ears to the larger Whisper White ears.  Adhere to back of bunny head in desired position.  Tie a bow with the ribbon and adhere it to bunny with a Mini Glue Dot.  Place 3 Dimensionals on the basket in a line and place bunny on the front of the basket.  Fill basket with goodies.


Say Goodbye, Say Hi, Say Happy Birthday!

Tomorrow we say Goodbye to Sale-a-bration.  Frown  April 1st we say Hi to the Summer Smooches Collection!  One of the advantages of being a demonstrator is being able to order this collection a whole month before the promotion begins.  Surprised  (This is a “Shout for Joy” smile!)  If you want to get to try new Stampin’ Up! products earlier than the general public does, contact me about Joining My Team!  We can share the FUN together!!  I will admit that due to my Daughter getting married, I am just now placing my Summer Smooches order.  It will arrive early next week in time for those attending my Stamp Class to see all the new fun things!  I also earned some more FREE Sale-a-bration items.

I am also working on projects for my Newsletter Subscribers.  If you would like access to 3 additional projects for FREE each month please sign up for my Newsletter on the right sidebar.  You will have access to all the projects from my Newsletters since August 2011.  Each month you will also receive a template to use for 1 of the projects.

Meanwhile, my Daughter-in-law’s birthday was yesterday.  Here is the card I made for her.

Happy Birthday!
  Perfectly Penned  page 154  w#122890  c#122892
Tiny Tags  page 136  w#118091  c#198592
Card Stock:  Blushing Bride
Ink:  Rose Red
Big Shot:  Labels Framelits Die (Occasions Mini) page 6 #125598
Other:  Designer Cuts Cards & Envelopes Set (Occasions Mini) page 9 #125414
Basic Pearls page 198  #119247
Stampin’ Sponges page 203 #101610

  Stamp sentiment in Rose Red ink on Blushing Bride card stock.  Position card stock with top of sentiment positioned as desired in Label Framelit die.  Run through Big Shot.  Now position Label Framelit die so it frames the lower edge of the sentiment making sure the Framelit is straight and evenly spaced around sentiment.  Run through Big Shot.  Stamp desired flourish.  Sponge edges of your sentiment label with Rose Red ink.  Add Basic Pearls as desired.  Place Dimensionals on back of sentiment label.  Set aside.
2.   Cut Blushing Bride card stock to 5-1/2″ x 4″.  Place SNAIL on upper edge.  Also place SNAIL on inside of card along top of decorative cuts.  Line up card stock on inside of card front so edges are even with edges of card front and back.  Adhere.
3.  Stamp desired flourish in upper card front corners using Rose Red ink.
4.  Adhere sentiment label.  Add Basic Pearls as desired.
5.  Admire your beautiful card!
Note:  When mailing lumpy cards, place a spare piece of card stock  over card front (the lumpy part) and insert in envelope with the lumpy part at the back of the envelope.  I usually add extra postage when mailing lumpy cards.


Here is another video made by Stampin’ Up!  I have been helping my daughter with wedding preparation.  I spent all day Saturday with her buying fabric for tablecloths, buying ribbon and flowers for bouquets, boutonaires, corsages.  We also bought a few more things for her reception.  Her wedding is March 17th with one reception that evening and another here on March 23rd.  I will try to keep posting on my regular schedule, but might miss a few days here and there.  I might even show you some of the flowers we put together.

Meanwhile here is a video on using the new Framelits dies.  As you know I REALLY enjoy using them!

Textured Heart Framelit Valentine

I have purchased quite a few things from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini catalog.  I have been thinking about what is my favorite purchase.  My favorite this week is the new Hearts Collection Framelits.  We are using them on 2 cards for my class on Friday:  White on White Valentine, and the Take It to Heart Valentine.  I am addicted to Hearts and these Heart Framelits are really fun to use.  You can layer with them, turn any stamped image into a Heart cut out, use the coordinating stamp set and cut out the images, and make Heart frames.  I am sure there are more than 4 ways to use these Heart Framelits.  I guess I need more playing time to discover them!

I decided for this card I wanted to try multiple textures together and play with my Heart Framelits some more.  I also used a new stamp from the Occasions Mini catalog-Candy Conversations.  The small hearts are perfect for our Small Heart punch!  Have fun making this one.  Just remember to use your Embossing Folder first, then your Framelit because sometimes the paper “shrinks” some and won’t fit just right.

Textured Heart Framelit Valentine

  Candy Conversations  (Occasions Mini) page 43  #125560
Card Stock:  Whisper White card base
Pretty in Pink
Melon Mambo
Ink:  Melon Mambo
Big Shot:  Heart Collection Framelits (Occasions Mini) page 6  #125599
Big Shot Textured Impressions Folders:
Houndstooth  page 218  #123134
Stripes  page 218  #123128
Elegant Lines  page 218  #119277
Other:   Small Heart punch  page 210  #117193
Scissors with long blades to get a straighter cut

  Cut Whisper White card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Embossing.  Take Whisper White card base and line it up inside the Houndstooth embossing folder.  Run through Big Shot.  Next use the Stripes embossing folder with Pretty in Pink card stock and run through Big Shot.  Then use Melon Mambo and the Elegant Lines embossing with the Big Shot.
3.  Heart Framelits.  Place the largest Heart Framelit that isn’t scalloped in desired position on Pretty in Pink card stock.  Place the next smaller size inside the larger Heart in desired position.  To help them stay in place use a sticky note or blue painter’s tape to hold the framelit and paper in desired positions.  (I just learned the sticky note trick yesterday from my friend Karen!)  Next line up the smaller Heart Framelit in desired position over the Elegant Lines Melon Mambo.  Use the sticky note or painter’s tape again.
4.  Adhere Pretty in Pink Stripes Heart to Whisper White card front.  Next adhere Melon Mambo Heart inside Pretty in Pink Heart.  Use Snail , Tombow, or mini glue dots.
5.  Now for the stamping.  Stamp the Candy Conversations stamp on Whisper White card stock using Melon Mambo ink.  Use your scissors to cut out the Valentine sentiment and arrow.  Adhere over Heart Framelits using Dimensionals (I used Dimensional cut in half.)  Now punch out the desired Heart with the Small Heart punch.  Adhere with a Dimensional.
6.  Admire your Textured Valentine!  You can mix and match the different sizes of Heart Framelits and the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders for a variety of looks.

Happy Valentine Making!

Take it to Heart Valentine

I have been working on the computer a lot the last few days. If you will notice there is a new Newsletter Sign-up box in my sidebar!  I have even tested it out and it works!  I am always really happy when something finally works-especially technological stuff!  So if you haven’t already subscribed to my Newsletter, please test-drive my form and let me know if it works (or doesn’t work) either by commenting or emailing me.  You will be directed to a page with a form asking you to choose your user name and password which you will need to get to the members-only My Newsletter Project Pages.  My Newsletter Project Pages has all the projects and templates I have given to my Newsletter Subscribers.  I am still working on separate links for some of the projects, but those instructions are included in the Newsletter Links.

So finally, here is my post for today.  I have started making Valentine’s cards.  We will be making this at my class next week.  It does use the new Hearts Collection Framelits from the Occasions Mini catalog.Happy Valentine's Day!

Stamps:  Take It to Heart  (Occasions Mini) page 14  w#125520  c#125522
French Filigree page 151 #113742
Ink:  Rose Red
Card Stock:  Regal Rose
Rose Red
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Hearts Collection Framelits  (Occasions Mini) page 6  #125599
Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder  page 219  #116824
Snow Burst Embossing Folder (still available) #124096
Other:  Dimensionals
Dotto OR blue painter’s tape

  Cut Regal Rose card base:  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Ink up French Filigree stamp with Rose Red ink.  Lay stamp on table with inked rubber facing up.  Lay folded card base on top of rubber in desired position.  Use a Clear Block or wood part of a stamp to rub card stock.  When finished, lift card base off stamp.
3.  Stamp Bicycle image on Whisper White card stock with Rose Red ink.
4.  I have had trouble with the Framelit moving when I put the top cutting pad on.  So I have come up with a couple of options to keep the Framelit in place.
Option 1:  Run a line of Dotto on the card stock where you are going to place your Framelit.  This should hopefully keep your Framelit in place while running it through the Big Shot.
Option 2:  Place your Framelit on the card stock where you want it.  Tear off a piece of blue painter’s tape about 1″ or so.  Tape it to your jeans once or twice to remove a lot of the adhesive.  Now tape it to your Framelit and card stock-keeping the tape away from the center of the Framelit.  Run through your Big Shot.
Big Shot Sandwich:  (top to bottom)
Cutting pad
Framelit and card stock
Cutting pad
Multipurpose Platform Tab 2 (both tabs closed)
5.  Now let’s get out our Big Shot and try out the Heart Framelits.  Let’s practice on our plain card stock first.  Choose the 3 Heart Framelits you will be using.  Choose the largest of the 3 and cut a Rose Red card stock heart.  (Remember-Option 1 OR Option 2 and your Big Shot Sandwich.)  Use the middle sized Heart Framelit and cut it out of Regal Rose card stock.  Now get your stamped bicycle image.  Choose the Heart that fits over it best.  (Use either Option 1 or Option 2.)  Now run it through your Big Shot.
6.  Take your Large Rose Red Heart and emboss it using the Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder.  Emboss your Regal Rose Heart with the Snow Burst Embossing Folder.
7.  Layer the 3 Hearts together using Dimensionals.  Use Dimensionals to attach the Layered Hearts to the card base.
8.  Admire your pretty Valentine.  Who will you give it to?

Happy Stamping!

Occasions Mini Top Five Favorites

The new Occasions Mini has such fun things to play with!  I have enjoyed playing with the few I preordered.  Here are my Top Five Favorites.

Favorite Stamps:  I have two that tied for this one:  Bordering on Romance and Apothecary Art.
Bordering on Romance  page 11   w#125480  c#125482
Bordering on Romance - Clear-Mount Stamp







Apothecary Art  page 24-25   w#125525  c#125527

Apothecary Art - Clear-Mount Stamp

Favorite Framelit:  Labels Collection  page 6  #125598    I love the Hearts also, but the Labels will be more versatile.

Labels Collection Framelits Dies
Favorite Paper:  Spring Fever Scrappin’ Kit  page 21  #124006  Beautiful colors and self-adhesive die cut sheets!
Spring Fever Simply Scrappin'

Favorite Coordinating Items:  Adoring Accents Edgelits and Adoring Accents Textured Impressions Folders
Edgelits  page 7   #125595
Adorning Accents Edgelits Die
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders  page 7  #125601
Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
Thing I was most Excited to Get:  Paper Doily Large Sizzlit  page 7  #125592
Easy to use and BEAUTIFUL!!  Roll the cut image along a pencil to help remove all the small pieces.
Paper Doily Sizzlits Die

I am sure I will get more favorites as I play with more new toys!

Please leave a comment on what some of your new favorites are.  I will be drawing names for Blog Candy the last week of each month from those who comment, so make sure and leave your email address also.