Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Joy to the world, it's Holiday Extravaganza at SU!

It is the biggest, bestest sale Stampin' Up! has ever had - it's Holiday Extravaganza! With all kinds of product bundles available from 20% - 50% off the regular price there is something for everyone.This sale is for a limited time, (from November 26th - December 1st,) and sales are limited to product in stock so head over to for all the details.
Myself and the rest of the members of my upline's demonstrator group, (Team Canada,) had our Christmas party last night. We were supposed to bring a homemade Secret Santa gift to exchange, and this is the present I brought. This was a fun project. The base wooden letters are from Michaels and then I merely painted it with acrylic paint and covered the front with various designer papers from the Frosty line. I then sanded down the edges of the paper for a perfect fit and sponged on some Chocolate Chip ink for a slightly distressed look. For the finishing touches I added a Baja Blue and a Kiwi Kiss button from the Designer Button collection and an embossed flower from the Spotlight on Christmas set. TIP: All the stamps from the Spotlight on Christmas set match up with various punches offered by Stampin' Up!. The poinsetta matches up perfectly with the 5-Petal Flower punch.
Stamps: Spotlight on Christmas
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip Classic ink
Paper: Frost design paper, Kiwi Kiss CS
Tools: Paintbrush, sponge, sanding block, 5 petal flower punch, pliers, heat gun
Accessories: Flower assortment designer brads, Designer buttons, Clear embossing powder

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The best dressed paint can

I had purchased some empty paint cans awhile ago to alter and had forgetten about them. So as I was digging through some stuff that had been put in storage guess what I came across? I though I would alter one as an alternate form of wrapping paper.

For the can I used two 12x12 sheets of chatterbox paper from last year, (I have a ridiculously large collection of Christmas papers from all different companies.) I made a band out of certainly celery cs and used double sided tape to attach the paper. The main image is chipboard cut with the super-cute Snowflake 2 die-cut by Stampin' Up! I then added Whisper White Craft ink and while the ink was wet applied Heat & Stick Powder. I then used a heat gun to activate it and sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The small snowflakes are punched from an EK Success snowflake punch that I picked up from my LSS. On all the snowflakes I added blue self-adhesive pearls by Kaiser Crafts.

For the lid I ended up using the Scalloped Circle and the Circle nesties. They didn't quite go all the way to the edge of the lid. but I didn't have anything that cut a bigger circle... I used the same dp, cs, punch and pearls.
The tag on the side is a very simple design. It is a 2"x 2" tag made with Bashful Blue cs. I then stamped the thank you image from the Cute & Curly stamp/punch combo. I popped another snowflake on there with a pearl called it a day. ;)
Stamps: Cute & Curly Combo (SU!)
Paper: Snowflakes by Chatterbox, Certainly Celery CS, Bashful Blue CS, Whisper White CS all by SU!
Ink: Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad, Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' Pad (SU!)
Tools: Snowflake 2 Die Cut (SU!), die cut machine, double sided adhesive, heat gun, scalloped circle & circle nesties, snowflake punch (EK Success)
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds (SU!), Heat & Stick powder (SU!), blue self adhesive pearls (Kaiser Crafts)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I'm baaa-aaack!

Wow, I haven't posted in awhile. Both my computers went down at the same time. One with a virus, one with a warrenty covered problem, (thankfully.) And then, once at least one computer was working life through a whole bunch of busy-ness and stress at me. But I was still creatiing and have some new projects to post over the next few days.

This project was made as a thank you for a friend who brought in a new client wanting Stampin' Up products.
You can find the tutorial for this great little box on the Splitcoast Stampers website here.
For my box I used the Boho Blooms Punch, along with beautiful colour combo of Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss and the oh-so-cute Wow Flowers set.
TIP: I used the omitting colour technique with markers for the main thank you image. When you are using in colours and, of course, don't have a marker for it use the blender pen dipped in the ink and colour the same way you would with a marker.
Stamps: Wow Flowers
Paper: Pacific Point CS, Kiwi Kiss CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Whisper White CS
Ink: Chocoalte Chip Marker, Kiwi Kiss Classic Stampin' Pad
Tools: Blender Pen, Boho Blossoms Punch, scallop punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, crop-a-dile
Accessories: Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon, pewter brads

Friday, October 10, 2008

A box-in-a-bag thank you

I had really wanted to try Diana Gibbs' Box-In-A-Bag but needed the right occasion to feel inspired to do it. I recently wanted a small thank you present and thought it would the perfect occasion to give this little project a whirl.

I wanted to use some of the new designer paper from the Holiday Mini Catalogue and thought this Riding Hood Red dp from the Ski Slope series looked pretty cheerful. I paired it with some Baja Breeze card stock and it turned out to be a nice combo.

For the main image I used my oval and scalloped oval nesties along with the Pocket Silhouettes set, (so cute!) and a little taffeta ribbon. I also used the pocket silhouettes to fancy up the border along the bottom. I used some Baja Breeze to give it that water mark look.

Fill this up with some candy or a small gift and you've got an instant present!

Hope you like! ;)

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red
Paper: Baja Breeze CS, Ski Slope DP
Tools: Oval & scalloped Oval Nestabilities, Die Machine, round tab punch, horizontal slot punch, sticky strip
Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Stamping with my Sis

This was a quick little project my sister and I threw together
for her patients to make at the hospital she works at.

She wanted to make an easy goodie bag and had recently purchased the Hause of Haunts set with the great happy halloween sentiment. Alas, when we went to grab our card stock we were out of Basic Black and so we went for the fall/Halloween combo of Tangerine Tango. Kiwi Kiss & Chocolate Chip. Look pretty cute together!
Stamps: House of Haunts, Sanded BG
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White Craft
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango
Tools: Key Tag punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, Boo to You BC folder, die machine

Friday, October 3, 2008

Another Christmas Card

I don't know why but I have skipped past Halloween already and moved into Christmas mode. It could, perhaps, have to do with the fact that Christmas is my FAVOURITE time of the year!
For this card I wanted to use Pacific Point and Baja Breeze, but as I started pulling my supplies together I felt that Bashful Blue would pair much better with Pacific Point for a frosty, christmasy kind of feel.
For this card I punched out three circles with my 1 3/8" punch in Pacific Point cardstock. Next I laid this piece down (as a guide) on Whisper White cardstock - that is slightly bigger and has been fancied up with the scallop edge punch -and stamped three snowflakes from the Seasonal Icons set. At this point I put a clear rhinestone brad in the centre of the middle snowflake for some Christmas bling. I used dimensionals to mat the Pacific Point cardstock on the Whisper White cardstock and then I mounted this whole piece on a Bashful Blue card. The finishing touch was a sentiment from the Heard from the Heart set.
Are you feeling seasonal yet? =)
Stamps: Seasonal Icons, Heard from the Heart
Ink: Pacific Point, Bashful Blue
Paper: Pacific Point CS, Bashful Blue CS, Whisper White CS
Tools: Scallop edge punch, 1 3/8" punch
Accessories: Clear rhinestone brad (from Pretties Kit), Whisper White Taffeta ribbon

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A (past) Splitcoast Stampers Challenge

I have been perusing the SCS challenges and, if only I had more time, would love to try them all out. But as life would have it I have to cherry-pick which ones I take a whirl at and I have found so far that my favourite category of challenges is the Try a New Technique one. The first challenge I decided to try was the Embossed Shimmer one as it looked pretty funky.

I had just received my most recent SU! order and had the Snowflake 1 Sizzix die to play with so I thought I would go for a Christmasy theme. For the background I went with Pacific Point and Baja Breeze re-inkers and I tried them with Pearl White acrylic paint. (Side note: While the acrylic paint did work out alright, Lumiere produces a FAR more superior finish.) I blobbed some colour onto an acrylic projector sheet (from Staples) and set it aside to dry. After it had completely dried I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Snowflakes embossing folder.

For the snowflake I took a scrap piece of chipboard and glued some Whisper White cardstock to it before running it through with the die.

For the sentiment I used the Christmas stamp from the Cute & Curly set, inked it in Pacific Point, wiped the ink off of the sentiment and then used a blender pen dipped in some Baja Breeze ink to colour in the words. Punch it out with the matching Curly Label punch and you have a quick and cute label.

When looking back on this card what I think I should have added was a little Heat & Stick powder to the snowflake and some Dazzling Diamonds for a little extra shimmer.

In the second view you can see the texture a little better. You can also see the ink on my hands still!

Enjoy and have a great day!

Stamps: Cute & Curly
Ink: Baja Breeze Classic Pad and Re-inker, Pacific Point Classic Pad and Re-inker
Paper: Baja Breeze CS, Whisper White CS
Tools: Snowflake 1 sizzix, curly label punch, stipple brush, Snow Flakes cuttlebug folder, Big Shot or cuttlebug
Accessories: chipboard, acetate, blender pen, pearl white acrylic paint