Monday, February 27, 2012

Send Me Soaring Mini Card Box...

I really liked the kite set, "Send Me Soaring", in the Mini Catalog when I saw it. However...I didn't know if I would use it enough. Then we used it at the San Antonio Regional event I went to and I totally fell in love. They showed us clever ways to use the set for more than just kites. So I had to have it by the time I got home. :) I am so glad I got it because I LOVE it! I made this whole mini card set with that stamp set. And this card box is one they showed us how to make at the Leadership event I was at before the Regional. :) (These are all just Stampin' Up! Events that we have the opportunity to attend as demonstrators.) I will show you how I made the box in the photos below. I also have a really fun and cool trick for you if you want to keep reading. For now...here is my card set...
Seriously HOW CUTE?! I think so anyway! :) Now...I should of taken a picture of this project next to something so you could see the size. They are TINY cards. 2 1/8"x 2 1/8" is how big the cards are. :) Perfect for a little tag for a gift or when you just need a quick message for someone. And I am going to make envelopes for them when I get the Diagonal Score Plate for the Simply Scored! (YES!!! That's right....we will have a DIAGONAL plate to buy that will go right over the Simply Scored board soon that helps when scoring diagonally!!! More details to follow! :) ) But back to this project...here is a picture of the cards in the box...

Doesn't that look so much fun. :) This project is using the new In Colors from this year. Which just happen to all be included in the Sweet Shoppe Product Suite in the mini. So those are the colors I did this project with. And any Designer Paper you see is the Sweet Shoppe paper as well. LOVE LOVE this stuff!
Now here are some pics of the cards up close...
Love using the kite just as a kite. :) Think it's adorable! And sorry about that saying on the card. Looks totally crooked! They all do in my photos! Don't know what happened there. :) So just ignore that! :) But this kite I just colored with markers, stamped on Whisper White, cut it out, and then dimensionaled it up on the card. Everything else should be pretty self-explanatory. Oh...and yes...I used the Color Spritzer for the markers all over this project! I have been using that tool like crazy. Again...if you don't own this already..you need to!!! If you do own it...use it if you haven' t for awhile! LOVE what it adds to a project! :)
Now this card is made still using the kite set. But this time I stamped the polka dot kite onto Wisteria Wonder cardstock with Wisteria Wonder ink three times. Then took the small heart punch and punched out a heart from each of the kites. Fun...right?! :) This card is super fun too. Back to using the kite for a kite. :) Love that little bowed string as well. But notice the line stamp on the left side of the card next to the ribbon?! Anyone guess what that is from?! That is from the "In Stitches" wheel!!!! I have a little trick below to show you how I use my wheel! :) So keep reading...it's AWESOME and I am going to do this lots now! But have to show you the last card up close first...


This is another one that I stamped the kite three times and punched out the middle to get a different image other than the kite. How fun, right?! :) And then that zig zag border...yup! You guessed it!!!! It's from the "In Stitches" wheel again! :) Use this "wheel" lots more now. Will show you what I did to it below...but first let me show you how I made the box. I cut out a Scallop Square from the Scallop Square die. Then using my Simply Scored tool I scored three scallops in on two of the sides and then two scallops in on the other two sides. Then cut in to first score line. See this photo to see what that all looks like...
Then just fold together and adhere to make a box. How much fun! It would be a fun box to put little treats in and just wrap in cello for a little favor or whatever! :)

NOW...time to show you what I did to my "In Stitches" wheel...huh?! I think you will like it. Here is a photo so hopefully you can tell...
I UNMOUNTED my wheel and made a stamp set out of it!!!! All you need is a wheel of your choice and the Clear Mount Cling Foam. (Item 124236 $10.95 for 2 sheets of foam) This is how I did it....first I took the wheel and with my hobby blade cut at the seam of the wheel. You can easily see where that is if you just look at your wheel. Then you just peel it off the wheel base (comes off easily after that seam is cut) and you have a straight strip of rubber. Then I just cut a piece of the foam the same size as the rubber. And peeled off the adhesive side of the foam and stuck the rubber on. Then I just cut into the different design strips, as you can see above. Then I just stored in a clear-mount case. I am going to make my own label for the front of it also so I know what's inside. It was SO EASY and MAYBE took 5 minutes to do! And the best thing...the wheel only costs $8.50! So have a stamp set for $8.50 plus the cost of foam. Which I have LOTS more foam for more wheels so the cost was minimal for that! And then just take it out of the case, mount it on your clear block, and stamp away. Here is a photo of me stamping with it...SO EASY and fun!!!! Hope you enjoy and hopes this makes sense! If you have any more questions just let me know! Would love to hear from you. Thanks so much for visiting! Hope you like the project!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Framelits Window Box...

While we were at Leadership, a few of us got together and did a 3D swap. Sadly...one of our swappers (and friends!) couldn't make it to Leadership last minute. :( But look at this HAPPY mail I got from her!!! She still sent us her swap and wow!!! I am impressed! :) Here you go...
Look at this fun box with a fun window! Love the Labels Framelits she used to make that fun border for the window!!!! here is a shot of the lid off the box and all the FUN things inside...

Cute, PERSONALIZED notecards!!!! A fun altered clothespin, an altered pencil, and a cute little box of chocolates! How awesome would this be to make for gifts! SO AMAZING!!! Here is another shot of just the insides...Thank you Denise! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! Hope you all enjoy too!!!! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Another Treat Tube...

I really enjoyed making the treat tube for club the other day. So I decided to make another one. This time a little bigger. I used the biggest flower from the Fun Flowers Bigz Die. This one was so much fun to make as well. Here it is...
Used the Bordering Romance set from the Mini catalog for this one. Combined with the Designer Series Paper from the Sweet Shoppe paper. Have I mentioned lately how much I love that stuff yet?! :) Color combo is Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, and Wisteria Wonder. Again....love that Wisteria Wonder! :) (And it doesn't even need to be said how much I love Pool Party and Lucky Limeade....doesn't every one?! :) ) Here is a top view...

And here is a close-up of the stamped tag. Again...used the Labels Framelits. I have used this so much ever since I got it. LOVE having a label for whatever size I need! And on the Whisper White circle I embossed the whole image with the Vanilla scented embossing powder. I just stamped my image, colored it all in, and then smooshed my VersaMark pad all over it. Then just embossed it and VOILA! Vanilla scented tag! Love it! And of course it needed a little bling... Love these five-sided boxes! So easy to make! And so much fun to give! Hope you enjoy! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Scented Ice Cream...

Yesterday I posted a Leadership Make and Take care that we made at Leadership. I mentioned it wasn't my favorite make and take we made. But I also thought it would be a fun layout for lots of cards. So I decided to make another one using the same layout...just different Designer Series Paper and stamps. Here is the card...
I actually love this one. Just changed the card base color to Wisteria Wonder (kinda really having a love affair with this color. Not really a purple fan...but LOVING the freshness of this color. LOVE LOVE!) and used the Sweet Shoppe Designer Series Paper. And that ice cream cone image(from the Mouthwatering set...such a fun one!)...embossed with the SCENTED embossing powder. Can't get enough of that stuff either. :) Here is a close-up...
Do you see all the details?! I sponged the edges and used the Color Spritzer on all the cardstock pieces. Have you used your Color Spritzer lately?! Do you not own a Color Spritzer?! If you don't...it's a must-have tool in my eyes. I use it all the time. You just pop your marker in the spritzer, and squeeze the bulb on the spritzer. It then spritzes the marker color over it. Fabulous! Adds such a fun detail. I LOVE LOVE this!!!! It's so easy to switch out whatever color you want. And looks amazing on your projects! I used Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, and Wisteria Wonder markers for this card.

So what do you think about this card? If you didn't like the other card...do you like this one?! Hope you enjoyed this! Thanks for visiting!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Leadership Make & Takes...Part 2

Just a few more Leadership Make & Takes to share. Seriously...Stampin' Up! puts on the best events. They are so much fun! Every detail is amazing and I always have a blast!

Here is another card we did. This one isn't my fave, but I do love the layout. I think it's a great layout that could be used in so many ways...
Here's a close-up of the focal point. I LOVE the Blossoms Builder Kits. SO MUCH FUN!!!

Since I shared my "not my favorite Make and Take"...I think I should share one of my faves. :) This time it's an 8x8 Scrapbook page...How much fun is this?! Love the tone on tone Designer Series Paper (Baja Breeze was the page base and then the mat that my picture is Baja Breeze from the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper), the buttons, and the flowers from the Blossom Builders Kit...SO MUCH FUN!!! And then adding that picture of my daughters....what could be better?! Here is a close-up of the bottom...
Hope you enjoy! Thanks for visiting!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February Club Projects...

We had our monthly club night last night. As always...I had a lot of fun and it was great to get together with my girls! :) And I really loved the projects we made last night. First up is a fun Ice Cream card we made with the Mouthwatering set, Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper, and the SCENTED embossing powder!!!! Some of my FAVE things out of the new mini. I LOVE this whole line of products!!!! Here is the card...
We used the Label framelits. And that Designer Series Paper comes EMBOSSED! The polka dots are raised a bit and it adds a nice texture. We also used textured cardstock for the card front. Which I LOVE LOVE LOVE! Seriously it adds such a nice touch as well. It's all about the details! And this card is a 3"x6" card...tall and skinny! Something I am sure we all wish we were more of! :) (Hehe!) Here is a side view...

This next project is a fun treat tube that Stampin' Up! showed us how to make in our monthly demonstrator magazine we get each month. (Just one of the MANY fun perks of being a demonstrator!!!) I LOVED it. I have made these before and just wasn't loving it. But for some reason this time I must have made it better because it's so much fun!!!! Here it is...Isn't it adorable?! The top and the bottom are made with one of my fave punches...the Fancy Flower punch! Can you believe that?! Love the scallop it makes on each side!!! Here is the top view...
And then a close-up of the tag.
We used a few Sale-A-Bration products on here. Actually...the whole Everyday Enchantment pack. The Designer Series Paper is my FAVE!!! I am stocking up on lots of packs of that paper because I think it is just so fabulous and has such a wide variety of patterns and prints! Then the Fresh Vintage stamp set is so beautiful and fun to use. And then the thin ribbon in the ribbon and brad pack.....YUMMY!!!!

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for visiting! Clubbers...I have sent out the PDF instruction sheet for these projects so if you didn't receive them just let me know!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's For Kindergartner's...

Tomorrow is VALENTINE'S DAY!!! YAY!!! I love Valentine's Day! What's wrong with a day devoted to celebrating the people you love?! :) Just wanted to share a few things that we did for my daughter's Kindergarten class. First up is her teacher's Valentine. When I saw the teacher stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration catalog I knew that what I was going to do for her teacher! So here is what we did...Wrapped up the stamp set, a few ink pads, and one of the Valentine's Kylie gave to her class (pictures of that below) with some FABULOUS ribbon and added a SUPER fun Valentine tag. (Up close pictures of that below as well) When I am short on time, I LOVE wrapping a gift with some ribbon and a tag. And although I have a few different kinds of gifts I had to do for her class, I did the same tag for all of them. Saves time but still shows the receiver of the gift that you appreciate them so much that you took the time to make a little something handmade for them.

Here is what we are doing for all her classmates. I LOVE these Valentine's boxes. I bought them whenever they were in the mini catalog and STILL have some to use. But...they are on the CLEARANCE RACK now so you could get them so much cheaper. Here is what they look like...


These cute little boxes that are SO EASY to put together. We gave pink to the girls and blue to the boys. But you could pick just one color and go with that. :) Then in the box...

A package of candy and a little game. I LOVE the maze games in the current mini catalog. Seriously...HOW CUTE and fun!! For ANY age!!!! Here they are up-close...This was SO EASY to do! I just stamped the heart image in Real Red ink and punched out with the 2 1/2" Circle punch. Then took out the back insert and added this one to the game. SO EASY and so much fun! Then we stamped on the back as well. This is what we did...

My daughter got a bit sloppy with her writing cause she was TIRED OF WRITING (that's what she said in her dramatic voice) after we made 20 of these and 20 boxes. She wrote both their name and her name on both. So I let the handwriting slide and just made sure she got them done. :) But we had fun together in my stamp room. The best thing...as we are working together...my sweet daughter says, "I love crafting with you in your stamp room, Mommy." There is nothing better! I just hope she always wants to craft with me! Or at least spend time with me! :)

This next gift I made quite a few of. I am the Room Mom for my daughter's class and so I am in charge of the party tomorrow. I wanted to make sure I had a thank you gift for the mom's helping me tomorrow. So this is what they will get. I also needed something for my daughter's bus drivers. (She has 2 of them.) And then of course my friend that is watching my baby. So this is what they will get as well...
I could of just given them the candy bars because who doesn't appreciate chocolate?! But again...how much MORE fun is it to get chocolate with some ribbon and a cute tag on it?! I hope they feel loved and appreciate cause they are!!! I may make some more of these for my neighbors. They were fun and quick to do! Here are some more pics...


Just wanted to share a few Valentine's treats for you! I know it's late...but maybe it will help you with your plans! :) Thanks for visiting! Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Leadership Make & Takes...Part 1

I recently went to Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Convention in San Antonio, TX. I have lots to share from this trip. I am going to start with showing you a few of the make and takes we made. I was lucky enough to be a make and take helper this year...so I was able to create my projects early at my house. (This was so I would know what I was doing so I could help the other demonstrators with their projects!) I thought the make and takes were super fun this year! We received the Blossom Builders Kit from the new mini to make most of our projects with. I will be honest...wasn't sure how I felt about this kit when I first saw it. Now I am IN LOVE! The blossoms are SO much fun and easy to use! LOVE THE KIT!!! So you probably want to get one yourself! :) Here is a card we made....
We also used the Mixed Bunch stamp set and coordinating punch for our projects. These went fabulously together with the Blossom Kit. I love this card we made and it was so easy to put together. Here is a close-up of some detail...
We snipped that circle that is just under the button for a little more dimension. It actually adds quite a bit to the card. It's all about the details! :) Then the next layer is the polka dot flower and that is from the kit. The next layer is the Daffodil Delight flower and that is stamped with the Mixed Bunch stamp set and punched with the coordinating punch. Then the next Poppy flower is from the kit as well. Colors used are Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Poppy Parade, and Daffodil Delight. I had NO IDEA they would go so well together! Love it!

This next card is a similar layout, but looks so different! I love the little side scalloped edge. That was just a separate piece of cardstock that was punched and then layered on the card front. Again...all about the details! Then the three flowers are again from the Blossom Builders kit.Hope you enjoy these cards! I know I had a great time making them! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fun With Decor Elements...

I know...I know. Christmas is SO last season! :) (hehe) However...I never shared a great gift idea that I had! So....I am sharing it now because it STILL is a great gift idea! You just might want to change out the vinyl image! (Imagine doing this with the new Sweet Shop Decor image...yeah...I think I may just have to do that!!!) And I just have to say that I LOVE Stampin' Up!'s vinyl. It is GREAT stuff! They have amazing images and it's great quality! So easy to apply and use! SOOOOO...what I did for these projects (and I have a few varieties just to show you how easy it is to change up with whatever you like!) was just apply the vinyl to a plate and added some embellishments. I used buttons and adhesive rhinestones and ribbon. You can use whatever YOU like! Here are some of mine that I did...




I know it may be hard to see on the clear plates, but I really loved using those. I just found any plate that I liked that had a relatively flat surface in the middle, applied my vinyl, and then added any embellishments I wanted. Each one just took minutes and end up looking SO CUTE!!!

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for visiting!!!