Monday, April 19, 2010

Milwaukee Regional Swap Cards!

On April 8, 2010, Doyle and I were privileged to fly to Milwaukee for two reasons:  (1) so I could go to the Stampin Up Regional Seminar in Milwaukee (he went to the Harley Davidson Museum!); and (2) so we could visit our daughter, son-in-law, and grandcat in Madison, about an hour and a half from Milwaukee!  I worked hard to get swap cards ready; since this was my very first Stampin Up event, I didn't know what to expect, and I didn't want to have swap cards that nobody wanted!  So, I bought the pre-order stamp set AWASH WITH FLOWERS, and made four swap different swap cards:


This was the first swap card I made.  It's hard to see on the picture, but the colored squares with the flowers are popped up on dimensionals.  Here is my recipe:

STAMP SETS:  Awash with Flowers, Short and Sweet
CARDSTOCK:  Kraft, Basic Black, Whisper White, Ballet Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
INK:  Basic Black, Ballet Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
ACCESSORIES:  Linen Thread, Dimensionals, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" Square Punches, Mat Pack and Paper Piercer


My recipe for this card is:

STAMP SETS:  Awash with Flowers, Great Friend
CARDSTOCK:  Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Basic Black and Whisper White
INK:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo
ACCESSORIES:  Small and Large Oval Punches, Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Vintage Brads, Color Spritzer Tool, Dimensionals, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Sponge, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot

It is hard to see, but the Melon Mambo portion at the bottom of the card was run through the Big Shot and has "Perfect Polka Dots" embossed on it.  It was also sponged lightly with Pumpkin Pie ink.


If you came to April Play Day, you will recognize this card, because we made it there!  I liked it so much, I decided to make some for my swaps, as well!

My recipe for this card:

STAMP SETS:  Awash with Flowers, Great Friend
CARDSTOCK:  Kraft, Whisper White
INK:  Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Real Red, Ruby Red, More Mustard
ACCESSORIES:  1/4" Old Olive Grograin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Scallop Circles #2 Die, Big Shot, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge


This card was inspired by the card on the flyer from Stampin Up for the Two-Step into Spring Promo.  It was more pastel colors, but the layout is somewhat similar.

My recipe is:

STAMP SETS:  Awash with Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes
CARDSTOCK:  Kraft, Whisper White, Old Olive
INK:  Basic Black, Old Olive, More Mustard, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Ballet Blue
ACCESSORIES:  Top Note Die, Big Shot, Color Spritzer Tool, Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch, Sponge

I really like this stamp set (Awash with Flowers), and especially like the clear mounted stamps for the two-step stamping, because it makes it easy to see where to stamp the second time!

I had a wonderful time at the regional seminar, and learned a LOT of new things that I will be sharing in Play Days to come!

Thanks for looking!

Happy stampin and scrappin,

Color Renovations!

Stampin Up has announced a Color Renovation!  This means that we get to say goodbye to some of our old favorites (for me Brocade Blue), hello to some new wonderful colors (like Cherry Cobbler--doesn't that make you hungry?), and welcome back to some old in-colors (we get to keep Soft Suede!).  I am excited about all of the new possibilities with our new color lines, and can't wait to get to play with some of our new colors.  The new colors will be available beginning July 1 with the new catalog.

So, if you have old favorites you really don't want to part with, be sure you have all of the reinkers and markers and cardstock you want before we say goodbye in June!!!

Here are some charts showing new colors, returning in-colors, and retiring colors:

Here is a color chart to show you the new colors:

Saturday, April 17, 2010

January Play Day, Part One

We had four projects for our January Play Day. The first two projects will be in this post.


Stamps: Love You Much, Short and Sweet
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink Pad, Basic Black, Real Red and Summer Sun Markers
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Big Shot, Frame Oval Scallop Die, Chipboard, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Vintage Brads
Techniques: Dry Embossing (leaving flat oval in middle of card)

Cut Real Red cardstock (5-1/2 x 8-1/2; score at 4-1/4), Basic Black (4 x 5-1/4) and Whisper White (3-3/4 x 5). You will need scrap Whisper White and Real Red as well.

Cut Chipboard with the Frame Oval Scallop Die. Remove the oval, but leave the scallop frame in

Place Whisper White cardstock in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

Multipurpose Platform, no tabs
Cutting Pad
Chipboard with Oval Out
Embossing Folder
Cutting Pad

Run through Big Shot.

Color bird image from Love You Much with markers and stamp in the center of the oval on Whisper White cardstock. Color in beak with Summer Sun.

Adhere the Whisper White cardstock to the Basic Black. Adhere to the Real Red card base with dimensionals.

Stamp words from Short and Sweet with Basic Black ink on scrap Whisper White cardstock. Punch out the words with the Word Window Punch.

Use Modern Label punch with Real Red cardstock. Adhere the white Word Window punch out to the red Modern Label punch out. Use the paper piercer to punch small hole, using mat pack, on each end of the punched out pieces. Insert Black Vintage brads. Attach the punched out piece to the card with dimensionals.

This card was inspired by a card created by Tamara Bertram on Stampin Up's Stampers' Showcase.


Stamps: Love You Much, Define Your Life
Paper: Kraft, Soft Suede, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Dimensionals, Circle Scallop Punch, Scissors, Two Tag Die, Big Shot

Adult Birthday Swap Card Project

This card was made for an Occasion's Swap. My category was Adult Birthday, and I made it masculine, since it is hard to have enough birthday cards for the guys in our families!

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes

Two Tag Die: Soft Suede, Punch larger hole with Crop-a-dile, attach Jumbo Antique Brass
Eyelet using Crop-a-dile

Kraft (4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2")
Kraft (3-7/8" x 5-3/16"; run thru Big Shot w/Perfect Details Texturz Plate; sponge with Soft Suede ink). Adhere to the front of the card base.
Real Red (2-1/4" x 3-1/4"); use corner rounder punch on four corners
Bashful Blue (2-1/8" x 3-1/8"); use corner rounder punch on four corners
Watercolor Paper (2" x 3"); use corner rounder punch on four corners

1. Stamp cupcakes using Black Stazon ink. Use Real Red, Bashful Blue, and Close to Cocoa Watercolor Wonder Crayons with Aqua Painter to color in cupcakes. Paint on White Shimmer Paint (116854) for frosting. Add crystal effects on cherries; let dry.

2. Adhere the stamped and colored watercolored layer to Bashful Blue, then adhere to Real Red layer. Use dimensionals to adhere to the Soft Suede Two Tag die.

3. Thread a length of Real Red 1/2" Striped Grograin ribbon through the Jumbo Eyelet. Gather up the ribbon close to the top of the tag and tie with a piece of linen thread.

4. Attach the Two Tag Die to the front of the card base using dimensionals.