Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Twinkle, Twinkle Folded Stars

#stampinup  Here's another project I made for the Splitcoaststampers September Creative Crew. This challenge was to make a tag or ornament that could be made at a workshop.

I love Stampin' Up's Typeset Specialty Series Paper. It's vintage and it can be used for almost any occasion. I also love that it's much thinner than regular designer series paper, almost the thickness of a page in a book. This makes it easy to fold into shapes.

I've seen strings of folded stars made from book pages all over Pinterest and I've been looking for an opportunity to try my hand at it. If you search Pinterest (paper stars origami), you can find great projects--and some great instructions on how to make origami stars.

My stars started as an 8.5" by 8.5" sheet of Typeset Specialty Series paper. I followed the tutorial to fold it and cut it into a pentagon shape and then the second half of the tutorial showed me how to fold it into a star. Squee! I loved how easy it was and how super cute these stars turned out. Once you make one, you'll be addicted!

I made two more stars and then threaded a needle with Stampin' Up's Gold Metalic Thread to string them together. I know I'm going to make several more of these and decorate an old-fashioned Christmas tree this year.

If you try your hand at these stars, I'd love to see your pictures!!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Silent Night in Denim

#stampinup   You cannot possibly imagine my excitement when I received an invitation to join the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew for the final 4 months of 2015! I'm so excited and so honored to be part of this remarkably creative group of Stampin' Up demonstrators!!!

All of our September challenge projects will be included in the Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew Gallery. Check back often, because we're still uploading our projects. This month we're focusing on Christmas projects because it's never too early to start on them, right? The four categories are: favorite DSP from the Holiday catalog; gift packaging; gift items; and gift tags.

Oh, wait! Did I mention the Holiday catalog?! It goes LIVE today and you can start ordering right now!!! Just click on the catalog on the left and start your wishlist. Then click on the "shop online" button on the right and start ordering!!

Today I'm going to share my project that uses my favorite DSP from the Holiday catalog: "Season of Cheer." I love the denim feel to this paper and I think it makes a beautiful, silent, snowy night. I'm also using one of my favorite new sets from the Holiday catalog: "Wonderland."

After choosing this DSP, I used a Night of Navy card base and added a Silver Foil Sheet for a mat to frame the DSP. Before adhering this to the card base, I wrapped some 1/8" Silver Ribbon around the card twice and tied a knot.

Next, I stamped the "silent night" sentiment in Night of Navy onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch. I mounted this onto the largest of the Metallic Foil Doilies--love them! They're so versatile and so inexpensive!! I added this element to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Easy-peasy and so pretty (if I do say so myself, and I do)!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

So Proud!

#stampinup  I'm so proud of a young mom that I know. She's been facing some real challenges in her life and she's faced up to them with strength and faith. She's full of grace.  I've learned so much from watching her in the face of adversity.  I wanted to make a card to tell her this and more.

So, I pulled out the "I Think You're Great" stamp set and my Blackberry Bliss--one of her favorite colors--and got to work. I stamped the "I Think You're Great" sentiment in Blackberry Bliss and stamped off one time before kissing it onto the floral stamp and then stamped onto a Whisper White scrap. I punched this out with the 2" Circle Punch so that the sentiment would be rimmed with white.

I added a Basic Gray panel that I'd embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder to a Blackberry Bliss card base. Next, I cut a 2" strip of Bohemian Designer Series Paper and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I tied a length of Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon around the banner before adhering it to the Basic Gray panel.

Next, I cut a star from a Silver Foil Sheet with one of the Stars Framelits collection and then cut out the middle with the next-smallest framelit to form an open star. I adhered the sentiment circle onto the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and added another small Silver Foil star punched with one of the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack punches.

I think my friend is great and I want her to know just how great she is!!


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Friday, August 28, 2015

Sponged Elegance

#stampinup   Last week, I shared a card I made with some of the gorgeous Timeless Elegance Designer Series paper and I promised that I'd get back to you with another way to use this paper--sponging colors.

For this card, I cut a piece of the Timeless Elegance DSP with three big roses. I sponged Pink Pirouette ink on top of the roses to color them. You don't have to be precise with this technique. You can also layer the color--some darker areas and some lighter. Once I got the pink the way I liked it, I sponged Mint Macaron ink around the flowers--darker in the center of the paper and lighter toward the outside.

I layered this piece onto a Basic Black mat and then onto a Pink Pirouette card base. I sponged a scrap of Pink Pirouette card stock with Crumb Cake ink to tone down the brightness and make it more vintage-y. Then I stamped a sentiment from the "Tin of Cards" stamp set in Basic Black Archival ink onto the pink and punched it out with the large oval punch. I snipped off the side of the oval so that it aligns with the left side of the card.

Sponging color onto the Timeless Elegance DSP is quick and easy and the end result is stunning!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lydia's Flowers

#stampinup   Today I'm sharing another fabulous card designed by Lydia Fiedler. I purchased the instructions from her Blue2You online class because I want to know how she creates such beautiful works of art. You should check out Lydia's Blue2You online classes so you, too, can create like a boss!

I actually changed the card up a bit...mainly because I got my inky fingers on the top part of the Whisper White card stock. Ugh.

I started with a Whisper White panel and stamped two different stems from the "Wild About Flowers" stamp set in the new Basic Black Archival Ink. Yes, that's right two DIFFERENT stems. What?! I never would have thought to do that. Seriously. I just don't think out of the box like that. I can't tell you how long it took me to realize I could make cards with more than one stamp set. I know!!

Anyway, to make the multicolored flowers, I folded up a baby wipe, put some drops of Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, and Melon Mambo reinker onto it, and then used this as my "stamp pad." Cool, huh

I was going to put the sentiment at the top of the panel, but, like I said, I got ink on it, so I cut down the stamped portion and backed it with a Basic Black mat. I tied a length of Melon Mambo 1/4" Cotton Ribbon around this piece. 

I embossed a Melon Mambo card base with the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder and adhered the stamped panel with Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment onto a Whisper White scrap and cut it out with an oval from the Ovals Framelits collection. I mounted this piece onto the card with Stampin' Dimensionals as well.

I feel a little rebellious for not following the instructions, but I really like how this turned out.

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