I {Heart} Hearts Scrapbook Page

I finished my week 3 scrapbook page for the 52 weeks challenge – so there are 49 more weeks to go!  Now to work on week 4.  For this page I ended up using several new products from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini catalog.  It ended up as a Valentine Page in non-traditional colors.

We celebrate Valentine’s Day a bit differently.  For many years now I have used this more as a celebration of all my boys.  I cook a surf & turf dinner – crab legs, lobster, steak.  I can spend the same or less and give all of us a fancy meal instead of Greg and I going out alone.   One year while Kyle and Tyler were in Cotillion we did a formal dinner with all the different silverware and dishes so they could practice what they were learning.

At the end of dinner we have a scavenger hunt for them to find treats and things around the house.  I usually create hidden codes or clues that they have to figure out.  We started this when the boys were first in Cub Scouts and learning about secret codes.  The codes got harder as the boys grew older.  About this time of year they start to ask if we are still having our scavenger hunt this year.  And this year Greg told me Tyler invited his girlfriend over to spend Valentine’s with us.

Here are the list of Stampin’ Up! Supplies that I used on this page:

  • Chocolate Chip card stock, ink and Stampin’ Write marker
  • Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack (Occasions Mini Catalog)
  • Not Quite Navy card stock and ink
  • Old Olive card stock and ink
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Circle Scissor Plus and Glass Mat
  • Full Heart Punch
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Extra Large Two-Step Bird punch (Occasions Mini Catalog)
  • Small Heart punch (Occasions Mini Catalog)
  • I {Heart} Hearts stamp set (Occasions Mini Catalog)
  • Well Scripted stamp set (Occasions Mini Catalog)
  • Cutter Kit
  • Big Shot die cut machine
  • Movers & Shapers Die and Punch Windows Die
  • SU Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate
  • Twill Tape
  • Staples (not SU)
  • Date stamp (not SU)

I hope you like the non-traditional colors of my Valentine Page.

Have a great day!

Garden Thank You

So today I took a break from Valentines – well actually I did a Valentine project this morning but I’ll be posting that one on Wednesday – make sure to come back.  But this afternoon I worked on a non-Valentine’s project.  I also tried another sketch challenge – called Mojo Monday.  I see this mentioned all the time in our yahoo groups where we share our projects but I haven’t tried it before.  So this is my first Mojo Monday sketch attempt….here is the sketch

and here is my card…. instead of the brads I used a greeting in that spot.

I used four new Stampin’ Up! products: the Garden from the Heart stamp set, Satin Ribbon, and the Scallop Trim Border Punch, and the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack.  All of these are available to order beginning tomorrow – January 5th.

Here is a complete list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used for this card:

  • Garden from the Heart stamp set (Occasions Mini Catalog 2010)
  • Thank You Kindly stamp set
  • Taken with Teal card stock
  • So Saffron card stock
  • Pumpkin Pie card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Chocolate Chip ink
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Watercolor Wonder Crayons: Earth Elements, Rich Regals
  • Aqua painter
  • Big Shot die cut machine
  • Scallop Circle #2 die
  • Circle Scissor Plus and Glass mat
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch (Sale-A-Bration 2010)
  • Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper stack (Occasions Mini Catalog 2010)
  • Chocolate Chip satin ribbon (Occasions Mini Catalog 2010)
  • Linen Thread
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m going to like this new gardening set.  And I do have it in the new Clear-Mount version which worked so nicely on the new Stampin’ Up! Clear blocks.  I cut the white circle first and then stamped the image – it was easy to position on the circle with the Clear-Mount option.  Happy Stampin’!

Thanks for stopping by!

Join me for Create with Connie & Julie – sign up today!  This week we are giving away Free passes to the class – each team member has a different day that they are giving away a free pass so make sure to visit each day to see who is giving away a pass.  Just a hint – you really should stop by my blog on Wednesday…..

Pillow Box Bucket

I found the cutest Big Shot project a few weeks back while searching blogs for ideas.  I loved this one so much I made very few changes.  I found it on Renee’s blog .

I decided to use it for my Holiday Big Shot class that I had a couple of weeks ago.

This was actually much easier to create than what it looks.  You need 3 pillow box die cuts and then 2 circles (I believe they were 4″ and I used my Circle Scissor Plus to cut them) and three strips that were 1″ x 5″.

I used the same color combination that Renee used – Not Quite Navy and Old Olive.  The snowman is stamped in Close to Cocoa and his nose is colored with the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker.  The snowflakes are stamped in Not Quite Navy and I used my Shimmer Paint mist to spritz on some shimmer (you can’t really see it in the photo).

The handle is made from Old Olive ribbon in the Mistletoe Ribbon Originals pack from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday mini catalog.  A trick we learned at the Chattanooga Regional was to attach a piece of card stock to the underside of the ribbon if you want the ribbon to stand up like a handle.  So here I added a 1/4″ x 8-1/2″ strip of Old Olive card stock to the underside of the ribbon handle.  I used the slot punch to add a slot in either side of the bucket.  I added my holes at the crease line so that my snowman could be on the center of a flat panel rather than on a crease in the bucket.  The handle attaches to itself with brads.

The bottom of the bucket is created like a basket – you score 1/2″ on each end of the 5″ long strips and then glue them in on opposite sides of the bucket. The three strips will cross in the center.  Then you add a circle to each side of the strips creating the bottom of the bucket.

These are really cute and since I have three of them made and I have three boys – guess what – they will each get one filled with some type of little goodies.  Now to figure out what I’m going to put inside.

People often talk about comfort zones and how you need to step outside your comfort zone to grow and challenge yourself.  Many things that I have done related to my Stampin’ Up! business have sent me outside my comfort zone.  And I just took two new steps outside my comfort zone.  Last night I turned in an application to be a guest designer for an online class that two other demonstrators are having beginning in January.  And today I sent an email to a scrapbook magazine to get information on how to send in submissions for publication in their magazine.  Now I’ll have to wait and see what I hear back.

The count down towards Christmas begins and I’m finishing up an advent calendar project that I plan to post tomorrow.  I won’t have a chance to hold it as a class so I’m hoping to include some general instructions for you to create one at home.

Thanks for visiting me today!



Seasonal Plates – the rest

I didn’t forget about posting the rest of the seasonal plates (original post was on 10-17 – click here) it just took me a while to get an update picture of the change that I made during our Stamp Club meeting to the spring design.  Here is the whole set:seasonal-platesThe Fall and Winter designs were the ones I posted earlier.  The Spring plate was the one I changed – in this photo the Rich Razzleberry card stock is just plain.  While we were making these at the Stamp Club meeting I thought that I should have used the embossing folder on it just to give it some texture.  And when the girls did theirs that way it looked great!  But mine was still plain and I didn’t want to show it to you that way.  So that is what took so long – I took mine apart and embossed the Rich Razzleberry card stock using the Stampin’ Up! Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.  Then I put it back together and took a photo so I could post it – here is the updated version:

spring-plate-embossedWe made the four circle pieces – one for each season and used Velcro to attach to the front of a glass plate.  Then stand it up in a plate stand and switch it out as the seasons change.  This would make a nice gift for someone.

The main Stampin’ Up! tools we used were the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up! Top Note die and the Circle Scissor Plus to cut all the circles.  The Season of Friendship stamp set was perfect for this project and I was so excited to see it in the new catalog.

summer-plateThe summer plate was the only one that didn’t use any Designer Series paper on it.  The background is just stamped with the leaves and then there are flowers under the tree – some of the flowers are cut out and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and so are some of the leaves on the tree.

On each plate the little bird was stamped and cut out and added somewhere in the design.

I really love how all of these turned out.

I have also seen where some people have done the plates with the design attached to the back so you can set it down and serve off of it.  But then your design has to be flat – no buttons – so it is flat against the glass.  But I like mine on the top with some dimension and use it a a decorative piece and not a serving piece.

Have a productive day!  I got a lot done yesterday and hope to make good progress today too.


Seasonal Plate Project

At the Stamper’s Club meeting last Friday we made another gift project.  This time it was a Seasonal Decorative Plate.  This idea was presented at convention I think 2 years ago as a monthly idea.  Using a glass plate the presenter made a circle that fit in the center of the plate for each month of the year.  Since that time I have seen many variations on this idea some with the decorated circles behind the plate and others on the front.  A few months ago Stampin’ Up! had one of their stamping challenges and a plate project was submitted by Mary Beth Brown – it didn’t win the challenge but it was shown on the demonstrator website.  It was a seasonal plate using the Season of Friendship stamp set which is one of my favorites.  So I put together this project for my club using Mary Beth’s idea with current Designer Series Papers.  I loved how it turned out. 

fall-plateToday I’ll share the fall and winter inserts and when I get home I’ll share the others.  It is such a dreary day here – raining and COLD.  The news said tonight there could be snow flurries mixed with the rain.  I’m in VA and I think the weather in Georgia is very similar.

The fall plate insert uses the Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper.  The colors are Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, Taken with Teal and Very Vanilla.  This paper is so much prettier in person than it is in the mini catalog. 

winter-plateThe Winter plate uses the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper – the piece with the Chocolate Chip snowflakes.  The other colors I used are Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, and Very Vanilla.

I will say though that my feet are nice and warm since we just got back from getting a pedicure.  Girl time sure is fun!

Tonight is Homecoming at Etowah where my boys go to school and Tyler is going to the dance – with a girl – and I’m not there… I think he is glad about that so I can’t fuss over him.  I had most things taken care of before I left – got a new jacket, had it altered, had a new shirt, got it dry-cleaned, got a new tie, had the shoes and pants, ordered the corsage.  Today Greg had to take care of picking up the flowers, and being the chauffeur and taking pictures – I hope he takes pictures!  And I hope he calls me with all the scoop…

Stay dry and warm – thanks for stopping by today.


On the Trail – Scrapbook layout

Today I wanted to share a scrapbook layout from last month’s class.  This was actually a layout I made at least a year or more ago – but I updated it to use the new Autumn Meadows Designer Series paper and colors and changed the accent pieces, stamp sets, etc.  So it looks completely different.

 On-The-Trail-left On-the-trail-right

The left page has the pockets with the tags that pull out for hidden journaling or extra photos.  You could add more if you needed. 

I doodled around the edges with a chocolate chip marker and did alot of sponging.  The stamp set is Lovely as a Tree – it is good for so many things.  I plan to add my hiking pictures from our fall break mini vacation to Red Top Mtn. 

It looks like the rain followed me from Georgia to Virginia.  But it is cold here and I didn’t bring that along – it was at least warm at home.  Time to go to the craft room and start stamping! 

Have a great day!