Mouthwatering Sweet Shop

This card features a bunch of products from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog and the new Diagonal Score Plate.  The Diagonal Score Plate was used to create the waffle background on the Soft Suede piece.

There is a strip of Designer Series paper from the Sweet Shop collection.  I used the Label Framelits to create the Pool Party  label.  The yummy ice cream cone is from the Mouthwatering stamp set.  There are a couple of different things going on with the ice cream cone.  The cone is colored first with a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker and then thumped with the Soft Suede marker – that gives it the different shades of color.  The ice cream was colored with the Calypso Coral marker and then I put a drop of Versamark ink on it and spread it around to cover the ice cream – sprinkle with the Cherry Scented Embossing Powder and heat set.  I know you can’t smell my blog post but if you could smell the card in real life it smells like cherries. The cone is cut out and added on the label with dimensionals.

There is also one of the Jelly Bean brads right by the label.  and the greeting punched out with the decorative label punch  – I thought this one was perfect – “Happy birthday with a cherry on top!”.

I did tie some Calypso Coral ribbon that came from the Sale-A-Bration ribbon&brad pack onto this card – I thought it finished it off quite well.  This card was based on something I saw at leadership.

Have a sweet day!

Creative Journal

I saw a presentation a while back at the Birmingham Regional that I attended and then again at the Leadership conference in San Antonio.  It was about making a Creative Journal and exploring your creativity.  So at my last demonstrator meeting I thought it would be fun for everyone to create their own journal and over time work on some of the creative challenges that were shared as part of those presentations.

Here is what my journal looks like right now –

I used one of the 5×5 Chipboard Art Journals that come in our catalog.  I decorated it with some of the Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper punched into butterflies.  Added Linen Thread and pearls.  I added the words from Loving Thoughts – Dream, Inspire, Create – these are punched with the Decorative Label punch – to make them small like this I punch on the short end close to the word and then stuck that piece back in to punch the other side lining it up with the short end of the label again.

I hope that the girls will bring their journals back to our May meeting and share what their creations ended up being.  I saw some of them but didn’t take any pictures.  On the inside we will complete different challenges.  The first one I asked everyone to do at the meeting was this – “write the phrase “I am Creative” 25 times.  Make it look different each time you write it.”

There are 16 different challenges on the list and I’m sure we could come up with others on our own too.  I’m hoping everyone will complete a second challenge before our next meeting.  Including me!  I need to pick one from the list and get busy on it – actually I need to make sure I finished my 25 “I am Creatives” – I think I only had about 18 done when our meeting was over.

A quick update on the birds – I have been trying to get a good picture of the chickadee babies – but they are good at hiding and they are hiding on the side where I open the house so I haven’t been able to get one – I still think there may only be 2 in there – so not all 5 eggs were successful.  As for the bluebirds – they have been hanging around the yard and when I checked the other bird house – guess what – there is a nest in there – they must have built it this week.  No eggs yet when I checked – so I’ll keep tabs on it.  Today it is raining so I’ll try to check tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Happy Easter Everybunny

I created another Easter card using the Everybunny stamp set.

I used a strip of the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series paper from Sale-A-Bration.  Tied a piece of Pool Party Seam Binding around the card (Crumb Cake).  I used my Big Shot and the Scallop Circle and Circle die to cut the focal point.  The stamps were stamped in Black StazOn ink and then watercolored – except for the egg – I stamped the image on another piece of designer paper from the same pack and cut it out and layered it over the stamped egg on the circle.  I call that paper-piecing.   Another little trick for you on the mushrooms I used a Poppy Parade marker to fill in the dots and the stripe and then used the Aquapainter to spread the ink from there to the rest of the mushroom which created the pink color.

Have a Happy Day!

Happy Easter Bunny Scrapbook Layout

So today I have the Bunny Scrapbook Layout that I mentioned yesterday.  I used the same bunny idea from the box and added a body and put it on this layout.

Isn’t the bunny so cute – I used the large Dresdan die petal to make the body – just trimmed it at the bottom of the page.  Remember yesterday I said I used one of the large petals to punch the bunny cheeks, well here I also punched the paws and the tail from that same piece.

Along the bottom of the layout I rolled the Every Egg Stampin’ Around Wheel – I used an Old Olive ink cartridge because that was what I had on hand.  But Lucky Limeade is the green in the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper that I used on the page.  Since it is wheeled on the Crumb Cake background it matches just fine for me.

I used the Circles #2 Die and the Big Shot along with the 3-1/2″ Circle Die and cut various circles out of the Designer paper and just scattered those along the top of the page.  Added some more of the squished paper flowers and a Happy Easter flag.

Now I just need to add some pictures on the Poppy Parade panel that goes across both pages.

When Kyle was little I took him once to see the Easter Bunny – he was at our local grocery store and the kids could sit on his lap and get their picture made.  Kyle screamed like you wouldn’t believe – I have that picture somewhere – it was before this digital age so I’ll have to find it.  I’m not sure I ever took the other boys to see the Easter Bunny since it was so traumatic for Kyle that one time.  I’ll have to look and see if I have any – they would be fun on this page even if they are from different years.

So have a nice day – it’s really pretty here again.

Easter Bunny Box

Well it’s getting close to Easter and I better start sharing Easter projects before it is too late.  This super cute Easter Bunny idea came from my friend and upline Wendy Randall.  I thought it was just perfect for my Easter class so we made this a couple of weeks ago and during the class I started thinking how cute he would be on a scrapbook page so at last weeks scrapbook class we did just that.  Today I’ll share the box and tomorrow I’ll show you the scrapbook page.

Isn’t this the cutest bunny ever?

Don’t you love the big floppy ears?  Those are from the Dresdan Die in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog.  This is a Big Shot/Punch Art project.  For the ears I cut two sets of the Dresdan die petals and for the ears I used the smaller ones.  I used one of the large ones to punch out the cheeks for the bunny face.  And tomorrow you’ll see what I did with the other one.  The bunny face is the Scalloped Oval Frame die – just use the inside oval and save the scallop frame for something else.

The cheeks are the 1″ circle punch and the eyes are Basic Black punched from the 1/2″ circle punch.  His nose is Pretty in Pink small heart punch turned upside down.  The whiskers and mouth are drawn on with the Black Journaler and there are some white gel pen highlights on his eyes.  The inside of the ears are sponged with Pretty in Pink and the outsides of the face and cheeks are also sponged.

The box is Pretty in Pink (scored with the Simply Scored – love it!) and a piece of the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series paper from the Sale-A-Bration brochure is added to the box front and back.  A handle is attached with the coordinating brads.  A piece of the Calypso Coral ribbon was tied around one of the ears.

The little flower embellishment is fun to make – I used a strip of the designer paper 6″ long by about 1-1/4 or 1-1/2″ wide – punched first with the Eyelet Border punch.  Then I used my bone folder to curl and break up the fibers of the paper so it would be easy to work with.  Then starting at on end pleat the paper and fold it into a circle to create the flower.  Just smoosh it into the shape you want it.  The center has a punch flower from the Boho Blossom punch to cover up the ends of the pleats.  I used the crop-a-dile to punch a hole through the center of all of it and added the brad to hold it all together.  If you need to add some snail or other adhesive to make the ends stay together you can but you don’t necessarily need that.  Add to the bunny ear with a stampin dimensional and then add a tag that says “Happy Easter”.

Fill the box with some treats and you have a super cute Easter treat for someone sweet.

And a quick update on the birds – it looks like the chickadees ended up with 5 eggs this year.

Now we wait while they incubate which is about 11-12 days.  So maybe by the end of next week the babies will start hatching.

As for the bluebirds and other houses – no luck in any of them.  Just the starter nest in one which I guess didn’t suit the bluebirds after all.  I’ll keep watching – maybe some later bloomers will move in soon or we’ll get the second brood for those that have more than one set of eggs in the spring.  Everyone is still coming to the yard to feed.  But I do need to refill the feeders.

It’s also time to hang the hummingbird feeder again (actually I should have already done it).  I’ll get to that in the next day or so.

It’s a beautiful spring day in Georgia – I hope it is where you are too.



Everyday Elegance Simply Sent Kit

Do you need quick and easy cards?  Have you tried the Simply Sent card kits?

The Everyday Elegance Simply Sent Card Kit is really easy and you can get it free during Sale-A-Bration.

Elegant cards in an instant—thank-you cards or any-occasion cards. We’ve done all the work for you. Precut and color-coordinated—all you have to do is customize and send them off! Coordinating Everyday Wishes Set and ink sold separately.

Get this kit FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration, January 24-March 31, 2012!

Kit creates 8 total cards (4 each of 2 designs) and coordinates with Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White.

Kit Contents:
■ 8 printed, embossed, die-cut cards (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″)
■ 16 self-adhesive tags (8 each of 2 designs)
■ 8 White envelopes (5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″)



You can step up these easy cards by adding some extra embellishments – for this one I added Whisper White Baker’s Twine and popped up the adhesive tag on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment that I used is from the A Word For You stamp set.

Have a great day!