Summer BBQ Scrapbook Layout

cookout kit2Stampin’ Up! created a Summer Cookout Kit to sell the past few months.  It is still available until the end of August and it is now on sale for $14.95 (40% off) and the refill (all the consumable supplies) is $9.95.  At convention we were able to get a free refill with a certain purchase amount at Memento Mall.  So I had my refill and a couple of my roommates gave me there’s too.  Why – because Tyler’s birthday is this weekend and I wanted to plan a summer cookout theme party for him.  But then he decided he did not want to have a birthday party after all – so now what to do with all the supplies.  Since my scrapbook class was this week I decided instead I would try to turn this Summer Cookout Kit into a scrapbook layout – so my challenge was created – use the pieces from the kit to create a two page 12×12 layout…

The kit included the die-cut pieces for the invitation – including the skewer, food wrappers that were like tissue paper, coasters, tent cards, die cut tags, and linen thread.

So I got busy planning – colors in the kit are Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Ruby Red and Night of Navy.  There was one problem that I ran into – all the die cut pieces for the invitation had pre-printed words and holes in them that I didn’t necessarily want in my layout.  Solution – tuck the words/holes under something or put something over them.  The only thing I didn’t use was the envelope – although I considered creating a hidden journaling pocket – the envelope could have been covered in the tissue paper, and there was one die-cut piece I didn’t use – I think it is supposed to be a piece of meat – it just looked strange to me.  I even added all the little circles that were left from the holes – kind of a confetti sprinkled on the page.  It turned out to be kind of a busy page (which is not normally what I end up with) and I don’t have my pictures on it yet.  So here it is:


I added card stock – Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, Night of Navy and So Saffron.  I added buttons in the same colors.  The skewers are tied on with the linen thread at the bottom of each page – I used my paper piercer to  poke holes through the page and then tied the linen thread through it.  The Bashful Blue and So Saffron coasters were punched with the small star punch – those were glue around as needed to cover holes and add accents.  The background is stamped with the Wanted stamp set.

To create the title I glued a piece of the tissue paper to a piece of card stock – so the red tissue paper went on Ruby Red card stock and the blue on Night of Navy card stock.  Then the letters were cut with the Big Shot and the GoGo Boots alphabet dies.

When I add pictures later I plan to cut two of them with my Circle Scissor Plus to go on the coasters that are my circle mats.  The tent cards were cut in half and these are picture mats – depending on the size of the picture I may leave the checked edge showing or cover it.  I thought I did a pretty good job of using my kit.

So now everyone that has a kit – plan a party, take pictures and scrapbook using your kit left overs.  We have something planned for the weekend (I’ll tell you about it next week) that I plan to take pictures of for this layout.

Have a happy scrappin’ day – it is raining here which is always a good day to stay inside and work on your scrapbooks….


Colored Star Brads

The other day I posted a Red, White and Blue card and mentioned that I had colored the star brad but it wasn’t in the picture. star-brad

I smooshed the brad into my Ruby Red craft ink pad (I would have used a Real Red craft ink pad but I don’t have one so I used what I had).  Then took a paper towel and wiped it back off including around the edges.  So that left just the ink in grooves.

RWB-pinwheelHere is the original card.  The star really popped once it was covered in the ink.

That’s all for today – short and quick.

If you are a demonstrator make sure you look at the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator website today – lots of exciting announcements today!


Red, White & Blue Pinwheel

RWB-pinwheelI know 4th of July has passed but we can always use a fun Red, White and Blue card any time.  And this could be easily changed to some other color and make a great birthday card.  Actually this idea is from a birthday card that my sister-in-law, Stephanie, sent to Tyler for his birthday one year – he has an August birthday – I have been saving it because I liked the pinwheel on it.

I used Real Red and Night of Navy and added the star brad in the center.  I have been trying to find a project for the star brads and this was the perfect one.  While it isn’t in this picture – I actually took the brad and smooshed it into a craft ink pad (I had to use Ruby Red since I didn’t have Real Red) and got ink all into the grooves of the brad and then wiped it with a paper towel so that ink in the grooves stayed but the other ink wiped off.  I’ll get a picture later today and add it to this post later.

The new modern label punch worked great with the Family Phrases set where the “let’s celebrate” is from.  I always fall back to using my Itty Bitty Backgrounds splatter stamp when I think my project needs something and it finished this one off nicely – atleast I thought it did.

This was one of our club projects last night for my Stamper’s Club meeting.  We have one more meeting for this round in August and then I’ll start a new group in September.  If you are not in the club now and want to join please let me know and I’ll send you all the details.

Have a fun weekend!


Masculine card

Remember the card from the Stamper’s Club meeting that I posted the other night.  As I was looking at it and thinking about the Late Night Stampers Challenge it got my gears turning that the card we made with the flowers could easily be turned into a masculine card.  So this morning that was what I did.

I used the same basic card design – changed the colors and the stamp set that I used.wanted-card The colors came from the Designer Paper I used which is called Manchester.  It has Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Kraft and Very Vanilla.  I used imaged from the Wanted stamp set and various circle punches and the Circle Scissor to cut my larger circles.  I added a variety of brads to the center like I did on the flower card.  One of the Jumbo Silver brads I added a small image stamped on Vanilla card stock.  I also added one of the small star brads.  The greeting is a rub-on from the Chit Chat rub-on collection.  That one set of rub-ons has over 200 different greetings for almost any occasion – I bought one set and have used for several classes and card ideas and still have tons left.  It will go a long way!

Don’t forget this month Stampin’ Up! is having a special on the Designer Paper – buy three packs and get a fourth pack free.  It also includes the 12″ x12″ textured card stock that comes in the color family packs.  And you can mix and match in any combination.  Remember that the In-Colors will be retiring in June and if you have any Designer Paper with an In-Color that you love it will also be retired in June so stock up now before they are gone.

Two other Stampin’ Up! specials include the new Jumble Alphanet set for 20% off.  This stamp set will be available in the new catalog beginning July 1st.  But for this month only you can order it as a sneak peek and get it at 20% off.  And my favorite special is sign up as a Demonstrator for only $75!  I would jump on that in a heart beat if I wasn’t already a demonstrator.  Stampin’ Up! has put together a mini starter kit and it contains more than $75 worth of product (and you can switch out the stamp sets and colors to what you want) PLUS you get all the business supplies from the regular starter kit that’s another $60.  This is really an awesome deal.  You can sign up directly on my website –  I would love to have you as part of my Stampin’ Up! team.  Contact me today with any questions you have.

My next post will be for the BLOG TOUR that will run for two days – May 15th and May 16th.  I have some great projects to share using the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.  At the end of my Blog Tour post you will get directed to the next stop on the tour.  Just follow the link to each stop and you will travel around the country seeing lots of great ideas.  I hope you will join me.

Have a great Stampin’ Day!