Tropical Party Progressive Scrapbook

My friend Becky wanted to have a Stampin’ Up! workshop focused on scrapbooking.  So I wanted to accomplish a few different things.  I remembered a demonstration that Wendy Knowles did at convention 2 or 3 years ago.  For her scrapbook workshops she would design a 6×6 scrapbook page for the Make & Take project but she would use the same materials to create a card for those guests that didn’t scrapbook.  I always thought that was a great idea and finally had a chance to use it for a workshop.  I also wanted to show how to take the 6×6 scrapbook page and use that on an 8-1/2 x 11 page, which could then be used on a 12×12.

So this is what I came up with:

This is the 6×6 page – Chocolate Chip card stock, Old Olive card stock, Whisper White card stock.  I stamped on the Old Olive with the tropical leaves image.  On the white I used a stamp from the Word Play stamp set with the same tropical image beside it.  I decided after I made this that I should have used my Stampin’ Write Markers on the words – inked all the words in Chocolate Chip and the earth image in the Old Olive.  I did that at the workshop and it looked much better.  I used my Stampin’ Write marker to add some faux stitching and also sponged the edges.

On the side I used the Island Oasis Designer series paper – I punched a strip with the Scallop Border punch – and saved the little left over strip to layer on top of the Chocolate Chip piece.  I added my picture and finished the page with two palm trees that were cut out.

I demonstrated how to take the 6×6 and create an 8-1/2 x 11 page with it.  And this is the result:

I used a Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2 x 11 piece of card stock.  I put the same strip of designer series paper across the middle.  On the left I added the wide striped Old Olive ribbon. I stamped some of the flowers in Tempting Turquoise and cut those out.  I added Old Olive brads to the center of the ones at the base of the 6×6.  And a button to the center of the one tied around the ribbon – I tied it with the Linen Thread.

The picture on the 6×6 was of me and my three boys.  So I decided to add one of Greg and I at the bottom.  And finished with another cut out palm tree.

I didn’t actually create a 12×12 but my thought is to either use Chocolate Chip or Old Olive.  Put this 8-1/2 x 11 on one side and add some additional photos to the side.  And probably add additional flowers as well.

As part of the workshop I did use the supplies from the 6×6 page to also create a card.  Some of the guests chose this option.  Here is what it looks like.

For the card I just used a different stamp from the Word Play set so that the card could be a birthday card.

I hope  you like the ideas.  And hurry if you haven’t gotten the Tropical Party stamp set or Island Oasis Designer Series paper.  They are both in the Summer Mini catalog which is ending on August 31st!  You can order online through my website if you need to or send me an email.

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 2 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I’m currently taking names for Round 4 – there is one spot left.   See this POST for more details on how to join, how to play and the Round 1 winner.

Here is piece #2 – the sparkle image from the Hello Again stamp set (stamped in Concord Crush).

Thank you again for voting for me for Honorary Blog Queen.  Have a wonderful day!

Pedaling Past

I wanted to share this swap card that I received at convention – it was one of my favorite and used a stamp set I never really paid attention to.  The stamp set is called Pedaling Past in the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog.

This swap card was created by a demonstrator named Tamera Gadd.  The card is Early Espresso textured card stock on the base and then a layer that has been embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and the Big Shot Die-cut machine.  In between the two is a strip of Daffodil Delight punched with the Scallop Trim border punch and then there are the little rhinestone gems on each little scallop.  A piece of the Early Espresso 1/8″ ribbon.   A masking technique was used to add the flowers to the back of the bicycle.  The flowers are from the Loads of Love stamp set.  The flowers are colored with markers.  A very nice card in person.  Thanks Tamera for swapping with me!

If you want to order this or any other of the great sets from the Summer Mini catalog – you need to hurry.  The last day to order is August 31st.  Visit my online store or email me to place your order today.

And now it is time for Monika’s BLOG BINGO!

We are currently playing the Round 1 group.  As soon as I have a winner for Round 1 I will email out the cards for Group 2 and we will start playing.  Then Group 3 will follow.  Hurry if you want to be in Group 3.   See this POST for more details.

Leave a comment and let us know if anyone is close to Bingo yet!

Here is piece #7 – the crown from Family Accessories Too stamp set (stamped in Poppy Parade).

Thanks for “pedaling past” and stopping by my blog today – I hope you enjoyed your visit!

Turquoise Tags

I made these quick tags to go on some order bags today.  I used the Two Tags die for the Big Shot.  It has been one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! dies lately – you can do a lot of different things other than just plain tags.

For these I cut a tag in Tempting Turquoise card stock – btw – I have learned to spell Turquoise only because it is a Stampin’ Up! color that I like to use – I used to always spell it wrong now I get it right almost every time!

I stamped the tag with “thank you” from a new stamp set called Just Believe in Basic Gray ink.  We received this set at convention in our bag and used it for some of our projects.  I was excited to get because it was one of my favorite new stamp sets.  I stamped the image of the leaves in Turquoise around the Thank You.

The scallop piece is a stamp from the Punched Posies stamp set in the Summer Mini catalog – a Hostess Level 2 set.  I stamped the flower in Tempting Turquoise ink on Whisper White card stock and punched it out with the scallop circle punch.  I stamped the smaller flower in Basic Gray and cut it out.  Using the paper piercer add a hole to the center of both flowers and then insert a Turquoise brad.  Then attach the flower to the tag with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

A quick and easy tag – I’m headed upstairs to make some more and to turn it into a card.  I’ll let you know how that goes.  Thanks for visiting today!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock: Tempting Turquoise,Whisper White
  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise , Basic Gray
  • Stamps: Just BelieveStamp set
  • Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Two Tags die
  • Scallop Circle Punch
  • crochet thread
  • Brights Brads
  • Paper piercer, Mat Pack, Stampin’ Dimesionals

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

Stitched-Poly Ribbon Share

Look at how cute these turned out –

These are all the In-Color Ribbons for the July Ribbon share.  I like to do something fun with the cut ribbon for the ribbon share.  And this was what I decided on for the 1/2″ Stitched-Poly Ribbon. 

I used my Two Tags Die for the Big Shot and cut matching tags for each color ribbon.  These happen to be the five new In-Colors for this year – Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz.

I actually glued two tags together so that there is a scallop on each end.  The lower one is stamped with the Punched Posies Level 2 Hostess stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog.  The top is printed on my computer and punched with the Scallop Circle punch.  I added some doodles with the matching Stampin’ Write Markers.

I have decided that the person that came up with the names for the new Stampin’ Up! colors must have been hungry – Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler – it just sounds like they had food on their mind!  Perhaps sitting on the balcony overlooking the water (Marina Mist), talking to a friend about a wedding (Blushing Bride) and the flowers (Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight)… you ever wonder how they decide on the names?

I have a new ribbon share for August – the 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon – 13 colors.

Have a colorful day!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Sweet Scoops Celebration

One of my favorite stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog is the Sweet Scoops stamp set.  I didn’t think it would be that great but it is one of those sets that you can use for a lot of fun techniques!  Last week I had the girls from the Towne Lake Card Club over for their monthly get together and I decided to use this fun stamp set for one of our projects.  I redesigned a card that I had made earlier and used for my Ice Cream Party class.  This card was based on  Neapolitan Ice Cream  my original was Mint Chocolate Chip.

This fun card uses two techniques – Baby Wipe and Rock ‘n Roll.

The colors for the ice cream are Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink.  To create the ice cream fold up a baby wipe and use the Stampin’ Up! Reinkers for the colors to put small drops on the baby wipe.  You are basically creating your own multi-colored ink pad.  In a few spaces where the colors don’t meet you will have white (that’s the vanilla).   Use this pad to ink up your ice cream stamp.

For the cone I used Crumb Cake ink – ink up the stamp with this lighter color first.  And I used Chocolate Chip ink – take the already inked stamp and roll just the edge in the darker ink.  For mine I did the left side and the top and a touch on the bottom edge.  This gives the cones a little shadow making it look more 3-dimensional.

To dress up the card I added a scallop edge with white gel pen dots.  And also a panel of Crumb Cake that was run through the Big Shot machine with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I love this folder and think it resembles the texture of an ice cream cone.  Another strip of Chocolate Chip was added on the bottom with some white gel pen dots.

I stamped “Have a sweet celebration!” on the bottom in Chocolate Chip ink.  A quick birthday card for someone special.

I ‘m going to try adding a full list of supplies at the bottom of my post – but I can’t promise I’ll do that every time.

I did want to add a note about the white gel pen.  I store my gel pens on their sides (which is also how you should store your Stampin’ Write Markers).  I originally stored them tip down and discovered that they would stop working before the ink ran out.  Since I changed to storing them on their sides I have not had any problems and use the pen until there isn’t any more ink in it.  My thought is that if you store them tip down the ink sits at the edge of the tip and if you aren’t using it daily the ink dries in the tip and clogs it, on it’s side the ink doesn’t fill the tip while it is being stored.  This is just my thought – I have no proof that is makes a difference other than my experience.

So have a Sweet Day!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake Classic Ink pads,  Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink Classic ink Refills
  • Stamps: Sweet Scoops Stamp set
  • Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Square Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Scallop Edge Border Punch
  • White Gel Pen

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this card click here.

Cards for Weddings

I’m continuing to share with you from our STARZ meeting last weekend.  I asked several of the girls to bring a make&take project for everyone and I have two I’m going to show today.  I decided that both of these would be perfect for Wedding Cards.  I know for me I had my wedding on my mind during this time of year.  Our wedding anniversary is next week on July 22nd.  It will be our 21st anniversary!  And I will be in Salt Lake City at the Stampin’ Up! convention.  I told Greg to make sure he went out and played golf that day.

So on to the cards to show you.  The first is a wedding card that Cindy brought and you can find out more about it on her blog – click here.  She got the idea from another demonstrator and added her own little touch to it – the flower bouquet.  We decided the new rhinestones and pearls that are in the new catalog would work well on this card too for adding bling to the dress.

This card was not very hard to make – it is a regular sized card but scored a bit different.  There are two sides that fold in to meet in the center.  Then one side is decorated as the groom in his tux and the other is the bride in her dress.  When you close the card they are standing next to each other with the brides dress overlapping the front of the card.  I’m sure that I will use this idea again when I need a wedding card.  We used the Trio Flower punch to make the bouquet and it was one of the punches that retired.  But any flower ideas would work.  I’m so glad that Cindy shared this with us and that we all got to actually make it.

This next card is another share that Michelle brought for us to make.  She taught us how to make these beautiful rose buds using the Two-Step Bird punch.  It really is the bird punch – can you believe it!

Michelle does not have a blog yet but you can see another one of her projects this month on the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator website in the Online Extras for the Monthly art contest – she didn’t win but she got an Honorable Mention.  She does some beautiful work with sponging and shading on her projects that really make things look real.

I think this card could also be used as a wedding card and you could even adjust the colors of the card and rose buds to match the wedding colors.  This card took some time punching out the various pieces, shading them all with the sponge dauber and then glueing them together.  When working with little pieces like these I prefer to use a pair of craft tweezers and a 2-way glue pen.

The ideas from these cards could also be used on a scrapbook page for a wedding – you could create a bouquet of roses if you spent some time with it.  Thank you to both of them for sharing their ideas with our group.

Here is my convention prep work update – I have 2 more full days to work on stuff and then I leave on Tuesday!

Shoebox swap – 49 cards – designed, cut, all the kits are assembled and I have 24 assembled with just one more step to finish on most of them – and then I need to make one more – I was supposed to have 25.  Then I need to pack the supplies to make the kits and I will be done – so Almost Done.

UDI card swap – 19 cards – designed, cut and needs to be assembled

UDI 3-D swap – I only have to make 1!  And I know what it is just need to decide if I want to give away my sample or make a new one.

General swap 1 – 25 card fronts – All DONE

General swap 2 – 25 card fronts – All DONE

General swap 3 – 25 card fronts – I have an idea in mind, I just need to work on it – this may not get done at all.

General swap 4 – 25 card fronts – I realized I started cutting for a swap, used part of it for my STARZ swap this weekend, but I think I want to redesign this because I wasn’t completely happy with it, so I need to work with what I already cut

Friend gifts – planning to make some amount of something to give to friends I see

Roommate gifts – 3 – designed

Well I better go get busy – I still have lots to do!