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Goin’ Out of Town….Again – but wait, a project first!

This has been a busy couple of weeks for me with out of town events and I have one more this upcoming weekend in Whistler, BC. It is a fantastic place to visit for any occasion.

I’m working at a scrapbooking crop and needed to come up with a make & take. Now, if I didn’t have to prep so much ahead of time, I would have incorporated a piece of chipboard from our great special but, alas, I had to come up with this little gem a while back.

I started with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Purely Pomegranate cardstock and folded it long ways. I punched half a 1 1/4″ circle out in the top of one of the layers. You know when you make a pocket card and then the paper sticks to the adhesive? Not this one. I actually stapled the sides together and then the designer paper piece goes on top. Maybe not original but pretty ingenious, I thought.

I then adhered the Bali Breeze designer paper to the Tempting Turquoise cardstock. I added an “h” from the Sticky Cuts Letters and some turquoise glitter from the Fine Cosmo Glitter pack.

Lastly, I tied some Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise grosgrain and a piece of Old Olive poly twill around the designer paper piece. Oops – I’m also adding a couple of felt flowers with a Rhinestone brad – completely forgot this for the picture – SORRY! I’m also going to have my Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set and the word window punch out if participants want to add the word “happy” or something else.

Why this project? Well, it showcases Stampin’ Up!’s coordination and shows many different products that really add to scrapbooking projects: sticky cuts letters, glitter, ribbons, punches, felt flowers, etc.

I’ll let you know how it all goes!


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After a brief absence….

I’m back! I was away for a few days over to the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island for some stamping activities. I’m back. I’m tired. I’m gearing up to go out of town again this weekend. Whew!

I’m planning on doing my Theme Thursday projects tomorrow so I may post them early this week, keep watching!

Have a great day!


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Theme Thursday postponed this week – but heres a tutorial!

Hello Everyone!

I know a bunch of you will be signing on today to see a Theme Thursday but I’m going to have to postpone it for a few days. I’m off to two out of town events this weekend and have been feverishly packing all my stamping supplies and cutting paper like a mad-woman! So, here is a quick tutorial to keep you entertained until I get back.

I was on a roll the other day and did a quick tutorial on bleaching. Both example cards can be found on my blog here and here. Enjoy!


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A Heartfelt Thank You

I’d like to thank Beth at Stamp Me a Rainbow and Ali at New England Stamper. Both have recently nominated me for the Arte y Pico award. I am so very touched.

I did nominate a bunch of bloggers a few posts ago but there are just so many great ones that it is hard to pick. If you are here reading this, consider yourself tagged! And thank you again for your continued support of my little ole blog.


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One Set Sunday (April 20, 2008)

I usually try to challenge myself with the One Set Sunday cards but I just wasn’t up for a challenge today so I pulled out one of my favourite sets to use, Wild About You. I LOVE this set. I also had a class yesterday and had an extra piece of Summer Picnic designer paper this was the inspiration for the colours.

I started with a Bashful Blue card base. The picnic designer paper is layered on to some Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I took the flower from Wild About You and stamped it in Pumpkin Pie ink on the pumpkin cardstock, in a row, and dotted each centre with my white gel pen. I had first thought I’d do this card landscape (long ways) but ended up liking it much better portrait (up and down).

I stamped the alligator in Old Olive ink on some Whisper White cardstock. I then inked up the little bird in Bashful Blue and used my Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Stampin’ Write markers to colour the legs and beak. I layered this on some Old Olive cardstock and paper pierced around the outer edge using my Crafter’s tool kit.

Lastly, I stamped “wild about you” in Basic Black and stamped the small flower again, using my Stampin’ Write markers again, on some white cardstock. I cut it out and layered it on with some dimensionals.

I really like this colour combo – maybe a Theme Thursday to come?


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Diggin’ in the Trash

I love to decorate things. Pretty much anything. So, I got some little cherry tomatoes and really liked the plastic container for some reason. It is really just a plain old container that you get berries or tomatoes in. But, let’s look beyond the obvious. What could it be? Check out this cool project!

I used a piece of Notebook designer paper to wrap around the container and centred some kraft, soft sky and vanilla cardstock on the top. I used my tag corner punch on the corners and voila, it fit perfectly!

I stamped the old car from Thoughts of Father and coloured it in very lightly. Now, what is inside?

I used some of the great scalloped love notes and stamped the watering can image from Thoughts of Father in Chocolate Chip. I tied around the bunch with some Chocolate Chip Poly Twill (love this!) and added a little bit of filler in the bottom.

This is a fun gift for anyone!


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Theme Thursday (April 17, 2008)

I’m feeling a bit under the weather today so I thought I’d make things easy on myself with this week’s Theme Thursday.

This past weekend I was at a wedding show and I had a small make and take area where participants could make an invitation and favour. Since I still had some cut, this was the base for my Theme Thursday. I also decided to do NO STAMPING on these projects and, instead, use the great self adhesive die cuts from the Tie The Knot Simply Scrappin’ Kit. Okay, here goes….

This was the invitation that participants had the opportunity to make. It is a cardstock vellum base which was folded down 1 1/2″ in the front to form a pocket. We just tied some 5/8″ chocolate grosgrain to keep the card pocket shut. The insert is made from Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla cardstock with a little strip of the Tie The Knot SS kit along the bottom and an embellishment from the same kit at the top. And then….

The favour to the front of the picture was the favour that participants could make. It is made up of a 3″ x 6″ piece of designer paper from the Tie the Knot SS kit and tied with some vanilla taffeta ribbon. We did some stamping on the tag using Together Forever and the 1 3/8″ and scallop circle punch.

When trying to use these pieces of designer paper I had to think about weddings and the kind of things you see there. I remembered I had this great vanilla candle and, lo and behold, the paper fit perfectly. I punched some holes with my 1/8″ handheld punch and wove some chocolate poly twill through the holes. And then….

This invitation is made from the textured celery cardstock you get in the kit. It is cut to 4″ x 12″. I did stamp the little circle from Always and punched it out and adhered to a scallop circle. On the inside…..

You can see that there is a vellum layer with all the pertinent information printed on it. I turned some chocolate taffeta ribbon over two of the edges as well it is backed on vanilla cardstock. The little pocket on the bottom is for a direction card or reply card. And then….

This card is a vellum cardstock base and I used some of the Tie the Knot kit items to dress it up. I put the very vanilla piece on the inside. And then….

Again, this is a vellum card base but I took the celery cardstock and put it on the outside. I used some designer paper on the left side and covered the seam with a left over piece of stitched strip from the SS kit. I added two 1/2″ circles with antique brass brads and then a salutation. And lastly…..

This is a gate fold card and it is held together with the 5/8″ celery grosgrain. Both the celery and vanilla cardstock layers are on the inside.

tip: when using self adhesive die cuts from a SS kit, if you want it not to be sticky, rub it with your embossing buddy or some baby powder.

In this case, I did the above with only half of that flower allowing half to stay stuck to the card when it is opened.

There you have it. A Theme Thursday based on the theme of the Tie the Knot Simply Scrappin’ Kit. Believe me, I could have just kept making projects with this kit – it is so simple! But, I must get some rest as I’ve got a busy couple of weeks ahead of me!

Have a great day!