Saturday, September 13, 2014

WISHI WASHI TREES

Did you see the incredibly cute Bundle Stampin' Up! has on page 24 of the Holiday Catalog? The Festival of Trees stamp set combined with the Tree Punch is perfect for all your upcoming holiday needs, from cards, to gift tags, to gift bags, to decorations, to place cards, to, well, just about anything you can think up. I added the bundle to my stash as soon as I was able.

The Tree Punch is a wonderful size, 2 3/8". No wimpy Christmas tree here. The possibilities for using this punch alone are many and varied indeed.

While I haven't used the Festival of Trees stamps yet, I eagerly set to work with the combination of Washi Tape, in this case, the gold and white Watercolor Wonder set found on page 190 of the Big Catalog, and the Tree Punch.

For my first attempt, I laid strips of the Washi Tape horizontally across a piece of scrap white cardstock. Then, as you can see in the photo, I punched along the strips of tape, moving my punch a little on the design line to make each of my three trees unique:


I then attached them to an embossed piece of Pacific Point cardstock, with the two lower trees glued to the surface, and the center one raised a bit and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

After attaching a piece of the dotted Washi Tape to another thin strip of white cardstock, I used the Scallop Edge Border punch to create a cute scalloped polka dot border that I attached to the lower edge of the embossed Pacific Point piece.

The sentiment IS actually from the Festival of Trees set. The stars that grace the tops of the trees are from the set also. I stamped three of the stars in VersaMark and embossed them with gold embossing powder. After embossing the stars, I easily cut them out and adhered them to the treetops and further embellished them with Basic Rhinestones.


For the next card, I tried a different tactic. With the Tree Punch, I punched a tree from a 2 3/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I then ran this piece through the Big Shot inside the Fancy Fan embossing folder. Holding the punched tree piece over a 3" x 3 1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock, I estimated where I needed to place strips of the same Washi Tape so the tape would show up perfectly through the tree punch-out.


The punched-out piece was then popped away from the taped layer with Stampin' Dimensionals. 


While I didn't take a close-up photo of the greeting itself on this card, I'm sure the photo shows it adequately. The elegantly-embossed Season's Greetings is from the fabulous Bright & Beautiful stamp set (page 25 in the Holiday Catalog). I cut out this greeting with one of the labels from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits set, found on page 230 of the Big Catalog. I cut a separate label from scrap Cherry Cobbler, cut it in half, and glued the halves to the back of the sentiment piece so the two ends stick out beyond the white label. Of course, it was given added importance with Stampin' Dimensionals when attaching it to the card front.

I'll probably play with the Washi Tape in combination with the Tree Punch some more. But, for now, I'm really looking forward to using the tree stamps with the punch.

Have any of you tried components of the Festival of Trees + Tree Punch Bundle? What are your thoughts?

Wishi
Washi
Smiles.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DAFFODIL TRIO


A few months ago, SOMEone shared how to make these adorable little daffodils online. (I apologize for completely forgetting whose blog I discovered them on, for not being able to give you credit for sharing these little cuties. Thank you though!)

I happened to have everything I needed to give the little posies a try. At around the same time, I had gotten the cool tag punch. I thought a marriage between these two components would be nothing short of precious.


As diminutive as these daffodils are, they still have LOTS of dimension:


Interested in the directions on how to create a card like this one? Here goes:

Supplies:
Wetlands stamp set

Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper (Have any of that still lying around?? It's gorgeous!)
Whisper White cardstock
Daffodil Delight cardstock
Coastal Cabana cardstock
Pumpkin Pie cardstock

Coastal Cabana ink

Big Shot
Chevron Embossing Folder
Circles Collection Dies Framelits
Apothecary Accents Framelits
Angled Tag Topper Punch
Boho Blossom Punch
Petite Petals Punch
1/8" Circle Paper Punch
Regular paper punch
1/2" Circle Punch
Corner Rounder Punch
Daffodil Delight 1/8" Ribbon
Crop-a-Dile (Still have this around??)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Piercing Mat

Instructions:
Fold an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

Adhere a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock to the card base.

Run a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot inside the Chevron Embossing Folder. Round all the corners. Adhere the piece atop the Daffodil Delight.

From 2" x 2 1/4" and 2" x 3 1/4" pieces of DSP, create two tags with the Tag Topper Punch.

On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, punch two holes with the 1/8" Circle Paper Punch about a half inch apart. Then surround the punched holes with the 1/2" Circle Punch and punch. Adhere these pieces over the holes in the tags you just made.

Before you do the next step, make sure the portions of the tags that have the holes are not glued down. You need to be able to slip the ribbon through the holes. Adhere the tags, larger one on the right, smaller on the left, with their flat edges even with the sides of the card. Insert a piece of yellow ribbon into the holes of the tags and tie it in a bow to connect the tags.

To make the daffodils: Punch out three of each type of flower. With each flower on top of the Piercing Mat, push down firmly into the center with the blunt end of a paintbrush, a piercing tool, anything you have on hand. This will cause the edges of the flowers to rise, giving it the 3-D appearance. With Glue Dots, adhere the smaller center onto the larger piece. Punch out three dots with the regular paper punch from Pumpkin Pie cardstock scrap. Adhere these to the centers of each flower. Play with the smaller flower by lifting the petals upward with your fingers so it forms the "trumpet" of the daffodil. 

With the Circles Collection Framelits, cut two 1 1/2" circles. Adhere the three daffodils to one white circle. Attach this circle to the smaller tag with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.

From a scrap piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock, use the appropriate Framelit from the Apothecary Accents set to cut a frame for the other white circle.

On this white circle, stamp the sentiment in Coastal Cabana. Adhere the circle to the yellow frame, then attach this to the larger tag with two Stampin' Dimensionals.

There! Now, go forth and cheer someone up with a cute card you created yourself!

Cheery
Smiles.



Saturday, September 6, 2014

SEE THIS HUGE PILE?

Seriously, look at this huge pile! This is what I have made from the August 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, and I still have supplies left to make MORE! I added a few sheets of personal DSP and cardstock here and there to use up some of the extra diecut pieces that were provided. But, like I said, I have created this HEAP and can still make even more!


The original size of the small cards in the kit are the two in the front. See the one matted in pink behind them, as well as the envelope to the left and the pink envelope at the top? I changed up the card size slightly by adding a card base that I cut with the largest Framelit from the Project Life Cards & Labels, and embossing it with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder to complement the lively dots I'd stamped on the front of the card.


This shows the comparison in sizes a little better. See the wee star-flecked envelope at the back? That is the envelope that came with the kit. To accommodate my larger size card, I simply created envelopes with my own DSP and my Envelope Punch Board. 


Let's move on to the standard-sized cards that came in the kit. The striped one on the left is the card base from the kit, while the "smile" card standing on end on the right was made with some really old one-sided DSP that Stampin' Up! used to carry. And I was saving it for SOMEthing. And here is that something! The cute stamped dots are made with one of the stamps in the kit. The sequins also came in the kit. I have LOTS of those little cuties left!


One other thing that I added to all my larger cards are the two snippets of Washi Tape toward the bottom of each of the cards. I chose Washi Tapes that matched in color to the design framing and showing under the diecut words.

The pink envelope on the right is the one that comes in the kit, while I created the blue one on the left with my Envelope Punch Board. Thus the subtle difference in looks between the envelopes.


This photo shows all supplies that come with the August Paper Pumpkin kit, with the exception of the personal Stampin' Up! Washi Tape I added to the card front. The cute pink polka dot envelope in the foreground is another of the tiny envelopes that came with the kit to match the tiny cards.


This last card shows the diecut card front, the sequins and the stamped dots that came with the kit. My additions were the patterned paper, the Washi Tape, and the Envelope Punch Board-created envelope. I also used retired Earth Elements Brads on the envelope.


Now, isn't that just a TON OF FUN in one kit??!!?

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Paper
Pumpkin
Smiles.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PURPLE BIRTHDAY WISHES


Paper Players, I wanna play with you! 

The Paper Players challenge for this week is a really fun one. It is a tic-tac-toe choice challenge. You pick the components you want to use in your project by choosing the across, down or diagonal combination of criteria you like. I chose the diagonal from the left going downwards: birthday, embossing, and purple.

Of course, I felt the Flower Patch bundle would be perfect to complete this challenge! OF COURSE!

And this is what I came up with:


When adding the "Birthday Wishes" sentiment, I placed it on a flat piece of white against the background embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder because I felt there was enough busy-ness within the flowers. So I certainly did not need more in the sentiment. 

The colors I chose were Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant. The contrasting centers and leaves were stamped in Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz. 

The only non-Stampin' Up! products I used in this card were the two nested buttons on the lower left flower. In digging through my button stash, I came across these cuties, which were PERFECT, and added their own dimension. I attached them to each other and onto the card with Glue Dots.


The following photo shows a bit more detail in the dimension of the piece.


This is the Paper Players challenge I used:


Thanks, Paper Players, for a great challenge!

Purple
Smiles.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

WISH

I was so impressed with the July Paper Pumpkin kit, not only because of the cool designs for the projects -- little treat boxes and cards -- but because of the great stamps that were part of it. Stamps that I can use over and over throughout the coming years, because they are so versatile.

Following is a photo of the front of the instruction sheet, how Stampin' Up! meant for the card to look:


I thought it could easily be stepped up and made my own with only a few simple changes. This is what I came up with:


It's basically the same card, but with a bit of color to make it all pop! That turquoise/red combo is so popular, and was just right for this card.


I also changed up the star formation a bit. Not a LOT different, but it is a little more "Linda". I always like to add my own personal twist to a project.


Which brings to mind a memory of several years back. Usually when I went to some stamping function, it was rare that I did the project the way it was meant to be. I know. Call me "rebel". Always marching to my own drummer. 

In fact, when I hold my monthly Stamp-In workshops, I always encourage my attendees to make it more their own if they wish. Just because I created a project in such a way doesn't mean it's the only or the best way. We have to be creative and be individuals at times. If you are comfortable with that. I know some people work best when they can follow a sample and/or instructions precisely as presented. Which is perfectly fine. But, there is nothing at all wrong with trying to make your own creations just that. Your own. I mean, isn't that what Paper Seedlings is all about? Planting little creative Paper Seedlings.

Anyway, back to my years-ago memory: One time I was at a stamping function by myself. I didn't know any of the other attendees. So I was able to work at my own pace and do  my own thing. Well, it happened that a lady sitting right across the table from me was obviously keeping a close eye on what I was doing. When I eliminated one of the stamped images the creator had used in her sample, the lady pointed it out to me. So helpful. I just told her that that was how I wanted to do it. Her indignant answer: "Well, to each his own I guess." I still chuckle when I think of how upset she was that I didn't do it the way I was SUPPOSED TO. 

That is the beauty of the monthly Paper Pumpkin kits: You can make it EXACTLY as presented. Or, you can switch it up to make it uniquely YOU. I love that. Often, I make some of the projects just as Stampin' Up! meant them, while, from the same kit, I will change things to make it mine.




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Paper
Pumpkin
Smiles.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TRUCKS AND DIGGERS

I do love a challenge. That's when the Paper Seedlings are planted really deep. I get to THINK and really PLAN! And it is so much fun to watch those Seedlings grow and develop!

I especially love it when someone hands me a challenge that is quite outside my personal box. Those are the projects that really help me grow as a creative person.

When a friend discovered that I had in my possession some bright yellow tissue paper with Caterpillars (the kind of Caterpillars used in road construction) she got very excited. Oh?

She proposed to me that I make a birthday card for her son using that tissue because "he is in construction! He would love that!" I immediately agreed. But . . .

. . . when I got down to my Creation Station and looked at the tissue once again, I discovered that the Caterpillars were several inches apart. With the usual size of a card being 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", I would be able to fit maybe two-and-a-half Caterpillars on a card front. Real impressive, huh?

I fixed that problem by ripping out the Caterpillars with a bit of yellow tissue around each one. I then collaged the pieces onto a piece of cardstock, overlapping as needed. It turned out pretty cool. And, the ruggedness of the torn edges further added to the construction site look of the card!

Being a mother of girls, I had no construction-type stamps in my stash. So, I went gladly to my old buddy MDS (My Digital Studio). I knew I had something in there that would work perfectly.

I created my trucks and a few traffic signs in MDS, printed them, then cut them out with wiggly borders around each image. For a dirt/sand look, I tore some handmade sandy-colored paper into a couple pieces upon which the trucks could be grrrrrr-ing.

My sentiment was also created in MDS, then printed and cut out.

Here is the final result:



I must report that when I delivered the card to her yesterday, she was delighted and knew he would love it too. Happy Birthday to Gus!

Are you ever presented with a challenge, maybe more than you think you're capable of? Did/Do you pursue it to the end? Or did you give up before you even started? How about discovering that it wasn't working out quite the way you had planned/hoped? Did you give up then? Or are you always ready for a continuing challenge -- that of rethinking and possibly ditching your original plans? 

Sometimes when I'm trying to figure something out and it is just not going right no matter what I do, I step away from it for the rest of the day and come back to it later. Often I will discover that it wasn't nearly the disaster I had originally thought it was, and was able to pick up where I had left off and finish it up. And be happy with the result. At other times I'll come back, take one look at what I had walked away from and realized that I was right to have done so. I rarely throw something away completely. I am usually able to rescue at least part of the project, and proceed from there. I will never call a project finished until I am completely satisfied.

Please share some of your challenging experiences with us?

Constructive
Smiles.



Saturday, August 23, 2014

FLOWER PATCH

The Flower Patch bundle. Have you checked out this delightful offering in the big Stampin' Up! Inspire Create Share catalog? The 19-piece photopolymer stamp set, found on page 156, when combined with the 11-piece Flower Fair Framelits set on page 230, is an unstoppable winner. Really, if you don't believe me, check out all the fun ideas on pages 154 and 155 in the catalog. And, when you purchase it as a bundle, you save 15% off the price of buying them separately. 

I was so excited when I finally got this bundle in my greedy little hands! Unfortunately, it was a few days before I could get some creating done with it. Here is what I finally came up with:


I knew I wanted to use the Large Polka Dot embossing folder on a crispy Whisper White background. But, when I set all the flowers and leaves against that background, it fell way short. I hate to admit it, but I rarely use Washi Tape in my work lately. I don't know why. It is so versatile and easy to work with. 

So, on a whim, before mounting my embossed piece to the card base, I added three strips of the Washi Tape from the Retro Fresh set (found on page 190). Adorable, wouldn't you say?

I used the retired Curly Cute stamp set for my sentiment and cut it out with one of the Framelits from the Project Life Cards & Labels set (page 230). The white-against-white wasn't striking enough. So, I cut a piece of cardstock to act as a little mat for the label, and edged the top and bottom with more of the Washi Tape. 


When seen from the front, the flowers show lots of dimension. But . . .


. . . from the side, those flower layers really P.O.P.! 




Why don't you consider joining me in the Flower Patch and order a bundle for yourself? I would love to be your demonstrator!

Flower
Patch
Smiles.