Celebrate Today with Balloon Framelits

What’s better than a hand-stamped birthday card for 17 year old boys?

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A hand-stamped mini paper sack with cold cash inside!!!

celebrate02Yep! That’s what I’m talkin’ about. At least, that’s what our twin boys were interested in when they turned 17 earlier this month.

They probably would have been happy had we just left the cash on the kitchen counter that morning. But the rubber stamper in me couldn’t do that. No way! There had to be some sort of stamping involved… And multiple hellium balloons … And fresh doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts on their celebration plates… ๐Ÿ™‚

Stampin’ Up! offers awesome bundles, like the Celebrate Today/Balloon Framelit Bundle I used here.ย  When you purchase the bundle, as opposed to purchasing the two items individually, you get a savings of 15%. You can’t beat that!

On a side note, this momma wants to know …

How did our “babies” go from this

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to this so fast???

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Pinwheel Greeting Card

pinwheelI love this pinwheel layout!!! Can I say it again? I. Love. This. Pinwheel. Layout!

When I first stumbled across this technique on Pinterest, I was intrigued but wondered if it would be too complex for the young girls in my Mother/Daughter club. To my surprise, I learned that the technique is quite simple! The girls – and their Moms – loved this card. I know you will too!

Several people have since asked me how to make the pinwheel actually spin. Hmmmm … (tapping finger on chin) … I have some ideas but will leave that for a separate post.

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Top Note Bigz Purse Treat Bag

american-flag-circleHappy Memorial Day! I hope you had a great day with family and friends. I had the incredible gift of being able to spend the day with my husband and children. Many blessings to those families who could not; who lost a family member during his or her service in the military. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

In a previous post I did the heat embossing for this project. Today Iโ€™ll be putting the whole thing together.
teaserThe leading star in this project is the Top Note Bigz Die โ€“ which is on our Retiring List. Eek! You have until June 2nd to order your own. You can do so NOW by using my Shop Now button on the right sidebar of my blog. If you miss the opportunity, you can create this by simply using two pieces of cardstock measuring 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 and rounding the corners with our Project Life Corner punch, # 135346.

IMG_4884Stampin’ Up! has cute paper sacks that are flat. For this project, however,ย  I wanted a gusseted sack so that the finished item looked more like a purse. I picked these up at Michaels. They measure 3-1/2″ x 7″ and come in a variety of colors. I used the kraft sacks for this project but here’s a picture of their white sacks.

photo 2Here’s my precious family riding the Skyview Ferris Wheel in downtown Atlanta today.

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Blog Candy Winner!!!

In my original post here, I featured seven cards and asked you to guess which one was repinned the most on Pinterest. The person who could give me the correct answer would earn blog candy.

threeleaves Of the seven cards, this is the one that has had the most repins. I bet you’re surprised.

I’m sure there’s a way to get the actual number of repins of an item. However, I’m basing this on the observation that this seems to be repinned almost every week – sometimes more than once a week. And the post is eight months old! And here’s the thing … I can’t figure out why!!! It’s a fine card, but not remarkable. I wanted to hear your thoughts.

Only one person gave me the correct answer. Jennifer wrote, “Iโ€™m going with the Giving Thanks because it was my first card with Amy Inklings. ๐Ÿ™‚ Itโ€™s been a true pleasure creating with you.”

That alone MADE. MY. DAY!!!!

IMG_4861Thank you Jennifer! I’ll be contacting you in order to get your goodies to you. You will be receiving samples from the Brights Color Collections DSP Stack, a sampling of our Glimmer Papers in Silver, Gold and Dazzling Diamonds (oo la la), some background stamps and a Pacific Point ink spot. Enjoy!

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Heat Embossing 101

teaserIn a few days I’ll be posting a video tutorial on how to make this Top Note Bigz “purse” treat bag. I did the heat embossing portion today to save time before filming the full tutorial. Here’s a little tease of what’s to come as well as the basics of heat embossing.

The Embossing Buddy is your friend buddy!
I lost my train of thought while filming this and never fully explained the purpose of this little item.
Errant flecks of embossing powder will stick to static on the cardstock and to moisture or oil from your fingerprints. These specks aren’t easy to see – until you heat emboss. And once set by heat, those specks can’t be removed. Rub the Embossing Buddy on your cardstock before stamping to eliminate embossing powder from getting stuck where it shouldn’t!

Check back on Saturday for the full post on how to make this cute little bag.

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Memory Lane #2

memory_laneThis week I’ve posted some of my favorite projects from the past year. In my last Memory Lane post, I offered Blog Candy. If you haven’t already entered your name in the contest, go here.

monogramThis, as well as one of the cards from my last post, is probably one of my top three projects I’ve ever stamped. I love the color combination and the clear embossing on the base of the card. To see the original post, go here.

CLRI love the game Left, Center, Right. I also love Sophisticated Serifs because you can create so many things with it.ย  Add the two together and you get this incredibly easy game to make. It’s very inexpensive too! Another love of mine … To see the original post with video tutorial on how to make the box, go here. In that blog post you will see a link for the instruction on how to make and play the game.

bikeStamp – or rather emboss – with aluminum foil. How cool is that? To see the original post with video tutorial, go here.

balloonbirthdayI LOVE this card. The fold is different and all of the elements just seemed to come together. The icing on the cake is that, after submitting it in the Pals Paper Arts Challenge, it was one of the top three “Pals Paper Arts Picks”.ย  To see the original post with video tutorial, go here.

love-card“Love.” To see the original post with video tutorial, go here.

AWcard02You can’t get much easier than this. A Project Life preprinted card plus a monogram with Sophisticated Serifs. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. To see the original post, go here.

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Memory Lane … and Blog Candy!

memory_laneYowzer!!! As a Kindergarten teacher and a mom of high schoolers, I’ve been on high gear lately. Prepping for end of year festivities as well as attending end of year band concerts and various sports banquets has kept me out of my craft room. Boo! The dust will settle soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d post some of my favorite projects from this past year. Be sure to read the funny story I shared for the fourth card posted.

indexI’m offering Blog Candy … Without going to Pinterest :), guess which of these projects received the most repins. Leave your guess in a comment below and state WHY you think it received the most. If several people guess the correct one, I’ll put those names in a hat. I’ll reveal the results on Friday, May 22nd.

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I was on a Gorgeous Grunge kick with this card. This was one of those projects that came to me without much effort. It was as if “Truffula trees” was whispered in my ear. Don’t you love that?

To see the original post, go here.

xmas02This is one of my favorites because of the brayer technique that created the mottled background. A video tutorial explains how this was done. See the original post here.

boxIf you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I love, love, love the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I’ve showcased it numerous times because it’s sooooo versatile as shown here. This box was featured in the November/December Stampin’ Success magazine that we SU! Consultants receive. Stampin’ Success is a fabulous magazine with oodles of ideas – and it’s just another great benefit to being a Consultant. If you would like to discuss the many other benefits, I’d love to speak with you! See the original post with template and video tutorial here.

threeleavesI can vividly remember the day this was stamped. My friend and fellow stamper, Lynn Dunn, was here and we were playing with new product that we had preordered from the upcoming Occasions Catalog. We had so much fun that day! I had just invited her to stay for dinner when we used my new Big Shot for the first time. As I cranked the die through, the Cutting Pads made that loud cracking sound that they often do. We had no idea that that was normal so we freaked out! I stood there bewildered and silent for a few moments and then hurriedly announced that she had to go home. Ba ha ha ha!!! Why did I send her home after having invited her for dinner? We still laugh about that today. You can see my original post here.

happybday2This card is probably one of my top three things I’ve ever stamped. Ever! I made several of them and have had a hard time using them. If you received one of these cards from me you are mighty special. And if you didn’t, well … You can see my original post here.

whiteIt’s hard to see in this photo, but there are trees heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder on the white base of the card. Oo la la. So pretty. You can see my original post here.

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Peek-a-boo! I love this little birdie from the SAB stamp set A Happy Thing. After stamping and coloring the bird, I smooshed the whole circle punched paper into my Versamark pad and then heat embossed it several times with Clear Embossing Powder to give it a high sheen. See my original post here.

I hope you had fun going down memory lane with me. I’ll post another Memory Lane later in the week. Be sure to comment on which project you think was repinned the most and state why. I’ll announce on my blog this Friday who won the blog candy.

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Paper Pumpkin Promotion for Today Only

24_hour_rdax_574x371If you have been considering subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, TODAY is the day. I apologize for not posting this sooner, but there is still time for you to participate. This offer expires at 9:05 ET tonight!

Paper Pumpkin in a subscription-based, all-inclusive craft kit that is delivered to your door every month. It’s “Like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” And that’s one of the many allures. It typically costs $19.95/month + tax. Shipping is included. Today, however, SU! is offering the first month at only $5.00!!!! Woo hoo!

 

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Monogrammed Mints

mintsHey stampers! I have a quickie for you today!

mintcaseI was in line at Aldis and spotted these mints for $1 each. Because the top is flat โ€“ and because we stampers are always eye-balling items that can be used for our next stamping project ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€“ I realized these would be easy to cover with paper. So I quickly scooped up several containers and created these.

IMG_4793The labels are printed on a metallic-looking plastic which, to my delight, peel off easily without any resistance.

Our 2-1/2โ€ Circle Punch is perfect to cover the top without extending beyond the edges of the lid when the container is open.

closeupThe other punches used are the 1-3/4โ€ Scallop Circle, 1-3/8โ€ Circle and 1-1/4โ€ Circle. I pierced the holes in the scalloped edges with our Paper-Piercing Tool and Stampinโ€™ Pierce Mat.

The Pacific Point starburst was made with the Scallop Circle Punch. Go here for a video tutorial on how to create the starburst edges.

I hope you have an Aldis near you. If so, have fun creating your own hand-stamped packaged mints!

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You’re Awesome … Just Sayin’

awesomeLittle Letters Thinlits … So versatile! So awesome! Just sayin’…

I finally had a chance to play with this set of thinlits for the first time. I consider this my “warm up.”

Directions:
For this card, I cut the letters out of the Whisper White cardstock which allows the DSP adhered underneath to peek through. The white cardstock was embossed beforehand with the Decorative Dots embossing folder to coordinate with the polka dots in the DSP.

To add a little flair, I draped strands of organza ribbon and silver taffeta ribbon over the Calypso Coral piece of cardstock, adhering them in place with tape on the backside. The white panel was glued on top of the Calypso Coral piece of cardstock and then that whole ensemble was popped up with dimensions on top of the white base card. A simple bow was adhered at the top with a glue dot.

Note:
While I typically use the magnetic platform with my Big Shot when using metal dies, I found the standard platform worked best with the Little Letter dies. I placed the letter dies where they needed to go and then secured them in place by using a sticky note on top as “tape” before running it through the Big Shot.

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