Linda Carter, Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Sr. Supervisor

Thonotosassa, Florida


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Punch Art Bookmarks

Found a cute bookmark on Flowerbug's Inkspot using punches to make bookworm. She has some really cute punch art ideas that I plan to be borrowing soon. My friend's daughter, Lily had a recent birthday and I got her a few of the books off her summer reading list and I wanted to add a little bookmark for her - the little "bookworm" that she is.
You can't really tell in the pic, but I ran the background CS through the Big Shot with the checkered impression plate.  I used several punches, 1-1/4" circle, 1" circle, 1/2" circle, large oval, word punches and slot punch.  I think she turned out kinda cute.  But - I couldn't forget her little brother, Austin.  So, I made another one with basic colors for him. 
I hope they will both like them.  They were fun to make and I think they are just too stinkin' cute!!  I LOVE their little glasses - just makes them have such a cute personality.  :o)
Thanks for looking.  Now I have to get to work on some Thank You cards.
Happy Stamping - Linda

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Elements of Style

I finally got the chance to play with my Elements of Style stamp set and am really looking forward to playing with it some more.  I saw this idea of spotlighting on Stampin' Connection and really liked the way it looked.  Changed a few of the factors, but it was basically pretty much a complete CASE job!!  Couldn't find too much to change - as they say - "why mess with perfection?"  Thanks for the perfect idea from Paula Tharpe (MrsOcean) on Stampin' Connection!

Played with a little different option based on something I saw Whitney Richardson do and added a bookmark made with the Two Tags Die to the little pocket of the torn section of the upper left hand corner. 

I know I should add the Smooch Spritz, but was a little timid because I loved the cards so much, I didn't want to risk messing them up. I haven't had a chance to play with the Smooch Spritz yet and have heard it can be quite tricky until you get the hang of it.  So, now I need to make them again and add some Log Cabin Smooch Spritz to add an even deeper element of age. 

I'll have to repost when I do the remakes with some added features.  Let me know how yours turn out and if you were brave enough to try the Smooch Spritz on your first attempts. 

Stamp Set:  Elements of Style, En Francais background and Because I Care (Hostess set for sentiment)
Paper:  first card = Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
second card = Night of Navy, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Night of Navy, Soft Suede
Accessories:  vintage brads, twine (retired) and Kraft taffeta ribbon (sponged with Soft Suede ink), sponges, distressing tool, trio flower punch (retired)

Tropical Thank You's

Created some water bottle hangers with Hawaiian Punch flavor packets as a little Thank You for customers that placed orders at the Tropical class.  Found a similar idea on Stampin' Connection that I modified and embellished to make them a special treat to finish out our tropical theme.  I think they turned out kinda cute - what do you think?

Used a 3 x 12 piece of designer paper or card stock, scored at 2-3/4" and 8-1/8" fold short flap back and used 1-3/8" circle punch for hanger hole and then folded up the remaining flap to make the pocket for the flavor packet and umbrella. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my "Thank You" project. 

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tropical Party and Cards

We had our Tropical Party and made some "tropically themed" projects a few weeks ago on June 25 & June 26. First, we shared some snacks and Pina Coladas and then started working on our projects. I cased a few ideas from Stampin' Connection to pull this class together. The first card was a Joy Fold card:

Stamps: Tropical Party and On Your Birthday
Paper: Island Oasis DP, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie
Markers: various to color umbrella and straw
Accessories: gold brad
The next card used the palm tree stamp from Tropical Party and the new lattice impression folder available in the Summer Mini Catalog.
Stamps: Tropical Party and Vintage Labels (retired)
Paper: Whisper White, Island Oasis DP, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Craft White with White embossing powder, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grossgrain ribbon
Next we made a Tropical Sundress card, which was so much fun to see everyone's designs. Amos even changed his up by putting pockets on it making it look more like an apron (but I did not get a picture of it- sorry!)
I originally saw this idea on Patty's Bennett's blog and then again on Gretchen Barron's website, but finally got my chance at making one at my upline - Whitney Richardson's Luau Stamp Camp when I went to Daytona a few weeks ago and got to see what she was teaching her group. They are so much fun! You use the large scallop circle die with the Big Shot and then create your template using 4 scallop notches on the top of the dress and 10 scallop notches on the bottom of the dress.
Stamps: Great Friend and Vintage Labels (for sentiments)
Ink: various for each one (Rose Red, Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise)
Paper: Island Oasis DP, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Rose Red, So Saffron
Accessories: Round Tab Punch, Large Oval Punch and Small Oval Punch (for purse) and Circle Scallop Punch and 1-3/8 circle punch (for sentiment), various buttons

Our 3-D project was a little gift bag made using the Fancy Favor Big Shot die. We ran it through the Big Shot twice using the Lattice Impression folder to soften the bag up and give it a basket weave type feel. We also made some flowers to decorate the bag with using the Island Floral die and used a clear gemstone brad for the center. We tied it up using the Pumpkin Pie 1-1/4" striped ribbon with a piece of linen thread to cinch it together.

Our time together was GREAT as usual and gave us all a summertime party feel to get us through the next month. Looking forward to our next class where we are planning to start some Christmas projects to get us all ahead of the game this year.
Thanks for stopping by - Happy Stamping!