Monday, July 30, 2007

Triangle Trifold Card

This is another fabulous project that some of the other Stampin' Up group members came up with.
This Triangle Trifold card uses the new tapestry theme line: the new Baroque Designer Paper and Baroque Motifs stamp set.
This card is very versatile. You can opt to attach the ribbon in a variety of ways. It can be attached to the front (one triangle) or the back. The key is, don't attach it in too many places, or the card will not open. I like using the Sticky Strip, since it will hold even if you only are attaching a small area.
There is a great tutorial for this on Split Coast Stampers at:

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Luv2Stamp Cards

One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is the access to workshops and trainings. Here are some of the great cards my fellow demonstrators designed and helped up to make.
1st card- This card uses the Pick a Petal stamp set. The green leaf was stamped separately and cut out, as was the yellow center. The big trick in stamping the petals is starting with 12 and 6 o'clock. Then put in the 3. The last two can fill in the spaces. A great way to balance out your petals. The slit punch makes a closure to the card.
2nd card- This card uses the Flowers and Flourishes set. Although difficult to see in the photo, the white is a folded envelope that opens with a pocket. The tab showing out of the top is from a tag in the envelope pocket. The envelope is held closed by a ribbon through a slit that is tied. A very clever card!
3rd card- This card uses the Double-Line Doodles set. Markers are used to color the images. Use different shades, like on the green leaves, to add interest. Highlighting a word in the text draws the eye to important terms, like the red "love". And notice the great brads! The new Circle Rhinestone Brads add a sparkle for the center and the Bold Bright Brads add a coordinating color to the tag. Tip: The Rhinestone Brads tend to raise up. To have them lay flat, use the pad of the Crafters Tool Kit to protect the rhinestone, gently hammer on the brad.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

My Swap

At my last Stampin' Up meeting, we had a card swap for cards using the new catalog.

One of my favorite new sets is the Baroque Motifs. I used Old Olive cardstock and sponged it with Old Olive ink to "age" it. I used gold embossing powder with versamark to emboss the background image on the Old Olive and the medallion on Basic Black.

I highlighted it with Black grosgrain ribbon and raised the medallion with Stampin' Dimensionals.
This is all mounted on Basic Black cardstock.


I love the chipboard books. What a great way to customize a journal.

I made this one by covering the chipboard with Designer Paper and using Modge Podge to seal it and protect it from wear and tear.
Since I made this before the spiral punch came out, I had to punch out the holes for the spiral binding very carefully with the awl from the Crafters Tool Kit. I wrapped the coordinating organdy ribbon and gold cord aroung the front cover. The Hodge Podge Hardware holds "Mon Ami" covered with the Cracked Glass technique to give it that vintage look. (Glassy Glaze is embossed several times, cooled and cracked)

Lunch boxes

One of my favorite projects is decorating Lunch Tins.

I love using these tins for all kinds of things. They make great recipe tins. I have one for holding my sewing supplies (Hence, the heirlooms paper with sewing supplies) They are the perfect size for holding card swaps or organizing your cards. And they make fun gifts, especially when filled with goodies like chocolate!

Some people use sticky strip to hold the paper and accessories down.
I like to add a protective layer to the paper by applying Modge Podge. By using a decoupage medium, the decorative paper is protected from water or other minor damaging factors. I feel this is especially important for tins that are used a recipe boxes. I have had SO many paper products damaged in the kitchen!

Sticky strip is very strong so it makes a great way to adhere ribbon and embellishments. I add sticky strip to the entire length of the ribbon. This ensures that the ribbon will stay in place, even after a large amount of use.

Hodge Podge hardware is used to hold personalized quotes. Glassy Glaze is embossed in several layers, cooled and cracked to create the "Cracked Glass" style of covering. This gives it that vintage look.

Paper-wise, the Designer Papers are fabulous! They color coordinate with the ribbons and stamps. They are light enough to be flexible but the double-sided papers are thick enough to have some strength and accidental reduce tearing.

There are a variety of fun ribbons you can use to decorate. I like to coordinate a couple of different colors of grosgrain and gingham ribbons. I like ribbon on the edges and I just put a few on each side of the handle. I personally like to be able to use the handle without ribbons in the way. Many people like to make it more decorative and add even more. The choice is yours!

I can't wait to make some new ones with our new designer papers!

Monday, July 2, 2007


Well, its a new Stampin' year and my resolution is to improve my online sharing!

In the past, I have had the chance to share ideas at workshops and I have been sharing at our monthly scrapbook club. Its fun, but I wish I could interact creatively more often.

I have access to so many great resources, I just love to share! I attend my Stampin' Up group meetings where other Stampin' Up demonstrators share great ideas and techniques. I read a variety of Stampin' magazines and websites that provide directions for some fun projects. I now I can share my take on them!

With each project I do, I'll be sure to share what supplies I use and the techniques.
Feel free to email me with any questions and let me know if there is anything I was not clear on. I hope you find this useful, but I am always open to more one-on-one sharing. If you are local, you can join our Stampin' circle, or even start your own!