Thursday, December 30, 2010

Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop: Build a Blossom

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Hop!  We're thrilled to have you join us this weekend as we share with you a sneak peak of some of the new stamps and accessories in Stampin' Up!s upcoming mini catalog.  I'm stop 3 of 24, so if you are starting here, follow the link at the bottom of each page to continue on the hop to see all 25 stops.  You may have arrived here via Yapha's blog.  Weren't her projects using the cute Take a Spin set great?  My stop on the blog hop features the stamp set Build a Blossom along with the matching Blossom Petals Punch.  Let's get started!

My first project was inspired by a card I saw on Jackie Topa's blog (I'll add a link later).  I needed a Valentine's day idea for a swap at my upline's December team meeting, so I made one of those cute hand sanitizer gift boxes you may have seen on the web.  Mine was made following the tutorial by Robin Messenheimer, which was based on designs by Erica Cerwin and Connie Babbert (links to follow later).  I used the beautiful flower from Jackie's card on my gift box.  The sentiment stamps on the cover and on the inside are from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Up second is a card I designed for dual purposes - for this blog hop as well as for a swap hosted by a fellow Stampin' Addict.  I've seen various amounts of these beautiful petals being used to create this flower, but I liked how six of them looked.  To get the petals where I wanted them, I carefully poked a hole at the inner petal edge and fed a mini brad through each petal, arranging the petals as I went.  This technique worked pretty well while making the 11 cards I needed to send to Kim for the swap.  I stuck the flower to the card with a large glue dot, and added the flower center by double-decking some Stampin' Dimensionals.  The Pear Pizzazz layer is also popped up with dimensionals.  The sentiment stamp once again is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

At our December team meeting, Marianne shared with us Andrea Walford's Gratitude Book project, which Marianne had redesigned for Valentine's Day.  I loved the project, so I redesigned it yet again, this time using the Build a Blossom stamp set and Springtime Vintage designer series paper.  The book is made with five Mini Lunch Sacks, available through January 3 in the Holiday Mini Catalog, in case you'd like to buy Andrea's tutorial to make one.  Each sack has a tabbed piece of card stock that slides out, great for journaling or pictures.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Seasonal Sentiments, punched out with the Decorative Label punch.  I think this would make a great brag book to give to someone like a mom and mother-in-law, and I'm planning to offer it at my next stamp camp with the gals at work.

Up until now, you have probably noticed the Rose Red color coordination of my projects.  My final project departs from that theme a bit.  The Springtime Vintage DSP not only uses Rose Red, but also features paper designs using Not Quite Navy and Always Artichoke.  My final card is also a more 'out of the box' use of the Build a Blossom stamp set.  When I saw this set in the Occasions Mini Catalog, I immediately saw a flame by using two stamps, so that's what I used for this card.  I stamped the leaf outline stamp in Daffodil Delight, and the center of the flame is the petal stamp that I used on the project above, this time stamped in So Saffron.  I added a little bit of clear glitter over the top to give it some sparkle.  The sentiment stamp is from Perfect Punches, and is framed with Very Vanilla Seam Binding (love this stuff!) along with the new Decorative Label punch (with a handcut mat behind it) and the Wide Oval punch.

Well, that's it for my stop on the blog hop.  I hope you've enjoyed my projects.  I'd love to hear which of my projects you liked the most, so please consider leaving me a quick comment - then you need to hurry on over to Allison's blog to continue on your way.  She has some great things in store for you, featuring the Thanks for Caring stamp set.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ISO Rose Red Ribbon

Edited to add:  Never mind - found it on the SU! Clearance Rack - SCORE!
Hi everyone!  I'm in search of some Rose Red ribbon.  It was in the last SU! catalog, 1 inch wide, stitched down both edges.  Here's what it looks like:

I'd be willing to buy a roll or even a few yards if you have some you'd be willing to part with.  I could also trade something for it as well.  Please email me at if you can help me out.  Be sure to come back this weekend for the next Stampin' Addicts blog hop (where you'll see what I used this pretty ribbon on!).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Social Network Christmas Video

Not a stamping post, but I wanted to share this with you.  At church on Sunday, an interesting video was shown:  A Social Network Christmas, the story of Jesus' birth told on Facebook.  It's almost 4 minutes long but worth the watch:

I thought it was great, hope you did, too!  We get so caught up in the buying of presents at this time of year, with many forgetting the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.  Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Great Stamping Poem by Pauline

I was looking over the latest blog entries with Google Reader this afternoon and found this great poem that Pauline Slovak had sent to Michelle Zindorf.  Loved it so much, I wanted to pass it along (to the tune of Winter Wonderland):

Brayers roll. . . . are you listening.
On the card. . . . ink is glistening.
A Beautiful sight. . .  we’re happy tonight.
Stamping in a Winter wonderland.

In the kitchen we can stamp a snowman.
Then add color to his carrot nose.
You’ll say:  Are you Finished?
I’ll say:  No Ma’am, I need to add some glitter to make snow.

When we stamp . . .  ain’t it thrilling.
Even when . . . .  the powders spilling.
We’ll create and we’ll play. . . .the art stamper way,
Stamping in a Winter wonderland.

Isn't that just an awesome poem?  Bravo, Pauline, and thank you, Michelle, for putting it up on your blog.  Merry Christmas, everyone!!

Theresa's Ornaments

I organize our Secret Santa gift exchange each year at work.  This is the third year I've used to organize our exchange, and it sure makes my job as head elf a lot easier than it used to be!  We had a small group of us participating this year but it was still lots of fun.  For our gift exchange, we anonymously give a small gift each day (valued at $2 - $3), Monday through Thursday, of the last week of school before winter break.  On that Friday, we wait until after school to give our final gift, worth $10 - $12, at a short Secret Santa get-together in the faculty lounge. 

I have to be careful and not give a handcrafted item the first four days because everyone would know it was me, but I wanted to give Theresa something handmade, so I waited for our final day.  In addition to a Starbucks gift card and a beautifully soft and blue scarf I found at Kmart, I made up four glitter ornaments to give to her.  This batch of four ornaments came in a nice box, so that's what I used to give them to her.  I used Mop 'n Glo floor shine to coat the inside of each ornament, then added holographic glitter that I'd bought several years ago at a rubber stamping convention.  It worked just great, and I was glad I didn't have to use up some of my reinkers to make the ornaments like I did last year.  The ornaments I made using the reinker technique still look like new this year, so I hope the Mop 'n Glo ones last as well.  Theresa loved them, and that's all that matters.  Here's what I gave her:

I can hardly believe Christmas is nearly here!  We're feeling rather water-logged here in Southern California - it's been raining since Saturday, and it's supposed to last through Wednesday night!  I like the rain, but not all at once like this!  Thanks for stopping by on this rather soggy day!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Quick and Easy CASE

When looking for ideas for my December stamp camp, I ran across this card by Amy Celona.  I made a minor change of the mat behind the dry embossed image.  I ended up making 18 of these myself, and they've come in handy this week!  They were quick to produce and I love the simple yet elegant design that Amy came up with.

Thanks for popping by - have a great rest of your day!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Another Christmas Stamp Camp Card

I've been searching blogs the past few days for ideas.  I have a stamp camp coming up and I need another Christmas card design or two.  I wanted to use Dasher this year (can't believe I didn't ink him up last year!), and after seeing this card by Bronwyn Eastley, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I pretty much CASE'd her card - just added the ticket corner punch and black brads along with some clear rhinestones.  I think this would make a great Christmas card to give to a guy.  Hy hubby liked it when I showed it to him last night, so this will be his card as well as one I offer at my stamp camp on Friday.

Had a tough time getting a good picture today as it's rather overcast and gloomy out there today, but here he is:

I hope the gals like this one.

Stamp Sets:  Dasher, Many Merry Messages
Inks:  Encore Silver, Cherry Cobbler
Card Stocks:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler (textured), Groom Specialty
Accessories:  Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Brad, Basic Rhinestones, Ticket Corner Punch, Black Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals