Saturday, September 29, 2012

Stampin UP core'dinations cardstock

I am still loving the core'dinations cardstock from the Holiday catalog! I recently made my mother-in-law a card for her birthday and knew this layout and type of card would suit her taste well....elegant and vintage.

My tips:
  • don't have the designer paper to match your colors and theme? Make your own with stamp sets that will match the design of your card! I used the retired Fresh Vintage stamp set from sale-a-bration on the top part of the card.
  • Use the rock-n-roll technique to add more color to your flower.
  • use the core'dinations cardstock and sanding block with any embossing folder of your choice to add depth and dimension. 

  • to make the extended petals of the flower, use a 1 1/4" circle punch to punch out the center of a core'dinations CS flower, then trim each petal. Adhere to the back of the petals of your flower.
  • use the same circle you punched out... reduce it to 1", emboss, sand, and then adhere to the center of your flower! I love it when scraps are used!

Supplies used:
  • cardstocks: gumball green, very vanilla, early espresso core'dinations CS
  • stamp sets: Fresh vintage (retired from sale-a-bration), mixed bunch
  • Inks: gumball green, early espresso
  • Punches: 1 1/4" circle, blossom
  • embellishments: Antique brads
  • Ribbon: 1/2" very vanilla seam binding
  • big shot "vintage wallpaper" embossing folder

Tell me, how are you liking the core'dinations cardstock? Like it or Love it??? Are you using it over and over? Comment on this post below.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stampin Up demonstrator card swaps

I keep finding myself saying that "time flies" and I really mean it! The last week of September is upon us and we're getting ready to jump into October. Really?!!!!

Anywho, as a part of Denise Sullivan's downline, I have the pleasure of getting to know other SU! demo's in the DFW metroplex as we get together every quarter. We mingle then do a card swap (my favorite part). We all describe it as Christmas every quarter.

I want to show you several projects made with Stampin' Up's current catalogs which are all too cute but will only be showing a few of them for time's sake.

Fall cards created by Becca Davidson (left) using the Wonderfall stamp set and Jessica Lewis (right) using the Perfectly Preserved stamp set.
Halloween cards created by ?? (left) using the Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set and Denise Sullivan (right) using the My Digital Studio.

Halloween cards created by Samantha Brown (left) and ?? (right); both used the Googly Ghouls stamp set.

Christmas cards created by Michele Tate (left) using the Scentsational Season stamp set and ?? (right) using the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set.

cow punch art created by ??

cow punch art created by ??

I sincerely apologize for not giving credit (denoted by ??) to whom it corresponds. Not all my swaps were labeled by their perspective creator and it's hard to memorize who made what.

Hope all of these swaps inspired you to keep creating! If you have any questions on how some of these were made or what products were used, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at

order your FREE spool of In-color ribbon with every $40 purchase expiring September 30th. Click HERE to make an order.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Stampin UP blog candy & anniversary card

Drum roll please........................... the winner of my previous post's blog candy (core'dinations cardstock & woodgrain embossing folder) is PAULA. Congratulations young lady! I will contact you about your prize.

Thank you, for those of you that commented on my post. I hope that you get inspired through the different postings I've had.

I recently put together an anniversary card for me and my husband's 4-year anniversary, coming up next week =o)
I'm case-ing this card created by Lisa Dolson, an art contest winner published in the October Stampin' Success magazine. I made a few minor changes to my liking...

Tips from Lisa:
  • "die cut the opening first, then score. Lightly pencil in vertical lines every 3/4" to use as guides for changing direction when scoring. Erase the lines when you're finished..." 

  • "...Ink the solid image of the leaf stamps using the rock and roll technique to introduce more color into the leaf cluster."

Supplies used:
  •   Cardstocks: crumb cake, very vanilla
  •  Inks: summer starfruit, pumpkin pie, pear pizzaz, gumball green,crumb cake, cajun craze, soft suede.
  •  Stamp sets: gently falling
  •  brights designer buttons - old olive
  •  linen thread
  •  simply scored with diagonal plate
  •  labels collection framelits 
  •  color spritzer tool
  •  Non-SU!: everyday expressions from the Paper Studio

The diagonal scoring plate was a cinch to use to create the pattern on the card. Hope you were inspired by this card as much as I was! Blog you next time...


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stampin Up September stamp club projects

It's Back to Spool  time! receive a FREE spool of 2012-2014 IN COLOR ribbon for every $40 you spend!

With back to spool  in mind, create a perfect little "thinking of you" card to stick inside your niece/nephew, grand kids, or kiddos' lunch bag as they go back to school. 

The Moving Forward stamp set is one of my favorite! We used this stamp set to create the card below.

I got the idea of using different lengths of paper and ribbon from pg 138 of the SU Catalog.

Stamping on the cotton ribbon was a breeze to do and the best part is, you can stamp on it with whatever your little heart desires!

The kids would get a kick out of seeing that cute lil frog jumping out of the basket in the back of that bike.... although, it might give them ideas.....hmmmmm =o)

I'm loving how there are different sizes of circles on the essentials paper piercing pack to give the border of the circle some texture and an extra little touch.

As I had mentioned in the beginning, place this hand-made card in your kids' lunch bag that you also prepared for them.

Have you tried the new core'dinations card stock?!!! it's the best thing ever! a perfect combination of the cardstock, the new woodgrain embossing folder and the new sanding block makes the banner look like a real piece of wood! don't you just love it?!!! I know I DO!

A quick few letters stamped with versamark personalizes your  niece/nephew, grand kids, or kiddos' lunch bag and makes him/her feel special.

The famous owl punch is what I used to put together these two cuties! I also doubled up on the branches using the bird punch and mirrored one branch to the other.

 Supplies used for the moving forward card:

o   Cardstocks: crumb cake (IBC pg156;120953 or 124272), very vanilla (IBC pg 156; 101650 or 124301)
o   DSP: Storytime (IBC pg 163 126907)
o   Inks: wild wasabi (IBC pg154; 126959), basic grey (IBC pg156 126981)
o   Markers: midnight muse (IBC pg152; 126856), riding hood red (IBC pg155; 119701)
o   Stamp sets: moving forward (IBC pg209; w-126320, c-126322), loving thoughts (IBC pg136; w-125843, c-125845)
o   Punches: 2 1/2 “ circle, ¾” circle, ½” circle (IBC pg184; 120906, 119873, 119869, respectively)
o   Ribbons: 7/8” cotton (HOL pg20; 127844), midnight muse 3/8” stitched satin (IBC pg172; 126847)
o   Paper piercing essentials pack (IBC pg181; 126187)
o   Stampin’ pierce mat (IBC pg 181; 126199)

 Supplies used for the lunch bag:

o   Cardstocks: core’dinations early espresso (HOL 127848), whisper white (100730 or 124302), early espresso (119686, 124276), raspberry ripple (126842), crumb cake (120953 or 124274)
o   DSP: 2012-2014 DSP paper stack (126910)
o   Inks: versamark (102283)
o   Stamp sets: morning post alphabet (w-126950, c-126952)
o   Punches: owl (118074), bird (117191)
o   Big Shot machine (113439)
o   Woodgrain embossing folder (HOL 127821)
o   Stampin’ sanding system (HOL 129367)
o   Core’dinations dust buddy (HOL 129366)
o   Non-Stampin UP: Brown lunch bag

  IBC- main catalog
  HOL – holiday catalog
  w- wood mount
  c- clear mount

Comment on what you've seen here on my blog by September 15th and I will randomly pick a lucky winner to receive the core'dinations card stock & the woodgrain embossing folder as blog-candy!!! GOOD LUCK TO YOU!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Stampin' UP retired fabric sewing machine cover

The month of September has sprung up on me! I was hoping to blog one last time for the month of August, but couldn't get to it....bummer....

I want to share with you a recent project that I made thanks to Stampin' Up's retired "sweet stitches" fabric that is on sale for $.99!! (regular $9.95). I love love love the colors and patterns that made my sewing machine look so good!

Thanks to youtube, I was able to find an easy-to-follow video on how to put together a cover like this one since I hadn't made a sewing machine cover before. I must say, it came out pertty goood!

A simple touch of fabric flowers cut from the same fabric using the "fun flowers" die with my big shot made it extremely easy to dress up the front of the cover. Add a cute fabric button for the center of the flower, and.....voila!!

 Supplies used:
- sweet stitches designer fabric (121818) ..... $.99 until supplies last!
- fun flowers big shot die (121812)
- Big Shot (113439)
- summer smooches designer fabric brad (retired)
- Not SU!: sewing machine, fusible fleece, cutting materials

 Check out this youtube video by CraftyGemini that was my guide to this fun sewing machine cover.
(**NOTE: I recommend that you sew your hems before you sew all your pieces together.)

Did you like the sweet stitches fabric? you can also enjoy all these designer fabrics for only $.99 too! (until supplies last)

 Click HERE to order online!

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