Wednesday, November 2, 2011

SUDSOL Blog Tour

Happy November everyone!  Are you ready for the holidays yet?  Or are they coming up too fast for you to keep up?  For me it is the latter...  You are probably coming here from Jane at Stamp with Jane.  I love the projects she is showcasing today!

I am honored to be participating in SUDSOL's 7th blog tour.  Today we are featuring Holiday Items.  All items featured in this tour are demonstrable ideas - meaning they are great things for sharing with  your customers!!
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Now, onto my projects.  I have three projects for you today.  I have an ornament, a banner, and a gift card holder.

First I'll share my ornament with you.  

I made this ornament with a 1.5x12in piece of Old Olive paper.  I used the Eyelet Border punch on one side, and then scored every quarter of an inch using our new, fabulous Simply Scored.  I then punched out a Riding Hood Red circle - and embossed it using our Snow Burst embossing folder.  After I had the medallion put together, I ran over all the "mountain" edges with Dazzling Details.  The image is from 25 Days & Counting, from day 25.  I also added a bit of Dazzling Details to the star.  I have used Very Vanilla Stitched Velvet Ribbon.  I love how surprisingly sturdy this ornament is!

Next I have my banner.

This mini banner was super easy to put together.  I cut out the chipboard and Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper with my Perfect Pennants Bigz Die and my Big Shot.  I love that the Big Shot is strong enough to go through 29 different materials.  When I was cutting out this paper, I was able to cut out all nine patterned paper pennants at one time!!  I then punched my scallop circles out of Early Espresso, and the circles out of Marina Mist.  I ran the Marina circles through the big shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder to give them a bit of texture.  I stamped all nine letters in Christmas in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White.  I cut out each individual letter, and popped them up on the Marina Mist circles with Stampin' Dimensionals.  After I had each letter assembled, I added a bit of glitz.  I used Dazzling Details to put dots on each scallop, and completely covered each letter.  I used the Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in my pennants, and tied them together with Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

Last, but certainly not least - I have a gift card holder.  I found the pattern for this gift card holder on SUDSOL.  Their amazing pattern library is just one of the many perks of being a SUDSOL member!  You can see this, and other patterns on SUDSOL in the Creative Library by signing up for a FREE trial - click this link Join me on SUDSOL - Your 24/7 Upline! I have showed these gift card holders at three different classes so far, and everyone loves them!!  They are especially great with the holidays coming up!

This is what it looks like closed.  A cute little wallet.

Here it is opened.

CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My first milk carton box

When I was working on my Operation Write Home card last night, I knew right away I wanted to make a coordinating box.  What a better time to try out the hexagon milk carton boxes that everyone has been raving about.  I had quickly put together the base of one sometime ago, but as it was my first one, and I wasn't quite sure what I was doing - it turned out pretty crooked.

For this one, I was much more careful, and it turned out pretty good.  I made the panels on each side to coordinate with the card from yesterday, and also used the fabric as ribbon again.

Please be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!  Thanks!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hopping Just for the Fun of It

Thank you for hopping today with us, “Hopping Just for the Fun of it”.  Today’s theme is Halloween / Fall Happenings, Do hop thru our fun hop this Saturday featuring Fall and Halloween projects..... Plan on visiting us each month, the next hop will be the first Saturday of the Month, Nov 5.  You may of came today from Stop #4, Krafting with Karen.  I haven't seen her post for this hop yet, but she has lots of neat things on her blog - I'm sure her post is great!  (Did you see her Cat in the Hat?  So cool!)  I happen to be Stop # 5 of 16 stops along the way this month.

I have a couple different projects to show you today.  Fall is my favorite season, and so I tend to make quite a bit of fall things.  :)  

The first project I have uses those fabulous skinny cellophane bags from the holiday mini.  

I was pretty happy with how these turned out.  I made quite a few as donations for goody bags for a crop I was a vendor at last week.  They were a big hit, and because people saw them used, I sold quite a few.  

My second project is what I did for my make n take at that same crop.  It was adored by many, but a bit too involved for a quick make n take at a crop.  I am using the card next week as one of the projects we will be doing at a retirement home that I just started teaching monthly classes at.

Don’t forget we love comments if possible.  To continue the hop, the next Stop # 6, is my friend Patrice over at My Little Patch of Dirt.  I am sure you will enjoy her project this month.  If you should happen to get lost anywhere thru the hop, you can go to the main blog, Hopping Just for the Fun of it.  Thanks for hopping with us.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Operation Write Home Blog Hop

I am so happy to be a part of Operation Write Home's World Cardmaking Day blog hop.  OWH is an organization that you can mail your home made cards, and hand written letters to.  They package and mail boxes of cards to our troops, so they have something to send home to their families.  You can find out more about their work, and how you can get involved here.

The theme for this hop is holidays.  Did you know we are down to twelve shopping weekends until Christmas?  I didn't - and the thought makes me a bit anxious.  I have been planning on making every single gift we give this year... but I haven't started planning yet - let alone actually working on them.  Time to get my behind into gear huh?

For this hop, I decided to try something I haven't done yet.  Fabric on my cards.  I am really happy with how it turned out - I hope you like it too!

The picture didn't turn out well, but it was late - and I was in a rush, so it didn't leave me many options.  Please be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

All Holidays Blog Hop

Thank you for hopping today with us, “Hopping Just for the Fun of it”.  Today’s theme is ALL HOLIDAYS, meaning just that, we all need to have cards ready for just that special holiday ahead of time or maybe we will have a test card first, before making all the cards needed for the holiday... Plan on visiting us each month, the next hop will be the first Saturday of the Month.  You may of came today from Stop #10, InkPaperStamps.  I happen to be Stop # 11 of 18 stops along the way this month.

I wanted to try using the same set to make multiple holiday/occasion cards.  I was pretty happy with what I came up with - be sure to let me know what you think!  So, I have to tell you - I have had this set for a few months.  It some how slipped my mind that our fabulous rubber stamps now come die cut - and I was just dreading cutting these circles out.  Once my brain turned back on and I realized I just had to pop them out and stick them on, I was super excited about using them!!  I know everyone else has had this set for years, and are probably over it by now - but man, I am in love!

I used Circle Circus and Teeny Tiny Messages for each of these cards.  They all have the same basic layout, and were all embossed after I stamped them.  I am completely addicted to Stampin' Up!'s embossing folders, I don't think I am even capable of making a card without them.  

Don’t forget we love comments if possible.  To continue the hop, the next Stop # 12, is Stamping with Janice.  I am sure you will enjoy her project this month.  If you should happen to get lost anywhere thru the hop. you can go to the main blog, Hopping Just for the Fun of it, or use the following list here below.  Thanks for hopping with us.
00 start        Hopping Just for the Fun of it
1                  Bluegrass Stamper Studio 
2                  Life with a Wiener Dog
3                  Stamper Shirley
4                  The Creative Stamptuary
5                  Stampin' and Scrappin' News
6                  Stamin Ldyglfr62
7                  RaissaStamps
8                  Stampin' Fevre
9                  My Little Patch of Dirt
10                InkPaperStamps
11                Scrappy Stamps and Ink   
12                Stamping with Janice
13                Technostamper
14                My Creative Impressions                
15                Pretty Inky                   
16                Artful Imagination       
17                The Love of Stamping 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

SU Stars Blog Hop - Fun Folds BLOG CANDY!!

This weekend I am participating in a fun blog hop for a group I belong to called SU Stars.  It is a group on Yahoo for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  If you are a demonstrator, head on over and join the group!  There are lots of kind, fun, supportive women there, and we have lots of fun!  You can join here: SU Stars.

The blog hop this month is for fun folds.  You are probably coming here from Monica's Add a Little Dazzle.  She always has gorgeous projects going on, and I can't wait to see what she came up with for this month's blog hop.  If you started here, you can go to the SU Stars home blog, and start from the beginning, or just loop all the way around - up to you.  :)

I have two cards for you.  The first is a Christmas card.  Big surprise there, right?  I wish Christmas wasn't so stuck in my brain - but it is.  (Maybe that means I'll actually be ready for it this year?)

Here is my closed card.  I wanted to keep it simple.  I had most of these pieces left over from a Christmas card kit Stampin' Up! sold a few years ago, and now that Wild Wasabi is a current color again - I have decided to use them up.  

The Bashful Blue snowflake on the left holds down the Real Red flap.  

I stamped a bit on the inside of the card.  I've seen quite a few people do that lately, and it just adds such a nice touch.

Now, onto the next card.  For this card I wanted to try a hidden message card.  A few weeks ago, I went away with a few girlfriends, and one of them had made one of these cards.  That was the first time I had ever seen one before.  I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to make one for this hop.  I forgot to ask my friend how she did it.. but google came to my rescue.  :)  I got directions from Vicki's blog.  If you email me, I'll send you a link.  I  knew as soon as I started working on this that I wanted it to be a birthday card for my best friend Jen.  Her birthday is coming up in a few weeks, and I want to be ready.  I know by posting the card here - that she won't be surprised when she sees it, but she will be surprised when she reads the hidden message, and that is good enough for me. 

This is what the card looks like on the front.  There are many elements just to this front that are unusual for me.  I do not usually emboss DSP.  But I love this!!  I also usually have a hard time using the pearls (or rhinestones) that come in a line, and don't usually use that heart punch.  And I usually only use the poppin' pastels technique once a year - guess this is it!  I am so happy I was able to use so many things that are uncommon for me, and still love the outcome!

This is the inside.  I am just loving the Bella Chateau DSP that Stampin' Up! has this year!!  I knew I liked it, but had no idea how much I loved it until I started using it.  I wanted my greetings to pop off of the DSP, so I stamped them on Very Vanilla and punched them out with the scallop square punch.  The squares looked a bit plain, even with their scallops (ha, ha, ha) - so I decided to give them some ink.  I punched out the small oval on a post it note, and positioned it in the center of the square.  I then sponged some Pink Pirouette ink in the oval.  I sponged the outside of the squares with Marina Mist.

To find the hidden message, you want to fold the center of the inside up into a point.  Then, using your two thumbs, gently separate the middle.  

When you are finished, the secret area is now visible.  The three Marina Mist squares here are hidden at all times unless the center is opened like the picture above.  The stripes DSP (which is the back of the Marina Mist damask pattern on the greeting portion of the card) are visible on the back of the card.  So, if you want your message to be truly secret - put it on the cardstock!

I am so happy to be offering blog candy again this weekend. (as I have done with each blog hop in the past)  Leave me a comment, and tell me whether or not you have tried these hidden message cards before or not.  I will put the total number of comments in at, and the winner will be notified via email.  (So be sure to leave me some way to contact you!)  The blog candy drawing will be open until 11:59pm PST on Sunday. Be sure to check back on Monday to see who the lucky winner is!

For your next stop in the blog hop, you will be going to see Shelly at Stampin' & Scrappin' News.  Shelly has an adorable card up for you to see - so be sure to check it out!  

We have big plans this weekend.  I have been pulling junk.. oops, I mean priceless treasures out of my basement all week.  We are having a yard sale this weekend.  Wish me luck!!  

We will wrap up the weekend by having dinner with the in-laws. (Someone remind me to make the pie!  I keep forgetting...)
This is a Triple Berry Pie  I made earlier this week.  I need to make another one to take to the in-laws.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

JUGS 97 Stocking Stuffer & Blog Candy Winner!

I am sorry that I haven't gotten to posting the blog candy winner yet - this week has just kinda gotten away from me.  I am not a morning person - at all, but have started walking with my neighbor at 5am.  I am also trying to get ready for a yard sale we are having this weekend, that combined with two surprise visits from family this week, means I am behind in everything.  Check out the winner at the end of this post.  :)

Today I am going to share with you a fun challenge I found over at Just Us Girls.  The challenge was to alter any notebook.  That's it, no sketches, any colors, use anything you want.  I immediately thought stocking stuffers!

My six year old, Kassidy loves notebooks.  She is always making lists, and loves to carry around notebooks, everywhere.  I had a bunch of notebooks I had gotten on clearance a while back, and decided to use one of those.  The inside cover has a black/white zebra print.  I thought, this is perfect!  The colors were picked out for me!  I also wanted to include a pink (again, she is a six year old girl...), and decided on Melon Mambo.  I love the way it pops with the black and white.  I wanted to put her name on it, but the letters I wanted to use were too big for her whole name, so I just used her nickname.  At home, we always call her Kass. I made parts of the butterflies sparkle by using a sparkle pen I have.  I love glitter - but didn't have the time or energy for it today.  Now, onto the project.

So, let's talk about the blog candy winner.  I can't copy the chart onto my blog, without it resetting - so I had my son, David pick a number between 1 and 23.  He picked lucky #13.  The thirteenth comment said:

"Nichole, love your poinsettias - I had not thought to make them this way but I will be making a bunch today! I do love all flowers, so thanx for the idea!! Love your ornaments too - how cute and I will be making a bunch of those too. Thanx for the plug .. lol. Hugs, Sassy"

Congrats Sassy Shirley!!  You are the winner of my blog candy.  You will receive a set of 8 ornaments like those featured in my blog hop post. (only yours will be done with current products.)  I will get them in the mail by the end of the weekend, hope you enjoy them!  Thank you to everyone who stopped in to take a peak and my punch projects last weekend, and for your kind comments.  I really appreciate them!

This is a picture of my cat Pumpkin.  She has been following me around all day, trying to get in the way of my photos.. and then when I do take her picture, she looks irritated.  LOL!  Cats!

Have a great day everyone!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

VC Rocks August Blog Hop - Punches Galore

I've been slacking on the blog again... but good news is I'm back. :)  VC Rocks is coming to an end, and this is their last blog hop of the year.  I am so sad for this season to be ending, but also thankful for the time it will open up as we start our busy season at home.  The theme for this month's blog hop is Punches Galore.  Be sure to check out everyone else's posts to see fabulous projects/cards made with Stampin' Up! punches.   To start at the beginning of the hop click the VC Rocks link below.

My first project came to me as soon as I saw the theme for the hop.  Poinsettias.  I love them.  I instantly saw a flower pot card with punched poinsettias.  Here is what I came up with:
To make my poinsettias I started with one 5 Petal Flower Punch.  I creased each of the petals, and sponged ink around the edges.  I then punch out 10 daisy petals from the Build a Blossom punch.  To me, the petal in the top right of the punch looks like a daisy petal.  I folded them down the center, and inked around the edges.  I glued the first five daisy petals to the back of the 5 Petal Punch in the spaces in between the petals.  I glued the second set of five daisy petals in between the spaces of the first five daisy petals.  To make the leaf, I used the largest petal punch from the Build a Blossom Punch.  I used my bone folder to make lines from the scallops to the center of the leaf, and then I crumbled the paper in my hand.  I also inked the edges of the leaf.

For my next project - I wanted to make Christmas ornaments.  Apparently all of Carey's countdowns and warnings have stuck in my head, and I now have Christmas on the brain.   Thanks Carey.  Here is what I came up with.  :)

I made three different types of ornaments.  For the "Oranment" shaped ones, I punched out 6 ornaments.  I folded them in half, and glued them together half at a time to make a 3D ornament.  For some of the ornament shaped ones, I used a scalloped circle from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack to make a hole in the center.  To make those prettier, I stuck two basic pearls together with a piece of thread through the middle.  For the Flower/Star shaped ornaments I punched out six flowers using the 5 Petal Punch.  They were assembled the same way the ornaments were.  For the Folded Square shaped ornaments, I punched out 8 one inch squares using Stampin' Up!'s new punch available in the holiday mini.  I then used this cool folding technique I learned in a VC Rocks class taught by my friend Shirley to make what she calls a Tea Bag Folded Ornament.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas themed punch creations.  Now it is time for some blog candy!  One lucky winner will receive a a small gift.  You can enter to win by leaving me a comment and telling me how many Christmas cards you have done so far this year, or when you plan to start working on them.  As we are so kindly reminded all the time from Carey - there are only 22 weeks, or 154 days until Christmas.

Hopefully you are following the hop in order - and have just come here from Janice's lovely blog at Stamping With Janice.  If not - be sure to check out her fabulous halloween treats!

Next stop on the hop will take you to Jane at Stamp With Jane.  I haven't seen her creations yet - but I love her work, and am sure you won't be disappointed!!

Hello Card

I made this card for a few different reasons.  First of all - I had this new Stampin' Up! hostess set that I just love, it is called Posy Punch. I love it so much because it is adorable, and coordinates with one of Stampin' Up!'s exclusive punches - the Fancy Flower Punch.   I also found a great sketch challenge over at Mojo Monday.  Be sure to check it out!  

I also found a great color challenge over at Inkspirations.  This week they have a fabulous color challenge posted.  I wasn't sure I could follow through with it - but I am so happy with what I came up with.

Now - we have made it to my card. :)  Even after I used the Houndstooth Embossing Folder, I thought my Very Vanilla background was a bit bland.  I used my color spirtzer (for the first time in years!) to add a little something to it.  I love how it turned out, kind of grungey.  I also used the spritzer on the Very Vanilla strip near the bottom.  To avoid the images in the strip popping too much, and clashing with the main punched image, I stamped them off once before stamping onto the strip.  I am the queen of sponging, I love to sponge everything.  So, after I had finished stamping and spritzing the Very Vanilla strip, I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake.  I also sponged the Marina Mist and Cajun Craze layers.  For the main image I stamped in Marina Mist, on Very Vanilla.  I sponged the edges twice, first with Crumb Cake, and then with Marina Mist.  Hope you like it!

Items Used:
Posy Punch Stamp Set
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Marina Mist Cardstock
Cajun Craze Cardstock
Crumb Cake Classic Ink / Marker
Marina Mist Classic Ink / Marker
Cajun Craze Classic Ink / Marker
Scallop Border Punch
Fancy Flower Punch
1" Circle Punch
Houndstooth Embossing Folder
Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, July 31, 2011

With Love

I created this card - very last minute for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  You can find all their fabulous sketches here.  Take a look at the sketch:

For my card I had lots of fun quickly coming up with a plan.  From the time I decided to do the challenge there was only 58 minutes until the deadline.  Here's what I came up with - hope you like it!!

Elegant Bouquet

My best friend in the whole world is having a Stampin'  Up Anniversary Party at her house to celebrate her 5 year anniversary as a SU Demonstrator.  (Go Jen!!)  I have been helping her think through her plans, and come up with ideas.  Jen makes gorgeous cards, but doesn't really do simple.  So, when she showed me her make n take idea - I suggested she do something that might be a little easier and faster for her customers to do.  I told her about a card I had made with the Elegant Lines embossing folder, but she doesn't have that one.  So, I have recreated the same card, with the Elegant Bouquet folder, so she could see what I meant.  Here is the card, let me know what you think! :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thank You Heros

I made this card a while ago, to send to troops overseas to thank them for all they are, & all they do.  It is a pretty simple card, and a CASE from the 10/11 IBC, but I wanted to do something to show my thanks.  I have made 63 of these so far, and when I get to 100, I will mail them off.

The reason why I don't have anything fun and exciting to show is because I am in the middle of reorganizing, and rearranging my craft room.  I'm excited about decluttering it some, and making it a bit more user friendly. Maybe when I'm done, I'll post some pictures.

I hope you are all having a good week so far.  Happy Hump Day! :)  The weekend is almost here!  I am gearing up this week for a weekend retreat with a close knit group of scrapping buddies next weekend.  I still need to finish up my little gifts, and make something for my secret sister.  Wish me luck!
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