Thursday, August 30, 2012

Welcome Baby Banner

Hi everyone! Today I want to show you a banner that I made for a coworker. We had a baby shower for her and as one of her gifts and part of the party decorations, I made this pretty banner.

It was really simple to make and it packs a big wow! She is going to use it to decorate her nursery.

I cut out the pennants using the Perfect Pennants Bigz die and Certainly Celery designer paper (from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack). The doilies are made using Whisper White cardstock and the Delicate Doilies Sizzlet. The letters are made using Pink Pirouette cardstock and the Serif Essentials Alphabet dies (retired) and I coated the letters with a thick layer of Crystal Effects to give them a beautiful finish. 

I made hangers for the pennants by adhering Pink Pirouette 3/8" Taffeta ribbon with Sticky Strip between each pennant and doily. Then to finish off the pennant I used some Certainly Celery 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, a safety pin from the Vintage Trinkets pack, a Certainly Celery button from the Subtles Designer Buttons pack and a bit of White Bakers Twine.

To create the welcome banner, I stamped the letters in Early Espresso on Whisper White using the Letter It stamp set. I cut them out by hand a positioned them on a strip of Certainly Celery designer paper. I added a Pink Pirouette 3/8" Taffeta ribbon hanger, flowers punched from Pink Pirouette cardstock using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, self adhesive pearls and a Pretty in Pink button (Subtles Designer Buttons pack) with a bit of white Bakers Twine.

I hung the pieces of the banner on a length of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to finish. Viola! I hope you like it!

All items used to create this banner are from Stampin' Up! If you would like to purchase Stampin' Up products, please visit my business website at

Monday, August 27, 2012

CAS Punch Art Lollipop

This card is for today's Splitcoaststampers CAS challenge, summer treats. Right off the bat, this theme made me think of those giant lollipops that they had at the zoo when I was a child. I had seen a beautiful punch art card on Splitcoast made by slfarrell. You can see her card here . I added a different greeting and a Real Red Glimmer Brad and here is what I came up with.

The base is Crumb Cake card stock, and I used a Crumb Cake card front too. I used a paper piercing tool and the Essentials Paper Piercing pack on the card front. The lollipop is made of 1" circles punched out of the following cardstocks; Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Summer Starfruit, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Perfect Plum, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze and Bashful Blue. I assembled them with one of the self adhesive Shaker Frames as a base, and when it was assembled I added a Real Red Glimmer Brad from the Brights package.  I made the stick by rolling up a 2.5x3" sheet of printer paper. I had to roll it about three times to break down the fibers a bit and get it to be a tight enough roll. Then I glued it shut with Mulitpurpose Liquid glue. I tied a little strip of Daffodil Delight 1/8" taffeta ribbon around the stick and then glued it onto the card with Mulitpurpose Liquid glue. As a finishing touch I stamped the greeting from the Tiny Tags set in Pacific Point on Whisper White card stock,  punched it out with the jewelry tag punch and attached it by the ribbon using a glue dot.

The inside is pretty simple, I just stamped the candy image from Sweets for the Sweet along the bottom in Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Perfect Plum. Then I added a greeting (inked in Pacific Point) from the Curly Cute set.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Calypso Coral Field Flowers

Today's card is for the Free for All Friday on Splitcoaststampers. They challenged us to use bold happy colors and my favorite right now is Calypso Coral. I love oranges!!

          Stamps: Field Flowers 
          Paper: Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Naturals White 
          Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Bashful Blue 
          Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder, Finishing Touches Edgelits,
                    Victoria Crocheted Lace, Sponge, Post-it note, Stamp-a-majig 
          Techniques: Sponging, 2-step stamping 

The main panel is Naturals White card stock. To make the main image panel on this card, I first stamped the leaves in Old Olive. Then I stamped the solid flower image in Pumpkin Pie and used a stamp-a-majig for placement to stamp the line flower image in Calypso Coral. The "with love" is stamped in Chocolate Chip. All stamps used on this card are from the Field Flowers set. After the panel was stamped, I covered about 1/4" of all four edges with post-it notes and sponged the image with Bashful Blue ink to create the blue rectangle around the flower.

The base is Chocolate Chip cardstock and the card front panel is Calypso Coral embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder and sponged with Chocolate Chip ink. I cut a strip of Naturals White cardstock with one of the Finishing Touches Edgelits and layered it with a strip of Chocolate Chip card stock and a piece of Victoria Crocheted Lace ribbon. I matted the flower image panel with Chocolate Chip card stock and attached it to the card with Dimensionals.

Everything used to create this card is available from Stampin' Up! If you would like to purchase Stampin' Up products, please visit my business website at

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Nature Walk Birthday Card

I made this card for today's color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. The challenge was to use Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse and Old Olive.

               Stamps: Nature Walk, Bring on the Cake 
           Paper: Whisper White, Patio Party DSP, Birds of a Feather DSP 
               Ink: Old Olive, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse 
           Accessories: Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin ribbon, Window Frames Framelits, Old Olive
                     Brads (Brights Collection), Dimensionals 

Thanks for visiting!

Everything used to create this card is available from Stampin' Up! If you would like to purchase Stampin' Up products, please visit my business website at

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Circle Treat Cups Ornament Tutorial

As promised yesterday, here is the ornament tutorial. Today’s ornament is essentially the same as yesterday’s, just a different color scheme. Check this post if you would like to see the other ornament.

Circle Treat Cup Ornament Tutorial
1. Start with a ¾” x 12” strip of designer paper.

2. Score the paper at ½” intervals all the way down the 12” length.

3. Punch all the way down one side of the strip with the Scallop Trim Border punch.
4. Fold the strip accordion style.
5. Use multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the ends of the strip to each other. I use a clothespin to hold the ends together while they dry, about 5 minutes.
6. While the glue is drying, punch two ½” circles from Glimmer paper.
7. To make the “lolly” that is in the center of the ornament, press the accordion folded designer paper down in a circle, so that the flat side is to the center and the scallop edge is around the outside. (I like to do this inside a chipboard circle to hold it in place.) Use Crystal Effects to glue the Glimmer Paper to the center of the circle.  Weight it down with something to hold it in place while it dries.
8. After it has dried, flip it over and use Crystal Effects to glue the ½” Glimmer paper on the other side.  Once again, weight it and let it dry.
9. Using the Delicate Doilies Sizzlit die, cut out two of the largest doilies from card stock and two of the middle sized doilies from Glimmer Paper. (Hint: To remove the cut out bits from the cardstock, I use a paper piercing tool to hold the “cut out bit” in place while I pick up the doily slightly from the table.)

10. Punch out the center of the cardstock doilies with a 1¾” circle punch.
11. Apply Dazzling Details to the edge of the front of both cardstock doilies and set them aside to dry. (I applied it thickly, it will shrink up almost flat when it dries, but it will take at least a couple of hours to dry.)

12. Use a 1¾” circle punch to cut out the center of the two Glimmer paper doilies. These doilies are two small to hold inside the punch while cutting, and centering the punch is hard. In order to get the circle punched properly, I first cut a circle out of a large Post-it note. Then I placed the Post-it on the Glimmer paper circle so that the hole lined up with the center of the doily.

13. Then I could hold on to the Post-it and use this as a guide inside my punch. You should end up with two narrow rings of Glimmer paper.

14. Using glue dot, attach one of the smallest Vintage Faceted designer buttons to the ½” Glimmer paper circle on the lolly. It is hard to stick things to Glimmer paper, so I used four glue dots all along the edge of the back of the button. They won’t show on the finished product.

15. Do this on the other side of the lolly, too.

16. Put one of the largest self-adhesive Rhinestone Basic Jewels on top on each button.

17. Cut a piece of Bakers Twine to use as the string for the ornament. I wanted a long string so I started with about 20” of string.

18. Loop the Bakers Twine around one of the scallops on the lolly. Then, pull it tight gently.

19. Now that your lolly is complete, you will need two Circle Treat cups.

20. Take the backing paper off of one of the cups.

21. Carefully position the lolly inside that treat cup and adhere the twine to the adhesive part of the cup.

22. Take the adhesive off of the second cup and place it over the first cup, locking the lolly in place between the two cups.

23. After the Dazzling Details is dry on the cardstock doilies, apply a thin circle of Multipurpose Liquid Glue along the back as shown in the photo. Then put it around one of the treat cups.

24. Put a thin line of Multipurpose Liquid Glue around the back of one of the Glimmer paper circles and glue it on top of the doily on the ornament.

25. Glue the second doily and Glimmer Paper circle to the other side of the ornament.

26. About half way up the Bakers Twine, tie a knot. Then add a bow as a finishing touch.

27. Ornament completed!
I would love to hear your feedback. Please let me know if this tutorial was helpful to you. Thanks so much!

Everything used to create this ornament is available from Stampin' Up! If you would like to purchase Stampin' Up products, please visit my business website at

Monday, August 6, 2012

Treat Cup Christmas Ornament

Recently, I attended a meeting where we were asked to bring an example of a creative way to use Stampin' Up!'s circle treat cups. I decided to try to use two of them and this is what I came up with.

Paper: Gumball Green, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Candlelight Christmas DSP 
Accessories: Circle Treat Cups, Delicate Doilies Die, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Scoreboard,
           Scallop Trim Border punch, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Vintage Faceted Designer
           Buttons, Self Adhesive Rhinestones 
I was really happy with how cute this turned out! I am working on a tutorial for creating this ornament and I will post it tomorrow, so check back if you would like to see how to put it together! ETA - tutorial is now posted, see it here!

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