Saturday, August 31, 2013

Creative Crew Holiday Focus

For this challenge we were to make a project with the big shot that allowed us to remember a day from our past and share the significance of the day. I chose the day I got married, but not for the obvious reason. I mean I love my husband and am sooo glad I married him, but that day is also significant for me because I gained such a large wonderful family too. You see, I only have one brother and being 12 years older than me, he left for college when I started first grade. I grew up for the most part an on only child. Mt husband has eight brothers and sisters! This card is for Kitty, my SFAM (sister from another mother). All four of my sister in laws are great, but I'm especially close to Kitty.
Stamps: From My Heart, Lacy & Lovely, Vintage Verses, Ciao Baby!, Trust God, Vintage Verses
Card Stock & Papers: Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla, Venetian Romance dsp
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Very Vanilla ribbon
Tools: Ticket Duo Punch, Two Tags Die

Creative Crew Catalog Focus

For this challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, we were to make a project in a way that was new to us, by using a technique or a fold we've never used before. We were also to use at least two of the colors in the color focus: crushed curry, coastal cabana, whisper white and smoky slate. I decided to use this pretty designer series paper again and some new folds using die cuts.

Project Details
Apothecary Art, Flowering Flourishes, That’s The Ticket, Pretty Petites
Card Stock & Papers
Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Eastern Elegance dsp.
Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry
Vintage Faceted Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals,
Apothecary Accents Framelits and  Labels Framelits

Creative Crew Focus on Scrapbooks and More

This challenge for the Creative Crew on Splitcoast Stampers, is a Focus on Scrapbooks and More. We were to make a gift for a good neighbor as we celebrate National Good Neighbor Day on September 28. I used Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede cardstock, Venetian Romance designer series paper, Linen Thread and Island Indigo ink with the From My Heart stamp set. All Stampin' Up! products.

This is not hard to do, I promise. When I was teaching 5th grade gifted and talented students, I had small classes of 15, which enabled me to do a lot of projects with them. When the children were studying poetry, I taught them how to make these books to keep their poetry in. We made our own marbled paper and the books were so beautiful!

Tutorial- Japanese Stab Binding
10 pieces of text-weight paper, 4 x 10 ½ inches
2 pieces of cardstock, 4 ¼ x 11 inches
Piece of coordinating art paper like mulberry, approximately 4 ¼ x 2 inches
Scraps of cardstock, to protect the cover when clamping
Craft glue, sheet of double-stick adhesive, or xyron
34 inches of waxed linen thread, cord, ribbon, or other thick thread (metallic looks great)
Beads with a large enough hole to hold the thread
Jump rings or bras wire to make your own
Charms, beads, etc. anything to dangle from the book
Scoring tool
Small brush with water
Three small binder clips
Blunt large-eyed needle (tapestry needle)
Needle-nose pliers
NOTE: waxed linen thread works best, but I have used many other types of thread and had success.

1.       Fold the paper pieces and the cardstock pieces in half. The cardstock should be 4 ½ inches high x 5 ½ inches wide. Stack the text pieces into a neat stack inside the cover pieces with the folds of the covers at the fore edge and the folds on the text pieces at the spine. In other words, the folds on the cardstock will be toward the open part of the book. The folds on the text pieces will be toward the binding. Score the cover 1 inch away from the spine (the open side, not the folded side) to ease the opening. Set aside.

2.       Use a small brush dipped in water and a ruler to “mark” a waterline along the long edges of the decorative art paper.

3.       Let the water soak in a few moments and tear off the paper along the edges, giving it a feathered appearance. Allow to dry.

4.       Clamp the book stack on the top, bottom, and fore edge with the binder clips. Keep the book stack clamped until the book is stitched. When dry, glue the paper to the front cover and fold the paper around the spine to the back cover. Glue this also and let dry.

5.       On the back of the book stack, 3/8 inch (1 cm) from the spine edge, mark hole placement at
·        1 ½ inches (3.8 cm) and 2 3/.4 inches (7 cm) from the bottom edge
·        Mark another hole at ¾ inches (2 cm) from the spine and
·        2 1/8 inches (5.5 cm) from the bottom edge.

6.     Using your chosen needle and your chosen thread, cord or ribbon, start on the front of the book and go through hole 1to the back of the book, and leave a tail of thread about 5 inches long. On the back, come around the spine to the front and through hole 1 to the back of the book
  7.     On the back of the book, go through hole 2 to the front of the book, around the spine to the back of   
          the book and through the same hole. One the front of the book go around the top edge of the book               to the back and through the same hole to the front. 
8.     On the front, go through hole 1 to the back. On the back, go around the top of the book to the front and through hole 1 to the back. 

9.     On the back, go through hole 3 to the front and around the spine to the back and up through hole 3 again. On the front, go around the bottom edge to the back and through the same hole to the front. On the front, go through hole 1 to the back.

10.   On the back, go around the bottom edge to the front. Stitch the thread underneath the center stitch
        (rather than going through the hole) to anchor the thread and tie the thread off in a square knot using
        both ends of the thread.

Creative Crew Color Focus

Hello Everyone! Can you believe it’s September already?  
I have some exciting news to share with you all.  I have been asked to be a member of the Creative Crew on Splitcoast Stampers.  I was so honored and thrilled to accept! For the next few months I will be posting projects that I make for those challenges.  Here is a link to the creative crew challenges.  Once you are on that page, just click on the month you would like to view.  These projects are for my September challenges. 

This challenge is a focus on color and/or designer series paper (Eastern Elegance designer papers or the colors crushed curry, coastal cabana, smoky slate and whisper white). We were to make a project using these colors for someone we admire, and tell why this person is significant to us.


This book is for my son, Ryan, who never got to know his Grandpa Beattie, as he died when Ryan was 16 months old. My Daddy was the most extraordinary man, and my son is so very much like his Grandpa. Daddy was unbelievably kind and patient and he did not have a temper. He was quiet and very easy-going. He got along with everyone, and had very strong moral compass. Daddy was scruptiously honest man who loved a good joke, and read constantly. In a business/sport where gambling is fairly commonplace, my Daddy rarely even bet on his own horses! Once he bet $50.00 on one to win, because the horse was so clearly faster than the others in the race. The horse won, Daddy was all smiles and Mom was sooo relieved, but reminded him to please not do that again! Daddy adored kids and was so good with them. I was always Daddy's girl growing up and he was most definitely my hero.
Here is a tutorial on how to create the photo book 

1 sheet cardstock
sticky strip
6 medium clear envelopes
designer series paper 
stamps of your choice

To make the book as shown above, cut two pieces of Coastal Cabana cardstock 5” x 7 ¼” for the covers.
Score one piece at 1” from one edge as shown below. This will be the front cover.
Apply sticky strip along the edge of the back cover and place one clear envelope on top with the opening facing you.  Remove the protective strip from the adhesive and line up another envelope on top using the envelope's adhesive to stick it to the previous envelope. Continue in this same manner using all 6 envelopes. Now your book will hold 12 photos.

Place sticky strip on the edge of the front cover and remove the protective strip to adhere to the rest of the book.
Insert two photos in each envelope. My photos are old and a smaller size, so I simply mounted one photo on each side of a piece of smokey slate cardstock before inserting into the envelopes.
This is my Daddy with his best horse in the fall of 1983 shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died 18 months later.
For the cover, I used Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper cut to 4 ¾” x 6”

Friday, August 30, 2013

Origami Box

I must be on the box channel lately:)  This one was quite a challenge. I have several origami books and have made boxes before, but this one is a bit different. I LOVE BELLY BANDS! Most people who have posted directions for this type of box are German and I can't even say hello in German. I could only find two videos in English. One done by a German American Demo with a rather thick accent, and one by an Australian Demo. The first didn't explain it in a way that I could really get it and the second one's measurements were incorrect. So By watching both of them with a lot of rewinding, I finally figured it out. I'll make another this week, take pictures and post a tutorial. You know, I really do not like video tutorials. I hate rewinding and watching over and over. I'd rather just have written directions and pictures. I am not auditory AT ALL. I don't learn or remember from hearing things. Just write it down or show me a picture and I'm good to go.

Venetian Romance dsp, pumpkin pie, soft suede and basic black card stock, and pumpkin pie chevron ribbon.

This is the first one I made. I wanted to try it with some dsp that I didn't like, so I wouldn't waste anything pretty. Retired dsp and ribbon.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Bespoke Box From Across The Pond

In the UK the word bespoke means dealing in or producing custom-made articles or "made to order."
Bespoke parties are custom designed for you by several British companies. I learned this from a British woman named Sam Donald. She made a video on a bespoke box she made for a friend who sells handmade soap. Of course her metric measurements were right on, but I couldn’t get her conversions to Imperial measurements to work. So, I got out my metric ruler and did my own conversions, with a bit of adjustment, I was able to make the box perfectly.

Using a Stampin’ Trimmer:
1.   Cut cardstock  87/8 x 6 ½ inches
2.   Score along the long side at 1 inch, then whiz it around to the other side and score at 3 15/16,  4 15/16,  and 7 7/8
3.   Score along the short side at 5/8 inch, then whiz it around to the other side and score at 1 5/8, 4 15/16, 5 and 7/8
4.   Cut DSP for the front 2 ¾  x  3 1/8

Cut away the portions I marked with a pen.

After trimming it should look like this. Place Stick Strip on the section to the left. You see where I cut away a smidgon of cardstock on the four flap edges? That will help them slide into the box properly. I cut one rather large so that you could see it. Next, round the corners of the two large flaps so they will slide more easily inside the box too. Except the first one I grabbed the ticket punch instead of the corner rounder, I wouldn’t recommend doing that!

This is what the box looks like after I taped just that one section. It stays flat for storage! Isn’t that the coolest thing? <giggles> Now I can make several, doll them all up, store flat until the craft show, then pop them out, and fill them up.
 See how nicely it lays flat for storage?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

More New Things From Stampin' Up!

 Sooo many new products have been coming out. I shared the new thinlits 'flip it' card die and the rotary trimmer addition, we also have a NEW carve your own stamp kit! and there are also NEW autumn inspired downloads for MDS. Coming in just a couple weeks our NEW Envelope punch board! (available on September 1st) 

Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn’t find the perfect image? Well now you can create the perfect image! UNDEFINED ͭͫ  is Stampin’ Up!’s© new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want.
The stamp Carving Kit includes:
2 carving tools
3” x 4” rubber
3” x 4” foam
4 wood blocks (various sizes)
1 Island Indigo Stampin’ Write© Marker
3 postcards
Instruction sheet
Stamp image templates

Refill Kit inclues:
3” x 4” rubber
3” x 4” foam
4 wood blocks (various sizes)
Instruction sheet
Undefined Stamp Carving Kit
$19.95 us
Undefined Refill Kit
$9.95 us
Clear-Mount Cling Foam
$10.95 us
 *Add a sheet of Clear-Mount Cling Foam to create  your own clear-mount stamps. Mounting  your stamps on the cling foam allows you to make stamps any size you want, not just what will fit on the blocks in the kit.

Express your personality, thoughts, feelings, etc. with a stamp you’ve carved all on your own! You’re sure to have a “look what I made!” moment.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Arrival: Stampin' Up! Trimmer Rotary Additions & Video

You may have noticed a new product in the 2013/2014 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog...Stampin' Trimmer Rotary Additions.  The catalog stated that it would be available in August.  Well August is here and it's now available - Yipee!! I can't wait to get mine!!

Don't have your very own Stampin' Trimmer yet?
Get it're gonna love it!

New! Christmas Stamps!!!

A new, holiday-themed collection of single stamps is now available! The holidays will be here before you know it, and these holiday-themed single stamps may be just what what you're looking for. There are eight different stamps to choose from, six of which coordinate with Framelits dies or punches.  Take a look:
Print flyer

  • Available until January 31, 2014
  • You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyers above.
  • Single stamps won't be sent in our typical cases or packaging.  They'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • These single stamps are available in clear-mount only.
  • Shop:  Single Stamps Online Store

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Stampin' Up! Cardstock Palette

I was so happy with the palette I made with a punch and a ring last year. I've been happily using it on a regular basis in my creating and to show customers all the pretty colors we have:-)  Well my palette style has evolved since I saw how Lisa Echerd did hers. She made rainbow order (roy g biv) to create paint chip strips. I adapted her arrangement to include only current SU colors. My violets aren't next to blue because they wouldn't fit, but it's close enough for me:-) I just love color collections, they're so pretty. The strips will make it easier than ever to match patterned papers.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mini Photo Album

I just finished this cute little book today. It would perfect to give as a gift, it's adorable and holds two photos which is very easy to manage don't you think?
I used Natural Composition Specialty paper for the base construction, because it is card stock weight. The designer series paper is Venetian Romance. I used the coordinating card stock colors: crisp cantaloupe, pistachio pudding, baked brown sugar and island indigo. Lovely as a Tree and Word Play stamp sets along with the build a bird punch complete the list of products used. Oh yes, I did used sponges:-)

Scrapbooking and My Digital Studio

I've been scrapbooking this past week. I've used three formats, the 3 Ring album, This & That Journal (smashbook) and My Digital Studio. I'm having fun experimenting with digital layouts and printing on Whisper White. After these two books are done, I'm going to make an 8 x 8 board book and have it printed and bound for around 30 dollars. I'm going to make it a combination recipe/photo album for my grown son.

The first two images below are screenshots from My Digital Studio. I printed them on Whisper White and was surprised at how clear the pictures were. I've also printed some on glossy photo paper as well.  I'm so pleased at how much stuff there is on the full digital software! There are tons of additional layouts, stamps and background papers your can download for FREE and you purchase others add to it as well. Of course I bought a couple! There's a set of images and papers that are travel themed with stamps of each state in the country. I just HAD to have it right? lol I also bought the digital stamp of Post Card. I printed some on Whisper White and will use it as a journaling flap in one of our travel scrapbooks.
This is the Seasonal Stripes 8 x 8 Designer Ring Album. It's in the Holiday catalog. I wanted to try the divided page protectors and this size album, but I didn't want to use it for Christmas. So I deChristmafied it! I used Washi Tape in the white stripes and added the central image on the cover.
Below are some of the divided page protectors inside this album. The photos were printed at Walgreens on regular photo paper, and the journaling tags were made in My Digital Studio and printed on Whisper White.