Thursday, April 15, 2010

Photo wallet

Happy Thursday everyone! One more day and then we made it to the weekend!

I wanted to share with you a project that we did at my Tuesday night club.

This is a photo and gift card wallet. I saw something similar out on the web and thought, Hmmmm, that would be cool to add some photo sleeves to and make it a photo wallet.
So off to the local sports card shop I went! I bought team bags and used them for the picture holders. When you look at them, they look exactly like miniature versions of Stampin' Ups clear envelopes! There is no stamping in this project but it does use designer series paper and some designer brads. If you were sending this to some one special, you could really jazz it up. As a matter of fact, my friend and I were playing around and we added one of the flowers that I did a tutorial on yesterday. It looked super sweet! Obviously, you cant send it through the mail unless you put it in a box but if you were going to hand deliver it, how cool!
I thought I would sneak a few pics of my family in here.... this was on our Florida vacation last week! We had a wonderful time and have some great memories to last us a long time!

And speaking of yesterdays tutorial, I want to thank everyone who left me a comment. I had a lot of positive feed back on the tutorial. I will definitely be doing more pictorial tutorials in the future... so be watching for them!

Thanks for visiting with me today and until next time...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Flower tutorial

I thought that I might try something different today! Since my hubby is at work and I don't know how to upload videos with his program, I thought I might try a pictorial tutorial. So here goes!
First you will need to gather all your supplies. For this flower, you will need:
card stock color of your choice
ink pads and sponges, paper piercing tool and mat pack, Scallop circle punch, mini glue dots and brads. You will also need a water bottle.

You will start by punching eight scallop circles.

I used apricot appeal card stock and then sponged pumpkin pie ink to give the petals some dimension.

Next, you will want to spritz each scallop circle LIGHTLY
with water. Do not saturate the card stock. You are only wetting it enough to make it a little more pliable. This flower can also be made with designer series papers but you will want to skip this step as the Designer paper is much thinner than the card stock and you will risk tearing it if it is wet.

Moving on.... you will crumble all eight of the scallop circles and then un crumble them.

Do not worry about trying to flatten them out or straighten them up. You want them to look weathered and ragged.

Stack the scallop circles on top of each other but don't worry about lining the scallops up exactly. Don't fuss too much with this step, again, you want it to look weathered and imperfect. Now, using your paper piercing tool and the foam mat from the mat pack, poke a hole through the center of the scallop circles. *or at least as close to the middle as you can. We are still not looking for perfection here! Insert a brad to hold the petals together.

Starting with the top layer and only doing one layer at a time, squish *how do you like that technical term* each layer to the center.

Your flower now should look like what we here in the south like to call "a hot mess" lol But don't worry, I promise, in the next step it will start to look like a beautiful flower!

Once you have all the layers squished to the center, slowly and carefully start spreading the layers back out. Do this until you get the desired look.

For a little more pzazz, I free handed a green leaf. Sponged it with old olive ink and then distressed it and inked it again. Using my paper piercing tool, I wrapped the leaf around it to give it some body. Kinda like curling ribbon. I then attached the leaf to the flower using mini glue dots.

I added my flower to this Little treat box with a large glue dot.

And that is all there is to it! How easy and fun was that! I hope you have learned something from this tutorial and would love for you to go make one of your own and then leave me a message in the comments section with a link to come look at yours!
As always, if you have any questions, I am always happy to answer them!
Until next time Stampin Friends,

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Out with the old and in with the new!

I was on vacation in Florida when I got the news from my best friend and down line that Stampin' Up! was dropping 30 of their colors. My first reaction was devastation! I could not believe it!
But then.... When I got home, I looked at the new colors and color families! I was so excited! As much as I am going to miss some of the old colors, I am totally going to love having some new ones!

I can't wait to start playing with some of the new colors. I have to say, what I think I am most excited about is the new Yellow! Daffodil Delight!
It is such a pretty yellow... not too soft but yet, not that slap you in the face bright yellow either. I can see myself using this color alot!
So stay tuned for some samples in the future... as soon as demonstrators can start pre ordering the colors, I will be placing MY order. Now just like many of my customers, I am going to have to pace myself. But that's OK, it is a journey that we can take together. After all, there will be so many new stamp sets and accessories coming out in the new catalog and idea book in July. Good thing I have a whole year! LOL
Thanks for joining me on my blog today! I hope you find some good information here and some fun cards and projects!
Until next time friends....

Friday, April 2, 2010

Late night stampers

Are you looking for a wonderful, talented, awesome group of stampers? Look no further!
Come join us over at Late night stampers! There is so much talent there and the members
are so helpful! You will get fresh new ideas EVERY day! So click the link on my side bar and come join us! I promise, you wont be disappointed you did!
Until next time,