Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

So, I'm a day early, but SUO Only Challenges is kicking off a new challenge: January Colors! For January, I'm still thinking cold, snow, shiny things, and the new year. Here is my interpretation of January colors; what's yours? Come play along!

New Year Card stampin up

I cut the numbers out of Silver Glimmer paper with my Big Shot and the Typeset Alphabet dies. Then I used my black Sharpie to color them in. I made sequins by first punching a 1/16" hole and then using a 1/4" hole punch, centering the 1/16" hole. Some of the sequins, I left silver, and some I colored black. I also made some using a Dazzling Diamond embossed piece of Pool Party card stock. I adhered all the sequins with my 2-way glue pen, so the glue wouldn't seep through the hole.

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Paper:

    • Pool Party card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", plus scrap for the sequins

    • Whisper White card stock - 3 3/4" x 4 1/4"

    • Basic Black card stock - 4" x 4 1/4"

    • Silver Glimmer paper



  • Ink: Black Sharpie marker, Versamark ink pad

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

    • Typeset Alphabet Bigz

    • 1/16" hole punch

    • 1/4" hole punch

    • Dazzling Diamonds embossing powder




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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Last minute handmade gift idea

There is always someone, who you decide at the last minute, that you would like to give a little something for the holidays. I recently attended an ornament exchange party, and wanted to bring a little something for the hostess. Also, it just so happens that today kicks off a new challenge, at SUO Challenges, for last minute gifts and cards. I made these wine glass markers for the party hostess, and I also submitted them as my design team entry! Two birds, one stone! By the way, they were a hit at the party!

festive flurry wine tags

I love an impressive gift that takes very little time to make! These were so easy; stamp, emboss, die cut, and snip!

festive flurry wine tags 3

I stamped this snowflake from Festive Flurry, in a variety of inks, onto vellum card stock. I covered the wet ink with Iridescent Ice embossing powder, and heat set it. Then I cut them out with the coordinating Festive Flurry Framelit die and a small circle framelit die (on my Magnetic Platform, for easy positioning!). I snipped one side, from the outside to the inner circle, so it would slip easily onto the stem of the glass.

festive flurry wine tags 2

The glittery embossed snowflakes look pretty nice all on their own, but I wanted a little more sparkle. I die cut the same snowflake out of Silver Glimmer paper, and snipped it the same, to create a little stackable look. I could have attached them to each other, but I loved the way they offset naturally, and that they also have a little motion.

festive flurry wine tags 4

 

 

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Festive Flurry

  • Paper: Vellum card stock, and Silver Glimmer Paper

  • Ink: Gumball Green, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Coastal Cabana

  • Tools & Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

    • Magnetic Platform

    • Festive Flurry Framelits dies

    • Circles Collection Framelits dies

    • Iridescent Ice embossing powder

    • Heat Tool




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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Vivid Vases - Occasions Mini sneak peek!

Today, I'm so excited to share a sneak peek from the upcoming Occasions Mini catalog, with you and the readers of Pink Paper Bakery!

The new Occasions Mini has some awesome new products! I just received my catalog preview order, and I love the products even better in person! I have been hoping they would come out with more outlined stamp sets, and I got my wish! One of those sets is called Vivid Vases. It was one of the first ones that caught my eye. Here is a card sample I made with it. I was inspired by a card made by Susan Goetter.

Vivid Vases Stampin Up

(This card is oversized due to the image size. See dimensions below)


 

This single image stamp comes with the sentiment under the vases, but I chose to separate the sentiment from the vases (on the card, not the stamp itself).

First, inking up only the vases, I stamped them using Jet Black StazOn ink. Then I used a grid ruler and a waterproof pen (Sakura Pigma Graphic Pen 1mm) to draw a straight line across the card. Next, I cleaned the stamp (really good!) and inked up only the sentiment portion with StazOn. Using my  Stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped the sentiment right above the line. Then I used my Aquapainter to color in the image. It was not the best choice, as you can see. Whisper White cardstock does not like to be saturated. I still think it turned out pretty cute!

 

Stampin' Supplies:


  • Stamps: Vivid Vases (available Jan 3, 2014)


  • Paper:



    • Daffodil Delight card stock - 6 1/4" x 9" (scored in half at 4 1/2")


    • Whisper White card stock - 4 1/4" x 6"




  • Ink:



    • StazOn, Jet Black


    • Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Crushed Curry, and Smoky Slate ink pads


    • Waterproof pen (non-SU), Sakura Pigma Graphic Pen 1mm


    • Stamp-a-ma-jig


    • Aquapainter






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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Festive Flurry wine tag

Last week I made some 3D snowflakes for my Festive Flurry holiday banner to put on my chalkboard. Well, I had originally planned on having five snowflakes on my banner, but my banner was a little too large for the chalkboard. Since I had a couple of them left over, I decided to put one of them to good use, on a wine tag!

Festive Flurry wine tag

This went together so fast, since I already had the snowflake made. The snowflakes aren't difficult, but a little time consuming with the hand cut candy canes. (How to make the Festive Flurry snowflakes) The wine tag base is made from the chipboard that comes with a pack of Designer Series Paper. You could use Whisper White card stock, but I thought it might be a little too flimsy. The base is 4" x 12", punched with an 1 3/8" circle punch and scored (I don't have the exact measurement of where I scored it). I added a piece of Melon Mambo paper from the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper pack, and some Silver Glimmer paper. Done! Simple and fabulous!

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamps: Happy Hour

  • Paper:

    • Melon Mambo and Whisper White card stock

    • Silver Glimmer paper

    • Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper

    • White chip board from inside a DSP package.

    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels

    • Hot glue gun

    • Silicone craft sheet




 

The Clearance Rack was updated today! Enjoy up to 80% off of stamps, punches, papers, ribbon, and more! All items on the Clearance Rack are available only while supplies last, so don't wait!

 

 

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Festive Flurry tags

I went to a gingerbread house making party at a friends house, yesterday. I brought the hostess a bottle of wine (with a wine tag that I will share with you tomorrow) and a  variety of Festive Flurry tags. She makes handmade gifts, and I thought she might like to attach some ornamental tags to them. Well, she loved them and told me that she is keeping them because they are too pretty to give out! It always makes me laugh when people can't send out a handmade card or tag because they love it, but it feels good at the same time! I think she adored the tags as much as I did her fabulous party!

Here are photos of the tags. They vary in size, and I apologize, but I didn't write down the exact measurements of each one. Normally, I love to share sizes, to make things easier for you. I can tell you that I remember the smallest tag is 2" x 4" and the largest 3 3/4" x 5". They are very simple layouts though, so it shouldn't be difficult to duplicate, if you want to.

 

Festive Flurry tags 1

Festive Flurry Tags 2

Festive Flurry tags 3

Festive Flurry tags 4

All of the snowflakes are heat embossed. I used Pool Party embossing powder on some, and Island Indigo ink with Iridescent Ice embossing powder on the others. If you work really fast, you can pour the embossing powder right on top of the Island Indigo ink, and it will stick. I actually used the old style ink pad, and my ink pad is pretty juicy, so it worked like a charm. I dumped the embossing powder on only one second after lifting the stamp (I was ready!!). I think waiting any longer would have not gotten good results.

Stampin' Materials:

  • Stamps: Festive Flurry

  • Paper: Whisper White card stock, Silver Glimmer paper, and Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Vellum card stock (used on only one of the snowflakes)

  • Ink: Versamark, and Island Indigo

  • Tools and Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Scallop Trim Border punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/2" circle punch, 1/8" circle punch, 1/8" Silver ribbon, Pool Party Embossing Powder, and Iridescent Ice embossing powder


 

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Festive Flurry snowflake banner

I love the Festive Flurry ornaments that Stampin' Up! shows in the Holiday Mini Catalog! White, silver, and sparkles, they are totally gorgeous! I have a thing for holiday candy. Last year I made a candy cane snowflake and I loved it! This year I decided to combine my snowflake with SU's snowflake ornament and this is how they turned out. I love them; so colorful and yummy! Perfect addition to my gingerbread house d├ęcor!

 

Festive Flurry banner 1

I used the Festive Flurry Framelit dies to make these fun ornaments! First I cut out Coastal Cabana, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise snowflakes. Then I cut out 6 Whisper White snowflakes (2 for each ornament), scored them, and snipped one side of each of them (to the center). Then I folded each of them like an accordion.  See the photo below.

Festive Flurry Ornament 2

Next, I attached two snowflakes together at their sides, overlapping two panels (per side), and aligning them, as shown. I used Liquid Tombo Adhesive for this.

Festive Flurry Ornament 3

I used my Happy Hour stamp set for the snowflakes. I stamped the same color ink (as card stock) onto Whisper White card stock, and then cut them out by hand. Each ornament needs 6 candy canes (fun times!). I used my hot glue gun and Silicone Craft Sheet to glue the candy canes together. First I set them up on the silicone sheet, and then dropped a small amount of hot glue in the center. I waited about 30 seconds (my glue it HOT!) and then wet my finger and tapped down on the glue to flatten it. I waited about another 30 seconds and then flipped it over and repeated the process, to secure the candy canes.

Festive Flurry ornament 4

I used my hot glue gun to assemble all the layers. I used my stylus to press the candy cane layer down into the hot glue. I finished them off with rhinestones!

Festive Flurry ornament 1

I mounted the Festive Flurry snowflakes onto Natural Composition Specialty paper. Each banner piece is a 3" x 6", and I snipped about 3/4" up from the center. I love that my snowflakes are mounted on music note paper! I strung them together with Linen Thread and hung them on my holiday chalkboard, and added a fun little tune!

Festive Flurry Banner 2

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamps: Happy Hour

  • Paper:

    • Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise card stock

    • Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series paper - 3" x 6" pieces



  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

    • Festive Flurry Framelits dies

    • Simply Scored Scoring Tool

    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels

    • Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels

    • Linen Thread

    • Liquid Tombo Adhesive

    • Hot glue gun (non-SU)




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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Non-traditional Christmas

There's a new challenge, starting today, at SUO Challenges; non-traditional Christmas is the theme! I went with a non-traditional color combo for my design team sample; Melon Mambo and Crumb Cake. I'm also sharing this card over at Pink Paper Bakery, so the pink is very fitting!

A non-traditional Christmas is a very loose theme. You can use non-traditional colors or images. Come play along!

 

Ornament Keepsakes stampin up 3

To create the background, I used an image from Gorgeous Grunge. I wanted to vary the length of the image, so I used a torn piece of scratch paper as a mask, allowing me to make the lined imaged shorter in some areas. I started by stamping the image repeatedly horizontally, and then I went back over it vertically. I think this pattern resembles burlap, which is a very popular look right now.

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season, and Gorgeous Grunge

  • Paper:

    • Crumb Cake card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

    • Melon Mambo card stock - 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

    • Whisper White card stock - 3 3/4" x 5"



  • Ink: Crumb Cake and Melon Mambo

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

    • Holiday Ornament Framelits Dies

    • Linen Thread

    • Stampin' Dimensionals




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Friday, November 29, 2013

Monogrammed gift tags

Add a fun monogrammed gift tag to your gifts to show personalization! I just love the Festive Flurry Framelits, and the Bigz Typeset Alphabet dies for this quick and easy project. These tags can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like! I took the quick and easy route, and used a combination of Glimmer Paper, vellum, card stock, and Designer Series paper to make mine. I have a picture in my head of the addition of buttons, rhinestones, pearls, and itty bitty punched flowers; so cute!!

 

gift tags stampin up

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Paper: Silver Glimmer Paper, vellum card stock, Real Red and Island Indigo card stock, Season of Style Designer Series Paper

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die Cutting machine

    • Festive Flurry Framelit Dies

    • Bigz Typeset Alphabet Dies

    • 2 1/2" and 1 3/4" Circle punches

    • 1/8" hole punch

    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels

    • Baker's Twine




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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Hanukkah! What a fabulous day today is! I'm sure the first day of Hanukkah falling on Thanksgiving is difficult for many Jewish Americans, but I think such a rare occurrence is neat! This a once in more than 70,000 year event!

I hope you all have a wonderful celebration with your family and friends, whether it's for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or both!

Today I'm sharing this Hanukkah card over at Pink Paper Bakery!

Jewish Celebrations stampin up

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamps: Jewish Celebrations

  • Paper:

    • Island Indigo card stock - 4 1/4" x 11", and 1/2" x 5 1/2"

    • Whisper White card stock - 3" x 5 1/4", and a 2 1/2" circle

    • Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper - 1 1/4" x 5 1/4"



  • Ink: Island Indigo and Smoky Slate, Stampin' Write Markers

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • 2 1/2" Circle punch

    • Paper Piercing Tool

    • Stampin' Pierce Mat

    • Essentials Paper Piercing Pack

    • Stampin' Dimensionals




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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chalkboard and a tag

While surfing Pinterest, I saw a cute card with a chalkboard background that caught my eye. The card, made by Kim Bell, was so simple, I just had to CASE it! Kim used a totally different stamp set, with an outlined image snowman stamp. I loved the look, but I only had a solid image snowman (of course). It always works like that, doesn't it? Well, I decided to make my solid image stamp an outlined image stamp, and I love how it turned out!

 

snow day stampin up tag

I used my Basic Black Stampin' Write marker to ink up the very outside of the image. I did the same with the carrot nose. I wanted the images to look hand drawn. For the chalkboard background I sponged Whisper White craft ink onto Basic Black card stock, and then stamped the snowflakes in the same ink.

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Snow Day

  • Paper:

    • Whisper White card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and 2" x 4"

    • Soft Sky card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"

    • Basic Black card stock - 3 3/4" x 5"

    • Crumb Cake card stock, scrap



  • Ink:

    • Whisper White craft ink

    • Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker



  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

    • Finishing Touches Edgelits

    • 1/8" hole punch

    • Baker's Twine

    • Linen Thread

    • Stampin' Sponges

    • Stampin' Dimensionals




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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday glitter for Pink Paper Bakery

Today is my day to share a delicious paper confection at the Pink Paper Bakery. This card is deliciously sparkly!

'Tis the season for sparkles, right?! I pretty much love anything sparkly, glittery, or shiny (you get the idea). Let's face it, sparkly stuff just makes us happy! Although I do like bling, I don't like a lot of it in one place; I like to balance it out a little.

 

Ornament Keepsakes Stampin Up

I used Silver Glimmer Paper to glam up this card, and balanced it out with a lot of white space. Both of these ornaments are made with Tempting Turquoise ink. The smaller of the two is stamped off first, to lighten up the color. I love that this card is very clean, but still has a lot of impact. You've got to love the power of glitter!

 

Stampin' Supplies:


  • Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, and Four the Holidays (retired)


  • Paper:



    • Whisper White card stock - 4 1/4" x 11", and 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"


    • Tempting Turquoise card stock - 3/4" x 5 1/2"


    • Silver Glimmer paper - 1" x 5 1/2", plus scraps for ornament tops and strings




  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise


  • Tools and Accessories:



    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine


    • Holiday Ornaments Framelits dies


    • Scallop Trim Border punch


    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels


    • Stampin' Dimensionals




 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Honey-do

The new home card I made, last week, was a hit at my husband's office. My husband asked me if I would make a wedding card for another co-worker. Of course, I said yes! What paper crafter could turn down a honey-do request like that?! Like the last card, I made this extra large, with a 3 panel fold-out section on the inside, to accommodate a lot of good wishes.


Stampin Up Wedding

 

stampin up wedding 2

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamps: Mr. & Mrs.

  • Paper:

    • Basic Black card stock - 8 1/2" x 12" (scored and folded at 6", for a 6" x 8 1/2" card base), 3/4" x 5 5/8", and 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" oval frame (inside dimension is 3" x 4") cut from Ovals Collection Framelits.

    • Whisper White card stock - 5 1/4" x 7 3/4", and 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" oval (from Ovals Collection Framelits)

    • Silver Glimmer Paper - 5 3/8" x 7 7/8", and 1 3/4" x 6"



  • Ink: Jet Black StazOn


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday sale - up to 50% Off!

holiday sales

Starting tomorrow, through December 2nd, tons of products will be on sale, up to 50% off, with a few of the items on sale for one day only, tomorrow, November 20th. Don't miss out!  Some of the items available are the case of Many Marvelous Markers* (*Nov 20 only), Framelit dies, punches, stamp sets, stamps & product bundles, ribbon, and more!  

See the list of sale items here.

The Fine Print

  • Discounts range between 20 and 50 percent-awesome!

  • Discounted products are available on all order types (customer, workshop, and online).

  • You can still qualify for hostess dollars, with a minimum qualifying order of $150.

  • Hostesses who have earned a 50%-off item may not apply that discount to an already-discounted product.

  • There's no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.

  • For product bundles, you need to use the bundle item numbers provided. If you use individual item numbers, you won't get the discount-bummer.

  • You can buy additional products from any of our current catalogs  on the same order.


Items can be viewed in the current catalogs (Annual or Holiday). After the sale starts, you will also be able to view the items in the online store, by keying in the product number (refer to the Holiday Sale flyer).

View the Annual Catalog here (PDF).

View the Holiday Catalog here (PDF).

 

 

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