Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Yippee Skippee, it's Happy Hour!

Yippee Skippee was one of those sentiment stamps I had to have! I had no idea what I would use the silly sentiments for, but somehow I knew they would fit in to my collection. This goofy card all started with a sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary.

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I started by using my circle framelits (2 3/8" circle), on the top layer, and then paper piercing the edge to give it some interest. At that point I had no idea what I wanted to do, except fill the circle with an image. I grabbed the piece of card stock and started looking at my sets, seeing what would fit best inside the circle. When I came to the "never underestimate the power of two" sentiment, from Yippee Skippee, I knew immediately that I would be embellishing this card with drinks from Happy Hour! I thought it was funny, and Facetimed my sister (also a demo), and she had the idea that I should first have the two drinks and then finish the card (LOL!). Since the power of two drinks for me is about the equivalent of four (or more!) to someone else, I decided to not go in that direction!

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Happy Hour (132013 wood/ 126642 clear), and Yippee Skippee (131341 wood/ 131344)

  • Paper

    • Coastal Cabana card stock (131297) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 3" x 5 1/2" and 2 3/4" x 3 1/2" (underneath layer)

    • Strawberry Slush card stock (131295)  - 3/4" x 5 1/2"

    • Silver Glimmer paper - (124005) 1/4" x 5 1/2"



  • Ink: Strawberry Slush (131178), Coastal Cabana (131175), and Basic Black (126980)

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)

    • Circles Collection Framelits (130911: approx. 2 3/8" size)

    • Paper Piercing Tool (126189)

    • Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199)

    • Essentials paper piercing pack (126187)

    • Scallop Edge Border punch (119882)

    • Dazzling Diamonds glitter (102023)

    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)




 

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Back to school!

Some kids are already heading back to school, but frankly, I'm glad mine isn't! I'm enjoying my late mornings! Back to school is this week's challenge theme at SUO Challenges. Since Stampin' Up! currently has no school themed stamp sets, I went for the punches! Here is my design team entry for the Back to School challenge.

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I created a chalkboard background (even though you can't find them in schools anymore!), a stack of books, and an owl! You can't get more school themed than that! I added the banner and made my own sentiment, using the Designer Typeset Photopolymer stamp set (see my photopolymer stamps review). I love that I can customize my own message! I stamped the images onto Basic Black card stock with Whisper White craft ink, and then sponged on a little extra ink to look like chalk eraser marks.

The books were made by using I Am Me Designer Series Paper. I cut strips and then used a circle punch to round the edges (3/4" for thin books, 1" for thick). Insert the paper into the punch as shown (ignore that this is an old oval punch ☺). Then I sponged around the edges with Soft Suede ink.



 

Now, my 16 year old boy probably won't dig this card; in fact he would probably look at me dumbfounded if I gave it to him. It might be worth the photo op, but I think I'll send it to my nephews instead. Thank goodness I still have some little ones in my life!

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Designer Type Photopolymer (119105)

  • Paper:

    • Soft Sky card stock (131203) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

    • Real Red card stock (102482) - 4" x 5 1/4"

    • Basic Black card stock (121045) - 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

    • I Am Me Designer Series Paper (130138) - Red piece: 5/8" x 3 1/4"; Saffron: 1/2" x 3"; Gray: 3/8" x 3"  (sizes will vary after punching)

    • Smokey Slate (131202), Basic Gray (121044), and Whisper White (100730) card stock scrap - for owl



  • Ink: Whisper White Craft ink (101731)

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Owl Builder Punch (118074)

    • Clear Block F (118483 - for use with the photopolymer stamps)

    • Stamping Sponges (101610)

    • Stampin' Dimenionals (104430 - used under the books and the owl)




 

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Make a tag card

Jen Austin, my down-line and fellow baker from Pink Paper Bakery, just played along with Freshly Made Sketches. She used the Tag It stamp set, and her card turned out cute (of course), so I thought I'd give the sketch a try too!


I love cards that contain tags, especially when I'm having difficulty designing. Much like a scrapbook page, it's easier if you break it down into smaller pieces first. Make a tag, and you have your focal point; then just put it on the card with a little Designer Series Paper, and you are good to go!


 Regarding-Dahlias stampin-up



For this tag, I stamped the dahlia in Tangerine Tango, and then outlined it with a Blender Pen and Smokey Slate ink, to give it some dimension.

I love making tags with the Labels Collection Framelits and my Big Shot die-cutting machine. Sometimes I just want a softer looking tag, and not a squared of tag, and so this method is my go-to method for that! Place the top cutting plate only over the section you want to cut.



 

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Regarding Dahlias (130324 wood/ 130327 clear)

  • Paper:

    • Tangerine Tango card stock (111349) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 4" x 5 1/4", and 2 3/8" x 4 3/4" (for tag)

    • Basic Gray card stock (121044) - 3/4" x 4" (then punched with Scallop Edge punch)

    • Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper (130141) - 2 1/2" x 4"



  • Ink: Tangerine Tango (126946), Basic Gray (126981), Smokey Slate (131179)

  • Tools & Accessories

    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)

    • Labels Collection Framelits (125598)

    • Scallop Edge Border punch (119882)

    • Blender Pen (102845)

    • Organza Ribbon (114439)

    • Sycamore Street ribbon (retired)

    • 1/4" hole punch (non-Stampin Up)

    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)




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Friday, July 26, 2013

Untraditional Christmas color combo

I'm gearing up for my holiday card crank classes, starting next month! Sometimes I get tired of the traditional red and greens, so I pulled in the new 2013-2015 In-Colors for this Christmas card!

 

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I used the Petite Pennants Builder punch, my In-Color Designer Paper Stack, and Stampin' Dimensionals to make a whimsical Christmas tree. The trunk is a hand cut Baked Brown Sugar card stock scrap, and the sentiment is from Happy Hour.

This is a super versatile card layout; you could easily switch out the tree for another image! If you need to stamp your image on Whisper White card stock, then switch the top layer and card base colors!

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Happy Hour (sentiment)

  • Paper:

    • Whisper White card stock - 4 1/4 x 11" (scored at 5 1/2")

    • Wild Wasabi card stock - 2 1/4" x 5"

    • In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack (2013-2015) - 3 3/4" x 4 1/4", plus scrap

    • Pistachio Pudding card stock scrap

    • Baked Brown Sugar card stock scrap



  • Ink: Basic Black

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Petite Pennant Builder punch

    • Whisper White Baker's Twine

    • Stampin' Dimensionals




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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Back from Salt Lake City!

Today is my card share day over at Pink Paper Bakery. Check out my card, and then scroll down for a Stampin' Up! product reveal!

I made this card using the emboss resist technique, without having to emboss! Embossing gives such a professional look to cards; I just love it! Naturals Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper is awesome because the embossing is already done for you with several clear embossed designs. I have an addiction to paper with lines (like notebook paper), so I chose the pattern with lines and flowers to work with. Well actually, there wasn't much work to do because the paper already has an embossed design, so I just had to help it stand out and add some finishing touches.

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I sponged Whisper White Craft ink over the top of the paper to make the design pop. Then I stamped a couple of butterflies from Papillon Potpourri and added those to my card. To keep with the notebook look, I added a 'spine' of Basic Black card stock, embossed with the Needlepoint Border embossing folder.


I finished the card off with a sentiment from Express Yourself (hostess set), on a Whisper White banner, and an Antique brad. Last I popped up the entire top layer of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.


Stampin' Supplies:





  • Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, and Express Yourself (hostess set)


  • Paper:



    • Whisper White card stock - 4 1/4" x 11" (scored at 5 1/2"), and 5/8" x 3"


    • Naturals Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"


    • Basic Black card stock - 1/2" x 4 3/4"




  • Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White Craft


  • Tools & Accessories:



    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine


    • Needlepoint Border embossing folder


    • Bitty Butterfly punch


    • Antique Brad


    • Stampin' Dimensionals




 


I had a fabulous trip to Salt Lake City! The fabulous did not include my computer dying on me, so I apologize for not keeping you as updated as I had planned. My awesome husband came to my rescue and hooked me up with a new (to me) laptop when I got home last night!

I have added new photos to My Home Grown Art Facebook page, so go check them out!

At convention, Stampin' Up! revealed some new products to be released, and I'm excited to share with you! There will be new Thinlit dies that create moveable cards! They are so awesome and have great potential; I can't wait to get my hands on them. Also, Stampin' Up! is releasing an envelope making tool. With this new tool, you will be able to make 66 sizes of envelopes, so you can create any size card you want, and whip up an envelope to go with it! If you are like me, you have lots of Designer Series Paper. What better way to use it than to create a beautiful envelope, and in only minutes, without much thought!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Oh, snap! I'm still in Utah!

I had an absolute blast at Stampin' Up!'s convention! Day 2 and 3 were so much fun. I met demonstrators whom I have chatted with online. I saw an incredible amount of samples, and didn't even get the chance to see them all (darn it!), had fabulous classes, a fun dance party (that I didn't want to end!), and heard lots of great stories about all the things that Stampin' Up! does to make a difference in the world (absolutely heartwarming!). I will be adding new pictures to My Home Grown Art Facebook page, so like my page and get updates!

During convention, Stampin' Up! broke a world record! Of course us demonstrators helped. The record was the most cards mailed at one time from one location, by individuals. Here is the card I made and sent.
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I love this Designer Series Paper, I Am Me, but this pattern had me a little stumped! I decided to make a punch art camera to match it. The cameras on the paper are very simplistic, so it wasn't hard to figure out which shapes to use. Here is a breakdown of what I used to 'build' my camera.

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I trimmed the excess from the Chalk Talk framelit, and I was left with a rectangle with rounded edges. You could just as easily cut a rectangle and round the edges, and hand cut a little button.

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I added the 'oh snap!' with a retired alphabet set and my Stamp-a-ma-jig. It seems I rarely make a card without rhinestones, so I had to add some of those too!

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamps: Empire Alphabet Lower (retired)

  • Paper:

    • Real Red card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

    • Pool Party card stock - 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"

    • I Am Me, Designer Series Paper - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

    • Basic Gray and Whisper White card stock scraps



  • Ink: Basic Black

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

    • Chalk Talk Framelits

    • Circles Collection Framelits

    • 1 3/8" Circle punch

    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels

    • Stampin' Dimensionals




 

I am still in Salt Lake City, on a Stampin' Up! convention high! I'm blessed to have family in the area, so I took a few extra days to visit them! Yesterday we went for a hike to Fifth Water Hot Springs in Diamond Fork Canyon; it's absolutely beautiful there!

Utah 2013

 

 

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Stampin' Up! Convention, Day 1

Day one was exciting and exhausting! My downline and I (left to right: Alicia, me, Jenny, Jen) started off visiting Stampin' Up!'s home office, which is beautiful inside and out! We wore our awesome Pink Paper Bakery aprons, which others seemed to enjoy too!
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I love the way the inside of the home office is decorated; creativity around every corner!

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This 'dining room' was my favorite! I love this chalkboard wall!

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This one is my favorite!!!

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After touring Stampin' Up!, we visited family (Jenny and I are so lucky to have family who lives here!), did some shopping, ate some delicious sandwiches, and then headed back to the convention center for the opening ceremony. Ryan Innes, from The Voice, sang our new theme song; he has an awesome voice!

We received this fabulous backpack, full of make-n-takes, and stamp sets! Besides the fabulous Shellie, Ronald McDonald joined us, and touched us all with a story about a little girl from the Ronald McDonald House Charity. It's so neat that Stampin' Up! has made such a wonderful difference with this charity, donating over a million dollars, in the last decade. The Ronald McDonald House Charity is just one of the many charities SU has helped. My downline and I are looking forward to the service project we will be participating in while we are here; making birthday packages for over a thousand children at the local children's hospital.

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I did take some time to swap cards! Here are a few swaps I received, in exchange for my Backyard Basics card.

[caption id="attachment_882" align="aligncenter" width="500"]stampin-up-convention 8 Made by Fran Trischetta, Franklin Park NJ[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_883" align="aligncenter" width="410"]stampin-up-convention 9 Made by AnnMarie Lonas, Coram NY[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_881" align="aligncenter" width="410"]Stampin-up-convention 7 Made by Pearl Robb, Pasadena TX[/caption]

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Salt Lake City, and my swap card

I have arrived safely in Salt Lake City, UT, along with three ladies in my dowline (fellow Pink Paper Bakers!)!  We had a long day of traveling, but it was so fun chatting with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators, that were also on the flight!

After arriving in Salt Lake, we arrived at the Marriott, which was a different Marriott then I thought I had booked. Thankfully my girls remained upbeat, and we dragged our suitcases back to Jenny's car, and drove to the correct Marriott (only a few blocks away).

We did some walking around the city, and ate at the fabulous Red Iguana; delicious Mexican food! Sorry, we have no pictures of our city adventure, but I do have a card to share! I cranked out several of this card to swap with fellow demonstrators later today!

Backyard-Basics Stampin-up swap

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamps: Backyard Basics

  • Paper:

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

    • Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper - 1" x 5 1/2"



  • Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

    • Backyard Basics framelits

    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels




 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fun with shrink plastic!

Do you remember Shrinky Dinks? I'm actually surprised at the number of people who tell me they have never heard of them! Well, you can still buy shrink plastic at the craft store, and I had fun making pins for my downline (aka Pink Paper Bakery girls!) going to convention!

I got the idea from a fellow SUDSOL member, Liz Holloway; who made a pendant and used the new clay to make a flower to add to her bottlecap. I had no clay, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't know how to sculpt a cupcake anyway, so I went with Shrinky Dinks!

create-a-cupcake pins

I started out with bottlecaps (a retired Stampin' Up! product, but are available at a craft store), and smashed them with my Big Shot. I glued a 1" card stock circle to the bottle cap, and then topped it with a 1" diameter clear plastic disc (also available in craft stores!) As an option, you can fill it with Crystal Effects, but I clearly had no patience to wait for it to dry!

To make the cupcakes you need white shrink plastic and permanent ink, such as Sharpie or Copic markers, and StazOn ink pads. StazOn ink pads are available in various colors, and would be the easiest way to get your image onto the shrink plastic, but I'm too cheap for that! If you don't have a steady hand (for the instructions I'm about to give you), you would be better off purchasing brown StazOn ink.

The icing and cherry are super easy! Use the Cupcake Builder punch and punch out the icing and cherry, then color with markers. I added dots for sprinkles, using Copic markers. If you purchase the brown StazOn, you just need to ink up the stamp, stamp it onto the plastic and punch it out; easy peasy! If you already have markers and want to use what you have, then try this. Ink up your stamp with Basic Black ink and stamp onto a piece of copy paper. Use a light box or a window, and place the shrink plastic on top of the copy paper and trace the image by hand. My cupcake liner lines are not clean, and that's why! I like to use what I have, and cupcakes aren't perfect anyway!

Follow the instructions and bake your pieces in the oven. This only takes about 3 minutes, and it's so cool to watch! I'm pretty sure I let out a very immature squeel while watching mine shrink. LOL! Adhere your pieces to the pin using Crystal Effects. You may need to use tweezers because they are tiny little pieces! I purchased pins, attached to circle blanks and adhered them to the back of the bottlecaps.

I hope my fellow bakers enjoy their cupcake pins!

 

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Create a Cupcake

  • Ink: Copic Markers (any permanent inked markers and StazOn ink will work)

  • Paper: Strawberry Slush card stock, 1" circle

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

    • Bottlecaps

    • Shrink Plastic, White

    • 1" Circle punch

    • 1" clear discs

    • Crystal Effects




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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Postage Collection and convention message!

The new challenge theme at SUO Challenges this week is get well soon. It's also not too late to join us for the last card challenge, your favorite accessories!

This is my design team sample for the latest challenge. I love the little images from the new hostess set, Postage Collection! I spent a little time cutting out these tiny little Tempting Turquoise umbrellas, but I love the way this card turned out; totally worth it!!! I'm diggin' this color combo too; all the colors are from the Brights Collection...Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight. Besides the fussy cutting, the rest of the card went together pretty quickly.Postage-Collection Stampin-up 1

 

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Postage Collection (hostess only set, available with a qualifying order), and Delightful Dozen

  • Paper:

    • Pacific Point card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

    • Whisper White card stock - 1 1/2" x 4 3/4"

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

    • Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper - 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"



  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise, and Pacific Point

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch

    • Candy Dots, Brights Collection

    • Stampin' Dimensionals




 

I'm super excited!!!! Tomorrow I will be traveling with 3 of my Friends Ferubber (and bakers from the Pink Paper Bakery), to Stampin' Up!'s convention in Salt Lake City! )We will be missing our other 'baker', Sera, but she will be enjoying a cruise, so I'm excited for her as well.) Like a lot of convention goers, we are going to geek it out! We will be sporting pink aprons, proudly displayed with a Pink Paper Bakery 'logo'! We could have worn baker's hats, but we chose to be a little more classy ;).

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The logo is an iron on transfer, that I created in My Digital Studio! I love that digital program! Jen popped over to my house, and helped me take on the task of printing and ironing these babies on! We think they turned out pretty darn cute, and can't wait to be proud paper crafting geeks at convention!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Everything Eleanor challenge card

There is a special two week challenge at Create with Connie and Mary, with options! Option A is a color challenge, Option B is a layout with an irregular card shape, and C is to do them both! I had to do it all, because it IS a challenge!

I decided to go with an oval card, because irregular shapes just go against my nature, LOL! This large scalloped oval is a framelit from the Ovals Collection. I love that it still fits in an A2 size envelope! Since it was already a little frilly looking, I thought Everything Eleanor would be perfect.


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I cut the oval out of Calypso Coral, and stamped the swirly image with Versamark, added white embossing powder and heat set it. The element that the flower sits on is stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe. I did stamp it off once, to lighten the ink, before stamping it onto my Whisper White card stock. I hand cut it out, as well as the Calypso Coral flower and Pistachio Pudding flower (which is posing as leaves here!).


I added a piece of Whisper White organza ribbon, folded over and trimmed, as well as a pearl. Everything is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals, because they make everything look awesome!


Everything-Eleanor Stampin-Up 4

Watch my video to see how to make an irregular shaped card, without a flat folded top!

http://youtu.be/N-3aea55_vQ
Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Everything Eleanor, and Fabulous Phrases

  • Paper:

    • Calypso Coral card stock - 1/2 sheet

    • Whisper White card stock



  • Ink: Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Versamark

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

    • Ovals Collection Framelits

    • Whisper White embossing powder

    • Whisper White organza ribbon

    • Pearl Basic Jewels

    • Stampin' Dimensionals




 

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