Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew September Challenges



I am so excited to share the Christmas projects I've been making for the September Creative Crew gallery.  This Christmas tag with a punch art tree fits two of the challenges:  DSP/Color Focus and
Holiday Focus.  For the color focus challenge, I was supposed to pick my favorite designer series paper in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday catalog.  I could not decide between Season of Cheer and Home for Christmas, so I used both of them!  Home for Christmas has several images that are perfect for punching out single images or fussy cutting.  Season of Cheer is more user friendly for cutting up into strips or punching out repetitive designs.  Check out my tutorial for making this Christmas tag and visit the Splitcoaststampers gallery for more Christmas inspiration.


Another challenge was to feature one of the gift packaging ideas on pages 150 and 151 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  I made this Snow Place gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board.  See how I used punches and framelits to make this Snow Place gift bag go quickly for a demonstrator swap!


This Holiday Frame is a fun project that I designed for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas for the Splitcoast challenge to make a gift item.  By changing the insert and the labels, you use one frame for all three holidays.  Check out how I used window sheets and magnets to make changing out the Holiday Frame quick and easy.
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Quick and Easy Holiday Frame



This quick and easy Holiday Frame is designed to fit many different holidays, including Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  You only need one frame and some magnets to make changing things for each holiday easy peasy.  Stampin' Up!'s Hostess Stamp Set, Six Sayings (139849 $11), is perfect for this project.


Here is the Thanksgiving version.


Notice that the pumpkin is the same for Halloween and Thanksgiving?  All I did to turn it into a jack-o-lantern was to add the window sheet with the face.  The small pieces are easy to stick onto the window sheet using Stampin' Up!'s new Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

If you look closely, you can see the magnetic strip on the bottom of the frame.   I also have magnets on the back of each label so they are easy to change for each holiday.


Here is how I used the Note Tag Punch to punch each end of the Halloween label.  For Thanksgiving, I used the Chalk Talk Framelits.


For Christmas, I used the Ornate Tag Topper and Banner Triple Punch.

Have fun making your Holiday Frame to fit your favorite holidays.  And stay tuned for future projects using this same frame.

See more Christmas and Holiday projects that I made for the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew September gallery.
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Snow Way Gift Bag



I love penguins so the Snow Place Bundle was one of my first must-haves from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday catalog.  At Stampin' Up!'s Convention, we got to use the Gift Bag Punch Board.  That inspired me to make this Snow Place Gift Bag for our demonstrator swap where the theme was Bags, Tags and Boxes.  And being a big fan of Stampin' Up!'s bundles, I also had to use the Flurry of Wishes Bundle to add snowflakes.


Thanks to the framelits, it was easy to die cut the Santa hat.  The Banner Triple Punch and Snow Flurry Punch make it quick and easy to add the embellishments.  And I have fallen in love with the Real Red PomPom Trim.


Here is the video tutorial for making this gift bag.  If you have never used the gift bag punch board, be sure to watch Stampin' Up!'s how to video for this punch board.  

The colors I used for this project were Soft Sky for the gift bag, Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Island Indigo and Daffodil Delight for the penguin's beak and feet. 

See more Christmas and Holiday projects that I made for the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew September gallery.
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Punch Art Tree Tutorial



This Punch Art Tree tutorial shows you how to make this quick and easy tree that you can use on cards, tags and other Christmas projects.  It combines two of my favorite designer series papers in the Holiday catalog:  Season of Cheer and Home for Christmas.


You'll use 3 of Stampin' Up!'s scallop circle punches:  1 1/4", 1 3/4" and 2 3/8".  Punch out one scallop circle with each punch and fold on the lines as shown.  Fold back 4 scallops on each side.  You'll leave one scallop at the top and 5 at the bottom.


Attach each layer with one Stampin' Dimensional at the bottom as shown.  After you make your tree, I recommend Tear and Tape adhesive to attach the tree to the tag.  The star is attached to the tag using a Stampin' Dimensional.


Here is the video tutorial for making this Punch Art Christmas Tree.


The Santa is fussy cut from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper and the other stars were punched using the Confetti Stars Border punch.  You'll love using Stampin' Up!'s new Fine-Tip Glue Pen to attach the small stars.

See more Christmas and Holiday projects that I made for the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew September gallery.
 
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Richland Hills, TX
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Timeless Elegance



One of my favorite things in Stampin' Up!'s current catalog is the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper (138444  $11) because of its versatility when you add in color to make quick and easy cards.


I designed these two cards for my stamp club.  Everyone got a 3x3 piece of the Timeless Elegance paper and they chose Blushing Bride or So Saffron as their background.  They inked the flowers of their choice with the same colors using a combination of daubers, Stampin' Write Markers and blender pens.  While it doesn't show up in the photos, they also added Dazzling Details for a touch of bling.


Carridine made this card.  The roses are covered with Dazzling Details.  She thought it would look even better with a background stamp but figured that out after she had already adhered everything to the card.


Terry decided to use both Blushing Bride and So Saffron on her card.


Thanks to my stamp club, I was inspired to make this quick and easy card using more than one color and a background stamp.  You can barely see the Dazzling Details on the flowers.

Isn't it fun when you get inspired as you create and share with friends? I enjoyed seeing how each person used the same elements to create different versions of the same quick and easy card.  Check out the other cards we made using the same Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

A Whole Lot of Lovely Tutorial with Sharing Creativity and Company



This quick and easy card uses Stampin' Up's! hostess stamp set, A Whole Lot of Lovely.  I tweaked the pattern from this card.

Notice how the flower and sentiment cover a lot of the card?  That gave me the opportunity to be frugal with my Bohemian Designer Series Paper and burlap ribbon. I ended up making 26 of these cards and still haven't used all of the two 12x12 sheets in this pattern that come in the package. And I had just enough ribbon left on a partially used roll to finish these cards.


This video shows you the hidden techniques I used to make the paper and ribbon last. You'll also see why Stampin' Up!'s Tear and Tape adhesive is my top choice for sticking down the burlap ribbon. While I love the added texture, you will want to use the right adhesive with this ribbon.


This video shares some time-saving tips that I used to make this card and my other convention swap.

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Richland Hills, TX
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Garden in Bloom Tutorial with Sharing Creativity and Company


This quick and easy card using Stampin' Up!'s Garden in Bloom stamp set was inspired by a card that I got in our monthly demonstrator swap.  After making my first card, I realized that I could put all of the outline stamps on one block.  This allowed me to stamp everything at one time which helped things go much faster.  I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink for the outline images.

Notice how it looks like each image is colored in?  Garden in Bloom is a two-step stamp set. After you stamp the outline, there is a second coordinating stamp to fill in the color. Talk about easy peasy. 

Here is the tutorial with more details about how I made this card, including the measurements.


My stamp club really liked stamping all of the outline images at the same time.  And they couldn't believe how easy it was add the color with the two-step stamping. The photopolymer stamps make it quick and easy to line up the stamps. 

 
Here is a tutorial with other time-saving tips for making cards.
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Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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