Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
You say, "What the heck is that?" What you're looking at are vinyl die-cuts that I used to decorate the glass door of this particular storage cube in my stamp room. For the second photo, I put a piece of white card stock behind the glass so the vinyl accents would show up better. I think it looks quite good! I used Stampin' Up!'s "Tulipe" die (minus the three little dots at the top since one of them got stuck in the die) and a non-Stampin' Up! Sizzix decorative accents die for the corner adornments. This was such an easy project, although I must admit that I was nervous about placing the vinyl on the glass. I used transfer tape (which comes with Stampin' Up!'s vinyl) on three of the cuts, but I just "peeled and stuck" the other two corner pieces and they went on fine. I don't recommend that you just try to fly without the transfer tape because it is definitely needed for larger and/or more intricate cuts or for cuts that essentially have to be pieced together, such as with the Tulipe die, letters, etc.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
In the past, I believe I have kept my holiday tunes through New Year's, but I'm ready for a change! Instead of going back to the "regular" list of songs, which I change regularly, I decided to share another playlist that I often enjoy. I call it the "oldies" because they're songs that I enjoyed during my tween, teen, and young adult years. I hope you will enjoy these songs, too! ETA: If you can think of other songs that I should add to this playlist, do tell and I'll try to find them.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
This isn't a very good picture, but I wanted to share the NOEL banner that I made a couple of weeks ago. I used the Big Shot machine and several Stampin' Up! products: Christmas Cocoa and Bride specialty designer papers, Sizzix Pennant, Snowflake, Serif Essentials alphabet, and Merry Details Embosslits dies, Whisper White and Real Red card stock, and 1/4" white grosgrain ribbon. The red and white pennant panels with the letters are actually pockets, but I ended up not putting anything in them.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I won't say who this box was made for or what it will hold, but I can say that someone on my gift list will get it! Stampin' Up! products used to create this project include Whisper White card stock, red dotted grosgrain ribbon, "Snow Swirled" stamp set, Bordering Blue ink, Stampin' Dimensionals, and a clear rhinestone brad.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
. . . would be a coffee pot! How cute is this? I was looking at the first milk carton I made and this idea popped in my head! How fun to pull "Puns from the Past" off the shelf and put it to use! I love that stamp set, but I was kind of hooked on using it with Stampin' Up!'s "Parisian Breeze" designer paper and, now that it's retired, I just haven't used this set much. The texture on this project was created with the "Weave" texture plate. I used Kraft card stock and sponged the edges and folds with Soft Suede ink.
It's not that I'm looking ahead to Valentine's . . . I'm just playing with new Stampin' Up! goodies! The designer paper was left over from the mini milk carton I made earlier, so I decided to use it on a card. This photo captures just a little of the glittery shimmer on the paper. The stamped images are from "Love Bandit," a stamp set that you'll find in the upcoming "Occasions" mini catalog. I again used the Scallop Trim Corner punch on the Very Vanilla layer beneath the raccoon. I'm lovin' the new punches!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
And another money holder, this time using all Stampin' Up! products . . . Christmas Cocoa designer paper, large and small tag punches, Round Tab punch, dotted Real Red grosgrain ribbon, gold cord, Scallop Edge punch, Circle Scissor Plus, Sizzix Scallop Circle die, and "Grateful Greetings" stamp set.
Looking for a quick and easy way to give a cash gift this Christmas? I love this one! I die-cut all of the pieces and then created an "envelope" by folding a piece of card stock in half and gluing the sides together. Since my die cut had a "ready tab," I cut the envelope so it could be used as a pull tab, but you could just as easily use Stampin' Up!'s Round Tab punch for that. Stampin' Up! products used for this project are all retired . . . True Thyme and Cranberry Crisp ink, and True Thyme Stitched grosgrain ribbon. My intention was to add brads to the four corners of the stamped layer, but I glued it down and then remembered that I wanted brads!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!! My husband is prepping the grill for marinated steak and chicken, and the potatoes are baking in the oven. The vegetable dish is still being planned in my head and, so far, it looks like our dessert will be Oreo cookies. Not a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but we three do not need a big turkey, nor do any of us really care for it. Since my sister and I both celebrate November birthdays, our family doesn't get together for a Thanksgiving meal. Christmas will be our next big thing! I've been moving things around in the stamp room today, but I had to take a moment to play. For some reason, I want to play with everything I pick up! I hope you enjoy the holiday tunes that I added to my blog last night. Some of them are the same as last year's, but I added a few new ones, too. Drop me a line and let me know how you like the music and if there are any songs you think I should try to find!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
At my "3rd Friday" class, which was held last Thursday, we had a surprise birthday celebration for my sister, Renee. My friend, Karin, made the colorful, whimsical cake (pictured above), and it was DELICIOUS! You'll notice in the picture that we were all sporting a huge diamond ring. Renee has a nice, big diamond so when I saw those party favors, they just seemed too perfect to ignore. The only requirement during class was that everyone had to wear their diamond! It was such a fun evening! After the stamping was done, we enjoyed cake, pickles, chips, and ice cream. Our special guest was Aiden. Isn't he a doll???? He is such a sweet, sweet baby! I doubt if we'll ever make a stamper out of him, but we can enjoy him before he starts resisting the ink.
This is my first scrapbook layout created with Stampin' Up!'s "My Digital Studio" software. As you can tell, I didn't crop the photos correctly, but I think I now know how to do it. The main purpose, for me, was an exercise in designing a layout and taking some of the built-in tools and images for a spin. Stampin' Up! has created an awesome product with "My Digital Studio." It's a product that is easy enough for the inexperienced digital designer to pick up and run with, but it also has bells and whistles for the digital whiz to enjoy.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Recently, I saw a similar Tri-Shutter Album kit for sale and decided that I could "go to the drawing board" and figure out how to make one, and this is what I came up with! Of course, my prototype was created from copier paper, but I used it as a guide for this one. I even added a couple of extra photo panels which, I think, gives this album even more punch! My album, so far, is decorated with Stampin' Up!'s "Holiday Lounge" designer paper, "Tree Trimmings" stamp set, and Whisper White, Taken with Teal, and Sahara Sand card stock. There are so many areas for photos, journaling, embellishments, etc. I think it will be a lot of fun using some of the Stampin' Up! and Sizzix dies to complete this album, and I'll share a picture of the finished project after the holidays!