Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Case to the Holiday Catalog Ornament!

I always thought that I would grow up to write a book someday ... the title of my post today sounds like a mystery waiting to be solved! Alas, that's not what I'm writing about today so I'm sorry if I led you on!! LOL!

"Case" is an acronym that means "Copy And Share Everything". That's the heart of Stampin' Up! You see a sample, it makes you want to imitate the creation to come up with something as good or better than the last sample you made! I just loved the cover of Stampin' Up's new Holiday Catalog (It starts tomorrow friends!!) and I set out to make one similar to share with you!

I had all the materials that they did ... the Holiday Ornament framelits (did I mention that I can preorder all of these goodies as a demonstrator??!!), the Ornaments Keepsakes stamp set, the silicone sheet to make hot-gluing a cinch, my score board, the new Cherry Cobbler tulle ribbon...
Here's what I created!!

To make this ornament, you need to stamp 20 large and 20 small ornaments, then individually cut them out with the coordinating framelit.

I stamped the large round-ish ornament in Old Olive, and then stamped the smaller oblong ornament in Cherry Cobbler.

This is perhaps the most time-consuming step of the entire ornament. I probably should have invested in a second set of framelits, and if I attempt this again, I quite possibly will! I can always "gift" the second set later, right?!!

I've given this tip to my class-members when cutting out stamped images with the framelit. If you don't want your framelit to move (after you've gone through all the trouble of stamping!), you should have a small pad of post-it notes next to you. You can re-use the same post-it multiple times (it does wear out eventually!) but you ensure that your stamped image will be perfectly positioned when you cut it out. This is especially important with the use of my Big Shot (LOL!) -- the cutting pads have been in use for 3 years -- they're marred and cracked and warped, but refuse to break, so I don't want to ruin another pair (although I have 3 sets of back-up pads waiting to be used!!).

You then put your ornaments in each size in groups of 4 -- you'll score 3 of the 4 ornaments right down the middle on your score board, and set aside the 4th ornament of each group. The non-scored ornament will serve as your back or base to the other 3 ornaments.

Adhere the other 3 ornaments that are scored together, 1/2 back to 1/2 back to 1/2 back (does that make sense?!). Check out my photo below.

Adhere the 3 united ornaments to the one non-scored ornament to make a 3D ornament that you'll attach with the other grouped ornaments.

Phew! Sounds complicated but it's really not!

I'm not going to show the last few steps in the interest of time, but I'll talk you through it. (I don't have the other 16 + 20 ornaments stamped or cut out yet, and I didn't think to take pictures throughout the creation of the first one!!

You will also need to cut a 1" x 12" strip of designer paper (I used the new Candlelight Specialty DSP that's in the mini!) that you're going to score for your center rosette. I scored every 1/2", but you could do bigger or smaller increments. The width of your paper before scoring is what determines the size of the rosette. If you did a 2" x 12" strip, your rosette after assembling would be 4+". The depth of your rosette is determined by how closely your score lines are made. In other words, if you don't want a "deep" or "too-raised" rosette, score closer together after you've cut your strip. Assemble your rosette. I've pictured a close-up view of my ornament and rosette.

Next, you need your hot glue gun (most immediate results but the other glues that Stampin' Up! sells would most likely work) and the new silicone craft sheet. When they say that the glued object lifts right off the craft sheet, Stampin' Up! was not kidding! I used my glue gun to adhere a bunch of the loops of embroidery thread (the cover ornament used linen thread but mine is MIA!) together. I made 6" lengths of thread into loops. Set them aside or wait for them to dry, then assemble your ornament.

You're going to lay all 5 sets of the large ornaments on your new silicone craft sheet. I squeezed a good dollop of hot glue into the center, then started laying my ornaments side by side, uniting them in the center of the glue by the tops of the ornaments.

After that had sufficiently dried, I then cut small pieces of the new tulle ribbon. I think I may have been stingy -- there wasn't need for that since there's quite a lot. The width is 3 1/2" , and I probably cut five 2" lengths, then bunched them together in a cone shape. I tucked them in between each set of "petals", and then glued them in place.

I then also tucked in the smaller grouped ornaments. I didn't set them up as I did the first bunch, meaning that I individually glued each group to the larger ornament. I think if you look at my close-up view of the ornament, you can see what I mean by that.

Lastly, I added my rosette to the assembled ornament, laying it and "squishing" it on top. I accented the rosette with the new Vintage Faceted Buttons (love them!) and an extra-large pearl. I added a long length of linen thread ... yep, it showed up at the end! I glued that to the back of the ornament. To be extra sure that the ornament would stay together, I punched out a large circle of cardstock and attached that to the back of the ornament, gluing my hanger thread behind it.

That's all! If you have a few hours, it's worth the wow! Have fun!! Don't forget that the new holiday catalog goes live tomorrow!! If you don't have one yet, contact me and I'll get one into your hands ASAP!! I'd love to be your demonstrator if you don't have one yet!


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Stamp Set:Ornament Keepsakes (Wood-Mount 128048, Clear-Mount 128051)

Paper: Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (126901),
Whisper White (100730)

Ink: Old Olive (126953), Cherry Cobbler (126966)

Cool Tools:
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies (127816) Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334, Silicone Craft Sheet (127853)

*You can also order the ornament framelits and the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set as a bundle, saving you 15% (that's $8 off the clear set plus framelits, and $10 off the wood set if you buy the bundle! Wow!!)

The Perfect Touch: Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555), Large Pearl Basic Jewels (125577),
Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon (127841)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Layered Labels!!

Good Morning All! I'd love to say that I have some pictures of my open house this past week, but I think I was too preoccupied, flitting from guest to guest, to take any photos this year! It's so wonderful to get together with my wonderful friends, many who can't make it to classes, to visit and talk Stampin' Up!

I managed to get several samples done, most notably for my card classes for the next 6-8 weeks! Yay!! It feels so good to be that far ahead of the game! This spring, I barely got the samples done for the weekend before my Tuesday classes. Now, it's just a matter of measuring my samples and prepping for the class before the date arrives! That's what I'll be doing for tomorrow's Layered Labels class.

The Layered Labels stamp set is new to the 2012 Idea Book, and coordinates beautifully with the Apothecary Accents Framelits Collection. Here's the photo of tomorrow's class:

Although I can't find it now, other than in my Favorites file on Stampin' Connection, the baby card on the right was inspired by Anne Hile. (This isn't the last card of my stampin' classes that you'll see inspired by Anne! I love her style!).

This is a closer view of the card. The colors are perfect for baby!

The card in front is another sample that I tucked immediately into my favorites file on Stampin' Connection! It's just tweaked a TINY bit from Heidi Baks. She's another stamper that I love to case! Don't you see why?! Here's a close-up view:

My Wedding/Engagement card was totally inspired by Lynda Fraser. You can see her card here. I've always wanted to do make the hearts that look like a bride and groom using the Scalloped Heart embosslit and the Full Heart punch. That's another sample I've seen on Stampin' Connection, although the main idea of this card jumped from Lynda's sample.

I'm pretty sure that the last card was designed by me for a swap group that I'm a part of, but for the life of me, I can't figure out which swap or when! Maybe I just designed it to use the Floral District paper -- love the Daffodil Delight/Lucky Limeade retro pattern, and you should all know by now that yellow is my favorite color!!!!

I scored the paper on the diagonal using the new diagonal plate for the Score Board. What a great technique as long as one can add right! I'm finding that if I don't use the markers, I'm frequently doing math on this board! Keeps me sharp, right?!!

Don't you love my messy bow?! If you know me, you'd be impressed. I had to work hard to crumple my Daffodil Delight Seam Binding to achieve the "carefree and mussed" look! I don't usually do distressing or messy!!

If you're in the area, my card class is Tuesday night, 7 p.m. at my house, Lynnfield Massachusetts. I'll have all the paper cut and scored, except what I'd like you to learn to do on the Big Shot! Cost is $20 and I'll have kits available if you can't make it!

Let me know if you'd like a kit -- I'll even mail it to you with all the paper you need to remake these cards yourself -- I'll send a Paypal invoice which will include the $5.00 for shipping to you.

If you'd like to join my monthly card club, you can come to my Technique Class and one of my $20 card classes for FREE! Contact me for details -- I'm filling up my next card club now, to start in August!

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Stamp Set: Layered Labels (Wood-Mount 127070, Clear-Mount 127072), Betsy's Blossoms (Wood-Mount 126004, Clear-Mount 126006), Petite Pairs (Wood-Mount 122495, Clear-Mount 122497)
Paper: International Bazaar Designer Series Paper (126920), Floral District Designer Series Paper (126919), Pool Party (122924), So Saffron (105108), Lucky Limeade (122926), Daffodil Delight (119683), Midnight Muse (126843),Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: So Saffron (126957), Pool Party (126982), Midnight Muse (126860), Old Olive (126953), Soft Suede for sponging (236978), Rich Razzleberry (126950), Lucky Limeade (126984), Jet Black StazOn (101406)
Cool Tools: Full Heart Punch (119883), Large Oval Punch (119855), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Boho Blossoms Punch (119858), Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies (127003), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (127751), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder (115964), Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (121809), Little Leaves Sizzlits (114511), Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586), Stampin' Sponge (101610)
The Perfect Touch: Pearl Basic Jewels (119247), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246),Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon (125583), Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (126845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683)