Thursday, February 12, 2015

My 3D Valentine Class

Well, I'm finding a quick second to add photos of last night's 3D Valentine class.  Check them out!!

This first photo is a group photo of 5 of the 6 projects we did.  I have a few closeup photos of some of them too!

I used the envelope punch board to make this cute cookie envelope!  The measurements on the board give paper sizes for 4" x 4" envelopes, and 3" x 3" envelopes -- I wanted to use a paper size of 6" square, so I figured my own measurements:  I scored and punched at 3" on each side and it worked perfectly!!

The pretzel bags hold Valentine-themed candy corn -- love it!!  I used the Hey, Valentine  stamp set and blendabilities to color in the adorable bird:  light and medium Cherry Cobbler, an orange marker for the beak, and the light "blendie" from the Night of Navy family for the bird.

The heart-shaped box is adapted from a tutorial from QBee -- you can see the tutorial here -- I changed the paper and the embossing folder to the Delicate Details TIEF since the heart folder is retired (although it would have been perfect!).  When you emboss the middle strip, you can't even tell that one half is negative embossed (because I had to flip the folder!), and the other is opposite!! 

The last box is adapted from a tutorial by Patty Bennett from a few years back:  she had people using the Scallop Square Bigz Die which I think is retired now.  I used the largest square (which is scalloped) from the Square Framelits.  I scored 2 sides at 1 1/4" and 2 sides at 1 1/2".  It worked quite well!  The handle was added myself:  I took a 5/8" x 3 1/2" strip of Real Red c/s and cut it with the strip of hearts that goes with the Mini Treat Bag thinlit. 

Speaking of ... I used the Mini Treat Bag thinlit and Coastal Cabana DSP from the In Color paper stack.  I used a sentiment from the Simply Wonderful  Sale-a-bration stamp set for the center, and the hearts are from the Pictogram Punches stamp set.

That's all for today!  Please leave me comments!  I'm on my way to work in another snow "storm" -- they're predicting another blizzard for this weekend when I work again!!  Yikes!!


Friday, February 6, 2015

How Do You Organize your Scraps?!

I've been doing cardmaking for quite some time -- I was a great customer before I decided to be a great demonstrator!!  (Sorry, tooted my own horn -- not like me!!)

Since I've been buying Stampin' Up! cardstock (c/s) for so long, I have full sheets, half sheets, textured sheets, pieces of DSP, little pieces of Glimmer Paper, etc.!  I had to figure out a way to organize it.  I don't have a super stampin' space yet, although it has lots of tables for card classes and Open Stamping.  How does one find these scraps without tearing apart the space?  Well, I went to Joann's Fabrics and purchased a "cabinet" that holds several plastic see-through bins.  I think there are 6 of them in this particular one.  Like I said, they're bins -- not drawers (I have that too though!).

Want to know how I organized them?  Each drawer has a color family -- I photocopied this from one of the catalogs (the colors are no longer current, but the families are, so it does the job for me!).

Here's a photo of all of my bins. 


 The drawers are: Neutrals, Subtles, Regals, Brights, InColors, and Metallic/Specialty.

I only put neutral scraps in the neutral bin, In Color scraps in the In Color bin, etc.  The Metallic/Specialty bin is my favorite -- did you know that you can use even the very smallest piece of glimmer or foil paper so punch out a mini star, a small heart, etc.?  I rarely throw those pieces away unless they're ridiculously tiny!  I put my watercolor scraps in there, my Naturals paper scraps, my Shimmer Paper, etc.  Anything that's specialty (other than DSP), goes in that bin. 

The neutrals bin doesn't include my Whisper White or Vanilla scraps -- I have to have a separate bin for that.  The white was mixed in with the vanilla until one of my customers/friends separated them out, putting the Vanilla in a separate bag.  It may not look pretty but it certainly works! 

Now, when I have Open Stamping times at my house, my people know that they can go to my bins for scraps.  Of course, if the bin is so full with a particular color of c/s in many different sizes, I recycle the small or damaged or already stamped-on-the-other-side pieces. 

What works for you!  Please share!!  Next time I'll tell you how I organize my Designer Paper and pieces!

Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

More Snow?!

I never did tell you the story about my journey to Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference in Orlando last week!  I live just north of Boston, which means I was right in the eye of what is affectionately now known as "Storm Juno", the Blizzard of 2015.  I had just finished working 12 hour shifts for the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), and the storm was forecast for Monday afternoon and evening, with my flight scheduled to leave out of Hartford, CT on Wednesday, 2 days later.  My upline, Marilyn, and I chose to "get out of Dodge" early (I think that's how the saying goes!).  I hadn't finished any of my swaps as I worked 4 of the previous 5 days, so I needed to pack up my stamp room as quickly as possible!  I'm known for taking the kitchen sink along with us on trips ... just in case!  This trip with 6 hours of sleep since Friday morning was no exception!!  Marilyn picked me up and we headed to a hotel across from the airport in Hartford.  We stamped in the dining area of the hotel and shared with anybody that would listen!  A captive audience for sure since there was a travel ban for almost 24 hours! 

The fun lasted until we found out that our flight was cancelled.  We rescheduled once we could find a flight that both of us could get on, in a timeframe that would get us to Orlando in time for the start of Leadership on Thursday!  (There was a 3rd member of our travel group, Angela, who couldn't get to Hartford when we did.  She helped us to find a flight that worked for all of us ... but it got snatched up before the Southwest Airlines attendant right before her eyes!)  Well, long story short, Marilyn's daughter was at Sacred Heart University, halfway to NYC, and she drove us into LaGuardia for a flight Wednesday morning.  What a champ Emily was!  She and her friend, Tiffany, drove the car back up to Hartford Saturday evening so we could get home at the end of our conference! 

The story stops there for us, except for Monday's snow which I discussed in yesterday's post.  Many demonstrators waited days and days to get home because of the Sunday/Monday storm that affected the Midwest and Northeast! 

Well ... they're now talking more snow for tomorrow.  We've had 4 snow-days since last Monday!  I wanted to make the snow fun, so I created another snowman card out of punches!


Don't you love him?!  I again used a series of punches, but the real charm lies in the background paper.  Do you recognize it?!  It's the new Irresistably Yours brand new Sale-a-bration paper! 

There are 6 different patterns in the DSP package, yours free if you place an order from the Annual Catalog or the Spring Occasions catalog of $50 or more.  I loved the star pattern, thinking it would look great as a background for my snowbuddy.  This paper is white-on-white, embossed, and it does a wonderful job of picking up the color of anything sponged on it, brayered, or in my case, daubed on with the sponge daubers.  I used 3 different colors of ink -- Soft Sky (barely noticeable), Blushing Bride (for a pink accent), and Marina Mist.  As you can see in the photo below, I made snowbanks or hills from a scrap of Whisper White c/s.  I then made sure that I held it in place while I added my ink color to the paper. 

The "snowballs" are again made of punches, 2 1/2", 1 3/4", and 1 3/8".  I used the Bird Builder punch to make the stick arms, and I cut a carrot nose from my Pumpkin Pie scraps.  The eye is a Basic Black candy dot.  Love them!!

I forgot to take a picture of it, but the inside of the card is stamped with the sentiment, "Do more of what makes you happy" -- I love this saying!  Stamping makes me happy, and sharing what I've stamped makes me VERY HAPPY! 

Leave me a comment and tell me what you've done with the Irresistably Yours paper!  I'd love to hear! 

Next time, I'm going to share my scrap paper organization with you!  Thanks for visiting!!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"Would You Like to Build a Snowman?!"

This has been a week for stories!!  First an adventure to get to Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference in Orlando through/around a blizzard, then more snow this week!! This is a picture of the front of our house from the road.  Note the icicles? My daughter, Lyndsey, noticed that they're only on one side of the street!  Interesting!!

We received about 15+ inches of snow this week, Monday to Tuesday, and digging out was not so fun!!  But, my husband, son, daughter and I all went out to find the end of the driveway in 11° temperatures and did our best!  Our reward?  Homemade hot chocolate and a movie, hence the title, "Would you like to build a snowman?"  Yep, we finally watched Frozen!  Loved the music and loved the theme!! Okay, let me share today's card with you:

This idea was case'd from Ronda Wade -- I actually made something similar to this for my Christmas cards.  I forgot to take a picture, but the inside sentiment is "Best. Day. Ever.", referring to the snowday that I got to spend at home with my kids on Monday!!  They couldn't drive anywhere because of the timing of the storm, so we (including my husband who chose to work out of the house) all spent the day inside, making the best of things!! 

To make your card, start by embossing the Soft Sky c/s with the Northern Flurry embossing folder (TIEF).  Once you've don that, use a variety of round and shaped punches -- start from the bottom with the largest Circle punch (1 3/4"), and overlap/gradually work your way up.  The hat is the 1" square punch.  Once you've punched the square out, you can add a brim by tilting your bird punch leaf stem just right.  My advice to you is to make yourself a template once you've got your snowman shaped the way you want him!  The buttons are the Basic Jewel Rhinestones -- attach the Soft Sky layer to a Whisper White card base and attach the rhinestones to the Whisper White base. 

That's it!  Come back tomorrow to enjoy another card that I created with punches!