Monday, June 29, 2009

Tall Tale Mojo Monday

Today's card features two sneak peeks from the soon-to-be released 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog: Tall Tales Designer Series paper, and the Animal Stories stamp set.

My color scheme simply follows the colors featured in the DSP: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, and Old Olive.

A fun tree print from Tall Tales serves as the main backdrop for the design- it was mounted onto a Chocolate Chip base. TIP: The two Chocolate Chip Jumbo brads were actually adhered first so that they wouldn't show through to the inside of the card.
A piece of Old Olive Textured CS was given a scallop border (using the punch), and matted with a slightly larger square of Chocolate Chip to give it a little more contrast to the DSP.

So Saffron Grosgrain (SAB Freebie) was wrapped around an Old Olive DSP print and attached next. TIP: when combining DSP be sure to balance large scale prints with smaller ones.

A Whisper White rectangle just seemed too plain to me. So I added a strip of So Saffron and a paper pierced border. The elephant, from Animal Stories, was inked up in Close to Cocoa and stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White before being snipped out and popped up on dimensionals.

Aren't the little Saffron elephants cute? They were actually snipped out from another Tall Tales print.

The sentiment, from Bitty Birthday, was inked up in Chocolate Chip and stamped onto Whisper White. A 1 1/4" circle punch was used to pop it out before it was matted onto a 1 3/8" circle of Old Olive and a So Saffron Scallop Circle.

I will be holding onto this card for my friends little boys' birthday this fall.

Don't forget!!! Beginning this Wednesday, July 1st, you can begin placing orders from the new catalog! Don't have yours yet? Email me!

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Stamp Sets: Animal Stories (available July 1), Bitty Birthday (114934)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Close to Cocoa (103139)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (102128), So Saffron (105118), Whisper White (100730), Old Olive Textured (108697), Close to Cocoa Textured (108697), Tall Tales DSP (available July 1)
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Crafter's Toolkit (104310), So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon (SAB Freebie), 5/8" Jumbo Brads (112533), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Extreme Challenge Combinations

Okay, well maybe not extreme. But this card does meet 3 challenges this week. Here are the challenges I used:
  • WT224 from Splitcoast to use Bold Brights
  • Use stars from Our Creative Corner
  • Follow the sketch below from Card Positioning Systems.

I admit that this card is not exactly the "norm" for me. It was one of the cards that just kept evolving and this is what I came up with! There are elements I love and others that I am not so sure about. But you never know until you try, right?

The color scheme for this card is Crushed Curry (new In Color available July 1), Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, and a tiny amount of Close to Cocoa.

The card follows an upside down version of the sketch. I used my Sizzix Originals Die and my Big Shot to cut out 2 Crushed Curry stars that were layered to mimic the look of a sun. In all honesty, if I had a smaller die I would have used it, but I had to work with what I had! A chipboard circle (OnBoard Essentials) was covered in Pink Passion, and layered next.
The sun image, from Just Beachy (Occasions Mini), was inked up in Summer Sun and stamped onto Whisper White before being punched out with a 1 3/8" circle punch. This was layered onto a slightly larger circle of Tempting Turquoise (cut using Circle Scissors Plus). A yellow rhinestone brad was attached to the center before being popped up onto the pink chipboard with dimensionals.

A 1"x4.25" rectangle of Pink Passion was given a little paper pierced border using the crafters toolkit and attached to the card. Next the "sun" was added. TIP: Because this piece was so big, I attached it with parts of it going off of the rest of the card. I like the look of elements extending past the card.

The sentiment "Summer" is actually an epoxy sticker from EK Success. I layered it onto Pink Passion and made loops of Crushed Curry polka dot grosgrain off of the sides.

My favorite part of the card would have to be the striped piece at the bottom with the little fish! The strip might look like DSP but I actually made it using a piece of Close to Cocoa and small strips of Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, and Crushed Curry. TIP: I used a small XYRON Create-a-sticker to get adhesive on all the smaller pieces. It might sound a little time intensive, but it was really quick and easy.

The fish, also from Just Beachy, were all stamped onto Whisper White, snipped out and popped up on more dimensionals.

I just received my shipment of the new 2009-2010 catalogs today! Want one? Email me!

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Stamps: Just Beachy (113796)
Ink: Summer Sun (100537), Pacific Point (111837), Kiwi Kiss (111835), Pixie Pink (105212)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Tempting Turquoise (100814), Pink Passion (102762), Crushed Curry (available July 1), Close to Cocoa (101341)
Accessories: Star Originals Die, Big Shot (113439), Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads (109110), Crafters toolkit (104310), Crushed Curry Polka dot grosgrain ribbon (available July 1), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), 1 3.8" Circle Punch (104401), Onboard Essentials (112085)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's Good To Dream

Today's card showcases 2 sneak peek sets! The images that I think take center stage are from Circle Circus (no pun intended!). This set seems so perfect for scrapbooks, but I think they work great for a card, too.

The layout for this card is from SC234 (below). I also was inspired by this photo taken from Sugarbaby Cupcake Boutique in Houston, TX. I love the color combination and the scroll details.

This Basic Black card base frames out a Regal Rose pattern from Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper II (hostess freebie).

To create what I think of as "tin ceiling tiles", I used some Metal Sheets (Making Memories) and my Big Shot. I ran them through with the Damask pattern from the SU Backgrounds Texturz Plates. The photo doesn't really do these justice! They came out so crisp- completely reminiscent of the ceiling tiles! TIP: I did try this with aluminum foil and found that it was just too thin. The texture kept going through the foil. Perhaps several sheets at one time would work, though?

I stamped the circle images, from Circle Circus, using Black StazOn several times onto Regal Rose, Certainly Celery and Whisper White. I snipped these out and paper pieced them together. Circles created using my Circle Scissor Plus serve as a backdrop for the main image.

To dress up the upper right corner of my Whisper White backdrop, I took out my crafters toolkit and hole template. TIP: As of June 30th, the crafters toolkit will be retired. However, starting July 1st, Stampin' Up will begin offering just the Paper Piercing tool and the mat pack can be purchased separately.

Two frames from the Matchbox Bigz XL die were popped out in Basic Black and Whisper White using my Big Shot. The sentiment, from Razzle Dazzle (to be released July 1), was inked up in Regal Rose and stamped using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement. The piece was then adhered to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The finishing touch? A large Filigree brad attached to the top of the frame. I actually attached this to the frame using glue dots since a good portion of it goes off of the pieces.

I hope you are enjoying these little sneak peeks of some new 2009-2010 product! Don't forget to reserve your copy of the new Idea Book and Catalog (available July 1)!

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Stamp Set: Razzle Dazzle, Circle Circus (both available July 1)

Inks: Black StazOn (101406), Regal Rose (105211)

Designer Series Paper: Hostess Patterns Pack II (Regal Rose) (114325)

Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (102851), Regal Rose (105130), Certainly Celery (105125)

Tools: Big Shot (113439), SU Backgrounds Texturz Plates (114512), Metal Sheet (Making Memories), Filigree Brads (112577), Matchbox Die (frames) (114890), Crafter's Toolkit (104310), Circle Scissors Plus (112530), Glass Cutting Mat (112531), SU Dimensionals (104430)

Simple and Sparkly

Most of my regular readers know that I love anything that sparkles... so when I saw this set, Crazy for Cupcakes, I knew I had to glitter it up!

This very simple layout allowed for the sparkly cupcakes to take center stage.

I started out with a completely In Color scheme: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry. I also used a pattern from Razzleberry Lemonade DSP.

The Scallop Oval Frame Sizzix die and my Big Shot created the Whisper White oval and Bermuda Bay frame. TIP: Little white dots were created using a Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen for an added touch of whimsy.

Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig and Black StazOn ink, I stamped the cupcake image onto the white oval. Next I colored in the cherries, cupcake holders, and tray with a 2-way glue pen and applied Fine Cosmo Glitter. TIP: it is best to separate out the colors you will be using by gluing and glittering one color at a time.

A DecoArt SnowWriter ( was used for the fluffy white frosting. This did take about an hour to fully dry.

I didn't want the glitter to be touched and subsequently get on everything. So I created a window with my frame. I simply attached the Bermuda frame to a slightly larger window sheet and trimmed it out. This was attached over the cupcakes using dimensionals.

A cute little knot of Crush Curry Polka Dotted grosgrain ribbon was attached on the lower side of the frame. Confession: I actually applied the frame a little crooked and it exposed too much from the underside, so the ribbon was a quick fix to hide the imperfection!

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Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes (111618)
Ink: Black StazOn (101406)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Bermuda Bay (avail. July 1), Melon Mambo (avail. July 1), Crushed Curry (avail. July 1)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Scallop Oval Frame Die (114521), Signo Gel Pen (105021), Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Window Sheet (144323), White brads (non SU), 2-Way glue pen (100425), Fine Cosmo glitter (108796), DecoArt Snow Writer, SU Dimensionals (104430), Crushed Curry Polka dot Grosgrain ribbon (avail. July 1)

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Classy & Fabulous Mojo Monday

Today's Mojo Monday card (see sketch below) features a couple sneak peek items- the new In Color Melon Mambo, and Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series paper.

I have had this set, Classy & Fabulous, for quite some time and finally got the chance to ink it up. This set is not featured in the new 2009-2010 Idea book and Catalog, but I am fairly certain that it will be on the dormant list since it was not a Last Chance item. Don't forget that there is only 8 days left to get any Last Chance items. When they are gone, they're gone!

My card started out with a Melon Mambo base (available July 1), scored at the top. A strip of Pretty in Pink textured card stock was adhered to the top third of the card, while the bottom was covered in a Melon Mambo grid pattern from Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (also available July1). The sentiment, from Classy & Fabulous, was inked up in Black StazOn and stamped directly onto the DSP. TIP: For perfect alignment, use a Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Another sneak peak item: Melon Mambo Polka dot Grosgrain ribbon. A piece was wrapped around a 1" strip of Basic Black textured card stock and used to hide the seam where the two papers meet.

This Classy gal was inked in Black StazOn and stamped onto Whisper White. The image was then water colored using blender pens and ink pads in Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Blush Blossom, and Sahara Sand. TIP: To water color with blender pens and ink pads just squeeze a closed ink pad then open it up to reveal a pool of ink that you can dip the blender pen into.

The image was matted in Pretty in Pink and a scalloped rectangle of Basic Black textured card stock. TIP: I used my scallop edge punch on all four sides of the rectangle. I admit it is pretty tricky at the corners. The best way I have found to get it to line up is to flip the punch upside down to start with. Line up the paper so that the edge is in the middle of one of the scallops. When doing the next side, line up the last scallop with the next one you will be punching.

Lastly, I stamped the shopping bag image onto Whisper White and water colored it in. Next I snipped it out and adhered it to a circle of Whisper White (punched with the 1 3/8" circle punch) with a dimensional. It was then layered onto a scalloped circle of Basic Black (using the punch).

Items to remember:

Have you reserved your copy of the new Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog? It will be released on July 1st, and I would be happy to send one to you via priority shipping for just $8 (you do not pay extra for the shipping). Email me to reserve your copy.

The Country Living Cookout Kit is now available for purchase. I purchased this kit for our annual July 4th BBQ (stay tuned for a post on this), and I have to say it is adorable! For details, click here.

There are 8 days left to take advantage of the Summer Fun Hostess Bonus.

Promotion Details:

The Summer Fun Hostess Bonus Promotion has two parts:

  • Hostesses who hold a $250-$399.99 workshop will receive an additional $20 in hostess free merchandise dollars.
  • Hostesses who hold a $400 or more workshop will receive an additional $40 in hostess free merchandise dollars.
Contact me to take advantage of this special before time runs out!

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Stamp set: Classy & Fabulous (113226)
Ink: Melon Mambo (avail. July 1), Black StazOn, Basic Black (101179), Pretty in Pink (101301), Basic Gray (109120), Sahara Sand (105208), Blush Blossom (102609)
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (avail. July 1), Melon Mambo (avail. July 1), Basic Black Textured (108693), Pretty in Pink Textured (108695), Whisper White (100730)
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch (112091), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), 1/2" Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy Birthday to you... and many mower!

At first I wasn't so sure about the set "And Many Mower" which is featured in the Occasions Mini-catalog. But the more I use it, the more I am loving it! It is so perfect for making cards and scrapbook pages for the guys in your life.

I used the set a few days ago for a Father's Day card, and now I am using it for my husband's upcoming birthday. This time I used the lawn mower and coordinating sentiment.

The card layout was inspired by the Splitcoast sketch 233 (below). The card stock used for the base is another brand-new In Color Dusty Durango (available July 1). The bottom corners were clipped using a corner rounder punch (the back corners, too!)

Chocolate Chip was used to matte the background patterns. The first pattern is from Patterns Pack Designers Series Paper II (hostess level 1, retiring June 30th). I used the Brocade Blue dots from the package. The second pattern is a piece of Ballet Blue that went through my Big Shot in a Cuttlebug embossing folder. TIP: Choosing Ballet Blue was actually an oversight. Had I realized sooner that the patterned paper was actually Brocade I would have gone with that one. It just goes to show you that things don't have to be matchy-matchy to still look good!

The mower and sentiment were inked up in Basic Black and stamped onto Whisper White. It was then filled in using blender pens and open ink pads in Dusty Durango, Basic Gray, and Creamy Caramel. To create a shadow effect, I created small lines around the bottom and 1 side of the mower using a blender pen and a Sahara Sand pad. The mower was then attached to Chocolate Chip using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Hemp Twine was wrapped around the piece twice and tied in a knot on the front. The bottom right corner was given some attention with two Build-a-brads. TIP: To assemble the brad, I popped out 2 circles of the pattern paper with a 1/2" circle punch. I then attached these to the base of the brad with a couple mini glue dots and adhered the epoxy sticker on top. I didn't want the brad to show through to the inside of the card, so I actually cut off the prongs with my craft and rubber scissors and attached them both to the card with more glue dots.

The inside (not pictured) says "and many mower!" Cute, huh?

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Stamps: And Many Mower (113724)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Dusty Durango (available July 1), Sahara Sand (105208), Basic Gray (109120), Creamy Caramel (103220)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Dusty Durango (available July 1), Chocolate Chip (102128), Patterns Pack II (hostess level 1), Ballet Blue (100613)
Accessories: Build-a-brad (109128), Hemp Twine (100982), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Cuttlebug embossing folder, Big Shot (113439), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Blender Pens (102845), 1/2" Circle Punch (104390), Corner Rounder Punch (109047)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Old favorite gets an update!

This card might look familiar to some of my readers. Remember this post? Well my mom needed a card to give out and that design happened to be one of her favorites so I re-did it using some new products and colors.

Here are some of the changes I made:
Instead of using Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze for a color scheme, I went with Pumpkin Pie and one of the soon-to-be release In Colors-Melon Mambo. Very summery!

The background paper used in this card is from the new Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series. I used some of the 'less busy' prints so that they wouldn't take away from my main image.

For accessories, I used Fire Circle Rhinestone brads- in orange (a very close match to the Pumpkin Pie), and the new Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon. TIP: I opted for using the solid side of the ribbon by facing the polka dots in and tying a simple knot which was glued down so they couldn't be exposed :).

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Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral (113734), Sincere Salutations (115068)
Ink: Melon Mambo (available July 1), Pumpkin Pie (105216)
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (available July 1), Melon Mambo (available July 1), Pumpkin Pie Textured (108697), Shimmery White (101910)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die (114517), Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads (109110), Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon (available July 1), Crafters Toolkit (104310), Blender Pens (102845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Ticket Corner Punch (107214)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One Card That Meets Two Challenges

Aren't these new stamps gorgeous? They are from Wings of Friendship, a hostess set that will be featured in the new 09-10 Idea Book and Catalog (to be officially release July 1st- be sure to reserve your copy).

You may have also noticed that this card also features a brand new In Color- Rich Razzleberry- in both card stock and polka-dotted grosgrain ribbon. I am so happy that Stampin' Up went with a purple shade for one of the colors this year!

On to the card:
This card layout was derived from the Card Positioning Systems sketch 120 (below). It also meets the challenge from Our Creative Corner to use a border punch.

This Old Olive Textured base does not have typical dimensions (8"x 4.5") and will more than likely require me to hand-make an envelope, but I love how it turned out! The base is mostly covered in a slightly smaller rectangle of Rich Razzleberry. A strip of Regal Rose took a trip in my Big Shot with the large dot SU Background Texturz plate and was adhered on the lower half of the card.

Two strips of Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry were both punched with the Scallop Border punch. I adhered them together with the scallops facing outward from each other. A piece of Polka-dotted Razzleberry Grosgrain ribbon hides the seam.

Aren't these Jumbo Grommets cool? I used a Very Vanilla one (the package comes with Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Silver, and Whisper White) over the ribbon. I admit that it was a bit tricky to push through, but with the help of my paper piercing tool, I was able to push the prongs through the ribbon and card stock layers. TIP: A bone folder works perfectly for pushing the prongs back (similar to a brad). I tied a small knot out of another piece of the polka-dotted ribbon and adhered it in the center with a glue dot.

The main bird/stem/flower image was stamped three times onto Very Vanilla: Once in Old Olive (this was the main piece that I built off of), once in Rich Razzleberry, and once in Regal Rose. I snipped out the Regal Rose bird, and the Rich Razzleberry flowers and adhered them the Old Olive stem using Stampin' Dimensionals. The corners were all clipped with the corner rounder punch and the piece was matted first onto Rich Razzleberry and then onto Old Olive (where the corner rounder punch was also used).

The sentiment is also from Wings of Friendship. It was inked up in Rich Razzleberry and stamped onto Very Vanilla where it was then popped up onto dimensionals and placed on an Old Olive matte. A tiny piece of more ribbon made a small loop on the right side.

Hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak of some new products!

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Stamp Set: Wings of Friendship (hostess set available July 1st)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry (available July 1st), Old Olive (102277), Regal Rose (105211)
Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive Textured (108697), Rich Razzleberry (available July 1st), Regal Rose (105130)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), SU Backgrounds I Texturz Plates (114512) , Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (available July 1st), Corner rounder punch (109047), Jumbo Grommets (114348), Stampin Dimensionals (104430), Scallop Border punch (112091), Glue Dots (103683)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! It is Monday which means it is time for the Mojo Sketch (below). Since this upcoming Sunday is Father's Day (don't forget that special dad in your life!), I decided to use the sketch for the card my son and I will give to my hubby.

My card base uses one of the new In Colors - Soft Suede (available July 1st). Pieces of Bashful Blue and Garden Green textured card stock were added next with a piece of Pumpkin Pie covering the seam. To dress up the Pumpkin Pie, I used a paper piercing tool and the SU mat pack to create tiny holes.

The set "And Many Mower" is so perfect for Father's Day. Especially for my husband who has recently taken up golfing. The main image was inked in Basic Black and stamped onto Whisper White. It was then water colored using ink pads in Garden Green, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand, and one of the New In Colors, Soft Suede. TIP: Squeeze a closed ink pad, then open to reveal the pool of ink in the lid. You can now pick up the ink using a blender pen for a soft look.

All four corners were clipped using a ticket corner punch, and it was matted onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie. Each corner was dressed up with a black mini brad, and finally the piece was adhered to another matte of Soft Suede using Stampin' Dimensionals.

A rectangle of textured Whisper White took a trip through my Big Shot with the dot pattern Background I Texturz plate. I used the reverse side to mimick the texture of a golf ball :).

The sentiment is also from And Many Mower. I popped it out using the brand new Modern Label punch (available July 1st). It was adhered using a couple SU dimensionals. Two white 5/16" Jumbo Brads dress up the bottom corner.

For the inside of the card, I used another piece of Whisper White that had been "texturized" with my Big Shot, and I popped it out using the 1 3/8" circle punch. I created a little "tee" with some Soft Suede and adhered it to some more Bashful Blue textured paper, with a little Garden Green for grass :).

Important Info:
The Last Chance Lists are updated daily to reflect any products that are no longer available. To view the most recent list CLICK HERE.

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Stamp Set: And Many Mower (113724)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Soft Suede (available July 1st), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Bashful Blue (105209), Garden Green (102272), Sahara Sand (105208)
Paper: Garden Green Textured (108697), Bashful Blue Textured (108695), Whisper White (100730), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Soft Suede (available July 1st)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), SU Backgrounds Texturz Plates (114512), Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Crafter's Toolkit (104310), Modern Label punch (available July 1st), Blender Pens (102845), 1 3/8" circle punch (104401), 5/16" Jumbo Brads (112533), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Halloween... in June???

Confession. My son is almost 2 years old, and I have not even completed his 1st year scrapbook! In fact, I am only on month 2! Yikes!!! In my defense, I did have a lot of pictures to scrap from just the first month (a whole book!). Confession #2: I do not have a lot of scrapbook experience. I am an avid card-maker, but I have done very little scrapbooking, so go easy on me!

Since I have a TON of retiring designer series paper, I thought what a better way to use it than in his book? I used some prints from Good Morning Sunshine on this page to mark his first Halloween. More or less, it just reminds me of Fall.

The page starts with a 12x12" Chocolate Chip Textured base. Two strips of DSP were added on the lower portion. A non-SU ribbon (very close to Kiwi Kiss) was used to hide the seam.

My owl and branch are from On Board So Tweet, which are covered in more Good Morning Sunshine DSP. TIP: to get into all those little crevices, I used a hobby blade and cutting mat. I also used an SU sanding block to smooth out all the edges.

Two pewter build-a-brads were used for eyes. I simply used my 1/2" circle punch to pop out circles of dotted DSP and attached them to the base with a glue dot before adhering the epoxy sticker. I used my 1/2" circle punch again to pop out Tangerine Tango circles for some added interest.

The lettering was actually printed out onto Tangerine Tango and Old Olive using MS Word. I snipped out the larger letters using a hobby blade and paper snips. TIP: Make sure to use a hobby blade to cut out the centers of letters before cutting them out with the paper snips.

Bright Delight rub-ons were used next to the title and in the lower right of the card. I love the way they look against the dark Chocolate Chip.

Using my Circle Scissors Plus and glass cutting mat, I cut out my photos and also slightly larger circles of Tangerine Tango for mats. I added a Chocolate Chip stem, leaves and vines to mimick the look of pumpkins. The leaves were created using the 5 Petal Flower punch and Old Olive. The vines were made using my Big Shot and Swirls Scribbles sizzlet.

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Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: 12x12" Earth Elements Textured Card Stock (108697), Good Morning Sunshine DSP (113966), Tangerine Tango (111349), Old Olive (100702)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Swirls Scribbles Sizzlet (113441), On Board So Tweet (113893), Bright Delights (113887), 1/2" Circle Punch (104390), Pewter Build-a-brad (109128), Paper Snips (103579), Hobby Blade (102449), Sanding Block (103301), Circle Scissors Plus (112530), Glass Cutting Mat (112531), 5 Petal Flower Punch (109041)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My Mission: Use Last Chance Products!

That's right. Some of my favorite SU products are on the Last Chance list (formerly called 'retired'). Included on the list is anything using one of the In Colors: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, and Pacific Point. I still have a ton of the last chance DSP and some accessories that I need to use up so I plan to use those items as much as possible in the next month.

For a complete list of Last Chance products CLICK HERE. Note that some of the accessories are being sold at a discount! Remember that when they are gone, they're gone!

Onto today's card:
I still had a lot of the SOHO Designer Hardware so I used three pieces on this card. Note that this hardware is 50% off on the Last Chance list! There are easy instructions printed on the back of the package on how to attach these using a Crop-a-dile. All three were attached in a row onto a piece of Baja Breeze, and then layered onto a piece of Urban Oasis DSP. The sentiment, from Fifth Avenue Floral, was inked in Black StazOn and stamped onto the lower left of the piece. This was then attached to a card base of Riding Hood Red.

The two flower images, from Fifth Avenue Floral, were inked up in Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss and stamped onto Whisper White. Both flowers were cut out using paper snips and attached using dimensionals. The Little Leaves sizzlet and my Big Shot were used to die cut the leaves out of Urban Oasis DSP. Using some Snail, these were adhered to the card.

One of the perks of being a demonstrator was that I was able to view and order a selection of Sneak Peek items from the new catalog! I am SO excited to share all of them with you and I cannot wait until my order arrives! Here are the names of the new In Colors: Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, and Dusty Durango. They are beautiful! Not only was I able to view and order these products, I purchased them at a discount! Want to learn more on how you can enjoy these benefits? CLICK HERE!

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Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral (113734)
Ink: Kiwi Kiss (111835), Baja Breeze (111833), Black StazOn (101406)
Paper: Urban Oasis Designer Series (113978), Riding Hood Red (111348), Baja Breeze (111352), Whisper White (100730)
Accessories: Soho Designer Hardware (114350), Crop-a-dile (108362), Big Shot (113439), Little Leaves (114511), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579)