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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Craft Project Central Pick Your Project Promotion!

Hey all, have you been drooling over some of the project at Craft Project Central but they have been scattered through different months and you didn't want to buy all of those month at once?  Now through July 31st, you can PICK YOUR PROJECTS!  That's right!  Mix and match any classes from any of the last 12 months for only $2 each (minimum of 10 and no maximum).  You can cherry pick all your favorite classes!

To take advantage of this promotion, please click on the link below.  Details of how to place your order and the downloadable order form is there.

Following are the classes I designed over the last 12 months.  Now you can get all of them in one single order!  Don't delay, CPC doesn't offer this promotion often, so this could be the last chance you have to get some of the classes that will be leaving the site over the next few months!  This would be a great time to get some of those bonus projects to!

(click on pictures to enlarge)
July 2012
Storybook Friends Cards & Candy Box

June 2012
Bounty of Bumblebees

May 2012
Twitterpated Ornate Top Box & Card 

April 2012
Twitterpated Card Set & Tote

February 2012
Dancing Leprechaun & His Pot o' Gold

January 2012
Crocodile Valentine Box & Card

January 2012
Origami Valentine Box & Card

December 2011
Gingerbread Treat Box & Card

November 2011
Scallop Octagon Box & Card

October 2011
Portfolio Candy Box & Scarecrow Card (punch art)

September 2011
Pentagon Roll Up Compartment Box & Card

August 2011
Four Section Treat Box & Card

Please keep in mind that because some of these projects used products featured in last year's Stampin' Up! catalog, some of the products used for these projects are retired.  However, the designs can be adapted for different paper and stamps and look just as great!

Friday, July 27, 2012


WOWEE!!!  Peachy Keen just went live with a super fantastic sale!  You have to get over there and check it out!  If you have been thinking about getting some face assortment stamp sets, now is the time to do it!  Do you want to get some sets but not sure what to buy?  Check out my list of favorite face assortment sets below. 


My recommended face assortment sets:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Showcase Card Technique

Today I have the feature over at My Creative Time and I'm going to show you how to create a Showcase Card.  I used the awesome Fly Me Away collection.  There is an image set, sentiment set and die set.  You may recall the circus tent with baby elephant card I made a couple weeks ago HERE.  At that time I said I would try and come up with the tutorial once I perfected the technique.  Here is my first version of the technique.  Down the road, I'll share an A2 size card which may be a little tricky given the smaller size.  This finished card when folded flat is 6" x 6" in size.  You will notice that the front frame is smaller than the back on the easel.  I did this so that when it's folded flat, it's exactly 6x6.  If you want to make the front frame the same size as the back, you can.  Just note that when it folds flat, it will be larger than 6x6.  Of course, if you don't plan on putting it in an envelope, it doesn't matter!  Please download the step by step tutorial in pdf format.  The link is below the picture.  

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Seamless Tier Technique

I'm always on the lookout for cool and interesting techniques.  Yesterday, while I was surfing the Pinterest boards for inspiration, I came across this awesome technique called a Seamless Tier Card.  There is a tutorial by  Julia Stainton HERE.  I loved the look of the black and white with a little pop of color.  I used the pretty Elegant Flowers and a greeting from the Little Phrases II  stamp sets.  Both sets are from Inspired by Stamping who incidentally have a sale going on right now HERE.

Following are the dimensions of the layers I used:
5-1/2" x 8-12" Basic Black, folded in half for card base
5-3/8" x 4-1/8" Shimmery White
4-1/2" x 3-1/4" Basic Black
4-3/8" x 3-1/8" Shimmery White
3-1/2" x 2-1/4" Basic Black
3-3/8" x 2-1/8" Shimmery White

Extra flower is stamped with black onto Shimmery White card stock then I used a sponge dauber to apply a base of Pink Pirouette ink and then added shading with Riding Hood Red ink.  I cut out the flower and attached with dimensionals.  The greeting is punched out with the Word Window punch and glued to flower. The ribbon is a retired Stampin' Up! taffetta ribbon in Riding Hood Red.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Storybook Friends Card & Candy Box

This is my project for July over at Craft Project Central.  The box shown holds 4 to 5 A2 size cards and envelopes and has a separate compartment at the bottom for 6 Hershey nuggets.  Four different card designs are also included in the class.  I also included cutting dimensions for Notecards with 5 nuggets and 3x3 cards with 3 nuggets.  You get 3 designs in one!

To get this tutorial and 9 others for only $10, head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to July.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Doily Birthday

The new Inspired by Stamping stamps are available now to purchase.  Free shipping on orders today.  Coupon code is freeshipping.  15% off all 6x8 sentiment sets and a special bundle deal on all new releases for this month!

Today I'm using the new Delicate Doilies II and Heartfelt Greetings sets.  Check out these images:

These sets go perfectly together!  I created a layered doily by stamping and embossing 5 of the same doily on 3 different color papers.  I used an iridescent ice embossing powder so it looks shimmery.  These are the layers cut apart for layering:

Layer all of the pieces with dimensionals to define the layers.  Add a jewel or pearl at the center for some extra bling.  The sage colored background was stamped with one of the smaller doilies from the set.  Ink up and stamp continually until the image is stamped off.  This creates a multilayered background.  The papers I used are from a First Edition Paper 6x6 pad called Summer Breeze.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Peachy Keen 3-D Challenge

This week's Peachy Keen challenge was to create a gift bag.  All I noticed was the 3-D tag on our assignment and completely missed the gift bag part.  So, IMAGINE this as a gift bag. LOL

I wanted to try something a little different so I modified an easel card to create this three dimensional circus tent and then I had the elephant coming out of the tent on a separate prop.  Sorry I can't show you how to create this since I was completely flying by the seat of my pants and throwing paper at this thing until it stuck!  If I were to redo this card, there would be a lot of things I would change about the props in the back.  Perhaps a new technique for the future....

I handmade the tent with a few cuts and folds of designer paper.  The elephant is a Peachy Keen Cottage Cutz die called Happy Go Lucky Elephant.  Isn't he the cutest?  The die set comes with 2 sets of eyes to add character.  I cut out 2 elephants and layered them.  This way, I could pop out the ears and trunk without the back showing through.  Sponge the edges with gray ink and sponge the ears, cheeks and feet with regal rose ink.  The pink on the toenails is pink pirouette card stock.

Want to get this die at a discount?  Check out the Friday the 13th sale over at Peachy Keen.  ONE DAY ONLY. 13% Off Storewide and a FREE stamp with all orders of $13 or more.  Details HERE.

Here is a side shot

Want to win some Peachy Keen Stamps?  Head over to the challenge site HERE and enter your own gift bag creation.  Submissions must be new and linked to the site by 7/18 (11:59 PM).

Inspired by Stamping Challenge

Today's challenge at Inspired by Stamping is based on a picture inspiration:

Recently a good friend of mine lost her husband.  I wanted to make a special sympathy card and this picture inspired me to create the following:

I used the 3-D layered flower technique to create this pretty glittered flower.  The flower is from an IBS set called Elegant Flowers.  The greeting is from a new set called Heartfelt Greetings.  I used some retired Stampin' Up! designer series papers.  For the flower, I stamped 3 flowers on a light pink patterned paper and one flower on a yellow patterned paper.  I cut out the pink flowers, cutting away different petals on each layer and then sponged the edges with regal rose ink and layered with dimensionals.  The center piece was cut out and sponged with more mustard ink.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Inspired by Stamping Sneak Peek

The newest Inspired by Stamping stamps come out on Thursday and today is the first sneak peek of the sets.  For my projects, I used the Tea Party 6x8 set and the Yummy Food Labels 6x8 set.

First, this box was created using the cool technique called a Slider Box.  The tutorial can be found on Splitcoast Stampers HERE. When you pull the drawer open, a message slides out on the other end (as shown in the first picture).

view from top of box when drawer is open (I put tea bags in drawer)

Slider Box Closed

Side View of Closed Box

For the top of box, I stamped the gourmet label with not quite navy ink onto coordinating designer paper then I cut out (removing outer oval on frame).  I stamped another label with pear pizzazz ink onto pear designer paper and then cut out entire label.  Layer the 2 pieces with dimensionals.  Cup was stamped, cut out and attached with dimensional (jewel brad in center).  For the top and bottom of box, I used the Nestabilities Label #8 die.

For this next card, I wanted to use this same pretty sparkly paper (from DCWV).  The ribbon is silk seam binding from Stampin' Up.  It looks so much prettier in person with all of the sparkly paper!

For my last card, I combined a greeting from each stamp set to make my own special greeting.  The cupcake is a builder punch from Stampin' Up!. I inked up part of the "You're my cup of tea" stamp from the Tea Party set and stamped that first.  Then I stamped the "Sugar" from the Yummy Food Labels set.  This paper was all glittery as well.  Too bad you can't tell from the pictures.  I guess I was on a pink and blue kick this week!

Some of the other design team members have great projects to share as well.  Check it out!

Would you like a chance to win one of the new sets?  Joanna will be drawing a winner from sneak peek comments on Wednesday and Thursday.  All comments on all design team blogs will be entered.  So, if you take the time to leave a comment on each design team member's posts, you will be entered multiple times!  What a great incentive to get out there and see all of the other wonderful creations by the design team!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Punch Inspiration 7/9/12

In case you missed it, my 50% off all orders over $10 will end tonight at midnight.  To take advantage of the sale, enter the coupon code SAVE50 at checkout.  If you have been thinking about buying some punch art classes, now would be the best time to do so.

Build a Blossom Sunflower

Christmas in July

Create a Cupcake

Punch Art Cake

Christmas Poinsettia

Stacked Wishes

3-D Projects:
Teacup & Notecard Box

Jungle Mobile

Shower Favors

Friday, July 6, 2012

Peachy Keen July Stamp Release

This month's new release of stamps at Peachy Keen Stamps are stellar!  Check out these awesome stamp sets and the Peachy Picks paper kit.  I created this card for the new release party challenge over at the PKS Connection.  I used the new PK-124 Thank You Dolls.  Isn't this the cutest set?  The card stock, designer papers and ribbon are all from the July Peachy Picks Paper Kit.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


For those that don't know, my regular readers will tell you that I don't have a sale very often.  I have never had a sale this big!  From now until midnight on Monday, you will get 50% OFF your entire order of at least $10!

To take advantage of the sale, simply add at least $10 worth of classes to the cart and enter the coupon code SAVE50 when checking out.

If you have been thinking about buying some classes, now is the time to do it!  I rarely have sales and never a sale this big!  Happy shopping!

Punch Inspiration 7/5/12

Sorry for the delay in my drawing for the Craft Project Central June edition.  Congratulations to Diane Shusheski who had this to say:

Diane, please email me to claim your Craft Project Central prize!

If you didn't catch it yesterday, this week's technique of the week over at Splitcoast Stampers is my Pedestal Pop Up card.  To see the written tutorial with video, head over HERE.  

3-D Projects:

Mustache Man Punch Art

It seems that mustaches are all the rage lately, so I was excited to see the newest stamp set and die combo from My Creative Time.  The set is called What's Growing On?  It features a collection of fun greetings to go along with a coordinating die of different mustaches and a pair of glasses.

I instantly knew I wanted to create a fun punch art face.  I was elated to see that the glasses fit the 2-1/2" Circle perfectly!

To make the man, here are the pieces you need to punch out:
2-1/2" Circle from Pink Pirouette (head)
2 Wings from Bird Builder in Pink Pirouette (ears)
Small Oval in Pink Pirouette (nose)
(2) 3/4" Circles in white (eyes)
(2) 1/2" Circles in Baja Breeze (eyes)
(2) 3/8" Circles in black (from Itty Bitty Shapes) (eyes)

Die cut 2 mustaches from chocolate chip card stock.  Die cut glasses from black card stock.  Round out points on bird wings for ears.  Sponge edges of all pink pirouette pieces with Blushing Bride ink.  Sponge edges of blue eye pieces with Island Indigo ink.  Layer eye pieces and add highlights with unibal white gel pen. Add highlight to nose.

Glue glasses onto face.  Glue eyes into glasses.  Attach nose with dimensional.  Glue ears onto back of head. Glue mustache onto face, slipping under nose. Attach hair to head with dimensionals.  Draw line for mouth under mustache.

Head is attached to card using an Action Wobble Spring.  To see how these move, check out my blog post HERE.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Pedestal Pop Up Technique

You may have recalled me sharing a technique last year called the Pedestal Pop Up.  I originally created it for a CPC class HERE.  This time around, I wrote the tutorial for Splitcoast Stampers.  Check out my written tutorial HERE.  The butterflies and greeting are from the Inspired by Stamping set called Butterfly Wings.  The flower was created using a Nestability die with some Stampin' Up! punches.  The video tutorial is embedded below.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tractor Time

I saw this new Peachy Keen stamp set and knew instantly who I was going to make a card for!  My stepdad is a John Deere man and I thought I'd make a "cute" John Deere.  I hope he doesn't think it's "too cute"!

If you come back on Thursday, you'll get to see all of the images in the PK-122 Funny Farm set.  Until then, here is the sneak peek:

I call this style card a Modified Tri-Shutter.  I originally shared this technique HERE.  All of the designer papers and embellishments are from the July Peachy Picks paper kit from Peachy Keen.  I love paper piecing, but boy, is it time consuming!  I think it took me a good 2 1/2 hours to make this card!  

Monday, July 2, 2012

Slider Kids

happy happy joy joy!  It's time for more Peachy Keen Stamps to come out!  This month is a real doozy!  Not only is the Stamp of the Month set a real beauty, but the other add-on sets are fantastic and the Peachy Picks Kit is perfect!

Today, I'm going to show you this little slider card I made with the July Stamp of the Month set.  I also used papers from the Peachy Picks kit.  I can't show you the goodies until Thursday when they officially come out, but  if you come back here, you'll get to see all of the images.  They are truly wonderful!  Be sure to head over to the PKS Blog to see all of the other fantastic projects by the design team HERE.

For the slider card, when the slider is pushed down, the little kids are hiding behind the fence.  When you pull  the tab up, their heads pop up.  This technique is detailed on Splitcoaststampers HERE.  I modified it so that instead of a message popping up in the front, the kids pop up instead.  It's so super easy, give it a try!

Peachy Keen July 2012 Stamp of the Month set
Peachy Picks paper kit
Woodgrain embossing folder (for fence)
Pink pirouette, so saffron, chocolate chip, shimmery white card stocks
Bashful Blue, Blushing Bride, More Mustard, Regal Rose, Black ink pads
Unibal white gel pen (for eyes)
1/2" Circle (for hands)


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