Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June Club Scrapbook Layout

Hello Stamping Friends!  I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather outside.  I have a stamping technique and scrapbook club coming up this Sunday and this is the Scrapbook Layout that we will be making.  The stamp set might look a little new to you - that is because it is!!!!  This is the Betsy's Blossom stamp set that is in the new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalogue.  I love the fresh new images that this catalogue has to offer.  You will be amazed when you get your hands on it, if you don't have a copy yet.

While I was looking on my computer for pictures, I noticed that I had lots of pictures that were taken outside of our yard and most of them had pictures of birds in them.  That is where the inspiration of this scarpbook theme came from.  The kids and I absolutely love feeding the birds and "Cyril the Squirrel".  We have so many great memories watching the wildlife that comes to visit us on a daily basis.  Some of these pictures date back as far as 2007.

If you love scrapbooking and need a good excuse to get some done, then you should join my scrapbook club next year.  We all have so much fun together visiting while doing something that we truly enjoy, perserving our most precious memmories.  Send me an email for further information.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Betsy's Blossoms (New 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalogue)
Paper: 12" x 12" Lucky Limeade Textured card stock, Whisper White card stock, Early Espresso card stock, Neutrals Collection Patterns Designer Series paper Stack
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, Lucky Limeade Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Trim Corner Punch

Happy Stamping!
Michelle B
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lunchbox Surprise

One of my fav things to do is make little notes and or cards and put them in my daughter's lunch box.  I started doing this last year when she was in kindergarten and have continued to do it.  I thought this was a special way to let her know that I am thinking of her and a creative way to help her with her reading.  Here are a couple of cards that I made for my kids last night and surprised them with today.  I put the pony card in my daughter's lunch box and gave my son his card after day care.  I think they really enjoyed getting these. 

Stampin Up! supplies used:

Pony Card                                                                     
Stamp Sets: Pony Party (Retiring), Teeny Tiny Wishes               
Paper: Whisper White card stock, Perfect Plum card stock,  Basic Black card stock                                                             
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On Ink, Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad, Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker                                                              
Accessories: Dazzling Details, Stamp-a-ma-jig       
Dump Truck Card

Stamp Sets: I Dig You, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Soft Suede card stock, Bashflul Blue card stock, Basic Black card stock
Ink: Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker, Bashful Blue Stampin' Write Marker, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!
Michelle B
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Frog on a Lily Pad punch art card

One of the things that I LOVE about Stampin' Up! punches is the many different way you can use them.  Just like this Frog on a Lily Pad card.  It was created using with a variety of Stampin' Up! punches.  See below for step by step instructions on how to create this too cute Frog on a Lily Pad card.

Step 1 - Cut a piece of Pool Party card stock in half length wise and fold in half.  This is your card base.

Step 2 - Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 5" x 3-3/4"

Step 3 - Ink the Grass image from the Inspired By Nature stamp set (retiring at the end of May) with Pear
Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad (retiring at the end of May) and the stamped it on Whisper White card stock. You can repeat this step a couple of times until you have the amount of grass you want.

Step 4 - I used the following punches to create the Frog and Lily Pad:
Extra-Large Oval Punch for Frog's head (Pear Pizzazz card stock) and Lily Pad (Garden Green    c
card stock)
Large Oval Punch for Frog's legs (Pear Pizzazz card stock)
Owl Punch:  Bib for Frog's Arms (Pear Pizzazz card stock), Large Circles for Frog's Eyes (Whisper White card stock), Medium Circles for Black Pupils (Basic Black card stock)
3/4" Cicle Punch for Frog's Outer Part of Eyes (Pear Pizzazz card stock)
1 3/4" Circle Punch for Frog's body (Pear Pizzazz card stock)
1 3/8" Circle Punch for Frog's belly (Certainly Celery card stock)
Itty Bitty Punch 4 petal for Frog's hands and feet (Pear Pizzazz)

Step 5 - Cut a little triangle out of the Garden Green Lily Pad in the bottom right edge

Step 6 - Assemble Frog:
Adhere Frog's belly (Certainly Celery card stock) to Frog's body (Pear Pizzazz card stock) and flip over.
To adhere Frogs Legs place adhesive on either side of the back side of the Frog's body and position legs where you want them.  Place adhesive on the bottom part of the Frog's legs and adhere feet.  Next adhere Frog's Outer Part of Eyes to the back of the Frog's head.  Flip Frog's Head right side up and adhere to Frog's body.  Adhere White part of Eyes to each of the Center of the Frog's Outer Part of Eyes (it is okay if the White part goes over the Frog's Head a little bit), then adhere the Black Pupils in the center of the White part of the eye.  Lastly cut the Bib from the Owl Punch in half with scissors.  You can round one of the sides a bit so that they are flush with the small ends.  Adhere Frog's hands to each of the smaller ends.  Adhere Frog's Arms to the Frog's body.

Step 7 - Take a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and draw a smile on the Frog's Head and some lines on the Frog's legs.

Step 8 - Add embellishments and or a sentiment if you wish.

I hope you enjoyed this Frog Punch Art card as much as I did and take the time to make one yourself.  Have fun.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B.
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Vintage Vogue Stamp Set is Retiring!

Pink Pirouette Thanks Card

As I am looking through Stampin' Up!'s Going, Going....Gone! list I find myself a little bit sad noticing the stamp sets on this list that I own and have stamped with, some for many years.  The Vintage Vogue stamp set is one of those sets.  You will find this stamp set on page 147 in the 2012 Idea Book & Catalogue (117960 wood, $29.95; 118598 clear, $21.95).  I think this was my first clear mount stamp set that I got.  I have had so much fun with the Vintage Vogue stamp set over the years creating cards, scrapbook pages and gift tags.  Here are a couple of recent cards that I have made.  Check out the words on both of the cards, they are stamped on a frame and raised with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I think this is the first time I have used the Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.  It is a nice way to showcase words on cards.  

Calypso Coral Flower Just for You card
Don't get me wrong the saddness that I feel looking at these stamp sets on the Going, Going...Gone! list is quickly replaced with excitement at the thought that we will soon have a new Idea Book & Catalogue with fresh, new products to play with! This new Idea Book & Catalogue comes out June 1, 2012. If you are not a member of my Stampin' Technique & Scrapbook Club, please email me to reserve a FREE copy Idea Book & Catalogue. I can't wait to see it!!

Stampin' Up! Products used Pink Pirouette Flower Thanks card:
Stamp set: Vintage Vogue, Thank you Kindly
Paper: Pool Party card stock, Whisper White card stock
Ink: Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad, Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Tulip Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Whisper White Neutrals Button, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Products used on Calypso Coral Flower Just for You card:
Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue, Tea Shoppe
Paper: Soft Suede card stock, Crumb Cake card stock, Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad, Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Tulip Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Perfect Polka-Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Set, Stampin' Dimensionals, Antique Brads

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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