13 November 2012

A Mother Father Duo

I'm trying to post more scrapbook pages.  Here's a sample I used at crops. Surprisingly the stamps and paper is now retired.  I apologize for not sharing this earlier, but it was one of my most favorite layout creations.  I created this for a group of scrappers to show our coordinating products.  This DSP was titled Woodland Walk and appeared in the 2010-2011 catalog.

Coordinating colors are Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso.

Click on this side-by-side shot to see them together.  I tried to mirror them. 

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Upsy Daisy
Ink: Garden Green
CS: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green and Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Big Shot, Top Note die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die

12 November 2012

Keep it Easy (Gift Edition)

Happy Monday!  I found these adorable little cubes in a dollar-bin at a big box store.  They were ugly, but I loved the shape and the wire was already attached.  You can use the block to hold photos, cards or memos.  I always sell out of these little guys at craft shows.  They're about 2" x 2" x 2".

  I mass produce these puppies by following these little steps:
  1. Remember these were lightweight wood (and ugly).  I didn't snap a before-photo.  I used a bit of blue painters tape to protect the wire and quickly spray painted the wood in matte black.   
  2. Not shown, but I added a piece of black foam to the bottom so it's soft.  The foam is from the kids craft section at box stores.  You could also use rubber feet, but the foam is more economical.    
  3. I matted and cut the designer series paper.  All sides are different.  
If you can't find these blocks - get a piece of scrap wood and cut your own blocks.  Search for wire memo holder, name card holder, crocodile clips.  I would drill a tiny hole in the top, dab of super glue and stick the wire in the wood.  

Have a great day!

08 November 2012

A Trio of Pears

Here's a set that doesn't get much attention from me....Perfectly Preserved Set with the Cannery Framelits Die.  Truth be told, I'm not crazy about it.  But I need to show you all the products in the catalog.  I love this layout.

Have a great day! 
Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners, Perfectly Preserved
Ink: Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade
DSP:  Orchard Harvest DSP
CS: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories:  Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons, Cannery Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Woodgrain embossing folder

06 November 2012

Always & Forever

The results are in and tallied from the survey.  Thank you for your responses.  It seems like everyone wants to see a little of everything; there wasn't one clear winner.  Mostly, ya'll want more than just cards.  So I've been s-u-p-e-r busy (a.k.a crafty).  Which means my house is a w-r-e-c-k.  Please don't "drop-in".  I can be crafty or have a clean house; but I can't do both!  Here's a scrappy scrapbook page.  Wouldn't it look great with a black and white or sepia wedding photo?

The base is a piece of thin chip board that was part of packaging - it's just the right shade of neutral.  I used a bunch of pieces and parts on this layout.   There's a couple techniques on here too.  Faux tearing is one of my most favorite techniques.  The & sign is cut out and matted in both Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

Colors are Soft Suede, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla.  

Close up of some of the details.  

Click on this image to open it up in a new (larger) window. 
Please let me know if you have any specific questions.  There's a lot of elements on this page.  
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by and supporting me.

05 November 2012

Keep it Easy (Rewind Edition)

If you've been around here awhile, this isn't anything new (sorry to disappoint you).  But this is always a great  seller for me all fall long.  It makes a perfect gift.  It's inexpensive, useful and handmade.  Good for teachers, coworkers, stocking stuffers, hairdressers....

I can't take any credit for these.  I saw them a long long LONG time ago.  I love using up retired paper.  I mass produce these puppies by following these little steps:

  1. Quickly paint the edges of a cardboard square blank coaster - you can omit this step, but I like a pretty finished edge. I paint in a coordinating color.  
  2. Once the paint is dry, adhere designer (scrapbook) paper to each side.  You can use mod podge, glue stick or spray adhesive.  You don't want bubbles.  
  3. I quickly sand the edges to make sure the paper fits perfectly (did you know you could sand off the edges of the paper?  It saves a lot of time!).  I cut the paper in a square and then use the sanding method to get the corners perfectly rounded.  
  4. Remove any paper crumbs if you sanded in Step 3.  
  5. Coat the entire thing with mod podge.  Use thumb tacks to keep the coaster elevated while drying.  
  6. Flip and coat the other side with Mod Podge.  You can also use a spray sealer if prefer.  
  7. Use sticky strip to adhere the post-its to the coaster. 
  8. Decorate binder clip with a snip of paper.  Optional, add ribbon scrap tied on the clip.  

Mod Podge takes a while to completely dry.  It remains tacky.  Don't try to crank these out the night before.  You can omit sealing the DSP if you prefer.

04 November 2012

Get Well

Using scraps again.....Look how simple this card is.  Use the scheme from the DSP to dictate the color pallet - that makes creating so easy!  And a bit of bling finishes the scrappy card.

Perfectly Penned is one of the SINGLE stamp sets you can purchase.  You don't need to purchase the entire set - you can pick the greeting(s) you want.

Have a great day!
Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Perfectly Penned
DSP:  Comfort Cafe
Ink: Cajun Craze
CS: Midnight Muse, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly Punch, Rhinestones

03 November 2012

Top Note!

It's no secret I L-O-V-E the Stampin' Up! Top Note bigz die.  Here's a QUICK gift card holder.
The great thing about the Bigz die is that you can cut several pieces of cardstock at once.  That makes cranking these out SO EASY!  The "pocket" is a die cut in half.  When you adhere them together carefully place the adhesive around the edges so you have a pocket for your gift card.  A lot of mish-mash snowflake and greeting stamps were used.  A glimmer brad holds the front and back together.  You can make 30 of these during a 30-minute sitcom (wonder how I know...).

If you like this Top Note idea, be sure to check out This festive oneThis folded mini, and  This tag, bag and card.

I hope you have a great Saturday!  I am cleaning the craft room - who knows what hidden gems I'll find.

Couple of reminders:   
If you haven't already done so, please leave me your feedback.  It's ONE question :)  SWEETEST DESIGNS SURVEY

CLICK HERE FOR PAPER ORNAMENTS INSTRUCTIONS!  I can EMAIL you the file you have any questions or can't get the file to save and print.  Just leave a comment.  

02 November 2012


No time like a hurricane to clean house!  I'm cleaning out my photo cards and here's one from the vault. I hesitated to share this, but the colors and layout can still be used.  And maybe you have this set sitting around collecting dust.  This was a hostess set in the last catalog, Precious Butterflies.  Look at that butterfly closely - it's a rock and roll technique.

I hope you have a great day planned.  
Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Precious Butterflies
Ink: Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango
CS: Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Circle punches, 1/2" dotted scallop ribbon

01 November 2012

November Survey and Paper Ornaments

Hi!  Quick little question today!!  I am interested in what you'd like to see here more often!  Please take 3 seconds to leave me your feedback.  SWEETEST DESIGNS SURVEY

As a thank you for participating in my survey, please find instructions for the paper ornaments below!  A new window will open that will allow you to save and print the steps.

Thinking of hosting a party?  Now is a great time.  You can earn an ENTIRE color collection of FREE ink pads when your show is $450 or more!  My fall calendar is filling quickly, please let me help you earn this incredible offer.  New demonstrators who want to join my team can also get a FREE collection of classic pads with your starter kit!  F-R-E-E!!  Regals, Subtles, Neutrals or Brights; which will you choose?

Did you notice the NEW paper trimmer on page 180?  It's finally here!  It's been designed by Stampin' Up!  Some of my favorite features is that you don't have to remove the scoring blade when cutting or remove the cutting blade when scoring.  There's room for both.  I also LOVE that the numbers are protected, mine have a way of rubbing off.

Have a great Thursday!


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