Thursday, July 31, 2008

3-D WOW Flowers swap




I signed up for two separate 3-D WOW swaps at convention.  Here is one of them. (This months club project is based on this gift card holder.)

What would we ever do with out these punches!  I used 9 on this project.  

Specs: 2-3/4" x 9".  Scored at 1" and 5"

Recipe:
Stamps: Wow flowers
Paper: Bella Rose designer paper, chocolate chip, pink pirouette, red riding hood.
Ink: pink pirouette, red riding hood
Accessories:  Scallop edge, tag corner, tab & word window punches, various circle punches, scallop & slot punch, taffeta ribbon, brad, dimensionals, Velcro

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Another Convention WOW swap

I am on my way to convention and I have a few treats pre-loaded in my blog to share.  The next few posts will be projects I am swapping or giving to team members.  

This is a card I made for Amy Celona's Wow card swap at convention.   I changed up the swap card just a little from the one seen here in the photo.  On this card I used the fiskars threading water punch.  For the swap cards I used the new Stampin' Up! Scallop edge punch.  And instead of punching the holes I used the white gel pen and doodled circles.

The clouds were made with a punch out from the scallop punch and some bashful blue ink and a sponge.  Sponge over the edge and keep moving the template around the page.

Recipe:
Stamps: Always
Paper: Whisper white, Chocolate Chip, bashful blue
Ink: Chocolate Chip, bashful blue, Old Olive
Accessories: Wide Chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, slot punch, Fiskars scallop edge punch, scallop punch out for clouds and a sponge corner rounder 

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Get well soon

This face, done with the pick-a-petal stamp set, totally cracks me up! I made this for a co-worker who had some surgery on his shoulder.  passed it around the office for everyone to sign and definitely got some giggles.  Hope it brightens his day!

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Pick-a-petal, sincere salutations
Paper: Soft Sky, blue bayou, black, white
Ink, black, soft sky, pumpkin
Accessories: blue bayou stitched ribbon, creative license simply scrappin kit, key tag punch, sponge

Monday, July 28, 2008

Stitched Exotics


This card was a result of playing with the stamp set and cameo coral.  I always like cameo coral and black together.  For the medallion, I punched the scallop and used the coluzzle to make a slightly larger circle to mat it with.  Its nice!

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps:  Stitched Exotics
Paper: Cameo Coral, black and whisper white
Ink: Cameo Coral and black
Accessories:  black ribbon, coluzzle, scallop punch

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Friendship flowers


I really like these felt flowers from Flower Fusion!  trying to use up some left over designer paper making room for some new!  I cased this card,  I saw a similar one in a recent paper crafts magazine.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!

Recipe:
Stamps:  Wonderful words
Paper:  Old Olive, Summer Picnic, Bali Breeze
Ink: black
Accessories:  Flower Fusion, marker for faux stitching, brads

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Convention Swap card


As I am packing a getting ready to head out the door- Here is one of my WOW swaps!  Cased from this card.  Enjoy!!!!

All Supplies are Stampin Up!

Recipe:
Stamps:  Fundamental Phrases, Big bold Birthday (heart)
Paper: So Saffron, Close to cocoa
Ink: Close to cocoa
Accessories:  Designer label punch, circle punches, word window punch, scallop punch, pick a petal brass template, mat pack, paper piercer, sponge

Friday, July 25, 2008

Pottery Barn inspired

This card is inspired by a pillow I saw in the recent Pottery Barn catalog.  Love the brown and white.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Wonderful You
Paper: Chocolate chip, whisper white
Ink: versamark, chocolate chip
Accessories:  White embossing powder, white taffeta ribbon, styled silver hodgepodge hardware

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Not So Much

Edited to add:  I love the card-- just not the set.  Wow this post was very negative- shame on ME!!!

Wont miss this one for sure!  Its the Stampin Up! set called So Much....I call it Not So Much. Some love it, I do not.  I do like this card though! I think this is the ONLY card I have made with this set. It was the set that was given at regionals this past year.

All Supplies are Stampin Up! unless noted

Recipe
Stamps: So Much
Paper: Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, white
Ink: Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, black
Accessories:  Pomegranate stitched ribbon, Threading water fiskars scallop punch

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My Club Challenge


Each of my Stampers 10 club members got this Challenge in their June Packages

I put a whole bunch of goodies in this “Peek-a-Boo” box.  Everyone's box of goodies contained the same items and their ultimate goal is to use as many of the items as they can in some projects. I am awarding 3 prizes to club members based on whoever uses the most items from their box, whoever uses the most other Stampin' Up! items on their project(s) and the most creative project (this will be voted on by all club members). 

Their projects do not need to be exclusively Stampin Up! but clearly a prize is in order if they do!
I plan to give them 4-6 weeks to submit their creations!  I can't wait to see what they come up with!  Playing in the challenge is totally optional, the goodie box is my Thank you for their business!

Here is a link to a thread with the tutorial on the Peek-A-Boo Box

Email me if you would like to join one of my Stampers 10 clubs

Recipe:
Stamps: Lovely Labels, So Swirly Wheel
Paper: Close to cocoa, Soft Sky
Ink: Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: various punches, acetate and lots of Stamping goodies


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Be Happy


and eat everything you want! Playing with my non- Stampin Up stamps and my new copic markers. Wow they sure do take coloring to a whole new level!

Recipe:
Stamps: Stamping Bella, Sentiment from retired hostess set
Paper: Bashful blue card stock and designer prints paper, real red
Ink: basic black
Accessories: copic markers, nestabilities, red striped grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch

Monday, July 21, 2008

They Lived Happily ever after


a wedding card....based on one I saw in a recent PaperCrafts Magazine.  I traced the outline of the cake with a Sahara Sand marker trying to obtain some depth.  Not sure I should have done that!  
All Supplies are Stampin' Up!

Recipe:
Stamps: Short & Sweet
Paper: Bashful Blue, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Rose red
Accessories:  Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons, 3 flower punch, word window punch, corner rounder, half pearls from the Pretties Kit, Dazzling diamonds glitter.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Branches, Branches and More Branches

A while ago I made this card with Peaceful Wishes. After making this card at a workshop this past weekend, I decided to make a set of 4 cards that were themed with Branches. I added a little of Pink to the original as seen here, and then carried that through to the other cards.

Here is the version with Wonderful You

Here is a version with Artfully Asian:

And Here is a version with Embrace life:
All Supplies are Stampin' Up!

Recipe:
Stamps: Peaceful Wishes, Embrace Life, Artfully Asian, Wonderful You, Absolutely Fabulous, Short & Sweet
Paper: Spring Fling Designer series paper, Close to cocoa, Certianly Celery, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Paper Piercer, mat pack,

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Baby Bib Card Tutorial!

Here is my very 1st tutorial for the Baby Bib card using the Pick-a-Petal Brass Template.  

Supplies needed:  

Card Base: 8.5x5.5
Wide Grosgrain ribbon to match your color scheme
Pick a Petal Brass Template
Sticky Strip
Stamps and Ink
Various punches for Embellishing
button (optional)
Paper snips
A pencil and a ruler

Step 1:  Fold your card stock in half. With the fold at the top, make small pencil marks on each side of the card 1-3/8" down from the fold.  Make a pencil mark on the bottom edge at 2-3/4" (halfway)

Step 2:  Line a scallop from the brass template up with the center mark at the bottom of the card and another scallop on the brass template at the 1-3/8"mark on the side of the card.  Trace the scallops.  

Step 3:  Repeat on the 2nd Side

Step 4:  Add 2 more scallops, 1 at a time, by tracing the template and having the top of the scallop on the edge of the paper.  

Step 5:  Repeat on the other side. 

Step 6: Hand cut the scallops to create the basic bib shape.  Try to make your cuts clean and neat, but don't worry if your cuts are not 100% perfect.  The sponging in a later step will hide any imperfections.

Step: 7  Using the circle coluzzle tool (3rd groove in),  cut the neck of the bib.  I made a small pencil mark on the card base at 2-3/4" (half way) so it was easy to center.  You can see the very faint pencil mark in the picture.  

Step 8:  erase any left over pencils marks

Step 9: Stamp your bib.  I used the So Swirly wheel in Pretty in Pink for the girl bib and the stars from Background Basics in bashful blue for the boy version pictured at the end of this post.

Step 10:  Sponge the edges of the bib in a slightly darker ink.  I used regal rose and brocade blue.  This hides the cutting imperfections *wink*

Step 11:  Cut your ribbon about 13 inches long.  Attach the ends of the ribbon to the bib with a small piece of sticky strip.  

Step 12:  Embellish your baby Bib.  I added a ribbon tie on the right and a button on the left. I used the Giraffe from Wild About You for the front and stamped it in the darker in color.  the 1-3/8" circle punch is in card stock to match the lighter color

Now its your Turn!  Make a bib card and post a link here for me to see!  I would love to see your creations.  If you don't have the brass template, that's OK just improvise.

The more I play with this Pick-a-petal Brass Template the more I like it!  Besides the bibs, I have used it for a Convention  swap card (to be posted soon), the clock from yesterdays post and I have a few other ideas in my head.  Lots of crafty uses for this! 


Friday, July 18, 2008

Bella Rose Wall clock

I found the Wall clock at Target for under $4.00.  I altered it and decorated it with the new Bella Rose Designer Paper that arrived here at my house 2 days ago.  For the base, I traced the lid, for the scallop I used the pick a petal brass template and for the center its the largest coluzzle circle.  This is already hanging in my stamp room!

All supplies are Stampin' Up!, except the clock!

Recipe
Stamps: Big Deal Numbers
Paper: Bella Rose Designer paper, New In color red riding hood
Ink: Red Riding Hood
Accessories:  Pick a Petal Brass Template, Target wall clock, circle coluzzle

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Items are no longer available

I just wanted everyone to know that the Blue Bayou and Purely Pomegranate In-color stitched ribbon is SOLD OUT.  Bummer!!!!

Birthday Reminder Book


A while back I did a class with the Bitty Birthday Stamp set and some birthday books made with my bind-it-all machine.  It was a fun class and I had made a few extra coaster books for gifts.  Black and Rose red look nice!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless noted

Stamps:  She's all That, Its your Birthday
Paper:  Rose red designer prints paper, whisper white and basic black
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  non-SU coasters, ribbon, nestabilities

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cookbook gifts

Last month I did a Books For the Cook class by mail. Lots of the Ladies said surprise me with the designer paper included in the Kit. I fell in love with a few of the color combos-- so I made a few extra books with my Bind-it-all and thought I would share. This was an alternate Version of the Summer picnic paper:


and a Berry Bliss version

and a Jersey Shore version to share:

Enjoy!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

More Decor Elements

After putting the Manhattan Flowers in my stamping space (see this post) My daughter BEGGED for some for her room.  I agreed to order her a few and she then asked every day for at least 8 days if the box had arrived yet.    She is only 5 and clearly some of the designs of the Decor Elements are too old for her room.

Here is what I designed for her Little Girl room. Can you tell by her face that she LOVES IT!!!   I LOVE decorating (but not as much as stamping).  Do you Love the Decor Elements, but you have no Idea what to do with them??? ....Email me (hilliard5 at mac dot com) a picture of your room and I can try to work out a design strategy for you.  I can then help you place your order as well!  These are so easy my 5 year old was helping Rub them on the walls.  We need to add 1 more pack of the leaves - near her dresser, near her bed and near her door.  Too CUTE!!!

As always it looks WAY better in Person, standing in the room!

Recipe:  Decor Elements, some helpers and a cute room.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sweet Baby Girl Bib Card


My co-workers wife had a baby girl at the end of June.   I have given baby thank you notes to everyone in the office who has had a baby.  Feeling a little guilty that I did not make any this time...and looking for some inspiration, over lunch I did a little blog surfing for baby cards and saw a bib card here by Debbie Olson and another one on the Papertrey blog here.

This is My SU version.  The ribbon tie is cased from Debbie's card and the scallop edge is from the Papertrey card-modified of course!

HOW???  you ask??  super simple!  I used the Pick-a-petal brass template and a plain white card base.  I will post a tutorial this week, hopefully tomorrow. ( my very 1st one!)  

I will be using this as a convention swap- PRETTY PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS as a swap if you are going to convention.  Look for me I'll swap with you!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Wild About you, So swirly Wheel
Paper: Whisper white, pretty in pink, barely banana
Accessories:   Pick a petal brass template, ribbon, punches, corner rounder, sticky tape and a random pink button found in my embellishment stash



Saturday, July 12, 2008

Think Happy Thoughts

This set is one of my favorites.  I won it for free at convention last year- I sure hope I win something again this year!  I love free stamps!    The background is random stamped circles from the set and the rest is layered, pierced and I added a few buttons.  
All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Recipe:
Stamps:  Think Happy Thoughts
Paper:  Celery, Banana, bashful blue, celery prints paper
Accessories: Scallop punch, circle punches, various buttons and light blue gingham ribbon

And the Winners are...



  • Emily in Utah . She hunts with her husband- buffalo- WOW   You can check out her cute blog HERE

  • Mary M- She recently retired and Now has lots of time to stamp!

  • Jill W from Metro Detroit...We share the same name!

Winning Ladies Please EMAIL Me your snail mail address (so I can send your class kit in August) and your email so I can send you  a sneak peek of the class now!  

A big thanks goes out to everyone.  I loved reading each and every email sent and comment that was posted.  Thanks for making me smile!

Stay tuned for a card....

Friday, July 11, 2008

This Little Piggy and last chance for some Blog Candy

Thanks so much Ladies for all of your comments and well wishes!  Each and Every comment made so far for the Blog Candy made me smile!  a BIG Thanks you from the bottom of my heart.  I feel like the most popular stamper in Blogland these past 2 days!  I can't wait to draw the winner!  

My girlfriend sent a few of these cuttle kids piggies to me for my daughter.  She sleeps with "Piggy" since the day she was born and has a fondness for all kinds of pink Piggies.  Too stinkin'cute!  Thanks Elisabeth we both loved them!

Recipe:
Stamps verve visual (sentiment)
Paper: Stampin Up kraft, black and prints pack in pretty in pink
Ink: black
Accessories:  A good friend who slips really cute stuff in your bag when you exchange stampin goodies over Lunch!  ribbon and a word window punch help too!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

150K hits and Some blog Candy

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! for visiting me, commenting on the cards I make, Emailing me, stamping with me, casing me and for all my "in person" and "cyber" stamping girlfriends- your friendship!


This blog has brought me confidence- seriously you girls like my cards! and new friendships. I never in a million years would have expected this endeavor (blogging and SU) to be so rewarding.

Its a Surprise blog candy: In honor of 150K hits I am offering 3 lucky winners FREE admission to my August Stamp class.

I already have it planned and designed and it is one of my favorites! It will be revealed in just a few weeks! The winner can take the class for free here at my house of they live locally-- or if you live far away you get a free class by mail!

Leave a comment here on this post and let me know a little something about you....

I will draw the winner on Saturday Morning, July 12th. Good Luck!!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

My Stampin Space & Decor Elements

This is where I stamp.


My stamps are in these 2 cabinets (below) Plus the ones under the counter top(above). The table is a round glass table, formerly a kitchen table in my Mom's Florida home. Its well travelled!
I just added the decor elements to the cabinet doors.

This door leads to the unfinished part of my basement. (I have some stuff in there too!)

Lots of you have Emailed me asking me to post my stamping space. I have a "nook" of our finished basement. I just added a few of the Decor Elements to my space. Everyone who lives here (the kids especially) thought they were great! Let me know what you think. I was creating-so it was not so clean and neat....but it never really is! LOL

Some Tags and an Award

So I was tagged by Enjoli Bennett at Stamping Under the Sun. Check out her blog-- there are some cute projects.
So here are 7 random things about me...I am not really that interesting so this was hard!
  1. I was a competitive swimmer in High school and college.
  2. I swam the "mile" 66 laps of the pool and placed 32nd in the US (many years ago)
  3. I had a full scholarship to Drexel for swimming.
  4. I have not swam since March 1993. a quick dip in the pool is about all I can do!
  5. I love to shop- clothes and stamps are the highest on my list.
  6. I am a snob when it comes to cars... I drove only BMW & Mercedes up until a few years ago. Now its an Acura MDX (DH talked me into it) which is nice- but I am counting the days until my new BMW X5 or Mercedes GLK crossover! I have to say The MDX 3rd row and DVD player have brought so much "driving" sanity to my life with 3 kids in the back! *wink*
  7. I drink instant coffee every morning with coffee mate hazelnut creamer- full fat of course

To all of my bloggin friends who check in here often to see what I am up to- consider yourself tagged if you have not been already!

Lucky me! I was awarded the Kreativ Blogger by Wendy Janson at Stamp with Wendy and Carol at Stamp Like Crazy.
Make sure you check out their blogs-- they have some really cute cards and some WOW projects! Thanks so much ladies I am flattered!!
And just this morning I was awarded the Pico Award for blogging for a 2nd time. A big thanks goes out to Meagan at Well Dunn Ideas
Sorry it took soooo long for me to respond and post these! I can not thank all of you enough. I appreciate your support and your friendship!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Club Card Spoiler!!!


This is the card my club members will be making this month. it uses the soon to be retired Artfully Asian. I also though my club ladies would like to see a format different than a standard A2 card. Here are the basics:

The Kraft panel is mounted in the black card single layer base (A2 size). The belly band is adhered together with the seams in the front and back. I fold them around the card so they fit just right. Then I wrapped the white wide ribbon (non-SU) around the belly band with the seam to hide under the scallop ovals. I pierced the circles on the smaller kraft oval, then trace them with a white gel pen to create faux eyelets. If you don’t have a piercer, use a small nail on top of a mouse pad. The leaves on the flower stem are colored in black, flowers are colored with a white gel pen and the berries are colored with a real red marker.


Scalloped ovals were made with the nestabilities.


Stamps: Artfully Asian

Paper: Kraft, Black and white

Ink: Black

Accessories: wide Non SU white Ribbon, nestabilities, gel pen, markers, paper piercer, mat pack.



Friday, July 4, 2008

Happiness branches

So are you sick of Peaceful Wishes Yet?  The branches are addicting once you get going.  Not sure if this is Christmas or not.  Wintry maybe?  Bashful blue and Rose red are a nice combo!

And its Red, White and Blue- Happy 4th of July.  Have a happy and relaxing weekend! Stamp Something!

Recipe:
All supplies are Stampin' Up!  
Stamps: Peaceful Wishes, Warm words, plaid background
Ink: Bashful Blue
Paper:  Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Accessories:  Rose red, bashful blue and close to cocoa markers, clear buttons, silver cord (retired), bashful blue taffeta ribbon, 

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Bye Bye Cutie Pie


I sure will miss this paper!  I am down to scraps and maybe one full sheet.  I sure can't wait for some new paper to come out!  I made this following the SC168 (sketch challenge) as seen in a previous post.  Super  simple and a great way to utilize scraps and square punches.
All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Recipe:
Stamps: Priceless
Paper:  Cutie Pie designer series paper, Purely pomegranate, bashful blue, so saffron
Ink: Purely pomegranate, bashful blue, so saffron
Accessories:  Square punches, dimensionals

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Artfully Asian


Bye Bye to another great set. It was fun to pull this off the shelf and ink it up again. Hope you like it! All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Recipe:
Stamps: Artfully Asian
Paper: So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate
ink: Black and versamark
Accessories: 3 flower punch, white embossing powder, paper piercer, mat pack, old olive twill ribbon

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