Friday, August 28, 2009

Delightful Decorations Flower Vase

I'm sorry that many of you still have not received your Holiday Minis.  SU announced that there has been a delay in the mailings.   I hope that you enjoy these sneak peak posts of the upcoming products, and that they will build anticipation!

This card is made with the Delightful Decorations stamp set on page 7, and the coordinating Ornament Punch.   What a great combo!  I think most of you know that cutting is not my favorite activity (I leave that to people like my friend Mary!).  SU has released us from that "pressure" with a Christmas set with 4 different ornament images that can be punched out. 

This card is based on a concept presented by Vicki Wizniuk, who used the ornament as a flower vase. Don't you love products that are flexible!  The ornament was stamped in Old Olive, just off a piece of whisper white cardstock, so that the bottom was flat. I then cut it out with the ornament punch.  The Tall Tales Designer Series paper was used for the  flower from the Big Shot Blossom Party die, as well as the strip at the bottom of the card.  The stem from Embrace Life was stamped on whisper white c/s with Old Olive ink and then run thru the Finial Press Embossing Folder (& Big Shot).  The components were then assembled and attached to a Brilliant Blue card base.

Future posts will highlight Christmas cards made with the Delightful Decorations and Ornament punch, but I figured that since it's August, I could get away with a flower rendition of a Christmas ornament.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Halloween Sweet Centers

Now for some more amazing products from the upcoming SU Holiday Mini!
This is the new Sweet Centers set (page 6 of the mini) with the coordinating Sweet Treat Cups.  What a FUN concept!  The Sweet Centers set has images that enable you to use your 
1 3/4 inch circle punch to remove a portion of the stamped image, and insert a plastic cup with contents that are only limited by your imagination (M&Ms work for me).  The cups have adhesive, so that you fill the cup and attach the cardstock background.  Then you just lay the stamped image over the cup and finish out your card or gift project.
In this example, the background card stock is Rich Razzleberry.  Old Olive and Whisper White cardstock are also used on this project.  I stamped part of the Sweet Centers with Old Olive and then stamped it again with Pumpkin Pie (the EEK circle tag is punched out from the center).  The Old Olive strip at the bottom was placed in the Finial Press embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.  5/8 black grosgrain ribbon finished off the card.  
The Sweet Centers set has images that lend themselves to Valentines, Christmas, Halloween and general occasions.   And when you punch out the center with your 1 3/4 inch circle punch, you can use this image as a tag.
Happy Stampin,

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

BAB (Build A Bear) Beary Boy

I suspect that I need to give Beary Boy equal time.   This is the Beary Boy from the Beary Best Friends set on page 34 of the upcoming Holiday Mini.  Beary Boy  was stamped in black stazon ink and an aqua painter was used to color with Crushed Curry, Real Red ink.  The skin tone and shorts were  colored with  water color pencils.   A sentiment from the set was stamped on a separate piece of card stock, layered on red c/s and mounted below the bear.   Bear Boy was layered on Real Red card stock and then the plain side of Crushed Curry grosgrain was formed into  2 loops and attached on the left.  The sentiment and image were mounted on Basic Gray card stock and then attached to the Crushed Curry card base.

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

BAB (Build A Bear) Beary Girl

From here on out, most of my posts will be items from the upcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog, which begins September 1st.   SU is starting several new product lines, including Build-A-Bear!

This is the Beary Girl from the Beary Best Friends set on page 34 of the mini.  Beary Girl  was stamped in black stazon ink and colored with Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery and and Crushed Curry.  The skin tone was colored with a water color pencil.   A sentiment from the set was stamped below the bear, which was layered on Basic Black and Cameo Coral and trimmed with 5/8 inch Certainly Celery Grosgrain.   The edges of the base Certainly Celery card were also rubbed with the Certainly Celery ink pad.

You're gonna LOVE this new Holiday Mini!


Merry Moments Quilt Card

 I love making quilt cards with the Big Shot Top Note Die (page 198).  You simply cut out 1 3/8 inch squares, and glue them in a pattern on a piece of card stock larger than the Top Note die.  Run it through your Big Shot and you've got your quilt.
In this example, I used the Merry Moments Designer paper, found on page 160.  The Be Merry sentiment is from the Warm Words set on page 141, cut out with the Large Oval Punch and layered on the Scallop Oval (page 186).  Mount with dimensionals and wrap with ribbon and you're good to go!
See Ya Later,

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Traditions Falling Leaves

This card layout came from the June 13th sketch challenge from I{heart} 
The card base is More Mustard with Designer Paper from the Autumn Traditions collection.  Images from the Falling Leaves set (page 27), including sentiments and acorn, were stamped with the In-Color Soft Suede ink.  Ruby Red card stock was layered behind the flower "stem" sentiment.   Gold brads were used as embellishments.
The flower was produced by running different sheets of the Autumn Traditions designer paper through the Big Shot Bloom Party Originals Die (page 202).
Have a wonderful week.