Friday, November 16, 2012

Tom Turkey

Hello and welcome to SU Stars November Gratitude/Thanks Blog Hop!   I am so excited to be the first stop on the hop.  I know you are going to find lots of inspiration as you continue through all the fabulous projects ahead.  Here is the lineup for this month's blog hop:
1. Me!
2. Krafting with Karen
3. Denise Foor Studio PA
4. Robin's Craft Room
5. Creative Designs by Jackie
6. Stampin' at Dawn
If you get lost along the way, you can come back here or the SU Stars home page to get back on track. 

I have a cute and fun Tom Turkey to show you today.   The idea for him came about when I was making the Mummy box, which can be found here.  I thought these boxes were cute and easy to make using the Top Note die.  While cutting out ornamens with the Holiday Ornaments dies, I noticed how a couple could make feathers.  Voila, a turkey is born! 



I cut the turkey out in Chocolate Chip using the Top Note die.  The feathers are cut with one of the ornament dies from the Holiday Ornament set in the Holiday mini catalog.  I used More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Bravo Burgundy.  The eyes were made with the 1 3/8" circle and the 1/2" circle punches.  The nose is the triangle from the Petite Pennants Builder punch and the wittle is a petal from the Blossom Petal Builder. 
 
The box is made from River Rock.  I cut it 5 1/2" x 11" and scored across the long side at 3", 5", 8", 10". On the short side at 1 1/2".  Cut off the little rectangle that is 1"x1 1.5".  Cut the score lines on the 1 1/2" section to make the bottom.   Assemble and attach Tom Turkey.   Isn't he a cutie? 
 
Just for fun, here are other turkeys I made last week for a bake sale.   Four hours and forty turkeys later, we were done.  Yes, they are 100% edible! 
 
Supplies for the turkey box
Paper: River Rock, Choc. Chip, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Bravo Burgundy, Basic Black, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Other:  Top Note die, Holiday Ornament die, Big Shot, Petite Pennant Punch, Blossom Petal Builder, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my Tom Turkey.   Now, hop on over to your next stop, Karen Gibson's blog, and see what she created for you!
 
Happy Stampin'
Michele

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pinterest Case

 The challenge last week for the LNS demo group I'm in was to CASE a card from Pinterest.   I chose this card by Karen Squires.   For my version, I left off the fourth layer and used Riding Hood Red as my base and 3/8" taffeta Riding Hood Red ribbon. 
 
 I used the Joy stamp from the Perfect Punches set and punched it with the 1 3/8" circle punch and then added it to the 1 3/4" scallop circle in Always Artichoke.
 I used the Fancy Fan embossing folder on the base.

I also embossed the ornament stamp from Merry & Type by stamping first in VersaMark, then Riding Hood Red ink and them heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I love using this technique when I don't have embossing powder in the color I want!  I sponged the edges of the Very Vanilla cs with Crumb Cake ink to age it.   I seem to gravitate towards a vintage look. 

Supplies used:
Stamps - Merry & Type, Perfect Punches
Paper - Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Ink - Riding Hood Red, VersaMark, Crumb Cake
Other - 3/8" Taffeta Riding Hood ribbon, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, clear embossing powder, Fancy Fan embossing folder, dimensionals.

So, what do you think?  Thanks so much for visiting today!  I hope I have provided a little inspiration for you to get INKY!
 
Michele

Monday, October 29, 2012

It's a SPOOKTACULAR sale!

For one day only, get 15 percent off almost every stamp we sell!
Here are the details:
Starting at 12:00 AM (MT) and ending at 11:50 PM (MT), almost every stamp we sell will be 15 percent off.
This means all stamps in the current catalogs including
    • Background stamps
    • Personalized name stamps
    • Cookie press stamps
    • Single-image stamps
This DOES NOT include
    • Hostess sets
    • Bundled stamp sets
    • Digital stamp brush sets
Stampin' Up has also added MORE single stamps from sets and even some brand new ones!  

 
And if that's not enough, today through Nov. 5th, Stampin' Up is celebrating Digital Scrapbooking Day with free downloads (here) and 50% off digital kits (here)! You can check out MDS 2 by downloading a trial version here.
 
Head over to my website and take advantage of these fabulous treats available for a limited time!
 
Happy Stampin'!
Michele
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

SU Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin Up Stars Fall Blog Hop!  You should have come from Denise Foor's blog. Wasn't her fall project great!   If this is your first stop, not a problem, just jump on and enjoy!  
 
I have a fabulous fall scrapbook page spread and fall card to share with you today.  First the scrapbook pages.  I used the woodgrain embossing folder for the fence and the extra large oval punch, 1 3/8" circle punch and 1 1/4" circle punch for the pumpkins.  I used the branch from the Bird Builder punch for the pumpkin vines.
 

To make the pumpkins, punch three of the shapes and sponge the edges then layer.  Very easy but oh so cute!  The nails on the fence was the 1/16" punch.  I also lightly sponged the fence to bring out the woodgrain.  You could also use the new Core'dinations paper in the Holiday catalog for the fence and lightly sand it.   The letters were cut with my Cricut. 


This is a very easy fall card to make.  I punched 1 1/4" squares from three of the prints from Comfort Cafe DSP.  I placed them on Early Espresso cs and embossed with the Square Lattice folder.  It was adhered to Saraha Sand base.  The sentiment is from Seasonal Sayings in the Holiday Catalog and stamped in Cajun Craze. 
 
I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  Now hop on over to Jackie Watson's page here and check out her vintage project!  It is fabulous!
 
Happy Stampin'!
Michele

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween treats

Today's share is a Halloween treat holder.  This particular type of holder is called a sour cream container.  They are very easy to make. 


I stamped the bats stamp from the Wicked Cool set onto dsp from the Regals DSP stack.  
The pumpkin and hat are from the Jack of All Trades set.  I tied the scalloped circle onto the container with Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta ribbon.   
These containers are great for small gifts such as jewelry, baby shower favors or wedding favors. 

Supplies:
Stamp sets:  Wicked Cool, Jack of All Trades
Ink: Black Stazon, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Regals DSP stack, Whisper White, Basic Grey

Thanks for stopping by! 
Happy Stampin'
Michele

Monday, October 8, 2012

Floral District cards


I have a couple of cards to share today.   They both used the dsp, Floral District.  I sometimes have trouble using dsp that is a bold or large print so I've found that small portions usually work best.  I simply cut a 5 1/4"x4" piece and cut a diagnol.  So now I have another piece to use on another card.


The Rich Razzleberry cs was embossed with the stripes embossing folder but it's hard to tell form the photos. 

Supplies:
Stamp sets: Four Frames, Delightful Dozen, Elementary Elegance (retired SAB)
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
Paper:  Floral District dsp, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Stripes EF, Decorative Label punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, dimensionals

Have you heard?  For a limited time, you can get individual stamps from three of teh word sets. This is something Stampin Up is trying out.  The word sets are Word Play, Perfectly Penned, and Seasonal Sayings.  You can find the individual stamp prices and order numbers here.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my projects today and are inspired to get inky! Please take a moment to say hi before you leave.

Happy Stampin'! 
Michele 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Moving Forward Welcome

The Moving Foward set is so cute and the purchase of it helps the Ronald McDonald House.  I am sharing a card today made with the tricycle from the set.  I thought the tricycle was perfect for a welcome card.  I made this for a new customer that just moved near me.  If you haven't seen this set yet, you need to check it out. 


Supplies:
Stamp set: Moving foward, Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Rasberry Ripple
Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Baja Breeze, Patio Party dsp
Other: Summer Starfruit 3/8" stitched ribbon, dimensionals

thanks for stopping by today! 
Happy Stampin'
Michele

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Polka Dot Birthday

This is a card some of my customers made a couple months ago.  It's a simple but great birthday card for anyone.  I LOVE the Polka Dot Parade DSP! 

The stamp is from Bring On The Cake stamp set and colored in with Real Red, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Marina Mist.  The Real Red strip is embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.   A tip for making the banner - use the square punch to cut the 'V' in the bottom. 

Supplies:
Stamp set:  Bring on the Cake
Ink: Basic Grey, Real Red, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Polka Dot Parade DSP

Thanks for stopping by! 
Happy Stampin'
Michele



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pumpkin box

An idea hit me today on how to make a pumpkin box like the mummy box I posted last week.  If you didn't see it, you can find the post here.  It is an adorable mummy!  It also fit perfectly for this week's LNS challenge to make a Halloween project.  Anyway, I headed to my craft studio and started working on it.  This is what I came up with. 
Isn't it adorable!  How did I do it you ask?  I cut a piece of pumpkin pie with the Adorning Accents edgelit die.  I cut one side and then flipped the die and cut again to give the curved look.  The curved part is the middle section of the edgelit die.  I sponged this part with pumpkin pie ink before adhering that piece to another piece of pumpkin pie lining it up so the curve ends at the bottom of the top note, and cut with the top note die.   Clear as mud right?   I sponged the edges of the cut piece with pumpkin pie ink.  The leaves were cut with the Autumn Accents Bigz die and embossed with the Wood Grain embossing folder.   The eyes are 1/2" circle punch with a white highlight.   I used the Round Tab punch.


Here is how I used the punch to make the mouth.   

A happy smile!

Supplies:
ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic black
Other: Early Espresso 1/8" taffeta ribbon  Big Shot, Top Note die, wood grain embossing folder, Adorning Accents edgelit die,  1/2" circle punch, round tab punch, sponges

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you liked my happy pumpkin!  

Happy Stampin'!
Michele

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sea Shells by the Sea Shore

I was a scrapper before a stamper and it has been difficult for me to combine the two.  I am challenging myself to do that though.  I took my two girls plus a friend each to the beach this summer. Yep, me and FOUR teenage girls!  They were great though.  I was so ready to feel the sand between my toes that I had to make this scrapbook page before we left for the beach.  I got this stamp set, By the Seashore, specifically for beach pages. 

I used Baja Breeze for the base but the photo doesn't look like it.  The shells were stamped on Sahara Sand cs in Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, More Mustard and Cajun Craze.  I used the masking technique for all the shells.  The crab was stamped a second time, cut out and popped up on top of the one in the border.  The three shells in the top corner are popped up also.  Now, to get some photos printed and put on the page. 

Supplies: 
Stamp set:  By the Seashore
Ink: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Cajun Craze
paper: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze and Sahara Sand
Other: dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by! 
Happy Stampin'
Michele

Friday, September 28, 2012

Vintage Christmas

I made this card for Late Night Stampers Challenge 192 - Tearing paper.   I made a card for my daughter's birthday last fall that was vintage looking (you can see it at the bottom of this post).  I liked it so much that I CASEd myself for this one.   
I colored the image with cherry cobble and always artichoke and a blender pen.  You can use the clear blocks as an ink palette.  Scribble ink on the block and pick it up with the blender pen.  To get a similar tearing pattern on multiple layers, line the layers up and tear them together.   



The inside of the card and a closeup of the flowers.  I used the retired 5 petal flower punch and the crochet trim. 

My daughter's birthday card from last year that inspired the Christmas card.

Supplies:
Christmas card
Stamps: Christmas Blessings
Ink:  black stazon, cherry cobbler, always artichoke, choc chip
Paper: Sahara sand, always artichoke, very vanilla, First Edition dsp, cherry cobbler
Other: 5/8" crocheted trim, Neutral brads (retired), pearls, 5 petal flower punch, decorative label punch, spritzer, alcohol, dimensionals

Birthday Card
Stamps: Bliss (SAB set)
Ink: Night of navy, choc chip
Paper: Sahara sand, night of navy, very vanilla, First Edition dsp,
Other: 5/8" crocheted trim, Neutral brads (retired), 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, decorative label punch,

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my Vintage Christmas. 

Happy Stampin'
Michele

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Display Boards at Regional Convention

Yesterday I shared some of the swaps I received.  Today I am sharing photos of the display boards Stampin' Up! had put together. 
















I hope you have enjoyed my summary of the Chattanooga, TN Regional Convention.  If  you are not a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, this is just a taste of what Stampin' Up! does for their demonstrators.   If you are interested in becoming a demonstrator or just finding out more information, contact me.  I would love to share the Stampin' Up! opportunity. 


click HERE for more info
Thanks for stopping by!  Regular posts will resume tomorrow.  I have some fabulous projects to show you so come back and visit!

Happy Stampin'
Michele

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Regional convention Swaps

Monday's post showed the card I made to swap so today I would like to share some of the swaps I received.    I received almost 80 swaps so this is just a sampling of them.  I have linked to the creator's blog if it was listed on the back of the swap.  As a side note, if you participate in a swap, be sure to put your name, email and blog address if you have one on the back of the swap.  I received some that did not any information to give the creator credit. 

Now, onto the swaps!


By Barbarajean Hebert
Her blog is http://www.barbarajeandesigns.blogspot.com/

by Elaine Wright
Her blog is http://www.stampinreckon.blogspot.com/

by Joyce Gilmore
her blog is www.handstampedbyjoyce.com
Joyce is a downline of my upline and we were table mates.

by Joyce Holleman

by Michele Schroyer

by Michele Wyatt

no name given (if this is yours, let me know so I can give you credit)

no name given (if this is yours, let me know so I can give you credit)

by Windy Ellard

by Brenda Holder (my upline)

by Brian King
his blog is www.stampwithbrian.com

by Cindy Vinson
her blog is http://www.simplyinkredibledesigns.com/

Aren't they fabulous!  I love the different ways other people use the stamp sets.   Check back tomorrow for photos of the Stampin' Up!display boards.