Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Coupons Coupons Coupons

I had the privilege of participating in several organized swaps while at Stampin' Up! Convention. One of my faves was a 3d swap. I thought since coupons are the rage right now, that a coupon holder, sized for a purse, would be perfect!! Download PDF Here or see the following directions and pictures!

Supplies and Tools
Textured Crumb Cake Card Stock
Baja Breeze CS
Daffodil Delight CS
Perfectly Plumb CS
Wild Wasabi CS
Rose Red CS
Rich Razzleberry CS
Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Basic Pearl Accents
Big Shot
Top Note Bigz Die
Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Round Tab Punch
Two Way Glue Pen
Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive
Sticky Strip
Velcro Dots

1.     Cut Crumb Cake CS to 7 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches.
2.     Use the smaller extra piece cut off and glue it to desired piece of DSP using Tombow Glue – let dry a little bit then cut out with the Top Note Bigz Die and the Big Shot. This is the top portion of box.
3.     Cut out 5 pieces of Crumb Cake CS to 3 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches.
4.     Using Round Tab Punch, cut out one tab in each of 5 different color card stocks. Fold in half, then using Tombow glue to top (longer side) of each of the 5 pieces of cut cardstock – layer them so that they are each easily seen when stacked together (like file folders).
5.     Score the 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 piece as follows…
                               Score at 3 1/2 “ then at 4 “. Turn paper so you are now working perpendicular to first    score marks.
Score at 6 3/4” then at 7 1/4”. Turn paper so you can score the same on the opposite side. This will give you score marks that are 1/4” and 3/4” in from each side.
6.     Cut off sections and place sticky strip according to pictures provided.
7.     Fold all sections in, then take orange plastic off of sticky strip and begin assembling box.
8.     Score Top Note piece according to picture (round sections placed on 1 1/2 line then score, doing so for both side).
9.     Place to strips of sticky tape on Crumb Cake side of Top Note piece, then adhere to back side, middle, of box top.
10.  Place one side of Velcro dot on Top Note piece where the point is. Place opposite piece of Velcro on box, where you want the lid to close at.
11.  Using Scallop Trim punch, cut out a strip of matching DSP, and trimming paper so that the solid part of the border is about 1/4  inch wide. Glue to bottom of box front, scallop side up.
12.  Using the Blossom Bouquet Triple layer punch, punch out card stock and DSP, set on the furthest setting to the right. You will get an outer flower piece and the middle piece with small holes. Mix and match as you wish – then glue three onto the front of the box, using Two Way Glue Pen.
13.  Place a large pearl in center of each flower, and several small pearls along Top Note lid.
14.  Place dividers inside and your done!!
Craft On!


Embossing with Jewelry!

Hello everyone! Oh my gosh am I exhausted. I just got back from our Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, and what a blast! But I am also so very tired! One of the many times I love having summers off!
So I made several goodies for Convention, embossed jewelry just being one. So I will have several posts tonight, each highlighting something different!
My first is Embossed Jewelry. Sounds hard? Well it's not!!!! Just takes patience!
 So these first two pictures show my Hope Bracelet, featuring the Hope and Strength stamp set, and my Shamrock ring, featuring the Every Little Bit set.  These were the easiest! Just be careful because the metal can get hot! I used tweezers to hold the ring.

So I purchased the ring and bracelet at a craft store. Just blank, and plain. They are made to be adorned with jewels and such from the jewelry area. I then pressed the flat part into a Versamark pad, covered in our Stampin' Up! silver embossing powder, then heated with the heat tool until melted. It will only take a second to cool for this first layer. Use those tweezers or something else for the ring! The metal gets hot.  Then press into the Versamark again, cover with powder, and heat with the heat gun. This time you will need to let it cool a bit, as the melted powder will be soft. Once cool, press again into the Versamark, cover with powder, and heat with the heat gun. This time, quickly take your stamp and press into the melted powder. Lift carefully, and let cool! If you mess up - no fear! Simply use the heat gun to melt it again. You can always add another layer of embossing powder! Then I just added a little bling with some of our Basic Rhinestones!

The earrings are a bit different. You can purchase flat discs in the same jewelry department, however, I wanted to try something different. I wanted to use as much Stampin' Up! materials as possible. So I used a 1" circle punch, and punched out two circles of Basic Grey cardstock. I then covered one side of each with Crystal Effects, then let dry. Once dry, it gave the circles a nice plastic toughness. Then proceeded with the cardstock side, as I did above, with 3 layers of embossing, then pressing the shamrock stamp into the melted embossing powder. Once cool, I added a Basic Rhinestone, and used the 1/16th hole punch to put a small hole in the top. I used rings and earring posts from the jewelry store to finish them up! The Crystal Effects on the back really helps to make these earrings a bit sturdier, but yet they are light as a feather!

Hope you enjoy!
Craft on!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Shamrock Lariat Necklace

Here is a great Shamrock Lariat necklace that I created for the talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators of Shamrock Stampers! Erin, Anne, Wendy, and I are going to Convention soon!!!!  So I created these for us! You can also download here.. Download Shamrock Lariat Necklace Pattern

Shamrock Lariat Necklace 
Hooks – H (for Shamrocks)
                F (for chain)
Yarn – Lily Cotton Sugar’n Cream
                  Yarn A - Hot Green (shamrocks)
                  Yarn B - Dark Pine (chain)

ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch                trc – treble crochet
dc – double crochet            sc – single crochet

For Shamrocks (Make 6)

With hook H and Yarn A

Ch 3, join with sl st to first chain. This makes a ring.
*Ch 3, trc, dc, trc, ch 3, sl st in ring*. – repeat from * 2 more times, total of 3
Ch 5, sc in 2nd chain from hook, sl st in remaining 3 chains. Fasten off.

For necklace

With hook F and Yarn B

*Sl st into top 4 stitches of middle petal of 1st shamrock
Ch 15
Sl st into top 4 stitches of middle petal of 2nd shamrock
Ch 15
Sl st into top 4 stitches of middle petal of 3rd shamrock*
Ch 140
Repeat from * to * for remaining 3 shamrocks.
Fasten Off. Weave in end.

Craft On!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mmmm Edible Stamping???

You read that right. Edible stamping. I also made my very first video! I did a post awhile back about edible stamping and  now I have perfected the technique! Plus I made a very short video demonstrating how to do it!

Hope you enjoy!

Craft on!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

Here is a super cute card I created for a workshop that I did today for my friend Nickie. Have  I mentioned I love cupcakes?
The colors I used for this card are Whisper White, and all the new In Colors, Wisteria Wonder (the purple), Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pool Party (the light bluish), and Calypso Coral. I love these colors! I also used a bit of our Red Glimmer paper which I am happy happy to say has made it into our new Catty! To make the shape of the card, I cut a 5x10 card, folded it in half, and placed it on the Clear Scalloped Square die for the Big Shot. But when I placed it on the die, I did not put the fold over the edge of the square, instead I sort of had it right underneath where it would cut, that way when I put it through the Big Shot, it only cut on the 3 sides, leaving the fold!  The whisper white piece on the inside and the outside is the same size, 3 3/4 x 3 3/4. I then use my Build a Cupcake punch and cut out one cupcake from each of the 5 In Colors. Then just mix and match pieces, gluing them onto the white piece.  I had some hang off, some sideways, get creative! I used Calypso Coral ink and our Swirls and Curls Summer Mini Hostess Stamp set to stamp Happy Birthday at the bottom. I trimmed off all the cupcakes that were hanging off the white piece. Then I ran it through the Big Shot with the polka dot embossing folder, with the dots popping up. I glued a small washer underneath the embossed cupcake/white piece before I glued it to the card. Then I used Lucky Limeade and the larger scallop circle punch, layerd that with Island Indigo and the 1 3/8 circle punch. I think punched out two more cupcakes for the cupcake in the middle on the circle and scallop circle. I glued a magnet on the back of the middle cupcake piece so that it comes off and is a cute magnet! Thats why it is popping off of the card!

Let me know if you have questions, hope you enjoy!
Craft on!!