Archive | April, 2010

Huge News…Stampin’ Up! is Renovating the Colors

19 Apr

If you haven’t heard the news, Stampin’ Up! is making big changes to the colors and color groups in the upcoming July catalog.  This is definitely exciting news, but of course, some of mine and probably your favorite colors will be retiring.  Not to worry, you still have time to stock up on your favorites!  Here are some highlights to the renovations.

  • 4 color groups:  Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles
  • There are 25 carryover colors
  • There are 10 returning In Colors…this includes Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, River Rock, Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, and Baja Breeze
  • There will be 5 new colors;  Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Early Expresso, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist
  • There will be 5 new In Colors that will be available for 2 years

Want to see a list of what’s retiring?????

No problem, just visit the side bar to your right and your wish will be granted!


Flower Folds and Scallop Square Card

14 Apr

Stamp Set:  None

Big Shot Dies: Flower Folds, Scallop Square (Both SU exclusives)

Designer Paper: Bashful Blue

  1. Fold the white CS in half and place on the scallop square die so that the folded edge is just underneath the die.  In other words, it won’t be cut.  You can also cut the designer paper for the front of the card at this time.
  2. Place the designer paper on the card and add the ribbon.
  3. Cut the flowers from the patterned paper, you will need the 3 smallest ones.  Fold on the crease and layer with adhesive.
  4. Punch a 1 ¼” circle from white and a 1” circle from bashful blue.  Layer.
  5. Add two ¼” holes in the center of the circles and run ribbon through and knot.  Add to the cent of the flower.

Oval Frame With Vinyl Decor Flowers

8 Apr

Created by Kathy Alt

This was my first attempt at creating vinyl decor with my Big Shot and I must say, it was very easy!

Big Shot Dies:  Scallop Oval, Blossom Party, Polka Dot Embossing Folder

  1. Cut the oval out of the designer paper.  Be careful with this as the paper has to lie diagonally.
  2. I have already cut the white frame, run this through the Big Shot in the polka dot embossing folder.
  3. To add the white frame to the designer paper, you will need to use the 2 small scraps of CS and put adhesive on them.  Place them so that they span the opening where the frame is going to be.  Then place the frame on top of the adhesive.  You will also be adding sticky strip along the bottom and the side corners as shown.  This will create a pocket to slide your picture into.

4.  You are now going to create vinyl decals that could also be used on your walls, but we are adding them to the picture frame.

5. First, cut out 3 of the small daisy and 3 of the centers from the Blossom Party Die.

6.  Using the dotto, (temporary adhesive), place the 3 dots on a scrap of CS and emboss white dots using the versamark and white embossing powder.  Be sure to use the embossing buddy first! Also, do not overheat when embossing.  Remove centers from CS.

7.  To change the die cuts to vinyl clings, complete the following steps.

*Place the flower, right-side up on the table. (Backing paper should be down.)

*Remove the backing from the backing sheet, keep the sticky side and lay it over the flower.  Rub this firmly

to adhere to the flower.

*Repeat this with the centers and the other flowers.

*To adhere the image to the frame surface, peel off the back of the vinyl and place on the frame.

* Use the tool to rub over the top of the image.

* Carefully pull off the backing sheet from the vinyl image.  It works best to pull down at an angle.

* Add the centers the same way.

Pocket Card With the Two-Step Bird Punch

7 Apr

Anniversary/Wedding Card

Stamp set:  I Heart Hearts

Punches: Scallop Trim Border and Scallop Trim Corner, Extra large 2-Step Bird

Creating a Perfect Bordered Insert:

  1. Holding your corner punch upside down so you can see what you’re doing from the bottom, slip each corner of the square right to the corner of the cutting edge (the “v” shape).  Be careful not to go all the way into the punch, just feed it to the corners are lined up with the punch.
  2. Punch all 4 corners 1st.
  3. To punch the sides, line up just one corner.  Punch first one side and then slide your cardstock over and line up the opposite corner and punch the other side. As long as you line up your corners, you should come out fine each time.
  4. Stamp the saying using Orchid Opulence.

Creating the pocket card:

  1. Fold the card in half and then fold the top of the front of the card down approximately 1 3/8” from the top.
  2. Using the border punch, edge the flap.
  3. Punch the corners on the Old Olive CS and then run through the Big Shot using the Finial Press Embossing Folder.  The sandwich for this is:

Multi-purpose platform opened to tab 1

Clear cutting mat

Embossing folder with CS inside

Clear cutting mat

  1. Attach the Designer Paper to the flap with adhesive and glue embossed old olive piece onto the card and then fasten the flap using the gold brads and the 1/8” punch.
  2. Using the 2-step bird punch, punch out:  2 orchid birds, 2 white wings, and 2 olive branches.
  3. Use the Hearts stamp inked in Razzelberry to add pattern to the wings and stamp another heart on white.
  4. Cut out this heart and add to the card using dimensional
  5. Finish the card as shown.

Vintage Vogue Photo Album

6 Apr

Created by Kathy Alt

Friends Photo Album

Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel

Big Shot Dies: Finial Press Embossing Folder, Ovals

Punch: Scallop Border, crop-a-dile

Designer Series Paper: Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper

Stack (Occasions Mini Catalog)

  1. To emboss the chocolate chip CS, insert one piece of the CS into the embossing folder.  You will need to do this twice for each piece as it is larger than the embossing folder.

The sandwich for the Big Shot is:

  • White multipurpose platform opened to Tab1
  • Clear cutting mat
  • Embossing folder with CS inside
  • Clear cutting mat
  1. Wheel the larger sheet of white CS with creamy caramel , then sponge with chocolate chip.
  2. Randomly stamp the smaller sheet of white CS using chocolate chip, then sponge with chocolate chip.
  3. Punch the long strip of chocolate chip with the scallop border punch and add to the ends of the small white CS.

5. Punch out the large and medium oval using the big shot.

  1. Stamp the smaller oval and sponge.
  2. Mount all pieces as shown.
  3. Stamp and cut out the flowers.
  4. Round the corners of the buckle and sponge the white piece.

10.Attach the buckle to the back of the album by punching the holes with the crop-a-dile and adding brads.

11.Add your ribbon to the buckle and add Velcro to the front cover and the buckle.

Top Note Pouch with Post-It Holder

5 Apr

Created by Kathy Alt

Top Note Pouch

Stamp Set: Whimsical Words (Sale-a-bration)

Punches: 1 3/8” Circle, Scallop Circle, Large Oval

Big Shot Dies: Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Top Note

Designer Series Paper: Night of Navy

  1. Punch 2 Navy top notes and one top note out of designer paper.  These can all be cut out at the same time.

Big Shot Sandwich:

  • Clear cutting mat
  • Die
  • CS
  • Clear cutting mat
  1. Cut the designer paper top note just below the half-way point and place the extra in the basket for someone else to use.
  2. Attach this to one of the navy top notes.
  3. At that seam, adhere white grosgrain ribbon.
  4. Complete the front of the pouch by stamping the saying and punching out with the 1 3/8” circle punch, then mounting on a scallop circle.
  5. The butterflies were created using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit on the Big Shot.  There should be a collection of these to choose from, but if you need to cut others, the Big Shot Sandwich is:
  • Multi-purpose platform open to Tab 1
  • Clear Cutting Mat
  • Embosslit with ONE sheet of CS (Be sure to place right-side down)
  • Clear Cutting Mat
  1. Cut down the mini paper bag to desired size.
  2. Adhere pouch top notes to the paper bag.
  3. Punch the handles, one side at a time, using the large oval punch.
  4. Stuff pouch, add goodies, and tie with a ribbon.