Manhattan Wedding

With the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions die and the Very Versatile stamp set, you can create cards for a variety of occasions, such as this wedding card. Stampin’ Dimensionals make both the flower and the sentiment “pop” from the Pretty in Pink card base. Here is the recipe for this confection of a card:
  • Make a 5-1/2″ square card base from Pretty in Pink.
  • Using the Big Shot and the Manhattan Flower die, create flowers from Baja Breeze card stock. Cut out using Paper Snips, and attach to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. (Tip: Stampin’ Up!s Paper Snips are the perfect choice for any intricate cutting.)
  • Cut a strip of Baja Breeze and punch the edge using the Eyelet Border Punch. Repeat with Basic Grey. Layer the Basic Grey over the Baja Breeze. Wrap with Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon. Attach to the card base.
  • Ink the “Wishing You Happiness…” sentiment from the Very Versatile stamp set with Basic Grey, and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat with Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink and Basic Gray. Position and adhere to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I loved the look of Pretty in Pink and Baja Breeze together, a combination which I would describe as “yummy”. Remember that as an “In-Color”, Baja Breeze will be retiring upon the release of the new catalog. If you love this color as much as I do, do not hesitate to order more today. My Demonstrator Website is accesible 24/7 !

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Stamp Set: Very Versatile (Occasions Mini 113806)
Ink: Basic Gray (109120)
Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Pretty in Pink (100459), Basic Gray (108692), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die (114517), Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615), Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Eyelet Border Punch (113692)
Embellishments: Very Vanilla 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (109055), Pearl Brad (Non-SU!)

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Daisy Pals

What do Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron and Bashful Blue have in common? They were the three colors that were selected for the Pretty Pals Challenge #33! This challenge also included a twist…use a punch. Since I firmly believe that the Bigz Daisies #2 die can create flowers of any color that can be used on any color card, I set out to prove it my theory.
  • A standard card base was made from Whisper White card stock and scored at the top.
  • A layer of So Saffron textured card stock was then added to the card base.
  • A strip of Bashful Blue textured card stock was cut to width and punched with the Scallop Border Punch. It was adhered to the card base as illustrated.
  • Whisper White ribbon was positioned at the top edge of the blue strip.
  • Bashful Blue 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon was threaded through a Ribbon Slide from the Hodgepodge Hardware collection and layered on top of the Whisper White ribbon.
  • The Bashful Blue “ribbon strip” was then attached to the card base.
  • Pumpkin Pie card stock was passed through the Big Shot, using the Daisies #2 die. (Tip: To create fullness, I actually created two sets of flowers.) After the flower was assembled, a brad from the Hodgepodge Hardware collection was added to the center to add interest. The daisy was then attached to the card base.
This is an exciting time to become a Stampin‘ Up! Demonstrator. Did you know that one of the perks of a demonstrator are sneak peeks and the opportunity to purchase select merchandise before it becomes available to the general public? I would love to have you join me! Email me today if you need more information!

As we near the end of Stampin’ Up!s Designer Series Paper Sale (“Buy 3—Get 1 FREE!), there is no reason to be sad. Stampin’ Up! has lots of surprises in store for us! Just look at what is just around the corner:

June 1stThe “Last Chance” Retired List will be revealed. Which of your favorite stamps will be bidding us adieu?

June 15thThe Country Living Summer Cookout Kit will be available just in time for your summer entertaining. Click here to view this adorable set. I predict that they are bound to sell out quickly! Don’t be disappointed.

July 1st
The NEW 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog. I am so excited to share all of the new products and In-Colors with you!

But wait…there’s more! During the entire month of June, you can earn an additional $20 or $40 in free merchandise! Hostesses who hold a $250-$399.99 workshop will receive an additional $20 in hostess free merchandise dollars. Hostesses who hold a $400 or more workshop will receive an additional $40 in hostess free merchandise dollars. Partner up with a friend, if you would like and hold a catalog workshop!

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Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie (105117), So Saffron—Rich Regals 12” x 12” Textured (108696), Bashful Blue—Soft Subtles 12” x 12” Textured (108695), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Daisies #2 Bigz Die (114520), Scalloped Border Punch (112091)
Embellishments: Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon (Occasions Mini 114616), ¼” Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon (109029), Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Silver (111325)

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Watching for Birds Scrapbook Page

Like so many other dog owners, our dog is truly a member of our family. When I was serving on the local humane society executive board, a young purebred Boxer was brought into the shelter by the police as an abuse case. Weighing in at a mere twenty pounds, she was suffering from mange, severe ear infection (mud had been packed into her ears), and a variety of behavioral issues stemming from her mistreatment at the hands of teenaged boys. During my daily visits to the shelter, I grew to love this little dog who “adopted” me. As soon as the court papers were processed, and she was available for adoption, Missy came to live at our house. A heartworm and cancer survivor, Missy still retains that youthful, Boxer spunk eleven years later.
Now a matronly twelve years old, which is quite elderly for a Boxer, Missy is the queen of the house. One of her favorite activities is watching for birds through the front windows of our living room. I knew when I purchased Bella Birds Designer Series Paper, that it would be the perfect choice for a scrapbook page of Missy watching for birds. And yes, she has her very own scrapbook! In fact, Missy has requested that I share the recipe for this scrapbook page with you.
  • The photo was matted onto Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, and Chocolate Chip. (Tip: I pulled Certainly Celery from the colors in the photo. Of course, Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip are the perfect choices to use with Bella Birds.)
  • Using the Photo Corners Punch and Certainly Celery, punch two corners and adhere to opposite corners on the photo.
  • Use a sheet of “Pink Baroque” Bella Birds Designer Series Paper as the layout base. On top of this layer a section of the “Chocolate Chip Birds” paper. (Tip: I actually cut the Chocolate Chip paper so that the three birds would be strategically placed when I adhered my photo.)
  • Adhere Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon at the upper and lower interfaces of the two pattern papers. On the bottom ribbon, layer Certainly Celery ribbon.
  • Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon was then placed through a Ribbon Slide from the Hodgepodge Hardware Collection and positioned on top of the boundary of the Chocolate Chip and Certainly Celery ribbons as illustrated.
  • Lucida Sans Calligraphy font, in brown, was used to print the title onto Very Vanilla, which was then matted on Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, and Chocolate Chip. It was positioned and adhered below the photo.
  • “Missy” was printed using the same font and color, and placed in a Raised Dots Designer Holder from the Hodgepodge Hardware Collection. It was attached with brads beside the photo.
  • As a final touch, a Floral Circle Brad from the Hodgepodge Hardware Collection was placed in the upper left corner.
This particular picture of Missy was taken without her knowledge from the opposite side of the house using my zoom lens and the portrait setting on my Canon Digital Rebel. In person, it is an awesome picture and I knew that I had to “scrap” it! What does Missy think about this latest addition to her scrapbook? In her own words, “Bow-WOW!”
The Stampin’ Schach Tip of the Day: Today’s tip is not about stamping or cardmaking. Instead it is a plea for responsible pet ownership. Please spay or neuter your pets. Shelters and breed rescues are overpopulated with the results of unplanned litters. Although shelter dogs can and do make great family pets, such as our Missy, our shelters are over populated 🙂
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Designer Series Paper: Bella Birds (113981)
Card Stock: Pink Pirouette (111351), Certainly Celery (105125), Chocolate Chip (101128), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Photo Corner Punch (109042)
Embellishments: Chocolate Chip 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (109051), Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon (109067), Certainly Celery (109050), Hodgepodge Hardware in Stylized Silver (111325)

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Crazy Daisies

Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White! What a yummy color combination! Add texture to the card stock, and the result is a card which is quick and classy, with just the right touch of whimsy! If these colors do not suit your fancy, Stampin‘ Up!s color palette can provide you with an endless number of dynamic trios. You are only limited by your imagination!
  • Make a standard card base of Whisper White and score at the top.
  • Texturize a piece of Pink Pirouette using the Swirls plate from Backgrounds I and the Big Shot. Adhere to the card base.
  • Cut a strip of Baja Breeze and punch one side with the Eyelet Border Punch. Adhere to the card base as illustrated.
  • Run a snippet of 1/4″ Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon through a Ribbon Slide from the Hodgepodge Hardware collection and adhere to the top of the Eyelet Border strip.
  • Using the Daisies #2 Bigz Die and the Big Shot, cut three Baja Breeze daisies and three Whisper White daisies. Alternate colors to form a full daisy.
  • Place a Circle Fire Brad in Pink through the center of the daisy.
  • Position and adhere the daisy to the card base, and your card is complete.
I can hardly wait to try out other color combinations with this design. I am going to let my imagination run wild. You never know what works until you try! Email me today if you need more information!
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Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Pink Pirouette (111351), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615), Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I (114512), Flower, Daisies #2 (114520)
Embellishments: ¼” Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (109025), Circle Fire Brad (109110), Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Silver (111325)
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Baja and Black

I will miss Baja Breeze when it “retires” on June 30th. It is so stunning when paired with Basic Black and Whisper White. While this layout was influenced by a monochromatic card designed by Jen of Designs by Boo, the use of the Small Leaves Sizzlits die was inspired by a Making Memories brad that was leftover from my non-Stampin’ Up! life. This card is definitely quick and classy!
  • Make a standard card base from Basic Black. Score on the side.
  • Using the Swirls Plate from Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I and the Big Shot, texturize 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Baja Breeze card stock and layer it onto the card base.
  • Select the Polka Dot print from the Baja Breeze Designer Series Paper collection cut to 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ and mat onto Basic Black. Punch the edge with the Scallop Border Punch, and wrap the other edge with 1/4″ Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon and tie a bow. Layer over the texturized Baja Breeze.
  • Using Nestabilities Scalloped Circles dies and the Big Shot, prepare layered circles, cutting the larger from Basic Black and the smaller from Whisper White. Layer the white over the black. Finish the edges of the black scalloped circle with a Paper Piercer available in the Crafters’ Tool Kit.
  • Using the Stampin’ Up! Little Leaves Sizzlits die and the Big Shot, prepare Baja Breeze leaflets and adhere to the white circle with Mini Glue Dots. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop the entire scalloped element off of the card base. (Tip: I happened to have a scrap of texturized Baja Breeze which I used, giving a unique look tot he leaflets!)
  • As a final touch, I added the brad that inspired it all in the lower right hand corner!
If you love Baja Breeze, or any of the other In-Colors, stock up today. They are only available until June 30th! But don’t despair, Stampin’ Up! will be treating us to the newest generation of In-Colors with the release of the new catalog on July 1!
If you would like a sneak preview of the newest that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, join me today as a demonstrator. Sneak peeks are just one of the fun perks of being a demonstrator. Stampin’ Up! is currently offering you the opportunity to sign on as a demonstrator for only $75 with their Scrapbooking Starter Kit.
The following items are included as part of this limited-time offer:
113510 Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set* $42.95
113059 Simply Scrappin’ Petal Party $19.95
108697 Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12″ x 12″) $11.95
105240 Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad $7.50
Please note: Each of the products listed above may be substituted for like items.
The Scrapbooking Starter Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit, including the Getting Started DVD, Getting Started Guide, Guest Invitation Postcard (100), Idea Book & Catalog (8), Occasions Mini Catalog (8), To My Hostess Envelope (10), Recruit Folders (5), Recruit Brochures (20), Hostess Brochure (20), Hostess Benefits Form (10) and Customer Order Form (50).

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Designer Series Paper: Baja Breeze (112157)
Card Stock: Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730), Baja Breeze (111352)
Tools: Tools: Big Shot (113439), Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615), Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I (114512), Stampin’ Up! Little Leaves Sizzlits (114511), Crafters’ Tool Kit (104310), Nestabilities Scalloped Circles (Non-Stampin’ Up!)
Embellishments: ¼” Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (109025), Fifth Avenue Brad (Making Memories)

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Great Grads Scrapbook Page

There is no doubt about it…great pictures make great scrapbook pages. But what if you have mediocre pictures, like the only picture in existence of my son’s pre-school graduation? Then the designing process definitely becomes a challenge, such as in this situation, where I wanted to couple this print with another mediocre picture. (Hey…It’s tough to get a great picture when you are seated several rows away from the action!) In addition, there is very little to unify the two pictures, which were taken fourteen years apart. However, I was bound and determined to use both prints on the same page. So in today’s discussion, I would like to share the rationales behind my design decisions.

  • First I selected a neutral colored card stock as my background paper, as I wanted the focus to be on the subject of the pictures. I love all of the Designer Series Paper, but since I was working with two diverse photos, the safest bet was to select something small and neutral.
  • One of my major goals was to create cohesiveness between the two prints. One way that I accomplished this was by printing the pictures the same size and matting them identically. This automatically created similarity.
  • I wanted the matted pictures to “pop” off the page and catch the eye, so as the final matting layer, I used Chocolate Chip in contrast against the neutral background. Since very few colors were identical in the two pictures, I purposely steered away from trying to match matting colors to the photos. Instead I selected colors that were not predominant in either photo. This way, one picture was not emphasized more than the other.
  • For my journaling block I selected the LD Quick Note font, and printed it on Very Vanilla. I highlighted the words “Graduation” and “2008” by printing them in a color to compliment “Always Artichoke”, which was used as the mat for the journaling block.
  • Because this was a school related event, I elected to punch the top border with the Spiral Punch to simulate a spiral notebook.
  • Instead of adhering the pictures side-by-side, which would accentuate their differences, I staggered them on the page.
  • To connect and ground the journaling block and pictures, I created a badge by stamping the “G” from the Great Grad set in Chocolate Chip ink onto Very Vanilla card stock. I punched this out using the 1-3/4” Circle Punch, and then layered it as follows: Always Artichoke scalloped circle, Barely Banana circle, Chocolate Chip scalloped circle, Always Artichoke scalloped circle. I kept adding layers to build this up to the size I needed in order to have it touch both pictures and the journaling block. As a plus, the selected colors unified the layout.
  • Brown Paisley was used to form a small folder to hold a few extra smaller prints that I had of graduation which I did not want to feature on a separate layout. The punched Eyelet Border softened the straight lines of the rest of the layout and added visual interest.
  • The sentiment, brads, and ribbon further embellished the layout, and kept it from appearing too Spartan.

When I look at my finished result, I am no longer distracted by two disjointed pictures. Instead, I am immediately drawn into the journaling and its story. If you have stories that you wish to tell through scrapbooking, you may want to join me as a demonstrator. Stampin’ Up! is currently offering you the opportunity to sign on as a demonstrator for only $75 with their Scrapbooking Starter Kit.

The following items are included as part of this limited-time offer:
113510 Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set* $42.95
113059 Simply Scrappin’ Petal Party $19.95
108697 Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12″ x 12″) $11.95
105240 Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad $7.50
Please note: Each of the products listed above may be substituted for like items.

The Scrapbooking Starter Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit, including the Getting Started DVD, Getting Started Guide, Guest Invitation Postcard (100), Idea Book & Catalog (8), Occasions Mini Catalog (8), To My Hostess Envelope (10), Recruit Folders (5), Recruit Brochures (20), Hostess Brochure (20), Hostess Benefits Form (10) and Customer Order Form (50). Email me today if you need more information!

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Stamp Set: Great Grads

Ink: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip

Designer Paper: To the Nines;

Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip

Tools: Circle Scissors Plus, Glass Mat, Eyelet Border Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Nestabilities Scallop Circles

Embellishments: Very Vanilla 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Small Brads

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Scalloped Cherries

The Circle Scissors Plus is a Superman of Tools! Able to produce circles ranging from 1″ to 6″, it can be combined with the Scallop Circle Die to provide quick, yet visually stunning cards. Add your favorite Designer Series Papers and coordinating card stock and “ta-da”…you have the foundation for a card that can’t miss!

  • Using Kiwi Kiss, make a 5.5 x 4.25 card.
  • Next center the wide side on top of the Scallop Circle Die, leaving four scallops uncovered to form the hinge. Run this through the Big Shot to form the scallop circle note card.
  • Run Rockabilly “Cherries” Specialty Designer Series Paper and a 3-1/2″ Nestabilities Scalloped Circle die through the Big Shot to form the middle circle. Position and adhere to a Riding Hood Red circle which was cut with the Circle Scissors Plus. Tip: I adjusted the Circle Scissors Plus to produce a circle approximately 3-5/8″, and it was a perfect fit!
  • Layer a snippet of Whisper White 1/4″ Grosgrain ribbon. Attach this to the note card.
  • Ink the “Friends” sentiment from the Garden Greetings stamp set with Kiwi Kiss, and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch out using the Word Window Punch, and layer onto Riding Hood Red. Position and adhere to the ribbon.
  • Punch a pair of cherries from the Designer Series Paper and layer onto a Riding Hood Red circle which was cut using the small Nestabilities Scallop Circle Die and the Big Shot. Adhere next to the sentiment.

I love the Rockabilly Specialty Designer Series Paper! It is one of the papers that I purchased using Stampin’ Up!s “Buy Three—Get One Free” promotion. For every three Designer Series Papers or 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stocks that you purchase, you can select one for free! There is still time to take advantage and stock up on your favorites.
If you love Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red, please remember that they are “In-Colors”. Along with Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette, and Pacific Point, these colors are only available through June 30th. If you are like me, and sad to see them go, order some today. You can always order from me, 24/7!
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Stamp Set: Garden Greetings (113716)
Ink: Kiwi Kiss (111835)
Designer Series Paper: (Rockabilly 114039)
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss (111353), Riding Hood Red (111348), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Bigz Scallop Circle (113468), 1″ Circle Punch (109046), Word Window Punch (105090), Circle Scissors Plus (112530), Glass Mat (112531), Nestabilities Scalloped Circles (Non-Stampin’ Up!)
Embellishments: Whisper White ¼”Grosgrain Ribbon (109025), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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Leafless

“To the Nines” is one of my favorite Designer Series Papers. A textured cover-weight card stock, its shades of Sage Shadows and Chocolate Chip are an enticement for me to reach for this collection often. And reach for it I did, as I designed the fourth and final card in my Branch Out series. The luscious greens of summer and vibrant colors of fall have given way to a leafless tree as the tire swing waits forlornly for the arrival of spring. Stampin‘ Pastels were used to lightly tint the background while a clear Window Sheet protects the image from smudges. The result is a card that is reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century landscape, complete with oval frame.
  • Prepare a card base from “Brown Dot” To the Nines Designer Specialty Designer Series Paper. Use a Corner Rounder on two of the corners.
  • Using the Big Shot and Oval Scallop Frame die, cut a frame out of Sage Shadow “Herringbone and Dots” To the Nines paper.
  • Ink the Tree image from the Branch Out stamp set with Basic Brown and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Once the ink has set, use a variety of Stampin‘ Pastels to create a soft background. (Tip: Although Stampin‘ Pastels come with applicators, for this particular card I used my fingers.)
  • Ink the “Tire Swing” image with Basic Black for the tire and Basic Brown for the rope. Stamp onto the tree branch of your choice.
  • Attach an oval of clear Window Sheets to the underside of the frame. Place over the chalked image, adhering with StampinDimensionals.
  • Add a snippet of 5/8″ Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon to the card base. Then position and adhere the framed image to the base.
  • Ink the “Thank You” sentiment from Garden Greetings with Basic Brown onto Very Vanilla card stock. Layer this onto “Brown Dot” and adhere to the bottom of the frame. (Tip: Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement every time!)
This card is so very pretty in person. The Window Sheet adds just the right amount of shine to the delicate pastel work. And the nice thing about this card is that once I had settled on the design, the card came together quick and easy!
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Stamp Sets: Branch Out (13200), Garden Greetings (113716)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315), Basic Black (101179), Stampin’ Pastels (105542)
Designer Series Paper: To the Nines (114038)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Frame, Oval Scallop (113468), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Corner Rounder Punch (109047)
Embellishments: 5/8” Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109055)
Other: Window Sheets Medium-7 mil (Occasions Mini 114323), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
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Rock Star

May is National Scrapbooking Month, and what better way is there to celebrate than by taking advantage of Stampin’ Up!s “Buy Three…Get One Free” promotion. With the purchase of three Designer Series Papers or 12” by 12” Textured Card Stocks, you will receive one free! And the nice thing is that you can mix and match! Stampin’ Up!s Designer Series Papers are an excellent choice for creating layouts that showcase your special photos, such as the one featured today. Rockabilly Designer Series Specialty Paper and the “Rock Star” stamp from A Little Somethin add a touch of whimsy, while the tuxedo striped paper maintains the page’s masculine feel.

  • Mat the photo on Kiwi Kiss, followed by the Kiwi Kiss/Black Skull paper from the Rockabilly collection.
  • Using the Scallop Circle Bigz Die and the Big Shot, cut two circles from Kiwi Kiss Designer Series Paper and Dotted Riding Hood Red paper from the Rockabilly collection. Layer. Adhere onto the back of the photo mat.
  • Position the photo mat onto the glossy black striped paper from Rockabilly and adhere using SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Layer a wide strip of Dotted Riding Hood Red Rockabilly toward the bottom of the page. On top of this adhere a strip of single Kiwi Kiss/Black Skulls.
  • Ink the Rock Star stamp with Basic Black ink and stamp onto Whisper White card stock. Punch the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch. Mat this onto Dotted Riding Hood Red, and once again punch the corners using the Ticket Corner Punch. Mat onto Basic Black.
  • Using StampinDimensionals, position the Rock Star block on top of the scalloped circles.
  • Coat two stars and an arrow from the On Board Essentials Chipboard Collection with Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive. Place adhesive side down on the Kiwi Kiss and Black Skulls paper. (The flip side of this paper is the Dotted Riding Hood Red, which is the pattern I wanted to show when the chipboard was adhered to the page.)
  • Trim using Paper Snips. Lightly sand the edges using a Sanding Block. Use StampinDimensionals to adhere to the layout as shown in the illustration.

This photo of my son’s jazz combo, the WestSide Mongrels, is one of my favorites. The black and white copy gave an edgy look, and allowed me to use the “Skulls” pattern without making the composition feel “too busy”. If you are ready to make your own “Rock Star”, remember that you can order Stampin‘ Up! 24/7! Just click on the link below. Email me today if you have questions!
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Stamp Set: A Little Somethin’ (Hostess Level 2 (113415)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Designer Series Paper: Rockabilly (114039), Kiwi Kiss (112161)
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss (111353), Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (102851)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Scallop Circle Bigz Die (113468), Sanding Block (103301), Paper Snips (103579)
Other: On Board Essentials (112085), Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive (110755), StampinDimensionals (104430)

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Even a Teenage Boy…

Sometimes I feel like such a schmuck! My poor son, Brady, needed a Thank You card to send to his trumpet professor. Unfortunately this happens to be an extremely hectic time of the year for me. Those of you who are teachers know exactly what I mean. I have requisitions to make out, lesson plans to complete, course manuals to get in order, semester exams to write and the list goes on and on and on. So I pointed him in the direction of all of my card making supplies and said…”You are a big boy…Go for it!” Well, to make a long story short, he grabbed the “Clearly Thanks” Window Sheets and a packet of In-Colors and came up with this card. I guess the motto of this story would be: “Window Sheets…So Easy, Even a Teenage Boy Can Use Them!” In his own words, (with my translation in parentheses) here is Brady’s step-by-step recipe for this card:

  • Take some blue paper and make it into a card. (Make a standard card base out of Pacific Point.)
  • Take some green paper and cut it so its right under the “Y” in “You” and right below the “swirly” things. (Using Kiwi Kiss, cut a strip of paper so it accentuates the swirls of the window sheet. Adhere to the card base.)
  • Take some orange paper and put it below the green paper. (Take a strip of Tangerine Tango and adhere it to the bottom of the card base as noted in the picture.)
  • Attach the “clear thing” with sticky dots. (Using Mini Glue Dots, position and adhere the window sheet onto the card base.) I did have to advise him that Mini Glue Dots were the best choice for adhering the window sheet.
  • Add some buttons to hide the sticky dots. (If you wish, you can camouflage the Mini Glue Dots with buttons from the Fresh Favorites II Collection. Mini Glue Dots will hold them perfectly in place). I did tell Brady to use a snippet of Pacific Point paper as “thread” in the button. However, he couldn’t manage this very well. His “trumpet” fingers are really calloused, so I did it for him 🙂
  • Stick another button on it by one of the “swirly things.” (Add another button to accentuate the swirls in the design.)

From fresh young minds, you can learn a thing or two! I probably would not have thought about using the three different colors to accentuate the design. In fact, I probably would not have selected these three colors. I asked him what was behind his choices, and he just wanted something bright and “summery”!

When I asked Brady if he was ready to make some more cards, his answer was “No!” But, he was ready to tackle the Big Shot. It seems that he is fascinated by the little matchboxes… Or is he just interested in the chocolate that I put in them?
Stay tuned. Is it possible that there could be a sequel…”Window Sheets…So Easy, Even a Husband Can Use Them”? Time will tell.
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