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)
Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

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).

Email me today if you need more information!

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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)

Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…

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

Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…