Express Yourself!

Music Expressions” was one of the first Stampin’ Up! sets I purchased. It is a classically elegant stamp, and I especially loved the accompanying sentiment by Victor Hugo…”Music expresses that which cannot be said”. As the mother of a classical trumpet player, the sentiment was especially poignant. I felt that this would be the perfect choice for the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge 224. This is how I “expressed” myself:

  • I made my card base from Kraft card stock on which I layered “Bleu” paper from the Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper, leaving 1/4th of an inch border on all four sides.
  • I then matted two 1” strips of contrasting Bella Bleu neutrals onto Not Quite Navy card stock, trimming to 1/16th of an inch. I placed Very Vanilla ribbon down the center of each strip, and adhered the matted strips onto my card base.
  • I inked the “Violin” stamp with Basic Brown, and matted this onto Not Quite Navy cardstock. This focal image was adhered to the card base with SNAIL adhesive.
  • As a finishing touch, filigree and dragonfly brads were attached to add depth.

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Stamp Set: Music Expressions (113718)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315)
Designer Series Paper: Bella Bleu (113974)
Card Stock: Kraft (102125), Very Vanilla (101650), Not Quite Navy (101722)
Ribbon: Very Vanilla (109055)

Your Devilish Smile

I needed to complete a companion piece to the scrapbook page posted below, so I armed myself with Designer Series Paper and Summer Love Rub-Ons. I am embarrassed to say that since I am a year behind in my scrapbooking, finding pictures was not a problem. I happened to have two pictures that presented a contrast…one of my son looking serious, and the other with just a hint of a smile. One was full color, the other black and white. The journaling also continues this theme of contrasts. How could one boy achieve so much…and yet be voted “Class Clown” by his peers? Like father, like son!
  • I selected the gray pattern paper from Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper to serve as my background.
  • I matted the colored picture on Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss and Basic Black card stock, and the black and white picture on Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray and Basic Black. A Corner Rounder Punch was used on all corners.
  • The Summer Love Rub-Ons “Smile” sentiment was placed on Whisper White card stock and punched out using the Scallop Oval Punch. The Large Oval Punch was used to punch an oval from the small floral coral paper from the “A Walk in the Park” Designer Series Paper.
  • The journaling block was printed onto Whisper White using the Andy font. This was then matted onto the small floral coral paper. This was then adhered to a Kiwi Kiss Stampin‘ Up Top Note.
  • A strip of Kiwi Kiss checked paper from the Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper was punched using the Corner Rounder and adhered to one side of the background paper. A strip of sheer black ribbon was adhered on top of this. The Top Note/Journaling complex was then positioned.
  • Using a hole punch, I punched a hole through both the ribbon and paper near the bottom of the Kiwi Kiss patterned strip and inserted a Basic Gray Corduroy Brad.
  • The sentiment “You crack me up” from A Good Egg stamp set was inked in Basic Black and stamped onto Whisper White. This was then punched out using the Word Window Punch and adhered near the button.
  • A snippet of Basic Gray ribbon was wrapped around the black and white picture, and the Smile Rub-On was placed into position. Both pictures were then adhered to the background paper according to the picture.
  • To add a final pop of color, and to reinforce the theme of contrast, the leaves from one of the sheets of Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper were cut out and adhered to the layout using SNAIL adhesive.
This layout used several products from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Remember that with the Get Connected Promotion you can receive a free item from the “Under $10” page of the Spring-Summer Idea Book and Catalog. You can also receive a free item from the same page by hosting a workshop of at least $150. For each $150 in sales, you can select a free item from the “Under $10” page. Featured Occasions Mini products included: Summer Love Rub-Ons, “A Walk in the Park” Designer Series Paper, Oval Scallop Punch, Basic Gray Corduroy Buttons.
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Stamp Set: A good Egg (114974)
Rub-Ons: Summer Love (Occasions Mini 114620)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Designer Series Paper: Urban Oasis (113978), A Walk in the Park (Occasions Mini 115123)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Kiwi Kiss (111353), Basic Gray (108692), Basic Black (102851)
Tools: Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Scallop Oval Punch (Occasions Mini 114889), Large Oval Punch (107305), Word Window Punch (105090), 1/16th Circle Punch (101227)
Adhesives: SNAIL adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (103683), StampinDimensionals (104430) Embellishments: Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064), Basic Gray Corduroy Brad (Occasions Mini 114345), Sheer Black Ribbon (Unknown)

Just Another Walk in the Park

The Summer Love Rub-Ons, featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog, are perfect for scrapbooking! The “Friends Forever” sentiment just seemed the right touch for this layout, which features my son at his Senior Prom. The “A Walk in the Park” Designer Series Paper, also from the Occasions Mini Catalog, adds a young, fun look and compliments the colors of the photograph quite well. Although your color schemes will probably differ depending on your picture, I will share the Stampin’ Up! products which were used to make this scrapbook page. So, let’s take another “Walk in the Park”!

  • I selected a sheet of “Bright Stems and Leaves” paper from “A Walk in the Park” Designer Series Paper to serve as the base. I added a strip of Kiwi Kiss Designer Series Paper (“Little Squares”) at the bottom.
  • So Saffron ribbon was attached at the interface of the two papers.
  • The journaling was printed onto Very Vanilla card stock using LD Quick Note font. This was matted onto Pretty in Pink card stock followed by Kiwi Kiss.
  • The sentiment was printed onto Very Vanilla using the same font. This was matted onto Pretty in Pink, followed by Kiwi Kiss, and finally Barely Banana.
  • The photo, journaling and sentiment were adhered to the base as illustrated using SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Two “Little Leaves” Sizzlets were cut from Pretty in Pink and Not Quite Navy card stock and adhered near the sentiment block. A Not Quite Navy button, “threaded” with a small sliver of Kiwi Kiss card stock, was adhered on top of the stems using Mini Glue Dots. The “Butterfly” stamp from Great Friends was inked with Not Quite Navy, and stamped onto Very Vanilla. It was trimmed and placed into position on the journaling block, using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finally, the “Friends Forever” sentiment from the Summer Love Rub-Ons was placed onto Very Vanilla cardstock, trimmed, and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
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Stamp Set: Great Friend (Occasions Mini 113792)Ink: Not Quite Navy (103008)
Designer Series Paper: Kiwi Kiss, A Walk in the Park (Occasions Mini 115123)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Kiwi Kiss (111353), Barely Banana (102701), Pretty in Pink (100459), Not Quite Navy (101722)
Ribbon: So Saffron (from Sale-a-bration 114618)
Button: Fresh Favorites I (107421)
Sizzlets Die: Stampin’ Up! Little Leaves (114511)
Other: Summer Love Rub-Ons (Occasions Mini 114620), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Font: LD Quick Note