Go “Green”!

The emphasis these days is to go “green” and we can certainly apply this principle to our card making, too! These colorful flowers were made using the Sizzix Big Shot, Bigz Die Daisies #2, and an advertisement from the newspaper! “What about the ribbon slide?” you ask. Why it just happens to be a tab from a pop can! This card was prepared for the Splitcoast Challenge 225 with the Pretty Pals twist…use green and go “green”. Don’t be afraid to take chances in your cardmaking and scrapbooking, whether its using a button from an old shirt, a single earring which has lost its mate, scrap lace and ribbon…or even a pop tab! Here’s my recipe for “Going Green”:

  • Select a colorful ad from a newspaper or magazine. Tip: Select your ad first, as it will dictate the colors of cardstock you will use! Use the Big Shot and Daisies #2 Die to cut your flowers. Tip: Several layers will make your flowers lush and full. Use a Rhinestone Brad to add that extra sparkle to the center of your flower.
  • Mount the flower on Whisper White cardstock to which you have applied the Ticket Corner Punch.
  • Using Taken with Teal card stock, make four panels. Ink the “Leaves” image from the Botanical Blooms stamp set with Whisper White and randomly stamp the teal panels. Tip: Make sure to stamp some images off the edge to add depth and realism. Use the Ticket Corner Punch to add interest to the upper and lower right hand corners. Adhere this to the Tangerine Tango card base.
  • Adhere the large flower and its Whisper White base to your card.
  • Lace 1/4th inch Whisper White grosgrain ribbon through a pop tab. Position below the large flower. (The sample card also features a slightly wider orange ribbon that was a scrap that I happened to have. However, Stampin’ Up! offers a wide selection of ribbon in colors to coordinate with your “ad” paper.)
  • As a final touch, a smaller flower was affixed at the edge of the pop tab.

Why not try the “green” challenge yourself? The Big Shot just lends itself to this challenge with its ability to cut through not only paper, but even chipboard and pop cans! With the wide variety of dies available, it is so versatile. Over the next few weeks, I will continue to showcase the remarkable things you can create with this tool.
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Stamp Set: Botanical Blooms (Sale-a-bration 113812)
Inks: Taken with Teal (103257), Whisper White (101731)
Card Stock: Taken with Teal (101584), Tangerine Tango (111349), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Bigz Die Flowers, Daisies #2 (114520), Ticket Corner Punch (107214)
Embellishments: Rhinestone Brads Square Ice (109113), Whisper White 1/4th inch Grosgrain Ribbon (109025)

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things!

I am always interested in lists, especially when they involve scrapbooking and cardmaking “must-haves”! So…these are a few of my favorite things. And, if you know the tune, feel free to just sing along!
“My Favorite Things…Stampin’ Up! Style”
Grommets and buttons and ribbons…just oodles!
Stampin’ Write! Markers so I can draw doodles!
Designer Papers, butterfly stamps with wings,
These are a few of my favorite things!

All textured card stocks and all of the punches,
All of the Bigz dies…I want to have bunches!
My Stamp-a-ma-jig helps me out quite a lot,
I cannot forget all the stamp sets I’ve bought!

When I’m at work
and I can’t stamp
and I’m feeling sad…
I simply remember my Stampin’ Up! things
And then I don’t feel so bad!

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Favorite Hardware: Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Vanilla (112454); Basic Jumbo Grommets (Occasions Mini 114348)

Favorite Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Color Caddy (104335)

Favorite Stampin’ Write Markers: Rich Regals (105540)

Favorite Textured Card Stocks: In-Colors (111345), Bright Bolds (108698), Earth Elements (108697), Rich Regals (108696), Soft Subtles (108695)

Favorite Buttons: Button Latte (114333), Corduroy Buttons—Kiwi Kiss (114338), Chocolate Chip (114339)

Favorite Designer Series Paper : A Walk in the Park (Occasions Mini 115123); To the Nines (114038), Urban Garden (112042), Bella Bleus (113974), Tea Party (113992), Manchester (112464)

Favorite Punches: Scallop Oval Punch (Occasions Mini 114889), Scallop Circle (109043), Scallop Edge (112091)

Favorite Ribbons: 5/8ths inch grosgrain—Very Vanilla (109055), Chocolate Chip (109051)

Thinking of You

Stampin’ Up!s Garden Party Designer Series Paper is delightfully feminine, somewhat whimsical and just perfect when paired with “Thinking of You” from the Sincere Salutations Stamp Set. Designed for an Our Creative Corner sketch, the grommet and scalloped circles balance each other, while the sentiment takes center stage. To paraphrase Humphrey Bogart, “Here’s ‘Thinking of You’, kid!”!

  • Mat the small floral paper from the Garden Party Designer Series Paper on Pretty in Pink card stock. Adhere this to your card base of Barely Banana.
  • Mat the small dotted paper from Garden Party onto Pretty in Pink and then to Barely Banana card stocks.
  • Punch three circles of Barely Banana, Lavender Lace, and Pretty in Pink card stock using the Scallop Circle Punch. Adhere the Lavender Lace and Barely Banana scallops to the card base.
  • Position the “Small Dot” mat into position.
  • Ink the “Thinking of You” sentiment from Sincere Salutations with Perfect Plum and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Mat with Almost Amethyst followed by Mellow Moss. Using SNAIL Adhesive, place it into position.
  • Place a White Jumbo Grommet in the center of the Pretty in Pink scallop and remove the center paper. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, place this pink scallop above the sentiment.
  • As a final touch, rhinestones were placed in a circle around the Lavender Lace and Barely Banana scallops, on the edges of the pink scallop, and as the center for selected flowers on the Small Floral designer series paper.

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Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations (115068)
Ink: Perfect Plum (101437)
Designer Paper: Tea Party (113992)
Card Stock: Barely Banana (102701), Pretty in Pink (100459), Mellow Moss 102898), Lavender Lace (101614), Almost Amethyst (102158), Very Vanilla (101650)
Other: Basic Jumbo Grommets (Occasions Mini 114348), Rhinestones (Heidi Swapp)