Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pigtail Bows

I am so sad that this ribbon is retired because it is super cute! I thought this ribbon would be so cute in a little girl's hair. So I made these bows for a little girl who just turned 1, about a month ago. I hope she enjoys them. Supplies:
Accessories: Pigtails Ribbon Originals (retired), wire, hot glue, hair clips, foam

Friday, August 14, 2009

And Finally the Cover!

This was probably the most fun I have had while doing this Wedding Album. That is probably because I was trying something new. I was actually pretty scared to do stenciling on the linen album, just because if I messed up then it would be on there forever or I would have to purchase a whole new album. For all the stenciling I used the Kind Thoughts Brocade decor stencil. Yes the long border is also the Kind Thoughts Brocade decor stencil. I used just the center part of the stencil. Hint: Use masking tape to create long continuous boundaries to create a long border.
I added some ribbon and linen twine to accent the border. I also made a tag to match.
Hint: The pretties kit offers many great accents to make your tags, cards, scrap book pages, and projects elegant.
Paper: Mellow Moss, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum
Ink: Craft Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Black Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: Kind Thoughts Brocade Stencil, Mellow Moss Taffeta, Linen Thread, Boho Blossom Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Pretties Kit, Sponge Dauber

Friday, July 24, 2009

Happily Ever After

I was so happy when I had finally finished the last page. It is that huge weight lifted off your shoulders feeling and sense of accomplishment. It is a simple layout, since there was only one picture. I knew I also wanted to use my Once Upon a Time stamp set and also the Beautiful Butterflies Die. I added sponging to the butterflies and I also added some Hardware from the Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware. Hint: There are punches that are designed to coordinate with the hardware. I used the Designer Label punch with this one.

Stamp Sets: Once Upon a Time
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum
Ink: Perfect Plum
Accessories: Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Lovely Label Punch, Sponge Dauber. Mini Glue Dots

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Last Two Page Layout for the Wedding Album

So I have one more page to show you after this layout and then there is the cover of the book after that. This has got to be one of my most favorite layouts yet. I am really happy with the way it turned out. I like that I was able to incorporate lots of photos and still add interest. When I was mapping out this layout, I figured I wanted 4 accent squares on each page and I wanted them all on different squares, so that the pages wouldn't mirror each other. I waited to glue everything down until I had the exact layout I wanted.
The vanilla square looks like it is plain with nothing on it, but if you click on the photo you can probably see that there are hearts punched out and glued on top to create a tone on tone effect.

Hint: Punches help to create quick and easy accents. Add a stamp and some accessories to jazz it up!
All the accessories used on these pages came from the pretties kit. Hint: You can coordinate the pretties kit with all the Stampin' Up! Colors. You can color the flowers with the Stampin' Write Markers or use reinkers and a little bit of water. You can even match the In-Colors for this year, they just came out with In-Color Stampin' Write Markers. Yeah!

Stamp Sets: Friends 24-7, Stem Sayings
Paper: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss
Accessories: Pretties Kit, Wide Oval Punch, Full Heart Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Mat Pack, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, Signo White Gel Pen

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Seeing Spots Scrap Book Page

When I was trying to figure out this next layout I was very overwhelmed with how many pictures there were. I didn't know where to start. I was also looking for a quick way to put this page layout together. Anyway, long story short, I had my largest circle punch out on the table and started playing around and this is what I came up with. I added circle of colored card stock to add some more interest. Hint: Many of the circles are only partly showing. If you know that only part will show, you can cut off the part that will be hidden and use the spare piece for the edges of the paper, to give it a continuous look. I also had some pictures that were larger and wouldn't fit within one circle punch. So I figured out a way to kind of extend the picture and also add some special interest to the pictures.

To do this I punched the main image that I wanted to "pop" out and then I punched more circles around the image. I then pieced them together on the page. Hint: To make the pictures pop off the page, use Stampin' Dimensionals. They are great for scrap booking because they are archival safe.
Stamp Sets: Big Deal Alphabet
Paper: Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum
Ink: Perfect Plum
Accessories: 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tulipe Scrap Book Layout

This is the next layout for the Wedding Album. I liked it a lot better once it was all put together. There are some fun details that I really like on these pages. When I was originally putting this layout together I was going to have the lines uniform on the bottom of the page. It was by accident that they were put off center. I like to say it was a happy accident, because I like how it turned out. Tip: Not all accidents are bad, embrace human error, you never know, you may end up loving it! Another thing that was unexpected is I found a scrap of paper with the tulipe already cut out of it, I thought that it would make a great stencil for an accent. Hint: You can create your own stencils using Stampin' Up! window sheets. Use your Big Shot dies with the window sheets and you can make stencils that you can clean, and reuse over and over. I pulled out my sewing machine for these pages, I am so glad I did because that is my favorite part about the pages. I ran two wavy lines of stitching up and down the dotted paper. I added a fun little bouquet on this page for the garter and bouquet toss.

I used my favorite paper snips from Stampin' Up! to cut out this image. Hint: They are great for getting into small spaces to get rid of that unwanted card stock.

I also added stitching around the title. It looks really nice in person.
Stamp Sets: Friends 24-7, The Snowflake Spot (retired)
Paper: Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla, Retired DSP
Ink: Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Tulipe Bigz Die, Wide Oval Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Lovely Label Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, Sponge Dauber, Sewing Machine and thread

Monday, July 13, 2009

Would you believe?

I have finished my Brother and Sister-in-law's Wedding scrap book. Hallelujah!! This is not the last page, I will post the rest of pages over the next few days. I actually finished the album before I went to Hawaii. It was a huge relief to me and also my Bro and SIL I'm sure. Here is the layout all together. I used Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, and Very Vanilla for this layout. To do the title I used the Stampin' Up! Billboard decorative strip die.

Hint: When adhering the little letters I have found that Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive works the best with its small glue tip. Also if you don't want to get your fingers messy, try applying the glue with a toothpick.

I created the background of these pages using the Kind Thoughts Brocade decor stencil, Perfect Plum ink, and a sponge dauber.

Hint: To keep track of what dauber belongs to which ink, simply put the name of the color on a piece of masking tape and place on the side of the dauber. You will never wonder if it is rose red, ruby red or real red again.

To add something more to the title, I selected different sections of the same stencil, and added some swirly accents.

Paper: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Ink: Perfect Plum
Accessories: Billboard Decorative Strip Die, Kind Thoughts Brocade decor stencil, Sponge Dauber, Cutter Kit

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I'm Back from Hawaii

I just wanted to show you the remaining cards we made for Ladies' Night Last month. This card is great if you have a lot of scraps that need to be used up.
Hint: I used my SU! square punch to punch out all the paper to make sure they were all the same size and fit perfectly together. I glued them onto a piece of white card stock (it really could be any color since you don't see it) and rolled it through my big shot.
I used some paper from Sale-A-Bration, because I had lots of scraps that I could use.
Hint: Stampin' Up! has great packs of designer paper that coordinate with each other.
Stamps: Say it With Scallops (retired)
Paper: Darling Dots DSP (retired), Naturals Ivory, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand
Accessories: Certainly Celery Poly Twill Ribbon (retired), Scallop Square Punch, Top Note Die
I love the look of the next card, it is so sleek and simple. It is amazing how a little embossing can transform a card.
Hint: I used white embossing powder to create this image. If you want the image to pop, then use a dark Designer Paper or card stock with the white embossing powder. If you want a subtle image you could use clear embossing powder. Also make sure you use your embossing buddy on your paper before you stamp your image in VersaMark, you'll be sure to get a crisp image this way.
To add dimension to the card I distressed the edges of the white card stock.
Hint: Stampin' Up! has a Cutter Kit that has a distressing tool and other cool cutting tools.
To finish off the card I added a fun clip with some scrap ribbon attached.
Stamp Sets: Upsy Daisy
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Urban Garden DSP (Retired)
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Grey
Accessories: Clips Assortment, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon (Retired), White Embossing Powder

Friday, June 19, 2009

Wonderful Friend

This is one of the cards from last night's Ladies' Night. I think everyone had a great time! Sorry for the quick post, but I have to pack for Hawaii. Yeah, I am so excited, my husband's sister is getting married there. SO Cool!
Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, All Holidays
Paper: Whisper White, DSP Urban Garden, Textured Kiwi Kiss, Shimmery White
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Aqua Painters, Pretties Kit, White EP

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kind Thoughts Layout

Just a quick post with a lot of pictures of one layout. I used the Kind Thoughts Brocade Stencil to create the background.
I also used the SU! billboard die to cut out the Title for the page.

I used part of the Stencil to add some accents to the Title.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Cute Flower Pot Card

My friend Michelle came over a couple weeks ago, and I helped her put together these Super Cute Flower Pot Invitations. I think they are the cutest flower pot cards I have seen, they are stunning! Here is what the inside looks like. Too Cool!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Embosslit Die Layout

Here is another layout for my Brother and Sister-In-Law's Album. I won't be giving too much details, just sharing what I have done. I used the Embosslit dies made by Stampin' Up! They made these pages so much easier.

Stamp Sets: Contempo Alphabet
Paper: Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum
Ink: Mellow Moss
Accessories: Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads, Silver Brads, Jumbo Brads 5/16" Neutrals Assortment, Button Latte, Eyelet Border Punch, Little Leaves sizzlits die, Cherry Blossom Embosslit Die, Simple Flower Embosslit Die, Hemp Twine

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Welcome Flourish Plate

So I am hoping that my sister-in-law doesn't check my stamping blog very often, I am pretty sure she is busy getting things ready for the wedding, which is in about 2 weeks! And guess where it is going to be. Hawaii!!! Yeah, I am just a little excited! Anyway, I was trying to think of something I could make for them and right away, I wanted to do something with Decor Elements. Here is what I came up with. I found this plate and stand at Home Goods. Totally Awesome store! Anyway, with just the Decor Elements it looked a little plain so I added a bow and other accessories.
Decor Elements: Welcome Small Decor Elements (Chocolate), Dotted Flourish Small Decor Elements (Chocolate)
Accessories: Pretties Kit, Retired Ribbon

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Best Piano Teacher EVER!

So my daughter takes piano lessons from one of my best friends, she is so wonderful, and she has a lot talent. Those of you who are local know her as Debbi. They just recently had a recital and she gave my daughter this card. Isn't is so fun and perfect for the occasion! I thought is was so awesome that she gave her students a congratulations card! She is so thoughtful. My daughter was so excited to get this card. This is what my daughter said to her piano teacher " My mom is going to be so proud of you!" And I really am! Thanks Debbi!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In Honor of National Scrap Booking Month. . .

I actually finished a layout! Can you believe it? It looks better in real life, projects always do, I think.
I really love doing these flowers, they are so fun!

I thought it wouldn't take as long as it did but it is done. Yeah, about 6 more layouts and then the wedding album is finished.
See the amazing cake, yeah my mom made it, she is so talented. She could pretty much make any cake you wanted. On top of the cake is a glass sculpture of the LDS San Diego Temple, where my brother and sister-in-law were married.
Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss, Shimmery White
Ink: Perfect Plum reinker, Pale Plum reinker, Mellow Moss, Perfect Plum Stampin' Write Marker, Versa Mark
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die , Aqua Painter