Saturday, August 29, 2009

Stampin’ Addicts Happy Holidays Tour – Autumn Meadows DSP

Stampin' Addicts Holiday Mini Catalog Tour

Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Happy Holidays Blog Tour! This tour will take you through 20+ blogs, each showcasing different items debuting in the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Catalog … available for purchase beginning September 1st.

I’m stop #8 along your journey. If you’ve been following the tour in order didn’t you just LOVE Holly’s gorgeous creations at Ink Paper Stamps! If you’re beginning the tour with me, don’t fret – the tour is a continuous circle so you can see all the wonderful and inspiring projects. Just follow the arrows at the bottom of my post. Without further ado here are the fun projects I’ve created featuring the new "to die for" Autumn Meadows DSP!

layered leaves

This paper SCREAMS fall to me, so my first project of course had to be Autumn themed with lots of leaves. I stamped the leaves with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint then embossed with clear powder – sponged leaves with Really Rust and Chocolate Chip inks and cut them out. Each leaf is stacked and mounted with dimensionals to achieve the layered look I was hoping for. I love how they sparkle!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Grateful Greetings

Paper: Really Rust, Taken With Teal, More Mustard, Autumn Meadows DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, More Mustard
Accessories: Champagne Mist shimmer paint, ribbon, large grommet, clear EP, sponges, dimensionals

In my next project I tried very hard to think "outside of the box" (ok, so it was a very small box) ... a Christmas card using fall themed paper! I started with a piece of the blue chevron patterned paper (I think that's what the little wavy lines are called),Christmas Suspension stamped random flakes using the Serene Snowflakes set with white craft ink. Back to the new shimmer paints (don't ya just luv 'em!), stamped a design from the Delightful Decorations set using Platinum shimmer paint, punched it out with the new Ornament Punch - then layered it using the Holiday Windows Movers & Shapers. I did this twice (so it looks the same when you open the card) and sandwiched silver elastic cord between the layers. The inside of the card is another patterned piece from the Autumn Meadows DSP, felt it was perfect peeking through the window. This was my very first attempt at a suspension card, hope you are as happy with it as I am!

Card Recipe:
Serene Snowflakes, Delightful Decorations, Four The Holidays
Paper: Very Vanilla, Taken With Teal, Chocolate Chip, Autumn Meadows DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, White craft
Accessories: Platinum Shimmer paint, Ornament Punch, Holiday Windows Movers & Shapers, Circle Scissors, silver elastic cord

For my final project I incorporated the remaining papers and made a set of cards with a cute little purse box to tuck them into. I came across this box template long ago (so long ago that I have no clue as to who/where) and altered the size to fit just a few cards. The main box is stamped with the Autumn Splendor set using Taken With Teal ink, covered the lid with a piece of Chocolate Chip large leaf patterned paper. Cute, cute, cute! I will post more details on this project later in the week.
Autumn Meadows DSP card bundle Autumn Meadows DSP card box

I hope you enjoyed my projects with the new Autumn Meadows DSP, as much as I did creating them. Use the arrows below to continue on the tour and see what Lyssa has in store for you at Song of My Heart Stampers!

Links to all blog tour participants:

1. Tracy: Sweet Centers (Tracy’s Stamp Therapy)
2. Michelle: Gr
ateful Greetings (Come Stamp with Me)
3. Sarah:
Pumpkin Patch (Sarah’s Ink Spot)
4. Twila:
Twick or Tweet (Stamp a Little Longer)
5. Sara:
Haunting Hill & DSP (Lily’s Ink Pad)
6. Marie:
Night & Day DSP (From Combat Boots…)
7. Holly:
Autumn Splendor & Tablesetting Die (InkPaperStamps)
8. Joyce:
Autumn Meadows DSP (Stampin’ Central)
9. Lyssa:
Calendar Kit with Magnetic Box (Song of My Heart Stampers)
10. Trina:
Gifts of the Earth (Stamps and Whiskers)
11. Kim:
Wandering Words (Stitchin’ N Stampin’ on Paper)
12. Carmen:
Cold & Cuddly (Stamping Addiction)
13. Ashley:
Just Beclause & Christmas Cocoa DSP (Stamp with Ashley)
14. Dawnmarie:
Berry Christmas (DM Dezigns)
15. Rhonda:
Holy Family (The Stampin’ Bunny)
16. Kat:
Delightful Decorations and Punch (Kat’s Kards)
17. Cheryl:
Icicle and Merry & Bright Rub-Ons (Love to Stamp and Scrap)
18. Holly:
Serene Snowflakes (Holly’s Stampin’ Mania)
19. Paula:
D├ęcor Elements & wood blocks (Stamping with Paula)
20. Linda:
Charming (Olive Stamps)
21. Barbara:
Simply Adorned (Creative Stampin’ Spot)
22. Yapha:
Bear Bigz Die and clothes (Yapha Stamps)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's Almost Tour Time!

I haven't posted to my blog for quite some time, wanted to send a quick reminder that the Stampin' Addicts Happy Holidays Tour will be starting on Saturday!  All blogs will be ready to go at noon and run through Monday August 31.  Come back here to jump on the tour and see lots of wonderful creations!

In the meantime, I thought I'd post this cute little teabag container I made a few weeks ago.  This is another idea I found when hopping around the internet, and of course once again I forgot where I found it (if it's yours please give me a shout and I'll be thrilled to give credit and link back!).  I altered the size to contain 3 teabags and changed the lid up a bit.  Doesn't the frayed ribbon look just like one of those oriental fans (use your imagination!)?  I used tiny thin magnets for the lid closure, but velcro would work just as well.  This is such a great idea if you are looking for a small and quick gift!

 teabag1jaw teabag2jaw
Project Recipe:
Stamps:  Dream Gardens
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink:  Always Artichoke
Accessories:  color spritzer tool, scallop border punch, tag punch, large tag punch, magnets, sticky tape, dimensionals, eyelet, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

Monday, August 3, 2009

Quilted Calmness

After the craziness of last week, I've been looking forward to today ... quiet, calm, no plans other than time in my stampin' quarters. Well there were a few interuptions, but ya know I had to take a break to play with that cutie little baby next door ... and to visit with my favorite daughter-in-law for a bit. THOSE are the kind of interuptions I appreciate and welcome!!!

After looking at the SSC110 sketch challenge at Stamping 411, I was excited to participate once again. I decided on making the circle portion of the layout into a "quilt" using the Cottage Wall designer series paper, cut it out with the clear circle Bigz die and layered it with the scallop circle Bigz die. I love it when I have a picture in my head and it actually turns out even better than I imagined!

Card Recipe:

Flower Fancy, Heard From the Heart
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery
Paper: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP
Accessories: 1 3/8" square punch, 1/2" circle punch, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Bigz die, Clear Circle Bigz die, Build-a-Brad, brads, ribbon, dimensionals

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Arrrrrrrr - Beware!

Today we were celebrating my little pirate's birthday ... ok, so 25 years old and 6' 3" really isn't little, but all of you with children know they will forever be little in your mind. Anyway, once again my stampers block coupled with one heck of a week left me running way behind. I MUST have a card for my baby and it MUST be handmade!

The pirate thing seems to be a running joke among my kids (ie: where do pirates eat? .... ARRRRRRbys) so I thought it fitting to use my new "Beware Pirates" set. The red bandana is from the "Pirate Time" set, was a tad too small for the skull so I trimmed the skull to fit. I embossed the ship, sponged and distressed the layers; stamped the skulls, sponged, distressed, etc. then felt they really needed to be matted on "something" - but nothing looked right to me. I grabbed those wonderful new wood sheets from SU and cut a rectangle, sponged the edges, mounted with antique brass brads and loved the end result. I topped the card off with the ARRRRRR stamped on another piece of the wood sheeting and punched with the wide oval punch (super easy!!!), gave it a tad more sponging then tied a piece of the retired SU rope on top and frayed the edges. DONE, just in the nick of time. Baby boy loved his original card ... of course I told him he had to cherish it forever and ever.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Beware Pirates, Pirate Time, Texture Wheel

Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Chocolate Chip craft

Paper: Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Wood Sheets, brads, clear embossing powder, distressing tool, wide oval punch, sponges, dimensionals, rope (retired)

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