Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bella Rose Box in a Bag Tutorial

Here are some of the Bella Rose Boxes in a Bag we made at the Bella Rose Camp Wannastamp! Aren't they gorgeous? Anything made with the Bella Rose Designer Paper is going to be beautiful! The recipe is below, and there's also a video tutorial beneath the recipe that you can watch to see how to make one! All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! The videographer is my husband Randy! Recipe: Paper: Chocolate Chip - 4-1/2 X 4-1/2; score at 1" on all four sides. On all four corner squares, cut one side of the square up to where it meets the intersecting score line; Bella Rose Designer Paper - 11 X 5-1/2; Pink Pirouette - 11 X 1 (for the scalloped strip at the bottom); Pink Pirouette Scrap and Chocolate Chip Scrap for the tabs at the top and for the decoration in the center Stamps: A Beautiful Thing (for the swirl in the center) Inks: Chocolate Chip Miscellaneous: Sticky Strip; Scallop Edge Punch; Scallop Circle Punch; 1-3/8" Circle Punch; 1-1/4" Circle Punch; SNAIL Adhesive; Round Tab Punch; 1/4" Hole Punch; Paper Piercer with Mat; Clear Rhinestone Brad (from the Pretties Kit); Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain - 10" long; Stampin' Dimensionals video

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bella Rose Card Holder

Here is the Bella Rose Card Holder we made at my stamp camp this past weekend that matches the four Bella Rose cards we made! I love it - and it looks beautiful sitting on my desk! I have step-by-step pictures and instructions below to show you how to make it, and there's also a recipe at the very bottom with the dimensions and colors of the paper. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!
After you have scored the paper, use your Paper Snips on the 7-1/2" side to cut the two center score lines up to where they intersect with the score lines on the 10" side.
While the paper is flat, use your SNAIL Adhesive to adhere the Bella Rose Designer Paper to the top and sides of the box.
It's hard to see in this picture, but I've placed two pieces of Sticky Strip on the two upper and outer edges of the box. If you flipped the paper over, the Sticky Strip is directly behind where you've placed the designer paper on the short sides of the box.
Once you tape it all together, the picture above is what it should look like!
Using your 1-3/8" Circle Punch, punch out a half circle in the front and center of the holder. This makes it easier to grab a card when you need one!
Add your Wide Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon and tie it in a knot! If you have trouble with knots, you can visit an older post on my blog for a video tutorial on how to master this!
Using a hat pin from the Pretties Kit, thread two crystal beads and two pearl beads onto the hat pin. Then slide it through your knot to secure it in place.
Using two Mini Glue Dots, adhere your half-back pearls onto the Wide Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon - and VOILA! - you've got a gorgeous Bella Rose vintage-looking card holder to place your beautiful Bella Rose cards in!
Recipe:
Paper: Riding Hood Red - 10 X 7-1/2; score the 10" side at 2 inches from each end; score the 7-1/2" side at 2-3/4" from each end; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the big Rose paper) - 6 X 1-3/4; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the Kiwi Kiss and white polka dots paper) - 6 X 1; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the Kiwi Kiss and white polka dots paper) - 2-1/2 X 1-3/4 - cut two for the sides of the stationery holder
Stamps: None!
Inks: None!
Miscellaneous: Sticky Strip; SNAIL Adhesive; 1-3/8" Circle Punch (for the half-circle punched out of the top); Pretties Kit: Hat Pin, 2 clear beads, 2 pearls, 2 half-back pearls; Mini Glue Dots; Wide Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon - 24" long

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bella Rose Cards

We made these cards at my Bella Rose Camp Wannastamp this past weekend - and they'll also serve as my Card of the Week! Everyone loved the new Bella Rose Designer Paper and we had a blast making these cards at the stamp camp! We also made a matching Bella Rose card holder to place on your desk so that you can have these beautiful cards within arm's reach! Plus, you get to look at them all day long, too, which is the best part! The recipes for these cards are listed below. I'll post the recipe and instructions for the Bella Rose card holder tomorrow! Check back on Thursday - I'll post the recipe and instructions for the Bella Rose Box in a Bag we made, too! All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up! Recipe:
Card No. 1 (the "three butterflies" card): Paper: Kiwi Kiss - 11 X 4-1/4; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the Kiwi Kiss and white polka dots) - 4 X 3; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the small Riding Hood Red flowers) - 4 X 2-1/2; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the scalloped edge) - 4 X 3/4"; Whisper White - 2-1/4 X 1; Riding Hood Red - 2-3/8 X 1-1/8 Stamps: Take Three (the "three butterflies" stamp) Inks: Ruby Red Marker; Old Olive Marker Miscellaneous: SNAIL Adhesive; Scallop Edge Punch; White Taffeta Ribbon - 14" long; Stampin' Dimensionals; White Envelopes Card No. 2 (the "Miss You" card): Paper: Pink Pirouette - 11 X 4-1/4; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the Chocolate Chip Swiss Dot) - 4 X 3; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the pink background with small Riding Hood Red flowers) - 4 X 2-1/2; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the scalloped edge) - 4 X 3/4"; Whisper White - 2-1/4 X 1; Riding Hood Red - 2-3/8 X 1-1/8 Stamps: Take Three (the "Miss You" stamp) Inks: Ruby Red Marker; Chocolate Chip Marker Miscellaneous: SNAIL Adhesive; Scallop Edge Punch; Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon - 16" long(sorry, this ribbon has been discontinued, but you can easily substitute it with the Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon); Stampin' Dimensionals; White Envelopes Card No. 3 (the "three flowers" card): Paper: Riding Hood Red - 8-1/2 X 5-1/2; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the big Rose paper) - 4 X 3; Pink Pirouette - 4 X 2-1/4; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the scalloped edge) - 4 X 1-3/4; Whisper White - 2-1/4 X 1; Kiwi Kiss - 2-3/8 X 1-1/8; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the green paper) - 4 X 1/2" Stamps: Take Three (the "three flowers" stamp) Inks: Ruby Red Marker; Old Olive Marker Miscellaneous: SNAIL Adhesive; Scallop Edge Punch; Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon - 3" long - held on with a Mini Glue Dot; Mini Glue Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; Paper Piercer with Mat; Pretty in Pink Brads (3); White Envelopes Card No. 4 (the "friendship" card): Paper: Riding Hood Red - 8-1/2 X 5-1/2; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the pink background with small Riding Hood Red flowers) - 4 X 3; Pink Pirouette - 4 X 2-1/4; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the Riding Hood Red Gingham) - 4 X 2; Bella Rose Designer Paper (the Chocolate Chip Swiss Dot) - 4 X 1/2"; Whisper White - 2-1/4 X 1; Chocolate Chip - 2-3/8 X 1-1/8 Stamps: Take Three (the "friendship" stamp) Inks: Chocolate Chip Marker; Ruby Red Marker Miscellaneous: SNAIL Adhesive; Scallop Edge Punch; Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon - 6" long (sorry, this ribbon has been discontinued, but you can easily substitute it with Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon); Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots; White Envelopes

Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Catalog Open House - In Colors Sampler

I love cute, tiny little things! This is the "In Color" sampler we made at my New Catalog Open House! Everyone stamped the new "In Color" inks on Whisper White card stock and then punched them out with our tag punch! We then punched out the "In Color" card stock samples; and then punched out all of the "Bella Rose" Designer Papers to have as a quick reference! We then thread them onto a loose-leaf binder ring. Wish you could have come! WE HAD FUN! If you're looking for a cute little somethin' to give a stamper friend, samplers like this are always a good idea! Wouldn't it make a cute stocking stuffer? All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!, except the loose-leaf binder ring.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Catalog Open House - Gift Card Holder

Here's another item we made at my New Catalog Open House! It's a little sack that holds a gift card! We used the Level 3 Hostess Set - Happiness Always - to make this! Aren't the colors beautiful? The new "In Colors" are luscious! Think you can't get a Level 3 Hostess Set? YOU'RE WRONG! Call your demonstrator (I hope that's me) and book a workshop! You only need to reach $500 in sales to get this beautiful hostess set! Think you can't reach $500 in sales? YOU'RE WRONG! Invite people to your workshop who you know are crafty and would appreciate all of the wonderful stamps and accessories that Stampin' Up! offers, and then reaching $500 in sales can happen! The recipe is below. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!, except the little gift sack, which came from a local crafting store! Recipe: Paper: Riding Hood Red - 3-1/2 X 2-1/2; Very Vanilla - 3-3/8 X 2-3/8; Kiwi Kiss - 3-3/8 X 1; Very Vanilla (the inside piece that the gift card sits on) 3-3/4 X 2-3/8; Tangerine Tango scrap for the circle on the insert - just fold the circle in half to create the pull-out tab) Stamps: Happiness Always (P. 22); Canvas Background (P. 135) Inks: Riding Hood Red; Tangerine Tango; Kiwi Kiss; Basic Black Miscellaneous: Brown Paper Sacks; Stampin' Sponges (P. 193); Pencil Eraser (I used this to dot the centers of the flowers); Black Gingham Ribbon (P. 187) - 2" long; Scissors; Scallop Edge Punch (P. 189); Paper Piercer with Mat (P. 184); Black Brads (P. 185); 3/4" Circle Punch (P. 188); SNAIL Adhesive (P. 191)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New Catalog Open House - Little Birthday Box

The picture above shows you the project with the score lines.
On the 9" side, cut the score lines until they intersect with the score lines going across. One little section on the end gets entirely removed. It only takes two pieces of Sticky Strip to hold the box together!
Here's one of the items we made at my New Catalog Open House! I love how little it is - and I also love how the Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze colors POP! It's perfect for putting some little candies in there, like Jolly Ranchers! I can see this as a great Halloween treat by changing the colors to Tangerine Tango and More Mustard and putting some little Tootsie Rolls in it! Of course, a cute little spider as the image on the front would just be perfect! The recipe is below. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up, except the white shredded paper and the candy! Recipe: Paper: Kiwi Kiss - 9 X 3-1/4; score the 3-1/4" side at 1-1/4". Score the 9" side at 1-3/4", 4", 5-3/4", and 8" Stamps: Wow Flowers (P. 138) Inks: Baja Breeze; Basic Black Miscellaneous: Scissors; Sticky Strip (P. 191); 1-3/8" Circle Punch (P. 188); 1-1/4" Circle Punch (P. 188); 1" Circle Punch (P. 188); Paper Piercer with Mat (P. 184); Black Brads (P. 185); Stampin' Dimensionals (P. 191); Word Window Punch (P. 188); SNAIL Adhesive (P. 191); White Shredded Paper; Jolly Ranchers

Monday, August 18, 2008

Card of the Week - August 18th

This thank-you card was sent to me by Karrilyn, a member of The TOPICS!, and I melted when I saw it! I think it's beautiful - and I love the fact that you can change the greeting to ANYTHING and it works perfectly - a great all-purpose card! I recognize the swirls in the background as Stampin' Up! stamps, but I can't recall or locate the stamp set name (sorry!). If any of you out there know what it is, let me know, and I'll update my blog so everyone else will know, too! For the Baroque Motifs (P. 120) swirl in the forefront, Karrilyn used white embossing powder to make it stand out! Very elegant! She used the Ticket Corner Punch (P. 188) on the greeting and sponged Groovy Guava around the edges! The colors of card stock are Groovy Guava and Whisper White. This card is a winner, Karrilyn! All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Votive Decoration

This is a project we made several years ago at a camp, and it was a big hit! We made one for each of the four seasons. With fall approaching, I thought you'd like to see the autumn one! With the candle flickering, it looks so pretty! I'm sorry the picture is so yellow. We used the "ink and roll" technique on this project (a/k/a rock and roll), which is where you ink up your image in a lighter color and then roll the edges of the image in a darker coordinating color. For instance, I inked up a leaf in More Mustard first, and then rolled the edges in Really Rust; or I inked up a leaf in Mellow Moss first, and then rolled the edges in Old Olive. It won't hurt or damage your ink pad - I promise! The darker color absorbs the lighter color on your pad. It gives you a very realistic-looking image! The recipe is below. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!, except for the votive!
Recipe:
Stamps: With Gratitude (P. 109); Season by Season (Retired)
Paper: Card Stock Vellum (P. 166) - 6 X 2-1/2; Really Rust - 6 X 1
Inks: Really Rust; Old Olive; More Mustard; Mellow Moss
Miscellaneous: Gold Cord; Gold Metallic Eyelets; 1/8th" Hole Punch; Eyelet Setter Tool; Stampin' Sponges (used around the edges of the card stock vellum)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Cute Little Purses!

Aren't these cute? The black and white purse is one that I received from Connie, a demonstrator in The TOPICS!, and the blue and black purse is a 3-D convention swap that I received! They make such cute little favors and can be changed to accommodate any theme you might need! The black and white purse (Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set) is 4-1/2 X 1-1/2; scored at 1-3/4" and 2-3/4". Connie used Sticky Strip at the top to attach the purse together. The Black Gingham Ribbon is stuck to the Sticky Strip. The blue and black purse (Boho Friend Wheel) is 5-1/2 X 1-5/8"; scored at 1-3/4", 2-3/4" and 4-1/2". The card stock folds down over the front to create the purse flap. A piece of black card stock was adhered to the flap and both pieces were corner-rounded. Two 1/8" holes were punched in the top to accommodate the ribbon. Don't forget to tape a Hershey Nugget to the bottom! Once you make one of these cute little purses, you'll want to make 50! They're just easy and fun to make! All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!, except the Hershey Nugget!

Friday, August 8, 2008

A Manly Man's Card!

I sent this card to my brother-in-law for his birthday! I think it's a nice manly man's card! Being from Texas, I just had to have the "Bronc Buster" stamp set! If you're from Texas, I think you need it, too! Now if you're from Houston, you definitely need to have this set! We have the largest rodeo in the world here once a year, and "Bronc Buster" and "Wanted" fit the bill, wouldn't you say? When I look at this card, I want to say, "Ride 'em, Cowboy"! All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!

Recipe:
Stamps: Bronc Buster (P. 107)
Paper: Chocolate Chip - 10-1/2 X 5-1/4; Naturals Ivory - 5 X 2-1/4; Really Rust - 5 X 2-1/4; Chocolate Chip - 5 X 1/2"; Chocolate Chip scrap; Really Rust scrap; Naturals Ivory scrap
Inks: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Miscellaneous: Stampin' Sponges (P. 185); Scallop Circle Punch (P. 180); 1-3/8" Circle Punch (P. 180); 1-1/4" Circle Punch (P. 180); Antique Brass Brads (P. 189); Paper Piercer with Mat (P. 189)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Christmas Album


I love taking paper, adding some stamps and embellishments, and then having a customized album that can be for any theme! This is a Christmas album that we made at a stamp camp several years ago. When I entered a WOW Swap on the Bermuda Cruise trip, I made another one of these albums to swap. It's a great way to store photos without having to do a big scrapbook (although that would be fun, too, right?)! The Real Red card stock in the album looks like it's dirty or wet, but that's the Clear Envelope creating a shadow. All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!

Recipe:
Stamps: Loads of Love (P. 39); Time for a Tree Wheel (P. 38); Canvas Background (on the red spine - P. 136); Short Order Alphabet (P. 154)
Paper: Mellow Moss - 7-1/4 X 4-3/4; Real Red spine - 4-3/4 X 2 - scored at 1"; Real Red - 2-3/4 X 2; Whisper White - 2-1/2 X 1-3/4. Inside pages are 5-3/4 X 4-3/8
Inks: Real Red; Old Olive; Basic Black; Old Olive Marker; Close to Cocoa Marker; Real Red Marker; Old Olive Ink Cartridge
Miscellaneous: Silver Brads (P. 189); Stampin' Dimensionals (P. 186); Red Gingham Ribbon (P. 191); Standard Wheel Handle (P. 185); 1/16th-inch Hole Punch (P. 180); Clear Envelopes (P. 167); Stamp-a-ma-jig (P. 184)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I'm Still Pinching Myself!

I can't believe this happened! When I checked in at the convention in Salt Lake City, I was informed that I had earned Founder's Circle! Founder's Circle is composed of the top 100 demonstrators in the United States for the past year! Can you believe it? There are 47,000 demonstrators in the United States! Of course I started crying and just couldn't believe it! My ranking was No. 59! I got to carry around a special convention bag all week and was recognized at the Awards Night! I also get to take a special trip in September with the other Founder's Circle achievers to St. George, Utah! Well, let me just say that it was because of all of you - my customers and my downline - that I made it into Founder's Circle, and I am totally and completely thankful and appreciative of every single one of you, and at quite a loss for words! My Stampin' Up! experience has far exceeded what my expectations could have ever been! After they announced my name, I got to go up on stage and hug Shelly and be hugged by Shelly - that was so cool! THANKS TO ALL OF YOU - I LOVE YOU! Thanks for making what I do SO MUCH FUN!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Card of the Week - August 4th

Yippee! I'm getting to play with some new stuff! Look at these beautiful In Colors! I cased this card from http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/, but it's much prettier having it in my hot little hand than looking at it on Splitcoast! I wish you "Happiness Always"! All supplies used and shown are from Stampin' Up!

Recipe:
Stamps: Happiness Always (a new Level 3 Hostess Set)
Paper: So Saffron - 8-1/2 X 5-1/2; Baja Breeze - 5-1/2 X 1-1/2; Kiwi Kiss - 4-1/2 X 3-1/4; Whisper White - 4-1/4 X 3; Basic Black scrap for greeting; Whisper White scrap for greeting
Inks: So Saffron; Baja Breeze; Kiwi Kiss; Basic Black
Miscellaneous: Stampin' Dimensionals (P. 186); Black Brads (P. 189); Black Gingham Ribbon (P. 191); Paper Piercer with Mat (P. 189)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Convention Goodies!






Hello from Salt Lake City! I'm no doubt having a fabulous time at the convention! I can't wait to come home and show you all the new and incredible stuff that you've just gotta have! Don't feel alone - I've gotta have it all, too!

Every year at the convention, I always make some little goodies to give to my stamping buddies who attend the convention with me! This year, I made On Board 5 X 5 Art Journals for my buddies to hold their receipts in, to record convention notes in, and to write down the names and e-mail address of new friends they make! I also gave each one of them a package of our Pink Bead and Clear Microbead Duo and a container of Dazzling Diamonds, things I know they will use in their businesses. I embellished them to make them look feminine and fun, and I thought they turned out so cute! A Christmas idea for you: For your stamping buddies, purchase everyday staples of stamping, then add embellishments to the packaging - and voila!, you have such a special gift - and it's definitely something they'll end up using! The Dazzling Diamonds container uses our new "Bella Rose" Designer Papers - and you are absolutely going to love it! You'll see it and will get to use plenty of it at my "Bella Rose Camp Wannastamp" coming up in August! I'm counting down the days!