Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Last weekend, Rosemary had a "catalog party" that was quite a party! Because I was in Hawaii and couldn't be there in person, I prepared a project ahead of time for Rosemary and her guests and they partied without me. I hear Rosemary had quite a spread of yummy food and got out her other stampin' supplies for guests to use and create with. She ended up with several orders and among other hostess benefits, got a free Sale-a-bration stamp set for hosting a party with over $300 in orders. Here is the card I sent for Rosemary and her guests to make:
Interested in holding your own catalog party? You can collect orders any time and receive hostess benefits when those orders total $150 or more. If you'd like to do a casual stamping get-together like Rosemary, I would be happy to provide a project for you and your friends to make while you peruse the catalog and write up your orders. Send me an email for details!
And if you host a catalog party with $150 or more in orders during the month of April, you'll get a free stamp from the "Under $10" page of the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog!
Supplies: Botanical Blooms, Chocolate Chip ink & cardstock, Baja Breeze ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Kiwi Kiss ink & cardstock, Corner Rounder, Button Bouquet, Mini Glue Dots
Monday, March 30, 2009
When we landed back in Chicago from Hawaii, the pilot said "Welcome back to reality, folks!" Yes, we're back to reality and I've got loads on my plate this month. But I made some time for stamping last night after the kids were in bed and the suitcases were unpacked. It felt good to be home!
I tackled some color challenges. Here's the first card, for Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenge #47. Hopefully my mom's not reading this yet because I'm sending her this card. I used the Sale-a-bration stamp set "Congrats" for the greeting: "you've outdone yourself again". I really like this little set. It has lots of possibilities! And better yet, it's FREE with any $50 purchase -- but you have to "Shop Now" because the sale ends tomorrow (Tuesday, March 31)! Click here for all the details.
I keep getting distracted. Ok, so "Oops, She Did It Again!" -- my mother. She's ROCKIN' this year and even with watching my children while I was in Hawaii, she still managed to break her monthly personal sales record yet again with March sales of over $4,500! Dang! You've truly outdone yourself, Mom! I'm so proud of you!!
Supplies: Congrats, So Saffron cardstock, Chocolate Chip Patterns DSP & ink, Whisper White cardstock, Tangerine Tango cardstock, Pretties Kit, Curly Label Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Crafters' Tool Kit (paper piercing around circle), Tangerine Tango Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots
Saturday, March 28, 2009
[The finished card is 3" x 6".]
Supplies: A Good Egg, Basic Black ink, Whisper White cardstock, So Saffron cardstock & marker, Versamark ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Watercolor Crayons, White Gel Pen, Pewter Hodge Podge Hardware, 1/4" White grosgrain ribbon
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The gate fold card is 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" and scored at 2-1/8" and 6-3/8". The gold belly band slides off. (The inside of the card might look something like this.)
Tracey wanted a matching favor that would be easy to make in larger quantities, so we went with this simple matchbook type design featuring a Word Window pocket to hold a Ghiradelli chocolate square.
The scallop circle embellishment is adhered just above the ribbon so that the ribbon slides down and the flap comes up. (You could also just untie the ribbon.)
Measurements for the favor: 2-3/4" x 8-1/2" (you can get four from one sheet of cardstock). Score it at 2", 2-3/8", 5-3/8", 5-3/4". Use the Word Window Punch to punch a slot on the end with the 2" square (Note: to create a larger slot, move your punch over and punch again.) You'll adhere the little piece of cardstock above the slot to the inside of the candy cover.
Supplies: Baroque Motifs, Short Order Alphabet, Versamark, Gold Embossing Powder, Encore Gold ink pad, Bravo Burgundy cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Brushed Gold cardstock, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Organza Ribbon
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Here's my card:
Supplies: A Little Birdie Told Me, Whisper White cardstock, Basic Black ink, Pixie Pink cardstock, Yo Yo Yellow cardstock, Pacific Point cardstock, Good Morning Sunshine DSP, Trio Flower Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Scallop Edge Punch
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
The bunny face is two Scallop Circles cut with the Sizzix die on my Big Shot. I cut off the bottom so it was stand and not roll. Here are the other punches that make up this cutie patootie bunny:
- Ears: Wide Oval Punch (Whisper White) & Large Oval Punch (Pretty in Pink)
- Eyes: 1/2" Circle Punch (Basic Black) & 1/4" Circle Punch (Whisper White); Use glue dots to adhere
- Nose: Two 1" Circle Punches (Pink Pirouette) and 3/4" Square Punch (Pretty in Pink), cut diagonally and adhered with Stampin' Dimensional
- Teeth: 3/4" Square Punch (Whisper White); rub edges of cardstock on Going Gray pad
The dimensions for my box are 3-3/4" x 9-3/4", scored at 1-1/4", 4-1/4", 5-1/2", 8-1/2"; Turn it and score at 1" down the long side. Cut the short score lines to the 1" line and fold up these flaps for the base of the box.
I used SNAIL adhesive to hold everything together. The Whisper White cardstock isn't too heavy, so I find this adhesive to be sufficient.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
These colors are so fun and springy and perfect for a flower card! I chose the Morning Soft stamp set and tried a new technique -- freehand dry embossing on vellum. I stamped the image with Staz-On ink on vellum cardstock. Then I turned it over on to the foam mat from the Crafters' Tool Kit and used a stylus to trace around the flowers and leaves. The result is a raised edge with a soft white line on the front. I colored the image with markers on the back side for a "stained glass" look. I used Lavender Lace with a little bit of So Saffron in the middle. The leaves are Certainly Celery with Old Olive accents.
I used the 2-way glue pen to adhere the vellum cardstock to a piece of Whisper White cardstock. This adhesive won't show through the vellum.
Supplies: Morning Soft, Lavender Lace marker & cardstock, Certainly Celery marker, Old Olive marker, So Saffron marker, Whisper White cardstock, Vellum cardstock, Jet Black Staz-On ink, Crafters' Tool Kit, Stylus, 2-Way Glue, Sale-a-bration Ribbon Bundle
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
My very favorite accessory in the catalog is Stampin' Up!'s exclusive double-sided designer series patterned papers. You probably notice that I use it on many (probably MOST) of my projects! I usually only get a few different packs because it would cost over $245 to buy them all. Wouldn't it be nice to split them up and share?
Participate in my Designer Series Paper Share and get 6" x 6" pieces of each of these 120 sheets (240 patterns total) for only $30!
This paper share includes the the new speciality textured and printed gloss papers! Plus sign-up now and you'll get a Sale-a-bration Bonus: 2 FREE 6x6" sheets of each of the Delicate Dots DSP (8 sheets total)!
What are you waiting for!? Email me to sign-up and reserve your Designer Series Paper stack!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
He stamped "Happy Valentine's Day" on the inside and left the front blank. I told him it needed a greeting, so he stamped "i love you", which is ((wincing)) contraband -- a Close to My Heart stamp. After he stamped it, I told him it wasn't a Stampin' Up! stamp and he responded: "What!? Why did you let me ruin the card with something that wasn't Stampin' Up!?" ((wink))
Supplies: Love You Much, Riding Hood Red cardstock, Close to Cocoa ink & cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Pink Pirouette ink, Blender Pen, Soft Subtles Brads, Trio Flower Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
Monday, March 16, 2009
If you're looking for a new Easter set, make sure to check out the Occasions Mini Sneak Peek. These stamp sets are available for you to order now. Just go to my website (http://juliedavison.stampinup.net/) and click "Shop Now".Supplies: A Good Egg, Certainly Celery cardstock, So Saffron marker & cardstock, Barely Banana cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Basic Black ink, Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Retired (??) DSP
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I'm not savvy enough for an entire video tutorial, but here's a little slideshow of the card in action:
- Use the Circle Scissor Plus to cut to 3-1/2" circles from Whisper White cardstock. Cut an additional circle from scrap paper. Fold the scrap paper circle into quarters to find the center. Hold the scrap paper over the cardstock circles and poke a hole through the center of both circles using the Paper Piercer from the Crafters' Tool Kit. Using the Craft & Paper Scissors (or scissors with a long blade), cut from the edge of both circles to the center hole.
- With the cut line on the right side, stamp each circle with the flowers from the Garden Greetings set (Note: The smallest flower on my card comes from the Flight of the Butterfly set). On one circle, leave 1/8 of the circle blank ABOVE the cut line; on the other circle, leave the blank space BELOW the cut line. Using sponge daubers and Stampin' Pastels, color the flowers on the circle with the blank area ABOVE the line.
- Hold the circles together with the colored circle in the back. With your finger behind the circles, push the top half forward and slip the blank part of the top circle under the bottom circle. Use a brad in the center to adhere the circles to the 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" card.
- Adhere one edge of the top circle to the base of the card using a Mini Glue Dot. (See photo for placement). Adhere an medium size arrow from the My Way punch to a 3/4" Circle punch and adhere it to the back side of the bottom circle. (Again, see photo for placement.)
- Stamp greeting in empty space. Use the arrow tab to move the bottom circle clock-wise, revealing the colored flowers on the bottom circle. (Note: There is nothing to stop the circle when you get to the end, so if you keep going, the circles will slide apart.)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
As soon as I saw the necklace for this week's color inspiration, I knew I had to break out my Pretties Kit! I used the Stampin' Write markers (brush tip) to color directly on to the flowers (which come white). As I am uploading the picture, I'm thinking I should have done another purple flower to peek out from behind the pink one...
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I'm not sure who came up with it originally, but I love this analogy. I used it on a little flyer for new stampers at Jenn's workshop last month. We made these simple cards at her party and I offered a new stamper bundle to Jenn's guests which included all the items to make more these cards at home.
Pun Fun New Stamper Kit:
- Pun Fun, #115054, $32.95
- Staz-On Jet Black Ink Pad, #101046, $7.95
- Markers ($3.25 x 3) = $9.75
Certainly Celery #105106, Bashful Blue #105111, So Saffron #105114
- White Notecards & Envelopes (20), #107311, $5.95
** Qualifies for FREE Sale-a-bration Gift ($20 value; see brochure)
** Order this kit and I’ll send you extra pre-cut cardstock (10 pieces each of Whisper White and So Saffron and Delicate Dots DSP) to make these cards!
Order Online Any Time! Go to my website: http://juliedavison.stampinup.net/ and click "Shop Now".
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I love the way my card turned out -- very classic and elegant in the monochromatic tone. I think it would be perfect for a wedding or anniversary. I used some brand new products from the Occasions Mini catalog (Walk in the Park DSP & Whisper White Satin Ribbon) and the Little Leaves sizzlit from the big catalog.
Supplies: Warm Words, Going Gray cardstock, White cardstock, Basic Black ink, Walk in the Park DSP, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Little Leaves die for the Big Shot
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
There's only three weeks left to take advantage of Sale-a-bration and get free gifts for your qualifying order. Click here to check out all the details.
Supplies: Polka Dot Punches, Thank You Kindly, Bashful Blue ink & cardstock, So Saffron ink & cardstock, Certainly Celery ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Delicate Dots DSP, Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon, Soft Subtles brads
Monday, March 9, 2009
Supplies: A Good Egg stamp set, So Saffron marker & cardstock, Basic Black ink, Whisper White cardstock, Palette of Prints DSP, 1/2", 1", 1-1/4", 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Coluzzle
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Last month I added some new Decor Elements to my walls. I wanted to put up the new tree image, but my husband didn't like it, so we settled on this quote to go over the couch in our family room: "Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments."
And I finally got around to adding the Manhattan Flowers to our recently re-finished guest bathroom:
It's hard to see the Kraft flower in the second bathroom photo because of the glare off the mirror. But you can see how the Chocolate flower goes right over the corner and on to the other wall. I love that!
Decor Elements are so easy to apply! My favorite part is that they are removable and do not leave any marks on the wall when you take them down -- making it the perfect way to dress up the walls of a rented apartment or college dorm room. Click here to see more pictures of Decor Elements applied in my home.