SUO 102 Favorite New Toys: French Fry Box with Groovy Love and Label Something

The new catalog is chalk full of fun new “goodies!”  While I can’t say I’ve arrived at an absolute favorite yet; I can say I’m thoroughly enjoying getting acquainted with some of the new products.  This past weekend I was preparing for an upcoming fund raiser I’m hosting  for a friend’s adoption fund.  I needed to design a quick and easy, yet visually pleasing, favor to bring for each of the guests.  I decided to give the French fry box a try and I am so glad I did!  Wow, these truly are QUICK and EASY to make!!!  A half sheet of card stock is all that’s needed to fully cover the die and cut out your box.  After running the card stock through the Big Shot, I embossed the bottom section of the box and then stamped and punched my Groovy Heart and greeting.  A couple of pieces of red line tape on the side flaps were all it took to fully assemble the box.  The entire favor was completed, start to finish (including bagging the cookies), in under 7 minutes.  I’m sure it will go even faster now that I’ve actually made one and once I start to do them in an assembly line fashion.

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My next plan for these fun boxes are back-to-school gifts for teachers.  Won’t they be adorable with some post it notes, a fun pen, and an “emergency piece of chocolate?”   I’m definitely liking this new toy and would love to see what some of your favorite new toys are; click on over to SUO and join us for this week’s challenge!

STAMPIN UP STAMP(S):   Label Something, Groovy Love

STAMPIN UP INK:  Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP:    Melon Mambo, Whisper White

ACCESSORIES:   7/8” Scallop Circle Punch, Sweetheart Punch, Decorative Dots EF, rhinestone, Melon Mambo Scallop Dots Ribbon

JAI 224 Peace and Joy Iridescent Ice card with Work of Art and Good Greetings

I was so excited to be asked to be a Guest Designer for Just Add Ink this month – thanks JAI Design Team for selecting my patriotic card as the winner last month and thus, offering me the opportunity to be a guest designer!

I have to admit I got a bit of a geography lesson today, though.  I thought I was getting my post prepared in time for going live and then I realized I really didn’t know how Australian time compared to EST!  My apologies to those of you who were looking for my post earlier in the day today.


The Inspiration Challenge at JAI this week got my wheels turning.  I just love the frosty winter scene with the berries and I wanted to duplicate the effect.  So, I did some Google searches and finally happened upon a wonderful tutorial by Melissa Banbury that gave me the input I needed to proceed.  Using a piece of water color paper, I applied an inked and water spritzed block to the paper.  After the ink dried, I stamped my “berries”  with the round stamp in the Work of Art set.  Once the berries dried, I stamped another three berries in Real Red.  When those berries dried, I used short straight strokes with a white gel marker to give each berry a frosted appearance.  Next I used Versamark ink and clear embossing powder over the entire image.  After heat setting the embossing powder, I repeated that step (versarmark + clear embossing powder + heat set).  Finally, I Versamarked the entire image a third time and this time used Iridescent Ice on top of the image, then heat set.  The finished product gave the appearance of a frosty winter scene!   The multiple water applications and embossing caused my branch to fade out considerably; but, for a first try, I was pleased with the outcome of using this technique.

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STAMPIN UP STAMP(S):   Work of Art (circle for the berries), Good Greetings

STAMPIN UP INK:  Real Read, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Primrose Petals, Pretty in Pink, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Basic Gray, Versamark

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP:    Real Red, Silver Glimmer, Whisper White

ACCESSORIES:   Clear embossing powder, Iridescent Ice, aqua painter, heat tool, Scallop Trim Border Punch



FM169 with Tart and Tangy and Good Greetings

Polka Dots and Tart and Tangy worked together to make this summer card for the Friday Mashup Challenge!  The challenge was to use a background stamp and mash it up by adding something 3-D.   On this hot summer day, a thirst quenching drink seemed to be just the right image to portray!


I cut the two end edges of a rectangular piece of vellum at a 1/2″ angle; then, I brayered the vellum with Daffodil Delight and sponged the top of the drink line with Rose Red.  Next I applied some 2 way glue to the rim of the glass and sprinkled the wet glue with Dazzling Diamonds for a beautiful shimmery finish.

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To visually tie the card together, I carried the color gradation from the glass directly to the background, using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Rose Red polka dots.  Note Pumpkin Pie ink was not used on the glass itself; but, the combining of Daffodil Delight and Rose Red did create a Pumpkin Pie tone.

The vellum glass is a popular idea on Pinterest.  While I saw many variations of this glass; I did not learn who to credit as the original designer.

STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Polka Dot Background stamp, Good Greetings
STAMPIN UP INK: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper white, card stock vellum
ACCESSORIES: brayer, sponge, 1-1/4” circle punch, two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, straw, small glue dots
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FAB FRI 45: Starburst Sayings, Papillon Potpourri, Petite Petals

Starburst Sayings with Petite Petals worked together beautifully for this week’s Fab Friday challenge.  For a change of pace I stamped the greeting on Tangerine Tango with Versamark, then embossed with white embossing powder,  The butterfly was cut from a piece of a scrap watercolor image that was laying on my desk.

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I used different levels of dimensionals to provide a depth variation with the flowers and leaves.  Everything else is very straightforward.  Deciding on colors and DSP actually took longer than making the card!  My card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest made by Sarah Jane Rae of the UK.

2014.07.17 FAB FRI SIDE

STAMPIN UP STAMP(S):   Starburst Sayings, Papillon Potpourri, Petite Petals

STAMPIN UP INK:   Versamark, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Melon Mamo

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP:    Flowerpot DSP, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive

ACCESSORIES:   White embossing powder, heat tool, linen thread, Old Olive button, Starburst die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Build a Bird punch, Petite Petals punch, rhinestones, glue dots, dimensionals

SUO 101: BOWS, BOWS, BOWS with Tag Talk

When I saw the challenge for this SUO Challenge, I said “Uh oh!”   Bows are just not “my thing” when it comes to card making.   I enjoy a pretty bow on a card; but, I am rarely pleased with my bows and therefore I seldom ever use one.  Yesterday was the day I had set aside to make my challenge card and my wheels were turning; but, I was coming up empty.  I decided I’d run my errands, go to a graduation party, then come home and set to work in my studio.  Before leaving for the party though, I needed to make a card for the graduate.  Quick jaunt to my studio, leafed through the new DSP and selected Park Lane; then quick perusal of my new stamps, with my hands reaching for Tag Talk.  I used versamark on the tags with black embossing powder on the bottom layer and white embossing powder on Basic Black CS for the top layer.  As I laid the finished pieces out, I thought, “This card needs a bow!”    I took a few deep breaths (wink, wink), walked to my ribbon rack for something that complimented the card and selected the retired Basic Gray Striped Satin Ribbon.  I cut two pieces of ribbon.  Working with one piece at a time, I folded the ends of the ribbon into the center, then repeated on the second piece of ribbon, which was then set on top of the first piece (no glue dots or adhesive was used).  Next I poked a hole through the layers of ribbon and inserted a Vintage Brad to secure the bow.  A few glue dots on the back of the ribbon and brad made applying the bow to the card a quick and easy task (notice I slightly slanted the bow to give it a bit of a more realistic feel).  Next a few snippets of ribbon, cut at an angle, and glued under the bow, gave the card its finishing touch!

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Park Lane DSP, Basic Black CS, Whisper White Note Card
ACCESSORIES: Basic Gray Striped Satin Ribbon, Vintage Brad, Label Bracket punch, 1” square punch, white and black embossing powder, heat tool, glue dots, tombo, dimensionals

JAI 221 and PP 203: Shaker Card with The Open Sea and Netting Background

I was browsing through You Tube for inspiration the other night, trying to come up with a new [to me] idea for my upcoming class’s 3-D project.  I happened across this great tutorial on how to make a box in a card,  After watching the tutorial, I went to my new DSP to see what I thought would work well; I was anticipating using the spiral flower on the lid.  However, when I got to the Maritime DSP, my direction fully changed.  My wheels started turning and before I knew it, I had combined my shaker card idea with my 3-D project, a shaker box!   Woo Hoo; I can’t wait to share this with the ladies in my advanced stamping class next month!  I had so much fun putting this together and was pleased too, to see that Just Add Ink’s challenge for this week was to make a shaker project and Paper Players’ challenge for this week was “Let’s Go the Beach!”

This is the top of the card/box…

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Here’s the side view:
2014.07.08 JAI SIDE
and here’s the interior, with a place to write your greeting on the top. The lid lifts off the box and is big enough to fit one of our SU button containers.  It was difficult to photograph this “straight on;” but, I assure you the card is not crooked, even though the photo would lead you to believe otherwise 😉
JAI 2014.07.08 INTERIOR
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): The Open Sea, Netting Background
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, Early Espresso
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Pool Party, Maritime DSP, Window Sheet
ACCESSORIES: Packing twine (I was out of linen thread), shaker foam, dimensionals, glitter, scoreboard, circle dies, 2-1/2” circle punch, 1-3/4” circle punch, white embCut Above Badgeossing powder, heat tool
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PPA 210, FMS 167, TSOT 174: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Love and Sympathy

This sympathy card was designed with three different challenges before me.  Pals Paper Arts color challenge this week was to use Basic Gray, Lost Lagoon and Pool Party.  In looking at my card you may notice the pink hue at the top of my stamped image panel – that is Basic Gray — truly, it IS Basic Gray!  I tried a new technique this evening that I learned from one of Patty Bennett’s you tubes.  After applying my watercolor wash (the Friday Mashup challenge), I sprinkled coarse salt on top of the wet paper.  As the salt melted in the water, it lifted the color from the paper, turning the Basic Gray into a shade of pink.  You’ll notice on the bottom right corner that the Lost Lagoon and Pool Party are a bit speckled; that, too, is as a result of the salt.  I can’t wait to play more with this technique – I absolutely love the effect it creates!  The layout is based on Try Stampin on Tuesday’s sketch design.  My DSP is mounted on Pool Party then Lost Lagoon and placed on top of the Basic Gray base.  In order to offset the primary focal image, I alternated the color order of the mattes and started with Lost Lagoon, then added Pool Party.  In addition, I used my Basic Gray marker around the outside edge of the Basic Gray matte and then added dimensionals to cause the image to pop a bit.  I struggled with adding the three candy dots, as I felt the card was already fairly busy; but, in order to fulfill the sketch challenge, I did add the dots and I’m glad I did.  While the Pool Party dots blend considerably with the background, they do add a soft finishing touch to the card.


STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Teeny Tiny Wishes, Love and Sympathy

STAMPIN UP INK: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Basic Gray, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Flashback DSP, Water Color Paper,
ACCESSORIES: Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Pool Party candy dots, brass brads, dimensionls, acrylic block, spritzer, kosher salt


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