Saturday, December 18, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It is still cold in Florida!!!

This morning we got up to 25 degrees. Isn't that crazy!!!  So as a result I stayed inside and finished designing my cards for Thursday's Nutrition Class.  I really have a love hate relationship with this cold.

OK so I am like over the whole Christmas Card thing. I have moved onto making gifts but thought it would be nice to do  Thank you cards  for our next class. Below is a sneak peak!  The card below was made with Chocolate Chip. Very Vanilla Card Stock and Designer Series Paper called Autumn Spice. This DSP is so pretty and will no longer be available at the end of December. It is shown on page 13 of the Holiday Mini. If you want any of this paper you had better order now!

All of the rest of the items will be from the Main Catalog. I used old olive 5/8" satin ribbon, Falling Leaves Stamp set, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punch, curley label  and scallop punch.

My second card was made with cherry cobbler, very vanilla and always articoke card stock. The very vanilla on the card base was stamp first with Peaseful Wishes stamp set and then sent through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wall Paper embossing folder. Always articoke card stock was sent through the the Big Shot using the Top Note Die and then about one inch was cut off the left side. I used two types of ribbon. 3/8" Cherry Cobbler taffita ribbon and 5/8" Victoria Lace. Final touch was the Get Well Wishes stamped first and then punched with the Word Window punch.

My last card was made with Night of Navy and Whisper white card stock. I ran the white card base through the Big Shot using the Finial Press embosing folder. Use 5/8" Night of Navy Satin Ribbon and just tucked the edges behind the white layer. Simple and easy ribbon.....The stamp set I used is a Level III Hostess set. You could receive this stampset free if you hosted a workshop that qualified. The Thank you stamp is from our main catalog  Thank You Kindly set on page 160.  The final touch, which is very hard to see, is the Dazzling Diamond glitter applied over the flowers using a Two Way Glue Pen.


All of these items and more are available in my catalogs which are posted on the left side of my blog  or you can purchase a hard copy for $9.95. If you host a workshop for a few friends, my catalog is free once you book the date. If you would like more information regarding these cards or any of the items I have listed please send me an email.


Thanks for spending some time with me and hope to see you at one of my classes.
For class dates and times please visit http://www.sandragrimes.stampinup.net/ 
or
look on the upper right of this blog.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A great gift for three special friends

Good Evening,
Let me first just say that it is COLD!!  What happened?? I thought I was in Florida. My husband just walked in and he told me it was 38 degrees and it is only 9:44pm.

This past weekend my husband and three of my friends participated in a 5 K run which supports The American Cancer Society. I was not up to running but I did go to cheer on my husband and my three friends. At the end of the race I was able to get some great photos of them and decided I wanted to do something special with the photo. I ended up making a desk top calendar/sticky note Christmas Card. I was very proud of the end result and want to share how I made it.  




First let me show you the picture.
I used My Digital Studio to decorate the phote. MDS (My Digitial Studio) is a digital scrapbook software that is sold by Stampin' Up! You can make digital scrapbook pages using the same lovely stamp designs by SU. Below is the same picture after I played with MDS.
See how cute this picture turned out after I added all the embellishments and card stock? Then I sent it to Walgreens to the 1 hour photo. The neat thing is that the colors in the picture were an exact match to the SUs Real Red and Old Olive colors.

OK so here is the tutorial for how I made the desk top calendar.


This is a side view of the finished product.

On with the tutorial

First I took an piece of card stock and cut it down to 6 1/2 inches by 11 inches. Next make a 6 1/2" long score line at  5 1/2" and 2 3/4".


This makes up the bottom and stand for the card. Next I cut a piece of Chocolate chip card stock 4 1/4" x 6 1/4". The photo size I used for this project was 4 x 6.

Next I used glue dots and adhered my photo. I never like to glue my photo's in place because it makes it so permanent. I may want to change the photo to something different and I can do this when I use glue dots on four corners.


Next is the support card stock for the picture. I cut a piece of Old Olive that was
6 1/2" x 5 1/2".



Next I ran it though my Big Shot and my Vintage Wall Paper embossing folder. I love this embossing folder!!! I am never disappointed with the way my project look after I use this great folder.
There is a trick when using such a large piece of card stock. You have to run it through twice. Lining up the pattern on the second run through the Big Shot.
Here is the first run through .....






















Here is the second run through.


This is a close up of the pattern match.

Very easy to do...
So next I adhered the photo to the embossed piece of Old Olive Card Stock then....

Then I glued the embossed Old Olive Photo to the scored piece. Notice that I used tombo glue on the top quarter section of the sheet.

This is a side view of the card.
Front view of how it folds.

OK now for the calendar part of the card.

Cut a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock 6 1/4" x 3 1/2" and a piece of Old Olive 6" x 3 1/4"
Run the Old Olive through the Big Shot and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. You will have to run it twice lining up the patterns on the second time through.

Adhere the Old Olive to the Chocolate Chip and the adhere to Card using dimensionals. You will want to be sure to fold the picture into place before you adhere this piece. This will guantee that you get the piece in the correct position.

Here I have not folded over the photo but you can see that this piece was attached on the larger scored side.
Next glue the calendar and sticky note pad in place. If you would like for me to email the calendar to you please send me a request. I can send either a word document or PDF file. Just let me know when you send the request which version you would like to have emailed. Also let me know how I did on this tutorial. I welcome your feed back.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Demonstrator Get Together in Apopka

Hello Fellow Stampers,

This past weekend I went to a demonstrator get together at Linda Heller's. We had such a great time!! I always have fun with this group of ladies. Below are some of the wonderful cards that I was able to obtain through a swap.

By Deborah LaRue

by Kira Banks

by Amanda Hartley


With the new demonstrator promotion, you could come and have fun with us too if you sign up today.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Downline Meeting

We had a great downline meeting tonight. We missed you Heather and Kellyn. Sure hope you can make it to the next one in February.

We started out the evening with snacks and drink. Got caught up on life! Everyone sharing what they were doing and how life was treating them. Susan gave all of us a pin made from the Flowers Fold die with autumn colored fabric. The pins were just beautiful. Thank you Susan.

We had a some discussion regarding how to build our business along with the upcoming offers from the Stampin' Up Home Office.

Then the night ended with a shoebox swap.

 This wonderful card was Susan's. Very quick and beautiful!

Peggy did such a great job on designing this card. It was so simple and fun. It would make an awesome card for a workshop or stamp a stack.

Lorraine's card looks like velvet on the back ground. Great techique!

Of course you have already seen my card from a prevoius post, but this is my shoebox swap.

We had a great time getting together, learning new techniques, chatting and making some really great cards! Can't wait till February for out next meeting!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holiday Gift

Here is a wonderful gift to give a loved one. Click on DIRECTIONS to get a PDF file on how this lovely gift is made.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Holiday Promotion Part 2

Here is a really cute and quick craft that you can make to hang your gift cards on your Christmas tree. I have had so much fun with Holiday Promotion Vintage Christmas Card Bundle. You get the stamp set Bells and Boughs along with the DSP Deck the Halls for $19.92 (clear). That is 20% off. Click on Holiday Promotion Part 2 in pink above, if you would like to see the complete list of 20% off bundles.

Instructions on how to make this craft are listed below the pictures.



Instructions:
First cut a 4" dia. circle from cherry cobbler card stock. Then cut Two 3 3/4" dia. circle from the Deck the Halls DSP.  Use your word slot punch to make the slot for the gift card in one of the DSP circles.  Be sure to glue only the edges of the DSP so your gift card has room to slide in and out. The slot may need to be punched a couple of time so that the card will fit. Attach the DSP to the back side and attach the other DSP to the front. Add some decoration to  the front. I just cut out one the hollys from the DSP and attached wtih dimensionals for my decorations. Next punch the tab on top using the round tab and Early Expresso. This could also be an oval punch and then fold in half- very very cute. Insert your silver cord. Add some Early Expresso  sponging  and you are done! Quick and simple.

If you have questions just let me know. Have fun with this craft!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SUDSOL BLOG TOUR

Hi everyone,
Thought you might like to see what other demonstrators are doing with SU products. Take a blog tour and enjoy. All you have to do is click on the above link "SUDSOL BLOG TOUR" and scroll to bottom of the first blog till you get to a  Button labeled SUDSOL NEXT BLOG.  Just click on that and it will take you to the next blog. Have fun! There are some really cool projects to see!

Holiday Promotion

Over the next couple of days I want to show you some of the really cute cards and Christmas gifts that can be made with the Holiday Promotion going on now through December 16th. The first items is

Vintage Christmas Card Bundle
You receive the stampset Bells & Boughs Clear & the Deck the Halls designer series paper for $19.92 plus shipping and sales tax. That is a great deal at 20% off!!
Below is a picture of the what it includes--






Here is the card I made this morning.



Contact me if you would like to place an order for the Vintage Christmas Card Bundle. Order this bundle in the next two days and receive full color directions for making this card.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Christmas Gift Ideas

This was an idea I got from Pam Morgan at Convention this year. I needed a Hostess Gift so I purchased a coffee cup from Walmart $1.25. Applied two of the Decor Elements birds Candy Cane Christmas located in the Holiday Mini page 36. Made a cute tag and placed some Hot Coco Mix in one of Stampin Up! medium cello bags. This is an inexpensive gift at $5.00 and it is so cute!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

M&M Turkey for Thanksgiving

Hi everyone,
I wanted to show off this cute little guy I am going to go make for my Thanksgiving table.

Is he not just adorable? His belly is full of M&Ms  but I thought it would be great to place a peppermint patty in his belly as an after dinner mint. I might change up the colors but I am not sure.
To make this adorable little guy you will need the following
Punches
large oval punch #119863
1" circle punch #119868
1 3/4" punch #119850
Big Shot #113439
Big Shot die Scallop Circle #2 #113469

Card Stock
Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Chip
More Mustard
Cajun Craze
Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini

Accessories
Sweet Treat cups #116802- Page 170
Googlie eyes - purchased at Walmart or any craft store.
M&Ms or any other candy for inside the treat cup.

If you are interested I will make up kits for $2.00/each plus shipping.
I will post directions if there is enough interest so send me an email if you are interested.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Snowman Card

Here is a card I did for a SUDSOL Chat and Challange.
Stampset:
A Cute Christmas- Holiday Mini

Card Stock
Real Red
Candy Cane Christmas - HolidayMini
Whisper white

Inks
Real Red, Baja Breeze
Black

Accessories
Tasteful Trim Big Shot die - Holiday Mini
Snowflake Die
Circles #2 Die
1 3/4" Circle Punch

This card is quick and fun! I love the DSP because it comes already with the red glitter.

Have questions - send me an email. I would love to hear from you!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ruffled Ribbon Technique

Hi Stampers
I have had several people ask me how I applied the ribbon on my sympathy card from Nutrition Center Class. This is a tutorial on how I did this techinique.

First I cut a 3/8" strip off our Sizzix fabric adhesive sheets.


Then I applied the strip to the back of the ribbon.

I pulled about a 2" section the adhesive back so that I could apply the ribbon to the front of the card stock put left about a 1/4" hanging over the edge. The adhesive is very sticky. I only pull off about 2" at a time so that you don't get the sticky all over. Oh and if you don't have adhesive sheets snail works great too. Just apply the snail along the entire length of the ribbon.

Next I start making the loops.

The adhesive holds the loops once you make them.


Once you have used all the ribbon go back and cut off the overhanging piece of ribbon with scissors.


Then apply the card stock to the front of your sympathy card.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have questions. This is my first technique demonstration so any constructive criticism is welcome.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Uptown Cards this Tuesday- Interested in joining us?

Hi everyone,
This month's Uptown cards are shown above. The class will focus on Fall and Thanksgiving cards and 3-D. If you would like to attend just let me know by email. Class will be held on Tuesday with two times- First class will be 2pm to 4 pm. The second class will be 6pm to 8pm. Cost of the class is $10.00.

Friday, October 22, 2010

ABCs of the perfect handmade holiday


Let's face it, the poor economy has placed a string around our budget, but that does not mean you have to give up giving gifts! It means you just need to get  creative! Let me help!! Above is wonderful holiday bundle sale that will get you started on some great gifts. From October 19 through December 16th. you will have the opportunity to purchase bundles that will save you 20%. Then we can get together and plan all your wonderful gifts for this upcoming holiday season.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Nutrition Center Cards

Hi Everyone,
It has been a while since I posted so I wanted to share my cards for my class this Thursday at the Nutrition Center in Dade City. The first card was inspired because I had a friend whom I am very fond of leave this world to be with Lord. I needed  a card to send to his wife.

The other card I created because I love the stamp set. I don't know but there are just certain stamp sets that send me and I love this one! If you want more information on how to make either of these card send me an email or better yet come to my class on Thursday. The cost is $7.00 and it starts at 12:30pm.