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.
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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.