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Easter Watercolors

Little Bit of Spring Easter Bunny Stampin Up1

 

Another adventure in watercolors! I busted out the Aqua Painter to create this fun springtime Easter card.  I love the soft details you can create with the water color pens.  This new stamp set from the Spring 2013 Catalog is adorable! I can’t wait to create more Spring projects!

PAPER: Certainly Celery Cardstock, Watercolor Paper, Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP, Melon Mambo Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock.

INK: Jet Black Staz On Pad, Many Marvelous Markers.

STAMP SETS: A Little Bit of Spring Clear.

TOOLS & EMBELLISHMENTS: Aqua Painter, Scallop Dots Ribbon Old Olive, Snail Adhesive.

Valentine’s Day Print Poetry | Technique: Origami Flower

Valentine's Day Origami Flower Card Stampin Up Print Poetry DSP1

For my second attempt at intricate paper folding, I attempted a paper flower.  (Check out my first adventure: Origami Butterfly.)  For the template, see the Technique feature below.  I added some heat embossing to add texture to the Whisper White background.  I love this new Print Poetry DSP from the Spring 2013 Catalog.  Its a short stack – so trimming is a breeze!

PAPER: Print Poetry DSP, Raspberry Ripple Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock.

INK: Raspberry Ripple Stampin’ Pad, Versa Mark Pad.

STAMP SETS: Delightful Dozen Clear, Everything Eleanor Clear, Teeny Tiny Wishes Wood.

TOOLS & EMBELLISHMENTS: Stitched Satin Ribbon Raspberry Ripple, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Emboss Powder Clear, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Bone Folder, Snail Adhesive, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint in an alcohol spritzer.


TECHNIQUE: Origami Flower

1. Following this basic shape, sketch onto cardstock.

2. Cut along bold exterior lines.

3. Score along dotted interior lines.

4. Fold the flower tips outward.

5. Fold the flower petals inward working around clockwise.


--Audrey

Ribbon Word Valentine’s Day Card

Ribbon Word Valentine Card Stampin Up4

I had a lot of fun with this one!  Writing with baker’s twine was super easy and makes a great statement.  I found inspiration from the Stampin’ Royalty sketch challenge and my new Spring Catalog loot – including these adorable Paper Doilies.  To check out more Spring catalog inspiration, check out the other SUO Challenge Participants here.  So many fun ideas to try!

PAPER: Basic Gray CardstockPatterns Pack 2012-2014, Raspberry Ripple Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock.

INK: Raspberry Ripple Stampin’ Pad.

STAMP SET: Delightful Dozen Clear.

TOOLS & EMBELLISHMENTS: Paper Doilies, Stitched Satin Ribbon Raspberry Ripple, Baker’s Twine Early Espresso, Basic Gray Satin RibbonSnail Adhesive, 2-Way Glue Pen.


TECHNIQUE TIP: Ribbon Writing

  1. Draw the word lightly with pencil first.
  2. Then add small amounts of glue along the word path, working in small areas at a time.

*For best results, use the 2-Way Glue Pen when applying Baker’s Twine to cardstock.


 

--Audrey

DIY: Keepsake Treasure Chest | TECHNIQUE: One Sheet Wonder Bag

Gumball Green Spartie Purse Gift Stampin Up2

As a special surprise for my Mom, I created this Michigan State Spartans themed purse to preserve her Sparty keepsakes of ticket stubs and small mementos from excursions to her alma mater.

I used Gumball Green Cardstock for the classic MSU green and embellished with Stitched Satin Ribbon Gumball Green and Silver Glimmer Paper.  It was really fun to add several grommets with my Crop-A-Dile to further the purse-appearance.  I even added a small envelope as an interior pocket made with DSP from Patterns Pack 2012-2014.

For the structure of the bag, I used the 8.5×11 version of Kelly Gettlefinger’s One Sheet Wonder Bag (See Video Link Below – Kelly makes it super easy to understand).  This pattern is so awesome – no trimming involved! Just score and fold, then glue and embellish!  I modified by pinching the sides and adding the lid (made with a Label Collection Framelit, then trimmed).  Incredibly versatile way to create a standard box or purse.  I will definitely make this pattern again!

PAPER: Gumball Green Cardstock, Silver Glimmer Paper, Patterns Pack 2012-2014.

TOOLS & EMBELLISHMENTS: Crop-A-Dile, Silver Grommets, Stitched Satin Ribbon Gumball Green, Bitty Banners Framelits, Label Collection Framelits, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Sticky Strip, Bone Folder.

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TECHNIQUE: One Sheet Wonder Bag by Kelly Gettelfinger

This video contains instructions to create a standard size card box from 12×12 cardstock and this smaller box from 8.5×11 cardstock.  With Kelly’s design, you can whip up this 3D gift in a few minutes!

--Audrey

Summer Starfruit Sparkles with Hardware

Hardware Embellishing!  This is my first project with my new Crop-a-Dile.  I discovered this tool at my local craft store (unfortunately Stampin’ Up does not sell it anymore) and I ordered it from Amazon to come with a whole case of different color eyelets.  I used the Large size to create the holes for my Scallop Dots Ribbon Basic Black.  I love adding unexpected elements to projects.  I think the industrial feel of the metal eyelets is a great contrast to the feminine bow and sparkle details.  I’m excited to keep practicing with this technique.  What a fun tool!

 

PAPER: Patio Party Designer Series Paper, Summer Starfruit CardstockBasic Black Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock.

INK: Summer Starfruit Stampin’ Pad, Basic Black Stampin’ Pad.

STAMP SETS: My Friend Wood / My Friend Clear, Perfectly Penned Wood / Perfectly Penned Clear (**Available as Perfectly Penned Single Stamp for $5.95), Bring on the Cake Wood / Bring on the Cake Clear.

EMBELLISHMENTS: Large Black Eyelets (Found on Amazon), Scallop Dots Ribbon Basic Black, Dazzling Details, Dimensionals.

TOOLS: 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Crop-a-Dile (Found on Amazon).

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--Audrey

i HEART Primrose Petals

Stampin Up Affection Collection Love Card 2

 

I am just crazy about the 2012-2014 In Colors, especially Primrose Petals!  Super cute!  It is a great pair with the Raspberry Ripple as well.  In this project, I created small rectangles with 1.5″x4″ pieces of DSP and cut down the diagonal for slim triangles.  This created a Starburst pattern and I added sponged ink for dimensional shading.  The centerpiece showcases a few stamps from the Affection Collection Clear Stamp Set found in the 2012 Holiday Catalog.

 

PAPER: Primrose Petals Cardstock, Raspberry Ripple Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, 2012-2014 In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper.

INK: Raspberry Ripple Stampin’ Pad, Primrose Petals Stampin’ Pad.

STAMP SET: Affection Collection Wood / Affection Collection Clear.

TOOLS & EMBELLISHMENTS: Stamping Sponges, Label Collection Framelits for Big Shot Die-Cutting, :
Dimensionals, Stitched Satin Ribbon Primrose Petals.

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--Audrey

Sweet Friend Card | Technique: Origami Butterfly

This is my very first origami project and I was reading that I should start with a small and simple object.  This butterfly fit the bill.  I love the polka dot pattern DSP! Perfect for a whimsical butterfly!  See below for Origami tutorial. Simple and easy to create!

PAPER: Primrose Petals Cardstock, So Saffron Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, 2012-2014 In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper.

INK: Many Marvelous Markers, Primrose Petals Stampin’ Pad.

STAMP SET: You Are Loved Wood / You Are Loved Clear.

TOOLS: Modern Label Punch, Bone Folder, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

EMBELLISHMENTS: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, Stitched Satin Ribbon Primrose Petals.

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TECHNIQUE: Origami Butterfly

1. Cut two 2-inch squares from Designer Series Paper.

2. Position paper square on the diagonal, printed side down.  Fold square on the diagonal, wrong sides facing (Fig. 1).

3. With fold positioned at bottom, fold triangle in half (Fig.2); unfold.

4. Fold top of triangle down (Fig. 3) so that top point extends somewhat below bottom edge (Fig. 4).

5. Fold sides down on the diagonal (Fig. 4).  Resulting shape should look like butterfly wings (Fig. 5).

TIP: Use the Bone Folder at each step to get a tight crease.  This will help with the bulk of multiple layers of folding.

Floral District Birthday | Technique: Lattice Folds


I am having a blast experimenting with folding techniques.  Check out this one: Lattice Folds!

With such a technical embellishment, I didn’t think this projected needed much more.  I added some Stampin’ Glitter Dazzling Diamonds to give texture to the Floral District Designer Series Paper.  Fun!

PAPER: Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, Floral District Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Cardstock.

INK: Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Pad, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Pad.

STAMP SETS: Teeny Tiny Wishes Wood / Teeny Tiny Wishes Clear, Bring on the Cake Wood / Bring on the Cake Clear.

TOOLS: Paper Snips, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

EMBELLISHMENTS: Stampin’ Glitter Dazzling Diamonds, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dimensionals.

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TECHNIQUE: Lattice Folds

1. Fold your DSP in half.

2. Along the fold use Paper Snips to cut diagonal slits that are 1/8 inch wide, leaving 1/2 inch in between each pair.

3. Unfold the DSP and poke out the triangles.

4. Gently fold back and use 2-Way Glue Pen to adhere them down.

And Voila!

 

If you get stuck, use this template:

Lattice Fold Template

--Audrey

A Dazzling Christmas

Stampin Up Christmas Perfect Punches

A dazzling Christmas project to share!

This Christmas card was a fun experiment with Stampin’ Glitter Dazzling Diamonds.  I used the Delicate Details Folder to emboss the right side of the card front and applied the 2-Way Glue Pen to delicately outline a few snowflakes.  Then I poured on the diamonds! Super cute!

Stampin Up Christmas Perfect Punches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAPER:
Whisper White Cardstock
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Snow Festival Designer Series Paper (2012 Holiday Catalog)
Gumball Green Cardstock
INK:
Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Pad
STAMP SETS:
Perfect Punches Wood / Perfect Punches Clear
More Merry Messages Wood / More Merry Messages Clear
TOOLS:
Window Frames Collection Framelits for Big Shot Die Cutting (2012 Holiday Catalog)
1 3/8 Circle Punch
1 3/4 Circle Punch
Merry Minis Punch Pack (2012 Holiday Catalog)
Delicate Designs Folder for Big Shot Embossing
EMBELLISHMENTS:
Scallop Dots Ribbon Cherry Cobbler
Stampin’ Glitter Dazzling Diamonds using the 2-Way Glue Pen on the Embossed Details
Dimensionals

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--Audrey

Autumn Tree | Technique: Iris Folding

Stampin Up Autumn Tree with Iris Folding

 

This is my first adventure with Iris folding and I absolutely love the result!  Check out this Autumn Tree with colorful DSP from the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper from the 2012 Holiday Catalog.  This was really fun to create.   **One tip to share: Iris folding can lead to a rather thick card.  To remedy this, I ran the top sheet (with strips attached) through the Big Shot to flatten it a bit before attaching to the card.   This solved the thickness problem for me.  Now, its the standard card width.  Might need some extra postage, though!

 

PAPER:
Cajun Craze Cardstock
More Mustard Cardstock
Early Espresso Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper (2012 Holiday Catalog)
INK:
Early Espresso Stampin’ Pad
STAMP SET:
Teeny Tiny Wishes Wood / Teeny Tiny Wishes Clear
TOOLS:
Label Collection Framelits for Big Shot Die Cutting
Bitty Banners Framelits for Big Shot Die Cutting
Paper Snips – to create a tree trunk freehanded
Multipurpose Liquid Glue & Snail Adhesive
Bone Folder
EMBELLISHMENTS:
Scallop Dots Ribbon More Mustard
Dimensionals

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TECHNIQUE: Iris Folding

Stampin Up Autumn Tree with Iris Folding1. Cut a few strips 1 1/2 inch wide from four different Designer Series Paper colors/patterns.

2. Fold these strips in half, wrong sides facing, to create 3/4 inch wide strips.

3. Select a desired card front with a negative space (Label Collection Framelit above) and flip it over.  Then, begin adhering the strips on the backside of the opening.

4.  Starting at the bottom, place a strip of Color A just barely inside the opening.  Adhere.  Then adhere Color B on the right side, Color C along the top, and Color D on the left side.

5.  Repeat this pattern while moving closer to the center of the opening on each round.

6.  Consider covering the end center hole with a small circle punch of Designer Series Paper to complete the design.

7.  Before attaching this card front to the card, flatten with the Big Shot on the lowest thickness setting to press everything one last time.

--Audrey
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