Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day Tea Bag Pouch

Everyone is Irish on St. Patty's Day.  Here's a project to celebrate!

For my tea bag pouch, I cut the cardstock to 8" x 3".  Yours  may vary due to the size of your tea bag--adjust accordingly.  Wheel Crumb Cake cardstock in Garden Green ink using Very Vintage.  Fold in half.  Score at 1" on one end and fold over for the front flap.  Glue or staple sides together to make the pouch.  Wrap ribbon around flap.  Attach a Round Tab punch out to the tea bag.  The flower stamp is from Vintage Vogue and punched out with the 1" Circle.  Attach to the top of the Round Tab.  Stamp Happy St. Patrick's Day from Teenie Tiny Wishes and  cut out with the Word Window Punch.  Layer on top of a piece of cardstock punched out with the Modern Label punch before adhering to the front of your pouch. 

Make your pouch larger to add a hot cocoa packet.  This one is 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 1" on one end for the flap.  Folded and assembled exactly like the tea bag version.  If you're a little rententive like I am, buy your  hot cocoa packets before you decide on the color scheme for your pouch.  I coordinated my colors around the colors that were on the outide of the packets. 

Happy Stamping!  Bye for now, Maria

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Stamp Club was Blissful!

For March's Stamp Club our card was stamped with the Bliss stamp set from the Salabration selection.  I swiped this card from page 10 of the Salabration brochure.  I changed it a little bit, but not much.  Who says you have to come up with an original design every time? 

So Saffron cardstock is used for the card base.  Stamp the flourish in Daffodil Delight ink all over the front of your card.  Splatter ink with Crumb Cake marker in the Color Spritzer.  Stamp "bliss" in Crumb Cake ink on a 4 1/4" x 2" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Attach to front of card.  Add scallop border sticker from the Ice Cream Parlor DSP & Quick Accents Pack (also a Salabration selection).  Wrap Ice Cream Parlor ribbon (another Salabration selection) around Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp butterfly in Melon Mambo ink.  Cut out and adhere with a Stampin' Dimensional.  Using the Boho Blossoms punch, cut out DSP from Ice Cream Parlor and So Saffron cardstock.  Attach an Ice Cream Parlor button with a Mini Glue Dot. 

March's Card Swaps....

Stamped by Mary using the Charming stamp set.

Mary added a Top Note die cut to the inside of her card. 

Heather stamped this one.  If you look closely to the dots in the background, some of them are accented with Crystal Effects. 

Debbie stamped this one and decorated the inside as well. 

Maria stamped this one using Punch Bunch stamp set (Salabration) and Pocket Silhouettes.  All the stamps in Punch Bunch have a coordinating punch that goes with it (available for purchase separately).

Barb added a stamped image to accent her die cuts.

Another card using Punch Bunch and So Happy for You (another Salabration set).

Irish for the Day 6x6 scrapbook page by Lisa.

Joan stamped this card with Sew Suite (page 33 Occasions Mini Catalog).  The spool of thread is called "paper piecing."  Stamping the same image several times on different colors of cardstock or paper.  Cut out part of the additional image and layer on top of another image. 

Pagie made the mini purse card with the Cupcake punch.

Delight in Life was stamped by Kim.  To make the cat tails, make a stencil with the Horizontal Slot punch.  Sponge through your stencil. 

Salabration is the BEST time of year at Stampin' Up!  Receive a FREE Salabration selection for each $50 you spend.  There are four Salabration stamp sets, a DSP & Quick Accents Pack, a Ribbon & Button Pack, Digital Content CD (all the Salabration images--you do not need MDS to use the images), and the Notes Chalkboard Decor Elements (my favorite).  More options for FREE products!!!  You also have the option of picking a set valued at $14.95 or less from the Idea Book & Catalog. 

Host a workshop or class (your home or mine) and earn a FREE Salabration item IN ADDITION to all your other host benefits. 

New demonstrators are not left out either!  The starter kit is 15% OFF right now--you can become a demonstrator for less than $150! 

Salabration is winding down--deadline is March 31st.  You can place your orders directly with me, or through my website.  Happy Stamping! 
Bye for now, Maria

Monday, March 14, 2011

Never Ending Card Picture Tutorial

Our project for February Stamp Club is called a Never Ending Card. The idea came from my monthly demonstrator only magazine, Stampin' Success.  It's never ending because you can keep folding and opening it to reveal another "side".   Here's how it starts to open....

and then it opens again...

and again...

and one more time...

Cool, huh?  First you will need to cut and score your cardstock.  You will need two pieces of cardstock that are 2 3/4" x 4 1/4" scored at 1 1/16" from both ends. 

Next, you will need two pieces of cardstock that are 2 1/8" x 5 1/2" scored at 1 3/8" from both ends. 

Place a very strong adhesive like Sticky Strip as shown in the photo below on the two wider pieces. 

Lay out your pieces as shown.

Line up the two wider pieces making sure your score lines are lined up.  Remove the red liner to the Sticky Strip.  Place the longer pieces on top of the adhesive on the wider pieces. 

After attaching all four pieces together, carefully crease and fold everything to make sure your card is folding over and over again.  I found that it was more important to match up the score lines rather than lining up the corners. This will ensure that your card folds properly.  You can always trim up any excess edges if needed.  After you have assembled your card, it should have this "h" pattern. 

Decorate with a 2 1/2" x 1 7/8" piece of DSP and embellish as desired. It will even fit into a regular "medium" or invitation sized envelope.  Now you are ready to impress your family and friends!

Rose Red and Pretty in Pink cardstock and ink, Whisper White cardstock, Love Patterns DSP, I {Heart} Hearts stamp set, Full Heart and Heart to Heart punches were used to make this card. 

February's card swaps....

Love Bandit is stamped by me.  Valentine hearts by Joan. 

Frances stamped the "olive you" card.  Lisa made the heart scrapbook page.

Tina stamped this one.

Cupcake card by Debbie and Thinking of You by Barb.

Die cut pillow box is embossed and then cut out with the Big Shot by Heather. 
Paige made the fold-over candy holder with a heart shaped Peppermint Patty inside.

This is a Kim card.  I always say "this is a Kim card" because she had a personalized stamp made to say that and stamps it on the back of all her card creations.  When her co-workers would receive one of them,  they would say, "I got a Kim card." 

The medallion cards are from the Simply Sent Medallion Medley kit on page 41 of the Occasions Mini Catalog.   The kit comes with 8 printed, embossed cards, 1 sheet of blank ticket-corner labels, and envelopes.   You can create cards in an instant with the supplies that come in the kit, like Mary did on the left.  Or, if you want to kick it up notch, just add an oval punch out and some ribbon like the one on the right. 

Happy Creating!  Bye for now, Maria