Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Diaper Fold Pouch Tutorial

As promised...

The Diaper Fold Pouch - not just for babies!

This month at Stamp Class our 3-D project was a super easy Diaper Fold Pouch. You can make a diaper fold pouch (DFP) out of any square piece of paper. A double sided paper works the best since you end up seeing both sides of the paper on the finished product.

You can leave the pouch flat and slide a card into it, fill it with leftover Easter candy, or put a small gift inside. We used the Four Square stamp set (item #111632) for the tag and punched it out with the 1 & 1/4" square punch (item#104400), then attached it with some linen thread (item#104199) and a filigree brad (item#112577).

Did you know Stampin' Up! carries cellophane bags? Here I filled a large cello bag (item#102210) with candy. You could use medium (102757) or small bags (103104) depending on the size of square paper you use.

Want to know how to make a diaper fold pouch in about 30 seconds? Check back later today for my Diaper Fold Pouch tutorial!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Beauty, but a Funny Girl...

That Belle (aka Gwenny) Some of you may remember when Gwenny asked me to make her the blue dress that Belle wears in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Of course she's been begging me for the yellow ball gown ever since. I finally got around to making it for her using the most wonderful sewing machine accessory - the ruffler foot. It gathers the fabric as it goes and it can even attach it to another piece of fabric at the same time.

Here's a video showing a ruffler foot in action on a very old Singer machine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbG_2sjyOS0 I've seen these sold for as much as $75, but I got mine for $15 and it works on any low-shank machine.

The satin charmeuse and nylon chiffon I got from Murielle Roy & Co. I've been very happy with my service from them and they are happy to send samples prior to ordering. The nylon chiffon (not regular chiffon or tulle that you can find in stores) doesn't fray so it makes it easy to use for all the ruffles. I have yet to find any store in town that carries it, so I have to plan ahead and order it online.

I started with a yellow leotard that I purchased online and added the sleeves to it. The skirt is a separate piece. I made the headband out of leftover satin and just ironed some fusable facing onto it for structure. Then I ironed it with starch several times and attached some elastic to the underside.

The directions I loosely followed for this skirt can be found at the sewmamasew.com forum. I also followed these directions when I made Gwenny's pink pettiskirt.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tri-Shutter Card

I learned how to make this tri-shutter card from an awesome tutorial at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/trishuttercard/. Beate (pronounced bee-ah-tuh) created a beautiful video tutorial to go with it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su-3T3sd4r0&feature=player_embedded. I love pretty much everything that Beate makes and she's definitely one of my paper crafting heroes.

For this card I used a lot of paper piercing (all the little holes) with the pointy metal object you see in the pictures. It's a free, quick embellishment and I think it adds so much. For the butterfly I used the kissing technique where you ink up a stamp with a pattern and then press it onto a solid image stamp with no pattern. In this case, the butterfly was the solid image stamp and I think it turned out a nice watercolor effect. The butterfly and flowers are from the Level 1 Hostess Set "Of the Earth" that you can earn by hosting a party.

Opening this card is such a fun surprise - there's so much more to it than you would have guessed! I used Stampin' Up!'s new Scallop Trim Border punch (item#118402) for the delicate edging that you see on the bottom right and hidden behind the Birthday Wishes oval.

This card does require a 12" length of card stock, so it's perfect for all you scrapbookers or if you want to break away from the standard A2 (5.5" x 4.25") sized card. I hope you'll try one and let me see the results!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

You say "to-ma-to" I say "to-mah-to"

Whether you want to call it dry embossing or scoring, I think it's the detail on this card that makes it elegant. I used my bone folder to score two parallel lines about an inch apart, creating a soft border for the sentiment. I also embossed lines 1/4" from the edge of the Very Vanilla inset to frame the flower image. Both the sentiment and the image are from the Hostess Level 2 set "Asian Artistry" from the 09-10 Idea Book & Catalog (IBC). If you love this set, it's not too late to host a party and earn it for yourself!

To achieve the mutlicolored stamped image I colored on the stamp itself using Stampin' Write markers in Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, and a touch of Bermuda Bay.

To color the dragonfly on the inside of the card I used my Blender Pens (item#102845) to water color in with softer versions of the same colors used on the card front. For this technique you squeeze a closed Classic Ink Pad to pool some ink on the inside of the cover. Then you use your Blender Pen to pick up some of the pooled ink and color in the image.

We'll be exploring more dry embossing techniques using the embossing stylus this month at Stamp Class on June 25th. Join us and try it for yourself! You'll also get a chance to see the new IBC full of new accessories, colors, and over 100 new stamp sets!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Are those love birds are pigeons, Mama?"

Mitchell (3 yrs) was very confident in informing me that these birds I punched with the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch (item#117191) are called pigeons. I told him that they were supposed to be love birds and he asked me the above question, then answered his own question by telling me that those love birds are called pigeons.

Either way, I think they're adorable despite the fact that I am not a bird lover. (Especially not loving the birds who wake me up every morning at the crack of dawn or the birds who built a nest in our back porch light causing us to almost burn our house down.) The punch cuts out the bird, wing, and branch all in one motion. It's impressive. I used the filigree heart from the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set (item#117010) to stamp on the wings and branches in black ink. I also used glossy white card stock for the bird (item#102599) because I like the sheen and the thickness.

I used the Pinking Hearts Corner punch (item#118072) to lop off the corners of the white card stock. It's hard to see in the picture, but the white card stock is very shimmery because I sprayed it all over with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (item#118772). I just love that stuff! To make them into "love birds" (an anniversary card for my in-laws), I used the tiny red heart from the same hearts stamp set and punched it out with Small Heart punch (item#117193).

For the inside of the card I used Designer Paper from the same set as I used on the card front to create a balanced style. A neat trick I learned for heat embossing with your Classic dye-based inks is to first ink the stamp up with some slow drying VersaMark ink (item#102283) then ink it up in your Classic ink. Use clear embossing powder and voila! You can see that I used this technique to get the "Happiness Always" sentiment in Real Red on the inside of the card.

Last but not least, my new favorite thing is to make a matching envelope which is really quite simple. You just need to use some coordinating paper that is cut slightly narrower than the widest part of your envelope, trace around the envelope edge, and cut slightly inside the line. The paper doesn't even need to go all the way down into the envelope, it just needs to clear the exposed area. And you only have to glue the flap part, not the body of the envelope.

Need more help with this technique or anything else you've seen here? Come to class and try them for yourself!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It "Owl" Matches

I love the idea of coordinating gift wrap, cards, envelopes, tags, etc. I recently attended a baby shower and got a fun chance to try out some ideas that I had been floating around.

The inspiration/one of the gifts:

Here's the card front with a punch art owl. I learned the technique from this awesome video tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3bTmwkNOuQ.

Here's the card inside with the owl stamp from the "It's the Thought" Hostess Set in the current Summer Mini Catalog.

And here is how I wrapped the present.

I made the onesie using circle punches for the punch art and the owl from the "Forest Friends" set (item#113748). My mat pack and paper piercer (items#105826 & #116631) along with a Stampin' Write marker helped to create the faux stitching along the sleeves. Three eyelets along the bottom were attached with my Crop-A-Dile (item#108362) to represent snaps. I adhered the paper onesie to some retiring Close to Cocoa pattern paper and wrapped it around the onesie along with a matching tag.

Some Scotch tape and Costco wrapping paper held it all together.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Want a Chance to Win $50 of Stampin' Up! Merchandise from Me?

Announcing ... Cheryl's 50-50 Board!

Sale-a-Bration was nice, wasn't it? It was a special sales period during the first quarter of the year when we all got something free for every $50 of Stampin' Up! merchandise we purchased. We were all sad to see it go.

While I can't offer you that, I am starting a 50-50 board and here's how it will work:

1. Place a minimum $50 order with me (excluding tax and shipping).
2. Pick a numbered spot on the board. (1-50)
3. Once the board is filled, see if your spot is the winner!

For every $50 Stampin' Up! order you place with me (either in person or online not including shipping or tax) you will get to claim a spot on my 50-50 board. The board will have 50 numbered spots. Once all spots have been filled, we'll draw for a number and the lucky person who claimed that spot will win $50 of Stampin' Up! merchandise of their choice from me! If you place a $100 order you get two spots, and so on.

I'll start the board based on purchases made from the beginning of June so that those of you wanting to stock up on retiring items (see links to the right) will get to benefit right away.

Friday, June 4, 2010

How many is too many?

I love http://kids.woot.com/. Sometimes I am so excited about what we are getting that I don't pay enough attention to the details. Take for example, the time I bought SIX fiber optic lamp kits.

Yeah, I'm thinking six fiber optic lamps are probably bordering on too many for one household. What do you think? I swear I only ordered two, but what I failed to pay attention to was that each order contained all three possible choices being offered, thus 2 x 3 = 6. The good news of course was that my kids had free pick of the lamp they wanted to make: butterfly, flower pot, or lion without worry that they would fight over the same one.


Gwenny chose to make the butterfly as she is my girly girl and Mitchell of course chose the lion (imagine a 3 year old's lion rawr here). They were really fun to make. They came with clay and some plastic pieces, a lamp base, and fiber optic bunches that you could trim. We made these probably a month ago and the clay is *still* moist! No where in the instructions did it say to heat it, so who knows. Anyway, the kids love them and I think they turned out pretty cute.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny pink polkadot...

Dress! I had fun making this flirty and feminine card with the retiring set "Humor in High Heels" (item #116652). I almost cried when I saw this set on the retiring list!

Once upon a time in a home not far away and not very long ago I professed that I hated using scissors to cut anything out and that I thought people who did were slightly insane. As you can see, joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator has definitely affected my sanity. I stamped the image on Pink Pirouette pattern paper (returning in color - yay!) and cut it out. Then I colored in the area inside the hanger with my white Uniball Gel Pen (item #105021) so you wouldn't see the pattern paper through that part of the stamp. I thought that was pretty clever. I've also discovered that my Uniball pen works as whiteout on a botched journaling box in a scrapbook since it's safe for photos.

I got to use my brand spankin' new Ovals Big Shot die (item #114525) to double matte the dress. I covered the dress in Crystal Effects (item#101055)and let it dry to give it a glossy shine.

For the inside of the card I returned to one of my most used sets, On a Pedestal (item#113814) featured in yesterday's post. I got the two tone effect by coloring on the stamp with Stampin' Write markers, then "huffing" on the stamp to re-moisten it before stamping. Come to class if you want to try out this technique for yourself!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Welcome to Create with Cheryl!

Here you will find my creations, as well as some trials and tribulations that I deem amusing enough to share. I hope to inspire you to create your own projects and to serve as a resource for helpful tips related to paper crafting, baking, sewing, kids projects and much more. I'll also be sure to keep you up to date on the news from Stampin' Up!

You'll find a new post from me at least twice a week, usually on Tuesday and Thursdays.

We'll start with the very first card I made once I became a demo and got my Starter Kit. I made it for my son's 17th birthday with the "On a Pedestal stamp set (#113814) and used the 2009-2010 In Colors, Bermuda Bay (retiring) and Rich Razzleberry (returning In Color - yay!). You can see that I didn't have any ribbon yet, so I cut a thin strip of whisper white card stock and tied it in a knot. I actually think I pulled it off pretty well! I did, however have my Stampin' Dimensionals and was proud as punch to raise that cute cake on a pedestal up off the card front.

Oh the lettering! What can I say, I didn't have a Stamp-a-ma-jig. Silly as the name sounds, this placement tool would have allowed my letters to be stamped straight, instead of at a weird quirky jaunty angle. Once I got my Stamp-a-ma-jig I couldn't believe how awesome it was and promptly emailed my upline, Neelam, to tell her how great it was and how I didn't understand how she could *not* have one. Neelam responded in agreement and it was only after reading her message a couple times that I realized she had taken my outrage at her not having one as sarcasm, because of course, she has one. Foolish young Jedi, you have so much to learn about using the Force (aka stamps).