Thursday, July 29, 2010

Win this purse and shutter card set!



This purse is so easy to make! I got the instructions from Andrea Walford at http://andreawalford.com/?p=665. It holds a set of stand A2 sized cards (4.25" x 5.5") and their envelopes. It ties shut with some grosgrain ribbon around a couple large brads. I used some retired Stampin' Up! designer paper for the body of the purse.



This type of card is called a shutter card. The card base is actually quite easy to make, but you can definitely lose track of time while adding all the layers and embellishments to the many segments of the card.



This set will be among the prizes up for grabs at my New Catalog Reveal Party and Retired Item Sale this Saturday. Come and bring a friend!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Blog snafus, birthday, and sad news

Well, today is shaping up to be a strange birthday. We had some sad news in the family so that's been occupying most of our thoughts and conversations.

You may have noticed that my blog looks a little different. I previously had a cute background from www.thecutestblogontheblock.com, but was informed while I was away at the Stampin' Up! Convention that my background was to disappear! When I bought My Digital Studio (Stampin' Up!'s digital paper crafting software) a couple weeks ago, it was my intention to create a SU! blog background, and now I am being forced to follow through. Bare with me as I figure this out!

If I get it worked out today I'll try to post pictures of the birthday cards the kids made me this morning. Super cute. Just what I needed. And my sweetie surprised me with a doughnut home delivery! What a good husband. :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Amazing!

Wow. My jaw was scraping the floor the whole time as I made my way through the hundreds of displays at Convention! Here are a couple that I had to tell complete strangers about to make sure they understood the wowness of what I was seeing.

Do I really need to say anything about this wedding cake made of paper? Um, wow.
The amount of work it took to make each flower is unfathomable.


On a lighter note ... ALIENS! Hee hee, I think this is adorable. Oh man,this picture does not even do this card justice. I may have to get this set just so I can recreate this card.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Swapping at Convention

For this month's card challenge at my monthly Stamp Class we are supposed to create a card inspired from a catalog or magazine page. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and use my challenge card for my swap card at Convention as well.

Here's my inspiration from the Frontgate Catalog:


And here's my interpretation:



The rattan on the catalog really reminded me of the new Square Lattice embossing folder that Stampin' Up! offers and was actually what made me want to issue this challenge. I used my new Level 1 Hostess Set for the flower and punched it out with the Boho Blossoms punch. Can you believe I made 50 of these?!? I got the interesting pillow shape by running some Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot with my Top Note die, then rotating it 90 degrees and running it though again.

Here's a closeup of the texture from the embossing folder:


For the inside of the card I just used the other two flowers that were punched out from my Boho Blossoms punch. It punches out three different flowers all in one motion. I love it!



I can't wait to return from Convention and show you all the fabulous cards that I swapped these for!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Win this Top Note box set!

I have been wanting to create a box using chipboard and I finally did it! I love how it turned out. I adhered some designer paper to the chipboard using my Tombo multipurpose glue (green bottle) before I ran it through the Big Shot using the Top Note die. This cut out the shape for the top and bottom of the box.

Next I used my Ovals die to cut a Very Vanilla oval which I stamped with a sentiment from the "Define Your Life" set. I used the "rock and roll" technique to create the gradient look for the flowers with the "Greenhouse Garden" stamp, then cut out the flowers and covered them in "Crystal Effects" to give them structure and a glossy finish.


I made the body of the box out of Crumb Cake (formerly called Kraft) card stock and added some Very Vanilla strips to the sides, sponging the edges in Marina Mist ink.


This box along with a set of 2 x 3" card and envelopes will be one of the fabulous hand crafted prizes at my upcoming New Catalog Release Party!

Sorry for the quick post, but I'm off to the Stampin' Up! Convention is Salt Lake City! I'm sure to come back with tons of great ideas, so check back later this month to read all about it.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hybrid Cards

Yesterday I created a digital card in My Digital Studio, Stampin' Up!'s digital paper crafting software. Today I printed out the invitation on Very Vanilla card stock, cut it, scored it, and adhered the front and back together to create a pocket. Next I used my 3/4" circle punch to cut a semi circle out of the right side. I used some retired Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon to create a pull for the insert and let it stick out the side of the card.



I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and Richard has reassured me that everyone will recognize the semi-circle cutout and ribbon tab as the universal sign for "Pull out this insert and read it!"



I really like the way I got to blend digital crafting (so I didn't have to write all that info a bajillion times) with hand crafting (the punching and ribbon adding). I think I'll use this process again in the future when I'm going to make a bunch of the same type of invitation. Maybe even for my holiday cards?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Getting to know My Digital Studio

My Digital Studio, or MDS is Stampin' Up!'s digital paper crafting software. It allows you to make cards, scrapbook pages, calendars, interactive photo galleries and slideshows, etc. I just got it and have been super excited to play with it.

My first task using MDS is to create paper invitations for my upcoming New Catalog Release Party & Retied Item Sale to deliver to the people in my neighborhood. I thought this would be a fun way to get to know the software and not have to make a bajillion handmade invitations.

There are some super cute templates that come with the software and it is so much fun to get to add as many embellishments as I want without having to worry about cost or bulk. I created the invitation without really having to learn the software thoroughly, so I was pleased with that.

Thankfully I had my friend Jennifer proofread it for me, because I was so wrapped up in the details that I forgot to include the date, time and location! Bah!

Now I am trying to get it to print on my card stock so that I can just cut the page in half and fold. I am sorry to say I think I'm going to have to actually read and/or watch the tutorials to figure this part out. I'll report back on my progress later in the week!

I plan to glue the front and back together, creating a pocket and have this third piece as a pull-out insert. I'll post pictures once I get it printed.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Today's Creation - a baby registry?

Sorry my loyal readers, I have been out for 8 hours today helping my pregnant sister-in-law register for the pending arrival of her baby! For shame, for shame. I promise to wow you with wonder and awe tomorrow.

Until then, happy creating!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Win this!



This is handcrafted box one of the prizes you could win at my New Catalog Reveal Party & Retired Item Sale! For details on raffle entries please see Tuesday's blog post.

I constructed this box out of Crumb Cake card stock (formerly Kraft) to hold at least six cards in the top and six envelopes in the drawer at the bottom. I used retired Cottage Wall Designer Paper, which is now available in updated colors and a new name - Sunny Garden! (item #119831)



The lid latches shut with some linen thread (item# 104199) that wraps around designer buttons threaded with brads. The handle for the drawer was constructed using the Word Window Punch (item# 119857) and a couple brads.






The butterflies were cut and embossed in one step using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die (item# 118138) and the Big Shot (item# 113439).



After inserting a couple rhinestone brads to support the wings and add some bling, I covered the entire butterfly in Crystal Effects glue (item# 101055) which dries to a clear glossy shine and adds some stiffness and stability to 3-D objects. Because Crystal Effects is such a strong glue it was also a great choice for attaching the butterfly to the box.

If you'd like to win this box and matching card set or other fabulous prizes just attend my New Catalog Release Party and eat some of my delicious homemade pralines while you're there! Keep checking back here for more sneak peaks into the prizes up for grabs!

I almost forgot... I CASE'd (Copy and Share Everything) this box from Renee over at http://reneevs.blogspot.com/2010/07/inkspirations-challenge-30.html. Check out her original!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The New Catalog is Here!

The 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog is live and filled with drool-worthy new products. The stamps! The accessories! The colors! Sigh - my wishlist is a mile long already.



The IBC is filled with wonderful project ideas and examples in addition to all the wonderful products. If you'd like a copy you can get it one of three ways:

1. Host an in-home workshop or join my Hostess Club and get your copy for free.
2. Come to my New Catalog Release Party on Saturday, July 31st and enter the raffle to win an IBC (or a $5 gift certificate if you already own the IBC).
3. Purchase an IBC from me for $5 and receive a $5 credit on your next order of $25 or more.

I'm hosting a New Catalog Release Party  and Retired Item Sale on Saturday, July 31st from 4-7:30pm! There will be door prizes, raffles, make and takes, delicious homemade pralines, samples, attendee gifts and much more! Please email me at cnavarrete@gmail.com for more information! (RSVP required)

For the raffle you'll get:

2 entries for being the 1st to RSVP
1 entry for RSVPing
1 entry for attending
2 entries for bringing a card to show made using Stampin' Up! products
2 entries for every $25 of merchandise ordered by 10pm on July 31st
5 entries for bringing a friend
10 entries for booking an in-home workshop

Keep checking back for sneak peaks into some of the prizes!

Here's the scoop on the Retired Item sale:

Purchase any of my retired items by 10pm on the 31st at the price listed and receive an equal value of new catalog merchandise free! (not including shipping and tax) Shop early because once my retired items are gone, the sale is over!


(Hostess Club members this cannot replace your Hostess Club order but can be combined to earn spots on the 50/50 board.)

Stamp Class will be held the day of the party beginning at 7:30pm. Class is $10 with additional options available by evite. Please indicate in your RSVP if you are attending just the party or if you would like to also participate in class.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Homemade Bread - so my kids will know that bread doesn't grow on trees in brightly colored plastic bags



Here's a recent conversation I had with my five year old daughter, Gwenny:

G: ewww! They eat plants?!? (referring to animals in some kids' show that was on)
Me: Yes Gwenny, and so do we.
G: What?!?
Me: Gwenny, the carrots, leaves, all the fruits and vegetables we eat are plants. They grow on trees or in the dirt. Then we clean them and eat them.
G: We do?!?
Me: Yes Gwenny, just like the animals.
G: Oh, I didn't know that!


From there I decided I should stop assuming my kids understand how things come to be as they are, and make more of an effort to show them where things come from and how they are made. Thus I declared we would make bread from scratch.

I decided on French bread and there was a recipe for baguettes in my Fanny Farmer cookbook.


Mini-me - she loves making things! She even learned how to knead the bread with the heel of her hand by the end of the process.


Mitchell had to wind up before each kneading by lifting his hands high in the air above his head. He thought himself very cute and clever. (I thought so too.)



The dough has risen! Four loaves formed, laid on a bed of cornmeal, brushed with egg white mixture, and cut with diagonal slits.


 Girls' Night Out was fast approaching and I was running out of time! I had to leave Richard in charge of the final leg of the bread baking. Here he is spraying the bread with water (this had to be done four times during the baking process) before the final 10 minutes of baking. He said it turned out very well - I'll have my chance to try it at lunch. What a good husband - he finished baking the bread, remembered to take pictures, and even remembered to wrap up the other three loaves and freeze them. Thanks honey!

Note to self: don't forget the cardinal rule of doing things with children! Each child adds 15 minutes to whatever it is you are trying to get done.

Tomorrow ... homemade doughnuts!