Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fastest Luminary Ever!

Tomorrow the Stampin' Holiday Mini catalog goes live. Here's a taste of what's to come...

This luminary goes together in about 5 minutes. It's so easy! I used my Big Shot (item#113439) and my Fancy Favor Die (item#115965) to make the bag out of Basic Black 12x12" card stock (item#119922). Next I punched a hole out of the front and back using my new 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (item#118874).

Next I ran some Snail adhesive around the scallop circle on the inside of the bag and attached the new 1/2" Lace Trim (item#120988) from the Holiday Mini. I cut two 3x3" pieces of vellum and adhered them to the inside of the bag using my Snail adhesive.

Finally I attached a spider from the Spooky Things Decor Elements (item#120909) in the Holiday Mini to the inside on one side, and a couple bats made with the Bitty Bat punch (item#119279) on the other side. Look for more projects using the Spooky Things Decor Elements coming soon!

Add a battery powered tea light (available at craft stores, Target, Walmart) and you're done!

I have so many cute and spooky Halloween ideas to share - host a workshop and you can make some for your home too!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Don't let your kids see this one!

Unless you *want* them to know that you are the tooth fairy. I guess some people might consider it lying to your children to pretend that there's a tooth fairy. If that applies to you, then I am ok with you calling me a big fat liar. Really - we can still be friends.

Ok, back to business. Some of you have seen the new Tooth Fairy a la carte stamp (item#119216) in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog (IBC). I have been dying to make something with it - it's adorable! I didn't like the first design I came up with so much, so I made another. Oh, and of course I needed a boyish design too. Can't go giving Mitchell a pink flowery tooth fairy gift!

First attempt:

Too glittery! I like the functionality though. I used a Small Open-End Envelope (item#107286) and folded it in half. I cut the envelope along the top of the entire length of one side. I punched a half circle out of each side of the inside of the envelope, then sealed the open end. I adhered some Designer Series Paper to the front and inside of the envelope and attached a length of Pretty in Pink 3/8" taffeta ribbon (item#109067) to the outside of the envelope.

I punched the scalloped flower out of Rose Red card stock (item#102544) using the new 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch (item#118874) and attached it over the ribbon using Stampin' Dimensionals (item#104430). 

Finally, I stamped the Tooth Fairy stamp (item#119216) in VersaMark ink (item#102283) and applied Heat and Stick Powder (item#100625) over it. Oh wait - be sure to use your Embossing Buddy (item#103083) first! If you don't, glitter will stick everywhere in your next step. I heated the Heat and Stick Powder with my heat tool (item#100005) until it became shiny/sticky. Then I added some Fine Silver glitter (item#114286) to it and heat set it using the Heat Tool again.

Stick a treat or some cash in, tie the bow and you're good to go!

Next up, my boyish attempt:

I cut four circles out of Designer Series paper and adhered them overlapping to make a petal envelope. (Want to learn this technique? Host an in-home workshop!) I stamped the Tooth Fairy image this time in Not Quite Navy Classic ink (item#103008) and colored in the dress with my Blender Pen (item#102845). I used my VersaMarker (item#100901) on the wings and tiara to apply the Heat and Stick powder and glitter as in the previous example. It's hard to see, but one of Stampin' Up!s new Basic Rhinestones (item#119246) adorns her wand. It is so sparkly!

The 1 3/4" Circle punch (item#119850 )worked perfectly to punch out the Tooth Fairy image. I attached it to just one of the flaps with Stampin' Dimensionals so that the envelope can be opened and closed without adhesive or any additional hardware.

My final attempt and the winner (IMO):

Something about encapsulating the Tooth Fairy in a Sweet Treat Cup (item#116802) used as a snow globe makes her even cuter! I stamped the image on Whisper White card stock (item#100730) using StazOn ink (item#101406), which allowed me to color it in with my Blender Pens without smearing the image.

I punched a 1 3/4" circle out of Pretty in Pink card stock (item#100459), then centered that circle inside the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch to create the scalloped frame for the Sweet Treat cup. I punched a 1 3/4" circle out of some designer Series paper to use as a matte on the Mini Square Envelope (item#107309).

I adhered the items in this order; Tooth Fairy image to envelope front, scalloped frame to green DSP matte, Sweet Treat cup to Tooth Fairy image, green DSP matte on top of Sweet Treat cup.

For an extra touch of magic I added a tiny bit of our new Glass Glitter inside the Sweet Treat cup. I can just imagine Gwenny and Mitchell giddily shaking the Tooth Fairy snow globe card! Ok, I'm ready for the teeth to start falling out! ;)

The glass glitter will be available beginning September 1st in our new Holiday Mini catalog. If you are a current customer you'll be receiving yours soon. If you would like a mini catalog please email me at cnavarrete@gmail.com and let me know!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Day of School Teacher Gifts

I was inspired by some altered clipboards and paper clips that I saw and decided to try my hand at a customized set for each of my children's new teachers.

Here's the set I made for Mitchell's preschool teacher with the new owl punch (item #118074). Love that punch!

First I used white craft ink (item #101731) and white embossing powder (item #109132) with my heat tool (item #100005) to create a crisp shiny white border on the front and back of the clipboard. I was glad that I had recently invested in a set of Powder Pals  trays (item #102197) to catch all of the stray embossing powder because that was pretty messy!

I used some retired Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up on the top half and customized the bottom half using My Digital Studio (item #118108) (our digital paper crafting software). Some Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (item #109025) covers the border between the two pieces. I used Modge Podge (available in local craft stores) to adhere the paper to the clipboard, then I coated the entire front and back in three additional coats.

I used a hole punch to make spaces for the rivets on the back of the clipboard. Finally I sprayed the entire front and back with some Krylon acrylic sealer so it wouldn't be sticky. (I had actually stamped "Hand Stamped by Cheryl" on the back, but I accidentally glued the wrong side of the paper to the clipboard! Bah.)


An RSVP brand pen was easy to alter with matching designer series paper. I punched out the body of the owl four times from some Old Olive card stock (item #100702) using the new Owl Punch (item #118074), then glued the layers together using Tombo Multi Purpose Adhesive (item #110755). Some Rose Red card stock (item #102544) makes the eyes pop. The punch cuts out all the shapes you need for the owl in one punch!

Some Crystal Effects (item #101055) gives the owls a nice shiny gloss and holds them firmly atop the pen, paper clip, and pencil.

I made the pencil pouch out of chipboard (item #114320), Rose Red card stock (item #102544) and retired Designer Series Paper. Let me know if you'd like the directions for it - it's pretty simple.

Gwenny is one of Mr. Cartlidge's Caterpillars so I created this set for him.

Your turn!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Speaking of Owls

If you read my blog on Tuesday then you know I have recently become a convert to the owl loving community via the new Owl Punch (item #118074). This idea is becoming infectious and is spreading! Now I am also in love with the Aviary stamp set (item #116956 wood mount, #120462 clear mount) and this is very surprising to me since I hate birds.

The fantabulous demonstrator Heather that mentioned in Tuesday's post demonstrated these projects at the Stampin' Up! Convention last month. So cute! She used a technique she called "punch highlighting" and we'll definitely be learning this technique in an upcoming class.

And look at this cute idea - "Happy Bird-day!"

And those cupcakes look pretty cute and yummy too!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I never had a thing for owls...

and I didn't really understand why anyone would. But then something happened that changed me in a deep and profound way. Stampin' Up! added an owl punch to our catalog. It's big, take a minute to absorb it.

A super fantabulous demonstrator named Heather demonstrated it at the Stampin' Up! Convention. She was adorable and I was convinced that I had been missing out all these years.

See the woodgrain background stamp? The owl punch cuts out all those owl parts with one squeeze!

Wouldn't it be a hoot to give these altered giant paper clips to your child's teacher. (I know, that was really bad.)

So cute! look at the owl eyes in the OO's!

If you too are now aware of how the new owl punch (item #118074) will drastically change and improve your life come to Stamp Class and try mine out. I promise we'll be using it this fall. Check back in late August for September and October class dates!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Make Your Own Pinwheels

It turns out it's actually really simple. Which reminds me of that Coke commercial where the kid says, "It's Deluxe, son. It's not that hard." But most of you probably have no idea what I'm talking about, so back to the pinwheels.

This pinwheel card was demonstrated at the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City. The demonstrator used the new Play Date designer paper (item #117168) which is sooo cute.

Here's how you make the pinwheel:

Start with a square of paper (any size will work but here I think she used a 4 in square). Draw or score diagonal lines from corner to corner in both directions.

Cut halfway to the center from each corner.

Fold each corner to the center and secure. Here she poked holes in each corner with her paper piercer (item #116631) and secured with a brad, but you could also secure the corners with glue dots (item #103683). Then add a lollipop stick for a handle, gluing it on with some Tombo multipurpose glue (item #110755).

She created a pocket in this card by cutting off the flap of an envelope and gluing the  card front to one side. Then she cut out a semi circle from the side using a small circle punch. This allows you to grasp the insert and pull it out. Creating the pocket with an envelope rather than by gluing two peices of card stock together allows the insert to slide easily in and out and not get caught near the edges of the pocket.

Here it is in another color scheme:

Wouldn't you flip if you received a card or invitation this cute? I know, me too.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Some Scrappy Inspiration

This post is for my fellow scapbookers. There were so many beautiful scrapbook pages displayed at Convention! Here I've posted some of the ones that I thought were most in line with the style that my friends and I use. They allow for multiple pictures and (in most cases) journaling spaces that allow the creator to tell a little about the story behind the pictures. I hope you'll find them inspiring!

I love how the title goes across the top of the picture. Also love the linen thread and hardware embellishment running vertically along the picture.

Love the dimensions, color and texture. Overlapping the pictures allows for more pictures to be placed on the page along with space for embellishments.

Clever idea to have a film strip look with one of the frames enlarged.

She cut the title letters on the Big Shot out of an extra picture!

Inventive use of embellishments to illustrate the title "apple". She said so much in her jouraling with so few words.

So pretty! I love the geometric modern design of this page offset by the torn edges and hand cut leaves.

See how she stacked the mats behind the picture at angles, then softened the look with the scalloped circle? I also like the added touch of the metal clips holding the sentiment and the journaling box in place.

Nice clean layout and good use of the spiral border punch to create the film strip look.

I hope you got some great ideas and I can't wait to see them in your scrapbooks!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Monkeying Around at Convention

Let me introduce you to my new friend. He is the cutest little thing ever and always up for a new adventure! He is the monkey from the Stampin' Up! set "Fox and Friends" (item #117020 wood mount, #118565 clear mount). For those of you who have seen the movie "Despicable Me", I feel about this monkey the way the little girl in the movie feels about stuffed unicorns. He's so fluffy!

Seriously, he's surfing. I want to hug him.

Doing what monkeys do best. I want to kiss him.

Love this idea to create a gift box starring him! I want to eat him up!

These pictures were all taken at the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City in July. The display boards were so amazing!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"Mommy, are there super heroes in real lfe?"

Gwenny asked me yesterday if there are super heroes in real life. No, but there are good things that real people can do every day. So yesterday, after months of preparation and patient waiting on Gwenny's part, (oh, and three rescheduled hair appointments) Gwenny and I donated our hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. For this program you only have to have 8 inches of donatable hair, so we didn't have to wait quite as long as we would with some other programs.

Gwenny was resistant for quite a while, but as she saw me growing my hair longer and longer for donation she gradually came around. By the time our originally scheduled hair appointment came around she could hardly wait! Oh the disappointment when I measured my hair and it wasn't long enough. Repeat for the second scheduled hair appointment.

Then yesterday came and lo and behold Mommy's hair was long enough! We went to the beauty salon together and took turns getting our pony tails cut off.

Last time we went, over a year ago, Gwenny was too scared to get her hair washed in the sink. This time she said that was her favorite part. Gwenny says we got the same haircut, but my hair dresser Jennifer is awesome and gave us each a good cut for our face shapes.

Gwenny loves her new haircut and is very proud of herself. We stopped on the way home to mail off our donations. It was such a great experience and so much fun to do it together. And what a great Mommy moment for me to get to see my daughter do something selfless and generous - those moments can be rare in a 5 year old's life. So now Gwenny not only looks older with her haircut, but seems older for having done such a grownup thing. Sniff sniff - kinergarten here we come!