Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Technique Tuesday: Fork Bow Video Tutorial

For all you stampers who hate tying bows...

Check out my 3 minute video tutorial on how to tie a bow using a fork!

Check back next Tuesday for another interesting technique.

You may be right. I may be crazy. But it just may be a lunatic you're looking for.

On Saturday Richard told me I'm crazy. For once, I believe he may have been right. ;)

Gwenny had been invited to a birthday party at Build-a-Bear and she was very excited. We had a playdate in the morning, and had had a crazy week, so we hadn't gotten out to get a birthday present yet. I thought we'd have time to go on Saturday, but she HAD to have a nap, so it was a no go. She really didn't want me to go to the store without her to get the gift, so I thought, "I'll just make something!" Brilliant!

I have these adorable Build-a-Bear dies for the Big Shot. I had already made a magnetic dress-up set for the birthday girl at my Kids' Stamp Camp, but I decided that wasn't enough.

Here's what I made:

I don't know what alternate universe I was in when I thought I could have it ready in the hour and a half I had before the party. I ended up having to drive it over to their house when I picked Gwenny up from the party. Never one to prepare ahead of time!

I was in such a rush, I didn't even have time to take a proper picture. These blurry pics were taken with my phone. :/

Here's a close up of the bear:

I used the Big Shot Fabric Adhesive Roll to create and attach the bear and her clothing. Super fast and easy and I was SO done with sewing by that point.

Maybe I'll plan ahead next time?

Stampin' Supplies

Big Shot Dies
Bear Bigz Die (117977)
Beary Essentials (117978)

Big Shot Fabric Adhesive Roll (122194)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pretty Little Purse

Oh Mocha Morning Specialty Paper, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
We made this pretty little purse at our monthly Juicy Stampers team meeting on Thursday. Want it? I created it as a Hostess Gift to present at an in-home workshop. Let me know if you'd love one and I'll make one just for you as your Hostess Gift!

Join us at our next meeting on September 22nd @ 8pm. Email me for more information!

My Juicy Stampers can tell you it went together in a snap and was lots of fun to make. I used Big Shot Adhesive sheets to adhere the pretty polkadot Mocha Morning Specialty Paper to some Very Vanilla card stock, adding strength to the body of the purse.

A jumbo brad adds just the right touch to the flower on the pocket of the purse, which holds a special mini card just for my hostess. The pocket has a velcro closure, so it can be opened again and again.

The hostess will receive two each of these cute cards that are so easy to create!

Stamp the images first, then use a temple that is 3/4" smaller than your card base (3.75" x 4.75") to trace the rectangle in a matching Stampin' Write Marker onto your card base.

Vanilla matted on Vanilla looks so classy when it's popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals. Want to know how I got that adorable little bow? Check back tomorrow for my video tutorial on Fork Bows with Technique Tuesday.

Stampin' Supplies

Stamps Sets
Raining Flowers (C 122767, W 122765)
Bring on the Cake (C 121958, W 121899)
Thank You Kindly (111700)
Flower Fest (C 122280, W 122278)


Mocha Morning Specialty Paper (122366)
Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)

Big Sheet Adhesive Sheets (120805)
Jumbo Brads (112533)

Soft Suede Classic Ink Pad (115657)
Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker(120973)

2.5" Circle (120906)
Large Oval (119855)
Scallop Oval (119856)
Fancy Flower (118073)
1/2" Circle (119869)
Large Tag (119876)
Extra-Large Tag (119866)

Big Shot Dies
Scallop Envelope (113462)

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Big Shot Club with over $50 in free merchandise, plus free Big Shot classes!

Have you noticed the changes on my blog? I recently promoted to Senior Supervisor with Stampin' Up! so I got to choose a name for our group. I chose Juicy Stampers because it sounded fun and fresh and we like to keep our ink pads juicy. I swear this has nothing to do with jog suits with the word "Juicy" embroidered across the tush!

My downline member Shannon of got her fabulous fiance Malcolm of to create my awesome new logo. Don't you love it? It looks so fun and happy and embodies the way I feel when I am stamping. Thank you so much to both of you!

Other things have changed in the Stampin' Up! world as well. If you haven't heard yet, we've got a new hostess benefits plan that is awesome. You can get items at 50% off and you can now use your hostess dollars to purchase anything in the catalog or the exclusive hostess sets. This means if you want to blow it all on Big Shot dies instead of stamp sets, the choice is yours!

Speaking of the Big Shot, I have worked out the math to take advantage of this new hostess plan and get you the Big Shot for the cheapest price anywhere! Here are the details for my new and improved Big Shot Club:

You pay:

  •  $44.65/month for four months.

You get:

  • a FREE monthly Big Shot class for four months
  • hands-on training for your Big Shot die cutting machine
  • Big Shot machine with multipurpose platform and cutting pads
  • $95 in Big Shot dies and accessories of your choice
  • Big Shot sample/technique book

The value of the merchandise alone is $232 but you'll pay $178. That's $53 off. That's like getting your Big Shot for $47! I just love the new hostess benefits plan!

Please contact me if you would like to participate and once we have four members, we'll get started! If we begin in September, you'll get your Big Shot and accessories in time for Christmas!

Want to see the Big Shot in action? I made a quick video highlighting some of the things you can do with your Big Shot.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

3-D Thursday!

Here's a 3-D project to shake things up a bit - an accordion card keeper. This will make a lovely start of the year gift for Gwenny's new teacher. Gwenny even helped me make the cards to go in it!

I used the wonderful tutorial from to create this keeper from just one sheet of Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper. I just love the bold designs on this paper! This card keeper was surprisingly easy to make with the help of my new Simply Scored tool - available on September 1st in the Holiday Mini catalog! If you've been looking for a great scoring tool, this is it!

The inside gets some drop-in dividers with tabs labeled "thank you", "happy birthday", and "just because".

All that's left is to make up some matching cards for each category and drop them in!

This makes a great teacher's gift or a gift for anyone. Everyone needs to send a card to someone they love.

Here's what I used to make this layout:

Designer Series Paper
Pocketful of Posies (122354)

Stamp Sets
Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370), It's Your Day (123682), My Friend (W 1225855, C 122587)

Baja Breeze Seam Binding (122331), Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon (122973), Basic Rhinestones (119246)

Owl Punch (118074), Decorative Label Punch (120907), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (119850), 2 1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Butterfly Punch (119848)

Concord Crush (119785), Baja Breeze (111833), Wisteria Wonder (122936)

Card Stock
Elegant Eggplant (105126), Whisper White (100730), Baja Breeze (111352)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Dress-y Birthday

This is one of my all time favorite designs. It is so simple to create, but has such a WOW impact. It's also a great way to show off Stampin' Up!s Designer Series Paper, which we have a special promotion on this month!

Juicy Stamping Tip: To make the Very Vanilla card stock at the bottom of this card line up perfectly with the base, apply adhesive on the underside of the card front right along the bottom edge. Lay the Vanilla card stock on top of the inside of the card, carefully lining up the bottom edges. Close the card and wa-lah! The sentiment panel is stuck to the card front in the perfect position.

Here's what I used to make this layout:

Stamp Sets
Create a Cupcake (W 121915, C 121982)

Big Shot Dies
Scallop Circle(113468) Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder (116824)

In Color Glimmer Brads (121005), Vanilla Seam Binding (120999)

Concord Crush (119785)

Card Stock
Concord Crush (119792), Very Vanilla (101650)
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Neapolitan or Mint Chocolate Chip?

A while back I asked you if you prefer "bold" or "subdued". Today I want to know:

Neapolitan or Mint Chocolate Chip? Please leave me a comment telling me which you prefer!

I created this scrapbook layout for my friend Cheryl R. and her friends at Cheryl's workshop. Planning ahead is not my forte apparently. I wasn't sure if I'd even have enough card stock for everyone (she had 12 guests!) in pink and brown (Neapolitan) so I did my demonstration in Mint Chocolate Chip. I think both turned out pretty yummy!

Juicy Stamping Tip: To create a homogeneous look and feel through the layout, I used the Polka Dot Embossing Folder both on the background card stock and on the die cut shapes (large butterflies and scallop envelope), after I die cut them using the Beautiful Butterflies and Scallop Envelop dies.

Once you start sponging, don't stop! Sponging everything in the same color gives the whole layout a warm look with the same softness from top to bottom and left to right.

Here's what I used to make this layout:
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Stamp Sets
Baroque Motifs (113490), Notes and Details (W 122022, C 122060), Flight of the Butterfly (111564)

Big Shot Dies
Scallop Envelope (113462), Beautiful Butterflies (114507), Top Note (113463), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138)

Round Tab Punch (119864), Butterfly Punch (119848), Decorative Label Punch (120907), Spiral Border Punch (retired)

Pearls (119247), Jumbo Brads (112533), White Organza Ribbon (114319)

Chocolate Chip (100908), Pretty in Pink (101301)

Card Stock
Chocolate Chip (124273), Pretty in Pink (124288), Whisper White (124302)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Buy 3 Get 1 Free Special!

Don't miss out on this special! During the month of August you can receive one free pack of Stampin' Up!s Designer Series Paper for every three you purchase. It's a fantastic deal! Contact me to place your order today!

This offer does not include Specialty Paper or Hostess Paper.