Saturday, September 10, 2011

Nut Case

I can think of several "nut cases" that I'm sending these to for September birthdays. What a fun card! Isn't he just the cutest little nut case you've ever seen?? I love the colors of fall! God paints the trees in such beautiful colors for us to enjoy! Even the sage brush takes on a new color!
Ingredients: Autumn Splendor, Teeny Tiny Wishes (inside)
Paper: Spice Cake, More Mustard, DSP Subtles paper pack, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Soft Suede
Ink: More Mustard, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Ornament punch, small oval punch, large oval punch, Owl punch, white pen, black marker, sponge daubers, dimensionals, Big Shot, Square Lattice folder, Neutral brads, 1/2" scalloped ribbon More Mustard,Linen thread, Snail adhesive 

The lid is made by punching the large oval, then re punching in the negative space and the stem is just a scrap of paper cut out. The mouth is the small oval, then reinserted into the punch and shaped. I used a thin strip of scrap paper, stuck it to the oval after I punched it out, then fished it back into the punch and made the smile. Worked great!! A wonderful trick to re punch those little pieces. I put together a page for my book too.


And don't forget the inside!
The leaves were stamped with Early Espresso on Very Vanilla card stock, then sponged with Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, and Cajun Craze. I stamped happy birthday along the bottom in Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, and More Mustard. 
Notice too that I've added a button on the side to find the supply list for the catalog and for the Holiday Mini catalog! If you're paging through the catalog and wonder what they used to make that sample, you can find it on the supply list! I love having the list available to find out how they put the samples together.
Off to do a workshop this morning teaching this little guy...then heading again to SD! I have lots to get organized for a rummage sale at our house next weekend. If you're looking for a real bargain on stuff, stop by next Friday and Saturday! It's just too hard to move too much. I've already brought the most important things...my stamps!  Hope you can find time for all the nut cases in your life!
Happy Stampin'!
Lauri

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Simply Scoring Tool

I'm working on a new punch art card for my workshop this weekend, but not finished yet. It was a busy day around here yesterday with all the picnics, parties, and school time that Faith and I had, so not much time to stamp. I think Michael has figured out too that he's got Grandma wrapped around his little finger! He just has to fuss and then laughs at me when I go to him. Such a cutie and growing up so fast! I sure am enjoying my Grandma time! So many blessings!
I wanted to share with you the new scoring tool from Stampin' Up! that came out in the new Holiday Mini Catalog. It makes an easy job out of scoring your cards, especially the ones that have more than one place that you have to score. It comes with three markers for marking where you will be scoring, which takes the guess work out of remembering where it was you wanted to score it! It works wonderful for the Z fold card that I shared a while back and for the gift card holder made with the top note! I whipped out several of them in just a short time for my workshop this weekend.
  Put those tools to work for you! We all can use an extra minute or two of savings to get more time to stamp! Happy Stampin'!
Lauri

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

French Foliage Sinking Gold

Back into the routine of life again after a quick trip back to SD. What a whirlwind trip it was, but so fun to see family and friends while we were back! I sure miss my stampin' buddies!! I had started these cards before I left and was able to finish them off yesterday. This is a technique that I learned from a tutorial I purchased from fellow demonstrator, Sandi MacIver last year. Unfortunately, this is the first time I've been able to play with it. What fun it was...lots and lots and lots of embossing with the clear embossing powder, then sinking the gold embossing powder into it after six (yes, that's 6!! ) layers of the clear embossing powder! It has such depth to it in real life and that's just something you can't capture in a picture.
Ingredients: Stamps: French Foliage, Word Play
Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Ink: VersaMark, Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Scallop Trim border punch, 3/4" Circle punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, Gold embossing powder, clear embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Glimmer Brads, Sponge dauber, Mat stack and piercing tool

Here's a picture from the side that will show you some of the dimension to the card and also a peek at what I did to the inside of it too:

Of course, I had to make more than one at a time. I used different occasions for the sayings, a thank you and a couple of birthday cards. I used the hostess set, Happiest Birthday Wishes for the birthday cards which is hard to read in the picture. The cut out leaves were clear embossed too for a little added glimmer to them, but only 2 times instead of the 6 on the main image.

I'll be making another trip back to SD to get ready for a rummage sale at the house in a couple of weeks. Lots and lots to go through that we will not be moving. We're still praying for a buyer for the house, so for now, there's no where to move things. Katie and Dickson have let us take over their basement which is so generous of them! It is nice to be here early in the mornings with the kids and be able to enjoy a cup of coffee and a little computer time before the day gets going too fast! Hope you can find something to stamp the day away with! Happy Stampin'!
Lauri