May 2012 Projects

Card for all you doCard – For All You Do

May will be the last month to place your orders for “retiring” stamp sets from the 2011 – 2012 Stampin’ Up! Catalog and Idea Book. The “For All You Do” stamp set is just one of over 300 stamp sets we will be saying, “Good-Bye” to. Along with stamp sets will be accessories, including products from the 2010 – 2012 “In-Colour” line, such as the Blushing Bride ink colour and Pear Pizzazz card stock, DSP and seam binding, used on this card. So, be sure to place your order now for products that will be retiring soon, before it’s too late.

Supplies needed to create this card:
115360 – For All You Do Stamp Set (avalible in wood mount only)
122926 – Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock
100730 – Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
119784 – Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad
119786 – Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ Pad
117158 – In Colour Paterns Designer Series Paper Stack
121809 – Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
123130 – Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
119859 – Extra-Large Oval Punch
122330 – Pear Pizzazz 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
119247 – Basic Pearls Jewels
104332 – S.N.A.I.L. Adhesive

Card Stock & DSP Measurements:
Pear Pizzazz – for the main card base = 5-1/2″ x 11″ – fold in half
matting for the main stamped piece = 2-3/4″ x 2-1/8″
Whisper White – for the larger matt = 3″ x 4-1/4″
matting for smaller main stamped piece = 2-7/8″ x 2-1/4″
size to run through the oval Designer Frame embossing folder = 2-5/8″ x 2″
and an extra piece large enough to to stamp the stem and flowers on.
DSP – 2-3/4 x 4

Putting it all together:
1) Fold your main card base in half and run through the Framed Tulips embossing folder – set aside.
2) Stamp the stem and in Pear Pizzazz and flowers in Blushing Bride on your extra piece of Whisper White card stock – punch out with the Extra-Large Oval Punch.
3a) Run the 2-5/8″ x 2″ piece of Whisper White card stock through the oval Designer Frame embossing folder.
b) Apply your stamped image that has been punched out to the oval image of the oval of the embossed frame, next
c) layer this piece on top of the 2-3/4″ x 2-1/8″ piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock then, onto the 3″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.
4) Apply the DSP piece onto the 3″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.
5) Apply stamped image piece onto the DSP piece.
6) Wrap the seam binding ribbon around the above piece and bring to the front. Tie your bow.
7) Attach this piece to the main card base.
7) Apply pearls to the center of the flowers and to each corner on the stamped image piece.

Card white on whiteCard – White on White

White on white offers a classic, clean look. Creating this card will provide you with a card perfect for an anniversary, valentine’s, wedding and more.

Stamp Sets – none
Cardstock – Whisper White 12 x 12 (124302)
Inks – none
Accessories – Big Shot (113439), Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (119277), Hearts Framelits (125599), Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Standard Texturz Silicone Pad (114615), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Basic Pearls (119247), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
1) Cut one piece of Whisper White Cardstock 6″ x 12″ and score in half at 6″.
2) Open the Multi-purpose platform for your Big Shot to Tab 1, lay a cutting mat on this, place your scalloped Heart Framelit on the cutting pad with the blade up, place your opened 6 x card over top of your die centering it on one half of your card, place your Silicone Pad over this and then you Impressions Pad on top and run this sandwich through your Big Shot. This will create an embossed impression in your cardstock rather than cutting all the way through.
3) Using the standard sandwich for Framelits, run a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot to cut out the second largest Heart Framelit.
4) Place the smaller heart into the Elegant Lines embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.
5) Attach Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the smaller embossed heart and attach to the card front, centering it over the scalloped embossed heart.
6) Punch out three small flowers from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack and scrunch up the edges to give them texture.
7) Apply Mini Glue Dots to the backs of the flowers and attach them to your top heart.
8) To finish up your card, attach medium sized Basic pearls to the centres of the Itty Bitty flowers.

Scrapbook momScrapbook Page for Mom

May is National Scrapbooking Month and Mom seems like a natural person to scrapbook, you can easily modify this page to say Sister, Best Friend, etc.  And My Digital Studio is a super fast way to get those pages done!

My personal computer
My Digital Studio Software (Item #118108)

1. Open My Digital Studio and select 12 x 12 page.
2. Next go to Designer Series Paper under design center and select Summertime Splendor – gerbera.
3. Add photo boxes and add pictures. 

4. Select mat. I selected tangerine tango for the mat. Then I clicked the “apply to all picture on this page box” and hit enter. All photos on this page should have the same mat.
5. Now go to stamps either in the resource pallet or design center (depending on preference) and select Sweet Details Alphabet and Numbers stamp set (you may or may not have this depending on your version of MDS and/or downloads purchased, but any number/letter stamp set would work).
6. Now select the letters to spell out MOM and place where you want them.

7. To align them perfectly straight press control and click on each letter. Then right click and select align top and your letters will be perfectly aligned!
8. Now to give Mom a 3D look keep them selected and go over to DROP SHADOW in the design center. Once there select the drop shadow you prefer by moving the opacity button where you want it. I moved mine to 100%.
9. Next select the numbers to create the year and place where you want on the page (I chose lower right corner) Then right click and select align top and your numbers will be perfectly aligned! Don’t worry if they are too big for the page I’ll show you how to fix that in the next step.
10. With the numbers still all selected together, go to the top tool bar and select arrange. Now select GROUP. You want to group your numbers together. Now your numbers are grouped together and you can easily reduce the size of your numbers all together. All you have to do is click on the gray squares to make the numbers the size you want for your page.
11. Your done! Pretty easy huh?

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Pincushion3Pin Cushion

Looking for an affordable and unique gift? This pincushion comes together very quickly, and with the vast choices of Stampin’ Up’s exclusive coordinating fabric, it is hard to stop at making just one of these! So grab a frame, maybe one you don’t use anymore, some fabric, scissors and fill and let’s get started!

Stamps: 116519 Charming
Ink: 115657 Soft Suede, 122938 Pool Party
Paper: 101650 Very Vanilla
Accessories: 108360 Craft Scissors, 124066 Spice Cake Designer Fabric, 125578 Hat Pins, 123124 Early Espresso/White Baker’s Twine, 119861 1 ¼” Circle Punch, 118761 Bitty Buttons, 103683 Mini Glue Dots, frame, fiberfill
1. Remove backing from frame. Cut a piece of fabric 1 ½ – 2” larger than your frame. Place the fabric over the open frame with the frame facing down on the table. Place the fiberfill into the frame and adjust fabric until a cushion is formed. Replace backing of frame to keep in place and cut excess fabric.
2. Make a tag for the frame. Using Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp “Create” with Early Espresso ink and punch with the 1 ¼” Circle Punch.
3. Attach Itty Bitty Button to tag with Early Espresso Baker’s Twine and mini glue dot. Attach tag to pincushion with Hat Pin.Pincushion1



Embossing folder1Adding Colour to Embossing Folder Designs with a Brayer

Embossing Folders are an easy solution to adding dimensional designs to your projects. You can use any colour card stock with the folders for coloured designs. But what if you want to colour ONLY the raised images and leave the cardstock colour the same? Here’s a great tip to getting those contrasting colours and designs with your embossing folders-use the Brayer Tool! In one example, I used Whisper White Cardstock (100730) and the Calypso Coral In Colour Classic Ink Pad (122939). In the other example, I used Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650), a Versamark Pad (102283), Bold Embossing Powder (109129) and the Heat Tool (100005), to show that you can also emboss the design! In both examples, I used the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120175), with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439) and the Brayer (102395). It’s also helpful to have a Powder Pal (102192) on hand to catch the excess embossing powder.
Embossing folder2
Here is how it works using a coloured ink pad:

1) Run a 5 ½” x 4 ¼” piece of cardstock through the Big Shot machine using your choice of Embossing Folders.
2) Ink up your brayer by rolling it away from you, then lifting and repeating until the brayer is evenly coated with ink.
3) Lightly roll the brayer over the raised image repeatedly until the desired colour is reached. Allow to dry, and then attach to background paper.

To emboss the design with an embossing powder, follow Steps 1 and 2 using the Versamark Ink Pad. Cover inked design with embossing power, and then shake off excess in Powder Pal. Heat powder with Heat Tool from above, until the powder melts and turns shiny. This is very impressive and gives an elegant look to your project.

Have fun experimenting with different ink colours and Embossing Folders!


Gel penTool tip – Signo White Gel Pen

One of my favorite tools is the Signo White Gel Pen (105021). It works great for adding
dots of white to dark card stock. One additional way to use it is to add highlighting to
stamped images. On the attached stamped image from the Bright Blossoms stamp set
(W 124495, C 125497).  You
ʼll see that Iʼve added four white lines to give the image
added depth and dimension. Adding that bit of white highlighting gives the image a bit
more “pop” value. Make sure to wait a few minutes for your ink to completely dry before
adding the white highlighting.Gel pen tip

Here are some tool tips to keep your Signo White Gel Pen (105021) working smoothly:
• Keep the pen tip clean. When finished using the pen, take a moment to clean off the
tip with a tissue.
• Make sure the cap is on properly and fully closed.
• When not in use, store the pen vertically, pen nib down, to keep the gel at the pen tip.



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