Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cute and Simple!


I whipped up this card after I saw a few on line using this same stamp set Fifth Avenue Floral. I love how simple this card was... It uses just traditional stamping, a little bit of paper piercing, and some bling!

The background was stamped using Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, and Kiwi Kiss. There is one flower that I stamped, cut out, and popped up on dimensionals. I also added some Tiny Twinkles, from Taylored Expressions. You just adhere them on with some Crystal Effects. The Designer Series Paper is also Chocolate chip, and there is a verrrry eensy piece of Kiwi kiss paper, with some paper piercing down along the edge, and tied a piece of Kiwi kiss/Very Vanilla ribbon around it. The sentiment is from Absolutely Fabulous.


Here's a close up of the flower... Doncha just love those twinkles?? :o)






























Supplies:
Stamp sets~ Fifth Avenue Floral, Absolutely Fabulous
Inks~ Chocolate chip, Kiwi kiss, Baja breeze
Paper~ Whisper white, Kiwi kiss, Baja breeze, DSP Chocolate chip
Accessories~ Taylored Expressions - Tiny Twinkles, Crystal effects, Mat pack

Happy Stamping!!
Carol

Friday, March 27, 2009

They are MULTIPLYING!!

Oh My goooooodness!! these bunnies are multiplying!! Aren't they aDORable?? I probably should have made some blue ones... but, I had so much fun with pink, that I didn't want to switch gears. I still have some more peppermint patties to cover... so, maybe I'll do them in blue!!

These were SO SO SIMPLE!! Just punch, sponge, and assemble (2-way glue or snail adhesive).... easy peasy!

There is a little bit of drawing on them, eye twinkle, eye brows, and mouth... other than that it's just punches.





Here's a close up of one...























Supplies:
Ink~ Pretty in Pink
Punches~ Circle scallop, 1/2" circle, 1/4" hand-held circle, Large oval and Small oval, and a retired punch that has 3 different flowers on it
Accessories~ Black Journaler Pen, White gel pen, sponge, glue/adhesive... oh yeah... and peppermint patties!! (YUM!)



Have fun!!
TTFN!
Carol

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ahhhhh...


WOW... It feels like its been a decade since I've posted anything, much less stamped!! WHAT a busy weekend... Ffhew!


Anyway... I wanted to stamp something tonight.... ANYTHING!!! So... I picked this cool looking butterfly from God's Beauty. It's a Level 1 hostess set... and I just LOVE it!! I inked the butterfly with Stazon Black, and colored it in using my watercolor pencils... just dabbed a bit of water to blend the colors, and cut it out. It's up on dimensionals as well as the stem which was stamped in Gable Green. The white striped paper is... believe it or not... Stampin' Up!'s "Taste of Textiles." I found it in the catalog, and didn't even know we had it, so I ordered it... the papers are very pretty! The black cardstock is Textured Black from that same pack of paper, and everything is sitting on Cameo Coral. I added a thank you sentament from "Short and Sweet" stamp set. That ribbon is our new White Satin, and some 1/4" black grosgrain.


Supplies:

Ink~ Stazon Black, Gable Green
Paper~ Cameo Coral, Taste of Textiles
Accessories~ Mat pack, dimensionals, Eyelet border punch, White satin ribbon, black grosgain


Check this out..... I finished decorating the bag of Peanutbutter cups. I think I'll take them to work as "Advertising!!" :o)













Have a wonderful night!!

Carol

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Birthday Favors

Hi There...

Tonight I got these little birthday treat bags together for my youngest daughter's birthday celebration on Saturday.

I used the new stamp set from the Mini (which is available on April 1) called Matchbox Messages for the circles on top of each peanutbutter cup, and punched them out with a 1" circle punch, sponged around them using Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, Summer Sun. For the bag topper I used some retired DSP that I had leftover from way back, and it is punched out using the Top Note die used on my BigShot. The sentiment is from Upsy Daisy, and the flower leaves and stems on the topper is from God's beauty, (a Level 1 hostess set).

=> These were super simple, quick, and easy to make, and I found this idea on Julia Bettencourt's blog.. Creative with Julia. She's an awesome stamper, and I leark on her blog for hours because she's got such GREAT ideas! Check out her blog...

Supplies:
Stamp sets~ Matchbox messages, Eight Great Greetings, God's Beauty, Upsy Daisy
Paper~ Ridinghood Red, Naturals white, retired DSP
Ink~ Summer Sun, Pixie Pink, Gabel Green, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories~ BigShot, Top Note die, 1" circle punch, small cello bags

















A Tribute to RED!


This was my submission to the SCS Sketch Challenge (SC220). The background was done by inking one side of a cuddlebug folder (I used two different ones), then run it through your press, and you get a negative background paper! I used the Polka dot punches stamp set from SAB and heat embossed them using Winter White on the red hearts and cranberry colorbox on the white heart. They are popped up using dimensionals, and in each corner is a little "bling bling" using some Tiny Twinkles. I also used the slot punch to thread the ribbon through around the back of the main panel.
Supplies:
Stamp sets~ Polka dot punches; Great Friend
Paper~ Whisper white, Basic black, Riding Hood Red
Ink~ Riding Hood Red, Versamark, Cranberry Colorbox
Accessories~ Cuddlebug folders, Big Shot, White taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, Heat gun, White emboss powder, Clear emboss powder
Stampin' Hugs!
Carol

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Hi Everyone!

I added an extra link on my blog (upper right-hand corner) called "Techniques" and this is the finished card from my Watercoloring tutorial. In the tutorial, I demonstrated how to watercolor using Stampin' Up!'s classic ink pads as your palette and the AquaPainter. I used a few punches (small oval & Eyelet border), the Swiss Dots cuddlebug folder, and Sanded background stamp. The main image is layered on Basic black and Bearly banana and popped up on dimensionals.


The strip down the side is layered on Basic black and then on Whisper White which was punched using the Eyelet border punch.


Supplies:

Stamp sets~Wagon Full of Fun, Curvey Verses, Sanded
Ink~ Orchid Opulence, Barely banana, Summer sun, Really rust, Certainly celery, Bliss blue, Choc Chip (All to paint with)
Paper~ Orchid Opulence, Barely banana, Basic black, Whisper white, 40# Watercolor paper
Accessories~ Eyelet border punch, small oval, Swiss Dots folder, White taffeta ribbon

Enjoy!
Carol

New Techniques Page Added!!

I just wanted to bring to your attention the link under "My Little Corner of the World" in the upper right-hand corner of this page. Here I will begin a small library of tutorial techniques that you can view as often as you like to learn stamping techniques that I've picked up over the years. I am not saying that this is the best way nor the only way to do things, but, its the way I do certain techniques that I'd like to share with you. I will be adding to this page as I create new techniques for you to try. I hope you find them very helpful.
Enjoy!
Carol

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Here's another one for today!!

Can you tell that I feel MUCH better? Here's another card that I made today. I just LOVE these new Big Shot dies!
This die is from our current catalog, and it's called Beautiful Butterflies.
(haha... everytime I hear that... I think of the big fat catapiller on Bug's Life)
You fold your DSP (Designer Series Paper) and position it on the die so that once its cut, you just unfold it, and its a "beautiful butterfly."
Here's a close up of the butterfly. I used Regal Rose DSP, wire, white beads, and Tiny Twinkles from Taylored Expressions.
I love those little gems! I think I use them on just about everything!
Here's a picture of the inside of the card. I stamped the butterfly in Versamark, and added the "trail" using a Versamark pen. The saying is from the rub ons sheet called "Chit Chat" from our current catalog.
Supplies used:
Stamp set ~ Great Friend (Occasion's Mini)
Paper ~ Delicate Dots DSP, Certainly Celery, Basic Black, Regal Rose DSP (Hostess Level 1)
Ink ~ Certainly Celery, Versamark
Accessories ~ Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies die, Tiny Twinkles, wire, So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (SAB), white beads, small oval punch.
Enjoy!
Carol

3-tier Cake

Here is a sample of the 3-tier cake card that we will be making in our April class. This first two pictures are the sides going on. You can see that the flat layers are already on, so, I'm just wrapping the last layers on tier 2 & 3.


Once the entire card is assembled, you must gentle fold the card in half to close it. Then I just completed the front side of the card.

I'll be giving this card to Jaimee for her birthday in two weeks.

Supplies:

Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette DSP, Regal Rose Textured CS, Pretty in Pink

Ink: Stazon Black, Pretty in Pink

Accessories: Big Shot & cake die, RR brads, Rose Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

Friday, March 13, 2009

I'm may be sick, but, I'm not dead!!


Today, I was so sick... I stayed home from work.... coughing like an old man with emphysema, feels like someone is standing on my chest, sore throat, aches and pains, headache... blah blah blah! I just HATE being sick!! THEN... the door bell rang! WAHHOOOO! Mr. Brownie (my UPS man) showed up at my door and delivered me the sweetest package EVAH! NINE new stamp sets, an embossing folder, TWO dies for my Big Shot, two packs of DSP, one roll of white satin ribbon... and a partridge in a pear tree! (just kidding on the partridge!) SO, as I lay in bed, hurting from the top of my head to the tip of my toes, I assembled some rubbah! mmmm... nothing like the smell of new rubbah to make someone feel better! Well... not really... because, Unfortunately, I only got 1/2 way through, when I had to stop because my head was just POUNDING! But, tonight, I needed to sit up for a bit (tired of laying in bed), so I finished assembling everything! Ahhhhhh.... I can't wait to try out those new dies! If you want to click on the picture, I think it enlarges it, so you can see some of the new Occasions Mini sets (Barb, did you see the bunny?)... shhh... the mini catalog doesn't hit the market until April 1 (no foolin) however... if you are interested you, yes YOU, can order these sets-->Customer Sneek Peek Pages
Check it out!!
Ok.. gotta go back to bed!
I'm happy that tomorrow is Saturday
TTFN,
Carol

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

SC218


I just LOVE this layout. I decided to go back to last week's SCS challenge #SC218 and see what I could do with it. I used the flower from SU!'s Level 3 Hostess set called Dream a Little. There are so many nice stamps in this set I had a hard time choosing. I watercolored the flower using my blender pens and aquabrush with ink from the ink pad lids, matted some of the panels with basic black, and popped up the top panel using dimensionals.

SUPPLY LIST~Stamps: Dream A Little.
Paper: Pale Plum, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, DSP Delicate Dots, Whisper White, Basic Black.
Inks: Stazon Black, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue.
Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Black Brads, Grosgrain Rose Red Ribbon, Dimensionals

Don't forget to .... "Dream a little!!" Goodnight!

SC219


Well... I thought I'd attempt a go at the Splitcoaststampers weekly sketch challenge SC219. This layout consisted of some fancy diagonal cuts. All supplies used are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted. I used the new SAB designer series paper called "Delicate Dots" and the heart stamp also comes from SAB "Polka Dot Punches." The heart is embossed using Versamark & SU white embosing powder. Also from SAB is the certainly celery poly-twill ribbon. Remember each of these products are free for each $50 order. The little black gems are called Tiny Twinkles from Taylored Expressions. I love those little embellishments. I also used the Swiss Dots cuddlebug folder on the triangle piece on the left. All the pieces are mounted on SU basic black.
Give it a try!
Toodles,
Carol

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Yippeeeeee Yahoooee!


Yippeeeeee!! My Big Shot dies arrived today!! Waahhooo! I was so excited that I had to play! So... I found this card on Mercedes website Share~Inspire~Create and I just LOVED it, so I tried to copy it... I'm not sure of the exact punches that she used, but I think I'm close! Check out her website, she's a fantastic stamper!
The Top Note die is the background using Whisper White CS, and I sponge-daubed around the edges with Bashful Blue. I used all the punches from our current SU catalog, and the coluzzle cutting system for his body. The ribbon, designer paper, and the stamp set, called Congrats, is all from our Sale-a-bration line that's currently running.... (something you don't want to miss out on!) For every $50 order you get a free stampset, ribbon bundle, or packet of Designer Series Paper. That means if you order $100 you get TWO freebies! WHAT a deal! I LOVE freebies! ... Check out my website for details. I think I'll add a "Punch-Your-Art-Out" class using our wonderful line of paper punches! The SU! punches are among my absolute favorite products!!
Stampin Hugs,
Carol

Monday, March 9, 2009

Up and Running...........

Ok.. I thought I'd better get in gear, and jump on the "blog-wagon." I spend so much time reading everyone else's blogs that I thought maybe I could create my own. The only problem is finding the time to keep it updated!! But... we'll give it a try for now!

So... if your interested in following along... FANtastic!... Hopefully I won't bore you too much! :o)

The other surprising news is that I've decided to start my classes back up again. I know... I know... it's about time! It's just that school takes up so much of my time, that I find it difficult to plan around it. However, the good news is that I will FINALLY be done with school at the end of December. It sounds like a ways off... but, seriously, I have only 5 more classes... including the one that I'm in right now! So... December 23 can't come soon enough!

All of my classes will be held in my West Chester home between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each class will cost $10 each and will be one Saturday a month. Currently I have to pick and choose which Saturday, because I'm working these in between school.

Seating will be limited, but I feel certain that I could comfortably seat at least six (6) people around my table... and I do have another sturdy folding table that I could set up.
I'll post information on the classes both on this blog and my website http://www.carolscorner.stampinup.net/

So... for now... hang in there as I figure out how to work this blogging thingy.

One of my favorites...


I absolutely LOVE this stamp set... It's called Upsy Daisy. The image is heat embossed using a Versamark and black embossing powder, and all layers are matted with basic black. All supplies are from SU!
I sent this card to my sister and her husband, as he had just lost his brother. It was a sad moment, in deed. It's always hard to come up with a nice sympathy card, so I thought this card was appropriate since the flowers look like they are in the shadows.