Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fun with Rub-ons



I picked up this day planner at Target with the intention of using rubons on it. I wasn't really sure how the rubons would adhere to the surface, but it went on very easily. I've also stuffed the planner in my purse and the rubons are still there. Rubons are a fun way to add a little jazz to pretty much anything. My upline even put some on an electric guitar. The one on my planner is from the Holiday Happenings Bundle, Level 3 Hostess Set. The hardest thing for me is actually using them and not hoarding them.

Friday, December 26, 2008


Completely non-stamping related, but cool! I've been playing on wordle for a while, but decided that I'd upload one of my jumbles for you guys to see. It's fun to see how it will arrange your words and you can customize the colors and select your font. The one you see here is going to be hanging in my "mud room" here soon, once I print it. Go to www.wordle.net to create your own.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thank you cards

These little cards are for my Christmas Card Class attendees. They're little 4x4 cards with matching envelopes. I still have to figure out how to put links in my posts and as soon as I do, I'll link the tutorial for making the little envelopes that these cards fit in. The only thing with the envelopes is that you can't mail them, but you can put the card in the little envelope and then inside a standard envelope and mail them that way, or just put the card in a regular envelope and mail it, but for hand-delivered cards, I like to make the little coordinating envelopes.

This is not the best picture of the envelopes, I'll have to take a better one next time I make this size card.
Stamps: Curly Label Punch Bundle
Ink: Rose Red Marker
Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red DSP (Retired)
Accessories: Rose Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads
Punches: Curly Label, Trio Flower

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hostess Gift

I made this little card holder for my hostess K'Cee. We did a Christmas card class on the 1st. The turnout was good and I had a great time. This was my first class/workshop since becoming a demonstrator last March.
The cards are 4x4 and I made little envelopes to go with them.

Here's a close-up of the card. I love how it turned out. I thought that the paper was a little blah so I sponged some Close to Cocoa ink on the card, card holder and envelopes.
Stamps: Deer Friends Hostess Level 2
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Real Red Marker
Paper: Close to Cocoa DSP (retired), Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Punches: Scallop Edge, Scallop circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1 1/4" circle, crop-a-dile

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A scallop square card

Here's a card using the scallop edge punch to make a scallop square that I featured in my video tutorial. This picture is not the greatest. For some reason Pink Pirouette doesn't photograph very well. You can barely see the stamped flower in the center of the circle punches. The stamp and the patterned paper is from the Level 3 Hostess Set Holiday Happenings bundle.
Stamp: Seasonal Icons
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Holiday Happenings DSP
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Pink Pirouette 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Punches: Scallop Edge Punch, 1 3/8" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1" Circle

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Reitred List

The retired list is up! All the sets on the list are at a 10% DISCOUNT until December 23rd. The other thing is that Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders of $70 or more during this same time period. The free shipping is on anything you order, not just the retiring stuff. You can visit www.stampinup.com and click on the big stamp on the golf course to see the pictures of the retiring sets if you don't have your catalog in front of you. It's going to be hard for me not to order some of these sets for myself!! You can place an order directly on my website www.bethanyschouest.stampinup.net or call me to place your order.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

My First Video Tutorial

I did this video back in October, but just now had the time to sit down and figure out my video editing software. There has since been a tutorial posted on SplitCoastStampers. I personally prefer my way, mainly because I sat down for like 3 hours to figure it out, but also because I don't like having to line up the paper upside down in the punch. My way allows you to utilize the guide on the front when punching the scallops, I think it's a little more exact. You can be the judge. Let me know what you think. And as I said in the video, I'm hoping to put up a new video tutorial every week. It might be a technique, a cool new tool or product, spotlight on a particular stamp set or if you want to see something, let me know and I'll do a video. I hope that this will be a good addition to the blog. I'd love your feedback. Thanks!

You'll need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and turn off the music to hear the video.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Star Punch Tree Pizza Box

This little box was so much fun to make. It's called a mini pizza box. I first saw this on another demos blog. The part I'm most excited about are the little trees on the front. I made these with our large star punch. I'm definitely going to be doing a tutorial for these, but for now just wanted to put it on here! I'll be back tomorrow with the tutorial.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Enjoy Bookmark

More Bella Rose DSP. The enjoy image is from the Enjoy Every Moment stamp set. The strange thing is that when I stamped the image, it didn't completely fill in. When I picked up my paper, I realized there was something underneath the paper when I stamped it, which is no surprise, my stamping area is almost always cluttered with mulitple projects. I thought about tossing it, but I looked at it again and I kinda like the distressed look that it has. I cut around it and then layered it on Bella Rose DSP, which is layered on Riding Hood Red. I used the Large Tag punch to punch the end and then used the scallop edge punch to give it a little detail at the bottom. I punched a hole in the top with my crop-a-dile and threaded some Riding Hood Red 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon and wrapped some hemp twine around the ribbon instead of tying it in a knot. Then I punched out some flowers with the trio flower punch and some little red centers with the 1/4" circle punch. You can't really tell in the picture, but I punched out the center of the letter "o" in enjoy so the paper could peek out from behind and then adhered one of the punched flowers in the center. If I made multiples of these, I would probably laminate them first so they will hold up, I'm afraid if I used this one, one of the flowers would get stuck to the pages in the book. This project was intended for a punch class I was hoping to have, but didn't generate enough interest. If you're in the Summerville, Goose Creek, Charleston SC area and would like to come to a class, shoot me an email.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bella Rose

It took me a little while to really like the Bella Rose Designer Series Paper. The colors and patterns are gorgeous, but I thought they were a little too dressy for my taste. Once I opened it up and started working with it, I did all sorts of projects. The card is 4 x 4 and I cut one of the roses out of the DSP. This is where Stampin' Up!'s paper snips come in handy. These little scissors are awesome. They have a very sharp tip that lets you get into all the nooks and crannies of whatever you're trying to cut out. They take the effort out of detail cutting.
The scallop square behind the flower was done with the scallop edge punch. I had some fun playing with the punch a couple of weeks ago and came up with nested scallop squares. I thought that I had come up with something ingenious, but lo and behold, it's already been done. The way I do it is different that the other ways I've seen it done, but the end result is the same. I shot a video demonstration and am trying to edit it, once that's done I'll have it up on the blog.

Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose DSP
Punches: Scallop Edge

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Scallop Punch Flower

Have you ever seen something in a catalog or in a store and thought "I can figure out how to make that"? Well, I did just that. On page 46 of the catalog there's a box with a really pretty flower made with the scallop circle punch. I've seen a few blogs where they did this technique, but I like to put my own spin on things. In the catalog the flower has six petals, but for me, doing things in even numbers is hard. I like odd numbers better! I punched out 3 scallop circles and cut them in half and then rolled them around and glued them together. I punched out a circle to attach the petals to from the underneath. I like the way it turned out, the picture doesn't really show the dimension of the flower, the center of the petals are red. I added a red button from the Designer Button Bouquet with some hemp twine in the center, tied some Kiwi Kiss 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and a scallop edge and voila!
Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Ribbon, Red Button, Hemp Twine
Punches: Scallop circle, Scallop Edge, Corner Rounder

Monday, November 10, 2008

Another Card Class Card

I'm in a non-traditional color mood this year. I know it's because of the great In Colors. I am absolutely in love with Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss. I use them on just about every project. This is another one of the cards that we'll be making at my Christmas Card Class in December. The colors will be altered to Glorious Green and Real Red. The white snowflakes on the bottom were stamped in versamark and embossed with White embossing powder. Little did the stampers at this class know that every card has embossing on it. I sent a bag with all of samples in it with the hostess and she and the attendees picked the ones they wanted to do. It's going to be interesting to see how many of them have ever stamped before, much less embossed. I'm going to have to show them some embossing 101 before we get started.

Stamps: Snow Swirled
Ink: Versamark, Riding Hood Red
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: White Grosgrain Ribbon
Punches: Circles, Scallop Edge

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Country Living and Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! has designed an exclusive kit for Country Living Magazine. This kit is featured in their December issue. This kit has everything you need for a homemade holiday. If you click on the picture of the Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit to the right, it will take you to my demonstrator website where you can see a video of Shelli Gardner demonstrating a project with some of the components of this kit. If you are interested in purchasing this kit, you can do so on my demo website or give me a call. It is only available while supplies last.
It includes this exclusive die-cut stamp set (6) Four 12 x 12 sheets of die-cut chipboard

Eight 12 x 12 sheets of die-cut Designer Series Paper (2 each of 4 double-sided designs)
Four 12 x 12 sheets of Designer Series Paper (2 each of 2 double-sided designs)
Two 12 x 12 sheets of Whisper White Cardstock
The kit also includes:
25 yards of Silver Metallic Cord
10 yards 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon
Pretties Kit Components (20 pieces)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (1/2 oz.)
Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive
Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Spot
Old Olive Craft Stampin' Spot
Uninked Stampin' Spot
Whisper White Craft Ink Refill


I'm trying to get a little color on my blog and it's just not cooperating with me. Please bear with me while I do some updating. I'm trying to make this blog a prettier place to visit!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Christmas Card Class

So, I'm officially doing my first class. I'm so excited! It's going to be on December 1. We're doing 3 cards. This is one of them. It uses the Snow Swirled stamp set. I'll post the other 2 projects over the next couple of days. We're changing up the colors a bit for the class. The attendees wanted a more traditional color scheme, so we're going with Riding Hood Red and Glorious Green instead of the Kiwi Kiss. Either way, I think this is just an elegant looking card and very easy to make a bunch of them. The hardest thing about it is remembering to use the embossing buddy so that you don't get white specks of embossing powder where you don't want it. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to get the perfect positioning of the sentiment. I couldn't stamp without that little gadget.Stamps: Snow Swirled
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Ribbon
Other: White embossing powder

Monday, November 3, 2008

Winter Post Reindeer Card

This is a card I came up with a couple weeks ago when I did a 2-day card making spree. I used Bella Rose Designer Series Paper for the scalloped square, a little unconventional for Christmas use, but I think it looks really pretty.

Stamps: Winter Post, sentiment from Snow Swirled
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Ribbon, hemp twine, Scallop Edge Punch, circle punches, corner rounder

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Today is Caroline's birthday, she the BIG 2! So in honor of her, here's a little mini book I made for her. I used Chocolate Chip cardstock and the One of a Kind stamp set and made my own patterned paper for her book. I also used the Boho Blossoms punch for the little flowers and popped them up with demonsionals. I then bound the book together with my Bind-It-All. The inside is still blank, but I'm taking the time today to finish it. I put as many pages on the inside as she has letters in her name and then I'm using each letter to describe something about her, no pictures, just words. I made a book for Ethan and Riley too, same idea for theirs, just different colors.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thank you for the lead!

I made this card for my first potential hostess. I'll keep her name anonymous until I get permission to post from her. I used Pocket Silhouettes on Kiwi Kiss Cardstock with Bella Rose DSP for the frame. I made the frame with the scallop edge punch. A cool little trick I discovered. I'll post the tutorial after I get it filmed and uploaded. I used Kiwi Kiss, chocolate chip and versamark ink and some chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon. Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, October 27, 2008

I got a Lead!

I finally got a lead on my Demonstrator Business Website (DBWS). This is a huge deal for me. I get an average of 7-10 hits a day, but no leads. I got an email from a woman is interested in having a Christmas Card class. I met with her yesterday and it's scheduled for the end of November. I'm so excited. Not just that I'm teaching a class, but that there are definitely people in the area that have heard of Stampin' Up!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Starting the season

This is a little card I came up with a few weeks ago. I wasn't really feeling very fallish yet, but today has definitely set it in. It's rainy and downright cold. I have errands I need to run, but I don't feel like getting the kids out in the weather, so they'll just have to wait until tomorrow.

Stamp: leaf from Holiday Happenings Bundle, level 3 hostess set
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Versamark
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Ribbon
Punches: Spiral, Scallop Circle, Circles- 1 3/8", 1 1/4", 1"

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Frankie Box

Isn't he cute! I got this idea from another demonstrator, Angie Juda. The box is so easy to make, I made 2, one for each of Ethan's teachers. I would have preferred his hair and eyes to be black, but if you read one of my previous posts, you remember I ordered gray instead of black. Oh well! I used my silhouette cutter to cut the hair, it's actually a grass border, pretty neat huh, got that idea from Angie Juda too. I just love him!

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Punches: 1" Circle, 3/4 Circle
Accessories: Black GG ribbon, White gel pen

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Same Concept, Different Results

I had fun trying to come up with a different Christmas Card. I didn't want it to be the traditional red and green. I decided to go with Baja Breeze and White. I really like how they turned out. I kind of used the same sketch for both cards, but you can see they look different.
Card is 4x4
Stamp set: Snow Swirled
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark then embossed with White EP
Accessories: White Grosgrain Ribbon, Rub-ons for sentiment
Punches: 1 3/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 3/4" Circle

Card is 4x4

Stamp set: Snow Swirled

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White

Ink: Baja Breeze, Versamark (embossed with White EP)

Accessories: White GG Ribbon

Punches: 1 3/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 3/4" Circle

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Halloween Project-Card Holder

This is a Card Holder. I got the idea from the Workshop Wow DVD available for demonstrators. There are so many projects on that DVD that will be popping up on my blog soon. Isn't it just adorable!! As much as a Halloween Project can be adorable.
Here's closer up at the title, and the hat with the little spider on it that I handcut.
Here's the inside. I used too much bulk, I was only able to fit 2 cards. If I tone down my bumpiness I think that I could fit 3-6 cards in one card holder.
Here's the Basic Gray version of the card, excuse the angle, the only clean surface in my kitchen was a box with a piece of white cardstock layed on top. I've been a crafting maniac the last couple of days, but I'm using it to my full advantage, cuz who knows when my mojo will go on vacation again. Funny story about the basic gray cardstock, I honestly didn't realize I ordered it, I thought I ordered Basic Black. Oh well, another excuse to place an order here soon.
And here's the pumpkin pie version.
This card holder was so much fun to make, and so easy. I think I'll be doing one for every season. Once I send the cards I think I'll make it into a little mini album for the event. When I figure that out, I'll post a picture. Have a great day!
Card Products
Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary, Frightful Fence jumbo wheel
Paper: Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss and Ghostly Greetings DSP
Ink: Black Stazon, Versamark (for embossing fence with black EP), Pumpkin Pie & Old Olive Markers
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Ribbon, Silver Brads, Dimensionals
Punches: Scallop Edge, Scallop circle, 1 3/8" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1" circle, crop-a-dile for holes to thread ribbon

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Card Spree

I finally got my mojo back. I've been stamping like crazy over the last 3 days. My poor kitchen is taking the brunt of the mess. I've got stuff everywhere. For some reason I can't just keep to one project. While I'm doing a project I get another idea and if I don't put it on paper right then, I might as well just throw it out the window. I like to work in organized chaos, I thrive that way. Let's just say that I have no excuse not to post a card for the next 2 weeks, I think I finished 10 cards in the last 2 days. I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but they're all original designs, that takes time to come up with, and I'm trying to figure out a nice, but easy Christmas card so I can get started on those. Well, anyway, enjoy the cards over the next posts.


Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary

Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Ghostly Greeting DSP
Other: Coluzzle, Trio Flower Punch

Monday, October 13, 2008

Coming soon to a computer near you!

I've been given the ok to post videos on my blog and YouTube. WooHoo! You'll think I'm sitting right beside you helping you with your project. I have to figure out how to rig my video camera to the right angle, but I'm hoping to post a video by the end of the week. Here's hoping it works.

Orange you sweet!

I can't remember if this is Only Orange or Pumpkin Pie, but either way, I LOVE ORANGE! I used the orange from Tart & Tangy for the card and Wow Flowers for the gift card. I know that my wheeling on the cards is not straight, but I think it adds to the homemade look.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Obsessed with this color combo

I am so in love with the new In Colors. I've used these main three, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss and Pink Pirouette for a lot of projects already. It's a good thing they're good for a year. I used the Curly Label punch bundle for the sentiment. Other punches are the trio flower 1/4 inch circl and the scallop edge punch. I tied it of with some Kiwi Kiss striped ribbon and TADA, a simple thank you card.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bind-It-All coaster mini album

Here's a little mini book I did for Peyton to put on his desk at work. It's very simple, but I didn't want it too elaborate for Peyton's desk. The 4x4 coasters are perfect for mini pages with wallet size pictures.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Birthday Reminder Book

I created a little book to help keep me on track for sending out birthday cards. I found the month template on Splitcoaststampers.com under tutorials and then just made my little book from that. I used the backer board from the Designer Series Paper for a little more stability and then covered it in paper, bound it with my bind-it-all and added a Kiwi Kiss scallop circle, some Flower Fusion Too felt flowers and some Pink Pirouette striped ribbon and now I have a cute little reminder. If you want your name in my little book, let me know when your birthday is ;)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Itty Bitty Mini Album/Card

Here's a little book that I came up with because I had an odd sized piece of Kiwi Kiss cardstock leftover from another project. I used the scallop edge punch and put a piece of Riding Hood Red cardstock for the center page. The front is Bella Rose DSP and Riding Hood Red striped ribbon. I think it needs something else on the front, but I love how it turned out.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Baby girl

I personally don't know anyone having a baby girl, but I love the brown paper with the little pink polka dots and it just turned into a baby girl card. I'm going to make one in blue and brown too.
All products Stampin' Up! Pink pirouette cardstock and ink, chocolate chip ink and 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, whisper white cardstock, DSP (designer series paper) from the level 3 holiday happenings bundle, I used the coluzzle to cut the layered circles.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Online ordering!!!

I'm so excited to announce that you can now order online, right on my website www.bethanyschouest.stampinup.net. The buy now button is in the top right corner. All of the catalog merchandise is on there. If you have any questions or need help with anything, please let me know, I'll be happy to walk you through it. Also, if you need some suggestions on where to start if your new to Stampin' Up! products, I can help you there too. I'm pretty new to everything myself, but I can certainly recommend the things that I feel I can't craft without.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Pics for the previous post

So I was right in the middle of uploading the pictures for the previous post and blogger pooped out on me and then my whole internet went down. Very frustrating!! Hopefully it will work this time.

Here's a shot of everything.

A card.

My first attempt at a bag-a-lope. I'm pretty impressed with myself.

A post-it note holder (idea from Angie Juda, another SU! demo). I used my bind-it-all. I also included a couple of pictures of Susan's kids on the inside and covered a chipboard butterfly and put it by their pictures.

Pop-top fruit can. I got the idea from my upline Jenay, I'm not sure where she got the idea from, but it's such a neat gift. I used my Pampered Chef can opener, and after giving Caroline the fruit and cleaning the can, I filled it with crumpled paper and some of the Flower Fusion Too felt flowers. My kids are going to be eating a lot of fruit now. I can't wait to make more of these.

I couldn't resist decorating the top, it looked a little blah.

Giant paper clip bookmark. I got the paperclips from Staples, actually Peyton found them for me, he's such a great guy to "support" my habit, I mean hobby.

Sour Cream container. I first saw the idea on Dawn Griffith's blog.

All the projects use the Holiday Happenings Level 3 Hostess paper and Seasonal Icons stamp (flower) from the same set. Colors are Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip. I used the scallop circle, 1 3/8" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1" circle, 1/2" circle, word window, trio flower, and scallop border punches. I also used Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon and I also used Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon that I dyed with the pink pirouette and baja breeze stamp pads (my first time dying ribbon, it's a little darker than I would have liked, but I think it looks nice.) Misc. I used the paper piercer, mat pack, crop-a-dile, paper crimper and dimensionals.
I would love to make these little goodies into a kit, we'll have to see. If you're interested please let me know.
Til tomorrow (hopefully)