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