Monday, February 28, 2011

Mojo Monday 180

Good Morning!  It's 9am and I feel like I have been up for hours!!  Here is the Mojo Monday Sketch.  I hope I'll have time to do it today b/c I really like this one.  Please send me pictures of your card so I can put it on my Saturday Share :)  Have a great day!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

You've got them, now what?

I get a lot of Hostess sets each year and honestly, I rarely do anything with them except give them away as door prizes.  I keep thinking, they are going to retire in a year, I'd better not get too attached.  Well, I did :)  This week I will be showing you a card made with several hostess sets.  There are so many great ones this year.

So, tomorrow, I'll try to make my mojo a little better.  Will you send me yours please?  Tuesday's Tutorial will be the cutest Birthday Bakery idea ever!  I've been reading blogging for dummies...I'm serious.  It said ask your momma what she thinks of your blog.  My mom loves my blog, but she did say that I needed to do some easier cards.  I agree.  For the new stamper and even for us seasoned stampers, sometimes we just need a quick card to make someone's day.  So, I'll start having a fun Friday.  This will be a day where I will show you a quick, fun card.  I hope you like it!

So, now..
Monday: Mojo Monday
Tuesday: Tuesday Tutorial
Wed: Wednesday WOW!
Thursday:   any ideas?
Friday: fun Friday
Sunday: Sunday Summary

I think that's enough.  What is it about alliteration?  Just love it!

So, please come back tomorrow and join me for the rest of the week too!

Have a great Sunday

Saturday, February 26, 2011

My Saturday Share

I am so excited to share with you some more Mojo Monday cards with you.  These gals don't have blogs so they can't play along with the mojo so I am very happy to share them with you.  Here was the original sketch.  Will you play with me next week?

Judy Swindell
Renetta Howell

Friday, February 25, 2011

Have you used our corkboard yet?

Here is a simple card to close out my week of "bliss".  I cased this from Rebekah Jensen, but changed a few things.  I would love to help you get this set for free.
Just about any color would look great on this card.  The "B" is cut out of our corkboard.  It looks cooler in person.

Stamp Set: Bliss(SAB)
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight
Tools: Big Shot, Framed Tulips embossing folder, Serif Essentials Alphabet die
Accessories: pearls, dimensionals

Thursday, February 24, 2011

More Framed Tulips

Here is another card using our framed tulips embossing folder.  It is really growing on me.  This card was cased from Selene Kempton with a few changes.
I'm not sure the pink bow looks great at the bottom, but it needed something and the color coach told me to use Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi and Pretty In Pink....I do what I am told :)

Main Vanilla: 5.5"x4.25"
Choc: 5-3/8" x 4-1/8"
Vanilla frame: 5.25"x 4"
smaller Choc: 3.75" x 3-7/8" (before using scallop trim border punch)
smallest vanilla: 2.5" x 3-3/8"

Stamp Set: Bliss
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Ribbon: 1/8" pretty in pink
Tools: Big Shot, Framed Tulips embossing folder, scallop trim border punch
Accessories: pearls, dimensionals, glue dots, filigree designer brads

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Are you feeling "bliss"ful today?

I really like how this card turned out.  I cased this card from Lisa Milliron and changed a few things.  Man, that scallop trim border punch keeps popping up in my you have it yet?
Stamp Set: Bliss, Vintage Labels (SAB2010)
Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Tools: Scallop Trim border punch
Accessories: rhinestones, choc. chip corduroy brad (clearance rack), 1-1/4" striped old olive ribbon, Linen Thread, dimesionals

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Easel Card with a twist video tutorial

Happy Tuesday.

Have you ever seen an easel card?  Here's an example of one.

 The name makes sense, huh?  Well, today, using our SAB set Bliss, I'm going to show you how to give this already great idea an even better TWIST!
As you can see, there is still an easel effect, but there is a twist.  Here is the video that will show you how to make your own.

Here is the close up of the "lace"
  • Dimensions:
  • Card base: 4.25" x 11" folded in half
  • Cut off 1.25" off the bottom of the front
  • Your new front should be a 4.25" square
  • The Vanilla Square is half of a 4x4 square
  • The DSP is half of a 3-1/8" square
  • The scallop circle is the larger one from the scallop circle #2 die
  • The circle on top is 3-1/8" in diameter
  • The pieced used to make the lace was 1.25" x 11"
  • The DSP strip at the bottom is 4.25" x 1-1/8"
  • The Vanilla on the inside is 4-1/8" x 3.25"
Technique: Easel Card with a Twist
Stamp Set: Bliss, Oval All
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Love Letters DSP
Ink: basic black, riding hood red
Ribbon: 5/8" black satin
Tools: medium oval punch, oval scallop punch, eyelet border punch, crimper, circle scallop #2 die
Accessories: paper snips, pearls, dimensionals, dauber,

Monday, February 21, 2011

Incredibly LOW mojo today

Hello!  It's 8:15 CT and I am just putting this up for you.  It's been a rough day.  My little Katie has a double ear infection so that didn't leave too much time to devote to Mojo today.  BUT...I am excited to say that my dearest friend, Kim, sent me her mojo and she is on FIRE!!!!!

Here's mine :)

Kim Parker's
Stamp Set: Bliss
Paper: Gray, Basic Black, Brushed Silver and Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler craft ink
Ribbon: Black satin
Tools: scallop trim border punch, heat tool, 2-3/8" scallop punch, mat pack, paper piercing tool,
Accessories: clear embossing powder, silver embossing powder, silver glimmer brads, glue dot, dimensionals, pearls

I'm hoping Judy will send me one this week too...Renetta, you up for playing this week?

Well, get excited about tomorrow's Tuesday Tutorial.  An easel card with a twist!

I'm going to bed!!!  (after I watch Harry's Law)

PS.  I have my own Youtube Channel now.  So, when you need to refer to one of my video tutorials and you can't find it on my blog, you can go there.  Just do a search for betty82402 and all my videos will come up.  If you do that, you will get to see my Tuesday Tutorial before it's posted on the blog.  Happy Viewing.    I also purchased Blogging for Dummies today and will hopefully learn something to make this even better :)

Can't thank you enough for being interested in what I do :)

Inky Hugs!!

How's your Mojo this morning?

Good Morning!  Ok, so I set these posts to go out at 1am each day b/c I know that some of our best stampin' is done in the middle of the night when we can't sleep.  So...I wanted to have it ready for you guys.  But...since I don't have the mojo yet, I'll just let you know something exciting!

As of last night, I now have my own YouTube Channel.  Do a search for betty82402 and all my videos will come up.  So, you won't have to search around in my blog for a certain video.

Happy viewing and inky hugs!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pure Bliss

I love SAB!  That's Sale-A-Bration for those of you who don't know that term.  Once a year, Stampin' Up! gives away free product!  FREE!!  Can't beat that!  For every $50 you spend, you get to choose one set from our SAB mini catalog.  They used to offer 6 sets and that was it.  Now, they offer something from every product line we offer.  Stamps, My Digital Studio downloads, ribbons/buttons, DSP/quick accents, and definitely decorative!  In addition to the highlited products, there are about 75 more sets found in our main catalog they are offering as well!  There's something for everyone! Click this picture on the top right of my blog to find which one is your favorite!
This week I am going to focus on one of these free sets.  BLISS!  Here is a sneak peek of what's to come :)

I have really enjoyed doing this blog everyday.  I wish there was a way to know how many people are reading it.  Will you leave a comment today letting me know which SAB item is your favorite?

Get ready for Mojo Monday with BLISS!

Happy Sunday!
Inky Hugs!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

More Butterflies

Well, I didn't realize how much I loved butterflies on my cards.  Here is today's card.

 Card Tips:
On all my cards this week, I use a technique called Stamping Off.  Ink up your stamps with black and then stamp it once on a scrap piece of paper first and then stamp on your card without reinking.  That will soften the ink.  I think it removes the harshness of the black ink.  I like this technique especially when I am going to do some watercoloring.
I also used a lighter on the ends of my ribbon so they wouldn't fray. I have been doing that more lately since I started making bows for my little baby girl.  Is it crazy to say I like fire? :) 

Check here for my bow tying video tutorial.  

The background was colored using our ink pads.  When your pad is closed, squeeze it a few times.  That will get ink on the lid of your pad.  Take your aquapainter or blender pen and dip it in the ink and color directly on the paper.  I tried it using our watercolor paper and it was so much prettier.  Give it a try!!

I know this blow up is kinda fuzzy, but I wanted you to see that I have dimension here.  I stamped off with black ink first and then did the same on a scrap piece.  I cut out just the wings from the scrap piece and put them on the main card with dimensionals.  When I first colored the butterfly, I colored the insect part.  Just make sure you notice where the body stops and the wings begin.

Stamp Set: Nature Walk
Paper: Basic Black, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Ribbon: Marina Mist satin 5/8" ribbon
Accessories: pearls, dimensionals, paper snips

Guest Stamper

I am always so thrilled to see people playing along with me.  My downline, Judy, gave me this beautiful card using the Mojo Monday Sketch.
Made by Judy Swindell
This card uses Lovely As A Tree.  Please send me any mojos you come up with!

Judy and I were talking about how much we love these sketches.  This is how I approach it.  Maybe it will help you get inspired to try.  First off, before I even see the sketch, I know which stamp set I am going to use.  It will coincide with the theme of my blog for that week.  Then I pick a color and look it up in my color coach.  That is when my juices flow.  Maybe that will help you a little bit.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 18, 2011

PPA81 (don't look mama :)

Ok, label me officially obsessed!  I have found another weekly challenge called Pals Paper Arts (PPA).  Here is the sketch.

This one is a little more abstract so it leaves us open for more interpretation.  I don't know if that's good for me or not.  Here's my take on it to go along with this week's theme, Nature Walk.  Here is the link to PPA.
Stamp Set: Nature Walk, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy
Ribbon: Victoria Crochet ribbon, 1/8" espresso
Tools: Big Shot, framed tulips embossing folder, 2-3/8" scallop circle, mat pack, paper piercing tool,
Accessories: Not quite navy brads, dimensionals, dauber, glue dot

Butterflies...butterflies everywhere

I'm thrilled to share with you our Nature Walk Stamp Set and Botanical Gazette DSP this week.  Here is today's card I cased from Carrie Gaskin, but I used the butterflies instead.  I'd love to do this for a class, but there are only 2 sheets of this paper in the I hear bulk buy???

Stamp Set: Silhouette Sentiments (hostesses set) on the tag.  The butterflies are actually DSP.
Paper: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Botanical Gazette DSP, Very Vanilla (the tag)
Ink: Early Espresso
Ribbon: Crochet Trim, Marina Mist Satin ribbon
Tools: 1-1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Scallop 
Square punch
Accessories: bitty buttons, pearls, antique brads, dimensionals, glue dots, snips

A few tips: 
Paper sizes: main card is a 5x5 and will fit great in our medium square envelopes.  The white square is 4-5/8" square.

Punches:  Punch out circles of 1-1/4" from whatever DSP you love.  Use our 1" circle punch to punch circles out of cardstock...THEN..turn our scallop square punch upside down, center the already punched out circle in the middle and punch your square.  You have a much better chance of getting your circle in the middle instead of doing it the opposite way.

For dimension: I cut our dimensionals into 4ths and used 2 per square frame.  You could put one in each corner, but I thought that was a waster.  I'm stingy with my adhesive :)

The last tip has to do with the bow.  There was no knot tied in the bow.  I actually just made the 2 loops and then pinched it in the middle and wrapped a brad around it.  

Thursday, February 17, 2011

You are not seeing double

I cased this beautiful card from Lee Conrey.  There are several elements to this card.

Card Tips:
As you can see, the perfect polka dots was only used on the top 2/3rds of the card.  I stamped my greeting first and then ran it through so it would go exactly where I wanted it.

The white polka piece is put on with dimensionals.  When you put two of the same color together, it's good to raise the top layer to show depth.

I don't have a video to show you how to layer the rectangle scallop clearlit, but it is the same technique as I showed during artistic etchings were.  Click here for it.

Here is my tutorial on tying bows.

Stamp Set: Nature Walk, A Word for You
Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink: Basic Black, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz
Ribbon: Marina Mist 5/8" satin ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, perfect Polka dots embossing folder, Scallop retangle clearlit, aquapainter
Accessories: dimensionals, snail adhesive

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

More Nature Walk

Today's card is cased from my favorite blogger, Mary Fish.  The patterns you see on the squares are actually DSP (designer series paper) not stamps.  So, less work for you :)

Card Tips:
Paper size: main card is 5-1/4" square.  Perfect for our medium square envelopes.  The Olive Square is 4-3/4" square.  The Cherry squares are 2-1/4" and the DSP is 2" square.  The larger square in the middle is 2-3/4" square and the DSP on top is 2-5/8" square.  That's a lot of squares :)

Ribbon:  Click here to see my scrunchy ribbon tutorial.  It is a little different from what you see here.  I didn't have any satin ribbon that matched this card so I just used the 5/8" olive grosgrain and just stuck it down on a piece of sticky strip back and forth.

The birdcage and the best wishes are both stamped on the honeycomb piece of DSP from this paper pack not vanilla.

Stamp Set: Nature Walk
Paper: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Botanical Gazette DSP
Ribbon: Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
Tools: medium oval punch, scallop oval punch
Accessories: dimensionals, antique brads, sticky strip, paper snips, snail adhesive

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Framed Tulips video tutorial

PUT YOUR THINKING CAPS ON!!!   Ok, I won't say this technique didn't give me a headache.  But, I have worked out all the kinks so you don't have to.  I'm excited to share a video on how to use our framed tulips embossing folder.

Card Tips: 
Paper Sizes: Main card is 4.25x5.5", saffron is 4 x 5.25", DSP is 5-1/8" x 3-7/8", the larger square is 3-1/8" and the honey comb DSP on top of it is 3".  The smaller rectangle is 3-9/16" x 2.25" and the tulip frame is 3-7/16" x 2-3/16".  The brown strip is 1x4.25".  Shoo....lots of measuring.  One thing I will mention about the square lattice embossing folder I used on the brown strip...the embossing is so tight that it does shrink a little bit when you run it through the big shot.  Just keep that in mind if you are counting on an exact size.

After I did the tulip frame, I took 2 scrap pieces of paper and put it over the left and bottom sides of the paper.  Then I stamped the flower on it.  It gives it a soft outline.  

The card that Lee did was much better as far as the coloring on the tulips.  She used a marker to color the tulips.  It is a pretty technique.  I just used daubers.  Next time I do this, I'll try the markers.  If you do it that way, there won't be any ink in between the tulips.  Just a different look.

The bird is popping up on dimensionals and yes, I did use an exacto knife to get between his legs.  Kinda tedious, but necessary :)

Ok, here is what you have been waiting for...the very detailed video technique for resizing the framed tulip embossing  folder.  Get comfortable, I have a feeling it's going to be a long one :)

Dimensions of Frames before embossing:
8 tulips x 11 tulips (5.25x4)
8 tulips x 6 tulips (4x3.25)
6 tulips x 6 tulips (3.25 square)
3 tulips x 8 tulips (4x2)
3 tulips x 2 tulips (2-1/8 x 1-5/8)
1 tulips x 11 tulips (5.25 x 1-1/8)

Once you get the hang of it, you can make any size.
Stamp Set: Nature Walk
Paper: Early Espresso, So Saffron, Old Olive, Very Vanilla (in the original card, she used naturals's prettier.  I just didn't have any)
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso
Ribbon: Very Vanilla 5/8" satin ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, framed tulips embossing folder, square lattice embossing folder
Accessories: dauber, pearls, snail adhesive, glue dots
Accessories: dauber, dimensionals, glue dot

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mojo Monday 178

I LOVE it when my baby takes a good nap in the AM.  I was able to work on my mojo this morning!  I am very proud of this one.  I wasn't last week, but this week, YES!  Here she is...

 I can't tell you how much I love these sketches.  The hardest thing about making a card is coming up with the layout.  From there, my juices flow.  As I said yesterday, this week I'll be focusing on Nature Walk and the coordinating DSP Botanical Gazette.

Card Tips: 
I hope you like the framed tulips embossing folder.  It is so neat.  Come back tomorrow for my Tuesday Tutorial on how to resize this neat frame.

I didn't have the right kind of ribbon to hang the birdcage until I saw this little piece of 3/8" white taffeta ribbon.  It was calling out to me...I can be any color you want...don't forget about me!  So, I grabbed him and colored him with my not so navy marker.  And TA...DA!!!  I then used the scrunchy ribbon technique from a few weeks ago.  Click here for a refresher.

Stamp Set: Nature Walk, A Word For You
Paper: Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Botanical Gazette DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy  (pads and markers for spritzer tool)
Ribbon: 3/8" white taffeta colored with not quite navy marker, 1/8" espresso ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, Scallop Circle #2 Die, Framed Tulips embossing Folder, Spritzer Tool, Paper Piercing tool, Mat Pack
Accessories: glimmer brads, dimensionals, glue dots, dauber

Come back tomorrow for my Tuesday Video Tutorial!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Pre-show

Happy Sunday.  I hope everyone has gotten to sit down and create something fun this weekend!  I know I have.  I'll be showing off our new Nature Walk stamp set and Botanical Gazette DSP from our ocassions mini catalog this week. For the week.  Be looking for Mojo Monday tomorrow and then 2 video tutorials this week.  One on using our new framed tulips embosing folder and another on using our aquapainters/blender pens.

Here is the paper and the set.
Botanical Gazette #121783 $9.95

Nature Walk #121997 $18.95

And here is a sneak peek of what's to come this week!
Tomorrow is another Mojo Monday and I'll be making mine using this set.  As far as last Monday, I am so happy to say my downline, Judy Swindell, submitted one to me.  She did a great job.  When are you going to try? Instead of just posting the sketch tomorrow morning before I get a chance to make my card, you can click on Mojo Monday on the side bar or click here.  I'll report back tomorrow night.
Judy Swindell Mojo Monday
And, one more photo I would like to share.  I wish that every girl had a momma as great as mine!  We live in different states, but both love to use Stampin' Up! products.  I kinda started this blog with her in mind.  This way I can share my ideas and teach her through my tutorials.    Thanks Mom for being my #1 fan!  I love you!  Here is her joy fold card she made me for Vtine's Day.  It's not SU! paper, but I'm working on helping her build her stash!
See ya in the morning!!
Inky Hugs to you all!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lattice Die Stain Glass Window

I love the stained glass effect of this card. This card was cased from Diana.  (she didn't put her last name).
This is made by putting 2 lattice pieces on top of each other rotating one 90 degrees and trimming.  Here is a quick video to show you how to make it.

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil delight, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: early espresso for sponging
Tools: Big Shot, lattice die,
Accessories: sponge daubers, antique brad, 1-1/4" early espresso striped ribbon, dimensionals, paper snips, mat pack, paper piercer

Friday, February 11, 2011

12x12 butterfly lattice frame

Did you know we have a line of products called Definitely Decorative?  This project was cased from our catalog. It's on page 9 of our DD catty.  We sell this great chunky frame and sheets of corkboard.  I know it's hard to see, but here is the close up of where I used the lattice die around the center.  I made this for my baby girl's room.

Chunky Frame (page 9 of definitely decorative catty)
acrylic paint
Tools: Big Shot, Lattice Die, Beautiful Butterflies die,
Accessories: rhinestones, corkboard

Thursday, February 10, 2011

lattice Die Photo Board thought I only loved paper!  Well, the Big Shot cuts fabric too!  Stampin' Up! created this idea and listed the supplies on our website.  I had to make it and did a camp with it. One for my son and one for my daughter.

Fabric from local craft store, 5/8" satin ribbon, jumbo brads, beautiful butterfly die, lattice die, big shot, thread (around butterflies).  I used a spray adhesive with this.  I tried the wonder under stuff, but didn't like it.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baja Breeze Lattice Card

Today's card is also one of my favorites and you know how much I love the scallop trim border punch!
I just put 2 lattice pieces next to each other and trimmed.  There is an espresso scallop circle behind the greeting.  I just used the gel pen to put polka dots on it.  Raised it up with a dimensional.

Stamps: Perfect Punches
Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso
Tools: Big Shot, Lattice Die, Scallop Trim Border Punch, circle scallop punch, large oval punch
Accessories: white gel pen, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Technique Tuesday...Tying a Bow

Here is a simple card cased from Angela McKay and a bow tying tutorial for all my peeps who like for me to tie their bows.  I'll still do it if you'd like :)

Lattice Die

I'll just go ahead and start out with my favorite card today.
It is so simple, but so cheery.  This card was cased from Connie Tumm.
BUT..the BEST part is on the inside!
I used the lattice and folded it into an accordian so the butterflies pop up when you open the card.  HOW FUN!  Here's a closer look.
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: whisper white, basic black, definitely daffodil, old olive, melon mambo, tempting turquoise
Ink: melon mambo
Tools: Big Shot, Lattice Die, beautiful wings embosslit
Accessories: glue dots


Monday, February 7, 2011

Will you help me find my mojo?

WOW!!  This one was a hard one for me.  I really wanted to use the lattice die since that is the product of the week and I'm not sure it really fits. is what I came up with for Mojo Monday 177.  The butterfly is too cartoony for this card, but my mojo just drained out of my body towards the end.  The new framed tulip embossing folder is beautiful, but it is a real challenge to resize.    Check Sharon Field's blog for a quick tutorial.  I think even after you watch this, you'll have questions.  So, don't hesitate to email me. 

Stamps: Nature Walk
Paper: So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Botanical Gazette DSP
Ink: basic black, so saffron, early espresso (daubed the saffron around the frame and then espresso on top), riding hood red
Tools: Big Shot, framed tulip embossing folder, lattice die, butterfly punch, smaller scallop circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch
Accessories: daubers, dimensionals, pearls

Thanks to all my ladies who joined me for my valentine camp yesterday.  I enjoy my stamp friends so much!

Mojo Monday 177

Here is the Mojo Monday Sketch for today.  I hope you have a moment to sit down and create something you are proud of.  I'd always love to see what you come up with!

I'll post some more later today:)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lattice Die Week

I am very excited to share our Lattice Die this week.  If you don't have a Big Shot, well, you must get one.  I rarely see a card or project done these days that hasn't used it in some way.  Here is what the lattice die looks like in the raw.
115958 Lattice Die $21.95

And here is a sneak peek of what you'll see this week.

oooo..doesn't that make you wanna stop by tomorrow?  We'll start out the day tomorrow with our Mojo Monday Sketch and I will post my mojo later in the day.  This afternoon is my valentine camp and this is what we will be making.  I'll post some pictures of my camp later :)