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August 2008

Button, Button, Who's got the Button?

I do!  I got my cute Button die for the Stampin' Up! Big Shot and had a blast using it!  These cards feel so "retro" to me..  back to my early days with Stampin' Up! 12 and 13 years ago, when everything had stitching and buttons on it! :) 

Button card 1

Button card close up

These cards are made with Pink Pirouette cardstock, Bella Rose DSP, Chocolate Chip double stitched Grosgrain ribbon, and the new Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon.

Button card 2

Have a super great holiday weekend!!

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Founder's Circle Trip!

Screencapture010 Wow.. take a look at the cool package I got from Stampin' Up! today!  These are all the docs and luggage tags for my Founder's Circle trip to Utah in September!!

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This will be a 3 day stay in St. George with the top 100 achievers in Stampin' Up! over the past year, as well as top achievers from Canada, and my fellow Advisory Board members! 

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Want to know what I'm looking forward to most?  Ok, well, 3 things:

  • getting to know my fellow Advisory Board members
  • hooking up with my demonstrator friends from all over the country

  • and... visiting the Stampin' Up! manufacturing faclity in Kanab!!  What a treat that will be!

Hope your day is going well!

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Upsy Daisy and the Big Shot!

I love this new Stampin' Up! set: Upsy Daisy (pg 101)!  AND.. it's 15% off right now! Can't beat that!

I stamped it on a "Top Notes Bigz" die (cut with my Big Shot machine), and added "Thanks" from the set called "Only Ovals" (pg 131) which matches the new large oval punch! :) 

The ribbon is the wonderful new Kiwi/Vanilla ribbon.. it's devine!

Upsy daisy thanks

Have a great day!

Real rose signature

Wedding Assistant - added to my resume!

Ribbon copy Friends of ours got married last weekend and I volunteered to make her bouquet out of flowers from my garden.. I was able to put our new Stampin' Up! 1-1/4" Pink Pirouette Grosgrain ribbon to really good use!!  I wrapped the stems and also tied a bow with it!  (Her wedding color was "pink", so this was perfect!).


Here is the happy couple.. I also took the photos for them!


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Much happiness to you both!!


Real rose signature

Designer Paper Swatches

DSP rings I used my set of the Designer Paper Split (that I offered to my downline) to make these 3x3 sampler keyrings.  I added the coordinating ribbons to each one and I will take them to all my workshops and classes in a little basket. It certainly helps to let customers see each paper in person!

AND NO... Sorry.. I'm not selling these... they took well over 2 days of all my spare to make!

If you would like to purchase a sampling of DSP, please see Corinne's blog HERE!  She is offering them! SCROLL DOWN in that post below the photo of the project to see the offer.

3x3 swatches  

DSP rings

DSP tag

Basket of swatches

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Workshop Projects

These are the 3 cards we made at Stacey's workshop this weekend.. enjoy!

Upsy daisy

To color the flowers from Upsy Daisy, ink them in Tangerine Tango, then use a sponge dauber to add some Riding Hood Red ink to the rubber, then stamp.

Notice the rhinestone brad in the center of the flower brad.. I love this combo!

Upsy daisy close up

Maine blueberry env die


For info on making the sunflowers, see THIS POST.

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Fun Tins!

I found these great tins at Target and loved the bright colors!!  I decided to dress them up with new buttons, ribbon, brads, etc.   I used the Crop A Dile to punch holes when needed.   Aren't they cute with our In Color Ribbon???!!  These will go with me to workshops and meetings for the Make & Takes!


I added buttons from Stampin' Up!'s Button Bouquet using Glue Dots:

Tin light blue

I punched holes with the CAD and added Stampin' Up! flower brads:

Tin green

I punched holes in this one with the CAD and wove In Color Striped ribbon through it... love the complimentary blue and Tangerine Tango!

Tin blue

And this one is a hostess gift for my workshop hostess this weekend.. a sampler of the In Color Ribbon and an In Color bookmark! :)

Tin hostess in colors

Have a great weekend!

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Scallop Envelope Bigz die - Big Shot machine

Ok, on to my newest "kick"... making cards with the Scallop Envelope Bigz die and the Stampin' Up! Big Shot!  Too fun!  These little envelopes are darling on the front of a card!  I just love them! They hold a 2x3 card inside! 

I used one of my current favorite Designer Series Papers... Georgia Peach for these:

Georgia peach cards

These are Old Olive 4x4 cards (for info on how to cut 12x12 cardstock into (4) 4x4 cards, see my previous post HERE).  I scalloped the bottom edge of the card with our Scallop edge punch and added Georgia Peach DSP, and the little envelope cut from the Scallop Envelope Bigz die.  Tuck a little 2x3 card inside and you still have room to write a message inside the folded card!

Georgia peach env card

Georgia peach env close up 

And here is the same idea using the Summer Picnic DSP and Pacific Point cardstock and ribbon..

Main blueberry cards

Maine blueberry card

Have a fabulous day!

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Premium Crease Pad - Big Shot tutorial

I was die cutting 18 little envelopes for my upcoming workshop on Saturday (hi Stacey!), and I noticed that I was not getting a real great score mark all the way around on the little Scallop Envelope Bigz die from Stampin' Up!.  Luckily, last night there was some discussion on a yahoo list and 2 demonstrators helped me to figure out how to use the PREMIUM CREASE PAD to get better score marks on this die. (Thanks, Nancy and Kerry!).

This applies to ALL OF THE DIES WITH SCORE lines, such as the envelope die, the pillow box, the 5-point star, petal card and 3-d circle ornaments.

I thought a step by step photo tutorial might be helpful to those of you who have not used the Premium Crease Pad.. so ... here it goes..

Side Note: for the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die, I thought I'd let you know that I'm using Maine Blueberry DSP from Stampin' Up!, cut to 5"x5-1/2".

STEP 1: place BOTH of the opaque plastic shim pieces from the Premium Crease pad package on top of the clear Standard Cutting Pad.

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(thanks to my awesome son for the photos!)

STEP 2: Place the Scallop Envelope Bigz die - foam side up - on top of the white plastic shim pieces (being careful to get it exactly centered over the plastic pieces).

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STEP 3: place your cardstock or DSP on the die.. I like to place the part you want as the "outside' of the envleope FACE DOWN (notice in the finished sample, these squares will end up in the inside of the env.)

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STEP 4: Place the Premium Crease Pad on top of the paper or cardstock.

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This becomes your "sandwich". (If you are hungry, I'd suggest Kinders or Quizno's though) :)

STEP 5: Roll your "sandwich" through the Big Shot.

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STEP 6: As you take the "sandwich" out of the Big Shot, and take the Crease Pad off, you'll see the die has cut the envelope shape perfectly and made the 4 crease/score lines!

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STEP 7: When you flip it over you'll see how nicely those score marks show up!

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Step 8: Fold up the envelope and add it to a card or gift and enjoy!

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Whew.. hope that was helpful.. I sure needed it! :)

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Urban Garden Envelope card

I promise not to bore you with any more of these folded Open End Envelope cards after today.. I am just totally hooked on these right now and decided to try one with the gorgeous new Urban Garden Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!.

Urban garden front

I decorated this one with the die cut Blooms Again, and my favorite Filigree brads and the gorgeous buttons from Button Bouquet.  The ribbon is the new Kiwi/Vanilla ribbon... luscious!!

Urban garden inside   

For more info on making this type of card scroll to the post below.

Signature flower daisy