Wednesday, September 16, 2009


The new Build-A-Bear line from Stampin' Up! is a great new line. In partnership with Build-A-Bear these new stamp sets and Sizzix die-cuts are wonderful. A great line to make birthday cards and projects with.

Here is a card made using the new Beary Best Friends stamp set. (This is another great project idea that Stampin' Up! gives to it's demonstrators to use in classes and workshops!) It's been colored using the water-coloring technique onto watercolor paper, Aqua Painters and Stampin' Up!'s Classic inks. The Designer paper is the new Pawsitively Prints.

This next card is made using the new Sizzix Bigz die, Stampin' Up! Bear, Stampin' Up! Beary Essentials and Stampin' Up! Beary Girl Sizzlits Die. So quick and easy. If you already own a Big Shot, you'll want this set of new Bigz dies. If you don't already own a Big Shot, you'll want to get one soon. Even if you don't have little children in your house, it makes you feel like a kid yourself as you play "dress-up" with this adorable bear!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Blog Banner

You should notice that I have a new blog banner. I made it using the new My Digital Studio software that will be available for purchase starting October 1st!

This software is absolutely wonderful for putting together those scrapbook pages in a flash, not to mention tons of other projects that can be made using it. Here's one I did tonight with photos of my dogs from this past Christmas.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sweet Centers

This is card is made using the new Sweet Centers stamp set (#116521, $29.95, set of 6) from the Holiday Mini Catalog. This set is so awesome because it allows you to add dimensional items (candy, small gifts, etc.) to the center image using Sweet Treat Cups (sold separately, 12 to a package for $2.95, #116802). The background was made using the Batty Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel in Perfect Plum ink onto Perfect Plum card stock.

I wanted more color to the stamped image, so I stamped it in VersaMark ink onto Whisper White card stock. Then, I used the poppin' pastels technique to add Stampin' Pastels to the image. It's then layered onto Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black card stock.
This is a great technique and super easy! I'd be glad to share it with you and your friends at a stamping workshop.

The "eek" image was punched out (it's the center of the bigger image) and attached using Stampin' Dimensionals to the lower right side of the bigger image after the Sweet Treats Cups was added. (They come with adhesive already attached, so it's easy to add.)

Here's another project that I made using the same stamp set and image. It's a treat bag holder. The background was made using the face image from Autumn Harvest stamp set in Rich Razzleberry ink onto Rich Razzleberry card stock. The image from the Sweet Centers stamp set is stamped onto Whisper White card stock using Old Olive ink. A small cellophane bag is added to the inside and attached with a hole punch to the top and tied together with 1/4" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon.

Totally cute!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

2009 Holiday Mini Catalog

This weekend I had the opportunity to play around with new stamps! You'll notice these next two projects look somewhat familiar to previous posts because they use the same colors and layouts. Just goes to show that you CAN make different cards with limited resources!

The card is a 3"x3" card and the stamp set is Cold & Cuddly from the new 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog. (You can order from it through January 4, 2010.) The seal's hat was cut out and "popped-up" using Stampin' Dimensionals.

This card is one of my favorites. I love the color combination and these little penguins are simply adorable stacked like this. The same stamp set (Cold & Cuddly) was used here too. The card was super simple, but took a little time to line up each penguin with the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Again, you'll note that this card is very similar to a previous post.

This last project also uses the Cold & Cuddly stamp set. It also uses the snowflake image from the Christmas Punch Level 2 hostess set which is designed to be punched out using the Boho Blossoms punch. The colors used are Night of Navy, Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Bashful Blue. It's a small packet to hold a tea bag inside the small cellophane bag that's inside. The bear image was stamped first and then masked over before stamping the iceberg image.

A simple stamping technique that gives "wow" results. I'd be glad to show you how to do it!