Saturday, October 30, 2010

Chapstick Holder Cards

Hi Everybody.

Today I have a little tutorial to share with you.  I in no way designed this tutorial, but I did revise one I found a little to get the size I was looking for.  The original tutorials are from Sarah's Ink Spot Blog and Yvette's Paper Garden, be sure to check out their blogs.

This is the final product, and I think it makes a great gift or stocking stuffer.

Step 1

Cut 2 different colors of cardstock 5 3/4" x 2 3/4" ( I used Garden Green and Bravo Burgungdy) and score them both at 2 1/2" x 3 1/4". I then ran the Bravo Burgundy through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.

Step 2

Fold your Garden Green Cardstock on the second score line from the left.  Put a pencil mark along that score line at 1 1/8" and 1 5/8" from the top.
Step 3

Using your Snips start at the 1 1/8" pencil mark & cut from the second score line to the first one (keep cardstock folded on the second line while cutting) and then repeat starting at the 1 5/8" pencil mark.
Once you make the cuts this is what your card should look like from the outside.

And inside.

And that center piece is where you would place your chapstick (Burt's Bees is my favourite chap stick).

Step 4
Put your adhesive on the outside of your Garden Green CS, be sure not to put any on the center part that folds in and holds your chapstick.

Step 5

When you attach the Garden Green to the Bravo Burgundy I found it was easiest if I started with the center panel first.
Step 6

Because the Bravo Burgundy was embossed it is going to be slightly smaller then your Garden Green, I just cut that excess off. 

When you're all done just punch your hole with a 1/8" hole punch and use ribbon to tie the card shut. 
Here are 2 more Chapstick Card Holders.

Cardstock:  Bravo Burgundy, Garden Green, Real Red, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Ink: Marina Mist, Read Red
Stampin' Write Markers:  Garden Green, Early Espresso, Real Red
Stamp Sets:  Tags til Christmal
Punches:  Decorative Label, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/8" Hole Punch
Accessories:  Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls, SNAIL, Paper Snips, 1/8" Whisper WhiteTaffeta Ribbon, 1/8" Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

  1. I hope the directions are clear, but if you have any questions please feel free to email me at
I love to see what you come up with.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Friday Mashup! Challenge

I haven't done any challenges lately, and since I love playing with bleach so much I figured why not apply this technique to a challenge.  The challenge for today is a color challenge and it's from a new challenge blog I recently found called Friday Mashup!  Here are the colors for the Mashup! Challenge #15.

I used the same layout as the card I posted earlier today, with just a few changes and an added layer for the card for this challenge.

Card Stock:  Old Olive, More Mustard and Cajun Craze
Ink:  Versamark, Cajun Craze
Stamp:  Day of Gratitude
Punches:  Decorative Label Punch
Accessories:  5/8" Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, SNAIL, Stamping Sponges, Paper Snips, Powder Pals, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy

  1. The process is exactly the same as in the previous post, here.  I stamped the image with versamark, then with Cajun Craze Classic Ink and then used Clear Embossing Powder to heat emboss it.
  2. I did the same thing with the leaves on the first layer of the card to create my own designer series paper.
  3. I sponged around the edge of all the different layers of the More Mustard card stock with Cajun Craze Ink.
  4. I colored the medallion from Day of Gratitude with bleach and used the Heat Tool to speed up the drying process.
I hope you enjoy, and be sure to check out Friday Mashup! and all the other entries for their color challenge this week.

Playing in Bleach Again

I'm really enjoying the look you get from using bleach in stamping, I've made a couple different cards today using the bleached out technique.  This is first card I did today, it's with the Day of Gratitude stamp set.

Card Stock:  Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, More Mustard
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Versamark
Stamps:  Day of Gratitude
Punches:  Decorative Label Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Accessories:  SNAIL, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Stamping Sponges, Embossing Buddy, Powder Pals, Basic Pearls, Aqua Painter, Bleach

  1. I've heard several times that you can heat emboss with the Stampin' Up! Classic Ink Pads, and today I decided to try it and see.
  2. The secret to embossing with the Classic Ink pads is to stamp your image with Versamark and then stamp onto your Classic Ink Pad with any color.
  3. Well, as you can see, it works.  So, it's official you don't need to buy the SU! Craft Ink Pads to heat emboss, all you need is your Versamark.  I'm glad I finally tried this.
  4. Once I stamped and heat embossed my image then I colored it with my Aqua Painter and bleach.  You need to be careful not to get too much bleach on your stamped image because the first time I did it some of the stamped image lost its color.
  5. You can use your Heat Tool to try the bleach quickly, but don't get it too close to your paper.

So, what do you think?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Faux Silk

Two posts in the same week, somebody stop me I'm out of control.  I am on technique overload this week.  Today I tried the faux silk look;  I'll be honest I was very doubtful about this whole process, but I gotta say I like it, a lot.  So, here is my card, what do you think?  Follow this link to the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers and try it outself for yourself.

I made the picture extra large hoping you can see the effect the tissue paper makes on the card.

Card Stock:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White
Stamps:  A Day of Gratitude (in the Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie
Punches:  Curly Label Punch
Accessories:  Sponge Daubers, Anywhere Glue Stick, SNAIL

  1. I have to be honest, I don't have any's that easy.

If you try this technque I'd love to hear about, and post a link so I can check it out.  Bye for now.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Iris Fold

I'm really excited to share this card with you today, I've been thinking about trying the Iris Fold Technique and I just bought the perfect stamp set to do it with.  I got the technique from Splitcoast Stampers, and you can find it here.  Splitcoast calls it the Iris Twist, but its all the same thing no matter what you call it.  Anyway, here's the story of how I ended up with the finished product.  The first time I did it I used the Ornament Punch and some Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Since I didn't know how this was going to turn out I didn't want to use my Christmas DSP, so I used the In Color Designer Series Pack with Concor Crush cardstock, and this was how that turned out.

And this is how the back of the card stock looked.

I think it turned out pretty good and I could easily layer that on a card base and it wouldn't be too heavy.  So now I move on to the stamp set I want to do this technique with, Christmas Collage.  I stamped the image, used the Extra Large Scallop punch to punch out the "25" because that is where I want to do the iris fold.  I'm still not ready to use my Christmas DSP yet, so no problem I'll try it with Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke.  The tutorial tells you to cut a 1 inch strip of DSP and then fold it in half, and I think that fold definitely adds something to the overall look of the Iris Fold.  So, I stamp my image in Cherry Cobbler, and start layering my cardstock, (insert doh! and slap on the forehead here - don't try this at home).  I got about halfway through and realized this isn't going to work out so great, but what the heck I was half way there so why stop now.  This is how it looked.

Now either you knew right away why this wasn't going to work, or your looking at the picture thinking that's not so bad, I don't see anything wrong with it.  So I will show you a little close up.

And in case that isn't working for you let me just show you the back.

And there it is, if I tried to layer that on a card base there would be a 1/4 of an inch space between the base and the layer, and I'm sure some extra postage with it.  So now I'm bummed because I really want to use these colors and I'm still not willing to use my DSP.  And as I watch my cat Muzby try to get at my ribbon it hits me, I have some beautiful 1/2" Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke Seam Binding.  Yep, I'm excited again!  And so I saved the best picture for last.

Don't you just love it?   I think it turned out awesome and it layers on the card base without a problem.  Now I know, the card can use some more work and I want to play around with the area that is punched out.  I just couldn't wait to share the card especially since I haven't seen anyone else do this technique with this card yet.
Anyway, I hope you're as excited about this card as I am, I'd love to know what you all think. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I'm Back and With a New Technique

I'm finally back, and with a card of my own...not just a swap to post (I just looked back and I haven't had an original post since September 12th!).  I've been surfing through Splitcoast Stampers quite a bit lately and decided to try some of the techniques they have on their website, not just read them.  I love trying new techniques, it always amazes me just all we can do with a little ink and some paper.  Anyway, here is my card for today.

This card was done using bleach, and the tutorial for it is called Bleached Out Images.  No sense in me recreating the wheel, so just follow the link if you want the tutorial.

Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry
Stamps:  Fast and Fabulous
Ink: Versamark
Accessories:  5/8" Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, SU Black Embossing Powder, Powder Pals, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Aqua Painter, Chlorox Bleach, SNAIL

  1. Remove all pets from the area!  I don't know about you, but I can't do anything without my cat Muzby with her nose in it!
  2. Make sure you have something under your card stock when "coloring" with the bleach, depending on how much you use it could seep through.
  3. The more bleach you apply the lighter the paper will become.
  4. You can use your heat tool to speed up the drying process.
I hope you enjoy, and always feel free to email me with questions.

Monday, October 4, 2010

More Hamilton Regionals Swaps

Chrystal Decoste
Such beauty in simplicity...definitely going to use this one as a Christmas card this year.

Debby Tiede
On the back of the card where Debby listed the products she used it doesn't say anyting about Smooch Spritz or Shimmer Paint, but it definitely looks like she used something like that on the Garden Green Top Note Die cut out.  It's very shiny and has a great look.

Diane Arazy
My friend Diane made this swap.  I love this stamp set, she did a great job with the card.

Kathy Lowndes
I need to use my crimper more.

Jennifer Werenich
I never had any desire to buy the Star Punch, but guess what's on my wish list now.

Katherine Heist
I don't usually make Halloween cards, but if I did, I would definitely case this one.  The Spider Web Embossing Folder was used on Vellum Cardstock and the spider was made with a Glitter Brad.  Very sharp looking.

Lois Leitch

Lori Ribotti
I'm not sure if you can tell, but the Ornament Punch in the center is 3D.

April Waite
Not your typical Christmas colors, but I like it.

Karen Capern

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hamilton Regionals

On September 25th Stampin" Up! had a Regionals in Hamilton, Ontario and so I got to go.  I went with my upline Mary Rodgers and a 'sister' stamper and friend Diane Arazy.  It was my first Stampin' Up! event and so needless to say I was very excited.  I got to meet Shelli Gardner (SU! CEO and co-founder) and Heather Summers (check out her blog, who is just one of my favourite stampers, I visit her blog often for inspiration and smiles.

Anyway, the regionals were a lot of fun, there was lots of energy, excitement, and a ton of inspiration.  I only had time to make 50 swaps for the event, but I got a lot of great cards to show you and some great ideas to CASE.  I also learned several new techniques that I can't wait to try out and show you.

So, lets get on with it ~ here are some of my favourite swaps.  If the stampers included their name and/or website then I will list it below the card.  Unfortunately there are several people that didn't include their name.  If you see a card with no name and you know who made it, please let me know so that I can give them credit.

Caroline LeBel
This is one of my favourite swaps, and I'm thinking about using it as one of my Christmas cards this year.  This was made

Dina Anker
The blue with the 'just for you' stamped at the top comes out, and can be used as a book mark.

Joan Leblanc
I love the Baja Breeze and Night of Navy together.  The silver embossing on the Baja Breeze is not something I would have thought to do, but I love it.

Kim Assaly
The Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake together is a great combination.  I wasn't sure I liked the Crochet Trim Chantilly Ribbon, but the more I see it the more I like it.

Kristal Mantle
Don't you just love how Kristal a stamp from the Awash with Flowers set to make the skirt on the girl.  Ingenious if you ask me.  Shelli Gardner obviously thought so too becasue this was one of the two cards that she picked as her favourites of the swaps.

Laura Robinson

No name was included.
I learned something new with this swap.  The line of glitter across the card was done with placing a strip of Sticky Strip across the card and adding Glitter to it.

Patricia Blagdon-Williams
This was made using the Snowflakes #2 Original Die and the Big Shot to cut the snowflake out of a soda can.

Sheila Edwards

Stephanie David

Wendy Tompkins
This is another I think I may CASE for my Christmas cards this year.

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to come back tomorrow for more swaps.