Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mother's Day with Easter Blossoms

Hello stampers, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and lots of fun making Easter themed cards. Now its time to move on to the next occasion - Mother's Day is just around the corner, so here is another inspiration for you.

This is a card using the Faux Mother of Pearls technique to achieve the shimmery background. After applying the Shimmer Paint I sponged the card stock with Rose Red ink and wiped off the ecxess ink. Then I stamped the branches in Crumb Cake, stamped the sentiment in Rose Red and matted the picture with Rose Red card stock. I scrunched the ribbon and glued it to the white card stock. Then I stamped the girl with Early Espresso, punched it out with a circle punch and mounted it on a scalloped circle.  The base of the card is Crumb Cake card stock. The frame is embossed with the "Framed Tulips" embossing folder and then I very slightly sponged over the embossed impressions with a sponge dauber and Early Espresso ink to make the design pop a little more. Last step was to attach the miniature rose on the girl's basket.

This card also shows how versatile your stamp sets can be. The stamps are from the set "Easter Blossoms" in the Occasions Mini catalog. I just covered up the Easter eggs in the little basket with a miniature rose and VOILA -  it can be used year round. How cool is that.
You can order all the material through my website, but HURRY, the stamp sets and some of the accessories are from the Occasions Mini (OM) catalog that expires on April 30, 2011.

Easter Blossoms Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

Easter Blossoms (121905 w / 122057 c)
Occasions Mini
Something to Celebrate Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

Something to Celebrate (121897w /121955c)
Hostess level 2
Occasions Mini
PaperCrumb Cake (120953)
Rose Red  (102544)
Whisper White (100730)
Early Espresso (119670)
Crumb Cake (121030)
Rose Red (101778)
Shimmer Paint Frost White (116854)
Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (121809) OM
1/2" Seam Binding Rose Red (121884) OM
2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906) OM
Spinge Daubers (102892)
Dimensionals (104430)
Sponges (101610)
Saran Wrap

Sunday, April 17, 2011


This cart loaded with Easter eggs is another dress-up for the "3-D Rubber Band Activated Pop-Up Box". To see it in action click on the "play"-button of the video below. The stamp sets are from the Occasions Mini 2011. If you would like to make your own  you can find a tutorial here.


Easter Blossoms Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Easter Blossoms (121905 w / 122057 c)
Big Pieces (retired)

Old Olive (100702) - for the grass
Baic Grey (121044) - for the handle
Whisper White (100730)

Extra Large Oval Punch (119859)

Dimensionals (104430)
Glue Dots (103683)

Silver Breds (104336)
Jumbo Eyelets (108432)
Versa Marker (100901)
Sponges (101610)
Word Window Punch (119857)
1 3/8" Circle Punch (119860)
Heat Tool (100005)
Embossing Powder (109130)
Paper Crimper (101618)
Rubber Band


For the wheel I stamped the outer ring of the left stamp and the inner part of the right stamp with Versamark on white carstock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Sponge with Sahara Sand over embossed areas and color with Basic Gray marker around the outer edge of the circle. Repeat for all four wheels and punch out with circle punch.
 Add Jumbo eyelets to the middle of the wheels.
 Make the body of the cart from white card stock. Sponge the edges with Sahara Sand.
 Punch four pieces of white card stock with the word window punch. Cut four stripes of white card stock, 1/4 inch wide, that are as long as the long side of the box.
 Assemble cart rails as shown in the picture and add silver brads. Glue wheels with dimensionals to cart.
 Cut  half an oval of Old Olive card stock as shown in the picture (it does not have to be perfect, it can't be seen once the card is finished). This is the base to which you glue all the eggs and the grass. Stamp about 35 to 40 eggs and cut out. Cut 1/8 inch stripes of Old Olive card stock and run through paper crimper for the grass.
 Glue eggs and green paper strips grass on the Old Olive base. Decorate front and back.
Cut out a 1/4 inch strip and punch a word window from of Basic Grey card stock for the handle. Stamp the sentiment, punch out with oval punch and sponge the edges. Assemble.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Eat Chocolate

I am just in love with this stamp set "Eat Chocolate" (121931 wood, 122006 clear) from the Occasions Mini 2011. It's so much fun to play with it. I used aluminum foil duct tape for the card that I got from a local hardware store because it already has a sticky back and is very easy to work with. The rectangles on the chocolate bar are scored with a bone folder. The card measures 3x6 inches.

It's a wonderful stamp set for many occasions. But hurry and sumit your order right away, stamp sets from the Occasions Mini are only available until April 30, 2011!!!

Eat Chocolate Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Eat Chocolate (121931 w / 122006 c)

Early Espresso (119686)
Chocolate Chip (119926)
Tangerine Tango (111349)
Whisper White (100730)

Basic Black (101179)
Whisper White Craft (101731)

2 3/8 inch Scallop Circle punch (118874)

Dimensionals (104430)
Glue Dots (103683)
aluminum foil tape

binder clip