Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Baby Bear

I am very happy to report that the Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch are going to be carried over! I'm happy because I can get a head start on next year's Christmas cards, but also because the little bear in that set makes the perfect "welcome baby" card.

One of my stamping team recently had a baby girl, so I needed to acknowledge that momentous occasion! To be honest, she is more than just part of my team, she is also a dear friend and one of the sweetest, most generous people you could ever meet. Her husband is, too. (He installed the new flooring in the kitchen and dining room of the house we sold last year, and it made such a huge difference in the way the house presented! There was truly awful old carpet in the dining room....ugh.) But I digress...

Anyway, I am so happy for them and for their other little girl, who is a big sister now!

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Whisper White 2-1/4" x 3" and 3" x 4"
 Mat: Pink Pirouette 3" x 4"
 Greeting: Whisper White scrap
 DSP: Subtles DSP stack 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Pink Pirouette 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp bear in crumb cake on smaller white cardstock. Stamp face in Early Espresso. Punch out with builder punch.
  2. Stamp ears in Crumb Cake on larger white cardstock, about 1" from top. Lay bear over to see where the oval Framelit needs to be, leaving an even border around the bear. Die cut using largest Stitches Shapes oval.
  3. Die cut Pink Pirouette cardstock with largest scalloped oval die. On the leftover scrap, stamp the bow in Melon Mambo (stamped off once), and punch with the builder punch.
  4. Adhere stitched oval to scalloped oval. Adhere bear to stitched oval with dimensionals. Attach bow with liquid glue. Add three of the smallest pearls to bow.
  5. Stamp greeting (Badges & Banners) in Soft Suede, color letters with Pink Pirouette marker, and punch with banner punch. Attach under bear with liquid glue.
  6. Adhere DSP (I used retired DSP) to card base. Adhere doily (also retired) to DSP.
  7. Attach ovals with bear to doily with dimensionals. Add medium pearls under greeting.
Remember, the Cookie Cutter bundle is retiring, but you will still be able to get the stamp set and builder punch separately....just not at the bundle discount!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Crunch Time

It sounds like I'm making some yummy holiday treat, doesn't it? Alas, that's not the case. I'm running out of time to get my Christmas cards finished and in the mail (that last part is crucial, lol). So today I have a simple card that uses one of the retiring sets from the holiday catalog, and it qualifies for two challenges....the Freshly Made Sketches sketch challenge #265, and the CASology cue word "candle."

I think this will be a card that I can produce in multiples pretty quickly. There isn't much coloring to do, and I can die cut the Stitched Shapes Framelit and scalloped circle Framelit in one pass through the Big Shot.

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Shimmery White 3" x 3"
 Mat: Gold Foil 3" x 3"
 Greeting: Shimmery White 1/2" x 3-5/8"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp sunburst (Kinda Eclectic) in Crushed Curry on card front.
  2. Stamp candle (Jar of Cheer) in Basic Black, let dry, and color with blender pens. I used Real Red, Garden Green, and Crushed Curry. Stamp dots in So Saffron. Die cut with second largest Stitched Shapes circle.
  3. Die cut gold foil with third largest scalloped circle die. Adhere image to gold mat. Use dimensionals to adhere image over sunburst on card.
  4. Stamp greeting (Holly Berry Happiness) in Real Red on strip. Cut banner ends. Adhere to card with dimensionals.
See how easy that was? How are YOUR Christmas cards coming along? A hand crafted card is like a hug with a fold in the middle!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Easel Calendar Tutorial

Wow, was I ever surprised at the enthusiastic response for a tutorial on the easel calendars! Holy smokes, I never knew there were so many lurkers visitors to my blog!
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Okay, here you go. It may look like there are a lot of steps, but that's because I broke it down into little bites for beginning stampers. For you "seasoned stampers", it's really just a simple easel card with pockets added for the pen and note pad.

At the bottom are links to some non-Stampin' Up! products that I used (like the calendars & mini pens) as well as the SU products used. They worked for me, so they should for you, too!

Now on to the show! We will start by cutting all the components needed. Choose coordinating or contrasting colors, and decide which ones will be the base, pockets, DSP and mats. PLEASE NOTE: Click on any photo for a closer view of details!

Tools needed:
 Stampin' Trimmer
 Bone Folder
 Sticky Tape (Tear & Tape is too wide - see notes below)
 Liquid glue
 Paper snips

Cardstock cuts:
 Easel base: 4-1/4" x 8-1/2"
 Front (same color as base): 4-1/4" x 4-1/4"
 DSP: Two pieces 4" x 4"
 Mats for DSP: Two pieces 4-1/8" x 4-1/8"
 Sticky note pocket: 3-7/16" x 4-3/4"
 Pen pocket: 2" x 3-3/16"
 Mat for calendar: 2-3/8" x 3-1/16" (I used a double mat on this one, cut 1/8" larger. If using a different size calendar, cut your mat 1/8" larger than the calendar.)

  1. For the easel base, we are working from right to left on scoring. Slide the base into your trimmer from the right side (long edge against the bottom stop), up to the 4-1/4" mark. Score with the bone folder in the groove of the trimmer, then slide cardstock to left (line up edge at 6-3/8") and score again. (Note: I line up the first score line at the 2-1/8" mark so I don't have to open the trimmer. I prefer using a bone folder in the groove on the trimmer for a deeper score line.)

  2. Fold in a Z fold and add two strips of adhesive. Attach the 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" front piece.

  3. Adhere DSP squares to their mats, and then fasten one to the front and one inside of the easel. (Note: At this point you can add a doily or die cut that will peek out the top of the note pocket. Make sure you glue all edges down well, so the note pad doesn't catch on it when it's inserted into the pocket!)

  1. For the pen pocket, we are working from left to right on scoring. With the long edge against the stop, score cardstock at 1/2".

  2. Rotate so short side is against stop and score at 1/4". Slide cardstock to the right so edge lines up with 3/4" and score again.

  3. Rotate cardstock 180 degrees (so the opposite short edge is against stop) and repeat, scoring at 1/4" and 3/4".

  4. Your scorelines should look like this:
  5. Fold inward on all scorelines. Use your bone folder for a nice, sharp crease. Cut from bottom up to scoreline on all four creases. (Note: I cut a very narrow V shape notch to make things tuck together better.) Trim off short outside flaps.
  6. Flip over and add adhesive strips to long outside flaps. Fold up sides and then bottom flaps to form pocket. Add adhesive to hold bottom flaps closed.

  1. For sticky note pocket, we are working from left to right on scoring. You will score three sides (one long edge and both short edges) at 1/4" and 3/4" as you did before. Starting with short edge against stop, slide cardstock to right of groove. With edge at 1/4" score with bone folder; slide to right again and score at 3/4". Rotate so long edge is against stop and repeat for both short sides.

  2. Your scorelines should look like this:
  3. Fold inward on all scorelines. Crease with bone folder. Cut from bottom up to second scoreline along creases on both sides, as shown.
  4. Trim off sides in a stair-step.
  5. Flip over and add adhesive strips to both sides and bottom edge.
  6. Peel back some of the adhesive liner on one side, tuck the flap in, and fold the bottom up over the side flap so that it's held by the adhesive. Repeat for other side. (Note: Having the side flaps inside the bottom flap helps guide the note pad into the pocket so it doesn't get hung up on the bottom flap.) Use your bone folder to get into the points when attaching sides.

  1. Hold the pen and note pockets together on the easel front to get a feel for how much of a border there will be on each side.
  2. Peel off adhesive liners from note pocket and adhere to easel having bottom edge even with edge of DSP (not all the way to the bottom!). Use the bone folder to press the seams down inside to adhere firmly.
  3. Add a strip of adhesive to left side of note pocket, if desired. (I did just to be sure everything was firmly stuck together.)
  4. Peel off adhesive liners on pen pocket and side of note pocket. Carefully line everything up and press in place. Use a pencil or chopstick to press the seams down inside the pen pocket.

  5. Add a greeting, matted and popped up on dimensionals near the bottom of the inside to hold the easel in an open position.
  6. Adhere calendar to mat and then to front of easel. Decorate as desired!
The mini calendars are from Sky Blue Pink. I used the large size ones that are 2-1/4" x 3" (actually 2-15/16").
These are the mini pens used. I got 18 of them for less than $7.
Sticky tape - this stuff is 6mm wide (slightly less than 1/4") which is perfect for this project!

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