Sunday, April 5, 2009

B is for Birthday Character Cards

Lalalala, Lalalala Elmo's Song!
Lalalala, Lalalala Elmo's Song!
La la la la laaaa La la la la
That's Elmo's Sooooooong!

Check this out! I saw this idea a while ago and decided that I must, must, must expand it! I used the Big Shot and punches EXTENSIVELY with all of these cards and they were tons of fun to make. Ernie and Burt had the most free hand cutting. My personal favorites are Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo probably because they are the quickest and easiest to make [you know me with simple, quick and easy]. Big Bird is also fun!

The inside of these cards are what I love the most! I used the stamp set "Just B'' and stamped "B" "is for Birthday"! How cute is that! LOVE IT!

Leave me a comment and tell me what YOU think. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Project Supplies:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Scalloped Frame Oval Die
Scalloped Circle Die
Stampin' Up's Top Note Die
Textured Plates - Large Dots
Sanded Background Stamp'
Just B Stamp Set
1 3/8" Circle Punch
1 1/4" Circle Punch
1" Circle Punch
3/4" Circle Punch
1/2" Circle Punch
Large Oval Punch
Wide Oval Punch
Paper Snips

Friday, April 3, 2009

Stamping on Candles - Tutorial

OH MY WORD! Stamping on candles is one of the MOST FUN techniques EVER!!!!!!! It is so easy! Anyone can do it! Too bad I didn't discover this earlier. They make such great gifts! I want to thank for posting this fabulous idea!

Project Supplies:

Morning Soft Stamp Set

Tissue Paper
Wax Paper
Barely Banana Stampin’ Write Marker

Summer Sun Stampin’ Write Marker
Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Marker

Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker
Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker

StazOn® Ink - Jet Black
Heat Tool
StazOn® Cleaner


  • Stamp “flower” image on tissue paper in Jet Black StazOn ink.

  • Color in flower using Summer Sun Marker for petal highlights, Barely Banana Marker for the main part of the flower, and Pumpkin Pie Marker for the center of the flowers. Use Old Olive Marker for leaf highlights and Certainly Celery Marker for the main part of the leaf.

  • Cut out your stamped images fairly close to the edges.

  • Take a piece of wax paper and cut it so that it is not any taller than the candle being used and long enough so that it wraps completely around the candle and then some.

  • Take your first stamped image and place it on the candle. Then place the wax paper on top and wrap the wax paper around the candle. Wing out the extra wax paper and pinch close with your fingers making sure the wax paper is tight against the candle.

  • Heat up your Heat Tool for 30-40 seconds until it is nice and hot. Moving quickly, wave it over the area where the stamped image is; be sure to keep the wax paper nice and tight. Every candle will have a different wax melting point, but you should see a change begin to take place within a few seconds. As the candle heats up, the pressure from the wax paper should push the image into the melting wax of the candle, embedding the image and leaving your image intact.

  • Slowly peel the wax paper off the candle.

  • You can do numerous images on one candle; just place another image and move the wax paper. It is best to try and not use the same spot on the wax paper for each image, but you can use 1 piece of wax paper numerous times.

SAB 3x6" Die-cut DSP Card - Congrats Tutorial

Another SAB creation that I thought you might like. If you don't have these sets or papers, just use the layout and other stamp sets! This card is 3x6" on Stampin' Up!s Textured Sahara Sand CS. FABULOUS! It also utilizes the Big Shot [my favorite tool, right now, next to the punches] with the "Flower Burst" Embosslit and "Little Leaves" Sizzlit. I absolutely adore these two little dies. So stinkin' cute!!!

I also used the sponging technique with the "negative" from the Little Leaves die-cut to decorate the background of the left front and bottom right of the inside of the card. Use the Stampin' Sponges and Certainly Celery Ink. Super easy and very fun!

Project Supplies:
Congrats (#113770, Mini p.4, SAB)
Polka Dot Punches (#113788, Mini p.9, SAB)
Sahara Sand, 12x12 Textured: 6x3” (#108693, p.153, $11.95)
Bashful Blue: Scrap (#105120, p.155, $5.50)
So Saffron: 2 ½ x 2 ½” (#105118, p.155, $5.50)
Certainly Celery: 2 ½ x 3 ½” (#105125, p.155, $5.50)
*Delicate Dots DSP: 5¾ x 2¾” (#114674, Mini p.8, SAB)
So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad® (#105213, p.155, $5.95)
Bashful Blue Classic Stampin’ Pad® (#105209, p.155, $5.95)
Certainly Celery Classic Stampin’ Pad® (#105217, p.155, $5.95)
Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad® (#109120, p.153, $5.95)
1¼” Circle Punch (#104403, p.184, $15.95)
1/16” Circle Punch (#101227, p.184, $8.95)
Stampin’ Up Little Leaves Sizzlits Die (#114511, p.200, $4.95)
Stampin’ Up Flower Burst Embosslits Die (#114515, p.202, $11.95)
Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439, p.193, $99.95)
Stampin’ Sponges (#101610, p.190, $3.50)
Circle Rhinestone Brads - Ice - Blue (#109111, p.174, $10.95)
“Dress Up” Ribbon Originals, 3½” (#114317, p.178, $12.95)
  • Fold Sahara Sand CS in half.
  • Die cut the following with the Multi -Purpose Platform on Tab #1, the Cutting Pads and the Big Shot : *The “Little Leaves” Sizzlit and Certainly Celery CS & *The “Flower Burst” Embosslit folder and So Saffron CS.
  • Pop the “leaves” out and use the negative to sponge some leaves on the LEFT side of the DSP and the bottom RIGHT of the inside of the card in Certainly Celery Ink.
  • Stamp “polka dot burst” image onto scrap Bashful Blue CS in Bashful Blue Ink. Punch out with 1¼” Circle Punch. Punch center with 1/8” Circle Punch and insert blue Rhinestone Brad.
  • Stamp “congratulations” on bottom RIGHT of DSP in Basic Gray Ink. Adhere 3½” So Saffron “Dress Up” Originals Ribbon with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Stamp “you’ve outdone yourself” on the bottom RIGHT of the inside of the card in Basic Gray Ink.
  • SNAIL a third over from the LEFT side. Adhere DSP to gift card.
  • Adhere die-cut “leaves”, “flower burst” and “polka dot burst” rhinestone circle to LEFT side of DSP.

Sale-A-Bration Aftermath

HAPPY SPRING! It is here. The birds are chirping and eating my bird feeder empty every three days. The stream out back is full and running. The crocuses are peeking out from the ground! We had a 61 degree sunny afternoon yesterday that willed us to be outside without coats, hats and mittens, and the kids and I actually did some planting! We went for an after dinner walk to view the pond and visit the farm up in back of us. It was a lovely day! And with all of that, believe it or not, we STILL have some snow on our property! I hope it melts soon so we can clean up from the winter ice storm. We have sticks, trees and branches everywhere!

So Sale-A-Bration is officially over, but I wanted to show this lovely card that was sent to me by a super talented friend, Kristi. Thanks, Kristi!

She made this using all SAB materials and I thought you might want the idea for all those fabulous goodies you accumilated during SAB this year! Kristi also loves doing fabulous, quick and easy cards. She is an inspiration! Check it out!

Project Supplies:

  • Polka Dot Punches Stamp Set - SAB '09
  • Congrats Stamp Set - SAB '09
  • Delicate Dots DSP - SAB '09
  • Bashful Blue CS
  • Sahara Sand CS
  • So Saffron CS
  • So Saffron 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - SAB '09 - Ribbon Bundle
  • Scalloped Circle Punch
  • 1/16" Circle Punch
  • Rich Regals Brads
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