Thursday, October 30, 2014

Diorama Christmas Card Recipe

Stampin’ Up! Tutorial November 8, 2014
CASE from Dawn Olchefske

By Carol Christopher

Supplies and tools:
Adhesives (Tombow glue or Snail or Glue Stick, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip p. 204-205)
Whisper White card stock (Neutrals Collection, p. 183)
Pistachio Pudding card stock (InColor 2013-15 Collection, p. 179)
Real Red card stock (Brights Collection, p. 180)
Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack (Holiday, p. 7)
Classic Inkpad or Stampin’ Write Marker: Real Red (p. 180)
Stamp sets: Wondrous Wreath (Holiday, p. 9)
Punches: Tree (Holiday, p. 24), 2 ½” circle (p. 221)
Embossing folder: Perfect Polka Dots (p. 226)
Embellishments: Gold Sequin Trim (p. 206), Rhinestones (p. 209)


Whisper White card stock: 4 ¼” x 5 ½”
Trim the Tree DSP: 4 ¼” x 5 ½”
                  Pistachio Pudding card stock: scrap
                  Real Red card stock: scrap

1.     Punch one tree each from Pistachio Pudding and Real Red. Run through embossing folder.
2.     Score DSP and Whisper White at ½”, 1”, 4 ½”, and 5”.
3.     Push circle punch against top edge of DSP and punch hole in center.
4.     Use circle as a guide to stamp on Whisper White, allowing room for trees.
5.     Put sticky strip to each end flap of Whisper White.
6.     Fold on the score lines in opposite directions on each piece of card.
7.     Adhere DSP to Whisper White.
8.     Place gold sequins randomly using glue dots and put a rhinestone in the center of each.

VOILA!  You’ve created another awesome Stampin’ Up! Card!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Christmas Pop Out Frame or Tunnel Card Recipe

It's been quite a while since I posted on this blog, but being back here is like sitting down with an old friend -- we just pick up where we left off. 

Today, I want to share a card tutorial with you, if you don't mind. I write these for every card we do in my Stampin' Up! workshops, and it seems a waste to share them with only a small number of people. I also feel like I've gotten tremendous support and inspiration from the Stampin' Up! community, so posting a tutorial is one way of giving back. 

I hope you enjoy making this card. It's much easier than it looks, and, as with all technique cards, you can adapt this in dozens of ways to suit the occasion you're celebrating. You can also, of course, change the shape of the aperture inside the card -- you could use the Sunburst framelits, or a circle, or any of the labels that Stampin' Up! has to choose from.

I didn't create the technique, but these measurements and dimensions are what I came up with on my own, as is the design of the card. Feel free to CASE it, but please don't sell it without changing it and making it your own.

Stampin’ Up! Tutorial 
September 27, 2014
By Carol Christopher

Supplies and tools:
Adhesives (Tombow glue or Snail or Glue Stick, Stampin’ Dimensionals p. 204-205)
Whisper White card stock (Neutrals Collection, p. 183)
Mossy Meadow card stock (2014-16 In Color Collection, p. 179)
Cherry Cobbler card stock (Regals Collection, p. 182)
Sahara Sand card stock (Neutrals Collection, p. 183)
Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack (Holiday, p. 7)
Classic Inkpad or Stampin’ Write Marker: Mossy Meadow (p. 179), Early Espresso (p. 183)
Stamp sets: Ornamental Pine (Holiday, p. 27)
Framelits: Labels Collection (p. 231)
Embossing folder: Zig Zag (p. 227)
Tools: Paper Snips (p. 215)

                  Whisper White card stock: 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scrap 1 ¼” x 4”
                  Mossy Meadow card stock: 5 ¼” x 8 ¼”, 4”x 5 ¼”
                  Cherry Cobbler card stock: scrap 1 ½” x 4”
                  Sahara Sand card stock: scrap
                  Trim the Tree DSP:  Two pieces 1 ¾” x 5”

1.     DO NOT SCORE the card base!!!!!
2.     Stamp the pine branch in the center of the larger piece of Whisper White card stock using markers to color stamp.
3.     NOW score the card base at 4 ¼”.
4.     Score the larger piece of Mossy Meadow at 4 1/8”.
5.     Flip to the other side of the Mossy Meadow and score each end at 2 1/16”.
6.     Center the framelit on the Mossy Meadow and cut using the Big Shot. Now you have your window.
7.     Adhere the two ends of the Mossy Meadow on the INSIDE of the card, leaving the center sections
un-adhered so they can pop out when the card is opened.
8.     Adhere DSP to inside end panels.
9.     Dry emboss the smaller piece of Mossy Meadow and adhere to front of card.
10.  Stamp the sentiment on the scrap of Whisper White in Mossy Meadow, then adhere to the Cherry Cobbler scrap. Adhere to front of card.

VOILA!  You’ve created another awesome Stampin’ Up! Card!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Techniques for beautiful papers

I love the Paper Source Blog. This morning, they had a posting on techniques used to make beautiful papers. Thought I would share it with you: Enjoy!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Why is my blog always the last thing I do?

I can't believe I haven't been here since November, but the holidays were busy and things are just settling down. Twink, the Monster Kitten has been sick and required care, and our printer died just before New Year's. Then there was the month-long cold that both I and my DH acquired from some mysterious source that drained all remaining energy. I also took on some contract work that is a lot of fun, and competes with my card-making time. On the Stampin' Up! front, I've had my monthly workshops on the second Saturday of each month, and I did a couple of swaps with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators to celebrate the new Occasions mini and the arrival of Sale-a-Bration. If you're curious about either, just post a comment with your email and I'll save the details for that. And now on for the fun part -- pictures of some of the cards I've been making. I put some of them in my Etsy shop.
This card is based on the design of another SU demo whose name I've lost. Should be more careful.
This card is based on a design by Ilina Crouse.
This card is a CASE of another made by Sandy Mathis.
This card is a CASE of one made by the fabulous Mary Fish.
This card is based on a design by Diana Carr.