Saturday, July 28, 2012

Birthday Pop-Up Cards

It's been awhile since I've had a day to stamp with a friend.  I always enjoy the times when I do get together to stamp one-on-one because whoever it is, we always have such a great time!
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 My friend (and newest downline member!), Donna M., came over a few weeks ago and we had some stamping fun.  One of the projects we made was this Birthday Pop-Up Card.  I saw it on Lisa Young's blog and had it marked so I could make it sometime.  It's SO cute!  To keep it simple, we made our cards monochromatic, using the Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper.  The saying on the outside of our card is from Delightful Dozen.

I made my card with Marina Mist DSP, ink, and cardstock.  This is the front of the card...

But look at what happens when you open it up!  Isn't that fun?
I didn't put any saying on the inside yet because I'm not sure who I will be sending this to.
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Donna made her card in Daffodil Delight.  Since she knew it was going to be for her niece, she added some flowers made with the Boho Blossoms punch.

And then she got the idea to add flowers on top of all of the pop-up presents! 

Wouldn't you love to get a hand-made card like this for YOUR birthday?  I know I would!
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By the way, if you would like the instructions to make one of these for yourself, you can go HERE and Lisa has step-by-step instructions to make it very easy for you.  If you do, send me a picture of your creation - I'd love to see it!

Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Red, White, and . . . Green?

Do you know what is one of the hardest things about blogging? It's coming up with a "catchy" title!  Especially when I have cards to show you that don't have anything in common except that they're from a swap group.  So many of my posts seem to have the same title, so if you have any ideas as to how I can make them more catchy or clever (catchier? cleverer? nah...), please let me know!
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These are the rest of the cards from our Upscale Swap that was at the end of May.  (I know, I know - I'm falling behind!)  I did notice one "theme" in these cards - they are all made with red, white, and green (Gumball Green, I do believe)!

 Carmen Ramirez - Field Flowers

 Judy DiScipio - Layered Labels

 Yvonne Newborn - Chock-Full of Cheer

Judi Cayton - Just Believe and Aviary
 And I bet you thought they were all going to be Christmas cards, didn't you? 
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So even though my titles aren't necessarily that clever, I hope you enjoy the cards I have to share!  Until next time...

 Jayne Stenstrom

Monday, July 23, 2012

Time for More Upscale Swap Cards

I have been slacking lately!  Must be the heat - it makes me want to just sit like a blob and do nothing...
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Know what I mean?

But since I'm sitting inside in the air conditioning WITH a fan on me, I suppose I can manage to show you some cards from the Upscale Swap Group.
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The first two are made using one of the new hostess sets - Four Seasons.   This little bird is just SO cute!
 Danelle Henry

 Anita Ferre

This card is made with the Everything Eleanor stamp set - so elegant!
 Deb Currier

This card uses the Papaya Collage stamp set.
 Lisa Horton

And this bright, fun card was made with the Make a Cake Stamp set.
Laura Barto

One of the best ways I know to relax is to go stamp in my basement (with a fan on, of course).  Hopefully you've got a way to cool down and relax too.  Until next time...

 Jayne Stenstrom

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Quint-Essential Flower

There is an adorable little stamp in the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog that is really quite versatile.  I'll wait while you go get your catalog and open it up to page 110...
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(I didn't say I'd be patient, though!)  

See the Quint-Essential Flower in the upper right hand corner of the page?  It's a cute stamp, right?  But wait until you see how versatile it is and how many different looks you can get from this one stamp.
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First off is the look you get from just stamping the whole image:
 (This is embossed with Melon Mambo embossing powder, by the way.)

Then here is the second look you get when you use the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle punch and layer that on top of the base.
 (Wild Wasabi embossing powder was used for the second layer.)

Then you can take the 1" Circle Punch and punch out the design from the center and layer that on top.
(This part was inked with VersaMark and Midnight Muse and then embossed with Clear embossing powder.)

Believe it or not, we're not done yet!  The 3/4" Circle Punch was used to punch out another, smaller circle and layer on top.
 (This was embossed with . . .Tangerine Tango embossing powder!)

You might think that was all - and yet, there's one more!  Use the 1/2" Circle Punch to punch out the smallest image and layer that on top.
 (Embossed with VersaMark, Daffodil Delight ink, and Clear embossing powder.)

So are you liking the flower with all of its depth and colors?
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And finally here it is on a card.
 (I used some more of our new items on this card including the Chevron TIEF, Finishing Touches Edgelits, and Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon.)

Can you believe all of the different looks you can get from one little stamp?  I'm always so excited when Stampin' Up! designs stamps that can be used with our punches - it gives you so many more options - and it's so easy!  So now you know that you NEED to get the Quint-Essential Flower stamp, right?
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Until next time...
 Jayne Stenstrom

Monday, July 16, 2012

One Sheet Wonder Purse

As you may know, I just love making unique items from card stock.  I found this wonderful tutorial on how to make a purse from one sheet of 12" x 12" card stock or designer series paper.

Here is the first purse I made using the Comfort Cafe DSP.  It's accented with Soft Suede and Summer Starfruit card stocks.

And here is the purse with a coordinating Post-It Note holder.

When we had our Chalk-a-holics meeting last Friday, one of the projects we made was this purse.  Everyone's turned out so cute - but I forgot to get pictures of the other ones! 
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But I did take pictures of the one I made.
For this one I used the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper!  It has glossy, raised patterns printed on heavy-weight natural paper.  This purse was accented with Chocolate Chip and Brushed Gold card stocks.  I also used an Antique Brad in the center of the front.  It looks like a "real" purse, doesn't it?

I got this pattern from my friend Madeline Morcelo at Ink4U...The Studio!  I don't know if this tutorial is available any longer, but if it is, I would highly recommend getting it.  These are just too cute for words!

Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom

Thursday, July 12, 2012

More Calendar Pages

Do you remember a few months ago when I showed you the desktop calendar I made with some friends?  You don't?  Well, you can go to THIS post to see my first post about it.  I also showed some additional months HERE.  But then "life" got in the way, and I missed posting the past few months.  So I have May, June, and July to show you today.

Unfortunately, some of the stamp sets we used to make this back in January have since retired, but you can still use the layout with another stamp set if you want to make a calendar for yourself.

 May's design was by Lou Ann C.  She used the Bordering on Romance stamp set (pg. 120 of the current IB&C) with Twitterpated DSP (pg. 165 current IB&C) along the top edge.  The bird was punched from that paper with the Bird Builder punch.  I love the soft look of this page.
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 June's bright and cheery page was created by Cindy W.  She used the Upsy Daisy stamp set (now retired) with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie inks and cardstock.  I love how she used the Top Note Bigz Die behind the two circles.  It just makes you happy looking at it, doesn't it?

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July was my design!  We each designed two months - our "birthday" month and one other.  January was the other month that I designed (you can see that on the first link above).  Usually for July you will see something patriotic because of the 4th, but I wanted to do something a little different.
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I kept the basic red, white, and blue colors, but I used them in flowers and a butterfly.  The flowers are from Field Flowers stamp set (pg. 78 IB&C) and the butterfly is from Kindness Matters.  The paper is actually from last year's Letters to Santa DSP, which you would normally think of for Christmas, but the angled stripe was perfect for my design.  I was pretty pleased with how it came out.  Patriotic, but with a twist!

I'm really enjoying looking at each month when I "flip" my calendar.  I hope we're able to get together and make another one for next year!  I love stamping with my friends.

Until next time...
 Jayne Stenstrom