Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Another month of Scrapbooking

This is the last night of my Scrapbooking class; and again, I used black & white photos of me when I was little. The pictures here are of me on my third and fifth birthdays. As I mentioned on my page, it appears my 3rd Birthday was a party of One :)
These pages were using the Bella Rose designer series papers and the Riding Hood Red cardstock. I used the Big Shot for the cupcake and when the holder was cut out, I ran it through my crimper so it would look more like a cupcake "cup". On the little dots on the cupcake I put on a good amount of my Tombo Multi Purpose glue and added several beads from the "pink glass bead mix". I also used the cupcake from the Sock Monkey set and of course I had to add a few more candles to represent my 3rd birthday. Also used with this page is the Scallop edge punch and then I punched holes in each scallop with my Crop-a-Dile using the smaller hole punch. The red gingham ribbon is tied around the side to give some more texture.
The second page is using the Pink Pirouette cardstock as the base and Riding Hood Red for the 8 1/2 X 11 piece. Also I used the Bella Rose DSP again and some of the red hemp twine. The birthday cake is from the Fun & Fast Notes stamp seet and was stamped on scrap paper, colored, cut out and attached with dimensionals. The greeting at the top is stamped with the Happy Everything stamp set. Again the little cupcakes at the bottom were stamped with the cupcake from the Sock Monkey set and I attached some more of the pink beads on the frosting.

Monday, June 29, 2009

More Scrapbook pages

I was talked into doing a Scrapbook class by my customers, which really freaked me out because I have NEVER done ANY scrapbooking, well, not like we do it now. When I was growing up, scrapbooking was just gluing pictures and newspaper clippings to an already bound scrapbook. At the time it seemed really special, but now it's REALLY BORING. Anyway, I've already shown you a few pages that we did in class; but I have a few more to go, so I will be sharing today and tomorrow what they look like. I always have a problem thinking what pictures to use, so this time I pulled out OLD black & white pictures of me when I was little..... I actually like the pages and my customers said they thought the pages were really fun to make too.
The Walk in the Park Designer Series paper with the grey and pink lent itself to work with the black and white photos. I also used the Basic Grey cardstock to make the "little leaves" with the Big Shot, some grey taffeta ribbon and Cameo Coral cardstock. We also used the retiring "Big Deal Alphabet" (I love this set and hate to see it go) and stamped the letters in Cameo Coral, Basic Grey and Baja Breeze ink. We used some striped Baja Breeze 5/8" ribbon and the Looks Like Spring Stamp Set.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Desktop Card Box/Drawers

This is so cute and fun. The bottom portion is three drawers attached to each other and decorated. I think each drawer could probably hold 5-6 cards with envelopes. Also, the top portion is made like a magazine holder with three slots. Again each slot could hold 5-6 and probably more cards and envelopes. On each side there is another magazine holder box that can hold 5-6 and probably more cards each. Imagine what a store of cards you could have and could have a slot for each type of card you want to have on hand. The small box off to the side is made using the box Bigz Die and the Big Shot and then attaching each side to a box made to fit inside. You can put paper clips, buttons, or anything else you want into this. It's really quite large. This would make a fun gift to give a loved one and stuffed full of home-made cards for them to send out.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Topsy Turvy?

I think I told you that my husband has too much TV time since he retired. I can't remember if I showed you the Topsy Turvy plants holders he bought, but anyway, he put these tiny little tomato plants in them and hung them up. Well, it's probably been over a month, but now look at them. the funny thing is that the branches from the plant grow upwards towards the sun, but after they get heavy they drop down a bit. There have been flowers "ALL OVER THEM" and now we're starting to see tiny little tomatoes... this is really kind of exciting; a new thing to watch. I'm only worried about how far the stems will grow to the ground... I don't know if we can find anything high enough to put these on to keep them off the ground.
How many of you have these? I'm curious to know if you are having the same fun I am with these; let me know how they are working for you.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kristina Werner Color Challenge #55

I wanted to do this challenge all week, but was so busy preparing for a class tonight. I even went as far as to pack up all the supplies to take to work today to try to put this together there, but of course I couldn't. I was really disappointed because I absolutely love these challenges. I also make an effort not to look at everyone elses submissions because I don't want to make something like another one I saw, so if this is similar to someone elses, it's only because of "karma" LOL.

I used one of the new stamp sets from the new catalog called Autumn Days. These colors really lent to that set, even though we are just beginning summer. I used all the colors in the challenge.... the fun part was using my paisley texture plate from Stampin' UP! I also used one of the new punches, can't remember the name of it; but isn't it so cute? The word window punch fits inside perfectly.

Happy Stamping everyone!!!

Card Holder Box

Isn't this just the cutest card holder and cards? This was put together differently that what I've done before. I will be advertising this as a class soon, so let me know if you like it; of course it will be using different designer series papers and maybe a different stamp set, depending on what all the new papers look like.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Remember my little Dwarf Frogs I have in captivity :) I changed their water today and one of the frogs is "thanking me" can't you tell? When I took them out, I couldn't believe how different they are in size. I think the big one doesn't let the little one eat, what do you think? The little one is always pushing himself head down into the rocks; makes you wonder how he gets out of there. You can kind of see him down on the right.....
Guess what? I got my "pre-ordered" stamps and paper from the new 09/10 Idea book & catalog. I can't wait to show you some of the fun things out there. It won't be long and you can all have a catalog of your own. If you would like me to order one for you, please let me know.
If you belong to one of my clubs you will receive a catalog from me FREE!!! Oh Yeah.... let me know if you are interested in my card clubs or scrapbooking clubs for a free catalog and free hostess merchandise during the club time. The new level 1 hostess sets are really cute; and I can't wait to get one of them to use. Remember, the catalogs are only being issued once a year again, so you have a long time to order from each one. This time, you might be able to purchase all your heart desires before they retire.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Another Cute Card Box

Isn't this the cutest????? I showed this to my card club this month and they all want to make it. I found the little notepads at Michaels and knew they would be perfect for this project. The box has a pocket on the front, back and inside all to hold cards. The box can hold 2-3 cards and envelopes in each pocket. The little book on the inside can be used for notes and reminders.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Faux Alligator Purse

Have you seen any of these Faux Alligator purses out there? These are such fun to make and they are soooo easy. As you can see, the basic part of the purse is using the Top Note die cut. I also used the Scallop Oval punch and the Oval All Stamp set. The button is a Kraft Cordueroy button and it's attached to the purse using small velcro dots. The handle is Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. You Like????? I'll be making this in a class soon this summer, so I can give away any secrets yet. :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009


I had to try my hand at the Tri-Shutter card. These are so cute and really VERY easy to make. I wanted a Father's Day card for my card club this month and this is what I finally came up with.
I used The "And Many Mower" stamp set and decorated the card using the Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper. To give it a little extra, I attached one of the filigree pieces to the bottom of the golfer. Cute, huh?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sponging Art

I watched a video that Kristina Werner made sponging over die cuts. I thought it was such a great and fun idea. No card would be alike. I ran several pieces of scraps using my die cuts through my Big Shot and attached to my whisper white cardstock using a temporary adhesive so they could be removed easily. I layed the die cuts where I wanted them on the cardstock, then using my Perfect Plum classic stampin pad and a sponge I began to sponge the entire piece until I was happy with the color. Then I pulled all the pieces off and wah-la..... this is what I got. I love it. I also ran some designer series paper through the Big Shot using my butterfly die and sponged lightly around the edges using the perfect plum ink. I attached to my sponged piece using mini glue-dots then adhered a couple of small half pearls to the top. In the middle of one of the die cuts, I attached a button from the button bouquet with a rhinestone brad through the center again, using mini glue-dots.
I attached this finished piece onto some Elegant Eggplant cardstock, then onto the Baja Breeze card base. Notice the front of the card base is cut shorter on the front side...... I then used a scrap of the Perfect Plum cardstock and punched the edge using the Scallop Edge punch. When I was ready to attach it, I put snail on the top of the front edge of the scalloped piece and laid it on the inside of the card base, lining up with the bottom edge. Then I closed the top over the punched edge and it attached itself to the back of the top portion.
If you watch any of Kristina Werner's videos or see her cards, she actually writes on her cards instead of using stamps. If you know anything about her, her handwriting is so great that when she was working at Stampin' Up some of the handwriting greetings were of her handwriting..... anyway, with my sloppy handwriting, I actually wrote on this card. What's great is that it's so not in a straight line..... sort of like my stamping lol.
I thought this turned out really cute; I'm anxious to try some more sponging over die cuts; there are so many different designs to use. Why don't you try it and send me what you come up with; I would love to see them.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rock-a-Billy Birthday

I don't know about you guys, but I'm really going to miss the Rock-a-Billy Designer Series Paper. I love the shiny designs and they go together so well; and it's fun with the Tart and Tangy stamp set too. I'm also going to miss the Riding Hood Red cardstock, I think it's just the "perfect" red.. not too bright, just right!!!
Anyway, I punched squares out of the Kiwi Kiss cardstock using my 1 3/8" square punch, then I punch squares from the two different papers with cherries using the 1 1/4" square punch and adhered them together. I attached those to the black DSP with the shiny cherries. I ran my Riding Hood Red cardstock through my Big Shot using a texture plate to give it a little more texture. Then using the Riding Hood striped ribbon, I tied a knot in the center and attached to the back of the red cardstock and attached the whole thing to my black card base. I punched out a scallop oval from the Riding Hood Red CS, and stamped a greeting from "It's My Birthday" stamp set, punched out the greeting using the large oval punch and adhered them together. The piece is attached to the card using dimensionals. This is a fun and easy card to put together for a fast Birthday card when you need it.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Last Chance Lists

DON'T FORGET.... you only have two more weeks to purchase the retiring stamp sets and accessories; they won't ever be in the catalog again.
If you haven't noticed, a lot of the accessories are marked down 25% and 50% from the retail prices in the catalog. I actually took advantage of several of the retiring "special" brads at 50% off. I don't usually buy retiring stuff; however, I thought they would be perfect for my own Personal Use. The retiring In-colors are my most favorite of all time... I'm sad to see them go. If you've already noticed, the Baja Breeze sets are going quickly..... If you absolutely love some of the other colors like the Riding Hood Red, now is the time to get them before they are gone forever. The retiring items are only available until theyre gone..... the stampin' up website posts the changes at 3:00pm every day.
Check them out and let me know if you would like to order. You can also order online through my website and have them shipped directly to your door!!
Happy Stamping!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Kristina Color challenge #54 - No #2

I didn't see that we are limited to only one entry any more to the Color Challenge, so I had to do two.
The second one is really basic, but this is the one my husband liked the best. I used the Cheap Talk for the birds and stamped them on scrap paper, cut them out and attached them with dimensionals to the top of the fence. The fence was made using scraps of paper, ran them across my basis black stamp pad and cut the top at an angle. I also make a couple cross boards using the same technique to make a it a "fence". The grass in the background was using the Inspiration by Nature stamp in Galore Green. The sun is using a circle template and sponging the sun with Pumpkin Pie.... sort of a "hazy" look in the sky. The sky is sponged with Bashful blue, leaving spaces to sort of show clouds in the sky. The birds are stamped with Taken with Teal and cut out and placed on the fence with dimensionals. Enjoy!

Kristina Werner Color Inspiration #54

Kristina chooses really fun color challenges each week. I loved these colors.... Taken with Teal, Sky Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Galore Green and Whisper White. I had so many different ideas with these colors. I'm glad we're not limited to one entry; because I had about ideas, but limited myself to two to show you. This is the first one. I used all of the colors. I covered a "retired chipboard circle" with whisper white craft ink" and heated to dry.... then I heated with my heat tool to help dry since it takes a long time by itself to dry; the I stamped the flower image on the chipboard with the flower from the "Simply Said" Stamp Set. I colored the flowers with Taken with Teal and bashful blue and the leaves and stems with Green Galore. I set different papers from from the retired East Coast Prep DSP on the Galore cardstock first, then the stamped chipboard next. I threaded the bashful blue through the card and tied in a knot. I also stamped "A Friend is someone who makes it easy in "Taken with Teal" ink on the side. I don't think it shows up, but I also stamped a few flowers on the DSP with Taken with Teal just to break up the "nakedness" of the right side of the card. Hope you Like it.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Last Chance Lists are Out

The Retired Stamp, Accessories and Decor Elements lists have been released. Click on the list below to view them:

There are lots of retiring accessories that are discounted anywhere from 25% to 50%. You know they won't last long at these prices. If you want in on any of these REALLY GREAT prices either call or email me or you can go to my Stampin' Up website http://www.janetelam.stampinup.net/ and order 24/7 online. Just don't delay or they will be gone.

Happy Stamping!!!