Sunday, July 10, 2011

Clean and Simple Lace Ribbon Border Cards

I'm on a roll making sets of cards these days! A US Stampin' Up Demonstrator posted this beauty on our demo only site, and it got my brain rolling. I thought it would make a sweet baby shower card, so created the card below....

Once my Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set was out, I started to look at all those fabby sentiments, and thought it would make a very classy Sympathy Card. So....the next card was created!

Once I used the black on the sympathy card, I started to think a black and silver version would make a stunning Wedding card....

And finally, the fun pops of color were begging to be made into a Birthday card!

Hope you liked these cards. I think I will continue and make them with more sentiments from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set. Can't you see a gorgeous Real Red and Gold one for Christmas?!?

Ingredients: (All SU! unless otherwise noted)
Whisper White CS, Basic Black CS, Real Red Classic Ink + CS, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink + CS, Daffodil Delight Classic Ink + CS, Pacific Point Classic Ink + CS, So Saffron Classic Ink + CS, Silver CS and embossing folders from my stash, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Well-Worn Numbers, Well Worn Alphabet, Lace Ribbons Border Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch

Friday, July 8, 2011

Quick Cards a la Color Coach!

You've seen this card recently, so ignore the actual layout for a bit, and come tour the amazing Color Coach with me! This is probably my MOST used tool when it comes to my creating. When I'm at a loss for a color combo, I flip it open, pick a color I'd like to use, and then on the back, there are 2 different combos to choose from. Sometimes I look at the suggested colors and think they will never work together, but each time I use them, I fall in love with a new combo!

So in the samples below, I've made 2 of the same cards using the 2 suggested color combinations. In all cases, the card on the left is from the "Creative Combination" suggestions, and the cards on the right are from the "Sweet Set" suggestions. I find it soooo interesting that all the cards have such a different feel, depending on which colors were used!


Left card: Wisteria Wonder, Luck Limeade, Elegant Eggplant
Right card: Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette and Cherry Cobbler (I have to admit, this was a combo I thought would look terrible, but I LOVE it!!!)

Left card: Pool Party, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy
Right Card: Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip

Left Card: Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Perfect Plum
Right Card: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight

Left card: Island Indigo, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade
Right Card: Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry

Left card: Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight
Right Card: Calypso Coral, Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey

Ingredients: (All SU!)
Classic Inks are listed above, Whisper White CS, all 5 new In Colors CS, Printed Petals Stamp Set, School Book Serif Alphabet, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, July 7, 2011

FREE Chocolate Bar Slider Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share with you instructions on making a chocolate bar slider, with gift card slider. Just so you know, I certainly wasn't the creator of the slider idea, it's been around for a long time, but I have adapted it for many different shapes and sizes of candy boxes. The measurements below will fit a Lindt chocolate bar, but once you have put one together, I think you will find it easy enough to adapt to any size as well. Hope you enjoy!

Do you recognize this card? It's an altered layout from an old SU! sample, we made 3x3's of this card at an open house I had here last year!

The "gift card slider" attached to the front of the chocolate bar slider is sized so that it fits a standard credit card sized gift card. It also fits Canadian or American bills when folded into fourths!

The main body is an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of CS, scored at 1", 1 3/8", 5", and 5 3/8". The pencilled centre part indicates the size of DSP you would use for this size slider (3 3/8" x 7 1/2") Apply sticky strip where the red marks are, on the right edge and all across the bottom. Sorry the image is so light! My scoring measurements above are correct, so you can trust me and just wing it with an 8 1/2" square sheet of CS if you can't see the diagram below ;0)

After everything is scored and taped, wrap the left and right edges around, and seal, leaving the bottom open for the moment. Then squeeze the bottom closed in the CENTRE and work your way to the left and right edge so that it is flat. Both sides should look like the one on the right below, I didn't do the left edge in this photo, to highlight the difference.

Once both sides are squeezed flat, put the bottom inch through a crimper to give it that appearance. Apply your DSP now (3 3/8" x 7 1/2"), before you add the gift card slider to the front.

Below is the gift card slider measurements. It is definitely shown not to size. Start with a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of CS, and score at 1/2", 5/8", 2 7/8", and 3". Turn CS 45 degrees clockwise so bottom is at left side of your score tool. Score again at 1/2" and 5/8". The pencilled centre is showing the size of DSP to use (2 1/8" x 2 3/4"). Cut out the bottom left and right corners as shown (my left corner has been cut out in sample, my right corner has not yet been cut out). Apply sticky strip to 3 sides (where red lines are) and fold box to adhere to chocolate bar slider box. I found it easiest to decorate the front prior to taping it and adhering to the box.

So here's the coolest part of this slider. When you put one together and pull the chocolate bar out, you will be amazed! To get the smooth magical removal of the bar, follow these steps. After punching holes in the front centre of BOTH sliders, thread the ribbon through the holes (23" ribbon for the chocolate bar part, 11" ribbon for the gift card part)

With the ribbon poking out the the hole in the FRONT of the slider, lay the chocolate bar (or gift card) ON the ribbon, so that the rest of the ribbon is behind the chocolate bar (or gift card). Hold the front piece of ribbon and push the chocolate bar down into the slider, so that the ribbon is going inside the slider, but down around the chocolate bar and then up the backside of the chocolate bar. The two ends should now be poking out the top, the front through the hole, and the bottom is sandwiched between the chocolate bar and the inside back of the slider. Tie a knot fairly firmly next to the top of the chocolate bar. Start to pull your chocolate out by pulling gently on the knot of the ribbon, and you'll see the magic! Now follow all those steps again for the gift card part.

I hope this all made sense, and you enjoy creating your own sliders! I'd love to see your samples, so please leave me a link to a photo of one of your own sliders in the comments below so I can check out your creation!

Have a great day everyone!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


So sweet! Yesterday I told you L'il C was invited to a friends cottage this week. Well, this is the card I secretly snuck into her suitcase to say "Hi" when she unpacked! Lucky for me, I found a dollar store pack of rhinestone in my stash that almost perfectly matches the new In Color, Pool Party! I can see them being shown around here a lot now!!!

Ingredients: (All SU! unless otherwise mentioned)
Not Quite Navy CS and Classic Ink, Whisper White CS, So Saffron Classic Ink, Pool Party Classic Ink, Printed Petals Stamp Set, School Book Serif Alphabet (retired), 2 3/8"Scallop Circle Extra Large Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, rhinestone from my crafty stash.

Come back tomorrow for a FREE (my 1st evah!!!) tutorial on my Chocolate Bar Sliders, with gift card holder. Hope you enjoy!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

So stinkin' cute, right???

Hey all! An idea from Becky Roberts I totally couldn't pass up! L'il C was invited to her girlfriends cottage this week, and I had to send along a few packages of S'mores treats, and a thank you card after I saw the cuteness Becky designed! In Canada we can't find those square marshmallows, but we have KETCHUP CHIPS, EH!!! :o)

Can I tell you also how much I LOVE the color coach? You look up a combo that appeals to you (in this case I looked up Early Espresso for the Ink and tummy color), and the Color Coach suggested Marina Mist and Tangerine Tango for a combo. The complementing color for Early Espresso is Soft Suede, so that became the bears body. I LOVE that I can flip through my Color Coach and have an easy, guaranteed to work combo in an instant and I don't have to stand in front of my paper cupboard like an 8 year old in front of an open fridge looking for something to eat!!!

Ingredients: (All SU!)
Tangerine Tango CS and Stampin Write, Marina Mist CS, Patterns DSP Stack and Stampin' Write, Early Espresso CS and Classic Ink, Soft Suede CS and Stampin' Write, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write, Black Staz On Ink, River Rock Stampin' Write, Whisper White CS, Aqua Painter, Family Phrases Stamp Set, Under The Starts Stamp Set.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

OMGosh! Have you guys seen these?!?

They are little ring pop popsicle makers! I LOVE them!!! I saw them in a magazine a while back, wished I knew where you could buy them, but never followed up, as I figured they would be astronomically priced. Well. Wasn't I walking through our local dollar store the other day, and what do you know? Sets of 6 for $2!!! Yippee! Several sets came home with me for personal use, but also gift giving. The set below was re-packaged to give to my nieces. The label was made on MDS, and the "Pretty Pink Princess Pops" title was made especially for them! They loooove anything with the words "pretty pink princess" preceding it! LOL!

Ingredients: (All SU!)
MDS, Whisper White CS, Pretty in Pink CS, Melon Mambo CS and Classic Ink, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, retired Certainly Celery ribbon.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day (and these were our teacher's presents this year :o)

Well, the school year is finally over, and we can all look forward to 2 months of relaxation, fun and rejuvenation. I made these presents for all our teachers, and I must say I love how they turned out! These chocolate bar sliders are so easy to make, and they create a huge wow factor! I've added a little pocket on the front of these to also hold a gift card. If the card looks familiar to you, I CASEd myself (CASEing someone else!) LOL! I love that you can take such a super sweet, super simple card, and alter it to suit your card giving needs! I also LOVE the Flirtacious DSP and Delicate Doilies Stamp set...I don't think I've told you that in about a week... :o)

This slider was made for a for a friend of Big C and L'il C's. I decided to make his a little more rough and tumble, and I love how it turned out too! That embossed resist technique rocks!

Hope you are all having a fabby start to your summer, and HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!