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Tu: 4/15-Verona Community Center
Th: 4/17-Monona Community Center
M: 4/21-Fitchburg Community Center
April 25 or 26 Double UP!
...**April Stamp-a-Stack - and/or -
...**Envelope Punch Board Class
W: 5/14-Oregon Community Center
”katie
Stoughton, Wisconsin
email or 608-220-3450

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New "Deal of the Week" has 2 Big Shot Accessories

Getting a deal is always great . . . 
and even more so when its a deal on one of my favorite tools!

Each week on Tuesdays Stampin'UP! offers a new set of items for sale. 
This week's sale items includes 2 accessories for the Big Shot.
Stampin'UP! Deal of the Week

The Adorning Accents Edgelits dies ( item #125595) add an easy, elegant touch to your projects.

http://www.stampladykatie.com/2012/06/edgelits-and-matching-embossing-folder.html

Did you notice the matching curves?
**The cut line was made with a die:
    the Adorning Accents Edgelits dies ( item #125595) on sale this week for only $7.46
**The textured line was made with the matching embossing folder:
    the Adorning Accents Embossing Folders (item #125601)


Stampin'UP! is well known for coordinating products and this is one example. Click the link to see the full post on this card and some tips for how to ensure the embossed line and cut line are perfectly aligned.



If you are placing an On-Line order this month please use the April Hostess Code: NWWTDMJ7

And remember - you earn Customer Rewards Points for orders over $25.
My way of saying "Thanks for your Business"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dress Framelit Favors

The Senior Center in Monona is having a Fashion Show in May. I was honored to be asked to help design the Table Favors. Of course the first thing I thought of was our cute Dress Framelits Dies.

The Dress Framelit set has 3 basic shapes.
The dress on the right worked best for having a fold at the shoulders.
 
To cut the dress with the fold in the shoulder I folded the Designer Paper in half and made sure the fold line was inside the cut line of the framelit.

The decorations to the dress were simple:
  • A belt - made of ribbon with a bow
  • A shoulder "corsage" - made with a small punched scallop circle with a rhinestone in the center.
BTW: the small scallop punch is
On Sale through Monday
Its part of the Itty Bitty Punch pack,
normally $16.95, on sale this week for only $12.71
You can see all the Weekly Deals here.
 

 
 

And here's a ribbon tip:  I measured and cut the short strips for the belt itself and attached them with glue dots. But for the bow I found I needed about a 4" piece to comfortably tie the bow (at least with my fingers), but then the tails were too long and I was wasting a lot of ribbon cutting them down to size.  To avoid the waste I tied the knot while the ribbon was still on the spool and cut the knot off the spool.


The candies were easy to attach.  Just put a little strip of double sticky tape on the inside bottom "hem" of each dress and use the dress like a "tweezers" to pick up the candy. The dress is now directly attached to the sides of the candy and the candy is what lets it stand up. Voila!  
 
I'm happy to help YOU design something special for YOUR event too 
Do you have any special occasions coming up?
Wedding? - - Shower? - - Graduation Party? - - other?
 
Stampin'UP! has lots of product for making all sorts of cute favors, table decorations and invitations. Email or call 608-220-3450 to discuss how I can help you.

If you are placing an On-Line order this month please use the April Hostess Code: NWWTDMJ7

And remember - you earn Customer Rewards Points for orders over $25.
My way of saying "Thanks for your Business"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Punch Art Leaf from a Circle Punch

Circle punches have so many uses.  

The 2 large circles on this card were made 
with Stampin'UP!'s 2-1/2" circle punch.

Using circles for background layers is so quick and easy. You don't have to measure anything, just punch and put the card together.

The leaves were also made with a circle punch.
In fact, this card was our
Technique of the Month for March.
 
  • We punched a 1" circle
  • Then, we put the circle piece we'd just cut BACK into the punch to trim off part of the edge. That's how you get the "football" shape for the leaf.
  • You can make any width: wide or narrow
  • The technique works with oval punches too.
If you like learning new techniques and if you're local to the Madison Area, then check out my class listings. I teach daytime classes at 4 area community centers: Verona, Monona, and Oregon. And will be starting a new group in Fitchburg this month.

I'm also available for private classes.  Contact me to reserve a time for your group.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've been inspired
 

QUICK LINKS:
  • Special Savings: Deal of the Week  . . . Click here to see The Deal of the Week 
    - New items post each Tuesday

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sympathy Card made with Secret Garden Stamps and Framelits

I got this beautiful sympathy card from a fellow demonstrator - Lori Verdon. She did several things that make this card ideal for a sympathy card: the line of images flowing from corner to corner  - and - the single flower stamped in a lighter color.

Sympathy card made with Stampin'UP!'s Secret Garden stamp set

Lori chose perfect colors for a sympathy card, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. This neutral palette sets an appropriate tone for the occasion. These gorgeous flower images are from a stamp set called Secret Garden. But the choice of neutral colors allows the focus to be on the sentiment.
Stampin'UP!'s Secret Garden  stamp set

Did you notice the raised flower? One thing I so appreciate about Stampin'UP! is the matched sets of stamps and dies. Lori could have "fussy cut" the flowers. But why bother when there's a set of matching framelits to make life easy! 

Here are a couple of other projects made with the Secret Garden stamps and Framelits.
Card made with StampinUP's Secret Garden stamps and framelit dies
This flower looks so delicate when stamped in white on pink paper. 
And what a time-saver to be able to die cut the image instead of fussy cutting!

Do you agree that those die cut leaves look great even without stamping an image.

Scrapbook baby page made with StampinUP's Secret Garden Stamps and framelit dies

The Secret Garden Stamp set - wood mount or clear mount 
are available from my on-line store.
Order yours today and qualify for Customer Rewards Points.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've been inspired
 

QUICK LINKS:
  • Special Savings: Deal of the Week  . . . Click here to see The Deal of the Week 
    - New items post each Tuesday

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Easy Candy Treat Holder

Here's an easy candy treat holder. 
Super cute and so easy to make a bunch.

Candy Treat Holder made with Stampin'UP! punches including the new Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

The simple little "hello" is from the stamp set: A Dozen Thoughts
 I stamped it off-center so there'd be room for the 1/2" circle with the rhinestone.

Projects like this go together so nicely when you have matching punches 

Matching colors is nice too!
The Rich Razzleberry is so pretty with the Pink Pirouette.

Candy Treat Holder made with Stampin'UP! punches including the new Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
Step 1 to make this, start with a strip of paper 2" by 5-1/2". I laid the candy in the center of the strip and scored on either side to get a crisp fold. Having a paper trimmer with a scoring blade makes it quick and easy to cut and score in a single step.

Stampin'UP! 's new Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
Step 2 is to make a decorative end. I used the new Scallop Tag Punch. Then just cut in half way from opposite sides on each end. Then slip the 2 notched ends together to make a clasp.

HINT: Use Red Sticky Strip to hold the candy in so it won't fall out




Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've been inspired
 

QUICK LINKS:
  • Special Savings: Deal of the Week  . . . Click here to see The Deal of the Week 
    - New items post each Tuesday

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Punch Art Vase

This punch art vase was made using Stampin'UP!'s Ornament Punch (item #13252). 

Get Well card with a Punch Art Vase made with Stampin'UP!'s Ornament Punch


Here are 2 more punch art vase cards from earlier posts - click on the picture to see the original post about each card. These punch art vases are both made with the old (retired) ornament punch. Its very similar to our new ornament punch. When you cut off the bottom the ornament makes a gorgeous vase. I actually like the shape of the new ornament punch better for a vase. It looks more like the shape of a flower pot.

Card with a Punch Art Vase made with Stampin'UP!'s Ornament Punch 

Vases come in many shapes and sizes. Likewise when you make a punch art vase you have many shapes to choose from.  A vase simply needs a flat bottom. You can try this with circles or ovals too.
Ideas for a Punch Art Vase

The color on the last sample is from Designer Print Paper.

If you're inspired to try some punch art 
be sure to check out all the great punches Stampin'UP! has to offer.
See the punches HERE in my on-line store.

And if you order more than $50 worth of Stampin'UP! product before March 31st
you can get that gorgeous designer print paper for as your FREE Sale-a-bration item.
Read more about Sale-a-bration HERE.




Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've been inspired
 

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