Scallop Square Card Tote

This is the project that we made at my stamp club last night. I've seen this cute scallop square card tote on several blogs, but I can't locate where I saw the one that I will be giving instructions for - I will keep looking.

I started with 2 scallop squares cut out with the Big Shot and then polka-dot textured with the new Perfect Polka embossing folder. Then I cut out a 6" x 9" piece of sage shadow and scored at 1" from each of the 9" sides and at 4" from each of the 6" sides. I added the scallop squares to the front and back and attached a 1/2" x 8-1/2" handle to the sides with brads.

I cut out some barely banana top notes and then rotated them 90 degrees and ran them through the big shot again to create the layer for the front.

I cut the cards to 3-1/2" x 10 to fit the envelopes from the Note Cards set (107311) that comes with 20 5-1/8"x 3-5/8" envelopes. These envelopes fit perfectly in the tote!

I used the new Awash with Flowers stamp set - a sneak peek set coming in the new catalog in July available only for a limited time. You can earn this set for free when you host a $350 workshop! Click here to learn more about the special - including 20% off select two-step stampin' sets.

Here is a tutorial that I created for this Scallop Square Card Tote where show you a cool trick that my friend Kathleen figured out!


Paper Flowers

This is a card my friend Mary made to show us how to make paper flowers. She made one flower for us and then showed us how to make the others. The directions can be found here. I loved making these flowers! Thanks Mary!


Spring Fifth Avenue Floral

This lovely card uses the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set - on sale for 20% off this month only! I copied the card from Carrie. I love how she used the embossing folder that coordinates with the stamp set. I love this color combination of certainly celery, lavender lace and barely banana. I'm going to be stocking up on lavender lace before it retires for sure!


Color Renovation

The news is out! Stampin' Up! is getting ready for a Color Renovation beginning with the release on July 1 of the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog!

I'm so excited about these new color collections and bringing back some of my favorite in colors too!
Click here to download the Color Renovation flier

The colors will be reorganized into 40 Stampin' Up! Core Colors in four color collections (10 colors in each): Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles

In Colors that will be part of the Core Colors: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, River Rock, Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, & Wild Wasabi

Five new Core Colors: Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, & Marina Mist

Brights Collection: Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, & Real Red

Neutrals Collection: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft), Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Gray, & Basic Black

Regals Collection: Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, & Bravo Burgundy

Subtles Collection: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, & So Saffron

New In Colors: Five new In Colors will be introduced with the Idea Book & Catalog July 1. The new In Colors will be available for 2 years! Starting next year, there will be a total of 10 In Colors with five rotating out and five rotating in every year.

Color Kits: Watch for details on new color kits, Stampin' Up! markers for new Core Colors (including former In Colors), expansion of colors for Stampin' Pastels and Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an awesome Color Coach tool that will make color selection better than ever!

Retiring Colors: Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal, Ballet Blue, Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, Bordering Blue, Brilliant Blue, Brocade Blue, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Gable Green, Glorious Green, Going Gray, Green Galore, Handsome Hunter, Lavender Lace, Lovely Lilac, Mellow Moss, Only Orange, Orchid Opulence, Pale Plum, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Summer Sun, Taken with Teal, & YoYo Yellow.

I'm excited about this refreshing new color palette to work with! I will be showing you some sneak peeks of the new colors next month!

What do you think of the new color renovation?


Fold Flat Box

I learned how to make this fun box at the Reno Regional that I went to last month. This box's secret is that it can fold flat for easy transport.

I started with 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" piece of barely banana scored at 15/16" on each side to create the flat box. I scored the corners and placed sticky strip on one side of the score line.

For the cover I used a 3-1/4" x 8-1/2" piece of barely banana scored at 1/2", 3-1/2", 4-1/2", and 7-1/2"

Check out my video tutorial for complete directions:


Spring is here!

I'm excited for Spring to come! I'm looking forward to warmer weather, planting a vegetable garden and more flowers, and enjoying more time outside! My friend Donna gave me the Season of Friendship stamp set and I finally found some time to make a card with it. This is a fun versatile stamp set that I will use for many more projects! Thanks Donna!

Stamps: Season of Friendship
Paper: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Certainly Celery taffeta ribbon


Easter Bunny Basket

I saw this cute Easter Bunny Basket by Dacia here and had to make one! I love all the little details she included. I started with four scallop envelope dies and cut off one side flap to put the four together to create the box. Then I stamped 4 - 2"x3" pieces of whisper white with the Dot, Dot, Dot stamp. I also created the handle with a 1-1/2" piece of pretty in pink cardstock and the same stamp and the scallop trim punch.

For the bunny I used the 1-3/4" circle punch for the body, the large and small oval punch for the ears, the 3/4" circle punch for the cheeks, and the 1/4" circle for the eyes and nose.

For the flowers I used 5 extra large fancy flowers punched out of the Shades of Spring DSP and spritzed with some water and crinkled them up to give them a soft look. I added a pretty in pink corduroy button to the center and placed them of the sides of the basket.

Don't forget to check out the April Special for this month! 20% off two-step stamps!


Two-Step Into Spring Promotion


Promotion Period: April 1 - April 30, 2010

Two-Step into spring with a sneak peek from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog!

Be the first to add the Awash with Flowers stamp set to your collection.

Item Description Price
117062 Awash with Flowers (wood-mount) $39.95
120549 Awash with Flowers (clear-mount) $27.95

PLUS, purchase spring-themed Two-Step Stampin' sets at 20% OFF
the retail price--no additional purchase necessary! Qualifying stamp sets are listed below:

Item Page Description Discount Price
113824 94Greenhouse Garden $20.76
113734 98 Fifth Avenue Floral $19.96
111578 101 Flower Fancy $29.56
113258 112 Trendy Trees $14.36

Click here to order now!