Friday, May 23, 2008

Birthdays Are The Best

When I was planning the last of the projects for the Styled Silver Hodge Podge Hardware Class, I wanted to do something simple. I wanted to show that you can take a very simple card and make it pop with a piece of the hodgepodge hardware. I think I accomplished this with this card!

It has very little stamping, takes less than 5 minutes to make. Without the hardware, it would look like a simple card that you threw together. But add the hardware and BAM! you have a card with a little pizzazz.

Hope this inspires you to take that simple card and add a little pizzazz!

Happy Stampin'!


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Dahlia Fold

Good morning! Hope everyone is well and having tons of fun stamping and scrapping!

As I have been planning my projects for the hodgepodge hardware class, I have continued to get stumped. It seems that planning a card around a brad or a frame is not easy! And I set myself a pretty high standard. We will use all the pieces in the hodgepodge styled silver set in this class! Well, designs are just about done and I have only one piece to go!

You saw the earlier post of the scrapbook pages for this class. Here is a card that I made using the dahlia fold with the scallop punch. Once you master the fold, it is really easy to use.

I took my inspiration from a lot of places. Layout from a card on the Stamper's Showcase on the SU Demonstrator Site... using the scallop punch for the dahlia fold from the Splitcoast Stamper Gallery. I layered a little differently, used different cardstock and DS paper, added ribbon and hardware... Voila' a design that is uniquely my own!

I hope you like.

Happy Stampin'!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wild, Wild West

For the first time since I have been a demonstrator, we are "swapping" scrapbook layouts at our demonstrator meeting this month. It is so much easier for me to be creative with scrapbook layouts, so I was EXCITED! However, we didn't have a theme... Not so excited!

As I lost sleep wondering what theme I was going to use as my scrapbook layout, I realized that I could kill two birds with one stone. I still needed to design the scrapbook sample for my upcoming hodge podge hardware class that is featuring the styled silver hodge podge hardware. So, I designed this two page layout that uses a brad and a frame from the hodge podge hardware! It is a great layout for the dude ranch vacations, the horseback ride at the beach or just the visit to Grandma and Grandpa's "farm"... Now I have to get pictures of my nieces standing on the fence looking at the neighbor's horses!
Happy stampin'!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Ribbon Scraps

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in a sea of ribbon and fiber scraps? I know I was. One day when I walking through a local craft store, I saw a bottle with felt flower petals in it. Presto! The idea was formed. I could do the same thing with my ribbon scraps!

This is made with a Starbuck's Frappucino bottle (small one). I decorated the lid, tied a little piece of ribbon on the neck of the bottle and decorated the front of the bottle with a Stampin' Up! rub on. Voila! A different bottle for each color group of ribbon scraps! And they are pretty enough to leave out on a shelf for all to see!

Now I am not digging through baggies with individual scraps of ribbon (how I saw in a magazine to organize your ribbon scraps!) for that perfect piece of ribbon. They are all displayed in view for me to see most, if not all, of the yummy pieces of ribbon and fiber that I have! I wonder what else I can put in jars like this? Starbucks is going to love me for my Frappucino purchases! LOL!

Happy Stampin'!