Friday, September 28, 2012

Final Fall Fun Card

Hello!  I hope you have enjoyed the Fall Fun cards this week.  Here is the final card we made:


I wanted to feature some of the 2012-2014 In Color Ribbon that is on special for the month of September.  All orders of $40 (before tax and shipping) earn 1 roll of the 2012-2014 In Color Ribbon.  And, you can earn a roll of ribbon for each increment of $40.  So, order $80 and earn 2 rolls, order $120 and earn 3 rolls, or order $160 and get all 5 rolls PLUS Hostess Benefits!  Best of all, you get to choose which color ribbon you would like:  Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, or Summer Starfruit.  Here are the supplies we used for this card:

Stamps:
Blooming With Kindness
Paper:
Whisper White
Elegant Eggplant
Sahara Sand
Patio Party Designer Series Paper
Ink:
Summer Starfruit
Elegant Eggplant
Accessories:
Chevron Textured Embossing Folder
Summer Starfruit Triple Stitched Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals

The inspiration for this card was a recent trip to a sunflower field.  I LOVE sunflowers -- they are my favorite flower.  Unfortunately, I was about a week late!  However, I did manage to find some "late-bloomers" to photograph.  Enjoy, and have a great weekend!



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Fun Card #4

This fun card is just "purr-fect" for Halloween!  Don't you just love the Frightening Feline stamp from the Holiday Mini Catalog?  I do, and best of all, it is only $8.95!  This card also features the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini Catalog, too.  It has cute patterns and; with polka dots, stripes, chevrons and plaids; it is very versatile -- not just for Halloween.  We used the new Illuminate ink pad to highlight the spider web -- so scary! 


  
Here are the supplies we used:

Stamps:
Frightening Feline
Paper:
Tangerine Tango
Very Vanilla
Basic Black
Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper
Ink:
StazOn Black
Illuminate
Accessories:
Rhinestones
Tangerine Tango Dotted Scallop Ribbon
Labels Framelits
Spider Web Textured Embossing Folder
Stampin' Sponge
Stampin' Dimensionals

Shop 24/7 at http://nancyamato.stampinup.net!  See you tomorrow for the final Fall Fun card.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Fun Card #3

Hello!  I hope you are having a nice week!  Here is the third card we made last week at the Fall Fun Card Class:


This card features the Triple Time Stamping Technique -- so much fun!  Here are the supplies we used for this card:

Stamps:
Creative Elements
Gently Falling
Fabulous Phrases
Ink:
Cajun Craze
More Mustard
Soft Suede
Crumb Cake
Paper:
Very Vanilla
Cajun Craze
Accessories:
Word Window Punch
Modern Label Punch
Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon
Linen Thread
Naturals Designer Buttons

You can order these items on my website http://nancyamato.stampinup.net.  Have a great day!  See you tomorrow!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Fun Card #2

Welcome back!  Here is the second card we made this past week at my Fall Fun class.  It also features the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper.  I just love the colors and patterns in this paper, don't you?

Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper

The design for this card came straight from Mojo Monday Sketch 259 on September 17, 2012.  I hope you like it!

 
 
Here are the supplies we used for this fun card:
Stamps:
Day of Gratitude
Daydream Medallions
Ink:
More Mustard
Raspberry Ripple
Paper:
Raspberry Ripple
Lucky Limeade
Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper
Accessories:
Naturals Designer Buttons
Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Extra-Large Oval Punch
Floral Frames Framelits
7/8" Cotton Ribbon
Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals

Have a great day!  See you tomorrow for another Fall Fun card!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Fun!

Hello!  Happy Fall!  It is getting cooler, and the leaves will be changing colors before we know it.  I had a fun week stamping with some great ladies at my Fall Fun class.  I will feature the cards we made in blog posts this week, so be sure to stop back each day to see a new card.

Here is the first card we made:


I just love the Orchard Harvest Designer Series paper, and I used it in two of the 5 cards we made in this class.  Here are the supplies we used for this card:

Stamps:
Mixed Medley (Hostess set in the Holiday Mini Catalog)
Ink:
Lucky Limeade
Paper:
Naturals Ivory
Cajun Craze
Island Indigo
More Mustard
Rich Razzleberry
Lucky Limeade
Early Espresso
Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper
Accessories:
Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Embossing Folder
Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder
Autumn Accents Bigz Die
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch
Victoria Crochet Trim
Stampin' Sponge
Sticky Strip

Have a great Monday!  See you tomorrow!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fall Wreath Details and Helpful Hints

Hello!  I hope you have had a great week!  I had a fun week babysitting a cute little guy, so not much stamping this week.  I was busy playing trains, ball, busy beads, reading books, and just plain ol' spoiling -- heehee!  And, I loved every minute of it! 

I wanted to give you a few details about the Fall Wreath I made last week.  Some of you were wondering the exact measurements I used for the rosettes.  To be honest, I did not have a plan in mind when I began this project.  (smile)  But, I knew I needed rosettes of different sizes. 

So, the first step is to separate your Designer Series Paper into two sets of 6 sheets, one piece of each pattern in each set.  Next, cut your six pieces of Designer Series Paper into 5 1/2" strips.  This will give you twelve 5 1/2 x 12" pieces and six "leftover" pieces that measures 1 x 12" for a smaller rosette.  Use the Designer Rosette Bigz XL and the Big Shot to cut and score your 5 1/2 x 12" pieces of Designer Series Paper.  Lay the leftover 1 x 12" pieces in the center of the die and run through the Big Shot to score them.

I started out with three large rosettes that were the anchors of the wreath.  These rosettes were glued in at the 12:00, 5:00, and 7:00 positions on the wreath form.  Each of these large rosettes were made with two strips of the same pattern Designer Series Paper each measuring 2 1/2" by 12".  I simply cut two pieces at 2 1/2" and set aside the remaining pieces to use later on.  I joined these 2 strips together to make a 2 1/2 x 23 1/2" strip (with about 1/2" overlap), then joined the ends together to make a circle.  (It looks like a lamp shade at this point!)

I used the new Silicone Craft Sheet and a hot glue gun to make the rosettes.  Simply put a "blob" of hot glue on the silicone sheet then smash center of the rosette into the hot glue.  Hold until set, then peel away from silicone sheet.  Apply more hot glue to the center back, then apply circle punch out of card stock on top of the hot glue.  This piece of card stock helps hold the shape of the rosette and also gives you a flat surface to glue the rosette to the wreath form.

Here are the other measurements for the remaining rosettes on the first level:
3:00 and 6:00 rosettes were made with two strips cut at 2" wide (makes 4" rosettes)
1:00 and 11:00 rosettes were made with two strips cut at 1 3/4" wide (makes 3 1/2" rosettes)
9:00 rosette was made with two strips cut at 1 1/2" wide (makes 3" rosette)

Once you have these rosettes glued to the wreath form, make smaller rosettes with remaining Designer Series Paper to glue on top of the larger rosettes.  My smaller rosettes ranged in size from 2" (use a 1" strip) to 3" (use a 1 1/2" strip).  I attached buttons and brads to the smaller rosettes to cover up the centers.  (I cut off the legs of the brads first, then hot glued them to the center.)

The Autumn Accents die is perfect to cut out leaves in coordinating colors of card stock.  Simply run them through the Big Shot with different embossing folders, then hot glue into the spaces in between rosettes. 

I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them!  Thanks, and have a great weekend.  


   

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fall Wreath Class

Hello!  Well, we are finally enjoying some nice, cool weather with low humidity.  I LOVE it!  Now, I am in no hurry for Winter to get here, but I really love Fall.

My class this weekend was a little bit of a stretch for me -- a Fall Wreath using lots of Sizzix products from Stampin' Up!  I have had this idea rolling around in my old brain for a while.  This project was not hard, just a little time-consuming.  Take a look and let me know what you think:




Here's what you need to make this project:

Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper (We used Comfort Cafe and Orchard Harvest.  You can get 2 wreaths from 1 pack of Designer Series Paper.  This sample is done with Comfort Cafe.)
Coordinating card stock for leaves
Various embossing folders (Woodgrain, Perfect Polka Dots, Square Lattice, Houndstooth, Fancy Fan)
Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die
Autumn Accents Bigz Die
Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies
Perfect Pennant Bigz Die
Antique Brads
Naturals Designer Buttons
Linen Thread
Hot Glue Gun
Silicone Craft Sheet
Wooden wreath form (I got mine at the local "M" craft store. Stampin' Up! does not carry them.)
 
I had 3 brave souls who were willing to give it a try.  Thanks, ladies!  I had a great time creating with you! 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Moving Forward makes cute cards!

Hello!  I wanted to share with you the cards I made for my customers who purchased the August Stamp of the Month, Moving Forward.  This set is just so stinkin' cute, it is hard not to smile when you see the images. 


I found this color combination on my Stampin' Up! Color Coach.  I love how it turned out!  Melon Mambo, Old Olive, and Elegant Eggplant with Whisper White will be one of my "go-to" color schemes from now on.


This card was inspired by a Mojo Monday sketch from the end of August.  I just love how it came together with another color combination from the Color Coach:  Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, and Island Indigo.


As soon as I saw this blimp, I thought of my sister!  When she was young, she wanted to be a "blimp-driver."  Do you like those clouds?  They were made with the Cupcake Builder punch!  The "icing" portion of the punch can also be used as a scoop of ice cream.  And, you can use the Pennant Builder punch for an ice cream cone.  I love how our punches can be used for so many different types of punch art.
 
Wouldn't you love to get 3 hand-stamped creations each month?  Order my Stamp of the Month, and you get 3 hand-stamped items along with your stamp set.  You can use these items right away or save them for inspiration.  The Stamp of the Month for September is A Fitting Occasion.  Please see my post from September 4, 2012 for all the details!
 
Happy Stamping!
 
  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Stampin' Up! is giving away the original My Digital Studio to schools for FREE!

Do you work or volunteer for a school?  Do you have children in school?  Would your school like to receive a FREE copy of the original My Digital Studio?  Well, Stampin' Up! is giving them away (while supplies last!).  My Digital Studio can be used to
  • Create bulletin board d├ęcor
  • Make certificates and awards for student achievement
  • Make birthday cards for students
  • Create parent flyers or newsletters
  • Create a photobook of a special class activity, or an overview of the whole year
  • And more
  • Contact me as soon as possible for all the details.  This offer is only valid in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. 

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    "A Fitting Occasion" is the September Stamp of the Month!



    Hello!  I hope everyone in the US had a great Labor Day.  I am excited to let you know that I have selected A Fitting Occasion as the Stamp of the Month for September!  This stamp set is so stinkin' cute and can be used for lots and lots of different cards.  From birthday to baby to thank you to congratulations and good luck, this set is one-stop shopping for card makers. 

    You can find it on page 101 of the 2012-2013 Catalog.  It is available in clear mount (127049, $27.95) or wood mount (127047, $37.95).  And, best of all, the images in this set coordinate with our Curly Label punch, Modern Label punch, Scallop Oval punch, and 1" Circle punch. 

    So, I started thinking.....how about a special from me to you?  If you order the Stamp-of-the-Month for September, A Fitting Occasion, AND you order one of the punches that coordinates with it, I will give you 10% off the cost of the punch!  So, the Curly Label, Modern Label, and Scallop Oval punches would each be $15.26 and the 1" Circle punch would be $11.66.  And, when you order the stamp set and a punch, your order would qualify for the Back to Spool Ribbon Special from Stampin' Up!  You can also choose which color you would like for your FREE ribbon:  Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, or Midnight Muse! 

    Plus, all Stamp of the Month Club customers receive 3 finished samples made by yours truly to use or keep as inspiration.  And, you can earn FREE Stampin' Up! products by purchasing the Stamp of the Month consistently. 

    Order the Stamp of the Month
    For 3 months in a row and get an item of your choice for $6.95 or less FREE
    For 6 months in a row and get an item of your choice for $8.95 or less FREE
    For 9 months in a row and get an item of your choice for $12.95 or less FREE
    For 12 months in a row and get an item of your choice for $18.95 or less FREE

    You will receive your stamp set and samples by the end of the month. If you are local to the Baltimore area, I will deliver your order. Out-of-town orders are more than welcome, but there will be an additional fee for shipping. Simply send me your ZIP Code and I will calculate the shipping for you. Invite a friend I've never met to join and I will send you a FREE product sampler once she makes her first purchase.

    I MUST have your order and payment by September 15 since I will be placing the order on September 16.  Please send an email to stampinnancy@gmail.com if you would like to order the Stamp of the Month for September, A Fitting Occasion.  Thanks so much, and have a great day!   

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

    It's Back to Spool Time!


    Hello!  Happy September!  I wanted to let you know that September's special is the yummy 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.  All orders of $40 or more (before tax and shipping) earn a FREE roll of this gorgeous ribbon in your choice of color:  Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, or Raspberry Ripple.  And, you can earn a FREE roll with every increment of $40.  So, place an $80 order (before tax and shipping) and earn 2 rolls, etc.  Wow!  What a great offer!  The Gumball Green and Raspberry Ripple are perfect colors for Christmas cards, too.

    Have a great Labor Day weekend (for those of you in the US!).  Stay tuned for information on September's Stamp of the Month......you are gonna love it!

    Happy Stamping!
    Nancy