Monday, June 29, 2009

Flip Top Box Tutorial now available!

Hi - The tutorial for my flip top box is now ready!  It is 24 pages in length will lots of photos and step-by-step directions for making the boxes and embellishing it to match the one below.  I used the Tall Tales DSP and the Animal Stories stamp set from the new catalog that lauches today! 


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Remember that dimensions for both size boxes are included in the tutorial.  The ones pictured here, here and here are all the larger size that will fit 12 cards and envelopes.  (more, if they are flat cards!)  I also have a version that is skinnier and holds 6-8 cards and envelopes.  It is made with two sheets of 8½x11 cardstock.   The sample in the tutorial of the smaller box is made from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP.  I like to make measuring easy, so the directions will be easy to follow and you'll be able to make lots and lots of them without getting bogged down in little tick marks on a ruler! :)  I know you'll be happy with it!  To order, just click the "Buy Now" button below, and I will email you a link to download it.  I would love to see your versions of it! 

Thanks,

kirstin

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Third flip top box

Hi - Here's another version of my box.  I had a lot of gifts I needed for the end of the year!  This one is a bit more my style - love the brighter colors and big flower.  I'm working on the tutorial and will post a button for it soon to preorder.  Hope to have the whole thing ready by the 1st at the latest!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Another flip top box

Hi - Thanks for all the kind comments about my box yesterday!  I got a few emails about where I got the template and to answer that, I made it up myself.  I had a stack of cards I wanted a box for so I created one out of two regular pieces of cardstock - but it was too skinny to hold 12 cards so I made a fatter one!  I'm sure there are similar boxes out there, but I wanted one that was simple and had straight-forward measurements.  I don't like measuring 3/8ths or 7/8ths so I tend to stick with easier numbers and use as much of the cardstock as I can...I get stingy with my paper! :]  So I'll work on a tutorial for those that are interested.  In the meantime, here's another one I did.  Also uses the Walk in the Park DSP.  It's not my favorite - I like the other one better!  Maybe you'll like it better than I do!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin


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Friday, June 26, 2009

Flip top card box

Hi - Tonight's post is a flip top box I made a while back to hold cards.  I wanted a box to hold about 12 cards but I didn't want the lid to be hard to line up and put back on each time you open the box - So this is what I came up with.  Kind of reminds me of a crayon box with the hinged lid.   I made it out of one 12x12 sheet and one 8½x11 sheet of cardstock.  Then I wrapped it in the Walk in the Park DSP.  The two sides are rounded so they swing back nicely and the bottom corner doesn't stick out.  The label is from the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware kit.  I used So Saffron brads to attach it though and stuck three Little Leaves behind it.  I like the way it turned out! :]  Hope you like it too!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

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Preorder the tutorial for this box and the smaller version HERE - it will be available July 1st!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Flip Floppin' towards summer!

Hi - We're still looking for summer around here...not in sight today.  I'm hoping this summery card will coax the sun out a bit! :]  I've used Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron inks and cardstock.  The stamp set is Life's a Breeze.  To get the orange accents on the "sun fun" stamp, I first inked the stamp with Bashful Blue and then used a Pumpkin Pie marker to go over those spots before stamping it on Whisper White.  I hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

4th of July Luminaries

Hi - Thought it was time to post something other than a card! :]  Not that I get tired of making them though...  These are luminaries made from vellum cardstock with those little battery powered tealights under them.  Regular vellum is not really stiff enough so the vellum cardstock is best.  The stars are embossed with stamp images from Circle Circus and then punched with SU!'s two star punches.  If you want more details than that, email me and I'd be glad to tell you!  Hope you like them!  They make a nice centerpiece for a 4th of July picnic! Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Almost In and Almost Out Colors!

Hi - Back to stamping after a busy weekend and the first official day of no school!  Now if only the sun would shine again.... Anywhooo, I thought I'd mix up some current In Colors and soon-to-be In Colors and make a card tonight.  I've used Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze and added Soft Suede.  The stamp set is Friends 24/7 and I actually used just that set! 

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The ribbon is also Soft Suede  - it's polka dotted on the opposite side but I didn't think the dots went with the look of this card so I tied it on backwards.  Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by -


kirstin


PS - I think I need to retake the picture of this card...the colors don't look true.  I'll update tomorrow with a new photo!  Picture Edited - looks better now! :]

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bella Rose Quilted card set

Hi - We are finally at the end of the school year and I've been working on a few teacher gifts.  My younger son's teacher is a wonderful quilter and so I thought I'd try making a set of cards for her that look (somewhat!) like little quilts.  I used the Bella Rose DSP and Kiwi Kiss or Riding Hood Red cardstock for the bases. 

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I'm sure there are other ways to do this, but here's what I did.  I cut 6 pieces of white cardstock at 4 ¼ x 5 ½.  Then I decided on my pattern for each quilt.  After I cut the pieces (or punched them for the squares pattern), I placed them on the white cardstock like I wanted them.  Some of the pieces went off the edge of the white piece but that's ok.  Then I sandwiched another white piece on top, lifted the 'sandwich' and flipped it over.  Take the now top piece off and your pattern pieces will be upside-down on that second white piece.  I put Snail on the first white piece - not too much or it makes your sewing needle sticky! Then carefully place the white piece back on the pattern pieces.  Flip it back over and the pieces should stick.  Trim around the edges to square it off again.  Sew in a zig-zag over all the lines where two pieces meet.  Then I trimmed each piece down to 4 x 5 ¼ and adhered it to my base.  I kept the greeting and embellishments pretty simple because the cards were already kinda busy!  You can click on each card to make it bigger and easier to see.  Hope you like them! Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cupcake anyone?!

Hi - Still no pink card but at least this one's not orange!  It's Night of Navy, River Rock and Baja Breeze.  The designer paper is from the Walk in the Park pack.  The cupcake and the sentiment come from the Party Hearty set. 

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I was aiming for a "guy card" with the colors and lack of frilly stuff.  The ribbon is not SU! but it matched the River Rock piece so well that I had to use it.  To get the ribbon to stay in place and wrap around the card, I use the little slot punch on the folded edge of the base and just take a wee bite out of the fold - just enough to feed the ribbon through.  That's the tip of the day in case you were wondering how to do that! I put a piece of white cardstock on the inside to make it easier to see your writing and added the little gift stamp in the corner.

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kirstin

Can Rich Razzleberry be simple?

Hi - Question of the day...if the cardstock's name is "Rich Razzleberry," can you make a simple card with it or will it be rich and razzle-dazzle-ish?!  :]  Well this card is pretty simple in design.  It's a lot like the Soft Suede card from two posts ago.  I changed the colors and the sentiment and shifted things around a bit.  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Orange you glad?

Hi - I love this orange and yellow combination.  Love it.  Tried to make a pink card tonight.  Didn't work.  Back to orange and yellow!  I think I like that the DSP is kind of smudgy and rustic-ish.  Then I like putting something like a clean, crisp Pretties flower on top to balance it out.  A very simple card, but I like it bestest.  The base is Crushed Curry, then Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White.  Tired of seeing orange and yellow yet?  Maybe tomorrow I'll get my pink groove back and finish that other card...no promises though! :]  Hope you like orange too!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Simple Soft Suede Thank You card

Hi - Hope your weekend was wonderful!  Mine was. :]   Took a little time out to stamp this thank you card tonight.  It's pretty clean and simple - nothing fancy.  I used the Soft Suede cardstock for my base with Whisper White and a little strip of the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP. 

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I used the little dots texture plate and the Big Shot to put the raised dots on the bottom 1/3 of the card.  The ribbon is Polka-dot Soft Suede grosgrain tied so that the knot tails are backwards and don't show the polka-dots.  I used the eyelet border punch on the DSP mostly to tie all the dots together.  The "Thank You" is from the Thank You Kindly stamp set.  I like the simple look of this card even though there are a lot of different little things on it.  Hope you like it too!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

Friday, June 12, 2009

Embossing again!?

Hi - Yep.  Embossing again.  Clear embossing no less.  But hey, at least it's not another orange card! :]  I do seem to find a rut and stick to it.... Anyhow, here is a butterfly card made with the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set.  The branch is clear embossed on the Chocolate Chip panel and the butterfly is clear embossed and cut out. 

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And just because I must have been on a roll, I embossed the frame under the "for you" as well.  Might need to look into getting a holster for my heat gun...Apparently I need it 'at the ready' at all times.... Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by -


kirstin

Thursday, June 11, 2009

i {heart} u card

Hi - There is probably a way to type a heart symbol but I have no idea how so I'll just stick with {heart}!  This card is a non-stamped card - no stamps at all.  Can't decide if that's good or bad...  It does use the new Razzleberry Lemonade DSP though and this pattern with the teeny flowers on it might be my favorite! 

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The card base is Pumpkin Pie with a Crushed Curry (new In Color!) and Whisper White layers under the DSP.  The i and the u are chipboard from the "On Board Loads of Letters" pack.  I sponged them with white craft ink and then a little Pumpkin Pie ink on the edges.  The hearts are from the "Heart to Heart" punch.  I sponged them as well with both colors to make them pop out a bit from the background.  I pierced the perimeter of the square and skipped every other hole on the template.  Add some white organza ribbon and call it done.  I {heart} it - hope you do too!  Thanks for stopping by -


kirstin

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New In Colors are here!

Hi - My sneak peek package arrived from Stampin' Up!  Woohoo!  I got together with my stampin' buddy Julie today and we make these three cards.  Her's are a little different than mine so be sure to hop over to www.thoughtsthatstick.blogspot.com to check out her twist!  We usually have very similar taste but today she was a "melon mambo/rich razzleberry" girl and I was stuck on the bermuda bay and soft suede! 


Bermuda Bay Eastern Blooms cardThis is the Bermuda Bay/Soft Suede card that was stamped in Versamark and then clear embossed with the Eastern Blooms stamp set.  The Sanded background stamp was used on the base and the blue piece.  Love the matching ribbon tied off with a piece of hemp twine!


Razzleberry Circle Circus cardThis card has a Rich Razzleberry card base and uses the *new* Circle Circus stamp set.  Added a few rhinestone and filigree brads here and there for some razzle-dazzle! :] heehee  Ink colors are Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Crushed Curry. 



 

Razzleberry Lemonade pennant die cardThis last card is a pocket card made with the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP and a Melon Mambo base.  The criss-cross is made with the small pennant from the pennant die for the Big Shot.  The inner piece that's Curry and white pulls out and can be written on. 



  So many beautiful things in the new catalog!  Can't wait to share more - thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

Do daisies shine?!

Hi - I'm not sure daisies are a shiny flower but today, they shine!  These are the Upsy Daisies again.  This time I stamped them in Versamark on glossy white paper and clear embossed them.  Then I used a sponge to add the colors - So Saffron, Morning Marigold and Pumpkin Pie.  First time I'd tried this technique and I kinda like it!  Let me know if you have any questions.  Hope you like it too!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Bunch of butterflies

Hi - Butterflies on the loose!  I was thumbing through the catalog and came across pgs 110 and 111.  I don't have any of the stamp sets on those pages, but the color combo caught my eye!  I like the Baja Breeze, Ruby Red and So Saffron.  I've probably looked through the catalog a million times and found a million different "favorites" but today the cards on page 111 are what I like.  I'm sure tomorrow will be something else!  Guess I'm fickle - or wishy-washy!   Anyhow, I started with the colors and the rest was simple.  :]   Flight of the Butterfly is the stamp set. AND - I even used the Stamp-a-ma-jigger-do-hickey to get the dots on the wings in the right spot!  Thanks for fluttering by... :]

kirstin

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Ovally Upsy Daisy card!

Hi - Just a quick post before I get dinner on the table.  This was a fun card to make and was inspired by the photo in the catalog (pg 87) of the Upsy Daisy stamps on a box.  I liked that the main image was stamped in red - not really one I would have thought of - and it was paired with kraft and Kiwi Kiss.  I substituted a scrap piece of Soft Sky I had leftover in my 'blue' drawer to die cut the oval frame.  I stamped the daisies in Riding Hood Red on Whisper White and then again in Versamark so I could add clear embossing powder and give it some shine!  Hard to tell in the photo, but it's shiny! :]  I used my Rough Around the Edges jumbo wheel on the Kraft base.  I stamped the flowers in Soft Sky lightly on the white before stamping the sentiment in Stazon black.  Layered on an oval and some taffeta ribbon and called it good!  Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Use 'em or Lose 'em!

Hi - Today's cards are made with a few of those random things I seem to accumulate and set aside to use later.  Probably because they aren't Stampin' Up! and I try to stay pretty close to using just SU! I decided to  either use 'em or lose 'em - which in this case would mean chuckin' them out or giving them away...but who would want one orange flower brad or a piece of ribbon or that one red flower I stamped ages ago and saved?!  So I made cards. :]  Hope you like them!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin


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Friday, June 5, 2009

Square Gift Card Holders

Hi - Ever start out doing one thing and end up on a totally different road?!  I started out trying to find the table top in my stampin room and ended up making these gift card holders instead! :] I tried to clean up, honestly!  Actually in the process of cleaning and putting things away, I found a new package of 4½" square envelopes.  Hmm.  Must be a reason I have them...don't know what it is so I guess I'd better come up with something.  Here's what I made:


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I cut my cardstock to 4 ¼" x 9" and scored it at 3" and 7 ¼".  The smaller section becomes the inside pocket.  I used brads to hold the sides of the pocket although sticky strip or eyelets would work as well.  Both use the Rockabilly DSP, Real Red and Basic Black.  The cherry one has Certainly Celery accents and the polka dotted one has So Saffron on it.  The big daisy is a die cut with the Big Shot.  The sentiments are both from the Garden Greetings stamp set.  Since the envelopes started the whole diversion, I had to dress them up a bit too!  Hope you like them!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Card Portfoli-oli-os!

Hi - Tonight's post is something a little different than the usual card.  I'm calling it a card portfolio although there might be another name for it that isn't coming to me right now!  I made 5 different versions today as little end-of-the-year gifts for my friends at preschool.  Each one holds 4 postcard style cards and coordinating envelopes.  The portfolio/folder is made from one sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 paper.  


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You can click on the photos to make them larger if you'd like.  I've had the scoring dimensions and whatnot on a scrap of paper for at least a year so I'm not even sure where I got them now.  They are really easy to make - especially if you are making a bunch and can just assembly-line it! :]  This one is made in Kiwi Kiss (again with the Kiwi!!) and Raspberry Tart DSP.  Both are retiring at the end of June... :(  The inside has two pockets to hold the cards and envelopes.  Ribbon ties it shut!  I have one made in Bella Rose DSP, Delicate Dots, and a black and white with Pink Pirouette as well.  Let me know if you want to see those versions and I can post them too.  Thanks for stopping by -


kirstin

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kiwi Kiss Thank You card

Hi - I must be in a Kiwi Kiss mood lately!  No matter what paper I start with, I always end up back with the Kiwi...  Today's card is even Kiwi on top of Kiwi!

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The background piece of DSP is from the Raspberry Tart series and the Top Note piece is from the Rockabilly series.  The "thank you" comes from the Garden Greetings stamp set.  The rest is pretty simple!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin