Monday, September 3, 2012

Jumbo Sticky Rounds - by Stampin' Up!

Hi - Ribbon flowers are all the rage in the crafting world lately!  They can be made many different ways but the most common is with a needle and thread and a running stitch along the bottom edge of your ribbon.  Now Stampin' Up! has a new product that makes flower creating so easy - jumbo sticky rounds!
(Jumbo Sticky Rounds - by Stampin' Up!)  You can use any width ribbon or tulle or fabric to create a 2½" flower.  Here is an example:
This flower is made with the seam binding ribbon.  Start with a knot in the middle of the sticky round and then twist the ribbon and push it down into the stickiness.  Around and around you go until you have a flower.  I tucked 2 ribbon loops on the side for leaves and a jumbo pearl in the center to cover the knot.  Easy as that! :)

Holler if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by - kirstin

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sweater trim Ideas

Hi there -  In the Holiday Catalog you'll find some new ribbons called Sweater Trim.  Comes in 3 colors:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green and Whisper White.  Kind of like a nice, thick yarn.  It ties into a bow very nicely and makes great pom-poms.  (see pages 12 and 32 in the Holiday Catalog)  I wanted to try something different so I decided to loop it over and over to make kind of a chain.  It makes it thicker and flattens it.  Here are the results -
 For this Christmas card, I made the chain into a wreath. :)  This sticky pearls look like ornaments.  The ribbon at the top makes it for sure a wreath.  The sweater trim adds nice texture to the card. 
 The Cherry Cobbler sweater trim looks great as a heart!  I used the green Tombow glue to adhere it to the card.  Also added a little of the Crumb Cake tulle in a ruffle on one side.  I sponged the tulle first with a little Early Espresso ink to give it some depth.  I love the way this card turned out. :)
I'm adding this photo in even though it's not very clear.  I wondered what would happen if I looped 2 colors at the same time and ended up with this.  Looks like a candy cane - sort of!  If you keep the loops straight, I think the colors would alternate more evenly but I wasn't that specific.  Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow. :)


That's it!  Hope you liked these.  Holler if you have any questions!  Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ribbon Ideas

Hi there - This past weekend I had the opportunity to do a short presentation on ribbon for our August meeting of our Stampin' Up! group.  I was very nervous about the presentation but had so much fun coming up with the projects!  I told everyone I was just going to pretend they were 3 years old since I'm used to speaking to little guys as a preschool teacher. :)  I survived with only a little trouble with shaky hands.  Not too bad.  Anyhow, I'll share a few of the projects with you here.  Holler if you want more specifics. 



 This was one of my favorite cards!  This cute owl was an example of what to do with all those ribbon scraps we keep.  I used half of a top note die as his head and a label framelit die as his body.  His feet are flowers.  For his feathers, I covered the body with snail and then layered loops of ribbon scraps. Start at the bottom and layer your way up.  Any color or type will do - just be sure to spread out any duplicates.  I think he's pretty cute!  If I made him again, I think I might even try using the large oval scallop punch cut in half to make wings. 
For this sunshine card, I made 3 different sunshines to show the variety of ways you could make the rays. The sun on the card has strips of So Saffron taffeta ribbon criss-crossed behind the circles. I cut the ends to be pointy...in fact I cut all of them together at once because I'm lazy like that. :) The lower suns have loops for the rays. On the left the loops are offset slightly. On the right, the loops are straight. Choices, choices. :) Change the ribbon colors and you could turn them into flowers....
 
This is a really big medallion I put on a cello bag topper made from a labels framelit die.  I again used strips of ribbon criss-crossed behind the rosette.  This is the seam binding ribbon. Just under the center flower, there is a ruffle of the Crumb Cake seam binding as well.  Lots of layers on this baby!  I put some Stampin' Up! goodies in the cello so it would make a great gift for a downline member or even a birthday gift or door prize. Who wouldn't love to receive this!??



Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you liked these.  I'll post my projects with the sweater ribbon next.  Holler if you have any questions!

Thanks-
kirstin

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Papillon Potpourri cards

Hi there - 

  I've decided on a New Year's Resolution - in August! :)  My resolution is to try simplifying some of my card designs.  Sometimes I think I bog myself down in the details.  Time to shake things up a bit and try a bit more streamlined approach.  I like clean and simple cards when I see others make them but I guess I don't know when to quit adding more and more to my own cards.  Gonna give it a try.  Do I sound convincing yet?  :)  Here's an attempt.  Papillon Potpourri stamp set with the elegant butterfly matching punch.  Twitterpated DSP strips cut at 1½" wide.  Made for You sentiment stamp set.  And some necessary rhinestone bling.  How do you like it?  Simple?  Clean?  Easy?
Just change up the card base, flip over the DSP, use a different butterfly and sentiment.  Lots of card options with one quick design.  Here's a close up of one:
Hope you like them!  Thanks for stopping by - kirstin

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Convention gift and bag of goodies!

Hi there -
Here's a photo of the spectacular gift my roomie, Julie brought to me...isn't it adorable!?!  She used the Storytime DSP and the Natural Composition Specialty DSP to make the boxes.  LOVE it :)
It was a wonderful surprise!
Thanks for stopping by -
kirstin

Friday, July 27, 2012

Convention Swap Directions

Hi there -
  As promised here are the directions for how to make the double pocket card I made for my convention swap this year.  It's pretty easy! :)
To begin with, choose a cardstock color for the base.  I used Crumb Cake on this one.  You'll need a piece 4¼ by 11, so you can make 2 out of one sheet of cardstock.  Score along the 11" side at:  4¼, 6½, 8¾ and 10½.  The smallest section is just ½' wide - that's the section you'll fancy up by using the scallop edge punch or scallop trim punch.  Then "mountain/valley" fold so that the largest section is in the back and the smallest, scalloped edge folds down in the very front.  Staple once on each side towards the edge right where the ribbon will go around.  The DSP will cover the staples, don't worry!  You need 2 pieces of DSP - preferably different designs that coordinate.  Piece A is 4x2¼ and piece B is 4x1½.  Piece A goes on the back section, piece B goes in the front - tucking under the scallop edge and covering the staples.  The rest is just embellishing - rounded corners, ribbon, greeting - whatever to make it your own.
Hope that explains it well enough - holler if you need more details!
Thanks for stopping by -
kirstin

Convention swaps!

Hi there -
   Just returned from the Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City and had an absolute blast!  I met some wonderful new people, attended some great classes and of course...laughed way too much with my bestest buddy and roomie, Julie!  Or is it possible to laugh too much...maybe not! :) Lots of photos and ideas to share but first here's my convention swap. 
I made almost 100 of these in various patterns. It is a double pocket card.  It can be a business tool if you add a business card to the front lower pocket and then a stack of "wish lists" in the back pocket.  Or you could add a stack of dimensionals or rhinestones or a note to your customer.  Lots of options. I used the Taking Care of Business stamp set from the supply list.  The Tempting Turquoise version I turned into a birthday card with a gift card in the front lower pocket and a happy birthday message in the back pocket.  I'll give the dimensions in my next post!

Holler if you have any questions!  Thanks for stopping by -
kirstin

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wow, time flies!

Hi - A new photo!  I have been stampin' but somehow the pictures haven't been making it to the blog... I love the layout of the oval frame card I made a bit ago (here).  This one is a little less fussy but still has plenty of detail and dimension!  Hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by -
kirstin

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Last of the card set....

Hi there - Here are the last 2 cards in the set - whew!  I promise you could still put more cards in if you wanted.  Someone asked me if I made all the cards when I had the class and the answer is no way!  We made the purse, added the purse embellishments and tag and made 8 cards but it was just 4 designs and we made 2 each.  That's much easier and quicker than 8 different cards.  And...we skipped the ruffle around the top of the purse edge.  My class that day was not feeling "too fussy" and liked their purses just fine without the fluff of the ruffle. Sometimes you gotta go with the flow. :)


This first card is a Crumb Cake base with a Pool Party layer and a DSP layer. (Everyday Enchantment DSP free during Sale-a-bration!)  The sentiment panel has the Scalloped Ribbon Border punch tucked behind each edge.  I stamped the sentiment, added the scalloped edge and then cut out the "V" from the end.  The butterflies are Calypso Coral and cut with the butterfly embosslit.  The largest has a piece of ribbon tied around the middle of his body.

 This card is really pretty, I think.  The Poppy Parade DSP is bright and cheerful!  I punched the 1¾" circle out of the DSP and put the sentiment panel behind it.  The butterfly punch in Poppy Parade anchors the butterfly embosslit with a brad center.  Pretty easy, peasy.
And here's the whole project - purse and 8 cards!  It was a lot of fun to make and so simple to coordinate with the Everyday Enchantment DSP.  I looooove that paper!  You could adapt this project to your favorite DSP and colors.  And pick a stamp set of sentiments that works for you.  All these are birthday from On Your Birthday stamp set.  Lots of possibilities!  
Hope you like them.  Holler if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by - kirstin

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More cards for the purse!

Hi there - Here are a few more cards to go in that card purse!  They still use just the On Your Birthday stamp set and the Everyday Enchantment DSP.  Only a bit more than a week left to get the papers for free during Sale-a-bration - don't miss out!    All three of these cards are simple to make.  Mostly layers of paper with a focal point.  I will be so sad when this paper is gone... I hadn't touched the Peach Parfait paper before but now I love the look with the Pool Party and the Lucky Limeade. 
For the "Happy Birthday" card, I layered the largest butterfly from the embosslit onto the butterfly punch and used one of the Sale-a-bration brads as the body.  The ruffle below the ribbon is a 12 inch strip of the DSP with the bottom edge scalloped.  Then I put sticky strip across the card to hold the ruffle.  You can make the ruffle easily by using your Simply Scored to score random lines first and then pleat it onto the sticky strip.  I did not measure the pleats equally because I'm too lazy for that! :) 






This card is the simplest.   The card base is Very Vanilla.  Add to that a layer of DSP with rounded corners, a circle of a coordinating pattern, and a layer of Very Vanilla with the sentiment.  One little brad as a 'blingy' spot!


Finally this card is strips of the various DSP patterns across the card.  Hard to see clearly in the photo, but the Lucky Limeade piece is scalloped along the edge and it does ruffle up just a bit for some dimension.  The sentiment panel is popped up on dimensionals.  The small Pool Party scallop at the bottom edge of it is made with the Scallop Ribbon Border punch tucked behind there.
Two more cards left in the set - Hope you like them!  Holler if you have questions - or leave a comment...who doesn't love to get comments about their projects?!  Thanks for stopping by -
kirstin

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cards for purse



Hi there - For the cards I put in the purse, I tried to stick to one stamp set and coordinating accessories - in this case, the butterfly embosslit. The stamp set is On Your Birthday (pg 163). The goal was also to keep the cards simple enough to reproduce. Here are the 3 blue/green cards. The large oval comes from the oval frame punch when you make the purse handles. I hate to waste parts!There are 5 more cards for this set that I'll post as well.   Holler if you have any questions. Hope you like them - thanks for stopping by,  kirstin :)


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Card Purses - Everyday Enchantment version


Hi there - Here are 2 more versions of the card purse.  It is all about the Everyday Enchantment DSP, which is sooo lovely.  I love every design, every side of the paper!  There are 8 cards that coordinate and fit inside along with the envelopes.  Super easy to make, would be a great workshop class - although it would take time! I'll post the cards soon as well.   Hope you like these.  Thanks for stopping by!  kirstin

Monday, March 12, 2012

New look! WooOt!

Hi there - Tah-dah!  I am so excited about the new look of Paper Tree Lane!  It was time for an update but it took me a while to figure out what I wanted and get it together.  There are still some parts to add and wiggle around a bit.  I hope you like the new look!  If you were a follower before, I hope you'll join again.  If you have suggestions, let me know - I'm working to make this an informative, easy to navigate site for creativity and Stampin' Up! inspiration. 

   Here's today's project, a purse I made from a whole 12x12 piece of cardstock. It's a nice, sturdy purse - easy to make for sure!  I made it to package a baby gift and it was the perfect size.  I used the Playdate DSP from the clearance rack. It will also hold at least 8 cards and envelopes.  I'll show you that version tomorrow! :)  Thanks for stopping by!       kirstin

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lattice Valentine Card

Hi there - Today's card is sooo simple to make since the Lattice die does all the work!
I just cut the lattice piece from a 4x4 piece of pink DSP and used it as the focal point for my card. The colors are safe, Valentinesy colors - Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, and Pretty in Pink. I sponged the edges a bit and used the PS I Love You set for the sentiment and the background of one of the little heart accents. If you need a quick card for any occasion, this might be the way to go! Any color scheme would work and you could trade out the hearts for butterflies or even buttons. Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by - kirstin

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oval Frame Valentine Card

Hi there - Today's card has two looks to it - a simple, shabby version and then a fancier version with more details on it.  I called them Valentine's cards but really they could be used any time.

      

I used Pool Party as the base for both cards and Everyday Enchantment DSP for the oval frames.  I just reversed the frames and centers.  The butterflies are from the little butterfly embosslit.  And the brads and ribbon are part of the Sale-a-bration goodies....free!  Who doesn't love free stuff!  I hand cut the notches out of the end of the pennants because I wanted them to be a little off center.  They are glue-dotted to the hemp twine.  Both were sponged with Soft Suede around the edges.  For the second card, I stepped up the details a bit.  I embossed the card base with the dots folder.  I added 2 scrunched flowers, changed 2 of the pennants to DSP, added ribbon bows and curled the ends of the hemp.  (Easy to do:  just get the hemp damp and wrap it around your paper piercer until it is dry!)

 

I think I'll be making more of these using the other patterns of DSP in the Everyday Enchantment pack!  Hope you like them!
Thanks for stopping by -

kirstin

Monday, January 30, 2012

Thank you friends, for checking in!

                 HI there - here's a card I made a while back.  It was part of a Christmas stamp camp, believe it or not.  I figured it's always nice to have an all purpose card handy even during the holidays.  The card stock is So Saffron, although it looks darker.  The accent color is Peach Parfait. I did roll the background and part of the frame piece with River Rock to add a little contrast.   And the rest is pretty easy peasy.  Love how the oval frame die for the Big Shot makes the card look a little harder than it is to assemble.  Thanks for stopping by - kirstin