Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Love Layout

Have I ever mentioned that I have a scrapbooking club? Well, I do. We meet the first Thursday of the month and make a scrapbook layout and then another simple project. If you're in the Albuquerque area and are interested in attending my club, contact me. 

This layout is from my January club. I generally am not a Valentine's fan, but this year something took over me and I actually made several Valentine-related items; this scrapbook layout being one of them. The good thing about this layout, though, is that is can be used for anybody you love. I have no idea yet what pictures will grace this layout, but I do know that this layout is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it.

Stampin' Cita's tips:
  • Color Scheme: Real red, Pretty in Pink, Pacific Point
  • Stamp sets: Filled with Love, Notes & Details,  Fundamental Phrases
  • Accessories: Basic rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Top Note die, 1" Circle punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Brayer, Versamark
  • Create the background by starting with two 12x12 sheets of Whisper White Cardstock. Stamp the heart image in Versamark all over the cardstock to create a background. Next, ink your brayer with Pacific Point by rolling it over the ink pad and then roll it over the cardstock. Repeat this step until you are satisfied with the amount of Pacific Point on your page. You will then repeat this step using Pretty in Pink. Remember to clean your brayer in between colors. 
  • The DSP used on this page was part of the Filled with Love package, but it still can be obtained in the Brights Patterns Designer Paper Stack (which is a great paper stack to have around). 
  • Stamp the "Love" on whisper white and then stamp the heart clover image on a piece of Pretty in Pink DSP. Punch the image out using the 1" circle punch and use it for the "O" in Love.  
  • Cut out two Top Notes, one Whisper White and one Real Red. Cut along the dotted lines of the Whisper White and adhere to the Real Read Top Note to get a nice layered look. 
  • Use the images in the Notes & Details stamp set to create a place for journaling. Note that the "Love" image is actually from the Fundamental Phrases stamp set and stamped in Real Red.

I hope you enjoy the Love Layout and can use it as a starting point for one of your scrapbook layouts. I think this is an simple layout that can easily be customized to different colors and occasions. 

Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Punch a Bunch of Owls

Remember I mentioned how I got into the Valentine's Day spirit this year? Here's another one of my Valentine's Day projects that I did, even though I personally think Valentine's day is way overrated. However, one of the things I like about this card is that it doesn't have to be used for a Valentine's Day card. Just change out the greeting to "Happy Birthday" or "I Love You" or "Thinking of You," and wa-la - a non-Valentine's day card. On another note - I love the owls from the Sale-a-Bration Punch Bunch set. They are so stinkin' cute. 

Stampin' Cita Tips:
  • Color scheme: Certainly celery, Real Red, Pink Piourette, and Early Espresso
  • Stamp sets: Sale-a-Bration Punch Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes 
  • Accessories: Owl Extra Large punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon Early Espresso, Scallop Trim Border punch
  • Use the Owl Stamp in the SAB Punch Bunch stamp set to get your base owl image. Cut out the owl using the Owl punch. Then, take a few pieces of DSP and punch out the body of the owl using the Owl punch and adhere the punch out to the owl image. I also used the Stampin' Write markers to color the Owl's outer eyes.  
  • If you are like me and are not really good at tying beautiful bows, tying a knot in your ribbon is a nice alternative. I'm good at tying knots, such as I did with the Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon. I used scotch tape to attached the ends of the ribbon behind the DSP layer. 
Happy Stampin'

    Sunday, March 20, 2011

    A Bookmark Card Just for You!

    Look, I'm not blogging about Christmas. It's beautiful outside and there's hint of spring in the air. I'm so excited! Hurry up spring!

    You know what else I'm excited about? I'm excited about the Sale-a-Bration Punch Bunch stamp set. I love how each stamp in the set coordinates with a punch. Like this stamp. Although I did not use it in this way, but the "For You" stamp in the Punch Bunch stamp set coordinates with the scallop punch (as well as the 1-3/4" circle punch as you will see). 

    Stampin’ Cita Tips:
    • This card is a greeting card with a book mark! You’ll need to obtain a few small magnet pieces to make the bookmark.
    • Color scheme: Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
    • Stamp sets: Sale-a-Bration Punch Bunch
    • Accessories and tools: Big Shot, Two Tags Bigz Die, Springtime Vintage DSP
    • To make the book mark, cut a piece of  2” x 8” cardstock and score and fold at 4”. Place the folded cardstock over the skinny tag on the Two Tags Bigz Die. Make sure to place the fold inside the tag so that you get a folded tag instead of two full, separate tags.

    • To make the "For You" embellishment for the bookmark, first punch a scallop from the Springtime Vintage DSP. Next punch a1-1/4" circle from Always Artichoke. Finally stamp the "For You" image in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla and use the 1-3/4" circle punch to punch out the middle of the stamped image. 
    • Add some *bling* by placing a Rhinestone on the flower.
    If you don't want to make this a bookmark card, all you have to do is just adhere the bookmark to your card, and wa-la, now it's just a card.

    Happy Stampin'