Sunday, March 7, 2010

Stamp Of The Month Goes Stampless?

It's True!  This month the club is choosing a project, rather than a stamp set!  We will be creating one of the fun On Board (chipboard) Books from the Occasions Mini Catalog, page 34.  Never Fear!  I have no doubt there will still be plenty of stampin' going on!!  Below is only a part of what club members will receive ~
April Club Fee Just $25
You Will Receive The Following:
(from Occassions Mini Catalog page 34)
(Limited number, first come basis)
BLING!!!  A variety of items, more than shown above!
Sweat Pea Stitched Felt flowers (partial package)
Ink Pads, Stamp Sets, Embossing Powders, Glitter, Big Shot & Dies
PLUS:  Run loose in my 2 file Drawers FULL of Card Stock scraps,
Tie things together with my drawers full of retired Ribbons, 
Nail down your design with retired Hardware, Buttons, etc . . .
AND . . .
Class Will Be Held Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 11 AM

So far everyone has chosen the scallop circle shape, but you can choose any of the three! 
Heart Item # 117236 / Scallop Circle Item # 118306 / Bird Item # 117238

Join for just this month, 
or subscribe to the club and receive bonus' and discounts!!
Email/call me ASAP to join in on the fun!
 Prepayment Required via: Check, Cash, Credit, or Paypal (see link on the left!)

 Hope To See You at
The Stamp Sell-er Soon!

Hugs, Karie B.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Blooming Clip Board plus a Bonus idea!

Today is the last day of the Going Green Blog Tour, however, be sure to come back to my blog often to see what's new, check out the links on the left, etc.....

My Redesigned Drawing Slip Clip Board

I use several of these small clip boards at many of my vendor events, like the Great Lakes Mega Meet coming up this May, the Farmington Hills Founders Festival in July, and many others.  A few are starting to look sort of sad but they are still sturdy and I didn't want to purchase new ones, so here's what I've come up with to make them a bit nicer. 
I used the the Bigz XL Die 'Stampin' Up! Flower Folds (Item #115970), Shades of Spring DSP (Occassions Mini Item #117160), Flower Designer Brads (Item 3112579), Anywhere Glue Sticks (Item #104045), a small 3" piece of elastic,  some craft store felt, and a clear barrel pen.
To give it some support for the brad behind the 'clip' , I used an spare piece of chipboard, covered it with DSP, punched a hole in the center with the Crop-a-dile (Item #108362), and you can't see it, but there is 3/4" metal washer on the other side of the chipboard to keep it from tearing through.  The Flower Designer Brad is put through the felt flower (cut with the Bigz Die) and through the hole in the 'clip' of the clipboard.  I did use a Hobby Blade (Item # 102449) to put a slit through the flower layers for the brad.  I don't think anyone will notice this side, but I know it's there!
I used the Crop-a-dile again to punch two holes through the clip board so I could add the elastic for my pen.  The photo on the left is the back side, which I didn't decorate.  The elastic was white, but I dyed it with a Stampin' Up! Reinker to match the DSP.  The pen (shown in the first photo) has a piece of DSP inside the barrel so that it matches as well.  Come see more of these redesigned clip boards, and enter a free drawing, at my booth at upcoming events this year.

BONUS PROJECT - Card Holder Clear Box

You will need some of the boxes that the wood-mount Stampin' Up! stamps come in. I know many of you are, or have already, unmounted all of your woods stamps so you can use our cool new clear blocks. Now you have an idea for the plastic cases they came in.  I recently received a LOT of them  from a customer/friend, Pat Schultz, because she has a new craft room with drawers and wanted to take the stamps out of the boxes (GASP!!!).  But she did keep photo copies of the sets so she wouldn't be totally lost about what goes with which.  Smart girl!

  Above is everything I used to make my two boxes and the three cards I am going to show you, and some of the boxes from Pat....stacked inside each other - as you can see - she loves SU stamps!  FYI - do you see a sneak pick of Stamp Set in that photo?  Yep...there is one there that will be out in the Summer Mini!  I earned it FREE through a Stampin' Up! Challenge after a Regional event I attended in AZ.  I LOVE FREE STAMPS!  Ask me how you can get some FREE STAMPS too! - or click the What's It Like To Be A Demonstrator button on the left (picture of me & my team's SU mascot)
Hers & His card  holder clear boxes
 Some of the His cards to match His Box.  

I loved using the To The Nines DSP because it is specialty DSP so it's more like card stock, when folded the insides of the the two cards on the left are printed!  So Cool!  I kept the cards very simple to appeal more to a man, however, my husband said they were too plain for him - but if you know my husband that isn't a surprise!

I did this Going Green project first but changed my mind.  Although I like them, they are not my favorite end result.  That's why they are my Bonus Project, not a main project.  I will more versions in the future, in the mean time, why not give it a try yourself.  They'd be great Thank You Gifts for Teachers this year!   I do recommend you use the next size up Stampin' Up! stamp box because this size holds the cards, but the envelopes are a bit too long for it....darn!


Until then, enjoy the rest of the Going Green Blog Tour!
Hugs, Karie B.

Click the icon below to continue with today's tour . . . on to Jackie's Blog . . .
Tour Ended March 7, 2010 at 12:01 AM  Thanks for joining us....more tours to come!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Scrapbook In A Box - Round Version

WOW!  I hope you took the tour yesterday....the ideas were sooooo cool.  One of my favorites was Becky Jensen's make over of the Lindt Chocolate box....SO CUTE!  It made me want to go buy some, of course part of that may have been a desire for the goodies that come in box!  LOL 

My idea for a Going Green project today is also from a box.....

 I started with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge box, and some restaurant drink coasters (compliments of a waitress who gave us a bag of them at convention one year!).  With them I made a round scrapbook book  in a box!

Along with the Box & Coasters, you will need:  Big Shot Bigz Dies; Stampin' Up Beautiful Butterflies (Item #114507) & Clear Circle (Item #114522).  Pretties Kit (Item #109114), Grosgrain Ribbon 1/4" (IB&C pg. 183), Small & Regular Tag punches (Item #108264 & #105934), Hobby Blade (Item #102449), Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers (DSP) - I used the Bashful Blue & Chocolate Chip Patterns DSP, and some adhesives; Sticky Strip (Item #104294), SNAIL Adhesive (Item #104332), and my favorite for this project, Anywhere Glue Stick (Item #104045)

 If you use the Bigz Clear Circle Die it will likely fit your round coasters as it did for me.  I lucked out that the coasters had a brown edge so it matched my design.  For the side I cut a strip of DSP 3/4" wide by 12" plus another strip the same width but only about 4" long.  It's easiest if you combine them into one long strip before adhering it to the side.  I used two rows of Stick Strip, one on the bottom side, and one on the lid side.  Then I added my 2/3" strip and cut down the center with a Hobby Blade.  Take your time with this so not to tear at the DSP (mine did a little).  The top was made with the two Bigz Dies, DSP, and the Warm Words stamp set (I used this set a few times on the pages as well)

ON THE INSIDE:  The Grosgrain ribbon is used as a hinge and is sandwiched between two decorated coasters to give it strength.  Here's how it looks when you open it, and both sides of the pages-on-ribbon.

Here's a few more angles of the finished box, and a few of the pages up close

 I hope you enjoyed today's project! I had fun making this that I decided that it needs to be an ABC class project ASAP!  So it is official the project for the next 
ABC Class on Thursday, April 21st
at 6:30 PM.  Email me for details 

Hugs, Karie B.

Now...of to see what Jackie Bottomley is up to the icon below
Tour Ended 3/7/10

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rhinstone Brad Jewel Box . . . worth a mint!

Today is the first day of the Going Green Blog Tour.  It is my first time to be involved in one of these tours and I admit to being a bit nervous.  The idea behind this tour is to recycle an item, or idea, to create something fun and new.  I have been wanting to try this idea for a long time I hope you like it!

The BEFORE and the AFTER

You will need:
 1 metal tin,  a variety of the round Rhinestone brads, Filigree Designer Brads, Sanding Block, Craft Ink to match your tin, Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, a hammer, and a nail. 
First a light sanding of the top of the tin.  Then cover it in Stampin' Up! Craft Ink (I used Real Red to match this particular tins red top) and Clear Embossing Powder.  After you heat this be careful to let it cool. It will be hot and take a bit longer for the embossing to 'set'.  I messed mine up a bit by touching it too soon - plus OUCH! it was hot!
Find the center of the lid with a ruler, or just eyeball it.  Open the box and find a block of wood to support the lid and the foam piece from the Mat Pack bundle between the wood and the lid. Then create a starter hole using the Piercing Tool, then because you'll needed a larger hole use a fat nail (unknown technical name, I just got it from my husbands 'stash') and hammered that into the original hole.  It is important to create that starter hole so you don't dent the lid with the nail.    Once you have the first hole place your main brad on the lid.  Mine uses both sizes of the Filigree Designer Brads and a red Rhinestone Brad.
 Once the first brad is in place, place filigree brads around it and mark the center with a pencil.  Then pierce those holes as you did with the first one.  Continue this process until the lid is as filled as you want it to be. I found it easier to secure the main brads, then mark the next set of brads, and so on.  Then when you can no longer fit any of the Filigree Designer Brads on the lid, you can fill in with Rhinestone Brads

When you are satisfied you can add fabric or felt to finish the inside of the tin.  Then create a personalized designer charm using one of our beautiful Simply Adorned Charms and place it inside What a fun packaging idea for an Easter, Birthday, or Mother's Day gift!  . . . or keep it for yourself!

Remember to check back here tomorrow to see my next project.  Follow the link below to see what some of my other Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends are doing for this tour.  The next one is by Jackie Bottomley, who happens to be a member of my downline (theMemoryINKers team) and a good friend!!

Hugs, Karie B.

Tour Ended 3/7/10