Thursday, 26 September 2013

Do it Yourself Cell Phone Cases

The Stampin' Up! Concept Artists have come up with a great idea - you can create your own cell phone case!  So instead of paying the high prices for the cell phone cases, create one exactly as you want it.
You can find some inexpensive cases at London Drugs , Walmart or Target for less than $10.00. Check out the 3 different cases.
For the Inspire/Create/Share case, the digital stamp from MDS’s Hooray For Today Stamp Brush Set was updated and printed it on Whisper White Cardstock; for the black and white case, Modern Medley Designer Series Paper was used; and the last case was embellished by combining a favourite picture and MDS’s “Family is everything” digital stamp from the Hooray for Today Stamp Brush Set. It was then printed on Whisper White Cardstock.

Trace around the case with a pencil. (Since the case is see-through, you should be able to see to center it and trace.) If you can’t find a see-through case, just measure your case and draw the lines on the paper with a ruler. Then lay the case down and trace around the corners to get the exact measurement of the corners and the camera lens hole.
After you cut your paper to the exact size of your case, use a paint brush to completely cover the top of the case with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Adhere the paper to the case and let it dry; then, using a paint brush, completely cover the case with Crystal Effects to make it water-resistant and more durable. Let it dry. 

You now have your very own custom case!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Swallowtail Surprise!

At Stampin' Up! Convention in July, Shelli Gardiner, Stampin' Up! Co-founder, demonstrated a beautiful card using the Swallowtail stamp (Item 129216) and I knew that I was going to case it.  It is stunning - as Shelli's cards always are!  She is the master of vintage and shabby chic! It's my sister's birthday coming up, so what a perfect opportunity to try it.  I got a little carried away, but I like how it turned out.

First of all Shelli's card - WOW!

The surprise is when you open it - the butterfly almost comes to life!
Now my case of it.  Definitely a little busier and I changed up the stamps and colours.  I'm pleased with how it turned out. I hope my sister likes it!
Colours are Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cataloupe
Stamp set used:  Swallowtail, Everything Eleanor, Background Builders, Gorgeous Grunge, Potpurri Papillion and for the sentiments, Bring on the Cake and Field Flowers
Happy Stamping!
Melva


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Oh my Goodness, I'm loving it!

Earlier this month I blogged about a new product from Stampin' Up! - the Envelope Punch Board.  I have to admit that when I saw this product at Convention in July, I wasn't so sure.  Over the past few weeks I've seen some really cute file folder cards and other projects made with it so I knew I had to have it.  I tried it out today.

First of all, if my husband is reading this, you should stop now!

I made the following card using the Circle Thinlits Die and extended the end.  The card ended up about 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".  I always seem to use the same stamp set for him - we're sailors, so it seems perfect.  This year, I added the World Map stamp set as well.  The card is made with Core'dinations paper in Cajun Craze which you can distress really easily to make it look vintage.  I stamped the map image and then sponged over it using a torn piece of paper and distressed the edges.  A few more embellishments with some edges cut from the Burlap ribbon and an anchor with a "bowline" knot attached (hard to see in the picture).  I'm hoping my husband will appreciate the fact that I can actually tie one of these very useful knots.

On the inside of the card I added a gift card holder from the Core'dinations paper.  For this I made a file folder tab using the new Envelope Punch board.  So easy to do.  Just decide where you want your tab to begin, punch it, then move over about 2 inches and punch again.  You can then use your paper trimmer to cut the extra pieces off.  

Now for a coordinating envelope.  Since my card ended up an odd size, it was perfect - with the Envelope Punch Board I can make it any size I want to.  All of the measurements are included.  In seconds I have an envelope that fits and coordinates.  What a great way to use up some of the retired Designer Series Paper that I have.

I'm sure my husband will be thrilled with his card, don't you?
I'll post some other samples using it to make the file folder cards.  The Envelope Punch Board sells for $24.95 (Item 133774).  I know you're going to want one! Email me or shop on my Online Store.

Also, don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack on my Online Store!  Stampin' Up! has just refreshed it with some great deals.

Happy Stamping
Melva


Sunday, 8 September 2013

It's been a "Banner" Day

I've had fun in my craft room today playing with the Simply Banner Kit from Stampin' Up! It was so easy to create some beautiful banners. 

First of all I re-created the "Joy" banner from page 13 of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.  We'll be making this banner in my class on November 16th.  For this banner I added the Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit to add some bling.  So easy.  The Banner kit comes with all of the stencils you need including alphabet letters.  For this banner I used the Stampin' Spritzer and made my own colours with the Re-inkers and Rubbing Alcohol (about 5-10 drops of colour and fill the rest of the spritzer with alcohol).  It was a bit messy (I'm sure the colour will come out of my hands in a day or two), so I suggest you use some rubber gloves.


Now, on to some of the other projects I made - in less than 3 hours I had 3 banners made!  How easy is that.  The next one is a simple one - no embellishments except some Smoky Slate Chevron ribbon.  I used Pool Party coloured spritzer for this one. This one is for a friend of mine who has just moved back to Vancouver after being away and is renting a place.  I thought this might cheer up her place a bit.

For my last banner, I decided that my hands were coloured enough so I used ink pads and sponge daubers to apply the colour with the stencils.  The colour is a little darker when you do it this way, but I think it might be a little easier.  This banner will go in my craft room which I've gradually been organizing with new shelves and ways to store my supplies. 
The colours I used are all In Colours - all of the new ones from this year as well ans Summer Starfruit. The embellishments on this one are using the Flower Shop stamp set and coordinating punch and the Potpourri Papillion stamp set and coordinating Elegant Butterfly Punch and Bitty Butterfly Punch, a few rhinestones and some Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon.  I stamped using the same colours as the pennants and applied using a dimensional. Here's an upclose look at a couple of the embellishments.

For more information and to register for my "Joy" Banner class, click here.
You can order a Simply Created Banner Kit by shopping on my Online Store (don't forget to use  U6TW4492 when ordering) or by emailing me.
Happy stamping and Banner making!
Melva

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Upcoming Classes - Birthdays and Christmas and Banners - Oh My!

I'm excited to offer several classes this fall to help you get ready for all of the birthdays you have coming up as well as Christmas. 
Sneak Peak of 2 of the cards we'll be making

 Happy Birthday Class
September 14th from 1-3pm
We'll make 4 cards including envelopes for $25.  

Reserve your spot by clicking here











  
 Mixed Media Class - Snowman or Christmas Tree
October 5 from 10-3pm
You can choose to make either the snowman or the Christmas Tree 
Cost:  $30 includes all supplies

Click here to reserve your spot 



Christmas Joy Banner Class
Reserve you spot now to make this beautiful banner just in time to decorate your home for the holidays.
Class will be held on November 16th from 1-4pm.
Cost $35 - all supplies included for a 3 lettered banner.  If you'd rather choose a different word (like Noel or Brrr or Snow) contact me for the cost.
You must reserve your spot by November 7th so that I can have enough supplies for everyone.
 
Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack
You will make 3 cards of 5 different designs to get you started on you Christmas cards.
Stay tuned for a sneak peak of the cards we'll make.  
Cost $25 for 15 cards including envelopes 
Click here to reserve now. 

I hope to see you at one (or more) of my classes.

Happy Stamping!
Melva 




 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Butterfly Share

Hi everyone, 

Happy Labour Day!  

I'm sitting on our boat in a light rain shower after a great weekend, but feeling sad that it is the end our our boating season.  While we'll get some good weather in September, we don't usually get out too much.  We've had an amazing year on the west coast for boating.  The rain shower makes me think of spending the afternoon in my craft room once we get home :)

I wanted to share a card I made a while back using the Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch and the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  There is a promotion on right now - 15% off the Papillion Potpurri Stamp Set and the Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch.  For this card I didn't use the stampset for the butterflies - just punched them out from Designer Series Paper.  This card was so easy! 
You can place your order on my Online Store (use hostess code U6TW4492).  If you place your order using the Hostess Code, I will enter your name in a draw to win the coordinating Elegant Butterfly Punch.

Happy Stamping!
Melva

Sunday, 1 September 2013

NEW Product from Stampin' Up! - Envelope Punch Board!

Do you ever wish you could make an envelope that matches your beautiful cards?  Well, now you can! And it's so easy! 
Stampin' Up! has introduced the new Envelope Punch Board and it's available for order staring today!  You can make 66 different shapes of envelopes with this one tool.  The Envelope Punch Board sells for $24.95.

Check out some of the other details about the tool:
  • It creates totally customizable envelopes in up to 66 different sizes (not to mention a million different color and pattern options depending on the paper you want to use). Even tried and true envelope sizes will only take you moments to create!
  • It's super easy to use; 
  • It's small and lightweight; it's super portable and easy to store. It's small and light enough that you can use it while watching a soccer match, at a park, at a friend's for craft night-anywhere.
  • It even has a slick scoring tool as well as a punch that lets you create rounded corners on your envelopes.
  • It's easy to keep it all together; the stylus storage compartment and two punches are designed into the tool so you don't have a bunch of little pieces to keep track of (even the instructions are printed right on the tool so you won't lose them!).
  • The price is terrific-especially for a tool that does so much!
  • It will be in next year's annual catalog, so it's here to stay.
  • The platform has imperial measurements but there is a separate insert with metric measurements you can stick on if you wish
Here's a little video showing you how to use this fun tool!


I know you're going to love this new product!  I do!  
Are you interested in placing an order?  Email me or go to My Online Store.

Happy Stamping and Envelope Making!
Melva



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