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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Build a CaKe with Designer Paper

You just can't help but LAUGH when you read this sentiment
from the "YIPPEE SKIPPEE" stamp set

carbs, schmarbs!

what better way to show off the sentiment than to have a really fun cake
to go with it, 3 tiered no less! I'm sure it's CHOCOLATE on the inside, right?

Inspiration for this project came from the challenge HERE at

After looking at all the super cute patterns and colors on the BIRTHDAY BASICS DESIGNER PAPER, I knew I could create a fun and colorful tiered cake. A special BONUS was being able to fussy cut the candles for some added fun.

The Birthday Basic paper has a really fun mix of color choices including....
Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla and Basic Gray. With so many color choices it's easy to pull out 2-3 colors and work from there. I wanted mine a little softer so I choose the highlighted colors above. I also added Pool Party as a toned down version of the Bermuda Bay.

The GORGEOUS GRUNGE stamp set was used to create the super cool background .....very trendy right now!

Here's how to make the card

1.  Make a Very Vanilla card base.
2.  Using the Gorgeous Grunge  stamp set , stamp the Crisp Cantaloupe striped 
     image, then the Bermuda Bay large splatt, the the Pool Party in the bottom
     right hand corner.
3.  Cut a Pool Party piece 3 3/4" x 2 3/4"
4.  Cut a Very Vanilla piece 3  1/2" x 2 1/2", apply to the Pool Party piece
5.  Create the cake layers
     Numbers  2" x 1 1/8"
     Dots        1 5/8" x 3/4"
     Balloons   1 1/4" x 5/8"
6.  I Fussy Cut 7 of the candles with my Paper Snips . Why 7 ? it seemed to 
     balance well with the top cake layer. 3 tall and 4 short candles gives a nice 
     tiered look.
7.  Build the cake with the patterned pieces starting with the bottom cake layer 
     and starting about 5/8" from the bottom of the vanilla panel.
8.  Pop up the whole Birthday cake panel using dimensionals under the
     POOL Party piece.

9.   Create the Sentiment Banner...
      Cut a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock 3 1/4" x 1"
      Cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock 2 3/4" x 3/4"
10.  Using Bermuda Bay, stamp the sentiment in the center of the Vanilla
      card stock.
11.  Using a 1" Square Punch  and placing the corner of the square in the 
      center of each banner end....punch the banner flag tips.
12.  Assemble the banner layers together and pop up with dimensionals.
13.  Fussy cut the party hat and glue to the banner 

Products used today 
STAMPS:   Yippee Skippee wood#131341, clear mount #131344
               Gorgeous Grunge  wood#130514, clear mount #130517
PAPER:     Birthday Basics # 130145, Very Vanilla # 101650, 
               Pool Party # 122924, Crisp Cantaloupe # 131298
INK:         Cantaloupe #131176, Bermuda Bay #131171,
               Pool Party 126982
TOOLS:    Paper Snips #103579, 1" Square punch #124094

Thank you for joining me as I find more ways to S T R E T C H my Stampin'Up
products. If you decide to CASE this card and post to your blog could you please provide a link back to this post.....it  would just THRILL me!
Many Thanks, Pam

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Go Fish" Treat/Gift Card Box

Guys Deserve Goodies too, Right?
Here is a NEW Treat Box I designed for all the
Guys in Your Life. 
It easily fits several Gift cards, treats ( gummy worms ) and space for
for a special lure or two!

I think I'm already " Hooked" on making this container because
I know I can fill it with so many goodies. I'm sure I will be making
more in some additional themes for the Holidays....please stay tuned!
I feel a 3-D obsession coming on....

So what colors did I use? The Treat Box base is made using Night of Navy card stock , the picture panel is Canjun Craze and the watery panels are Soft Sky.

By The Tide Clear-Mount Stamp Set

I love the versatility of the "BY THE TIDE" stamp set and have found myself making more projects than I thought I might (see links below). There are 7 stamps in all, so perfect for creating a print tray feel for the front on the box. This time I used just portions of 3 of the images. It's pretty impossible to mess up your image when you are only stamping part of it. I love that! When I stamped the Night of Navy ink on the Soft sky card stock it created kind of an illusion of water....seemed like a perfect combo!

To give the box a rugged outdoor feel I decided to make a topper from the NEW HOLIDAY CATALOG Burlap Ribbon. It's 1 1/4" wide so there is enough width to fold it over. My bone folder came in handy to help crease it in half. Don't you love the texture?

As for the Little banner it was easy to make with white card stock, the Ticket Duo Builder Punch, a Canjun Craze marker and Linen Thread. The cool thing is that I was able to write my own sentiment, so the idea is totally customizable and the little ticket punches allow space for several letters.

Now Stampin'Up doesn't sell them individually anymore. but you can Hold the cute little banner in place with Mini Clothes pins, no glue required. 
You can however find 10 of the cute little pins in the Tag A Bag Accessory Kit  found HERE

More BY THE TIDE inspiration

I hope you enjoyed today's project and thank you for visiting

feel free to leave comments or ask questions!

Pam Strobel

Supplies Needed for the Treat Box include...

Stamps:  By the Tide   wood#131910  clear block #129120
Paper:    Night of Navy #100867, Canjun Craze #119684
             Soft Sky# 131203  Whisper White# 100730
Ink:        Night of Navy #12690  Cajun Craze marker #131262 (Regals pack)
Punches: Ticket Duo Builder #126883
Finishing Touches
              1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon #132140, Linen Thread #104199
              Glue Dots#103683, Tag a Bag Accessory Kit# 130153

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Scallop Square Makes a Little Pocket

S T R E T C H  TIME.........Yes it's time to stretch the way we
use our punches on today's card.
The Scallop Square Punch and the Ticket Punch are
going to be transformed.

Thanks to Connie and Mary I've got this great card sketch as my jumping 
off point..wow that means I'm JUMPING AND STRETCHING,
real calorie burners...LOL!


Check out what the other DESIGNERS have created
with this same sketch HERE and if you have
Stampin'Up products you can play along also!

Here is how to make your card.....

1.  Make a whisper white card base.
2.  Cut 3 pieces of Basic Gray card stock 1" x 3 1/4".
3.  Cut 3 pieces of EASTERN ELEGANCE Designer Series Paper 3/4" x 3".
4.  Apply panels to card base.
5.  Punch 1 ea, Crushed Curry Scalloped Square and Basic Gray , :( retired.

6.  Cut 2 scallops off the top edge of the Gray piece and adhere to Curry piece
     just on the three outside edges to make a pocket.
7.  Punch a Bitty Butterfly from the Eastern Elegance DSP, pop up with 
     dimensionals and apply 3 rhinestones.
8.  Stamp "I'm here for you" from the Petite Pairs set on white
     card stock using Smokey Slate ink or marker.
9.  Punch out the sentiment with the Ticket Duo Builder punch.
10. Cut a small strip of Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon.
11. Apply the ribbon strip to the top of the ticket with a glue dot and then 
     staple in place. Tuck into the pocket.
12. Cut a Strip of Chevron ribbon to make the banner and follow stitch pattern
     at the end to cut the V.   Glue ribbon in place.
13. Pop up sentiment pocket and place over the end of the banner.
14. Attach a Hung Up Cute Clip to the bottom corner of the pocket.

Thanks for Joining me Today and I hope you will have a chance to see
my 3-D Project I'll be doing for the 


subscribers only will receive 24 Projects with Photo Tutorials

Stamps        Petite Pairs  wood#128706, clear mount#122497 (french also)
Paper          Whisper White#100730, Crushed Curry#131199, Gray#121044
                  Eastern Elegance#130131
Ink              Smoky Slate pad#131179  or Marker#131898
Punches       Ticket Duo Builder#126883, Bitty Butterfly#129406, 
                  Scallop Square (retired...keep your eye open 
                                          @ the clearance rack)
Finishing Touches
                  Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon#130019
                  Hung Up Cute Clips#129389

Friday, August 23, 2013

Gold Embossed Magnificent Maple Leaves

Gold Embossing, something I always seem to do with every 
Leaf stamp set I purchase. It was only a matter of time before
I tried it with the Magnificent Maple set.

I gold embossed three different colors of card stock...
Tangerine Tango, Elegant Eggplant and Crushed Curry , fussy cut them and then placed them on a 4" x 1 1/2" panel of Early Espresso on a
Baked Brown Sugar card base.

After I stamped the "THANKFUL for" in Espresso ink I felt like I still needed something more. My dilemma is that I wanted to fill in the extra space with something subtle so I remembered (which I haven't used forever) that you can stamp the Versamark ink on darker card stock and just get the watermark look.
Bravo! it worked just perfect and gave me the look I wanted. Funny how sometimes we forget about the tried and true techniques.

The leaves are popped up with dimensionals and also given an extra touch of texture with a simple bow of Linen Thread.

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Fall Collection 2013
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• NEW card sets and projects that can be completed in about 2 hours...perfect for classes and camps!

• FREE Preview Projects August 19 - 24 (so you can see what we are all about)!

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• Features the Holiday Catalog AND 2013-2014 Catalog Products 

• 24 EXCLUSIVE samples

• Step-by-step DOWNLOADABLE PHOTO tutorials

• Only available to subscribers!

• Demonstrators & Customers welcome!

Single Stamps used for todays project
Magnificent Maple , wood only #131868
Thankful for..., wood only #133313

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Tags 4 You" Quick Card w/ Washi Tape

It's no TRICK , it's time to begin thinking about some 
quick Halloween cards that you
can make with just a few great supplies.

How about even more FALL INSPIRATION?
There will be oodles of projects in the

in fact 24 Exclusive Projects with Step by Step 
Downloadable Photo Tutorials

I will be a Guest Designer during this Fall Collection and am excited about
featuring the Magnificent Maple stamp set.

Just remember the Fall Collection is ONLY AVAILABLE to SUBSCRIBERS
and this week there is a EARLY BIRD SPECIAL PRICE

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Here's how to make my Fun and Easy Halloween Card

1. Make a Pumpkin Pie card base
2. Cut a black and white polka dot layer measuring 3 1/2" x 2 3/4" using 
   Modern Medley DSP
3. Cut a Basic Gray layer measuring 4" x 2 3/4" and apply
   Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape in 3 rows wrapping the tape over
   the edges of the card stock.
4. Cut a Piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock 2 1/4" x 2 1/4".

5. Punch a Wide Oval using Basic Black card stock and apply to the square
    Pumpkin Pie panel.
6. On Very Vanilla card stock , Use black embossing powder to emboss the
    Trick or Treat sentiment from the "Tags 4 You" stamp set.
7. Punch out the sentiment with the coordinating Label Bracket Punch, adhere
    to the black oval.
8. Use dimensionals and pop up the Pumpkin Pie sentiment panel.

9. Tie a knotted bow using Pumpkin Pie 3/4" Chevron Ribbon and glue to
    the bottom of the sentiment.

Todays supplies:
Stamps: Tags 4 You (wood# 131820, clear mount 131823)
            (see bundle below)
Paper: Black 121045, Gray 121044, Pumpkin Pie 105177, Vanilla 101650
          Modern Medley Designer 126926
Ink: Versamark Pad 102283
Punches: Extra Large Oval 119859, Label Bracket 132153 (see bundle below)
Finishing Touches: Black Embossing Powder 109133, Chevron Ribbon 130015,
                          Witches' Brew Washi Tape 132156

SAVE 15% when you purchase the stamp set and coordinating punch together!

Tags 4 You Clear-Mount Bundle

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Magnificent Maple with Coastal Cabana & Black

Let's Think out of the box today and enjoy the versatility of this Fall's go to stamp sets. If you have been here to my site before you know that I am about
finding ways to STRETCH my Stampin'Up Products. 
This is one of my most recent FAVORITE color combos and I thought
 "who says a card with these colors can't be made with a fall theme"
individual stamps.

It's an EASY card to make and can be completed in 20 mins.  I will be showing you more simple cards using the MAGNIFICENT MAPLE set in the weeks to come and it is MY FEATURED stamp set as a Guest Designer with the FALL COLLECTION at Create with Connie and Mary. Today is the start of preview week with lots of FREE Projects to inspire you.

What is Create with Connie and Mary Fall Collection?
• NEW card sets and projects that can be completed in about 2 hours...perfect for classes and camps!
• FREE Preview Projects August 19 - 24 (so you can see what we are all about)!
• Fall Collection runs August 24 - September 21
• Features the Holiday Catalog AND 2013-2014 Catalog Products
• 24 EXCLUSIVE samples
• Step-by-step DOWNLOADABLE PHOTO tutorials
• Only available to subscribers!
• Demonstrators & Customers welcome!

EARLY BIRD signups for the

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Fall Collection 2013

have begun!

Fall Collection 2013
Regularly $24.95 US
Thankful Wood-mount Stamp SetMagnificent Maple Wood-mount Stamp

I will not lie that I had a little help from my friends with the colors and layout
Thank You DESIGN TEAMS at the following sites

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1. Make a card base of Coastal Cabana
2. Using Coastal Cabana Ink stamp THANKFUL FOR on the right hand side.
3. Stamp 3 MAGNIFICENT MAPLE images in black ink.
4. Cut 1 Whisper  white panel 5 1/4" x 1 1/4".
5. Cut 1 Basic Black layer 5" x 1 ".
6. Stamp 2 Maple images on white card stock using Coastal Cabana ink.
7. Using 2 7/8" scallop circle punch, Punch out 3 of the stamped image.
8. Attach scallops to the black layer, then onto the white and finally over
   the top of the black leaves.
9. Adhere a Coastal Cabana colored " In Color Boutique Details " element to
   the center scallop using glue dots.

Visit All this week for links to the 
Create with Connie and Mary 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Technique Twist challenge/Emerging Colors

Technique Twist that is
# 5 Emerging colors

I had fun twisting this week's technique by making my own paper
Ribbon using the NEW gingham wheel.

Find out what the other Design Team Members have done
And then come play along with us!

For this technique I started by sponging three colors of classic inks on 
white card stock

For the next step I rolled the gingham wheel across my clear ink
Versamark pad and then transferred the image on top of the three. 
Inked colors. Sprinkle clear embossing powder on top of the 
Versamarked image and emboss with a heat gun.  

Sponge or brayer black ink over the top of the three colors and 
clear embossed Gingham images.

The Colors really EMERGE when you wipe the black ink off of the
Clear embossed image and reveal the bright colors below.

Trim off the black edges to create your plaid ribbon
Then roll and clip the tails to decorate the card.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Blooming with Kindness

I Finally got a chance to get back into My Creative Zone! I've been
gone this last week with hubby and Friends camping at Lake Almanor near
Mt. Lassen Volcanic Park. It's such a special time as We have been camping with these friends for 20 yrs.We have had the best time over the years camping with our children and now some of our children's kids are coming also. 
Great memories with very special people!

Today I decided to play with the Blooming with Kindness stamp set and a few of my markers. Tangerine Tango, Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise.

To achieve the multi colored flower layers start by Inking up the outside edges of the full flower with a Tangerine Tango marker using the brush tip. Now you can ink the center of the flower with the Old Olive marker, stamp on whisper white paper.

The second and three flower layers are inked with just one color and fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals.

To give the flowers
 A touch of sparkle I added some Dazzling details to each of the petal layers.

Pretty scalloped edges and a multi layered butterfly pull together all of the colors for a bright and summery birthday card. I love the fact that the flower and sentiment are all in the same stamp set, easy on the budget!
(available in French and German also)

Blooming With Kindness Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Wood # 131961  Clear Mount # 126422

Thank you for Visiting today, if you have any questions please leave
me a comment below!

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