WOO HOO!!

I have never been asked to be a part of any design groups before and I am super excited to be a part of this one! The Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers.com asked me and couldn’t hardly contain myself! I love challenges!! So! I want to give you a bit more details on some of the challenges for the month of May.

The theme for May is “Sweet Surprises” or “Suite Surprises”. I want to show the first challenge. SIP – Step it up! – Create a CAS project of you choosing with the theme in mind. Then create a second project, amped up with more enrichments, additions, layers…whatever you choose to really step it up.

So, here is my clean and simple card. I chose to make it a Sweet Suite Card. hehe. I used the Cool Treats Suite for both cards. I cut a Whisper White piece of paper that measures 3 x 5 1/2″.  I used the exact same size on the stepped-up version too.  This piece is popped up with dimensionals.  This card uses the Cool Treats Stamp set and Frozen Treats Framelits… plus, I just used the Tasty Treats washi tape as an accessory.  You will also notice that I have a banner (though it’s hard to see) popped up on the card as well.  I inked up the sentiment with chocolate chip ink, except for “sweet” which is in Watermelon Wonder.


This card, however, I used Watercolor paper instead of Whisper White for the 3 x 5 1/2″ piece and the banner.  I used the Tasty Treats DSP, the Sprinkles Embellishments, added a spoon with silver foil, added a highlight on the ice cream dish and a water color background in Peekaboo Peach.

Tomorrow, i will show you the second challenge, stay tuned!

Technique Tuesday?

dragonflyGiven a challenge of making a one-layer card, I tried a new technique called Die Cut Masking.  This isn’t exactly how this technique was to be used but I wanted to change things up a bit.  I took painters tape and lined by Big Shot cutting pad with it.  I then put the die cut on top of the tape and ran it through.  Carefully, I peeled the tape outline off the cutting pad and stuck it to watercolor paper. I pressed firmly to made sure it adhered…  I then went to town on the watercolor paper.  I heat set the paper and then removed the tape.

Now, I could have clear embossed this and watercolored.  I would have gotten the same effect, essentially.  However, notice the “Thanks for the smile and everything else”. It’s stamped on TOP of the dragon fly – you can’t do that with clear embossing.  I am going to do this technique again…. doing it the way it was meant to be done…. I will show you it again, tomorrow.

The colors of ink that I used were Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Elegant Eggplant.  The paper is Marina Mist and Watercolor Paper.  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits were used to cut the painters tape.  I also used the Sale-A-Bration ribbon as an embellishment along with White Perfect Accents.  If you need supplies, please visit my website: mamaschroeg.stampinup.net

A Happy Hello

happyhelloPinterest is a great place to get ideas.  I happened to catch this sketch and this color combination on two separate posts and decided this would make a great card!  You have seen those paint palette type of posts, right?  Well, we didn’t have the exact colors but I found similar ones:  Early Espresso, Tip Top Taupe, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum.  I love neutral colors, if someone were to ask me what my favorite SU! palette was, I would say Neutrals.

The stamp set used is Tin of Cards.  I have a huge project coming up using this stamp set.  I really want to work on it but life has been a little crazy lately.  I am super excited for it to be finished though!

So, what do you think?  Cute?

Wedding Fever…

noteinabottleHere’s an adorable way to ask your bridesmaids and maid/matron of honor to be part of the wedding party! Pull off the cork, pull up the “note-in-a-bottle” and unroll the note!!

noteinabottle-messageThe bottles around just over 2″ tall.  So tiny and so cute!  It will be hard to resist becoming a bridesmaid when she unrolls her note….

I have more wedding ideas coming your way!  Stay Tuned.

(Just a note – I bought these little bottles years ago…. just now starting to clear out my stash!)

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#TBT – Peppermint Patties

lovebox-filledWith Valentine’s Day, right around the corner… Well, I thought I would bring back a great project!  It’s not my original design so I don’t feel comfortable sharing the dimensions… however, I tried to find this box again and can’t find it anywhere.  Just know, it’s not mine.  Another demonstrator thought this baby up.

Here’s what you will need:

1 – 5″ x 5″ cardstock (Sweet Sugarplum used here)
1 – 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ Strip (if you do the hearts, I cut mine 1 x 8 1/2 – Sweet Sugarplum used here)
10 – Scallop Circle punches (Rich Razzleberry used here)
6 – 1 3/8″ Circle Punches (Sweet Sugarplum used here)
6 – 1 1/4″ Circle Punches (Whisper White used here)

loveboxI did something completely different with this box.  I used the Window Box Thinlets to cut-out the shapes in each of the side panels and the Love Notes Thinlets to cut hearts out for the handle!  Super cute!!

So, now what?  Well, let’s make a box.  Take your 5 x 5 card stock and score on all 4 sides at 1 1/2″.  (see the example below – dotted lines are score lines, solid lines are cut lines.) So, put one of the 5 x 5 sides along the top, score at 1 1/2″, turn 90 degrees, score at 1 1/2″, turn 90 degrees, score at 1 1/2″, turn 90 degrees and score at 1 1/2″

Cut on the 4 score lines as shown.  The run from the edge of the paper to the 1 1/2″ score line.  You will notice that there are two cuts at the top of the paper and two cuts at the bottom of the paper.  The other 4 score lines are not cut.  They are only scored.

Now, fold up the sides.  The flaps should both fold into either side of the box. (where the cut lines are) I stapled the sides and the handle on at the same time.  Using only 1 staple right in the middle to secure the box together. You will cover the staple with a scallop set (mine is the Kiss and the lips).

What do you think?  Pretty simple, right.  Quick and easy! Makes a great gift for a co-worker, employee or anyone, really!  If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comment section!

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

 

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Challenge #9

doveboxvdI am almost done with the challenges. Just one more to go! This challenge was all about gifts. It could be a tag, a box or anything “giftie.” I have an idea book that I keep all my projects in. So, I went to page one. There before me was not really a box. AND it fit the exact number of chocolates I had left…. 4 LOL!! yeah someone’s been in my stash. It could have been me, honestly but…. i don’t remember eating the whole bag! ANYWAY… Here’s my Dove or Bliss chocolate box/sleeve/not-sure-what-to-call-it-as-it-doesn’t-have-4-sides.

You will also find a picture of what the inside looks like.  I kept this simple so you can see some variations that you could do on your own (like adding or subtracting DSP, embellishments, etc).  It’s a super cute and super easy project!

doveboxvd-insideList of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

Different Style

loveyouRemember yesterday’s post about the Twist Pop-up card with the hot air balloons?  Well, I did something a little different….. I turned it sideways!  LOL! Check out this great Valentine’s day Card!  The front of the card says…. Love.  The inside of the card says…. YOU!  This card made me gitty!  This is the “design” but different measurements of yesterday’s card.  When I found this card, I didn’t see anyone that turned it sideways (I am sure someone has before I did it, I just didn’t see it).  Anyway, I think this card is safe to post online.  My boyfriend, the recipient, wouldn’t see it on my blog, or my stamping facebook page…. Hey, speaking of which, have you seen it my Stampers With Altitude Facebook page??  Click here! Please like my page!!

What do you think?  I think it’s definitely a technique worth trying!  I am sure there are a ton more possibilities with it too!  Give it a try!

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