Saturday, May 30, 2009

Post-It Note Holders made with the Bind-It-All

My latest and greatest gadget is the Bind-It-All (BIA) by Zutter. It will punch and bind almost anything, including chipboard, thin metal, wood, fabric, acrylic, and cds. And the best part is it's pink, which just means it's Zutter's 2.0 version with the following added features: allows 35% thicker material, extension paper guide bar, extension guide bar plate, and extension paper guide locking system. These are the only differences if you are comparing the original blue BIA to their new pink BIA. The best price I was able to find it for was at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon.

Okay, so here's my first "kreation" I made so far using the BIA. It's a simple post-it note holder and the outside covers are chipboard coasters dressed up in pattern paper.
A more detailed's an USA themed one:
And here is the inside....
Here are some with the tiki hut theme...
And here's the inside...
And finally here are some beachy ones...
And the inside...

Thank you for looking! The monograms on the USA and tiki hut ones were hand stamped with Stampin' Up's Lovely Letters Alphabet set.

Monday, May 4, 2009

NSD Challenges hosted by the Pink Stamper

These are some of the challenges I did for the Pink Stamper's (if you have not checked out her blog yet, you are missing out...she is one talented girl and her videos are great!) NSD (National Scrapbooking Day) event. She had 10 in all, but I only had time to complete 3 of them...

Challenge #1: Color challenge - make something using brown and pastel. This is a gate card I made using a MS edge punch, Polka Dot Punches SU! stamp, M's flower ribbon, and SU! word window punch. I love "latte" and greens together...those were my wedding colors! :)
Challenge #4: Make a Mother's Day Card
This was perfect timing for this challenge since Mother's Day is next Sunday. Here's another gate card I made with my Crafter's Companion (I still need to make the matching envelops)! I heat embossed SU! "frames with a flourish" and then used SU! "lovely letters" to spell out "MOM." I then cut them out and used dimensionals to adhere them to the card. I used the 2 step stamping process with SU! "simply said" set for the 3 hearts and cut those out for the opposite side, along with some pretty pink and black ribbon. The "MOM" letters are also heat embossed in a glittery shimmer.Challenge #10: Make something using a circular shape.
I made these two pretty tulips with my new SU! scalloped oval punch and large oval punch. I added some yellow and orange peel stickles on the tulips and a "thank you" stamp from the SU! "short and sweet" set (this is such a simple set, yet it's great for so many different projects and events). The stems are hand stitched which really did not take all that long to do. The bottom is accented with a strip of green ribbon decorated with a few skittles.

Friday, May 1, 2009

It's National Scrapbooking Month!

LOL, I am trying to make up for my posting tardiness with all these posts tonight! ;) This will be my last post (for tonight anyways). As most of you avid scrapbookers know, May is National Scrapbooking Month. My goal for this month is to edit and print hundreds of digital pictures that have been hibernating on my computer...what better month to do this than National Scrapbooking Month? It's so easy to download your pictures, save to a file, and then say "I'll get to printing those later" and then never print them. With baby #2 fast approaching, he's literally kicking me into gear to get baby #1 pictures organized.

I wanted to let all my friends know that Stampin' Up's Scrapbooking Campaign kicks off today in conjunction with National Scrapbooking Month. If you haven’t already, check out the great promotions we have in store for you throughout the entire month of May, including

  • Buy a sneak peek stamp set from the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog--Jumble Alphabet (set of 52; double-mounted)--at a 20 percent discount.
  • A limited-time Scrapbooking Starter Kit for just $75
  • Buy three packs of Designer Series paper (including our Specialty Designer Series paper) or 12" x 12" textured card stock, and get one FREE!

If you have not had an opportunity to try out the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Stampin' Up! or if you need to stock up on your supply, now is the perfect time to try it or stock up. For those of you who are new to DSP, I promise you will not be disappointed. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

A few Stampin' Up cards

I spoiled myself recently and placed a big order with Stampin' Up!. Too bad it only put a dent in my wishlist! ;) I have been having fun playing with my new goodies and made these cards last night.

This card is for my dad who recently had surgery. I used the blender pens for the watercolor effect with my stamp pads. That ticket corner punch is now my favorite punch!

Here's a close up of the truck...sorry the picture is a little blurry!
This is a card to welcome the newest addition (a baby girl just born on April 25th) in Dave & Julie's family:Here is a very simple Thank You card using the new scalloped oval punch in the mini occasions catalog:Here is just another version of the card:And last, but not least, here is another Thank You card using the word window punch:

Cute Little Nugget Purses

I CASEd (copy and steal everything) this project from a fellow SU! demo (thanks, Tee!). These were so cute and I just had to make them, too. Inside each of these little "nugget" purses is a Hershey's chocolate nugget. The stamp set used is Eastern Blooms (though so many SU! sets would work great on this project) on Whisper White cs and I added a little twist to mine by giving it a scalloped purse flap. Enjoy!

UPDATE - I received a few questions on how to make these. These are easy and fun to do and I just made my measurements based around the Hershey nugget candy. Other candies would be cute in this project, too, but here are the measurements using the good ole' Hershey nugget:

For each purse, you will need a 1.5" (wide) by 5" (long) section of paper or cardstock. I recommend you use cardstock since it's heavier and will hold up better in the long run. You will be able to get 10 sections out of one 8.5" x 11" sheet. Feel free to stamp images on it or leave it as it, especially if it's patterned paper or cs. Also, feel free to use a border edge punch for a decorative purse flap. Score at 1.5", 1", and again at 1.5". Fold at the scored lines. Pierce holes to pull ribbon through on the top for your purse handle. I found it easiest if I tied a knot at one end of the ribbon and pulled it up through the first hole, down the second hole, and then tie the remaining knot. I used my Crop-A-Dial to punch a hole for brad to be used as the purse's closure. Before closing the purse, I used adhesive to secure the nugget in the purse. Ta-da, there's your nugget purse. :)

Stampin' Up! Decor Elements

OMG...I can't believe so much time has passed since my last post. LOL, I could come up with a lot of excuses (been out of town for a few weeks, been chasing my fast moving daughter all over the place, been pregnant and sick, been in a few car accidents, been in a bit of a creative slump, etc.)...but I'll do my best and get back to posting on a regular basis.

Well, as promised, here are a few pictures of the Decor Element that came included in my Stampin' Up! kit. We found the perfect spot above our headboard for it. This Decor Element is the "Direction of your dreams" in medium (30" x 4") in color chocolate.
Here's the full view:
Here's a close up of the wording on the decor element:And here's a close up of the flying birds: