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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Little Shop of Horrors

No, my blog post title isn't describing my stamping room.  I am referring to the play Little Shop of Horrors.  It's coming to Seattle in March and we bought tickets to it for my daughter for a birthday gift.  I made the card below for her, too.  Now, if you've never seen the play or movie, the card will not make much sense.  But she knew immediately that it was Audrey 2, the carnivorous plant in the play.

I must give credit to Amy Downing for the basic design.  I saw her card and used it to make my own version.  Amy's website is at http://amyzingcards.blogspot.com/, but she never did post a picture of her card on her blog.  Thank you, Amy, for the inspiration!

And, just in case you're worried ;-) that I spoiled the birthday surprise for my daughter (since her birthday is in January), I already gave her the card and had her choose the date she could make it to the play.  I even had a leaf poking out of the back of the envelope to give a hint of what was inside.

I also wrote a poem for the inside the card based on the play's theme song, Suddenly Seymour.  It was hokey but cute.

FYI, Little Shop of Horrors is a fun movie, too.  It stars Rick Moranis and also has Steve Martin, John Candy, James Belushi, Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, and Ellen Greene.

Happy New Year.



Monday, December 23, 2013

Gift Bags Galore

At my last downline meeting, we made gift bags using the Envelope Punch Board.  Then, we made bows using the envelope punch board, too.  I tell you, I use that envelope punch board a lot!

Below is a picture of one of the bags we made in class.  I normally would put a tag on it to hang down the front, but this one is going in a Christmas stocking, so I left the tag off.


My friend Ryn was in the class, and she went home and made several (well, it looks like she made at least eight) of the bags.  She punched holes and tied ribbons for the bows, and look how cute her bags are!  Thanks, Ryn, for sending me the photo of your bags so I could share it.  The tag hanging down looks great, too.


Merry Christmas.



Monday, December 9, 2013

Pop-Up Tree Card

For anyone who really knows me, you know I hate fussy-cutting.  However, I will do it when there's a card I absolutely love.  I found the pop-up Christmas tree card directions at http://extremecards.blogspot.com/ and want to thank Carol at Extreme Cards and Papercrafting for sharing her projects and patterns.  The pattern and instructions are at http://extremecards.blogspot.com/2011/12/3d-christmas-tree-pop-up-card-tutorial.html .

The front of the card looks like a regular Christmas card.  I used Stampin' Up! products to make the card front.  The card pictured below was made for Judy (my neighbor and my downline).


Once opened, the card pops to life with a three-dimensional tree.  This inside pop-up is what I learned how to make using the pattern provided by extremecards.blogspot.com.  Cute, eh? 


Here's a picture of another card I made for Sandy, another member of my downline:


These cards were fun to make and even more fun for folks to receive.  Check out extreme cards website.  It's great.

Supplies Used:

Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Whisper White, and Silver Foil Sheet
Stamp Sets:  Christmas Messages, More Merry Messages
Framelits:  Festive Flurry Framelits Dies
Other:  Glitter Paper

Tina


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Finally

I made an exploding box to hold a gift card for my son's girlfriend's birthday.  I finally was able to give it to her yesterday.  I also carved a stamp of their French bulldog puppy for her.

First, the stamp.  I made the box to hold the stamp and a black stampin' spot (ink pad) for her.  I love the new Undefined Stamp Carving Kit.  It takes a little practice, but I was able to make the stamp to look like their new puppy.


Here's a better picture of what I carved:


I also made Alicia an exploding box.  On one side, I put a card that had the months and days so I could mark her birthday.  I had each of the fours sides of the outside of the box decorated different from one another.


Of course, when you open the box, it "explodes" open.  I had a gift card standing up in the middle.


I've had fun making and giving these exploding boxes. 

Supplies used:
Cardstock:  12" x 12" Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon
Stamp Sets:  Six-Sided Sampler, Chalk Talk, Bring on the Cake, Yippee-Skippee!
Misc:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels



Monday, November 11, 2013

Exploding with Candy

I'm teaching a stamp class for a woman's group tonight, and I have two members of the group who will be my assistants since it's a large group.  To thank them, I've made them each an exploding box with peppermint candy inside.  Here's the outside.


The top of the box is so simple yet pretty that I took a photo of it, too.


When the lid is lifted off, the sides fall open.  The weight of the candies make the sides fall right down.  


Supplies Used:
Stamp set:  Best of Christmas
Stamp pad:  Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Gold and Silver Foil Sheets, Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Season of Style Designer Series Paper, Whisper White cardstock
Embellishment:  Frosted Finishes Embellishments
Punches used:  Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Christmas Ornament Punch
I used  glue dots to hold the candy onto the sides.  I used the Stampin' Trimmer Small Scallop Rotary Cutting Blade on the corner pieces so it gives those corners a pretty edge.

I so loved how this box turned out that we made them at my downline meeting on Friday, too.  There's something about silver and gold together that just makes me happy.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Exploding Birthday Card/Box

Hi,

I made this card for my friend (and coworker), but I wanted to wait until I gave it to her before I posted it.  I spritzed sparkle on the sides of the box--maybe you can see it in the picture below.


When she removed the lid, the box opened.  There is a pumpkin standing up in the center because her birthday is on Halloween.


The other side of the pumpkin is a flower.  I avoided the traditional Halloween look for her card this year.


I will be making this exploding box with my downline this coming week.  We'll also make the exploding box I posted on my blog on August 25 (or click here).

Thanks for looking.
Tina




Sunday, October 13, 2013

My Autumn Banner

I wasn't sure I'd like the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, so I didn't order it.  When my friend, Pennie, invited me over to make a banner with her, I wasn't sure what to expect.  Well, what fun it turned out to be!  The kit has 18 blank canvas pennants, twine, and alphabet and image stencils.  I made an autumn banner to hang over the fireplace.  I decided not to use the letter stencils on this one, but now I wonder if I should have done "THANKFUL" like Pennie did on hers.  Nonetheless, I love it AND I had a lot of fun designing it.  Thanks, Pennie.  If you want to visit Pennie's blog, a link to it is in the right-hand column on my blog.


Until next time, happy autumn.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Downline Stamp Class

I had a stamp class with my downline earlier in the week.  Below is a picture of my downline:  Sandy, Judy, and Ryn.  As you can see, we were making Grinch Christmas cards.


Judy (below) is working on a washi tape Christmas card, the second card we made that day.


Ryn and Sandy (below l to r) are using the Big Shot.


Judy made some high heel cupcakes to share with us.  These were practice for the ones she and Sandy made later in the week for a church gathering.  If you look closely at the yellow ones in the center front, you can see the "high heels."  I wish I had taken a side view so you could really see the platform high heels.  Very cute.  As you can see, Judy is quite talented at cake-making as well as card-making.


Does seeing those cupcakes make you want one?  I generally don't care for cake (or pie or cookies...), but these make me want a taste.  Truth be told, Judy did share them with the group, so I had one for dessert that very day.  And yes, they were delicious as well as pretty.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Three-Mistakes Card

You know those new foil sheets in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog?  Well, I wanted to use the gold to cut out some snowflakes using the Festive Flurry Framelits dies.  That's when my mistakes happened.


Mistake number one:  I was cutting out two snowflakes, but after I ran them through the Big Shot, I realized I had put one die upside down.  Yep, it didn't cut, but it left the gold foil paper with a nice impression of the snowflake.  Well, I had one snowflake and a ruined piece of gold foil paper -- or so I thought.

Mistake number two:  I cut the white background cardstock to emboss it using the Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  After I embossed it, I realized I had cut it too small.  Drat.

Mistake number three:  I heat embossed (using gold embossing powder) the greeting (from the Joy to the World stamp set in the holiday catalog).  It was perfect -- until I noticed a mark to the right of the word "Holidays."  I tried to tell myself the recipient probably wouldn't notice it, but it was all I could see.

It all came together  for me, though, when I used that ruined piece of gold foil paper as the bottom layer.  The ruined part doesn't show now.  It also made the white embossed layer a perfect size. 

And, remember that one snowflake I had cut?  It worked great to cover that stray mark that was just after the word "Holidays."  All it needed was a bit of silver sparkle, and the Glimmer Paper was perfect for the job.

I think someone special will get this card this Christmas.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Now I can post this card

I made the card below for my friend, Pennie.  I had to wait until I gave it to her before I posted it (happy birthday, Pennie).  I embossed the back flap of the envelope as well as the card front with the new Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!


If you look at the close-up picture below, you may be able to see the sparkle on the flower. 


I made the card several weeks ago and could hardly wait to give it to her.  I took it to her yesterday, so now I can post it.  I don't know about you, but that happens to me all the time.  Whenever I make a card for someone, I want to give it to that person right then.  You can imagine the trouble I'm having with all the Christmas cards I'm making.  I know who some of them are for, and I want to send them off today.  I will wait, though, at least until the first of December.




Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Festive Flurry

I wanted to make a Christmas card for a coworker that I knew (hoped?) she would love.  The result is below.  I sure hope she oohs and aahs over it when she gets it.  I guess  have to wait until December to find out.


The Details
I used the Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry Framelits Dies and Festive Flurry stamp set.  The Designer Series Paper is the Winter Frost paper in the holiday catalog.  You can't quite tell from the photo, but I used the silver foil sheet for the background square (behind the white) as well as for two snowflake cuts.  You can see the solid silver points in the snowflake layers.  The card stock for the card itself is Smoky Slate.  A Frosted Finishes Embellishment is in the center.  Perfect!

I had planned to put a sentiment on the front, but decided I liked the card as it is.  Now, I must wait since it's three months until Christmas.  I don't know about you, but when I make a card specifically for someone, I want to give it to that person right away.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

It's not too soon to plan for Christmas

I was so inspired by a card done by Brian King that I did a few variations of it.  You can see his original card at his blog at stampwithbrian.com.  His blog is worth checking out and adding to your list to follow.  Even if you don't stamp, his writing is entertaining and interesting (synonyms?).

The card below is basically the same card Brian made only I turned the star background on point.


The next version of the card is basically the same but is done in blues.  I sponged the silver glimmer paper with soft sky ink.


I stepped it up a bit for this last card.  I trimmed the layers in Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  It sure sets it all off nicely. 


Supplies Used:

Glimmer Paper:  Silver, Champagne
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold (in top card), Baked Brown Sugar (in bottom card), Soft Sky, and Island Indigo (in middle card)
Stamp Set:  More Merry Messages
Big Shot and Festive Flurry Framelits Dies

Monday, August 26, 2013

See two blogs for the price of one!

If you're here for the LNS Treasure Hunt, see the post two below this post.  Happy hunting!

I am thrilled to be featured on Sherrill Graff's blog.  Click on the link below to go see the post!


The cards she featured are below, but be sure to go to her blog to see what else she has there.  She has a few other things (another picture and even a short interview) that I didn't post below.  And, by visiting both blogs, you make my title of this blog true.


The birthday card was designed for an upcoming stamp camp.  It's based on a design Stampin' Up! demonstrated showcasing the new In Colors (five new colors) this year, but I adapted it for this card.  
DSP:  Gingham Garden
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
Punches:  Large Oval, Extra Large Oval
Big Shot and Dies:  Large Scallop Edgelits, Floral Fusion Sizzlits
Other:  Candy Dots



Teabag cards are a favorite of mine.  I love designing and giving them to people.  This card holds a teabag (see picture below).
DSP:  Afternoon Picnic
Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Big Shot and Dies:  Ovals Collection Framelits, Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Other:  Candy Dots


The inside of the teabag card.  I made the envelope using the new Envelope Punch Board.


The autumn leaf card is one we'll be making at stamp class in a couple weeks.  I wanted something pretty easy for my class, and this turned out to be just the ticket.
Cardstock:  Naturals White, Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso Core'dinations
Punches:  Label Bracket Punch
Big Shot and Dies:  Autumn Accents Bigz
Other:  Sanding block, twine

I'm thrilled and honored to be featured on Sherrill Graff's blog.  Thank you Sherrill.



Sunday, August 25, 2013

Gift Card Box

My exercise teacher celebrates Hanukkah, so I wanted to make her something to hold a gift card.  Hanukkah is at the end of November this year, but it's nice to have things done early -- at least in my little world.  The box I came up with uses the textured 12" x 12" cardstock in Island Indigo and Smoky Slate from the holiday catalog.


 I found many online tutorials on how to make the box, and I combined elements from several of them as well as adding my own touch.  Below is a picture of the top of the box.

See that curly clear ribbon?  Well, it's not ribbon.  It's that plastic strip that Stampin' Up! has around the ribbon to hold it in place.  I cut off the ends and curled it and used it to jazz up the top of the package.


When you open the box, the four sides fall open as pictured below.  The center holds a gift card.  I downloaded clip art for the pictures and typed some Happy Hanukkah sayings and printed these four things on our whisper white card stock. 


I used the new envelope punch board to make the gift card holder that stands up in the center of the gift.  The Festive Flurry stamp set and dies were used for the snowflake on the front of the card as well as on the front of the gift card holder.

Card stock:  textured 12" x 12" cardstock in Island Indigo and Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate
DSP:  Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper
Stamps:  Festive Flurry 
FrameLits:  Labels Collection, Festive Flurry
Embossing Folders:  Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Punches:  Blossom (used to make the flower on top of the package)
Ribbon:  Okay, I admit I used a retired product here.  The ribbon that was perfect was from Sale-a-bration.  The color was just right--Island Indigo--and it was just what I needed.
Other:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels (in center of snowflake on the inside of package), brad (I used a retired brad for the center of the flower.)
Snowflake Info:  I used Iridescent Ice embossing powder on vellum to emboss the snowflake inside the box.  I used white craft ink to stamp the snowflake on the outside of the box.  I then took each of those snowflakes and mounted them on cardstock that I had also cut out.

My supply list ran long on this one.  If you've read this far, wow, I'm surprised (and thrilled)! 

I have a feeling my exercise teacher will love this gift card holder.  I'll bet she'll reuse it for a gift card for her daughter.  She did that last year, and the card holder I made wasn't as fun as this one. 


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Late Night Stampers TREASURE HUNT Has Started!

Join the LNS Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt has ended as of October 25, 2013.  


The Grand Prize is Stampin' Up! product for the lucky winner!



How to be a part of the treasure hunt and have a chance to win:
  • Go to the pages (listed at the end of this blog post) titled LNS Treasure Hunt-Participating Blogs.
  • Visit each of the blogs listed (it’s always nice to leave a comment!) and look for Treasure Hunt clues.  There will be the picture of the SU! box (above) and each website will list a different clue. (My clue is below.)
  • Make a note of what the clue is and the name of the person on whose blog the clue is listed.
  • Once you've collected all 50* clues, email them to me at   tinatomdavis@gmail.com listing each clue & where you found it.  Be sure to include your full name.
  • You have from Tuesday, August 20th, to Friday, October 25th, 2013, to collect the 50 clues and email them to me to be entered into the contest.  The contest closes Friday, Oct. 25th, at midnight PST.  Winners will be announced on October 28th.
My Clue:

The Best of... 25 Years stamp sets have a great collection of favorite stamps from past years.  Each month during 2013, one new set is released!  The August Best of... 25 Years stamp set is shown above.  Each set includes "some great classic images" as well as "a never-before-seen image." 

LNS Treasure Hunt Participating Blogs
First Name
Last Name
Blog Address
Country
Tammy
Baldwin
US
Carolyn
Bennett
US
Jody
Brechbill
US
Brenda
Cook
US
Carolee
Crabb
US
Tina
Davis
US
Beverly
Farmer
US
Sherrill
Graff
US
Penny
Hanuszak
Canada
Lori
Helvick
US
Diane
Ison
Canada
Suzanne
Johnson
US
Nancy
Legate
US
Carolyn
Lindenmayer
Other
Rhonda
Macnally
Canada
Serena
Marsh
Canada
Robin
Messenheimer
US
Joni
Metras
US
Cynthia
Millan
Canada
Kimberley
Morris
US
Ruth
Pearson
UK
Ginger
Rabesa
US
Brenda
Riehle
US
Linda
Rodenberg
US
Heather
Sewczak
US
Cynthia
Simpson
US
Dee
Slater
US
Deborah
Smart
Canada
B Jayne
Stenstrom
US
Tanya
Stottlemire
US
Charlene
Tackvic
US
 Jackie
 Watson
 US
Lesley
Lendon
UK
Amanda
Frankel
US
Vanessa
Terrell
US
Kris
Sobolik
US
Misty
Snell
US
Rhonda  
Price
US
Jaime
Barnett
UK
Janet
Yates
Canada
Avery
Murphy
Canada
Jennifer
King
US
Erika 
Trowell
US
Mary K.
Wessling
US
Jean
Piersanti 
US
Karina
Chin
Canada
Samantha
Joyce
UK
Jennifer
Kay (Wren)
US
Susan  
Timchack
US
Cindy
Mitchell-Clark
US
Cindy
Fodor
US
Amber
Meulenbelt
Canada
Anastasia
Radloff
US
Amy
Hoffman
US
Louise
Radies
Canada
Holly
Stene
US
Melissa
Banbury
Canada
Laura 
Leuenberger
US
Denise
Willerton
Canada
Raissa
Spatola
US
Sandy 
Risi
US
Rachel
Bateman
US
Nicole
Mahler
US
Cathy
Parlitsis
US
Laurie 
Reaume
Canada
Jacqueline
Dorer-Russell
US
Kay
Marini
US
Cary
Payette
US
Cindy
Techlin
US






Thanks for joining the hunt.