Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tissue Pack Wrap Tutorial

By Barbara Welch, Creative Stampin' Spot

As I promised yesterday, the Tutorial is ready to go. I was inspired by a demonstrator at convention who made these. I basically measured the pack of tissues I purchased and then made my pattern

Things you will need:

Stamp Sets I used Snow Buddies, Serene Snowflakes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Grey, Bashful Blue
Markers: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Only Orange
Base (Bashful Blue shown) 4-1/2" x 8-1/2"
Whisper White layer (shown stamped with snowman) 1-5/8" x 1-7/8"
Brocade Blue layer 1-3/4" x 2"
Ribbon - 15"
Pocket Pack of Tissues
Scoring Tools
SNAIL adhesive
Sticky Strip
Paper Snip
Scallop Oval or Large Oval Punch

Begin by cutting the Bashful Blue Cardstock to 4-1/2 x 8-1/2"

If using a scoring board, score along the 8-1/2" edge as follows:
2" - 3" - move left edge of paper to 1/4" mark and score at 5-1/2" - 6-1/2"

If using a Bone Folder with a ruler, use the marks on the grid paper, score along the 8-1/2" edge as follows:
2" - 3" - 5-1/4" - 6-1/4"

Stamp the Snowflake images using Bashful Blue Ink onto the Bashful Blue cardstock. I used the three different images and did random stamping all over.

Use an Oval Punch to punch an opening in the center of the largest end panel (2-1/4")

Place sticky strip on the underneath (unstamped) side along this edge.

Place Ribbon in the middle portion of the cardstock and tie a knot on top closer to the right side.

Stamp the "get well wishes" under the knot but above the score line.

Fold along all score lines; using a pencil, mark where the oval should be punched on the other end panel.

Punch the oval.

Now you are ready to assemble

Place the tissue pack in the center

Fold the shortest end in first

Remove the protective cover from the sticky strip adhesive

Then fold the largest (2-1/4") end over on top of the smaller panel and making sure to align the ovals. Press to adhere.

Here is the front/top view

Here is the back view with the tissues pulled through

I stamped the snowman in Basic Grey and colored in the images with markers.
Then mounted this onto the Brocade Blue layer. Using Stampin' Dimensionals, adhere this to the top over the ribbon.

Thanks again for stopping in to check out my tutorial for making the TISSUE PACK WRAP.
Did you like this tutorial? Please leave a comment for me if you did.
I would love to see what you create using my tutorial, please leave a comment with a link to the location for me to take a look.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

weSTAMP Swap Card

Glad you stopped by to see what I have to share today. Tonight is the September weSTAMP meeting and I always have so much fun seeing everyone again. Pam is giving us a presentation of the My Digital Studio which I can't wait to learn more about. But, swapping is the most fun and everyone always loves this part of the meeting. The swap theme this month was to use anything from the Holiday Mini Catalog to create a full card.

Here is the card I created for the swap:

Stamps: Snow Buddies, Serene Snowflakes, Teeny Tiny Wishes Paper: Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White Ink: Bashful Blue, Basic Gray; Markers: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Only Orange Access: Big Shot, Clear Scallop Square Die, Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches, Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

I also provided the make & take for the meeting and made a Tissue Pack Wrap that matches my swap card. See next post.

Thanks for stopping by...Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Tissue Pack Wrap Make & Take

Tonight is the downline meeting for the weSTAMP group. We always have so much fun and this evening will be no exception. I am providing the make & take project for the evening.
I designed this adorable Tissue Pack Wrap using the Snow Buddies set (level 2 hostess set in the mini catalog) and the Serene Snowflakes set.

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Snow Buddies, Teeny Tiny Wishes Paper: Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Whisper White Ink: Bashful Blue, Basic Grey; Markers: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Only Orange Access: Dimensionals, Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Sticky Strip, Pocket Pack Tissues

Photo tutorial will follow tomorrow along with complete instructions.
Please check back.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

September to Remember Event.........

I was so fortunate to be able to attend this wonderful event on Saturday. Diana Gibbs, current Artisan Award Winner and Rhonda Morgan, both Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, were the gals that organized the event and they had everything done to perfection. It was so much fun to meet new stampin' friends and hear the wonderful Linda Hansen (ex Stampin' Up! employee), from Salt Lake City, UT speak to us. She is so awesome and I had the pleasure of having lunch with her. I loved the make & take projects, plus the generous bag of Stampin' Up! goodies we received upon check-in. Diana, Rhonda and Linda did 20 minute demonstrations and several of us brought display boards to show off our creativity. Of course there was swapping!!!

Here is the card I designed for the swap using Serene Snowflakes

Stamp Sets: Serene Snowflakes, The More the Merrier
Paper: Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Access: 1-3/8" Square, 1/2" Circle, Horizontal Slot, Scalloped Edge, Modern Label Punches, Dimensionals, 1/16" Hole Punch, Crystal Rhinestone Brad, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

Me with Linda Hansen

Diana, Linda, and Rhonda and Me

Make & Take Projects
Note Card Box with 4 Monogram Cards and Envelopes

Snow Buddies Christmas Card

Season of Friendship Card

Autumn Harvest Stair-step Card

Thanks for stopping by.....Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's What's For Dinner....

My family requests me to make this all the time, ....shhh!.... don't tell them how easy it is to make. I developed this recipe for Chicken Enchilada Casserole because I do not like the mess, or extra calories, of corn tortillas fried in oil, rolled up with the ingredients inside, only to have them fall completely apart when you put them in the dish to bake. So here is my quick & easy recipe....I promise everyone will love it!

Barbara’s Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Serves 6

5 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Cooked and Diced
1 - 16oz. Can Enchilada Sauce
1 - 15 oz. Can Black Beans
2 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 - 10 oz. Bag of Fritos® Corn Chips, crush 2 cups; set aside remainder
Iceberg Lettuce, washed and shredded
Sour Cream

Spread a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of a 9” x 13” baking dish. Spread 3 Tbsps. sauce on the bottom of dish, then layer all ingredients in the following order: beans, diced chicken, cheese, Fritos®, sauce, beans, diced chicken, cheese, Fritos®, top with remaining sauce. Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and return to oven for 5 minutes.

Serve with shredded lettuce, sour cream and Fritos® Corn Chips.

Enjoy with your family!

Thanks for stopping by today and check back soon for some stamping ideas and maybe a recipe or two.
Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

In Memory of Nana

We went to the cemetery today to place flowers on the grave of Paul's mother, a.k.a. Nana. She passed away on March 30th of this year, it does not seem like almost 6 months have passed. Today is her birthday and this was the first one since her passing.

Here are some pictures I took while we were there today.

This beautiful fountain is close to her grave. I love water fountains and the soothing sounds that come from them.

Me and Paul

Paul and Kelsey

Paul and Logan chasing the geese.

It was a beautiful Phoenix day, hot, a bright blue sky, no clouds and a slight breeze blowing.

Thanks for stopping by.
Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dazzling Divas Downline Meeting & Shoebox Swap

Last night we gathered at my home for the September downline meeting. Everyone brought delicious food to share. We decided to change things up a bit and do a shoebox-style swap instead of our regular format this month. Wow, what a great idea...we had so much fun creating each project and lots of chit-chat as well. We had a lot to catch up on! Each of us created our project with a Fall theme and then brought enough supplies pre-cut and ready to go for each other to create the project. We had 5 people participating. So we each made 4 projects. Here are the projects I made last night:

This is the project that I created...It is a Fall Coaster Banner

Here it is open....

Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Falling Leaves
Paper: Really Rust, Autumn Meadows DSP, Taken with Teal, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal, Really Rust, More Mustard
Access: Sponge Daubers, Markers: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa; Library Clips, Buttons, 1-1/4" Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Chipboard Coasters, Corner Rounder, Big Shot, Leaves #2 Die

Vicki's Project - Fall Pumpkin Decor
Inspired from Dawn Griffith's tutorial on her blog at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts

Grace's Project: Autumn Splendor Gatefold Card

Anita's project: Autumn Splendor Faux Silk Card

Pam's project: Fall Backpack Box
Pattern and Inspiration from Mary Arima, Splitcoaststampers

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the projects we made last night. If this looks like something you would like to do, you can join my team by signing up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and can take part in our monthly meetings and earn an income while having fun!! Please contact me for more details.

Thanks for stopping by,
Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fall Card Making Class

Fall is fast approaching and my favorite season. So naturally I love to create using the beautiful fall colors and Stampin' Up! has so many to choose from.
I had such a great time with the stamping gals last night for our Fall Stamp Class. Here are the 4 cards we made. If you were unable to attend and would like to purchase the kit to make all the cards send me an email and I will contact you. All supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Gatefold Card w/envelope

Stamps: Upsy Daisy, On Your Birthday
Paper: Chocolate Chip DSP, Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip
Access: Build-A-Brad, 1/2", 1" Circle Punches, Boho Blossoms Punch, Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon

Falling Leaves Card w/envelope

Stamps: Falling Leaves
Paper: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Autumn Traditions DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke
Access: Always Artichoke Brad, Crushed Curry Grosgrain Ribbon, 1-3/8" Square Punch, Dimensionals

Fall Tree w/envelope

Stamps: Branch Out, On Your Birthday
Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Mellow Moss, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun
Access: Sponge Daubers, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Large Oval & Scallop Oval Punches, Chocolate Chip 5/16" Brad, Dimensionals

Autumn Splendor w/envelope

Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Grateful Greetings
Paper: Really Rust, Autumn Meadows DSP, Taken with Teal, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, Taken with Teal
Access: Cutter Kit, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Large Oval Punch

Thanks for stopping by and check back soon for more ideas.
Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Monday, September 7, 2009

weSTAMP August Meeting

Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day! I have been very busy this past week and realized I had not posted my swap from the weSTAMP meeting.

Here is my swap, the theme was anything goes for Fall or Halloween.

I made this adorable treat pouch ( inspired by my friend SharonBridwell) by using 2 scallop squares cut using the Big Shot and the Clear Scallop Square Die. I also made the pumpkin using oval punches: 3 large ovals and 2 small ovals.
All supplies are from Stampin' Up! except for candy
Stamps: Autumn Harvest (pumpkin face), Teeny Tiny Wishes, Eat, Drink and Be Scary (spider)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White. Cast A Spell DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust
Access: Small & Large Oval Punches, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Big Shot, Clear Scallop Square Die, Taupe Grosgrain Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Striped Ribbon, Small Cello Bags, Bite Size Snickers, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

We also made a Make & Take project provided by Lorri Heiling. Here is the card I made:All supplies are from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Branch Out, Teeny Tiny Messages, Falling Leaves
Paper: Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Naturals Ivory, Autumn Traditions DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Ruby Red, More Mustard, VersaMark
Access: Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Circle,1 1/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon

I hope these projects have inspired you. Thanks for stopping by.
Live, Laugh, Love & STAMP!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It's Here....Holiday Mini Catalog

Happy Tuesday and first day of September!!!!!
Get ready be blown away when you see the NEW Holiday Mini Catalog just released today. Inside the 40 page catalog, Stampin' Up! is introducing exclusive Build-A-Bear products, new Big Shot Dies, New Designer Series Papers, along with NEW Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas stamp sets too! My Digital Studio software (will be available to order on October 1st) is also being shown.

Click on the catalog below (or on my right side bar) to view this mini catalog, and keep reading at the end of this post for the details on purchasing one item in the Mini Catalog for $10.00. Did that get your attention???? (Excludes My Digital Studio and Hostess Sets)
Get ready to SHOP...two ways to best serve your order online via my website, or email me your order.

Want to have a fun evening with friends? Now is a GREAT time to book a workshop! Invite your friends to your workshop and I will provide the rest! We will do a casual get together (your home or mine). You and your friends will have fun creating projects using the NEW products, and based on the sales from your workshop, YOU receive all the hostess benefits plus a gift from me!

Okay as promised, here is the SU! promotion that begins today, (Sept. 1st) & ends on Nov. 30th. When you host
a workshop totaling $250 or more, you may choose any one item* from the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10! *Offer excludes hostess sets and My Digital Studio.

Thanks for stopping by and check back soon for more exciting ideas.
Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!