January 17, 2018

Waterfront Happy Memories

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

Today I had so much fun playing with the Waterfront Stamp set from the Spring Occasions catalog.  The stamps were made to create a watercolor / brush-stroke look, and I love it!


You'll do all your stamping on a panel of Whisper White Thick card stock.  Start by "smooshing" some Bermuda Bay onto the lid of the ink pad, and then pick up a good amount of ink with a watercolor brush and blend it onto the bottom half of the panel to give a nice base color for the water stamping.  Then use Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, and Pacific Point to stamp the water brush stroke stamps, layering one over the other, and using some 2nd generation stamping for lighter tones if desired.  The photos don't show it well, but I also added some horizontal brushstrokes with the Wink of Stella glitter pen - beautiful in real life!


Use Pacific Point ink to "watercolor" some brushstrokes above the horizon to create a blue sky.  Leave some white areas to look like clouds.  Then, stamp the "sun" image using Daffodil Delight, and blend some of the same ink into the water directly under the sun to create a reflection.  (I was a little concerned it would turn the water bright green, but I think it turned out OK!)  Next stamp the "land" with Sahara Sand, and add some 1st and 2nd generation stamping of the three tree stamp using Old Olive ink.


I chose to use a sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (NOTE: I have been using these sentiments A TON!! Very versatile set!).  I stamped it in Bermuda Bay ink and used the Everyday Label to punch it out and ink around the edges with a sponge dauber, and added some clear faceted gems on top and bottom of the label.

After matting and mounting the panel over some DSP from the Naturally Eclectic collection, the final touch was to add some Bermuda Bay ribbon from the Shimmer Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration item - Level 1 - 3 ribbons for FREE with $50 purchase).


I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop link, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use the Host Code listed on the left sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out.

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net.  Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting.

~ ellen. x

January 16, 2018

Party Pandas Birthday Card

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

Today I'm using one of the free stamp sets from the Sale-a-Bration brochure to create this adorable panda birthday card!  I hope you'll give it a try.  Let's get started.

I started by using the Seaside embossing folder on the front of my card base using my Big Shot die cutting machine.  Embossing folders are a great way to get instant texture and interest on a card without distracting from your focal point. 


Then I cut a piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock to 2" wide by 5 1/4" tall and layered a strip of DSP from the Petal Passion collection leaving a 1/8" border.  I created the tag by inserting the 2" end into the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  I added some Lemon Lime Twist Striped Ribbon to the top of the tag for a perfect match to both the lemon lime color and the stripes in the embossed background.


I stamped the panda image with a stamp positioning tool (more to come on that soon!) using basic black ink first, and then stamped again using Versamark ink and used clear embossing powder and my heat tool to create a shiny finish.  I cut out the panda, plus two additional layers, using the Layering Ovals Framelits dies, layered them on top of the tag with dimensionals, and finished up the card with some enamel dots in a complementary shade of turquoise blue.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I created the fishtail ends using the Banner Triple Punch.


I love the black and white with a pop of lime green (my favorite color combo!).  The Petal Passion DSP collection is ALL black and white with lots of opportunities to add your own coloring - check it out in the Spring catalog.

To get the Party Panda stamp set for FREE during Sale-a-Bration:

Petal Passion DSP                   $11.00
Layering Ovals Framelits        $35.00
Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon     $  8.00
   Total                                      $54.00

I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out. 

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting. 

~ ellen. x


January 15, 2018

Picture Perfect Party Gift Box

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

Today I'll be sharing how to make an adorable tiny gift box using the Picture Perfect Party DSP stack from the Spring Occasions Catalog.  This little box would be great for some sweet treats, a couple of tea lights, or some jewelry!  I've got two birthdays in my family in January --- these will be just perfect!



Start by cutting a piece of the DSP and matching card stock to 4" x 4".  Then use your Simply Scored and stylus to score at the 1" mark on all four sides.   Fold and burnish all score lines using your bone folder.  Finished dimensions are 2" x 2" x 1".


Then, use your paper snips to cut and notch the square sections at each corner, rotating after each snip... you'll end up with this shape after trimming.  (I apologize for the rustic sketch below... hopefully it makes sense.)




You'll do this for both the DSP (box lid) and the card stock (box base):




Use your Fast Fuse to place adhesive on the corner squares (put the adhesive on the side that will be facing OUT when the box is complete... trust me on this... I learned the hard way if you put adhesive on the wrong side, you won't get the pattern you want on the top of your box....


Then, tuck each corner flap under the adjacent side to form the box lid and base, and voila!  Your box is done!  The fit will be a little snug, so use your 1/2" circle punch to cut out some notches on two opposite sides of the lid so the recipient doesn't have to struggle to get in to their gift!

I used the Shimmer Ribbon Combo Pack from the Sale-A-Bration catalog to wrap around each box with a nice bow on top.  Silver Baker's Twine would also be a nice, shimmery option.


I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop link, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use the Host Code listed on the left sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out.

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net.  Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting.

 ~ ellen. x



January 14, 2018

Organization: Stampin' Up Embellishments

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

Hope you're having a good weekend!  I'm thrilled to have an extra day off tomorrow for Martin Luther King Day, and I spent all day Saturday in my studio working on projects - lots of fun things coming in the next couple weeks!  


Today, I wanted to share another organization solution with you.  If you're familiar with Stampin' Up, then you know that some of their embellishments come on flat sheets and do not come with any kind of container.  I tried using clear photo storage cases, but I found that the little sheets kept getting stuck under each other, with the edges sticking under the embellishments on other sheets.  This is the solution I came up with:


I cut some sheets of white card stock  5 1/2" x 5 1/2".  I used basic office supply card stock... heavier than printer paper, but lighter than Stampin' Up), and adhered the small sheets of embellishments onto the base.  This way I can see more of the embellishments, and they don't scatter, slip, slide, etc.  


I chose this size paper because I have a set of clear acrylic drawers that are 6.5"W x 7"D, so these are fit perfectly without being too tight.


You can see that, while i was at it, I added some other Stampin' Up embellishments to my clear drawer unit and labeled each drawer (my name is Ellen and I'm addicted to my label maker... LOL!).  I'm still building up my collection of trinkets, threads and twines.  I'm sure I'll outgrow this container eventually, but for now, it's a perfect storage solution for my needs.  I've provided links to some of my favorite embellishments below.

I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use this month's Host Code listed on the sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out.

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting.

~ ellen. x


January 12, 2018

Beautiful Bouquet Dimensional Card

Stampin' Up! ® Independent Demonstrator Ellen Vargo 

Hello!

Today we'll be stepping things up a bit by using stamps from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set, which have coordinating dies, called framelits.  In my day job, I manage a team of 8 people, and I'm always looking for ways to acknowledge their efforts and celebrate their accomplishments and milestones.  One of the ways I do this is by giving hand made cards for both birthdays, as well as employment anniversaries.  So I have a regular need for "Congratulations" cards.  


Start by choosing a color palette (see the links below for ink and card stock colors I chose) and stamp 3 of the flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set onto Whisper White card stock.  Stamp more than you need so you will have plenty of design options.  Then use the coordinating framelits to cut out the flowers, as well as the flower stems, the bouquet wrap, and ribbon.    This bouquet would also be beautiful in a warm color palette of pink and red (perhaps for Valentine's?), or in softer pastel tones for a Spring or Easter theme.   Endless options for this stamp set, which makes it a big winner for me.  Flowers work for almost any occasion! 


Once you have all the pieces die cut, adhere the flower stem die to the Everyday Label, punched from Crumb Cake card stock and ink the edges using an ink dabber.  Arrange the die cut flowers on the flower stems using single and / or double layers of dimensionals to pop things up at different levels for added interest.


Add some enamel shapes or pearls to the flower centers, and then choose a sentiment to go with your bouquet.  I chose "Congratulations" and created a fishtail banner using the Banner Triple Punch.  Then you can scatter some pearls (like I did) or some enamel dots around the bouquet to tie it all together.

I hope you enjoyed today's project! You can buy products easily through my Stampin' Up! shop link, or by clicking on the items below. If your order is less than $150, please use the Host Code listed on the left sidebar by placing it in the coupon section at check out.

If you live in the US and would like to request a catalog, please email your address to me at ellenvargo1@verizon.net.  Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for visiting.

 ~ ellen. x