Crafty Betty

119-122: More Scrabble Tile Jewelry December 27, 2010

It’s been hard to wait on posting these, but they were ordered as Christmas gifts from a friend at work….so I couldn’t risk ruining the surprise.

Some of these were designed using My Digital Studio images in Photoshop, and others were made from photos supplied by the customer.  I just love how these can be customized for ANYONE or anything. 

Be sure to contact me if you are interested in ordering one….I can literally put just about anything on these tiles.  The price for a tile pendant or charm is $8 (which includes shipping anywhere in U.S.)  If you want it personalized with a name, a specific image or photo the cost is $10 per tile (including shipping anywhere in the U.S.).

The $8 charms are any of the ones you see in this or other posts that do not have personalized words or photos on them…… Just contact me and I will send you a paypal invoice!!

Project 119 of 365: Just “Peachy” tiles

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119 of 365: Just Peachy 2

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119 of 365: Just "Peachy"

 

Project 120 of 365:  VIntage Vogue Charms

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120 of 365: Vintage Vogue Charms

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120 of 365: Vintage Vogue Bracelet

 

Project 121 of 365: Friends 24-7 Charms

These charms use the damask image from the digital version of the Friends 24-7 stamp set….

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121 of 365: Friends 24-7 Charms

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121 of 365: Friends 24-7 Bracelet

 

Project 122 of 365: Damask Charm

This is an example of an $8 charm (this includes shipping in the U.S.).  Contact details are on each photo…

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122 of 365: Damask Charm

It looks like the damask charm might be showing up too dark on some monitors 😦  In person it is a really pretty gray background with a black damsk image in the center….Looks great with any outfit!!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas!!!

StampinBetty

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Project 69 of 365: Eggplant Wedding August 6, 2010

I cannot believe that it is Friday already!  Where did the week go???  Oh yeah…it probably went to the brilliantly “simple” home improvement ideas I had on Tuesday.  If my husband knew what was good for him (and our bank account) he would post a picture of me by every cashier at Home Depot with a note saying DO NOT LET THIS WOMAN BUY ANY HOME IMPROVEMENT ITEMS.  LOL!!!

I think every time I step into a home improvement store I suddenly snap into this overly optimistic mood, and have delusions of my actual home improvement ideas.  Or, just to move some of the blame off myself, maybe I should sue all companies that put instructions on the back of their projects making it sound “so simple” or  “no fail.”  I think that my crafting spirit somehow believes that it can magically transform into “Super Handywoman,” because everytime I get to the store I am 100% confident that I can fix this or that all by myself, yet somehow it never quite works out the way I envisioned.

At Home Depot I purchased $80 worth of items to fix 5 issues in the house.  I was so proud of myself, and already preparing how I was going to WOW all of you with all that could be done with that money, but alas only 2 of those projects are complete (and one of those I’m still not so sure about.)

The biggest disaster was caulking the bathtub.  I tackled this first as it should have been a 30 minute job max.  We have been having problems with re-caulking the tub.  For whatever reason no caulk wants to stick, and it just peels off as soon as it gets wet (and yes we have been following the directions.)  Caulking the tub was supposed to be a surprise to Mike when he got home from work.  After all its not rocket science.  I asked the Home Depot guy what to do about the issue, and he showed me some caulk remover (as maybe the new caulk wasn’t sticking because there was too much old stuff left behind) and he picked out a caulk for me.

Our house gave me yet another surprise….When I decided I would make sure I got all the old caulk out I found yet another SNEAKY surprise left by the previous owner.  The caulk was up to 2 inches thick, and once I got to the end of that I could stick the plastic knife I was using 3-4 inches in before it was stopped by anything.  There was nothing behind the lowest level of tiles????  I was starting to get scared that the whole wall would collapse if I pulled out all the caulk…not to mention how much caulk was actually falling down inside the gaping hole between the tub the wall and the tile.  Why can’t Holmes on Homes come to Wisconsin?  Our house would be a real treat!!

So once I got all the caulk out I was left with the mystery of what to do about the hole.  In the end I realized it doesn’t make sense to over do this as we are going to have Bathfitters come in next year (hopefully) to install a tub and surround around our current tub….as much as I love the idea of real tile we have to go with what we can afford 😦  So I start pushing caulk back in the opening, and run out of caulk before finishing (since I wasn’t expecting the big hole), and now Home Depot is closed.  I was so upset, that after working on my 30 min project for over 5 hours I was basically going to have to start over the next day after I got more caulk because, the way I understand it, to get a proper seal I don’t think you can let half of it dry and then finish the rest???

Well….the next day I decided not to pull the caulk back up and start over, because I had stuffed it pretty far back in the space between the tub and tile, and instead start where I left off with the new caulk, and then when I had caulk all the way around I went back around with a thin coat all the way around.  It looks much better now, but until I take a shower after writing this article, I won’t know if it did the trick…

This was just WAY more difficult than it was supposed to be!!

As for the adventures with the rest of the home improvements I will add them to later posts.

On to something that did work out as planned….

This is the card I made for a wedding Mike and I attended last Saturday.  The colors used on this card are inspired by the colors used on their invitation.

Project 69 of 365: Eggplant Wedding

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69 of 365: Eggplant Wedding

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Old Olive DSP (didn’t have Pear Pizzazz)

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Pear Pizzazz

Stamps:

  • For the Bride
  • Bella Toile
  • Very Versatile
  • Vintage Vogue

Accessories:

  • Satin Ribbon
  • Pearls
  • White Emboss Powder

Check back for more projects and Home Improvement Thrills 🙂

StampinBetty

 

Project 34 of 365: Baja Breeze Wedding June 22, 2010

So it has been a few days since my last post….It has been pretty busy around here.  Went to a wedding on Saturday, went to Polish Fest on Sunday (yep, my husband is half Polish and half Italian), and survived some more crazy weather yesterday.  Suffice it to say I was not going to be in the third level of our house while we were under a Tornado WARNING 🙂  Luckily, living so close to Lake Michigan (just a few blocks away), once all the crazy stuff hit the cooler air of the Lake everything simmered down, and passed over us.  Unfortunately, we can not say the same for areas just West of us that were hit by the same storm.

I have NEVER been good about being alone in serious weather.  Some people think its a thrill, but not me, I am the first one into the basement every time. My husband laughs at me, but if he thinks I am bad now he should have seen me as a little kid where I would actually be crying out of fear that a tornado was going to get me.  I used to even have reoccurring nightmares about running from tornadoes and having nowhere to go.  At least now I am fine with thunder and lightening, and even wind, but I still don’t do well when they start reporting serious wind damage, or there are reports of tornadoes anywhere near or heading in our direction.

I have found a system that helps me NOT panic, and keeps me calm enough to handle the storms without giving it away to others that I am actually terrified.  I have an actual action plan of what to do.  I think the reason why it works so great is that it keeps me busy organizing, and doesn’t leave time for panic.  It is all planned out, I know exactly what to do.  The best part is that EVERY time I have put my action plan into action (because of actual tornado warnings or sirens) the storms always deteriorate or quickly pass without any of the forecasted dangers.

On to happier things…

The project I am posting today is the card that I made for the wedding we attended this past Saturday.  I chose the colors to match the colors they used on their invitations.  On this card I did a few “extra” things that I do not do often; I simply decorated a coordinating envelope, as well as putting a little extra effort into decorating the inside of the card.

Project 34 0f 365: Baja Breeze Wedding

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34 of 365: Baja Breeze Wedding

Inside of card:

Supplies:

Paper:

  • Whisper White
  • Baja Breeze
  • Baja Breeze DSP

Ink:

  • Versamark
  • Baja Breeze

Stamps:

  • For the Bride
  • Bella Toile
  • Vintage Vogue
  • Very Versatile

Accessories:

  • White Emboss Powder
  • Square Lattice Textured Impressions Emboss Folder
  • White Satin Ribbon
  • Pearls

That is all for now.  Check back soon, as I have been working on a huge organization project for organizing your paper and stamps!!  It is taking a long time to complete this, but it will all be worth it when completed!!

Til Next Time,

StampinBetty

 

Project 7 of 365: Clyde Turns 3!! May 21, 2010

Hi All!

I’m back….Today I decided to try something I haven’t really worked with much..  My Digital Studio by Stampin’ UP!  I really don’t know why I don’t spend more time with this program….It has a lot of cool options and things to play with.  Normally, I am all about gadgets and technology.  Afterall, I am one of those people who will stand in line when things like the iPhone get released, yet, Stampin’ UP! comes up with a digital program to use their exclusive colors, papers, embellishments, and stamp sets, and I just leave it to get lost in the mounds of data in my overworked MacBook Pro…..

I’ve been browsing the internet a lot lately for inspiration to keep up with my challenge of completing 365 Stampin’ UP! Projects in one year…There are a lot of people out there using My Digital Studio with fantastic results….so just like many of my other Stampin tools that I leave collect dust, I realized it was time to get in there and figure it out already.  While I am no where near as up-to-speed on this software as I should be I am letting you all see the simple page I created today.  The way I see it….it can only get better from here.  (LIke if I take the recommended online tutorials offered to Demonstrators by Stampin’ UP!)

Today’s Project Inspiration:

Today is one of our cuddly bullmastiff’s birthday.  Clyde turned 3 today.  Mike, my husband, pretty much thinks I am insane because I make a big deal out of their birthdays.  OK…..I know they don’t know its their birthday, but for some reason it just seems important to me to recognize it.  Tis true…I sing “Happy Birthday” to them while I feed them on their birthdays…  They are like my kids afterall…. 🙂

Anyways…..Clyde is so adorable, he has the typical Mastiff face that makes it look like he is always sad.  If you want to see “Puppy Dog” eyes I don’t think any dog can beat his.  I laugh at him and make jokes that he needs Puppy Prozac because he looks like he is about ready to jump off a tall building.  He is such a laid back, cool dog.  The only things that can make him excited are Walks, Treats, and usually a brand new chew toy….his favorite being those knotted ropes that he can chew on for hours.

So, for his birthday (after Mike went to work…since he picks on my for doing these things) I ran to the pet store and got him a new rope to play with.  I even got a second one so Bella (our 2 yr old bullmastiff who is much more hyper!!) would actually let him play with it instead of pouncing on him and stealing it.  I was so excited when I walked in the door….I was expecting him to run up to me, tail wagging, just begging me to give him the new rope in my hand.  Instead, he couldn’t have been less interested!!! LOL!  I had to dangle the thing in his face for 5 minutes, then he finally took it…..chewed on it less than a minute….and then left it lay on the floor while he wandered off to be alone and lay around all mopey looking……And people wonder why I call him “Eeyore.”

I ran and got my camera, snapped a bunch of “Mopey” pictures of him then it was up to my craft room to make a scrapbook page of Clyde’s reaction to his birthday…..Maybe turning 3 for a dog brings up the same feelings as turning 30 does in people….But I don’t think I took my 30th birthday as harshly as Clyde is taking his 3rd 🙂

Project 7 of 365: Clyde Turns 3!!

Project 7 of 365: Clyde Turns 3!!

Project 7 of 365: Clyde Turns 3!!

Supplies:

My Digital Studio- Stampin’ UP!

While it was fun playing with this program….for what ever reason I experience more joy crafting the old-fashioned way.  I like cutting, coloring, stamping, making a big mess, and what-have-ya……Crafting is my therapy, so I guess I find it more therapeutic to get in there and get my hands dirty 🙂  But working with My Digital Studio will be fun for working on hybrid projects (where you mix the digital and hand-made in the same project), when I am in a pinch for time, or when I am traveling and I am looking for a way to pass time…afterall, I rarely go anywhere without my trusty macbook.

To purchase your copy of  “My Digital Studio” or supplies to complete any of the projects found here shop at my Stampin’ UP! site.  Your purchases help to support me in my challenge to complete 365 projects in 365 days.

Until Next Time,

StampinBetty

 

Project 4 0f 365: Combining Challenges “Mojo Monday 139” and “Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 30”: Gettin’ Dirty May 19, 2010

Hi All,

First of all excuse the long title.  My true title for this project is “Gettin’ Dirty” cus its not a clean one….hehehe.

So, my first non-coerced reader, Rebecca, introduced me to an online paper crafting challenge called “Mojo Monday,” this is where the layout from this design is from.  When I saw the sketch I knew it had potential….and not wanting to copy anyone else this time I ended up just sitting and staring at the layout sketch trying to figure out just where to start.

After awhile I sat it down to get some other work done….In the meantime I ran accross another weekly challenge called “Curtain Call Color Challenge” and from the combination of these two challenges comes my card “Gettin’ Dirty”.  Combining the two challenges really did make it easier to get started….I already knew my basic layout, and I knew what colors I would be using, so now all I had to do was fill in the blanks.

The Color Challenge Colors were: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Kraft, and Pink Pirouette.  Of course I immediately thought how the heck am I going to get this BOLD pumpkin pie to mesh with my more subtle pink, white, and kraft????  Then ding, ding, ding…..this is where the “Gettin’ Dirty” party comes in……DISTRESS the heck out of everything!!!

While I’m not totally in love with the outcome I do appreciate it….This challenge pushed me to use colors together that I normally wouldn’t.  While it’s not likely I will be pairing Pumpkin Pie and Pink Pirouette again in the near future, it does open my eyes to experimenting more with non-traditional color pairing.

Without further ado…….

Project 4 0f 365:  Gettin’ Dirty  🙂

Mojo Monday #139 and Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 30

Mojo Monday #139 and Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 30

Remember you can always click my shopping links (like HERE) to open my Stampin’ UP! shop in a separate window and get all the Stampin’ UP! Supplies needed to complete this project.  I try my best to list the item numbers below to help speed up your shopping.  All you need to do is enter the item # into the “Search” box on the left side of the Stampin’ UP! Screen.  Your purchases help fund this crazy adventure I have taken to complete 365 Stampin’ UP! Projects in 365 days.

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

– 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Basic Black (102851 or multipack 108588 which will include the whisper white also needed)

– 4 x 5 1/4 Pink Pirouette (will be returning as a Core Color 7/1/2010!!!)

– 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 Pumpkin Pie DSP- polka dot sheet- (112159)

– 2 x 3 Pink Pirouette

– 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 Whisper White (100730 or multipack 108588)

– Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, and Kraft scraps

Stamp Sets:

– Friends 24-7 (113218)

– Sense of Time (113804)

– Fifth Avenue Floral (113734)

– Vintage Vogue (wood 117690 or clear 118598)

Ink:

– Basic Black Classic (101179)

– Sahara Sand Classic (105208)

– Pink Pirouette Classic (will be available 7/1/2010)

– Whisper White CRAFT (101731)

Accessories:
– Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip Felt Flowers (retired)

– Pumpkin Pie Brad (106955)

– Hemp Twine (100982)

-Distress Tool (106958- Cutter Kit)

– Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (118772)

– Log Cabin Smooch Spritz (119921)

– White Emboss Powder (109132, Heat Tool 100005)

– Stampin Sponges (101610)

– Stampin Dimensionals (104430

– Snail Adhesive (104332 or Refill 104331)

– Tombow Multi Glue (110755)

– Top Note Die (113463)

Non- Stampin’ UP!:

– Crackle Glaze

– Pearls

If you haven’t already figured out why this is called “Gettin’ Dirty” it is because I distressed the edges of absolutely everything, except the black card base.  I also sprayed the Log Cabin and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz’s over everything except the layer stamped “You only Live Once…” Plus all edges of all layers are sponged with the Sahara Sand ink (used this because it was the closest thing I had to a Kraft-colored Ink.)

If you are interested in the Mojo Monday Challenge it can be found by clicking on the below picture of the Layout for this challenge.

Mojo Monday Week 139

Mojo Monday Week 139 Challenge

More info on the Curtain Call Color Challenge Can be found by clicking on the below picture of this week’s color challenge.

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 30

Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 30

Hope this helps spark your own creativity.

Please leave comments whether good, or about how to improve my work……as I am still a “newby” so I can use all the help I can get!!

Take Care,

StampinBetty

 

Project 3 of 365: Vintage Vogue 6×6 Page May 17, 2010

Here we go, here we go, here we go Now…..I am on a roll….Or I’ve just had too much caffeine 🙂  Either way I am back with project #3!!  I made this project for a workshop I held about a week ago for my great friends in Green Bay, WI.  I miss them so much now that I am in Milwaukee, but lucky for me they all love crafts too and often invite me up there to hold my workshops.

My inspiration for this 6×6 scrapbook page comes from page 26 of the Occasions Mini catalog that just expired April 30, 2010….But have no fear as ALL the items used in the project below are still available at My Stampin’ UP! Shop!  I was so excited when Stampin’ UP! announced that certain items in the Occasions Mini would still be offered, not only that but they will be added to the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog set to come out July 1, 2010.  The “Vintage Vogue ” set that I absolutely fell in love with is one of those carryover items.  HOORAY!!!

On with the show….Every time I picked up that catalog I would just stop on page 26 and admire that scrapbook layout.  I loved the Right 2/3 of it.  The combination of the White background and Crushed Curry just spoke to me, and I gotta tell you I’m really not a big fan of Yellow  LOL!  Then when it was mentioned that there would be people at this workshop who had never done scrapbooking before, but were very interested in trying it out I immediately knew I had to find a way to turn this 8 1/2 x 11 page into an easy 6×6 Make-and-Take project.  If you look at the original you will be able to see the adjustments I made, and can judge for yourself which version better suits your needs 🙂

PROJECT  3 of 365: Vintage Vogue 6×6 Page

Vintage Vogue-Crushed Curry 6x6 Page

Click on the picture to get a larger view.

Going forward I am going to  try to include item #’s for Stampin’ UP! products used to make it easier for you to order supplies needed.  This way you can click on any of my in-text links to my shop (like HERE) which I have set up to open in a new window so you can reference back to this page to get your item # and then to speed up your shopping you can search by item # and voila your shopping is just that easy 🙂

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

1.  6×6 Whisper White (106529 or the neutrals multipack 108589)

2.  4×5 Crushed Curry (115319 or 2009-2010 InColors Multipack 115319-which would also include the Soft Suede needed here)

3.  3 3/4 x 4 3/4 Whisper White

4.  1×4 Soft Suede (115315 or the 2009-2010 InColors Multipack 115318- which also includes the Crushed Curry from above)

5.  1 1/2 x 4 Pretty in Pink Textured Cardstock (only available in the Soft Subtles Multipack 108695)

6. Whisper White Scraps

Inks:

– Crushed Curry Classic (115659)

– Old Olive Classic (102277)

– Pretty In Pink Classic (101301)

Marker:

– Soft Suede (only avail in the the InColors Marker Pack 116329- You could sub with any brown marker)

Stamp Set:

– Vintage Vogue (wood mount 117690 or clear mount 118598) (I’m loving the new clear mount, saves so much storage space and CHEAPER!!)

Accessories:

– Old Olive 5.8″ Satin Ribbon (117292)

– Clear Buttons (105447)

– Silver Brads (104336)

– Stampin’ UP! Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119976- from the new Summer Mini)

– Stampin” UP! Matchbox Bigz XL Die (114890)

– Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430-  you should always have tons of these on hand, that little 3D pop makes a huge difference in your projects)

Some of the Smaller details that you may not see clearly in the photo is that the Soft Suede Strip is ran through the Sizzix Big Shot machine using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder, and the Pretty in Pink Strip is randomly stamped in Pretty Pink Ink using the vine-ish stamp from the Vintage Vogue Set.  Then The big F is stamped in Old Olive ink, cut out, and attached to the shape cut with the Matchbox die using Stampin’ Dimensionals…..before attaching the F….color just the word “friends” from the F stamp with Soft Suede Marker (right on the rubber stamp) then stamp this on that die cut…then attach your “F” lining it up with where you stamped “friends.”   Basically ALL the little cut out embellishments are attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals to give them just that little POP that makes your project go from ho-hum to AWSOME…….look at that I am even rhyming now….I gotta cut back on the caffeine.

In case you are wondering who the “hotties” in the photo are 🙂  On the right is my bestest friend Kelly, and on the left is yours truly.

Again….if you like what you see here, PLEASE help support my quest to complete 365 projects in 365 days (and blog about all of them) by shopping at my Stampin’ Up Site just click where you see the underlined words and you will be taken right to my site.

As always I welcome comments and critiques.

Until Next time,

StampinBetty

 

Project 1: Urban Oasis Explosion Box May 13, 2010

Hi everyone!  Well more than likely….hello no one 🙂  I am sure it will be several months before anyone stumbles upon this blog except, of course, the friends I call or text and remind them over and over to come check out whatever cool thing I made that day.  Anyway….. the idea behind this blog is that I have challenged myself to create 365 Stampin’ UP! projects in one year.  When I first came up with the idea I thought I was being crazy, and that this would be a very hard task, but as I searched around the web I saw many people posting several projects a week, so maybe this isn’t going to be as tough as originally thought.  That is, not until you factor in my personality 🙂  I am a chronic PROCRASTINATOR!!  I have no idea how I survived Graduate School…..I just can’t seem to even start a project until it is so late in the game that there truly isn’t enough time to complete a polished looking result, yet here I am telling the world I am going to complete 365 projects in 1 year.  This does not mean that I am going to make a project and actually post it everyday.  Things will come up, illness, family, vacations, or days where I just don’t feel like it.  On other days I will make or post multiple items….All in the intent that there will be 365 projects here by the end of the year.  Hopefully I don’t follow my normal pattern where I would end up posting about 200 projects all on the last day.  LOL!!  So I need you guys to keep me on track and push me to finish this!!

Along the way you will learn a lot about me.  I like to talk 🙂 so I’m sure you will hear whatever gripe or praise I happen to have  on my mind on any given day.  Hopefully I learn about other people to…..  Share with me, I need more human contact….I sit at home all day with my two AWESOME bullmastiffs, and even though the looks on their adorable faces make it look as though they understand me, and they always seem to give me big slobbery kisses just when I need them the most 🙂 It isn’t the same as really talking with others.

I am a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator, and being honest, I hope this site helps me meet new customers (and friends).  I live in Milwaukee, WI, and even though I have been here for a few years I know almost NO ONE besides a few people I met at Graduate School who are too busy to lift their heads from their books, and the few friends I have met through my husband.  So basically I am a lonely craft loving girl reaching out to find others like me.  Their are links along the sides of this blog to shop my Stampin UP! site so no matter where in the country you are I can be your “demonstrator.” I am a “house wife,” but this isn’t exactly by choice…..It almost seems as though continuing my education has actually made it harder to find a job.  I started with Stampin UP! almost 2 years ago.  This was mainly just a hobby for me, and a way to get discounts to feed my crafting addiction, but now I am turning what I LOVE into my full time career!!

So on with the show……  My first project is the cute “Explosion Box Scrapbook” I have been working on the past couple of days.  See….I am already behind and this is just the first project..hahaha.  I really wanted this to be “something.”  I usually start with someone else’s idea and work from there, or when I am learning a new technique I will completely copy their project….whenever possible I will give the appropriate person credit for their hard work.  For this first project I am actually very proud to say I designed this one myself…..  Part of the hope with this 365 project challenge is that by the end of this one year project I will be better at envisioning and designing my own projects.

Without further delay……PROJECT 1: Urban Oasis Explosion box

Urban Oasis Explosion Box

Project 1: Urban Oasis Explosion Box

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

Paper:  12×12 Textured Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray, Whisper White, and a scrap of Kiwi Kiss (retired)

12×12 DSP:  Urban Oasis (retired…couldn’t help myself, this was the patterns/colors that inspired my wedding)

8 1/2×11 Cardstock: Real Red (scraps), whisper white (scraps), Baja Breeze (scraps….So excited this color is returning July 1, 2010!!!)

Punches:  Ornament Punch, Trio Flower, Corner Rounder

Sizzix Dies: Lattice, Beautiful Wings Embosslit

Ink: Going Gray, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss (retired), Old Olive

Markers:  Versa Mark

Stamp Sets:  Vintage Vogue, Frames with a Flourish, Lovely Letters

Other:  Clear Emboss Powder, Silver Emboss Powder, Vanilla Smooch Spritz, Silver Foil Smooch Spritz, Crimper

Adhesives:  Snail, Sticky Strip, Tombow Multi, Dimensionals

Non-Stampin UP! Supplies: Silver Sharpie Paint Pen, Pearls

Box Top:  Ornament Punch Flower

Ornament Punch Flower for Explosion Box Top

Ornament Punch Flower

To View LARGER image click on photo

A great tutorial on how to create this Ornament Punch Flower by Becky Jensen can be found at:  www.stampthat.com/blog/ornament-punch-rose-tutorial

Before assembling the flower I Sponged the edges of the individual petals with Going Gray Ink.  Then after assembling the flower I sprayed with Silver Foil Smooch Spritz, followed by the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  Sometimes I wish I had not used the silver smooch as it left big splatter marks……but I LOVE the effect of the vanilla shimmer!!!  The Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz is very subtle and may not even show up well in the photo, it just gives it that “sparkle.”

Then I punched 3 more ornaments from the Kiwi Kiss textured paper (retired) scraps….I folded them in half, and then I ran those through my crimper, unfolded them and then sponged the edges and ridges with Old Olive Ink.  I used Glue (not sticky strip as in tutorial) to assemble my flower.

Below are various pictures of the box open…you could easily substitute the retired items used with new ones.

Stampin Up Explosion Box Open

Stampin Up Explosion Box Open

Opened Explosion Box

Explosion Box Opened 2

Stampin Up Explosion Box Opened 2

Explosion Box Open

Stampin Up Explosion Box Open

Stampin Up Explosion Box, Beautiful WIngs Embosslit

Stampin Up Explosion Box, Beautiful WIngs Embosslit

A tutorial for cutting and assembling the Explosion Box can be found at www.craftbits.com/project/altered-scrapbooking-scrapbook-in-a-box.  Sorry I do not know who made the tutorial….no name to be found in it, but it was very easy to follow.

So there….I’ve done it 1 project down and 364 to go…..hopefully I can do the other ones quicker or I will be in trouble.

Remember you can buy all the Stampin UP! projects featured here at my Stampin UP! site.  Your purchases would definitely help fund this wild adventure I started (and my husband would greatly appreciate not going bankrupt over my silly quest.)  Shop here.

Til Next Time….

StampinBetty