Wednesday, June 22, 2016

winter friends :)

a little early, I know...
but these little guys just had to be made :)
they'll be awesome fun for christmas in july crafting!

So, there are a dozen of these little kraft cardstock tags, each with a different critter ready for winter.  When I first looked through the new catalog, I thought the Foxy Friends stamps would (hopefully) be great with the accessories from the Snow Place set.  And they are!  Just exactly the right sizes!  I had so much fun with these guys.  They took a lot of time and patience with all of the little-ness of pieces, but I love how they came together.

This is how they started.  Flat.  But, of course, they couldn't be left that way!  This was early stage, laying out the different pieces to see who needed which accessory for winter.  (You can see the corner of the grid that I made to try to keep each animal straight.  Very organized little guys.) 
This is the "after" picture (blurry right now - I need to take another photo). But you can definitely get the idea of them.  I used many, many Stampin' Dimensionals to get the layers that I wanted.  All of the ribbons coordinate with the stamps and papers.  Very easy to mix-and-match it all!
Red fox

Gray wolf



Wouldn't these be a fun workshop project?

Supply List:

All Current 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up!

Stamp sets:
Foxy Friends 141549
Snow Place (winter accessories) 139738
Peaceful Pines (ornaments) 139728

Big Shot dies:
Perfect Pines Framelits 139665
Snow Friends Framelits 139664

Fox Builder 141470
(Tag Punch – not Stampin’ Up!)

Kraft 12x12 133674
Whisper White 8.5x11 140272
A Little Foxy Cardstock Pack 141638

Designer Series Paper:
A Little Foxy 6x6 stack 141637

Calypso Coral 126983
Pool Party 126982
Tip Top Taupe 138325
Smoky Slate 131179
Crumb Cake 126975
Soft Suede (for distressing) 126978
Basic Gray 140932
Basic Black 140931
Whisper White craft ink 101731

Linen Thread 104199
Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine 138412
Burlap Ribbon 141487
Smoky Slate Stitched Ribbon 141687
Pool Party Stitched Satin Ribbon 141691

Brights Enamel Shapes 141680
White Perfect Accents (for bunny tail) 138416

Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430
Mini Glue Dots 103683
Fine-tip Glue Pen 138309
Tear n Tape Adhesive 138995

Sponge Daubers 133773
Sizzix Big Shot 143263
Paper Trimmer 126889
Grid Paper 130148
(Sewing machine – not Stampin’ Up!)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

two really great people

So I got the kids hooked on Doctor Who.

(I had tried first to get them hooked on another favorite from my younger days, Star Trek: The Next Generation, but to no avail.)
Now both my son and daughter can (possibly rather rudely, sorry) correct anyone who mistakes the Ninth Doctor for the Tenth Doctor or the Second Doctor, etc. (I am speaking from my own personal experience).
And now we spend Christmas Eves watching as many Christmas episodes of the Doctor as possible.  (Not quite Midnight Mass, but please don't judge ;) )

And they got to go to a comic convention this year.  (It's like ComiCon, but it's not.)  And the reason they got to go were these special guests - Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) and Karen Gillan (companion Amy Pond, for non-Whovians).
I coached them for the photo op before they went - "be polite" - "don't be silent" - "say hello" - "look up" - "say nice to meet you" - "you can let him know he's your favorite Doctor" - "you can let her know how Amy Pond is your favorite companion"...
Didn't need any of it.  Yes, the kids were star-struck and not sure what to say.  But it didn't matter.
When there was confusion over how many photos they were allowed to take, Matt Smith called my son back to him BY NAME for one more photo.  Apparently, he remembered my son from the autograph session a couple of hours before the photos!   And this was after allowing my daughter to bear hug him (twice), even though the rules specifically let you know NO HUGGING THE STARS.
And he probably has NO idea how much this meant to these two kids who face huge hurdles every day by feeling out of place and trying their best to make friends and feeling different from most everyone else and the challenges of being social and saying hello when these things don't come naturally to these awesome kids who often go unacknowledged and underappreciated when they're out in the world. *sigh*

Anyway, it was a good day.  An unforgettable day.  And these two people rock.  (And the stars do, too.) :)

And, here's how the scrapbook page came together - if you came here for the Stampin' Up! and had to sit through that long-winded backstory!!

First, I got all the supplies and tools together that I thought I'd use (there's a list at the end of this marathon post).  Then I started laying them here and there to see how the page might come together.  I knew that I wanted to use the new Moroccan Nights stamps and matching things, so it wasn't too tricky to coordinate stuff.  I had already ordered all of the matchy-matchy things :)

 I used the mustard sheet of patterned paper with the script print as my 12x12" base.  Then a layer of vanilla-ish patterned paper cut to 11x11".  I distressed this with my very old-but-still-works-great paper distresser that was retired years ago, I think.  But any distresser or sand paper or fingernail could work, too.

Now, a darker print paper trimmed to 10x3" with a sewn border around it and then distressing.  My little sewing machine is called "Little Sew n Sew", which is pretty darn cute.  Very inexpensive so I don't feel guilty about using it on paper and cardstock ;)  Next, I do the same treatment on 2 more patterned papers, both cut to 6x6".  You could ink the edges if you'd like, or border-punch the edges if you don't want to sew or distress them...

 I like to mat the main photo that I'm using (not always, of course).  I don't remember who taught me that it's good to give something for the eye to rest on when you're using so many prints and colors, which I think is good advice for my style.  For this one, I used the mustardy cardstock from the coordinating Moroccan Cardstock Pack.

I decided to do all of the stamping for this one on the vanilla cardstock from the same pack.  I like to use the clear blocks to help line it all up before I begin.  You can stick the stamps on the top and bottom before you have to remove them for the stamping.  (For this little list of words, the size of the word stamps from Thoughtful Banners worked perfectly with the decorative linear stamp from Moroccan Nights, kinda like a bulleted list.)

See? :

Has everyone else already realized that you can use the stamps themselves as stencils to trace around the images, so then you can cut the images out perfectly-ish when there are not coordinating punches or Big Shot dies?   I just recently figured this out :)

So, then it's a lot of moving stuff around until I'm happy with it.  Doilies, ribbon, bling, a little washi tape...  Journaling and a date are nice, too.

I don't usually adhere much until the very end.  Then I go a little nutty with the dimensionals and tear-n-tape.  I don't want things coming off the page (ever, apparently).  And that's it!
Pretty :)

Supply list (all Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 big catalog) (Call or email me if you need any of these!):

Moroccan Nights stamp set - 141718 $18, page 67
Moroccan Designer Series Paper - 141645 $11, page 173
In Color Designer Series Paper - 138432 $22, page 174
Moroccan Cardstock Pack - 141646 $8, page 173
Thoughtful Banners stamp set - 141614 $21 page 73
Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon - 141424 $8, page 178
Moroccan Designer Washi Tape - 141647 $8, page 179
Delicate White Doilies - 141701 $3, page 175
In Color Doilies - 141674 $6, page 175
Metal Rimmed Pearls - 138394 $5, page 177
Rhinestone Basic Jewels - 119246 $5, page 177
Delightful Dijon ink - 138327 $6.50, page 169
Early Espresso ink - 126974 $6.50, page 170
Night of Navy ink - 126970 $6.50, page 170
Project Life journaling pen - 135304 $5, page 181
Stampin' Dimensionals - 104430 $4, page 182
Tear and Tape adhesive - 138995 $7, page 182
Mini Glue Dots - 103683 $5.25, page 182
Stampin' Trimmer - 126889 $30, page 189

Little reminder:  if you join my Stampin' Up! team as an Independent Demonstrator, you will save each time you buy things for your own use :)  Especially during the month of June!  Two additional stamp sets with your Demonstrator Starter Kit!