Chevrons & Banners-It’s Easy!

This is an easy way to make Chevrons and Chevron-Tailed Banners for your cards, pages & other projects.  Chevron-Punch

Here's how:

  1. Take out your square punch (1" Square Punch #124094 used here) and measure the diagonal.
  2. Cut a strip of card stock or paper no wider than the diagonal measurement.
  3. Draw a line in the middle of the strip on the reverse with pencil.
  4. Line up the pencil mark with the square corner and the ends across the diagonal.
  5. Punch.

This gives you a nice end to the strip for a banner.  For chevrons, continue to:

  1. Move the paper down a little, keeping the alignment.
  2. Punch again.

You can continue punching to make chevrons!

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My Top 5 Projects of 2011

Trophy-5I was looking back over the last year and decided to feature these great projects again.  These are my Top 5 Favorite Projects of 2011 (in no particular order):

4-Occasion Gift Card: Putting It All Together (& the Reference List)

Ice Cream Cone Page

Toile de Jouy Look – Simple & Elegant

Hallowe'en Favor Box

Simple Flower – Embosses Two Ways

What do you think?  What are your favorite projects on my blog?  Note them in comments below.

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Lacy Look With Paper Doily Die

I love the new Paper Doily Large Sizzlets Die (#125592) for the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (#113439)!  It makes great lacy looks for cards, pages & other papercrafts.  This card was inspired by the sample on page 7 of the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog.Doily-Birthday-Card
I wanted to show off more of the laciness, so I moved the butterfly and accented the doily with Large Pearl Basic Jewels (#125577).  I accented the solid butterfly, made with the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die (#114507), using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#117335).

The key tips, which let me make perfect doilies every time, are:

  1. Use only 1 layer of card stock or paper
  2. Roll the platform sandwich (platform on tab 1, bottom cutting pad, die, paper face down, cutting pad, card stock or paper shim if needed) SLO-O-OWLY.
  3. Gently roll the doily to loosen the punch-outs.  Use the Paper Piercing Tool (#116631) to punch out the tiny pieces.

It takes a few minutes, but the lacy look is well worth it!

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Faux Rick-Rack Technique

This is one of the cards we made at Stampin' Up!® Leadership Conference.  It uses a clever embellishment I call Faux Rick-Rack.

To make the rick-rack, punch one side of a strip of paper (about 3/4" wide) with the Scallop Edge Border Punch (#119882).  Then punch the other side slightly offset to get the rick-rack effect.  I punched upside down so I could see where the scallops were going, but you don't have to.  You can offset the alignment from the guide on the punch.

I've decided to feature a Technique on Thursdays and alternate weeks with Tool Time on Tuesday.  Do you have a technique you'd like to know more aboutE-mail me at and I'll post about it, complete with sample.

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May 2011 Contest Winner

I'm starting a new feature for Wednesdays: my Guest Artist's creations.  And what better place to start than with some of my Mailing List Subscribers Contest entries!

This gorgeous card was designed by Terry McClain.  I love the way she used different areas of her background paper to make her design.

My papercrafting contest runs monthly and is for mailing list subscribers only.  To get on my mailing list and sign up for my newsletter, fill in the box at right.  You get a free gift just for signing up!

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Happy Chinese New Year-Year of the Dragon

Today begins the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Year-of-the-Dragon-Page

I made this page with My Digital Studio (#118108 or Express #124483) to commemorate the occasion.

According to Chinese Astrology, Dragons do well being their own bosses and are particularly successful when expressing their creativity.  This is very compatible with being a Stampin' Up!® Independent Demonstrator!  If you have traits like a Dragon, let's chat about the possibilities of becoming a Demonstrator.  Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail me at to find out more.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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Blossom Box Means Fancy Folding

The Blossom Box you make with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439) and the Blossom Box Bigz L Die (#123127) is really neat and self-closing!  You can store a bunch of them flat, then re-fold when you use them.  However, getting the fancy folds are a little tricky.  Here's a video one of my colleagues made that shows you how:

To see more ideas and get your own Blossom Box Die, click the Order Online Button at the far right to browse and shop.

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New Scoring Accessory-In Pictures

As promised, here's the best photo I could get of the Diagonal Scoring Plate for the Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334):

It fits neatly over the Simply Scored bed and lines up perfectly with the 1/8" channels!  Available March 1st!

Speaking of Simply Scored, I took a picture of the carpet in the convention center to try and replicate it with card stock!Carpet-Pattern
Check back in a few days to see how it comes out!


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New Scoring Accessory

Today's announcement at my Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference was about a Diagonal Scoring Plate for the Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334)!  It will be available to order 3/1.  I didn't get a picture of it … will try to get one tomorrow and post it.

Very exciting!  Check back tomorrow for more news!

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Fun Post-It Note Holder

I made this Post-It® Note Holder Clipboard for one of my colleagues I was meeting in person for the first time at Leadership.

{Design by Mary Varley, images copyright Stampin' Up!)

I covered the clipboard with Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper (#122357) and decorated the clip with a triple bow.  To make the bow, I tied 3 lengths of 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon together (Pink Pirouette #122981 & Whisper White #109070 dyed with a Marina Mist Classic Ink Refill #119787), then separated the loops after it was done.

More news from Leadership tomorrow, so please check back!  I'm also sending Tweets and posting updates on Facebook.  Click on the links at right to get the news faster by following me on Twitter and "liking" me on Facebook.

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My Top 3 Sticker Tips

As you may have noticed from my posts the last 2 days, I've been playing with my new stickers.Sticker-Tips
The Sweet Shop Designer Stickers (#125584) are printed on clear sticky vinyl, which adds a nice effect.

These are my top 3 tips for using them:

  1. Peel the sticker off the backing and start with one end, rolling it a little as you lay it on your paper or card stock.  This prevents wrinkles and air bubbles.
  2. Fold the backing down to get the sticker lifting away form the sheet.  This makes it easy to remove the sticker.
  3. Attach the sticker to a plain or non-busy background so the design will stand out.  In my examples, the Cupcake Card and the Soda Card, I placed the stickers on Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#100730) and punched them out with the Decorative Label Punch (#120907).

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On My Way to Leadership

One of the traditions at Stampin' Up!® events is for Independent Demonstrators to bring "swaps."  I'm on my way to the annual Leadership Conference (this year in San Antonio!) and this is one of the designs I'm taking:Sweet-Shop-Soda-Card
The Leadership Conference is just one of the training offerings from Stampin' Up! that benefits your business and can be earned for free!  For more information, feel free to give me a call at (707) 695-3571 and chat about the possibilities for you!  You can also find out more by clicking here.

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Sweet Sweet Shop Card

I have a new favorite stamp set to add to my must-haves: Fabulous Phrases (#117002, Wood-Mount; #120501, Clear-Mount)!  The "sweet" image was perfect for my set of cards using the Sweet Shop Suite!Sweet-Shop-Cupcake-Card
I just love how the Specialty Designer Series Paper (#125408), the Designer Stickers (#125584) and the Jelly Bean Brads (#125587) all match!

Have you checked out the Stampin' Up!® 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog?  You can click on this link or the catalog pictures at the far right to browse or print, then post your favorite goodie or set of products in Comments below.

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Button Butterflies

I was in the mood to play with buttons and this is the result:Flirtatious-Wisteria-Button-Card
This is another card that coordinates with the Gift Wrapping with Designer Series Paper-1 post, by the way.  Instead of tying Baker's Twine through the button holes, as I did for yesterday's project, I "connected the dots" with a Signo uni-ball White Gel Pen (#105021) for a faux-thread effect.

Other Supplies Used:  Flower Fest Stamp Set (#122278, Wood-Mount; #122280, Clear-Mount); Wisteria Wonder (#122922), Elegant Eggplant (#105126) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock; Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper (#122360); Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin' Pad (#105210); Wisteria Wonder 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (#122973); Subtles (#119765) & Brights (#119747) Designer Assortment Buttons ; 2-3/8" Scallop Circle (#118874) & Butterfly (#119848) Punches; Paper Snips (#103579); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Mini Glue Dots (#103683)

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Chalk It Up With Stampin’ Pastels

I like using chalk to dust color over stamped images.  It's also easy to blend into another color with chalk.Flirtatious-Pink-Button-Card
For this card, I colored the flower & butterfly images with Stampin' Pastels (#120962).  I rubbed the color in with the applicator, then blotted it off with a cotton ball.  This Dust & Blot Technique leaves the paper tinted without needing a fixative to keep the chalk from smudging off.

Other Supplies Used: Flower Fest Stamp Set (#122278, Wood-Mount; #122280, Clear-Mount); Pretty in Pink (#100459), Melon Mambo (#115320) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock; Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper (#122360); Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad (#115656); Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon (#117289); White Baker's Twine (#124262); Subtles Designer Assortment Buttons (#119765); Paper Snips (#103579); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Mini Glue Dots (#103683)

I cut out the images, but they could have been punched out as well.  Check back tomorrow for another example.

This card coordinates with one of the boxes shown in the Gift Wrapping with Designer Series Paper-1 post.

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