Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Convention Tomorrow!

Tomorrow night kicks off the General Session of Stampin’ Up!’s Convention! This will be my first ever Convention since becoming a demonstrator in February. I am SO excited to go!

Today I thought I would share a quick card that was inspired by a card in our demonstrator magazine, Stampin’ Success. On the link is a second link that will give you a sneak peak at some of the projects and insights the magazine gives! :)

Happy Birthday Mosaic SU

So this card was my first attempt at playing with the new Mosaic Madness stamp set. It is really fun to stamp and punch out the shapes, I can’t wait to pull it out again!

Tonight I’m headed to a Meet & Greet to see some demo’s I’ve only “met” online. Excited to see some of these ladies in person and then bask in tons of creativity this week!

I will most likely be doing lots of Instagram (kandipants21) and Facebook (Stamping with Kandi) posts about the event I’m sure, so follow me if you want some real time updates starting tomorrow night!

Supplies:

CS: Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe

Ink: Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe

Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Remembering Your Birthday, Paper Pumpkin starter kit (ink blot)

Misc: Piercing tool, Mosaic punch

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Silhouette Leaf Birthday

Before we went on vacation I had some time to play in my studio and came up with a couple cards just for fun. Sometimes those are the best kinds to make! :)

  Happy Birthday Silhouette Leaf SU I didn’t get the best picture of this one, but I wanted to create a simple card with a nature feel to it based on the leaf die cut from the Secret Garden Framelits set. I used Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip and Calypso Coral for this card.

Silhouette Leaf close up

The detail just doesn’t quite come across but I used my score tool and added diagonal lines across the card base. The finishing touch was a bit of baker’s twine wrapped around the focal image.

Now I just need to finish up some swaps before Stampin’ Up! Convention on Thursday!

Supplies:

CS: Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Stamps: From the Heart

Misc: Secret Garden Framelits, Chocolate Chip Baker’s twine, score tool

Monday, July 15, 2013

Road Trip 2013 – We’re Back!

Every year we visit my family in Florida, and this year we decided to make a road trip out of it instead of flying! Little did you know, but the whole time I was blogging away on the Artisan Entry Blog Hop…I was really on vacation. :)

Since the kids are older and are awesome little travelers, we thought it would be fun to make a few stops in places we haven’t been before on the drive from Utah to Florida. We made the drive in two and a half days and visited places like St. Louis and Nashville on the way down.

We also went out on the Silver Springs River on Dad's boat and saw some amazing wildlife like gators!

We also spent a couple days at Universal Studios, the last big theme park we had to cross off our list. ;)

On the way back it was just me and Jake. My mom mentioned last year how fun it would be to have the kids for a month in the summer while they were off from school and in between sports, so we made that happen this year! :) Since we were sans kids we made a stop in New Orleans, and although we didn’t take a lot of pictures of “us” while visiting we  have a few neat pictures of the French Quarter and Bourbon Street and have plans to go back for sure!

Anyway, since the kiddos are gone and the house is totally quiet, I thought it would be fun to recount our adventures! Plus, maybe it will motivate me to get some pics printed out and scrapbook a bit while they are away. :) You can click on any of the photo links above to go to the album or I also have them in my sidebar under “Our Adventures.”

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Artisan Entry Blog Hop – Day 10

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It’s Day 10 of the Artisan Entry Blog Hop – the last day! A big shout out to all the talented ladies that have been involved to the hop! I also want to thank all of you that have visited and for the super sweet comments that have been left. Thank you all so much!

If you came from Laura's blog you're in the right place, and if you’re just stopping by today make sure to scroll to the bottom for the full hop list so you can see all of the projects shared!

So today is my other 3D project. This one took forever to make…I had such a hard time with it all…3D is so not my forte!

The idea with this 3D project was to make a Get Well gift!

Get Well Kit 

Included is a hand sanitizer bottle, can of soup and tissue box, all decorated and ready to give to a sick friend! As you can see this is a spin on the saying “Caught a Bug” and there are lots of little bugs all over the items!

 

Get Well 1

First up, the soup can! I took a regular can of soup, covered it with cardstock, and then used punches to create a top, along with a little ladybug. Each bug you’ll see has little wires from the bug to end with mini hearts for the antennae. 

 

Get Well 2

I adhered the label with dimensionals and sticky strip and the ribbon goes around the can, and then through the label on the front. On each end of the label is a punch from the Modern Label punch and the ribbon goes through that to tie in front.

 

Get Well 3 The hand sanitizer bottle was quick and easy! I punched circles to stick to the back which you can kind of see behind it, along with ribbon and a punched and stamped tag.

Get Well 4

The cool part though (I think) is the window sheet I stamped in Stazon and then rolled up and put in the bottle. Just a fun touch to get more of the bugs into this part of the project.

 

Get Well 5

Last, is the covered tissue box! Side 1. I used  this tutorial to cut and create the box. Each side is covered with the white cardstock that was stamped with rows upon rows of bugs and then a different little 3D bug sticks to each side with heart antennae.

 Get Well 6

Side 2.  This snail was fun to make because it started from the Owl Builder punch! Yes! That is the top of the owl with the feet cut off and a circle placed over the middle!

Get Well 7

Side 3. The caterpillar was just a bunch of circles, but I like having him super long.

Get Well 8

This random little bug is made up from the Bird punch! You can see the bird bodies in the orange cardstock, notice how the beaks make the point at the top?

Alright so those are ALL of my Artisan Entry projects! Convention starts on Thursday and the Awards Night is Friday. I’m so excited to see the projects from the finalists and cheer them on to see who is an overall winner! Thanks again for stopping by! :)

Tissue Box

CS: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black

Stamp: A Little Bit of Spring, Lovely Little Labels (heart)

Ink: Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie

Tools: Ovals Collection Framelits Dies, 1 ¾” Scallop Circle Punch, 1 ¼” Circle Punch, 1” Circle Punch, ¾” Circle Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Bird Builder Punch

Accessories: Island Indigo 3/8” Ruffled Ribbon, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Glue Dots

Misc supplies: Wire

Soup Can

CS: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Melon Mambo

Stamp: A Little Bit of Spring, Word Play, Lovely Little Labels (heart),

Ink: Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie

Tools: 1 ¼” Circle Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Modern Label Punch

Accessories: Island Indigo 3/8” Ruffled Ribbon, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Sticky Strip

Misc supplies: Wire

Hand Sanitizer Bottle

CS: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Window Sheet

Stamp: A Little Bit of Spring, Designer Type Photopolymer

Ink: Night of Navy, Stazon Black

Tools: 1/6” Circle Handheld Punch, 1 ¾” Scallop Circle Punch, 1 ¼” Circle Punch

Accessories: Island Indigo 3/8” Ruffled Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Tombow Multipurpose Glue

Misc supplies: Wire

 

Now, if you’re ready for more cool ideas and inspiration, follow the links below to continue on the hop! Be sure to come back over the next several days!

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Here’s the hop order if there are any hiccups along the way!

1. Brenda Quintana qbeesquest.blogspot.com/

2. Joan Robertson dailystampede.com/

3. Lauri Ingram lauri-paperville.blogspot.com/

4. Laura Mellinger laurasworksofheart.blogspot.com/

5. Kandi Phillips kandiphillips.blogspot.com/

6. Lisa Hensley ponygirl40stamps.blogspot.com/

7. Anna Black my-creation-station.blogspot.com/

8. Pamela Staples sunnygirlscraps.com/

9. Tina Munzke craftedwithclass.blogspot.com/

10. Cindy Major cindymajor.typepad.com/

11. Mary Haugen stampinup.net/esuite/home/maryhaugen/blog

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Artisan Entry Blog Hop – Day 9

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It’s Day 9 of the Artisan Entry Blog Hop!  Today is our second to last day, crazy! I have loved all the projects shared the past 9 days and I will be sad when it’s all over and done, but excited to know I’ve met some great ladies throughout this hop! :)

If you came from Laura's blog you're in the right place, and if you’re just stopping by today make sure to scroll to the bottom for the full hop list so you can see all of the projects shared!

So today is one of my 3D projects…dun, dun, dun! I am so not a 3D person so this was super hard and a big stretch for me! (Seriously I wanted to cry while making these, hahaha.)

Advice from the Ocean 

The was a graphic floating around the blog-o-sphere that had this “Advice from the Ocean” quote and I wanted to recreate it in MDS and frame. Now here’s the thing….I still don’t have MDS, ha!! Since I signed up in February I’m still accumulating some of the basics I need and have missed ordering that cd. Guess I should fix that soon because there have been some awesome layouts and projects made with MDS along the hop. I need those ladies to help me out! :)

Anyway, I did the bare bones basic trial download and still managed to come up with the print out above (and below). I’ve also included a link below for you to download this and make your own frame if you would like to!

Ocean Download at Box.net - https://app.box.com/s/safl1oayloqlp5sp24kw

I honestly probably could not recreate this again, haha! Luckily I copied the things from MDS that I used and will list below if that helps anyone. :)

Also, here are some detail shots of the decorated frame!

Ocean 1 Ocean 2 Ocean 3

I also did a little hybrid work here with paper strips, pearls and linen thread.

Ocean 4

You can see some of the pearls here.

Ocean 5

And I even tucked in a little bit of lace below the driftwood. Sort of hard to see, but I like the ruffled edges and the shabbiness it gave.

I printed out an extra one to make for my beachy, sea shell lovin’ Momma (they do live in Florida after all) but since she’s way better at everything sea shells maybe I’ll just let her decorate her own frame. ;)

Wow, that almost wraps up the hop! One more day and the project of doom that took me FOR.EV.ER will be tomorrow.  See you then!

Supplies:

CS: Calypso Coral, Pool Party

Accessories: Pearl Basic Jewels, 5/8” Crochet Trim, Linen Thread

MDS Supplies:

Background
Card Stock\Very Vanilla
Embellishments
Designer Kits\Celebrate Any Day - embellishments\Celebrate Any Day - pool party pattern
Designer Kits\Celebrate Any Day - embellishments\Celebrate Any Day - stripes pool party

Staple & Stitching\Chocolate - Simple Stitches scallop 3 (re-colored)
Stamps
Vintage Overlays\Vintage Overlays - texture 4
Vintage Overlays\Vintage Overlays - texture 10
Designer Kits\Downtown Grunge\Downtown Grunge - script, Color = 0,0,0

Misc supplies: Seashells, netting, driftwood, frame, glue gun

 

Now, if you’re ready for more cool ideas and inspiration, follow the links below to continue on the hop! Be sure to come back over the next several days!

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Here’s the hop order if there are any hiccups along the way!

1. Brenda Quintana qbeesquest.blogspot.com/

2. Joan Robertson dailystampede.com/

3. Lauri Ingram lauri-paperville.blogspot.com/

4. Laura Mellinger laurasworksofheart.blogspot.com/

5. Kandi Phillips kandiphillips.blogspot.com/

6. Lisa Hensley ponygirl40stamps.blogspot.com/

7. Anna Black my-creation-station.blogspot.com/

8. Pamela Staples sunnygirlscraps.com/

9. Tina Munzke craftedwithclass.blogspot.com/

10. Cindy Major cindymajor.typepad.com/

11. Mary Haugen stampinup.net/esuite/home/maryhaugen/blog

Friday, July 12, 2013

Artisan Entry Blog Hop – Day 8

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It’s Day 8 of the Artisan Entry Blog Hop!

If you came from Laura's blog you're in the right place, and if you’re just stopping by today make sure to scroll to the bottom for the full hop list so you can see all of the projects shared!

Today I’m sharing my final scrapbook page before my final two 3-D projects! This has been so fun seeing all of the projects along the hop the last few days, make sure to go back in case you missed them! :)

La La Love You 

As mentioned before I wanted to see how I could transform a basic Whisper White 12x12 piece of cardstock. Instead of doing things with DSP or misting to change it up, I focused on keeping the clean space, but using lots of embellishments. For this layout I hand stitched the title and around the heart shape. The photo was inserted in the middle of the heart and then loaded up with embellishments.  

Jake 1Jake 2

I used lots of little pieces and die cuts to make this page! Basically anything that started as a punch and could be embellished went on here.

Jake 3 Jake 4 Jake 5 Jake 6 

The journaling reads:

Jake, a thousand love songs couldn’t put into words how much I love you. You are my best friend and I’m so happy that we get to grow old together! Love you!

Jake 7 

After I filled in the large embellies I went back in and added brads and rhinestones where there was blank space. I really do love how this all came to be! :)

Now, if you’re ready for more cool ideas and inspiration, follow the links below to continue on the hop! Be sure to come back over the next several days!

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Here’s the hop order if there are any hiccups along the way!

1. Brenda Quintana qbeesquest.blogspot.com/

2. Joan Robertson dailystampede.com/

3. Lauri Ingram lauri-paperville.blogspot.com/

4. Laura Mellinger laurasworksofheart.blogspot.com/

5. Kandi Phillips kandiphillips.blogspot.com/

6. Lisa Hensley ponygirl40stamps.blogspot.com/

7. Anna Black my-creation-station.blogspot.com/

8. Pamela Staples sunnygirlscraps.com/

9. Tina Munzke craftedwithclass.blogspot.com/

10. Cindy Major cindymajor.typepad.com/

11. Mary Haugen stampinup.net/esuite/home/maryhaugen/blog

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Artisan Entry Blog Hop – Day 7

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It’s Day 7 of the Artisan Entry Blog Hop!

If you came from Laura's blog you're in the right place, and if you’re just stopping by today make sure to scroll to the bottom for the full hop list so you can see all of the projects shared!

Today I’m sharing another scrapbook page! As I mentioned yesterday my goal with the scrapbook pages was to take a plain piece of 12x12 Whisper White cardstock and to transform it. Yesterday I showed how you can transform it with masks and mists, but today is all about the DSP. :)

Brady Team Utah 

Since there are three pages to create for your entries I did one page for each of the three people in my life, my Gwynie girl, my Brady and my husband Jake. :) My little guy is a wrestler and when I thought about making a scrapbook page of him of course I knew I wanted to make a page about wrestling. :)

As mentioned I started with a Whisper White base, and then cut some of the Epic Day DSP out into the shape of our state, Utah! Luckily it’s a really easy shape to mimic, haha. ;) Since Brady travels all over the state for tournaments and is on Team Utah I thought it would be a fun play on the page.  I also did a few other details of pin-pointing where he’s wrestled in the state and used a brad and bakers twine to connect it to the photo of the event. The little “geo tag” stamp is from the clear Typeset 1 set.

Brady 1

I also used a lot of the stickers from the Epic Day sticker set and punched out some circles from the Epic Day DSP. I wanted to create different levels to add dimension to the page so used a lot of dimensionals throughout the page.

Brady 2

I also used some of the Epic Day washi tape on the page, and put strips underneath the raised photos. I also took the flag strips from the stickers and put those around tooth picks to make mini pennants. The rotary stamp was also used to stamp the 2013.

Brady 3

The journaling reads:

Brady – You won tons of matches and brought home countless 1st and 2nd place medals this year! You placed 5th @ State and we are so proud of your hard work, dedication and perseverance. Stay tough B – We love you! Go Team Utah!

Brady 4   Brady 5  

CS: Whisper White, Basic Gray

DSP: Epic Day This and That

Stamp: Remember This and That Rotary Stamp, Designer Type Photopolymer

Ink: Basic Gray, Pool Party Reinker

Tools: 2 ½” circle punch,1 ¼” circle punch, ½” circle punch, Stampin’ Spritzer, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Paper-Piercing Tool

Accessories: Whisper White Bakers Twine, 3/16” Metallic Brads, Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers, Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Now, if you’re ready for more cool ideas and inspiration, follow the links below to continue on the hop! Be sure to come back over the next several days!

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Here’s the hop order if there are any hiccups along the way!

1. Brenda Quintana qbeesquest.blogspot.com/

2. Joan Robertson dailystampede.com/

3. Lauri Ingram lauri-paperville.blogspot.com/

4. Laura Mellinger laurasworksofheart.blogspot.com/

5. Kandi Phillips kandiphillips.blogspot.com/

6. Lisa Hensley ponygirl40stamps.blogspot.com/

7. Anna Black my-creation-station.blogspot.com/

8. Pamela Staples sunnygirlscraps.com/

9. Tina Munzke craftedwithclass.blogspot.com/

10. Cindy Major cindymajor.typepad.com/

11. Mary Haugen stampinup.net/esuite/home/maryhaugen/blog

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Artisan Entry Blog Hop – Day 6

 

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It’s Day 6 of the Artisan Entry Blog Hop!

If you came from Laura's blog you're in the right place, and if you’re just stopping by today make sure to scroll to the bottom for the full hop list so you can see all of the projects shared!

Today I’m starting to share my scrapbook pages! I started out as a scrapbooker at 16 and never thought I would get into making cards, but I’m glad I did. :) (If you’re reading, thanks Sharon!) I’m still slowly incorporating more stamping in my layouts, and I like how this page is highlighted by the few stamped images.

   Miss Gwynie

On each of the three pages I’ll be sharing I started out with a piece of 12x12 Whisper White cardstock. I wanted to carry that theme to showcase the fact that even just a plain white piece of cardstock can be transformed into something different!

To transform this page I punched out some butterflies, and die cut some doilies to make a mask that I then sprayed with my Stampin’ Mister and Melon Mambo reinker. Once that was dried I started to layer all of the embellishments. I listed all of the products and tools at the end of the post, but if you have any questions, just ask! :)

Gwynie 7

It all started with my beautiful model, my daughter Gwynie. I had taken this picture on her first day of school last year, amazing how time goes by that fast!

Gwynie 3

The journaling reads:

When I look at you I still see my little girl, but behind the lens I can clearly see how quickly you have grown up. You traded in your skinned-knees for twirly skirts, your Barbies for an iPhone and pony-tails for a flat iron. You  may not be my baby anymore, but I am so proud of the kind and generous lady you are becoming. I may be losing my little girl, but I am gaining a best friend and confidante. xoxo - Mom

And now some more close-ups!

Gwynie 1 

For the journaling block, I layered a strip of DSP under the Basic Gray, and then added a strip of Silver Glimmer paper that had been border punched. Then two strips of cardstock were layered over that with a doily and Vintage Faceted button over top the strips. I added in a few rhinestones sprinkled over the page once everything was in place.

Gwynie 2 The journaling block also serves as a place to layer the main picture, and carry through some smaller details. The bakers twine was dyed with Melon Mambo reinker. In the bottom corner I stamped the largest medallion from Lacy & Lovely in Tempting Turquoise into the center of the doily remnant after it had been misted.

 

Gwynie 4 Under the photo I layered a doily that had been sprayed with the Melon Mambo reinker and Stampin’ Mister, and then two circle layers of stamped images. To the right of the photo I die-cut a butterfly, embossed it with the Vine Street ef and then ran Black Stazon ink over top of the raised image.

Gwynie 5 The top of the page has a hand-written title in a basic black marker, then some little embellishments like rhinestones and the arrow clip adorn the photo and title. On the top of the photo you can see a doily circle and a butterfly. The tiny scalloped circle was the center of one of the doilies and made the perfect little center! Don’t overlook the scraps and extra pieces from your punches. :)

Gwynie 6 In the top of this photo you can see where I did another butterfly in the window sheets but this time I layered a Tempting Turquoise butterfly underneath the window sheet. Also, I stamped the arrows from Oh, Hello onto the page for visual interest and texture.

I’m really happy with how this came together and you can bet I’ll be recreating this one for Gwynie’s scrapbook. :)

Supplies:

CS: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Window Sheets, Silver Glimmer Paper

DSP: Sunshine and Sprinkles

Stamp: Lacy & Lovely; Oh, Hello

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray, Melon Mambo reinker, Stazon Black, Whisper White Craft

Tools: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Vine Street Embossing Folder, 2 ½” circle punch, Scallop Trim Border, Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Stampin’ Spritzer, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Accessories: Cute Clips (hung up), Tea Lace Paper Doilies, White Bakers Twine (dyed with Melon Mambo Reinker), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Glue Dots

 

Now, if you’re ready for more cool ideas and inspiration, follow the links below to continue on the hop! Be sure to come back over the next several days!

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Here’s the hop order if there are any hiccups along the way!

1. Brenda Quintana qbeesquest.blogspot.com/

2. Joan Robertson dailystampede.com/

3. Lauri Ingram lauri-paperville.blogspot.com/

4. Laura Mellinger laurasworksofheart.blogspot.com/

5. Kandi Phillips kandiphillips.blogspot.com/

6. Lisa Hensley ponygirl40stamps.blogspot.com/

7. Anna Black my-creation-station.blogspot.com/

8. Pamela Staples sunnygirlscraps.com/

9. Tina Munzke craftedwithclass.blogspot.com/

10. Cindy Major cindymajor.typepad.com/

11. Mary Haugen stampinup.net/esuite/home/maryhaugen/blog