Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Flower Bouquet Made to Last

One of my aunts had surgery this past week. She was released from the hospital today, so I wanted to make her something pretty to enjoy while she recovers. I love flowers, but I wanted something that would last longer. I decided to make her a flower bouquet using my Flower Folds die #115970 and my Big Shot machine #113439. This project came together in about 30 minutes! It was so quick! I used kabob skewers as my stems. I had originally pictured putting the bouquet in the Fancy Favor, but I didn't have anything strong enough to hold it up. I think a piece of florist's foam would definitely do the trick!

For the card, I began with a Cameo Coral cardstock #100475 base and layered it with Designer series Paper in So Saffron #112152. The image is from Flower Fancy #111578 stamped in Chocolate Chip for the outline. I colored the stamp using Stampin' UP! Marvelous Markers #105541 in Cameo Coral #100074, So Saffron #105114, and Mellow Moss #100038. I used 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon in Mellow Moss #109033. The sentiment is from the Kind & Caring Thoughts Hostess Set #115324. I punched the sentiment using the Word Window Punch #105090 and layered it on the Modern Label Punch #116630.

As always, I love reading your comments!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Going to Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah? ... think about this :)

Prizes, prizes, and more prizes!!!!
Late Night Stampers... WANTS YOU!!!

If you are going to Stampin' Up! Convention this year, 2010, consider going early. Join the Late Night Stampers -- which is FREE! -- and join us at the following pre-Convention events. Love them!

Learn more about joining HERE or copy and paste:
Plan to attend Stampin Up Convention 2010 with us on July 21-24, 2010 at Salt Lake City, Utah!

OUR LNS events start on Monday July 19th and end on Saturday July 24th with Patsy's WOW
event after convention is over.
$180 gives you the "I want it all package" or you can pick from the events below
Send your payment to using pay pal or mail a check to
Sherrill Graff
605 Kendrick Place
Boulder City NV 89005
if you are sending a check e-mail Sherrill and let her know so she can hold your spot.
  • Monday July 19th will be a 8:30 AM stamp camp 8 great projects $90 FULL
    we supply everything except adhesive
    Monday Stamp Camp projects are the same on both days
  • Monday 2 PM shoe box swap $35 OPEN
    please bring a project to share with 6 people and a finished project to enter into the contest
  • Monday Night 7 PM WOWevent by Tami $10 OPEN
    bring your camera and a note pad the WOW demonstrations are different on both days.
    all at the Radisson
  • Tuesday July 20th will be a 8:30 AM stamp camp 8 great projects $90 OPEN
    followed by a Tuesday 2 PM shoe box swap $35 FULL
    please bring a project to share with 6 people and a finished project to enter into the contest
    then the Tuesday Night 7 PM Reunion party 3 fun projects$35 FULL
    we supply everything except adhesive all at the Radisson
  • Wednesday July 21 Anything New Swap 75+1 at the Radisson behind Convention on sign in day
  • Wednesday Sign In Day 2pm-4pm Shoe Box Swap Hosted by Mary and Brenda $35 OPEN please bring a project to share with 6 people and a finished project to enter into the contest
    at the Radisson then a Saturday July 24th 6 PM WOW event by Patsy $10 OPEN
    bring your camera and a note pad at the Radisson the WOW demonstrations are different on both days.
    All events have prizes and give-a-ways.
You must be a demonstrator to attend Stampin' UP Convention in Salt Lake City, UT. Now is a great time to sign up! I'd love to have you on my team. Visit my Stampin' UP site and click on "Start Your Own Business." When prompted for a recruiter password, type in Chelsea'sTeam (no spaces)! Please contact me with any questions. I'd love to support you as a demonstrator!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Enjoy Every Moment

One of my former 4th grade students is going to Thailand for a humanitarian project. I am sending her a little donation to help with her trip. She is an amazing girl. I made this cute card to send her a note with my donation.

The base is Bermuda Bay cardstock #115317, and I used the corresponding Designer Series Paper in Bermuda Bay #115684 on top of Basic Black cardstock #102851 for the mat. I stamped "Enjoy" from the Enjoy Every Moment stamp set #113622 in Melon Mambo ink #115656 and "every moment" from the same set in Basic Black ink #101179. The flower is from the Greenhouse Garden stamp set #113824, which in on sale through the end of April as part of the 2-Step Stamping Promotion. I stamped the base of the flower in Pretty in Pink ink #101301, and the darker details using the Melon Mambo ink again. I popped the flower using a Stampin' Dimensional #104430 and used the Scallop Trim Border Punch along the bottom. This punch was available during sale-a-bration, but it will be for sale again in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog that will be released July 1.

What do you think? Please feel free to comment! If you are looking for a Stampin' UP! demonstrator in Salt Lake City, Utah or the surrounding area, please contact me!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Easy Peasy Treat Boxes

We are beginning our state-wide end of year testing tomorrow. This is always a stressful time for my teachers, so I wanted to make everyone in our school a little treat. I used retired papers, because I am trying to use up my stash. Making 80 of these boxes was a great way to use some of it up!

I made the boxes using the Stampin' UP! Fancy Favor die #115965. I assembled the boxes using some Sticky Strip #104294. I punched a tab in the top of each box using the Horizontal Slot Punch #105089, and finished them off with a little piece of ribbon. The thinner ribbon is the 1/4' Grosgrain Ribbon in Mellow Moss #109033. The thicker ribbon in Certainly Celery is retired, but you could easily substitute with 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon in Certainly Celery #109050. It would be the same color and width.

I filled each bag with an assorment of candies. I think it took me 2 hours to cut, assemble, and fill 80 boxes! Sooo easy!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Card Box Tutorials

I am finally getting around to posting some of my project photos to Stampin' Connection, a website for Stampin' UP! demos. I love this site and get great inspiration from the other demos. This is just one of the awesome perks about being a demonstrator. If you want to sign up as a demo, I'd love to have you on my team. Feel free to contact me with any questions. To sign up, go to my SU website click on "Start your own business" in the right corner. My recruiter password is "agreatdeal" (without the quotations) because I think it is!

A few of the demos on Stampin' Connection have requested tutorials for two of my card boxes. I love giving cards as a gift in these cute boxes!

I had already published a tutorial for one of the boxes here on my blog, but it has been awhile. The original post showing this box with all the card that went inside is HERE. The tutorial for making this box is HERE. This box holds 6 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch boxes and 6 A2 envelopes.

The second box was a gift set I made last year for Mother's Day. The original post showing all the cards that went inside is HERE. This box comfortably held 5 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch cards with envelopes and 2 small notecards with envelopes.

This box is a little bit sturdier than the other boxes I've made because I reinforced the sides with a double fold. Also, this box has seperate pieces for the base and the lid. Now for the tutorial!

I started with 2 pieces of 12 x 12 textured card stock in Barely Banana. This is one of the colors that will be retiring June 30, so if you like the color, you'll want to stock up now. :) I cut the base piece down to 10 x 8 1/2 inches.

Next, I scored each side at 1 inch and 2 inches. If you want a particular side of your cardstock to be the outside (textured cardstock or patterned), you will want to make sure the side that will show is facing you as your score. Here is what the paper looks like after scoring:

After you have scored the paper, you will want to cut along the score lines as show below. Be sure you leave the little tabs on each end. You will see why those are important, soon!

I like to use SU's Sticky Strip when I make boxes because it is strong, and it won't ooze out like glue when you fold in the sides. If you use glue, just make a thin line across the whole side like I've done with the strips.

This next picture shows how to fold in the sides. Be sure to fold in the tabs first, like you see below. This keeps all your sides connected to each other. You'll fold the sides down over the tabs making the sides double thick for a sturdier box.

Here is a picture of the base with an A2 envelope inside. I apologize for the fuzziness, I just returned home from a bike ride followed by a run, and my hands are still a little shakey! :)

For the lid, cut your second piece of cardstock to 9 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches and score each side at 3/4 of an inch and 1 1/2 inches. You will then cut the corners just like you did with the base.

Apply your Sticky Strip and assemble the lid just like you did the base. Here is a picture of the completed box. Notice that the lid sides are shorter than the base sides.

Here is the box I made today and the box I made last year.
As I was recreating this box today for the tutorial, I thought to myself, "I should really be keeping these dimensions someplace where I can find them again!" So, I decided to write it all my notes into a little notebook to keep. Here are how I do my notes. You'll also notice the dimensions for the lid decorations.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. If you use it, I'd love to see pictures of yours, too! As always, comments are greatly appreciated! Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Stampin' UP! released a fabulous announcement yesterday! SU! is releasing 5 BRAND NEW COLORS and BRINGING BACK 10 RETIRED IN COLORS! I am so excited about this great news! When the new Idea Book and Catalog is released July 1, our new color collections will be:

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These beautiful colors will be available to everyone in July, but demonstrators will be able to order them in June at a discounted price. Do you want to be a demonstrator and receive these and other great perks? Visit my SU website and click on "Start Your Own Business." From there you'll be asked for a recruiter authorization password. My password is "Chelsea'sTeam" (without the quotation marks) because I think it is a great deal! Contact me anytime to learn more about joining my fabulous group of demonstrators. Think about what the additional income (or just the money you save on your crafting supplies) could do for you and your family every month!

Looking at the chart above, the new colors are: Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, and Marina Mist. Also returning are 10 previously retired In Colors! These are: Baja Breeze, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Riding Hood Red, River Rock, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi. I am so excited for these colors to be back!

This renovation does mean that some of the current colors will retire. If you notice one of your favorite colors is on the list below, be sure to stock up on ink, paper, and ink refills while supplies last. Contact me to place an order or order online using the link to the right.

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Yay to Stampin' UP! I love this company! I hope you are as excited as I am to welcome in the new colors!

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