Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Blog Hop

Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to the Ladybug ink. Blog Hop!  If you've been hopping, you've just come from my talented Downline Ruth's blog.  She always has such fun projects!

I love Stampin' Up! products and believe they are the best on the market.  One of the things I love the most about the products is that they are so versatile.  You can use them for the obvious things like card making and scrapbooking.  They are also beautiful used for home decor, gifts, and packaging.  Below are two examples of the non-traditional use of Stampin' supplies.

The first example shows the use of SU's Designer Series Paper (DSP).  SU has a beautiful selection of DSP for every occasion.  I love the Christmas paper they offered this year.  I needed to wrap some gifts and didn't want to use plain old wrapping paper.  After all, the gift is awesome and I wanted the outside to be just as fabulous.  (Inside are the fun little Everyday Happenings Designer Calendars (129936) sold on page 22 of the mini.  I added some fun details to each page, but more on that in my next post!) To fancy up the outside, I decided to wrap the gifts with the Candlelight Christmas DSP (126901) and The Be of Good Cheer DSP (126896).  They look beautiful, and what's so fun about them is that the recipient will get an added surprise when they open them because the DSP has a coordinating pattern on the inside.   
 Here is a close up of the curly-q bow made with the opposite side of the DSP.  I just sliced strips of the paper on our fabulous new paper cutter (126889) and wrapped them around a pencil.  Simple and fun!  You might notice that I also made a belly band with the opposite side of the DSP.

Another non-traditional use of SU supplies is home decor and gifts items.  These ornaments serve both purposes.  Below is an ornament I made last year as gifts for a few of my friends.  Inside are strips of DSP cut on the paper cutter that I curled around a pencil and shoved inside.  

Below is the version I made this year in my Ornament class.  Again, it uses DSP, but instead of cutting it with the paper cutter, I punched out the strips with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (119275).  I love the delicate edges the punch adds.   
I plan to let my daughters and a few of their friends make some of these during Christmas break.  We'll also be making the ornaments shown on my SU website:

Thanks for hopping by!  Next, hop on over to see what cute project Nichole has for us!
Nichole Gonzales Jaramillo

Here is our blog hop map in case you get lost:
Nichole Gonzales Jaramillo

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Case For stands for Copy And Share Everything. Even though I have been stamping for over 15 years, I still C.A.S.E. I believe it's a great way to spur on your own creativity. It is rare that I start a project from scratch. There are many forms of  Here are the close-ups of each of my Stamp-a-stack cards to give you an idea of what I mean.

The first one is an outright C.A.S.E. from my talented downline Ruth Norton.
This was Ruth's card from our downline shoebox swap. I loved it so much that I wanted to do it for my Stamp-a-stack and I didn't change a thing. 

This card was inspired by my sweet stamping friend Bernadette Doerr from New Jersey.
Bernadette sent me a similar card that was fall themed. I changed the colors and the stamp set to give it a winter feel. 

This card was inspired from a card I found online by Mel Sharp.
I kept the layout and the colors but I changed the ribbon.  Instead of using DSP, I embossed the Gumball Green card stock.  I also added the little heart punch at the bottom.

This card was inspired by two different cards I found online.
 I kept the basic layout from one card but changed the color scheme. The tree medallion was inspired from the other card.

This card is my favorite of the five and was inspired by several different cards and an ornament I created for my ornament class. 
While I had some inspiration, the final card looks nothing like what spurred on my creativity.  It has become my own original!

So grab the latest Stampin' Up! catalog and be inspired!  If you don't have a copy, let me know and I'll get one to you!
Happy stamping!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Blog Beginnings

My tech savvy teenager is helping me join the blogging world. I hope to make this a place to inspire you with Stampin' Up! creations. These creations include cards, scrapbook pages, home decor and gift items. I plan to share projects from my classes, clubs and fellow demonstrators. 

I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 14 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. Join me in my creative journey!

Inspiration to come soon! 

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack