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Sunday, June 24, 2012

25 Scrapbook Borders

Hello!  Here was a personal scrapbook challenge for myself:  How to build a 30 page scrapbook in 4 days.  It was for a dear friend who was moving, and I had to get it done in time for her going away party.

1. This was a series of 1-1/4 inch strips of paper cut with the Blossom Builder Punch

2a.  Dark and Dreary raven stamped 3 times, the middle raven was stamped on a separate piece of card stock and heat embossed with Basic Black powder, and adhered with a stampin' dimensional.  The edge is trimmed with the Scallop Trim Border punch.

2b.  Close up

3. Paz y Amistad heart globe - one of the Spanish sets from Stampin' Up in the 2011-12 Celebrando Creatividad. 
Used with the Full Heart Punch and Small Heart Punch

4. Here's one of my new favorites:  the Tasteful Trim Bigz  XL Die  -#120893 for the Big Shot die cutting system.  It has 4 different borders/trims 12-1/2 " long for cutting scrapbook borders or fabric and ribbon.

5. Again, the Tasteful Trim Bigz die and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch

6a.  I used the Sunflower background stamp with a Pacific Point  classic ink pad and a
Basic Black Marker to shade the center, and sliced it up and spliced it with Basic Black card stock


7.  This is a decorative swirl from the Kindness Matters set, stamped 2x on each Large Oval, layered on a Basic Gray Scalloped Oval, all on a Basic Black Extra Large Oval

8.  Punch art with 1" circles, 1-1/4" circles, and the old Decorative Label Punch (discontinued) which can be substituted with the new Ticket Duo Builder Punch coming out June 1, 2012.  

9.  Scallop Trim border punch, 1-3/4 Scallop circle, cut in half, and 3/4" circle, cut in half

10 a. Scallop Trim Border and  Small Oval Punch - Perfect for the Easter party photos! 


11.  Circle Circus stamp set with circle punches

12.  Again the Tasteful Trim die, ric-rac on a strip of Basic Black

13a.  Tasteful Trim die (large background scallop) Scallop Dotted
Ribbon Border (SDRB) Punch


14.  Tasteful Trim die again - this time centered for a little variety

15.  Tasteful Trim and the "SDRB" punch again, also with "negative"  cut from border

16.  Tasteful Trim - love it....

17.  Tasteful trim...

18a.  More Tasteful Trim, combined with left over negative space from the black ric-rac...


19a.  Tasteful Trim with the Small Heart Punch


20.  Ornament Punch - see my previous blog on how to do this one..

21.  Nature's Nest stamp set, 1" Square Punch,  and the Tasteful Trim die...

22.  Adorning Accents Edgelits die, 1/4" Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Black)

23.  Tribute to our retired Large Star punch...

24. Here's a 2012-2013 Catalog sneak peek - the butterfly is from the new set Papaya  Collage.  There are no papayas in the set, but it is definitely a vintage must have!...Scallop Trim Border punch, and 1" and 1-3/8" punches...

Look!  More Tasteful Trim...  OK, I won't count that one.

25a.  Stamped border (from Rue Des Fleurs, from the Occasions Mini Catalog 2012) with 1/4" Taffeta Ribbon

25b. Repeated the same pattern and turned it 90 degrees...

Any of these designs can be turned, right, left, upside down, centered, used 12" or 8" depending on what size book you're working on.  Layers and ribbon dress things up, Designer Series Paper adds a little spice to any design.  Because of the small size, I kept it very simple, but the designs are easily expanded upon.   For her journaling blanks, I used Whisper White card stock cut with the Scallop Squares Duo Bigz die, one for each layout.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ode to the Ornament Punch - Part 3

Ode to the Ornament Punch - Part 3 - Fish Scales ~

Ah, back on track!  I was having so much fun playing with the Ornament Punch, I decided to incorporate some of the ideas into competition submissions, so please excuse me for being greedy with my ideas for a few months!  The OP has such a pleasant shape, it seems to work with a fish scale layer concept better than ordinary circles.

Supplies: (all available from my Stampin' Up website)
Ornament Punch (#119847)
Crumb Cake card stock - card base
Early Espresso card stock - backgrounds
Whisper White card stock - sentiment stamping and backing for mounting fish scales
3 Ornaments of each color:  Daffodil Delight (plus a 1/2 " x 4" piece to go under the first layer of ornaments), Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Bravo Burgundy, Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie.
Mulitpurpose Adhesive Sheets (#120805) - (they make anything into a sticker....)
Fabulous Phrases Set (#117002 wood, #120501 cling)

Step 1:  Cover your 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Whisper White card stock with a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet.  I like WW for this because it's a little thinner than the other card stock, and this card gets thick with the multiple layers.  Attach your 1/2" x 4" piece of Daffodil Delight to the adhesive sheet aligned with the bottom edge.  Begin layering your ornaments on the adhesive, using the grid paper as a guide to keep your ornaments in straight lines.  Go ahead and over lap the edge of the backing, it gets trimmed off later.

Trim off the little ornament tops to allow maximum adhesive contact.  

Step 2:  Trim the excess.  The Tabletop Paper Cutter is great for cutting through all those layers at once and keeping the edges square.

Step 3:  Mount your fish scale background to Early Espresso card stock.  (The size is 4-1/8" x 5-3/8") It's a good idea to cut the center out of the  Early Espresso backing to keep the weight/thickness down. (I used the paper trimmer to cut 1" in on all sides.) that center became my backing for the stamped sentiment. 

Here we are!  The card and the inspiration piece - a fabulous late 1960's stationary holder that was needle pointed by my grandmother (a.k.a. Gammy)  who, as an artist herself, has her own "flare" for color.  The sentiment is from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set #117002w/120501c, stamped  in the classic ink of each of the card stock colors.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig positioner to keep it aligned.  


Ode to the Ornament Punch - Part 2 recap

Today's blog is a short and sweet one, the ornament punch as a vase. Ronda Wade pioneered this one on her blog, and featured the vase with some cute stamped flowers. This version is entirely punch art.

Supply List:

119847 Ornament Punch
119858 Boho Blossoms Punch
117191 Bird Builder Punch (stems)
117155 Brights Colection Designer Series Paper
119247 Basic Pearls
119976 Square Lattice Embossing Folder
Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Melon Mambo card stock

Ode to the Ornament Punch - Part 1 - recap

The Ornament Punch was a Stampin' Up offering for about a year before I bought one for myself. “It's soooo cute” my friends said. “Makes great Christmas tags!” proclaimed Mom, “It even has a stamp set that goes with it!” Today the Ornament Punch has about 3 stamp sets that use it as a base design, but what I have come to love about it is all the things this beautiful yet basic shape can do all year long.
Today, I'm using it as a border punch.

Ornament Punch from Stampin' Up item #119847
1-1/2 x 12 inch strip of card stock or paper (or 1-1/2 x length of project). Shown here: Peach Parfait from the In Color 2010-2012 12 x 12 collection #124338 available through my Stampin' Up demonstrator website.
graphing ruler (this one's a “Tim Holtz”, but there are a variety available in the drafting department of office supply and craft stores. I confess that while I am a hard core Stampin' Up demonstrator, I do have a few dalliances with Tim Holtz' products....)

Mark the center line (CL) of the back of your card stock strip. Draw parallel lines each 1-7/8 inches, perpendicular to the top edge. These are the center lines of the ornament. Position the card stock so that it rests against the backstop (hinge) of the punch, with the CL at the bottom point of the ornament. Punch at each CL.

Notice, I have marked my punch with a sharpie extra fine point, to help me keep my paper parallel.
Yes, I know that I am a nerd.

Turn your card stock around, and mark the center of each area between ornaments. Punch in the same fashion as the first side. Because there's not much card stock to brace against the hinge of the punch, marking the punch is very helpful to keep your design straight.

Optional: Nip a little quadrant of ornament off the square end, as I have done here to keep the flow of the pattern.

The “leftover” pieces can also be used to create a border design. 100% used – love it!

Items shown here:
#124301 Very Vanilla 12 x 12 Card Stock
#121078 Neutral 12 x 12 Textured Card Stock in Basic Gray color
#119847 Ornament Punch
#125598 Labels Framelets
#124338 In Color 2010-2012 12 x 12 Card Stock in Peach Parfait (available only until May 31, 2012)
You can get all these products online through my Stampin' Up independent demonstrator website by clicking on the "Shop Now" link and entering these item numbers.

also shown: Going Gray card stock (discontinued)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Artisan Award Design Team Submission


Welcome to my first blog as Creative Flare Cards.   Previously I'd been using the domain name,  and that was working for where I was at the time.  Now that I'm branching out more it's time to consolidate all the web entities under a similar name.  
My website is; 
facebook is; 
email is

I've got a theme, and I'm sticking with it ;)

So here's one of the things been on the work table in May:   My submissions for Stampin' Up's yearly Artisan Award.  It's a competition open to all Stampin' Up demonstrators in the USA and Canada.   All the submissions had to be made exclusively with Stampin' Up products that were for sale during the first part of the year, and they were due May 31.    The requirement was 5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages and 2 decorative items.  After racking my brain for about 2 months, this is the result!  

Card 1 is a standard A2 size card made with the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.  It features the Boho Blossoms, XL Oval, and Butterfly Punches; Lattice Bigz and Beautiful Butterflies Bigz dies; Pool Party, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Always Artichoke and Blushing Bride card stock; Pool Party  seam binding ribbon, and Basic Pearls.

I love 3-D cards.  It's a great impact and the same size as a regular A2 card when folded, but literally stands out when open.  Typically it's called a zig-zag or shutter card, and the card base pattern can be found at - but what you do with it is completely up to you.    Stampin' Up did a sneak peek promotion in April featuring some of the new Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper.  The card base is  5-1/4' x 12" strip of Rose Red card stock.  I also had fun with the Basic Rhinestones and the Fabulous Phrases set.

For the epicureans, this was the Studio Sketches stamp set, on More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White and Basic Black.  A little Bakers' Twine in Early Espresso gives it an added texture.

This was the first card I used Crystal Effects on... it gives a little shine to some of the dots on the outer circles, and I coated the little punched flowers with it and let it dry.  It gave them the effect of being an acrylic bubble embellishment.  Cajun Craze, Island Indigo and Confetti Cream were the colors used.

I enjoy shaped cards, this was made with the Framelets Labels collection, cut on one edge to make it fit into a medium (A2) envelope.  The flower was made with the Ornament Punch.  Basic Gray is a smashing background for Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, and Riding Hood Red.  I used the "shaving cream" technique with Whisper White card stock to get the pattern on the flower petals.

Inside of the same, using the Summer Solstice stamp set and the En Francais background stamp.  There's a little Frost White Shimmer Paint sponged on the background, too.  The window was cut with a Hearts Framelet die.

The contest called for 3 scrapbook pages, all are 12 x 12,  and they all feature my boys.  This first one uses the Blossom Builder punch to create a flame border along a 1-1/4" piece of Riding Hood Red card stock.  It was really hard to let go of these!

The arabesque border was created using the Ornament Punch.  I will add that older blog to this one for reference.

This was a spontaneous act of patriotism on the part of my oldest son when he was in Kindergarten.  It was so touching, and the best way to keep it simple seemed to go with a Haiku poem instead of trying to write out the whole story.

I did a shadowbox collage for one 3-D item submission, it was based off products featured for Sale-a-bration this past winter.   I did one for myself, without the frame, backed on foam core to decorate my office, and my husband liked it so much he suggested I make another for Stampin' Up.  The stamps are the Fresh Vintage set and the Pursuit of Happiness set.

This is my last one, it's about 34-35 roses made from Cherry Cobbler card stock and the Blossom punch, hot glued to a 5" floral Styrofoam ball.  The leaves were made with the Ornament punch and Garden Green card stock, sponged in Garden Green ink.  It hangs from a bow of Cherry Cobbler Seam binding ribbon and some Victoria 5/8" trim.  The roses were sponged with some Champagne Shimmer Paint.  This took 8 sheets of 8-1/2" x 11" Cherry Cobbler card stock to complete, plus every scrap I could get a hold of... time to order more....

There it is!  That was my submission for this year's competition, and the results will be released toward the mid-month about who won and will be admitted to the Design Team... There's probably a 1:1,000 chance of winning, but I'll let you know what happens :)