Friday, August 23, 2013

Getting Ready for the First Day of Kindergarten

In case you haven't heard, my kids aren't the only ones preparing for their first day of school next week...  I will be teaching a Kindergarten class again and I am so excited!  I needed to make a sign for the first day of school and an All About Me poster, so I thought I would dig into My Digital Studio and some of my other supplies to get crafty.  Here are the My Digital Studio versions and then my finished poster at the end of this post.  (My sign didn't print in color, so I just mounted it on some Real Red cardstock to make it look brighter.)
My sign I created, so my class can find me on the first day of school.

A quick 11 x 8 1/2 scrapbook page featuring my children (and my puppy).

A little bit of info about me on a 5 x 5 page.

I couldn't forget to add a little page about my husband, so here is another 5 x 5 page.

My finished poster!  I used some current and retired materials for this project.  The really cute brain at the top was drawn by my daughter, Kaity for our Kindergarten theme this year - Building Brains.  She is so talented!!
Materials used:  My Digital Studio, Strawberry Slush cardstock & ink pad, Pink Pirouette cardstock and marker, Going Gray (I think) cardstock (retired), Smoky Slate ink pad, Retired Alphabet Dies (totally spacing the name), Morning Post Alphabet & Papillon Potpourri stamp sets
Thanks for looking and I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!! 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

How to Tie a Cheat Bow

If you want to save some ribbon, here is a simple way to tie a 'cheat' bow.
Step 1:  Tie your ribbon in a knot.

Step 2:  Decide where you want to 'bow' to be on your card.  This will guide you to cut in the right spot.  Usually, I don't center my bows, so I cut the ribbon off center, not in half.

Step 3:  Once you cut your ribbon, place the 'bow' on your card and attach the ends to the back using glue dots or SNAIL adhesive.
Pretty simple!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Extra Creations from the Paper Pumpkin Intro Kit

Here are my four cards I made with my Paper Pumpkin Introductory Kit.  Everyone will get this kit first when they sign up.  The only extra items I added, besides adhesive, were some Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon and Basic Pearls... plus Dimensionals.

Card 1:  Exact card the directions have you make.

Card 2:  I basically just recreated the 1st card, but I made it horizontal.
Card 3:  I stepped this one up just a little.  I cut the banner into two pieces, created the points at the bottom of the second one and attached them to the top left of the card.  The smaller banner has a dimensional.  I added the Lucky Limeade sticker to the top.  I stamped the spots across the front and the saying in the bottom right .  To create the square embellishment, I cut 2" off my last background piece to create a 4" x 3 1/2" and 4" x 2" pieces.  I cut the last one in half to create two 4" x 2" squares.  I inked up one with the Basic Gray ink spot.  I put the Lucky Limeade circle sticker on top and added the Tempting Turquoise button, after a carefully threaded some Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon I added to the kit.  Then I mounted the square above the saying with Dimensionals. 
Card 4:  I added some Basic Pearls to my Old Olive ribbon for this card.  Stamp the right side of the Basic Gray card base with the spots using Basic Gray ink.  Stamp the saying in Basic Gray in the bottom left corner.  Place the Daffodil Delight banner sticker at the top of the 4" x 3 1/2" background piece.  Tie the Old Olive ribbon around the top.  Place the Lucky Limeade sticker at the bottom of that piece and add a medium pear to each scallop.  Attach to the card base leaving a 1/8" border around the top and left side.  Put the circle sticker in the middle of the other 2" x 2" square piece of background paper and attach the button in the middle.  Add the largest basic pearl in the middle.  Attach to the bottom right corner using Dimensionals. 

All 4 cards created by Tammi Verbarendse
 There you go!  Let me know if you have any questions.  Don't forget to sign up for My Paper Pumpkin by August 31st!!


Monday, August 19, 2013

How to Mount the Clear Stamps

In case you have never used our Clear Stamps before, I decided to make a quick little picture tutorial for you.  They are considered 'clear' because they are unmounted and you have to use a clear block to stamp with them.
Step 1:  Find your backing/image sheet and pop out your stamp from the extra rubber.

Step 2:  Peel the paper off the image sheet.  The image will be really sticky.  Peel the back off the stamp.

Make sure you leave the sticker on the image sheet!

Step 3:  Place the stamp on top of the image sticker.  Make sure you line it up.

Step 4:  Peel the stamp off and you have your image mounted on your stamp.
Hope this helps some of you who need a visual.  :)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

How to Create the Sample Card from Paper Pumpkin

I had so much fun playing around with my first Paper Pumpkin kit!  I made one card following the directions given and then did the same design for the second card, but I just made it horizontal.  I played around with a couple extra items to make my last two cards.  I will post those tomorrow.  Here is the main card from the intro kit.
Step 1:  Add Lucky Limeade sticker on top left and Daffodil Delight banner sticker about two inches from the bottom of the background paper.

Step 2:  Ink the spots stamp using the Basic Gray ink spot (included in the kit) and stamp to right of the green stickers.  Stamp the saying in Basic Gray and stamp in bottom left corner.  (I can't wait to use this saying again!)

Step 3:  Add the Lucky Limeade scalloped circle sticker on top of the banner and attach the Tempting Turquoise button on top using a glue dot.  All done!
How simple!!  I will definitely use these stamps again!  Remember that everything you need to create 4 of this card is included in your kit, except adhesive.  I used SNAIL adhesive and glue dots.  Your first kit includes the D block, too!

Hope you try this out!  Click on the link on the top right to sign up!!  Only a few more days to get your first two months for only $9.95 each (plus tax).  Use promo code:  PUMPKINDEAL


Saturday, August 17, 2013

My First Paper Pumpkin Kit Arrived!!

My very first Paper Pumpkin kit just arrived in my mailbox and I am so excited!!  I kept putting it off because I wasn't sure I liked the colors used in the sample for the intro kit, but I have seen so many cute things done with the items in the kit that I finally signed up!  Plus, if you sign up by August 31st using the promo code PUMPKINDEAL, you will get your first two months for only $9.95 plus tax.  (Shipping is already included!)  AND the Clear Acrylic Block D is included in your first kit, which is $8.50 plus tax and shipping, so it's like buying the clear block and getting all the supplies for 4 cards and two clear stamps for FREE!  How can you pass up such a fabulous deal?!  Here is what the Introductory Kit looks like...

I will be playing around with my kit later today, so I will post some samples tomorrow.  Don't forget to sign up by August 31st to get this great deal!!  Click on the link at the top right of my blog or this link:  My Paper Pumpkin to sign up today!!  You need to type in the promo code: PUMPKINDEAL to get the first two months for only $9.95 (plus tax) and then it will go back to $19.95 (plus tax) each month.  Remember that your first kit will always be the intro kit I have pictured above and then you will get the next months surprise kit.  If you signed up by the 10th of August, you should get your intro kit this month and September's kit next month.  If you signed up after the 10th of August, your first (intro) kit will arrive next month and then you will get your first surprise kit in October. 

Let me know if you have any questions!!


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Thin-Lit Dies

Check out the video below to see how to use these really cool new dies to make amazing cards and other fun projects!
Click on the 'Shop Now' button on the right to place your order!

Monday, August 12, 2013

25th Anniversary Set for August

If you are interested in ordering any of the awesome 25th Anniversary sets, go to my website and click the 'Shop' button in the top right corner. 

Happy Stamping!