Friday, May 28, 2010

Graduation Hat Box

I wish I could take full credit for this idea, but sadly, I cannot. I totally cased (copy and share everything) the idea from the Stampin’ Success magazine. I changed everything except the hat box. The beauty of this project is that it can be customized to fit the graduate’s school colors and it is a very creative and fun gift box that can be used later on by the graduate to store those special memories of senior year.

I want to give a shout out to my adopted up-line Sharon Field for letting me stamp the image on VERY short notice. Without your kindness and generosity this project would have “flunked” miserably. To order any Stampin’ Up supplies please visit my Stampin’ Up website.

al a carte stamp Happy Grad (#117006)
8 ½ x 11 Brushed Silver cardstock (#100712)
12 x 12 Night of Navy cardstock (#106547)
Night of Navy classic ink (#102997)
Circle Designer Brads (#112571)
Sticky Strip (#104294)
Silver Cord (retired)
White Organdy (retired)

Hat Box
Navy Acrylic Paint

Monday, May 24, 2010


BARGELLO pronounced [bahr-jel-oh] is a needlepoint term, which describes a straight stitch worked in a high and low relief pattern to form a variety of zigzag or oblique designs. The best thing is that it is no longer just for needle point.

This picture is of a sheet of paper that I made. I used Nouveau Chic DSP, but any stripped paper can be used. I used an 8 ½ x 11 Whisper White CS as a base. I then cut various size strips of the DSP, make sure to cut the strips where the stripes are on the vertical. I glued the first piece and then staggered the remaining strips to form a pattern I liked. Once I had the sheet made I trimmed the excess off of the edges and cut to fit as needed. I really like the way it turned out and the possibilities are limitless.

The first card I made using the “bargello” paper, uses Apricot Appeal, Basic Gray and Textured Sage Shadow CS. Basic Gray ink. Nouveau Chic DSP for bargello and birds wing. Little Leaves Sizzlit die, 2-step Bird Punch and Warm Words stamp set.

The second card I made uses Fifth Avenue Floral and Warm Words stamp sets, Basic Black, Apricot Appeal and Sage Shadow textured CS. Nouveau Chic DSP for bargello, Basic Black ink, Vintage Brads, Scallop Trim border punch and dimensional.

I stamped four of the rose images and cut out various levels. I used dimensional to give the rose depth.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 21, 2010

What is, What will be and What will be again...

My goal today was to showcase some new stamps and colors. Some are available today and others we have to wait a little longer for (July 2010). I am excited about the new color families and really enjoyed working with four brand new colors in those families.

This card features Awash with Flowers, available in July. Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White cardstock. Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mamob and Wild Wasabi ink. White and Wasabi (retired but coming back) grosgrain and the Scallop Border punch. The Daffodil Delight is such a cheerful color, perfect for spring or summer. The card is very simple to make. I used the bottom of the stem for the stray grass and stamped of once for the inside of the flowers.

This clean and simple card is my favorite of the bunch. The color combo was inspired by an article featuring the new color coach in the Stampin' Success magazine. Want the magazine? Become a demonstrator and receive it for free each month. It features Watercolor Trio, available now in the Summer Mini caatalog. Whisper White and Marina Mist cardstock, Cartainly Celery ink. Scallop and Large Oval punches and Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (carried over from previous mini catalog). I sponged celery onto the label and stamped off once for some of the greenery. Marina Mist is similar to Baja Breeze but richer.

This is the last of the clean and simple cards. It features Wings of Friendship, available now as a level two hostess set. Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock. Versamark and Basic Black ink. Vintage Brads, Large and Scallop Oval punches, Clear Embossing Powder and Black and White Striped Grosgrain ribbon. This is another color that is named perfectly, it really does look like hot cherry cobbler.

This one features Elements of Style, available in now in the Summer Mini catalog. So Saffron, Old Olive, Natural Ivory and Early Espresso cardstock. Brown Staz On (retired), So Saffron, More Mustard, Certainly Celery and Old Olive ink. Olive Twill Tape (retired), Linen Thread and Mustard grosgrain. Color Spritzer Tool with Chocolate Chip Marker, Scallop and Eyelet Border punches, 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches. It was a little time consuming because of the watercoloring, but well worth it. Early Espresso looks just like it sounds. It is a very rich dark color, darker than chocolate but not black.

I hope you are as excited as I am about what is in store for next year.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Trying to link blogs.


Welcome to Jill's Crafty Corner. My goals with this blog are to provide inspiration and creativity for you. This, as with all things, is a work in progress.