Elements of Style Swap Card

Creative Tips:

1. The Elements of Style Stamp Set is from Shelli’s Signature Collection. Her favorite style is vintage and this set is great for capturing that aged look with style. If vintage isn’t your favorite, the images are so versatile you can create your very own personal style.

2. To create the scallop border around the circle, begin with a 3/4″ x 12″ strip of card stock or designer paper. Next scallop the longest side, distress the strip with a Bone Folder, and finally run through your Crimper. Apply adhesive to the back side of your circle and gently wrap the strip around attaching it as you go. I used up a scrap of Merry Moments left over from Christmas.

3. The striped pattern on the Rose Red panel was done using my Scoring Blade and Paper Cutter.

4. The Old Olive Satin Ribbon bow added a feminine homespun finishing touch. It was applied with a Pop-Up Glue Dot.

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Card Recipe:
Stamps: Elements of Style (120045)
Paper: Old Olive (100702), Rose Red (102544), Pretty in Pink (100459), Whisper White (100730), Merry Moments DP (115672)
Ink: Rose Red (100063), Old Olive (100079), and So Saffron (105114) Stampin’ Write Markers, Basic Black (101179)
Accessories: Old Olive Satin Ribbon (117292), Scallop Edge (112091) and Scallop Trim (118402) Punches, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate (114512), Big Shot (113439), Crimper (101618), Bone Folder ((102300), Scoring Blade (104154), Pop-Up Glue Dots (104183), Dimensionals (104430)

Blessings,

Dacia Smith

Watercolor Trio

Creative Tips:

1. The focal image was created by coloring the stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers and spraying with water before stamping. With the Watercolor Trio Stamp Set, an amateur could pass for a pro! This one is available through the Summer Mini catalog beginning May 1.

2. The textured background panel was created using my Big Shot and the Perfect Details Texturz Plate. The trick to getting a strong impression is to spray the card stock with water before rolling through the Big Shot.

3. The dainty Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon gives the project that perfect little finishing touch. I just love how it turned out! I am creating 30 of these for a close friend.

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Card Recipe:
Stamps: Watercolor Trio (120084)
Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), Pretty in Pink (100459), Bashful Blue (105120)
Ink: Pretty in Pink (100045), Rose Red (100063), Certainly Celery (105106), Old Olive (100079), Bashful Blue (105111), and So Saffron (105114) Stampin’ Write Markers
Accessories: Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon (109029), Large Oval (107305) and Scallop Oval (114889) Punches, Perfect Details Texturz Plate (115962), Big Shot (113439)
Blessings,

Dacia Smith

Fifth Avenue Floral

Creative Tips:

1. The flowers from Fifth Avenue Floral and sentiment are stamped using Versamark and Black Embossing Powder. After heating, the embossing powder has a nice sheen that adds to the look of any stamped project. It also creates a barrier to prevent colors from bleeding when watercoloring.

2. The texture on the bottom panel was created using my Paper Cutter and a Scoring Blade. The top texture is from the Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates. Each plate has two texture options for a total of six in the set. It offers a great value when you want to add a soft subtle pattern or design to your favorite project.

3. The card stock is Blush Blossom. I must admit it is the first time I have ever used this color. It is a soon to retire offering. Please order your retiring favorites early, it will help avoid disappointment later when they are gone. Click to download Fond Farewell Retiring Colors

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Card Recipe:
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral (113734), Thoughts and Prayers (113252), Tiny Tags (118592)
PaperBlush Blossom (103318), Certainly Celery (105125), Basic Black (102851), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Ink: Versamark (102283), Basic Black (101179), Soft Subtle Watercolor Wonder Crayons (106697)
Accessories: Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon (115605), Scallop Trim Border (118402), Medium Jewelry Tag (117190), Scallop Oval (114889), and Large Oval (107305) Punches, Black Embossing Powder (109133), Paper Cutter (104152), Scoring Blade (104154), Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates (114512), Aqua Painter (103594), Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579)

Blessings,

Dacia Smith

Scrapbook Class

Creative Tips:

1. Following a template to create scrapbook pages and cards is quick and easy. Download the template for this class and follow the step by step instructions for a beautiful page you will enjoy sharing with others.

2. The scallop border is done with the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch. When you nest the circle in the top of your cutter the blade will cut the circle exactly in half to create the pattern pictured here. Spaced between several scallops is Ruby Red Brads from the Earth Elements Brad Collection.

3. The larger scallop from the Scallop Circle # 2 Die worked perfect for journaling placement. The circle was cut using the Circle Scissors Plus. I find myself using the Big Shot on almost every project these days. Sure makes creating a breeze. Can you find two more Big Shot items?

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Project Recipe:
PaperReally Rust (107099), Night of Navy (100867), Whisper White (100730), Certainly Celery (105125), Fall Flowers & Maine Blueberry DP (Retired)
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon (117290), 1 1/4″ Circle (104403) and Photo Corners (109042) Punches, Big Shot (113439), Naturally Serif Die (113453), Scallop Circle #2 Die (113469), Beautiful Wings Embosslit die (118138), Earth Element Brads (106955), Circle Scissor Plus (112530), 2 Way Glue Pen (100425)

Blessings,

Dacia Smith

Big Shot Fabric Class

Creative Tips:

1. Did you know our Big Shot Bigz Dies cut up to eight layers of fabric? The Rag Purse uses Stampin’ Up’s Exclusive Scallop Square Die for each quilt square. Layer with cotton batting, sew an “x” in the middle, and attach together for a cute hip way to carry around all of your goodies.

2. The button was a Summer Sun Corduroy Brad covered with a piece of matching material and attached at the center of the square.

3. The handles are 1 1/4″ Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. Our fashionable up to date colors coordinate so well with current fashion trends.

4. Let’s not forget those matching accessories. The flower can be attached to the purse for a beautiful embellishment, sewn to a headband or hair tie, worn as a broach, attached to the cuff of a favorite pair of gloves or a host of other creative uses. All you need for this one is the Scallop Circle #2 Die and a button.

Download flower pattern here:

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Project Recipe:
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Clear Large Scallop Square Die (115950), Scallop Circle #2 Die (113469), Summer Sun Corduroy Buttons (114343), 1 1/4″ Striped Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon (115616)
Blessings,

Dacia Smith

Color Renovation

A new palette of vibrant colors will be available with the new Stampin’ Up 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. Many Stampin’ Up Core Colors will be retiring, In Color favorites returning and ten new colors will join the line up. Five have been released now and five more will be revealed in July with the new catalog.

The line also has been reorganized into four collections with ten colors in each. The four collections will be…

Brights – Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Tangerine Tango

Neutrals – River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Early Expresso, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Gray, and Basic Black

Regals – Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, and Bravo Burgundy

Subtles – Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, and So Saffron

Watch for new Stampin’ Up markers for all core colors, and expansion color kits for Stampin’ Pastels and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. There will also be an awesome Color Coach Tool to assist with color selection.

If there are any must have colors on the retiring list, you might want to order early.

Click to download Fond Farewell Retiring Colors

Click to download Color Renovation Line-Up

I am so pumped about all the changes and can hardly wait to get the new colors. Stay tuned, more sneak peeks and new color combinations are coming. You won’t want to miss out!

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #64

Playing over at the sweetest thing… today. Hope you’ll take time and play along this week.

Creative Tips:

1. This is a sneak peek of the new Island Oasis Designer Paper from the upcoming Summer Mini Catalog. The colors are warm and tropical, sure to enhance the look of any summer project.

2. The clear mount stamp set Tropical Party is also from the Summer Mini Catalog going live on May 1. This is a perfect set for any outdoor party, luau, or summer event. The flowers were dressed up with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

3. The stamped image border was created using the Clear Large Scallop Square Die and my Big Shot. You can create several different size squares or rectangles with this die. A great addition to your Big Shot inventory!

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Card Recipe:
Stamps: Tropical Party (120081)
PaperTempting Turquoise (102067), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Whisper White (100730), Island Oasis DP (117173)
Ink: Old Olive (102277), Tempting Turquoise (100814), Rose Red (101778)
Accessories: Clear Large Scallop Square Die (115950), Dazzling Diamonds (102023), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425), Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads (109110), Paper Snips (103579), Dimensionals (104430), Bright Delight Rub-Ons (retired)

Blessings,

Dacia Smith