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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Catty Cruise Sets Sail

Welcome all! I hope you all enjoyed your port of call over at
the lovely Ms.Becky Roberts blog. If you're like me, you may need to pull your head out of the sand after viewing the pure genius on her blog. She is so talented... I do hope you take a few minutes to collect a few postcards to send home. Don't forget to go back and purchase her amazing template... I know I am excited to make a project using her template..

If this is your first stop on our tour jump on board and enjoy the cruise. You will have 12 ports of call to enjoy. Each port will feature projects from the new Stampin' Up idea book and Catalog..
This port of call will feature the stamps set:


Circle Circus115778

Price: $28.95

The perfect accent for your next project can start with a simple circle. This set offers circles with all sorts of lively, fresh designs to choose from. Whether you're decorating a tag, creating a card, or adding dimension to a page, you can find a design that works for you!

Set Quantity: 10

Bon Voyage all!!
I thought I would make a little backpack and a new hawaiian shirt to take on our CATTY CRUISE..

If you haven't noticed there is a purse craze in the paper crafting world... When I saw this tutorial on splitcoast I thought this would be a great project for the catty cruz.. Actually my daughter Abbie asked if I could make her a life size one just like this one for her to take to school in a month... (Ya right)..

I wanted the Close to Cocoa paper to look like real leather, so I grabbed the plastic wrap from the kitchen and wadded up a piece in my hand I daubed it in close to cocoa ink then on the paper. I was thrilled with the new technique.. I Love it when you have those little moments when a great idea comes to mind and it really works...

On this tutorial She has you print out the pattern on a sheet of paper then trace it on the card stock you want you finished project on.. I actually printed it right on the card stock and made sure that the print was on the inside on the backpack..

Card Stock~ Bermuda Bay, Close to Cocoa
Ribbon~ Chocolate Chip
Hardware~ Filigree brads, Silver Eyelets
Adhesive~ Sticky Tape

My DH and I really want to go on a cruise to Hawaii.. So I though this little Hawaiian shirt would be proper attire for a cruise.. Before I folded the shirt I stamped both sides of the paper. I used the new SU in-color "Crushed Curry" in both paper and ink. I stamped 1st and second generation with the Crushed Curry then stamped the image with Whisper White Craft ink.. To create the buttons I used Kraft paper and punched out holes with my hand eyelet tool. They were just the right size. I then glues them on to the shirt with liquid tombow glue and finished them of with a few dots for button holes.

Card stock~ Crushed Curry, Kraft
Ink~ Crushed Curry, Whiser White Craft
Adhesive ~ Tombow multi Purpose Adhesive, Sticky Strip.

Time to pick out your postcards
Here are a few ideas below.

I couldn't resist using Kraft paper.. I {HEART} Kraft paper, Ribbon and Ink. If you look closely you can see that I ran the card base though the "Big Shoots" machine. I found a really great tip online that said pre-spray your paper with just a light mist of water before you run it through the "Big Shot" and Wowzers did it work...

This is what I call a life saver card. You can whip up one of these in just a few minutes. And it looks like you took loads of time.

Card Stock~ Kraft, Whisper White
Ink~ Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay.
Ribbon~ Bermuda Bay Striped Grosgrain.
Punches~ Modern Label. 1-3/4", 1-1/4", 1"
Adhesive~ Snail, Stampin' Dimensionals.

Now this little card looks like it was from a fine shop on board the ship..
I have such a thing for pink these days so I couldn't resist making a pink card. My youngest son Zach seeks out all things pink and LOVES to say mom look it's your favorite color... Maybe that's why I love the color so much because it makes him so happy.

On this card I used the masking technique you can find here. I mixed in just a little freehand stamping to make my own Designer Paper.. If you notice I snuck in just a little Kraft color.. LOL
Card Stock~ Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink.
Ink~ Melon Mambo
Punches~ Scallop Circle, 1-3/8 circle
Paper Piercing tool, mat pack
Ribbon~ Rose Red Grosgrain, Kraft linen Thread.
Adhesive~ snail, Stampin' Dimensionals.

And last but not least.. a little post card that I forgot to mail.. It looks like it was at the bottom of the purse I made.

Don't most postcards look a little loved when you get them in the mail?

I wanted to show you how to make an easy but sweet card using your scraps... I am all about scraps.. I have a hard time parting with all my lovely Stampin' Up paper... The trickiest thing on this cards is punching and gluing on all the little circles on the pink heart.. So not really a big deal at all. Right! I bent the white banner around a Stampin' Write marker to give it a little dimension. I just couldn't throw this card/postcard out with sharing it... I had a couple of sticky fingers wanting to get a hold of it...

Card Stock~ Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White.
Punches~ Full Heart, Heart to Heart.
Designer brad~ Flower Assortment
Additional Stamp set~ Great Friend

I am so glad you stopped by this port of call on your Catty Cruise today.. I Hope you had a great time shopping for ideas to send home.... The next stop is quite a feast you are sure to be amazed by the elegant offering that you will see on the lovely
Get your best dress on and join us at the captains table for this one.


Don't forget to come back for a visit and view new posts.



Linda McClain said...

Brooke, I love, love, love it. You Rock!

Lynn said...

That tropical shirt is just darling! LOVE it and the backpack...perfect for the cruise!

lisa808 said...

Thanks for sharing such cute projects and a great story along with everything. Your Hawaiian shirt is just darling.

Tracy said...

That shirt and bag are so fun and fantastic! Clever girl!

LeAnne said...

Sweet ideas, Brooke! This is a wonderful, versatile set and I love what you've done with it! That little backpack and shirt are just so cute! TFS!

carolm said...

what a lovely blog and projects you have. thanx for sharing your talent.

Marilyn Goodrich said...

Wow Brooke, you totally ROCKED this stamp set! I never thought about masking with it - fabulous!! And your Hawaiian shirt and backpack are amazing! :-)

Becky Roberts said...

Wow Brooke, great job! Love the clothes and backpack idea. Beautiful projects!

Vicki Burdick said...

Super fun ideas!! Love that little shirt and backpack!!!

Cheryl Hirzel said...

Those circles are perfect for the island shirts! Who could rresist the backpack as well? Excellent projects!

Lois said...

Love the shirt and backpack...tfs

Silke Ledlow said...

Oh - my the backback is toooo cute!!! Absolutely gorgeous creations!!!

Angie Tieman said...

Wowza, Brooke!! What awesome projects!! Thank goodness I have this set, hee! hee! Your Hawaiian shirt and backpack are so cute and clever! You rock!

ThreadCatcher said...

I love the set you used and was inspired by your creations to get mine out and stamp! jmniffer

Jenn in GA said...

thanks for the inspiration. circle circus is so versatile--i've made 10 different cards with it, including this one:


Kay Kalthoff said...

Super job with the Circle Circus set!! I've got some great ideas now, thanks to you!

Connie Collins said...

Brooke, what an awesome way to use this stamp set. You did a fabulous job with all of your projects. You sure are a hard act to follow.

domestic.blizz said...

Gotta love that shirt and the back pack is ideal for taking on a cruise filled with cards to send.

Great creations. TFS.

Stamp and Smile said...

Love all these cute project as they are works of art!! TFS.. :)

nannette13 said...

these are wonderful! Love the shirt! Thanks for sharing!

Lucia Kaiser said...

Beautiful work!

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