Monday, August 29, 2011

Sunflower Serving Tray & Coaster Set

Well, I am pulling this project out of my craft archives to share with you. I figured that just because I designed this many years ago for a magazine that is long out of print, it is still a very cool project that you can recreate with new stamps and papers. Why don’t you give it a try yourself and then leave me a comment on how you recreated it. I’m sure you can come up with some beautiful projects! This project set makes a wonderful gift for your family and friends, and if you hurry you can get it finished in time to enjoy some iced tea or lemonade on your back porch before the summer leaves us for the fall. Have fun!

Until next time…


Stampin’ Queen Creations

©2011 Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations

Sunflower Serving Tray & Coaster Set

Materials Needed For Serving Tray

Wood Tray- Walnut Hollow
Acrylic Paint- Sunflower Yellow
Pattern Paper- 1 Sheet
Watercolor Crayons
Black Pigment Inkpad for Wood/Fabric
Clear Embossing Powder
Oak Brown Dye Based Inkpad
Corrugated Paper
Cotton Balls
Aleene’s Decoupage- Matte Finish
Aleene’s Glue Gun
Heat Tool
Decorative Scissors
Sunflower Stamp- All Night Media

Materials Needed For Coaster Set

4” Round Paper Mache Box
Acrylic Paint- Sunflower Yellow
4- 3 1/2” Round Paper Mache Ornaments
Pattern Paper- Sunflowers
Pattern Paper- Bee & Beehives
White Card Stock
Black Pigment Inkpad
Clear Embossing Powder
Tombow Markers
Yellow & White Trim
Corrugated Paper
Aleene’s Glue Gun
Heat Tool
Xyron Machine
Laminate Paper
Sunflower Stamp- Stampassions
Spray Sealer
Instructions for Serving Tray

Paint wood tray with acrylic paint and let dry. Stamp sunflower five times on tray with black pigment inkpad and emboss with clear embossing powder. Color sunflowers with watercolor crayons and a paintbrush. Dab a cotton ball on oak brown inkpad and spread ink on tray lightly. Spray tray with sealer.

Cut sunflower pattern paper into four squares 3 1/2” x 3 1/2”. Using Aleene’s decoupage, cover the paper and entire bottom of the tray. Next, with decorative scissors cut corrugated paper into two strips 1” x 26”. With glue gun, glue corrugated paper around the outside of the tray and add raffia.

 Instructions for Coaster Set

Paint paper mache box and four paper mache ornaments with acrylic paint, set aside to   dry. Next, cut all your papers and cork as follows: White card stock 4 - 3” circles, Bee & Beehive paper 4-  3 1/2” circles, Sunflower paper 1-  4” circle, Cork 4- 3 1/2” circles, Corrugated paper one strip 1” x 14”.

Stamp sunflower (with words) on all four white circles with black pigment inkpad and emboss with clear embossing powder. Color with Tombow markers. Glue stamped circles to Bee & Beehive paper circles with Xyron or a glue stick, and then glue completed circles to all four paper mache ornaments. Next, cut 4 - 4” circles from a sheet of self-adhesive laminate paper or clear contact paper. Lay laminate circles on top of the ornaments and smooth over the edges. Glue trim around the ornaments to cover the laminate edges. Turn ornaments over and adhere cork circles with Xyron or white glue.

Glue 4” Sunflower pattern paper circle to the lid of the paper mache box. Glue trim around the outside of the lid. Next, cut corrugated paper in a strip measuring 1” x 14” and glue around the outside of the box. Tie raffia around the box and make a bow.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Making Decisions

I have made a decision. When I started this blog I thought I would do a post  maybe once a month, but since starting I have realized that if I want to have a successful blog I need to post more often. I’m told by my designer friends that I should be posting a few days a week. Wow! A few days a week? That sounds like a lot to me so I decided that I would do a post every Monday and see how it goes. What the heck do I have to talk about?  Maybe after I try that for a while, I’ll be able to post more often. Baby steps, let’s just start with baby steps.

For this post, I’m sharing a card that I designed for Clearsnap. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, Clearsnap has the best inks on the planet! Love, Love, Love them!!! I hope you enjoy the card.

Until next time…

Stampin’ Queen Creations

©2011 Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations

Butterfly Thank You Card 

·         Tan card stock- 6”H x 12”W folded in half to a 6”W x 6”H card
·         Tan card stock- 1 ¾”W x 1 ½”H for Thank You sign
·         Brown cad stock- 5 ¾”W x 5 ¾”H
·         Tan card stock 2”W x 1 ¾”H for Thank you sign
·         Pattern papers
·         Sparkling Harvest Finishing Touches™ kit by Clearsnap®
·         Clear embossing powder by Clearsnap®
·         Fools Gold glitter by Clearsnap®
·         Terrifically Tacky Tape™ by Provo Craft®
·         Ruler
·         Heat tool


1.      Fold 6”H x 12”W tan card stock in half to make a 6”W x 6”H card. Distress the sides of all papers. Using the watermark inkpad (in kit) stamp flourish randomly over brown card stock. Lay ruler on brown car stock diagonally. Lay tape onto card stock three times, 1/8” apart. Remove red liner of tape and sprinkle cinnamon spice (in kit) and fools gold glitter onto the tape. Shake off excess and return to container.
2.        Stamp “thank you” on tan card stock. Repeat glitter lines as in step one. Adhere to brown card stock with Glue Gloss (in kit). Stamp butterflies and four corners on scrap piece of tan card stock, using chestnut pigment inkpad and coca bean embossing powder (both in kit). Use heat tool to set powder. Cut out.

3.      Cut out pattern papers. Using Glue Gloss, adhere pattern papers, butterflies, “thank you” and four corners to brown card stock. Adhere brown card stock to tan card with Terrifically Tacky Tape™.

Designer tip- Use Glue Gloss to adhere all papers except when you layer the brown card stock to the tan card. The Glue Gloss dries very quickly and is much better to use on smaller pieces of paper.

Monday, August 1, 2011

My Favorite Craft Technique

Sunflower Photo Book

© Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations 2011

3D Stamping

How to Make Your Cards and Pages Pop!

Welcome back for another fun round of blog hopping with the Designer Connection group. For this month's challenge the designers were to create a project using their very favorite crafting technique. I am very excited to see what my other fellow designers are going to do and I'm sure you will be too. And don't forget about our PRIZE GIVE AWAY!!! This month we are giving away FIVE DIFFERENT PUNCHES!!!  
To enter to win you will  have to hop around the webring then comment on Julie's blog at  about which technique you liked the best, which one you are going to try and which one was the most unique.  
The winner will be announced on August 15th.

One of my favorite rubber stamping techniques is three-dimensional stamping. 3-D stamping is created by rubber stamping an image on your project then stamping the image multiple times onto a piece of scrap paper. Color the images with your colors source, i.e. pencils, markers. Cut out portions of your scrap paper image. Adhere to your project image with some foam tape or 3-D dots. Now, your image just “pops” right off of your card and scrapbook pages. If you're using a floral image, as I have in this sunflower photo book, you can add an extra bit of shine and shimmer by adding the Sparkle Fibers from Clearsnap to the centers of your flowers. It just gives your stamped images a little extra bit of Wow!!

·         Craft Plywood- 4”W x 12”H  ¼” thick by Midwest Products®
·         Strip Bag Balsa Wood™ 3/8” and ¼”  thick by Midwest Products®
·         Easy Cutter Ultimate™ by Midwest Products®
·         Super Sander™ by Midwest Products®
·         White card stock
·         Pattern papers
·         Vivid!™ dye inkpads- Taupe, Olive, Vintage Green, Butterscotch, Sky Blue and        Corn Flower by Clearsnap, Inc.®
·         Vivid!™ dye re-inker- Tuscan Tan by Clearsnap, Inc.®
·         Sparkle Fibers™- Icicle Blue & Pineapple by Clearsnap, Inc.®
·         Zip Dry Paper Glue™ by Beacon Adhesives®
·         Chalk pencils by Faber-Castell®
·         Ribbons
·         Miniature hat and ladybug
·         Gem flowers by EK Success®
·         Preserve It™! Paper Protectant by Krylon®
·         Foam tape
·         Scissors
·         Small paintbrush
·         Metal ring
·         Hand drill with 3/16” drill bit
·         Garden Fence rubber stamp by Make An Impression®

Materials for inside pages

·         Pattern papers
·         Various colors of card stock
·         Cricut Personal Cutting Machine™ by Provo Craft®
·         Home Accents™, Doodlecharms™, and My Community™ cartridges by Provo Craft 
·         Various brads, buttons, stickers and garden themed chipboard pieces
·         Ribbons
·         Various tags and frames

© Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations 2011

© Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations 2011

Instructions for Cover

1.       Using Easy Cutter Ultimate™, cut two pieces of 3/8” wood strips, 3 ¼” long and two pieces 1 ¾” long. Cut one piece of ¼” wood strips 3” long. Sand all wood strips with Super Sander™.

2.      Paint wood strips with Vivid! Tuscan Tan re-inker, using a paintbrush. (Note- use re-inker like a wood stain). Lay rubber stamp down on surface, face up. Ink with Taupe inkpad. Lay wood strips on top of stamp, pressing down for a clear impression. Set aside.

3.      Cut white card stock 3 ½”w x 4 ½”H. Re-ink stamp with Taupe inkpad. Stamp once on white card stock and once on a scrap piece of white card stock. Color images with chalk pencils. Spray images with Preserve It!™ Paper Protectant. Cut out image on scrap card stock only.

4.      Adhere wood strips to stamped card stock, using stamped image as a guide. Add the cut out stamped image to wood strips with foam tape to give a three dimensional look. Add Sparkle Fibers™ to flower centers with glue. Ink edges. Set aside.

5.      Cut craft plywood 4”W x 12”H in half, 4”W x 6”H to create the front and back covers of book. Cover wood pieces with pattern paper. Ink edges with Butterscotch inkpad.

6.      Using small hand drill with a 3/16” drill bit, drill holes in front and back covers. Adhere stamped image to front cover. Adhere hat, flowers and ladybug .

7.      Once inside pages are completed, gather front, back covers and inside pages together. Add metal ring. Tie various ribbons to metal ring.

Instructions for Inside Pages
  1.  Cut six pieces of white card stock 3 ½”W x 51/2”H. Adhere various pattern papers to both side of white card stock.
  2. Using Cricut Personal Cutting Machine™ with various cartridges to cut out various garden themed images. Use images, stickers, chipboard pieces, buttons, ribbons, brads, tags and frames, to decorate inside pages.