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Posted on July 17, 2017

Soft Sayings Kit with Color Theory Memories and More

Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting/ Samples

Hey stampers! I spent part of my weekend crafting with friends and did a bunch of cards pairing the Soft Sayings Kit with Color Theory Memories and More. I actually added additional products to some of the cards and I mention these in the instructions below.

I'm a big fan of kits! Kits are a great way for new stampers to get started and test drive some products. “Seasoned”crafters can use kits on road trips, retreats, or when they just feel creative but don't want to drag out a ton of supplies. All the kits can be used following the instructions included or you can wander “outside the lines”, coming up with your own designs. You can even add in other coordinating Stampin' Up! products as I did on some of my cards.

I posted these cards on my Facebook Page (I hope you follow me on Facebook!) and one of my friends asked me to post some instructions…here you go Carol! 🙂

Happy Birthday: I actually cut the card from the Soft Sayings (SS) kit in half and used a 1/2 sheet of Whisper White Thick Cardstock for the card base. I used one of the adhesive backed strips from Memories and More (MM) card pack, cut down to peek out on the side. I used flower and leaf adhesive backed diecut pieces from the kit and added a few glitter enamel dots. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a photopolymer stamp included in the SS kit.

Love you lots: This is done exactly according to the SS kit instructions, but I added 3 clear faceted gems at the bottom of the card.

I think you are wonderful: exactly as outlined in SS kit instructions: the gold glimmer, tranquil tide and lemon lime leaves are adhesive backed, basically peel and stick…easy peasy!

I'm happy you are in my life: this is a printed note card from the SS kit. I added extra color around the stamped sentiment piece by using a baby wipe I had dabbed in my ink pads. Another way to use baby wipes is to put 2-3 drops of ink refills onto a baby wipe and then use the colored wipe as your ink pad. Ideally use a drop of one color reinker and 2 drops of another. If you add too many you will end up with a muddy color that does not look good!

To my dear friend: I used a SS kit notecard and then layered with a Crushed Curry piece from the MM card pack. The white banner piece also came in the SS kit and I stamped sentiment using the Archival Basic Grey Ink spot, also included in the kit. I am using Basic Grey more often to stamp sentiments on my cards when I want a softer look than Archival Black provides. You'll notice the gold glimmer paper leaves from the SS kit and s small yellow striped accent adhesive backed piece from MM kit. I finished this card with a few more Glitter Enamel Dots (LOVE THESE!)

Just a Note: done according to SS kit direcitons with one Glitter Enamel Dot added…just because I love them!

If my Soft Sayings Kit with Color Theory Memories and More projects have inspired you today, just click on a picture below to order yours today!

 

Posted on July 13, 2017

THIS Little Piggy is a Happy Piggy

Paper crafting/ Product Information

THIS Little Piggy is a Happy Piggy ; she is dancing on air, don't you think? It's almost like she is the leader of a piggy parade!

This stamp set just captivates me. I am naturally drawn to cute little critters when I stamp but something about the images in this set just brings an extra big smile to my face every time I use it! The sentiment images in the set work perfectly with all the piggy images, too. I think whomever receives this card will certainly feel loved, don't you?

Here are the instructions for today's project. If my posts this week have motivated you to move This Little Piggy stamp set from your “wish list” onto your stamp shelf, just click on a picture below to order it or any of the other card supplies.. 🙂

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set – This Little Piggy (143922)
  • Card Stock – Pool Party (122924); Calypso Coral (122925); Shimmery White (101910)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black (140931); Calypso Coral (126983)
  • Misc. – Petal Garden DSP Stack (144168); Gold Metallic Thread (138401); Sponge Daubers (133773); Stitched Shapes Dies (145372); Watercolor Pencils (141709); Blender Pen (102845); Paper Snips (103579); Liquid Glue (110755); Snail Adhesive (104332); Dimensionals (104430)

 

Measurements:

  • Pool Party Card Stock: 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half at 4 ¼”
  • Calypso Coral Card Stock: 5 ¼” x 4”
  • Petal Garden DSP Stack: Background layer- 5” x 3 ¾”; Flower pig is holding 2” x 1 ¼”
  • Shimmer Paper: approx. 4” x 4”

 

Instructions:

  1. Attach Calypso Coral card stock layer to card front with snail adhesive.
  2. Cut Petal Garden DSP to 5” x 3 ¾” and attach to card front on top of Calypso layer.
  3. Stamp the cute pig in Archival Basic Black ink on Shimmery White Paper. Color pig with Calypso Coral watercolor pencil and blend with a blender pen. Hand cut your pig with paper snips, cutting off the flower he is holding.
  4. Using liquid glue attach pig to card front as pictured.
  5. Hand cut, or fussy cut, a flower from the Petal Garden DSP Stack. Then glue, using liquid glue again, so that it looks like the pig is holding the flower.
  6. Next, you are going to make sure your pig stamp is clean. Then you are going to use a sponge dauber to ink up just the sentiment using Calypso Coral ink. Be very careful. You can use a baby wipe or tissue to wipe around the sentiment before your stamp to make sure you didn’t go over. When you are ready to stamp huff on it one time to make it moist. Stamp sentiment on the same shimmery white paper you stamped the pig on, there should be enough space.
  7. Die cut the sentiment using the smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  8. Wrap a few inches of Gold Metallic Thread around four fingers and attach on the back of the sentiment using snail adhesive. Then add a dimensional and pop it onto the card

    Next week I'll be back with samples and more from another popular new bundle, Coffee Café. I would love for you to set aside a little time to come and visit again!

ps: if you enjoyed my “THIS Little Piggy is a Happy Piggy” post today, check out  my Monday and Wednesday posts, too. 

Posted on July 11, 2017

Happy Birthday E B White – This Little Piggy meets Wilbur

Paper crafting/ Samples/ Stamping

I have another This Little Piggy sample for you today in honor of the birthday of E.B. White, creator of the Children's Classic, Charlotte's Web. Elwyn Brooks “E. B.” White was born on July 11, 1899, and, in addition to Charlotte's Web, he was also the creator of Stuart Little.

I think this little piggy looks quite like Wilbur, Charlotte's friend in the book, with a little mud added in for good measure. 🙂

I always wondered the “back story” to Charlotte's Web so I did a little bit of research.  White had married a co-worker at New Yorker Magazine in 1929 and by the end of the 1930s, White and his family were spending most of their time at their Maine farmhouse. One day, White spotted a spider spinning an egg sac in his barn in Maine. This encounter provided the inspiration for what is perhaps his most beloved work, Charlotte's Web (1952), about the friendship between a spider named Charlotte and Wilbur the pig.

Here are the instructions for today's little piggy card…enjoy!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsThis Little Piggy (143922 c), (143919 w), One Big Meaning (138788 w), (139420 c)
  • Card Stock – Blushing Bride (131198); Whisper White  (100730) Basic Black (121045);
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Basic  Black  (140931); Blushing Bride (131172)
  • Misc. – Aqua Painters (103954), Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082) Basic Black Baker’s134576)  Dimensionals ( 104430); Paper Snips (103579)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White:  4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”; 2 1/8” square
  • Basic Black: 2 ¼” x 2 ¼”
  • Blushing Bride:  2” square

Instructions:

  1. Fold Whisper White cardstock in half to create card.
  2. Stamp the piggy with Archival Black ink onto the Blushing Bride  cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.
  3. Use the Aqua Painter and Blushing Bride ink to add some color to the piggy ears, cheeks, nose and tail.
  4. Using the fine tip end of the Stampin’ Write Marker, outline several areas of the pig to create spots.  Use the brush tip of the marker and fill in the spots with color.
  5. Attach the piggy to the Whisper White square, and layer onto the Basic Black square with Dimensionals.
  6. Tie a bow with the Baker’s Twine and attach with a glue dot.
  7. Attach to card front with Dimensionals.   Stamp “A Little Thanks”  below focal point to complete the card.

If you need to order any of the supplies for today's This Little Piggy project, simply click on any picture below.

If you missed yesterday's This Little Piggy project,

click here to see it.

 

Posted on July 10, 2017

When Pigs Fly with Stampin’ Up!

Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting/ Projects

When Pigs Fly; if you have any doubt they do, check out my project for today!

This little guy is only one of the adorable images in This Little Piggy stamp set, new to our 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

When I saw this stamp set I knew I would be adding it to my collection right away! I love the sweet sentiments and the flying pig is just too cute!

Have you ever wondered how the expression “when pigs fly” came to be? I did a little research and found a few thoughts. I don't think anyone knows for sure, but these are kind of fun to consider!

One source claims this expression is derived from a very old Scottish proverb, although some other references to pigs with wings or flying pigs are more famous such as this one from Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland:

“Thinking again?” the Duchess asked, with another dig of her sharp little chin.
“I've a right to think,” said Alice sharply, for she was beginning to feel a little worried.
“Just about as much right,” said the Duchess, “as pigs have to fly….” — Alice in Wonderland, chapter 9.

Wikipedia says “When pigs fly” is a way of saying that something will never happen. The phrase is often used  to scoff at over-ambition. There are numerous variations on the theme; when an individual with a reputation for failure finally succeeds, onlookers may claim to see a flying pig (“Hey look! A flying pig!”).  Other variations on the phrase include “And pigs will fly”, this one in retort to an outlandish statement.  

If you've found any others, please share in a comment so we all can enjoy!

For now, here are the instructions, including supplies and measurements for this project. To order any of the supplies you might need, just click on a picture below.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsThis Little Piggy (143919–Wood mount; 143922–Clear mount); Banners For You (141710–Photopolymer)
  • Cardstock – Whisper White (100730); Basic Gray (121044); Powder Pink (144244); Shimmery White Cardstock (101910)
  • Designer Series Paper – None
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Gray Archival Stampin’ Pad (140932); Powder Pink (144084); Soft Sky (131181)
  • Misc. – Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372); Bunch of Banners Framelits (141488); Oh My Stars Textured Embossing Folder (143710); Powder Pink 1/2” Finely Woven Ribbon (144134); Delicate White Doilies (141701); Aqua Painters (103954); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Basic Gray Cardstock – 4-1/4” x 11”
  • Powder Pink Cardstock – 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Shimmery White Cardstock – 3” x 3”
  • Powder Pink Cardstock – 3-1/2” x 1-1/4”
  • Powder Pink ½” Finely Woven Ribbon –12”
  • Delicate White Doilies – 1/2 doily cut in half

Instructions:

    1. Dry emboss the Powder Pink cardstock using the Oh My Stars embossing folder and the Big Shot.
    2. Wrap the Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon around the embossed cardstock and tie into a bow. Adhere to the front of the Basic Gray card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
    3. Cut a Stitched Circle (2-7/8” sized circle) and randomly stamp the cloud image with Soft Sky Classic ink. Add to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
    4. Ink the Little Piggy with wings image with Basic Gray Archival ink and stamp onto the Shimmery White cardstock. Use Paper Snips to cut out the image.
    5. Use the Aqua Painter, color the image with Powder Pink and Basic Gray ink that has been smooshed into the lid of the ink pad. Attach to the Stitched Circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
    6. Ink the single banner image with Powder Pink ink and stamp onto the strip of Powder Pink cardstock. Die cut the banner image using the coordinating framelit from the Bunch of Banners die set.
    7. Ink the Welcome sentiment with Basic Gray Archival ink and stamp onto the die cut banner.
    8. Offset the 2 quarter-cut pieces of Delicate White Doilies and attach to the back of the banner die cut. Set in place using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thanks for popping in today! Hope you enjoyed a little Monday fun about “When Pigs Fly”!

 

 

 

Posted on July 8, 2017

Mini Crates Taking Over – Stampin’ Up! Framelits

Die Cut/ Projects/ Stamping

STAMP FLASH: Mini crates taking over; my stamp room today, that is.  The Wood Crate Framelit, new to our 2017-2018 catalog, has quickly become one of my favorite dies. Since it's been raining here all day, I've been able to stay in my jammies and create bunches of these fun little crates. I used the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper for these:

You can use any paper or colors to create the perfect party favor or gift. Here are some of the ones I created using the June Paper Pumpkin Kit for an upcoming team party to celebrate our best sales month ever:

These little crates are so easy to put together. You'll need to cut out 2 of the crate pieces. For the ones where I used Designer Series Paper, I cut my 12″ paper into 4″ strips and cut two crate pieces out of each strip. You'll get three crates out of a full sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper.

Of course, with Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper (DSP), you can choose either side to use for your crate! You can also use solid cardstock as I did with the watermelon crates above.

It's quite easy to put your crate together. You start as shown in the picture on left, then layer one crate piece over the other, as shown on the right with the blue crate. Since the DSP is fairly thin, regular SNAIL Adhesive works just fine to assemble. If you use our regular, solid colored cardstock, Tear & Tape Adhesive is a better alternative for assembling.

Tip: it's easiest to cut a bunch of crate pieces out all at once and then you can assemble later.

To order the Wood Crate Framelits or Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, just click on a picture below.

I hope you, too, will soon be gleefully shouting in your stamp/craft room…mini crates are taking over! 🙂

 

 

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