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Posted on January 31, 2019

Stampin’ Up!’s Happy Tails Bundle

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Welcome! Today I promised a project for you dog lovers! (Yesterday's share featured a card made with Stampin' Up!'s Nine Lives Stamp Set). This cute card is simple, too!

Stampin' Up!'s Happy Tails Bundle

I can just picture this little guy sitting at my feet, wagging his tail, ready to give me some lovin'! Similar to the Nine Lives Stamp Set I featured yesterday, Happy Tails also has a variety of fun images and sentiments.

The stamp set and coordinating punch is available as a “bundle”, which saves you 10%! In case you'd like to make this project, I've included step by step instructions, including measurements, below.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Happy Tails Bundle: 150631
  • Inks: Night of Navy (147110); Early Espresso (147114)
  • Paper: Night of Navy(100867); Whisper White(100730); Balmy Blue(146982); Thick Whisper White(140272); Crumb Cake(120953)
  • Other: 2-1/4 Circle Punch(143720); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); SNAIL (104332); Banner Triple Punch(138292); Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper(148554);Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack/SAB(149623)

Measurements:

  • Thick Whisper White card base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
  • Whisper White card stock: 1-1/2 x 4-1/2
  • Night of Navy card stock: 4 x 5-1/4
  • Gingham Gala DSP: 2×4
  • Balmy Blue scrap
  • Crumb Cake scrap

Instructions:

  1. Fold Thick Whisper White card stock in half. Crease with bone folder.
  2. Stamp dog paws, using Night of Navy ink, in upper right and lower left corners of Night of Navy cardstock. Adhere to card base.
  3. Adhere Gingham Gala DSP.
  4. Punch Whisper White card stock end with triple banner punch. Adhere.
  5. Stamp sentiment with Night of Navy ink on Balmy Blue card stock scrap. Punch out with 2-1/4 inch circle punch.
  6. Stamp dog with Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake card stock scrap. Punch out using the Dog Builder Punch.
  7. Adhere dog to Balmy Blue circle using Snail adhesive.
  8. Cut 5 inch piece of Blue organdy ribbon. Fold, and adhere to back of Balmy Blue circle. Trim ends.
  9. Attach Balmy Blue circle to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  10. Mail to a dog lover!!!

If you've fallen in love with this little guy, too,  and would like to add the bundle to your collection, visit my online store HERE.

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Posted on May 25, 2018

Lilypad Lake Card PDF Tutorial

Die Cut/ Samples/ Stamping

Happy Friday Stampers! From what I hear, a lot of people are heading towards “water” this weekend, perhaps to a lake nearby or maybe just to a backyard pool. I thought this Lilypad Lake Card PDF Tutorial would get us in the mood!

Lilypad Lake Card PDF Tutorial

Aren't these tiny boats just the cutest? You can use markers, colored pencils or Stampin' Blends (shown here) to add your choice of color. Here are all the instructions. This set will be available on June 1!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets Lilypad Lake (146496)
  • Card Stock – Pool Party (122924); Whisper White (100730) Crumb Cake (120953)
  • Stamp Pads – Memento Black (132708); Pool Party (147107)
  • Misc. – Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack (144177); Linen Thread (104199); Layering Circles Framelits (141705); Wink of Stella (141897); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Stampin’ Blends Combo Packs: Bermuda Bay (144600), Calypso Coral (144045); Daffodil Delight (144603); Big Shot (143263), Snail Adhesive (104332)

Measurements:

  • Pool Party: 4-1/4 x 9-5/8 (score at 4-1/4 inches); 1-1/4 x 4 (score at 3 inches)
  • Wood Textures DSP: 4 x 4; 3×3
  • Whisper White: 5 x 3-3/4
  • Crumb Cake: 3-1/2 x 3-1/2; 4-1/8 x 4-1/8; 5-1/4 x 4

Instructions:

  1. On 3 x 3 Wood Textures paper, stamp ocean with Pool Party ink. Stamp sailboats and sun with Memento black ink. Using blends, color as desired.
  2. Cut out image with layering circle framelits.
  3. Cut out crumb cake scalloped circle using layering circles framelits.
  4. Adhere stamped image to crumb cake scalloped circle Apply Wink of Stella as desired and let dry.
  5. Adhere crumb cake square to front of card. Adhere 4×4 piece of Wood Textures DSP to crumb cake mat.
  6. Attach folded end of 1-1/4 x 4 Pool Party Cardstock to back of Crumb Cake mat.
  7. Inside card, attach Crumb Cake (5-1/4 x 4 piece) to card base.
  8. Stamp sentiment so that it is hidden behind the Pool Party folded cardstock.
  9. Wrap linen thread around Pool Party flap.
  10. Adhere Scalloped Circle accent to end of Pool Party flap.
  11. Fold over card, and you’re finished!

Lilypad Lake Card PDF Tutorial

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Posted on May 23, 2018

Stampin’ Up! Color Coaches

Samples/ Stamping

Hey Stampers! As promised, today I have the new Stampin' Up! Color Coach resources to share with you. I was so sad when Stampin' Up! did away with this splendid resource. I had it by my crafting table and used it all the time! So, I am thrilled to provide the NEW Color Coaches to you today!

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Feel free to print out the PDF, cut up the pages and put together on a ring so you'll have handy whenever you need some color inspiration. You'll notice there are “blank” sheets that you can print out to keep track of your favorite color combinations. No reinventing the wheel each time you make a card!

Speaking of favorite color combinations, here's a project with one of my favorite combos; Pacific Point,  Granny Apple Green, and Mango Melody. I just love the bright, vivid look of this card.

Stampin' Up! Color Coaches

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Abstract Impressions (147513 Photopolymer)
  • PAPER –Whisper White (100730), Mango Melody (146898), Poppy Parade (119793), Pacific Point (111350)
  • INK –– Pacific Point (147098), Mango Melody (147093), Poppy Parade (147050), and Granny Apple Green (147095)
  • OTHER – Poppy Parade Marker (147157 Brights Markers), Triple Banner Punch (138292), Clear Wink of Stella (141897), Bone Folder (102300), Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels (144220)

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Mango Melody – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Whisper White – 3 ¼ x 3 ¾”
  • Poppy Parade – 3 ½ x 4”
  • Pacific Point –1 ½ x 5 ½”
  • Whisper White — ½” x 4 ½”

Instructions:

  1. Stamp “ground” swish at bottom in Granny Apple Green ink, add stems above, both full strength and stamped off.
  2. Add flowers in Mango and “details” in Poppy Parade ink. Add Butterfly in Pacific Point.
  3. Spritz with Poppy Marker. Embellish with Rhinestones. Adhere to Poppy Panel.
  4. Punch end of Pacific Point Cardstock with Triple Banner Punch.  Using Bone folder, rub against paper until layers start to separate.  Pull apart to reveal “faux suede”.  Adhere to Mango card and pop up flower panel on top.
  5. Stamp Thank You in Pacific Point and punch with banner end.  Pop up onto card.

If you want to check out what's on sale right now or order any of the pre-order bundles featuring new colors and products, click here to go to my online store.

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Posted on April 24, 2018

In the Land of Dungeons and Dragons, Knights and Wizards

Die Cut/ Samples/ Stamping

Hey Stampers! No, I'm not talking about the popular “Dungeons and Dragons” fantasy tabletop game. I do know quite a few professionals who are obsessed with this game, but it's really not my cup of tea. What I'm spotlighting today is also in the land of Dragons and dungeons; it's the Magical Day Suite of products from Stampin' Up! This suite made it's debut for a limited time in the Occasions 2018 catalog; sadly it's disappearing on May 31 when the catalog period ends.

In the Land of Dungeons and Dragons, Knights and Wizards

The stamp set has mythical and whimsical images, perfect for all sorts of occasions. The little blue wizard in the picture above brings Merlin the Magician to mind. Isn't he adorable? Notice the coordinating framelits that make cutting out stamped images a breeze!

The coordinating papers and washi tape make it so easy to complete your projects, whether these are cards, party invitations and decor, or scrapbook layouts from a trip to Medeival Times Dinner Theatre.

In the Land of Dungeons and Dragons, Knights and Wizards

Here are just a few samples of things you can create with this suite of products.

In the Land of Dungeons and Dragons, Knights and Wizards

Thanks for popping in today! I hope you enjoyed our time in the Land of Dungeons and Dragons, Knights and Wizards! You can purchase any of these products right now at my online store. Remember they are only available until May 31st!

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Posted on April 3, 2018

April Hostess Code and Online Club Projects

Announcements/ Big Shot/ Online Stamp Club/ Samples

Hey Stampers! We dodged a big weather bullet here today and the sun is now shining…whew! So thankful no hail arrived.  I wanted to share my April Hostess Code and Online Club Projects. In case you are new to my blog, I have an online club as well as local stamp clubs. This means if you don't live near me, you can still stamp with me!

Each month, for a minimum $40 order at my online store, you receive PDF tutorials AND card kits for my monthly projects. The kits include all the consumable products to make the cards, including cardstock, die-cut pieces, embellishments, and envelopes. No images will be stamped. You can order the stamp set/s I use or substitute any you might have. Orders must be placed using hostess code VAGY4PBW no later than April 15th.

Once I see your order I'll email you your PDF tutorials. The kits will be sent out priority mail by the end of the month. Here are this month's card projects; notice the  flower theme. I'm ready for Spring!

April Hostess Code and Online Club Projects

These cards use the following products; just click on an image to order.

You can order ANY items of at least $40 (before tax and shipping) in order to get your free PDF Tutorials and card kits. BE SURE to use hostess code VAGY4PBW if your order is less than $150. If you have a really long list and your merchandise totals more than $150, don't use the code. Why? You'll get to choose at least $15 in Stampin' Rewards AND I'll still send you my club goodies.

If you're not sure what to order, let me suggest a three month pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit that arrives right to your door with everything you need (except for regular adhesive and scissors) to complete the projects. This is a great way to have a “creative escape” OR gift to a friend who loves crafting. I've been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber since this program started and I look forward to my orange box each month!

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Posted on March 29, 2018

What does CASE mean to Stampers?

Samples/ Stamping

What does CASE mean? Now, I'm not talking about a CASE of soda, a CASE of chips, or a CASE for your clear stamping blocks. So what “case” AM I talking about? That would be COPY AND STEAL EVERYTHING! If you've been in the stamping world for awhile, I'm sure you've heard of this. But, if you're fairly new, this term might be unknown to you. So let's explore this a little more.

We all have those creative “dead zones”. We need a card quickly, our stash is empty, and we've got zero ideas. No need to panic; that's where “casing” comes in.

Some great places to start are:

any of the Stampin' Up! catalogs – our catalogs, of course, are meant to sell product. But, did you know, the pages are filled with beautiful samples? AND, these samples are there for you to use, as is, or with your own creative changes.

Pinterest – lots of people use these ideas for cards, mini albums, home décor projects, etc. It is courteous to give credit where you've gotten a project, but honestly many people don't. Use your own discretion.

My email newsletter! I share lots of projects, tips, techniques, AND exclusive offers only for my subscribers. Everyone who subscribes gets a free PDF project tutorial and a video series…just for subscribing-no purchase necessary!

right here on my blog! I share lots of projects and you are more than welcome to CASE; if you use an idea you see here and change it up, I'd love for you to post YOUR creation in the comments section.

Google – my husband laughs that I'm always saying “google” if we need to find an answer for something. You can also “google” things like Easter card, photography, sympathy card…you get the idea.

You Tube – I have a You Tube site with project videos and tutorials and I post almost every day on Facebook. You are free to “CASE” away! I hope you'll share ideas you find on my sites with your stamping friends!

Now that I've explained all about it, let's look at some samples to CASE! 🙂

What does CASE mean to Stampers?

Thanks for popping by today!

 

 

 

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Posted on March 28, 2018

May Your Day BUBBLE OVER With Happiness!

Paper crafting/ Samples/ Stamping

Hey Stampers and greetings from Texas! Our weather has been so dreary the last few days that many of my coworkers are just plain down in the dumps. I think the sentiment on this card, May Your Day BUBBLE OVER With Happiness!, should bring some joy to their faces. I mean really, who could be grumpy when you open up an envelope and pull out this card!

May Your Day BUBBLE OVER With Happiness!May Your Day BUBBLE OVER With Happiness!

Project supplies and instructions included below in case you want to spread some happiness to those around you!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Bubble Over Bundle (146082)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730); Lemon Lime Twist (144245); Melon Mambo (115320); Peekaboo Peach (141417); Basic Black (121045)
  • Stamp Pads – Lemon Lime Twist (144086); Melon Mambo (126948); Peekaboo Peach (141398); Whisper White Craft (101731)
  • Misc. – Sponge Daubers (133773); ¾” Circle Punch (119873); Embossing Buddy (103083); White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White (base): 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half
  • Whisper White (layer): 4” x 5 ¼”
  • Whisper White: scraps to punch and die cut
  • Lemon Lime Twist: scrap
  • Melon Mambo: scrap
  • Peekaboo Peach: scrap
  • Basic Black (layer): 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • Basic Black (greeting): ¾” x 3 5/8”

Instructions:

  1. Adhere the Whisper White layer to the Basic Black layer.
  2. Die cut three of the large bottles using Whisper White scrap cardstock.
  3. Using a separate Sponge Dauber for each color, color in the die cut bottle, one each in Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach. Leave a small area at the top of the bottle uninked as shown.
  4. Die cut three large bottle caps; one each in Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach. Adhere the bottle caps to their respective colored bottle using a Glue Dot.
  5. Die cut three large bottle labels using Whisper White scrap cardstock. Adhere the labels to the center of each of the three die cut bottles.
  6. Stamp two (2) star images on Whisper White scrap cardstock; one each in Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach. Use the ¾” Circle Punch to punch the stars. Adhere the stars using Dimensionals to their respective colored bottle label.
  7. Stamp the “yay!” greeting using Melon Mambo ink on Whisper White scrap cardstock. Stamp off one layer of ink on scratch paper to reduce the overall shade. Use the ¾” Circle Punch to punch out the greeting. Adhere the greeting to the Melon Mambo bottle label as shown.
  8. Adhere all three bottles in the center of the white layer. TIP: Start with the Melon Mambo bottle for centering purposes.
  9. Rub the Embossing Buddy over the Basic Black (greeting) cardstock. Stamp the greeting using Whisper White Craft ink. Immediately sprinkle with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Set the powder using the Heat Tool. Let cool. Adhere this piece across the front of the trio of bottles as shown.

If you need any of these supplies, visit my online store. Remember, time is running out to grab your free Sale-A-Bration gifts!

 

 

 

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Posted on October 24, 2017

Polka Dot Spooky Cat – 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 8

Holidays / Special Days/ Punch Art/ Samples

Polka Dot Spooky Cat – 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 8.  Hello friends! Today I have a fun Halloween project for you. In fact, I'm sharing six with you, since I'm a little behind! There's still time to put some “spooky” cards and treats together for family and friends!  And, of course, there is always overnight or second day shipping; I've had to use that more than I'd like lately! 🙂

A couple of these great ideas are not my original work; thanks Pinterest! So many things are re-shared these days that I can't find the original artist who should get the credit; they are awesome projects though.

Polka Dot Spooky Cat - 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 8

I'll have all the instructions for this project below. I also wanted to share just a few images of other ides you can do with this cat punch. As you can see, even though it is perfect for Halloween, it can be used for so many other things as well.

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Here are the instructions for the first project. Enjoy!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Spooky Cat (144749 photopolymer), Labels to Love (144967 clear, 144970 wood),
  • PAPER – Pumpkin Pie (105117), Very Vanilla (101650), Spooky Night Designer Series Paper
  • INK – Tuxedo Memento Black (132708)
  • OTHER – Cat Punch (144666), Everyday Label Punch (144668), Linen Thread (104199), Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082), Banner Triple Punch (138292), Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143709), Big Shot (143263), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Cutting & Scoring:

  • Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2 x 5-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4” & scrap
  • Very Vanilla 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP) 1-1/2” x 4” & scrap

Instructions:

  • Run Very Vanilla layer through Big Shot in Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • Flick black ink on embossed layer using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker by flicking the large end of the marker in the lid and directing it at the cardstock.
  • Punch end of DSP strip with Banner Triple Punch and adhere to card front where shown with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  • Stamp Halloween greeting on Pumpkin Pie cardstock scrap with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and punch with Everyday Label Punch – add to card front where shown with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Tie a Linen Thread triple bow and add to banner with Mini Glue Dot.
  • Punch cat from DSP and glue to card front where shown.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a stamptastic day!! 🙂

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Posted on October 16, 2017

Fall Inspiration With Colorful Seasons

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Product Information/ Samples

Hello stampers! What a great weekend I had! The weather here in Texas was nice and I got to spend yesterday afternoon working on a Homecoming Mum. Now, I'm from California and we did not have anything remotely like this. A “mum” was a real flower mum and went into a small corsage on your wrist or dress.  I can't post a picture yet because we are keeping it a surprise from my grandson's girlfriend. Let me just say it is BIG! When I asked another mom who has made plenty of these if it is too big she said oh no; go BIG or go home! So, there you go, a learning opportunity! But, I digress, let's get back to the main reason for my post today. I want to share some fall inspiration with Colorful Seasons.

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This stamp set is another one of my personal favorites in the Holiday Seasonal Catalog; the images and greetings are charming and offer cardmaking versatility for every occasion year round.

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Notice on the card just above, some of the little pieces were poked out with a paper piercing tool and some of the pieces remained in the leaf. This gives a fun, unique look.

Fall Inspiration With Colorful Seasons

To see complete project instructions, including cutting measurements and supply lists, just click on PDF's below.

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Thanks for stopping by today for some Fall Inspiration With Colorful Seasons.

If you do need to order any supplies, my online store is only a click away. Until October 31, you can still grab a free pack of Designer Series Paper, when you order 3. You can choose from these thirteen gorgeous styles:

Fall Inspiration With Colorful Seasons

Here is a PDF with page numbers, pricing and item numbers: Paper_Information

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Posted on September 20, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 – Happy Owloween

Holidays / Special Days/ Online Classes/ Online Stamp Clubs/ Samples/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey stampers! It's hard for me to totally get into the Halloween spirit when it's 90 degrees outside, but I'm giving it a good try! My project for you today is 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 5 – Happy Owloween. I'm going to have to find a way to keep using this adorable little owl after Halloween because he is just too cute to file away!

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 - Happy Owloween

You'll find full instructions at the end of the post, but I wanted to point out a few things. The focal point of this little treat bag is made from our Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP).  There are so many fun patterns and the orange and black cats can be punched out using the Cat Punch; easy peasy!

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 - Happy Owloween

I just took one of the 12 x 12 sheets, chopped it up into 3 x 3 pieces and then simply stamped the owl on top. I used Basic Gray ink (which made the owl lighter than the black tree branch) so I didn't even have to mask the tree. The owl blended right in. If you aren't sure how to mask, click here to see an earlier post where I explain the technique. While there is a image in this stamp set for the beak and feet, I found it easier to use a Pumpkin Pie marker right on the image and color.

I cut little slivers of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to create the curls inside the top of the bag. The Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer works great for this and then I used the end of a pencil to curl the paper. Another tip; you can make this project as is, or use the design for cards.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set Spooky Cat (P-144749)
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Gray (140932) Black (140931) Stamp Pad
  • Cardstock – Pumpkin Pie (105117)
  • Misc. – Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP) (144610), SNAIL Adhesive (104331), Stampin Dimensionals, Big Shot (143263), Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (137547), Magnetic Platform (130658), Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639), 5/8” Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread (104199), Wood Textures DSP Stack (144171), Pumpkin Pie Marker (131259-Brights set), Black Marker (131261 – Neutral Set), Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)

Measurements:

  • Spooky DSP: 3” x 3” of orange piece with black tree
  • Wood Textures DSP: two of the same piece
  • Burlap Ribbon: 10”
  • Linen Thread: 8”

Instructions:

  1. Cut Spooky DSP piece/s at 3” between every tree piece (you will end up with 16 pieces per DSP sheet)
  2. Stamp owl using Gray ink so feet are resting on tree branch.
  3. Stamp“happy owloween” onto owl using black ink.
  4. Using Pumpkin Pie marker, color in beak and feet. Using black marker, color in white around eyes. Attach small black rhinestone into center of each eye. Set aside.
  5. Cut out Treat bag using Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and put together using Tear & Tape Adhesive.
  6. Put one Stampin Dimensional on each corner on the back of stamped DSP square and adhere to bag front.
  7. Thread piece of Burlap Ribbon around bag, through owl piece and tie linen thread into a bow around ends of burlap. Trim off as desired.
  8. Attach three black rhinestones to bottom of bag.
  9. Cut 8-10 1/8” strips of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock. Roll around end of a pencil to create a curled piece.
  10. Put SNAIL on one end of curled pieces and attach to inside of bag. You might need to re-curl strips once strips are positioned.

I hope you'll give this 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 – Happy Owloween project a try! If you've missed my other Halloween projects,  you can start here for Week 1 and then scroll through. I have lots of great projects, tips and techniques in older posts!

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Posted on August 16, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies – Cardstock

Paper crafting/ Samples/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies – Cardstock.

Let's face it. From time to time, we all get into a rut when it comes to papercrafting. We use the same products in the same way, sometimes very uneconomically. I've been thinking a lot about how I waste or underutilize my supplies and that led to my Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies series that I'll be starting on my blog today! I'll revisit some topics and start a brand new conversation on others. I hope you'll find my topics of interest and value

Today, let's talk about cardstock. How many of you, when measuring for a mat or card layer, just “eyeball it” or, even worse, just take a hunk out of a full sheet, thereby creating ANOTHER scrap piece?  Do you get sick of doing the math over and over again to create proportional matting? Without a doubt, I can say “guilty”!

Here is a template to show you how I cut my card layers and/or scrapbooking photo mats, thereby maximizing cuts in my cardstock and saving time when creating these layers. Each layer is 1/4″ smaller than the next. These are the measurements I use most frequently.

I've also created a short video about proportional matting that I share exclusively with my newsletter subscribers. In the video I actually show you layered pieces of cardstock to give you an actual color visual of this chart.

If you aren't yet a newsletter subscriber, I'd love to have you! Just put your name and email into the box above. You'll get a free gift, in addition to a short series of helpful video tips and techniques. I offer specials, projects, helpful tips and many exclusive features, only for my subscribers!

Don't forget all the August specials going on right now!

Clearance Rack items discounted up to 60%

Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek and Early Release

Monthly Crafting Kit – save 50%

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my first article in “Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies”. If I can help you in any way, please give me a shout!

 

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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Posted on July 6, 2017

Marbled Hello Friend

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Today I'm sharing a marbled Hello Friend card made with Berry Burst ink.

This card is so simple to create yet delivers a WOW! I'm still having so much fun using Stampin' Up!'s 2017-2019 In Colors. Have you picked a favorite yet?

The stamped matching envelope totally completes this project and will surely bring smiles to both the mail carrier and the card recipient! Here are the supplies and instructions:

  • STAMPS – Hello Friend (144059 clear, 144055 wood), Marbled ( 143772 clear, 143755 wood)
  • PAPER – Berry Burst (144243), Whisper White (100730),
  • INK – Berry Burst (144083) Black Marker (100083)
  • OTHER – Fast Fuse (129026), Delicate Doilies (141701) Whisper White Envelopes (107301)

Cutting & Scoring:

  • Berry Burst 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” Scored at 4 1/4”
  • Berry Burst 4 x 5 ¼” and 3 7/8 x 5 1/8”
  • Whisper White 1 ½ x 4”

Instructions:

  • Stamp Marbled Background on smallest Berry Burst Panel with Berry Burst Ink
  • Adhere to larger Berry Burst Panel
  • Stamp Hello onto white strip in Berry Burst Ink. Stamp Friend in Black Ink.
  • Adhere a small section of a doily behind white layer. Adhere to Berry Burst Panel
  • Spritz with Black marker (place tip of marker in cap of marker and “flick”)
  • Adhere to Berry Burst Card.
  • Stamp flap of envelope with Berry Burst Ink and Marbled Background for a coordinated look.

Speaking of cards, I'm expecting some fun postcards from Thailand in my mailbox soon! Several of my demonstrator friends are either there or enroute for the annual Incentive Trip. I qualified for this trip but due to the extremely long flight and my hubby's back issues, we had to pass on this one. I know everyone will have a fabulous time. Stampin' Up! always spoils on these trips!

Stamp Slave Dave and I have already qualified for the 2018 trip to Alaska; we can't wait to cruise the Inside Passage and see the sights above! We went on the 2011 trip to Alaska and that has been the one we've enjoyed most out of all the trips we've been blessed to achieve.

Incentive trips, lifetime friendships, product pre-orders, income, free stamps, creative conferences…do any of these make your ears perk up? If so, you might find this is the perfect time to start your own Stampin' Up! business and get this new Carols of Christmas stamp set for free!

That's right, for only $99 plus tax (and you pay zip, zero, nada for shipping!) you get to choose $125 of any products in our catalog. During the month of July,  you also receive the following stamping essentials kit:

118485D Block – you get 2 of these, one to keep and one to share with a friend!
130148Grid Paper
103579Paper Snips
104332SNAIL Adhesive
102300Bone Folder

I honestly don't know of another business opportunity where only $99 gets you started. Just like Santa on Christmas Eve, this promotion will disappear on August 1st so don't miss it! If you have any questions, please do give me a shout.

p.s. if you enjoyed this marbled Hello Friend project, here are two more samples using the new In Color collection.

 

 

 

 

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Posted on June 29, 2017

Crafting Forever! Do Something Creative Every Day!

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Crafting Forever! Do something creative every day…great words by which to live, don't you think? 🙂

This card (supplies, instructions and product links are listed at the end of this post) showcases all the latest Stampin' Up! In Colors: Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide. I just love the names of the colors in this collection. Have you picked a favorite yet?

My favorite (at least for today) is Fresh Fig and of course I had to own everything in that color!

If you have lots of the In Color products on your list, you'll want to take advantage of Bonus Days coming in the month of July!

For every $50 you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), Stampin’ Up! will email you a $5 coupon to use in August! 

Print and fill out this Wish List so you'll be ready to shop!

Stampin_ Up! Wishlist 2017-2018

Demonstrators get to take advantage of this promotion (and with our discount, that means I can buy more…woo hoo!). If you missed yesterday's post, I gave you all the scoop for our Christmas in July promotion, geared towards new demonstrators. That means, if you decide to join Stampin' Up! you can “double dip” and take advantage of BOTH promotions!

PROJECT INFO:

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets Crafting Forever (143955 Wood)(143958 Clear)
  • Card Stock – Berry Burst (144243); Powder Pink (144246); Whisper White (100730); Lemon Lime Twist (144245)
  • Stamp Pads – Crumb Cake (126975); Tuxedo Black Memento (132708); Berry Burst (144083);Fresh Fig (144082);Lemon Lime Twist (144086);Powder Pink (144084); Tranquil Tide (144085)
  • Misc. – Layering Circles Framelits (141705); Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141468); Stampin’ Dimensionals; Aqua Painters (103945)

Measurements:

  • Berry Burst (base) 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half
  • Whisper White: 4 ½” x 2 ½”; 2 ½” x 2 ½”
  • Powder Pink: 4 ¾” x 2 ¾”
  • Lemon Lime Twist: 2 ½” x 2 ½”

Instructions:

    1. Emboss the front of the Berry Burst card base with the Sparkle Folder and the Big Shot.
    2. Stamp five pegs in Basic Black ink on the Whisper White cardstock.
    3. Colour each peg with a different In Color using Aqua Painters – Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lim Twist and Tranquil Tide. Color the pegs with Crumb Cake and Aqua Painters.
    4. Mat the stamped piece on the Powder Pink and glue both to the front of the card.
    5. Stamp the sentiment on the Whisper White small piece and cut out with the corresponding circle die.
    6. Add some swipes of Berry Burst, Powder Pink inks across the sentiment with the Aqua Painter.
    7. Cut a Lemon Lime Twist mat for the sentiment with a larger circle die. Glue the sentiment to this piece.
    8. Cut a 4” piece of Berry Burst ribbon, cut in from one end and pull a thread to crinkle the ribbon.
    9. Glue the ribbon to the back of the circles and pop up on the lower right side of the stamped Whisper White piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I hope today's sample inspires you to do something creative every day and remember my motto…CRAFTING FOREVER! 🙂

 

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