Monday, April 28, 2014

Blue Ribbon Birthday


Yeah, the Blue Ribbon Stamp Set is not retiring.  But, unfortunately the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper and the Stripes Embossing Paper used will only be available until June 1st.  Oh, well, with some of my favorites retiring that means there will be great new items ahead with the new Catalog which comes out in June.
 
My card base is So Saffron Card Stock, with a layer of Very Vanilla that I embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder.  I then cut some Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper with my Big Shot and a Banners Framelits Die.  I added my Happy Birthday that was punched out with the 1 3/8" Circle punch, and added some Candy Dots to the bottom for some more embellishment.
 
 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  So Saffron #105118, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Retro Fresh #132993
Ink: Coastal Cabana #131175
Stamp Set:  Blue Ribbon #131964 w or #125981 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Banners Framelits Dies #132173
Embellishment:  Subtles Candy Dots #130933
Punch:  1 3/8" Circle #119860
 
Later today I am going to a Catalog Launch Party in Hanover, Maryland.  It is a three hour drive, but feel it is so worth it to get my hands on the new Catalog as soon as possible, as well as get together with other Demonstrators to learn about new products and be with others who are as excited about this as I am.    I can't wait to share what some of the new products will be, and look forward to creating and learning new things together.
 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fabulous You Thank You

My son is getting married next month and I asked his fiancee Katie to help me design her shower Thank You's.  She really liked the high heel shoe from the Fabulous You Stamp Set, and once it was embossed with Silver Embossing Powder the pretty design in the shoe really stood out.  I needed to make 60 of them so after showing her this sample I made my job a bit easier by using Stampin' Up! Note Cards & Envelopes.  They  measure 5" x 3 1/2", come scored and ready to go. 

To my note card I added another layer of Whisper White  measuring 4 3/4" x 3 1/4".  I used Silver Embossing Powder on  my shoe, and added my Thank You in Rich Razzleberry Ink, a color that closely matches the bridesmaid dresses.  I cut two banners using the Bitty Banners Framelits to add to the top for a bit of embellishment, and embossed the Rich Razzleberry banner with the Fancy Fan Folder, which matched the embossing that I put on the shower invitations. 

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730, Rich Razzleberry #115316
Designer Series Paper:  Subtles Designer Paper Stacks #130135
Ink: Rich Razzleberry #126950, Versa Mark #102283
Stamp Sets:  Fabulous You #131995 w or #126522 c (retiring), Sassy Salutations #132070 w or #126707 c
Product:  Note Cards & Envelopes #131527
Tools:  Heat Tool #129053, Silver Embossing Powder #109131, Big Shot #113439, Fancy Fan #127751, Bitty Banners Framelits #129267


If you like the High Heel Shoe, the Fabulous You Stamp Set is retiring and available only while supplies last.  Free Shipping on your order ends tomorrow, so don't forget to take advantage of this saving on any items still not crossed off your wish list!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mother's Day Embossing

I love how easy it is to emboss a Doily.  Just sponge it with Versa Mark Ink and sprinkle on your favorite embossing powder and heat and you have a very colorful doily to accent your card or project.  A lot of the embossing powders are retiring soon, so if you like this look better grab some soon.  If this looks a bit familiar, I made a very similar card for my March stamp class using Gold Embossing Powder with different sentiments, but wanted to show how pretty the different colors are.

My card base is Bermuda Bay Card Stock with a layer of Crumb Cake and Whisper White.  I embossed my doily using Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder after I inked it with Versa Mark Ink.  I cut out a circle using a Circle Framelit and stamped my flower with Wild Wasabi Ink and colored some of the small buds with my Blender Pen and Bermuda Bay Ink.  A few small flowers and my sentiment cut out with a Bitty Banner Framelit finished my card.

The following were used:
Card Stock: Bermuda Bay #131197, Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730
Ink: Bermuda Bay #131171, Wild Wasabi #126959, Versa Mark #102283
Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes #128748 w or #127802 c, Simply Sketched #129669 w or #129672 c (Hostess - Retiring), Summer Silhouettes #123082 w or #126447 c
Tools: Big Shot #113439, Circle Framelits #130911, Bitty Banners Framelits #129267
Coloring Tools:  Heat Tool 129053, Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder #123224 (retiring),  Blender Pens #102845
Embellishment:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies #129399

Friday, April 18, 2014

Altered "People Like You" Stamp


 
I really like the floral image in the People Like You Stamp Set, but wanted to use it for a birthday card.  So I stamped my Happy Birthday Greeting and punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch and placed it over the original sentiment on the stamp.  Nice how the placing of the original sentiment coordinates with the Decorative Label Punch to make it easy to change your greeting.
 
My card base is Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock with a layer of Pistachio Pudding and Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper.    Next I took a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe Ribbon and wrapped it around my two layers.  I stamped my image onto Very Vanilla Card Stock, and for my sentiment I used Pistachio Pudding ink and sponged around the edges of the punch to make it stand out a bit more.
 
The following were used:
Card Stock: Crisp Cantaloupe #131298, Pistachio Pudding #131294, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe #131176, Pistachio Pudding #131177
Stamp Sets:  People Like You #133215 w, Occasions Alphabet #128688 w or #123598
Ribbon:  Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim #130021
Punch:  Decorative Label #120907
Tools:  Stamping Sponges #101610

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lattice Thinking of You


It's funny.  When I prepare cards for my stamp classes I try to think of what cards I think the girls will really like, and sometimes I design one that I am not sure of.  Well, this Thinking of You card was one that after I made it I wasn't sure if I really liked it, but it ended up being the favorite card of the month.  I had to make more than I originally prepared because almost everyone made at least one of this card.  So, now I can imagine that is how the design team at Stampin' Up! feels when they design the new products for the catalogs.  You never really know what is going to work but just have to try different things.
 
My card base is Rose Red Card Stock that I layered with Whisper White, and  another piece of Rose Red to place behind my design.  I cut my Lattice piece only once using Whisper White Card Stock, and my Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper was placed behind the cut lattice piece (I cut it a little bit bigger than the die cut piece), and trimmed around the design so the pattern would should through the cut out pieces.  It didn't take long to trim, so don't be afraid to try it.  I added a Candy Dot to the middle of the design, and placed my sentiment at the bottom. 
 
 
The following were used:
Card Stock: Rose Red #102544, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper: Birthday Basics #130145
Ink: Rose Red #126954
Stamp Set: Sassy Salutations #132070 w or #126707 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Lattice Bigz Die #115958
Embellishment:  Regal Candy Dots #130932

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Life


I wanted to share with you this exciting announcement Stampin' Up! made yesterday.  The information is taken directly from their blog so I wouldn't misinform you on any of the information.

We are so so so excited to let you know we’ve partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal—authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors and designs. If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, we’ll fill you in: it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.
You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1! And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products.
Can’t wait that long? Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will be able to order the limited selection starting April 21. So if you’re a demonstrator make sure to check the demonstrator website that day; if you’re not a demonstrator, sign up and you can order the products early too! 
Here are the items you’ll be able to purchase on May 1:



Here is a video to explain it even more:


And, according to Becky Higgins she explain it this way, "It's called Project LIFE because it's about YOUR LIFE. Whatever your life is. Whatever your stage of life. Whatever your family circumstances. Whatever your lifestyle. Project Life is designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book."  

It sounds exciting doesn't it.  I know I will be placing my order on April 21st so I can start sharing with my customers these fun new products.  If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Watercoloring Techniques

I thought I would share a Stampin' Up! Video on Watercoloring Techniques. 




Have fun creating your own pretty watercolor projects.   

Friday, April 11, 2014

Eye-Catching I Kat


 
Today's card was inspired by one I saw when Stampin' Up! first introduced the Eye-Catching I Kat Photopolymer Stamp Set.  If you are worried about creating even lines don't worry.  Since the Photopolymer Stamps are clear you see exactly where you are going to stamp.  They stick well to the blocks too!
 
I stamped my images onto Whisper White Card Stock using Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Pool Party ink.  I then added some 5/8" Natural Chevron Ribbon and a Pool Party Button for some more embellishment.  My thank you is from the Lots of Thanks Stamp Set and finished my card.
 
 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Bermuda Bay #131171, Coastal Cabana #131175, Pool Party  #126982
Stamp Sets:  Eye-Catching I Kat Photopolymer #134624, Lots of Thanks #129687 w or #129690 c
Ribbon:  Natural 5/8" Chevron #132982
Embellishment:  Subtles Designer Buttons #130030

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Yes, I know it is only April, but I needed to plan some Mother's Day cards for my April Stamp Classes.  I was a little disappointed that there were not too many new stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog for Mother's Day, but I really like the "My Mother" Stamp Set that is.

My card base is Crushed Curry Card Stock that I layered with a piece of Smoky Slate and Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper.  I stamped my large sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White using Crushed Curry Ink and then cut it out with an Oval Framelit.  To add a little bit more embellishment I tied a bow using some Silver 1/8" Ribbon which was carried over from the Holiday Catalog. 

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Crushed Curry #131199,  Smoky Slate #131202, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper: Eastern Elegance #130131
Ink:  Crushed Curry #126966
Stamp Set:  My Mother #133080 w or #133083 c
Ribbon:  1/8" Silver #132137
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Ovals Framelits #129381

Monday, April 7, 2014

Starburst Birthday

I'm finally back to blogging after being without the internet for the last five days.  So glad to be back online and sharing again and I hope you like my Starburst birthday card which is full of bright colors for Spring.

My card base is Daffodil Delight Card Stock that I layered with another embossed piece of Daffodil Delight.  I cut out my circles using my Big Shot and various Starburst Framelits Dies.  I layered them onto my card using Dimensionals on the back of some of them and adding a few Candy Dots.  My sentiment was cut with a Bitty Banner Framelit and added to the top.

The following were used:
Card Stock: Daffodil Delight #110683, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper: Gingham Garden #129310
Ink: Melon Mambo #126948
Stamp Set:  Itty Bitty Banners #132022 w or #126275
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Starburst Framelits Dies #132967, Bitty Banners Framelits #129267, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976
Embellishments:  Regals Candy Dots #130932, Neutrals Candy Dots #130934
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Birthday Wishes

The large Hardwood Single Stamp which you can purchase in either wood or clear mount, creates a nice background for your card.  It is just the right size for your layer.

My card base is Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock with a layer of Very Vanilla that I stamped with my Hardwood Stamp using Baked Brown Sugar Ink.    I added a piece of Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon along with some stamped and punched butterflies.  I also sponged some Raspberry Ripple Ink around my sentiment which was cut out using a Deco Labels  Framelit.

The following were used:
Card Stock: Baked Brown Sugar #130022, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar #131174, Raspberry Ripple #126859
Stamp Sets:  Hardwood #133032 w or #133035 c, Papillon Potpourri #132058 w or #123759 c, Bring on the Cake #128490 w or #121958 c
Ribbon:  Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin #126845
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Deco Labels Framelits #130102, Stamping Sponge #101610
Punch:  Elegant Butterfly #127526, Bitty Butterfly #129406

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cards with matching gift box

I have been asked to place some of my cards at a local historical museum in a town close to me.  The woman wanted them in a nice gift box to make them more appealing to the visitors.   I wanted them to get an idea of what the cards inside looked like by putting a simple version of the card on the top of the box.  Here is what I came up with for some of the sets.

Side of the box

Front of the box - not the full card design, but just  enough to decorate the lid

Cards inside the box









This is a nice way to package a set of cards and would make a nice gift.  To make the box here are the dimensions:

For the lid:  Card Stock measures 7 7/8" x 6 5/8" and you score at 1" on all sides.  Cut your corners up to your score lines, fold in the flap and adhere your sides using Sticky Strip.

For the box:  Card Stock measures 8 3/4" x 7 1/2" and you score at 1 1/2" on all sides.  Again, cut your corners up to your score lines, fold in the flap and adhere using Sticky Strip.

The boxes come together quickly, and just decorate accordingly.  I am not going to list all of the supplies I used to make the cards, but the important tools needed are listed below.

Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334, Sticky Strip #104294