How about we start today with a nice, warm, fuzzy, quilted Christmas card? It’s high time I started posting (and mailing!) some holiday cards. I can’t believe it’s December already!
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Now, I wanted to make sure I showed you these cards today because I just found out that they are RETIRING this set! We just got the news this morning. I just don’t get it – I thought it was one of the best things in our recent holiday catalog! (Okay, so maybe I’ve said that about nearly everything in our recent holiday catalog, but still…) Anyway, if you had been thinking about buying any part of this suite, you’ll want to do that now, because once they are gone, they are gone. (Of course, they will be replaced by all sorts of cool new things, but most likely not quite like this.)
Not just for Christmas!
This set also makes wonderful “non-holiday” cards as well. Here’s more of a “hang in there, thinking of you” type card:
And here’s another – same design, different colors:
Don’t you just love that itty-bitty needle? I used a die from the set, and cut it out of silver foil paper – so cute! The paper was just some old stuff I was trying to use up. (The sentiment really says it all here – this set is perfect for using up old scraps! LOL.)
So, today through January 2, 2018, Stampin’ Up! is having their Year-End Sales Event. Many of these items are just “while supplies last”. Need any last-minute Christmas gifts? (I shouldn’t say “last minute”… I haven’t even started my holiday shopping yet. Yikes!) And while this is such a joyful time of year, it’s hard to beat what’s coming up: Sale-a-Bration! (More on that later.)
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have any comments or questions? Just send me a note, or leave a comment. I LOVE talking about crafty stuff with other crafty people.
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Yup, today I’m just getting right to the point: free shipping! We all love that, right? For Cyber Monday, Stampin’ Up! is offering free shipping for ALL orders. This offer is valid for MONDAY only, November 27, 2017, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm MT. If there’s anything you’ve been thinking about ordering, this would be an ideal time to do it. And if you don’t already have a demonstrator, I would love it if you purchased through me. I may be a relatively new demonstrator, but what I lack in experience and sales volume, I make up for in passion! Wouldn’t it be great to be one of the first members of my tribe? (Pssst… I plan to spoil my tribe as my business grows. 😉 )
Yikes! I almost forgot. If you do plan to make a purchase from me, could you please use the host code XpR7Y6WHBy using this code, I can earn host benefits, which I can use to reward my customers!
So, no cards to share today, but I’ve been crafting up a storm and hope to have some ready to share very soon. Please feel free to send me a note, or leave a comment, if you have any questions or ideas. Don’t be bashful… actually, DO be bashful, but write to me, anyway! If I can blog to the whole world, you can reach out to me. Still looking for my peeps!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a totally awesome day!
Today, I’m just sharing a quick fall leaves card, and popping in to say how grateful I am – today and every day – for everyone who has visited my blog! I am so lucky to get to spend time doing something I love. Sharing my passion with others has made my life so much richer! Life really is a beautiful thing. 🙂
I’m not going to give a huge step-by-step today, but I’ll give you the basics (with product links below). Using some nice autumn colors, I sponged ink onto my Marbled background stamp. I gave it just a couple of squirts of water before pressing a piece of watercolor paper to it. I love this technique because each time you try it, you get a different result. After letting it completely dry, I heat-embossed the sentiment in gold, added three die-cut leaves in coordinating colors, and one detailed leaf from golf foil paper. Easy-peasy. 🙂
For the holiday, I just thought I’d share a picture of one my neighbors. The highlight of my Thanksgiving was watching five of his friends stroll through our yard this morning.
Thank you for stopping by, and have a beautiful Thanksgiving!
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Happy Extravanganza, everyone! I just returned from a wonderful vacation, and it seems that while I was gone, all sorts of incredible things were happening in the Stampin’ Up! world! No time to share new cards – I’ve just got to get the exciting news out to everyone!
First, TODAY ONLY, Stampin’ Up! is having a big sale on some wonderful stamp sets! There are some really awesome stamps on sale. I’ve already placed my order… but must confess that I already have quite a few of these, because they’re awesome stamps! There are going to be deals running all week long, but this particular list is just available today, November 20th. The list includes Garden Girl, and Good Vibes – two sets that were just meant to be colored with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. (Want to know how I spent my vacation? Practicing with my new Blends! I love these things!) There’s a little bit of everything in this sale, though: you’ve got hearts and flowers, ice cream and chocolate, giant numbers and beautiful sentiments. So much to love!
Finally, perfect placement!
The big news, though, is a new toy that is going to be the end-all, be-all, MUST HAVE product next year – the Stamparatus! Seriously, I am beyond thrilled with how cool this thing looks! You’ll have to be patient – the first “window” to reserve one sold out in minutes! Yes, it’s that cool! The next reserve window will open on December 5th, at 2:00pm Mountain Time. I expect that this one will sell out in minutes as well, but I’ll be doing my best to be on that list. Note that this is just a “reservation”, to be able to order the product early next year. I know, I know… crazy system, but Stampin’ Up! is trying to make sure that they don’t have any backorders. It feels like the longest wait ever, but we just have to realize that something this cool took time to perfect. (Yes, I’m talking to myself here, LOL.) Here’s a video showing 5 things you must know about this new wonder:
That’s it for today – got to get this posted before it’s old news! Happy stamping, and happy shopping!
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Oh gosh, I nearly missed posting on my favorite holiday! I love Halloween. And I love making Halloween cards! (I just wish I was better about actually mailing them. Sorry friends!) Okay, so just a quicky post, to share a couple more of this year’s cards.
Lovin’ the Cat Punch
The first card (above) is a mish-mash of old and new products, but the design is totally doable with any paper; I just wanted to use up some old Halloween Designer Series Paper that I had left over. Using the old “Halloween Night” Specialty DSP, I chose three different designs, and just cut out small pieces, inking them with a bit of black ink (the two “whiter” ones looked a little stark as is). I matted all three pieces on a piece of black cardstock, and applied it to an orange card-base. The jack-o-lantern was cut from the new set “Spooky Night” DSP, and popped up with some dimensionals. There are some great cats in that set that actually fit in the new, awesome, Cat Punch, but I chose to go for basic black, with a little orange & black twine bow. I also popped him, and the sentiment, up with dimensionals. Super quick and easy, but cute. 😀
Something Wicked This Way Comes
My second card uses all stuff from the new holiday catalog. I got the moon-lit tree from the designer series paper, Spooky Night, but the owl is actually a stamp from the Spooky Cat stamp set. And I just thought he absolutely HAD to have googly eyes. They make every card critter more fun. The sentiment is from the new Labels to Love set. When I first put it on the card, it just didn’t “pop” enough, so I punched out a second Everyday Label from black card-stock, sliced it in half horizontally, and glued it to the back of my sentiment label, adding some space in the middle. This is a great trick when you don’t have “nested” punches or dies.
I know they’re here somewhere…
I had planned on using the ultra-cool new black rhinestones as an accent, but I looked everywhere and could not find mine. (They showed up a week later, exactly where they should have been. Does that ever happen to you?) So, I pulled out some clear rhinestones, and colored them with a black Sharpie – worked just fine.
To pull the card all together, I added three thin strips of coordinating cardstock to a piece of Vanilla (cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″). I matted my owl image on some black cardstock, giving it a small border. Then I matted a matching bit of striped paper with black cardstock, popped up the sentiment with dimensionals, and glued on three (faux) black rhinestones to the striped piece. And there are some dimensionals under the owl image, too.
That’s it from me today. Gotta post this before the special day is over! Thanks for stopping by, and have a spooky-but-fun Halloween!
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Woohoo, it’s October – my favorite month of the year! It might still feel like summer in Florida, but that’s not stopping me from making autumn-themed cards! Today, I just have to share this Halloween card – so fun!
I was going for sort of a basement laboratory or dungeon look. Maybe it seems like an odd starting point, but if I had a witchy laboratory, it would be full of old wood crates. Actually, my house IS full of old wood crates. Hmmm…
Of course, wood crates are made from wood – so I used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. The Wood Crate die is designed to create a 3D crate, but I just cut out the front piece. I also cut a thin strip from the same paper, in order to make a matching wood shelf. The hat, potion bottles, rats, and sentiment, are all from the Spooky Cat stamp set. Oddly, I actually got the spider web from the Merry Cafe stamp set, and the “steam” coming up from the cauldron is from the Hug in a Mug set.
Don’t tell anyone, but that big black cauldron actually started its life as an owl. A little careful trimming from his head and feet, and voila – a cauldron, just like magic. (You can’t tell anyone, though, okay? I cut these out in advance for my class, because the students tend to freak out when I ask them to cut the heads off their birds.)
I think it was the little touches that really made this card. I added some “dots” to the steam over the cauldron, with a matching marker, and then covered it with Wink of Stella for a bit of glimmer. The potions in those bottles, and the buckle on the witch hat also got a bit of glimmer, as well as the rat’s eyes (after coloring them red. One of my students thought of the red eyes – thanks!) The spider hanging down from the shelf was just hand-drawn with a fine-tip black pen. A bit of old orange and black Baker’s Twine finishes it off.
Wink of Stella is so hard to photograph, but here’s my best close-up attempt:
So, what would your witch’s lair look like? Halloween cards are so much fun! I wanted to do more with this one, but just ran out of room. There’s still time, though, to make another.
Not only is this my favorite time of year, but today is actually World Card Making Day! How cool is that?!! Will you be celebrating? Stampin’ Up! is! There’s a great “buy three get one free” Designer Series Paper sale going on right now, and a bunch of stamps on sale. (If you’re into bundles, though, be aware that it might be a better deal to buy the bundle, than to buy the stamps alone, even though they’re on sale.) And have you checked out the holiday catalog yet? Oh my gosh – I want it ALL! If you haven’t seen the catalog, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demo, I’m available. 🙂 Just shoot me a note, and I’ll be happy to send you a catalog.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and Happy Card Making Day!
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Well, I have survived my first real hurricane (Irma), and I am ready to get back to life as normal… which means CARDS CARDS CARDS! And this one was so much fun that I just have to share it. But first, I have to tell you how it all came about.
Now, I know I shouldn’t be using the Owl Builder Punch because it was recently retired, but so many people have this one already that I thought I could be forgiven. You could always make a similar design with the Fox Builder Punch, or whatever critter dies you’ve got. Being relatively new to Stampin’ Up!, this is the first time I really got to play with the owls. And that’s what I was going for – a playful, teenage owl goofing off as his parents look on from a branch above. But the skateboard idea wasn’t mine. Here’s how the first version looked:
I thought Junior was pretty cute just hangin’ around, upside-down. You know, just acting goofy, kind of like Stitch over there on the left. But then I made a huge error in judgement: I asked my husband what he thought. I know, I’m an idiot. Even worse, I listened to him! LOL. He said “I don’t get it? Why is this one upside-down?” I tried to explain, but he insisted that he needed to be “cool”, not goofy. “Put him on a skateboard.” And so, I started over.
Mom & Pop Owl were pretty much okay “as is”, but Junior wasn’t cool enough. So I started with some sunglasses (easy-peasy), and got rid of the silly grin. I tried to give him a black leather jacket (pleather, of course), but it was a complete fail. I couldn’t figure out how to get the collar right. He sort of ended up looking like a priest. (NOT the look I was going for, LOL.) So, I left his outfit alone, and just concentrated on the skateboard. It ended up being very easy. While I used another retired item (Basket Builder Thinlits) to create it, you could very easily come up with something else. It’s basically just a slightly rounded strip, with two circles for wheels. What I want to show is that when you fish around, and use what you’ve got, you find that so many shapes can be used for so many different objects.
This really turned into a very “paper dolls” kind of exercise. (I think I just dated myself.) I just tried to figure out what different shapes would make up each element. The baseball cap is just two circles: the top is a half-circle, and the bill is just a sliver sliced off of a slightly larger circle. I grabbed the branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits set. The various owl outfits (vests?) were just punched from various scraps. (I used an old patterned paper scrap for Mrs. Owl – this is a perfect opportunity to use up a bit of old scraps!) Her bow, and the Mr.’s bow-tie were cut from an old die set I have, but any type of bow or decoration would work here. The glasses – regular for the Mr., and sunglasses for Junior – were super easy. I just punched all the different sizes of circles that are part of the owl punch, in black & white & red. Then I just layered them as needed, gluing them to a thin slice of matching cardstock, and trimmed the edges when it was done.
While I haven’t actually seen any skateboarding owl cards before, I suspect that mine isn’t the first. So much “punch art” on the Net! When in doubt, Google. 🙂 Since this isn’t really a copy, and I must have looked at HUNDREDS of owls before I made this, I will just have to send out a general THANK YOU to all the insanely talented people out there that have shared their ideas, and given me inspiration. Before I wrap this up, here’s one last close-up:
Don’t be afraid to play. The best way to get better at card-making is to just let go of your concern about the final product. If it doesn’t work, oh well – it’s only paper. Believe me – what you see on my blog is rarely my first attempt.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, playful day!
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While most of this is my own, I’m afraid I can’t take any credit for the coolest part of this brick wall butterfly card – the WALL! That amazing effect was introduced to me by a fellow demo. She made it in a class (I think), that might have been CASE’d from someone else on the Net. (If someone can direct me to the “original”, I will happily give credit!) It’s so simple, yet so effective.
Using some Smoky Slate card-stock (cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″), I ran it through my Big Shot using a “brick” embossing folder. (I have one from WAY back when, but I’ll link to a similar one by Stampin’ Up, below.) Then, the really cool part: using Cherry Cobbler ink, I thoroughly inked up my Watercolor Wash background stamp. With the stamp pad face up on my table, I placed my embossed sheet on top, and rubbed it to transfer the ink. Wow – isn’t that cool?! Easy-peasy. There are just two things to remember: emboss first, ink second; and make sure that the ink goes on the side with the raised bricks not the “sunken” bricks.
From there, it’s just a matter of embellishing. I didn’t want to cover too much of my wall, but I just had to make this grungy brick background look a bit more girly. Flowers are always nice. I die-cut some flowers and stems from the Beautiful Bouquet die-set, and adhered them to the bottom left of my wall. (Observant viewers might ask how I got those stems – I used the die-cut stems upside-down, and chopped off more than half of it, LOL.) The butterfly is a die-cut from the Move Me set. I cut the fancy outline from Cherry Cobbler, and then glued it onto a piece of vellum. (Yes, I’m repeating myself… same method I used for a dragonfly on my last card. I haven’t used vellum in forever… guess I’m making up for lost time, LOL.)
For the sentiment, I cut out a rectangle from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. It’s a very subtle touch, but I love that white-washed plywood look. The Hello Friend is from the Wood Words stamp set. To attach the sign, I taped a toothpick to the back of my sign, then put dimensionals on either side so that I could attach it to the card without the toothpick getting in the way. (I also trimmed off the bottom so it wouldn’t poke anybody.) A touch of Wink of Stella on the butterfly and flowers (which, of course, my camera refused to pick up), a Cherry Cobbler card-base, and we’re all set.
And I found the perfect little poem for the inside! I love putting Irish Blessings in my card.
If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I’d love to have you as a customer. There are links below to many of the items I used for this card. And just a quick head’s up: if you haven’t looked in a while, there are some great new items on the clearance rack! And just in case you missed it, there’s still time to get in on the “first month half off” deal for Paper Pumpkin.
Thank you so much for checking out my blog! Have you tried the brick wall technique? I’d love to see! But right now, I suddenly have this urge to listen to some Pink Floyd. 😉 Have a wonderful day!
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Today’s card is all about that marbled background; the dragonfly is really just an accent piece. However, I almost titled this one “Easier than it looks”. The message I really want to share today is that anyone can make cards. Every time someone says “but I’m not creative”, I just cringe. I can understand that some people just aren’t that interested in crafting – but please, don’t assume that you have to have some rare creative gene to pull it off.
The Right Tools
This card is a perfect example of “having the right tools”(but stay tuned ’til the end of this post, because I have a wonderful suggestion for those who don’t have all the fancy tools!). I started with a plain white piece of cardstock cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″, and I used just two colors of ink: Marina Mist and Night of Navy. (Note: links for most of the products used here are listed below.) All the hard work was done by the Marbled background stamp. I saw this stamp in action at a friend’s house, and had to immediately order it. It’s so incredibly versatile! Here’s how I got the look you see above:
Ink to Stamp, Not Stamp to Ink
I started by placing the stamp face-up on my work surface. With background stamps, I find it so much easier to leave the stamp like this, and bring the ink to the stamp (instead of the usual stamp to ink method). An added bonus is that you don’t have to have a large acrylic block for this method. I started with my lighter color, Marina Mist, and just took the ink pad directly to the stamp, and covered the whole stamp with ink. (It helps to take your time, and try not to leave any “lines” from the edge of the stamp pad.) Then, I took my darker color, Night of Navy, and using a sponge, I just dabbed a little bit of ink, here and there, right over the Marina Mist ink.
Once I was happy with the ink, I took my piece of white cardstock, placed it directly onto the stamp, and pressed it down. (In this case, because the stamp is slightly larger than my piece of paper, I recommend taking a piece of scratch paper and placing it over the whole thing – it will help cut down on “inky fingers”.) 😉 You want to apply firm, even pressure over the whole thing. It may help to take a clean acrylic block and rub it over the paper and stamp. Just be sure not to let your cardstock move around.
And then, it was time for the big reveal! I love this part. 🙂 When you lift your paper off the stamp, it’s never the same twice – but with this stamp, it’s always beautiful. You can use this method with any color you’d like, and you can use more than two inks. And it’s even pretty with just one… but I love the variation you get with a darker accent color.
The rest was easy: glue marbled paper to Night of Navy cardbase, die-cut dragonfly from same navy paper, add sentiment, and add some rhinestones for a touch of bling. I did add some vellum to the back of my dragonfly – not necessary, but it helps the dragonfly to jump out a bit more from the busy background. And to adhere the dragonfly to the card, I just used a couple of glue dots in the middle of his body – that way, I was able to curl up his wings a bit and give him some flight.
If You Don’t Have the Tools…
I promised to share a suggestion if you don’t have a gimongous collection of stamps and inks and paper. Sure, having all those toys is really cool, but it may not be practical for everyone. (And some people do have the toys, but feel like they lack the ideas or initiative.) That’s where I come in. If you’re local and/or know me personally, please come craft with me! I promise you’ll have fun, and make amazing cards! But if that’s not an option, how about a kit?
Stampin’ Up has something called Paper Pumpkin. Each month, a nice, bright, pumpkin-colored box comes right to your doorstep. In it, you will find all of the tools and materials you need to make a bunch of cards and/or paper projects. Other than maybe some adhesive, you’ll have everything you need to go to town. Every kit includes at least one ink cube (Stampin’ Spot), and an exclusive stamp set! And, your first order will even include an acrylic block. You’ll find complete instructions in the box, to use everything that’s included… but one of things I love about these kits is the versatility. You are certainly welcome to follow all of the directions to the letter, but you also have the option of mixing things up a bit, and making the projects your own.
I’m still a bit of a newbie with these kits, but I’m loving them so far. In the coming months, I plan to work a lot with them and share ideas on how to do more with them than just what the directions show. If you’re on the fence about whether or not card-making is for you, I encourage you to give these kits a try. It’s a great way to get your feet wet, and see if this is something that brings you joy.
And right now, if you sign up by September 10th, you will get your first kit for half off! Just use the promo code HALFOFF0917. The usual price of $19.95 a month is already a great deal, but this gives you a reason to give it a try. You can cancel at any time – there is no long-term commitment.
If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I’d love to have you as a customer. I’m always available if you have questions, and I’ll be doing some cool things for my customers as I grow into this role. And if you’d like to join my team, let me know. You can help me become a rockin’ team leader. 😀
There are all types and styles and levels of crafters. I really think that, as crafts go, card-making is very forgiving. I’ve tried a LOT of crafts, but I tend to suffer from “perfectionism”. That was, until I tried card-making. It is so freeing! In one sitting, I can complete a little work of art, suitable for sharing. But even if I mess up, all I’ve lost is a piece of paper. So if you’ve ever wanted to try, just go for it. It could be just the creative outlet you’ve been looking for.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!
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Hello fellow paper peeps! So, I’ve already shared just how much I love my new Love Today Planner by Stampin’ Up! This thing is awesome! And I’ve already told y’all how I made my own protective plastic cover for it (see here for previous post). Well, due to popular demand (okay, maybe it was just one person, LOL), I have recorded a video tutorial for you, so you, too, can make an awesome cover for your planner. 🙂
All I used to make this cover was two job ticket holders, scissors and tape, and a ruler & pen. I’ll link to some similar products below, but I encourage you to use what you have. I’ve been using shop ticket holders from C-Line to store my 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock, and I’m really happy with them, but I have a few of the Avery Elle ones that others have recommended, and they would work, too. For adhesive, I used this old “book binding tape” that I got years ago as part of a kit. I’m linking to some “artist tape”, which appears to be the same stuff, but honestly, I would use what you have.
The video shows how I put this together, but basically, I just trimmed two ticket holders so that they fit over the cover, and taped them together. I was able to put the tape along the back, so the front side is nice and clean, and then, for the example in the video, I added a strip of matching blue cardstock over the tape, so it doesn’t stand out like the white tape did. However, you could totally use this as an opportunity to embellish. I wanted my actual planner cover to show through, but perhaps you’d rather go to town with different decorations.
The first ticket holder, for the front of the planner, I measured from the top of the opening, and cut down 4-1/4″ on each side. Then I folded over and scored the flap. (Long-term, I plan to turn this isn’t a pocket, but I’m still coming up with the best way to adhere it down.) Then I cut and removed the top edge with the hole.
On the second ticket holder, for the back of the planner, I measured from the top of the opening, and cut down 5-3/4″ on each side. Then, from the very top of the sleeve, I completely cut off and removed 4-1/4″ inches. Yes, I could have cut that part off first, and then cut down the sides. And note that these measurements do not have to be exact, particularly if you use a different brand of job ticket holders. I originally started with two full sleeves, and just experimented, until I was happy with the fit. (Remember, though: it’s easier to cut more than it is to cut “less”, LOL.)
Once both pieces were cut, I put them on the planner, and taped them together. Voila, protective plastic cover. 🙂 Here’s a look at the finished front:
There are a few things I learned (the hard way, of course, LOL).
Do not use regular page protectors – you need something thicker and heavier.
If you’re going to decorate the actual cover of your planner, do that before you make this protective cover. You could just decorate the protective cover, but I’m not sure how long things like stickers would last on it. (That’s one of the advantages of having this DIY cover – it will protect your embellishments.)
I’m certain that there are many different products you could use to adhere the two pieces together. However, you may want to stick to something that isn’t too permanent. I was able to remove this tape, and put it back with zero damage to my DIY cover.
Now that I’ve had this on my planner for a couple of weeks, I can confidently say that it holds up pretty darn well. Mine still looks absolutely perfect. 🙂
Do you have the new Love Today Planner? What have you done to fix yours up? I would love to see it! If you have any questions, about this or any of my posts, or anything paper or planners or Stampin’ Up!, just send me a note. Thank you so much for stopping by, and Happy Planning!
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