Friday, September 30, 2016

Time to stock up on Designer Series Paper

Designer Series Paper on Sale

Tomorrow, October 1, 2016 Stampin' Up! will start a month long sale on Designer Series Paper. I am so excited to get to take advantage of stocking up on some of my favorite papers.

And don't miss this sale - it only lasts 10/1/16 through 10/5/16

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

More on World Card Making Day

Send this card to someone special. 

Everyone wants to get an envelope that does NOT include a bill so treat someone to that delightful experience on October 1 this year.

This is Thoughtful Branches stamp set used with Watercolor paper. Ink the stamp set in Tempting Turquoise ink. The use the Elegant Eggplant marker to add dabs of purple color around the edges and stem area. Stamp on water color paper. Use the Aqua Painter to blend the colors - continue blending until you get the look you desire

Repeat the process with the leaves - add your greeting a mat and a bit of gold thread. Your card is ready to send. And I hope you get a card in your mail box too!

Want to take advantage of World Card Making Day specials from Stampin' Up! Be ready - they start on October 1 and end on October 5. Be sure to use my Hostess Code on your order (if your order is less than $150). You will find my hostess code in the right margin of my blog.

The best part of this celebration is my new class. I will be holding a Tin of Cards Class on Saturday 10/16/16 from 1 to 4 at my home.  Click on the Classes link to see more about this class

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Watercolor Lifting

Enjoy this Watercolor Lifting Technique from Stampin' Up! as you get ready for World Card Making Day and - watch for more specials from Stampin' Up!


Stay Tuned


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas - NOT Just for Christmas Cards

I have been have some fun creating cards with the fabulous new stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. But - I don't want to do Holiday cards yet, HUM - - -  that's a problem. Or maybe not. Look at the darling Birthday Card I created.

This little bear is perfect for birday greetings. He comes from the Cookie Cutter Christmas set - and you will just love using this set.

and the set can be bundled with a coordinating punch at a 10% discount. How great is that.

The bear is stamped with Crumb Cake ink. The Bow is Marina Mist and both are punched out with the coordinating punch.  I used Stampin; Dimensionals to give everything dimension.

I used Washi Tape from the Floral Boutique Collections and the Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape. 

I used the Labeler Alphabet to stamp that darling greeting in Night of Navy.

The balloons are stamped with the dots from the  fabulous set called Endless Birthday Wishes (you really must have this) and the honeycomb pattern in the Goulish Grunge set. Don't have these sets, just use your imagination.

Get busy and create an unholiday card with your Cookie Cutter Christmas Set.

Don't forget to check the Clearance Rack for great prices on Stampin' Up! Retired product. There are still some great items for sale.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Delightful Shaker Card

I love this card that my friend Teri designed. This was her first Shaker Card - don't you love it?

Making shaker cards is so fun and really very easy. Here are a couple of tips

  1. Create a card front with an opening in it - any shape will do.
  2. Cut a piece of Window Sheet large enough to cover the opening, but slightly smaller than the card front.
  3. Cover the opening with a Window sheet securing it around the edges of the opening. This will be the back of your Shaker card front.
  4. Line the opening with the Foam Strips - make sure there is no opening for the filling to slip out.
  5. Sprinkle the Shaker Filling in to the space.
  6. Peel off the "sticky" covering and  attach a piece of card stock that is cut the same size as your card front.
  7. Attach this to your card base.
If you want you can decorate the backing paper (number 6) which will be seen thru the window, Be creative - use stamping, patterned paper or a combination to make a delightful background.

Filling your shaker card is part of the creative process too - Teri used white Mica Flakes.

Stampin' Up! has some great shaker card filling that you can purchase from the holiday catalog:
It's called Mica Flakes trio pack.

 Item number 141998 - $9. But you can use sequins, beads or punched shapes. Even candy sprinkles. You be the artist.

Have fun creating your own shaker. 

Be sure to see this weeks specials

and the Clearance Rack with tons of new stuff

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Spooky Fun

Are you ready for some Spooky Fun?

This stamp set by Stampin' Up is the cutest ever ... (well almost)

There are a lot of fun ideas that spring to mind with this set. 

Here is one of mine:

The wall element is from the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set - I stamped with craft white on black card stock. The mummy's are from the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set - It's adorable too. I love all the BOO and Spook of the season - How about you?

This set also comes as a bundle  with some framelits - I just love the bundles - another great way to save. The tree and the fence are awesome - 

Did you see that Stampin ' Up! added a ton of new items to the Clearance Rack to day?

 Hurry over to take advantage of the GREAT SAVINGS and maybe you will want to add a little spooky fun too

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tips for Stampin' Up! Layering Framelits

I love Stampin' Up! layering framelits - they are a must have. 

However, they present one challenge to me - and maybe to you too - I can't always remember which framelit I used on a card. Here's a tip for you that will definitely save you time and frustration.

I store my framelits in a plastic stamp case sold by Stampin' Up! (119105 - $6 for 4 cases). I attach magnetic "paper" to the inside of the case to hold the framelits. I put the magnet paper inside the front cover so that I can see the dies even when the case is closed. This helps me make sure I am not missing any dies before I put the case away.

The magnetic paper I use is a Magnetic Vent Cover that I purchased at the local big box hardware store. It is attached with Tear & Tape.

Then I put a sample of all the dies on the front of the box and make note of the number of dies in the set on the front too:

Because it is very easy to loose the small intricate dies when they stick to the card stock, I do a little count before putting the set away. This has saved me from loosing a small die several times.

I have gone one step further with the layering dies. I have marked the size of the die on the front of the box and I gave each die a number - like this:

I must credit a very talented and clever Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Dawn Olchefske, for the measurements. She has a wonderful tool on her web site that shows the measurements for all Stampin' Up! Dies - HERE is the link. 

And I did not think up the number system myself, either - I borrowed it from another demonstrator - unfortunately I cannot remember this talented person's name to give them credit. 

On the inside, each die is marked with the corresponding number using a permanent marker. Now when I make a card, all I need to do is note the size of the die on a "sticky" note inside the card and I can easily duplicate that size again, without extra time to measure and compare.

This process has really made using dies easy and it has been great for my card classes too. Hope you got some good ideas today.

Don't forget - today and tomorrow - you can get 25% off the following items. If you check back on Thursday (9/8/16) - I'll be posting a new set of special items

Don't forget to download a copy of the seasonal catalog - you're gonna love it!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

New Catalog Launches Today PLUS weekly Specials

The new catalog is stuffed with wonderful new products. 

And again, I am in a dither to know which of these great products to buy. Download your copy today and let me know what is your favorite.

And more to share --- Stampin' Up! is offering weekly specials - 25% off
Between today and September 21.
Each week will be different

This week's specials

These prices are good thru Sept 7. Personally, I have eyeing the Blossom Builder Punch - now's my time - Woot Woot!

This Weeks specials

And if that is not enough - you can still purchase the Thoughtful branches bundle - until supplies last - but don't wait long ...

This is such a beautiful stamp set and the framelits are so perfect. I have to say that this is one of my favorite items -