Sunday, August 21, 2016

Northwest Stamp and Share: Holiday Catalog Sneak Peaks

I attended the Northwest Stamp and Share event for Stampin' Up! demonstrators yesterday that was hosted by the talented Jennifer Blomquist , a.k.a. the Northwest Stamper. It was a great day of stamping, chatting, and business advice. As always, I enjoyed meeting with the ladies from the Fun N' Crafty stamp group. The four cards below are based on Jennifer's designs for the four make and takes we made as part of the event.

The first card features a new stamp set from the upcoming Stampin' Up! holiday catalog called Spooky Fun. The stamps are sized perfectly for cards! The make and take was designed as a treat bag, but I used the pieces on a Whisper White card base to turn them into a card.

The next card features a flower from Flourishing Phrases stamp set that is currently available along with a sentiment from the upcoming Frosted Medallions stamp set. I am loving the combination of Pool Party and Sweet Sugarplum with the silver accents. This was supposed to be a New Year's card with a snowflake and New Year's sentiment, but I thought "the best is yet to come" sentiment would work well for a birthday or encouragement card too. 

The next card features the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set. The printed Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the red baker's twine are from the same product sweet, making for easy coordination!

Jennifer had a "try it" bar set up for us at the Northwest Stamp and Share event. It was great to be able to try out new embossing folders and framelits! The new Cable Knit embossing folder is amazing! It was my favorite item on the try it bar and I embossed several pieces of card stock with it. The Mint Macaron layer in the card below features this new folder. The sentiment is from the upcoming Suite Seasons stamp set. The bling behind the sentiment layer is provided by the new copper foil sheets-also found in the upcoming holiday catalog. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Katelyn's Creations: CYCI#132

My name is Katelyn and I'm 10 years old. I am Angela's daughter and I love to craft with my mom. We both made cards for the CYCI #132 sketch challenge and I am taking over her blog today to share my card with you. 

This is the sketch from Can You Case It?

And here is my card: 

The card base is Bermuda Bay. The printed paper with the gold pattern is from the DCWV matstack called The Gilded Orchard. The gold strip is from The Paper Studio. The banner was cut and punched out of Bermuda Bay. The large heart sticker is from a Paper Pumpkin kit and I punched the other ones out of the sides of the sticker sheet.

I hope you like my card. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

CYCI#132 Sketch Challenge and Sneak Peak!

Today's card was created for the sketch challenge over at Can You Case It? 

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demo is getting to pre-order products before catalogs go live for customers. My holiday catalog pre-order arrived on Friday and I've been itching to pull out my new goodies and to get stamping with them. When I saw the sketch on the CYCI site this morning, the Petals and Paisleys suite came to mind.

Here's my quick and simple take on the sketch:

The card base is Very Vanilla. I also used Mint Macaron card stock to mount the piece of  Petals and Paisleys Specialty DSP and accent it. The sentiment from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set is stamped in Rich Razzleberry and the flower above it is stamped in Mint Macaron. The accent flower on the Rich Razzleberry banner is die cut from the new copper foil sheets coming in the holiday catty. The copper foil is one of my favorite new products!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the sneak peak of the Petals and Paisleys suite!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Project Life "All Year Long" Greeting Cards

I've spent the last couple of days working on greeting cards using the "All Year Long" card collection from Project Life by Stampin' Up! I ordered a crafting retreat in a box from another demonstrator and it included the card collection and accessory set to make a mini album and six cards. I don't use Project Life for memory keeping, so I decided to make additional cards with the remaining cards. I am really happy with the results!

I made a total of 24 cards using this Project Life kit. The colors that coordinate with the kit include Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.

My favorite card features a Mint Macaron card base and a printed Project Life card with silver foil on a Mint Macaron background. The banner was made with a leftover piece of another card trimmed down to size. The small metallic silver doily is mounted on a circle punched out of Mint Macaron to give it more stability. The sentiment is from the "Jars of Love" stamp set.

The second card also features a silver foil card, this time printed on Basic Black. I cut the silver layer from an envelope liner I saved from another kit as well as the circle behind the sentiment banner. The banner is from the accessory kit. The card base is Basic Black. I really love the contrast of the silver foil with the black background!

The next card features Delightful Dijon. I was on the fence about this color before, but it really grew on me as I made these cards. This is my favorite one to feature this color. The "smile" sentiment is from another Project Life card that was cut down to size. The floral background is from another PL card. 

More Delightful Dijon, this time paired with Mint Macaron: 

The next two cards feature Crumb Cake as their main color: 

The last card I am sharing features my favorite sentiment:

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Watermelon Wonder Wednesday

Watermelon Wonder is one of Stampin' Up's 2015-2017 in-colors and is definitely one of my favorite colors. This blog post will feature Watermelon Wonder-check back for upcoming posts featuring other colors!
My first card features Watermelon Wonder and the new 2016-2018 in-color Dapper Denim. I think Dapper Denim is a great blue and coordinates with many of the colors in the Stampin' Up! color families. The card base and first layer are Watermelon Wonder card stock. The first layer was stamped with the Hardwood background stamp to provide some additional texture to the card. The central layer was stamped with stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set. The "Thanks" sentiment is from the Sunburst Sayings stamp set and was embossed with white embossing powder. 

My second card also features Watermelon Wonder and Dapper Denim. The Whisper White card base was stamped with the "Hardwood" background stamp in Dapper Denim. I used the Timeless Textures stamp set to add some interest to the card base. The center image features the Work of Art stamp set. The swooshes are all stamped in Watermelon Wonder, some are just stamped off to give them a different shade. The sentiment is stamped in Dapper Denim. 

The final card features Watermelon Wonder paired with Pacific Point. I think this pairing provides a bright and cheerful look. This card also features the Work of Art stamp set, this time paired with Gorgeous Grunge. Can you spot the new item I used from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! annual catalog? 

The sentiment and its mat are cut out with the new Layering Squares framelits set. This set comes with 19 dies and gives you tons of options for layering on your projects. 

I'd love to see any cards or other projects you've made using Watermelon Wonder paper or ink. Please leave a link in the comments to share. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sunburst Sayings Thank You Cards

Just a quick share today of a set of 12 thank you cards made with the Sunburst Sayings stamp set. The DSP featured on the cards is a sneak peak of a paper set coming next month in the new catalog.  The cards featured various base colors pulling from the colors in the DSP.

 I think the Crumb Cake version is my favorite. I made two slightly different versions:

I am also partial to the Watermelon Wonder color and the bright pop it gives to these cards:

The final base color I used was Mint Macaron. I like the contrast between this color and the Watermelon Wonder. 

Which version do you prefer?

 Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

March Paper Pumpkin

I finally had time to sit down and put together the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit. I thought I would share my ideas for this kit with all of you, though it is a little late since the April kit will be arriving any day now.

This is the collection of cards I made with the kit: 

The first set of 4 cards were made following the design in the kit instructions. I did cut the cards down to make more cards with the cards included in the kit. Each card became 8 base layers that I mounted on Bermuda Bay cards to make these 4 cards as well as the next set of 4 cards.

I cut down the pretty patterned envelopes to use as DSP on several cards. These four also used the same base layer as the cards above.

These cards feature the envelope DSP:

My favorite cards from this kit: 

I just love the colors in this kit! I hope you enjoyed looking through my cards. I would love to see what you've created with this kit too!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Simple Sundays #1

Just a quick share today of some simple cards I made with some designer series paper that was in a Stampin' BINGO goody bag I received Friday night. I'm not sure what the name of the DSP is, but I love the Calypso Coral and Pool Party colors in it! These are the four cards I made in about an hour this afternoon:

The first card is my favorite! I love the Party Wishes stamp set from the new Occaisions catalog. All the stamps I used for this card are from that set. It's difficult to see in the picture, but I used the Wink of Stella clear glitter brush to add a little sparkle to the candles on top of the birthday cake. 

The second card is a very simple Mother's Day card. I think my mom will get a laugh out of the household and cleaning items on the DSP. She often jokes about never retiring from being the family maid, so my inscription on the inside will poke fun at that. 

The third card features stamps from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. I thought the cup from that kit went well with the cups on the DSP. 

The last card was super quick to make. I stamped straight on the DSP and thought this sentiment was appropriate for the DSP. Sometimes you need to just celebrate the everyday!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cottage Greetings Card Kit Thank Yous

When I first saw the current Stampin' Up! annual catalog, I fell in love with the Cottage Greetings card kit. While I enjoy designing my own cards or searching on Pinterest for ideas, sometimes I want something that is quick to create and doesn't involve lots of time spent designing or searching for ideas. Kits are the perfect solution for when this mood strikes. The Cottage Greetings card kit makes 15 cards with 5 each of 3 different designs. 

The card above is my favorite! I love the floral banner with the silver accent behind it.The thin piece of wood adds a nice natural accent. The silver sequins on the banner and silver dots on the base card add some bling. 

The second card features a color that hasn't been on my favorites list but is growing on me-Crushed Curry. The striped base features this color along with the ink used for the sentiment.

Monday, January 11, 2016

"Mailable Monday" Cards

I love the idea of "mailable" cards and have seen "Mailable Monday" challenges and blog posts over the last few years, but have never participated. I decided to try my hand at making "mailable" cards without the excess layers, buttons, or embellishments that can effect mailing of a card and hope to make this a regular feature on my blog.

I had a great time this evening playing with some Sale-a-Bration goodies for my first "Mailable" Monday project. This is a masculine Valentine that uses both a stamp set and DSP (designer series paper) from the new 2016 Sale-a-Bration offerings. You can check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure here. The stamp set is called Sky is the Limit. I love the look of the papers from the Perfectly Artistic DSP pack. The marbled and sponged looks go well with so many styles of cards! The Bermuda Bay and Pool Party are the colors of card stock used in this card.

My second card features the Love Blossoms DSP from the new Occaisions catalog and the Bloomin' Love stamp set. The card base is Crumb cake and the other card stock used is Rose Red, Garden Green, and Whisper White. I love the floral heart image and stamped it in Rose Red ink to help make it a focal point on the card. I had debated using Blushing Bride, but felt the more vibrant Rose Red would help it stand out more!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Bloomin' Love Valentine

One of my favorite products from the Occaisions 2016 catalog is the the Bloomin' Love photopolymer bundle. The stamp set has great sentiments for any Valentine card as well as a beautiful floral heart.

I managed to get my stamp set inked up for the first time today and also used the coordinating die to cut out a larger version of the floral heart in the stamp set. My color combo is Rich Razzleberry and Blushing Bride. I used the hearts embossing folder to emboss a layer of the Blushing Bride for a little more interest. I love this color combo!

If you are interested in trying out stamping, visit my demonstrator website here to see my calendar of events. I have classes scheduled for January 16th and 22nd.