Monday, June 30, 2014

Stampin' Up Coloring Part 1: Hello There using Stampin' Write Markers

Please forgive my tardiness for this week's Stampin' Up only card.  I've been working on several projects.  One I'll share with you this week.  Another I can't share yet and hopefully (cross your fingers!) I won't be able to share until the magazine is published!  That's right I submitted a card for publication.  Hopefully, my card gets selected, but even if it doesn't I LOVED the way the card turned out.  If it doesn't get selected, I'll share it here sometime in the next few weeks.  If not, I'll let you know when the magazine comes out!!

Anyway, on to last week's card...

This card is part of a series I will be doing about the coloring capabilities of Stampin' Up products.  In case, you haven't heard, SU will soon be releasing a new line of markers called Blendabilities.  These are alcohol markers, like Copics.  I will talk more about them when I show you the Blendabilities card.  SU still carries their Stampin' Write Markers which also work great for coloring.  The main differences between the markers and Blendabilities is the ability to shade or blend (hence the name) colors.  That doesn't make the existing markers any less useful though.  I created a one-layer card using one of the great new hostess stamps and colored the flowers with various Stampin' Write Markers.



Beautiful, right?  To help the sentiment stand out more, I ended up embossing it in gold.  Love the way it turned out and excited to see how the other variations turn out.  Since I didn't take pictures during the process, I will share a photo tutorial on a later post showing a different coloring technique.  (And the yellow/gold smudge around "there", not sure what happened since it isn't on the card.)

There you have it - a beautiful, hand colored card using regular markers.  Don't feel like you have to replace your existing markers with the new Blendabilities.  You still can create gorgeous items with them.  Now, if you want to add the Blendabilities to your collection, well, that's a different story...one I'll be happy to help you with!

TFL and keep creating!

Supplies (all items are from Stampin' Up unless noted otherwise):
Stamp Set: Hello There, I Like You

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Stampin' Up Weekly Deals: June 24-30, 2014

Here are the amazing weekly deals for June 24-30.  Lots of framelits this week!




Regals Designer Buttons Item # 130029
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$8.21 CAN



Envelope Liners Framelits Die Item # 132172
Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN



Finishing Touches Edgelits Die Item # 127010
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$11.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.46 US/$8.96 CAN



Window Frames Collection Framelits Die Item # 129021
Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN



Squares Collection Framelits Die Item # 130921
Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN



Smoky Slate Stampin' Emboss Powder Item # 129396
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.96 CAN



Summer Possibilities Kit - Digital Download Item # 134705
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$8.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.77 US/$5.37 CAN
Let me know if I can help you take advantage of these great deals!

TFL and keep creating!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nautical Happy Birthday

We have had an incredibly busy, but satisfying weekend.  The only thing that could have made it better was the US beating Portugal.  A tie is better than losing though!

I finished up my Stampin' Up card for the week a few days ago, but didn't get a chance to photograph it until Saturday.  Now all the kiddos are sleeping so I have time to post.

The nautical theme is still very trendy this summer and SU has all the supplies needed to extend the trend to your papercrafts.  This week's card has a nautical theme using SU's new papers and stamps.



Super cute, right?  The layout came from a sketch in Card Sketches for Paper Crafters.  This is an amazing resource tool to have in your back pocket.

For this card, I used both the Maritime Designer Series Paper and Sea Street Stamp Set, but you could easily re-create the card with only either item.  Also, I'm working on my fear of mixing patterns.  Part of me is proud of my pattern mixture.  The other part wants to take it apart and substitute some solid cardstock in there.   If you think the card is a little too busy, you could replace the stripe paper with a solid piece (Night of Navy would look good).  Then the flag paper is the only major pattern.  

Paper sizes and scoring info:

  • The card base is 8"x 8" Whisper White cardstock, scored on one side at 4"
  • The stripe pattern paper is 8" x 4"
  • Whisper White cardstock is 7 3/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Flag pattern paper is 7 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  • Real red circle is 2 3/4"
  • Water pattern paper circle is 2 1/2"
  • Octopus stamped in Coastal Cabana on Whisper White cardstock and hand cut
  • Happy Birthday day banner stamped in Real Red and hand cut (only because I don't have the matching die set yet!)
  • The octopus and banner are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals
  • The finished card size is 8" x 4" - great for giving money!  
TFL and keep creating!

Supplies (all items are from Stampin' Up unless noted otherwise):
Paper: Whisper White cardstock, Real Red cardstock, Maritime Designer Series Paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Real Red
Stamp Set: Sea Street, Itty Bitty Banners

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stampin' Up Weekly Deals: June 17 - 23, 2014

It's Tuesday! That means new Stampin' Up deals for the week! Here are the deals for this week (the chevron ribbon is the same kind I used on my Father's Day cards):




Wisteria Wonder 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130017
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN



Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon Item # 127844
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN



Epic Day Designer Washi Tape Item # 131269
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.88 CAN



Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad Item # 131181
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN



Vintage Faceted Buttons Item # 127555
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.96 CAN



Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 127023
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$8.21 CAN



Large Scallop Edgelits Die Item # 127019
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN



Sunshine & Sprinkles Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 130668
Regular Price: $14.95 US/$16.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.97 US/$9.90 CAN

Also, Stampin' Up recently released this new set, Calling All Heroes:
As a mom of 3 boys, I can't wait to get my hands on it!

TFL and keep creating!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Father's Day Cards

I hope everyone had a great Father's Day celebrating the wonderful father figures in your life!  We had a great, busy weekend, so I'm a day late with my post.  Around here we celebrate anyone with the word "father" in their title...grandfathers, fathers, and godfathers.  This means I had 6 cards to make.  Luckily, I already had one for my husband, which I now realize I didn't end up giving him.  I'll share that card in a later post.  The other five I wanted something quick and simple to mass produce, but still easy to customize.



The color combination of the starburst the ribbon mean something for each person (even if they don't realize it).  I tried to use their college school colors, just to give it an extra personal touch.  They are men though, so I don't expect them to catch it!

I want to thank Debra Currier from ARTfelt Impressions for the inspiration card.

TFL and keep creating!

Supplies (all items are from Stampin' Up unless noted otherwise):
Paper: Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Concord Crush (retired)
Stamp Set: Starburst Sayings Bundle 
Accessories: 3/4" Chevron Ribbon in Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, and Smoky Slate; Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Stampin' Dimensionals; brads (craft supply)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Guess what?

I've recently become a Stampin' Up Demonstrator!  I am so excited to offer you the some of the best papercrafting supplies available!  I've been using Stampin' Up products for several years now and finally decided to take the plunge.

As a result, I plan to have a couple of weekly posts.  Currently Stampin' Up offers weekly deals.  So every Tuesday, expect a post with the new weekly deal.  You will be able to order directly from my Stampin' Up website or email me an order.  Sometime on the weekend, you can also expect a papercrafting project showcasing Stampin' Up products.

I also will be offering various kits throughout the year.  Kits will contain most materials (you will need your own adhesive), papers pre-cut and pre-stamped, and detailed instructions (including paper sizes).  There will be an add-on option to include the stamp and/or die-cutting set used in the kit.  Look for a birthday card kit using the new Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack and Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set coming within the next month!

Here are the weekly deals for June 10-16




Afternoon Tea Ii Kit - Digital Download Item # 129928
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN



Hearts A Flutter Framelits Die Item # 130159
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 127750
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN



Label Petite Curly Punch Item # 129405
Regular Price: $12.95 US/$15.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $9.71 US/$11.96 CAN



Chocolate Chip 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130014
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN



Cherry Cobbler 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130012
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN



Silver Basic Metal Buttons Item # 133319
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$8.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$6.71 CAN



Blushing Bride 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130013
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN


One more business item before I go, I finally became a demonstrator because Stampin' Up has an awesome promotion right now.
For a limited time you can join Stampin’ Up! for just $50!
This amazing opportunity will only last until June 30, 2014, so take what you already love doing—stamping and crafting—and make a little money while you're at it!

When you join Stampin’ Up! during this limited-time offer, you’ll receive: 
  • $55 worth of products
  • A 30% discount on your first order (order must be $150 or more and placed within your first 45 days)
  • A 20% discount on all your orders
  • Free Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • Free entrance to our annual Convention* (must be registered by the 20th of June)
Who's with me?  Join now!

TFL and keep creating!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hey Mom, Watch This! - MME May Sketch Challenge

I've been itching to get back in to doing challenges. It helps me to feel accomplished. I'm getting pages or cards done and my work is getting out for all to see. When I saw the May Sketch Challenge at My Mind's Eye, I really wanted to participate and do a layout. For so long now, I've been doing cards, home decor and party decor because I needed it. It was nice to get back to scrapbooking without a need. Here is May's sketch:
Here is my take:
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Supplies: Pattern paper, felt and cardstock stickers, brad, chipboard accents (MME - Boy Crazy), enamel dots (MME - Kate & Co), wood arrow (Studio Calico) Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger), Letter stickers (Fancy Pants), paint (Ranger), Silhouette

Here's some closer looks at the details:


I did not have a large ampersand already made, but thanks to my Silhouette, creating one was not hard.  I had some thin chipboard which I painted to match the colors in the papers.  

"We're quite a pair!" was cut from a larger 12x12 sheet.  The "boy crazy" arrow was actually the leftover trim from background sheet.  You know, the extra piece at the bottom that identifies the company, line, and has the SKU?  Yep, that is that piece right there.  Cool, right?  And the perfect compliment to this page and how this momma feels about her children.   I am definitely BOY CRAZY!

TFL and keep creating!