Decorative Masks

While I haven’t posted much this month (my apologies, a lot going on), I have found myself drawn to the new embossing paste, returning sponge brayers and the fabulous decorative masks in this year’s annual catalog. I’ll be sharing many projects in the future with these products. Scroll through this post to see a sneak peek at a future post.

Want a closer look at the masks in the package? These are the 4 masks:

There have been masks in the last couple catalogs too, which always surprised me when they didn’t seem to get used often, retired, then ended up on the clearance rack. I’m here to tell you not to overlook the decorative masks any longer! You’ll get great background designs with ink & the sponge brayers; you get 2 brayers  with 4 sponges (see 1 below).

Or add the new embossing paste and add texture, dimension, design and even color to your projects.

I highly recommend using embossing paste with the tools below. My favorite is the one on the bottom; it makes spreading the paste evenly so easy.

You will make beautiful backgrounds with the decorative masks, but you will want to clean them immediately after use too. So, always make sure you have a container of water or sink nearby to wash off ink or paste. It only takes the embossing paste about 10 minutes to start hardening on the mask, making removal more difficult. So, keep that in mind.

You now saw the masks and products to make the great backgrounds. Now for the sneak peek of 2 cards which will be highlighted in an upcoming blog post.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Birthday Cards Using Stampin’ UP! Petal Gardens DSP stack

There’s always someone having a birthday!  There’s no better way to send smiles to someone celebrating their big day than to let them know you remembered their day by sending a special card.  While Facebook wishes are nice, many have stopped sending cards all together because the cyber-wish is “enough” in their minds. Let your friends know you REALLY thought of them- send or give them a real card -handmade too!

These cards are simple and quick to make and creating both starts with 1 sheet of the Petal Garden DSP stack by Stampin’ UP! Start with your first cut at 4″ to create a 4″x6″ & 2″x6″.  Cut the two pieces so that you have 1) 4″x5.25″ and 1) 2″x 5.5″. Just add mats (mine are 1/8″-so add .25″ to above to get sizes) and you’re ready for the sentiment and dimensional elements.

Petal Gardens DSPs birthday

Creating dimension gives both of these cards that extra something. The Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder adds extra dimension to the first card. While the second card uses cupcake embellishments (made with the Sprinkles of life & matching punch, Coffee Cafe, & also a little fussy cutting with scissors) at different levels for the dimension.

Petal Gardens DSPs birthday card

Both sentiments were made with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and cut using the Circle Framelits. Since this paper has Calypso Coral and Old Olive included (Stampin’ UP! lists the colors both in the catalog & on the DSP stack itself), I chose those and added the new Powder Pink as the background color for these two-step photopolymer flowers.

Petal Gardens DSP stack

The Petal Gardens DSP stack contains 48 sheets of 6″x6″ paper (4 each of 12 designs).  I think you could make a year’s worth of cards with just this one stack of DSP if you chose- Just add matching cardstock. While pretty “girly”, you would be able to squeak out a many masculine cards too with some of the non-floral sides in Old Olive, Calypso Coral and a versatile White based multi-colored polka dot print.

Let your friends know you really care.  Get their address (or arrange to see them in person!)  Make the card. They will get that extra level of surprise on their big day. You won’t regret it.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Card Preparation 101

Today I wanted to share a little preparation and organization which helps me get and keep my crafty mojo when it comes to card making.  It is very simple: I keep this box stocked so I’m ready to craft:

I have this plastic bin which I have filled with card bases 4.25″x5.5″ and mats in 3 sizes: 4″x5.25″, 4 1/8″x5 3/8″, 3.75″x5″.

Card bases are pre-scored and folded. I try to keep 4-6 of each color available. However, I’m currently running low on a few colors and some colors I don’t use frequently enough to create bases.

Shimmery White cardstock is kept to the left so that I know exactly where it is.

I like to keep my photos which need to be scrapped in this side area as well.

How I have benefited from this card preparation

  • I always have things ready to go and can sit down and craft with basic preparation done.
  • I can see which colors I use most AND know exactly when I need to make more card parts and/or order that color cardstock.
  • It is inspirational just looking at the rainbow of colors and having them at my fingertips!
  • It helps me ‘try-out’ different color bases for a card when they are easily accessible.
  • On days I want to craft but don’t feel so inspired, preparing card bases and mats allows me to accomplish something which I know I’ll appreciate when my creativity returns.

I have begun to create a similar system for my scrapbooking by prepping photo mats in frequently used sizes and colors.  I think this too will be very useful for days I just want to sit and create.

Please share in the comments the ways you keep your mojo flowing by preparing things ahead and/or keeping them organized at arms reach.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Summer Fun with Stampin’ UP! Products

Ah, Summer! Warm days, reunions, picnics, parks, vacations and so much more. Whatever you are doing this Summer may it be something long in your future you remember. Create moments and memories & take photos along the way.

Don’t forget to scrap those great photos for those days ahead when your memories get fuzzy. Easily turn the Color Theory Memories and More cards into a full page layout for your Summer photos.

Growing up July always meant Summer was quickly passing and school would be back in session soon. It reminded me of the importance to seize each day and enjoy it before the stress from academia returned. It also reminded me Christmas too would soon be upon us as Hallmark released the new ornaments. I still celebrate Christmas in July and start creating cards now so in the last minute hustle & bustle of holiday preparations I am done with cards  & can settle in to decorating & Holiday movies. Yes, I am a Christmas Super Fan!

This year, Stampin’ UP! is making it easy to start creating those Christmas cards.  Signing up to become a demonstrator in this month has special perks.  Stampin’ UP! is celebrating

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Christmas in July

Purchase your Starter Kit between July 1-31, 2017 and you will receive FREE An Essentials Gift Pack including:

  1. Paper Snips
  2. SNAIL Adhesive
  3. Grid Paper
  4. Two D Blocks
  5. A Bone Folder

That’s an added value of $52.00!

PLUS…Stampin’ UP! will include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (see it below) from the holiday catalog for FREE (Worth $20.oo)!

Carols of Christmas

As a new demonstrator you can get your hands on new products before anyone else AND at a 20% discount. You will also be able to shop the new Holiday catalog in August! Oh, and this month you’ll be able to see & pre-order the matching dies to go with this cute & free to you Carols of Christmas stamp set.

You read that correctly, this month with the Starter kit for $99.00 you can choose up to $125.00 worth of products (all your personal choice), get the essentials pack AND Carols of Christmas stamp set making that $99.00 worth up to $197.00!  That’s a great Christmas deal!

If your wish list is long, now is the time to spend your Starter Kit dollars on the fun stuff—like your favorite stamp sets and accessories! It is a great Christmas in July deal!

Signing up creates no obligation to sell.  If you don’t meet quarterly minimums you are simply no longer a demonstrator. If you want help and support to do more and make extra cash or just make enough to support your crafting habit, that is possible too. I will not pressure you, but support your interest and provide help as requested.

This amazing deal won’t last!  Join Now!

Contact Me if you have any questions or need help signing up.

Enjoy this beautiful Summer day, wherever you are.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Memories and More: Get more from the Color Theory pack

As I described last week, with just a few additions and alterations to the Memories and More Color Theory products you can have cards or 12″x12″ layouts.

While there were no comments on that post, those who saw me in person requested more card ideas from these products.  I’m happy to share additional greeting cards today using the Color Theory Memories and More products.

June is the most popular month for weddings. This card using the Colorful Seasons dies, Stitched Shape dies and papers from the Color Theory & Wood Textures 6″x6″ lines may be a perfect one for the new couple having a beach wedding. No stamping necessary-just cut the sentiment from the center of the card using a Square Stitched Shapes die & flip the pattern side over to create an inlay of the sentiment.

The same Cut & Flip idea is used on the Spring card below.  Adding the beautiful Cherry Blossom dies really creates interest to this otherwise simple card.

Cutting out the sentiments can lead to these great Winter cards too:

The large 4″x6″ cards are trimmed to create TWO 2″x5.5″ strips for the snowy designer paper on these cards. Colorful Seasons dies create those fantastic Filver Foil snowflakes. Oh, how wonderful are those Glitter Enamel Dots as centers!

My favorite? These Autumn leaves create absolutely stunning cards!

I used Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Paper, and Aqua Painter Pens to create the colorful backgrounds for the sentiment and additional leaves. I LOVE the results of these most. The striped strip and printed leaves (small card, as is, from the pack) are all from the Color Theory Memories and More set.

It really doesn’t take much to create greeting cards from the Memories and More set.  I’m anxiously awaiting delivery of the 3 other Memories and More collections in order to have quick projects at my fingertips for those days I want to create, but don’t want to use a multitude of techniques or materials to do so.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

At Home with You bundle by Stampin’ UP!

When I saw the At Home with You bundle (photopolymer stamps & framelits/dies) I was very excited about the versatility of this set. Check out the items in the bundle (bundle photo supplied by the SU! online store):

There are many exciting things about this bundle, but at the top of the list is a Framelit which allows the door to open so that a hidden message may be revealed when the recipient opens the door.  How fun is that?!

I also believe this set is so useful to have for the seasonal pieces alone.  They can be used as stand alone pieces to embellish other cards, home decor, scrapbook items or can be used to embellish the entryway door as seen in this card:

On this card I did not cut the door to open. Instead I decided to use the Brick Wall embossing folder with the new Wood Textures paper for the porch, score lines to mimic siding, and add a roof with 1/2″ black strips which were angle cut on the ends.  I even added a house number on the small sign from the set to mark the house number for my card recipient’s new home.

The same set creates such a great Christmas card. The door opens to provide a hidden sentiment on the front of this card.  I think a simple “Merry Christmas” will do since the inside will contain more wishes for the season.

See that garland hanging over the door?  Do you have these Hearth & Home thinlit dies which create a window? Guess what? The garland from this At Home with You set fits over the window. How great is it when one set extends the life of another!

Are you excited about this set or just want to check out more products from the new catalog?  You can check out the entire line of products at the online store HERE…and if something calls your name, you can order online and it will be shipped direct to the address you supply. I’ll then celebrate (happy dance time!) that you chose me as your demonstrator and send you a card & small surprise to the address you supplied in your order to say, “thank you.”

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Take a look at Memories and More

Memories and More is the new line of pocket scrapbook products by Stampin’ UP! It is, as the name implies “More” than just products for your scrapbook needs.

Last week I had a few hours to play with the Color Theory Memories and More pack and created 8 cards and 4 layouts (12″x12″) and still have more than half the pack left for pocket scrapbook elements or other ideas that have been running through my mind. (Read 10 ways to use these products after the samples.)

This layout uses the following Color Theory Memories and More products:

  •  2 of the smaller cards for interest
  • 1 large card with “Summer Memories” trimmed off and trimmed from both sides equally then mounted to the original card from which it came. This creates a title & journal area
  • “together ” photo overlay cut in half lengthwise and used as additional title element
  • stickers (starbursts/suns & cameras)

In addition, the layout uses coordinating Color Theory paper stack and Glitter enamel dots from the Color Theory Suite of products. Color coordination-something really fantastic about products by SU!

Do you prefer to make cards?  These Memories & More products are great for that too!

The birthday card shown is simply scraps of matching card stock and Color Theory DSP to which a small polka dot card, “happy” overlay, & sticker “such a perfect year” from the Color Theory Memories and More pack was added to finish the card. *The flame was cut with a die from the Swirly Scribbles set.

These are just two projects created from the Memories and More pocket card collection using the cards in different ways than for pocket style scrapbooks.  There are so many possibilities with this product line.

Here are 10 ways to put the Memories and More products to use:

  1. Use in your pocket scrapbook pages as inserts
  2. Use as design elements on your full size scrapbook layouts
  3. Use as card fronts
  4. Use as designer series paper
  5. Use as lunchbox notes (encouraging notes in lunches for your loved ones)
  6. Use as tuck in notes for cards (so recipients can reuse a card)
  7. Use as a memory game for small children (there are 2 of each-just cover 1 side with the same designer paper or colored cardstock and you’re done!)
  8. Use for home decorating (add in an empty photo album)
  9. Use the printed sentiments or designs with your circle, oval, squar, & heart dies and create fridge magnets or computer candy which can brighten the day or season.
  10. Use the added elements (stickers, die cuts, printed overlays, etc) to decorate your journal, day planner, notebook, or to create shaker cards- just to name a few non-scrapbook related uses.

I would love to know if you come up with more ideas for the Memories and More products.

To check out all 4 design packs and all the other products in this year’s catalog at my online store today, CLICK HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

How To Combine Stamp Sets For A Great Summer Card

Summer lends itself well to relaxing and thinking of beautiful people and places.  It is even better if you are enjoying time with wonderful people in beautiful places.  But if you are still at work and need something to remind you of a past or future vacation and someone sends you a “Hello, Sunshine” card you may briefly be taken away from the day to day work place and imagine the relaxing days until you can get away again.

A day at the beach, kicking back with iced lemonade, sand between my toes, seagulls flying by a lighthouse, and the crashing surf.  Ahh…Summer!

Do you see those Crushed Curry enamel dots in the corner of the card?  Oh how I love them!  They are ombre shades of Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, and Old Olive AND have glitter embedded in the dot…Just look below:

They are fabulous!!!  As you can see, I used a few from the sheet before snapping the picture to show you the glittery loveliness of these enamel dots.  I’ll definitely be reordering more!

There are so many great new products in the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog.  Perusing through it is a bit of a dream.  You can check it out and also shop with me HERE.

Take a peek at the new pocket card scrapbook line called Memories and More while you are checking out the catalog.  I’ll be posting cards and 12″x12″ layouts which use these products in days to come.  The Color Theory Suite is in my TOP 10 new favorites. I think you may fall in love with it for all your seasonal needs too; it has a little something for Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall (okay did you just start singing? …Sorry for the James Taylor song earwig.)

Until next time…

-Joanne

Sneak Peek Of The Colorful Seasons Bundle- Coming June 1, 2017

Colorful Seasons is a great name for what I expect to be a popular stamp & die bundle in the June 1, 2017 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog.  This set has something for all four seasons.  Today I share just a hint of what is to come in this great bundle and introduce products for two of the seasons: Spring & Summer.

What reminds you that Winter is ending and Spring is arriving more than flowers blooming.  Colorful Seasons has a beautiful offering of cherry blossoms and a gorgeous saying, “Just Breathe”.

The small flowers were stamped onto watercolor paper with a new In-Color called Berry Burst, spritzed with water and allowed to dry before stamping the branches and sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink. Simple and so very satisfying-just like Spring.

As Spring slowly fades into Summer, the new In-Color Lemon Lime Twist will bring a bright uplifting feeling to the cards you make with the Colorful Seasons dies and/or stamps.  This Adirondack chair die cut is just one of the fabulous dies in the set.

 

Prepare to relax with your favorite beverage poolside this Summer and send a friend or loved one a card telling them how much you wish they were there spending time with you.  This Fresh Fig stamped beach chair makes me want to bury my feet in sand and read a good book.

The images I’ve shown are just a sampling of the stamps & dies in this set.  In addition, there are leaves, snowflakes, a large scalloped border and wonderful stamp sentiments. The Colorful Seasons Bundle is the bundle for anyone who makes cards OR scrapbook pages. I love when products work well with both, don’t you?

If you’re a beginner or a pro at scrapbooking or card making, I think this set will help you make great projects. I’d be happy to help you get started or add to your craft supplies. Contact me for a catalog. If you can’t wait for the physical catalog to arrive,  you can shop with me online when the new one goes live June 1st.

And don’t forget, this is your last chance to grab retiring products before they are gone from SU! shelves.  They are going quick!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Bright Wishes: 1 NEW Stamp Set, 2 Different Watercolor Techniques

We’re only TEN days away from the launch of the 2017-2018 catalog where you will see some gorgeous new products like the wishing well set called Bright Wishes which I am sharing a sneak peek of today.

Bright Wishes contains a beautiful large line-drawn well stamp which lends itself well to all types of coloring techniques.  For those who know me, they know I LOVE to color stamped images!

While my preference for coloring is using a great set of colored pencils (Yes, you can imagine my excitement when SU! brought back watercolor pencils!), the images from the Bright Wishes set above are both stamped onto watercolor paper and colored with markers and an Aqua Painter for a watercolor look.

One of the images took THREE TIMES longer than the other to color.  Can you guess which one?    Read on for the answer.

The card on the left was created by first stamping the Bright Wishes well in Sahara Sand.  This light color was chosen because it would essentially disappear and allow the image to take on a more free-handed watercolor appearance once the marker/aqua painter watercolor was added. Because it is necessary to color up to the lines and extra care added to adjusting/overlaying colors, there is a lot of moving to dry areas and waiting for the adjacent area to dry so that you can add more color. In other words- If you don’t wait for the well stones to dry and watercolor the greenery you’d have green bleed into the well’s stones.  It isn’t easy to remove watercolor bleed!  You must have dry surfaces when you watercolor in adjacent areas or add color over areas.  This is why the PINK card on the left took 3x longer than the BLUE one on the right.

The BLUE card on the right was inked by applying marker ink to each area using different colors. I colored the roses Real Red, the greenery Old Olive, the well stones Crumb Cake, the wood Sahara Sand, etc.  Once the whole stamp had ink, I huffed on it (adding moisture from my breath back to any area which may have dried) and stamped the image.  I then used an Aqua Painter where the brush was just damp enough to move the color around within the leaves, flowers, stones, wood, etc.  This creates a watercolor look, however it also takes all definition of the stamp away.  Once the image dries, ink the stamp with Chocolate Chip and using a Stamp positioner like the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, stamp the details over the image. Your watercolor blobs of color will have definition once again.

Did you know which one took longer?

Do you have a preference in the results?  Just because a technique takes longer doesn’t mean everyone would prefer the results over the less time consuming result.

However you decide to color the Bright Wishes stamp set, I believe if you like to color it is a great set to add to your collection. You can do that starting June 1, 2017 by shopping with me HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne