Cards with the Coffee Cafe bundle by Stampin’ UP!

Some days I believe I function because of my morning coffee.  Other days, I’m not sure it helps at all. In either case, I’m a sucker for a good cup of coffee.  I know many people who feel the same way and believe the new Coffee Cafe Suite of products will certainly make some card recipients perk up when they receive happy mail.

Part of this suite of products is the Stamps/Dies Bundle. Being able to stamp and cut the cup, lid, sentiment, cup band, and beans makes this project really easy.  I adore those little coffee beans!

In each of these cards I decided to use the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack (6″x6″) and embossing folders.  I’m a big fan of the embossing which can be achieved from the dynamic textured impressions embossing folders and chose to use both the returning hexagon and new leaves folders for these three cards.

It is important to remember that the sentiments may have a specific shape, in this case meant to fit inside the stamped cup image, but can be placed into another shape as I’ve done in these last two examples. The entire sentiment was not used for the second card either.  In fact, I have cut my stamp apart (carefully with sharp scissors) so that I could easily stamp, “Happiness is a cup of coffee” separate from, “shared with a friend” many times without the fuss.  Keep in mind, I can always put them onto my block and stamp together again, but this way I don’t have to mask or worry about only inking part of the stamp each time I want them separate.

 

In addition to the Petal Garden DSP stack, I used the images from one sheet of the Coffee Cafe DSP to get the pots and little mugs. While you will have to hand-cut (aka: fussy cut) the pot and other images from the designer series paper for this suite, those little coffee cups do have a matching die.  I chose not to use it this day; I didn’t want the small white border and I already had the scissors in my hands.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Scrapbooking Global Inaugural Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the first ever Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop!  If you have come here from other participants, I hope you are enjoying your journey around the hop and getting as inspired by them as I am. So much talent!

Today I bring to the hop a double page spread of some daily happenings here in my neck of the woods.

My two Shih-tzu girls just love gazing out the window (Yes, I have given over the sofa table to this event) and the critter visitors are their favorites.  This Spring & Summer we’ve had regular visits from these deer. The girls have taken to talking to them and surprisingly they seem to lift their heads and take in the barking instead of running off.

These pages use Memories & More cards which have quickly become my favorite products out of this year’s annual Stampin’ UP! catalog.  I’ve used the Petal Gardens pack for this project because I wanted to add color to the layout. This pack had great stickers for small titles and those fantastic roses which matched the cards and it coordinated well with the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP I used.

All of the cards I used were cut to fit the layout.  Remember you don’t need to keep the Memories & More cards at the given size. Use them just like paper and cut them as needed.

I’ve always liked having a great border punch and the new Decorative Border Punch is a great addition; It softens any layout by taking away some of the focus on those sharp corners.

Of course a great 12″x12″ layout includes a good title with the Large Letters Framelits Dies and the Brushwork Alphabet stamps brings it all together.  Oh, and handwritten journaling… you know others want to see that even if you don’t like your handwriting.

I hope you’ve liked this stop on the hop.  Clicking the Next button below will take you to Christine Alward’s lovely layout.

Until next time…

-Joanne

You can also check out any of these talented individuals from the blog hop:

Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Sharon Dalton

2. Megan Lenske

3. Peta Stephen

4. Lisa Henderson

5. Pam Poli

6. Courtenay Heuston

7. Jessica Brigden

8. Karie Beglau

9. Simone Meye

10. Lisa Gibson

11. Michelle Veller

12. Cheryl Algie

13. Beth Rush

14. Josie Dean

15. Kelly Leese

16. Stesha Bloodhart

17. Virginia Porta

18. Kerstin Klar

19. Joanne Hodge

20. Christine Alward

21. Monika Lenkeit Davis

22. Jenny Hall

23. Lou Kitzelman

 

Balloon Sky Card with Stampin’ UP! products

I dream of taking a balloon ride over the Pennsylvania countryside.  I think it would be so calming and peaceful just like this card.

 

Products Used:

  • Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies
  • Up & Away Thinlits Dies
  • Big Shot
  • Pattern Party Decorative Masks
  • Sponge Brayers
  • Host(ess) stamp set: In the City
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, & Flirty Flamingo
  • Ink: Marina Mist, Basic Black Archival, Old Olive, & Crumb Cake
  • Acrylic Block D
  • Paper Snips
  • Tombo Glue
  • Dimensionals

A card design can be inspired by anything you see or dream. Just start creating.

I’ve been looking into that balloon ride and hope to do that soon.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Embossing: Using Paste & Powders on Cards

The one thing most card makers always remember is that feeling of awe the first time they used embossing on their handmade project. Whether it was embossing with powders, an embossing folder, a stylus or paste, it leaves an impression on both the paper & the person!

Earlier this week I teased you with information on the new embossing paste and posted the two cards I’m sharing today.

These cards are loaded with fun techniques. They are pretty easy techniques too!   We’ll focus on the card on the left, for the most part, but I will share how to make that great “hello friend” image for the second card towards the end of the post.

Step 1: Stamp the images in Versamark onto Crumb Cake CS, after using embossing buddy on your paper to keep stray powders away.  Then apply embossing powder (Gold)  and tap off extra.  Use the heat gun to melt powder.

Creating layers of texture with heat embossing powder.

Step 2: With your card front on an easily washable surface (I chose the silicone mat), choose your Decorative Mask and placement.  Then use Washi tape (I sometimes use Frog tape for painting) to temporarily tape mask down to keep it from shifting.  Apply paste with the Palette Knives in an even coat- Spread it like putting butter on toast or frosting on cake. Carefully remove mask immediately after using.

Step 3:  Immediately close up your embossing paste and clean your masks, knives and anything else that came in contact with the embossing paste using a water bath (for later cleaning) or warm sink and non-metal bristle brush (a toothbrush works great!).

Adding layers using decorative masks for embossing paste.

Step 4: If you didn’t take too long to clean your materials, your embossing paste should still have enough damp spots to it that you can add embossing powder (White) & it will cling to some (not all) areas- don’t try to get a perfect covering of it if you want the shading.  Apply, tap off, and heat set- Yes, be aware it will bubble because of the paste.  It adds even more texture.

Adding embossing powder over embossing paste.
Sponging ink over both embossing powder & paste.

Step 5: Using a dauber and Crumb Cake ink, rub in additional color in areas you choose. I recommend also doing the edges of the entire card front.  The areas with Embossing Powder will resist the color, the areas of paste which didn’t take on Embossing Powder will accept some of the ink, but not as heavily as the cardstock does.

Step 6: Since this card front used a lot of different mediums, I found Tear Tape to be the best to adhere it to the card base.  The card base I used is Marina Mist as it matched my Dragonfly Dreams die-cut the best.

Step 7:  I cut the Swirly Scribbles die out in cardstock (color doesn’t matter, it is being covered in embossing powder), and decided to trim parts of it away before embossing.  Cover it in Versamark, add powder, heat- Repeat 3 times for a nice glossy appearance to the Gold swirl. Attach using glue dots for best adhesion.

Adding a glossy look by applying Fine Tip Glue. Creating a gilded look with sporadic embossing powder application.

Step 8: Use watercolor paper, watercolor pencils, and aqua painter to create a washed blue/green background paper which you die cut to get the dragonfly with variations of soft color. The full dragonfly (background) die-cut is in Marina Mist.  Attach using the fine tip glue pen and then cover the entire die with the pen and allow to sit until dry.

Step 9: The dragonfly on the right has added embossing. Apply areas of Versamark (just tap the corner of the pad), Gold embossing powder, and heat to achieve this gilded appearance.

Step 10:  Use your fingers to slightly curl the wings and adhere the dragonfly to the card with glue dots.

Stamping into multiple layers of heated embossing powder.

Card 2 has one additional technique for this “hello friend” emblem.

  • Using the largest Layering Oval die, cover it in Versamark – just smoosh your pad over the cardstock.
  • Add the embossing powder and heat as usual.  Then repeat multiple times (mine has 5 layers).
  • Before the last time you heat, ink whichever Red Rubber (photopolymer might not like the heat- I didn’t want to try and perhaps damage) stamp in Versamark as a release agent.  Set aside.
  • Heat the final layer and immediately stamp into the wet/heated powder before it cools.  It might slide a bit so be careful to stamp straight up & down!
  • You shouldn’t get embossing powder pulling up on your stamp thanks to the Versamark pre-stamp, but do make sure to clean off any residue asap because the heated Versamark can be difficult to get off the rubber later. -Yes, a little more scrubbing will do the trick.

As an extra bonus: Layered embossing powder stamping is a great project for cardstock you don’t like or stamped poorly as it will be covered. Yippee for that!

I hope you liked all these techniques and try one or more of them on a card.  If you copy my card in different colors, I would LOVE to see the result.  I imagine it would be lovely in so many other colors of embossing and/or colors of the dragonfly & card.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

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