The New Occasions Catalog is coming January 4, 2017

I believe the new 2017 Occasions catalog is going to ring in the New Year with a bang January 4th. As promised yesterday, I’m going to show you a few things I’ve made with products from this awesome little mini-catalog.

So, as you say good-bye to 2016…say hello to some new things Stampin’ Up! has for you in the upcoming Occasions catalog.

The new Dragonfly Dreams bundle (stamps & dies) is fabulous. Those mini dragonflies all cut together (1 die in the set), but you can easily cut apart a few singles if you’d wish. I paired them with this Cupcakes & Carousels paper (a 6″x6″ stack) because I was really in a Pool Party mood.

The large dragonfly is stunning.  I’ve cut him twice in the sample, carefully cut the body away from the wings on the soft suede layer and adhered the body to the top & wings to the bottom of the pool party layer. By just slightly curling the edges of the top layer of wings it gives the impression of flight.

I’ve teased you already in a previous post with the arrival of my box of goodies and the announcement of watercolor pencils returning to the Stampin’ Up! line up in this Occasions catalog.  I am a huge fan of the watercolor pencils.  They turn simple little note cards into easy heartfelt cards within moments. I used them for backgrounds on both the large dragonfly card (top row, left) and the dancer.

Isn’t that image and sentiment beautiful?!  That set was well named.  All the images and sentiments in the “Beautiful You” set are as lovely.

And, YES! The note cards watercolor very well without warping.  Just don’t overuse your water and you’ll be fine.  But I did a water-wash, water droplets, splatters, and used water over the pencils on various card samples I have made and had minimal warping of the note cards. So, they are perfect for all of you who hate spending a lot on watercolor paper, but love the look of watercolor. (There is nothing like water coloring on watercolor paper though!)

With the launch of the Occasions catalog also comes the launch of the Sale-A-Bration catalog too.  You have the opportunity to choose 1 item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog with every $50.00 *USD spent on any current products (including Annual Catalog items, Occasions catalog items, or online Clearance) before tax/shipping.   This time of year is perfect to buy AND earn extra fun goodies for your crafting fun.

I’ve got so much more I want to do with things from these new catalogs. I can’t wait to create and share these items with you.

Take a breath and enjoy the last moments of 2016 and remember the good things that passed your way during the year.  Cherish those memories. Cherish those in your life.  And Celebrate that you made it through all the ups & downs life gave you.

I’ll see you again in 2017!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Day 4 of Scrapping your 2016 Christmas Photos

Today will be the last day in the 4 part series of scrapping your 2016 Christmas Photos.  If you need to check out the other layouts or find additional layouts for more photos, check out the 12″x12″ Scrapbooking Layouts Category.

This layout seems perfect for the end of the day photos as the house and those in it become tired and the day is setting.  Peace settles in the day as Christmas day is almost a thing of the past for another year. Thoughts turn again to the blessed reason for the season in this period of calm.

Directions on how to recreate this layout:

  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used for the base of the layout.
  • This Christmas DSP from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was cut to 11″x11″ and attached to the base card stock leaving 1″ margins on all sides.
  • A piece of 1.75″x6.75″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used for the banner.  The banner edge was hand cut-To cut a banner end: Find the center of your card stock and cut up as far as you want your inner point.  Then from each corner cut to that point at which your scissor cut stopped (two triangles, 1 from each cut-end to center-will drop out).
  • 8.5″x8.5″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used and attached 1/4″ from both bottom & right DSP edges.
  • Four photo mats 4″x4″ were attached to the Cherry Cobbler square leaving 1/4″ margins.
  • Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Garden Green, and Very Vanilla card stocks were used with the Pretty Pines Thinlets & Big Shot to create Greenery and Very Vanilla (base), Crumb Cake (inner layer), Early Espresso (outer layer) pine cones.
  • Very Vanilla card stock was used to create the word “Peace” with the Christmas Greetings Thinlets dies & Big Shot- both from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

I used two different adhesives (Stampin’ Up! Snail & the Fine Tip Glue Pen) to assemble and adhere this pine cone peace embellishment to itself and then to the layout.  I did not completely attach each bit to the layout because I liked that it didn’t lie completely flat.  However, when placing the final project in scrapbook sleeves that means being extra careful.  You can see a small casualty in the pine sprig when I caught it in the sleeve and had a tear, losing part of one of the small tips.  No one looking at my scrapbook will notice, of course, but I just want you to be careful as you handle these delicate pieces.

I hope you enjoyed this 4 day mini-series and got some inspiration or perhaps scrapped along with me and completed a few pages.

Something every old scrapbooker knows- these last 4 days pages are actually 2 double-sided pages in my book.  So, I really only used 2 of the 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler base pages in this 4 day series.

If you missed any of the last 3 days or wish to see two other layouts which match this 4 day series, which  I posted some time before I decided to do a mini-series of my all my Christmas layouts for this year, look under the Categories tab for: 12″x12″ Scrapbooking Layouts.

The 6 layouts I designed with This Christmas DSP and matching card stock completed my 6 page Christmas 2016 photo spread this year.  As I stated on day 1 of this 4 day series mine are already completed and in the book.  I’ll be sharing how I did that with the help of my new Christmas toy- the Selphy cp1200 next week.

But first I want to show you a few samples & new toys Stampin’ Up! has coming up in the January 4 catalog(s).

Starting tomorrow, to end the year and kick off 2017, I’ll be posting a few samples I made using products which will be available very soon!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Day 3 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Are you following along and scrapping your 2016 Christmas Photos?

I used this layout to scrap photos which I knew had a story behind them, so I included a decent sized journal card to hand write all the things about the photos. It is important to remember those little details and I like to include the basics when I journal: who is in the photo(s), what is going on, when did this happen, where is this taking place, why the photo is important to me.

Directions on how to recreate this layout:

  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock is the base of the layout.
  • This Christmas DSP from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was cut to 7.5″x11″ and used for the background area of the photo mats. It is adhered 1″ from the top, bottom, and right edge.
  • Garden Green card stock was used for the photo mats.  There are 2 mats measuring 4.25″x6.25″ and 1 mat measuring 3.25″x4.25″
  • The journal card is 2.5″x4.75″ and stamped with light garland and candy cane from the Host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers available only during the Holiday Catalog 2016 sales period with qualifying orders.
  • The thin strips are 1/2″x12″ for the This Christmas DSP layer and 3/4″ for the Very Vanilla layer.  They intersect @ 4″ in from the left of the page and 6″ from top or bottom.
  • The embellishment is also created from the Host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers.  It is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green ink on Very Vanilla card stock and the center circle is stamped a second time so it could be die cut separately. Both layers are cut out using the Layering Circles Framelits & Big Shot and dimensionals are applied to pop it off the page and also to pop the center holly off the embellishment in order to give the look of a nice layered item to the page.

If you don’t have these papers or have missed out on getting the host(ess) stamp set which I’ve used, don’t fret.  Remember, you can turn any Stampin’ Up! papers, stamps, ink, and die cuts into a page which will work with these dimensions.  It doesn’t even have to be a Christmas layout when you are done!

To do this you just need to:

  1. Choose your Designer series paper. You can use the front for the background piece and back for the strips, if you choose.  Or two different but matching papers.
  2. Choose a 12″x12″ base card stock which matches your DSP.
  3. Choose a card stock which matches your DSP for the Photo mats (1 piece of 8.5″x11″ will make these 3 photo mats).
  4. Choose a light color card stock which matches your DSP for your journal tag.  It helps if the solid strip card stock matches to tie it together.
  5. Choose a die cut or punch art item for the intersection.
  6. Choose Stamps that work with your layout subject/title.  Stamp them using colors which match the papers you chose.

Have fun scrapping!  Tomorrow will be day 4 of this mini-series of scrapping your Christmas photos.  It will be the final day in the series and then I will turn my attention and yours to our new Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalogs which will launch January 4th.

If you have any last minute holiday catalog orders, don’t forget to place that order soon!  Many things have already sold out as the end of this holiday catalog is near.  Check out what is still available and order directly from my demonstrator business site by clicking this link HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Day 2 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Today we’re scrapping more Christmas photos so they aren’t sitting in a box or still on your phone without a layout to present & preserve them for generations to come.

This page allows for 4 photos and you could add a 5th by replacing the center square with a small photo.

The top left or bottom right corners are open for small journal or title areas.  Very Vanilla card stock is the perfect match the ‘This Christmas’ designer paper if you choose to add hand written journal tags.

Directions on how to recreate this layout:

  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used as the base.
  • This Christmas DSP (available in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog) was cut to 11″x11″ for the background layer.
  • A Santa hat made with the Jolly Hat Builder Punch was used to create and accent piece.  Colors used were Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White.
  • Photo mats were created from Garden Green cardstock.  There are 2 mats @ 3.25″x4.25″ for 2 vertical 3″x4″ photos AND 2 mats @ 4.25″x6.25″ for 2 horizontal 4″x6″ photos.
  • The Center image was stamped in Early Espresso ink using the host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers and die cut using the new Stitched shapes framelits and the Big Shot.

Stop by again tomorrow for another layout design with measurements included so you too can get all your photos scrapped for future generations to enjoy!

Remember you can always click the 12″x12″ Scrapbooking Layouts for all the past layouts too!

Thanks for looking.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Day 1 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Did you take a lot of Christmas photos over the past week?  I sure did!  I have prepared some simple layouts to get those photos into your scrapbook in no time.  Now you just have to figure out where to get your photos printed. I’m pleased to say mine have already been printed and added to all of the Christmas layouts I created this year, because I got a Selphy cp1200 photo printer for Christmas. Woo-hoo!  Yes, total game changer for me.  I’ve never had ALL my Christmas photos scrapped the day after Christmas before.  In 2 hours too!  Having these layouts which I’ll be sharing this week completed ahead of time really helped too.  Just add photos & journalling…DONE!

Yes, I’ll be sharing my experience with my new Selphy next week.  I want some more time to play with it to really give you my impression and any tips I learned using it.  First impression though- I’m in love with this little machine!

Materials Used:

  • This Christmas Designer Series Paper (Annual Catalog)
  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler Card stock
  • 1 piece each 8.5″x11″ Garden Green CS, Very Vanilla CS, Early Espresso CS
  • Cherry Cobbler & Crumb Cake Ink Pads
  • Size D Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Big Shot
  • Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Holly Jolly Layers Host(ess) stamp set for candy cane
  • Layered Letters Alphabet for main title
  • Christmas Greeting Thinlits Dies for “Merry” in title
  • Adhesive(s)-I used Snail, Dimensionals & the Fine Tip Glue Pen
  • Scissors-I used Stampin’ Up! Snips as I like the precision cut
  • Gold Wink of Stella

Dimensions of Paper cuts used:

  • Photo Mats are 4.5″x6.5″- I mat ALL my photos as I like the look.
  • This Christmas DSP strips: 2) 1″x12″ strips and 1) 2.5″x12″ strip

For the Title, the “merry” was die cut in both Very Vanilla & Garden Green and offset before gluing the pieces together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

The Layered Letters Alphabet set has a rectangular background stamp which I used in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla CS to create the blocks before going back and stamping each letter in Cherry Cobbler ink.  I used scissors to cut around the Crumb Cake rectangle, mounted to Early Espresso CS and trimmed with a slight border.  Since it is hand cut it is kind of rustic looking and my holiday decor (tends towards primitive country) fits perfect with this look.

The embellishment for this page was placed at the intersection of the 1″x12″ DSP strips.  Layering ovals were used with dimensionals to create a raised, yet recessed image.  As you can see from the photo above, the center were removed from the Green and Gold (started Very Vanilla and used Gold Wink of Stella for Gold color) layer- the size of the Very Vanilla Candy Cane piece.  The Stamped oval image then is recessed and adhered directly to the Early Espresso base.

Stop by tomorrow for the 2nd page in the series.

Until next time…

-Joanne

A Fox Punch Merry Christmas

My last daily punch art share before I take a break to enjoy the Christmas holiday is this little pine tree.

The finished tree is only a little over 1″ tall.

I made an adorable mantel scene with this tree and some other cute holiday items to adorn it (all Fox Builder Punch Art items), but due to my recent health issues I didn’t finish the tutorials or photographs for mantel scene I created.  So, the sharing of that scene will have to wait for some future date.

From me to you I wanted to share my gratitude for all the support, kindness, and friendship you all have shared this year as I’ve launched this blog and then proceeded to increasingly struggle with ongoing health issues which have prevented me from making this blog everything I wanted.  Stampin’ Up! recently  had a stamp that said, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” and I so agree. Crafting creates happiness and meeting great people during the creative process is such a fantastic added bonus.  I appreciate each one of you!

Enjoy each moment of this week, however you may choose to celebrate the days ahead.  I’ll be back to posting after Christmas to share some layouts so you can get your Christmas photos in scrapbooks.  Plus I’ll have some cards to highlight products from the upcoming (Launching January 4, 2017) Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Catalogs.

I wish you happiness, health, & blessings.

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to make a Punch Art Walrus

Continuing along this week with my daily posts of my punch art designs using the Stampin’ Up! Fox & Owl Builder Punches, I have this walrus to share.  He’s just one of the Sea Life Creatures (you may have seen my octopus the other day) which I created with these 2 punches.  

He turned out really cute!

Yes, I really do have a whole menagerie of punch art critters which I’ve designed. If this is the first post you’ve caught, you might wish to look back over some of my other punch art designs by clicking on the Punch Art link under Categories.  There you will see some other designs and the basic blueprint on how to create them.  Most aren’t hard to make, but some take a bit more time than others to put together. Punch art does take a bit of patience.

Stop by again tomorrow as I will share another one of my punch art creations- a special daily series before Christmas.

I would love to hear from you.  Please let me know in the comments if you are enjoying my punch art and have any favorites.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

How to make a Punch Art Baby

The Fox & Owl Builder Punches are must haves for little creations like this cute little punch art baby.

While I made my baby with black hair and a pink bow, you could easily change these colors to better suit your little one’s identity.

I don’t find myself making too many baby cards anymore, so having the Fox & Owl builder punches doing double duty when I need to make one or two is quite nice.

I imagine it might be quite cute to give this little baby a diaper or onesie to wear also.  So, I might do that in the future.

Are you enjoying all the punch art creations?

Stop by again tomorrow as I continue sharing some more of my punch art designs.

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to make a Punch Art Ladybug

Today’s installment of my original punch art designs (a special daily offering before Christmas), is this little ladybug.

While winter may be in full swing here in Western Pennsylvania, these little ladies will soon be crawling & fluttering about when Spring & Summer greets us once again.

Creating multiples of this Ladybug and adding to a red, black, & white scrapbook page with the title “Cute As A Bug” is an easy way to highlight the little one in your life (whether they have 2 or 4 feet!).

I would love to see how you decide to use some of my punch art designs. Please share your thoughts or final creations in my comments.  It would be nice to hear from you.

Are you wondering what tomorrow’s punch art design will be?  I’ll let you in on the secret…it is a baby!  I hope you’ll stop by and check it out.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Three Simple Flowers From the Fox Builder Punch

Today I’m sharing how to make 3 simple flowers (Plus a bonus = 4)From the Stampin’ Up! Fox Builder Punch. 

The first of the simple flowers made from the Fox Builder Punch is a daisy.  This flower is perfect for the “(s)he loves me, (s)he loves me not” Valentines, a flower bouquet, or just because daisies are a lovely simple flower. You should have no problem making this punch art even as a beginner.

BONUS FLOWER: Turn this daisy into a sunflower!  Just change the color of your card stock.  Try Crushed Curry for the petals and Chocolate Chip for the center. If you want your center to be larger, try the larger Owl Builder Punch circle or substitute the circle punch (1″ is nice) of your choice.

For the second flower, I’m sharing a lotus flower. The simple beauty of a lotus flower floating in a body of water is a wonderful site.  I imagine the our goofy frog from the Host(ess) set “Love You Lots” hanging out in this lotus-filled pond.  While my sample is in the pink family, I believe a nice Wisteria Wonder and Sweet Sugarplum or Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral variety would also look nice.

 

The third flower today is just in time for last minute Christmas items!

You can always give more depth to any Punch Art creation by adding sponged edges, small pen techniques, or even a bit of sparkle with the Wink of Stella(r) clear.

These flowers are very simple and I hope you have a chance to give them a try some time soon.

Are you starting to see that Fox Builder Punch differently?

Fox Builder Punch

For $18.00 it really is a good investment piece which creates a multitude of different items.

Have fun playing with your punch.  I’d love to see your final projects in my comments!

Until next time…

-Joanne