New lighthouse stamp set High Tide

Have you seen the New lighthouse stamp set called High Tide in the Occasions catalog?

It’s a photopolymer stamp set and in the US it costs $26.00.

I really like the sentiments in this set.  Plus, all the bits will build some nice scenes (sun/moon, water, grass, sand, etc.)

Today, I’m sharing an obvious use of the High Tide stamp set- building a scene of a lighthouse by the sea.

 I would recommend to anyone using this set to also use the Stamp-a-ma-jig Stampin’ Up! sells (or another stamp positioner which you prefer). It will make lining up the two light house pieces and the sand area at the lighthouse base so much easier than eye-balling it and hoping for the best.   In my sample, I used a stamp positioner for those 3 pieces and a regular acrylic block for the other stamps. I had no issues with stamp placement doing this.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

3″x4″ Valentines for classroom or Project Life pages

These small Valentines are perfect for use in classrooms or as individual handmade Project Life type pocket cards.

The Stampin’ Up! Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies cut the perfect rounded edge cards above.  This die set also cut the black die cut on which I stamped and embossed the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sentiment “Happy Valentine’s Day”.

The card above started with two die cut 3″x4″ Project Life cards (Whisper White card stock). I used the new colored pencils which debuted in the 2017 Occasions catalog-LOVE THEM!- to watercolor the background card.  I then cut the foreground card with the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies 11 times, saving my mini hearts for other things- like the card below. Attached this die cut card over the watercolored card & used a dimensional to attach a heart I die cut from the Up & Away Thinlits. It needed the “you”, and I could not find one by itself I wanted to use so I cut apart a stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes to make it easy to get just this word without masking.

*Cutting apart stamps-Gasp…I do it a lot, actually- and can always still stamp with it’s original parts by placing it on a block with them together if I choose. Of course the first time I did it years ago I really had to think about it and breathe.  Now…I find it increases my use of some stamps!

If Punny Valentine’s are your thing, then the Hostess set “Pun Intended” is the set for you. The light bulb & sentiment above are from that set.  This set also includes sayings like: Bee Mine (there’s a bee), News flash you are awesome (there’s a camera), & You light up my life  (pair with the light bulb above). There are additional stamps as well.  And remember: you can earn Sale-A-Bration reward freebies AND Hostess freebies with qualifying orders until the end of March!

This last card couldn’t be easier & can be a quick lunch box note for someone you love.  Using the Swirly Scribbles dies I cut out the heart and “love” out of both Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo 3″x4″.  I then placed on a Rich Razzleberry card base which was 3.25″x4.25″ and inlayed the Flirty Flamingo in the openings.

If you are planning to provide some extra gift with the cards,  you could easily add any chocolates, candy or other item which has a flat surface to the back side of these cards with a small glue dot. If you can locate them, small glow-sticks, bracelets or necklaces could be a cute gift with the light bulb card.

Have fun crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Scrapbooking: Using Project Life® cards Day 2

Yesterday I shared how to create a 12″x12″ scrapbook layout with the Hello Lovely Project Life cards.  Today, you will see the coordinating Project life page in the hybrid layout and get a description of the printer I used (Selphy cp1200) to print all the photos in these pages.

This printer has been a game-changer for me in that I am FINALLY getting my photos printed as I design the pages.  This gets me using my Stampin’ Up! supplies and gets me to my ultimate goal of preserving memories.

The double page scrapbook spread looks like this:

The first thing you may notice about page 2 is that the bottom left photo features a horrible glare and is quite grainy.  Sadly, this is just a poor job by me in taking this photo, not a result of printing the photo. I chose to use it anyway because it was part of the narrative I wanted to tell.  I think that is often more important than a perfect photo.  Perhaps others would disagree. (Yes, as I’m about to post this I realize I cut off the top of page 2 …ugh!)

You can see how the Project Life cards on page 2 match in colors with those in my 12″x12″ layout on page 1 since I first pulled all those matching colors and knew from which cards I could then choose to make a nice cohesive color flow from page to page.

I even used the new colored pencils in the 2017 Occasions catalog to color the wood embellishment from the Hello Lovely embellishment pack so that it would match the layout and not be plain balsa wood.

As for printing the photos on my Selphy printer, here is my review of this little photo printer:

LIKES:

  1. I really like being able to print the photos when I am in the mood to scrapbook.  Not ordering a lot of photos at a time and/or waiting for another source to print them is the biggest plus to actually getting things done.
  2. I can decide on the spot which size photos I need/want and use an app to size them accordingly.  When doing a layout it is great to have the ability to get just the right size at just the right moment you are planning.
  3. The quality of the photos.  I’ve used various printers over the years and find this dye sublimation to look better than some of the local store bought prints I’ve purchased as of late.  (It isn’t as good as some online sources, however.)
  4. It is small enough that it is VERY portable and can be easily stored in a drawer when not in use.
  5. Ease of use. It was just plain simple to set up and use out of the box.
  6. Wireless prints from phone- finally gets all those photos off my phone and scrapped!

DISLIKES:

  1. Not a true 4″x6″ photo size.  * This was the biggest reason I waited so long to purchase this printer. * It is my biggest dislike of the product, but the workarounds (changing photo mat size/adding photo mats) are there and easy enough to make it work.
  2. I’ve noticed a few very faint scratches on the photos (the printer moves the photo paper in/out 3x as it lays down color so I’m not surprised by intake scratches.) They can only be seen at an angle.
  3. I get communication errors frequently and must reboot the printer in a specific order: turn off, turn on before opening phone app, and turn off when a series of photos is done printing -as it sits idle it is more apt to give me the error message.
  4. Prints cost about 28 cents USD a piece.  Not a huge amount by other source comparisons, but I wish they cost less.

What I can say is that I would buy this printer again now that I have it and have tried it for a few weeks, despite my dislikes.  Yes, I really wish they were truely 4″x6″ prints and not postcard size prints. Then I wouldn’t have to work around the size issues by trimming and adding photo mats (especially annoying so that they fit & don’t fall out of the pocket pages),  BUT the fact that I can get things scrapped immediately adds so much that I can work around that issue.

I’m now using my Project Life cards and Stampin’ Up! stash more because I’m no longer waiting for that day to sit down and order a whole bunch of prints.  Happily, I’m now getting photos in finished pages and not procrastinating.  Seeing all my photos in finished pages alone makes this product worth it! Using my Stampin’ Up! stash as I intended when I purchased it is also a huge bonus.

I even purchased the online versions of some of the Stampin’ Up! Project Life cards from Becky Higgins so that I can make cute little postcards with borders and my own photos (the Santa is one of my own Christmas decorations) to send in the mail since they are perfect postcard size.  This is my Selphy & a test print when I first started playing:

Overall, I think with this printer I’ll be more apt to keep up to date with photos and may even find myself doing more traditional Project Life pages to get everyday non-event type photos in my scrapbook.  I’ll still do 12″x12″ pages regularly when I have enough photos, but with this little printer my everyday life may be easier to document and preserve with PL pages.

Happy scrapping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Scrapbooking: Using Project Life® cards in a 12×12 Layout

Many scrapbookers I know, including myself still love the look of the 12″x12″ layout.  For this reason, I can not fully commit to using Project Life® pocket page protectors & cards 100% of the time, no matter how easily and efficiently they help me create my photo albums.  I have instead found a hybrid system which works for me.  Perhaps it will work for you too.

How I completed my Project Life® 12″x12″  hybrid layout

First, I decided upon some photos of a time I picked blueberries and turned them into preserves and mini pies.  Since I am far from super woman, events like this are quite unique and deserve being memorialized in my scrapbook.

When Stampin’ Up! paired with Becky Higgins to incorporate Project Life® into their product line, I was super excited.  I could now easily match my card stock and designer papers to the Project Life® cards I loved to create 12″x12″ layouts. I decided the cards I would use would come from the Stampin’ Up! Hello Lovely Kit and so I sorted a bunch of those with blues & greens which I thought would match well with my blueberry photos.

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By pulling colors from the cards, I know my colors in the layout are going to match and look great together.  Stampin’ Up! has already worked on all this color coordination stuff for me! So, it was easy to use, Soft Sky, Old Olive, Basic Black, & Whisper White.  I knew adding neutral colors should work well, since I already had neutrals (black & white) in the design.  So, I added Basic Grey & Smoky Slate in solid card stock and designer papers from the Neutrals DSP stack.  As a result, I came up with this design as my 12″x12″ page:su-project-life-hello-lovely-12x12-layout

To add interest and texture to the 12″x12″ page I knew I wanted to add the sequins from the Hello Lovely accessory pack which come in matching colors, of course.  Trailing across the page like this they help lead your eyes to see the entire page instead of focusing on one area or photo.

How to get started:

  1. Select photos.
  2. Choose Project Life® by Stampin’ Up! cards to match photos
  3. Choose Designer Series Paper & Card stock to match PL cards (easy to do since Stampin’ Up! tells you the colors in their PL cards and has card stock to match!)
  4. Choose Accessories from the matching Stampin’ Up! PL accessory pack
  5. Assemble as desired 🙂

Once you start playing with PL cards, you’ll find they are easy and fun to incorporate into your current scrapbook style and help you step into a new style as well. And as an added bonus, PL cards  can make simply beautiful cards fronts too. I challenge you to give the cards a go with your nest project. Stampin’ Up’s Hello Lovely PL card set, shown in examples in this post, is a great set to start.

My completed layout looks like this:

I finally finished this layout thanks to being able to print my photos at home with the Selphy cp1200 printer I got for Christmas.  As I stated previously, I wanted to share what I like and dislike about this printer, since many of you may be on the fence as to the cost and at home print quality.  I’ll be sharing that information tomorrow as I continue this post and share page 2 of this layout, a regular PL pocket page design, and the benefits and disadvantages I found in my use of the Selphy to print these photos at home.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

The First Valentines of 2017

The Lift Me Up Bundle which I discussed and shared this past Friday was the inspiration for getting me motivated to start making Valentines early.

These are the first Valentines I created for 2017:

The first of these cards is made with the heart die which is included in the Up & Away Thinlits Dies, these dies are part of the Lift Me Up Bundle if you choose to add the matching stamps. (see Occasions catalog p.10).

By simply die cutting the heart multiple times and in various colors (I chose: flirty flamingo, smoky slate, melon mambo, and cherry cobbler), using your Stampin’ Up! trimmer’s scoring blade to create embossed lines, stamping a sentiment (this one is from Teeny Tiny Wishes), and adding a bit of twine & some rhinestones, you have a finished Valentine.

Want to give a try at the new watercolor pencils on p.24 of the Occasions catalog?  The card below is a simple beginner watercolor technique.

On a piece of Whisper White card stock (3.75″x5″) scribble the Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo colored pencils to the center of each side (in that order) along the 3.75″ side-overlap colors as you go for blending.  Yes, just scribble a small area of each color, like a pink rainbow meeting in the center as the lightest point.

Go back over your pencil scribbles with an Aqua painter (Mine are always filled with distilled water), whose bristles are wet but not dripping and blend out pencil marks and blend the colors together.  Do not go completely to the edge so some white areas show.

Too much water and Whisper White will pill and the water will seep thru the paper.  Slight buckling of Whisper White card stock will occur and a stronger adhesive (tear tape) is perfect for adhering it to your card mat or  base to make it flat.  If you are having excessive buckling or any paper pilling/seepage try the Shimmery White card stock or the specialty Water color paper Stampin’ Up! carries. With a light hand, however, you can make it work. Sometimes it takes a bit to figure out how much water to use on each type of card stock and your environment (humidity levels)may effect results.

Add die cuts in Flirtly Flamingo & Melon Mambo from the Swirly Scribbles dies and a few rhinestones, a Flirtly Flamingo mat (4″x5.25″) & a Blushing Bride card base (4.25″x5.5″)  and you are finished with this super simple watercolor Valentine’s card.

Now is a great time to shop Stampin’ Up!  Every $50.00 (USD) spent before shipping/tax can earn you free products from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Click Here to see the catalogs and shop online.  Contact me if you have any questions about free items from this special sales period (January 4-March 31, 2017).

Until next time…

-Joanne

Lift Me Up: Encouragement with the New Occasions catalog launch

Who couldn’t use a little encouragement these days?!  Catalog launch day was one of those for me.  Such an exhausting day for me that I crawled in bed and called it a day at 7:00 p.m.  I had no energy to finish off my catalog launch post, which I realize should have been completed before then BUT it wasn’t.

I guess it is better late than never at posting how excited I am about the Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalog Launch though…

I’m thrilled that Stampin’ Up! has come to the plate with uplifting words, phrases, stamps, and fun things in its new Occasions catalog, which launched three days ago.  This catalog is filled with stamps which are happy, thoughtful, and encouraging.  Way to go SU!

I bought the Lift Me Up Bundle from the new occasions catalog because I really loved the sentiments and among all the fabulous cloud & balloon dies there is a nice size a heart, which I’ll find a lot of use for with Valentine’s Day coming up.

Stampin’ Up! shows the images of this bundle (and a sample) best in their online store picture:

Of course I must show you a few ideas I created one day last week with this set:

Those two little bags are super easy box bottom bags.  I changed the dimensions to fit my needs, but this bag has many youtube and pinterest posts about it, so I’m not currently going to share the how to information. Different sizes can be perfect for little candies or gift cards too.

Making the large balloon different colors is super easy too with all those dies to cut the various areas.  Deciding the colors for your balloon is going to be the hardest part.  Yes, I made several and still want to try other color combinations!

As I stated at the beginning of the week, I’m hoping to send more cards this year- “spreading happiness with cards”- and the ones below have been made and are ready for my next round of mailings once I sit down and write a personal note and address them.

You can see all the items needed to recreate the note cards in the post above.  They are Very quick to make in quantity too.  The photo on the right shows how I stamped the inside sentiment.

The balloon dies in this bundle have a bonus feature : Shrinking your paper scrap pile!  Since balloons can be any color and there are different sizes in this set,  I used a bunch of different card stock scraps I had sitting around to make the balloons.  Any time my paper scrap pile shrinks and I haven’t wasted paper, I am extremely happy.

If all goes well, I’ll post again soon.  I’ve got to update you all with my thoughts on my new Selphy too.  Hint: I’m finally getting some photos off my phone and computer and thanks to Project life (so glad SU! carries this product line with all the great matching products) I’m making slow but steady progress and 2016 may actually be completed before too long into 2017- Yippee!

To check out all the new products, including the Lift Me Up Bundle shown here today, shop at my online Stampin’ Up! store-  CLICK HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

New Year 2017: Spreading Happiness with Cards

Does starting a new year have you reorganizing, making new goals, and looking forward to things you’d like to improve upon in 2017?

While I’ve long ago stopped making true “New Year’s Resolutions”, I still take time to think about what I’d like to see change in the year ahead and what I can do, if anything, to make those changes.

In a time where sending cards seems to be dropping off, I’ve decided to send more this year.  Why?  Because people love getting them. Which means I’m spreading happiness by sending them! Even those that say, “That was a waste of money to send” are happy you thought of them and sent them a card.  It shows them you DID think THEY were worth the money to send the card.  So, I will be sending more cards to spread joy,   because we don’t know what other people are going thru, but EVERYONE CAN USE A SMILE.

The new Sale-A-Bration 2017 set “Hey Chic” has a funny chicken which brings a smile to my face and these cards will hopefully bring joy to those who receive them. They will be my first mail outs in this new year.

I think they’ll spread some happiness, don’t you?

We know 2017 will be filled with ups & downs.  Life can be rough sometimes and so wonderful at others.  My wish for all of you in this new year is that you support others AND feel supported thru the good & bad in 2017.  Care. Share. Inspire. Spread happiness in 2017!

Until next time…

-Joanne

P.S. There were no entries and therefore no winners in the Happy Holidays Drawing.