Christmas Quilt: Just one of the fantastic new Stampin’ UP! Holiday products

The Stampin’ UP! Holiday catalog is about to debut to customers around the world tomorrow, September 1, 2017, and the first pages of this catalog will thrill you with the new Christmas Quilt Bundle if you or anyone you know is a quilter. Here is a sneak peek of that bundle:

I’ve had this bundle in my hands for a few weeks and am just as thrilled with it as I thought I would be.

It is not just a set for Christmas, but perfect for any season as you can change the papers you use to reflect the mood which you wish to create. Just like real making a fabric quilt  gives endless results with different fabrics, this bundle can provide a different look by switching out designer series paper or cardstock colors. You could sit down and play for hours with this set!

There is so much to like about this bundle. The needle is absolutely adorable with the thread & spool. The mini stars & flowers could be used with many other sets. Also, there are dies of holly leaves and a flower which could be used as a poinsettia. Plus, it contains great geometric shapes to stamp and die cut.

As you wait in anticipation until you can order, start thinking about all the scrap paper quilt designs you can create (any 3″x3″ piece will create the main quilt piece), or imagine cross stitch embroidery floss spool cards, or creating a sewing project, or making those cute triangle trees, or adding the geometric shapes to scrapbook layouts, or… Well, you can see how my mind wanders with this set. Now you know why it was the first thing on my list during demonstrator pre-order period!

To get your own Christmas Quilt bundle or simply just to check out the new items and SU! Samples in the online store, you can shop with me HERE.

Thanks to those who support me. It is because of all of you I can continue as a demonstrator and blog my favorite hobby.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Create an Autumn card from Stampin’ UP! At Home with You

Surprise! Autumn is almost upon us here on the U.S. East coast. Schools are returning to session and pools are soon to close until next Memorial Day weekend. Sometimes I can’t believe how quickly time passes.

Today I’m sharing a card I made with the At Home with You bundle.

This bundle was one of my favorites when I first saw the annual catalog because it had stamps which would be useful for many times of the year. I like versatile sets like this because I know I’ll use them a lot. Spring, Autumn, Christmas, & New Home cards are easily created with this set.

When I was playing with the embossing paste I made quite a few different color backgrounds with this diamond patterned mask. It provides a nice background with texture which I really like. Adding in the burlap ribbon adds additional texture and that Autumn feel.

I really like the pumpkin pie, lemon lime twist, Bermuda Bay, & hints of whisper White color combo for fresh take on Autumn colors.

When there’s texture in a card, a simple focal point hand colored image & even simpler sentiment is all a card needs.

until next time…

-Joanne

P.S. I’ll be sharing Holiday catalog creations soon- I just don’t want to tempt you too much since customers can’t buy until September 1st.

 

Making Cards with Stampin’ UP! Petal Garden Memories & More

I have now fallen in love with the Petal Garden suite of products by Stampin’ UP! and the Memories & More pocket cards have been front & center in my scrapbook & card making lately.

I know I’ve stated before how much I love the new Memories & More pocket card line Stampin’ UP! created for making cards, but I really can’t gush enough about how fantastic this line transforms easily to card making.

The 1/8″ sheer ribbon is fantastic to work with.  It comes in Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive. It ties easily and a bow is simply adhered with one glue dot.

The “seriously” & “LOVE YOU” are just two of the stickers in the Petal Garden Memories & More pack.  Here, I added dimensionals to part of the “LOVE YOU” sticker and just allowed the sticker to do the rest of the work on adhering these to the project.

These cards are so simple to make.  I chose a few Memories & More cards, matching Petal Garden DSP stack paper, matching cardstock, and some framelits (square & oval).

Did you notice that there is no stamping?  Okay, you don’t think I’d really make a card without some ink, did you?  This Petal Gardens Suite has a matching stamp set called Graceful Garden which creates a beautiful insert page and is perfect to stamp an image to make the envelope coordinate (pictures of inserts/envelopes not shown).

Stampin' UP! Graceful Garden

Isn’t that rose beautiful?

The whole suite is really nice.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

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