Using Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack For Greeting Cards

Did you see the new Petal Passion Memories & More cards in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog? Black & White with Powder Pink…such a tranquil and useful color combination. Take a peek at the cards:

Stampin’ Up! Memories & More Card Pack

You can see how useful those laser cut words would be for scrapbook pages, but if you haven’t been convinced from some of my previous posts on Memories & More cards creating easy & beautiful greeting cards, perhaps today’s samples will convince you.

The first is just the Memories & More cards with added cardstock of my choice. Simply using the Memories & More cards can produce great results. I used a 4”x6” Petal Passion Memories & More Card with the “You are my sunshine” sentiment, trimmed on both ends of the 6” side to fit my card front. (Final size=4”x5.25”). The flower is a 3”x4” Card in the pack. A black mat, 4 1/8”x 5 3/8”, helped ground the cards onto the Crushed Curry card base- perfect for a “sunshine” card!

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

Card two also uses a 4”x6” & 3”x4” Card from the same pack. This time the larger card is trimmed on the long edge to 5.5” and the “To think of you is to smile” sentiment is cutout using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and my Big Shot. A small black cardstock banner helps pop the sentiment so it doesn’t get lost as white on white.Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

Today’s last Card adds just a few more products, the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (for use with your Big Shot), the Graceful Garden Stamp set (the rose),  Black Momento ink to stamp, Cherry Cobbler & Old Olive Blends in both Light & Dark, & the Blends Blender. The “love Big & love much” is a 3”x4” Card In The Petal Passion Memories & More pack. After coloring the rose, I cut it out. It was kind of fussy cutting around the leaves, so I cut them from the stem first to make it easier. Then just glued down in relatively the same place they were.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion Memories & More Card

You can see how the Black & White cards in this pack allow you to get creative with a pop of color of your own choosing. I really love that rose!(The Little Prince fans, anyone?)

When I get a new pack of Memories & More cards, the first thing I do is divide the card in half. I reserve half for my scrapbooking projects and half for card making projects. The embellishments and any acetate overlays get placed with the scrapbook pile, but often get used for both uses. This way, I still scrap with them and get greeting cards too. I rarely have but a few leftover cards in each pack, and find they make awesome note cards too!

I’d love to know what you think of the Memories & More cards and how you are using them. Drop me a comment.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Party Pandas Celebrate

Now that Sale-a-bration (SAB) is underway, you may have seen the cute Party Pandas set which you can earn for free with qualifying orders of $50.00 USD.

Today, I’m going to share a few cards I made using these adorable pandas for some people I know who are celebrating this week.

Party Pandas celebrate 48

These Pandas can be used to celebrate many things when paired with other sets you may own already own, plan to purchase, or earn during Stampin’ Up’s Sale-a-bration period.

In the card above I cut the balloon from the one panda’s hand so that he may hold onto the die cut number 8. Yes, even 48 year olds like cute little Pandas for their Birthday Card!

The inside of the card uses the Amazing You SAB set and the Alphabet Labeller set from the annual catalog (A perfect set to create any word or phrase you want.) Below that Happy Birthday I used the Labeller Alphabet to Stamp the recipient’s name for a personal touch- Not sure she wanted that publicized, so I omitted it from the photo.

Celebrate You Party Pandas

Are you unsure  about spending $100.00 USD to earn the level 2 SAB freebies? Take a look at those dies…celebrate, you, amazing…they are great! You can see the size of the Celebrate & You above. I’ll be sharing more in the future which will show you the “amazing” as well. It is a nice die set, for sure. Big enough for a scrapbook page too!  Since it coordinates with the Amazing You SAB Stamp set, you can really increase use with both.

The best thing about the cards above is how simple they are to make. Really simple. The stamps & dies do most of your work. Yes, I fussy cut (hand cut with scissors) the panda images & even all of those balloons, but truly that was simple cutting.

Totally cute cards. Totally simple to do. Some happy recipients. What’s not to love about that?!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Sweet Soirée Designer Series Paper & Ribbon of Courage Cards

If you placed an order with me as a club order or through my storefront using the December Hostess code I supplied last month, you received a 4”x5.25” sample of each of the 6 designs in the Sweet Soirée Designer Series Paper (DSP).

From those DSP samples, you could create the following cards:

Stampin’ Up! Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage Sweet Soirée DSP & Ribbon of Courage

In addition to the Sweet Soirée DSP, these cards use:

  • Ribbon of Courage bundle in Clear $36.75 USD  (item#145342) or Wood $44.00 USD (item#145341)
  • adhesive -I recommend Snail &7.00 USD (item# 104332), Tombo multipurpose adhesive $4.00 USD (item#110755), and dimensionals $4.00 USD (item#104430)
  • Stitched Shape Framelits $30.00 USD (item#145372)
  • Big Shot $110.00 USD (items#143263)
  • Whisper White cardstock $9.00 USD (item#100730)
  • Rich Razzleberry cardstock (item#115316)
  • Powder Pink cardstock (item # 144244)
  • Old Olive cardstock (item#100702)
  • Basic Grey Archival Ink pad (item# 140932)
  • Acrylic stamp block size D (item# 118485)
  • Stampin’ Paper Trimmer (item# 126889)

For the month of January 2018, the Hostess code for orders under $150.00 USD is: HNCRD7R6. At Over $150.00 you qualify as your own hostess, reaping those benefits yourself.

Also remember  that Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is in effect and a $50.00USD order will qualify for a level 1 freebie of your choice from the SAB catalog. You will be prompted to enter your item choice for qualifying orders. This year there are 2 levels for earning SAB products. Level  2 products take $100.00 to earn.

Happy crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Bubble Over Tutorial : Create Straight Neck Bottles & Glasses

 

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

The card above, which I first  January 4, 2018, showcases the Bubble Over bundle with a few snips of your scissors to alter the die cut bottles to make glasses too.

Both champagne & wine bottles have straight necks, therefore cutting the bump off the beer/soda shape will quickly change your die cut to resemble these bottles instead.

Who knew that a glass could be created with your die cut bottles? Me! Yes, I really do try to figure out multiple ways to use the products I purchase. Versatile products will be used more and I can get more bang for my spending dollars.

So here is how it is done:

Create Glasses from Bubble Over dies

 

I’ve shown how to create the glasses from both sizes of bottles, but I prefer (& the example shown shows) creating the glass from the smaller bottle die & using the large die for the bottle itself.  Again, I just wanted to give you options.

In the diagrams below you can see how the bottle appears when die Cut, the black lines indicate the cut-away needed to create the straight neck and the other dies shown are used to assemble the bottle. *Note: colors below are just samples, My champagne bottle usedGarden Green, Whisper White, Champagne Foil,Gold Foil, Silver Foil, Early Espresso, and Cherry Cobbler.

Bubble Over pieces & cuts for champagne bottle

In this next diagram you can also see how the straw was used for the stripes throughout the piece (trimming edges, of course) ,the label cuts needed to create the label, & the stacking of small circles for the seal.

Bubble Over pieces for champagne bottle

 

The hardest part of these glasses is hiding the adhesive. If you just put adhesive on the foil sheet to attach to the window sheet glass you can also use vellum for a bit frostier look) you will get a mess! This is really the reason for the heart on the stand alone glass and the partial tuck behind the bottle on the second glass. Under that heart and in the area of the tuck is where my tiny dot  of the tombo mono adhesive went.

*Another note: Foil paper picks up dents from your fingernails, so be more careful than I apparently was.

The Labeller Alphabet is small and mighty! It provided the asterisk for the seal and the numbers. I encourage you to think about this set. It is very useful for creating your own titles on both cards & scrapbook pages.

And finally, in addition to the Wood Textures DSP stack from the annual catalog (cut @ 4” x 1.75”) the Designer paper used was this gorgeous Petal Passion DSP. I used that one on the top far right and lightly colored the paper with the Light Crumb Cake Blends marker. This paper colors so nicely, making it perfect for almost any project.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion DSP

If there are any questions about this project or the products used, please feel free to leave them in the comments. I’ll be certain to respond.

I hope you give these ideas a try.

Need a demonstrator? Shop with me online HERE.

Use January’s Hostess code:HNCRD7R6

Until next time…

-Joanne

Fun new Stampin’ Up! Set: Bubble Over

As you take a look through the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, does the Bubble Over bundle call your name? I think this set has so many options and the fact that it has a matching designer paper you can earn for free during Sale-a-bration is just an extra bonus.

If the video above didn’t showcase this set enough, I have a few samples of my own.

I know a few men & women who celebrate their birthdays with a refreshing beverage. They might get a kick out of this card:

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

Those little water droplets 💦 In The lower right corner are new to the Occasions catalog. They are mini, but perfect for the Bubble Over set.

That is the new Picture Perfect Designer Series paper in the background. Great plain, it can also be colored.

If you are creating a New Year’s Card or celebration of a special event (graduation, birth, wedding,etc) perhaps you’d prefer turning the bottle into a straight neck (just trim the edges of the neck straight on both sides from cap lip to bottle curve) champagne bottle. Wine bottles also have a straight neck.

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

With a little creative trimming the bottle will also turn into a glass 🍷. Don’t know how this is done? You’ll just have to check back Tuesday for the tutorial for this card.

I have a few more ideas to share with this set, so you’ll have to stop by again to check them out. Subscribe to get email notifications of new posts.

Need a demonstrator? I’d be happy to help you with your creativity & creative needs. You can shop with me 24/7 on my online storefront HERE. If you check ‘no contact’ I will be unable to send you any appreciation goodies.  If you use the current hostess code during your order you will get a card and sample of a current SU! product  in the mail directly from me as a thank you. If you purchase over  $150.00 USD be your own hostess and reap those rewards for yourself!

January’s host(ess) code is: HNCRD7R6

 

Until next time…

-Joanne

Sale-a-bration: post holiday excitement

Does the passing of the holiday seem like an excitement let down? I hope everyone enjoyed their celebration(s).  January is often a hard time of year for many, especially if you live in a cold climate, experience less daylight, and generally don’t like snow (shoveling or driving in it especially). Well, I’m here to tell you Stampin’ Up! thinks of the crafter with post holiday blues to provide excitement for those days in the form of Sale-a-bration. It is the best time of the year to buy, because you’ll get to select FREE with purchase exclusive stamps, paper, ribbons, and this year even dies!

Check out this beautiful Stamp set which can be yours with purchase of $50.00 USD or more between January 3, 2018-March 31, 2018.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

The sentiments are so beautiful in this set.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to try super simple or a stepped up card. So, today I provide both.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

This first card couldn’t be simpler. The image and sentiment are stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto a Whisper White card stock mat attached to a Thick Whisper White card base. Easy, yet elegant enough for the simple heartfelt message it would convey.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

The second card I present today starts with the same Smoky Slate on Whisper White mat image, but I have colored the image with the watercolor pencils and blended the coloring with the Wink of Stella clear. Doing so gives it a glittered appearance, which my lighting for the photograph really seemed to over highlight in some areas. It is a subtle, but beautiful glimmer effect in person, covering the whole image which I colored. It is still a simple card to recreate, it just takes a bit more time.

Speaking of coloring, that Smoky Slate ribbon is created with the new Blends. Now you can permanently color any ribbon to any of the colors of the Stampin’ Blends. How’s that for excitement?!

Coloring ribbon with Stampin ‘ Blends

So, now that you’ve seen them both, which do you prefer: Simple or Colored?

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

Let me know in the comments which one of these cards you would make with the Sale-a-bration set Heartfelt Blooms.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Happy Holidays: A Game To Entertain

As I celebrate Christmas with family, I wanted to leave a message of thanks to everyone in my Stampin’ family and a small game for you to pass the time if you should find yourself on my blog this holiday.

The answers will be uploaded in the comments for this post by next Thursday, December 28, 2017.

That is also the day I’ll be back next week with Sneak Peek samples from products which will be released in the January 3, 2018 Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalogs.

Until then, I send my best wishes to you and my gratitude for your presence in my life. You make my Stampin’ Up! world a better place!

Merry Christmas!

-Joanne

Sneak Peek of Stampin’ Up! Waterfront set to debut January 3, 2018

As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I get to see and order merchandise, like this great new Waterfront Stamp set, prior to the public release date. It is a fun perk, that I enjoy very much, especially at holiday time!

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront

When you see this Stamp set on page 48 of the 2018 Occasions catalog, you may not at first think that it will create both simple and complex cards. But it does!

Check out some samples I’ve made:

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront

I wanted to show how simply adding a few inks, paper, and just this set count make a cute card. Of course, I would probably add sentiments from other sets, but these could be left as is. The left card would be a great Christmas or Winter card. The right card would make a great Summer or vacation card.

Here’s a few more Winter themed cards using the small splatter dots from the Waterfront set for snow.

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront

Or do you prefer the Summer scenes?

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront

It has been pretty cold here, so I wouldn’t mind sitting beachfront or a warm area waterfront somewhere right now. Getting older means less tolerance of cold weather, I suppose.

I have a Stampin’ friend who just turned 40 and got engaged. I was playing with this set that day and decided to create a card for her. This is the result:

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront & In the City

I used the Host(ess) set called In The City in conjunction with the Waterfront set.

Stampin’ Up! Host(ess) set In The City

I even stamped the inside with both sets.

Stampin’ Up! Waterfront & In the City

I think these two sets go very well together. If you are thinking of placing a large Sale-A-Bration (SAB) order come January 3, 2018, a party or personal order over $150.00 (USD) would qualify for this set in addition to earning some great SAB freebies. It is the best time of the year to place large orders or host a party. Contact me if you need more details or need a Sale-A-Bration or Occasions catalog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Quick Christmas Package Tags With The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Today I have easy tags for you to make with some scraps of paper and the Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

It is a great project to use up any 1/2” or 3/4” strips of Designer Series Paper you have sitting about. Plus if you have strips of 2 3/4” or 3” Whisper White strips as small as 1 15/16” long, you are set.

With Christmas just over a week away I had to start wrapping & tagging the gifts, but I didn’t have any Christmas tags in my wrapping supplies. Instead of running out and getting some at the store, I was able to whip these up in about 30 minutes -clean up & sizing/design included!

I started with one strip of 3”x10” Whisper White Thick cardstock & two strips which were 2 3/4”x10. As long as you have a piece bigger than the final 1 15/16” long Tag you are fine.

I placed Designer Series Paper as shown in the diagram before I cut to the smaller tag size. Doing this as a full piece saved me a little time. Once at this stage, I cut each to the 1 15/16” length and then punched the largest white end using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

From this point, I The stamped to/from from Cookie Cutter Christmas and added some ribbon.  Of course, you could also just hand write the to/from & use packaging Christmas ribbon if you’re in a pinch and have them on hand.

I didn’t have to run to the store AND I used up some scraps I had on hand.    Now, when I need tags for other occasions I’ve already figured out the sizing and will easily be able to tag any party gift by just switching out the Designer Series Paper to fit the occasion. Thank you Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!

I hope this helps you during times you need tags. Especially Christmas Eve when many of you are up all night wrapping gifts!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums Holiday Cards

Today I’m sharing with you cards created with the darling deer & snowman from the Seasonal Chums Stamp & die bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums

There are quite a few pieces to cut for this card, but it really goes quite quickly. Okay, coloring the Seasnal Chums characters takes a bit of time. Perhaps a good activity to do while watching television, waiting at appointments, or even a family friendly holiday craft for your child(ren) to participate and add to the family Christmas card or Christmas thank you card!

Those Foil snowflakes are not sticking around past the holiday catalog. You’ll want to SHOP NOW if you really want them. Once they are gone, they are gone.

I know you’ll want the measurements for for this card. It will be a great starting point for other Cardstock & Designer Series Papers. Here it is:

 

While we just got news Seasonal Chums items will be offered as a carry over from the holiday catalog (meaning the stamps & dies will be around until May 2018, but are not guaranteed to be in the next annual catalog in June), if you like them getting them as a bundle now saves you 10%! Bundle price discounts do not carry on beyond the original catalog release publication.

Shop with me HERE.

Enter the hostess code E9C33N4F during your order (Code good thru December 2017) and I will personally send you a thank you in the mail which will include a few Designer Series  paper samples from the 2018 Occasions catalog.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne