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

 

Take a look at Memories and More

Memories and More is the new line of pocket scrapbook products by Stampin’ UP! It is, as the name implies “More” than just products for your scrapbook needs.

Last week I had a few hours to play with the Color Theory Memories and More pack and created 8 cards and 4 layouts (12″x12″) and still have more than half the pack left for pocket scrapbook elements or other ideas that have been running through my mind. (Read 10 ways to use these products after the samples.)

This layout uses the following Color Theory Memories and More products:

  •  2 of the smaller cards for interest
  • 1 large card with “Summer Memories” trimmed off and trimmed from both sides equally then mounted to the original card from which it came. This creates a title & journal area
  • “together ” photo overlay cut in half lengthwise and used as additional title element
  • stickers (starbursts/suns & cameras)

In addition, the layout uses coordinating Color Theory paper stack and Glitter enamel dots from the Color Theory Suite of products. Color coordination-something really fantastic about products by SU!

Do you prefer to make cards?  These Memories & More products are great for that too!

The birthday card shown is simply scraps of matching card stock and Color Theory DSP to which a small polka dot card, “happy” overlay, & sticker “such a perfect year” from the Color Theory Memories and More pack was added to finish the card. *The flame was cut with a die from the Swirly Scribbles set.

These are just two projects created from the Memories and More pocket card collection using the cards in different ways than for pocket style scrapbooks.  There are so many possibilities with this product line.

Here are 10 ways to put the Memories and More products to use:

  1. Use in your pocket scrapbook pages as inserts
  2. Use as design elements on your full size scrapbook layouts
  3. Use as card fronts
  4. Use as designer series paper
  5. Use as lunchbox notes (encouraging notes in lunches for your loved ones)
  6. Use as tuck in notes for cards (so recipients can reuse a card)
  7. Use as a memory game for small children (there are 2 of each-just cover 1 side with the same designer paper or colored cardstock and you’re done!)
  8. Use for home decorating (add in an empty photo album)
  9. Use the printed sentiments or designs with your circle, oval, squar, & heart dies and create fridge magnets or computer candy which can brighten the day or season.
  10. Use the added elements (stickers, die cuts, printed overlays, etc) to decorate your journal, day planner, notebook, or to create shaker cards- just to name a few non-scrapbook related uses.

I would love to know if you come up with more ideas for the Memories and More products.

To check out all 4 design packs and all the other products in this year’s catalog at my online store today, CLICK HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Celebrate National Scrapbook Day 2017

How are you celebrating National Scrapbook Day?

I thought I’d share a few quick layouts I made in order to use some of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) I had from this year before the new catalog materials arrive.

The layout below used the Night of Navy and white Floral Boutique DSP which is now completely sold out.  Good news if you loved the prints and wished it came in other colors-Something very similar will come in all the lovely new 2017-2019 In-Colors this June. I can’t wait to share those beautiful colors & designs with all of you; I wish the UPS delivery of said products would get here already!

This next layout used the  Hexagon in the Nail It Bundle. Unfortunately, the Nail It Bundle sold out so quickly once the retirement list was released. I hope those who wanted it took my advice and bought it early.    I will be using this layout to scrap one furkid’s recent 7th birthday and believe I’ll journal in the open areas of the page (writing details of the day on the craft cardstock) so that all of the mats can be used for photos.

Another item which flew off the shelves quickly after the retiring list announcement was the Falling In Love DSP and coordinating 12″x12″ cardstock.  I think some scrapbookers out there are very happily creating pretty pastel layouts.  I wanted to use every scrap I had leftover of this beautiful DSP and added some Neutrals DSP to create this butterfly layout with many layers.

I loved how my extra scraps turned into this double page spread. I needed a title which kept the soft look.  A subtle title can be created using Versamark and clear embossing powder to stamp directly on the base page. I have used the retiring Layered Letters Alphabet Stamps a lot in my layouts and highly recommend getting this photopolymer set as a scrapbook staple. To give additional interest to the background page, I also stamped and clear embossed various images from the Butterfly Basics set on both pages.  I’m happy to say those butterfly & dragonfly images will grace us for another catalog year and I’m sure you’ll see blog posts containing them!

So many things in this post are retiring and many have sold out already. If you are eyeing a stamp set which is retiring, remember Stampin’ UP! produces their own stamps here in the U.S.A. and guarantees they’ll be in stock until May 22.  After that date they become “while supplies last”.  I suspect some of them will not last 24 hrs after that date.  So, before they are gone forever you may wish to SHOP HERE NOW.

I wanted to get this post off to you while my photos printed in case you needed inspiration for your scrapbook day activies.  I’m off to see if my photos have finished printing (LOVE my Selphy printer!) so that I can finish these layouts.

I hope you get some time to scrapbook your memories this month.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Mediterranean Moments: A Blooms & Bliss layout

For three weeks we have started a double page layout by starting with one 12″x12″ sheet of designer series paper (DSP) and cutting it to span the to pages on a double page scrapbook layout.  This week we will be using this same idea, however our orientation of the DSP will change.

*My apologies for the week delay in posting-technical difficulties & a busy week left no time to fix them until now…thanks for bearing with me…On to the layout:

The 5″x12″ DSP on this layout will be applied flush with the outer sides of each layout page, with the 12″x1/2″ Silver Foil strip against it .

Since we’ve flipped the orientation of the DSP to the sides, we’re including small banner strips (1″x11″ & 1/2″x10″) to ground the large (9 3/8″x8.5″) Rich Razzleberry mats which contain the smaller Whisper White photo mats (6″x4″ and 3″x4″).

The stamps used on the 2.5″x1″ banner piece are from the Project Life Hello Lovely Accessories.  The same Hello Lovely accessories stamp set was used for the flower on the journal card.

I really love the Mediterranean Moments cafe scene stamp and chose to add it on a 3″x3″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and used the wonderful watercolor pencils and blender pens to color the image.  I later matted in on 3.25″ square of Sweet Sugarplum and added to one of the 6″x4″ photo mat areas where I used Blooms & Bliss DSP and centered a 6″x1.25″ strip of Rich Razzleberry cardstock under the stamped image.

Having the Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencil really helps the color flow with this Blooms & Bliss cardstock.  I love the color coordination with Stampin’ UP! products!

For my beginning scrapbookers: Remember that this same layout design can be created with different designer series papers & stamps to fit your photo needs.

I do not add titles to all of my scrapbook pages, and instead rely heavily on a journal card to tell the reader the information behind the photos.  However, if you prefer having titles, try adding smaller ones along the sides or longer titles across the bottom of this layout.

I hope you enjoyed these 4 weeks of beginning scrapbook design layouts. My apologies again for those who were waiting a whole week longer on this last post in the 4 week series.  Thank you for your patience.

May is National Scrapbook Month.  What better time to get scrapping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

More Scrapbook Design tips with Blooms & Bliss DSP

If you’ve been following along with the scrapbook design posts the past two weeks of April, you’ve seen an Aquarium layout with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) and A Beautiful You layout with the Neutrals DSP stack.  This week we’ll return to use more of the lovely Blooms & Bliss DSP and learn how to take what we’ve learned in using a DSP cut to span a double page layout and add more layers of cardstock and DSP to the design.

As you can see on this layout, the focal DSP is centered-cut down the middle for 12″x6″ on both inner Blushing Bride bases. This time, however, the 1/2′ strip of Silver Foil Paper is not applied against the edge of the focal DSP, but applied along the edge of the coordinating horizontal (1″x12″) DSP.

Texture was applied to this layout by adding raised stripes with the Stampin’ Up! Trimmer score tool alternating between 1/2″ and 1/4″ for 6″on both base pages. *The 6″area covered by the DSP need not be scored.

Banners pointing down or in toward your page will lead your eyes to the interior of the page.

Since the orientation of the photos on this spread are in the middle, the banners help bring your gaze into the page. The two white journal blocks (or if you prefer to stamp or add photo images here, that would work too) at the angles create an upside down “V” moving your eyes along the page.

The addition of the horizontal DSP and Silver Foil paper strip helps provide the layout with more interest, but also balances the page by providing the bottom 3rd of the page as much weight as the photos which are right above.

The rule of 3rds is frequently used in design (I discussed using it in card design April 7).  When figuring where to place your horizontal paper strips, it should be no surprise that 4″ (1/3 of 12″) is the top of the strip.

Materials needed:

  • 1 Sheet 12″x12″ Blooms & Bliss DSP cut in half to form 2) 12″x6″ pieces.
  • 2 Strips 1″x12″ Blooms & Bliss DSP which coordinates with focal DSP
  • 2 Strips 1/2″x12″ Silver Foil Paper
  • 2 Sheets 12″x12″ Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer scoring blade to emboss lines on Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • 2 Sheets 8.5″x11″ Rich Razzleberry cardstock: Use to create 3) 6.25″x4.25″ photo mats, 4) 4.25″x3.25″ mats, and 1) Banner 1″x3.75″
  • 2 Sheets 8.5″x11″ Sweet Sugarplum cardstock: Use to create 3) 6″x4″ photo mats, 4) 4″x3″ mats, and 1) Banner  1″x5″
  • 1 sheet 8.5″x11″ Whisper White cardstock: Use to create 2) 3″x4″ journal mats(stamp, photo, or title areas, if you prefer)
  • Adhesive

Blooms & Bliss DSP is while supplies last on the Retiring List.  You can check out the list at my online store HERE. If it happens to be sold out, remember you can choose a different DSP and coordinating cardstock to create the same layout-You may even prefer doing this in order to create a page which color coordinates with your photos.

I have one more layout to finish out April’s weekly double page creations.  Stop by next week to see the Mediterranean Moments layout which will finish out my designs for this month.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Neutrals DSP stack: A Beautiful You Scrapbook Layout

Today I continue with the idea of using Designer Series Paper (DSP) as a starting point for your scrapbook layout design.  This week we step away from the Blooms & Bliss DSP we used in the Aquarium layout, but build upon what you learned in that layout-cutting a sheet of DSP to span two pages. 

This layout is slightly more advanced to create than the Aquarium layout since the DSP chosen to span the pages has writing (we want to keep it upright!) and the base pages also use DSP with a pattern. However, it still is easily recreated, even for the beginning scrapbooker.

All patterned papers used to create this double page layout were selected from the Neutrals DSP stack.

As was done on the Aquarium layout, the spanning DSP paper is cut once creating sheets which then measure: 12″x4.5″ & 12″x7.5″.  Because there are words on this paper, you must pay attention that you are cutting it so that your words are upright (to read them!) AND that your 12″x4.5″ will be the LEFT page piece.

Just like on the Aquarium layout, you will apply the DSP up to the inner edge of each base page and the Silver Foil paper 12″x1/2″ strip against it.

Since your background paper has a striped design, here is a design skill tip: Notice the direction of your stripes.  In the double layout I have chosen to use the stripes to help move your eyes from top left to bottom right of the left page and from bottom left to top right of the right layout page.  Creating a “V” is no coincidence.  Placement of stripes in eye movement order allows for a more viewer friendly layout.

The placement of the photo mats also follows a traditional pattern of eye movement-upper left to lower right. Surprise: the stamped dancing girl begins to complete the “V”, while indicating to move to the next page with her outstretched leg!

Movement is important in design elements.  Without using arrows to point, the paper and stamp designs can provide movement on your page.

Details/Materials to recreate:

  • Neutrals DSP stack: 1 sheet Black/White words paper, 2 sheets Smokey Slate/White striped paper
  • Silver Foil: 2 strips 12″x1/2″
  • Smokey Slate: 2 sheets 8.5″11″.  Each sheet should provide 3) 6.25″x4.25″ mats and enough scraps leftover to cut the scalloped circle framelits dies and make 1/2″ strips for the pages- Left page: 1/2″x2.75″, 1/2″x3.5″, 1/2″x3″. Right page: 1/2″x3.25″
  • The Beautiful You stamp set was used with Archival Grey ink. Girls were created with a technique called paper piecing. Girl images were first stamped onto the white mats and also onto the Neutrals DSP stack scraps I chose as clothing colors. The clothing only was then cut out of the DSP stamped images and glued over the images stamped onto the white cardstock. Prior to gluing (tombo mono-adhesive) the clothing pieces down, I used the Calapso Coral watercolor pencil and aqua painter-took aqua painter to tip of pencil to acquire color and applied to body parts on the white cardstock for skin tones.
  • Scraps of blasic black cardstock were used to die cut layering circles
  • 6 Whisper White mats 6″x4″ are needed for double matting and stamp areas
  • 2 Whisper White Stitched Shape Framelit circles are needed on which to stamp what is the theme/title circles on the pages.

I hope this is helping some scrapbookers out there to create AND understand some of the basic design of pages.

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Blooms & Bliss DSP: At the Aquarium Scrapbook Layout

I recently sat down with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) to create a few double page scrapbook layouts which any beginning scrapbooker could recreate and still happily show-off with pride.   All of this month’s layouts have one thing in common: they all start with 1 piece of 12″x12″ DSP which I used as the focal paper for the double page spread.  How I cut and used that DSP and the other papers I added changed only slightly.  However, the photo orientation and matting is what changes the layout designs.

This Aquarium themed layout starts with 1 sheet of  the 12″x12″ blue speckled paper in the Blooms & Bliss DSP pack.  As you see in the final double page spread below, the chosen DSP will be cut and be used on both the left and right pages of the layout.

Island Indigo & Mint Macaron, the main colors in the DSP,  were pulled as I chose the color scheme for this aquarium layout.  In addition to these two colors, I added Whisper White cardstock to brighten and provide a nice stamp background for the images. Plus, since I’m now mainly working with photos printed from my Selphy printer, I like to double mat my photos (I’ve always preferred double mats and with the postcard size prints from the Selphy, it is easier to trim a smidgen off one side and double mat.)

I have more (small) photos I’d like to use and decided to add them to the area with the jellyfish.  During my thought/creative process I thought that would be a great place for title placement using the Brushwork Alphabet stamps to stamp, “At the Aquarium”, but have since decided the photos & journal block (lower left, right page) will speak for themselves and I would rather have the added photos on the page.  Since you, my readers, might also have the same dilemma, I thought I’d pencil in the sizes for these small photos and you could decide if you stamped your title here or added additional small photos as I have chosen to do.

Because I knew I would be using the watercolor pencils and aqua painter pens to color in my images, I chose Archival Grey Ink as my stamping ink. It handles the water (always distilled) well.

If you are very new to watercoloring, you may wish to use watercolor paper only.  Until you learn to control the water content, it is very hard not to overwork Whisper White cardstock (it pills easily).  I used watercolor paper to create the turtles, which I later cut out only after allowing them to dry & then embossing with clear powder. You could certainly use this same process for the jellyfish and marlin and apply with glue; it would even provide added dimension to the page, which you may prefer.

Materials recreate this layout:

  • 2 sheets 12″x12″ Island Indigo cardstock as background
  • 1 sheet speckled Island Indigo & Mint Macaron 12″x12″ from Blooms & Bliss DSP stack. Cut once to create a 4.5″x12″ (Left layout-applied up to inner spread edge) AND 7.5″x12″ (Right Layout-applied to inner spread edge.)
  • 2 sheets 8.5″x11″ Mint Macaron cardstock.  Cut both sheets as shown in the photo below:
  • 1 sheet 12″x12″ Whisper White cardstock. Cut 6) 4″x6″ and 2) 2″x4″
  • 1 sheet Watercolor paper
  • 1 Aqua Painter Pen filled with distilled water (tap water could later lead to mold or spotting problems).
  • A paper towel to blot off water & previous colors as you watercolor
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Versamark (Using a dry aqua painter a Versamark refill can be used to apply Versamark to the area which you wish to apply the clear embossing powder. Should you decide to cut out all images from watercolor paper you could smoosh the Versamark pad over the images.  OR… If you own the retired, but still widely available in other markets Versamark pen, that can be used)
  • Clear Embossing Powder (all my images were dried after watercoloring, covered with versamark, and embossed.)
  • Heat gun to set Embossing Powder
  • Stamp Set From Land To Sea
  • Archival Grey Ink
  • SU! Snips-fine tip scissors
  • Tombo or other adhesive (I used both Snail & tombo)
  • Clear Wink of Stella (If you desire glitter on the jellyfish and marlin, do this prior to adding the Versamark & Embossing.  It will seal in the glitter!)
  • Paper Trimmer to cut the cardstock

Further Instructions:

  • The pieces Mint Macaron 1/2″x2.75″ and 1/2″x3″ are butted up against the Blooms & Bliss DSP. Both 1/2″x2.75″ pieces were flush with the Island Indigo edges.  The 1/2’x3″ is centered.  (This allows me to use my scraps & avoid cutting down a 12″x12″ sheet of Mint Macaroon for a 1/2″x12″ strip)
  • My small photos (faint pencil lines) on the jellyfish mat are: left top to bottom: 1.75″x1.75″, 2″x1.75″ & 1.75″x1.75″ Right side: 2.25″x2″

I hope this helps some of you create your layouts.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Framelits Bunny & Rainbow

Playing with Framelits & Thinlits can result in some fun card or scrapbook embellishments.

Since it is now officially Spring here (the weather will follow eventually), my mind is on colors, flowers, and Easter.

I’ve had this bunny in my head since I made the black cat version back around Halloween, but finally sat down to make it with Easter just around the corner.

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The Bunny was made with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits from Stampin’ Up!,  which you see below, using the small & medium (trimming off barbs) circle swirls and the leaves as ears (interior/exterior).

Note: You can make his bigger friend using medium & large circle swirls!

Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies

I Used Chocolate Chip & Flirty Flamingo Cardstock to create my bunny and added a Smokey Slate ribbon bow and handmade (approximately 1/2″) Whisper White baker’s twine pom-pom tail.

Want to forgo making a pom-pom bunny tail?  March’s Paper Pumpkin had some cute pom-poms about this size which you could use (there’s even a Fliry Flamingo one there!) if you have them leftover.  OR That Small circle in the bottom right corner of the Thinlets photo above would be about the right size to make a cardstock tail AND it would lie flat for mailing a card!

After creating the above bunny, I decided to make a rainbow from the Up & Away Thinlits & Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Those clouds from the Up & Away Thinlits are so fun to use.

  • The Rainbow uses all of the Stitched Shapes Framelit Circles.
  • Just nest them inside each other as you cut the color-For the Cherry Cobbler you would nest the two largest circles.
  • I use Washi tape to keep the dies in place as I run them through the Big Shot.
  • Since I felt I really needed to add the blue layer and was out of circles, I went ahead and used a stitched oval for that color.  It is hidden by the clouds enough that the different shape isn’t immediately evident.
  • I created this 6″x4″ pocket card with the A Little Foxy paper stack and added some raining Cherry Cobbler hearts cut from a die in the Everyday Jars Framelits.

I eventually decided to make a scrapbook layout with another bunny & rainbow which included the Basket Builder Framelits Dies for the basket, eggs, chocolate bunny, chicks, peeps, and grass.

The Falling In Love DSP includes this Soft Sky dandelion fluff paper and I used the coordinating Falling In Love Cardstock pack for the Blushing Bride background 12″x12″.

Whether you choose to make your Thinlit & Framelit designs into pocket cards for scrapbooking, card toppers for cards or embellishments for a scrapbook page (Or all of the above!), have fun creating!

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Falling In Love DSP Scrapbook Layout

The Falling In Love DSP which is available in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions catalog has some great designs for cards and scrapbook pages alike.

Today, I’m sharing a simple scrapbook layout with the floral Rich Razzleberry pattern which comes in this 12″x12″ Falling In Love paper pack.

On the page above, I simply cut 5 Rich Razzleberry card stock pieces at 4.25″x4.25″ and spaced  4 of them 1/4″ from sides; centering the last as a center diamond.  This leaves space for 5 4″x4″ photos, or as I did here- an embellishment with the Jar of Love stamps & dies in the center.

Since you typically get 2 of each pattern in a pack of DSP (unless it is a specialty paper), it makes it easy to do double page layouts using the DSP as the background paper.

Using DSP as your background paper provides interest and can provide texture too, depending on the paper.

As you see in the second page of the layout, I continued with the Jar of Love products on a Stitched Shapes Framelits Oval to create the area which will hold a title/journal area.  The photo mats for this page are 4.25″x6.25″ and 3.25″x4.25″.  These mats are spaced 1/2″ from sides and each other.

These pages went together quickly for me.  It did help that I had previously stamped and cut the Jar of Love materials when I was working on another project.

The design for these pages creates easy layout template where many other patterned papers and stamp/die sets could be substituted to make another theme.  Try substituting the Falling In Love DSP for the Urban Underground DSP and the Jar of Love items for the Build It tools.  Do both layouts & add photos and check Mother’s Day and Father’s Day off your list!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Hello Lovely Jar of Love Scrapbook Layout

This hello lovely Jar of Love (stamps & die bundle) layout  turned out better than I imagined it in my head.  

It took a considerable amount of time stamping and die-cutting all the flowers for this page, but I am very pleased with the end results.

I’ve always liked the combination of pink & green.  The Mint Macaron & Blushing Bride card stocks are great together for this combination.  Having not been a big fan of Mint Macaron when it debuted in 2015, I can now say that I will sorely miss this color as it leaves in May after it’s 2-year stint in the In-Color family line of 2015-2017.  But as it goes, I’m sure something wonderful will take the place it has now fondly filled in my heart. Perhaps I’ll need time warming up to those 2017-2019 In-Colors too, or I may love them instantly.  I can’t wait to find out in the next few months what they’ll be!  …And perhaps some time my day will be made and all my favorite colors will return to the line-up so that I can play with them again.  …Okay, I’ll stop dreaming now!

Speaking of dreaming though, this page really gave me that dreamy-girl feeling.  Perhaps it is the color combination: In addition to the colors already mentioned, there is the Black & White bold striped paper from the Pop of Pink DSP, Wisteria Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Flirty Flamingo Inks, & the added touch of Gold Foil paper for the leaves & heart.

I’ve been stingy  …frugal? … cheap? in the past and didn’t used much of this foil paper.  I’m a convert!  This page would not be the same without it!  Please don’t be like I was, waiting for the perfect moment to break out the foil paper.  It really is that little something that can take your projects from okay to WOW!

The Stitched Shapes Framelits also add that extra touch to the center embellishment.  The “hello lovely” is a stamp in the Hello Lovely Project Life accessories pack.  And that bow- LOVE that cute bow which is from the Holly Berry Happiness & matching Punch which carried over from the 2016 Holiday catalog.  I find myself putting that bow on quite a few things these days.

Yes, this page took a bit of time and a few more supplies than my usual designs. But I did it in steps; While I was double stamping the Jar of Love flowers, (All done with same color per flower, just by over-stamping same color for highlight color until shading was the darkness desired-A nice stamp positioner is helpful for this process!) I just made a whole pile of them for this project and future projects before even starting the layout.  Then I could just play around as I created.

As I mentioned, May will come around and some products will retire whether we like it or not.  If there is something in the Annual catalog you want, don’t wait for the retired list to come out and things to go away.  Stock up on any out-going 2015-2017 In-Color paper, Inks, & Ink Refills now while they are still in stock.

You can shop with me thru this LINK.  And remember, every $50.00 US still earns you a FREE SAB catalog product during Sale-A-Bration (ending March 31, 2017).

And if you really like getting a deal, you can become a demonstrator yourself.  For $99.00 USD you can get up to $125.00 in products which YOU choose!  Plus, sign up before March 31, 2017 and you will be able to select your choice of TWO extra stamp sets—any price, from any catalog (with the exception of Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles)-That’s up to $104.00 in FREE stamps if you choose the most expensive 2 stamp sets! There is never any obligation to continue purchasing the products after purchasing your personalized starter kit, unless you wish to continue maintaining demonstrator status.  You can read more and if you choose, sign up HERE. It is a great way to build your supply stash even if you choose only to join only for your own supplies!   If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

I think I’m going to go play some more with the extra bits I’ve stamped & punched from the Jar of Love stamp/die bundle.

Until next time…

-Joanne