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

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.

 

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

 

 

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

Oh SO Thankful for so much

I’m thankful to be back to post after a week long hospital stay & scheduled blog posts that didn’t quite go off as planned during a time when I could do little about it.

My days looked like this:

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and these days led me to be VERY Grateful for those who donate blood so that I could get IVIG (Immune Globulin is a blood Plasma substance) for a combined Myasthenia Gravis & Systemic Lupus exacerbation.  It takes thousands of donations to get enough IVIG for those hanging bottles and I had to get 5 days of infusions for this round.  If there is continued success, I’ll be getting them as an outpatient on a regular basis to maintain energy, life, and breathing.

 For all of you who donate blood-God bless you!

I hope to have my computer issues fixed for any future health issues which keep me from posting on a regular schedule. Unfortunately, I knew events like this could happen being a person with numerous health issues which can steal my energy and send my body into a tailspin.  However, I thought my scheduled posts in advance would work as intended, having just applied a patch to fix a past scheduled post issue.  Alas, computer glitches got me.  *sigh* There is only so much one can do from a hospital bed and iphone when they feel super run-down.

On my last night in the hospital, I finally mustered enough energy to sit by my bedside, take the above photo (going to scrap this, of course!), and make a few cards from the Watercolor Wishes Kit. (Item#140406-$35.00USD)

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Kits like this or Paper Pumpkin are perfect for this away from home kind of creativity.  Hopefully, you’re not stuck in a hospital like I was, but even as a visitor in a waiting room it would be a nice thing to pass the time.

watercolor-wishes-thank-youThese Thank You cards I made with the Watercolor Wishes kit were just perfect for the Nurses & support staff who were there for me through the week- A personal touch I left behind for the person touches they provided throughout my stay.

While I’m still not well, I’m managing restful days at home.  I’ll be taking it easy, trying to get posts that were missed organized and rescheduled and just taking each day as it comes as a blessing.

Thank you for visiting and reading this far 🙂

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

A Sparkling technique with the stamp set Helping Me Grow

The two cards today are both made from the Helping me Grow stamp set. They are very simple cards to stamp and make and yet provide a big punch because they are colored with the Clear Wink of Stella used as a brush with  various inks.  In person it gives a dazzling effect and I continue to make these and others like them because every recipient comments on the sparkling effect.

It is hard to capture the sparkle, but here you can get just a bit of an idea of how fantastic it is:

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When using the Clear Wink of Stella as a coloring medium, you must remember it deposits glitter wherever the pen/brush is used.  So, do not color straight from your ink pad. You don’t want it all glittery! Instead, tap your ink pad to your acrylic stamp block to create a painters palette.  In addition to keeping your ink pads free of glitter, you can combine inks to form variations in colors for your flowers as I did in the second (flirty flamingo) card below. Plus, when you are finished you just rinse & dry and the block is clean.

The ‘coloring’ itself is just like using a paintbrush.  Simply add the color by touching the Wink of Stella to the ink and add to the area you wish to color.  You can even add layers of color.  This medium dries quickly, so you do not need to set it aside and wait.  Plus the color stays where you put it.

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  • Card stock: Peekaboo Peach & Smoky Slate
  • Inks: Peekaboo Peach, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Basic Grey Archival
  • Other: Clear Wink of Stella, Acrylic Block F, Snail adhesive

 

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  • Card stock: Flirty Flamingo & Smoky Slate
  • Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Basic Grey Archival
  • Other: Clear Wink of Stella, Acrylic Block F, Snail adhesive

Imagine the possibilities of ‘painting’ or ‘coloring’ with the Clear Wink of Stella and any Stampin’ Up! Inks.

In case you are still wondering, just a couple swipes on a scrap paper removes the color so you can easily change color or return to the regular clear version.  All the Stampin’ Up! regular collection (water based) inks work this way.

You may wish to refrain from using pigment, alcohol based, & archival inks for this technique.  This includes: Stampin’ Up! White, Blacks (all versions), and basic grey. They may leave your bristles discolored or not spread ink well.   But, I can’t say I didn’t try 🙂

Do you have ideas how you are going to use this technique?

Have fun & experiment.  If you like sparkle, I think you’ll really like the results.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Paper Pumpkin Special Deal & September’s Kit

Have you heard of the monthly subscription program Stampin’ Up! has called Paper Pumpkin?

Subscribers get a box each month they subscribe which includes a project kit including stamps, paper, ink, and usually some embellishments. (Scroll down to see some cute samples from the September 2016 Paper Pumpkin) This kit provides an easy way to be creative with stamps.  Even when you are all done making the projects in the kit you always have a photopolymer stamp set and ink to keep creating on your own.  Often you have leftover other supplies too.

If you have considered signing up for Paper Pumpkin, but have never subscribed,  now is a great time to take that leap. New subscribers are in for a special deal now thru October 10, 2016.  Buy One Month, Get One Free!

What a great time to try it out for yourself.

Or…Perhaps, as a new subscriber you wish to get these two months & store them away for Christmas presents. Getting 2 for 1 is quite a deal!

 

So, have you decided to take the plunge and get TWO months for the price of ONE? Double check that you selected Joanne Hodge as your demonstrator and I’ll even send you a card in the mail for joining Paper Pumpkin. That will be twice in October you get something other than bills in your mailbox and once in November. How fun is that?!

Still not sure? Check out the FAQ & Details Here.

Some Cute September 2016 Paper Pumpkin Samples

In Case you just stopped by to see some cute Paper Pumpkin projects, I’ve got that. Or do you just want to see what you might be able to make with a kit?

September’s Paper Pumpkin was just fabulous for mini treats and gifts to give to people for Halloween. There were 16 test tubes included in September’s box. I completed 5 of the test tube projects by stamping and assembling exactly as shown in the directions, then adding 10 jelly beans to each tube before adding the cork stopper.  How cute are these finished projects?  I just think they are adorable & easy gifts. If you made them all you’d have 16.  I chose to keep some of the test tubes for alternate gifts because I don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters.  su-paper-pumpkin-sept-2016-test-tubes

As if the test tube projects weren’t enough, I decided to take some of the extra materials I had left and created mini matchbook candy holders.

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Even if I made all 16 test tube projects for Halloween, I would have had leftovers.  I love that there are always extras to play with!

I created my matchbook template specifically for the size of the sentiment die cuts which were provided in the Paper Pumpkin kit.

I added Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, & Wisteria Wonder card stock from my stash to complete these.

  • Each Matchbook Needs a piece of CS measuring 2″ x 5.75″
  • Score the CS @ 2.5″, 2.75″, & 5.25″, then fold on score lines
  • Adhere stamped die cuts from the Paper Pumpkin kit
  • Staple a piece of wrapped candy at the base of the matchbook, catching the twist of the wrap, but not damaging the candy. *TIP: I used fairly flat hard candies with the two-ended twist and caught 1 end in the staple allowing the candy to lie flat so the top flap of the matchbook would lie flat.

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Making a whole basket of these was a very quick task.  Now I have plenty of treats to hand out in October to friends & customers.

Plus, I still have stamps, ink, and more die cuts to make additional projects. By adding some more card stock from my personal stash and I made a quick scrapbook layout. I just used the sunflower center stamp in the Paper Pumpkin kit in various colors to make my background paper.  This layout could be done in any color.  I have some photos in mind, so I choose Soft Suede, Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, and Rich Razzleberry to go with the colors in my photos. I’ll be handwriting or stamping a title and including the date on the bottom right banner.

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As you can see, you don’t need to use the kit as intended and can continue to use your Paper Pumpkin stamps and inks by adding additional card stock and other supplies.

Are you wondering what I am doing with the other test tubes?

I have plans to create some stocking-stuffer gifts with the test tubes I didn’t use.  Some things I thought might fit:

  • rolled up money
  • bath salts
  • chapstick
  • Instant drink mix (cocoa, coffee, spiced tea)
  • peppercorns or sea salt for the cook
  • cookie sprinkles for Christmas cookie time.

So many ideas,  I wanted refill kits.  Paper Pumpkin subscribers get the added benefit of getting refill kits when available. Refill kits include all the materials to make the projects, but not the ink spot or stamps in the original mailing and usually run around $8.00 US.

With many holidays coming soon, I’ll bet we’ll see something related to the Seasons, Christmas or New Year’s in a Paper Pumpkin box soon.

What do you think next month’s Paper Pumpkin will be? I’ll be waiting to find out.

Will you be getting one?  There’s still time to become a new subscriber and take advantage of the Buy one Get one offer until October 10, 2016 or subscribe again.

Until next time…

-Joanne