Today I’m sharing with you cards created with the darling deer & snowman from the Seasonal Chums Stamp & die bundle by Stampin’ Up!
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.
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.
Today marks the beginning of Stampin’ Up’s Extravaganza sales period. To start it off with a bang you can save greatly on select sets during this first 24hrs of the Extravaganza. Order online with me using workshop code E9C33N4F and I will send you a special thank you in the mail.
Who doesn’t like a good deal?
Check out the two page list below for the stamps in today’s 24hour sale and products which are on sale today thru the 26th.
And remember to add the code E9C33N4F to your order to get something in the mail from me. 😀
I’m excited to announce BLENDS Alcohol Markers will be available from Stampin’ Up! In just a few days. As a demonstrator, I was able to order and play with them early and have been extremely happy with the results I’ve been getting as I learn to color with them.
I’ve always been a huge fan of coloring stamped images, but never jumped into the use of alcohol markers. My first images colored with the Blends were these roses from the Graceful Garden Stamp set :
You can see a few of the alcohol markers that I used in the photo. I learned a lot about blending as I continued to play with the Blends. Playing with them is really the best way to get used to them.
I really enjoyed coloring these girls in the Christmas in the Making set.
You can tell that my coloring and highlights improved over time. From the first (lower left) to last (top left), I really started to learn a few basic tricks to create depth and variations in color. As I learn, I’ll try to share a few tips along the way. The biggest tip I can impart to anyone is to give them a try. Coloring with alcohol markers goes so much faster than other coloring methods I’ve used. I was reluctant to try them, but so glad I did!
Since they came loose, I had to get creative with storage. The entire set, plus a few Wink of Stella pens for that glittery touch, fit nicely in an empty Paper Pumpkin box.
Just a few things to keep in mind when using the new Blends:
Always have scratch paper under the images you are coloring. These markers have bleed, which promotes the blend ability of alcohol markers. You can ruin a table surface if you don’t protect it. I personally use scratch paper AND a magazine. Better safe with more buffer than sorry.
Larger areas are easier for practice than small and always remember bleed. Do not go up to the black line, stay slightly inside it. There will be bleed over the lines if you get too close. This is a learning curve. Thank goodness for the color lifter!
Most of the time it is easier to start with the darker shade and then blend into it with the light. The light colors actually have the ability to lift out a bit of the dark color helping it blend. Overlap of colors helps the blend.
Don’t feel your entire image has to have color. Leaving white spots adds highlights too.
Layering colors can create a new color. Try Old Olive & Bermuda Bay to create something very close to Emerald Envy. I’ll have to create a whole post for some of my other favorites, or we’ll be here all day!
Use Momento Ink as your stamped image ink. It won’t run.
practice, practice, practice 😀
I’ll stop there for now. I could really go on for some time about these Blends alcohol markers. Stampin’ Up! did their research and thoroughly tested them and they really knocked this release out of the park!
I can’t wait for customers to try them November 1.
When I get together with my downline or crafty friends we often talk about our favorite things. Today, I thought I’d take some time to share my favorite things from the Stampin’ UP! Annual catalog now that I’ve had a few months to play with a bunch of the products from the catalog.
I find with Christmas on its way that people often wonder what my list would contain. Theses are those things from this year’s annual catalog which I recommend:
The new Color Theory Suite. Yes, the entire Suite! I love the colors: Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst & Old Olive. The versatility of the Colorful Seasons Bundle will take you through the entire year. The designs are trendy and traditional.
The Ribbon of Courage Bundle. A Perfect set to send love to those going through hard times in their cancer journey. Simply by changing colors this set will provide support and awareness for military, police, fire, health issues, rape crisis and so much more. The sentiments alone are great. Plus, the hearts are good for any love themed creations.
The new 2017-2018 In-Colors: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Powder Pink. I loved them before I saw them in person and even more as I play with them.
Memories and More. I was very sad to see to partnership with Becky Higgins and Project Life come to an end. I am very pleased with the new pocket cards which Stampin’ UP! has incorporated into their line. The Color Theory and Petal Garden card packs have been at the top of my play list grabs/go-tos when I sit down to create and the Bundle of Love and Perfect Days will get their turn soon. I love them all. They are great for pocket scrapbooking, great for 12″x12″ layouts and great for cards. They coordinate well with other products and work perfectly as additional designer series papers on small projects. I am thrilled with this new line. I can tell you now, you’ll be seeing A LOT more of the designs I’ve created with Memories & More throughout the year.
Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. It is a great background folder. I really like the deep impressions in the “dynamic” folder line. I’m a big fan of the wood look and adding texture to projects. This folder creates a great siding, tree, deck, boardwalk, or fence appearance with just a crank thru the Big Shot. It looks fabulous with the Wood Textures DSP stack.
Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. I’ve wanted a border punch to return to our line-up since the last one was taken away. This year we have two (the Ticket Tear Border Punch is the other). I like the design of this Decorative Ribbon Border and the ability to use either side tucked under an edge or allow the whole thing to show to create a total different border look. You can even weave 1/8″ ribbon through the large holes!
Daisy Delight Bundle. This punch and stamp bundle is absolutely adorable. From home decor to card and scrapbook design- well, I really don’t need to tell you how wonderful daisies and a punch bundle are, do I? Its constant back order status this past Summer shows how popular it has been. BTW: Stock is available now.
At Home with You Bundle. I like this set for its versatility. It is perfect if you need a card for a new home owner. It is cute to add the decorations to a card by themselves or as part of the door scene for various holidays. The garland and wreaths for the door also fit the Window framelit (I like when new works with old!). If you like to color in your images, this is a fun set.
1/8″ sheer ribbons in Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive. I really love how easily these ribbons are to add to a project. I find smaller ribbons easier to add to cards. Plus, when tied they don’t add much more bulk than a rhinestone or pearl and sending things in the post without extra postage is important to me. See the Calypso Coral below:
Mini Dimensionals. Have you been using snips to cut your dimensionals to fit smaller projects? Well, finally these mini dimensionals (notice the size difference in the photo) eliminate some of that (some projects still need those odd shapes).
Okay, I really couldn’t stop at 10 and this item is one of my absolute favorite new products- My bonus favorite item is the New Embossing Paste, coupled with the tools and decorative masks. I love the ease of adding texture to a project. I absolutely use this over and over and WILL buy more paste when mine runs out!
If you need help getting some of these things in your hands, I’m happy to help you with that.
Just don’t forget these great items when you’re shopping the holiday mini catalog.
Do you love coffee so much that you quickly snatched up the Coffee Cafe bundle from the annual Stampin’ UP! catalog?
I did. Then I created some fun cards such as this one:
Once I got my hands on that bundle I was desperately hoping that Stampin’ UP! would add more coordinating stamps to use with the dies and…They did! It is a new holiday catalog Item #144965
This $17.00 USD photopolymer stamp set will take you through Autumn, Christmas, Winter, and more. I love that!
I liked the stampset so much I stamped my own designer paper to make an Autumn card.
When I stamped and die cut the coffee cup, I decided to create a second card from the negative space the coffee cup left on the Soft Suede cardstock.
It’s a shaker card! The gold embossed sentiments on this card are from the annual catalog set aptly called Hello Friend.
For those new to shaker cards they are fairly simple. They do take a bit of practice just because all that foam stickiness can be pretty sticky (duh, lol). The basic directions:
Die cut or punch so that you have the open ‘window’ of the shape you desire.
Attach a piece of Window sheet to the back of the cardstock to create the ‘window pane’.
Apply dimensionals or foam strip directly onto the window sheet covered cardstock to form a continuous line around the edge of the shape – you want no gaps so that your shaker bits (sequins, glitter, sand, etc) stay inside the shape. You also don’t want your foam showing when viewing from the front side.
Choose your filling and place onto card base in area where window will reside.
Remove second side of sticky tape on dimensionals/foam strip and attach over base with shaker bits in window area. Voila! All done! Give it a shake.
*I’ll try to take step-by-step pictures and create a photo tutorial for shaker cards soon.
All these coffee designs have me thinking I need another cup of the wonder elixir.
The one thing most card makers always remember is that feeling of awe the first time they used embossing on their handmade project. Whether it was embossing with powders, an embossing folder, a stylus or paste, it leaves an impression on both the paper & the person!
Earlier this week I teased you with information on the new embossing paste and posted the two cards I’m sharing today.
These cards are loaded with fun techniques. They are pretty easy techniques too! We’ll focus on the card on the left, for the most part, but I will share how to make that great “hello friend” image for the second card towards the end of the post.
Step 1: Stamp the images in Versamark onto Crumb Cake CS, after using embossing buddy on your paper to keep stray powders away. Then apply embossing powder (Gold) and tap off extra. Use the heat gun to melt powder.
Step 2: With your card front on an easily washable surface (I chose the silicone mat), choose your Decorative Mask and placement. Then use Washi tape (I sometimes use Frog tape for painting) to temporarily tape mask down to keep it from shifting. Apply paste with the Palette Knives in an even coat- Spread it like putting butter on toast or frosting on cake. Carefully remove mask immediately after using.
Step 3: Immediately close up your embossing paste and clean your masks, knives and anything else that came in contact with the embossing paste using a water bath (for later cleaning) or warm sink and non-metal bristle brush (a toothbrush works great!).
Step 4: If you didn’t take too long to clean your materials, your embossing paste should still have enough damp spots to it that you can add embossing powder (White) & it will cling to some (not all) areas- don’t try to get a perfect covering of it if you want the shading. Apply, tap off, and heat set- Yes, be aware it will bubble because of the paste. It adds even more texture.
Step 5: Using a dauber and Crumb Cake ink, rub in additional color in areas you choose. I recommend also doing the edges of the entire card front. The areas with Embossing Powder will resist the color, the areas of paste which didn’t take on Embossing Powder will accept some of the ink, but not as heavily as the cardstock does.
Step 6: Since this card front used a lot of different mediums, I found Tear Tape to be the best to adhere it to the card base. The card base I used is Marina Mist as it matched my Dragonfly Dreams die-cut the best.
Step 7: I cut the Swirly Scribbles die out in cardstock (color doesn’t matter, it is being covered in embossing powder), and decided to trim parts of it away before embossing. Cover it in Versamark, add powder, heat- Repeat 3 times for a nice glossy appearance to the Gold swirl. Attach using glue dots for best adhesion.
Step 8: Use watercolor paper, watercolor pencils, and aqua painter to create a washed blue/green background paper which you die cut to get the dragonfly with variations of soft color. The full dragonfly (background) die-cut is in Marina Mist. Attach using the fine tip glue pen and then cover the entire die with the pen and allow to sit until dry.
Step 9: The dragonfly on the right has added embossing. Apply areas of Versamark (just tap the corner of the pad), Gold embossing powder, and heat to achieve this gilded appearance.
Step 10: Use your fingers to slightly curl the wings and adhere the dragonfly to the card with glue dots.
Card 2 has one additional technique for this “hello friend” emblem.
Using the largest Layering Oval die, cover it in Versamark – just smoosh your pad over the cardstock.
Add the embossing powder and heat as usual. Then repeat multiple times (mine has 5 layers).
Before the last time you heat, ink whichever Red Rubber (photopolymer might not like the heat- I didn’t want to try and perhaps damage) stamp in Versamark as a release agent. Set aside.
Heat the final layer and immediately stamp into the wet/heated powder before it cools. It might slide a bit so be careful to stamp straight up & down!
You shouldn’t get embossing powder pulling up on your stamp thanks to the Versamark pre-stamp, but do make sure to clean off any residue asap because the heated Versamark can be difficult to get off the rubber later. -Yes, a little more scrubbing will do the trick.
As an extra bonus: Layered embossing powder stamping is a great project for cardstock you don’t like or stamped poorly as it will be covered. Yippee for that!
I hope you liked all these techniques and try one or more of them on a card. If you copy my card in different colors, I would LOVE to see the result. I imagine it would be lovely in so many other colors of embossing and/or colors of the dragonfly & card.
Ah, Summer! Warm days, reunions, picnics, parks, vacations and so much more. Whatever you are doing this Summer may it be something long in your future you remember. Create moments and memories & take photos along the way.
Don’t forget to scrap those great photos for those days ahead when your memories get fuzzy. Easily turn the Color Theory Memories and More cards into a full page layout for your Summer photos.
Growing up July always meant Summer was quickly passing and school would be back in session soon. It reminded me of the importance to seize each day and enjoy it before the stress from academia returned. It also reminded me Christmas too would soon be upon us as Hallmark released the new ornaments. I still celebrate Christmas in July and start creating cards now so in the last minute hustle & bustle of holiday preparations I am done with cards & can settle in to decorating & Holiday movies. Yes, I am a Christmas Super Fan!
This year, Stampin’ UP! is making it easy to start creating those Christmas cards. Signing up to become a demonstrator in this month has special perks. Stampin’ UP! is celebrating
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Purchase your Starter Kit between July 1-31, 2017 and you will receive FREE An Essentials Gift Pack including:
Two D Blocks
A Bone Folder
That’s an added value of $52.00!
PLUS…Stampin’ UP! will include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (see it below) from the holiday catalog for FREE (Worth $20.oo)!
As a new demonstrator you can get your hands on new products before anyone else AND at a 20% discount. You will also be able to shop the new Holiday catalog in August! Oh, and this month you’ll be able to see & pre-order the matching dies to go with this cute & free to you Carols of Christmas stamp set.
You read that correctly, this month with the Starter kit for $99.00 you can choose up to $125.00 worth of products (all your personal choice), get the essentials pack AND Carols of Christmas stamp set making that $99.00 worth up to $197.00! That’s a great Christmas deal!
If your wish list is long, now is the time to spend your Starter Kit dollars on the fun stuff—like your favorite stamp sets and accessories! It is a great Christmas in July deal!
Signing up creates no obligation to sell. If you don’t meet quarterly minimums you are simply no longer a demonstrator. If you want help and support to do more and make extra cash or just make enough to support your crafting habit, that is possible too. I will not pressure you, but support your interest and provide help as requested.
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:
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.
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.
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.)
It is small enough that it is VERY portable and can be easily stored in a drawer when not in use.
Ease of use. It was just plain simple to set up and use out of the box.
Wireless prints from phone- finally gets all those photos off my phone and scrapped!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.