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

 

Happy Thanksgiving Gratitude Chocolate Gifts

Chances are if you saw me the last two days you received a gratitude chocolate from me. These simple to make chocolate wrappers make a bag of circular dollar tree candy (crisped rice or peppermint patties) into a quick place setting or hand out.

While I handed out a bunch of these chocolates individually to various people with whom I came in contact, this mini football (also found at dollar tree in pack of 2) was the carrier for ones I took to an appointment I had- the office staff is so kind, I like to recognize that!

DIRECTIONS:

1) Using your chocolate, determine the size of the Layering Circle which will be big enough to cover it. This will be your solid circle.

2) Then determine the scalloped die in the Layered Circles framelits which will frame your circle from step one nicely. You will make 2 of these for every 1 of the solid circles (unless you want designs on both sides).

3) Attach your scalloped circles to both sides of your wrapped chocolate using glue dots.

4) Attach solid circle to top of the scalloped circle.

5) Choose your decoration(s). I used the Colorful Seasons leaves, but you could do different colors and definitely make these for ANY OCCASION!  Try snowflakes or hearts,  use punches for flowers, gingerbread, Holly, or a multitude of critters with the fox punch.

6) Teeny Tiny Wishes has a saying for most holidays. I stamped that in Momento ink and punched with a retired label punch ( there are current punches and dies which will also work well- I was in a rush and still love this punch.

7) Add a twine bow with a glue dot, if desired.

That is it! I said they were simple.

And they brought many a smile to unsuspecting people. The guy collecting Goodwill donations gave me the biggest grin when I dropped off a bag of stuff and asked if he’d like a chocolate gift. That doctor’s office is counting the days until my next visit- which happens to be on St. Nicholas day, December 6th.  I’m wondering if they know appointments around holidays mean little gifts? They are excited to see what I come up with next. They smile, I smile. Life is good.

Have a great day!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Night in Bethlehem: Variations of a Card Design

The announcement of the blogiversary contest winner can be found at the end of this post on Christmas card design variations using the new Stampin’ UP! holiday catalog release Night in Bethlehem.

While I really liked this simple card design of the sky, buildings, and figures which you can see in the stack of cards below, I decided to share how subtle changes in the same design can be made for those who may not have a Big Shot or those who prefer adding dimension, glitter or even a little bling. It is important to me that beginners understand that most stampers begin with paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive and over time build their stash of supplies. So, if you Are just beginning  you can still make your own Christmas cards.

Perhaps you simply want to stamp and do no die cut images because all that extra is too much this time of year. If you just want to work with  paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive only, then this is the design for you:

With the addition of the Wink of Stella clear you can Step it up: Add Wink of Stella to add some glitter to the North Star and/or the buildings.

If you want to add just a bit of dimension, Stamp & use your Big Shot to die cut Mary & Joseph and/or the North Star and attach with mini dimensionals.

A slight change to the star may be made by adding bling. In this example a glitter enamel dot in matching Crushed Curry was added to the center of the star.

Of course you can go all out: die cut, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, and glitter enamel dots. Why not?!

The inside panel of this card could have been the design for a whole new card front, but I think it works well on the interior of the card.

Perhaps you are not a beginner, but you are one that likes to make the same card design for your entire mailing list. If you don’t have the glitter enamel dots for that many people or patience to cut out that many die cuts, then remember the design can often stay the same and slight variations can be made to stamp the number you need. Over 100 die cuts of the same image gets old- I can thoroughly attest to that!

 

***Blogiversary Contest Winner Announcement:

And now to announce the winner of the owl card and a surprise package of  SU! Product…  drumroll… Random.org generated the name…

🎉KATHE GINTHER 🎉

Since I already have your address, you do not need to contact me to claim your prize and provide your address. It will be on its way to you this week.😀

Thank you to those who commented.

Having comments increases online visibility AND most importantly it is just really nice to hear from those of you who are reading/viewing my blog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Balloon Sky Card with Stampin’ UP! products

I dream of taking a balloon ride over the Pennsylvania countryside.  I think it would be so calming and peaceful just like this card.

 

Products Used:

  • Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies
  • Up & Away Thinlits Dies
  • Big Shot
  • Pattern Party Decorative Masks
  • Sponge Brayers
  • Host(ess) stamp set: In the City
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, & Flirty Flamingo
  • Ink: Marina Mist, Basic Black Archival, Old Olive, & Crumb Cake
  • Acrylic Block D
  • Paper Snips
  • Tombo Glue
  • Dimensionals

A card design can be inspired by anything you see or dream. Just start creating.

I’ve been looking into that balloon ride and hope to do that soon.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Memories and More: Get more from the Color Theory pack

As I described last week, with just a few additions and alterations to the Memories and More Color Theory products you can have cards or 12″x12″ layouts.

While there were no comments on that post, those who saw me in person requested more card ideas from these products.  I’m happy to share additional greeting cards today using the Color Theory Memories and More products.

June is the most popular month for weddings. This card using the Colorful Seasons dies, Stitched Shape dies and papers from the Color Theory & Wood Textures 6″x6″ lines may be a perfect one for the new couple having a beach wedding. No stamping necessary-just cut the sentiment from the center of the card using a Square Stitched Shapes die & flip the pattern side over to create an inlay of the sentiment.

The same Cut & Flip idea is used on the Spring card below.  Adding the beautiful Cherry Blossom dies really creates interest to this otherwise simple card.

Cutting out the sentiments can lead to these great Winter cards too:

The large 4″x6″ cards are trimmed to create TWO 2″x5.5″ strips for the snowy designer paper on these cards. Colorful Seasons dies create those fantastic Filver Foil snowflakes. Oh, how wonderful are those Glitter Enamel Dots as centers!

My favorite? These Autumn leaves create absolutely stunning cards!

I used Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Paper, and Aqua Painter Pens to create the colorful backgrounds for the sentiment and additional leaves. I LOVE the results of these most. The striped strip and printed leaves (small card, as is, from the pack) are all from the Color Theory Memories and More set.

It really doesn’t take much to create greeting cards from the Memories and More set.  I’m anxiously awaiting delivery of the 3 other Memories and More collections in order to have quick projects at my fingertips for those days I want to create, but don’t want to use a multitude of techniques or materials to do so.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

At Home with You bundle by Stampin’ UP!

When I saw the At Home with You bundle (photopolymer stamps & framelits/dies) I was very excited about the versatility of this set. Check out the items in the bundle (bundle photo supplied by the SU! online store):

There are many exciting things about this bundle, but at the top of the list is a Framelit which allows the door to open so that a hidden message may be revealed when the recipient opens the door.  How fun is that?!

I also believe this set is so useful to have for the seasonal pieces alone.  They can be used as stand alone pieces to embellish other cards, home decor, scrapbook items or can be used to embellish the entryway door as seen in this card:

On this card I did not cut the door to open. Instead I decided to use the Brick Wall embossing folder with the new Wood Textures paper for the porch, score lines to mimic siding, and add a roof with 1/2″ black strips which were angle cut on the ends.  I even added a house number on the small sign from the set to mark the house number for my card recipient’s new home.

The same set creates such a great Christmas card. The door opens to provide a hidden sentiment on the front of this card.  I think a simple “Merry Christmas” will do since the inside will contain more wishes for the season.

See that garland hanging over the door?  Do you have these Hearth & Home thinlit dies which create a window? Guess what? The garland from this At Home with You set fits over the window. How great is it when one set extends the life of another!

Are you excited about this set or just want to check out more products from the new catalog?  You can check out the entire line of products at the online store HERE…and if something calls your name, you can order online and it will be shipped direct to the address you supply. I’ll then celebrate (happy dance time!) that you chose me as your demonstrator and send you a card & small surprise to the address you supplied in your order to say, “thank you.”

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Sneak Peek Of The Colorful Seasons Bundle- Coming June 1, 2017

Colorful Seasons is a great name for what I expect to be a popular stamp & die bundle in the June 1, 2017 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog.  This set has something for all four seasons.  Today I share just a hint of what is to come in this great bundle and introduce products for two of the seasons: Spring & Summer.

What reminds you that Winter is ending and Spring is arriving more than flowers blooming.  Colorful Seasons has a beautiful offering of cherry blossoms and a gorgeous saying, “Just Breathe”.

The small flowers were stamped onto watercolor paper with a new In-Color called Berry Burst, spritzed with water and allowed to dry before stamping the branches and sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink. Simple and so very satisfying-just like Spring.

As Spring slowly fades into Summer, the new In-Color Lemon Lime Twist will bring a bright uplifting feeling to the cards you make with the Colorful Seasons dies and/or stamps.  This Adirondack chair die cut is just one of the fabulous dies in the set.

 

Prepare to relax with your favorite beverage poolside this Summer and send a friend or loved one a card telling them how much you wish they were there spending time with you.  This Fresh Fig stamped beach chair makes me want to bury my feet in sand and read a good book.

The images I’ve shown are just a sampling of the stamps & dies in this set.  In addition, there are leaves, snowflakes, a large scalloped border and wonderful stamp sentiments. The Colorful Seasons Bundle is the bundle for anyone who makes cards OR scrapbook pages. I love when products work well with both, don’t you?

If you’re a beginner or a pro at scrapbooking or card making, I think this set will help you make great projects. I’d be happy to help you get started or add to your craft supplies. Contact me for a catalog. If you can’t wait for the physical catalog to arrive,  you can shop with me online when the new one goes live June 1st.

And don’t forget, this is your last chance to grab retiring products before they are gone from SU! shelves.  They are going quick!

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

Dragonfly Dreams meets Build It Framelits

Did you notice the hexagon die in the Build It Framelits?  How about the bumble bee in the Dragonfly Dreams set?  If we combine these two sets… Hexagon + Bee = Bee Hive!

And who says that dragonfly can’t flutter on by the hive?

The Details:

  • The card itself is 5″x5″ with the dimensional raised top layer with cut out hexagons & hand stitching cut @ 4.75″x4.75″.
  • The hexagon die itself is kept in the cut area to get the perfect pen line tracing around the outside of the cut. I used the Project Life Pens for this card.
  • The Delightful Dijon DSP found in the Serene Scenery pack is cut @ 4 7/8″x4 7/8″.
  • The shaded bee is stamped with delightful dijon and a basic black die cut bee adhered over the image.  These were then fussy cut with Snips and for a two of the bees I cut the wings and rearranged them for different in-flight looks.
  • Clear Wink of Stella was added to the bees and the dragonfly.
  • The sentiment was stamped & embossed (I later redid this one when my eyes in more light saw how badly it embossed!)

This second card uses the same paper stack, card stock colors, Dragonfly Dreams bundled set, but it does not include the Build It set on the outside, but a Delightful Dijon hexagon and bee (exactly as above) on the interior Very Vanilla writing area/liner of the card.

Offsetting the regular layers-card base: 4.25″x5.5′, black layer 4″x5.25″, DSP layer: 3.75″x5″ gives a different look and adds movement to this dragonfly card. Clear Wink of Stella on the dragonfly & inside bee and gold metallic thread make this a quick card to put together.

By combining the hexagon from the Build It Framelits and the bee in the Dragonfly Dreams set I will find myself using both sets more. **Today’s Tip: Always look around and see what uses you may have by combining the sets you own.

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