Playing With The Pretty Stampin’ Up! Paper

Are you hoarding paper in your craft stash or playing with it?

Today is all about what I’ve been doing this week with some of the pretty Stampin’ Up! paper.

For instance, this new Petal Passion DSP is fantastic! I love it in black and white, but I wanted to try coloring it with the Blends.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion DSP

My results were worth the time!

Petal Passion DSP colored with Blends

I spent an evening watching television coloring with my Blends and WOW, this paper is beautiful with color added! I can’t wait to show you how I used it, but that will have to wait. I was impressed with how the back of this same paper looked like an impressionist painting because of the above coloring. It makes me wonder what I can do with that side too! Take a peek:

Back of colored Petal Passion DSP

Here’s another from that same pack:

Petal Passion DSP colored with Blends

It is so easy to make any black and white paper match your projects by coloring it with any color you choose.

Sometimes just using the images in the paper is the best way to use your paper. The Myths & Magic Specialty DSP has fantastic glittery embossed  images on one side and nice patterns on the other.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP

I really wanted to use a bunch of the mermaids for some cards, so I chopped up an entire sheet, carefully planning how I could get the most  mermaids. I quickly realized cutting out the mermaids with snips was going to take forever, so I opted for die cutting them. This is the result from one sheet of 12”x12” paper.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP Mermaids

The bottom die cut mermaids were special. I cut the tips of the tails out by hand and then placed that portion over the circle die so the cut would not take off the tail, but cut the circle. I promise pictures of this process Tuesday, when some of the cards I made with these die cuts are posted.

Sometimes there are dies which will cut out items from the DSP. The Bubbles and Fizz DSP you can earn with $50.00 USD purchase during 2018 Sale-a-bration is a great example. The papers with the bottle caps and larger bottles have images sized to fit the Bubble Over dies.

SAB 2018 Bubbles and Fizz DSP

I challenge you to play with at least ONE sheet of Designer Series (patterned) Paper this week. Cut it up, alter it, color it, ink it, and then create something with it. Are you with me?

Stop by on Tuesday to see a few of the cards I made with the mermaids. Plus, I’ll have a photo tutorial on how to do the partial die cut so the tail isn’t removed.

Until then…

-Joanne

Sweet Soirée Designer Series Paper & Ribbon of Courage Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne

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

 

Christmas in the Making with craftymademoiselle

If you saw all the Rubbermaid totes of Christmas items I have been unpacking and placing (7 emptied so far!) about my house, you’d know that “ Christmas in the Making ”is no joke for me. It is a process I quite enjoy. I only wish I had a healthy dose of energy to accomplish the final results quicker. All the same, the end results come eventually-kind of like these cards. I shared the Blends images back in a November blog post and am just now getting to share the final cards. My apologies for the delay. I hope it was worth the wait.

I love this image of girl, presents, & cat (although I would love it to be a dog) and even think it could be a great birthday card image.

I think the color combination of Black, White & Bermuda Bay gives this card a bit of a vintage feel to fit with the stamped image.

Of course, Old Olive is more along traditional color lines for the holiday.

Framing things differently can give these images a fresh look. I love all the layered framelits Stampin’ Up! offers. The stitched framelits are one of my favorites.

A Merry Christmas in the Making would have to include making and mailing cards. I hope to get them all in the mail in the next three days. They are all created! Now to write, address, and mail. I’m a bit apprehensive this year as last month my mom received a card from me which my post office approved for regular postage and when she received it it was postage due for the difference between a forever stamp & the 70cent stamps. I hope none of my recipients get a postage due notice as I do get my p.o. to approve the rate. Apparently all post offices in the U.S. are not in agreement- sadly.

The last card share today and my wish for you…Merry Christmas! Or Holiday Wishes to those who celebrate other holidays this time of year. It is a great time of year of making, creating, and enjoying company.

As a year end celebration, Stampin’ Up! will be having an end of year sale as the holiday catalog products come to an end. They have to make room for some great new Occasions & Sale-a-Bration items in the new year.

Click this link to be taken directly to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by.

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

 

Watermelon Wonder meets Peekaboo Peach Scrapbook Layout

Today I have a nice cheerful scrapbook layout to share using Stampin’ Up! Fruit Stand designer series paper, In-Color card stocks: Peekaboo Peach & Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo ink and the emboss resist technique with Versamark and White embossing Powder.

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Petite Petals & Flower Shop stamp sets & their matching punches were used to create the fantastic flower images. Punches are a very quick way to make multiples as I did in this layout. You truly won’t mind that you are making so many.

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The flowers were stamped onto Peekaboo Peach & Watermelon Wonder card stock with Versamark ink and then sprinkled with white embossing powder and heated before punching out. After the punched images were created, I used a dauber with Flirty Flamingo ink to the centers and edges of the flowers.  The embossed area resists the dauber ink and provides additional highlights and depth to the flowers without the ink covering the white stamped area-thus the “resist”.

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I also used this emboss resist technique on the journal tag “always” strip.  The word from this and the title which follows is from the Sunshine Wishes Stampset.

As you can see, I’ve already gone ahead and made lines with a Watermelon Wonder marker at 1/2″ spacing in order to write a few words with the Project Life black pen.  The words I selected highlight things which make my girls my sunshine.  I believe including my own writing is necessary for future memories. Even if I don’t like my own writing now, someone will cherish it some day.

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The Title was stamped with Watermelon Wonder ink onto Whisper White card stock and easily layered onto a Watermelon Wonder Scalloped oval both die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits.

Most traditional 12″x12″ scrapbookers I know are always behind in getting their pictures into Layouts.  Sadly, I am very behind.  Hopefully by blogging and making layouts to share, I will slowly catch up.  I’ve challenged myself  to post a layout a week.  So, if you wish to follow along, you can do so. Perhaps you’ll catch up too, if you are behind.  I’d love to hear if these layouts are helping you scrap your memories.  So, please share in the comments.

To make things easy to recreate this or a similar layout, here are the cut instructions:

  • You need 1)  12″x12″ Sheet DSP for background of page.  All other colors should match this patterned paper.  I chose this pattern from the Fruit Stand DSP collection and used the coordinating card stock pack to match.  So easy that way!
  • Watermelon Wonder: 7.5″x7.5″, 3.25″x4.25″ for Oval die cut, 1.25″x2″ for journal card header, and approximately 1/3 sheet for stamped/punched flowers
  • Peekaboo Peach: 2) 3.25″x4.25″ photo mats, 1) 4.25″x6.25″ photo mat, 1/2″x2″ strip for journal header, & approximately 1/2 sheet for stamped/punched flowers
  • Whisper White: 1) 3.25″x4.25″ for Oval title, 2.25″x4 7/8″ for journal area.

If you like different colors, it is easy to create this layout and change up the colors by selecting different patterned paper and matching card stock.  I thought these colors really highlighted the idea of sunshine.

Remember this is the time to stock up on DSP.  The Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper I used in the layout above is part of the October 2016 Buy 3, Get 1 deal.  Stock up now!

Until next time…

-Joanne