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

 

 

 

Happy Easter 2017

Easter arrives here in Western Pennsylvania just as flowers are beginning to bloom.  The entire season and feeling of renewal and rebirth is emphasized by new things popping up all around us, while we are also packing away Winter things and excitedly planning for the weeks and months of Spring & Summer weather ahead.

This is a special time of year at Stampin’ Up! as well: the last few weeks of this year’s Annual & Occasions catalogs. Last week the retiring list was released to everyone and as usual some old & new favorites will be saying goodbye so new & reconfigured (yes, there are still rhinestones & pearls in the new catalog!) products can debut and keep our crafting up to current trends. Demonstrators everywhere are now getting a peak at what is to come in the new Annual Catalog which will debut June 1 and while it’s sad to say goodbye to some things in the 2016-2017 catalog, I’m really looking forward to quite a few things in the 2017-2018 catalog–I’m very sure you will love some of the new things too!

Today I wish to share this Easter card & additional wreath ideas made with a few products appearing on the retiring list.

If you saw my last card post (April 7) using the Law of 3rds, this card design should look very familiar. The Fruit Stand paper and outgoing Watermelon Wonder In-color makes this card feel bright & Spring-y.

Adding seasonal decorations, such as the Basket Builder Bundle here, to the Wondrous Wreath set is an easy way for me to make a quick card. Over the years, I’ve added many other sets to the Wondrous Wreath set to create cards for many seasons.

As you can see, by making a few changes, I could easily change up the look of the wreath with the same set of stamps & matching dies. The ideas were endless when adding other sets to create wreaths for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, etc.

While I will continue to love these sets (I buy what I love and keep what I buy), if you are in love with them too, you may want to check out the retiring section at my online store HERE. Things often go very quickly around retirement time and dies/bundles are often the first to fly off the shelves.

Happy Easter!

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

 

 

 

An Easter Card from the Basket Builder Framelits

This Easter card made from the Stampin’ Up! Basket Builder framelits takes me back to the days when I’d go hunting for my hidden Easter basket first thing in the morning before we headed to church.  Our baskets always included marshmallow peeps, eggs (chocolate & dyed hard-boiled), a chocolate bunny, and various other goodies from toys to coloring books or school supplies we needed.  We always reused the same baskets, which were admittedly very large-and couldn’t be hidden in very many places so as we aged we discovered them more quickly since the same places seemed to be reused.  But the fun was in the discovery and love my parents put into the gifts.

This card features a rattan looking basket, die cut and inked in Crumb Cake, nestled in Garden Green grass and filled with die cut Peeps & some Pear Pizzazz grass trimmed to fit the basket.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, most of our Easter celebrations were held indoors because it was often raining outside.  So, I’ve included this in my card by using the rainy paper in the A Little Foxy DSP stack & some white die cut clouds created with the Up & Away Thinlits.

Perhaps you may not know that marshmallow peeps are also from Pennsylvania. So, it would be a rare Easter that those (then seasonal only) little Peeps & Chicks wouldn’t be in the basket or at least in the house.

I did not use the coordinating stamps for this particular card, but  I did buy the bundle and I expect to showcase other samples where the stamps & framelits were both used. I didn’t like that the stamp of the peep was missing a nose and the outline didn’t seem necessary for this card.  It was easy enough to hand dot/draw the eyes & nose with the black marker or my preference: the project life pens. This actually helped me produce them quicker too since I didn’t need to stamp first & line up the framelit to cut. I die cut first and drew faces on my whole pile of Peeps when I was done cutting. ***BTW: If this gives you an excuse to buy Peeps to see their little faces in real life, just blame it on research when you eat them.

By cutting the front of the blushing bride card stock 1/2″ shorter on one side (card stock will measure 4.25″x 10.5″ scored at 5.5″), I gave myself room to stamp “Happy Easter” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set which is in view from the front and also when the card is open.  On the inside I also added 3 die cut peeps with hand drawn faces. My Peep inside colors = Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight & Soft Sky. I used Peekaboo Peach & Flirty Flamingo for others on the front of the card and I believe Mint Macaron & So Saffron might work well also.

A small rhinestone accent allows me to also skip the stamping on the chocolate bunny- created with Chocolate Chip card stock, of course and also the bow-Blushing Bride to match the card base color.

Easter is April 16th this year; only a few weeks to get some cards made & in the mail to arrive on time to a few family members who used to stop by and celebrate the holiday weekend with us. My Peeps 🙂

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Pegboard card with the Build It Framelits

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of tools is a childhood memory of the pegboard covered wall in the garage with hanging tools.  So, it is the first thing I wanted to recreate with the Build It Framelits when I got them.

I decided not to use any of the tool stamps in the bundle to create this card I wanted to focus on just the Build It Framelits. I cut everything in silver foil paper first. Then because I was just using the framelits, the saw & other dies had to get a few modifications.

  1. The Soft Suede handle of the saw was cut by first cutting as is, then moving the die so the outside cut of the handle would remove the teeth-end of the saw and in the process create that nice curved edge.
  2. This handle was layered over the silver foil saw.
  3. Then silver foil circles (from the Owl Builder Punch) were added.
  4. Also, since the saw die creates a flat edge, I had to use my Stampin’ Up! Snips in order to create the jagged edge of the saw and to cut tops off the screws to create a flat nails.
  5. Lastly, the Snips were used to trim pieces from the screws to make the screwdriver handle highlights.

My paper piercing tool & piercing mat came in very handy with this project…

Many hammers I’ve owned & used have black grip handle; the paper piercing tool recreates this look well.

Recreate the pegboard by using your paper piercing tool, the piercing mat, and grid paper. Place your card stock between the grid and piercing mat and push the pointed piercing tool through the layers; No need to go very deep into the piercing mat-you just need to go through your grid paper & card stock fully.

*Note: If you use your piercing mat as a stamping mat also, flip it over and use the back side to pierce as you will get holes from piercing.  Then you’ll have a flat stamp side/bumpy piercing side in the future.

The last use of the paper piercing tool was to turn the circles, which are cut out when the hexagon nuts are cut, into screws (as you would see from a top view).  By gently brushing the edge (not pointy end!) of the paper piercing tool over the silver foil paper you can create the indents.

Adding silver metallic thread also adds a wire look to the project.

To finish the inside I put the ruler at the top  (trimmed down the size to fit) and a few die cuts I had leftover.

I didn’t use any stamps on this project at the point it was photographed, but the banner area created with the Build It dies on the front of the card left me room to stamp a sentiment with Black Stazon later (careful, foil paper can be slippery, but Stazon works best).

I’ll be showing more projects with these dies and the matching stamps which can be bundled for a discounted price.  Some projects will not be construction or tool projects either.

My tip to anyone who has plans to purchase the Build It Framelits or bundled set is to order it now.  Get it BEFORE Father’s Day gets close and it sells more.  Frequently, Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day items (and other holidays too) sell more as the event dates approach.  This often causes sell-outs or back order delays.  So, you know that old saying…”The early bird gets the worm.”   …If you want it in time, buy early!

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

 

 

 

Swirly Scribbles Love Banner Layout

This Swirly Scribbles Love Banner quickly turns a scrapbook page into a simple layout to remember the one(s) you love on this Valentine’s Day.

Plus, this page shows some simple die (framelit & thinlet) techniques of Inlay & Overlay to create subtle, but nice dimensions to your projects.

  • Die cut your banner with the Swirly Scribbles dies.
  • Then using the same dies cut the designs in other colors. Here, the banner has had the heart & love cut (will use the Flirty Flamingo Swirly Scribbles die-cuts on another item), a Melon Mambo heart & Basic Black heart & love.
  • Then go back and create an inlay look by piecing portions of the design back together.
  • Don’t want to add all those small white layers you see above?  Don’t piece them. Back the banner with Whisper White card stock after you cut out the design- Doing this will not only be faster, but will also add more dimension to the banner cut-out areas.

By simply adding the above banner to a Contrasting Pop of Pink 3″x12″ strip and  12″x12″ background ( also from the Pop of Pink DSP), adding 2 photo mats (4.25″x6.25″), and creating an embellishment on which you can journal your photo details or a cute saying, you have created a layout in a short time.

When using your layering framelits, you can always use two sizes at the same time.  This creates an Overlay -Example below: Melon Mambo layer.  Use washi tape to maintain spacing while running both ovals at the same time through your Big Shot and you can cut the exterior & interior oval (or other layering shapes) at the same time and create more dimension on your finished embellishment.  Plus, you’ll have the smaller (inside) shape already cut for another project!

Just like stamps, inks, & punches, the framelits & thinlets have techniques you may wish to explore.  I hope the inlay & overlay techniques in this layout help you find more uses for these products, helping you to create dimension and interest to your final projects.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

A Flower Wreath From Up & Away Thinlets Dies

The balloon shapes in the Up & Away thinlets dies have been on my mind and on my craft table for some time now.  I have had a few ideas knocking around in my head and just finished this wreath about a week ago.

If you are questioning where the Up & Away balloons are, they are the petals and the leaves. The little heart die from this was also used for the Rich Razzleberry flower center as a Flirty Flamingo accent before placing the pom-pom.

The balloon dies are manipulated by rolling the edges with a marker (I used the project life pen because it was handy), and sometimes center cut (see picture) in order to get more dimension in the leaves.

How many petals or leaves I used was a personal preference as I worked with each flower, but each had 5 or more balloon petals.

The paper centers were made with 3/4″x8.5″ paper strips, scissors, and tear tape and petals were then built around them using tear tape as well. *Note: If creating something for an area with great temperature changes you may wish to use a different glue, perhaps even a hot glue, for these conditions.

The wreath itself is just a simple Styrofoam form I bought at the dollar store and wrapped in yarn I had leftover from a knitting project.  I’ve attached the completed flowers to the form with headpins (trying to hide them well) so that I may later remove the flowers and reuse the yarn-wrapped wreath form for another season, if I choose.

I chose my colors based on the large poppy flower which I first made as the center point-It is Calypso Coral with a black center.  All leaves are Emerald Envy.  Other flowers utilize Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, and Rich Razzleberry.

 

The pom-pom centers were made with leftover Flirty Flamingo thick baker’s twine (from a Paper Pumpkin kit), but remember any white thick baker’s twine can be dyed with  reinkers to the colors of your choosing.

I still haven’t figured out where I will hang this wreath, because I want to put it in more than one location!  It will certainly brighten up the rest of this winter and usher in Spring.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Groundhog Paper Piecing

February 2nd of every year is marked by Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog & weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil.  On this day his handler’s take him from his posh home (a glass encased enclosure in the city park, for those who are wondering and haven’t been to Punxsutawney) and take him to Gobbler’s Knob so that he may be ceremoniously pulled from a log-shaped box and deliver his prediction for the upcoming 6 weeks of weather. If Phil sees his shadow, it is a prediction of 6 more weeks of winter; no shadow means an early Spring.  Of course, it would not be groundhog day without somehow incorporating a groundhog into your day.  So, today I share with you my groundhog creations, and his prediction results.

My groundhog is made with the bunny (ears trimmed with snips) from the NEW Basket Bunch dies in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.  The teeth are hand cut. The cheeks & eyes are from the cookie cutter & owl builder punches and the grass/dirt is from the now retired jolly hat builder punch.

In the second version of Phil above, I only used the Basket Bunch dies and Owl builder punch (for all the circles needed).  The Basket Bunch dies include the die which will form the black shadow and grass, which I later used snips to cut in places to hide the groundhog and prevent overhang of the shadow.

Other dies used in both embellishments above included the Stitched Shapes framelits, Layering Oval framelits, and Layering circle framelits.

If you ever make it to this part of the world some February 2nd to see Phil in person and want to see where all the groundhog action takes place, get there before the sun rises, bundle up in very warm clothing, and look for this statue to point the way to the festivities…

The whole town has various unique groundhog statues which make great photo props.  You could make a day (or 2!) of it by getting photos with each one.  They are all different and fun to see.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Create snowflakes from doilies

The new  Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog contains these double-sided (very vanilla/whisper white) doilies  which are quite effective as snowflakes.  By cutting apart the doilies at different points, each of my snowflakes on this scrapbook layout became unique and helped highlight the winter scenes in the double page layout below.

Just a few snips of your scissors and your doilies will turn into various snowflake shapes to add to your winter scrapbook layouts (or cards, if you prefer).

The designer paper, which I decided could look like it is ice-laden in a snowy layout,  is also from the Occasions catalog- it is a design in the Falling In Love Designer Series pack and the 12″x12″ matching card stock is also available. I added the polka-dot print DSP from the Neutrals collection in the annual catalog and some Very Vanilla card stock for mats to complete the layout.

The stitched framelits & banners dies were also used for the oval and to cut out a current annual catalog hostess set called “Time of Year”.

In addition, I used the gold letters available in the Hello Lovely Project Life accessory pack for my title banner and to add the word “Photos” to my journal tag which will hold a numbered key to describe when and where the photos were taken on my property during this winter.

Details on my paper cuts for this double page layout:

  • Neutrals DSP stack polka dot paper: cut 2) 5″x11″, Use 1) 5″x1″ strip to create banner, and cut other to 1/2″x3″ for photo journal topper.
  • Falling In love DSP-cut 2) 4.75″x12″ strips (Make sure your trees are facing proper direction when you cut!)
  • Very Vanilla- I used all 8.5″11″ card stock and was able to get away with this as the snowflakes or mats covered the cuts on the longer strips.  Cut 4) .75″x11″,  4) .75″x1″ [This & previous will piece together on left sides of each page to form 3/4″x12″ long mat under Falling In Love DSP, 2) 4″x6″, 2) 4″x4″, 3) 3″x4″, and 2) 3″x3″  You’ll need about a 3″x4″ scrap for the Time of year & Oval to be stamped/die cut.  I stamped in Sahara Sand.
  • Cut apart doilies as you desire.  I followed each inner circle area first.  Then,  I got more creative and cut apart at different areas to create the various pointed shapes. I used 6 doilies on this layout, but do have some bits of those 6 I did not use on the layout (mostly the outermost layer) which I can later use on other projects.

While our longer season of warm temperatures were nice while they lasted,  winter seems to have settled upon us this week-just in time for Punxsutawney Phil to tell us we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter, I’m sure!

Have fun making snowflakes from these doilies!

I would love it if these stuck around. . . Just like I loved that warmer weather.

Until next time…

-Joanne