You’ve Got Style Mrs. Claus

I wonder how much Santa & the elves would be accomplishing at this time of year without the gentle nudge (big push!) from Mrs. Claus.

In today’s post we learn how to celebrate Christmas Mrs. Claus style!  How to create her from the You’ve Got Style stamp set ( see below) by Stampin’ UP! Plus, how to use that embossing paste to create dimensional fur on the stylish coat Mrs. Claus is sporting.

I always like to stretch the use of sets beyond the original and immediate planned use. This set didn’t speak to me at first, but later I realized the multiple uses for the elements in the set. Sometimes with a few simple alterations, a stamp can become something entirely different.

Turn the fur coat woman into Mrs. Claus:

After you stamp this woman from the You’ve Got Style stamp set, you will need to draw a few lines to create the pom-pom part of the Christmas hat. It’s very easy, as you see in the diagram below.

You can also draw in lines to widen her legs, then color in the entire “x” area with black marker.

After you Color her in, why not add texture paste to mimic fur? What worked well for me was using a q-tip dipped in the container and patting into the areas of the stamp where I wanted the fur effect.

I think the real Mrs. Claus celebrates with her husband (Santa) and a glass of her favorite beverage. She’s got to be a sweet but sassy woman to deal with all those elves AND her husband leaving her every year for a trip around the world, dropping down chimneys and eating all those goodies while she sits at home waiting for his return. I’m certain she celebrates. Don’t you agree?

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

My Top 10 Favorite things in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ UP! catalog

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:

  1. 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. Color Theory
  2. 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. Ribbon of Courage Wood-Mount Bundle
  3. 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.                                2017-2019 In Color Classic Stampin' Pads
  4. 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.                    Color Theory Card Pack        Petal Garden Card Pack   Bundle of Love Card Pack        Perfect Days Card Pack
  5. 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.                                                                  Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  6. 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!Decorative Ribbon Border Punch
  7. 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.Daisy Delight Photopolymer Bundle
  8. 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. At Home with You Photopolymer Bundle
  9. 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:Calypso Coral 1/8" Sheer Ribbon
  10. 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). Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
  11. 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!                                             Embossing Paste

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.

Until next time…

-Joanne

It’s official: My One Year Blogiversary AND A Contest!

Who’s having a one year blogiversary?

I am! I am! Yippee!

My official launch of this blog was one year ago today! How time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I posted a punch art photo and got asked, “Why don’t you have a blog?” After a month of planning and a lot of learning and many bumps along the way, I launched this craftymademoiselle blog.

Thank you to all who visit and especially to those who comment. I love hearing from everyone.

I wish to say a huge thank you anyone who was or is ordering from me & a special hello to my down line. You keep me going! Without you I am just a woman with a paper craft hobby who is absolutely crazy about Stampin’ Up!

There are still so many things that I want to accomplish with this blog.  I’m learning as I go and have struggled getting my punch art downloads page and downloadable items to work properly. Once I was almost there and was hacked! A big reminder that this is the internet where some people are not living with a kindness motto. I had to delete much of that body of work and start over. Then my dear friend the Stampin’ Up! Owl punch was retired/discontinued. RIP, my friend. I still love you. Please never break on me. I will accomplish that download page. I’m just not sure the time frame. I’m thoroughly disappointed it is still not ready and working properly at this one year mark. Thanks for being oh so patient during these learning/growing pains.

Now to celebrate my blogiversary with what started it all…punch art!

The how to for the cute owl hanging out in the Sprinkles of Life tree above. Check it out:

*Note: Delightful Dijon (an In-color 2015-2017) was retired.  Try using Crushed Curry.  Also, if you need a replacement for the 3/8″/Owl punch circle or even the 1/8″, the Circles on the Cookie Cutter Builder punch work well.

 

Blogiversary Contest:

As a special One Year Blogiversary Celebration, comment on this blog post today thru noon EST World Card Day (Saturday, October 7, 2017) and you will be entered (one entry per person) to win this Owl card and a free surprise (Stampin’ Up! product) in the mail.  The winner will be chosen by random using random.org and announced Sunday at noon EST. Upon announcement the winner will be required to contact me within 48hrs to claim their prize and provide their mailing address so that the card + surprise can be mailed out on October 11. If this person fails to contact me with their address within those 48hrs, the card/surprise is forfeited.

Thanks for celebrating my blog year with me today!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Stampin’ Up! has some great deals this month which are worth checking out.

As if a deal on Designer Series Paper wasn’t enough there’s another sale on select stamp sets to celebrate October 7th World Card Making Day.

You can shop both sales and get more information about the World Card Making Day sale HERE.

 

Need cards quick? Turn to Memories & More by Stampin’ UP!

Once the Autumn leaves start falling it feels like I never have enough time or energy to accomplish things that need done.  That is when quick cards like this one can be made and sent without taking too much any time or energy I have remaining.

I always like to recognize those who truly do “make me smile.” It has been a week of things that have gone wrong, broken, or just not gone as I had wished or planned. In times like these, it is always great to have those who can bring laughter & smiles to the situation. Perspective changes and life goes on. I am so grateful to those who build me up, challenge my thinking, make me laugh uncontrollably, and make me a better person. I am blessed.

Do you send cards to those who brighten up your day? Or to those who need their day brightened?

It is simple to get this quick card to the post…

  • The leaf image is a Color Theory Memories & More card.
  • The “You make me Smile” phrase is from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer set and stamped with Black Archival ink.
  • The Memories and More card is matted to match the leaf.
  • The copper ribbon is added before mounting askew onto a piece of Wood Grain DSP.
  • The card front is then matted onto a Pumpkin Pie layer and Basic Black card base.
  • An interior Whisper White mat was added for my handwritten message.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll surely say it many more times- Memories and More cards are not only for quick scrapbook pages (traditional & pocket), but can be used for cards and….More – SU! Named this one well!

Make someone smile today!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Merry Cafe by Stampin UP!- Works with the Coffee Cafe dies

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

Stampin' UP! Merry Cafe

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:

  1. Die cut or punch so that you have the open ‘window’ of the shape you desire.
  2. Attach a piece of Window sheet to the back of the cardstock to create the ‘window pane’.
  3. 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.
  4. Choose your filling and place onto card base in area where window will reside.
  5. 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.

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

Embossing: Using Paste & Powders on Cards

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.

Creating layers of texture with heat embossing 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!).

Adding layers using decorative masks for embossing paste.

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.

Adding embossing powder over embossing paste.
Sponging ink over both embossing powder & paste.

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.

Adding a glossy look by applying Fine Tip Glue. Creating a gilded look with sporadic embossing powder application.

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.

Stamping into multiple layers of heated embossing powder.

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.

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

 

 

 

Mediterranean Moments: A Blooms & Bliss layout

For three weeks we have started a double page layout by starting with one 12″x12″ sheet of designer series paper (DSP) and cutting it to span the to pages on a double page scrapbook layout.  This week we will be using this same idea, however our orientation of the DSP will change.

*My apologies for the week delay in posting-technical difficulties & a busy week left no time to fix them until now…thanks for bearing with me…On to the layout:

The 5″x12″ DSP on this layout will be applied flush with the outer sides of each layout page, with the 12″x1/2″ Silver Foil strip against it .

Since we’ve flipped the orientation of the DSP to the sides, we’re including small banner strips (1″x11″ & 1/2″x10″) to ground the large (9 3/8″x8.5″) Rich Razzleberry mats which contain the smaller Whisper White photo mats (6″x4″ and 3″x4″).

The stamps used on the 2.5″x1″ banner piece are from the Project Life Hello Lovely Accessories.  The same Hello Lovely accessories stamp set was used for the flower on the journal card.

I really love the Mediterranean Moments cafe scene stamp and chose to add it on a 3″x3″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and used the wonderful watercolor pencils and blender pens to color the image.  I later matted in on 3.25″ square of Sweet Sugarplum and added to one of the 6″x4″ photo mat areas where I used Blooms & Bliss DSP and centered a 6″x1.25″ strip of Rich Razzleberry cardstock under the stamped image.

Having the Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencil really helps the color flow with this Blooms & Bliss cardstock.  I love the color coordination with Stampin’ UP! products!

For my beginning scrapbookers: Remember that this same layout design can be created with different designer series papers & stamps to fit your photo needs.

I do not add titles to all of my scrapbook pages, and instead rely heavily on a journal card to tell the reader the information behind the photos.  However, if you prefer having titles, try adding smaller ones along the sides or longer titles across the bottom of this layout.

I hope you enjoyed these 4 weeks of beginning scrapbook design layouts. My apologies again for those who were waiting a whole week longer on this last post in the 4 week series.  Thank you for your patience.

May is National Scrapbook Month.  What better time to get scrapping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Quick cards: Using the rule of 3rds

I started this month with a type of intro to scrapbooking by showing how to turn a sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP) into inspiration and the design element for a page; A basic skill all beginning paper crafters learn with or without the realization that they’ve learned it!

I didn’t want to leave my card making friends out of the loop.  So, today I’d like to share a similar concept with card making in mind.

This one rule can get you far in papercraft design: The rule of 3rds. See if you can spot it in the card below.

Two-thirds of this card is the This Christmas DSP with music notes.  One-third is the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Between the two is a small enough strip that the eye will not mind the split, but provide a place to accent and create a focal point, which on this card is  the Watercolor Wishes Kit Sentiment “Just A Note” stamped on Layering Circles Framelits. It is all adhered to a matching Basic Black card base.

Below you shall find the measurements to recreate the basic 3rds card design.  Looking around at various cards, you’ll notice how frequently this starting point is used in the card making world!

The above diagram shows too, how easily it would be to select 1 DSP and make this card.  Both prints above are actually just 1 paper that is double sided!  If you first cut your DSP the same size as the “Insert” (where you write your inner card message), then cut that DSP to form the two sizes, flip over one piece to show the other side’s design and you have the two prints above.

Here is a sample of the Rule of Thirds card made from the cardstock in the diagram above:

Notice I flipped the orientation of the smaller section to the bottom this time and stamped my sentiment (also from the stamps included in the Watercolor Wishes Kit) directly on the DSP.  The boots are from the Country Livin’ stamp set; colored with aqua painter to ink to paper.  I also misted ink onto the Occasions catalog Lace doilies to get the color to match my sentiment.

The rule of 3rds closely resembles the rule of threes.  Odd numbers are typically more pleasing to the eye and you’ll often see designers use 3 of something.  Check out the Watercolor Wishes Kit stamped sentiment above- there are 3 hearts.

If you look back at this recent card post using the Build It Framelits, you’ll notice I used a variation on the rule of 3rds diagram provided above.  I eliminated the center strip and instead added an addition cardstock mat.  The pegboard and bottom sentiment spot still maintain the 2/3 to 1/3 area splits.

I show you this card so that you see that the first two examples are just the jumping off point to this rule of 3rds design.  Try it on your next card or scrapbooking project for quick, easy, and eye-appealing results. And don’t be afraid to flip it on it’s side too for a bottom opening card!

Until next time…

-Joanne