Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beauty of the Season ~ Blendabilities

The second project in my blendabilities series showcases one of the new stamp sets from the upcoming 2014 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. The set is called Beauty of the Season and it is the only set available to us now as the new catalog doesn't go live until August 28th. The set contains this gorgeous cardinal image and a variety of beautiful sentiments. And it's the perfect type of image for shading and blending with the new blendabilities markers.

For this project, start with a piece of soft suede cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of cherry cobbler cardstock and emboss it with the new Zig Zag embossing folder. Stamp the cardinal image, using the memento ink pad, onto a piece of whisper white cardstock. Cut out the image using one of the labels framelits. Cut out another labels framelits, from soft suede cardstock, a size larger than the one you did your stamping on...you will use this as a "matte" behind your image (see pic above). I did a bit of paper piercing around the soft suede matte using one of the festive paper piercing templates

Once you have the cardinal stamped and cut out with the framelits, you are ready to begin shading and blending. Using the cherry cobbler blendabilities pack, start by adding the darkest red color. I added a bit of the dark cherry cobbler to the belly, tail and face of the cardinal. Next, grab the medium and light cherry cobbler colors and start the blending process. Remember to blend from dark to light. I tend to use the ball point tip of the marker for blending...you can press down firmer to blend out the lines where the lighter color meets the darker color. Continue to shade and blend until you achieve the desired look. For the branches and the beak of the bird, I used a few of the skin tone blendabilities markers. And for the finishing touches, I added a little pearl for the eye of the bird and a Christmas sentiment from the Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set (using the word window and modern label punches). This is one of my favorite projects from class...I plan on making a few of these for Christmas this year. :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

2nd Annual OWH Event

One of my team members, Debbie Jorns, is co-hosting her 2nd Annual OWH event for our troops! I am so excited to be a part of this event again! We will be creating some special cards for the men and women in our military to send home to their loved ones! There are so many ways for you to get involved and give back to our Troops!
 
It is strongly suggested that everyone new to this concept check out the OWH website to get a sense of what we are doing and why we are doing it. Check it out http://operationwritehome.org/welcome/



There is a video for anyone new to OWH and there are guidelines for card making on the Home page of OWH. If you are able to participate in this event in person, you will not need an OWH stamp or envelopes. However, if you are unable to participate in person you can still get involved! Visit the OWH website for more information!

Last year we sent over 500 handmade cards to our military troops overseas and their families, raised over $200 for postage and everyone who participated had the honor of sending a personalized Any Hero card to a member of the military, expressing their gratitude for the service they provide for Our Freedom. 

Hope you are able to attend this awesome event! Please RSVP to Debbie or Joan and let's show our support for the men and women that serve our country! :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Corner Garden ~ Blendabilities

Since we had so much fun at my blendabilities class this past week, I thought I would share some of the fun projects we worked on!  This particular project was inspired by a blendabilities demonstration at the 2014 Stampin' Up! convention in July! The project showcases the new coastal cabana and skin tone blendabilities markers. Yep...we actually used the coastal cabana markers on coastal cabana cardstock...it really makes the blues "pop!"

We started with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Next, cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of coastal cabana cardstock and emboss the corner garden stamp image using white embossing powder.  Once you have embossed your image, grab your set of coastal cabana blendabilities and get to work! :)  Start with the darkest coastal cabana marker and randomly color/highlight various parts of the flowers. Shade and blend the dark blue color by using the medium and light coastal cabana markers.  For the leaves, I used one of the lighter brown colors in the skin tone blendabilities pack. I colored various parts of the leaves with the brown and then shaded/blended it with one of the lighter skin tone colors...this helped to soften the brown and give it more of a subtle look. The great thing about the blendabilities is that you can shade and re-shade until you achieve the color or look you want. Stay tuned to my blog this week for the rest of the projects in my blendabilities series.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blendabilities Fry Box

This week I held my first blendabilities class and we had sooooo much fun! Have you heard of blendabilities? If not, well let me tell you a bit about them! Stampin' Blendabilities Markers are alcohol based markers made exclusively for blending and shading. If you love coloring, you will love these markers!  And even if you don't love colors, you will once you try these! They are amazing!  The markers come in a package of 3...a light, medium and dark shade of one color. These 3 different shades allow you to put together simply stunning projects...like this one!  I made this little project as a gift for my guests at this week's blendability class. 


For this project, I used the cherry cobbler blendabilities assortment. The deep, dark cherry cobbler color is perfect for blending! I love how the shading gives my flower such depth and dimension. To make this flower, I used a memento ink pad and stamped the blended bloom image onto a piece of white cardstock. Since the markers are alcohol based, you must use a memento ink pad (stazon won't work). Once I had the image stamped, I started with the darkest shade of cherry cobbler...I simply added color in random spots on the flower. Next I took the medium shade of cherry cobbler and colored next to the dark...I blended the dark and medium together by overlapping the medium color where I ended with the darker color. Then I just repeated this process with the light colored cherry cobbler marker.  Oh...and I used the daffodil delight markers to shade and color the center of the flower. It turned out gorgeous!  I used it to decorate the front of one of those little fry boxes. Give a try!  You will love it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Amazing Birthday


Good morning! I have another fun make n take project to share with you from the 2014 Stampin' Up! convention. It's a little note card holder. This probably looks more complicated than it actually is. We used the Amazing Birthday stamp set, a bit of designer series paper, some champagne glimmer paper and a kraft cardstock gift card holder. Now the gift card holders are actually available in the annual Stampin' Up! catalog...they come in a pack of 10 and they are precut and prescored for you so they are simple to put together.   

Plus you can also get precut and scored note cards and envelopes which come in a package of 20. They fit perfectly inside the gift card holder! Almost everything you need to put together this project!

One of the coolest things about this project is the 3-Dimensional star! It is very simple to put together too! Using one of the star framelits, cut out a medium size star out of the glimmer paper. Flip the star over and score it at each point of the the star. You will score it from the point all the way across.  Then gently fold all of the score lines until the star "puckers." Too cool, hey? Enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Kinda Eclectic

So you may recall that last month I had the privilege of attending the 2014 Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It is my favorite stampin' event! There is sooo much good stuff there! One of my favorite activities are the Make n Takes and this year was no exception! Loved the projects and stamp sets we received.  These projects were my favorite because we used the new Kinda Eclectic stamp set which has some simply gorgeous images!

Now the great thing about the make n takes at convention is that everything for the project comes pre-cut and packaged for you which makes it almost effortless to put them together. If you wanted to re-create these cards, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. The background on these cards comes from the beautiful images in the stamp set...simply grab your favorite colors and stamp away! But if you want to know the exact colors on this card...crumb cake, pear pizazz, crushed curry and tangerine tango. The little purplish designer series paper was cut to 4 x 1/2 inch and the "kindness" banner is a crumb cake piece cut to  3 1/2 x 1 inches.  Oh...and one more thing...that honeycomb background comes from sponging or brayering a bit of crumb cake ink on the honeycomb embossing folder. Lightly ink up portions of the raised side of the embossing folder, place your cardstock inside the folder and light press down.  It gives a very subtle touch to your background. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Big Shot & Bundles



If you're anything like me, you absolutely love when BIG opportunities come your way. And because we all know the Big Shot embossing machine is a big deal, Stampin' Up! is offering a deal too good to pass up; an exclusive Big Shot opportunity that lasts for the entire month of August!  

With every purchase of a Big Shot in August, you will receive one of five free stamp set and framelits bundles below, YOUR choice!

Already own a Big Shot? You can still purchase these designated bundles at an amazing 15% off! This is one deal you won't want to miss!

This deal is only available from August 1-31, 2014 as these bundles are one-time only exclusives.

Check out these offers:

1) Buy a Big Shot and get a FREE bundle below.
   
AND/OR

2) Get any of the bundles below at a the 15% discounted price listed.

Bundle
Item Number
Stamp Set
Framelits
Discounted Price
Sumthin' with Bubbly Words Bundle Wood
138923
Sumthin' Sumthin'
Word Bubbles
$33.75
Sumthin' with Bubbly Words Bundle Clear
138920
Sumthin' Sumthin'
Word Bubbles
$31.25
Decorative Goodies Bundle Wood
138924
Oh My Goodies
Deco Labels Collection
$42.25
Decorative Goodies Bundle Clear
138921
Oh My Goodies
Deco Labels Collection
$35.95
Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle Wood
138925
Day of Celebration
Chalk Talk
$43.25
Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle Clear
138922
Day of Celebration
Chalk Talk
$37.25
Flowery Daydream Bundle Wood
138911
Daydream Medallions
Floral Collection
$54.25
Flowery Daydream Bundle Clear
138910
Daydream Medallions
Floral Collection
$45.75
Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle Wood
138644
Bright & Beautiful
Star
$50.75
Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle Clear
138200
Bright & Beautiful
Star
$43.95

Get yours today at http://www.lynndunn.stampinup.net

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Past Paper Pumpkin Kit Stamps

Wondering what to do with your past paper pumpkin kit stamp sets? Well you should be stamping new projects with them, right? Right!!  So I have been playing around with some of the stamps from past kits and here is one of the creations I came up with! Super simple card design inspired by samples I saw at the Stampin' Up! convention and online!

To create this card, I used stamps from the following kits:  In the Bag, Hey There and Noel. I started with a piece of smoky slate cardstock for the base of the card. I stamped the circle images, from the In the Bag kit, using crisp cantaloupe and so saffron ink. The stars came from the Noel kit and are stamped in coastal cabana. And, finally, the sentiment and blotches are from the Hey There kit....they are stamped in smoky slate. Super simple card design and a fun way to use my stamp sets! 

Right now you can experience the fun of this monthly program for half the price! Receive 50% off your first 2 months when you sign up before September 10th! Plus...as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you are able to purchase past kits...so you can own these stamps too! Visit My Paper Pumpkin Page and get in on the fun today!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I Love Lace

I love lace and I love everything else about this card! The new Stampin' Up! catalog is just jam packed with good stuff! This little creation uses a variety of fun new products such as the I Love Lace stamp set and the Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper. The DSP is a combination of gorgeous gold foil and gold accented designs.

I thought I would do something a little different with this card...I made a little pocket on the front to slide that cute little tag into. Wanna learn how to make this card? Well, here's what you need...start with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of the card. Stamp the I love lace image on the left hand side of the card using crumb cake ink.  When you use the same color ink as the paper it provide a soft, subtle background for your project. Next cut a piece of the gold soiree designer series paper at 4 1/4 x 3 inches and 2 x 3 inches. Since the DSP has a design on each side of the paper, use one side for the 4 1/4 x 3 inch piece and the other side for the 2 x 3 inch piece. Secure the 2 x 3 inch piece to the bottom of the larger piece...make sure that you only secure the two sides and bottom (so you can slide the tag in). I used sticky tape to secure it because it has a stronger hold than snail adhesive. 

For the tag, simply cut a 2 x 2 3/4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock and punch out the top of the tag with the scalloped tag topper punch. Stamp a little sentiment on it using crumb cake ink and tie a bit of the calypso coral chevron ribbon to the top using a bit of gold bakers twine. Then I embellished the card with a gold foil butterfly, a little flower and some pearls. Oh...I almost forgot...I punched out a scalloped dot border with some scrap calypso coral cardstock I had (make sure your scrap piece is at least 4 1/4 inches long). You can find all of these fun products and more on my website at www.lynndunn.stampinup.net! Enjoy!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sea Street

If you have been looking for some great kid card designs then the Sea Street stamp set is perfect! There are so many adorable little sea images in this set. Just go out to Pinterest and conduct a search for this stamp set...you will be pleasantly surprised by the number of adorable projects that have been created with this set!


Let's talk about how to make this card. Start with a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a piece of the new moonlight designer series paper to 4 x 1 inches and secure it to the left side of the card base. Cut a 1 x 4 piece of blackberry bliss cardstock and emboss it with the decorative dots embossing folder...secure this piece next to, slightly overlapping, the DSP. Cut a 3 x 3 inch piece of hello honey cardstock and a 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp the octopus image, using blackblerry bliss ink, onto the white cardstock. Add a little sentiment using sahara sand ink. You can also stamp a few starfish on the bottom of the card as well. Then simply punch out a few different color stars from the blackberry bliss and hello honey cardstock...oh, and don't forget to add a few silver glimmer stars. The star punch comes in a pack of 3 ~ The Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wish Big ~ July 2014 Paper Pumpkin

This has to be my favorite Paper Pumpkin kit! Ok...maybe I have more than just one favorite :) But this kit is soooo adorable, isn't it?  And it comes with a ton of materials...and I mean a ton!  You have enough materials to make 6 gift boxes and 6 cards with coordinating envelopes! Plus, you have a bunch of extra supplies to continue creating...let your imagination go!  I love the colors...Blackberry Bliss and Soft Sky!  Too fun!!


This is the card design that you receive instructions for in your kit.  But as you can see by the pictures below, I created a variety of different cards with the materials from the kit.  The only additional items I used were Stampin' Up's cute little stars stencil and some soft sky ink in a little spritzer with rubbing alcohol!  


You can experience the fun of this monthly program for half the price! Receive 50% off your first 2 months when you sign up before September 10th! Plus...as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you are able to purchase past kits...like this one! Visit My Paper Pumpkin Page and get in on the fun today!

Other fun project ideas for the July Wish Big Paper Pumpkin kit:
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wedded Bliss

Here is a fun wedding card design that uses some of my favorite new products like the Hearts Border punch and the beautiful silver vellum paper. This card was one of the favorites at class this month.

To make this card, start with a piece of basic gray cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch piece of soft sky cardstock and punch out a row of hearts using the new border punch. Cut a 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 inch piece of the silver vellum paper and secure the top part of the paper to the soft sky cardstock just under the hearts you punched out. Don't worry that you can see the glue through the vellum...you will be covering it up with some silver 1/8 inch ribbon! Simply wrap the ribbon around the glued area a few times and tie a pretty bow. Next, cut a  3 1/4 x 1/2 inch piece of silver glimmer paper...punch out a few hearts in the middle of that piece as well and secure it to the vellum just under your bow. Cut a 4 1/4 x 1 inch piece of designer paper....I used the new moonlight DSP and secure it to the left side of the soft sky piece you have been working on. Add a little piece of a paper doily as well and secure the entire piece to your card base. For the sentiment, I used the Wedded Bliss sentiment from the Tag Talk stamp set...stamp the sentiment in smoky slate and punch it out with the coordinating label bracket punch. I matted this sentiment with a little silver glimmer paper also punched out with the label bracket. Secure this piece to your card with dimensionals. Voila! You have yourself a beautiful creation!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Flower Patch ~ Dazzling Diamonds

Happy Monday Everyone!  I thought I would start out the week sharing a fun flower card. This particular card uses a variety of "flowery" products such as:

* Flower Patch Stamp Set
* Flower Shop Stamp Set
* Flower Pot Designer Paper
* Fun Flower Punch
* Pansy (flower) Punch :)


You can find all of these fun flower products on my website at www.lynndunn.stampinup.net

The card is actually not as difficult to put together as it may look. Start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of blushing bride cardstock and emboss it with the Lovely Lace embossing folder. Cut a 5 1/4 x 2 inch piece of the flower pot designer paper and adhere it to the lower half of the blushing bride piece...leave a little bit of the blushing bride cardstock showing on the bottom (see pic above). Cut a 5 1/4 x 1 inch piece of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and punch out the scalloped dots border...secure it to the bottom of the flower pot DSP using glue dots. Add a piece of white organza ribbon to the top part of the DSP. Grab some Daffodil Delight ink and stamp a flower image from the flower patch and flower shop stamp sets...punch them out with the coordinating punch. Cut a dazzling diamond flower using the fun flower punch. Layer all of the flowers together and add a little sentiment.  The dazzling diamonds glimmer paper makes the card so sparkly and beautiful! Enjoy!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Flower Patch

Do you love the look of embossing? Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques. And I love to experiment with heat embossed images on various patterns of designer series paper. I happened to be playing around with some different patterned paper when I found a variety of black polka dot paper I had on hand. 

Black and white always look so elegant together so I decided to emboss some beautiful white flowers all over it. Turned out kinda cool, hey?

This card is very simple to re-create. You just need some black patterned paper (the smaller the pattern the better). Stampin' Up! has a wonderful selection of designer paper...you can browse the selections at http://bit.ly/W3OKoz. Cut a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the black designer series paper (DSP). Find your favorite large flower stamp set, or you can use the new Flower Patch set as I did...ink up your flower images with versa mark and stamp them randomly over the DSP. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the versa mark and tap off the excess. I highly recommend rubbing down the DSP with an embossing buddy so that you do not end up with white embossing powder where you don't want it on the black DSP. Heat set the flower images and then embellish to your liking! I embellished the card with some vintage faceted buttons, chevron ribbon, a bitty butterfly (cut from the DSP) and a cute little tag. Super fun! You can make it as simple or intricate as you like!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mini Muslin Gift Bags

Well even though the 2014 Stampin' Up! convention has ended the fun and excitement continues!  I just love stamping and creating! Every time I attend a Stampin' Up! event I have to make little gifts for my stampin' friends....and this event was no exception!

I decided to put together a few little gift bags and a coordinating card for everyone!  There were 8 of us that attended.  I had a blast putting these together and they were super fun!  I started by stamping one of the Bordering Bloom images across the bottom of the muslin bag using Lost Lagoon (a new color) and Chocolate Chip ink. Just a little tip...you have to press down pretty hard when you stamp on the muslin bags.  Next, I simply cut out a few flowers using a few different flower punches and the flower shop stamp set.  The cute little flower center actually came from the A Round Array stamp set. I layered the flower pieces together and adhered it to the bag with glue dots. For the final touches, I simply added some chevron ribbon, a bit of lost lagoon stitched ribbon, a little paper clip and some linen thread. Cute, hey? Of course I also had to stamp a little coordinating card to match the bag. Too fun!!