Monday, September 1, 2014

Festival of Trees ~ Shaker Card Technique

Here's a FUN little project that showcases a great technique for you!  It's called a shaker card! See those tiny little stars?  They move around when you "shake" the card.  It's a super cute way to add a little bit of pizazz to your projects!  Let me tell you how I made this little shaker tag...

I decided to use the new Festival of Trees Bundle for this project...the bundle comes with the stamp set and coordinating tree punch. I started with a 2 x 4 inch piece of real red cardstock. Start out by using your punches...punch out the tree shape as well as the tag top. After punching out the shapes, emboss the tag with the Lucky Stars embossing folder. I lightly sanded the stars to make them pop! Cut a 2 x 3 inch piece from a window sheet and secure it to the back side of the tag to cover the hole left from punching out the tree. Set this piece aside. 

Next, take a 2 x 3 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamp one of the festival of trees images onto it. Outline the stamped tree image with want to make sure you go completely around the tree for 2 reasons: (1) The dimensionals will contain the star confetti to the outline of the tree and (2) the dimensionals will provide just enough lift for the stars to move freely under the window sheet piece you made earlier. that you have your tree outlined with dimensionals, sprinkle some star confetti over the tree but stay within the boundaries of the dimensionals. You can make your own star confetti with the new Confetti Stars Punch! Now, peel off the backing to the dimensionals, grab that red tag with the window sheet that you made earlier, and carefully lay it on top of the dimensionals! The window sheet on the tag will allow you to easily line up the tag so the tree image and confetti show through.  Then just decorate up the tag and adhere it to your card! Voila! You will have a FUN little "shaker" card. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Watercolor Winter

Are you thinking Christmas already? Yes I know it's still August but I can't help thinking about Christmas now that the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog is here! There are sooooo many fabulous products in there! If you haven't seen it yet, click here to get your FREE copy! 

Today I wanted to showcase a few of the projects I put together with one of the new kits available in this year's catalog.  The kit is called Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit and it's jam packed with fun stuff! The kit includes all of the materials you need to create 20 cards ~ 4 different designs! involves watercoloring!  You can watercolor the embellishments like the trees and sleigh in the cards pictured above. You can also do fun watercolored designs with card bases included in your kit.   The kit comes with complete instructions and pictures to create the 20 cards or you can create your own fun designs! Let your imagination soar!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

For All Things ~ New Holiday Catalog Creation

The NEW Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog is here!  And it's always!  The catalog goes live today so I wanted to give you a sneak peek of one of the projects I will be sharing at my new catalog open house!  This project is made with the new "For all things" stamp favorite fall-themed set in the new caddy.

I decided to showcase the 2014-2016 In Colors on this particular card. These new colors are perfect for fall-themed projects as they are deep shades of yellow, orange, purple, green and blue (the blue is the only color I didn't use on this card). :)  To make this card, start with a piece of soft suede cardstock for the base. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of mossy meadow (green) cardstock and a 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of whisper white. Randomly stamp the leaf image onto the left side of the card. Stamp the smaller leaf image, in green, over the top of the of the other images...I stamped it twice without re-inking it (that's how you get the lighter colored image). Stamp a few acorns and hand cut them out. For the finishing touches, add a bit of gold baker's twine...I pulled out a few of the gold strand and secured them behind the acorns as accents before I added the baker's twine bow. Super simple and fun little project!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

August Paper Pumpkin Kit ~ Seriously Amazing

Good Morning!  I have been having a bit of paper pumpkin fun this past week as I played around with the new August 2014 Kit called Seriously Amazing! Vibrant and simple little card creations in this month's kit...well the projects are always pretty simple especially since there are instructions and pictures in each kit! So let's take a look at some of the fun alternative projects you can put together with the materials from the kit and by adding other supplies you may have on hand...

There were quite a few extra circle pieces left over (after I made all of the kit projects).  I decided to take a bunch of those different colored circles and run them up the card. Once I secured all of the circles onto a piece of blackberry bliss cardstock, I embossed it with the new stars embossing folder (which comes out in the holiday catalog this week)!

Since I still had a bunch of little circles left (even after that last project), I decided to create a child's birthday card.  This is probably my favorite creation from the kit because the caterpillar just turned out so cute!  The only additional materials I added to this card was the green cardstock, grass and some googly eyes! Super cute!

This month's kit came with a few pre-cut words that I decided to use as a "stencil" or a "mask." On this project, I used one of the pre-cut "thanks" templates and sponged a variety of different colors through it.

This particular card uses all of the kit materials except the strawberry slush cardstock that I added for the case of the card. I simply played around with the cardstock and shapes that came in the kit. Perfect little "thinking of you" card for my friend!
The final alternative project I put together is a gift bag. Now although the kit was focused on cards, I decided to take one of the big envelopes and use it to create a gift bag. I started by cutting a 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 piece of cardboard (which is in ther kit) and use it for the bottom of this box. using the 2 big pink envelopes from the kit, I simply adhere the flaps to the cardboard, taped up the sides and folded the top flaps outward. Then it was ready to be decorated! I used that "thanks" cut-out as a mask and sponged it onto the front of the box before I put it together. For the handle I cut a white strip from the paper from materials in the kit and secured it to the bag with the brads. Fun little gift bag project!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Swallowtail ~ Blendabilities

Here is the final card in my blendabilities series.  This card showcases the pumpkin pie and daffodil delight blendabilities markers....oh and the beautiful swallowtail stamp.  You can find out more information about these awesome coloring tools by clicking on this link Stampin' Blendabilities.  If you love coloring, you will love these markers!  

For this card I decided to heat emboss the butterfly image in black.  Just a little tip...don't use a colored embossing powder if you plan on coloring the image with your blendabilities. Since the blendabilities are alcohol based, as you color over black embossing it pulls the black color onto your markers. So needless to say...the tips of my orange and yellow blendabilities are black!  Now you can use a white or clear embossing powder (as I showcased a few days ago). If you are looking for your image to be outlined in black...use the black memento pad (instead of black embossing).

To make this beauty...start with a piece of daffodil delight for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of basic black cardstock, for a matte, behind a piece of 5 x 3 3/4 inch whisper white cardstock. Stamp the swallowtail image onto the white piece using the black memento ink pad. Then simply start coloring with your blendabilities.  I started with the daffodil delight markers first (the yellow ones)...coloring and blending various parts of the butterfly. Then I switched to the pumpkin pie markers (the orange ones) to finish the coloring and blending process. I added a bit of gold dazzling details to give the butterfly a bit of sparkle and finished it off with a little sentiment. 

I hope you enjoyed this little blendabilities series!  Thank you for following along!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sweet Briar Rose ~ Blendabilities

The third project in my blendabilities series showcases the Sweetbriar Rose stamp set as well as the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive blendabilities markers.  This card was a huge hit at class this month! There is just something about the deep purple and green colors that makes this card so delightful! 

Wanna recreate this project? Well, start with a piece of blackberry bliss cardstock for the base of the card. Now, I probably could have used rich razzleberry, to match the colors in the flowers, but I wanted to go a shade darker for the base. Emboss the front of the card base with the large polka dot embossing folder. Stamp the sweetbriar rose, using the black memento ink, on a piece of whisper white cardstock...cut out the image with one of the oval framelits. Then...get to coloring with the blendabilities.  For the flowers, I started with the darkest purple marker color first...shading the inner part of each flower. Next, I took the lightest purple and shaded and blended the outer part of the petals. The leaves were super simple...I took the darkest olive green blendabilities marker and simply highlighted the middle of each leaf. Once that was complete, I blended and shaded the rest of the leaf with the lighter green. For the final touches, I added a bit of silver glimmer paper, a paper doily and a beautiful white satin bow!  You can do this too! Give it a try!

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 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 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

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 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 coloring, 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 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

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Deco Labels Collection
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Deco Labels Collection
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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! 

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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! Enjoy!