Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day Dream Medallions

This was one of my favorite creations from this month's card classes. It was actually inspired by a picture in the 2014 Stampin' Up! catalog. I am drawn to projects that showcase pretty pastels and gold. This card actually uses a variety of stamp sets and materials so it may not be the easiest to re-create but it makes great eye candy!

To make this card, start with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock...this is the piece that you will do your stamping on. As I mentioned, there are a variety of supplies that you will need to re-create this card.  Let's start with the stamp sets used on this card:  Day Dream Medallions, Gorgeous Grunge, Flower Shop and A Round Array. The colors on this card include Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake.  And, of course, I used the coordinating flower and scalloped circle punches. Once you have all of your supplies, the stamping is easy! :) Simply stamp the various day dream medallion images using the different colors noted earlier. The medallions are your focal point for the card. You can embellish the card with a bit of baker's twine, a flower and some of the fun gold vellum and foil. Don't have all of the supplies? You are welcome to shop online at www.lynndunn.stampinup.net or get creative and substitute some of these embellishments for supplies you have on hand. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Be the Star

Bravo! Way To Go! Wahoo! :) Today I have a FUN and simple little card design to share which showcases some wonderful stampin' products and colors such as the Sweet Sadie Washi Tape, Bravo Stamp, a little star punch and the fun Stars Bundle!  The Sweet Sadie Washi Tape pack comes with 3 different colors:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Basic Black. Let me give you some basic instructions on how to put together this cute little card.

Start with a piece of crisp cantaloupe for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamp a sentiment, from the Bravo stamp set, on the bottom right hand corner using black ink. Grab the Sweet Sadie Washi Tape and run a few pieces horizontally across the card as shown. Stamp a large star image from the Be a Star Stamp Set using pistachio pudding ink....cut it out with the coordinating framelit. Secure this start with dimensionals over the washi tape.. For the finishing touch, randomly punch out a few little stars around your design. That's it!  Enjoy!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Summer Silhouette ~ Convention Case

Gosh, I can't believe the summer has come and gone already.  I feel like I was just getting started!!! Summer and fall are my favorite seasons so it's good thing one follows the other. Since summer is over, I thought I would give it just one last hurrah with this gorgeous summer silhouette creation!  This card was inspired by a swap I received at the 2014 convention. I just love the layout and...of course...the butterflies!

To re-create this card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of pink pirouette and a 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock.  Cut out the center of the 5 x 3 3/4 inch using one of the apothecary framelit designs...then emboss this piece with the mosaic embossing folder. Set aside. Stamp the fun leaf and flower images onto a scrap piece of very vanilla cardstock...the piece needs to be big enough to fit behind the apothecary accent cut out. Stamp the images using pear pizazz and pink pirouette ink. Stamp the fancy mosaic image using sahara sand ink. I used the stamp off technique to achieve light and dark image colors. To stamp off, simply stamp the image once and then, without re-inking, stamp it again. For the finishing touches on this card, add a few butterflies and some pearls. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Themed Swaps

Today I wanted to share some of the wonderful fall-themed swaps I received at our last team get together!  I work with a simply amazing and creative group of people!  Check out all of these FUN designs...ENJOY!

Lori Brausen
Makalah Wagner

Penni Litwiller
Penni Litwiller

Cristy Butzen
Kerry McDonough

Dawn Kloman
Vicki Mutchler

Kathy Reinhard
Lynn Zautner
Jena Schulz
Kristine John
Julie Rusch
Kathy Van Duser

Monday, September 15, 2014

Truly Grateful

I have another fall themed project to share with you today!  This project was actually the result of participating in a fall themed swap with my fellow demonstrators! I received some simply stunning fall projects that I will share with you this week!  This happens to be the project I created and shared with everyone.

The project showcases the Truly Grateful stamp set which you can actually find in the Annual Stampin' Up! catalog (not the holiday catalog). The stamp set might look familiar as it was a carry over from the last holiday season. Wanna re-create this card? Well, start with a piece of soft suede cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock. Stamp the wood grain background image onto the middle of the cardstock using soft suede ink. Sponge some cajun craze and hello honey ink over the image. Cut a 1 1/2 x 4 inch piece of soft suede cardstock and emboss it with your favorite embossing folder. Cut a piece of crushed curry chevron ribbon and secure it in the middle of that soft suede piece. For the center piece, I cut a piece of white cardstock with one of the Window Frame framelits and stamped it with some of the Truly Grateful images. Oh...and did you notice the paper piercing in the corners?  There are some fun templates available...check them out at http://bit.ly/1D8SuGx

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Color Me Autumn

Happy Fall!  Fall is one of the prettiest seasons here in Wisconsin!  The leaves are turning such beautiful colors and the air is crisp and comfortable. This is the time of year that I start to get excited about the holidays! :) I have been busy putting together a variety of fall and Christmas themed cards which I will share with you over the next few weeks.  

This particular fall-themed card was inspired by a card I saw on pinterest. I have been looking for some quick and simple designs so this one caught my eye right away. Plus, I love the look of washi tape in card designs.  So to make this card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Stamp the little flowery image from the Embellished Events stamp set using hello honey ink. Notice I stamped the image on the left hand, side of the card towards the middle. Next I added the three different patterns of washi tape from the color me autumn collection. For the finishing touch, add a little button, some linen thread and your favorite sentiment. Easy peasy! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Polka Dot Pieces ~ Circle Thinlit

Well it has been awhile since I shared a fun fold card with all of you....so today let's look at a fast and easy way to create fun fold cards. Stampin' Up has a wonderful product line available to us called "thinlits."  These amazing little tools work with your big shot embossing machine to complete all of the fun fold scoring and cutting for you! Yes, I did say it's all done for YOU! :)

To make this card, start with a piece of hello honey cardstock cut to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. using the circles thinlit, cut out the fun fold design. The circle thinlit will cut and score the cardstock for you.  Just a little tip...to make a regular sized card, don't lay the thinlit directly on top of the cardstock...instead, lay the circle part of the thinlit on the cardstock and bring the other part of the cardstock up and over the bottom part of the thinlit. You want half of the cardstock under the thinlit and the other half resting on top...anything under the thinlit will get cut and scored and anything on top of the thinlit will not. To get a better idea of how to position your framelit, check out this example http://bit.ly/1nTbrp4. Cut a 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of designer paper...in this case I used the new Park Lane DSP. I also cut a 1 x 5 1/4 inch piece of sahara sand cardstock and ran it through the big shot with one of the finishing touches edgelits (to get the fancy edge). Secure these two pieces together on the inside flap of your card as shown. For the finishing touches, I simply decorated up the front of the card and the circle with images from the Polka Dot Pieces stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating punches. Using these new thinlits provides a quick way to make some fun folding cards. Give it a try!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Work of Art Flower

Today I wanted to show you a fun little project you can create with the Work of Art stamp set.  This is such a versatile stamp set as I have seen soooo many different designs from a flower, such as this one, to a palm tree, Christmas tree and so many more! This particular card was inspired by a swap I received at the 204 Stampin' Up! convention. 

So for today, I want to focus on creating a cute little flower with the blotchy images that are found in this set. Start out with a piece of mossy meadow cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock...this is the piece you will do your stamping on. Now you will have to take a close look at the pic to determine which blotchy image to use but just a little hint...I used the same one for the flower and the leaves (it looks a bit like a painter's palette). Ink up the image with perfect plum and stamp in a circular motion. I stamped a few times before reinking the image (that's how you get the lighter and darker purple colors).  I continued to stamp until it resembled a flower. :) Clean off the stamp and ink it up with mossy meadow (the green). Stamp the image in a V shaped to resemble the leaves. For the finishing touch, stamp a black circle in the center of your flower and add one of the little sentiments that comes with the Work of Art stamp set. It's a fun little card to make! Enjoy!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Project Ideas

Wanna get a head START on your Christmas projects? 
I have 12 FREE project ideas that I would love to share! 


Friday, September 5, 2014

Gorgeous Grunge Thank You

Today I have a SIMPLE and QUICK little card design to share with all of you. This card showcases the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set...one of my favorite sets for putting together simply stunning cards! And it also showcase the very large and new "thank you" stamp! 

This card was inspired by a swap I received at the 2014 Stampin' Up! convention. So to make this card, you will be using the new blackberry bliss and soft sky colors. Start with a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock....this is the piece you will do your stamping on. The beauty of this stamp set is that you can randomly stamp the blotch and line images and create any design you like! If you are looking to re-create this one, then start by stamping a few lines down the center of the card using the soft sky ink. Stamp a few soft sky blotches in the corners as shown. Grab the other blotchy image and stamp it with the blackberry bliss ink. Don't forget to stamp the "thank you" in the center of the card. Once you have completed all of the stamping...take the fine "dots" or splatter image, ink it up with versa mark and randomly stamp it over the card.  Sprinkle some iridescent ice embossing powder over the versa marked image and heat to set. It adds just a bit of sparkle to your project.  That's it!  For the final touch, use a border punch (like the hearts) to add a little more pizazz. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 Fall Stampin' Extravaganza

Join us for a fun-filled day at the beautiful Cedar Valley Retreat Center and let us pamper YOU! Your day long Stampin' Extravaganza includes lots of fun, creativity, food, prizes, and projects! And...special GIFTS for all attendees! 

YOU will create a total of 36 projects during this event! 
Below is a list of all of the activities for the day:

10 x 10 All Occasion Card Class (9:00am ~ 10:45am)

Make a total of 10 cards by the end of this session. Each card will take less than 10 minutes to make! 10 Beautiful cards with coordinating envelopes...perfect for any occasion!

A Little Sumthin' Sumthin' (11:00am ~ 12:00pm)  
Make 5 cards and 5 adorable, coordinating little gift boxes! Of course you will also have coordinating envelopes! Super fun projects that you can put together in a snap!

Lunch will be from 12:00pm ~ 1:00pm and is included in your registration fee

Stamp a Stack of Cards (1:00pm ~ 4:00pm)
Make 16 beautiful Fall-themed and/or Holiday-themed cards! I will have 8 different designs; You choose 4 out of the 8 designs and make 4 of each design! Class includes envelopes and all of the materials you will need to complete a total of 16 beautiful cards!

Space is limited so register today at http://conta.cc/1kUra99
It is definitely an event you don't want to miss!

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 dimensionals...you 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. So...now 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! And...it 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 fabulous...as 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 set...my 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!

The last alternative project I put together with this month's kit showcases the flower shop and gorgeous grunge stamp sets.  I wanted to use up some of the left over circles from the kit so I decided to use them in the center of the flowers. 

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