Stampin' Up! Banner Blast meets Backyard Basics

2.28.2014

My Club Hostess (Hi Dyanne!) asked for one of her projects to include the Sale-a-bration stamp set Banner Blast and it's coordinating punch. While I was playing around with this set, Stampin' Up! announced that our Framelit set Backyard Basics would be on sale this week. (Click the link at the bottom of this post for more info.)

My first thought was to have the bird from Backyard Basics perched on the strung banner, but I had already adhered the banner in place and there really wasn't enough room. So I decided to place him where a sentiment would have gone instead. He looks kinda cute down there...



So then I tried again, this time adding a second banner (why? I don't know…) and subbing out Daffodil Delight for Calypso Coral. And then for some reason, the butterfly (also from Backyard Basics) looked like it belonged on the banner!


Maybe the card I demo at the meeting will include the bird up on the banner…? Who knows ;)
It will be interesting to see what variations are made by the ladies at our meeting today. Isn't it fun to start out with the same ingredients and end up with different finished products?


Want to create today's project… or something similar? ha!
Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Hardwood (w133032/c133035 - $17.95/$13.95), Backyard Basics (w129255/c129258, $24.95/$17.95), Sale-a-bration Banner Blast (w133032/c133035)
Project Colors: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Framelits - Backyard Basics (129380)*, Brayer (102395), 1-3/8" circle punch (119860), Sale-a-bration Banner Punch (133519)
Embellishments: Jewel Basic Rhinestone (119246)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) 

*on-sale this week only, normally priced at $24.95 - sale price is $18.71


Fresh Morning Meadow

2.28.2014

You may have noticed, but I'm a little obsessed with the paper in the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. The stack contains a variety of patterns and the size allows for a card front plus some. Included are super usable dot, chevron and striped patterns, but you also have a few sheets in a wonderful floral design. This particular design reminded me of the floral branch in our Morning Meadow stamp set. What do you think?


Now, if you are thinking that I went a little nuts using tools and supplies… well, you would be right. But hey - a girl's gotta play :)

Want to create today's project? 
Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Morning Meadow* (Wood 129675, Clear 129678)
Project Colors: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Pool Party
Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (132996)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Framelits Labels (125598), Festive Paper Piercing Pack (127857), Paper Piercing Tool (126189), Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199), Word Window Punch (119857)
Embellishments: Jewel Basic Pearls (119247), Pool Party Ruffle Ribbon (122975), 1" Cherry Cobbler   ribbon (retired)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
*This stamp set is available as a Hostess & Stampin' Reward. Earn rewards by hosting an event or placing an order of $150 or more.


Petite Petals Any Occasion Greeting Cards

2.27.2014

If you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, don't get jealous of my next statement. My Stampin' ladies are the best! A group of them get together once a week to create greeting cards and they let me play, too. (Yay!) I tend to take easy projects so that a) I don't haul my entire craft room with me and b) I can soak in all of their great ideas!

My Paper Pumpkin kit had just arrived the last time I attended. This month's kit includes two new photopolymer stamps in the goodies. (Photopolymer stamps are clear, as in see-through.) They are large dots, essentially, and were just the thing to use with the Petite Petals bundle for making some simple but cute any occasion cards.



Cute, right?

Want to create today's project? 
Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Petite Petals (w133152, c 133155; $15.95/$11.95)*, large dots - February My Paper Pumpkin kit
Project Colors: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizazz, Garden Green, (laying flat - Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise)
Tools: Petite Petals Punch (133322)
Embellishments: Jewel Basic Pearls (119247), Jewel Basic Rhinestones (119246)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
*If you are interested in both the stamp set and the coordinating punch, save 15% by purchasing the bundle instead. Wood (item #134821, $24.95) or Clear mount (item #134822, $21.25)


Shameless plea!
I am very close to my next Stampin' Up! goal. If you know of anyone who would be interested in Stampin' Up! as either a way to save money on purchases or as a home-business, please let them know I would love to talk with them. 
Most of my current team members are hobbyists; one is a small business demo like myself. I cannot offer big team benefits, but I can definitely offer one-on-one training and eight years worth of experience in meeting goals. They will also benefit from the larger starter kit during Sale-a-bration.
Please forward, if you are willing. Thank you (in advance!)

New weekly deal and a quick funny...

2.25.2014

We have some new weekly deals for you at Stampin' Up! Be sure to visit the store for additional information regarding these products; you may want to check the Clearance rack for new items, too!

Http://escape2stamp.stampinup.net



Before you go, I wanted to share a funny little picture originally shared by a friend on Facebook. With a site name like Escape2Stamp, I felt this was a must share :) heehee


Special note:
My hostess Dyanne is having a stamp party this Friday. If you place an order within the next couple days and would like to help her achieve more hostess rewards, please enter hostess code QW4S646Y. Thank You!

A Greeting Card, tea bag and treat holder - all in one

2.24.2014

Last Friday in class the ladies and I made these adorable little greeting cards. They are a three way treat, actually: a greeting card, tea bag and treat holder!

This project design was originally shared by Dawn Olfcheske.
Wouldn't this make a great little pick-me-up for someone who is under the weather? Some of the ladies suggested that this would also make a great gift card holder. You could also replace the chocolate/candy stick with a tube of lip gloss or a cute little pen. So many ideas!!

To create this little treat, start with a piece of card stock cut to 7-1/2" x 4-1/4". 
  1. Score/fold in half to create the card base. (Finished card size is 3-3/4 x 4-1/4".)
  2. Using the Simply Scored Tool and Diagonal Plate, score at 4-7/8". Fold, burnish and adhere the flap to the inside of the card. If you do not have this tool, either cut or fold down the top right of the card front to mimic the sample shown.
  3. Decorate the front and inside of your card.
  4. Punch two holes vertically in the lower right portion of your card. (Go through both the front and back of the card.)
  5. Use ribbon to hold treat in place.
  6. Tuck a tea bag in the pocket.

Optional: if you don't care to write a message inside, adhere the bottom of the card to create a closed pocket. You'll be able to insert the tea bag without it falling through the bottom, but you will not be able to access any messages inside.

**Do you live near Melbourne (FL)? Would you like to take a little break and join us for some stamping fun? Click here to see my class schedule and upcoming events. I am also filling my spring calendar for home parties and workshops. Contact me if you are interested in hosting an event and earning hostess benefits!**

Want to create today's project? 
Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Lacy & Lovely (w132025, c122887; $24.95/$17.95), From My Heart (w126555/c126557; $39.95/$28.95)
Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (132996)
Project Colors: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Tools: Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), SS Diagonal Plate (125586), Big Shot (113439), Framelits - Circles Collection (130911), Paper Snips (103579)
Embellishments: 5/8" Organza Ribbon (114319), Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape (133001)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)



Another Great Year and a great way to alter die cuts

2.23.2014

The crisp colors and clean patterns in our Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack work beautifully for happy cards. And what could be happier than a celebrating Another Great Year?


See the little red mat behind the sentiment? This mat and the sentiment were both die cut using dies from our Apothecary Accents Framelits. The mat in it's original form is much larger than what you see here. I trimmed it down to fit my project by cutting it in the center, cutting those pieces smaller and then layering them over each other. Here are a couple of pictures to better describe the process:



Aside from celebrating birthdays, paper crafters celebrate using our tools in multiple ways! :)


Want to create today's project? 
Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Another Great Year (w 133038, c 133041 - $23.95/$17.95)
Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (132996)
Project Colors: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Real Red, Early Espresso
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Framelits - Apothecary Accents (127003), Perfect Polka Dots TIEF (117335)
Embellishments: Jewel Basic Rhinestones (119246)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) 
Layout inspired by Mojo Monday sketch 333



Tips for using paper punches

2.20.2014

Paper punches are great tools for card making and adding embellishments to other projects. Here are a couple of tips that will help you use your paper punches more effectively. They will also save you some pain and some strain!

Typically, people want to use punches like this - insert the paper and go, right?


Try this instead: Stamp your image first (if you are using one), turn your punch over so that you can see the 'working' side of your punch. You might need to trim your paper a little, but you'll be able to align your image with the punch:


One more tip. What about when you have a punch that cuts out multiple items like our Bird Builder punch? In this example, we want the branches/leaves and not the bird, so cut a thin strip of card stock and insert it into the punch where the branch is located. You'll find it much easier (physically) to punch one shape instead of all three. This is a great way to use up scraps of card stock, too!

Got a little bit of the wing, too - but that's okay.

Interested in today's tools?
Catalog price -  $16.95 each 

 Blossom Punch (125603), Bird Builder Punch (117191)




Just Sayin' a bright hey there!

2.19.2014



Our Just Sayin' stamp set is a mixed set of sentiments each enclosed in it's own word bubble. (See the set below.) To create this card, I wanted the sentiment but not the bubble around it so I turned to my trusty Stampin' Write Marker to ink only the words.


An easy technique, but one that really expands the use of stamps!

This card was created just for fun, but while I was making it I was also reminded of some of the trouble my customers have using paper punches. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a couple of helpful tips guaranteed to take some of the pain and strain out of using punches!

Want to create today's project? 
Here's what you'll need, along with item numbers for easy ordering.
Stamps: Just Sayin' (wood 133200, clear mount 133203), Mixed Bunch (wood 125535, 125537)
Project Colors: Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Garden Green, Whisper White
Tools: Blossom Punch (125603), Bird Builder Punch (117191)
Embellishments: Jewel Basic Rhinestone (119246)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

This sentiment set is also available with coordinating framelits.
Bundle & Save (wood 134819, clear mount 134820)




The Stamp Review Crew - Gorgeous Grunge

2.16.2014


Welcome to another blog hop with the Stamp Review Crew. Twice a month, we take turns showing you projects and ideas using a specific stamp set. Earlier this month we shared Hello, Lovely and this week we are sharing one of my favorite sets - Gorgeous Grunge. This fun set has everything you need to create cool backgrounds and/or add texture to your projects. I hope you enjoy what you see today!

My son was invited to a birthday party this weekend and told me about it at the last minute. This greeting card is the first one I made, but it ended up a little too young for our needs. I think 15 year old males must be the HARDEST people for whom to create cards! Oh well, with all of the young kids in our family it will get put to use sooner or later.


Two stamps from our featured set were used on the card: the stripes and the dots on the lower portion of the card.  You can see a glimpse of a third stamp on the coordinating envelope; it looks like I spilled orange paint on the corner!

I just received a fresh batch of our Tag a Bag Gift Bags. These little bags are the best for gift giving - already printed with the chevron design and easy to decorate! I used the stamp set to create a little tag similar in style to the card. A little Baker's Twine, Simply Pressed Clay elements and Candy Dots and this little goody bag is ready to be a door prize at my next class!



Well, that's it for me today… Back to trying to create for teenage boys. Wish me luck! Your next stop can be accessed with the buttons below. Enjoy!







Gorgeous Grunge
To create today's projects, here's what you'll need:
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge (w130514, $24.95; c 130517, $17.95), Tag It (w130300, $22.95; c130303, $16.95)
Project Colors: Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Garden Green
Tag a Bag Gift Bags (131370), Whisper White Medium Envelopes (107301)
Tools: 1 1/4" circle punch (119861), 2-1/2" circle punch (120906)
Embellishments: White Baker's Tine (124262), Candy Dots (130931), Simply Pressed Clay (130685), Simply Pressed Molds (131272), Dazzling Details (124117)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), 5mm googly eye


US244 Bootiful Occasions Winter Greeting Card

2.15.2014

Ready for a new sketch? Today's sketch challenge at Unscripted Sketches should get the wheels turning.

With the majority of my family living in the Atlanta area and enjoying the rare snowy winter, I thought it would be fun to send them a fun winter greeting from my warm perch in Florida. They know I love shoes and the weather here; this set, Bootiful Occasions, has the perfect image and greeting. :)


The greeting and pretty little boot are actually part of the same stamp. Simple masking tape is a great tool to use when you want to isolate part of a stamp. The three boots in the 'back' were stamped using this technique.


Don't forget step 4! (Trust me…)
Now stamp and you are left with only the boot:


Now repeat the process, but this time cover the boot and not the sentiment. This way you'll have plenty of space to cut out the sentiment using your favorite shape. Here, I used a fluffy looking Word Bubble Framelit since it mimics the furry, fluffy top of the boot. Who knew stamping boots could be as fun as shopping for the real ones? ;)

Want to create today's project? 
Bootiful Occasions
Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering
Stamps: Bootiful Occasions (w131967/cm126597; $24.95/17.95)
Project Colors: Midnight Muse, Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Framelits - Word Bubbles (132968), Banner Punch (133529)* , Paper Snips (103579), Scotch Tape
Embellishments: Jewel Basic Rhinestone (119246)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) 
*Currently Available through Sale-a-bration




Using a large background stamp with a masking technique - Hardwood

2.12.2014

Simple masking is an easy way to include just a portion of a stamp on your project. This card design shows just a portion of our new Hardwood background stamp where normally the stamp would cover an entire card front. 


To get this look:

  1. Die cut a large circle from the center of a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of copy paper.
  2. Remove the circle.
  3. Set the remainder of the copy paper - your "mask" - over a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.
  4. Stamp the Hardwood image. The copy paper will cover a portion of the card stock, protecting it from the stamp; the stamp will only reach the uncovered portion - the circle we removed in step 2.

By the way, did you notice the twine along the top of the card? This is actually our Gold Baker's Twine with the gold string removed. It's easy to do, just gently unwind the thin gold string from around the neutral twine. (It's nice to have options, isn't it?)

Want to create today's project? 
Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Hardwood (clear mount 133035), Summer Silhouette (wood 126445, clear mount 126447), Blessings from Heaven (wood 123050, clear mount 123052)
Project Colors: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Framelits - Chalk Talk (129983), Circles (130991)
Embellishments: Natural Trim (129983), Candy Dots - Brights (130931), Gold Baker's Twine (132975)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)



Crazy Mixed Up Love US243

2.08.2014

This week's Unscripted Sketch is fresh and new. I love it when we see something completely unlike others we've tried before.  Remember that the shapes on the sketch are suggestions as are the proportions. It's cool how you can completely change a card just by mixing things up a bit. 

With Valentine's Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to make something with our adorable Crazy, Mixed Up Love stamp set. This bee is just too cute! (You'll notice I didn't change the shapes… not quite "thinking outside the box" today!)



Wondering about the color combo? It's straight from our Color Coach!


Easy-peasy… and oh, so cute!

Want to create today's project?
 Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Crazy, Mixed Up Love (Wood 131068, Clear Mount 131071; pricing w$19.95/cm $14.95)
Project Colors: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Real Red
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Perfect Polka Dots TIEF* (117335), Honeycomb TIEF (129378), 1 1/4" circle punch (119861), 1-3/8" circle punch (119860)
Embellishments: Cherry Baker's Twine (123125), Jewel Basic Rhinestone (119346), Candy Dots - Neutrals (130934) and Regals (130932)
Other: Color Coach (130118), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
*Tief=Textured Impressions Embossing Folder


Stampin' Up! Monstermaniacs

2.08.2014

Forget hearts and flowers for Valentines Day, how about some monsters instead?


Check out the other fun monsters in Monstermaniacs here. Enjoy!

Want to create today's project? 
Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Monstermaniacs
Project Colors: Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (retired - check the Clearance Rack for retired items)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Framelits - Circles (130911)
Embellishments: Buttons (Brights 130028), 5/8" Organza Ribbon (114319), White Baker's Twine (124262)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)



Oh, Hello small gift box

2.07.2014

Do you enjoy making boxes? If you do, I recommend that you look up Sam Donald on YouTube. She is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the UK and has many videos sharing a variety of boxes in different shapes and sizes. When I wanted to make something special for the blog hop earlier this week, her video's were my go-to for inspiration. (Both times…)

This adorable little slanted box was created using Our Simply Scored Scoring Tool. A few simple scores and cuts and then you are ready to decorate.


I used Stampin' Write Markers to ink the flower image (from Oh, Hello) and then fussy cut it before applying it over the punched out sentiment. Lines of pearls from our Jewels Basic Pearl and an Antique Brad glam it up for us. The brad also holds the top flap of the box to stay closed/secure.

Here's a better look at the detail on the top.


Want to make your own? Check out these resources:

How to make the box: Pootles Video
And the supplies you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Oh, Hello (clear mount 130733)
Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper (130144)
Project Colors: Soft Suede, Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla, Strawberry Slush
Tools: Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Decorative Label Punch (120907), XL Oval punch (119859)
Embellishments: Pearls Basic Jewels (119247), Natural Trim (129287)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)



Oh, Hello Thank You Greeting Card

2.06.2014

If you read my blog, you'll have heard me mention that I created projects using the wrong stamp set for Monday's blog hop. (Doh!) Well, here is project one inspired by the warm weather we had this weekend. In my little brain, warm=spring=pastel colors… at least on cards 




Want to create today's project? Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Oh, Hello (clear mount 130733)
Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper (130144)
Project Colors: Soft Suede, Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloup
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Chalk Talk Framelits (129983), Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
Embellishments: Pearls Basic Jewels (119247), Natural Trim (129287), Antique Brads (117273)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) 



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