Stampin' Up! Backyard Basics FTL246


The happy stamper dance continues with a great sketch and new goodies from our latest Catalog. First, here's the sketch as provided by cleanandsimplestamping:

I saw the flower and new that it was the perfect opportunity to play with a new coordinating stamp and Framelit set Backyard Basics!

Colors: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
The card seemed a little bottom heavy, so I added the Baker's Twine and a large Vintage Faceted Button to try to balance things out a bit. All in all, this card was a quick one to put together since the framelits cut the flower out perfectly. No fussy cutting on this one!

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Also, the sentiment used above, from our Sweet Essentials stamp set is on sale through the end of this month. Check out our special offers!

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Unscripted Sketches #216


There's a new sketch for you this weekend at Unscripted Sketches. Give it a try?

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New to stamping or only have a few minutes to escape? Check out My Paper Pumpkin, our new straight-to-your-door monthly kit. Priced at only $20 (including shipping), each original kit will provide you with about 30 minutes worth of creativity! My Paper Pumpkin
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Stampin' Up! Off the Grid Perfect Blend RS68


I finally had some time to escape to the stamp room and get inky. (Insert happy giggle here…) I pulled up last Saturday's Retro Sketch and created a fun card using several new goodies from our just released 2013-2014 Catalog. First, here's the sketch:

I replaced the flowers with this cute coffee cup from Perfect Blend and used the XX's on the sketch to place our new background stamp, Off The Grid. The coffee cup is decorated with a new accessory Regals Candy Dots. (These dots are available in each of our color families; Regals refers to the color group I used here.)

Colors: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla

Some project notes:
The panel on the right (behind the coffee cup) was weathered using a super simple technique:

  1. Cut the card stock to size, crumple tightly in your hands then flatten somewhat. 
  2. Rub it with VersaMark or a sponge containing light brown ink. This will highlight the lines and crinkles you just created.
  3. Rub with a Bone Folder to flatten further and apply to your project.

For the multi-colored stamp (grid):
Ink up the stamp with your lightest color first.
Notice that the stamp is positioned "rubber up" and I'm tapping the ink pad down onto it. It easier to control the amount of ink you put on your stamp this way; it only takes a light touch. Pressing hard will often gunk up your stamp and the wood or clear block holding it.

Apply darker color ink to the edges of the stamp with an ink pad or - even easier - with the brush tip of a Stampin' Write Marker.

Stamp onto your project. I used this technique on the front of the card and also on the inside panel where the greeting will be written.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Perfect Blend (item #131392)

Use It Tuesday - Patterned Paper Quick Card


A sketch over at Cas(e) This Sketch caught my eye as one that would be very useful for using up Designer Series Paper (patterned paper). Why is this an issue, you ask? Well, some of us (not to mention names.. ahem) have a habit of stocking up on lovely patterns and then they somehow multiply like bunnies. And now we have a new catalog and it's time to make room for some new bunnies… er, paper.

This card came together very quickly with nesting punches and butterflies. Quick and easy - and lets the paper shine!

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Stampin' Up! Sketched Birthday FMS90


Here's a groovy sketch challenge to get the stampy-mojo going. This one is from Freshly Made Sketches and includes a big open space you can use in a variety of ways. My Stampin' friend Linda Callahan came up with this one; I hope you'll give it a try!

 I got a little punchy with mine…

Stamps: Sketched Birthday (NEW!) and Sassy Salutations
I had intended to draw your attention to the stamp sets used here, but really... how fun is it to find lots of ways to use one tool? Our 1 1/4" circle punch is used 3 ways here: to punch out the main image, as an embellishment (the stapled section next to the sentiment) and a lively under-layer (on the left). Fun!

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Stampin' Up! Happy Day RS67


I have a pretty little card to share with you today! It's based on Retro Sketches (sketch #67) and uses two of our new In-Colors as well as a new stamp set, Happy Day. First the sketch:

Add some Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Happy Day images plus a couple tools and embellishments and you get:

The inside got a little stamp action, too. Lookie:

I think I like the inside as much as the outside :)

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US214 Heat Embossed Mixed Bunch


It's another Saturday and time to share yet another Unscripted Sketches challenge with you. Like last week, our sketch has a large rectangle layer just begging for attention. This time, I picked a summery color scheme and pulled out the tools for the first technique that ever wow'd me: heat embossing! I have enough color going in the card stock that I chose to use white embossing powder, but check the very bottom of this post for a complete listing of our available powders.

Colors: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White
Stamp sets: Mixed Bunch, Itty Bitty Banners

If you are new to heat embossing and would like to see how it is done, check out this step-by-step tutorial provided by Stampin' Up!

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Stampin' Up! Natural Composition Specialty Paper Treat Bag


The second of our projects at our May club meeting was to create this fun little treat bag.

Natural Composition Specialty (item #126917)
Elegant Butterfly punch (item #127526)

The paper used here is our Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). This beautiful paper is embossed with a variety of designs. (There are 12 sheets in the pack. You receive 2 sheets of 6 different designs.) The pouch itself was left as-is but we used Sponge Daubers to apply ink to scraps and then punched out two butterflies. Doesn't the embossed design just POP that way?

The design for this pouch was originally shared by Stampin' Up! and holds a 4" x 6" cello bag. To create it:
  1. Cut the DSP 4" x 10".
  2. Turn the embossed side face down and score at 1/2", 4-1/2" and 6". (Tip: Turning it face down will protect the embossed design while you score.)
  3. Insert your cello bag and fold your pouch into shape. 
  4. Lay a strip of ribbon over the center of the top flap and staple the pouch closed. Tie the ribbon in a knot to hide the staple.
  5. Apply punched butterflies using Glue Dots.


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Stampin' Up! 2013-2015 In Colors


Although I've shared the new In-Colors with you here on-line, our May Club Meeting was the first opportunity to share the colors with my lovely Club ladies. Here's the card we made which makes use of all the colors as well as our new Happy Day stamp set.

Sentiment is from Loving Thoughts

To create this card, cut colored card stock in varying widths but the same height. Choose a punch that suits your chosen sentiment, and punch along the left edge of the leftmost card stock. Assemble and adhere panels to a layer of neutral card stock and stamp a design over the layers. We stamped our motif with VersaMark, then heat embossed using White embossing powder

I'll be sharing our second project with you next Monday. It's a nifty little treat holder you won't want to miss! :)

Card design: based on a card by Ellen Hutson

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Stampin' Up! A Fitting Occasion CTS30


Check out this cute sketch from Cas(e) This Sketch! Looks like one where you could keep it simple or go all out…

I pulled out some of our 2012-2014 In-Colors and a sheet of Print Poetry Designer Series Paper (Spring 2013) and got to work…well, play. I was going to just leave a bow of Baker's Twine in the Silver Basics Button, but thought it would be more fun topped with this adorable elephant from A Fitting Occasion. The layer immediately under the elephant reads "little one" repeated in a circle.

If you look on the bottom left, you can just see the inside panel of the greeting card. I stamped the elephant in the three banner colors across the bottom of the panel. Not only does it look adorable, but it takes up a little space so that you don't have to be so very effusive in your note! ;)

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US213 Core'dinations Owl Birthday card


Welcome to another fun sketch challenge provided by SaraKaye at Unscripted Sketches! This one is deceptively simple. There's something about that large rectangle that calls for some extra treatment or some beautiful patterned paper. For me, that meant creating a little scene and playing around with one of my favorite paper products - Core'dinations card stock. Lookie:

Sentiment is from our Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set

For this card, I ran a piece of Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock through the Big Shot using our Woodgrain embossing folder. A little light sanding brings out the lighter color on the inside of the card stock. I punched a hole so that our cute birthday owl could poke out to share birthday greetings. The Builder Owl punch punches out all you need dress up the owl (body, chest piece, layers for the eyes, even the little heart on the sentiment); I added a triangle of patterned paper for his party hat.

To see more paper creations created using this sketch, be sure to visit the Unscripted Sketches site. Each week the Design Team shares a variety of ideas including a variety of styles and techniques. Enjoy!

**** Note: *****

Our new catalog went LIVE yesterday and I'm happy to report that we now have even more choices of Core'dinations for you. See the options on page 159 in our 2013-2014 Catalog.

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