Stampin' Up! Another Thank You


Products used today: 

Stamps: Another Thank You
Project Colors: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss
Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches, Big Shot, (retired embossing folder)
Embellishments: Pearl Basic Jewels, Tea Lace Paper Doilies
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

Card layout: Paper Craft Crew sketch #43

Stampin' Up! Blooming with Kindness


The floral image from Blooming with Kindness is simply gorgeous. Here it is simply stamped using two different tones of the same color, with a little bit of contrast in the center. I chose to go with a different sentiment than what comes with the set, but those are in a beautiful font. I'm sure this set will see a lot of ink!

Colors: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla
Embellishment: Jewel Basic Pearl
(sentiment is from a retired set)

Stampin' Up! Snapshot


For You - Snapshot, a fun camera image from Stampin' Up!

Products used today: 

Stamps: Snapshot, sentiment from My Paper Pumpkin
Project Colors: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Lost Lagoon
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot, Chalk Talk, embossing folder, Paper snips
Embellishments: Mini Silver Brads
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

Playing with card sketches


Its always fun to me how you can take a card sketch and make it look so different by tweaking the card stock, images and embellishments you use. This past Friday in class we focused on sketches and played with a fun one from Mojo Monday (#362). Each participant gets a copy of the sketch to keep on a ring and makes a card, too.

The following samples are some simple cards I made based on the sketch. They were shared at the class to help bring the sketch to life and (hopefully) provide some ideas:

These stamped images are from this month's My Paper Pumpkin kit.
Sentiment: Gratitude for Days; Leaves Kinda Eclectic

Project Life by Stampin' Up! Two Tips and a few samples


Recently, I had the privilege of sharing our new Project Life ® by Stampin' Up! products with a group of friends. This was a fun way to share the afternoon and I have a couple of tips that will help you if you decide to play along:

Tip 1: Make it a group event! This group of friends each purchased a different set of card inserts then shared a few. For example, my book uses mainly the Happiness Is Collection, but now also includes inserts from the Love Story, Playground and Everyday Adventure Collections. Each collection contains 100 inserts, so there are plenty to share! (See page 189 of our Annual Catalog or click here to see options.)

Tip 2: If you are using the 6" x 8" book with assorted page inserts and you have a lot of horizontal photos, consider cutting some of the scenery photos in half and putting the pictures in the small pockets. (This might work with group photos if there is space between people.) Becky Warner shared this idea with us in class; here's a picture to give you an idea of how it looks. It's not as scary as it sounds...

Here are a few really basic pages I created for my book. I may go back and add some embellishments later, but for now this book is meant simply as a place to put these memories and photos that make me smile :)

What happens when they get tired of mom taking pictures...

He is growing up too fast...

Took some doin', but I finally got him to look at me!

My guys *grin*

Stampin' Up! Bootiful Occasions


Shhh! I'm playing in my craft room. Even though this didn't come out as I envisioned, it was still more fun to work on than that load of laundry that is going to beep any second now....

Products used today: 

Stamps: Bootiful Occasions
Project Colors: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Pie
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot, Framelits - Circles, Framelits- Bitty Banners
Embellishments:  Jewel Basic Rhinestones, 1/4" Taffeta Black
retired Designer Series Paper
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

Gift Box Punch Board XL Box


Earlier this week, I briefly shared a box made to hold my niece's birthday gift. I wasn't able to get in to then, but this box was made with the Gift Box Punch Board. It is also the largest size for which the board provides instructions and measures 4"x4"x4". (She has already received her gift, so I can tell you that it holds a large scarf and coordinating ring ~ very roomy!) I have already seen a couple of tricks for making larger boxes, but haven't tried them myself... more on that later.

If you haven't already tried it, I definitely recommend our new heavy weight paper Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper. Here you see the kraft and white color design, but the other side does have color. And you will love how well it holds up for this type of application.

For more info on the punch board, check out this Stampin' Up! video on YouTube. Enjoy!

Products used today: 

Stamps: Yippee Skippee
Project Colors: Mossy Meadow
Under The Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Gift Box Punch Board, Large Oval punch
Embellishments: Regals Candy Dots, Autumn Wooden Elements, neutral baker's twine
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

Tagged in the Creative Blog Hop


Hi :)
Last week my friend Dawn Tidd tagged me for the Creative Blog Hop. This hop does share projects, but focuses more on the people behind a projects and gives you a peek into who they are and how they create. You'll find Dawn's post HERE. I hope you'll take a look. Dawn is a really nice lady who I was blessed to meet a few years ago at a Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference. It's been nice to reconnect with her - even for just a few minutes - at other events and on-line. I believe you'll enjoy the variety of projects she shares and the wealth of info, too!

Well, how about I get started? For this hop I'm to answer 4 questions. I'll be brief, promise!

1. What am I working on now? At the writing of this post, I've just completed working on 200 wedding invitations, a box to hold my niece's birthday gift and a set of greeting cards for a family member who just made it home after 6 weeks in the hospital. Next, I need to get busy making a variety of cards. My mother, an aunt and a cousin just visited and cleared my stash! I do not have a single finished card in my craft room. (Thank you, ladies!)

For my niece's gift...

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? Um.... you know what? It doesn't. Like many of you, I like trying out different styles but have my favorites. I like trying tools and such, but have my standbys. I won't be invited to share anything on stage any time soon, but that's okay; my friends and loved ones would still rather send and receive my handmade goodies than a store-bought one any day. Here's one shared recently with a really nice barista my husband and I pester every weekend. (It's for her son.)

Stamp set: Monstermaniacs

3. Why do I create what I do? The main reason I create is because it gives me time to get out of my own head for a while. I can let go of the to-do list, put on some music and just let the colors, textures and ideas carry me away. Equally important is the joy expressed by the recipient(s). I love to watch the faces of my family members when they either receive a card from me or when they go through my "stash" and take some for their own use. I do some scrapbooking (aka memory keeping) but greeting cards are my go-to craft.

Part of a gift set mentioned in question 1

4. How does my creative process work? I work best when I start with a sketch or with an idea from project that has caught my eye. Next I pull a color combination I want to try; color combos have a certain "feel" to them so they lead me to the image(s) and sentiment I'll use. Tools come somewhere in the middle (would this look better with texture? cut out somehow?). And finally, I play around and spend too much time on embellishments. I love layers and love to add a little "something" or my card feels unfinished. (It doesn't look that way if someone else makes it - just if I make it!) Lets just say that I usually pay overage on postage because most of my cards are non-machinable... *grin*

image from Summer By The Sea (retired)

Thank you for reading through my info. I hope it didn't bore you silly! My last task was to tag other stampers you could then visit next Monday. Unfortunately, I wasn't very successful with that task. Everyone I tried has either participated in the task, no longer runs a blog or didn't reply. Bummer. :( But thanks for reading through my post today. Happy Stamping!

Stampin' Up! releases You're Wonderful


Check out the latest photopolymer stamp set: You're Wonderful

18 piece set; $23.95 US

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Stampin' Up! Sketched Birthday


Think quick... seize the CAKE!


To add to the party feel, trim thin strips of paper and twirl around a stylus to create twirly pieces of confetti-like streamers. Attach these streamers to your card using small dots of Tombow adhesive.

Stamps: Sketched Birthday, Something to Say
Project Colors: Basic Gray, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon
Moonlight Designer Series Paper
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Circle Punches, Corner Rounder
Embellishments: In-Color Sequin Assortment, Crystal Effects
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

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