Stampin' Up! Choose Happiness


When I started with Stampin' Up! nearly 10 years ago, I remember that it was very "in style" to rough up the edges of the card stock and also add ink to draw attention to the texture. In recent years we've turned towards machines and folders to add texture. Nothing wrong with that, but how about we have some fun and go retro today? Let's bring back texture using with simple tools most crafters will have on-hand!

So lets start with a bone folder or scissors to rough up the edges of each layer of card stock. Rubbing the side of the bone folder (or scissors) along the edge of your card stock will cause it to fray. Add a bit light brown ink (Crumb Cake ink) using Stampin' Sponges along the outside edges of each layer to help provide an even more distressed look. (I also added a light dusting of color towards the center of the panel just to reduce brightness.)

Ok, so there we have our card base, first and second layers. Next up is our banner layer. There are Framelits available that will cut this shape for you, but I use a trick that Shelli (owner of Stampin' Up!) shared with us at convention years ago. Simply cut up the center of the layer, then cut in from one corner to meet the top of your first cut. Flip that triangle over to the other side and use it as a guide to cut your last piece. Voila - a banner edge!

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Next I stamped the sentiment and used a Blender Pen to add a bit of Crushed Curry to the design. Then I lined up the sentiment in my Stampin' Trimmer so that the edge of the design was right on the printed cutting marks of the trimmer. (I used this same 'eyeball' measurement on all 4 sides.)

It still looked like it needed something, so I flipped the sentiment layer over and used the plastic edge of the cutting guide (to the right of the cutting track) as a guide to move my paper over a bit. Then I used the scoring blade to score a line. (repeated again on all 4 sides - shown below) By flipping the sentiment layer over, my scored lines will come up out of the paper. You can leave the sentiment facing up if you would rather have indented lines.

This sentiment layer was adhered to another layer of Very Vanilla and then added to the card with a few more details to finish. Here's the finished card again so you don't have to scroll up to see it now that I've bored you with so many details ;)

Two last notes: All of the images shown on this card (including the flower and bird) are part of the same stamp set - yay! And this layout is courtesy of Mojo Monday. (I love sketches!)

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Adriana B.

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What's your lucky color - and this week's deals


It's Tuesday and time for announcements. Before I get to this week's deals, I wanted to share some other news with you. As you may  know, Stampin' Up! just had a convention last week where they announced the next incentive trip Demonstrators can earn. As if next spring's Mediterranean Cruise wasn't enough to make a girl drool, the trip after that will be to Phuket, Thailand! (The beaches and markets look incredible!)

Something fun they shared with the announcement is the Thai tradition of having a lucky color. In Thailand, each day of the week has a color assigned to it. The color assigned to the day of your birth is your "lucky color". Just for fun, Stampin' Up! made this fun chart; to use it, find the day of the week you were born on and determine your color. I was born on a Thursday (thank you Mom and Google), which means my color is Pumpkin Pie!

 Fun, huh? I like that my color is also something I enjoy eating :)

Now on to this week's specials! 

*These items are 30% off their normal retail price and a set amount has been set aside. Once this amount has been reached, the items are removed from the deals and revert to their original pricing. (Quantities are listed below the images. Click on a specific image for more details regarding a product or when you are ready to shop.)

June 3- Aug 3, 2015

Hearts Border Punch = 4000
Melon Mambo Cotton Ribbon = 2000
Basic Black ribbon through Vanilla Baker's Twine = 1000
Masks = 2100
Metallic Foil Doilies = 4200

A word to the wise: if you see something you really want, don't wait until the end of the week to order.  I waited until Friday last week to place an order that had a couple of Weekly Deal items on it and the sale quantity had already been sold. Bummer...

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Adriana B.

July Paper Pumpkin Get Well card


This month's Paper Pumpkin is likely my favorite so far. The stamp set includes useful sentiments and an adorable cup with different things to go in it. One of those "things" is a plant that you can stamp as if it were contained in the cup. I used it to decorate the cup instead!

Here's a little how-to for making the card. First, stamp the cup image then stamp the design you want to use over the cup. Don't worry about your design going over the edges of the cup; it is going to get cut out so you will trim off any unnecessary images.

I used Paper Snips to cut out the cup and a hobby blade to trim the area inside the handle. The sentiment was punched out using a circle punch.

Add some fun paper and your favorite embellishment and you have...

For a peek at the July Paper Pumpkin, click here to see a video showing the kit. (There's more to it than the stamps!) And f you are interested, note that at this time new Paper Pumpkin subscribers get 50% off their first two months. Enjoy!

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Adriana B.
Paper Pumpkin link for new subscribers: Paper Pumpkin

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Stampin' Up! Made With Love for baby


Today's e-mail brought a reminder that this week's Freshly Made Sketch was still up. It was a nice reminder to sit down and play with a new baby stamp set that's been waiting to see ink! First, here's the sketch:

After altering the dimensions a little bit, I ended up with this:

The little onesie was cut by hand using Paper Snips but if you (or your hands) don't care for fussy-cutting, you'll be happy to know that this image can be easily trimmed using the Baby's First set of Framelits! If you are trimming by hand, one tip passed on to me years ago is to turn the paper as you cut as opposed to moving your cutting hand around. This results in smoother cuts and it's less stressful on your hand. :)

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Adriana B.

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