Aug 21

Studio Clean Up Continues!

The studio clean up is not over!  As promised yesterday, I am continuing to share items I made from a recent purge of clutter from my studio.  I tend to hang on to every small piece of cute paper that I have.  My intentions are always good — that some day it will be used on the PERFECT project.  In actuality all that happens, is my paper storage gets too full!  So I am trying to use all that beautiful paper that I have instead of hoarding it. #goals

The projects for today are a little bit of an embarrassment.  I didn’t realize I had items quite this old waiting to be used.  They were items from a Stampin’ Up event that I attended in 2011.  The projects didn’t get completed at the time, but I don’t remember why.   And I certainly don’t remember what exactly they were supposed to look like. I just made my own cards from them, because the stamp sets that were supposed to be used have long since retired.

Studio Clean Up Studio Clean Up

Although I am disappointed with myself for letting this product sit in the bottom of a cabinet for 7 years, I am happy with the cards that I created out of them.  🙂

Tomorrow we are taking a break from the spring cleaning posts.  I have something else to share with you.  But on Thursday we’ll finish up this series.  I hope, if nothing else, this inspires you to use the paper that you buy.  Don’t save it for “someday”, use it now!  That’s my new plan. 🙂

Aug 20

Spring Cleaning in August

You might be a little behind if you are spring cleaning in August. Better late than never though, right? I am not so sure about that, but I am determined to reduce some clutter in my life! Mostly I have been throwing stuff out. Why do I keep every little scrap of cute paper?! There were a few things that I kept, but only long enough to create something out of it. If it was on my desk that night I threw it away. (Exercising tough love.) So this week I am sharing projects that resulted from this clean out. Maybe this will inspire you to sort through your paper stash also.

I got some Brusho Colours back in the spring and played with them one day recently. I used quite a bit of water on the page I was playing with and had to set it aside to dry. Well, there it sat and so when I got to that page I decided to punch out some items and make a couple of cards from it. I am pretty pleased with the way they turned out.

Spring cleaning in August

The first card used the Daisy Punch for that cute flower.  I paired it with some Designer Series Paper to create a cute quick card.  The next card used the Cat Punch with my Brusho water colored paper.  This one is my favorite!  I am a dog person at heart, but you gotta love that cute kitty!

Obviously I have a lot more experimenting to do with these Brusho Colours, but they were fun and easy to use.  (I am thinking I will make a pink cat next!) . These cards got me a little closer to reducing the clutter in my studio and I have some birthday cards for my stash—win, win!

I will continue sharing cards made from my “spring cleaning” this week, so check back tomorrow to see what else I found!  If you want to get one of these cute punches for yourself, let me know and I will help you with an order!

Jun 15

Color Run Challenge

I issued the Color Run Challenge after participating in a Color Run event over the weekend.  We took this awesome pic after we finished the race…

Color Run Challenge

I issued a challenge to create a project using Stampin’ Up! colors that most closely matched the ones we were throwing in the picture.  Here is my project.  I am so pleased with the finished card!

Color Run Challenge Sample

Color Run Challenge

The colors I chose for my Color Run Challenge project were Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch and Bermuda Bay.  I am so happy that Poppy Parade has returned.  It was an In Color years ago.  I loved it then and I love it now.  Mango Melody and Pineapple Punch, two brand new colors, have arrived just in time because they match the Color Run picture perfectly.  The blue was the hardest color to match, however I do think Bermuda Bay did a fair job.

Remember, you can find inspiration for your paper craft projects anywhere.  There are color combinations and patterns all around us.  Find one that you like and mimic it in a card or other project.  You can use colors from an ad, from clothing, from home decor, product labels…just about anything!

Please join in our Color Run Challenge.  Share a project with me that you create using the colors you feel most closely match the ones being thrown in my picture.  If I receive your project picture by Saturday, June 16, 2018, you will have a chance to win a prize!

 

Apr 08

Eclipse Technique for Decor

I’ve become addicted to using the Eclipse Technique for decor. I recently ordered the Large Letters Framelits (141712) just so I could play with this technique, and now I am in love! Prior to this I only had the Large Numbers Framelits, so I made a New Year’s card using the Eclipse Technique. It turned out super cute and I was hooked, but the number dies certainly limited my creativity. So, I invested in the alphabet dies too. Yes, this is a high dollar item, but oh so worth it!  I have loved everything I have used this die set for, and have only scratched the surface of the possibilities!

My first attempt at the Eclipse Technique for decor was a gift for a baby shower. Sometimes I have an idea for a project in my head and once I begin working on it, it changes to something different. But THIS project turned out exactly as I had pictured it in my head. It was all I had hoped it would be, and was relatively easy to do. This is a before and after picture of this makeover.

Eclipse Technique for Decor Eclipse Technique for Decor

Then I got this other Idea in my head. I had been “saving” this designer series paper for just the right project. (Sometimes it is so hard to make the first cut of that beautiful paper, but I am getting better at this!) . This project also turned out exactly as I had pictured it…and I LOVE it!  Plus, it only took me about 30 minutes to create. Yay!

Eclipse Technique for Decor

I cannot wait to use this technique for more projects…including Christmas cards! And, of course, I will definitely be using the Eclipse Technique for decor again soon. (I have this dinosaur idea rolling around in my head, so it will probably be next.)

I hope these projects have inspired you.  Now go create something fun!  And if you have considered investing in the Large Letter Framelits, I would definitely recommend them!

Jan 28

Party Pandas Birthday Box

This Party Pandas birthday box is such a fun project.  Don’t you know the recipient of this sweet bear is going to smile?  I love how it looks like he is barely able to stay grounded while holding on to those balloons!  Here’s our project for today…

Party Pandas Birthday Box!

Party Pandas Birthday Box

The additional balloons that I added to this image are from the Birthday Delivery stamp set.  To stamp them “behind” the original balloon I simply created a mask of that balloon by stamping it on a post-it note and cutting it out.  Then I was able to stick that mask on the balloon image before I stamped the extra balloons.  I sometimes shy away from masking because of the time involved, however, sticky notes are great for making quick and easy masks for smaller images.  Plus, I always have sticky notes ready to use.  And don’t forget to save the masks that you create.  They can be used for other projects too.  I simply store them in the box with the stamp set so they are easy to access next time.

The box is just a simple gable box.  I think with all the tools we have available to us for box making (box dies, gift box punch, etc) we sometimes overlook the tried and true box making method of cutting and scoring paper by hand.  Try not to overlook it though, because it opens up so many box styles to us!

This ends our week of sharing these cute Party Pandas with you.  I hope our samples have given you an idea of whether or not this stamp set is one you would like to add to your collection.  Remember, it is a Sale-A-Bration set, so you can earn it free with a $50 purchase through March 31.

Next week we will be sharing another Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  Be sure to check back to see which one it is!

 

Jan 26

Stampin Up Party Pandas Birthday Card

This Stampin Up Party Pandas birthday card is just FUN!  I love the colors, I love the little juggling panda, and I love that it was so easy to make.  This Sale-A-Bration stamp set allows you to create fun projects without having to use over-the-top details, like embellishments or lots of layers and frill.  Here’s a look at today’s project.

Stampin Up Party Pandas Birthday Card

Stampin Up Party Pandas Birthday Card

After having done a few different projects with this particular panda, I must say I really like this juggling  one.  The “balls” that he is juggling are simply punched cardstock circles using the colors in the background paper.  The background paper itself is from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper pack from the annual catalog.  I used markers and watercolor pencils to color his party hat in coordinating colors.

This is a great children’s birthday card, but I wouldn’t hesitate to send it to one of my fun loving adult friends either.  Who could resist that cute little bear?!  Surely he would bring a smile to the recipient no matter what birthday number they are celebrating.

Remember, this week we are sharing projects made with this Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I know it is Friday, but I have been slow posting this week and so I will share a couple more projects with this set tomorrow.  Be sure to come and check them out!  One is a CUTE 3d item. 😉

Earn the Party Pandas stamp set FREE during Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration campaign that lasts until March 31.  During this time you can receive the Party Pandas stamp set for FREE with any $50 purchase.  There is still plenty of time to earn FREE product.  Contact me if you have questions or need help placing an order.  Don’t forget to stop back by tomorrow to see our final projects with this cute stamp set.

Jan 24

Party Pandas Valentine Card

This Party Pandas Valentine card is one of the first projects I made with the Party Pandas Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I love that these stamps are so versatile.  I can make Valentine cards, birthday cards for kids or for adults, cards to say “hi” to my friends and family, even Christmas cards!  Here’s a look at the Party Pandas stamp set…

Party Pandas Valentine CardWe will be sharing projects made with this set all week, including some 3d items.   Now here’s a look at our Party Pandas Valentine card.

Party Pandas Valentine Card

I used a retired embossing folder to create that wonderful heart background.  Embossing folders are one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products.  For one thing, they aren’t expensive, that’s always a plus for me.  Also, they are easy to use and for very little effort add wonderful details to a project.  These hearts are a perfect touch to my little panda on this card.

Last week we shared project ideas using another Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Epic celebrations.  You can check out this set here.

Hopefully our posts will help you decide which of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets you want to own.  Remember, the only way to get them is to earn them FREE during Sale-A-Bration!

I want to hear from you!  If you have seen the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, let me know which is your favorite by leaving a comment.  Or maybe you’re undecided and want to see more projects from a certain set, leave a comment about that too and I will try to post projects made with that product.

Jan 12

Last Day of Epic Celebrations

Although this is our last day of Epic Celebrations, this is actually the first card I made with this set.  I took one look at that guitar and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

Epic Celebrations

last day of epic celebrations

This background technique is called Direct to Paper. You create it by rubbing or brushing the ink pad directly on the paper.  The technique produces great color and a wonderful dynamic effect, not to mention the fact that it worked perfectly with this sentiment from the Marquee Messages stamp set.  I fussy cut the guitar like on this card, but, again, it really isn’t that hard to do.

Wrapping Up…

After working with this same stamp set all week, and since this is the last day of Epic Celebrations, I am sharing what I have learned with you.

  • Although at first glance it might seem more for masculine cards, with the right color combinations it certainly does make CUTE feminine cards too.
  • Make cards for all ages.  We can make a fun card for a 16 year old or a 60 year old with this set.
  • Pair it with bright colors, like today’s card, or with neutrals like this card.  I love it both ways!
  • Any of the images in this set work well for creating backgrounds with repeated stamping.

It is such a fun versatile set!  Remember, the only way to get it is to earn it through Sale-A-Bration.  During this campaign, for every $50 you spend you get to choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  This year Stampin’ Up is offering 2 levels of earning free product, giving you have even more options.  Earn the larger items with a $100 order.

You can view the Sale-A-Bration brochure by clicking on the rotating catalog picture on the side or bottom of this page.  Next, click the Sale-A-Bration image on that page.  We’ll be sharing inspiration from a different free item next week!

I’d love to hear from you!  Let me know which of the Epic Celebrations cards you liked the most.  If you need help with an order, or have questions, please contact me!

Jan 11

Sneakers and Speakers!

Sneakers and Speakers are two of my 18 year old’s favorite things!  He loves shopping for shoes and speakers/headphones of any kind.  I sort of share this shoe obsession with him.   I probably have way too many in my closet.  Maybe my love of cute shoes is one of the reasons I am enjoying this Epic Celebrations stamp set so much.  With it, I can create cute shoes in any color I want!

On today’s card I used my son’s two favorite things and two of my favorite colors, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist.  I love them both, and together they really produce a WOW effect!  I chose to fussy cut the shoes for this card so I could use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop them up, but I think the card would still be epic if you didn’t have time for that extra detail.

sneakers and speakers

The headphones in the background were stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Since I don’t have a Lemon Lime Twist marker, I used a Blender Pen and my ink pad to color those wonderful green shoes.

If you don’t have Blender Pens (102845), you really need to buy some.  They allow you to color with any ink pad you have.  They also are wonderful to use with the Watercolor Pencils (141709).  (Check out these pink shoes colored with Watercolor Pencils.)  Blender Pens are $12 and you get 3 dual tipped pens, so they last a really long time.

sneakers and speakers

The new Occasions Catalog also offers variety packs of Classic Stampin’ Spots.  These are cute little ink pads that allow you to expand your ink pad color palette without the expense of full size pads.  There are two of these variety packs available for $9 each.

Tutti Frutti Classic Stampin’ Spots (145644)

sneakers and speakers

Picture Perfect Party Classic Stampin’ Spots (145641)

sneakers and speakers

Remember, until March 31, if you place an order of $50 or more you earn FREE product!  I can help you choose items that will stretch your dollars as far as possible!  (Shopping for Stampin’ stuff is more fun to me than sneakers and speakers shopping!)  Contact me today, I am here to help!

Jan 10

Day 3 of Epic Celebrations Stamp Set

This is day 3 of Epic Celebrations stamp set!  If you want to take a look at the images included in this set, check out this post.  Today we have used repeated stamped images like our shoes yesterday, except with the guitar image.  This card was surprisingly easy to do.  Using Watercolor Pencils I quickly added color to the guitars.  I like that the images were intentionally NOT colored perfectly, just quickly.  It adds a sort of hand drawn feel to the card.

Day 3 of Epic Celebrations Stamp SetThe Tailored Tag Punch (new in the Occasions Catalog) nicely frames the stamped sentiment and adds a wonderful masculine touch.  Because of the straight lines, it is easy to to add a larger colored layer, even without a larger punch.  A black marker and a ruler helped me add the “pin stripe” detail to the punched sentiment.  This turned out exactly as I had hoped it would.  How often does that happen? 😉  Like yesterday’s card, I added a little bling with some metallic thread, but in copper this time.  It is shiny, but doesn’t look out of place on the masculine card.

Don’t forget, you can select the Epic Celebrations stamp set FREE with a $50 order during our Sale-A-Bration campaign going on now!  We have 2 more cards to share from this set.  Be sure to check back!  There’s another shoe project coming tomorrow. 🙂