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. 🙂

Jan 09

Epic Celebrations in Pink!

Epic Celebrations in Pink?  What could be better?!  Today we are sharing our next project using the Epic Celebrations stamp set from Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration catalog.  This is such a fun set.  Yesterday, we used the fun guitar image, but today’s project is all about the shoes!  This card, like the one yesterday, was inspired by the catalog samples.  Here’s a look at our pink card…

Epic Celebrations in Pink

After stamping these shoes with black ink on my Powder Pink paper, I used my Watercolor Pencils to color them pink and white.  Aren’t they cute?!  Love how they turned out.  The sentiment is so fitting for these awesome shoes.  I also added a little sparkle with silver metallic thread.  This card will surely make someone smile when I pass it on.

Now, here are a couple things I want you to keep in mind from this project…

  • First, be sure to use your catalogs for inspiration!  I don’t know if I would have come up with those pink shoes on my own or not.  But I didn’t have to!  Stampin’ Up! catalogs are FILLED with wonderful project ideas.  Be sure to try them.
  • Second, the Watercolor Pencils look so good on the colored cardstock!  Don’t limit your coloring to Whisper White or Very Vanilla paper.

Check back tomorrow!  We have another guitar card to share with you!

Jan 08

Epic Celebrations

Epic Celebrations is the first stamp set that we are featuring on our Sale-A-Bration blitz.  Each week we will choose a different Sale-A-Bration item and post projects made using that item. Hopefully that will help you choose which of these great FREE stamp sets and items is right for you.  The Epic Celebrations set has quickly become one of my favorites!  Here’s a look at the stamp set…

Epic Celebrations

Epic Celebrations

It has fun images and sentiments.  We’ll be sharing masculine projects and girlie ones this week, because it works great for either.  A gift bag sample in the Sale-A-Bration brochure inspired our first card…

Epic Celebration

We used a variety of colors and images to create the fun background, but my favorite detail is that Tangerine Tango guitar!  I stamped the guitar with VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I fussy cut it with my Paper Snips…which was actually pretty easy.  Add an “epic” sentiment and some sequin stars to finish it off.  So cute!

You can earn this stamp set FREE during our Sale-A-Bration sale that lasts until the end of March.  Simply place a $50 order, or more, and earn free product.  Click ‘Shop Now’ at the top of this page to get started.

I have four more projects from the Epic Celebrations set to share with you this week.  Be sure to check back tomorrow, you won’t want to miss any of them!

Nov 27

Cyber Monday

Celebrate Cyber Monday with us!  Like you, we have been busy getting ready for the holidays.  One of our favorite projects has been this advent calendar.  It is easy to get so caught up in our preparations for Christmas, that we forget to really celebrate what the season is all about.  This project is designed to remind us every day in December where our focus should really be.  It is a visual reminder for us, but it can be much more than that if we want.  I will show you how…

Cyber Monday

December is a wonderful month.  So many fun activities are happening, Christmas parties, school plays, church activities, gift buying and wrapping, etc, etc.  The list goes on and on.  It can consume us and our families.  Use this advent calendar to refocus your thoughts and your families.  Make a list of 25 things that will remind you and your family of the precious Gift we were given on that first Christmas night.  It can be a Scripture, a random act of kindness to complete, a song to sing, etc.  Assign an activity for each day and write it on the back of that day’s paper.  If you would like to include the kids each day, write the activities on slips of paper and have them draw one, then record it on the back of that day’s paper.

You would pay over $40 just to purchase the paper packs to create this project.  Then you would have to measure and cut each piece.  We have done that work for you, and are offering this today, as a kit, for an incredible price.  We have a limited number of these available as a kit.  They include the paper and the binder rings needed.  For assembly you will need adhesive and a hole punch.  The numbers can either be stamped, hand written, or die cut.  We used the Number of Years stamp set for our project.

This advent calendar is useful and cute!  If you would like to use this tool to help you celebrate the season in style, simply click the link below!  




Oct 04

12 Weeks of Christmas

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