Jul 29

Loving the New In Colors

I am loving the new In Colors that were introduced last month in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Seeing these new colors each year is one of the highlights of seeing a new catalog.  For those who aren’t familiar with “In Colors,” these are 5 new colors that are released each year with the annual catalog.  Each set of 5 colors is active for 2 years.  The colors we are playing with today will be in the catalog until 2018.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still mourning the loss of Blackberry Bliss, but Dapper Denim is growing on me and I am having fun playing with all of them.  Here’s a little card I created to show them off…

Loving the New In Colors

Don’t they look good together?  From top to bottom here are the colors used:  Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Sweet Sugarplum.  Since I am drawn to pinks and blues I am partial to Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim.   After stamping the In Colors on Whisper White cardstock, I used the Heart Framelits to cut them into a heart and I cut a larger white heart to create the framed look.  It is very dramatic against that black cardstock, and the black really “pops” with that Flirty Flamingo layer framing it.  The “love” is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Maybe you have been following my Card A Day Challenge on our Facebook page.  I have been busy every day this month creating Christmas Cards.  Our month is almost gone, but before it is over I am going to create a Christmas card using the new In Colors.  Head over to our Facebook Page to see all the Christmas cards we have created so far.  While you are there, be sure to ‘Like’ our page in order to stay up to date on the latest news and inspiration we share.

Jul 21

Cards from Scraps

I made some cards from scraps that were on my desk from other random projects.  I didn’t want to throw away these “extras” but they tend to just sit on my work space if I am not intentional about using them up.  So, as I was cleaning the other day, I decided to give these paper pieces a new home.  I am pretty excited about they way they turned out….and with the space that I cleared off of my work area!

cards from scraps

I created this Watermelon Wonder background piece for a different project a while back.  I liked the way it turned out, but not for the card I was making at the time, so I saved it.  I am so pleased with the way this card came together.  I love the gray and black combination paired with watermelon wonder.  Can’t wait to send this card to someone special!

cards from scraps

This beautiful butterfly was on a different project that I decided to dismantle and repurpose.  The butterfly is certainly the “star” of this card, so I kept the rest of it very simple.  Love it!

cards from scraps

I cannot remember what I created this little stamped squares for originally.  They have been sitting on my work space for a while and I contemplated pitching them.  Instead, I put together this masculine birthday card…we can never have too many of those!

cards from scraps

I had been playing with the pineapple background stamp last month and embossed one in gold.  It was pretty, but I hadn’t done anything with it and I wanted to turn it into something completely different.  I used the Festive Flower Builder Punch and created some petals for a flower.  Added a little rhinestone bling and this stunning card came to life!

I am so pleased that I took these random project pieces and created these cards from scraps.  I have less clutter.  I feel productive.  AND I have beautiful cards to share with others.  Plus it was a nice break from the Christmas cards I am making each day in July.  If you want to see those, check out our facebook page here!  While you are there, be sure to like our page so you don’t miss the other Christmas cards we make this month!

 

 

Jul 05

Baby It’s Hot Outside!

I have found a great way to deal with this oppressive summer heat we are experiencing!  I am already thinking about cooler weather, the holidays & Christmas cards.  I even walked through the Christmas decorations at Hobby Lobby just for fun. People don’t understand that, for a crafter, it is NEVER too early to start preparing for the holidays.

If you follow our Facebook page, you have seen the Card A Day Christmas in July challenge I am participating in with a friend.  By the end of July we’ll have 31 Christmas cards…that’s a decent head start. And I will be adding 10 more cards to that from our Christmas Card Club that starts this month!

Now, none of this makes it feel any cooler outside, but it does put the heat in perspective.  I know that it won’t last, and I should enjoy all the sunshine and swim days that I get this summer!  I can plan for cold weather and be grateful that today I can play outside with my pup and I don’t have to wear a coat or scrape ice off my car.  We have so much to be thankful for in every season.  Let’s choose to be happy for the day God has given us today…regardless of the weather.

Here’s a weather related card that basically communicates this same idea….

Baby it's hot outside!

I am so happy that the Sprinkles of Life stamp set was continued in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It has such cute images and is so versatile!  When I was considering a card that had something to do with the weather, it was the first stamp set I thought of.

If you want to see the Christmas in July cards I am making this month, you cans see them on our Facebook page here.  You can join the challenge with us and get a head start on your holiday stamping too!  Contact me if you have questions!

 

Jun 23

Strength & Prayers

The new Strength & Prayers stamp set arrived at my house yesterday!  I finally got in my studio around 10:00 last night to play with my new toys.  That was just enough time to design and create a single card with this set, but I am planning on a little more studio time this evening and will share my creations with you on Facebook.  Make sure you “like” my page here so you can see what I come up with!

Strength & Prayers Stamp Set

Strength & Prayers

I mixed the old with the new on my color combo and used Sweet Sugarplum and Perfect Plum.  There’s a dainty feel to this card from the white embossed dove and the pearl accents, and I just love it.  Simple yet elegant.

Remember, I will be giving away the Strength & Prayers stamp set this month.  For every $25 you spend in product by Friday, June 24, your name will be entered once into the drawing.  So if you spend $25 your name is entered once, but if you spend $50 your name is entered twice, etc.  Contact me if you’d like to place an order, or simply click on the ‘Shop Now’ tab at the top of this page.

Be sure to head over to our Facebook page tonight to see what other projects I come up with using this beautiful stamp set.  And don’t forget…order by Friday for a chance to win!

Jun 22

Favorite New Stamp Sets for Bible Journaling

Choosing my favorite new stamp sets for Bible journaling was not hard.  In fact, this year I looked at my brand new Stampin’ Up! catalog with totally different eyes.  Looking through the new catalog is such an exciting experience for me.  I love to ohhh and ahhh over all the fun new stuff.  I make lists of what I absolutely have to have immediately, and what I really want but can’t afford just yet.  I look at all the new projects others are posting and my lists just get longer.

This year, even the first time glancing through, I was noticing the new stamp sets that I wanted to use in my journal Bible.  I have ordered a few of them and they are arriving at my house this week, so you should be able to see how I have used them personally VERY soon.  In the meantime, I will share the ones that stood out to me.

Labeler  Alphabet

favorite new stamp sets for Bible journaling

I have shopped for letter stickers like these and not had much success.  You can imagine how excited I was to see this item in the new catalog.  I can stamp these in any color I want.  I can spell words with LOTS of vowels and not worry about running out.  And, because it is a photopolymer stamp set, I will be able to line my letters up easily to spell any words I choose.  This was a MUST HAVE for my Bible Journal!  As a bonus, I can create totally personalized and unique cards or gift tags with this alphabet too.  Its definitely a WIN WIN situation.

Wherever You Go

favorite new stamp sets for Bible journaling

This bridge just screamed BIBLE JOURNAL to me the first time I saw it.  Something about not being able to see the beginning or the end seems almost poetic to me.  The fact that it is paired with a bird in flight, a beautiful compass and that great sunrise/sunset stamp, just adds to the value I see in using this to illustrate my faith.  {LOVE}

Best Birds Bundle

favorite new stamp sets for Bible journaling

I really love bird images and these are some sweet little birds.  The fact that I can easily cut them out with a coordinating framelit makes them almost irresistible!  This set will definitely be used in my Bible and for many beautiful cards too!

Falling Flowers Bundle

favorite new stamp sets for Bible journaling

I mainly am drawn to this set because of that awesome flourish image.  I can see that working well on several different types of Bible pages.  Of course, flowers are always good too and can be used for lots of different things.  I like the variety of flowers and the variety of flower sizes in this set.  Once again, having a coordinating framelit to cut these out easily is definitely a selling point!

Do you have any new favorite stamp sets for Bible journaling?  If so, I would love to hear which ones you will be using.

If you are interested in Bible Journaling, but have no idea where to start, you can join us at a gathering on Tuesday, June 28.  We’ll be getting together to work on our pages and maybe try out some new tools or techniques.  There is no cost to participate and you do NOT have to have a journal Bible to attend.  We have some sample pages you can practice on and plenty of supplies to try out.  If you’d like more information, please leave a comment below!

Jun 04

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

I couldn’t wait to share my favorite items from the new catalog with you.  If you attended our Catalog Kick Off Party this week, you saw most of my favorites.  For those that were unable to make it, I wanted to share this information with you also.   There are so many wonderful new items to share that I will probably have a second post about the stamp sets I want to get specifically for Bible Journaling.  But for this post, I will list my favorites overall (in no particular order).

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog…

Better Together

This set is THE set to have for cards of all occasions.  It not only includes fun images and sentiments to use on card fronts, but it also has sentiments that can be used for the insides of cards as well.  If you are new to rubber stamping this is a great set to start with, but even veteran stampers will find this set useful to have on hand for any occasion.

My Favorite Items From the New Catalog

There are 19 stamps in this all-around fantastic set.  Here is how it looks on some cards.My Favorite Items from the New Catalog My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

Pineapple Background Stamp

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

 

This background stamp has been an interesting but fun challenge to work with.  Initially I was trying to use it with typical pineapple colors, and it was pretty.  But then I saw some pink pineapples and I was smitten!  I love the fun whimsical look of this card and I will be using pineapples on many different types of cards this year!

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

Fiesta Birthday

Not everyone will get married, or have a baby or graduate high school this year, but every person you know WILL have a birthday this year!  That is why fun birthday sets are a MUST HAVE for our craft rooms.  Now I will admit that this set might not have the versatility that others have, but it certainly makes up for that in its festivity!  (Besides that I LOVE llamas!!!!)

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

You can see that this set has a coordinating framelit collection and you can purchase them in a bundle and save 10%.    The stamp set is photopolymer and includes 21 stamps. The fun little banners, streamers and flowers will be great for all sorts of cards.  Here is the Fiesta Birthday set in action.My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

One more set to share with you today.  As an animal lover I HAD to include this in my favorite items from the new catalog!

Foxy Friends

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

This is also a photopolymer set and includes 29 stamps!  It has a coordinating punch which you can bundle and save 10%.  There is also a paper stack (A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack) that coordinates with it.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this set and the punch!  As you can see, it says FOX, but can actually be several different animals.     My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my favorites from the new catalog, but I want you to make a list of your favorites too!  If you have not received a copy of the brand new 2016 – 2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog, please contact me and I will get one to you!  If you already have a copy, please leave a comment and tell us which stamp set is at the top of your wish list for the new catalog!

 

May 06

Three Great Mother’s Day Card Sayings and Messages

These three great Mother’s Day card sayings and messages are for you procrastinators out there who don’t have your card all ready to go.  It’s okay though, you still have a couple of days and I am here to help you out!  We all want our mom’s to feel special this Sunday and a homemade Mother’s Day card will do just the trick.  The neat thing about Mom is, she isn’t going to care whether the card is fancy or plain, if you made it she is going to LOVE it.

 

I thought I would help you our some with the greeting part of your card.  I know, sometimes figuring out what to say on the card (other than Happy Mother’s Day) is the hardest part.  But this year it will be a snap because I am going to give you some simple, but thoughtful, ideas to use.

Three Great Mother’s Day Card Sayings and Messages

  1. Thank you for always believing in me, always encouraging me and always loving me!
  2. The only thing better than having you for a mom, is my children having you for a grandma!

Or for a humorous card…

       3. Mom, you’re so crafty, you made me!

Or even….

Three Great Mother's Day Card Sayings and Messages

Whether you go with sweet or saucy, just be sure to let your momma know that you are thinking of her!  I hope each of you has a great weekend and that your Mother’s Day is blessed beyond measure!  If you choose to use one of these sayings on your card, please share and let us see how it turned out!

May 04

Star Wars Day!

Did you know that today was Star Wars Day?   Or did you even know that there was such a thing?  In case you didn’t, I will explain.  It is May 4th….or May the fourth…be with you….get it?  I began my Star Wars marathon yesterday because I knew I had to work today.  Going home tonight to watch the Return of the Jedi.  Yay!

Some people are lucky enough to have a birthday on Star Wars Day.  I wish I was one of those cool kids, but mine is in November.  Anyway, I had fun creating a Star Wars birthday card for my friend and fellow stamper who IS cool enough to have been born on May the Fourth.

Star Wars Day Birthday Card

Star Wars Day!

And the inside….

Star Wars Day!

I toyed with the idea of putting “Happy Birthday you rebel scum!” on the front, but my hubby thought it sounded too harsh. 😉  My friend is a Star Wars fan and I think she would have appreciated the humor, but the way it turned out was nice too.

I cut Darth Vader from vinyl using my Silhouette and adhered it to cardstock.  LOVE how it turned out.  I hope you plan to celebrate this holiday too.  Perhaps you would like to create your own Star Wars character from paper.  You can find all kinds of punch art ideas for Star Wars on Pinterest.   Please share any Star Wars Day projects that you make with me.  I love to see how creative you all can be!

Apr 25

Penguin Punch Art

Penguin day 2

I thought Penguin Punch Art would be the perfect way to celebrate World Penguin Day 2016, but first I just have to share some cute penguin pictures with you.  Who doesn’t love baby penguins?!  Check out this little guy…

penguin day 1

When my daughter was in high school she visited Australia as a student ambassador.  She fell in love with the cute little blue penguins that live there.  They are also called fairy penguins.  Did you even know that penguins lived in Australia?!  Here is a picture of the Little Blue Penguins…

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-little-penguins-australia-image16769522

I am not sure that a paper penguin can compare with the cuteness overload of the real thing, but it did turn out pretty adorable.

Penguin Punch Art

Penguin Punch Art

The penguin punch art is made mostly of ovals including his body, wing, feet and the white mask on his face.  His head and eye are obviously circles and the beak is from a flower punch.  Here is a list of the punches used…

  • Extra-Large Oval (119859)
  • Large Oval (119855)
  • 1 1/4″ Circle (119861)
  • Festive Flower Builder Punch (139682)
  • 1/8″ Circle (134365)

 Penguin Punch Art Altered

Penguin Punch Art

Because of the stamp set I decided to use on my finished project, I altered my penguin a little and added some snazzy sunglasses.  The arm of the glasses is the branch portion of the Bird Builder Punch.  I added the lens part with a pink 1/2″ circle and black circle from the largest eye portion of the Owl Builder Punch.  Didn’t they turn out cute?!  And now (insert drum roll)…

Penguin Punch Art Finished Project!

Penguin Punch Art

Love how the card turned out.  I may even decide to use this on a scrapbook page instead.  I partnered my penguin punch art with the Words of Truth stamp set (wood – 138758, clear – 139397).  This is a great set for cards or scrapbook pages and is perfect for Bible Journaling!  It is retiring in May, so you better get it before its gone!

I hope our post has inspired you to create something today.  Go get those punches out and see what you can come up with!  Make sure to share your creations with us so we can be inspired too!

 

 

 

 

Apr 18

All Occasion Card Set

Coordinating an all occasion card set is fun to do and it also makes a practical gift. You can coordinate the cards by using the same stamp set, the same technique, the same color combination, etc.  For our set today I used a single stamp set and also the same color combination for all three cards.

With the Paper Pumpkin kit this month, Stampin’ Up! also included a “thank you” stamp set for subscribers.  It is called the All About Everything stamp set and it is cute, cute, cute!  It has a floral theme and lots of great sentiments.  I had fun playing with this new stamp set this weekend and creating my all occasion card set.  I made three different cards and there are still plenty of stamps in this set that have not even been inked yet.  I will have to play some more with them this week. 😉

All Occasion Card Set

All Occasion Card Set All Occasion Card Set All Occasion Card Set

Color coordination is one of the easiest ways to create a coordinating all occasion card set.  For this set of cards I used bermuda bay, coastal cabana (retired in-color), pool party, daffodil delight, basic gray and whisper white.  All are Stampin’ Up! colors.  The “smile” sentiment on the second card was just a handwritten touch I added and is not one of the stamps from the set.   I was just looking for a way to add a touch of yellow to the card after I had created it, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

This would be a cute set of cards to put in a paper tote like the ones we are creating in our All About Mom class next month.  Check out the details here.

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