Monday, January 26, 2009

February Card Kit

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Upsy Daisy

I love the Upsy Daisy stamp set. At first I was unsure how to use it, but not any more! It still amazes me how you can use the same stamps with different colors of card stock and accomplish such different moods. I used more mustard and always artichoke for the birthday card. This is very similar to the card I made for my daughter's birthday. Her comment when she looked at it was that everything was coordinated. That's what I love about Stampin' Up! Paper and inks and ribbons and brads and more are all color coordinated. I used the paper piercing tool and template to evenly space the brads. I think the colors on this card make it suitable for a man or a woman.

For this card, I colored the stamp with regal rose and always artichoke markers before stamping on the whisper white cardstock. I also used the paper piercing tool and template to punch the design in the corner and inserted a brad for the finishing touch.

Such a simple stamp set, yet so versatile because of the three captions available: "BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS", "you're on my mind", and "THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP".

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Free Catalog!

Stampin' Up! is promoting its award-winning Idea Book & Catalog with a special promotion. To receive a free Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog, all you have to do is shop through my demonstrator website beginning February 1 through April 30. So why not do so today?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fun with the "Love You Much Bundle"

I've had so much fun playing with the "love You Much Bundle" (115405), Stampin' Up's special available until January 31st. The designer series paper is so pretty and the heart punch is so versatile. Although the punch lines up with the stamped image of three small hearts, you can also use them on solid card stock or designed paper. I've used dimensionals (104430) behind some of the small hearts to add texture, as you'll see in the following examples.

In my first example, I used the scallop circle punch (109043) around the hugs & kisses stamped image and then used the 1-1/4" punch (104403) for the contrasting card stock in the center.

The next example is softer. I used the pink pirouette and close to cocoa card stock with the designer series paper. I also used the close to cocoa and pretty in pink markers on the large, flowered heart. I used the small and large oval punches for the "friend to friend" (107304 and 107305).

This example utilized two patterns from the designer series paper included in the bundle. Close to cocoa ribbon and one of the small hearts on a dimensional added the finishing touches.

Those little love birds would be perfect on a wedding or anniversary card as well as a valetine. And if you're like I am, you'll continue to design cards and scrapbook pages with all elements in the bundle throughout the year! I think the scallop edge punch (112091) gave character to the striped paper. Notice the effect created by Crystal Effects (101055) and micro beads (from the red bead duo, 110731) I used on the raised red heart.

Finally, I decided to use the "Loads of Love" stamp set (104606) on one of the designer series papers. I colored it with a blender pen and used my two tag punches (105934 and 10824) for the tag. Dazzling Diamonds glitter (102023) added some bling to the pile of hearts and to the punched-out little heart.

Now that you've seen a few more examples using the bundle, I'm sure you'll come up with lots more ideas. I'm sure you agree that all our wonderful punches make embellishments especially easy.

Need any supplies? You can order directly from my demonstrator web site, Meanwhile, I'm planning a stamping session to make Valentine cards on Saturday morning, January 31. Contact me if you're interested in participating.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Valentine Special

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Wall Decor

Ever since I bought the Laura Ashley comforter with blue roses, I've been planning to stamp some pictures for the wall above our bed. The room has what my daughter calls a country cottage look, blue with white trim and white eyelet curtains and dark oak furnishings. As always, all my supplies were Stampin' Up (except the frames). I used the stamp set, "A Rose is a Rose" and the following inks: brocade blue, bordering blue, certainly celery, mellow moss, creamy caramel and close to cocoa. I also used stickers and designer paper from the "Love Stories" scrappin' kit. (Sorry about the reflected flash on the larger picture).

When I hung them on the wall, I put the 5 x 7 prints on each side of the 8 x 10. I had hoped to include a photo of my artwork hanging on the wall, but I couldn't seem to take a good picture. My husband said it had something to do with the blue walls absorbing all the light. So you'll just have to imagine it. My walls are reasonably close to the brocade blue bordering my designs.

There are so many possibilities with Stampin' Up's products. Next step is to figure out where to apply those decor elements!

Scrappin' Kit for more than Scrapbooks!

Want a super easy Valentine? This one is done with stickers from the "Love Stories" Scrappin' Kit from Stampin' Up! Even the background paper mounted on certainly celery cardstock is from the kit. All I added was the little ribbon. Actually, I added the ribbon to disguise the fact that I had cut the sticker strip a wee bit too short. I always tell my customers that there is no such thing as a mistake. I think that the ribbon added a dimension I might never have considered adding had I not made that "mistake."