Saturday, February 28, 2015

New SAB Products Available

Putting It Together

A few weeks ago I began sharing cards I made with my demonstrator team at a day of stamping. I ran out of time and took the kit for this card home with me. However, I failed to take a picture of it and ended up making my own design from the parts. The colors are Calypso Coral and Smokey Slate, as well as Basic Gray. I had re-inked my stamp pad and over-inked it, which is why the lettering turned out as it did. The Lotus Blossom stamp set and the polyester ribbon come from the Sale-A-Bration catalog and cannot be purchased - only earned with the expenditure of $50 in Stampin' Up! product. The Lotus Blossom stamp set is my favorite set in the catalog and, so far, the only one I own. I still have time to earn more sets because the catalog stays in effect through the end of March.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Taking the Challenge

My upline offers a monthly "Creative Challenge" using certain products in the catalog. I signed up for this one because I knew I would love the Artisan Embellishment Kit. After I played with the kit and designed four cards, I really struggled with the decision as to which one I would enter (others will vote on the cards submitted) and finally decided on this card. It had my husband's vote. The other one that I almost entered was posted on Saturday.

I used the same technique on this card as on card I last posted but with Rose Red Classic Ink this time. The two cards are totally different, as you can see. Since I like the font and the size of the greeting from the hostess set, Bloom With Hope, you'll discover I use it often.

The die-cut card, lace and large metal button are from the Artisan Embellishment Kit.

Products Used:
Bloom With Hope (11), use Hostess Dollars: W 133949, $23; C 133952, $17
Rose Red 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 102544, $6.95
Wild Wasabi 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 108641, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 126954, $5.95
Painted Blossoms 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 137784, $10.95
Artisan Embellishment Kit, 137909, $9.95
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (150), 119246, $4.95
Bitty Banners Framelits (3), 129267, $14.95

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

More Artisan Embellishments

I am so bummed that there are only two of these die-cut cards in the Artisan Embellishment Kit! I love using them! A technique I enjoyed using for this card and one other is done with sponge daubers. I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock the same size as the kit's die-cut card and sponged on the Blackberry Bliss ink, beginning in the approximate areas of each rose center. I love the shaded effect that resulted. After gluing on the die-cut card, I mounted that on Blackberry Bliss card stock and tied the velvet trim from the Artisan Embellishment Kit around it. The pearls from the kit were the last item I added to the card.

Products Used:
Blackberry Bliss 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 133675, $6.95
Rich Razzleberry 8½"x 11" card stock (24), 115316, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Artisan Embellishment Kit,  137909, $9.95
Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 137365, $7.95
Sponge Daubers (5), 133773, $4.95

Monday, February 23, 2015

Stippled Blossoms Once Again

I'm using the Stippled Blossoms stamp set with elements from the Artisan Embellishments Kit once again. The kit suggested another color combination I never would have thought to use—Blushing Bride and Blackberry Bliss.

I took three rosettes from the rosette trim and pressed them lightly into the Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad to mimic the colors on the stippled rose and then added pearls to the enters. Admittedly, they were hard to insert.

Products Used:
Stippled Blossoms stamp set (10), W 132076, $26.95; C 126747, $18.95
Bloom With Hope stamp set (11), Hostess set, W 133949, $23; C 133952, $17
Blushing Bride 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131198, $6.95
Mossy Meadow 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 133675, $6.95
Blackberry Bliss 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 133675, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad, 131172, $5.95
Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad, 133642, $5.95
2014-2016 In Color Stampin'Write Markers (5), 133654, $14.95
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, 126959, $5.95
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad, $5.95
Artisan Embellishments Kit, 137909, $9.95
Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 137365, $7.95

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Loving Those Artisan Embellishments!

Oh, I'm in love with the Artisan Embellishments Kit! I think I'm going to have to do a product-based class using them. Probably not until April since February is "Think Spring" and March will be in anticipation of Easter.

I think the Stippled Blossoms stamp set coordinates beautifully with the rose theme of the kit. For this card, I did what some of my customers hate—I used paper snips to cut out my stamped images. When I mounted the doily on my Designer Series Paper, I discovered too many of the leaves showed through, so I cut a circle from Wild Wasabi card stock to put behind it. Just what it needed. I'm not sure if you can see it or not, but I brushed a little Blushing Bride ink on the doily here and there. The Rose Red lace and Blushing Bride resin flowers and rosette are from the Artisan Embellishments Kit. Truth be told, I never would have combined Blushing Bride and Rose Red if the kit hadn't done so. I would have used Pink Pirouette instead. But I do like the way they worked together in this card.

Products Used:
Stippled Blossoms stamp set (10), W 132076, $26.95; C 126747, $18.95
Blushing Bride 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131198, $6.95
Rose Red 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 102544, $6.95
Wild Wasabi 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 108641, $6.95
Whisper White  8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Painted Blooms 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 137784, $10.95
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad, 131172, $5.95
Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 126954, $5.95
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, 126959, $5.95
Artisan Embellishment Kit, 137909, $9.95
Bird Builder punch, 117191, $16.95
Circles Collection Framelits (10), 130911, $26.95

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Happy Thing Stamp Set

I'm sharing four more cards from our team stamping day featuring products from the Sale-a-Bration mini catalog (good through March 31). I always liked the little bird in this set, but couldn't picture what I would do with the lemons. Aly did a great job of designing. I also like the designs in the SAB catalog. Notice the versatility of the same stamps accomplished simply by different layouts.

For this first card, we stamped the lemon on a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and cut it out. No need to color for the lemon to stand out. 

For this card, however, we colored the stamped image with Stampin' Blendabilities Markers. Notice how we did not color the center of the lemon. However, we did use the Color Lifter to pull a little color in, acquiring more of a "fade".
The bird on this card is full of bright colors. Such fun! Yet the card is very simple. Notice the candy dot, sequin and tiny jewel.
 Totally different look to this bird just because of the coloring.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sheltering Tree in the Snow

I love the Sheltering Tree stamp set in the Occasions Mini Catalog! I've used it twice now for winter birthdays. I'm looking forward to using it with a spring theme for my upcoming class in February.

This first card has a golden look, using Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. I used one of the Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folders across the bottom of this card.

The same image went on the front of this card for my son-in-law with lots of silver this time. I used a little Smoky Slate for the snowy ground and then added some Silver Metallic Encore Ink over and next to it. The card is Night of Navy, as is the tree, with lots of silver snowflakes. The Silver Glimmer Paper really made the card sparkle.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Irresistibly Yours

I am so excited to have this incredible specialty designer series paper from Stampin' Up! It's only available through March 31st and costs absolutely nothing! Of course, because it's part of the Sale-a-Bration promotion, you must spend $50 on other product in order to receive it. And you'll find so many other fun things in the Sale-a-Bration mini catalog!

When you open the package of paper, you'll think it's pure white with some hard-to-see designs. However, once you spritz or sponge with color—or even roll on ink with a brayer—the design pops. That's because the design resists ink. If you lay on too much color, you can always wipe away the excess with a tissue.

The following cards were part of a class for demonstrators on Aly Schilling's Heartfelt Stampers team. Just a few examples of the possibilities with this paper!

Even the stamps used on these cards are from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. Plus you'll find the designer series paper used for the crescent moon in another pack of dsp in the same catalog. None of these items can be purchased; they are only available at no cost when you spend the requisite $50.

I am offering a class February 26 and 28 which will feature items from both the Sale-a-Bration and Occasions mini catalogs. My designs will carry a theme of "think spring".

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Stamp, Punch & Cut

One of my regular class attendees sent me a picture of a peacock card someone else had created,  asking me if I could figure out how to make it. I then taught my January class members how to duplicate it. The feathers are made with two stamps from the Flower Patch stamp set and then cut with the coordinating framelits. The peacock's head is the smaller petal framelit from the same Flower Fair set. Even the Pistachio Pudding cut-out behind the peacock's neck is from that set of framelits. The Owl Builder punch supplied other pieces.

If you wish to copy this card, I've photographed a couple steps in the process for you:
 The leaves were stamped with Pistachio Pudding and, inside, Wild Wasabi. The Honey Mustard and Baked Brown Sugar circles as well as the Pacific Point hearts were punched using the Owl Builder.
 These photos were taken while I was creating my first card, which was larger than the final. I discovered that I needed to place each "feather" closer together, with the edges touching. I attached the first layer of "feathers" with glue dots close to inside tips so I could lift them up to slide in the back six.
 The back "feathers" were adhered to the Hello Honey dsp (In Color Paper Stack) with snail adhesive. Once they were in place, I popped up the top layer with Stampin' Dimensionals behind the teardrops of circles and hearts. [Note: our dimensionals are just the right thickness; most of what you purchase in craft stores are much thicker and don't produce as nice a dimension.]

Your next step would be to add the Pistachio Pudding flower shape to cover any spaces left in the center area before adding the body. Using a Sponge Dauber, I sponged the edges of the head and body with Pacific Point ink. The head feathers are the owl's feet. The eyes are actually the little hearts from the Owl Builder punch cut in half with the tiny circles glued inside. Even his beak is a trimmed heart.

This card was definitely labor- and time-intensive and will only be given to people who will appreciate all the work that went into it. I may make one of them into an anniversary card for my daughter who occasionally frames cards I've made for her. You'll notice there is room on the bottom of the completed card to add a sentiment.

Although I love the look of square cards, I resent the fact that the Post Office charges extra for postage, which is why I don't make many of them. I generally plan to hand them personally to the recipient.

Products Used:
Flower Patch stamp set (19), photopolymer, 134207, $25.95
Flower Fair Framelits Dies (11), 133731, $24.95
          [Save 15% with bundle (stamps & dies), 136788, $43.25]
Owl Builder Punch, 118074, $16.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Hello Honey 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 133678, $6.95
Pistachio Pudding 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131294, $6.95
Pacific Point 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 111350, $6.95
Baked Brown Sugar 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131296, $6.95
2014-2016 In Color 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 133705, $21.95
Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin' Pad, 131177, $5.95
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, 126959, $5.95
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad, 126951, $5.95
Glue Dots (300), 103683, $4.95
Stampin' Dimensionals (300), 104430, $3.95
Multipurpose Liquid Glue, 110755, $3.95
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (150), 119246, $4.95
Sponge Daubers (5), 133773, $4.95

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Draft Dodger

It's winter in the north and often quite windy where we live. That means that air leaks under doors and around windows. Hence, the draft dodger (not to be confused with the Viet Nam draft dodgers of the 1960s).

I have a snowman draft dodger I made a number of years ago when we still lived in Ohio to block the draft coming up from our basement. My granddaughter loves him and sits him at the table and carries him around with her. So when her mother, my daughter, had a towel rolled up in front of their door, I decided to make her a snowman draft dodger for her birthday. Kyah wanted to pose with him when she realized I had my camera with me. These are her poses—no coaching from me.

She is such a bubbly, joyful little girl! I am blessed with four wonderful grandchildren, although the boys are considerably older (16 and 18). I still find it hard to believe I have a grandson in college!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Olaf Bounces on Card Front

What is it about princesses that every little girl loves? Then bring on a movie like Frozen with all its imaginative characters, its icy fantasies and the beloved snowman, Olaf, who falls apart and puts himself back together again. What fun. So, for her third birthday, I just had to give my granddaughter, Karis, a card with Olaf adorning the front. although I gave that one away, I proceeded to make another for my January card class. Somewhat labor intensive, yet it was a labor of love.

 And here's a picture of my sweet little granddaughter. Her card had a happy birthday banner in Olaf's "hand".
Products Used for the Olaf card:
(no stamps)
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Basic Gray 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 121044, $6.95
Pumpkin Pie 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 105117, $6.95
Soft Suede 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 115318, $6.95
Basic Black 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 121045, $6.95
Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, 100082, $3.50
Gift Bow Bigz L die, 129977, $32.95
Small Oval punch, 120908, $12.95
Large Oval punch, 119855, $15.95
Owl Builder punch, 118074, $16.95
Bird Builder punch, 117191, 16.95
2-1/2" Circle punch, 120906, $16.95
1-3/8"" Circle Punch, 119860, $15.95
1/4" Circle Punch, 134364, $8.95

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Nuts About You Valentines

When preparing for my January class, I determined to use the Nuts About You stamp set to make a Valentine card [this is a hostess stamp set and can only be purchased with earned hostess dollars]. As so often happens, I was not totally happy with the first card I designed but persevered and came up with one I did like. Then, later, I decided I really did like the first design after all, but I had already made the pre-cuts from the second design. The top one is the one we made in class. Because of the direction the bird faces, the layout of the Very Vanilla card is a better design.

Products Used:
Nuts About You stamp set (11), W 133943, $14.00; C $10.00
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Cherry Cobbler 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 119685, $6.95
Soft Sky 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131203, $6.95
Pistachio Pudding 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131294, $6.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 126966, $5.95
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 126978, $5.95
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, 126975, $5.95
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, 126974, $5.95
Fringe Scissors, 133325, $9.95
Framelits, Hearts Collection (6), 125599, $26.95

Monday, February 2, 2015

Meeting a Challenge

I tend to be a very literal person. So when I studied a design layout that was part of a challenge, I copied it exactly, using my own choice of papers, colors, stamps, etc. After scrolling through the other entries, I realized how flexible the challenge really is. Next time I may tweak it a little. But I do like the result of this card. The flower image was stamped twice, once with Hello Honey ink and, turned slightly, again with Baked Brown Sugar Ink. If you look closely, you will see that the Baked Brown Sugar ink didn't cover the center of my stamp. That was accidental, but I like it enough that if I were to use this technique again, I would intentionally remove the ink from the center when using the darker color.

The button in the middle of the flower is actually molded Simply Pressed Clay. I had molded a number of buttons and blossoms a while ago so they are completely dry. Since I left the clay white, it is easy to make them whatever color I wish by coloring with a Stampin' Write Marker. I attached it, as well as the bow, with our Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Products Used: 
Flower Shop stamp set (6), W 130939, $23.95; C 130942, $17.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Hello Honey 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 133678, $6.95
Hello Honey Classic Stampin' Pad, 133643, $5.95
Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Pad, 131174, $5.95
2013-2015 Stampin Write Markers (5), 131260, $14.95
Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine (15 yards), 135639, $3.50
Simply Pressed Clay, 130685, $6.95
Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds (2), 131272, $7.95
Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 127749, $7.95
Modern Label punch, 119849, $16.95

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Timeless Talk Belated Birthday Card

It's amazing how many times I begin stamping with a design in mind and either become side tracked or come up with something totally different. That's what happened with this card. I was actually using a design template that was given our demonstrator team. Although I did design another card from that challenge, I found these papers laying together and the idea went from there.  Since I felt the dsp needed a more fun than elegant image, I chose the Timeless Talk stamp set, I haven't used in that set in a while in spite of the fact that I really love it. For this card, I stamped the image right over the more subtle piece of dsp. I really like the result and think it is a cheerful card suitable for a man or a woman. Even the sentiment is stamped on dsp.

Products Used:
Timeless Talk stamp set (7), W 126605, $22.95; C 126607, $16.95
Remembering Your Birthday stamp set (8), W 131347, $23.95; C 131350, $17.95
Coastal Cabana 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131297, $6.95
Lullaby 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 133695, $10.95
Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Pad, 131174, $5.95
Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine (15 yards), 135639, $3.50
Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 127749, $7.95
Artisan Label Punch, 130920, $15.95
Modern Label Punch, 119849, $16.95