Christmas Quilt Grid

Today is the day!!! The new Holiday catalog is now available to you, and I'm sure that you're going to love it as much as I do!

I was totally in love with the very first suite that you find when you leaf through the catalog. It is called Quilted Christmas, and I purchased all of the items in the suite during the demonstrator pre-order period. I expect that I will get loads of use out of those products in the suite, and not just for Christmas cards. I didn't use the stamps from that suite for this card here, but all of the other pieces coordinate well and it is easy to use a different stamp for a fun greeting (like I did here). I created this card for a demonstrator-only swap, and I signed up to use the Merry Little Christmas stamp set. I just couldn't pass up a chance to use the fun, coordinating products from the Quilted Christmas suite.

I used the sketch that you see here as the starting point for my card. The grid layout lends itself to creating a quilted look on your card, and I was so happy to find this sketch as a launching point for my swap creation. You may have noticed, but I wanted to call your attention to something extra that I did on this card. After I glued down the patterened papers to the Early Espresso layer to create the grid layout, I ran that through the Quilt Top embossing folder to add some texture and make it seem more quilt-like. It's an easy extra to do to add a little sumthin' sumthin' to your card.

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Posted on : Sep 01 2017
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Cape Cod Dreams

I just got home from a wonderful week in glorious Cape Cod. My husband and I vacationed with some friends at the beach – we had our own cute little cottage an easy walk away from the time-share that they own. And to make it even better, my sister came down and joined us for the 2nd half of our stay. We were blessed with gorgeous, sunny days with only one day being too windy to spend on the beach. I created this card back in June when I wanted to play with the Colorful Seasons stamp set. This stamp set is so incredibly versatile, and the bundled dies are just amazing! You really can create a card for any season using this great bundle. If you haven't checked out this bundle, I definitely encourage you to do so – you won't regret it.

I created this card using two stamp sets, and I used the masking technique to get the layered perspective so that the beach chair appears closer than the water. I first stamped the sling seat using Cajun Craze, and then masked it using thin copy paper. Then I cut a piece of copy paper to create the curved edge of the beach/water edge. I attached the bottom of the paper over the beach area to mask it and stamped the water image from the High Tide stamp set. I then used an Aqua Painter to soften the water ridges and create the lighter blue look of the water. Then I used the upper piece of the copy paper to mask over the water, removed the lower copy paper (leaving the mask over the sling seat), and sponged with Sahara Sand ink to create the beach. Finally, I removed the masks and completed the stamping of the rest of the elements. The cute drink is stamped separately and cut out with the wee little die in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I will pull this card out to re-capture the beach feel when we are in the throes of deepest, darkest winter.

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Posted on : Aug 29 2017
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Camping Critters

This was the "easier" card that the Essex stamp club gals made earlier this month. This card really isn't complicated, but it did take a while to finish I didn't factor in the waiting for the Tree Builder punch to make the tree with a bird as the focal image. Please accept my apologies for the shaded area of the picture; it looked better on my camera when I took it.

I wanted to show the ladies a great way to use some DSP on a card and have no waste when using 12"x12" paper. I cut a sheet of paper into 3"x4" sections, which means that you can get 12 of these pieces out of one sheet of DSP. I then cut the 3"x4" piece into two portions one that is 2"x4" and the other is 1"x4". Flip over one section and then you have two contrasting patterns that you know will color coordinate. I placed this on a 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" black mat, put a thin piece of washi tape over the meeting point, and then adhered it to the card. A little more decoration, and you've got a fun card! The club gals were impressed with how much the little ribbon tab added to the finished card. Yay!

At first I wasn't totally enamored with the Picture Perfect patterned paper, but I really love how well the images of the animals and campers seems to go with the images from the Sprinkles of Life photopolymer stamp set. This set was originally released a couple of years ago as a Ronald McDonald House set, and I totally fell in love with it immediately. There are some really useful images in the stamps that go with the coordinating punch. And since both the stamps and the DSP have a sort of cartoon-y feel to them, I thought they would look great together. Stampin' Up! DSP typically is double-sided, and one side tends to have less colors and a "calmer" pattern. That is why I reconsidered this cute paper; I was pretty confident that if I didn't love the designs, I would be able to use the reverse side. I love how the two sides of this paper look together on the card. Isn't it cute?

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Posted on : Aug 24 2017
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Halloween Playing

I created this card for a demonstrator only Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog swap that I'm participating in. I'm a real sucker for this catalog – making Holiday cards is what got me hooked on stamping in the first place. Of course, I love making cards for all sorts of occasions now, but I have a special place in my heart for preparing for that special time of year. One of the perks of being a demonstrator is the ability to pre-order the month before a new catalog goes "live". Of course I purchased some Christmas goodies (which you'll see soon), but I also snagged up some great products for other occasions in the later part of the year. You will be able to purchase items from this fun catalog starting September 1st. There are some gorgeous fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving products as well as a bunch of Christmas products. And I think that they did a fantastic job in this catalog designing stamps and accessories that will appeal to a lot of different tastes. Make sure to check it out when it goes online on Sept. 1st!

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Posted on : Aug 21 2017
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Peaceful Chair

I created this card using products from the Color Theory Suite from the big catalog. The Essex Stamp club ladies made this card at their July meeting a couple of weeks ago. This was the easier card for the evening – although both of them were pretty quick that particular gathering. I have seen so many wonderful and diverse creations using this bundle, and I was happy to showcase it so that gals could check it out.

I used this sketch here as the launching point for this card. I deviated a little bit in the placement of my sentiment, but I think you can still see the sketch in the final creation.  I was happy to use a piece of the beautiful ombre paper in Old Olive for the vertical strip on the card. I especially love the creations that I've seen using those particular papers in the pack – the color change is so gradual, but you can totally see it. One of the gals changed up the color scheme using papers from the first project and the Crushed Curry ombre paper for the strip, and it was absolutely gorgeous!

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Posted on : Aug 11 2017
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Easy Daisy

You may remember that I shared a while ago that I attended a Stampin' Up! demonstrator event in Savannah Georgia. This is card is one of the projects that we created at the event as we tried out several of the new products. For each of the "suites" that were highlighted, a demonstrator present shared projects that she/he created with the products in the suite. After they were done presenting, we then were able to make a project with some of the products from the suite. I really enjoyed the simplicity of this card, and it features so many of the great products in this suite. In fact, I was so inspired by the presentation and this card that I purchased as a group all of the products in the suite – it was one of the special perks of attending the event.

I haven't shared much of the daisy bundle here because there have been backorder challenges with the punch since it came out. The last time, Stampin' Up! shared with demonstrators that they have sold more of this punch in two months than they have of any other punch in the last 5 years. Wowzers – clearly people are really loving this punch/stamp bundle! I'm very happy that they have gotten in another shipment of them, so hopefully they will have enough inventory to keep up with the demand. And I can continue to show projects using this bundle because it really is pretty amazing.

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Daisy Punch

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Posted on : Aug 04 2017
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Ribbon Thoughts

I have known far too many people that should have received this card. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when our son was 18 months old. Thankfully, after surgery and chemotherapy she was declared cancer free 5 years later. But it was a tough fight. I have lots of other friends and acquaintances that have been diagnosed with breast cancer (and other types of cancer, too). Some have completed their treatment, and a couple are in the process right now. I think that they might enjoy receiving a handmade card to lift their spirits. Do you have someone in your life that would appreciate a card like this? 

This is the "easy" card that we made at the So. Burlington stamp club gathering on Wednesday. I wanted to show the group the amazing bundle for the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and the Support Ribbon Framelits. I really love the versatility of the bundle, and you can make a creation that is the right fit for the recipient.

Another cool thing about this card is the gingham pattern in gray in the strip across the front of the card. The ladies were wondering where the patterned paper was for that piece when I handed out the supplies. The cool thing is that you make it yourself – using the Diagonal Stripe background stamp. All you do is stamp the paper twice (re-inking the stamp between); after the first stamp, rotate the stamp 90º and stamp a second time. Voilá – instant gingham! We even talked about changing ink colors between the first and second stamp to create a plaid image. I haven't tried it, but I think it would be pretty cool. The stamp club gals were pretty tickled with how easy it was to create this element.

I used this sketch here as the basis for my card design. I didn't do anything tricky with the sketch in my creation, you can easily see that I followed it pretty directly. Many of the examples that I found used patterned paper for the center layer. I was happy to try out a new embossing folder to add some texture in that spot. I really am quite pleased with how the finished card turned out. What do you think?

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Posted on : Jul 28 2017
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Bright Wishes

I had a lot of fun playing with some items from the Eastern Palace Suite when I created this card. I mainly used the colors in this panel of the pretty DSP in the coordinating paper and added Soft Sky flower diecuts to tone it down a little bit. This is actually a quick to assemble card, and I think it is pleasing in its simplicity.

I used the new In Color called Lemon Lime Twist for the base of this card. At first I was thinking that I should use it sparingly since it is so bright, but I decided that the other layers in the card tone it down a little bit – and I love the contrast. I have seen so many demonstrators having fun with this and others of the new In Colors. I'm glad that I resisted the urge to tone it down on this card.

I used the sketch that you see here as the inspiration for this card. I love the simplicity of this design, and I appreciate the versatility of the diecuts from these amazing dies. The dies that I used are unique because they cut the outside and partially cut the inner "petals" so that you can pop them out and create some extra dimension. This sketch allowed me to play with the dies and create the finished card very quickly. And that's the power of a sketch!

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Posted on : Jul 21 2017
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You have a friend

I created this pretty card using a new stamp set from the big catalog that started in June. I absolutely LOVE the gorgeous, extra large sentiments that are part of this set. This card is all about the stamping – there are no other embellishments on here. I wanted the sentiment to be the true focal point on this card, so I just added a few flowers in the corners to add some "zing". All of the stamping is done with the one stamp set, and the flowers are "2-Step" stamps as you can see here. I paired lighter and darker colors for the flowers, and then used a Night of Navy dot for the center. For the large flower I paired Powder Pink with Calypso Coral, and for the small flowers I paired Soft Sky with Marina Mist.

I must confess that I didn't purchase the bundle when I bought this stamp set. I just didn't envision that I would ever use the interlocking garland-y type pieces that are the main part of the dies. If you think that you would use them, then by all means purchase the bundle to save the 10%. I think that this is one of those special stamp sets that is truly wonderful all on its own, and the coordinating dies aren't a "must have". What do you think? Are the dies calling to you?

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Posted on : Jul 12 2017
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For Becky

I received the new catalog when I was at the Savannah On Stage event back in April. After they handed out the catalogs, they gave us a few minutes to pore through it and ooh and ahh over all the new things. Every so often you would hear an outburst when someone discovered something that they were excited about. I let out a loud cheer when I discovered that glossy cardstock was BACK! There are so many fantastic techniques that you can do with glossy cs, and I now I can share them with you again. And I immediately thought of my friend Becky who was so bummed when the glossy cardstock was retired a few years ago. I was so excited to tell her that it was back again! 

I featured the crayon resist technique on this card at the June stamp club gathering. It is really easy to do, but glossy cardstock is an absolute requirement in order to pull it off. In fact, this card was so easy that we finished up our club meeting for the month in record time! Here are the steps so you can have fun with crayons and glossy cardstock:

  1. Stamp line art images on the glossy cardstock with Basic Black ink (or StazOn if you have it).
  2. Add highlights to the image using a light colored crayon – I used a pale yellow one when I did the sample. A white crayon is ideal, but it can be a little difficult to see where you've added highlights until you are applying the ink (which is too late).
  3. Add colors in a circular motion using a sponge dauber for each color. Blend the colors into each other where they meet so that the full panel is colored.
  4. Wipe off the top with a paper towel to get any residual ink that may be hanging out.
  5. Use your artwork panel in a project like you would use patterned papers.

I used this old color challenge that you see here for the design of this card. In case you couldn't guess, it originally came out in the Halloween zone of the year. But – purple and orange flowers with green leaves seems like a great color combination in the spring/summer, too. I noticed that several of the designers on this old challenge made non-Halloween cards with the color scheme, so I decided to go with it.

And I used this oh-so-versatile sketch as the layout. There was a special challenge on the blog site when this sketch challenge was active because it is the 200th one. So many different companies offered "swag" to challenge participants to celebrate this big milestone for the blog site. I'm proud to say that Stampin' Up! was one of the sponsors – because they are simply awesome. I do really like this simple sketch because I think it is so easy to create something with this layout. I have revisted this one before, and I'm sure that I'll do so again and again.

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Posted on : Jul 11 2017
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