Yum Treat Box

Bakers BoxI created this cute box for the inaugural session of a new stamp club that started up in January. I have some customers that HATE making boxes, and I wanted to get a feel for the tolerance of these ladies for them. I was very happy to learn that they don't have a problem with them, so I'll gladly incorporate box style projects in the rotation with this group… occasionally.

This box is made easy by the fantastic Baker's Box Thinlits die and the coordinating Homemade for You stamp set. I used both of them here on this project. The DSP mat, the holes that the ribbon is threaded through, and the "yum" sentiment are all cut using this set of dies.

I chose the color scheme based on colors in the Moroccan Designer Series Paper (DSP). I love the richness of the Emerald Envy color of the ribbon and the die cut mat from the DSP. And Delightful Dijon is a lovely contrasting and equally rich color. Both of them are In Colors, Delightful Dijon is part of the suite that will be retiring at the end of May. Thankfully, Emerald Envy is part of the newer suite, so it will be staying around for another year.

I have a little tip to share with you. See how the word "yum" looks like it is raised up a little bit? I achieved that by rolling up mini glue dots and using them to adhere the die cut to the box. Dimensionals (even cut down) are a little too unwieldy for this, and since I was doing tone-on-tone, a little height was needed to help it stand out. The rolled up glue dots gave just the right amount of differentiation between the word and the box.

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Posted on : Feb 24 2017
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Valentine DSP

I created multiple of this Valentine to send out this year. I wanted to feature some of the pretty DSP in this stack from the Occasions catalog, and this layout was just the ticket. The designs are all white and red, so they are perfect for Valentine's day. Some of the designs have more subtle heart patterns (like the center panel) that makes them useful for other projects as well. I'm sorry I'm sharing a little past the holiday, but I definitely wanted to share this card and design here. You could use this same design for a wedding or anniversary card if you want, since Love applies to more than one occasion. wink

This card features products from all three catalogs that are current right now – main, Occasions, and Sale-A-Bration. The patterned paper and the wooden embellishment are from the Occasions catalog, the gorgeous ribbon is one of the free offerings from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, and the stamp set and coordinating dies are from the main catalog.

This layout is really great for using up some DSP scraps that you may have; each of the sections is 1 1/4" x 3" which works nicely with 12" x 12" or even 6" x 6" papers. I'm going to be going to a Stampin' Up! event in April and we'll be doing loads of swapping. I'm considering using this layout, but stamping the sections rather than using patterned papers. When demonstrators swap, they are hoping to get samples that they can share with customers to show different ideas for products that we sell. Since April is so close to the roll out of the new catalog I would prefer not to use patterned papers because they will retire (in all likelihood) with the new catalog, and therefore give a limited life-span to the card idea. If I stamp them however… as long as the stamps haven't retired, it should be good for the next year.

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Posted on : Feb 16 2017
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CASEd Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I decided to CASE this card from a sample on page 47 of the "big" catalog. I substituted a couple of products, but you can clearly see that this card is pretty darned close to the sample. I didn't have the wider Mint Macaron ribbon, but I do have the gorgeous linen ribbon. I also didn't want to have to take the card down to my sewing machine to stitch the label and ribbon to the card, so I substituted one of the amazing wooden embellishments from the Occasions catalog. I'm quite happy with how this turned out – what do you think?

You may be wondering what CASE means. It is an acronym for Copy And Stamp Everything, and it is definitely encouraged in the stamping community. If you are copying someone that you see online and you are sharing with others, please give credit to the original stamp artist (that's just good manners). I also wanted to show you that Stampin' Up! catalogs can be fabulous inspiration for CASE'd projects. And if you don't have all of the supplies used, it is totally ok to make substitutions with supplies you do have. I hope that you will find inspiration in our amazing catalogs to get crafting!

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Posted on : Feb 14 2017
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Easy Peasy Valentine

I created this card for a new stamp club that started up in January. I wanted to show them our gorgeous patterned papers and I didn't have (at the time) the pretty red and white DSP from the Occasions catalog, so I improvised and pulled out these patterns from the Playful Pallette paper stack. They don't have a Valentine's pattern per-se, but the colors are great for a sweet wish, even if it is a non-traditional color combination. This card came together so quickly and easily – and the end result is quite lovely. I also took the opportunity to showcase a stamp set that is in the main catalog, that debuted in the Occasions catalog last year. I do love this pretty floral heart, and I was glad to have a chance to ink it up again.

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Posted on : Feb 08 2017
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Dragonfly Prettiness

I created this card for a demonstrator-only swap featuring Occasions catalog products. The first time that I looked at the catalog, my eyes were drawn to the Dragonfly Dreams bundle – that was the first thing that went onto my wish list. The rest of the products used on the card are from the "big" catalog because I wanted to show off these fantastic products that we tend to forget about when we are dazzled by a shiny new mini catalog. The picture doesn't show off a couple of features that you can see when looking at the card IRL; I used some of the super-fine copper metallic thread in higgledy-piggledy loops under the dragonfly, and I painted the wings with Clear Wink of Stella to give it some sparkle.

I used some of the colors from the Succulent Garden patterned paper because they are gorgeous together. I actually do this quite often – look at the color combinations of papers to select colors for a project – even if I'm not using the patterned paper in the design. So, I encourage you to look at you catalog in this new way to find color combinations that go together beautifully.

The card layout may look a little familiar to you. It is based on the sketch shown here, and I used it for a card that I designed for a stamp-a-stack event that I participated in last spring. This sketch is so versatile, and I love how it can show off some pretty DSP with a great focal image. Changing up the colors and the focal image creates an design that looks quite a bit different. I very well may hit up this layout again, so stay tuned.

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Posted on : Feb 03 2017
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Balloon Smiles

This was the more complicated project for the stamp club gathering that happened earlier this month. We started the evening with this card, and ended with the Valentine that I shared a few posts ago. I pulled the colors for the gradient of the balloon from the pretty DSP along the edge. It did take us a while to assemble the balloon, but the end result is soooo worth it. This is one of the sets that I'm really hoping will carry forward into the next big catalog because I want to be able to create with it for a long time. 

We used both parts of the bundle for this card – the stamps for the greeting and the clouds, and the dies for the gorgeous balloon and cutting out the clouds. I really love the font on the greetings in this stamp set, but in my opinion the dies are the true workhorse in the set. There are loads of dies in the set, and this balloon was created wholly from the dies. What I'm trying to say, is that I think you can purchase the dies alone and still be happy with what you can do. I haven't yet created something with the coordinating balloons and outline dies, so maybe I'll change my opinion.

I used this sketch to create my design for this project. I created the card while the challenge was still active, but I didn't want to share here and ruin the surprise for the stamp club gals. I'm quite pleased with how the finished result follows the sketch, and I hope to use this sketch again in the future.

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Posted on : Jan 27 2017
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Baby Bear Banners

I created this card for a demonstrator swap for Sale-A-Bration (SAB) products. You can faintly see the banners hanging from the line in the upper-right panel. Those stamps are the SAB product that I used for my swap submission, they are called Any Occasion. These stamps are very versatile and can be used for loads of different occasions (hence the name wink). I have seen some great creations online using this set with lots of different banners. I'll have to create some more with it to experiment some more.

I also inked up the Baby Bear stamps for the first time. I purchased that set when it was on sale a couple of months ago, and I was very happy to get to use it. I did learn a trick to ensure success when stamping this one. To create the depth of the image, there are three different stamps and you do what Stampin' Up! calls "Two Step Stampin" which is building up layers of different colors. Typically you start with the lightest color and work your way to the darkest. I found that I could line up the stamps for this image perfectly when I stamped from darkest to lightest, matching the bottom of the bear.  The darkest color is the image that has the least stamped area, and the lightest is the most solid image.

I followed this sketch to create this card. I am drawn to grid-styled cards, and I've been looking at this particular sketch for a while now. I did try to use a vanilla panel in the upper right section to better show off the stamping of the banners, but that made the card feel off balance with too much of one color on the right. So, I substituted a Sahara Sand panel instead. I do like the balance better, but I'm still not in love with the lightness of the banners. To be honest, I was scrambling to meet the swap deadline, so this had to do. I envision using this sketch again for cards that use up some patterned paper scraps. 

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Posted on : Jan 20 2017
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Sending Love

I created this card for the January stamp club gathering we had last week. I designed this one to be the easier project of the pair (we always do two things). We all agreed that it is best to start the evening with the "complicated" project and end it with a simpler one. The ladies cruised right through this one and had it wrapped up super quick.

I got my color inspiration from the gorgeous patterned paper that you see at the bottom of the card. The patterns in the paper are so soft and pretty, I can't wait to use it for more projects. I think that the patterns will be especially wonderful for wedding related projects. We are past the time of attending weddings regularly, but we do have a friend that will be getting remarried this summer, so I'll have to create a special card for the couple. Stay tuned to see what I come up with!

I used this sketch as the basis for the card. This actually was a challenge that was active last week; I'm just a few days late in being able to participate. Dang! Nevertheless, I do enjoy this sketch, and I'm happy to share my creation here. I used the wavy edge of the long Swirly Scribbles die to make the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla paper. The heart is cut using a die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits – we all joked about how ugly the inner heart is that is left over from the die cut. laugh I also busted out three different stamp sets to created the grung-y look for the stamped sentiment. Easy-peasy lemon squeez-y.

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Posted on : Jan 16 2017
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Sympathy with a Flourish

In 2016 I offered an In Color club to feature the gorgeous colors that came out with the new catalog. Each month the participants received an ink pad, an ink refill, a marker, a pack of cardstock, a roll of ribbon, and a card sample that I created all in one of the colors. This card is the sample that I created to feature the oh-so-gorgeous Flirty Flamingo. It really is a gorgeous pink, and I really like how it looks paired with some lighter pinks to soften the look. I'm so glad that the In Colors are around for two years before they are retired, and I look forward to getting lots of use out of this color (and the others).

The watercolor-y background is a stamp that has been around for a while, and I am glad to show it here again. The flourish and sentiment image are from an absolutely gorgeous set that came out in June in the "big" catalog. It is bundled with some amazing dies. I admit that it is a spendy bundle, but there is so much included, and it is so versatile that it really is a great investment. I also added a touch of the lovely Clear Wink of Stella on the flower images – alas you can't really see the subtle glimmer in the photo.

I used this sketch as the starting point for the design of this card. I swapped the side for the focal image and the banner due to the orientation of the large flourish stamp in the set, but I think you can still see the sketch in the finished result.

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Posted on : Jan 12 2017
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Welcome 2017

I know that I'm a little late in posting a New Year's Day card – I was down for the count with a truly horrible bug that grabbed me a bit before the New Year and finally released it's grip. I'm feeling much better now, and I'm now ready to welcome 2017 with gusto, and not just a whimper. I hope that 2017 proves to be much better than 2016 ended up being. Actually, I'm suffering from recent-ism… the second half of 2016 was awful on so many different fronts, but the first half wasn't too bad. So, here's hoping for some great things in a fresh beginning!

This was the "easier" card that we made in our December stamp club gathering. And this one truly is super easy! The snowflake patterned paper along with the glittery numbers does all of the heavy lifting on this card. The pretty starry swoosh stamp below the numbers was the biggest challenge here, and it really is no challenge at all. The gals seem to appreciate a quick and easy card after I've made them work on something more complicated. I'll share soon the challenging project for the evening – it's really cute.

Speaking of that starry swoosh stamp, that was from the Holiday catalog, but I'm super happy to share that it (and the coordinating Thinlits) are on the "carryover" list and still available for purchase. In fact, the list of items that are still available from the Holiday catalog is quite extensive. You can use this link to view all of the products that are still available from the Holiday catalog. I'm so glad that they carried over so much because that set is just plain stunning and I'm glad you'll still have the chance to get it! Remember, Christmas may have just passed, but you can always get an early start for next year. Believe me, you may think I'm silly, but you'll be glad you did.

I followed this sketch when creating this card. The sentiment in my finished card is clearly smaller than in the sketch, but that's the beauty of sketches – they are a launching point, not a contract. 😉 I think that the glittery numbers more than take up the slack. I'm really pleased with how this card turned out, and I look forward to sharing more with you in 2017. Happy New Year!

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Posted on : Jan 05 2017
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