Blue-ish Sunburst

I decided to revisit the sunburst technique to show these papers off to the Essex stamp club ladies. A couple of years ago I was quite enamored with this look and shared a few cards here. This stamp club started up at the beginning of this year, so I can dip into my bag of tricks to introduce various things to these fun ladies. These sunburst cards are a fantastic way to use up paper scraps that you have, and they work wonderfully with the pretty double-sided papers that Stampin' Up! offers. The fact that the colors coordinate wonderfully makes it that much easier.

This card features the gorgeous Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP). There are two colorways featured in this pretty paper, for this card I focused on the blue-blue/green patterns. The other one is a pink-plum scheme (which is also gorgeous). I'm starting to look ahead to the new catalog, which means that the 2015-2017 In Colors will be retiring. I will dearly miss Mint Macaron which is one of the key colors in this card. That color goes so wonderfully with so many colors, and it has been incorporated with many different DSP packs. It will really leave a hole when it is gone. *sniff* Which reminds me… if you love the 2015-2017 In Colors, now is the time to stock up. Soon we will enter the days when inventory will be depleted and not replenished, and I would hate for you to miss out. As a reminder, here are the colors that will be leaving soon:

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Posted on : Apr 03 2017
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Colorful, Happy Wishes

The So. Burlington stamp club gals made this card last evening at our monthly gathering. We were originally scheduled to get together a couple of weeks ago, but we had to defer due to the big snow storm that we had raging. I know that last evening was far more pleasant for being out on the roads that it would have been for our originally scheduled time.

I received a gorgeous Christmas card that used this layout, and I had to copy it to make a card all my own. So, here is my interpretation in a very Spring-y, flowery greeting that is visually quite interesting. It took the gals a while to get all the stamping done because there is quite a bit of it, in lots of different colors, to achieve the look you see here. Actually, the biggest delay was in waiting for stamps to make it around the table so I could swap out the stamp block for another image. The gals soldiered on, and even used a marker to fix a couple of the darker leaves that weren't fully stamped. They all did great!

I also wanted to give you one last reminder that Sale-A-Bration is running out very soon – tomorrow in fact! If there are any SAB items that you want, please go ahead and place an on-line order to make sure that you get your order in before the deadline. I hope that you are able to maximize the freebies that you can get at this special time of year. I have been very pleased with the various offerings this year, and I will be very sad to see them go.

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Posted on : Mar 30 2017
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Success in Life

layering loveThe phrase on this card – "Live, Laugh, Love" has become ubiquitous. For a few years now it has been popping up in home decorating items, bumper stickers, and many other things. It is a shortened phrase that seems like very good words to live by. I did a little searching this morning because I was wondering where it came from. It turns out that it is derived from the first line of a poem by Bessie Anderson Stanley, which goes: "He achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much". It seems like a wonderful measurement for success, don't you think?

I created this card for a stamping party I did for a friend last weekend. She mentioned to me that she was interested in seeing the Stitched Framelits, so I designed this card to show them off. I love how this card turned out – the stitched border around the phrase is really cool, and the slight scallop mat is great. Oh yeah, she was also interested in seeing something of the newer In Colors. So, I pulled together this color scheme from the colors in one of the DSP options (By the Shore) which includes the lovely Dapper Denim. Isn't it purty?

I did include the Mint Macaron glimmer paper from the SAB stack, which unfortunately is no longer available. But never fear, there is a way to create your own colored glimmer paper – it just requires a bit more work. You start with the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper which doesn't have color. Then you use ink refill in the color that you want along with an Aquapainter filled with rubbing alcohol to apply color to the glimmer paper. Voilá! You have your own colored glimmer paper in any of the Stampin' Up! colors. Faboo, right?!?

I used the sketch that you see here for the inspiration for this card design. I changed the length of the various banner pieces a little bit, but otherwise it is pretty much an exact interpretation of the original sketch. I love this layout, and I'm thinking that I may create another card in the very near future using this general design. 

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Posted on : Mar 27 2017
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London Friend

dragonfly dreamsMy heart is heavy today as I'm listening to updated reports regarding the attach that happened in London yesterday. I visited this fine city for work several years ago, and I was amazed at the friendliness of the people that I met and the wonderful cultural opportunities that abound. If I could send a card to a city, I would love to let London know that they are a "wonderful friend" as this card says.

I created this card for the February meeting of the Essex-based stamp club group. This was the more challenging card, but it really is not that hard. This one does have several steps due to alignment of the DSP strips, the stamped greeting, the ribbon, and lastly the pretty dragonfly. You can't see it from this photo, but the dragonfly is blinged up with some of the gorgeous Wink of Stella. This inexpensive accessory truly is a great way to add a special touch to your creations.

You may recognize the layout of this card, and if so, you are right. I shared a Valentine that I made with this design a little over a month ago. This design is a great way to show off some of the gorgeous Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP). I love the pretty, bright colors that are featured in the Fruit Stand DSP. Isn't this card just the perfect pick-me-up on a really cold (at least in VT) spring day?

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Posted on : Mar 23 2017
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Sale-A-Bration Final Days

Here we are, closing in on the end of Sale-A-Bration for 2017. I really can't believe that we are going to be saying goodbye to all of our special Sale-A-Bration products and this fantastic promotion so soon. Last week Stampin' Up! announced that we are entering the stage where items are available while they last, and unfortunately there are two items that are already gone – the super-cute, gold card tin and the gorgeous glimmer paper pack. I just did a workshop for a friend over the weekend and we used some of the Mint Macaron glimmer paper from this great pack. I'm sad that it's gone because I would have loved to stock up on some more for my personal crafting use.

But… because Stampin' Up! is so awesome, they have added some Occasions catalog and regular catalog merchandise as Sale-A-Bration offerings to get us through the last 11 days that remain in this deal. I had no idea that they were going to do this, and I am thrilled! Last year they added a second set of products, just like this year, so I figured we had all of the potential freebies that we were going to get. I was very pleased to receive an e-mail update from Stampin' Up! this morning unveiling this new set of products that they've added. They are absolutely wrapping up this promotion on a high note!

Without further ado, below is a graphic with the list of products that they have added to the promotion. Please note – these have different item numbers than the regular catalog items. So, be very careful when placing your order so you get the free item – if that's what you're trying to select.

You can place an order on-line – just click on the OnLine ordering button from my blog, or, if you prefer to contact me to place an order I am very happy to help you out.

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Posted on : Mar 21 2017
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April 2017 Classes

I have two classes scheduled for April, and I wanted to make sure that you know about them. To get all of the details, please check out the information on my blog on this page. This time around I'm offering a kit class and a card making class that features the "grunge" look. The projects are quite lovely, but definitely different from each other; hopefully one or both of them will interest you. As a head's up, I anticipate two events in May – the first being a multi-demonstrator Stamp-A-Stack that I'm doing up in St. Albans. I'm still working out what the second class will be in May, so stay tuned to find out. If you want to take either or both of the April classes, or the Stamp-A-Stack, please let me know so I can guarantee your spot.

oh happy day

This class features the Oh Happy Day all-inclusive kit from the main catalog. You will create these bright and cheery cards, and since the kit includes the stamp set you will be able to use the sentimants to create a bunch more. I have scheduled 2 hours for this class, but if you don't complete them you will leave with everything that you need to finish them up.

  • Date: April 15th, 2017, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • RSVP: April 4th (pre-payment required)

timeless grunge

This class features the Gorgeous Grunge and Timeless Textures stamp sets along with copper embossing powder to create this set of 5 cards that has a "distressed" look. You'll also create a box to hold the cards along with envelopes. This class is scheduled for three hours because I anticipate that it will take a bit longer to finish up the projects along with the box. Please bring a lunch for this class since we are working through the noon time. 

  • Date: April 29th, 2017, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • RSVP: April 20th (pre-payment required)
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Posted on : Mar 17 2017
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So Much SAB!

This was the easier card that I created for the Essex stamp club gals for our February meeting. I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of the amazing products that Stampin' Up! has offered as Sale-A-Bration (SAB) rewards this year. There really are some great options on offer with quite a bit of variety. I used three of those products for this card: Avant Garden stamps, Delicate Details stamps, and the 3/8" Metallic ribbon. I love how they all come together to create this soft, pretty card.

I have one little tip for you if you want to recreate this card on your own. The lacy image from the Delicate Details stamp isn't quite long enough to stamp the full width of the paper in a landscape orientation like you see here. My trick is that I stamped the right side first, and then stamped the left – I did this stamping so that the edges of the stamp would meet on the left side of the card. In this way, I could cover the the meeting spot (which may not be perfect) with the stamped panel, and nobody is the wiser. I also used the grid lines on a Stampin' Up! grid paper sheet as a guide for the placement of the lace stamp so that I could have it peek out above the patterned paper, which I attached after stamping the lace.

I do have an update for you regarding Sale-A-Bration. We are nearing the end of the promotion (March 31st), and Stampin' Up! has now announced that these promotional products are available while supplies last. Sadly, the inventory of the cute tin has already been depleted, so it is no longer available. If there are products that you have been planning on getting, I encourage you to place your qualifying order sooner rather than later to make sure you have the best selection. As a reminder, you can select 1 free SAB product for every $50 in merchandise (before tax and shipping) that you purchase. 

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Posted on : Mar 15 2017
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Birthday Fun Fold

I created this card for the February meeting of stamp club. I have been trying to give some love to various stamp sets that I haven't used lately, and this birthday set from the big catalog needed to see some ink. This stamp set coordinates with a cool banner Framelit set along with the balloon punch that was released last year. The coordinating Framelits are available in a bundle with another very versatile stamp set. I definitely encourage you to check them out!

This "fancy fold" card layout was shared at a recent Stampin' Up! On Stage event for demonstrators. I used the basic measurements to create my own take on it for this birthday card that you see here. Some of the panels have pieces of the Playful Pallette DSP (which is so bright and cheerful) along with some stamped panels. I pre-cut the base and the panels for the club gals, so they could focus on stamping and assembly at our gathering. While it wasn't hard, this was the more time consuming project for the evening. The most challenging part on this card was hand drawing the balloon strings using the Emerald Envy marker. laugh

I must confess that I wasn't that enamored with the Playful Pallette stack when I saw it when the big catalog "debuted" in June of last year. Some of the patterns are quite loud and potentially overwhelming. But… the colors used in the stack are fantastic, and Stampin' Up! does a great job of putting a less crazy pattern on the reverse side of their bold DSP patterns, so it is easy to use them. The gals at the club meeting switched up which patterns they used in the various panels, and all of the cards turned out great!

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Posted on : Mar 13 2017
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Nailed It!

I created this card ages ago for a demonstrator swap featuring products from the Occasions catalog. I signed up to create a card featuring the Nailed It stamp set, and I'm happy to share it with you here. I love participating in these swaps because I get some fantastic samples to share with people and I appreciate having a commitment with a deadline to get the creative juices flowing. For this card I also pulled in a few products from the main catalog that I think coordinate nicely with the featured set for this finished card. I especially like how well the "congrats" greeting from the Sunshine Wishes dies goes with the "Nailed It!" sentiment in the stamp set.

I drew inspiration for this card from the sketch that you see here. This sketch was a challenge from last summer, but I love to say that they never 'go bad', and these sketches are always available for future inspiration. I thought it was a good fit for the elements that I wanted to feature in the card.

You may be wondering how I created the shape around the "Nailed It!" sentiment on this card. I used a small window-like die from the Bunch of Banners Framelits. The die is longer than the shape you see here, tho. To achieve this look, I die cut the full shape once. Then, I ran the die cut through the Big Shot again, but moved in the other end of the die so it would only be cutting one end of the shape. You can use this technique to create smaller shapes any time that you want, and increase the versatility of your dies.

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Posted on : Mar 07 2017
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One Sheet Wonder Take 2

On Sunday I held a One Sheet Wonder (OSW) class using a bright and sunny color scheme which was perfect to brighten the gloomy days that we've been having. This is an alternate set of cards that I created using the same cutting template and stamp set for the OSW sheet. This time I changed up the color scheme, the coordinating die cut words and greeting stamps, and the washi tape. I have always been attracted to a blue and yellow color scheme in stamping and in quilting. I decided that I would take the opportunity to create my own paper using this technique and a very pretty (to me at least) color combination. I really love the One Sheet Wonder technique for creating a bunch of cards to flesh out a stash for a quick grab and send. I also really love how the greeting stamps and die cuts that I used for this set coordinate – this pair was originally released as a bundle. They are still available, but you need to purchase them separately. 

I'll give you a tip that I shared with the class participants on Sunday. Almost all of these cards use washi tape as part of the design, so I look at the washi tape colors that I have as a starting point for picking a different color scheme. I have the go-juss Floral Boutique washi tape which is all in Night of Navy, so I started with that color as part of the combo for this card set. I'm quite please with how this set turned out, what do you think?

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Posted on : Mar 02 2017
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