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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February 2017 Classes

I am so happy to announce that I have two stamping classes scheduled for February. Please contact me to sign up, or if you have any questions. Without further ado, here are the details:

This is a quick and easy class where you will build a stash of 16 cards (4 each of 4 designs) from the Designer Tin of Cards kit. These cards really are gorgeous and they go together so quickly that you'll be amazed. The kit also includes a really cute tin with dividers to hold your class creations and some more.

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 11
  • Time: 10 am – noon
  • Location: First Congregational Church of Essex
  • Fee: $35
  • RSVP: February 1st
  • Class includes the Designer Tin of Cards kit
  • Please bring your own adhesive

This class is a bit more involved, and I will teach you a technique (called One Sheet Wonder) that you can use over and over to create a batch of cards. You will stamp a sheet of Whisper White cardstock with the stamps and inks that are included in the class. I will provide a template and instructions that show you how to cut up your stamped paper to incorporate into 7 gorgeous cards. I offered this class a few years ago, and I just had to bring it back. I love this technique, and I'm sure that you will too!

  • Date: February 26th
  • Time: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Location: First Congregational Church of Essex
  • Fee: $65
  • RSVP: February 15th
  • Class fee includes: Blooms & Wishes stamp set, Affectionately Yours washi tape,  3 ink pads (we'll coordinate on colors), and white envelopes, other materials are prepared for you.
  • Bring your own adhesive, paper cutter and clear blocks.
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Posted on : Jan 25 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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Sale-A-Bration 2017

It's that time of year again – the biggest sale that Stampin' Up! offers, and it's really fantastic! This is your opportunity to get some great Sale-A-Bration (SAB) exclusive products for free with a qualifying purchase. There are stamp sets (of course) along with a cute kit, some accessories and some fantastic Designer Series Papers. This annual promotion is running until March 31st this year, so there is time to collect several of these exclusive goodies.

The Sale-A-Bration promotion seems a little complicated, but it is actually pretty straightforward. The interesting part is that there are additional perks available while the promotion is going – I'll attempt to describe them all here:

  • For every increment of $50 in merchandise that you purchase, you can pick a SAB exclusive item for free. For example: purchase $102 in products (before shipping and tax) and you can select two free SAB products. Purchase $156 in merchandise and you can pick three free SAB items.
  • When you host a party during the Sale-A-Bration promotion, if the total amount of merchandise ordered for the party is > $250 then you will receive an additional $25 in host rewards. That is even more free goodies for you on top of the normal host benefits that you can earn. Because of this Sale-A-Bration is a fantastic time to host a party – contact me to schedule one today!
  • If you have been considering joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, Sale-A-Bration is a great time to do it. You can join for the regular price of $99 and get the usual set of products to get your business off the ground. Additionally during Sale-A-Bration you get TWO additional stamp sets of your choosing for FREE!

There are so many great SAB products this year – I thought I would highlight some that I think are going to be super popular.

Since Stampin' Up! has added some amazing watercolor pencils to our crafting arsenal with the Occasions catalog, I just had to point out some SAB products that coordinate wonderfully with them:

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There are also some SAB products that coordinate with suites of products from the Occasions catalog. I'll list them here so you can check them out.

Lift Me Up bundle:

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Falling in Love Suite:

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Custom Tee bundle:

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There are several other products that I haven't listed – click on the Sale-A-Bration link on the right to check out the catalog on your computer so you can see all of the great stuff. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding SAB, and I look forward to talking with you about holding your own party.

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Posted on : Jan 09 2017
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