Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NEW Stampin Blends!!!!

Couldn't wait any longer to share the great news with you! Stampin' Up is releasing their NEW alcohol markers, Stampin' Blends, on NOV 1, 2017! These are sooooo great to color with and a wonderful selection of colors!!! You have to check them out!

Watch the video HERE!

So mark your calendars, NOVEMBER 1, 2017!!!!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Glimmer Carols of Christmas

I am sure I have enough Christmas cards created, even with making some for my Mom, but there is always that one idea that sticks in your head that you have to create. This is one of those ideas.

The base card is Night of Navy, then using the frame from the Carols of Christmas Bundle (saving 10%) and the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, cut from a 4x5 1/4". You will have to "piece" the frame by cutting one side, then adjusting the die for the other side. You will see that mine isn't perfect. I was so busy lining up the top, I forgot to check the side, but it worked for me. Another tip is to cut the glimmer paper from the paper side, not the glimmer side. This works better for me anyway.
The Night of Navy panel is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4. Check to make sure that it fits inside the glimmer frame and adjust as needed. Using the sky framelit, cut it out of the top. Cut the trees from the glimmer paper and three small stars, using the star in the middle of the frame, from the glimmer paper, also. The deer is cut from Gold Foil paper. (Don't have any???? You really need to purchase the foil papers. They are GORGEOUS!) Gold heat emboss the sentiment close to the sky.
Now to put it all together. I used dotted adhesive around the frame, then Fast Fuse in the center to attach it to the card base. The adhesive sheets would work great for this, too. For the Night of Navy panel, I used liquid glue around the sky and Fast Fuse to adhere on top of the glimmer panel. Now position your trees. Glue down the pair and add mini dimensionals to the single tree and the deer. Add the stars with a spot of glue.
I created another frame from Whisper White for the inside of the card.
This one is so pretty. I wish my picture did it justice. But hope you like it and will give it a try.
Now for one more note. See these tiny strips in the bag? They are from the frame panel and out of glimmer paper so I COULDN'T just throw them away! This is kept in the case with the Bundle.

Does that make me a hoarder??????

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sooooo Simple Carols of Christmas

This idea came from Kate Martin's beautiful layered card, but I decided to try something similar with a single layered card.

I know this one looks a bit warped, but that is the trick of the camera. Or maybe it is my camera skills. Anyway, on with the important stuff.

The Whisper White card base is masked on the top and sides by 1/4". Stamp the ornaments from Carols of Christmas one set at a time with VersaMark. I embossed the first set in silver, the second set in gold, etc. Pull the pieces of masking off and pull out the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape. (I sure hope this carries over to the next season, but will order extra, just in case!)

Create the frame with the gold washi, overlapping the ends for a clean look. Burnish with the Bone Folder to make sure it sticks well.

The sentiment is actually gold embossed on a scrap piece and cut out with the Paper Snips. It comes from the Seasonal Bells set. Decide where you want to position it and lie down a strip of the silver washi tape, burnishing again. Add mini dimensionals to the flag ends and a regular dimensional to the center of the sentiment and position over the silver washi tape.

That is it!!! You have a simple and elegant card. I continued the gold and silver to the sentiment on the inside, too.

Hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Golden Carols of Christmas

I have told myself over and over again, that I don't need any more Christmas stamps. And, although I fell in love with the Carols of Christmas bundle as soon as I saw it, I was holding on to my plan. Even after seeing so many great cards from the set, I was still holding out. THEN I saw this one and since no one else knew of my plans, into the cart the set went.

This wasn't the first card I created from the set, but it is certainly my favorite. All I found was a picture, so I am not sure who to give the original credit to for the inspiration. Mine is a bit different, but not very much.

If I was one to create multiples, I think this would be the one. So here it is:

The card base is Whisper White. I used the retired Brushed Gold for the first mat, 4x5 1/4, then a Whisper White, 3 3/4x 5, embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.

I had also held off on ordering the foil papers because I still had some of the brushed gold and silver. Well, let me tell you, if you are doing the same thing, Give It Up! There is no comparison!!!

So for the main image, I cut a 3 1/2 square from the Gold Foil and a 3 1/4 square from Whisper White. Cut the sky from the thinlits and attach this to the foil piece. Keep that moon, never know when it might come in handy.

Cut out the deer from the gold foil. Cut a set of trees from the foil and a set from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper. Using glue dots, attach the glimmer trees to the foil trees, positioning them down just a bit, so the foil ones show. Position the single tree lower and in the middle of the double set. Glue dot the deer into the panel. Add mini dimensionals to the trees and position them onto the panel. I placed them lower than the panel and just cut off the extra that was below it. Add dimensionals to the panel and attach to the base.

Stamp your greeting and emboss in gold. Cut it out with a banner die and add it to a strip of gold glimmer paper with glue, then attach to the card base.

I hope that you enjoyed your visit today. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Snow on the doorstep, soon...

Our fall weather has been all over the place. We even had a tornado watch the other night and I don't remember that ever happening in October! Luckily, nothing came of it. Today is cool and foggy, so I am not sure how far off the snow will be. Here is a winter/holiday card that will be a warmer way to enjoy the snow.

I am sure that you already know how much I love this stamp set and framelits set. The At Home With You stamp set is on page 54 of the annual catalog and will carry you through the whole year with fun crafting. Purchase it in the bundle with the framelits and save 10% (plus a lot of time!!)

Now for the card details:
The card base is Chocolate Chip and the door is stamped on a piece from the Wood Textures DSP with Early Espresso ink. It is stamped in the middle of a 4x5 1/4 piece. Then using the window thinlits, cut out the window blocks and back with a small piece of So Saffron. You can now attach this to the card base.

Stamp the other images onto Whisper White, color, and cut out with the coordinating thinlits. They are all added to the scene with dimensionals. The broom is from a retired set, If the Brook fits, stamped with Chocolate Chip onto Crumb Cake. I stamped an extra wreath, colored it, then cut it out with the framelit. This can then be cut up into individual sprigs of holly, which I used on the broom and the sign above the door, which is also stamped onto Crumb Cake.

Then I dug out my retired Mica Flakes (which are still available on the clearance page!) and added the clear to my doorway.  I think it added that magical touch, don't you?

This would be just as nice without the broom and using glitter for the snow.

NOTE: I usually use my positioning tool when I stamp the door on DSP. That way I can stamp twice and get a stronger image.

I hope you enjoyed today's share.

One more thing before I close. Just a reminder that the Oct and Nov Paper Pumpkin kits are going to coordinate this year. To receive both of them, you will need to sign up by October 10, which is just a few days away. Just click on the Paper Pumpkin button in to the right.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Jar of Flowers

Here is another clean and simple card, using watercolor pencils and the masking technique.

The base is Pool Party with a mat of Olive Green. The image is stamped on Whisper White.

Stamp the flower on the bottom from the Butterfly Basics set with Old Olive. Stamp a second image on a piece of masking paper or post-it. Cover the flower image with the mask and stamp the jar from Sharing Sweet Thoughts with Marina Mist. (This set also benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities and is on the inside back cover of the annual catalog.)

Create another mask with the top rings of the jar. Place this mask over the image and stamp another set of flowers into the jar. I found it a bit large, so I places some scotch tape over the part of the stamp that I didn't want to use, inked the stamp and removed the tape. This leaves just the part that you want to stamp. Color the image with your favorite product.

I used the Watercolor Pencils on this card. The secret to good color is to keep the pencils well sharpened and for more vibrancy, use an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen.

Stamp your sentiment on Whisper White with Marina Mist and mount onto Pool Party. When you don't a the size of die to create the small mat, just cut the same size as the sentiment. Then cut it into four pieces. Add adhesive to the back of the sentiment and place the pieces on the back so they just show around the edge. There is a bit of a gap at each cut, but it really isn't noticeable.

As fellow demonstrator, Connie Stewart, would say, here is a stepped up version of the same card:

I used the triple snowflake from Star of Light, stamped with Pool Party to add a bit of texture, plus the dots from Sheltering Tree. Afterwards, I think that either stamp would have been enough.

Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Clean and Simple

I know it is Fall and the cooler weather has set in..... So here is a card for Fall, with the reminder that the flowers are still blooming.

This is a really simple card and sometimes, that is perfect. A fellow demonstrator shared the idea of the wreath with circles. (She also shared using the same idea to create pumpkins, using oval thinlits).

The card base is Crushed Curry mounted with a piece from the Wood Textures DSP stack. Then using your circle dies, cut out three rings of the same size from Soft Suede, using two of the thinlits that are closest to each other. (Mine leave a 1/4" piece between them, which I thought was too much, so I cut mine in half with the paper snips. It gave it a rustic look and gave me another slightly smaller set to use on another project. )Spot glue these in place to create the wreath, or use glue dots.

Add the leaves from Flourishing Phrases, stamped with Old Olive onto the same color of cardstock, and cut them out. I stamped three sets and cut one apart, creating the three cluster of leaves. Use glue dots to adhere them to the wreath.

The flower is from the set, Flower Shop. Ink the flower with Pumpkin Pie, then color over the center with the Soft Suede marker. Stamp on to Crushed Curry cardstock and use the Pansy Punch to cut it out. Attach this between the leaves with a dimensional.

Add your sentiment to the bottom in Soft Suede. I used a positioning tool to make it darker by stamping twice.

It seems like a lot of steps, but it does go quickly so I hope that you will give it a try.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!