Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Stampin' Up Mixed Bunch stamp set is great for a Christmas card!

Mixed Bunch stamp set is one of those versatile sets than can be used for any and all occasions and any season.  All you need to do is choose suitable colors, ribbons and embellishments for the occasion or season.

My sister, Sandy Wilt, sent this Christmas card last year.  Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, White Embossing Powder and Stitched Satin Ribbon transformed this image into a beautiful Christmas card.
Mixed Bunch Christmas card

Stampin' Up! products used to make this card. 

 If you are making a lot of cards you may want to purchase solid packs Gumball Green 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock 126840 and Raspberry Ripple 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock 126842
  Click on the title to go to my store if you want to purchase an item.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Stampin' Up! Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit - a real deal!

Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit (134797) by Stampin' Up!I
(Sorry, somehow this post did not get published so it is out of order.)

I was not impressed when I saw the flyer for this kit, but that all changed when I had an opportunity to use this kit to make samples for a friend's class.  This kit will be on my next Stampin' Up! order, because it is lots of fun and the cards really come alive in real life!  Add the fact that it is a great deal because it includes a terrific greetings stamp set (at least $14.95 value), two ink spots (Basic Gray and Island Indigo) ($2.00 each/$4.00), and a clear acrylic block to hold the stamps ($5.00). Those are conservative $ amounts that total $24.00 for items that can be used over and over.  In reality it costs only $5.95 or less for supplies and you will get more than enough to make 20 cards.  All you need to have on hand is a scissors, adhesive and glue dots. Stampin' Up has made that easy,too, by offering a bundle which includes these necessities - Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit Bundle (137497) which you can see at the end of the post.

This post will show you the kit, and the next post will show the cards I made.  (Actually the one below this)

This is what you get in the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit. The first photo shows the 5 sheets of die cuts, die cut silver glimmer paper, die cut white card stock, doilies, and some precut printed cardstock for layering. I missed the twine, buttons, Arrow shaped cute clips, and Stampin' Dimensionals - you can see part of that in the upper left corner.
 Here are the 20 card bases and the envelopes

 The bundle includes the Everyday Cardmaking Kit (135877), Snail adhesive, Mini Glue Dots and Paper Snips 
I will be back with the samples! (Actually, they got posted first!!)

Stampin' Up! Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit Sample cards

Here are the cards I promised.  They are made with the Stampin' Up! Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit plus scissors, Mini Glue Dots, and Adhesive.

They look so much prettier in real life.  It really is fun to have a big pile of parts and an idea sheet - all the grunt work is done for you!  This would be a wonderful Christmas present for a crafty friend!

Here is what you need - click on the caption and order it from my store!

Everyday Cardmaking Kit  #134797 $29.95

Everyday Cardmaking Kit Bundle  #135877  $50.00

Stampin' Up! Christmas Ornament Keepsakes Center Side Step Card

I've been away from blogging a long time, there was no time for it. Lots of fun things going on.

I made this card for the October Stampin' Divas card swap.  I love the Winter Frost Designer Series Paper with the Silver Foil Sheets to accent it.

Stamps - Ornament Keepsakes (128051) with matching Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Petite Pairs (122497)
Ornament Keepsakes 128051

Petite Pairs 122497

Card stock: 
Island Indigo, Pool Party, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets (132178) and Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (132341)
Winter Frost Specialty Designer Paper 132341

Silver Embossing Powder (109131), Basic Pearls (119247), Silver 1/8" Ribbon (132137), Word Window Punch (119857),  Modern Label Punch (119849), and Holiday Ornaments Framelits (127816).  As usual I used many Stampin' Dimensionals.

Holiday Ornaments Framelits 127816
Silver Ribbon 132137
 Can you believe it is only 45 days, 23 hours and 25 minutes until Christmas - at the time I did this post!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Need a Stampin' Up! Color Combination?? I have the answers! Colorlab and Stampin' Up! Color Coach

You can't decide what colors to use?  Do you have a color you want to use, but not sure what works with it?  At the top of the right column you will see a green box labeled "Proud to support Create,  Ink... Colorlab".  When you click the "Surprise Me" button under the color scheme, you get a new color combination so click until you find something you like.  If you want color combinations for a specific color, click on the "Colorlab" button and that will take you to the Colorlab where you can select the color (s) you want to use.

Not all the combinations will be your favorites, but it will give you something to work with.

An even better solution for winning color combinations every time is the Stampin' Up! Color Coach.  It is the size of a deck of cards so it can go anywhere with you.
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Let this coach help you put together custom color schemes to express your unique creativity. Whether you want a quick reference of all colors in a collection, a card for every color, or blank cards to record your own color combinations, this swatch book Is for you!

* Includes 55 double-sided cards with removable metal post fastener
* On individual color cards, one side shows color, the other side lists coordinating colors
* Card size: 2-3/4" x 4-1/2"

Color Cards for the In Colors are also available 

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Add 2012–2014 In Color Cards to your Color Coach. Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit.

2013-2015 In Color Cards130120
Add 2013–2015 In Color Cards to your Color Coach. Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush

Click here for 2013-2015 In Color Cards

Have fun creating!

Rubber hugs,

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Oh, Hello! stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Sometimes I just do not have enough time to come up with my own design AND I do love to make things from tutorials.  (Probably comes from my former sewing "hobby" - I used to make all my own clothes with Vogue patterns).   My favorite source is Chat Wszelaki at Me, My Stamps who wrote the tutorial for these Oh, Hello! cards.  I used different colors and ribbon, just because I don't like to do it EXACTLY like the tutorial, and because I thought I needed to use up my 2011-2013 In Colors by May 31!!  The good news is that we found out this week that Calypso Coral and Pool Party will be available in the next catalog!  I am so happy because I have been wondering what will I do without Pool Party!

Today I will show you two of the cards I made with an Island Indigo, Pool Party and Calypso Coral color scheme:

This card has a unique fold that I have not seen before, and adds some interest to the card.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!

Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Pool Party and Calypso Coral,
Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Stampin' Write Markers - Pool Party, Lucky Limeade; In Color Ruffled Ribbon - Island Indigo;  Vintage Faceted Buttons; Twine - Calypso Coral; Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Chevron; Sizzix Framelits - Ovals Collection;  Lots of Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, March 18, 2013

Stampin' Up Exclusive Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts Die with Dress Up Framelits Die

I made my first Pop 'n Cuts card and I love it!  It is so much fun to dress up the Dress Form with your own design. It is twice as much effort as the usual card because you need to design the card front as well as the interior dress form pop up.

Here is the front of the card which features the dress form from the Dress Up Framelits.  I cut the dress form frame from Basic Gray card stock and the printed dress form from Tea for Two Designer Series Paper.  I embellished it with a flower from the Flower Trim ribbon and some Basic pearls.

The strip of DSP is also from Tea for Two.  The background layer is Calypso Coral embossed with the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Folder.  The greeting frame from the Four Frames stamp set was stamped with Lucky Limeade and the greeting is from Petite Pairs stamp set.  The ribbon is Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon  which will retire on May 31, 2013. I will be so sad to see the ruffled ribbon go, but they always come up with new favorites.

This is the fun part of the part - the dress form pop up.  The pop up was cut from Sahara Sand card stock.  I added striped paper for "wall paper" and dotted paper for a "rug' - both from the Neutrals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stack.   I cut a dress top and skirt from Tea for Two Designer Series Paper with the Dress Up Framelits.  The belt was made with natural ribbon, cut in half lengthwise.  I punched a flower from the same DSP collection and embellished it with a Basic Pearl.   The greeting from Blooming with Kindness was stamped and then punched with the Large Oval Punch.  I layered on Early Expresso cardstock that was die cut with an Apothecary Accents Framelit.  I used lots of Stampin' Dimensionals in all the layers.

My sketch included a wall mirror made with Silver Glimmer Paper and the Oval Framelits, and Edgelit borders at the top and bottom, but I ran out of time...  And that would be another story!!

Here is a close up of the dress:
I made these for a swap, and have pieces to make 4 more cards.  My plan is to finish them tonight...  We'll see!

Stamp, stamp, stamp!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Stampin' Up! Blooming with Kindness Sympathy Card

This Stampin' Up! set, Blooming with Kindness, is a very versatile set.  It includes the large flower which can be a focal point or background or even both, as well as sentiments for Thank You, Birthday, Encouragement, and Sympathy.  I needed a larger sentiment for this card, so I chose the sympathy from the Blessings From Heaven stamp set.

Blooming with Kindness stamp set
I layered Sycamore Street (2013 Sale-A-Bration) on Whisper White and attached it to the Summer Starfruit card base with Stampin ' Dimensionals.  I stamped the flower on Whisper White.  I stamped a two more flowers on Whisper White - cut one complete flower and one center and attached each one with Stampin' Dimensionals for a 3D flower.  I adhered a Tea Time Paper Doily to the card base and then attached the image piece with more Dimensionals.  (after I layered it on some Basic Gray card stock.

I stamped the sentiment in Basic Gray on Whisper White and punched it out with the Large Oval Punch.  I punched 2 Basic Gray ovals and glue them on the back to form a frame.  I attached this to a Summer Starfruit label that was cut with the Apothecary Accents Framelits die.  I used Basic i Gray brads on the label and attached it to the card base with Stampim' Dimensionals.

I sure do use a lot of Stampin' Dimensionals but they really add a lot of visual appeal to a card.

Have fun stampin'!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Stampin ' Up! Amazing Friend stamp set with the chalkboard technique

This the second project we made on Sunday afternoon.  It features the Amazing Friend stamp set from the 2013 Spring Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Sycamore Street Designer Paper and the Button & Ribbon Pack.  This is the card sample I designed:

And these great cards were made by the participants:

By Kristy Kelly and Sandy Wilt
By Angelina Paese and Stacy Miller
By Stacey Epler and Brenda Kiehl

The chalkboard technique is easy!  Stamp with Versamark ink, emboss with white embossing powder and then heat with your embossing heat gun. The swipe Whisper White Craft ink on the black card stock with a sponge to make it look like a chalk board.

Stamping Supplies:
Stamp Sets:   Amazing Friend (2013 Spring Catalog), Vintage Words (Sale-A-Bration)
Card stock:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Calypso Coral. Sycamore Street DSP
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories: White Embossing Powder,  Sycamore Street DSP and the Ribbon and Button Pack, Petite Pennant Builders Punch, Calypso Coral Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals.