Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Let Your Hair Down + new Weekly Deals @ Stampin' Up!




I'd like to dedicate this card today to all of my FABULOUS downline and my AMAZING customers.  

Because of all of you, my husband and I will be attending the Stampin' Up! Getaway Trip to Washington DC in September!

I couldn't have done it without all of you guys!  So here's to you!  Hip! Hip! Hooray!!!

This will be the first extended trip my husband and I have gone on without children....since we've had children!  We've each gone on separate trips without kids, but never together.  And I have to say...We NEED this!  (We did go on an overnight trip without kids about 6 years ago....so even that, it's been a while!)

 Let's chat a little about today's card....

A little vintage meets grunge again.  I may be on a roll with this style, eh?  While the pic above doesn't do the Lost Lagoon DSP any favors (lighting issues~!), it's a great color paired with Crushed Curry and Blackberry Bliss.  

Throw in some great texture from the burlap and some soft flirty texture from the crocheted trip....this card speaks my language!

I did use a sketch today - from CAS(e) this Sketch.  Here's their sketch:




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Monday, July 21, 2014

Manic Monday! Hello, Darling - by Stampin' Up!


Happy Day!  I've got a Manic Monday card for you today.  

You know what that means right.....??

It's a card you can create in under 10 minutes. And just to PROVE that we can create these cards in under 10, I've videoed the process so you can see just how quick YOU can make gorgeous cards.

Here's the full card:


Pretty darn cute, eh?  Watch how it comes together....




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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Creation Station: Flower Patch!




Hey, Hey, Hey!!!  It's that time again!  C'mon into the Creation Station for your ride on the Inspiration Train!

We've got a group of mighty talented folks ready to show you all you can do with:

- Masks/Stencils
- Flower Patch Stamp Set, Flower Fair dies
- and garden inspired cards and creations!

Up first for my projects, a little useage with our new Hearts & Stars decorative masks....I chose the stars...


I simply laid the mask over my card and spritzed with some Bermuda Bay Ink diluted in rubbing alcohol.  I let that dry really well before I embossed my sentiment with Crushed Curry embossing powder.  Add a strip of DSP (great use of scraps!) and a few snippets of Washi Tape....Easy Peasy and a great mailer!

Next up!

I used just the Flower Fair dies with some DSP to create a flower.


I stamped the leaf images from Flower Patch onto Typeset DSP for some interest.  Layered all this up with some burlap trim, a little crocheted lace on top of another piece of Typeset DSP.

The background DSP comes from Flashback...I think I'm gonna love this set of papers more than I thought....the catalog doesn't do them justice at all.

Okay...last card!

This time I stamped several of the flowers from Flower Patch in Daffodil Delight.  I stamped the leaves in Coastal Cabana.  The great thing is that you can stamp an entire sheet of flowers and leaves and only make a couple of passes thru the Big Shot. 

I layered my sentiment onto a piece of burlap trim that I die cut with the large scallop edgelit.  I like that it just peaks out a little bit - flirting with you kinda!



Everything here is on a base of Typeset DSP that I spritzed with that same Bermuda Bay/alcohol mixer and the Dots mask from Dots & Stripes.


Well....that's all I have for you today, but there is more inspiration right around the corner - head to the next blog by Ilina Crouse and you'll be filling up your brain with ideas galore.  Or put it in reverse to Deborah's creative ingenuity!


          
     


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Creation Station: Confetti Themed!




Ahh....it's time for another Creation Station Blog Hop!

This week, our talented crew is still in Celebration mode (just to continue with the long holiday weekend!) - and we're creating things with a Confetti Theme, and using the Dotty Angles Stamp Set.  I've also challenged Design Team members to create things with the Stampin' Up! Coaster Board.  It's kind of a hidden gem in our catalog, and I'm wanting to see what ideas are lingering in the minds of our group!

Let's get this party started, ok?

I stuck with the Dotty Angles Stamp Set for most of my projects and was trying to think of some different ways to use it.... first up, I created a card using the "confetti" stamp on some Park Lane DSP, but heat embossed it in Gold so that it would pop.


To stick with the gold theme, I stamped the sentiment from Let Your Hair Down in Gold Encore ink, and added a little Artisan Label punched from Brushed Gold Cardstock.  

All in all, this one is pretty clean and simple.  I think with the gold details, it's good to keep the rest simple.


Next up, I used the Dotty Angles confetti stamp again, this time using several different colors and offsetting it each time I stamped.  Colors used were Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana (stamped off).  The last stamped layer was heat embossed with Heat & Stick Powder, then I sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds and heat it slightly again.  Turns out I love this look!



I completed this card with the sentiment from Bravo! - which seemed quite fitting.

This next little project was quite fun!  I created some wine charms from the coaster board.  Often, I'm in need of distinguishing one person's wine glass from another when we are entertaining.  These seemed a little more whimsical than the typical wine charms that I have....


I simply die cut some coaster board using the Window Frames dies, then stamped the triangle image from Dotty Angles.  I added the Cheers sentiment from Happy Hour.  A 3/4" circle punch was used to create an opening for the stem, and I cut a slit from the edge to the opening.


I was having fun with this project and was thinking of other ways to really personalize the wine charms.  Here I used the Gold Encore ink and Daydream Medallions, along with the Floral Frames dies:


Fun stuff - eh?  

I hope that this has inspired you - but don't worry if it wasn't inspiring enough - Kathy is next in line and she's got some great ideas to share with you!  Plus, you can go back to Justin's blog to check out his fantabulous creations!   


     




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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bloom with Hope - Stampin' Up!


Oh HAPPY DAY!  It's a new month, and with a new month we just as well kick off a new special right?

During the month of July, you can get 4 packs of Designer Series Paper for the price of 3!  Buy 3 get 1 free....!  And if you are like me.....the more DSP the better!

Today is also the day you can start purchasing Blendabilities!  I LOVE these markers (classes forming soon!), and I know that you will too.  They seriously make you feel like an artist.  And they are rather easy to use - like most things, it just takes a little practice!

Here's today's card:


This is one that I CASE'd from the new catalog.  But in my normal CASEing mode, I have to at least change SOMETHING.  In this case it was the background.  I simply added some Park Lane DSP.  I thought it really helped the focal piece POP!

I also used my Blendabilities to color a faceted button.  And since the Blendies are permanent, the marker doesn't wipe off!  LOVE this!


Today, I also hosted a group of gals to come and put together some Project Life pages.  I've got a weekly "Project Life Camp" for anyone ages 10 and over to come and put some pages together.  One of the high school gals that is coming is really doing some fun things on her pages.  She's a lot like me and wants glammed up pages....I'm loving that!

Here's a couple of the gals hard at work!


Well....that's all for today, hope you'll be back to join me tomorrow!



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Monday, June 30, 2014

Flower Patch meets Striped Scallop Die - Stampin' Up!




I have a confession to make....I'm in love.  With the Flower Patch Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!  Loveit!  And the matching dies.... 
Can you say beautifully easy?

Today's card marries the (also new) Striped Scallop Thinlit Die with the Flower Patch set.  I used the little dot image from the stamp set to stamp inside each little scallop - I couldn't forget the half scallops on the edge!

Then, I simply stamped my flowers and leaves and die cut them.  The nice thing is that you can stamp the images on a sheet of cardstock and die cut several at a time - as long as you leave enough room in between the images.  This just eliminates several passes thru the Big Shot.

I layered the flowers up - some with Stampin' Dimensionals and some are simply flat.  

To jazz things up a bit, I added some of the new In Color Sequins!  FUN!  I love them.  



Sorry my photos are kinda blah....we've been dealing with a LOT of stormy weather here lately - last night this was a storm that we missed, but did trigger the tornado sirens in town:


We have an amazing view from our house, and could watch it.  Our kids were playing in the basement....so Andy and I went outside to get a good glimpse!  Living life on the edge....just a little bit!  My phone has been going crazy this morning with Warnings and Watches....I'm ready for sunshine and 80 degrees....



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