Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thoughtful Fall Jar

There's one more week to grab the Thoughtful Branches set or bundle.  I've had lots of fun with this set, and you will too!

Things have been nuts this month with finishing up summer camp and hitting our favorite summer spots before running off to vacation right before school starts up again.  Before leaving town, I couldn't let the idea go of pairing a fall focus of Thoughtful Branches with the Jar of Love stamp set.

I did a watercolor wash to fill the background with diluted Smoky Slate ink.  I created this card with several items laying on my desk, which is always fun to do!

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches, Jar of Love; Paper: Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Birthday Fiesta DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Smoky Slate, Versamark; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Frosted Sequins, Epic Day Washi Tape, White Embossing Powder, Aquapainter, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Everyday Jars Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.



Product Name Retail
144328 Thoughtful Branches Bundle (ENG) $52.00 USD/$66.50 CAD
143539 Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set (ENG) $27.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
143538 Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies $31.00 USD/$41.00 CAD

  • Promotion period: August 2–31, 2016
  • Promotion Deadlines:
    • Phone/Fax/Mail: August 31, 2016 by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: August 31, 2016 by 11:50 PM (MT)
https://my.stampinup.com/portal/docs/default-source/happeningnow/promotions/thoughtful-branches/thoughtfulbranches_flyer_jul0516_us.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Click above to see the stamp set and framelits bundle.



Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Jar of Love


Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week we are taking a look at the Jar of Love bundle, which includes the Jar of Love stamp set and matching Everyday Jars framelits.   If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the hugely talented Holly Stene's blog.  I just love her style!

Combining my project with this week's Sunday Stamps Challenge, I started with a flower focus.

There are several ways to add stems to your jar and make them look like they are inside the jar.  Here I chose for stamping on the jar cut-out and gluing the stem cut-outs to the backside of the jar.  I used Freshly Made Sketches #247 for my card.



Stamps: Jar of Love; Paper: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, A Little Foxy DSP; Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Very Vanilla Lace Trim, Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Everyday Jars framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Once I got started with this color palette, I made another card featuring our limited-time bundle Thoughtful Branches.

This is a tall skinny 3-3/4 x 6" card, so I am thankful we have the Envelope Punch Board so I can make any size envelope I need!  So a story came over my Facebook feed today that a fiance of a local woman who suffered a head injury by a car incident in a parking lot was calling for birthday cards to celebrate her 50th birthday.  This one will be going to her.

I stamped two layers of hydrangeas, both on Whisper White and Soft Sky card stock, first with Soft Sky ink and then overstamping by sponging Marina Mist and Dapper Denim on areas of the stamp.  The jar is stamped both on Very Vanilla and acetate, and the flower stem is layered in between.

Stamps: Jar of Love, Thoughtful Branches; Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Vellum, Acetate; Ink: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Versamark; Accessories: Linen Thread, White Embossing Powder, Sponges, Everyday Jars Framelits, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what fun projects Betty Traciak has put together with this week's stamp set. 

 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Stampin' Up! Painter's Palette

When I saw the Playful Palette patterned paper, I thought of my little sis.  She was a teenager during that 80's paint splatter era.  So of course I had to use this to make her a birthday card.

Do you recognize the layout?  It is just a catalog sample with the paper swapped out.  Why make it hard on yourself when they have so many lovely samples designed right there for you?

Stamps: Painter's Palette; Paper: Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla, Playful Palette DSP; Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Black Metallic Thread, Playful Palette Washi Tape, Dimensionals.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Paper Pumpkin BOGO


Offer Dates: August 11 – October 10, 2016

Offer Details: When you use PROMO CODE “BOGO” at PaperPumpkin.com, you’ll pay the regular price of $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD and get their second month for FREE!

If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, they will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free. If they subscribe between September 11 and October 10, their first kit will be the October kit and they will get the November kit free.
  • Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. 
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).

Don't forget your subscription with me will get you signed up for the Paper Pumpkin Club!

What is Paper Pumpkin Club? For all my Paper Pumpkin subscribers, I will provide additional perks and resources: 
  • An additional project PDF, including color photos and directions, using current or past Paper Pumpkin supplies, to help make your investment go further.
  • After you've been with us a couple months, I'll send you a stamp case like the one shown above, to help you organize your Paper Pumpkin stamp collection. 
  • Additional Paper Pumpkin ideas, like this organizing solution, which keeps all your stamps easily visible and accessible once your collection starts to grow.
  • If you are local, come over for girls' night out while assembling your Paper Pumpkin kits. We meet the last Thursday of each month.  Please contact me for more information.  
  • Not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber yet? No problem! Come over to try a Paper Pumpkin kit and additional project for a small $5 class fee. 
  • And... I have a surprise in the works for October.  You won't want to miss this!




Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Jul 2016 PP: What A Gem!

Time for another Paper Pumpkin alternative project.  July's kit, What A Gem, came with some cute little jewel-shaped boxes that are easy to assemble.  I wanted to focus a bit on the stamp set, while also using some embellishments from the kit.

Focusing on the jewel part of the kit, I grabbed a template from the internet, cut it out with my e-cutter, and added some watercoloring behind it.

As always, I'll be sending the detailed instructions to my Paper Pumpkin Club subscribers.

You can start your own Paper Pumpkin subscription and join the club as well.  Or give a prepaid subscription as a gift!



Thoughtful Branches is available for purchase now, while supplies last!  Don't forget to use those coupons you earned in July!!



Product Name Retail
144328 Thoughtful Branches Bundle (ENG) $52.00 USD/$66.50 CAD
143539 Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set (ENG) $27.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
143538 Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies $31.00 USD/$41.00 CAD

  • Promotion period: August 2–31, 2016
  • Promotion Deadlines:
    • Phone/Fax/Mail: August 31, 2016 by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: August 31, 2016 by 11:50 PM (MT)
https://my.stampinup.com/portal/docs/default-source/happeningnow/promotions/thoughtful-branches/thoughtfulbranches_flyer_jul0516_us.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Click above to see the stamp set and framelits bundle.



Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Botanical Blooms


Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  Today we are focusing on a wonderful bundle from the recent Occasions Catalog, Botanical Blooms and coordinating Botantical Builder framelits.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from the amazing Dawn Tidd's blog.

So, I've had this bundle for a while, and this is the first I am using it.  So many wonderful products, so little time!  Tell me I'm not the only one!

I love killing two birds with one stone, so to speak, so I've combined my card for the Sunday Stamps Challenge #132 with Botanical Blooms.  This set has the perfect foliage to complement the No Bones About It set.

And bonus, I got to use up more DSP scraps hanging around on my desk.  Here's this week's Sunday Stamps sketch.

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, No Bones About It, Thoughtful Banners; Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, 2011-13 In Color DSP; Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo; Accessories: Linen Thread, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Botanical Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

I created a card for stamp club, and it's a perfect time to share it here.

I combined some ideas from Dena Rekow and Amy Koenders to come up with this card.  The striped background trend has been around for a bit, but I still love the bold look!

I used 3/4" stripes of Basic Black card stock to create the background.  The flowers are sponged with Calypso Coral and Soft Suede inks.  And here's a fun hint for the linen thread: tie a big bow or loop knot and attach to the back of the flower with a glue dot for some easy loops.

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Thoughtful Banners; Paper: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink: Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Linen Thread, Banner Triple Punch, Sponges, Botanical Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Hop on over to my friend, Mickey Roberts's, blog to see what she put together with this set. Her projects are always wonderful!

 



Don't forget about Bonus Days!  Receive a $5 coupon to use August 2 - 31 with every $50 purchase in July. 



Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Thoughtful Branches


Welcome to the first Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We will be sharing our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  I'm pretty psyched about this limited-edition bundle, Thoughtful Branches & Beautiful Branches thinlits.  This set is only available for purchase August 2 - 31, while supplies last, so don't delay ordering yours!

You've probably arrived from the fabulous Bronwyn Eastley's blog.  Her projects are always a knock-out!

I won't be holding any events in August, so no opportunity to show this set to my ladies.  I thought it would be nice to pull together some note cards to stick into their order bags from July.

My hydrangea flower is double layered to make it look very full, as well as dimensional.  This card is pretty flat and perfect for mailing.

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches; Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, 2011-13 In Color DSP; Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Brick Wall EF, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Big Shot.

This set is pretty versatile, from flowers to trees, and I'm just loving the details on the thinlits!  Can you see how the inside of the hydrangea flowers (or leaves if you are making a tree) are cut out with the thinlit?  What an easy and fabulous way to add dimension to a card!  And my response when I saw the tree trunk/branches thinlit shape?  YES!  I've been wanting a tree outline die!

I wanted to make a white-on-white card, so I'm going for the full subtle look with a clear-embossed sentiment.  White-on-white can be so elegant!  This sketch comes from Fab Friday #91.

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches; Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Versamark; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Clear Embossing Powder, Banner Triple Punch, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Another useful item with this set is the Big Shot Die Brush (#140603).  Just run the brush over the die, once you run it through the Big Shot, and the little pieces just fall right out.

I'm a sucker for tall, skinny stick trees... reminds me of my beloved Canada.  So I had to make something with them.

Here I stamped with Versamark, and then stamped again slightly lower with Memento Tuxedo Black, and then emboss with clear embossing powder.  From there you can brayer or sponge.  The layout is from Less is More Sketch #18.

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches; Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White; Ink: Dapper Denim, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Clear Embossing Powder, 3/4" Circle Punch, Brayer, Sponge, Softly Falling EF, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Big Shot, Post-it Notes, Dimensionals.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Shana at Stree-Free Stamping put together with the set. Her projects are always so lovely!

 



Don't forget about Bonus Days!  Receive a $5 coupon to use August 2 - 31 with every $50 purchase in July.  Use your coupons to help you grab up this set!