Thursday, January 19, 2017

Control Freaks Sale-a-Bration/Occasions Blog Tour

Welcome to another Control Freaks blog tour!  There is so much to love in the Sale-a-Bration and Occasions catalogs, we are again focusing on them this month.  You've probably arrived here from Debbie Henderson's blog.  Her projects are always on point!

Last month I mentioned I challenged myself to make quite a few projects with Lift Me Up so I can "warm up" with the set and then pick one for the Control Freaks SAB/Occasions swap.  So without further ado, here's the swap card I settled on.

I used Freshly Made Sketches #267 for this card. I wanted a clean design, but I felt the need to fill the smooth blank background in some subtle way. So I used the Sunburst Thinlit to emboss the background.  I did this by putting the card stock on top (non-cutting side) of the Sunburst die, rather than underneath (cutting side) it; all other sandwich layers being the same.  I did put a piece of copy paper under the die to help protect the cutting edge a bit.

Stamps: Lift Me Up; Paper: Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Carried Away DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper; Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy; Accessories: Silver Metallic Thread, Up & Away Thinlits, Sunburst Thinlit, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Did you ever just have a play day with some stamping techniques, maybe to practice or learn something new?  I sat down with the artistic set Beautiful You to practice some no-line watercoloring on scraps.  It turned out pretty good, so I mounted it up on some spare pieces on my desk.

I stamped the outline in Sahara Sand, after stamping off once, and then watercolored from there.  This lovely lady in yellow needs some pearls, don't you think?

Stamps: Beautiful You; Paper: Whisper White, Playful Palette DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Tuxedo Black Memento; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Aquapainter, Sewing Machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

Jump over to the fabulous Lyssa Zwolanek's blog to check out what inspiring ideas she has for us. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew: Playful Pals

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 take a look at a fun, cartoony kid-type set, Playful Pals, which coordinates with the Pyramid Pals thinlits to create some fun three-dimensional animals.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the amazing Betty Traciak's blog.  Her projects are always awesome!

There are many cute animals that can be made with this stamp set.  How about something a little less traditional?  A Pikachu!  My son was wild about Pikachu probably 20 years ago now.  "I choose you, Pikachu." This ensemble would be great for fun party invitations and favors.

I stamped his head and forefeet in Daffodil Delight ink using the roundish head outline and elephant trunk stamps.  The feet were die-cut using bunny ears and then stamped in Tuxedo Black with the whisker stamp.  The pokeball was put together using the larger eyeball stamp.  Of course the Pyramid Pikachu also has to have a crazy lightening bolt tail, created by sketching on card stock.

Stamps: Playful Pals; Paper: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tip Top Taupe, Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker; Accessories: Circle Punches, Sponge, Pyramid Pals Thinlits, Starburst Thinlit, Big Shot.

Up next is the very talented Bruno Bertucci.  Let's check out what fun projects he has put together with this week's stamp set. 


Friday, January 13, 2017

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop, which features amazing products from the new Occasions Catalog.  Sit back and enjoy some wonderful ideas using the newest stamping goodies!

If you have been following the blog hop in order, you have just come from Mickey's post featuring That's the Tag.  Mickey always has beautiful projects!  And today I will show you some projects using the set Dragonfly Dreams, which also can be bundled with coordinating Detailed Dragonfly thinlit dies.

This set is great for pulling together a quick, simple, elegant card for Stamp Club, which was perfect when I was short on time.

I used the Rock & Roll technique, as Shelli demonstrated OnStage in November, and the bokeh images were stamped off for a subtle look.  This uses Freshly Made Sketches #269. 

Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams; Paper: Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla, Cupcakes & Carousels DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper; Ink: So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso; Accessories: Pearl Jewels, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Big Shot.

And there is a new Sunday Stamps sketch this coming weekend.  I won't reveal it here, but here's a sneak peek of my card.

I started off with some watercoloring with the goal of doing some ink smash technique.  The yellow kept muddying up a bit, so I switched gears to the galaxy technique with white acrylic paint.  Watercoloring and smashing (be it with ink or acrylic paint) is just something that keeps getting better as you keep going.  I have Miley Cyrus in my head.  ♪ We can't stop.  We won't stop. ♪  Just keep working your panel.

Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams; Paper: Island Indigo, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant, Versamark; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, White Embossing Powder, White Acrylic Paint, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Yapha at Stamps & Scraps with Yapha put together using Cool Treats. She has made some amazing projects!  


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-Bration are Here!

Launching today, and available through May 31, is the Occasions Catalog. And... it's also the most wonderful time of the (Stampin' Up!) year... Sale-a-Bration is here!!!

(Click on photos to view PDFs)


There are several ways to join in the Sale-a-Bration festivities -

For each $50 you spend in Stampin' Up products (and they have the BEST products!), you earn a FREE item out of the SAB brochure.  There are seven exclusive stamp sets, patterned papers, ribbon, card tin, and card kit to choose from.  There is something for everyone.  Don't know where to start?  There are wonderful samples throughout the brochure with supply lists to help you reach the FREE SAB item level.

This is the best time to host a workshop, for both your guests as well as extra SAB incentives for you, so be sure to book your workshop today! Earn an extra $25 in hostess dollars when you host a party of $250 or more.  That's $50 in FREE product with a $250 party.  Gather your friends for some girls night in!

But that's not all! Sale-a-bration is a great time to sign up to be a demonstrator. For $99 (including free shipping), choose $125 worth of product of your choice for your Starter Kit... PLUS during SAB two additional FREE stamp sets. The Starter Kit is a great value. 

Below is a quick reference table of all the wonderful Sale-a-Bration products that you can earn for FREE!

Avant Garden
Avant Garden
Carried Away DSP
Carried Away DSP
So Very Much
So Very Much
Delicate Details
Delicate Details
Inside the Lines DSP
Inside the Lines DSP
3/8" Metallic Ribbon
Tasty Trucks
Tasty Trucks
Any Occasion
Any Occasion
Card Tin
Card Tin
Hey, Chick
Hey, Chick
Designer Tee
Designer Tee
Pretty Pocket Card Kit
Pretty Pocket Card Kit

Sale-a-bration runs through March 31, so you'll want to start shopping, hosting, and joining right away!

What could possibly make Sale-a-Bration even better?  Getting Paper Pumpkin involved of course!  Our 3-month prepaid subscriptions are on sale through March 31.  It just might be the easiest way to earn FREE Sale-a-Bration items.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Gurus: Another Great Year Tutorials!

December's Paper Pumpkin kit is a fun way to start the New Year! Either by scrapping last year's highlights or preparing an album to track this year's events, it's got you covered. I love the Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate color palette.

But what if you'd rather make some other projects? The Paper Pumpkin Gurus have some alternate ideas for you. As part of this exclusive group of demonstrators, I provide my Paper Pumpkin subscribers with 11-13 FREE private tutorials & exclusive project ideas each month.  Each tutorial includes all measurements and full supply lists.  Here's a peek at the projects I am sending to them this month. 

And here is also an example of the full-size instructions and photos that come with each project (click to enlarge).

Here is the kit as originally designed, and Stampin' Up has also put together some fun alternative ideas.  What other ideas can you think up?

Want in on the additional kit ideas every month?  You can subscribe with me to receive the additional benefits of the Paper Pumpkin Club, as well as get all these wonderful ideas every month.  Sign up by January 10 to be including in January's mailing list. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew: Swirly Bird

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  Today we stamp with another staple set from the main catalog, Swirly Bird and coordinating Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from Mike Funke's blog.

Since this set was part of the new catalog preorder back last May, there are MANY samples out there for your viewing pleasure.  Coming up with new ideas is quite the challenge.  I decided to go back to an old favorite for a winter card, that is, a wreath on the door.

Here the winter roses and loose leaves are from the Swirly Bird set.  The Mint Macaron and Pear Pizzazz colors are more subdued in keeping with the winter theme.  Minimizing the embellishments help this card fulfill the "flat and mailable" category.

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Wonderous Wreath; Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Whisper White; Ink: Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand; Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Sponge, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Big Shot.

For the next card, I tried to focus on the swirl designs and used a couple of different looks for the flowers.

I heat embossed the stamp images and watercolored the flowers.  To complement the matte look of the watercoloring, I then removed the embossed layer from the larger flower with the iron-off embossing technique.  This card was inspired by one by Debby Hughes, which coincidentally follows the Global Design Project sketch #66.

The Seasonal Decorative Masks are part of the Holiday Catalog Retiring List and are available through January 3 - don't miss out!

Stamps: Swirly Bird; Paper: Sahara Sand, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Sahara Sand, Versamark; Accessories: Gold Metallic Thread, Brights Enamel Shapes, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Brights Sequin Assortment, Clear Embossing Powder, Watercolor Brush, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Embossing Paste, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Sunshine Wishes Dies, Big Shot, Craft Iron.

Hop on over to Nikki Spencer's blog to see what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.


SSC143 Warm Winter Wishes

Happy New Year, Y'All!!  If you've been spending an entire week at home with the family and don't know what to do with yourself, try our Sunday Stamps challenge!

So before my Occasions/Sale-a-Bration preorder arrives, I am busy trying out some stamp sets from the Holiday catalog that haven't seen ink yet.  Speaking of the Holiday catalog, remember it, as well as the Year-End Closeouts, ends on January 3.  Some items are on the carryover list, but remember they don't have bundle pricing once items once the initial catalog period they appeared in expires.  So make sure you grab those retiring and bundle-priced items before they are gone!  All the pertinent info can be found HERE.

Mountain Adventure is a fun set, although I had to stamp it a few times to get the layout right.  I used some masking, so it required some forethought (or re-stamping from my lack thereof).

Beyond the masking/stamping, there is some brayering (Pink Pirouette & Sweet Sugarplum) and sponging (Wisteria Wonder) going on here.  I used Global Design Project sketch #46 for my layout.

Here's this week's color challenge.  Isn't this a fun frosty winter photo?  Use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: Mountain Adventure, Winter Memories; Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Playful Palette DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper; Ink: Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Wisteria Wonder, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: In Color Enamel Shapes, Silver Metallic Thread, Banner Punch, Mini Stapler, Brayer, Sponges, Dimensionals.