Inspired by Color

Are you inspired by color? I love working with different color combinations. I am always excited to see the fun color combos that Stampin’ Up! comes out with each time they introduce new patterned papers. This is a great source of inspiration for me.  I helps me think outside the box and try some very non-traditional color combinations. Since I am currently working on a few different Valentine’s Day projects, I decided to mix it up a bit and try something different. These love themed cards do not have any of the traditional colors used for Valentine’s Day but they sure turned out fabulous!

So now I bet you are wondering what colors I used, right? Well, I decided to use Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzelberry, Calypso Coral and a bit of Daffodil Delight.  One of the things I like to do is use subtle colors in the background of my projects and then add a pop of color on the card. Something bold. Something that will catch your attention. You will notice the pop of color comes from the solid heart cut from a piece of Rich Razzelberry cardstock. It seems to pull out or accent the Rich Razzelberry colors in the pretty flower heart.

Now for those of you that think coloring takes too long…think again! I learned how amazing the new Stampin’ Blends are when I created these card. It was so easy and effortless to add color to the fine details of these hearts. The Stampin’ Blends are alcohol based markers so you can use them to blend too. But if you just want to color, then are fabulous. You don’t even need special ink!  I used my Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp the images and then just colored them in with the other markers. The colors didn’t bleed together and the markers helped to bring out the details in the stamped image.

So the design of the card is pretty simple. Really…it is! Start with a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the base of your card. I embossed a fun little design across the center of the card using one of the Petal Pair embossing folders. The heart are stamped from images in the Heart Happiness stamp set and then just layered together to create a fun look! You can embellish the card with as much or as little as you want. Get creative with it!

I hope you are inspired to try some different color combinations! Play around with the different colors that you have on hand and create something unique today!

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Mixed Medallions Gift Box

Hello Friends!  Today I have a fun little gift box idea that was inspired by the Mixed Medallions Card kit. Yep, I said card kit.

The Mixed Medallions Card Kit is one of this year’s Sale-a-bration items that caught my eye right away. The kit comes with 8 trifold cards. There are two different card designs so you get 4 card bases for each design. I am always looking for fun things to do with kits and as soon as I saw the tri-fold design I knew exactly what I wanted to make…a Gift Box.

By adding a few simple score lines and a few cuts to the card bases, you can easily create an adorable little gift box!

The gift box can be used to package up some small items, candy and even your handmade cards. I was excited to learn that the gift box holds 4-5 standard cards (5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch size) and envelopes. How cool is that? So you can make a few gift boxes and a make a few cards with this kit, package them up and give them away as a gift. Or make all of the cards into gift boxes and use them to package up your own handmade cards.

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Saleabrate with Sweet Soiree

Lately I have been drawn to the fun little Memories & More Card packs. These card packs are perfect for scrapbooking and memory keeping types of projects but they are also fabulous for creating cards.  They are super fun and a great way to make a lot of cards in a short period of time. Just look at how beautiful these finished cards are! And they required very little effort.

These projects showcase some of the beautiful images in the Sweet Soiree Memories & More Card Pack. This card pack is one of the items you can choose for FREE when you shop during Sale-a-bration. Each card pack comes with 72 double sided cards:  52 cards that measure 3 x 4 inches and 20 cards which are 4 x 6 inches. Only the larger cards require a bit of trimming if you plan to use them on a standard 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch greeting card. The 3 x 4 inch cards are perfect for layering together to create some pretty designs on your cards. The most time consuming part of creating these cards is deciding what sentiment to stamp on them.

Here are a few of my favorite cards created with this pack:

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Bubbles & Fizz

Sale-A-Bration is in full swing and it’s been so fun to play around with all of these fabulous new products!  Today I want to share a few fun projects created with the Bubble Over Bundle and the fun new Sale-A-Bration paper called Bubbles and Fizz.  This is really an adorable suite of products! It is so versatile! You can create cards for a variety of different occasions so let’s take a look!

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to make a fun little love themed card for the hubby. The card showcases the new Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper (DSP) which is one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration items that you can choose! The paper is so adorable and it coordinates with the Bubble Over stamp set and framelits. So that means that I could use the framelits to cut out the bottles (I didn’t have to cut them out but hand).  How cool is that? The framelits work with the designer paper and with the bottle stamps in the set!  To create this card, start with whisper white cardstock for the base of the card.  Cut a 3 x 5-1/2 inch piece of the heart patterned paper from the Bubbles & Fizz DSP pack and a 3-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of Basic Gray cardstock. Adhere the two pieces together and then adhere them to your card front. Add a doily and some of the bottles from the DSP. Then embellish with a little love sentiment a a heart.

This card was also created with the Bubbles & Fizz DSP. For this one, I started with a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock for the base of the card. Then I cut a few different patterns of the DSP to create the background on the card. The Lemon Lime Twist pattern is cut to 3-3/4 x 5 inches and the bottle pattern is cut to 3 x 4-1/2 inches. I embellished the card with one of the bottles and a sentiment cut from the Celebrate You thinlits. These fun thinlits are also a free sale-a-bration item that you can choose with a qualifying order.

I am just having a blast with these new products!  I hope that you enjoyed the little projects I shared with you today!

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Sweet Soiree

It’s Sale-a-bration time and the launch of the 2018 Occasion Catalog!  WAHOO! I have several fun projects that I want to share with you today to kick off the event!   It was hard to decide what to share with you first as there are so many amazing products in the new catalogs! So for today, I will showcase some projects featuring the Sweet Soiree Suite in the new 2018 Occasions Catalog.

This suite of products caught my eye right away because of the beautiful designs, fabulous colors and amazing images. I love the elegance of all of the products in the suite. The projects showcased here were created with the Sweet Soiree Designer Paper and Embellishment kit. Even though I am only showcasing 4 projects today, I actually created 16 different projects with just one embellishment kit! All of the projects are absolutely gorgeous and, of course, I will share them with you throughout the next several weeks.

One of the things I was super excited about was the use of the color Marina Mist. This is one of those Stampin’ Up! colors that I just haven’t used in awhile so to see it as part of a product suite was exciting to me! Sometimes it’s the little things like this that make me happy. So the first thing I did was put together 4 different projects using that color. The card showcased above features simple layering of embellishments. I used some from the Sweet Soiree kit and some others that I had on hand. It has a fun and elegant look.

This second card features the new designer paper and embellishments from the kit. Start with a piece of Marina Mist cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of the pretty blue patterned paper from the Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper Pack and adhere to the card front. The focal point of the card is a 2-3/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock stamped with a sentiment from the Cake Soiree set and embellished with items from the kit. Super simple yet very pretty!

This last card design was inspired by one of the projects in the new catalog. I simply changed out the colors and added some different embellishments.  The designer paper pieces are cut at 2 x 4 inches and simply layered together. The sentiment is stamped on a 1 x 3-1/4 inch piece of white cardstock. The card is embellished with items from the Sweet Soiree kit and a few others I had on hand.

The final project is a little coordinating gift box that can be used with any of the card ideas I just shared. This adorable little box features the Sweet Soiree embellishment kit and the Silver Mini Gable Boxes. The boxes come in a pack of 12 and are already cut, scored and ready to assemble. It makes it so easy to create pretty little packages!

Are you excited about these new products? I sure am! And I can’t wait to share more fun ideas with you!

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It’s a New Year’s Sale-A-Bration

Hello Stampin Friends!  Happy 2018 to all of you!  I hope you had a great start to the new year!  There are so many exciting things that will be happening this week as Sale-A-bration starts January 3, 2018!

Sale-A-Bration! is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year! This is my favorite time of year as there are soooooo many awesome deals and FREE products! Plus, there is a brand new catalog…the Occasions Catalog…that contains some fabulous new products!

Just check out these adorable cards created with the Party Pandas Sale-A-Bration stamp set! You can get this stamp set (or any other item in the Sale-a-bration catalog) for FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration!

Sale-A-Bration starts January 3, 2018 and runs through March 31, 2018 so there are lots of opportunities to get in on the fun!

Need some catalogs? Request your free copies by clicking on this link >>> Request A Catalog

There are 3 different ways that you can enjoy Sale-A-Bration rewards and the fun new catalog products:


For every $50 you spend on ANY current catalog products, receive a Sale-A-Bration catalog item of your choice for FREE!

And there are 2 different levels of FREE Sale-A-Bration items this year!

Items you can receive FREE with a $50 purchase and items you can receive FREE with a $100 purchase. Just look for the blue and red reward icons noted next to the items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.

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Join one of my clubs and you will be assigned a hostess month in which you will earn additional free products! Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join! Hostesses have the opportunity to earn an extra $25 in FREE products when the total combined orders of the club reach $250 or more! For a $250 club order that means the host will receive a total of $50 in FREE products of your choice ($250 x 10% = $25 + the additional $25)! During Sale-A-Bration, it is very easy for club hostesses to achieve this!

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Join my team of stampin’ enthusiasts during Sale-a-bration and receive even lots of stampin fun in your starter kit!

First:  Choose $125 in Stampin’ Up! products of YOUR CHOICE for only $99. Shipping is FREE!

Second:  Choose TWO FREE stamp sets of YOUR CHOICE in your starter kit!

As a demonstrator, you receive a 20% discount on all of your own orders! You don’t have to sell to anyone but yourself! I have several team members that signed on as a demonstrator just to get the 20% discount!  In fact, that’s how I got started!

Of course if you are interested in the business opportunity, you can build a Stampin’ Up! business, the choice is yours!

I have team members from all over the United States so you don’t have to live near me to be a part of the team!  We have an amazing group of demonstrators and we connect daily right online!

We would love to have you join our fabulous team! Join during Sale-A-Bration (January 3, 2018-March 31, 2018) for the added perks and rewards!

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Handmade Gifts

This year I decided to make many of my Christmas gifts. Often times people tell me that they could “frame” my cards and hang them on their wall. So I decided to take that advice and create some fun little home decor projects to give as gifts. I have lots and lots of old frames so this was a great way to put them to good use! If you don’t have any frames, you can pick them up at any local retailer.

This first project came to me when when I was playing around with the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  I thought it would be fun to combine that stamp set with the little leaf thinlit in the Seasonal Layers die set to create a Family Tree. I envisioned it a bit differently but I liked how it turned out. Wondering how I got the names on the leaves? Well, I simply printed them off my computer on some old olive cardstock, then cut them out with the leaf image in the Seasonal Layers die set.

Of course I had to make some fun little Christmas themed projects too. So this one showcases the Music Sheet Designer Paper and the beautiful images in the Good Tidings stamp set. Simply measure your papers to cover the size of the frame. So, if you have a 4 x 6 inch frame, cut your background paper to that size and adhere it right to the cardboard backing that comes with the frame. Then, simply decorate it like you would a card! Easy peasy!

This was probably the quickest project to put together. Choose your favorite patterned paper for the background; I used the plaid pattern from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper Pack. Cut a 1 inch strip of red cardstock for the center of the frame. Adhere to a 1-1/4 inch wide piece of gold glimmer paper. Cut these pieces to match the length of the frame, then adhere them across the center. Cut out the word J-O-Y using the large letter framelits and adhere to the center of the 1 inch strip (use a few glue dots). Then embellish! Enjoy!

Flora & Flutter

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I have some fun projects to share that I created with the December 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit. The kit was called Flora & Flutter. I just love butterflies and flowers so this month’s kit was right up my alley!

The kit contained all of the materials you needed to create these 8 beautiful cards; 4 of each of the designs. Each card has a sparkly piece of glimmer paper that peeks through the floral design. Such a fun way to add bling and sparkle to your projects. As with all of the kits, I like to play around with the stamp set to create a variety of other fun projects!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly crafting kit program sent directly to YOU! Yes, you can craft in the comfort of your home! Each month, Stampin’ Up! sends you a surprise crafting kit in the mail. The kit comes complete with stamps, ink, adhesive and all of the materials you need to create the projects! You never know what kind of projects are coming your way but I can reassure you…you won’t be disappointed!

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Floral Statements

In November, I had the opportunity to attend Stampin’ Up! OnStage in Utah! It’s always such a fabulous event! I had such a great time learning about all of the fun new products that are coming out in January playing with the some of those new products and, of course, swapping cards with my fellow demonstrators.  This particular card is one of the fabulous swaps that I received. It was designed by Lawana Schroyer and I absolutely loved it! So much so that I already shared it with my team and, of course, I will be sharing it at one of my upcoming classes. Lawana’s card is slightly different in that she added some beautiful gold thread and used regular ink to color in the flowers. I actually used the new Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers and leaves. Just a little tip…the light pumpkin pie Stampin’ Blend almost matches the Peekaboo Peach ink color in the annual catalog.

The card is easy to create which is part of what drew me to the design. Simplicity with a bit of elegance is always a great match especially when you are creating a lot of cards! I also love that you can use any color to shade in the flower. You can create a whole new look just by changing out the color of the flower and cardstock. Get creative with it!  The dimensions for the cutting your cardstock are as follows:  5-1/4 x 4 inches for the Peekaboo Peach layer and 5 x 3-3/4 inches for the white layer. That’s it!  Now you are ready to get to the stamping! Special thanks to Lawana for sharing her beautiful card with me!

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Hang Your Stockings

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stocking were hung by the chimney with care… And aren’t they adorable? I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away!  How exciting!

These cards were super fun to make! All of the stocking and embellishments I added to this card came from the die set that coordinating with the Hang Your Stocking stamp set.  However, I also used the fun little boxwood wreaths. Simply open them up to create garland (instead of a wreath) and adhere them to your card with glue dots.  But before you do all of that, you need to create the embossed background for your card. The embossing paste works perfect with this stamp set, in fact, I had envisioned this card as soon as I saw the new embossing paste and the brick decorative mask.

So the first thing you need to do is gather your supplies. You will need a jar of embossing paste, some decorative masks (stencils) and something to spread the paste with like the palette knives. Lay the mask on a piece of cardstock. For this particular project, I used a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Grab some of the embossing paste from the jar using the palette knife. Spread the paste across the template so that it fills in the pattern. Now you don’t have to fill in every inch of the template with paste. I actually just spread the paste across the template on an angle leaving a few open spots on the cardstock.

Once you spread a thin layer of embossing paste across the cardstock and you have a design that you are happy with, remove the template and let the embossing paste dry. It dries pretty quickly so while you are waiting for your project to dry, go rinse off the template and the palette knife. It cleans up nicely with warm soapy water. Oh, and cover the paste too! Now you might have noticed that the embossing paste on my card is dark brown, not white.  Yes, you guessed it!  You can make the embossing paste whatever color you want!  Simply scoop out some paste, put it on a silicon mat, and add a few drops of ink to it. Mix the ink drops into the paste and continue to add a drop here and there until you achieve the color you are looking for. How fun!  There are so many great uses for the embossing paste and I’m super exciting about the NEW embossing paste coming out in the 2018 Occasions catalog!

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