You & Me

you and me valentineHappy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  Today I have another Valentine’s project to share with you! This particular project showcases a fun new product bundle: You & Me stamp set and the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper pack. I love the product bundles in the new catalog because we receive a 15% discount when purchasing these products together! How awesome is that? So let’s take a closer look at this project…

To make this project, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of basic black cardstock for matting the project. Find the “&” symbol from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Pack and cut it down to 3 3/4 inches tall and then trim off the sides as close to the “&” symbol as you can. That will leave a little gap on the right side of the project for you to secure a red heart accent piece. For the finishing touches, stamp the “you & me” sentiment on a scrap piece of paper in real red ink. Cut out the “you” and “me” by hand and secure it to the card as shown. Embellish with a little silver glimmer heart. Enjoy!

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Hats off to You

guy greetings hatsHere’s another masculine project for you! And yes, I again used the Guy Greetings stamp set and Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper.  Two great products that just seem to work so well together!  For this particular project I wanted to try something a little different.  I used the hats image in the Guy Greetings stamp set to create a fun little background.

To make this project, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and stamp the “hats” image across the cardstock using early espresso ink. Cut a 2 1/8 x 4 inch piece of the plaid paper from the adventure bound designer series paper pack and secure it to the lower half of the card.  I was careful not to cover up the hats! Next, cut out a piece of very vanilla cardstock using the apothecary accent framelit shape (as shown in the pic). I trimmed off the right half of the accent so that it was straight. Stamp the hats image onto this piece using the stamp off technique and cajun craze ink. The stamp off technique involves inking up your stamp, stamping it on a scrap piece of paper and then, without re-inking it, stamping it onto your project. Then simply stamp the sentiments over the top of the hats using early espresso ink.  For the finishing touch, embellish it with a little button and linen thread. Enjoy!

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Best Year Ever

SAB projectSale-a-bration is in full swing and I am having a blast with the new products! Too fun!  Today I want to share a little project I put together with the free Sale-a-bration paper, stamps and buttons.  You can choose a free Sale-a-bration with every $50 purchase.  If you are not familiar with the Sale-a-bration promotion, I would encourage you to check out my Sale-a-bration page.

To make this project, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. You can use any of the 12 different designs that come in this pack of paper…I just chose the tulips for this project. You will also cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of a more subtle pattern, this will serve as a little accent piece and a place for the buttons. Secure the designer papers as shown in the picture (you will overlap the 1 x 4 inch piece a bit). Stamp a fun little sentiment on the bottom of the card using calypso coral ink. For the finishing touches, simply add a few colored buttons from the free Sale-a-bration accessory pack. Enjoy!

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Guy Greetings

guy greetings birthdaySo today I thought I would start to share some of the wonderful new products coming out in the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog on January 6, 2015!  This will be sort of a little new catalog “reveal” week to get you all excited about all of the fun things that will be available to you in a bout a week!  Besides the new spring “Occasions” catalog it also marks the start of Sale-a-bration (SAB)!  stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year!  For every $50 you spend you receive an SAB catalog item for FREE!  And there are simply amazing products in both catalogs!  Need a catalog? Just click on the “stampin news & catalogs” link at the top of this page and sign up!  I will pop one in the mail to you for free!

So let’s talk about the very first new catalog project I have to share with you today! I was immediately drawn to a new stamp set called “Guy Greetings” because I am always looking for images to design masculine cards….and this stamp set has a bunch! My favorite image is this classic car! My family is big into antiques and vintage items so this card will be perfect for my Dad’s birthday in January. Besides the awesome images in this set, there is also a wonderful new set of masculine designer papers, called Adventure Bound, to work with. The colors are fabulous and you will certainly see that with the projects I will share over the course of this week. So…to make this card, I started with a piece of cajun craze cardstock for the base of the card. Emboss the front of the card with the lattice embossing folder (or any of your favorites). Cut a 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock…you will do your stamping on the vanilla piece. Stamp the classic car image using early espresso ink and the happy birthday sentiment using cajun craze (both of these images are in the new Guy Greetings stamp set). Grab some of the Adventure Bound DSP that has the following colors: sahara sand, cajun craze and early espresso. Cut the sahara sand piece to 1 1/4 x 3 inches, the plaid cajun piece to 2 x 3/4 inches and the early espresso piece to 1 x 2 1/2 inches…snip the bottom of each piece to form a banner, then simply layer them as shown. Super simple and very masculine card design to put together. You will love this set so put it on your wish list for January 6th! 🙂

World of Dreams

World of Dreams
This week I have been sharing a few all occasions card designs with all of you…yes, I know Christmas is right around the corner but I wanted to change up the scenery a bit as I have probably overwhelmed you with all of my Christmas posts, right? 🙂 This particular card was inspired by a similar card design from one of the past Stampin’ Up! catalogs. You do save your catalogs, don’t you?  I hope so! There are so many awesome project ideas in these catalogs and you can pretty much re-create them all you need to do is substitute some of the new stamp sets and products. To make this card, start with a piece of always artichoke cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 3 1/4 x 3 inch piece of so saffron cardstock…tear off about a 1/4 inch (as shown) as sponge a bit of early espresso ink on the torn edge. Cut a 3 x 2 3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Randomly stamp some of the nature images from the World of Dream stamp set using always artichoke and so saffron ink. Stamp the bird nest over the top of the other images using early espresso ink.  Stamp one of the sentiments in the corner of the card using early espresso ink. Tie a bit of white satin ribbon around the entire front of the card. Cut a 1 x 4 1/4 inch strip of always artichoke cardstock and secure some antique brads to each end. Secure this piece over the top of the ribbon using dimensionals. Secure the piece with your stamped images to the so saffron piece and mount to the card using dimensionals as shown. Voila! You have a beautiful card for any occasion. Enjoy!


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Scrappy Ribbon Creations

Do you save scraps of ribbon, paper or anything that looks like it could be used in a crafting project?  If so, you are not alone! 🙂 I save everything too!  And I have been busy coming up with different ways to start using all of those scraps I am saving!  So today I want to share a few fun card designs that you can put together using up some scrap ribbon.  Enjoy!

rainbow ribbon scraps
Rainbow ribbon card. Simply run your ribbon scraps across a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp a fun sentiment in the corner.
clean and simple ribbon scraps
Grab a few ribbon scraps and run them on a slight diagonal across a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp some fun sentiments like these from the Bravo stamp set.
ribbon scraps flower
For this ribbon scrap card, find a scrap of green for the stem of the flower and a few scraps of purple (or any other color) you would like to use for the flower. Simply fold the ribbon ends together and secure in a circle using glue dots. Put a fancy little embellishment in the center.
ribbon scraps weave card
For this card, use a paper trimmer to cut little slits every 1/2 inch across a piece of cardstock. Then simply weave in some scrap ribbon and decorate!


Choose Happiness

choose happinessWe had our annual team stampin’ Christmas party this past weekend and it was a blast!  The entire room was decorated with beautiful Christmas decor, we had Christmas music playing and some amazing food! We had a “shoe box” swap so each of us brought a a project for everyone to make. And the theme…anything “non-Christmas” 🙂

The projects that we shared that day needed to be quick and simple since there were 19 of us in attendance at this event! Yes, I came home with 18 different card designs! Super fun! Anyway…for my project, I decide to showcase the Choose Happiness stamp set as I hadn’t really played around with it yet. I started with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of the card. I used crumb cake ink for all of the stamping. Simply randomly stamp a few of the images from the Choose Happiness stamp set onto the crumb cake cardstock. I sponged a bit of crumb cake ink around the edges of the card and over some of the stamped images. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of white cardstock and sponged with the crumb cake ink. I cut out the Choose Happiness sentiment with the Artisan Label punch. Next, I punched out another Artisan label using early espresso cardstock…I simply snipped it in half and secured it to the back of the sentiment just to matte it out a bit. For the finishing touch, I added a piece of Venetian crochet trim and an antique brad. Enjoy!

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Seasonally Scattered Thanks

sesonally scattered emboss resistSeasonally scattered seems to be a pretty popular stamp set this holiday season. If you are on Pinterest, then you have probably seen oodles of projects showcasing this set! Well here is another one to add to your collection! For this particular card, I decided to do a bit of heat embossing with some silver embossing powder and a bit of sponging with coastal cabana ink. I thought the silver and blue would look fabulous together, what do you think?

For those of you that are looking to recreate this card, here are the instructions…start with a piece of coastal cabana cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Emboss the “thanks” image, from the seasonally scattered stamp set, using silver embossing powder.  If you haven’t tried heating embossing, it’s pretty simple. You will “ink” up your image with versa mark, sprinkle the image with silver embossing powder (tap off the excess) and then heat to set the image. 🙂 Once you have embossed your image, simply sponge some coastal cabana ink in and around the image. For the finishing touch, add a bit of silver baker’s twine. Enjoy!

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Love & Sympathy

Love & SympathyThere are some simply stunning projects showcased in the Stampin’ Up! catalogs. So I have been busy CASEing some of these awesome projects! CASE means Copy And Share Everything.  While this didn’t turn out exactly like the one in the catalog, it’s definitely pretty and everyone enjoyed making it in class last month. 🙂  And I bet you will too! To re-create this card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock and emboss it with the filigree frame textured embossing folder. Using very vanilla cardstock, cut out 2 different sized pennants from the Party Pennant Bigz L die.
Grab the beautiful love and sympathy stamp set. Stamp the sentiment on the smaller pennant. Color the flower image using your markers…I used pear pizazz and pool party for the flowers. Color and stamp the flower images all across the bottom of the larger pennant. For the finishing touches, add a bit of crochet trim and some linen thread! Enjoy!

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