Dragonfly Dreams

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  It’s been a busy couple of days around here as I try to prepare for a 50th Wedding Anniversary for my parents! Lots of things to do before next weekend! But in between all of the party planning, I have been doing a bit of crafting! In particular, I just can’t seem to put down the new embossing paste!  I am absolutely hooked! As soon as I saw this new product, my mind immediately went to the dragonfly. I knew it would look amazing with a brick wall textured background. And it does!

You might have also noticed that I did a bit of sponging in the background of the brick wall.  The sponging really highlighted the brick wall and gives it a bit of a worn or vintage style look. The embossing paste is super simple to use. There are a variety of different decorative mask, stencils and even detailed thinlit patterns that you can use to create some fun textured backgrounds for your projects.  I really love that the embossing paste dries quickly too….within minutes!

You will love the realistic texture and look you get with the embossing paste. For this particular card, I simply spread the embossing paste on an angle across the decorative mask, sponged it with a bit of soft suede ink and embellished the center of the brick wall with a fun sprays of greens and the dragonfly.  I highly encourage you to check out this fun new product! Get creative with it!

 

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Eastern Medallions

Eastern Palace….Eastern Beauty…Eastern Medallions!  Today I want to share a project with you that showcases the versatility of the die set in the Eastern Palace product suite.  While the Stampin’ Up! catalog showcases projects using the coordinating colors in the suite, I like to play around with other color combos to create something just a little bit different. The Eastern Palace product suite has a stamp set with coordinating thinlits called Eastern Medallions. These die cuts (thinlits) are absolutely stunning and, in my opinion, are the best part of the product suite. The die cuts can be layered together to create a variety of different medallions…and each one is absolutely gorgeous!

For this particular card, I decided to use a purple and white color combo. Elegant Eggplant cardstock was used for the base of the card. I loved how that deep purple color seemed to really accent the white medallion. The medallion was created with 3 different die cuts, each one nesting within the other. I simply laid the three die cuts, nested within each other, on a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot embossing machine. And…voila…I ended up with a gorgeous medallion that is the focal point of the card. Then I simply used the images from the Eastern Beauty stamp set to add color and accent to the card.  My color choices were Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant but you could certainly recreate this with any color combo. For the finishing touch, I embellished it with some twine and rhinestones.

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Got Stickers?

This week I am sharing a few fun projects I created with products from the Eastern Palace suite. One of the products in this suite is a package of gold stickers…yes, stickers.  I have to say that I was not too excited about stickers, that is, until I saw them.  These stickers are gold and they are absolutely stunning. They also have a great adhesive that doesn’t peel or lift up. I typically don’t use stickers but these are so elegant and a great accent for any project! Let’s take a closer look at a project I created with a variety of stickers that came in the bundle.

To make this card, start with a piece of the new Fresh Fig cardstock as the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. I placed the large circular sticker on the right hand side of the white cardstock before cutting out the beautiful medallion image on my big shot. By doing this, I ended up with a pretty gold outline for the die cut image plus a little bit of gold within the image. I also used some of the stickers on the left hand side of the cardstock to create a pretty gold border. And, of course, for the finishing touch, I used a gold flower sticker on a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock to create the flowery embellishment for the card.  The rest of the card contains all different stamped images from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.

The Eastern Palace bundle is quite fun to play with!  There are soooo many different ways you can use the stamp images to create absolutely stunning cards.  This bundle of products is available at a special price until May 31st!  Plus you get a free gift! Take advantage of one of these special bundle options! You will be glad you did!

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Eastern Beauty

The month of May seems to be flying by! Which is very exciting because it brings us that much closer to June 1st and the start of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog! WooHoo! This year, Stampin Up gave us a sneak peek of one of the fabulous product suites that will be in the new catalog….plus, they gave us the opportunity to purchase a bundle of products from the new this suite before it launches in June! The product suite is called Eastern Palace and it’s absolutely stunning! Here’s one of the very first projects that I created with it!

The card not only showcases the new Eastern Palace products but it also showcases two of the brand new In Colors:  Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig.  The card is quite simple to create! I started with a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Using one of the new Eastern Palace die cuts, from the bundle, I cut out the fancy little circle on the right hand side of the card. Then simply stamped a variety of small images around the intricate die cut.  The die cuts the image right into the cardstock so the Dapper Denim color cardstock, that I used for the base of the card, shows right through. How fun, hey? Then I cut a few 1 x4 inch pieces of the new design paper from and adhered it to the left side of the card.  For the finishing touch, I placed a gold flower sticker on a piece of Fresh Fig cardstock and cut it out with the coordinating framelit. Simply beautiful and so much fun to play with!

The new Eastern Palace product suite is absolutely stunning! I am so thrilled that there are exclusive bundles available from now until May 31st! There are two great bundles to choose from:  The Started Bundle and the Premier Bundle! Get yours today by clicking on one of the bundles below! The bundle prices are only available through May….plus you get a FREE gift!!

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50th Anniversary Cards

This year my parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! I can’t believe it! WOW! Where has the time gone? Since this is such a special milestone, we decided to throw them a surprise anniversary party! We can’t let this special occasion go by unnoticed, right?  Their anniversary is July 1st so I knew I had to work fast to get the invitations created and out in the mail.  Of course, I had to use the traditional gold color on their invites. I have lots of gold too…gold glimmer paper…gold embossing powder…gold vellum…it seemed like way too many options! So I pulled out all of my gold supplies and began putting together a few different designs. Here’s what I came up with…

I can so much fun creating these!  Now that I had designed a few prototypes, I had to choose one of them!  I think that was the most difficult decision!  Each one of these cards was so pretty and unique. However, I decided to go with the first one!  It was the easiest to create and, since I had to make 30 of them, it seemed like the best choice!

Now I mentioned at the beginning of this post that this was a surprise party. Well, unfortunately we had to spoil the surprise when we learned they were planning to go out of town for their anniversary! Whew!  Good thing we caught them early enough before they planned the vacation! They will still go out of town…they now plan to do it after the party!

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Daisy Delight & Color Theory

Are you getting excited about the NEW Stampin’ Up! catalog?  I sure am!  It has been such an exciting week!  I had the opportunity to play with some of the new products and they are just absolutely amazing!  There are two products, in particular, that I have been playing with this week…Daisy Delight and Color Theory Designer Series Paper (DSP). So many fun things that you can do with both of them!  Here’s a sneak peek of a few projects I created…

The cards feature the Daisy Delight stamp set, and coordinating punch, as well as the Color Theory Designer Series Paper.  They were quick and simple to create!  A really love that I can use product suites together as the colors coordinate so well! The new catalogs have been shipped out and I bet many of you have already received them!  If you haven’t received them or would like a catalog, please message me at stamptasticdesigns@gmail.com and I will pop one in the mail to you! You definitely want to get your hands on this catalog!

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Helping Me Grow

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Since the Stampin’ Up! retirement sale is in full swing I thought I would share some fun project ideas with those stamp sets that will be retiring!  Today’s project showcases the Helping Me Grow stamp set and a fun way to use your watercolor pencils…without doing any watercoloring! 🙂

You can re-create this card using any pretty patterned papers that you have on hand, just coordinate the colors to match your patterned papers. I decided to use neutral colors. To make this card, start with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 3 x 4 inch piece of the Early Espresso Designer Series Paper (DSP) and adhere it to the top of the card front.  This DSP is one of the patterns from the Neutrals pack.   Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Stamp the flower image from the Helping Me Grow stamp set on the bottom of the cardstock using Early Espresso ink. Stamp a sentiment. Grab a white pencil…the Watercolor Pencils work fabulous for this!  Color in the petals of the flower using the white pencil. Tear the top part of the Crumb Cake cardstock, on an angle, and sponge some Early Espresso ink around all of the edges. Adhere to the card front; it will overlap onto the DSP.  For the finishing touch, embellish with a few pearls. That’s it!  Easy peasy!

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Gate Fold Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have another tutorial to share with you! This tutorial features a quick and simple fun fold card. It’s called a Gate Fold and it really is simple! I chose neutral colors as I was going for a vintage style but you can choose any color combination you like. There are so many different ways you can decorate your gate fold card. Watch this tutorial to learn more!

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A Sara Thing

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I want to share some of the beautiful cards created with the 2017 April Paper Pumpkin kit called “A Sara Thing.”  This kit was designed by Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin’ Up! and it was absolutely stunning!  The kit contained all of the materials you needed to create 12 colorful cards!  And the kit showcased one of my favorite techniques…watercoloring!  If you watched the video I posted the other day, then you have already seen how easy it is to watercolor on embossed paper.  Well this kit has some fun embossed paper to play with!

Have you joined Paper Pumpkin? If so, then you are familiar with the fabulous kits that come every month!  If you haven’t joined, what are you waiting for? 🙂

Get started today at >>> http://bit.ly/PaperPumpkinKits

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Watercolor Embossed Images

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I have a quick and simple watercoloring technique to share. This particular technique was inspired by the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit!  It involves watercoloring over embossed images. You can use specialty paper, like the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper, or simply stamp and emboss your own images! So many possibilities! Watch this video tutorial to see how quick and simple it is!

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