Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy Birthday in Copper & Pink

I needed a special birthday card for a friend who was celebrating a milestone birthday.  I remembered seeing a spectacular card posted by a fellow demonstrator and knew I needed to put my own twist on it. I love how it turned out and I got to use what might turn out to be my new favorite accessory – the 1/4" Copper Trim.  That ribbon is just yummy, you can stretch and shape it, showing off the loose weave mesh.  Here it my masterpiece!

This card is very dimensional so hand delivery was in order.

The Happy Birthday Thinlit was used to cut the greeting from Copper Foil Paper, to make it pop a little more I put a Basic Black die cut behind it, offsetting it just a bit.

The flowers are punched from the new Daisy Punch.  I spritzed them with water and scrunched and pinched them til I got the effect I wanted.  I layered two together and used Gold Faceted Gems for the centers. Thanks to fellow demonstrator, Monica Gale from the UK, for her gorgeous card that inspired me.

I was lucky enough to meet the uber talented Monica at a Stampin' Up! Convention a few years ago.  We had each made earrings from SU embellishments.  We decided to swap earrings right then and there.  Here is a photo of us wearing each others earrings.  That is Monica on the left

Here are the other products I used:

Powder Pink Card Stock for the square card base, 5" square I believe

The twigs were also cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, I used Basic Black Card Stock

Copper Metallic Thread was looped and tucked behind the flowers

I hope you have as much fun making this card as I did, but the real joy is giving it away!  You can order all the supplies from my online shop. Be sure to use my August host code, MPKNGB22, when placing your order.  No need to use it if your order is $150 or more as you qualify for free product without it! While you are there check out the Clearance Rack for some fun product on sale!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tree Rings Birthday Card

Cards for guys are not always the easiest for me but the Tree Rings Background inspired me to create a simple card highlighting the stamp.

I used the two largest circles from the Layering Circle Framelits to create the Basic Black Card Stock ring which I placed over a circle of Vellum.  I stamped the greeting in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The greeting is from a wonderful masculine set, Guy Greetings.  I love that it comes in traditional red rubber and wood, clear mount and photopolymer!

I stamped the image in Early Espresso Ink onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and used Soft Suede Ink and a Sponge Dauber to add some color to some of the rings

You will have so much fun with this background!  Order all the supplies from my online store.  Be sure to use my August Host Code, MPKNGB22, when you place your order.  If you order $150 or more you need not use the code as you qualify for free product!

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Carols of Christmas Early Release

You are going to love this sneak peak into the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalog – a gorgeous stamp set and thinlet die bundle, Carols of Christmas!  This early release is part of the Merry Little Christmas Suite.  The bundle gives you a 10% savings, though you can order the stamp set and the thinlits individually.

Here are a couple of samples made by Stampin' Up! concept artists

There are a couple more examples here

Be sure to use your Bonus Days coupons when you order and add the Host Code MPKNGB22 for any order under $150. 

Thanks for shopping with me!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Framing a Happy Birthday

The new Happy Birthday Thinlet has been sitting by my BigShot just waiting to be pressed into service.!  I love it and can't believe it took me so long to try it.  I had an idea in my head for a card to try and it turned out okay.  I'll post that one in a few days.  But I got to thinking about how I could frame the die cut greeting.  Circles and squares didn't work, nor did the oval.  But the largest die from the Lots of Labels Framelits is perfect!

I love how it looks like the greeting and the background are one piece!

While I love clean and simple cards I tend to do card that are a little more feminine. But this guy card was easy to do with the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  This DSP is a 6" square stack, I cut a piece in half and it just fits behind the framelit cutout.  I used a layer of Sahara Sand, using a Sponge Dauber to color the edges a bit with Soft Suede Ink

I will say that the easiest way to adhere this greeting is to apply some of the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to card stock before cutting!  But a careful application of "green glue" (aka Multipurpose Liquid Glue) or the Fine-Tip Glue Pen work well too.

I felt that it needed just a little something so I added Clear Faceted Gems.  They're not too sparkly are they?  

So that card came together so quickly I had time to make another card using the same idea.  This one is Whisper White on Lemon Lime Twist, using the White Perfect Accents.  

I'm going to make up several of these to have on hand!

You can order the supplies from my online store, 24/7!  Use the July Host Code, BFG7MX6P, for orders under $150.  If your order is over that you qualify for hostess benefits without using the code.  Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack while you are at it!

Thanks for looking!  Happy stamping!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In the Pink Hello Baby Card

There is just something about pink that oozes sweetness and there is nothing sweeter than a baby girl.   I finally finished the little quilt and needed a card to send along with it.  I don't have any dedicated baby stamp sets but I think the butterfly works!  I'm posting a picture of the little quilt at the end of this post as well.

I just love the new In Color, Powder Pink.  I used the card stock as a layer, the marker to create the "faux ribbon" stripe,  and the ink pad for some splatters behind the butterfly,  The butterfly is from the Bold Butterfly Framelits and was cut from Powder Pink Card Stock.

I don't have (yet) the 3/8" Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon or I would have used it.  Instead I just used the marker to draw the "ribbon".  I used a Blender Pen and a little Flirty Flamingo ribbon along the edges for some dimension.  And over that I used the Clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer.  I also used the Wink of Stella all over the butterfly for even more shimmer.

While the card base is Whisper White Thick, my stamping layer is Shimmery White.  I love the slight contrast against the white as much as the shimmer.

I used the little splatter stamp from Timeless Textures, stamping in Powder Pink.  The Hello Baby is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and I stamped it in Basic Gray which isn't quite as harsh as Basic Black.  I love those little greetings.

To finish off the card I added some Glitter Enamel Dots and some Silver Metallic Thread.  Oh my word those little dots are gorgeous!  Take a look at them:

Here is the little quilt I made.  The back is Minkee and it is sooooo soft!

You can order the supplies I've used for this baby card on my Stampin' Up! Online Store.  Be sure to use the July Host Code, BFG7MX6P, when placing your order.  If your order totals $150 in product you will qualify for hostess benefits and do not need to use the code.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, July 3, 2017

Bonus Days are Here!

Yes!  Bonus Days are Back! Here are the details:
  • There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion excluding Starter Kits.
  • For every $50 you spend July 1-31, before shipping and tax, you'll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1-31.
What will you use your Bonus Days coupons on? Shop with me and get your coupons!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Climbing Orchid Birthday

The two things I was most excited about in the new Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 catalog are the stamp set Climbing Orchid and the Orchid Builder Framelits Dies.  I also couldn't wait to try the Embossing Paste.  Here is my creation using all of the above.

Here is a look at the Climbing Orchid bundle.  Save 10% when you order the two items as a bundle

Climbing Orchid Photopolymer Bundle 

The new Lemon Lime Twist is such a fun color!  I used Peekaboo Peach for the centers of the orchids.  The branches are stamped in Chocolate Chip.

The Embossing Paste was so easy to use and I love the results.  I used one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and spread the paste.  It dried very fast.  Be sure to clean your tools ASAP!

I used a stylus to add some life to the petals and I used Stampin' Dimensionals to mount the pieces together and when I added them to the card.

Later I decided to add a greeting.  I love the greetings in the set, but needed a birthday card so used a greeting from Beautiful Bouquet.  What do you think, is is better with the greeting or without?

Look what the Stampin' Up! concept artists made

Climbing Orchid Photopolymer Stamp Set

Thanks so much for looking!  

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Window Shopping for a Birthday Card

I have been absent from my blog.  I've been traveling but my plan was to create and blog on a regular basis.  Obviously that did not happen.  WiFi in many places was barely able to download emails and creative time was limited.  It's great to be back creating and posting!

I did manage to get this card made for my Dad.  It felt good to get my hands inky and give my Big Shot a workout.

For this card I stuck with Basic Black and Whisper White.  I used Whisper White Thick for the card base (please ignore the bent corner).  The thicker card stock makes such a difference as a card base.  I'm so excited that Stampin' Up! has added Very Vanilla Thick to the new catalog as well!

I used the candle element from the Window Box Thinlits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the  focal piece.  The Stitched Shapes Framelits cut and add a stitched look dot pattern all at once. There was a scrap piece of Gold Foil Paper on my table and I cut the candles a second time and used just the flame flames.  The Happy Birthday greeting is from the Window Shopping stamp set.  It is one of my favorite HP greetings!

I thought it needed a little something so I tied some Linen Thread onto the panel.  The card was made for my Dad and the thread seemed a more masculine touch than a ribbon.  I resisted the urge to add glitter or glimmer.  It was not easy!

Thanks for looking!  I'm anxious to show you some projects from the new catalog now that I'm home.  

When you place your order for these products remember to use the June Host Code, SDNWEGE3, when placing your order.  However, if your order is $150 or more there is no need to use the code, you will qualify for free product at that point!

Be sure to check out the new catalog.  It is beautiful.

Happy stamping


Don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack.  There are some bargains there!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Watercolor on Shimmery White

Have I mentioned that I love watercolor?  This is such a fun card to make.  Endless combos possible.

Start with a base card of Whisper White Thick, my favorite base layer now!  Cut a panel from Shimmery White Card Stock.  Shimmery White is great for watercolor and offers the shimmer and a little contrast to the stark white of the base.

I used my Aquapainter to add the watercolor wash, I think I used Pacific Point and added just a touch of Blushing Bride.  Then with my fingers I flicked some water to get the water spots.  Then used the Gold Wink of Stella to splatter the card a little with just a little more shimmer.

I stamped the thank you greeting from One Big Meaning in Memento Tuxedo Black.

The leaf is cut from a scrap of Basic Black using the Flourish Thinlits. I only put glue on the spine of the leaf and I lifted the edges a bit off the card for some dimension.

The finishing touch are some sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment

I'll be using this basic layout for many more cards!  I think a happy birthday one is in order.

Don't forget to check out the retiring products -- some discounted up to 50%!  While supplies last so don't wait too long.  When placing your order us Host Code 462RNRFM for orders under $150.

Happy Easter!  Thanks for looking.  What color will you use when you make this card?


Friday, April 14, 2017

Simple Thank You & Retiring Product

Before I show you my simple thank you card I want to remind you that Stampin' Up! recently announced their retiring product.  You can see the lists here.  These products go quickly.

Now, here is my simple thank you.   I used one of the texture stamps from Timeless Textures.  Stamped it straight edge up, and again straight edge down leaving a little white space in the middle for the thank you from One Big Meaning.  I inked the texture stamp with Watermelon Wonder, stamping off once.  Stamped it onto Shimmery White.  Watermelon Wonder Ink Pad is still available while supplies last.  Be sure to pick up the refill too -- very low inventory on that.

I stamped the greeting in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

I added a few rhinestones and layered the Shimmery White layer onto a Whisper White Thick card.

The hardest thing about this card was lining up the two texture images.  I usually eyeball pretty accurately but I had to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig and that made it so much easier.

Thanks for looking!  When ordering product from my website be sure to use my April Host Code, 462RNRFM, when placing orders less than $150.



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Surprise

Now might be THE best time to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, the Stampin' Up! kit in the mail.  CEO Sara Douglass has designed the April Paper Pumpkin.  I like her style and am anxious to see what the kit holds.

In addition to the kit, Sara is including a surprise in every box! I love surprises.

Here is a video where Sara talks about the kit.  She mentions the "pop of color" on the box...perhaps a sneak peak?

Subscribe by April 10 to get this kit! Be sure to select me as your demonstrator!  But for a few days, til March 31, you can get 3 months for a discounted price of $55 and that qualifies you to get a Sale-a-bration item free as well. Shop in my online store at your convenience

Thanks for looking!



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Feeling Tip Top Taupe!

Okay, you might know that I love neutrals so I jumped at the chance to participate in a Tip Top Taupe & Whisper White Color Challenge. I cannot explain my love of a neutral combo but it makes me happy!

The card stock base is Tip Top Taupe cut 4 1/4" x 8 1/2". Add a Whisper White layer.  On top of that use the Sunburst Thinlits Die cut from Tip Top Taupe.

I used my Clear Wink of Stella on one edge the "bursts" to add some contrast and shimmer. Using the Badges and Banners stamp I stamped the banner and the No 1 circle image in Tip Taupe Taupe ink.  The banner image was stamped off once.  Both images were punched out.  I used the Best Badge and the 1 3/8" Circle punches and layered the circle image onto a Whisper White circle cut from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The Badges and Banners is available along with the Best Badge punch as a Bundle and you save 10%!  Such a deal.

Adhere the punched badge then use Dimensionals to add the circle.  I tucked some Silver Metallic Thread behind the badge and added a few Rhinestones to finish it off.

Not too fussy so I think this would work great for guys!

Don't forget that there is only about a week left for Sale-a-bration, when you get free product with every $50 purchase.  Shop online and be sure to use my March Host Code P2EUH6EX when ordering.  When your order is $150 or more you do not need the host code.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cool Treats

Finally getting some time to play with some of the products in the Occasions Catalog.

Cool Treats just makes me happy looking at the set.  While I think of bright colors when I see it, I used the Frozen Treats Dies to make a simple white on white background.  I love the Cool Treats bundle!

I used the greeting from Layering Love, stamped first in Peekaboo Peach, then off-setting it slightly restamped the image in Calypso Coral that had a little Versamark on the lower part of the greeting.  After stamping I embossed that lower portion with Gold Embossing Powder. This is the Partial Embossing Technique. It's a fun one!

The base layer is Calypso Coral  as is the layer behind the greeting.  I stamped one of the popcicle elements in Calypso Coral, added a Crumb Cake stick and a few rhinestones.

When you place your order from my online store be sure to use the Host Code P2EUH6EX for orders under $150 in product.  It's Sale-a-bration time and you can choose a free item for each $50 in product you order.  Sale-a-bration is the perfect time to become a demonstrator, join for $99 and you get to choose TWO additional stamp sets of any value.

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Make a Medallion Video

Stampin' Up! just released this video on using the Make a Medallion stamp set.  It is only available for FREE with a qualifying order of $50.  It's sitting on my studio desk waiting to be inked and I'm on  vacation. On this rainy windy day I'm regretting not making room in my suitcase for some stamping supplies.  Watch for my personal creations when I get home – can't wait to get back to stamping.

I hope you can make time to stamp today.  If you "need" this stamp (and I think you do!) you can order from my online store.  Use host code BB2K3FRW when placing your order of $150 or less.


Friday, February 24, 2017

New Sale-a-bration Items Just Released

Stampin' Up! has released some additional Sale-a-bration items that you can only get until March 31.

You will love the Glimmer Paper Assortment

Here are some samples using the new Make a Medallion set

I think the set Reverse Words is going to be my new favorite set...for now at least!

With every $50 of product that you purchase you can choose one Sale-a-bration item free!  Order from my online store,  use Host Code BB2K3FRW when placing your online order.

Thanks for looking!


Friday, February 17, 2017

February Paper Pumpkin Kit in the Mail Video

My Paper Pumpkin kit just arrived in the mail.  I love the clever pull card which works perfectly for gift cards.  Stampin' Up! has a video for each Paper Pumpkin kit and here is the one for February

Right now you can get a 3 month subscription at a discounted rate $55 for 3 months and that includes shipping!  With that purchase you qualify to get a FREE Sale-a-bration item.  But if you'd rather there is a month to month, a 6 month and a 12 month subscription.

Shop with me at my online store and use the February Host Code BB2K3FRW for any order under $150.  At $150 you qualify for your own Host benefits!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine Canvas

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  I needed just a little accessory to put on my stack of books to finish off my decor.  I remembered the little canvas squares I bought earlier in the year and in no time at all I had this piece finished.

I cut the heart and the word love from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set using red glimmer paper.  It needed something and I had this flower that I made (using the retired Spiral Flower Die) some time ago from a thrifted red cashmere sweater.  I added it and voila – done!  

It was just the right touch to put on my stack of books

Heads up – there will be 3 new Sale-a-brations items available on February 21.  Demonstrators get to preorder them so I expect to have them in my hands soon.  Watch for more info as the release date approaches.

Thanks for looking


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Thank You Sale-a-bration!

I needed a few thank you notes quick.  I reached for the bold Thank You from the Sale-a-bration set So Very Much.  You can't buy it, but you can get it free with a $50 Stampin' Up! product purchase.

I started with a panel of Shimmery White and stamped the "splat" from Happy Celebrations, from the new Occasions 2017 catalog, with Calypso Coral, then without re-inking I stamped it again and yet again for the ombre effect.  The Thank You was stamped over that in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

I added a few White Perfect Accents.  They are flatter than pearls so mail better.  Added the panel to a layer of Calypso Coral then put that onto a base of Whisper White.

Wish you could see the shimmer of the paper!  You can have several of these cards made in no time at all!

Thanks for looking.  If you are purchasing product from my online store remember to use the January Host Code TXXBGCTR for orders less than $150.  Remember, it's Sale-a-bration (SAB) time – you get a free SAB item with every $50 in product.