Oh My Stars!

When a member of my team promotes to a new title, it’s time to make a fuss over their accomplishment, and I needed a special card for my promoting demonstrators. I’ve also been mulling over the #tgifc282 inspiration challenge:

I pulled out my Stitched Stars dies along with the Strong & Beautiful stamp set to create a circle of STARS:

If you’d like to see me make this card in action, you can see it on my Lunchtime Live Crafting FB Live video.

I can’t wait to pair this card with a little gift to celebrate my team promotions and hope it will remind them that they are making a difference by sharing their creativity. I’m always welcoming new team members who want a discount, need a delightful way to make extra income or crave adult connection…and you could even choose a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine ($120) in your starter kit ($99)! What a great discount!

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So Much Love for Color

Have you ever looked at a color combination and have a stamp set jump into your mind? It happened to me today when I saw the #TGIF280 Color Palette:

So Much Love is a delicate and feminine cling stamp set, and in my imagination, this card appeared…I think it turned out even more lovely than I had hoped:

I wanted it to be a #simplestamping card with just stamps, ink and paper. It always astounds me that with just 3 ingredients, you can make such beautiful things!

GOOD NEWS: The So Much Love set is actually one of 2 FREE sets that are included in the Get & Go Starter Kit promotion this month (September 2020)! Along with the free stamp sets come 2 packages of ready-to-go card kits that can be used for your first party!

It’s a wonderful opportunity to get the best deal AND start off strong for the holiday season!

Now you have another SIMPLE card idea to create with your new supples:

And it didn’t take long to make the card: Maybe 8 minutes? 4 of those minutes were fussy-cutting out the flower! This is a card ANYONE can make in a moment…and you’ll get one from me in your welcome package when you join my Stampin’ Family in September,.

Never Lose Your Mojo

Have you noticed that the Stampin’ Up! catalog(s) aren’t just “catalogs” to shop through, they are actually INSPIRATION books ~ and you can find ideas on every page for your crafting?

Take this page (p.95) of the Annual Catalog…you don’t need to have the same stamps, ink or paper to make a cute card inspired by these:

The #SUOC256 challenge this week encourages stampers to use catalog samples as sketches and create something inspired by them. This is my version:

Can you see how I followed the Whale Done card sketch? You will NEVER lose your mojo as long as you have an idea book to get your juices flowing!

Speaking of juice, the Cute Fruit photopolymer stamp set is only in our “Getting Started” brochure, so you may not have seen it yet, but it is my “stamp set of the summer”, even as summer comes to a close.

I appreciate that you can also purchase the Cute Fruit set in a collection of products (ideal for a GIFT or new stamper)!

To add shading to the pineapple, ink it up in the lightest color (Bumblebee in this case), then add some darker color ink (Cinnamon Cider) to the stamp using a sponge dauber BEFORE you stamp it. The colors will blend together beautifully.

Embrace your catalog as your IDEA BOOK and you’ll never run out of ideas!

Tinsel in a Tangle

Colors inspire me and ever since I got a glimpse of the #tgifc276 color challenge last Friday (and Lauren Alarid’s stinking CUTE holiday card using these unexpected colors), I’ve been thinking about it!

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Here’s my take on this challenge featuring the “Don’t Stop Believin” stamp set from the August-December Mini Catalog:IMG_6611-(W2)

Isn’t that fun? Check out how to use the Lovely Labels Pick-a-Punch here!

If you start making your holiday cards in August, you won’t end up with your tinsel in a tangle in December! Try these tips:

  1. Design your Christmas Card now!
  2. Order the supplies (including adhesive and envelopes).
  3. Cut all the card bases and other pieces while you are binge-watching Netflix (Umbrella Academy season 2 is out…) in September. Keep the pieces in a shoe box to make it easy when you have time for the next steps.
  4. Stamp images on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
  5. Ask your husband to drive to your next adventure and assemble the cards in the passenger seat.
  6. Buy cute postage stamps in October!
  7. Make an address list and print labels (this will also come in clutch when your kids get married, as long as you keep it updated) before Thanksgiving.
  8. Mail them the first week of December.

I guarantee that when you break it down into smaller steps, you’ll be relaxed to enjoy the Christmas Season!

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Dog Days of Summer

We are in the “Dog Days of Summer”, but do you know what that means?

It refers to a period of particularly hot and humid weather occurring during the summer months of July and August. In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat. This heat wave coincides with the rising of Sirius, the Dog Star toward dawnThe name “Sirius” even stems from Ancient Greek seírios, meaning “scorching.”

For the ancient Egyptians, the dawn rising of Sirius (known to them as “Sothis”) also coincided the Nile River’s flood season. They used the star as a “watchdog” for that event.

Of course, the appearance of Sirius does not actually affect seasonal weather, but because it rises near dawn during the hottest part of summer, the star lends it’s lore to the hot and humid season.

Now you know the history, let’s make a fast and simple card using the Dog Builder punch!

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Order the Dog Builder Punch here

The best way to stay cool during these “Dog Days of Summer” is to craft in your air-conditioned craft room. Take my advice and make something to mail to a friend 🙂

 

Playful Pets Suite

The purr-fectly whimsical Playful Pets suite includes stamps that capture the cute personalities of some of our favorite 4-legged friends, while the dies make crafting with the stamps or Designer Series Paper fast and fabulous.

I’m showing one layout done two ways. The first is a simple stamping card using stamps, ink, and paper. The second is a stepped up version that adds in die cutting, 3D embossing, and heat embossing.

Playful Pet Cards

SUPPLIES:

BOTH CARDS:

STAMPS

Stamp Set Cling Pampered Pets (#152520)

PAPER

Whisper White cardstock (#100730)

Basic Gray cardstock (#121044)

Playful Pets Designer Series Paper (#152489)

ADHESIVE

Mini Glue Dots (#103683)

Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)

Stampin’ Seal (#152813)EMBELLISHMENTS

Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack (#152466)

SIMPLE STAMPING CARD:

INK

Jet Black Stazon Pad (#101406)

Watercolor Pencils (#141709)

Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (#149014)

Real Red Ink Pad (#147084)

Basic Gray Ink Pad (#149165)

OTHER

Sticky Note

STEPPED UP CARD:

PAPER

Real Red cardstock (#102482)INK

VersaMark Pad (#102283)

TOOLS

Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder (#149643)

Stitched Rectangles Dies (#151820)

Heat Tool (#129053)

EMBELLISHMENTS

White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#109132 )

Playful Pets Trinkets (#152465)

TIP: When creating a mask, stamp the image over the sticky section of a sticky note so that the sticky will help the mask stay in place while stamping.

Coordinating Products

Playful Pets Suite Collection

Pampered Pets Bundle

Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack

Playful Pets Designer Series Paper

 Playful Pets Trinkets

Watercolor Pencils

Blender Pens

Stampin' Seal

Playful Pet Suite

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Watercolor Wash: Wild Rose

July is World Watercolor Month and the new Water Painters from Stampin’ Up! will have you feeling like an artist in minutes.

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Wondering how they work? Watch the video tutorial on my Facebook Page! This is one of the cards I showed you how to make:

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The layout follows the #GDP250 sketch challenge250

I love watercoloring over embossing because the raised edges keep the colors in place, or in the case of the watercolor wash, the image appears like magic.

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Have fun trying this technique yourself!

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G.O.A.T. Greatest of All Time

For a short while, we raised a goat. He was a curious little creature, and the kids really enjoyed his antics. They are funny four-legged animals with tons of personality…kind of like the Way to Goat stamp set: goat set

As I was playing with these stamps I happened to have a Melon Mambo frame laying on my desk that I had already cut from the Ornate Layers dies and the idea for this simple card was born:IMG_6143-(W2)

Download the Tutorial HERE

Making cards with the Way to Goat stamp set will make you laugh out loud! Thanks for ordering the necessary supplies from my Stampin’ Store and keep on crafting every day!

 

New at SU! Seeing In Color

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If COLORS cheer you up, you are going to be giddy hopping through a rainbow of projects featuring the 2020-2022 In-Colors crafted for you by Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world!

I felt like starting off with ALL 5 of these new hues and the *best* way to show them off is with the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Cards and coordinating cards & envelopes:

The entire Flowers for Every Season suite revolves around the In-Colors debuting in the Annual Catalog: Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight! It’s amazing how beautifully these colors work together and shine on their own, as well.

These card require no (or very little) stamping, and can be put together in minutes with just a bit of adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals and a few embellishments in addition to the Memories & More products above:

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The LOVE card on the Just Jade base is as simple as it gets: Just adhere one of the 4″x6″ cards to the front of the cards and tuck it into the envelope!

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The card bases have a dotted frame you can center the smaller 2″x3″ card on. I cut a few sentiments (see below) from another one of the M&M cards to add emphasis, reminding me of the song I sung to my babies (and now they sing to their babies) on this Magenta Madness card.

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Layer a large and small card together, as on a Misty Moonlight version and add a bit of lace trim to make a blue Christmas card:

There really are flowers for EVERY season! Cinnamon Cider is the best neutral base for all the rest! On the card above, I used the stickers from the card pack for a focal point and sentiment.

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I finally pulled out a stamp for the sentiment on the Bumblebee card and used the In-Color Markers to ink it up on a tag from the sticker sheet.

Would love to hear how you liked these cards before hop on over to see Tricia playing with patterns and In Colors!

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Contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to purchase the products shown. If you do not have a demonstrator, you can use the links below!

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July 2020 Blog Hop Roll Call

Creative Juice by Loni – In Color Memories & More Cards

Tricia’s Stamping Creations – Pattern Play with In Color

As the Ink Dries – Moonlight, Jade & Whale Done

A Crowning Creation – Lovely You In Color

Stamping Flair – Fancy Phrases In Colour

Gifted Hands Ink – Misty Moonlight

A Little Kinder – Bumblebee

Moore Fun Stamping – Pretty Parasol In Color

Jemini Crafts – In Colour Postage for You

Stamping with the Copper Cropper – In Colors

Playing with Paper Crafting – Tasteful Touches In Colour

Terryfic Cards – Just Jade

247inkspiration – In Color Flowers for Every Season Suite

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Masking (Crafting, not Covid)

The Mini Catalog Inspiration

Long before it was a Covid-19 thing, stampers were masking – in a fun way!

Masking is a simple technique that blocks off areas of a project to create white space. It can create a faux layering effect or highlight an area for a greeting or focal point. Masking can be loose and artsy with torn edges or precise straight lines or shapes depending on what you use to create your mask.

This card also features several new products from the gorgeous Flowers For Every Season Suite:

Celebrate Sunflowers Masked Card

Use a sticky note to cover the section of the card you want to leave blank. Stamp over the top and color image, then remove the sticky note to reveal the blank space. Add a greeting or border, as shown on the finished card.

TIP: Sticky notes are ideal for creating torn, punched, or die-cut masks because they are thin and the sticky section helps hold them in place temporarily without damaging your paper or cardstock.

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Stampin’ Up! creates “suites” of coordinating products to make your crafting come together beautifully. The ease of adding everything with one click is the EASY BUTTON, but you may also purchase them individually.

The Flowers for all Seasons suite includes the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set shown above and others that work together in harmony for you:

Flowers For Every Season Suite Collection  Jar Of Flowers Bundle Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper Mason Jar Shaker Domes Magenta Madness Stampin' Blends Combo Pack Flowers For Every Season Memories & More Card Pac Flowers For Every Season Memories & More Cards & Envelopes

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Come back Wednesday for a different view of the Flowers for Every Season Suite…through colored glasses!

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