Animal Outing- What’s New at Stampin’ Up! Blog Hop

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Hooray for a new Stampin’ Up! catalog! It’s a perfect shot of creativity to start off the summer stampin’ season. If you’ve hopped over from Anke’s blog, you know how tickled we are to share new stamps from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog: I’m taking you on an “Animal Outing”!Watermarked2(2018-05-31-1438)

This little rhino and his bird friend pack a BIG amount of heart as they express gratitude for a kindness rendered! Other animals in the stamp set include a kangaroo, a koala, a giraffe and a frog.

Here’s a little tip for coloring on Smoky Slate paper: Use the white SU! Watercolor pencil to color the bird (and the rhino’s horn) first- then you can add color over the bird with the other pencils! The white base helps the other colors pop more.Watermarked1(2018-05-31-1438)

After coloring, I cut out the head and popped it up on the front of the card with Mini Stampin’-Dimensionals to make Mr. Rhino come alive. Don’t be afraid to fussy-cut: Keep your scissors stationary and move your paper as you cut to make it easier.

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If you like him, leave me a comment before you hop over to the Glenda’s blog!

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Get to the Point

There are plenty of good men in the world, and the best are awesome dads! I decided to use the Truly Tailored bundle from the Occasions Catalog and the #tgifc159 sketch challenge to create a tri-fold card befitting those great guys:tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2018-021

Here’s my card:

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Then you open up the card a fold-at-a-time to see this:

Here are a few tips to create your own: I started with a 4-1/4″ x 11″ Crumb Cake card stock base scored at 5″ and 10-1/2″. Next I put the Tailored Tag punch all the way in on one end and punched (keep the tag you punched out for the front!):

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Use a 4-1/4″ x 5″ piece of Designer Series Paper for the pointed flap (True Gentleman DSP used here, but sadly sold out…a good reminder not to procrastinate now that the retired list is out). I cut a 2-1/8″ square of card stock in half diagonally and adhered half on each bottom corner: Cut them off with your scissors for a perfect point!

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Then you’ll adhere the DSP to the 1/2″ top of your card base that was scored. Stamp the sentiment on the punched out piece of card stock and use the Bow Builder punch to create a bow tie (which also retires at the end of May- order it soon if you don’t have it!) and attach it with a mini Stampin’ Dimensional or glue dot to the end of the pointed flap:

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I stamped and punched out another greeting from Very Vanilla card stock to attach to the inside of the card, letting it peek through the window of the second flap:

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You can use strips of DSP to add anywhere you feel needs a finishing touch. Finally, when you open up the second flap to the inside of the card, I added the “Happy Father’s Day” sentiment from the Guy Greetings stamp set:

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Wish your dad a Dapper Day and

Share What You Love

Magic happens when you share what you love and I have proof!

Today I decided to create from scratch LIVE on Periscope. I had the #GDP134 sketch and a bundle of new products (by cheery happenstance a suite called “Share What You Love”) and I pushed the “Go Live” broadcast (I was a bit nervous, to tell the truth).

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As I was explaining that these new products from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! catalog will be released a month early (on May 1st), a new stamping friend (Cathy) and an old stamping friend (Esther from England!) jumped in to visit and craft {virtually} with me.

The first thing I did was stamp 4 simple note cards and matching envelopes using just the items in the “Just Getting Started” bundle (the notecards are a free gift when you purchase the bundle):

I knew these would fit nicely in a simple “envelope folder” made of two regular Very Vanilla envelopes put together (tuck the flap of the first into the second envelope and then lick-n-stick the flap of the 2nd envelope to the back of the 1st!)

We were crafting along and they started to share their opinions and ideas: They helped me pick the pattern of paper (from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP that will be included with the “A Little More, Please” and “Gotta Have It All” bundles).

Then we started playing around with the focal point on the belly band that would keep the folder closed: All circles? No. A Label? Yes. Pool Party or Grapefruit Grove? Pool Party with Bermuda Bay ink. Ribbon? Yes~ A loop!

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…and by the time we were done, we had created a masterpiece together:

Watermarked1(2018-04-19-1720)That’s what I mean by MAGIC! A group of crafty people could meet virtually on social media who share a love of papercrafting and create something so lovely, it’s just enchanting. It’s part of what makes crafters such a blessing to the world: We make pretty things and welcome all into our circle of friendship.

If you are a member of my stamp club reading this, you’ll get to make one of these in May! Not a member? New clubs begin in June/July~ You don’t have to be local, you can join from anywhere in the United States! Let me know if you’d like to join.

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Birthdays, Blooms and a Class for You!

Whenever I get a moment to create just for fun, it’s a special day. Today I wanted to play, but had work to do first. Once work was done, I rewarded myself with stamping time following the #tgifc155 sketch:

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As I’m getting geared up for the Perennial Birthday Box & Cards Class next week in Utah County (have you registered?) I wanted to showcase the versatility of this simply lovely stamp set, Perennial Birthday:

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I also wanted to use a few retiring Stampin’ Up! colors, so pulled out my Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi and Peekaboo Peach (with a little Soft Saffron that isn’t retiring) and did an emboss resist card for the challenge:

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The Wisteria card is also embossed with the quilt top embossing folder…if you missed it at Christmas time, you’ll be happy to know you can order it again when the 2018-2019 catalog sales period starts on June 1st.

RSVP for the Perennial Birthday Box & Cards class by Monday, April 16th so I can get your supplies in time for the class. Meanwhile, create something pretty with rubber stamps, ink and paper and share it to make the world a lovelier place!

 

A Color Revamp

A question I fear: “What is your favorite color?”

Me: WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME CHOOSE? It’s like asking which child is my favorite: It depends on which one is making me happy at the moment!!

Just kidding (kind of)…but colors are the same for me: If it’s fall, I’m using earth tones for my creations. Am I trying to cheer someone up? Then it’s bright, vibrant hues. My favorite changes as often as my underwear!

Speaking of changes, I’m looking forward to this one from Stampin’ Up! in June:

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Keeping things fresh and on-trend, we are updating our palette…and you are going to love it too.

First, let’s bid adieu to our 2016-2018 In-Colors:

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If you need refills for your ink pads, card stock and coordinating ribbon or embellishments of those colors, make sure you ORDER ASAP as they are always the first to be depleted!

We’ll continue our In-Color offerings, which are current and fresh hues that stick around for 2 years:

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Then we’ll say good-bye to a few classic colors and hello to new (and returning) ones:

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Are you going to miss some of the retiring colors? Remember to stock up quickly, as they are only while supplies last!

The NEW (and returning colors) will be available on June 1st, so start your wishlist.

Once we’ve done all the shuffling, the new color families will look like this, with Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Whisper White forming a new “Basic” Collection:

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Whew! That’s a LOT to process, but I hope you spy a few colors you can’t wait to get your hands on and your fingers in!

Check out all the items that are retiring from the current catalog by May 31st, or while supplies last, by visiting my Stampin’ Store.

Meant to Be

Weddings and anniversaries are special occasions and a perfect reason to break out your rubber stamps and paper!

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The TGIF Challenge reminded me of a technique I haven’t used for a while:tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2018-017

It’s a simple way to get multiple colors on your stamps: Use the brush end of your Stampin’ Write markers (FYI: this doesn’t work with Stampin’ Blends markers) to color directly onto your stamps~

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If you think it’s been too long and your ink may have dried up as you were adding more colors, simply “huff” on it like the big bad wolf just before stamping it onto your paper! The warm air from your breath will re-activate the ink: Watermarked(2018-03-26-1303)

I used the Powder Pink for the flowers (with a touch of Flirty Flamingo in the centers) and Old Olive for the leaves. You can find the Old Olive marker in the Brights marker collection 🙂

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I hope you’ll try your hand at coloring on your stamps, too!

Lots & Lots of Lavender

Yesterday I played with the Lots of Lavender Sale-a-Bration stamp set for the first time and actually said out loud, “WHY haven’t I used this before now?” This is one of the easiest 2-Step stamps I’ve ever used and the watercolor effect it has took my breath away as I created!

Wisteria Wonder is one of my favorite purple colors we carry at Stampin’ Up! and now that Spring is starting to wake up, it was retrieved from it’s hibernation to make this first card:Watermarked2(2018-03-12-1316)

These first two samples were actually created LIVE on my Facebook page and you can watch how I created them in my video HERE.

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There are no sentiments in the Lots of Lavender stamp set, so I paired it with the All Things Thanks stamp set for all of these cards (the sentiment is on the inside of the first card). This is a BONUS card I created after the video in Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide on Sahara Sand card stock: Watermarked1(2018-03-12-1310)

Sale-a-Bration ends March 31, 2018 so don’t miss your chance to get the Lots of Lavender (or one of the other S-A-B products) FREE!

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A Paper Easter Basket

Easter is going to sneak up on us this year, as it is the 1st day of April and doesn’t us give much time for planning ahead once the calendar changes! No better time than now to do some Easter-themed crafting:

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The Blossoming Basket bundle was love-at-first-sight: That Basket Weave embossing folder sparked such imagination!!blossoming basket bundle

It’s a bundle of products you can choose for Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration (January 3-March 31, 2018) FREE with a $100 order! You could wait and purchase the embossing folder from the new catalog (coming in June), but why pay for it when you can get it at no cost?! And the stamp set is only available now.

I showed how to make this simple basket in my

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yesterday, so feel free to pop over there to watch, but I actually like the smaller size better than the big one I did on the video, so start with an 8-1/2″ square piece of Soft Suede card stock (any color will work, really) for the basket base and score it at 2-7/8″ on all four sides. You’ll also need a 1″ x 11″ strip for the handle and 6 pieces that are 2-1/2″ (or 2-5/8″) square to emboss with the basket weave on the sides. Then you can follow the rest of the directions I shared to come up with a good sized basket like the smaller one in front:

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Multipurpose Liquid Glue was the easiest to adhere the weave to the sides of the basket before assembling and to add the handle after you staple the sides together.

Yellow roses colored with the Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends are so cheerful in the embellishment on the side! I demonstrated a little trick to give them dimension in the video. Don’t be afraid to fussy-cut some of these pieces: They look beautiful even if they aren’t perfect. Watermarked3(2018-03-06-1504)

Thanks for purchasing the supplies to create your own from my Stampin’ Store! and remember that you can select Sale-a-Bration products FREE with each $50 or $100 order through March 31, 2018. 

Mix Tape, Stampin’ Style

If you are old enough to remember waiting by the radio with your cassette tape recording at-the-ready to capture your favorite songs, then you will appreciate the effort it takes to create an excellent Mix Tape.

One of my favorites comes from the movie(s) Guardians of the Galaxy: It takes me back to my childhood of the 70’s! (Click to listen to Vol.1 and 2 on YouTube)

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But I digress…

Today I have a fun cassette-style box to share with you which can be created with your Stampin’ Up! supplies!

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It’s perfect for small gifts, treats, gift cards…and even a cassette tape (if you can find one)

Download the .pdf tutorial

Order the supplies from my Stampin’ Store! 

Epic Celebrations & Happy Accidents

If you watched my Lunchtime Crafting video on my Facebook Page yesterday, you saw me create this card (and a few alternatives) from the Epic Celebrations set (one you can choose FREE with qualifying order during Sale-a-Bration~ until March 31, 2018):

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It’s a super easy technique called “Reverse Masking” and the colors were suggested on the #gdp125 color challenge:

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I love coloring Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with Aqua Painters and ink refills to match any project!

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But what you DIDN’T see is the second card I made (since I had to cut a piece of card stock to create one card, I might as well make TWO cards). I accidentally dropped a stamp inked in Melon Mambo on the finished product:

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But as Bob Ross was fond of saying, “We don’t make mistakes {in art}, just happy accidents!” So I pulled out my Classic Label Punch and created some arrows to cover it up:

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Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes ~ Uncommon solutions may be discovered!