Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bow Punch Card

Back at Christmas you might have noticed a card we made at my Christmas club where we used oval punches to create bows and used these bows to make a tree on our card.  Well, here's my updated valentine/friend version!!  ...only this time I'm not using oval punches, I'm using the new bow builder punch in the occasions catalog...love it!  The dsp on this card all comes from the Stacked with Love paper stack in the occasions mini & the hearts were punched out of whisper white cardstock after it was embossed with the polka dot folder (heart punch can be found in the annual catalog).

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Painted Petals - You Are Amazingly Amazing Cards

I luv, luv, luv the Painted Petals stamp set in the new Occasions Catalog...I think I've said before it's probably my favourite thing.   When I got a chance to just sit down and create for fun today, it was the first thing I reached for...and it didn't hurt that SUs artisan design team was also creating inspiration with it this month:)

The above card not only used Painted Petals but I also the I(heart)u cutout using the Label Card thinlets die.  I was inspired by another demonstrators use of the cutout of alphabet letters on a card she made this month & I luved how this worked out when I tried it:)

I liked the first card so well, that I kept on playing as I wanted to make this card for a friend currently in hospital.  I used the same stampset, Painted Petals, but this time I stamped more images and played with a flower punch rather than a thinlet cutout for this one & I embellished the flower with a rhinestone.

Inks used on these cards were:
- blushing bride & raspberry ripple for the flowers (RR is now retired, so you could use melon mambo or rose red instead, but I'm still in love with RR, so that is what I pulled out:)
- pear pizzaz for the leafs

The card base for the first card was island indigo, but for the second card I tried Bermuda bay...not sure which I like best

The washi tape used to border both cards comes from the Epic Day pack in the annual catalog.

Friday, January 23, 2015

January Club Projects - SAB Best Year Ever & Hello Life Memory File

For my January club I decided I wanted to show them how to make a photo stack with dsp & I thought it would be the perfect timing with the start of SAB and the beautiful Best Year Ever dsp that can be earned for free during SAB!:)   ...well that morphed into a full memory file as I decided I wanted a way to display a few pictures of my daughter on my desk...

(Above) is the cover....the base file is out of a pack I got on sale at Staples (Martha Stewart line).  I chose them because they coordinated well with coastal cabana & they were on sale.  I trimmed the file down to the size I wanted.  The front was embellished with the new butterflies thinklet dies, some seam binding ribbon and an image from the new Hello Life stamp set which I cut out with framelits and matted with coastal cabana.  The words were double stamped since the stamp set is in photopolymer, that gave a raised border/shadow to the words which were stamped in soft suede and then coast cabana.
(above) is what the inside looks like & is how I intend to display the memory file on my desk.  The dsp, ribbons and buttons all came from the SAB brochure & can be earned for free during SAB!:)

 Above is a close up of the photostack we made using the Best Year Ever dsp.  We took 2 strips (4 x12) of different double sized patterns and folded them in half with about an inch offset to create the photostack...then we used a cropadile to punch 2 holes in the top spine and then bound the 4 resulting stacked pages together with the Best Year Ever coordinating ribbon.

Above is a close up of the feature picture page on which we created a matt with the Best Year Ever dsp and then we created that cute little pennant using the pennant builder punch and the Irresistibly Yours specialty dsp also in the SAB brochure.  We used the fan patterned sheet and a spritzer filled with alcohol and a few drops of coastal cabana to spray the specialty dsp which has an emboss/resist effect.  We trimmed the pennant banner with some of the buttons from the Best Year Ever embellishment pack from the SAB brochure.  It's great how everything coordinates in the SAB lines used...made it even simpler to design and put this project together:)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hello Life - Valentine

Another favourite stamp set from the Occasions Catalog is the Hello Life set.  I'll post a project from my stamp club later this week that uses the largest image & is the reason I bought the set, but I was playing with other elements of the set over the weekend to create this valentine or note card.  The ink colours I used were:  strawberry slush, pool party & baked brown sugar.  Just a simple card, but a sweet one!:)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Lotus Blossoms Cards - 3Step Stampin - SAB

The lotus blossoms stamp set is my favourite stamp set you can earn for free during sale-a-bration (SAB).  Today I'm posting just 2 of the samples I made using 3Step stamping and this beautiful set.  The inks I used for the blooms are:  blackberry bliss, wisteria wonder and for the 3rd wisteria wonder again, but stamped off once.  For the stems I used:  pear pizzazz and mossy meadow.  The dimension and beauty of these flowers stamped is so lovely, especially in person:)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Painted Petals Screen Card

Screen cards seem to be on trend right now.  I've seen quite a few on pinterest & various blogs.  I made this one before Christmas for a dear friend's birthday.  I had just received my Occasions Catalog preorder and I couldn't wait to play with the Painted Petals stamp set from it.  Painted Petals is probably my favourite new stamp set.  I love how it gives a watercolour look easily!  I also used the Banner Blessings polymer stamp set that came out about 6 weeks ago fro the banner 'friend' greeting on the front of the card.
The base effect on the screen card is achieved with the decorative labels punch.  Also I used some Moonlight dsp pack paper to matte the various panels I stamped for the card.  Inks used on this project were:  blackberry bliss, mossy meadow & stazon black.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Occasions Catalog


This year's Occasions Catalog is LIVE, and it is my *favourite* of all time!  There are so many things to love...not to mention the beautiful bouquet on the cover!!  I love it!!  And there is a project kit in the Occasions Catalog to make and even a new bigz die to help make other bouquets!!

Here's a link to the Occasions Catalog!
Here's a link to where you can place an online order with me:)

My current hostess code through next Thursday is: 74J6AJWR
Please use this hostess code on any online orders that are below $200.  If you have an order over that amount, hostess benefits will automatically come up for you online when you close your order and so you will get your hostess free stuff automatically!:)

Here's a video sneak peek on how to make the bouquet!

Sale-a-bration is Here!

If you aren't available with sale-a-bration (SAB), it is our best sale of the year!  It is your chance to earn beautiful papercrafting products for free! 

How does it work?  Well for every $60 order you place with Stampin Up through me between now & March 31st you can choose one item for free from the SAB brochure (click here to access an online version of the brochure).  There are 6 new stampsets, 2 specialty/designer series paper packs, ribbon & embellishments and even blendabilities to choose from.

My current hostess code through next Thursday is: 74J6AJWR
Current hostess code through Thursday Feb 26th is now:  UZ9N2VJZ

Please use this hostess code on any online orders that are below $200.  If you have an order over that amount, hostess benefits will automatically come up for you online when you close your order and so you will get your hostess free stuff automatically!:)

To shop now with me online, please click here:)

There are 2 other ways to be rewarded during SAB as well!
  1. 1.  Host a workshop with sales of $330 or more and you will receive $35 more in host dollars to spend on anything you'd like from any of our catalog (that's in addition to the $55 hostess dollars you already would earn on a $330 workshop).
  2. 2.  Join Stampin Up.  Contact me if you'd like to learn more about becoming a demonstrator.  Your start up pack costs $125 and includes $155 worth of stampin' goodies of your choice PLUS during SAB you can also receive for FREE either (i) a FREE project kit from the occasions catalog or (ii) any 2 SAB items!
Here's a look at those amazing project kits from the Occasions Catalog: