Why celebrate one day, when you can celebrate 10 days! Get 15% off select Note Cards & Envelopes and stamp sets now until October 10. Plus, buy Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills for FREE! So celebrate the best hobby of all—card making today.
Wow, the Designer Series Paper selection in the new Holiday Catalog is absolutely outstanding. Click on the photo above to watch a short video to see all of the gorgeous patterns.
What’s so great about Designer Series Paper you ask? The Designer Series Paper (affectionately known as DSP) is lighter weight than cardstock, and perfect for adding patterned layers to a project. Most DSP is double-sided, so you get two patterns for the price of one. Stuck for color inspiration? Pick your favorite pattern and use the colors from the paper as a starting point for your project. The DSP patterns and colors coordinate with stamps and cardstock for an easy way to get started creating. And last but not least, DSP is drool-worthy!
The new 2017 Holiday Catalog is now live! I have my favorites…
13. 7/8″ Striped Ribbon, 144624
12. Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, 144621
11. Winter Wonderland Textured Impressions Folder, 144686
10. Year of Cheer Embellishments, 144643
9. Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper, 144640
8. Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape, 144644
7. Champagne Foil Sheets, 144748
6. Foil Snowflakes, 144642
5. Cheers to the Year, 144925
4. Spooky Cat, 144749
3. Vintage Crochet Trim, 144611
2. Black Rhinestone Jewels, 144639
And my number one favorite is…….
1. Graveyard Gate Bundle, 146018
There’s a little something for everyone, including not one but two non-traditional color schemes for the holidays. And check out those Halloween offerings-spooky!
A bit of watercolor gives a soft touch to this sympathy card. I used the positive and the negative from the Stitched Shapes Framelits die to create a double frame effect for added dimension.
Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) was a song written in 1892 and it became a huge hit immediately– kind of like Stampin’Up!’s Daisy Punch! The punch and bundle sold out almost immediately upon the release of the new catalog. I’m happy to report they are back in stock and you can now purchase them in my online store.
This card is all about texture, from the watercolor paper, embossing, double layers of the Daisy, the faux stitching on the edges, the banner and the copper trim. I love that copper trim-sleek and slim as is , or pull it out on the sides for a more lacy or netting look.
In honor of the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. Had to do something that was quick, as I thought June 21 was the day, but it can be June 20-22, depending on what time zone and what hemisphere you’re in 🙂
And the best part when making this card? A second card with hardly no extra work!
Stamp the sun rays on a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 5 1/4″ x 4″ using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for exact placement. Stamp the rays again on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut to the same measurements and in the exact same position.
Layer the cardstock pieces on top of each other, place the “sunshine” thinlit on top and run through the Big Shot several times, cutting out the word on both pieces at the same time.
Cut the word “sunshine” out from scraps of Whisper White and Very Vanilla 4 times each. Stack and adhere the plain “sunshine” 4 high, and adhere the matching stamped “sunshine” as the top layer.
Adhere the original Whisper White cardstock with the empty word space to a Very Vanilla card base. Adhere the stacked Very Vanilla “sunshine ” over the empty word space. repeat on the other card, reversing the color layers.
Stamp the sentiment on strips of cardstock with Versamark and Peekaboo Peach ink, emboss with clear embossing powder and adhere to card front.
See the opposite color scheme card below the supply list.
Check out my latest stop motion video for step by step directions on how to make this lotus blossom. The center of the blossom holds one Hershey’s Kiss.
For the petals, cut 3 strips of designer series paper to 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. Cut 3 more strips the same size for the leaves. The leaves and the petals are folded the same way until the last step. Leaves are mountain folded in half, and petals are valley folded.
Other than the items pictured below, you will need floral wire, wire cutters, and a bag of Hershey’s Kisses.
2017 – 2018 Annual Catalog (click on pix above or on links below):
Add texture to a card without adding bulk! I took a rather simple design and just by using texture, took it over the top. Here are the five ways I added texture:
1) embossed a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock with the Brick Walls embossing folder
2) sponged Whisper White Craft Ink with a sponge dauber over the cracks in the brick
3) tore the edges of the cardstock, exposing the inside layers
4) embossed the Real Red star with silver embossing powder
5) coiled a piece of metallic silver thread behind the star to provide a nice contrast with the solidness of the wall
Dimensionals on the back of the star pop it away from the wall, adding more dimension.
This card is intended for my neighbor, who is on his Badger Honor Flight today. The Badger Honor Flight is a program that flies veterans to Washington DC for the day, all at no cost to the veteran, as a way to say thank you for your service. On the return flight, each veteran receives mail call, with thank you cards and notes.
The basic technique is super easy. Take a clear acrylic block, scribble on it with the Stampin’Up! Marker of your choice. Then pick up the color with a clear Wink of Stella brush and color away.
TIP 1: Once you’ve used up the color on the block, wipe off the leftovers with a baby wipe before adding more marker. If you don’t, your marker tip will get all glittery.
TIP 2: If you’re not getting much glitter, gently squeeze the middle of the pen to get the glitter flowing again.
TIP 3: Brush the Wink of Stella tip on a paper towel until the glitter runs clear after each color.
True confession time, after I had my first panel done I decided I didn’t like the light color of my flower stems. So I colored over them with a darker green and now I love them.
It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but all of the Watermelon Wonder flowers are glittery, and so is the dragonfly. Who knew it’s kinda difficult to photograph glitter!
I’ll post the rest of the cards in the set over the next few days as well as the complete supply list.
A few facts—did you know the symbol for Pi (π) was first used in 1737 by Swiss mathematician Leonard Euler? And that the value of Pi rounds up to 3.14159? The number is extremely useful when solving geometry problems with circles. The area of any circle equals πr2 where r is the radius or distance across the middle of the circle.
I have no idea what the areas of the circles are on my card, but I know that if I wanted to calculate it out, I could. Sheldon Cooper would say shame on me.
How are you celebrating this March 14? Whether it’s baking your favorite pie, ordering pizza pie, or participating in NASA’s Pi in the Sky challenge, I hope you bring out your inner math nerd today!
Supplies used today:
- fI couldn’t wait to show this card – it’s so pretty I had to show a sneak peek! Custom color Wink of Stella adds sparkly glitter, and it’s so easy. Watch for my post next week with full directions.
Making your own barnwood is so easy, and you only need the basics – stamp, paper and ink! I inked up the Hardwood background stamp with Soft Suede ink, laid the stamp ink side up on my table, and pressed a piece of Real Red cardstock face down on the stamp. I repeated this with narrow strips of Real Red cardstock to create the crossbars. Then I glued the strips on the main piece, let it dry and punched out a circle. I put the piece over my Very Vanilla card base and lightly penciled inside the hole.
After removing the barnwood, I stamped my chicken in Soft Suede ink, let it dry, and colored her in with my colored pencils, and blended the color with a blender pen.
I finished off the front of the barnwood with a rosette and glued the whole piece on top. Pretty cute, eh?
She reminds me of the chickens on my grandma’s farm when I was a kid. I used to get to collect the fresh laid eggs from the henhouse. And the henhouse was a bright red, just like this barnwood card!
The Big Shot and Thinlit Dies make quick work of these treat boxes. Fill with chocolate now, and when the chocolate is gone, use as a tea light holder. Love!
Emboss resist, sponging, die cuts, double layered ‘love’, lace and a tag all add up to lots of glorious texture, elevating this card from boring to sensational. Who wouldn’t love a thank you card like this? Want to learn how to make a card like this? Hold a workshop or attend one of my classes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Today’s featured card is a pretty gatefold card that can be used for encouragement or for a valentine. Cut base cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score at 2 1/8 on each end of the long side and fold inward. Embossing with the Sparkle Embossing Folder adds texture and interest without adding bulk. A belly band made from the gorgeous Falling In Love designer series paper adds a soft touch of bokeh, and a dragonfly cut from Gold Foil adds the bling. And a matching gold embossed stamped dragonfly graces the inside, with plenty of room for a personal message. Check out the supply list at the bottom of this post and order everything you need today!
Wisconsin is under a winter weather advisory today, with sleet and snow. But as long as the temperature is above zero in Wisconsin, it’s tee shirt weather here.👕
Check out the Designer Tee Stamp Set (free with any $50 order) and Framelits available in the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog. Check out the projects in the video above!
Hey Chick, need a great treat box? The perforated tiny holes on the sides of this little box give a hint to the contents or put a flameless tealight inside for a cozy glow. And look at that chicken wire on the top under the circle medallions! It’s not a new stamp, but an inked embossing folder. Check out my online store to order supplies to make your own. With a $50 order, the stamp set is free during Sale-A-Bration!
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: Sale-A-Bration 2017 starts today! Gorgeous new coordinating stamps, paper, and accessories in the new Occasions catalog, and free goodies for every $50 purchase. Come Sale-A-Brate with me!