Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lots of Little Squares- Beautiful Afghan

Good morning!  I decided today I would share another passion I have that isn't related to paper-craft. I love to crochet!  Here is an afghan I created lately for my new craft room.  It is made from Red Heart yarn and was totally made up of many little granny squares. The pattern was very basic and I made it up as I went along mostly.  I made all the colorful centers and then joined as I went with the cream colored yarn.

I have loved to play with yarn since I was a young girl and my sister taught me how to knit and crochet.  I admit to not being very good at finishing projects once I start them (I get bored) but lately, I have actually finished a few.  I will share those in the upcoming days as well as my other paper related projects.



 I have this afghan sitting on my chair in the corner of my craft room.  It's very cozy there and sometimes I like to snuggle under it and read a book or watch a little TV when I don't feel like sitting at my desk and playing with ink and paper.


I've always got a yarn project going on, and am working on another one right now in shades of pink and white.   I am not sure what I will be doing with it; it may become a gift for a granddaughter or daughter in law, or I may even keep it for myself.  Can we ever have enough blankets?  I think now!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Showcasing Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack

I thought I would take a minute to showcase a beautiful new paper stack now available with Stamping' Up!  The Petal Garden Designer Series Paper is gorgeous!  The colors used are Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.  It comes in 6" x 6" and includes 48 sheets, 4 each of 12 double-sided patterns.  The stack retails for $10.00 and is well worth the price.

Here I made many little treat bags following a pattern I found here.  The treat bags will be given to my team at work as a little pick-me-up for all their hard work during a transition period at the office that has tried everyone for the past few weeks.  Sometimes, it just matters to get that little extra recognition for your efforts.



I used 2 different stamps from 2 different sets, but any thing you have on hand would do the job.  I also coordinated with some fun ribbons that match the paper so nicely.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Painted Harvest- Sneak Peek!

I decided to give you a sneak peek of a new stamp set that will be available September 1st with the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog.  It's so pretty!  The sunflowers are easily made with a 2 step stamp process that is fool-proof.  I kid you not!  No hassles with lining up stamps so they align with the 2nd stamp process.  They just work together and have a beautiful, realistic appearance.  


The stamp set also has a beautiful 2 step stamp for the leaves.  I opted to not use it on the card I made for today, but it is lovely and there is a coordinating leaf punch that can be purchased either separately or is a bundle for 10% off.  Also, included is a 2-step acorn, ferns and 3 sentiments.  It's a gorgeous set.  I LOVE it.  I think you will too.


In the stitched circle that cut out with the BigShot, I heat embossed this sentiment that I pulled from an old favorite stamp set, Watercolor Wings.  The new Sunburst punch backs the sentiment and is layered on a banner I created with the Triple Banner Punch.

I thought I would show a close-up of these beautiful flowers.  I used crushed curry and Crumb Cake for the petals and Soft Suede for the centers.  So much fun.  I made 30 of these cards for a swap I am in this month.  They were pretty simple to make up and so much fun to stamp.


All of the supplies used are listed below.  Remember though, Painted Harvest will not be available to purchase until September 1st.  If you would like to have access to the holiday catalog, please let me know!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mediterranean Moments

Hi crafty friends!  I thought I would take a moment to share a card I made using the lovely Mediterranean Moments stamp set from Stampin' Up!  I've had this one for awhile, but hadn't decided what I wanted to do with it.  This was my 1st time cracking the box open and I absolutely love the images.  I only stamped one so far, but it stamped beautiful, detailed and crisp lines despite how fine they were.  Stamping' Up! really has impressive quality with their rubber stamps.


I decided to stamp the image in black ink and then do a watercolor wash of ink.  That was the fun part!  I loved blending the ink in layers to add deepness, shading and variations to the color.  It's so fun and easy.  I did take my time though, and let it dry in between layers so that when I added more ink it gave depth.  When I was finished I was wishing I could sit awhile on the bench and drink in all the atmosphere this image brings.


When it was time to figure out how I was going to make my painted images into cards...well, that was the tougher problem.  They were busy and colorful enough that using a patterned paper was going to be distracting, and yet, I thought the solid card stocks were a little too dull.  I compromised and did some light stamping on the background card and a layer of the new designer paper Color Theory.


What do you think?



I decided that a sentiment on the outside of the card wasn't necessary and may add one inside later, but even without that, it really does have a fun artsy look to it.  I am looking forward to playing with the other images in the set as well.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Love Today All Inclusive Planner Kit

I am so excited to share one of the newer items that Stampin' Up! introduced in the new catalog this year.  The Love Today All-Inclusive Planner Kit is a winner.  It comes with everything you need to plan your day, your work or your life.  I personally keep one at my desk at work, and another is here at home.  It comes with all the pages for an entire year, and no dates are printed, so you can start whatever date you want.

When I saw this in our new catalog, I actually squealed out loud with happiness as I was going to buy a planner to get more organized and now Stampin' Up! is offering their very own.  It comes beautiful packaged together in one box as a kit, and everything is in pristine shape ready to be assembled.


The kit includes everything you need and a refill kit is also available in case you want to restock your supplies without needing to buy the entire kit again.  You will receive the lovely binder with reinforced metal corners, 12 divider pages, calendar pages, 4 photo protector pages, 5" x 7" page lifter, 6 sticker pages, pocket pages and sticky notes.


The photo pocket pages are very unique for this type of planner.  They add a personalization to the planner that is so fun.  You can imagine the possibilities!


The stickers in full color and gold foil, add that special detail to your planned daily activities.  You can use your imagination and creativity to dress up your planner however you would like!


This is truly a special item and I have had many friends see mine at work and want to order one for themselves!  Let me set you up with one too.  Follow my links below to get your own Love Today All Inclusive Planner Kit right away!



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bunch of Blossoms

Hi crafty friends!  I have another card to share with you today.  I made this card awhile back and realized I hadn't blogged about it, so thought that I would do so today.  This was made with the fun set called Bunch of Blossoms.  The way this set is designed, you get to use the different elements of the flower to build it up any way that you would like to.  It also has the option to outline the image or just use the 2-step stamping method to add depth and detail.


When I first played with this set, I was part of a swap and knew I would need to make 20+ cards so did my usual assembly line process.  My first incarnation of the card involved lots of separate petals and each one needed to be stamped and then cut out with the coordinating Blossom Builder Punch.  I started in and before too long had many, many petals and leaves all cut out.  But, as I began to build my cards, I just couldn't come up with something original and yet what I wanted.  Knowing that I could use them on another project in the future, I decided to put them away and start from scratch.


This time, I decided to just stamp my flowers out onto the paper and let them be as they were.  Simple and pretty.  I added some pretty ribbon in the new Powder Pink color and embossed some labels using the thank you sentiment from Baby Bear stamp set and punched it out using the new Pretty Label Punch.  The color combo of Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz, really went well together.









At this point, I began making all my many cards to share.  Soft and pretty.  I like it!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Awesome Sauce

Hey everyone.  This is a quick post to share a fun 3-D project I made recently for a couple of co-workers that were celebrating their 5 year anniversary.  What do you think?


The stamp set is called Marquee Messages, and its been around for awhile.  I pull it out whenever I want to make something that's a little extra special because the fonts in the sentiments are so exciting.  Don't you agree?  I also used the fun Window Box Thinlits die set.  I need to make some other projects soon to share using this die set because it is really a good one!



The colors are bright and bold and with a  little fussy cutting, really popped off the top of the box when I made them into a shaker using sequins behind the clear window sheets.  Maybe its about time I did a video tutorial showing how I make the shaker cards, tags or boxes?  Opinions?  (just as a note, the ribbon in the example is no longer available, but anything would work as the pull tab to open the box).


Come on over to my shopping page and make your first order with me.  Also, ask me any questions; I'd be glad to help!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bike Ride

Today I wanted to showcase a new stamp set along with it's coordinating die set.  Bike Ride and the Build a Bike Framelits came out in our new annual catalog and when I first saw them I thought they were so cute.  I immediately wanted them, but then, I backed up and asked myself if I really wanted to cut all those little pieces, and would it just be tedious work for me.  So, I didn't order them right away.  But each time I looked at the catalog they caught my eye and I knew I needed to buy them.  I finally took the opportunity over the weekend to play with them a little bit and I noticed a couple things:  Yes, there were lots of many different pieces, but, they made me so happy to watch those pieces come together.  It's super fun to build a bike!!


When I put these cards together, I decided to build a background with the texture paste that is also new this year.  The paste is white, which means we can add some of the ink to it and make it any color we like.  I added some soft sky ink to mine and mixed it around with a small spatula on my Silicone Craft Sheet.  Then I layered the clouds from the Pattern Party Decorative Mask set over the white card stock.  It was super simple to come up with these fun textured clouds!  I love the dimension and variation in the way the layers pop up off this cloud!  It's so fun!




I made two variations with this set, staying within the color family used within the designer series paper Delightful Daisy.  I really love the way Calypso Coral, Pool Party and the new Tranquil Tide look together.


And here is a better look at the 2nd card.  The stamp set and matching die set have other variables such as, a cute dog, a butterfly, and a bouquet of flowers, and all of them can be used in different ways.  Such as, on this example I added the cute bunting to the side of the bike.  Additionally, the stamp set is designed for 2-3 step stamping.  For example, the flowers in the basket are 2 stamps layered together, as well as the wheels on the bicycle.  Did I mention this was a fun set? 

I wanted to add that the sentiment on this card was not included in this set, but came from the Tabs for Everything stamp set, which I will be sharing in an upcoming blog entry.  Just a little sneak peek: The sentiment isn't one stamp, but two separate stamps that I put together because I thought the idea was adorable.

This and all kinds of fun and adventure await you in our catalog of supplies.  All can be purchased now with Stamping' Up!  I will provide a link to all these products below and you can also follow the links at the top of my page to browse our Annual Catalog.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Graceful Garden

Here is another card I made that I wanted to share.  When I first saw this stamp set, Graceful Garden, in the new annual catalog, I thought it was so lovely and I knew it was going on my must have list.  I am not sure why I waited this long to make anything with it.  It comes with the option of a suite of items that go along with it and they are so lovely.  When I decided to get my inks out I opted to do some watercoloring with my Aqua Painter and used Rose Red and Sweet Sugarplum.  When finished, I looked at the pretty papers that are in the suite and realized that they were made up of entirely different colors.  I didn't want to start over, so I instead used some of the gorgeous paper from the Bundle of Love paper set and came up with this!  What do you think?


I cute the rose and the leaves off of the stem and then popped them up a bit to give some dimension to the card.  Underneath of that is a doily and some vellum.   I used the new Pretty Label punch to make a label in gold foil and the Stitched Shapes framelit for the sentiment.


I finished everything off with some of the new Iridescent Sequins.


It's just a pretty card.  It makes me happy.  And it was very therapeutic to sit with my Aqua Painter and layer the different colors over the top of the image.  The line drawings are beautiful enough that anyone can feel like an artist when they are finished.





Friday, July 21, 2017

Heartland

Today I decided to showcase a traditional stamp set that I found very beautiful. Heartland contains those detailed line drawings that allow the stamp to do all the work for you.  No fancy coloring or technique is necessary as the beauty is in the simple one stamp details.


Using Very Vanilla card stock, I stamped a background image using the Hardwood stamp, and then inked the edges with a sponge to get the wood look.  The image of the boy with the geese was heat embossed with copper and then cut into the oval shape with the layering ovals framelit die set.  I layered everything onto a doily.  Simple and sweet.