Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fab Friday Color Challenge: Merry Little Labels

Good afternoon!  With all the holiday festivities I can find it easy to get overwhelmed and wonder how it's all going to get done (anyone else feel like that?).  Sometimes when that happens I need to step back and take a breath to reset myself.  I had to do this last night and so I retreated to my studio and forgot about everything on my to do list and decided to take a couple minutes just to play.  This time I used the Fab Friday color challenge as my inspiration and decided to mix some non-holiday items with holiday goodies to make this fun holiday card that is sure to spread Christmas cheer.

I started with Whisper White Thick cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Emerald Envy cardstock as a mat for the Lemon Lime Twist Designer Series paper (from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack, and definitely not Christmasy).

Next I took a piece of Merry Little Christmas Designer series paper (I like how the black breaks up all the color and helps ground it), matted it with Real Red cardstock and then wrapped a piece of Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" Ombre Ribbon around the center.

For the greeting I used the Merry Little Labels stamp set (this set will be retiring at the end of the month and is only available while supplies last) and inked it up using Stampin' Write Markers and Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits before attaching it to the cardfront with dimensionals.  The final touch was to add a few Black Rhinestone Jewels (also retiring) to help accent the black.

These colors are so fresh and fun and perfect for the holidays, or any other time.  After the making my card I was much calmer and ready to tackle an item on my to do list (plus since I'm still working on Christmas cards I have a feeling this card is going to be heading out the door soon!)  I hope you're enjoying all the fun of the holiday season, and when things get a little stressful just step back and take a few minutes for your self to reset, it's well worth it!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Don't Miss Out: Stamparatus reservations open at 2pm MT!

Stampin up stamparatus stamp positioning tool pattystamps

Have you heard about the exciting new tool, Stamparatus, that Stampin' Up! is releasing?  This is a great tool to help with perfect stamp placement and is great for stamping multiple images.  As one of the demonstrators on the team that helped develop this product I'm so excited to finally see it come to fruition.  Now the Stamparatus will be included in the 2018-2019 but Stampin' Up! is offering the ability to get this product before the new catalog release through a new Reservation System.   

Today at 2pm MT you can reserve one of the brand new, soon to be released, stamp positioning tools from Stampin' UP! called the Stamparatus!!
Stampin' UP! will be opening this reservation period to EVERYONE who wants to reserve one through Dec. 30, 2017!!

The reservation window will not close until Dec. 30th!! (Limit 1 per person).
What are some of the Benefits and Features of the Stamparatus?
  • Make Multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp, no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
  • Compatible with Stampin' Up!s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stmaps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates; a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas

  • Price
    Retail Price - $49.00 USD

    The Stamparatus will be ordered differently than your other online orders.
    Beginning December 5, 2017 at 2pm MT, it will be released for reservation.
    • Beginning Dec. 5, at 2pm MT CLICK HERE, then click the banner ad for the Stamparatus and follow the instructions per the graphic below.
    • After receiving your reservation, Stampin' Up! will place an order with the manufacturer and your Stamparatus will be shipped, with delivery beginning approx. March 19, 2018.  The products will ship in the order they were reserved, so if you want yours to ship with the first batch, reserve right away! "First come, first served".
    • You will provide your credit card info now with your reservation, but it will not be charged until your Stamparatus is ready to ship. 
    • You will receive an email from Stampin' Up! confirming your reservation, and another email in March letting you know when to log back in to your online account to finalize your order. 
    • You can ADD other Stampin' Up! products to your order AT THAT TIME if you'd like to receive Sale a Bration benefits if you finalize your order before March 30, 2018.
    I'm really excited about this tool and can't wait to place my order as well.  You may think you don't needed it.. but trust me... it does some pretty amazing things! I think you are going to love it!

    Watch this video, 5 things you MUST know about the new Stamparatus and check it out for yourself!!
    Be sure to watch the whole video, don't miss the Hinge Step Technique at the end!
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    Monday, December 4, 2017

    SSINKspiration Card Sketch SSINKCS49: Serene Snowflakes

    Good morning! Holiday festivities are in full swing and I could really use things to slow down a little.  This week we're they're forecasting cold weather and even the chance of snow, yay! so that was the inspiration of today's card using this months SSINKspiration sketch challenge.  The Year of Cheer Speciality Designer Series Paper is so beautiful, love all the metallics and while I'm not a big fan of mixing metallics it is on trend right now so I decided to go with it for today's card.

    I started with Whisper White Thick Cardstock and then added a piece of Basic Black cardstock as a mat for the Whisper White cardfront.  On the cardfront I embossed a large snowflake using the Big Shot and Winter Wonder Embossing Folder.  I also added some metallic enamel dots (yes both silver and gold!)  I used a piece of Gold 1/8" Ribbon around the cardfront.

    Next I used two different patterns of Year of Cheer Speciality Designer Series Paper.  The greeting is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and after stamping in Basic Black in on Whisper White cardstock I cut it out using the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelts and attached it to the cardfront with dimensionals.

    I love the look of metallics against the crisp white and black and this card is full of winter time magic.  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing and then we would love for you to come play along with us and share what you create!

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    Friday, December 1, 2017

    SSINKspiration CASE the Designer (DARLA): Birthday Delivery

    Good morning!  I think Fridays are a great day to start out a new month, lots to look forward to as we close out the year and all the holidays.  Today I'm joining along with the
    SSINKspiration designers in another edition of CASE of Designer.  This month we're focusing on Darla Roberts and I love her clean style.  When I was looking at Darla's blog for a card I came across a great card that used the Painted Harvest stamp set and I really liked it but decided to use the layout sketch but change up the stamp, paper, etc. to make a fun birthday card.  You can see Darla's inspiration card HERE.

    I started with Real Red cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardfront.  To this piece I added two pieces of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and matted it with Pacific Point cardstock.  I also wrapped a piece of Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" Ombre Ribbon around the center.  One thing I love about this DSP and the coordinating Birthday Friends Framelits is that several of the framelits are sized to cut out images from the DSP, so no fussy cutting or coloring necessary, this is what I did to make the yummy birthday cake and then matted it with a circle of Old Olive cardstock (I did use dimensionals to attach the circle piece to the cardfront).

    To finish off the card I stamped the greeting from the Birthday Delivery stamp set using Early Espresso ink and then added a trio of rhinestones in the top right center.

    This is such a fun and cheery card, perfect to help celebrate someone's birthday, no matter how old they are.  I hope Darla likes my interpretation of her card.

    Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today's card:

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    Thursday, November 30, 2017

    30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 30

    Good morning!  We've reached the end of the month and the last day of this years gratitude challenge.  It's been fun making and sharing all these projects and I'm so excited to have my card stash replenished and ready to go when I need them.  I also hope I've provided some inspiration for project ideas you may have been looking for.  I decided to end the challenge with this fun coffee themed card using products from the Coffee Break Product Suite.  The Coffee Break Designer Series paper as so many beautiful prints that the only thing I needed to stamp for this card was the greeting, the DSP and Coffee Cup Framelits are the stars of this card!

    I started with Pear Pizzaz cardstock for the cardbase and then matted a the piece of designer series paper that looks like coffee rings with Early Espresso cardstock for the cardfront.  Next I used the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut a circle out of Crumb Cake cardstock has the anchor for my coffee cup.

    I used the Coffee Cup Framelits to cut the coffee cup out of DSP, the coffee cozy that's embossed using Garden Green cardstock, the white "whipped cream" and the coffee cup top using vellum cardstock.  I did stamp the striped straw using the Coffee Café stamp set using Pear Pizzaz ink and then used a coordinating die to cut it out.

    The greeting is also from the Coffee Café stamp set and was stamped in Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and you guessed it, there is also a framelit in the same set to cut it out.  Dimensionals were used to attach the greeting and I finished off the card with a double bow tied with Pool Party Solid Baker's Twine.

    This card took a little extra time because of all the die cut pieces but they were finished in a flash and much faster than if I had fussy cut around a lot of stamped pieces and I love how it turned out.  So many of my friends are coffee drinkers so I know they will appreciate this, even Aidan has become a fan of the Peppermint Latte and has taken his bike over to Starbucks to pick one up after a ride (crazy kid!)

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