Sunday, March 26, 2017

Retired Set Sunday: Random Acts of Kindness

Blowing Kisses Retired Stamp Set
You never know what you have, until you clean your craft room! I searched everywhere for an Easter stamp to no avail. The closest I came to an Easter stamp was this retired Stampin' Up! set, Blowing Kisses, which is actually a Valentine's Day stamp. Once a month, I play BUNCO with a group of paper crafters and scrapbookers, so we call it Crafty Bunco. March's theme is Easter/Inspirational. We bring something handmade, according to the theme and package it up for a prize when you get a Baby Bunco. I made a set of six 3" x 3" cards with envelopes. I tried to watercolor like Ilina Crouse. I used Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils which come in 13 current SU colors and an Aqua Painter. For the inspiration, I put six different quotes by Mother Teresa inside each card, which I just printed from my computer. Then I printed these instructions:

Random Acts of Kindness Cards: Give a card to a stranger for inspiration. There are 6 cards and I challenge you to give them away before Easter to: (1) a waiter or waitress (2) a barista at a coffee shop (3) a drive-thru cashier (4) a stranger at church who you feel needs inspiration (5) someone who smiles at you, and (6) someone who needs it. 
Simple Packaging
I challenge you to give away six handmade cards or tags before Easter. I hope this inspired you and I'd love to see your creations as well.
 SUPPLY LIST: Stamps: Blowing Kisses (retired)

  • Colors: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (current Occasions Catalog)
  • Embellishments: Watercolor Paper, Celophane Bag 6" x 8", Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon (retired)
  • Big Shot: Bigz XL Fancy Favor Die (retired) 
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jar of Love Meets Love Sparkles

Every month I swap handmade cards with a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from Utah, Idaho and Ohio. We only use current Stampin' Up! products. For my March swap, I used the Jar of Love Bundle combined with the Love Sparkles stamp set from the Occasions Catalog. We can only order out of this catalog until May 31st. However, the Jar of Love set is carrying over to the new catalog in June 2016. The sparkling font in the Love Sparkles stamp pairs perfectly with the fireflies or "lightning bugs" as we call them in Oklahoma. I used silver embossing powder on the handle, lid and stars and clear Wink of Stella over the fireflies.
Inside of Card

  • Stamps: Jar of Love, Love Sparkles
  • Colors: Whisper White, Real Red,Dapper Denim, Daffodil Delight, Memento, VersaMark
  • Embellishments: Wink of Stella, Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, Paper Piercing Tool
  • Big Shot: Everyday Jars Framelits, Lucky Stars Embossing Folde
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

April's Paper Pumpkin

I'm back from a long blogging break. I'm still a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, going on 8 years in May. This is what got me back to my blog and needing to spread the excitement!

There’s a big surprise coming in April to Paper Pumpkin! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit by Stampin' Up! that is mailed right to your door with all of the supplies included.  April's kit was inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass. I don't even know what it is yes, but you can bet I signed up for it. It's designed by Sara so I know it's going to be good. “Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Sara describes it. Every April Paper Pumpkin kit will include a FREE gift. It's $19.95 per month, including shipping. You can set up a monthly subscription where you pay as you go, or purchase a prepaid subscription offered at 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. Get your kit designed by Sara by ordering HERE before April 10th. This is what to expect:
  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends. Yes refills! This is new!
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

Find out why Sara is so excited for you to experience this kit in this exclusive interview.  Click on the image:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Haunted Holiday Home

Holiday Home is my favorite stamp set in the 2014-2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up! I was inspired by Pinterest and cased this card from Martha Inchley. You can make it too! This card measures 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" square when folded flat. I intentionally created it this size to fit into a Medium Square envelope.  Mary Fish has a great video tutorial that shows how to customize the card size using the Circle Thinlits Die.
Close up view of the inside. Punched the stars and layered Daffodil Delight CS behind them. Used Blendabilities to color and shadow the haunted houses.
Stamps: Holiday Home, Good Greetings Hostess Set
Dies & Punches: Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies, Circle Card Thinlets Dies, Oval Framelits, 2- 1/2" Circle Punch, Confetti Stars Punch, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack in Brights
Ink: Memento Black, Blendabilities in Daffodil Delight and Skin Tone Assortments
Ribbon: Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christmas Banner

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Season of Style for Photo a Day

Each holiday season I get so many beautiful photo cards from friends and family. This year I plan to use this album to preserve those memories. It would also be perfect for taking a photo a day or photo a week project. If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator please consider ordering online from me at Happy Fall!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Easily Create Holiday Bows!

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Fine Feathers Fall Swap

The Fine Feathers stamp set has to be my favorite right now. I made this card for a Fall Swap using the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper in the background with a color combo of Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar and Soft Sky.  The Happy Thanksgiving sentiment is from the Tags 4 You set in the Holiday Catalog. Happy Fall!

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