Friday, January 12, 2018

My Inky Friends Blog Hop: Time to Sale-a-Brate!

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Welcome to My Inky Friends' Blog Hop! This month's blog hop features the brand new Sale-a-Bration Catalog. Sale-a-Bration (SAB) is Stampin' Up's annual event where you earn free items from the SAB catalog with every $50 or $100 spent. SAB runs from January 3 - March 31st. Should you get lost during the blog hop, you may find a list of participants on the Inky Friends blog page


You may have arrived from Twila's blog, Stamp a Little Longer, where she featured the Happy Wishes SAB set. I'm featuring the cool and trendy Epic Celebrations stamp set found on page 12 of the SAB catalog. It's free with any $50 purchase. 
I used this fun color combo of Tranquil Tide, Soft Sky, Night of Navy and Whisper White. This card would be great for a teenager and would work for a boy or a girl. 
Here's a look at how I assembled all of the pieces. First I stamped the shoes with Memento on Night of Navy cardstock and colored them with a Whisper White watercolor pencil. I cut out random circles with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies. The laced piece is a 1-1/2" x 4-1/4" strip of Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. I punched 6 holes with my Crop-a-Dile, added some white eyelets from my stash and laced the piece with Solid White Baker's Twine.
I stamped the sentiment by coloring on the stamp with Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy Stampin' Write markers. The featured shoes are stamped with Memento and colored with a Basic Gray watercolor pencil. 
I decorated the inside with extra pieces cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies. The inside sentiment is stamped the same way as as the sentiment on the front using Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy Stampin' Write Markers on the stamp.
This matching gift card holder was created using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. This set looks so cute with an iTunes gift card. Just glue the bottom portion of the circle down and the gift card slides nicely in place. Can you spot where I used all 6 stamps from the Epic Celebrations set in my projects (shoes, guitar, headphones, 2 sentiments and splatter dots)?

Thank you for stopping by. Please say hello and leave a comment. Now it's time to move ahead to see how Sarah used the Beautiful Peacock SAB stamp set. Hop on over to Sarah's Ink Spot to see what she created for us. 
http://sarahsinkspot.com/2018/01/its-the-inky-friends-time-to-sale-a-brate-blog-hop

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You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting www.stampinup.com and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. I used these supplies:
  • Stamp Set: Epic Celebrations (SAB Set Free with $50 Purchase, page 12 SAB Catalog)
  • Designer Series Paper: Coffee Break DSP
  • Colors & Ink: Memento, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Soft Sky
  • Embellishments: Solid White Bakers Twine, White Eyelets, Shimmer Ribbon Combo Pack (SAB set Free with $50 Purchase, page 9 SAB Catalog)
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals, Crop-a-Dile
  • Big Shot: Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies
  • Watercolor Pencils: Basic Gray and Whisper White

Monday, January 1, 2018

We Create January Blog Hop - Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Time!

Happy New Year! Welcome to our Blog Hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who create a simple project and then a “stepped up” version on the first of every month. Beginning January 3rd, there will be two Stampin' Up! events happening: The 2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration catalogs go live. The Sale-a-Bration (SAB) catalog has free items that you can get with either a $50 or $100 purchase. I'm featuring the Bubble Over Bundle which premiers in the Occasion Catalog. I'm also showing you the coordinating Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper which premiers in the SAB catalog and it's free with a $50 purchase. As a Stampin' Up Demonstrator we get to pre-order items which is a lot of fun! 

I used the Rock 'n Roll Technique on my simple version. I inked the bottle stamp with Lemon Lime Twist, then rolled the edges of the inked stamp on the Bermuda Bay ink pad then stamped. If you try this technique, always ink your stamp with the lighter color first so that you won't ruin your ink pad and roll in the darker color. The bottles were cut out with the coordinating framelits. I used the embossing blade on my trimmer to make the center border lines, then stamped the bubbles inside the lines.
I stepped it up by adding the Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper which will be free in the SAB catalog with any $50 purchase. The framelits coordinate with the paper, so the only thing stamped here is the sentiment. The Basic Gray ribbon is also a SAB item, free with a $50 purchase in the Shimmer Ribbon pack which includes 3 different rolls. 
I couldn't stop crafting. I stepped it up a third time by creating a bubble stencil with one of the framelits and using the Shimmery White Embossing Paste. Once this dried, I sprayed the piece with water and sprinkled new Brush Crystal Colour (will be available in the Occasions Catalog, page 26) in orange and yellow and spritzed some more. 
I hope you enjoyed my creations. Please leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you so much for stopping by! To see what the other bloggers' stepped up cards look like, hop on over to my creative friend Julie's blog, See Julie Stamp by clicking the Next Blog button below:

You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting www.stampinup.com and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. Remember, you can only order from the Occasions Catalog starting January 3rd - May 31, 2018 and from the SAB Catalog starting on January 3, 2018 until March 31, 2018. I used these supplies:
  • Stamp Set: Bubble Over (Occasions Catalog)
  • Designer Series Paper: Bubbles & Fizz (SAB item)
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black Memento,Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
  • Embellishments: Shimmer Ribbon Combo Pack (SAB item), Shimmery White Embossing Paste, White Perfect Accents
  • Tools: Tear & Tape Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Bottles and Bubbles Framelits Dies (Occasions Catalog), Layering Circles Framelits Dies

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Red Box Challenge #redboxchallenge

December's Paper Pumpkin Kit

Attention current or past Paper Pumpkin subscribers! Ready for a fun giveaway from Stampin' Up? It's called the Red Box Challenge, and it’s easy to get in on the fun! Want to know more about Paper Pumpkin? Click HERE

Simply put together a WOW project using an unused, past kit—or buy a past kit that you’ve had your eye on. Then share an image of your project on Facebook or Instagram with #redboxchallenge and you will be entered into a random drawing to win a Paper Pumpkin kit. Submissions must be posted by January 31, 2018.

The random drawing winners will receive the upcoming Paper Pumpkin fifth anniversary March kit. Think: Gorgeous and collectible. Everyone is going to want one. AND the winners will get it in their mailbox before anyone else. Sound fun? Check out the terms and conditions here, then start crafting your Red Box Challenge project today!

Note: Some project ideas will be selected from the entries and featured in Paper Pumpkin’s monthly newsletter and on their Facebook and Pinterest pages. Past alternative Paper Pumpkin projects you’ve created and posted on social media are not eligible for this contest.

Friday, December 29, 2017

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #1

Today I'm playing along with the first ever Inky Friends Design Challenge #1, inspired by the card on page 61 of the 2017 Annual Catalog. I used the color combo of Fresh Fig, Basic Black, Pool Party and Sahara sand to make this masculine birthday card. Stampin' Up! designed an In Color Combination Chart which you can find HERE. 
 
We would love it if you took part and joined in on the fun. All you have to do is design a card and upload it to the My Inky Friends Blog. After the link closes on Friday, January 12, 2018, we will post a winner. If you upload to an online gallery, please use the keyword MIFDC1.

  1. Follow the general design of a sketch, although it can be flipped. For a color challenge, Stampin’ Up! colors will be listed. You can use compatible colors and add neutrals as needed.
  2. Create something new that has not been posted before.
  3. Post your creation on your blog or online gallery.  Please provide a link back to our challenge. Provide a direct link to your project or post to the Linky.
  4. Feel free to combine with up to three challenges, as long as you include a link to the Inky Friends post.
  5. Have fun!
You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting www.stampinup.com and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. I used these supplies:
  • Stamp Set: Picture Perfect Birthday (2018 Occasions Catalog)
  • Colors & Ink: Fresh Fig, Pool Party, Basic Black, Sahara Sand and Crushed Curry
  • Embellishments: 1/4" Copper Trim, White Perfect Accents, Wink of Stella in Clear and Gold
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips
  • Big Shot: Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ready for Christmas Shadow Box Card

I am having so much fun making these shadow box cards. I got the structural idea from Tami White and just ran with it. The card folds flat to mail, then opens up like a pop up card with a surprise inside . . .
To create this card you just start with an 11" x 4-1/2" base and score at 2", 6", 6-1/2" and 10-1/2" and go from there. I used the Merry Little Labels set for the outside.  Inside features the Ready for Christmas stamp set with the coordinating Christmas Staircase Thinlits dies. These are available from the Holiday Catalog until January 2, 2018. 
The inside panels are embossed with the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I created the window frame with the Wood Textures DSP and the Hearth and Home Framelits die.  I used Paper Snips to cut off the inside window frames so that it looks more like a bay window and doesn't obstruct the view as much. (In my previous post, I created a Halloween card and you can see how the shadow box looks with the framed window.)  Let me know if you have any questions. Here is my supply list. You may order any of the supplies listed by visiting www.stampinup.com and choosing me as your demonstrator.  

  • Stamp Sets: Ready for Christmas, Merry Little Labels
  • Designer Series Paper: Wood Textures DSP, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Be Merry DSP
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black Memento,Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip
  • Embellishments: Window Sheets, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Jute Twine
  • Tools: Everyday Label Punch, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua Painter
  • Big Shot:  Hearth and Home Framelits Die, Christmas Staircase Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Die, Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Friday, December 8, 2017

Inky Friends Blog Hop: Blending a Year of Cheer

Welcome to the Inky Friends' Blog Hop! This month's blog hop features the brand new Stampin' Blends and ideas to make a variety of cards that can be used all year long. Should you get lost, you may find a list of participants on the Inky Friends blog page.

You may have arrived from Stamps and Scraps with Yapha's blog where she featured September's Back to School theme. I picked my favorite month, October! I created a Halloween shadow box card featuring the stamp sets Spooky Cat, Graveyard Gate and the hostess set, In the City.
To create the haunted house image, I used one of the houses from the In the City stamp set. I stamped it three times together with Memento to create this haunted house and colored it in with the Stampin' Blends using the light and dark Smoky Slate. The trees are colored with Old Olive light and dark Blends. The windows are colored with the Daffodil Delight Blends and the rooftops with the Crumb Cake Blends. I love how the Stampin' Blends add shadows and dimension to the images.  

To remove the door from the outer edges of the house stamp, I used a paint brush moistened with Stampin' Mist and brushed the ink off of the stamp like this . . .
The card folds flat to mail, but it's so cool when you open it up . . .
I got the structural idea for the shadow box card from Tami White. It's so easy to create! Just cut your cardstock 11" x 4-1/2" and score at 2", 6", 6-1/2" and 10-1/2". This little card has so much potential and such a Wow factor. Click HERE to download the instructions.

Thank you for stopping by. Please say hello and leave a comment. Now it's time to move ahead to see some creative projects using the Stampin' Blends for November projects. Hop on over to  Cindy's Heart's Delights Cards blog.

yaphamason.com/blog/2017/12/08/stampin-blends-for-inky-friends/

You can order any of the supplies to make this card by visiting www.stampinup.com and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. I used these supplies:
  • Stampin' Blends Light and Dark Combo: Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
  • Stamp Sets: Spooky Cat, Graveyard Gate, In the City
  • Designer Series Paper: Spooky Night, Wood Textures
  • Colors & Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Black Memento, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
  • Embellishments: Window Sheets, 3/8" Classic Weave Crumb Cake Ribbon
  • Tools: Everyday Label Punch, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot:  Hearth and Home Framelits Dies, Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Friday, December 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop - December Step it Up (Oh, What Fun!)



Hello December! Welcome to our Blog Hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who create a simple project and then a “stepped up” version on the first of every month. I'm featuring the Detailed Santa Thinlits Die and the Oh, What Fun stamp set. 
The simple card is created by cutting out the Santa onto a base of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4" x 5-1/4" and adhering it to a same size piece from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper pack using a Fine Tip Glue Pen. Cut a strip of the same DSP measuring 3-5/8". Attach it underneath the Santa. Stamp your sentiment in Cherry Cobbler onto a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-6/8" and attach it. I used the Oh, What Fun stamp set from the main catalog. Attach this completed piece to a Whisper White 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card base.  This card is fast and easy once you have the Santa cut out.
I stepped it up using the Eclipse Technique and added some more Designer Series paper to the mix. To make your Santa image pop, cut him out the same dimensions as above. Then, cut out 3 more in Basic Black. Just stack and glue all of these pieces together. This time, I adhered it to the sheet music paper from the Merry Music Specialty DSP. I added a black and white plaid piece from the Merry Little Christmas DSP. This paper will only be available until January 2nd, so if you think you want some for next year you can order from www.stampinup.com and choose me as your demonstrator if you like. 

For the sentiment, I wrapped a piece of Jute Twine around the base twice and tied a bow with Linen Thread. I cut the Cherry Cobbler piece about 1" x 3-1/2" and the Whisper White piece 3/4" x 3". I slid the ends of these into the bottom of the Everyday Label Punch to get this look. The sentiment is stamped with Memento. The pine sprigs were cut out of Always Artichoke cardstock using the Christmas Staircase Thinlits die. I attached this completed piece to my card base using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

I hope you enjoyed my creations. Please leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you so much for stopping by! To see what the other bloggers' stepped up cards look like, hop on over to my creative friend Julie Davidse's blog, Stampin Jul by clicking the Next Blog button below:
http://stampinjul.blogspot.com/2017/12/WCBH12-1.html
  •  Stamp Set: Oh What Fun
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Black Memento
  • Embellishments: Jute Twine, Linen Thread
  • Designer Series Paper:  Be Merry DSP, Merry Music Specialty DSP,  Merry Little Christmas DSP
  • Tools: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Punches: Everyday Label Punch
  • Big Shot: Detailed Santa Thinlits Die, Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies

Monday, November 13, 2017

Big News! The Stamparatus is Coming!

I had an amazing time attending the Stampin' Up! On Stage event this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. They announced a brand new product called the Stamparatus!  It's different from all other stamping placement tools on the market. This tool will allow you to perfectly place and stamp images - especially multiple stamps!  There are FOUR stamping sides, and you can do the "hinge step" and stamp images down or across perfectly by lifting the plate and moving to the next hinge, ink and stamp, repeat!  And, you can use any size paper.   
Get in ASAP on the FIRST PRE-ORDER period which is this Thursday, November 16 at 3pm. Stampin' Up! is trying something new with the pre-orders to avoid backorders. Here's the scoop:
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window.  
  • Everyone may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships in February. When inventory arrives in the warehouse, SU will add your reservation to a shopping cart. They will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card. Please be sure to choose me as your demonstrator. 

I need product details!
  • Compatible with Stampin' Up!'s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and grid lines 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
  • Retail Price-$49.00 USD
Why do YOU need one? You'll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • 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
Visit www.stampinup.com on Thursday and reserve yours! 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Carols of Christmas Stacked Double Z Fold Card

I wasn't really sure what to call this technique. I've seen z fold cards which open up horizontally, but I wanted this one to open up so that it looked like a long sheet of music. The sentiments are stamped from the Carols of Christmas and Merry Little Labels stamp sets and the background is the Music Specialty Designer Series Paper. I used the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the card base. It looks so cozy!
There a couple of subtle differences on these two cards. The first one is matted on Whisper White cardstock and I left off the bling. The second is on a Basic Black mat and I added the Clear Faceted Gems. They look like ice crystals.
Here you can see how it is attached and how it folds flat to fit in a Medium Envelope 5-3/4" x 4-3/8".  The little pine sprigs were cut out in Old Olive using the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies.
The measurements for this card are a little bit tricky because I wanted my focal sentiment to be stamped on the largest square from the Stitched Shapes thinlits die. This square has a weird measurement of 2 5/8" (it looks like it's  2 1/2" but it's not). This was throwing off my mat because I wanted a 1/4" all around it. 
Here are the measurements to create this card using the large square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits die as your focal image: 
Whisper White Card Base: 4 1/4" x 11", Score at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
Center z fold (black or white mat): 9 3/8" x 3 1/8", Score at 3 1/8" and 6 2/8"
Music Specialty DSP: 2 13/8" x 8 15/8"  Glue to your mat and fold. You don't need to score it first.

I was inspired by a traditional fold card created by Tanya Boser. Please leave a comment and if you would like to order any of the items featured in this post, you can shop at www.stampinup.com and please choose me as your demonstrator.

  • Stamp Set: Carols of Christmas, Merry Little Labels
  • Colors & Ink: Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive, Black Memento
  • DSP:  Music Specialty
  • Embelishments: Clear Faceted Gems
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Stampin' Trimmer, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Christmas Staircase Thinlits

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Stampin Blends and Limited Project Kit are Available!

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Say hello to a new world of colorful creativity! Meet Stampin’ Blends, artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, available in singles or in one light and one darker shade combo pack: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Smoky Slate. Or buy them all in a combo pack! To cover all the blending bases, SU is also offering a limited-time 16-card Color me Happy project kit and stamp set with beautiful line-art images to practice your blending skills. Available while supplies last. Check out the product catalog HERE.

To order any of items featured in this post, please go to www.stampinup.com and choose me as your demonstrator. 

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