Monday, July 28, 2014

Giraffes- you gotta love these guys!


This is a card I made for my WONDERFUL hubby for our 5th anniversary. 

I found this digital image online and thought it would be the perfect image for an anniversary card.  I loved the way their necks formed a heart shape. 

I colored the image with Blendabilites markers (LOVE THEM!!!) and mounted it on a Wild Wasabi card base.  

Aren't they cute! 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

2014-2015 Holiday Catalog goes live August 28th....


It's almost here! 


 The 2014-15 Holiday Catalog goes live August 28th!  

This is the best Holiday Catalog I've seen in quite some time!  Loads of single stamps for the budget conscious! 

Can you say BUNDLES!  Fun images, religious, traditional, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, fall, winter, new punches, embossing folders, Framelits, and of course our exclusive Project Life by Stampin' Up!® Seasonal Snapshot Set of stamps, cards, and accessories, plus much much more! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Anniversary Card

Today I wanted to share with you, a beautiful card we received for our 5th anniversary last week.  

It was designed by Carole Anderson- one of my students, my friend, and also my mother-in-law.

Here it is:


 
What I Love:  

1.  The attention to detail- when we got married our colors were red, white and black.  The theme of our wedding was intertwined hearts.  For me....that is what makes this card so special....the attention to details that matter to the recipients.  

2.  The  glittery dazzling details (stickles) she applied to the textured hearts.  LOVE IT! 

3.  It is a gate-fold card.....LOVE IT!  

4.  Layers- you just gotta love a card with layers. 

Thanks again Carole for the beautiful card....and I hope her hard work inspires my readers.  


Thursday, July 24, 2014

WEEKLY DEALS AND MORE!!!!




Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit Item # 133431
Regular Price:$12.95 CAN
Discounted Price: /$9.71 CAN



Celebration Basics Kit Item # 133007
Regular Price: $18.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $14.21 CAN



Curly Label Punch Item # 119851
Regular Price: $22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $17.21 CAN



Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch Item # 119275
Regular Price: $20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $15.71 CAN



Pumpkin Pie 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130015
Regular Price: $12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $9.38 CAN



Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130019
Regular Price: $12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $9.38 CAN



Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits Item # 129267
Regular Price: $18.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $14.21 CAN




DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE BUY 3 GET 1 FREE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PROMO:






Summer Happiness Kit - Digital Download Item # 130076
Regular Price: $10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.57 CAN










Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ball Field.....



This is the second of four cards we made in July Card Class:


I think this would be a great birthday card for a guy of any age- or a girl who is a baseball fan too! 

Products I Used: 

Night of Navy Cardstock
Whisper White Card Stock
Real Red Card Stock
Daffodil Delight Card Stock
Night of Navy Ink
Paper Piercer
Piercing Mat
Chevron Punch
Basic Jewels 
Sassy Salutations Stamp Set

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beautiful Bunch Embossed Thank You....


This card was a fluke.  

When I was designing it (at the trailer- so excuse the retired products please) ....I was going for a white on white card.  

I embossed the card stock, and planned on adhering it to a white card base and using white ribbon. I quickly realized it was going to be a flop. 

So, I grabbed a sponge and some Raspberry Ripple Ink to see if I could fix it somehow.  

This is the result.....not bad.  I inked the de-bossed side....not bad. 

Products I Used

Blushing Bride Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Lovely Lace Embossing Folder
Raspberry Ripple Ink (retired)
Raspberry Ripple Stitched Ribbon (retired) 
Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set
Daffodil Delight Ink
1/2 inch circle punch
Fun Flower punch
Another Thank You Stamp Set

Monday, July 21, 2014

Get Well in a Corner Garden

Of course we had to make a card using the new Blendabilities markers:


This beauty was made using the following items: 

Corner Garden Stamp #134048 $16.95
Perfectly Penned Stamp Set 
Whisper White Card Stock #100730 $9.25
Cajun Craze Card Stock#119864 $8.50
Blendabilities Alchol Markers SEE PAGE 212 OF CATALOG FOR COLORS
Dazzling Details (sparkle in center of flowers)#124117 $3.25 

These markers are AMAZING and allow you to blend and shade easily.  You have got to try them soon!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Quick Reference Color Coordination Guide for Designer Series Papers - 2014-2015

Here is a quick reference guide to current designer series papers.  

Know at a glance what colors in the DSP pack will coordinate with which card stock and inks.  


Friday, July 18, 2014

A Gift Card Holder and a Tutorial! Oh Happy Day!




Here is a great card that is also a gift card holder!  
We made this in my July Card Class. 



This is such an easy card to make....and can be used for a variety of occasions and decorated to be given to a girl, a guy, or a child.  

Here is a view of the inside: 




 Product Supply List

Starburst Sayings Stamp Set#133185 $22.95
Starburst Framelit Dies #132967 $ 32.95
Zig Zag Embossing Folder#133738 $9.95
Word Window Punch#119857 $21.95
Slit Punch (retired) 
Basic Metal Button#133319 $ 8.95
Strawberry Slush Thick Bakers Twine#135367 $4.95
Bermuda Bay Card Stock 4 1/4" x 11" scored at 5 1/2" ##131197 $8.50
Basic Black Card Stock 4 7/8" x 4" #121045 $8.50
Hello Honey Card Stock 1" x 5" #133678 $8.50
Designer Series Paper 3/4" x 5"
Whisper White Card Stock 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" #100730 $9.25

Instructions

1 Take card base and on one end, about half an inch in from the edge, and centered on panel, punch with the Word Window Punch. This will form the lock for the tab. 

2.  Now close your card and take a pencil and lightly mark the ends of the slit through the punch you just made in step one.  This will give you the guidelines for where to punch to make your tab. 

3.  Now you are going to remove a piece from each side of the front panel to form the tab.  Take the Word Window Punch and punch along the front panel edge, lined up with one of the pencil markings...punch and you will see how you are formed the first half of the tab.  Repeat on other side.  

4.  Now take your scissors and square off the tab.  It should fit into the slot perfectly and now you have the closure for your card completed. 

Note:  If you are worried do a test run on a piece of copy paper so you can "see how it works".  I promise, once you do it once, you will say "how easy is that!"

5.  Take black card stock and run through the Big Shot with the zig zag embossing folder. Adhere to card front. 

6.  Adhere dsp to yellow card stock and adhere to card front.

7.  Stamp greeting on white card stock and cut out using Starburst Framelit Dies and Big Shot.  Adhere to card front using dimensionals. 

8.  Add bakers twine to button and adhere to card front with glue dots. 

Now for the inside.   If you have the slit punch you can use it to punch the slits to hold your gift card.  If you do not have the punch, just use a piece of designer series paper and some sticky strip and form a pocket on the inside of the card. 

Easy peasy!  

Hope you enjoy this tutorial.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Cutest Blue Bomber Fan....


We spent the weekend at the trailer, and on Friday night we watched the Winnipeg Blue Bombers game against Montreal.  

This is my sweet girl, Dixie sitting on her cushion on the deck, watching the game. (or was she watching the inside of her eyelids,  until I cheered to loudly) 

It was a LONG game with way to many penalties... and not near enough protection of our quarterback...but we won again- YEAH Bombers!  Had me sitting on the edge of my seat for this game.

It was funny you could hear cheers all over the park when we scored....guess we have LOTS of  Blue Bomber fans.  

Sorry no cards or scrap layout today.....come back tomorrow to see the first card from my July Card Class. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What Do You Get.....

What do you get when you combine these four items? 



Super AWESOME cards!  

How you ask?  

Well it is a twist on the Black Magic Technique using Blendabilities!

Simply stamp any image with versamark....cover with white embossing powder and set with heat tool.  Then grab your Blendailities and color away!  The possibilities are endless! 

Line images work best, in my opinion.....but give it a try and see what you come up with.  

Just remember you need to use dark card stock for best results. 

Happy coloring!

Here are some great samples :




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weekly Deals=AWESOME SAVINGS FOR YOU!

WEEKLY Deals July 15-21,2014


I have an order going in tomorrow.....let me know if you want any of the weekly deals or any of the amazing items just added to the CLEARANCE RACK. 




Large Triangle Punch Item # 133375
Regular Price: $21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 CAN



Little Labels Punch Pack Item # 126881
Regular Price: $22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $17.21 CAN



Scallop Edge Border Punch Item # 119882
Regular Price: $20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $15.71 CAN



Mini Metallic Clothespins Item # 133320
Regular Price: $5.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.13 CAN



1" Square Punch Item # 124094
Regular Price: $21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 CAN



Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon Item # 131207
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$8.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$6.19 CAN



Gold Baker'S Twine Item # 132975
Regular Price: $3.95 CAN
Discounted Price:$2.96 CAN



Summer Smooches Kit - Digital Download Item # 129601
Regular Price: $10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.57 CAN


HOLY Mackerel.....An AWESOME Big Shot Promotion coming in August!!


HOLY Mackerel.....An AWESOME Big Shot Promotion coming in August!!

If you've been waiting for the right time to purchase a Big Shot, that time is August 2014! 

If you buy a Big Shot during the month of August, you'll receive a choice between one of five FREE exclusive stamp set and framelit bundles listed below. 

Not only that, but our new Holiday Catalog will be chock full of new Big 
Shot accessories that will fit all your special occasion needs. 

If you already own a Big Shot, we're also offering 15% discounts on these select bundles! 

Check back on Aug. 1, 2014, to learn more. 

Here are the bundles you can choose from when you purchase a Big Shot in August.
Big Shot bundles


I will send you more information in my newsletter on August 1st.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blendabilities Fillable Color Chart

Here is a fill-able color chart that you can print off.

Simply color the block to show what colors the blendabilities are.

A great reference when you are coloring your images.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Project Life- Storage and Tips




At first, I was VERY skeptical about Project Life and the whole pocket page movement.  Boy was I wrong!  

I decided to give it a try, when Stampin' Up! recently joined with Becky Higgins and we added Project Life Kits, Accessories and supplies in our catalog....and I am HOOKED!  

Making a Project Life pocket page layout can be so fast and easy; or you can make your layouts as embellished and detailed as you wish.  

This is a GREAT option for me and anyone who has a busy lifestyle.  

Today I wanted to share with you, how I store my Project Life supplies:


I purchased one of these Iris Photo Storage cases from Michael's. 

It comes with the 4x6 photo storage boxes....and since the largest piece for the Project Life pocket pages is 4x6...this was a no-brainer for me. 

I have 4x6 cardstock, 4x6 Project Life cards, and each case holds tons of the 3x4 cards as well.  All contained in a suitcase that is easy to store!

Also, I wanted to share some tips and tricks I found online for Project Life:

-Use labels, tabs or clips and extend them outside of the pocked to add texture, dimension and interest. 

-Put alphabet titles on the ouside of the pockets

- Apply a coat of acryllic paint around photo edges to add texture and draw more attention to the photos

-If an element is too small for your pocket, layer it on a photo or a card.

-Add ticket stubs, receipts and memorabilia to your pocket pages

-Use strong adhesive when attaching embellishments to the outside of your pocket pages

-Die cut shapes, then embellish them, layer them and add to your pages for interest. 

-Try stamping on your photos.

-Faux stitching ( or real stitching) adds great interest to a pocket page

-Use magazine clippings, paint chip samples, advertisements, newspaper or download and print ephemera from the internet

- Mix up page sizes.  Pocket pages range in sizes from 4x4 to 12x12....mix them up in the same album. 

- Add washi tape

-Fill a pocket with sequins or buttons for a bright spot of interest.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Photo Tutorial for Making Flowers Using Pansy Punch....

I came across this photo tutorial online, for making flowers using Stampin' Up! pansy punch and bird builder punch. 


                            
  

I could not find out who actually made this tutorial....just others who had shared it. So I too will pay it forward and share it with you.....so here it is:





Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Traveller



This is the last card we made in June card class.

It features the new stamp set Traveller.

This is a GREAT stamp set with lots of super images!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Weekly Deals, New Stamp Sets, Class Change, New Promotions and MORE!!!



Hi Girls,

Tons of new info....so lets get started....
1. 
 Weekly Deals for Week of July 8-14









Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil Item # 133363
Regular Price: $13.50 CAN
Discounted Price:$10.13 CAN



Silver 1/8" Ribbon Item # 132137
Regular Price: $6.95 CAN
Discounted Price:$5.21 CAN



Retro Fresh This And That Washi Tape Item # 133001
Regular $6.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.88 CAN



Retro Fresh This And That Journal Item # 132998
Regular Price: $13.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $10.46 CAN



Smoky Slate 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 131152
Regular Price: $12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $9.38 CAN


 
2.  Next up is a change in date for      July Card Making Class....class will be held Wednesday July 16th....if you wish to attend this class you have until Friday July 11th to register.  Hope to see you there!!


3.  New Stamp Sets Available: 



Artisan Label Punch Item # 130920
Regular Price: $21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 CAN















4.  July Promotion:  Buy 3 packs of new Designer Series Paper and Get 1 FREE!

5.  On July 10 new items will be added to the Clearance Rack.....be sure to check it out!!!!