Monday, October 23, 2017

Color Me Happy with Butterfly Basics

Recently I mentioned that Stampin' Up! will be releasing
a line of alcohol markers.  Well, the arrival date has been
announced!  On November 1st, the Stampin' Blends
will be available, as individual markers, in coordinated color 
pairings, or a complete set!

 In addition to the new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers,
a new set is being offered.  The Color Me Happy
set includes birds, lanterns (above), a flower and 4 sentiments.

In this example, I paired the new Color Me Happy set
with Butterfly Basics on page 149.  Given the pattern of
lanterns that I stamped, I really liked this sentiment.
Stampin' Blends used on this card include Pool Party,
Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral.  As recommended,
the images were stamped with the Tuxedo Black
Memento Ink Pad, and then colored in.

For more information on the new Stampin' Blends,
please check out this video!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Stamp Off Woodland Folder with Seasonal Layers Thinlits

Check us out, it's another Stamp Off Challenge!
We have all kinds of good things happening,
so Buffy, Susan and I are glad that you are here.

Today, our challenge is all about using your favorite
Textured Impressions Embossing folder.
These folders are found on pages 210-11 in the annual
catalog, plus others scattered throughout the Holiday catalog.

This was a difficult challenge because I LOVE the
SU Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.  ALL of them.
I just kind of picked one that called to me in the moment.

This card looked very different in my head, but that is
sometimes the way it goes.  I wanted to place a stamped
image behind the trees from the Woodland Textured Impressions
Embossing Folder, but it did not turn out as I pictured.
On to plan "B"!

Instead, I took leaves from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits
Dies on page 216 and placed them behind the stamped
sentiment from Painted Harvest (Holiday catalog p 49).
Leaves with the Woodland folder were a natural fit.
Besides, the leaves are falling outside, so raking
season has begun.  

Thank you for checking out our challenge.  Now please
click on over to find out which Textured Impressions
Embossing Folders Susan and Buffy selected this week.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Painted Harvest

The Painted Harvest set is a real utilitarian product, in that
it can be used as a focal image or background.  In this example,
it is kind of both.

First, I used the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing
Folder on page 211, to create the "Happy" impression.
Then I simply stamped the sunflowers over top.  

I added a bit of Pear Pizzazz Ribbon and Curry Baker's 
Twine and that is pretty much it!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hearts Come Home

The Hearts Come Home set and Hometown 
Greetings Edgelits Dies
(on page 34 of the Holiday Catalog) harken back to some
previous edgelits, that enabled creation of beautiful scenes.
The "old time" buildings are a lovely Christmas traditon.
It is also very simple to layer these buildings to make a
basic cards, shaker cards, candles and other creations.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Moon Baby Stampin' Blends

Say hello to a new world of colorful creativity!
This news makes me really happy because I  LOVE to color.
Meet Stampin’ Blends, artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors.  These alcohol markers are
available to demonstrators, with customer release to be announced.
 I felt like this was a great image to use for trying out
these new Stampin' Blends.  Moon Baby, on page 106,
pegs the sweetness meter.  In this example, I used the
following colors:  Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, 
Pink Pirouette, Ivory, Color Lifter and Rich Razzleberry.
These alcohol markers blend well and allow you to 
coordinate the light and dark shade, or combine colors.
The Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad is recommended
when using these markers.   

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Night in Bethlehem in Oval

I will have to admit that I love Christmas cards.  They
express the faith of the creator, warm our hearts and
sparkle with anticipation.  As a child, I was always the
first one up on Christmas morning, not because I wanted
presents, but more so because I anticipated all the joy
that my family would share together.  I couldn't wait.

Night in Bethlehem, on page 26 of the Holiday catalog is
a set that warms my heart.  I love the coordinating 
Bethlehem Edgelits Dies that enable you to frame stamped
images, or create silhouettes. 

The stamped city is placed behind an oval cut out, with
the Cherry Cobbler layer run through the Pinewood Planks
(p 211) 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing
Folder.  I wanted to bring in a wood stable feeling.
I added the Gold Star and Pear Pizzazz ribbon to complete the 
Christmas feeling. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Colorful Seasons Chair with Flowers

This is another Colorful Seasons (p 147) and coordinating
Seasonal Layers Thinlits (p 216) sample.  Although it
features flowers, I think that it might be an option for a guy.
I also incorporated my favorite Wood Textures DSP stack
on page 187.  These wood designs well with almost any
style or occasion.  I am amazed at the flexibility of this stack.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Stamp Off Bike Ride Circles

Susan, Buffy and I are having some great Challenge
fun today.  Stampin' Up! provides lots of tools and sets
to pull this off. 

 We are going to be going in circles today.  Actually,
that's not out of the ordinary for me!

 I love love love the Bike Ride set on page 20.
I think that I feel the wind blowing through my hair,
 when playing with this bundle.
The coordinating Build A Bike Framelits Dies (p 213)
really make it easy to assemble the bike in different ways.
Given that I am allergic to fussy cutting, that works for me.

I decided to use the wheel images to form a colorful
background.  In case you didn't notice, I used Lemon Lime
Twist (with Bermuda Bay), so I am adjusting to, and
actually enjoying this new In Color. 

The sentiment, which I like very much, comes
from the Sprinkles of Life on page 78.

Now please hop on over to visit Buffy and Susan,
to check out their interpretation of this challenge!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Watercolor Christmas Banner Card

I often check out the project kits, because the 
coordinating sets are really wonderful.  
Watercolor Christmas (p 34 of the Holiday catalog) is
one of those sets.  It is cute and flexible.  The other
advantage of this set is that the sentiments are BIG, and easy
to line up.  I like it when I can stamp quickly, without
worrying about getting the sentiment straight.

Details include Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake and 
Copper Foil paper.  The Stitched Shapes Framelits
and Layering Ovals Framelits (p 214) were used to frame
the sentiment. 

Here is more information on this kit.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Duoprinting with Chlorophyll with Pink

 This is another Duoprinting with Chlorophyll project.

The two leaves that worked well
 on the watercolor paper were my lilac (on left) 
and my peach tree, pictured above.  They may be dried out just enough for a perfect impression.

I kept this card really simple, because the leaves
pretty much took care of the creative aspect.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Framed Flourish Framelits Dies

Flourishing Phrases (page 24), with the coordinating 
Flourish Framelits Dies (page 216),
is one of the best bundles in the SU catalog.  You get
so many great sentiments and lovely images.  In the sample
above, I created a frame with the Stitched Shapes Framelits
on page 214.  I added some background with the 
Timeless Textures set on page 154, to create interest.   

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Peach Leaf Duoprinting with Chlorophyll

I blame/owe this card to Susan and Buffy.
week and then Buffy posted her version.
That meant that I HAD TO try this technique.
I appreciate the "good creative pressure" that comes when
friends create beautiful projects.

I tried 3 different leaves, and the very damp vine leaf kind of 
exploded all over my Big Shot.  The two that worked well
 on the watercolor paper were my lilac (on left) 
and my peach tree, pictured above.
I was pleased that the
stems actually made an impression, which
can be seen in the paper.

I am always, regrettably, in need of sympathy cards,
so the leaf background on watercolor paper was perfect.
The sentiment comes from Flourishing Phrases on 
page 24, and is embossed on Early Espresso, layered
on Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (p 187).
The Pear Pizzazz card based coordinated well with
the chlorophyll impressions.  The colors are difficult
to distinguish, sorry about that. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Colorful Seasons With Fern

Colorful Seasons, on page 147, is just a dandy set.  I've used
it frequently and will continue to do so.  This set lets you create CAS(Clean and Simple) or Vintage style cards with ease.
In this example, I added a small strip of Wood Textures DSP
(page 187) to coordinate with the copper accessories. 
This layout could also have been used with a sympathy
sentiment, get well or birthday.  It kind of works
for whatever!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Stamp Off Layered Leaves Technique

Susan, Buffy and I are here, on schedule, for our
bi-monthly Stamp Off challenge.  We appreciate you 
joining us!
This week, our challenge is to create a technique card,
using leaves or flowers.  Watercoloring techniques tend 
to be outside of my comfort zone.
Susan has taken some on-line classes, so this is more
in her wheel house, but I went with watercoloring.
 I pulled out my Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder (p 211) and began by 
puddling ink in the depressions.  I placed the watercolor
paper over top, and ran it through my Big Shot.
Some of the water spread outside of the leaves, but 
overall, it made an interesting background.  I added 
splats with the stamp from Timeless Textures on page 154.
The sentiment comes from Thoughts and Prayers
on page 66.
Thanks for stopping by.  Time to click on over to see 
what Buffy and Susan
have done with this technique challenge. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Christmas Quilt and Quilt Builder Framelits

This card is part of the Quilted Christmas Suite, 
found on page 5 of the Holiday catalog.  You have to look
closely because there are a number of products shown
on that page.  Initially, I missed the Quilt Top Textured 
Impressions Embossing Folder!

I really like this suite, because it enables
the crafter to create warm, engaging projects that
the receiver will love.  In the example above, I created
a very quick, simple prlject, using the Christmas Quilt set
and coordinating Quilt Builder Framelits Dies.  I love
the font used for the sentiment.

For more information, check out this video from
Stampin' Up!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Christmas Pines on DSP

There are a few Holiday sets in the annual catalog and
Christmas Pines on page 120 is one of my favorites.
 This set coordinates with the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies
on page 216.  In this example, I have used the set only.

Layering the sentiment, cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits (on page 214),  over Wood Textures and Color Theory
DSP,  (page 187), enabled me to create a Holiday
color combination.  I like the gray tone in the Wood Texture,
which coordinates with the Silver Foil Sheets. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Colorful Seasons Just Breathe

I think that the Colorful Seasons set (p 147), with coordinating
Seasonal Layers Thinlits (p 216) Bundle is some of the
best, most cost efficient product in the 2017-18 SU catalog.
This bundle lends itself to almost any gender, season or
situation.  Well, I guess that I have to qualify that claim
by saying it's the best for someone MY age. 
I can't speak for other generations!

The other ESSENTIALS used on this card are the
Stitched Shapes Framelits on page 214 and the
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack on page 187.
This card sort of sums up my catalog best pics!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Daisy Punch on Wood Textures

The new Daisy punch, on page 206, is just a bunch of fun.
It is a quick and easy way to add some WOW to
your card, package or scrapbook page.  In this example,
I layered 3 daisies over some Wood Textures Designer
Series Paper (page 187).  The daisies look great in an 
elegant setting, or rustic.  The Tranquil Tide card base
was run through the Oh My Stars Textured Impressions
Embossing Folder on page 211.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Wood Crate Framelits with Wood Words

The Wood Crate Framelits (p 212), with Wood Words 
stamp set (p 159) is a beautiful bundle.  It gives you a
container, plus unique images and shapes.  This bundle also
coordinates really well with the Wood Textures DSP
on page 187.   Nothing like a rooster against woodgrain. 
Actually, from my perspective, the 
Wood Textures DSP coordinates with everything!

Check out this Stampin' Up! video for more ideas!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Stamp Off This Little Piggy Sketch

Thank you for coming by to see what Susan, Buffy and I
are up to.  We look forward to our every other Friday
Stamp Off challenges, and this week is no exception!
I like sketch challenges and this one is fun because there
is an obvious focal point.  I appreciate obvious, because
it points me in a solid direction for creating.
 And what better focal point, than This Little Piggy, found
on page 48!!  There is nothing better than looking at a card,
and discover this little face looking back.
The rest of this card is accessories, to coordinate with Miss Piggy.
I selected a Delicate White Doily, found on page 194,
and some 5/8" Burlap Ribbon (page 198).   I love using
the Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
with Miss Piggy,  because I think that it coordinates
with her curly tail.  Probably only in my mind!
I hope that you enjoyed our sketch.  Please hop on
over to see what Buffy and Susan have done with it!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Spooky Cat with Cat Punch

The new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog covers more than
Christmas!   This cute card was created with the Spooky
Cat set on page 53.  This cat coordinates with the Cat
Punch, making it really easy to create a Halloween
or pet related card.   The Decorative Ribbon Border
punch (on page 206 of annual catalog) was used to
create the edge on the white card layer.

If you want to check out another Holiday catalog offering,
here's a video for you!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Merry Little Labels in Berry Burst

Yippee Skippee, the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog is live!
It is 55 pages packed full of great products and bundles.
I've been making samples and showing great restraints,
resisting my urge to post things "early".

This is another card that I made while stamping with
friends Mary and Jo.  We love getting together to inspire
one another.  This project uses the Merry Little Labels
set on page 12 of the Holiday Catalog.  It coordinates
with the Everyday Label Punch on the same page.

The background layer was run through the Big Shot
with the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing
folder on page 5 of the new catalog.  It is easy to miss
in the lower right corner.

I don't think I have to ask if you noticed that Foil
Snowflake.  They are located on page 37 of the new
Holiday catalog and I highly recommend them.
The are incredibly reasonable in price,  and have both
Gold and Silver in a package of 24.   DELIGHTFUL!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sorry for Everything Painted Harvest

First, a note.  If you popped over here for the Stamp Off 
Challenge, we have shifted to posting this challenge
every other week.  This happens to be an "off" week.
Please check back September 8th (next Friday) for
our Stamp Off Challenge.
This card features two of my favorite stamp sets.
Sorry for Everything, on page 98 of the annual catalog
is a required set, because it works for wellness issues,
broken friendships, and the passing of pets or people.
It is a great investment because it works for so many
difficult situations.

My other favorite product is Painted Harvest on page 49
of the Holiday Catalog.  LOVELY set, which can 
be used for so many situations.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ribbon of Courage with Bundle of Love

On Monday, I featured the Ribbon of Courage set on page 96.
This is another card made with this set and coordinating
Support Ribbon Framelits on page 214.  I made several cards while stamping with friends Mary (StamperCamper) and Jo.  The flower
framelits are soooo cute and make a case for getting 
these Framelits!   I felt that they worked very well with 
the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
on page 189.   I really like this paper because it has a lot
of gold foil in the design.  You can sponge on color,
if you want to coordinate with a specific color scheme 
that you are working with.

If you are paying attention to the calendar, the 2017
Holiday catalog goes active on Friday!!  Please check
in for lots of samples of these new products!

Below is a video, featuring this specialty paper.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ribbon of Courage on Layered Leaves

I recently had a former coworker die of breast cancer.
It's difficult to create cards for friends or family who
are dealing with cancer.  I really appreciate the 
Ribbon of Courage set on page 96, with the coordinating
Support Ribbon Framelits on page 214.   The
sentiments in this set are beautiful and work well on a card.
The images are excellent, when embossed with White
Stampin' Emboss Powder (p 201).

I think that many backgrounds work well with
Ribbon of Courage, but I really liked the Layered Leaves
3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
on page 211.   I enjoyed making this card while having
a stamping play date with my friends Mary (Stampercamper)
and Jo.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Stamp Off Embossing Paste Challenge

Thank you for joining Buffy, Susan and I for
our final August challenge.  We are also announcing
a change in our challenge format.   We will be shifting
to a bi-monthly challenge schedule.  We have discovered
that we are all pretty busy, with grandchildren and travel.
We need to back off on our challenges,
so that we can still enjoy the fun of sharing ideas with you,
while fitting in the rest of life in between!
This challenge is going to be fun because we are featuring
the NEW Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste, found on
page 201, along with the coordinating Pattern Party
Decorative Masks and Palette Knives.
 I decided to really pour on the texture with this challenge.
I used the brick pattern with the Embossing Paste, to create
a background.  I did a little sponging to pump it up.
The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack layer has such
vibrant colors that they pop off the card.   Since I really
appreciate those colors, I made them the color scheme for
this card.  

I went back to the same pattern in the Paper Pack,
to create the Flourish Thinlits (p 216) central floral image.
This die cut enabled you to see the textured brick wall
in the background.  The sentiment was selected from the 
Thoughtful Banners set on page 66.  This just looked
like a celebration card!
I can't wait for you to check out what Susan and
Buffy have done with this challenge.  This Embossing
Paste enables so many techniques, that you will
likely learn some different uses for this product.

Just a final reminder; we will not be posting a Stamp Off
challenge next week.  Look for us again on September 8th!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Holiday Catalog Smitten Mittens

The 2017 Holiday Catalog will be coming out
in several weeks.  I thought that I would show
you a video here and there, so that you can drool
over products that will be available September 1st!
This suite is filled with fun product!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Colorful Seasons Leaves

The Colorful Seasons set, on page 147, is so much fun
to play with.  It has great images for all 4 seasons,
that can be used alone, or in conjunction with the
coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits (p 216).  
I think that it is one of the quickest cards to create with,
in part because the images are a great size.
The sentiments are also somewhat "uneven", so that
you don't have to worry about whether you are 
stamping them straight.  I really appreciate that because
it saves me time and paper.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Stamp Off Bike Ride with Cool Treats

Friday really comes around fast, doesn't it!   I do like
challenges that fall on a weekly basis, so that I develop
a pattern of checking.  Per that pattern, Buffy, Susan
and I are here for your viewing pleasure!

We had an In Color challenge a while back, and I 
inadvertently created today's challenge, without realizing
that I had picked In Colors again.  Guess I am really
trying to push myself to use Lemon Lime Twist, which
goes well with many of the new In Colors.

For my colors, I picked Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink
and Tranquil Tide.  I love this sporty combination,
with just a hint of pink, for a "girly bicycle".  
The Bike Ride set on page 20, with
coordinating Build A Bike Framelits on page 213 is one
of my favorite new products.  This bike is so carefree,
with lots of coordinating bits, that if feels great on a card.
It coordinates especially well with the Layered Leaves
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 211.

I stamped the sentiment from Cool Treats on page 82, 
layering the two greens on the word "COOL".  It just
needed that highlight.

I'm so glad that you stopped by, and know that you
will enjoy the projects shown by Buffy and Susan.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lovely Inside and Out with Lovely Words Thinlits

I've featured Lovely Inside and Out with the coordinating
Lovely Words Thinlits (pages 157 and 214) several times.
They compliment one another so well, and are simple to
use.  Sometimes you have to think long and hard about
how to put a card together, but that does not seem to be
an issue with this bundle.  I used the Layering Circles
Framelits dies (p 214) to cut out the black background,
which was run through the Hexagons 3D Dynamic
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (p 211).

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lovely Inside Out with Lovely Words Thinlits

The Lovely Inside and Out stamp set on page 157,
with coordinating Lovely Words Thinlits on page 214 is
a dandy pairing.  The thinlit and stamp set sentiments
enable lots of flexibility, but they really complement
one another.
In this sample, I stamped the Berry Burst layer with 
Awesomely Artistic (p 153), with 1/4" Copper Trim accent.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Stamp Off Sunshine Wishes

Buffy, Susan and I are at it, with another Stamp Off
Challenge.  I like this one because Stampin' Up!
makes it so easy!
 This challenge is all about using words on your
challenge card.  The words can be stamped or die cut,
but they should be a prominent part of the project.
The Sunshine Wishes Thinlits on page 216 have some
wonderful words.  The are chunky, meaning they are easy
to glue, without making a mess.  These thinlits also offer
great words, including "sunshine", "congrats", "love" and "hope".
You can cut "sun" and "shine apart, to give you more options.
I layered 3 loves, to really emphasize the word.
For this card, I knew that I wanted to use some copper elements,
so watercolored a Pear Pizzazz background.  Once it dried,
I added embossed splotches of Copper Embossing Powder,
1/4 inch Copper Trim (p 199) and  Enamel Shapes from
the Subtles collection on page 196. 

Overall, I'm happy with this card, with one HUGE exception.
I can't for the life of me figure out why I didn't make the
background pink or red.  I would have had to ditch the
copper and use a different accent color, but "love" should
be layered on to red.  Sadly, sometimes the card is done,
before these insights dawn.  Guess that I will have to
assert that I love the environment and anything green.

I am betting that Buffy and Susan used more relevant
color combinations, so please check out their challenge cards!