Sweet Spring Treats

Kathy S Bags

Before the Easter season has completely passed I wanted to show these beautiful treasures that my friend Kathy Sawyer shared with our friends in the Hostess Stamping group. She made these with the  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Decorative Label Punch (she used some paper that she had found in San Francisco’s Japantown.) They were filled with a selection of Easter candies for her friends – how sweet!

Kathy S Baskets 1

For her own kids and grandson she made these great Easter baskets from the Berry Basket Die,

Kathy S Baskets 2

decorated with the Petite Petals and Scalloped Oval Punches. Kathy is always busy making thoughtful gifts for the people she cares about!

Here are some of the products that Kathy used to make her projects. Most of these things are found in the big annual catalog, except for the Designer Series Paper used on the Berry Baskets, which is from the Spring Occasions catalog.

Hint: Did you know that you can color your pearl and rhinestone embellishments with permanent Sharpie markers to coordinate them with your paper colors? Now you know!

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What other ideas do you have for using the Mini Treat Bag and the Berry Basket Die during for other holidays or seasons?
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Honeycomb Happiness for Easter

There’s nothing in the world cuter than a little baby, and that goes for the animal world too! So when sister Kathy’s card arrived, I was charmed by the fat little chick from the Honeycomb Happiness set (free with your $50 order, but only through March 31st!)

Kathy D Chick 2

She actually sent a photo of a variation on her chick, sitting on the half shell:

Kathy D Chick 1Chick 3

while another interpretation from a demonstrator’s swap uses all of the images in the set, including the ice cream cone cut to make a jaunty hat!

Here is the whole set, 141288 in Wood Mount, and 141291 in Clear Mount.

Honeycomb Happiness Images

But like I said, if you want to catch this chick before it’s flown the coop, you’ll have to hurry! Thursday, March 31st is the last day to place a $50 order and get it for FREE. (Click on any image to go right to the online store.)

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 This would be a great time to stock up on these In Colors that will be going away soon!

Retiring In Colors 14-16

All You Need is Love

We received two hand stamped Valentine cards in the mail from Reggie’s sisters in Colchester, VT:

Kathy Hearts

Kathy used the Bloomin’ Love stamp set, an embossing folder for the background and heat embossing to embellish the larger hearts on her red and white card, finishing with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flower petals.

Sherry Hearts

Sherry collaged different stamped hearts and smaller hearts punched out of glittery paper. She embellished her card with washi tape, tiny jewels and a snippet of lyrics from a Beatles song in classic black, white and red.

Then there was one more surprise in the mailbox:

Karla Stocking

My sister Karla from Fremont, CA sent her annual Holiday water-colored pen & ink drawing card with greetings inside for a wonderful 2016 – always appreciated, no matter when it is received!

All You Need is Love –  the kind of love that is conveyed with a handcrafted card!

 

 

Paying Attention to Details

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My grandmother, Nana, always chose the best gifts, and one year she gave me the perfect dress for my birthday. This was in the mid-1960’s, so it was kind of a Jackie Kennedy-inspired style, except made for a little girl. The thing I loved most about it was the colors – chocolate brown and cotton candy pink – and to this day I love that color combination! It brings back such happy memories.

Chocolate Butterfly

This year I chose those colors for my husband’s Valentine card – a luscious combination reminiscent of a box of cherry chocolates!

Butterfly Close Up

I used the Bold Butterfly Framelits to cut out the shape, and then re-cut the butterfly with the new Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits to get that lacy look. Accented with Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, this is a card for someone special!

Envelope Liner

Attention to detail is important when constructing your own handcrafted cards. I lined the envelope with some complementary Designer Series Paper. I also stamped a “made by me” image on the back, signed and dated it, and finished up by tying Tip Top Taupe and Pink Pirouette ribbons around the envelope.

Here are the supplies that I used to make the Be Mine chocolate butterfly card; any of these products can be ordered online by clicking on the image.

What color combinations do you love? Do they correspond with a happy memory from your past? What ideas do you have for using these fun products?

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Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine Gifts

Our Stamping Hostess Group met again on Saturday and Valentine’s Day was in the air! We made this card and treat holder:

 

The red heart card was made with the new Bloomin’ Love stamp set and coordinating Bloomin’ Heart thinlits dies. I first showed this card in an earlier post that you can see here.

Forever  Friends Fry Box

We made this project with the Fry Box Bigz L die and the new First Sight stamp set. Here are some of the other products we used; click on any picture for more info:

 

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One nice thing about the Fry Box die is that it fits perfectly on just a half sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock!
Our Hostess, Nancy, brought some extra treats that she made to share with her stamping friends, a sweet tea cup and mini post-it note holder:
Nancy's projects
Nancy made the tea cup with the Envelope Punch Board, and the post-it note holder with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. Here are some easy directions for the post-it note project:
1. Cut a piece of card stock to 5″ x 2″.
2. Punch one end with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
3. Starting with the flat end, score four lines at 1 1/2″, 2″, 3 1/2″ and 4″.
4. Fold on the score lines and adhere the post-it pad inside.
5. Put a mini-brad on the outside flap. Position it to fasten the scalloped top when closed.
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What special projects are you planning for Valentine’s Day?

Glittery Bloomin’ Hearts

Bloomin' Heart Swap Duo

The whole point of a swap is to get different ideas of how to use the new stamps, die cutters and other accessories that are regularly released by Stampin’ Up! I showed you my “Black, White and Red” take on the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits Die in my last post, and here are two more examples made by demonstrators in my group:

Mary Jones Heart

Mary did a beautiful job with colors and bling-y decorations on this example. The Blushing Bride, Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White card stock are a winning combination. The sparkle is provided by Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and Sequin Trim, and rhinestones. Anyone would love to receive this Valentine from a special friend or companion!

Susan Jones Heart

Susan went all out by die cutting the heart from the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper! With an intricate die such as this, there are a few tips to help you cut and remove the paper from the die.

  • First, make sure that your plexiglass cutting pads are flat (older ones can tend to bow or bulge) and when running the die through the Big Shot, put it to one side or the other rather than in the middle. The rollers on the sides are slightly tighter.
  • Next, be sure to run that die back and forth through the machine several times, moving its position on the cutting plate if necessary.
  • My sister-in-law Sherry also recommends putting a piece of waxed paper between the die and the card stock before cutting to help release the die cut image.
  • Finally, we have a new tool that helps to push out the little pieces of card stock that stick in the die after cutting, called a Big Shot Die Brush:

Big Shot Die Brush

As die cutters become more intricate, we need ingenious tools like these to help work with more sophisticated designs!

Here are some of the supplies used on both of the Glittery Bloomin’ Hearts cards. You can order any of these new products just by clicking the picture and going to the online store:

 140818Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Bundle – 140818 Price: $35.50

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Color Equation: B & W + Red = Gr8!

Mindy Thank You

When our sister-in-law Mindy’s thank you card arrived a few days ago, I thought immediately of how much I adore black, white and red together on a card. This is a simple layout, but with the glittery embossing and tiny red heart there’s a lot to love here.

Red Heart XOXO

This inspired me to to use the same color combination on my first card using the new Stampin’ Up! Bloomin’ Love stamp set and coordinating Thinlits Dies (see them on page 16 of the Spring Occasions catalog here.)

XOXO Detail

I die cut the heart from a panel of Real Red card stock, then attached all to a white card, laying the heart back in place, but raised up slightly on foam Dimensionals. I edged the flower petals with Dazzling Details glitter glue.

Red Black White SetThanks to Mindy for sending her card and inspiring me to make a complimentary piece as a result!

Here are the supplies that I used on my XOXO Heart Card. Remember that every $50 order that you place by 3/31, you will earn a Sale-A-Bration item, absolutely free! (You will be prompted on the check-out screen to choose.)

 140818Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Bundle – 140818 Price: $35.50

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Getting Ahead of the Game – Stamp Your Cards Early!

As I mentioned in a previous post, my sister-in-law Sherry has a goal this year to make 10 Christmas cards each month so that she’ll be ready with enough cards when the time comes!  I think that’s a great idea, so to that end, my friend Anna and I got together yesterday to work on our November 2015 Paper Pumpkin kits:

Mistletoe and Holly Kit

Anna and I had planned to make these 10 cards before Christmas, but on the day that she was getting ready to come over, she had an unexpected injury and ended up in the hospital! She’s doing much better now, so we made up our cards today in anticipation of Christmas 2016.

Mistletoe and Holly cards

We were really excited about how nice these came out! There are 10 cards and 10 matching envelopes. Anna suggested that we sponge the edges of our Old Olive mistletoe and holly die cuts, so I used Garden Green on mine.

PP Mistletoe

The highlighting really adds a dimension to the greenery, and we also scored down the middle of the holly leaves with a bone folder and pushed gently to make them stand out.

PP Holly

Paper Pumpkin is the subscription kit from Stampin’ Up! that provides a monthly “craft escape” delivered right to your door. Everything you need to make beautiful projects like these (stamps, ink, and other supplies) is in the pretty orange box (except scissors – and you’ve already got those!) You can work on your kits by yourself or as a group project with family or friends. And a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription makes a great gift too! They are on sale now and also earn free Sale-A-Bration gifts.

If you’d like more information about Paper Pumpkin, to check out some of the past kits or you want to sign up now, just follow this link.

 

 

Feeling in the Pink

The new Stampin’ Up! Spring Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure are so full of exciting new stamps and products that I can’t wait to try! And while not everything from my recent swap was red and pink, that was certainly a theme running throughout.

Denise Birthday Blooms

This is a darling card made by Denise, our demonstrator’s upline who organized the swap. She used the red/pink and kraft color combination, which I am really loving this season! The stamp set is Birthday Blooms and she used a piece of patterned paper from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack. She watercolored the images with SU! ink (see page 28 of the Spring Occasions catalog for a good visual of how that’s done.) And that shimmer in the middle of the flowers is made with our new Wink of Stella Glitter Brush!

Lots of Layers

There’s a lot going on here; I’m tempted to call it a “Mullet Card” (business in the front, party in the back) because of the mountain folds that go backwards, creating three increasingly higher levels on which to attach glitter, hearts and sentiments! The stamps used on this card are from the Bloomin’ Love set in Spring Occasions, and the bold Botanicals for You from the Sale-A-Bration brochure, one of the free items you could pick with your $50 purchase.

Here is a closer look at some of the products used on these two cards; click on any picture for more information or to order:

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Swap Meet! First Cards to Share

As I mentioned before, our group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators met on Saturday to visit and swap cards. Here are the first couple to share:

Swap Pair 1

The first one is an extra card that I made in addition to the “What I Love” swap pictured in my last post. In New England this would be called a “button” – I had some small leftover scraps of Blushing Bride Glitter Paper from my first card, just large enough to punch two tiny hearts with the Hearts Border Punch. So, just like if you had “a button and you made a shirt” to go with it, I started with two sparkly little hearts and made a whole card!

Here 4U Pink

These are the supplies used in my “Here For You” card including the Love Blossoms DSP Stack and Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, both available in the new Spring Occasions catalog starting today! And the best part is, you can pick something free from the Sale-A-Bration brochure  for every $50 purchase you make through March 31st (win-win!)

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Love You Swap
I received this card from another demonstrator. Even though we made our cards independently, we both used the same new Designer Series Paper Stack and the Rose Red/Crumb Cake color combination. Here are the products used to make the “Love You” card, including new Spring Occasions supplies – Love Blossoms DSP and the Bloomin’ Love stamp set:

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