Start With a Button…

In New England there is an expression that goes something like, “Start with a button and make a shirt,” meaning to begin with something small and make something larger out of it.

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Yesterday I spent the day with my friend Ann, and we worked on several different projects, each of us sharing a new stamp set that the other doesn’t have. We had a great time together as we let the creative juices flow! Does your work table ever start to look like this when you get going on your projects? Wait, don’t tell me – I know the answer to that!

Before I left, Ann had unearthed a long-ago leftover die cut from the Rose Garden Thinlits that she had cut out of a piece of Rich Razzleberry  from the Designer Series Paper Stack. She handed it to me with the challenge, “Make something from this.”

So, when I got home I took that “button” and made a whole project around it:

Dotty Rose

What do you think? Was this a successful “button” transformation? You can just barely see it in this photo, but I also sparkled up the “hello” script with a coat of Clear Wink of Stella.

Sparkly Hello

Here are the colors that I used for the Dotty Rose card:

 

You can click on any color swatch to see what products Stampin’ Up! offers in those colors.

Did you notice anything different about the card? It is purely papercraft; no stamping at all! And something else; Ann and I had been talking about how neither one of us tend to use Always Artichoke in our cards, so I made a point to use that color in this one. I quite like it along with the other colors in the group, how about you?

Here are all the supplies I used and links directly to more information or easy online ordering. Here’s a tip: I mounted the script “hello” onto three rolled up glue dots; they are narrow enough to stay hidden and provide a modest height for dimension:

 

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California Dreamin’… On Such a Summer’s Day

California Poppies

Last spring Stampin’ Up! was generous enough to award me with the new Bunches of Blossoms bundle, this new photopolymer stamp set with 26 images and the coordinating Blossom Builder Punch! I decided to try something reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts era of design (1880-1910) so I chose a popular motif of that time – poppies; in particular, California Poppies, our state flower.

Here are the colors that I used on my card, along with Very Vanilla as a base:

I chose a color palette that would resonate with the time period, and I also drew inspiration from another work of art:

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California Poppy, Block Print, Yoshiko Yamamoto, Arts & Crafts Press

Along with the same color family, my card shares the simplicity of design and the rectangular layout with this block print. But inspiration is only the starting point; when using different tools and materials, something new is the result.

California Poppies Detail

Here are the tools and materials that I used to make my “California Dreamin’ card. Click on the picture to see a closer look at the stamp images, or to order online:

After looking at the images in this very reasonably priced stamp set and punch bundle, what other designs can you dream up to make with these elements?

Going, Going, Gone!

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Every year at this time Stampin’ Up! releases the “Retirement List,” those stamps, tools and accessories from the Spring Occasions and regular Catalogs that will not be returning in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, coming June 1st.

The good news is you still have until May 31st to get many  of the items you’d like before they’re gone, and some of them are at sale prices now!

The other news is – everything is “while supplies last only” and some things are sold out already! That’s why it’s important that you check this list now to avoid disappointment.

One thing that is always important to remember at this time of year is the retiring In Colors, so if you need anything in the 2014-2016 selections, now is the time – they sell out fast:

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Here are a couple of examples made with retiring sets and accessories; if you love these as much as I do, there’s no time to wait – May 31st will soon be here:

Swallowtail Open

Swallowtail with Bermuda Bay

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Amazing Birthday with Melon Mambo

Here are the retiring sets and accessories used to make these two cards. Click on any picture for information and ordering!

 

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,

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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!

Click on any picture for more information or to go directly to the online store:

 

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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?

Happy Easter – Hello Spring!

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We got a beautiful watercolored hand-stamped Easter card in the mail yesterday from Sherry made with the Happy Home set from the Spring Occasions Catalog.

Here are the colors that Sherry used on her Hello Spring! card. Click on any color swatch to see other coordinating products:

 

Aqua Painters filled with water are used to pick up ink and apply it to the stamped image on the watercolor paper. Less mess and greater control make Aqua Painters a great alternative to a regular brush!

Here are the supplies that Sherry used to make her Easter card. Click on any image for more information or to go to the online store:

A Horse of a Different Color…

…or a card of a different shape – either way something unique is worth a second look!

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Reggie gave me a tri-folded Valentine card this year, so I decide to re-create that shape for an appreciation card with a seaside motif:

Starfish 1

I constructed this card from a 12 x 12 piece of Pool Party card stock, cut to 11 1/2″ x 8″. I stamped the solid starfish shape from the new Picture Perfect stamp set randomly on the outside of the card with Pool Party ink before scoring at 3 3/4″ and 7 5/8″ on the Simply Scored scoring tool. I stamped one more Pool Party starfish on the middle panel inside and cut a little curved edge off the top of the front panel.

The three starfish were stamped on Very Vanilla card stock with So Saffron ink, detail stamped over in Soft Suede ink, then cut out with Paper Snips. The sentiments were stamped in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla card stock and attached to the front and inside of the card (inside sentiment is from the Flower Patch set.) I made my own custom sized envelope using the Envelope Punch Board and a piece of Tip Top Taupe In Color Envelope weight paper. Perfect!

What creative shapes would you like to try for card-making?

Here are all of the products that I used to make the Seaside Appreciation card; click on any picture for a description and ordering information:

 

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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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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Take Time to Smell the Roses…

…and take time to handcraft beautiful cards for significant times.

Rose Wonder Duo

These were made by a couple of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in my group, and they both used the new Rose Garden Thinlits Dies from the Spring Occasions catalog. These are a good example of versatility because they each used a different set of flowers and leaves, color schemes, and sentiments on their cards.

Plum Rose Birthday

This birthday card in Perfect Plum and Pear Pizzazz is really a simple design, but so pretty. I love the paper doily accent!

Rose Sympathy 1

The sympathy greetings in the coordinating Rose Wonder stamp set, along with birthday, wedding and religious sentiments, makes this a very versatile stamp and die Bundle.

Rose Sympathy 2

In Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette, this color combination is beautiful with the rose motif.

Here is a closer look at the products used to make these two cards. Click on any picture for more information, or to order (and the best part is that you can pick a free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 purchase through 3/31.) You will be prompted on your check-out screen to pick your free product, so peruse the Spring Occasions catalog here. With stamp and die bundles at 15% off you’re sure to find something you like!

 140804Rose Wonder Photopolymer Bundle – 14080 Price: $49.25

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