Kitty Cats and Cards Don’t Mix!

Mallett's Bay Boat

Ok, I am finally ready to tell this story; it isn’t pretty, but Real Life is messy, as I’m sure anyone who has ever had a dog, a cat or a small child will understand!

I mentioned at the beginning of June that I had attended a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator’s event where we met together to make each others’ cards in what is called a Shoebox Swap. Everyone brought a card sample and all the materials for everyone in attendance to make their own copy of the card. They ranged from quick and easy to more elaborate, but hands down, this card, designed by our colleague Mary, was the most detailed and time-consuming card there. Not only was the front gorgeous, but the  inside was decorated too:

Mallett's Bay inside

It was so detailed, in fact, that to save time, I took a picture of it and just brought the materials home to finish the card. It had originally been made into a birthday card, but I decided to make it into a Father’s Day card for Reggie’s dad. I thought it was perfect; it reminded me of Mallett’s Bay, the part of Lake Champlain in the town of Colchester, VT near where Dad lives, and this Dapper Denim blue and Cucumber Crush green are the exact colors of Colchester High School. What could be more perfect?

I usually finish my cards late at night, after my husband has gone to bed, so when this one was done, as usual, I set it up on the kitchen table so that he could sign it before he left for work and we could get it in the mail on time.

The next morning, imagine our supreme annoyance when we found the card knocked over, flat on it’s face, and a giant hairball thrown up on the back of it!

Now, we have four cats, but we knew immediately who the culprit was:

Eddie. The Emeritus Cat. He’s the Old One, and lately he’s made a habit of plunking himself down on my work table, right in the middle of the stamps, cardstock and embellishments.

So, what to do? Too late to make a new card, and this one had taken so much time! I did what any other paper arts lover would have done – I cut the front of the card off, mounted it onto a new, clean card base, cut the little boat out of the inside and re-used it, stamped the greeting again and die cut another lake from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies for the boat to float on!

If any of my sisters-in-law from Vermont are reading this, you may have seen Harold’s Father’s Day card; now you know the rest of the story!

Would you like to attempt this card in your own home? I challenge you – but keep the kitties away! Here are the supplies that I used:

Have you ever had a pet-related disaster while making cards? What did you do?

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How to Get Inspiration From Swaps!

Touches of Texture Ann Swap

I attended a demonstrator’s gathering earlier this month where we swapped different card ideas, and this one was designed by Ann with the new Touches of Texture set, with a sentiment from the Perfectly Wrapped set. Her color scheme is Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon and Night of Navy with a little Always Artichoke on the leaves. The corner accents of are made with one of the new Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tapes.

I also love working with the new Touches of Texture images, so I decided to make another card inspired by Ann’s yet different enough that it has my “stamp” on it (so to speak!) Here is the card that I designed:

Touches of Texture Denim

I used the same central flower image, and a similar color family, and the bee as an accent image. Here are the colors that I used on my card:

I also used a base of Very Vanilla, and a little Pear Pizzazz on the leaves, and the Basic Black Archival ink for the outlining of the images.

I used small images with tone-on-tone ink to make decorating the outside edges of the dark blue panel quick and easy. I first stamped the solid color piece of the flower center with Crushed Curry, then re-inked it in Pumpkin Pie and stamped again in a different spot to give the variegated color.

Mounting the flower-stamped card onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock at an angle gives it a little different look. The 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon is so beautiful but easy; it’s just tied in a square knot and then angle cut on the ends.

The last detail was the most whimsical; I stamped the bee on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut it out with Paper Snips, colored it in with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (but this could be done with a Blender Pen too) and I finished it with a little Clear Wink of Stella on the wings for sparkle. The bee was then attached with a small piece of Stampin’ Dimensionals for depth.

So here are our two cards, Ann’s and mine, one for inspiration and one as a result – both lovely:

Touches of Texture Pair

Here are the supplies that I used to make my card; click on any picture for more information or to go right to the online store for ordering:

These colors say “summer” to me; what colors would you use when stamping with this flower image?

 

Helping Each Other Grow With Stampin’ Up!

Helping Me Grow

As I mentioned in my last post, I got together with some other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the Stampy Wackers and the 24/7 Stampers groups on Saturday to stamp and share ideas using some new products from our just released 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!

This card, made with the Helping Me Grow set, was water colored with Aqua Painters using some of the new 2016-2018 In Colors. Here is the color palette we used (notice that some subtle spotting has been added with a hint of the new Sweet Sugarplum!) Click on any color swatch to see coordinating products in that color:

Aren’t those colors beautiful together?

Speaking of “Helping Me Grow,” one of the best things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the opportunity to be with a group of like-minded friends who help each other grow by encouraging creativity and sharing ideas in a fun and supportive environment.

SU! Girls Have Fun

Back row: Valory, Grace, Denise, Liz, Susan. Front row: Ann, Sharon.

Here are just a few of us Northern California demonstrators who attended the get-together in Vacaville yesterday, and after we made our 16 swap cards we shared business ideas over dinner.

June 2016 Swaps

There are some terrific incentives for signing up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and during the month of June you can even get two extra stamp sets in your kit for free – (click here if you would like to know more!)

Back to our Helping Me Grow swap card; here are the products we used to make it; click on any picture for more information or to order from the online store:

Have you seen the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog yet? If so, what is your favorite new thing – a stamp set, die cutters, punch or a new color? Let me know in the comments! I will be posting more new product swap cards soon.

 

New Catalog Means New Card Designs!

I’m excited that the new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live today! This week I have been working on a card design with some new 2016-2018 In Color card stock and inks and the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies for a demonstrator’s swap that I will be participating in this weekend:

Swirly Scribbles Swap Card

The pink sponged centers and the lighter die cut flower image on the right are made with the new Flirty Flamingo In Color ink and card stock, and the taller flower is die cut using the new Peekaboo Peach In Color card stock.

I paired these new colors and dies with the Garden in Bloom stamps that I’ve had for the past year, but it’s fun to get a very different look by using updated products with a well-loved set!

Technique Hints: Want to know how I colored the centers of my die cut swirly flowers? It was easy; I punched a circle in the center of a Post-It note with the 1″ Circle Punch, stuck the mask on my card where I wanted it and then dabbed the ink on lightly with Sponge Daubers! Also, when I stamped the solid part of the leaf image, I stamped the Old Olive ink off onto some scrap paper first before stamping on my card so it would be lighter than the outline of the leaf.

Here is one color scheme used in the Swirly Scribbles Swap card.  Be sure to click on the swatches to see other coordinating products that Stampin’ Up! carries, and check the bottom of this post for all of the new 2016-2018 In Colors:

And here are the products that I used to make my card. You can click on any image and go straight to the online store for more information or easy ordering:

Price: $5.25

The Hostess Code for June is XXPKMTJ7. If you use this code with an online order this month, I’ll send you a reusable card hand stamped by me! (Just be sure to allow demonstrator contact so I’ll know where to send it.)

I’m loving the new 2016-2018 In Colorsespecially Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach together! What do you think of them, and which is your favorite?

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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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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New Year, New Stamps!

What I Love 1

I love that at the beginning of the year we have new stamps and products to work with, for all of the Spring holidays and other occasions!

Even though the Spring Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure begin on January 5th, I’ve already been playing with this three-step stamp set called “What I Love.” This is one of the sets that will be a free gift with a $50 purchase.

Work Area

I’m getting ready for a card swap tomorrow, using “What I Love” and the new Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.

What I Love 2

Here is my swap; I’ll have 10-12 cards made by other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators using the new products to show you soon!

All Stamps on Sale? Yes!

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Yes! It’s only for five days, so you’ll have to think fast, but all of the regular stamp sets in both the annual catalog and the holiday catalog are on sale for 15% off through Friday, Oct. 23rd! That doesn’t include bundles (because they are already 15% off) or the already discounted hostess sets, Weekly Deals or Clearance Rack items.

But a good part of my Wish List is going to get ordered this week – what’s on your list? Here’s an idea:

Two Tree CardsSwap cards by Marcy Walsh and Grace Wong

You know how it gets busy around Christmas time and you’re trying to get everything done? Some simple to make but impressive Christmas cards are just the thing to lighten your load. The card on the left is made with the Lots of Joy set on page 69 of our big Annual catalog, and the card on the right is made with Festival of Trees on page 71.

Green Plaid Tree

This card is a snap with Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stack on page 27 of the Holiday catalog cut with the Banner Triple Punch.

Red Trees

The next card couldn’t be quicker; it also uses the Banner Triple Punch, plus the Tree Punch and the Star from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. Notice how that Glimmer Paper really adds a “wow” factor to a very simple card.

Here are the stamp sets, specialty paper and punches that were used to make these cards – but remember, the stamp sets are on sale through Fri. Oct. 23rd only!

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Hello Fall! More Swaps to Share

Hello Fall!

Here’s an interesting way to use the Vintage Leaves stamps and coordinating Leaflets Framelits by cutting the leaves out of colored card stock and inserting them into a frame panel on the front of the card. This demonstrator did a few different things with the leaves; she stamped the red oak leaf with the original image from the stamp set, but did a plaid pattern on the green maple leaf and stippling on the yellow aspen. She treated the background frame to some brayering and outlining in gold ink and the overall effect of it all is very pleasing.

Thankful Bear

Card designed by Kerry Hansing. Stamp Set: Thankful Forest Friends

This next card is similar to the birthday card that I made a few days ago (see http://stampingwithvalory.com/2015/09/26/happy-birthday-papa-bear/)  but one nice feature here is the Blackberry Bliss panel behind the sentiment that has been embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder. I like that pop of unexpected color there, and the woodsy feel really enhances the look. The nice thing about the sentiment is that it would be a perfect Thanksgiving card, but it could also be used as a very appropriate fall-themed thank-you card!

Here are some of the products used to make the Hello Fall! card; click on any picture for more information or to order:

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