Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pretty & Pink

I am NOT a pink person.  I never wear it....being a red head growing up when there were specific fashion "rules", and it is not the colour I reach for when creating cards or in my art.
HOWEVER, Stampin'Up! has me reaching it for it more often for two reasons: 1) the Painted with Love Specialty DSP and 2) the new Berry Burst In-Colour.
The nice thing about both of these cards today, is that if you absolutely HATE pink - you can create both of them just by changing up the DSP that's used and the ink.  Easy Peasy!

The card above is a remake of one I made years ago with a different "big flower".  I like the look of it coming off the edge of the paper.  The sizes of your DSP will depend on how big the greeting is that you want to use.  And I finally broke down and got the Tutti-frutti Adhesive-backed Sequins.
Lots of demonstrators have played around with this Sale-a-bration stamp set and done fantastic things.  It creates a clean and simple card if that's what you're going for.  I could add a bit of bling to this, or a ribbon (in Berry Burst!) just to punch it up a bit.  And, of course, a larger sentiment would fill in more of the white space.   One helpful "instruction" for creating this card is to put your sentiment on FIRST.  Then you get to say what you want to say and frame it with the flowers.

That's quick and easy for today.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 19, 2018

One Package - Many Cards

We all know that Pinterest and such are fantastic places to go and find ideas to help spark your imagination.  I mentioned yesterday that I cased a card and changed bits and pieces to make it my own.  Well, for today's post, the only thing I changed was the DSP that was used.  AND I used my Stamparatus to get my butterfly perfectly stamped each time.  It was wonderful!  We did this card at my team meeting at the beginning of this month so my team members could try the Stamparatus out.  
So - I've used the Naturally Eclectic DSP for each of these samples.  It just shows how you can take one package of paper, a package of card stock and end up with a whole whack of wonderful cards.
For this sample, I've used the same paper as above, only reversed it and flipped the layout.  We discovered with this landscape layout, you can add longer sentiments, because you have a bit more cardstock visible. The following cards show other pieces of DSP within the same package.  I chose Night of Navy for the Butterfly because that seemed to be the colour that appeared on most every sheet.
And here is the original set of cards that I was inspired by created by Lyssa Zwolanek

That's all for today, Thanks for dropping by,

Sunday, February 18, 2018

More and More Sympathy

It's an unfortunate but true fact that I have had to send quite a few Sympathy cards through this past year.  I guess I've gotten to the age where my friend's parents are passing away, or something suddenly has happened to a friend themselves.  Yesterday, my husband and I attended the funeral for the father of a former colleague his.  I had made up some sympathy cards to have on hand - BUT - nothing that would be appropriate to give to a man.  I got the idea for this card from one created by  Donna Kish.
I "cased" Donna's card by changing the background to a piece from the Wood Textures DSP.  She had the idea of stamping the Lovely as a Tree trees over top of some little squares so that the trees got stamped off the edges.  I really liked the look of it.  I used Linen Thread instead of Baker's Twine and some old Naturals Dots.  The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin.  You could certainly substitute some of our current sympathy sentiments and the dots were just an addition - not really necessary.
Here is Donna's card...
Don't be afraid to take someone's idea and make it your own.  It's a compliment to their creation that you want to copy it and changing bits and pieces of it makes it your own creation. 

I have decided that sometime in April I will be holding an "Unfortunate, but Necessary" card stack which will feature Sympathy and Get Well Cards.  Stay tuned for that.

For now, thanks for visiting,

Saturday, February 17, 2018

New Sale-a-bration Products

 Yesterday Stampin'Up! published their second realease for Sale-a-bration by adding three new items  you can select for FREE during Sale-a-bration.   These new Sale-a-bration gifts are available February 16-March 31 (OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)
Eclectic Expressions (Clear and Wood Mount)
Springtime Foils Specialty DSP
Blossoming Basket Bundle

Enjoy Sale-A-Bration 3 Ways:
  1. You can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration exclusive products for every $60 you spend (based on your total before shipping and tax).  NEW!  $120 reward level gives you more flexibility and options for your free items.
    1. If you spend $60, you earn one free level 1 product.
    2. If you spend $120, you earn one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose two level 1 items.
    3. For more FREE gifts, be sure to take advantage of my using my Monthly Hostess Code for orders $75 or more.
  2. BIG WISH LIST?  Place an on-line order of $330 or more and get $35 in additional Stampin' Rewards as well as a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for every $60 you spend (total before shipping and tax).
  3. THE ULTIMATE BUNDLE PLUS 2 FREE STAMP SETS!  Now is the time to purchase the $135 Starter Kit  and join Stampin’ Up!  Build your kit with up to $165 in your choice of products – that’s $30 FREE and the kit ships FREE for another 10% savings.  As a Sale-A-Bration bonus, add your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (either the Occasions or Annual Catalog, any price).  Host and Sale-A-Bration stamp sets are excluded.  No risk.  No obligation to purchase more (but you’ll have at least a 20% discount if you do).  No penalty to drop!   I welcome hobby stampers when you purchase the kit through me.  
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Have a Wonderful Stampy Day!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Playing with Paste

Being a self taught artist, molding paste and stencils are not new to me.  So I got super excited when Stampin'Up! introduced Embossing Paste in the current annual catalogue; I'd be able to use another Stampin'Up! product in my art.  WooHoo!

Last night I held a workshop featuring the paste.   It was an evening full of laughter!  
In the dragon card above, I've left the paste in it's original form and used one of our "Pattern Party Decorative Masks".  I must say I do love using this paste because it's texture is almost like it's been whipped, it's so very easy to work with.

For the coffee card, I added a few drops of reinker to the paste.  Just think, you can use one little jar of Embossing Paste and get 38 colours from it.  WOW!!!  Our Pattern Party Masks come in a set of 4, and this doily is also in the set.  If you've purchased some Stampin'Up! stencils in the past, they will work perfectly with the paste also - so you're reusing previously bought products!  WooHoo!

For the sentiment on the coffee cup, I stamped the words in the Crushed Curry first and then took a Early Espresso Marker and re-coloured the words in print.  You can always cover up a light colour with a dark one, but don't do it the other way around or you'll ruin the light coloured marker or ink pad. I'm talking from experience here!

For the final card, I thought I would try something different along with the tried and true.  This basic card design, with the banner of Designer Series Paper, greeting and focal point is a perfect design for workshops if you are a demonstrator, or a hobby stamper.  Watercolor Words is one of my favorite stamp sets because the greetings are so big and bold with a fun font.

Now - for the focal square - I took a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock and smoothed a thin layer of Embossing Paste across it.  After the paste was dried, I inked the flower stamp with Daffodil Delight ink, and pressed it into the paste.  I'm not sure that the ink made a lot of difference, but what the heck.  You have to be sure to wash your stamps, stencils and palette knives soon after using the paste or it will harden and be tougher to remove.  If it dries it will come off with warm water, soap and scrubbing.  I use one of those "velco-y" kitchen scrubbers you can get most places, or an old toothbrush.

The best thing about this card is the Faceted Gems that have been coloured using our Blendables.  That's the beauty of the Blendables....you can add wonderful colour shading to your stamped images, as well as adding colour to the Faceted Gems, Basic Pearls and Basic Rhinestones.

Hope you have a fantastic Day!
Thanks for stopping by,

Here is Stampin'Up!'s video tutorial on Embossing paste...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day

To be honest I don't generally give out Valentines.  I used to get them as a music teacher.  And sometimes, once I started subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, I would put them into staff mailboxes - but often there weren't enough.

This year I had fun putting these 16 quick, easy and Classy valentines together.  I set aside one for my husband and one for my grandson and thought of 14 people who I thought I had a good chance of running into at Teacher's Convention.  I could only think of 11 off the top of my head whom I was certain I would see - and who did make my heart happy.  The last 3 I addressed "To You" , and wrote the same type of message inside, with sincerity for someone who fit the bill, but weren't at the front of my brain.  And I did run into three people, who I had not seen in a while, and they got those valentines to.  It made my heart extra happy to see everyones' face light up when they received them - especially because it was unexpected.  It was a lot of fun.

Remember that when you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin during the Sale-a-bration, you get to select FREE items depending on the length of the subscription.
You can begin the subscription process HERE...at my website; or go to paperpumpkin.com.  Be sure to click on "CA" for Canada's pumpkin prices and to designate me as your demonstrator.

To celebrate Paper Pumpkin being 5 years old, when you subscribe by March 10, your March Pumpkin will be super special.....you'll get a FREE GIFT!!!
You can see the details HERE

Finally, I guess it's important to note, for those of you who may still be sitting on the fence about getting a Pumpkin Subscription - there are refill kits available.  So, if you fall in love with a kit (because you never know what's in the box until it arrives at your door), then you can order more consumable pieces - which is awesome!

Hope you have a wonderful day.
Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Celebrating 5 Years

Happy birthday to us! 

March 2018 is Paper Pumpkin’s 5th anniversary and we are kicking it off with a truly exciting campaign. 

Not only are we celebrating five years of creating and sharing together, but we also want to say thank you to all of our demonstrators and customers who have helped us reach this great milestone. 

And what better way to do that than with a March kit which includes a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed, one-of-a-kind box? 

This kit is gorgeous, collectible, and is almost sure to go down in Paper Pumpkin history as an
 all-time customer favorite! 

Promotion Details
  • The free gift complements the kit but is not needed to complete the kit. 

  • The free gift is exclusive to the March Paper Pumpkin kit and cannot be found anywhere else. 
  • The free gift is a crafting product with a wide range of use that can be used on a variety of papercrafting projects.
  • The free gift holds an approximate retail value of $8-$10 CAD when compared to similar products offered by Stampin’ Up!.
  • Subscribe between February 11–March 10 at 11:50 PM (MT). 
Begin or Renew Your Subscription
Don't forget to designate Joan Jeffery as your Demonstrator :)