One of my favorite items in the Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up! is the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and matching Framelits to cut them out with our Big Shot die cutting machine.
There is a wonderful new tab added to these items that make it easy to line them up (plus the stamps are our clear photopolymer so they are easy to line up). Here's a video so you can see tips for using the set in action. If reading this through an email, click here to watch the video about the Wondrous Wreath set.
So excited to use these on projects for Christmas! And have fun turning the wreath into a fall and spring wreath! I've got a busy weekend as my mom is having some dental work and I will be her caregiver for the next few days -- but should have some time for crafting while she's resting. (I can make her a "feel better" card).
So excited that today the Holiday Catalog rolled out. You can see it in all its glory by clicking here. And I always keep a link in the right column of my blog. There are so many things I love so wil be sharing fall and winter holiday ideas in the coming weeks. Plus I will have my Twelve Weeks of Christmas idea newsletters again this year so be sure to sign up through the box in the left column of my blog.
Now for a fun scrapbook project that my club made as our last 8 inch square page layout before moving on to the new 12 inch square size we are doing now. Here is page one:
And a close up of the fun accent made using the Sea Street stamp set.
Page two featuring a Coastal Cabana background and more fun matching paper from the Maritime Designer Series Paper and more stamping.
And a close up of the fun embossed banner section.
Perfect page for summer photos! With Labor Day weekend coming up here in the U.S. -- I can snap some fun family photos for these pages.
When I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator almost 17 years ago, I did not get to choose what was in my starter kit -- it just came with great things the company chose. That was nice and I was excited for that box to arrive, but how awesome that now a demonstrator's starter kit is filled with fabulous goodies that she or he chose?!
And until August 28 -- that $99 kit (US), includes extra free stuff! It's Stampin' Up's short & sweet sale.
That's right -- you pick $150 of stamping goodies instead of the normal $125. And of course you get business supplies like awesome catalogs. For your stamping stuff -- you can even pick the sneak peek items from our Holiday Catalog that does not "go live" to everyone until Aug. 28. Sweet!
So if you've wondered about being a demonstrator (even just for the automatic minimum 20% discount on your own crafting goodies) -- then just ask me whatever you want to know. Or click here to go check it out & join the fun.
Like I said, I love a great deal. But I love sharing it even more.
Sorry for the almost month-long absence from blogging. It's been a busy month of getting ready for school to start -- both at the state college where I manage the website and for our teenagers as high school started this week. And I've been busy as always helping my mom since she moved nearby to assisted living a few months ago.
I have been making some fun projects and will share them in the coming days. First up, one of the cards from my August stamp clubs. It features the beautiful new stamp set Hello Darling (I LOVE the faux sequins stamp -- a must-have set just for that stamp). I wanted to use a set that had bold images for the background but also line art images so we could do some coloring with our new Blendabilities alcohol markers.
The card features the Cherry Cobbler markers as the main colors for the flowers -- but check out how pretty the focal point is when colored with Pumpkin Pie or Rich Razzleberry markers. It went much faster because people could use different colors and they all matched the card.
The gold embossed sequins added an almost Asian feel. This card needed a fancy inside as well -- plus the vanilla panel is a must since the base was black card stock.
The greeting on the inside is from the set Flower Patch - but all the other stamps used are from the one Hello Darling set.
I love coloring with the Blendabilities. Each set of colors includes three shades: light, medium and dark, but even if you don't do much shading, it's just so easy to color without having marker lines show. I like to use a light touch at first so the ink does not bleed outside the lines -- then I can always add more color if needed. There are just a few guidelines to follow: stamp with our Memento Black in pad (the alcohol will not make that ink run) and stamp on SU's Whisper White or Very Vanilla Card Stock -- the perfect smooth surface. I like to color with my paper on top of our Silicone Craft Sheet because the ink soaks through so the craft sheet protects your table. I always plan my projects so the images are stamped on a piece of card stock I then layer onto the card: not right on the front of the card because the ink will soak through. It's fun experimenting with something new.
I've been very busy this week getting ready for my Open House event this Saturday. If you live in the Space Coast area of Florida, it's this Saturday, July 26 from 10 am to 2 pm featuring make and take projects and lots of retired items in a special BOGO sale. Call or text 321-243-0213 for more info or stop by at 4810 Pawnee Trail on north Merritt Island. Bring a friend!
There are some great shopping deals this month -- designer series paper is buy three get one free -- love that!
And if you sign up with me for the fun monthly kit subscription My Paper Pumpkin by September 10, you get your first two months at half off (use promo code HALFOFF2 - for new members only). What's Paper Pumpkin you ask? It's a fun crafting escape that comes to your mailbox each month with all the supplies for something fabulous. To get an idea of just how fun the surprise is, look what came in the July kit. (sign up now and you can be surprised in August!)
Hope to see lots of my local crafters this Saturday!
The new Work of Art stamp set from Stampin' Up! inspires such creativity. Here I teamed up the large "swoop" image with rainbow colors and the also-new Alphabet Rotary Stamp to make my custom "Find Your Pot of Gold" greeting.
Here's a close up of the greeting.
Tips for the rotary stamp: once you have twirled each letter into place, be sure they stay lined up by not holding the stamp in a way where you could acccidentally turn a wheel. (so hold it by the handle or sides). Each line of my greeting was done separately. When inking up the rotary stamps I like to tap the ink pad onto the stamp so that I carefully avoid the blank spots between words. When stamping on your paper, give it a slight rock backward and forward to be sure you fully ink each letter. You can also stamp with your card stock on top of our foam piercing pad and that extra cushion helps you get a nice, clean image since rotary stamps have no built in foam layer.
This idea came courtesy of Stampin' Up's fun demonstrator event at the end of April to unveil the new catalog. One of the projects shown that night was this cute candy pouch which an SU concept artist dreamed up while she was at lunch playing with a paper napkin ring. A few folds here and there and when she got back to the office she transformed this idea into this cute paper pouch.
You can see how a mini size chocolate bar would fit inside -- perfect as a party treat.
Here's a look at the cute embellishment made with the stamp sets #hello (better known as hash tag hello for the twitter generation even though us older folks might call it pound-hello!) and the stamp set @so social. I loved combining the hip sayings on these -- they are a recognition that the digital age is influencing the way we communicate.
On the boy version the greeting is stamped on a piece of Helllo Honey card stock and then punched with the same 2" circle punch used to punch out the @ circle or striped circle -- so the ends of the strip match perfectly with the circle that it sits on top of.
Here's a photo pattern. With the 6-1/2" by 4-1/2" piece of Moonlight paper horizontal in the Simply Scored, score at 1", 1-1/2", 2", 4", 4-1/2" and 5". Then turn it vertial and score 1/2" from one long edge to make the bottom. The dark areas on the pattern are part you cut away.
I also trimmed the top with the little scallop rotary cutter that fits our Stampin' Up trimmer. After you score to make gussets and cut the little parts away on the bottom it looks like this -- inside view:
And the view from the outside before I adhere the back seam and fold up and adhere the bottom flap to the outside to make the pouch.
Here's the back once it's assembled.
These are quick and easy and very cute -- you could slip a little note in if you'd like or even a small sized gift card.
Remember to sign up for my newsletter using the box in the left column as our Blendabilities alcohol markers are coming out Tuesday, July 1 and I will have a special newsletter that day with some Blendabilities how-tos.
Sorry to have been such a stranger from blogging. I have once again been a bit overwhelmed by the need to put family issues first and have been spending lots of time helping my mom get settled into assisted living. It's nice to be back online with an idea to share.
I have heard from several of you who wanted to get started on your 2015 CD Calendars. I love sharing the templates for these each year. I use a format that lets you download and print each month separately -- then do a little trimming and you will have two of each month so you can stamp two calendars (one to keep and one to give as a gift!).
First the templates -- then trimming how-tos and some links to sources for the calendar CD clear cases. There is a photo gallery in the left column with ideas on what to stamp on each month -- it's an old calendar but will still give you the idea for how to use these.
CD Calendar Templates for 2015: click each month to download
Here is how I handle the trimming after I print them on our great Stampin' Up Whisper White card stock. The goal is to trim off the right side so its margin is equal to the left margin. (final calendar sheet is approx. 4 & 3/4 inch wide, but that width can vary based on how wide the interior of your CD case is.) TIP: Make sure it fits inside your particular cases before you cut them all. Once you have cut the width, you then cut the card stock in half vertically and each calendar page is 5 & 1/2 inches tall. Again, adjust as needed based on your cases.
Here are a couple of sources for CD Calendar cases (with a special swing back lid that acts as an easel).
Beth Daniels who is a long time demonstrator who's part of our 321 Stamp team has done a beautiful job using these templates over the years. The image at the top of this post is her design for this year's June. Because I have just updated the templates and not stamped a new calendar the past couple of years, click here to see some of Beth's blog posts that show her great ideas.
Be sure to sign up for my emailed newsletter in the left column. I'm sharing a special series of project ideas right now -- and in next week's newsletter I'll be sharing ideas for the new Blendabilities alcohol markers that will be available July 1.
Enjoy these calendar templates and leave a comment if you have any questions.