Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Sky is the Limit

This is the third set we made at class last weekend.  The stamp set is available as a FREE item during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order.  It is only available until February 15, so hurry and get yours before it's gone forever!

This is the card closed:

(You really can't see the seam between the two layers, it just looks that way from the way the card is placed in the picture.)

This is the card open:

The background is Cajun Craze.  It was cut at 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2".  Then I trimmed off the top half of the card to make the partial opening.  The first layer is Marina Mist, cut at 5 1/4 x 4.  The Whisper White layer is cut at 5 x 3 3/4.  It was sponged to make the clouds and then cut in half with one half going on the outside flap and the other in the inside.  To make the clouds:  punch out a mask using the 2 3/8 " scallop punch.  Position the mask randomly around the white and sponge the edges using soft sky ink.  Before attaching the sponged white piece to the front, layer it on a piece of Marina Mist.  After I stamped the plane, I punched out a 1/2" circle from vellum paper, attached a gray brad to the middle and then attached it using a glue dot.  Glueing it down with the "legs" of the brads behind it, gives the propeller dimension and it looks like its lifted away from the plane.

I heard through the grapevine that Dave the Die Guy will soon have a coordinating die for the plane. I can't wait for that . . . lots of possiblities!  Contact me if you'd like info about Dave the Die Guy.

Here is a picture of all the stamps that are included with this set:

Other Paper:  Vellum
Stamp Set:  The Sky is the Limit  -- available FREE with a $50 order only until February 15

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Happy Birthday

This is the  second card we made at class last weekend using the Number of Years bundle.  This time, I went with a feminine card.

The card base is Pink Pirouette.  I sponged it with Blushing Bride to give it some texture.  The rest is just stamping.   Every image is from the same set. The added pearls add a nice touch to it, and the ribbon finishes it off.  Amazing how quickly the card came together and what an elegant look it has.  One stamp set, one stamp pad . . . sometimes, less really is more!

Stamp Set:  Number of Years

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

80th Birthday

This weekend I had a class featuring the new stamp set, Number of Years bundle.  Since I have an 80th birthday party to go to in a few weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to make the card for the party as one of the samples for the class!  I love multi-tasking!

 The  birthday boy (my uncle) is an avid hunter, so I thought I'd use the Wetlands set for the card.

The background was made using the Work of Art set.  The colors, from the bottom up, are Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede and Soft Sky.  The bottom two are second generation (stamped off once).  Then I stamped the goose with Basic Black.  I stamped the numbers directly on to the card in Mossy Meadow, and then stamped them again on a scrap piece of paper and cut them out with the framelits.  They are pop dotted on top of the stamped numbers.  Since I didn't have any Mossy Meadow ribbon, I used Always Artihoke, but  I think it works well.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Valentine and Winter ATCs

I participate in a monthly ATC swap over at, and the groups I joined this month were Valentine's Day and Winter.  These are the cards I made.  I know yesterday was the 20th, and that's when ATCs are posted, but I was a bit "off" yesterday and posted the wrong project!!  Anyway, these are the ATCs I made.

This was made with the new Bloomin' Love stamp set that is in the Occasions catalog.  I stamped it with Versamark and then embossed with red embossing powder. The embossing doesn't show up really well in the picture, but it really pops in real life1!  For the banner, I colored the edge of it with basic black marker and the leaves with garden green marker.  The sentiment was stamped using real red.  The addition of rhinestones adds a bit of flair to the ATC, don't you think?

Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Bloomin' Love
Bling:  Rhinestones

This ATC was made using the stamp set Warm Wishes, which was offered in the Holiday Catalog.  I know, I know . . . I shouldn't post projects made with products that are no longer available, but I just love this set, and it was perfect for this theme!  All of the images are from the set.  The background is the Hardwood stamp stamped with soft suede on soft suede.  The sled is early espresso on crumb cake.  The skates were stamped using basic gray.  The blades are smokey slate.  The pine cones are stamped with early espresso.  I went over the pine cones and the skates with Wink of Stella.  I tied a little piece of raffia into a bow to give it some pizzazz.  I should add that I cut out all the images using some dies made by Dave the Die Guy.  He makes dies that coordinates with some of the Stampin' Up stamp sets.  Email me if you'd like his contact info.

Stamp set: Warm  Wishes
Other:  Wink of Stella

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Watercolor Birthday Card

I recently made this card for a co-worker's birthday.

The flower (You've Got This set) was stamped with Black Memento on watercolor paper and colored in with Stampin' Write markers.  I used a distress tool to fray the edges of the watercolor paper for a little bit of dimension. The sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics set.   I added the ribbon for a bit of feminine softness. Easy peasy and looks like I labored over it!

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Speciality Paper: Watercolor paper
Stampin' Write Markers: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight from the  Brights Collection

Friday, January 15, 2016

Cousins Layout

Welcome to the first monthly scrapbook layout post.  Each month, on the 15th, I'll  be taking a break from posting cards, and will be posting a scrapbook layout.  My paper fascination began with scrapbooking, so I thought it only appropriate to incorporate it into my blog posts.

This picture was taken in 2008 at a family Sunday dinner. As I put this layout  together, I couldn't believe how grown up all the kids were now.  There have been a few more additions to the cousin clan since then, too!

The patterned papers are from the Bohemian DSP pack.  I sponged the edges of the inner paper with Delightful  Dijon ink to create some dimension and make it pop away from the border paper.  In order to be able to make the layout with only two pieces of paper, I cut out a 10  x 10 square from the middle the outer background paper.  I then trimmed that piece to make the diagonal piece in the middle of the page and also the piece that I mounted the date on in the corner.     The main picture is mounted on Very Vanilla, Island Indigo and Blackberry Bliss.   The other pictures are mounted on Island Indigo.

I hope you will enjoy seeing some scrapbook pages on the blog!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Cupcake Pop Up

Here is the last of the pop up cards from our class.  Although I used the retired stamp set, Create a Cupcake, you  could use the current set,Cupcake Party.  The Cupcake Builder punch that I used also coordinates with the current set (and it's available as a bundle!)  The front of the card was embossed using the Polka Dot Embossing Folder, adding a bit of ribbon along the side, and putting Liquid Pearls in the center of the polka dots.  The cupcake on the front is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Here's a close up of the inside:

To make the pop ups, with the folded edge of the card along the top of the cutter, make slits 1/2 " down at 3/4, 1 1/2, 2, 2 3/4, 3 1/4 and 4 (see post from 1/11 if this doesn't make sense).

The pearls on the front of the card and on the cupcake tops were made with Liquid Pearls.

Stamp Set: Create a Cupcake (retired - but could use current Cupcake Party)
Punch:  Cupcake Builder
Embossing Folder: Polka Dot
Stamp/Punch Bundle

I hope you've enjoyed these pop up cards.  I just love them, and they always bring a smile when opened!  As always, please let me know if you have any questions about this project, or if I can help you with any of the supplies.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Get Well Pop Up Card

Here is the second pop up card we made at class this weekend.

Here is a close up of the inside of the card:

The outside of the card is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.  The inside of the card is 5 x 8, scored at 4.

I found these directions online; I printed out  the directions and now can't find the link.  The directions were posed by a woman named Marlo.  I changed up the dimensions and the tissue opening a bit.  To make the pop up part of the card (same process as yesterday's post), with the paper folded in half, with the folded part along the top of the cutter, at 1" cut a slit 1/2" down; do the same at 4".  (Please see yesterday's directions if that doesn't make sense.)

To make the tissue box, start with a piece of paper 5 1/4 x 3.  Holding the paper lengthwise, score at  1 1/4, 2 1/2, 3 3/4, and 5.  Fold along the score marks.  On the section right next to the tiny section, punch out the opening for the tissue .  I used the oval punch.  Square up the folds, and tape to form the tissue box.  Attach it to the pop up part of the card along the back, and attach the bottom part of the box to the card as well.  I used half of a tissue and tucked it inside the box.

I didn't like the look of the white tissue paper against the white cardstock, so I embossed a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, and attached it behind the tissue to  break up all the white.

These are the supplies I used:
Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White
DSP:  Kaliedescope
Bakers Twine:  Daffodil Delight
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Punch:  Large Oval

Come back tomorrow to see the last card from the class.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Birthday Pop Up Card

This past weekend, I held a pop up card class.  We made three pretty cool cards, and I'll be posting one a day for the next three days.  Here's the first one"

Here's a close up of the inside of the card:

The card is the usual size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.  The inside is 5 x 8, scored at 4.  I found the directions online posted by Julie Davison.  She did her card as a Christmas card, but I changed it up a bit and made it a birthday card.  Here is a link to Julies directions (she has written directions as well as a video).  After the inside "pop out" was made, I covered the boxes with paper:  top - Bermuda Bay embossed with perfect polka dots; middle - a scrap from Cherry on Top DSP; bottom - Melon Mambo embossed with lacy brocade. 

The front of the card was stamped with the Celebrate Today stamp set.

These are the supplies I used:
Embossing Folders:  Perfect Polka Dots, Lacy Brocade

I really enjoyed making the pop up cards.  Be sure to check back tomorrow to see another one.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sympathy Card

This is a sympathy card that I recently made for a co-worker.

It came together pretty quickly.  The card base is Baked Brown Sugar (retired from the 2013-2015 In Colors collection), the first layer is Calypso Coral, and the card front is Very Vanilla.

The stamp set is You've Got This.  I stamped the background stamp in Baked Brown Sugar directly onto the card front.  I stamped the flower on a small piece of Very Vanilla using Staz-On ink and then colored the flower using the Subtles Collection Stampin' Write Markers.  The flower is Calypso Coral, the stem is Pear Pizzazz, and the stamen of the flower is Daffodil Delight.

I die cut the flower using dies made by Dave the Die Guy (sorry, but Stampin' Up! doesn't make the coordinating die for this set.  If you're interested in info about Dave and his dies, send me an email, and I'll share that info.) I popped the flower up using Stampin' Dimensionals to give it extra dimension.

I wrapped a piece of Baked Brown Sugar Seam Binding Ribbon around the card front and attached everything to the card base.

I'm so glad I stocked up on the 13-15 In Colors before they retired because I just love the Baked Brown Sugar.  This card could easily be done with a different color combination and still look great!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

It's an Exciting Day!

Today is an exciting day in the Stampin' Up! World!   The Occasions catalog is live and Sale-A-Bration kicks off!

The Occasions catalog is filled with some great new products for Valentine's Day, Spring, Easter, Mother's Day as well as the day-to-day occasions in our lives.  Click the picture to flip through the catalog.  The catalog is live from 1/5/16 through 5/31/16.

Now for the opportunity to get FREE product -- during Sale-a-Bration (1/5/16 - 3/31/15) you can earn one free item for EVERY $50 you spend.  You can make your purchases from the Annual Catalog, the Occasions Catalog, the Clearance Rack or any of the Weekly Deals.  Click the picture to see the free products you can get.

If you will be ordering during January, please use the Hostess Code M49H3XSY.  And, of course, any purchases you make will go towards your Frequent Buyer Points.  You earn one point for every $25 spent (before tax and shipping).  Once you have 10 points, you get to pick out a free stamp set (up to $25).

As always, please contact me if you have any questions!

January Inspiration Projects

Welcome the first monthly inspiration project share.  This month I've chosen to make three Valentine's Day cards using the new Bloomin' Love stamp set and the coordinating Bloomin'' Heart thinlit dies that are brand new to  Stampin' Up! with the debut of the 2016 Occasions catalog.  I've also tried my hand at supplying a downloadable instruction sheet at the end of this post . . . if it doesn't work for you, please let me know and I will email you the instructions.

I hope you find some inspiration with these projects, and I hope you will come back on the 5th of every month for more inspiration projects!


Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die (140621)
Gold Glimmer Paper (133719)
Pink Pirouette Cardstock (111351)
Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
Very Vanilla 5/8” Satin Ribbon (134550)


Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set (140643)
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (13199)
Early Espresso Cardstock (119686)
Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650)
Versamark Ink (102283)
Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder (122949)
Heat Tool (129053) (for embossing)


Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set (140643)
Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies (140621)
Real Red Cardstock (102482)
Crumb Cake Cardstock (120953)
Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650)
Old Olive Cardstock (100702)
Real Red Ink (126949)
Old Olive Ink (126953)
Rhinestones Basic Jewels (119246)

The stamp set and thinlit dies are available as a bundle at a 15% discount.

Downloadable instruction sheet is available here.  All supplies used in these projects are linked back to my Stampin' Up! website store.  As always, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have!

I'd love to know what you think about these projects, so please leave me a comment if you have the time!  Also, I encourage you to follow my blog by email for updates of new project posts.

Please come back next month for another inspiration project share!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Sneak Peek of January 9 class

The card class on January 9 will be a technique  class.  We'll be making pop up  cards.  Here's a sneak peek of one of cards . . . .

This card would be welcomed by anyone who's feeling under the weather!  I can't wait to share it with you! 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year . . . New Blog!

Happy New Year (again)!  I thought I'd share  with you all some exciting news about my blog.  In an attempt to be more organized (I'm never convinced I'm organized enough!), beginning this month, I will be posting specific projects on specific days of the month.  The plan is:

1st of each month - projects from Blogging Friends Blog Hop
5th of each month - inspiration projects and downloadable instructions
15th of each month - scrapbook layout
20th of each month - ATC (artist trading card)

On the Monday before each scheduled class, I'll be posting a "sneak peek" of one of the projects we'll be making.  Of course, scattered throughout the month, I'll be posting various projects I've made as well as completed class projects.

I hope you will visit often to see what I've been creating.  I encourage you to follow my blog by email (see the link on the right) as well to join this site (another link on the right) so you will be notified when there's a new project posted and you won't miss anything.

I wish you all a happy, healthy, organized, stress-free 2016!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, January 1, 2016

January Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the January Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  I'm sure you'll find loads of inspiration as you travel from blog to blog. Links for the other blogs are at the end of this post.  I hope you will hop along with us!

This month's theme was winter/snow or showcasing products from the new Occasions Catalog. I decided to go back to my first paper crafting love, scrapbooking, and do a layout as well as a card this month.

I was so blessed to receive some lovely gifts this Christmas, so  I used this opportunity to make some winter/snow thank you cards.

The base of the thank you note card is the Thick Whisper White cardstock, which I just love.   The snowflakes were randomly stamped and then embossed (although the embossed effect doesn't show up clearly in the picture).  The design was simple so I was able to produce lots of them in an easy assembly line style.

Stamp Set: Flurry of Wishes, Itty Bitty Banners
Framelit: Bitty Banners
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: White

For my scrapbook layout, I found these old pictures of a winter storm from 2008.  It seems like just yesterday my daughters were so young!

The  snowflakes were stamped and embossed with  Silver embossing powder and then punched out.  Here's a close up:

The "2008" was die cut from Smokey Slate cardstock using the Little Numbers Thinlit dies.  Then I went over the numbers using a product (Wink of Stella) that is new to Stampin' Up! and will be available beginning January 5 in the Occasions Catalog.   I'll come back when it's available and put a link to the product in this post.  It's a great, simple way to brush some glimmer and shine onto projects.  Here's a close up of it:

The title, scarf, mittens and hat are from an old sticker package I had in my stash by Jolie's.

DSP:  Winter Frost
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Silver
Stamp Set: Flurry of Wishes
Punch: Snow Flurry (stamp and punch available as a bundle)
Thinlit: Little Numbers
Other:  Wink of Stella

I really enjoyed making a layout for this month's blog and am thinking that I'll continue doing that (that's one way to get at least one layout done every month!)

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you will visit all the other great blogs this month.    Click here for the next blog, or click on any of the links below.
Anna- You Are Here