Tuesday, April 18, 2017

So I saw this thing on YouTube...

If you have children in your house, I can almost guarantee that you've had at LEAST one conversation start in this manner...

This time around *I* was the one who saw a thing on YouTube! And what I saw was a super cute card that was part of the incredibly talented Connie Stewart's collection of "Make it in Minutes" cards.

She made flowers...and I started off making flowers too, but the more I stamped them, the more they looked like Mickey Mouse! :)

Now...if we're friends on Facebook, you already know we're going on a Mediterranean cruise in September. I don't think I mentioned it was a DISNEY CRUISE!!

If you've known me for any length of time, you KNOW our family is a bunch of Disney FREAKS! So...pair that with the fact that I haven't cruised in over 20 years and that a Mediterranean cruise has been on my bucket list for YEARS...well...you can just imagine the excitement around here!

One of the things that happens on Disney Cruise is something called Fish Extenders (I'll let you look that up...it's a post for another day) and another is people spreading Pixie Dust all over the place!

Pixie dust can be anything from a small gift, to a card, to a special thank you, etc.

So...as I was stamping what was supposed to be flowers and seeing Mickey Mouse instead, I decided that these cards would be PERFECT to spread around a little Pixie Dust! So I made 16...


I started off with a base of thick Whisper White Cardstock and added a layer of Marina Mist (I really need to use this colour more often!). My images (from Swirly Bird) were stamped in Pink Pirouette and Flirty Flamingo. I stamped my sentiment (from the retiring Scenic Sayings) in Marina Mist Ink.

The finishing touch was a few rhinestones added to each card and...DONE! Thanks Connie for the great card idea!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Swirly Bird, Scenic Sayings (retiring)
INK: Pink Pirouette, Flirty Flamingo and Marina Mist
PAPERS: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White and Marina Mist Cardtock
ACCESSORIES: Basic Rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, April 14, 2017

From This to That Friday

Back on Monday, I showed you a totally cute ATC.

I love the way it turned out - simple and sweet...which worked out for me since I've been battling a cold for the past week or so. It seems to want to keep hanging on - UGH. I'm doing everything I should be doing - lots of rest, fluids, etc...but this one is stubborn!

But you didn't come here to hear me whine about my cold (I sound like a man - LOL!), you want to see what I did with the cute ATC from Monday, right?

Check it out:


I didn't want to take away too much from the ATC, so I went with the mostly black background. I just love the little hearts in the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper. It's retiring, so don't delay if you love it as much as I do!

Here's a close up of the metallic thread I used:


I went with silver and black this time around. You can't see the black all that well in the picture, but it's definitely there! And good news!! The metallic thread is going to remain in the new 2017-2018 annual catalogue! Thank goodness, because it's become one of my favourite embellishments! Oh...and the enamel shapes are still in there too. :)


What do you think?

STAMPS: Perfect Mix
INK: Archival Black
PAPERS: Whisper White, Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo Cardstock; Pop of Pink DSP
ACCESSORIES: Enamel Shapes, Metallic Thread, Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

It's time to say goodbye...

Stampin' UP! announced the retiring list earlier this week and it's quite extensive - 10 pages to be exact! Are you ready??


Click HERE for the PDF
Click HERE for the sortable EXCEL file (you can sort alphabetically, by page number, etc.)

A few things to note:

  • All retiring items WILL be discontinued after May 31st, 2017.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are ONLY available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we'll keep producing retiring stamp sets ONLY until May 22nd, 2017. After May 22nd, 2017, all retiring stamp sets will ONLY be available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels and discount can NOT be honoured in Canada if they are from another market.
  • Depending on inventory levels, Stampin' UP! MAY add additional discounts in May 2017. However, these discounts will NOT be pre-announced.
  • If you purchase a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin' UP! will NOT refund the difference.
  • If there is a product you would like, I recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it's discounted later on or you may risk it being SOLD OUT.
  • Discounts will be applied to SELECT retiring items only.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with ANY questions!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happy Birthday!

Last week, my son's girlfriend turned 18 and that was something to celebrate! He treated her to dinner and movie and they had a fabulous time!

I made her this card:


I used the Large Numbers Framelits and my Big Shot to cut out the numbers in both Melon Mambo and Basic Black. They were attached to the Whisper White circle using Stampin' Dimensionals.

And it was PERFECT for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge to use Metallic Embellishments.


I used some Gold and Black Metallic Thread and I just love the way it turned out!

I even created a matching envelope using the Envelope Punch Board.


And closed it with a magnet! I get the rare earth magnets and hide them behind cardstock and DSP. They're really thin, so they're pretty easy to disguise.

What do you think?

STAMPS: None
INK: None
PAPERS: Whisper White, Melon Mambo and Basic Black Cardstock, Pop of Pink DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Metallic Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Magnets

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, April 10, 2017

ATC Monday - You're GRATE!

Don't worry! I haven't taken leave of my senses and I STILL know how to spell - LOL!

Check this out though!


See? Now you understand my CRAZY spelling - heehee!!

It's RETIREMENT day! Today, April 10th, is when Stampin' UP! announces the retiring list - items that will not be carrying over into the next 2017-2018 annual catalogue.

The image above is from the Perfect Mix set that appeared in the Occasions Catalogue (valid until May 31st), but it is NOT making its way to the new annual catalogue, so if you love it, it's best to order it NOW.

I turned this ATC into a super cute card, but you'll have to wait till Friday to see it!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Perfect Mix
INK: Archival Black
PAPERS: Whisper White, Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Enamel Shapes

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, April 7, 2017

From This to That Friday

Happy Friday! Another week in the books and now it's the weekend! Do you have any plans??

I do! Tomorrow is On Stage Local and I can't wait! I'll have to be up and out SUPER early since I'm volunteering at check in, but that's OK! Because there's nothing a good cup of coffee can't fix - LOL!

The best part?? We'll get to see NEW stamp sets and the NEW catalogue (which I can't show you until my Open House - SORRY!). I can't wait to start playing with all the new goodies! You'll be able to see some projects created with the products in the coming weeks.

Now...on to today's card! You'll remember the not very exciting ATC from Monday:


And this is what happened to it!


I belong to several heart related groups on Facebook (two of my children were born with Congenital Heart Disease) and in one group (where the moms chat about getting healthier) I asked if anyone would like to receive cards in the mail. Of course, everyone said YES and shared their birthdays (and mailing addresses) with me. The first birthday since we started the group is coming up next week and this is the card that's going out. K celebrates her birthday next Saturday, but I don't think she reads my blog, so the surprise won't be spoiled.

I started with the ATC and paired it with Crumb Cake Cardstock. I was going to go with Sahara Sand, but I used that on Wednesday's card, so I wanted to choose a different neutral. Originally, I was going to choose a Blushing Bride Base, but all the Designer Series Paper that I had with Blushing Bride as one of the colours also used Very Vanilla as the base colour.  Since I'd already used Whisper White on the ATC, I knew that wouldn't work.

The numbers were stamped with Watermelon Wonder Ink on Whisper White Cardstock and cut out using the Large Numbers Framelits and the Big Shot. They were adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Number of Years
INK: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder
PAPERS: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake and Watermelon Wonder Cardstock; Crumb Cake DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Basic Rhinestone, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

OnStage LIVE!!

It's happening RIGHT NOW in Amsterdam. I HAVE information but I can't share it with you yet!

I CAN tell you that it's only a matter of DAYS before Stampin' UP! announces that the 2015-2017 In Colours WILL be retiring!

Avoid disappointment and place your order TODAY before the announcement. Contact me and I'll help you out!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

By Special Request

A couple of weeks ago, a dear friend sent me a message asking me to create a special birthday card for someone turning 65. Turns out that this weeks Paper Craft Crew Sketch was just the ticket. Plus, I'd already completed all the other Paper Craft Crew challenges up to this one, so why not stay ahead of the game?

Here's the sketch:


And here's my card:


I started off with a base of Sahara Sand and added a layer of Sahara Sand DSP from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper stack. In the stack you get four sheets (two different designs) in each of 10 colours! It's great value for money considering that if you cut each 12 x 12" sheet of DSP into 6, you could get 240 (!!!) card fronts out of one stack of paper. Of course, if you cut each sheet into even smaller pieces, the possibilities are ENDLESS! Well...maybe not quite endless, but definitely too many for me to count - LOL!

The next layer up is a piece of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock (retiring soon!), cut to 4 ⅝" x 2 ⅞" and on top of that is a layer of Whisper White, cut to 4 ½" x 2 ¾".

On the piece of Whisper White Cardstock, I stamped images from the Number of Years Stamp Set. The numbers are from the same set and were cut out using the Large Numbers Framelits.

I added a banner with a little scalloped circle tucked behind it and finished off the card by wrapping Whisper White Bakers around the whole card.

Other than NOT adding a sentiment to the bottom right, I think this is one of the few times I've actually followed an entire sketch - LOL!

The sentiment went on the inside instead:


And last but not least, a little bit of bling never hurt! Plus, I figure if you're celebrating your 65th birthday, rhinestones are a MUST!


Now...I need your help! I made two versions of this card - one with Watermelon Wonder Ink sponged around the outside edge of the Whisper White Panel and one without. Which one do you like best?


Let me know in the comments below and I'll draw a random comment - that person will receive the same card in the mail. I'll even customize it for you with a number of your choosing!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Number of Years
INK: Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Sahara Sand
PAPERS: Whisper White, Sahara Sand and Watermelon Wonder Cardstock; Sahara Sand DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Basic Rhinestones, Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, April 3, 2017

ATC Monday - Number of Years

Welcome to a week with Number of Years!

I love this set for its big, bold numbers - you could almost (almost!) just die cut them and slap them on the front of the card...but what fun would THAT be??

Today's ATC doesn't look like much, but just wait till Friday!


My base is Watermelon Wonder with a layer of Blushing Bride on top. You wouldn't think these colours wouldn't go together since one is fairly bright and the other is definitely subtle, but they really do! You should get some of both...especially the Watermelon Wonder which will be part of the retirement list announcement early next week.

I stamped the sentiment in Watermelon Wonder and then used Blushing Bride (stamped off) to get all the little dots on the card.

The banner was stamped with Watermelon Wonder on Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and then cut out. The finishing touch was the Basic Rhinestone.

Don't forget to come back on Friday (and really EVERY day this week) to see how I used my ATC.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Number of Years
INK: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder
PAPERS: Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder
ACCESSORIES: Basic Rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Happy Mail!


Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! is a crafting subscription kit that delivers creativity to your door each and every month. Each box includes everything you need to make a stunning project.
We’ll surprise you with projects like cards, gift packaging, home décor, and more for just $26.95 a month (shipping included). Talk about happy mail!

WHAT INSIDE?
Every kit includes an exclusive stamp set, ink spot, and embellishments to create a predesigned project. At least six times a year, we send an all card kit with eight or more cards. Sometimes the kit includes cards plus gift bags, banners, treat bags, or boxes. Other times, it’s home décor, giftables, or just treat packaging. No matter what it is—we promise you’ll love it, or we’ll make it right!

WHEN DOES IT SHIP
Treat yourself to a crafting surprise every month. Because sometimes the best way to get creative is inside the box—the little red box that arrives at your door around the 20th of the month. We make it fast, easy, and fun for you to enjoy your favorite hobby—creating! Subscribe by the 10th of any month to get your first kit delivered that month. We can’t wait to craft with you!

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As a crafter, creator, and maker, you want to be “that person” who always has cards and gifts on hand for every occasion. You’ll always be ready—armed with lots of pretty, perfectly put together projects. In other words, we do the hard part, leave the fun to you, and make you look good. (Don’t worry; your secret is safe with us.)

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

There are two ways to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin.
First, we offer a monthly subscription where you pay as you go for
ONLY $26.95 A MONTH (SHIPPING INCLUDED.)
Secondly, we offer prepaid subscriptions which allow you to pay ahead or give as a gift. Prepaids can be purchased here.  After you purchase a subscription, we’ll email you a prepaid code to redeem here at www.paperpumpkin.com to set up your subscription to start receiving your kits.
Email christyne@handstampedfromtheheart.ca with any questions.
Have a wonderful day!


Friday, March 31, 2017

From This to That Friday - Thanks

Monday's ATC made into a card!


I kept the card simple and started with a base of Thick Whisper White Cardstock and added a strip of "A little Foxy" Designer Series Paper which was leftover from Wednesday's card. Then I stamped "thank you" from the Endless Thanks set in Peekaboo Peach in the bottom right hand corner.

The ATC was attached to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.


I carried the paper to the inside of the card, attaching it to the right hand side and stamped "for your kindness" using Peekaboo Peach again.

Quick and easy when you have you have your focal image ready to go! Won't you try creating an ATC? Link your blog in the comments below and I'll be sure to check it out and leave you a comment?

What do you think?

STAMPS: Jar of Love, Endless Thanks
INK: Archival Black, Smoky Slate, Peekaboo Peach
PAPERS: Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Last chance to Sale-A-Brate!



Tomorrow is the very last day for Sale-A-Bration! But PLEASE don't wait until midnight tomorrow night to place your order!

You see, Stampin' UP! and Sale-A-Bration are incredibly popular! Waiting till the last possible moment to place your order means a few things:
  • The system WILL be busy
  • You WILL get frustrated
  • You may NOT get the items from the Sale-A-Bration brochure that you really wanted because the items are available ONLY while supplies last and some items from Sale-A-Bration are ALREADY sold out!
So...if you've waited this long, PLEASE don't wait any longer! I'd hate for you to be disappointed!

Click HERE to place your Sale-A-Bration order and be sure to use hostess code: JYXZZKDF before checking out!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Best Fishes - AGAIN!

A few years ago, there was an adorable little stamp with two fishies in a fish bowl. When my son first saw it, he fell in love with it! He doesn't stamp much anymore (he's more into MTG these days), but the memories of the fun he had with that stamp will remain with me forever. He still has it (and I borrow it from time to time) and I'll never part with it.

I was thrilled when Stampin' UP! came out with Jar of Love in this year's Annual Catalogue. It wasn't quite the same, but it was pretty close...and really...who can resist a sentiment that says "Best Fishes"? Heehee!

This week's Paper Crafts Crew sketch was PERFECT for Jar of Love and the "Best Fishes" sentiment, so I went with it!


And here's my card:


Totally cute, right?? My inspiration for the colours came from the GDP challenge a couple of weeks ago. I really liked how the Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach played together. This time around I added some Calypso Coral for that extra pop of colour.

My jar was stamped in Early Espresso Ink and my little fishie was stamped in Peekaboo Peach. Both were cut out using the Everyday Jars Framelits that coordinate with the Jar of Love set.

I then cut out a piece of Whisper White Cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and added a background of Bermuda Bay cut using the Layering Squares Framelits. I just love that these two sets of Framelits go so well together! As evidenced by yesterday's post. :)

The Designer Series Paper is from the A Little Foxy DSP stack (6x6) and almost looks like seaweed! How's that for perfect?

To finish off the card, my sentiment was stamped in Bermuda Bay.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Jar of Love
INK: Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach
PAPERS: Whisper White and Bermuda Bay Cardstock; A Little Foxy DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Best Fishes

That fish!! Who wouldn't love to get this card? It's just so cute!


I've sent it off already, to a dear friend who I have no doubt will enjoy it. Have you sent a hand made card lately?

My base is Early Espresso with a layer of Whisper White under the layer of Early Espresso Designer Series Paper.

The little fishie was stamped using Peekaboo Peach Ink and he was attached using a glue dot to the the jar which was stamped in Early Espresso and Bermuda Bay (stamped off) Ink.

I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out the Whisper White square and mounted it on a Bermuda Bay Square cut with the Layering Squares Framelits.

This card is just 4 ¼" square, but don't let that stop you from popping it into a standard A2 envelope and sending it on it's way!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Jar of Love
INK: Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach
PAPERS: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso Cardstock; Early Espresso DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!


Monday, March 27, 2017

ATC Monday - Swimming with the Fishes

LOL!! I *know* what swimming with the fishes actually means, but I was in a funny mood (after a late night hysterical facebook thread) when I was typing up this post, so I couldn't resist!!

This week we're playing with Jar of Love - one of my favourite sets in the annual catalogue that I really don't use nearly enough, so here we go!!

It's Monday, so that means it's time for an ATC and I just love the way this one turned out. And...just wait till you see Friday's card - ADORABLE.


My ATC base is Claypso Coral - remember, it's 2 ½" x 3 ½" which is the standard ATC size - and then I added a layer of Peekaboo Peach and Whisper White. Both the Peekaboo Peach and Whisper White were sponged with Peekaboo Peach Ink.

My jar is stamped in Archival Black Ink and I added a little handle to it (the handle and the die to cut it out are both in the bundle) which was stamped in Smoky Slate. The fishie and the bow were both stamped in Peekeaboo Peach before being cut out with their respective framelits.

I attached the jar to the ATC with regular adhesive (SNAIL) and then added the handle which was attached with glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. I added it just to the base of the handle, making it look like you could actually "pick up" 5)3 jar. Cool, eh?

The fishie and the bow were both adhered with tiny pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals.

Just a reminder that Sale-A-Bration is coming to a close in just a few short days! And that if your order the Jar of Love bundle you'll automatically qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Click HERE to place your order and be sure to use hostess code: JYXZZKDF before checking out.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Jar of Love
INK: Archival Black, Smoky Slate, Peekaboo Peach
PAPERS: Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, March 24, 2017

From This to That Friday

If you stopped in on Monday, thanks! And thanks for coming back today to see what became of the ATC I showed you then. :)

Check it out:


My card base is Delightful Dijon and I added a skinny layer of Basic Black underneath the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper. That was all the card needed, don't you think?

It's another "anything" card (based on what you write inside) or a "just because" card. I think you can never have too many of those!

And here's a look at the inside:


Just enough space for a sweet little note.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree
INK: Archival Black and Delightful Dijon
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Delightful Dijon Cardstock; Urban Underground DSP
ACCESSORIES: Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scrapling!

HUH?? What the heck is a scrapling?

Well, a scrapling is a card created from leftover bits of paper, usually in an "odd" (not traditional) card size. They're great to use as gift enclosures or when you need to write a quick little note. They're usually not very big, so there's no space for you to be verbose.


This particular scrapling is 2 ⅝" x 4" when closed and 2 ⅝" x 5 ¼" when opened. My base is Delightful Dijon and a layer of Basic Black was added underneath the Very Vanilla cardstock. I sponged a little extra Delightful Dijon onto the tree and then sponged all over the background too.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree
INK: Archival Black and Delightful Dijon
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Delightful Dijon Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Congrats!!

I just loved this week's sketch for the Paper Craft Crew!


It was designed as a square card, but could absolutely be adapted as a regular A2 card.

I stayed with the square layout:


My base is Delightful Dijon and a Basic Black layer was added underneath the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper on which I went to town with the sponging! The distressed look is really appealing to me these days. :)

I stamped the mighty oak onto Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I then layered a piece of Basic Black Cardstock cut with the Layering Circles Framelits behind it.

I cut out a few more circles to add some interest and then added the sentiment from Happy Happenings.

And here's a peek at the inside:


I love the font for this set of sentiments - so cute!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree, Happy Happenings
INK: Archival Black, Delightful Dijon
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Delightful Dijon Cardstock; Urban Underground DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Just announced!

It's the last 10 days of Sale-A-Bration and Stampin' UP! has just announced ANOTHER lot of items that you can earn for FREE during these last few days of Sale-A-Bration!

These are items in the Annual and Occasions Catalogue with SPECIAL codes that you will only be able to use during Sale-A-Bration. Check it out:


When you order online, you'll need to use the special codes above to get these items for FREE as the regular catalogue codes will NOT work. Be sure to click HERE and use code: JYXZZKDF before checking out.


Happy Sale-A-Brating!

Monday, March 20, 2017

ATC Monday

Hmmmmm...I like the sound of that! What do you think? Should ATC Monday be a thing? I do like creating these tiny works of art, so I think I'll keep it up!


Today's ATC marks the beginning of another week of Lovely as a Tree. I hope you're not too tired of this classic set!

I started off with a base of Delightful Dijon and then stamped on a layer of Very Vanilla using Archival Black Ink. The torn DSP/Cardstock on the left is Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper and Basic Black Cardstock. I sponged all the layers then tied the some Linen Thread around the Very Vanilla layer before adhering it to the Delightful Dijon Cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Would you like to try your hand at ATC? Remember, the size is 2 ½" x 3 ½" and that's really the only restriction. After that, the rest is up to you! Get creative!

Don't forget to check back in on Friday to see the card I created with this little work of art!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree
INK: Archival Black and Delightful Dijon
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Delightful Dijon Cardstock; Urban Underground DSP
ACCESSORIES: Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

MOJO Monday makes it to Saturday!

When I saw this week's sketch for Mojo Monday, I knew it would be PERFECT for an ATC focal point...but since I'd already DONE my ATC projects for this week, I decided to post on a Saturday!

Check it out:


My base is Bermuda Bay and I added a layer of Soft Sky underneath my Whisper White image panel. The images were stamped using Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum and Pear Pizzazz (both stamped off and at full strength to get the different shades). When stamping the flowers, I figured out that it's MUCH easier to stamp the outline first and THEN use the filler image. Give it a try next time you use the Oh So Succulent Stamps!

I tied a cute little Baker's Twine bow around the base of the ATC and...DONE!

When I was done creating the ATC, I added it to the card base along with a piece of Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.


Now, the Succulent Garden DSP has Mint Macaron in it and NOT Bermuda Bay, but I think the two look pretty good together, don't you? I'm getting kind of nostalgic for Mint Macaron and it hasn't even retired yet! I'm sure going to miss that colour. :(

What do you think?

STAMPS: Oh So Succulent, So in Love
INK: Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz
PAPERS: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay and Thick Whisper White Cardstock; Succulent Garden DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!


Friday, March 17, 2017

From This to That

It's Friday!! If you were here on Monday, thanks for coming back! I appreciate it. :)

You'll remember that on Monday I showed you an ATC (Artist Trading Card) that I created. Today, I'll show you how I used it on a card. Ready?

The beauty of creating ATC is you always have these little works of art ready to go - and they're just perfect to add to the front of your cards!


This card started off with a base of Basic Black Cardstock to which I added a layer of Delightful Dijon and a piece of Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper. I sponged the edges of my layers to tie in with the sponging on the ATC.

The sentiment I used is from Happy Happenings - the perfect "in and out" set. I call these sets "in and out" because there's a sentiment for the inside of the card and one for the outside of the card and they go together or coordinate. It makes it easy to finish the card.


What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree, Happy Happenings
INK: Archival Black and Delightful Dijon Ink
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon and Basic Black Cardstock; Urban Underground DSP
ACCESSORIES: Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Can't see the Forest for the Trees

Welcome back to another day of Lovely as a Tree! I hope you're not tired of this set yet, because I have a WHOLE other week of it planned! :)

Today's card can be an "anything" card - there's no sentiment on the inside or the outside. It would be a perfect note card or a "just because" card.


My card base is Delightful Dijon, which I may have mentioned once or twice is retiring soon - teehee! Don't be disappointed by waiting till the last minute to order it.

I added a layer of Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper and a second layer of Delightful Dijon. The image was stamped onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using Delightful Dijon Ink. I added the Early Espresso to the base of the trees and the ground by just colouring over the Delightful Dijon with my Early Espresso marker. I sponged the bottom of the image panel with Early Espresso Ink. All the layers were sponged using Delightful Dijon Ink.

And here's the inside:


What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree
INK: Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Delightful Dijon Cardstock; Urban Underground DSP
ACCESSORIES: Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Marker, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Delightful Dijon Tree

When I saw this week's sketch, I knew exactly which stamp I wanted to use. I briefly toyed with the idea of using Jar of Love, but decided to stick with a classic, and my original idea, of using Lovely as a Tree. Did you know that Lovely as a Tree is the oldest set in the catalogue? It's been around for over 15 years and is STILL one of the best sellers year over year in the Stampin' UP! catalogue. Stampin' UP! Co-Founder Shelli Gardner has gone on record stating that it will never retire!

I can see why! It's a classic! There are no sentiments in the set, but it can be paired with almost anything and it's so versatile! Need a Christmas card? Lovely as a Tree. Need a Thank You card? Lovely as a Tree. Need a Thinking of You card? Lovely as a Tree. Need a Sympathy Card? Lovely as a Tree. Need a......well, you get the point!

Today I used the single tree (I'm calling it a mighty oak!) for a birthday card. :) I have my "man class" coming up in May and it never hurts to get ahead on class planning!


I started off with a base of Basic Black Cardstock and added a layer of Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper. Off to the left of the card there's a second smaller layer using a different DSP from the same pack. It's a little hard to tell with the black on black but I used the same DSP for the small strip as I used for the inside of the card.

I tied some linen thread (that's acceptable for a man card, right?) around the layers and stamped the tree in Delightful Dijon onto Very Vanilla. It was cut out using the Stitched Framelits and sponged. I added a banner of Delightful Dijon and one of Very Vanilla where I stamped the sentiment from the Sale-A-Bration set, Designer Tee in Archival Black Ink.

A word about Sale-A-Bration: there's only 16 days left! All Sale-A-Bration items are only available WHILE QUANTITIES LAST! So, if there's something you really want, it's best to order it ASAP. Go HERE and be sure to use hostess code: JYXZZKDF before checking out. I'd hate for you to miss out on any of the awesome Sale-A-Bration items...because once they're gone, they're GONE.

Back to the card:


I added a piece of the Urban Underground DSP and a layer of Very Vanilla with sponged edges. I also stamped the small leaf image from Lovely as a Tree.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree, Designer Tee
INK: Delightful Dijon (retiring soon) and Archival Black Ink
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Basic Black Cardstock; Urban Underground Specialty DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Leaves

Welcome to what I've just decided is Lovely as a Tree Week! It actually started yesterday, but then I decided to just keep going! ;)

I started off the week designing a card you'll see on Wednesday, but since I had the set out, I just decided to keep playing with it.

A couple of weeks ago, I was travelling with my husband and wasn't able to participate in the Paper Crafts Crew Challenge as I normally would, so I decided that today I would make up for it!


I started off with a base of Delightful Dijon Cardstock and added a crumpled and torn layer of Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper. I also sponged it with some Delightful Dijon Ink. Next, I tore a piece of DSP from the same pack and adhered it to the left side of the card. My very favourite accessory, linen thread, was added last.

Then I stamped the larger leaves from Lovely as a Tree onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using Archival Black Ink and cut them out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and my Big Shot.

The sentiment is from Designer Tee (a Sale-A-Bration item which you'll see again tomorrow) and it was stamped in Archival Black Ink as well.

Sponging was added all over the place! :)

I didn't crumple the paper on the inside:


What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree, Designer Tee
INK: Delightful Dijon, Archival Black
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Delightful Dijon Cardstock; Urban Underground Specialty DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, March 13, 2017

And now for something completely different

OK...not really because I've done ATC (Artist Trading Cards) before, but it's been a L-O-N-G time! I was perusing various online challenges (it's AMAZING how many there are!) and while I'm not participating in any of them with this ATC, it was a challenge that inspired me to create one. :)


ATC must be 2 ½" x 3 ½" - no smaller, no larger, so that's the size of my Basic Black base. The other layers (Delightful Dijon and Very Vanilla) are just ⅛" smaller.

I stamped my image from Lovely as a Tree in Archival Black Ink and sponged the edges with Delightful Dijon Ink.

I tore a couple of pieces of Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper and sponged the torn edges of those too. They were then stacked onto the Very Vanilla panel. The finishing touch was a length of Linen Thread tied into a bow.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree
INK: Archival Black, Delightful Dijon
PAPERS: Basic Black, Delightful Dijon and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Urban Underground DSP
ACCESSORIES: Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

P.S. Make sure you come back on Friday and check out what I did with the ATC!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Jar of Love

How about a sneak peek of a little series I've got coming up on the blog in a couple of weeks?

Today's card was designed for the Global Design Project Challenge. This week it was colours! Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso to be exact. :)

Check it out:


I am in LOVE with the (sort of new) Stitched Shapes Framelits! You get all of the detail and the Big Shot does all of the work for you! In this case, I used the largest square and cut out a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock and sponged the edges. The set comes with 12 dies in circles, squares and ovals (four of each).

The Jar of Love set is photopolymer, so you can see exactly where you're stamping, which makes lining up the water in the bottom of the jar a breeze! It's a plus when it comes to lining up the shading stamps on the flowers too!

The flowers were stamped in Peekaboo Peach that I stamped off first for the first (bottom layer) and then stamped in full strength to add the highlights/details.

I love that this set comes with coordinating framelits. I do love a good session of fussy-cutting, don't get me wrong, but sometimes you just need to cut it out FAST.


If you buy the Jar of Love Bundle before the end of March, you'll automatically qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Jar of Love
INK: Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach
PAPERS: Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach and Bermuda Bay Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Peekaboo Peach Marker, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Grateful

Today's card continues our theme of the Succulent Garden, but today we're only using the Designer Series Paper. Check it out:


I just love how simple it is! You can take five minutes out of your day and create this card. Yes! Really! Five minutes was all it took...and that includes dragging out the Big Shot and cutting the two circles.

My base is Sweet Sugarplum with a layer of the Succulent Garden DSP on top (sponged with Sweet Sugarplum Ink). The strip of cardstock is Tip Top Taupe (retiring soon!) and the large circle is another piece of Sweet Sugarplum. My sentiment, which is from the Bunch of Blossoms Set, was stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock using Tip Top Taupe Ink and cut out using the Stitched Framelits Dies.

I added a button (retired, sorry) with some linen thread for the finishing touch.

You'll notice that the large circle has been cut. Here's what I did with the other piece:


What do you think?

STAMPS: Bunch of Blossoms
INK: Tip Top Taupe, Sweet Sugarplum
PAPERS: Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum and Tip Top Taupe Cardstock; Succulent Garden DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!