Monday, May 29, 2017

Birthday Fun With Retired DSP

As a follow up to my post on the origami fold cards, today it's all about birthdays. I mentioned that I have a lot of designer series paper to use up, so all of these cards were made using the 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper stack from last year, called It's My Party. What a fun stack of papers! Here's my cards
 This fold is a tri fold design. It's a skinnier card than the standard A2 size, but still fits into a regular A2 envelope. You have 3 panels of dsp, mounted on coordinating card stock.
The present was cut using a retired square punch. Our current balloon punch was used for the balloons, and a simple circle and retired Washi Tape punch, finishes the card.  I also used the retired Candy Dots as added interest.

As one who doesn't like to cut into papers, I do have a feeling of accomplishment, now that these are done.  I say, go for it!  Paper is pretty, and sometimes hard to cut into, but once you do, it all works out well. I just need to keep telling myself...."someone who gets this card will get to see these pretty papers too".  

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Origami Fun

Hi ! Welcome to my blog. I hope you're having a great week so far.  With the new Stampin' Up! catalog fast approaching, I decided to use up some old designer series paper and card stock, to make room for the new goodies that will soon have their own place in my craft room.

Some time ago, I saw a unique fold, called Origami fold.  I don't know who's design it was, so I'm sorry to say I cannot give credit. I assume it's been around for quite some time and I just had to try it.

Here's an infinity shot of the 21 cards I made, along with a few close ups. What fun it was to make these!

 I really made a dent in my stash of designer series paper. And believe me, that was very hard. I often buy paper because I fall in love with it, then just can't seem to cut it into pieces.  Isn't that weird? If you love paper like I do, you probably can relate. 
 
See that blue?  Well that's such an old card stock color, that I had to call a very dear friend who's been doing Stampin' Up! longer than me.  I was given some DSP that I had no idea what it was. I sent her a photo and she said "Oh, that's Brilliant Blue" (before my time as a demonstrator).  Did she have some? Of course she did!  So she gave me 6 pieces of card stock, and I traded her for 6 pieces of Dapper Denim, a current In Color that she didn't yet have.  We were both very happy and I was able to use up my DSP with the Brilliant Blue card stock she had.  She even had the ink pad! I love it when a plan comes together.
 The big flower was cut using the current Pansy Punch. The centers were cut with the soon to be retired, Blossom Punch. On some of the sentiments, I used the retired Word Window Punch.
 Various retired Designer Series Papers were used for the Origami fold. I started with the papers, then found card stock to match it.

Next week I'll show you what I've made in birthday cards. I'm on a quest to use up a lot of retired DSP.

If you don't already have a demonstrator, contact me today to get your copy of our new 2017-2018 Annual catalog, that goes live on June 1st.  You won't want to miss out; it's full of gorgeous new stamps and accessories.  Our new In Colors are so beautiful. Be sure to check them out!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Classic Latch Card

Hi and welcome!
  I wanted to add one more card for next month, and I decided to do a latch card.  The circle here clicks open like a latch.  
 This is the front of the card. It's very hard to see, but there are 3 score lines on the right, all at 1/8 inch intervals. The score lines are actually on the inside of the card. 
They allow the circle to move to the inside, as shown here.

I really like different card designs, scores and layering. This one was quick and easy. Hope you like it. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

It's a Man's World...

Hello and welcome! The retired list is out and it took me 3 days to separate what I wanted to keep, with what I can let go.  This is always an exciting time, but it's also sort of a sad time too.  But, keeping with the theme, "out with the old and in with the new", I've decided to use that as my theme for May's stamp camp.  Here's our cards:

 The Nailed It Bundle is going away. I did some triple time stamping on the card above.
I let the Framelits in this bundle do all the work for this card. I also used the Underground DSP, which is also retiring. 
For this card, 3 products are going away.. The beautiful Cupcakes & Carousel paper, Balloon Adventures stamp set and the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits. I hope they are not completely gone by the time stamp camp rolls around. 
I was happy that this thinlit is very easy to work with. This entire set is a keeper!
Good news! Although this bundle is gone, the only thing retiring here is the DSP. The stamp set and framelits will be in the new catalog, just not at the bundled price.

I wanted to do cards that could be used to the guys, for a birthday or Father's Day.  I think these work, don't you? Thanks for stopping by today. If you do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, please contact me to reserve your copy of the new 2017-2018 Annual catalog. Have a great day. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April Stamp Camp Projects

Hi and welcome!  It's been a busy few weeks, but I have been happily creating projects for my April stamp camps.  This month, our theme is Mother's Day and lady friendship.  One of my team members, Charlie,  loves to make 3-D projects.  So, we are co-hosting this month, and she's designed the most adorable little box and I created a card to go with it.  Here's our projects:

 In just 2 short months, our 2015-17 In Colors will be retiring.  Charlie thought she could combine Mint Macaron (retiring) with Emerald Envy, which is not retiring until next year.  I think the color combo works great, don't you? Here's some different angles of the box she created.

 So that our card matched, I used Mint Macaron for our card base, and then used the Emerald Envy DSP for the first layer.  I like how it just peeks from behind our focal image.  This card is actually shorter than the normal A2 size, but the added circle at the top is just right, at 5-1/2, so it will fit into an A2 size envelope.  I made 3 versions of the card, to show off each designer paper.


We are also making a cute little purse, that will hold a Hershey nugget.  And a butterfly, that I cannot take credit for.  I saw this on Brenda Quintana's blog:  QBee's.  I just had to make it.
Well, that's it for today.  I hope you enjoyed our little preview.  If you like what you see, please leave me a comment. I love to hear from you! Have an awesome day!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Artistically Asian

I've had this set from the annual catalog for awhile now, and decided it was time to play with it. Such a beautiful set; perfect for friendship and encouragement.. I really felt like the soft and gentle look of these flowers, deserved a pop of color.  I used the 2016-17 In Color markers and inked the stamps directly with them.  I love this technique; I don't know why I don't do it more often.  Here's my cards:



Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Very Vanilla card bases, paired with papers from the Playful Pallet DSP pack, seem to go perfectly.  And black always looks good behind a focal point; it makes the colors just pop. I hope you enjoyed today's cards.

The Occasions catalog is still in full swing until May 31st, but the Sale-a-bration promotion is ending March 31st.  The Tin and Glimmer Paper Stack are already gone I'm afraid, but there's still plenty of other great items you can get free with a qualifying order.  Check out my online store today.

Until next time, happy stamping and enjoy your day!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hey Chick!

One of my favorite Sale-a-bration stamp sets is Hey Chick.  It's free with a qualifying order through March 31st.  It's a perfect "girlfriend" set and can be used for many occasions.  Here's my card:
 I just love the images in this set.  That funky chick on top is photo bombing her friends. It looks like the "old lady" in the middle is yelling at her to behave, doesn't it? I used Sahara Sand card stock, and stamped the front with the Hardwood stamp, trying to get the texture to look like a chicken coop. The gals are colored with our new Watercolor Pencils, found in the Occasions catalog until May 31st.
The inside of the card is just plain and sweet.  I used the Blossom Builder punch to cut out the little egg.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a fantastic day.  Until next time, happy stamping!