Monday, June 19, 2017

Eastern Medallions

As promised in my earlier post this week, today I am showing you a card that is part of the Eastern Palace Suite.  The cutout in the middle of this card is made using the Eastern Medallions Framelits Dies.  Here's my card:
The front of the card is about 1/2 inch shorter than the back, so the gold border peeks out. I used the Flourishes Framelits for the gold border. But front and center are two of the framelits from the Medallions I mentioned.  Yes, I used two different dies to create this design. And here's the great thing about these framelits. Did you know there are about 43 different designs that can be made? By adding pieces to go with others, the possibilities are endless! And we also discovered that if you add our Layering Circles Framelits, they create even more designs and cutouts. 
A piece of our new Lemon Lime Twist card stock is layered to the inside of the card, so it peeks out from that gorgeous medallion. I used our new Fresh Fig ink to stamp the sentiments.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Eastern Palace Beauties

Another card that we are making this month is part of the Eastern Palace Suite on page 19 of the new catalog.  This is a wonderful, versatile set.  It's what I call a "sleeper set".  It looks pretty boring in the box, but when you take it out and play with it, you discover a whole new world of possibilities! Here's my card:
The Eastern Palace designer series paper is very unique. There's 2 single sided papers that have glittery gold designs, as well as 10 other double sided designs.  See the middle and blue and white pieces? Those are the same piece of paper, just turned over to reveal different designs and colors.  Some of our new In Colors are shown here too.  Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig.  The blue is Dapper Denim, one of the 2017-2018 In Colors.
The floral motif is actually a stamp that has only 6 points on it. But when you line the stamp up and stamp slightly to the right, it becomes a beautiful flower. Pretty, isn't it? 
Another piece to this bundle is the Eastern Medallions Framelits Dies.  Not shown here, but I will have a card for you later in the week for those.  There's something really unique and special about those framelits, so stay tuned for more info on my next post.
Thanks for stopping by today.  If you do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, contact me today and I'll send you a new Annual catalog. Until then, happy stamping! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Delightful Daisies

Hi my friends! Today here in Arizona, the weather is really starting to warm up.  It's our summer heat and temps can easily get into the triple digits during June, July and August.  Tomorrow is the start of our monsoon season, which means we can also get big dust storms, along with a lot of rain, causing flash floods over roads. Our first 10 days in a row of triple digits starts tomorrow, so it's time to stay indoors when we can, and I've decided to play more with the Delightful Daisies stamp set and paper.

This is another card we are making at my 2 June stamp camps.  Last week, I had 10 ladies here and we had so much fun. This Saturday, 7 more are coming to make the same cards.  This is one of them:

I love the simplicity of this stamp set. Just look at those little beauties! This set is a 2 stamp set which means that there's an outline stamp, and a filler stamp.  I prefer to stamp the darker outline stamp first, then fill it in with the lighter color. But you can do the opposite and it looks just as good. The daisy designer paper has this lovely floral patter on one side, and the muted coral stripe on the other. When you can use one sheet of paper and get two coordinating designs, that's a win win for saving paper.

I hope you like my card today.  There's more to come, later in the week.  I'll be showing you the ever popular Eastern Palace Suite.  Have a great day! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Catalog Means NEW Goodies!

The long awaited new annual catalog is finally here! As a demonstrator, we get to pre-order some of the new items a month before anyone else. This is a great perk for me, because it allows me to mull over new colors and designs, then think about what my first card classes will be.  So, here's 2 of the 5 cards we will make this month:

 First up is the really popular Delightful Daisy bundle. It's so popular that ordering for this has been turned off until the end of June. I had already designed my projects, so I decided to go ahead and do this card anyway. The bundle includes the stamp set and the daisy punch. Although my gals won't be able to get that bundle, I'm going to offer them the stamp set and the designer series paper instead, at a special "bundle" price of 10% off. At least they're still getting a bundle, and they can order the punch after June 30. I asked a few ladies and they were all happy with my offer. I love my gals; they're so understanding.
Another very popular bundle is the Eastern Palace Suite. Stampin' Up! offered this suite of products in May, before the catalog went live. The designer paper is gorgeous and the framelits that come with it are so amazing. At last count, I learned that the framelits, when combined with each other, as well as circle framelits, can give you up to 43 patterns!  Imagine that!  43 patterns!  It's an amazing set, for sure.
This card is a little shorter in the front, so the back side "peeks" from behind. I used the Flourish Framelits, with our gold foil paper, to give a little gold sparkle to the back panel. I knew I would never have enough stickers that came with the bundle, so I made my own.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, please contact me today, and I'll be sure to send you a catalog. If you're local and live in Arizona, please consider attending my monthly stamp camps.  I still have room for June 17. Check out my post for events in the Gilbert, AZ area.

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your weekend.

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.