Saturday, April 26, 2014

FREE Shipping & Retirement List

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Stampin' Up is offering FREE SHIPPING from April 21-25, 2014. That's right--everything ships for FREE (excluding expedited orders)!!! You can order from my Stampin' Up webstore and the items will come directly to your house for FREE!!

This is a great week to stock up on the retiring items, too. Click on this link to go the retirement list on my webstore. Remember: These items are only available until they're sold out. When they're gone, they're gone forever!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April's Paper Pumpkin is Adorbs!!!

My, oh my! The April Paper Pumpkin is simply adorable!! I'm not kidding: I literally squealed when I opened it and saw what was inside. I love the photopolymer stamp set, "Framed Love"--I will use it often because it's so versatile. And I love the project. It really did take less than 30 minutes to put together and it's so cute!

Here's the project with the gift-wrap belly band on.

And here's the project.

Isn't it wonderful?! What a great gift this would be.

Not only that, but there are so many things left over that you can use on other projects. Besides getting to keep the great stamp set, you get TWO Stampin' Spot--Pear Pizzazz and Coastal Cabana. Just these items--and the completed project--alone are worth the $19.95 (including shipping!) subscription fee. But here at the leftovers from this kit:

(All images (c) Stampin' Up!--11 tags, 11 glue dots, linen thread, 1 vintage button, 12 foam mounting strips, 1 negative image heart, 1 heart, 1 open heart, 13 mini hearts, one banner sticker, Framed Love photopolymer stamp set, Pear Pizzazz and Coastal Cabana Stampin' Spots)

I've been saying it every month--Stampin' Up has really listened to the "early adopter" subscribers and they've stepped up the kits. Paper Pumpkin is a wonderful 30 minute creative escape. If you're ready to try it, click on the Paper Pumpkin icon over on the left and subscribe TODAY. Don't forget to put me down as your Stampin' Up demonstrator so you can get my personal help and advice!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hooray--A Fab Sketch!

When I saw the sketch for this week's Fab Friday challenge, I knew I wanted to try out my new Starburst Framelits Dies. I didn't order them initially because I wasn't "sold" on them, but I've seen so many cool cards using them, that they quickly got added to my wish list. I thought the "Hip Hip Hooray" stamp would fit nicely inside starburst and it sure does! Here's the Fab Friday sketch

and here's my card. 

(Stamp Set: Hip, Hip Hooray; Ink: Basic Gray; Card Stock: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Real Red; DSP: Kaleidoscope; Accessories: Banner Framelits, Starburst Framelits, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Real Red and Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon)

Back in the 80's I used to wear a lot of black&white&gray with a pop of red. This reminds me of my new wave/punk rock days. (Yes, I'm that old. Deal.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fresh Flowers

There's an awesome sketch challenge on the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog this week. I'm squeaking in just under the wire to enter--that's the way I roll! Oops, I missed the deadline by a couple of hours. Oh well. Here's the sketch

And here's my creation.

(Stamp Sets: Petite Petals, Sweet Essentials; Ink: Primrose Petals; Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals; DSP: Modern Medley; Accessories: Petite Petals Punch, Banners Framelits, Vanilla Seam Binding, Envelope Punch Board (to round the corners), Basic Pearls)

I started with two coordinating sheets of Modern Medley DSP and added some Primrose Petals flowers stamped with the Petite Petals set and punched with the matching punch. I love to scatter the punched flower randomly. I hope (I hope I hope) this set and punch carry over. We won't know what's going to carry over from the Occasions mini until the new catalog is revealed--next Monday! SQUEEE!!

If you want to know everything that I'm permitted to tell you about the new catalog, follow me on Twitter @kkstamps. I'll be tweeting LIVE from the new catalog reveal next Monday, April 28, 2014!

Friday, April 18, 2014

It's Time for a Color Challenge!!!

Oh my goodness! There are so many wonderful photos and color pallets on the Design Seeds website. I just love looking at the photos everyday. They've inspired my biweekly color challenges. Sometimes the "challenge" is to find a Design See photo that I like AND then find the current Stampin' Up colors (or reasonable substitutes). Another "challenge" is that when I view the colors on my tablet they look like one SU color, but then I view them on the laptop and they look like another color. That happened this week. 

Here's the Design Seeds inspiration

rustic bouquet

Based on how my tablet displayed them, the Stampin' Up colors I chose (from top to bottom) are: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Perfect Plum, and Smoky Slate. These are the colors I used for my card. But my laptop says the colors are Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, and Smoky Slate Wisteria Wonder

You can use any combination  of colors. The photo and my card here to inspire YOU! Don't feel like you have to use all the colors, either. Just be creative.

(Stamp Sets: Creative Elements, Everything Eleanor, Papillon Potpourri; Inks: Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette; Card Stock: Perfect Plum, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride; Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Circle Card Framelit (for banner), Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Blender Pen, Soft Suede and Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon, Dazzling Details)

I'd be thrilled if you would play along with my challenge. Just post a link to your card at the InLinkz link at the bottom of this post. You can also email me a photo of your creation and I'll post it for you!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sweet Thanks

Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White--these colors are so sweet together. Throw in a touch of Coastal Cabana for a little pop and the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and some Ruffle Stretch Trim for texture and you have a sweet and quick Thank You card. Wouldn't this card be great to mass produce for baby shower thank yous?

This week's Nacho Average Challenge blog had a simple, but elegant sketch. (And thank goodness, too, because I didn't start working on this card until 10:30 at night--long story that involves moving my old bones on the volleyball court in a parents vs U15 club volleyball team game and then having to search the neighborhood for my errant son who thought he was just going to sleep over at a friend's house. Oy.) Here's the sketch.

And here's my sweet thank you card.
(Stamp Set: Petite Pairs; Ink: Coastal Cabana; Card Stock: Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White; Accessories: Pistachio Green and Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Small Oval and 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punches)
 I hope you enjoy it--I have to go take some "vitamin M" and head off to bed!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quick Easter Basket Tutorial

Just in time for Easter--the first Faithful INKspirations tutorial! I learned how to make this basket last year from Lyssa Zwolanek. It's really simple and you probably have all the supplies you need. Here's the step-by-step tutorial.

Start with an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock. I used Wisteria Wonder. On the 11" side, score at 1", 2", 3", 4", 7", 8", 9", and 10".

Rotate the card stock one quarter turn. Score at 3" and 5.5".

Cut the one inch scores on each side, stopping at the 3" and 5.5" score lines.

Fold the 1" strips and center square.

Gather four strips toward the center square to start forming the basket.

Punch through all 5 layers and attach with a brad.

Cut an 11" x 2.25" strip of card stock. Adhere to inside of basket, covering brad backs. Decorate.

(Stamp Sets: Label Love, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink: Wisteria Wonder; Card Stock: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White; Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Silver Ribbon, Mini Brads, Artisan Label, Modern Label, Word Window Punches)
I hope you liked my first tutorial. I hope to add more in the future. Let me know what you think!!

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