Sunday, May 1, 2016

Creation Station: Going Masculine

#stampinup   #creationstation   Are you ready for the next round of the Creation Station blog hop?! I know I am. I'm always inspired by our fabulous design team. Our theme this time is masculine cards. We have so many wonderful men in our lives, but it seems we sometimes forget to create for them--amiright? Well, you will definitely find some manly inspiration on the let's get started!

First up is a treat bag for Father's day. I stamped the "World Map" background stamp (retiring) onto a Kraft Tag-a-Bag Gift bag in Early Espresso ink. Since the image from the background stamp is slightly smaller than the gift bag, I turned it into a gusseted bag.

That's really easy to do. Using your Stampin' Trimmer, trim 1/4" of the bottom of the bag. The use your Simply Scored Board to score 1-1/2" from the (now trimmed) bottom and then at 3/4" and 4" along the sides.  You'll need to cut a notch at the bottom of your bag so you can form the bottom, like this.

Now fold up your bag--just like a paper grocery bag. The original sides of the bag will fold inwards to form the gussets. Fold the bottom flaps so the bag will stand flat and adhere with Snail Adhesive or Fast Fuse Adhesive.

Here's a side view of the finished bag, so you can see the flat bottom and gussets.

Next, I cut a 1-1/2" strip of a piece of Mossy Meadow Going Places Designer Series Paper (retiring) and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I cut a 1" piece of Lost Lagoon card stock and ran it through the Big Shot with the World Traveler Embossing Folder and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I cut a 1/2" strip of another Going Places DSP and flagged it with the Banner Punch (retiring). For my last banner, I cut a 1/2" strip of Vellum Card Stock and stamped the sentiment from the "Going Global" stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink (retiring) and flagged it with the Banner Punch.

I wrapped some Gold Baker's Twine (retiring), twice, around the top of the bag and knotted it so it would stay in place. I clipped the banners to the bag with a clothespin embellishment (retiring), and tied a bow on top of the clothespin.

For a final touch, I unraveled some of the gold from the baker's twine to form gold tendrils.
For my next project, I decided to use my favorite sheet of the Going Places DSP. I've been hoarding these pieces because I love them so much and I didn't want to cut into them for other project. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has this habit. I've heard that many stampers suffer from this DSP hoarding affliction. I decided to make the DSP the star of the card (see what I did there?)

I adhered the starry sheet of DSP to a Delightful Dijon mat and then adhered these to a Basic Black Card Stock card base with Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped the globe from the "Going Global" set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock. I cut this out with one of the Circles Framelits (retiring--but there will be NEW layering framelits in the new catalog!) so that some of the Delightful Dijon would remain around the edge. I stamped a sentiment from the "Going Global" set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto Delightful Dijon and punched it out with the Sweetheart Punch. I added these elements to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next, I punched three stars from Gold Glimmer paper using the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (retiring) and adhered them to the card with Glue Dots. I took a scrap of Basic Black Card Stock and painted a few layers of Gold Wink of Stella on top. Then I punched some more stars and added them with Glue Dots.
 You can see the Gold Wink of Stella on this star. So sparkly!!

 Here's another view of the sparkly stars.
I hope you enjoyed my projects. Now hop along to the next blog for more awesome inspiration!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

By the Tide Swap Card

#stampinup   #onstage2016   One of the best things about Stampin' Up events is meeting new stampers and making new friends. At this year's OnStage Live event in Salt Lake City, I met a fun new friend: Lisa Coxon-Fenewald. We met at Lydia Fiedler's pre-event Understand Blue stamping retreat and then had dinner together and sat together during Stampin' Up presentation.

Lisa was so sweet to give me one of her swap cards even though I didn't have any of my own. (All mine were committed to the black and white and one color swap.) I love Lisa's card it's so soft and subtle!

Next, Lisa stamped the marine images from the "By the Tide" stamp set (retiring) in Calypso Coral onto Very Vanilla panels. She added some splatters from the "Gorgeous Grunge" set in Tip Top Taupe--some splatters are stamped full-strength, while others are stamped off once. She stamped the round medallion in Calypso Coral and punched it out with the 1/2" Circle Punch and adhered it to the card with a Stampin' Dimensional.

Lisa used a sentiment from the "Butterfly Basics" stamp set, stamped in Tip Top Taupe. She also used Tip Top Taupe to stamp the script from the "By the Tide" set on the third panel. 

I think the favorite part of the card is the nautical knot Lisa tied in Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine on the middle panel. That's a stroke of genius!!

Lisa adhered all three panels to a Tip Top Taupe card base. This card is gorgeous and I'm so glad Lisa gave it to me!!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sharing My OnStage2016 Swap Cards (Part Four & Final)

#stampinup   #onstage2016   What's that saying about saving the best for last? Well, I saved the best card I received in the black and white plus one color swap for last. It's amazing! We usually don't get such intricate cards in swaps because we have to make so dang many of them. I really appreciate the artistry of this card--and the time it must have taken to create 21 of them! (Unfortunately, I don't have the card with me so I can't give full credit to the awesome artist. If this is your card, let me know and I'll update my blog post.)

The artist used the Butterflies Thinlits to create the butterfly on the top of this card, using Tangerine Tango and Basic Black Card Stock. She unraveled one of the twisted twines from the Baker's Twine Combo Pack (retiring) to get two Basic Black pieces to make the antennae.

The lower part of the card was made by inking the raised side of the Fluttering Embossing Folder with Tangerine Tango ink and running it through the Big Shot with some Whisper White Card Stock. The body of the butterflies are hand-drawn with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.

The artist adhered a Whisper White upper panel and the embossed panel to a Basic Black mat and tied on a length of Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon (retiring) before adhering everything to a Tangerine Tango mat and then onto a Basic Black card base. Lots of layering here!! But wait until you see the inside of the card!!

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Look at this amazing pop-up on the inside of the card! The artist used a 4-1/8" by 5-3/8" piece of Whisper White Card stock, scored in the middle to make the "platforms" for the popped-up butterflies. She stamped the swirl from the "Everything Eleanor" (retiring) set in Tangerine Tango on both sides of the card and a sentiment from the "Birthday Blooms" stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink.

She used the Butterfly Thinlits again to make the large and small butterfly from Tangerine Tango and Basic Black card stock. Isn't this card awesome!!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sharing My OnStage2016 Swap Cards (Part Three)

#stampinup   #onstage2016   My third swap card share features the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper that I love and that is retiring--get it before it sells out!!

The artist punch four pieces of the Everyday Chic DSP (retiring) using the 1" Square Punch (retiring) and adhered them to a 2-1/4" square of Basic Black Card Stock. Then she used the Sweetheart Punch to punch a heart from a Whisper White scrap. She stamped the squiggle from the "Friendly Wishes" stamp set onto the heart before adhering it to the DSP square with Stampin' Dimensionals. And for a final bit of bling, she added a small Basic Rhinestone to punctuate the squiggle. (I totally missed this squiggle in the "Friendly Wishes" set and may just have to get the set for that adorable squiggle!!)

The artist adhered the square to a Whisper White mat onto which she had stamped a sentiment from the "Sheltering Tree" set in Basic Black Archival Ink. She tied on a a bow of Whisper White Satin Ribbon before adhering this to a Basic Black card base.

This card is super adorable and would be quick and easy to make a stack of cards--with various sentiments from the "Sheltering Tree" set. And it's a great way to use up those DSP scraps that we all hate to throw away!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sharing My OnStage2016 Swap Cards (Part Two)

#stampinup   #onstage2016   Today I'm sharing with you another awesome card I received in the black and white plus one color swap I participated in while I was in Salt Lake City attending the OnStage Live event.

This card was created by one of my favorite stampers:  Barbara Welch. Barbara is famous (to me at least) for her vintage, shabby chic style. She started by stamping an image from the "Friendly Wishes" stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Whisper White panel.  She adhered this to a Basic Black mat. She stamped the same sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Blushing Bride scrap and then fussy cut part of it before adhering it to the main image. She colored in part of the image with a Blushing Bride Stampin' Write Marker.

Barbara build her card by adding a Whisper White mat to the top half of a Basic Black card base and a floral piece of Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper (retiring) to the bottom half. She adhered her matted sentiment piece to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish her card, Barbara cut a Blushing Bride flower using the Botanicals Builders Framelits. She used another framelit from this collection to add a Basic Black Card Stock stamen to her flower. Adorable! She added three Basic Rhinestones to the card for some bling and adhered a bow made from Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon (retiring).

I was so excited to see that Barbara was in the swap with me because I simply adore her cards!!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Sharing My OnStage2016 Swap Cards (Part One)

#stampinup   #onstage2016   Whenever I got to Stampin' Up events, one of the most fun things to do is to swap cards with other stampers. It's a great way to meet new stamping friends and it's a great way to collect new ideas for my own card making. It's also a good way to collect ideas for stamp sets I don't own, so I can show my customers different stamp sets "in action."

At this year's OnStage Live event in Salt Lake City, I only participated in one organized swap. The new catalog is about to come out and products are about to retire. (You can see the retiring list here--get 'em while they're hot. Retiring items are only available while suplies last!) I didn't want to get a bunch of swap cards with retiring products. So...only one swap. It was an awesome swap--black and white and one color. I'm sharing my favorites with you this week on the blog!

I love this card for the subtle pop of color. The artist, I think it was Laura Fernsler (I sent everything home already and don't have these cards with me right now), punched ten flowers using the Petite Petals Punch and ten flowers using the flower stamp from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack (retiring). She adhered these in a grid onto a Basic Black card base and added a Basic Rhinestone in the center of each. She also punched one Petite Petals flower and one Itty Bitty Punch Pack flower in Soft Sky.

For the sentiment, the artist stamped the banner from the "Number of Years" stamp set and a sentiment from the "Cottage Greetings" stamp set in Basic Black onto a Whisper White scrap and cut them out using one of the Large Numbers Framelits Dies, that coordinate with the "Number of Years" set.

I love, love, love this card!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

My Two Favorite Stampin' Up Suites

#stampinup #onstage2016 OK, so you may have heard by now that Stampin' Up revealed its new catalog during last week's OnStage Live event in Salt Lake City. I can't share it with you quite yet, but I can share some of the new product suites that we were shown during the on stage presentations and on the product display boards. I have two favorite product suites that I want to share with you. 

The first is the Festive Birthday suite featuring the "Birthday Fiesta" set with its matching Framelits and gorgeous Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. Lookie!!

Did you see that cutie-patootie llama?! He's so fun!!
But my most favorite of all the product suites is the "A Little Foxy" suite featuring the "Foxy Frinds" photopolymer stamp set and the Fox Builder Punch and super cute A Little Foxy DSP. Isn't this cute?!

And not only that, but with this stamp set and builder punch (sold in a bundle for a 10% savings) you can make a whole collection of super cute animals. They're so adorable!!
Both these stamp sets and coordinating product will be in my first order when the catalog goes live. Wouldn't you like to host a party and make some cute projects with them? Contact me and we'll set up a date!!