Cue the Confetti for a Picture Perfect Birthday

I decided to let the designer series paper “do the talking” for my project today.  Have you purchased the 6 x 6 paper pack of the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog?  If not, it is definitely one of the designer series papers that needs to be on your short list of “must haves”.

As the name indicates, one side of the paper is “picture perfect” photographic imagery while the other side has graphically designed imagery.  The photographic imagery is so life like it’s as though you could reach out and touch it (especially the one with the pictures of the donuts!).  But I will let you see for yourself on my card:

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card which can be added to your shopping cart with a quick click on the thumbnails below:

I used two different pieces of the Picture Perfect Party DSP on my project – the confetti background and I cut out two of the party blowers from another and attached them to the front with dimensionals.  I added a coat of Clear Wink of Stella to both of the blowers as well as over the letters of the sentiment.  This is a quick and easy card and it takes very little supplies to make!

If you have any other questions regarding the design elements of this card do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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A Beautiful Peacock for Sale-A-Bration

I think Stampin’ Up! hit it out of the park with this year’s selection of products for Sale-A-Bration.  I have placed my fair share of orders since December and I have yet to exhaust my selection of products.

I chose one of the stamp sets from Sale-A-Bration for today’s project – Beautiful Peacock.  There are so many different ways you could create your peacock’s tail feathers.  For my card, I chose to heat emboss in silver and gold.  Here is today’s card:

It took me two attempts to get the look I was happy with – I originally tried to also include copper embossing but it was a bit too much.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that were used in the design of this project which can be added to your shopping cart with a quick click on the thumbnails below:

When I started building my peacock, I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4.00″ x 5.25″ which was rubbed with my embossing buddy.  I first stamped the scalloped fan tail feathers in VersaMark and added the gold embossing powder and heat set.

After allowing the gold embossing to cool I rubbed my card again with the embossing buddy and stamped the peacock’s body inside the fan tail feathers with VersaMark (being as careful as possible to align the stamp to the open space) and added the silver embossing powder and heat set.

After allowing the silver peacock’s body to cool down I rubbed my card again with the embossing buddy and stamped the swirly vine tail feathers in VersaMark and added the silver embossing powder and heat set (I stamped and added embossing powder to each as I stamped but heat set all three at the same time).

After allowing the silver vine tail feathers to cool down I rubbed my card again with the embossing buddy and stamped the curved leave stems tail feathers in VersaMark and added the gold embossing powder and heat set (following the same process as above).

I ended up fussy cutting out my peacock because I did not like all of the empty white space but found that it lost its “wow” factor if the entire background was DSP.  So I attached to the card front with dimensionals with a piece of DSP cut to 2.50″ x 4.00″.

If you have any other questions regarding the design elements of this card, do not hesitate to ask.

If you would like to know how you could get this stamp set for FREE, then contact me for more information about Sale-A-Bration – don’t miss out on the biggest sales event of the year!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Amazing You on Stained Glass

Today’s project was inspired by the most amazing piece of card artistry that I have seen in a long time.  It was created by a fellow demonstrator Sheran Rigg who lives in Virginia using one of the new color mediums offered in the Occasions Catalog – Brusho Crystal Colour (watercolor ink crystals).  Here is her card:

Believe it or not I did not order the Brusho – I didn’t think it would be something that I would ever use or want.  But now after seeing this card and many other cards that my fellow demonstrators have made and shared using this new color medium, I of course must now have it.  Especially since I was not able to recreate this look using the tools I have on hand.

After about four attempts to recreate Sheran’s card which she had stamped onto glossy white cardstock, heat embossed in gold and then added the Brusho by mixing the crystals with rubbing alcohol (so it dries faster) and carefully “dropping” it onto the card in specific areas, I threw up my hands in defeat and opted to recreate her layout as a stained glass technique.  So here is my version of her card:

Both the Amazing You stamp set and the Celebrate You Thinlits are Sale-A-Bration items (Level 1 and Level 2, respectively) and can be earned for FREE with a $50 (Level1) or $100 (Level 2) purchase (before tax and shipping).  On a side note, the Celebrate You Thinlits will be available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  (I believe this is the first time that a Sale-A-Bration item has ever been carried over!)

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card which can be added to your shopping cart with the quick click on the thumbnails below:

You cannot tell from the photos, but I stamped the flowers onto a piece of vellum cut to 4.00″ x 5.25″ in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coated with clear embossing powder (since I was stamping multiple times I applied the embossing powder to each flower after I stamped so the ink did not dry) and then heat set.  As with yesterday’s project, I flipped over the vellum piece and colored the flowers on the back side and when assembling the card front it is attached colored side down, embossed side up (I used mini glue dots strategically placed (behind stamped images) so they could not be seen through the vellum.

The vellum itself is attached to a piece of Glossy White cardstock cut to the same size, which in turn is attached to a piece of Basic Black cardstock that is 1/8″ larger on all four sides.  This piece is attached to the card base with dimensionals.

The “celebrate” is die cut using the Celebrate You thinlits.  I coated the front in VersaMark and then added clear embossing powder and heat set so that it blends in with the shininess of the rest of the card.  It is attached to the card front with fine-tip glue.

If you have any other questions regarding the design elements of this card do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Southern Serenade on Stained Glass

Finally!  My technical issues have been resolved.  I tell you, I am pretty computer savvy but these blog issues are shaving years off of my life.  The host’s server got hung up in a loop and was rejecting all attempts to access my website and after that was identified and corrected, one of the plug-ins that I use to power my website needed to be deactivated and then reactivated for it to behave properly.  I love technology and how far we have come during my lifetime, but at other times I curse its existence.

Now on to the project that I wanted to share with you all over two days ago that I shared with you briefly on my Facebook business page.  As I mentioned in that post, I used one of the new stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog – Southern Serenade.  This stamp set reminds me of all things vintage – the lace, flowers and even the font used on the greetings are pure perfection.  I have to admit however that I did not notice this stamp set the first dozen or so times I looked through the new catalog.  There are so many marvelous bundles and suites of products that draw your attention away from single, stand alone stamp sets.  Don’t let this one escape your attention.  And here is the card:

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that were used in the design of this card which can be added to your shopping cart with a quick click on the thumbnails below:

Check out that ribbon.  I got it for FREE as part of Sale-A-Bration!  It is a Level 1 option (FREE with a  $50 purchase before tax and shipping) and includes three rolls of ribbon, one each in Calypso Coral (as shown in my project), Basic Gray and Bermuda Bay.

To create the lace background piece, I cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 4.00″ x 5.25″ and started in the top left corner and stamped the lace in Early Espresso ink.  I was lucky with my stamp placement going across and down as I reinked the stamp and repeated by 3 across and 3 down for a total of 9 stamps, the bottom 3 will be partial stamps since only about 2.00″ or so of area will remain.  (I tried using Crumb Cake ink but I did not get the lace detail that I did with the darker Early Expresso.)  I added a Whisper White mat that is 1/8 larger on all sides and attached to card base with dimensionals.

The flowers are stamped on a piece of vellum in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and covered with clear embossing powder, then heat set.  After the embossed area has cooled, I flipped over the stamped and embossed piece of vellum and colored the flowers with Stampin’ Blends.  I fussy cut the flowers out with my paper snips.

The doily is attached to the card front with dimensionals.  The die cut circle is attached to the doily with snail.  The vellum flower is attached with glue dots.

If you have any other questions regarding the design of this card do not hesitate to contact me.  I had a lot of fun making this card and am glad I finally am able to share it fully with you.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Flora & Flutter by Paper Pumpkin

I finally made some time to play with my December 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit – Flora & Flutter.  Just as the name suggests, the project involves flowers and butterflies and the promise of Spring soon to follow.

The contents of this kit included supplies to make 8 cards – 4 each of 2 different designs.  One I loved as it was designed; however, the other one made me dizzy with one of the elements so after contemplating the ventilated peachy die cut, a spark of creative genius took light.  Here are my cards:

On the Calypso Coral and Peekaboo Peach card I cut out the first, third and fifth  strips from the vented die cut and weaved them in from the opposite sides to create a trellis-like die cut and then layered the pieces per the directions.

Here is the official YouTube video that shows the contents of the kit and what the unaltered card should have looked like:

If you like the December 2017 kit and are not yet a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, there is a refill kit being offered for $8.00.  While the refill kit will not include the stamp set and stampin’ spot (ink), it will include all of the other supplies you need to create cards similar to mine.  All you need to do is subscribe to Paper Pumpkin to qualify to purchase past kits and refills while supplies last.  A showcase of available past kits is below for your convenience and reference.

Earn FREE stuff during Sale-A-Bration!  Here is what you can earn with a prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin:

Still not convince you should give Paper Pumpkin a try?

  • Sale-A-Bration is the only time you can earn free Stampin’ Up! products for joining Paper Pumpkin.
  • Prepaids are already such a great deal!  How can you pass them up when you get FREE items, too?
  • Overwhelmed by all of the choices in the catalog?  The easiest way to earn Sale-A-Bration rewards is by purchasing a prepaid subscription.
  • Want to earn more than one Sale-A-Bration item?  Sign up for a 6- or 12-month subscription.  With a 12-month subscription, you can earn up to four Sale-A-Bration items (plus host benefits)!
  • Now is the best time to try Paper Pumpkin.  Sign up, grab free Sale-A-Bration items, and get months of papercrafting bliss!
  • Already subscribed?  Buy a prepaid subscription as a gift to earn free Sale-A-Bration product(s).
  • Are you a former Paper Pumpkin customer?  Now’s the perfect time to sign up again!  Because you can get Free Sale-A-Bration items when you come back with using a prepaid subscription.
  • New to crafting?  Paper Pumpkin is a quick and easy way to learn this fun skill.  And when you join during Sale-A-Bration, you get a fantastic bonus: FREE Stampin’ Up! product(s)!

If you are still not convinced, let me know if I can answer any questions.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

A Note from Stampin’ Up! Corporation Office Re: Picture Perfect Paper Ribbon

At the end of November, the Picture Perfect Paper Ribbon (145502) was classified as unavailable for demonstrator preorder due to environmental audits halting production of thousands of factories across China. Unfortunately, Stampin’ Up!—along with many other businesses worldwide—have continued to experience delays in production. As a result, Stampin’ Up! has  decided the best course of action for our customers and our company is to remove this item from our product offering.

We know many of you—just like us—were eagerly anticipating the release of this product. We want you to know how sorry we are about this turn of events. Although Picture Perfect Paper Ribbon won’t be available, we have some good news: We’ve got many other ribbons that are available. With your creative minds, we know you’ll still be able to create the perfect card!

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

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Color Me Happy for a Picture Perfect Birthday

Guess what?  I am using my Stampin’ Blends in today’s project.  I just can’t help myself.  I always loved coloring as a youngster and it appears I never outgrew it!

I have combined two stamp sets that really have absolutely nothing to do with each other, but this is just one example of how versatile these stamp sets can be – one just needs to think “outside the box” a bit to see where your craftiness will take you.  This is where mine took me today:

The Color Me Happy stamp set is part of the Color Me Happy Bundle that was released with the introduction of the new alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up! –  Stampin’ Blends.  The bundle includes the stamp set and a project kit that makes 16 cards (4 each of 4 designs).  I did not purchase the bundle, but the stamp set was a must have for me because of the two birds and those cute paper lanterns.  My project today was inspired by one of the cards from the kit.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that were used in the design of this card all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

To make the card front, the DSP is cut to 4.00″ x 5.25″ and the Whisper White cardstock is cut to 3.25″ x 5.00″.  All of the paper lanterns are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink directly onto the Whisper White cardstock and one of the round lanterns is stamped also on a scrap piece of Whisper White and then fussy cut and attached on top of stamped lantern with dimensionals.

If you need further instructions as to the design of this card do not hesitate to leave me a comment or email me.  I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Bubble Over for a Picture Perfect Birthday

Happy New Year to you all.  I spent the last few days watching Harry Potter marathons and Game of Thrones marathons with my grandson and husband.  My grandson was so determined to make it through the last Harry Potter movie on HBO last night that he stayed up with me until 3:45 A.M.  It was a struggle on his part but he made it!

How excited are you that the Occasions Catalog is now live and that you can now earn a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure with every $50 (Level 1) or $100 (Level 2) purchase (before taxes and shipping)?!?  I am super excited myself.  I can now bombard you with projects using these fantastic new products without feeling bad that you can’t buy them yet.

For today’s project, I used two stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog and some designer series paper that I got FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure that just happens to coordinate with one of the stamp sets.  Without further delay, here is today’s card:

So have you tried the 2017-2019 In Color Lemon Lime Twist yet?  It is definitely one of those colors that you  have to have in your hands and use in person to truly appreciate the color.  I admit at first I did not care for it, but once I had the opportunity to use it I fell in love and just had to have it.  Give it a try if you haven’t I promise you will not be disappointed.

NOTE:  The Bubble Over stamp set has a coordinating framelit dies set, Bottles & Bubbles.  You can purchase both as a bundle and save 10% off their prices if you purchase them separately.  Both options have been provided in the showcase above.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

The base of my card is Lemon Lime Twist cardstock cut at 5.50″ x 8.50″, then scored at 4.25″.  The Whisper White layer is cut at 4.00″ x 4.00″ and the strip of Designer Series Paper is cut at 4.00″ x 1.50″.  The DSP is adhered on top of the Whisper White piece overlapping by .25″ so that the assembled piece measures 4.00″ x 5.25″, which is attached to the card base with snail.  The greeting, bottles and candles are attached to the card front with mini dimensionals.

If you have any other questions regarding the design elements of this card, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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