New Layering Framelits Review - Stampin Up 2016-2017 Annual Catalog

Happy Hump Day!  For today's post I have a review video to share.  I got some of the new layering square framelits in my pre-order from the new 2016-2017 Stampin Up Catalog and I wanted to share my thoughts on these new dies.  In my video, I compare the new layering dies to the old style of shape framelits that are retiring.  You can still purchase the old style of framelits until May 31st but after that, they are gone.  However the new style is pretty fantastic too so I am glad I'll have both in my crafting arsenal.
You can watch my review video on my YouTube channel HERE or watch below:

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Using Die Cuts as Masks with Swirly Scribbles Thinlits

Happy Monday stampers!  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and got plenty of stamping done.  I got a few projects completed and wanted to share the card I worked on yesterday with you.  This card uses the technique of using die cuts as masks to create fun backgrounds for your projects.

I used the long branch shaped die from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and cut this out of whisper white cardstock.  I then used the die cut as a mask on a piece of thick whisper white and sponged dapper denim ink into the open spaces of the die cut.  I moved the die cut up the card trying to place it in the same orientation each time and continued to sponge the color into the spaces.  You are left with this really unique and cool background piece for your cards.  I immediately thought it looked like waves since I used the dapper denim color so thought the little boat shape from the corresponding stamp set - Swirly Bird - would be perfect for this card. 

I stamped the bottom of the boat in dapper denim onto some whisper white cardstock and then stamped the sails in mint macaron.  The little flag on top was stamped in watermelon wonder.  I then fussy cut the image out.  I also stamped the sun in peekaboo peach and used the coordinating die to cut that out.  I used the branch shaped die that I used for the mask to cut out some waves for the boat in dapper denim.  

For the sentiment, I used the new stamp set Thoughtful Banners with the corresponding punch to create this cute banner for the card.  I then layered all the pieces together and popped up the boat, sun and sentiment banner with dimensionals.  I really like the color combo of dapper denim and mint macaron.  

This stamp set and coordinating thinlit set are so versatile.  I created a card Saturday using the same supplies (just different color cardstock) and got a totally different look.  You can see that blog post here.

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Swirly Scribbles Flower Birthday Card

Hi there stampers!  It is finally the weekend and unfortunately for us, it is another dreary, rainy day.  I just finished my second cup of coffee and considering a third but probably need to resist if I want to sleep tonight.  I decided to take the opportunity on this quiet Saturday morning to finish this card I have been working on since yesterday.  I am really excited how it turned out!

I used the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to create three flowers in different colors.  I cut each shape using slightly darker cardstock and then adhered the die cuts onto some cardstock scraps that were a  shade lighter of the same color family.  I then fussy cut around the die cuts so that the lighter color cardstock became the background to the die cut.  I feel like that might not have made any sense but hopefully you get what I'm saying.
I then cut out some leave shapes using the Rose Garden Thinlits and arranged my die cuts on my craft mat to get the arrangement just right.  After arranging all the die cuts to exactly how I thought I wanted it on the front of the card, I then picked up the entire group with some Press n' Seal to keep the arrangement in order until I was ready to glue it onto my card.
I cut a top folding card base from some thick whisper white cardstock and layered a piece of black striped vellum that was cut slightly smaller on the long side onto the card base.  This vellum is so awesome but it is from a retired vellum paper stack that was in the Holiday Catalog.  But don't fear, there is a new stamp in the upcoming catalog that is going to solve all of our needs for striped paper!!  Hint, hint....ok it's a diagonal striped background stamp!  I'll be ordering this on June 1st for sure. 
Anyway, after adhering the vellum, I cut a piece of pear pizzaz cardstock to be 3 x 5.5 and scored each side using my Simply Scored Scoring Tool to give the edges a little interest.  I then adhered this in the middle of the card on top of the vellum.  I was now ready to adhere my floral arrangement which is super easy to do since I had it all stuck to the Press n' Seal.  I put Tombow Multi Liquid glue on the back of the yellow flower and the leaves.  I adhered this down to the front of the card and peeled the Press n' Seal off the back.  I popped the other two flowers up using some dimensionals.  
I die cut the sentiment "happy" from some basic black cardstock using the Hello You Thinlits and then added some Wink of Stella to the entire die cut.  This was glued onto the front of the card using some Ranger Multi Matte Medium because it dries clear so I don't have to worry about any adhesive showing.  I then stamped the "birthday" sentiment from Crazy About You onto some basic black cardstock using Versamark and heat embossed this in white.  I cut down the sentiment and popped up on the card with dimensionals.  I added a few enamel dots as a finishing touch.

I really do love how this turned out and these Swirly Scribbles dies are so versatile!  I have just hit the surface to all the things I can make with them.  Remember, we are getting closer and closer to the go live of the new catalog and you'll be able to order these dies starting June 1st.  I'd love to be your demonstrator and help you with your order!  Please email me and I can get a catalog sent to you and also get you all set come June 1st to order.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and happy weekend!

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Layered Letters "Friend" Watercolor Card

Happy Friday stampers!  The weekend is upon us and we are supposed to get more rain. :( So much for doing anything outside this weekend.  However that means more indoor time in the stamp room right?!?!
I have had this idea in my head for a while to make a card creating my own sentiment using the Layered Letters Alphabet stamp set.  I tried a few words on the card before I settled on "friend" with the on trend black label look to add the "hello".  I first stamped the friend sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed in gold.  I then stamped a flower arrangement in two of the corners using the Garden In Bloom stamp set in the same Versamark with gold embossing.

Once all my images were heat embossed, I got started on the watercoloring.  I used the new In Color ink pads to lay down some ink onto my craft mat and then applied the color to the images with a paint brush.  I first laid down clean, clear water onto the images before dropping in the color.  I used flirty flamingo, peekaboo peach, sweet sugarplum, emerald envy, and dapper denim.  I applied a wash of the dapper denim around the floral images making the ink darker the closer to the images and then fading the wash out towards the center of the card.  

To finish the card off, I added some ink splatters in the same colors and then adhered the watercolor panel onto a card base made from basic black cardstock.  I stamped the hello sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set onto a scrap piece of basic black and then heat embossed this in gold.  This was popped up onto the card using dimensionals.  I added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh as a final touch and that finishes the card.  

I am falling more and more in love with these new colors the more I create with them.  What is your favorite new In Color??

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Love and Affection - Quick and Easy Card

Hi there stampers!  It is another dreary day here in NC with rain and more rain.  I can't complain because all this rain has made my garden grow like crazy and I have tiny squashes that I hope will be ready soon for eating.  The cool weather has been nice too but I have to admit I am ready for some sunshine.
For today's card I am sharing a quick and easy card using some new sneak peek products from the NEW Stampin Up 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and some retiring DSP that I just love.  We are getting close to the go live of the new catalog and ordering will open June 1st at 5am EST.  I have my very, very long list of products I am going to order.  Now to figure out how to hide the HUGE box from my husband when it arrives.  :)

I created this floral wreath using the new stamp set called Love and Affection and tried my best to stamp a circle shape.  My wreath shape got a little wonky but I still liked how it turned out.  I used most of the new In Colors - Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Sweet Sugarplum. For the green I used Cucumber Crush because I knew I just had to layer this on some of that fabulous specialty paper called Shine On that will be retiring at the end of this month.  This paper is gorgeous! One side has these vibrant patterns on kraft cardstock and the other side is foil images on kraft.  

To see how fast and easy it is to make this card, you can watch my video HERE on YouTube, or just watch below:

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May 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit Reveal Video

Hi there stampers!  For today I have a video for you revealing the May 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit that came in the mail this week.  In the video I will show you everything that comes in the kit and make one of the cards in the kit for you so you can see how to make the project inside the kit.  

If you are not a paper pumpkin subscriber, it is a wonderful monthly subscription of creativity in a box that comes directly to your home once a month.  The projects vary from cards to even wreaths.  The kits contains everything you need to make the project inside.  With your first kit purchase, you will also receive a clear acrylic block to use with the stamp sets that come with the kits.  

Check out my video below or on my YouTube here:

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Mojo Monday 448 - Using New In Colors

Hi there stampers!  Do you ever make a card and you aren't sure if you like the finished product or not?  Well this is how I feel about my card for today.  I played along with the Mojo Monday card challenge again this week for challenge #448 which has a tilted panel design.  The challenge image is below:

I decided to take this design challenge and create a landscape oriented card which suited the butterfly I wanted to incorporate into the card for the circle shape.  That is what is great about these challenges, you can make them your own by changing the shape of the focus point or the arrangement.  

I stared with a whisper white card base that I layered the piece of old olive striped DSP from the Sale-a-bration catalog called Wildflower Fields.  I have 2 packets of this DSP that I got free during Sale-a-bration so I decided to try to use some in my cards.  I also wanted to use a stamp set that has not gotten much love lately so I pulled out the hostess set Floral Wings to create the butterfly.  I wanted to create a card using some soon to be retired supplies along with some new goodies.  

For the butterfly, I stamped the image using dapper denim, flirty flamingo, and old olive.  I really like this color combo!  I cut out the butterfly using the coordinating thinlits called Bold Butterflies.  I then cut out a piece of the gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum in a two inch square and also cut out a three inch square of flirty flamingo.  I ran the flirty flamingo piece through the big shot using the embossing folder Lovely Lace.  I painted the edges with some Ranger Liquid Pearls in gold.  I adhered all the pieces in the tilted design following the sketch from the challenge and popped the butterfly up using dimensionals.  For the sentiment, I used one of the retiring Expressions Natural Elements.  I added a few dots of the liquid pearls to the background and my card was finished.

I really love these new In Colors!  Just a few more days until the new catalog goes live and the retiring products are no longer available.  This is a great time to stock up on those items you love that will not be around come June 1st!  These wood element sentiments are so fantastic I might have to get myself another packet.  Thanks for stopping by!

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