Pedal Pusher for Our 1st Year Anniversary

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I am sharing the card I made for my husband for our upcoming first year anniversary.  I always find masculine cards difficult to make because I love to add glitter, rhinestones, flowers, and all things "girly".  I really struggled coming up with an idea.  

I was looking through Pinterest for inspiration when I saw a card made with the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Pedal Pusher.  A light bulb went off and I knew this was the stamp set I wanted to use.  My husband and I met cycling so for our wedding we had a lot of bike themed decorations so using this stamp set was perfect.  We even had a tandem bike like this at our wedding that we got a lot of pictures with.

See isn't Pedal Pusher the perfect set to use?!?!?  So I kept the card pretty simple.  I stamped the bike in Archival Basic Black ink and then colored with Stampin' Write Markers.  I cut out the bike using one on of the framelits from the Circles Collection.  I embossed my card base made from crumb cake with the embossing folder Happy Heart.  I cut a piece of cherry cobbler striped ribbon (now retired) and adhered that to the card.  I popped the bike up using dimensionals and then added the sentiment that was heat embossed in white on some cherry cobbler cardstock.  A few white enamel dots finished the card.

So for the first anniversary you are supposed to give paper.  So I figured a handmade card was perfect and then got him a subscription to Adventure Motorcycle magazine because he loves his motorcycle. I probably won't be posting much this weekend as we plan to head to the beach to celebrate and I'll be away from my stamp room.  

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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:

If you would like to give paper pumpkin a try, you can sign up through my online store.  You can access my store here or see the link in the sidebar of my blog.  

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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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PPA Sketch 300 - Affectionately Yours

Happy Friday stampers!  For today's card I played along with another online card challenge for the Paper Pal Arts 300th sketch challenge.  I have been continuing to create with my new goodies from SU but also I wanted to use the new painted word dies that I picked up from Simon Says Stamp a couple weeks ago.  I just love the font on these word dies and had to have them even though they are not Stampin Up.

I started with a piece of night of navy cardstock because I knew I wanted to use some of the gorgeous DSP called Affectionally Yours from the new 2016-2017 SU Catalog.  I wanted to give the background some interest so I pulled out my new stitched border dies from Lawn Fawn.  I love the faux stitching patterns each of these dies gives so I used them all together to get the pattern you see on the night of navy cardstock.  I layered this onto a card base of cucumber green.  I then cut a strip of DSP that was 2 x 5 1/2 inches and then layered this onto some cucumber green cardstock cut at 2 1/4 x 5 1/2.  

After getting that layout complete I struggled with finishing the card.  I had already previously cut out the swirly circle in some tip top taupe previously hoping to use it on the card but I just couldn't get the flowers I die cut out to look right.  I then decided a die cut sentiment might look cute and I had been dying to use my new painted dies from Simon Says Stamp.  So I cut out the hello die twice from cucumber crush and glued them together.  I cut out a piece of vellum using the new Square Layering Thinlits and glued this onto the strip of DSP using Ken Oliver Stick It adhesive.  I then glued the swirly circle onto the vellum and popped the sentiment up on that with some dimensionals that I cut down to fit.

For a finishing touch I added some rhinestones and that finished the card.  I really like this color combo - Night of Navy and Cucumber Crush.  The Affectionally Yours DSP goes perfect with these two colors and might just be my favorite DSP of all time.  I have a feeling I'll be hoarding this paper so need to buy some more!  

What are your plans for the weekend?  I hope to spend more much needed time in my craft room.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Mojo Monday #447 and Color Throwdown #392 - Time of Year

Hi there stampers!  I could not wait to get creating with all my new goodies that came in the mail yesterday from the new SU 2016-2017 Catalog.  I was having some stamper's block and couldn't find my mojo after being on vacation.  The best way to help get the creative juices flowing, besides a glass of wine, is to try one of the card challenges.  Well I didn't stop with just one and instead combined two for today's card.  This card is for both Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 447 and Color Throwdown Color Challenge 392.  If you have never joined a challenge or are a regular submitter, these are both great challenges to try.  Here are the challenge inspirations:

When I saw that blue in the color throwdown, I knew this was my opportunity to use my first new In Color - Dapper Demin!  I am so in love with these new colors.  I also thought this was a great idea to try out the new thinlits called Swirly Scribbles.  There are so many beautiful and intricate thinlits in the new catalog.

For the background, I used the stamp set Bohemian Borders and stamped several at a time using my MISTI with basic gray ink.  I layered this onto a card base of dapper denim.  I then cut out the swirly circles in dapper denim and the long wave pattern in basic gray.  I adhered these onto the card front using Elmer's adhesive spray.  I just got a bottle of that stuff and wow does it make adhering die cuts super easy.  

For my pop of the kraft color, I cut out a crumb cake piece measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches and glued that onto the card front.  I then stamped the sentiment in dapper denim onto some whisper white cardstock. The sentiment is from one of the new hostess stamp sets called Time of Year.  As a demo we get to not only order products from the new catalog a month before everyone else, but we also can purchase the hostess sets without having to make a qualifying order.  But who am I kidding, my pre-order well surpassed the qualifying order minimum.  :)

The sentiment was layered onto a piece of dapper denim cardstock and popped up onto the card front with dimensionals.  I really like how this card turned out and I love, love, love all the new products I used.

Thanks for stopping by!  Back to the stamp room to continue to play with my new goodies!

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WooHoo! My Sneak Peek/Pre-Order Has Arrived! SU 2016-2017 NEW Catalog!

Hi there stampers!  I cannot contain my excitement over this new catalog.  Stampin Up has certainly out done themselves with this one.  As demonstrators we not only get to see the catalog first but we also get to order products from that new catalog a month in advance.  

Those pre-order items came today!  The UPS man was surprised when I opened the door before he could even get to the front steps and did a little happy dance.  So I did a quick haul video to show all the goodies I ordered...this round.  My poor husband is going to die when I can order everything I want from the catalog.  We only got to order a selection of products but boy I am already pretty excited about these.  

Check out my video below or watch it in HD on YouTube HERE.

If you want a new catalog and don't already have a demonstrator, I'd love to send you a catalog and help you with your order.  Seriously guys, this new catalog is AMAZING!  Keep checking back to the blog for projects I'll be making with my new goodies.  Oh who needs sleep right?!?!

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Masking and Highlight Coloring Using Love and a Dog

Happy Hump Day Stampers!  For today's card I did a TON of masking to make this card using The Ton (no pun intended) stamp set called Love and a Dog.  I absolutely love this stamp set because it has so many cute Pomeranian dog images.  Considering I have the cutest Pomeranian dog on the planet, I just had to have this stamp set.  Here is my precious baby:

I created my masks by stamping the first dog image onto some Inkadinkado masking paper three times and then stamped the second dog image one time using SU Basic Black Archival Ink.  I then fussy cut all the images out before beginning stamping my project.  

I then started stamping the first dog image repeatedly in a line across the bottom of my piece of whisper white cardstock cut at 4 x 5 1/4.  I stamped the first dog image, then used one of the masks I created to cover this image before stamping the next one.  I repeated this pattern of masking and stamping to create lines of stamped dogs.  When I got to the center of the card, I stamped the other dog image that I wanted to color as the highlight.  I used that mask to cover that image to continue stamping my pattern.

After completing all the stamping, I then started the coloring.  I used my Blender Pen and some ink pads to color the dog.  I stamped his hat and tie onto some thick whisper white cardstock with the same black ink and colored those with the Blender Pens as well.  I then fussy cut them out and adhered them to the dog with dimensionals.

The rest of the card came together easily.  I adhered the masked and stamped piece to a piece of basic black cardstock which was then layered on a card base of thick whisper white.  The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in white.  I cut the sentiment down and glued to the front of the card.

I plan on doing a video of how I made this card to show my masking technique.  I have not had a chance to sit down and record it.  I will be away for a few days on a vacation with some friends so I won't be posting again until next week.  I will have this video ready to release next week sometime.

Thanks for stopping by and go give your furry friends a kiss!!  :)

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