Friday, February 5, 2016

FM242 Valentine Hearts Treats

This week's Friday Mashup comes just at the right time!  I can play with the new Paper Pumpkin kit and also design some treats for my daughter to hand out to her friends.

Mostly following the kit instructions, I quickly zipped the hearts through the sewing machine, creating the pouches, and made a couple tweaks to the embellishing.  I found I could fit two flat mini chocolate bars in the pouch.

This month's My Pumpkin Challenge is Share Your Story.  My story of the moment is, due to sickness, travel, post-travel catching up, and then more sickness, I'm feeling terribly short on time.  This fatigue has just stunted my creativity.  Paper Pumpkin to the rescue to help me combine efforts to get tasks done, and my daughter won't be empty-handed when she chooses her favorite Valentines.

The Mashup Challenge this week is:

  • Create a project for your Valentine. 
  • Create a project featuring a Candy image. 
  • or Mash it Up!! and create a V-day Candy themed project.

Wouldn't you want an easy, quick, and cute project to show up at your house every month?  Now is the perfect time to give Paper Pumpkin a try when the 3-month prepaid subscription is on sale!

3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59.85 $55 USD
Save on a 3-month prepaid subscription and instantly qualify for a FREE* Sale-A-Bration item!

This offer will end on March 31, 2016 at 11:50 PM (MT).

*Sale-A-Bration items ship for free with a qualifying product purchase of $50 USD or more. Paper Pumpkin subscriptions alone do not qualify for free shipping on Sale-a-Bration items. A shipping charge of $6.95 USD will be charged to orders with only Prepaid Subscriptions.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dec 2015 PP: Floral Birthday & Blog Candy

I had some extra bits laying on my desk from the December 2015 One Great Year Paper Pumpkin calendar kit.  I found the style of the calendar very similar to retired Painted Petals set and Painted Bloom patterned paper.  Fun to create a card with those coordinating products.

I used a similar layout to what is provided for the calendar.  I'm gonna sneak this sample in under the wire on the My Pumpkin Challenge, A Full Year of Fun.

Stamps: Painted Petals, Express Yourself; Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP, Vellum; Ink: Wild Wasabi, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories: Dec 2015 PP kit.

And I've got some * BLOG CANDY * for you.  Remember what I did with my calendar kit?

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Now remember that the Paper Pumpkin prepaid subscription is on sale -

3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59.85 $55 USD
Save on a 3-month prepaid subscription and instantly qualify for a FREE* Sale-A-Bration item!

This offer will end on March 31, 2016 at 11:50 PM (MT).

*Sale-A-Bration items ship for free with a qualifying product purchase of $50 USD or more. Paper Pumpkin subscriptions alone do not qualify for free shipping on Sale-a-Bration items. A shipping charge of $6.95 USD will be charged to orders with only Prepaid Subscriptions.

And there's more news!  Stampin' Up! will offer three new Sale-a-Bration products available February 16 - March 31.  Don't forget to line up your orders and workshops for this time frame so you can grab these beauties!  I am able to preorder them today, so stay tuned for some upcoming sneak peeks.

Here are this week's Weekly Deals (click link for details).

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: I Think You're Great

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week we are using an artistic expression stamp set from the main catalog, I Think You're Great, with a variety of fun sentiments and designed specifically for the kissing technique.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the very creative Deb Burgin's blog.  I always love her take on the chosen stamp set!

I thought "Way To Go!" was a fun sentiment for a graduation card.  May and June will be here before we know it!

A fun and simple way to congratulate the graduate, and you can customize with the appropriate school colors.  Always fun to create a coordinating tassel with baker's twine.  I created the mortar board by sketching on black card stock and free-hand cutting.

Stamps: I Think You're Great; Paper: Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Going Places DSP; Ink: Delightful Dijon; Accessories: Crushed Curry baker's twine, Silver metallic thread, Mini stapler, Lucky Stars EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what lovelies Nikki Spencer has put together for us with this week's stamp set. 


Other I Think You're Great projects you may have missed -

Friday, January 29, 2016

FM241 Year of the Monkey

It's been a challenging week here.  My daughter and I got stuck down south due to Winter Storm Jonas, and I had to drive straight through from Georgia to New York on Monday, so she wouldn't miss yet another day of school.  And I'm suffering through a terrible head cold.  I just haven't been able to make a card for my own challenge over at the Friday Mashup.

Here's my recycled card with a cascade fold.

All the details for this card can be found on this post.

This week's Mashup Challenge is:  

  • Create a project featuring a Monkey or Zoo Animals. 
  • or Create a project with a Fancy Folds. 
  • or Mash it up! and create a Fancy Folded Project with a Monkey.
Stamps: Zoo Babies, Ray of Sunshine, And Many More; Paper: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Lullaby DSP; Ink: Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie & Daffodil Delight markers, Black Stazon; Accessories: Layers of Gratitude Paper Pumpkin kit, In Color thick baker's twine, Circle punches, Cupcake Builder punch, Confetti Heart border punch, Sponges, Bitty Banners framelits, Big Shot.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stampin' Up! Sky Is the Limit

Today I have a masculine birthday card using the limited-time stamp set Sky Is the Limit.

This is a downline card front swap sample.  The focal panel was spritzed with Lost Lagoon ink, and I stamped the propeller on a piece of vellum and cut out for a bit of layering. Also notice the background is stamped with the World Map background stamp and embossed. I used Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #216 as inspiration.

Note, this stamp set is only available as a FREE item with your $50 or more order through February 15!

I was a little perturbed with the card stock buckling from the spritzing, so I used the Watercolor Wash background with Soft Sky ink on this one.

Stamps: Sky Is the Limit, World Map BG, Watercolor Wash BG; Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Wildflower Fields DSP, Vellum; Ink: Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray, Basic Black Archival, Versamark, Lost Lagoon reinker; Accessories: 2014-16 In Color washi tape, Mini silver brad, Clear EP, Aquapainter, Stampin' Spritzer, Fringe Scissors.

And here are this week's Weekly Deals (click link for details).

Friday, January 22, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop, which features amazing products from the new Occasions Catalog.  Sit back and enjoy some wonderful ideas using the newest stamping goodies!

If you have been following the blog hop in order, you have just come from Twila's post featuring the Number of Years bundle.  Twila has some beautiful projects!  And today I will show you some projects using the set Balloon Celebration.

Framelits are fun, and how often do we want to have a framelit for every stamp image?  But, hands-down, nothing is quicker and easier than a stamp-punch combo!  The new coordinating Balloon Bouquet builder punch was a large factor in my love for this set.  Today, I have a couple fast and easy birthday cards.  

This first card is one that we made in January's stamp club.  Super quick.  I was trying to giving the illusion of a bunch of balloon floating in the air.

You'll notice a spotty look on the solid balloon image.  Getting even ink coverage on solid stamps can be difficult.  There are ways to fix this, like cleaning the stamp before using, rubbing it on jeans, or even using Versamark, but I kinda like the effect.

Stamps: Balloon Celebration, Sprinkles of Life, Watercolor Wash BG; Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Tip Top Taupe; Accessories: Whisper White baker's twine, Balloon Bouquet builder punch, Tree builder punch, Dimensionals.

I had to also highlight the bright and fun It's My Party patterned paper.  Love bright colors to lighten a winter-doldrum mood!

How fun are those clear sequins?  Just a little thing to break up the background without overwhelming.

Stamps: Balloon Celebration; Paper: Whisper White, It's My Party DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Melon Mambo baker's twine, Neutrals sequin assortment, Balloon Bouquet builder punch, Dimensionals.

With weather coming in for the weekend, I all-of-the-sudden find myself rushing to get things done in case I need to leave for Florida a day early.  Hence a combo card for the hop and the Friday Mashup #240.

I followed the sketch, but couldn't pull in the theme of music into my card.  You know, a background of "Happy Birthday to You" wouldn't have been a bad idea.

Peeking out from behind the focal point is a fun shaker panel.

Stamps: Balloon Celebration; Paper: Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, It's My Party DSP, Vellum; Ink: Crushed Curry Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate, Basic Black; Accessories: Gold sequin trim, Aquapainter, Sewing machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

ICYMI, here are a couple other past Balloon Celebration projects -

 Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Rhonda at The Stampin' Bunny put together using the Rose Wonder bundle. She made some amazing projects!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Love Is in the Air with the Control Freaks

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the super fabulous Control Freaks group!  This month's theme is "Love is in the Air".  I love making Valentine's projects to help get us through the doldrums of winter.  You've probably arrived here from Mindy's blog.  Her projects are always so lovely!

As soon as I saw Going Global in the Occasions catalog, I immediately thought of a masculine Valentine's day card.

I tried several different color combinations and papers for the "Love" banner and settled on watercoloring with Mossy Meadow ink.  I love the soft look of it.  I created this card a couple dozen more times for the Control Freaks swap.

For the background, I embossed with the World Traveler embossing folder, and then highlighted the texture by sponging.

Tip: Make a perfect diagonal cut on the Glimmer strip every time by placing it in the Triple Banner punch.  So easy!

Stamps: Going Global; Paper: Lost Lagoon, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Going Places DSP, Silver Glimmer; Ink: Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black Tuxedo; Accessories: Chevron ribbon, Mini Stapler, Triple Banner punch, 2" Circle punch, Confetti Heart punch, Aquapainter, Sponge, World Traveler EF, Big Shot.

Here's another masculine Valentine's card, this one for stamp club, combining the Sale-a-Bration set Sky Is the Limit and Occasions Going Global.

I tried several different ways to darken the water vs. continents on the World Traveler embossing folder and settled on brayering the folder (on the side with the Stampin' Up logo) with Versamark.  Brayering gives even folder coverage without too much inking on the recessed continents, although I did a quick wipe-down of the center of the continents with a paper towel before running it through the Big Shot.

Don't forget Sky Is the Limit is only available through February 15, so hurry to grab yours!

Stamps: Sky Is the Limit, Going Global; Paper: Delightful Dijon, Lost Lagoon, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Going Places DSP; Ink: Mossy Meadow, Smoky Slate, Basic Black Archival, Versamark; Crystal Effects, Mini stapler, White EP, Confetti Hearts border punch, Sweetheart punch, Aquapainter, Brayer, World Traveler EF, Big Shot.

Jump over to the amazing LeeAnn Greff's blog to check out what fabulous ideas she has for us. 

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