Tuesday, June 21, 2016

May 2016 PP: What's on Your Desk?

In need of a sympathy card, I started grabbing some items I had laying on my desk.  My card started with the Pumpkin Pie corrugated paper from May's Paper Pumpkin, and some ribbon, and I built from there.

I did some watercoloring on watercolor paper and trimmed it flush with a scrap piece of the rose die-cut, so I could glue it on as a nice backing piece to the rose.  Pretty proud of myself to clear out some space and get a card done!

Stamps: August 2015 PP Chalk It Up To Love; Paper: May 2016 PP Many Manly Occasions, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake; Accessories: Watercolor Brush, Slot Punch, Rose Garden thinlits, Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Flower Shop

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 stamping with the Flower Shop set, which coordinates with the Pansy punch.  Stamp, punch, done - it doesn't get easier than that!

If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the hugely talented Wendy Weixler's blog.  I just love her style!

There are a lot of different art styles in this set, such has hand-drawn doodles, a mixed print or text print, a vintage worn pattern... but I often go for the realistic images.

I'm combining Sunday Stamps #129 with a past STAMPlorations sketch interpretation by Julie Beech.  This layout is a little different than just layering a stamped panel, as it adds some nice depth to the card while still keeping a CAS feel.

Using masking, I clear embossed the flower outlines with Tip Top Taupe ink.  I followed up with watercoloring and mask stamping the leaves.

Stamps: Flower Shop, Kinda Eclectic, February 2016 Paper Pumpkin Hello Sunshine; Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White; Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder, Tip Top Taupe; Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Aquapainter, Pansy punch, Banner Triple punch.

A neat trick with the Flower Shop set is to mark the lower petal, on the backside of your stamp, that coordinates with the lower petal of the punch.  Always stamp that mark on the bottom of your card stock, and no more rotating and rotating to find the right orientation.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what Martha Inchley has put together with this week's stamp set. 


Friday, June 10, 2016

Stampin' Addicts New In Color Blog Hop

Welcome to Stampin' Addicts New In Colors Blog Hop!  How exciting to welcome some new colors to our collection!  If you have been following our yummy color tour in order, you have just come from Sara's blog featuring Peachaboo Peach. Weren't her projects fabulous?  For my stop on this blog hop, I am highlighting the new In Color Sweet Sugarplum.

I really do love these yearly blog hops that focus on color.  In the past, new stamp images have excited me most, but now it's color, color, color.  How does this color feel?  What does it remind me of?  For Sweet Sugarplum, it reminds me of a vintage dusty rose.

I thought a vintage collage card would be a nice match for this color.  The sketch comes from Sunday Stamps #128.  The detail for this card is all in the fussy cutting.

Stamps: Butterfly Basics; Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Playful Palette DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive, Basic Black; Accessories: Aquapainter, Dimensionals.

I'll also share a card I made a couple weeks ago with the new set Swirly Bird and new thinlit dies Swirly Scribbles.

After I trimmed off the leaves on the middle-sized swirl die-cut, I outlined the die-cuts with a pencil and watercolored.  For the leaves, I stamped the branch image in the center to give them a bit more dimension.

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Crazy About You; Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Versamark; Accessories: Metallic Sequin Assortment, White Embossing Powder, Watercolor Brush, Swirly Scribbles thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

The laser-cut card base from May's Paper Pumpkin kit reminded me of lattice work.  Using a past Paper Pumpkin stamp sets, Blissful Bouquet & Hello Sunshine, I created this card as an alternative idea for my Paper Pumpkin Club members.

To finish up, I think this In Color would be perfect for some 3-dimensional flowers.  Yet, that is not what I made.  ;)  I am pulling together some teachers' gifts, so I made little notepad and pen ensembles with the Playful Palette suite.

I softened up the patterned paper inside the easel with a thin layer of gesso so the sentiment could stand out.  Matching patterned paper inside the notepad and pen pull the ensemble together.

These are 5 x 8" notepads, cut in half at the office store.  To cover, score a 5-3/4 x 8-1/4" piece of card stock lengthwise at 2-3/4" and 3".

Stamps: Work of Art, Painter's Palette; Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Playful Palette DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Playful Palette Washi Tape, Rhinestone Jewels, Gesso, Dimensionals.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Yapha put together with Dapper Denim.  She always has fun projects!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Teachers' Gifts

I've sung the praises of Paper Pumpkin several times as a life saver for birthday cards and thank you cards the kiddo has needed over the past couple years.  Well, it also saves me in the area of teacher gifts as well.  Particularly the 3-D box/bag kits.  Here's just a short list of past kits to choose from:
  • Sept 2015 Wickedly Sweet straw bag
  • Aug 2015 Chalk It Up boxes
  • Oct 2014 Sweet as Pie box
  • Sept 2014 Boo-tiful bags
  • July 2014 Wish Big boxes
  • Feb 2014 In the Bag gift bag

A couple of these are still available in the Past Kit list.  Ability to purchase past kits is a perk of being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber.

So as is typical, the end of the year has snuck up on me.  I pulled out a couple kits to throw some things together.

Into the Wish Big box I have tucked some chocolates, and I have also included a little notepad and pen ensemble.  I will be discussing the notepads tomorrow on the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop, so make sure to come back!

Accessories: July 2014 Wish Big PP kit, Feb 2014 In the Bag PP kit.

Do you want a fun monthly surprise in your mailbox as well? Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by the 10th of the month to receive this month's kit. You will automatically be enrolled in the Paper Pumpkin Club, and I will send you additional monthly inspiration & instructions for current and past kits.
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  • This amazing offer is for 31 HOURS ONLY, starting Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends Friday, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).
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Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Papillon Potpourri

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  Today our focus is butterfly stamp set Papillon Potpourri, which also conveniently coordinates with a couple butterfly punches.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from Valerie Moody's blog.

It's been a busy week with the launch of the new Annual Catalog, so in an effort to multitask like a boss, I've combined this week's card with the Sunday Stamps Challenge.

This stamp set is easy to pair up with any number of lovely Stampin' Up! flower images.

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Papillon Potpourri; Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Playful Palette DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Basic Black; Accessories: Elegant Butterfly punch, Aquapainter, Dimensionals.

Hop on over to my friend, Linda Callahan's, blog to see what she put together with this set. Her projects are always amazing!


Thursday, June 2, 2016

CQ343 Peachy Keen

Howdy Everyone!  My card today has been sitting on my desk for days, and I got completely derailed from finishing it.   This is a project I had wanted to share at my Catalog Launch Party, but time didn't pan out for me.

I am using Freshly Made Sketches #238 and ColourQ #343 challenges.

And the main point of sharing the card - another color combination using new In Color Peekaboo Peach with Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz.

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Crazy About You; Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil; Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark; Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The New Catalog is Here!

Hi Everyone!  The time has arrived... the new catalog is online and ready for your orders.  Click on the catalog photo below to download your PDF copy.  You may also browse ONLINE HERE.  Don't forget your favorite beverage to sit and soak in the beauty!

To get this party started, here is another the Catalog Kick-Off / Open House card we made yesterday.  The Playful Palette suite is so fun and incorporates a few new In Colors.

I've used Freshly Made Sketches #237 for this card.

Stamps: Painter's Palette; Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Playful Palette DSP, Silver Glimmer paper; Ink: Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Confetti Stars border punch, Squares Collection framlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

And to kick the new catalog off right, we've got MORE HOSTESS DOLLARS and FREE STAMPS WHEN YOU JOIN in June!

  • Promotion Period: June 1-30, 2016
  • Hosts who have qualifying events with $350 or more in sales during the promotion period will receive $35 IN EXTRA STAMPIN' REWARDS for the order. 
  • Hosts may participate in this promotion multiple times by hosting multiple events, but each event must qualify on its own.

  • Promotion Period: June 1–30, 2016
  • New recruits who join during the promotion period may CHOOSE TWO STAMP SETS from the new annual catalog to be included in the Starter Kit for free.
  • Hostess dollars (including extra hostess dollars) may be used to buy the Starter Kit.
  • Bundles and kits cannot be selected as free stamp sets for this promotion.
  • Promotion Deadlines:
    • Fax: Thursday, June 30, 2016 by 6:50 PM (MT).
    • Online IDA: Thursday, June 30, 2016 by 11:50 PM (MT).

Contact me to book your next party now!  And use your hostess dollars to purchase the Starter Kit.  Learn more about joining Stampin' Up HERE.  When placing an ONLINE ORDER, please use hostess code UMETDMJD.