Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew: Labeler Alphabet

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week's hop is featuring the very versatile supporting actor, Labeler Alphabet.  The letter sizing in this set makes it perfect for creating any sentiment you desire.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the very talented Rochelle Blok's blog.  Does she create the most beautiful projects?!

Here in New York we finish up with school a bit later than most, so I have an opportunity to share the projects I made for my daughter's teachers & bus driver.  With my initial attempt at a shadow box, I was impressed with how sturdy it came out.  I thought this would be perfect as the starting point for a "book box".

stampin' up shadow book box
Following the instructions used for the first shadow box, I altered the measurements by starting with a 8-1/2 x 10-3/8" piece of Very Vanilla card stock, and I scored every 5/8".  The card stock cover is 5-3/4 x 8-1/8", scored at 3-3/4" from either end.

stampin' up shadow book box
stampin' up shadow book box
I apologize for using some retired items here and there. I needed a couple with a masculine flair for the guys, although the floral one is my favorite! Super easy to stamp out the little sentiment with Labeler Alphabet.

Stamps: Labeler Alphabet, Gorgeous Grunge; Paper: Tranquil Tide, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Eastern Palace DSP, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, Petals & Paisleys DSP, Gold Foil Sheets, Bronze Foil Sheets, Brushed Gold; Ink: Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Versamark; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Gold Baker's Twine, Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, Gold Embossing Powder, Corner Rounder Punch.

I also created a card to demonstrate the potential of this alphabet set to spell out a greeting you might not have on hand.

Stampin' Up Oh So Eclectic
My husband is Dutch, and we don't have access to Stampin' Up foreign sets in the U.S. (boo!).  So I spelled out "gefeliciteerd" or congratulations (on your birthday) for a card that will be heading over to the Netherlands soon.

As a side note, the Eclectic Layers Thinlits are pretty cool.  There are three outline shapes, two of which cut out stamp images, which come with matching dies that can fit inside to create intricate die-cuts.  Two of three pairs are placed one inside the other in the photo below.  It also comes with three embossing shapes (not shown).

Stampin' Up Eclectic Layers Thinlits
Stamps: Oh So Eclectic, Labeler Alphabet; Paper: Lemon-Lime Twist, Very Vanilla, Gold Glimmer Paper, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Basic Black; Accessories: Watercolor Brush, Eclectic Layers Thinlits, Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Hop on over to the fabulous Betty Traciak's blog to see what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.


SSC155 Watercolored Lilacs

Welcome to another Sunday Stamps Sunday!  This week is a color challenge, and since it has been cool in New York lately, I still have spring on the mind.

I battled for a while with watercoloring the background with Sahara Sand.  With browns, even light browns, you never know what is going to happen.  I got some interesting red and gray hues separating out, and not in a pretty way.  With a lot of reworking & heat drying, I was able to salvage the watercolor pieces.

Stampin' Up Blossoms Abound
For the lilac bundles, I spritzed the inked stamp with water before stamping on paper, in order to get some blending.  This is also a good way to get the image to fill in a bit on the rougher watercolor paper surface.

Stampin' Up Blossoms Abound
For this color challenge, use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: Blossoms Abound, A Happy Thing; Paper: Watercolor Paper; Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Sahara Sand, Basic Gray; Accessories: Epic Day Washi Tape, Watercolor Brush, Corner Rounder Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew: Colorful Seasons

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  Since we are at the beginning of the new annual catalog (yay!), we get to look at new goodies, Colorful Seasons. This set coordinates with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from the fabulous Ann Schach's blog.

This is one of the stamp sets I utilized at my New Catalog Launch party.  I love this time of year, to get to play with new In Colors and stamp sets, but also a good time for some quick and easy cards!

Stampin' Up Colorful Seasons
The flowers were die-cut out of Watercolor Paper, and then a quick watercolor wash from center to edge with Berry Burst ink.  This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #289, created by our fellow Crew member, Linda Callahan (Hey Linda!).

Stamps: Colorful Seasons; Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Color Theory DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Berry Burst; Accessories: Glitter Enamel Dots, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Big Shot.

And today starts a new Sunday Stamps challenge, so I took the opportunity to combined Colorful Seasons with this week's sketch.

Stampin' Up Colorful Seasons
Here's this week's sketch:

Sunday Stamps Challenge
Sketch by Lisa

Stamps: Colorful Season, Timeless Textures; Paper: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Color Theory DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso; Accessories: Gold Metallic Thread, Banner Triple Punch, Stapler, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Up & Away Thinlits, Big Shot.

Hop on over to the aforementioned & lovely Linda Callahan's blog to see what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Gurus: Sprinkled with Love Tutorials

Have you seen May's donut-themed Paper Pumpkin kit?  So yummy!  And so many wonderful alternative ideas. 

Looking at the blue round card base reminding me of a vinyl album.  And the envelope paper is perfect for the sleeve of the album. 

Using a heat gun, I disassembled the envelope and scored to create one 4-1/4" wide.  Then trimming the top to make it 4-1/4" square.

You could use the "you make me oh so very happy" sentiment to refer to the old rock song from Blood, Sweat & Tears (and I've had that song in my head for days).  I pulled out the clearance rack set Bombs Away Birthday for the classic rock sentiment.  I also used a stylus and Circles Collection Framelits to make score lines in the record.

Stamps: Bombs Away Birthday; Paper: Basic Black, Gold Foil Sheets, Newsprint DSP, Falling in Love DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: May 2017 Sprinkled with Love Paper Pumpkin Kit, Stapler, Stylus, 1" Circle Punch, Circle Scissors Plus, Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Alternative ideas and projects is a great way to get more use out of your Stampin' Up product.  As part of the exclusive Paper Pumpkin Gurus group of demonstrators, my Paper Pumpkin subscribers receive 11-13 FREE private tutorials & exclusive project ideas each month.  Each tutorial includes photos, step-by-step instructions, all measurements, and full supply lists.  Here's a sneak peek at this month's alternative projects. 

And a quick look at how this month's kit was originally designed.

Remember, Stampin' Up releases monthly videos illustrating how to create each kit's cards on their Paper Pumpkin YouTube channel.

Have you been wanting to give a Paper Pumpkin subscription a try?  Now is a great time!  First-time subscribers can receive 25% off June, July & August kits.  Use promo code STARTHERE when subscribing.  But you must subscribe by June 10, so don't delay!

Want in on the additional kit ideas every month?  You can subscribe with me to receive the additional benefits of the Paper Pumpkin Club, as well as get all these wonderful ideas every month.  *Important: Sign up by the 10th to start your subscription this month. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

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, I'll share one of the cards we made this week at the New Catalog Launch event.

I don't know what it is about this Pieces & Patterns stamp set.  At first, I was confused about what these images had to do with one another.  But I love how the images and the patterned paper coordinate together and support each other, and they, as a team, grew on me quickly!

Although this card is playing off the camera pattern paper, it has a desk notepad feel to it - which I love!

Stamps: Pieces & Patterns; Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Pick a Pattern DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Sahara Sand, Basic Black; Accessories: Emerald Envy Baker's Twine, Stacked with Love Washi Tape, Aquapainter, 1-3/4" Circle Punch.

And to kick the new catalog off right, a new hostess promotion - Hosts can earn an extra $35 USD in Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders during the month of June.

  • Promotion Period: June 1-30, 2017
  • 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.

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 36KR69RN for orders under $150.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tomorrow is the Last Day...

Hi Everyone!  Don't forget tomorrow is the last day to order both from the Occasions catalog and the 2016-17 Annual catalog.  Give those Retiring Lists one more check before they are gone!

Things to note:
  • Here is the link to the Retiring Lists page.
  • Although we do have some bundles carrying over from the Occasions catalog to the new Annual catalog, they will not be available at the bundle price.  Make sure to not miss out on the discount!
  • Please use Hostess Code 36KR69RN for your online orders under $150.

Ok, I'm looking forward to the New Catalog launch tomorrow.  Here's a sneak peek of the new In Colors we had a chance to play with at Stamp Club this month.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sep 2015 PP: Best Witches

Another Stamp Club season has come to a close.  As a thank you, I created these cute 3-D treat bags using the September 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit, Wickedly Sweet Treat.

In addition to the kit contents, I created the "best witches" sentiment with the Tee-Hee-Hee and Express Yourself sets.

These would work great for teachers' gifts too, which I haven't created yet.  Hmmm, maybe I should have done that.  

Stamps: Tee-Hee-Hee, Express Yourself; Ink: Cajun Craze, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Sept 2015 Paper Pumpkin Wickedly Sweet Treat Kit.

Have you been wanting to give a Paper Pumpkin subscription a try?  Now is a great time!  First-time subscribers can receive 25% off June, July & August kits.  Use promo code STARTHERE when subscribing.  But you must subscribe by June 10, so don't delay!