Sunday, January 12, 2020

SSC222 Water Lily Tole

Welcome to this week's Sunday Stamps sketch challenge!

It's a tradition to take some time over New Year's Eve to just play with some stamping, usually playing along with old VSN challenges.  I was playing along with HCE11 Paper Tole, using Dina's One Layer Paper Tole tutorial.

This is my second attempt at this technique.  I changed to less aggressive stylus embossing and thicker foam tape, but I still need to try thicker card stock.

This week's sketch is by me, and yet I couldn't resisting flipping it to suit my project.

Stamps: Lovely Lily Pad; Paper: Whisper White, Lily Impressions DSP, Noble Peacock DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Petal Pink, Lovely Lipstick, Mango Melody, Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends; Accessories: Metallic Baker's Twine & Sequins Combo Pack, Banner Punch, Craft Knife, Stylus, Beads & Baubles EF, Die-Cutting Machine, Dimensionals.



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Friday, January 3, 2020

SAB 2020: Lovely Lily Pad

With the holidays coming into the rearview mirror, time to switch gears a little bit.  Anyone here excited for the start of Sale-a-Bration?  Me, me!!

I wanted to play with the new SAB set Lovely Lily Pad, and incorporate some SAB DSP and baker's twine as well.  I took my inspiration from the amazing artisan designer Jenn Picard, paper piecing just as she did.  The sketch is from Fab Friday #179.

Stamps: Lovely Lily Pad, Good Morning Magnolia; Paper: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Lily Impressions DSP, Vellum; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Accessories: Metallic Baker's Twine & Sequins Combo Pack, White Embossing Powder, Stitched Shapes Die, Die-Cutting Machine.


Both the January-June Mini Catalog (Occasions) and Sale-a-Bration catalogs are starting today!

(Click on photos to view PDFs)

There are several ways to join in the Sale-a-Bration festivities.

  • SHOP: For each $50 you spend in Stampin' Up products, you earn a FREE item from the SAB brochure.  There are seven exclusive stamp sets, patterned papers, baker's twine & embellishments, and a card kit to choose from.  Bonus: There are a couple of larger items, including a die set, that you can earn with a $100 purchase.  See summary table below.  There is something for everyone. 
  • HOST: This is the best time to host a workshop, for both your guests as well as extra SAB incentives for you, so be sure to book your party or private class today! Earn the adorable exclusive hostess set Little Ladybug when you host a party of $300 or more.  Gather your friends for some girls' night in!
  • JOIN: But that's not all! Sale-a-bration is a great time to sign up to be a demonstrator. For $99 (including free shipping), choose $125 worth of product of your choice for your Starter Kit ~AND~ a NEW Mini Paper Cutter, a 6 x 6" DSP Paper Sampler (patterns from six SAB and Mini Catalog packs), and a stamp set from the Annual or Mini Catalog of your choice.  The starter kit is a fabulous value!

Here's a quick reference table with all the FREE Sale-a-Bration items at a glance.

Lovely Lily Pad
Lovely Lily Pad
Lily Impressions DSP
Lily Impressions DSP
Metallic Baker's Twine & Sequins
Metallic Baker's Twine & Sequins
Lily Pad Dies
Lily Pad Dies
The Gang's All Meer
The Gang's All Meer
Thoughtful Blooms
Thoughtful Blooms
Small Bloom Punch
Small Bloom Punch
Sending You Thoughts
Sending You Thoughts
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Power of Hope Bundle
Power of Hope Bundle
Golden Honey DSP
Golden Honey DSP
Kerchief Card Kit
Kerchief Card Kit
Little Ladybug (Hostess)
Little Ladybug (Hostess)

Sale-a-bration runs through March 31, so you'll want to start shopping, hosting, and joining right away!  And the Mini Catalog runs through June 2.


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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

SSC221 Let's Skate!

Playing along with Sunday Stamps color challenge again, I'm focusing in on a favorite crafting month, January!  Truth be told, I bristle a little bit at holiday crafting.  I love highlighting winter activities just for the sheer joy of it; snow, snowmen, snowflakes, skating, skiing, and winter scenes are always fun.

Have you seen the Free Skate bundle?  With my daughter being a (slightly-former) figure skater, I couldn't resist getting it.  And it is retiring on January 2 (Thursday!), so grab yours fast!

This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #416.  And here's this week's Sunday Stamps color combo; use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: Free Skate; Paper: Gray Granite, Whisper White, Falling in Love DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Gray Granite, Basic Black; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Brayer, Aquapainter, Detailed Skate Dies, Die-Cutting Machine, Dimensionals.



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Sunday, December 29, 2019

SSC221 Snow Biking

Hello All, I'm late for this week's Sunday Stamps color challenge.  Between Christmas and New Year's, Hubs is working from home.  And since the ice has receded, we are taking this opportunity to do some trail building on our and the adjacent farmer's properties.

This fact combined with a couple weeks of ice previously at the house has me thinking about fat biking.

My sons, unbeknownst to them, bought me a new fat bike for Christmas.  Thanks guys!
















Here's this week's colors; use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: Snow Front, Sheltering Tree, Darkroom Door Enjoy the Ride; Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Whisper White, Best Route DSP; Ink: Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Versamark; Accessories: Clear & Glitter Enamel Dots, White Embossing Powder, 3/4" Circle Punch, Aquapainter, Sponges, Dimensionals.



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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Happy Holidays!

I pulled out My Digital Studio for a little last-minute photo card creating.  They were turned around quickly to be printed online, but unfortunately they will be a little late into the post.  Casualty of taking a December vacation.

Speaking of which, the photo is of our Grand Canyon vacation, 13-months in the making.  A lottery-entry for reservations at Phantom Ranch is necessary, so we didn't pick the date, and built the whole vacation around the date we received.  We trained all summer with two overnight backpacking trips in the Catskills, and my 12-year-old daughter was apprehensive (but ready!).

We hiked down to Phantom Ranch and stayed over, hiked and camped at Indian Gardens on Day 2, and hiked out on Day 3.  It was such a fabulous accomplishment for her!  I am one proud mama.

I did need to import the holly frame into Photoshop Elements and massage it a little bit so I could insert the photo without overlaying the holly leaves.

MDS: Candy Cane Lane Designer Kit, Snowy Soiree Designer Kit.  

Happiest of holidays to you and yours!!

Monday, December 23, 2019

It Starts With Art Crafty Gifts

Recently there was an update to the business resource items available to Stampin' Up! demos, and I was excited when I saw the It Starts with Art-type crafty magnets for sale.  They are perfect for little downline gifts.

Packaging inspiration is from Donna Wicks (thanks for all your great ideas, Donna!).



Stamps: Crafting Forever, It Starts with Art, Stamping Your Way to the Top; Paper: Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP; Ink: Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Stampin' Blends; Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Stitched Shapes Dies, Die-Cutting Machine, Dimensionals.



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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Stampin' Up! Wonderland

I hear our friend Linda Callahan is having a birthday!  I know it would be easier to go through the stash and grab a card to send, but isn't it more fun to stamp a fresh one?

I saw this color combination on our local Hudson Valley Vintage Facebook page.  HVVintage is an antique store which also teaches painting techniques.  I went to a farmhouse clock workshop there and fell in love.

And Linda might be familiar with this card sketch.


The challenge with this layout was to get the sentiment to pop against both a white background and dark trees, so I brayered the bottom corner with Gray Granite ink in order to darken the entire background.

Happy birthday, Linda!!

Stamps: Wonderland, Love What You Do; Paper: Shaded Spruce, Whisper White, Festive Farmhouse DSP; Ink: Shaded Spruce, Gray Granite, Versamark; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, White Embossing Powder, Brayer, Watercolor Brush, Dimensionals.



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