During the school year, I spend a lot of time with my stamping business online. But with the kids home and summer in full swing, I’ve been spending more time away from my computer and out and about. But that doesn’t mean all stamping has stopped! I just have fallen behind on some of my sharing… but whooo boy! There are some exciting things to share coming up! From fun events, product sneak peeks, and more! I thought I’d hop back online and share what I’ve been up to and what exciting things are coming soon!
Just for August! Thoughtful Branches Bundle, Class in Person & Class by Mail (Get it FREE)!
This is a super versatile and adorable stamp set and die that is ONLY available in the month of August. And it is while supplies last. Seriously though… it is AMAZING! Check it out:
Love it? Get a FREE class with it when you purchase the bundle from me!
Yup! That is right! I’m back with a new class you can either do IN PERSON or BY MAIL! We’ll be making 4 fun cards using this set (images coming soon!) – the online class will make 8 total (2 of each design).
In Person – Join us on Monday August 1st, at 7pm at the Panera Bread in Redmond, WA. We’ll be making 4 cute cards together and all supplies are provided. Class fee is only $15 GET IT FREE! – purchase the bundle that night or place another order and get your class fee waived! RSVP HERE or by emailing me at email@example.com
By Mail – Not local or can’t make it? No problem! I’m offering the class by mail as well with extra! Class kit by mail: Have fun making it at home! Get the supplies to make 2 each of all 4 cards. You’ll get all the paper precut, embellishments, envelopes, and a full color pdf tutorial so you can have the walk through instructions. Class kit fee is $25 GET IT FREE! – preorder the bundle from me and I’ll include the class kit for FREE! You just pay the shipping to get it to you. Bundle price with class kit shipping – $69
Instructions only: Already have the bundle? Get the pdf instructions for $6.95 PDFs will be emailed out mid-next week
Are you a demonstrator or thinking of becoming one? If you didn’t know, I LOVE being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and in fact am celebrating just hitting my 8 year anniversary on the 26th! One of my favorite things to do is get together with other demonstrators and share and learn from each other. I’m so excited for this new event for Stampin’ Up demonstrators in the Pacific Northwest! Join us as we share the excitement of the NEW Holiday Catalog. Get project ideas, participate in swapping, learn from other demonstrators, and have lots of fun! This is our very own unofficial regional event and you are sure to go away inspired.
This has been the big event I’ve been focused on this summer and I can’t wait to see it all come together next month!
Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend is Coming September 16-18!
My other big event that is in the works is my fall Crafty retreat! It is always a blast and this one will be no exception! We’ll be playing with new goodies from the Holiday Catalog, creating till the middle of the night, getting inspired and laughing all along the way.
ANNOUNCING – the Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend Fall Fest!
Sept 16th-18th, 2016 Hyatt House in Bellevue 3244 139th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005
Whew boy! I was going through my memory card on my camera to start planning out cards to post here on the blog when I realized that I recorded a video for how to make my swap card I took with me on the Mediterranean cruise, but I didn’t actually ever edit and POST the video! Shows you how scattered I’ve been with summer this year. See… I thought as my kiddos got older, when they were out of school it would be easier. Instead, they have activities and way too much energy bouncing off the walls in our house! Nope, I wasn’t at all prepared for them to be out of school, but all the chaos has taught me valuable lessons for how to be better prepared next time.
But better late than never, right?! So, here is the card I designed for the swap on the Mediterranean Cruise at the end of May:
I thought it was a fun, clean design… but then I thought it was even cooler when I noticed that folks who’s work I love like Mary Fish had actually posted a photo of my card from the display boards they made on the ship to her FB page. Good to know I wasn’t the only one who liked it!
Anyway, I put together a video so you could see how I made this card and some tips for putting it all together. So, if you are a visual person, here you go!
(note – if you are reading this in email, you can see the video here)
It all started with the idea that the wavy die cut from the Swirly Scribbles thinlits set would make great waves… and if you have waves, then you have to have a boat! And seriously, isn’t this the cutest little boat ever? Plus with you having controls for each part, it makes it easy to really customize it to the color combination of your card. (in this case I used Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party, Dapper Denim, So Saffron, and Peek-a-boo Peach.)
Then I had a sentiment I really liked from the Love and Affection stamp set and made a sort of rustic piece to go in the corner. Didn’t want everything to be too clean and smooth… Nope, gotta roughen up that cardstock! This is like my low effort way of making it feel nautical or like an old map and rope. Come on… squint with me and you can kind of see what I was going for… right?
And the last piece that was impossible to show on the video and probably impossible to show here… but I added some shimmer to my “ocean” by adding some clear wink of stella glimmer paint in between the blue cardstock lines of the waves. So the whole bottom part was shimmery which really makes it cool in person. On the computer… well, um… just trust me, it is cute!
So, I hope you enjoyed this idea for using the Swirly Bird bundle. Don’t worry I have more ideas to share soon as well… so if you don’t already have it, well, you just might want to get your own. And also, don’t forget about the Bonus Days promotion that is happening now! Get the bundle and some adhesive and you get a $5 coupon to use in August. Sweet! Get bonus days details here!
I’ve been busy busy getting ready for my big Craft Garage sale this weekend – if you are in the Bellevue/Seattle area, you should totally come check it out Friday and Saturday from 9-3. But in the meantime, I had to take a break and share a fabulous new special just started TODAY! Plus keep scrolling to check out some fun projects made with the new Touches of Texture stamp set.
Bonus Days Start Today!
We all love getting fun new goodies and we all love getting cool stuff for free… so who wouldn’t love combining those and getting a $5 gift certificate for every $50 you order?! Here is the scoop:
From July 7th-31st, you’ll earn a $5 gift certificate for every $50 you spend with me. So $50= $5 coupon, $100= $10 coupon, $150= $15 in free stampin rewards credit now and $15 in Bonus days coupons for later!
There are NO LIMITS to how many coupons your can earn!
Thought about joining my team? You can even earn Bonus coupons on all your orders you place as a demonstrator in July as well! So you get your 20% discount PLUS coupons to use in August! Total score!
Coupons can be redeemed from August 2nd –31st the using any of the same shopping methods above
Have more questions? Just let me know. But otherwise, have fun shopping!
A Card and a Tag with Touches of Texture
Alright, need some inspiration to get your morning going after that exciting Bonus days news? I thought I’d share a couple projects I got to make while on the Stampin’ Up Incentive Trip in May. We had the fun and novel experience doing make and take projects on a cruise ship. These were some of my fun tablemates while I stamped.
We got to use the Touches of Texture stamp set and make a couple cards and a tag. Here is the first card we made…
It is a great quick and easy card since it doesn’t take a lot of supplies but still is fun and interesting. Now, I’ll admit, this stamp set is one that I totally passed over in the catalog. You see, I don’t always know what to do with “collage-style” stamp sets. When you look at the stamp images, they just look like a bunch of random images. But these projects showed me that the great thing about these sets is that they are designed for you to mis-mash together and it pretty much always looks good! Now that is an idea I can get behind! Stamping like a crazy woman and not having my messes not only look intentional, but artsy? Sign me up!
We stamped a few images from the set for the flower and background splatter. And if you look at the cardbase, there is another subtle background image too! Add a strip of the Moroccan designer paper to the top, some Thick baker’s twine, and a sentiment and you are done! Easy peasy!
And now for a project that looks super fancy, but is even easier! A Touches of Texture gift tag!
All you have to do is cut a 2” strip (any length will do) from the Moroccan designer paper and punch the end with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. Stamp a few flowers from the Touches of Texture stamp set and set aside.
Grab another 2” strip of a different pattern from the Moroccan designer paper and punch BOTH ENDS using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch for a cool background shape. Stamp you sentiment and punch out with the 2” circle punch and adhere some banners made from yet another Moroccan designer paper pattern and some gold sequins. Glue them all together and you are done! But wouldn’t it be a pretty addition to any gift or even the front of a card? Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
Summer is flying by and if your schedule is like mine… I don’t have quite as much time to create and craft as I did when the kiddos were in school. I have lots of projects in my brain… now to get them out on paper! Ever have that problem?
Well today, I wanted to share a quick card that you can pull together in a flash when you need to send a little love but don’t have a ton of time or a ton of supplies on hand for that matter! All you need is a little bit of ink, some white paper, and some scraps of glitter paper and ribbon!
Project Tips for Creating This Card:
Take your basic Whisper White cardstock for your card base (cut to 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”, and scored at 4 1/4”).
Grab your Sahara Sand ink pad and stamp a few splatters in the middle of the page using Gorgeous Grunge. You don’t need a lot, just a couple splatterings will do!
Add a strip of scrap Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper and a scrap of ribbon like this fabulous Mini Striped Tip Top Taupe ribbon. See, this is a perfect use for your scraps!
Pick a great color combination! I used Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, and Elegant Eggplant. Aren’t they so pretty? But try out your favorite colors and you will be surprised how fabulous your butterfly turns out!
Kick up the shine by coloring with the Wink of Stella clear glitter pen over all the Elegant Eggplant ink. Seriously, it looks fabulous in person! Don’t forget about this great pen… it makes every project just a little more awesome.
This stamp set is a hidden gem. So if you have it at home – break it out! You won’t be sorry. And if you don’t have it yet… it may want to go on your wishlist. Just saying
I suddenly realized this morning that June is rapidly flying by and that means the fabulous promotion for getting 2 free stamp sets added to your Starter Kit when you purchase it in June is also quickly coming to a close! So I wanted to make sure to post a reminder for everyone!
How it works:
Decide you are ready to join the Fun Side by becoming a demonstrator – my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group would love to welcome you!
Pick out $125 in product from your wishlist (easy, right? with the new Annual Catalog) and head over to start filling out the starter kit info.
Pick out 2 MORE stamp sets you want to get FOR FREE (any value) and add them to your starter kit
Only pay $99 plus tax… Stampin’ Up even covers the shipping!
Get fun stuff in the mail and I’ll reach out to say welcome and get you added to our Fun n’ Crafty team FB group and more!
With so many great reason to give it a try… why not try it out?
So, are you ready for some inspiration? Maybe even some things to add to your starter kit . This was a card I created for my Stamp Club as a way to mix and match some supplies in my craft room that I didn’t normally think to put together. Check it out:
Fun things to try on this card:
Create a cool background with the Sunburst Die and Vellum! I love the look of the sunburst die, but I wanted to do something a little bit different with is, so I used it to create a background pattern for my card. The neat thing is that when you use Vellum for your sunburst, you can layer it over your cardbase and depending on the color of your base cardstock, you’ll get a cool muted color where the vellum overlays.
Only adhere the vellum where it is covered – just a tip for gluing down your Vellum, only put the glue where the sunburst will be covered up. So, in this case, I just glued down underneath the square and not all the way to the ends of the sunburst rays.
Create a frame for the sentiment of your card – I love doing this with my cards. I stamp my sentiment onto a piece of cardstock and then on a SECOND piece of cardstock (slightly larger than the sentiment piece) punch out a window using a framelit (like the Circles Framelits for a card like this) or a punch. Then pop up that cardstock with a cutout over your sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals for a cool layered look.
Add extra texture by using an embossing folder for your frame piece – I took it up a notch by using the Woodgrain embossing folder on my circle frame piece. Now, word of caution – you want to put in as few shims as necessary when embossing with this particular folder because when you go to cut out your circle, you end up with skinnier areas of cardstock around the circle which will be prone to tearing if your aren’t careful. Good news though, if it tears a little, you can always put a dimensional behind the tear and it will hold it together and hide the rip.
I also created my colorful background for the sentiment by using the swoosh from the Work of Art stamp set and stamped in three different colors
But mix and match the colors to coordinate with the colors of your card!
Try another color combination for the same card idea!
I thought I’d also post another version of this card that I created for the April OnStage Display boards – I changed up the colors to make the emphasis Mint Macaron, one of the colors I needed to highlight for the boards.
So you can see that changing up the colors on this design still looks great! In this case, I used
Watermelon Wonder (for the heart)
So give it a try and let me know what color combinations you discover and love!
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If you have seen the Swirly Bird stamp set in the Stampin’ Up catalog, you may have thought to yourself that it didn’t look like much… or, like I did, what the heck am I going to do with these shapes?!
But the amazing thing you’ll see if you start looking at cards using this set, is that you end up seeing so many different options and opportunities! Kind of like life, right? You look at the jumble of people and situations and wonder how it all comes together and yet, usually you end up being pleasantly surprised by some of the cool and unexpected ways things come together! So, today I thought I’d share one of the first cards I made with the Swirly Bird stamp set… did you see those weird triangle shapes in the stamp image above? Check it out… they turn into kites when used together!!!
Tips for making this card:
Two stamps means lots of opportunity to play with color – Mix and match your colors for the striped part of the kite and the solid part. I was focusing on Delightful Dijon as this was a card for the OnStage displays using that color, but play around with your favorite colors to find new and fun color combinations!
Cut out some shapes to help your kites float on the breeze – While there is a coordinating thinlit set, it doesn’t cut out the kite image or the little bows. But don’t be dissuaded from adding this pop of dimension! Here are a few of my tips for cutting out stamp shapes so they look great:
– Always leave some white space around the outside of your images!
When I first started cutting out stamped images, I tried to cut exactly on the outline of the image. The problem with that is that I’m an imperfect cutter and so sometimes I would cut right on the line and sometimes I’d cut OFF the line, or leave a little bit of white. Which in the end, didn’t look so great. But when I would cut and always try to leave a little bit of white around the edges, you don’t notice when I’m slightly closer in one spot or a little farther away in others. Plus, it keeps the clean edge of the stamped image in tact, so the image always looks great!
– Move your paper NOT your scissors!
This is another trick that blew my mind when I first started cutting things out. If
you are like me, you learned in kindergarten to open and close the scissors in the direction of where you want to cut. And that works great if you are cutting strips of paper or other mostly straight lines. It doesn’t work so well when you are cutting curves or in little detail areas. So, now, I always start with my scissors open and slowly close them for my cutting, but with my other hand, I move my paper to change direction of the cut. Moving the paper allows for smooth curves and can make it a lot easier to get in to those tight little spaces.
Cut up your dimensionals (and the edges of the foam dimensional sheets!) to pop up even the littlest pieces – I wanted my kites to be floating on the breeze, but then I had to figure out what to do with the tails. Ended up being easy to just cut up some of the edges of dimensional sheets so I could pop up the thin lines behind a few of the bows on each string. Seriously, it is easier than it sounds!
Try the other stamps in unexpected ways! I thought the swirly images in the stamp set looked like birds nests or artsy flowers, but when working on this card, I suddenly saw clouds! That is the beauty of it, you can make them whatever you want! I used Soft Sky ink and then for fun, added a white sequin from the Metallic Sequins assortment to the middle of each with a glue dot.
I loved how this card came together and hope it inspires you to give this stamp set a second look and maybe you’ll see some fun and unexpected combinations for an amazing project!
And speaking of fun and amazing new products and projects, if you missed it over on my YouTube channel, I posted an “unboxing” video to walk through all the new ribbons, papers, accessories, kits, and many many new stamp sets! In fact, I had so much I couldn’t keep it all in one box! So, check it out and see if you find any unexpected favorites in there
Annual Catalog Unboxing and New Product Preview
So, what do you think? Have a favorite stamp or paper? I love your comments and would love to hear from you on what your thoughts are .
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After all the tragedy in the news over the last weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to share a paper hug here on the blog.
I was inspired by a card by the hilarious Brian King and just loved the bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set popping out of the corner of the card!
Tips for making this card:
Let your images jump out of the frame! Stamp the bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set and cut him out using the matching framelits. Then glue him onto the front of the paper you want him to be popping out of, so that his legs are hanging off of the corner. Trim off any parts of the bear that are hanging over the edge and he is jumping out with a hug for you!
Great looks with mats – Make it really looked like a framed window by creating a small mat out of the same color cardstock as the bear! I have him glued onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut his legs to match the edges of the white cardstock. THEN, I mounted that onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock (the same that I used for the bear) that was cut to be 1/8” longer and taller than my white piece. So, if the white cardstock is 2 1/4” x 3 1/2”, the crumb cake is 2 3/8” x 3 5/8”.
Mix and match sentiments for fun personalized sentiments! I used the Peek-a-Boo from the Suite Sentiment sets and just colored the “peek-a-boo” from the baby sentiment with a marker. Then I used the “see this hug” and it’s for you” from the Bear Hugs set, to finish out my custom sentiment! Mix and match any works in your collection for fun phrases.
For everyone impacted by the horrible acts in Orlando this weekend, my heartfelt condolences to you and your loved ones! There is also a card drive going on to shower the owner of Pulse nightclub with love and thoughts by sending her cards of support. If you are interested in participating, I have details posted on my facebook page here.
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Ok I’m finally getting the last set of projects up on the blog! It’s been a busy week with Caitlin’s gymnastics show (or really, in her case, bouncing around the floor :))
and then Nicholas’ kindergarten graduation and then HIS gymnastics performance on Saturday. Then it is officially SUMMER! I’m not sure whether to be excited because there is more flexibility in the day or scared because that means the quiet time in the middle of the day is going to be gone for 2 1/2 months!
But the sun is shining and the kids are cute… so I’ll choose happy. 🙂
And here are some Minty Fresh project ideas to get you going for summer too!
A fun and simple card that is quick and easy to do using some of the In Color designer paper, Bold Butterfly thinlits, and the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.
Or get a little fancier and bust out the vellum and Sunburst die to make a card like this:
And if you are in a hurry, how about a simple birthday card using the Balloon Celebrations stamp set?
I also had to create a scrapbook page for the display boards and just loved the fun of this picture from a Mommy & Me “spa” date. It was a special treat for Caitlin and so the sentiment from the You’re So Sweet stamp set.
So, if you missed any of my other Display Board projects you can check them out here: