Quick & Easy Monochromatic (ish) Card for In Color Club

Over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog today, everyone is sharing a Quick & Easy project for you to try.  I thought that the card I created for July’s In Color Club by mail fit perfectly into this theme!  Though there is a lot to look at, this card uses minimal supplies and comes together remarkably quickly.

Tips for this card:

  • Keep your projects quick and easy by sticking to a simple color scheme!  In this case, I was trying to show an idea that used the new Hello Honey supplies they received in their In Color Club kit and didn’t want to assume they had a bunch of other supplies.  So, all we needed was the Hello Honey ink pad, cardstock, and ribbon; plus a contrasting color of ink and cardstock for an accent.
  • Use your Dazzling Details glitter glue  over a stamped image to add some sparkle without the mess of actual glitter.  If you smear it around with the tip of the glue applicator shortly after stamping, it will let the ink color bleed just a little bit giving you a more sparkly filled in look.

  • That Hardwood background stamp isn’t just for brown wood fences. Smile  Try other colors for a pretty background that blends in with the rest of the card!

  • Tie your “bow” by adhering the ends of your ribbon around the back of your White piece of cardstock.  Then take a second piece of ribbon and tie it around the first piece of ribbon you attached, pulling the knot tight.  You will get a snug ribbon and an easier time tying a nice looking knot!
  • The sentiment and flower are from the Bloom with Hope hostess stamp set.  See a hostess set you want but can’t place a $150 order to earn it by yourself?
    Consider hosting a private class or craft night with your friends and by the end of the night you could earn that set for free!  Or make it even easier for your friends and we can do an Online Party with Facebook.  It is a fun way to let your friends be inspired and shop and no one has to get out of their pjs!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com if you’d like to give it a try!

And for those of you curious about my In Color Club, this is a great way to collect a little bit of everything from the In Colors including a couple card ideas to get you started over the course of 5 months.  To help those folks who missed starting right away, this is something I’ll be running each month.  When you join, you’ll get the kit for the color of that month and I’ll just keep cycling the colors until everyone has gotten all 5 of their color kits!  So, start anytime and you can be sure you’ll get all of your color kits by the end!

Learn more about In Color Club here

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New Weekly Deals and other Specials

Happy Tuesday!  Yes, I know my craft room is pretty full right now (just means I need to get more creating time in!) but I know I always look forward to Tuesday morning when the new Weekly Deals go up.  You never know when one of your favorites will suddenly go on sale. Smile  Especially when you can add it to one of the other great deals happening this month.  Here is what they have for us today:

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Shop the Weekly Deals online here

Want more deals?  Check these out:

  • Buy a Big Shot, Get a Bundle!  (or just get a special bundle for 15% off!)
    View the bundles online here

    Big Shot Bundles Flyer 2014
  • New Yee Haw Photopolymer Stamp Set
    Gotta love this fun set of photopolymer stamps that were just released.  It’s a bunch of fun for any occasion.  See it online here.image
  • New Items added to the Clearance Rack
    See what’s new and get some cute stuff at great prices on the Clearance rack.  Check it out online here.

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  • Give Paper Pumpkin a Try and get 50% off your first 2 months!
    If you haven’t checked out Paper Pumpkin in a while, you should.  They are cuter and beefier than ever.  Plus you can get everything you need for an afternoon crafting break for only $10/month INCLUDING shipping when you use the promo code before Sept 10th.  Get started here.
     

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  • Get an extra $25 in free stamps when you join my team starting FRIDAY!
    I just heard that for 1 week only (Aug 22-29th) that anyone who joins the Stampin’ Up family by purchasing the starter kit will get a bonus $25 in your kit!  That means you get $150 in product for only $99 plus you get free shipping on all of that!

    Woo hoo!  With the holiday catalog getting ready to start up, you can not only get a lot of your wishlist as part of your starter kit, but you also get 30% commission or discount off your first order of $150 or more… and when you show the catalog to your friend and family, you know they are going to want to order too!  This way they can order from you too.

Remember this starts August 22nd (Friday), but if you have questions in the meantime, let me know.  Then on Friday, head over to my Starter Kit sign up form and pick out all the goodies you want as part of this deal.  I can’t wait to have you join our fun stamping family!

If you have any questions or want to know more about any of these promotions or getting even more bang for your buck when you join my team of Stampin’ Up demonstrators… just email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’d love to chat with you!

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Speedy Scrapbooking with Seasonally Scattered

I realized this weekend that I haven’t done traditional scrapbooking in what feels like a long time.  And I really do miss it!  So, after I get all caught up with the samples for my next few events, I will be for sure doing more scrapping.  And I may just have to plan a cropping day too… anyone want to join me?

Today’s share however is a page I created for the Stampin’ Up convention display boards using the new Seasonally Scattered stamp set from the Holiday Catalog (which I’m finishing mailing out this week, so if you need a copy, let me know!)

Tips for this project:

  • Keep it quick by using the designer paper packs, like the Moonlight pack here, and just overlap full sheets of the paper to make your background.  No cutting means fast designs!
  • Use up your ribbon scraps by trimming the ends and then adhering them in a group behind one of your layers of paper.  I mixed 1/8” Taffeta in Melon Mambo and Satin Ribbon in Hello Honey & Blackberry Bliss.

  • After stamping your sentiment in Melon Mambo and then outline the letters of the stamped image in a contrasting marker – in this case Blackberry Bliss.
  • Use vellum for a subtle way to add journalling to your project without the journalling block dominating your scrapbook page.
  • Add a few sequins for some bits of color and shine along the top of your page.

The fun part about scrapbooking is that you get to enjoy the memories while you are working because you are looking at your pictures… plus you get to have fun will all your tools and techniques as you build your page.  It is like a really big card to play and experiment with!

Scrapbook even faster with Project Life!  If you have tons of pictures you want to get documented but don’t feel like you have time to scrapbook, don’t forget to check out Project Life.  All you need is a few essentials:

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See all the options with Project Life here

Drop your photos in the pocket pages – no cutting required! Add the cute cards from the card collections and just write in your notes about what was happening and you are done!  Easy Peasy!  Learn more about Project Life and see a video of how fast it is to create a set of pages in this blog post.

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Amazing Birthday Card for a Fun n’ Crafty Card Swap

I need a little bright and cheery today since the Seattle weather went from hot and sunny (which was perfect for our camping trip last weekend) to cool and damp again.  So, I thought I would share with you a card I created for a card swap among my Fun n’ Crafty demonstrator group.  We each picked stamps from the new catalog and so mine was the Amazing Birthday stamp set.

Tips for making this card

    • The 2” wide strip of Whisper White cardstock is perfect for both the “Make Today Ridiculously Amazing” sentiment stamp (and yes, that is all one stamps), and for exactly fitting in the scallop tag topper punch.  Just cut it to the length you want and stamp and punch!
    • Stamp your main sentiment image in one color, like this Early Espresso, and then stamp on a scrap paper with a contrasting color – such as Strawberry Slush.  I hand cut out the Amazing sentiment and glued it on top of the Espresso image.


Add a bit more pop to your card by using rhinestones, pearls, or mini brads over the brown dots next to the Amazing sentiment to emphasize it even more!

  • I used the striped banner stamps from the same Amazing Birthday stamp set and just had the points facing each other (and hidden under the scallop tag) to get that center panel of Coastal Cabana stripes.
  • Add a bow to the front of your tag without having to worry about tying it on by tying a bow and then just attaching to the front of your card with a glue dot.

We are getting ready for our Holiday Catalog team swap at the end of the month, and I can’t wait to see what everyone creates.  I’ll have to share some of the cards they made for the last swap because they are pretty great! Smile
Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget that TODAY is the last day to sign up for my demonstrator Stamp & Share event.  Hope to see you there!

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Join Me for a Demonstrator Stamp & Share

I wanted to post a quick reminder for anyone who had been interested in joining me for my downline Stamp & Share next weekend (the 23rd) that the RSVP deadline is tomorrow!  And yes, this is open to any active Stampin’ Up demonstrator who would like to join us and folks interested in joining my Fun n’ Crafty team.

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Fun n’ Crafty Stamp & Share Event

August 23rd, 2014     12:30-5pm

Join with your fellow demonstrators and the Fun n’ Crafty stampers for a fun afternoon full of

  • Card & Project Displays

  • Stamping Presentations
  • Business Talk
  • Card Contest
  • New Holiday Catalog products to check out
  • Make & Takes (that you can even use for a class!)
  • Make a Blendabilities sampler sheet
  • Yummy treats
  • and of course, PRIZES!

You will come home full of ideas, inspriation, and joy from spending an afternoon with other amazing demonstrators.  All for only a $15 event fee to help cover supplies and materials.

Can’t attend in person?  I’m trying to spread the fun to you!  Mail me your card to be entered into the card contest, get a kit mailed to you before the event with your make & take project kits and a finished Blendabilities sampler sheet.  Along with any handouts and notes from the event.  Get some of the demos in your area together and work on the project kits together at your own local stamp & share. :)

Thinking about joining Stampin’ Up? You are invited to!  They can come check out what the excitement is all about.  Hopefully they will love it enough to join us after it is done!

PLEASE RSVP by 8/16

We will be meeting at Liz’ house in the Newcastle/Bellevue area

REGISTER HERE

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Pastel Fun with Kinda Eclectic

Happy Thursday!  I have a quick share for you today using my beloved Kinda Eclectic stamp set in another totally different way.  This was another of my convention display board cards and one that was fun to see up on the boards:

Thoughts for this card

  • I love using this sun stamp image for a background on my projects (I have an awesome card storage box that I’ll be sharing soon that does this as well!) but when you switch up the colors it gives you totally different looks. 
    In this case I used:  Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum, Smoky Slate, and Blackberry Bliss for the sentiment.
  • Add coordinating strips of cardstock behind your image to help emphasize the colors you chose.  If you keep your brightest color in the middle it will make that color really pop!

  • Add color around your punched images with a sponge dauber to help them stand out from the rest of your card.  Especially if you have a busy background like on this card.
  • Don’t be afraid to tear your paper!  It makes for an easy way to add texture and interesting layers without much work.

This card was fun because it was a totally unexpected color combination for me.  I think I found papers around my desk and I knew I wanted it light and it all came together. 

If you want more fun ideas for color combinations or want to share your recent combos, I asked the other night on my Facebook page what color combinations folks had used recently and there were some great combos there as well!  So stop by, check it out, and then share what you have been using!

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Don’t Forget! Sign up by tonight to get in on the CUTE August Paper Pumpkin Kit

Do you get that little orange box of fun each month?  Which box am I talking about?  That orange Paper Pumpkin one, of course! Smile 

PAPER PUMPKIN TURNS ONE!I know, I haven’t been very good about posting pictures of my creations with My Paper Pumpkin lately, but I have to admit, since they’ve made strides to improve the kits this spring, I think they have gotten a lot better and holy moly in the last few months I have gotten SO MUCH STUFF in one little box its always a fun adventure to see what else I can create with it.  For example this is July’s kit:

Sample of July’s Paper Pumpkin Kit (you got enough for 6 cards AND 6 boxes w/ tags)

But you actually had enough supplies to make:

  • 6 boxes w/ ribbon and tags
  • 6 cards with envelopes
  • 6 more tags
  • extra ribbon
  • around 36 EXTRA silver stars
  • oh, and the insides to ALL the stars were left over
  • Plus extra stickers… oh my!

Yeah, all that for only $19.95 shipped… yes, that is right, that INCLUDES shipping!

Ok, now for the reminder part…. You have to be subscribed by TONIGHT to get in on the August Paper Pumpkin kit.  They start processing credit cards and shipping the kits out tomorrow.

Now I got to see this upcoming kit while at convention and I CAN’T WAIT to get mine!  I can tell you it is a card kit (sorry… spoiler alert!) and I thought it looked like a lot of fun.

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Wha Bam!  Get your next two kits for only $10 SHIPPED!  I know, right?!  Yay!  So, if you are ready to join me on a crafting adventure each month, just sign up here and I can’t wait to stamp and share our creations:

SIGN UP FOR MY PAPER PUMPKIN HERE

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Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek–Seasonally Scattered Thank You Card

I know, I know… I’ve been super slow about getting more Holiday Catalog sneak peeks up!  Eek, my bad!  Well, I have one for you today and I’m sure I will have more for you next week – my holiday catalog preorder just arrived!  In the meantime, here is a card I put together for the Stampin’ Up 2014 convention display boards using one of the sets we were given at convention called Seasonally Scattered.  This is one of the new sets from the Holiday catalog and has this Thanks image along with a “Merry” and a “Love” image with background images speckled behind the letters.

Tips for making this card:

  1. When I got this set, the first thing I wanted to do was heat emboss (which I did… a lot) but then I wanted to do something different and this image screamed at me to color with my markers. 
    Which I admit took a little bit of time, but it comes out soooo pretty.  The only thing is that there is no outline for the letters.  So I found that to make them extra readable, I outlined the letters with my Hello Honey marker for a subtle emphasis and separate of the letters from the rest of the image.
  2. Add your own little flower element too by punching out a couple flowers using the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack and offsetting them for a pretty dimensional touch.
  3. Grab the Autumn Leaves Bigz Die to finish out the fall look and layering them behind your image.
  4. By keeping it all in the 2014-2016 In Color family, you can add lots of accents but not have them get too busy because you know the colors will all coordinate!

I have lots more projects where this came from with this set and while this set was a little hard to get started with, let me just say there are no end to the ideas and inspiration I saw that make me not sad at all that I have it. Smile 

Special Invitation to Seattle Area demonstrators

If you are a demonstrator in the Seattle area and like the idea of getting together with other demonstrators to chat, share ideas, get some new tools and class ideas, then I’d like to invite you to my teams Stamp & Share.  This year I’ve started a new event for my group called a Stamp & Share where we get together for essentially a mini-regional (on a much smaller scale).  We hang out for an entire afternoon (12:30-5pm) and there are stamping demonstrations and presentations, a business presentation, card contest, games, make & take that you can use as a class idea, and of course, Prizes!!  I always feel the more people there to share the better but as I’m getting this started I’m confined a bit on space.  That said, we have room for a few more folks join us and I’d love for you to join us. 

We’ll be meeting August 23rd at 12:30 in the Newcastle/South Bellevue area.  If you’d like to join us, just register here and I’ll make sure you have all the info!

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