Using Project Life Cards…for CARDS! Red & Gray Love Card

Happy Monday! Today I thought I would share a super fast and simple card that I created using the Everyday Occasions Accessory pack from Project Life by Stampin’ Up!  As we were working on our projects for the convention display boards, we were sent a set of Project Life cards and accessories and invited to create some projects using the supplies in a “non-traditional” way.  

I saw the heart die-cut card from the accessory pack and thought it would be a fun core element to a card.  So I grabbed my Pictogram Punches stamp set and was excited to discover that the I <3 You stamp was an exact fit!

Tips for making this card:

  • Cut a some glimmer paper 1/8” larger than your base paper (so in this case, the grey striped card was 3”x4”, so I cut my Real Red glimmer paper to 3-1/8” x 4-1/8”).  This gives you a very fine border around your main image and just a hit of sparkle to light it up.  It is a great way to add the sparkle without overwhelming the card with lots of bling!
  • Take a strip of scrap paper and turn it into a fun stripe for the background of your card.  In this case, I took a wide piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and glued it diagonally across the card front.  Then I flipped over my card and trimmed along the edges of the card base to cut off the extra paper that was hanging over the edge of the card.
  • Love those matching punches & stamp sets!!  The new Itty Bitty Accent Punch pack is a set of 3 punches for only $16.95 for all of them.  The heart and star are new sizes and all perfectly match with the Pictogram Punches stamp set.  The shapes are used in the sentiments for the set and so you can easily add a pop of color or glimmer to your project and no fussy cutting required!


I have 1 spot left in my Project Life Night class tonight!
If you’d like to come play more with Project Life with me, I’m running a class tonight and have 1 kit left so RSVP now and it is yours!  We’ll be making 2-3 cards, a 2 page scrapbook page, AND a giftable or two!  If you can’t make it in person but would like your kit to-go, I can do that too.  I’ll include a PDF of pictures of the projects and instructions along with a full set of Project Life cards for you to keep. Smile 
In person – 7/28 at Panera in Redmond from 7-9pm
To – go – just email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll get everything set up for you.

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Stampin’ Up 2014 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks!

2014 Stampin' up Holiday catalogSo, I’ve been hearing that a lot of folks are eager for sneak peeks from the holiday catalog and while I don’t have copies of the new catalog yet – I can get those on August 1st – I do have my photos from convention that I can share!  So, I thought I would put them all in one place for you to have a chance to scroll and see lots of what is coming out soon at the end of August!  So get ready for a lot of scrolling!

Some quick side notes:

  • We are not allowed to show pictures of the inside of the catalog, just the cover.  So we are limited to the samples and displays from convention until I place my preorder and start creating and sharing more of what I have here at home.
  • Want a copy of the Holiday catalog?  If you have a demonstrator, make sure they know you are waiting for yours – we get to order and start mailing ours in August!  If you don’t have a demonstrator, let me know you want one!  I’ll be automatically mailing out copies to all of you who have ordered from me in the last 6 months – so, don’t worry, you’ll get yours early!  Then after August Stamp Club, I’ll start mailing out extra copies to folks who request them.
  • Want to get your hands on Holiday items early?  Did you know that if you join my Fun n’ Crafty group of demonstrators, you could see the entire catalog online AND get your favorites first in August!?  No selling required!  Email me (jennifer@nwstamper.com) to chat about how you can get $125 in Holiday catalog items for only $99 with free shipping.  THEN get 30% off your first order of $150 or more!  You’ll also get in on the perks of being in my group such as joining our Holiday catalog card swap, participate and get inspired on our Facebook group, chat with us on our monthly team call, and more!  I’d love to have you be a part of our stamping family.

Ok, so… now on to the good stuff!  The pictures!  I swear I had a few more but I’m still trying to figure out where they went… so hopefully you can enjoy these in the meantime!

Halloween Stuff

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New stamp set and matching punch… also notice the rope/twine and that is a new sheer Cherry Cobbler ribbon

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New halloween and thanksgiving paper

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Simply Created Halloween wreath kit

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The Halloween wreath includes instructions and supplies for a cool beaded spider

Thanksgiving Stuff

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New feather framelits and those are gold metal buttons on the top left!

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30 days of Gratitude banner Simply Created project kit

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The 30 Days of Gratitude banner pieces fit great in Project Life pockets!

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Or make a gratitude flip book

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Stamp a Thanksgiving wreath in a picture frame and add my FAVORITE new wooden elements!

Christmas Stuff

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I thought this wreath stamp set and framelits was interesting… then I tried it out.  Now I LOVE it!

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Patty Bennett and I with our stamped wreaths

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Terrible picture but you can kind of see the stars confetti border punch and a new stamp too

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Another use for the mustache framelit.

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New tree stamp set and matching punch!

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New snowflake flip card die

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Gift card holder framelit die and tags

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Fun nordic like button and a peak at the new designer paper stack in the upper corner

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New paper  (there is a stamp set and framelit that makes those houses!) and a new star stamp set that matches the stars framelit

Project Life

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A new project life kit is coming too!  #PLxSU

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And of course it has it’s own accessory pack

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More Tools and other cool Stuff

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New Gift Box punch board

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This is the smallest size box it makes

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New printed kraft paper that is thicker and meant for using with the punch boards so it won’t rip.

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New embossing folder with a stamp set that is a similar style

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New mini stapler (LOVE THIS!!!)  First thing I bought.
Note - this is a DIFFERENT size mini staple than the Tim Holtz mini stapler  (this is slightly bigger)

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Another new stamp set that we got free at convention

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New stamp set called Seasonally Scattered!  This is one we created a bunch of projects for the display boards (3 of the cards above were mine!)  So you’ll be seeing a lot more samples with this from me very soon.

So, like I said, lots of cool and fun things coming.  And there are still a TON more that I didn’t get a chance to photograph.  So, stay tuned to check them all out and all the super cute projects you know everyone is going to be making with them.

And just a reminder to what I said above in case you can already tell your wishlist is growing:

    • Want a copy of the Holiday catalog?  If you have a
      demonstrator, make sure they know you are waiting for yours – we get to
      order and start mailing ours in August!  If you don’t have a demonstrator,
      let me know you want one!  I’ll be automatically mailing out copies to all
      of you who have ordered from me in the last 6 months – so, don’t worry,
      you’ll get yours early!  Then after August Stamp Club, I’ll start mailing
      out extra copies to folks who request them.
    • Want to get your hands on Holiday items early?  Did
      you know that if you join my Fun n’ Crafty group of demonstrators, you could see
      the entire catalog online AND get your favorites first in August!?  No
      selling required!  Email me (jennifer@nwstamper.com) to chat about
      how you can get $125 in Holiday catalog items for only $99 with free
      shipping.  THEN get 30% off your first order of $150 or more!  You’ll
      also get in on the perks of being in my group such as joining our Holiday
      catalog card swap, participate and get inspired on our Facebook group, chat with
      us on our monthly team call, and more!  I’d love to have you be a part of
      our stamping family.

 

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Friday Favorite–Amazing Birthday the Display Board Swap Card

Today over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog, the girls are sharing some of their favorites items.  I thought I would do a spin on that and share one of my favorite Convention Display Board cards and the stamp set that I loved working with – Amazing Birthday.  Like I’ve said before, I really like that this set is not just about Birthday but can be used for thanks, guys, or anything in between.  But in this case, I stuck to birthday and my favorite shape of the season – STARS!! No joke, I am so digging the stars thing right now and when I finished this card, it was the first one from the set of display board projects that I really got excited about.  So much so that I used it for our group swap where we picked on of our cards from the board to create and trade.

(SPOILER ALERT! If you love stars, get excited because in the upcoming Holiday Catalog, there is a stars embossing folder & a stars confetti border punch!!! Um, yes please!!)

Tips for creating this card:

  • Pick a neutral color and then two contrasting colors (I picked Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, and Hello Honey) and then repeat them all over your card.  Don’t be afraid to use a non-traditional color for your shape like blue for stars.
  • Offset your die cut images for a more interesting look.  You’ll notice that I had the Hello Honey banner aligned with the edge of the Crumb Cake whereas the Pacific Point is aligned to the edge of the card base.
  • Sponge the edge of bigger cardstock elements (like the the bigger star) to help them have more dimension even if you don’t pop them up on a dimensional.  Often just using the same color as the cardstock is enough.
  • When die cutting a shape with the matching framelit, like I did here with the banners, USE the Magnetic Platform!  Yes, you can use a post-it note… or the hope really hard methods Winking smile  but you will have a better time getting an even edge around your images when you use the magnetic platform because it is strong enough to keep the framelit where you set it!

Card Supplies Used

Oh, I forgot to mention, the sentiment is actually hand cut out… and yes, that Happy doesn’t have the dark line to the left of the “H”… that is intentional. Smile When I was doing this for a swap, I cut long strips for Whisper White cardstock (around 1.25” wide) and stamped my sentiment on the strip and then trimmed down with my snips to the narrower width. But this is a fun color combination, so grab some cardstock and give it a try with your projects.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Convention 2014 Swap Card with Kinda Eclectic

I told you yesterday how much fun I’ve been having with the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  Well, the best part was that I hit upon an idea I loved for my swap cards to take with me to convention this year that were actually easy to mass produce!  It was a miracle!!

For the most part, everything is stamped straight on top of each other, with the exception of the little butterfly which conveniently fits in the Bitty Butterfly punch.  So, up that guy went onto a dimensional!  Gotta have dimension, right?

Now while I was working on my 80+ swap cards, I discovered that there was a trick to stamping that big sun image.  I was going along great and then I started getting that “halo” problem.  You know, when you get a line from the edge of the rubber onto your image – exactly NOT where you want it!  But I figured out how to fix that and did a quick little video on it.  (I think I’m going to start doing more of these “Quick Tip” videos… so fun!)

note – if you are reading this blog post in email, you won’t see the video above, so be sure to click HERE to view the post and video.

Tips for making this card

  • Don’t be afraid to layer stamped image on top of each other.  If you start with the lightest color and go to dark, most of the time the dark ink will hide where it is overlapping (or at least enough that you don’t notice).
  • Add a punched or cut out item to your stack of stamped images to give it that extra wow touch.
  • When making lots of the same design, use a Designer Paper Stack like the Moonlight designer paper I used here, because you can mix and match your designs and know they will still all contain the same set of colors.  So while each card may have a slightly different pattern on top, the overall look of the card will be the same.
  • Use Baker’s Twine as an easy and inexpensive way to break up a busy pattern of paper.  You get 25 yards for only $2.95 and so you can wrap to your hearts content and have lots left over for other projects.
  • If you like the 2014-2016 In Colors (which is what I used for this card) get the In Color ink & bundle pack!  It is basically getting all the ink pads and then getting your cardstock for free!

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Clean & Simple and BRIGHT Kinda Eclectic Card for the Stampin’ Up Display Boards

Today is one of those quick and simple days… you know, when you need a card or want to get some crafting in but either don’t have the time or the mojo to come up with something elaborate or clever.  I thought I’d share one of the cards I created for the 2014 Stampin’ Up Convention display boards that fits the bill nicely! 

All you need is a circle punch and some extra paper and you pretty much have a card!  The best part is this design works with pretty much any paper you have, though I really liked the bright colors and bold patterns from the Sweet Taffy designer paper to contrast with the white cardstock base.

Tips for making this card

  • Cut a smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock to adhere your punched pieces so you can trim off the parts that hang over and have dimension and a clean border with that piece popped up off the card base.
  • Sponge the edges of your punched circles (I used a 1” circle punch and Basic Black ink) to help them be more defined and stand out from your base cardstock.
  • Glue your circles in a line and have full circles hanging off the ends to help you get the size and spacing right.  THEN, turn over your cardstock and trim off the extra parts of the circles.
  • Heat emboss your sentiment for an extra bit of shine and pizzazz.

Mix and match different colors and papers for a different look each time!

Card Supplies Used

Need more inspiration?  Check out all the amazing display stampers I had the privilege of creating with for this year’s boards:

2013-2014 Convention Display Stampers
Cathy Caines
Anja Beckmann
Jennifer Blomquist
Jeanna Bohanon
Amy Bollman
Erica Cerwin
Chelsey Christenson
Becky Cowley
Ilina Crouse
Lynda Day
Shari Fritz
Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek
Mary Haugen
Krista Jensen
Jane Lee
Nance Lempinen-Leedy
Charlet Mallett
Sarah Naber
Allison Okamitsu
Amy O’Neill
Breelin Renwick
Sarah Sagert
Cindy Schuster
Jennifer Timko
Ashley Van Camp
Kimberly Van Diepen
Mercedes Weber
Alanna Wharf

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Project Life Cards Make Great Altered Picture Frames!

By now, You’ve probably heard of Project Life and know the cards in each kit are great for quick and easy scrapbooking (if you want to learn more about project life, I have a video about it here).  But when they gave a set to us to use for the 2014 Stampin’ Up Convention display boards and use in other ways, I found myself looking at them in a different light.  And thus, this altered picture frame came to be!

I loved this project and even my non-crafty hubby liked it and said he wanted one for his desk at work!  Thankfully the frame is only $1 at Michaels and another set of Everyday Adventure Project Life by Stampin’ up is easy to come by!  So, I’ll be creating another one soon for him. 
See all the cards in the kit here.

The idea was to take this chunky frame and then start layering the cards around the edges to create a tiled design.  It all started with the Best Day Every card that is found in the Everyday Adventure Accessory Kit.  I thought it was cool because it is die cut so that you see through the card to whatever is behind it, so I thought it would look neat showing the wood of the frame through the letters.

From there I started laying out other cards that I thought had cool complimentary colors and patterns to fill up the frame.  Once I had the plan, I could flip over the frame and trace the edges of the frame on the back of the Project Life card for any given spot.

Then just trim off the extra paper and glue to your frame.  In my case, I ended up using the Tombow Liquid Glue.  And then finish up the seams by adding some embellishements from the Accessory kit (like those clear hearts) and other items in my craft room (like the rhinestones on the honeycomb card and the wooden accents such as the arrow and banner piece).

It actually came together really quickly and easily.  And did you realize, that the Banner Punch actually is the same width and just a smidge shorter than the banners in the Wooden Accents?  Cool huh?

Finally, I didn’t use it a lot, but I love the Remember This Project Life stamp set and it turned out to be perfect for stamping one of the stickers from the Accessory kit and balancing out everything on my frame!

Its an easy and inexpensive idea for a great gift!

Wanna Make This With Me?

I’m running a Project Life Night class next Monday and RSVPs are closing first thing tomorrow morning!  We will be making lots of fun projects including:

  • 2 page pocket page scrapbook layout
  • 3 cards
  • 2 gift ables including a picture frame similar to the one I made in this post.

You will get everything you need to make the projects plus have lots of extra Project Life cards to take home and keep!  All for only $25

RSVP now to participate in this fun class!  RSVP here to join me in person at the Redmond Panera at 7pm on 7/28

~OR~

Get the To-Go Kit!  You will get all the supplies you need to create the projects including basic adhesive for your picture frame, PDF pictures of all the projects, and instructions for how to make the projects.  Only $35 shipped anywhere in the US!





Project Supplies Used

So, think outside the Scrapbooking box and enjoy your Project Life cards in all kinds of new ways. Smile 

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Amazing Birthday Thank You Card–Display Board Sample

I’m back!  Display Board Stamper logoI made it home from the 2014 Stampin’ Up convention and had a great time.  As I mentioned before, I was honored to be invited to create samples for the display boards this year.  Everyone coming to convention received 3 stamp sets – Amazing Birthday, Kinda Eclectic, and Seasonally Scattered (coming soon in the 2014 Holiday Catalog).  So, as display stampers, we received our sets early and were asked to make 8 projects for each stamp set.  I will admit, this was an intimidating task, especially when I learned the caliber of stampers who were joining me with creating for the boards.  I eventually decided to just think of it as “they will make the stunning over the top cards and I’ll make the simpler card class versions” Winking smile.

I wasn’t allowed to post or share my samples until after Convention, so here we are and I’m excited to start sharing with you!

Thank You card with Amazing Birthday

When I first saw this stamp set, I kept thinking I needed to make birthday cards.  But then it hit me, there is this sentiment that doesn’t need to be birthday at all!  So, I started pulling different colors and stamped images together to create this card.

But you want to know the best part?  I mailed this card in to Stampin’ Up in the beginning of June (so they could get the Display Boards together in time) and then on the last day of convention, Shelli Gardner showed this card during her main stage presentation!

Sure they aren’t exactly the same, but my the similarities are there!  It made me feel extra proud of my card that I could have had a little moment where my design idea overlapped with the creative inspiration from the head of Stampin’ Up!

In both cases, we used the striped banner stamp to form a layer between the Starburst pieces – hers pointed out and mine pointed in (you can’t see the banner tips because they are under the Pumpkin Pie starburst.  Plus that super fun Surprise circle for our center element.  With everything popped up on dimensionals of course!

Oh, here is the stamp set we were both working form so you can see what we were using!image

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Also, many of the Display Board stampers are sharing their convention projects up on a Convention 2014 Display Board Stampers board on Pinterest.  So, watch that board for lots more great ideas over the next month or two!

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Last Chance for Free Shipping & a Few More Stampin’ Up Convention 2014 Highlights

Hey everyone!  I actually got a chance to sleep in after traveling late last night home from the Stampin’ Up! convention.  It was an awesome trip and fun weekend away with family and friends.  And when you add in stamping…. all the better!

While I’m finishing uploading pictures from the last day (many are up on my Facebook page already), I wanted to remind everyone that TODAY is the LAST DAY for my Free Shipping special.


NORTHWEST STAMPER CONVENTION SPECIAL

Free Shipping on All Orders using hostess code 7RDHVEKR

I wanted to do a little something-something while I was away playing at Convention, so I thought I would give you all free shipping this weekend! Place an order online using the hostess code 7RDHVEKR and when I get back from my trip I will send you a handmade thank you card and a refund of your shipping!

Good through 7/20/2014


Also, anyone who is ordering with me this month, will also be on my customer list for mailings of the new Holiday Catalog that come out at the end of August!  And believe me, you are going to LOVE it!

Ok, I’m off to go out for a yummy breakfast with the family, so here are a few more highlight pictures from the last day – with more to come over the next week. Smile 

Why I love convention:

1.  Awesome Swaps

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2.  Awesome Announcements and Sneak Peeks

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3.  Awesome Class Ideas (I’m running this one soon – who wants to do it with me?!)

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4.  Awesome Prizes

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5.  Most of all – Awesome Friends!

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Up next is Leadership 2015, which anyone who is interested in learning about how you can grow your ability as a crafter and share it with others is invited to attend. If you would like to learn more about attending with me as part of my Fun n’ Crafty group, I would OVE to talk to you more about that.  Just email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll give you all the scoop!  It is another awesome experience complete with stamping presentations, displays, prizes, laughter, and lots and lots of learning and fun!

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Then, we can grow together and hopefully by the end of June 2015 have earned the Grand Vacation – a Mediterranean Cruise! 

Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to check out my Facebook page and Instagram for lots more photos from Convention weekend and more.

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