Do you realize that next week is February already?! Wow, and I usually try to send out a bunch of Valentine's cards – about two dozen more than I have made so far this year! And I usually send out about two dozen (smile).
So here's Number 1!
Do you see how many of the 2015 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog product I've tried to cram into this one card? Yup, three!
To begin, I wanted to use that fun new Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the background of this card. BUT I also wanted it to be in a landscape orientation – which is not how this embossing folder naturally works. So what I did was to texturize one side of the layer I wanted to texturize. Then I carefully set the already texturized back into the embossing folder, and ran the cardstock and embossing folder just about half-way through the Sizzix Big Shot, before backing it out again. This way I got both sides done with no line showing where either of the impressions started/stopped. OK – I know I should be doing a video tutorial about this. Once I get my own craft room back into service in March, I'll get back to that. Promise!
Then I used the Sweetheart Punch (not new with this catalog) to punch out several of the lighter colored papers from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack. I knew that I wanted five of the hearts to be centered both vertically and horizontally on this card front. But some of the designs had just too much white in them to make them stand out at either end. So I punched two of the Calypso Coral designs that are more of a solid to anchor the design at either end. Then I punched a stripe design, a heart design, and the other design that included a Calypso Coral print. This set of papers is SOOO versatile!
At this point, I decided my card was done. And it was. But, just in case one of the people in the class I held yesterday wanted a stamped image on the card, I added a strip of paper that included one of the sentiments from the Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set. I trimmed the stamped image by hand, and made notches in either end for a bit of fun. But, as I told my customers today, "With that background (the hearts) and those punched images (the hearts), this screams, 'Valentine Card,' even without the sentiment." So you don't have to include a stamped image at all!
This project was my project for this week's Stampin' Up! Only Design Team Challenge. I so enjoy this challenge blog, and hope that you'll consider adding one of your own projects as a challenge entry. It's so easy, and we love seeing all the Stampin' Up! only projects that you and everyone else contribute every challenge. You really do NOT need more than Stampin' Up! products to make all the fun paper crafted projects you'd like to!
Here are the products I used for my own project today. Just click on any of the pictures to find out more about each product – and to order any of them from my very own Stampin' Up! store! Be sure to let me know if you have any questions!
I'm sure that you know all about the various meanings of the Hawaiian word, "Aloha." But another phrase you may have heard in a song but not frequently read online is "Aloha 'Oe." That's a phrase that bids farewell.
Today, at our regular Sunday Duplicate Bridge game, we say, "Aloha 'Oe," to a treasured member of our club. He is British and has been working on our island for several years. Now, however, it's time for him to return to England, and we'll miss him dearly. So we're having a small party in his honor and my husband, the bridge manager, asked if I could make a banner. Of course I could make a banner!
For this banner, I used the Stampin' Up! Build a Banner Simply Created Kit. I originally bought it last fall intending to use it for various Christmas gatherings. But then our move to get away from the lava made life a bit too hectic, and so the banner kit sat unused – until yesterday! Out it came and I cannot believe how quickly this project took shape!.
Speaking of shapes, all three of the banner shapes included in this banner are made of a canvas- type of paper, and they are SOOOO easy to color up with the stencils that area also included in the kit.
The kit comes with a Stampin' Spritzer bottle, and I had other bottles that I could have used to color the banners. But I started reading about how to "protect areas" and "don't make too wet" and so forth, and decided spritzing was not going to work for me.
What did work though – and beautifully! – was sponging! So I sponged away, alternating the three stencil background patterns that come with the kit as well as the three colors I'd chosen: Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, and Real Red. Here are a few of the banners up close.
Once the backgrounds were done, I needed to decided what colors I was going to use for the letters to spell Malcolm's name. Finally, just to simplify my life, I stenciled all the letters using Real Red. Yes, there is a stencil for every letter of the alphabet!
I also wanted to use some wide ribbon in between each banner. The Crushed Curry Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in my stash was perfect. Alas, I did not have any other color that would work. Then I remembered all those boxes of retired product that I've still not advertised on eBay, and I knew where retired ribbons were. Sure enough, there was the retired Pacific Point Ribbon!. Perfect. You gotta love it when being lazy pays off!
After making this banner, I still have plenty of banner blanks left. But even if I didn't, Stampin' Up! sells the blank canvas paper pennants and the the jute twine for hanging the banner is a separate Refill Kit!
I see more banners in my future. Do you have birthdays, showers, graduations – anything like that coming up! This is SOOOO easy and so much fun. You should try it out! Here's all you need to make your own Build a Banner!
"Aloha" is filled with just a bit of cheer for me and my husband this month, as we finally are getting our house ready for a move back in 5 or 6 weeks. Yes, the lava is still out there and still threatens to cross the road that links us to the rest of our island and the world. BUT the lava is moving slowly, and no one can seem to predict what it is going to do. So we're taking our chances and moving back home – our home and OUR garden!
To get ready for the move, we decided to take the opportunity to paint the inside of the house – what better time to do that when most of our furniture is in another house! The sad part for me is that I have had to remove all the old Stampin' Up! Decor Elements images from our walls.
Were you around in the stamping community when Stampin' Up! sold its own line of Vinyl images? I LOVED them! I hopped right on that bandwagon, and had decorations all over my house. I even left the Christmas hanging ornament images up all year because just a bit of a different ribbon accenting them made them work well in any season.
But my favorite vinyl images were the Inspire, Create and Share images, with their Stampin' Up! definitions. I accented each of them with flowers and had them where anyone who entered my Craft Room would see them. On the fourth wall, next to a bookcase, I even accented a photo collage of me and my sister with a Decor Elements Hostess set.
Sigh! But now they're gone. Gone but not forgotten as they now appear in one of my first 2015 Project Life Pages. What a fun Project Life project this was!
As you can see, there are not any specific Project Life cards or accents in this page. Eventually there may be. But for now I just wanted to get these pictures cropped and put in a page. In fact, that's what I'm doing with all my pictures so far this year. I made a "resolution" to keep track of this year as it contains a significant birthday for me, and I'd like to look back on the year to see what I've made of it.
So first things first – get the pictures into an album, with some basic accents (the Melon Mambo mat for the smaller 3" x 4" pockets) and at least one journaling card (I made this one up myself with a picture from an old catalog). Down the road, when I have some more free time, I'll glitz the pages up a bit!
For now – memories are captured!
On Tuesday, I showed you a card I'd made using the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Sale-A-Bration Catalog. This is a three-stamp image, and I stamped off both the second and third stamped layers. In today's card, I made two of the Lotus Blossom images, but I stamped them off differently. I think the difference is definitely clear.
In the top right image, I stamped both the first and second layer using a stamp that was fully-inked with Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink, and then stamped off the third image before applying it to the image. In the lower left image, I stamped the first layer using a fully-inked stamp and then stamped off layers 2 and 3.
I also stamped off both layers of the stem using Wild Wasabi Classic Ink.
Wait – stamp off? It occurred to me as I wrote this that there may be some of you who don't have a clue about what I'm talking about. When I say, "stamp off," I mean ink up the stamp, stamp it on some scrap paper – not TOO hard! – and then go back and stamp the image on your good cardstock. This takes some but not all of the ink off the stamp and leaves you with a lighter image on your card.
I think both of these images have merit, but I personally like the one at the lower left where both the 2nd and 3rd images were stamped off before applying the ink to the cardstock.
The sentiment for this card comes from the same stamp set as the flowers and stems. There's also a "Thank You" stamp in this set, which makes it doubly useful. The best part is that you can get only get it FOR FREE when you purchase $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products during the annual Sale-A-Bration event.
The paper in the background is the same paper that I used in Tuesday's blog post – one of the sheets from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper set.
To accent this card, I used some of the Wild Wasabi Candy Dots from the Subtles Candy Dots collection. I arranged them so that they run parallel to the stem in the lower floral image.
Beginning with my next blog post, I'm going to share some other products in the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog, and begin to make some Valentine's Day cards – it's not too long before I'll need those!
Meanwhile, don't forget to visit my Stampin' Up! store by checking out the products that I used for this project:
I may have mentioned that I really, really LOVE the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) set. So today and in my next blog post I'm going to share one of the designs in this set, along with stamps from the Sale-A-Bration Lotus Blossom Stamp Setb!
First a word from my sponsor – Stampin' Up! This is the best time of the year to buy Stampin' Up! products for all your favorite Spring and Early Summer "Occasions." That's why the current catalog is called the Occasions Catalog. Not only that, for every $50 that you spend on ANY Stampin' Up! products, you get to choose one product from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog – FREE! When you click on any of the products that I show at the end of this post, you will be whisked off to my own, personal, Stampin' Up! website. Anything that you purchase there, will be from my shop – and your sales keep me going in my efforts!
And now back to today's project!
Just this morning we received word that one of my husband's last two living aunts passed away during the night. We live in Hawaii, and a trip to mid-Kansas for the memorial service will not be possible. So I do want to be really quick in getting a card off to our cousin and her husband, who worked so hard to help our aunt out during her final days.
To make the stamped image using the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set, I used Rose Red Classic and Wild Wasabi Classic Inks. Both of these colors are in the DSP sheet I picked for this project.
The Lotus Blossom in the stamp set is made up of three separate stamps. Each of the stamps needs to be stamped individually. The stamps have a direction arrow built into them, and there is a numeral on each direction arrow. Here's how I managed this flower, using Rose Red ink throughout. I stamped:
- each stamp in the order numbered, from 1 to 3, with the arrows pointing in the same direction.
- stamp #1 fully inked.
- stamp #2 off on scrap paper one time before stamping on the project.
- stamp #3 off on scrap paper as for stamp #2.
There are two stamps for the stem, and I stamped the first one with full color and stamped off the top layer.
I picked Rose Red Cardstock to mat both the floral layer and the entire card front. I love tying ribbons around stemmed flowers. Without any Rose Red ribbon in my collection, I chose the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon to pick up the Daffodil Delight color in some of the DSP flowers.
Finally, for the important sentiment for this card, I chose one of the stamp pair stamps from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set, stamped it using Rose Red Classic Ink, and punched the stamped image using the Scallop Oval Punch and matted it with Rose Red Cardstock punched with the Extra-Large Oval Punch. To accent the oval element, I added some Daffodil Delight Candy Dots using the Brights Candy Dots set, and then adhered it to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Each stamp in the Petite Pairs stamp set has a paired stamp, and that for the stamp that I used on the card front is, "…to heal your heart." I used that stamp on the inside of the card to finish it off.
Here now are the products I used in this project, not including my SNAIL monoadhesive. If you purchased every one of these products, you would pay $100.50, and get TWO SALE-A-BRATION PRODUCTS FOR FREE! Not only that, you would have enough product to make dozens of greeting cards or gifts without purchasing one other product!
This year it has been so easy to coordinate products from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog and the Stampin' Up! 2015 Sale-a-Bration Catalog. As I'm sure you know, the Sale-a-Bration catalog features products that you cannot actually buy. The products in this catalog are those that you can get FOR FREE every time you spend $50 on any other Stampin' Up! products – including those in the Occasions Catalog, which came online at the same time as the Sale-a-Bration catalog.
For today's project, I used a stamp that is featured in the Occasions Catalog and paper and ribbon featured in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.
The stamp with the tulips and the sentiment are in the one-stamp "set" called, Love is Kindness. It's fairly easy to stamp the tulip image without the sentiment, but I really do like the sentiment for this card.
I colored the tulips and the leaves and stems using two set of the Stampin' Up! Blendabilities alcohol markers – Calypso Coral and Old Olive. The Blendabilities provide a way to color in line-art stamps in many different ways. For this stamped image, I used a softly-colored shadowing in each of the tulip blooms and in all of the leaves and stems. This card was for a dear aunt who is ill, and I didn't want to get too complicated with the card that we were sending to her.
Once I colored in the tulips with the Calypso Coral, I picked out paper from the Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper set, Best Year Ever. That design with the white speckles is a lovely accent for this stamped image.
Once I had my layers set, I tied the stamped layers together with a piece of the Calypso Coral Ribbon in the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack.
I am so loving the coordination between these two catalogs – and I'm going to share another project with some different coordinating papers and colors in my next blog post.
Tomorrow I have a whole day to myself – no packing for our next move, no need to go to any stores to get supplies for our house renovation – no nothing, but just the opportunity to use some of my new Stampin' Up! products. So I should be showing off lots of projects this coming week!
Here are the products I featured in this project. I hope you'll take the time to click on any of the images to find out more about the products, and even order at least one or two from my Stampin' Up! store!
This week is the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and this week it's all about dots. What a fun idea for a challenge – make dots a focus of a project!
And oh, was I able to find lots of dots in the Painted Petals Stamp Set and the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog!
To stamp the rows of dots using the line of dots from the stamp set, I used the four of the colors that are featured in the dotted design from the Designer Series Paper set: Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, and Wild Wasabi.
Once I had those stamped on my card front, I decided to pick the Wild Wasabi as the featured color for the card. It just did not seem as overwhelming as the Blackberry and Pacific might have been, and more of an accent than the Daffodil. I used Wild Wasabi Cardstock to mat the two Designer Series Paper layers as well as the entire card front. And I used Wild Wasabi Classic Ink to stamp the sentiment.
For the final touch, I picked out some Candy Dots from the Brights Collection (Daffodil Delight) and the Subtles Collection (Wild Wasabi). What a nice accent in between the Daffodil and Wasabi in the middle of the card!
This is such a fun challenge and I hope you'll head on over to the SUO Challenges Blog and enter it!
Now here are some links to the featured products in today's blog post. Just click on any picture to find out more about the product and even order it right there while you're in my Stampin' Up! store!
Once again I have managed to squeeze in some time in my craft room, and I really wanted also to squeeze in some time for the Stampin' Up! Painted Petals Stamp Set and the coordinating set of Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper as well!
First of all, this design is not my original design, but that of a stamper who posted this on the Split Coast Stamper's gallery. I initially looked at the design as an inspiration, not as one that I wanted to copy completely. But with so little stamping time today, I said, "What the heck!" and made the copy. Nonetheless, I thought I'd share it with you as perhaps you've not seen this idea elsewhere and you might be inspired to use some different inks or papers!
But my intention all along was to use this Designer Series Paper set, along with this stamp set. I'm still going to work on some other designs inspired by this one, but not this time around!
The colors in this particular sheet of the Designer Series Paper are Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi, and those are the colors I used in my stamped layer. Besides the Painted Petals Stamp Set, I used the "Thinking of You" stamp from the Wetlands Stamp Set. There are three really nice sentiments in that set – actually my favorites for everyday use.
I actually used another sheet from this paper set earlier this week as I was preparing my January 2015 Newsletter. If you'd like to see what I did with it there, along with some fun tutorials, just sign up for my newsletter in the upper left side of this blog post! I'll be sending out late copies this weekend!
And here are links to the three products I featured in this card. One thing you should note is that I bought and used the Photopolymer version of the Painted Petals stamp set. It's so much easier to layer up the individual stamps in this set when I can see right through the stamps!
I cannot believe that I actually had time to write a blog post today! Poor kitty's sick again and will be overnighting at the vet's (sniff). On top of that it looks as if we are actually going to move back into our own home next month. But first we have to paint inside (why not while there's hardly any furniture there!) and it was my job to get paint and flooring samples as it looks like the redo will start on Monday! That's a big hooray!
While I was at the house yesterday taking care of some business, my next door neighbor asked if I might have time to make a birthday card for her grand niece's First Birthday. Of course I could! That's what I do, and I rarely have the opportunity to have to make something for a baby. I could hardly wait to get back to our rental where I have my temporary craft room and get working on it!
What fun it was to get back to some basics from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog! Would you believe I couldn't remember what I had? I finally had to go to the Stampin' Up! website and search for "birthday," run through all the pictures, and finally say, "Ooooh, I have that – I think"!
It's been so long since I've used the Cupcake Builder Punch that I was worried, in our climate, that it would be stuck closed. Woo-hoo, it opened right up and punched beautifully!
For the bottom and cherry pieces of the cupcake, I used a Hello Honey colored sheet from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (DSP) Set. For the "frosting" I used one of the Coastal Cabana sheets from the 2013-2015 In Color Background DSP Stack. Then I took each of these two sheets to make the mats for the stamped layer and the card front.
I mounted the cupcake on a sheet of Whisper White Cardstock and stamped "Happy Birthday" on the same sheet using Coastal Cabana Classic Ink and the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set. After I mounted this layer onto the DSP mat layers, I tied a piece of Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine around it and finished it in a bow. Then I mounted this whole layer onto another sheet from the Lullaby DSP Set.
After I put the whole card together, I made the little circle element in the lower right corner of the card, first stamping the numeral, "1," on some Whisper White Cardstock using Coastal Cabana Ink and the Blockhead Alphabet Stamp Set. Then I punched the numeral out using the 1/2" Circle Punch, and finally I mounted it on a piece of the Coastal Cabana DSP which I'd punched with the 7/8" Circle Scallop Punch.
Whew, lots of products in this project – but I loved getting my hands on so many things I've not used in forever! This is always a fun thing to do. But for the next few projects, I'm going to be focusing on the new 2015 Occasions Catalog – lots of fun, too!
I've updated this blog post to update the photos that I included in the original. When I wrote the original blog post, I could not find my photo paper with which to print photos for my Project Life Pages. Now I have a new supply (I never could find the original supply with all this moving from one house to another!) and I'm redoing all my pages with real photo paper!
Have you had a chance to see any of the Creative Blog Hop posts of late?! This is a different kind of a blog hop where a creative person is nominated by someone else to be a participant in the "hop," and then that person nominates others to continue the "hop." I keep putting quotation marks around the word, "hop," because it doesn't happen all at once as most blog hops do. This one started way back when (when?) and continues as we all go along week to week.
I was nominated by my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friend, Mary Brown, and I, in turn have nominated two others to be in the hop. Once they have their posts live, I'll come back here and edit my post to give you their links.
So here I am this week with my own creation!
What, not a card?! No, not today! As I write this, I'm enjoying the first day of 2015. My husband and I tend to make a big deal our of our meal each year on New Year's Eve. New Year's Day itself tends to be just another day in which we try to catch up with projects we've left behind during the Christmas holidays (don't tell me you don't have things on which to catch up after Christmas!!!).
While we long ago decided what our Christmas/Christmas Eve special dinner would be, we'd not settled on what our New Year's Eve dinner would be. I think this year we finally have it! It's home made pizza cooked on my husband's charcoal grill. Yep, that's how we make our homemade pizzas! We've been doing this for a long time, but never thought about making a grilled pizza on New Year's Eve. Now that we've done this, it's an instant tradition!
And, no it's not a card. It's a set of two scrapbook pages made using Project Life by Stampin Up! products. So now the Creative Blog Hop information begins! There are four questions we have to answer, and I thought I'd answer them in terms of this one New Year's Eve Project Life Scrapbook layout.
What Are You Working on? This is the first FULL year in which Stampin' Up! has been involved in the Becky Higgins Project Life product. Stampin' Up! began last summer with Project Life. But one of the key types of projects on which I've seen Project Life afficionados focus is a year – a calendar year. And this is the first time I've had a calendar year in which to begin a new annual Project Life by Stampin' Up! (PLxSU) project. Of course I want to use Stampin' Up! products in my projects, cards and Project Life as well. For this project, I used both digital and "real" products from the Stampin' Up! Everyday Adventures Product Line.
One thing I've found I have to do to make my pages as I want them, using Stampin' Up! products, is to use not only the cards that come in Stampin' Up! Project Life Cards, but also the digital version of these cards. You see, once you use a card from a Stampin' Up! kit, that's it. If I want a duplicate, I find it in a digital file.
Here is a card that I used earlier in 2014 as a piece on a greeting card. Whoops! Now that I needed it for a "real" project life project, I no longer had it available. Out came my digital file, using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio, and out came a duplicate of the card already used. Bonus!
Then there are times that I'd like to type out a bit of journaling rather than writing it by hand. If I have a digital version of a journaling card, I can add digital journaling as I did in this card. Get it ready in My Digital Studio, then print it out on some Whisper White Cardstock and, voila, there it is!
Even as I'm using some digital cards, I'm using realy honest-to-goodness hard copy cards with embellshments provided by Stampin' Up! In this card, I used a pre-printed Stampin' Up! card and added some self-adhesive lettering from the Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack, along with a bit of Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker journaling.
Question #2. How does your work differ from others in your genre. What I've found in online groups involved with using Project Life products, whether Stampin' Up! or not, is that there is a lot of effort to really decorate pages. In essence, the Project Life page becomes a work of art. I think that's wonderful for those who like to produce art work. But I'm trying to use the Project Life set of products to help me record my every day life so that my children and grandchildren will learn more about me and how I lived my life. My feeling is that, if the focus is on the art, the focus moves away from my life and more towards my art. To me, that's not what this is all about. Yes, I'll use a bit of embellishment as in the stickers in this picture. But this is more of a way to connect two parts of my page that to show off my artistic side.
Why do you create what you do? For my scrapbooking, I have always wanted to have in those books a reminder of what I did. Because traditional scrapbooks tended to be somewhat time-intensive, I tended in turn to scrapbook only "events," not every day life. Now that there is Project Life with which to work – and especially because Stampin' Up! has products to work with this set of products, I can easily capture what I do, well, every day! OK, not EVERY day. But more of those happenings that are part of an every day life, not something "special" that happens only occasionally. So Project Life it is for now. Actually, as far as I can see, this will be my effort in scrapbooking for the foreseeable future!
And now the toughest question – how does your creative process work? I've decided to answer this by telling you about the steps I take to make a page (or two or more) in a Project Life album.
To begin, Project Life has page protectors with a variety of picture holder sizes. I tend to use those that Stampin' Up! sells, though I'm not exclusively using those. What I do first is to figure out what I want to capture, take photos while I'm doing it, and then print out thumbnail drafts of all my pictures. Then I grab some layout page protectors and lay the thumbnail drafts on top of the various openings for photos. Once I see what I have, I decide which pictures I'm going to use and whether I'll have to print them landscape or portrait. (Usually these days, I'll take pictures both landscape and protrait to give myself more flexibility at this point.) Once I figure out the size and orientation, I print the photos out using my computer.
In finishing – I hope this gave you some insight into this side of my paper crafting. If you have any comments or questions, I'd be more than happy to see/answer them! You can do this here or on my Facebook page.
To keep the blog hop going, I have nominated Lisa Young and Terri Tank to be one of the next stampers in this series. Both of these stampers are fabulously creative and I know you'll love their projects. Be sure to check here next week for a direct link to their Creative Blog Hop projects. !
As I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I thought I'd share with you the products that I used for this project.