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I cannot believe it's already Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend! I've had a blast this weekend, starting with a great Thanksgiving Dinner, a workout at the gym on Friday, and a visit to my local scrapbook store for Small Business Saturday (yes, I succumbed to the sales she had!).
So this is my last chance to promote Stampin' Up!'s annual Online Extravaganza! Mostly I've promoted this in my November Newsletter, but I would be remiss in not showing off some of the fun products that are included in this sale. In fact, what I'm showing off today I myself bought as part of the sale. I wasn't ready to buy either product before this, but the sale pushed me over the edge. And am I glad it did! I wish now I'd introduced you to this whole project sooner.
It's the Stitched With Cheer Project Kit and the accompanying Stitched With Cheer Stamp Set.
If you've checked out the project kit in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog, you might see a few changes in my layouts – but not many! I was determined not to make the exact card shown in the catalog and elsewhere online. But I didn't make as many changes as I'd thought I would. Before I go a bit into each individual card, I thought I'd pass on some of my thoughts about the kit as a whole.
- The kit has SO MUCH STUFF! Yes, you can make all 18 cards that the catalog promises. But there are tons of pieces in the kit that you won't need to make the cards, and you'll be able to use for lots of other cards!
- While the stamp set really does help add to the features on this card, I can easily see using other stamp sets to make these cards just as nice. So if you might be interested in buying just the kit – 40% off!!!! – you can make it without the stamp set. I won't have time to make the substitute cards before the Online Extravaganze is over – but I will do that in the next week or so to demonstrate if you'd let me know you'd like me to do that!
- The sewing is SO SEW EASY! I was hesitant about something that required me to take needle in hand as I long ago gave up counted thread needlework as taking too much time to complete a project. But I'm going to be very happy sending these cards to my old counted thread buddies (yes, we go back to the original Delphi days, continued into AOL forums, and still keep in touch today!) No, they're not hand-stitched ornaments, but they're STITCHED!
- When it came to the stitching, I made things easy on myself, and didn't back-stitch. I made a running stitch forward and then a running stitch backward. It worked just fine with all of the stitching. Don't know what I'm talking about? No worried – just follow the instruction book steps!
First, I used my own 5/8" Burlap Ribbon for the back layer behind the star. I had originally thought to cut notches in the large burlap ribbon that came in the kit. But as I was getting the ribbon out, I found that it was wrapped tight to the point that there were creases across the ribbon, and I wanted. to. do. it. now! I didn't want to wait to spritz the ribbon with some water and lay it out to dry. And I don't know where my iron is (sigh).
Next, I'd already decided to use the Christmas Joy banner stamp in one of the other cards, so I used the Merry & Bright stamp for this card. I also am SO not stamping Holiday Sentiments in black (unless I'm using that fab black/vanilla snowflake pattern in another Designer Series Paper set!). So I used Emerald Envy Classic Ink for this stamp.
First, I was so not seeing the Kraft circle as one that went with this card front. Besides that, since the Holiday Catalog was published, we had a short time where we could order the Stitched Shapes Framelits. What the heck – why not use one of the circles from that set, and mat it with a colorful doily from the 2015-2017 In Color Doilies set – Watermelon Wonder, to be exact. Doesn't that go well with the Mint Macaron color of this card front?!
And then I was being told to stamp in Basic Black again – and I chose the Emerald Envy, which is the same color as the sparkles stamped around the card.
Third, I have a tip for the star stitching: Don't start/stop in one of the points. One of the things you'll want to do with all of the stitching is to tape down the ends at the start and finish. If you're up there in the point, there's really no place to tape. So start in one of the sides or at the bottom of a point.
Finally, I really do not like bumps as thick as the gold half-circles were going to make on the card front – I mail my cards, after all, and I want them to arrive in one piece without a ripped envelope. So I added some of the star-shaped sequins from the Brights Sequins Assortment. But you can certainly use the gold embellishments if you wish.
First of all, both the instructions with the kit and the videos I've watched state to punch through the holes on this card and its trees before stitching. I did that with the first tree, but found that I was stitching as if my needle was looking for the holes. So I saved myself the trouble of poking out holes prior to stitching.
Next, I totally did not like the die-cut shape or the sentiment planned for this kit card. So I chose to use one of the extra (yes, there are extras!) banners and stamped Christmas Joy using Emerald Envy ink NOT black. Why not keep the holiday colors!?
Here's all you really need to make this project (well, add some ink, adhesives, scissors and tape)
And here are some of the other products I mentioned using when I made my own projects from the kit:
Did you know that there are several stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! Catalog that are just for party hosts or those who spend $150 or more in a single Stampin' Up! order? What's really special about these sets is that they're sold at a pretty good discount. But you can only use the $15 or more that you earn for hosting a party or spending that $150.
There's another way to get your hands on these sets and that's to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and buy them as part of a catalog pre-order. But we demos have to pay full price! I still manage to pre-order a set or two each year because I just really like the sets. And there's always the chance that you might think about hosting a party – even an online party – to get one of these sets for your self! Let me know if you're interested.
But I digress. Today and later in the week, I'm going to share two projects that I've made with the two hostess sets that I've acquired this year.
This first is my favorite! It's the Gift of Love Stamp Set, and features this flower which is stamped in three steps. One of my original reasons for loving Stampin' Up! products was their collection of 2-step stampin' sets, and here I am with a 3-step stampin' set!
I first stamped the outline using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Then I stamped the solid stamp to fill in the flower, using Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad. Finally I stamped the solid fill for the leaves using Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad. There are sentiments in this stamps set, but I really wanted a simple stamp for this card. So I chose a stamp from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, which is part of the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. I stamped this using the Memento Tuxedo Black Ink also.
I trimmed the stamped layer and matted it with a piece of Calypso Coral Cardstock. For the base layers, I used a piece of paper from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set, also matted with a piece of Calypso Coral Cardstock. I adhered the stamped layers to the base layers using Stampin' Dimensionals then mounted it all onto a card base of Whisper White Thick Cardstock.
For the finishing touch, I added a bow that I made using Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine. This card was so easy and went together so fast that I decided to make a dozen cards! I needed to send notes to everyone I visited while I was on the mainland on my marathon trip back in June, and this card worked wonderfully for that!
Here are the products featured in today's post – I hope you'll click on the photos of any that interest you to find out more information about them in my very own Stampin' Up! Store!
I just have to get started on some of my April projects – yikes, it's already the 10th! But I just couldn't put my March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit away without making some more birthday cards for my "I'm Bringing Birthdays Back" collection!
These are not the cards that were meant to be made with the kit. But there is absolutely NO rule that you have to make the kits as they were designed. In fact, the March kit focused primarily on cards to hold gift cards. As I usually do not give gift cards as gifts, this wasn't what I wanted to make.
Let me tell you about all the pieces of this card:
- The stamped layer is all from the kit. The 2" square with the dashed border, along with the "Happy Happy" and Balloon stamp are all from the kit, and I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin' Spot from the kit to do the stamping.
- The mat behind the stamped layer is also from the kit, but was originally part of a small envelope intended to hold a gift card. The width of the Kraft colored paper envelope was 2-1/4", which made it the perfect size for this mat.
- The two banners hanging from the stamped layer are also from the kit, and I used them just as they came in one of the die-cut sheets.
- The 2" wide banner on the left side of the card front is a piece I cut out of one of the larger envelopes from the kit. It started out as a 2" x 5-1/4" rectangle, and I punched the notch using the Banner Triple Punch.
- The main layer is one-half of a card base included in the kit. I cut each card into two pieces, and I've used each piece for another card. I trimmed the layer to 4" x 5-1/4" for this card. I then matted it with a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock, NOT from the kit.
- The card base is a folded 8-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock.
- I made the bow for the card front from an 18" length of Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine.
So it didn't take much from my regular stash of stuff to complete this project.
Now I can hardly wait to see what the April 2016 kit is like! For one thing, I know that there is going to be not one but TWO STAMP SETS in the April Paper Pumpkin Kit! I can hardly wait! Not only that, I've ordered 4 extra kits to use for my regular monthly card-making class in May. Once my regulars have decided whether to attend this class, I'll publicize any available openings on my Robin's Craft Room Facebook Page.
Now to clean off my work table and get to work on other projects!
Before I get into today's greeting card project, I'll take a minute to remind you that the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit will have an extra stamp set to celebrate the product's 3rd Anniversary! Sign up before April 10th to get that kit. OR sign up for 3 months, by March 31st, and get a 3-month subscription for only $55 – AND get a Sale-a-bration product FOR FREE! Like the Party Pants stamp set that I used for this project! Click here for more information.
It's hard to believe that Stampin' Up!'s My Paper Pumpkin has been around for 3 years! As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, back in the beginning of this product line I didn't see a need for me to subscribe to the monthly My Paper Pumpkin kit. But in the last year, I've realized that I've missed a lot of really cool papers and stamp sets by not being a subscriber. Take this month's kit and how I've used the papers to make a card that's my own style with papers that I'd never have had the chance to use if the March 2016 kit hadn't arrived in my mail box yesterday!
I just love the Bermuda Bay color that's the main color in this kit. And the green (Cucumber Crush? The kit doesn't say, but that's what it looks like to me) is just a perfect accent. And oh how I wish I had a complete sheet of that lovely floral print! Um, actually, with the square pieces and long strips (shown here), it looked like I did have enough for at least 4 or 5 full cards. But then I saw those envelopes included in the kit! Yes, they're cut to be envelopes. But, as I was getting ready to include the envelope in this photo, all of a sudden I saw LOTS more of the printed paper to use.
Besides the printed paper, the kit also comes with some notched strips of a solid Bermuda Bay, and that little Whisper White square with the faux Bermuda Bay stitching around the edge.
Oh, and the main background! The whole card (front and back) for the larger project in the kit was made of this cardstock that looks like it had been lightly sprayed all over with the lighter blue in the kit. But why let it be just one card? I cut that card in half, and now I have a layer for 8 cards with lots of different layout designs.
With my current effort to get lots of birthday cards out as part of Shannon West's #imbringingbirthdaysback effort, I really wanted this to be a birthday card. But the stamp set that came with this kit did not have a birthday greeting per se. So I looked around at the sets I'd been using, and there was a fun greeting in the Sale-a-bration stamp set, Party Pants. To square it off a bit, I used 2 of the green "candy dots" that were in the Paper Pumpkin kit.
And those of you who have been following me a while know that I love to finish a project by tying it up with a bow! So out came the Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, which matches this project perfectly!
Wow! I can hardly wait to get back from a few days out of town to finish up this kit.
Today some of my friends and customers got together for a Stampin' Up! session to make the fabulous calendar that was the project in the December 2015 My Paper Pumpkin kit. What a lot of fun and laughs we had going through all 12 months of designs in the kit.
Back when I first received my December kit, I knew right away that I had some peeps who would LOVE this project. Just on a whim, I looked online to see if, perhaps – just perhaps – Stampin' Up! might put the kit refills on sale earlier than usual because the kit was a bit on the time sensitive side. And wow, there it was – the kit refills had JUST gone on sale! I briefly thought about getting in touch with people to see if they were interested. But something told me to get these refills while the getting was good, and I ordered them up. Good thing because they sold out within hours!
And today we got to enjoy them – and they were as fun as the project looked in the Paper Pumpkin video!
Here are two of my favorite ladies who paused while we were in the process of putting the kits together, and below is Lucy showing off all her finished calendars.
Before we started we all watched the Paper Pumpkin video – a quick run through of all the projects in the kit. Then we all worked on one design at a time, giving and taking advice from us all as we went on. Most of the time, I like the peace and quiet of doing Paper Pumpkin projects at home – just some nice, stress-free crafting! But I know I would not have had as much fun with this project doing it by myself as I had with the company jazzing up our time.
Here is the finished calendar set, put together and now displayed in my craft room, though it's going to end up in our living room for its 12-month home. Even the stand came with the kit, and the background papers are a cardstock weight, so they'll stay standing up even in our humid East Hawaii climate. If you look at the details, everything you see came with the kit, including the gold thread, the flowers and the frame in which January and two other months are stamped. Just lots of fun.
In case you're not aware, the Stampin' Up! Paper Pumkin kits are getting better and better each month! For just $19.95, I get all the papers, embellishments, stamps, ink and adhesive that I need for each month's project. In your first Paper Pumpkin kit, you get an acrylic block to hold the stamps as you use them. The only thing that we used that didn't come in the kit was a pair of scissors that we needed to cut strands of gold thread and gold Baker's Twine. I did add a piece of grid paper for everyone to use in my craft room, and a pencil so we could write notes. But other than that, the kit is complete!
For the best part about Paper Pumpkin this month and through March, check out my blog post tomorrow! Yep, there's a special going on!
I truly am still getting used to the idea that Stampin' Up! Kits are really as good as they are. In the early days of kits, I guess they felt a bit chintzy to me. But not any more! So I did not hesitate at all to ask a few of my friends and customers to join me in making cards from the To You and Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit. In fact, I didn't even open the kit until they all arrived this morning. So we all got to experience the oooohs and aaaahs of all the different elements that were included.
Here's what's included in the kit:
With Stampin' Up! now a global company, it's fun to see some French and German included in these kits that will be sold in non-English speaking countries! It's even more fun to see that there's very little to do with this kit but stamp images from a coordinating Stamp Set and decide how you wish to use the various elements to construct your card.
This is one photo of how the finished English products can look:
This is NOT the photo from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday catalog. This photo shows the star card with a point at the top, and the catalog shows the start pointing down. Maybe that's an artistic statement of some sort. But I – and my friends! – agree that the star should have a point at the top in a card such as this. Oh, and this is the picture that comes with the set of instructions in the kit.
And here are my friends with their completed projects – I caught them before they left after lunch so we were almost cleaned up!
I meant to take photos up close of some of the finished projects so you can see some creative modifications these ladies made to their cards. Among them were a few with the self-adhesive sentiments placed other than in the center of the shaker card window, some with a bit more star stamping that called for in the kit, and even one that just had the ornament shaker on the front with no stamping or sentiment. That looked quite elegant!
Don't forget that this kit and its accompanying stamp set, To You & Yours Too, will retire when the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog retires come January 4th. If you like this kit and stamp set, now's the time to order them. Just click here to learn more about the kit – and even watch a video with instructions. We watched the video before we started!
Just as I was about to spend a crafting day designing and crafting Thanksgiving cards, several events occurred that meant that I needed some quick all occasion cards. The "quick" was because I don't have that much time left to be making Thanksgiving cards, so I need to get to it!
The perfect place to go for quick all occasion cards is a Stampin' Up! kit. In this case, I grabbed the fabulous all-inclusive kit, Watercolor Wishes. The reason this is all inclusive is that it not only has the cards, envelopes, and embellishments – it also contains stamps and inks! Yup, two little ink spots in Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder, and the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set.
In no time at all I had the three cards I needed, and they're about to go into the mail today!
None of these cards is exactly as the kit instructions calls for them to be made. A couple of my customers and I opened the kit a couple of months ago when I first got it, and that was the start of using the kit's contents just the way we wanted them to be. Actually, today I would have been happy to make the cards just as they were designed so I didn't have to do too much thinking. But there I was making do with what I had. For this first card, I wanted to use the Watermelon Wonder ink for the sentiment, but there were no background layers available that were a good accent for it. So I cut my own layer of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and then stamped away on one of the smaller layers from the kit. The flower and leaf looked like they were made for this card, so on they went!
It turned out that I did have all the pieces to make this card as in the booklet that comes with the kit. But I needed a Thank You Card, so out came the Thanks sentiment again, but this time stamped using Night of Navy Classic Ink.
Finally I made a card without the Thanks sentiment. This time I definitely did not have the pieces for this card, and nothing in the kit that's left seemed to go well with the blue and taupe color scheme on this card base. So again I pulled out my own papers, die-cutting a piece of Tip Top Taupe Cardstock for the background of the stamped element and Whisper White Cardstock to die-cut the sentiment. The die set I used was one that's become a favorite in my craft room, the Tags and Labels Framelits. I needed to add something to this card to make it look a bit more feminine that it looked at the start, so I added a bow made with Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon.
The two Thank You cards are for a couple of customers who just placed orders for Stampin' Up! products in my online store. Oh, I could just send an e-mail. But, hey! This is Stampin' Up! we're talking about, and if I can't send a hand made Thank You card what am I in this business for?! I sure would like to be sending a card out to any of you who are reading this blog post and and would like to order some of the supplies I've featured here or in any other post. Just click here to get right to my Stampin' Up! store. Just for giggles, I made that link to the Watercolor Wishes Kit – that's all you need for lots of cards, even if they're not identical to those I've shown you today!
When I bought the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Watercolor Words, I really only focused on the greetings and sentiments in the set. But yesterday I wanted to make a card that had a wreath of flowers, yet wouldn't be too delicate. I wanted a card with some bold color, and the wreath stamps I have just weren't going to work. I then proceeded to look at all of the stamp sets in my bookcase to see what I could find – and out jumped Watercolor Words – with a bold flower and leaf!
This ended up being just the wreath I wanted, even though I wasn't sure when I started if it would work.
I stamped the flowers using Pacific Point Classic Ink, and the leaves using Cucumber Crush Classic Ink. To create the wreath, I used a non-Stampin' Up! tool that's been in my craft room for over a month now, but which I haven't used a lot. It's called "MISTI," which is an acronym for "Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented." It really is incredible! If you're interested in finding more about this, you might just want to look around in YouTube to find one of the dozens of tutorials on its use that are out there.
Basically, what happens is that I position a square on which I've drawn a circle in the tool. Then I position the flower stamp where I want it on the circle. The tool keeps the stamp in position, and all I have to do is rotate my square cardstock (in this case, Stampin' Up! Whisper White) and apply the stamped image on all four sides. Then I reposition the flower stamp so that it's between two of the first four flowers, stamp, turn the square, restamp, and so forth. I repeat the same process with the leaves. Then I erase the circle with a white eraser and, poof! a beautiful circle of flowers!
Now that I had that wreath, which is kind of bold – as I wanted it – I needed a background that didn't have much in the way of delicate lines. So I decided just to place the one layer of the Pacific Point Designer Series Paper Stack onto the Whisper White Thick Cardstock card base. But before I did that, I embossed the card front using the Stampin' Up! Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, and tied a short length of Pacific Point Stitched Satin Ribbon around the top of the Designer Series Paper layer.
The only thing delicate about this card is the sentiment in the middle of the wreath. That stamp comes from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, which is part of the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit that I mentioned in my last blog post. It was delicate but (1) it fit and (2) it was just what I wanted to say.
I finished the card off by attaching some of the smallest in the White Perfect Accents embellishment pack. I thought about coloring them, but then realized that I liked the monochromatic look of the card. Maybe next time!
My friend, Becky, came to visit my Craft Room this afternoon after we'd both been to our monthly book club meeting. I wasn't quite sure what we were going to do, but I knew if we started with a Stampin' Up! kit, we'd be in good shape. Sure enough, it was just right to get us started.
Right from the start, Becky was captivated by all the ideas in the kit folder, and off we went to play! As you know, this kit contains not only card bases, die cuts and a couple of ink spots. It also comes with the stamp set of the same name, Watercolor Wishes. Two of the stamps are shown on the projects in this photo.
The project on the left is one that is done pretty much the way that the idea folder laid it out. Over on the right, though, Becky picked out a different background and a different layout than anything in the folder. With this kit – and all Stampin' Up! kits you can do that! There are no "kit police" around telling you what you can and can't do, and there are still plenty of die-cuts and embellishments to make another dozen or so cards (I've made a few in the past weeks since I bought the kit).
If you read my last post, you may remember that it costs extra to mail that little square card if you put it in the square envelope that comes with the kit. So Becky went home with a standard A2 sized to use for sending it off to a friend. No extra postage for this card!
If you'd like to get more details about the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit, just click here to go the Stampin' Up! website and read all about it! It's a great kit! There's even a video that gives more details about the kit and shows you each of the cards as it is finished. All you need to add is adhesives – it even includes Stampin' Dimensionals to raise images up off the card base, as in the card on the right! If you decide to buy the kit, you're already right there in my own Stampin' Up! store, so just click, "Add to Bag," and go from there.
As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I have quite a complete craft room, and I really don't need to be subscribing to Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin Monthly Kit. But, as I explained yesterday, I love getting a new stamp set and new papers in the mail every month – whether I need them or not!
Unfortunately, what has happened with me much of the time is that I look at the kit, take out the stamp set to use in other projects, and leave the kit sitting there. So, yes, I have a stack of red Paper Pumpkin Boxes in my craft room. So last month, I decided I definitely needed to DO SOMETHING with my monthly Paper Pumpkin Kit when I get it in the mail. My August kit arrived late Monday, and yesterday I made three cards. This morning, I had to get my craft room work table cleared off for a big project I'm starting, and I almost just packed up the kit to set aside.
But no! I kept my promise to myself, and made three more cards with materials in the kit, as well as some additional embellishments from my own personal stash.
To start the finishing of this project, I made two Sympathy Cards. I do not have any in my stash at the moment, and I do try to keep a few in my card box. For the top card, I just added a strip of Gold 5/8" Satin Ribbon as an additional embellishment. As with yesterday's projects, I used gold heat embossing rather than the chalk-looking White Craft Ink. The second card uses a piece of a cover of one of the boxes in the kit. I'm not making the boxes as I have no idea what I'd do with them and they'd just sit around taking up precious space in my craft room. I stamped directly onto the glossy cardstock using Jet Black StaZon Ink.
This card was just something whimsical I came up with as I really didn't want to waste that lovely pink cardstock that was meant to be used for flowers to embellish the boxes. As I was holding one in my hand wishing for some inspiration, up the inspiration popped as I glanced at my table and spotted the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set I had out from a project earlier in the week. Bingo – butterflies! Again, I used gold heat embossing and then punched them with the Elegant Butterfly Punch. I stamped "hello" using Night of Navy Classic Ink and finished the project off with a bit of Gold 1/8" Ribbon tied around the middle of the flower die-cut.
So this month's Paper Pumpkin kit is done and history! The box and left overs are in the trash and I'm on to other projects! Now I can hardly wait until next month's Paper Pumpkin!