Thursday, October 17, 2019

More Birthday Cards with Stampin' Up!



Hello friends! Today I would like to share two more birthday cards I created for my Stampin' Up! Birthday Card Classes last summer. This duo of cards was created using the Perennial Birthday stamp set

I offered two different techniques on the cards. In the card above the flowers were stamped with Staz-on black ink, and filled in with water colors. I did experience a slight degree of "black bleed" in spots, but overall i think the card looks fine. For the class I had the students use in on daubers and this worked much better.

In the card below I tried stamping the leaf and berries stamp in a circle. I used a small circle taped to the card front using painters tape and stamped around the circle. I then stamped additional leaves and the floral elements on white cardstock. I fancy cute those and added them to the front of the card using dimensional dots (formerly known as Pop Dots!). 



Thank you all for stopping by today. I am off to work on projects for the Aiken Christmas Craft Show. 


Thursday, October 10, 2019

One More Go At This...


Hello friends! Remember back in April and May when I shared that I planned to begin blogging again? "Best-laid plans" would be an adequate description of that scheme. Here it its October and I am trying once again.4


I have been very busy over the last few months with paper crafting, traveling, and most recently, getting injured. I have started hosting card making classes at my home, as well as a monthly get together when our Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin kits arrive. I recently held a Christmas Stampin' Bingo party, which was really great fun! 

My plans for the fall include more Birthday Card class (next week), several Christmas Card classes, and a Christmas Tags get together.


Today, in an attempt to ease back into blogging, I am sharing some of the birthday cards created in my classes over the last few months.



My PLAN is to return and share more with you soon.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Everything Is Rosy in May



Hello friends. 


Today I am sharing a new Stampin' Up kit called Everything is Rosy. This is a limited time kit that only just became available. 


The Everything is Rosy Medley will be available for purchase until May 31, 2019 - or while supplies last. In other words, when they are gone - they are gone!


The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:

Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps;
Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies;
6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
6" x 6" rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
Printed die cuts—2 sheets
Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 
Melon Mambo 1/4" (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards
Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards
Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)


The cards and scrapbook layout featured above were made with this kit. Below you can see the elements included in the medley.



While I have you here, let's talk about Paper Pumpkin for a moment. Paper pumpkin is our monthly subscription kit, with the worst name, but the most amazing content.

The May kit is so darling, I cannot wait to receive it. I have seen sneak peeks of the kit and it is so cute. If you are not already a Paper Pumpkin subcriber, you must be sign up before May 10 to receive this box.

If you have considered trying the Paper Pumpkin subcription, this is the perfect month to start. You can order a single month to try out the kits. Or you can get discounts with a 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month subscriptions. I started with a three month subscription because I had no idea how much I would love this product! Would you like to know more about Paper Pumpkin, Click HERE for for more information.



I know this has been a bit wordy. Thank you if you are still reading! LOL. I will be back next week with new card and layout projects. 


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dandelion Wishes Scrapbook Layout


Hello friends. Yesterday I shared about my conversion to Stampin' Up! I shared cards made with the cute, cute, cute Dandelion Wishes stamp set. I also mentioned that this stamp set is also perfect for scrapbook layouts.

The layout above was created very quickly late last night and is not representative of my best scrapbooking. It does, however, illustrate how nicely this stamp set works on a scrapbook layout.

I downloaded three photos from Google Images (I call this child part of my fake family). After printing the photos to a standard 4"x6" size, I used my paper trimmer and cut the photos down to 4"x3.75". I matted the photos onto a 4.75" by 11 piece of white cardstock. I then matted the white cardstock onto a 6.5" x 12" piece of print cardstock. I cut 1/2" x 6" strips of designer series cardstock and affixed the strips as trim on the page.

I used my circle die set and cut out a stamped image of the dandelions and using the same designer paper, I cut a scalloped circle mat.

I used Memento black into to stamp my images and Pool Party Ink to color the dandelions.

This layout was so easy and quick, but it is still cute. With a little personalized journaling, this page would be book ready!


Products Used:

Dandelion Wishes 146747
dandelion wish stamps



Pool Party Ink Pad 147107

pale blue ink pad


Pool Party Ink Pad 101406

black ink pad


Layering Circle Framelets Dies 141705

layering circle dies


Whisper White 12 x 12 Cardstock 124302

soft white paper


Garden Impression 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper 146289

colorful floral paper


Sponge Daubers 133773

sponge dauber

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dandelion Wishes with Stampin' Up


Hello friends. Today I am going to tell you about my conversation to a Stampin' Up Demonstrator. Those of you who have followed my blog for years know that I was a CTMH consultant for six years. While I liked their products, I lost my consultant status last summer. I chose not to renew.

I have an amazingly talented friend (okay, several amazingly talented friends) who are Stampin' Up Demonstrators. I was encouraged and inspired, and decided to open my own Stampin' Up business. I love the stamps, the papers, the dies (!), and the embellishments. I also adore many of their tools. Hence, my new status. 


I made the two cards above for a Stampin Up training event card swap. I am pleased to tell you that I entered the top card into the swap and it won! I do love this stamp set, Dandelion Wishes. It is perfect for both card making and scrapbooking. 

What I love about these cards, other than the colors, is the versatility. They would make wonderful birthday cards, sympathy cards, and thank you cards - to name a few. So many uses for these cards and this stamp set!

Shop with me at Stampin Up!

*Anyone who purchased this stamp set and at least one other item through my Stampin' Up! on-line store will receive instructions from me via email on how to create these two cards.*

Products Used:

Dandelion Wishes 146747
dandelion wish stamps



Petal Pink Ink Pad 147108

pink stamp pad


Pool Party Ink Pad 147107

pale blue ink pad


Pool Party Ink Pad 101406

black ink pad


Subtles 6 x6 Designer Series Paper (40 sheets - 10 Colors) 146966

multi-pattern paper


Petal Pink 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 146985

light petal pink paper


Pool Party 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 122924

light blue paper


Layering Circle Framelets Dies 141705

layering circle dies


Powder Pink 3/8" Mini Ruffle Ribbon 146949

pink 3/8" ruffled ribbon


Metallic Sequin Assortment 144214

assorted metallic sequins


Share What You Love Artisan Pearls 146927

colorful artisan pearls


Whisper White 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 100730

white paper


Sponge Daubers 133773

sponge dauber


Shop with me at Stampin' Up! 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Christmas Cards in April - Or - Catching Up


Hello friends! Today I thought I would try to catch you up on some of my papercrafting. Last fall I had planned to be in a Christmas craft show here in Aiken. Due to mom's health and rainy weather, that did not happen.  However, I was able to sell a number of cards to my mother's home healthcare workers. While unexpected, that was fun.


I tried to create a variety of styles to appeal to differing tastes. 


I will admit, I am only going to photograph a few styles of cards. I am also willing to admit that I used my favorites as our Christmas cards.


I will be back tomorrow with more news of my latest adventures.... Including a new business opportunity.



Sunday, April 28, 2019

Returning From A LONG Hiatus


Greetings friends. I have been missing from the blogosphere for 9 months and in that time I have experienced a whirlwind of life. While I did need a break from blogging and the Design Team, I never intended to stay away this long.  

Back in July when I took a break, I was enjoying dollhouse building and was taking a break from papercrafting. All of that has reversed. I am back to papercrafting and loving it every bit as much as ever.


As most of my readers know, my mother lived with us for nearly five years as she struggled through Alzheimer's disease. Around Halloween last year mom fell and broke her hip. She did very well with the surgery and the rehab. However, after she was home, she had a stroke in December. We called in hospice at New Years. Mom passed away peacefully at home with my uncle and I by her side on February 13. 

Since mom's passing I have been slowly reclaiming my house and my life. One of the issues with paper crafting while mom was with us, especially in the last couple of years, was that my scraproom is located off of the back hallway and I could not keep an eye on her and scrapbook. I took over the dining room, but that too had limitations. Since her passing I have redone redone her room, purchased new furniture, etc. I have cleaned all signs of craft life from the dining room. And I have made great headway on reorganizing my scrap room.


I removed my old L-shaped glass topped desk from the space and replaced it with this set up. I purchased the cube set with the attachable desk piece, then I added another 4 x 1 cube set to the top. I finally - literally years later - purchased legs from my scrapbox easy view desktop.

  
As you can, I have made a lot of headway in organizing. However, I still have some untouched areas (bottom row of the cubes, under the desk, etc). 
  

I do not want for this post to be too long and filled with too much information, so I will close for now. I do have SO MUCH MORE to share, including my latest paper crafting creations and adventure.