Totally Trees!

Totally Trees

One of my favorite NEW stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog is Totally Trees.  This versatile set features a tree from the tropics right along side something you might want to use for your Christmas cards.

The best part is this set is perfect for year ’round stamping.

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Here I stayed with just Early Espresso ink and made a quick background paper.   The sentiment is from You’re So Sweet and cut out with the banner framelit from the Mini Treat Bag.  One of my favorite things to do is…you guessed it-popping up with Dimensionals!  I use them whenever I can.

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Thoughtful Banners

Thoughtful Banners

Hi Papercrafters!  It has been a nice break to not blog!  Now that summer is here, I can channel my efforts into posting more often.

Creating is more in line with what I love to do.  While I don’t really mind the administrative end of this business, my Etsy Shop takes up alot of my time and so do my honeybees, garden…you get the idea.

Stampin’ Up! came out with a NEW stamp set called Thoughtful Banners.

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I used the NEW 2016-2017 In Colors to create this fabulous little sentiment on the front of the card.  While I did not use the coordinating punches below, this set is bundled for 10% discount as shown below.  The stamp set also coordinates with the Classic Label further down the page.

To add and interesting border, I grabbed the doodle stamp from Tin Of Cards and used that around the edges in the Archival Black.

I am loving the NEW In Colors, they are so fresh and fun.  I know you will like them as well.

Thoughtful Banner and Duet Banner Punch Bundle

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Classic Label Punch

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What To Do With Those Scraps!

What To Do With Those Scraps!

We all have them!  Yes, we do!  LOTS of scrap pieces of papers that we just can’t seem to part with.  We end up throwing them into the pile, some big, some small!

In case you didn’t know…?  Stampin’ Up! includes a list of all the colors from that Designer Series Paper pack.  It is easy to find what you need on a moment’s notice.

 

ButterflysAre you looking for some creative ways to use your scrap pieces of paper?

Here are 10 ideas to help you get started!

  1. Punch some paper using your small punches.  Make confetti!
  2. If you are a scrapbooker, punch small pieces and use them as embellishments and accents for your pages.  Remember your cards as well.
  3. If you have pieces that you can cut into 3 x 6, use them to make gift tags and/or cards.
  4. Line your envelopes using Stampin’ Up’s! Envelope Framelit.
  5. Shred some of it and use it to add to your super cute little boxes made with the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board!
  6. Do you have the Big Shot?  Die cut letters using any die for your cards or scrapbook pages.  Make a alphabet garland using a large alphabet and coordinating printed paper.
  7. Are you into Mixed Media?  I am!  I love to create using leftover Designer Series Paper.  Check this out!
  8. Easter is coming!  If you set a table, make some napkin rings with your Spring paper.  Use it to add a seating tag!
  9. You can make small bows using Stampin’ Up’s! Bow Builder Punch.  Small patterns lend themselves to this idea! This one is pure genius!  Check out this video!
  10. Get creative for your kitchen.  Make some labels to organize your pantry items.

What other ideas do you have to use your paper scraps?!

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Bloomin’ Heart! | What I Love | Sale A Bration

Bloomin’ Heart!

Just because Valentine’s Day is over, doesn’t mean you need to put away all the heart stamps.  Or for that matter, heart thinlits, punches…etc!

 

Pink Heart

Don’t let this stunner of a thinlit die scare you away.  I have the perfect tool to get ALL those little pieces out of the heart.  The NEW Big Shot brush has answered my prayers AND it is so easy to use as well.

Check out the home office’s video on using this nifty tool!

The BIG SHOT BRUSH

Christine’s Tips:

  • Be sure to sponge the edges of the filigree heart.  You want to be sure that the die cut POPS when you adhere it to your cardstock.
  • I used Stampin’ Up’s! Fine Tip Glue Pen.  This is wonderful for adhering delicate cutouts, glitter or sequins.
  • One of my favorite NEW products is the banner thinlit found in the Large Numbers Framelits.  Yes, I find that quite versatile.  The bundle might be a little pricey, but it is well worth it considering the numbers that can be used on your cards, scrapbook pages and papercrafted projects.  Just sayin…

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I simply cannot get enough of that simple saying on the What I Love stamp set that is FREE during Sale A Bration.  That one sentiment has really made me happy this year.  Remember,  purchase just $50 in my ONLINE STORE and that set is FREE!

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And finally one more thing…I stamped the inside with “you.” and also with the Hardwood Background stamp.  To get a very light image, I stamped off on a separate sheet of paper.

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What I Love Crumb Cake-Stampin’ Up!

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Below is one of the cards that I completed.  Neutrals seem to be a go-to combination.

Kraft What I Love

I stamped in White Craft Ink and then added White Embossing Powder to heat set.  With a simple sponge dauber, I inked up in Crumb Cake and filled the centers of each flower.  Be sure to take a paper towel and wipe off the embossed image.  It will definitely make your image POP!

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Kraft FlatInside was simply stamped with “you.”  on a layer of white cardstock.  I am totally loving that leaf image when stamped underneath the word.  Add a coordinating Crumb Cake envelope and you have the perfect card to send to someone special.  One more thing to note,  this easy peasy technique works better with light colors.

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This terrific little set is FREE when you purchase $50 in my ONLINE STORE!

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Hello Life-Just Because Card Idea

Hello Life-Just Because Card Idea

Going to bed Thursday night, the weather people told us we would only receive about an inch of snow.  Surprise! Surprise!  The morning call came at 4:45.  No school on Friday!  We ended up with about 6-7 inches on the ground.

So what is one to do on these days?  Take care of household business, laundry, clean, shovel snow…etc!  Then treat myself to an afternoon in my studio.  Yay!

These are the afternoons I love, where there are just too many ideas falling out of my head and not enough time to do it all.

Ha!  And you thought this was going to be another Valentine’s Day card!  I get many requests to put together Just Because cards for friends whose kids have gone off to college!

Be sure to remember someone special with a “Just Because” card!

hello LifeThis color combination is perfect for these long days of winter.  Put some spark of color in your cards for a funky and fresh look.

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How much fun is this set to use with all those little hearts?!  Even though Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, look beyond the holiday.  Try using a different sentiment…birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversary!  The sky’s the limit.,

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Just For You-Botanicals For You

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BIG, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL!  That describes this card perfectly.  Handwritten bold fonts are super trendy at this time and these colors scream Spring to me.

Sometimes the best cards are the ones you get inspiration from in the catalogs!  Isn’t that why we have them?  One thing I love about this card is the bright and colorful inks that were used.

Just For YouChristine’s Tips:

  • Don’t be afraid of color.  Using the Archival Black Ink with these beautiful colors really makes them POP!  I used Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron.  I got the color combination from the It’s My Party Enamel Dots in the Occasions Catalog.  You will want a package of those, I guarantee it!!!

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The stamp set I used can be earned by simply placing a $50 order in my ONLINE STORE!

 

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Bloomin Love Congratulations

Bloomin Love Congratulations Card

The other day while surfing the web for the NEW 2016 Pantone Wedding Color trends, I came across this graphic that I thought you might like to see.  I took the liberty of adding the Stampin’ Up! color that I thought closely resembles the Spring Color Choice for 2016.

What do you think?  I pretty good match?!

2016 Wedding Colors

The card below uses the NEW Bloomin Love Stamp Set from the 2016 Occasions Catalog!  I am pretty sure that Stampin’ Up! gets it right each year with the trendy colors.  I turned this card into a Congratulations card for a newlywed couple for their wedding.  Even though this set is primarily for Valentine’s Day, make it versatile and use it for birthday, just because or even thank you.  Just change out the sentiment!

Bloomin LoveI added some pearls for a simple and elegant look.  Sometimes it is just the little things that add so much to your creation.

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Below are the filigree hearts done in the Pantone 2016 Wedding Colors of the Year!  Look how gorgeous they are!  If you know ahead of time what the wedding colors will be, then perhaps one of these cards would be the perfect gift to the newlyweds.

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Layered Letters Love You

Layered Letters Love You Card – Stampin’ Up!

This simple card is perfect for Valentine’s Day, Anniversary, Just Because and even a close friend.  But why not take it a step further and make one for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or even a special birthday?!

Using the NEW Thick Whisper White cardstock for the card base is the perfect weight for holding up layers.  I make all my cards with a side folding edge.  I am just not a big fan of the top folding tent style card.

Love heartChristine’s Tips:

  • Experiment with different size hearts in place of the “O”.  I used the Hello Life Stamp Set for this along with punching a small heart.
  • Be sure to add a little bling with a rhinestone.
  • You could even add the “O” inside of a heart.
  • Change up the colors for other occasions.
  • Again, I simply cannot say enough good things about Stampin’ Up’s! NEW Archival Black Ink.  No smudging!

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Bloomin’ Love Heart

Bloomin’ Love Heart-Stampin’ Up!

Isn’t this filigree heart from gorgeous?!  This die makes a stunning centerpiece and is so beautiful and eye catching that you can use it just by itself or with a coordinating set of stamps called Bloomin’ Love.  This bundle is discounted 15%!  I love discounts, that is why I purchase the bundles that Stampin’ Up! puts together.

I stamped the Hardwood stamp onto Whisper White using Sahara Sand ink and sponged the edges to make the background POP!

HeartThe hearts were die cut with Smoky Slate!  This color is one of my neutral go-to colors.  Using Basic Gray for the sentiment finishes it off.  Can you tell I am in LOVE with the sentiment?!  This is so wonderful that it can be used for Valentine’s, Anniversary, Just Because… etc!

Heart FlatOne of my tips for you is to stamp your envelopes.  Yes,  please do!  It adds so much to your beautiful cards.  If you go to the trouble of making a card, why not stamp the envelope?!

And last but not least, the inside of this card features, the word “you”.  A finish to the question on the front of the card.

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