Stampin’ Up! Work Of Art!

Stampin’ Up! Work Of Art!

Two weeks ago, I was in my studio glancing through Etsy and I came across a card that was printed on a computer.  However, my wheels started to spin and I thought I could loosely recreate the background by using the long strip from Work Of Art!  Now, I know many of you do NOT like to mass produce cards, however, I have a plethora of birthdays that I need to send cards out for and those NEW In Colors where just calling my name.

birthdayThese are just a few of the cards I made.  My son’s birthday has come and gone and I didn’t get the picture of his card.  Suffice it to say that since he is in the Air Force, it was based on their colors.  Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist and Basic Gray.

My daughter’s boyfriend’s birthday was a few days later.  I produced a card with camouflage colors, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Early Espresso and Sahara Sand.

I used the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and the Classic Label punch for the birthday sentiment.  If you notice carefully on the right side, I masked the area where I stamped Happy Birthday for something a little different.

These cards were absolutely fun to make, especially when you are looking for different color combinations.  I went straight to my Pinterest Account and went to my Color Combination Board for inspiration.

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  • Thoughtful Banners            (141614)    $21.00
  • Classic Label Punch            (141491)     18.00
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Watercoloring Inspiration!

Watercoloring Inspiration!

This Pinterest inspired card brings on thoughts of Spring and the warmer weather!  While the early flowers are starting to POP and the birds are chirping, getting outside is on my mind.  The blue color palette is totally a Spring Thing!

I love the watercolored look, however, I always look at watercoloring with mixed emotions.  You never really will have the same look twice, even when you really try.

I pulled out my Watercolor Paper, Aqua Painters and Lost Lagoon, Pool Party and Island Indigo and just started playing.  Here’s the thing!  That’s all you just have to do.

Watercolor BlueChristine’s Tips:

The BIGGEST tip I can give you!   Make sure your paper has water on it.  On this card, I did not go to the edges of the paper with the water.  Even with the Aqua Painter, have a little cup of water handy.  With the tray of your Ink Pad, mix water and a drop or two of your color.  Here I started with Lost Lagoon and only added one drop to the tray.  Beginning at the top, I only touched the Aqua Painter to the paper, letting the ink just roll through the paper.  I then added a little more water to lighten the color.  Tip:  Keep a light hand on the darker inks.  Remember, you can always add water to lighten it.

More BANG for your buck!  An Aqua Painter, Watercolor Paper and Ink are probably three items you didn’t know you needed.  Watercoloring is BIG right now!  Give it a try!

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Grateful Bunch-Stampin’ Up!

Grateful Bunch

My inspiration came today from the Stampin’ Success magazine that Stampin’ Up! puts out for demonstrators.  I stamped the base cardstock in the outline of the dotted leaf image and added a small piece of “It’s My Party” Designer Series Paper to the edge.

Grateful Bunch

Christine’s Tips:

  • The Grateful Bunch stamp set bundles with the Blossom Bunch punch for 15% discount!
  • Stamp the flowers with our NEW Archival Black ink on Whisper White cardstock.  The ink is perfect to add some color with your Stampin’ Markers.  Now that Stampin’ Up! redesigned this wonderful black ink, it is of superior quality and doesn’t bleed.  You’ll be glad for that!
  • Pop each flower up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Probably the one adhesive I simply can’t do without.

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Bountiful Border-Stampin’ Up!

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Bountiful BloomsI LOVE this color palette!  It’s FRESH and FUN and certainly makes a bold statement!

Christine’s Tips:

  • Be sure to stamp the inside of your cards!  It not only adds a nice touch but it helps to tie all the elements together.
  • I stamped the outside of the envelope as well!
  • The Fabulous Four stamp set provided the “it’s your day!”

Inside Bountiful Blooms

  • I used Happy Birthday from Happy Happenings on the inside

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A Simple and Easy Color Combination for you!  

Color ComboWeekly Deals begin for the week!

Did you notice that Stampin’ Up! has added MORE to the Weekly Deals and they are adding MORE to the Clearance Rack?!  Be sure to check them out!  You never know if you’ll find something of interest! bonusdeals

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Birthday Blossoms Stampin’ Up!

Birthday Blossoms and English Garden Designer Series Paper!

Happy Birthday

Christine’s Tips:

  • This English Garden Designer Series Paper has fast become a seasonal favorite.  Be sure to grab it now that summer is here to create the cards and projects for today.
  • The Pansy Punch coordinates with the flower from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set.
  • Make sure to line your envelopes with this pretty paper.  You’ll be glad you did!
  • One more thing!  Stamp the inside of your cards using images from this stamp set.
  • I love to leave the inside of my cards blank to add my own thoughts.


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Butterfly Basics-Stampin’ Up! Color Combination

Color Combination Inspiration!

I happen to LOVE this color combination and thought you might like it as well.  Today’s card idea uses the Typset Specialty Designer Series Paper that moved over to the NEW Annual Catalog!

GOOD LORD!  The background absolutely looks like Baked Brown Sugar that went away a few days ago, but rest assured it is Crumb Cake! So much for my photo editing skills!!!!

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christine pyrch copyChristine’s Tips:

  • Tear the Designer Series Paper and sponge ink for dimension along the torn edges.
  • Be sure to POP up your butterfly.  This gorgeous set has matching framelits.  Whoo Hooo!
  • I inked up my ferns in Mossy Meadow and without reinking, stamped alongside for added shading of the ferns.  Same color, but lighter.
  • I needed to add the Honeycomb.  Perfect for the nature look I was going for.

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Step Into Spring With FREE Shipping!

Stock up and save the shipping on your craft supplies!

Happy Birthday Label LoveDo you love it when Stampin’ Up! offers FREE shipping?!  I know I do!  AND, there is no minimum amount to purchase!  Whoo Hooo!  FREE Shipping from April 6-10th.

Christine’s Stamping Tips:

  • Save even MORE when you shop the Weekly Deal sale today!  Remember, Weekly Deals for the week end on Monday night and a whole NEW set of Weekly Deals begin on Tuesday.
  • The Magnetic Platform is perfect and keeps all framelits in place when cutting.
  • One final note,  be sure to grab all the retiring In Colors now while FREE shipping is happening.  Once the retired list comes out April 21st, things go fast.

Weekly Deals March 31st-April 6th

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Quick and Easy Birthday Card

Here’s a quick and easy birthday card idea using the NEW Balloon Bash Stamp Set!

To make this simple card, all you need is one ink, Calypso Coral, and Oval Framelit and a pair of scissors to snip the ends of your Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper.

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Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  No ribbon?!  No fretting allowed!  Just add a small piece of coordinating solid cardstock to accent the card and, “Voila!”  Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

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Celebrate Today!

Celebrate Today!



Celebrate Today is bundled with the Balloon Framelits for a tidy little discount of 15%.  So many possibilites, so many choices.

You simply can’t help but smile when you see this terrific NEW paper called Birthday Bash!  Now that the NEW 2015 Occasions Catalog is out, I’ve been having a blast playing with all the great products from Stampin’ Up!

Today’s card is gender neutral, perfect for that special someone in your life.

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Less Is More…

Masculine Lovely As A Tree Card Idea

Lovely As A Tree

Going through Fall without at least a card or two featuring Lovely As A Tree would be terrible and this stamp set just begs for a masculine themed card.  This set has been around a long time and I believe, it is the oldest stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! catalog!

Your Stamping Teacher Tidbits:

  • Stamp the strand of trees in the background with Crumb Cake.
  • The focal point is the black grouping in the front.
  • Simplicity is key to a masculine card.
  • I never get tired of Lovely As A Tree.  My very first stamp set.
  • My cardstock choices are Baked Brown Sugar and Early Espresso

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