Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sketch Challenge - Floral Birthday Card

Hello! I hope everyone is staying warm!! It was a brisk -4 this morning which I know is probably warm for some of those in the midwest. Let's hope this is short lived. For today's card, I went with springy colors. Spring can't get here soon enough.

I am playing along with the Global Design Project challenge this week.

For my entry, I used some new products from the Occasions catalog as well as some forgotten about DSP from the annual catalog.

I just got the Well Words bundle and I couldn't wait to use it!! I am in love with those word die cuts. How great is that "happy" font?!? I will definitely be using this bundle all the time!

I wanted to try something fun with the oval. I placed the oval stitched framelit on white cardstock, then I placed the floral die from the Lovely Flowers Edgelits dies on top of the oval framelit. So I ran both through at the same time. My hope was that the floral die would just die cut the center of the oval and it actually worked!! I backed the oval with paper from the Share What you Love DSP. I used another piece of DSP from that pack for the front of the card. I forgot how much I love this paper. There are some fun papers in this pack that have a nice pearlized finish.

If you look closely, I stamped the lace image from Southern Serenade in Soft Sea Foam ink on the Soft Sea Form card stock. I wanted to have a little bit of texture on the cardstock.

I finished the card off with Old Olive linen thread, a Petal Pink blossom element and Petal Pink adhesive backed sequins. I love all of the colors of this card! Petal Pink is one of my new favorite colors from the annual catalog.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay warm!!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Valentine's Banner

It's Monday again! These weekends just go by way to fast. Actually the month of January flew by as well! I've actually had this banner hanging on my mantel for a while now, I just haven't had the chance to write up a post about it.

This banner started with the cute heart and pom pom heart garland that I got from Pier 1. It was really cute but I thought it needed something else so I decided to spruce it up with some Stampin' supplies. I used the Be Mine Stitched Framelits along with the Large Letter Framelits to add XOXO to the garland. I used Powder Pink cardstock and the black and white DSP from the Botanical Butterfly DSP. (This DSP is FREE, get it now while you can!)

I did something a little different on each banner but they all have some hearts, a Gold glimmer letter and some Rose Metallic thread.

I also stamped the heart image from Forever Lovely in Powder Pink on each of the banners.

I used the Gold Library clips to attach them to the banner. That way if you wanted to change it out each year you can.

And here is what it looks like on my mantel. It's a cute little addition for Valentine's day. How could you not like some pom poms, hearts and glitter. :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Just Add Ink #440 - Valentine's Shaker Card

Happy Sunday!! The creative juices have been flowing in the past few days so with this wintery weather we've been having, I'm trying to take advantage as much as I can. We've had a wintery mix here so it's great weather to just stay inside and do nothing. The kids gave me the chance to get into my craft room to get crafty. The idea I had in my head for this card, came out just as I wanted. It did take a little trial and error to get there but I think it came out so cute. I decided to use this card as my entry for the Just Add Ink #440 challenge this week. The challenge this week was to add something new. You can find the challenge HERE.

My something "new" was using the Be Mine Framelits dies and the sentiment from January's Paper Pumpkin kit. I had the idea that I wanted to make a shaker heart and I also wanted to use the collection of hearts dies as part of the design. It took me a couple of times to get it right but how cute do all of those hearts look inside the large scalloped heart??

Oh and those little stamped hearts on the Pool Party card stock is from the January Paper Pumpkin kit as well. Aren't those fun! Inside the shaker heart I used a mix of Iridescent Sequin assortment plus some of the Sprinkles sequins from the Occasions catalog 2 years ago I think?

I hope you enjoy this super fun shaker card. Maybe it will brighten you up on this cold gloomy wintery day!

And I'll be back soon to share my Valentine's decor. I just had to share this card first because I loved how it came out!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

GDP172 - Valentine's Kangaroo

Hello! I'm going to have a quick post today but I wanted to share the card I made for this week's Global Design Project challenge. (My other valentine's decor project will be posted in a couple of days.....just need to edit photos). This week's challenge can be found HERE. It's a Case the Designer Challenge. I like these challenges to help get the creative juices flowing.

Here is the card to CASE.

I decided to make a valentin'es card with this challenge. Now I just need to hide the card so my hubby doesn't see it. I'm on top of my game by having a card ready for him already, haha!!

I used the Animal Outing bundle for this card. At first I wanted to use it so I could use the Wild About You sentiment but then I realized that I used that sentiment on the anniversary card I gave him back in October so I wanted to use a different saying. I still decided to go with the animals from the set though. Instead of stamping and coloring them, I went the quick route and die cut the kangaroo and leaves from the Animal Expedition DSP. I don't usually do that but it's fun to change it up once in a while and it's so easy. Definitely helps the card making process.

I also used the new Be Mine Stitched Framelits. I really got these dies for that open heart border die. It's soooo cute! I decided to keep some of the hearts stuck in the die because it looked cool. The larger heart die with the "love you" staying is also from the framelits.

After I layered everything on the All My Love DSP, I added some of the Heart Epoxy Droplets to the card. They give it a fun little touch!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Thursday!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

All My Love Home Decor

Hello! I am back again with some new stuff to share. I actually made this well before Christmas when I got some of my pre-order items from convention. But I didn't want to share it until after Christmas when everyone was ready for some Valentine's decor. My inspiration for this came from something I designed back in August (wow, I didn't realize it was that long ago when I made that). You can find it HERE. I used the same words, layout, etc but just changed it up with some new Valentine's DSP. I enjoy making these and it's fun to switch out the art on my frame wall in my living room. I will definitely have to start thinking of what to make for after Valentine's day. Should it be Easter or Spring themed or do one of each? What do you think?

For this Valentine's one I started with Lovely Lipstick card stock as the base. The DSP is from the All my Love pack. If you look closely, you can see that behind the large DSP piece I die cut some flowers from the Lovely Flowers Edgelits dies. It's actually the die that is the corner looking one (see pic below). I cut out 2 of them for each corner. I think it adds a fun little touch.

The rest of the wall art is done the same way as the previous one. I added some of the new All My Love ribbon from the combo pack and sequins (of course).

The frame that I put this is works so well for these kinds of wall art. (Here is the link to the frame at Michael's) However, it's impossible to get a good picture of while it's in the frame on my wall. But this homemade piece really sets off my gallery of frames on the wall. I can't wait to get started on my next one.

Have you made any wall art? What should my next one be?

Stay tuned, I'll have some more Valentine's decor coming your way....hopefully this week!

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Amazing Life Shimmer Card

Hello! I'm here today showing a new stamp set from the Occasions catalog called Amazing Life. I had a little bit of time last night to finally play with some new things. Between the holidays and a round of the stomach bug hitting our house, it's been a while since I've gotten crafty. This stomach bug has not been fun. My son is the only one who hasn't gotten it and fingers crossed, he makes it out ok! Anyway, I didn't have a whole lot of time to make something and I've kind of been in a craft funk. So this is not my best but it's gets the craft ball rolling. I need to get back into some kind of groove.

I received this set during convention. It's one I might not have purchased on my own but there are some pretty cute stamps in the set. I think I will use it more than I thought. The little cake is fun. I started by stamping it multiple times on Gorgeous Grape card stock. Then I stamped one more on Whisper White that I colored with Stampin' Blends and cut out.

On the Gorgeous Grape card stock, I sprayed it with a mix of rubbing alcohol and shimmer paint to make it super duper shimmery. I might have sprayed a little too much in some spots. But that's ok, who doesn't want extra shimmer for their birthday! :)

I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White card stock and colored "cake" with the Flirty Flamingo light and dark Stampin' Blends and the light Lovely Lipstick blend to give it an ombre look. (I used the same colors on the cake).

I finished the card with Black Shimmery ribbon, While Polka Dot tulle ribbon, Silver mini sequin trim and Glitter Enamel dots. Lots of extra shimmer and bling! :)

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Occasions and Sale-a-Bration 2019

Hello! Happy New Year! It's a wonderful time of year in the Stampin' Up! world. Today begins the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration catalog! This is a fabulous time to pick out some new things, stock up on items and get FREE stuff along the way!

You can shop the Occasions Catalog HERE.

And the Sale-a-bration Catalog HERE.

For those of you who don't know how it works, during Sale-a-bration (Jan 3 - March 31), for every $50 you spend you get to choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration catalog. These are items that are only available during this time. And this year there are some great items!

Also, another great promotion during this time is the Starter Kit promotion. Now is the best time ever to join Stampin' Up! If you've been on the fence, I encourage you to go for it during sale-a-bration!

There are 2 options available when joining:

OPTION 1: Select $175 in Stampin’ UP! catalog products in your new demonstrator Starter Kit, Pay only $99 + tax AND get free shipping on the kit!

OPTION 2: Select $175 in Stampin’ Up! catalog products in your new demonstrator Starter Kit, PLUS receive this fun Craft & Carry Tote, Pay only $129 + tax and get free shipping on the kit!

Is this not the most adorable tote?? It's huge and can carry a ton of your stamping supplies!

And here is a sampling of some of the fabulous products you can get in your Starter Kit.

Look at all of those goodies!! The best part is that you can customize it to what you'd like. And did I  mention you get $175 worth of product and a tote for $129 with FREE shipping!!! :)

Other fabulous perks of being a demo are:

Enjoy a discount on all of your Stampin’ UP! Shopping!

Enjoy Hostess benefits and Sale-a-Bration benefits just like customers!

See and order from the Stampin’ UP! catalogs Early!

Have I swayed you yet? :) Please feel free to ask me any questions before signing up. I'd be happy to help. I've been a demo for a little over 10 years and it's one of the best things I've done. I have an outlet for my craft energy and I've met some great people! So take the chance and join my team.

If there is anyone that would like a catalog and hasn't received one yet, please reach out and I will get one to you.

Have a great day!