Thursday, March 16, 2017

Team Swap - Stampin Up My Hero

Stampin Up - My Hero
Stampin Up - My Hero
This past Sunday night was our Stampers with Heart team meeting and this card was my swap for the meeting. The theme was masculine cards and truth be told I was stumped! I realized I don't have a lot of current stamp sets for guys. I had some fun making my thirteen swap cards although it was a lot of steps.

What happens at a team meeting you ask? We gather as a group once a month and share business updates, here from group members on ideas they are using in their business or hobby, swap cards (I went home with thirteen different ideas and samples), and stamp make-n-take projects. I look forward to the meeting every month and I am so bummed when I can't make it due to family obligations. How can you attend a team meeting? Join my team and you are invited to join me and our group each month! Now through 3/31 is the best time to join the Stampin' Up! family as the starter kit is on sale for only $99 for $125 worth of products during Sale-A-Bration. In addition to the $125 of products you can pick two free stamp sets (any value) to your kit order.

The stamp I used on my project is in the set My Hero which is on the last page of the Annual Catalog and is a very special stamp set. Stampin' Up! corporate donates a portion of the proceeds for every stamp set sold to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Here are all the stamps in the set:
Do you want to make this card at home?
1. Score a piece of 8.5 by 11 Basic Black cardstock at 4.25" and then cut it in half at 5.5" to get two card bases. Put one card base aside for another project.
2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4" by 5 1/4"
3. Emboss the Whisper White cardstock piece with the Polka Dot embossing folder and your Big Shot
4. Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock to 2" by 5" and punch one end with the Banner Triple Punch
5. Cut a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper to .5" by 4.25" and punch one end with the Banner Triple Punch
6. Cut a Whsiper White cardstock circle from the Stitched Framelits on the Big Shot 
7. Stamp the image on a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Crumb Cake Ink
8. Stamp the image on piece of Whisper White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Ink and cut out the # 1 oval and banner with paper snips
9. Color the hero word and around the border of the badge with a Gold Wink of Stella glitter brush
10. Adhere all the layers together as shown in the photo. I used Tear & Tape Adhesive on the glimmer paper.

Let me know if you have any questions about today's post.

Happy Stampin',
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: My Hero

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sketch Challenge - Carried Away Designer Series Paper

Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper
Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper
Happy Tuesday! I guess the groundhog was correct after all. Winter has been lingering here in Massachusetts the past week and today we received a pi(e) day blizzard. I got to stay home and spend some time with my craft supplies. My friend Stacy works for the American Cancer Society and is in need of cards for Pacesetters for their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. I had to play in our weekly sketch challenge from Stampers with Heart to make her some cards today.

If you want to play along with the sketch here it is:

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I used the Carried Away Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration and played off the colors to make my cards with Whisper White and Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Smoky Slate. I went with the clean and simple look. Here is a closer look at each card:

Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper
Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper
Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper
Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper
Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper
Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper
Reminder! If you place a $50 order in my Online Store before 3/31 you can receive the Carried Away Designer Series Paper for free. If you use hostess code 23RSXQ72 I will also send you a free thank you gift. 

Let me know if you have any questions about today's post. Now to head outside to dig my car out as I'm sure I will be headed into work tomorrow.

Happy Stampin',
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Thoughtful Banners
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate
Paper: Watermelon Wonder Cardstock, Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, Smoky Slate Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Carried Away Designer Series Paper (free during Sale-A-Bration)
Other: Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Duet Banner Punch, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Snail Adhesive


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sketch Challenge - Tasty Trucks Sale-A-Bration

Stampin Up Tasty Trucks Stamp Set - 2017 Sale-A-Bration
Stampin Up Tasty Trucks Stamp Set - 2017 Sale-A-Bration
I used to work in Newburyport in an office park and once a week we had a taco food truck Metzy’s park in our parking lot during lunch. Yum! I gained a few pounds during those months when I walked outside to get tacos weekly.

Today’s post is the sketch from the Stampers with Heart team challenge for this week. If you want to play along the sketch is very basic and can be used over and over for all sorts of different cards. Here is the sketch and measurements:

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For my card I used Watercolor paper and did a light wash with So Saffron & Pool Party inks and my Aquapainter on the truck. To do this squeeze the middle of your ink pad to pool some color of the ink in the lid and pick up directly with your Aquapainter. I find the watercolor paper is the best for the Aquapainter and you want to start by stamping your image in Archival ink and letting it dry. I then used some of my Watercolor pencils to add highlights by coloring a dark outline and blending with my blender pen. This card has a summer feel which is funny since I created it during a frigid day over this past weekend. I based my colors loosely on the Metzy’s food truck. Here is a photo:

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The stamp set I used on my card is Tasty Trucks and you can earn it free during Sale-A-Bration through 3/31 with any $50 purchase. If you use hostess code: 23RSXQ72 on any order over $25 in my Online Store during March I will send you a free surprise gift. Here is a photo of all the stamps in the Tasty Trucks set:


Let me know if you have any questions about today’s post.

Happy Stampin’,
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Tasty Trucks (earn for free during Sale-A-Bration)
Ink: Basic Gray Archival, Pool Party, So Saffron
Paper: Watercolor, Pool Party cardstock, Bermuda Bay cardstock
Other: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Aquapainter, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1 Month of Sale-A-Bration left!

Stampin Up Lift Me Up Bundle & Carried Away Designer Series Paper
Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up Bundle & Carried Away Designer Series Paper
Oh my! I realize I have taken a month off blogging and I didn't mean to be away that long. I really didn't stamp much in February except to send some birthday & valentine cards to family. Also, my dear grandmother passed away last week so I have spent a lot of time with family over the past few days for the services. I had yesterday off work so I headed to my stamp table determined to make a card for the Stampers With Heart team challenge. We have a challenge coordinator who posts a sketch each week. This was the sketch for this week if you want to play along:

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Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st and I wanted to feature something from the Sale-A-Bration catalog in my card this week. The cute Carried Away Designer Series Paper coordinates with the Lift Me Up Bundle and the large focal image on the sketch works for a hot air balloon. If you purchase the Lift Me Up Clear-Mount Bundle shown below Item # 144712 for $45.75 your order would be $5 away from earning the Carried Away Designer Series Paper for Free during Sale-A-Bration.

Lift Me Up Clear-Mount Bundle

If you place an online order over $25 in my store in March and use host code: 23RSXQ72 I will send you a thank you gift of 5 homemade cards. If you spend over $50 you can pick a Sale-A-Bration item for free and I will send you an embellishment of my choice as a thank you gift.

Let me know if you have any questions about today's post.

Happy Stampin',
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Ink: Night of Navy Marker
Paper: Whisper White Cardstock, Mint Macaron Cardstock, Night of Navy Cardstock, Carried Away Designer Series Paper (Free during Sale-A-Bration)
Other: Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Classic Label Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sale-A-Bration Gray Hey Chick Card

Stampin Up - Hey Chick Stamp Set
Stampin Up - Hey Chick
This week I am featuring the Hey Chick stamp set for my blog projects. The Hey Chick stamp set is FREE with any $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. The project I am sharing today is a quick & simple card. After I stamped my chick I thought of using the Woodgrain embossing folder and Smoky Slate cardstock to mimic him standing in front of an aged barn door.

Want to make this card? Here are the steps:
1.       Score a piece of 8.5” x 11” Smoky Slate cardstock on the 8.5” side at 4.25” and then score on the 11” side at 5.5” to get two card bases. Set one card base aside for another card.
2.       Cut a piece of Basic Gray cardstock 3 7/8” by 5 1/8”
3.       Cut a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock 3 3/4” by 5”
4.       Stamp the chick in Basic Gray Archival ink on Watercolor paper
5.       Add some color to the chick with Smoky Slate ink and an Aquapainter. I focused on his head, wing, tail, and a bit on his left side.
6.       Once the paper is dry add a few pops of color with your Calypso Coral marker on his feet, beak, and head.
7.       Stamp the hey chick sentiment in Basic Gray ink then punch out with the Classic Label punch
8.       Run the Smoky Slate cardstock through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain embossing folder then add some Basic Gray ink with a sponge
9.       Using a circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies cut out the chick image with the Big Shot
10.   Adhere your layers. Pop the chick up on four Stampin Dimensionals

Let me know if you have any questions about this project. I’ll be back on Thursday to share another project featuring the Hey Chick stamp set. If you would like to place an order click here to browse my Online Store.

Supplies:
Stamps: Hey Chick (free during Sale-A-Bration)
Ink: Basic Gray Archival, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral marker
Paper: Basic Gray cardstock, Smoky Slate cardstock, Watercolor paper
Other: Big Shot, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Aquapainter, Classic Label Punch, Stampin Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Happy Stampin’,
Christine


Friday, January 6, 2017

New SAB & Occasions Catalog Projects

So I have been busy this week preparing for today’s post. Stampin’ Up! home office recently announced a call for display stampers for April’s Onstage. Since I was a display stamper back in November I knew I had to try for it again. A funny thing happened back at Onstage in November. I already knew the weekend Onstage was happening in April I would be away on my annual vacation with my husband in New Orleans. It is a favorite place of ours to visit and we eloped there while vacationing in 2011. So I knew the only feasible way I could go to Onstage was if there was one in Louisiana. Imagine my surprise when the locations were announced on the big screen and I saw the words Shreveport. Oh my goodness! I thought it was karma and I asked Mike as soon as I got home about taking a side trip during our vacation. Not a pleasant conversation, but he knows how passionate I am about Stampin’ Up. So here I am submitting the projects below for consideration to be a display stamper for Shreveport Onstage in April.

I had to make six projects in total – three cards, two 3D projects, and one scrapbook page.
I used the Carried Away Designer Series Paper (available for FREE when you place a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration) and the coordinating Lift Me Up Bundle for the cards and 3D projects. I made a quick Project Life scrapbook page keeping with the theme of hot air balloons.

For the cards I used the monochromatic papers and paired it with the coordinating color cardstock. I also cut my Designer Series Paper to 3” by 4”. There is no waste if you cut your 12” by 12” Designer Series Paper that size. Here are the cards:




For my 3D projects I decided to make a gift card holder from a glassine bag and a gift box set with mini cards. For the gift card measurements of the Designer Series Paper is 2” by 11” and the banner is 1" by 3.5". I stamped the cloud word in Smoky Slate and cut it out with the cupcake top thinlit and layered it over the Watermelon words. For the gift box the DSP adhered to the box is 2.5" by 2.5" and the cards are 2.5” by 2.5” so they fit inside the box. The DSP layered on the cards is 2 3/8" by 2 3/8". Here are the 3D projects:



For my scrapbook page I printed some photos at Walgreens and created a simple Project Life page with some photos from a small hot air balloon festival we went to back in August in Connecticut. Here is my page:


I hope you enjoyed this post. I certainly had fun playing with my new supplies while creating these samples. Let me know if you have any questions about the projects.

Happy Stampin’,
Christine

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sale-A-Bration - Pretty Pocket Kit

Looking for a card kit that is super quick & easy? The Pretty Pocket Card kit is your answer! You can earn this kit for free with any $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. There is no stamping on the kit as everything is already printed for you. There is also no adhesive needed as it is already on the items.

You get everything to create 8 cards in the kit. Watch Donna from Stampin’ Up! home office show you how simple the cards are to make:


I have been burning the candle at both ends this week getting my project’s finalized for tomorrow’s blog post. Be sure to pop back over and check it out!

Happy Stampin’,
Christine

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

It’s Time to Sale-A-Brate – Carried Away Designer Series Paper

Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper & Lift Me Up Bundle
Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper & Lift Me Up Bundle

Happy Wednesday and first day of Sale-A-Bration and Occasions catalogs. There were some technical difficulties earlier today, but the Stampin’ Up! website and my Online Store are live with lots of new products. Check them out by clicking here.
Today’s project is one I made a few days ago when I had some time to play with the Carried Away Designer Series Paper (a Sale-A-Bration product you can earn for FREE with any $50 order). The paper coordinates with the Lift Me Up Bundle in the Occasions Catalog.

I don’t know about you, but hot air balloons are very trendy right now and Stampin’ Up! is right on trend. I remember holiday shopping and noticing hot air balloons in store displays including Target.

Want to make this project? Here are the instructions:
1. Score a piece of 8.5” x 11” Smoky Slate cardstock on the 8.5” side at 4.25” and then score on the 11” side at 5.5” to get two card bases. Set one card base aside for another card.
2. Cut a piece of 12” x 12” Designer Series Paper to 3” x 4”. Tip: If you cut your paper to this size there will be no waste. Just make sure you are cutting the design the right way.
3. Stamp the two smaller clouds on Whisper White cardstock in Smoky Slate ink then cut them out with the coordinating cloud shaped thinlits
4. Stamp the hot air balloon on Whisper White cardstock in Watermelon Wonder ink then cut out with the coordinating hot air balloon thinlit
5. Cut a piece of Smoky Slate ribbon 5” and adhere across the middle of the Designer Series Paper securing the ends behind with glue dots
6. Add your hot air balloon with three Stampin’ Dimensionals
7. Adhere the Designer Series Paper to your cardstock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
8. Add your clouds with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
9.  Stamp the sentiment in the lower right corner of the card in Smoky Slate ink
10. Add four rhinestones to the hot air balloon

I have been busy playing with the Lift Me Up Bundle and Carried Away Designer Series Paper this past week. I have some special projects to share with you this Friday. I hope you’ll come back to check it out!

Happy Stampin’,
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Ink: Smoky Slate & Watermelon Wonder
Paper: Carried Away Designer Series Paper (earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order), Smoky Slate cardstock
Other: Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Smoky Slate 1/8" Stitched Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek - Designer Tee

Stampin Up - Designer Tee
Stampin Up - Designer Tee
Hi there, I’m back with another Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek! This card features the Designer Tee stamp set, which you can earn for FREE starting tomorrow with a $50 order. The stamp set coordinates with the Custom Tee Bundle in the Occasions Catalog starting tomorrow, but I decided to stamp it on a circle since the small images are a perfect size for punches & framelits. I added some fun Designer Series Paper, ribbon, and framelits from the Annual Catalog to create a mashup card of old & new!

Want to make this project? Here are the instructions:
1. Score a piece of Whisper White 8.5" x 11" cardstock in half at 4.25" on the 8.5" side and then cut it at 5.5" on the 11" side to get two card bases. Put one card base away for another project
2. Cut a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
3. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3 3/4" x 5"
4. Cut a piece of A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper 3 1/2" x 3"
5. Cut a scalloped circle from the Circle Framelits in Calyspo Coral cardstock
6. Stamp the image in Calypso Coral ink on a 2" strip of Whisper White cardstock
7. Cut out the image with the circle framelit die
8. Adhere the three top layers
9. Add a 5" piece of Whisper White organza ribbon across the middle of all 3 layers and secure with glue dots
10. Add the layers to the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
11. Add the circle to the scalloped circle with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
12. Paint the flourishes in the image with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to add some sparkle

Let me know if you have any questions about this card. I'm off to take a nap since it was an exhausting day today with everyone back from holiday vacations and several meetings & projects to conquer!

The Sale-A-Bration and Occasions catalogs go live tomorrow and you can check out all the products after 2:00am MST in my Online Store.

I’ll be back to share another project with you tomorrow.

Happy Stampin’,
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Designer Tee (available to earn for FREE starting 1/4)
Ink: Calypso Coral
Paper: Calypso Coral & Whisper White cardstock, A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper
Other: Big Shot, Layering Circle Framelits Dies, Whisper White 5/8" organza ribbon, Mini glue dots, Multipurpose Liquid glue, Snail Adhesive, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek - Tasty Trucks

Stampin Up - Tasty Trucks
Stampin Up - Tasty Trucks
Hi there! Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful weekend celebrating the new year with your family & friends. We had a nice quiet and enjoyable New Year's Eve at home. It was awesome to have a long weekend from my day job and catch up on things around the house. We kicked off the new year by going out for brunch and I did a little shopping.

This week is going to be all about Sale-A-Bration projects. I have a few sneak peeks to show you before Sale-A-Bration starts Wednesday. I couldn't wait to pre-earn the Tasty Trucks stamp set as I'm a big food truck fan. For any $50 order you will be able to earn the Tasty Truck stamp set for free. I live in Lowell, Massachusetts and in the nice weather we have several outdoor festivals including food trucks. My favorite Lowell truck is Spiceventure and my favorite Boston truck is Roxy's Grilled Cheese.

Today's project was one I worked on over the weekend for a creative challenge. My card didn't turn out quite like I planned, but it fit the bill.

Want to make this card? Here are the instructions:
1. Score a piece of Smoky Slate 8.5" x 11" cardstock in half at 4.25" on the 8.5" side and then cut it at 5.5" on the 11" side to get two card bases. Put one card base away for another project.
2. Cut a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
3. Cut a piece of Watercolor Paper 3 3/4" x 5"
4. Stamp the truck image onto the Watercolor Paper with Smoky Slate ink
5. Stamp the banner image onto the truck below the canopy with Smoky Slate ink
6. Stamp three cupcakes on the shelf area of the truck window with Smoky Slate ink
7. Squeeze the middle of your Smoky Slate ink pad several times to pool some ink on the lid of the ink pad. Then take an Aquapainter and color the top and bottom of the truck and the ground underneath the truck.
8. Squeeze the middle of your Watermelon Wonder ink pad several times to pool some ink on the lid of the ink pad. Then take an Aquapainter and color the middle of the truck, cupcake bottoms, and canopy.
9. Take your Smoky Slate marker and color in the trim and wheels of the truck
10. Take your Watermelon Wonder marker and color in the banner and centers of the canopy. Also stamp your greeting in the bottom right corner of the card.
11. Once the truck is completely dry, run the watercolor paper layer through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot embossing folder
12. Paint the cupcake tops with a clear wink of stella brush
13. Adhere your layers together with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
14. Add two rhinestones as the wheel covers on the truck

Let me know if you have any questions about this project. I'll be back again tomorrow to share another Sale-A-Bration sneak peek!

Happy Stampin',
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Tasty Trucks (available to earn for free 1/4/17)
Ink: Smoky Slate ink pad, Watermelon Wonder ink pad, Smoky Slate & Watermelon Wonder markers
Paper: Smoky Slate cardstock, Watermelon Wonder cardstock, Watercolor paper
Other: Big Shot, Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Aquapainters, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Multipurpose Liquid Glue