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Friday, June 26, 2015

New Stampin' Up! Products

I just made a book to keep track of my favorite Stampin' Up! color combinations. Yeah, I know, I'm kind of a dork. But isn't it pretty? I used several products from the new catalog. This is a color combination I would have never thought of using:) The pages are cardstock and I bound the book with my Cinch from We Are Memory Keepers.

Project Details
Stamps
Vintage Leaves new, Petite Petals, Beautiful Bunch, Butterfly Basics, Awesomely Artistic new, Flower Shop
Card Stock & Papers
Mossy Meadow, Watermelon Wonder, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz
Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake
Accessories
 dazzling details
Tools
Leaflets Framelits new, Brick Wall Embossing folder new, Hello You Thinlits new, Sponge Daubers

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Card Set Holder

We had such fun making these today!!! There are a few different versions of these cute purses floating around the internet. Caroline Hallett made a style that I loved, but her's was for 4" x 4" cards. I made one then fiddled around to make a different size that would accommodate 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cards. Everything in this set is beautiful because of the coordinating products: Bohemian Borders stamp set, Bohemian designer series paper, cardstock, Bohemian designer washi tape, candy dot brads, Boho Chic embossing folder. The pen inside the purse is decorating in coordinating washi tape, the inside of the cards and envelopes too all coordinate with these beautiful colors and patterns.

You can get the free tutorial, with a minimum $25.00 order. Once your order is placed, I will send your FREE tutorial to you. Just click on the link to order in the sidebar.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bohemian Rhapsody

Rhapsody is an ecstatic expression of feeling or enthusiasm. That's exactly how I felt when I first saw all these products in the new catalog - ecstatic! I love anything Bohemian: art, clothes, rubber stamps even the song by Queen. I was thrilled to see this stamp set along with all the coordinating products, embossing folder, designer series paper, and washi tape. Gosh, I even adore the colors in the paper and washi tape!

Of course the fact that a Bohemian is a person, an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices has nothing to do with it... giggles! I am pretty conservative, but with a definite Bohemian streak.

I'm listening to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody right now. In music, rhapsody is an instrumental composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation. Improvisation… that’s exactly what we do when given pretty papers, stamps, and all the embellishments we collect. Designing projects... anything artistic just makes my soul sing, you know what I mean? Can you tell I've been reading Dictionary.com? Lol!


To say I've been having fun with this set is a total understatement! Designing a card set, matching pen and purse holder for a class next week was such a delight. Below are some of my experiments. After class, I will post those designs too. For now they are under wraps so my friends in class will be surprised.
Also used: Flower Shop, Work of Art stamp sets
Also used: tag topper punch
Also used: Big Day stamp set and Lots of Labels Framelits new
Also used: Hello You Thinlits new
envelopes

Stamp Your Art Out!

My monthly class met yesterday and as usual it was such fun. I really enjoy this group of ladies and had the opportunity to meet some new people this month. What a treat!

We did a couple masculine projects for Father's Day or Birthday for the men in our lives, or even a woman would appreciate these nautical/beachy themes. My treat holder will go to my husband, filled with his favorite Dove dark chocolates for Fathers' Day.
Project Details
Stamps
The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock & Papers
Crumb Cake: card base 5 ½ x 8½ score at 4 ¼
Basic Black: Layer behind stamped image 3 ¼ x 3 ½ 
                          Layer behind DSP 2 ½ x 4 ¼
                           Layer behind greeting and sailor’s knot ¾ x 4 ¼
Typeset DSP: 2 ¼ x4 ¼
Cherry Cobbler: 3 ½ x 3 ¾
Very Vanilla: 3 x 3 ¼ stamped layer
                           oval punched greeting
Ink
Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Accessories
Stampin’ Dimensionals, twine
Tools
Large Oval Punch


Project Details
Stamps
Hardwood, By The Tide
Card Stock & Papers
Smoky Slate: Fry Box die
Very Vanilla: Circle die 5th smallest  (3 x 3)
                            3 ½ x 2 ½ shell & seahorse, Circle punch
Basic Gray: Circle die 6th smallest (3 ¼ x 3 ¼)
Ink
Early Espresso, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake
Accessories
Linen Thread
Tools
Circles Framelits, Fry Box Die, ¾ Circle Punch

Project Details
Stamps
Beautiful Bunch, Flower Shop
Card Stock & Papers
Vellum: 3 x 3 ½
Whisper White: 3 ¾ x 5
Tangerine Tango/Melon Mambo: 4 x 5 ¼ and 1 ½ x 4
OR Rich Razzleberry/Perfect Plum
Ink
alcohol inks, VersaMark, Staz On White, Tangerine Tango OR Rich Razzleberry
Accessories
White Embossing Powder
Tools
Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Fun Flower Punch, ink applicator, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy

Sunday, June 14, 2015

More New Products and a Secret

Wanna know a secret? I can not photograph cards. I have read tutorial after tutorial, used auto and manual settings, a light box and everything else anyone has told me to so. Photoshop? Yep, I took two photography classes in grad school. But I can't brighten a photograph of a card and get the color right. Outdoor landscapes? I rock those. Indoor candid shots of family and friends, yep, I can do those too. And you know what? I just plain give up. There is something in my brain that simply does not process this procedure. My scanner works beautifully except for 3D things, so I have two photos for you today. One that shows the curve in the flutterby wings and the other which shows the proper color.

From scanner, this one has the correct color.
3D effect shown here, but color is yucky
Project Details
Stamps
Watercolor Wings new
Card Stock & Papers
Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink
So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Mossy Meadow
Accessories

Tools
Fluttering Embossing Folder new, Hello You Thinlits new

Project Details
Stamps
Best Thoughts new
Card Stock & Papers
Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Copic X-Press Blending Card
Ink
 Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories
 Copic Markers
Tools
Fluttering Embossing Folder new, Hello You Thinlits new


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Awesome Stamps

This new set is so versatile, I really am having fun playing with it. There are 9 stamps in the set to work with and I just love the way the new brick wall embossing folder looks with these images.

Project Details
Stamps
 Awesomely Artistic new
Card Stock & Papers
 Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow
Ink
 Mossy Meadow, Rose Red, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Memento Tuxedo Black,
Accessories
 Stampin Dimensionals, Copic Markers
Tools
Brick Wall Embossing Folder new, Sponge Daubers

Friday, June 12, 2015

Three-Step Stamping, Watercolor Style

I love many things in the new catalog, but this one caught my eye first! I just love butterflies:) The promise of rebirth, change and the whole spiritual.
Project Details
Stamps
 Watercolor Wings new, Gorgeous Grunge
Card Stock & Papers
 Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink
 Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Delightful Dijon, Mossy Meadow, Tip Top Taupe, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede,
Accessories
 Blossom Accents, Stampin Dimensionals, Basic Jewels Pearls,
Tools
 Brick Embossing Folder new, Bold Butterfly Thinlits


Project Details
Stamps
 Watercolor Wings
Card Stock & Papers
Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Gold Foil, Whisper White
Ink
 Watermelon Wonder, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede
Accessories

Tools
 Bold Butterfly Framelit, Butterflies Thinlits


The butterfly carries a symbolic meaning in many cultures. It is always associated with a peaceful spirit and metamorphosis because of the transformation they undergo in the cocoon. In some Chinese cultures, the butterfly represents immortality. In some Japanese cultures, butterflies represent the human soul. White butterflies are a common symbol for angels and spirit guides.

Some Native Americans have a butterfly totem which serves to guide them on a journey of freedom from the past to becoming a higher self. Still others believe that Butterfly is the symbol of change, the soul, creativity, freedom, joy and color. It reminds us not to take things too seriously and to get up and move. They teach us that growth and transformation does not have to be a traumatic experience, it can be joyous. Butterflies have the ability to grow and change, leaving the safety of their cocoon to discover life in a new form without fear. They work through many stages to become the beautiful creature they are. Similar to the butterfly, we too are always moving through different stages, each equally as vital. It is no good rushing to a particular stage, nor is it good getting stuck at a stage and becoming stagnant.

Many people believe that a butterfly is a sign from a loved one who has passed away, and in many cultures, it is considered a bad omen to harm a butterfly.

Me? I simply refuse to call this beautiful creature a butterfly. It has nothing to do with butter and it doesn’t fly, it flutters. Since I was very young, I have called it a flutterby...giggles!

You can get the stamp set, called Watercolor Wings, or bundle the stamp set and coordinating dies and save 15%. Click here to order
 Below are a few samples of this three-step stamp. As you can see the color combinations are practically endless!