Thursday, June 30, 2016

2016 Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop Recap and Extra Details!

Last weekend, I participated in the 2016 Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop and now I want to add more details for you about the projects.


On Monday, I posted a video tutorial on my Diorama card. Today, I'll show you the other projects in more detail. First up, I want to show you the awesomeness of the spinner card, so I made a mini video of the spin.




The Spinning Star Framelit dies make it easy to make spinner cards. I used to create them using multiple punches and an exacto knife. This is way better. I used the frowny face as it fit with my design, but I've heard the smiley face makes more spins. The hill was cut randomly with my Paper Snips and then I used the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder for depth on the Gumball Green cardstock. The trees, clouds, and hot air balloon are from the Always an Adventure Stamp Set. I loved hot air balloons as a kid and I even decorated my bedroom with them. I used the marker direct to stamp technique to rainbowize the balloon. The trees were colored in the new Emerald Envy. The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set cut out with the Duet Banners Punch.



Photorealism is a trend in papercrafting and design, which I love. I am married to a photographer after all. I love every page of the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper and it was fun to use this one to stamp the quote.



I loved how many multiples of each letter there are in the Labeler Alphabet. I used a large clear block and simply put all the letters I could and then filled the empty places later. That's the beauty of photopolymer stamps!


The final picture for today shows how I used the Lots of Labels Framelits inside the Gusseted Cello Bag to cradle the cookies.




I hope you enjoyed these posts and the Stampin' Addicts 2016 New Catalog Blog Hop!

Happy Creativity!

Sara

Monday, June 27, 2016

Always An Adventure Diorama Card Video Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog 2016 Blog Hop. As promised, I have a video tutorial for you so you can see how the card is put together. I am rusty making videos and my lighting isn't perfect, but I did accomplish it.





If the above video doesn't work for you, you can go to the link here: Lily Ink Pad: Always an Adventure Diorama Card. 

For those of you who don't want to watch the video for the templates, here are the dimensions.
Pool Party: 5 1/2 by 4 1/2, scored at 1/2, 1, 4 1/2, 5.
Dapper Denim: 5 1/2 by 4 1/2, scored at 1/2, 1, 4 1/2, 5.
Gumball Green: 2" x 5"

I hope you enjoy it!

Sara


Friday, June 24, 2016

Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop: Adventure Awaits

Welcome to my stop on the 2016 Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop featuring stamp sets that are BRAND NEW from Stampin' Up! A Blog Hop works like this: You can start here and click NEXT from blog to blog to see each Demonstrator's creations or you can click PREVIOUS and go backwards through the circle. Either way, you'll see some amazing products and projects. You can also discuss what you love on the Stampin' Addicts Forum Website.




I chose the set Always an Adventure  because I love making masculine cards and I love bold images. This set has it all and works well for a variety of projects that are pure fun.




See-- all fun. I love making fun fold cards, so my very first project was the diorama card on the left. My stamping celebration stampers were amazed at how easy it was to assemble. I will have a tutorial on Monday to show you how I created it. There are actually three levels--the Dapper Denim, the Pool Party/Mountains, and the Emerald Envy trees/pond layer. The card folds flat and when opened, the layers pop apart. You can write on the back any sentiment you want. I used the new Banners for You bundle for the "You Amaze Me" sentiment. 


See, it's layers are more visible from the top or in real life. 

The card furthest right is a spinner card using the new Sliding Stars Framelit Dies, but the stamped images are from the Adventure Awaits Stamp Set. For this card, the sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set and Duet Banner Punch. The "grass" is Cucumber Crush trimmed by hand and then embossed with the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder. 

The middle card makes more sense close up:


The signpost stamp caught my attention and I knew I needed to make a card that talked about choosing one's path in life. However, we didn't have a stamp that had that sentiment, so I used the Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set. It was pretty cool, as I just placed all the letters I could word by word on one clear block and stamped. There are multiples of frequently used letters, so this made the whole process easy. I added more letters and stamped again. Because they are photopolymer, I could be careful about adding in a letter here or there. I also didn't need them to be perfectly lined up to fit the style of my card. 

I used the Outdoor Adventures Framelit Dies to cut out the signpost from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper. I stamped the sign post in Early Espresso and colored the tent, water, and mountains with Many Marvelous Markers. I added some banners and can you see the new Enamel Dots that include shapes? My Niece thought that the stars needed to be there. 

My final project is a S'mores treat holder:


On my way to a cabin for the weekend, I found Oreo Brand S'more Cookies and they are yummy. I decided that they would be perfect for this project and saved 5 for this photo. When members of my family discover them, they will disappear.  For this project, I cut out two of the largest shapes from the Lots of Labels Framelit Dies out of the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper. I stamped the Campfire image by coloring with markers directly on the stamp. My trusty circle punches helped me layer and I added a piece of the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon cut on an angle. The new Gusseted Cello Bags worked perfectly for this project as I added the second label to the bottom for color. 

I hope you liked my projects. Come back on Monday for more details and pictures. Until then, click PREVIOUS to go backwards to see Rhonda's Shooting Star Bundle projects.  Or you can go forward in the loop by clicking NEXT and heading to Tanya's Birthday Fiesta Projects. 

 



Happy Creativity!

Sara


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Oh Baby!

I was in need of a welcome baby cards in May, so decided to creatively use up some Designer Series Paper.



Cute, huh? I loved this pattern in the It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack from the Occasions Catalog. That particular paper isn't available, but you can use any paper you'd like. I used the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits for the card and then cut the middle out with the Baby's First Framelit Dies. 



Happy Creativity!

Sara

Friday, June 17, 2016

Wedding Wishes in Navy

One of the best parts of turning through the pages of a new Stampin' Up! catalog is being amazed at the new suites of products. I fell in love with the Floral Boutique Suite:

 



The use of blue in this set is perfect! for me. It reminds me of Grandma Elsie's dishes. I plan to make a lot of cards with this set, but for today, this is my first:



and the inside:


It's feminine, but not frilly. The front was made with the Detailed Floral Thinlit Dies. The white accent is from the Flourish Thinlit Dies, which I think goes perfectly with this set. For the tag, I used the smallest die from the Lots of Labels Thinlits. 

The inside includes a perfect wedding sentiment, the border, and the rose. The white on the left side is what peeks behind the framelit. Easy and cute. My speciality.



Happy Creativity!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Organizing Tip: Framelit Storage

With my new catalog order and my catalog preorder, I've been spending some time organizing lately. I mean, I HAD to check out all the stuff I splurged on after my "bad day at work shopping spree."

One thing I noticed is that my framelits are becoming more complicated. They are beautiful, but I'd hate to lose one. The mess that I create when I am creative doesn't help me not lose things. In fact, my husband would say it helps me lose things. So, in order to not lose these cute little metal pieces of awesomeness, I do this:

First, I get a roll of magnet paper from a local store. I don't spend much and I use every inch. I cut the magnet paper the size of the paper insert in the envelopes and use Tear Away Tape to adhere the magnet to the paper.  I then outline the framelits in metallic sharpie. This time I used PURPLE. So fun. Before I put them away, I can tell if one is missing and it makes it easier to get them all to fit on the magnet. 

There are many ways to store framelits. I prefer to keep them in their envelopes and I keep those in a Ikea old tin bin that is the width of the envelopes. Ikea no longer carries them. but it works for me. I've also tried a basket and that was worked well, also. I like things with lids to hide my stuff. (although, I keep the lids off for access most of the time).  

I hope this helps! 

Happy Creating!
Sara



Monday, June 13, 2016

Stampin' Addicts New In Color Blog Hop Recap: Peekaboo Peach Projects

I hope you enjoyed the Stampin' Addicts New In Color Blog Hop this weekend. I loved seeing all the projects in the new colors. Each one has it's own personality and richness. I love them all.

Today, I want to show you more about the projects I made as well as show you the template for the card box.

First, I stamped the insides of the cards and want to share how awesome they looked:


Maybe not too awesome, but pretty. The sentiments in the Flourishing Phrases stamp set are pretty perfect:

"Words can't express just how deeply your love and support has been appreciated."
"Praying that your heart will be lifted by the many loving thoughts that surround you today."
"Good thing you get to bring your best friend along."

My Stampin' Celebrations crew will be happy to have insides of the cards with sweet sentiments!

The card fronts:
 I used the main flower and embossed in Whisper White. I thought I was sooooo creative in my plan, but then realized that Stampin' Up! artists had already tried this on their blog. Really, I thought it was my idea. Great minds think alike!

The sponge rollers were easy to use. I didn't switch the roller between colors and it wasn't a problem. In fact, it made the colors blend better! I don't know which one I love more!

Now, the finale--the card portfolio!

1. Begin with an 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 square piece of cardstock. (I used shimmery white).
2. Using the Envelope Punch Board, score and punch at 3 1/2. Slide the paper to the left and score at 4 1/8. Punch again.
3. Rotate 90 degrees and then line up the pointy part on each previous score line and score and punch again.
4. Repeat to go all the way around the box.
5. Punch the corners of the flaps.
6. Cut off the little squares.
7. Tape the two side flaps to the third flap.

My belly band is a 1 1/4" strip of Peekaboo Peach on which I attached a bouquet of flourishes!

I hope you enjoyed my projects!

Happy Creating!

Sara




Friday, June 10, 2016

Stampin' Addicts New In Color Blog Hop: Peekaboo Peach

Welcome to the Peekaboo Peach stop on the Stampin' Addicts In Color Blog Hop 2016! I am proud to display my projects along side my demonstrator friends. There are 5 stops along this hop. You can start here and click your way in a circle of awesomeness. You also may have already started your journey and came from Twila's blog featuring Flirty Flamingo or if you like to go backwards you might have come from Heidi's blog featuring Sweet Sugarplum. No matter what, I am glad you are here.



Peekaboo Peach is a vibrant, fun, and on-trend new color. We have nothing like it in our color array, yet it fits right in!

This is a card my stamp club, Stampin' Celebrations, made this month. I layered the Peekaboo Peach flowers with a swirl of Tangerine Tango. The small flowers were made with Blushing Bride, a color I rarely use, but love here.  I also used the new Metallic Enamel Shapes in silver to accent the centers. The easel was stamped with Archival Basic Black Ink. I used the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to crate the flowers by layering all the swirls and then only glueing in the middle to make sure the flowers have dimension. However, my photography skills don't really show it. I added some Peekaboo Peach In Color Enamel Shapes to add some flair to my sentiment. 

My other project is a card set using the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set along with with the Flourish Thinlits. 


I made four cards using the Shimmery White cardstock, each uses a different Emboss Resist effect. The furthest left is Peekaboo Peach rolled on with the new Sponge Brayers. On the next one, I used an aquapainter to wash over the embossing and left white space. The final two involve Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Watermelon Wonder to create that popular ombre effect. The colors blended wonderfully with the Sponge Brayer. Easy and cute. My favorite!

The card holder was created with the Envelope Punch Board. I will show a template and tutorial next week. There's no room today. 

Enjoy the other stops on this hop to acquaint yourself with the newest Stampin' Up! In Colors!

Click the next blog button to go to Heidi's Sweet Sugarplum projects. 



Click the previous blog button to go to Twila's Flirty Flamingo projects. 


Happy Stamping!

Sara






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