April 17, 2018

Making Wreath's with the Stamparatus and Touches of Texture

Hello and Happy Tuesday! I hope you're all doing well. I got to spend some time in my craft room yesterday, in between prepping for classes, I played around with my Stamparatus and I am so excited to share with you the accessory I made to make wreaths from any stamp and my Stamparatus. The accessory tool is pretty easy to make when you have the Stampin' Grid paper. I just drew out a 4" square in the center of my grid paper and then traced it into the center of a piece of Window sheet that I cut 6" x 6".
You can see it in this photo here. I traced it twice. Once in Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend, then I turned the Window sheet "on point"  and traced it a second time with my Night of Navy Stampin' Blend. Then I placed this inside my Stamparatus and lined up my 4" square piece of Whisper White cardstock with the square I made in the Stamparatus and stamped my image. Then, I just kept turning the Whisper White paper around lining it up in the squares alternating on point and straight on, stamping the image until I completed my wreath. I then went back and added the "splash" of Sweet Sugarplum to the center of the flowers. I layered this piece onto a piece of Sweet Sugarplum  that measures 4.25" square and layered it onto a piece of Whisper White cut 8.5" x 5.5" scored and folded at 4.25"
Sadly, the Touches of Texture stamp set is retiring and won't be around much longer. It's an amazing set and is great for adding that "little extra something" to your cards so if it happens to be on your wishlist,now is the time to grab it because after 5/31/18 it will be gone forever and that would be really sad. In addition, the Sweet Sugarplum is also retiring so if these In colors are on you list, don't wait too long as they don't tend to last very long. If you have any questions on how I created my wreath tool for my Stamparatus, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them for you. It's a handy tool to have and simple to make.

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

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April 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Gorgeous - Easy Handmade Gift Bag/Box Tutorial

Hello and Happy Thursday! I am over the moon excited! Today, my pre-order for the early release bundle is arriving today! Don't worry...I'll share the awesomeness when it get's here....be sure to stop by my Facebook page this evening around 6 PM ET for a Facebook Live unboxing! Trust me, you wont want to miss this one!

In the meantime, I have this cute little handmade gift bag/box tutorial to share with you, using the awesome Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set from the Annual catalog...(psst.....it will be in the next catalog too!)
This little bag is perfect for presenting a piece of jewelry, such as a pair of earrings, necklace or bracelet. It's quick and easy to make and doesn't require a whole lot of supplies. To begin, you will need a full sheet of cardstock 8.5" x 11" and a scoring tool, either your Stampin' Trimmer or your Simply Scored Scoring Tool. On the 11" edge, you will need to score at .5", 5.75", and 9.5"; then turn your paper to the 8.5" side and score at 1.5" and 8". Refer to the video tutorial for putting the bag together.
You will also need 2 pieces of Designer Series paper that measure 3.25" x 6" and 2 pieces that measure 1" x 6"; a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock that measures 1.5" x 4" and banner one end with your paper snips. Adhere the larger pieces of the Designer Series paper to the front and back of the bag/box, and the 1" pieces to the
sides. Then, fold back the top of the bag/box to seal it closed (make sure you place your gift inside before you do this). Then, adhere a doily to the front of the bag. Stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White and punch it out using the 2" Circle Punch. Punch out a piece of Lemon Lime Twist using the Starburst punch and layer them together. Add Dimensionals to the back of this and pop it onto the Bermuda Bay banner piece and attach to the bag/box front with a Picture Perfect Binder clips. Tie a bow round the clip using the Whisper White 1\8" Sheer Ribbon. You are now ready to present you gift to your favorite recipient!

I hope you enjoyed today's project and it encourages you to create your own cute and adorable gift packaging. If you enjoyed today's project, please stop by my YouTube page and give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my page. I would be extremely grateful. If you enjoy receiving tutorials in your inbox each week, join my newsletter mailing list here. If you would like to duplicate the project, below you will find convenient links to the products used.
Until next time, Happy Stamping,

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April 10, 2018

A Good Day for the Guys

Hello and Happy Tuesday! And oh what a happy Tuesday it is.....I got to finally get a sneak peek into the new 2018-2019 Annual catalog! OH-EM-GEE!!! I can't spill any of the beans just yet, but HOLY SMOKES! I just wish I could have gotten to go to the OnStage event but, it just wasn't in the cards...however, I am making a plan to go in November! I just can't stand it! In the meantime, I can tell you, we have a color revamp coming up in the new catalog, and that means some of our old favorites are coming back while some of our current favorites are going away. See the revamp here. I can also share the retirement lists with you too. Keep in mind, stamps will be available through the end of May, however, all non-stamps are while supplies last and much of it will go quickly! Get the Annual Catalog retirement list here and the Occasions Catalog retlist here

Well, as I stated Sunday, I got to spend some time in my craft room over the weekend and I got to play with the A Good Day stamp set again. I love this little stamp set. The images may be small, but they sure are mighty! I wanted a masculine feel for a Thank You card and this set along with the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper, fit the bill.

I started with a piece of Night of Navy cardstock for my card base cute 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored and folded at 4 1/4". I then took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and ran it through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder and adhered it to the card front. I then cut 3 Night of Navy mats, 1 7/8" x 2 5/8" and  pieces of the True Gentleman Designer Series paper and a piece of Very Vanilla 1 3/4" x 2 1/2" and layered them onto the mats. I adhered the 2 pieces with the DSP flat to the card front and popped the piece with the Very Vanilla up on a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals. I then stamped the image from the A Good Day stamp set in Night of Navy ink and punched it out with the 1 3/8: Scalloped Circle Punch and layered it onto a slightly larger scalloped circle I cut using the Layering Circles Framelits collection and popped it up on Dimensionals and added a few loops of the Gold Thread for a bit of texture and interest.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and if you would like to receive tutorials such as this in your inbox, be sure to subscribe to my mailing list by clicking here. In the meantime, have an amazing day and happy stamping,

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April 8, 2018

A Fun Easy Card with the Orange Blossom Stamp Set

Hello there stampers and Happy Sunday! We've been having some bizarre weather here in CNY lately and today was no exception. Snow and wind have been the order of the day, so needless to say, I used that as my excuse for hanging out in my craft room today and one of my fun creations comes from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. This time of year we have a tendency to  forget about all of the awesomeness in our Annual Catalog because we're so focused on the Occasions catalog and getting ready for the new annual catalog to come out. So, today, I wanted to give our current catalog some love.
I pulled out the awesome Orange Blossom stamp set and some of our soon to be retiring, amazing 2016-2018 In-colors!
To create the background, I randomly stamped the flower blossom in Peekaboo peach, making sure my pattern was random; and the secret to a good random pattern is to make sure some of the images literally fall off the page as you are stamping them. I then added some random leaves using Emerald Envy ink followed by some random Flirty Flamingo "berry clusters" onto a piece of Whisper White cut 2 1/8" x 5 1/2". I layered this piece onto a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock cut 2 3/8" x 5 1/2" and adhered this panel to a standard card base of Flirty Flamingo.
I stamped the "Hey Friend" sentiment from the stamp set in Emerald Envy ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White and punched it out using the Pretty Label punch and popped it up on some Stampin' Dimensionals and adhered it to the card. I made a bow out of 2 strands of the Flirty Flamingo Bakers Twine and adhered this just above the sentiment using a mini Glue Dot.

Again, this card is quick and easy and I truly hope you enjoyed it. If you enjoy quick and easy card tutorials such as this, please join my newsletter by clicking here.
Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on this card. I love to read your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you an amazing evening.
Happy Stamping!

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