February 20, 2018

Let's Celebrate 5 Years with Paper Pumpkin

Hello and Happy Tuesday! My apologies for going missing once again. I had full intentions of posting from New Jersey, however, I never had 5 minutes to sit and type up my post....by the time I got to settle into my hotel room, I was completely exhausted and wasn't able to keep my eyes open long enough...so, here I am, back in CNY back to the routine grind as they say. Next stop, Mobile, Alabama...I just don't have travel dates for that one yet.
Anyhoo, today, I want to share with you the awesomeness of Paper Pumpkin. I absolutely love Paper Pumpkin, it comes to your door every month like clock work, it contains everything you need to make the most amazing little cards and gift packaging ever. I mean, what's not to like about that? You get an exclusive stamp set, ink, Dimensionals and Glue Dots as needed for the project and all of the embellishments.
Next month, Paper Pumpkin reaches it's milestone birthday and turns 5 years old! That's so awesome. And to make it even more awesome, Stampin' Up!® wants to celebrate right along with us. So, the March birthday kit is going to arrive in a special box designed to commemorate this very special occasion and they are including a FREE gift with this kit. The gift is a big secret, they're not sharing that information but they did share that it is something we will use over and over in our crafting repertoire of crafty goodness. But, the only way to get in on this awesomeness, is to join by March 10th! If you're already getting Paper Pumpkin...no problem...you're in...but if your not....join now and make sure you get in on the celebration! And, as a special perk for my subscribers, you have automatic access to my Paper Pumpkin Facebook group! It's were we get together to create our kits.
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February 13, 2018

Stampin' Up!® Kit's - A Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Way to Be Ready For Any Occasion!

Hello and Happy Tuesday from frigid CNY! (Next time you hear from me, I will be in Northern New Jersey :) for another work related trip) Anyhoo, today I wanted to talk to you about the fantastic kits Stampin' Up! has put together for us in both the Annual and Occasions Catalogs. Kits simplify the creative process with precut pieces for amazing projects.These kits are supper terrific because for one, you get a big "bang for your buck"! Especially with the all-inclusive kits such as the Soft Sayings kit found in the Annual Catalog. This kit is only $35 and creates 20 cards, 2 each of 10 different designs.
I just finished putting my kit together and I have to say, these cards are just beautiful. They are professionally designed by amazing graphic artist and it has EVERYTHING you need to put these beauties together. And, once you are done, you have a nice supply of Thank You, Birthday, Congrats and many other basic sentiment cards on hand, 20 cards in all, ready to go when you need them -  bonus #2 you have an awesome stamp set that you can use over and over again - bonus #3 you can purchase a refill kit for this particular kit, so you can continue the fun as long as you'd like! The other kit I absolutely love is found in the 2018 Occasions catalog. It is the Perennial Birthday Kit.
This kit isn't an "all inclusive" because the stamp set isn't included, however, it's still an amazing deal. At just $27 your receive a decorative "recipe box" to keep your cards in along with all of the supplies necessary for completing the 16 cards in the kit. The only thing you would need to supply is the stamp set ($22) and a couple of recommended ink pads, Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo and Old Olive. But imagine, 16 amazing, hand stamped birthday cards on hand and ready to go when you need them!
All of our kits come with full color printed instructions so you know exactly what to do, provided you don't choose to go ahead and experiment with you own ideas that is? Kits are perfect for the beginner that doesn't want to invest too much right away in supplies. And kits are perfect for the avid paper crafter because these kits can save you a lot of time when you are running so short on that precious commodity. So take a look around the catalogs and pick a kit that is right for you and put it together as soon as you get it home. I'd love to see what you do with it. Happy stamping.












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February 11, 2018

Brusho For those Milestone Moments

Hello and Happy Sunday! I'm a bit late this evening but the day ran away from me..but it was a productive crafty day. I designed my swaps for an up coming demo swap I am participating in, I designed my cards for the Stampin' Blends club for the month (OMG...I'm loving how these came out!) just sayin' - but, they are exclusive to my Blends club. And I designed my card and typed up my tutorial for the tutorial coop I participate in.
Today my parents celebrate 49 years of marriage! Amazing right? Well, that leads me to the card I created for them today. I wanted to play some more with my Brusho and thought this was a perfect reason. And the best part....this card is so quick and simple! And who doesn't love quick and simple? This time, I pulled out my little paint pallet and tapped a little of the Brusho crystals into the wells, I used the red, Prussian Blue and Yellow and dropped some water from my Aqua Painter into the wells to create the watercolor. Then using my Aqua Painter, I picked up the liquid color and just "scribbled" it onto my Whisper White piece that measures 3 3/4" x 5".
Once I was happy with the color, I used my heat tool to dry the watercolor, flipping my paper occasionally to minimize the warping. I stamped the Happy Anniversary in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and wrapped a piece of the Night of Navy gingham ribbon around the piece and tied it into a bow. I adhered this down onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock cut 4" x 5 1/4" with Fast Fuse and adhered that all down to a standard card base of Daffodil Delight. I love blues and yellows together and this card was no exception.
I hope you enjoyed today's card. Below you will find everything you need to reproduce this card. If you would like to receive lots of free tutorials, please sign up for my newsletter here.
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February 8, 2018

Brusho Background

Hello and Happy Thursday! I hope you all survived the big winter storm yesterday unscathed? We got just around a foot of snow from it..nothing too unusual around here. Now, I'm getting ready for some more travel over the next few weeks. Next Thursday I head for New Jersey and the last week of the month, I head off to Alabama! I haven't traveled this much in my entire life! But, this is a "one time" thing and then life will return to normal again. But in the meantime, I did get to steal away some time in my craft room and I pulled out my Brusho to play with and this is what I came up with:
I love this stuff! It's so versatile and you can use it in so many ways. For this card, I did the "smooshing" technique using the Yellow, Brilliant Red and Prussian Blue. You can follow the video here. I stamped the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set with Versamark® ink onto Vellum cardstock and embossed it in Gold Stampin' emboss powder.. I colored the wings in with the Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party and Night of Navy Stampin' Blends on the reverse side of the vellum and fussy cut it out.


Measurements:

Basic Black: 8.5" x 5.5" scored and folded 4.25"; 3.25" x 4.25"; 1" x 4.25"
Watercolor Paper: 4" x 5.25"
Petal Passion DSP: 4" x 3"
Vellum: 4" x 4"


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February 1, 2018

Coloring Petal Passions Designer Paper

Hello and Happy Thursday....from Central New York! Yes, I am finally home from Kansas City. You know the saying, "it's nice to go, but nice to be home", well, there is a whole lot of truth to that. I am so happy to be home. I missed my  little Tucker dog terribly and hubby too of course.
Anyhoo, I have a new card to share with you that I put together that is quick and simple but still packs a wow to it using my Petal Passions DSP and Stampin' Blends!

Directions:

I cut the floral patterned design from the Petal Passions DSP to 3" x 5.25" and colored the flowers in using the light Night of Navy Stampin' Blends pen, the small flowers with the dark Pool Party Stampin' Blends, and the leaves with the dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends pen and adhered it to the Pool Party panel cut 3.25"x 5.5" and wrapped a piece of the Night of Navy Crinkle ribbon and tied a bow. I adhered this panel to a standard Whisper White card base measuring 5.5 x 8.5" scored and folded at 4.25" with Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set, Picture Perfect in Night of Navy Ink onto Whisper White and punched it out using the 2" Circle Punch and layered that onto a piece of Soft Sky, punched out with the Starburst punch and popped it up onto a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and it inspires you to pull out your black and white designer series paper to color and change it up. In the meantime, I wish you an amazing rest of your day and happy stamping,








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