April 19, 2018

Lovely Inside and Out - In Around

Hello and Happy Thursday! Wow, this week sure is flying by....before I get to showing you today's awesome project, I want to remind you that this week, Stampin' Up! refreshed our Clearance Rack with some wildly popular and UH-Mazing products!
Which means, none of it will last long, so if you want some deeply discounted awesomeness, get over there quick and fill up your cart!

Now, on to some awesomeness! I had so much fun with my Stamparatus the other day making wreaths, that I decided to try it with the Lovely Inside and Out stamp set and this is what I came up with;
I am going to miss these awesome In-colors come June when they officially retire. They're so bright and cheery. If you love them as much as I do, you'll want to stock up right now while they're still available because trust me when I say, they won't last long at all! Anyway, this time, I used a 3" square piece of Whisper White and stamped the round image alternating Emerald Envy and Peekaboo Peach using my template that I made with the Window Sheet and my traced squares. Once I completed my "round", I stamped the "Hugs" in Dapper Denim followed by the "& Kisses" in the same Dapper Denim. I attached this piece to a piece of Dapper Denim cut 3.25" square and for the card base, I cut an 8.5" x 5.5" piece of Peekaboo Peach and scored one end at 2.25" and I flipped it around 180 degrees and scored that end also at 2.25" to create a gate fold card. I then randomly stamped Peekaboo Peach on each "flap". I then attached my stamped image to the left flap.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and if you didn't get a Stamparatus during the pre-order period, make sure you have it on the top of your list for June 1 when it becomes available again. You REALLY need this tool in your life and you will LOVE it, I promise!
Happy Stamping,

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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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