Beautiful bright colors are what I love, so that’s what I used on this card which was made with the FlourishThinlits. The colors are Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and Whisper White. If you are a new stamper, or are just getting started with Stampin’ Up! products, you might be wondering…
Which color family should I start with?
That’s a question I am often asked when someone discovers the joy of creating with Stampin’ Up! products. And my answer always comes in the form of a question. Which colors are you most drawn to? You can usually look at your wardrobe to figure that out. We buy clothing in colors that we are comfortable in and that we look good in. For me, the “Bright” colors are what I love the most.
What should my first Stampin’ Up! order consist of?
Start with an assortment of ink pads in the color family that you love, plus black, which is a staple color that you cannot do without. The Stampin’ Up! color families are Brights, Regals, Subtles & Neutrals. Purchase an ink pad family as an assortment and you save money, essentially getting one pad free. Then add an assorted pack of card stock in the same color family, plus Whisper White, another staple item. Finally, choose a stamp set that you love and assuming you already own scissors, glue and a paper trimmer, you’ll be set to go!
What are the differences between photopolymer, clear mount and wood mount stamps?
If you have the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, there is a good explanation on page 2, but if you don’t have a catalog handy, here’s an explanation.
Classic red rubber is available as:
a clear mount option, meaning that you will need to mount the stamp onto a reusable clear block (sold separately).
a wood-mount option which means your stamps will each have their own maple wood block. Mount them once and they’re always ready to go!
Photopolymer is a clear, see-through option which you will need to mount onto a reusable clear block (sold separately). They are generally the least expensive option.
I must admit that you’ll eventually want all of the Stampin’ Up! colors because they work beautifully together with hundreds of different combinations. You can mix & match colors at SU Colorlabs, here. Head on over there and see which combinations inspire you!
Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! has a couple sheets that include images of sombrero’s, pinata’s, guitars and more which are easily cut out by hand. This little donkey pinata is from that DSP and made for a very quick and easy card. The diagonally cut background paper is also a part of that package.
What makes this card playful and happy?
It’s playful because of the randomly stacked card stock which mats the pinata, and the bright colors make it happy. Every card I make with this product suite makes me smile over and over again!
What could possibly be better than one llama wishing you a happy birthday? Three llamas wishing you a happy birthday! Stampin’ Up! Birthday Fiesta was used and for this simple card, I stamped three llamas with VersaMark ink on black card stock and then embossed each one with a different color of embossing powder: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Crushed Curry. I then used the coordinating framelit from Fiesta Time Framelits to cut each one out. I used those same colors for the stamped and die cut banner. The sentiment is from Build a Birthday and then on the inside I used a retired stamp that says “from all of us”.
Diagonal background instructions
The Festive Birthday DSP was cut diagonally to create the background. I started with 2 panels measuring 5.25″ x 4″ and held them together as they were cut, ending up with 4 pieces. Then I took the two pieces that I wanted to use and glued them to the card base. I will be using the two remaining pieces on another card.
Bright festive colors and a party llama…
are what make this product suite one of my favorites. Every time I look at this card I just smile, so I’m calling it my happy card for the week! Which Stampin’ Up! product makes you smile and what will you be stamping today?
It’s time for a Birthday Fiesta, Stampin’ Up! style…
My family loves Mexican food, so when one of us has a birthday to celebrate we often wind up at one of our local Mexican restaurants. This was the case last night when we celebrated my niece Alyssa’s 28th birthday and sixteen of us converged at Mariachi Loco, one of our local favorites.
When Stampin’ Up! released this Birthday Fiesta stamp set and all of it’s coordinating accessories I was beyond thrilled. I knew that it would allow me to create birthday cards that would totally relate to our family’s many celebrations.
A workshop project
This particular Birthday Fiesta Banners card was the result of a workshop that I did earlier in the week where participants made four different “card candy” projects which are stamped elements that can be added to a card. This card candy consisted of the llama on the half circle, the green starburst circle and then the six banners. (Everything but the backgound paper and card) I love showing people how to create projects by starting with a small design, adding a few embellishments and then placing it on a card. When my workshop attendees leave, they have four card beginnings and some homework to finish them up. Feedback has been very favorable and I am thrilled that they like getting their hands on multiple products during each workshop that they attend. What’s not to love? Stampin’ Up! has the best products in the industry. If you’d like to make some card candy, contact me today and we’ll set up a workshop!
Introducing Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!
Stampin’ Up! has some fabulous new designer paper and the catalog doesn’t do it justice. Because it is white paper with white embossing, there’s little to see until some magical sponging happens. You can see a small piece of this paper matted on top of the Night of Navy scalloped square. It was sponged with Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay, making a beautiful background for the silver foil flower. How does it work? When you sponge a water-based ink over the embossed areas of the paper, the embossing resists the ink, leaving a contrasting white image! All of the Stampin’ Up! Classic ink pads are water-based, so you can create customized designer paper by simply rubbing an inked sponge over it. How incredible is that?
April showers bring May Flowers…
At Stampin’ Up! you don’t need showers to get our May Flowers Framelits and the coordinating stamp set, Falling Flowers. You can order yours today by clicking the product picture below which will take you to my Demonstrator Business Website store. Each order of $50 USD (or $60 CAD) between July 7 and July 31 will get you a $5 USD (or $6 CAD) Bonus Days coupon which will be redeemable for Stampin’ Up! merchandise between August 2 and 31. Now is a great time to get some of those items that are on your wish list! For more information on this promotion, see my previous post from July 7.
Looking for more inspiration?
Maybe the colors I used above are not your cup of tea. That’s okay! I made the same card with different color combinations so that you could see how versatile this card layout and the specialty paper really is. Please let me know which one you like best. I’d love your feedback even if you love all of them!
Colors used in the above picture: Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Whisper White, with the center flower in Silver Foil. In the photo below, I used Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Island Indigo. The center flower is Gold Foil paper.
But wait! There’s still a couple more…This next one is done in Smokey Slate, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White with a Dazzling Diamonds center flower.
And finally, lest you get bored, I changed this last one up a bit and used Birthday Fiesta in place of Falling Flowers. The colors used are: Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.
By now you should be able to see the versatility of this card layout as well as some fun color combinations using the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper. I’d love to hear some feedback…which one is your favorite or do you love them all?
Did you get everything you want from the new annual catalog yet? Since it came out only a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list, and we have some great news for you! For every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2-31. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favorite products now or later in August with your coupons!
• Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
• Redemption period:August 2–31, 2016
• An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
• It is strongly recommended that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
• Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.
Orders can be placed during classes & workshops if you live locally or from my Stampin’ Up! website here.
FYI: For those who attended my classes on July 6 and placed orders, I will submit those orders today so that you can benefit from this promotion.
I promised in my last post that I would be sharing some more Christmas projects, so here’s another. This one is a Gate Fold card that was made using This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and Joyful Nativity stamp set. If you have a long holiday card list, you’ll really appreciate this pack of DSP because there are four of each design, making it easy to duplicate a card many times.
The Gate Fold technique is easy enough to do. Simply start with an 8.5″ x 5.5″ piece of card stock. In this case, I used Cherry Cobbler. On the 8.5″ side, score at 2 1/8″ then rotate 90 degrees (or flip the card end to end) and score at 2 1/8″ again. Fold the ends towards each other and you have a Gate Fold. For my card, I added the nativity scene which is glued to the left side, and then the sentiment which is glued to the right.
To finish the inside of the card, I cut a Very Vanilla panel to 5.25″ x 4″ and stamped JOY. Inside of the “O” I stamped “Wishing You” which is from Holly Jolly Greetings. You can see all of the details in the pictures below.
Gate Fold shown in detail…
Inside view of card…
Next time I’ll show you a fun packaging idea. You won’t want to miss it, so consider signing up to receive my posts by email.
Are you ready for Christmas? It’s a long ways away, but crafters need time to get projects finished, so July and August are good months to get started. Stampin’ Up! will release it’s Holiday Catalog in two short months and I’m positive it’s going to be full of fabulous products. But if you’re one of those Christmas early bird crafters and you don’t want to wait until September to get started, then fear not. The 2016-17 Annual Catalog has a Christmas section where you’re sure to find inspiration! If you look beyond the designated Christmas section, and think outside the box a bit, you’ll find other stamps, such as this dove from Strength & Prayers, that are perfect for Christmas projects!
The challenge is on!
As a designer for the Creative Crew team on Split Coast Stampers, I was given the challenge of creating four Christmas projects for the July 2016 gallery found here.
Challenge #1: Create a card using the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate found on page 175 of the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog. This wonderful product has a gold design on one side and then silver on the reverse. The dove is from Strength & Prayers (#141856) and although it isn’t a Christmas set, I love how it turned out!
Relax and stamp…
I started creating my challenge projects while we were camping in beautiful Charleston, Oregon, just steps from the Pacific Ocean. I could hear the waves and smell the salt air and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed crafting more! I’ll be sharing the rest of my Christmas challenges in the coming days, so stay tuned and thanks for visiting!
Do you sometimes find inspiration for a project from unexpected places? I do and it happened for this card! I had just returned from my sister’s house and was putting away some crafting things while thinking about a card I wanted to make. My only dilemma was on the color scheme and as I reached to put away a “Thirty-One” bag, inspiration hit! It was from this bag that I chose my project colors:
My inspirational process…
My friend, Penny S., had recently commented that we hadn’t used her favorite stamp set in class for a while. She was right, so I knew that I wanted to use Flower Patch and it’s coordinating framelits, Flower Fair. I remembered that my downline and team member, Marie Green, had made a beautiful card with this set, so I refreshed my memory with her blog post found here and this Happy Blooming Birthday card is what happened. I shamelessly CASEd her layout (Copy And Share Everything)!
Satisfaction is a great feeling!
I was very happy with the results which made me fall in love all over again with this fabulous set! I’m so glad that Penny prompted me to use it again!
The colors I used were Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Tip Top Taupe and Early Espresso. Silver sequins and thread add a little bling, which every project can benefit from while the espresso background is embossed with large polka dots.
I created this card for a workshop where participants got to make five pieces of “card candy” which is simply a creative element that can be put onto a card or scrapbook layout. During the workshop, one of our projects was this fish in a jar which was then layered on top of the squares. Then I showed how it could easily be added to a card. The ladies who attended the workshop loved the card candy idea because they got to play with lots of different stamps and accessories from the new annual catalog and they went home with ideas to finish their projects.
Now for some fun trivia regarding goldfish…
I was visiting my sister who lives on a cattle ranch and she told me that they put goldfish in the watering troughs to eat the mosquito larva. Who knew?!
What would you put into your jar of love?
This stamp set includes several things that can be put inside the jar: flowers, fire flies, fish or gum balls. Use a little imagination and you can come up with all kinds of things. You could even leave the jar empty and use the sentiment “Life feels empty without you”. How about making a shaker card, then filling the jar with heart confetti and including the sentiment “Bless your heart”. The possibilities are endless!
Get Jar of Love free in June…
When you sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator by June 30, 2016, you get 2 extra stamp sets in your kit FREE.
For just $99, you get to pick $125 in products PLUS 2 stamp sets over and above the $125. And shipping is FREE as well. Do you have a bill that you’d like to pay off? A car payment? A gym membership fee? Need vacation money? Stampin’ Up! is the perfect opportunity for you! For more information or to sign up, head on over to my store here. You’ll be glad you did!