You, My Friend, are Priceless!

Another “hidden gem” (no pun intended!)

Today I’d like to share another “hidden gem” in the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up annual catalog.  It’s the You’re Priceless stamp set which is all about gems, diamonds and everything bling.  What’s cool about this set, is that the diamond shape can be cut out with a die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  There are two coordinating dies, the diamond outline and the faceted detail diamond.  On this card I only used the outline to cut out the stamped image, but I’ll soon be showing how beautiful the two work together (come back for my next post!).

The Naturally Eclectic designer series paper is what really pulls this card together, with it’s vibrant colors and gems of all shapes & sizes.

You, my friend, are priceless…

 

Priceless Eclectic Diamond by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Currently I am fighting a summer cold that seems to be going around.  My friend Vicki just stopped by with some essential oils for me to use, in hopes of kicking this cold to the curb.  She is always thinking of others and I am so blessed to have her as a friend.  So my dear friend, this card says it all…you’re priceless!

Please come back for my next post where I’ll show you how the two diamond dies work together.  You can sign up to receive my posts by email, then you’ll never miss another one.

All of the products used are listed below and can be ordered simply by clicking on the thumbnail picture below which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.

I hope you stamp today!


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Oh So Eclectic Background

Stampin’ Up is Brilliant!

When I first opened the Oh So Eclectic bundle of stamps and dies, I started oohing and aahing over the brilliant ingenuity of Stampin’ Up! I just love working for such a wonderful company!! Those little dies have been designed to nest within each other, giving us versatility galore.  You can cut just the outline, just the detail, or nest them and get both in one Big Shot pass!  To make this subtle but interesting floral background, I simply nested the two flower dies together and cut a bunch of them to cover the card.

An Oh So Eclectic background

When I showed this card at a recent workshop, the ladies all asked how I had embossed the background.  Not embossed, just die cut flowers glued down!  Pretty cool looking, huh?  And the easiest way to glue detailed pieces down is to lay them on a silicone mat and run a dotted tape runner over the back side.  Easy as pie!

Oh So Eclectic floral diecut background, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

 

The stamped images that fill in the outline are made to look uneven, in a watercolor sort of way.  Did you notice how the Fresh Fig flower is darker at the edges and center?  So are the Flirty Flamingo flowers…that’s exactly how they’re suppose to stamp.  So when you order your set and begin to stamp, just know that it’s made to look “splotchy”.  If you want to order yours now, simply click on the product picture below which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.

Happy stamping, everyone!


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Birthday Delivery with Icing on the Cake

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Birthday Delivery: May All Your Wishes Come True

 

It feels like ages since my last post over a month ago.  My husband and I went camping in May and I thought I’d be able to do some blogging from our campground, but the wifi signal left much to be desired.  Once we got home, I guess I just lost my mojo for a bit, but I’m back now and ready to share some of the new products from the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Birthday Delivery includes a hidden gem!

There are several “hidden gems” in this new catalog, one of which is the  Birthday Delivery Bundle (#145294) which includes the stamp set, framelits and Designer Series Paper (DSP), “Birthday Friends”.  The framelits are designed to cut out some of the images in the DSP, as well as the stamped images. In the picture below, everything above the red line is cut from the DSP.  Below the red line are the stamped images which coordinate with the framelits.  I was thrilled to discover this hidden gem and will be ordering extra packages of the DSP so that I never run out!

Birthday Friends Designer Series Paper with  Framelits from Birthday Delivery

The rest of the images in the DSP are easy enough to fussy cut with scissors and should not be overlooked, because they’re adorable and can make some wonderful additions to your projects.  The card I’m showing you today features one of the poodles that was fussy cut, along with a kitten from the Pretty Kitty stamp set (#141864).

Birthday Friends & Pretty Kitty card by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

 

Our black lab, Luke, loves to chase cats out of our yard, so he was my inspiration for this card.  All I have to do is tell him “You better check the perimeter” and he runs out the doggy door  and scans the yard for intruders.  I think the neighbor’s cat loves to taunt him by walking along the top of the fence where Luke can’t get him!  Unfortunately he doesn’t know the difference between kitties and skunks and has gotten sprayed several times.  Peee-yewwww!

The tree branch is from Seasonal Layers Thinlits (#143751) and the sentiment “may all your wishes come true” is from Bright Wishes (#143827).

I hope you enjoy this hidden gem from the new catalog!

 

Open Me Already, Clean & Simple

Open Me Already, Balloon Adventures & Pop-Up Thinlits, Stampin' Up

If you’ve been following my blog lately, you already know that I am smitten with this Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit!  Since I discovered it late in the catalog cycle, I’m making up for lost time and using it a lot.  I just can’t get enough of it!

See the present on the front of the card?  It’s made with one of the little dies in the set.  It just cuts the bow and leaves the rest of the panel below it intact. So if you lay the die at the top of a 2″ wide strip, you get a gift that can be any length you desire.  Layer some designer paper on it and it looks like a present that anyone would love to tear into!

I kept this card pretty simple since it’s one of the projects we’ll be making in my Clean & Simple class.   The balloons are stamped directly on the white pop-up panel in Emerald Envy, Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point.

This fun bundle is only available while supplies last, up until May 31, 2017.  After that it’s gone for good…sniff, sniff…

Because the dies are 50% off (only $16.50) it’s cheaper to order them separately from the stamp set, NOT as a bundle.  Click on the product pictures below if you want to head over to my store and purchase them.  Don’t forget the Confetti Textured Embossing Folder which I used on the front of the card.  It’s also discounted to a cool $3.75, while supplies last.

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Crushed Curry)
Pop-Up piece: 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ (Whisper White)
Front Panel: 5 1/4″ x 4 ” (Whisper White)
Gift Piece: 3 1/2″ x 2″ (Tangerine Tango) and then die-cut
Patterned piece: 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (Party Animal DSP)
Banner: 1″ x 3 3/4″ (Emerald Envy) & punched with Banner Triple punch

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Birthday Fiesta Cactus Dude, A Clean & Simple Card

Birthday Fiesta Cactus Dude for Clean & Simple

I have seen some cute variations of this cute guitar-playing cactus and had to make one of my own.  By adding some plastic wiggle eyes, a hand cut guitar and a sombrero, this dude is ready to party!  The hand cut pieces are from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper which is retiring on May 31, 2017, along with the stamp set and framelits which are included in the Birthday Fiesta Bundle.

Here are the measurements to make this card:

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Emerald Envy)
Mat: 5 1/4″ x 4″ (Festive Birthday DSP)
Scalloped Mat prior to punching the bottom edge: 4″ x 2 3/4″ (Melon Mambo)
White piece: 2″ x 2 3/4″
Banner: 1″ x 3 1/2″ (Pumpkin Pie)

I just love all of the bright colors on this card, don’t you?  They make me happy on these rainy Spring days we’ve been having in Oregon.

Until next time, keep stamping!


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Wiper Technique with Birthday Fiesta Llama

Goodbye & Farewell to Birthday Fiesta…

Sometimes we have to say goodbye to things we love…such is the case with this Birthday Fiesta Bundle, including the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (DSP). On June 1, 2017 it will no longer be available and this favorite of mine will be a thing of the past.  I’m so glad that I’ve stocked up on the designer paper and you might want to as well.  That’s where the sombrero and maracas are cut from.  I’ve also cut out guitars and pinatas to use as accents, and it’s all from the DSP.

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

Amaze your Friends!

This might just be my favorite technique EVER and it’s so simple to make!  It features an interior panel that pops up when you pull the sides of the cards out.  You can pop-up balloons, a cake, presents or in this case, a llama!  Your imagination is all that’s required!

Let’s get started…

Wiper card instruction

Cut 2 pieces of card stock that each measure 4 1/4″ x 6 3/4″.

Score each one at 1″ and 1 3/4″ on the longest edge (6 3/4″).

Rotate one panel so that the score lines are on the right.

Fold each panel on the score lines so they look like this…

Wiper card instruction

 

Wiper card instruction

Cut a 2″ x 2 3/4″ panel which will become the wiper. Place it on your Stampin’ Trimmer so that it looks like this picture. Score and fold back and forth so that it bends easily.

If you don’t have a trimmer like this, measure in from both sides of a corner 5/8″ and mark it on each side. Connect the markings to make a triangle. Fold on that line.

Wiper card instruction

Flip over the panel from step 2 that has the score lines on the left. You will be looking at the back side of the front panel. The score lines should still be on the left.

Measure up 1 3/4″ from the bottom, along the 1″ score line and place the wiper panel (from step 3) to the right of that score line with the scored triangle at the top left. Glue ONLY the triangle to that spot.

Wiper card instruction

Flip the wiper panel back over, keeping the score lines at the left.

Attach it to the other panel (from step 1) as shown. The paperclips in this picture show where you’ll glue the card together. Basically, it’s the 1″ strip at each end that glues to the facing panel.

To make the wiper work, simply hold the card in both hands and pull outward in each direction. The wiper should pop up! Glue whatever image you like to the wiper and finish decorating your card!

Wiper card technique with full instructions/tutorial featuring Birthday Fiesta and a pop up llama!

I hope you find time to stamp today!


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Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Card with Instructions

Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies and Balloon Adventures stamp set in Oregon Duck colors!

Balloon Card in Oregon Duck colors!

On my last post from April 30, I showed you a Shadow Box Technique using this same Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit and I promised to show you what the die is actually made for.  So here we are today and I’m going to show you how fun and easy this is to do AND the die is currently 50% off while supplies last!  After viewing this, be sure to head to my store and purchase your own!  You can order them by clicking on these links: Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit and Balloon Adventures stamp set.

So let me show you how this thing works!  First you’ll need a piece of card stock that measures 8 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ and you’ll fold it in half (or score at 4 1/8″).  I have highlighted the fold in red so that you can see it better, but you would not do this on your real card.  Good lighting over your Big Shot is a must for seeing the fold while lining it up!

Next you will line up the die with the red line.  The blue arrows show where to line things up.  The die should hang off the top and bottom of the card equally.

How to use the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit by Stampin' Up

Run this through your Big Shot…

This is what you’ll get after it’s cut…you can see where the red line is and that becomes a “mountain” fold (up) while the score lines created by the dies edges become “valley” folds (down).

If you want to do any stamping, do it now, before you glue the pop-up panel to your card.  Balloon Adventures stamp set is made to coordinate with this, as is the Balloon Bouquet punch. When you’ve finished stamping, you’ll adhere the two side panels to a card measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ which has been folded in half.

Wasn’t that easy?  Here’s the finished card again…

Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies and Balloon Adventure stamp set in Oregon Duck colors!

And here’s a look at the front…

Balloon Pop-Up Card by Krista Thomas

I used the Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as a frame around the balloon.  It’s currently on sale for $3.75 while supplies last.

I hope you make time to stamp today!

 


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Shadow Box Technique with Balloon Adventures Bundle

Balloon Adventures Shadow Box Card, Stampin' Up, 3D card

This is a very easy and fun technique which enables us to use dies in new ways and that’s ALWAYS a good thing!  I was inspired by a card made by Dawn Griffith here.  She’s so talented and I always like her ideas.

Shadow Box Card, step 1

For your card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ panel.

Score on the 10 1/2″ side at 1/2″, 4″, 4 1/2″ & 8″.

Shadow Box step 2

Place your Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit between the 1/2″ & 4″ score lines. The thinlit is taller than the card stock, so just even it up with equal parts hanging off the top and bottom.

Run through your Big Shot.

Shadow Box step 3

Fold inwards on all score lines. See picture.

Glue the 1/2″ strip to the facing panel as shown.

Shadow Box step 4

This is now what your card will look like.

Adhere a panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/2″ to the partial front of the card.

Shadow Box step 5

Once that front panel is glued into place, this is how your card will look from the inside.

To clean up the appearance and give yourself a place to write a sentiment, glue a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ panel to the inside, left.  Here’s another look at how I finished the inside on my balloon card…and I stamped some confetti to dress it up and make it fun!

Pictured at left: front of card                                                  Pictured at right: inside of card

Balloon Adventures Shadow Box Technique card, Stampin' Up, Occasions 2017

If you want your own Balloon Adventures bundle, get them before they’re gone.  They’re available while supplies last until May 31, 2017 and then they’re gone for good.  Right now, the framelits are 50% off, making them only $16.50, so it’s actually cheaper to NOT buy the bundle.  The Balloon Adventures stamps are regular price, $26 (#142823) and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits are $16.50 (#142753), for a total of $42.50.  That’s a savings of $10.50.  Not bad at all!  And don’t forget the awesome Party Animal Designer Series Paper (#142738), it’s on sale for $6.60 while supplies last!

Come back for my next post and I’ll show you what the Balloon Pop-Up die is actually intended to do…it’s pretty cool!


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Playful Pals Party Elephant

Playful Pals Party Elephant with Balloon Adventures, Stampin' Up! and Pyramid Pals Framelits

I love this fun set of stamps and dies and was very sad to see it on the retiring list.  It will only be available for purchase while supplies last, up until May 31, 2017.  After that, it’s gone for good.  There are so many animals that can be designed with Playful Pals and this cute elephant is one of them!

I was inspired by a card on Pinterest that was made by Julie Kettlewell here.  She did a little jungle scene on her card, but I decided to make this one a party scene, complete with balloons.

Check out the inside of the card and then I’ll share how I made the tri-fold card base.  And yes, I accidentally smeared some yellow ink on the back of one ear.

Playful Pals & Pyramid Pals, Stampin' Up! Party Elephant by Krista Thomas

And another view…

Playful Pals, Pyramid Pals Party Elephant, Stampin' Up!

Doesn’t he have just the cutest little tush?!

If you’re wondering how I made the tri-fold card base, here are the details.  The window panel is Soft Suede and measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ with a score at 1/4″, parallel to the 5 1/4″ side.   I cut the window using a square framelit and then stamped both sides with the Hardwood background stamp inked with Early Espresso.   The little 1/4″ fold goes behind the left side of a  Wild Wasabi panel measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The Wild Wasabi panel is then glued to the left inside of a Garden Green base cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and folded in half.

Don’t miss out on owning Playful Pals (the stamps) & Pyramid Pals (the framelits).  You can order your own just by clicking on the pictures below, which will take you to my Stampin’ Up store.  If you have kids, they’ll love creating their own little creatures!  And if you want it for yourself, that’s okay too.  I’m enabling you!

 


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