Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Project Life and Stampin' Up! - A Match Made in Heaven!

Hi Stampers!  

I have some really exciting news to share with you today!  Oh my gosh, it's just too much....here we go!


Get ready for a scrapbooking revolution with Project Life! It helps busy people (so basically all of us) document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple, and fabulous way. Stampin' Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, to offer a complete line of elite products. 
Becky explains, "It's called Project LIFE because it's about YOUR LIFE. Whatever your life is. Whatever your stage of life. Whatever your family circumstances. Whatever your lifestyle. Project Life is designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book."  In a nutshell, it's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.
 be interested in buying exclusive-to-Stampin' Up! Project Life products from you!  

Why Project Life enthusiasts (and soon-to-be Stampin' Up! enthusiasts) will love these products:

  • Coordination, coordination, coordination. You know we do it best, and our Project Life line is no exception. 
  • Our products center on things that matter most-weddings, babies, kids, and the everyday moments of getting together with your favorite people-all things that need to be remembered.
  • Our card collections come without rounded corners so you can decide if you want to keep them that way (and match the corners of your photos as they come) or use our Project Life Corner Punch to round them out. 
  • Our card collections come packaged in an exclusive storage system that holds all your Project Life supplies on your desk: cards, journaling pens, photos, accessory packs, stamp sets, and more.
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    Check out this video to learn more!





You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1! And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products.
Can’t wait that long? Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will be able to order the limited selection starting April 21. So if you’re a demonstrator make sure to check the demonstrator website that day; if you’re not a demonstrator, sign up and you can order the products early too!
Here are the items you’ll be able to purchase on May 1:



Are you interested in getting the new Annual Catalog for FREE?  Do you want to see the entire line of Stampin' Up! Project Life products?  Then request a catalog from me!  All you have to do is send me an email! 2014-2015 Annual catalogs will begin mailing out in May.

Don't forget!  The Annual Retirement List will be announced on April 21st!  All retiring items are available while supplies last.  Double check those wishlists because you do not want to miss out!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 2014 Scraptastic Kit - Italy Book Opening Page Layout

Hi Stampers!

I recently have begun scrapbooking and I decided to join the Scraptastic Kit Club.  I received my first kit this month and I couldn't wait to open it up just to use this sheet of paper with the map on it!  I thought it would make the perfect page to the opening of my album for my Italy trip.

 

I used the Jillybean Soup chipboard alphas for all of the titles and dates.


I also got the April This is Life Noted grab bag pack of journalig cards which is where I got the Chroma-Pic card from.  I thought it went well with the color scheme and vintage travel feel of the page.  I tucked parts of our boarding passes behind the photo of us.


I used my Basic Black Stampin' Write marker to add a dashed line to connect the cork airplane from New Jersey to Italy.  Just a fun little extra detail.  :-)


If you love Summer Starfruit (or any of the other 2012-2014 In Colors [Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, or Primrose Petals]) be sure to stock up soon!  The Stampin' Up! retirement list will be released on April 21st and it will soon be time to say good bye to this set of In Colors.

Scrappin' Supplies:


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Travel Themed Bookmark Card

Hi Stampers!

Today I have a fun type of card to share with you.  It's a book mark card!  Yes, you can pull the focal piece out of the pocket and use it as a book mark.  I also made the card travel themed because everyone loves to read while on vacation.  What better way to wish a friend Bon Voyage?

Sarah's Stamp Lab

Here's a close up of the bookmark.  I made the bookmark piece using a retired Bigz die, but you can easily recreate this bookmark using either of the new Tag Topper punches!


To create the top of the bookmark, I stamped the images on Whisper White cardstock and then cut them out.  I also used the Hexagon punch to add a Real Red hexagon into the mix.  Then I just stuck them all together for a collage effect.



I hope this inspires you to create your own bookmark card!

Stampin' Supplies:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Tuesday! New Photopolymer Stamp Sets and New MDS Downloads

Hi Stampers! 

I have some exciting new release information for you today. 

First up - it's Tuesday and that always means brand new downloadable content for My Digital Studio.  Today there are a lot of fun items from the Occasions catalog. 





Next up are two brand new Photopolymer stamp sets. How cute are these sets??? They are perfect for those of you who LOVE coloring in stamped images.




All of these items can be ordered in my online shop!

CLICK HERE TO SHOP!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Take a Tour of the Feb 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Hi Stampers!

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Are you excited for daylight savings time?  I love it!  I finally get to see the light of day!!!  Yay!

Today I have a tour of the February My Paper Pumpkin kit.  My Paper Pumpkin is the monthly paper crafting kit from Stampin' Up!  It's so much fun to get a little surprise crafting kit in the mail every month.

As usual, I open the kit to find a little thank you note from Stampin' Up!

This month we received photopolymer stamps!  Yay!  I love the photopolymer stamps so much because they are clear!  That means you can see where you stamp.  That means perfect stamp placement - and that means that all of your friends will be super impressed with your beautifully stamped projects. 

There are two stamps, a polka dot circle and a striped circle.  This month's Stampin' Spot is Pistachio Pudding - one of my favorite new In Colors.


Here's the packet with instructions and supplies.  This month we are creating adorable little gift bags!


Five craft gift bags.  Five!


Four sheets of punch out alphas in Baked Brown Sugar.


Bermuda Bay punch out circles and Whisper White "star burst" style punch outs.



The kit also comes with 10 pieces of Whisper White wide grosgrain ribbon, a ton of mini clothes pins, some Crushed Curry baker's twine, and Dimensionals!


Some people have some issues with photopolymer stamps because when they first go to use them, sometimes they have problems with getting a nice, crisp stamped image.  The problem is that in the manufacturing process, there is a residue that's on the stamps.  The best way to get rid of the residue is to "dirty" up your stamps.  What I have found is that all you need is a handy, dandy eraser!


Remember these eraser pencils?  This is my favorite stamp dirtying tool.  I erase the whole stamping surface of the stamp to dirty it up.  Then I will ink up the stamp and stamp on a piece of scratch paper a couple times.  Then I'll clean the stamp with my Stampin' Scrub and I'm good to go!


Now on to the project.   I stamped the polka dot circle, in Pistachio Pudding ink, on the star burst circles.  I adhered them to the Bermuda  Bay circles.


Then I selected the letters I wanted to use and popped them up on Dimensionals.


This is what the panels look like all put together!


Now on to the bag!  First you want to put a knot at the end of one piece of ribbon.


Thread the ribbon through the first hole from the inside of the bag to the outside.  Then thread it through the second hole from the outside to the inside.  Knot the other end.  Repeat on the other side of the bag with a second piece of ribbon.


Using the mini clothes pins and baker's twine, I first clip on the first and last letter.  Then I add in the remaining letters.  If you want to have a sort of permanent way of keeping the letters on, I taped them on to the bakers twine and then put the clothes pin on.

Here's the finished bag!


I made up four more.  Two I personalized with people's names and two I just put "enjoy" on.  I figured that it's a nice, general word to put on a gift bag and can be used for many occasions!


Check out all of the leftovers!  I'm stashing these away because I think they would be great for cards and scrapbook layouts.  Plus these stamps will be so useful for other types of cards!


I hope you enjoyed the tour through this month's Paper Pumpkin!  If you are interested in becoming a member of the My Paper Pumpkin subscription now is a great time!  From now through March 31st, 2014, any new subscriber will get two bonuses!  With your starter kit, Stampin' Up! will also send you a pack of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write markers (a value of $14.95) and as a personal thank you for subscribing in the month of March, I will send you a free mystery prize!  Click on the link below to join.