Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Deals August 25th

Check out the deals being offered this week!  Remember, the discount prices are only valid Aug.25 to Aug. 31, so make sure you grab what you want ASAP!  I really love the gold glimmer paper for holiday projects.




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Thursday, August 20, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch #136

Hello stampers!

This is a card that I like to think of as a little something old and a little something new.  The old part is the  bit of Midnight Muse card stock that I added to the top of the card.  I loved that color and the envelope that holds all of what I have left is always next to my desk just in case I need this exact shade of blue!  The something new are these fabulous new dies from Stampin' Up!'s 2015 Holiday Catalog!


I have created this card for the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.   You can click on the picture below to go to the challenge blog and check it out.


Here is a close up of the top portion of the card. To create the snow on the Garden Green card stock, I first sponged on some Whisper White craft ink.  Then I used my glue pen and some Dazzling Diamonds to add the glittery edge.  I made a bit of a boo boo when trimming the ends of my paper - lesson learned on that one!


Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog Items (Available Sept. 1st, 2015):
Jingle All the Way Stamp Set (Available in a bundle for 15% off)
Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies (Available in a bundle for 15% off)
Gold & White 3/8" Glitter Ribbon
Big Shot Precision Plate


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Just Us Girls Challenge #306

Hi Stampers! 

Today I have a card to share with you that I entered into the Just Us Girls Challenge for this week.  It was a color challenge and I couldn't resist trying out some new stamps and dies.  The new Delicate Ornament Thinlits dies are so cool.  I pre-ordered the new Precision Plate for the Big Shot and it makes it super easy to cut out these intricate designs. No more wax paper for this girl!

The color challenge was to use black, red, and gray so I went with Basic Black, Real Red, and Smoky Slate as my color combo.


If you click on this image it will take you to the Just Us Girls Challenge blog where you can check out all of the fun inspiration for this color combo!
Here is a close up of the ornament.  Can you see all of the fun new products used?  


Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog Items (Available Sept. 1st, 2015):
Delicate Ornament Thinlit Dies (available in a bundle for 15% off)
Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set (available in a bundle for 15% off)
Big Shot Precision Base Plate
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad
Silver Cording Trim
Red Foil Sheets



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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Aug. 18-24

Check out these deals from Stampin' Up!  These products are only available at this price today Aug. 18th, 2015 until Aug. 24th, 2015.  Snatch them up now!


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Color Throwdown #355

Hi Stampers!

I'm using more new product today for the Color Throwdown challenge.  I think I buy a snowflake set every single year.  I just LOVE snowflakes!  (Too bad I hate real snow.)  Here's the color combo for this week's Color Throwdown.  If you want to play along, just click on the image below to go to their blog.


I went with Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, and Smokey Slate as my colors for this throw down.  I thought they were perfect for a snowflake card!  


It might be difficult to see in the picture, but for the turquoise snowflakes, I added some sparkle with Iridescent Ice Stampin' emboss powder.  This is really easy to do with photopolymer stamps.  First I stamped the snowflakes with the Tempting Turquoise ink.  After the ink has dried, I stamp again with Versamark and then heat emboss with the embossing powder.  It's really easy to line up the images because of the see through photopolymer stamps.


I also added some of the fun new bling from the catalog to certain snowflakes for some extra sparkle! These are the Winter Wonderland Embellishments.  Do you also see the two new punches I used on this card? 


Hope that you have enjoyed my card today.  Tell me what products from the new catalog you are most excited about in the comments!

Sneak Peek Products Used (Available Sept. 1st, 2015):
Winter Wonderland Embellishments
Snow Flurry Punch (will be available in a bundle)
Flurry of Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set (will be available in a bundle)
Curvy Corner Trio Punch


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #199

Hi Stampers!

Today I have a sneak peek at a bunch of products from the brand new Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog!  I love being able to pre-order the holiday products so that I can get a head start on all of my holiday crafting.  

I took some inspiration from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog.  Here's the sketch that they posted for this week.


Here's my take on the sketch.  I wanted to use a bunch of the new Halloween themed products from Stampin' Up!  I used the new Witches' Night stamp set.  It's photopolymer set that coordinates with a brand new home decor project kit, but it is also a great stand alone set for Halloween cards.  Look at how big the stamp is!  It's a perfect focal point for a card.  I used it alone on a piece of Tangelo Twist card stock here, but it coordinates with the Lots of Labels framelits from the annual catalog.  Do you also see the new Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper?  It's really cute!



I repeated the same washi tape flags on the inside of the card for more interest.  This is the new Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape.  You know I love washi!  There is also a third roll of tape which is Tangelo Twist with little white stars on it.


Hope you enjoyed some of my sneak peeks at the new catalog today!  If you need some inspiration, make sure you check out the Freshly Made Sketches blog by clicking on the sketch above.  

Sneak Peek Items (available Sept. 1st, 2015):
Witches' Night Photopolymer Stamp Set
Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper
Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals - Week of Aug 11 - Aug 17

Check out all of the great deals added this week!  Super low prices on these great items, including a Tag Topper punch!  The tag topper punches are my favorite.


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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Watercolor Wings Gift Tag - Quick and Easy!

Hi Stampers!

Today I have a quick and easy project to share with you.  It's a fun little tag made with the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  This stamp set is a lot of fun to play with it.  You just keep adding layer upon layer of color until you get the effect you want.  Because they are photopolymer stamps, it's super easy to line up the images for perfect stamping every time.


I was able to create this tag in under 10 minutes!  You can just as easily create these tags yourself!  Any questions?  Let me know in the comments.  Thanks for looking!



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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 198 - Bridal Shower Card

Hi Stampers!

Today I have a card for you that I actually did a stash dive on.  I was trying to use up some of my retired supplies on this card.  I thought the color combo was perfect for a summertime bridal shower.  I used sketch 198 from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog as my inspiration.

Here's the card that I made:
bridal shower

Sadly, this stamp set, Love and Laughter, is no longer available.  I really loved this set.  I was a dummy and got rid of mine, so I had to go and borrow it from my friend!  I loved this Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper!  It's on the clearance rack right now so be sure to stock up!!!

Here is the sketch I used for inspiration.  I love it!   It's so simple, but you can really add to it depending on your personal stamping style.

Here's a close up of the gold emobossed bridal gown.  I love how the gown is formed from all different sized text.
Sarah's Stamp Lab

Thanks for checking out my blog today!  I always love to hear from you, so drop me a "hello" in the comments! 

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

You Rock!

Hi Stampers!

For today's card I went a little out of my comfort zone.  I worked with a very bright, masculine color palette.  I really love the new Layered Letters Alphabet stamp set from the 2015-2016 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.  It's probably my favorite alpha set ever.  It's a lot of fun to play with.  Great for cards, but it's also a large enough size that it would look great on a scrapbook layout!  I'm definitely going to have to try that!


Do you have this alpha set?  Do you love it?  If not, what's your favorite alpha stamp set?  Let me know in the comments! :-)



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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals - August 4th

Check out the fantastic weekly deals on sale beginning today August 4th thru August 10th!  Contact me if you have any questions!  I would love to hear your thoughts on the products in the comments below.  What's your favorite item this week?




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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

By the Tide Watercolor Card


Hi Stampers!

It's summertime, so how about a beachy card?  Today I have a card for you made with the By the Tide stamp set.  This set is really great for making all kinds of cards.  I made a background paper by inking an acrylic block with three different ink pads. Then I spritz it with some water and stamped the block on some watercolor paper.  It made a cool watery looking background.  Then I stamped and embossed the images in gold.


I layered the stamped image over a scrap of the burlap ribbon that was sitting on my desk. I frayed the ends a bit for some added texture.


I hope you liked my beach inspired card.  Where is your favorite beach?  Let me know in the comments!

Stampin' Supplies:
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals - July 28th

Check out the fantastic weekly deals on sale beginning today July 28th thru August 3rd!  Contact me if you have any questions!  I would love to hear your thoughts on the products in the comments below.



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Monday, July 27, 2015

50% Off Sale: Try out Paper Pumpkin for 2 Months!!


From now thru September 10th, 2015, you can subscribe to the Paper Pumpkin kit of the month club for half the price!  If you've never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time-get 50% off your first two months. A deal like this is too good to pass up!

Use the code HALFOFF to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included). 

Get Started
It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program by visiting PaperPumpkin.com and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family#every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month. 
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10, we'll send your kit around May 15. If you sign up on May 11, we'll send your first kit around the June 15.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
Here's a peek inside the July 2015 kit:


The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Visit PaperPumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack

Here's a look at all of the wonderful items that are currently available on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack. Snatch up these deals before they are gone!
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Project Life and Stampin' Up! - Photo Tips

Hi Stampers!

Have you tried out the Project Life sets from Stampin' Up!?  They are really awesome and are made in all of the Stampin' Up! exclusive colors.  You can check out all of the different card sets available on my online store HERE.

Today I'm sharing a video that the Project Life creator, Becky Higgins, made with 10 tips for photographing your every day life.  I hope you enjoy the video!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

May 2015 Hip Kit Club - Kill a Kit

I had recently signed up to receive the Hip Kit Scrapbooking monthly club.  I have not been disappointed so far with the kits. They are chock full of tons of supplies.  I get the main kit, the embellishment add on, and the card stock add on.  I got 7 layouts out of this kit and I still have a lot left over to add to my stash!

Here are all of the layouts that I made with this kit!

1. Mud Buds: All supplies from the kit except for the wood button accent which is from Freckled Fawn and the piece of olive seam binding which is from my stash.

2. In the Sunshine: All supplies from the kit except for the wood button accents which are from Freckled Fawn.  I also lifted this layout from Wendy Antenucci.  You can find her beautiful layout HERE.  You can see she did a lot more layering of embellishments than I did.  I'm getting there but layering is still a challenge for me - especially layering embellishments!


3. Giant Citrons: All supplies from the kit.  When I saw all of the citrus designs in this kit, I couldn't stop thinking about this photo from our 2013 trip to Italy.  I'm getting a little better here with layering the embellishments!


4. Budgie Buddy:  Hubby is probably not thrilled I'm posting this online, but too bad!  This pic is super adorable!  All supplies are from the kit.  I really love the woodgrain paper.


5. Raise Your Face Up to the Sun:  All supplies from the kit.  I made this layout after watching the first installment of Scrapbooking for Mortals on the Victoria Marie youtube channel.  Please go check out her videos!  I was really happy with my layering on this layout.  I was also experimenting with mixing up different fonts for my title.


6. Sisterly Love?: All supplies from the kit.  Another experiment in layering!  I was trying to pair up papers that would look OK with the orangey color of the photo.


7. More Please: This was the last layout I made with the kit and it ended up being my favorite out of all of them!  I was really trying to focus on the concepts I learned in Victoria's video and I think it really paid off!  I love the colors and the layering on this one!  


Thanks for looking at my layouts from my May 2015 Hip Kit club kit.  Feel free to leave me a comment.  :-)