Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Becky Higgins - Project Life - Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! and Becky Higgins had an exciting announcement today! See the video below for a sneak peek at the partnership between Becky Higgins and Stampin' Up! to offer an exclusive line Project Life products! Read the announcement on the Stampin' Up Blog. You can also check out Becky's blog and announcement project life by stampin' up!

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We are so so so excited to let you know we've partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal-authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin' Up! colors and designs. If you've somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it's all about, we'll fill you in: it's a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It's a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.








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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fabulous Florals - April Paper Crafters Sampler

The April issue of the Paper Crafter Sampler, “Fabulous Floral”, issue shares an array of ideas for beautifying your home with flowers until your outdoor garden is in full bloom.  All projects in this issue are focused around a floral theme.  You’ll find cheery and feminine crepe paper poppies, pop-up flower box cards and several lovely cards with flowers popping off the front.
 
Gardens are coming to life.  Budding trees and perennials will soon fill our homes with burst of color and fragrance.  If your garden hasn’t awaken quite yet, try decorating with a few paper beauties.
 
This month’s template is a “Strawberry Pot”.  A little table top container for stuffing with faux strawberries or flowers.
Here is a sneak peek at my Floral theme card. I also used a Crystal Effects technique on this card that makes for a fun finishing touch! Be sure to go to Paper Crafters Sampler and check out the April issue!
 


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Oh Hello Edition

http://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2014/04/stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition.html
This edition of the Stamp Review Crew features the Oh Hello stamp set with it's lovely fonts, beautiful flower and trendy chevrons. I always love playing with this stamp set and it is another example of a versatile set with images and sentiments for a variety of occasions and a variety of styles.


My first card is a vintage style card in Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla with just a few touches of Gold. I used Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive markers to color the flower image, which is spritzed with water before I stamped it onto the Very Vanilla cardstock. Then I added some stamped off images of the chevron pieces and the chevron patterned oval. I added some sponging around the flower and along the edges. For the bit of gold, I inked the En Francais background stamp in Gold Encore ink and stamped it over the entire piece. Finally, I covered the flower and stem in a thin layer of Dazzling Details to make it pop and give it some sparkle.

I embossed and die cut the Rich Razzleberry strip - I just love the Big Shot! The flower embellishment is a piece of Vellum that I sponged heavily and then punched with the Pansy Punch. I added some score lines for the flower center and to give it some dimension. My favorite part of this card though is the Gold Baker's Twine!

{Inside}
Recipe:
Stamps: Oh Hello, En Francais
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Gold Encore
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Eerly Espresso, Very Vanilla, Vellum
Accessories: Delicate Designs TIEF, Large Scallops Edgelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Pansy Punch, Gold Baker's Twine, Dazzling Details, Jewel Pearls

My second card is stamped in a much cleaner and crisper style. I stamped the Thanks sentiment in Basic Black Craft ink at the center point of the Whisper White cardstock strip. This is Heat Embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Then I stamped the chevron image on either side of the sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink. A mat of Coastal Cabana sets this off the Basic Black background. I added a wrap of Coastal Cabana Ruffled Trim and a layer of Silver 1/8" Ribbon over this, across the bottom. Finally, I added a few Mini Silver Brads across the top. This is such a quick and easy card!


{Inside}
Recipe:
Stamps: Oh Hello
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black Craft
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Accessories: Coastal Cabana Ruffled Trim, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Mini Brads




Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to click through to all of the blogs on the Stamp Review Crew: Oh Hello Edition by using the Previous and Next Buttons below. I also listed the Blog Roll of The Stamp Review Crew: Oh Hello Edition at the bottom of this post. You'll find tons of inspiration and creativity! Happy Blog Hopping.


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Oh Hello Blog Roll:
  1. Paula Wright http://paulastamps.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-stamp-crew-review-oh-hello.html
  2. Dawn Tidd   http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2014/04/the-stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition.html
  3. Yapha Mason   http://yaphamason.com/blog/2014/04/06/stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition/
  4. Deb Currier  artfeltimpressions.blogspot.com/2014/04/stamp-review-crew-blog-hop-oh-hello.html
  5. Nancy Smith  http://iguanastamp.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/stamp-review-crew-o-hello/
  6. Holly Krautkremer  http://rubberredneck.typepad.com/rubber-redneck/2014/04/the-stamp-review-crew-oh-hello.html
  7. Rita Wright  ritascreations.blogspot.com/2014/04/stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition.html
  8. Kerry Willard Brayhttp://www.peoniesandpaperchains.com/2014/04/stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition.html
  9. Shana Gaff   stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition_6.html
  10. Lisa Young   http://addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/2014/04/stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition.html
  11. Cindy Beach http://stampspaperandink.typepad.com/stamps_paper_and_ink/2014/04/the-stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition.html
  12. Jill Coleman  http://www.jillstamps.com/2014/04/stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition.html
  13. Mike Funke    http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2014/04/src-oh-hello.html
  14. Heidi Baks   http://runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-stamp-review-crew-oh-hello.html
  15. Betty Traciak kittystamp.blogspot.com/2014/04/stamp-crew-review-oh-hello-edition.html
  16. Tanya Boser   tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2014/04/stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition.html
  17. Mary Rindal http://www.maryrindal.com/2014/04/stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition.html
  18. Wendy Weixler   http://wickedlywonderfulcreations.blogspot.com/2014/04/stamp-review-crew-oh-hello-edition.html

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Technique Club Swaps - Technique Theme

I love sharing my Technique Club swaps because these ladies are so creative and so talented. The theme for this swap was simple to use a Technique. You'll see Punch Art and Double Embossing techniques.







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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Congratulations Wedding - Happy Congratulations

I've had fun playing with this versatile Happy Congratulations stamp set from the Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! The Congratulations sentiment from this stamp set is a beautiful font and works well for this wedding card. I combined the Brushed Gold Metallic cardstock with the Gold Foil cardstock with Gold Embossing Powder and Very Vanilla to create an elegant and luxurious combination. Finished with just a few Pearl Jewels, I think this is a great wedding Card.




Do you recognize some of these Big Shot shapes? The Brushed Gold Metallic mat is embossed with the Tulip Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The Gold Foil cardstock is die cut with the heart and the arrows from the Circle Thinlits die. And the Very Vanilla frame and center elements are die cut with a piece from the On Film Framelit. I trimmed a little off the edges of the center element to create another layer to the mat, before I stamped the lantern string in Gold Encore ink. This is then Heat Embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder. The inside liner is also stamped and embossed in Gold.
{Inside}
Recipe:
Stamps: Happy Congratulations, One in a Million
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold, Gold Foil
Ink: Gold Encore
Accessories: Tulip Border TIEF, Pearl Jewels, Circle Thinlits, Gold Embossing Powder












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Friday, March 21, 2014

Winter Sparkle Swap Cards


Some of the stamper in my monthly Technique Club participate in a card swap. We have themes for our swaps and it's so fun to see what everyone creates - we have such talented stampers in our group! I just love these ladies! Here are the cards that were swapped for the Winter Sparkle theme.










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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

You're Lovely stamp set - Sale-A-Bration for just a few more weeks!

 I used the FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set, You're Lovely, to make both these cards. The beautiful images in this stamp set coordinate with our Decor Label Framelits, and I love how easy it is to die cut these stamped images!

For the background of both these cards, I stamped the vine image from Thoughts & Prayers stamp set in Early Espresso ink onto the Early Espresso cardstock. Then I Heat Embossed them in Clear Embossing Powder. LOVE! The main sentiments from You're Lovely stamp set are also embossed with Clear Embossing Powder, what a finishing touch  Heat Embossing can be.

I added just a touch of color to the flowers with a Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral marker. The Baker's Twine here is also a FREE Sale-A-Bration item, one of three spools in the Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack.

Recipe:
Stamps: You're Lovely, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink: Early Espresso
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Accessories: Decor Label Framelits, Clear EP, Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack

Don't forget that you only have until March 31st to place a qualifying order and earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items!






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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Open Sea Edition

http://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2014/03/stamp-review-crew-open-sea-edition.html
This edition of the Stamp Review Crew features The Open Sea stamp set, which is hands down my favorite masculine stamp set in the catalog!

This monochromatic card features the Starburst Technique with the Modern Medley DSP. It's kind of funny to me to have such muted colors with a technique that is associated with bright and bold. I also used the sentiment from Happy Congratulations stamp set "may happiness be your destination" which seems so perfect for this ship image.

Recipe:
Stamps: Open Sea, Happy Congratulations
Ink: Basic Black
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley DSP
Accessories: Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon, Circle Punches

I used a Crystal Effects Canvas Technique on my second card with The Open Sea stamp set. I stamped a collage of the images on Whisper White cardstock. Then I poured some Crystal Effects over the entire piece and pulled it to the side with an old toothbrush. This creates a pretty brush stroke look to the images and it also adds a bit of shine.

Then I added a cut strip of Burlap Ribbon, with the edges frayed, and a few Antique Brads. The other layers on this card are distressed with our Distressing Tool, which makes quick work roughing up all the edges.

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{Inside}
Recipe:
Stamps: The Open Sea
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Antique Brads, Burlap Ribbon, Crystal Effects



Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to click through to all of the blogs on the Stamp Review Crew: Open Sea Edition by using the Previous and Next Buttons below. I also listed the Blog Roll of The Stamp Review Crew: Open Sea Edition at the bottom of this post. You'll find tons of inspiration and creativity! Happy Blog Hopping.

http://yaphamason.com/blog/2014/03/16/stamp-review-crew-the-open-sea-edition/     http://www.stampinchic.com/
    

Blog Roll:
  1. Heidi Baks  runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com
  2. Cindy Beach stampspaperandink.typepad.com/
  3. Tanya Boser   tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com
  4. Mike Funke    stampin-style.typepad.com/
  5. Shana Gaff   stressfreestamping.blogspot.com
  6. Holly Krautkremer  rubberredneck.typepad.com
  7. Yapha Mason   yaphamason.com
  8. Mary Rindal   maryrindal.com/ 
  9. Dawn Tidd   tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com
  10. Lisa Young   addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/
  11. Kerry Willard Bray  kerrywillardbray.com
  12. Paula Wright  paulastamps.blogspot.com/
  13. Rita Wright  ritascreations.blogspot.com/
  14. Jill Coleman  jillstamps.com/
  15. Betty Traciak  kittystamps.blogspot.com 





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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Crystal Effects Technique - Happy Congratulations

One of my favorite stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! is this little set called Happy Congratulations. It has a fun paper lantern banner, but for this card, I chose to substitute flowers for the paper lanterns. I've mentioned before how much I love the sentiment in this set - May happiness be your destination.
For the background texture on this card, I used the Crystal Effects Canvas Technique. I added a dollop of Crystal Effects and then spread it across the cardstock with an old toothbrush. This creates a beautiful canvas style texture as well as a great shine.You can see the texture a little more clearly in the close-up picture above.

I punched out several flowers using both the smaller flowers from the Boho Blossom Punch and the two flowers from the Itty Bitty Punches. I rolled the edges of the flowers and used the larger ones on the lantern string. The smaller flowers were scattered across the card and into the inside liner as well. All of the flowers have a Jewel Pearl center, too.
{Inside}
Recipe:
Stamps: Happy Congratulations
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Boho Blossom Punch, Itty Bitty Punches, Crystal Effects, Pearl Jewels







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