A few weeks ago I talked about having a “To Go” stamping kit. Well, I had TO GO to that kit for today’s card because I was away from my studio! I also had just received my “goodies” from the new catalog – I always order all the paper, inkpads, reinkers and markers from the new colors, along with a stamp set or two and maybe a few of the new embellishments. So I was well set to make a card, but a Christmas card?…uhhh not so much! I did have some Dapper Denim cut into card layers, a piece of watercolor paper, Very Vanilla cut into A2 cards, and a Dapper Denim inkpad, a versamark inpad, an empty spritzer, white embossing powder and my embossing gun in my kit. I also had the Foxy Friends Stamp set – it is so cute and I have been wanting to use it for a while. I had purchased the new Colorful Seasons stampset which has a couple of snowflake stamps, which I stamped and embossed on the watercolor paper. Then I spritzed the water color paper with a good drench of water, pressed an acrylic block several times on my Dapper Denim inkpad, spritzed that with water and let it drip onto the watercolor paper, and spritzed the watercolor paper again just to get that blue ink moving all over the paper. I dried it with the embossing gun and set it under a book to dry flat. I used the Trees from the Foxy Friends stamp set and stamped with the new Tranquil Tide inkpad, fussy cutting them out. (I am going to LOVE that Green/Blue shade this year!) I cut a little banner using a sentiment from Colorful Seasons, and tied a bow using the new Mini Chevron ribbon in Old Olive, and Voila’! A Holiday Card! A note about the ribbon – it is one of the nicest ribbons Stampin’ Up! has offered – so soft! Sadly only 3 colors so far, though (Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry). I am definitely going to use this ribbon on some of my sewing projects!
And that’s it! Another holiday card, “on the go” this time, totally unplanned, but it didn’t take long to come together once I paired the snowflakes with the trees. Click on the “Shop Online” button to order Colorful Seasons and Foxy Friends if you want to recreate this card – or just about any card – they are both so versatile! …and remember, a $50 purchase will earn a $5 reward to spend in August!
“Christmas in July?”, you ask… Not one but TWO Christmas presents in July! First, start earning Bonus Days coupons to use in August! Here’s the deal: for every $50 you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that can be used August 1–31. Second, start your holiday cards HERE! I’ve got holiday card ideas galore coming your way this month!
Here’s one with the Flurry of Wishes Stamp set and dies, Real Red cardstock, Gold Glimmer Paper, Vellum and Pearl Basic Jewels, and Mini Sequin Trim!
And here’s what’s coming in August! You’ll be able to PRE-ORDER a brand-new holiday card BUNDLE for 10% off, AND use those Bonus Days coupons too!
Are you ready for Christmas in July? Contact me or click on the Shop Online button to start earning Bonus Days Coupons!
Sometimes I am on the GO and along the way have some down time. What to do? While thinking about this, I came up with a Basic Stamping Kit to have with me for just such an occasion. Now I do have all of these things at home, because I have been stamping for over 10 years, but just in case you are a beginner, I have put together a list of Stampin’ Up products that you would need to create this “Stamping on the Go” kit. (see attachment)
Here is what my “basic” kit would include: 2 sheets each of very vanilla and whisper white cardstock cut in half and folded in half (8 card bases) plus another sheet of each color cut to 5″x 3-3/4″, matching envelopes (4 each color), Sponge Daubers, Black pen, Stamp Pads (Black, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Night of Navy, Real Red, Crushed Curry), matching cardstock, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ (4 sheets each), Snail adhesive and a refill, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Clear “E” block (I mostly use photopolymer stamps), Stampin’ Mist and a Stampin’ Scrub. These would probably all fit in a shoe-box size container. I would also pull a couple of my favorite stamps for birthdays or florals. That would keep me busy for several hours at least! I do like to layer my cards, hence the colored card stock cut to size – so the card would be the base, a colored layer, and then another layer the same color as the base which I would stamp on. I also stamp the back flap and front corner of the envelope with a coordinating image from the stamp set.
Now that you have seen MY “Basic Stamping Kit”, what would YOU use to Stamp on the Go?
I was so inspired by a photo this week of the trees in bloom, that I created a Sheltering Tree Spring card! By inking the “leaves” stamp with Versamark and heat embossing with white embossing powder, I created a “resist” that I could spritz several blue inks over and wipe off the embossed portion so that the inks show up as a background. This makes a simple one-layer card with a 3-D look! A little sparkly ribbon (Pool Party 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon 140561 10 yds/$5.50-Occasions Catalog) to finish it off! Lots of options with this stamp set for EVERY season! Visit my online store by March 31st to take advantage of Sale-a-bration – earn a free stamp set, paper or embellishment for every $50 in orders. Make your own set of Sheltering Tree Spring Cards to send or give as a gift!
Sheltering Tree is a stamp from the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog – I was reminded of this stamp when I was
driving today on N. Charles Street in Baltimore – the trees are in BLOOM and are soooo beautiful! I immediately thought about how I could recreate these beautiful trees on a card using the Sheltering Tree stamp set. Stamp the tree base in Early Espresso (on my favorite card stock, Shimmery White), stamp the “leaf” part in versamark ink and emboss with white embossing powder. Either leave the background plain or spritz or lightly sponge the background with several blues. The embossing powder will resist the ink and the blue will just show in the background.
While this stamp is in the Annual Catalog, you can STILL order it (Photopolymer $25), along with Shimmery White paper ($8/10 sheets), White Embossing Powder ($5), Early Espresso Inkpad ($6.50), Versamark Inkpad ($7.50) and with your $52 order, get a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog through March 31st! Spring is officially here! Is there a “Sheltering Tree Inspiration” in your yard or your travels this weekend?
There is nothing CUTER than a DIY Bakers Box!
This week through the Weekly Deals, Stampin’ Up! has a number of super cute things, one of them being the awesome Bakers Box Thinlits so you can make your own DIY Bakers Boxes. There are so many options with this box! You can make it from Designer Paper, Stamp on plain card stock, even emboss on vellum! You can cut a window in the box with the included dies, and glue a bit of clear acetate or plastic inside to see the goodies. I’m hungry just thinking about it!!!
What would YOU put in this adorable DIY Bakers Box?
For All Things Stamp Set
I love the stamp set “For All Things” (#135155 Clearmount $18) It is simple and watercolor-y and mostly, not just for Fall! This card uses my Technique Quickie for the month – inking up your acrylic blocks for a quick background! I’ve also used the new cotton paper for the banner. It is sooooo thin! If I hadn’t pleated the strip, the floral sprig would have shown through. It was a bit tricky to stamp on – the Stazon in would have dried a little quicker then the Memento Black that I used. I’ve got card sketches, techniques and featured stamps every month on The Stampin’ Nooz. If you didn’t get your copy this month, sign up in the box to the right and you’ll be in the que for the July tips & techniques!
- Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set
The deal of the week includes this holiday stampset, Bright & Beautiful. Such a great image for a holiday card, AND includes text that would be great for the inside of the card! There are 7 other fabulous items on sale this week here: www.stampinup.com!
Click on the picture for a link to order, or message me and I can place your order for you!
YES, it’s TRUE! Stampin’ Up is now selling Project Life kits and supplies!
If you haven’t heard of “Project Life”, and you are overwhelmed with your scrapbooking new year’s resolution, this is for YOU! No glue, scissors or pesky embellishments required! Think simple, streamlined and fitting in YOUR busy schedule! There is a basic Project Life Scrapbook, clear pocket pages, and 3 sizes of doublesided cards to fit in the pockets. Some cards have journaling spaces, some are just decorative. The cards come in their own little box (so CUTE!), and are ready to add to your photos for documenting or not). I just received my first set of cards and I can’t wait to get started, and the good news is that YOU can start TODAY, too!
If you want to order Project Life components, just go to www.mystampalooza.stampinup.net and place your order. Tune in for my regular updates of MY life – and I can’t wait to see YOURS! Project Life Products are listed in the PDF below:
Project Life Product List