Lotus Blossom Thank You – I Will Miss You

Lotus Blossom Thank You

I really have used the Lotus Blossom stamp set on many different projects and I am so sorry that it was limited to Sale-a-Bration this year.  It’s a fabulous little stamp that can be used over and over.

This time I chose to use the Lotus Blossom as a stand alone for a thank you card.  This would be an easy and quick card for you to create and it does pack a WOW!.  In, fact, you could create a few thank you cards all at the same time.  There is something to be said about the assembly line.

Lotus BlossomRecipe

Stamps: Lotus Blossom.

Ink/Markers: Calypso Coral, Smokey Slate, Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding.

Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Smokey Slate, Daffodil Delight.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon.

I created a watercolour background by using the Daffodil Delight ink and the Aqua Painter.  It was just enough to set off the flower, added a bit of colour and really made the Lotus Blossom a focal point.

Try this type of card for yourself…just use a single blossom on top of a watercolour background.  And, remember, it’s a great idea to have a few thank you cards on hand.

 

Fresh and Sweet, Just in Time for Summer

Fresh and Sweet

What could be better than a fresh and sweet card to meet your summer thank yous.

The “You’re So Sweet” stamp set along with the Cherry on Top suite of papers and Washi Tape will create that summer feeling.  Whether you are thanking someone with a gift or a card, or perhaps a doughnut, you will be appreciated for your thoughtfulness.

There are a couple of items that I would like to talk about that are new in the catalogue this year.  You will notice that when you receive your catalogue and look through the papers section, the Designer Series Papers now have a coordinating card stock pack that you can purchase.

This card stock pack comes with 24 sheets of plain card stock (8 each of 2 different colours).  For instance,  the Cherry on Top cardstock pack colours are Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay, and Watermelon Wonder.  Imagine the fresh and sweet cards you can create with these combinations.  Just one more way that Stampin’ Up! has made it easier for you to coordinate your products.

Fresh and SweetRecipe

Stamps: You’re So Sweet.

Ink/Markers: Watermelon Wonder.

Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry On Top Paper Stack.

Accessories: Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Cherry On Top Washi Tape, 2” Circle Punch, 1-3/4” Circle Punch, 3/4” Circle Punch, 1-3/4” Scallop Circle Punch, Triple Banner Punch.

The doughnut is very easy to create using the punches and then of course you have to add the bites.  The “Just for You” banner was fussy cut and the Cucumber Crush banner was cut using the new Triple Banner Punch.

The new catalogue goes live June 2, 2015 and I am unable to show you pictures of the pages in the catalogue until that date.  However, I know that you will enjoy each page from beginning to end.

So, get ready to make something fresh and sweet with the new goodies in the catalogue.

Encouraging Others with a 2015 Sneak Peek

Encouraging Others

When you are encouraging others, you often bring joy to their lives.  Everyone, at sometime, will go through difficult times.  So why not send them a card that will know that you are thinking of them during their difficult time.

The You’ve Got This, a new stamp set in the 2015/16 Share the Fun annual catalogue can do just that.  It is a line stamp that you can use to create a fast and simple card, or step it up and make it a wow card.

The sentiments included with this stamp set are great for encouraging others.  In addition to the sentiment used on this card, the others are You’ve Got This and I’m here for you. 

The new catalogue is awesome and I am sure that you will be pleasantly surprised when you see one.

Encouraging OthersRecipe

Stamps: You’ve Got This.

Ink/Markers: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stazon Black Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, VersaMark.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Gold Foil, Watermelon Wonder.

Accessories: Blender Pens, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, 1-/8” Ribbon.

The cross-hatch background image was stamped in VersaMark and then embossed with gold emboss powder.  It adds elegance to the card along with the gold foil paper that surrounds the Very Vanilla panel.

The flower was coloured using markers and the blender pens.  If I wanted darker shaded areas, I would touch the tip of the blender pen to the ink pad, and put in the darker areas on the image.

Once I completed the coloring, the flower was fancy cut with the Paper Snips scissors.  These scissors have a very sharp point that allows you to really cut into the small areas.

Encouraging others can be a very simple gesture and an encouragement card can help with the gesture.

Graduation Today, A Step into The Future Tomorrow

Graduation Today

Graduation today means that you are stepping into the future.  When we think about graduation, we usually think about graduation from high school, college or university.  However, we celebrate a graduation for many different situations and events.

I was curious as to what the dictionary had to say about graduation.  So, of course, inquiring minds had to know the definition.

Here’s what the dictionary says: graduation is the act of bestowing an academic degree where a student has successfully completed a program of study.  It is the successful completion of a course of studies that denotes a graduation.  Graduation is a right of passage into the future. So, a graduation today is a step into the future.

Graduation TodayRecipe

Stamps: I Think You’re Great, Celebrate Today.

Ink/Markers: Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry.

Paper: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Gold Glimmer, Cherry On Top Paper Stack, Envelope Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Balloon Framelit Dies, Triple Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Cherry On Top Washi Tape.

Celebrate a graduate and a graduation today by creating a card for them.

Several products from the 2015-16 Share The Fun Annual catalogue we used to make this graduation card. Strips of Cherry on Top Washi Tape were used to cover a piece of Whisper WHite card stock and then it was die cut using the Balloon Framelit.  It makes for a cute and happy balloon.  The “I Think You’re Great” stamp set has 2 background stamps that you use for kissing the solid stamps in the set.  This leaves a design as a background on the word stamp…cute! And of course, the new Watermelon Wonder colour says “happy” as well.

The Cherry On Top suite is a colourful and fun set.  The colours are bright and cheerful which sets the tone for a happy celebration.

The other newest product is the Envelope Paper.  This is a lighter paper than the card stock and is a great weight for making envelopes using the Envelope Punch Board.

These products will be available to purchase starting June 2nd.  Exciting!

 

Mothers Day Thank You to All Mothers For Everything You Do

Mothers Day Thank You

Mothers are very special and this post is a Mothers Day Thank You to all these wonderful people.

I am specially grateful this year that my 90 year old mother was able to join the family to honor Mothers day.  My Mother returned home last week after spending 5 months in the hospital.  For many days and weeks, we didn’t know if she would live let along be able to come home.  But we had faith and after much hard work at learning how to walk again, she returned home to us.  This was probably the best Mothers Day for our family.

The list of what Mothers do for their families is long and I am not going to list them in this post.  We all have Mothers and so to celebrate the day, I give a Mothers Day thank you to all Mothers.Mothers Day Thank You Mothers Day Thank YouRecipe

Stamps: Work of Art, Celebrate Today, Flower Patch, Everything Eleanor.

Ink/Markers: Garden Green, Calypso Coral, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Flower Pot DSP, 2013-15 In Colors DSP Stack.

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Letters, Flower Fair Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, Crushed Curry Embossing Powder, Calypso Coral Satin Ribbon, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack, MDS- Timeless Type Alphabet, Gold Brad and Pearl Jewels, Gift Bag Punch Board.

This card style is called a Concertina Fold and is a great card to make if you are wanting to spell out a message.  This card also uses a sheet 12″x 12″ of DSP.  The only think you have to decide is which side you want to show when you open the card.

I tried writing some instructions, but I got confused, so I will do a video – it will much easier for me and for you to follow.

The letters were done using MDS, exporting to a Silhouette e-cutter. For a video on how to do this, use this LINK.

The gift box is made using the new Gift Bag Punch Board.  This is new product from the 2015-16 Share the Fun Annual Catalogue.

I hope that you were able to give a Mothers Day Thank You to someone special.  Even if your Mom is no longer with you, give a silent Thank You.  She will be sure to hear you.

Remember a Friend with A Sympathy Card

Remember a Friend

To remember a friend with a sympathy card to their family is to honour them and your friendship.  It’s always difficult to create these cards and it seems like I have had to create too many lately.

When I create a sympathy card, I try to focus on the person and their family.  To loose a friend is difficult but for the family, having to live through the sickness and final passing is extremely difficult.

My friend was witty with a wonderful sense of humour, a talented musician, a loving husband, father and grandfather.   For me, I will miss the jokes, the funny sayings and the banter.

Remember a Friend

I chose the Lotus Blossom stamp set as for me, this flower represents life, tenacity, inspiration and love. For me, this is how I remember a friend.

Recipe

Stamps: Lotus Blossom, Papillon Potpourri, Bloom with Hope.

Ink/Markers: Lost Lagoon, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette.

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Lost Lagoon, Flower Pot DSP, Vellum.

Accessories: Big Shot, Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, Circle Collection, 2-1/2” Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Modern Label Punch, Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (white), and Pearl Jewels.

Embossing the vellum with the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder really added some texture to the card and the diagonal panel added interest and a shot of the unexpected.

The white Painted Blooms Cotton Twine was twisted and laid behind the focal image and held with a piece of adhesive.  It added a bit of whimsey as did the butterflies.

The Lotus Bloom stamp is a 3-step stamp from 2015 Sale-a-Bration and I used only Lost Lagoon ink.  The first step used full strength ink, the second step used the ink stamped off 1 time and for the 3rd step, the ink was stamped off 2 times.

The next time you need to create a sympathy card, remember a friend as you are creating.

Fabulous Gifts Come In Small Decorated Packages

Fabulous Gifts

Do you decorate your packaging for fabulous gifts? I think it’s fun to see the recipient of a gift ohhhh and awwww over how the package is presented.  Seeing their reaction is almost as fun as seeing their reaction to what is in the package.

This package will be given to someone at some point.  I know I’m not being very specific but it will be a surprise for the person receiving it.

This is another project for the Creative Crew over at Splitcoast Stampers.  Check out my other project HERE and see why I’m doing these projects for the next 3 months.

Fabulous GiftsRecipe

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Ink/Markers: Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight.

Paper: Whisper White, White Filter Paper, Wild Wasabi, Flower Pot DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Wing Embosslit, Flower Frenzy Bigz Die, Kraft Gift Boxes, Blossom Punch, Small Oval Punch, Sponge Daubers, White Jute Ribbon, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Candy Dots Brad Base, Kraft Gift Box.

The Creative Crew challenge for this project was to focus either on a scrapbook page or a 3-D item.  I decided to focus on the 3-D item.  The challenge also wanted us to depict something that was moving, or changing as May is typically a transition month.

So, for this packaging for fabulous gifts, I focused on the butterfly, flower and ribbon as moving items.  Here is my rationale:

  • Butterflies morph and change into beautiful creatures and they are constantly moving.
  • Flowers are a sure sign of spring and they sway in the light breezes.
  • As for the ribbon, it’s purposefully got a look of a wave.

If you find anything else in my design that looks like it’s moving, I would love to see your comment.

So, the next time you have  fabulous gifts, wrap them up fabulously.

Some of the products that I used in this gift packaging are retiring, so, if you want them be for they are gone, visit my ONLINE STORE.

Friends Get Together to Celebrate a Birthday

Friends Get Together

Friends get together to celebrate many occasions.  In this day and age when everyone seems to be going in many directions, my friends and I make sure that we get together to celebrate birthdays.

Our birthdays are spread out evenly through out the year, so every couple of months we get together for some laughter, catching up on the latest happenings, playing a game of cards and of course, eating birthday cake.  After all, you can’t have a birthday without birthday cake.

For, me, it is a reason to create a card.

Friends Get Together RecipePainted Petals Birthday Card

Stamps: Painted Petals, Bloom With Hope, Papillon Potpourri.

Ink/Markers: Rose Red, Pacific Point Wild Wasabi.

Paper: Whisper White, Naturals White, Rose Red, Painted Blooms DSP.

Accessories: Artisan Embellishment Kit (Lace), Whisper White 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, Pearl Jewels, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Modern Label Punch.

For some time I have been wanting to score a border around the card stock and then setting the focal image inside the box.  Finally, I did it.

Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, I scored 1/4″ and 1/2″ in from the edge on each side of the Whisper White card stock. – When using this technique, make sure you leave the exact same measurements in the corner, that is, don’t go to the edge of the card stock.  By doing this, you will create a frame.

For the border around the sentiment, I punched a piece of Rose Red card stock using the Modern Label punch – oh..no..this punch is retiring. I then cut it in half and layered each half on the top and bottom of the punched sentiment.

So, next time it’s friends get together event, think about how fortunate you are to have friends who love and appreciate you.  Return that love and appreciation by creating a card for each of them.  They will truly enjoy and appreciate you for making them feel special.

 

Baby Zoo Animals Take A Ride On a Sunny Day

Baby Zoo Animals – Cuteness Galore

Baby zoo animals are so cute.  At this time of the year, the zoos are bustling with the tiny animals.  When you create a baby card, what could be better than using several baby zoo animals.

As I mentioned in my last post, Inspiring Others, I have been asked to be part of the Creative Crew on Splitcoast stampers and showcase my work.  To me, this is a real honour to be part of the May, June and July team.

We invite you to check out the Creative Crew Gallery and see what everyone has created.

The theme of the May challenges is Spring and for this challenge we were asked to focus on “new beginnings”.  That could mean anything that relates to spring, baby animals, or “horror” a stamp set that you haven’t used.

Well, I looked at all 3 and yes, I found a stamp set that I hadn’t used…Zoo Animals.  So, I got the stamp set to my craft area and decided on a Baby card using baby zoo animals.

Baby Zoo AnimalsRecipe

Stamps: Zoo Animals, Label Love (on the retiring list), Chalk Talk (on the retiring list).

Ink/Markers: Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar, Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Tuxedo Black.

Paper: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Crisp Cantaloupe (on the retiring List), Sweet Dreams DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelit Dies, Zig Zag Embossing Folder, Artisan Label Punch (on the retiring list), 1/2” Circle Punch, 3/4” Circle Punch, Lost Lagoon 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (on the retiring list).

This is the month to pick up any of the retiring Designer Series Papers, Embellishments, stamp sets, punches and Big Shot items.  Yes, the Sweet Dreams DSP is retiring.  This paper is so pretty and can be used for other than baby cards.  How about a Mother’s Day card, or a Birthday card, or, or…..  The list goes on.

Check out the Retiring Products as they do sell out quickly and I wouldn’t want you to be disappointed.

 

 

Inspire Others and Share What you Love

Inspire Others to Create

One thing that I like about my Stamp’ Up! business is the ability to inspire others.  Stampin’ Up!’s statement of the heart,  is to “love what we do and share what we love…”

Recently I was asked to become part of the Creative Crew Challenge group to do just that “inspire others”.  The Creative Crew Challenge group is part of Splitcoast Stampers, where crafters from all over the world come to share what they do.  And you can also tell, they love what they do.

I will be sharing my projects during May, June, July and August. This site is a membership site so you will have to set up a login if you don’t already have one.  Don’t worry, it’s free.

I will be posting my creations in later posts, so watch for them and check back often.

So now, I would like to inspire you with this card using the Sheltering Tree stamp set…love this stamp set.

Inspire OthersRecipe

Stamps: Sheltering Trees.

Ink/Markers: VersaMark, Baked Brown Sugar, Mossy Meadow, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride.

Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Flower Pot.

Accessories: Venetian Crochet Trim, Blushing Bride Embossing Powder.

This card is very simple to recreate and by sharing it with you, there are no issues with you casing this card.  In fact, I welcome it.

The Sheltering Trees are 2-step stamping and because they are made from Photopolymer.  This is one of the reasons why I love these types of stamps.  The 2 step stamping method is so easy. There can be a number of areas on this card where you will use this method.

The tree leaves or blooms where stamped first in Blushing Bride ink and stamped again with VersaMark and heat embossed with the Blushing Bride Emboss Powder. This treatment provides some depth to the tree.

This stamp set also provides the ability to create the 4 different season.

I hope that I have inspired you to create this project and now it is your turn to inspire others.

Leave me a comment and tell me how you inspire others.