Time is Running Out – Only 5 More Days

Time is Running Out

Time is running out for Sale-a-Bration 2015.  There only 5 more days to take advantage of the Free products available to you.  Yes, spend $60.00 and get a free item from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.

Stampin’ Up! added 4 news products for you to choose from:

  • Thanks for Being You stamp set
  • The In Color Accessory Kit
  • Nature’s Perfection stamp set
  • Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack

All the Sale-a-Bration products are only available until March 31, 2015 or until inventory is depleted. Time is running out on the products as well.

See pictures below.

The Birthday card for you today uses the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum stack.  The design is printed on the vellum paper and you can color on the back with markers, sponge it, layer it on colored paper, etc. I am sure you get the idea.

 

Time is Running OutRecipe

Stamps: Petite Petals, Four For You, Four Frames.

Ink/Markers: Night of Navy, Basic Grey.

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloupe, Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack.

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Bird Builder Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Pearl Jewels.

Just a few things:

  • The frame for the sentiment was done using the Decorative Label Punch and punching 2 labels from Night of Navy.  1 label was cut in half lengthwise and the other label cut in half crosswise.  The labels were attached with adhesive to the stamped and punched sentiment.
  • The butterflies were layered in Night of Navy and Crisp Cantaloupe and a series of Pearl Jewels were attached to emphasize the butterfly’s body. The layering really makes it seem like the butterfly is gliding over some of the bushes in a garden.

Time is Running OutTime Is Running OutYes, time is running out and you don’t want to be like the Rabbit who runs down the rabbit hole saying, “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date”.

Call me, email me to get those free products.

 

 

Spring Cleaning Your Paper Crafting Supplies

Spring Cleaning – Organize Your Craft Supplies

Ah-spring cleaning, that time of the year is upon us. Spring is a great time to renew, reuse or recycle.

I know that spring cleaning your craft supplies can be daunting.  So here are a few tips that you may be able to use in your quest to organize your craft supplies.

4 Tips to Organize Your Craft Supplies

  1. Store you craft supplies by grouping like products.
    1. Use bins, baskets, shelving, cabinets and craft organizers that are available in retail store.
    2. Use items that you have in your home.  Did you know that toilet paper rolls in a box make great storage for you markers, crayons and pencils?
    3. Here is one on-line store that will help with ideas for your storage needs The Container Store.
  2. Declutter your craft supplies.
    • When setting up a designated area for crafting, it is a great time to get rid of supplies that you haven’t used in the last 2 years.  Often these supplies have moved to the back of the newer ones and if you haven’t used them in 2 years it’s unlikely that you will make use of them.
    • Throw out the ones that are broken or in bad shape.
    • Advertise in your local on-line community boards.
    • Donate the gently used ones to local senior homes or schools.  Someone will be very appreciative of these supplies.
  3. Decide on a designated space.
    • It is no fun to have your supplies scattered amongst your home as you will spend more time searching for what you need rather than using what you have.  The best place for storage is a designated area whether it’s a large area or an area that is part of another room. Having a designated area for your crafting supplies will make creating those projects much easier.
  4. Label the storage solutions.
    • Create labels for your storage solutions.  There is nothing more annoying than not being able to remember when you put that ribbon, punch, or other supplies.
    • Having the storage solutions labeled will also help you to remember that you do have those supplies and you won’t duplicate them.
    • Simple labels like handwritten, downloadable printables or labels made using a labeler like one by Brother.

 

  • Spring Cleaning

I hope that you have found these spring cleaning tips valuable.

Here are a sample of my storage solutions.

Spring Cleaning

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Coloring – Why It’s Good For You!

Adult Coloring

Did you know that adult coloring is good for you?  Yes, the same type of coloring that we learned at a very early age.  As a child it helped to develop our fine motor skills, determine which colors looked good together, boosted our creativity and gave us a sense of satisfaction.

However, as we moved toward adult hood, somehow we stopped the practice of coloring.  There now are studies that show the adult coloring is good for many things.

The benefits of adult coloring:

  1. Relieve stress – when we color, we let the busyness and frustrations of the day slide away.  How can one be stressed when they are coloring?
  2. Exercises the mind – as we get older we know that it is beneficial to exercise the mind.  Diseases, like Alzheimer, can often be delayed. Even if a person has Alzheimer, exercising the brain is still beneficial.  Coloring exercises the left side which is the creative side of our brain.
  3. Allows self-expression – even in this day, some adults have difficulty dealing with self-expression.  Usually the difficulty has arisen from some past event.  When they are given a coloring page and crayons or pencils, they can often express their feelings.

As paper crafters and scrapbookers, we usually love to color.  Here is a card that was colored using the blendabilities product.

Adult ColoringRecipe

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Lotus Blossom.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana Ink and Blendabilities, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities and Ink, Crumb Cake Blendabilities, Pear Pizzazz.

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Irresistible DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Whisper White 5/8” Organza Ribbon, 1-1/4” Circle Punch, Painted Blooms Cotton Twine.

So, get out your markers, pencils, crayons and do some adult coloring.

 

Happy Easter with Refresh, Renew and Rejoice

Happy Easter

Spring is due to arrive on Saturday and soon we will have a happy Easter.  Easter comes on a different date each year. Do you know how to calculate when Easter comes every year?

This is a rhyme that I learned years ago.

Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 21st.  So, the only thing you need to know is when is the first full moon after March 21st.  It just may be easier to look it up on the internet.  Oh well, just another piece of trivia.

I am slowly getting ready and I went out today and bought the Happy Easter goodies for my Grandchildren.  Not a lot off goodies as they seem to accumulate lots from the Easter Bunny.

The card share today is another take on the Indescribable Gift.  I changed up a few things from the last post – colors,layout, etc.

Happy EasterRecipe

Stamps: Indescribable Gift, Papillon Potpourri.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Wisteria Wonder Ink and Blendabilities, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities, Crumb Cake Blendabilities.

Paper: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi.

Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon, Tea Lace Paper Doily, Pearl Jewels, Bitty Butterfly Punch.

I am still bemoaning the loss of the Blendabilities line.  To see why Stampin’ Up! discontinued the line effective immediately, please refer to my post HERE.

I guess I will just have to “Keep Calm and Watercolor On”.  Did you know that coloring is good for you?

Watch for my next post as I tell you the reasons that as adults, coloring is good for us.

In the meantime, it’s time to start those Easter projects so that you can wish others a Happy Easter.

Decision To Discontinue The Product Due to Quality Issues

Decision to Discontinue The Product Made By Stampin’ Up!

Why would Stampin’ Up! make the decision to discontinue the product, especially one that was only released less than a year ago.

Stampin’ Up! has always prided themselves on providing quality products to their customers and demonstrators.  So with that being said, the Blendabilities line has not been performing as it should when it comes to the length of time that the markers are useable.  It’s very sad for those of us who have fallen in love with these alcohol markers.

Here is the card I was working on when this announcement came out.

Decision to Discontinue the ProductRecipe

Stamps: Indescribable Gift.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette Blendabilities, Wild Wasabi Ink and Blendabilities, Crumb Cake Blendabilities, White Gel Pen.

Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi.

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Spring Flowers Emboss Folder, White Jute Ribbon, Pearl Jewels.

There is a manufacturing issue with these markers that have caused a high failure rate 30-40%.  This failure rate is unacceptable to Stampin’ Up!’s quality standards. The manufacturing defect has caused the Blendabilities to dry out before they should have.

Stampin’ Up was unable to find a workable solution with the manufacturer.  Consequently the tough decision to discontinue the product line immediately was made.

Blendabilities will not be sold either as regular merchandise or as a Sale-a-Bration item.

I am disappointed as well, as I have loved colouring with this product.  There is no reason why you cannot continue to use the Blendabilities that you already own.

If you have purchased new ones recently and are affected by the defect, please let me know right away and I will work with Stampin’ Up! so that you can receive a refund or exchange for another product. You have until June 15th to do this.

I apologize for the inconvenience!

Even though it would have been an easy decision to ignore this defect, Stampin’ Up! has always stood behind their products. That is one of the reasons why I enjoy working with this company. Stampin Up did not make decision to discontinue the product lightly.

Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact me.  EMAIL ME

 

Bokeh What Is It? How Can You Use It in Projects

Bokeh Effects for Wonderful Backgrounds

What is Bokeh?  If you are a photographer, you will be quite familiar with this effect.  Have you ever noticed those bright circles in a photograph background.  The word Bokeh is derived from the Japanese language meaning blur.  Photographers deliberately blur the background of their picture so that you focus on the main subject.

You have seen these types of pictures and likely thought “how come the picture is not in focus”.  It’s all in the name of “art”.

Bokeh

Example of Bokeh

So now, paper crafters have translated this effect into their projects.  It was likely someone seeing a picture and then attempting to recreate the effect on their card.

So how is this done on a card?  Well, one way to do this is use ink, water, watercolor paper, and a stencil.

I have created a video to show you how to do this technique because it is easier to see it visually rather than use the words in this posts.

Check out the video below.

Bokeh Recipe

Stamps: Painted Petals, Apothecary Art.

Ink/Markers: Blackberry Bliss, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White Craft.

Paper: Watercolor, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Wild Wasabi, Window Sheets.

Accessories: Pearl Jewels, Wild Wasabi Painted Blooms Cotton Twine.

Try creating a project using the Bokeh technique. It’s a bit messy but fun.  No two will be the same.

 

Apothecary Art Birthday Card – What The Heck is Apothecary

Apothecary Art – What Is It?

Before I can define Apothecary Art for you, I want to tell you a bit about the origins of the word “Apothecary”.

Apothecary refers to a person who prepares drugs and sells medicine.  The term was used in Medieval Europe and is not usually used today.  Today, we refer to the people who prepare and sell drugs (the legal kind) as pharmacists.

So what has Apothecary Art have to do with anything?  Today, this term refers to different containers or jars that were used in storing the medicines and drugs.  You have seen these jars, I am sure.  It’s the shape of the bottle or jar which gives it the name Apothecary.

Apothecary

 

Apothecary

Look at the label on this jar?  Do you remember a few years back when chalk labels were showing up everywhere? Today, these containers are used in many places throughout the home and in stores.

So, now when I show you the card, you will understand why the name of the stamp set is called Apothecary Art.

Apothecary ArtAs you will notice, the image has a similar feel to the jars and bottles above.

Recipe

Stamps: Apothecary Art.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Night of Navy Blendabilities, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities.

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Irresistibly Yours DSP, Silver Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, 5/8” Organza Ribbon, Banner Punch, Project Life Corner Punch.

A few things about this card:

The flower paper from the Irresistibly Yours was brayered using Soft Sky ink .  This allows the embossed design to show through.

Here is link to a video which shows you how to create this look.

There is still time to get the Irresistibly Yours DSP absolutely FREE.  Until March 31st, order $60.00 (does not include shipping or taxes) worth of product and you can choose this paper as your Free Sale-a-Bration item.

The items in the Sale-a-Bration catalogue will never be seen again in any catalogue or website.

Order now!

 

Heart Stopping Birthday Bash Card Class is Coming

Heart Stopping Birthday Bash Card Class

Heart stopping you ask?  The Birthday Bash Card Class?  Well, no the class may not stop your heart, but it may:

  • take your breath away.
  • keep you organized and save you time.
  • provide you time to enjoy yourself.
  • great conversation.
  • great ideas.
  • maybe some cookies?

What Do You Need To Know?

  • The Dates: – Afternoon sessions 12:30 – 4:00: Thursday, March 26, 2015 –  Friday, March 27, 2015 –  Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 12:30 – Evening Session – 6:30 – 10:00 Friday March 27, 2015
  • Create 8 cute birthday cards – 2 each of 4 different designs
  • Cost: -Early Bird – before March 20th – $30.00 – after March 20th – $35.00
  • Final date for registration is March 24/15.
  • Please bring your adhesives and scissors.

For more information email me.

Heart StoppingRegister now for the heart stopping Birthday Bash Card Class.

You can RSVP Here

Just scroll down to you find the session you would like to register for and click the RSVP button.  Easy Peasy!!  Maximum 6 spots for each session.  Don’t miss out.

Milestone Birthdays Are to Be Celebrated

Milestone Birthdays

Milestone birthdays are something to look forward too and to celebrate. It doesn’t matter which milestone birthday it is. If it’s a 1 year old’s birthday or a 100th birthday, we get excited.

The birthday card today is one of those milestone birthdays that fall in between 1 and 100.  It’s a 60th birthday! At every stage of life, we all have something to look forward to and look back up on.  It’s life’s ups and downs that define who we are, and it’s the dreams that we have that keep us going.

I was one of BFF who celebrated her birthday last week and the celebrations carried on for a week.  Friends, family, co-workers all contributed to her week of celebration.

She loves summer and the beach, so we decided to dress up in a somewhat of beach attire.  Because it is still cold here, there were no shorts, bathing suits, or bare arms.  However, we did come up with ways to signify the beach.

For example, I wore a bright blue T-shirt, which signified the water and the sky, another friend brought her gift in a sand pail, and still another wore a flower in her hair. We even had BBQ hamburgers and potato salad.  So even if it wasn’t summer or beach weather we made it work.

Milestone BirthdaysRecipe:

Stamps: Balloon Bash.

Ink/Markers: Soft Sky, Blackberry Blush, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Silver Foil, Irresistibly Yours DSP (SAB 2015).

Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelit Dies, Tea Lace Doily, Silver Embossing Powder, Rhinestone Jewels.

This card is pretty straight forward.  However, the Irresistibly Yours DSP was brayered using the Soft Sky ink.  My friend owns a flower shop so this DSP was the right one to use.

The Silver Foil paper is reflecting the Blackberry Bliss paper, so it looks a little pinky.  However, in real life there is not the reflection.

Remember to celebrate those milestone birthdays.

 

 

 

Dazzling Butterflies Are Beautiful in the Sunlight

Dazzling Butterflies

In the summer, you can see dazzling butterflies fluttering by.  They are so incredibly graceful in all their beautiful colors.

I always have this question, why don’t they call them flutterbys?  Would make more sense as they are not made of butter and I have never seen butter flying.  Ok, maybe when someone gets carried away with a food fight.  That’s a mess for sure.

Because I am curious and the internet is always right, right, I decided to do some research.

Apparently at one time Butterflies were called Flutterbys and as in any language, words morph (no pun intended).  It is also believed in the colonies that witches would turn into winged creatures and steal butter.

However we got to the word butterfly is not really important.  I like to think of them as dazzling butterflies.

Dazzling ButterfliesRecipe

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, I Love Lace.

Ink/Markers: Blackberry Bliss, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Painted Blooms DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Artisan Embellishment Kit, Tea Lace Doily, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Clear Embossing Powder.

A few items about this card:

  • the card base was stamped using the I Love Lace Stamp and VersaMark and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • after the butterfly was die cut, it was dabbed with the VersaMark pad and sprinkled with Heat and Stick powder and heated.
  • the butterfly was then sprinkled with the Dazzling Diamond and heat set.
  • the pink flower from the Artisan Embellishment Kit was attached to gold button and attached to the “Happy” banner.

What type of dazzling butterflies you do like?  Leave me a comment.