Holiday 2017 Swap Time!

Holiday 2017 Swap Time!

Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog was released on September 1, 2017. You know what that means?!? It is Holiday 2017 Swap Time!

There are several swaps I participate in each time Stampin’ Up! introduces a new catalog. Today’s gallery includes cards from our Stampin’ Up! Unit Swap which was held on Monday.

Colleen used the Christmas Quilt Bundle for her swap cards. She did several different and beautiful color variations. I love all quilt inspired cards so it was hard to chose from among them, but this was my favorite color combination. (Note: The saying is from the One Big Meaning stamp set.)

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Patty used the Carols of Christmas stamp set. I LOVE the use of the Holly Textured Impressions Folder and the gold accents. It gives the card the royal and festive look it deserves. (Note: Carols of Christmas is available as a bundle or separately, and in wood mount or clear mount.)Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Nancy used the Every Good Wish stamp set (available in wood mount or clear mount) for her card. The 1/4″ Cherry Cobbler Double-Stitched Ribbon adds just the right touch, creating a simple yet elegant the card!

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Nancy often does two sets of cards for our Unit Swaps. This is the second of her designs. She used the Feeling of Christmas stamp set (available in wood mount or clear mount.). I like that the color combination is not the traditional red and green. We all need some variety in our life!

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Melinda used the Wise Men from Afar stamp set (available in clear mount or wood mount) and the Eclipse technique which is quite popular right now. (Note: I haven’t tried the technique yet myself, but will be soon, especially after receiving Melinda’s card so I can see the 3D effect in person.)

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Karen used the Musical Season stamp set for her card. I love lots of glimmer and shine on my Christmas cards so, of course, I love that she used Gold Glimmer Paper for the French Horn.

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Arlene is the newest member of our unit, so this was her first time joining our Unit Swap. She decided to create two different designs, both of them use the Carols of Christmas Bundle. The “Peace on Earth” card has Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter accents that add shimmer and shine to the card.

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Arlene’s “Deck the Halls” card is a special fold card, and uses Rhinestone Basic Jewels and silver sequins to create the shimmer and shine. Both are beautiful! I think Arlene did a wonderful job for her first ever card swap!

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Jill created this Double Z Fold card for our Unit Swap. I was going to post a photo of the front, but that wouldn’t do the card justice. She used the Wise Men from Afar stamp set for the card. The “Celebrate the season” saying is from the Tags & Trimmings stamp set, also available as a bundle in wood mount or clear mount.

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

I hope today’s gallery of our Holiday 2017 Unit Swap has inspired you. I know they have inspired me! They even convinced me I need to add many of the products to my collection! You can add them to your collection as well. Just click on any of the blue highlighted links in today’s post (or any other post) or go here!

By the way, did you notice my Holiday 2017 Unit Swap card was not included in today’s post? I’ll be sharing it tomorrow, along with a couple of extra items that were handed out. I love Swap Time!

Glossy Cardstock Coffee Card!

Glossy Cardstock Coffee Card!

My blogs posts for the past couple of weeks have featured either glossy paper techniques, or the Coffee Cafe Bundle. Today I combine the two for a Glossy Cardstock Coffee Card!

I’ve limited myself to the Coffee Break Suite for most of my previous Coffee Cafe Bundle project shares, but today I am branching out, a little. I still used the Coffee Cafe stamp set and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, but this time I did not use the co-ordinating  Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. Instead I used a combination of the backgrounds I created for my Glossy Cardstock Techniques class that was held a couple weeks ago.

Glossy Cardstock Coffee Card

Today’s Glossy Cardstock Coffee Card uses a piece of Marbled Glossy Cardstock I created during a class, and shared here, as the background. The coffee cup was stamped in Berry Burst ink on Berry Burst cardstock. The coffee cup band features one of the Polished Stone Glossy Cardstock backgrounds I featured here.  Other supplies you will need to create the card are:

Who wouldn’t want to receive this card in the mail? Leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite part of today’s card is. This Saturday, September 23, 2017 I will randomly pick a name and that person will mail this card to the winner.

Easy Handmade Coffee Card!

Easy Handmade Coffee Card!

I love coffee! I also love quick and easy cards, so today’s Easy Handmade Coffee Card is the perfect combination for me! What makes it quick and easy? The use of the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies and the Big shot cutting tool.

Easy Handmade Coffee Card

I decided to keep today’s card fairly flat because I mail most of my cards. I was able to add dimension and texture, while still keeping it flat, by adding mats to the layers of Coffee Break Designer Series Paper before glueing them, and the pieced coffee cup, directly to the card front –  no dimensionals. I sponged a Corrugated Elements Heart and added Copper Metallic Thread to the back before glueing it to the card front. The saying and banner images are from the Banners for You stamp set. They were stamped on Garden Green cardstock and cut with the coordinating Bunch of Banners Framelits. The Pool Party Heart and Circles from the Subtles Enamel Shapes add more dimension without adding a lot of height to the card.

Easy Handmade Coffee Card

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I am enjoying playing and creating with the Coffee Cafe Bundle! So far I have stayed within the Coffee Break Suite for my project shares, so tomorrow I will venture out a little bit so I can show you ways to incororate other products, and techniques, in your Coffee Cafe creations.

Thanks A Latte Card!

Thanks A Latte Card!

Today’s card share is another from my collection of Coffee Cafe Bundle projects. It has minimal stamping so it is quick and easy to create. This Thanks A Latte card is perfect for the coffee lover’s in my life.

Thanks A Latte Card

To create today’s card you will need:

Stamp the images on the appropriate papers, with the appropriate inks, and cut out using the coordinating Framelit from the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies. Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of paper from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper collection. Glue it to the front of a Garden Green card base. Cut the Layering Oval and a 1″ x 4″ strip from Garden Green cardstock. Use glue dots (on the back side of the Garden Green strip) to attach a 4-1/2″ piece of 3/8″ Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon to the front as shown. Attach the Garden Green strip of cardstock and Layering Oval to the card front. Tie a 3″ piece of the ribbon around the existing ribbon and tie in a knot. Trim as necessary. Assemble the Coffee Cafe pieces as shown and add to the card front. Don’t forget to sign the back of your card so others know that you made it yourself!

This is another of my card designs that I will have to make extras of. I have lots of family members and friends that it is perfect for! Who will you send your Thanks A Latte card to?

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Coffee Treats for You!

Coffee Treats for You!

I am continuing my Coffee Cafe Bundle series with a couple of Coffee Treats for You. Who doesn’t like special treats?!? Especially when they are not expected!

I like to share my love of stamping by carrying little gift items that I can hand out to people who help me at the bank, post office, grocery shopping, etc. These Coffee Cafe Cello Treat Bag and Coffee Cafe Pouch are perfect for that!

Coffee Treats

The Coffee Cafe Cello Treat Bag is a quick and easy project using Stampin’ Up!’s 2″ x 8″ Cellophane Bags, Early Espresso cardstock, Pear Pizzazz cardstock, and Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad. Here is a close up of the topper/header for the Coffee Cafe Cello Treat Bag.Coffee Treats Cello Bag Topper

The Coffee Cafe Treat Pouch takes a little bit more time to create because it involves fussy cutting some of the images from the coordinating Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. The pouch is the perfect size for two packages of VIA instant coffee.

Coffee Treats Pouch Close Up

To create the pouch:

  • Step 1: Cut a 6-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of one of the patterns from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Step 2: Score both long edges of the Designer Series Paper at 1/4″.
  • Step 3: Turn the Designer Series Paper and score across the width at 2″.
  • Step 4: Trim the edges of the larger portion of the paper along the score line, leaving flaps on both sides of the 2″ section. Trim the ends of the flaps at a slight angle.
  • Step 5: Fold the paper along the remaining score lines, and glue the flaps in place to form the pocket.
  • Step 6: Punch the remaining end with the ScallopTag Topper Punch. Add lengths of the 1/4″ Copper Trim to the top, and decorate the front of the pouch as desired. (Note: I glued the coffee pot image to the pouch front and added the coffee cup using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals are perfect size for the small image!)

I originally made the the Coffee Cafe Treat Bags for part of my New Catalog Open House that was held on July 8, 2017. You can see more projects from the display here.

Sketch Challenge using Coffee Cafe!

Sketch Challenge using Coffee Cafe!

Are you ever in a stamping slump and in need of ideas or inspiration? I do. I like to surf the Internet or look back through my past projects when I have creative slumps. The inspiration for today’s card is just that. It’s a Sketch Challenge using Coffee Cafe. I used this same Sketch Challenge for a swap I organized with my Magical Ink Artist Team. I realized it would be a quick and easy card, making it a wonderful project to share with you after yesterday’s more intricate card.

Sketch Challenge using Coffee Cafe

I used Thick Whisper White cardstock for the base of the card. The two strips of patterned paper are from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper collection. The coffee cup images and saying were stamped, and cut, using the Coffee Cafe Bundle which includes the Coffee Cafe stamp set and the Coffee Cup Framelits. I used my  Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad and an Aqua Painter to watercolor the coffee cup; glued the Early Espresso lid and the Garden Green stir stick in place; then mounted the assembled piece on the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the saying on several of the coordinating papers in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper collection before deciding on the one I used. I glued it in place, then watercolored some Smoky Slate around the bottom of the cup of coffee. The final touch was to wrap a length of 3/8″ Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon around the card front and tie it in a knot.

Sketch Challenge using Coffee Cafe

I can think of several people who would love to receive this card in their mailbox, so I  will have to make a few more of them before this one gets mailed. I’m sure you have people in your life who would love to get one as well, so I hope you will take the time to make one, or more, yourself!

Coffee Break Time!

Coffee Break Time!

2017 Holiday CatalogCan you believe it?!? I have just started to share products from the new annual catalog and the 2017 Holiday Catalog is already here! You can view the catalog(s) here. I’m excited to share projects using all the wonderful new stamp sets and other Holiday products, but today is Coffee Break Time!

I LOVE coffee, so when this year’s annual catalog came out I knew the Coffee Cafe Bundle was a “must have” for me. The bundle includes the photopolymer Coffee Cafe stamp set and the coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.

There are also coordinating papers –   Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock Pack – to make ordering and creating even easier. And… Oh! Oh! Oh! Don’t forget to get the Corrugated Elements and some of the Classic Weave Ribbon in Whisper White, Soft Sky or Crumb Cake to add a more elegant look to your project!

Coffee Break Time

I belong to several Internet groups for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. They hold card swaps with the introduction of each new catalog. This was the card I created for one of those swaps using the products from the  Coffee Break Suite. It also happens to be my first new Annual Catalog project!

Coffee Break Time

The coffee cup is kind of obvious, but I thought the textured cup would pass as an ice cream cup, so that is how I decided to use it. The heart is from Support Ribbons Framelits (also available as a bundle) and the spoon is from the Frozen Treats Framelits. I used Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz cardstock, and Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pads.

I am having so much fun with the Coffee Break Suite that I will definitely be sharing more ideas on ways to use it, especially this coming week.

Paper Pumpkin Fun!

Paper Pumpkin Fun!

I had some friends (Tom-san, Yoko-san and Hana-san) visiting from Japan a few weeks ago. Yoko-san and Hana-san LOVE to stamp, so I pulled out some of my Paper Pumpkin kits and stamps from past Paper Pumpkin kits and we had some Paper Pumpkin Fun!

Meet Yoko-san, Hana-san and me!

Paper Pumpkin Fun

Paper Pumpkin Fun

Here are Hana-san and Yoko-san with some of the Paper Pumpkin Fun projects they created using some past kits (pictured below).

Paper Pumpkin Fun

What is Paper Pumpkin? Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit from Stampin’ Up! Subscribers receive a kit the middle of each month. Each kit contains the stamps, inks, embellishments and other supplies needed to create the project(s) of the month. Here are some examples of past kits:

Paper Pumpkin Fun

Are you a subscriber? If not, then today is a good time to join the Paper Pumpkin fun. There is a Paper Pumpkin special right now. Go to the Paper Pumpkin website. Sign up for a 3-month subscription before September 10, 2017 and receive a 50% discount on your first shipment. I would love for you to join the Paper Pumpkin FunPaper Pumpkin subscriptions also make wonderful gifts for the crafters in your life, and Christmas is approaching! You can find out more details here.

Paper Pumpkin Fun

As always, feel free to contact me if you have problems signing up.

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery!

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery!

A couple days ago I stated I was planning to post a Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery. Life got in the way of me posting it earlier this week, so that is my priority for today. Remember, all of these cards were created using some of the techniques I taught in my Glossy Cardstock Techniques Class a couple weeks ago. You can find out more about some of the techniques in past blog posts.

I used the Daisy Delight and Layering Love stamp sets along with a combination of Polished Stone background and Swiped Background for the card shown below. (Note: Daisy Delight is also available as a bundle with the coordinating Daisy Punch.)

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

This next card was created using the Layering Love and Ribbon of Courage stamp sets, the Support Ribbon Framelits and one of the Polished Stone backgrounds. (Note: The Ribbon of Courage stamp set and the Support Ribbon Framelits are also available as a bundle in both Clear-mount and Wood-mount.)

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

This next card also uses both Polished Stone and Swiped backgrounds. It features flowers from the Falling Flowers stamp set, the coordinating May Flowers Framelits and one of the sayings from Dragonfly Dreams.

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

This next four cards use a combination of Polished Stone backgrounds  and Plastic Wrap backgrounds. They also use the Ribbon of Courage bundle. Notice that I cut the framelit images in a way that I was able to use the negative of the cut to create a coordinating card.

Glossy Cardstock Photo Gallery

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

Here’s another card using both Polished Stone and Swiped backgrounds, but this time I decided to stamp on the Swiped background before I assembled the card. I also used  the Ribbon of Courage bundle and the Layering Ovals Framelits.

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

The next two cards use the Sponged Background technique – using Stamping Sponges that I had cut up. The first card uses the Happy Birthday Thinlit cut from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and Fresh Fig cardstock, two of the NEW In Colors! The second card features the Ribbon of Courage bundle (Can you tell I am LOVING it!), the Layering Circles Framelits, the NEW Glitter Enamel Dots and the NEW In Color Bitty Bows.

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

Here’s a card that combines a version of the Swiped Technique with the Embossed Resist Technique. It features the Seaside Shore stamp set.

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

The next card combines Polished Stone and Plastic Wrap backgrounds. I also used the Eastern Beauty stamp set, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits and Thick Whisper White cardstock (which I LOVE!).

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

And, the final photo share for the Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery, some gift bags where I stamped images from the Falling Flowers stamp set on Polished Stone to create the accents on the tags!

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

Glossy Cardstock Project Gallery

I still have a lot of backgrounds from my Glossy Cardstock Technique Class so I will be sharing more projects that put them to use in future blog posts. Be watching for them!

Glossy Cardstock Brayer Blending Technique!

Glossy Cardstock Brayer Blending Technique!

Yesterday we talked about the Glossy Cardstock Ghosting Technique, which used a VersaMark ink pad and a Sponge Brayer. Today we will continue my technique series with the Glossy Cardstock Brayer Blending Technique.

To create your Glossy Cardstock Brayer Blending Technique background:

  • Step 1: Cut your glossy cardstock to your desired size and place on a covered surface.
  • Step 2: Select the ink pad colors of your choice. (I like to use three colors.)
  • Step 3: Ink up the Sponge Brayer with the lightest color and begin to brayer along one edge of the glossy cardstock. Continue to brayer about a third of the glossy cardstock until you achieve the intensity you desire.
  • Step 4: Ink up the Sponge Brayer with the medium color. Start to brayer the medium shade from the middle of the glossy cardstock and slowly move toward the light color, overlapping the two colors so they blend. You want to leave some of the lightest color showing. How much is up to you. (Note: If you are worried about contaminating your ink pad then use a clean brayer, but since you are going from light to dark you don’t really need to worry about contamination.)
  • Step 5: Ink the Sponge Brayer with the darkest color. Start to brayer from the opposite end and work your way towards the medium color, overlapping and blending the two together.

The colors used for the Glossy Cardstock Brayer Blending Technique Sunset Card are: So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo. I punched a circle in a piece of scrap paper and added more So Saffron for the setting sun (with a Sponge Dauber), and then stamped the images from the High Tide stamp set with Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad. I sponged Marina Mist – for the water – once the images had dried. So yes, you can go back and add more color if you choose to.

Glossy Cardstock Brayer Blending Technique

The colors used in the Glossy Cardstock Brayer Blending Technique Ocean Card are: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo. I used the Glossy Cardstock Ghosting Technique to stamp the images from the Seaside Shore stamp set before starting to brayer the glossy cardstock. The saying was stamped using Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad. (Note: Seaside Shore – Clear-Mount: Item#141625; Wood-Mount: Item#141622).

Glossy Cardstock Brayer Blending Technique

If you like today’s blog post then be sure to check out the rest of my Glossy Cardstock Technique posts from the past week. Tomorrow I will post a collection of more cards using all the techniques I’ve shared with you this past week.