Finding Inspiration from Stampin’ Up!

Craft Studio Renovation

Today I’ve got something a little different for you.  I’m currently in the process of renovating one of the rooms in my house to create a brand new craft studio.  I’m so excited about this project.  I have never had a dedicated space for crafting before.  Right now, my dining room looks like a stamp store exploded in there! LOL.  Here is a sneak peek at the early stages of the project… I hope to be ready to reveal the finished product sometime in the next week.

Craft Room Remodel (1 of 17)

“Before”… Just an ordinary guest room.

Goodbye carpet... hello hardwood floors!

Goodbye carpet… hello hardwood floors!

Can you say STORAGE? Whoo hoo!

Can you say STORAGE? Whoo hoo!


The New Catalog is Jam Packed with Inspiration!

Although I am psyched about my new stamping studio, it is taking tons of time to pull it together, which has meant less time for creating cards lately.  So, for today’s post I have something a little different for you.  I wanted to tell you some of my favorite features about the new Stampin’ Up! catalog and the products inside.  I also wanted to share some of the inspirational project ideas that Stampin’ Up! has created to help you to inspire, create, and share.

One of the things I love most about the Stampin’ Up! catalog is all the great projects that are featured throughout the pages.  This gorgeous book is not only filled with fantastic products, but it is jam packed with inspirational ideas!  My order just arrived on Monday, and I can’t wait to get my hands inky as soon as I’m finished with my remodel.  You can count on the fact that I’ll be sharing some of my favorite new products with you very soon.  I can’t wait to get my hands on them and start creating!

Images © 2014 Stampin’ Up!

The stamp set featured above is one of the ones that I can’t wait to get my hands on!  It is one of the new photopolymer sets called Flower Patch.  It seems like it is going to be so versatile, and you know I love my flowers!  This stamp set also has a matching Framelits Dies set, which can be purchased as a bundle for a 15% discount.

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Images © 2014 Stampin’ Up!

Here is a video from Stampin’ Up! showing you some of the great things you can do with the Flower Patch stamp set.

Another stamp set that is new in the annual catalog is called What’s Your Type.  It is comprised of geometric shapes and designs that can be combined to create all the letters of the alphabet, or a wide variety of patterns.  When I first saw this stamp, I didn’t think much of it, but when you see it in action, it is pretty cool!

Images © 2014 Stampin’ Up!

Watch this video from Stampin’ Up! to see this awesome set in action!

The last thing I wanted to share with you today is about Stampin’ Up! ribbon.  The new catalog has tons of new ribbon choices, and they are really yummy!  I especially like the new 1/4″ cotton ribbon.  It comes in a ton of colors, and it is so soft and pliable.

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Images © 2014 Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up has awesome ideas about how you can use Stampin’ Up! ribbon to dress up your packages!  Check this out!

I hope you have enjoyed this post.  I know it is a little different from my norm, but I thought you would enjoy seeing these great project ideas from Stampin’ Up! while I work on finishing up my new craft studio.  I can’t wait to reveal the finished result to you soon.  It is going to be so organized and beautifully crafty! 🙂

Also, remember if you haven’t gotten your very own copy of the new 2014 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog yet, now is the perfect time.  There are so many great new items available for purchase.  I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  If you need any supplies you can shop now in my online store!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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Demonstrator Sign Up Special Available through June 30th!


Have you been considering joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator?  If so, now is a great time to join.  Between now and June 30, new recruits can join Stampin’ Up! at one of two great prices. Stampin’ Up! will continue to offer their traditional starter kit priced at $99 ($125 product value), but for the month of June only they will also be offering a reduced priced starter kit at the low price of $50 ($55 product value).  Drop me a note at handcraftingheather@icloud.com if you have any questions or if you’d like additional details.  I’d love to have you on my team!  You can read more information about the benefits of being a Demonstrator here.


WEEKLY DEALS for June 10-16

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through June 16.

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Gorgeous Grunge and Petite Petals Boxed Card Set – Stampin’ Up!

I have been having so much fun with boxed card sets lately, that I decided to create another one featuring the Gorgeous Grunge and Petite Petals stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!  The cards in this set are a total CASE from a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in the UK, Sam Donald from Pootles Papercraft.  Her You Tube channel is one of my favorites.  Ironically, she rarely posts videos of cards, favoring 3-D projects instead.  However, this time she posted a card, and then I turned it into a box!  Thanks for the inspiration Sam!  The only thing I changed was the color scheme. 🙂

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I would love to hear your thoughts about this project.  Today is the last day to leave me a comment for your chance to win one of the Retro Fresh Boxed Card Sets featured in my posts earlier this week.  Tomorrow, I will do the drawing and the winner will be announced on my Tuesday Updates post.


Creating the Cards

If you would like additional information about how to create design on the front of these beautiful cards, please watch Sam’s video tutorial linked above.  She does a fabulous job explaining everything step by step, and she creates gorgeous designs.  In fact, I loved this one so much that it prompted me to purchase the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  I had been on the fence about that one for a while, but  I had to have it once I saw this card.  Now that I’ve got it, I really like it.  I think you will be seeing more “splotchy” cards coming from me soon. LOL.

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (7 of 18)

As I said before, I loved her design so much, the only thing I changed was the color scheme.  In celebration of the new catalog launch tomorrow, I decided to feature the new 2014-2016 In Colors in my card set today.  I created the card in four different color schemes:

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Blackberry Bliss/Basic Gray/Smoky Slate

Blackberry Bliss, Basic Gray, & Smoky Slate

 

Lost Lagoon & Island Indigo

Lost Lagoon & Island Indigo

 

Mossy Meadow & Pistachio Pudding

Mossy Meadow & Pistachio Pudding

 

Tangelo Twist & Hello Honey

Tangelo Twist & Hello Honey

For the inside of my card, I chose to incorporate some of the same elements from the front.

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Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (11 of 18)


Creating the Box

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (2 of 18)

I followed the same technique featured in Friday’s video tutorial for this box, but I adjusted the dimensions.  If you missed my post on Friday, you can view my tutorial hereTo create this box, I used a full sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock, and scored it as follows:

With the 8-1/2″ side at the top of my Stampin’ Trimmer, I scored at:

  • 1/2″
  • 1-3/8″
  • 7-1/8″
  • 8″

Next, with the 11″ side at the top of the trimmer, score at:

  • 2-3/8″
  • 3-1/4″
  • 7-3/4″
  • 8-5/8″

The measurements for the panels on the flap are:

  • Basic Gray – 5-1/2″ x 2-1/4″ punched on two corners with the Envelope Punch Board
  • Very Vanilla – 5-1/4″ x 2-1/8″ punched on two corners with the Envelope Punch Board

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (3 of 18)

For this box, since I was using a full sheet of card stock to accommodate a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/5″ card, I did not have enough overlap to do a Velcro closure.  Instead, I created this tie closure with the gorgeous new In Color ribbon.  To create the closure, I punched two small holes close together.  I threaded the ribbon from the top of the flap through to the inside and then back up again.  I wrapped the ribbon around the box and tied it closed.  Then I hid my holes by embellishing with flowers on top.

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (1 of 18)

I am so thrilled with how this project turned out.  I think Sam’s design is beautiful with the new In Colors, and it makes a gorgeous boxed set.  I know anyone would be delighted to receive this as a gift!  Please pin this project to Pinterest if you like it as much as I do.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

The new catalog goes live tomorrow!  I know you are probably chomping at the bit to get your hands on some of the fantastic new products from Stampin’ Up! just like I am.  If you haven’t gotten your very own copy of the 2014 Annual Catalog yet, now is a great time.  I’ve got a stack of them hot off the presses waiting for you. I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  If you need any supplies or want to grab some retiring products before they are gone, you can shop now in my online store!  Remember, the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products are 20%-50% off while supplies last!  There are only a few more days left to order, so act now!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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Demonstrator Sign Up Special Available through June 30th!


Have you been considering joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator?  If so, now is a great time to join.  Between now and June 30, new recruits can join Stampin’ Up! at one of two great prices. Stampin’ Up! will continue to offer their traditional starter kit priced at $99 ($125 product value), but for four weeks only they will also be offering a reduced priced starter kit at the low price of $50 ($55 product value).  Drop me a note at handcraftingheather@icloud.com if you have any questions or if you’d like additional details.  I’d love to have you on my team!  You can read more information about the benefits of being a Demonstrator here.


Retiring Products – Only a few days left!

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Stampin’ Up! is offering a 25%-50% discount on many of the retiring products, but you have to act fast, as this special offer is only available until June 4, 2014 and only available while supplies last.  If you missed out on a product the first time, this is your last chance to get it before it’s gone for good!  Click here to go to my online store to start shopping!

Retiring Stamps (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

Retiring Accessories (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions.


 WEEKLY DEALS for May 27 – June 2

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through June 2.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Stock Cuts (Cards)

Card Bases: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, & Tangelo Twist – 4-1/4″ x 11″

Panels: Basic Gray, Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding, & Hello Honey – 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla – 3-3/4″ x 5″ (front of card), 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside of card).

 

 

 

Watercolor Wonder Good Thoughts – Stampin’ Up!

I recently learned that a former co-worker of mine has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  I made this get well card featuring a sentiment from Perfect Pennants and the beautiful flowers from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper pack for her in an attempt to lift her spirits.  It is never fun to have the occasion to make this type of card, but I hope that it will brighten her day a little to know that she is not alone and that I am sending good thoughts her way!

Watercolor Wonder & Perfect Pennants (1 of 9)

This card was pretty quick and very simple to create.  I started with a Whisper White card base and layered on two different panels from Watercolor Wonder.  I inked around the edges of the panels with Tangerine Tango ink to add a little definition to the layers.

Watercolor Wonder & Perfect Pennants (3 of 9)

Next, I stamped the leaf image from Summer Silhouettes three times in Old Olive on the yellow and orange watercolor wash design from the DSP pack.  I cut out three flowers from a sheet of the rose design paper in the Watercolor Wonder pack and added them to the front of my card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Watercolor Wonder & Perfect Pennants (6 of 9)

Finally, I stamped the “Sending Good Thoughts Your Way” greeting on to a piece of polka-dot DSP and cut it out using my banner framelits dies.  I inked around the edges of the banner with Tangerine Tango ink.

Watercolor Wonder & Perfect Pennants (4 of 9)

I finished the inside of my card with the leaf motif and another rose from the Watercolor Wonder DSP.

Watercolor Wonder & Perfect Pennants (8 of 9)

Watercolor Wonder & Perfect Pennants (7 of 9)

I hope that this card is able to lift my friend’s spirits.  If you are a fan of this card, please pin this project to Pinterest and leave me a comment.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

Although, I’m sad to see this beautiful paper being retired, I’m excited about all the new designs that will be available with the new catalog on June 2nd.  If you haven’t gotten your very own copy of the new catalog yet, now is a great time.  I’ve got a stack of them hot off the presses waiting for you. I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  If you need any supplies or want to grab some retiring products before they are gone, you can shop now in my online store!  Remember, the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products are 20%-50% off while supplies last!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for May 20-26

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through May 26.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.

Card Stock Cuts

Card Base: Whisper White – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Panels: Watercolor Wonder – (front of card) two panels 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ and 5″ x 3-3/4″

Sentiment & Die Cuts: Watercolor Wonder DSP – 1 banner

 

Watercolor Wonder Tri-fold Banner Card – Stampin’ Up!

I absolutely adore the patterns in the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper pack.  I am bound and determined not to let this gorgeous paper go to waste, so you will probably see lots of it in the next couple of weeks (along with the Retro Fresh DSP).  Remember, there is only a short time left to order your retiring products, so act now!

Watercolor Wonder dozen thoughts (1 of 8)

Although, I’m sad to see this beautiful paper being retired, I’m excited about all the new designs that will be available with the new catalog on June 2nd.  If you haven’t gotten your very own copy of the new catalog yet, now is a great time.  I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

Watercolor Wonder dozen thoughts (2 of 8)

I had a great time playing around with all the different patterns from Watercolor Wonder for these cards.  I began with card bases in Island Indigo and Tangelo Twist.  I scored these to create a tri-fold effect.  Then I added panels of Watercolor Wonder DSP to the front flaps.  I used my Banner Framelits Dies to cut three banners from Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight card stock for each card.  For these banners, I wanted them to be narrower than the die, so I cut strips of card stock 1-1/4″ wide and then centered the die over my strips.  This allowed me to have a perfect angle on the banner to mat my smaller banner, without the mat being too big.  Next, I cut banners from my DSP using the 2nd die from the center.  I glued my banner layers together with multipurpose liquid adhesive and then added them to the front of the card.  I put two banners on the right flap, and the banner in the center on the left flap.  This creates a cool “interlocking” closure effect, which adds a lot of interest to the card design.

Watercolor Wonder dozen thoughts (6 of 8)

Next, I stamped three flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set in Island Indigo and Tangelo Twist ink.  I used a sponge to ink around the edges of the flower, which really made them pop.  Then I colored a pearl using my Stampin’ Blendabilities markers in Coastal Cabana and Daffodil delight and placed it in the center of each flower.  I popped up the petals of the flowers and added them to the banners using mini glue dots.

Watercolor Wonder dozen thoughts (4 of 8)

For my sentiment, I chose the “Just Because” stamp from A Dozen Thoughts.  I love the curly script of this greeting.  I stamped the greeting in Island Indigo and Tangelo Twist, using my stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement.  Then I embellished with some more pearls.

Watercolor Wonder dozen thoughts (8 of 8)

I played around with different combinations of the DSP for my panels to create slightly different versions of my card.  As you can see, the possibilities for this design are endless!

Watercolor Wonder dozen thoughts (5 of 8)

I finished off the inside of my card by adding panels of Watercolor Wonder DSP on the inside.  I inked around the edges of the top layer to give some added contrast with the mat.

Watercolor Wonder dozen thoughts (3 of 8)

I love the cheerful colors of these cards.  I also like the contrast between the soft florals and the geometric design of the banners.  I am looking forward to sending these out when those “just because” moments arise in life.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s project as well.  As always, if you find inspiration from my work, please pin this project to Pinterest and leave me a comment.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  If you need any supplies or want to grab some retiring products before they are gone, you can shop now in my online store!  Also, remember that I’ve got a stack of brand new catalogs hot off the presses waiting for you.  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for May 20-26

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through May 26.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store. (Keep in mind that some sneak peek items will not be available for purchase until June 2, 2014.)

Card Base: Island Indigo and Tangelo Twist – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 2-1/2″ and 6-3/4″

Panels: Watercolor Wonder – (front of card) two panels 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ and 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″; (inside of card) two panels 4″ x 5-1/4″ and 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″

Sentiment & Die Cuts: Whisper White – 3 petite petals punches; Watercolor Wonder DSP – 3 small banners per card; Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight – 3 banners per card.

 

Blended Bloom Meets Work of Art – Stampin’ Up!

When I first saw the Work of Art stamp set at the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Annual Catalog Premiere, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure about it.  But, I love a free gift, so I was excited to try it out when we received it at the end of the night.  Boy, was my first impression wrong!  I have really enjoyed working with that set!  And, the Blended Bloom stamp is quickly becoming a favorite!  I think it is going to give my Blooming with Kindness stamp set a run for its money when it comes to “ink time.”  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I love that Blooming with Kindness flower! LOL.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (2 of 9)

It has been so much fun playing with all my new items from the 2014 annual catalog pre-order.  If you haven’t seen the new catalog yet, now is a great time to get your hands on one so you can get your wish list ready for the official launch on June 2nd.  I will be mailing out complimentary copies to all my customers who place an order of $25 or more during the month of May.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (5 of 9)I chose a Blackberry Bliss card base for my project today.  It is one of the new In Colors, and I am totally in love with this dark, regal shade of purple.  Next, I stamped the Blended Bloom stamp in the corner of a panel of Whisper Whisper white card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  While I was at it, I also stamped a second flower on another sheet of card stock.  Blended Bloom & Work of Art (3 of 9)

Next,  I stamped the leaf image from the Summer Silhouettes stamp set along the edges of my Whisper White panel using Mossy Meadow ink (another new In Color).  For some of the images, I stamped off then stamped on the card, to give greater range of color in my card design.  Then, I stamped the paint splotches (yes, that is a technical term) in Wisteria Wonder and Hello Honey.  For the Hello Honey “paint” I stamped off once before stamping on my card to give the color a little softer effect.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (9 of 9)

I just love the “You are a Fabulous Work of Art” sentiment from the Work of Art stamp set. The font is whimsical, and I adore the affirming message.  I used Blackberry Bliss ink and my stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure I got the placement just perfect.  Then it was time for some coloring!

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (6 of 9)

I used my new Stampin’ Blendabilities markers (release date TBD) in Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie to color in my flower images.  I used the “dark to light” method (click here to see my video tutorial) to achieve the beautifully blended contrast and shading.  Once my flowers were both colored, I cut out the second flower I had stamped and set it aside until my card front was finished.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (5 of 9)

I added a panel of Designer Series Paper from the Moonlight Paper Stack to the bottom of my stamped panel using SNAIL.  I ran SNAIL adhesive across the place where my two panels joined on the front of the card, leaving a 1″ gap where I wanted to put my knot.   Then I added a length of Hello Honey 3/8″ Stiched Satin Ribbon to my combined panel and anchored it on the back with SNAIL.  I slid a shorter piece of the ribbon under that one (where I had left a space in my adhesive) and tied it in a knot.  I have found that this method saves on materials, because  you don’t have to wrap the ribbon all the way around the panel.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (9 of 9)

Finally, I added my flower to the bottom of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and added some rhinestones that I colored using the Stampin’ Blendabilties.  For the inside of my card, I created an abstract design using the paint splotches from Work of Art.

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (8 of 9)

Blended Bloom & Work of Art (7 of 9)

I am really happy with how this card turned out.  I hope you like it too.  As always, if you are a fan, please pin this project to Pinterest and leave me a comment.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your purchases of these great new products and all your other stamping supplies.  If you need any stamping supplies you can shop now in my online store!  Also, remember that I’ve got a stack of brand new catalogs hot off the presses waiting for you.  If you place an order of $25 or more during the month of May, I will send you your very own copy free of charge!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for May 13-19

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through May 19.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store. (Keep in mind that some sneak peek items will not be available for purchase until June 2, 2014.)

Card Base: Blackberry Bliss – 4-1/4″ x 11″

Panels: Whisper White – 4″ x 3-1/2″ panel (front), 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside); Moonlight DSP – 4″ x 1-3/4″ panel

Sneak Peek at the New Blendabilities from Stampin’ Up!

NEW!  Blendabilities from Stampin’ Up!

Now is a great time to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!  I just got my pre-order in the mail, so today’s project is a sneak peek at the brand new Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers.  These markers are a new line of product that will be introduced with the 2014 annual catalog on June 2nd. Unfortunately, there has been a delay for their initial release, so they will not be available for purchase right away, but I’m so excited about them that I wanted to show you what these beautiful markers can do anyway!  I will keep you updated about exactly when they will be available.  This project is full of sneak peeks for you.  I used the Blended Bloom stamp because  it cried out to me… “Heather, color me, please!”  Isn’t it lovely?  You are also getting a sneak peek at some of the brand new 2014-2015 In Colors and the Work of Art stamp set from Stampin! Up!

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I’m sure you are excited to try Blendabilities out too, but in the meantime, I wanted to take a few moments to share with you some of the features and benefits of these fantastic new markers.

What Sets Them Apart:

  • The Stampin’ Up! rectangular barrel keeps your markers from rolling away!
  • Flat storage helps to maintain the life of each marker.
  • Each marker comes with a tip on each end: brush and fine.
  • Marker tips are made of nylon, which is superior to polyester which can fray.
  • Color coded caps.
  • Stampin’ Up! markers coordinate wonderfully with our cardstock, and can be used with transparent sheets.
  • Blendabilities are alcohol based, which makes them colorfast and allows them to blend with each other beautifully.
  • You can color on anything… rhinestones, buttons, window sheets, etc.

These exclusive alcohol-based marker sets, come in a 3-pack of light, medium and dark shades (of the same color ), and provide your projects a more saturated look with blended colors. Stampin’ Up! recommends using Whisper White Cardstock with your Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities, but any one of our cardstocks would work just as well.

Blended Bloom (3 of 10)I began with one of the brand new In Colors for my card base, Blackberry Bliss.  It is a gorgeous rich dark shade of purple.  Then I layered on a panel of Designer Series Paper from the Moonlight DSP Stack, which I punched using the Envelope Punch Board to round the corners.  This one is also a new In Color called Hello Honey.  In an upcoming post, I will show you all of the new In colors with some comparisons to other current Stampin’ Up! colors…. so stay tuned.

Blended Bloom (4 of 10)

Next, I got out my yummy new Stampin’ Blendabilities markers, which I absolutely adore.  They are my new favorite item for sure!  The colors blend together so nicely, giving a watercolor effect but with much more saturated colors.  Love, love, love!  For my art piece today I stamped the Blended Bloom flower onto Whisper White card stock three times.  Then I stamped the leaf image from Fabulous Florets several times around one of the floral images.  (Remember, Fabulous Florets is on the retiring list, so if you haven’t got it in your collection, you should try to grab it before it is gone.)

Blended Bloom (5 of 10)

I stamped the image three times because I wanted to cut out several layers to give my card some dimension.  I began by coloring in the darkest areas of my flower first and then blending in lighter and lighter colors as I moved outward on each petal.  I colored in only the part of the flower that was necessary for each layer, then I “fussy cut” them out using my paper snips.  I put the layers together using Stampin’ Dimensionals and added the flower to the front of my card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Blended Bloom (10 of 10)

Because the Blendabilities work a little differently than regular markers, I plan to create a video for you in the coming weeks that will show some techniques for using them.  Again, stay tuned for more great things from Handcrafting with Heather! 🙂

Blended Bloom (7 of 10)

For my sentiment, I chose the Work of Art stamp set featured in the new annual catalog.  I stamped it in Blackberry Bliss ink on a strip of Very Vanilla card stock and used my hexagon punch to create the banner effect at the bottom.  I used a sponge dauber to ink around the edges of the banner using the same color.

Blended Bloom (6 of 10)

Finally, I used my Stampin’ Blendabilities to color in some rhinestones to match the color scheme of my card.  Yes, that’s right, you can color on just about anything using Blendabilities!

Blended Bloom (9 of 10)

To finish off the inside of my card, I stamped a brush stroke border from Work of Art in Blackberry Bliss and then layered on a strip of the Hello Honey Designer Series Paper from the front of the card.

Blended Bloom (8 of 10)

I hope you have enjoyed my project today.  I certainly had fun playing with all my new products!  If you like this card, please pin it to Pinterest and leave me a comment.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

If you find inspiration from this blog, one way you can show your support is by selecting me as your personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  One great thing about being a demonstrator is getting to preview some of the new products before they are available to the general public!  But don’t worry, you will be able to purchase the Blended Bloom and Work of Art stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! in just a few short weeks.  In the meantime, if you need any stamping supplies you can shop now in my online store!  I’ve received the new annual catalogs from Stampin’ Up! and I will be mailing out complimentary copies to all my customers who place an order of $25 or more during the month of May!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for May 6-12

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through May 12.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Stock Cuts

Card Base: Blackberry Bliss – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Panels: Hello Honey DSP – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel; Very Vanilla – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside of card)

Sentiment & Die Cuts:  Very Vanilla – (banner for sentiment) – approximately 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″

 

Thinking of You with Serene Silhouettes – Stampin’ Up!

Today’s card is an elegant floral card featuring the Serene Silhouettes and Four You stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!  The name of this stamp set has us focus on the beautiful silhouette of the designs, but today I wanted to show you how this stamp set can be used with color to create lovely flowers that are so quick and easy!

Serene Silhouettes & Four You (5 of 7)

I love the versatility of this stamp set!  I would appreciate hearing what you think about it too.  What is your favorite way to use the Serene Silhouettes stamp set?  I love reading all of your comments and connecting with you as we create together.  Also, if you are a fan of my work, why not have my posts delivered to your inbox automatically.  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar.

Serene Silhouettes & Four You (2 of 7)

I started my card today with a Crumb Cake card base.  Then I inked around the edges of a panel of Polka Dot Pink Pirouette DSP from the subtles paper stack using Crumb Cake ink. I adhered the panel to the front of my card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Serene Silhouettes & Four You (3 of 7)

Next, I colored the floral stamp from Serene Silhouettes using my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I colored all of the grass with Crumb Cake, and I colored the blooms with Blushing Bride.  Then I used the “Thumping” technique to add some extra interest to my image before stamping it.  I used Soft Suede on the grass and Strawberry Slush on the flowers to provide some extra depth and shading to my art piece.  This video tutorial will show you just how easy it is to create beautiful images using the Thumping technique.

Once my focal point was finished, I matted it with Crumb Cake card stock and adhered it to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  For my sentiment, I chose the “Thinking of You” greeting from the Four You stamp set.  I stamped it on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock using Crumb Cake Ink and then used my hexagon punch to create a banner.  I inked around the edges of the sentiment using my sponge dauber and Crumb Cake ink.  Next, I adhered the greeting to the stamped floral panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Finally, for a finishing touch, I added three medium pearls to the top right corner of my art piece.

Serene Silhouettes & Four You (1 of 7)

To finish off the inside of my card, I stamped the floral image from Serene Silhouettes on a panel of Very Vanilla card stock; using the same technique as I did on the front.

Serene Silhouettes & Four You (7 of 7)

I am very happy with how this card turned out.  I can’t wait to try the thumping technique with other stamp sets!  This card would be a great design for many occasions.  Simply by changing the greeting, you could use this card for nearly anything.  I hope you have enjoyed my creation today.  If you have, save it for later by pinning it to Pinterest.  If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you will find a complete list of supplies used to make today’s project, including the dimensions for the card stock cuts. Below the supply list, you will find a “pin it” button.  I would appreciate your help in spreading the word about my work.

If you find inspiration from this blog, one way you can show your support is by selecting me as your personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  If you are interested in purchasing the Serene Silhouettes or Four You stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! you can shop now in my online store!

If you need any stamping supplies or have any questions, I would love to help you out.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store.  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for April 29 – May 5

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through May 5.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.

Card Stock Cuts

Card Base:  Crumb Cake – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Panels:  Pink Pirouette DSP (Subtles Paper Stack) – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel; Crumb Cake – 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ panel; Very Vanilla – 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″ panel, 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside of card)

Sentiment/Die Cuts: Very Vanilla – banner for greeting

 

Fabulous Florets Layered Panel Birthday Card – Stampin’ Up!

Hello stampers! Today’s birthday card features the Fabulous Florets, En Francais, and Build-a-Cupcake stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!  These are three of the sets that will be retiring on June 4th and are available only while supplies last.  I absolutely adore these sets!  If you don’t have them in your collection, please consider getting them before they are gone.

Fabulous Florets Razzleberry Birthday (1 of 8)

Today’s color scheme was inspired by the Dynamic Duos Color Challenge #99

Fabulous Florets Razzleberry Birthday (5 of 8)

Fabulous Florets Razzleberry Birthday (3 of 8)For this card, I decided to try making a video tutorial.  This is my first foray into the world of video demonstration, so I would love your feedback.  Please let me know what you like about it and how I could improve in the future. During the month of April, I will be doing a drawing each Sunday.  One lucky winner who left me a comment will receive one of the featured products from Sale-a-bration.  So, if you missed out on the free items during the sale, now is your chance to win one!  Also, if you enjoy reading my posts, why not have them delivered to your inbox automatically.  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar.

Fabulous Florets Razzleberry Birthday (8 of 8)

I like how this card turned out.  I think the combination of the Fabulous Florets and En Francais stamp sets is very elegant.  I also like the effect of the tone on tone stamping of the card base.  I hope you like this lovely card too!  If so, I hope you will pin it to Pinterest for me.  If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you will find a complete list of supplies used to make today’s project, including the dimensions for the card stock cuts.  Below the supply list, you will find a “pin it” button.  I would appreciate your help in spreading the word about my work.  Also, don’t forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win a free stamp set from Sale-a-bration!

If you find inspiration from this blog, one way you can show your support is by selecting me as your personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  If you are interested in purchasing the Fabulous Florets, En Francais, or Create-a-Cupcake stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! now is the perfect time.  These stamp sets are on the retiring list, so they are only available while supplies last through June 4th.  Also, you can enjoy FREE SHIPPING until Friday, April 25th.  Don’t miss out… shop now in my online store!  If you need any stamping supplies or have any questions, I would love to help you out.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store.  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for April 22-28

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through April 28.

And, don’t forget… FREE SHIPPING on all orders April 21-25!  There is no minimum order to qualify.

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Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Stock Cuts

Card Base:  Rich Razzleberry – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Panels:  Basic Black – 3″ x 4-1/4″ panel; Very Vanilla – 2-3/4″ x 4″ panel, 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside of card)

Sentiment/Die Cuts: Basic Gray – Modern Label Punch; Very Vanilla – Word Window Punch

 

Blooming with Kindness Tag Topper Birthday Card – Stampin’ Up!

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope that you have a wonderful day relaxing with friends and family today.  This holiday snuck up on me, so I don’t have an Easter card to share today.  However, I do have another birthday card for you featuring the Blooming with Kindness stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  If you follow my blog, you will know that it is one of my favorite stamps!

Blooming With Kindness Tag Topper (5 of 8)

This elegant card includes a cute closure created using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I just love the special element the ribbon and closure create.  Opening the card is like opening a beautifully wrapped gift.  Please leave me a comment to tell me what you think about it.  During the month of April, I will be doing a drawing each Sunday.  One lucky winner will receive one of the featured products from Sale-a-bration.  So, if you missed out on the free items during the sale, now is your chance to win one!  Also, if you enjoy reading my posts, why not have them delivered to your inbox automatically.  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar.

Blooming With Kindness Tag Topper (7 of 8)

I began my card with a Pool Party card base.  To create the card closure, I bent the card in half (without creasing it) and punched through both layers along the short end of the card with the tag topper punch.  Then I cut off the excess left by the tag topper punch.  Next, I scored the card so that the inside measured 4-1/4″ x 5-1/5″.

Blooming With Kindness Tag Topper (1 of 8)

Next I cut panels of Island Indigo and Whisper White for the front and inside of my card.  I inked up the En Francais background stamp in Pool Party ink.  I stamped off on a scrap of paper before stamping my white panel.  Then I stamped the flower from Blooming with Kindness on the front panel using Island Indigo ink.  For the top bloom, I applied the ink directly, but for the bottom one, I stamped off first and then stamped again on my panel.  Next, I stamped my sentiment from the Petite Pairs stamp set onto a scrap of whisper white using Island Indigo ink.  I punched it out using the Large Oval Punch and layered it onto a Scalloped Oval in Island Indigo using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then, I stamped two butterflies on Pool Party card stock using the Papillon Potpourri stamp set with pool party ink.  Finally, I applied a small pearl for the head of the butterfly.  The butterflies were attached using mini glue dots.

Blooming With Kindness Tag Topper (8 of 8)

To finish off my card, I stamped the flower from Blooming with Kindness several times using Island Indigo and Pool Party ink.  For some of the blooms I stamped off on a scrap of paper first to give the image greater depth.  Once the inside of my card was finished, I tied it closed with some white ribbon to create an elegant bow.  Finally, I stamped the envelope to match.

Blooming With Kindness Tag Topper (3 of 8)

I hope you have enjoyed today’s project.  If so, I hope you will pin it to Pinterest for me.  If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you will find a complete list of supplies used to make today’s project, including the dimensions for the card stock cuts.  Below the supply list, you will find a “pin it” button.  I would appreciate your help in spreading the word about my work.  Also, don’t forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win a free stamp set from Sale-a-bration!

If you find inspiration from this blog, one way you can show your support is by selecting me as your personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  If you are interested in purchasing the Blooming with Kindness stamp set or any of the other wonderful products from Stampin’ Up! you can shop now in my online store!  If you need any stamping supplies or have any questions, I would love to help you out.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store.  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for April 15-21

 Weekly Deals

Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through April 21.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Stock Cuts

Card Base:  Pool Party – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Panels:  Island Indigo – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel, 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ panel; Whisper White – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ panel, 2-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ panel

Sentiment/Die Cuts:  Island indigo – one scalloped oval; Whisper White – One large oval, Pool Party – two bitty butterflies.

Non-Stampin’ Up Products:  White Chiffon Ribbon.  Substitute with 5/8″ Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319).

Fabulous Florets Triple Time Thank You Card – Stampin’ Up!

Today’s project is a lovely floral card that features the Fabulous Florets and Summer Silhouettes stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!  I saw this card design on Pinterest, and knew I just had to CASE (copy and share everything) it!

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I changed the orientation and the sentiment, but everything else on the front of the card is exactly as Sandi MacIver designed it to be.  I just loved her choice of colors, and the beauty achieved by the resist technique paired with the layered panels.  Sandi has a great video tutorial that shows exactly how to create this card.  She gives wonderful step by step instructions about how to achieve all the techniques in this project.  I have provided a link for her video tutorial at the bottom of this post after the supply list.  If you are interested in the details of how to create this card, I would definitely recommend watching Sandi’s video.

Fabulous Florets (7 of 7)

I just love the “Triple Time” layered panel technique of this card.  It gives an added element of interest to the card design.  Please leave me a comment to tell me what you think about it.  During the month of April, I will be doing a drawing each Sunday.  One lucky winner will receive one of the featured products from Sale-a-bration.  So, if you missed out on the free items during the sale, now is your chance to win one!  Also, if you enjoy reading my posts, why not have them delivered to your inbox automatically.  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar.

Fabulous Florets (1 of 7)

I needed to stock up on some extra thank you cards, so I chose the “Thanks So Much” greeting from simply sketched for my card today.  I also decided to stamp my envelope and add some extra design elements to the inside of my card.  You know me, I don’t like to leave the inside of my card “naked.”

Fabulous Florets (4 of 7)

Fabulous Florets (5 of 7)

I don’t normally re-create the work of someone else almost exactly, but I just loved the design of this one.  There wasn’t much I wanted to change.  As we head into spring, my dogwood trees and azaleas are starting to bloom.  This card reminds me of the beauty of this season.  I hope you have enjoyed this lovely card too!  If so, I hope you will pin it to Pinterest for me.  If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you will find a complete list of supplies used to make today’s project, including the dimensions for the card stock cuts.  Below the supply list, you will find a “pin it” button.  I would appreciate your help in spreading the word about my work.  Also, don’t forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win a free stamp set from Sale-a-bration!

If you find inspiration from this blog, one way you can show your support is by selecting me as your personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  If you are interested in purchasing the Fabulous Florets or Summer Silhouettes stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! you can shop now in my online store!  If you need any stamping supplies or have any questions, I would love to help you out.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store.  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for April 15-21

 Weekly Deals

Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through April 21.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Stock Cuts

Card Base:  Crumb Cake – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Panels:  Very Vanilla – 2″ x 3-1/4″ panel, 3″ x 4-1/4″ panel,  two panels 4″ x 5-1/4″ (front and inside of card); Crumb Cake – 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ panel, 3-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ panel

Sentiment/Die Cuts:  N/A

Video Tutorial:  Click here to view Sandi MacIver’s video tutorial for this card.