Tuesday, May 4, 2021

May 4 and the New AC! Treasure from the Cove

Happy Annual Catalog Launch Day!

I am so excited to share the new catalog with you.  So many beautiful products to use and create with and make something special for those you love.  Talk about #stampingwithahappyheart  I love it! 


I recently played with the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and the Pansy Patch Bundle to create fun cards and showcase the new in-colors.  I personally love the new in-colors with Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia and Pale Papaya being favorites (click here to enjoy bundled savings on all of the new in color inks).  I also love the Pansy Petals Bundle and Designer Series Paper.  If you are interested in the Pansies, order them soon.  I am sure they will be in high demand...don't let scarcity catch you off guard-LOL!  

There are also fun promotions which launch with today's release of the new catalog:

A fantastic  Starter Kit special is being offered now through May 31st to help kick off of the new 2021-22 Annual Catalog! You can choose up to $155 worth of product ($30 more than usual) and pay just $99.   I just recently took advantage of the opportunity to join as well and love the idea of being either a hobbiest or a full demo.  No matter what, getting that discount is worth it.  Adding an extra $30 in free product is perfect.  Just do it!

May 4 through June 14 Stampin’ Up! is gifting an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards to all orders that reach the $250+ mark. This is the perfect perk for those who host parties or those who place large individual orders. Want to host a party?  Let me know...and we will get things rolling.

And finally,

BATTER UP!  Paper Pumpkin Baseball Jam!

Click here to subscribe to the latest Paper Pumpkin Kit.  The next kit, now through May 10 is called "Batter Up".  Such a fun kit to make and share with those you love-think "As American as Apple Pie"-Paper Pumpkin and Baseball-what could be better?

Hope you enjoy these treasures from the Cove...and get your creative jam on!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Stained Glass "Pansy Dreams"

Ever since I clicked open to the new annual catalog and witnessed the visual of the Pansy Petals Suite, I fell in love at first sight.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on it an play with the layers of fun.  That's where this dream began...

I call this piece, "Pansy Dreams".  It's part of the Technique Squad Blog Hop.  Our emphasis for this month is "Stained Glass".  I imagined how the butterfly (from the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle) would feel flying to and fro among all of these colorful pansies.  The Lazy Gardener tells us that butterflies are attracted to the pansy-so I layered them behind and in front of the butterfly.

Here's how this piece is created.  I used vellum cardstock (101856) and stamped the butterfly in the new in color, Evening Evergreen.  I then used the new in color markers set and filled in the parts of the butterfly by coloring each part.  After the ink set, I blotted it to make sure it would not smear.  

The next layer is the pansies.  I used the dies to cut out the various pansies.  The leaves are cut from the new designer series paper as well.  I took the base card (in polished pink), cut at 8.5 X 5.25 and scored it at 4.25.  I then used my circle dies and cut out the circle in the butterfly bijou dsp layer (cut an 1/8 of an inch smaller so the color of the card base would still pop) and would frame the butterfly.  This paper has sold out but any DSP could be subbed in for the layer.  I layered the vellum behind the colorful dsp.  Then I layered the pansies in front of the butterfly and behind it before mounting it on the card.  

As a final touch, I stamped the sentiment "because you're you" near the bottom of the card and added the new in color gems to the centers of the pansies and the head of the butterfly.  I say, shimmer, shine and fly to your sweet dreams butterfly!  

I take inspiration from this message as I am exploring new territory as a demo for Stampin' Up.  I hope my exploration as a demo nourishes my soul as the pansies would for this dreamy butterfly.  Happy stamping, ink and papers, friends!  Drop a comment below and let us know what you think of the new Pansy Petals bundle and new in-colors.  

#stampingwithahappyheart #uncoveringtreasure #StampinUp #AnnualCatalog21-22 #butterflybrilliance #pansypetals

The Butterfly Brilliance Bundle (155821) Pansy Petals Suite (available beginning May 4) and New In Colors for 2021-2023 (also available starting May 4) https://www.stampinup.com/products/butterfly-brilliance-bundle

For more Technique Squad fun, head over to the amazing Vy Tran's "Crafting Daily Dose" to see what she's created! (click the next button) >

If you are interested, here is the master list of all the amazing demos participating in this blog hop!  Check out what they've shared as well!

April 2021 Stained Glass Technique Demonstrators

Nicole Mahler

Carole Garrison

You are here >Amy Jo Farkas Rudd

Vy Tran

JoAnn Pollock

Mackenzie Grimme

Kristie Strum

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Posted for You Party

 In the Creativity Cove, there are many treasures to be found this week.  The haul began with using the Posted for You Bundle which consists of a punch and stamp set designed to be used together-but I like to think outside the box and used it in other ways too.

The first card is what I call, "Sending Sentiments".  I love this idea because, it lends itself to many color combinations and sentiment options.  I chose to create the base 4 and 1/4 by 11 scored at 5 1/2.  Then added the color layer and a black layer.  I suggest the second layer be whatever color you stamp the initial image with so that it has a finished look.  Here's the pre-built pic.

Then I stamped the images and punched them out using the postage stamp punch.  I finished the look by stamping the "sending LOVE your way" sentiment and added a final touch of punching the end of the sentiment banner to match the other images.

The finished look:

The next card is what I call, "Spotlight Snap".  For this card, I thought of combining a faraway image and a close up image.  The Painted Poppies was the perfect candidate.  For the base, I used poppy parade (cut at 4 1/4 x 11) and then score at 5 1/2.  Then, I added base layers inside and outside the card of basic white (4 x 5 1/4).  On the front layer, I stamped the "pebble paint splotch" and then the poppies.  Then, I cut a 2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of red and stamped the single poppy flower repeatedly to cover the whole piece.  Next, I punched out the middle and I filled it with a white piece punched out and highlighted the single poppy image as if it was a piece of art in a frame.  To finish it off, I added some black organdy ribbon.

The finished look:

For the last card, I created "Sassy Swatch".  I created punch-outs from the postage stamp punch using the designer series papers.  You could use any color scheme and adjust for any background.  I knew I wanted to make three rows, so I adjusted the size of the punch-out by 1/8 of an inch to make it a shorter width.  Then, I arranged the colors in rows.  I also cut the rectangle punch-out to be square and a shorter rectangle to fit three colors across the card.  I added a bow tied from white trimmed in gold ribbon for the finishing touch.

The finished look:

If you are interested in making any of these cards, please see the image list below and shop the Stampin Up store for all of your crafting needs.  I hope you enjoyed today's treasure haul.  Have fun!  Until our next dig, happy making!

Monday, January 18, 2021

Here's the Scoop


Today's inspiration comes from a love of ice cream and relationships.  One of the things my husband and I share is a love of ice cream.  Since we met, we've always enjoyed heading to the local ice cream places such as Franks, Stoddards, Handels and even Dairy Queen.

When I saw the Jan-June Mini-catalog has the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and coordinating punch, I knew I had to get it.  I also love the matching Designer Series Paper that goes with it.  So  I combined the love for ice cream with the love of my life and used the Old Olive paper and punched out the scoops on the card after I stamped the cones on the plain white paper. 

I then added the finishing touch by punching out the coordinating hearts from the Heartfelt stamp set and added the sentiment.  I just love how the matching cone DSP coordinates with the cinnamon cider paper and ink.  I finished it off with a matching ribbon and bow.  

I am happy with how the final version turned out.  I even love the detail in the stamp set with a drip mark.  That inspired me to add drip marks to the sentiment.  I am nuts about these scoops.  What do you think?  

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Let Hope be your Anchor

 One of the things I love about the stampin up stamps is they are full of beautiful sentiments.  Of course I love nautical themed items and I when I saw this set, I knew I wanted to have it.  It's called Sailing Home.  It has anchors, ropes, boats and beautiful messages.

I used the corner fold technique, shared by Rachel Tessman for these cards.  I then thought about the messages I could share and use them to inspire or encourage the recipients.  I came up with a few designs with different colored cards stock and ink to create the images.

Here are the final product cards I came up with when I was done creating with this design.

So, as I set sail, in the direction of my dreams, I want to remind myself to "Let Hope Be My Anchor in the Storms of Life".

Bear Care!

 Hello Fellow Crafters and Stampers!

Have you ever heard of Paper Pumpkin?  It's a really fun little kit that can get you into cards, creating and crafting!  I love getting the Paper Pumpkin Kit each month.  In order to get the kit, you sign up through Stampin Up each month by the 10th of the month.

The kits usually follow a holiday-ish theme and are super cute and fun to play with.  The best part is everything you already need is included in the kit for your creative crafting pleasure.  The kits will come with a block, stamps, and ink spots for you to use to design the cards.  You can play with the kit and follow the step-by-step details exactly or you can think "outside" the box and come up with your own cards to create.

I have played with many a kit over the past year.  The most recent kit had the cutest little bear.  Here are two cards I wanted to share that I created from the kit.

I hope these cards can brighten the day of the people I made them for when they received them in the mail.  I really enjoyed playing with the stamps, the stamp-and-blend markers and the Designer Series Papers.  A little Bear Care in the air...Happy Stamping!

If you are interested in signing up for the Paper Pumpkin, click here to find out more.

Adding to My Bag of Tricks!

 Hello Fellow Crafters,

What do you love most about creating crafts to share with the world?  For me, it's about playing with the materials and creating something special and amazing for the person who receives it.  And right now, I took advantage of a super special deal that allowed me to join Stampin' Up for just $99 and pick what I wanted from the latest catalogs along with...

5 packs of DESIGNER.SERIES.PAPER!  Amazing!  I am so super excited to get this deal and add it to my bag of tricks!  And once you become a demonstrator, you can also use this to your advantage and purchase items at a discounted price.  My kit hasn't yet arrived but on the day it comes, I'll be sure to unbox and share all my new goodies with you.

If you are interested in become a demo, you can check out that information here.  I look forward to sharing my love of card making with you and hope that you enjoy seeing what I create to share.

Here are a few recent cards I created with new Designer Series Paper I received in a sample pack from my upline.  

I used the Fine Art Floral DSP, rococo rose for the base and stamps from the Field of Flowers Stamp Set.  I also used the Stitched Shapes Dies to cut our the squares for the front of the card and finished off with a few jewels to add a little bling.

Cheers to the beauty of flowers, birthdays and bling!