Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Winter Theme Gift Box

I have been loving the Colorful Season stamp set for all of it's autumn splendor possibilities. Because fall is my favorite season. But, last night I decided to explore it's winter potential. And boy did I! This box came together surprisingly quick using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and a tutorial I found on SplitcoastStampers.com.


I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, and Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Colorful Seasons
Ink Pads: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim and Whisper White
Ribbon and Trim: Shimmer Ribbon in Pool Party
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Other: Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)



Monday, August 21, 2017

Baby Wipes Are Now My Favorite Tool!

Isn't this just gorgeous? Not to toot my own horn, but....toot! Ha ha.


So, yesterday I tried a technique that has been around forever. But it was my first try with it. Can I just say that I adore this baby wipes technique? This is so simple but has such an amazing, impactful affect on your cards!

I found a few tutorials for this on YouTube. Basically, all you do is take a baby wipe and fold it in half twice. I personally like a nice, substantial wipe. So I use Huggies. But it probably doesn't really matter. You'll want to put it on a paper plate or something to protect your work surface. Then, put drops of color from your Stampin' Up! reinker bottles onto the baby wipe. I actually didn't drop them on, I put the nozzle on the baby wipe and made a good size little spot of each one in several different places on the wipe. You can use as many or as few colors as you like. I used five colors on this one (they are noted in the below product listing).

Here is a picture of what my little homemade ink pad looked like:


Then, just take your stamp and pounce it on the inked up baby wipe. You'll want to make sure you are pouncing it in as close to the same spot on the wipe as possible each time because if you don't, you'll make your colors mix too much and it will start to get muddy. 

Next, just stamp it on your paper and then ink it up again for the next image. Easy peasy! I didn't need to clean my stamp in between each image because most of the ink did transfer to my cardstock the first time. But you might want to test yours to make sure. 

I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White
Stamps: Colorful Seasons
Ink Pads: Early Espresso
Ink Refills: Berry Burst, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, and Old Olive
Ribbon and Trim: Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in Berry Burst
Embellishments: Gold Sequins from Metallic Assortment
Other: Snail Adhesive, Tombo Mono Liquid Glue Adhesive

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)



Sunday, August 20, 2017

On a Box Kick

Day 19 of my personal progress on the Scrap Gals 100 Days Project. I had so much fun making the last box that I decided to try another. I also used the flower from the Painted Harvest stamp set to make a wreath! I got the idea from another demonstrator on Instagram (Kristin Hayes), who got it from My Ink Pad to Yours. I love the Stampin' Up! demonstrator community! Everyone is always so willing to share their ideas.
This is the box without the tag. I really like that black and white designer series paper. So versatile! Not just for Christmas. And how about that crochet trim? This picture really doesn't do it justice. I love it!

I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase on September 1st in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive
Designer Series Paper: Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper
Ink Pads: Old Olive and Real Red
Stamps: Painted Harvest
Dies: Layering Circles Framelits Dies
Punches: 2" Circle Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
Ribbon and Trim: Black Vintage Crochet Trim
Other: Snail Adhesive

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)




Saturday, August 19, 2017

Autumn Gift Box

I don't usually do a lot of other paper crafting projects. My "thing" is cardmaking.  I also scrapbook, but that is another flat paper sport. Ha ha.

I really enjoyed making this gift box. It was fun, and.......inside the box? Lol. I made this using the gift box punch board. This is a tool in my arsenal that is very under appreciated. I probably would not have brought it out now if it hadn't been for a challenge issued to me by my upline. Thanks Loni!


I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase on September 1st in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler
Ink Pads: Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Painted Harvest
Dies: Layering Circles Framelits Dies
Punches: 2" Circle Punch
Ribbon and Trim: Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon
Other: Snail Adhesive

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Life is a Beautiful Thing

Hey all! This is Day 17 of my personal progress with the Scrap Gals 100 Days Project. I'm loving this challenge. I've never created this many days in a row! 

I made this card using the beautiful Colorful Seasons set along with the Seasonal Layers Framelits dies from Stampin' Up! Isn't the font in this set divine? I'm loving it!

I also tried a technique with this card that I have never really gotten to be as successful as it was this time. So that was exciting. That yellow background was made by inking up a stamp block with my ink pad, spritzing it with water, then just smooshing the paper on top of it. Super cool huh?

Those things that look like pebbles or something are actually sequins. My iPhone didn't catch their shine, but the rest of the photo turned out great. So I'll use it anyhow. Those sequins do look fab though, just so you know :)


I used the following Stampin' Up! products (available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink Pads: Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, and Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Colorful Seasons 
Dies: Seasonal Layers Framelits Thinlits Dies
Embellishments: Sequins (Pulled from the gold sequin trim. Those are some tiny sequins!)
Other: Tombo Mono Liquid adhesive and Stampin' Dimensionals 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)





Thursday, August 17, 2017

Colorful Season Beachy Card--a Nod to the End of Summer

Day 16 of my Scrap Gals 100 Days Project. I thought I should do a summer card before summer is officially done. I am going to miss summer. I haven't done anything summery lol. Except camping. No swimming, water fights, or carnivals. I feel like I've wasted it. But, I am ready for the crisp fall air and beautiful autumn colors. And pumpkin spice everything! Lol.



I used the following Stampin' Up! products (available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Scrap of Crushed Curry
Designer Series Paper: Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (My absolute favorite paper ever!)
Ink Pads: Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake
Stamps: Colorful Seasons 
Dies: Seasonal Layers Framelits Thinlits Dies
Embellishments: Sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment
Other: Fuse Fast Adhesive (Strong adhesive works well when gluing down paper that has been water colored and buckled a bit.)

Also, I wanted to invite anyone who actually reads my blog, :), to a really fun stamping event I am participating in this coming October. Fall Stampfest!


This will be the first time I have participated as a demonstrator. But I have attended in the past, and it is always really fun. It is scheduled for October 14 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Here is a link to the Facebook Event so you can get more information. Contact me if you would like a ticket!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

More Painted Harvest!

OMG! I'm sorry guys, but I just love this set. I'll try to post something totally unrelated next time. I swear. :)

Isn't that to die for? I haven't ever tried the triple stamping technique before. I'm super happy with how it turned out.

I used the following Stampin' Up! products (available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink Pads: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, and Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Painted Harvest (This will be available for order with the holiday catalog release on September 1st!)
Ribbon and Trim: Copper Metallic Thread
Other: Snail Adhesive and Tombo Mono Liquid Adhesive

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

100 Days Project Update (and the *new* Winter Wonder embossing folder!)

Yes, I am still doing my 100 Days Project. I just realized though that sometimes things are going to get in the way of me making an actual card or paper craft (*gasp*). So, I may need to expand my personal guidelines for this challenge. My main focus will still be on making my Christmas cards. Like this one I made yesterday with the new Winter Wonder embossing folder from Stampin' Up! This will be available on September 1st. I just inked up the inside of the embossing folder with Elegant Eggplant ink and then stuck my paper in and ran it through the Big Shot. So easy! Add some drops of water to get that rained on look. And I'm so in love with this panel. Can't wait to use it on a card front.



But, on days when I simply cannot get into the craft room (weekends are particularly difficult with family things going on), I'm going to give myself the freedom to do something else that makes me feel creative. Like, maybe some creative photography.

With that in mind, here is a photo I took at my dad's house on Sunday. Isn't it beautiful? I love taking shots with sunlight peaking through trees. They make me happy.


Well, that's it for me today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you!




Friday, August 11, 2017

New Holiday Catalog Preorder Play

I got my holiday catalog preorder in a couple of days ago, and I finally had a little bit of time to dig in and play a bit. I loved this set as soon as I saw it and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. But, when I started to play with it, it was very outside my comfort zone. This is a watercolor set, and I do have a couple others. but this one has a lot more of an imperfect look to it. I'm a perfectionist with stamping, so it weirded me out a bit.
But, after I played with a couple of color combos and got it nice and broken in, I really love this flower! Hoping to get to play a bit more in the next couple of days.


For this fun little bit of play today, I used the following Stampin' Up! products (available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink Pads: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, and Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Painted Harvest (This will be available for order with the holiday catalog release on September 1st!)

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Day 10--Card Candy Swaps

Not much new to share with you today. These will look familiar (from Day 6 on Aug 6). I am using the main piece of the design for that card as a card candy swap for my Stampin' sisters this coming weekend. I know they will love them, and they weren't really too time consuming or hard to make. I forgot to give credit on my last post (though I did give credit on my other social media accounts) to the original designer. I CASEd that card design from Cathy Caines at The Cat Cave blog.

For these pieces I used the following Stampin' Up! products (available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake and small scraps of Old Olive
Ink Pads: Basic Black Archival Ink, Real Red, Garden Green
Stamps: Carols of Christmas (Pssst....this is an early release holiday set from the new holiday catalog!)
Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, 
Ribbon and Trim: Burlap Ribbon
Adhesives: Tear & Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Snail Adhesive
Other Accessories: Delicate White Doilies

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Watercolor Happy Birthday Card

This is my personal challenge Day 9 entry for the Scrap Gals Community Facebook group 100 Days Project. 

I am really loving the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die from Stampin' Up! I held off getting it for a while because I know I can cut something similar from paper on my Silhouette Cameo. But.....my Cameo kind of hates glitter paper. And I kind of adore it. Lol. The blade on the cameo gets chewed up really fast by glitter paper. And the cuts aren't usually that smooth, or it doesn't cut deep enough. Just an overall pain in the you know what. So.....that's a long way to say that this die makes my life easy. 

This card came together super quickly, and I think it will make a great impression on the recipient (my cousin). I can see myself using this for many simple and quick birthday cards in the future.




For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! products (current items available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :)
Paper: Thick Cardstock in Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Glimmer Paper in Gold
Ink Pads: Bermuda Bay
Stamps: None (*gasp*)
Tools: Aqua Painter (large tip one), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Happy Birthday Thinlits Die, Paper Trimmer
Ribbon and Trim: Sequins from a past Paper Pumpkin kit
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals and Snail Adhesive


Other (Non Stampin' Up! products): Aquamarine looking polka dot scrap from my paper stash (I think this is from the Echo Park Capture Life paper pad.)

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.