Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Focus - Carried Away Designer Series Paper! FREE!

Good morning!  I am so glad you were able to hop with us today.  As you may know, we are hopping from one blog to the next, but all of us are using the same designer series paper, so you should be able to get some great ideas here from the gang.

When I saw this paper for the first time, I thought it would work really well for children.  Of course the back side of the design side is usually a more solid-like pattern, but I thought the design side would make great scrapbook pages and great children's cards... which led me to little boy baby cards (don't read anything into that - I have already had MY caboose, I just love babies!)

Check this out:

 I made a baby dresser, and made a little quilt using the Layering Squares Framelits (it even has a whole set of scalloped squares which is what I used for my "quilt base").  After gluing on all of the squares, I embossed them right into the paper.  Oh, and I found a HUGE bargain in the catalog... our cardstock mixed pack called Affectionately Yours has three different colors of cardstock in it: Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, and Watermelon Wonder (I used Mint and Navy here)!  ALL THREE of these colors are in the patterns of the Carried Away DSP!  You get them all!!  Imagine how many coordinating things you could get!!

I then used the Baby's First Framelits to cut out the onesie... you really should look at that framelit set - even if you don't have a "baby" in your life, it comes in really handy.  I made Father's Day cards last year using the ties from that set (you can see it up close in the product list below).  I stamped the onesie using another Saleabration item called Designer Tee (you can see the whole set below of this also).  I colored the pearls with a Sharpie - and it matches perfectly as the drawer pulls!

So here is how this works in order to get BOTH your Carried Away paper AND your Designer Tee stamp set for FREE!!

Layering Squares Framelits               $35
Affectionately Yours cardstock          $8
Baby's First Framelits                         $25
Decorative Label Punch                      $18  (if you don't have this, you NEED it - so versatile)
Elegant dots embossing folder            $7.50
Silver foil sheets (hanger)                   $4
Pearl basic jewels                                $5

                        Your Total                  $102.50

That means you get BOTH the Carried Away DSP  AND the Designer Tee stamp set for FREE!!

Now be sure to hop along to Joni or Jenilee to see what they have for you!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Coloring Down the Lines - My Favorite Technique...Watercolor, Baby!

Okay, so the truth is that I have a ton of "favorite" techniques... but I always come back to watercoloring.  With our Watercolor Pencils, I can better control where the color goes (which I was never particularly good at with a brush).  Shading is a snap, and you don't even have to be coloring in the lines!  Woohoo!!

On a side note, I find that my daughters will tell me ANYTHING when I lie on the floor next to them and color... I think it is because we are not looking directly at each other, but hanging together just the same, doing a shared activity.  By the way... this works well with young pre-teens when you are in a car together...  of course some of the stuff they tell you can make you almost run off the road...hehehe.

Here is what I have for you today:

And here is the close-up...

Another technique I used here is a bit more artsy...  This is called Triptych... that is when you divide one panel of art into three pieces... they don't have to be even, just three...  And one more thing...  see that "ombre" look on the side panels??  Well that is nothing more than scribbles with the pencil... harder scribbles on the bottom, lighter on top, then you just kind of "chase" the color up the panel!

Fun, Right?  Wanna come over and color?

Okay - here is what I used:

Now be sure to hop over to Helen and see what she loves to do...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday Focus - Up and Away Designer Series Paper

Good morning!  New focus for you today.  Today the gang is featuring the Up and Away Designers Series Paper from Saleabration.    This is one of the items you can choose for your free gift that you receive for every $50 purchase!

Now, before I show you the project, I have to tell you that my daughter's school (junior high) is playing in the final game of the State of Illinois championship game for basketball tonight.  She is a cheerleader, so we are all on our way!!  I wanted to make her a quick little memory album, so I grabbed my DSP and a file folder and threw one together for her... I added a mini reinkable stamp pad and the rotary stamp out of the last Paper Pumpkin kit and she is ready to go!!

Here is what I made for her:

Here is the front:

and here are insides - page one and two!!

Cute, right??

Yes - this whole mini album is made from just one manila file folder!  Watch for the video next week on my YouTube Channel!

Now hop over to Joni to see how she used this paper!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Coloring Down the Lines! Saleabration on the Easel

We all know that Saleabration is the best time of year with Stampin' Up!  How about featuring one of these great products on an easel - Sure!  It is a work of art, right?  Today I have participated in our weekly blog hop with a fancy fold card called a "Twisted Easel".  I love how fun this card is to make, AND how easily it fits into a standard envelope!  Here is closed:

And here is open!  Perfect to display on your Birthday Girl's desk!!

 Check out this adorable "kick stand"!

The best thing about this card is that I got that great stamp set for FREE!!  Let's see how this works:
I ordered the Succulent framellits  - $33 (Tons of great flower shapes here)
next I grabbed that versatile Organza ribbon - $6 (what a value!!)
Then I stocked up on some colored papers - now I can make lots of cards
- Perfect Plum paper - $8 (I could make 48 cards from this pack!!)
- Wild Wasabi paper - $8 (What she said...)
for a grand total of $55 - Now that stamp set is FREE!!  Yippee!!
Here are the links for you:

Hop on over to Helen to see what Saleabration freebie she has for you today!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thursday Focus - Open me Already!!

Good morning!  Welcome to the second week of our hop featuring the Balloon Adventures bundle!  This is a circle hop - so it doesn't matter where you start - you will hop in a circle and end up right back where you began... Before me was Jenilee.  I can't wait to show you what I did today!

This is the outside of the card:

I used Wink of Stella on the white overlay bow:

And...  Here is the inside!  The little slit that is PERFECT for holding gift cards is also in your framelit set... no more fighting with your trimmer!!

Here is what I used to make this card:

Now be sure to hop on over to Robbie and see what she has for you today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday Focus - Balloon Adventures!

Good morning!  I hope you are having a good week...  Hang in there - only a few more days until the weekend!  As you may be aware, my friends and I have started this particular hop to help YOU, our followers.  So often we buy a particular product, use it only one way, and have a hard time coming up with other ideas using it...  been there, have a stuffed studio to prove it... so we decided to each make projects using the same product for two consecutive weeks, so you can hop through and see MANY different ideas using that particular product...  Confused yet?  Don't be... for the next two weeks, we will all be focusing on the Balloon Adventure bundle from the Stampin' Up! Catalog...  You may have started this journey with Jenilee, but we are a circle... if you continue to click you will get back to where you started!  Here is what I have for you this week!

Here is a close up so you can see the details...  I put a "solid" balloon - from the balloon punch, of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper behind the detailed balloons to add a little sparkle... Also, note the detail off the stitch lines in the circle behind the balloons... I love those stitched shapes framelits!

Here is what I used to make this card:

Now be sure to hop forward to Robbie's website and see what she made with her balloon adventure sets!

thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

ICS Blog Hop Sending Love Suite

Hello there!

I have made these little Valentine Mailboxes for our little envelopes for my kids.  As my regular followers know, I give a little Valentine to each of my 4 kids every day in February through Valentine's Day... Can be challenging, but they love it (even if the older two are a bit too "cool" to tell me so...).  I saw something similar online, but it just didn't quite work for me... And it didn't use our fabulous Stampin' Up! products, so I thought I would alter it to fit both my needs and our products...  Here you go:

I really wanted my mailbox to use just one of our 6x6 papers from our Sending Love stack, and I didn't want a lot of crazy left overs, so let me tell you now... You are going to use almost the entire thing... (except for a 1/2" square... truth!!),  but that is it, just ONE sheet for all of this "stuff"!!  Crazy right?

I thought maybe you may have someone wonderful to give one of these tiny mailboxes to also, so I made this video to teach you how to do it in a jiff! 

Here are all of the supplies I used... If you don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love to be your gal, and you can order supplies by clicking on the box below... If you already have a demonstrator, please place your order through them... If you want all of these fabulous products, and want to BE A DEMONSTRATOR, then this is the right time to do it... it is Saleabration and you get some great bonus stuff for joining now... check this out!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Coloring Down the Lines - Projects only

I LOVE CRAFTING... can I just say that out loud?  It is like instant relaxation when I get to play with all things craft... I love paper, and I love fabric...  I knit, I sew, I scrap...  So when today's challenge was announced, I was HAPPY!!  We are supposed to make anything EXCEPT a card...  okay - done!  Then I started thinking about what to make...  tough to narrow it down.  I saw this cute box on Pinterest and thought it would make an adorable treat holder for Valentine's day.  But since I couldn't actually choose, AND since today is the first Wednesday of the month, I will actually be posting twice today... and tonight's post is yet another 3-D project, with a video tutorial on how to cut it (and make it of course), along with all kinds of add on's, all from one small 6 x 6 sheet of Designer Paper....  So, back to my story... today is a treat holder... I stamped with Versamark on Real Red card stock, then used white embossing powder and my heat tool for an all-over pattern...  Don't forget to use your embossing buddy BEFORE you stamp if you are going to do this, because the white is so stark, that if you get extra spots on your cardstock, it really screams at you!!
Check this out:

It's a box that uses the scallop tag topper punch to hold it closed:

here are some more photos that show how it all goes together;  This next photo is the box from the side:

And this one shows what it looks like when you remove the ribbon that ties the two toppers together..

Then you slide off the "belly band" that has the doily on the top, and your box opens flat!
I think I could add all kinds of fun things in here...  stickers or Ghirardelli chocolate squares - depends on who you are giving these to!

Here is what I used to make this:
Be sure to stop back tonight for a whole new project (actually it is a whole FAMILY of a project), and the accompanying video... but for now, please hop over to Helen and see what project she has cooked up for you!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday Focus - Sending Love paper

Good morning!  It is Thursday today, so the hop gang is focusing on our very fun little stack of great Valentine's papers. This 6x6 size is great for making cards, and the packs have several double-sided sheets of each pattern, so you can even make lots of little Valentine cards in an assembly line if you needed to...  Another great thing with this size, is that it is perfect for making small 3D items... and did I mention that you can fill those with candy??  We all love candy, right??

So, today I have a little 3D item that uses the entire little 6x6 paper sheet.  What do you think?

and here is a pair of cuties:

What do you think?  These would be fun to pass out to all of your friends, right?  Here is what I used to make them:

Now be sure to hop over to Helen to see what she has made for you with this paper stack!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Coloring Down the Lines - Heartless!!

Good challenge this week with the Coloring Down the Lines hop...  This week my friends and I were supposed to make a Valentine card using NO hearts!!  Not Super-tough, but a bit of a challenge for my tired brain!  Once a month I teach a class at SEASPAR Eagles.  This is an organization that supports disabled young adults.  I have been doing this with another Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for the last 5 years, and it is one of my very favorite things that I do!  I was there on Monday, making Valentine's Day cards with our gang, when one of the facilitators asked me if I would be willing to make a "less frilly, more manly" Valentine's day card for the February class... Well, of course!  How's this:

 I had fun coloring the saw and hammer using my ink pads and my Blender Pens!  Very fun!  Also included in this framelit set is one that makes graduations.  (That is the formal name for the tiny lines on a ruler - I know  - asked Siri!).  I ran that down one side for a little extra texture!  I also used the tree builder punch as the thought bubble for the sentiment, and I used the hole from the little nut that comes in the builder framelits to make the little circles...
Here is a list of all of the Manly items I used for the card:

Please be sure to check out Seaspar when you have a few minutes - they are really amazing...  Okay then, time to hop over to Helen and see what she made without a Heart!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Focus - Sending Love paper stack

Good morning - well, we are finished with the Sending Love bundle, but are we really??  I mean, afterall, Valentine's Day is less than a month away, and we need to get these cards in the mail soon, am I right??  Have no fear. For the next two weeks we will be sending you out in style with the Sending Love Designer's series paper stack...  Best way to showcase paper?  use a lot of it!  The beauty here is that the paper is double sided... so this is only three different papers - I am just using both sides!!

Here is what I have for you today!

 and a close up of that adorable arrow die cut from red glimmer paper:

Here is what I used:

Now be sure to head over to Joni to see what she made with this paper!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Valentines with no Red or Pink

Good morning!  Today is a fun challenge for our friend hop...  Today we were charged with making a Valentine without using any red or pink.  What a great idea!  I have two sons, one who is 15, and another who is 9.  Neither one of them really loves getting "gushy" Valentines with pink hearts and red lip prints all over them (from their MOM!!).  I love to give little daily Valentines to my kids in February, and I think this one will be perfect for my 9 year old (whew, he doesn't read my blog...)
What do you think?

This adorable Taco truck is from our new Saleabration set: Tasty Trucks.  My sons are both partial to tacos, and my 9 year old loves puns, so he's gonna think I am the "mom bomb" for this card.  

I used watercolor paper and regular ink pads to color this in... I just wanted softer  colors than markers would have given me had I used them!

Here's what I have used:

Now be sure to hop on to Helen and see what she did with this challenge!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Bundle up with the new Occasions Catalog

Hello!  Getting ready for a long weekend?  Nothing like bundling up and crafting when it is cold outside!  Well, have we got the bundles for you!  These are the new bundles in the Occasions catalog... don't forget:  since it is also Saleabration, you can bundle up AND get free stuff!  You get to pick a free item for every $50 you order right now!  If you are receiving this post in your email inbox, be sure to click on the title so you can see all of the great merchandise, but if you are online looking - be sure to click on the catalogs on the right and don't forget to find your free items in the Saleabration catalog!

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