Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday Focus! My favorite NEW color...

Welcome to the Thursday focus.  Today we are focusing on our favorite NEW color from the brand new catalog... need one?  Email me here...  In any case, each year Stampin' Up! adds five brand new colors, and retires 5 past colors... This year, the new colors are: Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, and Tranquil Tide.

Actually, I really like all of these new colors, but when I opened my box, I was completely drawn to the unlikely Lemon Lime Twist!  I know, right??  You are going to love this fresh pop of color!  I have made a card for you today using this new color and one of the retiring colors, Watermelon Wonder...  and a few other new items!
I have used a Lemon Lime Twist designer series paper here, that is in the paper pack that is now available in the new Eastern Palace Suite pack.  I have also used the new Lemon Lime Twist ribbon, a new stamp set called Happy Birthday Gorgeous, a brand new punch that makes a great daisy, and some fun new embellishments called Clear Faceted Gems!  Here's a close up:

Here's what I used:

Be sure to go check out Robbie's website and see what color she chose as her new favorite!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday Focus - Stitched Shapes Framelits!

Hi there!  Small "hop" today - just Robbie and I...  Some of the challenges we are running into with our focus is that several of the products we wanted to highlight for you are completely sold out.  We don't want to tempt you with items you can't even get if you fall in love with our projects (which I hope you do!)  😏.

So, Robbie and I changed the "focus" for the week to something you may have seen, but not in any catalogs yet (they are featured in the upcoming catalog! - need a new catalog?  Email me here!)  I love these shapes, and there are plenty of them in the set.  You get a full set of stitched circles, squares, and ovals - perfect for everything!

Since I am a quilter too (did you know this about me), I love to make "quilted cards".  You stick the designers series paper to a cardstock panel, then emboss the whole thing - voila!  It looks quilted!  Check this out:

I will list everything I used below - some is staying, some is retiring (if you love it - you should act fast- you can just click on the photo of the item you like and it will take you directly to my store!)

Here is a close up of the stitched shape framelits - since you get the nesting set, I just used two consecutive sizes- the larger in navy, the smaller in white...

Here is what I used to make this card:

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Coloring Down the Lines - Mother's day (and Paper Pumpkin alternate)

Good morning!  Today is Wednesday, so we are going to Color Down the Lines!  Today's challenge was to make a Mother's Day card using no flowers... Well, my intentions were good!  I immediately thought - butterflies!  I pulled out one of my old favorite stamp sets, Papillon Potpourri, and thought I would use it before it retires!  I also remembered that the most recent Paper Pumpkin kit had a good sentiment that could be adapted for many different occasions - to include Mother's Day!

Okay, so here is where I failed... Sure I was just stamping butterflies... but when I finished my card I realized that two of the butterflies actually contain flowers...  sorry gang!  (also, when I finished the card I dragged my inky thumb across the front by accident - what a mess I am!!

Here is what I have for you:

eek!  and here is the close up of the "flowers"...

I have used several things that are retiring here, some available while supplies last (elegant butterfly punch), and some will be available (guaranteed) until May 22...  and pne of these stamp sets is ONLY available through Paper Pumpkin...  This month's kit was amazing - and I happen to have a full spare kit available and can get it to you!!  The kit is $20, (plus shipping if you don't live in this area), and included everything you need to make a bunch of fun cards - here's the video that shows how they go together!

Here is what I used (besides the Paper Pumpkin stamp set)

Now be sure to hop over to Liz and see what she has for you!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday Focus - Dragonfly Dreams

Hello!  It has been forever, right?  Well, actually, not so much - it just seems that way... I have had several posts scheduled to run for you while I have been crazy running... but I did it wrong!  Be prepared to get a few "back up" posts, as I want to show you all of the stuff I had made for you!

Right now I want to show you a card I made for a teammate's birthday recently...  I used the Dragonfly Dreams bundle, some watercolor pencils, and a whole lot of Wink of Stella!!  I love that stuff!

And here is a closer-up of the dragonflies... I will record a quick video for you for Monday to show you a fun watercoloring speed-hack!

I also stamped the dots using So Saffron to make them soft... and colored several of the dots with Wink of Stella to make them sparkle like morning...  Impossible to see from the still photos, but I also made a few Wink of Stella dots on the vanilla to make it sparkle too!

Be sure to hop over to Robbie to see what she made using this great CARRYING OVER set!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Movie Monday - Avant Garden

So last week my Wednesday gang did a fun challenge - we copied a card one of our friends made...  So Fun!  I loved this card made by my friend, Helen, so I copied and posted it for you.
But I don't think you can tell just how easy it really was... You could make stacks in minutes!  So I thought it may help you if I did a quick video to show you how easy it really is...  Here you go!

If you see any supplies you really need, then please click on the photo below and it will take you straight to my store!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday Focus - Wait, What?? New Saleabration stuff??

Yep, you heard right!  Stampin' Up! has added a few new items to our Saleabration offerings for the last week of the special.  My friends and I over at the Thursday focus have decided to hop through a bunch of ideas for you, using the newer Saleabration stull!  Don't delay - if you see something you NEED, you need to jump on it right away - all Saleabration items are "while supplies last", and you only have until March 31 to snap them up!

Here is what I have for you today:

There are actually two of the new Saleabration items in this card - do you see them?  One of them is the Seaside embossing folder, and the other is the Tasty Treats designer series paper!

When I first saw that paper, I thought the images may be too child like for anything that I would need in an entire pack of paper, but did you know our papers are all double-sided?  Usually, if one side has a larger bold print, then the back side has a softer, more subtle effect... I am using the "B" side here (only you old people like me know what a B side is...).
Here is what I used to make this card:

and here are the rest of the new Saleabration offerings:

Now be sure to hop over to Robbie and see what she has for you!  Please stop back on Monday for Movie Monday, where I will be showing you the quick and dirty (not so dirty) way I made yesterday's card!  Thanks for hopping along!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Coloring Down the Lines - CASEing your friends...

Good morning and welcome to our Wednesday morning Coloring Down the Lines blog hop!  It has been a pretty crazy week around here!  If you are just popping by, be sure to scroll down too... I had a post last night, that was for the Thailand Achievers Blog hop...  There are tons of good ideas out there - that is for sure!

Today we had a super fun challenge... find some project on the next person in line's blog, and CASE it.  CASE, for those of you who may not be familiar with that term, it means Copy And Share Everything!  I had fun browsing through Helen's website to see what I wanted to case... and boy, is she one talented lady...

Here is the card I found on Helen's blog:
cute, right?
Well, I wanted to make a quick card like this too, but instead of using the same colors she did, I changed it up a bit, and only made one color of the flower - I just stamped off part of the time to make it look like there were different ones... See??

This was Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi.  I love how it turned out... then I got excited and did it in another color too!

This one is Watermelon Wonder!
I had so much fun playing with Helen's design, that I made a quick video on it... Wanna watch it?  Well, you will have to wait until Movie Monday!  Be sure to stop back next week and I will give you all of the tips, tricks, and sizes of everything I used!

Be sure to hop over to Helen right now and see who (and what) SHE cased!  Thanks for stopping by - be sure to come back tomorrow to follow along with our Thursday Focus and see what products we have decided to use to inspire you!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Thailand Achievers Blog Hop

Last Call for Saleabration

Can you believe it?  Saleabration is almost done for the year... (*sniff sniff*).  As excited as I am to see what new fun will come with the new catalog launching in June, I am sad to see this great special end...  We had some fabulous offerings this year, several of which are already sold out!!  I thought I would show you one more project in my Reverse Words series.
You may have seen this one that I posted not long ago:

and you might have loved this one from my video last week:

But I just knew we could get a little more masculine version of this card out to you! Check out this project:

So fun when you combine the Mixed Drinks stamp set with this Reverse words set!  You could easily make a stack of these cards in 10 minutes!

Easy Peasy, right?

Be sure to hop along here, and feel free to stop back and check out all of the "ingredients" in this project!  Again, my name is Amanda Frankel, so that is where you are right now in the list..I wonder what the next Achiever will show you about the Saleabration item they may miss!

Here are the supplies I used;

Stop back tomorrow to see what our Coloring Down the Lines group is up to this week!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday Focus - New Saleabration additions!

I am getting a little bit weepy thinking about the end of Saleabration.  This is about the time that it hits me that it is almost over...  we have to wait a whole year for it to come again... *sniff sniff*... So, if there was anything you saw, in either the Saleabration catalog, or in the new additions that you couldn't live without... then jump now, before it is So long, Saleabration!!

This week's focus for our gang is something from the new additions to the Saleabration selections!  There are three new items to choose from, and they are all pretty cool!  Click HERE to see them all!

Here is the very simple card we made in class the other day.  As simple as this card is, it got rave reviews from the whole class!  Everyone loved how elegant it looked (and how easy it was to make!)... Who couldn't use a stamp set like that in their stamp stash?  Check this out:

Soft and elegant, right?  It could be the pink champagne-like color of Blushing Bride, that makes this one so classy, but I am telling you, this set is fun in just about every color you choose.  Here I have used the Blushing Bride cardstock, inkpad, and even the Blushing Bride sequin trim... (I just plucked a few sequins off the end and stuck them on here... See?

There really are so many possibilities with this set!  I just made a great video (that is uploading right now), showing so many other fun projects!  Be sure to check back here on Monday, 3\20 to see the video!  In the meantime, be sure to hop along to Deb- the Flying Stamper to see what she has for you from the new Saleabration release!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday Focus - Hey Chick Again!

Today is Thursday Focus, so this is a hop, filled with fun folks who are all using the same product to show you different ways you can use that one item!  We keep the same item for two consecutive weeks to double your ideas!

So last week I showed you how I made the fun chicken wire for my Hey Chick card, and this week I am going to share with you a card that we made recently at my team meeting.  The initial card was designed by one of my fabulous team mates, Martha Coronado, who is a great teacher and demonstrator.  She led our gang through the making of this card too.

I made a few modifications to her card to suit the supplies I had, and my style a bit.  Let me show you the card I made:
okay - so she used a different color yellow (she used Daffodil, but I used Crushed Curry)...  In her card, she also used the Urban Underground designer series paper, but I hadn't received mine yet so I made my own "lines" pattern using the Gorgeous Grunge set.  She used the colored enamel pieces as accents, but I didn't have those, so I used the Metallic sequins... I added the amazing metalic ribbon from Saleabration, and used the Layering Squares dies too, because I liked the "ruffled" edge as a frame... Here are some more views:

In the view below, you can see that I distressed the ends of the ribbon on the knot... I did that to make it appear more "country fun"!

In the supplies area below that has the links, I will list the supplies she used as well as mine so you can easily access them in the store, but I figured out how to earn TWO free Salebration items for this card, and used them both here too!

Here's how that works:
Urban Underground dsp                                    $13
Layering squares framelits                                 $35
Urban Underground cardstock pack (contains vanilla, crushed curry, and basic grey) $ 8
memento tuxedo black ink                                  $6
Metallic Sequins                                                  $5
Regals Stampin' Write markes (set of 10 - to color hair)     $29
Classic Label punch                                              $18

Your total                                                                                                              $114

Hey, Chick stamp set                                                                                              FREE

Metallic Ribbon assortment pack (2 rolls - silver AND gold )                              FREE

Now be sure to hop over to see what Jenilee has for you today!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Coloring Down the Lines - My interest in Pinterest!!

Good morning!  Today in our blog hop we are doing something fun and different!  We were all supposed to find something on Pinterest that inspired us, and CASE it!  Well, you would think that would be easy - because don't we all have a million cards pinned?  But which one to make... now that was the sticking point!

Not so hard once I saw this card by Anne Schach.  This card just screamed elegance to me!

 I love the hidden detailed dragonfly beneath the stamped one... such a shiny surprise!  You can just barely see it peeking out from the underside in the photo below!

  I did make some alterations - I removed a few layers, omitted some gold thread, and changed the shape from square to a normal sized card so that it would fit in a regular envelope - that just fits my needs better!  I hope you love this card as much as I do, and I hope you find something on Pinterest that inspires you to create!  If you want to follow me there, you can click right here!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now be sure to hop along to Helen - she's got something to show you too!  Be sure to come back here tomorrow to check out our feature focus project hop!  We have some new folks joining us!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Movie Monday Chicken Wire Technique with Video!

Good morning!  As I promised last Thursday, I am adding a video for you today to show you how you can make the "chicken wire" background for your Hey Chick cards!  This technique is going to open a whole new world for you, of things you can do with items you may already have!!  I listed the supplies I used for the card from the video in last Thursday's post.

Here you go!  Go get inky!!

You can see more of my craft hack videos on my YouTube channel!  Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a thing!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thursday Focus - Hey, Chick!

Good morning!  It is Thursday, so you will get to see a new product that we will be focusing on for the next two weeks!  This product is the Saleabration selection called Hey, Chick!  It is a very fun little chicken set.  I wasn't sure I was going to want this stamp set initially, it is pretty silly... but who doesn't have THAT FRIEND (you know, either the one who collects chickens, or the one who herself is a little silly)??  And now I am hooked... so I guess "that friend" is now ME!!

Here is what I have for you:

this is obviously the crazy friend card!  You know her??

AND, because she is so crazy, you can do crazy things with her hair...  nothing needs to be colored perfectly... I used my Crushed Curry and my Cherry Cobbler markers to color her and her hair.

and last but not least...  How fun is this "chicken wire" for the background??  This is not printed paper - I did this!  but how??  Well, I will show you... but you will have to come back on Monday for Movie Monday to see this great tip!  It will open up a whole new world of options for you!

Hey, Chick is a Saleabration selection, which makes it FREE!!  Yep!  You get to choose one item from our Saleabration brochure (or the new release sheet) for free for every $50 you order!  So amazing... so here is how this works for this card:

Woodgrain Embossing Folder                                                      $7.50
Regals Markers (set of ten includes both colors I used above)  $29.00
Hexagon Dynamic Embossing folder                                         $ 9.00
Memento ink (chicks were stamped with this + chicken wire...  $6.00

Your order                                                                                    $51.50

Hey, Chick stamp set (clear mount OR wood mount)                FREE

Here are the other supplies I used:

Now be sure to visit our friend from the north, Jenilee to see what she has for you today!  Don't forget to come back on Monday to see how I created the chicken wire without a stamp (or a ruler, or a template...)!
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