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...)!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Coloring Down the Lines - Challenge

Welcome to the Coloring Down the Lines blog hop!  Today is a little different for us.  We decided that we should all branch out a bit, so this week's challenge was to enter our card in a different challenge website!  Fun, Right?  So the challenge I chose was over at Try Stampin' On Tuesday.  This week they had a sketch challenge that I thought would be fun.  Here was their sketch:

and here is what I did with it:

I used some of the fun new Saleabration glimmer paper, which you really should check out... It comes in a pack of 6x6 paper, 4 sheets each of Bermuda Bay (shown here), Sweet  Sugarplum, and Mint Macaron.  Here's a closer view:
and this great weather Together stamp set (that matches the Umbrella Weather framelit set), has some nice sentiments... I even added one to the inside (IKR??? - I almost never do that!)

So here is how you get that sparkly glimmer paper for free:

Weather Together Bundle                 $41.25
Bermuda Bay card stock                   $8.00
Stampin Dimensionals                       $4.00

                            Total                      $53.25

Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack      FREE

Here are links to all of my supplies:

That was a fun challenge!  I hope you visit not only the next person in the blog hop, Helen, but take a few minutes to check out some of these other challenges!  Hope we've inspired you to branch out a bit this week!  Be sure to stop in tomorrow for a brand new Thursday Focus feature!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Paper Pumpkin kit - Alternate project

Good morning!  Today I wanted to share some fun with you!  Every month I receive an all-inclusive papercrafting kit from Stampin' Up!  This is called Paper Pumpkin.  Each month the kit is a complete surprise - we've gotten treat containers, wall art, and mostly greeting cards in the past, but all of these kits come with the ink pads and stamp sets required to complete whatever projects we receive.  Every month I host a free class (Paper Pumpkin Palooza), for all of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers, where I present, and we made an alternate project using the items from the kit.   Her is a link to my YouTube channel, where you can see alternate projects from past kits.  This month's kit was slider cards (or gift card holders).  They were adorable, and came with inserts that you could use to make party invitations  It was super cute, but I wanted to show my Palooza gang a different way to see the card.  Here is what we made this month:

The gold triangle that holds the ribbon is the bottom part of the vase (which upside down makes the candle flame from the kit) - see here?
But my very favorite part of this project, is that you can actually pop the little flower panel out of this card and use it for another project - you could stick it on another card, use it in a scrapbook, but I am sure around here it would become a bookmark!  Look at this:

Certainly no part of this kit goes to waste!  I made a video to show you how to make this project, and how to use every little scrap to save your supplies. 
If you would like to get a trial of this kit, Stampin' Up! has a great promotion running right now.  You can get 3 prepaid months (that means you would get one kit for the next three months), you can do so for the special price of $55!  This is a bargain!  If you live near me, you will also be eligible to attend my Palooza class!  AND, since it is Saleabration time right now, you would get to pick a free item from our great Saleabration brochure - stamps, papers, accessories - what will you choose? 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy this project!

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!
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