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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sunshine Wishes Die Class

Sunshine Wishes Die Set by Stampin'UP!
I really like adding die cut pieces to a project. I think they add a very sophisticated look, it kinda makes me feel like a professional . . . so yes, the Big Shot is one of my most used tools.  

Recently I've been playing with the Sunshine Wishes die set and it is currently one of my favorites.  

I love the style of the bold words. I think they look nice, plus they're easy to glue onto my projects.  The set provides these 4 choices:  "love",  "congrats", "hope" and "Sunshine".  While I might have wished for a larger selection of words I can make these work for a variety of occasions.  

I also like the scribble shapes. The stemmed flower and heart work for lots of occasions and the smaller shape can be either a flower or a butterfly. 

Speaking of shapes, what do you think of this?  I cut the flower from some gold glimmer paper and voila! Gift Bow.

Card featuring the flower die from Stampin'UP's Sunshine Wishes Die Set as a ribbon for a gift

Would you like a chance to play with the Sunshine Wishes dies?  Join me Thursday Evening Sept 25th for a class featuring just this die set.  The class includes 4 different projects and a hand-out showing a dozen more ways to use Sunshine Wishes.  Class fee is $15 or free with a minimum purchase. You can RSVP for class HERE

I'll be sending the Sunshine Wishes class handout as a special gift to anyone who makes an on-line purchase this month using the August Hostess Code: XXWC3RHG Make sure your customer account settings are checked to allow your demonstrator to send you emails. Otherwise the ordering software does not let me see your name and I'd be unable to send the hand-out.

 

Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.




Friday, July 29, 2016

Timeless Love Fussy Cut

There's something timeless in the classic look of this card.  I'm not sure whether its the clean and simple look or the imagery or the contrast of colors.

Anniversary card with fussy cut white flowers on a colored base made with Stampin'UP!'s timeless Love Stamp Set

One thing that helps with the contrast on this card is that I heat embossed both the flowers and the sentiment. The heat embossing adds a shine and really helps it "pop" off the page.

Anniversary card with fussy cut white flowers on a colored base made with Stampin'UP!'s timeless Love Stamp Set

But the real trick on this card to get the intense color contrast between the white flowers and the Saffron background is the fussy cutting. I stamped the image on both the saffron card front and on a separate piece of white card stock. Then I fussy cut the white flowers and glued them onto the saffron piece. 

Click here if you want to see another similar fussy cut card this one has white calla lilies on a blue base. Fussy cutting takes a little time, but wow, sometimes is just so worth it. I especially liked the arch of the flower spray from the Timeless Love stamp set (see product list below) and are you like me and totally loving this font!  If you're inspired to try this here's the product list for this card.


Timeless Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Timeless Love Stamp Set

Clear-Mount Set
[139408]- $17.00

Wood-Mount Set
[138772]- $23.00
Heat Tool
[129053]- $30.00



Just 2 days left for Stampin'UP!'s July Bonus Days

StampinUP Bonus Days - Every $50 spent in July earns you $5 more to spend in August

July Bonus Days - Qualifying purchases made in July earn you 10% back in August. For every $50 you spend in July you'll get a $5 coupon to use in August. Stampin'UP! offers us a nice way to let us spread out purchases.

Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Simple Lay-out in Black and White

Beginning stampers often ask for card ideas using only black ink. 
Here is an idea featuring a feather image.

Masculine Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Feather Together Stamp Set

The card features a simple lay-out:  a horizontal strip containing the sentiment,
and a focal point off-set to the left.

Ink Color: I know I said this was only black and white . . . perhaps I cheated a bit. I did fill in the open space on the feather image with a little bit of gray ink, but the card would look fine with out that addition.

Masculine Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Feather Together Stamp Set


Focal point shape:  on this card its an oval.  It would be the same basic lay-out no matter what shape you used. Try it with a circle or square or rectangle. You could even try a heart or a star. Or a tree diecut - any shape offset to the left.

For the shape of my focal point I used Stampin'UP!'s new Layering Ovals Framelits. I really like the fact that half the ovals have a smooth edge and half have this sweet little scallop edge that you see on the black oval on this card.  Wow, what a deal too. This die set is both economical and practical. You get 14 dies with this set . . . can you imagine the cost of buying that many punches?!? Plus the storage space of so many punches versus just one thin package of dies.

 


Big Shot
Big Shot
Die Cut & Texture Emboss Machine 
[143263]-$110.00


Die sets versus punches: Do you have a die-cutting machine? In terms of both financial investment and storage space the die sets are absolutely the way to go

Especially right now during Stampin'UP!'s July Bonus Days.  Each $50 you spend in July earns you 10% back to spend in August for free (merchandise only, not shipping and tax

 
StampinUP Bonus Days - Every $50 spent in July earns you $5 more to spend in August

Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Feel Good Feathers

Sometimes good things fall apart . . .
. . . so better things can fall together

feather card made with Stampin'UP!'s Feather Together Stamp Set

Do you like this sentiment?
It might be just what you need for a friend going through some rough times.

feather card made with Stampin'UP!'s Feather Together Stamp Set

I wanted the sentiment to be the main focus of this card, so the embellishments were minimal and subtle . . . just one piece of coordinating ribbon, no bow or knot and 3 small pearls. The pearls are so subtle, they do make a difference but they don't scream "look at me!".

The Voice of Experience:  When you use craft inks - the white ink I used for the feathers on the blue paper - just be aware it takes some time to dry. You don't want to smudge your stamping. 

Here's a complete list of product used on this card:






Don't miss Stampin'UP!'s Bonus Days
 

StampinUP Bonus Days - Every $50 spent in July earns you $5 more to spend in August

July Bonus Days - Qualifying purchases made in July earn you 10% back in August. For every $50 you spend in July you'll get a $5 coupon to use in August. Stampin'UP! offers us a nice way to let us spread out purchases.

Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Trio of Feathers Together

Here's another masculine card today featuring the Feather Together Stamp set.

Card with a trio of feathers  made with Stampin'UP!'s Feather Together stamp set

There are several things on this card that suggested its use as a Masculine card: . . . the natural imagery of the feathers and the burlap ribbon. And very little "bling".  Well if you look closely in this next photo you'll see I couldn't avoid just a little bling.  See the sparkle on the feather?  I LOVE my Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and use it all the time to add just a little sparkle lots of projects. 

Close-up of the sponging on a Card with a trio of feathers  made with Stampin'UP!'s Feather Together stamp set

Sponging Effects:  In this close up you'll also notice the sponging . . . both around the edges of each feather piece and lightly over the whole feather piece. This helps make it stand out from the background (which is the same color paper) and gives it a more natural look.  And speaking of paper and natural look, I used Vanilla Paper, not white on this card.

The Voice of Experience:  if you want to try sponging you'll need an art sponge - NOT a kitchen sponge.  You can try paper towels but a kitchen sponge is too rigid and hard.  I take the round ones Stampin'UP! sells (see the product list below) and cut them into 6 triangles. One package of sponges then gives me 18 sponges - which I keep and re-use.

Card with a trio of feathers  made with Stampin'UP!'s Feather Together stamp set


People often ask me what kind of stamp sets a beginner should buy and my answer is a standard 3:  *a versatile sentiment set, *a good flower set, and because we live in Wisconsin, *a good snowflake set. But I also suggest that when something unusual comes along to snap it up while its available. We don't often get a feather set so I'm saying if you like it, get it while its here.  And if you like feather imagery then keep watching my blog this week. I recently spent a few hours playing with this fun set and have a whole bunch of samples to showoff.


Here's the Product List for this Feather Trio Card


Don't miss Stampin'UP!'s Bonus Days
 
StampinUP Bonus Days - Every $50 spent in July earns you $5 more to spend in August

July Bonus Days - Qualifying purchases made in July earn you 10% back in August. For every $50 you spend in July you'll get a $5 coupon to use in August. Stampin'UP! offers us a nice way to let us spread out purchases.

Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.