Something for Baby - PPA220

Something for Baby - PPA220

Welcome back to another week with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge! This week we are working with this delightful and simple sketch:

Isn't it fun? I took the sketch literally when it said "any shape or image", I hope they meant it :)

Something for Baby - PPA220

My card is pretty straightforward but I did want to share one tip with you. I had some trouble with the pieces of the banner shifting when I was trying to lay them all out prior to adhering them...and then I had an epiphany! Someone else may have already discovered this, but it is new to me so wanted to pass it on. I took two of my Ovals Framelit Dies and laid them out like so:

I used a piece of scrap white card stock and ran it through my Big Shot. Since I didn't need the whole circle, I angled my paper to cut out only half of the oval. Then I ran my snail over one side, laid it over my card and adhered my banner pieces directly to it. Once done, I flipped the whole thing over, added Stampin' Dimensionals, and adhered it to my card...perfectly placed and so easy!

I used the Something for Baby Stamp Set and coordinating Baby's First Framelit Dies to create the onesie and the adorable flower. You can purchase these two items bundled together and save 15%!

Something for Baby - PPA220

Something for Baby - PPA220


I would be delighted if you hopped on over to the Pals Paper Arts challenge blog to see what the other designers have created with this sketch and then I hope you are inspired to play along with us!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wheely Sweet Friend - RS#132

Hello there! I came across this sketch this morning over at Retro Sketches and was so inspired that I had to sit down and make a card immediately...

And here is what I created with it!

Wheely Sweet Friend - RS#132

My first step in creating this card was to browse through my Stampin' Up! papers. This pattern from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stacks has never caught my eye before, but it did today, in a big way! It has such clean lines that I knew immediately it would be perfect with this sketch. Then I browsed through my stamps and spotted the Cycle Celebration Stamp Set. I thought that the adorable bicycle would fit perfectly and I have been itching to use it.

The card came together quickly after that. I kept all of the lines clean and left just a pop of yellow in the middle. I think it draws your focus immediately to the center of the card.

Wheely Sweet Friend - RS#132

Once again, Candy Dots are the perfect accent. The green in the cardstock and pattern paper is Mossy Meadow and the green in the Candy Dots is Always Artichoke but I think they work wonderfully. Don't be afraid to substitute!

Two notes I wanted to share today:

  • When using a long sentiment, make sure you have it lined up straight before stamping onto your card. This is where the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is helpful.
  • In order to have my two layers be the same depth all the way across, I added a strip of scrap Island Indigo card stock to the left side of the bicycle layer. Now when I adhere it to the card base, it is the same depth as the bottom layer. 

It's my day off so I'm off to finish my to do list! Card making wasn't on the list, but hey, when inspiration strikes you have to run with it, right? lol

Thanks for stopping by!

Pick A Page - CYCI36

Pick A Page - CYCI36

Hello there! I'm here today with my card for the Can You Case It Challenge. This week's challenge is to pick a page from the catalog and case the project! Fun!

My project is from page 141 of Stampin' Up's Annual Catalog. I chose it because it seems quite clean and simple when in fact there were a number of techniques on this card!

My first stumbling block was the size. The Hexagon Hive Thinlit Die is not meant to cover the entire card front. What to do? I layered it onto a regular 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" card. After I was all done I realized that it would have fit perfectly onto a note card. Oops!

I used the Hexagon Hive Thinlit Die as a stencil and lightly sponged Soft Sky ink into the openings. After the entire card front was done I went back and added a bit more, gradually getting darker on my way down. I like the effect! Then I used a stamp from the Geometrical Stamp Set to highlight a few of the hexagons with Bermuda Bay ink. I also ran a scrap of Bermuda Bay cardstock through the Big Shot with the Hexagon Hive Thinlit Die and added a few of the cutouts to my card front.

Pick A Page - CYCI36

I used Gold Embossing Powder to emboss this cute greeting onto my card. I have to admit, when I first saw this font I was unimpressed. It has grown on me now, enough for me to purchase the stamp set, and I am glad I have it now. It's cute and hip!

I added a bit of Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon held in place by a darling star paperclip from the Basic Hodgepodge Clips collection and think they finish the card off perfectly. I loovveee this ribbon, it is so soft and pliable!

Of course, lining the envelope in Bermuda Bay is the perfect accessory!

Please pop on over to the Can You Case It Challenge blog and see what the other designers have created...and now's your chance to copy that darling project you've been eying in the catalog and share it with us! We would love to see you play along!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Hello Fall! - PPA219 and FMS153

Hello Fall! - PPA219 and FMS153

Hello there and Hello Fall!! Well, maybe Fall for y'all but not for us here in Southern California! It's supposed to get to 106 degrees this weekend! Yikes! We can pretend it's here though by decorating and tuning in to college football:)

Today's card was inspired by two challenges...the color challenge over at the Pals Paper Arts and the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches:

I'm quite pleased with how this card turned out as I have been fussing to myself about this color combination all week. Fall colors just don't come easily to me. I just tried a few new techniques and found a way to make it all work for me!

Hello Fall! - PPA219 and FMS153

I started with a Cajun Craze base and built from there. I knew I wanted to die cut my leaf from the Fun Fall Framlits Dies set three times so I eyeballed their placement and tacked the die down with Post-It tape so it wouldn't move. Sometimes even with the magnetic base, smaller dies need a bit of extra help!

Once I had the dies all cut out, I laid a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock underneath the die cut openings and tacked everything down again so I could stamp right through the openings onto the cardstock below. EZ Peasy!

I wanted an aged look to my leaves from the Fall Fest Stamp Set (this stamp set coordinates with the Fun Fall Framelits Dies and you can purchase them together and save 15%!!) so I tried a technique I learned about over at Wild West Paper Arts...my Adhesive Remover!

I inked up my stamp, stamped it directly onto the uneven surface of the Adhesive Remover (calling 'kissing') and then stamped it onto my card. Clean the stamp and the adhesive remover off and repeat! That's it! So easy and fun! Isn't the distressed look awesome?

I added layers of cardstock to set off the Very Vanilla card front, added some Linen Twine to continue the distressed look, and finished it off with a button in Cajun Craze. The ca-yoot sentiment is from the For All Things Stamp Set. So fun!

I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop my card front layer off the card base and add dimension. I like to work in threes, so I had to add Candy Dots to my card to both balance out my layout as well as complete my sets of threes.

Hello Fall! - PPA219 and FMS153

I had fun adding decoration to the inside of the card as well and finished the card off by adding a coordinated pattern paper from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper as an envelope liner! What do you think??

I had a lot of fun with these challenges and just missed the deadline for adding it to the Paper Players Challenge this week which was a Fall card! I've not ever participated in three challenges at once...darn! I was so close! Oh well...next time!

Have a wonderful day and I will be back tomorrow with a new challenge from the Can You Case It Challenge Blog :)

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

Welcome to the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Jackie Diediker of Stampin Jackie, number eleven on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

I wanted to feature items from the Nordic Noel Suite. All of the products work together so beautifully! Here are some closer shots of my projects:

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

This card features a stamp from the Cheerful Christmas Stamp Set, patterned paper from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper, and the very beautiful Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon. The sentiment is from the Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set.

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

This adorable tag was punched from Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper using the Note Tag Punch. I stamped the sentiment from the Cheerful Tags Stamp Set and then punched it out with my 1 1/4" Circle Punch.

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

This second card features the same stamp from the Cheerful Christmas Stamp Set, a different patterned paper from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper, and the Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon. The sentiment is also from the Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set. Did you see the little button on the card? So cute! It's from the Nordic Designer Button Collection.

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

Such a fun and simple tag! It was punched out with the Tag Topper Angled Punch. I added a little bit of paper from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper and a tiny band of Red Glimmer paper. The sentiment is again from the Cheerful Tags Stamp Set. A little bit of Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon finishes it off nicely.

September Pals Blog Hop - The Holidays Are Here Again!

This last little treat holder was made using the Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlits Dies. It's so easy to create with the big shot and yummy paper, again from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper. The Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlits Dies also comes with this adorable ornament die. I heat embossed on Garden Green card stock with White Embossing Powder and then ran it through the Big Shot. EZ Peasy!! And a great gift!

The next stop is Sherrie Gross of Stampin' Sunshine, number thirteen on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

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Celebrating You - FabFri49

Celebrating You - FabFri49

Today's card was inspired by the fun sketch challenge over at the Fab Friday challenge blog:

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I built the color scheme around one of the fun prints in the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper Collection. It's such a bright print that I was a bit nervous to use it, but I relied on white space to balance the brightness out.

Celebrating You - FabFri49

Celebrating You - FabFri49

The Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder as well as the layers of Tangerine Tango and Blushing Bride card stock add interest without overpowering the card. I heat embossed part of the sentiment in Crushed Curry and the other part is stamped in Tangerine Tango. Several layers of Baker's Twine cover the seam on the card. After I tied the knot, I frayed the ends with my Paper Piercer. I loved the finished look!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stop by again soon!

Just Because - CYCI35

Just Because - CYCI35

I was Guest Designer with the 'Can You Case It' challenge blog back in May and I am excited to share that I have been invited to join their design team!  I'm thrilled to be working along side some very talented designers and look forward to working with new challenges each week!

This week's challenge is a fabulous color combination:

Coincidentally, those colors can be found in the All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper, brand new in the holiday catalog!! Isn't it just lovely??

All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper Item #135823 $12.95 USD

All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper Item #135823 $12.95 USD

So...I took the challenge and changed the paper from holiday to any day. I want to know that I can still use the paper after the holidays have passed! More bang for the buck, right?!? This paper series is seriously to die for! Photos don't do it justice, so trust me, you NEED this one!

Just Because - CYCI35

Just Because - CYCI35

I stamped with two stamp sets on this project. The leaves and flowers are from the Summer Silhouettes Stamp Set and the sentiment is from the A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set. A very useful sentiment stamp set, handy to have around!


I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to place the leaf branch right where I wanted it and then turned the card stock around so I could stamp from the top down, leaving just enough space for my sentiment. I dabbed a bit of Dazzling Details into the center of the flowers for some sparkle. Double matting the top layer and popping it up with Stampin' Dimensionals adds depth and visual interest. Today this lovely 3/8th" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Lost Lagoon is the finishing touch.

Thank you for stopping by! Please visit the Can You Case It Challenge Blog to see the other designers' projects and we would looovvveee it if you played along! With a color combination like this, how can you pass it up?? lol


Autumn Wondrous Wreath - PPA218

Greetings! It's hard to believe that it's September already! Time to take down the summer wreath from the door and put up fall decorations. I'm starting with this card I created for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge:

Autumn Wondrous Wreath - PPA218

Here is the fun color combination that inspired my card:

I used the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies to create my fall wreath. The set is actually designed to be used for a Christmas Wreath, and I will use it for that, but I like to see how much usage I can get from my stamp sets, so this one is doing double duty! I can see it changed out for many different occasions.

This set is a builder set and has three images that stamp right on top of on another to create the finished effect. They are easy to line up as the stamps are clear AND they have a neat tab at the top so you always know which way is up! Very important! And the coordinating Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies have tabs at the top as well!! EZ Peasy!

Autumn Wondrous Wreath - PPA218

Autumn Wondrous Wreath - PPA218

Isn't the stamped and die cut bow adorable?? I added some sparkle to the berries in my wreath with Dazzling Diamonds. They don't photograph well so you'll have to trust me...they sparkle!

I'm excited to see what you create with this color combination! Please pop on over to the Pals Paper Arts Challenge Blog for more inspiration for some very talented designers!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Up!'s Little Black Dress - SSSC234

I know, you're probably thinking "black dress"? I thought this was a card making blog! Well, it is! And Stampin' Up!'s Back to Black Designer Series Paper is like your little black dress. We all have one, hiding in the closet, waiting for that perfect occasion. Today I pulled out mine out and gussied it up a bit!

Stampin' Up!'s Little Black Dress - SSSC234

So what do you think? I found a fun sketch over at Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and had to play along!

The paper is so elegant and tailored feeling and I love that, but at the same time wanted to add a bit of softness so I chose to emboss my white cardstock panel with the new Lovely Lace Embossing Folder. A bit more softness was added with the Watercolor Thank You Stamp, heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder.

Stampin' Up!'s Little Black Dress - SSSC234

Stampin' Up!'s Little Black Dress - SSSC234

 

I kept the rest of the card minimal to let these details stand out and finished it off with three Candy Dots in Rose Red and a matching heart. The stamped heart provides visual balance to the card. If I had just punched the heart out of Rose Red card stock, it would have been too heavy on that side. I don't know why, but just that touch of whimsy and color finishes the card off very nicely. The super cute heart stamp can be found in the Something to Say Stamp Set and was one of the main reasons I bought that set! The heart, star, and tiny blossom in the set coordinate with the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. It's a must have punch pack in my opinion!

On to another bit of news, I'm super excited to share with you that one of my cards has been featured in the Paper Crafters' Library Trendy Tuesday Feature! Here's a direct link to it if you would like to take a peek:

http://blog.papercrafterslibrary.com/trend-watch-using-up-your-secret-stash-of-scraps/

Thank you so much for stopping by and if you have visited before, thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming back. I hope you are inspired to get crafty!

I will be back on Thursday with my Pals Paper Arts project!


Remembering Your Birthday - PP211

Hello there and happy holiday Monday to you! In the States we are celebrating Labor Day with a long weekend, giving me LOTS of stamping time!

Today I'm playing along with The Paper Players and a fun Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!

Remembering Your Birthday - PP211

Here were my choices:

I decided to work with Birthday, Yellow, and Patterned Paper. I threw in the Pear Pizzazz because the challenge didn't say ONLY yellow :) I hope I don't get thrown out! lol

Remembering Your Birthday - PP211

Remembering Your Birthday - PP211

I pulled out the Borderettes stamp set and my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and got busy! I really enjoy these small images because they are so versatile! I also combined birthday sentiments from two different sets, Age Awareness and Remembering Your Birthday to mix up the fonts a bit. This star clip from the Basics Hodgepodge Clips set is the perfect accent!

Remembering Your Birthday - PP211

Remembering Your Birthday - PP211

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will come back again real soon, I've been busy and have lots to share! Have a great holiday!


Happy Birthday Josh!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

Today my family and I will be celebrating my eldest son's 26th birthday. The time has just flown by...

A handmade birthday card for a 26 year old male can be tricky so I just browsed through my supplies and grabbed things that I thought 'looked' like him. This stamp set, Birthday Surprise, is just amazing. It has a nice big graphic birthday sentiment and four accompanying images that are also a bit rough and graphic. Perfect!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

I stamped the sentiment onto my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and then placed the image over my white cardstock so I could get a good picture of where I might want my balloons to be and then I just stamped away until I was happy! I grabbed colors that I thought said "Josh"; Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry! To prevent the colors of my balloons bleeding through my sentiment, I stamped it in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it in Black Embossing Powder.

I then layered the stamped cardstock onto coordinating cardstock and adhered to my card base. EZ Peasy!

A coordinating enveloped lined with Rich Razzleberry, of course, and a cute sentiment to finish off the inside:

Happy Birthday Josh!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

It just occurred to me that my son and Stampin' Up! are about the same age, lol. Where has the time gone? Seems like just yesterday....

Spooky Screamy Halloweeny - PPA217

Welcome! Today is the premiere of Stampin' Up's holiday catalog and I am so excited to share it with you! It has a plethora of beautiful new products! I am showcasing some of these new products in my project today for the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge:

September is right around the corner and that means crisp fall nights are also peeking around the bend...and that means HALLOWEEN-Y!!! Woo Hoo! I love all of the fun of hobgoblins and mischief, with just a hint of spooky, and that's what I have for you today!

Spooky Screamy Halloweeny - PPA217

How fun is this paper?!?! I went ahead and made a square card in keeping with the sketch...this one measures 4 1/2" square. I used the busy pattern for my background while keeping a more muted pattern in the forefront so as not to distract from the sentiment. Both patterns are from the new, deliciously adorable Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper. I backed the Crushed Curry patterned paper with Tangerine Tango and Basic Black cardstock to add interest and then popped all the layers up with Stampin' Dimensionals. Again, more visual interest. The candy corn patterned paper is layered over a white card base.

Spooky Screamy Halloweeny - PPA217

This super fun image is from the Mingle All the Way stamp set, also in the new holiday catalog. I admit, I purchased the set for this one sentiment, thank you Brian King for enabling me! I used Stampin' Markers in Basic Black, Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango to color my image and then I punched it out with Stampin' Up!'s 2 1/2" Circle Punch and added an additional circle in Basic Black.

Spooky Screamy Halloweeny - PPA217

Spooky Screamy Halloweeny - PPA217

I added a small strip of Tangerine Tango cardstock, trimmed into a banner. I trimmed it freehand but you can also use a square punch. To snip it freehand, simply make a small snip in the center of your cardstock strip with your Paper Snips and then trim in from the outer edge of the strip to the center, and again on the other side.

I added three Basic Black Candy Dots to my banner and then pondered my card. I felt it needed just a little bit more...but what? Something perhaps at the top and bottom of my sentiment but Candy Dots would be too big and Pearls would just look funny :) And then it hit me! The super adorable Freaky Friends stamp set has some Jack-o-Lantern eyes! Perfect!

So added them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and called it good.

Since it's a square card I quickly created a custom envelope for it using the Envelope Punch Board and Tangerine Tango cardstock. I used Mary Fish's tutorial to add an envelope liner and this card is ready to be sent out to a young nephew of mine :)

Spooky Screamy Halloweeny - PPA217

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a chance to pop on over to the Pals Paper Arts challenge blog to see at the design team's wonderful projects and I would love to see you play along!

Have a great day!

So Proud of You...

So Proud of You...

So Proud of You...

My last card was a "Woo-Hoo for You" card styled for a young gentleman, so I thought to be fair, I also needed one for the princess in the house :) What do you think? Can you almost see her crown? lol

My starting point was the ADORABLE Sweet Stuff stamp set. If you haven't seen it, please check it out! It really is sweet stuff! Then I started looking for a Designer Series Paper to give me that right feel and found it in the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper. It has such a sweet, airy feel to it that I knew it would be perfect for my princess card!

When I reviewed all of the coordinating colors in that paper, I loved them all so much that I couldn't leave anyone out. I've said it before, but it's worth saying again...Stampin' Up! makes our job of design easy by providing the footprint.

So Proud of You...

So Proud of You...

Yes, I admit, I used a mask again to stamp this little cutie. I started with Stampin' Markers but couldn't achieve a crisp enough image. Masking is really very simple, it's just an extra step. The colors in the stamped images are Garden Green, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding. They are repeated in the layers of cardstock off to the right. I purposely gave all the layers different edges to create visual interest.

So Proud of You...

So Proud of You...

I ran a small strip of Calypso Coral cardstock on the left side of the image to help balance out all the visual weight on the right side as well as incorporate the remaining color in the pattern paper palette. A super sweet bow with trailing tails and adorable heart sequins in matching colors add to the princess sweetness as well as help to convey how much love and pride is in that simple statement "so proud of you". A matching envelope seals the deal.

I think this little princess will feel loved :)

Thank you so much for stopping by, please let me know what you think of my project today...hopefully you are inspired to get inky fingers!

Don't forget, tomorrow you will be able to see the new Holiday catalog online as well as shop from it! Woo-Hoo!!!!



August Paper Pumpkin Kit + A Sweet Deal

Have you ever wanted a few minutes JUST to you? To do something quick and fun? Have a "Calgon, Take Me Away!" moment? - Well, that's what's inside this box!

August Paper Pumpkin Kit + A Sweet Deal

August Paper Pumpkin Kit + A Sweet Deal

It's called Paper Pumpkin! And what exactly IS Paper Pumpkin? It's a fun surprise you receive in the mail once a month...each month is a different kit but EVERY month is super cute and quick and easy to complete.

So...let's see what's inside the box...

Uh-oh! Still a surprise so I will need to keep unwrapping! Isn't the tissue paper fun? It's like a gift you give yourself!! (That's why it's a surprise each month, no gift is very fun if you know what's inside!!)

Wow! Look at all this pretty STUFF!

(Insert Pregnant pause while I unwrap everything)

So, really, ALL of this was in that box?? It looks like all I need is adhesive to get this party started!!

(Insert another pregnant pause while I put the kit together using the included instructions)

And here's how it all looks assembled! I now have all of these beautiful cards on hand, perfect to keep in my desk at work or at home for those "moments" when such a thing is needed! Woo Hoo! And aren't these these envelopes DARLING??? And so easy to put together! And the best part is I WAS WRONG!!! All the adhesive you need to complete the kit is IN the kit!! Woo Hoo again! The only thing you need is the clear block and that comes with your first kit. Score!

Here's a closer view...sooo CUTE!!! And so easy!! Really!!

And look at what I have left over to keep and reuse!

All of this for just $19.95+tax (shipping is included!)...THAT'S AMAZING!!!

But wait....THERE"S MORE!!!

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That's right! Sign up by September 10th (14 days from today) and get two months of Paper Pumpkin for just $9.98+tax (shipping included) per month. Wow! ALL of this (Actual kit will vary):

for $9.98+tax (shipping included) a month for two months! That's September and October, I'll bet there will be some fun surprises in those boxes! After that, do nothing and you will continue to receive Paper Pumpkin for $19.95+tax (shipping included) each month. You can also cancel at the end of two months with no further obligation. Promise.

I have just discovered Paper Pumpkin and I love what I am seeing, so I will sweeten the deal even further. Sign up with me and we will have a play day each month so we can all get together for a few hours and play with our goodies and enjoy some adult time and conversation. Just enough time to be gone without our families missing us!

How fun does that sound? Pretty fun!

Here are all the details, just so you are clear on how it all works:

Offer Dates: July 16, 2014 through September 10, 2014

Step One: Sign up HERE

Step Two: Enter the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin by September 10, 2014 and get 50% off the first two months! After that, your subscription will automatically continue at the regular rate of $19.95+tax (shipping included) each month. You may cancel at any time.

Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price of $19.95+tax (shipping included)
  • You must enter the promo code HALFOFF2 when you sign up
  • New subscribers must join by 11:50PM (MT) on Wednesday September 10, 2014.

I know that was a lot of legal stuff but it's really pretty simple.

Who's in??

The first play date will be 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. I will have an alternate date available of Thursday, September 25, 2014, same time. Come in stamp in my new stamping classroom!!!

Remember, sign up here or send me an email if you would like to chat one on one about this offer! I can't wait to see you!!

Woo-Hoo for You! - PP210

I hope your weekend was exactly what you hoped it would be and that you were able to get some crafty time in! My husband and I managed to carve out some time for a weekend getaway to San Diego...pictures at the end of the post...

Before I go any further, I would like to thank Sandy over at The Paper Players for picking my card as 'A Cut Above' for last week's Clean and Simple Challenge. I am so honored to have my submission recognized!!! Now on to this week's sketch challenge with The Paper Players:

Such a simple but fun sketch! Lots of possibilities here! I like the clean look but decided to add some color and layers this week to mix it up a bit:

Woo-Hoo for You! - PP210

Yep, I reached for the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper again! It's so bright and fun! The pattern in the paper made me decide to go masculine with this card and using stars immediately came to mind...so why not a Woo-Hoo for You kind of card? Something Grandma or Auntie can send to the young grandson or nephew for his latest accomplishment? Getting his training wheel off his bike, catching that pass in the game last weekend, or perhaps acing that test or book report? Do you think this would work for your 6 to 10 age bracket?

I used Stampin' Up!'s 2 1/2" Circle Punch to create my focal point and then quickly stamped a sentiment from the Bravo photopolymer stamp set in Tangelo Twist. I purposely stamped it off center, I think it provides balance to the overall design. I used my Heat Tool and White Embossing Powder to stamp another sentiment from the Bravo stamp set (which I swore I didn't need and now wonder how I lived without) onto a banner strip of Basic Grey cardstock (I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to make sure it was straight). I layered my yummy Designer Series Paper onto Tangelo Twist and Basic Grey cardstock and then popped all the layers off of the card base to add interest. A stamped star from the Be the Star stamp set finishes the card off nicely. No frills, no fuss, perfect for a busy in-betweener boy.

And what to do when you don't have enough yummy paper left to make a coordinating envelope liner? (gasp) You adhere what you have left to the envelope flap and then trim with your Paper Snips, using the edge of the envelope flap as your guide :) A matching star and sentiment from the Be A Star stamp set add a little fun to the outside of the envelope and it's ready to mail!

Hint: the paper on the envelope flap is the reverse side of the paper on the card front...they are designed to coordinate perfectly! (Thank you Stampin' Up! designers for making my life easier!!)

Here's a fun shot of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Bridge from the 40th floor of our hotel:)

Do you see the Navy ship heading out?? So awesome to see!

Next we have the view of the sunset from our table at dinner with friends last night:

Great food and fellowship and a wonderful sunset! A wonderful relaxing few days together to enjoy the summer before heading in fall activity filled weeks!

Thank you for stopping by, please comment or send me an email if you have any question regarding product or technique in this post...I am happy to assist!