Monday, July 29, 2019

Simple Silhouette Scenes

I love how Stampin' Up! is really taking the case of the beginner stamper to heart in its newest catalogues. There are so many ways to create classy but simple cards, so that everyone, no matter their level of skill can be successful and make beautiful greeting cards with their Stampin' Up! supplies.

The card I am showing you today is a very simple card, but I think it's very effective and looks artistic. I'm using the Silhouette Scenes stamp set and pairing it with the See a Silhouette Designer Series paper as well as the Sweet Silhouette dies, and in a few short steps, I will have great results.

  • The design from the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper I used gives a water colour effect, even like that of using the Pigment Sprinkles, but there's no muss, no fuss involved. Just cut the panel and glue onto the Basic Black card base.
  • The tree is die cut using one of the dies from the Sweet Silhouette Die set, and arranging it on the DSP so that it fits best, but still gives room for the swinging girl image underneath and the sentiment on the top right.
  • The swinging girl image and the Keep Dreaming sentiment from the Silhouette Scenes stamp set were heat embossed using Black Stampin' Emboss Powder right onto the DSP, so it looks like the swing is attached to one of the low tree branches.
Give this one a try, it's so easy. And there are many other combinations of paper, stamps and dies between these sets that would make other great simple cards!

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Friday, July 26, 2019

It's Time to Shine with Daisy Lane

I love when Stampin' Up! brings out new images to go with old punches and that's what they've done in this new Annual Catalogue with the Daisy Lane stamp set. We have the Daisy Punch that coordinates with the Daisy Delight stamp set, but now Stampin' Up! has added the Daisy Lane stamp set and, not only that, but they've added another coordinating punch to go with it, the Medium Daisy Punch, which is smaller.

It's almost newsletter time again and, as you know, I try to include a free photo tutorial in each of my newsletters for my subscribers to download. For August, my newsletter tutorial will be the instructions for making this flowery card, using the Daisy Lane Stamp Set and both the Daisy Punch and the Medium Daisy Punch.

Here's a close up look at it:

  • The flowers are easy to make but just consist of layers of different sized daisies and other punched pieces glued together.
  • The background includes the Bricks & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and a trellis made using the All Wired Up Background stamp and Silver Embossing Powder.
  • The sentiments are from the Daisy Lane stamp set.
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I won't be giving instructions here because I'd like to keep those for the people who sign up to receive my newsletter. It's fun making the flowers and they also look great on home decor pieces.
In the meantime, have a great weekend and make some time to stamp!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Summer Promotions from Stampin' Up!

Lots of exciting things happening in Stampin' Up! land these days! For instance, I just got to see the new 2019 Holiday Catalogue, and I'll be able to order from it starting Aug. 1! Hang on to your hats, people, because there are some gorgeous things in there! I can hardly wait to start sharing them with you! WOW! You're just not going to believe it! In fact, if you were a demonstrator, you'd be able to order from it starting Aug. 1, as well. Which brings me to the next big thing at SU:

This is an AMAZING deal on the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit! If you've been waiting for a good time to sign up, it just doesn't get any better! First, you get $40 extra in product which is....$205 of product for only $135 with no shipping charge!!! Think of how many Holiday Catalogue products you could add for that amount! Then, you get 20% off all your products after that! Oh, yeah! And, to top it off, the following month, Stampin' Up! sends you a $14 CAD coupon to encourage you to place your first order! This is BETTER than Sale-A-Bration! And I'd love to have you on my team. We just did a shoebox swap at our meeting yesterday and had a blast! And we're thinking of going to Vegas in November for OnStage!  Come on with us!

And for just ordinary circumstances:

You can still earn Bonus Days Coupons until July 31st so that you can redeem them in August. For every $60 you spend per order during July, you get a $6 coupon to redeem in August. Hey, every little bit helps, and there are still so many good things to get from the new Annual Catalogue, right?!

Finally, there's a new Paper Pumpkin kit coming out in August, and to get it, you have to subscribe by August 10th.

This gives you the lowdown on the add on bundle that you can purchase to be able to add cards to the gift bags & tags you get with the kit.


To subscribe you can click HERE.

Well, that's about all the big news for now! See you Friday with another card!

Monday, July 22, 2019

A Seaside Notions Birthday

And while we're on a beachy theme, I just got a new stamp set on Friday and I could hardly wait to ink it up so I used it for today's card. It's called Seaside Notions and it's a delightfully sketchy set that looks great with watercolour, or monochromatic or almost any kind of card style.

  • For this card, I used watercolour paper for the main image panel. The type I'm using is Strathmore 140 lb Cold Press watercolour paper. The reason I don't use SU watercolour paper is simply because, as a demonstrator, it's just not cost effective for me. I don't get enough in a pack for a class. As a single user, it's fine.
  • I taped my 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece to a Stamparatus flap which is easy to clean and has a grid on it. (I use Post It Note tape.) I watercoloured the background using Sahara Sand, Coastal Cabana, and Flirty Flamingo, drying between colours. 
  • I stamped the images after the background was dry. It's good to use the Stamparatus for this because it's sometimes hard to get a strong image the first time around, using Memento ink on watercolour paper. The Stamparatus will allow you to restamp to get the image you want.
  • I coloured in my seahorse, coral, shell and sand dollar using Stampin' Blends Markers. The watercolour paper may cause these to run a bit more than Whisper White cardstock, but that's not an issue with these casual images. I cut the panel down to the size I wanted.
  • The sentiments are from Seaside Notions as well. The sequins add the finishing touch.

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Metallics Sequin Assortment
Metallics Sequin Assortment

Friday, July 19, 2019

Under the Sea Dies for As You See It Challenges

This week's challenge at As You See It Challenges is a Theme type. And the theme is one that I've been looking forward to for a long time, Beaches! If you know me, you know how I love the beachy look. My house is all beach decor and I buy almost all the beach related products Stampin' Up! has to offer. Here's the Challenge Banner:

Sand, waves, sea shells, and starfish! I love it all. I didn't hesitate, I went straight for my Under the Sea dies and got to work.

  • I used some of the new In colours including Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray and Terracotta Tile in my project. Can you tell which is which by now?
  • I went to the High Tide stamp set for the sentiment and used the Stitched Shapes framelits and the Layering Squares framelits to die cut it and back it with a scallop square shape.
  • Most of the die cuts are from Under the Sea, but I got a couple of the shapes from other sources. The vellum sea weed is from the Smooth Sailing Die Set, and the glittery sand dollar and the starfish I got from the June Paper Pumpkin pack along with the vellum small coral pieces.
  • I don't know if you can see it, but the Seaside Spray piece of cardstock in the middle was embossed using the High Seas 3D Embossing Folder.
  • The Sahara Sand background paper is from the Woven Threads Designer Series Paper pack and it's the perfect colour and texture for sand, don't you think?
Why don't you play along with us at As You See It this weekend? Just make a card in a beachy theme, photograph it and upload it either to your blog or to a public forum such as Pinterest or Splitcoaststampers or Facebook, then find the URL address of the page you've uploaded it to and go to our challenge site and upload it to participate. Enjoy the fun of creating!!

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June 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit * Only available to Paper Pumpkin Subscribers