Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sparkling Tree ~ Video

Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm so grateful to each and every one of  you that visits my blog.  The best way I know to thank you is to share a video with you.  The cards I am showing you today will soon (hopefully) be sent out to my Stampin' UP! customers that have ordered from me in the past couple of months.

One of the joys of being a Stampin' UP! demonstrator is that I get to send out cards to cardmakers.  They appreciate them so much.  My business has grown over the past 8 months to the point where I wasn't sure if I could continue to send out handmade cards, but the response I get from my customers when they receive their happy mail makes me want to continue.  

Here's what I love about this seasons thanks-to-you cards.

1.) Sparkly and pretty
2.) Easy to mail
3.) Quick to assemble
4.) Enough variety to keep my interest

If you haven't started making Christmas cards yet, you still can.  These cards come together at lightning speed! 

***Direct link to you tube if you cannot see the video below

Thank you to each and every one of my customers, blog followers and youtube watchers!  You motivate me daily to create.

All supplies are from Stampin' UP!
Stamps: Festival of Trees
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Lost Lagoon, Versamark, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

BLACK FRIDAY- Just a head's up about some online deals going on.

Stampin' UP! is celebrating all week long with special deals available while supplies last.  Clicky

Pretty Pink Posh is offering 15% off all sequins & dies with a code you can find in the link.  It's a great tie to pick up some Sparkling Clear.   Clicky

Ellen Huston has a doorbuster starting at 12am PST and running until 7am PST! Don't worry if you miss it, because they have another sale running from Friday through Monday.  Clicky 

Plus they are giving away gifts with every order! I'm such a sucker for gifts with purchase, but I LOVE this limited edition die design by Julie Ebersol for this event.  I hope the turkey doesn't put me into too deep a sleep to get in on this deal. 

Butterfly Reflections is also having a week long sale.  Clicky

Check out your favorite individual stamp companies to see if any of them have special deals going on.  Bring Christmas to your mailbox early!  Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pink and Aqua Snowflakes

The current sketch at CAS(E) this sketch is so versatile, that I had to make another batch of cards.  Clicky to see my double wreath post.

Big Focal Point + Big Sentiment Underneath = Clean & Simple Perfection!  I'm adding this formula to my rotation.  :)

First up is this lovely Pink snowflake.  To make some of the layers sparkly I applied versamark to pink pirouette cardstock, then covered it with iridescent ice embossing powder.  I heat set the embossing powder, then ran it through the Big Shot with my dies.  

Here is my first design.  Clean and simple perfection, but I think I like the added layers of vellum and bling on the pink card.  Which do you prefer?

Just to be sure I made a few more.  6 in total, plus the 2 from the previous post.  I would say I was super inspired by this weeks sketch.  :)

Ink: Versamark
Paper: Pink Pirouette - Whisper White (Stampin' UP!), Surf Blue (Simon Says Stamp); Vellum Cardstock (SU)
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (Stampin' UP!); Eliza Snowflake - Kate Snowflake (Simon Says Stamp); Joyous Wishes (Penny Black); Jewel Bling

Double Wreaths

Holiday goodness coming your way.  First up, in honor of American Thanksgiving tomorrow, I have a gratitude card.

Stamps: Woodland Wreath (Wplus9) ; Big Day-Today (Waltzing Mouse Stamps)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock (SU)
Accessories: Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder (Ranger); Woodland Wreath Die (Wplus9); 1/8" Silver Taffeta Ribbon (Stampin' UP!); Metallic Bronze Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Both of my cards were made using the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch.

My second card got its color inspiration from a new blog challenge showCASe your style.   This week's challenge is sponsored by Whimsy Stamps.  Not a new company, but new to me.  I just placed my first order last weekend and my stamps were already in my mailbox today!  Clear across the county.  I love fast customer service!  Hopefully I will have energy to play with my new goodies after turkey tomorrow.  :)

Such an elegant combination.  I had to try to make an equally elegant card to go with it.

Stamps: Woodland Wreaths (Wplus9); Alpine Christmas (Waltzing Mouse Stamps)
Ink: Versmark
Paper: Basic Black & Whisper White (Stampin' UP!)
Accessories: Woodland Wreaths Die (Wplus9); Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger); Deco Labels (Stampin' UP!); Silver Wired Ribbon (???); Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Check out my next post to see how I took the sketch and made it snow.  :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Online Extravaganza

***If you are here for the Stampin' Celebration challenge, click here, or scroll down to see my previous post. ***

Stampin' UP! is running a week long Online Extravaganza with discounts from 30%-50% off!   They are also offering  2 special 24 hour door busters!  The first one is today, and products are only available while supplies last.  There will be another 24 hour door buster on Friday, so be sure to do some Black Friday shopping in your jammies.  :)

Be sure to stock up on your Fast Fuse refills at 50% off.  Pick some of the punches and embossing folders you've been holding out on.  If you haven't yet purchased the magnetic platform, TODAY IS THE DAY!  It's on sale for the first time.  I can't hardly use my Big Shot without it anymore.

Here is a snapshot of my order that I placed this morning.  Do you think 10 Fast Fuse refills is going to be enough?  Perhaps I will order again on Friday's doorbuster.  :)

I'm working on editing the video of my Fall SU thank you cards. It should be up on my blog this week. Want to see a peek at one of the cards you might be getting if you place an order this month?

I better go make my shopping list for Thanksgiving.  The pie requests this year are Apple, Pumpkin and Chocolate.  There has also been 2 requests for a very large turkey.  I better go get one today!

Wreath on Weathered Wood ~ Video

Merry Monday to you.  Christmas is getting closer and I'm so excited to start decorating our house next week.  Every year my mom orders a wreath for herself and another one for me and it usually arrives Thanksgiving week.   Every time I walk through our front door, after my wreath arrives, I think of my mom and the fact that she is enjoying her wreath as much as I am.  It has become a sweet tradition since moving from CA to WA.  The miles may separate us, but love and tradition knit our heartstrings together.

This new tradition is probably why I love wreath stamps so much.  Each year I have to make a few cards with a wreath on them.  When I saw the new photo inspiration at Stampin' Celebration challenge I knew instantly I had to make a wreath on a weathered wood door.

The technique I used to create the faux wood is soooooo easy.  Here's a video to show you how.  Don't blink or you might miss it.

Stamps: Woodland Wreaths (WPlus9); Seasonal Flourish (WMS)
Ink: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Versamark (Stampin' UP!); White Paper (Fresh Ink)
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White (Stampin' UP)
Accessories: Crystal Effects (Stampin' UP!); Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger); Woodland Wreaths Die (Wplus9)

Want more fresh ideas for your Christmas cards and tags this season?  Be sure to check out A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0.

eta:  It just so happens that this card fits the new CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  Great minds think alike.  I have 2 more cards sitting on my craft table that I hope to enter later this week, but I thought I would link this one up today.  :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jingling Bells of Christmas

Sorry, no sewing updates this week.  I'm on Christmas card crunch time.  My goal is to have all my cards done so that I can ship them the first week of December.  To help me reach my goal, and not get bored, I'm entering in lots of challenges.  :)

If you check out the design team samples at Merry Monday Challenge you will see that I was completely taken with Kristie Goulet's sample.   Let me tell you, it wasn't easy getting baker's twine through the tiny bells, but I knew it would be worth it!  The entire design team did a fabulous job, be sure to check them out if you want some inspiration for yourself.

Two Tips for creating this card:
1) Use a needle threader to get the twine through the hole at the top of the bell.
2) Swipe ink on the edges of white cardstock to get a perfectly matched mat.
3.) Use same ink to lightly sponge the edges of DSP and cardstock to add depth and contrast between the layers.

I'm also linking this card up with the current CASology challenge.  The little flag in the top left corner wasn't in my head in the original design, but I think it's the detail that finishes off the card.   I considered adding sequins, but wanted to keep my card "clean" and have the jingle bells be the star of the show.

Stamps: Peace On Earth (Verve)
Ink: Lost Lagoon (SU)
Paper: Winter in the Woods DSP Stack (DVWV); Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Tiny Jingle Bells, White Baker's Twine (SU)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Merry & Bright ~ Fusion Challenge

Every year, when I was a child, the magic of Christmas was felt in my room nightly.  My dad would put up his large bulb, multi-colored lights on the front of the house and little multi-colored lights around each window.  My room was in the front of the house, along with my brother's, so we would go to sleep in the soft glow of Christmas lights all through December.

After taking the A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 class I had to re-create Catherine Pooler's string of lights card.  I created a similar background using supplies I had on hand and purchased the string of lights die from Penny Black so I could make lights of my own.  They are a great reminder of my childhood Christmas.  (even though I insist of having white icicle lights on my own home)

My lights were colored with Copics, then wink of stella pen, and finally covered in glossy accents.  Then my background and lights sat on my table for a few weeks waiting for the perfect challenge or sketch to pull it all together.  The new Fusion Card Challenge seemed perfect to me!

When I saw the big circle in the sketch I knew I could use some yellow ink to create a nice glow.  To add just a bit more sparkle I used some Iridescent Ice embossing powder on my banner.  The lights were already sparkly and bright. Thank you Fusion Card Challenge for helping me create the card that will go to my parents this Christmas!

Stamps: Christmas Bliss (Stampin' UP!)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine); Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade (Distress)
Copics: B02, B04, B05, G02, G05, YG41, RV25, R29, R59, Y11, Y08, Y19, YR65, YR68, R24
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi), Zig Zag Stencil (SimonSaysStamp) , Sparkle String (Penny Black)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Inspired By ~ Gift Card Holders ~ StampNation Sneak Peek

Today in the StampNation classroom I am showing you how to create these simple, yet adorable, gift card holders.

Butterflies In November

There is a story here.   The current sketch at Retro Sketches had me wanting to create a snowflake border with watercolor blues & purples.   I went to my stamp room and discovered that I never bought the snowflake die.  (what is wrong with me?)  Instead I decided to try my design idea with my butterfly die. My idea was to die cut the watercolor background, but it was so pretty that I decided to cut the die out of Glimmer Paper and let both pieces shine.

Thank you Retro Sketches for a wonderful, and versatile sketch.  I look forward to seeing what the new one will be tomorrow.

Stamps: Big Day - Today (Waltzing Mouse Stamps)
Ink: Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves (Distress Inks); Versamark (SU)
Paper: Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (Stampin' UP!); Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder (SU); Kensington Border Die (Memory Box)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bokeh Snowflakes ~ Video

Today's card was inspired by a card I made last summer exclusively for the StampNation classroom.  I made two watercolor backgrounds that day, and this card I'm showing on my blog today was inspired by that first card.

In the heat of August I created this snowy scene to cool me down. I've waited to share it with you because I made it for A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 and I wasn't sure if it would make it into the class or not.  Can you spot the trends I used?  We had so many awesome samples from our amazing team of designers that this card didn't make the cut, so I get to share it with all of you!  Doesn't that make you want to see the other cards in this class that did make the cut?  

Check out the video below to see how it is made.  If you cannot see the video click the direct link to watch it on youtube.

There may be a few too many sequins, or perhaps not.  It's almost Christmas time, so I say, "bring on the bling!".

If you are a StampNation member you can click the link to see my original Bokeh technique video: Inspired By #3  

If you are not a member and would like to become one, click the link:  Learn more about StampNation.   My next installment of Inspired By is coming out on Friday, and a new challenge went up today with a sponsor prize.

Imagine Crafts is our sponsor this week for StampNation.  Here is a sneak peek at how the design team was inspired.

If you are looking for the trendiest Christmas card class online be sure to check out A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0.  I have 4 exclusive videos for the class.  :)

REMINDER- Tomorrow is the LAST DAY for StampNation members to use their $10 off coupon code for A Very Trendy Holiday.  

Stamps: Alpine Christmas (Waltzing Mouse Stamps); Snowflake Soiree (Stampin' UP!); Vintage Snowflakes (The Crafts Meow)
Ink: Broken China- Peacock Feathers- Tumbled Glass (Distress Inks); White Paper (Fresh Ink); Versamark (SU)
Paper: Basic Gray (SU); Distress Watercolor Paper (Ranger); White (Bazzil)
Accessories: Sparkling Clear- Sweetheart Mix- Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Stitched Rectangles Die (Lil' Inker Designs); Studio Matte Medium (Ranger); White Embossing Powder (SU)