Quick & Easy- Affectionately Yours Suite

Quick & Easy- Affectionately Yours Suite

Quick & easy and Affectionately Yours…  at first glance you might have stopped for a second and wondered who’s blog you stumbled upon.  LOL.

My title sounds a bit crazy… but so am I so we are all good.

Really, I have a quick and easy card today and it’s using the Affectionately Yours Suite.  It’s NEW.

I’ve been holding out on sharing some of the new products because I feel kinda “na na boo boo” about it.  Does that make sense? This time of year is a struggle for me because I have new products in my hands.  I want to use them.  BUT… there are so many great stamp sets retiring and I want to get a lot of use out of them before they go away.

Ultimately I need about 10 more hours in my day and I could accomplish all things.

Affectionately Yours Suite

Todays card is using a new stamp set called Love & Affection.  At first glance I wasn’t head over heals in love but then I used it.  That’s when the change happens.  It happens all of the time to me.  Suddenly I am in love once the ink hits the stamp and then to the paper.  SHAZAM.  Love!

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The designer paper in this suite, Affectionately Yours is beautiful.  It’s a mix of bright colors as well as a few darker tones and COPPER.  The paper I used for this card is one of my favorite prints from the collection.  I love how the blue looks on the craft.

 

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Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating today’s card using the Love & Affection stamp set.

  • I embossed the large and small flower using Whisper White craft ink with White Embossing Powder onto Vellum cardstock. I placed the same size sheet of Whisper White cardstock (3-1/4 x 4-1/2) under the Vellum.  You can see the yellow hues peeking through the vellum.  To create that look use a sponge dauber and swirl Daffodil Delight ink in a circular motion where the flower centers will lay over.  I just lifted the vellum and made quick ink marks where the centers would lay and then went back to darken the yellow ink.
  • Once the stamping was complete the Vellum/Whisper White cardstock was matted onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock (3-3/8 x 4-5/8) and popped up using dimensionals.
  • The greeting was stamped onto a Tags & Label framelit and the left side of the label was trimmed off.
  • The new Thick White Bakers Twine is going to be a great addition to our core line of ribbons.

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The greetings are very fun in this stamp set but most of all I love the font.  It’s ridiculously amazing.

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You can see I also added a little bit of a doily under the label and greeting.  I love how something as simple as a doily can make the entire card look delicate.

What do you think?

 

You can see all of the products used for this card in the clickable links below.

Do You Want this Set NOW? 

You can also get the Love & Affection stamp set in your hot little hands by getting the Ultimate Stampin’ Kit- “starter kit” with Stampin’ Up! Yes.  NEW products can be added to your kit.  If you are interested and would like help knowing the new products you can add to your kit, please contact me.

Remember, there is no obligation to sell a thing.  The only obligation I request is you have FUN. My Stampin’ by the Sea community is a group of incredible talented people.

 

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Important News!

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  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
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Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Affectionately Yours, Stampin' Up!

Do YOU Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin? 

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If you are thinking about joining the Paper Pumpkin subscription… here is a sneak peek of what’s coming next month.  Sign up before May 10th and you will receive this kit perfect for manly cards.

Becoming a subscriber is easy and you receive great perks when  you become one of my subscribers.

My subscribers just received this fun tutorial yesterday packed with all of these project ideas.  They receive this monthly as a subscriber.  You will also receive a hand stamped card from me when you join.  The stamps and kits keep getting better and better every month.

Click HERE to join.  See the different plans we offer- 1 month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month.  Give it a try.

Affectionately Yours, Stampin' Up!

XOXOXO

Strawberries- Could This Be Sweeter?

Strawberries- Could This Be Sweeter?

Strawberries are one of my kids favorites to snack on in our house.

I love watching Alexis go through the fridge when I’ve unloaded groceries and she yells… STRAWBERRIES!

You would think I was depriving my child but they are in the fridge ALL the time.

 

My love affair for the Apple of My Eye stamp set became even greater when I recently had seen a card created by one of my friends Erica Cerwin.  She created a strawberry from the pear image in the set and my instant reaction was, “She is a GENIUS!”

 

This is what I call thinking outside the box.

Well, I had to give it a whirl and I loved how it turned out.

Apple of My Eye

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If you heard a loud giggle- it was me.  I knew I had strawberry designer paper from my Sweet Lil’ Things Designer Series Paper Pack.  It was a perfect match.

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Create with Me!

To create the strawberry simply stamp the pear image (marked above) upside down.  I stamped 3 leaves (image marked above) and then trim each of the images using paper snips.  I used Watermelon Wonder for the strawberry and Cucumber Crush for the leaves.

 

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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips & tricks to consider when creating this card.

  • Sponge around the edges of the leaves so you will see no white outline from trimming the leaves with scissors.  I use a Sponge Dauber since this is a smaller image I’m working with.
  • I stamped three leaves for my strawberry tops.
  • To create the lines on the strawberries I used my White Chalk Marker.  I love how this created a very soft look over the strawberries.
  • I had a hard time fitting my greeting onto the card so I wouldn’t take away from my focal image – strawberries. My solution was to stamp  the greeting onto Whisper White cardstock using Watermelon Wonder and then trim the words separate them.  This way I could create  a little banner.

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  • I attached the greeting using Mini Glue Dots and curled the edges slightly to look more like a banner.  I love glue dots when I want to raise an image ever so slightly but not as much as a dimensional would.

You can view all of the products used in the clickable links below.  

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A Couple Thoughts

If someone was to ask me which stamp set I’ve most enjoyed in the Occasions Catalog, hands down it would be this stamp set, Apple of My Eye.  It’s been a great set and insanely versatile.  That’s what I love most about it.  Remember, it’s on the retired list.

Important News!

  • New month- New Hostess Code!
  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
  •  Click HERE to shop!

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Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Have an AWESOME Tuesday and thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read.  I appreciate you SO SO much.  XOXO

Strawberries, Apple of My Eye, Stampin' Up!

Is it Really Picture Perfect?

Is it Really Picture Perfect? 

Nothing is ever perfect in my book anymore but it’s darn close and I have peace with that.

 

Oh that word perfect can get the best of us.  Especially me.

 

Perfect is a bad word for me because perfection is something I take to heart and I’ve had to learn over the years to let that go.

I’m. Not. Perfect. BUT…

 

Phew.  What a RELEASE….

Well, it was until I pulled out my Picture Perfect stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

 

My Perfect Relationship with the BIRD! 

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This weekend I had a virtual stamping palooza with my bestie.  It’s awesome fun where we pick a stamp set and create and then share our work with each other.  We ohhh and ahhhh and truly it’s the best thing.  Obviously it would be 100% better if we were actually together, but this is perfect for us given the miles between us.

 

Well, she chose the Picture Perfect stamp set.  I’ve been able to successfully stamp every image except that sweet hummingbird.  In fact I’ve been a bit jealous of the cards I’ve seen with him.  He’s beautiful… when others stamp him.  Every time I stamp this bird he looks like a big blog.

 

My friend came to my rescue and gave me a few tips and I thought I pass along to you because they WORK.  YAY! I also did a little research on the colors of the bird and that helped me decide my color choices.

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This is the bird I found and I loved the colors around his neck.  Isn’t he a cutie??

 

Stamping the Bird Perfect… 

Well, it didn’t happen.  I didn’t stamp him perfect.  BUT… I was so close I just let it go.

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If you look closely… his beak is slightly off a wince.  From afar… oh it’s perfect.

Look from afar.  <grin>

 

Tips & Tricks 

 

Here are a few things I found helpful when stamping Mr. Bird.

  • On the acetate that your images come on you have numbers that tell you which image to stamp.  Instead of stamping the images in order 1-4, try stamping image #4 and working backwards.  This was a tremendous help.
  • Stamp the bird image upside down.  At first I thought my friend was silly.  She’s not silly at all.  This also helped in lining up Mr. Bird.
  • Ultimately, if you own a stamp-a-ma-jig this would help you tremendously.  I am terribly lazy and tried the eyeball technique.  You see it needs a little work.
  • The colors I used for the bird starting with image #4: Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzaz, Melon Mambo, and  Basic Gray.

 

Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!

 

Create It!

Stamp with me using the instructions below.

  1. Fold Whisper White Thick card base in half (4-1/4 x 11).  Mat Basic Black cardstock 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 and Whisper White Thick cardstock 3-3/4 x 5-1/4 together using Fast Fuse.  Adhere onto center of Whisper White card base.
  2. Adhere Basic Black cardstock 1 x 5-1/2 to the back of the English Garden Designer Series Paper 2 x 5-1/2 so that 1/4″ shows.  Adhere over the Whisper White cardstock towards the left of the card.
  3. Attach a Tea Lace Doily along with a large gold Metallic Doily to the card.  You will only need a 1/2 of each doily.  Place a small piece of Burlap Ribbon onto the doily.  You will notice my Burlap is slightly tattered looking.  Just pull on the threads gently to tatter and fray the ends.  Attach over the doilies using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  4. Stamp the hummingbird using the method and colors I shared in the Tips & Tricks section above onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Die cut the image using the largest label framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits.  Trim the top of the label off using trimmer.
  5. Attach White Corrugated cardstock 1/4 x 2-1/2″ across the label near the hummingbird.  Attach a small piece of Tea Lace Doily over Corrugated cardstock.  Stamp the greeting onto Basic Black cardstock scrap using Whisper White Craft ink.  Pour White embossing powder over greeting and heat emboss.  Trim as close as you can around the greeting.  Attach greeting over Tea Lace Doily.
  6. Attach label framelit to the card front using dimensionals.
  7. Splatter Melon Mambo and Mossy Meadow carefully over label framelit using Aqua Painter.

Picture Perfect, Stampin' Up!

 

You can see all of the products used in the clickable links below.  

Rejoice in Imperfection!

Let’s face it, whether we get it perfect or not let’s rejoice that we took the time to create and enjoy the process.  I’m going to rejoice in the imperfection and remember to let go of that ugly word called perfect.  I hope you do to.  I hope you will let me know your thoughts on Mr. Bird.  If you have this set, what colors have you tried using.  I wanna hear.

Important News!

  • New month- New Hostess Code!
  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
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Shaking Up a Masculine Card

Shaking Up a Masculine Card

I love to shake things up and today I’m sharing a few masculine cards and one is a shaker card.  YAY!

Plus it’s a beautiful Sunday to share inspiration with my friends at the Creation Station.  Another YAY! YAY!

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Masculine Means….

It’s almost as if I had to lock up my delicate doily selection so I wouldn’t make this masculine card all “pre-ttay!”  It’s not easy friends.  I can slap a doily on any card QUICK.  Today… not so much.

We’ve talked about this before- Masculine cards are not easy.  I have to reset my brain to the right man mode to create for the man.  Sometimes it works and other times these cards are quickly in need of “something” or head to the big creative trash can.

 

So what does make a great masculine card? My definition would be …

Masculine Card = Any card that does not have a doily on it.

HA HA HA HA!

Let me share my first card!

Lucky Stars

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The Going Global stamp set is perfect for a man.  It has tons of great greetings that any man would love to hear.

 

The one I’m using today is actually something I say to my Prince.  (BTW- he was actually de-throned after the death of “Prince” and I told him he would just have to go by “my man” for a few weeks while I mourn.)  I do thank my lucky stars for him-REALLY.

The globe just speaks the man language.

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I love how this entire suite coordinates together with the designer paper, embossing folder and images within the set.  Perfect collection—  that is going away.  SO, if you love this collection of products don’t delay.  Get them today.

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are a couple of tips to create this card:

  • The Globe is embossed using Black Embossing powder then punched using the 2″ Circle punch.  That is matted onto a 2-1/2″ Circle punch (GASP- that’s retiring… no words)
  • The metal stars came from the You’re So Lovely kit.  *FAVORITE KIT!*
  • I tried this new diagonal cut that I’ve seen others doing and I love the stars peeking through the two diagonal cuts.  Kinda fun.

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Let’s Get Shakin’

 

 

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global

I don’t typically make shaker cards, however I had a cute little tub of gold star punches from a card I did LONG ago and they were calling my name to be used.  Then I thought how fun would it be to use the big dipper (or is it the little dipper?- Ah- I don’t know, it’s just cute!) and the gold stars together.  Reminded me of falling stars…. sigh.

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In all honesty, I think I overloaded the shaker but it’s really fun and there are lots of stars.  I kinda love that.

Tips & Tricks

  • All images are embossed using Black Embossing Powder.
  • I used a sponge dauber on the compass image to brighten up the cardstock in a few areas.
  • Create easy shaker cards using our Window Sheets (See link below).
  • The Confetti Star Punch makes perfect tiny stars for a shaker card.

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What made this shaker so much easier is the new addition of Foam Strips from Stampin’ Up!  Oh hello.  Thank you Stampin’ Up! These will be available in the new catalog June 1st.

 

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I think this looks pretty masculine… maybe minus the gems that I had to put on at the last minute.  I couldn’t stand it.  A little Rhinestone never hurt a man… I’m sure.

I hope you enjoyed what I shared today.  Now it’s time to hop along on the hop and see what the Creation Station Designers have in store for us.  Just click the NEXT and BACK buttons to hop along.

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You can see all of the products used in the clickable links below.

Supply List

Important News!

  • New month- New Hostess Code!
  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
  •  Click HERE to shop!

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Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you. 

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  • Have an AWESOME Sunday! XOXOXO

Add Interest Using Stampin’ Up! Punches

Add Interest Using Stampin’ Up! Punches

Punches are one of the most used tools in my stamp room and especially my circle punches.

Of course my Big Shot gets a ton of use but punches make my crafting life easy.  Don’t you think?

I really can’t get bored with punches and because I’m such a lazy crafter, punches make my crafting world even more spectacular because they save me time.

 

What I love is through the years Stampin’ Up! has made it more and more easy for us to create with the wide selection of punches.  While I’m sad to see some of our punches retire, I’m also excited for the new ones that are coming.

 

Layering Punched Pieces

One of the things I’ve been enjoying with punches is adding depth to a handmade card using multiple layers of a punched image.

I had tried this with a few die cuts recently and then thought – why not a punched image.

Punches, Stampin' Up!, You're So Lovely Kit

 

 

 

Today I grabbed the remaining pieces of my You’re So Lovely kit and put together 9 cards.  I loved all of them but as I was getting near the end of my creative streak, I felt the urge to try something different.

Create It!

Let’s jump in and I’ll share with you how to create the card above and most importantly show you how to create depth using your punches.

  1. Fold your cardstock base in half to create your card.  Using the sponge roller (or you can use a Sponge Dauber) and Dapper Denim ink (coming soon), sponge over the star mask from the You’re So Lovely kit.  *Note* You can rinse the sponge roller under water and squeeze out the water and pat dry and it’s ready to use again.  LOVE!
  2. Stamp congrats and banner image onto the Kraft cardstock label die cut using Basic Black ink. Images from the You’re So Lovely stamp set.
  3. Punch out 10 stars using Star Punch. I used the new InColor- Dapper Denim.  Layer 5 star punches onto one another using Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  Let this dry.
  4. Adhere the stars to the card as seen above.
  5. Add a strand of White Jute ribbon behind the congrats banner.
  6. Add Gold metal stars to card front from the kit.
  7. Enjoy!

 

 

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You can see how the punched images stacked together create great depth.  I think I will use this as a graduation card.  Perfect for a young male.  Actually, I might give this to Russ.  He retires from the Navy on June 10th.  That’s another story for another day.

 

Punches, Stampin' Up!, You're So Lovely Kit

 

Mission Accomplished!

As you can see, I was on a mission yesterday.  I couldn’t let this kit go to waste.  It’s been one of my favorites and I’m a  hoarder.  As I was cleaning and purging yesterday I knew I wanted to finish these.

 

Punches, Stampin' Up!, You're So Lovely Kit

 

Punches, Stampin' Up!, You're So Lovely Kit

 

You can see all of the products used in the clickable links below.  

The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 

Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.

Place an order in my Online Store and receive a FREE gift from me as well as a FREE class tutorial in the month of April.

I’m not foolin’ ya! Click HERE to shop!

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you. 

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I Challenge YOU!

I have a pile of stamps I’m getting ready to tackle this weekend for projects.  I am pretty excited to use them because some have not EVER seen ink. Why do I do that???  Let’s challenge each other to create using a stamp set that hasn’t been used OR one that hasn’t seen a lot of ink.  Will you join me?? Share if you do.  I’d love to see.

Have an AWESOME weekend.  XOXOXOXO

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