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Hearts & Stars Elements

Hearts & Stars Elements

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

When I start creating for OnStage displays, I try to have a mix of occasions if I can.  Creating this card worked out perfect when creating this baby card and using the Hearts & Stars Elements.

Remember, expect to be inspired for the next nine days with the Artisan Display Stampers from OnStage.

 

Superstar Stamp Set

 

Hearts & Stars Elements, Superstar Stamp Set, Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

This sweet baby card ended up showcasing many new products and was an easy way for me to fall in love with each of them.

The Superstar stamp set is one that is retiring.  It’s laden with great images of stars as well as the circle of words that I used for the focus of my card.

 

So What’s New?

  • The pattern paper comes from the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It’s beautiful with soft blues and pinks on one side and gold on the other.  You can see I added a small banner using the gold across the card.
  • The wooden elements are a called Hearts & Stars Elements.  Here you will find different sizes of hearts and stars.  What I love about them are the open and solid images.
  • Lastly, you will see a new ribbon.  This 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon comes in three different colors- Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, and Whisper White.  This ribbon is pliable and easy to use on cards.  I love that it can be pressed relatively flat making cards not so bulky.

Hearts & Stars Elements, Superstar Stamp Set, Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • A quick way to add the wooden elements to a project (especially the open stars and hearts) is to take a sponge dauber lightly glazed with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  Simply tap the backs of the wooden pieces and attach.  This way you do not have excess glue dripping everywhere.
  • The clouds were die cut using the Up & Away Thinlits from Watercolor paper.  I used my Aqua Painter over the clouds with Pool Party ink to give the clouds a soft look.
  • The card base was created using Kraft Cardstock.  This cardstock is retiring and only available until May 31st.

Hearts & Stars Elements, Superstar Stamp Set, Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Hearts & Stars Elements, Superstar Stamp Set, Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

Don’t Wait, Order Now!

This time of year is exciting for avid crafters that love Stampin’ Up! products.  It’s a season where we see tons of fresh new products making way to a brand new catalog.  It can also be sad as we say goodbye to many other products.  My advice, if there is something you love, don’t wait.  Order your favorites before May 31st.  Many times our retiring products are gone QUICKLY!

Click HERE to download the retired list. Don’t miss the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Click HERE to see three fun ideas!

The Superstar stamp set is on the retired list along with the Stars Framelits Dies.  The framelits are also on sale.  Grab these dies for only $21.60!

You can find the AVAILABLE product in the clickable links below.  

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OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

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!

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global

 

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

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global

 

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.

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global

 

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.

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global

 

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.

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global

 

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.

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global

 

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.

 

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global

 

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.

Bringing Birthdays Back, Stampin' Up! Bringing Birthdays Back, Stampin' Up!

 

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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!

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

Embellished Ornaments- Creation Station Hop!

Embellished Ornaments-Creation Station Hop!

I was going through my big stash of Holiday Catalog stamps today and noticed that my Embellished Ornaments stamp set was at the bottom of the lonely pile.  I’m surprised myself that I haven’t used this set more for a few reasons.  The ornaments are beautiful but the fonts in the greetings stand out even more to me.

 

I have good news….

 

Today’s Creation Station Blog Hop features Embellished Ornaments and Peaceful Pines.  I am confident you will be inspired along the route of this hop.  I’m even more excited as I’ve created 3 projects to inspire you today. That’s a Christmas miracle!

 

Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop

Embellished Ornaments

Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

I started off using very neutral colors.  Love the Crumb Cake, Whisper White and gold all mixed together.  The Winter Wonderland Designer Paper and Vellum Stack worked perfect for this project because the Vellum adds a soft touch and the Designer Paper adds an elegant touch with the gold.

Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

I couldn’t help but add a little Tea Lace doily underneath the layers to give it more of a delicate feel.

 

Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!
Same design basically for this card below, just more stars and different greeting.  Elements are layered and then a quick stitch across the layers to keep them secure.
Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Embellished Ornaments Treat Box 

Lastly, I wanted an elegant treat box that I could fill with chocolate to give to a special friend.  The Pillow Box die cut was the perfect box. This framelit is easy to work with and you can create many boxes in a quick amount of time.

Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

You can see why I love the fonts in the greetings of this stamp set so much.  Very elegant and pretty stunning when you add Gold Embossing powder to it.

Embellished Ornaments, Creation Station Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

The Delicate Ornaments thinlits are just that… delicate. The fine detail makes this framelit an eye catcher.  

You can see all the supplies at the bottom of the post in the clickable links.

Be Inspired!

Run through the hop and see all the great projects that uplift and inspire you.  Just click the buttons below to run you through the hop.

Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Creation Station, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

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Be inspired by everyones Holiday Traditions.

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CAS Challenge Card- Hooray

CAS Challenge Card- Hooray

This week I thought I would pay along with a challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers.  Something I haven’t done in a VERY VERY long.  Ummm…. like years.

I was intrigued with the CAS idea – (Clean and Simple) so I went for it.

It’s a challenge for a reason, right? Clean and simple should be pretty darn easy.

Here is my problem.  It’s the simple part.  I think this has been a problem my entire life.  LOL.  I’m not SIMPLE.  I want to continuously add more drama to the equation.

So I did.

It’s gets better.  I think I used a Retired stamp because I can’t find it anywhere in my Online Store.  <shoot!>
CAS336, Stampin' Up!, Yee Haw stamp set

 

I used the Hearts and Stars Decorative Mask to create the stars on the Crumb Cake cardstock using Whisper White Craft Ink.  This is one of my favorite looks- White on Crumb Cake.

I die cut the star after using the mask on the Crumb Cake and then used then popped the star up over where I die cut it.  I added a few layers with burlap and a tea lace doily directly under the star. I used the Yee-Haw stamp set to add more stars and again used the Decorative Mask to add more stars using Tip Top Taupe ink.

I sponged around the edges of the stars which if I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t have sponged so much.  I did get a little carry away.  Ironically I used the Tip Top Taupe ink and it gave it a very burnished look with the sponge. I didn’t expect that as I thought the ink was a bit lighter.

CAS336, Stampin' Up!, Yee Haw stamp set

 

Once again, I’m simple challenged but I think the card turned out just fine.   One other little detail I added was a Wink of Stella Gold Brush along the edges of the stars.  This is similar to an Aqua Painter but has a Gold ink.  I loved the way this made the star sparkle.

You can play along with this challenge.  Just head over to Splitcoast Stampers and check out the fun challenges they have.  It definitely can get the creative juices flowing.