Friday, June 28, 2013

Stampin' Up! Label Love Makes Me Smile

Butterflies in a wildflower meadow!

Isn't this card sweet? I received it earlier this week from my friend (and awesome Stampin' Up! upline) Debbie. She combined several techniques and products together to create this pretty card, and I couldn't wait to share it.

The background panel combines two new coordinating products: the Wildflower Meadow Background Stamp and the Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder. I hope you can see the embossed design around the stamped image - you can definitely see and feel the raised design in person.  

Tip: For precision placement, stamp the image first,
then position the image inside the embossing folder.

The sentiment combines several fun products that will interchange beautifully providing loads of options. The Label Love stamp set combined with the new Artisan Label Punch are a fabulous pairing on their own, with lots of uses. But by adding an image from the A Round Array stamp set (cropped with the cute little 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch) the possibilities are endless!

Pair up stamps and punches to create a cute greeting label

To finish up her design, Debbie added butterflies cropped using the Bitty Butterfly Punch and adorned them with tiny Pearl Basic Jewels. And did you notice? This clever card uses all of the new Stampin' Up! In Colors: Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, and Crisp Cantaloupe.

Love a discount? Be sure to check out the special bundle offers (15% Savings!) for these coordinating products:
Label Love Stamp Set + Artisan Label Punch
Item 132722 Label Love Clear-Mount Bundle $28.75
Item 132723 Label Love Wood-Mount Bundle $34.75

Wildflower Meadow Stamp + Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder


Have a great weekend!

xoxo








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Wildflower Meadow (W-129165, C-129168), Label Love (W-130619, C-130622), A Round Array (W-129087, C-129090)
Ink: Pistachio Pudding (131177), Baked Brown Sugar (131174), Crisp Cantaloupe (131176)
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar (131296), Whisper White (100730), Coastal Cabana (131297), Crisp Cantaloupe (131298), Strawberry Slush (131295)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (129376), Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406), Artisan Label Punch (130920), 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch (129404), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Peek-a-boo - It's Paper Pumpkin!


Isn't this hello peek-a-boo card fun?

This was the project this month in the June Paper Pumpkin Kit. If you haven't heard about Paper Pumpkin, it's a new subscription based kit from Stampin' Up! that contains a quick and easy papercrafting project delivered right to your door every month.

The kit contains everything you'll need (except adhesive) to complete the project, including stamps, ink, pre-cut paper, embellishments, and even envelopes if it's a greeting card project.



It's meant to be quick and easy, lots of fun, and stress-free. It will fit into the busiest of schedules and the smallest of crafting budgets. The very first kit even includes a welcome gift - one of Stampin' Up!'s quality clear blocks - to make sure you have everything you need to get stamping right away.

Want to see just how easy it is to enjoy a little creativity escape each month?

Take a peek:



Are you ready for your escape with Paper Pumpkin? Learn more about Paper Pumpkin kits here. Be sure to sign up before July 10 to receive your Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit in July. (And stop missing out on these monthly creative escapes.)

Bonus gift from me: Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin with me (Gayle Wheeler) listed as your demonstrator and receive the new 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog at no charge.  (The catalog will ship separately from your Paper Pumpkin kit within 1-2 weeks of subscribing.) Subscribe now!

xoxo








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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Stampin' Up! Chalk Talk Thanks

I Can't Thank You Enough! By Stampingville #StampinUp!

One of my "must have" stamp sets from the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog was the Chalk Talk stamp set. The images are fun and chalkboard trendy, and all of the images coordinate with either a Stampin' Up! punch or one of the new dies in the Chalk Talk Framelits collection.

Naturally, I was dying to get the matching Framelits too, so I was darn excited about getting the Chalk Talk Bundle (stamp set and coordinating framelit dies) at a 15% discount. If you love stamp sets with coordinating dies and punches, you'll love saving moolah on the new bundle offerings by Stampin' Up! See all the bundles on my handy dandy flyer here.

Sweet thank you card | Stampingville #StampinUp

My Chalk Talk Thanks card features Smoky Slate (a new addition to the Neutrals Collection) and Strawberry Slush, one of the trendy new In Colors.

A little embossing does wonders for adding texture to otherwise plain cardstock. The scallop piece was embossed with the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder and the lower portion of the slate piece was embossed with hearts using the Adorning Accents Embossing Folder.

Doilies and baubles and jewels. Oh. My.


The Chevron Ribbon in Basic Black was a natural choice and it adds a great pop of contrast. The super fun embellishment on the doily is a new favorite alternative to a button - Boutique Details in the new In Colors. It pops right on your project using a Glue Dot!

Speaking of savings ... Stampin' Up! just added some new items to the Clearance Rack in the online store with savings of up to 80% off the original retail price. See what's new HERE or go HERE to shop the entire Clearance Rack.

xoxo







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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Chalk Talk (W-130631, C-130634)
Ink: Smoky Slate (131179), Strawberry Slush (131178)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Strawberry Slush (131295), Smoky Slate (131202), Basic Black (121045), Naturals White (102316)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Large Scallop Edgelits Die (127019), Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (127023), Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (125601)
Accessories: Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Basic Black Chevron Ribbon (130010), In Color Boutique Details (130938)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Stampin' Up! Digital Scrapbooking Kits

New Stampin' Up! digital downloads every week!

Happy Tuesday! It's another great week of new digital downloads from Stampin' Up! Today you'll find four brand new digital kits, a new stamp brush set, plus the free July wallpaper download. Enjoy!

Free Download - Get Going July Desktop Wallpaper


Free desktop wallpaper! Coordinates with the Get Going July Digital Kit.


Stampin' Up! Get Going Digital Kit


Document your travels and iconic landmarks with this fun kit perfect for digital scrapbooks, swatchbooks, or creating wall art.



Stampin' Up! Ready For Departure Digital Ensemble Kit


Throw the perfect party for your little pilot with this airport themed digital kit. Includes digital templates for invitations, thank you cards, banners, bottle wraps, food flags, and more.



Be Brave Pocket Cards Digital Kit by Stampin' Up!


Pocket cards for your divided page scrapbooking projects. Printable designer templates, plus all the digital elements to create your own journaling cards and pockets.



Graphic Days Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download by Stampin' Up!


Use this 26-piece stamp brush set to accent your daily or weekly scrapbooking projects.



Stampin' Up! Then Now Digital Kit


A fun recolor of the Here & There Designer Series Paper, plus 12 stamp overlays to recolor as you wish.

For details on all of this week's digital downloads, click on the download title or click here to see all six new downloads on one convenient page.


I love the Get Going digital kit. Wouldn't it be fun to create a travel bucket list using this download? Unless, of course, you are lucky enough to have already traveled to many of those iconic landmarks. If that's the case, what about creating a fun little "passport style" swatchbook or mini album. Too cute.

I'm also loving the Be Brave Pocket Cards - perfect for using on digital pages, plus divided pocket albums (like Project Life) and everyday traditional scrapbooking. Use the journaling cards with or without the cute pockets.

My Digital Studio 30-Day Free Trial Offer

Still waiting for time to learn your complicated photo editing software? Give MDS a try for free and see how easy it is to start creating your own digital scrapbooking pages and photobooks. Use the professionally designed photobook layouts for easy drag and drop convenience or create your own pages from the included digital content.

Download the free MDS 30-day trial here.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Yippee-Skippee!

Yippee-Skippee! Festive + fun card by Stampingville

As I flipped through the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog for the first time, I knew right away that the Yippee-Skippee stamp set would be on my first order. I mean, come on. How could I not get a stamp set called Yippee-Skippee!?

First of all, it has six unique sentiments designed using fun, trendy fonts. But aside from that, there probably isn't a day that goes by that I don't use the word "yippee"!  It might be in an email, on this blog, in a tweet, or said in conversation. It's me. It's a thing.

It doesn't hurt that I think it's going to be fun to say out loud to my stamping friends:

"Today we'll be using the set
♫♪Yippee-Skippee
for our card class." 

See what I mean? Loads of yippee-skippee fun for all.

Anywho ... I had fun creating this card as well. And I've got a tip for you: save those scraps from your rubber stamp sets! I created my own background by stamping solid circles of various sizes onto card stock. And where did I get the circle stamps? They are the rubber pieces left over after removing the die-cut stamp from the rubber in certain stamp sets.

Use these leftover rubber pieces for stamping!
Stamp set images © STAMPIN' UP!
The Daydream Medallions stamp set has several circles left over, and the new Chalk Talk stamp set also has one. We used this technique at convention last year on this cute gift box.

After stamping the circles, I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark and heat embossed it with Early Espresso Embossing Powder.

Dry embossed details give the banner texture and add interest

For the banner pieces, the Pear Pizzazz strip was trimmed using the Finishing Touches (zigzag) Edgelit die and then embossed using the Chevron Embossing Folder. The Early Espresso piece is Core'dinations card stock cropped with the Hearts a Flutter Framelit, embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, and lightly sanded to accent the polka dots.

This will be a fun card to send to someone who is celebrating an event, milestone, or special accomplishment. Aunt Edna left you her shoelace collection? Yippee!!

Have a Yippee-Skippee week!

xoxo








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Yippee-Skippee! (W-131341, C-131344)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz (131180), Pink Pirouette (126956), Daffodil Delight (126944), Soft Sky (131181), Wisteria Wonder (126985), VersaMark (102283)
Paper: Pear Pizzazz (131201), Naturals White (102316), Neutrals Core'dinations (129956), Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper (126902)
Tools: Heat Tool (129053), Early Espresso Stampin' Emboss Powder (128980), Big Shot (113439), Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies (130159), Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies (127010), Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (117335), Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127749), Stampin' Sanding Block (129367), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: 3/4" Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon (130011)

Yippee-Skippee Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Yippee-Skippee Stamp Set © Stampin' Up!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Four You: Thank You + Hello

Happy Ruffle Trim Banner Cards by Stampingville

No, that's not a typo in the headline! It's the Four You stamp set, a new Stampin' Up! greeting set with four of the most commonly used greetings for handmade cards. I'm making multiples of the Thank You card for a client, but had to sneak one in with "hello" just for fun.

This card uses very few supplies - great for someone just getting started. (Also great if you are making multiples of a card!)

Hello Ruffle Trim Banner Card by Stampingville


The bright and cheery patterned paper is the new I Am Me Designer Series Paper collection. The patterns are fun and trendy and the colors are versatile enough to make it a go-to paper.

The card itself measures 4-1/4" x 4-1/4". By creating the card base this size, I can let the banner and ribbon hang off the card (even more than shown here) and it will still fit nicely in a standard envelope.

Thank You Ruffle Trim Banner Card by Stampingville

For the card base, I've used Naturals White card stock - another go-to favorite of mine. This lightly speckled paper is available in white and ivory, made from recycled paper, yet it's the same quality paper as all Stampin' Up! card stock. All this and it's economical too. Love that!

Notice the cute heart detail on the banner? I punched a single heart from a scrap of So Saffron card stock and lightly sponged it around the edges with So Saffron ink. Before adhering it to the banner strip, I used the negative of the punched piece as a stencil and sponged inside the heart shape to create hearts on the banner.

Ruffle Trim Banner Card Close-Up Detail


And check out that adorable ribbon (squee!!!!). It is so, so cute. It's even cuter in person. It has that darling ruffle on one edge, but the other edge is actually elastic making the entire ribbon stretchy. IT'S SO FUN!

Technically, it's called Ruffle Stretch Trim and it comes in all the new In Colors. I'm going to need them all. What? Oh, now you need it all too? Yeah, I should have warned you that might happen. Sorry ;)

xoxo








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Four You (Wood-mount 130535, Clear-mount 130538)
Ink: Basic Gray (126981), So Saffron (126957)
Paper: Naturals White (102316), So Saffron (105118), Calypso Coral (122925), I Am Me Designer Series Paper (130138)
Tools: Small Heart Punch (117193), Sponge Dauber (102892)
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim (130021)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hooray For Today! Digital Downloads by Stampin' Up!

It's Tuesday and that means a fresh new batch of digital downloads from Stampin' Up! for your digital scrapbooking, cards, and projects.

Stampin' Up! Hooray For Today Stamp Brush Set Digital Download


26-piece SVG stamp brush set.





12 papers in color and the same 12 in grayscale for recoloring.






Digital version of the traditional stamp set, includes 5-piece SVG stamp brush set.






Get the kids excited to do their chores and mind their manners!







Preserve precious memories of baby's first years with this gorgeous book.



I love them all, but I have two favorites this week: the Hooray For Today Stamp Brush Set and the Everybody's Business Designer Series Paper. Both are fresh, modern, and trendy.

Did I mention versatile? The stamp brush set will get tons of use, but so will that paper. By changing the color of the paper to coordinate with the theme, season, or mood of your project, the possibilities are endless. And recoloring designer series paper is so easy to do with MDS.

In this video, see just how easy it is to recolor our patterned papers.





Is your digital program over your head? Give MDS a try with the FREE 30-day trial. You'll get the fully functioning software program plus digital content to use on your test drive. Download it now here.


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Monday, June 17, 2013

Million & One Elegant Thanks

Easy and elegant! Million & One Thanks Card by Stampingville

The new Stampin' Up! Million & One stamp set really makes a graceful and elegant statement. Perfect for shower or wedding thank you cards.

The Perfect Plum background panel gets a snazzy upgrade with the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder and light sponging around the edges.

Die-cut labels work perfectly layered behind the sentiment, thanks to the new Deco Labels Collection framelits. I love the shape of this new label die and I know I'll be playing around with some ideas for using it in new ways. (It also coordinates with the new Label Pop 'n Cuts die designed by Karen Burniston for Stampin' Up!)

Close-Up: Stampin' Up! Million & One card idea


Tiny silver Glimmer Paper hearts add sparkle and shine - but keep the card flat for mailing. The hearts are cropped using the Owl Builder Punch.

The Whisper White Organza Ribbon (with satin center) always looks elegant for anything wedding related. It can also be dyed to match any of the Stampin' Up! colors using the stamp pad reinkers.

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Million & One (wood-mount 126375, clear-mount 126377)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (126969)
Paper: Naturals White (102316), Perfect Plum (101889), Elegant Eggplant (105126), So Saffron (105118), Whisper White (100730), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (130917), Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102), Owl Builder Punch (118074), 2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).
Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319)

Stampin' Up! Million & One Stamp Set Artwork
Million & One Stamp Set © Stampin' Up!


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

All Mixed Up: I Miss You Card

I Miss You: Mix and match challenge card by Stampingville

There's an old rule that says patterns shouldn't be combined.

But cardmakers (and scrapbookers) have been breaking that rule for some time now. That's what happens when we buy lots of pretty patterned paper!

Now we've got an all out dare with the Mixy-Matchy Style Challenge over at Moxie Fab World . The challenge?
Create a paper crafted project that incorporates pattern mixing in an innovative way.
Well, gee - that's hard to pass up. ;) I don't know about innovative, but I sure managed to mix up a few patterned papers!

Miss You sentiment with die-cut Deco Labels (framelits)


I was dying to pair the "I miss you already" stamp (from the new Really Good Greetings stamp set) with the adorable luggage patterned paper from the new I Am Me Designer Series Paper collection. So I figured what the heck and threw in three more patterns. Um, that really sounds like a hot mess, now doesn't it.

I die-cut two of the papers using the new Deco Labels Collection Framelits and sponged them with Basic Gray ink. I think that helped to define things a bit. The sentiment was stamped on the fourth and final patterned paper, cropped with a circle punch, and popped up in the center of the layered labels.

I decided at the last minute to incorporate a little ribbon. The Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon helps to pull that color out more to balance the heavier red and gray colors.

I dunno. It's busy, but I kind of like it. It's definitely a stretch beyond my normal pattern mixing, but it was a fun experiment.

Oh, and if you think this CARD is a little busy, be sure to check out the inspiration photos for the challenge. Apparently, the fashion industry has taken note and wants in on the fun, because there is some serious print mixing going on like nobody's business!

xoxo







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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Really Good Greetings (W-130330, C-130333)
Ink: Basic Gray (126981), Real Red (126949)
Paper: Basic Gray card stock (121044), I Am Me Designer Series Paper (130138)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies (130102), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Stamping Sponges (101610), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon (125582)

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