Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stampin' Up! Bonus Deals

What could be better than cool weekly deals or big savings on Clearance Rack items?

How about Bonus Deals!?  Woo Hoo!!

Starting today through August 3, Stampin' Up! is adding more items to the Clearance Rack and to Weekly Deals.

You'll save up to 30% on even more Weekly Deals or up to 60% on extra items in the Clearance Rack (while supplies last).



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Weekly Deals discounts will be available in limited quantities before the items return to retail prices.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Moments Like These - Project Life by Stampin' Up!


Capturing memories during life's big events is important. But don't forget to capture every day life moments too. Recording every day happenings and routines will tell your family's story for generations to come.

Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins of Project Life to create a quick and easy scrapbooking solution that makes it easy to capture those oh-so-important everyday moments. It’s called Moments Like These. Check it out!

Video: Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection by Stampin' Up!



The Moments Like These Card Collection and coordinating Accessory Pack are designed with a minimal color scheme that will go well with all your pictures: Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, and White.



Watch this short video with 10 Tips for every day photos by Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life:




I love these practical tips and I'm going to try a few of them out right away!

Learn more about Project Life® | by Stampin' Up! or discover our exclusive Project Life Card Collections and Accessories.

Do YOU record every day moments when memory keeping or scrapbooking?









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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Definitely Dahlia Gift Boxed Set of Greeting Cards

Gift Boxed Set of Greeting Cards featuring Stampin' Up! Definitely Dahlia background stamp

Create a gift straight from the heart with this lovely boxed set of greeting cards. Yesterday, I shared the set of all occasion cards I created using the new Stampin' Up! In Colors. Today, I'll show you how I boxed them up to give as a gift.

I created a simple box bottom from Mint Macaron cardstock using this basic template:

Simple Box Template with dimensions sized to hold greeting cards.

Next, I created a lid for the box from a Window Sheet and used the same basic template. However, when I scored the window sheet, I scored just shy of the 1-1/2" mark to make it just a wee bit bigger than the box bottom for a snug fit.

TIPS:

  • When scoring the window sheet, you'll need to use heavy pressure and may need to score several times to get a good score line.
  • I used Glue Dots to assemble the lid (flaps). While they do show, it's the least obvious. If you have some type of adhesive sheets, you might use that cut to the size of the flaps.


Photo image of handmade all occasion greeting card set.


This box has plenty of room for the five greeting cards plus handmade envelopes with room to spare. Based on the thickness of these cards, the box will accommodate 6 or 7 cards + envelopes.

After filling the box with the set of greeting cards, I first wrapped it with a length of White Jute Ribbon, followed by Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim tied in a pretty bow.


Photo image of Chalk Talk Gift Tag with embossed Definitely Dahlia background stamp.

To create the tag, I die-cut a large tag from Tip Top Taupe cardstock using the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies and the Big Shot.

I stamped the Definitely Dahlia background stamp onto the tag using VersaMark ink, followed by a sprinkling of White Embossing Powder and heat set it with the Heat Tool.

I created little banner strips of various lengths from Silver Glimmer Paper, Watermelon Wonder cardstock and Tip Top Taupe cardstock. The "FOR YOU" sentiment (Crazy About You stamp set) was stamped using Tip Top Taupe ink on the smallest banner before layering the banners together on the tag.

The finishing touch on the tag was a large Metal Rimmed Pearl - a new product this year from Stampin' Up! (swoon). If you like this type of embellishment, you will love these pearls. They come 24/package in three sizes, are adhesive-backed, and they are so pretty. LOVE these pearls!

Photo image of Gift Boxed Set of All Occasion Greeting Cards with handmade heat embossed gift tag.


I hope you enjoyed this gift boxed set of cards - it was really fun to create and a certain someone is going to love receiving this handmade gift.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Have a great weekend!







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Friday, June 26, 2015

Stampin' Up! Definitely Dahlia In Colors Card Set

Stampin' Up! 2015-2017 In Colors Photo Image by Stampingville

Have you noticed a few peeks of the new Stampin' Up! In Colors in some of my recent projects? I've definitely been working them into the mix, but I've also created a set of greeting cards using each of the five new In Colors and the gorgeous Definitely Dahlia background stamp.


Stampin' Up! Definitely Dahlia Set of Greeting Cards photo image

In addition, I created coordinating envelopes using the Envelope Punch Board and the new In Color Envelope Paper. This paper, which is also available in plain Neutrals, is thinner than Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, making it easier to work with when creating envelopes. The In Color Envelope Paper is solid on one side and printed on the other, making it perfect for creating a dressed up envelope.

If you're new to Stampin' Up!, each year they introduce a new In Color palette of five trendy colors that will be offered in the form of cardstock, ink pads, markers, ribbon, embellishments, and Designer Series Paper.

Each In Color palette is retired after two years, but there are two sets of In Colors available at any given time. The 2014-2016 In Colors are: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, and Tangelo Twist. See them here.

Without further ado, here is my Definitely Dahlia Greeting Card Set featuring the new Stampin' Up! 2015-2017 In Colors.


Clean and simple Definitely Dahlia Watermelon Wonder embossed birthday card.

Watermelon Wonder Happy Birthday Card. Each of the cards in this set was stamped with the Definitely Dahlia background stamp using Classic Ink Pads and then quickly covered with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set. The result is a shiny beautiful bloom in the coordinating In Color. For a look at Watermelon Wonder embellishments and ribbon see this "For You" card.


Quick and easy Definitely Dahlia embossed thinking of you card in Stampin' Up! In Colors.

Tip Top Taupe Thinking of You Card. The clean and simple design of these cards makes them fast and fabulous, but the embossing adds a big wow. Tip Top Taupe is a wonderful gray/brown stone color that may become your favorite neutral. See my colorful birthday card using it as a neutral card base.


Fast and fabulous Mint Macaron embossed Definitely Dahlia graduation card.

Mint Macaron Graduation Card. The flagged banners on each of the cards were stamped with occasions/phrases from the Crazy About You stamp set using VersaMark ink and then heat embossed using White Stampin' Emboss Powder. See Mint Macaron paired with Night of Navy on this masculine birthday card.

TIP: Macarons are the little French almond meringue sandwich cookies with sweet filling that come in all flavors and colors of the rainbow. Not to be confused with macaroons, the almond/coconut mound of a cookie. Ooh La La.


Quick and easy Definitely Dahlia Delightful Dijon embossed miss you card.

Delightful Dijon Miss You Card. Fans of the retired More Mustard can rejoice! Delightful Dijon is more gold/brown than More Mustard, but you'll seriously want this color for fall projects. Please note what happens when you are in a hurry and your card falls over during the photo shoot: droopy Whisper White Baker's Twine. Hahaha! Never fear ... it's perky now.


Easy wow card: Cucumber Crush embossed Definitely Dahlia thank you card.

Cucumber Crush Thanks So Much Card. I created a cute little accent for each card using the flower punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and a small Rhinestone Basic Jewel.

Alrighty! Time to pick a favorite In Color. You go first, because I've narrowed it down but can't decide between Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, and Mint Macaron. Halp.

SO ... Let's summarize today's project.

A pretty set of greeting cards for various occasions?  Check.

Coordinating envelopes with a printed pattern on the inside?  Check.

Seems fairly complete, right?

Unless!?

How about a gift box to put them in and then wrap the box with gorgeous lace trim and a stunning dahlia embossed tag?

Yes?!

Guess what I made!

You'll just have to wait until tomorrow to see it. I think it's worth the wait. {wink}








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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Serene Silhouettes Masculine Birthday + Happy Hello

Masculine birthday card with Serene Silhouettes and Tin of Cards stamp sets by Stampin' Up!

The Tin of Cards Project Kit* and the coordinating Tin of Cards stamp set are such a great combo to create a variety of cards to put in that cute organizing card tin. The stamp set will get lots of use creating additional cards long after creating the cards in the kit.

Hello card featuring pretty floral papers and Serene Silhouettes + Tin of Cards stamp sets by Stampin' Up!

I paired sentiments from the Tin of Cards stamp set with images from the Serene Silhouettes stamp set to create two similar cards: a masculine birthday card and a floral happy hello card. My starting point was this week's Mojo Monday Sketch.


Stampin' Details:
  • In place of rectangular panels, I created two sizes of die-cuts using Deco Labels Framelits Dies. The larger label is turned and the round edges have been trimmed off. The large circle is cut using the coordinating Circles Collection Framelits Dies.
  • Mint Macaron and Night of Navy are found in both patterned papers from the English Garden Designer Series Paper collection. I adore these two colors together!
Close-up photo of Serene Silhouettes trees with Tin of Cards birthday greeting.

  • Sentiments (from the Tin of Cards stamp set) are stamped in Night of Navy slightly overlapping the Mint Macaron silhouette images (Serene Silhouettes stamp set).
  • Special Touches: Silver Mini Brads for the masculine birthday card, while the feminine hello card gets a sweet Blushing Bride button tied with Baker's Twine.
Wildflowers from Serene Silhouettes stamp set behind hello greeting from Tin of Cards stamp set on die-cut Deco Labels layering shape.

*Note: The Tin of Cards Project Kit is a hot item! So hot, in fact, it is currently on backorder, but will be shipping around July 10. You can still create cards, like the ones I've shared today, using the Tin of Cards stamp set in the meantime. You'll be able to start filling up that card tin as soon as it arrives.

Photo image of Stampin' Up! Tin of Cards Project Kit with storage tin and completed cards.


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Circle of Spring Birthday Card

Feminine Birthday Card with Circle of Spring stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Happy Friday, stampers! Before summer officially begins on Sunday, I'm celebrating the last few hours of spring with this pretty and feminine birthday card featuring the Stampin' Up! Circle of Spring stamp set.

I'm playing along over at Retro Sketches this time, and just look at this fun sketch. I thought of the Circle of Spring stamp set right away, but was afraid the wreath would be too large so I went in another direction completely. Major fail. That card died a slow death and went to card heaven.

I was determined to use that pretty wreath and I must say - mission accomplished! I really love how this card turned out.

Stampin' Details:

  • The Circle of Spring stamp set is a cute new addition to the Wondrous Wreath Bundle (stamp set + coordinating Framelits) that debuted last fall. I'm thrilled with this additional option for the set.
  • Yay for placement guide tabs! Both wreath stamp sets, as well as the framelits, have a little tab at the top to aid in quick, efficient placement. No turning the framelit this way and that to get the proper placement. So smart.
  • It may seem odd, but it's easiest to die-cut the center of the wreath first, THEN stamp the image, and finally die-cut the outer part of the wreath. With the center cut out, you'll be able to see exactly where to stamp the image!
  • The wreath is stamped using Crumb Cake ink, then colored in using a Blender Pen with Melon Mambo and Mossy Meadow inks.

Close-up photo image of Circle of Spring stamp set die-cut wreath with birthday greeting.

  • My snippets of patterned paper are from the English Garden Designer Series Paper collection. These gorgeous papers feature floral patterns (some quite large) as well as gender neutral patterns/colors that will be ideal for masculine cards (believe it or not!).
  • The new Elegant Dots embossing folder jazzes up the background and ties right in with the circle theme going on. After just one use, I'm smitten with this embossing folder.
  • For the final touch, a few White Perfect Accents are sprinkled around the card. What are "perfect accents" you ask? It's the unique Stampin' Up! name for .... enamel dots!
While my colors and papers may be spring-like, this stamp set will get use year round. The Christmas themed Wonderous Wreath has been turned into a fall wreath (and probably more seasons too) and the Circle of Spring stamp set will look beautiful in summer and fall colors as well. I adore the cute font used for the greetings in this set too.

What are your plans for the weekend? We're having dinner with friends for a birthday celebration, a neighborhood "welcome Summer" party, and Father's Day on Sunday - which will probably be spent in the pool with a little grilling and a few cold ones on the side. We are also getting a new patio set delivered today and I can't wait!

Have a terrific weekend and Happy Father's Day!








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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Stampin' Up! Bloom For You Thank You Card

Clean and simple thank you card with punched and layered Bloom For You stamp.

This clean and simple thank you card really packs a punch in the "wow" department with a brightly colored 3-D flower taking center stage.

I've been having fun with a few challenges lately and took a look around the interwebs to see what some of my old favorites are up to these days. Sadly, several of them have rolled up the card challenge welcome mat - bummer!

But when I got to the  CAS(E) this sketch! card challenge it was obvious they are still going strong and I couldn't resist the current sketch. I had to bust a move to come in just under the wire, but I made it. I think.

Stampin' Details:
  • That gorgeous Melon Mambo flower is the wood-mount Bloom for You single stamp, a versatile little gem of a stamp.
  • Using just a few coordinating punches, this single image "blooms" into a multi-layered flower in a matter of minutes.
  • Add a glossy element to projects with Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers. I used the 1/2" circle sticker in the center of my flower.
Close up image of Bloom For You flower layers.
  • The Crumb Cake squares stand out from the Crumb Cake card base with a very light sponging of Crumb Cake ink around the edges. It adds real depth without added bulk.
  • My thanks greeting is from the new Expressions Natural Elements - a collection of wood veneer words (Thanks, Congrats, Celebrate). Love these!
  • I used tiny, tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the greeting to the card base. 
This card came together very quickly. I'll bet I spent more time making sure my four squares were glued on straight than I did creating all the other elements. Ha!







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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Sticky Subject: Best Adhesives For Cards + Papercrafts

Photo image of a variety of papercraft projects in baskets titled "stuck like glue".

There is nothing worse than creating a beautiful card, tag, or 3-D project, only to have it fall apart the moment it hits the recipients hands. Has this ever happened to you? It could, especially if you live in a humid climate (like me).

I get questions all the time about adhesives, so today I'm holding a little "Adhesives 101 Class", aka how to keep your cards and other papercraft projects stuck together.

Stick with me on this (bad pun intended! ha!!) for a quick overview of Stampin' Up! adhesives, when to use which adhesive and tips for success.



SNAIL Adhesive: This extremely popular adhesive is similar to double-sided tape, but is contained in a palm-sized refillable dispenser that allows for a continuous line of adhesive to be applied quickly and easily. This adhesive is permanent and bonds instantly. It applies cleanly with no wrinkles, and is safe for use on photos.

SNAIL = Simple, Neat, Affordable, InLine.

Best uses: Paper, cardstock, photos.

TIP: Once you've glued your project or layer, run your finger over the area (burnish) using light/medium pressure to ensure the bond seals well. Also, don't throw away the dispenser when it's empty - it's refillable!




Multipurpose Liquid Glue: This adhesive is great for a variety of crafts. The glue can be temporary (when allowed to dry a moment) or permanent when adhered promptly. The applicator features a fine tip  and a broad tip for larger applications. This glue is acid free (safe for scrapbooking), dries clear, and creates a strong bond.

Best uses: Paper, cardstock, coaster board, chipboard, embellishments, glitter, 3-D projects.

TIP: A little dab will do ya! If you've got glue squishing out of your project, you've used too much. For happier results adopt this motto: Dot, dot, not a lot!




Fast Fuse Adhesive: This super-strong permanent adhesive is similar to the SNAIL adhesive, but creates a stronger bond and is a great alternative for those in humid climates.

The Fast Fuse Refill offers nearly 9 extra yards of adhesive - a great value!

Best uses: Paper, cardstock, photos, coaster board, chipboard, 3-D projects.

TIP: Using the Fast Fuse dispenser is just like using SNAIL ... almost. Watch the video below to see the one little trick that will give you perfect results every time.








Tear & Tape Adhesive: This new double-sided adhesive comes on a large roll (27 yards) with paper backing, but you can tear it rather than having to cut it with scissors (and the paper backing is cling free - unlike the old Sticky Strip!)

It's acid free - safe for photos and memory keeping.

Best uses: Paper, cardstock, photos, ribbon, coaster board, chipboard, boxes, 3-D projects.

TIP: At just 1/4" wide, this adhesive works great to hold ribbon in place with smooth results.





Stampin' Dimensionals: These double-sided dots of adhesive foam are perfect for adding depth and dimension to all projects. Use them to adhere almost anything from layers of paper or cardstock, to punched or die-cut images, to lightweight embellishments.

Best uses: Paper, cardstock, photos, coaster board, buttons, embellishments.

TIP: Dimensionals can be stacked for double thickness. You can also cut them in half (or even smaller) to fit under tiny images or embellishments. It is not necessary to use tons of dimensionals on your project; strategic placement of just a few dots will provide the same results and save you time and money.




Mini Glue Dots: Instant dots of adhesive on a roll (300 dots) to adhere embellishments with no mess and no drying time.

Super quick and easy!

Best uses: Paper, cardstock, photos, buttons, ribbon, embellishments.


TIP: Press embellishments to the dot on the roll, then remove the embellishment to adhere on your project. Don't tear off all the backing paper as you use the dots; you'll want to keep the dots covered so they stay pristine.





2-Way Glue Pen: The lightweight glue in this pen is temporary if you let it dry first or permanent if you immediately adhere.

This acid free glue appears bluish in color when wet, but dries clear.

Best Uses: Paper, photos, glitter

TIP: If tip seems dry, hold pen straight up and down and depress the tip onto scrap paper once or twice to allow the glue to come to the tip.






Stampin' Glue Sticks: This diamond-shaped glue stick allows you to add permanent glue to even the tightest of corners.

Dries quickly, easy to use, and comes with 2 sticks per package.

Best Uses: Paper, photos, fabric.


TIP: Great choice for crafting with children. The glue sticks are easy to grasp and use and do not have strong fumes. Simply glide the glue stick along the paper.



Crystal Effects: Most often used to create a glossy, lacquered look over images or when making your own embellishments, but this clear craft lacquer also works great as an adhesive.

Crystal Effects can applied using the applicator tip or brushed onto the project using a small paintbrush.

Best uses: Paper, cardstock, coaster board, chipboard, glitter, buttons, embellishments.

TIP: Used as an adhesive, Crystal Effects is permanent and will require appropriate drying time. The thicker the application, the longer it will need to dry.




Adhesive Remover: Oops! We all make little mistakes from time to time. The Adhesive Remover works like an eraser to remove unsightly adhesive from your project.

Note: Will not remove tape or Crystal Effects.

Best uses: paper, cardstock, coaster board.

TIP: Rub a corner of the adhesive remover over the area with excess adhesive. When all four corners get gummy, simply snip the corners off and keep using this project saving tool.



And there you have it ... a quick and easy guide to Stampin' Up! Adhesives.

I can tell you that I have tried each and every one of these adhesives. My favorites vary depending on the type of project and/or what I'm gluing, but my favorites are Fast Fuse and Multipurpose Liquid Glue for all-purpose use and I couldn't live without Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals.








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