Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holiday Supplement & More

Did you hear there's a supplement to the Holiday Catalog out, and it is now LIVE?!

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The Holiday Catalog has been a big hit, and the supplement gives several more holiday product and project options for you this season.

Highlighted in this supplement are Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit, 12 Days of Christmas stamp set, and more exciting Project Life options to help document your holiday season.  Take a look!

This week's Weekly Deals are...
Calypso Coral  3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Jumbo Sticky Rounds
Jumbo Sticky Rounds
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Little Buddy Birthday Wood Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Little Buddy Birthday Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $21.95 $16.46
Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $13.95 $10.46
Soft Sky 1/2 Seam Binding Ribbon
Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
Price: $6.95 $5.21
Spook Central Designer Ensemble -- Digital Download
Spook Central Designer Ensemble - Digital Download
Price: $12.95 $7.77
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $7.95 $5.96

Monday, October 20, 2014

MDSM87 Little Swimmer

It's Yapha's turn to give us a sketch for this week's MDS Monday.  She has a couple technique hints, so make sure you check those out on the challenge blog site.
Tami's page, with the little blue square pattern, caught my eye a few weeks back.  It reminds me of indoor pool tile, so I thought *ding*... great idea for this page!  My little missy takes after her pool-loving mama!

Here is this week's sketch -

MDS Elements: Natural Composition Overlays, Accessory Cord pack, Get It Done tag, Water Droplet download from internet; Font: Bodoni MT Condensed.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Serene Silhouettes

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are hopping along with silhouette set Serene Silhouettes.  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Kerry's blog.  There is no end to Kerry's creativity!

As a silhouette stamp set, it is perfect for background techniques.  Sponging, brayering, watercoloring... you name it!  Building on the CAS sponged-scene card I made last week, I started off in the same direction.

Keeping to the true one-layer card (minus the base), I kept adding more and more features... clouds, a couple stars, the sentiment.  Remembering Cindy Elam's card using the Note Tag punch and stamps from September's Paper Pumpkin Kit, I ended up sponging and stamping a tombstone via reverse masking.  Score!  This qualifies the card for Mix-Ability #68, Reverse Masking.  For coloring media, I used classic ink, Basic Black marker, and a white gel pen.

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Boo-tiful Bags Paper Pumpkin kit, Ghoulish Greetings, Dictionary BG; Paper: Very Vanilla; Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White gel pen, Note Tag punch, Circle punch, Sponges, Post-It Notes.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what lovelies the fabulous Yapha Mason has put together with Serene Silhouettes


Control Freaks Fall & Gratitude Blog Tour

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the super fabulous Control Freaks group!  This month's theme is Fall & Gratitude.  My favorite time of year!!  You've probably arrived here from Connie Babbert's blog.  Her projects are always so gorgeous and creative!

I wanted to focus on the Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit in the Holiday Catalog.  I love the premise of this kit, jotting down items of thankfulness.  Life is hard, but when you take a step back and list all your blessings, your attitude turns right around.

Of course, as a demonstrator, I would have to put my own spin on it.  I thought this was a perfect kit to pull together a decor item, a surprise for my daughter for her bedroom.

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She'll get a chance to write down some items she is thankful for, and I added some photos I thought she would like.  She will be able to rearrange, add, and customize as she likes.

Stamps: For All Things, Truly Grateful, Fall Fest; Paper: Vellum; Ink: Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Lost Lagoon; Accessories: Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit, Linen thread, Rhinestone jewels, Banner punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Feathers framelits, Fun Fall framelits, Bitty Banners framelits, Big Shot.

Following through with the idea of jotting down items of thankfulness, I created a prayer or gratitude journal with the kit.

I trimmed down the paper inserts slightly so they fit easily in the pockets and bound the album with the kit's thick baker's twine.

Stamps: For All Things, Truly Grateful, Fall Fest; Paper: Very Vanilla; Ink: Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Lost Lagoon; Accessories: Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit, Linen thread, Gold Basic Metal button, Rhinestone jewels, Banner punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.

So what to do with the leftover number stickers?  December Dailies came to mind, although the color scheme is definitely for fall, so I put together some November Dailies pages.  You could easily throw together some Project Life pages, but I love the hodgepodge feel of a This & That album.

I was determined to use the kit whenever possible, so with the exception of a couple embellishments, all items came from it.  Day 10 utilizes an interactive pull-out from one of the kit's pockets.

Stamps: Remember This, Hip Notes, Alphabet Rotary; Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Silver Glimmer; Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso; Accessories: Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit, Epic Day This & That bundle, What's Up punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Squares Collection framelits, Big Shot, Alphabet Soup download in My Digital Studio, e-cutter.

Jump over to the amazing Debbie Henderson's blog to check out what fabulous ideas she has for us. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

FM182 Out of this World

A new technique to try at the Friday Mashup, the Galaxy Technique.  This is not a card for my friend, but my daughter's friend.  What's better for the galaxy technique than an alien, right?

I followed Kristina Werner's method for my card, with lots of acrylic paint on regular card stock.  I utilized Freshly Made Sketches #157 for this one.  Cute, eh?

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with the "Galaxy Technique".   Links to technique HERE & HERE.
  • Create a project for "A Friend". 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Project for a friend using the Galaxy Technique".
Stamps: Blast Off; Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet DSP, I Am Me DSP; Ink: Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede; Accessories: Acrylic paints.

Did you see the latest photopolymer release, Gentle Peace?

All photopolymer stamp sets, not in the catalogs, are available for six months.

Here are this week's Weekly Deals, available through Monday.

Darling Doily Thinlits Die by Stampin' Up!
Darling Doily Thinlits Die
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Decorative Window Gift Box
Decorative Window Gift Box
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Floral Frames Framelits Die
Floral Frames Framelits Die
Price: $26.95 $20.21
Mustache Framelits Die by Stampin' Up!
Mustache Framelits Die
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Die by Stampin' Up!
Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Die
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Spooky Treats Designer Template -- Digital Download
Spooky Treats Designer Template - Digital Download
Price: $12.95 $7.77
Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Truly Grateful Wood Stamp Set
Price: $27.95 $20.9

Monday, October 13, 2014

MDSM86 Patriarchs

I'm hosting this week at the MDS Monday challenge.  I thought today we'd try a background technique that could be applied to a card or scrapbook page, the herringbone technique

I went with small 1/4" width strips for my herringbone, so you can really get a feel for the pattern.  Oh, and the subject of the page is the patriarchs of our Canadian cabin, my parents.

Here's the sketch and the herringbone pattern created on a separate page -

You can find a step-by-step video by Juanita Golson on mydigitalstudio.net.  A couple of hints -
  • I followed Juanita's method for one quadrant of the herringbone pattern.  I then grouped them together (without the first three main divider pieces) and copied and pasted for the other three quadrants.
  • I created the herringbone pattern on a separate page, exported as a JPEG, and then inserted into another page so that I could mat the layer neatly onto a background page base. 
MDS Elements: Travel Journal DSP, Smitten Alphabet punch, Gold Sequins, Burlap ribbon, Gold & Silver baker's twine, Everyday Woodcuts, Staple.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop!  Here we will feature projects focusing on the winter holidays.  If you have been following the blog hop in order, you have just come from Tina's blog featuring Christmas Bauble. Weren't her projects adorable?

Today I'm featuring the Festival of Trees stamp set and coordinating punch.  I love stamp and punch combinations!  They lend themselves to super easy and quick cards.  In that vein, I put together a (semi-) clean card.

The All is Calm Suite color combination is so classic and elegant!  I must also mention this stamp set is a 2-step set (another fav!), so you stamp the main image in one color and then add accents with another ink color.  Stamp step 1, stamp step 2, and then punch is really the trifecta of stamping!

Stamps: Festival of Trees, Merry Everything; Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, All is Calm DSP; Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Silver Encore, Soft Suede marker; Accessories: Silver ribbon, Mini Staple, Clear EP, Note Tag punch, Tree punch, 2-1/2" punch, On Point EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

This set also works great for creating many type of flat cards, such as single layer cards with sponging or embossing, and it is such fun to add snowdrifts with either masking or layers.  I had lots of ideas running through my head; here's one that got committed to paper.

Heather Telford is such wonderful inspiration!

Stamps: Festival of Trees, Good Greetings; Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black;  Accessories: White Gel pen, Sponges, Circle punch, Post-It Notes.

Carrying through with the triangular shape of the set images, I decided to try a teepee or pyramid card.  I've never made one, and it is pretty quick and easy.

A fun 3-D card for the recipient, this type of card folds flat for mailing.  I found directions online by googling "teepee card".

Stamps: Festival of Trees; Paper: Garden Green, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Trim the Tree DSP; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Versamark; Accessories: White & Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, Silver ribbon, Silver EP, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Sponge, Dimensionals.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Paula Wright put together using Bright & Beautiful. Her projects are always amazing.


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