Thursday, February 1, 2018

Blog Hop: Step It Up! February

Look at me! I blogged a few times between hops. I'm participating in two sketch challenges. My Inky Friends for the color combo and Freshly Made Sketches for the layout.

Today I'm using Party Panda*. This set is available for FREE with a $50** purchase.

Here's my birthday panda. Lots of birthdays this month (including mine) so it's only appropriate. I love the Thick Whisper White Cardstock. Have you tried it yet for a card base? It really is a huge difference from using the regular and I love a white card base. Money saving too if you're into that. I submitted this card to Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #322

I stepped up the card by stamping some leaves from Number of Years. Going back I would have also used the ground from the same set but didn't. I submitted this card to My Inky Friends Design Challenge #2.

I am including the inside of the card to you show you my quick flip tip. This was actually the front of the card until I picked up an edge on the "Happy Birthday" stamp. I can't have that. It's bad enough that there are some marks on the panda. So anyway, I flipped the card and lined it with some regular Whisper White. 

*More than one set is featured on my cards.
**Total before tax and shipping

Colors: Soft Sky, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist

Thank you for visiting! Click below to hop over to Tanya and see what she has to share.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cards in the Mail: Picture Perfect

I admit, I fell a behind and didn't send out my Nov/Dec cards in time. Even though we have two entire months to stamp and send 8 cards sometimes things happen and priorities change.

I'm trying to make more time to stamp and recently made a huge dent in the my craft room space sharing project. These were stamped on the ottoman in the living room beforehand.

This first card was for Nov/Dec. I split up the available candle pages of the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper evenly to make the 8 cards. They both open from the right but the image and flags were shifted because of where I had to split the candles.

This card is for Jan/Feb. I stuck to the same idea. Designer Series Paper and a simple sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday. For this one I added the strip of another design to fill in the front of the card. The words were separate but combined on a clear block and stamped simultaneously.

Here's the inside of the cards. I use the Thick Whisper White Cardstock for the card bases.

How does a Cards in the Mail swap work?
Rather than sending all of your cards to one person so that they have to swap them and send them back out, we simply send them to each individual on the list. It's cheaper and we get cards all the time. 

Thanks for visiting! I really appreciate it. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Paper Pumpkin: Take the Red Box Challenge

Attention past or current Paper Pumpkin Subscribers! The Paper Pumpkin team is excited for 2018. They have told us that the kits are amazing and they're starting the year off with a super fun giveway. It is called the Red Box Challenge. I'm posting late but there is still plenty of time. I know many of you have plenty of unused or partially used kits sitting around. 
Simply put together a WOW project using an unused, past kit—or buy a past kit (US) that you’ve had your eye on. Then share an image of your project on Facebook or Instagram with #redboxchallenge and you will be entered into a random drawing to win a Paper Pumpkin kit. 
Now, we think all of our kits are wonderful and amazing--but our random drawing winners will receive the upcoming Paper Pumpkin fifth anniversary March kit. Think: Gorgeous and collectible. Everyone is going to want one. AND the winners will get it in their mailbox before anyone else. Sound fun? Be sure to check out the terms and conditions here, then start crafting your Red Box Challenge project today!
It is also a great time to sign up with a pre-paid subscription. I just bought a 6-month subscription and earned 2 free Sale-A-Bration items. Check out the chart below and visit my link on the sidebar to sign up. Hurry though, because you have to sign up before the 10th to get January's kit.

3-Month Prepaid Subscription
1 Free Level 1 Sale-A-Bration Item
6-Month Prepaid Subscription
(saves $1 per month)
2 Free Level 1 Sale-A-Bration Items or
1 Free Level 2 Sale-A-Bration Item
12-Month Prepaid Subscription
(saves $2 per month)
4 Free Level 1 Sale-A-Bration Items or
2 Free Level 2 Sale-A-Bration Items
(Plus host benefits!)
Note: Some project ideas will be selected from the entries and featured in Paper Pumpkin’s monthly newsletter and on our Facebook and Pinterest pages. Past alternative Paper Pumpkin projects you’ve created and posted on social media are not eligible for this contest.

Submissions must be posted by January 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM (MT).

Monday, January 1, 2018

Blog Hop: Step it up January

Welcome to a New Year! This means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Though I, like most, have new goals it is just another day because I like to have new goals every day. In this case though, I have hopes to be a better blogger this year but mostly to get the best use out of my unintentional five year renewal. Best of luck to you and your best of intentions for the coming year.

In 2017 my stampin' studio was invaded by inventory for my new eBay store and I will be working to make sure that the space is shared more evenly. I have goals to make both ventures equally successful. In addition to that I have plans to revive my Etsy store which will include hand-stamped cards and retired product (to make room for new.) There is a lot of work ahead.

Back in November I attended Stampin' Up!'s On Stage event for demonstrators. As always, during and after attending a demonstrator event I was once again drawn into the joy of stamping. We were introduced to the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Catalog. If you are expecting them from me they are coming. I ran out of ink for my printer. In the mean time, visit the links on the sidebar and get your wish list started.

Today I am "stepping up" my game by sharing the Lots of Happy Card Kit. I was instantly enamored by the look and contents of the kit. Colored pencils (exclusive to kit), stamps with block and ink all included with the pre-cut card pieces and envelopes in a pretty box. Sorry about the glare. I pulled out some pieces to show you my partially colored and partially assembled work (above). I got it on a demonstrator pre-order and dove in immediately. I pulled apart the pieces, sorted, and partially assembled again and again. I'm not gonna lie though, it is time consuming because I found out that you can't just sit down and complete the whole kit in an hour unless you are doing it with friends. I have been coloring a few at a time since then and just barely finished one of each card yesterday afternoon after applying some commitment. I did my best to stick to the instructions but you don't have to if you don't want to.

The kit and the refill makes 20 cards, 4 of each of 5 designs with envelopes as seen above. Check it out on page 15 of the Occasions Catalog (link on your right).

You should also know that there is a matching stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog page 8. You could get a kit and a refill or some supplemental tools to reach the $50.

Featured item: 146388 Lots of Happy Card Kit $35
Refill available: 145605 Lots of Happy Card Kit Refill $21
Sale-A-Bration Set: 147194 Lots of Lavender $0 with $50 order

Not included in kit: Scissors, glue, blending tool.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop! Click below to link to Tanya.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Blog Hop: Step It Up July

Welcome! I hope you enjoy our creations. Lots of new stuff to see! I am using some new to me and a little bit of new to the catalog. 

The first card is just stamped with the flower punched out and raised with Stampin' Dimensionals. The second card was colored in a little with an Aquapainter TM. I did not add color to the leaves but I did add a little Powder Pink to the flowers. Then I embellished sporadically with the Iridescent Sequin Assortment using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. 

Card Construction: Will add later.

As always, thank you for stopping by! To see what the other bloggers stepped up cards look like hop on over to Julie by clicking below:
  • Stamp Brush Sets: Birthday Blossoms
  • Colors:  Calypso Coral, Powder Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White 
  • Embellishments:  1/8" Sheer Trim Whisper White, Iridescent Sequin Assortment
  • Punch: Pansy Punch