Stampin'' Up!'s trainer, Andrea, shows a few techniques for achieving the popular chalkboard look on your projects. I just used the Merry Medley background stamp for a monochromatic Holiday card. Here's a totally different look! Enjoy!
It's December 1! 24 shopping days left until Christmas! 24 card making days left until Christmas! Now comes the push when we try to get everything done that we were supposed to try to Start in September! LOL The good news is this card can be made in about 10 minutes! Today I start a series of quick and easy cards that allow you to send handmade cards out even when there's limited time. These are fun and easy to make thanks to a background stamp that pretty much takes care of background AND sentiment. No need to decide which sentiment. It includes ALL of them! And monochromatic cards are always so dramatic!
Step by Step Tips:
I started out by cutting a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" whisper white card stock. Ink up the Merry Medley stamp with Emerald Envy Classi Ink and stamp it on the whisper white card stock being careful to keep the sentiment straight in line with the edge of the card. Stampin' Up!'s Grud Paper (130148) is perfect for this. Align the top of the card with one of the horizontal center lines. The align the stamp wit a line a few spaces up.
Using the same Emerald Envy Classic Ink, roll the Sponge Roller on the pad. Don't roll it up and down. Roll it down, lift the soongecroller up and roll it down again. This assures that there we will be in even layer of ink on the entire roller. Starting at the edge of the paper roll back-and-forth working your way towards the center. You'll need to apply several coats in order to create the dark edge fading to a later center start with the right side and continue turning the card by 90° and repeating the process.
Using the tree stamp from Santas Sleigh, stamp it on a piece of Emerald Envy card stock using VersaMark ink and White embossing powder. Cut it out using the Santas Sligh dies and attach it using Dimensionals.
mount the card front on a piece of 4"x5 1/4" piece of Emerald Envy card stock. Simple!
Stampin' UP! Sweet Home and Home Sweet Home Framelits
Our Sweet Home stamp set and Home Sweet Home thinlits set are cute enough as they are, but pair them with Santa's Sleigh and they are downright irresistible! The minute I saw the sets, I knew I would be creating a gingerbread village with them. Soft suede is the perfect color for gingerbread and white embossing powder for the frosting! It takes a gingerbread village to make the holidays merry. So go build one!
Step by Step Tips:
The Internet is loaded with step-by-step instructions on how to assemble this cute little house. So I won't be invent the wheel. I will say, however, that it's best to glue all of the "frosting" details onto the walls before you assemble the house.
The scallop Thinlits die creates a great frosting detail, but I wanted the roof to look like the traditional Nikko candy wafers in pastel colors. So I used the frosting scallop to create the wafers by cutting 1 inch strips of the colors I wanted to use for the wafers, and then using the scallop Thinlits die to create them. This gives you a great selection of scallops and strips of "roofing material!"
I created the three dimensional gingerbread pine trees by first Embossing the Pinetree image on a piece of soft suede card stock. I used the inlet die from the Santas sleigh said to cut out the trees, and then embossed the image of the Pinetree on the back of the cut out. Repeat this process two more times. Then score the Pinetree's from top to bottom dividing the trees in half. Fold them and secure them with a bead of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. You can then either glue your tree to a large sheet of white card stock or you can use the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and Snow Flurry paper punch to crest a snowflake base. Get out your tool belt and get cracking! Simple!
Today is the day to count our blessings. The past year has been a good one for me. I have my health, my friends, and a very special man with whom I share my life. This month I fulfilled a life long bucket list item. Rick and I invested in a Broadway musical. On November 10-15 we were in New York for Opening Night. It was magical! The production was awesome and the after party at the Plaza. (Yes THE Plaza!) was amazing! I was fortunate to meet the female lead, Denee Benton who did an amazing job. I was hopeful to meet Josh Groban, but he was there for only a short time so that didn't happen. I'm hopeful when I go to NYC in March that I'll get that opportunity. Meanwhile, here's a link to the New York Times Review and a few pics. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Above is the outside of the Imperial theatre prior to curtain, and Rick and I in our seats waiting for the first magical moments of the musical.
The above photos are stock photos of the production. We were asked not to share any pics of the set so as to maintain the excitement of future audience members as they experience the production.
Here are a few shots of the 3rd floor ballroom at the Plaza. The After Party took up three ballrooms on the 1st through 3rd floors of the Plaza.
Above left are me and Maren, and two dapper Dans - guess who!
Above left is me with star Denee Benton and right is a Russian band. The musical is from 70 pages of War and Peace, ergo the Rusdian band!
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It's the third Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas focusing on a single stamp set. This week we're featuring Paisleys & Posies. You have likely come from Tanya Boseron your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
This card was created many months ago when I was trying to determine a good combination of colors for the roses. My inspiration for the color palette was for a Pals Paper Arts color challenge. I throw NOTHING away, so when I found this trio of roses, it was the inspiration for today's SRC challenge. I hope you enjoy it!
Step by Step Tips:
I decided I wanted to make this a gate fold card. So the Wild Wasabi base card of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" was scored on the long side at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8"
the hummingbird was stamped on a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock using Wild Wasabi for layer #1, Emerald Ivy for level #2, and Calypso Coral for level #3. Then I measured 1 7/8" from the left edge and drew a light pencil line. I cut along the line to the hummingbird, and then fussy cut the head of the hummingbird.
The three roses are created using Crajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Perfect Plum. In each case level #1 was stamped off twice, level #2 was stamped off once, and level #3 was full strength.
The notched sentiment was created using a 1/2" hole punch. Simple!
Next stop on the hop is Rochelle Blok where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas focusing on a single stamp set. This week we're featuring Paisleys & Posies. You have likely come from Holly Krautkremer on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
With is one of my truly Clean & Simple designs. It can be completed so quickly and can easily be transformed into just about any occasion card. Give it a try!
Step by Step Tips:
The card base was created by matting a 3 3/4“ x 5” piece of Crushed Curry on a 4“ x 5 1/4” piece of Early Espresso card stock. The Crushed Curry card stock was randomly stamped using Crushed Curry Classic Ink.
The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White using Early Espresso Classic Ink. Then position the Lots of Labels framelit and die cut it out. This is matted on a piece of Early Espresso card stock die cut the next size up.
The flower was die cut out of a scrap of Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper. Simple!
Next stop on the hop is Jessica Williams where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
A few weekends back Rick and I attended the International Gay Rodeo Associations Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. This event invites ribbon and buckle winners from the past year from all the local rodeos to compete for the International title. Although we were only there for a day, it was loads of fun and i even bought a new wallet!
This event was held at the South Point Casino which houses a full blown equestrian center below the casino. The South Point Equestrian Center is the finest indoor horse facility in the country. The complex includes a 4,600-seat arena and the Priefert Pavilion with two arenas. These components allow the South Point Equestrian Center to proudly host some of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world.
Above left is our friend Buck. For this IGRA event he was head of Public Relations. He is pictured in the equestrian center's 1200 climate controlled stalls. The fellow on the right is Trevor Johnston. He is the inventor of the coolest belt buckle - ah...er...I mean wallet..ah, er...I mean ah. Well I guess it's both! Check it out by clicking on the banner below.
All in all, although it was a very quick visit - 26 hours to be exact - it was fun to watch the events and catch up with friends!
Create intricate card fronts using the Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot. In just seconds, you can make an elegant card or card wrap. Combine it with the Greetings from Santa Stamp Set for great coordination! Learn how you can combine these products for fun seasonal projects. In upcoming posts you'll see some of the cards I've created using the Greetings From Santa stamp set. So you better be good...
Throwback Thursdays have been a tradition on Facebook for quite some time. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to post some throwback stamp sets that are no longer available, but you may own and be looking for reasons to resurrect them.
Field Flowers is a wonderful stamp set that is one of my favorite types - the two step stamp set. I think the dimension that these sets create is amazing. You may notice the shading behind the flower. Our new sponge rollers make it so easy to create subtly shaded backgrounds. You'll see more of these in cards to come, but for now, take time to smell the Field Flowers. This set is available in Mom's Attic. Below are current two step stamp sets and here's a link to another card used with this set.