Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Last Day, Last Chance!


Well, I can't believe it is here, but today is the last day of May, the last day of our 2015-2016 Annual Catalog, and the last day to scoop up any of your favorite stamps and supplies that will be retiring at the end of this day.  Click HERE to see what is left.  There are still many favorites left - don't miss out.  Take another look through the list and order today.

Then tomorrow ~ is the new Stampin' Up! year with the new catalog to pour through and get wonderful new ideas for projects.  New colors, new stamps, new bundles - some GREAT new bundles.  Check my blog tomorrow to see the catalog posted online.  If you would like to have a hard copy (a must, in my opinion!) you can get one from me simply by placing an online order and naming me as Demonstrator ($25.00 + order).  I will send one out to you right away!

Here are a few of my favorites from this past year... A little stroll down Memory Lane!

Lost Lagoon DSP Stack with Six-Sided Sampler stamp set & Honeycomb Embossing Folder

Bohemian Designer Series Paper with Another Thank You stamp set

It's My Party DSP with Be The Star stamp set

Sweet Li'l Things DSP with Made With Love stamp set

Big News stamp set and Little Numbers Thinlits

Birthday Bouquet DSP with Rose Wonder stamp set

Botanical Gardens DSP with Something To Say stamp set

Pretty Petals DSP Stack with Butterflies Thinlits

Botanical Gardens DSP with Suite Sayings stamp set

Farmers Market DSP with Boho Chic Embossing Folder

We had some great papers this past year, didn't we?  I'm looking forward to getting the new while using up my old.  Here's to a New Year of Stampin' Up!  Out with the old and in with the new...

As usual, if you have any questions I will get right back to you with answers.  And if you do place an order, I would dearly appreciate your naming me as demonstrator on your order.  I cherish all of my customers and do my best to take care of you.

Happy Stamping!

Karen




















Saturday, May 28, 2016

Single Layer Saturday



I thought I'd give myself a challenge and try a single layer card.  Not so easy as it looks!  But a fun change.  I found myself wanting to add more...the little rhinestones are the only thing that gives this card any dimension.

I masked off the oval in the center by cutting out an oval with my framelits and using temporary adhesive to hold it in place while I sponged around it.  I used our new Flirty Flamingo ink for the sponging.  Then I went to work with stamps from the new Love and Affection Stamp Set.  Both of these items will be available to purchase on June 1st.


The large flowers are stamped with Flirty Flamingo.  The centers are Watermelon Wonder, as are the tiny flowers.  I used Garden Green for the leaves, then decided to throw in a little Night of Navy too!


The sentiments are two stamps from Happy Happenings, in Night of Navy.  The dots around the oval are from a Watermelon Wonder Stampin' Write Marker.

And that is it!  What do you think?  Thumbs up... or down?  If I were being super critical, which I tend to be on my own work, I would darken the sponging around the center a little.  But that's me being picky - next time I'll try that.  I'd love to know what you think.  Leave me a comment at the bottom ~ thanks!

Have a great weekend!

Karen

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Friday, May 27, 2016

One More "Curtain" Fold


I love this fold, can you tell?  I've made several :-)  This one is using paper from the It's My Party DSP Stack with mint and white strips on the back.  Here are some measurements for you ~

Start with a 3" x 8 3/8" piece of 2-sided DSP.  Score at 3", 4", 6", and 7".  Do a mountain and valley fold, also known as an accordian fold with the strip.  After you determine whether you want the fold on the right or left side of your card, you will cut a triangle off one side.  I lined up the 3" fold line with the cutting groove in my Stampin' Trimmer, then placed the opposite corner on the 1" mark of the trimmer.  Hold your breath and cut!  (The ladies in my class were very nervous about getting this right.  I would highly recommend trying it on a practice piece of paper first!)

Here is the next potential stumbling block ~  Glue it to your card layer with the folds down to the bottom half.  Your straight edge should be in the middle of your card.  You will need to trim off a little along the side, as this will be slightly wider than your 4 x 5 1/4" panel.  Wrap a length of twine, ribbon, or a 1/2" wide strip of paper across the cut edge.  Now glue it to your card base, then decorate.  Ta da!  You did it! :-)

This flower and the surrounding stamps are from our new set called Love and Affection, available next week.  I used Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron here.  The flower center is from Botanical Gardens Framelits and the black center is a candy dot.  I stamped the flower with Blushing Bride ink onto Blushing Bride cardstock, then fussy cut it out and attached it with a Dimensional.

"Thanks" was stamped with Black Memento, using the soon-to-be-retired set called Another Thank you.  Wow, I'm going to miss that one!

Let me know if you have any questions about this.  Once you try it, it will all make perfect sense.  It is a bit of a puzzle at first.  OK, now go try it!

Happy Stamping!

Karen


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

English Garden for PPA 302


Here is a very simple card for a fairly complex sketch at today's Pals Paper Arts challenge.  The sketch by Nicole Watt was my inspiration:


I decided to let the Designer Series Paper do the work for me on this one!  I have a bit of English Garden left.  We are about to say good bye, but I will use it till it's gone.  This has been one of my all time favorite papers ever!

The birthday wish and little flower I chose are from Circle of Spring.  The tiny butterfly, which also appears on the inside are from Garden in Bloom.


My colors are Night of Navy and Crumb Cake.  It's a 4 1/4" square card, just the right size to fit in a regular medium sized envelope.  No extra postage required!

See the rest of the cards in this week's PPA challenge by clicking HERE. Enjoy!

Karen

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cards for My Monthly Class and a bit of photography thrown in!

Are you inspired by beautiful photos?  I mean, who isn't?!  I took this photo while staying at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberius, Israel.  This is a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee:


It was such a fabulous trip.  We went with a tour group through Noseworthy Travel Services.  I highly recommend this tour to everyone that has studied the Bible, as it absolutely brings the Bible to life.  You will never study it the same way again.  In everything you read, you will have an image of the places etched in your brain.  Dangerous, you might ask?  Nope, I felt safer there than I do here in the U.S.  It was an incredible experience.

OK, I know you didn't click in to hear about my trip!  How about some cards?  I had a card making class this week, and (disclaimer) I relied on my fellow stampers for inspiration this time, so these designs are not my own.  But they did turn out very pretty and I want to share them with you.


This is a beautiful Mint Macaron and Whisper White card that I found on Mary Brown's blog.  We absolutely loved this card.  Here is the inside that I made (to match the envelope) ~


The next card is from an idea I got on Julie Davison's blog.  She has a tutorial on the Pleated Paper Fold.  I've also heard it called the Drapery Fold or the Curtain Fold.  I used the new Pop of Pink DSP, which will be available on June 1st along with the new stamp set, Love & Affection.  This paper and stamp set are going to be a favorite!


Here are 2 alternative ways to cover the seam created by the pleated paper fold.  The top one is a 1/2" strip of the Pop of Pink paper.  I also experimented with different sizes and orientation of the folds.



Last, a sympathy card.  I do not have the name of the person that originally created this card.  I had a photo saved, but there was no watermark or identifying label anywhere.  If you recognize it and want to let me know, I will give you a shout out!  I love this card, made with our retiring Blackberry Bliss card stock, Old Olive, Flowering Fields DSP from Sale-a-bration, and the tree from Thoughts & Prayers.  I added a bit of sponging around the white square after chatting with my class members.  We thought it added some dimension to this pretty card.

Thanks for stopping by!  I will work hard on getting back into my crafting and blogging.  Things are starting to settle down for a time.  Happy Wednesday to you!  Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Karen