Monday, September 1, 2014

The Tale of the Ten Minute Challenge, AYSI51 & CTS90

Happy Labor Day, Stampers! Sigh... A Monday to be enjoyed! I hope you all have some time to relax today. I have a super-clean and simple almost-ten-minute card to share with you! As my stock of sympathy cards is sadly at a low, I decided to make this a sympathy card, but if you wanted to re-create it you could substitute any sentiment. 

Oh, almost forgot! Before I tell you any more I want to remind you to visit my friends Justin of JK Cards and Nance of Canopy Crafts as they are both featured on The Creative Blog Hop today! I can't wait to read their blog posts! 

I was quite intrigued by a challenge my friend LeAnne played along with yesterday at As You See It. It's a challenge to make a card in 10 minutes or less, and this week their theme is shades of yellow. What?! A ten minute card? I've never done that in my life! 

I decided to challenge myself and give it a try. I decided the first key to success was completely cleaning all the muck off my desk! The second was to have everything figured out and ingredients assembled before I started the timer. 

A clean and simple layout was another neccessity, and I found one which inspired me at CAS(E) this sketch.

At nine minutes along, I had the base of my card assembled and pierced, the leaves adhered, the butterflies punched and the sentiment stamped. I could have easily attached them during the last minute. But then... my old enemy Indecision came knocking on my door. I decided I didn't like the shape of the sentiment, wasn't sure if the butterfly would look better in Honey or White, and where I wanted to put the butterfly. I fiddled around for another few minutes so I went a bit over, but in the end succeeded in a 15 minute card, a real record for me! It was a fun challenge.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock: Whisper White, White Vellum
Designer Series Paper: Moonlight
Ink Pads: Hello Honey
Tools: Big Shot, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punches, Modern Label Punch
Accessories: Pearls
Other: Stitched Mat Dies by Lawn Fawn

Have a great day, everyone!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Make a Wish, PP211 & FMS151

Greetings, Stampers! The wonderful and amazing Nance Leedy is hostess this week at The Paper Players! This week it's time to play Tic-Tac-Toe, my favorite! I started at the top left and across to the bottom right, Birthday, Embossing and Purple.

The other day I was taking a walk and found this beautiful feather on the ground, and immediately knew it would make it's way onto a card. I created this collage-style card for my son's girlfriend. She's a nursing major with an art minor, and very talented. I wanted to make something a little special, and my son said her favorite color was purple, which worked perfectly with the Tic-Tac-Toe board!
Love, love, love this sketch by Kim at Freshly Made Sketches! I got a little carried away with my layers so I don't know if my card is quite "clean" enough, but I did stick to the sketch! 

The only thing I stamped was the sentiment, once in Blackberry Bliss and once in Strawberry Slush. The "a" in the center was punched with a 3/8" Circle Punch.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Perfect Pennants
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss
Designer Series Paper: Typeset
Ink Pads: Blackberry Bliss, Strawberry Slush
Tools: Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 3/8" Circle Punch
Accessories: Champagne Glimmer Paper, Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, Gold Sequin Trim

Thanks for stopping by today! Please visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope you'll play along, too!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Holiday Catalog and Good Greetings Stamp Set

Stampin' Up 2014 Holiday Catalog
It's here! It's what you've been waiting for! The Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog officially launches today and it is just loaded with exciting, new stamp sets, tools and accessories. You've seen my sneak peeks, but now you can order these products yourself!

View the catalog (PDF version) by clicking here.
Want to know how the projects were created? Click here for the Stampin' Supply list.
Prefer a hard copy of the catalog? Click here and I'll be happy to send you one for free!

Good Greetings Stamp Set
The Good Greetings Clear Mount Stamp Set is extremely versatile and will cover holidays and occasions all year round! This stamp set is available for purchase, or you can earn it free with your party or order of $300 or more!

Good Greetings Stamp Set, Item# 135017, $17.00

See the Good Greetings Flyer by clicking here.
Click here to order Stampin' Up now!

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Endless Wishes, MM123, CTS89 & TC13

Hi, Friends! Boy did I have a fun day yesterday! More on that in a moment, but for starters I'll share my CAS holiday card for three challenges. Last year I fell in love with the Endless Wishes stamp set, but before it even arrived at my door it was sold out. Yay, it's back this year in the new Holiday Catalog! I would have posted this card yesterday but I was a bit busy...

My son's girlfriend's sister (no abbreviation for that, that I know of!) is a Marine Biologist at the Long Island Aquarium and also works with The Riverhead Foundation, who rescue and rehabilitate dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea turtles and whales. What an amazing person and what a cool job she has! Anyway, I got a last minute invitation to go to the aquarium (for free) and then have a private "backstage" tour. Needless to say I rescheduled all my other obligations for the day. Wow, what an incredible experience. I now see what difficult work these people do and how commited they are. Thank you, Daniella!

I'm playing along with three challenges today, the "Wreath" theme challenge at Merry Monday, the layout from CAS(E) this sketch, and the colors from The Challenge.

I have such a hard time capturing the sparkle of glitter in a photo. I promise you this is prettier in real life. I just dabbed my Two Way Glue Pen randomly over the wreath and sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds over it. I know! I used glitter twice in two weeks, amazing!

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Endless Wishes
Card Stock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink Pads: Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate
Tools: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Silver 1/8" Ribbon

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hi, Stampers and Crafters! Today, I am so honored that my sweet stampin' buddy LeAnne Pugliese has tagged me to participate in The Creative Blog Hop! You may have heard about it already, but if not, it is a venue for crafters of all kinds to talk about ourselves a bit and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

LeAnne has a wonderful blog called Wee Inklings (I know, how cute is that?), and somehow with her busy schedule finds time to create and blog nearly every day. I love her style and how she makes everything look so simple! You can back-pedal and see her Creative Blog Hop post and learn more about her by clicking here.

The hop asks that we answer four questions about ourselves, so here I go! I'll try to keep my answers as brief as possible! 

1. What am I working on now? As usual, more than one thing! Aside from working on my design team obligations, I am working on projects for my next Technique Class. This month the theme is "Around the House", and we are going to be using things like bleach, painters tape and pencil erasers to make our cards. Fun, don't you think?! I can't show you the projects I'm working on yet, but for inspiration I will show you a card that I made ages ago using plain bleach and a blender pen, which I have designated for "bleach only". No explanation necessary other than, dip, paint and wait for the bleach to do it's magic!

2. How does my work differ from others? Maybe because my style is all over the place! I am still a relatively new stamper. I started scrapbooking about 10 years ago and was introduced to stamping about 7 years ago by my good friend Sue. 

I love exploring different styles and techniques, and I love them all from Clean and Simple to Shabby Chic, so I’m still on my own creative journey. I hope my readers are inspired by my posts and try different ways to express themselves, too.


3. Why do I create what I do? That one is easy! Someone once said that creativity is not a hobby, but a way of life. I’m a firm believer in that, and I treasure my quiet moments in my craft space for reflection and as a form of “craft therapy”. Plus, I just love paper and ink, especially the smell of my Stazon Ink Pad! Anyone else love that smell?

4. How does my creative process work? I spend lots of time on Splitcoast, Pinterest and visiting my fellow bloggers for inspiration, and also love to play along with challenges. Give me a sketch, a color challenge and a theme and I’m all set! I try to combine them when possible with my need for upcoming holiday and occasion cards.

Now, I have the pleasure of tagging two of my favorite paper crafters in the Creative Blog Hop!

Justin Krieger

My name is Justin Krieger and I’m techie that does computer consulting. I live in Long Island, NY and I have a wonderful daughter Taylor and Mini Schnauzer Winston. I have always done some kind of paper crafting ever since I was little when I made entire car dashboards out of foamcore. I discovered my love of card making in January of 2011 while watching a show on PBS. I saw them make a waterfall card and I thought I can do that so I went out and got some supplies and made one. My friend Sandy introduced me to Stampin’ Up! in August of that year and I became an Independent Demonstrator in September. I’m completely hooked and take some time to make something every day. It relaxes me and is my wind down at the end of the day!

Not only am I fortunate enough to have wonderfully creative Justin in my Stampin' Up family, but we are good friends and crafting buddies, besides. We frequently discuss our orders before we place them, and he is quite the enabler, I might add! (Just order it, you know you want it)!

Nance Leedy

Hi there friends!  I live under the tree canopy of North Florida with my husband, our daughter, one dog and a bunch of swampland animals (thankfully no alligators!).  This is my 5th year as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and I’ve loved every minute of it.  Designs and color inspire me—whether it’s a piece of clothing, an advertisement or an element of nature, I find inspiration everywhere! That includes all the wonderful blogs out there from dear friends like Sandy.  I stalked Sandy’s blog for a while and always admired her fabulous use of SU products but it was her stint as a Guest Designer for the Paper Players that turned us into friends.  She’s a warm-hearted person, amazingly creative and it’s an honor to be tagged by her!  Thank you, Sandy!

As Nance said, we got to know one another through The Paper Players blog, and she never ceases to amaze me with both her beautiful creations and incredible commitment to the team. Plus, she files her stamps in alphabetical order just like me!

Big thanks if you made it to the end of this long post! Thanks also to LeAnne for tagging me, and to Justin and Nance for being tagged! Check out their blog posts next Monday to learn more about them!

Hugs :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

For All Things & Fall Fest Sneak Peek, PP210

Hello, Friends! Jaydee is hostess this week at The Paper Players and she has a wonderful sketch for us. I had so many ideas of what I wanted to do with it that it was hard to narrow it down, so you may be seeing this sketch again later in the week!

Some of my new goodies from the Holiday Catalog wanted to come out and play, and there was a card in the catalog that I loved and wanted to CASE. The sentiment is from the For All Things Stamp Set and the leaves are from the Fall Fest Stamp Set, which also has coordinating Framelits. The Embellishments are Autumn Wooden Elements. I love them; they are so cute!

The oval was cut with a Framelit and pierced on the reverse side so the 'bumpies' are on the front. The Label Framelit wasn't quite big enough so I cut two, and added a piece of one to the bottom. The banner covers up the place they join.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: For All Things, Fall Fest
Card Stock: Whisper White, Hello Honey
Designer Series Paper: Moonlight
Ink Pads: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Based Brown Sugar
Tools: Big Shot, Ovals Collection, Labels Collection and Fall Fun Framelits, Essential Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool & Mat
Accessories: Autumn Wooden Elements, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

Have a great day and we hope to see you over at The Paper Players!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stippled Blossom Birthday Wishes, CCMC34 & MOJO359

Hi, Friends! As you can see I have been alternating between inside and outside pictures lately. I do prefer natural light, but it is always so breezy here on Long Island that sometimes I have to catch the card before it blows away! I'd love to hear which you prefer.

Today's card was inspired by two challenges. I love the inspiration photo for the Colour Me challenge. Those Pyrex pieces are so retro! 

I also love this kind of a layout, this week from Mojo Monday. Plenty of layers, but you can keep it clean or shabby it up, what ever your heart desires. 

The first two colors in the color challenge layer up perfectly with the two step stamp set, Stippled Blossoms. The blossom colors are Crisp Canteloupe and Calypso Coral. Lost Lagoon has a bit of a green hue to it, so I thought it worked well for the leaves. I stamped off the first layer off for a lighter shade.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Stippled Blossoms, Petite Pairs
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crisp Canteloupe
Designer Series Paper: Gold Soiree
Ink Pads: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon
Markers: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon
Tool: Big Shot, Modern Mosaic EF, Circles Framelits, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool & Mat
Accessories: Calyspo Coral Seam Binding, Linen Thread, In Color Sequins

Have a great day!