Friday, July 25, 2014

I didn't realize how easy, fast and cost effective Project Life by Stampin' Up! really is!!

Hi Stampers,

So when Stampin' Up! announced they were partnering with Becky Higgins and Project Life I thought, "That's pretty smart, it'll be a lot faster and easier than traditional scrapbooking."  That's true, but I didn't realize how true until I made a few pages at the Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City last week.

So they talked about Project Life by Stampin' Up! in the opening presentation, and Becky Higgins was there and Shelli interviewed her on stage, and she seemed really cool, and everything she said resonated about getting those memories saved in a quick and easy way so that when you're busy living life, you can still keep up with preserving those memories in albums that are cute and reflect your style.

Then I went to the Product Playground and a Stampin' Up! employee presented me with a pocket page, a couple of cute cards to slide in and the Project Life Remember This stamp set.  I made this  page in under 60 seconds, Step one: stamp  Step two:slide into pockets:

Insane right?!?  Simple, but cute, and only took a minute to complete. (Imagine that piece of cardstock at the bottom is actually a photo and under a day to remember I've written something about that photo.)  So now I'm getting a little more excited about this product line.  The truth is I bought the Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection and the Accessory Pack, but was thinking about using the products to make cards and tags, now I'm starting to think memory keeping is a better idea!  Here are some of the adorable cards in this set:

Then we go to a make and take class where we make these two pages in less than 10 minutes:

That includes punching things out, finding and applying stickers from the substantial accessory pack, stamping, stapling, everything.  All that's left is to find a couple of pictures and do a little journaling.  I was amazed.

Then I started doing the math.  This style of memory keeping is WAY cheaper than traditional scrapbooking, AND everything is contained inside this little box until you need it (no more bins and containers of supplies!)  To get the 6" x 8" album, a packet of 12 pocket pages and a box of 100 cards is only $39.95 (Canadian dollars, plus shipping and tax) and the 12" x 12" Black Faux Leather album, a packet of 12 pocket pages and a box of 100 cards is only $65.40!  That wouldn't even make a dent in the bill for all of the supplies used in traditional scrapbooking!

Another feature I love, is that you actually don't need to have a creative bone in your body or be considered crafty at all, because if you want to simply slide in your photos, and fill the rest of the pockets with the colour-coordinated cards you can, and it looks great!  If you like to add your own little touches, you can use the accessory packs or whatever crafting supplies you already own and add some extra embellishments to make it your own.  This makes this style of memory keeping accessible to everyone who has photos.  Love that!!

Can you tell I'm excited about this?  I want to get this into the hands of everybody who needs to do something with their photos.  I'm planning to have some classes here, so if you live anywhere near Richmond, BC please come!  If not, but you're interested in learning more please contact me and I can provide you with more information.  Let's spend more time making memories, and stress less about how to preserve them!!

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014-2016 In Colors

The new in colors will be available starting June 2nd, and I think you're going to like these colors!

This first project uses all five of the new colors:

The base of this card in Tangerine Tangelo, the stripes are Lost Lagoon, the greeting is Mossy Meadow, the paint splotch in the bottom corner is Hello Honey, and the heart is Blackberry Bliss. The 'painted' images are all from a new stamp set called Work of Art, and the greeting is from Yippee-Skippee!

This second card also uses the new stamp set Work of Art.  The streaks of paint are in Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon.  The splatters are in Melon Mombo, and the sentiment is in Black StaxOn. I just Love the simplicity of this card-- Whisper White card stock, a single stamp set and a few ink pads.  I have a feeling I"ll be making more of these.

This little bag uses a sheet of Designer Series Paper from the new 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 paper stack, Moonlight.  This design features Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss. The closure on top is also Hello Honey using one of the tag topper punches. The tiny flower is punched with the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, the stamped flower is from Petite Petals, the greeting is from Label Love. All of these are in Blackberry Bliss. 

The DSP is scored along the long side at 1", 3", 4", and 6".  It is scored along the short side at 1". This bag comes together pretty easily. Here is a link to a video of Sam Donald that shows how to make it start to finish.  Her blog is full of wide variety of boxes and bags.  When I need a packaging idea that's where I look first.

I hope you've enjoyed this small taste of the 2014-2016 In-colours, there will be much more coming!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Stamp Club

Hi Stampers,

I'm a bit behind schedule here on the blog, but I wanted to make sure to share these projects with you.
First up, a neutral card using one of our Hostess Sets, Postage Collection.  The neutral colour combination, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla, ended up giving this card an old fashion kind of feel:

Our second project is a colourful shaped card using our Floral Frames Collection framelits.  Cute and fun!!  This card uses the Flower Shop stamp set as well as a greeting from the  Itty Bitty Banners stamp set.

Here's a stepped up version. On this card I embossed each of the layers before adhering them.  I used a variety of embossing folders, in fact almost any of our embossing folders could work.

Lastly, our 3D project,

Just in time for Easter we used the Angled Tag Topper Punch and the Oval Designer Frame Embossing Folder combined with the Extra Large Oval Punch to make the window for this chocolate easter egg holder.  We tied it together with a little stitched ribbon and a couple of flowers from Petite Petals in colours that coordinated with our chocolate egg wrapper.

Stay tuned, in the next few days I'll be posting some projects using sneak peak products from the upcoming 2014-2015 catalogue which will be released in June...some great things are coming!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Retiring Items and Free Shipping

Hi Stampers,

Today Stampin' Up! announced which items from the current catalogue are retiring.  These items are available while quantities last, so if there is something you've had your eye on, order it now before it's gone!  Click on the graphic below to browse the retired items or to place your order.  If you prefer a list email me and I'll send you a pdf.  If you order from the online store please enter the hostess code 9G2U7BBB on the bottom left of the check out screen.

To sweeten the deal, Stampin' Up! is also offering free shipping on all orders placed until Friday, so get on line and place your order right away!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stamping 101

This class focused on two current paper crafting trends; water colouring and gold. Both cards use the stamp set Happy Watercolor:

We stamped the colour wash image three times in Wisteria Wonder, then stamped the sentiment in Jet Black StazOn. The flowers were punched with the Petite Petals Punch, the tiny gold flowers were punched with the Itty Bitty Punch Pack. A little Rhinestone Jewel is added to the centre of each gold flower and the leaves were made with the Little Leaves Sizzlit and the Big Shot.

For our second card we used a technique called emboss resist. We stamped the floral image with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder. Then we painted over the image with an Aqua Painter and ink from the lid of our classic ink pads in the 2013-2015 in-colors. We attached a strip of the gold striped design from the washi tape collection; Watercolor Wonder. We stamped thank you, also from Happy Watercolor, directly onto the wash tape with Jet Black StazOn. Once the floral panel was dry, we attached it to the card with two pieces of the gold polka dot design from the same collection. Fast and easy, and it looks better in real life.  Gold is tricky to photograph!

Our third project was a simple little gift box, but since I forgot to take a photo of it, I'll have to save that idea for another post.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stamp Club

This month for stamp club we tried something a bit different. We used a template created by Angie Kennedy Juda to make five projects from one sheet of 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper. Here are the five projects we made:

This is the cutting template that Angie came up with:

Each stamp club member chose a different sheet of Sweet Sorbet DSP and cut it according to the template above and then scored the 3D projects. In addition to the designer paper we used card stock in Crisp Cantelope, Pistaccio Pudding, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit. We used ink pads in the same colours. 
Project #1  Treat Bag

For this project we also used a bit of ribbon and linen thread to hold the bag closed at the top. The sentiment is from the stamp set Perfect Pennants. The layers were cut with the Banners Framelits.  The photo on the right is the scoring guide for this treat bag.

Project #2  Pizza Box

The pizza box is topped with a cupcake made using the Cupcake Punch layered onto a Pool Party circle and Pistachio Pudding scallop circle.  In the photo on the right the dashed lines show where to score, the solid lines show where to cut.
Project #3  Tiny Triangle Box

We stamped a flower image from Petite Petals and punched it out with the coordinating punch.  The flower is layered onto a Pistachio Pudding circle and Pool Party scallop circle.  The box is tied shut with a bit of ribbon through tiny holes we punched in the top. 

Project #4  Thank You Card

This card uses the three thin strips of DSP.  We  cut a notch out of each end, and adhered them to the front, and folded over to the inside of the card.  For the focal image we stamped the smaller flower image from So Very Grateful and coloured it in with blender pens and ink from our ink pads. If you've never tried this before all you do is press the centre of your ink pad when it is closed, some of the ink will be transferred to the lid. Pick up the ink from the lid with your blender pen like it's a paint palette. We cut the image out with the Circle Framelits and layered it onto a punched out Crisp Cantaloupe scallop circle, and a Pool Party banner.

Project #5  Make a Wish Card

We used the 2" x 5 1/2" piece of DSP on this last project.  We stamped make a wish from Perfect Pennants in Pool Party and cut out all of the layers with the Banner Framelits.  The final embellishment were a bit of Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon attached with a Silver Brad, and an Itty Bitty punched flower in Summer Starfruit with a Rhinestone centre.

This class was a bit more involved than our typical stamp club class, but I just love the versatility of a concept like this one sheet wonder as it can be used with any designer paper you may have and whatever stamp sets suit the occasion you are making the projects for.  This also gives you great value for your Designer Paper!  The five projects can also be used individually, simply use the size of paper indicated in the template for the project you'd like to make and follow the scoring guide.

Go stamp something!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stamping 101

Hi Stampers,

The first Tuesday of every month we have a Stamping 101 class where we make three projects that use simple techniques to produce quick, yet beautiful items. This month we made two cards and a treat holder. 

The first card used the Decorative Dots Textured Embossing Folder from the Saleabration brochure. The three stamps we used were all from different sets; the diagonal stripe image is from Gorgeous Grunge, the sentiment is from Create a Cupcake, and the flower and the coordinating punch are from the Petite Petals bundle. We used Very Vanilla and Strawberry Slush card stock and Early Espresso ink. 

The second card features the Designer Series Paper from Saleabration, Sweet Sorbet. The stamped image is from Perfect Pennants and we cut it out with the coordinating framelits and the Big Shot. The card stock layers are Crisp Cantelope and Pistacio Pudding. This was our fastest project, I think this card came together in about five minutes. 

Our last project was this Ghiradeli chocolate holder. We used the Envelope Punch Board to get the file tab shape at the top. The image on the front, from Apothecary Art, was stamped twice. The bottom layer was stamped in Coastal Cabana and cut out with the coordinating framelits, then it was stamped again in Wisteria Wonder from which we cut out the centre of the image with the circle framelits. We then used Stampin' Write markers in Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzaz to colour the flowers and leaves. So cute!!

If you're interested in any of the Saleabration items they are available until March 31st. Contact me if you need a brochure. 

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