Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall is just another way of saying PLUNGE!

Exciting news!  I have been asked to be a part of the design team at a new weekly challenge site called, The Paper Plunge!  For our first challenge we're making fall themed projects. Here is my card:


I love it when our products can be used in different ways!  The stamp set White Christmas instantly makes us think of different winter scenes we could create with it. When I was looking around the stamping sites, I saw a few people were using the tree image for autumn cards, by adding leaves with a variety of techniques. I chose to stamp the snow image from the same set in Cajun Craze ink, and then stamp the small splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge in Crushed Curry ink using a mask to protect the rest of my card. You could use the snow image for both colours, but I don't like to clean my stamps until I'm putting everything away if I can help it!The sentiment is from the Holiday Invitation stamp set.  I stamped it in Chocolate Chip in a 1/2" wide scrap of Whisper White, then I trimmed the end with my Paper Snips and attached it with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The white panel was then mounted onto a 4-1/8" square of Island Indigo and finally onto a Cajun Craze 4-1/2" card base. 

Check out the other designs at: The Paper Plunge

Take the challenge, and go stamp something!
Diane



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

So Many People to Thank

What do you do when you need to make a large number of thank you cards, but you don't have a lot of time to dedicate to making them?  Here is my method for getting a lot of cards done in a couple of hours.

First, I use my computer to help me write the messages efficiently.  Using the label templates in Microsoft Word, I set up my document so that it has four postcards per page.  Then I type my messages on the postcards.  I print the post cards on a light colour of cardstock, then cut the cardstock into quarters (4-1/4 by 5-1/2) and they're ready to stamp!

I try to design the front of the card to have no extra layers, though sometimes I'll have one or two punched layers.  The Work of Art stamp set made this easy since there are so many ways these images look great without extra embellishments.


This layout is simple, but effective.  I was able to get the 25 cards I needed done in a little over an hour start to finish.  I feel sure that the people I wanted to thank will know how much I appreciate them when they receive their hand stamped card.  Combining technology and paper crafting allowed me to express myself creatively, even when my time was limited.  Is this a strategy that could help you too?

Go stamp something!
Diane

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Big Shot Bundle: Bright & Beautiful

Have you heard about the amazing promotion Stampin' Up! is running in August?

 
Today my Holiday Catalogue preorder arrived, and with it the Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle.  I couldn't wait to ink those stamps and run the images through my Big Shot with the coordinating Star Framelits Dies!  Here's what I made:


Framelit Dies make projects like this one quick and fuss free. I used Garden Green, Early Espresso, and Cherry Cobbler to stamp, then placed the card stock on the cutting plate and magnetic platform like this:
 

Place the second cutting plate on top, roll through the Big Shot and assemble your card. This card base is Crumb Cake, the designer series paper if from a paper stack that is in the Holiday Cataligue called Trim the Tree (let me know if you need a Holiday Catalogue, I have them here).  I attached the top two star layers with Dimensionals to add a little height, and I curled the sentiment with my fingers a little to make it more like a banner or scroll. 

Look forward to seeing more projects using this stamp set and the Star Framelit Dies, I'm not done with these yet!
 
Go stamp something!
Diane

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Work of Art

For our Stamping 101 class tonight, I decided we would try using one stamp set three ways. I have been seeing this stamp set used in so many creative ways, so I chose three and off we went. 

The star of tonight's class: Work of Art


This was the design with the most steps, so we made this one first:


I got this idea from Dawn Olchefske A.K.A. DoStampingWithDawn. She even has a video showing you how to make it!  The only things we did differently, is our card base is Crumb Cake and we used one less layer than she did.

Our next card had less steps, but is sooo cute!


I think this is my favorite project tonight!  I've seen many versions of watermelon cards on blogs and Pinterest.  For this one we used Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, and Momento Black inks, and the same colours of card stock. The little seeds are cut out, but you could also draw them in with a fine tip black marker. 

Our third project was even simpler:


We used Wild Wasabi for the stem, Soft Suede for the centre of the flower and the sentiment, and So Saffron for the flower petals on a Wasabi card base.

When we were done, there was one lonely little stamp still in the box. We had to use him for something so...


The heart petals are stamped in Strawberry Slush, and the  flower centre in Soft Suede. The image is punched out with the scallop circle punch and attached to the lollipop with a glue dot. 

Four great projects, one great stamp set. 

Go stamp something!
Diane 




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:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=137345&dbwsdemoid=2040904

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!!

Go stamp something!
Diane

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!

Go stamp something!
Diane


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!

Go stamp something!