Hello stampers. Today’s blog post is all about the Sitting Pretty bundle. This is one of those sets that offers way more than what you see at first glance. I was first introduced to this bundle last April at OnStage which is a semi-annual Stampin’Up! event that any demonstrator can attend regardless of whether they are there own only customer or not. We do have so much fun together at these events. Imagine a room full of people who are just as addicted to stamping as you are!! Well, the person who demonstrated this bundle did an awesome job showing what you could all do with it. I would say the biggest thing that is most easily overlooked at first glance is that there is a framelit in the bundle that does NOT coordinate with any of the stamps in the set. It is a regular park bench. The stamp is the set is an ornate wrought iron bench which is super cute and also comes with a framelit, but the extra bench framelit really adds a lot to this bundle and makes it much more versatile. That straight lines of the second bench make for a more masculine card and it can also be altered to turn into a table. I chose to pair with a favourite set of mine that has been collecting dust for way too long: Half Full. Let’s take a look at my card.
This card was inspired by a card in the catalog that used Sheltering Tree in the background. I forgot how much I love this set! At first I was afraid that the wine glasses would look too big on the table but by giving the illusion that the table is in the foreground and the tree is in the background, I think it works. What do you think? The bench was cut out of our copper foil paper and then the back was cut off turning it into a table. I rather like that. I was going to switch it to a wooden bench, but the copper one was on there quite permanently and I was too lazy to start over making a new card, so you can try the wooden look and let me know how it turns out! The next three cards were inspired by cards I found on Pinterest or by the samples in the catalog which really is an amazing idea book that we often overlook.
You can guess that one of the reasons I love the Sitting Pretty Bundle is that includes a squirrel. I often refer to myself as a busy squirrel so this little guy just makes me smile. The bull dog (slightly out of focus but I am also slightly out of time) is looking a little morose, but the squirrel is trying to convince him that he is very happy for his friend’s company. The bricks are just made by repeatedly stamping the image which is easy to do since the stamp set is photopolymer which means you can see right through it. The bench is die cut from copper foil paper which I adhered to our adhesive sheets turning into a very easy to use sticker. It’s also super important to know that it popped easily out of the framelit with no poking necessary.
If you like tear jerker movies or chick flicks, then you will also appreciate the “sappiness” of this set. But seriously, wouldn’t a spouse or child be happy to get this card or to find it tucked into their suitcase when they are away on a business trip or off to school? The paving stone image was made with a framelit and embossing mats and then sponged with soft suede ink. Love the soft look of that combined with the watercolour wash in the background. I used shimmer white cardstock for this base of this card since it not only has a beautiful shimmer to it, it also holds up very well with watercolouring. The bench, the sentiment and the bulldog were all embossed in black.
This last card uses the Delightfully Detailed laser cut paper. I just love the Victorian feel of this card. The laser cut paper mimics the pattern of the bench which was embossed with silver. All images on this card come from the Sitting Pretty Bundle. Bashful Blue is the cardstock I used as a mat.
Do you love these cards? Then come to my Sweet Suite Saturday class next week at 1pm. You can make them for free if you purchase the bundle or you can choose to pay the class fee of $25 for four cards. If you order online, please use the current host code and I will send you the materials to make these cards. Here is the video that I made showing the cards and talking a little bit about the process. Enjoy and have a super day.
Hello stampers. Yes, I am still alive and yes, I am still blogging. However, when you are building a new house and you have to make tons of decisions without a bottomless pit of money you do get a little strapped on time! I do miss connecting with you regularly, so I am finally buckling down and sharing some great cards using one of my favourite suites. Tropical Escape suite is just so lush and fresh. I really love how this bundle pulls everything together and makes it super easy to make beautiful cards. That really is the beauty of a bundle.
I always tell my team members to make their purchases one bundle at a time rather than spreading themselves out with just a little bit of everything. The colours in the cardstock pack and the designer series paper revolve around Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce. Now I’m not sure I would have put those colours together all on my own, but they look fabulous together! There are three leaves in the stamp set and five leaf framelits in the die collection. There are 24, yes, 24! different patterns in the Tropical Escape 6×6″ designer series paper pack. The Tropical elements wood pieces and the textured weave ribbon that are in this suite are not used in these cards but they are both very pretty. You can find all this beauty on page 120 and 121 of the annual catalog.
Enough talk, let’s take a look at the beautiful cards made with this suite. Thankfully I had these three cards in my stash thanks to swaps I participated in. The first one is made by my friend Kay Smith from Newfoundland.
Here is a closeup of the beautiful detail in this Tropical Escape card.
The next card is by the talented Cheryl Hamilton. She actually lives in Hawaii!! She made a matchbook style card. I have never actually made a card like this and I really like it. Time to get out of the card-making box! Do you find yourself making the same style of card over and over?
Here is a close-up of the detail in this lovely card. Can you see how nice these colours work together? When you use the patterned paper as your inspiration you don’t need to figure out anything on your own. I like that!
The last card is by Canada’s own talented Kim McGillis who is on the international Artisan Team. This is a stunning black and white card stamped on shimmer white cardstock. The picture will not do it justice at all! There is a little scrap of polka dot tulle ribbon, some black mini sequin trim and some leaves behind the sentiment.
We are going to make these cards at coffee and a card on Tuesday. Be prepared to divide your group into different assignments, there is a lot of detail in each of these cards, more than the usual style for coffee and a card mornings! I find that when I haven’t made the card personally I sometimes underestimate how much work and steps went into them. Thanks ladies for these beautiful cards.
If you would like to add any of these great things to your crafting stash and you live in Canada, I would love for you to order from me. If you already have a demonstrator, please support them! If you do choose to order online I would ask one more favour, please do use the current host code. This enables me to add other orders to the same workshop so that host benefits can be earned. This helps me keep the cost of my classes down. Did you know that you can place your own order of $200 and get host benefits all by yourself? A better idea if you were planning on spending that kind of cash is to just get the starter kit. In that case you get to pick out $165 worth of product and pay only $135. No shipping. No tax. If you were to spend $165 on a regular order you would be paying $205.10, so you can easily see the benefit of getting the starter kit. After that beautiful box arrives at your place, you can also get a 20% discount on any further orders you might place in the next six months. How awesome is that? Definitely something worth considering. Here is the host code:
Thanks for reading all the way to the end. Have a super day. Stamping hugs, Jackie
Hello stampers. Have you ever forgotten something? Well I have had this card sitting in the wings for almost a year!! I made it, meant to blog about it and do a class on it and then it never happened. Until today! This is a shadowbox card, or at least, that is what I am calling it. I love that from the outside it looks like an ordinary card, but when you open it you get a surprise. I have made a small photo tutorial and a video to show you how it is done. Then it’s your turn! Be sure to get those framelits if you don’t already have them since they are retiring. This is a total coincidence mind you, I had no intent on luring you to buy more stuff. Honestly!! Here is the card, I cased it from the very talented Lynn Starzl. Here is her card.
You can see the inner mechanism of the shadowbox card at the top. The card is made using dapper denim which I did know is retiring, so if you love this colour, make sure you enough cardstock and reinker to last you a while! The Color Theory Paper (and yes, I hate spelling it the American way) is also retiring. Here is a peek at the inside of the card:
You can see from the picture exactly why it is called a “shadowbox” card!! Here is a handy little shot of the dimensions used to make this card. You can get two cards out of one 12×12 sheet of cardstock.
After running the card base through the Big Shot with the label framelit you are going to put a piece of tear and tape on the little half inch flap. Before doing that make sure you use your bone folder to crisply score all your fold lines.
Now make sure that you do NOT adhere your card yet. Trust me, I have gotten ahead of myself before. The next thing you need to do is stamp your scene. This is also tricky. You have to make sure that your scene can be seen through the “window”. That means your sentiment needs to be in the middle and the birds have to be stamped very close to your words. Do you notice my accidental rhyming here in the last two sentences? Sorry, you don’t really care about that. Back to the card. Here is how I made sure that the images were in the right place. I did use my Stamparatus, it will be available in the new catalog on June 1.
So after I took this picture, I put the Stamparatus plate down and pressed it onto the stamp which is now positioned correctly and then I could move the card so I could stamp on the patterned paper without any overlap. Make sense?
One of the nice things about the Stamparatus is that it allows you to stamp the same image repeatedly and accurately to get a nice dark image. This great tool will be available in the new catalog on June 1. It is a must have in any stampers toolbox. After you have finished stamping this panel you can adhere it. The next step is to adhere the flap (see the video on how to do that most effectively). After that you can put on the white panel and lastly the front.
I had shared this card on my Facebook page yesterday and a follower shared a card that she had made after watching my video. I love her card so much. She added the lighthouse to the inside panel. Way to go Sharon Dalton. Sharon is from Australia and here is the link to her blog. Here is her card:
Finally, a reminder to get those items that are on the retiring list before they disappear. Today I used the following retiring products: dapper denim cardstock and ink, Color Theory designer series paper stack as well as Lots of Labels framelits. Here is the video showing you how to make this card. Happy stamping and have a super day!
Hello stampers. Today I felt the need to create a simple blog post. Sorry. No, I’m not sorry that it will be a short and simple one, sorry is the focus of the post. It is also the focal point of this amazing stamp set called Sorry for Everything. It is one of the few stamp sets that is only words. There is not even one image in this set!!
I love this set for the following reasons. 1. It is very versatile. It ranges from sorry I missed your birthday to sorry for the loss of your furry friend to sorry you’re not feeling well. 2. It tackles the more difficult issues in life in a straightforward manner. Sorry that things fell apart! I wish I could make everything better. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Sorry to see you go. And finally, forgive me?
As a Christian saying sorry (and asking and extending forgiveness) is essential to the faith. We were forgiven everything, so who are we to withhold forgiveness? I know, my thoughts are running deep today. Let’s break up these deep thoughts and take a look at the card that I made.
Never underestimate the power of a hand written hand made card. I personally know of relationships that have been forever changed and salvaged due to this simple act. If you do not yet have this set, I would highly recommend adding it to your stash. You will use it over and over. The big “sorry” makes it a wonderful focal point so that you can keep the rest of your card fairly simple. I used thick whisper white cardstock for the base, a night of navy layer 4 1/8″ by 5 3/8″ and then a whisper white layer of 4″ by 5 1/4″ run through the Big Shot with the Detailed Floral thinlits (they used to be a bundle with the beautiful Floral Phrases set. Be sure to use the precision base plate as this is a detailed thinlet. If you forget to use this plate and use just the regular platform or the magnetic platform you will notice, trust me! Lots and lots of poking and it might not even cut through all the way. The precision base plate is worth every penny. Remember, it is saleabration time and that means an amazing deal on the starter kit. If you need some of these big ticket items, this is by far the best way to get them. Just click here to join my team and get this deal. No selling required, but wouldn’t a 20% discount on your future purchases be absolutely wonderful? You also get to pre-order from the new annual catalog on May 1!!!! Whooohooo. Lots of perks. (you do need to live in Canada to join my team, sorry!)
Are you interested in how I did the faux bow on my card? This ribbon trick is the most favourite trick I have ever shared, but maybe you are not yet familiar with it. Check out this video. I hope you have a super rest of your weekend!
Hello stampers and Happy New Year! Today I am sharing a cool technique that involves inking up your embossing folders and stamping on them before running them through the Big Shot. I shared a video last week on how to do this and it was a big hit. Today I thought I would also talk you through the steps of doing this and show you a few pictures of several variations. Here is what you need:
I found that these colours worked together really well. First you ink up the entire Woodland embossing folder on the Sizzex logo side with Soft Suede. Then you swipe it a few times with the night of navy ink pad. Then stamp the tree from Lovely as a Tree with Garden Green several times at different heights. Lay a white piece of cardstock 4″ by 5 1/4 inches on the uninked side of the folder about 1/4″ from the folder seam. If you look carefully you will see that the bottom of the trees starts at that point. Close your folder and run it through the Big Shot with just the base and two clear plates.
This is what it will look like, but each time it will turn out differently which makes this technique so artistic. I used a 1 3/4″ circle punch to cut out the sentiment which is from Rose Wonder. The 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch with night of navy is a great accent.
With the card above you can see that I swiped the night of navy on the folder on an angle at the bottom making it look like a woodland hill. This is just a happy coincidence! Swiping the folder with this dark colour also accents the bark on the birch trees beautifully don’t you think? Here is another one so that you can see how two identical cards can still look very different with this technique.
This second card has more intense inking on the folder and therefore looks a lot different than the first one. I realize that the scallop circle punch is retired but thankfully Stampin’Up! offers the Layering Circle framelits which will also do the job. Both cards have a base of Night of Navy cardstock.
You can make this card even more detailed by adding another stamp to the mix. I used the antique car from Guy Greetings. I also want to show you the difference when you choose different colours for the car. For one I used early espresso, which I thought was a suitably dark colour. For the other card I used night of navy for the car. Which one do you like better?
The other difference with this card is that I inked the folder first with marina mist and then I brayered over the trees lightly with early espresso. I prefer the first colour combination as I find that the birch trees pop more in those cards. I do love the car in behind the trees though. This just shows that you need to play around a bit with different colours and techniques to see what you like best. I just clean the folder with a baby wipe in between cards. You do need to start with a clean embossing folder each time. I have not found that this technique does any damage to your ink pads either. Rest easy. Breathe. It’s ok!!
Do you notice the difference it makes when you do the card “landscape” style rather than “portrait”? It allows you to add more trees and I really like that too. This also contrasts the two different inking techniques. On the left is the marina mist with brayered trees and on the right is the first formula with soft suede and night of navy.
I hope you have a lot of fun playing with this fun and easy technique. We are in the middle of a cold snap with lots of snow so it is great to play inside a warm house with ink and paper. Here is the video that I shared last week. I hope you all have a fantastic 2018! Remember, today is the last day to order from the Holiday catalog and tomorrow Sale-a-bration starts. What fun.
Put a little sparkle in your life…simply!
A lot of card makers are like crows, they like things that sparkle! The Year of Cheer suite definitely has sparkle with all the metallic papers, the pretty embellishments and the amazing washi tape that all go with this suite. You can even go over the top and mix it with our glimmer paper. I am so thankful to Barb Stewart for designing these beautiful cards. As soon as I saw them I knew I would offer a class with them and everyone was in love. The best part is that you get a beautiful card with very little effort and that is what many of us long for. Simplicity. Beauty. A little extra time to just relax. These cards do all of that!
I did add one extra card to the class out of sheer necessity. You see when I decided to offer this as a class I was totally out of the foil snowflakes, so I wanted to offer an alternative. I ended up using the stars from the Starlight Thinlets and it turned out beautifully. The stars are so very lovely, but the foil snowflakes are immediate gratification. I will share a video at the end of this post to show you how to make the stars in the most easy and efficient way.
Starlight Thinlets Alternative
The starlight thinlets coordinate with the Star of Light stamp set. I love this 21 piece stamp set because not only does it have beautiful star images including star dust that can be used on Disney cards as fairy dust, it also has lots of beautiful sayings.
When my customers saw this card they thought I had embossed the star. Really it is just two star framelits layered on top of each other. I have some pictures here, but please note that in the second picture the stars are just laying on top of each other, I haven’t adhered them yet because I want to do that in my video and I don’t want to have to make more stars!!
Now for the important information. Measurements do make everything easier right? No need for guesswork. Here you go. All the cards are the same which is just wonderful.
heavy white cardstock: 4 1/4″ by 11″ scored at 5 1/2″
foil paper (I used champagne, silver and gold but copper also works) 3 3/4″ by 4 3/4″
patterned paper from Year of Cheer- 3 1/2″ by 4 1/2″
for the sentiment- whisper white cardstock 1 1/4″ by 3 3/4′ metallic 1 1/2″ by 4″
One of the cards uses soft suede for the matting and this also looks quite wonderful, so if you need to save some money you could use this instead of the foil paper. To make your foil paper last longer be sure to cut out stars from your big mat before you put the patterned paper over top, just be sure to leave a 1/4 inch margin all around!
Did you know that you get 12 gold and 12 silver foil snowflakes in each package and that they are cream coloured on the back? So you can use them as a neutral accent or you can sponge them with any colour you like, or you can stamp the whole snowflake with versamark and emboss in gold, silver or copper for a thicker, more luxurious finish.
Here is another inspiration for the Add a Little Glitz stamp set that the saying “May your season sparkle”.
Finally here is the video on how to use your star framelits with the least amount of frustration.
I hope you have a great weekend! Remember if you live in Canada and don’t already have a demonstrator I would love to have you order from me or even better, join my team and get your own discount.