Hello stampers. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this fun and innovative stamp set with coordinating framelits is just awesome for both kids and grownups. It is great for mushy cards but also for fun or serious cards. I love how the framelits can be used for both cutting out puzzle pieces or for creating an embossed focal point. The very best part is that it is quick and easy. This product makes it look like you really slaved over making a super special card, so whoever receives one from you will really be feeling the love. Only you know how much fun you had making it and how easy it really was. I went online for inspiration and all but one of these cards was cased from other talented demonstrators. The first one was from Tami White.
I love how all Stampin’Up! products coordinate. If you really want to look “put together” then limit yourself to one suite at a time when you are purchasing instead of dabbling with several suites at a time. The All My Love ribbon is the perfect accent to this card. Now just to be contradictory, you can mix and match. The negative piece from the light pink heart is from the Tropical Escape paper from the annual catalog. Thanks to Tami White for the inspiration, I might not have thought of that! I could have used the epoxy heart droplets in the suite but I just noticed them now. You know what? This photo is a little out of focus, so I am going to add a droplet and take another picture just to make up for it!! I have been known to be impulsive, so why not live up to my reputation?
The next card is just so colourful and it makes me so happy. This one was originally created by Laura Vanverloh. She made it for an autism awareness event with is a perfect fit! I changed up the background by using Touches of Texture as well as the little hearts from Love You to Pieces.
This next card combines Grey Granite with Night of Navy for a perfect masculine card. Thanks to Jackier Beers for this clean and crisp design.
I really love the next card as Lori Wilcox was really thinking outside of the box. She used the High Tide set to create a beach scene which was then cut using the puzzle framelits. One piece was taken out to make a cute statement. A simple trick with this card is to put adhesive on the back before taking them out of the framelits. Flip it over, framelit and all and press onto your cardstock mat. Then pop the pieces out and they will stick to the mat without you having to align them all.
Here is a look of the panel before being attached to the card.
The last card was my own creation and I made it because I wanted to show my customers that this puzzle stamp had a good use. You see, it doesn’t fit with the puzzle framelit and we found that a little annoying. I then suggested that it could be used to stamp a background. So I tried it this afternoon and I loved how it turned out. This bright card also uses the rectangle stitched framelits. They are easy to adapt to different sizes as well. Tomorrow I will do a video on that and include it in this post.
A clean and simple card…the inside is pretty cute too. I used Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick for the puzzle piece background. Do you know what these colours all have in common? They are all this year’s “In Colours”. The only one missing is Grapefruit Grove. I cut out one “puzzle” from each of the colours mentioned and then I keep the leftovers in a small Ziploc bag inside the stamp case. That makes it super easy to add some of these colourful puzzle pieces to any card. I really loved playing with this set, it brought out my inner child and the bright colours were so cheerful on this cold winter day.
As you can see this bundle can be used for so much more than just Valentine’s Day. I hope you have been inspired by these cards and I challenge you to pop a card in the mail this week and show someone some love. If your wish list is long, you know what to do. The very best deal, especially at this time of year during the sale-a-bration sale is to get the starter kit. You can pick out a whopping $225 worth of any product you choose from the current catalogs and pay only $135. No shipping or tax. Click here to start the process. I will finish this post with a video I shared earlier this week on Facebook.
If you live anywhere in Canada and do not already have a demonstrator I would love your business. You can shop online very easily and if you also are so kind as to use the host code
I would be ever so grateful and I will send you a fun card in the mail. If however your order is $200 or more you should just do a customer order because that will entitle you to host benefits. During sale-a-bration if your order is $300 you will get $65 in free host products. You can choose from exclusive host sets but you can get anything you want from the catalog or the clearance rack. You can also put your host rewards towards the purchase of a starter kit. Good to know, right? Have a super day and thanks for stopping by.
Hello stampers. I think the Color Me Happy kit is aptly named (except of course for the American spelling!) For most of us, colouring makes us happy. It is relaxing and fun, and with the Blends it is even more special. A true testimony of this came from one of my Blends Club members. She admitted that she really didn’t like colouring. It stressed her out. Until she used the Blends. Now she loves colouring! Unfortunately the Blends are not available right now, they were so popular that they sold out of their inventory, so now you have to wait until June to get them. You snooze, you lose.
I thought I would do a blog post on this kit since you can’t find it in any of our catalogs. It is in the Blends brochure, but that has also not been widely dispersed. This kit is available on its own or as a bundle with the coordinating stamp set. The kit comes with 16 cards and 16 beautiful envelopes. It also includes tassels, gold tape, white baker’s twine and assorted sequins to finish off your cards with flair.
Here is a photo of the stamp set. You can choose to just get the kit and then make it a class I offer, but if you love the set or would like to make them on your own or use the lovely stamp set for other projects, then I would advise saving 10% and getting the bundle. My favourite image in this set is the birds. The one on the right looks like he’s had a rough day and the pink one on the left is trying to cheer him up a little. The Oh Hello is also terrific, especially with the stamparatus so you can stamp it several times to get a nice deep black tone.
Another reason for this blog post is that this bundle is available only while supplies last, so here is your heads up to not let this one get away on you and also to take advantage of this last week of saleabration!! Here is a shot of the kit components.
Do you see those envelopes? Trust me, anyone getting one of these cards in the mail are going to be quite excited knowing that they are getting very special mail indeed. It’s all in the details!! Add a small item to your order, only $8 worth and you will also qualify for a free saleabration product. If you choose to do so, please use the current host code: FFX3Z2H6.
Kits are a welcome sight when your brain needs a break but you still want to make something beautiful. That is all I took with me for my week away at a friend’s home on the lake. Made me very happy and stress free! I highly recommend it. Hope you all have a very blessed Easter!
Hello stampers! I am in love with the Petal Passion Paper and have finally had a chance to play with one of the sheets that is perfect for colouring. I am hosting a Blends Club and I purposely bought several packs of this beautiful paper so that I would have enough to make cards for twenty people. I cut the 12 x 12 paper into six pieces each measuring 3 3/4″ by 5″ so that there was a nice amount of white border around the edges. I then of course fell into my familiar routine of using up the scraps and coming up with a few more card designs so as not to waste anything. When I love a piece of paper I like to get the most out of it!!
I keep a little baggie of little white strips that are left over from cutting card fronts. These are great for little banners and a simple sentiment. For this card I used rich razzleberry, daffodil delight and old olive blends and a little bit of pool party. After cutting the six card fronts from the Petal Passion paper I had some leftover strips that were two inches wide so I used those on the next card. I used a piece of pool party shimmer ribbon to add a nice light contrast.
I also had some 3/4″ strips left over from cutting the card fronts, so I put them together on this card along with some other strips of Petal Passion paper that I had left over from other projects. Because they have more of a black background they combined nicely with the ones I coloured with my blends. Add some ribbon and a stitched framelit sentiment and voila!! On this card I switched up the pool party for smoky slate since that is one of the colours that my Blends club members are receiving today. I really like the look of that colour combination.
The strips of Petal Passion designer series paper on this card are 3/4″ wide by 5″ and they are simply adhered side by side on a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of rich razzleberry cardstock. I used the whisper white 1/4″ organza ribbon to accent the sentiment which is also from Petal Palette. The whole suite just works so nice together, I just realized I could have added a petal passion embellishment too, that would look beautiful!! Well, I tried it and it didn’t really add anything, the card is too busy with it, but it did look great on my first card, take a look.
The last card doesn’t use the Petal Passion paper, but it does use the Petal Palette stamp set as well as the same blends colours, rich razzleberry and old olive. I cased this one but I do not have a name so I can’t give credit. The sentiment on this card comes from Happy Birthday Gorgeous. The celebrate is a free thinlit that you can get with a $120 purchase during sale-a-bration which goes until March 31.
With this last card I used the colour lifter on the light rich razzleberry to give it more variation in colour. I am really happy with the way it turned out. I hope you enjoyed these cards featuring our lovely Blends. They are a high ticket item so they are perfect for putting in your starter kit, that way you do not have to pay shipping or tax, you also get two free stamp sets, a free Paper Pumpkin, and from me, you will also get a FREE Celebrate You thinlits dies. The first five people to respond to this blog post will be eligible for this bonus free gift. If you choose Petal Palette as one of your free stamp sets then you will be all set to make these cards when your kit arrives. Click here to get started. Happy stamping!!
Hello stampers! Have you tried our new Blends yet? They are amazing. Beautiful colours and so very easy to use. Even people who don’t usually like to colour are falling in love with these beautiful alcohol markers. They can be used individually for plain colouring with no lines or together if you want to blend and make it look even prettier. Now I totally understand how even the word “blend” can make you break out into hives. It implies that you need a certain level of artistic ability. Not true. My mind does not work that way. I don’t think to myself, now which way is the light coming in and where would the shadows be? I wish my mind worked that way, but even if it doesn’t, you can still do beautiful colouring and enjoy it. Recently I made some great Christmas cards using the Blends. Check it out.
We also used Blends at my Bingo party on Thursday night. Now I am telling you this was a rocking party and everyone was having a lot of fun and it was loud!! But as soon as the Blends came out, it quieted right down. Everyone just got really zen and relaxed. Truly amazing to see. So if you are feeling a bit of holiday stress, try colouring, it really helps. Tomorrow at coffee and a card class we will be using the Blends to make this card and two others. Class will be a bit different than usual. SInce last week was a “snow day” we are having coffee and a card at the regular time of 10am but then we are going to have a lovely lunch together and do another class after lunch and that is the one where we will be using the Blends.
For this card I used Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate and Old Olive Blends. I used a touch of our embossing paste on the cuffs of the dress, or is it a coat?
The last card that I am making at class was totally cased from my friend Pat Skirtschak who sent me this very card in the mail. It was her card that just made me want to have the set Christmas in the Making and now I am so glad that I have it. It is one of those stamp sets that just makes you happy to look at.
I used Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette and Crumb Cake on this card. The pretty metallic ribbon was one of the sale-a-bration freebies last year. After I was done making these cards I wanted to try them with a new kit that I got from the Occasions catalog. It will be available to you on January 3. The kit is called Lots of Happy and it comes with 20 cards, a stamp set, a block and four watercolour pencils and an archival black ink spot. The pencils are lovely but the kit also works beautifully with our Blends. The best part of this kit is that two of the watercolour pencils are brand new colours that are not in the watercolour pencil kits that are in the catalog: lemon lime twist and flirty flamingo.
The best way to get the Blends
Did you check out the link above to the Blends? Did you have a mini heart attack? They are NOT cheap. To get the complete set of blends is $162 before shipping and tax. So what is the best way to make this investment? I thought of two great ways.
- Wait till January and get the Starter Kit. You could get the kit now as well and it would still be a great deal and you would also be able to get all the things out of the Occasions catalog because as a demonstrator we can preorder now already and we can earn sale-a-bration rewards on our purchases in December. BUT…in January you will also get TWO free stamp sets with your kit and that is a pretty sweet deal. The starter kit is $135 but you get to pick out $165 worth of stuff and the blends are $162. You pay no shipping and no tax. After getting the starter kit you get a 20% discount on all your own purchases and you earn 20% on anything you sell to other people. I would love to have you on my team and will support you any way I can so you get the most value for your investment. Here is the link to get the starter kit.
- Join the Blends Club. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month from January till April. Each time I will have three sets of blends waiting for you and we will make two free cards. You pay $36 plus shipping and tax. You also get a free ivory, bronze and colour lifter for joining. This way you spread out your investment over four months, you get freebies and you make free cards and have four fun classes where you will learn some great tips and tricks for colouring.
Here are the finished cards from the Lots of Happy kit. Both versions turned out well. Which one do you prefer?
If you have any questions about the starter kit or about joining the Blends Club, send me a message at [email protected] or comment here. I always love to hear from you. Wishing you a great last week before Christmas, and remember to take some time for yourself to relax and unwind.