Happy Monday stampers. Life is grand! It is easy to say that when things are going well, but you have to dig a little deeper to say it and mean it when things are not going well. But life is grand. We need to live every moment, to take joy in the little things because sometimes there are only little things. Today as I was driving home from pickleball I noticed how the sunlight was glinting off the Thames River that runs through town. Now the Thames is not a very pretty river. It is usually muddy brown, but when the sun is glinting off it, wow, it sure does look beautiful. Now I am going to talk about the stamp set Life is Grand. What makes this stamp set so appealing to me is first that the font is large and flowy. Second, it is a distINKtive stamp, which means it shows up ombre, or in at least two colours and that really has a wow effect without you having to do anything for it. It is also not a fussy distINKtive stamp. Doesn’t matter if your ink pad is juicy, it will still give you that beautiful effect. Let’s take a look.
Here you get a closeup glimpse of the beautiful lettering. This was done in Real Red, my favourite colour. I absolutely love it with Granny Apple Green. You probably recognize the frog from So Hoppy Together. You can get this beauty for free with a $60 purchase until March 31. Time is running out!! The toadstool is from a gorgeous set in the annual catalog called Sweet Storybook.
I love everything about this card and I don’t even feel bad saying that even though I designed it myself and am tooting my own horn. This card just makes me feel happy when I look at it. I love, love, love the paper and sadly it is only available until March 31 as a free saleabration item, so if you love it even half as much as I do, you want to make sure you get it. If you live anywhere in Canada you can order through my online store. If you use the host code I will love you just a little bit more and send you a card to thank you. Well, let’s be real, you will get a card regardless because I believe that you deserve to be thanked if you give me your business. The toadstool (or mushroom) is from the set Sweet Storybook. I stamped the base on the white “band” of paper and then I stamped again and cut out just the top of it so that I could have it sticking out above the white band. I love the effect of that and it wasn’t difficult to do. I coloured the grass and the frog with our Blends. They are a wonderful product and at $6 each they are just slightly more expensive than our markers and infinitely better. One last thing to crow about with this card: the patterned paper is cut exactly to 4″ by 6″ which makes it perfect for #loveitchopit. You can get six card fronts out of one 12×12 piece of paper with no waste. It then fits on our Memories and More cards which measure 4 1/4″ by 6 1/4″ and come with their own envelopes. So fast, so easy. The white strip measures 1 7/8″ by 6″.
Don’t you just want to touch your screen right now to feel those letters? Stamped in tranquil tide on Painted Seasons paper, they just pop off the page. I combined it with Wood Textures Paper covering the entire card front. Since the Wood Textures paper comes in 6 x 6 I didn’t feel bad cutting it to 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4″. You can use the remaining bits to decorate the inside of your card if you don’t want to waste it. Another great example of a #loveitchopit card.
I love the effect of stamping on the patterned paper. This works especially well when it is muted background rather than a busy pattern. Both papers are from Painted Seasons, the same set as the bright and colourful paper on the first card. This card would be great for a man, even though it has a linen thread bow. Nothing can come close to our linen thread, and now you can get it in old olive as well.
Here you can see the beautiful paper and the stamp set. You can get them free as a bundle with a $120 purchase or you can get just the paper with a $60 purchase. Let’s take a look at my last card. It doesn’t use this paper or the stamp set but it does use Life is Grand as well as So Hoppy Together.
Oh Granny Apple Green, how lovely you are, both on the lettering and on the frog. One of the things I have always loved so much about Stampin’Up! is the colour coordination. It makes it so very easy to take your cards from nice to stunning. On this card the ink pad, the cardstock and the Blends all match. The balloons were punched out with grapefruit grove and lovely lipstick foil paper and bermuda bay glimmer paper which I believe is still available on the clearance rack. I adhered the bakers twine to the balloons and to the frogs “hand” using our mini glue dots, also the very best in the industry. Just ask my class attendees who have brought “contraband”. Now they are believers too!!
I really hope that you get all you can out of the saleabration promotion which ends on March 31, which is Sunday. I have room for you on my team, and all my customers are also greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a super day! Hugs from Chatham, Ontario.
Hello stampers. Painted Seasons is truly beautiful. The stamp set is stunning with its distINKtive design and the coordinating paper is so lovely that you will be tempted to hoard it. But that is not the way to enjoy paper. Create with it and then send those cards to people and spread joy!! #loveitchopit is the way to go. If you cut your paper into smaller pieces that suit your needs you will use it in a very productive and time efficient manner. For most of these cards I used strips that were 3″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall. Let’s take a look.
I paired the Painted Seasons bundle with the More Than Words stamp set. I found that if you stamp your words off to the left then you have room to add an embellishment. To make the olive linen bow I just used three strands together to make a fluffy bow. One of the pinecones is stamped in soft suede and the other in early espresso. The soft suede one has been popped up. The base of the card is soft sea foam.
For this card I forgot to stamp over to the side so that made it a bit more difficult. I love how the variegated petal pink and white ribbon picks up the colours in the paper. You can also sponge the edges of your succulent with flirty flamingo when stamping the second time with your stamparatus to get a lovely realistic look. I did a Facebook live video showing how to do that.
In this closeup picture you can see the lovely detail in both the succulent stamp and in the saying from More Than Words. I stamped “Wishes” in soft sea foam and then stamped the second stamp which is only the bottom half of the word “wishes” in pear pizzazz. The word “birthday” is separate and I also stamped that in pear pizzazz. Love the look of this!!
This fun card was cased from Tammy Beard. By necessity I had to change up the sentiments. I used the new punch that is available through the sale-a-bration coordination offering. My oval framelits are still missing in action so I am slightly limited in my creativity!! The frogs were coloured in Call Me Clover and Old Olive Blends.
Are you seeing how easy it is to create beautiful cards using the #loveitchopit system? All these cards follow the same formula but have slightly different embellishments and accents. When you have great raw materials and fantastic coordination it is very easy to make stunning cards.
This card uses some leftover strips of paper. I made it during a Facebook live video so it isn’t perfect but I really do love the look of it. The colours are just so pretty. The base of the card is petal pink and picks up the colours in the flowers of the patterned paper and the green leaf trim pulls out the call me clover colour in the paper as well. The words were stamped in Petal Pink and Calypso Coral.
Here you can see the Sale-a-bration Coordination products. Can you believe it is already the last month of saleabration? It is the only time of the year where you can get free things with a $60 purchase or when you get so much more in your starter kit. Don’t miss out!!
This last card was cased from Brian King. I love how he used both sides of the patterned paper for a very striking card. I switched it up a little bit but the bones of the card and the colour combination is totally his! I just love how we can inspire each other.
I saved this card for last since it doesn’t use the same formula as the others. I did use the Story Label punch for a quick focal point. The words are from More Than Words stamped in Call Me Clover. You can get the Painted Seasons bundle which includes the stamp set and the paper as a free item with a $120 purchase. You can get just the paper with a $60 purchase. The coordinating framelits are available for $38. What is nice about the framelits is that there are two larger leaf framelits, two fern framelits and three small leaf framelits. If you live in Canada and don’t have a demonstrator I would love to have you shop with me or even better, get the great deal on the starter kit and join my team!! Just click here to make that happen, or click on the items below to be directed to my online store.
Before I close, I thought I would share a video I did a while ago (I think a year ago) about the philosophy of #loveitchopit. I hope it helps you use your paper rather than hoard it.
Hello stampers. Oh the detail in Painted Seasons!! This gorgeous set is a DistINKtive stamp set which means that the images are naturally shaded and variegated with no extra effort. This one is even better because it is red rubber so it gives the best image possible. This is what Stampin’Up! says about their DistINKtive stamps.
“Add monochromatic dimension and artistic flair to your stamping with Stampin’ Up!’s Distinktive stamps. Distinktive stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity.
All Distinktive stamps fit neatly on Classic Stampin’ Pads (see p. 182–187). For best results, apply ink to stamp using only the middle of the ink pad. Inking stamp along edges of an ink pad may cause ink lines to appear in the final stamped image.”
Since it is so beautifully detailed, Painted Seasons lends itself extremely well to collage stamping. What is collage stamping you might ask? It is when you stamp various images repeatedly together in a random fashion to make a background pattern. I did mine monochromatically, which means I used only one colour, night of navy. I was initially inspired by Chris Stone.
These cards are all made using night of navy ink, whisper white and night of navy cardstock. The sayings come from the lovely set Kindness and Compassion. The first card was stamped using only the fern image on a piece of whisper white measuring 3 1/4″ by 4 1/2″. The centre card has the images stamped across the middle of a 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece of white cardstock. The last card is all the images in the set randomly stamped on the card front which was layered on a night of navy card base. For my last card I cut a strip off another panel that I had stamped and used it as a focal point.
This card shows how well the collage stamping works with the new Country Floral embossing folder. I also used the More Than Words stamp set that is part of the Saleabration Coordination special release of products. This stamp set coordinates with all of the saleabration stamp sets.
The coordinating framelits that go with our saleabration stamp sets are also available now. How much fun is that??
Yesterday I did a Facebook Live video showing the Painted Seasons bundle in action. If you would like to see it go to my business Facebook page here.
Today you can purchase the Sale-a-bration Coordination products to get more use from your sale-a-bration stamps. There is also a third release of freebie choices for you. You can now get the Painted Seasons paper as a level one item (free with a $60 purchase) as well as some great items from the catalog.
I have made more cards using the Painted Seasons bundle but I am going to save them for a second blog post as I have run out of time! I hope you have a fantastic day and if you need anything, just click on the product images below and you will be connected to my store. Sadly I can only sell to Canadians. As always, the very best deal in the catalog is the starter kit and I would love to have YOU join my team. Click here to do just that!
I am planning a fantastic DIVA DAY for all new recruits on March 23.I can’t wait to spoil you!! If you join me from a distance, no worries, you can join in with a Facebook live video as well as a one on one welcome call and a fun package in the mail so that you feel the love too.