Hello stampers! I am finally sharing some projects made with the beautiful Blended Seasons Bundle. I was quite anxious to do so since this amazing set is only available in August. Stampin’Up! is not kidding when they say this. They will not bring it back in another catalog, so if you like it the time to get it is now. I think by the time you are finished reading this blog post you will agree that it is both beautiful and versatile. It is designed to be used for colouring and layering and the stitched edges, oh my!!!! The first card I made with it used only one of the sayings. Here it is:
I just love the simplicity of this card. It took about one minute to make. The iguana with the fly is a bit of a cheat I must confess. I used my Brother Scan’n’Cut for that, but it was very finicky and did not cut much of what I wanted it to, so I made do with what I had. The next card was embossed with copper and I have another confession to make. These cards were all made late last night so the quality isn’t quite up to snuff. I forgot to use my embossing buddy so there are some stray bits of embossing powder. My blending is sub-par, but guess what? It’s still a nice card. I thought it was important to show you that not everything I made is stellar. Just breathe. Embrace your imperfection.
Do you remember the beloved Top Note die? The shape of the three nesting framelits in this Blended Seasons bundle is very reminiscent of that. These framelits take it up a notch though. They have a stitched edge on the part that is cut out AND the part that is left behind, so it is great for card windows as well. This image should give you a better idea of the framelits that are in the bundle.
This next card appeals to me because of its beautiful simplicity. It is all about the texture and the colours which to me exude fall. What do you think?
The deep texture of the corrugated embossing folder is just divine. I think it will be great not only for fall cards but also for a country Christmas and for masculine cards. The next card is also a fall card with a bit of watercolouring on the leaves, again done late at night so be kind!
I think this next card may just be my favourite. I would say it is a five or ten minute card and it looks like you really spent a lot of time on it. I paired it with the leaf framelit from Colourful Seasons in the annual catalog. Once again you will see the amazing Corrugated embossing folder. Wow!!! The Blended Seasons bundle is available now but you will have to wait until September 1 to order the embossing folder, unless you join my team, then you can put it in your starter kit!
The last card is also one of my favourites, it is a Christmas card using the Joyous Season paper from the upcoming Holiday catalog. If you do not have a demonstrator and you would like a holiday catalog, please message me. I send them for free to anyone who orders from me. Sadly you need to live in Canada to be able to order from me.
If you live in Canada and do not yet have a demonstrator I would love it if you ordered from me online. I will send you a card made with this great bundle. Please use this online code if possible and thank you very, very much!
Now I was going to make a video myself to share on this blog post, but Shannon West just posted one and I learned a lot from it, so I am going to share her video first. I promise I will also do one, but in the meantime, enjoy this new very casual Stampin’Up! video. They are experimenting with a new style and I like it a lot better than the old ones which were a little to “canned” for me.
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! You know that you have a great stamp set when it takes more than one blog post to adequately feature all the amazing elements. I am not even doing it justice. The more I play the more I want to create with this stamp set. You may not want to buy this bundle, it will prevent you from getting your work done!!
I have to be honest. Sometimes I find embellishment kits a waste of money. There are often elements in there that you simply can’t find a use for. This one is fantastic! You get so many pretty die cuts and vellum embellishments that it is instant gratification to whip a bunch of cards that make you look like you really slaved over them. Anyone who receives one of these over the top cards will really be feeling the love. I took a picture of some of the elements I had laying out before I started my card. This is NOT the complete embellishment kit by any means. Click here to see all of it.
The watercolour paper in the middle of the picture is 4″ by 5 1/4″ and has been stamped using the acrylic block technique shown in the video at the end of this post. Take a look at the finished card. It took about five minutes to make.
I used berry burst and pool party ink pads right on my acrylic block E and then spritzed both the block and the watercolour paper with water before “stamping”. Here is a picture of how I prepped the watercolour paper.
The grid paper is very helpful to align the tape and the cardstock making it easier to get a nice even border. Here is a close-up of the final result of the paper. I wish now that I had rotated it on my card so that you would see more of the pool party. Oh well. Next time.
Here is another card using some of the embellishment kit. The card is mostly in white and silver so the coloured embellishment really pops.
The next card uses a piece of one of the cards I posted yesterday. It had a mat of that beautiful paper from this suite, so I cut out an oval before adhering to the card and covering with the white mat. This paper is so lovely you really don’t want to waste any of it!
This card is clean and simple and really lets the paper shine. The sentiment is from Petal Palette another of my favourite stamps from the Occasions catalog. I decided to try and spruce it up a bit using some other embellishments from the kit and some ribbon. What do you think?
I really do love this sentiment. My job as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator has allowed me to meet so many new people all over the world and I have been blessed and enriched by it in so many ways, so this card is for you my fellow demonstrators and to all my Facebook and blog followers and to my wonderful customers and team members. I hope you feel the love. I made one last card that I totally cased from Dawn Olchefske. Here is the link to her blog. I just embossed my base layer, that is the only change I made.
Finally, here is the video that shows you how to do the acrylic block watercolour background technique. It is easy, controlled and changeable. You can always add more ink and spritz again with water.
Hello stampers! What do you look for in a stamp set? I love a set that combines great images with a few great sentiments. I also get quite excited when the set can be used for different occasions and for both men and women. Feather Together fits the bill perfectly. It has some great words in a great font and the feather images can be used together or separately. SInce the set is photopolymer, it makes it very easy to do a two-step stamp. I will share a video with some tips and tricks on how to do that. Take a look at this stamp set:
I haven’t played with this set as much as I would like to, but here are some cards that I made for my coffee and a card class. I thought that the simplicity of the card would pair well the simple beauty of our copper foil paper.
Here is the same card but using different words. I am sorry that the script patterned paper is no longer available. I love it so much that I wanted to use the rest of my stash. I think we should all petition Stampin’Up! to bring it back. It was available in the patterned paper stacks in each of the colour families but the neutrals were my favourite.The white panel on the first two cards is the same size, 4″ by 2 5/8″.
Now I have to confess that I tend to hoard more expensive paper. It makes me happy to be able to get the most use out of it, so before mounting the white part on the copper I first cut out some leaves for another card making sure to leave enough of an edge so that you wouldn’t notice what I did. Check it out, I am pretty pleased with myself!
Here is what I did with those beautiful leaves. I made two versions of this card, one with a single piece of patterned paper in the background and another one with strips of paper (they are approximately 1 3/8″ wide by 4″ long. That way I could not only use up my paper scraps but I could also showcase how well the papers coordinate. The leaf framelits are from the Colorful Seasons bundle. The stamp set is one of the sets featured in the World Card Making Day sale until October 10.
The last card here was actually the first card that I made. When I saw the feathers I thought of the pretty blue jay feathers I would sometimes find on my lawn after our cat Jacob had followed his natural instincts. I used Pacific Point and Early Espresso.
I love the poignancy of just one leaf. The white panel is 3 1/4″ by 4 1/4″. The pacific point is 5 3/8″ by 4 1/8″. I used the hexagon embossing folder to add some interest to this otherwise clean and simple card. Sometimes two or three-step stamping can be daunting, but all you really need to do is give yourself enough time, be sure to practice and experiment with different colour combinations and stand up. Yes, stand up. If you stand while stamping you get a better view and can line things up more easily. I made a video with a few little tips and tricks to help you along.
I would love to hear from you. What are your favourite sets for two or three step stamping? I really love their effect, especially Baby Bear. He looks so real you just want to touch him. Let me know if you have any other questions.
World Card Making Day Sale
From now until October 10, Stampin’Up! is celebrating World Card Making Day with a special sale. Select stamp sets are 15% off. Select designer series paper is also on sale until the end of October, buy three packs get one free. The best part of this sale is that the most expensive pack of paper can be your free one! Just enter the ones you want to pay for first, then enter the free one last.
Did you see that little note at the end? Best deal ever. Buy a fast fuse and get two refills for FREE! If you want to see the images of the stamp sets featured, I took some screen shots:
Here is a shot of the paper that is on sale. I am willing to split packs of paper in half so that you can get three half packs and one half pack for free, just let me know!
Happy stamping and have a super day! Don’t forget about my contest. Comment on any of my blog posts before Tuesday October 10 and get entered into a draw for the stamp set Spooky Cat!
Hello stampers. I think I just made up a new word here. “Splooshing”. What I mean is scrunching up a wet baby wipe (actually, half a baby wipe), dabbing it into an ink pad and then pressing it onto paper to make a background. So, to make this very striking card, I used sahara sand and smoky slate to make the background on a 3 3/4 by 5″ piece of whisper white cardstock. Then you ink up your Lovely as a Tree “treeline” image with Versamark and emboss with copper embossing powder. Repeat slightly lower and to the left with silver embossing powder. After that you can choose to add a ribbon or not. I used 1/8″ silver ribbon (132137)on one and vanilla 1/4″ satin ribbon (142794) on the other. I also did one without ribbon after getting lots of feedback on Facebook. Which one is your favourite?
There is a story behind this card. I received a beautiful Christmas card from one of my team members, Karen Gardner. This technique was used on her card and I immediately knew I would be using it to make my swap card for the Canadian Business Conference in Toronto. This is the first event of its kind for Canadian Stampin’Up! demonstrators and I am super excited about it. We used to have a Leadership Convention each year in January but it was discontinued, so Dale Hampshire decided to create this event. I signed up for two swaps, one with Lovely as a Tree and one with Touches of Texture. The other swap will be the focus of my next blog post. Here is the card without the ribbon:
The sentiment is stamped in black archival ink and comes from Rose Wonder. When I made these cards I was nervous about using so much copper foil! The stuff is not cheap. And it is beautiful. Those two facts usually lead to hoarding. Then I decided I could cut images from the part that wouldn’t show. Genius. Now I have a ton of dragonflies and bees. Large dragonflies, medium dragonflies and groups of dragonflies, all waiting to be incorporated into beautiful cards. Check it out:
I did create a video showing how to do this technique. It really is so very simple and the results are truly beautiful. Have fun with it.
Don’t forget to keep your Versamark pads juicy by reinking now and then, it is the secret to successful embossing. Secret number two is not swinging your heat gun back and forth but focusing on one spot at a time and slowly moving as the powder melts. Today this card is in honour of my team member Janis Taylor’s mom who died and went to heaven today at the beautiful age of 92.
Hello stampers. It feels so good to be back here. It is already January 4 and I have not yet wished you a very happy new year. It doesn’t seem so long ago that 2017 had a futuristic feel to it. Now it is our reality. My key word this year is “focus”. I tend to easily go off on rabbit trails, so I am going to really try to focus this year. To focus on each day instead of always looking forward to or planning the next day. That is harder than it seems. In today’s world, and also in my job as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator it is very important to plan ahead so you stay on track with your classes, your clubs and your ordering. It is also very easy to get excited about the new incentive trip. I will still do those things of course, but now I plan to focus on each task, each class, each customer, each conversation. Less multi-tasking and more simplicity. Now, on to today’s post, end of sermon.
I have already shared with you how much I love the new stamp set Beautiful You. Today I am going to show how great this set is with a technique called paper piecing. With paper piecing you stamp your image twice- once on your card base or layer and once on patterned paper. Then you cut out the part you stamped on patterned paper and adhere it to your stamped image. Wow. You really have to try it to see how amazing this simple technique is. Pictures don’t do it justice but of course I will try.I also used this technique with the new set Moon Baby #143085. This set really called to me because of two things. Number one, we are expecting our first grandchild!! April 7 is the due date and we are thrilled. Number two, I love the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I guess there is a third reason. It will be great to use with our new watercolour pencils. Did you know that you get a set of 13 for only $21 (#141709)I made a short video on how to paper piece so I will share it here. Let me know if you have any success and which stamp set you used to do this technique!!Don’t forget, today is also the beginning of sale-a-bration. Here in Canada you get to choose a free item from the sale-a-bration catalog with every $60 you spend before shipping and tax. Also, there is a great deal on the starter kit, and I would love to have you join my team, Beyond Pampered. You do NOT have to sell or do parties to get the kit. You can get the starter kit just to get your own discount. What you do after that is entirely up to you. Did you know that most demonstrators joined simply to get the 20% discount? Just go to www.thepamperedstamper.stampinup.net and click on join now. The kit is only $135 but you get to choose $165 worth of products AND you pay no shipping and tax. You also get to choose a bonus TWO stamp sets out of either the Occasions catalogue or the annual catalog.
Happy stamping and don’t forget to focus on this day, this gift you have been given to enjoy.