Friday, January 30, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK + NORTHERN LIGHTS

  
THE CHALLENGE SPARK! WEEK FOUR!

So the challenge this week was to make Northern Lights on a card. (You can read about week one here & how this all started.) And boy, did that ever spark a challenge! Here is the link Tara sent when she chose the challenge: Northern Lights Tutorial

I started out with trying to copy the tutorial, but I was still unhappy after 3 tries. I'm sure it was just me.


Here is what I started with:


I took the Daffodil Delight Ink Pad & started with swiping it directly onto the paper. I was after the vertical streaks in the Northern Lights. Then Old Olive came next. I was careful to put more green on the bottom (northern Lights to me seem to be the boldest in color on the bottom) & leave a little yellow showing. If you drag your ink pad vertically a lovely streak shows up! 

Then came Tempting Turquoise & Island Indigo & with sponges I filled in the rest of the sky. Then I finished off with Night of Navy to give a nice dark sky look.



I stamped the Pine tree from the Lovely As a Tree stamp set in Basic Black. The sentiment is a from a lovely birthday set that is from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. I stamped with White Staz-On ink onto vellum & wrapped the vellum around & glued behind the Old Olive cardstock.

Grace from Create It Because You Can & Tara from Country Girl {Creates} are both along with this challenge! Check out their blogs to see what they came up with!

And next week's challenge is 'all white' or 'all white with a tiny pop of color'! That is gonna be fun, I tell you! It will fit so perfect with my need of wedding cards.

Now I'm off to clean my inky fingers...
Jane




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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

JANUARY'S PAPER PUMPKIN




This month's Paper Pumpkin kit is a fun-filled treat!



It makes 24 of these lovely little treat bags! (All you gotta do is buy your favorite candy! Not so hard, hey!)

But you know, there has got to be some more fun & easy ways to turn these into cards...



I simple stapled over the twine, tag & embossed paper, securely fastening them in one move. Then I tied the twine into a bow. Adhere the embossed paper to the base, stamp the greeting & pop it on with dimensionals to give a little depth to the whole thing & you are done. Easy peasy.



And since the Weekly Deals this week has a fabulous offering of the Texture Boutique & a number of embossing folders on a discount... I chose to use 2 of the embossing folders that are discounted! Check out those weekly deals on the side bar.



This last card I used the stamp from December's Paper Pumpkin kit (hello friend). I love to see what all I can combine to come up with more!

Did you know that you can keep the stamps & ink from each kit? That way you can keep creating between kits too. And the more kits you have received that means more stamps & ink = more fun!






Want to join the Paper Pumpkin fun now?



 There is a promotion on right now! 



The 3 month kit is regularly priced at $74.85 now on for $68.85! That is a savings of $6 plus you get a free Sale-A-Bration item! Talk about a great deal!

You can check out the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue here!

Just fill out the contact me form & we can get your order started! (Or just click on the kit shown below that you want! For every $60 you spend during Sale-A-Bration you get a free gift from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue & that applies to the 3 month, 6 month & 12 month kits!)


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

PAPER PUMPKIN WINNERS!

I was shocked to receive an email this week to say that I had won! Wow. WOW! 


Back in November they were asking for demonstrators to send in their cards, tags & projects made with Paper Pumpkin kit stamps & supplies. They needed samples for Leadership. They were going to send the winners $50US/$60CA in catalogue items. Great, right?! And since I'd been having fun with Paper Pumpkin kits & love to create alternate ideas, I had a few on hand & made a few more & sent them in the mail.


Truth be told... I just about didn't. I didn't know if I would win. Was it worth the postage? I sell cards & I tallied up the total of retail plus shipping & nearly chickened out. Then I stopped. I recognized that negative inner voice & talked right back to it: "The cards I'm sending is worth far less than $60. I can use $60. And I can't win if I don't send anything." So I sent them off happily & nearly forgot about it. Until today.




Here is the link to the Stampin' Up! blog where they post the winners: PAPER PUMPKIN CONTEST WINNERS There are pictures of the winning cards & projects in case you are interested!

So my advice is: How can you win if you never try? Be brave. Try a little now & then. You might just surprise yourself!

I'm celebrating & writing a list of what I want. It still comes to $60 many times over... Smile! I don't even know what's the top of my list anymore, but I do know that I would like the 'Guy Greetings' stamp set from the Occasions catalogue. (you can see it here)

What is on the top of your wish list?
Jane

And oh yes, I'm playing with my January 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit already & it's a fun one! You can get yours by clicking on the link below or just give me a quick shout via the 'contact me' form on this blog & I'll get you one ASAP! You don't really want to be missing out on the fun...


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Friday, January 23, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK + NEGATIVE SPACE

  
THE CHALLENGE SPARK! WEEK THREE!

I've been looking forward to showing you these all week! 

Sometimes a person needs a challenge to spark that fun spontaneous creativity.  (You can read about week one here & how this all started.) Now introductions over, this is week three & we are playing with negative space... 

What exactly is negative space? We often cut something out & glue it onto the card. That is the positive space. The piece that you cut something out of is the negative space. The black piece on these cards I made is the negative space, letting the pretty paper beneath it show through.

Grace from Create It Because You Can & Tara from Country Girl {Creates} are both along with this challenge! I chose this week's challenge to use negative space. Check out their blogs to see what they came up with!

The inspiration for this card came when I was searching for masculine card ideas. I am not sure how the idea really came to be, like so many ideas, this one just morphed into an idea that needed trying.




I started by brayering daffodil delight, calypso coral, tangelo twist & real red (in that order) onto Whisper White Cardstock. 

Then I took a piece of Basic Black Cardstock & using a pencil, traced an oval (I used an oval framelits). I also scored lightly a 1/4" from the top & bottom to guide my cutting edge. I found the center of the piece & using my Stampin' Trimmer I cut my the vertical lines, starting 1/4" in from the top, stopping at the pencil line & continued until 1/4" from the bottom.

I found it the simplest to start at the center & work my way to the outside. Once I had the vertical lines cut, I turned it sideways & used the trimmer to cut across. This Stampin' Trimmer has a point to show you exactly where the knife is & then I could cut just from 1 cut line to the next. I used a utility knife to cut around the oval.


The red version I cut out larger spaces than the black & I did the opposite with this blue one. Here I used Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo & then came back & did the one corner with Old Olive after I cleaned my brayer.

And truth be told, it was probably half of my efforts at cutting that black cardstock that landed in the trash. I wouldn't say this was exactly easy.

The 'Hello You' thinlits live up to their 'thin' name. I am finding that a stapler is the easiest in fastening the word, but if you do not like that look, then use Stampin' Up!s glue pen. That makes it so much easier.

Enjoy!
Jane

Oh, yeah. Just about forgot to tell you about next weeks challenge. It's to make a card that looks like Northern Lights. Sound hard? Check out this Northern Lights Tutorial. I can't wait to see what all kinds of ideas come with this one! 


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUTTERFLY BASICS IN OMBRE



Here I am again with another vellum butterfly for you! This beauty I folded in half & adhered only along the butterfly body. The wings have a natural beautiful curve to them. 

Using Versamark Ink & Clear Embossing Powder to stamp the leaf image from the Butterfly Basics set. Heat set the powder. (When it turns shiny & smooth its done.) For this job I like to use my heat gun, but there are a lot of different options for you. Like holding it over the toaster or turning on a stove element & holding it over the heat, or using a hairdryer. I also find it works better to heat from the bottom side of the paper, as there is less risk of overheating & the embossing powder melting right into your paper. You don't want to ruin all your hard work.

Then I lined up my Pool Party, Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay Ink pads & used a Brayer to ink the background. I have used sponges which work pretty well, but the brayer does such a nice even job with so little effort. I like to start with the lightest ink & finish with the darkest one. Then use the lightest ink & go over everything one more time. (This only works with ombre color tone inking.)

This card is using one stamp & thinlits bundle from the new catalogue. You can save yourself 15% by ordering it with the bundle. Plus you would get a free Sale-A-Bration gift with this purchase alone... You can see the new Occasions Catalogue here! 
 


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Monday, January 19, 2015

PAPER PUMPKIN & HELLO SUNSHINE!


One more shaker card from the December 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit! 

I shared this card on My Pumpkin Challenge blog. Click on the link below to see more fun ideas!


Once again I used the negative space & a window sheet to create another shaker card. And you can see a little of the glimmer fun showing through the spaces! The trusty little stapler comes in so handy & it is so quick in fastening pieces together.

The sun rays were really simple. There are so many options available really so choose the one that is calling your name. For this one I chose Daffodil Delight Ink & a sponge dauber. I just used my trusty ruler as a straight edge & sponged away. I like the soft edges of these sun rays. And another adorable fact is that you can see them right through the word hello! 

PAPER PUMPKIN = SIMPLE & FUN CARDS!



 
Want to join the Paper Pumpkin fun?

There is a promotion on right now! 



The 3 month kit is regularly priced at $74.85 now on for $68.85! That is a savings of $6 plus you get a free Sale-A-Bration item! Talk about a great deal!


You can check out the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue here!
 
Just fill out the 'contact me, form on the side bar & we can get your order started! (Or just click on the kit shown below that you want! For every $60 you spend during Sale-A-Bration you get a free gift from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue & that applies to the 3 month, 6 month & 12 month kits!)


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Friday, January 16, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK + EMBOSS RESIST


THE CHALLENGE SPARK! WEEK TWO!



Sometimes a person needs a challenge to spark that fun spontaneous creativity. And boy, this one was a real challenge. It maybe didn't help that this week was crazy busy. And I say that like as if other weeks aren't. Smile.  (You can read about week one here & how this all started.) So here we go with week two... 

Grace from Create It Because You Can chose this week's challenge  to use the emboss resist technique & then she added a vintage twist to it all. Gulp. I can do emboss resist, but vintage?! You can check out card for the Challenge Spark here.





To me, vintage is collage. Plus pastel pretty colors like coral, mint & aqua with some sand & kraft. I wanted to use my new stamp set: Butterfly Basics. I think it does a dandy job of collage.

That key. Isn't it just lovely? I purchased this beauty from trusty ol' Walmart! Otherwise I stayed true to Stampin' Up! supplies.

But you know, as much as I like collage & vintage, I have a difficult time putting it together in a way that I am happy with. Perfectionist maybe. I don't know, but it stressed me out. So next week, to give myself a break I choose negative space. I'm thinking bold, clean & graphic for myself. Whew, that will be better.

Now I better go clean my inky fingers,
Jane


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A LIGHT & AIRY THANK-YOU WITH THE BUTTERFLIES THINLITS DIE



NEW PRODUCT = MORE FUN!

That's the way it works in my life. I probably could say it even equals happiness. I think you agree with me. It's that way with anything new. It creates new interest, it means progress & growth as well as improvement. These are all good things.

My pre-order of new supplies from the Occasions Catalogue came just before the busy Christmas holiday. I grabbed a few items to create with over the holidays. This was one of the cards that got made. So a quick little disclaimer: the only SU! products are the Hello You thinlits (thank-you) & the butterflies thinlits (there are 3 in the set) & I used the Hand held Stapler. The rest are from sources unknown.

I was really impressed with the light & airy look of the vellum butterfly. That will be revisited many times. And you know, I didn't use any glue on this card. Thanks to the trusty little hand-held stapler that I didn't know I needed. Thanks Stampin' Up!

And I definitely will try my hand at recreating a little ribbon swirl like that again! 

These two thinlits are definitely my favorite products. You should see the stamp sets that they bundle with! (You can save 15% by buying the stamp set & the thinlits together! Yeah!) But you know, this is really just the beginning of the list of favorites... I have so many....

If you do not have the Occasions Catalogue, just let me know or you can view it online here: Occasions Catalogue 2015

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A NEW STAMP SET IS 'BETTER THAN EMAIL'


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Have you ever wished for more Angel Policy* stamp options? 

These are stamps that have the copyright by Stampin' Up! on them. Because Stampin' Up!s images are copyrighted, they allow people to make & sell as long as they are stamped with an approved © Stampin' Up! image.

Stampin’ Up! is releasing the January photopolymer stamp set,  Better Than E-Mail—the newest Angel Policy stamp set!  
(What’s better than e-mail? How about a handstamped card, personalized tag, or handcrafted home d├ęcor gift?)

Once a month, Stampin’ Up! employees dedicate an entire day to being creative and innovative. In August 2014, Demonstrator Support discussed feedback and suggestions received over the past year regarding the need for more Angel Policy stamps. To meet this need, we challenged department members to come up with ideas that would be versatile and fun for demonstrators and customers.
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Although this set was designed with the Angel Policy in mind, it can also be used in a variety of other ways. The images are so versatile! Check out the samples below to get your innovative juices flowing.


The samples above show these images on tags, cards, and envelopes. You can also see the images used with or without the Stampin’ Up! copyright.


Happy stamping,
Jane

* Stampin’ Up!’s images are copyrighted, which means that they cannot be copied without permission. To help protect that copyright, all items for sale using our images must be marked with an official Stampin’ Up! Limited License stamp set. Click here for more information about Stampin’Up!’s Angel Policy.


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Monday, January 12, 2015

SHAKE IT UP WITH PAPER PUMPKIN!

 Here is to more fun with Paper Pumpkin!  After creating the cards like the kit said, I started on these. Here I used the negative space (from the sticky sheet that you pull the hello word off of) to spell the words 'hello' & 'happy birthday'. I was pretty happy that the 'hello' piece fit inside the square frame! 


These next Strawberry Slush birthday cards I stuck the adhesive right onto window sheet & cut it out & then created  a shaker frame with them! The kit came with lots of bling & stars so there was plenty! I love the sparkle that shows through!




This one I used Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay & Whisper White Cardstock with a little Silver Ribbon.



This last one I used Smoky Slate, Blackberry Bliss cardstock.





Want to join the Paper Pumpkin fun now?



 There is a promotion on right now! 



The 3 month kit is regularly priced at $74.85 now on for $68.85! That is a savings of $6 plus you get a free Sale-A-Bration item! Talk about a great deal!

You can check out the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue here!

Just fill out the contact me form & we can get your order started! (Or just click on the kit shown below that you want! For every $60 you spend during Sale-A-Bration you get a free gift from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue & that applies to the 3 month, 6 month & 12 month kits!)


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Friday, January 9, 2015

PAPER PUMPKIN SHAKER CARDS



The December 2014 Paper Pumpkin  kit from Stampin' Up! arrived & it was 8 shaker cards! There was the hello, thank-you & a strawberry slush Happy Birthday one too but I ask for your forgiveness... they were so cute they were made & sent to some special little girls.



This next one I just turned sideways... Simple yet a pretty difference!



There were some neat variations I created with this kit... So check back next week! (And if you are a Paper Pumpkin kit subscriber... don't throw anything out yet. You may just be wanting to create some more with what's left!)



One more sweet deal for all you Paper Pumpkin Kit crafters & those wanting to join the fun: 



 There is a promotion on right now! 



The 3 month kit is regularly priced at $74.85 now on for $68.85! That is a savings of $6 plus you get a Sale-A-Bration gift! Talk about a great deal!

You can check out the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue here!
 
So just fill out the contact me information on the side bar & I'll get your kit coming to you right away! (Or click on the kit of your choice below & follow the instructions...)




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Thursday, January 8, 2015

THE CHALLENGE SPARK! & BOKEH TECHNIQUE



Introducing: THE CHALLENGE SPARK!

A fellow demonstrator friend Grace & I are challenging each other each week to come up with something creative. We will post the results on our respective blogs each week so you can follow along! 

You know, sometimes a person needs a challenge to spark that fun spontaneous creativity. I find it is okay to challenge myself, but sometimes I just need someone else to call the challenge. So here we go... 

This week was my turn & I chose the challenge of creating Bokeh with paper & ink. Grace is posting her card to her blog: Create It Because You Can!

Are you asking "What ever is Bokeh?" Bokeh, also known as “Boke” is one of the most popular subjects in photography. The reason why it is so popular, is because Bokeh makes photographs visually appealing, forcing us to focus our attention on a particular area of the image. The word comes from Japanese language, which literally translates as “blur”. (direct quote taken from Photography Life

Bokeh is properly pronounced with bo as in bone and ke as in Kenneth, with equal stress on either syllable.
 

HOW I DID IT:

I started with watercolor paper, thoroughly brushed with water. Then I dipped my brush (regular artist brush) into re-inker. I used Daffodil Delight, Pretty In Pink & Melon Mambo. I started with the lightest color & worked to the darkest, that way I kept my colors the cleanest. Simply dip into re-inker & drop onto the watercolor paper. And the way the ink spreads on the wet paper gets me excited. Every single time. 

Then let it dry. 

Next I made a mask with circles framelits & a window sheet or acetate & used my Craft Vanilla ink & a sponge dauber to make the circles. I started with the largest circle and worked to the smaller ones. I would suggest to let the circles overlap. I think it is more pleasing to the eye. Also try to make your smaller circles more opaque than the larger ones. Craft ink dries more slowly than the regular ink does, so you may need to let it dry in between.   



And then assemble how you like! I added the sequins (from the Frosted Sequins) & small clear bubbles (Crystal Effects) to add even more interest. 


 
I found this video very helpful from Stamp Away With Me

 
For next weeks challenge, Grace is choosing an emboss resist with a vintage twist.  So check back next week to see my take on the challenge! (or better yet, just subscribe to these posts & you will not miss a single one!)

And if this inspires you to crack open your ink pads or ink refills, please add your blog link into the comment section. I would be so pleased to see your inspiration! 

This link will take you to see the Bokeh cards that have inspired me.



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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

THE NEW CATALOGUE IS HERE!

It is a brand new year & to celebrate we have a brand new catalogue!

And is it ever worth celebrating! I have some of the new product & I am impatient to get creating with it & show you just how really neat it all is.

While you are waiting you will want to be browsing the catalogues... & making your list.

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2015-SABcatalogs 



 And please remember... if you want more than what you think your budget will allow, there is a good way to help remedy that! Host a party! Invite a few friends & I will come do the rest.

Or you can always try out being a demonstrator for yourself... & join my team! There are some good benefits to joining now during Sale-A-Bration (That is Jan 6-March 31 2015) as well as getting a discount on all your favorite supplies!



One more sweet deal for all you Paper Pumpkin Kit crafters & those wanting to join the fun: 

 There is a promotion on right now! 

The 3 month kit is regularly priced at $74.85 now on for $68.85! That is a savings of $6 plus you get a free Sale-A-Bration item! Talk about a great deal!

Just fill out the contact me form & we can get your order started!
Jane