Monday, September 30, 2013

New thinlet birthday card

Stampin'up! came out with thinlets, see post (stampin news) with video about 3 weeks ago. I love how easy it is to make a moving card. We made this card at club last week. It uses Birthday Basics dsp, Bring on the cake stamp set, and Birthday Candles wheel. The balloons are made with the small oval punch with owls feet and bakers twine. A strip of Coastal Cabana ruffle stretch trim finished the card.
 Open view. Colors used are coastal cabana, summer starfruit, and raspberry ripple, with gumball green and crisp cantaloupe added for the candles. Who wouldn't love to receive this?!?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

New Everyday Occasions Stamp Kit

Stampin'Up! just released this kit for quick and easy cards. It has everything you need except adhesive and scissors to make 20 cards. Read on...........
stampin up everyday occasions kit
everyday occasions

Why go to the store when a birthday, graduation, wedding, or even a time for expressing gratitude comes up? The Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit puts cards for all of those events right at your fingertips. And best of all, they’ll be handmade!Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit - Stampin' Up!
The kit contains everything you need (minus adhesive and scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion, and it comes with a beautiful box to store your cards in.
The Everyday Occasions kit includes:
* Cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards
* Twine, buttons & clips
* Pre-cut paper embellishments
* Mini ink pads (Stampin’ Spots)
* Seven-piece Occasions Stamp Set & clear stamp block
* Full color Tips & Tricks brochure for making the cards
* A cool, storable, giftable box

Bitty butterfly CASE from Spring catalog.

I saw a couple of similar cards posted and really liked them, one said it was a CASE (copy and share everything) from the Spring catalog, so I had to go back and look. I used the exact layout, but changed colors and used Epic Day dsp. I don't have a sewing machine, so I sewed with bakers twine after using the paper piercer and guide for the holes. I used the fine splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. The catalogs aren't just to sell you products, they truly are Idea Books. Go find a card you like and CASE it!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Bitty Butterfly meets Modern Medley designer paper

I've seen this technique used and loved the idea so had to try it myself. The strips of cardstock or paper are 7/8" wide and 2 1/2, 3 1/4, 4 and 4 3/4" long. Punch a scrap of paper the same size with the bitty butterfly punch at an angle, then use that as a pattern to punch all the strips so they have the same angle. Attach to card front, then add stamped and punched butterflies.
I used a banner from the labels thinlet for a sentiment from teeny tiny wishes.
 On the inside is the lattice die folded with more butterflies added. Another time, I would glue the lattice farther apart on the sides so it opens up more.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Double gate fold card with instructions

Use double sided designer paper 12x5 1/2". Score at 4 and 8". Mark each 5 1/2 side at 2 3/4. Cut from top of each 4" area to the 2 3/4" mark. You will have a triangle from each side. Turn over and using the opposite pattern, glue on bottom of the panels that you cut off the top. The tip of the triangle should face out and the wide area to the center. Then fold each outer panel to the center to make the double gate fold. I used a belly band to close the card and it measures 1x8 1/2". I also added a 1/2x81/2" strip of designer paper to the belly band. Then add an image, cutout, punched shape, etc. to the front of the belly band. Glue it over where the edges of the band met and are glued.

 This rose red card is my first one and I glued the triangles on wrong, so that you don't see both patterns on the front when the belly band with sentiment is in place unless you position it lower as in next photo.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Family photo in Branson, Mo

We took the whole crew to Branson and had family photos taken. Our oldest daughter Angela-in the back on the right, is mom to the 4 girls, our middle daughter Ariel-not here, is mom to our only grandson, and our youngest daughter Alexis-in the back on the left, is raising her husband Bryan-in the white hat.
Our lovely grandchildren! Taylor is 15, Abi is 12 1/2, Mady is almost 11, Emma just turned 8, and Dylan will be 6 next month.

SIngle stamps

Saturday, September 7, 2013

More sunburst cards

Warning, this technique is addicting!
The measurements for the pieces of paper for this first card are 1 1/2x4", then cut each diagonally into 2 triangles (use paper cutter to cut edges straight). You can repeat the pattern or use both sides for different patterns. The paper backing to glue the triangles to is 3x5"-see picture below with triangles glued. You then turn the paper over and trim the excess.
This card below uses modern medley designer paper, scallop circle punches, A Round Array stamp set (for you), and the arrows are from Hello Lovely stamp set. Ribbon is vanilla taffeta and 1/8 " black taffeta.
 For the next two cards I used 1 1/4 x 4" rectangles of quatrefancy. This first card is centered beginning in the middle, the next one starts at one side and is a bit off center (deliberately). There is no right or wrong way to make these. I used island indigo ruffled ribbon (retired) below.
 I added pool party card stock that is dry embossed to the next card and a repeating pattern. A little less busy. The ribbon is new in color strawberry slush ruffled stretch trim.
My inspiration for this card is the sample on pg 110 of the SU catalog. But I made the card regular size, not longer as in the sample. I used cardstock here and some is embossed with the Bigshot and embossing folders. I also stamped on the white card stock.
As most of you know, I am frugal, thrifty, or cheap. I did a lot of measuring and figured out exact size of rectangles needed, the width is 1 1/4 for all. It is more work though, so really it's easier to just make them all 4 " long.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September Best of Stamp Set

Best of Autumn

As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!        

         Some things to remember:
  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.

As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

More dresses

I can't believe that I almost didn't get the Dress Up framelits. It is like playing with paper dolls!
I had seen a few dresses with a head and hat added and wanted to try that. All the dresses are made with the print poetry designer paper stack from the spring catalog, but there are many other papers that can be used. I've even seen dresses of cardstock that are stamped.
 For the above head I used the small oval punch. The hat uses the large oval and flowers made with the itty bitty shapes punch and mosaic madness stamp.

I used the retired medium oval punch for this head, I like the more slender "shape" of it. The hat is made with the large oval and the small oval punch. The band is made by punching with the small oval punch twice. The flower is made with simply pressed clay. I used a very tiny ball of clay and pressed it into the center of the smallest flower mold.

Both of these dresses are embellished with the smallest simply pressed flower.
I like adding a layer of color at the neckline or hem.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

15% off Butterfly Bundle

Butterfly Bundle Special Offer

Dates: August 29-September 30, 2013
Offer: Get 15 percent off when you buy this bundled butterfly stamp set and punch!
Bundle ItemPage in Catalog DescriptionRetail Price15% Savings PriceAmount Saved!
Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$30.90 $26.27 $4.63
Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$34.90 $29.67 $5.23

  • Butterflies are a must-have staple since they're always in style and can be used on projects for any occasion! The coordination of these products makes them fun and easy to use too.
  • If you already have the stamp set or punch (or both), buy the bundle to give away the extra; everybody loves butterflies and it's not too early to start stocking up for the holidays.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Stampin'Up! NEWs

There are so many NEW things going on at SU that I can hardly keep up!!! Caution, this is a LONG post, but full of exciting new products

1. Envelope Punch Board

Watch this video to see how easy it is to use!

Use this creativity-boosting tool to create anything from itty bitty to long and skinny envelopes!

133774 Envelope Punch Board$19.95

Available beginning September 1, 2013.

Talking Points
  • It creates totally customizable envelopes in up to 66 different sizes (not to mention a million different color and pattern options depending on the paper you want to use). Even tried and true envelope sizes will only take you moments to create!
  • It's super easy to use; it will go over as a huge wow when you demonstrate it at your events and your customers see it in action. It looks intimidating at first glance, but when they see that all you have to do is measure for the first punch and from there you just turn and score they'll go crazy (in a good way).
  • It's small and lightweight; this makes it easy for you to take it to your events and show it. It's also a great selling point when you show your customers how it's super portable and easy to store. It's small and light enough that they could use it while watching a soccer match, at a park, at a friend's for craft night-anywhere.
  • It even has a slick scoring tool as well as a punch that lets you create rounded corners on your envelopes.
  • It's easy to keep it all together; the stylus storage compartment and two punches are designed into the tool so you don't have a bunch of little pieces to keep track of (even the instructions are printed right on the tool so you won't lose them!).
  • The price is terrific-especially for a tool that does so much!
  • It will be in next year's annual catalog, so it's here to stay.

2. Thinlits Card Dies


Another great video to watch


They've been called flip cards, flip flop cards, swing cards, and more-but they have always been a bit tricky to create. Not anymore! Our amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step.
133479Label Card Thinlits Die$32.95
133480Circle Card Thinlits Die$32.95
Available now
There are some products you just have to see in action before you realize how much you need them, right?
These new card dies come with extra die pieces that have versatile designs, so you can use them on other projects, not just flip cards. (The Circle Card Thinlits Die comes with 10 total pieces; the Label Card Thinlits Die comes with nine total pieces.)
With the number of dies you're getting, plus the die that creates the card itself, the price is a great value-especially to create an interactive card!
  •  They would make great announcements, invitations, or Christmas cards.
  • These Thinlits Card Dies will be available at least through the 2013-2014 catalog year.
  • The main shape in the cards (circle and label) can work with a lot of our stamp images so you can create tons of different kinds of cards using many different stamp sets. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:
Label Card Thinlits Die (item 133479):
  • Happy Day Stamp Set (item 130294 W item 130297 C)
Circle Card Thinlits Die (item 133480):
  • Worth the Wait Stamp (item 131094 W)
  • Five-Way Flower Stamp (item 131088 W)
Both card dies pair well with:
  • Oh, Hello Stamp Set (item 131931 W item 130733 C)
  • Yippee-Skippee! Stamp Set (item 131341 W item 131344 C)
  • Really Good Greetings Stamp Set (item 130330 W item 130333 C)
  • Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set (item 130324 W item 130327 C)
  • These dies also work well with our new magnetic platform (item 130658) so you can place the dies exactly where you want them!

3. Undefined-Stamp Carving

Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn't find the perfect image? Maybe you have a special family logo or a sketch you'd like to have as a stamp. Well now you can! Undefined is Stampin' Up!'s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want.
When you carve your very own stamp, you have will have an entirely new and different creative experience. And when you're finished, you will have created a one-of-a-kind stamp!
How exactly do you carve a stamp?

Watch the video for a tutorial.

Intrigued? We know you want to get your hands on the kit and start carving your own masterpieces. Here are the item numbers you'll need (we suggest adding a refill kit on your first order . . . trust us, you're gonna want it).
Item #
Undefined Stamp Carving Kit
Undefined Refill Kit
Clear-Mount Cling Foam*
*Add a sheet of Clear-Mount Cling Foam to create your own clear-mount stamps. Mounting your stamps on the cling foam allows you to make stamps any size you want, not just what will fit on the blocks in the kit.
Included in the Stamp Carving Kit:
  • 2 carving tools
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • 1 Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
  • 3 postcards
  • Instruction sheet
  • Stamp image templates
Included in the Refill Kit:
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • Instruction sheet
Express your personality, thoughts, feelings, etc. with a stamp you've carved all on your own! We know you'll have a "look what I made!" moment.
We'd love to see what you make with your kit. Please e-mail us a photo of your creations and any projects you make with your carved stamps to so we can pin your photos to our Undefined Pinterest board!Undefined-Stamp Carving.

4. More Photopolymer Stamps

We've searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And we've found it. We're excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options. 
What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time. 
  • All photopolymer will be packaged in cello bag w/insert, but don't forget you can store them in our clear cases.  
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself!
  • This is the new thank you set pictured below
  • Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set
There are 6-8 different photopolymer stamp sets, but I can't get the flyers to load right now. I will try again later.






Gorgeous Grunge meets rainbow

This "gorgeous" stamp set is found on pg 109 of the Stampin'Up! annual catalog (24.95 wood mount, 17.95 clear mount). I liked it when I saw it, but it did not make it to my wish list, at least not until I saw some samples by some wonderful ladies on Stampin' Connection.
Debbie Blake made a set of cards using rainbow colors that I just fell in love with, so I HAD to get this set! She used a white layer on a white card base. I tried to add a color layer, but couldn't find a color that I was happy with, so went with black. I must have seen a card by Melissa Stout at some point, because I later saw that is what she did. Both Debbie and Melissa added rhinestones to the first card below, but I found some black leftover from some SU had sold for Halloween one year that really made a POP. (you can also use a sharpie to color rhinestones black) I also stamped all sentiments with black ink.
The rainbow colors that I chose were Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Pacific Point, and Rich Razzleberry. But you could make your own rainbow color choices!

 I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line both of these cards up.

 I should have used a stamp-a-ma-jig for the card below!
This next card was inspired by Andrea Borries. The stripes image looks just like a candle, then ink just the one splotch with a marker for the flame. On this card, I did use some colored card stock instead of all white. When looking back to see who I needed to credit for my ideas, I see that she added a rhinestone to the flame, so I am going to go do that now.
Who wouldn't want to receive one of these cards in the mail?
Leave me a comment telling me which card you would like to receive and I will randomly choose a winner on Sat 9/7. I will contact you for an address then if I don't have it.