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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for June.  This month we are excited to show off new Stampin' Up! products from the just released 2015 - 2016 annual catalog.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.  Get your wish list ready!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles  number 32 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

One of my favorite things in the new catalog is the gift bag punch board.  I am amazed at how much I have ended up using it.  I used it to cover a gift box I made for my mother, for end of year presents for my daugher's teachers, for end of school year gift bags for my daugher's friends, and for birthday bags.  It has been loads of fun.  I thought when I looked at it that it would make wonderful purses. I used the wonderful typeset specialty paper. I was elated this wonderful paper  carried over into the new catalog.
I cut the paper 4 1/2" by 12".  I glued the strip of striped paper on the top before I scored and punched the strip with the gift bag punch board.  The handles are 1/4" x 6" and are attached with a mini silver brad.  The clasp is punched with the Note Tag and Petite Petals punches.  The flat side I attached with the new tear and stick adhesive and the other side could be attached for one time use with snail adhesive or for reuse with adhesive backed velcro or tiny magnets.  This purse was super fun and super easy and holds quite a bit. of stuff.

 

My next projects are a series of cards using the new heavy weight whisper white cardstock, the in-color envelope weight paper and the Cherry on Top designer series paper stack.  My girls have been bugging me for a long time to buy the Giggle Greetings stamp set which I finally did. I am so glad it carried over because now I have a chance to spend time really using it.  I stamped the images on watercolor paper which I cut to a 2 1/2" square size.The flipped corner folded card has a square that is 3" square.  I cut the other paper layers at sizes in between to make sure they all fit.







Thanks for stopping by my blog today and sharing some of my favorite new things from the annual catalog.  See you back soon. 

The next stop is

  1. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com  number 1 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!
 

Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  9. Jennifer Michalski at stampingserenity.blogspot.com
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  12. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  14. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone's Stamping Zone
  15. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  16. Maggie Mata at Maggie Mase Cards
  17. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  18. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  19. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  26. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  27. Jessica Wilson at My Prapercraft Universe
  28. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  29. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  30. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  31. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  32. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  33. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January Pals Blog Hop

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Welcome to the first Pals Blog Hop of 2015. We hope your new year is off to a great creative start. To celebrate the start of a new Stampin' Up! year, we are showcasing products from our newest catalog this month - the Occasions catalog. You may also see new Sale-a-bration products too. If you don't know how to earn free Sale-a-bration products - contact your Stampin' Up! demonstrator to learn more.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from #40 Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity

. Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.


You're Sweet


I have been playing around with the You Plus Me bundle and it's been so fun.  This set is the most versitle of the Valentine sets this year.  It works for just about anyone.  It looks more like Pumpkin Pie frome the picture, but it is Crisp Cantelope.  The Blue is Bermuda Bay.  The ampersand is stamped in Soft Sky. You're Sweet is stamped in Bermuda Bay.  The hearts are stamped in Calypso Coral.


Triple Valentine


The DSP for this card is from the Stacked with Love DSP Stack.  I punched the hearts with the large heart punch and the arrows out of red glitter paper using the What's Up punch. The small heart is punched with the small heart from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  I think the Arrows TIEF and the Perfect Polka Dots TIEF really add a nice touch.

The next stop is Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings

on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next month.

  1. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  2. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  3. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  6. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  7. Rae Harper at WildWestPaperArts.com
  8. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  14. Michelle Quinno at Shell's Life
  15. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen's Blog
  17. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  19. Laurie Chilton at Stampin' Ink
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  22. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  23. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully
  24. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  25. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  26. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  27. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  28. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  31. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  34. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  35. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  36. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  37. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  38. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  39. Pamela Sadller at Stampin Pink Rose
  40. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  41. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What you want for Christmas Pals Blog Hop

Why is this a what you want for Christmas?  Because I am going to tell you the things that I like the most about Stampin' Up and let you know why they are also what you would like.

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Welcome to the last Pals Blog Hop of 2014. This month we want to help you start your holiday wish list by sharing projects featuring our favorite Stampin’ Up! papers, stamps, tools and accessories. Get your wish list ready as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo

on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the project.

One of my favorite things from Stampin' Up is the tools.  Besides the big shot, I like punches that can be used for multiple purposes and go so well with the stamps.  What is easier than stamping an image and punching it out then popping it up with a dimensional. I ran out of dimensionals one time.  It was so hard to craft without them.  I use them in nearly every project I make.  They are simply the best there is.

 The Stampin' Trimmer is the best paper cutter/ trimmer I have ever used.  I have owned about a dozen trimmers and once I tried the Stampin' Trimmer I have not used anything else.  It is great for so many reasons.  It is easy to convert to a rotary style trimmer,  it doesn't require an arm to be moved out in order to cut the paper less than 6", and it has a scoring blade so that I don't need to get my score board out to complete a simple project or box.  

The last tool that I have used consistently and really like are the punch boards.  The envelope punch board is a must for so many 3-D projects and for creating custom sized envelopes.  I have also really been enjoying the gift box punch board this holiday season.  It makes boxes of many different sizes to use for gift giving or holiday decor.


Advent Boxes Tree



My daughters wanted colored boxes for their advent tree.  Rather than take the easy way out and use the small boxes from the Holiday catalog, I made my own from the Under the Tree DSP and the gift box punch board.  The paper was cut in 6"x6" pieces which made boxes perfect for holding a small treat,  and for my family, a scripture about the life or birth of Jesus.  I printed the numbers out on cardstock and then punched them out using a variety of Stampin' Up punches.  It was fun and my girls helped out a lot.

Joy at Christmas



This project uses the Festival of Trees stamp set and the coordinating punch.  It has been my go to set this Christmas season in creating a variety of cards and tags.

Triangle Gift Box



I made this box using the stampin' trimmer.  I used the same method to create the triangle gift box as I did to make the marker holder.  The length is the same as the triangle boxes, but the sides are 2" wide.  To  make the lid I traced around the bottom of the box with a pen, I then scored the lines, finally I cut away all but 1/4" on all sides of the box, cut off the corners, folded these sides up and wrapped around it with a 1/2" strip of paper.  The DSP comes from Trim the Tree paper stack and just fits around the box with a 1/4" overlap at the bottom.  The stamp comes from the Merry Everything stamp set and works so well with the coordinating tag punch.

The next stop is Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn on the Pals Blog Hop!
Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you in 2015.

  1. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  2. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  3. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  4. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  7. September Gray at www.septembergray.com
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  10. Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpace
  11. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  12. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  14. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  15. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  16. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  20. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  23. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  24. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  25. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  26. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  27. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  30. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  31. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone's Stamping Zone
  32. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  33. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  34. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  35. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  36. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  37. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  38. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomWithBecky

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Welcome Autumn

It is now autumn and after a hot summer it is nice to feel a slight chill in the air.  I'm looking forward to a visit with my good friend that I haven't seen in a while.  It will be so good to have some time to catch up.


 I haven't used the mirror technique before and found it to be quite fun.  I first stamped the image on Whisper White card stock with Early Espresso ink.  I then stamped on a piece of window sheet with the same stamp and color.  I then placed the window sheet over the previously stamped piece and transferred the ink with my fingers to get a mirror image. Then I used my sponge dauber and Marina Mist ink to color the lake.  I also used the Work of Art stamp set and stamped over the trees with Hello Honey ink that I had stamped off once.  I used the same stamp without reinking to add color to the reflection. The pine tree was inked with the sponge dauber and Pear Pizzaz.  The congratulations stamp is from the Big News stamp set and was inked in Cajun Craze.

 

Welcome Autumn



Materials
Stamps- Work of Art, Lovely as a Tree, Big News  Ink- Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzaz Paper- Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Lullaby DSP  Punch- Hexagon Accessories- Sponge dauber, Neutrals Designer Button, Linen Twine

 
 

 

 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I know it is rather early to be thinking about Thanksgiving, but it is not too early to be creating possible cards.  I have really been enjoying using the leaf and other fall stamps I have, along with the wonderful fall colors.

 I am vey thankful today for the director of the gifted and talented program in the local school district.  She went to the superintendent requesting that a spot be opened in the fifth grade class and then she came to my daughters elementary and retested her in one area that she was a little lower in.  The director went way above and beyond for my daughter which I really appreciate. 

I created two versions of this card.  I completed the first version which is a little simpler, but very nice and more masculine.  Just for fun I put a butterfly on it which I also really like.  The jury here is mixed on which they like better.  I think it is an even tie right now.  Which one do you like better?



and number 2



Materials
Stamps- Lovely as a Tree, Work of Art, Teeny Tiny Wishes  Ink- Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke  Paper- Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze  Cool Tools- Stampin' Trimmer, Bitty Butterfly Punch,  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Word Window Punch  Accessories- Pearl Basic Jewels

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Hello

My girls have been enjoying the first week of school.  One is in fifth grade and the other is in fourth. We are having parent teacher conference today. I know I have it easy because the biggest issue my husband and I have with our daughters in school is making sure they are challenged enough. Since I have taught special ed for many years I fully understand the struggles many parents have and I feel very blessed in that respect.

This hello there stamp just makes me smile.  I love the flowing lettering and the curly cues.  I really like how it goes with the pansy flower stamp.  The trick to making this card is to cut the white and yellow pieces out together.  It is really hard to cut them separately and try to fit them together.  I didn't adhere them together before I ran them through the Big Shot because I wanted to use the white circle piece to stamp on and to dry emboss the frame piece.  The magnetic platform makes it really easy to cut the pieces out, including the black frame.  The pansy and petite flowers were stamped with black memento ink on Daffodil Delight DSP and then punched out.
 



Materials
Stamps- Hello There (Host set), Petite Petals, Flower Shop  Ink- Memento Black Punches- Pansy, Petite Petals, Bird Builder Paper- Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Paper, Black, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green Cool Tools- Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder Accessories- Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon, Dimensionals

My second card today is a sneak peak of the Trim a Tree Designer Series Paper Stack that will be available tomorrow.  The key to getting the ink very light is to stamp it off once before stamping on the white.  I also stamped off before I stamped on an extra piece of whisper white paper then puched one of each out with the 1 3/8" punch and the 1 3/4" punch.  I glued thes on top of each other and arranged 11 branches from the Bird Builder punch around the edge of the circle.  The pieces on the door measure 1 3/8" square and 1 3/8"x 2 7/8".  The berries are pearl basic jewels colored with the darkest of the cherry cobbler blendabilities markers.  The Very Merry is stamped with Cherry Cobbler and punched with the Large Oval Punch.



Materials
Stamps- And Many More, Hardwood   Ink- Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand  Punches- Bird Builder, 1 3/8" Circle, 1 3/4" Circle, Large Oval  Paper- Whisper White, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Trim the Tree DSP stack  Accessories- Pearls Basic Jewels, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Marker

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What's Black and White and Red all over?

The girls managed to live through the first week of school.  My youngest turned 9 this week.  We got to celebrate with treats she took to school, a party with her cousins where they watched a movie and made cookies.  I created a medium sized box with a flower on it for each one of them and filled it with treats for them to take home.  I'm not sure how much my sister-in-law appreciated all the candy.  I will have to do a  post  of the card I made her later, it has been hard to get a good picture of it.

I wanted to do the PPA challenge this week.  The first card I made was not great, no matter how many changes I made to it.  I really do have a hard time doing clean and simple cards.  I keep wanting to add something and I go through lots more variations than I do with cards that are more my usual style.  Anyway, I got out my Back to Black designer series paper and started playing.  I really had fun with this and I got to do lots of fussy cutting which you can tell.  Here is the sketch I started with.
 
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Here is my card !

 


Materials
Stamps- Bloom with Hope (Host set), Everything Eleanor Ink- Old Olive, Memento Black Paper- Whisper White, Back to Black Designer Series, Cherry Cobbler Cool Tools- Banner Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Artisan Label Punch Accessories- Pearls Jewels, Dimensionals, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Marker, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, Silver 1/8" Ribbon

 

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sneak Peek of Festival of Trees

I can't believe the summer is almost over.  It has gone by quickly.  After arriving in Utah, we have spent most days hanging out with family.  The girls have really enjoyed spending time with my brother's children that live next door to my parents.  My girls are registered for school and have all their school supplies waiting in their back packs. I think I am going to have some really tired girls the first few days of school while they adjust to the earlier hour. I still have a small hope to get a teaching job, but if I don't I will be spending most days trying to find something full time.

When I first saw the new holiday catalog, this was the first set that really caught my eye. It comes with a coordinating punch which is double the fun. So fast and easy.  I have had a great time experiementing with creating different cards with it. I will be showing you some more of my creations in the next few weeks.

 


I know the colors on this look more like Real Red and Smoky Slate, but it is actually Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake.  The patterned paper is from the Designer Series Designer pack from the catalog and I really like the rich colors and textures.  I made a vow to actually use the paper this year rather than looking at it and thinking I don't want to use it before I have a chance to use it for classes.

Materials
Stamps-
Festival of Trees Paper- Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack Ink- Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake Cool Tools- Banner Framelits, Tree Punch, Petite Punch Pack, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Stampin' Trimmer Accessories- Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Marker, Pearls Jewels, Dimensionals

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blendabilities Holder Instructions

 
Fun Flower Card


This card gave me a chance to play aound some more with the Blendabilities. I used the Cherry Cobbler ones to color the flower and the Daffodil Delight ones to color the pearls in the flower centers.  This is a fun and fairly quick card that makes me happy because I really like the black, white, and red color combination.

Materials

Stamps-  Bloom with Hope- Host set, And Many More  Paper- Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Back to Black Designer Series Ink-Memento Black Cool Tools- 1" circle punch, Modern Label punch,Scallop Edge Border Punch, Deco Labels Framelits, Big Shot Accessories- Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers, Dimensionals 


 Blendabilites Holder Dimensions
I promised that I would have the measurements for the Blendabilities holder up today.  I had a nice template that I have not been able to load, so for today the measurements only will have to do.  Here they are.

Cut size 6 3/4 x 5 3/4
On the 5 3/4" side score at 1 3/4", tic mark at 2 5/8", score at 3 1/2" and 5 1/4"

On the 6 3/4" side score at 1 1/2"

I cut the piece on the bottom to glue the pieces to at 4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
The designer paper is cut 5" x 12"  It is scored at 1/2", 4 1/4", 7 3/4", 11 1/2"

When ordering the boxes I set the second row back 1/2" from the first row, the third row is even with the second row and the fourth row is set back 1/2" from the third.

I hope this helps.  Please let me know if you would also like the template, which I could put up next week.