Sunday, November 27, 2016

Global Design Project #063| Theme Challenge

It's Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. so I almost didn't play along this week.  I thought I just wouldn't have time.  But, guess what!!!  I found time just before the deadline.  This is a theme challenge.  And the theme is . . .adventure!!!

Adventures in my family almost always have something to do with the outdoors and often have something to do with hunting and/or dogs.  So, a card having a dog on point seemed perfect for this challenge.  What would be an adventure in your life?

To check out all the entries in #GDP063 click on this link: Global Design Project

Products needed to create this card:
Stamp sets: The Wilderness Awaits Clear-Mount Stamp Set  #139365
                    Thoughtful Branches (RETIRED)
Paper: Espresso Cardstock #119686
           Old Olive Cardstock #100702
           Whisper White Cardstock #100730
Ink: Soft Suede #126978
        Cherry Cobbler #126966
        Cajun Craze #126965
        Garden Green #126973
White Stampin' Chalk Marker #132133
2016-2018 In Color Markers #141393all
Aqua Writers #103954

Online Extravaganza--24 Hour Sale #2

It's almost here--Cyber Monday and the second 24 hour sale of Online Extravaganza.  Don't miss out on these great deals.  

 Don't forget Cyber Monday is that last day of the Online Extravaganza.  If there is anything on your wish list, let you family know and have them contact me so I can help them get it ordered and help with a surprise.  Don't forget if you order gifts from me, and get them to me to wrap before December 15, I will provide special wrapping FREE.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Online Extravaganza--Paper Pumpkin

In the previous post, I shared pictures of some alternate card designs I made with my Paper Pumpkin October 2016 kit.  I got most of these ideas off Pinterest so I can't take credit for these.  There are so many talented artists out there who are willing to share so many of their creative ideas on Pinterest.  So, if you choose to sign up for Paper Pumpkin, be sure you check out the creative alternate ideas you can find on Pinterest.
Refills of some of the Paper Pumpkin kits are available to purchase if you love the kit and want to make more projects than you can with your original kit.  Most of the time, these refill kits are only available to current Paper Pumpkin customers.  But, during Online Extravaganza, there are some kits or refill kits available to ALL Stampin' Up customers.  So, if you've always wanted to check out Paper Pumpkin, but weren't sure you wanted to take the plunge to sign up, this is your chance to pick the kit or refill you want to play with and get it on SALE during the Online Extravaganza.  Just remember when you're looking at the Paper Pumpkin items on sale, the kits are what comes with the ink spot and stamp set; the refill kits only have the pieces needed to create more of the projects.  They DO NOT have ink spots or the stamp set

I have created a video showing me making an alternate Paper Pumpkin Project.  Since some Paper Pumpkin kit are available to EVERYONE this week, I will make this video available to EVERYONE. In the future, I will be making a video about Paper Pumpkin alternate projects each month, but that video will only be available to customers.

To learn more about Paper Pumpkin, check it
out here. Paper Pumpkin

Happy Thanksgiving--Alternative October Paper Pumpkin Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the day with your family and don't forget to visit the Online Extravaganza when you're Black Friday shopping tomorrow.  

Enjoy these photos of Paper Pumpkin October 2016 Alternate Thank You Cards.  They are all for you.  I am thankful for  you, my friends, my customers, my blog readers every day of the year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Online Extravaganza--Project Life

Today I want to talk about Project Life.  Stampin' Up does not only have card supplies, it also carries the Project Life series to help with memory keeping (or as I always called it--scrapbooking).  Those who know me know that my first love of paper crafting was scrapbooking.  And, my favorite scrapbook magazine was Simple Scrapbooks  with editor Becky Higgins.  Imagine my delight when I discovered Becky Higgins has developed a plan to make scrapbooking less daunting and more achievable.  That system is called Project Life and Stampin' Up has joined in on the excitement of their product.  

What is even more exciting is that Hello December 2016 is part of the Online Extravaganza.  This is an awesome way to be introduced to the Project Life products.  They can be used for memory keeping or even for making cards.

I don't personally have the Hello December 2016 set yet, but I do have the Seasonal Snapshots 2015 set that is now available on clearance.  Here are some examples of cards that I made using the Seasonal Snapshots 2015 set from Project Life.

I also spent some time today preparing Pocket pages with my Seasonal Snapshots 2015 Project Life set.  Now, I am all ready to print and put photos in after our holiday celebrations and add a few embellishments.  The photo mats are even all ready to go.   There are several designs of pocket pages available with spaces available for the exact sizes of cards in each Project Life set.  If you want to continue traditional scrapbooking, there are also 12x12 page protectors available in the Project Life series as well.

If you want to see the Hello December 2016 Project Life set that is on sale during the Online Extravaganza, check out this video.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Online Extravaganza--Christmas Cards

Several of the items used to create this card are part of the Online Extravaganza this week.  The Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, the mini Jingle Bells, the Holly Berry Punch, and the stamp set from Stitched with Cheer are all part of this week's sale.  If you liked these products when we got to play with them at class this month, now is your chance to get some for yourself so you can play some more.  If you didn't get a chance to play with them, now's your chance to get some at a great discount and play with your own products.  :)
To see my previous post about this card click on this link: Jingle Bells

If you'd like different products to create your Christmas cards this year, there are lots of great holiday options on sale this week.  The Stitched with Cheer set is also on sale this week.  It contains everything you need to create 18 amazing cards (6 each of 3 designs) except adhesive, ink, and stamps.  The good news is the Stitched with Cheer stamp set that coordinates with the cards is also on sale this week.
 To see my previous post about this kit click on this link: Stitched with Cheer

As you are shopping, pay attention to the products marked as retiring.  The Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, mini Jingle Bells, and Stitched with Cheer Stamp Set are all marked as retiring along with several others.  I loved playing with the Mini Jingle Bells so much that when I saw them marked as retiring, I had to order two more sets to ensure I can play a bit longer.

List of retiring items on Online Extravaganza:
*Retiring Item
**Retiring item; only available while supplies last

142302 Halloween Stampin' Write Markers (Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive)**
142071 Festive Season Stamp Set (Photopolymer)*
142136 Wonder of Christmas Stamp Set (Wood)*
142139 Wonder of Christmas Stamp Set (Clear)*
142182 Stitched with Cheer Stamp Set (Photopolymer)*
142806 Banners for Christmas Stamp Set (Photopolymer)*
142994 Forever Evergreen Project Kit**
143146 Cousu avec joie Stamp Set (French, Photopolymer)*
143164 Le miracle de Noel Stamp Set (French, Clear)*
142184 Forever Evergreen Stamp Set (Photopolymer) *
142002 Mini Jingle Bells**
142059 Shake & Celebrate Stamp Set (Photopolymer)*
142128 Yummy Little Christmas Stamp Set (Wood)*
142131 Yummy Little Christmas Stamp Set (Clear)*
142134 Be Jolly, By Golly Stamp Set (Photopolymer)*
142186 Frosted Medallions Stamp Set (Wood)*
142189 Frosted Medallions Stamp Set (Clear)*
143022 Affiare de coniferes Stamp Set (French; Photopolymer)*
143026 Medaillons glaces Stamp Set (French, clear)*
141831 Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder**
141833 Pretty Paisleys Textured Impressions Embossing Folder**
141998 Mica Flakes Trio Pack**
142014 Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper**
142024 Mini Tassels**
142004 Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Collection**
142693 Hello December 2016 Project Life Accessory Pack **
142695 Hello December 2016 Project Life Accessory Pack (French)**
141834 Shaker Shapes Framelits Dies**
141837 Festive Stitching Thinlits Dies**
141848 Seasonal Decorative Masks**

Have fun shopping this week and let me know if I can help you in any way.

Online Extravaganza

Friday, November 18, 2016

Global Design Project 062 | Sketch Challenge

The Global Design Project this week was a sketch.  I was so excited that it reminded me of my very first NEW design--the first one I ever created out of my own brain.  So, I decided to re-tweak it to make it for this project--#GDP062

I wanted to make a fall nature scene with pumpkins, but did not have a pumpkin stamp.  So, I began looking through my stamp sets for the shapes needed to create pumpkins.  Can I just say how much I love the Swirly Birds Stamp Set.  It is so versatile and has amazing stamps that can create an infinite number of cards.  I was able to use stamps from that set to create pumpkins with stems and leaves in a patch of grass.

Here is a picture of the first attempt at this card.

For #GDP062 I made a few additions as I created my card for the Global Design Project.  Here is the card I created for the project

I added some Halloween Designer Specialty Paper, the cardstock base to Early Espresso, and the ink color to Pumpkin Pie.  I'd love some feedback on the changes.  What do you think?  Which design do you prefer?  Does it need anything else added?  

Thanks for checking out my design for Global Design Project 062.  To check out the examples created by the design team and see the other entries click here: Global Design Project

Products needed to create this card:
Stamp set: Swirly Bird #141749
Ink: Pumpkin Pie Classic Stamp Pad #126945
        Soft Suede Classic Stamp Pad #126978
        Garden Green Classic Stamp Pad #126973
Paper: Early Espresso Cardstock #119686
           Very Vanilla Cardstock #101650
           Halloween Night Designer Series Paper #142022
Big Shot #143263
Thoughtful Branches Thinlits (RETIRED)

Online Extravaganza--24 Hour Sale #1

Online Extravaganza starts at 12:01am Mountain Time.  I am so excited about this week of sales, I am almost tempted to stay up until it starts. I did say almost--I will be asleep long before that happens.  😉  And, I want to give all of you time to see if you want to join me in placing an order.  So, I will be placing my order tomorrow evening.  You have until around 6:00pm if you want to add to my order.  That's a great way to share shipping costs.  You can also share shipping costs with a friend near you.  Don't forget, if you spend over $150.00 you will earn rewards.

The first 24 hour sale has some great bundles available that were created especially for this sale.
One of them is a bundle of Enamel Shapes.  I will be attaching photos of some of the cards I've created using Enamel Shapes so you can see some ways they can be used.

The gift bag and gift box punch board are also on sale during this 1st Flash Sale.  Those would be a great way to use some of the great paper that Stampin' Up offers to make really special gift wrapped packages for Christmas.  I would encourage you to definitely take advantage of this sale if you took advantage of the Designer Series Paper Sale this fall.

To check out what's on sale, check out this link:  Stampin' Up Store.
Don't forget to enter my name as a demonstrator and/or contact me to help with your order.

Here are the samples of the cards I've made using Enamel Shapes.  I hope you are inspired by what you see to create some masterpieces of your own.  I would love to see your work.  Please send me photos of the cards you create so I can be inspired by your creativity as well.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Giving Thanks All Year

It is the time of year when giving thanks is talked about and is on the fore-front of everyone's mind.  If you know me, you know that I don't consider thankfulness a seasonal attitude.  I think gratitude is something that should be at the fore front of your mind year round.  So, I will not only be posting thank you cards during this month, but also off and on all year round. 

Won't you join me in not only being thankful all year, but giving thank you cards to friends, family, and random strangers all year.  I'm hoping to get some made to carry with me and give to cashiers, wait staff, doctors, nurses, neighbors, and strangers throughout the year.  Join me as I spread thanks all year.

Products needed to create this card:
Stamp Set: Thankful Thoughts #141522
                   Vintage Leaves #
Ink: Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad #141396
       Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad #141394
       Peekaboo Peach Classic Stampin' Pad #141398
       Tuxedo Black Momento Ink #132708
Paper: Emerald Envy #141415
           Whisper White Cardstock #100730
            Vellum #101856
            Retired Designer Series Paper
 Big Shot #143263
Leaflets Framelits Die #138283

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Global Design Challenge 061 | Color Challenge

I am still having so much fun playing along with the Global Design Project.  This week was a color challenge and I had to wait until the colors were announced to see if I could play along.  I was so excited that I happen to have this week's colors.

It is so much fun for me to spend the time designing a card for this project.   I'm going to let you in on the creative process a little but.  I begin thinking about what I wanted to do as soon as the project was announced.  Somehow, I felt like I wanted to create a card with a frog stamp.  However, I do not have a frog stamp.  So, I started thinking about how to create a frog using the stamps I do have.  Most frogs in real life have more of an organic shape than geometric and would be hard to recreate with the stamps at my disposal.  Then, I remembered a toy frog that my children had made with just circular shapes and suddenly I knew what I had to do.

Swirly Bird stamp set to the rescue once again.  I was able to make what I think is a pretty cute frog out of stamps from the Swirly Bird stamp set.

It was so much fun to put a background stamp, paper layers, and accents in these great colors.  I love playing with the 2016-2018 In Colors and love that this project had us using two of them with black.  

I know that circles with the Bigshot are on my wishlist for my next big order.  That will definitely make life much easier and my circles more precise for cards in the future.  Freehand cutting circles is more time consuming and less precise than I like.  

I had such a good time playing along with #GDP061 this week.  To check out all the entries, please check out Global Design Project here.

Products needed to create this card:
Stamps: Work of Art Clear Stamp Set #134114
              Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp Set #141749
Ink: Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad #141396
       Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad #141395
       Tuxedo Black Momento Ink #132708
       Whisper White#101731
Paper: Basic Black Cardstock #121045
           Emerald Envy Cardstock 141415
           Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock #141418
           Whisper White Cardstock #100730
2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes #141410
Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape #141649