January 30, 2015

More Butterfly Basics

Greetings all,

My last day at home after six months of being unemployed. It's been a long haul and would have been enjoyable had I not been consumed with a continual job search. I am so thankful to have this new start. So, life as I've known it will be changing. I'm trying to figure out a new home schedule - when to do laundry, cleaning, how to plan meals and relearn to live life while working full time! I usually do better the more I have to do, so I know all will be fine.

This week I've been working on Valentine cards and my great-nephew's birthday card. I'll be sure to post them for you, but today I want to share the second of three note cards that I made as part of a gift that my cousin requested. The set uses the beautiful and versatile Butterfly Basics stamp set and the coordinating thinlits.

Not quite sure why I was getting the funky pink background, but try as I may, I couldn't get rid of it. Oh well...

This set truly is perfect for the collage look. The feature color is Perfect Plum. The postage mark is stamped with Elegant Eggplant, which is a deeper color that allows the image to pop a bit more. The ferns are stamped with Always Artichoke and I sponged some Daffodil Delight over the images for a color variation. I stamped the sentiment on vellum cardstock and attached it to the main panel. A few glue dots on the back of the butterly's body and he's ready to fly off of the page! Wouldn't you enjoy receiving this card in the mail? 

A complete list of products used in this project is listed at the end of this post. Click on the photo to go directly to my online store.

TIP: To attach vellum, use glue dots. It works best if you can hide them under an image, but they are less obvious than using snail.

TIP: When using thinlits, be sure to place a piece of waxed paper between your card stock and the thinlit; your die cut image will release MUCH easier.

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Upcoming class: February's class will focus on the Bokeh technique. We will be experiementing with several ways to achieve this beautiful effect. If you're in the Washington County, WI area, contact me to reserve your space in class! Saturday, February 21, from 9 - noon.

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January 28, 2015

Butterfly Basics and Weekly Deals

Greetings all!

A couple weeks ago I sent my cousin a set of note cards made with the beautiful Lotus Blossom stamp from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. She liked them so much, she asked me to make a set of cards for her to give a friend as a birthday gift and specified a polka dot envelope liner. I didn't want to use the same stamp set, so I broke out the versatile Butterfly Basics set and went to work. She asked for 12 cards, half thank you and half thinking of you. I made three designs; this is the first.

I started with a Daffodil Delight base and stamped the fern using Versamark ink to provide some texture. With Old Olive as a contrast color, I stamped the fern twice without reinking, then inked, stamped off and added one more image to the panel. The Butterfly Thinlts* are definitely the star of this show especially finished off with a row of pearls colored with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities (medium). The sentiment is from the Wetlands Set. 

The Butterfly Basics* set is perfect for creating collage cards; there are eleven wonderful elements from which to choose. Stay tuned for the rest of the set. Products used in this project and a link to my online store are listed below.

*SAVE 15% when you purchase the bundle!

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January 21, 2015

Weekly Deals

Hey there stampers,

Following a totally crazy six months, it looks as though life is getting back on track and for that I am greatful. My stamping has kept me sane and my online Pals have kept me positive. I function better with a routine; my posts should become more regular.

A quick post to let you know about this week's deals.

If you are in to the Blendabilities, this is a great deal and for $2.21, the Baker's twine can really dress up your projects. To order these items, give me a call or shop my online store here.

Thanks for stopping by!


January 14, 2015

Hello Occasions Blog Hop!

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.

This month we have 41 stops on our hop! These folks have creations that will get your mojo flowing! You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from stop #26, Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojoUse the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

I suspect you'll be seeing many projects featuring this beautiful Butterflies Thinlits Die and coordinating stamp set. I'll be showcasing cards using this set in the coming weeks, but wanted to kick off the new year with a 3D project. I was not able to capture the glow of the electric tea light shining through the vellum paper, but trust me, the effect is beautiful.
I cut 2 dies in Pink Pirouette and 2 in Rose Red and adhered them to 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" pieces of vellum card stock. I cut two pieces of Basic Gray CS at 4" x 8 1/4", scored at 4" and 8" on the long side. I created the openings using my Square Framelits. The Basic Gray base is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored on all sides at 3/4". I cut up to the score line on opposing sides - like you would do when making a box. I then used my Scalloped Border punch on each of the four sides, burnished the score lines and added sticky strip to the inside narrow scalloped flap.
Using my Tombow "green glue" and a toothpick, I attached the butterflies to the vellum. A Rose Red marker was used to color the vellum from the back side. I tried Pink Pirouette in both marker and Blendability, but the color was too faint for my liking. I centered each vellum piece and attached it to the Basic Gray, adhered the two pieces of Basic Gray together and then attached the bottom piece.
Wouldn't these be pretty on guest tables at a wedding? Coloring more of a stained glass effect would be very lovely also.
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The next stop is Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie on the Pals Blog Hop! 
Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next month. Enjoy the hop!

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  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  You are here!
  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

January 13, 2015

New Photopolymer Set and Weekly Deals

What is Better Than Email? This new, hot off the presses limited photopolymer stamp set.

For a perfect way to 'sign' your creative projects, click here to order. Supplies are limited, so order yours now!

Looking for great savings? Check out our weekly deals.

Sale-A-Bration Savings! With each $50 order, you can choose one FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Click here to view all of the FREE offerings.

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Thanks for stopping and until next time, take gentle care,

January 12, 2015

Lotus Blossom PPA share

Greetings all,

I'm back after a bit of a hiatus. I held a class this past weekend and we played with products from the new Occasions and Sale-A-Brations catalogs - what fun!

SAB features, an Occasions product and a PPA challenge!

The first card we made features my two favorite items from Sale-A-Bration,, the Lotus Blossom stamp set (139143). This 3 step stamp creates a beautiful image for birthday, sympathy and thinking of you cards. See the video below for more details on this beautiful stamp set FREE to you with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration.

Another of my SAB favorites is the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP (138635). I know SU! said they will not carry over any SAB items into the regular catalog, but oh my goodness, this paper is fabulous! It comes to you as a glossy white on white, allowing you to color the
background to match or coordinate with any project. You can sponge it, spritz it or brayer it and the background pattern magically appears! This amazing DSP can also be yours FREE during SAB with a $50 purchase. Click here to shop.

I did double duty on this card, it was a class project, but also used this week's PPA challenge colors in the layers of the flower.

The sentiment and butterfly in this card are from the Butterfly Basics stamp set. The set is available in clear, wood mount and photopolymer.

Need a catalog? Leave a comment below or contact me at RnRStamping@gmail.com and I'll pop catalogs in the mail to you. You may also peruse the digital catties by clicking on the icons in the right column on my blog.

To learn more about the Lotus Blossom stamp set, check out this video - you'll definitely want to add this set to your must have list!

Thanks for stopping. Stay tuned for more great projects from the Occasions catalog featured in Wednesday's Pals Blog Hop!

Take gentle care,

January 6, 2015

It's Time to Sale-A-Brate!

Hi all,

I've not been posting due to the hard drive on my laptop dying, my great nephew and his mom being with me for 10 days, the death of a dear aunt and the overall craziness of the holiday season. Yeesh, I'm looking forward to getting life back on track.

A quick post to announce the beginning of Sale-A-Bration!


I'll have a catalog link posted on my blog by day's end. If you are in need of a catalog - either Occasions or Sale-A-Bration, please let me know and I'll pop one in the mail for you.

Once my house empties, I'll be posting samples using some of the fabulous stamp sets from these two catalogs.

Looking for even more deals? Check out this week's sale items. The paper stacks are a GREAT buy. If you don't have an envelope punch board, now is the time to add it to your tool box. There are so many projects that can be made with this board - it's not just for envelopes. Click here to purchase weekly deals.

Thanks for stopping. Enjoy shopping!