March 19, 2019

Mission DSP

If you are NOT someone with a significant stash of Designer Series Paper (DSP), raise your hand.

Wow, I'm amazed there's one of you out there!! Good for you!

Stampin' Up! creates amazingly beautiful DSP and sometimes it's almost too pretty to cut and sometimes I "just have to have it" and always end up with DSP after it has retired. I was on a mission this weekend to use up a huge stack of It's My Party DSP. I send birthday cards to our 150 employees, so my multiple stacks of cards will all be mailed out within a couple months. Here are some of the cards I made.

I can tell you that I let out a HOORAY when I tossed the last scraps of this DSP. My pack of Neutrals DSP is next on my hit list.

There is a morning meeting for the nurses at work this week. I know there will be a variety of breakfast items for them, but I thought I'd pack them a snack for the road. 

I used my envelope punch board to make these boxes and determined the measurements and punch/score lines using the Crafty Owl Box Buster tool. I entered the dimensions of my treat and it gave me the paper size I needed as well as the measurements for the punches. It's a great tool!

I hope I've given you some inspiration to use some of your favorite DSP!

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March 13, 2019

This Technique is Addicting!!

Welcome to the Pals’ March Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because ”Spring has Sprung” - at least on our blog hop if not outside! Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

My sister is again hosting for Easter. This year my nephew, his wife and 'the littles' will be joining us. My greats are ages 8, 5 and 3 and I love them to pieces! My sister always outdoes herself with games and a basket hunt, but this year, we'll need to kick it up a notch in order to keep the kiddos entertained. As I've been perusing Pinterest for ideas, I saw lots of posts for coloring eggs, which is where I got my inspiration for today's projects.

When I thought of coloring eggs, I thought of the shaving cream technique which made me think of Kim Jolley. I am a great admirer of Kim's work. She is a true artist with an amazing attention to detail. She has a shaving cream method that is different from the norm. Kim uses an acrylic block, stamps it directly onto the ink pad, 'frosts' the inked block with shaving cream and applies the medium to the paper.

I started with a combination of Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo. I played with Whisper White card stock, Shimmery White card stock and Watercolor Paper.

This sample was done on Shimmery White card stock. The inks I used were Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade and Highland Heather. I used a different block for each color.

For this piece I opted to use Watercolor Paper. The ink combo was Berry Burst, Fresh Fig and Blackberry Bliss.

Each paper reacted a bit differently. I had to be careful with the WW to not apply too many layers of shaving cream or the paper started to break down. The inky shaving cream glided over the Shimmery White. I found the color really soaked in to the Watercolor paper and I had to be persistent in getting additional applications of color to stick to the already wet paper.

It was a fun experiment and a pretty good sized mess! I used Dollar Tree shaving cream, a kitchen spatula to 'frost' and scrape the cream off of the paper and lots of paper toweling.

Ready to see my final projects?

The goal when using the shaving cream technique is to let your final result shine. The sentiment was cropped using the Lily Framelits.

I wanted this paper to shine a bit more so added random spots of gold embossing powder. A bit of gold metallic thread under the sentiment tied it all together.

(Okay, pun intended😉)

This card base needed 'something', but I didn't want to take away from the beauty of the paper I created. The Doily Builder Thinlits Die came to the rescue and perfectly complements the Dear Doily stamps.

I stamped and cropped two of the floral stems and trimmed one of them to get my double bloom. My shaving cream paper was cropped with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. I used two of the framelits to create a frame of Blackberry Bliss to hold my shaving cream paper.

This paper ended up with such a soft, pretty look. A bouquet from Wishing You Well is the featured image.

How did I attach my bow? Using a 1/8" punch, I punched through the stamped paper and the Melon Mambo layer and threaded by ribbon through the holes. I put all the layers together and tied my bow.

I am warning you that this technique can be a bit addictive! But I encourage you to give it a play.

I'd love to know which project is your favorite. Please leave a comment below.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Families First” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

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March 12, 2019

A Quick Tip for the Lasting Lily Framelits

I was so excited to see framelits for the Lasting Lily stamp set in the SAB Coordination sale. I know I'll use that stamp set for so many occasions. I have to admit, I had a bit of a challenge the first time I used the thinlits. It was a difficult to line up the stem images with the framelit, but I figured it out.

Here's a quick video tutorial on how to get a perfectly cropped image every time. 

Let me know if this helps you when using this amazing stamp and framelit combination.

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March 5, 2019

Lasting Lilies for Grace

I learned today that a very dear friend is going through some diagnostic testing. I want to send her a special message and Lasting Lilies is the perfect set for my purpose.

This card was made easy with the Lily Framelits Dies that coordinate with the free SAB Lasting Lilies stamp set, Doily Builder Thinlits Dies and Tailored Tag punch. I hope it adds a bright spot to Grace's day.

You can recreate this layout with any number of color combinations and sentiments.

Tip: To assure your stamped Lily stems align with the framelit, lay the framelit on a flat surface with the cutting edge down. Fit your stamp into the framelit image and then pick up the stamp with your acrylic block.

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February 26, 2019

My BEST Birthday Card!

Hi all,

I recently celebrated a birthday and had to share the birthday card, from all that I received, that is my favorite!

This card was created by very special littles in my life. Miss Mila is 3 and her sister Neva is 1. I know a great deal of time, effort and special thoughts went into this creation and I had to share it with you.

A special card deserves a bright and cheery thank you. This went off in the mail to the girls, their mom and dad.

The base is Granny Apple Green. I used a retired polka dot embossing folder to help with polka dot placement. Melon Mambo is topped by polka dots in Gorgeous Grape, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Pacific Point and Granny Apple Green. The stitched rectangle framelits, Thank You thinlit and a few a few rhinestones finished off my project.

To build up the Thank you and give it more stability, I adhered 5 Thank You layers together, using 5 different colors.

I used dots of Tombow glue. You can always use Multi Purpose Adhesive Sheets, but I find the Tombow gives me a bit of wiggle room.

This was a fun project to create. I hope you like it.

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February 19, 2019

Incredible Like You Pillow Box

Greetings all!

When my long time stamp group comes to my home, I like to have a small treat at each place for my peeps to take home with them. Although they didn't literally receive this as a pillow gift 😊, the Kraft Pillow Boxes were the foundation for a sweet treat for each of them.

The pillow boxes and Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems were a gift from my upline, Mary Fish when we got together at OnStage in Orlando in October. I cased the idea from the SAB catalog. What's inside you may ask? Jordon Almonds - yum!

When you're looking for a quick and easy way to package a treat, gift card, party favor or love note, the Kraft Pillow Boxes are a sure solution. You get 10 printed, die-cut boxes for $5.

The possibilities for topping these boxes are endless.

For my project I started with Powder Pink DSP from the 2017-2019 In Color DSP pack. I partnered it with the Incredible Like You stamp set and complementing Berry Burst ink and cardstock. A Petal Pink Rhinestone Gem added a bit of sparkle and the sweet sentiment is from the Lasting Lily stamp set.

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February 13, 2019

Lasting Lily Inspiration

Welcome to the Pals' February blog hop. We're so glad you're here because it's "Time to Sale-A-Brate"! Our Design Team created projects using Sale-A-Bration items to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal's blog. Either way, you've come to the right place. You'll find the full line-up below to help you move, or "hop" along from Pal to Pal.

I fell in love with Lasting Lily when I saw it an OnStage in Orlando. I love stamps that make a statement when they stand alone - makes for easy stamping and great for beginners.

To get my creative juices flowing, I often like to be inspired by other stampers. I CASEd this card from Jan Clothier and used it to teach the masking technique* in one of my classes.

Color combo: Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Granny Apple Green

It's so much fun hearing and seeing the excitement when people create a project they love. And this card was a hit!

Well, I couldn't stop there, so I CASEd my CASE!

Color Combo: Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana and Pear Pizazz

I really like the offset panels in this layout. The simple, added bling in the corner finished this card to my satisfaction.

This lily and I were on a roll, so I CASEd a CASE of a CASE - you with me on that??

Color Combo: Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizazz

Which is your favorite? Let me know by sharing a comment below.

The best news is that you can get this stamp set FREE with a $100 purchase. 

Inside tip: From March 1-31, you'll be able to order the Framelits for this set! 
The sentiments included in this set are perfect for sympathy, get well, wedding and thinking of you cards.

Lasting Lily is a DistInktive stamp, meaning there's lots of detail in the stamp; it does all of the work for you. Some folks have had some challenges getting a clean impression that shows the beauty of the stamp.


     Lightly tap the ink to the stamp versus putting the stamp to the ink. 
     Or, apply the ink using a sponge dauber

     Your images will vary depending on the 'jucieness' of your ink pad

     Remember - in God's garden no two flowers are alike, make your garden your own

     For the leaves, I used both ends of the leaf and the ends of the stems

     Masking* - Stamp an image on a 'sticky note' getting the majority of the image on the sticky part and cut it out using your snips. Stamp your focal image. Now you can add images "behind" your focal point by covering your focal image with the piece you cut out and stamping over the top of it. I had masks for both the large an small lily making it possible to add the stems.

     Sponging - I used a wedge of a stamping sponge to fill in the background. Use a very light touch; you can always go over the area to darken it. A light touch also allows you to get into small spaces without affecting the color of your lilies.

      Measurements for my projects are included in my weekly newsletter.

More inspriation awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month's Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they've created! Don't forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 when our Hoppin' Pals share their "Spring Has Sprung" projects. Don't miss the fun!

Grab your paper, stamps, ink and do some RnR Stamping!

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