Thursday, June 4, 2015

New Catalog Swap ~ Happy Birthday, Everyone!

Last week, I participated in a "sneak peek" catalog swap using products that demonstrators were able to order a little bit early. This is my card that I made 12 of to send out to fellow demonstrators. You can see that I have been playing with the same kinds of products lately (check out here, here, and here), but now that the new catalog is LIVE I hope to order a few more new things to play with!!

If you're looking for more birthday card inspiration, head on over to the SSINK blog where we are sharing BIRTHDAY CARDS! This card uses the host exclusive set called Happy Birthday, Everyone and I think it's one of my favorites!

Stamp Sets
Happy Birthday, Everyone, Perpetual Calendar 
Cucumber Crush
Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Cherry on Top DSP
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearl Accents, Rhinestone Accents, Candy Dots, Cucumber Crush Ribbon
Texture Boutique, Large Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Bitty Banner Framelits

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Meet Cucumber Crush (gift card holder)

Today is the day!! The new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog is now LIVE and you can order all the new and fun products right more waiting! Click HERE to start shopping from my online store!

Over at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog we have been counting down to the new catalog for the last 5 days bringing to you some inspiration using the five brand new in-colors. So far we have shared Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Delightful Dijon. The final day of the countdown is today and we are sharing CUCUMBER CRUSH!

I used a tutorial for a gift card holder I had made around this same time last year and created it using colors and products from the new catalog. Because I was showcasing Cucumber Crush I used that as my card base. The sentiment (which comes from the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set) is stamped in another new in-color called Watermelon Wonder. The "band" (ribbon) is also new and can slip off and on fairly easily keeping the gift card holder closed. The DSP is a new favorite called Cherry on Top. It's a pack of 6x6 paper that comes with so many fun, fresh, and bright prints!

This is what the gift card holder looks like when it is closed and wrapped with the ribbon.

Getting ready to open the card completely. Notice all the fun prints?! These are all from the Cherry on Top DSP Paper Stack I mentioned about earlier.

This is what the card looks like completely open. On the right there is a slot for a gift card and in the middle is a place to write a message. I wanted to leave it blank because I actually created eight of these to give as a thank you for my stamp club gals. This gift card holder is something they could reuse to give to someone else and I wanted it to be versatile for whatever occasion!

Before I wrapped it up with the bow, I slipped in a card for $5 off their next Stampin' Up! purchase as a thank you for being in my club these last 8 months!

Come on over to the SSINK blog to check out more inspiration using this fun well as the rest of the four new in-colors.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Favorites - All Abloom

It's the last Friday Favorites for this month with items we are so sad to see go!! The Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration gals are showing off some of their favorites from this year's retiring list.

My choice this week is the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack. This particular pack of paper measures 6-1/2" x 4-1/2" and comes with 12 different double-sided designs (4 of each). Right now this paper stack is 50% off which makes it only $3.48. However, it's only available through June 2nd and only while supplies last! So, if you love it...make sure to get it before it's gone!

While searching Pinterest one day I came across these cards that I just knew would be perfect for using up some of my scraps from this paper stack. Her cards are created using some of our retiring (or retired) paper stacks and so I thought using the All Abloom Paper Stack would be a fun option, especially for a Spring card! I made three different samples and used this card for my May card making night. The guests were able to choose whichever color scheme they wanted! As you can see I also used various kinds of ribbon...a great way to use up the last of some of the spools of retiring ribbon!

Colors: Lost Lagoon, Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo

Colors: Strawberry Slush, Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight

Colors: Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding

To see the entire retiring list click on the picture below. These items on the list are available through June 2nd or while supplies last! If you would like to order, please visit my online store at If you choose to order ON June 2nd you will be able to purchase items from the current catalog (with retiring products) AND the new catalog (debuting June 2nd).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Quick & Easy - Mixed Bunch

Looking for some ideas for QUICK & EASY cards? You've come to the right place! We're sharing a variety of card ideas on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog today and I have a fun, easy layout to share. We created this card at my last card making night and it was a hit, especially because it was so quick to put together.

I am a bit sad that we're saying goodbye to the Mixed Bunch stamp set, so I had to be sure to use the set one more time at one of my card nights! I love that big bold flower! I have two samples to share that both use the Moonlight DSP Paper Stack. The great thing about this layout is that you can turn the card into whatever greeting you want!

Stamp Sets
Mixed Bunch, A Dozen Thoughts
Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey
Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Moonlight DSP Stack
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearl Accents
Texture Boutique, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Blossom Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hawaiian Happy Birthday

Just a quick card for you today! I made this one for my mom who is heading out to Hawaii TODAY to enjoy a relaxing vacation. She so deserves this!! She just turned 65 years last Friday and we celebrated with a Hawaiian themed dinner and dessert! My brother and sister and families (and my dad) all pitched in to give her some Hawaii spending money. She was thrilled when she opened the card.

I love those little bitty flowers and how they "kind of" look like the Hawaiian flower Hibiscus. The bright colors also remind me of a luau. I used the retiring Birthday Bash DSP from the Occasions Catalog for the background and matched the colors using Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Tangelo Twist. The stamp set is a sneak peek from the new catalog featuring one of the host sets that will soon be available. It's called Happy Birthday, Everyone. If you haven't seen my in-colors birthday card set I created using this stamp set, you can check it out here.

Inside greeting with rolled up spending money!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites - Label Love

It's another edition of Friday Favorites at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog. For the last few weeks we have all been sharing about what our favorite retiring products are. Head on over to see what others are sad to see go!

I will definitely be sad to see the Label Love and coordinating Artisan Label Punch retire.

Currently the clear mount set is $15.26
(reg. price $17.95)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pinterest Inspired Sea Street

I don't know about you, but some days I just need a card design that I can CASE almost exactly because my creative juices have run dry. Where do I go for such a thing? Pinterest, of course! Today, over at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog we are sharing what has PINspired us lately. It could literally be anything we see on Pinterest...a collage, color scheme, quote, etc.

A couple of weeks ago I was needing one more card to make at one of my card making nights and I wanted it to be quick and easy. I came across this card on Pinterest and pretty much said out loud, "It's perfect!"

{card by Brenda Keenan}
Quick and Easy Stampin' Up! card using the Sea Street stamp set and coordinating Maritime Designer Series Paper. 

You'll see in my "version" that I kept the card pretty much just as is only adding a different card base and using a different sentiment. Many of the gals who made this card turned it into a Father's Day card. I am so happy to see that Sea Street will be around for another year in the catalog, but I am definitely going to miss the coordinating Maritime Designer Series Paper! The coordinating colors are Night of Navy, Real Red, and Coastal Cabana (sniff! sniff! does Coastal Cabana HAVE to leave us?!)

Oh, and good news! This DSP is part of the Weekly Deals (ends May 25th)!
Weekly Deal Price - $8.21
Regular Price - $10.95

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Control Freaks Tour - New In-Colors Birthday Card Set

You're in for a real treat because on today's Control Freaks Tour we are giving you a SNEAK PEEK from the new 2015-2016 Catalog! If you've already been hopping along then you just came from the inspiring Wendy's blog at Wickedly Wonderful Creations.

As a demonstrator we have the ability to pre-order some products from the new catalog including a select number of stamp sets, in-color inks, in-color accessories, and more! I definitely wanted to take advantage of getting a hold of all of the 2015-2017 In-Colors a little early and so that is what I focused on to share today. I created one layout and made five cards in each new in-color. Each card is a 4-1/4" square and will still fit perfectly into a regular sized envelope.

The stamp set I used is an upcoming host set called Happy Birthday, Everyone. You can earn this set with Stampin' Rewards by being a host. It comes with the beautiful "Happy Birthday" greeting you see here (love the font) and then 6 smaller greetings. The "confetti" on the top of each card are from the Dotty Angles stamp set and will be a carry-over item from the current catalog. Yay! I stamped off each color when I added the dots, so it is a lighter shade on each card. I really just wanted to keep each of the cards simple, so I only added a few pearl accents in different places for a little something extra.

{Introducing the new 2015-2017 In-Colors}

Tip Top Taupe

 Mint Macaron

Watermelon Wonder

Cucumber Crush

Delightful Dijon

I haven't yet decided which in-color is my favorite, but right now I am leaning towards Watermelon Wonder. I actually really like the Tip Top Taupe/Watermelon Wonder combo. I'm sure it will change often as I continue to play with the colors together.

Now the question is...
WHICH NEW IN-COLOR IS YOUR FAVORITE? you so much for stopping by today! Next up to help get us excited about the new catalog is Deb Currier at Artfelt Impressions. All non-demonstrators can begin ordering on June 2nd. Do you have a list started yet?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Creation Station Blog Hop - New Catalog Sneak Peek!

One of my most favorite times of the year as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is when I get to see the new catalog and look through it page by page. Not only do we get to have a first look at the catalog, but we can also pre-order some of the new in-colors and accessories, as well as choose from a select number of stamp sets and other products! For all of our customers, the catalog will be live to order from on June 2nd, but in the meantime...let us whet your appetite with some sneak peeks as The Creation Station is ready to share with you some fun, new products you're sure to love!

This month's theme is a Sneak Peek Free For All! You might have just hopped over from Jen Arkfeld's blog, but if you're starting here then get ready for some inspiration as you hop along with us today! We have some new members that have joined our team recently, so we would like to offer a big welcome to Martha Inchley, Dena Rekow and Sarah Klass. These are some amazingly talented ladies and we are excited to have them join us!

First up uses the ADORABLE new 6x6 DSP stack called Cherry on Top. These patterns in this paper stack are so bright and cheery!! It includes a few of the new 2015-2017 In-Colors called Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, and Cucumber Crush, along with some originals like Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, and Bermuda Bay. I used the new Watermelon Wonder for the card base. The stamp set I used is also new and it's called Sprinkles of Life. This set you can find on the very last page of the catalog and with each purchase of this stamp set $3 will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. It's such a cute set ~ and you can even purchase a coordinating punch to help punch out many of the little pieces. To top it off there are so many cute sentiments in this set and the one I used on this card is one of my favorites! It might

Not sure if you could see it as well in the first picture, so I zoomed in to show you the new 2015-2017 In Color Ribbon. I just have it sneaking through on the bottom of the card, but it's actually 1" wide Dotted Lace Trim. It comes in all of the 5 new In-Colors.

The second card I am sharing today also uses a splash of the new Cherry on Top DSP pairs with a Crushed Curry card base. The tiny little banners on the bottom right are die-cut from the Bitty Banners Framelits. The focal point of the card is the new Build a Birthday stamp set. I love it! There are so many possibilities on creating a fun cake perfect for a birthday card. I also added a little Soft Sky Cotton Twine bow (from the 2015 Occasions Catalog). As you can see I don't have the greeting on the outside of the card, so you could really use this card for any sort of occasion meant to celebrate if you wanted to. could add a birthday greeting on the inside! I wanted to spruce it up a little, so I added a piece of Whisper White and took a strip of the same Cherry on Top DSP I used on the front and placed it on the bottom then stamped my greeting in the middle.

Thanks for coming by today to take a look at some of the new goodies that are coming soon! This catalog is such a fun one and there are really some great new stamps to choose from! Continue on the hop to visit Jennifer Frost or if you're hopping backwards you can visit Jen Arkfeld next.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Favorites - For the Birds

Today is Friday Favorites at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog where we are showcasing retiring products for each Friday in May. I have a lot of favorites that we will soon be saying goodbye to, but I will especially miss the cute For the Birds stamp set. I love these darling little images that you can color in using our Blender Pens and Stampin' Write Markers.

I created this card design for a recent card making night. The layout was simple enough that the ladies could focus on the coloring. I heard many of them say, "I haven't colored like this since I was little." It was cute to watch them transform a black and white image into a colorful masterpiece. As you can see in the three samples below I had a variety of flower DSP for them to choose from and they could use the markers that matched the paper color. 

Are you wondering how I was able to use the image without the attached sentiment? 

Step 1: Place a strip of masking tape over the sentiment. 

Step 2: Ink up the stamp and then remove the masking tape (that's important!)

Step 3: Stamp image. Easy peasy!

Stamp Sets
For the Birds, And Many More (sentiments)
Black Stazon, markers - to coordinate with paper
Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Lost Lagoon, Flowerpot DSP, All Abloom DSP Stack
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paper Doilies, Candy Dots (misc. colors)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Circle Framelits, Bitty Banner Framelits

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