B is for Book

B is for Book

So I’ve told you that my favorite new product suite is the Birthday Delivery set, right? While I sat brainstorming (aah, another B), I kept thinking about how the art work in that suite would be perfect for a children’s book. Oh, right, Book begins with B! Problem solved! (And while we’re on the topic, I think the little critters in this suite could be right out of something by Richard Scarry).

Well, I am a librarian, after all, so Book it is.  A Squash Book, that is. Yup, one of those all folded up types that seems impossible to get back together once you’ve opened it, am I right?

I have made many of these before, but this time I decided to use 12 x 12 paper, so the book comes out as 6 x 6.  Here’s the cover:

B is for Book

I die cut the images from the Designer Series Paper and then die cut a piece of matching fun foam to adhere them to for added stability. Remember, each square is 6 x 6, so here’s the short person trying to get a full picture of the whole thing opened up:

B is for Book

I managed to get a couple of pop-ups in there, as well:

B is for Book

B is for Book

I used the sentiments from the Birthday Delivery set and just one sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous (Party Time).

B is for Book

And yes, those little balloons have strings. And yes, I’m losing my mind! Haha!

B is for Book

There you have it. Now it’s time to close the book on this post.

Now get out there and do something creative today!

Winter Is Coming

Okay, I don’t know where you live, but I’m on the East Coast and today it was hotter than … well, you know what. So I thought we should pause, reflect, and remember, Winter is coming. So here is  your summer-heat-I-can’t-believe-I-miss-the-cold moment:

winter is coming

Ahhh, I feel cooler already. How refreshing! 😉

Now when I think winter I usually think Christmas, and it dawned on me that I never showed you the little tags and boxes I made for my book club gals. They’re just the nicest bunch of ladies and we have delicious fun when we meet once a month. Yes, I mean delicious, cause we eat and drink, my friends, and in betwixt and between we talk about the book we read for the month.

I figured they could all use extra gift tags for the holidays, so here’s what they received:

winter is coming

I love making tags, and I love using tags. One year I made enough tags so that everyone in my family had individualized tags for ALL of their presents so they could easily grab their packages from under the tree knowing whose present was whose.

Yeah, right. And then I grew up.

I digress. All these fun little tags fit into a cute little 3″ x 3″ box that Stampin’ Up! had in the Holiday catalog last year, complete with a clear plastic sleeve. So I decorated the boxes a little, didn’t want to get too crazy, and here is an example:

winter is coming

I hope those boxes come back this year. They were really fun and they were also food safe, so you could fill them with edible goodies.

Okay, I know you were waiting for them so here are your Game of Thrones memes

Winter is coming

winter is coming

And one of my favorites:

winter is coming

Now go forth and do something creative today!!

Tuscan Vineyard

No, sorry, I didn’t take a trip to Italy to visit a Tuscan vineyard. And I’m not under a Tuscan sun, either. I am, however, fortunate to have a neighbor who keeps us supplied in red wine. And I’m not just talking about a teeny little bottle. No, I’m talking about a ginormous bottle:

Tuscan vineyard

Now THAT’S what I call a good neighbor, hahaha! She’s very sweet and we’ve been neighbors for probably about thirty years or so. Now mind you, my husband and I are the only two drinkers here, and that there bottle will probably last us till Christmas! Anyway, I want to share with you a card I made using the Tuscan Vineyard stamp set.  Here’s my project:

Tuscan Vineyard

This was a CASE of a card idea from last year. I stamped the large circle image first and then cut it down, because the stamp image is oval-shaped, and I just thought it took up too much of the card front. Here are the directions:

  • Start with a standard A2 card base in Soft Suede (4¼” x 5½”)
  • Cut a Very Vanilla card front, 4″ x 5¼”
  • Using the So Saffron Classic ink randomly stamp all over the piece of Very Vanilla
  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock 2″ x 4½” and stamp the flourish in Crumb Cake ink at the top of the piece
  • Then use the Just a Note sentiment from Flourishing Phrases and stamp it in Early Espresso on the bottom
  • Stamp the vineyard scene in Elegant Eggplant onto a scrap of Very Vanilla
  • Again using the Elegant Eggplant, but stamping off once, stamp the small toscana vigneto stamp on a scrap of Very Vanilla
  • Use the layering circles to cut out the vineyard scene and then use a larger circle cut out of Soft Suede to mount behind it
  • The small stamp fits the 1″ circle punch perfectly; adhere it to the card base with a Stampin’ Dimensional, layering it over the larger stamped circle
  • The only embellishment you need is a Pearl Basic Jewel to stick onto the middle of the flourish

Now I’m off to crack open that gallon of Paisano, so while I’m otherwise occupied, go do something creative today! Hic!

Oh, Whale

Whale, would you look at that! Here I am just back from the National Aquarium in Baltimore and today’s project features… a whale. Of course, there isn’t a whale at the Aquarium, but I’m just channeling sea creatures right now.

Oh, Whale

is unfortunately retired, but I was still able to spruce these cards up with a couple of new products. Check them out:

Oh, Whale

Aren’t they just the cutest? They’re 3 x 3 inch cards, ready to be tucked into a little gift for two babies coming in June. One of my oldest daughter’s high school friends is having her first child, a baby boy. My niece is expecting her second child, a little girl. She already has a super cute little boy named Henry. (If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page where there are related posts you’ll see his little face)!

So how did I make something old new again? Here’s how:

  • I used Wink of Stella on the blue whale card by coloring in his water droplets and the little star.
  • On the pink card, I used Powder Pink cardstock and ink, Sweet Sugarplum ink, and a background stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set.
  • I lined the Powder Pink card with a piece of the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper.

Okay, you got me, the Tempting Turquoise whale doesn’t have much new,  but he’s still adorable!

Oh, Whale

Another retired product used was the 3 x 3 envelope liner framelit. I really wish Stampin’ Up! hadn’t discontinued the liner framelits – they really make any envelope fancy-looking!

Oh, Whale

Powder Pink is growing on me – my favorite pink is still Pink Pirouette, but I like the fact that the Powder Pink seems to play nicely with so many of our other colors.

Now that the gift cards are done, whale, there’s one thing left to do: go shopping for some baby stuff (one of my favorite things to do in the whole world)!

Okay, I’ve done my part. Now you go out there and do something creative today!

Back from Baltimore

I made it home yesterday. Today I had a dentist appointment and I arrive, didn’t have to wait to long, went in to the hygienist, sat down, and the first question she asked was “Did you pre-medicate?” Oh, dang. Totally forgot. Well, that was a total waste of time. Wish I had stayed in Baltimore, for crying out loud!

Wednesday we went to the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor. It is a gorgeous building, and the flow through the aquarium is very smooth, even when it’s crowded. As it was when we were there. At the very top of the building is the rain forest section, and I snagged a picture of this beautiful orchid in bloom among the greenery. One of the attendants there told me that she has worked there for eleven years and this is the first time it has ever bloomed!

Baltimore Aquarium

My little grandson had a great time there. It was his first visit ever, and he was very excited. So many of the displays were accessible at his level, and of course, many of the fish were much bigger than he is. Every time something caught his eye he would say “Whoa!”  For an eighteen month old he was very interested and very well-behaved. Which is a lot more than I can say for many of the folks there. Sheesh!

My daughter’s birthday is coming up on Tuesday. We won’t be able to celebrate in person, but we’ll be doing the FaceTime thing which is almost as good as being there. So in her honor here is a little card I made not too long ago in some of my favorite colors. I really like the fonts in the scalloped circle – I believe it’s a Simon Says Stamp set.

Enjoy your Saturday. Hope you’re doing something fun. I’ll be doing laundry. You know, that thing you always have to do once you get back from a trip!

Now get out there and do something creative today!


Balloon Adventures

I’m going to miss the Balloon Adventures bundle from the Occasions catalog. Sometimes you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. Yup, sounds like a country song. But it’s true.

Balloon Adventures ~ a complete product suite!

balloon adventures

It had everything, in Stampin’ Up! fashion: Designer Series Paper, Emerald Envy ribbon, little balloon trinkets, and a great pop-up insert for cards:

balloon adventures

The bright, cheery color palette is perfect for birthdays for young and old, male and female. I’m definitely going to hold on to this stamp set and framelit, because now that I have rediscovered it I will put it back in my must-use pile.

All this is to say, don’t be afraid to hang on to your old stamp sets and dies. Inspiration is a fickle thing, and sometimes you have to look at the past to see into the future.

Not to mention the fact that Stampin’ Up! products never go out of style – or demand. Now, if you have no space, or need to liquidate for other reasons, no worries. Just know that you aren’t the only one out there who is a craft hoarder. We are many and we are determined!

Now go forth, raid your stash, and do something creative today!

Hit Me One More Time

You may have guessed by now that I am smitten with the Eastern Beauty stamps, as are most of you out there, according to the Sales Department. You’ve gone and bought up many of the pieces parts of the Eastern Palace Suite and now some of them are on back order!

Come on, hit me one more time!

one more time

I promise, that for the near future, at least, I will try to restrain myself from bombarding you with the Eastern Beauty. But one of the things I love most about it is that while it may look complicated and intricate, this card is actually fairly simple. One cut, some patterned paper, a tassel and some easy stamping, because it is a photopolymer stamp set so you can see exactly where your stamped image is going to go.

I came across another example of a card made with this set, and what really impressed me is the color palette used. It gives the card a whole different vibe.

one more time

Here Sylwia has cut out a scalloped circle first and then she cut out the medallion. The card front also has the medallion cut out (in Crumb Cake) and the Whisper White medallion sits over it. Then she mounted the Crumb Cake card front to a Whisper White card base. Not the gold tassels, the sweet wood-cut leaf embellishments, and the gold trim. Just yummy!

So thanks for humoring me one more time.

In the meantime, go forth and do something creative today!

Floral Statements

Something you will notice in the new catalog is that there are a number of stamp sets with big, bold sentiments. These definitely make a statement, and seem to be one of the latest trends in card making images.

While I am waiting for my order to arrive I have been scouring the interwebs and Pinterest to scope out what everyone has been creating with the same products that I have on order. Today I’m focusing on Floral Statements. Coloring is a hot new trend, and using a bigger stamp with a sentiment as well as an image to color in is genius on the part of Stampin’ Up!

Folks, believe me now and hear me later, cause this stamp set is going to be the one that everyone puts on the back burner and then when they see a project made with it, they run right out to get it. Running, you know, to the computer. Cause you can’t get all this pretty at any old store!

It is hard to find samples out there using Floral Statements, but I came across a couple. The first one is from the Artisan Design Team at Stampin’ Up!

Floral Statements sample 1

Floral Statements Sheet Music card

Yup, that’s another new stamp, Sheet Music, that is the background for the Floral Statement. This next one is also easily as magnificent.

Floral statements catalog samples

So there you have it, this lovely, lovely set. I’m itching to get my hands on it! Can’t wait to try it out. Have you enjoyed seeing these little peeks at my catalog order?

Now get out there and do something creative today!

Wood Words Product Suite

Today I’m going to highlight Wood Words. This is a fun little set that can be used in so many ways! It includes:

  • a stamp set
  • coordinating Framelits Dies
  • and a matching Designer Series Paper Pack, Wood Textures

Now let’s take a look at some of the projects my fellow demonstrators around the world have created. I think you will be surprised at how different each of these samples look considering they were all made with the same product!

Wood Words sample 1

I love how Paula has used the Wood Textures paper as the background for her card base. Note the cute Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon as well!

Wood Words Sample 2

This one from Nina really highlights the floral image of the stamp set and the die cut heart is a nice little embellishment. Next up is a set of note cards from Sacha:

Wood Words sample 3

All of these great project ideas can be made with the stamp set. But the Framelits also include this adorable little wood crate, which Janneke has used to hold some little note cards:

Wood Words sample 4

Tomorrow we’ll look at Floral Statements.

Now go forth and do something creative today!

My Catalog Order Part 1

Greetings and Salutations from Baltimore, and welcome to my catalog order part 1 reveal!

Baltimore is named after a Lord Baltimore, and in the war of 1812 it was condemned by the British for being a “nest of Pirates.” Now that’s an interesting tidbit – pirates sound both romantic and scary at the same time! So today I am going to share with you some of the “booty” from the new catalog and a glimpse at my “treasure!”

Catalog Order part 1:

There are so many new bundles and paper packs and ribbons and trim that it can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, we want it all, right? Today I will highlight my number one favorite product in the new catty.

Birthday Memories Suite

You will find this nostalgic and colorful suite in a two-page spread on pages 68-69. There are 6 products in this suite:

  • Birthday Delivery, which features 23 fun photopolymer stamps: over half a dozen sentiments and ten delightful images
  • Birthday Friends Framelits, that includes a total of 10 dies: BONUS: the images in the paper pack coordinate with the framelits, so if you don’t think your coloring techniques are up to par you can just die cut your favorite images right from the paper
  • Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, a total of 12 double-sided sheets, 12″ x 12″
  • ¼” Stitched Edge Ribbon in four bright coordinating colors
  • Birthday Memories Cardstock Pack which includes twenty-four pieces of 8½” x 11″ paper in Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, and Soft Sky
  • Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments: 12 pieces in three colors, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Soft Sky

Here are some cute ideas using this product suite:

Birthday Delivery Catalog Order Part 1

Sandi is a Canadian demonstrator who is sharing a card made by cutting out the images in the Designer Series Paper Pack using the framelits. I love the colors she has chosen for her backgrounds, they are so bright and cheery!

And here is the entire suite of products in a delightful birthday party display, created by the artists at Stampin’ Up!:

Birthday Delivery catalog order part 1

Reminds me a bit of the old Golden Books from back in the day! Now go forth and do something creative today!