**This post is one of several deleted by my web host (don’t use Arvixe) when they migrated my servers back at the beginning of October. And now, unfortunately, the Thoughtful Branches bundle is gone. Sad face. But if you did get your hands on one, Bravo! So here is the post in its original format:
Black and red. Le Rouge et le Noir. The former is a color combination of which my late stepmother was particularly fond. The latter is its french translation, as well as being the title of a classic work of French literature by Stendhal (the pen name of Marie-Henri Beyle, 1783-1842).
One can acquire everything in solitude except character ~ Stendhal
Now, you’re probably asking yourself, what the heck does that have to do with crafting? My stepmother lived in France for a while and traveled there frequently and loved reading French novels. So I was remembering her with fondness the other day and decided to put those thoughts into a card that I might have sent to her.
Black and Red for you, Steph!
She was a trip, my Stepmother, that’s for sure. But she was a lot of fun and I miss her. Plus, she thought I was hilarious, so there’s that.
But if you’re still trying to decide whether or not to get the Thoughtful Branches bundle, remember this:
The Thoughtful Branches bundle is a limited edition and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good (and it’s almost gone). It’s versatile, has lots of useful sentiments, and the trees are appropriate for every season. ETA: So sorry – it is now sold out!
Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper looks good enough to eat and now you can get 4 packs of selected designer series paper for the price of 3! What a great deal! It may be Fall but I’m holding on to summer while I can!
Fruit Stand is just one of several designer packs that are available in this great offer
In fact, two of the packs are Christmas suites, one from the Annual Catalog and one from the current Holiday Catalog. Yum!
I’m turning over a new leaf (seeing as it’s Fall, you know) and sending out specially made cards that I have designed to any and all customers who place an order through my website. This is just one of the cards I sent recently.
You can do more than just make fruit with this stamp set. I think you’ll find that you reach for it all year ’round. I know I will! Peachy!
If you’d like to see it up close and personal, here it is. The picture links to my shop page to give you all the purchase info you need. It’s a photopolymer stamp set, which means it’s see-through. So you can “see through” it to perfectly to align your images.
Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop, or as I’m calling it today, my nightmare! My web host decided to migrate the servers on my account two days ago and I lost a bunch of posts, and emails, and, oh, yeah, MY MIND!!!
So I’m writing this abbreviated post to show you my projects for today’s blog hop. And yes, I had a fabulous post written, and I was oh, so clever, but know we’ll never know, will we? 😉
Now before you get all excited, I know I read the prompt wrong. I was so excited about Wicked Folds that I completely ignored that I was supposed to make anything other than an A2 card. Well, Karma and all that, right?
Here’s my second project, once again, all about the folds:
So there you have it. Please enjoy the rest of the hop and I’ll see you next time, (at which point I may be behind bars or enjoying three squares at the nut house).
Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for September 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.
This month our projects represent our favorite year end Season. It may be Autumn, Winter, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas (and maybe even a combination!) We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you can see all the projects.
My Favorite Season …
… is one where I get to eat things with sugar in them and don’t have to have the air conditioning on. So here in Pennsylvania you’re looking at Halloween and everything after. I guess that means that really my favorite season occurs in the last quarter of the year. Is it coincidence that the best holidays are sweet? I think not.
Halloween? Candy. Lots of it. Thanksgiving? Pies. Check! Christmas? Cookies. Candy. The mother of all holidays where sweets are concerned. You think Valentine’s Day is sweet? You haven’t been to my house!
But today I’m going to focus on Halloween. Why, you ask? Because it’s up first. I will show you Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff later, when I emerge from the sugar coma that begins with my favorite vegetable, candy corn.
Have you had a chance yet to drool over all the goodness that is the Holiday Catalog? It might just be the first sweet thing I love that doesn’t have sugar! Seriously! I love me a good product suite, (yup, I noticed that … suite ~ sweet) and this one doesn’t disappoint:
In my card for today I managed to squeeze in quite a few of the elements included in the Halloween Night product line. See if you can guess what they are:
If you guessed these items you’d be right:
But you get bonus points if you picked out these stamp sets!
Well, I’m off to go dreaming of the Milky Way … and the Three Musketeers, too. No Snickers, please. (See what I did there)? Drop me a line and let me know what your favorite season is. That would be, um, sweet!! Or suite?!
See ya when I see ya!Amy 🙂
Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!
The Thoughtful Branches bundle, which includes the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and the Beautiful Branches framelit dies*, is still available for purchase, but only while supplies last. If you haven’t seen any of the gorgeous work that people are creating with this must-have set then you haven’t been paying attention! 🙂
* Purchasing the bundle gives you a discount of 10% off the price of the stamp and framelits if bought separately. So you can buy one or the other, or both for 10% less.
Here is the stamp set, the dies, and the bundle – you can click on any of these photos to purchase at my online store:
Thoughtful Branches Artwork
Today I want to share with you some gorgeous cards that I also received at the Gathering for Greatness swap in Chicago. These cards feature the Thoughtful Branches bundle in different ways, all equally stunning. This first one is from Lisa Lange. I love the touches of Peekaboo Peach here!
The next one, from Lynne Ernst, is a Z-fold card. She has put some Wink of Stella on the apples here, and once again, let’s hear it for Peekaboo Peach! (Yes, it’s one of my favorite In Color 2016-18 colors)!
Next up is this lovely card from Lisa Pretto. I love her choices of Dapper Denim with the new Copper Embossing Powder. The design of this card is so unique, in my opinion.
So what are you waiting for? Grab this bundle, you will be so happy you did! There are 23 photopolymer stamps in this set, and 9 dies in the framelits. That, my friends, is a great deal!
I recently had the good fortune to attend Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator get-together at the end of July. To say it was awesome is not an exaggeration. I had a great time meeting other demos whom I recognized from their blogs – I felt starstruck, believe me! There were people there from all over the country, and we also had time to chat via Zoom (similar to Skype) with people like Patty Bennett (Patty Stamps), one of Stampin’ Up!’s million dollar sellers, Sam Hammond from across the pond in England (Pootles Papercrafts), and Kylie Bertucci (Crafty Kylie) from Australia. Amazing women who very generously shared tips, inspiration, and their precious time with us.
I don’t want to forget our fearless leaders, Lisa Mayer Pretto (Ink Big Academy) and Janet Morrow Wakeland (remARKably Created). Look up fun in the dictionary and you’ll see their pictures – right next to awesome, inspiring, and talented! Oh, and did I mention hilarious?
One of the big highlights of the weekend, though, was taking a road trip with my sister-in-law, who is also my downline. We’ve known each other for decades, and we travel very well together. It was so much fun to sit in the hotel room at night and discuss all things stamping and papercrafting. Even better, we get to do it all over again in November when we go to Atlanta for World Card Making Day with Brian King (Stamp with Brian) and we attend Stampin’ Up! OnStage, where we get to see what is coming up in the new 2017 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration 2017. Cannot wait!
Here we are, Mr. DeMille, ready for our closeup:
Gorgeous Swap Cards
One of the things you can usually find at any meeting of demos is a swap, and this Gathering for Greatness was no exception. Our task: to make full cards using current Stampin’ Up! product only, and then, at some point over the weekend, swap out our projects. I gotta tell you, the talent in that group is amazing! And there were also displays set up throughout the room with projects made by demos from all over. Beautiful, amazing stuff!
So today I want to share with you a couple of the swap designs that I really like. This first one is from my sister-in-law, Linda Droege:
I love how she uses the Botanical Blooms to such good effect, stamping on the die cut leaves, using vellum, and the way she uses several stamp sets to really make this card pop! (Can you name which ones she has here)?
This next one I thought was outstanding, partly due to its simplicity and due to the color choices, I think. I’m guessing this is Marette Passero’s card:
This next one is from the Seaside Shore collection. I can picture the face of the demo who made this very clearly, but she didn’t put her info on the card anywhere, so I’m not sure of her name. I do remember we laughed together about how she had to stay up into the wee hours in her hotel room the night before the swap to finish up all her cards. 😉
And last but not least, here is one from Valerie Malkus, who really blinged up her Moroccan Nights card:
So there you have it, in a nutshell, my fab trip to Chicago for Gathering for Greatness. Hope you like seeing the work that other demos are creating!
Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop August 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring projects using our favorite Stampin’ Up! cutting tools. There are so many wonderful punches, framelits and edgelits available that help make papercrafting more detailed and fun! We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link at Stamp with Brian or from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.
Did you know? The new Stampin’ Up! framelits come with extra dies! Take a look:
There are THREE extra dies in this set: Yay! 1, Yay! 2, and Yay! 3 For this month’s project I took the Yay!2 die (just go with it) and made a stamp from it – bet you didn’t know you could do that, right? Just take a piece of Fun Foam and run it through the Big Shot using the die. I added some repositionable adhesive to the foam and then used it like a stamp! I stamped it on some clear heat-resistant acetate and embossed it with embossing powder to make this adorable window card:
Tips and tricks for making this card
I used the Yay! 2 die from the May Flowers Framelits (as shown above) to cut the frame inside my card base and in the card front.
Line up the base and front and hold them in place with some washi tape (you need to put the acetate window in between the card front and the card base) and then run them through the Big Shot together; this gives you perfect placement to line up the embossed acetate.
The “thank you” sentiment is from the new Thoughtful Branches bundle (#144328). But it’s only available till the end of August!
I hope you noticed that yes, I did indeed heat emboss that tiny staple so it would match the card!
The May Flowers framelits coordinate with the Falling Flowers stamp set (Bundle #142329).
There are several framelit sets in the Annual Catalog that also have extra dies – what a great way to expand your dies and still have them coordinate with a stamp set!! Be sure to check out the Bundles page in the online catalog by clicking HERE and you will see what I mean. Oh, and bundles give a better value – save 10%!
Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, go to Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds or refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!
I guess I’ve been addicted to the Flourishing Phrases bundle from Stampin’ Up! but I promise to try to make this the last post that will highlight it for a while!
So I made this card to send to a friend of mine, remembered to take some pix, and then promptly lost said card. Does that ever happen to you? And believe me, I have looked EVERYWHERE! I think I must spend more time going through the trash than actually making things. It’s so frustrating.
For example, I lost an oval die after making some projects and didn’t have time to do a more thorough search before I had to leave the house for a craft retreat. When I got home my husband asked if I was missing anything: that stupid die turned up in the WASH! Probably got mislaid when I was stripping the beds to do laundry. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but I really don’t sleep with my craft supplies.
A couple of weeks ago when my sister-in-law was visiting and we were crafting, she asked to use my Basic Grey Stampin’ Up! marker. No problem. However, two days ago, I went through the trash TWICE looking for that same marker, until I remembered it was on the mantel in the dining room!
I was looking all over the house for a missing thinlit die. Of course, one of the smaller ones. The next day I found it stuck to the bottom of my iPad cover. I know, you can’t fix stupid.
So here is the card I lost:
Unfortunately, this time a picture is NOT worth a thousand words, so I’ll just have to go back to the drawing board. Or maybe I will just use this one:
Which is probably what I will do. That is, as long as I can find it. I swear, it was right here just a minute ago … Or was it? 😉
It’s birthday time again. Already? Wow. Time flew. (Did you know that time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana? Thank you, Grouch Marx)!
So to celebrate I decided to use the Beautiful World stamp set from the Stamp of Approval Beautiful World collection. I absolutely love the flourish in this set – I guess I’m on a flourish kick these days! I went through three versions of this card before I finally made one that I actually like.
A couple of thoughts now that it’s done:
Working with watercolor paper is a lot harder than I thought. I had to ink the stamp with embossing ink several times to get good coverage, most likely because the paper is so textured.
I really needed my MISTI (just Google it) in order to get exact placement of the stamp each time that I had to re-ink it. MostIncredibleStampingToolInvented.
Yes, Virginia, there is, indeed, a difference in embossing powders. I started out just using the embossing ink and black embossing powder, but the brand I had on hand didn’t give me any of the fine details in the image.
Solution? Stamp with black ink and clear, ultra fine embossing powder. What a difference!!
I used watercolor paper because I wanted to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers – I just kind of dabbed a bit of color here and there and then I spritzed the whole thing with water.
In case you’re wondering, when I use anything other than a very light card stock to make a card, as above, I always cut a piece of light card stock to adhere to the inside of the card so I can stamp and write visibly.
The birthday card was very well received, thank you very much. The embossing made a huge impression on the birthday girl. Mission accomplished!