Sunday, August 16, 2015

Simple Card Sunday-Masculine Card

Hi Stampers!  Today I have another simple card featuring the Banner Triple Punch to share with you!



Just like the card last week, I used the punch to make three perfect banners to accent my card. Here's the step-by-step for you.

  • Fold a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock (5-1/2x8-1/2) in half.
  • Sponge the edges of a Crumb Cake piece (4x5-1/4) with Crumb Cake ink.
  • Punch three banners (Basic Black Neutrals DSP, Marina Mist and Whisper White). Layer them on the card according to the picture.
  • Stamp a sentiment with Basic Black ink (Happy Birthday, Everyone hostess set)
  • Make a little embellishment with a Basic Metal Button, Marina Mist ribbon and Basic Black Baker's Twine

For more info on the Banner Triple Punch and to see the first card we did with it this month you can watch the video and check back on last week's post.



If you're in Canada and need a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love to help you out.  You can order everything you need to create this card in my online store, or if you prefer you can contact me directly to order.

Have an inspired day!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Project Life + Tradiditonal Scrapbooking=Memory Keeping Bliss

Hi Stampers!  If you're an avid paper crafter, you will know that an important person in the biz, Heidi Swapp and her family, recently suffered a devastating loss when her 16 year old son passed away. Heidi has been posting a lot about the importance of preserving your memories after this incident.  What she has shared has spoke to me on a deep level.  It's so important to take pictures and PRINT those pictures!  Don't get caught with loads of them on your phone that magically disappear after an update or on a hard drive that crashes.  Seriously people, print those pictures and put them in albums to enjoy.  There is nothing better than sitting down with a photo album and just remembering both the good times and the not so good times.
 
Lately my kids have been taking photo albums off our shelves and looking through them.  They love to see what Kevin and I looked like "in the old days" (seriously, we are not that old!!!), to see where we lived, what we drove and what we did.  They have also noticed a big gap in our memories where scrapbooking and memory keeping was pushed to the bottom of my priority list.  My youngest son especially notices this with the lack of pages in his album!  Because of this, I am determined to get our memories into albums and Project Life is going to help me do just this!

In my Memory Keeping Club, we are combining Project Life with traditional Scrapbooking to create quick and easy layouts.  They had a good chuckle over my mistake on my sample layout this last month.  This is what happens when you are scrapbooking memories from 10 years ago....






I have pictures of my oldest son when he was 2 (he's now 13) on this page with today's dates.  Oops!!!  Needless to say, while this layout was sitting on my desk waiting to be fixed I changed my mind a little about parts of it (so club ladies, if you're looking at these pics wondering why your layout is a little different this is why!).

First of all, I fixed my mistake!


Here's what the whole layout looks like.  This month we used the PL #3 page protector in the assorted pack and some English Garden DSP for our layouts.


I am loving combining the ease of Project Life memory keeping with Traditional Scrapbooking! Here's a look at the journaling card I did for my layout!  In keeping with the planting flowers theme, I used the Handpicked Framelits to make a little banner and cut out that cute little garden shovel!


As I was making up this layout I was remembering the day we planted those tulip bulbs.  My boy was so excited to dig the holes and put them in the ground. And, he was very impatient at waiting for them to grow!  I also remember the look on his face when we finally saw the little green shoots of new plants and then when they bloomed!  We no longer live at that house, and I found myself wondering if the people that live there now still enjoy those flowers coming up every year like we did or if they planted something else in that spot.

Peeps, it's time.  It's time to print your pictures and enjoy remembering. Whether you have kids or not, whether you're married or single, whether you are creative or not...it's important.  I can help you do this quickly and easily with Project Life.  Seriously, it's as easy as sliding pictures into pockets...that's it!  Check out all the Project Life products in my online store and then contact me to order (or ask questions, or for help getting started, or to join my Memory Keeping club).

Have an inspired day!




Thursday, August 13, 2015

Weekly Deals Tag

Hi Stampers!  Each week Stampin' Up! releases some Weekly Deals, which are items that you can get at a pretty sweet discount.  More often than not, I love all the items available for the Weekly Deals and this week was no exception.


When I was looking at the Weekly Deals today inspiration hit!  It all started with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (which is on sale...and you need one, trust me!) and the In Color Washi Tape (also on sale and looking for a new home at your house!).  From there it just morphed into a fun flower tag that included the Classy Designer Buttons, Wild Wasabi Seam Binding and Clothespins (all on sale too!).


It all just seemed to fit together with a big ole flower from the Flower Patch set (cut out with the Flower Fair Framelits).  And, of course, once I had a fun tag, I needed something to put it on!  So, out came the new Gift Bag Punch Board!


And, there you have it!  A bright and fun tag (made with loads of stuff on sale) on a super fun bag ready to fill with something wonderful for someone special!

Here's all the items on sale this week.  You can order any of them in my online store (but hurry because there's a limited quantity of items available at these prices), or contact me directly to place your order!


Have an inspired day!


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Simple Card Sunday 15-Banner Triple Punch

Hi Stampers!  It's Simple Card Sunday where I will feature a simple card for you!  I've decided to make a couple changes to Simple Card Sunday for the time being.  Rather than a different video each week, I will do a video once a month and then feature a card with the same layout or tools each Sunday for the month.  The same Simple Card Sunday rules will apply to all the cards I feature.

Here's a little refresher of the rules:
  • must be able to be made in 10-15 minutes max
  • must use minimal supplies
  • must be able to be created in 5 easy steps
So, here we go! This month I'm going to feature cards using the Banner Triple Punch which is a great punch to make easy banners (more on that in the video!).


Look at those fab banners!!!!


Are you ready to create?  Here's the 5 easy steps for you...
  • Fold a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock (4-1/4x11) in half.
  • Punch the three banners (Always Artichoke, English Garden DSP and Night of Navy cardstock).
  • Sponge a Crumb Cake piece of cardstock (3-3/4x5-1/2) with Soft Suede ink. Sponge the edges of the DSP banner too.
  • Glue the banners on the Crumb Cake cardstock, offsetting them as shown in the picture. Glue the Crumb Cake piece to the card base.
  • Stamp a sentiment (I chose one from the And Many More set) with Soft Suede ink.  Tie some Linen thread around the whole card (be careful not to tie your card shut!) leaving long enough tails to tie a button on if desired (I used a silver Basic Metal Button).
And, here's the video so you can stamp along with me in real time!


I talked a bit about the fab Triple Banner punch in the video.  Here's a pic of that graphic I showed in the video to see the different widths and pieces punched off when you use the punch.


That's it for today!  Remember to check back every Sunday for the rest of the month to see a simple card featuring the Banner Triple Punch.

If you are in Canada and need a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love to help you out!  You can order everything you need to create this card in my online store, or if you prefer you can contact me and order directly through me!

Have an inspired day!



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Watercolor Wings....Stampin' On the Road!

Hi Stampers!  I mentioned in my last post that I recently attended Stampin' Up!'s convention and participated in a huge organized swap.  As if 80 cards wasn't enough, at the last minute I decided that I wanted to make some cards for my special friends and general swapping. So, I cut all the supplies I needed and got them ready to stamp on the drive to convention!  Stamping is a great way to pass a 12 hour car ride...well, stamping and a lot of laughing and good times with a great friend!


I stamped, sponged and assembled away as we traveled south to Salt Lake City.  It was quite the adventure making swaps cards while driving through the winding mountain highway and through a nasty storm (we seem to get caught in a storm every year)!

Stampin on the road somewhere between Montana and Idaho!


I'm happy to say I completed all the cards I wanted to on the drive and they were ready for swapping when convention started!


I think Watercolor Wings is one of my favorite sets in the catalog and is the only set I used for this card.  You have so many options to give the butterflies details with this stamp set...two step stamp it, or three step stamp it for even more detail! Because it's a photopolymer set, you can easily see through the stamps to line them up perfectly (even if you're stamping on the road!).  I chose to three step stamp it and used Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo to stamp the butterfly.  The body and antenna were done with Soft Sky as well as the sentiment.

TIP:  Best adhesive for sticking the Burlap to your projects....Tear & Tape Adhesive! It's super easy to use and super sticky for the burlap.

If you are in Canada and need a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love to help you out!  You can find everything you need to create this card in my online store.  Place your order there or contact me to place the order for you!

Have an inspired day!