Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SU Retiring List, Sadness and Sales

Oh, the ebb in flow in a crafty girls life. Crafting is cyclical. Something is new, something stays steady, something goes away. There are products and stamps you like, but there's always room for more...

Now is the time of year when Stampin' Up releases their retiring list, so they can clear out products to make room for all the lovely new things in the Annual Catalog, which starts on June 1 (and it's amazing!). So the good thing for all of us, are the great deals that are available as supplies last (and some of them are on sale!). Click HERE (or the graphic below) to go to my online store to see and shop the retiring list. When shopping, please use host code: QPVV9SUT. All shoppers using the host code will receive a small gift from me. Also, in honor of it being my birthday month, show me cards your sending out and receive free shipping from me. (Check out my Facebook page-click the little Facebook icon just to the right of this post, for more info and look for a follow up blog post later in the week). Please feel free to contact me for more info!

To help us say goodbye, here are a few projects made with retiring products.

Balloon Adventures, such fun and such great sentiments in one of the coolest fonts ever.

I mean, do you not love this llama? If you don't have it in your stamp collection, you should!

And Wetlands, really this one should be on your stamp shelf (and it's never leaving mine!).

So there we go, I've done my due diligence and let you know!
Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, with Blog Candy! Featuring Dragonfly Dreams

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so that means I'm hopping with the ICS crew. We are hoping to inspire, create, and share some fun ideas with you. This month, we're each sharing a project made with whatever stamp set inspired us. AND, we're giving blog candy to new subscribers! What's blog candy? It's a little something crafty that I'll send one winner in the mail.

Are you wondering how to enter to qualify to win the blog candy? Just subscribe to any of the blogs you want to follow and you will be entered to win that blog’s candy. Each blog on the hop will draw a name from their new subscribers to win their candy. Why subscribe? When you subscribe to a blog’s feed you will be notified every time there is a new post. You never have to miss out on any of the inspiration, fun or news.

I'm sharing projects made with the Dragonfly Dreams bundle. I love it. I've seen so many wonderful ideas, I hope to inspire you to create with this bundle.

Recently, someone on my team promoted so I wanted to make her a special card and box to hold a small gift. I found a tutorial from Linda Parker, using the Envelope Punch Board to make a two piece box and the delicate details dies. I was super happy with the results, and my teammate loved it too. We'll be making the set in my Stampin' Fun Class for Gift Giving on April 9. Here are a few more pics for you to enjoy.

And a coordinating card.

The dragonfly also makes some great cards!

My drawing will be held on Tuesday 4/11 and announced on Wednesday 4/12 so be sure you subscribe by then. I'll announce on a blog post the winner and mail your blog candy out right away! Thanks for hopping with us and remember to join us on the first Wednesday of the month for the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope I've inspired you a bit. For more inspiration, click HERE or the graphic to see what Terri Takashige has to share.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Party Animals, One Sheet Wonder. Remarkable Blog Hop

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today for The Remarkable Blog Hop,
I am excited to share with you my version of the One Sheet Wonder Technique.
What's that you may wonder?
It's a fun concept of cutting up one piece of Designer Series Paper to make lots of cards. For my take on the idea, I made 10 cards. I chose the Party Animal DSP and coordinating suite for my project. Aren't these cards super fun?

Let's get started! First up, we need to cut the paper!
Check out my quick video and look at the diagram for cutting instructions.

You'll end up with a lovely pile of perfectly cut up DSP.

Next, gather matching card stock for card bases and embellishments. Stampin' Up makes it so easy with all of their coordinating products. And of course we have a wonderful selection of stamp sets!

Next, separate everything out for each card. Back some of the DSP pieces with white or matching colors. Add variety by stamping your images and sentiments on circles, ovals, and squares. It's OK to do it your way, I'm just giving you some guidelines. Have fun and make it your own. If you want to try it my way, I'll email you a free PDF with individual pics of each card, email me at audramonk@yahoo.com to request yours.

Put them all together and you'll have a fun batch of cards for sending or gifting.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Remember it's the last two weeks of our Sale-A-Bration special! If you'd like some awesome free stuff, place an order before March 31. Contact me for more details.

For more inspiration, click HERE  or on the pic below to see what Linda has to share.

To see the previous blog, click HERE!
Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, Delicate Details

It's ICS Blog hop time! Our theme this month is One Last Sale-A-Bration, we wanted to showcase some of the Sale-a-Brations products before this great promotion ends on 3/31/2017. If your not familiar with the promotion it's spend $50 and receive one of the Sale-A-Brations products for free, spend $100 and get two and so on! These products are only available as gifts and only till 3/31 so don't delay order TODAY!

And wow! This Delicate Details stamp set is so beautiful. I have two cards to share with you. Both feature heat embossing in white. But they have a very different look.

This card uses the emboss resist technique. The lace stamps are stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed. Color is added using sponge daubers and ink. 
Check out the video below for a quick how to.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you have been inspired. For more inspiration, click HERE or the arrow below to see what Jen Guarino has to share.
Stay Crafty!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Remarkable Blog Hop, Succulent Garden Suite

It's time for the Remarkably Creative Blog Hop. We have lots of ideas to inspire you. Today, we're featuring the Succulent Garden Suite, or other products from the Occasions catalog and our Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Succulents are all the craze in home decor. And they are one of my favorite plants, as I am not so good with the keeping of plants. I have several I bought when we moved two years ago and I have't quite killed them yet.

Let's take a look at some fun things I made with Stampin' Up's Succulent Garden Suite. I used the Succulent Framelit Dies to make the coolest little paper plant! I kept things simple, making one succulent and attaching it with 3 glue dots to the top of a box.

Isn't it amazing? It's made out of paper!

You can cut out all six dies on one quarter sheet of paper.

I found that I liked the colors Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Rich Razzleberry for sponging. I wiped with my sponges from the center to the end on each petal. First with Old Olive, then with Crumb Cake. Then with Rich Razzleberry, I lightly sponged the petal tips. I used these same ink colors on both Old Olive and Mint Macron card stock. Then, using the bottom end of my piercing tool, with the plant pieces on a piercing/stamping mat, I circled it around a bit until the leaves popped up. I then glued the layers together using Tombo adhesive.

Now, we'll play a little with the Oh So Succulent stamp set and Designer Series Paper. This stamp set is for two step stamping. I'll show the cards and then I have a video for two step stamping.

Very pretty, I think. Here's a video with the basics for two step stamping:

Thanks so much for stoping by. I hope that you'll have fun using the Succulent Suite. I know I'm enjoying it and have plans for many more projects. Thanks for stopping by. Stay Crafty!

For more inspiration, click HERE or the pic below to see what Maria has to share.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, Sealed With Love

Hi Crafty Friends! It's the first Wednesday of the month, and I am now joining the Inspire, Create, and Share Blog Hop. This month we are featuring Valentine's Day projects.

Here's my card featuring the Sealed With Love stamp set. I've had a lot of fun making Valentine's Day cards. I just couldn't stop making them! I saw so many cute cards on Facebook and Pinterest that inspired me. In fact, I'm having a Valentine's card class today in the Crafty Corner. This is one of the cards we're making.

I also used the bright and cherry Sending Love Designer Paper and the Love Note Framelit Dies. I just love the cute little heart and that you can stick the arrow through. 

For more inspiration, click the next button or here to hop on over to Megan's blog!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sending Love Suite, Remarkable Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! Welcome back to our Remarkable Blog Hop. This month we are featuring the Sending Love Suite. I am loving the whole suite! What I'm sharing with you just the beginning I think.

First we'll start with the Valentine's card we'll be making in my Just Cards class this week.

I'm really happy with how it came out. Clean, bold, and lovely. But it definitely took a some work to get it there. I had the basic idea, but couldn't figure out how I wanted the sentiment (which is from a retired host set, but I still break it out every year. But I think the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes would work just fine) so I played around a bit and settled on embossing a top layer of black with the white embossing powder. Here's what my desk looked like in progress:

Keeping with the bold black, white, and red theme, here's my love banner.

This the before and after of my stamping desk. I've been meaning to decorate up the back for awhile and I finally got around to it.

My last project to share today is a bit softer. I used Pool Party, Crumb Cake, and Real Red.

I hope you've been inspired.
For further inspiration, click here to go to Linda Moore's blog.

And here's the whole line up:

Nancy Amato: http://stampinallnight.blogspot.com/2017/01/remarkably-creative-blog-tour-sealed.html 
Melissa Bolinger: http://creativeblessingsbymissy.blogspot.com/2017/01/january-2017-remarkably-creative-blog.html 
Arden Dougan: http://stampinarden.blogspot.com/2017/01/RCBT-January17.html 
Tracie Evans: http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traciesallaboutstamping/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/86481/entry/remarkably_creative_january_blog_tour 
Anne Matasci: http://wp.me/pCcBw-2gW
Heather Mathieson: https://inkyladybug.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/january-remarkably-creative-blog-tour
Audra Monk: http://thecraftyyogi.blogspot.com/2017/01/sending-love-suite-remarkable-blog-hop.html
Linda Moore: http://www.moorefunstamping.com/remarkably-sendi…-suite-blog-tour/ 
Maria Pane: http://stampinandscrappinwithriri.blogspot.com/2017/01/remarkable-stampers-blog-hop.html
Janet Wakeland: http://wp.me/pHIQD-aLK

Friday, January 6, 2017

An Occasion to Celebrate

It's my first blog post of the new year! I'll keep it short as I'm in full swing preparing for my Open House event coming up on Sunday the 8th of January. I'm excited to share Stampin' Up's new Occasions catalog with my local crafty friends. And I am excited to share some ideas here on my blog! If you'd like a catalog, let me know.

For my open house, I'll be offering four card designs to make, and here they are:

Aren't they lovely? They feature lots of new stamps and beautiful Designer Series papers from the Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure.
Let's take a closer look.

Lift Me Up

Lucky Elephant

Dragonfly Dreams

Big on Birthdays

There's really something for everyone!

The Lift Me Up bundle is one of my favorites, especially with the coordinating DSP that you can get for free from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. And you know how much I love Stampin' Up's DSP. I love it so much, I had to use it to make one of these cute easel calendars. 

I have two last things to share with you today. 
First, a preview for this month's Remarkable blog hop coming up on the 15th. We'll be featuring the Sealed With Love Suite. I made this banner to decorate my desk:

Very sophisticated, I think! So check back next week for all my sweet projects.

In closing, I'll share my Christmas scrapbook pages. I adore all our Project Life products. They make it so easy to make quick memory pages. I think I made these two pages in 10 minutes or less! That's my kind of scrapbooking.

I love all the traditional red and green this year!

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the new products available from Stampin' Up! I look forward to sharing more with you soon.
Stay Crafty!