Tuesday, July 16, 2019

It's All About the DSP, Volume 2 Tutorial

Hi Crafty Friends!
I'm back with more DSP fun. Today I have three more DSP design styles to share and a tutorial video with lots of tips. I used the Come Sail Away DSP.



First up is the Open Space card. That's what I call a card where you just use the DSP for just part of the card. I used the coordinating Sailing Home stamp set and dies and the High Seas 3D embossing folder. This is a fun style that uses just a little bit of DSP.


Next up is what I like to call a panel card. In this style of card, we cut the DSP apart and mount it with little spaces in between. I'm still using the Come Sail Away DSP, stamp sets used are Woven Heirlooms and Country Road.




Last up is a quick and easy card that uses a medium sized strip of DSP.


You can take a closer look at the cards in this video tutorial.



Thanks so much for checking out my post today. 
I hope you have a great time making fun cards using DSP.
Questions or comments, let me know! I'd love to help you with your crafting.
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Stay Crafty!
Audra







Friday, July 12, 2019

A Summertime Sampler

Hi Crafty Friends!
It is time to celebrate Summer, and I am looking forward to spending a week with our family at the beach soon. I was totally inspired by the east coast beaches that I love in the creation of this project.



Measurements in inches:
Whisper White, 9 x 9
Bermuda Bay, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2
Pineapple Punch, 8 1/8 x 8 1/8
Sahara Sand, 8 x 8

Long rectangle: Sahara Sand, 2 x 2 (tear into strips), Whisper White, 2 1/4 x 7 1/2, Granny Apple Green, 2 3/8 x 7 5/8
Medium rectangle: Whisper White, 2 x 4 1/2, Sahara Sand, 2 1/4 x 4 3/4, Costal Cabana, 2 3/8 x 7 5/8
4 squares: Whisper White, 2 x 2, Sahara Sand, 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, and Pineapple Punch, 2 3/8 x 2 3/8

I put the project in a 9 x 9 Belmont shadow box frame from Michael's Craft Store.


Stamp sets used: Sailing Home, and Colorful Seasons, and the sand is from Seaside Notions. The sand is stamped in Sahara Sand, the birds and lighthouse in Soft Suede, and the sea grass in Crumb Cake.


I used Colorful Seasons (the Stamparatus is a lifesaver here!) and Seaside Notions. The Calypso Coral star is from the Under the Seas dies.


This part might be my favorite. I love the shells from Seaside Notions, we don't often find full shells on our east coast beaches now, but we love them in our decorating, I stamped them on Shimmery White with Sahara Sand and then gave them a quick color with our Blender Pens using the ink from the top of the ink pads. I used Pineapple Punch, Calypso Coral, and Coastal Cabana.


I used the retired Large Letters dies for the letters. I've accented the whole piece with the Iridescent Sequin Assortment.

I hope you feel a bit inspired to enjoy some beachy decor, and that you can create some yourself.


If you'd like to purchase some of our lovely stamp sets or paper, you can do so at my online shop: audramonk.stampinup.net.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
Happy Crafting!
Audra








Tuesday, July 9, 2019

It's All About the DSP, Volume 1 Tutorial

Hi Crafty Friends!!
I am very excited to share volume 1 of my DSP tutorials. I love Stampin' UP DSP (that's Designer Series Paper, it's our artist created printed paper). It's a great weight, and perfect for all kinds of projects. Volume 1 covers the basics for using DSP in card making. I'll share pictures and info first and then there is a tutorial video, you can watch it here or on YouTube.



I love using DSP to make quick and cute cards. Often you can do just a little stamping, like for the sentiment, and add a few extra bits of paper and voila, you have some great cards. For these cards, I used the Pressed Petals Speciality DSP, #149500.

Pressed Petals DSP


Card1, in two different ways. Both use the Daisy Lane and Painted Glass stamp sets.
Measurements in inches and info for both cards:

Sympathy card:
Mossy Meadow, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (card base, fold in half)
DSP, 4 x 5 1/4, Whisper White (card for stamping) 2 1/2 x 4, Mossy Meadow, 2 5/8 x 4 1/8

Birthday card:
Pear Pizzaz, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (card base, fold in half)
Crumb Cake, 4 x 5 1/4, DSP 3 3/4 x 5, Very Vanilla (card for stamping) 2 1/2 x 4, 
Pear Pizzaz, 2 5/8 x 4 1/8

Card 2 in two different ways. Both use the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and 
the 1 1/2 inch Punch and Pretty Label Punch.
Measurements in inches for both cards:

Birthday card:
Night of Navy, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (card base, fold in half)
Whisper White, 4 x 5 1/4, DSP, 3 7/8 x 5 1/8, cut at 2 inches

Thank you card:
Soft Suede, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (card base, fold in half)
Whisper White, 4 1/8 x 5 3/8, DSP, 4 x 5 1/4, cut at 2 inches

Card 3. Sentiment from the Seaside Notions stamp set. I used the Stitched Shapes dies and the Layered Ovals dies. The oval is sponged with Crumb Cake. The flower is from the Petals washi tape.

Measurements:
Crumb Cake, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (card base, fold in half)
DSP, 4 x 5 1/4, Crumb Cake, 3 x 4 1/4, DSP, 2 7/8 x 3 7/8

Want video instruction? Here you go! This class was a Facebook Live. There is a bit of a glitch at about minute 25, so don't mind my bit of flusterness (that's not really a word, but I'm using it anyway) there.



This is the first in a series, I'm thinking there will be at least two more installments. I love crafting with DSP and there are so many fun ways to use it!

Want to get your paper and other supplies at a discount? Join my team! Stampin' Up has an extra deal going on now until August 31. Get $155 in product (a make your own starter kit) for $99 (plus tax) with free shipping. Or, for the month of July, shop and get coupons to redeem in August. It's a pretty cool time to shop for some of the best paper crafting supplies around. See all the info here: audramonk.stampinup.net or contact me for more info.

Stay Crafty!
Audra











Thursday, June 27, 2019

A Little Smile, A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends!
It's A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop time. 


This month's kit is so fun! The kit makes 16 cute little cards, perfect for tucking a tip or gift card into, or great for a small note. They're extra cute as they feature a fun beachy theme.


There's even a little pouch to tuck them into and keep them safe in your bag.
I have a longtime friend with a June birthday. She loves the beach! So I though it would be the perfect thing to make her a card and gift with the items in the kit.


I love these projects and I am sure she will too! I love the little framed art piece so much it's going to be very hard to part with...I'm thinking I'll figure out how to make something similar for myself.


Measurements in inches for the framed piece:
Frame is 5 x 7
Crumb Cake, 5 x 7
Early Espresso, 4 1/8 x 5 5/8
Whisper White, 4 x 5 1/2
2 card fronts, cut off and cut in half, 1 1/8 x 3 1/2
Other products used:
Lined Alphabet stamp set, stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake, Layering Alphabet dies. Well Written dies (love), and Iridescent Sequins.




I added extra card stock to make a full size card.
Measurements:
Crumb Cake, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (fold in half, card base) and 3 7/8 x 5 1/8
Whisper White, 4 x 5 1/4 and 2 5/8 x 5 1/8
Coastal Cabana (isn't that the best color name ever?) 2 1/4 x 5 1/8
From 2 of the card fronts, 1 1/2 x 2 1/4


I used some of the included stamps to accent the sentiment (from a past Paper Pumpkin kit) on the inside. I stamped off once to get a softer color.


I'm pretty sure my friend is really going to enjoy getting this package in the mail.

These Paper Pumpkin kits are so fun as is and for creating new and different things. You'll definitely want to subscribe by July 10 for next month's kit. It's nautical themed and makes full size cards, while coordinating with 3 different suites in the annual catalog. You can go to https://www.paperpumpkin.com to subscribe. If you don't already have a demonstrator, choose me when checking out.

For more inspiration with this month's kit, clock on the names below.














Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Celebration of Small Town America Sampler Project

Hi Crafty Friends!
My summer has started off busy and full in a good way, but it sometimes puts crafting on the back burner. Which is sometimes frustrating as there is so much fun summer stuff to craft! Today I am sharing my July sampler. My in studio class is usually the last 4th Wednesday of the month, so we make a project to display for the following month. And I love this one!


Measurements in inches:
Whisper White: 9 x 9
Night of Navy: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2
Real Red: 8 1/4 x 8 1/4
Balmy Blue: 8 x 8
Medium Rectangle: Balmy Blue, 2 x 4 1/2, Night of Navy, 2 1/4 x 4 3/4, Real Red, 2 3/8 x 4 7/8
Small Squares: Balmy Blue (1) and Whisper White (2) 2 x 2, Night of Navy (4) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, Real Red (4) 2 3/8 x 2 3/8


Aren't these daises so cute? They are so fun to make! The red and blue paper is from the See a Silhouette DSP and Whisper White, I used the new Medium Daisy Punch. Each flower uses 2 punched flowers and the centers are Daffodil Delight punched with the 1/2 inch punch and sponged with the same color. I used the Swirls and Curls embossing folder on the Balmy Blue pieces. I used the new Hand-Lettered Prose dies to cut out the USA which are popped up with Foam Strips. The fireworks come from the Birthday Background stamp set, I colored on the red rubber stamp with our Stampin' Write markers (don't use Blends!). I added Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels to make them sparkly.


This gazebo is so cute! I used the Bokeh Dots stamp set for the fireworks behind the gazebo and the Pretty Pavilion bundle for the gazebo and it's accessories. The gazebo is stamped in Soft Suede, and the plant is stamped in VersaMark and embossed in white and then colored with Blender Pens. The red bunting uses the See a Silhouette DSP. The fireworks on the Balmy Blue background are just like the ones on the white square.


I love this truck from the Ride with Me bundle! I stamped it in Momento and colored it with Stampin' Blends in Night of Navy (it looks super cute in Real Red too!) and then fussy cut it out. I used the coordinating die for the balloons. The sweet little dog is from the You Always Deliver set. He's stamped in Momento ink and colored in Soft Suede Stampin' Blends.


You'll need your punches for this square. I used the Starburst punch, the 2 inch punch, and the 1 1/2 inch punch. The sentiment is from the Ride with Me stamp set. Use lots of Dimensionals in your layers here.


Add a row of the cute little daises to the bottom.


I love these 9 x 9 shadow box frames from Michael's, they come in all colors.



Thanks so much for checking out my blog. If you need a catalog or a demonstrator, let me know as I'd be happy to help. 
You can shop 24/7 on my website, audramonk.stampinup.net. If you make one, let me know!
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or Instagram, @audramonk.

Stay Crafty!
Audra

The dog (Lissa) and I on a car ride to Granny's house in North Carolina.


We made a stop in downtown Wilmington at Boombalatti's for ice cream.

















Wednesday, June 5, 2019

ICS Blog Hop Introducing the NEW 2019-2021 In Colors

New colors! Colors are such a fun thing. And Stampin' Up knows color. Each year they do a two year release of five super trendy fun colors to complement our core color families. And each year I am excited to be inspired by the SU designers. Although I will admit, I am sometimes sad to see some of the previous ones go. But let's explore our new colors! The ICS team is sharing projects using the new 2019-2021 In-Colors.


I just hosted my in studio Open House event and of course I had to show off our new In-Colors. I had lots of crafty friends come over and they loved the new colors. 




I feel it's a nice variety of colors. I designed a cute card using the new Above the Clouds Bundle and they could choose which color they wanted to create with.


Do you have a favorite? I can't decide! Here's a close up of one of the cards.


The balloon was stamped on Watercolor Paper with Stazon ink and then colored with re-inker and our Aquapainter. 

At my Open House events, I like to give lots of little gifts and samples. While the super cute box doesn't show off the new In-Colors on the outside, it does on the inside!




Each guest received a mini covered post it note pad, some covered chocolates, and a "spool" sample of our new In-Color ribbon.



These notepads feature the new In-Color card stock as well as the new In-Color DSP. 
I used the DSP on the hot air balloon cards too. Here's a close up of the new ribbon.



And lastly, I always make everyone an In-Color bookmark. They're great to tuck into your catalog.


I punched out the butterflies using the carry over Butterfly Duet Punch. Just a warning, the butterflies and bits will go flying if you are punching lots of them!


I had to clean them up pretty quick as my sweet dog Lissa has a fondness for SU paper.

You should definitely check our the SU website and take a look at the new In-Colors. If you don't have a demo already, feel free to look here: audramonk.stampinup.net
If you need a catalog, let me know.

For more inspiration, click HERE or the next arrow below to see what the lovely Deb Naylor has to share.



It's so fun crafting with friends, here's a pic of lots of the crafty friends who came to join me this past Sunday for the Open House.


And here's a pic of Lissa and I snuggling for a bit after everyone left.


Have such a great time with your crafting and I'll see you next time!
Stay Crafty!
Audra