Friday, September 25, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the next stop on the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday blog hop.  We are featuring stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog for the upcoming winter season.  Many of you came here from Mickey's Blog and her wonderful Flurry of Wishes projects.  If you started here, don't worry, just follow the links at the bottom of this post to follow the hop.  It will circle back to the start so you won't miss a thing.  All of the stampers would love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment on our blog.  You can also visit the blog hop chat thread to find links to all the blogs and tell us what you loved about the hop.

I am featuring the Reason for the Season Stamp Set on page 31 of the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  It is a 10 piece two-step stamping set.  My first project features the two-step stamping technique.  I stamped the outline image in Momento Black Ink and then the watercolor images in Real Red and Mossy Meadow ink.  I cut out the image with my paper snips and attached it to the tag with a few dimensionals.  The tag was made with the Ornate Tag Topper and Banner Triple Punches.  I tied it to the bag with a piece of Metallic Bakers Twine and dressed it with a piece of the Real Red Pompom Trim in the Holiday Catalog.  I made the cup with the help of a video on YouTube.  If there is enough interest I will work on a written tutorial.

For my second project I have the other great feature of this stamp set.  There are three stamps that coordinate with the Festive Flower builder Punch to make a beautiful flower.  I used them to make a poinsettia.  There are so many ways to use the flower.  You can dress up and decorate just about anything.  I used it to dress up a frame from the dollar store.  I printed off a saying from online and covered the simple wooden frame with Basic Black cardstock.  The poinsettia is made with Real Red Ink on Real Red cardstock and Mossy Meadow Ink on Old Olive cardstock.  The center is Crushed Curry and a Pearl Accent.  There are dimensionals between the layers of petals.

My last project also uses the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  After the holidays you can use the punch to create flowers in any color for other occasions.  Since this is a Holiday Blog Hop I wanted to use it for winter without it being a typical poinsettia.  Don't you just love the Silver Glimmer Paper.  And the lovely Designer Series Print is from the Season of Cheer DSP.  The saying is also found in the Reason for the Season Stamp Set.

Thank you for stopping at my blog to check out my projects with the Reason for the Season Stamp Set.  I hope you found some inspiration for your holiday projects.  The next stop on the hop is Heidi's blog.  She is going to show you some great things with the Your Presents Stamp Set.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Promotion for Breast Cancer

To show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're going PINK . . . or at least our October boxes are! And because we know our subscribers want to share the love too, we will be making a donation on their behalf to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
Stampin' Up! will donate
  • $1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber.
  • Plus, an additional $1 for every new subscriber.

Together, we will make a difference!
Here's how you can help: 
  1. Subscribe! If you're new to Paper Pumpkin, click here to get started. Your first kit will arrive in a limited-edition pink box that you'll want to hold onto forever-and we'll donate $2 because you're new!
  2. Stay active if you're a subscriber so we can donate $1 for you. Only those who receive the October shipment will be counted for the donation.
  3. Spread the word! Help us get as many new subscribers as possible. Every current subscriber adds $1 and for new subscribers it's doubled, so let's get the word out and raise as much as possible.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Stampin' Addicts 2015 Holiday Catalog Fall Blog Hop

Hello hoppers!  Most of you just came from Tanya's Blog.  Wasn't that a cute stamp set?  So much fun and so many uses.  If you came here directly, don't worry, just follow the links on the hop and it will loop you all the way around back to here.  We love to hear from you about our hops and projects.  You can leave a comment on any of the stops or leave a comment on the discussion thread at Stampin' Addicts.

I am featuring the Sweet Hauntings Stamp Set (#139705) from page 47 of the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  I have had so much fun showing this stamp set on my blog last week and have 3 more projects just for this hop.  There are so many uses for this stamp set.  There are 3 images that fit the Note Tag Punch (#135860), 4 different potion bottles, and 2 sayings that tie everything together.  My family LOVES Halloween.  We enjoy having our friends (of ALL ages) over for a night of spooky food and fun.

First I have a great party invitation for you.  I stamped all of the potion bottles on the front of my card, then colored them in with various Stampin' Write Markers.  TIP:  I used my grid paper to line up all the stamps, then put them on one block so they will be straight when I stamp them.  Under the bottles is a piece of the bat print washi tape from the Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape (#139608).  I stamped one of the sayings from the stamp set in Cucumber Crush on the bottom.  A few quick tid bits to decorate the upper corner, my party information on the inside and I am ready to invite my guests.

I love to have cute little treats for my kids to take to school.  This is the medium size treat bag from the Gift Bag Punch Board (#135862).  NOTE: The size of the bag refers to the size of the bottom of the bag.  You can make the bag as tall or as short as you like to fit your treats.  Again I stamped several of the bottles at once on the bag, then put another print from the Washi Tape around the bag.  I made a simple topper for the bag.  I folded a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock in half and attached a Spider Web Doily (#139622) with a glue stick.  I wrapped the extra edges of the doily around the cardstock.  This is the other sentiment from the stamp set, stamped in Rich Razzleberry to match the bag.  The back of the topper is attached to the bag and I used a small bit of velcro to hold the front closed.  

For my party guests I have a treat basket.  I used my markers to color certain parts of the Note Tag shaped stamps.  They make cute tombstone images.  The center one was stamped again on cardstock and cut out to raise it up on dimensionals.  The basket was made with the Berry Basket Die (#137366) from the Annual Catalog.  I tied a piece of Rich Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon (#134564) around the top of the basket.  You can see a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock peaking through the slits near the bottom.  I took a 5-1/2" square piece of cardstock, scored it on all four sides at 1-1/4", folded on the score lines, made a few quick slits to shape it into an open box.  I punched a circle in the center of the insert to hold a cupcake.  
I know a picture would be great, but there was an "accident" with the cupcake.  You could of course fill the basket with a bag filled with candy or other treats.  

I hope you enjoyed my projects with the Sweet Haunting Stamp Set.  If you did, please leave me a message below before going to the next stop on the hop.  The next stop is Carmen with some Hall-O-Ween Treats.


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Haunting Fun Fold card

I have a fun card for you today.  The Sweet Haunting Stamp Set has 3 images that resemble tombstones.  So of course I had to make a little graveyard card.

Again, I used a marker to ink just the area I wanted.  Then I wrote in the space.  I first cut the oval in the Designer Series Paper.  I attached it to the card front and cut the oval from the Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  I have another bat made with the Sweetheart punch.  

When you open the card the Happy Halloween tombstone is layered on another print from the Happy Haunting DSP.  But where do you write your message without it showing through the oval?

Well you make it open one more time of course.  The Tangerine Tango panel fold open to reveal a large space for a message.

I hope you have been enjoying my Sweet Haunting projects.  I will be back on Friday with more as part of the Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog --Fall Blog Hop.  Many talented stampers will be sharing their creations with Fall/Halloween themed products from the Holiday catalog that comes out next week.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Quick Haunting Favor Boxes

I wanted to show up a few more of the prints in the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper.  What better way than with a quick project.

I made these boxes with the Gift Box Punch Board.  I used a 6x6 piece of cardstock to make a 1.75" box.  They are simply tied shut with a piece of ribbon.  I made the tags with the Sweet Haunting Stamp Set.  By using markers to color the stamp I was able to use just the decorative border on the stamp.  This let me write my own tombstone names on the tag.  Simple and fast for personalized classroom or party favors.

Thank you for joining me this week for a sneak peek at some Halloween themed products coming soon in the Holiday Catalog.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Boo Card

Many times when making a project I make some of the parts more than once.  For yesterday's doorknob banner I made the "BOO" pumpkins a couple times.  I didn't want the other one to go to waste, so I looked around on my desk for more things to use.  I found a Rich Razzleberry oval (from a project I have yet to share) and the following card was born.

I am in love with the Happy Haunting DSP (#139584).  The prints are so much fun.  The bat was made with the Sweetheart Punch (#133786).  I punched out a heart then moved the punch up to cut out just the top part to look like wings.  The grass at the bottom is done with the Fringe Scissors (#133325).  This would make a great card for your child's teacher or grandchildren who live far away.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BOO Banner

I know it is only August, but I am on a major Halloween kick.  I can't wait for real fall weather to get here, go pick some pumpkins and put up my outdoor decorations.  I was looking at the Spider Web Doilies I have used the last two days and thought about how to use them on a banner.  I decided not to go with a long spelled out banner, but more of a door knob hanger.  This would go along great with the "You've Been Boo'd" neighbor treats.

Stampin' Up! reconfigured the Build-A-Banner Kit this year.  I really like the new shapes to the banner pieces and they have added some templates to sponge decorative edges on them.  Here is the scalloped edge banner with the dotted template.  I used a Sponge Dauber to apply the Rich Razleberry ink to the banner piece.  The "BOO" is done with the Layered Letters Stamp Set.  I used a Stampin' Write Marker to draw on the pumpkin stems before cutting out the piece with my scissors.  I attached the doily and "BOO" to the banner with some Multi-purpose Glue.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Candy Bar Halloween Treat

I have another project today with the Sweet Haunting Stamp Set.  Just like the title of the stamp set, this project is sweet.  One of the Note Tag Punch shaped stamps in the set says "DEATH BY CHOCOLATE", so of course we need a chocolate treat.  How about a full size Hershey bar?  I can think of lots of people who would want one of these everyday.

I first wrapped the chocolate bar with another piece (5-1/2" x 5-1/2") from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper.  The new Tear and Tape adhesive is wonderful for holding bent papers closed.  This is the other half of the Spider Web Doily from yesterday's project.  I then layered a 1/2" strip of Rich Razzleberry on the bottom and put a couple pieces behind the Tangerine Tango tag piece.  (Exciting New Product Coming--The black ink is a new Archival Black Ink Pad.  Stamps a true black color for those who have been getting a purple tint from our standard Basic Black Classic Ink Pad).  There is a long piece of Black Stitched Satin Ribbon that loops around the candy bar to pull it out of the sleeve.   

Here is the set of projects together.  I love how you can cut the Spider Web Doilies into two pieces to get even more projects and still have a good size impact on your project.  I forgot to mention you get 24 of those doilies in a pack for only $4.50.  What a deal for making a classroom full of treats.  Cut them in half and get two classes of treats for your kids.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Sweet Hauntings

We don't normally start to think about Halloween too much in August, but it is fast approaching.  As always, Stampin' Up! is here to help.  September 1, 2015 is the start of the new Holiday Catalog and there are LOTS of new things just for the fall season.  So how about a sneak peek?

Sweet Hauntings is a new 9 piece stamp set coming out.  There are 3 images that fit the Note Tag Punch, 2 sayings and 4 bottles of spooky brews.  It is the ultimate set for your quick party treats.  The tag punch images can be punched out and then attached to any box or bag filled with goodies.  Add in the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper, Washi Tape, and Spider Web Doilies and you have endless possibilities.

Today I have a simple card using one of the Note Tag images.  The patterns in the DSP are too cute.  I just love the little crows atop of the tombstones and the little jack-o-lantern faces are too cute hiding in the print.  I cut a Spider Web Doily in half and glued it on with a glue stick.  I used a Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry and Tangerine Tango marker to ink the stamp.  I punched it out and trimmed it close to the lines, so it could be layered on the shape punched from Rich Razzleberry. The Razzleberry strip across the card is one of the Washi Tape patterns.

This card would be great for a party invitation or to accompany a gift for a co-worker or neighbor.  Be sure to check back all week for more ideas for your Halloween projects.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Creativity or Chaos?

I recently got my pre-order from the upcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  I have a blog hop quickly approaching to showcase some of the Halloween/Fall items in the catalog.  I sat down today and created 7 projects with the stamp set I selected to showcase.  3 of the projects will be used for the blog hop on September 28th.  While I am not yet ready to share any of the projects, I did think you would like this photo that highlights how I work.  Do you think this leads to creativity or feelings of chaos?

I don't think you can see in the photo, but on the right side of my grid paper (under the heart punch) is a list of ideas I jot down for a stamp set (which is on the left side of the photo).  I start with the idea I have the clearest idea for in my head.  In this case it happened to be a gift bag with the Gift Bag Punch Board (now buried on the left side of the photo under all my marker cases).  If I am making more than one project with a stamp set and color pallet I tend to leave things on my stamp table.  I was using one of the new Designer Series Paper Packs from in the upcoming catalog (do you see it?).  I also played a bunch with the Spider Web Die Cuts and Washi Tape (I spy with my little eyes).  If you look careful at my table you will see some hints as to the projects I have coming soon (I see a sweet treat and a kit project).

I will be back next week to share some of the projects with this cute Halloween stamp set.  Until then, I would love to hear about your process for creating.  Are you a messy area person or do you prefer a clean area?

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

July Paper Pumpkin

I can't say enough how wonderful I think Paper Pumpkin is.  Last month's project was no exception.  The July 2015 kit came with supplies to make 8 cards with the "Thanks a Latte" theme.

Let me know what is stopping you from becoming a subscriber.
*Are you worried that you are not crafty enough?  Let me assure you that anyone can do this.  There are step by step instructions (with photos) in every kit.  Paper Pumpkin even has their own YouTube channel to show you how to put your projects together.
*Are you worried you won't have the time to put it together?  Trust me it doesn't take long.  30 minutes and you will have a completed project.  You can also join my on the 4th Friday of the month and hang out while we put our kits together.  I mean, who doesn't want a Friday night out with friends.
*Are you worried you won't like the projects?  Change it up a bit.  Each month I post several alternate projects with the contents of my kit and few supplies lying around my craft area.

Here is one of the alternate cards I made with my kit this month.

To see the other projects, become a subscriber, select me as your demonstrator and I will send you an invite to my Pumpkin Patch on Facebook.  I post all of my alternate ideas each month there.

Reminder:  If you are new to Paper Pumpkin and Subscribe by September10th you will receive 50% off your first two months.  Simply use the promo code "HALFOFF" when you subscribe at

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

"Thank You" Workshop Cards--Day 2

Yesterday I share a couple of the cards from a private workshop I had last week.  Here are the last two cards we made.

I turned to the catalog for inspiration on the next card.  I found this card on page 17 in the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog.  If you used the Happy Patterns Decorative Masks (#138313) you will get wonderfully spaced dots.  With 10 people rotating through the card making stations, I didn't want to be cleaning the mask between stampers.  Instead we used the eraser on a standard pencil.  I labeled each pencil for the color of ink used.  We used 5 colors from the Subtles Collection.  Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, and Wisteria Wonder.

The last card uses my new favorite background stamp Watercolor Wash (#138704).  We inked the stamp in Mint Macaron and stamped it on the Whisper White Note Cards (#131527). The die cuts are from the NEW Greetings Thinlets (#138275) and the NEW Bold Butterfly Framelits (#138135).

I had a wonderful time with her team.  If you would like to have a workshop with your group, please contact me.  It can be a church group, a scout group or any group who would love to give handmade cards to someone.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"Thank You" workshop cards

As I mentioned last week, I had the pleasure of doing a workshop for a long time friend of mine.  She is a consultant for Tastefully Simple and asked me to make thank you cards with her team.

We made 5 cards.  I used a past Paper Pumpkin Kit for the first card.  Remember as a subscriber you can order past kits.  The second card was a pinwheel card.  Here is the original one I posted a couple months back.  This time we made the card using the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper (#138445).

The third card was a twist on a previous card I shared in June.  The original card had stamped images from the Bohemian Borders stamp set.  This time we used the Bohemian Designer Washi Tape (#138386).

Check back tomorrow for the other two cards we made.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

August Card Shoppe

This Friday is the next date for my Card Shoppe Class.  Guests will make 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs) with envelopes for only $15 or free with a minimum purchase.  The sentiments can be changed to reflect your card giving needs.  This class is offered at two times on Friday.  You can choose 1:00-3:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm.  Both classes are held in my stamp studio.

I have created a Facebook event page for this class.  If you are in the Lawton/Fort Sill area you are welcome to attend.  Feel free to share the event with your SW Oklahoma friends.

Message me with any questions about this class or my other Stampin' Up! class offerings.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Thank You Workshop Fun

I had a great time last night.  A good friend of mine is a consultant for Tastefully Simple.  She has a fantastic team she works with and asked me to come to her team meeting and help them make thank you cards.  I love meeting new people and showing them the love of stamping a handmade card.  There is just something extra special about a handmade card vs. one you buy in the store.  Each person made 5 different cards.  We had stations set up throughout her home for everyone to work on each card.

Here are some of her team members hard at work on their projects.

Of course we had to take a group photo at the end of the evening.  Thank you Regan and your wonderful team.  I truly enjoyed myself and look forward to doing it again.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Getting Ready for a Workshop

Sorry, I don't have any new projects to show today.  I have a private workshop for a long time friend this evening.  I have been putting together project packets, little gifts and incentives for all of her guests.  Here is a photo of my stash all packed up to take to her home.

Tomorrow I will start sharing projects from her workshop.  

To schedule your own private workshop with family and friends, simply send me an email.  You can also check out my upcoming classes on my Demonstrator Website Calendar.  

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Alternate Design

With the Paper Pumpkin 50% off promotion going on I wanted to share a few things for those who might be wondering what you really get.

Here are the original projects from June 2015.  My Paper Pumpkin box came with enough supplies to make 4 of each of the 2 different projects.  You receive step by step instructions with photos to help you assemble your kit.  Paper Pumpkin even had their own YouTube channel where they post videos about each month's kit.

Paper Pumpkin comes with EVERYTHING you need to create that month's project.  You get ink, stamps and all the consumable supplies.  On occasion you may need some snail or liquid glue adhesive, but Paper Pumpkin comes with dimensionals and glue dots when needed.

The best part is you can still do the projects your way.  Change the sentiment or layout.  Switch it up a little and have fun.  Or just sit with your box at your local coffee shop and enjoy some time to yourself.  These are just two of the alternate projects I made with my June 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I post more ideas in my Pumpkin Patch for subscribers who select me as their demonstrator.

Have you seen other Paper Pumpkin Projects that you liked but missed out on?  As a subscriber you can order refills (just consumable supplies) and full kits (including stamps) of many of the past kits.  You can see what is available in my SU! Online Store HERE.

Do you still have questions about Paper Pumpkin?  Leave a comment here or email and I will happily answer them for you.
Are you ready to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin?  Go to to subscribe.  Use the Promo Code HALFOFF before September 10, 2015 and receive 50% off your first two months.  Be sure to Select Kathleen Brill in Lawton, OK as your demonstrator to take advantage of my Pumpkin Patch and alternate ideas.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Paper Pumpkin 50% Off Promotion

If you've never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time-get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you'll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try too!

Offer Dates: July 23-September 10, 2015

Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You need to visit to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).
You can cancel your subscription at any time.  All subscribers who designate me (Kathleen Brill of Lawton, OK) as their demonstrator will receive an invitation to my Pumpkin Patch, where I share alternate projects made with the monthly kit.  Subscribers local to the Lawton, OK area are also invited to attend my Paper Pumpkin event and put together their kits with my group.  There is no additional charge for the Pumpkin Patch or Paper Pumpkin Local Group.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Celebrating 500 Posts with the 555 Special!

I was looking at some of the stats on my blog and realized I just passed 500 posts on my page.  #500 was the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop.  YEAH!!

To Celebrate, I am offering the 555 Special.
That breaks down into
500 posts + $50 order + $5 Prize = Happiness for everyone!

For the next 5 days (ends at 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 2, 2015) if you place an online order of $50 or more (before tax & shipping), I will send you one of the $5 prizes of your choice from the list below.  Want more than one prize?  No problem.  Order $100 and I will send you two, $150 and I will send you three.

Per Stampin' Up! policy this is only available to my US Customers.  This offer is not a promotion by Stampin' Up! and only offered from me for a short time.

How to claim your prize:
Step 1:  Place an order in my ONLINE STORE for $50 or more (before tax & shipping).
Step 2:  Email me with you selection from the list below.
Step 3:  Wait for the Big Brown Truck to bring your Stampin' Up! products.
Step 4:  Check your mailbox for the special prize from me.

List of Prizes (all valued at $5)
Sequin Trim is available in Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Gold or Silver
1/8" Ribbon is available in Gold or Silver

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Feel Goods Stamp Set--Final Day

I have enjoyed sharing the Feel Goods Stamp Set with you this week.  I have one last card to show you.  This card was a Plan B design.  I originally wanted to show you a new technique today, but it was just not cooperating.  So this is a twist on that technique.  It is also simple, so if you  need a card in a flash this is one for you.

I took my Circle Framelits and cut the 4 smallest shapes out of a piece of transparency.  I then laid the transparency onto a Whisper White Note Card and sponged several circles in So Saffron.  I modes the sheet around and sponged circles in Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder.  I tried to overlap several and have some hanging off the page.  The final sentiment from the Feel Goods Stamp Set is stamped in Momento Black Ink.  I then added a piece of Calypso Coral Thick Bakers Twine and some Rhinestone Accents to finish of the note card.  These cards are wonderful.  You get 20 Note Cards and Envelopes in the package.  Being slightly smaller than a standard card (5" x 3-1/2") they are perfect for a quick thank you or simple note to anyone.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Feel Goods Stamp Set--Day 4

Sunshine and Rainbows!  They just go together.  Have you checked out Pals Paper Arts yet?  They have helped me a lot this week.  We all get into those little ruts of not knowing where to start.  The sketches have been a great tool for me.  Here is the sketch for today's project.  It was posted back in October 2014.  Again, it had a large area for my sentiment and the horizontal strips played perfect for my Sunshine and Rainbows thinking.

First, I knew I wanted more than 4 horizontal strips.  I went straight to my brights and pulled the colors of my rainbow.  A little bit of math and I cut 5"x 4" strips of each color.  I then pulled the coordinating markers to color my stamp.  I used the font within the stamp to decide how to color the words.  To dress up the sentiment I cut it out with the Deco Labels Framelits (#130102).  

I laid the sentiment down and decided it needed a border.  Since the Daffodil Delight strip would be cover the most I cut a Daffodil mat the next size larger from my Deco Label Framelits.  It still needed a little something and what goes better with Sunshine and Rainbows than some flowers in bloom.  I punched them out with my Itty Bitty Punch Pack (#133787) and embellished them with a few Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247).  

I hope this card has brightened your day.  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back tomorrow for my final Feel Goods project of the week.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Feel Goods Stamp Set--Day 3

Today is sweet and simple.  I recently sent several cards out in the mail.  I had some cute little buttons on them and a few layers that made the envelope somewhat bulky.  The post office had to charge me additional so they could be hand fed.  Not a big deal, except I mailed over 20 of them.....adds up over time.
This card, inspired again by a Pals Paper Arts Sketch, was purposely made without the frills so it could be mailed easily.  The card is fairly straight forward, but I will give one note.  The white panel with the sentiment is longer than you see.  I left a space between the Navy strip and the Cucumber DSP to slide the white panel into.  This way I could line up the panel with the edge of the card.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Feel Goods Stamp Set--Day 2

Today I continue my showcase of the Feel Goods Stamp Set with the help of the talented ladies at Pals Paper Arts.  Again I used one of their weekly sketches.  This one from November 2014.  What prompted me to go back so far on their site and use this sketch?  They have a link on their sidebar to all of their challenges.  I then copied and pasted them into a word document.  When I had a few pages full of sketches I stopped and printed them out.  They sit on my work table as a reference for those moments I don't have the brain power to think of a layout.  Here is the sketch I used. 
Again, I looked for a sketch that had a large area for the sentiments in this stamp set.  I then picked my pattern paper to go in the background.  I wanted something that had a softer shade color to use for my sentiment area.  I picked the English Garden Designer Series Paper (#138440) and Mint Macaron for my stamping area.  I chose two other colors from the DSP for the horizontal strip.  I went with Hello Honey and Whisper White, then punched the 3/4" strips with my Triple Banner Punch (#138292).  
Now I needed something to dress up the card a little.  I pulled out all the ribbons that matched the colors in the DSP.  I laid each one down on my card until I found one that I liked.  The Blushing Bride Sequin Trim (#138400) worked nicely with the Blushing Bride card base.  I put a mini glue dot on my last sequin and fold it over to the second sequin.  Doing this at both ends helps to keep it from unraveling.  I attached it to the card with several mini glues dots spaced about 1-1/2" apart.  

I picture this card with a small bouquet of flowers to celebrate the latest accomplishment in your friends life.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Feel Goods Stamp Set--Day 1

I spent the last two weeks doing more activities with my family.  Now I am back with another stamp set of the week.  This time I have the stamp set Feel Goods (Wood #131916, Clear #129684).  I really like the saying in this set.  There is so much meaning in them and when you give someone a card they will certainly Feel Good.

I would like to thank the lovely ladies at Pals Paper Arts for the sketch that inspired my card today.  The layout was on their website back in May.  They have a weekly sketch or color combination for inspiration.  Their team of artists show many great projects using that weeks inspiration.  This sketch caught my eye for using with the larger saying stamps in my collection and was perfect for the Feel Goods stamp set.

 The color combination is bright with Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Tempting Turquoise.  The pattern paper is from the Brights Color Collection (#138434).  I used my Project Life Corner Punch (#135346) on the 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" sentiment layer.  After stamping the sentiment in Momento Black Ink (#132708), I used my Paper-Piercing Tool and Pierce Mat around the sentiment layer.  A quick piece of 1/4" Cotton Melon Mambo Ribbon and it is done.  I encourage you to send a card to someone special.  Remind them that they are one of the best things in your life and make them Feel Good.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

It's Blog Hop Time with the Stampin' Addicts!!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the new Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 Catalog.  The Stampin' Addicts have put together a blog hop to showcase some of the newest stamp sets available.  You may have come from Rhonda's Blog, The Stampin' Bunny, or you may have started here.  Either way don't worry, the hop will loop you back to the beginning.  Just follow the links below and you will see everyone's projects.  If you would like to see all the links or chat about the hop, you can go to the discussion thread on Stampin' Addicts HERE.  Now on to my projects.......

I am featuring the From Land to Sea stamp set on page 83 in the catalog.  I immediately fell in love with the turtle.  It reminds me of the Hawaiian Honu.  The Honu is the Hawaiian symbol for luck, endurance, and a long life.  After stamping the image in Momento Black ink, I colored mine with Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Crumb Cake markers.  I chose the Decorative Dots embossing folder to resemble the spots on the turtles body.

Next, I have the swordfish stamp.  It just called out "I caught a fish THIS BIG!".  I can picture it mounted on a fisherman's wall.  It makes a perfect masculine image.  I layered my image several times to give it the feeling of being mounted on the wall.  He is colored with a Smokey Slate marker.  The Silver 1/8" Ribbon gives the card that little prize winning touch without taking away the masculine feel of the card.

The Boat Wheel image has always been a fun nautical image.  I love the idea of being out on the open sea steering a boat, just being calm with my thoughts.  I have had the Typeset Specialty Designer Paper in my stash for awhile now and it just called out to me for this project.  The Mini Treat Bags are so easy to make with the thinlets die.  I wrapped my bag with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock before adding my tag.  The stamp set has a jellyfish image.  Do you see it?  I turned it over and used the tentacles to make the seaweed at the bottom of the tag and insert.

Lastly, I have the lighthouse stamp.  Lighthouses shine their beacons to help ships find their way home.  When I see one it makes me think of a loved one on the shore waiting for their sailor to come home.  I used sponges and several shades of blue and green to create the see and land.   The sky is done with Soft Sky pounced to give a cloudy look.  The sand is Hello Honey.  Of course the beacon is shining to help guide our loved ones home and the sentiment sends my feelings to the person who is far from me.  I wish this picture was hanging on my wall, so I framed out the area with the Hardwood background stamp.  I cut out the center of the frame so it sits on top of the image area.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects with the From Land to Sea stamp set.  I love to receive comments, so please leave one below.  The next stop on the hop is sure to brighten your day.  Yapha is featuring the You're Sublime stamp set.


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