Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Best Day Ever Happy Dance

Do free crafting products make you dance? 

I love to create things, and when I get free products to make them with, I do a little happy dance!

That's what happened when I received the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and the coordinating Best Day Ever Stamp set during Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration.

 (If I mix up Best Day Ever and Best Year Ever, please forgive me. Why couldn't they both have the same name to make it easier for confuzzled brains like mine to remember?)

I've already shown you some easy card samples with the Best Year Ever paper (on this Paper Pumpkin card, this Thank You card, and these two cards), so today I've used the Best Day Ever stamp set to create this card for you:

Isn't that a fun and easy card?
You get to choose the colors that make you happy, and stamp a pattern that makes you dance!

My choice was Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry.
What will YOU choose?
Here are all the supplies used to create this card today:

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Big Shot

Monday, February 23, 2015

PPA 240 You Brighten My Day!

You Light Up My Life & Brighten My Day!

On a gray winter day in Wisconsin, whose day couldn't use a little brightening? Today I played along with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA240) and this sketch:


Last week, as I was twiddling around an idea about how I could combine the sentiments I love from two different stamp sets, I saw this PPA sketch and decided to try it out. So here's what happened...

Bright yellow contrasted with winter gray.
A little cut with the paper trimmer.
Punch, punch, punch.
Add a little washi tape.

Will you brighten someone's day with a handmade card today?

Hope so.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Parts Produce Pretty Patterns

Take a few scraps and leftover pieces from Paper Pumpkin kits and put them together. Ta-da! A bright, pretty patterned card, full of hearts and love:

Hope that cheers you up on a cold winter day!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Have You Used Your Paper Pumpkin Pieces?

Use Every Piece of Your Paper Pumpkin!

Do you ever finish creating a kit and have some pieces left over? I'm always behind on putting my Paper Pumpkin kits together! Sometimes I'm not even sure which kit the parts came from :) So recently, I put together a card to clean up some leftovers on my table. It's fun to mix and match the pieces to come up with a card like this:

Love Notes

One of the kits I used is the from the Love Notes Paper Pumpkin, January 2014, including the fancy card base with the triangles cut out on the front. I added a Coastal Cabana and Summer Starfruit heart, the coordinating arrow border, and the XOXO sentiment. Then I stamped 'Love' in Soft Suede on the Kraft background.

You may recognize the little Calypso Coral heart between the man and woman as a scrap from the April 2014, Framed Love Paper Pumpkin. The kit was originally used to create a Mother's Day frame. 

Next I was searching for coordinating paper, and what did I find? The Best Year Ever paper from the Sale-a-Bration catalog, which I adore! Don't the colors go well together with this set? They look like they were meant to be together!

Real Life Journal

The man and woman wooden cutouts on this card are from the December 2013,  Paper Pumpkin - Real Life journal. With the Love stamp, and the tiny little hearts, this card could be used for any sweet occasion. Maybe a non-traditional valentine, a wedding card, or just an 'I love you' card.

Check Your Stash

Look around your craft room and see what you can combine together to come up with a new creation. With Paper Pumpkin kits, it's especially easy, since many of the parts are cut or punched for you, and some are just 'peel and stick'. How easy is that??

If you're not currently subscribing to Paper Pumpkin and you'd like to try it, I'd love to show it to you! Or you can go directly to the Paper Pumpkin link to get started.

More Inspiration

See more Paper Pumpkin samples on my Pinterest Paper Pumpkin board.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Spritzing Hooray It's Your Day

Spritz Your Cares Away!

After I played with the spritzer a couple of times, I was ready for my second spritzing adventure. (If you missed my first attempt, you can see it here). So I created a birthday card with the Hooray It's Your Day Simply Created kit and matching Hooray It's Your Day stamp set. So much fun!

Stencil It

The kit comes with two stencils, and lots of other products to create 20 cards, 5 each of four designs! Here's what's included:

The colors in the kit are Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Wild Wasabi. You can also use any of your favorite ink colors with the stencils and spritzers to create additional cards! 

Get Together With Friends to Create this kit!

Note that this kit is not an all-inclusive set, so you will need to have some ink pads and ink refills, a stamp set, adhesive and scissors to complete this project on your own. Better yet -  it's a great kit to make with your demonstrator and a group of friends. Just get the kit and have your demonstrator bring the additional supplies, then start creating!

The kit comes with two spritzers - yay! There are coordinating envelopes, die cut tags, wood cutouts, washi tape, baker's twine, and many other fun products to play with.

Birthday Girl

For this card, I used the stencil and a strawberry slush ink refill. I simply added about 15 drops of ink to the spritzer along with rubbing alcohol, and spritzed this matchbox fold card. You can vary the color by adding different combinations of ink, and change the color intensity by adding different amounts of alcohol, or water, to the spritzer. Try it out on a piece of scrap paper to test the color first.

After the ink dries, add a white banner from the kit, and stamp 'Birthday Girl' from the Hooray It's Your Day stamp set on it. If you like, you can stamp the little stars from the same set in Bermuda Bay. Next, add a little washi tape, the hello wood cutout (I used tombow glue for this), and a few sequins to create a cute card for the birthday girl!

What do you think? I love the color! Now, you try it and share what you create!
Happy stamping!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Thank You Best Year Ever

Sale-a-Brate with Best Year Ever

The 2015 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration catalog is full of products I love! One of my favorites is the Best Year Ever designer series paper that you can choose as a free product when your order of fabulous products from the Occasions or annual catalogs reaches $50 (before tax & shipping).

Today I have a simple cheery Thank You card to share, using Best Year Ever paper with the cute little Petite Petals stamps and punch, and the Cheers To Love stamp set:

Thank You So Much card

Color Combo

This paper has a great combination of colors: Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and Whisper White. This makes it super simple to change the color of your base card stock and coordinating ink color for your sentiment to create a whole set of cards for different occasions.

More Samples

Use these links to see a couple of other samples using this pretty paper for birthdays, weddings and new babies.

You Choose

Then see the supply list below for ideas to start your list of coordinating products so you can create all the cards you need for upcoming occasions. If your list totals $50 (before tax & shipping), you could choose this Best Year Ever paper as your free Sale-a-Bration item! Make your selections soon...Sale-a-bration ends March 31, 2015!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Creativity is for Everyone


“I’m not creative”. How many times have you heard someone say that?  

Yet, is it really true?  

The Creative Process

When someone makes that statement in reference to card-making, to me it means “I have not had the chance to play and explore enough to feel confident in using the products available and coming up with my own designs”.
Did you make your first card or your first art project completely on your own, with no instructions, and with materials you had never used before? If you did, were you overjoyed with the way it turned out?

The Learning Curve

Most of us have had the experience of being a bit intimidated when we’re asked to do something we haven’t done before, or when we’re asked to do a familiar process in a different way. There’s a learning curve that makes us uncomfortable. Until we’ve gone through the process a few times (or many times), we have to think about it each time, and maybe try different ways of doing it until it becomes our new routine. 


That’s part of the fun and excitement in life – trying new things, or trying old things in new ways! Challenging ourselves and exploring opportunities keeps things fresh. We try new recipes, new restaurants, new hobbies, etc. Sometimes we’re forced to do it because we’ve lost a recipe or our favorite restaurant closed. Sometimes we do it just because we want to shake things up.
I went through this learning curve the other day when I opened the Stampin’ Up! “Hooray It’s Your Day” Simply Created kit I received at Leadership Convention in Orlando last week.  The kit contains card bases, envelopes, die-cut accents, baker’s twine, cute star paper clips, washi tape, spritz masks, Stampin’ Spritzers, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  This is a great kit with several different card designs, and one is a gift card holder! You'll need to add a few additional items for this project, such as the coordinating Hooray It's Your Day stamp set and re-inkers.


Most of these products in the kit I had used many times before, but when I read the instructions and found out the first thing I needed to do was spritz the card with two colors of ink, I had a small panic moment.
“Spritz? I don’t really know how”, I thought. “How hard can it be?” was my next thought. Well, it turns out that it’s really easy to spritz, but a bit more difficult, but doable, to get the exact results you want.

Basically you put either water or rubbing alcohol in the spritzer and add a few (or a lot) of drops of ink, put the cover on, and shake it up to mix it. Then you spray (spritz) it on your project. Easy. 
The more difficult part is getting the exact color and spray effect that you want. This depends on your combination of ink and water/alcohol, as well as how much pressure you put on the spritzer and the distance between the spritzer and the project when you spritz it. If you spritz too much, you may end up with a blob, or the color may bleed through the cardstock. Too little, and you might not get the color or coverage you want (but you can always add a little more spritzing).

If you haven’t tried spritzing before, I suggest that you:
  • Cover your work area with scrap paper first.
  • Then watch this entertaining video by Brian Pilling to learn some tips. I tried to embed the video here, but the wrong video comes up when I do that!
  • Finally, get some Stampin’ spritzers and re-inkers. You don't have to have the kit in order to get started spritzing, but it is a fun one!
  • Point the spritzer at your project and spritz away!

 Here is my first spritzing attempt (before I watched the video):

The ink colors are Pretty in Pink (retired) on the right side, and Strawberry Slush on the left. As you can see, the color coverage is not uniform across the background pattern, but that’s OK.
Use scrap paper and just play around and experiment with your ink and water/alcohol mix until you get the color you want. Once you’re satisfied with the color mixture, test spray patterns to see what works best for you. Then, just go for it, and spritz your project!!!

Look for more spritzing samples that I'll be sharing in the next couple of days.

Happy stamping!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Still enjoying Orlando after Stampin' Up! Leadership Convention

Our Stampin' Up! Leadership Convention in Orlando ended yesterday and was outstanding! We learned a lot about Stampin' Up! products that we may not have had a chance to play with yet, (No matter how much time I have to play in my stamp room, it never seems like enough - Lol!) We also got a sneak peek at the next two Paper Pumpkins - so cute!

There was also plenty of information about how to keep our customers happy, so I hope all of you will benefit from that training in the near future :).

My hubby and I are still enjoying the warm Orlando weather, although it is very overcast today, with a chance of rain in the forecast. Our flight home last night got canceled, due to the Milwaukee airport being closed. I thought it was odd when I looked at the flight status on my phone an hour before our flight and it said the departure from Orlando was on time, but the arrival in Milwaukee was canceled.

Right after that the gate attendant announced that our flight wasn't going and that we should re-book. The earliest we can get out of here is tomorrow morning, and there's snow in the forecast in Milwaukee again tomorrow :(  I'm ready to go home now, so hope we can fly. Otherwise we may have to book a flight to a warmer destination. Cancun, anyone?