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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lovely as a Tree Vintage Post Card

For Today's card I decided to bring out a couple of my old favorites,
Lovely As A Tree and the Post Card stamp set.

My design all started with a conversation at one of my last classes...

I asked the attendees 3 questions

1. Are you a traditional Christmas Colors stamper or do you 
    occasionally step out of your comfort zone?
2. What is your favorite style? Contemporary, vintage or whimsical?
3. Will you spend up to 15 mins. on each card?

You may be surprised but some of the ladies had a hard time answering those questions. "Hmmmm, what style AM I"?

I posed that question because I believe if you can identify what you are really drawn toward it can help you to make better decisions.
1. Decisions About your style going forward.
2. Also Making the most of your purchasing choices. 

You know how I like to S T R E T C H my Stampin'Up products. It gives me great pleasure sharing ways to think beyond the obvious way to use a product.....so think about your style and let me know if there is a stamp set or project you would be interested in having me feature....it would be fun for all.

So this card is dedicated to all of you who are
Traditional RED AND GREEN,
and Love a touch of Vintage Style...
add the little banners and you're TRENDY too!

For today's Christmas card you will need:
Designer Paper: Trim a Tree
Ink:Garden Green, Crumb Cake
Markers: Real Red or Cherry Cobbler
Punches: Banner, 1/8" circle
Other: Silver Metallic Bakers Twine, Sponge, Dimensionals

1.   Make a Garden Green card base.
2.   Cut a Cherry Cobbler layer 4 1/4" x 3 3/4".
3.   Stamp the Post Card image on Whisper white card stock using
      Crumb Cake ink.
      Tip: there are 2 large solid areas on the stamp that can have a
             tendency to pick up ink where you don't want it. Simply
             place a small post it note or masking tape over the solid
             areas, ink your stamp, pull off the post it note and then
             stamp on the card stock. Reuse post it for the next cards.
4.   Trim around the edges of the Post Card image with Paper Snips.
5.   Stamp Tree image once with Garden Green ink and stamp 
      remainder of left over ink on the stamp directly to the 
      right of the first tree. This is called stamping off. Make a second
      stamped off tree to the left of the darker original one.
6.   Using Garden Green , ink up the sentiment from 
      the Bright and Beautiful set, leave off the portion about 
      a Happy New Year. Before you stamp it onto the card stock take
      a baby wipe and remove the ink off of the bottom portion of the
      Christmas part. Take a Real Red marker and re-ink the 
      bottom portion. Breathe onto the stamp to add a touch of moisture
      and stamp onto the card stock.

7.    Sponge Crumb Cake ink around the outside of the Post Card layer
      and then attach to the Cherry Cobbler Layer.
8.   Punch 1/8" holes on the sides and string Silver Baker's Twine 
      through to create a place to adhere your banners.
9.   Using the Banner punch make 5 patterned pieces using the 
      Trim a Tree Designer Paper.
      Optional : Sponge the edges of the banner pieces with the
                      Crumb Cake ink
10.  Place dimensionals of the back of of each of the 5 banners toward
       the top edges.
11.  Adhering the RED center banner first will assure that you 
      have even space for the others.

So tell me, what's your style?

Friday, October 24, 2014

1 Layer Quick FOR ALL THINGS

Got Ink?
We made this quick 1 layer card at my last team meeting and it's all about quick, simple and using 1 stamp set. I wanted to emphasize to my team that you can create a card full of design and filled with color. A reminder that a one layer card doesn't have to have a blank feel.

The "For All Things" stamp set is perfect for this technique because of the many solid stamps provided in the collection.

From the under layers of white ink to the upper layers of Early Espresso and Silver Metallic ink, the layers of leaves create an amazing sense of depth.

The earthy fall colors also make this a great and quick masculine card. It does have kind of a camo feel but the final Metallic leaves on top and Silver Metallic Baker's twine actually give it a touch of elegance.

1.   Make a crumb cake card base.
2.   Stamp large leaf in 3-4 places with Whisper White craft ink.
3.   Stamp again with a cleaned leaf and use Soft Suede ink.
4.   Clean stamp and stamp again in blank areas with Early Espresso.
5.   Using Silver Metallic Encore ink stamp the feathered leaves over
      the top of the other leaves. Dry with heat tool or hair dryer.
6.   Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.
7.   Apply a small row of Rhinestone basics under the sentiment.
8.   Add a final touch of glitz with a small Silver Glimmer leaf punched
       from the Bird Builder Punch.

Did you know there are some great Holiday kits now available in the 
Clearance Rack? They're perfect for saving you time at this busy time of the year. Quick kits make it easy to give away your favorite homemade treats and goodies. Think of all the other Holiday activities you can participate in instead of worrying about those much needed little gifts.
Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit
Make 10 goodie bags for $1.99
Real Red Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit 
Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishments
12 Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon clip bows for just  $2.39

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Truly Grateful for Boobs!

We All Know what month it is..... remember to get that test!

It's October and Breast Cancer Awareness month...it's the perfect opportunity to create a special little gift for one of my newer customers and now a friend. You know, when you have someone "new" come as a guest to one of your classes you never know the things you may have in common. Thank you Annie for introducing this sweet lady. (you 911 Dispatchers...ROCK!) She is just the sweetest person and has recently just finished up her treatments to deal with this ugly disease. Unfortunately it inflicts 1 out of 8 of us. Catch it early and you can do something about it. I KNOW, just like my new friend Susie, I will be celebrating 10 yrs. on. Nov. 1st. We each have a different story and also different treatments.
A quick wrap up of mine......
No Lumps, discovered through a mammogram. 2 areas contained DCIS meaning the cancer was in the ducts, same breast. I decided to do a mastectomy  and because I caught it early it had not spread to my lymph nodes. No chemo , no radiation.  Reconstruction took 2 years because I had a surgeon who was a perfectionist. I can tell that God's hand was in the whole process and I can celebrate now at being cancer free for 10 yrs.

On to my cute little holder today, it's just a reminder to you also that I'm so Grateful that you are in the World. No matter if you Are a survivor or not, I am so thankful and blessed that you come and visit each and everyday day.

Now as far as the treat holder goes, it just seemed appropriate to feature 2 little plump girls neatly wrapped together. I didn't know that WASHI TAPE works like a charm around the Hershey's nuggets....did you? I usually use patterned paper but I've found a new love.....so EASY! Aren't they adorable?

And the little container supporting the girls is made using Pink Piroutte card stock and the littlest Envelope Liner die. The paper is folded in half and shortened up in the die before cutting. It has a sweet little White and Silver Metallic belly band around the middle. ( ha ha, I just laughed at myself when I thought about the belly under the boobs). ALL is CALM DSP was used.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Gray on white CS and is from the Chalk Talk stamp set. It's Available in SPANISH AND FRENCH too! If you trim down the edges it will fit quite nicely on a Extra Large oval of Silver Glimmer paper.

The pink ribbon is made from a small piece of 1/8" Taffeta ribbon and a couple of mini glue dots.

If you decide to CASE this fun little project and place on your blog I would appreciate you letting your viewers know where you found it. The more we can encourage others to be tested the more we can support each other through life's roller coaster of events. Now Let's Celebrate Life!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

All is CALM ,Simple Christmas JOY

This Simple Christmas card was such a JOY to make thanks to the 
ALL IS CALM Specialty Designer Paper
The Soft and Calming colors reminder me of a Crisp Snowy Day. 
The Glitter reminds me of the snow reflecting 
 the sun!

** 5 Reasons I use Designer Paper **

1.  Versatility of patterns and designs from Vintage to Contemporary.
2.  Multi use for cards, envelopes, boxes and banners 
     because it's 12"x12" in size and a thicker paper.
3.  No guessing which colors of card stock will match, Stampin'Up's
     Designers do that for me, what a time saver!
4.  Double sided designs give me multiple choices providing me much
     more for my money spent.
5.  It can quickly fill my card with design and color.

Maybe you would like to Try making this Christmas card yourself.

1.  Make a Pear Pizzazz card base.
2.  Cut a Lost Lagoon layer 4 1/4" x 3".
3.  Cut ALL IS CALM paper lg. spots 2 3/4" x 2 3/4".
     Sm spots 2 3/4" x 1" and adhere to Lost Lagoon piece.
4.  Cut and glue a Silver Glimmer Paper layer 2 3/4" x 1/4" over the
     gap of the other dsp.
5.  Die cut or Punch 2 trees, 1 in Lost Lagoon and 
     1 in the Designer Paper. Shadow the Lost Lagoon behind the
     patterned paper. The tree I used was just in the clearance rack
     at the time I made this card...mmaybe it will come back.
6.  Pop up the tree with Stampin Dimensionals and adhere to base.
7.  Punch and Adhere a Silver Glimmer star from the Itty Bitty Accents
     Punch Pack.
8.  Using Island Indigo card stock and a Big Shot machine, die cut the
     JOY from the Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies.
     TIP: To help with easier removal of the die after cutting try this
            stacking sandwich.
            Magnetic Platform, clear plate, cardstock, wax paper, 
            "Joy" die cut, clear plate
9.  Use liquid glue on the center area of the back of the sentiment and
10. Add a shiny Basic Rhinestone to the "O" in the JOY.

Find NEW HOLIDAY sets like these just released

Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set    Project Life December Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set
2014 Holiday Supplement

Find additional information about today's products in my online store.
Thank You for visiting today!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Elegant Silver Embossed Christmas Bauble + New Kit

Make it Quick and Make it Elegant....
It's All About Embossing those Christmas stamps!

Don't get me wrong, I love coloring, But when it comes to making some elegant and Quick Christmas cards I'm all about embossing. My creative little brain looks for the perfect pairing for the elegant look. I often turn to the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum when embossing in Silver or Gold. It's a no brainer and easily creates the feel I'm looking for. Chic, shiny and elegant. 

The Christmas Bauble stamp is a single stamp and comes in wood mount only. There are no sentiments with the stamp so I'm hoping that all of you stampers around the world will be able to appreciate the universal appeal of this simple and elegance ornament.

I debated about which color of card base I would use with the silver features. After trying several options I decided that I loved the clean look of the white. I really wanted to have the cluster of the red berries stand out and using the white helped to achieve that.

If you love the Silver look you may want to check out more inspiration
at the Paper Players challenge HERE

Are you ready to make your own?
1.  Use a white card base from the Cut and Ready pack of 20 or 
     make your own.
2. Cut a Striped Silver Foil layer 4 1/4" x 3 1/2". Apply your adhesive
    on the back to where the foil stripes are ONLY.
3. Silver emboss the Christmas Bauble image on Brushed Silver
    card stock. Are you New to embossing? click here for instructions.
4. Using Paper Snips, cut around the whole image including the holly
5. Using a green Stampin'Up marker color in the leaves. I used Mossy
    Meadow. It will take a little while for the ink to dry, so don't get
    your fingers inky. A little touch from your embossing heat tool 
    will speed up the drying process.
6. Using a 1/4" Circle punch, create 3 berries with Red Glimmer Paper.
    Attach with MINI glue dots or liquid glue.
7. Make a Silver 1/8" Ribbon loop for the top of the ornament.
    The 10 yard spool of this very pretty ribbon is a MUST if you
    like to emboss. FYI, there is gold also.
8. Pop up the whole ornament with dimensionals on the vellum layer.
9. Cut a 2 3/4" x 1" white sentiment layer.
10.Silver emboss and pop up your Christmas sentiment. I used the 
     SEASONED GREETINGS from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set.

You can find all of today's product details in my Online store
and Every Tuesday there are new items in the Weekly Deals

Get a jump start on your holidays with this 
 NEW CHRISTMAS KIT just released
(see Stampin'Up video below for instructions)

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit
item# 138104

Make your own 3D stars this season in a variety of sizes and patterns. Use them for ornaments,home d├ęcor, place cards, and more. The largest star can take the place of honor on your front door or on your mantel.

You get enough to create a 15" | 38 cm star and 25 smaller stars, 5 each of 5 sizes:

• Printed, die-cut star pieces
• Printed, self-adhesive die-cut side pieces
• Wooden snowflakes
• 7 sheets die-cut tags, banners, greetings, and accents

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit  Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Still more Quick cards from Everyday Occasions Kit

Today is the final showing of the cards I made from the 

Although I've had a chance to show you several of my designs, I have oodles of card and note supplies still waiting to be made. The kit has enough to make 20 cards and I have extra goodies for more.

So first is the cute little Thank You note card above. It even has a sweet little matching envelope to attach or tuck into a small gift bag. I love the white honeycomb print on this natural card stock. I just added an extra layer of the scalloped punched Calypso Coral. I love the fresh contrast it gives to the Island Indigo sentiment.

I had so much fun with this card because I found myself S T R E T C H i n g my leftovers. But first let me tell you the pieces that I didn't change....the striped card base and the note pad paper piece. I cut a strip off of a small gray striped note card for a fun dark contrast. One of my downline, Mary , had brought a selections of other sentiments. We thought it would be fun to use the Take Note one is match up with the lined note paper. It was stamped with the gray ink spot on a white punched piece included in the kit. Now for the skinny heart piece....it's the leftover from the card below.

When I pulled apart the heart from the preprinted sheet for this card, there was a small border of the print leftover. So I simple cut out the tiny border with my fine trimmers and glued it in place. The silver arrow clip, button and twine are all a part of the kit.

This card and more can be found in yesterdays post HERE 

O.K. I'm still having fun with a couple of add-0ns. I just love this cute, simple and bright card. A coin envelope set the stage and some more of that gray striped from my previous card. I stamped the LOVE in gray on a tag in the kit and attached a piece of the twine. I used a leftover strip of glitter paper at the bottom of the gray stripe. My last add-on is a bright Melon Mambo Elegant Butterfly with 3 small rhinestones.

I loved using this fun kit and I hope you have enjoyed watching me

Sneak Peek
Please join me tomorrow with a Christmas card from my Sunday class

Friday, October 17, 2014

MORE Everyday Occasions Kit Inspiration

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm back again today to show you more ideas

I think this gray polka dot card is my favorite because there is a touch of vintage flair mixed with contemporary colors and designs. A similar card is featured In the instruction book of samples that comes with the kit, however they used a solid gray for the background instead. I just couldn't pass up these big white polka dots which are on the backside of the solid gray. I even used an additional piece of patterned paper that wasn't part of the die cut pieces.

Check out the patterned strip of paper around the envelopes in the upper left hand corner #1 above....see it , sure you do! Well I just used a piece of that pretty Calypso Coral chevron pattern to compliment the matching die cut feather in the kit. You can Stamp any of the sentiments provided with the gray ink spot provided in the kit. Here are the choices!

Love this one also with the pre printed white pattern on the natural card stock. I came up with this design by using the gray as a neutral and then choosing the pop of color in the solid and striped Curry. It needed a little pizazze....yahoo,  No cutting or punching the Silver Glimmer paper.....just pop it out from the sheet already die cut for you.

Check out this pretty birthday sample!
Fast and Easy. Seriously ,You can make this Birthday Greeting faster than you brew a pot of coffee. Just stamp on the pre cut panel, add a heart of bling, pop up and apply on the other die cut pieces you adhere to the base....DONE, wow so so easy!  Oh, you better check your coffee pot, it's finally done!

Christmas will be here sooner than you think, and this makes a perfect gift for a seasoned stamper or beginner. Consider gifting more than one and add a little note saying You're Invited for Tea and Card Making at my house. What a wonderful gift to create and share together as you make these easy Everyday Occasion cards.

                                          Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit  
#134797    Price$29.95
Quickly create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion. Includes cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards; twine; buttons & clips; precut paper embellishments; Stampin' Spots; 7-piece Occasions Stamp Set & clear stamp block; full-color Tips & Tricks brochure for making the cards; a cool, storable, giftable box. Also available in Spanish & French.

Just a reminder.....you can receive points when purchasing this kit in Pam's ONLINE STORE.

As a Thank You for your purchases you can receive Pam's Frequent Buyer 

Rewards that can be redeemed for FREE MERCHANDISE, not just stamp sets. 

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