Saturday, November 22, 2014

ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA STARTS MONDAY!


Online Extravaganza starts on Monday with select items and bundles at discounted prices. Plus, there will be limited-time doorbusters on November 24 and December 1. You don't want to miss them! This sale lasts from November 24 through December 2, or while supplies last. Learn more about these deals and discover which products (including select Textured Impressions Embossing Folders) are going on sale HERE.

During Online Extravaganza, a few of our past Paper Pumpkin refill kits will be 20% off and available to ALL customers. (Please note that refill kits do not include stamps or ink.) On Monday, we will add two new kits to the existing Paper Pumpkin past kits offering (available to current subscribers only). Visit www.stampinup.com/paperpumpkin on Monday to see the latest kits available.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PCS - November ~ Holiday Fun


Get ready for the holiday with a few of these crafty project ideas from the November Sampler, "Holiday Fun".
This month's template is the Holiday Secret Gift Box.

Below is a peek at my project.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Whimsical Bearing Gifts


Here's a card I made using the Bearing Gifts Stamp Set in the Holiday Catalog.  I just love this image.  These colors are not my normal colors.  To tell you the truth, I think this was the first time I ever used my Tempting Turquoise ink pad.  I only have a couple a pieces of cardstock because I never ordered a pack of paper.  So why did I use Tempting Turquoise?  Well when I watercolored the sky I used Tempting Turquoise and a little Night of Navy.  I wanted a whimsical looking sky.  The bottom of the watercolor paper I took a torn piece of cardstock to mask the bottom and I inked it with versa mark ink, white embossing powder and heat set for the snow.  I stamped the polar bear image on a piece of Whisper White and colored using my markers.  I used my paper snips to cutout the image.   I sprayed the Polar Bear Image and the Night Sky using my Homemade Frost White Shimmer Mist  to it shimmer.  I had a scrap of White Embossed White Paper that I used the cut out the stars using the Confetti Stars Punch.

I hope you like!

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think!
Karen

Thursday, November 13, 2014

White Christmas Stand Up Card




Well I tried to stay away from the White Christmas Stamp Set in the Holiday Catalog.  I was not sure if I like it but after seeing so many great cards, well you know the rest.  I sat down to play with this set today and it was so much fun.

I came across a card on Pinterest that had this type of fold and I thought this fold would really showcase this stamp set.   I was not sure on the measurements but after a couple searches, I found directions on a Stand-Up Card and used these directions to cutout the card. I added the flap to the center so the card could stand up and showcase the stamp set and give me a place for a message.  The snowflakes and the snow on the trees were made using the White Gel Pen.  The snow on the bottom of the card was made using the White Craft Ink Pad.

Thanks for stopping by.  Let me know what you think.
Karen  




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gentle Peace



Have you seen the Photopolymer Stamp Set that came out last month?  I fell in love with it when I saw it.  Well to tell you the truth, it has been driving me crazy this past week.  I have tried so many different ways to showcase the image.

When I first saw this set I wanted to use Vellum and do the stain glass technique.  Well I did that with my markers and covered it with clear embossing powder and the vellum just would not sit down correctly.  I still want to go back and work with the vellum and make a window but I thought it would be too much for a class.
  
I went back to see what other people were doing with this stamp.  I saw someone used the window sheet and the Blendabilities.  But when I tried it I did not like the way the markers colored the sheet.  So I just threw in the towel and settled with the Whisper White Cardstock, Memento Ink and Blendabilities.  The colored image was much brighter than on the vellum, which I love.  After the image was all colored in, I covered the image using my VersaMark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.  I cutout my image and glued it to a piece of Night of Navy and hand-cut around that image to make a border.

My other two problems I could not figure out was what to do with the background and what colors to use on the image.  I really like the new Filigree Frame Embossing Folder with this set but believe it or not I do not have that one...aarrgghh!!!  I tried a few different ones and settled on the Retired Framed Tulip Embossing Folder.  In my next order, I am ordering that Filigree Frame Embossing Folder because I want to use it on this card.  I settled on Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder and Daffodil Delight.  I do love the way it tried out, don't you?

I have been on the fence about the Blendabilities for a little while.  I do like them with this Stamp Set which is funny because that is why they created this stamp, to showcase the Blendabilities.

Thanks for stopping by and please let me know what you think!
Karen

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winter Wonderland


The other day I came across this video that Amy Kunkle made a Snowman Tag using the circle punches.  I just loved the idea and I had to make a card using her idea.  I was not sure what colors I wanted, at first I started with Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso.  Then I moved onto Garden Green with Crumb Cake but I finally decided on Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and Whisper White. I was trying not to use the Under the Tree Specialty DSP which I really wanted to use, I love this paper.  Since I want to use this card for a Card Class, it is easier to use cardstock and my much loved Snow Flurry Embossing Folder.  I sprayed the Embossed Smoky Slate and the Whisper White paper with the Frost White Shimmer Mist Spray before I added them to the card.  It added that little shimmer I love.  The bigger snowflakes are from an old non-Stampin Up! punch.    The saying from the Newest Project Life Stamp Set - December Wonder.  

Thanks for stopping by and letting me know what you think.
Karen

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MOJO370 Many Merry Stars and Lost Lagoon



Here's a couple cards I made using the Snowflake images in the Many Merry Stars Stamp Set from the Holiday Supplement and this weeks MOJO Monday Card Sketch 370.  If you have not noticed, I did not get into the Stars when they first came out. Well until the supplement came out and I just had to get this set.  I could not wait to use it my November Project for the Paper Crafter Sampler.  More information will be posted on November 10th.  I
decide to change it around and use Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, and Silver and only use the snowflakes this time.  I loved the way it turned out.  It looks so much better in person.

I did something different, which I am not sure I am suppose to, but I added some Silver Embossing Powder to my Pool Party Embossing Powder.  I thought to added a little more sparkle to the pool party, and you should know I LOVE SPARKLE especially at CHRISTMAS!  Oh course I had to add some Rhinestones to the centers.

Why two different cards, you ask?  I could not decide on which type of ribbon or saying.  I first used the retired "Peace on Earth" with the Lost Lagoon 3/8" stitched Satin Ribbon.  I changed the saying around, I really wanted to use the Baby It's Cold Outside saying from the Project Life Holiday Cheer Stamp Set (We love that Christmas Song in our house) and used the Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon.  I do love them both.

This card was not too hard to put together.  I just had a hard time trying to decide on the layout of the snowflake images.  

I am sorry I have not posted in a couple weeks, I have pictures to post but I have been so busy ever since the Oyster Festival.  Last week I worked on Halloween Treats for my daughters class and 120 treats for my son's school from the PTSO.  This week I am working on my last few Christmas Cards and will be posting those within the week. I will later post pictures of the Halloween Treats and from the Oyster Festival.  I had such a good time and the weather was great (Maybe a little too windy but great).

Thanks for stopping by and letting me know what you think!

Thanks,
Karen

Friday, October 17, 2014

Coast to Coast North Caroline meets Basic Gray



Most of you may remember I have been getting ready for an event this weekend.  I have been working on Nautical Cards to sell at a local Oyster Festival.  (The main reason for my short blog posting.)  Here are a couple cards I made the other day using the Retired Coast to Coast Stamp Set.  I made another card using the North Caroline Stamp a few months ago and I was not crazy about the Marine Mist color on the card.  I wanted to recreate a card using this stamp.  I like the way it turned out.  I love the Basic Gray, Soft Sky and Retired Baja Breeze colors together ( I do miss Baja Breeze).  

Thanks for stopping by and letting me know what you think!
Karen


PCS - October Truly Grateful



Looking to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving gathering?  This months Sampler, "Truly Grateful" offers a plethora of ideas to bright up the upcoming get-together.  From multi-layered cards, personalized table settings to fun-filled favors, all labeled with your personal touch.

Head on over to Paper Crafters Sampler and get this month's sampler.  

Here is a peek of my card.   


Monday, October 13, 2014

By the Tide Pop-Up Gift Card Holder



I have been wanting to make a Pop-Up Gift Card for awhile now.  I saw a video from Jackie Topa, she always has such great ideas.  With the By the Tide stamp still out on my desk,  I pulled out the Baked Brown Sugar, Blushing Bride and Pool Party cardstock and got to work.  I am going to try and make a couple other ones of these maybe a masculine one but for now I am still working on some feminine cards.  This is the first time, I think I used Blushing Bride and Pool Party together and I really like it.  
Thanks for stopping by and letting me know what you think!
Karen