Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sealed with Love Valentine's Day card

Here is the card we did for class the first of January.  I was basically trying to teach the technique, which was using packing tape to get the glitter effect on the heart.  But, later, decided it needed some 'pizazz' so I added the extra stamping to the front.

Afterwards, I thought, hmmm, maybe just stamping around the heart and leaving the sentiment free.  That will be my next try :-)

Here are the directions, if you would like to try it.

Stamp Set:  Sealed with Love  #142815
Card stock:  Real Red 8 ½ x 5 ½, scored at 4 ¼.  Whisper White 3 ¾ x 5, scored on all sides at ¼”
Designer Series Paper:  Sending Love, #142733, 3”x3”
Scrap Cardstock: 4x5 ¼, cut out of scrap card stock using heart Framelit, to be used as a template 
Ink:  Real Red
Framelits: Sweet and Sassy Framelit Dies #141707 (2nd one in the 3 Framelit set)
Other supplies:
Ribbon:  Real Red stitched satin ribbon #141693, approximately 15”
Silicone Sheet #127853
3” Packing Tape
Dazzling Diamonds glitter #133751
Glue Dots
  1. Score Whisper White on all four sides at ¼”
  2. Stamp Sentiment just above bottom score line.
  3. Using template that you created, using the Sassy Heart Framelit, line it up on Whisper White card stock and run it through the Big Shot.
  4. Using a Silicon Sheet, lay white card stock face down.
  5. Lay a strip of 3" packing tape over the opening, sticky side down.  
  6. Turn card over and carefully sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds onto the sticky side.
  7. Tape a 3x3" square of Designer Series Paper over the back of the heart opening so the design shows through to the front of the card.
  8. With Real Red ink, stamp image around heart as pictured.
  9. Attach to Real Red card.
  10. Add strip of ribbon from center of top of heart and secure behind.  Add bow to top of heart using a glue dot.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Beautiful YOU!

This is one of the cards that I have made using the stamp set, "Beautiful You" in the Occasions Catalog.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this set!!

I stamped the image onto the "Falling in Love" Designer Series Paper using the Archival Basic Black ink pad and then outlined the image with the new SU water color pencils and blended using the SU Blender pen.
I can't seem to stop making cards with this set!

Here are the supplies that I used to make this card:


Monday, January 16, 2017

Stitched Shapes available again!!! TODAY!!!

This set of 12 dies will be coming out in the new Annual Catalog this June, until then, we cam get them on a special order.  Their popularity when first introduced, cleaned out the warehouse in record time and we have been impatiently awaiting their return.

I wasn't able to order mine, the first time they were introduced, before they were exhausted because we were on vacation and I was waiting on a customer's order so I could send off a workshop order. I even had them in the queue...and BAM, they were sold out.  I missed it by one day!!! LOL  It is what it is ;-)

I am SO HAPPY that they are bringing them back, again, BEFORE the new annual catalog comes out so that we have another chance to order them.

Wait No More, starting today, January 16th, order these beautiful stitched border dies.   The Item #145372

Have a fantastic day!!!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Snow Ice Cream

Sorry the photo is sideways....still working on that problem.

Well, I was asked to post 'my' recipe (which I got off the internet) for Snow Ice Cream, so here it is:

Snow Ice Cream:

1 cup of milk, any kind (we used 2%)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of salt
8 cups of clean snow
Optional:  Sprinkles

In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, vanilla and salt together until combined.  Immediately stir in snow until you reach your desired consistency. (we went out before we started and scooped up snow and kept it in the freezer till we were ready to add it) Top with sprinkles or other ice cream toppings.  Dive in right away!!!

The more cream content that the milk has, I think the richer the ice cream.  I was happy with this lighter version.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Snow, Snow and more Snow

I have taken countless photos ever since the snow began back in December.

We've had a couple of breaks where the roads full of snow, melted, but there has been snow on the ground ever since the first part of December.  Then this last storm hit and although it has ceased, now after a few days, we have about 3 1/2-4 feet or more of snow left behind.

Yes, I am getting really tired of it!! LOL  It's one thing to be stuck in the house and not go anywhere because you just don't want to and another to be stuck in the house because you CAN'T get out and go anywhere.

But, thankfully, I have new stamps to play with so I have been creating!!  :-)

Another reason I have been lax in posting is that when I post, I want to upload photos but when I try to upload photos, lately, they are always sideways.  I take them with my phone as it's just faster and easier and, when they are saved to my computer they look fine but as soon as I upload them, they are sideways.  So, I am working on why that happens.  It doesn't seem to matter how I take it, landscape, straight on and what I do in the takes forever to get a photo to end up the right way.

This month, at class, we made three cards and one was a Valentine's Day card.  I shared a new technique, or new to me anyway, of using packing tape and glitter. We used the Sassy Heart Framelits and the new Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack #142733 and the Sealed with Love set #142815.  The sentiment "Happy Valentine's Day" is just one of 27 stamps in the set and it also has Framelit dies you can purchase as a bundle.

I also had some of the new Occasions and Sale A Bration items on display. 

Fun day...

Now it's back to playing with my new stamps!!!

Have a great day and if you are inundated with SNOW, like we are.....take time to stamp and play!!  


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

TODAY is the day!!!

The New Occasions and Sale A Bration catalogs go LIVE today!!!

You can go to my Stampin' UP! Online Store and check them out.  Just click Shop Now and then click on the catalogs on the left hand side.

Between January 4th – March 31, 2017, for each product order of $50 or more that you place, you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.  And, there are so many fun things to choose from.

This is one of the most anticipated catalogs of the season!!   So, every time you place an order of $50, you get to choose one item.  Place a $100 order and you choose 2 items from the Sale A Bration catalog.  FUN FUN!!!

Here is one card that I made using the Sending Love DSP #142733, Sealed with Love stamp set #142815 and the Sweet and Sassy Framelits #141707.

I used the Packing Tape Technique which I also used on another card that we will be making in my February Class.

Remember, Valentine's Day is just next month!!

Have a great day!!!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Brand New Year

I belong to a book club, online, and every year they ask us to choose a word for the upcoming year.  Last year, I didn't participate but this year I decided to and my word is SIMPLIFY!!

I am even on a quest to find a sign to hang on my wall that says just that!  I could even make one.....but I am sure Hobby Lobby or Craft Warehouse has one that would fit the bill!!

Now, when you go on Pinterest and type in Simplify, you get a TON of things that pop up!!  OH the temptation to sit here and read all of   But, that would distract from what I am trying to do....SIMPLIFY!!!

I am sure my curiosity will win over at some point and I will return and read some of those articles but ONLY after I have decided on what my schedule will be like on a daily basis and when I have the time to do that.

I could spend all week or more looking through all the suggestions but when I read the above one, it pretty much puts it all in a nutshell!!

Now, I am not going to go all Minimalistic and get rid of everything I own and all the clothes in my closet (which isn't a lot) but I DO want to SIMPLIFY my life and Prioritize!!!  That was going to be my word but I figured that SIMPLIFY would fit the bill just as well.

That means, I want to have priorities, simple things that I do each day and make them a habit. 

One is my blog and another is getting more cards done to share on my blog.

I need to cut out some of the distractions that are keeping me from doing the things that I really NEED/WANT to be doing and focus on my priorities.

I don't make resolutions....but I think that having a word to focus on for the year might work out!!

What is your word for this upcoming year?  What do you want to focus on more?

Hope your year will be full of wonderful things!!!