Saying Goodbye to Bloomin’ Love

Saying Goodbye to Bloomin’ Love

We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2017-2018 annual catalogue, but before we do I want to share with you some of my favourite products from the catalogue.

Today we’re saying goodbye to Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set.

151,000,000,000. That’s about how many valentine cards are exchanged each year. Yours will stand out when you make them yourself. This set has the right mix of images and sentiments for all the people in your life, from family and friends to your one-and-only.

This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set. Combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colours you want.

 

Free Project Tutorials

Here is a project I made recently using this stamp set. View project tutorial HERE

Valentine Treat Holder

Online Class

I’ve also created an online class featuring the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

 

This class features

  • 4 projects each with a video tutorial
  • PDFs with step-by-step written instructions that you can print out and take anywhere.
  • Lifetime Access

Earn this class for FREE

Place an order (of any value)  via my online store between 23 April – 6 May and receive free access to Bloomin’ Love Online Class forever.

Click HERE to Shop Online NOW

Happy shopping, I can’t wait to share the Bloomin’ Love online class with you

 

Make It Monday #10 – Work of Art

Make It Monday #10 – Work of Art

Wow!  Monday already?  That weekend flew by.  I hope you had some fun this weekend and perhaps a little stamp therapy as well.  If you didn’t, well Monday is a great time to get some stamping done with MAKE IT MONDAY.  I have a free tutorial for you today using the Work of Art Stamp Set

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Work of Art, Rose Wonder
  • Ink – Black Memento Ink, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends
  • PaperBlushing Bride, Whisper White CS
  • Other Basic Rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Blushing Bride CS – 4-1/2” x 9” scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” piece and ¾” x 3-7/8” piece

Directions:

  1. Randomly stamp the square brushstroke image multiple times onto the bottom of the piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo, using Blushing Bride Classic ink. Make sure to ink up the stamp each time.
  2. Randomly stamp the smaller scribble brushstroke image multiple times onto the bottom of the piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo, using Melon Mambo Classic ink. Make sure to ink up the stamp each time.
  3. Randomly stamp the long narrow brushstroke image multiple times onto the bottom of the piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo, using Pumpkin Pie Classic ink. Make sure to ink up the stamp each time.
  4. Stamp the greeting onto the right side of the ¾” x 3-7/8”” piece of Whisper White cardstock, using Black Memento ink.
  5. Stick the ¾” x 3-7/8”” piece of Whisper White cardstock onto the 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” piece of Whisper White cardstock, ¾” up from the bottom, using dimensional adhesive.
  6. Optional: Colour in a large rhinestone using the dark pumpkin pie marker. Colour in two medium rhinestones using the medium Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends marker. Colout in two small rhinestones using the light Calypso Coral stampin blends marker. If you don’t have stampin’ blends you can colour the rhinestones using Sharpie markers or just leave them clear.
  7. Randomly stick the colored rhinestones onto the 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, as shown in the above photo.
  8. Center and stick the piece of Whisper White cardstock to the card base, using double sided adhesive. You’re done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and how I created this card.  You can view it below

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below!  click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


See you next week for another Make It Monday tutorial

LAST CHANCE – Rose Wonder Class Kit

LAST CHANCE – Rose Wonder Class Kit

Today is the last day you can order this months class kit.  This month we’re exploring watercolouring using Aqua painters and re-inkers

 

Learn more about this months class kit and to pre order your kit today HERE

 

 

Last Chance Products

Select products from the 2018 occasions catalogue and 2017-2018 annual catalogue are retiring—and this is your last chance to get them. Check out all the details below

  • Promotion dates: 10 April – 31 May 2018, beginning at 6:00 AM (AET)
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: workshop, customer, and online.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after 31 May.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until 7 May; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
Click on the following links to download a list of all retiring products
Occasions Catalogue Retiring List – PDF File
Annual Retiring List – PDF File
The easiest way to shop the available retiring products is to do so online, that way you can be sure that it’s still in stock – if you can see it in my online store, it’s available to purchase!

Make It Monday #9 – Emboss Resist

Make It Monday #9 – Emboss Resist

Welcome to this weeks Make It Monday tutorial.  I’m super excited to share with you another clean & simple one layer design.  This time I’ve added interest by using an emboss resist technique and sponging.

I started by stamping my greeting from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, in Black Ink centered at the bottom of my Whisper White piece of cardstock.  I stamped my flower image from the same stamp set in versamark ink and heat embossed with a heat tool and clear embossing powder.

Then came the fun part, sponging Pink Pirouette ink across the embossed image.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Butterfly Basics
  • Ink – Black Memento Ink, Pink Pirouette Classic Ink
  • PaperPink Pirouette, Basic Black, Whisper White CS
  • Other Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Sponges

Dimensions:

  • Pink Pirouette CS – 4-1/2” x 9” scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase
  • Basic Black CS – 5-7/8” x 3-3/4” piece
  • Whisper White CS – 5-7/8” x 5-5/8”

Directions:

  1. Stamp the greeting on the Whisper White CS, about ¼” up from the bottom, centered between the left and right hand sides, using Memento Black Ink
  2. Rub an embossing buddy over the surface of the Whisper White CS
  3. Stamp the flower image on the Whisper White CS about ¼” above the greeting using versamark ink. Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the stamped image.  Tap off the excess embossing powder.  Heat this with a heat tool until the embossing powder has melted
  4. Apply ink around the embossed image, using a wedge of a stamping sponge and Pink Pirouette Classic Ink
  5. Stick the Whisper White CS to the Basic Black CS leaving equal borders on the left and right hand sides
  6. Stick the matted Basic Black CS to the Pink Pirouette cardbase leaving equal borders to the left and right hand sides. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it below

 

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Tricks & Tips

  • Clean your stamps with a baby wipe.  Click HERE to learn my tips on using Baby Wipes in your crafting

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

See you next week for a new Make It Monday feature

Join us for a Weekend Challenge

Join us for a Weekend Challenge

Getting over the blank-page hurdle is often the hardest part of being creative. By participating in the Weekend Challenge you will exercise your “getting started” brain power. With every challenge, you will stretch your thinking and hopefully learn to find unexpected inspiration in the world around you.

Each week, on Friday, I will post a weekly weekend challenge in our Facebook Group (Click HERE to Join)  – this could be a Clean & Simple Challenge, Try a new technique, Colour combination, Card Sketch or a new Ways to Use current stamping tools

How it Works

– A new challenge will be posted every Friday afternoon in our Facebook Group (approx. 2pm). There is no time limit; this is not a contest and no prizes will be awarded. However, you maybe featured on my blog (with your permission of course)

– This challenge is all about fun. I will give no criticism about how you interpreted the inspiration piece (actually I like the long stretches because it helps demonstrate that you can get just the ‘kick’ you need from anything around you even if it ends up totally different than how you expected).

– Upload your card to the weekly challenge thread in our facebook group for all to see, feel free to comment and like others projects

Can’t wait to see you in our facebook group soon.

Watercolour with Aqua Painters

Watercolour with Aqua Painters

Watercolouring is like cooking, the more you practise the more you will improve.  This month’s class we’re exploring watercolouring with Aqua painters.

  • Learn different techniques for using your aqua painters
  • Create watercolour washes
  • painted images
  • and more …..

What is a Class Kit?

A Class kit provides the same stamping experience you would in a live class but in the comfort of your own home working at your own pace.  Each Class kit includes consumable materials to complete your projects plus video tutorials and PDF handouts.

Learn more about this months class kit and to pre order your kit today HERE

Sale-a-Bration 2018 Ending Soon

Sale-a-Bration 2018 Ending Soon

There are just 3 more days left til Sale-a-Bration 2018 comes to a close!  AND just 3 more days left to get extra benefits when you decide to finally take the plunge and become a demonstrator!

 

PLUS – No shipping on your starter kit!!  Click here to sign up!

Here are the other products available for free during Sale-a-Bration.  Every $90 in product you order gets you a choice of items below.  (i.e. spend $180, get 2 items, spend $270 – get three items PLUS $27 in free product of your choice!)

PLUS new this year… when you purchase $180 in product you can choose a free level 2 item

I hope you have enjoyed this year’s Sale-a-Bration as much as I have – I have LOVED the selections and love my free stamps.  Don’t delay in placing your order, remember – ONLY 3 MORE DAYS For Sale-a-Bration 2018!!!

Make It Monday #8 – Adding a Glitter Border

Make It Monday #8 – Adding a Glitter Border

Last week I shared a tip “How to create a Glitter Border”  read about it HERE.  Today I thought I would share with you how to create the project using this technique.

I started off with a piece of Crumb Cake CS and placed  my tear tape all around the edge, after pealing the backing away, I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter tapping off the excess.

I’ve stamped my greeting and flower image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set using the new stamparatus tool.  I love how simple this card was to create.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Birthday Blooms
  • Ink – Early Espresso, Calypso Coral
  • Paper – Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake CS

Dimensions:

  • Calypso Coral CS – 4-1/2” x 9” scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase
  • Crumb Cake CS – 5-5/8” x 4” piece and a 5-1/8” x 3-1/2” piece

Directions:

  1. Apply tear tape around the outer perimeter of the larger crumb cake cardstock. Remove the backing and apply glitter, set aside
  2. Using a stampartus or stamp-a-ma-jig stamp the greeting in early espresso ink and the flower in calypso coral ink on the smaller crumb cake CS piece
  3. Adhere the stamped panel to the glitter panel using stampin dimentionals
  4. Adhere the matted glitter panel to the cardbase using double sided adhesive
  5. Add some rhinestones. You’re done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and how I created this card.  You can view it below

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below!  click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store
 


Join me next week for another Make It Monday feature

Weekend Challenge #3

Weekend Challenge #3

This week we have a sketch challenge.  I use to think sketches were hard, but after you’ve done a few they become quite easy and to be honest a sketch is now my go to for inspiration when I need a “Kickstart in my Creativity”

How to Use a Sketch 

Sketches are basically blueprints for your creativity. Sketches are made up of different shapes and elements and are basically an outline to follow.  The purpose of a sketch is to give you inspiration for the layout of your card design.

I’ve stamped the outline image of the flower from Garden Bloom stamp set with Rich Razzleberry ink over the top portion of my cardbase.  The bottom portion is 2″ x 5-7/8″ piece DSP from the Garden Bloom DSP pack.

I’ve stamped my greeting from Teeny Tiny Sentiments in Rich Razzleberry Ink, and finished my card with some Whisper White Bakers Twine.

Alternative Tips & Ideas

There are different ways you can interpret this sketch try one of the following suggestions

  • Emboss a piece of cardstock with your favourite embossing folder to add texture or your favourite Patterned Paper
  • Change the orientation of the sketch design and create a portrait card
  • Replace the bow for a button

Now it’s Your Turn

Create a project using the sketch above as inspiration.  Add your project to our Facebook Group HERE

Tip & Technique: How To Create a Glitter Border

Tip & Technique: How To Create a Glitter Border

Today I want to  share one of my favourite techniques—using tear tape with glitter. I just love the extra bling glitter can add to any project. I find this technique is the easiest way to use glitter and let’s face it, we all have jars of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter just sitting around unused waiting to be cracked open. Am I right? (Maybe it’s just me) I use tear tape but you can use any type of tape adhesive for this technique.

First, place the tape where you want it. A tip on laying the tape perfectly straight is to lay your cardstock on Stampin’ Up! Grid paper and line up the ends of the tape. The ends trim off easily with a pair of scissors.


Next, sprinkle the glitter on, tap lightly and then gently brush the excess off with a small soft paintbrush. A tip on collecting the glitter is to use a coffee filter.  For some reason the fibers in coffee filters help with the static and the glitter (and embossing powder) slides easily back into their jars. You can even use different colours of glitter. Since the glitter sticks so well to the tape the colours won’t drop into another container and get all mixed up.

I always use Dazzling Diamonds glitter as its ultra fine but this technique also works with other kinds.

Here is a  card I made using this technique.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you give this technique a try!

Make It Monday #7: Petal Garden Designer Series Paper

Make It Monday #7: Petal Garden Designer Series Paper

Vellum is a beautiful, versatile and fragile type of paper that can add uniqueness to any project. There are lots of ways to use vellum and today I’m going to share with you just one idea.

I love the  Petal Garden DSP, but I find that it is bright and vibrant, and I sometimes struggle to use it.  So I’ve challenged myself to use it.

I’ve started by selecting different patterns from the Petal Garden DSP, the flowers seemed to be to vibrant and bright for me and took away from the greeting which was my main focus on this card. So I placed a piece of Vellum the same size as the floral piece to soften it a bit.

I stamped my greeting from Thankful Thoughts stamp set and cut it out using the Layering Circle Framelits.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Thankful Thoughts
  • Ink –Memento Black Ink
  • PaperRich Razzleberry CS, Whisper White CS, Vellum
  • Other Double Sided adhesive, Paper snips, Layering Circle Dies, Big Shot, Basic Rhinestones

Dimensions:

  • Rich Razzleberry CS – 9” x 4-1/2” (scored at 4-1/2” to create a 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” cardbase)
  • Whisper White CS – scrap piece
  • Petal Garden DSP – small circle piece 4-3/8” x 4-3/8”, Large floral piece 4”x 4”, small floral piece – scrap piece
  • Vellum – 4” x 4”

Directions:

  1. Stamp your greeting onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS. Die cut using the layering Circle framelits and Big Shot
  2. Adhere the 4” x 4” large floral piece to the 4-3/8” x 4-3/8” small circle piece leaving equal boarders around all four sides
  3. Place vellum over the top of 4” x 4” large floral piece, adhere the die cut greeting to the bottom right.
  4. Place adhesive behind the greeting piece and stick the vellum over the 4” x 4” large floral piece.
  5. Fussy cut a set of small flowers from the small floral piece of DSP, and adhere to the greeting as shown above
  6. Adhere scattering Rhinestones. You’re done!

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

See you next week for a new Make It Monday feature

Weekend Challenge: Use Those Scraps

Weekend Challenge: Use Those Scraps

Getting over the blank-page hurdle is often the hardest part of being creative. By participating in the Weekend Challenge you will exercise your “getting started” brain power. With every challenge, you will stretch your thinking and hopefully learn to find unexpected inspiration in the world around you.

Each week, on Friday, I will post a weekly weekend challenge in our Facebook Group (Click HERE to Join)  – this could be a Clean & Simple Challenge, Try a new technique, Colour combination, Card Sketch or a new way to use current stamping tools

How it Works

– A new challenge will be posted every Friday afternoon in our Facebook Group (approx. 2pm). There is no time limit; this is not a contest and no prizes will be awarded. However, you maybe featured on my blog (with your permission of course)

– This challenge is all about fun. I will give no criticism about how you interpreted the inspiration piece (actually I like the long stretches because it helps demonstrate that you can get just the ‘kick’ you need from anything around you even if it ends up totally different than how you expected).

– Upload your card to the weekly challenge thread in our facebook group for all to see, feel free to comment and like others projects

Here’s my project this week

Birthday Blooms, You've Got This

For today’s project I’ve used all my scraps, I has so many off cuts of coloured cardstock, and this challenge provided an opportunity for me to use them.  I love the rainbow look.  Stampin’ Up! make it so easy on page 183 on the Annual Catalogue, a colour key has been provided.  This made it super easy to decide which colour goes in what order.

Birthday Blooms, You've Got This

I’ve used the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Versamark ink n the rainbow panel.  I love how the colour just pops.  Versarmark was also used on my greeting and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Birthday Blooms, You've Got This

Now it’s Your Turn

I need an easy challenge this week and my stampin desk sure could use some cleaning so….this week’s challenge is to find ways to use up your SCRAPS. For this challenge you are allowed to use one half sheet of cardstock and the rest of your cardstock (and ribbon if you desire) should come from you scrap pile. I used to do this a lot and sometimes it would help me come up with creative colour combos or designs. Once I got a really great colour combo just by dropping my scrap bag and the first few pieces that fell out looked really cool together…now if I could just remember what it was. Also if you have any neat ideas for storing your scraps or what you do with them, be sure to post your ideas to share with us. in our facebook group HERE

Please remember to put WC02 in your keywords section and post a link to this thread. As always, there are no time limits and feel free to add some tips or techniques in this thread as well. Also feel free to post as many cards as you wish and feel free to keep posting even after this week is done…no limits.

How to Clean Your Stamps

Back to Basics: How to Clean Your Stamps

One of the best habits to get into, is to always clean your stamps in between colours and once you’ve finished using them  before putting them away.  By taking that extra little time you will ensure you don’t contaminate your ink pads and/or get muddy images when you stamp.

I’ve created a video series to help share with you different methods for cleaning your stamps

General Tips for Cleaning Your Stamps

Getting into the habit of cleaning your stamps is essential – in between using different ink colours as well as before you put them away. This video will share with you the general things you need to know about cleaning your stamps.

Cleaning Your Stamps with Baby Wipes

In this video you will learn how to clean your stamps with baby wipes as well as the pros and cons of using this method of cleaning.

Cleaning Your Stamps with a Paper Towel

In this video you will learn how to clean your stamps with a paper towel  as well as the pros and cons of using this method of cleaning.

Cleaning Your Stamps with Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub

In this video you will learn how to clean your stamps with Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub.

Click the images below to purchase your Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist in my online store.
 

I’ve shared a few different ways you can clean your stamps.  Comment below and let me know which method your prefer to clean your stamps,

Make It Monday #6: Adding Colour to Basic Pearls

Make It Monday #6: Adding Colour to Basic Pearls

I have a quick and simple project to share with you today.  This card also features the one layer technique.  You can read about One Layer cards HERE. 

My project felt like it was missing something, and I felt it needed some pearls however, the colour didn’t match.  so I used my Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Marker to colour them in before placing them on my project.  I shared a tip on how to colour your embellishments in last weeks Tip & Technique series HERE 

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Fallen Flowers, Thankful Thoughts
  • Ink – Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake Classic Ink, Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends
  • PaperSoft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla CS
  • Other Basic Pearls, Adhesive

Dimensions:

  • Soft Suede CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Early Espresso CS – 5-5/8” x 3-7/8” (14.5 x 10cm)
  • Very Vanilla CS – 5-1/2” x 3-3/4” (14 x 9.5cm)

Directions:

  1. Stamp the flower image in the bottom right corner using Soft Suede Classic Ink onto piece Very Vanilla CS. Stamp the image again onto a post-it note and fussy cut it out
  2. Place the post-it note image over the stamped flower image and stamp the flourish using Crumb cake classic ink, as shown in the photo
  3. Stamp your greeting in Early Espresso ink on the bottom left corner
  4. Colour pearls using Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ blend, and randomly add to card front
  5. Adhere the Very Vanilla pieces to the Early Espresso Mat with double sided adhesive
  6. Adhere the Matted Early Espresso piece to your Soft Suede Card front. You’re done!

Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

Product List


See you next week for a new Make It Monday feature

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