Butterfly Framelit Window Frame Card

If you are on my mailing list, you’ve seen this card with my last newsletter but I love it so much that I had to share it on my blog too!

Now, I’ve done the window frame style card before (like this card) but I really wanted to play around with using the new Labels Framelits since they gave me a super easy way to make a big window on the front of my card.  So, one night I started playing and this card came out:

I started out by picking two of the patterns from the Sale-a-Bration designer paper Everyday Enchantment.  I guess, I thought this evoked a garden window at the time.  Then I started stamping some flowers from the Vintage Vogue stamp set and cut them out by hand.  Not the fastest process, but actually pretty relaxing.

Then I started layering my elements by popping up the green piece of designer paper and layering flowers above and below the level of that paper.  Finally, I finished it off with butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies dies to make my garden complete!

 

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Scrapbooking Sunday: Mixed Bunch Color-blocked Page

So, this is my last weekend to prep before the big Northwest Women’s Show here in Seattle.  I’m grateful to have the opportunity to present a crafting demonstration on their Home Style stage on each of the 3 days; so I’ve been trying to square away exactly what I’m going to demo.  Well, this is one of the projects I’m planning on showing on Sunday (please forgive the awful photo):

I saw a layout by a crafty friend of mine named Brettaney Q, who is a super talented scrapbooker, and was inspired to scraplift from it for the show this coming weekend.  She was so nice to give me permission and I love how my version turned out thanks to her inspiration.

I changed things up because I was using all Stampin’ Up! supplies and it was fun to get to pull out and play with all my tools!

This layout ended up being all about texture as I cut my strips for the color-blocked bottom of the layout and ran them through my Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  And on the top half of the layout I stamped with the Mixed Bunch stamp set with Versamark and embossed using clear embossing powder.  I added some Wisteria Wonder bakers twine along the middle which softens it all a bit.  And then I played with my Mixed Bunch stamp set and the matching Blossom punch to make the flower next to my photo.

Oh, and the last thing I did was add a simple title to my page.  I again reached for my Big Shot and grabbed my Timeless Type alphabet sizzlets, and cut it out of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

I love how it turned out and I hope the visitors to the Women’s show enjoy it too!  I’ll be showing them this project on Sunday along with a matching card using the same layout for those of you who aren’t scrapbookers. 🙂
If you’d like to come visit me at the show – I’ll be presenting at the following times:

  • Friday 3/2 at 3:30pm on the Home Style Stage
  • Saturday 3/3 at 3:00pm on the Home Style Stage
  • Sunday 3/4 at 11:30am on the Home Style Stage

I’ll be demo’ing for about 30 minutes and have a display table next to the stage with more samples, information, and of course a show special!  I still have a lot to do but I think the show will be a lot of fun.  Hope you can come say hello if you are local!

 

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First Tooth Scrapbook Page Recipe:
Stamps: 
Mixed Bunch
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder classic, So Saffron classic, Versamark
Paper: Chocolate Chip textured cardstock, Whisper White cs, Wisteria Wonder cs, Pink Pirouette cs, Rich Razzleberry cs, Lucky Limeade cs, So Saffron cs, Island Indigo cs, Crumb Cake cs, Concord Crush cs, Very Vanilla cs
Accessories:  Blossom punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Scallop edge punch, 1” circle punch, Wisteria Wonder bakers twine, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Heat gun, Clear embossing folder, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Fast and Fabulous Flower Card

Last week I held a Fast and Fabulous card class.  The goal of the class was to give people three cards that were quick to make, didn’t use too many tools, and looked great when you were done.  And while this card doesn’t translate as well in the photo as it does in person, people agreed it fit the class description. 🙂

Sometimes a simple card with a pop of color and a cool focal element is all you need.  In this case, the Daffodil Delight cardstock and the punched flower gives it that.  To create the flower, we punched the new Blossom punch five times.  For each punched flower, I crinkled up the paper as much as I could and then adhered them together.  I added a small Peach Parfait Boho Blossom punch out for the center before pulling it all together with an antique brad.

The one other thing that you can’t see, but I love is that the designer paper is flocked, adding a bit more of a rich feel to the card without being over the top.

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Want to come to one of my next classes?  Check out my calendar and let me know!

 

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Blossom Flower Fab Card Recipe:
Stamps: 
Curvy Verses
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper: Mocha Morning designer paper, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Daffodil Delight CS, Peach Parfait CS
Accessories:  Blossom punch, Boho Blossom punch, paper piercer, glue dots

Altered Clipboard Countdown Ticker

Have you ever looked at your stash of supplies, whether scrapbooking paper or office supplies, and realized you had more than you thought? That was me after organizing my craft room at the end of last year.  So I joined a group of girl friends in declaring a 100-project challenge!

 

For this challenge, you are supposed to create 100 projects using the supplies you have before you buy more stuff.  You are allowed to declare exceptions – like I said I could get more adhesive, supplies for my Stampin’ Up! classes, and page protectors for scrapbook albums.  However, soon after starting the challenge, I realized I was having a hard time remembering what number I was on, and so I decided to make myself a little countdown ticker.

 

I found a smaller clipboard at a local craft store for $1 and so I snagged it and brought it home to decorate – hey it counts as one of my projects that way!

I dug into my retired designer paper and found that I had tons of this Junior Varsity pattern and so grabbed a pack and got to work.  I covered the front and the back of the clipboard with designer paper and then used the Big Shot to cut out a title using the Go Go Boots alphabet dies I got on the Clearance Rack.

Then for the numbers, I used my Simple Numbers Bigz die to cut out two sets of 0-9 numbers.  Then I created cardstock tags that could be clipped up and traded out as I worked my way through my projects.

After I finished, I thought I should have made the title or decoration on the clipboard more generic so I could use it for all kinds of other countdowns – but I guess that means I can make more and they’ll count as another project! 😉

 

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Don’t Miss The Sale-a-Bration Savings!

SAB catalogWell, we are about halfway through Sale-a-Bration and I wanted to make sure everyone has been having a chance to take full advantage of all the great deals!

You’ve heard me talk about the free products you can get with every $50 you spend – which can be combined with hostess rewards for stacking tons of extra free stuff on the order you wanted to make anyway! 🙂

But lets talk about the best deal by far they have this year –

The Starter Kit!

Whether you are looking for a fun business opportunity, just want your favorite supplies at a 20%+ discount, or really want a killer deal in the form of the starter kit…now is the time to go for it!  There is no obligation, just lots of cool stuff!  So, what do you get?

Here is what you get in the starter kit:

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It is a $345 value for normally the cost of $175 – but thanks to Sale-a-Bration it is $50 off!  That is $345 worth of supplies for only $125!

Perfect for beefing up your supplies or plenty to get you started.  You can see the detailed list of everything that comes in the kit here.

But that isn’t everything….

 

Get a free pack of designer paper (your choice!) or a free digital download every month for the rest of the year!

So, lets say that you signed up today.  You would get up to 10 packs of designer paper for free over the course of the year.  And the benefit to delaying getting the paper over time?  You get to pick free packs of paper from the new catalogs as they come out!

That makes it $455 worth of supplies for only $125.  Sweet!

 

Anyway, while I’m sad I can’t sign up again to get the killer deal, I’m super excited to share the opportunity with you.  So, if you’ve been thinking about signing up or are just intrigued about this deal, let me know and I’d be happy to talk to you more about it.  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com.

You can get started online and take advantage of all the benefits almost immediately.  Plus, if you decide that you don’t want to do anything as a demo after you sign up… that is OK too.  There is no obligation, just enjoy the monthly magazine and inspiration available to demonstrators by Stampin’ Up!.

 

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Everyday Enchantment Framelit Card by Pam

One of the things I love about being a Stampin’ Up! demo is that through the course of my different classes, events, and online wanderings, I meet some pretty awesome people.  That is especially true of the Fun n’ Crafty gals in my downline.  I have a facebook group for us to chat and share info and ideas and I was so excited when Pamela Wu shared this card she had created:

Pamela Wu Framelit Labels card

Isn’t it pretty?!?

I love how it turned out and while I know I’m going to have to CASE it and make one for myself, I wanted to share it with you today.  I love how she used the Fresh Vintage stamp set to make a band for the smaller of the two Labels Framelits and then used the Bouquet Blossom Triple Layer punch for the central flower.  Finish it off with the uber cute Everyday Enchantment brad from Sale-a-Bration and it really pops!

So, thanks, Pam for sharing this card with us and I can’t wait to go try it out myself!

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Scrapbooking Sunday: Thinking of Spring

Its Sunday, and so I’m back again with more scrapbooking ideas.  This week, I decided to start from a sketch that came from some friends of mine.  They recently started a challenge blog called The Paper Girls Challenge, where twice a month they post some kind of crafty challenge.  Their first challenge was a scrapbook page sketch and I thought it looked like a lot of fun.  So, here is how my version turned out:

The sketch had you putting a banner in the upper left corner and I decided I wanted to say “Spring” which ended up leaving me with extra space to fill.  I just happened to have a doily cut out using the Paper Doily sizzlit and so I spritz’d it with Gold Smooch to match the colors and turned it into my sun.

But, see, I don’t really like having single page layouts in my scrapbook – I’m just a little weird like that; so I had to create a second page to go with this page.  Thus:

I forgot to mention that I was once again pulling out my Country Club Simply Scrappin’ Kit so the colors and the designer paper all came from this kit.  It also had these white rounded corner stickers that I started to pull off for journalling when I realized they would be perfect as clouds!  I love the touch of whimsy they give this page in real life.

I thought I’d point out the last two fun elements that I added to this page to help give it some pop and fill some space.

First are the flowers I added next to the pictures.  I had originally planned to use the Boho Blossoms punch to make flowers to use along the designer paper at the bottom of the page but changed my mind.  So, I had extra punch outs that ended up going perfect with my garden theme.

Then, instead, along the bottom of the page, I grabbed my Vintage tags and snipped off the hanging thread.  Then I filled them with a punch flower from the Boho Blossom punch in Not Quite Navy and then added a central image using some of the stickers from the Simply Scrappin’ kit.

All together, they actually were pretty quick to put together!

 

So now, here is the final result with the two pages side by side:

They may look a little bare compared to some of those super fancy scrapbook pages out there; but I love how it turned out in real life.  Plus, now I’m 3 more pictures done in my backlog of printed photos to scrap!

 

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Spring Scrapbook Layout Recipe:
Paper:
Country Club Simply Scrappin’ Kit, Certainly Celery CS, So Saffron Textured CS, Not Quite Navy CS, Pear Pizzazz CS, Cajun Craze CS
Accessories:  Big Shot die cutting machine, Paper Doily sizzlit, Pennant Builder punch, Billboard Alphabet die, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Boho Blossom punch, 5/8” Neutrals Brads, Paper Piercer

It’s All About The Cupcake!

Happy Saturday, everyone!  If you are a fan of my Facebook page, you’ve already seen today’s card; but I had so much fun making it that I wanted to make sure I shared it with my blog readers too.  (And it just makes me happy to look at so I’m having fun writing up this post!)

I made this cupcake card when I was trying to come up with something that would be quick to make.  I had just gotten my Sweet Shoppe specialty designer paper and when I flipped to the cupcake pattern, I got inspired!

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is that since everything is color coordinated, I don’t have to think too hard.  In this case, I could just look at the paper pattern and just pull those exact same colors from my cardstock stash and start stamping and punching away to make a punched out version of the same cupcake.

For both the cupcake base and the sentiment, I used the matching Create a Cupcake stamp set to go with the Cupcake Builder punch (have I mentioned how nice it is to have matching stamps and punches?).  Talk about quick!

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Ok, now I think I want to make some cupcakes.  Yum!

 

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Punch Art Cupcake Birthday Card Recipe:
Stamps: 
Create a Cupcake
Ink:  Soft Suede Classic
Paper: Sweet Shoppe specialty designer paper, Calypso Coral CS, Pool Party CS, Soft Suede CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Cupcake builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Designer Frames Embossed Love Card

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  My day was like pretty much everyday except my hubby was super sweet and let me sleep in a little in the morning.  He even fed Nicholas breakfast while I slept!  That was an awesome enough gift for me. Smile

Well, as evidenced by my just getting my Christmas thank you cards out in the mail last week, I’m a bit behind on my holiday card making.  So, it really wasn’t any surprise that I didn’t get many Valentines done…and by many I mean, I got one done.  Sure, I helped my son make one for his daddy, and so I hurried to put together one from me as well.

I saw a card on the Stampin’ Up! facebook page that used this stamp from the Easy Events stamp set in front of the lattice embossed background and it was inspiration enough to get me started.

imageI was trying to figure out how I wanted to mat the image when I remembered that I had just received the Designer Frames embossing folders as a free Sale-a-Bration item and sure enough, the rectangle frame was a perfect fit!

The really cool thing about these embossing folders is that since the plastic is somewhat see-through, I could stamp my image first and then line it up inside the frame before embossing.  Sure, it leaves a little bit of ink on the folder, but that is easy to clean with a little spritz of the Stampin’ Mist cleaner.

Anyway, after embossing the image, I decided to snazzy it up a bit and used a black marker to outline the embossed ridge near the inside of the rectangle.  Then I cut out the whole frame and sponged to make it “pop” more off the background.

Oh, and one tip I’ll give you about watercoloring your images:
Let the ink sit for an extra minute before you start blending your colors.

I used a blender pen, and though I know the Basic Black ink is water resistant and that classic ink dries really quickly.  I forgot that if you are going to be doing a lot of pulling the color around with a blender pen – let your stamped image sit for an extra minute to totally dry.  I started coloring in almost immediately after stamping and found that if I went over the black lines very much with the blender pen it would darken my color (in this case, I ran into it with the green of the tree).  It still looked pretty and came out fine, but I ended up stamping again anyway because I wanted a more vibrant color when I was coloring.  Letting the image sit while I cut out the frame was more than enough time to be ready to color.

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Easy Events Love Card Recipe:
Stamps: 
Easy Events
Ink:  Lucky Limeade Classic Ink, Cherry Cobbler Classic, Soft Suede Classic, Basic Black marker
Paper: Basic Black CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Basic Black 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Lattice embossing folder

Scrapbooking Sunday: Summer Fun Simple Layout

Oops, got behind posting todays scrapbook layout.  This is one of the first pages I did last year when getting back into scrapbooking.  I had ordered the Country Club Simply Scrappin’ kit because I thought it could be very versatile and I think it totally works.

I love Simply Scrappin’ kits because you have a little of everything to help you put together your scrapbook pages and you know it will be all coordinated! Plus, you have everything you need in one small package so it is ultra portable, like in this case when I took the pack to a crop with my pictures, a couple stamps, and some ink.

I stamped and cut out the title using Broadsheet Alpha.  It took a while, but I liked having the individual letters.

Then clustering a few of the kit elements just for fun at the bottom let me play with the different elements of the kit.  Then adding some stamping using the Creative Elements stamp set to create a border along the bottom.

Overall, this isn’t my favorite layout of my recent pages, but the pictures and memories are wonderful and I’m glad to have them captured while I still remember that exact day.

I’m definitely going to have to do more scrapping of days and pictures from everyday activities and not just holidays and milestones.  What do you scrap?

 

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Broadsheet Alphabet - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!Creative Elements - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Broadsheet Alpha Stamp Set                           Creative Elements Stamp Set