stamp review crew lift me up stamp set

Stamp Review Crew “Lift Me Up”

Stamp Review Crew “Lift Me Up”

stamp review crew lift me up

Friends!  If you’re following along with this week’s Stamp Review Crew , you’ve arrived here from Betty Traciak’s blog.  This weeks review focuses on the Lift Me Up Stamp Set from the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  I LOVE this set!  Not only are the images and the sentiments wonderful and versatile, but the Lift Me Up stamp set has a coordinating Thinlits set, too!  The Up & Away Thinlits Dies can be purchased separately, or as a bundle with the Lift Me Up stamp set at a 10% discount.  Woo hoo!

stamp review crew lift me up

up and away thinlits dies stampin up

The sentiments can be used for so many occasions, which makes the Lift Me Up stamp set such a great set to add to your collection.  Here are a few:

  • birthday
  • graduation
  • general congratulations
  • Valentines’ Day
  • weddings
  • sympathy
  • get well
  • thank you
  • thinking of you

My card today focuses on the “Love Is In the Air” sentiment to demonstrate that this saying can be used for a wedding shower card, a baby shower card, an engagement card, or an “I Love You” card.  So versatile!

stamp review crew lift me up

stamp review crew lift me up

The card above uses the large balloon stamp along with the sentiment, while the card below uses the large balloon die along with the sentiment.

stamp review crew lift me up

Here is a slideshow of the items I used to create today’s cards.  The Up and Away Designer Series Paper is FREE as part of the current Sale-a-Bration promotion.  If you spend $50, you can order it for free.  Woo hoo!!!!!!!  To order any of the products, just click on one of the slides and you will be redirected to my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Thanks for visiting!  Hop on over to the next blog post by the wonderful Sue Plote!

     

ikea craft room

Craft Room Reveal!

Craft Room Reveal!

Friends!  Welcome to my Ikea craft room reveal!!!  (not sponsored!)  We’ve lived in our home for 22 years, and for the past 14 of those years I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  I started off with a few baskets to hold my supplies, grew into an armoire in the dining room, moved to a sectioned-off area in the family room, and now, FINALLY, I’ve arrived!!!!

 

ikea craft room

Goals:

  • keep the room available for multi-generational visits (a.k.a.  a bed for my daughter – whose bedroom it was until she moved to college – and her future husband and kids)
  • an area for photos and videos
  • everything in arm’s reach
  • have a place to display our American Girl dolls

How I Achieved My Goals:

  • install a Murphy bed with shelves and drawers for sleepover purposes
  • install desk space long enough to have room for stamping, die-cutting, and sewing
  • install wall shelves to hold card stock and the items I use every day

One wall is dedicated to the bed, American Girl dolls, and my card rack:

 

ikea craft room

 

There is a dedicated space under the window for photos and videos.  I found the table at Goodwill (I wasn’t even looking for it) for six bucks.

 

ikea craft room

 

I made room for the printer and I have a dedicated space for die-cutting and sewing:

 

ikea craft room

 

Most importantly, the stamping area! 

 

ikea craft room

 

Let me break down the different features:

  • I had all of the bins and baskets.  To make the space less cluttered, I spray-painted all of the items white.
  • We purchased the shelves at Lowe’s.  Floating shelves would have been cooler, but they would not have been functional.  Crafting is a fluid way of life…supplies are always changing and coming and going.  As a result, I needed shelves that I would be able to adjust based on my products.  Floating shelves are stationary, so they aren’t useful to a craft room.
  • The key for my craft room was to make the wall space functional.  I needed to preserve the floor space for the queen Murphy bed, so by using the wall space, the floor space is open.
  • Here are the Ikea items I used.  These items are a tad bit more expensive than the storage units you can purchase at hobby stores, but the quality is far superior.

 

 

I’d love to see how you organize your crafting space!  Share a link to your blog below so we can see where you create!!

P.S.  Now that my craft room dream has come true, does that mean I can delete my “Craft Room Ideas” Pinterest board???

 

ikea craft room

stampin up cool treats

Stampin Up Cool Treats

Stampin Up Cool Treats

I know the chances are pretty high that it’s probably snowing wherever you are now.  The last thing you want to think about is a cool treat when all you want is a nice hot cup of cocoa!  But since I showed you how you could use the Stampin’ Up! Cool Treats bundle in the Valentine’s Day card I made yesterday, I wanted to show you a little tip today.  It only takes about a minute, and it will make your ice cream scoops and popsicles look really yummy!!

stampin up cool treats

Take a look at my short video to see how I used a Stampin’ Sponge and the Peekaboo Peach In-Color Classic Pad to make the scoop of ice cream really “pop.”

Like I stated in the video, this technique isn’t limited to the ice cream dies.  You can use the Stampin’ Sponges and ink to hide oops and add dimension to any die-cut shape.  It’s easy and makes your shapes look even better!

Here is a closer look at the scoops.  Notice the darker edges.

stampin up cool treats

To order any of the supplies I used to make this card, click on the photo in the slide show below to visit my online store.  Thanks for looking! Be sure to hit the little buttons at the top of my sidebar to subscribe to my YouTube Channel, follow Stampin with Charlene on Instagram, and follow my FaceBook page.  And be sure to sign up to receive free email alerts whenever I post a new project.  I love the Stampin’ Up! Cool Treats bundle, so I’m sure I’ll be making many more cards!!

cool treats stampin up

Cool Treats Stampin’ Up: Valentine’s Day Card #2

Cool Treats Stampin’ Up!

Yesterday, I showed you a traditional “hearts and doily” Valentine’s Day card using one of the designs from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Occasions Catalog.  Today’s card uses a paper design from the same pack of paper, but the card has a flirty and fun modern look.  The Cool Treats Stampin’ Up! Photopolymer Bundle is perfect to achieve this fun look!!

sending love designer series paper stampin up

I love the fun polka dot design from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack!

It’s fun to make non-traditional Valentine’s Day cards because let’s face it, we don’t want everyone to be our Valentine, right?  Today’s “You’re Sweet” card is perfect to acknowledge the fun holiday without being too mushy or romantic.  In addition to a Valentine’s Day card, today’s card also showcases the prints included in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack that don’t have anything to do with love or with Valentine’s Day.  Polka dots can be used for any occasion!

I love, love, love the stamp sets that are included in the new Cool Treats Photopolymer Stamp Set from the new 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.   I also love that it is sold as a bundle with the Frozen Treats Framelits Dies.  The stamp set has 36 stamps and the framelits has 17 dies.  That is a TON of stuff to use to create!!!!  When you purchase both as a bundle, you save 10%.  At $48.50, all you need to do is add some ribbon or adhesive and you’ll be at $50, which means you’ll qualify to order a  FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure!  Woo hoo!

cool treats stampin up stamp set

Don’t those scoops of ice cream look so yummy?!

cool treats stampin up

Check out the little cherry!  It looks tedious to make, and I’ll be honest, at first it was.  However, I discovered a really easy technique that makes it a breeze to make the cherry.  Here is what you do:

  • stamp the red cherry, but don’t stamp the stem
  • use the cherry/stem die framelit die to cut the cherry/stem
  • color in the stem with the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker

Yes, it’s that easy!  I used a Mini Glue Dot to adhere the cherry to the ice cream.

cool treats stampin up

Below is a slide show of all the items I used to create this adorable card.  Click on an image in the slide show to link to my online store.  Be sure to subscribe to receive email updates whenever I post a new project.  It’s free, and all you have to do is enter your email address in the box at the top of my sidebar.

Thanks for visiting!

sending love designer series paper stack

Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack: Card #1

Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack

I made two pocket cards with Stampin’ Up!’s new Sending Love Designers Series Paper Stack from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  Pocket cards are so fun to make!  The Sending Love Designers Series Paper Stack is a great way to make a variety of Valentine’s Day cards because the stack contains 48 sheets of paper, 6 each of 8 double-sided designs.  You can mix and match the designs to make several different cards and projects.

Today’s card is a traditional “hearts and doily” Valentine’s Day card.  Check back tomorrow for another fun card with a completely different look but made with paper from the same paper collection. You’ll be able to see the versatility in this great paper collection.

sending love designer series paper stack

 

sending love designer series paper stack

Take a look at the different patterns:

sending love designer series paper stack

Here is a slideshow of the items used to create this Valentine’s Day pocket card.  To purchase an item, just click the image and it will direct you to my online store.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for the second pocket card design.

 

You can slip a gift card or a candy bar inside the pocket card to add to the fun.  Yummy!!!!

Do You Like to Color? Inside The Lines Designer Series Paper

Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper

inside the lines designer series paper

It’s Sale-a-Bration time at Stampin’ Up!, so to celebrate, this week’s Stamp Review Crew feature was a free-for-all for the members of the Crew to come up with whatever we wanted to create with items from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.

Coloring is such a fad right now, so I was thrilled when I saw the “Inside the Lines” Designer Series Paper that is offered as a free item during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 purchase.  I haven’t personally jumped on the coloring trend because I find most of the pages too detailed for my liking.  However, the “Inside The Lines Designer Series Paper” solves that problem for me. There are two paper designs with large images, and one paper design with lots of flowers that aren’t too small.

inside the lines designer series paper

It’s been a long time since I colored, and it was so relaxing.  We just converted a bedroom into my craft room, and there was a tiny space on the wall that was screaming for a picture.  I decided this section of design would be perfect.

inside the lines designer series paper

inside the lines designer series paper

 

One important tip that I can offer when you color (in case it’s been years since you’ve colored, too!) is to start off by outlining each color section as shown below.  By doing this, you will be able to avoid accidentally coloring parts of the picture the wrong color.  Even though there are big areas to color on this design, there are some itty-bitty parts, too.  By outlining, you’ll have a much better shot at getting it right!

inside the lines designer series paper

I am not an artist.  I don’t know anything about shading and all of that artist stuff.  I copied what I’ve seen others do by using light and dark shades on the same image, so I used the Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker to color the mountain tops, and the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker to color the mountains.

inside the lines designer series paper

You can purchase individual Stampin’ Write Markers or purchase the Many Marvelous Markers case, which includes

  • all 38 colors in our color collections (except Whisper White and Very Vanilla) in one sturdy case and empty space to store the In-Color Markers.* Dual tipped markers: 0.5 mm fine point and flexible brush
    * Set of 38, packaged in rigid plastic case with handle
    * Includes colors from all 4 color collections (does not include Whisper White or Very Vanilla)
    * Odorless, water-based dye ink
    * Coordinate with Classic Stampin’ Pads and exclusive Stampin’ Up! cardstock

If you purchase the case of Many Marvelous Markers for $110 during Sale-a-Bration, you will be able to select TWO free items from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  Win/win!!!!

I used various Stampin’ Write markers to color, but Stampin’ Up! offers other coloring tools.

Use what you love and have fun coloring!  Be sure to visit the next blog (link below) in the Stamp Review Crew Sale-a-Bration celebration!!

 inside the lines designer series paper

 

inside the lines designer series paper