Color Combination Inspiration, Day 2 Plus Lots of Good News!

Yesterday, I told you how I “think in Stampin’ Up!” language.  The inspiration for that card came from my daughter’s apartment décor.  Today’s card inspiration comes from the colors in her bedroom here at home.  (How long do I keep an official bedroom for her at home?  This empty-nester stuff is still new to me.)  Her room is painted in Behr’s Elephant Skin and Behr’s Harmonious paint colors.          For my card, I used Smoky Slate and Soft Sky.  Whenever a new catalog and new In-Colors come out, I always feel a little sad for the tried and true oldies but goodies, and Soft Sky is one of those colors.  I don’t use it very often, but it is absolutely beautiful when it is used along with Smoky Slate and when silver ribbon, metallic thread, sequins and rhinestones area added to the mix.  The colors make this card so calming.  I think I stumbled upon a new favorite combo! What do you think? ***** In addition to providing you with some stamping inspiration, today I also get to share with you news of new  Stampin Up! special promotions!  Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack!  New items were added today and are available while supplies last. As if new Clearance Rack items weren’t enough, be sure to  check out this week’s Weekly Deals! The FUN FLOWER PUNCH that I used to punch the cute flower for this card is on the list.   Amazing!!!! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog P.S.  After I wrote this post, I walked into my doctor’s office and BAM! Look at the magazine that was on the top of the pile and look at the color scheme…

Color Combination Inspiration, Day 1

I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for so long that I find myself thinking in “Stampin’ Up!” language.  I associate the colors that I see around me every day with their closest Stampin’ Up! counterpart.  Last Sunday, I found myself telling my sister-in-law that I liked her “So Saffron” pants.  Pacific Point is both “Duke” and “Barnard” blue to me.  (I am so happy that my daughters’ colleges are the same colors.  It helps my OCD.  But that is a story for a different day.)  As I type this, my daughter is wearing her new Smoky Slate t-shirt. The inspiration for my latest card comes from my daughter’s apartment.  I had the pleasure of helping her move in and decorate it last year.  She started from scratch without any furniture; it was a wonderful blank canvas for me!  The color scheme ended up being yellow, gray, and white. Luckily, I am not color-blind.  However, when it comes to gray and silver, I sometimes have a difficult time distinguishing between the two! To create the striped center for the flower, I used the 1″ circle punch and the diagonally-striped stamp from the Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set.  And, yes, I know that I attached the Crushed Curry piece wrong-side-up!  I wanted to go with the de-bossed look of the Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to change things up a bit. (and maybe I accidentally got some black ink on the other side.  oops.) Come back tomorrow for another color combo that was inspired by something I see every day.  Plus, look at what starts tomorrow!  Woooo!!! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Asian Paper Fan to Keep Cool

  A couple of weekend’s ago, we attended a beautiful wedding reception at a lovely place on the ocean.  Each place setting had a lovely paper fan incorporated into the decorations. When the event was over, I had the great joy of inheriting all of the fans.  I was thrilled!  It would have been a crime for all of the fans to end up in the garbage can. I knew I would be able to think of something to do with them. It is only the second full day of summer, and already the heat is unbearable where I live in south Florida.  I can only imagine how hot it will be in Utah at the end of July during Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Convention.  I thought is might be fun to decorate the fans and use them as my swaps for the event.  I think the other women might appreciate having something to help keep them cool. I stamped the large flower from the Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the Encore Metallic Ink Pad in Gold. I’m not too sure about the flower on the side.  I will keep you posted because this is still a work in progress.  I know I can make it better.  It needs something, but I just can’t figure out yet what it is. (It makes me crazy whenever I see blank white space.  When I see a white paper gown at the doctor’s office I want to get my stamps and ink and get busy making the gown look pretty.  I’m happy that I am now the proud owner of 75 plain white paper fans.) Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Paper Cake Treat Boxes Made Easy with Stampin’ Up!

When I made this paper cake several years ago, I remember thinking how cool it would be if there were a way to create each piece with the Big Shot.  With my paper cake, I had to print out each separate piece onto cardstock and cut them out by hand.  Yes, it was a ton of work, but I didn’t mind.  I love my job and I will do whatever it takes to make everything perfect! Fast forward about five years and my patience for waiting for a die to cut the pieces has paid off!  In the new 2015-2016 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog, not only is there the Cutie Pies Thinlits Die to cut the individual cake pieces, but there is also an entire project kit to create a two-tiered cake.  The kit even includes a fun cake stand!  Let me show you the two different ways you can create your own paper cake. 1)  Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies: 2)  Sweet Stack Project Kit: Here is the finished project from the kit: Here are the pieces included in the kit: Watch a how-to video on how to assemble the Sweet Stack cake, brought to you by Alisha from Stampin’ Up! Wondering which one you should buy?  Let me help you decide! BUY THE CUTIE PIE THINLITS DIES IF: you want to make an unlimited amount of cake pieces you want to make cake pieces with your choice of card stock colors and/or Designer Series Paper you want to make an individual treat box or a whole cake you want to use the additional dies included in the set to add bows, tags, and embellishments to your treat box, cake, or any other project BUY THE SWEET STACK PROJECT KIT IF: you need a quick party decoration that doubles as party favors, too you want all of the prep work done for you; all you need to do is assemble the boxes you need a cake stand So basically, order the Sweet Stack Project Kit if you want a one-time cake.  Order the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies if you want to make an unlimited amount of cake boxes.  No matter which option you choose, you will also want to use the Sweet Stack Photopolymer Stamp Set to stamp images and tags for your project. Now I need to go eat a piece.  I’m happy that my neighbor sent over the leftover cake from her party.  The icing is so good!!!

Timeless Elegance Room Décor

Yesterday, I showed you a card I created with a sheet of paper from the new Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.  I personally think this pattern in the most beautiful ever created by Stampin’ Up! The coordinating colors for this pack of paper are Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Sahara Sand, which also happen to coordinate perfectly with the colors in my daughter’s bedroom.  I love this color combo because you can add almost any other color to it that you want to incorporate.  I chose Perfect Plum; it is very close to the paint color on my daughter’s walls. I love that the flowers from the Spiral Flowers Originals Die are the perfect height to fit underneath the glass of the shadow box.  Kudos to whomever it was at Stampin’ Up! that designed this pattern and who named this collection “Timeless Elegance,” because that is exactly what this paper is:  timeless and elegant. Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!

  I wish I could show you in-person how extremely gorgeous this one particular sheet of paper is from the new Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.  It is probably my most favorite paper design of all-time.  The rose images jump off the page.  I didn’t add a sentiment to this card because I wanted the images to speak for themselves.  They do seem to speak to you, don’t they? I added three separate 3-D flowers that I created with the Spiral Flowers Originals Die.  To make the flowers stand out more, I added tiny circle to their centers that I punched out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the 1/2″ Circle Punch.  If you want the flowers to stand out even more, just use your fingers to roll back the tips of the flowers.  Gorgeous! Luckily, this paper matches the décor in my daughter’s bedroom.  I think I am going to make some fun decorations for her room while she is gone.  Shhh.  I’ll keep you posted. Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog