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Stamp Review Crew: Rose Wonder Stamp Set

Stamp Review Crew:  Rose Wonder Stamp Set Welcome!  If you are following along, you’ve arrived from Sue Plote’s blog.  Today’s Stamp Review Crew is all about one of my favorites!  The Rose Wonder Stamp Set has so many sentiments that you will definitely use this set all the time. Occasions: birthday wedding sympathy thanks friendship encouragement I’ve been in bed most of the week with the flu.  You know I’m really sick when I don’t feel up to stamping.  In fact, that is how my family gauges how sick I am – “is she stamping? no?  she must REALLY be sick!” Luckily, I created some cards with the Rose Wonder Stamp set a few months ago, so let’s revisit those cards today as part of this week’s Stamp Review Crew blog hop. On the “Wedding Wishes” card, I embossed the sentiment to give the card bling.  But do you see what I mean?  Look at the variety of events that are covered with this set: Not only is the Rose Wonder Stamp Set full of wonderful sentiments, it is a photopolymer set, which is my favorite type of stamp to use!  Why, you ask? Photopolymer stamps: * Are totally transparent for perfect image placement. * Have just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time. * Cling perfectly to Stampin’ Up!’s clear blocks so you don’t have to worry about slipping. * Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your photopolymer stamps (blocks sold separately). * Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference. Another fabulous advantage to owning the Rose Wonder Stamp Set is that you can also purchase the coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits Dies. Win! Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to check out the other fabulous creations on this week’s Stamp Review Crew blog hop!!!!

Make 12 Christmas Cards With The “Hello December 2016 Project Life” Kit

How To Make 12 Christmas Cards With The “Hello December 2016 Project Life” Kit I have said over and over and over again that I am NOT a scrapbooker.  It took awhile for me to tell myself that it’s okay.  Stampin’ Up! is about doing what you LOVE, and I LOVE creating greeting cards.  Today I want to show you how you can make twelve Christmas cards with the new Hello December 2016 Project Life Kit and Accessory Pack. First, take a look at my quick video to see an example of the cards:   Supplies You’ll Need From The 2016 Holiday Catalog:   Paper You Will Need From The Annual Catalog: Stamp Set, Ink, and Framelits You’ll Need From The Annual Catalog:   Big Shot Items and Punches You’ll Need From The Annual Catalog:   Ribbon You’ll Need From The Annual Catalog:   Adhesives You’ll Need From The Annual Catalog:   Phew!  That’s a lot of supplies, right?  But don’t panic!  Go through your supplies and take inventory of the stuff you already have or stuff that is similar to what I used if you want to make your own adjustments. Now that you have gathered your stuff together, what do you need to do with it??  Here is what you’ll need to do before you start assembling the cards:  score 6 pieces of Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock at the 4-1/4″ mark and cut each scored piece at 5-1/2″ so you end up with 12 card bases cut 5 pieces of Real Red 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and emboss each piece with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder cut 7 pieces of Emerald Envy 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and emboss each piece with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder die-cut 4 bows with the bow framelit from the Wonderful Wreaths Framelits Dies die-cut 4 “Noel”s with the Noel framelit from the Wonderful Wreaths Framelits Dies take a look at the photos and get busy CASE-ing!!  (copy my layouts like you see them) I’ll be posting more in-depth videos soon.  In the meantime, this should be enough info to get you started!!  🙂 Shop the Annual Catalog  HERE Shop the Holiday Catalog HERE

Timeless Textures Stamp Set

Timeless Textures Stamp Set: Create Your Own Faux Designer Series Paper! Welcome, Stamp Review Crew Blog Hoppers!  If you’re following along, you’ve arrived from Shana Gaff’s blog.  I’m happy to share my creation for today’s hop using the Timeless Textures Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!  The nine stamps that are included in the Timeless Textures Clear Stamp Set are versatile, allowing you to create a variety of looks for your cards and projects.  I’m sure you’ll see what I mean when you visit the other sites that are part of this blog hop. I wanted to create the appearance of a piece of Designer Series Paper on the “Hello” butterfly card I created, because let’s face it.  Sometimes I just want a piece of DSP and I don’t have a certain design or a certain color. With some of the stamps in the Timeless Textures stamp set, you can create your OWN DSP! To do so, I used the Sahara Sand Classic Ink to stamp the Timeless Textures image on both sides of the card. Sahara Sand is one of the coordinating colors in the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper Pack.  You can see that in addition to the butterfly, I used the Blooms and Bliss DSP as the bottom layer on the card. I have to admit that the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper didn’t really appeal to my personal taste at first, but I’m so glad I gave it a try!  The same thing goes for the Timeless Textures Stamp Set; it’s not flashy and doesn’t contain cute little animals or flowers or sayings.  However, take a look at the stamps that are included in the Timeless Textures Stamp Set so you can see for yourselves their versatility.  Like I said, there are nine stamps in the set, and at only $20.00, that is about $2.00 per stamp.  Wonderful! Thanks for hopping!  The slideshow shows all of the products I used to create today’s “Hello” butterfly card.  Click the buttons below the slideshow to go back to the previous blog and/or to hop to the next!  

Playful Pals Stamp Set ~ Cute Cards for Kids!

Playful Pals Stamp Set ~ Cute Cards for Kids! I have had the Playful Pals Stamp Set for several months now and I finally found some time to pull it out and make some really cute cards for kids.  I am a big fan of handwritten notes, and I believe it is really important to teach children how to write handwritten cards and thank you notes and MAIL THEM!  I remember my mother teaching me how to write thank you notes when I was little.  I think that is one of the reasons why I love cards and stationery so much today. Check out some of the cute animals you can create with the Playful Pals Stamp Set.  I also used the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies to make it a snap to cut the body parts.  NOTE:  there is NOT a corresponding die for every body part.  For example, you can only  die cut the elephant’s ear and the frog’s leg for one side.  There are two different stamps, one for the right side and one for the left side, but the die only cuts the body part for the left side.  Just use your paper snips to cut the corresponding body part. Of course I had to add googly eyes to my animals to make them even cuter! NOW is a great time to teach kids the importance of handwritten notes.  Make several of these Playful Pals cards WITH your kids and/or grandkids and have them bring a thank you card to their teachers on the first day of school, or make a pack of cards for the teacher.  Win, win!!  

Jar of Love Stamp Set

Jar of Love Stamp Set Welcome!  I’m excited to announce that I have been accepted to participate in the Stamp Review Crew! The “Stamp Review Crew” is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who work together to bring you ideas using different stamp sets on the first and third Mondays of the month.  Today’s Jar of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set card is my first for the “Stamp Review Crew,” and I’m excited to welcome new visitors to my blog! You can read more about me and my stamping endeavors on my About Me page.  At the end of this post, you’ll see two buttons.  One says”Next Blog,” which brings you to the next blog in the Stamp Review Crew’s Jar of Love Blog Hop.  The other buttong says “Previous Blog,” which brings you to the blog that is right before mine in the Blog Hop.  Blog Hops are fun and provide you with tons of ideas, so please follow along!  Now…on to the card! Stampin’ Up!’s new Jar of Love Stamp Set reminds me of collecting fireflies on warm humid nights in New Jersey in the summertime.  The Jar of Love Stamp Set and its coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies are perfect for making cards and projects that elicit the same feelings of hominess that I feel whenever I see glass canning jars full of flowers,  fruits and other delicious foods, or bugs like the fireflies I mentioned. Take a look at all of the stamps that are included in both the stamp set and the framelits set.  They are such a value when you consider that the stamp set includes 37 (THIRTY SEVEN!) stamps for only $27.00!  That’s less than $1.00 per stamp!  The framelits set contains 17 dies for $33.00, which is about $2.00 per die.  As if that weren’t enough of a value, guess what???  You can bundle (purchase both together) the stamp set AND the framelits and save 10%!!  (For the bundle deal,  order HERE.)  The projects that you can create with these products are endless.  Just change the Designer Series Paper and the color combinations that you incorporate into your project to change the look and feel of the stamp set.  You can make Christmas projects, fall projects, little fishy projects, and on and on! In addition to the Jar of Love Stamp Set and the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies to create my card, I used the following supplies:    

“June Cleaver” Card

“June Cleaver” Card:  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper Today’s card was inspired by June Cleaver.  Can you see why?  I just love how this special card fold, combined with the lovely designs on the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, work together with the metal-rimmed pearls to make this card look like a sweater and a blouse! It’s so fun to play around with paper and stamps and try to come up with creative ideas and different uses other than what was originally intended.  Don’t you agree?! To make the collar fold, I used these measurements: on the 5-1/4″ side, measure over to 2-5/8″ from the 2-5/8″ point, cut down 2″ fold each corner into the center To make the neckline, I used a stamp from the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I think it worked perfectly to create the illusion of a blouse. Here is a list of the supplies I used to create today’s “June Cleaver” card:   Stay tuned for more cards using the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper!  Click the link in the sidebar to subscribe to my blog.  All you need to do is enter your email address and you will receive my blog posts directly by email.  That way you will never miss a post!