Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Control Freaks Blog Tour: Flat & Fabulous

It's time for another Control Freaks Blog Tour! Whether you're coming from Melissa Davies' Rubberfanastic's blog or just arriving -- welcome!! I'm so excited about this month's theme! We're focusing on "Simple & Elegant" or "Flat & Fabulous"! This is my kind of card! Quick and clean!

A couple years ago, I was mailing some packages at the post office and handed the clerk some cards that were stamped and ready to mail. Of course, he felt them out and decided that because of the little bump, I needed extra postage. He told me I had to mail it as a parcel! I argued that it was "just a card". But he insisted that it wasn't just a card because of the bump. I said it was a card with ribbon. He said it was a a card AND ribbon. Needless to say, I walked away with the card in hand. I wasn't going to pay a parcel rate to mail it!

The machines that handle our letters and cards are not gentle! Unless you pay extra for a non-machinable card to be hand-cancelled, your cards really should be FLAT. Even a brad or a rhinestone will tear through the envelope. So here are some FLAT but fabulous card ideas that will make your post master happy!
Stampin' Up! Giggle Greetings Notecards with Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
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For a "Flat & Fabulous" cards, I love the Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes (#131527). I dressed up the envelopes with some designer series paper cut with the Envelope Liner Framelits (#132172). 
The cards themselves are pretty simple. I punched shapes from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (#133787) out of Whisper White cardstock and then punched the 1" Square Punch (#124094) around it. I did use some Stampin' Dimensionals to pop each square off of the colored Postage Punch, but that will squish through the postage machines okay. I stamped the greetings in coordinating colors: Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, and Honey Hello. I love the new Giggle Greetings stamp set. It will be available to hostesses this fall, so watch for details to find out how you can earn this exclusive set for free when it's released!

The set of notecards would make a cute gift packaged up in the Polka Dot Gift Bags (#135503). I made up a quick tag using the punches and stamps from the notecards with the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit (#133629).
 Stampin Up! Notecard Gift Bag with Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
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Here's another way to use the Polka Dot Gift Bag; I cut off the end and turned it into a flat and fabulous envelope! The card itself is very simple. I used the new Filigree Frame Embossing Folder (coming soon in the Holiday Catalog) and then stamped the Feel Goods greeting (#129684) in Hello Honey before adhering the Whisper White card to the Hello Honey card base.
Stampin' Up! Feels Goods Card
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That's all I have for you today! Be sure to come back and visit me again for more new projects! For now, it's time to continue on with the tour and head over to see what Judy DiScipio has in store for you!
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Stamp of the Month Club: Pictogram Punches

It's time to reveal my August pick for Stamp of the Month Club! One of the stamp sets that topped the list on my first order from the new Annual Catalog was the Pictogram Punches stamp set. I've already had lots of fun with this set (see more cards here), so I thought it would be the perfect set to feature this month! Here is the first of the three cards in my Stamp of the Month Club series.
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I am restructuring Stamp of the Month Club starting this month. Instead of three completed finished samples, club members will now receive a kit with pre-cut and pre-punches supplies to make SIX cards (2 each of 3 designs). Learn more about Stamp of the Month Club.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Pictogram Punches stamp set, Lost Lagoon ink & cardstock, Blackberry Bliss ink & cardstock, Mossy Meadow ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, In Color Designer Paper Stack, Glimmer Paper, Petite Curly Label Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Rhinestone Jewel Accents, Blackberry Bliss Ribbon
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Five Favorite Weekly Deals Projects

Today is the last day to take advantage of the Aug 12-18 Weekly Deals. While looking for a project to share, I came across many that use the items on sale, so I decided to share five of my favorite projects using the Weekly Deals items. Click on each image to see the original blog post. Make sure to shop TODAY to get these goodies on sale because there will be brand new Weekly Deals starting tomorrow! Shop Now
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ON SALE: Designer Rosette Die, #125594
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ON SALE: Petite Purse Die, #125606
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ON SALE: Petite Curly Label Punch, #129405
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ON SALE: Petite Purse Die, #125606
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ON SALE: Designer Rosette Die, #125594
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stampin' Up! Hardwood Fence Card

If you weren't sure about whether or not you NEED the Hardwood background stamp or not, let me help you decide! I absolutely love the way this card turned out and it's so simple! I just stamped the Hardwood background stamp (I used Soft Suede ink on Baked Brown Sugar cardstock) and then I used the Triangle Punch to notch out the top (and sides) to make it look like a fence. I stamped on a second piece of cardstock and cut out two planks to add across the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
How to Make a Fence Card
I wish I could say I thought of it myself, but I spied this card on Kevin Theesen's Facebook page after Convention and was inspired to make my own fence card!
Stampin' Up! Hardwood Background Stamp Fence Card
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Stampin' Up! Supplies: Occasions 4 You stamp set, Crisp Cantaloupe ink & cardstock, Soft Suede ink, Baked Brown Sugar cardstock, Strawberry Slush cardstock, Pistachio Pudding cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Bird Punch (leaves), Decorative Label Punch ,Triangle Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (flowers), Rhinestone Jewel Accents, Stampin' Dimensionals
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

AW23: Bloom For You Sketch Card + VIDEO Quick Tips

http://aroundtheworldstampinchallenges.blogspot.com/2014/08/aw23-sketch-boceto-skizze-schets.htmlIt's the 15th of the month and time for another Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenge! This time, we're doing a sketch challenge.  Be sure to check out the challenge blog to see the design team's creations. Our design team is comprised of demonstrators from around the world -- one for each country/market that Stampin' Up! They are sure to inspire you! I hope you'll play along and participate in the challenge with us!

Here's my card using the AW23 sketch:
Stampin' Up! Bloom for You Card with In Colors
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This card is pretty straightforward, but I do have a few video quick tips to share about how I made the leaves and cut the ribbon.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Bloom for You stamp, Perfect Pairs stamp set, Hello Honey ink, Tangelo Twist cardstock, Blackberry Bliss ink pad, Old Olive cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Park Lane Designer Paper, Fun Flower Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Brights Candy Dots, Blackberry Bliss ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
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Quick Video Tip: Doodled Dots Card

The last few months, I have been including a free gift with the make and take kits that I send everyone who orders $40 or more from my online store. I use the hostess benefits generated from the Hostess Code to cover the gifts. I try to design at least one of the three monthly bonus projects around the free gift. Learn More about Stamp Club AT HOME.

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This month, I'll be sending the Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks as the free gift. One of the August bonus projects uses the stripes masks, so I wanted to share a few more ideas using these masks. At Convention last month, I saw this tip demonstrated in a bonus class. I used the mask to create perfectly spaced doodle dots! Watch my quick tip video to learn how!

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Check out this quick video tip to see how I made this Doodled Dots card.
Stampin' Up! Supplies: Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set, Memento Black Ink pad, Whisper White cardstock, Basic Black Cardstock, Rose Red marker, Bermuda Bay marker, Always Artichoke marker, Hello Honey marker, Rich Razzleberry marker, Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks

Here's another sample from Stampin' Up! -- the card I saw demonstrated at Convention using this same technique. The stamps on this card are from the newly released Yee-Haw Photopolymer stamp set from Stampin' Up!.
Stampin' Up! Yee-Haw Card with Doodle Dots Background
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stampin' Up! Bloom for You + Fun Flower Punch: A Perfect Pair!

I made this card with the leftover pieces from the card that I designed for the next Around the World Challenge. (Check back on Friday to see the new sketch challenge and my card!)

I love the new Bloom for You single stamp. It coordinates with the new Fun Flower punch and the style of this stamp appeals to me even more than the Beautiful Bunch stamp set. I stamped the flower twice (in Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss) and used the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch to punch out the center and pop it up with a Stampin' Dimensional.
Stampin' Up! Bloom for You + Fun Flower Punch
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Stampin' Up! Supplies: Bloom for You stamp, And Many More stamp set, Hello Honey ink & cardstock, Tangelo Twist ink & cardstock, Blackberry Bliss ink pad, Whisper White cardstock, Park Lane Designer Paper, Fun Flower Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Brights Candy Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals
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