This pretty card is from Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.I was going through my stamp sets yesterday, and thought OH MY GOODNESS! I have a lot of stamp sets that I need to use before they retire. Some of them I have used once or twice.Some of them more often for workshops, and then ssshhhh……… some of them not at all. I have made a decision to use them all in upcoming posts. I love stamp sets that lend themselves to different occasions. Flourishing Phrases is a perfect example of flexible. Not only that, but it also has a co-ordinating thinlit die. The Flourish thinlit increases the variety of cards you can do. Tomorrow I will upload a couple more samples so you can get an idea of what I mean. To give this card a bit more dimension, I used the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. By using the embossing folder, I felt it softened the whole feel of the card, and in my mind earthy woodgrain matched better with floral, rather than stark white background. That is just my opinion of course, but feel free to tell me what you think. If you have this stamp set, do a card and email it to me. I would love to feature it!
Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800’s. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world’s first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer’s and manufacturer’s perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850’s. As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer’s used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer’s held “art” competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner! The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400’s and is in the British Museum. New Year’s cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn’t gain popularity until the late 1700’s. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine’s offering us the most “mechanical”, “pop-up” and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800’s, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”. She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800’s. By the end of the 1800’s, Valentines were being made entirely by machine. Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world’s first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card. The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year’s, Valentine’s, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few, there is probably no occasion that doesn’t have its own greeting card!
I have just completed another workshop, that’s 3 in the last 5 days, It seems this year is pretty popular with both the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration. Sale-a-Bration is on until March 31, 2017 and the Occasions Catalog until May 31, 2017. Ladies are loving the cards we are making at the workshops, and loving even more that they are earning FREE rewards when they shop. I laughed out loud, when one lady said “This is a start the car moment”. For those of you that have no idea what that means, there is an IKEA commercial, where a lady is running through the parking lot to her husband that is already in the car. Her arms are loaded with shopping bags, and she yells to her husband “Start the car” because she is worried that someone from IKEA will stop her from taking home all her bargains. I’ve used this phrase myself a few times, when I’ve been out shopping varioius places, and I get excited about a sale item, so when this lady used it at a workshop, I burst out laughing, because I thought I was the only person on the planet that used this phrase! At a workshop, as a guest you pay a small fee, and I walk you through steps, and you create 3 great cards. I supply all the paper and ink, embellishments and envelopes. The only thing you need to supply is the tape to complete your projects. As a hostess, your class fee is FREE, you get to make the same 3 cards, but in additon you also get my samples that I made for that class. In addition if you have party sales of $200 – $374, you earn 10% of your sales that you can use for catalog products, including exclusive host-only items that are also reduced. If party sales are $375, you earn 12% and it continues to increase from there. During Sale-a-bration if you hit $330 in party sales, then you get an addtional $35 MORE in Stampin Rewards, that’s at least $68.00 in FREE product. If you want to host your own class, and you live within Brantford, Paris, Woodstock, Hamilton, Burlington and areas email me today to book your date. If you live outside of these areas, I have lots of friends that are great demonstrators and I can give you their info. OR, get ready, because ONLINE CLASSES are coming within the next couple of months. The only way you will find out about them is to be on my mailing list, so make sure you sign up, using the sign up box, in the top right corner of this website.
Can you believe this stamp set is FREE? It’s the Hey Chick Stamp Set from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog. I think I could do a whole series of cards with this stamp set. It is so cute. I ended up using the watercolor pencils to color. Normally I would use watercolor paper or shimmery white cardstock, but I was able to get away with it on just normal Whisper White Cardstock. I colored the hair and tail randomly with the pencil straight to paper, but then I used an Aqua Painter and just dabbed color, so that it gave it a 2-tone look.
Another fun card from the Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalog. The stamp set is called Balloon Adventures. Seriously, this catalog just may be my favourite so far, or maybe I’m just happy to be stamping again. Either way it’s a lot of fun. I used the Party Animal Designer Series Paper, and am in love with the colour combinations. I used Whisper White and Pacific Point cardstock for this card. The inks were Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine Tango.
Balloon Pop Up Thinlits DieWhen you use the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits Die, it makes assembly even easier. All you have to do is cut out the cardstock for the inside of your card, and position the thinlit die in the center. There is a “point” on the thinlit die, to show you where to position the die to the center. Then it cuts out all pieces, and even does the score lines for you. I made it happen on the very first try. The stamp set itself is good for all ages. There is even a greeting that says “Open me Already”, you could use this on gift tags for both birthdays and Christmas. The greetings in this set are split up, so that you can use different wording each time. For example, one time you could say “The best is yet to come, let’s celebrate” or the next time you could say “The best is yet to come, Party On” The balloons that are in this stamp set, also co-ordinate with the Balloon Bouquet Punch, so lots of uses with this card, for young and old.
Bundle and SaveIf you purchase both the Stamp Set and the Thinlits Die together you will save 10% You also will earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration Reward, is that not the BEST! You could also earn one or both FREE or discounted just by hosting your own class. If you want more information on hosting your own, email me today, I would be happy to give you the details.
This was sure a fun card to make. I used the Lift Me Up stamp set, and the Up & Away Thinlits die. If you order them together, you can bundle the set and save 10%. Do you notice how the middle balloon is 3D? All you have to do is stamp the Balloon image 3 times, all in the same colour. Then fold right sides together, and adhere the 3 together. In order to keep the 3D theme alive, I used dimensionals to pop up the other 2 balloons. Do you notice the clouds in the background? There are no dimensionals used for these. They are actually taped right to the card stock. You can give any image a 3D effect, when you use a sponge and put ink around the edges. I sponged edges of the clouds a few times, so that the edges were darker. Then you can sponge and add a bit more colour on the clouds themselves. By continuously dabbing the colour on, you don’t get a solid colour, instead there are darker and lighter hues. This really makes a great look. I haven’t used Lovely As a Tree in a long time, but it was perfect for this card, so that it could appear the balloons were floating in the sky. To give it a far away look, I inked the tree stamp set, then went directly onto paper, but then instead of re-inking, I stamped again, giving a lighter impression. Don’t forget Sale-A-Bration is still on till March 31st. If you order this bundle in Wood Mount Set, you can choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. If you order it in Clear Mount you are only .75 shy of the $60.00 so why not order dimensionals, or the Rhinestones. I used Rhinestones and Wink of Stella to add some glitter.
I am so happy that Stampin’ Up has introduced Watercolor Pencils. I have been experimenting and absolutely love them! Tomorrow I will upload my design. I ordered a stamp set that I keep seeing, and decided I must have it. The Watercolor Pencils are available in the Occasions Catalogue until May 31, 2017. You get 13 pencils and you can use either your Aqua Painter or Blender Pens. Watch Shannon West from the home office at Stampin’ Up, she will show you some great variations. To order these yourself, you can order directly online from my Stampin’ Up store or you can email me with your order email@example.com
As mentioned previously I said I would show some more samples of the Stampin’ Up Happy Celebrations Stamp Set. In this example, I first ran the Whisper White Cardstock through the Big Shot, and used the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder. When you ink up the stamp set from the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set, and ink over top of the embossed image, the ink beautifully highlights the debossed image. It’s so easy to do, and by using different colours you can really change the look of this card. Notice that the Baker’s Twine is the same colour as the cardstock? To keep a card so that it’s pleasing to the eye it’s important to remember to use the same colours throughout the card. The Happy Celebrations Stamp Set and the Celebrations DuoTextured Embossing Folder can be purchased from the Occasions Catalogue until May 31, 2017.
This is only the second time I have used the sunburst thinlit. It’s really cute, and I think there are a lot of possibilities for this. I bet you can use it as a template, and sponge sunset colours with it too. I must try this! I think with this card, less might be more. I just used Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride cardstock, and then for the bow, used Cucumber Crush, it really made the pinks pop! To achieve 2 colours for the greeting, you can easily just colour directly onto the stamp set, using markers or blender pens. Don’t forget Sale-a-bration is still on. For every $60.00 you spend, you get one FREE sale-a-bration reward. There are so many great stamp sets to choose from, not to mention, paper and so much more. Click on the links to look at the Stampin Up Occasions Catalogue or the Sale-a-bration catalogue, or email me today to get your own FREE copy firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to contact me, so you can place your order during Sale-a-bration 2017. For every $60.00 you get a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. If you order the Lift Me Up Stamp et and Up & Away Thinlits Bundle, that’s enough to get you something FREE. (wood bundle $68.25). Want to make it at your own workshop? Call me today, I still have openings available! Hostesses get their class FREE, plus they get all my samples. Guests only pay $10.00 each, and make 3 cards each. I supply all materials. Email me to book your date now email@example.com
This is another card done using Carousel Birthday. In the Stampin’Up Occasions Catalogue there is a picture of this card. I totally CASED it! It’s such a simple card, and yet so cute. Problem is, I couldn’t tell how they made it from the picture, so I did my own interpretation. Could very easily be the same thing, but that is the beauty of card making. I AM NOT a creative person believe it or not. I am not able to come up with many exclusive designs, so thankfully we have easy access to “GOOGLE”. I just put in the name Stampin Up ___________ (and then insert the name of the stamp set), choose images, and TA DA, there you go. I go to the cards that grab my eye, and make it. A lot of times I may tweak it, or use different colours, however why work harder than you have to at coming up with your own ideas? For this card I just used an 8-1/2″ x 11″ Whisper White Cardstock and folded it in half. Then I cut out another piece of Whisper White Cardstock 5-1/4″ x 4″ and stamped the greeting directly on it using Cherry Cobbler Ink. On a scrap piece of white, I stamped the Big Top Tent in Bermuda Bay ink, and then cut out. I added different colour bakers twine. Of course to tie in the colours I used 2 of the same colours that I used in ink. So Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry Bakers Twine. I used dimensionals to adhere the tent just above the greetings, and once again used dimensionals to pop up this whole completed piece onto front of folded card. How EASY was that? You can order this stamp set online and from now until March 31, 2017 for EVERY $60.00 you order you get a FREE Sale-a-bration Reward. There are some really great stamp sets and products in this years Sale-a-bration. Don’t miss out! If you haven’t already done so, remember to sign up for my newsletters. I have online classes coming, and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to be a part of these. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or order online.
As soon as I saw this stamp set, I immediatley pictured the horse in gold. So of course when I started preparing card I used gold embossing powder. In order to balance your card, you should use the “gold” idea in another aspect as well. I used gold foil behind horse as well as greeting. I originally stamped greeting with gold embossing powder but I personally didn’t care for it, so used the Elegant Eggplant Ink. I’ve started using the Bow Builder Punch a bit more, and thought it was suited to this card as well. Don’t you think the Sunburst Thinlit Die really adds to this card? This stamp set can be found in the Occasions Catalogue and is available until May 31, 2017. If you would like to order this stamp set, you can shop directly online, or email me directly at email@example.com. Remember to click on “subscribe to my newsletter”, you will want to make sure you are first to know of upcoming classes, sales etc.
One of the new stamp sets in Stampin Up Occasions Catalogue is Happy Celebrations. I made this card in minutes, and was pleased with the simplicity yet the appeal. Two of my favourite colour combinations are pink and brown (or maybe they are my daughter’s favourite), either way, I feel like this card is another winner. By just adding a few rhinestones, this card comes alive. Again, Stampin Up has offered another stamp set that has multiple greeting card combinations, Happy Birthday, Celebrate New Beginnings, Happy For You, Celebrate New Baby or Celebrate your Day, are just a few examples of what the theme of your card can be. You will want to add this stamp set to your collection, you will use it over and over, and once I show you the embossing folder, you will LOVE it even more. Remember when stamping your card to not use too many colours. For this card I used Blushing Bride and Chocolate Chip Cardstock, and then made sure I used the same colour inks, and even the ribbon is Blushing Bride. Watch for more posts on this Happy Celebrations Stamp Set. It is AMAZING!I I will also be sharing with you a coordinating embossing folder for this stamp set, there are so many combinations….I LOVE IT. Happy Celebrations is available until May 31, 2017 from the Occasions Catalogue. Why wait? Get it now. Shop online, or email me today with your order.
Our favourite time of year is back. Not only that, but I am back too. I have lots planned for the upcoming year. If you are not on my mailing list, make sure you sign up now. Be the first to hear announcements, new dates and so much more. The most exciting new thing I will be introducing will be online classes. I will be holding some contests and so much more. 2016 was not a great year for me, but looking forward to a brand new start. Now on to Sale-a-bration! With each $60.00 (Cdn) you spend you get a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. There are so many new and wonderful sets in the Occasions Catalogue, that you will want to add to your collection. So why not shop now, and get your FREE product? I am really loving the offerings that Sale-a-Bration has, and choosing which one to show first, was my hardest decision. How can you not love this stamp set? It has so many options, and even better I coloured using the NEW Watercolor Pencils from the Occasions Catalogue. I just kept this card simple, no layers, and the only embellishment was the Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine. Quick & Easy. Remember, if you are not on my mailing list, sign up now. You can shop online, or you email me with your order.
This is another card we did at the latest Stampin’ Up event. It uses the Party Wishes stamp set and the Party Punch Pack. Party Punch Pack is a trio of 2 punches, the cupcake, the balloon and a candle, that punches out perfectly the images in the Party Wishes Stamp Set. If purchased together you can bundle and save 15%. Just make sure to use the code 14073 for wood mount or 141071 for clear mount. This is another stamp set you can use forever, it’s so versatile. The paper is from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Pack. You can order any of these at my online store, and remember the post from Thursday, use the code and you will be entered to win the Apple of My Eye Stamp Set.