Dancing in the Rain

There are so many fabulous products in the current Occasions catalogue that are perfect for love themed cards and projects.  I enjoyed creating today’s card using the Falling In Love Designer Series paper, the Lace Doilies and the ever so gorgeous set, Beautiful You.

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While I did have to fussy cut the image after I stamped and coloured the dancing woman, she does fit in nicely on the card front.  I kept it relatively simple too. Cut your DSP to layer as a matte on your card base, stamp your sentiment in Archival Black ink, sponge matching ink on your doily and adhere it along two edges of your patterned paper and cut off excess. Finish up your card by popping up your dancing woman over top of the lace doily.

I used the new Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen to colour my image.

I truly love Stampin’ Up!’s products. The products coordinate so well together and allow the most un-craftiest (if that’s a word) of people to easily make their own work of art!

If you’d like to learn more about cardmaking and the best supplies to purchase to get started, I would love to hear from you.

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Stampin’ Basics 101 – Adhesives

I promised I had another Stampin’ Basics 101 video for you and have finally had a chance to edit it and get it published.

Hop on over to my you tube channel Stamp Haven and check it out.

This video focuses on all the adhesives available in the current 2016-2017 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.  Hopefully it will provide you with some information on these items that you may not have been aware of!

Do you have any suggestions for me for other Stampin’ Basics 101 videos that you would like me to create? Leave me a comment!

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Valentine’s Card featuring Adoring Arrows stamp set

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and kids are gearing up to hand out their sweet valentine cards.  I always loved this when I was little.  I think my favourite part was seeing what valentines card designs I would receive!  If you are a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber and received January’s kit, you’ll know it was Valentine’s themed.

While the kit included all the supplies to create 24 treat boxes, I used the supplies to make some cards.  The Adoring Arrows stamp set is so sweet and perfect for making some fun cards!

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This first card focuses on repetition.  I didn’t bother using any tools to align my hearts but rather eyeballed it.  I stamped the little mini black hearts randomly inside the large ones as well. I added the new Sending Love Ribbon, tied around the card front only. Using one of the die cut hearts from the PP kit, I stamped my sentiment in Real Red ink and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up on the card front.

I attached the front to a layer of black striped patterned paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Pack and attached to my thick Whisper White cardstock base.

The second card was created along the same lines in regards to repetition.  I stamped the sentiment ‘ I adore you’ all over the card in Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo ink.  I had a piece of the Lace Doilies left over from a previous card and not wanting to waste it, attached it to my card front, aligning the toothpick heart arrow along the edge. Again I used a die cut heart to stamp my heart outline and sentiment, using a glue dot to attach to the toothpick and a Stampin’ Dimensional to hold up the left side on my card front.  The little bit of White ribbon from the Sending Love Combo pack completed the focal point of the card

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It is layered on striped Flirty Flamingo patterned paper from the 2016-2018 In Colour Designer Series paper pack and attached to a thick Whisper White cardstock base.

Two quick and easy cards using many of the supplies from the Adoring Arrows Paper Pumpkin kit and supplementing with some additional products from my own stash!

When you receive your Paper Pumpkin kit, do you stick to the project instructions or do you like to make alternative projects as well?

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Moon Baby – Maverick

It’s Monday already?  Where do the weekends go?  I had so much on the go yet I managed to squeeze a bit of stamping time in!!! Woo hoo!  My niece and her husband welcomed their third child a couple weeks ago and Sunday he was baptised.  I have been so hectic lately that I haven’t had a chance to pop over to see her and drop off a card.  Maybe it was a good thing because I recently ordered the new set Moon Baby from the current Occasions catalogue and it just arrived in last week.

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I was super excited to create some cards with this set and the Watercolour Pencils.  Oh my word! Can I just say how much I love them! I used Watercolour paper to stamp my image in Archival Black ink and then proceeded to colour my image using the Watercolour Pencils and an Aquapainter.

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Rather than use the pencils for the sky background I simply added some drops of Soft Sky ink refill to the lid of its ink pad and dipped my Aquapainter in that.

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Now one of my other favourite parts of this card is the personalized sentiment.  I used the Labeler Alphabet set to create my words.  Sure it takes a few minutes to stamp each letter separately so that I could slightly overlap, but it was well worth it.

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Applying the watercoloured  card front to the Soft Sky base seemed a bit bland, so I cut a strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock to layer in between the two to help tie in colour of the moon and stars.

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Then I couldn’t help myself and figured I should add an embellishment.  I applied some Tear and Tape to the cardfront and gently ruffled my retired Pool Party Seam Binding ribbon to the tape. I’m not sure if it is just this card that I am in love with, or if it has more to do with the stamp set….. all I know is I love the final result!

Have you been drawn to this stamp set?

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High Tide – Blank Card

Creating blank cards, no sentiments on the front or sayings on the inside are a great way to keep a stash ready for just about any occasion.  I have been waiting several years for Stampin’ Up! to release a stamp set with lighthouses, seeing as how I missed my chance on one they had released about 10-12  years ago. As soon as I saw the set, High Tide, in the 2017 Occasions catalogue, I just knew it was a must own.

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The design and cohesiveness of the images leaves you open to so many possibilities for creating landscapes and themes.  I have yet to create a card using the light beam but I can’t wait to create some of those.

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Today’s card is one I made with my stamp club ladies a few weeks ago.  With a bit of layering image upon image and some masking so as not to stamp water over the sand or the lighthouse, it was a quick card to put together.  There is so much detail in the images that I refrained from adding embellishments as I feared it would detract from the card.

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One detail that one of my stamp club members mentioned they loved was the layer of black in behind the scenery.  This really helps make the imagery pop off the card front.

Have you purchased this set? Was there a particular reason why it was a must have?

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Quick and Easy – Valentine’s Balloon Notecard

I am all about quick and easy cards.  While I do like creating masterpieces, it’s nice to know that with a few simple products I can quickly whip up a batch up fun cards if need be.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this sweet card can be duplicated and mass produced in no time!

With a pack of Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes you’ll have 20 cards completed before you know it. For this card I used the fun, new stamp set Lift Me up. Begin by stamping your sentiment in the bottom right corner. I used Bermuda Bay for my card. Next stamp the love/heart image randomly over the card using Flirty Flamingo ink.

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On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp your hot air balloon in Bermuda Bay ink and use the coordinating Up & Away Thinlits dies (which you may currently bundle with the stamp set to save 10%, item ID144712) to cut out the balloon. Pop this up on your cardfront using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Finally cut a piece of Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon and tie it in a knot around the card. This card would be easy enough for your kids to make as well, with adult supervision of course 🙂

If you live in Canada you can purchase these products by popping over to my on-line store!

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3 Month Paper Pumpkin Subscription = 1 FREE Sale-a-Bration Item!

Who doesn’t love a sale but even better than the sale, to select a FREE item!

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Treat yourself to happy mail every month by purchasing a 3 month Paper Pumpkin subscription, which is currently on sale for $74.00! Inside each Paper Pumpkin box you’ll find all the stamps, ink, and paper you need for a fun papercrafting project. Everything is precut and ready to go!  Not only that but this will entitle you to select one FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  Just look for the items that say FREE beside it and make your selection!

January’s kit featured valentine treat boxes which are absolutely adorable!

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If you want to do more with the kit and have some additional supplies with a dash of creativity, you can also used the various products in the kit to make alternate projects like cards!

 

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I created this card using some Whisper White cardstock and 2016-2018 In Colour Designer Series Paper Pack and Archival Black and Flirty Flamingo ink. One of the nice things about the kits, is that you receive small 1″ square ink pad with each kit.  These are great to use on other projects as well.

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The other elements of this card were created using the box, patterned vellum banner and stamp set from the kit.  The possibilities with these kits are endless, yet if you are a beginner and have no creativity or additional supplies, you can turn out the projects in the kit using the instructions provided and still look like a pro!

If you haven’t joined already, perhaps now is the time!

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Beautiful You Card Class

Hello Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend!

Tonight is the Beautiful You card class and I can’t wait to see all the ladies who have signed up!  This stamp set works so well with a variety of techniques and we will be focusing on some of those this evening.

This first card features paper piecing.  Super easy and fun, you stamp your image on your main cardstock (in this case the Whisper White Notecard) and then repeat on patterned paper.

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Hand cut the portion you need from the patterned paper and adhere over the stamped image on the notecard.  Such a great way to add a pop of colour and detail to your card.

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The second card showcases using the solid abstract image in the set to stamp over the womans outline image. Simply ink up in your favourite colour, line up over your stamped outline and voila! Your lady now is wearing a colourful dress!

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If you look really close, you’ll notice that I added Clear Wink of Stella to her green hat around the top and left edges of the hat. (much nicer to see in person)  To see how I coloured the hat before I added the Wink of Stella, continue on reading. The third card provides the information  you need for this 😉

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The third and final card focuses on watercolouring with the new Watercolour Pencils and a Blender pen.  This works well on Watercolour Paper but also on Thick Whisper White cardstock or the Notecard and Envelope sets as the Notecards are made of heavier cardstock as well.  Colour your stamped image using your choice of colour, adding more colour in areas you want highlighted.

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Since I’m not great with knowing where to add extra colour, I add more to wear the stamped image has detailed lines, as this is a general rule that these portions would stand out more.  Don’t push too hard with  your Watercolour pencil as it may break the lead inside and then pieces will just keep falling out as you sharpen it making it un-usable.  Next take your blender pen and ‘colour’ over top to smooth out the colouring and blend it together.

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Tip: To colour the skin portions, I used the Pumpkin Pie Watercolour Pencil… very, very lightly! Then blend with the Blender Pen!

Hopefully this helps you with some new (or perhaps old) techniques to use with line image stamp sets! If you didn’t love this set before, have you changed your mind after seeing these cards and techniques?

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Stampin’ Basics 101 – Sponges

I have been stamping for 13 years and I am the first to admit that I forget not everyone is familiar with all the products and how they work.  Don’t get me wrong, I am constantly learning new and sometimes simple things but that doesn’t excuse me from ensuring novice stampers understand basic elements of stamping.  I remember demonstrating a workshop for a group of women, where the hostess was a former demo, and collecting my belongings at the end of the night only to find nearly all my SNAIL adhesives in the garbage.  I ignorantly assumed that these women knew that you keep the cartridge and simply buy the refill for them.  I was completely surprised me when they said they didn’t know this! I learned then that I need to make a more conscious effort to go over the basics with my stampers, something I need to remind myself of on a regular basis.

That moment has always stuck in my mind and I decided that it is time that I attempt to create a video line focusing on Stampin’ Basics.

Here is a link to my very first Stampin’ Basics 101 video.

I have another one created that I need to edit and plan to release in the next couple weeks for adhesives.

Is there any topic that you would like to see me cover in my Stampin’ Basics 101 videos? Please let me know!

 

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Hello Love

I have been catching up on creating alternate project ideas with my Paper Pumpkin kits.  I love trying to think outside the box and creating some fun alternatives.  The first batch I had created focused on using the contents of the kit along with the Notecards and Envelopes but then I decided to add some other projects and create some standard A2 cards with them.

Today’s card is my absolute favourite so far out of all the cards I have created with the January Adoring Arrows kit.  Quick side note as well, if you haven’t already signed up for Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time. Purchase the 3 month subscription which is on sale for $74.00 right now and you also get to select one FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Win, win!  Just click HERE to be taken to my Paper Pumpkin site or message me to place an order to subscribe!

Okay, so back to my super sweet card!  I used Thick Whisper White Cardstock for my base, added a layer of the Black and White striped design from the Neutrals Designer Series Patterned Paper pack and finally you have the focal point…. the card front!

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For the card front I used regular Whisper White cardstock.  I pulled out my mask (which sadly has retired but I still love it!) and using Sponge Daubers (133773) sponged Blushing Bride ink over the dots, making sure to have the ink fade out slowly as I worked my way over the card front. Now a great replacement for the retired mask and actually more perfect for this card would be the Hearts and Stars Decorative Masks (133777) which is a current product!

Now this is where I began adding a couple things that don’t belong in this kit.  As, hopefully, you are aware the new Occasions catalogue is out and it has some adorable Lace Doilies.  Now you might say, “hang on a minute, those are Very Vanilla” but guess what? When you turn them over… they are White!  So I added this to my card front, snipping off a bit along the one side.  I added two gold heart stickers from the Adoring Hearts kit. Next I stamped a heart outline on a die cut heart in Smoky Slate ink and stamped lots of little hearts in Blushing Bride ink. I popped this up with the Dimensionals, also in the kit as they are a bit thicker and layered it slightly over the two gold hearts.

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And finally I added the sentiment.  Can you guess what I used?   ……..   The rotary stamp from the December Paper Pumpkin kit, Another Great Year! I love how the stamps from past kits work so well with other projects. I inked up the word Hello in Archival Black ink, stamped it and repeated with the word Love.

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Totally in love with this card and if I hadn’t been so excited about it and showed it to my husband, well I would have given it to him for Valentine’s Day!  Now I’ll just have to come up with a new design for his card 🙂

I hope you like this card as much as I do and have fun creating with your Paper Pumpkin kit!

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EDIT – I inserted Sponges in my Product list by accident.  I actually used Sponge Daubers – Item ID 133773

 

 

Hot Air Balloon

Happy Monday!  Have you been loving all the new products and stamp sets in the 2017 Occasions Catalogue? I’m sure you have seen tons of ideas all over the internet already.

I have been seriously behind in sharing projects with you all. I did sit down over my Christmas holidays to craft one day and today’s card is one of my creations from that day.  I know I’m horribly late in sharing!

When I first saw all the pieces in the thinlit set I was worried about the balloon being finicky and having to die cut so many pieces (because I can be lazy in this regards) but I had so much fun picking my colours for my balloon background and it ended up taking no time at all.

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I used my Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Glue to attached the coloured cardstock in behind the intricate detailed hot air balloon cut out.  I then popped this up on my cardfront using Stampin’ Dimensionals but not before stamping clouds on the cardfront using Pool Party ink.

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The balloon and sentiment colours used are Bermuda Bay and Watermelon Wonder.  I wanted the word LIFT to pop out even more than it already did being in caps and a different font, so I stamped it in Bermuda Bay, cut it out and popped it up over the original stamped word.  Simple techniques such as this can help make a card more interesting and visually appealing.

There are so many sets that I’m loving from the new catalogue that I simply can’t pick one favourite.  Are you struggling with the same issue or do you have one set in particular that you absolutely love more than the others?

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New Year – New Card

Happy New Year everyone!

Wow it has been awhile since I have shared any creations with you.  I spent a lot of time in the months leading up to Christmas crafting and creating.  So much that I only began Christmas shopping one week for Christmas!  Talk about hustling to get everything done.  Somehow I ended up on Santa’s nice list, which was surprising because Santa and I had a talk about not spending any money on each other LOL It turned out neither one of us listened. Did you have a good Christmas?

While I have been on holidays I still haven’t had much time to get into my stamp room to craft but I did receive a message late one evening last week asking if I could make a custom Anniversary card.  I sent a pic of something I thought they might like and with some discussion on colour change I went straight to my room and whipped up this card.

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Since it is for a man my customer wanted blue tones with a heart(s).  I used some retired newsprint DSP, die cut the large intricate heart from Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits and lightly sponged Pool Party on it.  Next I stamped flowers in Bermuda Bay ink on my Bermuda Bay cardstock base using the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

The Happy Anniversary sentiment and banner were created and die cut, using Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits.  I had to die cut two banners to fit the words and I snipped off the end of the banner with Happy on it.  Since I didn’t like the straight edge on the end of this, I stamped and die cut a flower and strategically placed the straight edge of the banner behind one of these flowers.

Of course a card needs some dimension, so I popped up the Anniversary banner and for a slight touch of bling, I added a Basic Rhinestone to the centre of a flower.

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The final touches were stamping the back with the From My <3 image found in the “I Stamped This” set and adding a stamped heart from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

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