Saturday, August 29, 2015

Embellished Ornaments - Stampin' Up!

These are mom's swap cards from this weekend - LOVE how fast she put them together!
Embellished Ornament
Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow

Embellished Ornaments
Mossy Meadow with a touch of Real Red

Mom used the following items. Remember, the items will not be available until September 1st! 

Bundle (Clear) or (Wood)

I'll post more later but in the meantime - Enjoy!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wonderland - Stampin' Up!

Still here in Michigan! This fun weekend goes through tomorrow - SATURDAY! YEAH!

My mom was able to stay most of the summer with us so I conned, I mean asked, if she wanted to go to this mini Convention with me. Guess what she said - YES! Aren't moms just wonderful? Especially when they are crafters too!

So... how about a peek at HER Shoebox Swap card from last night? 

Wonderland - Close-up

Pretty, huh? She has such a good eye! First, I'll let you in on all the supplies she used, then a little story about the ribbon!

Don't you think this new Wonderland Stamp Set is just the prettiest? She also used Lots of Joy Stamp Set for the Merry Christmas sentiment. Her card base was the Whisper White Thick Cardstock (LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this stuff!). She used HER new favorite color, Mossy Meadow Cardstock and topped that with the plaid from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper. Then she used her new Scallop Tag Topper Punch (it was a weekly deal a bit ago - she just got it and LOVES IT!).

To do the heat embossing, since we don't carry a Mossy Meadow embossing powder (YET! - wouldn't that be a nice color to have?), she really inked up the Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad with her Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Ink Refill and then used the Clear Embossing Powder. Now, this is not how it has been designed to work, but there's always a workaround, right? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

After it was all embossed, she then ran it through the new Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Added a VERY nice Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, and viola! A masterpiece!

Now, a little backstory about the ribbon. Mom's initial design didn't use the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. But, it made the card really cute! And she wanted a little pop of color with it. And since the little hole was already there, had to use some ribbon, right? Well... I have SO MUCH RETIRED ribbon, it really is quite sad. But, she decided that she liked some of my old Real Red ribbon. Yeah... guess what color I DIDN'T have?! You got it! I called about 10 local demonstrators - you know who you are - thanks for looking! I found one demo who had about 4 yards on a roll, and a friend/demo who had about 4 yards on a roll, but... yeah... not enough! Each card uses about 12 inches of ribbon. What to do? What to do?

Many of you know how much I absolutely ADORE the Rich Razzleberry color. YUP! So I had almost a full roll, still not enough! Thanks to ANOTHER friend of mine, she actually had TWO rolls that we traded. The barter system is alive and well with Stampin' Up! demonstrators!

Thanks so much ladies for helping us out! Hope you enjoy Mom's card (and the backstory!).

Thursday, August 27, 2015

All Ye Faithful - Stampin' Up!

By the time you read this post, I will be in that state "up north." For those in the midwest, specifically Ohio State University fans, you know that I mean Michigan. :)

I'm attending a mini Convention with Ronda Wade! And Sandy Haynes has coordinated a Shoebox Swap that begins at 7pm Eastern. So, I wanted to show you my Shoebox Swap card.
All Ye Faithful

Close up

What do you think? The new All Ye Faithful Stamp set is my FAVORITE from this catalog! 

Two different embossing powders - Cherry Cobbler and Black - both on the Shimmery White paper. I think that really looks nice (click on the photo and you can get a close up).

The red printed paper is from the new Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper. One of my NEW FAVORITES! Then I used Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler cardstocks. And did you see the really pretty embossing folder that I used? YUP! That's the new Boughs & Berries Textured Impressions Embossing Folder! GORGEOUS! (FYI - it is a slightly different size, so it doesn't exactly fit our regular A2 card size, but something this pretty can ALWAYS be used!)

Throw on a little bit of a Tea Lace Paper Doily and finish it with the new Gold Cording Trim - LOVE IT! So many layers but such an easy card! I also used the Whisper White Thick cardstock for the card base. WOW! Is that stuff nice!

I've included the links on this posting, but they won't be LIVE until September 1st. If you already have your new Holiday catalog, you can look at that. Don't have a new Holiday catalog yet? Let me know! I'd LOVE to be your demonstrator!