Sneak Peek Butterfly Brilliance Collection

New as of today, the Butterfly Brilliance Collection.  It’s a sneak peek available today through May 3rd.  This collection will be in the new annual catalog in May, but you can get it early starting now.  Capture the beauty of nature with the artistic designs of the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and coordinating designer series paper, along with textured specialty paper that will put a pop of brilliance on every project you create. 

I just ordered this a couple of days ago, so I’ll get to play with this suite soon.  I’m excited about the specialty paper too since it has the color and texture of natural birch.  I absolutely horde all my wood grain paper.

Butterfly Brilliance Collection

Here are a few samples using this collection.  I love the realistic detailed style of these butterflies and dies and can’t wait to get mine.  In order to easily die cut all six butterflies at once, this set is one stamp.  So, I actually ordered 2 stamp sets allowing me to cut up the butterflies in one set for easy stamping of a single butterfly as desired.

Butterfly Brilliance Collection

Here are the links to the whole collection and the individual products.

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

Storage Tip for Ink Pads

I have a storage tip for you for keeping your ink pads perfectly organized.  I decided to organize my ink pads by color like a rainbow.  However, if I was using too many at once on my table, I wasn’t sure in which order they went back into the unit.  Since I spent quite a bit of time deciding their exact order (can you say…OCD?), I wanted to maintain that same order.

I decided to put a liner with a color name label on each shelf.  Now, I always know where the ink goes and which ink pads are missing.  Happiness!!!  Plus, using the liners means I can rearrange them anytime or swap out colors when Stampin’ Up! does the next color refresh (this happens about every 5 years or so).

Storage tip for ink pads.

Just measure the ink pad or the slot to get your liner measurements.  I used Crumb Cake card stock measuring 3-1/2″ x 4-1/8″.  Then, I used a 1″ circle punch to mimic the finger slot on my unit.  Once I had the perfect amount of circle punched out, I used it as my template to make 60 of them.

Storage tip for ink pads.

I’m so happy with the results.  The crumb cake color blends into the natural wood so well.  Of course, you could use whatever color might match your particular storage unit.  These are Stamp-n-Storage ink pad units.  And, in case you’re curious, my label maker is a Dymo LetraTag.

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

Darling Donkeys 4 Card Set

Check out this 4 card set I made using Darling Donkeys and Corner Bouquet stamp sets.  The color pallet comes from the 4 colors included in the Ombre 6×6 paper.  All of these products are Sale-a-bration items.  Since this is the last week of Sale-a-bration, make sure you earn them if you haven’t yet.  Each of these are free items at the $50 order level.  So, a $150 order would earn you all 3 products free plus $15 in host rewards too.  Shop my store to get these before they are gone on the 28th.

Darling Donkeys set of 4 cards.

Here are a couple of close up photos.  I love all the colors, but I think the Blackberry Bliss one is my favorite.

Darling Donkeys set of 4 cards.

Darling Donkeys set of 4 cards.

These were so fun to make.  My stamp club this month had a choice of making the Bermuda Bay one or the Rococo Rose one.  I’ve only used my rainbow glimmer paper for ice cream scoops so far.  I love it for these little hearts since it adds a little varied color depending on where you place the heart die.  If you have the Wreath Builder dies, that’s where I got the heart.  Otherwise, any small heart die or punch would work.

Colors:  Smoky Slate, Early Espresso, Basic White, Granny Apple Green, Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Rococo Rose

Blends:  Gray Granite (donkey), Smoky Slate (ground), Petal Pink (ears/tummy), Rococo Rose & Granny Apple Green (rose in teeth)

Stamp Sets, Dies, & Paper:

Now, I just need to mail these out to some friends!

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

Forever & Always Cards

The Forever & Always bundle has those awesome mats for the large cursive words in the stamp set.  I can’t get enough of this look.  Hopefully, this is a trend that will continue.  Black and White designer paper is also a favorite since you can color it in many ways or just let it be black and white.  Use Stampin’ Blends, Blending Brushes, or water-coloring on the True Love Designer Series Paper.  I used Blends.

Forever & Always cards Stampin' Up!

Here is a close up.  I used the Sahara Sand foil sheets from this suite for the “Always”.

Forever & Always bundle from Stampin' Up! with the True Love Designer series paper.

Colors:  Bermuda Bay, Rococo Rose, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, Sahara Sand (foil)

Supplies (except basic tools and ink):

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Stampin’

Barbara

Dandy Garden – Dragonflies & Coloring Ladybugs

Did you know you can color the Ladybug Trinkets in the Dandy Garden suite?  I designed a card using the Dragonfly Garden set and the Dandy Garden paper, and I decided to add a Ladybug Trinket to the greeting.  During our demonstrator event in November, they shared that you can color the trinkets with Stampin’ Blends.  So, I decided to try it out with this set of dragonfly cards.

Ladybug Trinkets by Stampin' Up!

Let the ink dry a couple of minutes in between 3 or 4 coats of marker ink to get the best result.  Here are the cards I made for these ladybugs.  Of course, the Mossy Meadow one is my favorite.

Dragonfly Garden cards

The dragonflies on these cards are punched directly from the Dandy Garden paper.  Since I love dandelions, I definitely want to make some cards with the Garden Wishes bundle too.  But, I played with the dragonflies first.

Dandy Garden paper by Stampin' Up! colored to match my cards.

Colors: Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

Berry Blessings & Sweet Strawberry Cards

I made these 4 Berry Blessings & Sweet Strawberry cards to show off these 2 new bundles.  I absolutely love the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper.  It’s available as a Sale-a-Bration bundle that includes the paper and the Berry Blessings stamp set.

So happy that this Sale-a-Bration bundle (available free with a $100 order) coordinates with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle in the current mini catalog.  Even though I fussy cut the berries, I was able to punch the strawberries since the bundle includes a punch (love that!).

My club members are making the bottom two cards of the four.  However, the top two are just for me.  I just had to use that green gingham/plaid paper.  The strawberries on the top card were stamped and punched, where as the strawberry on the bottom card was punched right out of the Berry Delightful paper (one side of one of the papers is just this Poppy Parade with seeds pattern).  On the green card, I also added a little Daffodil Delight Blends ink and some of the Black Matte Dots to the flower centers.

Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce, Momento Black

Here are the products (excluding ink & basic tools):

Wishing you the berry best and happy stampin’

Barbara

Hallows Night Magic Card

The Magic in this Night designer paper makes a beautiful Halloween card using the Hallows Night Magic stamp set and coordinating dies.  Actually, I love this whole Magic in This Night suite.

Hallows Night Magic stamp set and Halloween Magic dies.

Here is a close up and a version using a different piece of this designer paper.

I’ve been using the Metallic Mesh Ribbon on everything!  It makes great Christmas cards too.  And, don’t get me started on the Iridescent Pearls!  They are absolutely amazing in person.

If you’re not on my Newsletter mailing list, now is a good time to join…I’m currently doing my 12 weeks of Christmas emails…one free tutorial each week including Christmas cards, gifts, and tags or bags.  These projects are exclusive to my Newsletter email list.  The 2nd week’s email goes out this afternoon.

Colors:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Pretty Peacock, Silver

Happy Stampin’ and Happy Halloween

Barbara

 

Joseph’s Coat with Arrange a Wreath

Joseph’s Coat technique is just perfect with the Arrange a Wreath stamp set.  Happy Fall y’all!  Here’s the Fall card I did for my club this month using the Joseph’s Coat technique.

Arrange a Wreath set with Joseph's Coat Technique.

Three steps are needed for this technique.  First, sponge or watercolor some Fall colors on Whisper White or watercolor paper.  Then, stamp solid image stamps in VersaMark embossed with clear embossing powder.  Lastly, brayer dark ink like Early Espresso (in this case) over the entire piece.  Also, wipe off the embossed images with a tissue or paper towel to wipe away excess ink.  I used reinkers in a plate to smash watercolor paper into for the watercolor background under my leaves and wreath.  Make sure you spritz the watercolor paper with water first.  Also spritz the drops in the plate with some water.

Joseph's Coat technique - Step 1

Here is the technique page we did for our club technique books.

Arrange a Wreath set with Joseph's Coat Technique.

Everyone loved the card.  I don’t usually use Mango Melody as a Fall color, but I love how bright and happy it is.

Arrange a Wreath set with Joseph's Coat Technique.

Colors:  Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set Sale

Stampin’ Up! just announced a 24 hour flash stamp set sale for Wednesday the 23rd.  So, a select list of stamp sets will be marked down 15% for a 24 hour period only (September 23rd—from 12:00 AM to 11:50 PM (MT)). 

Stampin Up Stamp Set Sale

Here’s a list of the stamp sets.

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Just shop my online store on Wednesday and catch some great stamp sets on sale from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog.  The store will have a category entitled “Stamp Sale” that displays every stamp set so it’s quick and easy shopping.

This type of sale only happens once a year, so don’t miss it!

Happy Shoppin’

Barbara

Halloween Framed Shadow Box Sampler

At our Labor Day Retreat, I designed this Halloween framed shadow box sampler to show off the Magic in This Night Suite.  I bought the frame in May, to do a Spring sampler, but didn’t get to it yet.  So, I decided to make it a Halloween one.  I’m in love with the Magic in This Night designer series paper in the current mini catalog since it’s so stylish and diverse.  Most of the sheets are Halloween designs on one side and generic designs for any season on the other side.

Halloween Framed Shadow Box Sampler

Since it’s such pretty paper, I used the designer paper in all the sections except the silver spider web which is silver foil embossed with the Cobwebs 3D embossing folder.  Also, I’m also loving the Metallic Mesh Ribbon, and have used it on several Christmas cards.

Halloween Framed Shadow Box SamplerAnd, here’s another close up.  Since I used black and darker card stock, I also used Black Dimensionals which are perfect for all these bats and spiders because the dimensionals are less visible from an angle.

Halloween Framed Shadow Box Sampler

Also, I used Wink of Stella on the “Halloween” word to make it sparkle since so many of the elements are shiny and glittery.  Something else cool about this frame is that it’s magnetic!  So, I can pull these out and create a sampler for every holiday or season…how cool is that?

Halloween Framed Shadow Box Sampler

Therefore, I taped some magnets on the back side so they’re easy to pull on and off.  These are business card magnets (just because I had some on hand), but you could also cut up the magnets meant for the back of 4×6 photos.

Halloween Framed Shadow Box Sampler

Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Pretty Peacock, Basic Black, Silver, Whisper White

 

Just a note, if you have black embossing powder (retired), use that or you can stamp in black using the stamparatus and then stamp again in VersaMark right on top of it to emboss with clear embossing powder for the same effect.

Since I know you’re going to ask, I got the frame on Amazon.  It was called Foundations Decor Shadow Box Magnetic by Foundations Decor.

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

September Starter Kit – More Free Stuff

Stampin’ Up! is offering more free stuff in the starter kit in September!  I’d love to have some of you join my team this month to take advantage of all the extra goodies.

Get & Go Starter Kit extras in September

Here are the details:

  • You still receive the regular starter kit ($125 worth of your choice of products for $99 plus tax), prepaid Paper Pumpkin code to redeem a Paper Pumpkin kit, business supplies, and catalogs.
  • Plus, cardstock project kits to make 8 Coastal Cabana cards including the envelope.
  • Plus, cardstock project kits to make 8 Granny Apple Green cards including envelope.
  • Plus, a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels.
  • Plus, the So Much Love stamp set.
  • Plus, the Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set.
  • Plus, a flyer that has the link with instructions & video to create the samples.

Use these kit supplies to hold your first event or just make them for yourself.

Please note: Ink (Misty Moonlight & Bermuda Bay), adhesive, cutting tool, and clear block for stamping must be purchased separately. So, if you don’t already own them, choose these products as part of your Starter Kit product selection.

Here are the samples.  Even though they were designed for beginner stampers, just add more layers and embellishments for more advanced stampers.

Get & Go Starter Kit samples in September

Get & Go Starter Kit samples in September

Let me know if you want any additional information about this great opportunity.  Just click here to join. Also, check out my team section on my blog.

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

You Are So Special Card

For my You Are So Special card, I used the Tasteful Touches stamp set and one of my favorite neutral color combinations.  Quite a few years ago, I discovered how well Crumb Cake, Whisper White, and Basic Gray went together.  I’ve been meaning to make another card with this color combo ever since, and this stamp set seemed perfect.

You are so special card using Tasteful Touches stamp set by Stampin' Up!

All the stamping is in Basic Gray except the greeting.  Also, I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake, and added Wink of Stella in the middle of the flower.  The lighter background stamps are just “stamped off” before stamping so that you’re stamping at half the darkness of fully inked stamps.  I designed this card at my last retreat for one of my July stamp club cards.  Here’s a close up.

You are so special card using Tasteful Touches stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Colors:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Basic Gray

In Good Taste designer series paper:  2″ x 4″ strip

Supplies:

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

Straight Up You’re the Best

I gave my husband this Straight Up You’re the Best birthday card for his 60th birthday.  His preferred drink is whiskey, so I knew I’d be buying the Whiskey Business stamp set as soon as I saw it in the catalog.  I also adapted a version for my stamp club to make in August.

Masculine birthday card using Whiskey Business and World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper.

I used crystal effects to make the decanter, glass, and ice shiny.  It’s been a while since I used that on anything, so I forgot how awesome it looks.  The current version of this product is Shimmery Crystal Effects, so it’s probably even shinier.  Here’s a close up.

Masculine birthday card using Whiskey Business and World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper.

The whole card is heat embossed…I even did some embossed images inside from Whiskey Business, Game On, and an old set called Classic Pickups.

Masculine birthday card using Whiskey Business and World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper.

The World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper looks great with this set, Stampin’ Up! used it on their sample in the catalog too.

Colors:  Cinnamon Cider, Brass, Gold, Basic Black, Whisper White

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

Weekend Stamp Retreat with my Team

I hosted a weekend stamp retreat with my team last weekend.  We timed it to play with all the items we pre-ordered from the new annual catalog.  Stampin’ Up! limits us to a specific list for our pre-order, so I can’t wait until tomorrow when we can order whatever we want from the catalog (along with customers).  The limited offering for pre-order is tied to what Stampin’ Up! ordered as extra inventory for all of us demonstrators ordering.  Anyway, I had several new suites of products to play with and fun down time with friends.  I now have lots of samples to show off at my Open House this coming weekend.  All in all, it was a wonderful time.

Before the retreat, I made a pillow gift for each of them.  It’s a Tea Tin that I copper embossed the sunflower images on from the new set, Celebrate Sunflowers.  I filled them with goodies and embossed the lids too.  The ribbon is new too (Bumblebee Gingham).

Tea Tins for my team copper embossed with Celebrate Sunflowers.

Tea Tins for my team copper embossed with Celebrate Sunflowers.

I also made towel tags to hang on our towel hooks.  I used retiring paper for these and put matching hearts on the back before laminating them.  I got some wrinkles on the back, but I like how they turned out.

Towel tags for my team to use at our craft retreat.

Towel tags for my team to use at our craft retreat.  This is the back view.

Here’s most of our group (one couldn’t make it and one had to leave early).  But, we also had two awesome ladies that booked the house with us (Kim & Kellee).  It was great to chat and hang out with them too all weekend (Thanks Kim for taking our photo).

Team craft retreat at Moments Retreat in Lake Dallas, TX.

Team craft retreat at Moments Retreat in Lake Dallas, TX.

Team craft retreat at Moments Retreat in Lake Dallas, TX.

I got there a day early and watched Star Trek Voyager on my laptop.  The rest of the time we listened to music and talked while working on our projects.  See my dark chocolate bar tucked under my computer…definitely a retreat essential.

Team craft retreat at Moments Retreat in Lake Dallas, TX.

Here are most of the sample cards I made for upcoming clubs, classes, and my Open House this weekend.  I have at least a dozen more that aren’t in the photos.

I hosted a weekend stamp retreat with my team last weekend.  We timed it to play with all the new items we pre-ordered from the new annual catalog.

I hosted a weekend stamp retreat with my team last weekend.  We timed it to play with all the new items we pre-ordered from the new annual catalog.

I’ll post more details for some of these samples in upcoming post after I’ve had more time to photograph them better.  This retreat was at our favorite spot, Moments Retreat.  I can’t wait for the next one!

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

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