Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Scrapbooking Global Challenge: Beach Memories



Hello and welcome to the Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop July 2018! If you are visiting my blog for the first time, thank you for stopping in. Make sure to visit the rest of the talented artists on this hop - the links are listed at the end of this post.

It has been a long while since I've shared a scrapbook page here. Many of you probably don't know this, but long before I was a card maker, I made scrapbooks. I did not have all of the wonderful Stampin' Up! products I have now, and I'm a little embarrassed to look back on some of those pages! But they were created with love, and I think that is the whole point of scrapbooking, to preserve the memories of those we love for years to come. 

When I saw the sketch for this month's challenge, I was immediately inspired to use photos from our trip to San Diego last year. Here's the sketch...







And here's what I did with it...





The Tranquil Textures suite paired beautifully with my beach photos! I stuck with the color scheme of the Designer Series Paper for the most part - Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Fresh Fig, and a little bit of Soft Sea Foam, Tranquil Tide, and Sahara Sand. I masked off "Have a" from the "wonderful adventure" sentiment, and added in the "amazing" die cut from the Celebrate You Thinlits. The month and year are stamped using the Make a Difference stamp set, which is great for scrapbooking! You can create your own phrases, dates, and more, plus the set includes two different fonts. It is one of my favorites!





Here is a complete list of the supplies I used:
Stamps: Sea of Textures, Make a Difference
Ink: Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Fresh Fig
Paper: Tranquil Textures DSP, Fresh Fig, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Soft Sea Foam, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Layering Squares Framelits, Under the Sea Framelits, Celebrate You Thinlits, Big Shot, Classic Label Punch, Night of Navy Medium Baker's Twine

I can't wait to see what everyone else has done with this sketch! Visit Jackie Lawless from the UK next by clicking the button below.


http://stampingjack.com/scrapbooking-global-sketch-challenge/



Happy Stamping!
Rachel 



Thursday, July 5, 2018

Birth Announcement: Meet Grace

I have a very special project to share with you today! Little Grace joined our family in June, and these are the birth announcements I designed. (Putting them all together is still a work in progress!)






That little stitched heart is my favorite!


I have been busy soaking in all of the family time and baby snuggles, but hope to be back to regular posting soon.


Stamps: Little Elephant
Ink: Flirty Flamingo
Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Starburst Punch, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Stitched Labels Framelits, Big Shot, White Baker's Twine


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Friday, June 1, 2018

New Catalog & New Colors!

Happy new catalog day! I always love our mini catalogs, but when the big catalog goes live, it is even more exciting! Today I'm going to share my top ten with you, as well as a card using the brand new In Colors. If you received a catalog from me, don't forget that you can use your June coupon beginning today. Please use host code 4HQZP2MB when placing your order if you are spending less than $150. If you need a catalog and do not currently have a demonstrator, I would be happy to send you one, along with coupons to use June through December.


Onto my top ten! And then make sure to read to the end to see a card using the fun new In Colors.


1) My favorite thing about this catalog - all of the new (and returning!) colors! Stampin' Up! did a color revamp this year, and there are 16 new colors in the line up. The best way to get a taste of all of them is to order cardstock in the color family packs, or try out one of the new color assortment packs (inks, markers, or cardstock) found on p. 182 of the catalog.




2) Next on my list is the Love You to Pieces Bundle. This set is perfect for autism awareness, but great for so many other things too! It was on my order this afternoon.






3) It's so hard to choose from all of the beautiful ribbon, but I am really loving the 1/4" Mini Striped Ribbon. It comes in three colors - Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, and Poppy Parade - some of my favorites!





4) Anyone else thinking about Christmas? I've been making 15 Christmas cards every month this year, and I'm planning to do a Christmas Card Club beginning in August. The Stylish Christmas stamp set is what I plan to use for the first month of the club. It includes some of our new Distinktive stamps, which have a really cool texture!






5) There are a couple of new animal punch builders in this catalog. My favorite is the Little Elephant Bundle. I can't wait to use this set for new baby thank yous, and birth announcements if I'm ambitious!




6) I haven't been keeping up with my scrapbooking as I would like to, but I do love the Big Plans Memories & More Card Pack! I am hoping to do a card class with it later this year. The best part is that we now have note cards and envelopes that fit these card packs perfectly, making for super simple cards!




7) The Under the Mistletoe DSP is full of classic Christmas colors, which I love! You'll be seeing it in some of my Christmas cards, and maybe in that Stylish Christmas class.




8) The Notes of Kindness Card Kit has such pretty floral images, and in some of my favorite colors - Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, and Soft Sea Foam! I love our all-inclusive kits because you don't need any extra supplies besides adhesive and scissors to put them together.




9) Nature's Twine is a set of 4 colors of twine. I use twine all the time on my cards, and these are such pretty colors. The rest of the suite is great too, and I think it is going to be awesome for fall!




10) Last, but not least, the Calligraphy Essentials Project Kit looks like so much fun! This one does have a separate stamp set and a few additional supplies needed, which would make it perfect for a private card class with your friends. Contact me if you are local and interested in hosting!




Bonus: There are SO many new colors available in the Stampin' Blends. These are my favorite coloring tool, and I can't wait to add the new colors to my collection. Unfortunately, they won't be available for a few more weeks, BUT the returning colors are available for ordering now!




Now, what you've been waiting for - today's card! I used the new In Colors and one of my favorite stamp sets with the coordinating framelits. What do you think?





These new colors are so vibrant and fun!








Stamps: Lift Me Up
Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch
Paper: Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Whisper White, 2018-2020 In Color 6" x 6" DSP
Accessories & Tools: Up & Away Thinlits, Big Shot, Blueberry Bushel  1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

#GDP140: Lovely Floral Watercolor Card

You are going to get two posts from me today, because I just couldn't miss out on the chance to participate in the Global Design Project challenge this week! They are choosing a winner this week to be a guest designer for 6 months, and I would love that opportunity!


The challenge was to CASE this card by Brian King.




I chose to use the floral element in the bottom left corner, the friend theme of the card, and the pink and green color scheme.


This is the first time I've used the Lovely Floral Dynamic Impressions Textured Embossing Folder. I water-colored with a few new colors, and a few returning colors - Granny Apple Green, Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, and a little So Saffron for the center of the large flower. I used an Aquapainter with a light touch on my cardstock. Our Whisper White cardstock is not ideal for water-coloring because it pills easily, but you can use it if you are careful. I added a few of the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls as flower centers to finish the card.




Stop back later for another post featuring my top ten favorites from the new Annual Catalog, and make sure to check out the Global Design Project for more creative ideas!


Stamps: Love What You Do
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink, So Saffron
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories & Tools: Lovely Floral Dynamic Impressions Textured Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Aquapainter, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Friday, May 25, 2018

Share What You Love Swap Card

Today's card features products from the Share What You Love suite, which is available for you to purchase in several different bundled options this month! These products will all be available on June 1 individually, but you will miss out on some freebies offered in the bundles. You can take a look in my online store so that you don't miss out!


I made this card for my team's swap, and I also included one in each of the catalog packets I sent out last week. They were quick and easy, but oh so pretty with the Share What You Love Specialty Paper!





Stamps: Love What You Do
Ink: Blackberry Bliss (available June 1)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss (available June 1), Whisper White, Share What You Love Specialty DSP
Accessories & Tools: Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon, Pearls, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot


Happy Stamping!
Rachel


Friday, May 18, 2018

Frozen Birthday Invitations

Happy Friday! I am stopping by quickly today to share the invitations I made for my oldest's birthday party this weekend. We don't do parties every year for our kids. They each got one for their first birthday, and we are doing one their kindergarten year, but that's probably going to be it. Nothing elaborate either - we just invited the kids from her class to come over and swim, have cupcakes, and the part she is looking forward to the most - the presents!

Jenna loves Frozen, so that is the theme we are using for the party. I use that term loosely, as this party is very laid back! It would be fun to go all out with decorations and everything, but at 8 1/2 months pregnant, that is not happening.

The invitations use a lot of retiring products, and a few that are returning. Sorry for the big butterfly in the middle of the picture. I am working on my photography and editing skills slowly but surely, but blurring out parts of the image is not something I have conquered yet. So ignore that and look at the rest. :)


I have quite a bit of Tempting Turquoise and Soft Sky cardstock, and since both of those colors are retiring, I let Jenna pick which one she wanted to use. She went with Tempting Turquoise. The Time to Party stamp comes from the retiring Confetti Celebration stamp set. This is a great one for birthday cards, graduation cards, and of course party invitations! The die cut snowflake and scallop edge come from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, and they are cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, also retiring. We finished the invitations off with Frozen stickers.

Stamps: Confetti Celebration
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Accessories & Tools: Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Big Shot, Rhinestones

Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Simple Share What You Love Card

This has been an odd week. I am 34 weeks pregnant, and had an unexpected trip to the doctor at the beginning of the week. He didn't put me on bed rest, but if I don't stay off my feet the majority of the time, I am not feeling that great. The goal is to make it to 36 weeks, and although I would like to make it a bit longer than that, I would also prefer not to be in pain. So... I have actually gotten more crafting time than normal this week, but I haven't been so on top of getting outside to take pictures of my creations.


I played along at TGIF Challenges again this week, but I was not quite on time enough to link up this time. Oh well, I think the card is still worth sharing! Here is the sketch that inspired my card:




I went really simple on this one, but I don't think it needed much more with the beautiful paper!







The sentiment comes from Tabs for Everything, which happened to be sitting on my desk while I was creating this card. I wish I had some tips for cutting the paper to a point like that to share with you, but I think mine turned out due to pure luck! I'll have to figure out what I did and share another card with this layout sometime. 

Stamps: Tabs for Everything
Ink: Tranquil Tide
Paper: Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Share What You Love Specialty DSP
Accessories & Tools: Share What You Love Embellishment Kit, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

Happy Stamping!
Rachel