Thursday, September 14, 2017

Painted Autumn Home Decor

Today's project has been an idea in the back of my mind for several weeks now. I finally got all of the pieces to put it together, and now it's sitting out as part of my fall d├ęcor! (I'm pretending it's fall inside while outside it is still over 100 degrees. I lived here before, but boy am I ready for the Arizona heat to die down!)







The frame is from Hobby Lobby, and is 8" x 8". The rest of the products I used are listed below. And the sentiment from the Count My Blessings stamp set - one of my favorites, maybe ever!

Stamps: Count My Blessings
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Painted Autumn DSP, Thick Whisper White Cardstock (everything is mounted on this), Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories & Tools: Burlap Ribbon, Very Vanilla Lace Trim, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Touches of Nature Elements



Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Painted Harvest Suite: All of My Favorite Things

Today's card includes all of my favorite things from the Holiday Catalog - the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper, the Painted Harvest stamp set, and the Leaf Punch, plus a few extras from the Annual Catalog that I love too! The inspiration for this card came from a gift bag pictured in the Holiday Catalog. I love all of the project ideas in there!







Stamps: Painted Harvest
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Painted Autumn DSP, Very Vanilla, Vellum
Accessories & Tools: Leaf Punch, Touches of Nature Elements, Peekaboo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Friday, September 1, 2017

Christmas Card Club: Carols of Christmas

It's the time of year to start thinking about making Christmas cards, if you're a crafter that is! And I have something to help you out - my Christmas Card Club! During the months of September, October, and November, I'll be running a Christmas Card Club, and each month you participate you'll get the supplies to make 16 cards, giving you a good head start on getting those Christmas cards done.


Here are the details: you do not need to participate every month, but if you do you'll receive a free stamp set of your choice (value up to $17)! The class for the month will be available to purchase from the 1st through the 15th of the month, and the kits will ship by the 25th.


This month's class features the stamp set Carols of Christmas and the technique of heat embossing. You will receive the stamp set in your choice of wood or clear mount, an exclusive video tutorial teaching you how to heat emboss, and the supplies and instructions to complete 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs.




If you do not have a heat tool, you may add one on to your purchase at no additional shipping cost, and I will throw in a Versamark ink pad for free! You may also add embossing powders to your order at no additional shipping cost. Another option is to use your choice of regular ink and not do the embossing.


The cost for this month's class is $55 plus $7 shipping for wood mount, and $46 plus $7 shipping for clear mount. Please email me if you would like the links to purchase, and make sure to note if you are adding the heat tool or any embossing powders to your order.


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Whole Lot of Lovely Hugs

Happy Thursday! This Thursday, I am happy this week is almost over. Anyone else have that type of week? I am looking forward to the fresh start of a new month tomorrow, and a long holiday weekend.


I thought I would share one of the cards from this month's Lovely Inside & Out Class to Go. I don't typically share all of the cards from these classes, but I got a new background paper for taking photos, and I loved how it made this card really pop!




Tomorrow I'll be back with details on my Christmas Card Club, and watch for another Class to Go around the 8th of the month.


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, August 24, 2017

June 2017 Paper Pumpkin: One in a Melon

Some of you probably know that I used to be a teacher. And to my surprise, my daughter is now attending school at the first school I taught at. Teachers have a special place in my heart, and especially these teachers, some of whom I taught with for four years. I wanted to do something special for them on the first day of school, and June's Paper Pumpkin kit was the perfect solution!




As soon as I received this kit, I knew that I wanted to use it for the first day of school teacher treats. So I purchased a refill kit as well, giving me enough for the 8 teachers at my daughter's school. (Refill kits are available only to Paper Pumpkin subscribers - an awesome perk!) Each teacher got a little gift bag and a card wishing them well on the new school year.




Inside each gift bag, I filled one of our 6 x 8 Cellophane Bags with sweet little gummy watermelons that I found at Walmart for 98 cents. (I forgot to take a picture - sorry!)


Since I had a few extra supplies from my two kits, I also made an alternate card using the Cool Treats stamp set. The sentiment from that set paired perfectly with the watermelons!




Paper Pumpkin kits have been really great recently! September's kit promises to be a good one, too! Stampin' Up! has been dropping some hints, so here's what I know: there will be beautiful embellishments, it will get you in the mood for fall, and it will be a fall-themed project bedecked with stamped leaves and laser-cut, gold foil stickers. And the best part is that if you are a new subscriber, you can get September's kit at 50% off! Click here to subscribe, and make sure to enter the promo code HALFOFF0917.




Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Love Today Planner: Daily Schedule Add-On

My oldest started Kindergarten yesterday. Let's just say day two is going much smoother for everyone! She loved it; the rest of us are having a hard time. Her little brothers kept asking when we could go get her, and I kind of agreed! We are all starting to settle into the routine today though, and it feels good.


Last week, I realized that it would probably help me to have a new routine written down for school days. Having it written down helps me to stay accountable and productive during the day. Anyone else have trouble figuring out what you're supposed to be doing during the day sometimes? No, just me? My mommy brain needs help! So I created this add-on page for my Love Today Planner.




This 6 x 8 plastic sleeve is from the Variety Pack of 6 x 8 photo pocket pages (this specific one is a retired Project Life sleeve, but the same ones are still available without the Project Life name). These sleeves fit perfectly into the planner binder. They are a slightly larger size than the pages of the planner, but still fit in when it is closed. You may just see a tiny bit of the edge.




I used stickers from the planner kit and Stampin' Write markers in coordinating colors to make my daily schedule. I also used the Bundle of Love Specialty DSP and Very Vanilla cardstock. You could use any style of paper and colors that you like.





I'd love to know what additions you've made to your planner! Comment below and tell me!


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lovely Inside & Out Class to Go

The Lovely Inside & Out stamp set pairs perfectly with the A Whole Lot of Lovely DSP! I think you'll love the class I've designed for you this month!





This stamp set is available in wood mount or clear mount, so make sure to specify which one you want when you order this class. The cost is $42 plus $7 shipping for wood mount, and $33 plus $7 shipping for clear mount. Your class fee includes the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set, plus the supplies and instructions for the 4 cards pictured above. You must purchase the class by August 24, and classes will ship by August 31. If you make an additional $25+ purchase by August 24 using hostess code NDTMT3JA, I will send you a second set of supplies for the cards.


Please email me for a link to purchase this class.


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Berry Burst Congratulations

Today is the final day to purchase this month's class to go featuring the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set, so I thought I would highlight one of the cards. This is my favorite out of the four cards, and it just might have to do with the main color of the card - Berry Burst! I go back and forth between favorite new In Colors, but this one is currently at the top of my list.




If you are interested in purchasing this class to go, or this month's other offering, the Soft Sayings Card Class, please contact me today. I'll have another class to go ready for you on August 8!



Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Christmas in July!

I have a beautiful card to share with you today! I get my inspiration from a lot of places, but this card was copied directly from our demonstrator magazine, Stampin' Success. It's a quarterly magazine, and it's packed full of project ideas and business tips. I love when it shows up in my mailbox!




Pretty, right? I love the new In Colors this year, and those little bow embellishments are adorable. And the best part was I didn't have to design it myself!


There are SO many perks to being a demonstrator, and I thought I would share some with you today, because the Starter Kit special this month is amazing! I made a short video to tell you about the Christmas in July promotion, and it includes a sneak peek of the new Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Thinlits from our upcoming Holiday Catalog. Thanks for taking a look!




If purchasing the Starter Kit is something you are interested in, you can contact me for more information, or sign up here. I would love to have you join my team, Rachel's Naptime Stampers!


Stamps: Happy Birthday, Gorgeous
Ink: Berry Burst
Paper: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Florals DSP Stack
Accessories & Tools: Triple Banner Punch, Metallic Foil Doilies, 2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows, Silver Metallic Thread


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July's Classes to Go

I have this month's classes to go ready a few days early. There are two options this month - one is the Soft Sayings Card Kit plus some extras, and the second features the stamp set Happy Birthday, Gorgeous. I love them both, and I hope you will too! The deadline to purchase both classes is July 20. Classes will ship by July 27 this month. Here are the details:




Soft Sayings Card Class: This class includes the Soft Sayings Card Kit, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist ink pads, a Blender Pen, and the supplies and instructions to make four bonus cards. You will also receive a link to an exclusive video tutorial with tips on putting your cards together and a lesson in coloring with Blender Pens. The cost is $57 plus $13 shipping if you are not local.




Happy Birthday, Gorgeous Card Class: This class includes the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set and the supplies and instructions to make the four cards pictured below. The cost is $34 plus $7 shipping. If you purchase both classes, you will only pay $13 shipping total.





Please email me for links to purchase. The deadline is July 20.


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Delightful Daisies

Every month I try to participate in my team's swap. We each send 4 of the same cards that we've designed, and then we get 4 different ones back. It's a fun way to get samples using products we may not have purchased ourselves, and I always enjoy a little fun mail!


When I started working on this month's swap, I pulled out the Daisy Delight Bundle. It's been on backorder since the new catalog period started, but it's back in stock! I was not truly in love with this bundle until I saw it used for gerbera daisies, and then I knew I had to have it. So that's the direction I went with for my cards. I started with Flirty Flamingo, and then kept going with even more fun colors!









Which one is your favorite? The Daisy Punch is a great one to add to your collection - make sure to add it to your shopping list!





Stamps: Daisy Delight
Ink: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Accessories & Tools: Daisy Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Polka Dot Basics EF, Big Shot


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Life is Beautiful

Today I am highlighting one of the cards from this month's class to go featuring the stamp set Colorful Seasons. Did you know that I offer at least one class to go every month? Watch for a new class on the 8th of every month, and have your class shipped to you by the last day of the month. Here's a spoiler: next month's class to go will feature the stamp set Happy Birthday, Gorgeous!


It's nowhere close to fall, but I love the delicate leaf in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, and I had to use it on a card!




Two Designer Series Papers are featured on this card as well - you can probably tell that one is the Wood Textures DSP Stack, but do you know where the other one comes from? If you guessed the Delightful Daisy DSP, you are right!


I love how this card turned out, and I know that little leaf will be making more appearances in my cards once fall gets here!


Stamps: Colorful Seasons
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Delightful Daisy DSP, Wood Textures DSP Stack
Accessories & Tools: Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Linen Thread, Glitter Enamel Dots


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Birthday Memories Gift Bag

My oldest recently turned 5, and she'll be starting kindergarten this fall. I am definitely not ready for that yet! Along with school comes invitations to birthday parties. She's not even in school yet, and we are invited to one tomorrow evening. Thank goodness Stampin' Up! has the perfect suite of products for kids' birthdays - the Birthday Memories Suite.





I used a few of the products from this suite to create a cute gift bag and a matching card.






I love this piece of the Designer Series Paper, and I used both pieces from the package to create the gift bag. I am planning to do a tutorial video next week, so stay tuned for that!





I used a second tag on my matching card, and added in some more of the DSP. Love those polka dots!




This suite of products is one of my favorites in the catalog. I hope you like it too!


Stamps: Birthday Delivery
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Birthday Memories DSP
Accessories & Tools: Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon, 2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows, Gift Bag Punch Board


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

#TGIFC112: Happy Father's Day!






Am I the only one who procrastinates on making cards that I need to make? Friday afternoon hit, and I knew a Father's Day card had to be made for my husband before he got home from work for the weekend.


Thankfully, I had a few places to draw inspiration from: a card I made for my display samples back in November (see if you can pick it out here!), and this week's TGIF Challenge:



Making a masculine card is hard for me, because I like to add a lot of "girly" touches to my cards, like bows and sparkly embellishments. Sometimes I just can't figure out what to add to complete a masculine card! But I think this one turned out ok. What do you think?







Washi tape is a good go-to embellishment for a masculine card, and my personal opinion is that ribbon or thread is ok, as long as it isn't tied in a bow. Do you have any tips for masculine cards? I would love to hear them! Please share them with us in the comments.


Stamps: Thoughtful Banners
Ink: Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist
Paper: Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP
Accessories & Tools: Hearts & Stars Elements, Duet Banner Punch, Metallic Gold Thread, Basics Pack 3 Washi Tape


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Love Today Planner Kit

Today I am going to share my most favorite product from the brand new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog - the Love Today Planner Kit! I am a planner junkie, and I have tried a number of different planners. I was so excited to see one by Stampin' Up!, and I think it is going to fit my needs perfectly!


I made a video to show you the inside of my planner, and give you a few ideas for using it. Let's just ignore the fact that none of my house-cleaning chores are checked off, ok? I'm going to share a few ideas here as well, so keep reading! Here's the video, if you are interested:




In the video, I mentioned a number of coordinating products that I am using with my planner:
You can see some of those products in use on the monthly calendar spread:






If you like to plan for 18 months to 2 years instead of just one, you can purchase the refill kit and add extra pages to your binder. You can also remove some of the weekly pages you aren't currently using and keep the extras in a 6 x 8 Photo Album to avoid a bulky planner, keeping just the monthly spreads for the months that are further out. I plan to purchase 6 x 8 albums and keep my used pages in them.


This planner can be used for memory-keeping as well. In the video, I shared how I am blocking off a portion of each day with washi tape so that I can jot down a few notes from the day - memories of cute things my kids said or did, what happened that day, etc. I have wanted to journal this way for a long time, and there is plenty of space in this planner to do it!




Finally, I shared some 2 x 2 cards I created to fit in the pocket pages. Here's a peek:



I used some of my favorite sayings from our stamp sets that are inspirational to me, and I am going to move them with my bookmark every week so that this is what I see when I open my planner every day. The stamp sets that I used were Ribbon of Courage, Dare to Dream, and Watercolor Wings (not pictured).


This planner is just beautiful, and I think there is something in it for everyone! The best part is that you can start using it anytime because it is un-dated. I couldn't wait to use it, so I jumped right in and started it this week! If you'd like to have this gorgeous planner in your life, you can purchase it in my online store. I'd love to see what you do with yours!


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pinewood Planks Thanks

Today's card is almost an exact copy of one pictured on page 131 of Stampin' Up!'s new Annual Catalog. It features some of my favorite new products - the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder, the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, and the Pretty Label Punch. Here's the card pictured in the catalog...




... and here's my version.




Copying the catalog is an easy way to get beautiful cards every. single. time. Don't you just love the look of the embossing folder on Soft Sky cardstock? So pretty!




Stamps: All Things Thanks
Ink: Emerald Envy
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Naturally Eclectic DSP
Accessories & Tools: Pinewood Planks EF, Big Shot, Pretty Label Punch, Linen Thread, Hearts & Stars Elements


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Colorful Seasons Card Class to Go

This month's class to go is ready for you today! It is a card class, and for just $35, you will receive the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the instructions and supplies to make 4 cards, all pictured below.





This stamp set is a great one to add to your collection - it has a variety of sentiments, as well as images for every season of the year! The deadline for purchasing this class is Thursday, June 22. I will place the order for supplies on June 23, and have your class shipped to you by June 30. If you place an additional order of at least $25 between now and June 22 using hostess code BE2PUKFU, I will send you an extra set of cards with your kit.


Inks and adhesive are not included, so those are good options when placing your additional order. The ink colors I used this month are Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Berry Burst, and Soft Suede. The adhesives I used are Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, and SNAIL or Fast Fuse. Another great choice to add on if you have a Big Shot is the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. I used a few of the dies on this month's cards, and they are just beautiful!


Shipping is $7, or you may pick up beginning June 30 if you are local to me. You may also purchase the tutorial only for $15. Please email me if you are interested in purchasing this class.


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wild About Flowers Retirement Card

It's new catalog day! Before I share today's card, I wanted to remind you that the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is live today. I am hosting a party over in my Facebook group, and sharing lots of new products, plus there is a chance to win the beautiful hostess stamp set, Tranquil Tulips. Make sure you check it out!


Now onto today's card. This card is one I actually made a few weeks ago. My husband's aunt is retiring after being a teacher for many years. We wanted to send her something special, so I used some of my favorite things on her card.





Perhaps you remember this color combination? I told you that you would see it again!




Here's a close up of those flowers. I stamped them twice on Watercolor Paper, once in Berry Burst and once in Powder Pink, and then spritzed with water in my Stampin' Spritzer.




The amount of water you add will create that blurred look. I love how it turned out! I thought the Glitter Enamel Dots were the perfect finishing touch - they are different shades of Berry Burst, and I thought that the lighter ones complemented the Powder Pink too.


I hope you're enjoying all of these new products. If there's something you'd like to see, please leave a comment and let me know!


Stamps: Wild About Flowers
Ink: Memento Black, Berry Burst, Powder Pink
Paper: Basic Black, Berry Burst, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Accessories & Tools: Flourish Thinlits Dies, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Glitter Enamel Dots, Stampin' Spritzer


Happy Stamping!
Rachel