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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Product Share: Annual Catalog 2017-2018

The new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog goes live in less than 2 days, and there is so much goodness in it! I will be offering a product share for the ribbon, Designer Series Paper, and embellishments, so if you'd like to try everything, you can! Product shares are a great way to get a little bit of each thing without paying the full price for the full product.


Here's how it works: for the ribbon share you receive 1 yard of each new ribbon, for the paper share you receive a half sheet of each design, and for the embellishment share you'll receive a selection of each new embellishment. I have a more detailed list below. This picture from last year's product share gives you an idea of how I package up the ribbon.



2017-2018 Product Share Details

Designer Series Paper Share

$54 plus $13 shipping

This share will give you a sheet of every new pattern in the DSP packs and stacks. Each pack of paper will be divided by 4 people. You will get 6” X 12” pieces from all the 12” packs except for the the specialty pieces which will be 3 X 12” because there is only one in each pack. The 6” paper packs will come as 6” X 6” pieces. 

Please refer to pages 187-189 in your Annual Catalog. This share will include the Petal Garden, Color Theory, Wood Textures, Fresh Florals, Whole Lot of Lovely, Naturally Eclectic, Coffee Break, Pick a Pattern, Be Merry, Birthday Memories, Delightful Daisy, Eastern Palace, Bundle of Love, and Foil Frenzy DSP packs. 


Ribbon Share

$45 plus $7 shipping

This share includes 49 new ribbons! (All but the Copper Trim, which is on backorder until July, so I have left it off for now.) The ribbon share ships for free with the paper share if you purchase both!

Please look at pages 198-199 in your Annual Catalog to see the ribbons. It will include the Gingham, Double- Stitched, Ombre, Classic Weave, Mini Sequin, Stitched Satin, Stitched- Edge, Finely Woven, Shimmer, Sheer, Mini Chevron, Crinkled Seam Binding, Metallic-Edge and Striped Grosgrain Ribbons. (Wow!!)

Embellishment Share

$30 plus $7 shipping

This share includes a selection of many new embellishments. Please see pages 196-197 in your Annual Catalog to see the embellishments. In your share, you will receive 6 Eclectic Shaped Paper Clips, 6 Corrugated Elements, 12 Hearts & Stars Elements, 12 Touches of Nature Elements, 15 Mini Gift Bows, 36 Faceted Gems, 3 Mini Tassels, 6 Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments, 3 Boxwood Wreaths, 10 2016-2018 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes, and 5 2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows. This share ships for free with the purchase of the ribbon or paper share.


Please register here for the shares you would like. Once the shares are full (4 people for paper and embellishments, and 10 people for ribbon), I will send you an invoice. Please pay within 24 hours, or you will lose your spot in the share. I will then place the order for the products. It will probably take me about a week to receive them, and then I will work as quickly as I can to get them divided up and sent to you. I will keep you updated on timelines through email.

If you are as excited about the new catalog as I am, make sure to head over to my Facebook Group for an online party this Thursday and Friday. I would love to have you join me!

Happy Stamping!
Rachel




Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sprinkled With Love: Paper Pumpkin May 2017



Today's post is all about Paper Pumpkin! Have you heard about Paper Pumpkin? It's one of my favorite products that Stampin' Up! offers! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit, and every month you get all of the supplies to make a set of cards or a project, all wrapped up in one little box. Here are a few pictures of past kits to give you an idea.






This month's kit was donut-themed, and there were supplies to make 9 round cards, plus lots of extras!




I also made an additional card to give you an idea of what you can do with your leftovers and a few extra supplies.




To get the words to line up correctly in the circle, I did cut my stamps apart. You can do this to gain a little more versatility with your stamps, and they line back up perfectly like a puzzle so that you can use them as intended too. The extra supplies I used on this card were Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Soft Suede and Whisper White cardstock, Tasty Treats Specialty DSP, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Frozen Treats Framelits, and the Big Shot.


Each Paper Pumpkin kit comes with at least one ink spot and an exclusive stamp set. Those are yours to keep and use over and over again, so it's a good way to build up your ink collection! If you're not satisfied with a kit you receive, just contact Stampin' Up! and they will make it right. However, there are SO many alternative ideas every month on Pinterest and in the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club group on Facebook that I've never had a problem finding something fun to do with my kit. I really enjoy getting some fun mail every month, and having an easy and cute project to put together (that someone else thought up and designed for me)!


If you are interested in trying Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time! From now until June 10, new subscribers will get 25% off of their first three kits (June, July, and August). Click here to subscribe, and enter the promo code STARTHERE to get the discount. The regular price is $19.95 per month, and it is a great value when you look at how much product you get in each kit!


Want to see a little bit more of this month's kit? I did a video on Facebook, and I've uploaded it to YouTube for you. Enjoy!



Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Last Call for Cool Treats Classes to Go

Today is the LAST day to purchase this month's Cool Treats to Go Classes. Here is a reminder of what you'll receive:

The card class includes the Cool Treats stamp set, White Baker's Twine, and the supplies and instructions to make the four cards pictured below. The scrapbook class includes the Cool Treats stamp set, Sprinkles Embellishments, Fine Tip Glue, and the supplies and instructions to make the three 12" x 12" scrapbook pages pictured below.






There is also a tutorial only option, which will include detailed PDF instructions and supply lists for both the cards and the scrapbook pages. And don't forget - if you make an additional purchase of at least $25 today using hostess code 6DGWA3ZA, I will send an extra set of cards with your class! (If you would just like a set of the cards without purchasing either of the classes, use this hostess code today and I'll send you finished cards anyways!) Please email me to purchase any of these options:
*Card Class - $43 local pick-up or $50 shipped
*Scrapbook Class - $56 local pick-up or $70 shipped
*Both Classes - $65 local pick-up or $80 shipped
*Tutorial Only - $20


Happy Stamping!
Rachel











Thursday, May 18, 2017

#TGIFC107 Hugs for a Great Friend

This week, I am participating in the TGIF Challenges theme challenge, a sympathy or get well card.




I love all of my retiring products, but those new ones are just so fun to play with! I had to pull out the Lovely Words Thinlits and the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set for this challenge because I thought they fit the theme perfectly. I didn't think I needed this bundle from the new catalog, but then Stampin' Up! shared a video with demonstrators that showed samples using these products, and I couldn't resist any longer!


 

Today's card is actually a fancy fold card. Check it out!





To recreate it, cut an 8" x 8" square of cardstock. Then score at 4" on both sides, and cut out one of the squares. Easy peasy, and so fun!


It's hard to tell, but I wanted to add a little bit of extra sparkle to match the Glitter Enamel dots, so I got out my Wink of Stella and painted over the "hugs" cut-out. I also used Wink of Stella on my White Baker's Twine. It's very subtle, but adds just a little bit of sparkle, and who doesn't love that?!




The final thing I love about this card? The color combination! Whisper White, Basic Black, Berry Burst, and Powder Pink. You'll be seeing more of those colors around here because it's my new favorite!


I hope you enjoyed today's card, and the sneak peek of all of these fun new products!


Stamps: Lovely Inside & Out
Ink: Powder Pink (stamped off once), Berry Burst
Paper: Whisper White, Berry Burst, Pick a Pattern DSP
Accessories & Tools: Lovely Words Thinlits, Big Shot, Glitter Enamel Dots, White Baker's Twine, Wink of Stella


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Birthday Memories Twisted Pop-Up Card

I have a really cool card to share with you today! Well, I think it's really cool. My kids were not impressed when I showed it to them. It's called a Twisted Pop-Up card, and I've seen this fancy fold all over the place recently. I watched this video by The Pampered Stamper to learn how to do it, and had success on my first try!


The front of the card looks like a regular card...



...but then you open it up and get a surprise!




I thought the greetings and characters from the new Birthday Memories Suite were just perfect for this style of card. What do you think?


Stamps: Birthday Delivery (available June 1)
Ink: Pacific Point
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Birthday Memories DSP (available June 1)
Accessories & Tools: Layering Circles Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Pretty Label Punch (available June 1), White Baker's Twine


Happy Stamping!
Rachel