Monday, August 19, 2019

Waterfront Beach Card

The inspiration for today's card comes from June's Paper Pumpkin kit. I will admit I haven't put mine together yet, but I love the beach theme and the color combination! I used that as my inspiration for this card.




I thought that the High Seas 3D Embossing Folder was a perfect fit for this beachy card, and I finally figured out the correct sandwich in my die-cutting machine for the new embossing folders. Thank you, YouTube! The new style of folders is slightly thinner than the old Sizzix ones, so you need to use the new blue 3D Embossing Folder Plate with them. I am using my Big Shot, so my sandwich was the regular platform on the bottom, then the embossing folder, then the blue embossing plate.


Easy! When I tried using a 3D folder a few weeks ago, I must have tried every other possible way except for that one. Oh well, now I know, and you do too!




Here's a close up of the embossing. I can think of a few other stamp sets that this would work great with!




Stamps: Waterfront
Ink: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Sahara Sand, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Embellishments: Linen Thread
Tools: High Seas 3D EF, Rectangle Stitched Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Die Cutting Machine
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, August 15, 2019

#tgifc224 Sketch Challenge

Yesterday on Facebook, I shared these backgrounds I made with Pigment Sprinkles. I promised that I would share projects using them soon, so here is the first one!


I used another sketch challenge to get started, this time over at TGIF Challenges.




And of course I had to start with the Gorgeous Grape piece - purple is my favorite! There's also a Holiday Catalog sneak peek on this project. Can you spot it?




If you guessed those Coastal Cabana rhinestones, you're right! There is a new set of colored rhinestones, and I LOVE them! I cut a piece of my Gorgeous Grape background out with the Stitched Nested Labels Dies, and the stamps come from the Free as a Bird stamp set. Buy the dies and stamps together in a bundle at a 10% discount! Even if birds aren't your thing, the sentiments and flowers in this stamp set are pretty.




I think my favorite thing about this card is the color combination - Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White, Pool Party, and Purple Posy. I hope it inspires you to create something of your own!


Stamps: Free as a Bird
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Memento Black, Light & Dark Pool Party Stampin' Blends, Dark Purple Posy Stampin' Blends
Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Embellishments: Noble Peacock Rhinestones, Holiday Rhinestones
Tools: Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Tin Tile EF, Die Cutting Machine, Pigment Sprinkles, Stampin' Spritzer
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Back to School Dino Treats

I am sending two kiddos to school this year - 2nd grade and kindergarten - and of course I had to make some little gifts for the teachers.




The cakes are Little Debbie birthday cakes. Last year, they had some Back to School cakes, but I didn't see any, so we went with these since they had primary colors. It reminded me of school, anyway. I pulled from the colors of the sprinkles and used Pacific Point, Real Red, Call Me Clover, and Daffodil Delight as my color palette.




I put each treat in a 6 x 8" Cello Bag, folded it in half, and taped to hold it. Then I wrapped a band of 1 1/2 x 6" DSP from the Brights stack around the treat, and stapled it to hold it. When I've done treats like this before, other adhesives just don't hold up, but a good ol' staple will! I think the dinosaurs will put a smile on everyone's face, and that's a great way to start the school year!




Stamps: Dino Days
Ink: Call Me Clover, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Real Red
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Brights 6 x 6" DSP
Embellishments: Call Me Clover 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, 6 x 8" Cello Bags
Tools: Dino Dies, Die Cutting Machine, Starburst Punch, 2" Circle Punch
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tape, Stapler


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Monday, August 12, 2019

#GDP202: Woven Threads Card

It's time to design for my monthly card class, and I love a good sketch to get me started! The Global Design Project has a sketch challenge this week, so I decided to play along.


I used the Woven Threads DSP and sequins, and Itty Bitty Greetings seemed perfect for adding a small sentiment. Those who attend my class will have the option of switching out the sentiment and the DSP to make the card their own.




Those Woven Threads Sequins are just so pretty!




I hope you like my card, and there is plenty of time left if you'd like to play along with the challenge too!




Stamps: Itty Bitty Greetings
Ink: Terracotta Tile
Paper: Whisper White, Terracotta Tile, Woven Threads DSP
Embellishments: Terracotta Tile Scalloped Linen Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Woven Threads Sequins
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Friday, August 9, 2019

Purple Posy Balloon Card

Happy Friday! Today's card is the other card I created for the swap I participated in earlier this summer. I realized that I never shared it here, and I wouldn't want you to miss out on this pretty card!


I used one of my favorite new stamp sets, Above the Clouds, and another favorite - purple! I combined Highland Heather ink with Purple Posy paper, and those beautiful Woven Threads Sequins. Add in the Stitched Shapes Dies and the scalloped border from the Seasonal Layers Dies, and you have a card full of my favorite things!


Stamps: Above the Clouds
Ink: Highland Heather
Paper: Purple Posy, Whisper White, 2019-2021 In Color DSP
Embellishments: Woven Threads Sequins, White Baker's Twine
Tools: Hot Air Balloon Punch, Stitched Shapes Dies, Seasonal Layers Dies, Die Cutting Machine
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

#tgifc223: Blessed to Be Your Friend

This week's TGIF Challenge is a color combo that includes some of my favorite colors, so of course I had to play along!




I also did some heat embossing, for the second time this week! Funny story - when I was making this card this afternoon, I was working on my kitchen counter. The fan was blowing, and I'm sure you think you know where this story is going. No, the embossing powder didn't blow all over the place. I successfully embossed my sentiment, set it down, and the cardstock blew right into the butter dish! Yep, I had to do it a second time. Third if you count the first one that smudged a little. Being a perfectionist in crafting sometimes makes a project take waaaay longer than it should! But I am so happy with the end result, so it was worth it!




I used a few new products on this card. The Scripty embossing folder is probably my favorite out of the new embossing folders this year. I tried to use it with our new blue embossing plate, but in my die cutting machine, that sandwich was actually too thick. I tried a variety of different things, but finally ended up running it through with several additional sheets of cardstock. I will have to play with it some more and figure out what works best.





I also used the To a Wild Rose stamp set. This one is just beautiful all the way around!


Do you have any funny crafting stories to share? Comment and let me know!


Stamps: To a Wild Rose
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Embellishments: Gold Faceted Dots
Tools: Versamark, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Scripty Embossing Folder, Wild Rose Dies, Die Cutting Machine
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Monday, August 5, 2019

In Color Club Cards: August

Today I am sharing with you the cards I made for my In Color Club this month. I used the Modern Heart stamp set, one of my favorites!




Here's a close up of each color.


Terracotta Tile


Rococo Rose

Purple Posy

Seaside Spray

Pretty Peacock

I even used Purple Posy ink for the first time! Stampin' Up! has had some quality issues with this ink, so it has been unavailable. They have let us know that they finally have the issues worked out, so it should be available soon! But here is a workaround - the Purple Posy Stampin' Write Marker IS available, and I used it to color my stamps. I can't believe I didn't do this sooner! I am loving the purple! Which color is your favorite? Comment and let me know!


Stamps: Modern Heart
Ink: Terracotta Tile, Rococo Rose, Purple Posy, Seaside Spray, Pretty Peacock
Paper: Terracotta Tile, Rococo Rose, Purple Posy, Seaside Spray, Pretty Peacock, Whisper White, Gold Foil, 2019-2021 In Color DSP
Embellishments: 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots
Tools: Versamark, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Monday, July 29, 2019

Cow's it Going?

The Over the Moon stamp set was on the top of my list when this new catalog came out. The sentiments are full of funny puns, and those cows are so cute! Today's project was CASEd from Erica Cerwin. She does so many great 3D projects, but I am more of a card person, so I just turned her idea into a card! Here's her project:


And here's mine:


We made this card at my card class on Saturday, and I think everyone loved it. Who wouldn't smile if they received this card in the mail, right? And... guess where those cow spots came from? The Love What You Do stamp set has two watercolor "blobs" that make perfect cow spots!



Stay tuned for more cows, later this week!


Stamps: Over the Moon, Love What You Do
Ink: Memento Black; Stampin' Blends - Light Daffodil Delight, Light Old Olive, Light & Dark Flirty Flamingo, Dark Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo
Embellishments: Black 5/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon
Tools: Be Mine Stitched Dies, Pinewood Planks EF, Die Cutting Machine
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

#tgifc221: Christmas in July

Confession time: I really didn't have the time today to create this card, but I did it anyways. The challenge over at TGIF Challenges this week is Christmas in July, and since the current product I have for Christmas is limited, I came up with the idea to use my Pigment Sprinkles. I have been wanting to try these, and they did not disappoint!







I also used the new Watercolor Paper, and it is AWESOME! It's nice and smooth, and dried flat. What?! The colors of the Pigment Sprinkles are so vibrant, and I love that they completely match the Stampin' Up! colors. I embossed first, then added water with the Aquapainter. I sprinkled on some of the Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles, then blended with the Aquapainter. Easy peasy!




Here's a close up of the details:


Now I better get back to what I'm supposed to be doing today - cleaning and prepping for my card class this Saturday. Stay tuned for more of the Pigment Sprinkles - I'll definitely be using them again!


Stamps: Making Christmas Bright
Paper: Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, Granny Apple Green, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, Sparkle Glimmer Paper
Embellishments: Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots, Rhinestones
Tools: Versamark, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Pigment Sprinkles, Aquapainter
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Monday, July 22, 2019

Beautiful Friendship Congratulations

Today's card features the Beautiful Friendship stamp set. It didn't take very long for this stamp set to catch my eye! I love the watercolor-like florals, and the sentiments - both what they say, and the pretty fonts. For this card, I used Seaside Spray to create a hydrangea (or at least that's what it looks like to me). I am no flower expert, so maybe that's not what it's intended to be, but I like it!


I thought the wood pattern in the Pressed Petals DSP was a perfect fit. This is probably my favorite sheet of DSP in the whole catalog. I might have cried a little as I was chopping it all up to use for card class this weekend. (Just kidding, but I can't be the only one who hoards their favorite paper!)


If you love this card as much as I do, you might be interested in the ordering special I have going on this week. From now through Friday, place an order of more than $50 using host code DZZM9G49 in my online store, and I'll send you this card, plus the 3 others pictured below.


If you're local to me, these are the cards we'll be making at my card class this Saturday. You can see all of the event details here. I have a few spots left that I would love to fill!


Stamps: Beautiful Friendship
Ink: Seaside Spray, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
Paper: Whisper White, Seaside Spray, Pressed Petals DSP
Embellishments: Linen Thread
Tools: Rectangle Stitched Dies, Die Cutting Machine
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Extra, Extra!

Today's post is all about the starter kit. Now before you stop reading and click away, know that I am only sharing this information with you because I have gotten so much out of being a part of Stampin' Up!, and I truly wouldn't want you to miss out if you love the products half as much as I do!


What do you get when you purchase the starter kit?
The starter kit costs $99. Right now, you get to pick out $155 of whatever you would like - that's $56 free! There is also free shipping on the starter kit, which saves you another $10. In the kit, you'll also get a package of business supplies valued at over $50. And wait, there's more! New demonstrators receive a recent Paper Pumpkin kit in their box too! If you were already planning to order around $100, why wouldn't you purchase the starter kit instead and pick out more for your money? Keep reading to find out what else you'll get...


Once you purchase the starter kit, you get a 20% discount on your purchases. Do you belong to a membership store like Sam's Club or Costco? This is kind of like that. You pay your "membership fee" and then get to purchase the products at a discounted price. Your discount can get even higher if you want to work the business a little, or if you make a large number of purchases yourself.


Do you love the products that Stampin' Up! offers? Do you get excited to see what's new? Another perk of being a demonstrator is early access to new catalogs. In fact, in just a few days demonstrators will get to see the upcoming Holiday Catalog. Then, in August, we'll get to order from it while customers have to wait until September. This perk is probably my favorite one!


Another thing I have really enjoyed about being a demonstrator is access to an exclusive demonstrator Facebook group. You would not believe all of the projects that are shared there daily! You also get a quarterly magazine, Stampin' Success, filled with ideas and business tips.




Did I mention the friendships? It's so much fun to stamp and collaborate with a bunch of other people who love Stampin' Up! as much as I do. Let's face it, my husband just doesn't care too much about the cute cow stamp set or the newest set of stitched framelits. But my stamping friends do!


If you are at all interested in the starter kit, I would love to chat with you! Talking about stamping is one of my favorite things to do! I would be happy to send you more information and answer any questions that you have. You can contact me here. If I've already convinced you, you can purchase a starter kit here.


I could not imagine my life without Stampin' Up! Being creative and in charge of my own business brings me joy and fulfillment like nothing else does. Maybe it could do the same for you!


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Christmas in July Class to Go

I have a beautiful card class to offer you this month! When I first saw the Noble Peacock Specialty paper in the catalog, I knew it would make gorgeous Christmas cards. So I created this Christmas in July class for you using that paper and the Making Christmas Bright stamp set. The cards are pretty simple, outside of a little heat embossing.




There are several options to purchase; you can also add on any of the additional needed supplies at catalog cost (I will pay your tax and shipping).
Option #1 ($30) includes a 1/2 package of Noble Peacock Specialty paper (cut to fit in your package), a bolt of Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon, a pack of Noble Peacock Rhinestones, and the supplies to make 6 cards.
Option #2 ($76) includes everything in Option #1, plus the Making Christmas Bright stamp set and the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch.
Option #3 ($15) This option includes the tutorial only.
Option #4 ($7) This option is for my team and includes only the cardstock supplies.
To make the cards as shown, you'll need these additional supplies:
*Blueberry Bushel ink pad ($7.50)
*Old Olive ink pad ($7.50)
*Versamark pad ($9.50)
*Heat Tool ($30.00)
*Embossing Buddy ($6.00)
*White Embossing Powder ($6.00)
*Silver Embossing Powder ($6.00)
*SNAIL Adhesive ($7.00)
*Glue Dots ($5.25)
*Stampin' Dimensionals ($4.00)
The deadline to purchase this class is July 31. Kits will ship no later than August 7.

You can register for the class here.
If you have any questions, please let me know.

Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Monday, July 15, 2019

In Color Club Cards: July

If you're a part of my Facebook group, you saw a sneak peek of these cards on Saturday night. Today, I am sharing all of them! Members of my In Color Club receive one of these in their color of the month. Aren't they cute?


I just love these little dinosaurs, and I think they look great in the In Colors! Since Purple Posy ink is still out of stock, I have been substituting Highland Heather, and I think it complements the Purple Posy paper perfectly. Now here's the hard part - which color do you like the dinosaur in best? I don't know if I can pick!
Rococo Rose


 Pretty Peacock

 Terracotta Tile

 Seaside Spray

Purple Posy

Stamps: Dino Days
Ink: Highland Heather, Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile, 2019-2021 In Color DSP
Embellishments: 1/2" Scalloped Linen Ribbon - Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile, White Baker's Twine
Tools: Dino Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Die-Cutting Machine, White Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool
Adhesives: SNAIL, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Monday, July 8, 2019

You're Rawrsome!

Today's card features products from the Dinoroar Suite. This is my favorite suite of products in the new catalog! I suppose part of that is that I have young children, and quite a few nieces and nephews, but even if I didn't, I think I would still like it. The dinosaurs are so cute, and who can resist the cute sayings like "You're Rawrsome!"


This card was created as part of a challenge in my business training group, and I won! I was really excited, because this card was really fun to make, and I love how it turned out. I have many more ideas for these products, so you'll be seeing these little dinosaurs again. Here's a close up of all those details - of course I had to use the Woven Threads Sequins again!


Stamps: Dino Days
Ink: Seaside Spray, Calypso Coral
Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, 2019-2021 In Color 6 x 6" DSP
Embellishments: Woven Threads Sequins
Tools: Starburst Punch, Stitched Shapes Dies, Dino Dies, Die Cutting Machine, Versamark, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Glue


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Friday, June 28, 2019

Looking Up Card Kit Alternative

Earlier this week, my husband and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. I did not think to make a card ahead of time (oops!), so I got out the Looking Up Card Kit to see what I could come up with. Luckily, there was a sentiment that worked, and the palm trees that reminded me of our honeymoon to Hawaii.


The background paper comes from the Pressed Petals Specialty DSP. This paper did not appeal to me at first, but it is quickly becoming a favorite! If you miss the Wood Textures paper that retired, this paper is for you! There is a wood pattern, plus this burlap one - both perfect neutrals for your cards, and both wonderful for masculine cards! And then of course you've got some beautiful floral patterns too.


If you are looking for a quick and easy card, our kits are a great place to start! This one is all-inclusive, meaning you don't need any other supplies, unless you want to make alternatives like this one. The extras I used are listed below.


Stamps: Looking Up
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso
Paper: Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Pressed Petals DSP, Whisper White
Embellishments: Glitter Enamel Dots


Happy Stamping!
Rachel