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 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stamp 'n' Hop May: Share What You Love for Mother's Day


Hello, and welcome to this month's Stamp 'n' Hop blog hop! We are a group of demonstrators from around the world, and this month we are sharing our projects made with BRAND NEW products!!! Is anyone else excited for the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog?! I sure am! I am coming to you from Gilbert, AZ in the US, and I have a fun fancy fold card to share with you today.

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the opportunity to order new products before customers. It is one of my favorite things about being a demonstrator, and this month, Stampin' Up! is giving customers the chance to order new products early too! The Share What You Love suite of products is just gorgeous, and the project I'm sharing with you today uses products from the largest bundle.





Here in the US, tomorrow is Mother's Day, and I created this card with the mothers and grandmothers in my life in mind. I'm sure they are going to love this card with pictures of their grandbabies inside! Take a look!







This type of card is called a Twisted Pop-Up Card. I've seen other names for it too. Whatever you call it, it's a fun "twist" on a card that still fits in a regular envelope. I followed this tutorial from The Pampered Stamper to learn how to create my card, and I'm sure if you search on YouTube you will find many other videos showing this technique. 

All of the supplies I used are listed below. I used mainly products from the Gotta Have it All Bundle that is available for purchase this month, with the exception of Whisper White and Crumb Cake cardstock, the You're Inspiring stamp set, Blackberry Bliss ink, and the 2" Circle Punch.

Stamps: You're Inspiring
Ink: Blackberry Bliss 
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, Tranquil Tide, Share What You Love Specialty DSP 
Accessories & Tools: 2" Circle Punch, Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Velvet Ribbon, Pearlized Doilies, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, Share What You Love Embellishment Kit

Make sure to hop along and check out more new products. I love to see everything new in action!

Happy Stamping!
Rachel

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Cool Treats for Teacher Appreciation

I have a quick post for you this afternoon. As you probably know, it was Teacher Appreciation Week this week. I would have loved to do something for Jenna's teacher every day, but that just wasn't going to happen this year. So we did a fun gift today, and her teacher loved it!



I thought the Cool Treats stamp set and Frozen Treats Framelits would go perfectly with an ice cream gift. The card is just flat, and we wrote on the back. Ice cream toppings fit nicely in the 6 x 17 Gusseted Cello Bags, and I tied it all up with the Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon. Most of these products are retiring, so make sure to snatch them up before they disappear! This gift would also be great as an end of the year teacher gift, so if you missed out on Teacher Appreciation, keep that in mind.

Stamps: Cool Treats
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake
Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Frozen Treats Framelits, Big Shot, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Silver Mini Sequin Trim, Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon, 6 x 17 Gusseted Cello Bags

Happy Stamping!
Rachel