Friday, October 12, 2018

Country Home Hello

I have another Country Home card to share with you today. I colored this one using my Stampin' Blends markers.




Lots of little details in this one, including the Tin Tile Embossing Folder, the Galvanized Clips, and the Chicken Wire Elements. This is a must have fall stamp set, and so many great coordinating products to go with it!


Stamps: Country Home
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends - Ivory, Light & Dark Cajun Craze, Light & Dark Smoky Slate, Light & Dark Old Olive, Light & Dark Blackberry Bliss, Light Daffodil Delight
Paper: Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories & Tools: Tin Tile EF, Big Shot, Chicken Wire Elements, Galvanized Clips, Braided Linen Trim


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Notes of Kindness Alternative Card

Last week's Facebook Live featured a simple notecard made with the stamp set from the Notes of Kindness Card Kit, and I am finally getting around to posting it here. Thank you for your patience!






The Frosted Floral Specialty paper really makes this an elegant card! All of the supplies are listed below. The DSP is cut to 4 1/2" by 3", and the cardstock frame is 4 5/8" by 3 1/8".


Stamps: Notes of Kindness
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Frosted Floral Specialty DSP, Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Pearls


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

No Line Watercoloring with Country Home

Have you seen this technique yet? No line watercoloring is a new technique to me, but I had to try it after seeing some beautiful projects that were made using it. If you're curious about how it works, you can watch my Facebook Live from today. Basically, you stamp an image in a very light color - I used Sahara Sand stamped off once. Then you watercolor using an Aqua Painter and your ink pads. Here's the result:





It's a different look, but very artistic, I think. I'll be sharing a card later this week that I used Stampin' Blends to color, and the two looks are completely different! Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Stamps: Country Home
Ink: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Shimmery White, Wood Textures DSP
Accessories & Tools: Aqua Painter, Galvanized Buttons, Braided Linen Trim, Versamark, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Monday, October 8, 2018

#TGIFC180: Snowflake Showcase Sneak Peek

Oh my, do I have a treat for you today! I literally got these products on my doorstep this afternoon, and I couldn't wait to use them! TGIF Challenges Color Challenge this week was the perfect inspiration, along with a sample from Stampin' Up! that I CASE'd. Here is the fun color combo:






And here is my card. I copied it from a sample that Stampin' Up! posted, just changing the colors, switching out sequins for rhinestones, and using my thinlits instead of a sewing machine for the stitched line on the bottom.





The stamped images come from the Happiness Surrounds stamp set, and the die-cuts are from the Snowfall Thinlits Dies. These products, along with the Snow is Glistening stamp set, Snowflake Trinkets, and White Velvet Paper, will be available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST in November.



If you want to make sure you get them, you can purchase them as part of your starter kit this month. They are all truly beautiful!


Stamps: Happiness Surrounds
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Mango Melody, Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Snowfall Thinlits, Stitched Labels Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Basic Black Baker's Twine, Rhinestones


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Monday, October 1, 2018

A Maui-Inspired Card

A new month, and a new Stampin' Up! year. Today marks the beginning of the earning period for the 2020 Incentive Trip to Maui. I have a LONG way to go to earn this trip, but I plan to work hard! The last time I was in Maui was on my honeymoon, and I have wanted to go back to Hawaii ever since. So I thought to kick it off, I would share a card inspired by Hawaii, using the Tropical Escape paper stack.




I am also hoping to jumpstart my sales this year with a fun challenge! Stampin' Up! is offering a selection of products at 10% off this week to celebrate World Card-Making Day. My favorite thing on the list - kits! Three of the four kits that are on sale are all-inclusive kits, which means you don’t need anything extra to put them together. I have set a huge goal to sell 20 kits this week. To sweeten the deal for you – if I get to 20 kits, I will gift a bonus kit to someone who purchased one this week! Each kit you purchase gives you one entry, and if you win, you get to choose which one you want for free! Woohoo! Here’s what you need to do: add a kit to your shopping cart, along with any other items you’d like, and make sure to use host code VVBWWX6W. Only those who use the host code will be entered to win a free kit. If you’d like, I can place your order for you, just let me know. I will be sharing updates and fun stuff all about kits this week in my Facebook group and on my page. If you haven't already liked and joined, make sure you do so you can join in the fun!


Here is a complete list of the sale items - you can get these on sale now through October 7. Shop in my online store or contact me to place your order.



Stamps: Southern Serenade

Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Wood Textures DSP Stack, Tropical Escape DSP Stack
Accessories & Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, White Baker's Twine, True Gentleman Buttons


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Friday, September 28, 2018

Copper Rejoice Card & Product Shares

Today's simple but beautiful card was featured in last week's Facebook live. I used the His Light stamp set, Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper, and copper embossing to make a stunning card without too much effort.
This card layout is perfect for using up product shares! You can mix and match the papers and ribbons, and add an embellishment if you'd like. You can even switch out the sentiment, using whatever stamp sets you already own. 


Speaking of product shares, I am hosting one now through October 10! I have three options to choose from - one for paper, one for ribbon, and one for embellishments. You can choose to participate in one, two, or all three. The details are in the graphics below.






Please note that if you participate in more than one, you will only pay for shipping once. Also note that each share is split between four people, so I need four to sign up in order to place the order. You will not be invoiced until your share is full.

If you are interested in participating in a product share, please email me and let me know which ones you would like to participate in. 

Here are the measurements and details for today's card:
*I used a Whisper White card base. It measures 4 1/4" x 11", and is scored and folded at 5 1/2".
*The Designer Series Paper measures 3 1/4" x 4".
*The Whisper White piece with the sentiment measures 2 1/8" x 4".
*I used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the DSP and the sentiment. 
*Wrap a ribbon around the card front and tie in a bow.



Stamps: His Light
Ink: Versamark, Copper Embossing Powder
Paper: Whisper White, Joyous Noel DSP
Accessories & Tools: Heat Tool, Copper Trim

Happy Stamping!
Rachel 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

You're Spooktacular!

Fall is here! Well, not really here in Arizona. But I hear in other places it has cooled off and the leaves are starting to change color. Before we know it, Halloween will be here, and I have a fun spooky treat to share with you today! A few weeks ago, I had a hostess who really loves Halloween, and I made this as a little gift to thank her for hosting a party.



Two Russell Stover's pumpkins fit perfectly in the Acetate Card Boxes. This is a fun and easy treat. If you'd like to see how I made it, you can watch today's Facebook Live.

Stamps: Trick or Tweet
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories & Tools: Stampin' Blends - Light and Dark Smoky Slate, Light Basic Black, Dark Mango Melody, Dark Pumpkin Pie, Stampin' Write Marker - Gorgeous Grape, Black 5/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Duet Banner Punch

Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

#TGIFC177: Sketch Challenge

The card I'm sharing today is working double duty! I created it using the sketch challenge over at TGIF Challenges, and I'll be using it in my card class this month. Check out the sketch!




I was inspired by a card I saw by Tami Hewlett a few weeks ago, and a Lularoe dress in my closet - that's where my color combo came from, and I just love how it came together!




I used the Perennial Birthday stamp set, which has not seen much use in my craft room. I'm a little embarrassed to tell you that I bought it with the kit it was originally designed for, and that kit is sitting unfinished on my shelf. Oops! I have good intentions to put it together. Some day. The good news is that this stamp set is beautiful and can be used all by itself!




I hope you like my card, and if you are local to Gilbert, AZ, join me for my card class this month and you'll get to make it!




Stamps: Perennial Birthday
Ink: Berry Burst, Blueberry Bushel, Gray Granite
Paper: Gray Granite, Whisper White, Berry Burst, Blueberry Bushel, Festive Farmhouse DSP
Accessories & Tools: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stitched Labels Framelits Dies, Big Shot


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Friday, September 14, 2018

Big Plans Memories & More Cards

If you're a follower of my Facebook page, you know that I've been highlighting the Big Plans Memories & More Card Pack this week. I did a Facebook Live on Wednesday and made a few quick and easy cards using the card pack and a few additional products. All of these cards require absolutely no stamping!










What do you think? If you ask me, this is a whole lot better than spending $7 on one card at the store! And the cards are cuuuuute! All of our Memories & More card packs are great for making quick and easy cards. You can of course add stamping if you'd like, but you don't have to. The supplies I used are listed below. Comment and let me know which card is your favorite!


Supply List:
*Big Plans Memories & More Card Pack
*Whisper White Cards & Envelopes (small and large)
*Calypso Coral 1/8" Sheer Ribbon
*Rhinestone Basic Jewels


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Friday, September 7, 2018

Christmas Card Club: His Light



Today I have the details for this month’s Christmas Card Club ready for you! This month, the featured stamp set is His Light, and it is available in wood mount or clear mount.




The class includes the His Light stamp set in your choice of wood or clear mount, a bolt of Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon, a package of Frosted & Epoxy Droplets, and the supplies and instructions to make 15 cards, including envelopes. Inks and adhesives are not included. The inks I used this month are Tranquil Tide, Blackberry Bliss, and Gray Granite. If you would like to add these to your order, just let me know!




There are several options for purchasing below. The Kit Contents and PDF only option does not include the stamp set (if you already have it), and if you would simply like the instructions, you can purchase the PDF only option.
The class must be purchased by Thursday, September 20. Kits will ship by Friday, September 28.

Purchasing options:
Wood Mount: $62 plus $7 shipping
Clear Mount: $56 plus $7 shipping
Kit Contents & PDF only (does not include the stamp set): $37 plus $7 shipping
PDF only: $10

Please contact me for links to purchase.


Remember, there are benefits to participating in the Christmas Card Club for more than one month! There will be two more months to participate. Participate 2 months, and receive a $5 coupon off of a $30 purchase. Participate 3 months, and receive a $10 coupon off of a $40 purchase. Participate all 4 months, and receive a $15 coupon off of a $50 purchase. The coupons can be redeemed with me during December.



Happy Stamping!
Rachel




Thursday, September 6, 2018

Back to School Teacher Treats

Today I'm sharing the treat I made for the teachers at my daughter's school to celebrate the beginning of the school year. School has started, but it's never too late to give a teacher a little thank you gift! (And if I'm being real, these did not get delivered the first day of school. Or even the first week. Having a baby in the house is severely side-tracking my timeline for getting things done!)




To make the boxes, I followed a tutorial from Erica Cerwin for making a box of any size. The tutorial begins about 26 minutes into the video. Want to see what's inside?




I also got this idea from Erica Cerwin. She makes the cutest 3D projects, and always has the best treats! If you are looking for an everyday treat that's not back to school specific, the regular Little Debbie cakes are the same size and will fit perfectly in this box.


Here are the measurements for my box:
The base is 7 1/2 inches by 4 3/4 inches. On the long side, score at 1 1/4 inches and 6 1/4 inches. On the short side, score at 1 1/4 inches and 3 1/2 inches.
The top is 6 1/2 inches by 3 3/4 inches. On the long side, score at 3/4 inches and 5 3/4 inches. On the short side, score at 3/4 inches and 3 inches. For directions on assembly, see the link above for Erica Cerwin's tutorial.


A few tips for putting the box together - definitely use a strong adhesive! I used some of my retired Fast Fuse Adhesive, but the lids still kept popping apart. I finally reinforced them with Scotch tape on the inside. Tear and Tape Adhesive would be another option. Which brings me to my next tip - Erica always makes the lids of her boxes just slightly bigger than the bottom of the box, and then it's not such a tight fit. I forgot to do that on mine, and I think that contributed to the adhesive not sticking as well.


I thought the sentiment from Treehouse Adventure was perfect for the start of school - Let the Adventure Begin! I used retired ribbon on these, but the 3/8" Mini Ruffled Ribbon would be perfect here too.





Stamps: Treehouse Adventure
Ink: Call Me Clover
Paper: Crumb Cake, Call Me Clover, Whisper White, Animal Expedition DSP
Accessories & Tools: Starburst Punch, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon (retired)


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Christmas Card Club: Stylish Christmas

It's time for my favorite classes all year - my Christmas Card Club! These cards are meant to be fairly simple so that you can make more of them and get your Christmas cards ready to send in December. This year, I'll be offering a different class each month for four months. The more you participate, the bigger benefit for you! Not only will you get more Christmas cards done, but I'm also offering bonus coupons for you if you purchase at least two months.
  • Purchase 2 months, and receive a $5 coupon off of a $30 purchase.
  • Purchase 3 months, and receive a $10 coupon off of a $40 purchase.
  • Purchase all 4 months, and receive a $15 coupon off of a $50 purchase.
These coupons can be redeemed with me during the month of December. Are you ready to see this month's class?




This month, I am featuring the stamp set Stylish Christmas from the Annual Catalog. When you purchase the class, you will receive the stamp set in your choice of wood or clear mount stamps, a roll of Old Olive Sheer Ribbon, and the supplies and instructions to make 15 cards (5 of each design), plus envelopes. There are five options for purchasing:
  • Wood Mount, shipped to you: $65
  • Wood Mount, local pick up: $58
  • Clear Mount, shipped to you: $57
  • Clear Mount, local pick up: $50
  • PDF Instructions only: $10
If you are interested in purchasing this class, please email me and I will send you a link to buy. The deadline to purchase is August 15, and kits will be mailed no later than August 29.


Happy Stamping!
Rachel

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