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!

#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!

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!

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!

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!

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 Traudt  - you are here!

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!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

#TGIFC158 Color Challenge

This week I am participating in the TGIF Color Challenge. I love these colors together!

For this card, I went to my shelf of retiring stamp sets and picked out one that I am going to miss, Tranquil Tulips. This is a host set, so it can only be purchased using host dollars. Host an online party with me during May, or place a $150 order yourself, and it can be yours!

I stamped off for the back layer of the tulips. The sentiment is from the stamp set You're Inspiring, which is sticking around! And that black and white paper is from the Petal Passion DSP, which I'm surprised hasn't sold out yet. It is so pretty, and there are so many different ways to add color to it! See a full list of supplies used below, and don't hesitate to buy the products that are retiring because they won't be around for much longer!

Stamps: Tranquil Tulips (host), You're Inspiring
Ink: Basic Black, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Berry Burst, Petal Passion DSP
Accessories & Tools: Petals & More Thinlits, Big Shot, Glitter Enamel Dots

Happy Stamping!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my dad's birthday, so I thought I would share the card I sent to him. Several retiring products here, and time is running out! I love the True Gentleman DSP for masculine cards. I sometimes have trouble coming up with ideas for the men and boys in my life, but this paper makes it so easy!

I used the Classic Label Punch to punch out 'DAD'. If you need a shorter label, just punch twice!

Stamps: Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, True Gentleman DSP
Accessories & Tools: Gold Metallic Thread, Stitched Shapes Framleits, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Big Shot, Classic Label Punch

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Share What You Love: Special Preorder During May

Happy Tuesday! Well, this one is happy anyways, because starting today you have the opportunity to purchase brand new products that are coming in the Annual Catalog this June! And you can purchase them at a bundle discount - even better!

I want to quickly explain the different options, and then I have a few cards to share using the Just Getting Started Bundle. I'll be sharing samples using products from the other bundles throughout the month.

There are four options for pre-ordering this month. The first is called the "Just Getting Started" Bundle. It includes the following items:

Note that the Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes are a free item in this bundle. While you will be able to purchase these items separately starting in June, you will not receive the free gift.

The next option is called the "A Little More, Please" Bundle. It includes these items:

Note that in this bundle, the Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes and the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit are free. 

The third option with these products, called the "Gotta Have it All" Bundle, adds on the Share What You Love Specialty Paper, which includes 24 sheets of designer paper, and it has a pearlized finish on one side. This bundle also adds the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Here is everything that is included:

You'll notice that the free items are the same as the "A Little More, Please" Bundle, with the addition of the Statement of My Heart stamp set. This stamp set is exclusive to this preorder and will not be offered in the upcoming catalog. It's a great reason to choose this bundle!

The final option is the 2018-2020 In Color Collection of ink pads. That's right, you can order our five brand new in colors now! Buying the five ink pads in a bundle saves you 10%. This bundle is the only one out of the four that will be available in the new catalog, but it's fun to get your hands on some of the new colors early!

Please note that if you order the In Color bundle along with one of the others, you will end up with two Grapefruit Grove ink pads. Also note that if you purchase the "Gotta Have it All" Bundle with the In Color bundle, you will have a large enough order to earn hostess rewards. Yay! If you are shopping and spending less than $150, please use this month's host code, RAHUEJ3J.

I hope you'll enjoy using some of these new products as much as I have already. Demonstrators were able to preorder these products during April, so it's been fun to try them out! I have a few cards to share with you today, and I used only the products from the "Just Getting Started" Bundle. 

For the first one, I stamped off the Grapefruit Grove ink for the background of the flowers. "Stamping off" means inking up your stamp, stamping on a piece of scrap paper, and then stamping a second time on your project without re-inking. It gives you a lighter shade of the color.

For the second card, I used the same stamping off technique for the watercolor background stamp, and for some of the flowers on the envelope flap. I did add a few Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of the greeting piece, but the rest of the products you'll find in your bundle.

Love these new products so much that you want more? You can include these bundles in your starter kit, and then you'll be able to participate in the demonstrator preorder from the new Annual Catalog, which begins tomorrow! This preorder usually includes a selection of products from the new catalog, and I'm betting all the rest of our brand new colors! Plus, you'll get to purchase at a discount! Woohoo!

If you have questions about any of this information, please feel free to email me and ask, or comment below. Stay tuned for more projects featuring brand new products this month!

Happy Stamping!