Friday, August 4, 2017

More Christmas in August

I've been having so much fun playing with the early release bundle, Carols of Christmas by Stampin' Up!  On this card, I used one of the card front Thinlits to cut out the starry night sky.  It really was the coordinating Thinlits that won me over on this bundle!



This simple card has just a few simple elements.  The die-cut Night of Navy layered onto a piece of Daffodil Delight.  Both layers are placed onto a Whisper White Thick card base.  The large circle was cut using the largest die from the Layering Circles Framelits dies from a piece of Whisper White card stock that had been textured using the Softly Falling TIEF (textured impressions embossing folder).  Wow!  That's a mouth-full.  

The tree was cut from Garden Green card stock, and the deer stamped in Early Espresso and cut out.  Both were cut out using the coordinating Thinlits die set.

I needed a small Christmas greeting to add to the front, and Teeny Tiny Wishes came to my rescue.  It was stamped onto Daffodil Delight card stock and then punched out using the Classic Label punch. 

Hope you enjoy today's card.  Head on over to my online store to pick it up your own bundle today!  

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Christmas in August?

It's Christmas in August!  Well, it is if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Last month, demonstrators were able to pre-order a stamp set and coordinating thinlits bundle called Carols of Christmas, that will be in the new 2017 Holiday Catalog.  This month (August) you can pre-order it too!  
Carols of Christmas Bundle
Save 10% when you buy the stamp set and Thinlits bundled together! You may also buy each item singly. 

ITEMDESCRIPTIONUSD
146036
Carols of Christmas Bundle (wood-mount)
$52.00

146037
Carols of Christmas Bundle (clear-mount)
$45.00

146038
Lot Cantiques de Noël Bundle (French; clear-mount)
$45.00

144674
Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies
$30.00

144801
Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (wood-mount)
$28.00

144804
Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (clear-mount)
$20.00

145028
Cantiques de Noël Stamp Set (French; clear-mount)
$20.00



This card was one I designed somewhat by chance.  The ornaments I stamped and heat-embossed yesterday while playing with this set, but I just didn't like what I was getting.  Today, with fresh eyes, this is what I came up with.  I like the faint music stamped behind the greeting.  I hope you like it too!

Get your own bundle today!  Head over to my online store to pick it up or order while attending one of my classes this month.  

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Playing with Ink

Have you ever stepped outside your creative box and tried something new?  That's what I did with the following card.  It's not my usual "style" and to be honest, I'm not sure how much I even like it.  So why am I sharing it with you?  Well, sometimes it just feels good to try something new and share it.


I cut a piece of watercolor paper in half, and then just started putting ink from my stamp pads onto the paper with a large watercolor brush.  In-between coats, I dried the paper with my heat tool.  When I was done, it still needed something to tie it all together so I inked the new Sheet Music background stamp in Basic Black ink and stamped it on the front.  

To fit the front of the card, I cut it down to measure 4"x5-1/4", wrapped a piece of Basic Black 3/8" Shimmer ribbon on the front, and placed it onto a Basic Black card stock card base.  I had a die-cut "Happy Birthday" element from earlier this month (cut from Berry Burst card stock using the Happy Birthday Thinlits die) while prepping for classes laying on my desk, and it was perfect for the front of the card.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you'll try something outside of your creative box too.
If you do, share it here in the comments!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Another Happy Birthday Gorgeous! card

Sometimes it's the simple things, right?  I think so.  I received a card that used this layout but in different colors from my demonstrator stamping group I'm a part of.  I loved the simplicity of the card.


The "Happy Birthday" is a die cut that coordinates with this set and is available together as a bundle with a 10% discount when purchased together.  What's difficult to see are the "enamel" shapes on the card.  They are made with the 1/8" handheld circle punch, scrap Calyso Coral card stock and the Fine-Tip Glue pen.  What a great idea using those items to make as many "enamel" shapes as you want.  I'm not sure who created this idea originally, but I'm glad I learned about it.  If it was you, please let me know and I'll give you credit!

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Stamping!




Monday, July 24, 2017

July Club/Class Projects

Here are the projects we made this month in my classes & clubs:  All are cased from talented demonstrators who share their creativity with all!  So thankful during times of major creative block!


 
Holly Stene



Holly Stene




Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Stamping!



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Christmas in July

It's the middle of July, but Stampin' Up! released early to demonstrator's a Christmas stamp set that will be available to everyone a month early (August) and will be in the new 2017 Holiday Catalog starting September 1st.

Carols of Christmas is available as a bundle with an awesome Thinlits die set that you are going to want to have!  It makes the set!  Though I've had it a couple weeks, I finally had some inspiration last night.  Creative block strikes again.  :-(


As I often will do when I have a creative block, I went to catalogs and looked at images to see if I could C.A.S.E. (copy and share everything) an idea.  This time, the 2016 Holiday Catalog came to my rescue.  This image of the host set was my inspiration.


And this is the card I came up with.  The greeting comes from the stamp set Holly Berry Happiness, a stamp set that was carried into the new catalog from last year's Holiday catalog.

Hope this inspires you to create too!

Happy stamping!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June Class/Club Projects

This month in my classes and clubs we used a brand new bundle from the Wood Textures Suite.  The suite has so many wonderful products, but we mainly focused on the stamp set and coordinating Framelits (which can be bundled together for a 10% discount).

Here is what we made:

Cased from fellow Demonstrator, Sue Prather


Idea cased from fellow Demonstrator, Denita Wright


The ideas I cased (copy & share) I made my own adjustments to with color changes, etc.  I hope you enjoy and find time to create soemthing too!  

You can find all the supplies in my online store.  

Thanks for stopping by & happy stamping!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

From the Archives

Today is a hot day in the Denver Metro area.  So, after a couple errands this morning it's a great day to stay indoors with the air-conditioning!  My stamp desk has been in need of some cleaning up, so that is what I tackled first.  I just cannot be very creative with a messy desk.

In looking through samples, I noticed one that I made last year as a swap with my team members.  It seems appropriate to post today, since it's still June and so many weddings and thus anniversaries happen in June.


The stamp set used is Sunshine Sayings  and it has coordinating Sizzix Thinlits too.  This is just one of so many ideas and occasions that you can use this set for.

Thanks for stopping by & happy stamping!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

In the City

When I placed my pre-order from the new 2017-18 Stampin' Up! catalog, I couldn't wait to play with one of the new host sets, In the City!

If you are like me and love creating scenes, then you are going to love this set!  The challenge at MojoMonday this week #500 (and unfortunately the last) was a great reason to pull out this set and create with it.



The photo doesn't show nearly as well as I'd hoped.  The embossed words say "Hope it's a wonderful day in your neighborhood".   It's a lovely day in mine today!  


Thanks for stopping by & happy stamping!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Winding down!

The month of May is winding down, and so are the 2016-2017 catalog and 2017 Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up!  If you have items that are retiring on your wish-list, you still have a few days left to grab them.  Don't wait though, because so many wonderful products are already sold out.

I've been busy setting aside the stamp sets and accessories that are leaving as well as getting new catalogs labeled and ready for homes.  It's a busy time of year for certain!

I'm also excited to share the projects made in May classes.


The So Detailed Thinlits and coordinating stamp set, Falling for You are on the retired list.  The Falling in Love designer series paper is already sold out.   What a beautiful wedding card this combination makes though.  

This card and the following one were desinged by my friend, Diana Tillery.  You can view these and a few other cards using the Eastern Palace Bundle.  It's an awesome sneak peek of the new catalog and include 3 of the new In-Colors.  I added the sticker strips to step it up just a little.


This last card, I designed originally for a demonstrator swap.  I liked it so much we made it at the May classes.  It features both the stamp set and the coordinating thinlits dies that go with the Eastern Palace Premiere Bundle.









Thanks for stopping by.

Happy stamping!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Another Manic Monday

It feels like a 'manic Monday' around here!  May just started, but when I look at the calendar I realize that it's half-way through the month already.  With the addition of a new puppy to our household,


and continuing to work on finishing our house remodel things are a bit hectic!  Needless to say, I've been a bit behind in posting on my blog and on getting much stamping done as of late.  Here are the projects we made in April at classes & club.






Hope you find some inspiration to go and create something beautiful!  If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'd be happy to help you find what you need for those stamping projects.  Visit my store at www.justalittleink.stampinup.net

Happy stamping!

Friday, March 31, 2017

March Class Projects

 For the classes this month, I focused on the Balloon Adventures stamp set and coordinating Thinlits. There were so many great project ideas that I saw that were made with this bundle, but here is what I decided upon.


I've had customers wanting me to share the card-in-a-box for some time now.  This simple card (yes, it really is fairly simple) was designed by fellow demonstrator Kara Golby.  She made a video that I think explains the process very well. 


I loved the simplicity of this birthday card that could be for any age or gender depending on the colors used.  The original card idea came from another talented demonstrator, Nikki Spencer.


Finally, I couldn't finish the classes this month without sharing an Easter treat bag.  This cute little bag is made using a piece of designer paper measuring 6 inches by 4-1/2 inches.  A great way to use up some of that paper that I'm sure you too have sitting around.  

Thanks for stopping by!  
Happy stamping.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Anyone?


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

February Class Projects

With the remodeling of my house ongoing, I just don't get into my stamp room as much as I'd like to. But, when there are classes to prepare for it necessitates stamping time.  Yeah!

Here are the projects we made at my February classes:



Isn't this card beautiful!  I cased the idea from a fellow demonstrator.  You can see her card here.  I simplified the card, changed the colors and the embellishments to my liking.  You can't see it here, but the wings of the dragonfly are given shimmer by using the Wink of Stella clear.  


This simple card was also cased from a fellow demonstrator.  Once again, you can see her creation here, as well as other designs using the same paper and stamp bundle.  With the addition of the glimmer paper stack with Sale-a-Bration, I couldn't resist having a glimmer Bermuda Bay dragonfly.  


Finally, we made this card with the neat technique of using the Brick Wall TIEF after stamping the flower and bee images.  The stamp set is Avante Garden and it's free with a $50 order now through the end of March.

You can find all the supplies to make these cards on my SU! website.  
Thanks for stopping by.  Happy stamping!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Playing with masking

I've been playing with the masking technique.  It's one of the oldest stamping techniques and I often forget about it.

For those who maybe haven't done this technique before, you stamp the image that you want in the foreground first.  Then, you stamp it again on a piece of sticky-note and cut it out for a "mask".  This mask is then placed on top of the stamped image on the card to keep it from getting inked when you stamp the remaining images in the background.  Once the stamping is completed, you remove the mask and color as desired.  Simple and yet so detailed.


For these cards, I used a set I borrowed from a fellow demonstrator friend called Country Livin' as well as the stamp set, In the Meadow.  With the boots card, I used the new watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  For the guitar card, I used markers and ink pads with a blender pen.

In both cases, I stamped the foreground image twice.  Once on the card front and again on a separate piece of card stock that I cut out.  The cut out layer was then popped-up using Stampin' Dimensionals.

From now through March 31st, if you were to purchase both stamp sets and the watercolor pencils, you could pick any one item from the Sale-a-bration brochure for FREE!

I hope I've inspired you to go and create!
Happy stamping!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January Class/Club Projects

I'm excited to share with you the projects we made this month in my stamp club and classes.   It's so hard when new catalogs come out to know which of the awesome products to use!  However, I chose 2 of my favorites; Yummy in My Tummy & Lift Me Up.

This adorable treat bag would hold a candy bar or many other creative items!


Lift Me Up is such wonderful stamp set, but when you add the coordinating thinlits dies to it; it's awesome!


Here, Lift Me Up is used again but this time to make a desktop calendar with a notepad.


I hope these projects have inspired you!  If you would like to place an order, visit my online store: www.justalittleink.stampinup.net

Happy Stamping!