Can’t Get To Class – Class Comes To You!

Hi there, stamping friend!

I’m so excited about my upcoming classes these next few months – I  always try to plan at least 3 months at a time, so everyone can plan ahead, and fill their calendars.

Of course, I know that not everyone can attend on the dates/times that I book; sometimes it just doesn’t fit in with your schedule, or perhaps you just live too far away from me, to attend in person.

Well – that’s why I’ve started my classes that will come to you – my Stamp/Bundle of the Month Club!

It’s a Club that doesn’t require any long-term commitments – each month I select a stamp set or Bundle to feature, and create a ‘class’ around that stamp set/bundle.  You purchase the months that you want – and skip the ones you don’t want!  No fuss, no penalty – no problem!

For January I’m featuring one of my favourite Bundles from the new  Occasions catalogue – the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  I just love that this bundle is so versatile; you can dress it up with die cuts and layers, or you can do simple one layer stamping.

When you purchase this month’s Bundle of the Month, you’ll be receiving the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies as a bundle – the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle (item #144728).

You  will also receive all of the pre-cut cardstock, Designer Series Paper, ribbon, and embellishments needed to create these 4 beautiful cards:

AND you will receive printed (in with your kit) and PDF (emailed to you) step-by-step instructions on how to put your cards together – at no extra cost!

AND you’ll be added as a Member of my EXCLUSIVE STAMP/BUNDLE OF THE MONTH FACEBOOK PAGE, where I will share more creative ideas & projects for using this awesome Bundle – at no extra cost!

The only product you’ll need to complete the cards is your own inks, Watercolour Pencils or Markers, Wink of Stella Pen, and adhesives!  And if you don’t have those, you can order them at the same time as you order your Bundle of the Month.

The total cost to you is only $83 – AND you INSTANTLY QUALIFY FOR 1 FREE SALE-A-BRATION PRODUCT OF YOUR CHOICE!!  

TO ORDER YOUR JANUARY BUNDLE OF THE MONTH – simply email me at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I will  send you an invoice.  You can either pay by PayPal, or by e-transfer, whichever you prefer.  Your Dragonfly Dreams Bundle will come direct to you from Stampin’ Up!, and I will priority post your Kit, with instructions, to you by mail.  I will also email you the PDF instructions, to the email you specify.

THERE’S ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT before I close off this month’s bundle – then I’ll be offering a new stamp set/bundle for February!    Get your order in NOW, so you don’t miss out!

Here’s hoping to see you ‘at class’!

Team Projects

Hi again!  Thanks for joining me today – I’m back to share the last 2  projects made by my team members, at our team meeting last week.

If you missed the first 2 posts, with the other projects, just keep scrolling down to see them – or click THIS LINK and THIS LINK.  You’ll be glad you did 🙂

This card was created by team member Chantal, using the great Lift Me Up stamp set and Up & Away Thinlits Dies:

As  you know, I have this Bundle as well (buy the stamp set & thinlits together in the Bundle – and save 10%! )  and I just love it!

Chantal started with a card base of Basic Black, then added a panel of Mint Macaron.  On top of that is a pattern from the Carried Away Designer Series Paper – which you can get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration!  The balloon outline is die cut using the Big Shot and the Up & Away Thinlits Dies from Basic Black cardstock; the balloon colour stripes are also die cut from the same thinlits – so there’s no guessing about proper size, or trial-and-error in making them fit!

The sentiment is from the Lift Me Up stamp set, and stamped in Archival Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  You can see that all of the colours are coordinated with the DSP – Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach.  Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy for us to make our cards look so polished & professional 🙂

Margaret loves making all kinds of boxes and bags, and had recently seen a really cute treat box/gift card holder combination project on Pinterest that she wanted to try out.  So – she brought one for each of us!

This is one version that Margaret had made; she had made it a little bit larger, so that she could most efficiently use a 12″x 12″ piece of cardstock.

This one that Margaret made for each of us is just a bit smaller – as she used measurements to use a standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.

Isn’t this cute?!  You can see the gift card holder in the back portion, and Margaret used a punch to create an opening in the front, covered with a piece of vellum.  And she even filled each of the boxes with candies for us! 🙂

I’ll have to scan & upload the template that Margaret gave us, so that you can make this little box, too!

Well, that’s it for sharing all of our stamping, from our team meeting.  If you would like to join us, we’d love to have you as a member of the INKcredibly Creative Crew!  If you join during Sale-A-Bration (between now and March 31st) you’ll not only get the awesome Starter Kit, but you’ll also get 2 EXTRA FREE STAMP SETS of  your choice – any value!!  If you have any questions, just email me at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’d be happy to answer them for you.  If you already know you want to join, the simply CLICK HERE, and join the fun 🙂

If you’d like to order any of the supplies for the project above, just click on the images below, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store.

Until next time – happy stamping!

 

 

The Team that Stamps Together…

…has fun together! 🙂

I’m back to share some more from my team meeting on Thursday; we had such a good time stamping, which we always do before we get down to business talk.

Today I thought I’d share the card that I created, and everyone stamped for themselves; I used the Carousel Birthday stamp set, which I’m borrowing from my team member, Lynn – whose projects I shared in yesterday’s post.  If you didn’t see them, you’ll want to check them out -they are adorable!

I got my inspiration from a card I saw another demonstrator, Billie Moane, post, and just made a few changes to make it my own.

I started with a card base of Bermuda Bay cardstock, then added the sunburst design panel from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack.  I then layered the harlequin design, from the same DSP stack, on top of a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock, and layered that onto my card base.

I stamped the carousel horse in Archival Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock, and used my Watercolour Pencils in Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral, with a Blender pen, to colour it.  I die cut the horse image and the Calypso Coral cardstock circle below it using my Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits (the good news is that these should be back in stock next week!), and layered it onto my card base.

The sentiment was also stamped in Archival Black ink onto Whisper White, and mounted on a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock.  I used my 1/2″ Circle Punch to punch out the corners of each layer – I like the old fashioned ‘ticket’ look this gives, which I think fits in with the carnival/carousel theme.

I know I’m going to have to give this set back to Lynn, and buy my own – I’m just having such fun using it!  🙂  I think my team enjoyed making this card, too; everyone chose their own colours/combination for colouring the horse, and trying out the Watercolour Pencils with the Blender Pens.

If you’d like to purchase any of the products I used to create this card, just click on the images below, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store.  Of course, I’m happy to place your order for you – just send me an email!

You’re also always welcome to join my Team – whether you want to just take advantage of getting your products at a minimum 20% off, or want to share the fun with others and sell products – there’s no obligation when you join up!  And joining during SALE-A-BRATION means that you not only get $165 in whatever products you want for only $135, but you ALSO get to choose 2 MORE STAMP SETS FOR FREE!  And no shipping costs!

I still have to share Margaret and Chantal’s projects, so be sure to come back & see them.

Until next time – happy stamping!

 

INKcredibly Creative Crew

Hi there, stamping friend!

I hope you’re enjoying your Friday – or whatever day it is, when you happen to be reading this 🙂

Last night was my first team meeting of 2017, and it was great to have all of my team members there!  We’re only a small group, but we’re lots of fun, and a very creative bunch, too.

Our team name is ‘INKcredibly Creative Crew’ – I think you get the meaning 😉  Members have come and gone in my team, but I’m happy to say that Chantal has been with me for almost 2 years; her anniversary will be April of this year!  Lynn’s 1 year anniversary is coming up this June, and Margaret will be celebrating 1 year on the 22nd of this month! 🙂

Everyone has their own reasons for joining – whether it’s to simply enjoy the minimum 20% discount on purchases, or to sell a few products to help pay for their own stamping hobby, or to create a business that will generate income to pay not just for your own supplies, but also extra income for holidays, bills, and anything else.  I love having team members with different goals, as it gives us all different perspectives on our business/hobby, which in turn helps with giving you – our wonderful customer – the best possible service!

Our team member who is the ‘hobbyist’ – enjoying the discount for personal use – came to the meeting looking forward to seeing the rest of us, but feeling rather blase about the new catalogue.  Well – it was so fun to watch her feelings change, as she got to play with some of the new products (watercolour pencils, blender pens) and new stamp sets and framelits, and see them up close!  Needless to say, she left the meeting feeling totally energized, and ready to order her new products, and feeling excited about using them.

And sometimes that’s what it takes – just looking at the catalogue, in person or online, can sometimes leave you missing out on a lot of things – the feel of the ribbon, the beauty of the colours, or the intricacies of the thinlits or embellishments.

So if you’re a stamper, and haven’t either been to a Stampin’ Up! party, or held your own – I really urge you to do that!  Get some friends together, have some fun stamping, and see the new products up close!  It’s so exciting to have the products in your hands, and to see that you CAN create those gorgeous samples that are in the catalogues yourself 🙂

Okay – so I digressed a bit away from our meeting, but really – that’s another reason why, if you’re a team member, you should try to attend your team meetings, even if just once every quarter.  Because sharing is what we do best – and enthusiasm and creativity are contagious!

There’s a reason why our Statement of the Heart reads:

To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference! –Statement of the Heart

For our meeting, I had asked everyone if they would bring a project sample to share with everyone, and if possible, create a kit so that the rest of us could stamp.

Well, Lynn totally outdid herself, and made 2 projects for us – these adorable cards using the Moon Baby stamp set!

Lynn designed the cards, and did the stamping; she let us do the colouring of the babies, moon and umbrella, using the Watercolour Pencils.

For the baby girl card, I chose to use the Rich Razzelberry pencil for the sleeper and the Daffodil Yellow for the moon.  I know I’ve said it before, but I just love how these pencils blend – they’re so smooth!

I added 2 stars shapes and a heart shape – these are the new Enamel Shapes that are in the Annual Catalogue.  Lynn used the hearts pattern from the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, over a panel of Blushing Bride cardstock.

For the little boy, I used the Pacific Point pencil for his sleeper, and the Daffodil Delight for the umbrella:

I just love how Lynn had stamped the clouds in Whisper White craft ink on the Crumb Cake cardstock– even layering the baby image cardstock with the card base, so that the clouds ‘line up’ when you layer the pieces!  I chose the little heart Enamel Shapes for this cute little boy 🙂  The clouds are from the Lift Me Up stamp set.

These cards are just so sweet – and it’s a stamp set that I probably wouldn’t have thought of buying, as my own boys are now ‘grown’.

Well, I think I’m going to stop this post here; I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much at once – gotta save something for another post!  I’ll be back to share mine, Chantal, and Margaret’s projects – so you’ll have to come back & check them out.

If you think you’d like to join my team, and be part of the fun and sharing, I’d love to have you as part of the INKcredibly Creative Crew!  If you  have any questions, feel free to email me at debsmart@shaw.ca , or if you’d like to join right away, you can CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW.  And remember – if you join during Sale-A-Bration, you not only get to choose $165 in product for only $135, you also get to choose an EXTRA 2 FREE STAMP SETS!

If you’d like to order any of the products used to create these cards, you can click on the images below, to go directly to my online store.

Until next time – happy stamping!

And the Winner Is…

Hello stamping friend!  (if you read this post earlier, you may have noticed that I left off an important letter in the word ‘hello’.  thank goodness my good friend and fellow demo Susan Horr emailed me to tell me, so I could come back & correct it! :O)

So, the other day on Facebook, I asked my readers which stamp set/bundle they wanted me to use next, and asked them to vote for either the Dragonfly Dreams, or the So in Love bundle.

Well, the overwhelming response was for the So in Love Bundle – I guess I’ve been showing off a lot of dragonflies lately! 🙂

So here we are – the card I created:

I used the So in Love stamp set and So Detailed Thinlits Dies, but I also used other products, from the Falling in Love Suite (I think the So in Love Bundle is unofficially part of the suite).

I started by die cutting the largest floral die cut in the So Detailed Thinlits Dies from Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, which I then glued onto a panel of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper.  I swear – there isn’t a pattern in this entire selection that I don’t love!  For this card, I used the sweet little falling hearts; because they’re 2 toned, it almost looks like there’s a vellum layer over top, but there isn’t!

After attaching the die cut to the DSP (I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, just dotting it randomly across the back of the die cut.  I like that it dries clear, and I can use my Adhesive Eraser if any smudges over onto the DSP), I attached a length of the Very Vanilla 1/4″ Satin Ribbon along the left side.  I attached it around the back of the DSP using pieces of the Tear & Tape to hold it in place.  I then made a bow of the same ribbon, and before attaching it to the panel, I tied on one of the Falling in Love Embellishments with a bit of the Gold Metallic Thread.  I then attached the DSP panel to the Blushing Bride cardstock front.

The sentiment is from the So in Love stamp set; I stamped it in Sweet Sugarplum ink; onto Very Vanilla cardstock, and used the So Detailed Thinlits Dies to die cut it, then my Paper Snips to cut out just the middle part.  It was attached to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I added a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to the inside, and stamped the large floral image in the upper right corner.  I haven’t added a sentiment yet; I’m going to wait until I decide who to give the card to, and depending on the occasion.  I think this would be a lovely handmade card to give to someone for a wedding, anniversary or even birthday.

I also added a strip of the same patterned DSP to the bottom of the inside panel.

The wonderful thing is that you can purchase both the So in Love stamp set along with the So Detailed Thinlits Dies, in clear mount or wood mount – and save 10% off the combined price!  There are a lot of great bundles in this Occasions catalogue – well worth the investment, while saving money, and time creating!

If you’d like to order any of the products I’ve used to make this card, you can click on any of the images below, and be taken directly to my online store, or you can contact me directly, and I’m happy to place your order for you.

Oh – and one more bonus – purchasing the So in Love Bundle automatically qualifies you for 1 FREE SALE-A-BRATION  ITEM!   It doesn’t get much better than that 🙂

Don’t forget – I’m also offering my Product Shares, so you can get a portion of all of the lovely Designer Series Papers and Embellishments, without buying full quantities!  See THIS POST for all the details on how to order.

Thanks for having a look at my project today!  Tonight I’m looking forward to my team meeting; the members of my team will be coming over, we’ll be doing some stamping, playing with the new Stampin’ Up! products, and doing some business talk.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more sharing – but in the meantime, I’d love it if you would leave a comment, and let me know which stamp set/bundle YOU would like to see featured!

Until tomorrow – happy stamping,

 

PCCCS226 – Birthday Celebrations

Welcome to this week’s challenge with the Paper Craft Crew Design Team!

It’s the start of a new year, and if you’re like me, you’ve pretty much depleted your stock of Birthday cards.  And since I have 3 family birthdays in January/February, I need more, fast!

So this is a very timely challenge – the theme is Birthday Celebrations!

You can use any stamp set and colour combination that you want – your card just has to be a related to celebrating birthdays!

I just borrowed the Carousel Birthday set from one of my team members (thank you, Lynn!), so of course I had to use it for this challenge!

I have such a wonderful team; we all share our stamp sets and tools when we can, as we know it’s not always possible to purchase absolutely everything you want (at least, maybe not all at once! 😉 )

I can’t wait to make more projects with this set, as I think it’s so cute, and it has terrific elements to use; along with the cupcake ferris wheel, there is a gorgeous carousel horse, and 3 tents of the Big Top!

I decided to start by using the ferris wheel image; I stamped it in Archival Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped it again on another piece, this time in Calypso Coral ink, and used my Up & Away Thinlits Dies, which coordinate perfectly for die cutting the cupcake tops!  It also works to die cut the bottom of the cupcakes, but it does leave a bit more white around the piece than I liked, so I just snipped away the extra white surrounding the cupcake bottoms.

I used my Watercolour Pencils to colour in the ferris wheel; Calypso Coral pencil for the inside, and Bermuda Bay for the main supports and outside ring.  I didn’t use anything to blend them with; I just used them as colouring pencils!

I then attached the cupcake bottoms using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, and attached the cupcake tops using the Glue Dots.

I cut panels of Bermuda Bay cardstock and the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, and layered them onto the Calypso Coral cardstock base.  I angled the DSP, and used my 1/2″ Circle Punch to punch off the corners of the stamped image panel, and the Bermuda Bay panel; it reminds me of how a carnival ticket looks.  I did the same with the panels for the sentiment, which I stamped in Calypso Coral ink.

I hand cut a bit of the same banner pattern that I used as a panel on the card, and added the flags in the corner of the stamped image, just for a little extra detail, as you can see in the photo above.  Aren’t those die cut cupcakes just adorable?!

I decided to do the same corner punching on the inside as I had on the outside panels, and stamped the inside sentiment again in Calypso Coral ink.  Isn’t that a great sentiment?  Because that’s what we love to do on a friend’s birthday – spoil them! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my card – let me know what you think!  Just leave a comment for me; I always love to read what you have to say.

Next, you’ll want to head over to the Paper Craft Crew blog page, to see the rest of the Design Team’s creations – you’ll find tons of inspiration there!  Then, be sure to link up your own card for the challenge – you just may be our next Top Pick!

If you’d like to order the products used to make this card, you can either order from your own demonstrator, or click on the images below and order from my online store.

Until next time – happy stamping!

 

 

Sale-A-Bration Kick Off Fun!

Hello stamping friend!

I had a very enjoyable weekend – the snow held off, and I was able to hold my Sale-A-Bration Kick Off Party, with some wonderful ladies!

The weather here in Vancouver has been like it has in a lot of areas across the globe – very cold, very snowy, and very icy!  So when the weather announcer called for snow on Sunday afternoon, I held my breath and crossed my fingers!  Luckily, we dodged the snowfall, and just got rain!  (yes, it’s very odd for me to be happy for rain, as we usually get a LOT of it here!).

This was my set up; the dining table for stamping, and an extra table with my cards displayed, and lots of new products:

Like a lot of people, I don’t have a dedicated ‘stamp room’ or ‘studio’, so I use our dining room table for crafting, as well as storage for a lot of my supplies – as you can see by the racks of cardstock and designer series paper in the background!  And I set up my display table in the living room; my husband and 2 sons are very understanding and accommodating, and they leave the upstairs to me and my customers as we ‘do our thing’! 🙂

After explaining Sale-A-Bration (how you choose 1 free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $60 spent), and showing off some of the new products (isn’t the new Hexagon Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder awesome, and the Watercolour Pencils!?), one of my team members, Lynn, spotted me with some papers and said “uh-oh; she’s going to give us a quiz!”  Lynn has been to a lot of my kick off parties!

Actually, it wasn’t a quiz, but a fun Occasions catalogue ‘scavenger hunt’!  There were only 6 questions, and all of the answers could be found in the pages of the Occasions catalogue.  It was lots of fun, and it couldn’t have been that difficult, because 4 people got all 6 questions correct!  Of course there were prizes – less prizes than smart people, so Lynn had to do the ‘pick a number between 1 and 10’ to decide the winners!  It’s a good thing we’re a friendly group 🙂

Here are some pictures of everyone very studiously working away at their scavenger hunt!

Debbie & Marianna

Jane & Lynn

Amanda & Susan (both notoriously camera shy!)

Then it was over to do the make & take; because of the threatening weather, I thought people may have to leave early so I only planned 1, instead of the  usual 2 projects.  I am just loving the Dragonfly Dreams bundle, and had seen a card on Pinterest, I think it was, that was different from what I had already made, so we recreated that card (I’m afraid I don’t have the name of the originator – if it was you, please let me know so I can give you credit!)

We started by stamping the dots images from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set in Bermuda Bay ink onto the card base of Bermuda Bay cardstock.  Then we layered the squares that were die cut from Basic Black, Whisper White and Crumb Cake cardstock using the Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits; I stamped the dots again on the Whisper White square, in Bermuda Bay ink.

The dragonfly was stamped in Pacific Point ink onto Whisper White cardstock, and die cut using the Big Shot and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.  It was then attached to the Crumb Cake square, using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock in Pacific Point ink; I just used the Paper Snips to cut the one end on an angle.  First I attached a strip of the retired Glitter Tape to the bottom right of the card front, then attached the sentiment above it, using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but we stamped one upper and one lower corner of the inside with the dots image, and then the sentiment in the middle (on Whisper White cardstock).   Everyone also had fun decorating the envelope with the large dragonfly stamp, too!  Envelopes always look better when they’re stamped 🙂

Of course, I was too busy helping out, and setting out the snacks, and forgot to take pictures of everyone with their cards!  But of course they all turned out beautifully 🙂

The Dragonfly Dreams is my Bundle of the Month for January – if you’re interested in purchasing the Bundle, and also getting the supplies and tutorials for making 4 different cards, check out MY POST HERE for the details.  Have I mentioned I love this set!? 🙂

Many thanks to these wonderful ladies who were able to make it out to my party; for those who couldn’t make it that I haven’t already talked to – if you’d like your catalogue mailed to you, just send me a short email at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll take care of that for you.  I’m heading off to the post office tomorrow!

Thanks for spending some time with me today; I hope you’ll come back tomorrow, when I’ll be sharing my Design Team card for the Paper Craft Crew challenge.

Until next time – happy stamping!

NEW – STAMP SET/BUNDLE OF THE MONTH CLUB!

I’d like to introduce you to my new Monthly Club – that has no ‘club’ commitments!

Each month, I will be featuring a stamp set or Bundle (stamp set and coordinating framelits/thinlits or punch), and offering you to purchase the Monthly Kit which will include:

-that month’s stamp set or Bundle

-pictures of 4 completed projects before you purchase

-supplies to create the 4 projects, including cardstock, designer series paper, embellishments

-PDF and/or Video tutorials on  how to put together the 4 projects

-me as your creative coach; I’m always available to help with questions

-access to my Club Members Facebook Group, a closed group specifically for Club members, during the month they are active members

There is NO obligation to purchase every month – just purchase the months when you want the offered stamp set/bundle!!

For January, I’m excited to be offering the DRAGONFLY DREAMS BUNDLE!

This fabulous Bundle includes the 10 piece photopolymer Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, plus the 5 piece Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, as seen above.

You will be making these 4 cards:

You will be receiving all of the supplies necessary to make these cards, including:

-Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Delightful Dijon cardstock bases

-Whisper White, Basic Black, So Saffron and Old Olive cardstock panels

-Designer Series Paper from the Serene Scenery, Cupcakes & Carousels and Inside the Lines sets

-cardstock and vellum necessary for creating the die cuts as shown on the cards (bee and dragonflies)

-embellishments

-PDF files with instructions & pictures for completing these 4 projects

Not included in your kit are:

-adhesives

-Wink of Stella Clear pen

-Watercolour Pencils

Cost for January’s Bundle of the Month is $83 – this includes all of the above as mentioned (stamp set, thinlits, supplies) AND instantly qualifies you for 1 FREE SALE-A-BRATION ITEM!

Order this Bundle by contact me at debsmart@shaw.ca, indicating how many you would like, your email and mailing address, and I will send  you a Paypal invoice.  *you don’t have to have a Paypal account to pay – it allows you to use your credit card securely online for your purchase.

The sooner you order – the sooner you’ll be creating!

 

BUNDLE UP!

I know that I’ve been going on and on about how many amazing new stamp sets, bundles and products there are in the new Occasions catalogue, but – it’s true!  🙂

I love so many of the stamp sets, but I do tend to gravitate towards purchasing the special Bundles that are offered.  Why?

Well, for starters if it’s a stamp set that I really like, I’m going to want to use it in as many ways as possible.  Having coordinating thinlits/framelits make is much easy take a card from ‘clean & simple’  to ‘WOW!’ just by adding a three dimensional aspect to it.

How do you use thinlits/framelits to add a three dimensional aspect?  Well, you can start as simply as die cutting the shape, and attaching it to your card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, like this card:

On the above card, I die cut all of the pieces, and attached them with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Another way you can use them – even combine with the ‘popped up’ pieces, as above, is to use the negative, or cut out, piece of cardstock on you card, like I did with this card:

I added more interest, and dimension to this card by not only ‘popping up’ the die cuts with Dimensionals, but I also used the piece of cardstock after removing the die cut piece for the clouds.

Stampin’ Up! also has fabulous thinlits/framelits that create their own 3D effect – on purpose!  The newest one of these in the Occasions catalogue is the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies; here’s a card made using this set:

Talk about a WOW!  I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want to open this card on their special day; and it doesn’t have to be a birthday, but any celebration.  Another pop up set, in the Annual Catalogue is the Party Pop-Up Thinlits, that coordinate with the Party with Cake stamp set.

And these pop-up sets can be used not just for the inside of the card, but you can use the die cuts for the card front, as well – have a look:

And let’s not forget creating Shaker Cards!!  They are so much fun:

If you’re feeling adventurous (okay, you don’t have to be that adventurous – not like climbing Mt. Everest adventurous!) you can create 3D items, like luminaries, favours, etc. with the framelits/thinlits.

Luminary created using the Detailed Floral Thinlits

Luminary – window created using Everyday Jars Framelits

Wedding Favour created using the Detailed Floral Thinlits

‘Christmas Bulb’ chocolate holder created using the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits

 

Luminaries created using the Hearth & Home Thinlits

These are some of the projects I’ve made – there are so many more incredible projects made by other people – not just Stampin’ Up! demonstrators – out there, the possibilities are endless!  (if you doubt me, just have a look at Pinterest! 🙂 )

Here are the Bundles that are new, in the Occasions catalogue.  Have a look, fall in love – then just click on the images to place your online order!  I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

And if you love the Dragonfly Bundle as much as I do – be sure to check my next post, where I’ll be offering my 1st Stamp Set/Bundle of the Month Club for January!  You’re going to love it! 🙂

Until next time – happy stamping!

WWC100 – ANYTHING GOES!

Welcome to Watercooler Wednesday!

This  week is very special, as it’s our 100th Challenge!!  Woot!  Thanks for being with us, for playing along, and sharing your creativity with us.

This week is an ANYTHING GOES challenge – that means you have free creative reign:

The colours in the challenge do not have to be used in your project – you get to choose the colours, layout and stamp sets to use.

I chose to share a card made with a new Bundle in the Occasions catalogue; it’s called Lift Me Up Bundle, and includes the Lift Me Up stamp set and Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  (when you buy the bundle, you save 10%!)

I started with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and used the ‘waves’ image stamp from the High Tide stamp set to create the wispy clouds background, stamping in Soft Sky ink.

Next, I stamped the 2 clouds from the Lift Me Up stamp set onto Whisper White using Pool Party ink.  The balloons were stamped onto Calypso Coral cardstock in Smoky Slate ink, and on Peekaboo Peach cardstock in Peekaboo Peach ink.  I used my Big Shot with the Up & Away Thinlits Dies to die cut the balloons and clouds.

Next, I stamped the banner outline using the Banners for Christmas set, stamping in Dapper Denim ink.  The sentiment is from the Lift Me Up stamp set; I actually cut the sentiment stamp into 2 parts, so that I the would fit on the banners, without tricky masking.  I stamped them in Calypso Coral ink, then used the Bunch of Banners Framelits and Big Shot to die cut it.

I attached all of the pieces using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then glued the panel onto a panel of Calypso Coral cardstock, then finally to a card base of Dapper Denim cardstock.

This card came together fairly quickly, and was fun to put together, to create the floating scene of hot air balloons and the banner.  I’d love to read any comments you’d care to leave – let me know what you think!

As I mentioned, this is the 100th challenge for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  It’s also my last challenge with them as part of the Watercooler Artists, as I’ve decided to step away from doing this on a weekly basis.  It was a tough decision, because this a group of wonderful people, and I love seeing you cards each week!  However, I’m focusing more of my time on the ‘online’ aspect of my business, and learning how to record, edit & post videos to share with you, and offering ‘classes in the mail’ for those who aren’t able to attend my local classes.

So – please continue to take part in the Watercooler Wednesday challenges!  I will still be taking part in the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hops (there’s 2 coming up this month – I’ll be in the 2nd one).

Now – head over to the Watercooler Wednesday blog page, check out what the design team have created for you, then link up for the challenge.  Remember – holidays are over, so it’s back to a 1 week challenge this week.

Until next time -happy stamping!