PCCCS151 – Paper Craft Crew Challenge Sketch

Hello stamping friends!

It’s that time again – time for a new sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew design team!

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This new sketch has a lot of elements – have a look:



It can be a bit difficult sometimes to work everything in; remember, you are using the sketch as your basic outline; it doesn’t have to be a ‘perfect match’.

Here’s my card for this sketch:


I may have gone a *bit* over the top with the 1″ Dotted Lace Trim – but hey – it’s cute stuff! 馃槈

I used the 2 complementary baby sets – the new Made with Love, and the Something for Baby set that was carried over from last year. 聽Also carried over are the Baby’s First Framelits, which are a perfect match for both of these stamp sets. 聽So many shapes, so little to fussy cut! :)

I stamped the baby onsie in Watermelon Wonder, the bib in Crushed Curry, the socks in Watermelon Wonder & Bermuda Bay onto Whisper White cardstock, and used the Baby’s First Framelits to die cut them all, using the Big Shot. 聽The sentiment was stamped in Cucumber Crush onto Whisper White, and I used the fabulous new Tags & Labels Framelits to die cut the sentiment, as well as the background Tip Top Taupe. 聽I just love being able to perfectly match my tag shapes with this new framelit set!

Using the Made with Love set, I stamped the little bird in Bermuda Bay ink onto the Bermuda Bay cardstock, glued it to the Tip Top Taupe panel, then attached the 1″ Dotted Lace Trim in Watermelon Wonder using Sticky Strip. 聽For my card base, I started with Cucumber Crush cardstock, with a panel of Cherry on Top DSP, then a strip of Crushed Curry cardstock embossed using the Chevron embossing folder. 聽The stamped panel and die cuts were then all layered on top.

If I had this card to do again, I probably wouldn’t have worked in ALL the colours from the DSP – I would stick with just a couple of them! 聽It certainly is a bright and cheerful card, though! 馃槈

Please head over to the Paper Craft Crew page, and check out the fabulous designs of the rest of the team, then I hope you’ll create your own card & join in the challenge!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Weekly Deals

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Today is Tuesday, so it’s time for Weekly Deals! 聽Not just that – but starting today through August 3rd, Stampin’ Up! is adding MORE products to the deals! 聽That means more items at up to 30% OFF, every week!

Here are this week’s deals –

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Something else new – Stampin’ Up! has announced that because these deals are so many, and so special, that there are limited quantities available at these special prices. 聽That means after the quantity set aside at the special prices is gone – they are back to regular price, even if the week isn’t over yet!

These are the quantities for this week’s deals:

Week of June 30 – July 6: Limited quantity available at a discounted price

Item # Product Name聽 Available Quantity聽
133785 Fun Flower Punch 2750
138399 Silver Sequin Trim 1100
139001 Pretty Petals 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock Assortment Pack 1500
138389 Brights Sequin Assortment 3000
138415 聽Smoky Slate Thick Baker’s Twine 1200
138379 Build A Banner Kit 2500
138393 Classy Designer Buttons 2100
134569 Calypso Coral 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon 3500
129026 Fuse Fast Adhesive 2500
133654 2014-2016 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers 7500
133782 2″ Circle Punch 2800


So if you see something you want on the Weekly Deals, don’t assume that you can wait until the end of the week to order it – because by then, it may be back to the regular price!

This week is also the start of additional products in the Clearance Rack; a few things have been added today; Stampin’ Up! has advised us demonstrators that more items will be added tomorrow. 聽You’ll want to keep checking back, as we haven’t been advised of any set dates/pattern for adding new items. 聽Again – these are all limited quantities, as these items are retired/discontinued.

If placing your order online through my store, please use Hostess Code 2DKANCQG. 聽I will be doing a draw at the end of these specials (Aug. 3rd) for everyone who places an order of $50 聽or more with me, either online using the hostess code, or me placing the order for you.

To order online, just CLICK HERE to get to my store; then click on the Clearance Rack and the Weekly Deals, to choose your items. 聽Of course, you can also order items from the current catalogue as well!!

I hope you’ll come back later this evening, when I’ll be sharing a new Paper Craft Crew design team card with you!

Until then – happy stamping!

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Deals that are Hotter than the Weather!

Ok – it is HOT here! 聽I mean hot, muggy, sticky hot! 聽It’s about 32 Celsius, but add in the humidity, and it feels more like 38C. 聽 (that’s about 100 Fahrenheit). 聽 And no, we don’t have air conditioning in our house :(

So when I say that Stampin’ Up! has some deals that are hotter than the weather – I mean these are HOT!

SU new recruit pic free stamps


Tomorrow is the last day to Join My Team – the INKcredibly Creative Crew – as a demonstrator, and get not only $155 in SU! products for only $125, but you also get to choose 2 STAMP SETS- any 2 from the current catalogue – for absolutely FREE!聽 But wait – there’s more! 聽By joining before the end of June 30th (10 pm Pacific Time), you also will get a one-time 30% discount off your first order of $200 or more! 聽Of course, you also get all the other goodies such as free shipping, free business kit, access to the demonstrator only website with literally thousands of shared ideas, free online video training from SU!, plus much more. 聽Then of course there’s the continual minimum discount on your Stampin’ Up! products of 20% on each personal order, or 20% commission on sales you make.

If that’s not enough to get you going, how about this?

SU bonus deals

Starting tomorrow – June 30th through August 3rd – you can save up to 30% on more Weekly Deals, and up to 60% on extra items in the Clearance Rack!! 聽 By the way – did you know that you can include items from the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack in your demonstrator Starter Kit?! 聽Woo-hoo!! 聽More bang for your buck!

Of course you don’t have to join my team to take advantage of the Weekly & Clearance Rack deals – (but why wouldn’t you?) 聽Many people think that to be a demonstrator, you have to hold weekly parties, teach stamping classes and book tables at craft fairs. 聽Well you could, and all those things would help you increase your business and make sales, but you don’t have to! 聽If you want to just take advantage of the minimum 20% continual discount for your own purchases, and get to be one of the first to pre-order from new catalogues, we still want you to join!

I’ve been a demonstrator for almost 4 years now, and I’m enjoying not just building my business and my team, but also spending time with my team members and making lots of new friends from around the world; because Stampin’ Up! gives 聽you that opportunity, if you want it.

So if you’re ready to Join the FunCLICK HERE to fill out the online form; if you’d like to talk to me first, give me a call or email at 604.298.0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Remember these special deals in the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so if you see something you want – don’t wait! 聽Order it right away – you can order online directly through my store – PLEASE USE HOSTESS CODE 2DKANCQG. 聽

So to order online, CLICK HERE, or give me a call or email.

I’ll be back later tonight to post the Weekly Deals. 聽Until then – happy stamping!

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June & Mary’s Stampin’ Up! Party – Fun times!

Hello stamping friends! 聽Just last night I was demonstrating, stamping and having fun at a party hosted by 2 lovely ladies, June C. and Mary C. 聽Despite the heat (we’re in the midst of a bit of heat wave here in Vancouver, with temps in the low 30’s Celsius, and getting higher), we all had lots of fun stamping, learning new techniques, and enjoying the amazing spread of food and beverages! 聽I always advise my hostesses to ‘go easy’ with the food stuffs, so as not to cause any extra work – but my gosh – June & Mary outdid themselves! 聽A good time was had by everyone, and no one left feeling hungry :)

I explained to everyone there, several who hadn’t seen the new catalogue yet, that I’m so excited with the new stamp sets, that they were the features in the cards we were going to make.

First off, using the fabulous new Watercolour Wings stamp set, I was able to introduce everyone to the concept of ‘layered’ stamping (previously known as 2 or 3 step stamping, but now trending under the term ‘layered’). 聽Everyone enjoyed it immensely, and really felt that they learned something new. 聽Mission accomplished! 馃槈

This is the card we created:

J&M's party watercolour wings

I just love these soft colours! 聽We started by stamping the base image of the butterfly in So Saffron onto Whisper White cardstock. 聽The next layer, which is the outer edge of the wings, is stamped in Pool Party ink, then the inside details stamped in Smoky Slate ink. 聽Do you notice how the Pool Party (blue) stamped on top of the So Saffron (yellow) creates a unique green? 聽Talk about happy accident – I think it looks gorgeous!

The butterfly is cut using the Big Shot and the Bold Butterfly Thinlits; after die cutting, we then stamped the butterfly body in Smoky Slate.

On the Whisper White panel, we stamped the triple dot image from this same set repeatedly in the same three ink colours; So Saffron, Pool Party and Smoky Slate. 聽Then, before attaching the butterfly, we positioned it where we wanted it, then pulled it down slightly, stamped the antenna in Smoky Slate onto the Whisper White panel, then attached the butterfly with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

The sentiment was stamped in So Saffron ink on a small piece of Whisper White cardstock, then punched out using the now retired Modern Label punch, then the edges sponged using a Sponge Dauber (thank you June for letting us use your dauber, as I forgot mine at home!) and So Saffron ink.

The retired Pool Party ribbon was wrapped around the Whisper White panel, the sentiment attached to the centre, then the whole piece was attached to the card base, of Pool Party cardstock. 聽 I think that this card style could be used for any type of occasion, from birthday to sympathy.

The next card we made was using another of my new favourite stamp sets (and I just used it on my Paper Craft Crew design team card); Awesomely Artistic. 聽Judging by the reactions of everyone at the party last night, it’s not just my favourite, now!

J&M's party - awesomely artistic

Since colouring all of the flowers takes a bit more time that we had available, we stamped the flowers in coloured ink, and let their beauty stand alone! 聽Inking up the flower image stamp with Watermelon Wonder, we stamped once in the upper left corner, then re-inked the stamp, and stamped again in the bottom right corner. 聽This gives the effect of the flowers flowing diagonally down the front of the card.

Across the middle, we layered a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock that had been embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder. 聽I had thought to use the Burlap Ribbon next, but on trying it out, I thought it looked to ‘heavy’. 聽So instead, we did this: on top of that is a thinner piece of Tip Top Taupe cardstock, stamped in the same ink colour, using the burlap looking image stamp. 聽What a great way to create the look of extra texture to your card! 聽The sentiment is stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink onto Whisper White cardstock, with the frame around it stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink. 聽The butterfly, from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set, is stamped in So Saffron ink, and punched out using the Elegant Butterfly Punch. 聽All pieces were layered together using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

As I said, everyone had a wonderful time, and were very pleased to be taking home their lovely cards, and of course envelopes. 聽I also gave out door prizes, and of course gifts to my two lovely hostesses.

After such a wonderful time last evening, I was quite distressed this morning to find out the one of my hostesses, June, had been taken to the hospital this morning. 聽She is now back home; I did talk to this afternoon, and following up with her own physicians, but please join me in sending best wishes to her for feeling better. 聽Take care, June – rest up, and I’ll talk to you again on Monday!

If you are interested in hosting your own Stampin’ Up! party, and earning free hostess dollars, I’d be happy to talk to you, and we can set a date! 聽You can call me at 604.298.0472, or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca 聽I’m located in Burnaby, B.C., and service most areas in the Lower Mainland.

Until next time – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)

PCCCS150 – Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Welcome back, stamping friends to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

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Congratulations to last week’s challenge top picks – it is wonderful to see all of you take the plunge, and show off your talents! 聽I love visiting your pages to have a good look at your designs, and try my best to leave a comment on each submission. 聽We do appreciate your participation! :)

This week’s sketch challenge is lots of fun – have a look:


There’s lots to work with in this sketch. 聽I decided to use a new stamp set – dare I say ‘a new favourite’ – I think they’re all new favourites!

PCCCS150 awesomley artitic

This stamp set is called Awesomely Artistic – and I do really think it’s awesome! 聽I just love the variety of images in this set, that can be used in so many ways.

To start, I cut a small piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the flower image using StazOn black ink. 聽I then used my Blender Pen and Rich Razzleberry ink to colour the flowers; I started out with a light hand, then went back and added in the darker shadowing. 聽I coloured the leaves again with a Blender Pen and started with Pear Pizzazz in, then added the shading with the Blender Pen and Old Olive ink. 聽I created the frame for the flower image by using my Squares Framelits and Rich Razzleberry cardstock, layered using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 聽That was placed over a panel of Delightful Dijon cardstock, and the whole piece added to a piece of Bohemian Designer Series Paper.

I double wrapped these layers with the 1/8″ Gold Ribbon before attaching it to the card base of Rich Razzleberry cardstock. 聽To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiment frame in Delightful Dijon on Very Vanilla cardstock, then stamped the word ‘Friend’ in Rich Razzleberry ink. 聽It was hand cut, and attached using Dimensionals. 聽I knew as soon as I started designing this card that I wanted to use the dragonfly – and I wanted to make it special. 聽I stamped it in Versamark and聽Bermuda Bay ink onto Vellum paper, then covered it with Heat & Stick Powder, and heated it with the Heat Tool. 聽Then I covered it with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, zapped it with the Heat Tool for a few more seconds, then hand cut it and used a Glue Dot to attach it to the sentiment.

Here’s a close up of the dragonfly – just ‘cuz I love it!

PCCCS150 close up dragonfly

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card for this sketch challenge; I do hope you’ll head over to the Paper Craft Crew page and see what the rest of the Design Team have created for your inspiration (I’ve seen them – they’re awesome!! 馃槈 ) 聽If you have time, I love to read any comments you care to leave!

Thanks for visiting – until next time, happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)


Stamping Fun with my Team!

Hello, my stamping friends! I hope your week has been off to a good start; mine has been good, and busy too. 聽I’m really looking forward to demonstrating at Mary and June’s Stampin’ Up! party tomorrow evening; I’ve got the Make & Takes prepared, catalogues and wish lists ready; I just have to put together the door prizes :)

If you read yesterday’s post, you may recall I was talking about the fun it is being part of my INKcredibly Creative Crew team, as well as part of the Stampin’ Up! family. 聽I thought I’d share with you some cards that we made at our team meeting last week.

We had a ‘shoebox swap’ at our meeting; what that means is that each of us designed 2 cards, and prepared kits for each of the other members to put together. 聽These are the cards that we all made!

This first card is one of Chantal’s designs- aren’t those owls adorable?! 聽We had such fun recreating them using the Owl Builder Punch,and using the Tree Builder Punch for the trees behind them. 聽The Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack is so cheerful for making the owl vests and party hats :)

team mtg chantal's owl card


This is Chantal’s second design – just as cute, in a different way!

team mtg chantal's donuts


I’m so thrilled that Chantal put this card together, as it uses one of the sets I don’t have (it’s true – I don’t own them all!), called Sprinkles on Top. 聽The card base is Whisper White, with a panel of Bermuda Bay cardstock. 聽We stamped the donuts individually on scrap Whisper White, then punched them out using the 3/4″ Circle Punch, then used a retired Bitty Punch to make the ‘bite’ marks. 聽After stamping the sentiment in Bermuda Bay onto the Whisper White panel, we attached the donuts using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and used the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch on the panel. 聽We wrapped a piece of non-SU! ribbon around the Cherry on Top DSP and Bermuda Bay panels, then attached the donut panel on top, again using Dimensionals.

This 聽next card is one of Debbie’s designs; it could be used for any occasion:

team mtg debbie's flower punch card


We started off with the card base in Whisper White, and embossed the front (a 聽front shortened by about 2″) using the Honeycomb embossing folder. 聽We then stamped flowers using the Flower Shop stamp set in Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder and Delightful Dijon; several being punched out using the matching Pansy Punch, and layered on top. 聽A few Pearls Basic Jewels completes the flower, and you have a very unique design!

Next is Debbie’s fun birthday design using the Build a Birthday stamp set; again another stamp set I don’t own, so I was super excited:

team mtg Debbie's BAB

This is a fabulous single layer card – well, single layer except that the candles are stamped onto scrap Whisper White cardstock, hand cut and layered onto the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 聽We used the Watermelon Wonder ink for each candle; stamping full strength, then stamped off once, then stamped off twice, so each candle looks a bit different in colour. 聽The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card base in Tip Top Taupe ink; I made a smudge with my clear block, so I tried to hide it (not too successfully) by stamping the flags from this set above the sentiment. 聽See – no mistakes, just opportunities for embellishment! 聽:)

For my first card, I was pretty sure that neither Debbie nor Chantal had yet purchased the Watercolour Wings stamp set, 聽so I planned my card using it:


team mtg Deb's watercolour wingsThe card base is Tangelo Twist, which is also the colour of the die-cut butterfly. 聽On the panel of Whisper White cardstock, first we used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to stamp splatters in Tangelo Twist and Delightful Dijon聽ink. 聽Then we stamped the sentiment from the Work of Art stamp set in Tangelo Twist. 聽On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, we stamped the butterfly from Watercolour Wings first in Delightful Dijon, then Crushed Curry, then in Tangelo Twist. 聽It was die-cut using the Big Shot and the Bold Butterfly Framelits, then layered onto a banner cut of Delightful Dijon cardstock. 聽Using the Big Shot and Butterflies Thinlits dies, the medium butterfly was cut from Tangelo Twist cardstock, and layered on top of the stamped butterfly image. 聽The Delightful Dijon banner end was cut using the Banner Triple Punch.

Finally, we made my second design card:

team mtg my Sheltering Tree

We did a two-time stamping using the Sheltering Tree set; we set a smaller panel of Whisper White on top of the card base, and stamped first the tree trunk in Tip Top Taupe, then the leaves image in Pear Pizzazz, so that the images overlapped from the smaller piece to the card base. 聽The grass and flowers were then stamped onto the smaller piece, using Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow and Watermelon Wonder.

We then added a layer of Watermelon Wonder cardstock between the smaller stamped image piece and card base, and layered them all using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 聽The sentiment was then stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink, and the small flower punched using a retired Bitty Punch, and a small Pearl Basic Jewel placed in the centre.

After our stamping fun, we chatted about the upcoming Stampin’ Up! events – demonstrator Convention in Utah in July, and the demonstrator local events coming in November, and discussed using social media in our business. 聽It’s always great to share your thoughts & ideas with others; you can learn new things, and share what has worked for you.

Remember, if you’d like to join our wonderful team, we would be thrilled to have you join! 聽Ready to join now? 聽CLICK HERE to join my team :) 聽Have some questions? 聽Just give me a call at 604.298.0472, or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca 聽I’m happy to talk to you any time!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the cards we made as a team; thanks for spending time with me! 聽I always love to read your comments, if you have time to leave one.

Please come back again tomorrow, for another card for the Paper Craft Crew!

Until then – happy stamping!

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New Weekly Deals

Hello again! 聽It’s time to share the WEEKLY DEALS with you, my stamping friends! 聽There’s a great selection; something for everyone. 聽We got some bling, some embossing, some ribbon – and you need it all, right?! 聽Don’t laugh – I have just about all of these products!! 聽(sssh…don’t tell my husband!)

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I do need to re-stock my Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, and my Glimmer Paper, however. 聽 Did you check my upcoming classes? 聽I’m holding a Christmas in July stamp-a-stack, so we’re gonna need that shimmer & shine! :) 聽If you’re interested in attending, send me your RSVP soon – space is limited, and we always have a ton of fun!

I always wanted to remind you about the great deal if you sign up this month as a demonstrator in my team – FREE STAMPS! 聽That’s right – on top of choosing your own Starter Kit of $125 in Stampin’ Up! products (plus the business kit, etc. ) you get to choose ANY TWO ADDITIONAL SETS to add to your kit – FOR FREE! 聽Plus – did you know that you don’t pay shipping on your Kit? 聽That’s right – so that’s another approximately $20 savings.

Need another reason to join this month? 聽Well, this is the last month to join where you qualify for an EXTRA 10% OFF on your next qualifying demonstrator order! 聽That’s right – after this month (June), this perk will no longer be available. 聽You must sign up THIS MONTH to qualify for the extra 10% (for a total of 30% discount) on your first qualifying demonstrator order.

So let’s tally up:

– Starter Kit worth $155 in Stampin’ Up! products – you pay only $125

– 2 FREE stamp sets – potential value up to $60+

– EXTRA 10% (total 30%) discount on your first qualifying demonstrator order

– plus all the extras, like 2 months FREE Demonstrator Business Web Service (value $32), FREE business supplies kit (value $70), bi-monthy SU! demonstrator only business magazine, access to online demonstrator-only website, becoming a member of my team and the Stampin’ Up! family !

The real value? 聽*PRICELESS*! 聽 The friendships you make, the fun you have, the learning and sharing, and the feeling of belonging with people who love the same things you do – you can’t put a price on those things!

I would love to have you JOIN MY TEAM NOW – I live in British Columbia, Canada, but you don’t have to live next door to me to be on my team. 聽You only have to live within Canada! 聽Seriously! 聽Yes, my team & I get together monthly for meetings where we stamp and talk business, but we also stay in touch via our Facebook Group page, emails and phone calls. 聽You are never alone with your questions, or without someone to share 聽your triumphs – your team is always within your reach :)

If you like to JOIN ME NOW, simply CLICK HERE and fill out your information online. 聽If you like to talk to me about this fabulous opportunity some more, just give me a call at 604.298.0472 or send me an email at debsmart@shaw.ca 聽 I’m looking forward to welcoming you!

Until then – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)


Creation Station Blog Tour – New Catalogue, New Products

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Welcome to another edition of The Creation Station Blog Tour! 聽You asked for more new project sharing – and we’re happy to deliver :)

Honestly, I was so wowed by the recent Occasions catalogue, that I was prepared to feel a bit deflated with this new catalogue. 聽Well – I should know better!! 聽Stampin’ Up! has another hit on their hands, with so many terrific new stamp sets, tools, dies and the new In Colours, that I’m sure this year will fly by, and I’ll be once again saying a wistful good-bye to many things I didn’t have a chance to use!

So here we are with another blog tour to give you tons of inspiration on using the new stamps and products, so that you will enjoy this next year with your new stamps and products! 聽(cuz we’re just that nice 馃槈 )

Our blog tour runs in a circle, which means that all of our blogs are linked to the one before and after us. 聽So as long as you keep 聽clicking in the same direction – either ‘next’ or ‘back’ – you will travel through all the participating blogs. 聽If you run into a glitch anywhere, I have a list of all the blog links at the bottom of this page, so you can click directly.

My first 2 projects are created with a few new products – and perfect for your next baby shower!

made with loveI used the Gift Box Punch Board and some Watermelon Wonder cardstock to make this large gift bag. 聽Using the Gift Bag Punch Board is a bit of a learning curve; I’ve learned that I really have to pay attention to each step, so I don’t forget and leave one step out by mistake! 聽Otherwise, the bags come together very easily & quickly, and you can decide how you want to close the top.

After doing the punching & scoring, I used the 2 small hearts stamps in the Made with Love stamp set, and stamped them in Watermelon Wonder onto the cardstock of the same colour. 聽I decided not to use the Board to punch the holes for ribbon handles; instead I used one of the cute clips from the February Paper Pumpkin Kit. 聽Using the adorable little bunny stamp from the same set, and stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock. 聽I used the Stampin’ Write Markers so that I could colour the bunny with Tip Top Taupe, and the sentiment in Watermelon Wonder. 聽To finish it off, I tied a piece of the yummy new 1″ Dotted Lace Trim in Watermelon Wonder around the clip, to hold the bag closed.

Here’s a close up of the bunny stamp (it’s SO cute!) and the ribbon:

made with love bunny

I told you it was adorable!! :) 聽I was able to perfectly layer the stamped cardstock with a piece of Cherry on Top DSP by using the new Tags & Labels聽Framelits; what did I tell you about tons of amazing goodies in the catalogue!! 聽No more messy, ‘almost’ matching layers for your tags – with 4 different shapes and 3 sizes per shape, you’re covered for your tag needs.

For the matching card, I started with a card base of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, then layered a panel of Pool Party cardstock that had been embossed using the Decorative Dots embossing folder. 聽I then layered 2 panels of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack (one of them the same pattern as I used behind the bunny tag). 聽On a piece of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the baby onsie- new in the Made with Love set – in Watermelon Wonder, and then stamped the Made with Love sentiment in Pool Party ink onto the middle. 聽It’s a little hard to see, so here’s a closer picture:

made with love onsie close up

Isn’t that cute? 聽The little heart mimics the hearts in the DSP pattern :) 聽Getting back to the ‘awesome factor’ – this new Made with Love stamp set coordinates perfectly with the Something for Baby stamp set from the last catalogue, AND the coordinating Baby’s First Framelits! 聽That’s right – you can use the onsie and bib framelit with the new set, and you can mix and match all the stamps in both sets. 聽Now that’s getting your money’s worth!

I stamped the sentiment in Watercolour Wonder onto Whisper White cardstock, and added the little star stamp in Crushed Curry. 聽I then used the Project Life Corner Rounder punch on the corners, and added them to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

My next card聽features one of my new favourite sets, which also happens to be the Ronald McDonald House charity stamp set, called Sprinkles of Life.

sprinkles of life joy fold


This stamp set is a fabulous buy, plus Stampin’ Up! donates $3 from each of these stamps set sold to the Ronald McDonald House Charities in the country in which they are sold! 聽To date, SU! has donated over $1 Million to RMHC – how terrific is that!!

A special stamp set called for a special card, so I decided to do a fancy fold called a ‘Joy Fold’. 聽It’s basically a smaller card inside a larger card; the larger card is 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ 聽on the 6 1/2″ side. 聽The smaller card is also Island Indigo cardstock, 5 1/2″ x 4 聽1/4″, scored at 2 3/4″ on the 5 1/2″ side.

I decorated each of the panels with layers of Whisper White cardstock and Bohemian Designer Series Paper – I love the bold designs and colour combinations in this paper! 聽For the front centre panel (which is actually the smaller card), I decorated it using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, using the ice cream cone image.

I stamped the cone in Crumb Cake ink, then coloured it in using a Sponge Dauber and the Crumb Cake ink. 聽The cone was cut out by hand. 聽Each of the ice cream scoops were stamped onto Whisper White cardstock, in Delightful Dijon, Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry inks, then added more colour using a Blender Pen and the ink pads. 聽I then used the Tree Builder Punch, which coordinates with several of the images in this stamp set, and punched out the ice cream. 聽All were layered onto the front panel 聽using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The card front is held closed by the little ‘cherry’ (or apple, if you prefer) that you can see on the lower right corner. 聽I punched out about 6 of the cherries, only stamping the image onto one of them, then layered them together using Tombow Multipurpose Glue, then glued them onto the card front.

This is what the card looks like partially open:

sprinkles of life joy fold open

You can also see all the layers of the cherry!

Here is a picture of the inside of the card:

joy fold open

Isn’t that sentiment just the best?! 聽And of course, I had to add the ‘cherry on top’ :)

That’s it for my projects this time; I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them! 聽I appreciate you spending your time touring through our blog tour; if you have time to leave a comment, I always love to read what you have to say.

If you didn’t start at the very beginning of the tour, you can click onto the ‘Next’ button and see what the聽amazing聽Martha Inchley has created for you, or you can click on the ‘Back’ button and have another look at the creative Dena Renkow’s post again.

If you’d like to order any of the products I used in my projects today, you can click on the image(s) below, and go directly to my online store.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Martha Inchley –http://www.inchofcreativity.com/2015/06/creation-station-blog-hop-new-product.html

Kathy Kartak –聽http://kkstamp.blogspot.com

Sara Levin –聽http://theartfulinker.com

Dena Rekow –聽http://www.thecreativitycave.com/my_weblog/2015/06/creation-station-blog-hop-new-catalog-love.html

Deborah Smart –聽http://stampandcreate.net/




WCC26 – Watercooler Challenge

Hello again my stamping friends! 聽I hope you’re enjoying a good start to the weekend :) 聽Thanks so much for taking the time to have a look at our Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – 聽I hope 聽you’ve enjoyed it, and been inspired by all the amazing projects that were made by all the design team members. 聽We always have fun putting these hops together, and are thankful for Heidi Weaver, who is our fearless leader & keeps us all on track and scheduled!

Today I’m here with another card for the Watercooler Challenge; some of the same people are on that design team as are on the blog hops, hence the name similarity!

My good friend Jean came up with this challenge; it’s a colour challenge, based on this picture:

WCC26 Jean's colour challenge

I don’t know about you, but my first thought after seeing this challenge picture was “I want a piece of lemon meringue pie!” 聽LOL 聽(I still haven’t had one, by the way).

I’ve been wanting to try the technique of scribbling on our clear blocks with the Stampin’ Write Markers, then spraying with water using our Spritzer, then stamping, so I decided that this colour combination was a good one for trying it!

WCC26 watercolouringI used the largest clear block (Block F, #118483), and scribbled on it with Daffodil Delight at the top, Marina Mist in the middle, and聽Crumb Cake at the bottom. 聽I then lightly sprayed it with water using one of our Stampin’ Spritzers, then stamped down onto a piece of Watercolour Paper.

I gotta say; I wasn’t that impressed with how it looked; the colours were really light – too light for what I wanted. 聽So I repeated the process with the Markers & Spritzer, and stamped again. 聽Hmmm….what was I doing wrong? 聽Or was it just the colours? 聽The Marina Mist looked okay, as did the Crumb Cake – perhaps my Daffodil Delight marker is running out of ink. 聽So, I grabbed my Aqua Painter and Daffodil Delight ink refill, and with a lot of water, added some more colour into the top of the cardstock. 聽After that, I decided I’d better leave well enough alone; what do you think? 聽Do the colours look okay now? 聽Perhaps I should’ve wetted down the Watercolour cardstock before stamping…I guess I’ll be playing around some more!

Anyway – if my idea is coming across correctly, you’ll have guessed that I was trying to create a ‘water’ scene, so I used the Wetlands stamp set and stamped the grasses in the front using Crumb Cake ink. 聽I then stamped the wonderful dragonfly from the Amazingly Artistic stamp set; I used the Stampin’ Write markers to colour the body in Crumb Cake ink, and the wings in Marina Mist ink. 聽I like how the Marina Mist on top of the Daffodil Delight gave a bit of a greenish tinge to the wings. 聽Happy accident! :)

I layered the stamped image onto panels of Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight cardstock, then wrapped some retired hemp twine around one corner and under the panels. 聽Before attaching all the layers to the Crumb Cake cardstock card base, I stamped it with the splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set – that is such an amazing, versatile set for all kinds of uses! 聽I left off any sentiment, as I wanted the image to be the focal point.

I hope you’ll head over to the Watercooler Challenge page & check out the great projects the design team put together for inspiration. 聽Remember you can join in the challenge too!

If you haven’t already checked out our blog hop, just scroll down, and hop on through. 聽You’ll be happy that you did!

Then remember to come back tomorrow, for another blog hop with the Creation Station design team; more new product showcasing!

Until tomorrow – happy stamping!

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – In With the New!

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Who doesn’t love a NEW CATALOGUE?!! 聽If you’re anything like us – YOU DO! 聽We’ve all been having such playing with our new stamps and products, and we can’t wait to share with 聽you!

Welcome back to another blog hop with the Wacky Watercooler gang! 聽Grab your favourite beverage, and a snack if it suits you, then sit back & enjoy the wonderful projects that the team have to share with you today.

A quick reminder; the blog hop runs in a circular fashion, with all of our blogs linked to each other. 聽So, as long as you keep clicking in one direction – next or previous – you’ll travel through all the blogs, without missing a thing! 聽If you’re not sure where you need to go next, you can always click on the ‘Home’ button, and you’ll be taken to the Wacky Watercooler blog, where you’ll see the list of all the participating blogs, and you can click on them from there.

Okay – enough talking – let’s get to the stamping! :)

For my first card, I just had to use the new Watercolour Wings stamp set (just a note – it totally goes against my sensibilities to spell Watercolour without the ‘u’ – so I will continue to spell it my way – the right way! 馃槈 )

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I am totally in love with this set, and I’ll be doing a lot more creating with it, that’s for sure! 聽I love how there are the different sizes of butterflies, but not just that – the fact that it’s a 2 or 3-step stamping process, so that 聽you can create your own gorgeous colour combinations of butterflies. 聽Did you know that this stamp set has a coordinating Bold Butterflies Framelit set? 聽 Yup!! 聽Not only that – but this set coordinates beautifully with our existing Butterfly Basics stamp set, and the coordinating Butterfly Thinlits Dies.

In making this card, I decided not to do an overlay with the Framelits – but both butterflies that I stamped I could’ve done a details die cut overlay for each. 聽Don’t worry – I’ll be showing you lots more from these sets in the near future!

For this card, I stamped the large butterfly with the following colours: 聽main background – Pool Party; outside edging – Bermuda Bay; inside detail – Island Indigo.

The smaller butterfly was stamped with these colours: main background – Mint Macron; outside edging – Pacific Point; inside detail – Tempting Turquoise.

I stamped the larger background dots from the Watercolour Wings set in Mint Macron ink; the smaller dots are stamped in Bermuda Bay ink from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. 聽The intersecting lines are also from the Gorgeous Grunge set, and were stamped in Mint Macaron. 聽The sentiment is in the Watercolour Wings set, and stamped in Bermuda Bay ink. To tie it all together, the card base is made from Bermuda Bay cardstock, with a panel of Mint Macaron, then layered with the stamped Whisper White cardstock.

My next card uses a stamp set that, as soon as I saw it in the catalogue preview, I knew I had to have! 聽It’s called Awesomely Artistic; have a look, and I think you’ll agree with me.

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Well – do you agree?! 聽I just love the dragonfly image, and the fern leaves….okay – I love it all :)

To make this card, I started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and started by stamping the flowers in Crumb Cake ink. 聽Next I stamped the ferns; the large ones in the new Cucumber Crush ink, and the smaller ones in Pear Pizzazz ink. 聽The dragonflies were stamped in Tip Top Taupe, as I wanted them to stand out a bit more. 聽Finally, I added the decorative circle stamp; it reminds me of a seal, that you would use to seal an envelope.

Next, I used my Blender Pens and Pool Party to colour the flowers, and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves. 聽I wanted to keep the colours muted, so they were more in the background. 聽I then stamped the dragonflies 2 more times (actually 4, so I could get 2 sets of wings of different colours); 聽I coloured the wings in Mint Macaron for the top wings, and Tempting Turquoise for the bottom wings, then hand cut them.

Before applying the dragonfly wings, I ran the stamped cardstock through the Big Shot using the new Brick Wall Embossing Folder – another yay! product. 聽I then used my Sponge Daubers in Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride inks to distress the brick wall; the Very Vanilla was just too ‘clean’ for the look I wanted. 聽 I also added some of the splotches (also from this set) in Tip Top Taupe.

I stamped the burlap image stamp onto more Very Vanilla cardstock in Crumb Cake ink, as well as the frame, and stamped the Friend sentiment in Tempting Turquoise. 聽All of those pieces I ‘aged’ using the Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake ink, sponging around the edges, and over top of the sentiment. 聽Finally, I layered all the pieces onto the Tempting Turquoise cardstock base, and added the coloured dragonfly wings last.

My final project also shows off 3new products – the Baker’s Box Thinlits, the new Tags & Labels Framelits, and the new Cotton Paper:

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This new Baker’s Box is so cute! 聽It’s the perfect size for giving a ‘little something’ – from chocolates to jewelry! 馃槈 聽I 聽used the Thinlits to create the box; cutting 2 pieces from Delightful Dijon cardstock, and using Sticky Strip (I still have some to use up) to attach the sides together. 聽I held the top closed by threading a strip of Bohemian Designer Series Paper through the handle created with the Thinlits. 聽I added a tag onto the front using the聽Num-Num stamp set, stamping in Delightful Dijon. 聽I created the tag by using the Big Shot and the new Tags & Labels Thinlits; I 聽used the medium size of this shape to cut the sentiment in Very Vanilla, and then used the largest size in this shape to cut the next layer from Bermuda Bay cardstock. 聽I absolutely love how you can layer your tags now without guessing & messing around with cutting & piecing bits together; plus, there are 4 different shaped tags in this set!

To create the flower, I used the fabulous new Cotton Paper (you’ll be familiar with it if you made the Bouquet Builder Project Kit from the Occasions catalogue). 聽This paper is heavier than tissue paper, more opaque, and it scrunches wonderfully!! 聽When you scrunch it, the paper holds the scrunch, and doesn’t flop back out of shape. 聽Seriously – I was grinning like a fool, when I was forming my flower! :) 聽(so maybe I am easily amused! 聽at least I was happy!). 聽Using the Big Shot and the Floral Framelits, I cut 3 layers of 3 different sizes, stapled them together in the middle, then had fun ‘scrunching’ the paper to create the perfect flower.

Here’s a side view of the box, so you can see how it has the gussets at the top, to 聽help it close more easily.

baker's box side view

Well, that’s it for my projects for now! 聽It was difficult, but I had to stop somewhere :) 聽If you have a moment before heading on to the next blog, I’d really appreciate it if you would leave me a comment; I’d love to hear what 聽you thought of my projects, and what your new favourite product or stamp set is (if you can narrow it down!)

So now, click on the ‘Next’ button to hop over&聽see what our fearless leader, Heidi Weaver has created just for you. 聽I know you’ll love her projects聽– but I take no responsibility for any socks that are knocked off in the process! 聽If you’re traveling the other way, or just want to have another look at the all the fabulous-ness that Priscilla Ivler posted for you, just click on the ‘Previous’ button.

And of course, if you want to see the whole list of participating blogs, feel free to click the ‘Home’ button to get to 聽our Wacky Watercooler home blog page.

Until next time – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)

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