Friday, January 18, 2019

Bits and Pieces


I'm back again with a new card to share. I was given a few sheets of DSP from the 2019 Occasions catalog for an assignment awhile back. I loved the Night of Navy spots paper and wanted to use it on a card. First though I had to come up with a fun color combo. I decided on this:

photo courtesy of Stampin' Up!

These colors are from top left - Pool Party, Lemon Lime, Twist, Night of Navy, Grapefruit Grove.

Aren't they just yummy?? Here's the card I made:

I just love how it turned out! I decided to make a bit of a "window" card. Kind of having the Pool Party label floating, if you will. Here's the inside:

I know it's nothing super spectacular ha ha. But It turned out pretty cool. Here's a close up:

I used dies from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits set (#143659); dies from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set (#141489) plus a stamp from the coordinating stamp set Sunshine Sayings (#141594); the label die is from the Stitched Labels Framelits set (#146828). I also used a stamp from the Banners for You stamp set (#141710) and the coordinating die from the Bunch of Banners Framelits set (#141488).

The cool dotted DSP is from the Happiness Blooms DSP pack (#148795). I also used a piece of Window Sheet (#142314) and Vellum Cardstock (#101856). I know that is a lot of supplies used on one card. But if you've been collecting even a few supplies over time, you can make this card or one very similar! Just goes to show you can mix and match your scraps for a beautiful look!

I hope this card inspired you to pull together your own bit and pieces to create!

Thank you for visiting. Make today a great and inky day!

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

And the Winner is.....

No one!



Well I guess I can't be too disappointed that no one participated in my birthday contest. I haven't blogged since last July! You've probably all gone away thinking I was done blogging. So sorry!

In case someone is reading this and is wondering what my favorite Stampin' Up! color is.....

COASTAL CABANA (photo courtesy of Stampin' Up!)
It's blue, but it isn't. It's green but it isn't. Kind of like the ocean. Your computer screen doesn't even do this color justice. A few years ago this was an In Color. I was so sad when it went away but then did the biggest happy dance when it was brought back as one of the new core colors! I'll be posting some cards soon that incorporate Coastal Cabana into the color scheme. I promise you won't have to wait for 6 months to see. LOL.

What is your favorite Stampin' Up! color? Leave a comment on this post letting me know!

Thanks for visiting and I'll be back soon. Make it a great and inky day!

Rebecca :)

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Birthday Gift!

Hello and Happy Birthday!

To me any way. :D  Today is my birthday. It's the only reason I ever look forward to January LOL. How old am I, you ask? Let's just say I'm old enough to be a grandma and have no kids living at home but young enough that I still have people telling me I look too young to have 4 grandkids. ;).

Today is also my Stampin' Up! anniversary. Nine years ago today, I signed up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I love the creative outlet and opportunities that Stampin' Up! has provided me over the years. Not to mention the wonderful friends I've made that I wouldn't have met if not for Stampin' Up!

To celebrate my special day, I am offering two gifts! You do have to do something in order to be entered to win but no money is involved on your part. ha ha ha.

Here's all you have to do:

Leave a comment on this post telling me what you think my favorite Stampin' Up! ink color is. If you guess the wrong color but it's in the right color group, I'll send a small gift. If you guess the exact color, I'll send you a bigger gift. If we have more than one right guesser, I'll draw names for the winner. I wish I could give everyone a gift. Maybe when I reach $1,000,000 in sales I'll be able to afford that. ;p.

Contest will close at 11:59 on January 12th. I'll draw the name(s) and I'll publish a post announcing the winner(s) on my blog here on January 14th.

Good luck and in case you need to see all the SU! colors in one place in order to guess, here they are!

Make it a wonderful and inky day!

Rebecca :)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper Sale!


I just wanted to let you know about the wonderful sale that is in full swing! When you buy 3 select packs of Designer Series Paper, you get a 4th FREE!  "But I have so much patterned paper already!" you might be saying. This is a wonderful opportunity to add some fresh patterns and colors to your collection. They can be used by themselves or to complement the patterned papers you already have. You really do want to take advantage of this sale!

Here is a video from Stampin' Up! showing all the papers included in this offer that will end July 31, 2018.

P.S. If you take advantage of this sale using the July Hostess Code, I'll send you an ink pad of your choice! There are so many new colors this year so I bet you are needing new colors right? :D

Thanks for visiting today. Make it a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Stamp Club Cards, Part 2


I'm back again today with the second of our recent Stamp Club cards using the Stamparatus. I love stamping and painting on watercolor paper. The thing I love about the Stamparatus is you can stamp your image as many times as you want to get your image as dark as you want. When using water, make sure you use Stazon ink. Here is the card.

I used Coastal Cabana (yay for its return!!!) and Lemon Lime Twist inks for the butterfly. It's from the stamp set Beautiful Day and I just love it! I mounted my watercolored panel onto a Lemon Lime Twist card base. I accented it with the pearlized twine and mini paper clip from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit.

A simple but striking card!

Don't forget you can get a FREE ink pad of your choice with your $50 order using June's Hostess Code. After you place your order, please contact me telling me what color you'd like me to send you!

Thanks for visiting me today and remember, you can't have a great day if you don't create a great day!

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Stamp Club cards, Part 1


I'm enjoying an unusually cool early summer morning today. It's heavenly! While I sit here feeling the cool breeze, I thought I'd share one of the cards we made for Stamp Club recently. I showed my ladies how awesome the Stamparatus is. This card uses the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set which is one of my favorites! For this card I showed my friends the Hinge Technique. They were wowed at how easy exact placement could be!

Here's a video from Stampin' Up! showing how the hinge technique works. 

To take the card even one step further, we used the Wink of Stella pen to bring the candle flames to life.

Sadly, the Dapper Denim ink and ribbon are retired now but there are plenty of good replacements in the new Annual Catalog!

If you haven't gotten your hands on this amazing tool, you can purchase it through my online store! Even if you have another placement tool, the Stamparatus has so many other cool features that aren't found elsewhere that you HAVE to have it!

For the month of June, for every $50 you spend in my online store, you'll get to choose an ink pad for free! (excludes local orders placed at my upcoming New Catalog Open House on June 30). There are lots of new colors to add to your collection so you'll definitely want to take advantage of this deal! NOTE: Make sure you use the current month's Hostess Code to get your free ink pad.

I hope you're enjoying your summer so far and that you make some time to get your fingers inky!

Today's Tuesday Tidbit is:

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile." ---Steve Jobs

Thanks for visiting and remember to CREATE a great day for you and someone else!

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

In a Mess and Out of Ideas


(I promise you two card ideas at the end of this blog post).

This is going to be a different type of blog post. I'm going to be real and I hope you'll forgive my ramblings. I also hope writing things out will help me and maybe help someone else who feels the way I do right now.

Sometimes I just hit a creative wall and have a hard time breaking through. Do you? Please say you do. Usually it doesn't last very long but the last part of April and the whole month of May so far have just been so darn hard for me! Sure, I've posted a few cards, but I just feel in a rut.  Here's what my craft room has looked like for a few weeks and these photos were taken after I cleaned up a little bit. My whole craft room has looked like a disaster and I have felt like a disaster!

See what I mean? I even got some new stamps to play with and haven't felt like breaking them open. I know. You're probably saying, "If you'd clean up, you'd feel like creating." Usually that's true! However, I cleaned up in April and still felt the same. Even the Youtube videos I usually watch and the Instagram feeds I follow aren't as inspiring to me as they normally are.

Am I depressed? Not at all! I feel like my life is pretty great!

I've been spending a lot more time out in my flower beds cleaning them up and planting new pretty flowers. Planting veggies in my garden and even harvesting lettuce and spinach which have been so delicious! I've enjoyed working in the soil again. Feeling the sun on my back. Hearing the birds sing in my trees and privet hedges. Seeing my yard come to life.

Gardening is a different kind of being creative isn't it? Maybe I just need to relax and let my brain be creative in the way it wants to right now. Life ebbs and flows.

School is almost out. Then I'll have more time. That'll help me feel less overwhelmed I think.

I hope my ramblings help someone. Do you experience creative slumps? Do you do anything specific to break free? Do you just let things happen until you feel inspired to create again? Leave me some advice in the comments. I'd love to hear!

I found this Tuesday Tidbit that I absolutely love:

"Creative dry spells are like white space. They help your artistic life to breathe and refocus." -- Unknown

If you're still reading thank you! I so appreciate you visiting me through the good and the not so good. ;)

As promised, here are two cards I made a year ago that I still love. And yay! The Lemon Zest stamp set will be in the new upcoming Annual Catalog!

Remember, you can't have a great day unless you make it a great day!

Rebecca :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lovely Wishes - Tropical Style


I'm sharing a card today using the Lovely Wishes stamp set.

This has some beautiful soft images that can be used for lots of different types of cards. 

The card I made has kind of a Hawaiian vibe, doesn't it? It just shows how versatile this set can be!

Here are a couple of other ideas for this set from the Concept Artists at Stampin' Up! They are so pretty!

And that's it! This stamp set is retiring this month so get it before it's gone. Remember to use my May Hostess Code at the top of my blog to get a free thank you gift from me!

Here's Tuesday's Tidbit on a Wednesday:

"The essence of being human is being creative." --Joel Garreau

Thanks for visiting and remember to make it a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Share What You Love!


One thing I love about being a Demonstrator is the opportunity to purchase products well before the general public. And while the Share What You Love offering has been available for about a month now to Demonstrators, during the month of May you get the chance to purchase these amazing collection of products before they are available in the upcoming catalog starting June 1st!

I'm going to let Brandi from the Home Office tell you all about it. Make sure you watch out for the free gifts you can get with your purchase and also the exclusive stamp set that won't be available in the new catalog. You're going to want to order during this special pre-order period!

If you purchase any of the bundles, please you the May Hostess Code on the right side of my blog to receive my May thank you gift! If you choose to order $150 or more, don't use the Hostess Code because you'll get ALL of the Hostess Rewards for yourself!

I'd love to hear what your favorite product(s) are from this suite! I think mine is the Designer Series Paper and the Love What You Do stamp set but I really am wanting the Gotta Have It All bundle! I can't wait to start creating!

Make today a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Combining Two Stamp Sets


May is here already! The last month of spring and the last month of the 2017-2018 annual catalog. Time just needs to slow down! However, I've seen the 2018-2019 annual catalog and I can say that you're in for a treat.

I've decided, over the next few posts, to highlight the stamp sets I own that are retiring. First off I've combined two sets into one soft and pretty card.

I used Paisleys and Posies and Lots of Love stamp sets for a fun and whimsical design. At first glance, these two sets don't really look like they work together do they? But yet they do beautifully!

I stamped all of the images in Crumb Cake ink first onto Thick Whisper White card stock. Then I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Finally, I used my Watercolor Pencils to give the paisley images soft color.

You can see in the photo above, I added some Calypso Coral Enamel Shapes and some yellow sequins from the Tutti Frutti Sequin Pack

Inside I stamped another sentiment from the Lots of Love set and accented it with a Crumb Cake leaf cluster from that same set.  Here's another look.

And that's it! I really like how these two stamp sets came together to make a pretty card!

Look through your stamps and see what unlikely pairings you can combine to create a beautiful and unique look.

Today's Tuesday Tidbit:

"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!" -- Dr. Seuss

Thanks for stopping by and remember to make today a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Using a Color Combo


I was looking through my ink colors the other day and decided to pull out three colors I've never used together before to create a card.

Blue is my favorite color. Any shade of blue, really, so this combo really speaks to me.  Since I already had the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set out I decided to use it again. I'm crossing my fingers real tight that this set makes its way over to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog! You too? 

Here's my card.

I added some silver embossed confetti in between the bows to add even more of a party feel. Then I embossed the sentiment on a piece of Vellum card stock and placed a silver banner underneath so the sentiment piece stood out a little more. Last, I added some Silver Metallic Thread and Clear Faceted Gems. The texture on those things are through the roof!

And that's it! I'd love for you to make something with this color combo and share it with me in the comments.

Today's Tuesday Tidbit:

"Creativity is experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." --Mary Lou Cook

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to make today a great and crafty day!

Rebecca :)

Bits and Pieces

Hello! I'm back again with a new card to share. I was given a few sheets of DSP from the 2019 Occasions catalog for an assignmen...