Friday, June 21, 2019

CASE-ing with Beautiful Bouquet


I recently got an email from another stamp company. I love to get emails from all kinds of craft companies because I get so much inspiration.  In this particular email, was this card that I fell in love with.

Credit goes to Rebecca Luminarias of Thurston Post. I love her creativity and follow her on Instagram. I love the gold off-set frames combined with the soft florals and simple but gorgeous sentiment. 

So off to my craft room I went to CASE this beautiful card using only Stampin' Up! supplies (remember that CASE means Copy and Selectively Edit). Here's the result!

I pulled out my Stitched Nested Labels dies (#149638) and Gold foil paper (#132622) to create these luxuriously beautiful frames. To make the frames, first die cut the larger label, then place the smaller die on top of that die cut and run it through your machine. Like this:

Then I just stamped and die cut a bunch of flowers and the leaf stem bunch from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (#143666). The stems are die cut from Thick Whisper White card stock and sponged with Granny Apple Green ink. The flower colors are Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Petal Pink, Lovely Lipstick, and Mango Melody with fun black centers. I added some embossing paste bricks (#141979) to my card base so that texture was just peeking out behind the decorated panel. 

To "bundle" my cute bouquet together I heat embossed the wrap image in white embossing powder on Vellum card stock and die cut it out. I attached a little bow using White Baker's Twine.

I wanted to keep with the simple sentiment like Rebecca did so just stamped that within the frames. This sentiment comes with the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. Isn't that so fun?! My husband and I cut a bunch of flowers from our garden this year to put on our moms' graves for Memorial Day. This bouquet reminds me of that. LOVE.

Here's the full card once more.

I hope I've inspired you to create just like Rebecca inspired me!

Thanks for visiting me and make sure to stamp something today!

Rebecca :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Woven Threads Card


I recently participated in a card challenge. Some of the Concept Artists at Stampin' Up! have teamed up on Instagram with a fun thing called Stampin' Through the Catalog. They create cards with all the new stamp sets in the Annual Catalog. They did it all last year and with this catalog they've invited anyone who wants to, to stamp with them. The first challenge was using the Woven Heirlooms stamp set (#149306). I was lucky enough to have brought that home with me from the last OnStage I attended so I decided to play along! This is the stamp set.

And here's the card I made.

I think I've said this before but I'm not usually drawn to these more artsy sets but as I created this card, I felt more of an attachment and I will definitely be making more projects with this set!

I decided to create a fabric looking background for my card. I used the long brushstroke image and inked it first in Melon Mambo ink (#147051). I stamped it with full strength ink then stamped it two more times around the original image without inking it up again. I repeated that process with Crushed Curry (#147087) and Calypso Coral (#147010) inks. I made sure to overlap the lighter images to make them blend a little. It kind of looks like tie-dye or batik fabric to me. So fun!

I finished the card off by white heat embossing (#109132) the gorgeous sentiment onto a square from the Stitched Shapes die set (#152323) and then stamped and fussy cut some flowers from the Love What you Do stamp set (#148042). The final touch was adding a few pearls (#144219).

Do you have a stamp set you don't particularly love? I challenge you to pull it out and just start creating! I bet you'll find a new love for it if you do! Also if you want to follow along with the challenge follow @stampinthroughthecatalog on Instagram!

Thanks for visiting me and make sure to stamp something today!

Rebecca :)

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Free as a Bird with Stampin' Blends


The 2019-2020 Annual Catalog is live!! I have a card using one of my favorite new stamps from the catalog - Free as a Bird (#149468).

After I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink (#132708), I used my Stampin' Blends to color in these adorable chubby birds. I used A LOT of ink because I wanted this to feel ethereal and dreamlike. For the sky, I wanted the appearance of some wispy clouds, so I just swiped the Light Pool Party Stampin' Blend marker over the background.

I cut the image out using the Layering Circles Dies (#141705) then backed it with a scalloped circle from that same die set.

More White Heat Embossing on Basic Black card stock, using the Subtle Embossing Folder (#143706) on the card front and this card is complete!

This is a beautiful set that I hope will be on your must-have list as well! You can buy all the supplies to create this card HERE

Thanks for visiting me and make sure to stamp something today!

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Faux Watercolor with Stampin' Blends


Do you love techniques? I do! It gives me endless opportunities to use my supplies in different ways.

Today, I have a faux watercolor technique and not a drop of water was in sight!

The first thing I did was bring out my Blends. The colors I used were Light Flirty Flamingo (#147031), Light Real Red (#147933), Dark Mango Melody (#147944), Dark Call Me Clover (#147024), Light Night of Navy (#144036), and Dark Pool Party (#144594). I just swiped them on a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock (#140272) overlapping the colors to make them blend a little. I knew they wouldn't blend completely because they were such contrasting colors.

Then I cut that colored piece into strips and adhered them onto another piece of Thick Whisper White card stock making them look like a rainbow of shiplap!

And in case you think I have moved away from white heat embossing..... ;D, I heat embossed (#109132) the sentiment onto the navy strip.

I stamped a butterfly from the Butterfly Gala stamp set just in Black and punched it out with the coordinating punch (#150599). I love the look this simple image gives to the overall card.

Also, again, I used the Subtle embossing folder (#143706) for one of the layers then I scattered some Basic Sequins (#146933).

Lots of color and layers for this fun card! If there's a technique you'd love for me to try and post on the blog, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for visiting and make sure you stamp something today!

Rebecca :)

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Hand Delivered Stamp Set


Up today is another one of my favorites from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. Hand Delivered (#146808) is a Hostess set that is a dream to color. This is retiring soon so hurry and get yours by placing a $150 order in my store!

This is a really versatile stamp set. There's balloons, a sign, a stack of books and this gorgeous cake. Not to mention a bunch of fun sentiments in this fabulous font. I used a combination of Stampin' Blends and watercolor on Thick Whisper White card stock (#140272) to make this image come to life. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink (#132708). I'm on a clean and simple kick lately and this card is no exception. 

Have you ordered your must-haves from the retiring list? You only have a couple of days left!

Thanks for visiting and make sure you stamp something today!

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Needle and Thread Stamp Set


I'm back today with another retiring product card. When I first saw the Needle and Thread stamp set (#148724), I was so impressed with how life-like the stitching seemed just by inking up a stamp!

This card showcases that incredible detail. The background looks like fabric to me!

This card, like my last one, is pretty simple but beautiful. I stamped all the flowers in Lovely Lipstick ink (#147140). The leaves are stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink (#147145) (soooo sad to see this color retire!). Again, with the white heat embossing (#109132). I can't stop! I used Basic Black card stock (#121045). Added the Frosted Epoxy Droplets (#147801) (can't stop, won't stop with those either!) and then finished the card off with a double bow of White Baker's twine (#124262)

That's it! Nearly a one layer card but with the amazing stamp set, the heat embossing, the Droplets and the Twine, it feels like it has more layers and texture.

If there's anything on the retiring list you haven't gotten yet, don't wait! Time is almost up!

Thanks for visiting me and make sure you stamp something today!

Rebecca :)

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Sunshine Wishes


I haven't been around for awhile.

Life happens sometimes, doesn't it?

Today I'm sharing a card with the Sunshine Wishes Dies (#141489) that will be retiring with this catalog. I've gotten a lot of use out of them and I'll be sad to see them go! Usually these scribbly dies lend themselves to a more shabby chic feel but I decided to use the flower in a clean and simple card.

I used Gray Granite (#146983) for the card base and the flower (the leaves are from the Swirly Scribbles dies (#141497)). I embossed a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock (#140272) with the Subtle Embossing Folder (#143706). I white heat embossed (#109132) the sentiment onto Crushed Curry card stock (#131199) and cut it into a strip. Last, I added a bunch of the Clear Epoxy Droplets (#147801).

This is a pretty simple card, but packs a punch! What retiring items are you most sad to see go?

Thanks for visiting me and make sure you stamp something today!

Rebecca :)

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Spring Colors and Butterflies


I'm back this week with not one but 5 cards!

The disclaimer is that they're all the exact same layout, just different color combos. Stampin' Up! OnStage is coming up pretty quickly. OnStage is where Demonstrators from all over the country/world gather together to learn business tips, see new products and catalogs and make fun projects. It's an overwhelmingly amazing time!

While at OnStage we have the choice of whether we want to swap cards with other Demonstrators or not. Last time I went, I didn't swap and I regretted it. This time I'm going to. I made a small stack of cards to swap and I'm excited to see what I bring home!

I've been craving Spring so much, I decided to make a card using our new Butterfly Gala bundle (#150599) and our Gingham Gala 6x6 DSP (#148554).

Here's my card:

This is a really simple card to put together. You start by adhering a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of the Gingham Gala DSP on the front of a Thick Whisper White (#140272) card using Snail Adhesive (#104332). Here I used the yellow. Then trim another piece of Thick Whisper White to 2" x 5" and punch the bottom with the Triple Banner Punch (#138292). Next you take your Butterfly punch and slide the banner end in all the way to the punch. After you've punched out your two butterflies, you take that piece over to your Big Shot and emboss it using the Subtle Embossing Folder. Next you adhere it to your card front using Dimensionals (#104430). White heat emboss your sentiment on a piece of card stock. Here I used Flirty Flamingo card stock (#141416). Once your sentiment is cool, punch using the Classic Label punch (#141491). Add a Mini Dimensional to the center back of the sentiment label and a little snail to each end and adhere over the largest butterfly opening. Then all that's left to do is attach sequins. Here I added the Lemon Lime Twist ones from the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins (#148561).

I loved this card so much I decided I needed to make it in different color combos. All these colors come in the DSP pack!

Doesn't this one remind you of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz??

And here they are all together!

 Which one is your favorite? I have two. The Daffodil Gingham with the Flirty Flamingo label and the Grapefruit Gingham with the Night of Navy label. :)

Thank you for visiting me today! You can find all the supplies you need to create these cards and more HERE.

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. --Victor Pinchuk

 Rebecca :)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Simple Card Class Using What You Have


It's been a minute since I've checked in. Did you miss me? :D I've decided that, at least for awhile, I'm going to post only once a week. Thursday will be the day! You can follow me on Instagram @rebeccascreativelife for additional project photos.

I was asked to organize a birthday card class for the ladies in our Relief Society. Relief Society is an organization for women 18+ in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I really love doing card classes. We made a very simple card but everyone who participated seemed to really like the experience. There was even one lady who made several. She had that much fun! That's one of the best things about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I love to see the look on people's faces when they create something they didn't think they could do. They're happy and I'm happy.

Here's the card we made:

I didn't use any Stampin' Up! DSP *GASP*. I know. But I have so much other patterned paper in my craft room I thought I'd use up some of that in this instance.

The card base is Thick Whisper White (#140272). The sentiment is from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set (#145519) stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (#132708). Then punched with the Everyday Label punch (#144668).

We used random colors of twine from my stash. Some Stampin' Up!, some not. Again, I have a ton of twine that I've wanted to get through so I used what matched the patterned paper.

The label is attached with Dimensionals (#104430). I have a hard time NOT using Dimensionals on my projects!

Last, we used retired enamel shapes in the different Stampin' Up! colors. I sure miss those. I used them all the time so I was glad to pull them out again.

And that's it! Like I said, super simple but the ladies loved their creations.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. -- E. E. Cummings

 Rebecca :)

Friday, March 1, 2019

CASE-ing the Catalog


Today's card is sweet, happy and simple. I pulled out a Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog from a few years back and just perused the pages until I found this cute card.

It's sweet and colorful and best of all, it's quick to complete! Here's mine:

It looks like the Regals 6x6 DSP pad (#146965) has the same pattern as 4 years ago which was fun! I used a piece of floral paper from the Garden Impressions DSP  (#146289). I white heat embossed (#109132) the sentiment from the Wood Words stamp set (#143928) onto Night of Navy card stock (#100867). I took one of the wood pieces from the Frame Elements (#146906) and pressed it into my Melon Mambo ink pad (#147051) to customize it.

Such a cheerful card to send to someone, don't you think?

Thanks for visiting me today! You can buy all the Stampin' Up! supplies you need HERE.

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Paper Pumpkin Alternatives


Have you seen the February Paper Pumpkin Kit? The thing I love about Paper Pumpkin Kits is I don't have to do any thinking. I can just sit down and create. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to plan out my projects, but sometimes I enjoy having someone come up with the ideas for me. Paper Pumpkin does just that for me once a month. I'm not always a fan of the kits but I don't let that bother me because I know there are always alternatives I can create with the supplies in the kits.

I do love the uniqueness of the February kit though. Here it is in action:

Aren't they such pretty cards?!

I decided to take the included stamp set and make a couple of cards on my own because I just love the succulent in the teacup.

 This first one is bright and colorful. I first stamped the teacup image all over the Thick Whisper White card base (#140272) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (#132708). Then I stamped the image again on a scrap piece of Thick Whisper White and colored it with my Blends. The colors I used were Light Petal Pink (#146866), Light and Dark Calypso Coral (#144045), Light and Dark Soft Suede (#147273), Light Smoky Slate (#145054), Light Daffodil Delight (#144586), Light and Dark Granny Apple Green (#147274), and Light Old Olive (#144574). Then I fussy cut it using my Paper Snips (#103579). I punched a 2" piece of Bermuda Bay card stock (#131197) with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch (#133324). After I stamped the diamond pattern on it with one of the kit stamps in Bermuda Bay ink (#147096), I ran it through my Big Shot (#143263) using the Subtle Dynamic Texture Impression Embossing Folder (#143706). I adhered the tag to my card base with Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430). I attached a length of Pineapple Punch Grosgrain ribbon (#146953) to the back of my teacup and adhered it to the card with more Dimensionals. I white heat embossed (#109132) (#129053), the sentiment on Basic Black card stock (#121045), cut the finished sentiment and cut around the script writing, again using my Paper Snips.

With my second card, I tried a fun technique. I've seen other card makers use colored pencils on kraft card stock and have wanted to try it for the longest time. It didn't turn out too bad for a first try, if I say so myself!

I white heat embossed (#109132) the image and the sentiments first on Crumb Cake card stock (#120953).  Then I took my watercolor pencils (#141709) and started coloring and shading. One thing I did was to lay down a layer of white pencil to the After the coloring was done, I took that diamond pattern again and heat embossed it on the front of the teacup. Make sure you always add color under your image so that it's grounded and not "floating" on your project. Lastly I added 3 little wood hearts from the Frames Elements (#146906). I used Fine Tip Glue (#138309) to keep them nice and secure. I attached that whole panel to my card base using Dimensionals.

If you would like to try Paper Pumpkin yourself, this is a fabulous time to do it! If you subscribe BEFORE March 10th, you'll get the special edition Paper Pumpkin Birthday Box which will include a bonus stamp set! Just click HERE to sign up. You are never locked in once you subscribe. You can suspend or cancel at any time. But I think once you start, you'll love looking forward to your easy craft session in a box each month. :)

Thank you for visiting me today! You can get any Stampin' Up! supplies you need HERE.

Rebecca :)

CASE-ing with Beautiful Bouquet

Hello! I recently got an email from another stamp company. I love to get emails from all kinds of craft companies because I get so much in...