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 :)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Glam Birthday Card


My card today is clean but glitzy. Is that even possible? Judge for yourself!

I've been itching to see the Country Floral Embossing Folder (#149698) in action and I was not disappointed in the least! It is SO gorgeous! The Country Floral Embossing Folder is FREE during Sale A Bration with a $50 order.

I embossed my Thick Whisper White (#140272) card with that amazing textured embossing folder. Then I took my Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint (I'm so sorry but this is no longer available. You could substitute the Champaign Mist Shimmer Paint (#147044) to get a similar effect) and flicked the front of the card. I love that stuff. And it looks like I've applied flecks of gold leafing to the front of my card.

Then I die cut a stitched circle (#145372) from Vellum card stock (#101856) and adhered it to the card base with a little Tombow Mono Liquid Glue (#110755), being careful to only apply it where I knew my sentiment cluster would cover it.

Next I die cut the flower from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets (#141489) in Petal Pink card stock (#146985). I added shading to it by sponging some Grapefruit Grove ink (#147142) with a sponge dauber (#133773) . I started pretty dark towards the bottom but then got lighter as I went up.

I took a piece of Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain ribbon (#146954) and Gold Mini Sequin Trim (#144128) and tied them together with a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine (#124262). I attached that to the flower with Mini Glue Dots (#103683).

Then I took a thin piece of the Botanical Butterfly DSP (#149622) - remember this is also a FREE item during Sale A Bration with a $50 order - and adhered it under the ribbon cluster with the same Tombow glue. After I white heat embossed (#109132) the sentiment from the Free Cake stamp set (#146440) onto Basic Black card stock (#121045), I die cut it with a die from the Bunch of Banners framelits (#141488) and adhered it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430).

Lastly, because enough was surely NOT enough, I adhered three Faceted Dots (#146910) in the color of Grapefruit Grove.

Thanks for visiting me today! I hope this card inspired you to pull out your crafting supplies and create! Visit my shop HERE to get your own fun Stampin' Up! supplies! 

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Faux Shaker Card


I am LOVING today's card. Sometimes, I get an idea in my head and it doesn't really turn out as well as I thought it would but not today! This card turned out even better than I pictured and I'm realizing this is totally my style. Neutrals with pops of color.

The polka dot paper is from the Botanical Butterfly DSP (#149622) you can get FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration. Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st so don't wait! 

I had an image in my mind of "floating banners" to make a kind of faux shaker card. I used the Stitched Rectangles Framelits (#148551) to make a white frame. Then I cut out a bunch of banners using the Playful Pennants Framelits (#146352) in Lovely Lipstick (#146970), Petal Pink (#146985), Lemon Lime Twist (#144245), Call Me Clover (#146969), and Coastal Cabana (#131297) card stocks. After I adhered them onto the back of the frame, I added a piece of Vellum Card Stock (#101856) to the back. The faux shaker card is adhered to the card front using Foam Adhesive Strips (#141825) so you get the feel of a shaker card but you don't have anything loose inside.

And what's a party without confetti? So I added 3 sequins from the Iridescent Sequins Assortment (#144212). Just a bit of sparkle and fun in coordinating colors.

I hope this card makes you as happy as it makes me! 

Thanks for visiting! You can get all of the supplies to make this card HERE.

Rebecca :)

Free as a Bird with Stampin' Blends

Hello! 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 (#1494...