Monday, August 21, 2017

Grown with Love by Stampin'Up!

Hello stampers!

Are you ready for the eclipse?  Since we aren't in the "area of totality," I didn't bother to purchase any protective eye-wear.  We're going to go to a gathering in Davis where we'll be able to share some glasses and at least get a peek at this phenomenon.  As much as I love Oregon, I'm happy to be missing the crowds and the traffic!

I sat down last night to make a card using the Grown With Love bundle that's on page 22 of the annual catalog.  I'm challenging myself to use all of the stamp sets I ordered in June when the new catalog came out.  I loved this set when I first saw it in the catalog and I love it even more now that I've finally used it.



I was going for a late summer look, so I used some warm colors...  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake for the ink and Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White for the card stock.  

Here's a quick list of the products I used:
Stamps
Grown with Love bundle (stamps and framelits) #145338, $45.75, p. 22
Beautiful Bouquet stamp set #143666, (for the sentiment) $27.00, p. 92
Burlap Background stamp #143982, $15.00, p. 165  I stamped the Burlap background stamp in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock.  Doesn't it look realistic?
Accessories
Crushed Curry Solid Baker's Twine #144354, $3.00, p. 199
1/4 " Copper Trim #144179, $6.00, p. 199
1 1/4 inch Circle Punch #119861, $16.00, p. 207
1 3/8 inch Circle Punch #119860, $16.00, p. 207 

With a change of colors, this is a set for any season.  With the flowers stamped in red and pink and a change in sentiment, this would make a fun Valentine's Day card.  If you stamped everything in pastels such as Soft Sky, Powder Pink, and So Saffron, you could make a lovely springtime or Easter card.  I love versatile sets like this and who wouldn't?  I think we're all trying to get the most out of our stamping dollars.

Have a great week, everyone, and remember to take a little time out to stamp something pretty.  You'll be happier when you make time for creativity. Creative hobbies like stamping are beneficial to our brains as well as our spirits, so take a break from your "to-do" list and enjoy a few hours of stamping fun.
Hugs and happy thoughts coming your way,
Susan





Monday, August 14, 2017

Beautiful Bouquet by Stampin'Up!

Hello stampers!

I love the card I'm going to show you today, but first... how was your weekend?  Did you stay home and take care of chores like yard work, cleaning, and/or organizing?  Or did you leave town for a change of scene and a change of weather?  I hate to admit being so boring, but I love a weekend where I can spend time at home cleaning and puttering and maybe doing a small decorating project.  Right now I have some great fabric that I purchased for some window treatments in my stamp room.  I've been meaning to get out my sewing machine but just haven't done it yet.  I also need a fun light fixture for my stamp room.  Once I finish my projects, I'll post a picture of my stamp room, but don't hold your breath, as it won't be anytime soon. 

OK... let's get to the card, which features the wonderful Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (p. 92) and matching Bouquet Bunch framelits (p. 213).  You can purchase the stamps and framelits  as a bundle and save 10 %.  






I don't usually do this, but I loved this card in the catalog so much that I decided to re-create it.  You can see Stampin'Up!'s version of the card on page 93 of the annual catalog.  My card is not an exact copy, but it's close.  I left off the doily, added a Soft Sky card stock base, and added some of the new 3/8 " Classic Weave Ribbon in Soft Sky.  Oh, and I left off the Linen Thread that is tied around the bouquet and substituted the small stamped bow.  I used the new Polka Dot Basics embossing folder (p. 210) to add some texture to the background.  

The flowers were stamped in Calypso Coral, So Saffron, and Soft Sky.  The flower stems were cut from Pear Pizzazz card stock. As you can see, there is quite a bit of cutting with the Big Shot.  I stamped everything I was going to need first, then ran it through the Big Shot repeatedly until each piece was cut.  I slipped each of the cut pieces into a clear bag as they were cut.  That way I didn't lose any of the very small pieces.  

While this card has a summery look, I think the bouquet would look great done in fall colors too... maybe Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine Tango for the flowers, with Garden Green for the stems.  As fall approaches, I'll try out some different color combinations.  

I hope you'll take some time in the week ahead just for you... time to be creative and play with stamps, colorful papers, inks, and accessories to create something beautiful... something from your heart.  Then send your work of art to someone who needs encouragement, someone who's going through a difficult time, or someone who is celebrating a happy event such as a birthday or anniversary.  Your creativity can make a difference in someone's life!  

Happy thoughts are coming your way!  I appreciate you!
Hugs to all,
Susan






Monday, August 7, 2017

Don't throw out those scraps!

Hello there, stampers!

Welcome to another sunny summer week!  I'm excited to say that we're having a slight cooling trend here in Woodland, with temps yesterday in the low 90's.  We were able to open up the house about 8 pm last night, which was a huge deal... so nice to turn off the a/c and let some cool air into the house before midnight!

This is going to be one of my longer posts, so grab a cool drink and get comfortable. 

Today I've got several cards to show you, all using the same color-blocking technique.  I'm not exactly sure of the correct term for this type of stamping.  If you want to try this easy technique, the first thing you'll need to do is stop throwing away the left-overs when you get a new wood-mount or clear-mount stamp set (the red rubber sets that you mount on wood blocks or clear blocks).  That red rubber is valuable stuff!  Whenever I get a new stamp set, I save the larger pieces of red rubber that are left over after I punch out the pre-cut stamps.  I trim them into all sorts of shapes... circles, rectangles, triangles, squares... then store them away for later use in cards like these.  The super-easy steps are:
ink up the selected shapes and stamp them, overlapping slightly or let the shapes stand alone... it's up to you.  Then ink up a solid-image stamp and stamp over the colored shapes in a dark ink, such as Basic Black, Basic Gray, or Early Espresso.


 


For this card I used Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and So Saffron ink.  I stamped the shapes, then stamped over them with the flowering branch from Flirty Flowers ( page 25 of the new annual catalog) in Basic Black Archival ink.  The sentiment is from Background Bits, one of the great Host-only sets on page 220 of the annual catalog.  I embossed the front of the card base with the very elegant Garden Trellis embossing folder, one of the new folders in the annual catalog on page 210.    

The ribbon on this card deserves a whole paragraph of its own!  This is the new 5/8 " Crinkled Seam Binding (p. 199 of the annual catalog).  It comes in only 4 colors right now (Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, and Peekaboo Peach) but I'm hoping that Stampin'Up! will offer it in many more colors!  What do I love about this ribbon??? Basically everything!  It is soft and pliable.  It is lustrous and elegant-looking.  It ties like a dream.  The little crinkles make it look like raw silk.  And best of all, it is so lightweight that when it's tied, it doesn't create a bulky knot that makes mailing difficult. I used Peekaboo Peach on this card and the other colors will be on my very next order!

Here's another card using the same technique...



For this card, I used the same stamp, stamping it three times, each image slightly overlapping.  The colors are Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake.  I trimmed this piece of left-over rubber into a flag shape.  You'll notice that I cut this shape with a ragged, torn-edge look.  Ragged or smooth, it's up to you!  The bird and sentiment are from Best Birds, a carry-over set from last year's annual catalog, now making its home on page 99.  Some new Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine ( page 199) adds a touch of texture.  

OK... one more simple card to go...



First I stamped a simple wavy-edged rectangle in Pool Party, then stamped over it with the bee from Dragonfly Dreams (p. 138).  The sentiment also comes from the same set.  The card base is embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder (p, 211) and I used both the Basic Black and Pool Party Solid Baker's Twine to tie around the top fold.

I've noticed that many demonstrators that are using this technique are now suggesting that you ink up a clear stamp block, but you usually get a blotchy image when using a stamp block.  If you want a more speckled look, by all means try using a clear block.  I much prefer using left-over red rubber because you get a more solid, even image, you can cut it to any size and shape you want, and you can make raggedy edges or smooth edges.  You just have a lot more options when using red rubber.

What are you up to in the week ahead?  Going on vacation?  Heading to the beach to escape the heat in Portland?  Staying at home and staying inside to keep cool?  Whatever you have planned, try to make a little time to try out this simple stamping technique.  It's easy and fun!

Happy stamping thoughts and virtual hugs coming your way,
Susan








Monday, July 31, 2017

A Fun Ride!

Hi there stampers!

It looks like a sunny and hot week ahead, for both Portland and Woodland.  Portland will be cooler than Woodland on Monday and Tuesday, but on Wednesday and Thursday, Portland will actually be hotter with temperatures of 108 and 109 in the forecast.  Hopefully it won't really get that hot!  My advice:  stay inside, keep cool, and drink lots of water.  

We can't really do anything about the weather so let's focus on something fun... like stamping!  I've got a very cute card for you today, made with the new stamp set Bike Ride.



I have to say that this is probably the easiest bike in the world to assemble!  If you've ever tried putting a bicycle together, you know that it's no easy task.  But this bike goes together in just a few minutes, thanks to the Build a Bike dies that go with the Bike Ride set.  A little stamping, a little cutting with the Big Shot and soon you have a very cute bicycle.  Now if I could just climb on that thing and ride somewhere cool!  

Here are the supplies I used to make this fun card:
Bike Ride Stamp set, p. 20, #143716, $21.00
Build a Bike Framelit dies, p. 213, #143729, $27.00

Save 10% by purchasing the bundle... both stamp set and dies, #145314, $43.00

Brick Wall embossing folder, p. 210, #138288, $8.50
Sentiment is from the Flirty Flowers stamp set, p. 25, #143872, 19.00
One inch circle punch, p. 207, #119868, $13.00
1 1/4 inch circle punch, p. 207, #119861, $16.00

Thanks for taking time to read my blog!  From today into next weekend, may your ride be smooth and downhill all the way!  It's much to hot to even think about pedaling uphill!

Happy stamping, everyone!
Susan

Monday, July 24, 2017

Try something new!

Hello friends!

Oh, goodness!  I turned 70 last Monday and I guess I'm now officially "old."  But just because I'm aging doesn't mean I have to grow old on the inside.  In fact, inside I feel like I'm as young as I ever was.  I would guess my true age to be somewhere in my twenties.  Isn't it strange that although our bodies and our minds grow older, our spirit seems to be ageless?

One way we can help ourselves to stay young in spirit is to try new things.  This is one area that I really need to work on, as I tend to be a bit of a 'fraidy cat when it comes to new adventures.  Trying something new doesn't mean we have to take up rock climbing, bungee jumping, or roller blading.  We can challenge ourselves to learn to cook a new dish, try a new restaurant, read a book in a different genre, shop at a different store, try a new hairstyle or color... just anything to shake up or normal routine.  

You might wonder what all this has to do with card-making.  Well,  I have a new card format that I'd like you to try.  It's called a bridge fold card.  When you first see the card, you're going to think that it's not something that can be mailed.  But actually it's very easy to fold flat and slide into an envelope.  I've seen this type of card on several blogs lately, so I'm not sure who originated the idea.  



I'm not going to go into the measurements of all the DSP pieces, where to score the card base, etc.  If you would like to know how to make this fun card, please email me at sjrstamps@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send along the instructions.

Here are the Stampin'Up! products I used to make this card:

Pool Party card stock:   #122924, page 186, $8.00
Pool Party stamp pad:  #126982, page 186, $6.50
Whisper White Thick card stock: #140727, page 194, $7.00
Pear Pizzazz card stock: #131201, page 186, $8.00
Basic Gray Archival ink pad: #140932, page 201, $7.00
Whole Lot of Lovely DSP:  #144110, page 188, $11.00
Birthday Blooms stamp set:  #140658, page 70, $19.00
Flower Shop stamp set: #130942, page 28, $18.00
Pansy Punch (coordinates with the Flower Shop stamp set)
      #130698, page 207, $16.00
Gold Faceted Gems, #144141, page 197, $5.00

And of course for a card like this with multiple score lines, you will need a good scoring board.  I highly recommend Stampin'Up!'s Simply Scored Scoring Tool, #122334, page 205, $30.00.  I've owned two other scoring boards, but this one is by far the best I've used.  The stylus is made of metal and won't wear out like the plastic ones that other boards come with.

I would be most appreciative if you could leave me a brief comment on this card.  If you'd like to place an order, please use the July host code NN6FAB7P if your order is under $150.  I will close out this code on Saturday, July 29th.   For every order of $50 or more before tax and shipping, you will receive a Bonus Days coupon code for $5 off an order in August via email from Stampin'Up!   All those who use the July host code will be entered into a drawing for a nice prize from me at the end of the month. 

May the week ahead be a happy one and I hope you'll try something new!
Happy stamping, everyone!
Susan



Monday, July 17, 2017

Tomato Trucks and Tulips

Hello stamping friends and happy Monday!

It was a hot weekend here in Woodland, but that's to be expected, as it is mid-July.  On Saturday, I saw my first tomato truck of the summer, loaded to the brim with tomatoes on their way to the cannery.  Loaded tomato trucks are a sure sign that summer is in full swing and we'll be seeing them from now until late August-early September.  I might have mentioned "roadside salsa" before, but if you're not familiar with the term here's the story.  Sometimes when the trucks turn on an overpass to enter the freeway, some of the tomatoes spill over and land by the side of the road.  People have been known to pick them up, take them home, and make "roadside salsa."  I think I'll still be buying my salsa at the grocery store, though.

I've got a fun card for you today... one that we'll be making at my stamping class on Wednesday, July 26th.  I'm not exactly sure what this type of card is called.  I've heard it called an accordion card, but then some people call it a panel card.  Whatever you call it, it's a fun fold and one that's easy to make.



I used the new Designer Series Paper called Fresh Florals in Powder Pink, one of the new In-colors.  I used three different patterns for the panels that show when the card is closed.  A belly band that slips on holds the card closed.  The tulips are from a new hostess stamp set called Tranquil Tulips (page 223 of the annual catalog).  They are stamped in Powder Pink and Lemon-Lime Twist.  The sentiment and the little tulip stamens are stamped in Chocolate Chip.  The white panel doesn't show when the card is folded.  This is where you can write a message to the birthday girl.  Yes, "girl" is the correct term as I'm sure you all know that we'll always be girls at heart, no matter how old we are.  And of course no one would send such a pink and pretty card to anyone other than a girl.  

If you would like to have the directions and measurements for this card, please email me at sjrstamps@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send them along.  This post is long enough, without including the detailed instructions.  I will say, though, that once you've made the scores and cut the DSP panels, this card goes together pretty quickly.

In case you'd like to make a purchase, here are some of the supplies I used:

Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, p. 187 #144131, $22.00 for 40 sheets in all the new In-colors

Tranquil Tulips stamp set, p. 223, a host reward stamp set.  Why not host a Party-in-a-Box and get this as one of your host rewards??  Hosting a party is the only way you can get this gorgeous set.

Layering Ovals Framelits, p. 214, #141706, $35.00

Powder Pink Stamp pad, p. 184, #144084, $6.50
Powder Pink Card Stock,  p. 184, #144244, $6.50

Lemon Lime Twist Stamp pad, p. 184, #144086, $6.50

Please use the July host code when placing an online order of less than $150:

NN6FAB7P
If your order is $150 or more (before shipping), please do not use the host code, as you will get the host rewards.

Thank you for visiting The Classic Card today!  I hope you'll feel inspired to stamp something pretty in the week ahead!
Hugs to all,
Susan



Monday, July 10, 2017

Staying cool

Hello stamping friends!

Happy Monday!  Did you enjoy your sunny summer weekend?  I hope you were able to get outside and garden, swim, grill on the patio, or just sit in the shade and read.  Whatever you did, I hope it was just the relaxation you needed!  Here in Woodland, it was hot, hot, hot!  So instead of going outside, I stayed inside and stamped. 

I've been meaning to use the Jar of Love stamp set (p. 29)ever since I ordered it last summer when the new annual catalog came out.  But between getting settled in the new house and a million other things, that stamp set had never seen the light of day until today.  Nor had I ever opened the package of framelits that go along with it.  I'm just lucky it carried over into this year's catalog.  I spent the afternoon stamping and using the Big Shot to cut all of the pieces for this card and, although it was quite a lot of work, I love how the card turned out and I hope you love it too!



The folded card base is Lemon-Lime Twist and the next layer is Berry Burst.  Both of these are new In-colors that will be around for two years before they are retired.  I stamped the jar on Whisper White in Basic Gray Archival ink.  The water is stamped in Soft Sky.  The flowers are stamped in Berry Burst, with one layer stamped off so that the flowers are two tones.  The smaller flowers were stamped in So Saffron, with the second layer stamped in Crushed Curry.  The leaves were stamped in Lemon-Lime Twist.  The sentiment is stamped in Basic Gray Archival ink.  I prefer using Basic Gray ink on cards that are more pastel than bold, as I think the gray is a lot softer than Basic Black. The ribbon around the top of the jar is the new 1/4 inch Ombre Ribbon in Lemon-Lime Twist on page 198 of the catalog. 

Here are some details in case you'd like to order:

Jar of Love stamp set #141587, 27.00, p. 29
Everyday Jars Framelits, #141490, 33.00, p. 213
Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon, #144234  7.00, p. 198
When placing your online order, please use the July host code   NN6FAB7P
Please do not use the code if your order is $150 or more, as you will get the host rewards!

Don't forget Bonus Days!  For every $50 you spend in July (before shipping), you will receive a $5 coupon code via email that you can redeem in August.

Thank you for visiting The Classic Card!  May the week ahead be a happy one!  Make time to stamp something pretty... you'll be happier when you spend time creating!
Hugs to all,
Susan