Monday, July 16, 2018

Fun Fold with the new Varied Vases stamp set

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Do you find yourself getting bored with the traditional card with the fold at the left or the top?  Most of the time I'm fine with that type of card, but every once in a while it's fun to try something different.  For those of you who've been my customers for a long time, the card I'm showing you today is not new.  We've made cards like this in classes in the past, but it has been a long time since I've made one of these.  For want of a better name, I call this a squash card, because you "squash" it closed.  It is tied shut with a ribbon.

I used the new Varied Vases stamp set and matching punch to create this card.  Call me lazy, but I love having a coordinating punch to quickly cut out a shape.  It's so much easier than using a framelit and the Big Shot! 

This card measures 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 but no worries.... it will fit in a standard envelope and you won't have to pay more to mail it.
The base of the card is Coastal Cabana card stock which measures 8 1/2 by 8 1/2.  It is scored into 4 equal squares measuring 4 1/4 by 4 1/4.  The Daffodil Delight panel on the front is 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 and the white panel for the flowers/vases is 3 1/4 by 3 1/4.  The ribbon to tie it closed in 14 inches long.  It is simply glued under the front panel, but not glued down on the back because then the card wouldn't open!

Here is the inside of the card...

See how the 8 1/2 inch square was scored into 4 equal squares?  Then I turned the paper and scored diagonally across two of the squares.  The score lines forming the 4 squares are valley folds, while the diagonal line is a mountain fold. Use your bone folder to make each fold crisp and well-creased.  

The white panels for the inside of the card are 4 inch squares.  The flowers on the card are colored with Blends in Light Calypso Coral, Light Daffodil Delight, and Light Old Olive.  Don't forget to use a Memento Ink pad when coloring with the Blends.  You can find the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (# 132708) at the top of page 203.

You can see this fun Varied Vases set (#146664) on page 45 of the new catalog.  If you'd like to have the matching punch, then use this number for the bundle (#148381) and save 10%.  The cost for the bundle is $39.50, which is a great bargain for a stamp set that has 34 stamps, including some nice sentiments PLUS the matching punch.  

The July Host Code is KRAZHKTN.  Please use the code when placing an online order of less than $150.00.  You will be entered into a drawing to win a host stamp set of your choice!  
If your order is $150 or over, please don't use the code.  You will get to pick freebies, depending on the dollar amount of your order, before shipping and tax.

It seems like it is hot, HOT, HOT all over!  The forecast for our area is 102 on Monday and 104 on Tuesday, so if you are in Portland, you'll at least be a bit cooler!  Here's my advice for these hot days:  stay inside with a fan or a/c, pour yourself a tall glass of something cold, then pull out some stamps, ink, and paper and spend an afternoon of creativity! 

Hugs to all,

Monday, July 9, 2018

Summer Birthdays

July 9, 2018

In our family of 11, summer is for birthdays!  In June, July, and August we celebrate a total of 7 birthdays.  The remainder fall in October (3) and December (1).  So since it is summer, I'm focused on birthday cards and I've got a pretty one for you today.

I was inspired by a card that my upline showed on our team website, so I used the same basic layout, but changed the colors to give the card a warm, bright, summery vibe.  

The base of the card is Flirty Flamingo card stock.  The white panel on the front is 5 by 3 3/4.  I cut a large piece of Post-It paper into a strip 1 1/2 inches wide and placed it across the panel as a mask.  Then I used stamps from the Perennial Birthday stamp set (page 71) to stamp flowers in Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, and Mango Melody.  The leaves are stamped in Granny Apple Green and Lemon Lime Twist.  I made sure that I stamped flowers and leaves overlapping the Post-It mask, so that when the mask is removed, you are left with a nice white space to add the sentiment, which is also part of the Perennial Birthday stamp set.  

I used the Stamparatus (page 207 of the annual catalog) to perfectly stamp the sentiment in exactly the spot I had chosen.  I didn't have to worry about getting it crooked and ruining my card.  If you haven't seen how the Stamparatus works, here is a video from Stampin'Up that tells you everything you need to know.

   It really is an amazing tool.  You'll wonder how you ever stamped without it!  

I hope your summer is off to an amazing start!  Here are some of my favorite things about summer: traveling, getting outside, swimming, watermelon, ice cream cones, barbecues, taking the grandchildren to the splash park, reading on the lounge chair in the back yard, and stamping cards for summer birthdays.  All of these things say "summer" to me.  What are your favorite things about summer?  I hope that stamping is on your list of favorite things to do in every season of the year!  Being creative and making beautiful things lifts the spirit in ways that are hard to describe.  

Here's to a great summer of creativity!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Fire and Smoke

Here we are in July already!  And what a July it has started off to be!  We've had triple digit temps over the weekend, and a big wildfire (the Yolo County fire)is making the air very unhealthy to breathe.  On Sunday night the setting sun first looked bright orange, then turned to a bright magenta as it got lower in the sky and it was entirely blotted out by a huge bank of smoke before it set.  

On a happier note, I do have a new card for you today, inspired by one by Jacque Williams that I saw on the internet.  

The stamp set is the new Pressed Flowers host set on page 227 of the annual catalog.  I have to tell you that the colors I used on this card are much prettier in real life.  The base of the card is Basic Gray with a layer of Pineapple Punch card stock, topped with the Whisper White stamped panel.  Ink colors are Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, and Smoky Slate.  The sentiment is from the new Varied Vases stamp set on page 45.  The ribbon is the new 1/8th inch grosgrain ribbon in Pineapple Punch. Pineapple Punch is a clear, bright yellow and I apologize that it looks like chartreuse in this photo.  

This stamp set, Pressed Flowers, is one you could choose if you are the winner of the July Host Code drawing.  To have your name added to the drawing, simply place an order of $50 or more, using the July Host Code of KRAZHKTN.  I will also add your name to the 50-50 Board for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from me.

May the week ahead be a good one for each of you!
I hope you'll enjoy some relaxing time with family and friends over the Fourth of July Holiday.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that more fires won't be started by people being careless with fireworks!

Stamp something pretty!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Life at the Beach

Hello from the Oregon coast!

I apologize for not having a card to show you today, but we've been having fun at the beach with our Seattle daughter Amy and her family.  As most of you already know, her husband Eli will be teaching at the University of Cincinnati in the fall and they are moving mid -July.  This trip to meet up with them at Olivia Beach is our last chance to see them before the big move.

Here's a photo of this very cute neighborhood...

We soaked up some sun at the pool

and spent some time at the beach.

And of course no trip to the Oregon coast is complete without clam chowder at Mo's

Today we'll be heading back to California and they'll be on their way home to Seattle for a couple of weeks of organizing, sorting, donating, and packing before the moving van arrives.  We are sorry to see them go, but happy for the new opportunities that await them in Cincinnati.

May the week ahead be a good one for all of you!
Hugs to all,

Monday, June 18, 2018

Lovely Lilypad Lake

Hello stampers!

How was your weekend?  I hope it was relaxing , even if it was less than ideal weather.  I was a bit jealous when I heard that you had some thunderstorms on Sunday.  We don't get too many of those down here in California and I've always enjoyed the flashes of lightening and the boom of thunder. 

I've got a really beautiful card to show you today, thanks to my downline Janet Jones.  She used the new Lilypad Lake stamp set on page 133 to make this lovely card.  

Isn't this a great card?  Now I think I need to order this set, as well as the matching framelits.  Janet used the matching framelits to create the water, as well as to cut out the egret and the lily pad.  The base of the card is Mint Macaron. The white panel that forms the front of the card was die-cut to create the illusion of water, then layered over the card base.  The bird and flowers were stamped on watercolor paper with Memento ink, then colored with the new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. The sentiment comes with the set.  That's the new 1/4 inch Velvet Ribbon in Rich Razzleberry (p. 201 of the new catalog). I love sets that have both images and sentiments!  That way you've got coordinating images and words, which makes a stamper's life so much easier! Thanks again, Janet, for letting me show off this gorgeous card.

I'm going to cut this short as I have a to-do list as long as both arms!  We are only supposed to reach the upper 80's today. I checked the Portland forecast and it looks like you've got a nice warm and sunny week ahead, which I'm sure you'll welcome.  Break out the popsicles and lemonade and soak up some sun!  May the week ahead be a good one for all!
Hugs and happy stamping!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Half Way Home

Hello Stamping Friends!

We are in Medford OR tonight (Sunday night) and on Monday we'll make the final leg of the trip home to Woodland.  Monday's forecast for Woodland shows a high of 95, with 102 on Tuesday and 101 on Wednesday.  I guess summer has really hit!  We are very thankful for a well-insulated home, ceiling fans, and air-conditioning!  

Thank you to all who attended my annual garage sale yesterday and picked up their new catalog!  It sure was fun to see so many friendly faces!  I wish we'd had more time to reconnect and chat!

I'm so happy to report that the sale was a tremendous success.  I'm going home with just a few stamp sets, and that's a very good thing.  I felt sad about selling some of those sets, but they have to go to make room for new things.  I think I have about ten sheets of DSP left.  All of the other paper is long gone!  The ribbon and all of the stamp sets and refills are gone as well.  Our car is considerably lighter!

When the weather is hot, hot, hot, nothing is more refreshing than a cold bubbly drink!  In the spirit of summer, I've got some cards for you that will quench your thirst.  This set is perfect for men who enjoy a cold brew or for kids who love soda.  It is a carry-over set called Bubble Over and you can find it on page 57 of the new catalog.  The matching Framelit dies are on page 216.

I hope the following photos, taken at the November OnStage event in Salt Lake City, will inspire you to add this versatile set to your stamp collection.


Why not pour yourself a bubbly soda and sit down, put your feet up, and enjoy looking at your new catalog?  
Hugs to all,

Monday, June 4, 2018

Love What you Do!

Howdy, stampers!

I'm busy getting all my ducks in a row for our trip north to Oregon for my annual garage sale and new catalog kick-off.  I'm so looking forward to reconnecting with many of you at my sale!

I've got a pretty card for you today, inspired by a card posted by my upline, Barbara Brimhall.  I used the new Love What You Do stamp set, # 148042, page 177 of the new catalog.  This new favorite of mine is just about equally divided between images and sentiments.  I love the font used for the sentiments.  It is both bold and curvy and some sentiments are a nice mix of print and script.  

The card base is Whisper White, topped with a panel of Powder Pink that has been embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder, #143704, $9.00.  I stamped the flowers and sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, #132708, $6.00.  Then I colored the flowers with the Blends alcohol markers in Light and Dark Pink Pirouette and Light Rich Razzleberry. (see page 205 of the new catalog for all of the ordering info for the Stampin' Blends markers).  The leaves are stamped in Old Olive. The stamped panel is set off with a mat of Rich Razzleberry card stock.

The new Rich Razzleberry 1/4 inch Velvet Ribbon, (#147016, $8.00) adds just the right finishing touch to this quick, easy and beautiful card. Thank you, Barbara, for the inspiration!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy week to read my blog.  I do appreciate you!  May the week ahead be a good one for you with only happy surprises along the way.  If you have a minute, get out a card you've made and send it along to a friend.  I guarantee that you will improve someone's day, week, or month when you reach out with a hand-stamped card!  

Hugs to all,