Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weekly Deals

Check out the special pricing on this week's Weekly Deals.   
Texture Boutique

Texture Boutique Machine Item # 132657
Regular Price: $29.95 US/$36.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $22.46 US/$27.71 CAN

Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 130917
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133738
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133739
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Item # 135817
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133520
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.13 CAN

Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133737
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

If you're a fan of embossing folders, there are some really good bargains here.  The Polka Dot and Lucky Stars are two of my favorites!  Don't have a Big Shot?  The Texture Boutique machine is perfect for you!  It's a smaller version of the Big Shot--it does not cut, but embossing is a breeze! 

All items can be purchased here.

What have you created today?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Birthday Month!

Another birthday in the household:  this time for my brother, Warren.
Warren and his lovely wife, Lynn, live about 90 minutes away from me, and my sister, Holly, with her husband, Kenton, live 6 hours away.  Yesterday we all got together to celebrate my brother's BIG birthday.  Holly and Kenton had driven up to my house Friday evening, and we all piled in the car early Saturday to make the 90 minute trek to my brother's...it was a surprise!  And surprise we did!  As we pulled up to the house, we all donned party hats, grabbed some "blowers" and jumped out of the car.  Warren, who had seen us from his kitchen window turned to his wife and asked, "Did we forget something?"  It didn't take long for him to realize he was just birthday-bombed!

We spent a lovely day reminiscing and enjoying each other before going out to a fantastic Italian dinner.  Then back to the house for birthday cake, before leaving for the trip home.  Just a wonderful day; I am truly blessed to have such a close and warm relationship with my siblings and spouses!

So of course I had to create a special card for my bro...I saw a shaker card using Washi tape to seal the edges and was intrigued.  However, my version is quite different (I used a lot of Dimensional edges to pop up my Window Sheet, and then Washi to cover the edges).  Take a look:

I wanted to use the large sentiment from Occasions 4 You, so I made a 3" x 6" card (start with a 6" x 6" piece of cardstock, scored and folded in half).  I put the Dimensional strips all the way around the edge and then dumped in lots of stars (I used the Star Border Punch on Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Silver Glimmer Paper to get a pile of stars).

 Then I carefully laid a 3" x 6" piece of Window Sheet over the Dimensionals, sealing in the stars.  Then for the Washi Tape--I pulled out the Epic Day tape with the Basic Gray and White stripes, but found I didn't have enough--oh no!  Fortunately my stash revealed some left over Washi from the Holiday Catalog...to the rescue!  This was placed over the edges all the way around, effectively "sealing" the card.

I stamped the sentiment with Bermuda Bay ink, cut the banner shape and added a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper along the bottom.  I also stamped "Woohoo!" (from Big News) in Crushed Curry and hand-snipped it; this was attached to a little flat stick that I mashed into my Basic Gray ink pad.  All of this is popped up on top of the Window Sheet with Dimensionals.

I carried the Washi tape theme to the inside, as well as on the front of the envelope.

Needless to say, my brother liked his card, and it was a perfect ending to a perfect birthday!

All supplies can be purchased here.

What have you created today?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

It's time for another Blog Hop by the Wacky Watercooler gang!  And what a hop it is!  Whether you hopped on here or came from the wonderful Deb Smart (LOVE her stuff!), I'm so glad you have joined us today.  If you're new to "hopping" just click on the "next" watercooler below and it will take you to another site.  Keep clicking and you'll find yourself all the way around and back to me!  Have fun!
Wacky Watercooler Welcome 2015 Blog Hop

Our hop this month focuses on "Favorite Things" (or "Favourite", depending on where  you live). 

We’re going to show everyone our favorite from past posts (as chosen by a peer), our favorite Occasions/SAB, and our favorite of clearance or current Stampin’ Up! products.  

Favorite Occasions/SAB
I chose a stamp from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, Big Day.  Five individual stamps to celebrate birthdays, and they can all be stacked on top of each other to make a stupendous card:
  And stamping them all on the wonderful Chalkboard Paper with the fabulous new ColorBox Chalk Ink Pads makes it right on trend.  For this card I stamped three of the stamps using Rose Coral and Yellow Citrus Chalk Inks; I stamped the middle one again with Versamark, and embossed the "Celebrate" with White Embossing Powder.  Some fussy cutting and Dimensionals and it screams, "Fun!". 

To get the perfect "chalkboard" look, I also smeared a little chalk dust from my Embossing Buddy on the paper--I feel like a teacher!  The background paper is from Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack, along with some Bermuda Bay, embossed with the Arrows Embossing Folder.

Favorite Current Stampin' UP! Products
Ok, this one was easy.  I love, love, LOVE the cute Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  Take a look: 
 I used the beautiful Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper, carefully choosing just where to place my dies.  The dies are amazing; you get two dies to make the bag (cut one of each) and a whole bunch of extras to decorate your treat...banners, hearts, stars and words.  I cut a peek-a-boo heart in the center so my treat shows through.

Then I had fun decorating the little tag with the included banner die (stamped with another favorite, Butterfly Basics), the "for you" die and a heart.  The tag (with some Gold Sequin Trim) is clipped to my bag with an In Color Clothespin.  So pretty!

Favorite Past Post (chosen by a peer)
So our final assignment was to be paired up with another Wacky Watercooler member and CASE (Copy) one of their creations.  And I got the incredible Heidi Weaver, our fearless leader!  Wow!  Can you say, "Gulp"?  Heidi is known for her fabulous creations, and I had a blast searching through her past posts to come up with just the right thing to CASE (and TRY to do justice to!).  I found a beautiful card from a year ago; Heidi was showcasing an embossing folder available for last year's Sale-A-Bration, and I was struck by the beauty of her all gold card:
 So I took elements of her card and came up with a Valentine:

The heart is Gold Foil Paper embossed with a retired medallion-style embossing folder.  Heidi used a Paper Doily, so I did too, cutting off just the edge and "ruffling" it around my heart.  I stuck to Heidi's theme of Whisper White card base, but added a a dash of Real Red (it's for Valentine's Day, after all), and placed the Gold Foil elements on Basic Black to make them stand out.

The only thing I couldn't fit were flowers, so I took some liberty and used gold foil leaves (from the Bird punch); these are glued down to the Black paper, making it look like a foil embellishment.  

I hope you enjoyed my Favorite creations; now off you go to see what fun Marsha has in store for you.  Thanks for stopping by! 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Weekly Deals

Look at this week's Weekly Deals!  I just used the In Color Clothespin on my blog hop entry (come back Thursday to see it!), and of course, who can resist the wonderful Stampin' Write markers?  Not to mention Blendabilities!!!  Lots of things on sale...

Stampin' Write

2013-2015 In Color Stampin' Write Markers Item # 131260
Regular Price: $14.95 US/$19.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.21 US/$14.96 CAN

In Color

2014-2016 In Color Stampin' Write Markers Item # 133654
Regular Price: $14.95 US/$19.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.21 US/$14.96 CAN

Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Skin Tone Assortment Item # 129370
Regular Price: $22.95 US/$31.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $17.21 US/$23.96 CAN

2014-2016 In Color Printed Clothespins Item # 133630
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.96 CAN

Basic Gray Baker'S Twine Item # 134587
Regular Price: $2.95 US/$3.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.21 US/$2.96 CAN

Bermuda Bay Baker'S Twine Item # 134575
Regular Price: $2.95 US/$3.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.21 US/$2.96 CAN

Crushed Curry Baker'S Twine Item # 134586
Regular Price: $2.95 US/$3.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.21 US/$2.96 CAN

Box Of Chocolates Kit - Digital Download Item # 133024
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Don't miss it!  Prices good until Monday, January 26th.   All products can be ordered here.

What have you created today?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Valentine for Freshly Made Sketches

Time for a Valentine.  I've been playing with some of my new "toys", and designed a few Valentine cards for my classes.  Then I saw this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and decided to play along.

I liked the simplicity and had some great new Designer Series Paper, Stacked with Love, and came up with this:

I love Just Sayin', and thought this fit the bill nicely for both the sketch and a Valentine.   The pretty designer paper steals the show, but it's tempered with a cute scalloped edge and the simple sentiment.

To get it perfectly centered, I first stamped "Love ya" in Real Red ink right where I wanted it on the DSP.  I then used the Word Bubbles Framelits to cut out the shape.  "Love ya" was stamped again in Read Red on Whisper White, and attached to the DSP with Dimensionals.  The little banner uses a sentiment from Good Greetings in Real Red, with a perfect flag punched with the Hexagon punch.  A petite bow (Real Red 1/8" Taffeta ribbon) finishes it all off.

But I couldn't stop there.  I also love another piece of the DSP--white with little tiny red hearts, so I made this:
This one has a Whisper White base, and because the pattern is more subtle than the sample above, the "Love ya" seemed to disappear in the center of the card.  I cut another word bubble, and traced around the metal edge of the framelit--this was paper-snipped to create an outline of the bubble, drawing attention to the center of the card.

I asked my husband which he liked better--his choice was the more subtle, tiny hearts pattern, while I like the "scream-in-your-face" red one.  Which is your favorite?

Won't you leave me a comment and let me know?

All products can be ordered here.

What have you created today?