Friday, April 28, 2017

Back in Action!

Hi all!  Yes, I have been MIA for the past two months with lots of personal events taking place (details at end of  post) but now I am back in action and ready to share lots of projects. The project being shared today utilized the Birthday Bright Project Kit  from Stampin' Up!.  The coordinating Birthday Bright photopolymer stamp set is a wonderful stamp set to utilize when making birthday cards.  After making samples as instructed in the kit, I was challenged to prepare alternate samples.  Using coordinating cardstock, designer series paper and a few additional embellishments, it was a breeze to create fun, bright cards and treat holders. Note: The kit is on the retiring list so be sure to grab it before it's gone! 

First are photos of the cards and tags made per the kit instructions:
Stampin' Up! Birthday Bright Project Kit - Cards

Stampin' Up! Birthday Bright Project Kit - Tags

Here are the alternate projects:

Alternate Card #1 using Stampin' Up! Birthday Bright Project Kit

Alternate Card #2 using Stampin' Up! Birthday Bright Project Kit

Treat Holders using Stampin' Up! Birthday Bright Project Kit
Now to share the personal events that have kept me busy and away from blogging.  One is the birth of our granddaughter, Brooklynn Olivia!  We were over the moon to welcome a baby girl into the family on March 2.  Her cousin, Alex, now has someone to watch over at family gatherings.   The other big event was the retirement of my husband.  It's been somewhat of an adjustment as my time is no longer "just my time"!  I'm sure many of you know what I mean:)  Of course to celebrate his retirement, we took a relaxation trip.  All of the happenings have been great and you can bet that I'll be sharing some of the on-goings in future blogs.  I should be back to regular posting now that we're getting our routines coordinated.  

If you are interested in any of the products used in the projects, you can visit my online store at "Shop Now" to purchase items.

As always, thank you for stopping by and check back soon for new project ideas.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Baby Bear Card & "Hello Baby Girl" Project Life Album

Hi all!  Life has been full of events the past couple of weeks and as you noticed, I have been missing in action!  Finally getting some time to catch-up and today I'm sharing the baby card and a few photos of the Hello Baby Girl Project Life Album that I made for my son and daughter-in-law.  Head over to my Facebook page (Margaret Knight, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator) to see more details on the Project Life album.

"Something for Baby" featuring Stampin' Up! Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set

Stampin' Up! Hello Baby Girl Project Life Album

Our family is excited that a baby girl will be joining our family and of course, I'll be sharing the news of her arrival when it happens!

Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or if you wish to order any of the products used in these projects. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Birthday Chick!

Have you seen the chicken stamps?  I'm loving the "Hey, Chick" Sale-a-bration stamp set and best of all, it's free with a $50 Stampin' Up! order (before shipping & taxes).  Last week, I decided to use the the stamp set to make a birthday card for a friend and was inspired by a card on Pinterest that used the party hat on the chicken.  I can honestly say that this was one fun card to make from start to finish.  Hope it makes you smile too!

"Birthday Chick" using Stampin' Up! Hey, Chick, Balloon Celebration & Better Together Stamp Sets

Don't miss out on the "Hey, Chick" stamp set!  Sale-a-bration ends March 31st.  Click the "shop now" tab above to place your $50 order and get it free!

Thank you for checking in...come again soon, I still have a stack of projects to share!

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Beautiful You Birthday

With the start of a new year, I like to highlight birthday cards in the January class.  One of the cards in this past week's class featured the Beautiful You stamp set.  When I first looked at the stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! Occasions mini-catalog, the stamp set "Beautiful You" was not a set that I planned to order...well, that changed quickly!  At the November OnStage Stampin' Up! event, it was one of the stamp sets demonstrated.  After seeing the beautiful cards and the variety of ways the images could be used, it moved quickly to the top of the list.  Plus the stamp set has lots of great sentiments.  I love all images but the gal kicking to the side is my favorite - such a carefree, happy attitude!

Birthday card featuring Stampin' Up! Beautiful You Stamp Set
Notice the floral's a piece of Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper (DSP). Stamp the image using Archival Black onto the DSP and cut the dress following the stamped lines.  Stamp the same image on Shimmery White cardstock that has been cut with a framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits.  Use multipurpose liquid glue to attach the floral dress to the stamped image.  The hat was colored using the Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil and an aqua painter.  The sentiment is from the Balloon Adventures stamp set.  Layer a coordinating piece of the Affectionately Yours DSP onto Daffodil Delight cardstock base, attach the focal piece and finish embellishing with a piece of coordinating ribbon.  

Thanks for stopping by...check back often, I have a stack of projects to share!

#birthdaycard, #beautifulyou, #affectionatelyyours

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Out with the Old"

Happy New Year!  Hope that 2017 is off to a good start for you.  It's been awhile since I've had an opportunity to blog...the holidays seemed to be extra hectic and with the new year, it's been "out with the old".  We've started a garage organization project (yes, early Spring cleaning) and at the same time, my craft space is being reorganized so think "chaos"!  Why does it seem that the only way to organize is to first make a mess?!  While undertaking these projects, it's been a good time to donate items that are no longer being used and I can't wait to be completed with the tasks so I can create new projects with some of the rediscovered items.

Keeping the "out with the old" theme, I want to share with you one of the Christmas card designs sent to family & friends this past holiday season. The card used the Star of Light Bundle (stamps & thinlits) from the expired Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  The good news is the set is on the Holiday Carryover and still available for purchase.  The card was inspired by fellow demonstrator, Linda Heller.  Be sure to check out Linda's Stamping School.

Holiday Card using Stampin' Up! Star of Light Stamp & Thinlit Bundle

The color combination for the base of the card is Marina Mist and Dapper Denim.  The now discontinued Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper was used to cut out the star to top a piece of silver glimmer paper.  In lieu of the Fancy Frost, use a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of whisper white cardstock prior to cutting the star. Note: leave enough room at the bottom of white layer to add the sentiment.  The sentiment is stamped using the Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad. Don't forget to embellish the interior with the star swoosh from the stamp adds that extra touch.

Card interior

Remember to "think outside the box", the Star of Light bundle would be great for creating a variety of cards themes using sentiments from other sets.

Thanks for stopping in...I am almost back on track and will be posting again this week!  So be sure to "follow me" so you'll not miss project ideas!

#stampinup, #staroflight, #christmascard

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fun, Quick Christmas Tags

 Hi all!  It's that time of year that is busy for many of us, and I don't know about your calendar, but mine is full.  Of course, I love every minute of it!!!  

Yesterday was a much needed rainy day in Georgia. It was the perfect day to put on holiday music, get cookies baking and work on gift tags. If you follow me on Instagram, you got a peek of the gift tags.  The tags are simple and come together quickly.  

For the 3" x 3" gift tag, the moose stamped image required "fussy cutting" which took a little extra time but the remainder of the tag was very easy.  The Candy Cane Lane washi tape was stacked on the front of the card and the "Merry Christmas" sentiment is from the Star of Light photopolymer stamp set.  Note:  When adding the washi tape to the card, I use the Stampin' Up! Grid Paper to ensure that the tape is straight.  Position your card so that it's straight, select the washi tape you wish to start with and add it across the card front using the grid lines to ensure it is straight.  I overlap the card with the washi tape and after all layers of washi tape are added, remove from grid paper and trim washi tape along sides of card.  It couldn't be easier!

The reindeer gift tag was very quick...just a little stamping, punching and layering.  Of course, I committed the cardinal sin and didn't check my fingers after stamping and messed up three of the tags with inky fingers which required a redo.  Lesson learned!

Note - many of the stamps and materials used for these tags are part of the current Year-End Closeout sale.  You'll find a majority of the items discounted so head over to my store and order so you don't miss out.

Be sure to check back later this week for another project...

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Oh so pretty pines!

Last month's card class focused on preparing Christmas cards.  One of the cards made used the Pretty Pines Thinlits  in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  The catalog is full of bundles to prepare holiday cards and I have had a difficult time deciding on which is my favorite, but I can say that Christmas Pines Bundle with the Pretty Pines Thinlits is competing for the top spot!

"Merry Christmas" using Pretty Pines Thinlits & Pine Bought TIEF from Stampin' Up! 

Here are card details-
Base:  Cherry Cobbler cardstock 5 1/2" X 11", score at 4 1/4"  and fold to form card base
DSP Layer:  5 1/4" x 4"
Embossed Layer:  Whisper White 5" x 3 3/4" 
Scraps of Old Olive cardstock, Garden Green Cardstock, Early Espresso Cardstock, Soft Suede cardstock

Use the Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF)  to emboss the Whisper White cardstock. Highlight the embossed areas using Clear Wink of Stella. Using the Pretty Pines Thinlits, cut a solid pine cone from a scrap piece of Early Espresso cardstock  and an open pine cone from the Soft Suede cardstock.  With the Early Espresso ink sponge the edges of the open cut pine cone and layer onto the solid pine cone using glue dots to adhere at the top of the pine cone.  Cut 1 large and 2 small pine needles from the scraps of green cardstock using the thinlits.  Assemble as shown in photo of finished card.  Stamp sentiment using Cherry Cobbler ink (note: sentiment is from the Hang Your Stocking stamp set) and top with bow made using Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker's Twine.

Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions.
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#prettypines, #stampinupchristmas, #pineboughembossing, #christmascard