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.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Yes! 97th Birthday Celebration...

It's been a busy few weeks and during that time, I attended a birthday celebration for a friend's mother.  Birthdays are wonderful to celebrate and this was special as Ms. Lorraine celebrated her 97th birthday.  To commemorate, I made a special card using the Number of Years stamp set bundle with touches of embellishment from the Jar of Love stamp set.  The color scheme uses Watermelon Wonder.

"97th Birthday" using Stampin' Up! Number of Years Stamp Set and Large Numbers Framelits

Naturally the card interior needed some special touches too!
"97th Birthday" card interior using Stampin' Up! Number of Years and Jar of Love Stamp Sets

You would never know that Ms. Lorraine is 97 years old and I am sure that I'll be changing the number for several years ahead!

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Fall is in the air!

Cooler temperatures have finally arrived and there's a feeling of Fall is in the air.  Here in Georgia, it was a long hot summer and I have been looking forward to the cool evenings and crisp early morning temperatures.  It won't be long before the leaves will start to show their vibrant colors.  With Fall arriving, one of the cards in a recent class used the Vintage Leaf Stamp Set and the colors of fall were selected from the Petals & Paisley Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The sentiment is from the Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set.

Fall Card using Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves Stamp Set & Petals & Paisleys DSP 


In addition, I'm sharing with you a project that was made in the recent neighborhood craft class...it's a pumpkin made using mason jar lid rings!  The idea came from Pinterest and is super easy, as well as, fun to make. 



Pick your favorite fall spray paint color, spray the mason jar lid rings (size used is for wide mouth quart jars).  After the rings are dry, string onto a a cord ensuring that the lids are all facing the same way.  Shape into a circle and tie the string to hold the lids in place.  Embellish as desired.  Note:  fallen tree limbs were cut to use for our pumpkin stems.


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Jars of Spooky Treats!

Hi Everyone!  Hope you're enjoying your weekend.  I had a few extra minutes so thought I would take the opportunity to share one of the Halloween cards made in this week's card class. Attendees had lots of fun making this card.  The Jar of Haunts and matching Everyday Jar Framelits Dies makes it easy to create a variety of Halloween cards or treat holders.  The options are almost endless!

"Spooky Treat Jars" using Stampin' Up! Jar of Haunts Stamp Set, Everyday Jars Framelits Dies & Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper

A few items to note when making the card...in the jar with the floating eyeball, the water portion was lightly sponged with Soft Sky ink to add a slight color contrast.  The center jar images were stamped directly onto Old Olive and a Real Red Stampin' Marker was used to color the dripping blood on the jar.  The jar lid was stamped onto basic gray and highlighted with clear Wink of Stella.  Smoky Slate Stampin' Marker outlines the mummy jar and the smallest Basic Rhinestone Jewels are the peeking eyes.  The spider web stamp is found in the Ghoulish Grunge set and the sentiment is from Spooky Fun.  I'm sure you see the randomly stamped spiders!

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#JarofHaunts, #Halloween, #Stampinup, #spookycard, #everydayjarsframelits, #halloweennight


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Spooky Skeleton!

Weeks behind on my posting but sometime life has "unexpected surprises" and I'm hoping that soon I will catch-up!  I have several photos to edit so they can be shared.  My posts will be short so that I can get the photos online...but as always, send me an email or add a comment with any questions regarding projects.

Since the release of the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, I've had fun playing with many of the new stamp sets.  I've started prepping for the next class which will include Halloween and Fall projects.  One of the Halloween cards, "Spooky Skeleton", will be available for attendees to make.  It uses a combination of the Halloween themed stamp bundles...they are all fantastic and it's difficult to select which is my favorite!


"Spooky Skeleton" using Stampin' Up! using Cookie Cutter Halloween & Spooky Fun Stamps
 I'll have more projects posted soon to help you with "trick or treat" preparations.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jar of Love Floral Bouquet

Have you ever gone on vacation and returned to find it hard to get back on track?   Currently, that's what I'm trying to do!  My husband and I went on one of our bucket list trips, a Baltic Cruise, so I'm a bit behind but the trip was so worth putting things aside for a few weeks.  Another great thing - the day I returned home, my Stampin' Up!  Holiday Catalog preorder arrived and I am planning projects to share with you soon.

The project today utilizes the Jar of Love Stamp Set and the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies.  I'm loving this set!  This set offers lot of versatility and just a note - the Holiday Catalog has several stamp sets that also coordinate with the Everyday Jars Framelits so you'll want to add them to your "must have" list.  Remember that if you purchase the bundle, you'll save 10%. 

The card base is Sweet Sugar Plum cardstock topped with a layer of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  The larger flowers were stamped with the coordinating stamping ink pads...the Sweet Sugarplum was stamped off first onto a scrap of paper to produce a lighter color intensity.  The smaller flowers were stamped using Daffodil Delight as the base and Crushed Curry for the second stamped layer.  A strip of Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) was added to help balance the look.  Soft Suede was used to stamp the jar and sentiment on the tag.

A Floral Bouquet using Stampin' Up! Jar of Love Stamp Set & Everyday Jars Framelits
I'm working on projects and will be back on my regular posting schedule next week.  

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bright & Cheery!

In a recent class, the Fruit Stand Suite was used to create a variety of cards.  One of the cards uses the floral paper included in the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It includes several of the new 2016-2017 colors enabling one to create a "bright and cheery" card. Note the use of the new ruched ribbon on the card - the ruched ribbon has become a favorite of mine!

Bright & Cheery using Stampin' Up! Fruit Stand DSP  and Fresh Fruit Stamp Set
Don't you just love the cheerfulness of the Fruit Stand DSP?

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

More...New Catalog Open House

Last month's New Catalog Open House was a lot of fun and as noted in my last post, attendees had much to do and see.  I wanted to share a few more photos of the event that was enjoyed that afternoon... 

Origami Fold Treats using Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper

A Note Card Make & Take

More Attendees working hard on their projects!
One of the tables with Stampin' Up! products and more goodies!

Lastly but most importantly thank you to Andrea ("Andy") for taking photos of the event.  I neglected to get a photo of her when she was working on her make & takes...shame on me!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Catalog Open House

To celebrate the release of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! catalog, I held an Open House last month.  It was a fun filled afternoon with attendees.  There were make & takes, Paper Pumpkin kits and games for everyone to enjoy.  When guests arrived, they were greeted and were given a gift bag to use for filling with various giveaways...it was like trick or treating!  Of course, there were no tricks, just treats. In the bag, an embellished note pad and pen were included.  Below are a few photos from the event...

Embellished Gift Bags on the foyer table for guests upon their arrival!

Embellished gift bags using Swirly Bird & Floral Phrases Stamp Set
Note Pads & Pens embellished with Playful Palette & Floral Bouquet Designer Series Paper

A few of the attendees working on their projects!
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

More Foxy Friends!

In my blog post, I provided details on the card made during the Facebook Live broadcast. If you saw the video, you also saw the treat holder and the gift card holder that was demonstrated.  I am sharing a photo of the items in this post.  The Foxy Friends stamp set contains a variety of stamps that allow for lots of creativity!

Treat & Gift Card Holders using Foxy Friends Stamp Set & A Little Foxy DSP Stack from Stampin' Up!
The origami treat holder is easy to make and the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack is the perfect size for creating the holder.  I couldn't resist and had to add a fox peeking over the edge!  The mini kraft bag was purchased at Walmart and is approximately 4 3/4" x 2 1/2".  It's perfect for holding a gift card attached to a small piece of card stock.  You can see how to make these items on my Facebook page (Margaret Knight, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator).  


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Little Foxy Hello

Last evening I held a live Facebook event, Monday Night Mania, on Facebook.  The theme was "feeling foxy".  The inspiration for the card demonstrated was the cover of a journal purchased at Walmart. You can check it out on my Facebook page, Margaret Knight, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and also watch the card construction.  Below is the card that was inspired by the journal cover...

A Little Foxy Hello using Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends Photopolymer Stamp Set

To create the card, Basic Gray card stock (CS) was used as the base and a 4 3/4" X 1 3/4" piece of A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (DSP) was added to the layer of Whisper White CS (4 3/4" X 3 1/2"). Whisper White thick baker's twine was tied around the layer.  A fox was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White CS in Basic Gray Archival ink using the Fox Friends Photopolymer Stamp Set and cut using the Layering Circles Framelits.  A piece of white felt was cut and attached to the tail to create a "furry tip".  A 3 1/4" square of Pool Party CS was stamped using the zigzag stamp from Work of Art stamp set using Bermuda Bay and cut with a circle framelit to create a base for the fox circle.  The sentiment  for the stamp set in the Watercolor Wishes Card set was stamped in Basic Gray Archival ink. Dimensionals were used to attach the fox to the card base.  

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Strawberry Fruit Stand

Yes, I'm in catch-up mode and working to share projects with you!  Summertime activities are keeping me busy but my goal is to get back on track in the next week.  I do hope that this post finds that you're enjoying your summer too!

The card being shown today was made in a recent class and utilizes a technique that was demonstrated while at the Stampin' Up! OnStage Live event in April.  Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kim Williams (http://www.stampinwithkjoyink.typepad.com/) used the Fruit Stand Suite in her presentation of various cards.  The technique she shared involved stamping the image using a classic Stampin' ink pad onto a piece of watercolor paper, misting the stamped paper with water, then applying clear embossing powder over the misted paper. Complete the technique using the heat tool to melt the embossing power covering the image to create an "orange peel" texture.  It's a fun technique so hope you give it a try!


Thank You Card using Stampin' Up! Fresh Fruit Stamp Set & Farm Stand Designer Series Paper
The strawberry patterned DSP from the Farm Stand Designer Series Paper package is one of my favorite prints from the stack.  To me, it screams summer!  

Reminders:  Bonus Days is ongoing through July 31, 2016.  For every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend, you receive a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon that you can use Aug 2-31. Note that the Bonus Days coupon code will be emailed to you so be sure to print and save the code for redemption!  

Other reminder:  Monday Night Mania is on Monday, July 18, starting at 8:00 p.m. EST. You can find it on my Facebook page (Margaret Knight, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator)  Hope you can join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions!
 

  The Hostess Code for July is RSDKY2FP
Use this code if your order is less than $150.
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Blue & White Floral Bouquet

The 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog is full of beautiful stamp sets and matching dies which makes it difficult to decide upon a favorite. For sure, one of my favorites is the Floral Phrases Stamp Set and the coordinating Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies. So naturally during class planning, I knew that I wanted to focus on the set and will be using it in the July classes.  I love the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies as the dies allow for a variety of designs.   Taking a cue from the catalog using navy and white, the following two cards were made using the stamp set and dies bundle.  The cards below are samples of two that will be made in the class.  Of course, the envelope needed a touch of elegance too!


Stampin' Up! Floral Phrases & Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies
Additional variations using this set will be shared in upcoming posts.

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#floralphrasesstampset, #detailedfloralthinlitsdies, #stampinup, #nightofnavy, #birthdaycard

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Celebrating the 4th - Monday Night Mania Follow-up

A new feature that I have started on my Facebook page, Margaret Knight, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, is a monthly event called Monday Night Mania.  The event is a live event that lasts approximately one hour in length and I demonstrate two projects.  Plus, a few games are played for Prize Patrol.  The June event was this week and since the U.S. will soon be celebrating the 4th of July, I decided to demonstrate a note card and a treat holder to hold sparklers.  The Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies was altered to make the treat holder.   Additionally, alternative ideas for the projects were discussed. 

Part of the demonstration involved using the new Sponge Brayer and the Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Real Red Classic Ink Pad was used to color the specialty DSP paper.  Though I'm still working on getting my video skills, the presentation demonstrates how to use the sponge brayer on the paper.  By the way, I love the new sponge brayer and will be using other pages in the Irresistibly Floral Specialty DSP in future projects!  A list of all the materials used for the projects is at the bottom of this post.

 
Celebrate the 4th! Note card and treat holder using Stampin' Up! Irresistibly Floral Specialty DSP, Sponge Brayer & Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies
I hope that you'll take time to view the video on Facebook and see how these projects were made.  Also, make note that my next Monday Night Mania will be on July 18th, starting at 8:00 p.m. EST.  We'll be "feeling foxy!" 
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#stampinup, #spongebrayer, #irresistiblyfloraldsp, #popcornboxthinlits, #4thofJuly

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Quick & Easy Thank You

In next month's class, the focus will be using the Floral Phrases Stamp set and coordinating Detailed Floral Thinlets Dies.  While preparing samples, I decided to use the dies set to create a quick and easy thank you card.  Whisper White card stock was used with the thinlets dies to create top layer to stamp the phrase "A Note of Thanks" in Emerald Envy ink, it was attached to card base of Emerald Envy with pieces of dimensionals, and Emerald Envy Solid Baker's Twine was looped and tied...card completeCouldn't be any easier!   "A Note of Thanks" is from the Thankful Thoughts Stamp set.



"A Note of Thanks" using Stampin' Up! Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies & Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Flamingos are back!

Last week was a whirlwind week...busy with a card class and a Stampin' Up! Open House so my blog posts were on hold.  Probably a bigger factor was recouping from my grandson's visit the previous week!  We did go fishing and I'll share our tales in the near future.  In the meantime, no sure if you have looked lately but flamingos are popular again and are everywhere.  I've seen clothing with flamingo prints, home furnishings with flamingos and more.  Below is a photo of a plant holder that I received as a gift this past Christmas...guess my friend was "in the know".  It is so cute in our yard!  As always, Stampin' Up! is on trend with the Pop of Paradise stamp set which includes both a flamingo and a pineapple (another trend this year).
For a recent card swap, I decided to use the flamingo from the Pop of Paradise set to create my swaps. Since the swap required we use new products, I used Emerald Envy card stock for the base, Playful Palette Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Sweet Sugarplum ink for the design.  To add a touch of gold glitter, I used the gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to brush gold glitter onto the small splatter stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set before stamping onto the Emerald Envy card base.   
A Flamingo Hello using Stampin' Up! Pop of Paradise & Playful Palette Designer Series Paper

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