Thursday, August 3, 2017

CASEing the Stampin' Up! Catalog

On page 163 in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! catalog is the stamp set, Floral Statements.  It is one of those sets that can easily be overlooked but the two stamp set is great for creating quick, yet elegant cards.  I decided to recreate the Thanks card from the catalog with one exception - some bling was added!  As I was preparing to color the stamped image, I tested a couple of coloring methods with the aqua painter - one method used the Powder Classic Stampin' Pad and one used the Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil.  Since some water coloring was involved, Shimmery White cardstock was used.  So which method do you think was decided upon? 

Watercolor fun using Floral Statements Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

If you guessed the Calypso Coral with the Aqua Painter, you're correct!  It was a pleasant surprise that the color was almost a perfect match with the Powder Pink cardstock layer.  Plus using the watercolor color pencil made it quick and easy to color.  The leaves were colored using the Old Olive watercolor pencil and an aqua painter.  I had fun making the card and will be sharing variations using the stamp set in future posts.

Thanks for stopping by and check back soon for more project ideas!
As always, contact me with any questions.

Project Materials:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Window Box meets Eastern Medallions

When I received my order with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits a few months ago, I knew they would be perfect to use with the Window Box Thinlits so I came up with a design that was used in a recent class.  What is great is that you can create a variety of looks on the top and/or sides of the window box just by varying which thinlits you select and how much you layer the various thinlits to create a design. After selecting the pieces and cutting the top portion of the window box, a circle was cut using the Layering Circles Framelits and adhered to the inside of the box lid to help showcase the medallion.

Gift Box using Stampin' Up! Window Box Thinlits  & Eastern Medallion Thinlits
The window box is the perfect size when you want to give a small gift or treat.  If adding treats that are not prepackaged, I recommend using the food safe Cellophane bags. 

Thanks for stopping by and check back soon for more project ideas!
As always, contact me with any questions.

Project Materials:

#easternmedallion, #windowbox,,#giftbox, #treatbox

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas in July!

Ever thought of becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and having your own business?  Or thought of becoming a demonstrator to reap the benefits on your personal orders as a hobbyist?  Now's the perfect time! 

With your $99 Starter Kit purchased between July 1-31, you'll also receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack ($72 value).  The Essentials Gift Pack includes the following:

Essentials Gift Pack
Item NumberDescription
118485D Block (X2)
130148Grid Paper
103579Paper Snips
104332SNAIL Adhesive
102300Bone Folder
144804Carols of Christmas Stamp Set

Contact me for more details (Margaret Knight)
or signup online using the following link to join my group:

Come join the fun!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Birthday Fun!

Have you seen the new Birthday Memories Suite from Stampin' Up!?  It's super cute and is full of fun.  The moment that I saw it in the catalog, it went to the top of my wish list.  The Birthday Delivery stamps and with the coordinating Birthday Friends Framelits Dies make it easy to create a variety of projects.  Best of all, the framelits dies coordinate with the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper (DSP) so no fussy cutting!  The fox and banner in the featured card were all cut from the DSP using the framelits.

Celebrating using Stampin' Up! Birthday Memories DSP & Birthday Friends Framelits

Just a reminder, my July 4th special will be expiring soon...details below:

Thanks for stopping by & check in again soon for more project ideas.

Project Materials:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July! Celebrate with me...

In honor of America's birthday, I am offering the following Celebration Special...

Enjoy your 4th of July and check back later this week for project ideas.

Thank you for stopping by! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quick, Easy & Elegant

Another of the cards from class using the Eastern Beauty stamp set is this quick and easy card.  To create the base, one stamp was used to randomly stamp the repeated design on the upper two-thirds of the thick Vanilla cardstock and a beautiful gold striped piece of Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper was added on the lower card portion.  A design strip from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers was trimmed to fit the card and added the perfect extra touch.  Layering the sentiment onto the gold glimmer paper finished the quick, easy and elegant card.

Quick & Easy using  Stampin' Up! Eastern Beauty Stamp Set & Eastern Palace Specialty DSP

Thank you for stopping by!  Check back soon for more project ideas.

Project Materials:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Enjoy Today - Life is Beautiful

In this month's card class, the Eastern Palace Suite Bundle was the theme.  I admit that when the set became available for early order, it did not thrill me but after seeing some of the projects created, I decided to purchase the bundle and am so glad that I did!  The combinations made using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies and the Eastern Beauty stamps is almost endless.  The Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper coordinates beautifully and features the new In-color Lemon-LIme Twist.

Eastern Palace Suite Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Currently there are two specials featuring The Eastern Palace Suite Bundle including FREE product!  Take note: The specials are only available for two more days (through Wednesday, May 31) -  the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle and the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle.  You can order via the links in Project Materials listed below.  The new catalog ordering begins on June 1 and the products will be available but not the starter or premier bundles.

Thank you for stopping by!  Check back soon for more project ideas.

#easternpalace, #easternbeauty, #enjoytodaycard

Project Materials:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Perfect Sympathy Card

Recently a younger cousin passed away unexpectedly and after the initial shock, I wanted to make a special card for my wonderful aunt.  As I searched through my stamps to find the perfect sentiment, it became obvious that the Isaiah verse in the Rose Wonder stamp set from Stampin' Up! was the one.  The remainder of the card design utilizes the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies to create a serene but beautiful card.  For the flower centers, I had some leftover candy dots but you can easily create your own centers by using a black sharpie to color Basic Pearls.

The Perfect Sympathy Card using Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder Stamp Set & Botanical Builder Framelits Dies
Please note:  Botanical Builder Framelits Dies & matching stamp set - Botanical Blooms is retiring and is only available through May 31, 2017 or while supplies last.  Click the link in Project Materials to order a set before they are no longer available.  Best of all, both items are on sale (discounted pricing will appear when you link to the online store).

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back for more project ideas!
#rosewonder, #botanicalbuilderframelits, #Stampinupsympathycard

Project Materials:

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms celebrating their special day!  The card being shared is the one that I sent to my mother but the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams is appropriate for a variety of special occasions.  The Jar of Love stamp set bundle from Stampin' Up! is fun for creating a colorful floral bouquet.  Note:  due to the intense color of Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder inks, the stamps were inked and stamped onto a scrap of paper before stamping onto the cardstock.  This gave the color hue that I preferred for the card.

Stampin' Up! Jar of Love Bundle with sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back for more project ideas!

Project Materials:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Colorful Butterfly Card

In the last class featuring Dragonflies and Butterflies, we used a quick and easy technique for creating a colorful butterfly that coordinated with the card's colors.  To make your own "designer" paper that coordinates with your card, simply select three colors and use a variety of background stamps to randomly stamp on a piece of neutral cardstock.  Using the medium butterfly die from the Butterflies Thinlets to cut the butterfly.  The Classic Stampin' Pad ink colors used for creating the butterfly on the card below are:  Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush and Daffodil Delight.  Background stamps from Timeless Textures, Gorgeous Grunge and Dragonfly Dreams were used but any background stamp can be used.

Colorful Butterfly greeting card using Stampin' Up! Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush and Daffodil Delight Ink Colors

The color combinations are endless and I find this technique very useful when I just do not seem to have the perfect paper for a project.  Be sure to give it a try!

Thank you for stopping by and check back again for more project ideas! 

Project Materials:

oops!  forgot to note that the fern leaves stamp is from Butterfly Basics (Clear Mount #138816, Wood Mount #138813)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dragonfly Card with Faux Stained Glass Technique

The theme for the April card class was "Butterflies and Dragonflies".  One of the techniques used for a dragonfly card was the "faux stained glass" technique.  The inspiration for the card and technique came from Dawn Griffith at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  Not only did I like the technique but the color combination of Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Mint Macaron. The Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and detailed Dragonfly Thinlits dies coordinate wonderfully with the Awesomely Artistic stamp set and it's dragonfly. 

Faux Stained Glass Technique using Stampin' Up! Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Basic Black & Whisper White Cardstocks, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron & Mint Macron Stampin' Write Markers

This was a fun technique enjoyed by class participants so be sure to check out Dawn's video via the link.  Be sure to add a dragonfly to your envelope too.  With the many color combinations available using Stampin' Up! products, you can create your own special stained glass dragonfly! 

If you would like to purchase any of the products used for this project, visit my online store.

Thank you for stopping by and check back again for more project ideas! 
The next post will have a butterfly card and a different technique from the class.

#dragonfly, #stampinup,
Project Materials:

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.

Project Materials:

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!

  Project Materials:

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

Project Materials:

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

Project Materials: