Saturday, December 15, 2018

Organizing! (Again)

It's getting to be that time of year again, where I get the strong urge to make things orderly in my craft room. I know it's an uphill battle, which wouldn't be so bad if I'd quit adding more stuff.
HA....like that is ever going to happen!
I can count on three times a year that there will be new DSP added, and three times a year the old DSP will retire, and I can't bear to part with it. The new Occasions catalog will be out in less than three week, and I already have all the beautiful DSP in it and the SAB flyer, so I need to make some room!

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My solution, which I talked about in this post, are these awesome divided ArtBin containers. They hold a ton of DSP that I've cut down to a convenient 4" x 6" size, and separated with labeled dividers.They're even available in several different colors, but I prefer the clear.


I put the name of the DSP at the top of the divider, and then list the coordinating colors for easy reference later. It's especially helpful when colors retire, because I know I'll never remember the names of some of them! Next month I plan to bless the local elementary school with some long-retired paper that I know I will never use. I think I'm ready to say good-bye to some of them. Maybe. I'm sure the teachers can think up something fun for the kids to do with it!

Friday, December 14, 2018

My Inky Friends - Inking Up the Holidays

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Hello, stamping friends, and welcome to another My Inky Friends blog hop! There are only three stops this time since everyone is so busy with the holidays - and speaking of holidays, that is the theme this time!

Heart's Delight Cards, MIF Inking Up the Holidays, Nature Sings, CAS, #simplestamping, Stampin' Up!

I'm really in a time crunch for getting my cards done and in the mail, so I decided to fall back on simple stamping for this card. One stamp set, ink pads, and cardstock. I think it turned out pretty well! I cut a mask from copy paper to use for the snowy hill and dragged a Pool Party ink pad across for the sky. The streaks remind me of the shimmery curtains of Northern Lights. Leaving the mask in place, the trees were stamped in Tranquil Tide.

Heart's Delight Cards, MIF Inking Up the Holidays, Nature Sings, CAS, #simplestamping, Stampin' Up!

I used Soft Suede for the elk and added a bit more color with a Blender Pen. After stamping the Tranquil Tide greeting, some sparkly snow was added with Clear Wink of Stella.

Heart's Delight Cards, MIF Inking Up the Holidays, Nature Sings, CAS, #simplestamping, Stampin' Up!

There you have it - a quick card that is CAS. No layers, no die cuts, no embossing....Mr. Big is feeling left out, LOL! Now you can hop on to see what Sharleen has for you by clicking the Next button, or hop back and see what Sara has done by clicking the Previous button. Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, December 10, 2018

It's a Piece of Cake!


This is the other card we made Saturday. I was inspired by Patty Bennett's coloring and wanted to recreate it on a simple to make card. On a quarter sheet of Whisper White, we stamped the cake and cake plate on the lower right, leaving room for the die cut Stitched Label and Stitched Rectangle greeting. Helpful hint: Use the Cake Builder Punch on a scrap of cardstock and save it in your stamp set as a guide for lining up the stamps - you can get both the cake and the plate stamped at the same time and it will fit the punch perfectly!


We die cut the Stitched Label, then stamped the greeting and used a Rectangle Stitched Framelit to cut it out. The floral cake topper was stamped directly on the label (about 1/8" from the stitches at the top) and colored with Stampin' Blends. After coloring the cake and plate, they were punched and glued under the cake topper.


The Stitched Label was adhered to a Subtle Dynamic embossed piece of Pool Party (3-5/8" x 4-7/8") with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. The whole thing was adhered to the card base and the greeting was popped up on dimensionals, too.

If you don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'd be happy to send you the new catalog - just  contact me!

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

More Occasions Sneak Peeks

Heart's Delight Cards, Piece of Cake, Butterfly Beauty Thinlits, Birthday Card, Lace Dynamic TIEF, Butterflies, Stampin' Up!, Occasions 2019,

Yesterday was the Second Saturday Stamp Club, and also our Christmas party. Gosh, I have a really great time with these women! Anyway, I wanted to keep the projects to two simple cards since we needed to leave time for handmade gift exchanges and eating lunch. Yesterday was also National Brownie Day and I didn't even know that when I made the brownies for dessert! Since they also got to pick up their new 2019 Occasions catalogs and Sale-A-Bration flyers, naturally the cards had to use new goodies! We used the Piece of Cake stamp set on both cards, but on this one, we just used the greeting.

Heart's Delight Cards, Piece of Cake, Butterfly Beauty Thinlits, Birthday Card, Lace Dynamic TIEF, Butterflies, Stampin' Up!, Occasions 2019,

The butterflies were cut from Grapefruit Grove foil sheets (SAB freebie!) using the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies in the Occasions catalog. The foil sheets are 12" x 12" and come with 4 Grapefruit Grove which is holographic, and 4 Lovely Lipstick which have a satin finish. They are all awesome!

Heart's Delight Cards, Piece of Cake, Butterfly Beauty Thinlits, Birthday Card, Lace Dynamic TIEF, Butterflies, Stampin' Up!, Occasions 2019,

We trimmed off two of the die cut butterflies and adhered the three largest ones to a 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" piece of Whisper White which had been embossed with the new Lace Dynamic TIEF and mounted on a Grapefruit Grove mat. After stamping the greeting, a few Basic Adhesive-backed Sequins were added to finish the card.

Heart's Delight Cards, Piece of Cake, Butterfly Beauty Thinlits, Birthday Card, Lace Dynamic TIEF, Butterflies, Stampin' Up!, Occasions 2019,

It was hard to get a photo that showed what the foil sheets look like because the angle of the light really made the rainbow pop. This is what it looks like when the crazy rainbow effect isn't as obvious.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the other card, inspired by Patty Bennett!

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