Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DOstamper STARS Sketch Challenge DSC#195

Lately, I’ve been trying to finish up some of the projects I’ve left lying around half-finished for a while.  One of those projects was finishing up an old Paper Pumpkin kit (Blissful Bouquet) that I had started and never finished.  Once I got those done, I decided to try to use the stamp set from that kit to create a card using this week’s sketch challenge.  

Even though my part of the world has seemingly moved into “autumn mode” I decided to resist the lure of deep, rich fall colors and, instead, chose the cheery colors of Delightful Daffodil and Pool Party.  I think the yellow/white/blue combination is classically cheerful & always had such a clean feeling.  I love it.  This card was unusual for me in that I didn’t add a single embellishment….but I quite like the simplicity of it for a change. The long skinny sentiments from the Floral Phases stamp set were perfect for this sketch.

After finishing the card for the challenge, I decided to make a similar card with some variances, which you can see below.  Which do you like better? 

Be sure to check out how my friends used this sketch to create their cards this week by clicking on the links below:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Making Flowers from Foxes - DOstamper STARS Challenge - DSC #194 starring the Fox Builder Punch


This week's challenge was to use a NEW stamp - so something that was new to this year's annual catalog or something from the yet-to-be-released-to-the-public Holiday Catalog.  So far, I only have one new punch, the Fox Builder punch, guess who got out to play?  Yup, this little critter.  I am going to have soooo much fun with this little guy!  

So, about this of the reasons I love to buy (and keep) the punches is because you never know what sort of punch art you can create with them.  There are tons of ideas on Pinterest and online galleries, so I have never regretted buying and saving these tools.  Today I wanted to look at the punch a little differently...I have seens TONS of cute cards already using the fox as a fox, cat, skunk, squirrel and other critters.  But I wanted to challenge myself to think outside the box.  Low and behold, I noticed that part of the punch layered to create a pretty little flower. 

What are some of your favorite "outside-the-box" uses for Stampin' Up! punches?

Here's what the Fox Builder punch looks like!

And here's how I punched out the flower parts - it took 4 pieces to make this flower.

To make this, you’ll need:

To see how my friends used their new punches, check our their blogs by clicking on the links below...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Paper Pumpkin BOGO

Paper Pumpkin BOGO sale by Stampin' Up! #dostamping, Dawn Olchefske
For the first-time ever, FIRST-time Paper Pumpkin subscribers can buy their first month and get their second month FREE! 
Offer Dates: August 11–October 10, 2016
Offer Details:  When you use promo code “BOGO” at Michelle's PaperPumpkin, you'll pay the regular price of $19.95 for your first month and get your second month for FREE!
The Fine Print:
  • Offer will be void if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. 
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95+ tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).
  • If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, you will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free.
  • If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit free.
Paper Pumpkin BOGO sale by Stampin' Up! #dostamping, Dawn Olchefske

Happy stamping! 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Happy Birthday, Brianna!

Recognize the colors and technique?  That's right - it's the same color combination and layout as my challenge card from last Thursday!  This was the card I made for my friend, Brianna, who just turned 40.  We celebrated her birthday with pedicures & shopping followed by a surprise party her husband had lovingly planned.  It was perfect! 

Supplies: Whisper White cardstock, Island Indigo ink & cardstock, Mint Macaron ink & cardstock, Sweet Sugarplum ink & cardstock, Endless birthday wishes, adhesive, a few adhesive rhinestones and a dash of Sweet Sugar Plum ribbon.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

8/4/16 DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge

I knew as soon as I saw these colors that I would do something with snowflakes - the colors just seem so crisp and clean with white & they scream serenity, don't they?  And I find snow to be serene.  Since I knew right away what the theme would be, I figured it didn't count as much of a challenge, right? So, I went ahead and tried a technique I had never tried before.  My upline calls it "Triple Time" stamping.  I've always thought it was pretty but just have never taken the time to figure it out.  I'm really glad I did because I think it was a neat effect here. Want to see more cards with the same color scheme?  Check out my friends' blogs here:

And if you decide to try this scheme yourself, post a link to your work in the comments - I'd love to come check it out!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Mint Macaron & Botanicals Card

I'm one of those people who sometimes avoids things with which I'm uncomfortable.  Can you relate? Case in point - I have been reluctant to use the color Mint Macaron since it came out over a year ago. Don't get me's a beautiful shade of green...but I wasn't quite sure with what colors I should pair it.  So I laid the Mint Macaron ink pad out on my work table with other colors in a circle around it and rearranged them every time I walked by for a few days to come up with a few color combinations that I liked.  This is the first one: Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla and Perfect Plum.  Now, I'd admit it's a pretty safe color combo - it's hard to go wrong with pinks and purples, but it got me to play and now I'm really enjoying it.  You'll have to check back in the future to see if you can spy me using Mint Macaron with other colors...I have a few ideas up my sleeves.

Supplies: Rich Razzleberry ink &cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Mint Macaroon cardstock, ink & ribbon, Playful Pallette Designer Series Paper, Botanical Blooms framelits and stamps, Perfect Plum ink, adhesive pearls, Blushing Bride cardstock & ink, Sweet Sugarplum ink, Teeny Tiny Wishes stamps, bitty banners dies (retired).

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Softly Falling Embossing Folder

I was cleaning out my studio space tonight and came across these cards I received in a swap last winter.  All three of them use the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Even though the cards are 8 months old, that folder is still current in our store, which means you can BUY IT! :)  I think it is beautiful for snow, of course, but would also be great for confetti (birthdays, New Year's, weddings), maybe fall leaves and just as an abstract pattern.  What else do you think you could use it for?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DOstamper STARS Challenge DSC #191

Phew, wee!  This was a challenge for me!  I really wanted to honor the original sketch with an oval-type shape in the upper corner, but try as I might, I couldn't get it right.  So, instead, I swapped the oval for a heart.  Also, the Peekaboo Peach & some of the patterns of paper in the Playful Pallette suite have been out of my comfort zone.  But you know, I'm glad I played until I got a little more comfortable, because I think this one turned out pretty good.  It still honors the sketch to a degree: a shape in the upper left, flowers & a horizontal element more towards the middle.  So, get out something that has you stumped and play - that's my challenge to you this week!  

Supplies: Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride and Peekaboo Peach cardstock; Sweet Sugarplum ink; Playful Pallette Designer Series Paper, hearts thinlits, adhesive pearls, dimensionals & snail adhesives; Number of Years stamps, Large Numbers Framelits, Botanical Builder Framelits.

Now - go check out how my friends interpreted the same sketch:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DOstamper STARS Thursday Challenge #190

Hello, friends!  It's been a while since I posted - I was sick, and then recovering, and then busy helping friends with a few things, and then the usual summer busy-ness...but now I'm back in action.  Today's challenge is to use any of the Hostess Sets found in the new catalog.  Have you seen them?  If not, ask me to send you a's free and comes with no strings attached.

The only way you can acquire hostess sets it to buy them with Hostess Rewards.  You earn Hostess Rewards by either placing an order for yourself over $150 OR having a workshop in your home or throwing a catalog party where sales total $150 or more.  The more you and/or your friends spend, the more you earn!  

I chose to use the "Pun Intended" set because I just fell in love with that little bee.  Can't you see why?  The rest of the card is simple...lots of layers, just how I like it.  Scroll down to see more angles of the same card, the challenge graphic and to follow the blog hop where you can see what my colleagues put together using their Hostess Sets.  HINT: we didn't all use the same set, so you'll want to go get inspired.  And once you do, give me a shout out and I'll help you throw a party for your friends so that you can earn these items for FREE!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

DOstamper STARS Challenge: Product Spotlight DSC #186

This weeks challenge was to use the 2016-2018 In Colors.  Rather than trying to use them all at once, I zoned in on the Sweet Sugarplum, which is prominently featured in the new Playful Palette Designer Series paper.  I'm pleased with the results.  You'll have to keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks to see other In Colors in my work.

Be sure to check out more "Product Spotlight" inspiration from the DOstamperSTARS Team (click on their names below):   

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DOstamper STARS Challenge: Home Sweet Home DSC #185

Welcome to this week's challenge!  The third week of our challenge rotation is always called "Home Sweet Home" because we are asked to use a specific piece of home decor as our inspiration point.  We can use any or all aspects of the image provided...color scheme, theme, shapes, textures, images, whatever speaks to us.  This week's home decor item is in the image below and I zoned in on some of the colors and the butterflies & botanicals. 

One style of art work I have always admired but have never felt successful at doing is the layered, vintage look.  But, challenges are all about breaking out of your comfort zone, right? So I decided to give it a shot, and I'm pretty please. The images from the Butterfly Basics set made this card so, so easy!  If you are reluctant like me, give it a try - it's so much more fun and easy than you would ever think possible.

I started with a rectangular Very Vanilla cardstock panel.  I used Early Espresso ink on a sponge to age the edges.  Next, I used Crumb Cake ink and a retired French script background stamp to create the background.  After that, I used more Crumb Cake ink and another sponge to apply some more aging to the whole panel in small circular motions.  After that I just started layering on the various images from the Butterfly Basics stamp set working from lightest to darkest.  The colors of ink I used were Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso.  Next came the sentiment stamped in Early Espresso (you can use any sentiment, mine is from the bonus set I received a few months ago as a My Paper Pumpkin subscriber).  Once I was done stamping the panel, I matted it on Early Espresso cardstock, and an Old Olive card that I had aged with my sponge and Early Espresso ink.  Finally, I stamped the butterfly image on Very Vanilla using Crushed Curry, cut the image out by hand, adhered it with some Dimensionals and topped it off with some pearls, which I thought fit the vintage theme a bit better than diamond rhinestones, which I had considered.

As you may know, these Thursday challenges are sponsored by my upline, and anyone in her group of demonstrators is invited participate.  This week, we are lucky to have so many talented ladies share their interpretation of this image....go check them out by clicking on their names below:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

STARS Challenge - Color My World DSC #184

Don't panic!  You didn't just lose 8 months of your life - it's not February or Valentine's Day.  I just couldn't help myself when I saw these colors.  I needed to refill my "love you" card stash (I like to send cards to/with my hubby when he's on business trips) so I decided to kill two birds with one stone: this challenge and increase my stash.  This card was simple to make but lots of fun.  

This was a challenge for the group of demonstrators that I belong to, and many of them chose to play along.  Check out their handiwork by clicking on their names below!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Technique Tuesday #1: Shaker Shadow Box Card Tutorial

Hello!  Welcome to the inaugural edition of Technique Tuesday!  Every few weeks, on a Tuesday, I intend to share with you a new technique.  (DISCLAIMER: the technique is new to me and this blog, it may have actually been invented by someone else, and in all cases, I will attempt to give credit where it is due, if possible).  So check back once in awhile to see new technique I'm playing with.

This week, I started with the Shadow Box Tutorial I found on and then modified it a bit to add the shaker feature.  Scroll down past the next picture to get my step-by-step tutorial.

(1) Pick a theme. I chose birthday, which drove my color and decoration decisions.

(2) Gather supplies:
a. Cardstock (I used Melon Mambo, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White)

b. window sheets

c. strong strips of adhesive (I used now-retired sticky strip, but any strong strip adhesive will work)

d. filler (i.e. sequins, beads, confetti, punched pieces - I used stars punched from cardstock using a Stampin' Up!'s Confetti Stars punch)

e. a scoring tool/system (I used a score board and bone folder)

f. a paper trimmer

g. nesting* dies and die cutting machine (nesting only necessary if you wish to have a border around your opening) - you could also use punches.  The shape doesn't have to be oval, either - it could be a heart or star, or something else that fits your theme.  I used some retired SU! Oval Framelits.

h. stamps (I used Balloon Celebration, which is available bundled with the balloon punch I used)

i. ink (I used Basic Black, Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie).

j. embellishments (I used stamped and punched balloons from the Balloon Celebration bundle)

(3) To make a card similar to mine:
a. cut 2 pieces of cardstock, each 4.25”x5.5”. These will be the back and front. On my example, these are the Melon Mambo pieces. Score them at ½” and 1” on both ends. The scores should run parallel to the shorter dimension. Choose one of these to be the front, and use your die to make a hole centered in the middle section of it. If you want to stamp on front or back pieces, I would recommend doing it while it is still flat. Once you are happy, you can fold the front. Starting on one end, fold at the first score mark in one direction and at the other score mark in the opposite direction. Then do the other end so that it is symmetrical. Repeat on the back piece. Set them aside.

b. cut one piece of cardstock to 3.5”x4.25” and use a die to cut a hole centered in it. This die should be smaller than the one use on the front so that you can see it through the hole on the front piece. Do your beost to center it, but if it’s slightly off, you can trim a small amount from each edge to align it better. This will create a layer similar to the orange rim on my example. Set this aside.

c. Next, cut two pieces of window sheets to measure 3.5”x4.25”. Line the entire perimeter of one window sheet with adhesive. Sprinkle your filling on. Then, carefully aligning it, place the second window sheet on top so that the edges line up perfectly with the first window sheet. Press edges tightly to secure adhesive, sealing in the filling.

d. Now we will assemble the front panel of the card. Adhere the window sheet/filler packet to the back of the front panel (the melon mambo piece in my example). Next adhere the window rim (the orange piece in my example) to behind the window sheet packet, making sure that the border it forms through the window is even. If you need to trim a bit off the edges of the orange piece in order to get it to be centered with in the Mambo window, you may. Just leave yourself enough room for adhesive. Set this assembly aside.

e. Cut 1 piece of cardstock to be 3.5” x 4.25”. This will be the inside part that you can see through the window. On my example, it’s the white panel with the banners on it. Go ahead and decorate this. It is helpful if you hold the front window over it to see where you need to decorate. Adhere it the middle panel of the back.

f. Adhere the front and back by running strips of adhesive down the outermost flap of each end of the front and back. Carefully and an put them together.

g. Decorate the front with die cuts, punched shapes, embellishments, stickers, ribbon, etc.

h. if you want a place to sign it, you can sign the back as is, or you can decorate the back and then sign on the decoration. You could also put a little pocket back there to hold a folded check, money or gift card.

If you try this, give me a shout out in the comments - I'd love to see what you did and hear your feedback!  Happy Stampin'!!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Happy Mail!

Good morning!  Don’t you just love it when you get something fun in the mail that you weren’t expecting?  That happened to me recently.  My upline earned a cruise as a reward for the success she has had in her Stampin’ Up! business.  And to keep us entertained while she was gone, she sent us a little kit of pieces and challenged us to make something with it and then share it online. 

The kit contained:

1 cardstock rectangle just slightly smaller than the card face, cut from crumb cake cardstock  
5 strips of the delicious new Affectionately Yours WashiTape 
1 punched vellum pansy
And 1 white perfect accent 

She didn’t give us any other rules or restrictions, so I assumed we could use some of our own supplies to add to the creation.  So I also used Whisper White Cardstock, stamps from both Teeny Tiny Wishes and Love & Affection.  I also punched another flower from WatermelonWonder cardstock  using the same Pansy Punch, and used Night of Navy and Crumb Cake inks. 

This was my result!  I had so much fun doing this. This challenged me a bit because I have washi but I have never used it – so it was fun to finally give it a try.  Man, it’s addicting!  If you are a washi newbie like me, a couple tips:
  • If you are slow and careful it DOES peel back up if you don’t get the placement quite right (it’s very forgiving).
  • It is slightly see-through, so plan accordingly.
  • It has a slick surface, so if you want to stamp on it, you’ll want to use something designed for slick surfaces, like StazOn (note, I haven’t tried this myself yet, so don’t take my word on it working).

For the week my upline was gone, fellow demonstrators were posting their creations on our private Facebook group and I was so surprised at how much variation you could get from the same supplies.  It just goes to show you that there is no “right” way to create and you don’t need a ton of supplies to make multiple cards if you just challenge yourself to use what you have.  Of course, if you want to have lots of supplies, don’t let me stop you!  I’m certainly not the one to preach about that! J 

Hope you found this fun and inspiring…I sure did.  Until next time, happy stampin’!  If you'd like to see what the kits looked like right before she mailed them and what some of my friends did with their kits, click here!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

STARS Sketch Pad Challenge DSC #183

If you're a follower of the Stampin' Up! world, you know that today is a BIG day for us!  The new catalog is now revealed to the public (before it was just for demos) and it is all available for purchase. Needless to say, we are all pretty pumped to finally be able to share all of it with you and order anything we want.

Speaking of new, here are some new products I used to make today's challenge.The pink and green are two of the NEW In Colors: Flirty Flamingo (LOVE that name) and Emerald Envy (which is a totally delicious green).  I paired it with our old friend So Saffron.  The patterned paper is also new.

To see what my friends did with this same sketch, follow the links below!  And come back soon to find more new goodies from the new catalog.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Mother's Day cards

Now that we're past Mother's Day, I can share the cards I made for my mom and mother-in-law.  I made a few extras, changing the sentiments, so that I could send them for other occasions when the need arose. This stamp set is one of my new favorites, and it was the freebie bonus set that came with the April My Paper Pumpkin kits. The sequins are from my stash (non-SU!).  I chose to use Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder and Marina Mist for my colors and I just love how they turned out.  And shhhh!  Don't tell, but these are really easy to make!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

STARS Thursday Challenge: Sketch Pad DSC #181

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that we get to see products over a month before the general public, and start buying them about a month before.  So, needless to say, I was pretty pumped when my UPS package arrived with some hot-off-the-press goodies! I knew immediately I would have to use them in my weekly challenge post.This card incorporates the brand new Love & Affections stamp set. The colors are our tried-and-true friends: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Wisteria wonder.  The adhesive pearls used here are returning in the new catalog as well!

I decided to use flowers instead of the circular elements on the sketch.  I tried to keep them roughly on the left half of the card and in a random, sort of diagonal placement.  Rather than using a completely horizontal element, like in the sketch, I decided to incorporate a wider sentiment to draw your eye across the page.

I think it turned out well!

To see how my fellow STARS used this sketch, check out the links below!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Another Thank You, Watercolor & Sequins

Hello!  I'm glad you've found me!  Today, I chose to participate in the Thursday challenge with my fellow STARS teammates.  Originally, my goal was to watercolor the full face of a card using the reds, pinks, yellows and greens in the image below -- I thought I could use ink refills as watercolors, and use a swirling motion to create pretty rose-like images and then stamp a lovely feminine greeting on it for Mother's Day.  But sometimes, the best laid plans fail.  No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get it look right.  With three attempts now in the trash, I decided to switch modes and use different colors and attempt swirls, rather than roses and I love the affect.  It might be hard to see how I got from the image below to the image above but trust me, it's the evolved result of several trials and errors.  I still want to try for the roses at some point, but I needed to take a break from that endeavor as frustration set in.  As far supplies go, you'll be pleased to know they are probably already in your craft stash, but most are readily available from Stampin' Up! if you find yourself "in need".  I used my Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, and Bermuda Bay ink refills, our Aqua Painters, our watercolor paper and some hoarded sequins (non-SU!).  The sentiment is from the "Another Thank You" set, which is retiring on May 22nd, so you may want to get it now, while you still can.  It comes with several other "thank you" related sentiments, but this bold image is what drew me to this set originally.  Thanks for stopping by!  Please check out the beautiful cards my teammates made by following the links below and have a great day!

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