Celebrate…in a super simple way!

 

 

 

Good Morning and here is to a new week! I have a super simple card for you that I think would make anyone smile and just think of the color choices that you could use….simply endless! For today I let the color palette come to life with inspiration from the fabulous DSP 6 X 6 pack, Picture Perfect.

We chat about this often….Birthday cards are always high in demand for each of us and I think you can see that this beauty has the best of both worlds….easily duplicatable and one that will go for just about any age group. So….the moral of this sweet story is...it’s a keeper!

Below you will see the 3 product images of the “goods” used for the card and then I will give you the simple recipe of measurements (I know you all like when I do that) but really…..it is all about the basics! This is one of those “FORMULA CARDS” that I love to pull out….change the stamp and colors…..works like a charm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you go, the measurements of this fun card! Paper, layers, textures….all simple elements that add up to a fun card. If you have never used versamark ink to do a tone on tone stampin’ effect….I highly suggest you give it a whirl – it gives a super effect will little effort!

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Card Base is an A-2 Vertical card (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″) in Bermuda Bay and then the confetti stamp was inked up in Versamark

 

  • Whisper White piece is 2 1/2″ X 3″ and then the candles were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist (candle base) and then the stripes were stamped in Bermuda Bay with the flames in Daffodil Delight.

 

 

  • The envelope love was a simple 1/4″ X 6″ strip of Bermuda Bay and then a 2″ X 6″ piece of the Picture Perfect DSP….instant fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It really is as simple as that! The reason that I call this a Formula Card is that the above measurements can easily be adapted with so many stamps we have stashed and also so many fun papers we have. Paper, layers, lifting with dimension….and a simplistic stamped image = a great and useful card!

I do not know about you but….I always forget about Embossing Folders….and I almost forgot about this one as well until I was reading the sentiments from this stamp set and when I saw the word confetti…the lightbulb went off in my brain and thought….go find that  Confetti Embossing Folder!

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a tip and one that I hope you try as it works! To get the most from your Embossing Folders, especially the Dynamic Embossing Folders like this one….mist it with water before you run it through the Big Shot…I do a mist on both sides…

WHY??? are you asking??? – easy…the mist helps break the paper fibers down so the Big Shot can do its magic with the folder to give you the deep and detailed embossing! You will be amazed with the results.

Going back to the sentiments….did you notice that I just used the word  “celebrate”….it wasn’t planned that way but it worked out! I am pointing this out to you as it happens to me all the time (things not working out as you had planned it to be)..but you CAN make the most of it…just be creative.

In the inside, I stamped the “happiest of Birthdays to you” in Black…very clean and crisp and a perfect sentiment that again for do the job for anyone that is having a Birthday.

There you go…a quickie to get your week rolling! Formulas are your friends and even if you do not have the products that I used to make this card right now….I encourage you to make a card using this formula with products you have.

 

 

 

 

 

I would also write down the dimensions on the back of the card and file it away with other formulas you have made….there is simply nothing like being able to pull out a formula when you are having a creative block and create! Works for me and I know it will work for you!

Let’s all have a great week….below you see the list of goodies I used to create this sweet card! See you Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surgery on Randall Lane…all is good!

 

 

 

Well…did I get you with the subject line? Yep, I preformed some “SS” (Stampin’ Surgery) with my trusty scissors to break up this foursome. I admit I was feeling a bit guilty as my eyes looked at their smiling faces but after the first cut …I knew I had to keep going!

I am sure that many of you are gasping and say….I could (or probably would say would) never cut up my stamps….and I get it (in a way) but when you can get more mileage out of a stamp I say….why not ….GO FOR IT!

I am on a Leaders Group where Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators share thoughts and ideas….and this is where I saw this idea. I immediately when to this stamp (and the 4 critters were screaming) …pulled out my trusty scissors…..put a good light onto the foursome and went to town right on my workspace! DONE – I now have 4 stamps but if I still want to stamp them together….no worries – just push together!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This stamp set, We Must Celebrate is in the Occasions catalog. I blogged using this sweet stamp earlier (click here) and I loved it then….and again, I love it today! What do you think? It is super cute and it can be paired with so many sentiments that I think you can see the mileage you will get from it!

Here is another tip that is great about this stamp…look at the little “filler” stamps as I like to call them…the confetti and the little leaf are both great additions to tuck and add here and there with projects. To me, fillers are the little extra touch that makes projects “twinkle” and make that lasting impression!

You can see with the product line up that this sweet card came together with 3 different stamp sets. I wanted to encourage you to look at what you have and use it in a different way. For example, the Heart Happiness stamp is a very classic and useful stamp as we know that a “heart” is a classic that can be used all year long but the minute I saw the 6 little hearts….BAM – I knew that they would be used just like I did today….floating up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s get to the real scoop and the tips and tricks that I did to make todays inspiration for you. I used a technique that I know seems a bit scary but actually it really is not – I simply masked the bear and raccoon. You know what I am going to say to YOU….

 

 

YEP, you need to practice…you just need to try!!!

 

 

When I mask I prefer to use a masking paper but you can easily use a simple post it note. The reason that I use a masking paper is that this paper can be used several times and I simply tuck the mask in my stamp set so if I want to do it in the future, my mask is ready to go.

 

 

 

 

 

If you are using a post it note…make sure that when you stamp the image…you are stamping on a part of where the “sticky is” as this is how it will hold tight when you “mask” and stamp the next image!

Below you will see a picture of the image sheet of the Stamp-a-ma-Jig….and yep, it is a critical part of making precision for adding my fellows! Because I used the “jig” I am able to see and tilt the critters to exactly where I want the next one to go. I think “tilting them a bit” adds a fun element.

 

 

 

 

 

I can hear many of you are sighing about the “jig” but it IS one of those basics that every stamper needs to have. I know that we do not use it a bunch but trust me, when you need it…it is not only a time saver…it is a frustration saver as with this simple piece of plastic…you can get PERFECT placement every time!

The coloring was a cinch with the Stampin’ Blends…these alcohol based markers make coloring FUN and don’t let that would “BLEND” get you in an uproar….you DO NOT have to blend when using them…just color if that is a comfort level to you….and if you want to blend…great – no rules…just do what YOU are comfortable with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best parts about these markers are that they color without streaks making simple coloring a rewarding experience and the other thing…they match our color palette perfectly, something that Stampin’ Up! does brilliantly! Make sure that when you use these that you are color over another piece of paper as the natural “bleed through” is a natural process of an alcohol marker!

Sentiment time…..where did this come from???? The Happiest of Days…which is in the good old Annual Catalog! I don’t know about you but….there are times (actually many times) that I feel bad for the Annual Catalog…..we all get soooooooo excited for it….it gets revealed to only have the Holiday Catalog steals its thunder and then the Occasion Catalog doing the same….remember – look in your stash and use what you have!

I have showcased this stamp set many time….click here and then click here….both some of my all time favorite cards…the simplicity of the open designs of this stamp make is great to create! Also…..the “jig” helped me make the placement perfect. (I know…many of you do not like this tool…but it really is not a bad guy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fun card like this can use a bold DSP to make the envelope shine. This is from the Tutti-fruitti DSP Stack, a fun and colorful pack! I admit, the picture does not do this pack justice as I think it appears super busy…but when you look at the paper (singularly) there are some fabulous finds….definitely a go to for my style of card making.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope that this post makes the start of your week with a beautiful smile on your face! I was super happy with it and I do encourage you to try your hand with masking. We all have sooooooo many stamps in our stash to mask with.

I will see you on Wednesday with another coloring fun project that I have been working on…..speaking of coloring – tomorrow I am having some “coloring therapy” with a dear friend that is on my team and we are doing some “continuing education” (I like the way that sounds…and John laughed when I told him) as we are going to a Copic Coloring Class. We can never stop learning and crafting…right????

I would love to send you this card and also this embossing folder…..they are my thank you gift for when you order with me this month. My current hostess code can always be found on the right side of my blog…but here you go to copy and paste – MGQ6RK9E….and please remember, I offer a very generous (well I think so) rewards program for shopping with me – it is a joy for me to send you freebies as heck – we all love a gift!

 

 

 

 

 

Shazam…the perfect solution!

 

 

Happy Friday….this week has been about Birthday Cards as lets face it…we each have one of those special days each year and we also love to send Birthday Cards…..well, we love to when we have a great idea or a stash ready – but trust me, I get it!

In November when I went to On Stage in Salt Lake City I can remember the first time I saw this kit in the display area…needless to say I was wowed! Not only was I doing a “happy dance” with the sheer beauty of the fun box but it didn’t stop there as when I saw the sheer quality and design of the cards…and then…the monthly dividers – I loved it!

 

The lightbulb that went off in my head was…WHAT A GREAT GIFT!

 

Let’s face it, I think that it is pretty fair to say that most of our “WANTS IN LIFE” are very minimal as I think we all feel very blest but I don’t know about you…I love to share my love of crafting with family and friends and what a fabulous gift this would be for that hard to buy for person.

The beauty of this is…it is timeless – being that no matter when you would “gift this” to someone… they can always use it. You could either give the Kit as a gift and have you and your friend put it together for a fun time spent together or go ahead and make it up and give it as a gift!

I have a BUNCH of pictures for you today but before you peek at them….watch this short video that Stampin’ Up! did showcasing this kit and you will see 1st hand what a blue ribbon winner it is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always try to give you a “heads up” for tips and tricks when I recommend a product. I followed the instructions to a tee with the exception of the placement of the Dapper Denim Bakers Twine and I also did not use the tassel stickers that were to go onto the balloons. Just some personal preferences in placement.

The kit is VERY generous with the amount of ribbon and twine. You can see in the below pictures that I doubled up on the twine for all of my bows (again, just a personal preference) and I had plenty. I always like to share these tips as I realize how frustrating it is to keep thinking while you are creating….can I use more…or maybe I’ll run out!

Below is a great visual of the kit contents…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next several pictures are close-ups of each of the cards that I put together. Not only were they super easy to put together, this are super cute and oh so practical cards!

The stamp set that is used to create these cards is called the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set. THANK YOU Stampin’ Up! for creating not only great outside sentiments….but also the ones that coordinate for the inside of the card. WOOT-WOOT…..we all LOVE that!

Remember, this below stamp set is sold separately from the kit but I think you will see and agree, it’s a keeper! After these photos I will share with you what I did with this kit…and trust me, it has been a huge hit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before we get to the last 2 cards let’s peek at the dividers….they ARE key to me…as this will KEEP US FROM MISSING someones Birthday! I just do a little wiggle of excitement when I can be more “on top of it” and having a “key” with Birthdays filled in does it for me!

Even though the kits makes 16 cards….you can easily put more in the box and also throughout the year as you make cards they can be added! I like to think of it as my stash of ready to rumble!

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the last 2…they are just adorable and being able to stamp a coordinating sentiment to the inside of the card is a time saver!

 

 

 

 

 

Now you know me….I adore my envelopes. To me, the envelope is the FIRST GLIMPSE of the presentation of the card. My Mom always taught me that if you take a bit of time for the presentation of something….than the recipient will feel special from the minute they see it….and let’s face it ladies….we all love to feel special cause’ guess what….WE ARE SPECIAL!

I used the Sweet Soiree DSP to add some love to the envelopes! The colors work perfectly for this kit and it gave me the extra special trademark touch that I love to give.

You can see in the picture below that using my DSP Swatchbook from the Product Shares made the picking out the paper a breeze. To me, they are the 911 when creating!

You can also see that I have a pack of gold candles…I purchased them for a whopping .97 at Walmart along with some simple balloons…after I made up the kit….I also tucked in a pack of candles and the balloons….just another sweet touch that costs sooooo little but will make someone feel super special and add so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One last peek of the entire kit and also an idea for you…. and then one from my sweet John…..

After I put together the first kit and saw the WOW of it….I thought – what a perfect gift for my girlfriends. I admit, most of my friends have no clue what I do but they know that I am crafty. (I do not teach locally as the bulk of my Stampin’ Up! fun is cyber) I purchased a bunch of these and had a ball making up these kits! I tied a beautiful white bow around it and strategically placed a long skinny cluster of gold candles thru the bow.

They are all stacked in a closet and PRESTO….a perfect gift that will only be super special and practical to them…but they will see firsthand what I do…. (the truth be told…I have a fear of teaching that I am afraid no one would come) I have already had 3 Birthdays this month with friends…and they have loved the kit!

 

 

 

 

My sweet John is an Accountant and this is his time of year of craziness. When he saw this kit is was amazed. He was also amazed when I told him that many of my customer simply do not purchase the Stampin’ Up! Kits….he asked me why and I said…..I really do not know as they sure do like my kits…..

He then said – this is perfect….I’ll take 8 of them for my ladies! Every year when it is Business Administrators Day (it is April 25th this year)…John takes the ladies to lunch. It is always a highlight for them as John is great in taking time to make his employees feel special. These people make the whole system work in cranking out the workload and it is his way of saying thanks!

He said… can you put a big bow on each of them and we can put it at their place. (I usually always put a little potted Spring Flower at their place setting) and then I will let them know that at 4 p.m. that day they will be treated to a special time with you in helping them put the kits together! Doesn’t this sound like fun!

I told you he was a keeper (and actually the best blind date I was ever on).….naturally I am THRILLED with the order….but I also know that his ladies will love it as well! The moral of the post is….this IS a keeper kit and it is also priced right!

How perfect to get the kit or kits…..the stamp…take advantage of some FREEBIES from Sale-a-BrationWOOT-WOOT all around!

Have a wonderful weekend…..I have another idea for you on Monday that will make you say….now that is soooo darn cute! Thanks for shoring some time with me and thanks for being YOU!

 

 

 

 

A Birthday formula…simple – fun – DONE!

 

 

 

Happy Hump Day! This week I am posting about Birthday Cards as it seems like one “intention” we attempt to do in the New Year is…..vow to send more Birthday Cards! I get it as this is something we all have each and every year and let’s face it…when we receive a card in the mail…we are touched!

Click here to see the Birthday Card from Monday…I thought that it was super sweet and it focused on how you can make a fun card using a minimal amount of DSP to make a POP of a statement. Remember, there are always tricks and tips on how you can create in a simple way and also without breaking the bank!

Today’s card is what I like to refer to as a “Formula Card”…what the heck is that? Well they become a lifesaver when you are having a creative block or simply have a specific amount of time to create as you can simply use the “formula” to dictate the focal part of the shapes and then you have the fun part of picking the theme, the papers, and the stamps!

Above you can see that I have (2) of the same cards but just tilted the square a bit and changed the base color but the end result is the same….A FUN CARD! When you have a good thing going….don’t change it!

 

 

 

 

 

When you are working with a great stamp set, today it is the Picture Perfect Birthday and then a fun grouping of paper, today it is the Picture Perfect Party 6 X 6 and then the FREE…yep FREE Card Bases which are the Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes from the Sale-A-Bration offerings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know that you love it when I give you the measurements for a formula…so here you go! If I were you ….I would make a formula card up today and then write the measurements on it so you can always just grab it and reuse the formula!!!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Card Base – good old A-2 card, 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″
  • The DSP Square 3″ X 3″ and then matted in 3 1/4″ X 3 1/4″
  • Placed a piece of ribbon and tied a simple bow around the square piece
  • The DSP Circle is a 2″ (I used the 2″ punch) and then matted with a 2 1/4 Circle, again…I used the  2 1/4″ punch.
  • Stamped the sentiment on a piece of scrap and then matted it.
  • Adhered the shapes and then POPPED all of them up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all know that we are in FULL SWING with Sale-a-bration, (the sweetest time of the Stampin’ Up! year) but I think that there are readers that sometimes do not know what Sale-a-bration is……in a nutshell….for every $50 you spend….you are able to pick a FREE SAB ITEM and then this year…Stampin’ Up! is also offering a 2nd tier of freebies…..with a $100 order you can pick from here or you can pick (2) from the $50 tier. (I just love choices!!!)

Personally….I think these cards that I am using today from Sale-a-Bration have been breezed by many. Remember, these Tutti Fruitti Cards & Envelopes are not only fun and festive….but the envelopes are a huge woot-woot! It simply does not get any easier than this…I think that you all LOVE getting a new stamp and again, I do “get it” but I felt the need to showcase these today as I just adore them!

 

 

 

 

I hope that you pop back on Friday because I have another Birthday inspiration for you….let’s recap….Monday I used the Birthday Wishes for You Stamp Set….today I used the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set….can you guess what I am going to use on Friday? (pssst…..here is a teaser…..I think you are really going to like it)

Here is something that I thought after making todays card….I stood back and thought…hmmmmm – this is kinda boring….kinda plain but then I thought – NO SUSAN….just STOP – it looks fine as isn’t this what you want to share….a clean and simple card that can be whipped up in a jif….but I invite you to see that you could easily add more to this great card IF you wanted to….

What could you add? Hmmmmm…. 

  • Make a party horn from the stamp set and add it by the sentiment
  • Add some simple rhinestones for a quick bling
  • Add some loops of thin silver thread under the sentiment
  • Make a simple candle from the stamp set and add that by the sentiment

You see…there are ALWAYS ways that you can add to a project. I hope that these tips can help you see that there are soooooo many ways to design and that YOU CAN design with what you already have…..just put that thinking cap on!

 

 

 

 

Have a great day and always know….I believe in you every STAMP YOU MAKE….as this wonderful thing that we do….is not only fun & rewarding – IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE and so do YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday fun with minimal DSP!

 

 

 

 

Now is this fun or what! You all know that I love cards that are simple…but when I can create a card that I can make multiplies of in a jif, I do my own happy dance and usually…my audience just wags their tail…but I still smile! (heck, they are my best critics) 

I know many of us start the New Year with many different resolutions or should I say, great intentions as heck…..no need to put stressful pressures….let’s just try to put that great intentions into a habit…as that’s how we can make a difference!

Birthdays are something we all have and something that many of us intend to be better at, sending Birthday cards! I am posting this week about Birthdays as that is one card that we all seem to use quite often and I hope that I will be able to put a little “spring in your step” to share and show you that there are ways to stay on top of it and develop a “stash of cards”

I love paper…because to me, paper and layers add an instant feel of specialness to a card and lets face it, paper is not that expensive but the layers DO make a difference…especially when you hold a card in your hand. We are so lucky that all of our papers and DSP match each and every time making the “color match game” a cinch!

 

 

 

 

 

Today I based my color palette from the Picture Perfect Party DSP collection. This is one of the newbies in the Occasions catalog and it is super unique to Stampin’ Up! as one side is an actually photo like image and the other is a fun print. I am more of the “fun print kinda gal” and these stripes….are just that FUN! I also love the fact that the size of this collection is a 6″ X 6″ square and you get (4) sheets of each design so you do have a lot of paper to work with if you are looking to make many of the same card!

Before we go on…there is one thing that I want you to remember with a paper pack like this…you can choose just about any paper within this collection and there will be another that will basically be….“in the same church… just a different pew” making it super easy to mix and match within a collection. Mixing and Matching is FUN…because Stampin’ Up! has taken the guess work out of it for us!

Both of the below Stamp sets are also newbie to our collection. The Bird Banter is sooooo on trend right now – if you shop with other stamp companies, you will see the “bird craze” everywhere and this stamp landed a home on Randall Lane because of the fun and unique sentiments and the fact that it is a photopolymer! DOUBLE WHAMY!

The later stamp, Birthday Wishes for You is SPOT ON with being a classic but look at that price…..just $12.00 – here comes a big WOOT – WOOT! The spacing in the “birthday” is a perfect way to add a fun pop of color without being too hard…as it is a breeze to color!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know that I enjoy keeping things simple….so I have a stash of card stock already cut to 1/4 sheets so I can grab and go as I need to. I find that this saves me a bunch of time and lets face it – IT IS THE BASICS and you know how I feel about them!

After I stamped all of the images, I trimmed off the excess to make it work for todays card – it ended up to be a 4″ X 4″ area and then I matted with just a smidge larger (4 1/8″ X 4 1/8″) in Lemon Lime Twist…

You will see below in the post that I did use the STAMPARATUS to create this card and each time I use it….I enjoy it more and more….mainly because of the sheer ease, efficiency and being able to stamp with multiple stamps!

The Stampin’ Blends made it a cinch to color….they just glide over the paper and the NO STREAK of color is a dream. No worries about knowing how to blend, with these you get the best of both worldssimple one color coloring or use multiple makers and blend….just do what works and feels comfortable to YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know that this does not seem fair to tease you with talking about the Stamparatus but I just need to. I do have one and as I shared, I am lovin’ it! I do have both the MISTI and also the Tim Holtz Platform so I think I can give you great feed back with our product, the STAMPARATUS. This product will be available in the Annual Catalog in June and also for those that have pre-ordered it…..(your time will be soon)

The 2 plates make using multiple stamps for a project a dream machine. For todays card I used (4) different stamps…

  • The “Happy Birthday” word
  • The Bird
  • The Balloon
  • The Sentiment inside the card…(a little birdie told me it was your birthday)

Because I was able to have the (2) plates I was able to stamp my card with ease and precision without having to change and clean my stamps after each stamp. THIS IS the a game changer to the other stamp positioners that are on the market. I truly did not think that this would make such a big difference but you just wait and see….you will be amazed!

 

 

 

 

 

I know that this might be hard to see but look closely and then it will make sense….I “get it” that we get frustrated and just sad when we ruin paper if an image is not lined up properly…I cut a piece of Window Sheet to 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ (the size of an A-2 card) so as I stamp…I can first give it a trial run on the Window Sheet! You can easily clean it off and reuse it time and time again!

The other thing that I do it…put a BRIGHT color of Duct Tape  and then cut the tape to a point as I “pick me up-er” as I admit….it not only save “my nails” but it helps in not having these STRONG MAGNETS get stuck together! On the bottom of the STAMPARATUS there is a place to store your magnets and this Duct Tape on them does not effect the storage one bit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know that this is a LONG POST but hang in there as this is a great TIP to making this card…..as I said before, I adore paper and the POP of this DSP just makes the card FUN but the reality of it is that I used a wee bit of DSP…..let me break it down for you…

  • for the card….I used a 1/2″ and a 1/4″ of DSP for the card…YEP  – I just used 3/4″ in TOTAL!!!!
  • for the envelope….I used a 1 1/2″ strip of DSP

 

The below photo will help you better see….all you need to do is be creative with how you cut your paper. From a glance, it looks like I used a bunch of DSP but just think of how many cards you could make using this same DSP from a paper pack? I made up 8 cards in a jif….ready for Birthdays when I need a super cute card!

 

 

 

 

 

 

One more peek at this card…I know its amazing but I did not POP up anything on this card today (something that is rare for me) but I did add the Susan dashes and dots to give it my signature touch!

I did add some Wink of Stella over the balloon and bird, something that honestly I forget about but when you hold the card in your hand, it is the perfect amount of bling.

 

 

 

 

There you go…a super fun Birthday card to inspire you to create! These 2 stamps are a perfect addition to your stash as you can see the mileage you will get out of them and also mileage out of your DSP!

I will see you back on Wednesday with another Birthday card…..make it a great day and lets all have a fabulous week!

 

 

 

 

 

3 Thinlits + No Stampin = A FUN Result!

 

 

 

Happy Hump Day! Did the subject line peek your curiosity? Well, YEP….that is right – no stamping today…just die cuts and special ones at that as these 3 thinlits are free with a qualifying order of $100+ during Sale-A-Bration!

There is a stamp set, Amazing You that also coordinates with it but today I am focusing on just these 3 words….it is called the Celebrate You Thinlits I think that it makes a fun yet kinda dramatic look and feel, making it super special. I know that if I were to receive it, I would beam and also  oooo & ahhhh over it!

Below is a super short (under 2 minutes) video that the home office did about these 2 products…there are some amazing samples in there that will perk you up and then you will see where my inspiration came from, YEP….I cased a card!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Tuesday Stampin’ Up! shares weekly updates with Demos and then they also help us by sharing with us a weekly training piece to help us, inspire us and teach us focusing on a specific product. When I clicked on the email yesterday and saw the picture below I know that I needed to case it as it is truly a fantastic card!

First I adore a tone on tone and truth be told I like it best in White or Vanilla but I thought that might be hard to see in pictures so I went with my favorite Stampin’ Up! color…..lemon lime twist….(I can hear Chris R. right now making all sorts of faces as she does not care for this color…tee-hee-hee  😀 ) but me, I LOVE IT as it is big and bold and looks fantastic with black and white!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now here is my take on this fun card! You can totally see the CASE that I was going for….the repetition of the word celebrate! I added some simple changes to share with you how you can see something that you love….tweak it a wee bit and make it work for you!

I do not know about you but…I have GOBS of Washi Tape….I buy it….but then I do not use it. I placed a thin piece of Washi Tape down the left side and POP….and think that it makes a huge difference as it pulls together the black sentiments plus the thin black thread that I placed behind the banner….do you agree?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know me….I like to find ways to make this whole process we do fun and as simple as possible and truth be told…there are products out there that make it easier. Below you will see the Elmer’s Adhesive Spray. I have blogged about this before and even though I do not use it often, when I need to – it sure is great to have on hand.

You can purchase it from a craft store…I think I picked it up at Jo Ann Fabrics and there are a ton of different brands – I just went with good old Elmer’s as I figured – WHY NOT….that brand worked for use when we were kids at school…I just figured this was the “grown up version” 

When I use spray adhesive I make sure that I spray it in a deep box so there is no chance of spray residue getting on my work area and I also like to use little piece of wax paper after each spray. I have found this to be super helpful in not having adhesive stick to the next thing you are going to spray (I hope that this makes sense) I then just throw the wax paper away and I can reuse the box the next time I need it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This font of “amazing” is that indeed….just amazing! I do like the idea of having the 2 words in the same color family but also at the same time making them a bit different – this black and white dot is from the Petal Passion DSP collection. This offering of paper is over the top! I admit…I am going to be sad when it leaves at the end of this catalog but in the meantime….get used to seeing it as it is a keeper, each and every print!

I realize that there is just (2) colors, black and white to this collection but the contrast when you POP it with a color like I did today is just classic. You can also use your blends to color right on the paper to add a super dramatic look….you will see a post on that look in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out in the picture below how I keep my Washi Tape. I use a simple ring clip  – I only do this with current Washi Tape collections so I can easily spot the current ones. The others that are retired I keep in a super cute basket in my work area….

You can see from the below picture that I simply used (3) additional items that most of us have….and in using these in a minimal way made an impact on the card! My little dots around the banner and also on my envelope flap just added that simple yet detailed touch that would certainly make the recipient smile….remember, it’s the little things that people remember!

 

 

 

 

 

 

One last peek of this fun card. It really did not take a bunch of time to do. The longest part was cutting out the word 5 times and the spray adhesive made it a cinch to adhere!

I first thought that I needed to do a bunch of measuring to make sure that everything was just right in the spacing and then I thought to myself…KEEP IT SIMPLE….and that is what I did!

I started with the center celebrate words (that was mainly under the banner) and then just added above and below….it’s not perfect but IT WORKS! After making one of these…I thought – WOW…..I need to do this with other sentiment words that I have!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your day….and we are having what feels like a heat wave on the East Coast…..now it is not that warm out BUT it is a heck of a lot better than the sheer bitterness we have been having….I am even thinking about taking a nice long walk!

Below you will see the items that I used to make this fun card and I know that there are many of you that have been “eyeing up” this framelit offering. I agree with Donna from the video….Sale-A-Bration IS the sweetest time of the year for us crazed Stampin’ Up! lovers!

 

 

 

 

 

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