Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Life Announcement...

Stampin' Up! announced yesterday that we've partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you Project Life products in exclusive Stampin' Up! colors and designs.  And you know what that means...coordination, coordination, coordination!!!

From the announcement:
If you've somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it's all about, it's a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards.  It's a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life.  In a nutshell, it's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them...you'll be able to order a limited selection of Project Life products starting May 1st.  And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2nd, you'll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products!

Here's the announcement video:
 Happy Scrappin'

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Crafting in Style! We Tried Out a New Retreat...

The last week of March we tried out a new retreat that just opened last Fall.  WOW! I love it!  It's called Moments Retreat Center and it's in Lake Dallas, TX.  My downline, Becky, found this one for us and we had the whole craft studio to ourselves (5 of us) for the whole weekend starting on Thursday.

Here's a couple of photos of the studio.  See all my tote bags and card stock crates.  I took these photos after I packed up to leave.


We have a tool sign up list that I made for the last retreat we tried so we can try not to all bring duplicate tools.  I brought all the punches.  It pretty much covered an entire table that someone would have used if other crafters were there.  I guess in the future, we'll need some folding tables to put tools on.

A sink and a mini fridge right in the studio was awesome!

The house is beautiful!  I wish my house was decorated this nicely.  Here's some photos of our room and the house...we stayed in the Master Suite which was called the Ruby Room.  I wish I had taken a photo before we messed up our beds, but all the rooms are beautiful!





We laughed, talked, watched movies, listened to classic rock, and created lots of fun stuff.  I can't wait to go to this one again.  Plus, the location is just 30 minutes from my house.

One of my projects was this banner I made with my Sale.a.bration Heartfelt Banner kit.  I photographed it on her fireplace 'cause, well, look how nice it looks there!  I currently have it hanging over the blinds in my craft room.


Here's what our stuff looked like after we took over the tables, lol.


BTW, I have a craft show this Saturday at Faithbridge Presbyterian Church in Frisco at College and Hillcrest Rd.  And, also be looking out for the retired list which posts on April 21st!

Happy Stampin'



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Petite Petals Window Lattice Card

I saw a card on our demo site by Linda Creech that inspired my card below.  This is a Big Shot intense card...just sayin'!  Practically every piece runs through the Big Shot so I pre-cut a few of the pieces for my Stamp Night gals.  I look forward to Spring every year so I can start using purples and greens together.  That combination just says Spring to me.

Stamps:
  • You're Lovely (Sale-a-Bration)
  • Petite Petals
 Colors:
  • Wisteria Wonder
  • Old Olive
  • Whisper White
Tools / Extras:
  • Big Shot
  • Lattice Bigz Die
  • Perfect Polka-Dots embossing folder
  • Little Leaves Sizzlits
  • Deco Labels Framelits
  • Window Frames Framelits
  • Petite Petals Punch
  • 1 3/4" Circle Punch
  • Basic Jewels Pearls
  • 2-Way Glue Pen
  • Dimensionals
Tips:  Use the 2-Way Glue Pen in the corners of the Lattice to glue behind your window before running through the Big Shot Perfect Polka-Dots folder.  Also, you can use the tape or dimensionals on your flowers to hold your leaves in place.  I put dimensionals behind the card front window to create a shadow on the card base, and you can cut a tiny dimensional to place in the center of the Lattice if you don't like it dipping in toward the middle.

This would make a great Mother's Day card...just use a Happy Mother's Day stamp inside!

Happy Stampin'


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Glittered Easter Eggs

Easter is just 2 and half weeks away!  Here's an easy way to add glittered Easter eggs to your scrapbook pages or cards using Silver Glimmer Paper and the XL Oval Punch:

Stamp Sets:
  • Delightful Dozen
  • Positively Chevron
Colors:
  • Crumb Cake
  • Very Vanilla
  • Strawberry Slush
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Gumball Green
  • Garden Green
  • Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad
Tools / Extras:
  • Stampin' Spritzers (link)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Re-Inkers
  • Silver Glimmer Paper (link)
  • Fringe Scissors (link)
  • Brayer
  • Seam Binding ribbon
  • XL Oval Punch
Egg Spritzing:  I have an old box with a lid attached on one side that I use to spritz in (practice safe spritzing...lol).  Just fill your spritzers with rubbing alcohol (drys faster than water) and 15 drops of re-inker in each color in each spritzer to spritz strips of Silver Glimmer Paper.  I tried with less drops, but it was not intense enough color on the Silver Glimmer Paper.  Stampin' Up! Glimmer Paper has a special backing that holds up to spritzing.  The color works itself under the glitter and dries in about 15 minutes.  Then, just punch out your eggs with the Extra Large Oval Punch. 

Tip: Once you designate a color to your spritzer, just label it and keep it that color.  They are inexpensive and so washing the color out of the spritzing mechanism isn't worth your time.

I also did an Ombre effect on the background of this card with the Brayer.  Here's my Technique Journal page.

Happy Stampin'


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Because of Beautiful People Like You...

I love this People Like You single stamp set.  I did two layers and water-colored just a bit to color it in.

Stamp Set:
  • People Like You (link)
Colors:
  • Sahara Sand
  • Canteloupe Crisp
  • Pistachio Pudding
  • Whisper White
  • Early Espresso
Extras / Tools:
  • Designer Label Punch
  • Aqua Painters
  • Dazzling Diamonds
  • Sweet Sorbet (Sale-a-Bration designer paper)
  • Dimensionals
  • 2-Way Glue Pen
Tips - Just stamp your image twice and cut/punch one image and use the other for your base.  You only have to water-color the part you're cutting out on the top layer piece.  And, it helps you with where to cut if you only water-color that portion.  I used my bone folder to curl some edges on the cut out.  Also, I water-colored the stems with Pistachio Pudding, but used the brush tip of the marker for the label outline.

Of course it's hard to see in the photo, but I did little wisps of glue pen to add Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flowers.

Happy Stampin'