Weather Together Umbrella Card Tutorial

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I hope you have been enjoying all of the recent videos teaching new techniques like Shaker Cards and all about our Oh Happy Day and Watercolor Wishes Card Kits. The videos Stampin’ Up! provides us with are invaluable. They show new ways to use the products from our catalog and give samples that are adorable.  I get excited to recreate the samples every time a new video comes out.

This week, I am sharing the Party Pop Up Thinlits which create two pop-up birthday themed cards. All you will need to make these special cards are the thinlits, your big shot, and the card stock colors of your choice.  Watch the video and see how easy it is to use the thinlits to make one of a kind pop up cards.

AUGUST ONLINE HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

Do you have the new Pop-n-Cuts dies for making 3D pop up cards?  Post a comment, share a photo on StampinFool.com Facebook page, or email me a picture of your latest pop up card creation!

Woodland Baby Shower + Gift Favor Tutorial

I love party planning and I had the honor of planning my best friend’s baby shower.  To say I was excited is an understatement. I was STOKED!!  And, on top of it, we were going with a Woodlands theme for the new baby girl. I started by hitting Pinterest and looking at ideas for throwing a great shower.  Combined with the ideas I had floating around in my head, I’ll show you what I came up with, give you a list of basics for throwing a Woodland baby or bridal shower, and a how to on the baby shower gift favors.

I started out with a menu.  We both love food- all the food.  I wanted a simple menu, but filling enough to keep everyone happy and have a little leftover for momma so she would have snacks on hand for the next few days! Let me just say that I had plenty left over, except for the chicken salad on apples.  It went like crazy and I put out two batches.  (See recipe below).

Menu:

  • Almond Chicken Salad, on granny smith apple slices and on hawaiian rolls
  • fruit platter
  • veggie cups with quartered cucumbers, celery, carrots and ranch dressing
  • cheese board (water crackers, gorgonzola, aged cheddar, alluette spread)
  • some premade trail mix in a bowl
  • ‘Smores mix (Golden Grahams, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows)
  • cookies (baby & woodland themed sugar cookies & choc chip cookie sandwiches)
  • vanilla vanilla cake (8″ four layer, from walmart- aaaamazing)

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

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Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

A quick list of things that make a super easy, super chic baby shower are:

  • cute invitations
  • burlap or ribbon bunting/banner
  • craft paper roll for a table runner
  • menu or food tent signs
  • drink menu, clear cups/mason jars, ice, juices & sparkles (ginger ale, lemon lime soda, Welch’s sparkling white grape)
  • party food: cheese platter & crackers, apple slices topped with chicken salad, veggie cups, sweets, cake
  • handmade tag for favors

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Here is a close up of the favor table.  I punched 2″ circles of Crumb Cake, gold embossed the backs with a stamp, used Blushing Bride for the Foxy Friends punch and stamped eyes and nose.  Really simple, but super cute.  I tied them with gold cording to ruffled ribbon around the hand sanitizers from Bath & Body Works. Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Another way to make this baby shower special was to be strategic about the “games”.  Who likes baby shower games?  No one. {I literally asked this question at the shower, and the response was accurate.}  So, instead of the eat candy out of a diaper, taste baby food, what’s in your purse, how huge is the momma run of the mill standard baby shower games, we painted onesies.

Let me take a minute to talk about this.  I’m going to be brutally honest, as a mother and a party planner.  I have seen hundreds of tutorials.  I have read a thousand articles.  I have been to baby showers and decorated diapers with sharpies, I have painted burp clothes with puffy paint, I have painted onesies with markers.  I have had these given to me. You know what I did with them? Here’s a secret- I cleaned with them. I tossed. I did not keep and I certainly didn’t put my sweet newborn baby in them.

Moms aren’t going to keep these handmade masterpieces where you can’t tell if its a turtle or a goat painted on it in bright, bold kindergarten colors.  {On a quick side note, we did hand cut fabric on iron on backing and those I kept and my sweet babes wore. Totally acceptable).

But, I have a solution.  Painted onesies.  But you just said no one likes them and moms throw them out.  Not if they are done right ladies!  I have a specific ingredient list to make this work.  Don’t deviate, it won’t work.

Supplies:

  • Craft Paint (five colors in a similar palate)
  • Foam brushes
  • 1 pack of detail brushes
  • 6 little paint cups (one for water)
  • fabric paint medium (Martha Stewart)
  • Onesies – cotton, in multiple sizes (NB, 3 month, 6 month, 9-12 month)  Be aware of the season and what is appropriate for that age/season. Long sleeves for winter, short for summer.
  • Cardboard to go in between onsie
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • Silhouette cutting machine

Directions:

  1. Wash onesies & tumble dry low.
  2. Pick outline silhouette images for your theme.
  3. Using Silhouette machine, cut them out of freezer paper (leaving the outline and negative space open). One or more for each onsie. Remove from cutting mat. Cut freezer paper to size of once. {See detailed Silhouette Instructions below; you’re welcome.}
  4. Heat iron, lay the freezer paper image on the onsie waxy side down. Cover with a tea towel.  Iron for 20-30 seconds or until freezer paper is bonded, including all edges. Repeat with all onesies and stencils.
  5. Put paint and medium into cups. Add a water cup for cleaning brushes. Lay out a tea towel to dry brushes.
  6. Mix medium and paint well.
  7. Choose a onsie. Unsnap and insert cardboard to middle for firm surface and to protect from bleeding.  Paint onsies. Lightly. Not to heavy.
  8. Let dry. (About 20 minutes)
  9. Peel off stencil freezer paper.
  10. Admire.
  11. Air dry overnight. Wash on gentle.

** I explained how to paint them to my guests and that there were plenty to paint one or two each. That they should grab a drink and some food and half could be painting while the other half were snacking. This worked really well so that it was not too crowded and everyone, including the mom to be got a chance. I also bought mom a t-shirt to paint.

** I stuck with my woodland theme and choose gold, light peach, light mint green, light brown (fawn), and a magenta.

** Mix the paint with fabric medium 1:1, meaning half paint, half medium.  I squirted the paint in the cups, then the medium and swirled around with a foam brush.

** It was easy to paint with more than one color on the onesies & add detail with the smaller brushes.

Detailed Silhouette Directions

I tried this by trial and error. I read many directions, but non that were specific enough to actually work. I almost quit. I tried cutting with a blade or exacto knife- a straight blade doesn’t cut curves. Lesson learned. Stick to the silhouette.

** To make the stencils, I imported dark, solid silhouette images into Silhouette Studio. > Click the trace box. > “Select trace area” and make a box around the objects. > Deselect high pass filter. This will turn the image all yellow, making the outline cuttable. > Click “Trace”. > Go to the Cut Settings tab. > Style: Cut. Cut settings: 2 for the blade, type: heat transfer material. > “Send to Sihouette”. > Make sure you actually ratchet the blade down to 2.

Here’s where you can purchase the products to make these adorable onesies!

 

Onsie Painting sign handmade & Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com
Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

So what do you think? Isn’t this the sweetest baby shower?  XOXO

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A little bird of Thanks

Things I love:  Best Birds and Jars of Love.

A  few weeks ago my best friend sent me a thank you card for hosting a baby shower.  It was a bright floral wreath with a pretty little pink bird right in the middle.  It gave me the inspiration for this bird and wreath card.

I stamped a few layered flower on a scrap of Whisper White and cut them out with the Jar of Love framelits.  I finished it off with a cute Melon Mambo bird just like my inspiration.

Best Birds Thank You card from StampinFool.com

Supply List:

 

Don’t forget we are still having a sale on Designer Series Paper during the month of October.  Now is a great time to stock up!

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Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art

Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art

When I first saw the Paisleys and Posies stamp set and framelits I knew I wanted to create a peacock from them.  I instantly fell in love.  #1- I love peacocks.  #2- I want to make all things peacock.  #3- This stamp set jumped out at me and I knew I wanted it.  Although the paisleys make great Fall themed cards and projects, they can also be used in layering and creating anything from flowers to animals- punch art of sorts.

To make the peacock framed art I grabbed a piece of 12 x 12 White card stock, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi card stocks and started stamping and die cutting.  If you want to recreate this too, you’ll want to cut the card stock in half to 4 1/4″ and stamp about five of each of the large and medium paisleys and circle medallions (both sizes) in each color.  I also stamped some in Versamark and white heat embossed on colored card stock.  Die cut all of the pieces and start piecing them together to find a good fit.

For the Peacock body and plume, you’ll want to layer dimensionals under each layer and adhere each feather with dimensionals.  Stamping: start from the body and attached feathers and stamp your way down, out and to the sides with the larger stamps first, filling in with medium and then smallest stamped images.

Finally, after it is all stamped, dimensionaled down and adhered to the 12 x 12 mat it’s time to embellish. The feathers are embellished with dimensionals, rhinestones, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, and Bermuda Bay sequins pulled off of the sequin trim.

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Here is a close up of the peacock body made of paisleys.

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Detail of the stamped and die cut fan pieces.

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

I love love this stamp set and it makes seriously beautiful peacocks!  What do you think- do you love it?  Do you also love peacocks as much as I do?

Stampin’ Up! Supply List:

Stampin Up! Paisleys & Posies Peacock Art from StampinFool.com

Designer Series Paper SALE: Buy 3, Get FREE

Woot Woot!  It’s a SALE that you won’t be able to pass up.   Designer paper is on sale during the month of October, which is perfect because with Christmas around the corner you’ll need lots of paper to make those Holiday cards!

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Fine Print:

Promotion period: October 1–31, 2016
All order types qualify for this promotion.
There is no limit to how many times participants can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this promotion.
Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks do not qualify for this promotion and cannot be redeemed through this offer.
Designer Series Paper purchased with Stampin’ Rewards or the Stampin’ Rewards 50%-off perk does not qualify for this promotion.
Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this promotion.

Like what you see:  SHOP HERE!!!

Here are a few really great template samples of cards where the paper stands out and stops the show.

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Wrapped in Warmth: CHRISTMAS CARD CLASSES TO-GO

CHRISTMAS CARD CLASSES TO-GO

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose your favorite card kit
  2. Make your payment with PayPal include your mailing address
  3. On the 15th and 30th of the month the packages will be sent out directly to you!
  4. Make, Craft, Gift!

WRAPPED IN WARMTH CARD CLASS  $30

This month’s card class to go is Wrapped in Warmth.  You’ll get the awesome stamp set full of Holiday sayings, cute jingle bells, and sweater weather in a card.  The cards mirror the Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Delightful Dijon from the Warmth and Cheer matching paper. Add a little bit of my gold twine and your friends will be loving your handmade Christmas cards!

What you’ll get:
  • Wrapped in Warmth Clear Mount stamp set
  • Cardstock and DSP to make 4 handmade cards
  • Embellishments
  • Envelopes
  • PDF with measurements and directions to make your own
  • Supply List
  • Video Tutorial for any new techniques


Wrapped In Warmth Card making Kit from StampinFool.com Wrapped in Warmth Stamp Set included in card class.  Here are the stamp images:

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Recommended ink needed:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler.



The Fine Print:

* The kits will contain all of the precut & embossed pieces to complete your cards/projects, as well as envelopes.
* No images will be stamped on the card kit pieces. You will use the featured stamp set to complete the cards.  You will also need adhesive and ink.
*Card Kit:  Card kits will be mailed on the 15th and 30th of each month depending on the date you ordered (i.e. if you ordered on the 10th, it will ship the 15th).
* The PDF tutorial will be emailed to you on the 15th and the 30th.  Keep an eye out for the email which will contain the link to download the PDF and a video to help you complete the projects if it’s a new technique.
* Please do not copy, reproduce, or share the PDF without my written permission. You may use the projects in your classes, but you must produce your own samples as the guide.
* REFER A FRIEND:  I truly appreciate your business!!  If you refer a friend who purchases the Stamps in the Mail, email me and I will give you a $5 discount on your next Stamps in the Mail order!

New Stitch Fix Y’all

Hello, hello.  This is craft unrelated to, but I just had to share one of the amazing tops I got in my latest Stitch Fix. I am wearing it today, and posted a quick photo on Instagram showing it off and received a few messages for more info, so I’m giving you a quick peek!

So it’s an awesome boho sort of print, with crochet down the front, a tie, and a semi sheet shell, with an included ivory tank top underneath.  Who doesn’t love that it comes with the tank cami.

I paired it with my favorite Banana Republic jean leggings and called it a day. You can find the necklace at Kohls- it’s a rose gold tree from LC Lauren Conrad.

Stitch Fix Daniel Rainn boho blouse details and review from StampinFool.com

Do you love it? Make sure you leave a comment for your stylist that you love Daniel Rainn and that you want this top!  They stylist are really good about listening to feedback and picking outfits you will adore.

Want to know more?

HOW DOES IT WORK?

1.  Fill out your Style Profile

Begin by filling out the Style Profile. This helps Stitch Fix understand your size, style, shape, budget and lifestyle. Completing your profile should only take about 10 minutes.

2.  Pick the date you’d like to receive your shipment

They’ll send you a selection of five clothing items and accessories handpicked by personal stylists on the date you choose. At the time your stylist selects your items, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep from your shipment.

3.  Try everything on in the comfort of your home

We encourage you to try on everything our personal stylists have picked for you because you just never know what will look great on! Create new outfits by pairing what’s in your shipment with the items that are already in your closet.

4.  Buy what you like and return the rest

  • Take three days to decide what you’ll purchase and what you’d like to send back. You’re only charged for these items when you tell us what you’re keeping and returning.
  • Check out by logging in to your account to pay for those items you want to keep. The $20 styling fee will be applied as credit towards any items you purchase. If you buy all five items, we’ll give you 25% off the entire purchase!  I love saving money and getting free clothes!
  • Simply return the items you don’t want in our pre-paid mailing bag and drop it at any USPS mailbox. Stitch Fix clients enjoy free shipping both ways as a benefit of using our service!

5. Tell us what you think!

Don’t forget to give us specific feedback on each of the items you receive. Personal stylists are able to send you better selections when we know what did and didn’t work for you, and why. Talk about the color, cut, how it fits, how it feels and let them know what you love and don’t love about it for the best Fix!


DIY Camera Shaker Card Tutorial

DIY Camera Shaker Card Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Good Morning!  Check out today’s awesome project. Love it?  I’ll give you the details.

Supplies:

Tips:

  • To create the camera shape, put the folded card base into the envelope punch board and punch at the 1 3/4″ mark on one side, them flip the card over and punch on the other end (same edge of the card).  Cut off the outer parts of the card leaving the middle rounded hump.
  • Use the foam strips to keep confetti/sequins in the shaker window.
  • Use 2″ and 1 3/4″ circle punches to make the camera lens quickly and easily.
  • For the decorative middle, place three rows of Pop of Pink black and gold washi tape.
  • Keep with a few colors for a bigger impact!

DIY Camera Shaker Card Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Pop Up Birthday Card Tutorial

Pop Up Birthday card tutorial with Birthday Cake dies tutorial. See more at StampinFool.com Pop Up Birthday card tutorial with Birthday Cake dies tutorial. See more at StampinFool.com

I hope you have been enjoying all of the recent videos teaching new techniques like Shaker Cards and all about our Oh Happy Day and Watercolor Wishes Card Kits. The videos Stampin’ Up! provides us with are invaluable. They show new ways to use the products from our catalog and give samples that are adorable.  I get excited to recreate the samples every time a new video comes out.

This week, I am sharing the Party Pop Up Thinlits which create two pop-up birthday themed cards. All you will need to make these special cards are the thinlits, your big shot, and the card stock colors of your choice.  Watch the video and see how easy it is to use the thinlits to make one of a kind pop up cards.

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

Do you have the new Pop-n-Cuts dies for making 3D pop up cards?  Post a comment, share a photo on StampinFool.com Facebook page, or email me a picture of your latest pop up card creation!

Ongoing Deals

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

Don’t forget to redeem your BONUS DAYS coupons starting today.  The codes will be email to the address you provided with the order.

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THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES Exclusive Stamp Set and Dies

In August 2016 only, get this exclusive, limited-time stamp and die set bundle to make beautifully intricate cards for any occasion.

Thoughtful Branches exclusive handmade DIY stamps and dies.

Thoughtful Branches exclusive handmade DIY stamps and dies.

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Confetti Celebration Shaker Card Tutorial

Confetti Celebration shaker card visor tutorial will show you everything you need to know to create a birthday themed shaker card with sequins and confetti. Stamp with the ink and stamps included and give them away to those special people in your life. Learn more at StampinFool.com

Good Morning Crafties!  I am excited to share a few cool, new Stampin’ Up! products that make for easy to put together DIY shaker cards. Shaker Cards are an easy way to take your paper crafting to the next level.  And with our new foam adhesive strips and sequins, your shaker card will be easier to make than ever. Before you know it, you’ll be giving them away to every special person in your life.

Stampin’ Up! has done all of the hard work for us when it comes to crafting. They produce an amazing catalog with hundreds of card ideas and samples, they coordinate the products with stamps and colors, and have videos to help you navigate new techniques.

Below is a video showing exactly how to put together a shaker card for your next crafting project.  Take a few minutes to watch this 5 minute video walking you through the shaker card with our newest foam adhesive strips and sequins.

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I can’t wait to see what you create.  Post a comment, share a photo on StampinFool.com Facebook page, or email me a picture of your latest shaker creation!

Ongoing Deals

This July, 2016 for every $50 you spend in Stampin’ Up! Products, you’ll receive a $5 credit coupon emailed right to your inbox next month!

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

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