Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Festive Flurry and Greetings of the Season stamp sets

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Well, here it is my last Christmas in July post.  But have no fear, more Christmas cards will be posted probably as early as tomorrow.  I promise there will be non Christmas cards also. Like I said yesterday, I just love Christmas and I am sure many more cards are to come.  If you are enjoying my posts or videos please leave a comment. I am really interested in your opinions!   Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplies used to create this card:

Festive Flurry stamp set  # 131778 (wood)    # 131781 (clear)

Greetings of the Season stamp set  # 128030 (wood)    # 128033 (clear)

Whisper White card stock  # 100730

Winter Frost DSP  # 132341

Pool Party card stock  # 122924    ink pad  # 126982

Bermuda Bay ink pad  # 131171

Smoky Slate ink pad  # 131179

VersaMark pad  # 102283

Iridescent Ice embossing powder  # 101930

Silver 1/8" ribbon  # 132137

Big Shot Festive Flurry Framelits dies  # 132193

Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents  # 119246

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Festive Flurry and More Merry Messages stamp sets

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Guess this is almost the last day to post a Christmas in July card . . . maybe I should start Christmas in August?  I love Christmas time, thoughts of Christ and the reason for the season, fires in the fireplace, cold days and colder nights, sleeping under down blankets, everyone you meet in a loving, generous mood, the wonderful smells of cookies baking and cider on the stove.  I hope this card reminds you of winter and Christmas.  Remember, if you need any supplies, just click on the "Order Online" button and you will go directly to my online Stampin' Up! store.  Take care and Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplies used to make this card:

Festive Flurry stamp set  # 131778 (wood)    # 131781 (clear) --

available Aug. 1, 2013

More Merry Messages stamp set  # 126400 (wood)   # 126402 (clear)

Whisper White card stock  # 100730

Wisteria Wonder card stock  # 122922    ink pad  # 126985

Silver Glimmer paper  # 124005

Big Shot Festive Flurry Framelits dies  # 132193 -- available Aug. 1, 2013

Stamping Sponges  # 101610

Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents  # 119246

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Serene Silhouettes and Thoughts & Prayers stamp sets

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Sympathy cards are never fun to make, but it can be really helpful to have one prepared, just in case.  I think the colors on this card lend themselves to a more somber card.   However, by just tweaking the color choices, this design could be used for that ever elusive masculine card.  To create the color blend, I sponged the lightest color first (in this case the Pink Pirouette) then, using a different sponge for each color, I added the two additional colors.  Be sure to blend, blend, blend.  Remember, you can always add color, but you can't take color away.  Hope you give it a try.    Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplies used to make this card:

Serene Silhouettes stamp set  # 132073 (wood)    # 127324 (clear)

Thoughts & Prayers stamp set  # 128751 (wood)    # 127805 (clear)

Whisper White card stock  # 100730

Elegant Eggplant card stock  # 105126    ink pad  # 126969

Basic Black ink pad  # 126980

Pink Pirouette ink pad  # 126956

Pistachio Pudding ink pad  # 131177

Big Shot Labels Collection Framelits dies  # 125598

Big Shot Fancy Fan embossing folder  # 127751

Stampin' Sponges  # 101610

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Color Me Christmas, More Merry Messages and Chalk Talk stamp sets

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The new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog is set to release on August 1, 2013 and you will love it!  Not only is it full of wonderful stamps and accessories it comes to life with an interactive app.  All you need to do is download the Layar app, scan the catalog pages and unlock a video filled with product information and inspiration.  How cool is that?  Now, just to peak your interest I've made my card with several items from that catalog.  Get set to visit my Stampin' Up! store on August 1st and prepare to shop 'til you drop.   Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplies used to create this card:

Color Me Christmas stamp set   --   Available August 1st

More Merry Messages stamp set  # 126400 (wood)    # 126402 (clear)

Chalk Talk stamp set  # 130631 (wood)    # 130634 (clear)

Whisper White card stock  # 100730

Watercolor paper  # 122959

Season of Style DSP  --  Available August 1st

Crumb Cake card stock  # 120953    ink pad  # 126975    marker  # 120967

Old Olive ink pad  # 126953    marker  # 100079

Cherry Cobbler marker  # 119681

Blender Pen  # 102845

Big Shot Chalk Talk Framelits die  # 129983

Linen thread  # 104199

Brights Collection Designer buttons  # 130028

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer Silhouettes and Petite Pairs stamp sets and How to DoubleEmbossing video

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I thought I would share the beautiful card that my mother made for my birthday.   Isn't this amazing?  She is so talented and artistic.  You can see that she loves using the Big Shot and flowers as much as I do.   If you would like to make this card and need any supplies, don't forget that you can purchase them from me!   My Stampin' Up store is open 24/7,  just click on the "order online" button and you can shop, shop, shop.   Happy Stamping!


Here is the How to Double Emboss video:


Stampin' Up! supplies used to make this card:

Summer Silhouettes stamp set  # 132082 (wood)    # 126447 (clear)

Petite Pairs stamp set  # 128706 (wood)    # 122497 (clear)

Whisper White card stock  # 100730

Very Vanilla card stock  # 101650

Gumball Green card stock  # 126840    ink pad  # 126861

Basic Black ink pad  # 126980

Blushing Bride ink pad  # 131172

Strawberry Slush ink pad  # 131178

Perfect Plum ink pad  # 126963

Big Shot Fancy Fan embossing folder  # 127751

Big Shot Designer Frames embossing folder  # 123130

Gumball Green Stitched Satin ribbon  # 126848

Victoria 5/8" Crochet trim  # 118481

Basic Pearls Jewel accents  # 119247

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lovely Romance stamp set

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I am determined to use all of my new stamp sets several times.  I want you to have multiple examples of the same set.  Hopefully, having lots of samples  will make it easier for you to create a variety of cards.  A big heartfelt thanks to everyone that visits my blog on a regular basis, if you have any comments or suggestions please e-mail me at  kathleenstamps5@gmail.com     Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplies used to make this card:

Lovely Romance stamp set  # 130264 (wood)    # 130267 (clear)

Whisper White card stock  # 100730

Elegant Eggplant card stock  # 105126    ink pad  # 126969

Basic Black card stock  # 121045

Big Shot Chalk Talk Framelits dies  # 129983

Big Shot Stylish Stripes embossing folder  --  available August 1, 2013

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wetlands stamp set

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I think the Stampin' Up! Wetlands stamp set is so versatile. My customers are always looking for masculine card ideas and this set certainly lends itself to that.  You might have noticed that I watercolored the Canada goose. If you are having difficulty with that technique, check out my how to watercolor video posted on July 6th.   Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplied I used to create this card:

Wetlands stamp set  # 126695 (wood)    # 126697 (clear)

Watercolor paper  # 122959

Old Olive card stock  # 100702    ink pad  # 126953

Soft Suede card stock  # 115318    ink pad  # 126978

Smoky Slate ink pad  # 131179

Summer Starfruit ink pad  # 126991

Basic Grey ink pad  # 126981

Big Shot Squares Collection Framelits dies  # 130921

Big Shot Chevron embossing folder  # 127749

Season of Style Designer Washi tape  --  Available August 1, 2013

Aqua Painter  # 103954

Naturals Designer buttons  # 127554

Early Espresso Baker's twine  # 123124

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Swallowtail stamp set and Faux Cloisonne video

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I have been out on the web looking for a new technique to share with you and came across Faux Cloisonne.  This technique is so very easy and so very beautiful!  Just look through your magazines for a photo that strikes your fancy.  It does not matter what the photo is about, what does matter are the colors.  The picture could be beautiful flowers or a spaghetti dinner . . . just pick colors you love and want to use on your card.  Watch my video and I'm sure you will be able to create a fabulous card!  Remember, if you need any supplies please purchase them from me by clicking on any of my "shop online" links.    Happy Stampin!


Here is the how to video:


Stampin' Up supplies used to make this card:

Swallowtail stamp set  # 131943 (wood)    # 129216 (clear)

Island Indigo card stock  # 122923

Brushed Gold card stock  # 102935

Basic Black card stock  # 121045

VersaMark pad  # 102283

Gold Metallic Encore Pad  --  Available August 1, 2013

Gold embossing powder  # 109129

Cupcake Builder punch  # 121807

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ornament Keepsakes and More Merry Messages stamp sets

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The weather has been so hot this week and is expected to climb to 104 on Saturday and Sunday.  Therefore, in an effort to think cool thoughts, I am posting a Christmas in July card.  When this set came out last year, I immediately fell in love with it and am very happy Stampin' Up! brought it back.  I have been thinking about this style of card for quite some time. Isn't it cute with the ornament hanging inside the oval cutout?  I attached a dimensional on the Cherry Cobbler card stock just above and below the oval opening, I placed a piece of fishing line on the dimensionals, then put more dimensionals on the embossed Whisper White card stock and affixed it to the card base. Finally, I stamped two ornaments, cut them out with the matching framelits and glued them back to back with the fishing line in between.  This might look complicated, but it was actually very easy.  If you need any supplies, why don't you purchase them from me?  My store is open 24/7 and you don't even need to go out in the heat, to go shopping.    Happy Stamping!


Stampin' Up! supplies used to create this card:

Ornament Keepsakes  # 128048 (wood)    # 128051 (clear)

More Merry Messages  # 126400 (wood)    # 126402 (clear)

Whisper White card stock  # 100730

Cherry Cobbler card stock  # 119685    ink pad  # 126966

Big Shot Ovals Collection Framelits dies  # 129381

Big Shot Holiday Ornament Framelits dies  # 127816

Big Shot Beautiful Baroque embossing folder  # 130917

Basic Pearls Jewel accents  # 119247

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Regarding Dahlias stamp set and Big Shot Lattice Bigz die

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I was recently meandering around Pinterest and came across several beautiful cards using the Stampin' Up! Big Shot Lattice Bigz die.  I have had that die for several years and had yet to use it.  I know, I look through the Stampin' Up! catalogs and have to have almost every accessory known to man and this die was one of those "have to haves".   Any-who, I bought it and there it sat, lonely and neglected . . . until today!  Hurray, it's about time, don't ya think?  This card is so glittery, I just love it!  If you have this die just sitting around getting dusty in your home, get it out and try this card.  If not, drop by my Stampin' Up! store and get your own.   You never know, you just might make a great card.    Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplies used to make this card:

Regarding Dahlias stamp set  # 130324 (wood)    # 130327 (clear)

Express Yourself (hostess) stamp set  # 130336 (wood)   # 130339 (clear)

Pool Party card stock  # 122924

Basic Black card stock  # 121045

Silver Glimmer paper  # 124005

Window sheets  # 114323

Whisper White craft ink  # 101731

Jet Black StazOn ink  # 101406

Big Shot Lattice Bigz die  # 115958

Big Shot Window Frames Collection Framelits dies  # 129021

White Embossing powder  # 109132

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kind and Cozy and Polka-Dot Pieces stamp sets

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I was playing around with the Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Borders Plate today and am very happy with the results.  I think the border on the white card stock and the scallop detail on the navy card stock really adds to the overall card design.  Guess I need to get out my little used tools and play more often.  Hope you are having a great day.    Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplies used to make this card:

Kind and Cozy stamp set  #129123 (wood)    # 129126 (clear)

Polka-Dot Pieces  # 129705 (wood)    # 129708 (clear)

Whisper White card stock  # 100730

Daffodil Delight card stock  # 119683    ink pad  # 126944

Night of Navy card stock  # 100867    ink pad  # 126970

Strawberry Slush card stock  # 131295

Simply Scored Scoring Tool  # 122334

Simply Scored Borders Plate  # 126192

Big Shot Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder  # 116824

2 1/2" Circle punch  # 120906

1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch  # 119854

1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch  # 127811

2013-2015 In Color Boutique Details  # 130938

Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain ribbon  # 126872

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Petite Pairs stamp set and Paper Bow Video

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I am just loving paper bows.  I am always on the look out for new and cute accents to decorate the cards I make and paper bows are just the ticket!  They are easy to make and take very little time . . . two pluses in my book.  I created a how to video, now you will know how to make them, too.  So sit back, watch the video, then go make some bows.    If you need any supplies, drop by my Stampin' Up! store, remember for your convenience it is open 24/7.   Have a great day and Happy Stampin!


Here is the video:


Stampin' Up! supplies used to make this card:

Petite Pairs stamp set  # 128706 (wood)    # 122497 (clear)

Very Vanilla card stock  # 101650

Tangerine Tango card stock  # 111349    ink pad  # 126946

Venetian Romance DSP  # 130144

Big Shot Designer Frame embossing folder  # 123130

Big Shot Ovals Collection Framelits dies  # 129381

Designer Buttons -- Neutrals  # 130031

Scallop Oval punch  # 119856

Hexagon punch  # 130919

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Stippled Blossoms and Four You stamp sets

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The colors I used on this card remind me of my childhood.   When I was in middle school (a hundred years ago), Mother and Dad redecorated my bedroom in shades of purple, green and a touch of yellow.   Oh my goodness, how I loved that room!!   I do so hope you enjoy the color combination as much as I do.    Happy Stampin!



Stampin' Up! supplies used to make this card:

Stippled Blossoms stamp set  # 132076 (wood)    # 126747 (clear)

Four You stamp set  # 130535 (wood)    # 130538 (clear)

Very Vanilla card stock  # 101650

Gumball Green card stock  # 126840    ink pad  # 126861

Elegant Eggplant card stock  # 105126    ink pad  # 126969

Wisteria Wonder card stock  # 122922    ink pad  # 126985

So Saffron ink pad  # 126957

Pistachio Pudding ink pad  # 131177

VersaMark ink pad  # 102283

Big Shot Large Delicate Doilies Sizzlits die  # 126999

2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch  # 118874

5/8" Victoria Crochet trim  # 118481

Basic Pearls Jewel Accents  # 119247

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Simply Sketched (hostess) stamp set

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Are you getting tired of watercoloring yet? Well, not me . . . I am having such a great time with my blender pen and markers.   If you do not have the marker sets or are just missing a couple of markers you can use a drop of refill ink or squeeze the ink pad and use the color collected on the lid.  I truly hope you are giving this technique a try!  Watch the video I posed on July 6th, practice and I know you will be successful.    Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplies used to make this card:

Simply Sketched (hostess) stamp set  # 129669 (wood)    # 129672 (clear)

Watercolor paper  # 122959

Melon Mambo card stock  # 115320    marker  # 131259

Pear Pizzazz marker  # 131266

Smoky Slate marker  # 131898

Basic Black card stock  # 121045

Jet Black StazOn ink pad  # 101406

Blender pens  # 102845

Gingham Garden DSP  # 129310

Big Shot Chalk Talk Framelits dies  # 129983

Big Shot Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die  # 120893

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Fabulous Florets stamp set

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Sometimes, I think the Big Shot is my best friend (at least for cards).   When I look at the cards I've made, the Big Shot makes an appearance on almost every one.  When Stampin' Up! first introduced the Big Shot, I thought why would I ever need that?   Boy, was I wrong!  A couple of years ago I finally took the plunge, purchased it and have never looked back.   Big Shot folders, dies, framelits and embosslits can make a plain card beautiful!  If you do not have one . . . why don't you take the plunge, like I did?   Just click here:  Shop Online 24/7    You will not regret it!     Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplies used to make this card:

Fabulous Florets stamp set  # 128574 (wood)    # 123027 (clear)

Whisper White card stock  # 100730

Baked Brown Sugar card stock  # 131296

Pistachio Pudding card stock  # 131294

Pink Pirouette card stock  # 111351

Wild Wasabi ink pad  # 126959

Blushing Bride ink pad  # 131198

Venetian Romance DSP  # 130144

Big Shot Adorning Accents Edgelits dies  # 125595

Big Shot Adorning Accents Embossing folder  # 125601

Big Shot Apothecary Accents Framelits dies  # 127003

Big Shot Beautiful Baroque Embossing folder  # 130917

Stampin' Sponges  # 101610

Large Pearl Basic Jewels  # 125577

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Simply Sketched stamp set

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Hope you like this simple watercolor card.   I needed a quick birthday card and this one fits the bill.   If you are still struggling with watercoloring take a look at the How To video I posted on July 6th, I'm sure it will help you learn the process.     Happy Stampin!


Stampin' Up! supplied used to make this card:

Sketched Birthday stamp set  # 130423 (wood)    # 130426 (clear)

Watercolor paper  # 122959

Whisper White card stock  # 100730

Real Red card stock  # 102482    ink pad  # 126949

Tempting Turquoise card stock  # 102067    ink pad  # 126952

Smoky Slate marker  # 131898

Jet Black StazOn ink pad  # 101406

Big Shot Circle Collection Framelits dies  # 130911

Big Shot Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder  # 117335

2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch  # 118874

1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch  # 119854

Blender Pen  # 102845

Real Red Stitched Grosgrain ribbon  # 126875

Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents  # 119246

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Secret Garden stamp set and How to Watercolor Video

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I have always loved to color. In the past, I used the Stampin' Up! watercolor crayons, Stampin' pastels and watercolor pencils, but this year those items were discontinued and I needed to rethink how to color my cards.   So, I have been experimenting with the Stampin' Write markers and blender pens, and I'm quite pleased with the results.   Many of my customers struggle with watercoloring and I'm sure many of you reading this blog also find the process difficult.   Well, I sat down today and made a How To video for you.   I hope this video will show you just how easy watercoloring can be and that with a little practice you to can be successful.    Happy Stampin!


Here is the video:


Stampin' Up! supplies used to make these cards:

Secret Garden stamp set  # 131940 (wood)    # 129144 (clear)

Watercolor paper  # 122959

Basic Black card stock  # 121045

Jet Black StazOn ink pad  # 101406

Daffodil Delight card stock  # 119683    marker  # 119677

Pumpkin Pie card stock  # 105117    marker  # 105115

Rich Razzleberry card stock  # 115316    marker  # 120970

Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper  # 126902

Big Shot Secret Garden Framelits dies  # 129372

Blender Pens  # 102845

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