Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Magical Day Mermaid and Dragon Birthday Cards

Hello peaches and happy Wednesday! I can't believe it's almost February! It seems like we were JUST celebrating Christmas, then New Year’s. I guess with February right around the corner (tomorrow!!!), I’ll need to get on some Valentine’s projects soon, but for now I have some fun celebration cards using some new products from the Myths & Legends Suite.



This suite has always been a favorite of mine from the new Occasions Catalog. I love all the sweet little mermaids, unicorns, and dragons from the set and the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) is no less magical. In fact, it’s the star of my projects today.



In both of my cards today I have cut out a few images from the DSP. I cut out dragon and a mermaid from two of different patterned papers. I’ve included a picture of this gorgeous 2-sided paper so you can see all the great designs and images.



After my images were cut out, I took my Stamping Sponges and my Bermuda Bay Ink Pad to blend some ink onto my Whisper White Cardstock for my dragon card and the Berry Burst Ink Pad was blended for my mermaid card. The key to a soft, even blend is to ink up your sponge, dab off a bit onto a scrap paper and then blend into your project. Dabbing off first will prevent any harsh, intense marks from getting onto your paper since the sponges are textured and can create this effect. I usually start really light and continue to add color until I am happy with the results.

After the ink blending was complete, I added some sparkles onto my dragon background using the sparkle stamp from the Magical Day Stamp Set and from the same set, I stamped some bubbles o to the background for my mermaid card. To finish off my cards I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!





Sale-A-Bration

Sale-A-Bration is one of Stampin' Up!'s biggest sales of the year! Through March 31st, for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product. For anyone who has enjoyed Sale-A-Bration in the past, we have an exciting new announcement for this year: We now have a new reward level, giving you more flexibility and options for your free items.
Let’s break it down:
  • If you spend $50, you get one free level 1 product.
  • If you spend $100, you get one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose two level 1 items.
  • If you spend $150, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

This new option allows everyone to create a personalized Sale-A-Bration experience! Contact me for more info!


Host A Party


Get your friends together and host a party to earn Stampin' rewards during the month of September! Contact me to book an event!

To order online: 
January 2018 Hostess Code:
AKUEKT69


 If you’ve considered joining, it's a truly great time! For just $99, you can select $125 of your choice of product AND earn a 20% discount on purchases from the Annual Catalog.  This is an amazing deal! If you want to join my team, click here or please email me!


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Monday, January 29, 2018

Cake Soirée Birthday Card With Dry Embossing

Hey Peaches! Happy Monday! I hope you had a happy and restful weekend. Mine was quite relaxing and filled with crafting my little girl. She will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in a few weeks at school and of course we weren’t going to buy cards if we could make them! So we came up with a fun design and she picked a color scheme (which I LOVE! It’s so non traditional and fun!), and we began assembling. It was so special to watch how she crafted and her sweet little hands would try their hardest to adhere that heart perfectly in the center. She did so great and was quite proud of the results (as was I). I will include a few pictures of her putting them together at the end, but for now, I’ll get onto my card for today.



I have a couple of special birthdays coming straight in the beginning of February so I wanted to start creating those sooner than later. The card today used quite a few products from the Sweet Soirée Suite. This suite is one of my favorites from the new Occasions Catalog. It has such a gorgeous color scheme and the coordinating products are to die for. I find myself using them in just about ALL my cards, lol!

I started by using the Cake Soirée Stamp Set and coordinating dies. I stamped the solid cake image in Marina Mist Ink and the added the detailed layer with Versamark Ink and added Silver Embossing Powder and heat set it. Then I went on to create my background. To get the dry embossed look by using your dies you need to arrange your “Bigshot sandwich” just as you would if you were going to emboss (I have more details on how to do this in my previous “Embossing With Butterflies Instagram Tip” post), with the exception of adding your Silicone Craft Sheet underneath your cardstock. This will create a cushion of sorts for your die to press into without actually cutting your paper. I took the “bow” looking die and placed it cutting side down on my cardstock panel and ran it through my Bigshot repeatedly until I was happy with the results. Here’s an up close look at the delicate detail it added.



After the background was complete, I began to assemble the rest of my card. I stamped a few flowers onto some Vellum Cardstock and So Saffron Cardstock and die cut them out. I also cut a few flourish-y leaves from the die set out of the So Saffron Cardstock as well. Then I added a few extra embellishments from the Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit. Lastly, I took Silver Metallic Thread and sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment and added them to my card and that finished off my card for today. Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!


Here are the pictures of my daughter creating her valentines. I think this was the favorite part of both of our day.






Sale-A-Bration

Sale-A-Bration is one of Stampin' Up!'s biggest sales of the year! Through March 31st, for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product. For anyone who has enjoyed Sale-A-Bration in the past, we have an exciting new announcement for this year: We now have a new reward level, giving you more flexibility and options for your free items.
Let’s break it down:
  • If you spend $50, you get one free level 1 product.
  • If you spend $100, you get one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose two level 1 items.
  • If you spend $150, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

This new option allows everyone to create a personalized Sale-A-Bration experience! Contact me for more info!


Host A Party

Get your friends together and host a party to earn Stampin' rewards during the month of September! Contact me to book an event!

To order online: 
January 2018 Hostess Code:
AKUEKT69


 If you’ve considered joining, it's a truly great time! For just $99, you can select $125 of your choice of product AND earn a 20% discount on purchases from the Annual Catalog.  This is an amazing deal! If you want to join my team, click here or please email me!


Supplies:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Beautiful Peacock - Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Well, Peaches, here it is! I’m so excited to welcome you all to my first official Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! You may have just arrived from Kim McGillis' Blog, so welcome to my page! Each month our very talented and creative team of designers will be bringing you inspiration, so prepare to be amazed and inspired!

 I so honored and excited to be representing the United States, and for those of you new to my blog, my name is Lauren Alarid and I live in California, USA. I have an incredible husband and a beautiful daughter who loves crafting as much as I do. I joined Stampin' Up! in 2016 and have been in love with the quality products ever since. For all of my returning followers, thank you so much for all of your continued support and welcome and hello to those who are just joining me! Now on to the projects! 

Today, I have the pleasure of showcasing my favorite set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, Beautiful Peacock. This exquisite set is so versatile. The feathers make gorgeous plumes, whimsical flourishes, or elegant swirls. The possibilities are endless. 




As soon as I saw this set, I instantly knew my color scheme. It had to be Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, and Emerald Envy. They seemed like the perfect combo for a peacock. I did a little bit of ombré stamping (where I start with inking my stamp in a lighter color and then use my Sponge Dauber to add a darker color on one end in a gradient). I made quite a few of them because I wasn’t sure how many projects I was going to make; plus, I love having lots of options. I used the new Shimmery White Embossing Paste to create a whimsical, glimmery background. To finish off my cards took a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels and used my Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Marker to color them to match my cards.







I had so much fun with this set I couldn’t stop! I also made a few small 3x3 note cards. I love to create a small “lunchbox” version of my cards so that I can include them in my daughter’s lunch each day.  I just love this set and I think you will too! 



I also wanted to show you how I used my new Artisan Team Stamp on the back of my cards. I just LOVE it! 





Keep hopping along and check out my other fellow teammates’ pages. They have some pretty amazing projects to share. I’ve listed them, along with all products used below or you can just click the link below to hop to Linda Van Wely-Zwolle. She is amazingly talented and you're going to love what she has created!

I also wanted to mention that Stampin' Up! features a corporate blog post each Thursday of the month where we Artisans share creative tips, tricks, and strategies. You can find these posts in the "notes" section of the Stampin' Up! Facebook Page.Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!




2018 Artisan Design Team




Sale-A-Bration

Sale-A-Bration is one of Stampin' Up!'s biggest sales of the year! Through March 31st, for every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product. For anyone who has enjoyed Sale-A-Bration in the past, we have an exciting new announcement for this year: We now have a new reward level, giving you more flexibility and options for your free items.
Let’s break it down:
  • If you spend $50, you get one free level 1 product.
  • If you spend $100, you get one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose two level 1 items.
  • If you spend $150, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

This new option allows everyone to create a personalized Sale-A-Bration experience! Contact me for more info!


Host A Party

Get your friends together and host a party to earn Stampin' rewards during the month of September! Contact me to book an event!

To order online: 
January 2018 Hostess Code:
AKUEKT69


 If you’ve considered joining, it's a truly great time! For just $99, you can select $125 of your choice of product AND earn a 20% discount on purchases from the Annual Catalog.  This is an amazing deal! If you want to join my team, click here or please email me!

Supplies:

Country Home - Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Well, hello peaches! Welcome to the Country Home Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  Each month our very talented and creativ...