Aug 15, 2018

Tropical Chic - Stamps and Dies with Something A Little Extra Special!

Today's project is another one of my August Camp projects.  I fell in love with this bundle when I first saw way back in April when we got our catalog at the sneak peek 80's night in Atlanta - it has been a WHIRLWIND since then!  I am not even sure WHEN I ordered the bundle, but I AM sure it has sat neglected all spring and summer long til now.  But no more!

Today's video is a little quicker - as the card itself is super easy to make!  Next week the Bundle will be the featured product on my Facebook - so there will be more samples and videos to come.  To make sure you don't miss any of that (because prizes are given out over there - especially when I get time to go LIVE!) make sure you are following me!

On the video I do show you that the dies are designed to cut a bit differently than most of ours. The stamps are BIG and BOLD - and I don't even USE the big and bold ones...so grab a cuppa and take a second and watch the video!



 Next week when I do another post with the set I will make sure to include the pictures of the dies that you get and just how they cut out. I know many of appreciate having those as a helpful resource!  I find when you get a set like this to know what they are going to do before you use them is a must.

And - seriously girls - every single day now I am getting questions about my table pretties!  I have accumulated some extras.  If you have not made it through a whole video (or have had to turn the volume down...I know I have had worked in the office, lol) I will be having a POP UP sale some time next week.  It will be on my FACEBOOK BUSINESS PAGE - so you need to follow me there if you want to see.  Cheri's Cards.  I have several extras of the CREATE, WRITE, and the little table things I throw my scraps and dies in so they don't get lost.  I even have some of my shoebox swap zip things...  BUT - I do NOT have any WASHI (I do have 1 or 2 Stamp).  The Washi ones must be hard to find....and I have friends that "need" them if I ever do, lol.

Speaking of Shoebox Swaps and Swaps in general....next week when we do our joint Facebook Lives - we will be talking all things Swaps - this will be for our fellow demonstrators.  One of us went to one of the Conventions waaaaaaaaay back in the early 90s - when Shelli dressed up maybe as a Princess - between the 3 of us we have been to zillions... (well - maybe not that many - but we have a TON under our belts).  If you want to know how to swap, how to make swaps, swap etiquette, what is a Shoebox swap, what to do with ALL the swaps after - then watch our live!  It will be next Monday the 20th - midday EST.  But they will all air again.  If you find mine - I will link to theirs.  Orlando will be HUGE!  Expect swapping to begin in rest stops and airports - so get ready to start stamping now!

August Online Order Special
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*Order $65 from my online store and select ONE free Classic Ink Pad (you select color)
*Order $100 from my online store and select TWO free Classic Ink Pads (you select colors)
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Product List
Tropical Chic Clear-Mount Bundle
Tropical Elements
Shaded Spruce Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' Pad
Highland Heather Classic Stampin' Pad
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
Champagne Foil Sheets
Shaded Spruce 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Stampin' Write Markers New Color Assortment
Soft Sea Foam 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Aug 14, 2018

Blended Seasons Summer Card with Aquapainter and Ink Pads - Facebook Product of the Week


Today's project reminds me a little of the Telephone Game we played as kids.  You remember, you sat in a circle and the first friend whispers a phrase and by the time it gets to the end of the circle - it resembles the first phrase....but it has been changed to a whole new fun and usually silly version of the original?!  Well, hopefully my card isn't silly - but it is a Telephone Version of sorts!

The ORIGINAL card - if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator - can be found in last week's edition of the emailed Succeed Weekly.  (If you are not, then sign up as part of my team - the ideas they send us each week are fabulous! Even if you are just signing up for the discount - having ideas show up every week from the home office is worth the price of the kit!).    I have camp this week...so I tweaked again - as you can see in the project video here:

My girlfriend tweaked the card to be her own.  I LOVED it!  The card above is hers - she demo'd it on our joint Facebook Live last week.

The stamps and dies are only available through August, so over on my Facebook page this week I am going to be paying special attention to them!  If you don't follow me there, take a second to head over and like the page.  I will have some tips, samples and ideas so you can decide if the bundle is for you before it's too late and it's gone forever....cue the dramatic music......

If you have been visiting here the last month you know I have used it with Blends, the Pencils embossing, and today with just plain ole ink pads.  It is so versatile - such a great starter set.


Stampin' Up! really did a great job of including stamps that you will be able to pull out all year long.  These flowers in the color combination are so bright and cheery!  They will be perfect for birthdays, Mother's Day, Showers, Weddings - or tone the colors down and they can easily transition to sympathy or get wells.

If you are coming to camp this week - this is a camp card!  I hope you enjoy the project tutorial and seeing just how simple it is.  

August Online Order Special
use host code QJ9A2TD6
*Order $65 from my online store and select ONE free Classic Ink Pad (you select color)
*Order $100 from my online store and select TWO free Classic Ink Pads (you select colors)
allow 3 weeks for delivery)




Product List
Blended Seasons Clear-Mount Bundle
Blended Seasons Wood-Mount Bundle
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad
Aqua Painters
Lemon Lime Twist 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Sparkle Glimmer Paper
Glitter Enamel Dots
Shimmery White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Big Shot
Melon Mambo 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Granny Apple Green 1/2" (1.3 Cm) Textured Weave Ribbon
Whisper White 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon
Dark Pineapple Punch Stampin' Blends Marker

Aug 12, 2018

Angels on Earth - Italian Old World Style Embossing Paste Card - How to Find Design Inspiration


Today's project is SO MUCH FUN!
I am not sure what to call it - I know there are others out there that have probably done something similar.  I like to do original work, so I don't spend much time at all looking at tutorials (I know, I post them and I don't know that I have ever even watched an entire one on Youtube, lol)  It is part of the reason I LOVE to get the Preorder.  There is nothing I enjoy more than getting products that have not been used before - I pop open the box and there it all sits.  What to do with it - that maybe no one has thought of?
This girl reminded me of my favorite spot on the planet.  Italy - well, that whole region of Europe.  Slovenia, Austria....so beautiful.  
You know I had those dang lemon stamps sitting here for ever (I know, I still have not posted the Lemon Bar recipe...it IS coming!). They remind me of Italy.
Just to pop over to the Cinque Terra for the afternoon and have one of these delicious little things again.  Put it on your bucket list.  Can you see where I am getting my Angel's Color Inspiration??!  She is a little Lemon Colored!

In fact, this whole entire card was inspired by Italy.  There is far too much detail for me to explain in the project to type it - so if you are interested in recreating it (or just elements) you can watch in on my YouTube ChannelI am not going to embed it, this time I think you do need to hop over there and be able to see it in HD, which you won't get here on my webpage. 

But click on the link here and see just how easy it really is!!

a few "after the video tips"
That's about how much of the refill I added to the paste.  The great thing about this project - even though it may seem a little more 'advanced' - it isn't really.  It's a perfect Step Up project if you feel like you are ready to try something new, but not quite ready to invest in the Big Shot yet.

I did use the Heat Gun, but as I said in the video, just waiting a few minutes to get to the perfect touch dry point would accomplish the same thing.
My no line look was going for the Old World Style.  It give my stamps a 2 in one purpose! Flip her back over later and she is a totally different image!
My "Italian Style" card was based on memories and feelings I get from photographs I have taken. 

 But you can design the same way.  Trips and pictures you have taken - even from your own back yard.  Pictures you may have see online taken by others.  

In fact, when I pulled up my own pictures of this trip - I can get inspired by a whole NEW color palette!  Maybe you can too!
This is a Caper - before it is in a jar at your grocery store! Look at those colors and that texture.
So many greens - and I am so glad that Stampin' Up! gives us so many greens to choose from!  But don't miss the red in the flag, the blue of the sky and again all of the texture and shades of the neutrals.  
This would be a fun color combination to try with the Blended Seasons flowers, no?  As artists we should never be at a loss to know where to start with color combinations - the world gives us so many to choose from.  Just pull up some pictures and try.  You see in my video I have a color of trial and errors.  It's just paper!  If you don't like what you do first, just try a new one.

The effect that I got with the Tin Tile folder and the Embossing Paste was pretty much EXACTLY what was in my mind.  That does not happen every time.  When it doesn't - you just move on to the next project.  But when it does - it is stamping magic!  I do want to get a shirt to wear that says "it is prettier in real life"  Because the photographs do not do this card justice.

I tried some natural light and my little lights.  The paste is colored Crumb Cake - it looks some off color in every single picture. The card has some weight to it.  It is a liberal coat of the paste as you saw in the video.
It makes me want to add a few jars of it to my next order.  How many Stampin' Up! colors do we see on this Italian hillside?  What other folders can I use - I am thinking I want to try the new Subtle one next!



While I intentionally used this Christmas angel in a non Christmas way - I plan on a Christmas decor piece that will draw in several elements of this project in more traditional colors.  I even kept some of the Christmas sprigs from last year.  Remember how I dusted those with the paste and the glitter for snow?  You can BET those will be a beautiful addition!!  If you missed it, you can find them on this site or on my Pinterest page.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how to do this - it is always fun to see how to use things like your Blends and Embossing Folders in new ways!
Toast you with a Granita!

August Online Order Special
use host code QJ9A2TD6
*Order $65 from my online store and select ONE free Classic Ink Pad (you select color)
*Order $100 from my online store and select TWO free Classic Ink Pads (you select colors)
allow 3 weeks for delivery)