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Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

Only available August 1-31st – limited edition Stampin Up Color Your Season bundle! 

And you’re going to want to get your ordering fingers ready first thing on August 1st since the last time we had a limited edition, it sold out lickety split – like in 4-5 days!  Let’s take a peek at the very first card I made with it.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

How about those stitched lines?  Inside and OUTSIDE the cut-out!  (more details below)  I think they add so much to the overall card not a lot of embellishment is necessary.

I made this card as a congratulations for Jennifer, who celebrated a one year anniversary as a Kreative Kanuck.  (For those who don’t know, that’s the name of my team with Stampin’ Up!  Everyone who joins my team immediately becomes a KK and gets to have fun at our regular team stamping parties like the one we had this weekend!  Here’s another totally different celebration card from last year.)

But let’s get back to the card.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

The large label is a cutout for the entire front of the card and the smaller label is attached to the inside, centred within it.  I’ve got my top tips a bit further down so you can see what I learned as I was designing.

The flowers (well, to be honest, everything really 😄) in this set are just beautiful.  And while I used the Stampin’ Blends to colour mine, there’s an exclusive set of watercolour pencils for quick and easy on-the-go creations too. 

Let’s take a look at everything available with this time-limited Color Your Season bundle.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

 

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

To see four more gorgeous samples and to get your own full-size pdf with all the deets, just click here.  

 

What you need to know about this bundle  (ie. what I like best about it)

  1. Well, first of all, you get to save 10% when you order the stamp set and framelits together – and who doesn’t LOVE a saving like that?
  2. The framelits are TO DIE FOR (no pun intended!).  With stitching on both the inside and the outside of the three label dies, you cut your design time in half.  How?  When you cut out the label shape, you get a second card’s opening at the same time!  (TIP: I saved the Old Olive label on my card for another card I made to help celebrate another team member’s 12th anniversary with Stampin’ Up!  I’ll share that one with you later.)
  3. But there are other detailed dies included too.  An awesome leaf, flower with a matching leaf, some swirls, a pretty bow and a framelit for the cute bell (perfect for Christmas and weddings!)
  4. This bundle covers all occasion and all seasons.  Spring, summer, fall and Christmas are included so this will become your new go-to set.
  5. The sentiments are perfect for many occasions: thank you’s, best wishes, Christmas, friendship, congrats.  So I know you’ll use the bundle over and over again.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

Let me give you some TIPS about my congratulations card.

  • Choose a cardstock colour you can coordinate with a lighter colour to draw attention to your main card.  (My card is Old Olive and the smaller label is Pear Pizzazz.
  • Ink your stamp with Memento ink (as I coloured with the Stampin’ Blends) and stamp on Shimmery White cardstock.  Let it dry just a few minutes before starting.
  • Select your light and dark blends for a subtle mixing and blending.  (I used the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive duos with a teensy bit of Light Calypso Coral for the flower centres.)  For my tips on colouring with the Blends, see my short video.
  • Cut out two of the three flowers from the full stamp so it will fit inside the large label (and so your card will open 😜).
  • As you cut around the flowers leave a very small line of white.  Then where your two flowers join with the remaining leaves and flowers in the full stamp, cut just a little closer than you do for the rest of the flower to minimize seeing the black image lines.
  • Snip your greeting just slightly wider than the small label so it extends out to the right and tuck it in behind the flowers.
  • Attach the flowers with dimensionals to add an elevated layer.
  • Form a small, pretty bow from Pear Pizzazz shimmery ribbon and attach with a glue dot.

I’ll be sharing another fall idea with this versatile bundle in my Facebook Live this Thursday, August 2nd at noon (MST).  Come watch it in action! 

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

You won’t want to miss out on this special promotion.  Quantities are limited and once they’re gone, it won’t be available again. 

So set a reminder on your phone, mark the date in your calendar and jump on my 24-7 online store to get your own limited edition Stampin Up Colour Your Season bundle on August 1st!

Stampin Up Zentangle Designs Make Cool Cards

Stampin Up Zentangle Designs Make Cool Cards

Did you know Stampin Up zentangle designs make cool cards?   Do you know how easy it is to combine your love of die cutting and tangling for ultra fast and simple cards? 

For my Keep It Simple Sunday feature today, I’m again showing you a quick and easy design you can whip up in minutes – if you cheat just a teeny weensy bit!  But I’ll get to that in a minute🙂.

If you’ve never tangled before and don’t know anything about it, see how easy it is to add it to your paper crafting tool kit for stand out greetings like this!

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

I wanted a more “elegant” look for this one, so combined my Copper Foil Sheets with a few metallic sequins for some shimmer and shine.  Great for a graduation, wedding or anniversary card, don’t you think?

Are you wondering what exactly Zentangle is? Here are the deets.  It’s:

  • super easy-to-learn
  • ultra relaxing
  • fabulously fun and a
  • stress relieving

way to create gorgeous images by drawing repetitive black pen strokes one at a time into structured patterns. Now, who wouldn’t want to play with something like that?

Here’s an example of one of my designs so you can see the patterns it includes.

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

What’s so special about Zentangle?  Well, beside the striking black and white and cool patterns?

  1. There’s so few supplies!  A black journalling pen and some white paper are all you REALLY need!
  2. You can’t make mistakes.  No, really!   If a stroke happens to get out of whack somewhere, that only creates a new opportunity for a different design.
  3. And the best part? Anyone can do it – just about anywhere!  It’s a fabulous way to kill airport or doctor office time.
  4. There’s no pre-planning.  No pre-determined end in mind.  And we are free to let our piece of art develop based on the stroke we just laid down on our paper.

How freeing is that?

I think the simplicity is why I think Stampin Up zentangle designs make cool cards!

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

 

For this card, I’ve used Stampin’ Up!’s Sunshine Sayings framelits.  These faux brush lettered greetings are some of my go-to’s for quick cards.  Four different words and three simple shapes make card making a snap.  One swipe through the Big Shot and you’ve got a gorgeous greeting that looks like you spent hours practising your brush letters!  I use these again and again! 

Check out this other design using the same congrats in a completely different way for a totally unique look and feel.

So confession time (AHH-gain sigh!).  If you’re wondering how tangled art can be part of my Keep It Simple Sunday series, here’s the simple answer.  I cheat😊!  

See what I mean in this short video.

Stampin Up Zentangle Designs Make Cool Cards

 

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

I do love to use Basic Black for the base of my zentangle cards.  It just makes the crisp white and black tangled images POP off the page.   Let’s make this one together.

Ingredients

  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2” 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White cardstock – 3 pieces, 1- full 8 1/2”x11” sheet to run through your printer or photocopier, 1- 4” x 5 1/4” (inside) and one 1-3/4” x 4 1/4”
  • Copper Foil sheet – 3/4” x 5 3/8”

Recipe

  1. Photocopy a completed piece of tangled art onto Whisper White card stock.  (TIP1: this paper is slightly less weight than our other cardstock so it runs through my printer – a Epson ET-4550 – easily)  
  2. Cut out the “congrats” with your Big Shot once from the tangled copy and once from plain Whisper White.
  3. Glue together two words with the white in behind and slightly offset.  (TIP2: Try a colour here to extra WOW!)
  4. Add to card with Mini dimensionals placed on the back.
  5. Glue piece of copper foil to front and adhere various metallic sequins with liquid glue.
  6. Adhere Whisper White panel to inside of card for your writing surface.

Optional:

  1. Decorate your envelope flap too!  (TIP3: I have a large – 8 1/2” x 11” – tangled sheet I like to use to cut out large pieces like this flap.)

Zentangle and Stampin’ Up! Framelits are pretty much a match made in paper crafting heaven.  To create your own fast and fun designs like this one, here are all the supplies you need. Have fun!

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

Do you find the black and white striking too?  Or maybe you’d prefer some colour?  See this one where I’ve combined it with another bold colour – Lemon Lime Twist.  Or this one with Island Indigo (which is soon to be gone😩).  

No matter whether you’re drawn more to the “non” colours or colours, I know you’ll enjoy combining your tangled art with your framelits.  Why not pull yours out so you can see how Stampin Up zentangle designs make cool cards too?

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Colour Patterned Paper with Stampin Up Alcohol Based Markers

Colour Patterned Paper with Stampin Up Alcohol Based Markers

Release your inner artist and colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers. Combined with the beautifully bold black and white Petal Palette designer series paper, your Stampin Blends create images so vibrant they practically JUMP off the page!

Spoiler alert! When you see the fabulous results with this super simple one-two technique, I predict you’ll be adding this paper to your shopping cart!

See what you think.

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

Pretty intense colour right? I especially LOVE the fantastic contrast against the pure white background and bold black flowers. My colours here are the light and dark Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Old Olive blends. Doesn’t the mix of pastel pink and bold navy pair especially well with the Calypso Coral cardstock.

What else is great about this technique? No stamping required! Your complete supply list? Designer series paper and Stampin’ Blends.

In fact, with this short list, it’s a perfect way to while away time if you’re sick in bed, laid up on the couch or travelling and need to kill some time. Not only will you keep yourself from going stir crazy, you’ll have a pile of ready-made images you can add to just about ANY card. I call THAT making good use of your craft time!!

Let’s take another peek.

hw gorgeous is this colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

What are the steps to colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers?

  1. Colour your images with your choice of Stampin’ blends colours, alternating between the light and dark markers to achieve shading and depth (see my video here for a couple pointers)
  2. Cut your paper to whichever size you want for your card (mine is 1 1/2” x 5 1/2”)

TWO STEPS? Yup, that’s it! With a strip this size, you could make 16 cards exactly like this with one measly little sheet of patterned paper. Talk about economical as well as lovley!

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

Turn your coloured strips into cards like I did with some simple touches. Layered onto a strip of Basic Black with a sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set in Memento ink, the finishing touch is the shimmery coral ribbon, a FREE Sale-a-bration item! Not sure what Sale-a-bration is?  Check out this blog post to see the details on how you can get free gifts.

What are some other options for this pretty paper?

  • keep it monochromatic and go all black and white – no colouring makes it even QUICKER!
  • colour in the background too – I left mine white but you could go either lighter or darker for a different look
  • use all pastels for a totally different feel and mount onto Whisper White cardstock to make a softer impression

You’re going to want to snap up a package of this Petal Palette designer series paper soon. From the Occasions catalogue, we know it won’t be around after May 31st so don’t be disappointed later and get it from me now!

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

 

A while back I shared this watercoloured patterned paper card. Compare it to today’s card to see the different effect your colouring tool produces. It’s a toss-up for which one is my favourite. How about yours? Leave me a comment to let me know!

Really no matter if it’s a detailed design or simple, by adding your own colouring to black and white designer series paper, you’ll always build gorgeous one-of-a-kind images.

So now it’s your turn! Get those Stampin’ Blends and release your inner artist to colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers.

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Make a Congrats Watercolour Pencil Art Card

Make a Congrats Watercolour Pencil Art Card

Today I want YOU to make a congrats watercolour pencil art card with my photo tutorial. Once you take a peek at how easy this is, I predict you’ll be spritzing up a storm and die cutting all kinds of words and shapes for dramatic cards like this in no time.

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WAHzing! Doesn’t it POP? The bold vibrant colours, the touchable texture and the wood star accents make this one stand out card.  Let’s dive in for a closer look.

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So did you notice? Here’s ANOTHER card without any stamping. Remember this one and this one too? I’m on a bit of a mission to see how many different looks I can get without opening a stamp pad.

I think it’s striking because there’s so much of the contrasting black card showing. But I couldn’t resist shadowing the word with Dazzling Diamonds paper for some bling! So you know there’s SOMETHING there but not exactly sure what. Lastly I added three different sizes of the Hearts & Stars Accents and a small bit of the beautiful 1/4” Whisper White organza ribbon for even more pizzazz.

How about I show – and tell – you how to make a congrats watercolour pencil art card?

Ingredients

  • Watercolour paper
  • Dazzling diamonds Glimmer paper – piece 2” x 5”
  • Basic Black cardstock – cut to 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • 1/4” Whisper White Organza ribbon cut to 6”

Recipe

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Scribble your watercolour pencils onto piece of watercolour paper, overlapping colours.

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Spritz with Stampin’ Spritzer – be generous – you want to see a sheen.

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Let dry, lay die over coloured background and cut with the Big Shot.

Now you have you word cut out, here’s the rest of the recipe:

  1. die cut congrats again in Dazzling Diamonds paper
  2. glue watercolour words to glimmer paper with only
  3. wrap ribbon around open large open star and affix with a glue dot
  4. dab liquid glue on back of stars and adhere to card as shown
  5. snip small pieces from the edge of your Mini Dimensionals and place on the back of word

So are you running into your craft room to make your OWN watercolour pencil art card? If you need some supplies, click on the image to have yours sent directly to your doorstep. I really do appreciate when you shop with me. Thank you.

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In love with word cards like me? It’s so fun when there’s not a stitch of stamping to be found, yet I find I don’t miss it at all. Why not make a congrats watercolour pencil art card for yourself and see if you miss it.

Multiple Layers Make Your Cards Pop!

Multiple Layers Make Your Cards Pop!

How can multiple layers make your cards pop? Combine them in new and exciting ways with ribbon, die cuts, stickers, and foil sheets!

Tell me how many layers can you count?

multiple layers make your cards pop

Counting the card base, there are actually six different layers. Did you get them all? From the bottom up, they are:

  • Island Indigo card base
  • Pool Party banner
  • Gold natural trim ribbon
  • Gold foil medallion
  • Island indigo medallion
  • Eastern Gold vinyl sticker

 

multiple layers make your cards pop

Even though six layers seems like A LOT, what is it about this card makes it showy, but not TOO showy and overdone?

  1. Colour choice is limited to only two main colours, Island Indigo and Pool Party
  2. Gold and cream are two neutrals that complement almost any colour scheme
  3. Repeating gold elements match one another from embossing through to gold metallic shape
  4. Vinyl sticker fits exactly over medallion framelit so they appear as one layer
  5. One dimensional only used to create height

What makes this card even more interesting is the card base is only partially embossed. A pretty subtle detail but one that will catch everyone’s attention! Take another peek.

multiple layers make your cards pop

My silver and black card features many of the same layering tips as well as stickers and it has been one of my most popular projects to date.  So if you agree multiple layers make your cards pop, you may want to use the same supplies I did. Simply click on the image below to take you to my online shop and have your supplies delivered right to your door.

I would certainly feel comfortable handing this card to a masculine friend or family member, even with the ribbon. Why is that? Because it’s not a bow. The greeting font is also not too flowery and the colours are basically unisex. Not only will it go through the mail like a dream, you’ve got a pretty versatile card.

So the next time you’re designing, think about how multiple layers make your card pop for cards that will appeal to just about anyone!

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