Love Story Project Life Card Collection

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from STAMPIN’ UP! BLOG – March 30

Do you struggle with how to use the Project Life cards? Do you have a collection of cards that you haven’t even opened yet?

Hopefully I can inspire you to open up your package and put it to good use! I love how versatile the Love Story Project Life Card Collection by Stampin’ Up! (item # 135308) is! These cards are in shades of white, gray, and black.

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For my projects today, I chose to use the white and gray cards for a softer look. This collection of cards allows you to bring whatever color palette you want to your projects. I decided to create a collection of cards that could either be used in a Project Life Photo Pocket Page (item # 135294)—or on cards or tags. Project Life cards aren’t just for memory keeping!

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How did I get started with my collection? First, I chose a color palette to add to these cards: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, and Pear Pizzazz. These colors just make me smile.

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After I decided on my color palette, I pulled out coordinating Color Collections Designer Series Paper Stacks. I used a combination of Subtles (item # 130135), Brights (item # 130134), and 2013–2015 In Colors (item # 130136). These Designer Series Paper Stacks are a go-to product for me. I absolutely LOVE them! I use them all the time on my projects! Then I grabbed a few of my favorite stamps, accessories, and my Aqua Painter (item # 103954) to get started.

Let’s take a closer look at the details on my Love Story Project Life Cards . . .

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After creating this collection of cards, I definitely had a few favorites. I bet you have a few favorites, too!  These are mine.

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Now that I have this collection of cards, I’m ready to create whenever I feel inspired – whether it’s a Project Life page, a card, or a pretty tag for a gift.
SU Blog - Sagert - Photo 6I hope you feel inspired today to put your hands to paper and create!

Courtesy of Sarah Sagert – 2014–2015 Artisan Design Team – Stampin’ Up! Blog

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

What’s Up?!

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from STAMPIN’ UP! BLOG – April 1

Stampin’ Up! carries some wonderful tools.


Whats up punch with stamps

Punches have always been a quick way to add detail and to cut out stamped images.

Whats up watercolor

The What’s Up Punch (item # 133781) is a great example; it has stamp coordination, but it works well on its own, too. 

Whats up golden arrows
We’ve made some sample cards to show you different ways to use it. Enjoy!
Whats up punch houses

Courtesy of Jen C. and Kasia J. – Concept Artists – Stampin’ Up! Blog

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

Crafting on the Go? Bring a Kit!

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from STAMPIN’ UP! BLOG – April 8

I was recently invited to a Harry Potter movie marathon at my friend’s house. I was thrilled! Amid my gathering of nail polish, comfy socks, and snacks, I realized that this would be a great time to work on my Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit (item # 139166).

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I am absolutely IN LOVE with the twenty cards I created that day, and I can’t believe the value this kit includes: wood and metal embellishments, twine, washi tape, tons of pre-cut embellishments, exclusive stencils, specialty card folds, custom envelopes cut from Stampin’ Up! cardstock, and more.

I mostly made the cards the way the kit showed me (why mess with perfection?) but I made a few alterations. The kit includes stencils for a spritzing technique, but I wanted to skip the drying time. So I just used a Stampin’ Sponge (item # 101610) instead of the included Stampin’ Spritzers.

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The sunburst template from the kit made such a nice, vibrant background for my balloon card. The Multipurpose Liquid Glue (item # 110755) worked perfectly for the little wooden embellishments. It was clean and easy to apply, and my stars are “stuck” quite permanently.

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This card has a fun file folder style. I glued my file folder shut on the edges, which meant I had to trim my insert a little smaller to fit. You could try closing the sides of the folder shut with washi tape. I love that this kit includes some blingy pieces like the quote bubble. They add so much dimension.

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This matchbook-style card uses the scallop mask that is included with the kit. These masks are fun to use and make easy, pretty backgrounds. I love how each piece of this kit—every quote bubble, every balloon, all the accessories—are included. It let me make perfect, fancy, embellished cards completely on the go. In fact, the rhinestones in the centers of these flowers are the only embellishment I added to these cards. (Maybe a record for me!)

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This card features a glossy print, which resists ink when you sponge (or spritz) it. The two-tone background looks so vibrant! And since this card features a built-in gift card holder

(and self-adhesive numbers are included), I thought about who I could give a birthday gift card to.  I decided to put the ages of my older nieces and nephews on front. I had one left, so I included my sister (who will be turning 34 this year).

I love this card kit, and I know you will, too! Whether you follow the instructions or get creative with it, you’ll be amazed with the fun folds and great value it has to offer. Order one today—this is a limited time offer, only available in the occasions catalog!

Happy Stampin’!

Courtesy of Brandi B. – Curriculum Developer & Trainer

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper

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STAMPIN’ UP! BLOG – April 14

Have you seen the incredible papers in the Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper pack? They’re so cute and so versatile. Here are a few that we had fun making!

Sweet Dreams DSP

The paper was designed for our occasions catalog’s suite of baby-themed products, but it could be used in so many ways.

Courtesy of Melody H. and Chrissy N. – Concept Art

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

Hair Bows for Little Ones…

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With three little girls, you won’t be surprised to hear that at our house, we have quite the hair bow collection. What may shock you is that even with bunches of bows, we don’t always have quite the right bow in the right color to match a particular outfit.

When the 2015 occasions catalog came out and I caught sight of the Bow Builder Punch (item # 137414), my heart skipped a beat. How adorable! I fell in love with those tiny bows and began to think of a million ways to use them.

One of my daughters asked me if I could make a bow for her because she thought they were so cute. Then it hit me . . . those tiny bows are the perfect size to clip to a little girl’s hair. And they’re so easy to whip up! You could make one using any style and color of paper to match any outfit!

Start by assembling the bow. I like to use Fast Fuse Adhesive (item # 129026) to keep the center of the bow from getting too thick. Next, hot glue the bow to the hair clip of your choice. You might choose to glue the pin vertically or horizontally to the back of the bow (depending on how you plan to secure the bow to her hair).


After making a few bows out of some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! colors, I decided to make sparkly bows, as well. I know . . . you’re not supposed to use punches with Glimmer Paper (item # 135315 and #133719) but I had to break the rules just this once! I couldn’t resist!


I also made a few bows using the Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets (item # 137788) in colors that are perfect for summer. You’ll want to cut a small rectangle out of the washi sheet, peel off the back, and carefully adhere it to a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (item # 100730); then go ahead and punch out your bow.


Courtesy of Lisa Harlow – 2014–2015 Artisan Design Team, Stampin’ Up! Blog

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

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